Last week, we looked at the top stories of the first six months in the Mid-York Weekly, culminating with the announcement of editor Carolyn Godfrey’s retirement. Now, the story continues …

July 5 - Juliana Smith was named the Colgate Raiders’ senior associate athletics director/chief of staff; Connie and Mark Shepard received the Morrisville Lions Club’s 2018 Citizens of Merit Award; the Mike Martin Memorial Golf Tournament raised more than $63,000 to benefit the Community Memorial Hospital’s “Tee-It-Up for Telemetry” project.

July 12 - The Hamilton Teachers Association supported the Hamilton Food Cupboard’s Summer Lunch Program with a donation of $1,500; the Hamilton Fourth of July parade was another big hit with spectators coming in from all over New York State and beyond; Dr. Richard Cohen retired after a 44-year medical career in Hamilton.

July 19 – Syracuse-based Symphor!a returned to the Hamilton Village Green for their annual concert; the Hamilton Central School Hall of Honor inducted Dr. Michael Reis ’75 and John Rexine Jr. ’78; two new “Monday Miles” opened in Hamilton to promote walking in a collaboration between the Cornell Cooperative Extension Strong Hearts project, the Syracuse University Lerner Center’s Healthy Monday Program and the Madison County Rural Health Council’s Live Well Committee.

July 26 - Julie Vair was named the Morrisville Lions Club’s Lion of the Year; The Old Main performed for the Comic-Con themed Thursdays on the Village Green concert series in Hamilton; Father Jason Hage was elevated by Bishop Robert Cunningham from administrator to pastor at St. Mary’s in Hamilton and St. Joan of Arc in Morrisville, with continuing sacramental responsibilities to the Colgate Catholic Newman Community.

Aug. 2 – The Hamilton International Film Festival welcomed moviemakers from all over the world; Matt Karweck, an eight-year assistant coach in the Division I ranks, was named the new Colgate men’s lacrosse head coach; The Arc of Madison Cortland presented its Founders Humanitarian Award to Cathy Merkel of the Crouse Community Center in Morrisville.

Aug. 9 – A month-long, community-wide search for elusive book character Waldo of “Where’s Waldo?” fame ended with a festive scavenger hunt and party at the Hamilton Public Library and Colgate Bookstore; the Mid-York Weekly announced Mike Jaquays as their new editor after Carolyn Godfrey’s retirement; Hamilton artist David Grace restored the historic mural on the Utica Street side of the Colgate Bookstore.

Aug. 16 – A drug drop box officially opened at the Hamilton Police Department with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local officials; The Earlville Opera House and the Fiver Children’s Foundation’s Camp Fiver benefited from fundraising dinners at the Poolville Country Store; the Hamilton Central School FFA chapter received a $3,000 Yearlong Living to Serve Grant.

Aug. 23 – Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton earned a five-star quality rating for patient satisfaction following a survey by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Madison-Bouckville Antique Week was wet, yet exciting for shoppers; Morrisville Public Library manager Michelle Rounds was “slimed” by readers who met their summer goal.

Aug. 30 – First-year students arrived at Colgate University and SUNY Morrisville; Colgate COVE students helped clean the towpath along the Chenango Canal in Bouckville; teen leaders from Madison, Oneida, and Herkimer Counties met at the White Eagle Conference Center in Madison for a two-day training focusing on community leadership.

Sept. 6 – The Mid-York Weekly’s annual Pet of the Year Calendar invited animal owners to send in photos of their favorite pet; the Hamilton Rotary Club was visited by District Governor Marv Joslyn; after a two-year hiatus, Gravity Fest officials announced the event would soon be returning to the hills of Munnsville.

Sept. 13 – The new Emerald Knight mascot met students when they returned to the Hamilton Central School after their summer vacation; the Madison County Craft Festival showcased the talents of area artisans at the Madison County Historical Society in Oneida; the Second Chance Thrift Shoppe in Morrisville was preparing to change seasons with a closeout sale of summer items.

Sept. 20 – 8 Fresh in Hamilton opened a Rec Room to offer local students a safe place to gather, in collaboration with the Hamilton Police Department and Hamilton Area Community Coalition; Gravity Fest racers came to Munnsville from all over the world to compete on East Hill Road; the Back 2 School Bash at Hamilton Central School promoted a safe return to classes.

Sept. 27 – A year-long bicentennial party kicked off at Colgate University and throughout Hamilton; the Bids for Kids fundraiser helped out the Sherrill-based KEYS Program, a musical outreach for kids with cancer; the Crouse Community Center celebrated their centenarians by gathering eight residents who were more than 100 years old.

