REGION

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 community@uticaod.com. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Nov. 4.

 

WATERVILLE

Beach is Optimist Youth of the Month

The Brothertown Optimist Club has selected Anna Beach as its Youth of the Month for October.

She is the daughter of William and Diane Beach of Waterville and a senior at Waterville Central School.

Beach is a member of the National Honor Society, president of the Student Council, a NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete as a member of the varsity soccer, basketball and softball teams serving as a team captain Center State Conference All-Star for basketball and soccer. She also has been a participant in the Academic Union, the Prom Committee and the Senior Video Committee.

She is a recipient of the Sanger Award, which is given to the students with the top two academic averages in each grade, the Clarkson University Leadership Award and the George Eastman Young Leaders Award and Scholarship.

Upon graduation, she plans to move on to the college level as an occupational therapy major.

 

REGION

Drop-off locations announced for Operation Christmas Child

In November, sites in the Utica area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25.

Utica area families, churches and groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The Samaritan's Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God's love to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

This year, Utica-area residents hope to collect more than 18,001 gifts to contribute to the 2019 global goal of reaching 11 million children.

Local collection sites include:

• Crosspoint Church, 317 Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro.

• Center Point Christian Fellowship, 8021 State Route 12, Barneveld.

• Mohawk Reformed Church, 20 S. Otsego St., Mohawk.

• Resurrection Life Church, 628 Floyd Ave., Rome.

• Verona Seventh Day Baptist Church, 6773 Blackmans Corners Road, Verona.

• Resurrection Life Fellowship Church, 3191 Cole Road, Eaton.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 518-437-0690, or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through "Follow Your Box" and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child's specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

 

COOPERSTOWN

Fenimore opens submissions for new plays by regional playwrights

Fenimore Art Museum at 5798 State Route 80 has reopened its annual call for new plays as part of NEXT! Readings of New Works by Regional Playwrights taking place in early 2020.

The artistic directors of Fenimore Art Museum’s resident theater company, Glimmer Globe Theatre and the manager of Performing Arts Programs will anonymously select three outstanding works on the basis of their literary and artistic merit. The selected plays/playwrights will receive a staged reading in the Fenimore Art Museum’s Auditorium as part of its winter programming schedule in early 2020.

Fenimore Art Museum’s Manager of Performing Arts Programs will work closely with each individual playwright to assign a director, cast the show, run rehearsals on-site, market the event, and execute the performance.

Readings will be free — with a suggested donation — and open to the public. Following the reading, there will be an audience discussion with the cast, director and playwright, allowing for all artists involved to answer questions and receive constructive feedback.

Submissions must have a minimum runtime of 30 minutes, and a maximum runtime of approximately two hours. All genres are welcome. Entries are limited to one full-length play or collection of short works per playwright. Scripts must be received by Tuesday, Dec. 31, to qualify for consideration for a reading in early 2020. Anyone residing within 100 miles of Cooperstown may submit.

Email scripts and inquiries to m.tamburrino@fenimoreart.org or call 607-547-1453.

For information, visit FenimoreArt.org.

 

VERNON

A Night of Bourbon and Bidding scheduled

The Arc of Madison Cortland and Building Futures Foundation are hosting the third annual A Night of Bourbon and Bidding from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Vernon Downs Hotel Ballroom, 4229 Stuhlman Road.

This event will help support unfunded programs including guardianship programs, community based programs, the Wind Dancers and Mighty Fortress Dance Troupes, The Sunshine Choir and others.

A live and silent auction will take place at the event featuring more than 120 items including.

The cost of the event is $75 per person and includes an open bar, bourbon tasting by Old Home Distillers, and hors d'oeuvres and food stations.

Messier’s Auction Services will present the live auction items and Classified, Central New York’s premier horn band, will perform throughout the evening.

For event details, and online ticket sales, visit www.arcofmc.org or call 315-363-3389, ext. 3025.

Silent auction items will go live online on Friday, Oct. 25.

 

OLD FORGE

MVHS Town of Webb Health Center begins sharps disposal program

The MVHS Town of Webb Health Center, at 114 South Shore Road, in partnership with Central Adirondack Partnership for the 21st Century Inc., is now accepting sharps in approved medical sharps containers.

Many people use sharps such as needles, syringes and lancets, as part of their home medical care. Proper disposal of sharps helps protect your family, the community, your garbage collector and the environment. Never throw your sharps in the trash.

The sharps containers will only be accepted from individuals, not businesses. The containers must be stored in approved, labeled sharps container. Sharps containers are often provided by or can be purchased at your pharmacy. Sharps containers must be dropped off during the health center’s hours of operation.

The Town of Webb Health Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

For information, call 315-369-6619.

 

REGION

Plastic Film Recycling Challenge for Schools set

The Plastic Film Recycling Challenge for schools is hosted by the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority in an effort to promote and educate youth and the community on proper recycling of plastic grocery bags and other plastic film, which cannot be recycled through regular curbside recycling programs.

The initiative focuses on collecting clean, dry, plastic film in order to keep it out of our region's landfill.

The Plastic Film Recycling Challenge is open to all public and private K-12 school buildings located in Oneida and Herkimer counties. The entire school building must participate in the challenge. Schools will be divided into two categories: Elementary School and Middle/High School.

The Authority's Plastic Film Recycling Challenge will take place from Nov. 15 to Dec. 20.

The deadline for registration is Nov. 1.

Schools will compete against each other to collect the highest amount of plastic film per capita.

One school building from each category will win the grand prize. All participating schools will receive a framed certificate for participating. The winning elementary school will be awarded presentations from the Utica "Zoomobile."

The winning Middle/High School will be awarded appearances from KISS FM DJs.

For information or to register for the challenge, call 315-733-1224, ext. 2300, email jamiet@ohswa.org. Plastic Film Recycling Challenge rules and information can be viewed online at www.ohswa.org.

 

HERKIMER

College’s 2019 Phaethon named best community college magazine

Herkimer County Community College’s 2019 edition of Phaethon has been named best magazine in the small college eastern division by the Community College Humanities Association. Multiple students also have taken home individual accolades for their contributions to the magazine.

Skyeler Brodkorb won first place in creative nonfiction with "Mistakes & Mischief," Aubrey Ketcham won second place in fiction with "Small Talk," and Alyssa Patterson was awarded second place in artwork for her charcoal drawing of Frida Kahlo.

This is the magazine’s first time being recognized as the best magazine in its division and also places Phaethon in the Top 10 publications in the nation, regardless of size.

Phaethon is the annual literary and arts publication of Herkimer College filled with artwork and creative writing. The publication has grown exponentially over the years with several individual awards for Herkimer College students from the Community College Humanities Association. Andrew Devitt, assistant professor of English; Blake Pitcher, associate professor of digital graphics; and Matthew Powers, English instructor, serve as the magazine’s advisors.

This award-winning issue’s student editors were fiction editor Elizabeth McDonald, Liberal Arts and Sciences: Science, and visual editors Julianna Finnerty, Business Administration; Andrew Gaillard, General Studies; Shaun McGraw, Communication Arts: New Media; and Ronald West, Communication Arts: New Media.

Phaethon is now accepting student work such as artwork, photography, fiction, poetry, and more for the 2020 edition.