The Oneida Daily Dispatch

Local and breaking news from the Ondeida Daily Dispatch covering Ondeida County and surrounding areas in Central New York.

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CAP of Madison County providing warmth to community
December 16, 2017, 7:46 pm | Source

Community Action Partnership for Madison County has officially opened its "Wrapped in Love" campaign.

Each year, the agency receives donations of scarves, hats and gloves, both hand-made and purchased. Beginning in November, the Housing Team distributes 20-30 sets of these items in local communities, tying them to fences, trees, poles and other approved locations to provide protection and warmth from the elements for those in need.

Amy Miller named Madison County Landfill deputy director
December 16, 2017, 7:44 pm | Source

Wampsville, N.Y. >> The Madison County Board of Supervisors recently appointed Amy Miller as deputy director of the county's Department of Solid Waste and Sanitation.

Miller is a long-time resident of the Town of Lincoln, where the Madison County Landfill is located. She will be responsible for supervising and coordinating engineering operations, as well as overseeing other projects at the Landfill from start to finish.

Pinard: Rail trail in Lenox a vision for the future
December 16, 2017, 7:21 pm | Source

Lenox, N.Y. >> From behind the skate park, all the way to Wampsville, the Town of Lenox is looking to start their rail trail and at no cost to the tax payer.

"This was an unkept utility strip. It would flood, we'd have geese flying in and out and people were dumping trash," Town of Lenox Supervisor John Pinard said.

Church volunteers pack Christmas baskets for local families
December 16, 2017, 7:00 pm | Source

Verona, N.Y. >> While they're not Santa's helpers, volunteers working at the St. Peter's Lutheran church were working just as hard.

The Verona Area Council of Churches is working on its annual Christmas project - Christmas baskets for Verona families in need, giving everything from food and clothes to a gift for a child.

Widespread flu leads to Oneida Healthcare visitor restrictions
December 16, 2017, 6:51 pm | Source

Oneida, N.Y. >> Effective immediately, Oneida Healthcare has enacted visitor restrictions in order to protect patients due to the recent spread of the flu. Restrictions have been put in place at Oneida Healthcare's hospital and extended care facility. These restrictions include:

.Children under the age of 12 are prohibited from visiting all inpatient areas, as they are more likely to have and transmit the flu virus.

VVS senior breakfast a community treat
December 15, 2017, 11:06 pm | Source

Verona, N.y. >> Putting together the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Senior Citizens' Holiday Breakfast is a group effort by students and faculty alike.

Emily Watson is an eighth grader and a member of the Family Careers Community Leaders of America Club. It's her second time participating in the holiday breakfast and according to her, it was a lot more chaotic than it was last year.

Around Town: Holiday celebrations
December 15, 2017, 7:20 pm | Source

Holiday concert

Canastota Community Band will present a holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Crouse Community Center, South Street, Morrisville. The program will consist of traditional Christmas selections including an audience sing-a-long. The Canastota Community Band, comprised of approximately 35 musicians, performs in parades and concerts throughout the year.

Canastota Corner: So many questions this holiday season
December 15, 2017, 6:43 pm | Source

Imagine, if you can, that it's late at night and you're in bed, perhaps not quite asleep when all of a sudden you hear loud singing voices and songs coming from the skies. What would you do? It's only natural that you would get up and see what it was. It would be frightening. The shepherd boys must have been scared by the bright lights in the sky until they heard what the angels were singing.

Letter: Wanderers' Rest victim of malicious hackers
December 14, 2017, 7:44 pm | Source

Wanderers' Rest Humane Association would like to make an announcement to all community members on behalf of its board members, employees and volunteers. It has come to light that our shelter has recently fallen victim to a form of hacking. No financial information or financial documents have been stolen or tampered with, but all contact information for our members and donors has been stolen and removed from our system.

Police Blotter for Dec. 14
December 14, 2017, 1:28 am | Source

Madison County Sheriff's Office

Friday, Dec. 8: Michael S. Warren, 53, of Chittenango, was charged with failure to appear.

Friday, Dec. 8: Robert B. Ladd III, 33, of Chittenango, was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal contempt.

Thursday, Dec. 7: Troy L. Leibert, 50, of Herkimer, was charged with two counts of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and an equipment violation in the Town of Sullivan.

Letter: Otto Shortell Middle School basket bonanza a success
December 14, 2017, 12:43 am | Source

The staff and students at Otto Shortell Middle School would like to thank all of the parents, community members, and businesses that helped make our second basket bonanza and auction on Dec. 5 a huge success. We were very pleased with the increased attendance and hope this continues as an annual event.

Letters to Santa
December 14, 2017, 12:43 am | Source

Dear Santa,

i thout i would make an early chrismas List this year Becusa im only asking for a fyou things. Minifidget spinner, Min Hatchimals four pack Littlest Pet Shop and then i whant a fyou speschil things for my family destines bounty for Henry a prity ring for grandma chockolate for papa and a locket for me.

Sounds of Hope Christmas concert in Clark Mills
December 14, 2017, 12:43 am | Source

Clarks Mills, N.Y. >> Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, 30 Clinton St., Clarks Mills, will host a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, to benefit International Christian Centers for the Deaf.

A free love offering will be collected to benefit the organization helping impoverished deaf children in the Bahamas, Cuba and Mexico; donations are tax-deductible.

Stroke brings winter blues to the Kallet Civic Center
December 14, 2017, 12:42 am | Source

Oneida, N.Y. >> The award-winning Stroke is bringing the holiday blues to the Kallet Civic Center.

Featuring Hall of Fame artist Israel Hagan, Stroke formed in 1982 and currently features the talents of Hagan on bass and vocals, Buke Babikian on drums, John Kelsey on guitar and Bill Barry on keyboards and vocals.

CNY weekend events Dec. 14 - 17
December 14, 2017, 12:42 am | Source

The following is a brief listing of some events taking place in Central New York this weekend.

Thursday, Dec. 14

Oneida: Tot Fun & Run at the Rec Center, 9 a.m. to noon

Oneida: Ready to Read for ages 2-5 at the Oneida Public Library, 10 a.m.

Verona: Madame ZZ will perform in the TS Steakhouse at Turning Stone Resort and Casino, 6 p.

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