Local and breaking news from the Ondeida Daily Dispatch covering Ondeida County and surrounding areas in Central New York.
Wampsville, N.Y. >> An Otto Shortell Middle School student reported another student for a remark construed as threatening towards the school.
On March 22, administration and the school resource officer were immediately notified and conducted an internal investigation and threat assessment. It was determined that the threat was not credible and the student indicated that the statements were made to provoke a response from a friend.
Rome, N.Y. >> Herb Philipson's has been purchased by an employee who has worked for the store for 37 years.
President of Merchandising and Operations Guy Viti became the official owner of the nine-store retail chain on Monday, March 21 after it went up for sale in January.
"My mother and I couldn't be happier than to see the sale of Herb Philipson's go to Viti," Company President Gary Philipson said in a press release.
MORRISVILLE, N.Y. >> Prepare to be hauntingly entertained as the Morrisville State College Theater Department and Student Government Organization (SGO) present "Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller."
The musical, composed by Stephen Sondheim and written from an adaptation by Christopher Bond, will be performed in the Little Theater of the college's Student Activities Center March 23-24 and 29-31 at 8 p.
Maple lovers have one more weekend to celebrate the New York agricultural staple when Maple Weekend returns Saturday and Sunday.
Local sugar houses, schools and farms will hold events both days, including Stockbridge Valley Central School and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School.
On Saturday, SVCS will showcase its maple products and programs from 10 a.
ONEIDA >> Upstate Independent Drum and Bugle Corps began its 2018 parade season on March 17 at the 36th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Syracuse.
The Corps has been rehearsing once or twice a month since November and took to the parade route for the first time on the windy, chilly Salina Street Parade Route before thousands of spectators.
Oneida, N.Y. >> For 12 hours, Melissa King will sleep outdoors to raise awareness for the plight of the homeless.
As Karing Kitchen coordinator, King volunteers extensively in the area and does her best to bring out people's empathy for those less fortunate.
For the past seven years, King has staked out a tent in the city for at least one night during the winter in order to get the community talking.
Utica, N.Y. >> Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol encourages residents to support the New York State Sheriffs' Institute, which began its annual Honorary Membership drive in Oneida County this week.
The Sheriffs' Institute was established in 1979 to advance criminal justice education, prevent juvenile delinquency, and support victims of crime and their families.
Oneida, N.Y. >> Oneida Healthcare has made leaps and strides over the last year to provide better care and services to the community.
Beginning in December 2017, Oneida Healthcare opened the Oneida Healthcare and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. The surgical oncology clinic provides a number of services to cancer patients in the greater Oneida area without driving out of town.
New York State Police
Tuesday, March 20: Seth A. Dibble, 28, of Georgetown, was charged in Madison with operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content level of .08 of 1% and driving while intoxicated.
Monday, March 19: Natal Ya Suprunchik, 30, of Spartanburg, S.C., was charged in Schuyler with unlawful possession of marijuana and a motor vehicle violation.
Oneida, N.Y. >> The former Moose Lodge on Route 5 was the topic of discussion at Tuesday's Common Council meeting.
Despite the owner of the 409 Genesee St. property not being present, nor a representative, councilors agreed to hold a public hearing to discuss the former lodge.
Firefighter and code officer Travis Krol represented the Oneida Fire Department and the findings made on the property.
It's a fact of life that many of our everyday items are no longer made in the USA. This is not going to be a discussion about the complex economic issues, but it is nice to point out that some businesses are thriving. We often review quality, useful, or innovative products. So, it is good that we can suggest some things that we personally like, and also find that they are made in the USA.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. >> Syracuse Monster Jam returns to the Carrier Dome on Saturday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m. for its eighth consecutive year.
The new season will bring motorsport fans to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family.
The following is a brief listing of some events taking place in Central New York this weekend.
Thursday, March 22
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.
Oneida, N.Y. >> The city of Oneida performed repairs on a sewer main that broke on Main Street on Monday.
Water Superintendent Art Smolinski said the city has been monitoring a depression in the road for the last week. A camera was fed through the sewer line to inspect it a few days ago, but it couldn't go through.
Wampsville, N.Y. >> Victoria Leahey loves to paint, and that love is now on display as part of the Oneida City School District's art show.
The 11-year-old's artwork -- a hot-air balloon -- was one of hundreds lining the walls of Otto Shortell Middle School on Tuesday night as dozens of families milled through the hallways, looking at the various projects their children worked on throughout the year.
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