Register now for library’s story hour programs
The Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., resumes its Toddler Story Time and Winter Story Hour programs on Fridays, from Jan. 18, through Feb. 22.
• Toddler Story Time will meet from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Toddlers ages 1-2 with a parent or adult caregiver will listen to stories, enjoy puppets, learn finger plays and have some toy time. This is a great way for toddlers to socialize with other children their age and for the parents or caregivers to network and meet other adults. Walk-ins are welcome.
• Winter Story Hour will take place from 11 a.m. to noon and is designed for preschoolers aged 3, 4 and 5. Children will have stories read to them and take part in games, crafts and other activities as they become acquainted with the library.
To register your child for these programs, call 315-369-6008 by Thursday, Jan. 17.
YWCA seeks Salute to Women nominees
YWCA Mohawk Valley is seeking nominations for its 2019 Salute to Outstanding Women.
The full list of nomination categories include Business and Industry; Education; Health Care; Entrepreneur; Healthcare; Human and Public Service; Outstanding Youth; Social Justice; STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math); and Unsung Heroine.
One woman will be selected and honored in each of the categories.
The nomination deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 15.
The selected honorees will be recognized during The Salute to Outstanding Women Luncheon on Thursday, May 9.
Nominees must be 18 years of age or older, live or work in Oneida or Herkimer County, and must have demonstrated excellence and leadership in the workplace and/or community.
Youth nominees must be 17 years of age or younger and live, work or attend school in Oneida or Herkimer County.
Nominees cannot be past Salute honorees, current YWCA MV board members or current YWCA MV staff.
To nominate an Outstanding Woman, visit ywcamv.org/Salute.
Friends of Rogers hosts ‘Save the Hemlocks!’
Join Friends of Rogers for a presentation and volunteer training to "Save the Hemlocks!" beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Rogers Environmental Education Center Inc., 2721 state Route 80.
Hemlock trees are under attack from an invasive insect: the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) and Cornell University’s Caroline Marschner and Master Naturalist Steve Kinne will explain why HWA is threatening New York forests and how to identify it.
During the training, learn how to report HWA sightings using the online, GIS-based data management system ‘iMapInvasives.’ Designed to organize data in the early detection of new populations, ‘iMapInvasives’ provides an opportunity for citizen scientists to play an active role in the protection of natural resources from invasive species.
Participants should wear outdoor gear and bring a phone or tablet.
Registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Include name, email address, phone number, city and iMap log-in information if one has previously been established. Those who do not have an iMap log-in must create one in advance by contacting the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation online at www.dec.ny.gov.
AHI announces free ‘Science and Government’ class
The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is offering a new course, "Science and Government," as part of its continuing education program.
The course will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays from Feb. 4 through May 6, at 21 W. Park Row.
"Science and Government" will begin by considering the nature of scientific research and knowledge and the federal government's long-standing role in fostering its development. The rest of the semester will examine several major policy areas that are strongly influenced by science. The course also will investigate the social sciences' role in government and the competition between scientific knowledge, political beliefs and moral values in the shaping of public policy.
High school teachers and students are welcome. All course materials are provided free of charge and professional credit is available for teachers.
Advance signup is required. To register or for more information, email email@example.com or call 315-381-3335 or 315-292-2267.
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Retirees honored with emeritus status
The Herkimer County Community College Board of Trustees recently approved emeritus status for the following five retiring employees, effective Jan. 1.
• Nora Dusseault joined the campus community 38 years ago, and was promoted through the ranks to associate professor of information systems in 2001. Dusseault served on several standing campus committees, including the Academic Computer Committee and Academic Affairs Committee, and steering committee for the Middle States Self Study.
• Paul Dusseault was appointed in 1981 as an instructor of business, and was promoted through the ranks, ultimately to professor in 2010. He served on several standing campus committees and also is the New York State Teachers’ Retirement delegate for Herkimer College.
• Karen Nagle joined the business faculty in 1984 and retired as an associate professor. Her service included Phi Beta Lambda chapter co-advisor, Enrollment Management Committee co-chair and membership on the Library and Chancellor’s Award for Excellence committees. Nagle also served as president of the Professional Association.
