Local and breaking news from the Ondeida Daily Dispatch covering Ondeida County and surrounding areas in Central New York.
Verona >> Despite a rainy forecast earlier in the week, family, friends, educators, and the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Class of 2017 were graced with sunny skies on Saturday to bid farewell to their high school and to embrace the unknown road ahead.
Superintendent Martha Group addressed the 170 soon-to-be graduates, reminding them of the theme of their yearbook and to carry their high school experiences with them.
HAMILTON >> Amy Sommers has a truly captive audience when she wants to experiment with some new ideas for fun activities at the Hamilton Public Library.
Sommers joined the staff at the library as their new program coordinator and digital services coordinator on May 1, so she is constantly looking for creative ideas for programming that will capture the imaginations -- and the attention -- of even the youngest patrons who visit their library.
ONEIDA >> Community Bikes placed more than 200 bicycles with low income residents from Madison County at its annual Bike Day on Sunday, June 11 at the Kallet Theater. The event served families and individuals from all corners of the county, from Hamilton to Chittenango to Munnsville.
"This was a fun day," said Community Bikes Founder and Chair Chuck Fox.
VERNON >> Four Directions Productions has been awarded second place in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) documentary competition, "Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities."
Four Directions' film submittal, "Return to Wellness," tells the story of Oneida Indian struggles to blend the old medicine indigenous ways with today's needs for more modern organized health care.
ROME >> Medications used to treat opioid addiction and alcohol dependence, such as suboxone, revia, naltrexone, and campral, are now available at Rome Memorial Hospital's Community Recovery Center, through its new Medication-Assisted Treatment program.
Located in downtown Rome at 264 W. Dominick St.
CANASTOTA >> The Canastota Alumni Association has chosen Edward P. Brophy as the recipient of the Vincent V. Albanese Achievement Award for his contributions to the community and the boxing profession.
Brophy, a Canastota native, graduated from Canastota Central Schools in 1976 where he participated in basketball and track as well as becoming an amateur boxer from 1974 through 1977.
The Week of June 25 marks the first week of the Canastota Public Library's Summer Reading Program. This year's theme is Building a Better World.
Monday will kick off the week on Monday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. with puppet show by Nancy Sander and Puppets with Pizzazz. Sander and her puppets will perform "Rumpelstiltskin" for children of all ages.
Canastota, N.Y. >> A positive mindset. Perseverance. Hope. And above all, cherishing those you love.
These were the sentiments the Class of 2017 took with them as they shifted their tassels to the left and strode out into the world as the 136th graduating class of Canastota High School on Saturday.
Oneida, N.Y. >> For the 133rd time, the Oneida City School District bid farewell to its best and brightest.
Family, educators, friends, and the community joined together underneath the Saturday sunshine to celebrate the Class of 2017 as some 130 seniors earned their high school diplomas.
Of the 130 graduates, 34 graduated with the gold cord signifying induction into the National Honor Society, five walked with a white and purple tassel cord signifying their induction into the National Technical Honor Society, six received their diploma donning the multi-colored cord of the National Art Honor Society, three graduates have committed to the United States Marine Corps, two graduates will join the United States Air Force, and one graduate will join the ranks of the United States Navy.
ALBANY, N.Y. >> With most voters paying more attention to President Donald Trump than state government, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislators kept their heads down and forged ahead in 2017.
They passed a $163 billion budget nearly on time, with record school aid and a previously approved tax cut.
Sylvan Beach, N.Y. >> Officials are beefing up security at the Beach.
Following a viral video of a multiple person fight and other instances of out-of-hand drinking, Sylvan Beach has had enough.
Mayor Gregory Horan says the village is not only enlisting additional help from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, it's also contracting security agency GT Cornerstone from Boonville to work the beach on weekends to crack down on drinking.
Canastota, N.Y. >> The Great Swamp Conservancy is home to more than birds, frogs, and turtles. Hidden beneath the mucky surface near the Main Trail live several earthworm species, including one unusual native worm.
Most earthworm species in New York State were introduced in the early days of European settlement.
Sullivan, N.Y. >> Madison County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a serious accident that occurred at approximately 11 a.m. Friday on Lakeport Road in the Town of Sullivan.
The two vehicle crash occurred on the railroad bridge on Lakeport Road, between Fyler Road and the Village of Chittenango.
Sylvan Beach, N.Y. >> A Utica woman is facing charges after being caught smoking marijuana at Sylvan Beach.
State police in Sylvan Beach arrested Shanell A. Sherman, 19, of Utica, charging her with fifth-degree marijuana possession, a class B misdemeanor.
On Thursday, June 22, at approximately 2:30 p.
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