Community News for Monday, Aug. 7, 2017

Community News for Monday, Aug. 7, 2017


Hinman Family Legacy Award winner

The Francis J. Bellamy Community Awards Committee will present its first Legacy Award to the Hinman Family at the 5th Annual Francis J. Bellamy Community Awards Breakfast. The breakfast will take place at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 28, at The Beeches.

The award is in recognition of the Hinman family’s contributions in the areas of business, education, health and the arts.

The award is in addition to two Bellamy Community Awards to be presented to Art Pierce, executive director of the Rome Capitol Theatre, and other posthumously to prominent Rome attorney Paul A. Worlock.

Tickets for the breakfast are $ 25 and are available at the Rome Area Chamber office, 139 W. Dominick St., Jervis Library, 613 N. Washington St. and Teddy’s, 851 Black River Blvd N. or by mail at Bellamy Awards, PO Box 194, Washington Mills, NY 13479. Information on sponsorship, ads and tickets can be obtained by emailing [email protected]


Wanderers’ Rest group fundraiser

The second annual “Raisin’ The Barn Woof” Country Barn Event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at 7250 Shanley Road. The event will feature the country sounds of local musicians Liz Friedel, a fiddler playing country music, from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by Blackcreek, a local popular country band, from 7 to 10 p.m.

The event will include an open bar from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by a cash bar from 8 to 10 p.m., and a barbecue dinner from Nina’s Kitchen, raffles, silent auction, a psychic, photo booth, dessert table, appetizers and more. Country attire is encouraged.

The cost is $ 50 per person, all to benefit the animals and programs at Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association. Inquire about discounts for seniors and groups.

For tickets, visit, call 315 697-2796 or email: [email protected]


Purple Heart Ride

set for Aug. 12

The Central N.Y. Chapter No. 490 Military Order of the Purple Heart Veterans’ Organization will host its eighth Annual Purple Heart Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, Aug. 12, in conjunction with Harley-Davidson of Utica’s Military Appreciation Event featuring catering, contests, games, vendors, beer, soda, music and more.

The ride will start from Harley-Davidson of Utica, 4870 Commercial Drive, New York Mills. Registration will take place between 8 and 9:45 a.m., followed by a brief ceremony. Riders will leave at approximately 10 a.m. and will ride around two hours. The ride will return to Harley-Davidson of Utica for the afternoon bike event.

Pre-registration is $ 25 per bike and $ 10 for passengers. The cost the day of the ride will be $ 30 per bike and $ 10 for passengers. Cars and trucks may also participate and be allowed to follow the motorcycle riders.

All proceeds will help fund a bus trip to take Gold Star families and Combat Wounded Purple Heart recipients to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor, along with a tour and luncheon at the U.S. Army’s Military Academy at West Point.

A special Purple Heart Ride T-Shirt, pins and raffles also will be available. If you don’t ride and would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the cause, make your check payable to CNY Chapter 490 MOPH and mail to PO Box 4491, Utica, NY 13504-4491.

For information, call Joe Fraccola at 315-794- 5296.


Summer Happy Hour to benefit Hospice

Hospice & Palliative Care will once again host its Summer Happy Hour from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at Aqua Vino Restaurant, 16 Harbor Lock Road.

Honorary chairpersons Don Shipman and Adam Lawless invite the community to join them as they celebrate on the deck at Aqua Vino with beer and wine, a Saranac Brewery Beer tasting and food stations followed by an Infused Iced Tea Bar, S’mores and ice cream.

Entertainment will be provided by Spencer Morgan from Last Left. There also will be raffles for two season tickets to the Utica Comets 2017-18 season and a Utica Comets Gift Basket.

Tickets are $ 30 and are available at or by calling Hospice at 315-735-6484. Raffle tickets for the Comets drawing are $ 10 and can be purchased with cash or check at the Hospice & Palliative Care office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, and also at the event.

Historical Selfie Scavenger Hunt

Join the Oneida County History Center in August for its first Historical Selfie Scavenger Hunt. Explore the history of Oneida County and Utica and document your journey with a photo or selfie. All ages are encouraged to participate with prizes for children ages 16 and younger. Clue sheets with complete rules and instructions can be picked up at the history center. All entries must be received by 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. This program is free.

The history center is at 1608 Genesee St., and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Parkway Center Sweepstakes ongoing

The Parkway Center Lucky 7 Sweepstakes tickets are now available. There will be seven drawings each with a grand prize winner, and second and third place winners. There are more than 50 chances to win. Drawings will take place over a seven-week period and the final drawing in December will have a grand prize giveaway of $ 5,000. For more information, stop by the center at 220 Memorial Parkway, Utica, or call 315-223-3973.


Scherz scholarship winners selected

Fred “Fritz” Scherz Jr., councilman on the Verona Town Board, has selected Verona residents Racheal Cadrette and Olivia Musacchio as the co-winners of the Eighth Annual Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service.

Cadrette has volunteered for the “Tour de Cure,” Special Olympics, Adopt a Highway, Math Buddies and other activities.

Musacchio has volunteered for the Town of Verona Summer Park Program, Special Olympics, Turning Stone Resort Casino races, vacation bible school and other activities.

As co-winners of this award, each received a certificate of accomplishment and a check for $ 125.

For scholarship information, visit or call 315-363-3509.


Leone, Parr

receive scholarships

SUNY Fredonia awarded scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year to the following local students:

Allison Leone, of Whitesboro, a junior majoring in early childhood education, has received the Dorothy French Manly Memorial Scholarship for $ 650.

Austin Parr, of Cassville, a junior majoring in history, has received the John J. and Helen B. Mancuso Scholarship for $ 2,200.

Free Hatha Yoga classes at Utica library

The Utica Public Library, 303 Genesee St., is offering Hatha Yoga with Kristy Caruso at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 11, 18 and Oct. 2. Hatha yoga is a practical philosophy that incorporates physical postures, breathwork and meditation to bring balance and harmony to the mind/body. This ancient science of wellness and peace is appropriate and beneficial to all ages. This three class program is an introductory course that is free and open to all adult ages and skill levels. Bring your own mat. To register, call the library at 315-735-2279 or sign up online at Registration begins Friday, Aug. 11.

Fundraiser offered

at Hart’s Hill Inn

The Believe 271 Foundation and the Oneida County VFA have teamed up to present its Inaugural Pink Tie Gala on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Hart’s Hill Inn, Clinton street, Whitesboro.

N.Y. Sen. and Mrs. Joseph Griffo and Assemblyman and Mrs. Anthony Brindisi are honorary chairs. Proceeds will benefit the MVHS Cancer Services, firefighters with cancer and the Oneida County VFA.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 315-736-7479 or by visiting


Library offers

driver safety program

AARP will offer a two-day Driver Safety Program, the Smart Driver, which will be co-sponsored by the Oriskany Public Library at 621 Utica St. Pre-registration is required. Sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 8-9. To make a reservation, call Kim Macera, library manager, at 315-736-2532. The cost is $ 25 and $ 20 for AARP members.

Bellevue University offers scholarship

Bellevue University, a partner of Mohawk Valley Community College, is offering $ 3,000 transfer scholarships to New York State community college graduates and alumni beginning this fall. Bellevue University offers a high number of industry relevant degrees that can be completed online, allowing students to remain in the Mohawk Valley region.

For more information, contact Bellevue University’s local relationship manager Kim Snow at 315-731-5848 or [email protected]

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