Send us your Veteran’s Day events

The Observer-Dispatch is compiling a list of all ceremonies and events to commemorate Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 11. Please email your event to The deadline for submissions is Monday, Nov. 4.



Get on your bike and help save lives from stroke

CycleNation Utica will take place Thursday, Nov. 7, at Thrive Athletic Center, 8387 Seneca Turnpike.

Registration is at 3:30 p.m., and the stationary bike ride is from 5 to 7 p.m. That will be followed by the closing ceremony and celebration until 8 p.m.

This "event helps raise awareness and funds in the fight against stroke.

There are still a few bikes available for fundraising participants. Sign up online at



Unity Hall's annual Silent Auction set for Nov. 2

Come find a special item at Unity Hall’s annual Silent Auction from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at 101 Vanderkemp Ave. and help raise funds to support upgraded lighting improvements for the Landecker Theatre performance space.

The bidding will start at 4:30 p.m.

Admission is $10 per person at the door and includes passed hors d’oeuvres, beverages and musical entertainment by Dharma Duo. Catering will be provided by Irwin’s Fine Food.

This year’s auction will include original paintings by Jessie Landecker, Mary Murphy, Ed Christiana and others. Additional items offered will be furniture, home décor, and gift certificates from local merchants and restaurants.

Silent bids will be accepted from 4:30 to 6 p.m. When bidding is concluded, auction items are awarded to the highest bidders.

Tickets for Unity Hall’s upcoming Valentine’s Day Gourmet Dinner Dance also will be on sale. The cost is $60 per person. Music will be provided by Monk Rowe.

If you have a new or "like new" item you would like to donate, email



Register now for free Thanksgiving luncheon

New Visions Telephone pioneers is again hosting a free Thanksgiving luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Westside Senior and Community Center, 717 Court St.

The luncheon is open to Westside Center members and friends.

Reservations are required by Monday, Oct. 28, by calling 315-269-0559.



Discover Opportunities in Agriculture at The Farmers’ Museum's conference

Opportunities in Agriculture, the sixth annual conference on food and farming featuring knowledgeable speakers, panel discussions and exhibitors, will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Farmers’ Museum’s Louis C. Jones Center, 5775 State Highway 80.

Admission is free.

With a focus on the theme Opportunities in Agriculture, the conference will provide essential tools and inspiration to help people of all ages find their place in this growing and ever-changing industry. It should be especially useful to high school and college students seeking more information about farming and associated industries, as well as older individuals seeking a change of direction.

Exhibitors include Farm Service Agency, NRCS, and Otsego County Soil and Water. Lunch will be available onsite.

Farmers, agricultural partners and vendors are invited to share their products or information at the conference. The fee is $30 for vendors and free for exhibitors. If interested, call 607-547-1534 or email

For information, visit



Free Smoking Cessation classes begin Nov. 4

The Oneida County Health Department, in collaboration with Mohawk Valley Health System, are offering a free, three-week series of Freshstart Smoking Cessation classes.

Freshstart is an evidence-based program created by the American Cancer Society.

The classes will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, Nov. 4, 11 and 18, in the Sister Johanna Conference Room at the St. Elizabeth Campus, 2209 Genesee St.

The Freshstart approach is geared toward helping participants increase their motivation to quit, learn effective approaches for quitting and guide them in making a successful quit attempt. The class provides essential information, skills for coping with cravings and group support. The program is open to all Oneida County residents 18 years and older.

For information or to register, call 315-798-6400, by Monday, Oct. 28.



New York Army National Guard soldier re-enlistments announced

Major General Ray Shields, the adjutant general, announces the recent re-enlistment of the following local members of the state National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

• Staff Sgt. Tobby Dain from Herkimer re-enlisted to continue service with the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

• Sgt. Dana Tompkins from Rome re-enlisted to continue service with the Forward Support Company, 204th Engineer Battalion.

• Specialist Jermar Hymes from Utica re-enlisted to continue service with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-108th Infantry.

• Specialist Kyle Hoffman from Utica re-enlisted to continue service with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-108th Infantry.



Alzheimer’s Association announces support meetings

The Alzheimer’s Association Central New York Chapter welcomes those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia to attend one of its support groups that meet throughout the region.

All support groups are free of charge to attend and facilitated by trained individuals.

Local upcoming meetings include:

• Little Falls Community and Senior Center, 524 E. Main St., 6 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.

• Lewis County Office for the Aging, 5274 Outer Stowe St., Lowville, 10 a.m. Thursdays, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19.

• Madison County Office for the Aging, 138 Dominick Bruno Blvd., Canastota, 10 a.m. Fridays, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20.

• Brookdale Clinton, 115 Brookside Road, Clinton, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.

• Rome Memorial Hospital, 1500 James St., Rome, 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.

• Dunham Public Library, 76 Main St., Whitesboro, 11 a.m. Mondays, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9. (For individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia and their care partners). Advanced screening is recommended by calling 315-472-4201, ext. 116.

For information, call 800-272-3900 or email