Oct. 4 – Dr. Robert Delorme of Hamilton was honored as the Rural Health Practitioner of the Year by the New York State Association of Rural Health; Uticon brought out colorful characters to raise funds in the fight against cancer at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica; the Morrisville-Eaton Central School District Wall of Fame’s new inductees include John Caezza ‘75, Jennifer Bostic Fong ‘94, Gloria Littlefield Lenhart ‘61, Dick Morton ‘51, Kurt Virkaitis ’90 and Greg Weinschreider ‘82.

Oct. 11 – A ground breaking ceremony was held at the Hamilton Family Health Center for their planned 5,000 square foot expansion and renovation project; SUNY Morrisville’s Ag Day showed elementary school students from throughout the area what farm work is like; Seven Oaks Golf Club won the Rube Cup for the third straight year in the 13th annual Wilson “Rube” Brown Cup inter-club golf competition.

Oct. 18 – The Special Olympics Fall Games returned to Canastota High School, bringing in special needs contestants from all over Central New York; The Madison County War Veterans Memorial Corporation announced six candidates for their 2018 Veteran of the Year award: Donald Conley, Reginald Emmons, Norman McGowan, Joseph Palmisano, Don Smith and William Yorton; members of the Munnsville Fire Department visited Stockbridge Valley Central School elementary students for a day of fire safety programs.

Oct. 25 - Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne dedicated their new maple production project to Bruce Selleck; the first-ever Lego Car Show at the Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich brought out creative contestants; the annual Egg Drop organized by the Morrisville Public Library and Morrisville Fire Department encouraged fire safety.

Nov. 1 – The inaugural C. Hubb 5K Fun Run and Walk in Hubbardsville awarded $5,000 in prizes and benefited the fight against breast cancer; Hamilton Central School was the site of the first Pumpkin Walk; the Hamilton Area Community Coalition and Hamilton Central School partnered for a special Red Ribbon Week.

Nov. 8 - Colgate football took the Patriot League title for the 10th time; William Yorton was named the Madison County War Veterans Memorial Corporation’s Veteran of the Year; Halloween brought out some festively-clad characters to the Colgate Bookstore, Hamilton Movie Theater, Community Memorial Hospital and all along Lebanon Street.

Nov. 15 – Veterans Day was commemorated in the Madison County office building in Wampsville; the Colgate men’s soccer team won their third straight Patriot League title; the North Eastern Athletic Conference announced Morrisville State College women’s volleyball head coach Fred Wallace as coach of the year.

Nov. 22 – The Hamilton Public Library announced they would be a Code Blue site offering safety from the winter cold; the Wrapped in Love program left out warm hats and mittens for the homeless; Chabad of Hamilton was preparing to share their Jewish faith with the community through a public menorah lighting at their center and a craft night at the Hamilton Public Library.

Nov. 29 - The Patriot League announced their Football Coach of the Year Award will be named for Colgate University’s legendary head coach Dick Biddle; Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango invited out vets and their families for a Thanksgiving meal; Blankets of Comfort, an outreach of the Hamilton-based Americana Village Quilters Guild, delivered 21 handmade quilts to Hospice.

Dec. 6 – Chewy was named the Mid-York Weekly 2019 Pet of the Year after several weeks of voting; the Night of Lights returned to Hamilton to kick off the holiday season; Fritz’s Polka Band released their new CD, “Hey!”

Dec. 13 – The Oriskany Falls, Waterville and Sauquoit Rotary Clubs met for a meal and to share ideas at the C. Hubb Event Center in Hubbardsville; Sherrill native cellist Hannah Schuldt performed with the world-traveling Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Rochester; the Madison County Historical Society hosted their annual Victorian Christmas Open House.

Dec. 20 – Ag students from both the Hamilton and Stockbridge Valley Central Schools reached out to their communities with care packages for the holidays; Johanna and Bret Bossard of Erieville were honored by the New York State Farm Bureau for their agriculture promotion efforts; Pastor Jeremy Stopford announced his retirement from the First Baptist Church in Earlville.

Dec. 27 – Madison Central School senior basketball player Kayla Usborne scored her 1,000th point; the Grinch visited children at the Colgate Bookstore for a festive family fun event; the MYW 2019 Pet of the Year calendar was included free in the paper.

That’s a look back, so now just us each week as we look forward and bring to you the community news in 2019.