• Gale Farley joined the campus community in 1995 as instructor of photographic technology. He was promoted through the ranks, ultimately to professor in 2015. Farley has served as curator for the Cogar Gallery and as an advisor to the Photography Club.
• William Pelz retired after 50 years of service and is the longest serving faculty member at Herkimer College. He joined the faculty in 1968 as instructor of social science, and was promoted through the ranks to professor in 1980. Pelz was a leader in the implementation of the Internet Academy, which now offers 19 degree and four certificate programs entirely online. Pelz served as instructional designer for online learning since 1999.
Thank you for support of ‘Wreaths Across America’
On Dec. 15, The Daughters of the American Revolution Oneida Chapter sponsored Wreaths Across America at Forest Hill Cemetery. Wreaths Across America is a patriotic event where wreaths are laid at each grave of a fallen soldier at our two veterans plots.
More than 130 wreaths were placed with the help of the Thomas R. Proctor High School R.O.T.C Cadets, members of Feed Our Vets and The Military Order of the Purple Heart of C.N.Y Chapter 490, along with many volunteers. The wreaths were placed in no time thanks to all who came to help.
A big thank you to everyone involved to help make this event a special and meaningful one. We look forward to keeping our relationship with the D.A.R. to honor our vets each Christmas season with Wreaths Across America.
Gerard Waterman, Forest Hill Cemetery
Nominations sought for Students Inside Albany Conference
The League of Women Voters, Utica/Rome Metro Area is seeking nominations of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from Oneida and Herkimer counties for the 19th annual Students Inside Albany Conference.
The conference, scheduled for May 21-23, in Albany, is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation and is designed to increase students' awareness of New York's governmental process.
This interactive conference brings together high school students from across the state to learn about the process by which citizens can participate in the policy making arena, including tours of the Capitol and opportunities to shadow their representatives in the Senate and Assembly.
For those students selected to represent Oneida/Herkimer counties, all expenses are covered, including travel, overnight accommodations and meals during the conference.
Applications are due by Feb. 15.
For information on the application process, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For other information, call 315-266-7548 or email email@example.com.
Free poetry writing workshops offered at library
The Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., is hosting three free poetry writing workshops in January in conjunction with the library’s upcoming 2019 Annual Poetry and Illustration Contest and Exhibit: My Favorite.
Participants in the workshops are not required to enter their work and exhibit entrants are not required to attend the workshops.
• The adult workshop will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Area poet Melissa Macdonald will lead the workshop.
• The student workshops will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Kindergarten through sixth grade students will be led by teacher and school administrator Christine Holt in the Inlet School District. Students in grades 7-12 will be led by retired English teacher Alison Eyre Albright, who has taught courses in AP Literature, non-fiction writing and poetic forms.
Digital Resources Workshop offered at library
The Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., is offering a free Digital Resources Workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.
Cathryn McCauley, coordinator of Training and Library Services for the Mid-York Library System, will teach participants how to download free audio books, e-books, magazines, foreign language lessons, movies and music through their library membership using Overdrive, Hoopla and other free apps on phones or tablets.
These tools allow library cardholders to access free information and entertainment wherever they are.
For information and to register for this workshop, call 315-369-6008.
Walk-ins are welcome.
Programs and activities offered at library
The Kirkland Town Library, 55-1/2 College St., is offering the following programs and activities:
• Chili Fiesta will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. Make a batch of chili to share or come and enjoy a bowl. Plus, enter a raffle to win a copy of the I Love New York Cookbook. Cooks should register by Thursday, Jan. 17.
• Stuffed Animal Sleepover will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Bring a stuffed animal to a special evening story time and tuck them in at the library for their very own sleepover! You'll get pictures to see what they do overnight.
.5KTL will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. Participants will walk, run, jog, stroll or ski one-half of a kilometer (about 1/3 mile) from Elm Street to the library. Once you arrive, get warm and enjoy fitness activities, wellness information and healthy snacks. The registration fee is $5 per person with a $10 maximum per family. T-shirts are $10 for adults or $5 for children while supplies last. Registration forms are available at the library and online at www.kirklandtownlibrary.org.
Registration is required for all programs and activities by calling 315-853-2038.