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Getting out the vote: MWPAI hosts voter registration event

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica hosted an in-person voter registration drive Thursday.Members of the Utica-Rome Chapter of the League of → Read More

Don’t Bring It Home initiative in Utica provides free COVID-19 supplies

UTICA — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mohawk Valley Frontiers organization, a service organization that gives back to the community, distributed COVID-19 mitigation packages Friday as part of its Don’t Bring It Home service initiative.The event took place from 3 to 6 p.m. or until supplies lasted at The Empowerment Center at 230 James St.Masks, hand sanitizers, touchless door… → Read More

Gillibrand visits Rome, pushes to extend pandemic SNAP benefits

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand visited the George R. Staley Elementary School food pantry in Rome on Wednesday as part of a push to extend the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program.The P-EBT Program provides nutritional resources to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures. Children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals for… → Read More

School supplies, PPE provided to kids in Utica

UTICA — The Muslim Community Association of the Mohawk Valley and Islamic Circle of North America worked together to host a free bookbag giveaway → Read More

Johnson Park Center in Utica celebrates 25 years with food, school supplies giveaway

UTICA — The Johnson Park Center is hosting a three-day food giveaway as a way to celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary.Tuesday was the second of the three-day "Days of Celebration" event along the 1400 block of West Street. The nonprofit center is a community organization that provides housing and support services from within Utica’s Cornhill neighborhood.Monday featured a drive-thru… → Read More

New $9 million office building project in Rome takes shape

ROME — Bonacio Construction hosted a beam-raising ceremony Wednesday to commemorate the construction of a new 45,000-square-foot office building at Griffiss Business and Technology Park.The three-story office building, scheduled for completion next year, is expected to create about 300 new jobs. The building will be leased by two office tenants in the intelligence and cybersecurity… → Read More

Demonstration in Utica opposes NY policing proposals

UTICA — Indivisible Mohawk Valley and Central NY Citizen Action conducted a peaceful demonstration Friday at the Oneida Square roundabout.The gathering was organized in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and as a response to the recently endorsed New York state 10-point policing proposal.At least seven of the 10 laws proposed by sheriffs across the state have been introduced as bills in… → Read More

MVCC students to restore helicopter for Vietnam Veterans Memorial

ROME — The New York State Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Inc. took possession of a UH-1 Huey helicopter on Saturday morning, which was → Read More

Sprucing up Utica, Rome parks

UTICA — United Way of the Mohawk Valley was joined by local companies and volunteers Wednesday to spend the day on four volunteer projects as part of their annual Day of Action.Two groups of volunteers installed "Born Learning" signs along park trails at Quinn Park in Utica and Pinti Field in Rome. The signs are developed to help encourage early childhood education and learning through… → Read More

Local public safety awards presented

UTICA — Five awards were presented to public safety workers Tuesday at City Hall.Mayor Robert Palmieri, police Chief Mark Williams, fire Chief Scott Ingersoll and multiple members of American Legion Post 229 in North Utica presented the following awards:— Fire Lt. William Scherer and firefighter Esheer Kenyaw were given Co-Firefighter of the Year awards.— Investigator William Williams and U.S.… → Read More

MWPAI museum opens doors again

UTICA — A historic, cultural symbol of downtown is back after closing its doors due to the pandemic.Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute’s → Read More

Cooling off at Delta Lake

Delta Lake State Park was a popular spot Saturday to hit the beach and cool off while enjoying Independence Day.The park is open for the season, albeit → Read More

Food Bank of Central New York doles out meals in Rome

ROME — The Food Bank of Central New York hosted a food distribution at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church early Friday evening.Each vehicle received two boxes containing produce, meat, and dairy products to make healthy meals for their family.Over 700 boxes were expected to be distributed.The food distributed is through the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The program… → Read More

Sherrill holds social-distancing parade for students

SHERRILL — With schools being closed, teachers and their students have been told to stay home and conduct classwork online as much as possible.E.A. → Read More

Kids Fest in Rome fun, educational

ROME — Cinema Capitol welcomed children and their families Saturday afternoon to kick off the mid-winter recess.The Utica Zoo-Mobile presented animals from across the globe, including a special African animals exhibit.Kids also were able to present the news, sports or weather on a green screen while viewing themselves on a monitor with the help of TV personalities from WKTV.A trivia contest… → Read More

Trump supporters unite in Utica

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Teacher’s pet: Dog guest stars in classes at local school

NEWPORT — It’s not every day you see a dog walk through the hallways or attend class at school.Not only do West Canada Valley Junior-Senior High School students get to experience this, but they have the opportunity to take classes and learn from a dog and its owner.Meet Jenny, a black German shepherd whose owner, Kiley Treen, teaches multiple agriculture and animal-related classes to students in… → Read More

Teacher’s pet: Dog guest stars in classes at local school

NEWPORT — It’s not every day you see a dog walk through the hallways or attend class at school.Not only do West Canada Valley Junior-Senior High School students get to experience this, but they have the opportunity to take classes and learn from a dog and its owner.Meet Jenny, a black German shepherd whose owner, Kiley Treen, teaches multiple agriculture and animal-related classes to students in… → Read More

Christmas spirit nestles into Clinton

CLINTON — The village got into the Christmas spirit this weekend as it celerated the annual Shoppers' Stroll on Friday and Saturday.On both days, guests were able to escape the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and enjoy strolling through the village, enjoying complimentary food, drink, hospitality, music, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers and shopping from village businesses and… → Read More

Countdown to 2020 at downtown Utica's outdoor party

UTICA — Downtown will be the place to be this New Year's Eve — fireworks and all.Bank of Utica and the City of Utica, announced a free → Read More