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Reviews: Mohawk Valley (Utica-Rome) Area School Reviews

America’s Best Communities for Music Education: New Hartford has been recognized as one of America’s Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants.

New Hartford Scores 62nd In the Nation: The Daily Beast Top High Schools In America: The Daily Beast recently ranked New Hartford High School as the 62nd most successful high school in the nation. Graduation rates and college acceptance rates are primary factors in determining overall success along with statistics from the U.S. Department of Education.

New Hartford Recognized as one of the Best Schools in America by three separate organizations: Congratulations are in order. Recently, New Hartford has been recognized as one of America’s best schools by three separate organizations. The recognition is reflective of the achievements of our students, the commitment of our community, and the quality of our educators. From kindergarten through 12th grade, our staff is dedicated to the honored calling of teaching children and preparing them for the future.

New Hartford Senior High School is once again recognized as a high performing nationally ranked school by Newsweek and The Washington Post. Additionally, in March, the district received notification that our district was once again recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants as one of America’s Best Communities for music education.

Events of Historical Note

By Matthew Urtz, Madison County Historian

(Feb. 2015) On Saturday Feb. 28 at 1 pm the Oneida Public Library welcomes Historian Tom Henry who will present the “Fall 1939: Between Dorothy and Scarlett.” Henry will speak about the fun and quite serious events that occurred between the Hollywood premiers of The Wizard of Oz and [...]

That’s Lunch: O-D’s review of Raspberries Café

This week’s That’s Lunch! review is for Raspberries Café at 2634 Genesee St. in Utica. News staffer Barbara Laible and reporter Carolyn Bostick ate there recently and had this to say:About the restaurant: Established in 2006, Raspberries Utica boasts authentic Italian cuisine made-to-order. The breakfast menu features the usual staples such as eggs and toast, French toast, eggs Benedict, omelets, pancakes, [...]

Scout chief skips meeting on Camp Russell

Steve McEwan, Boy Scouts of America Revolutionary Trails Council executive, decided not to show up to a Wednesday night Save Camp Russell subcommittee meeting after he learned late Tuesday it wasn’t a troop meeting."I had printed some handout materials for the meeting," McEwan said, explaining he initially thought he was meeting with Ilion Boy Scout Troop 9. "At the last (Save Camp Russell) meeting, 80 people [...]

Police Arrests

Oneida Police Blotter Feb. 26

(Oneida, NY – Feb. 2015) Dale E. Martin, 51, of N. Main Street, Oneida was charged Feb. 23 with Petit Larceny. He is alleged to have stolen merchandise from Red Apple.

Jason A. Raymond, 35, of Madison Street, Oneida was charged Feb. 23 with Petit Larceny. He is alleged to [...]

Community Action’s Mentoring Program takes an Art Class

Pictured is Katrina Grimsley, 9 years old of Oneida.

(Hamilton, NY – Feb. 2015) The Mentoring Program enjoyed an art class at the Hamilton Center for the Arts for their February group activity. Kathy Herold led the mentees through an instruction of tracing shapes and mixing paint colors to create a paint collage. The mentees [...]

Sitrin to open unit for Huntington’s disease patients

The Sitrin Health Care Center plans to open the second nursing home unit in the state – and the first upstate – to specialize in the care of patients with Huntington’s disease and other neurodegenerative illnesses.The 32-bed unit is expected to open next January and should create 40 new jobs, Sitrin officials said."It’s desperately needed, desperately needed," said Alan Pfeffer, [...]

Whitesboro man accused of selling drugs

A Whitesboro man is accused of selling drugs, according to Utica police.David Smith, 50, of Stone Road, was arrested by the police Metro Unit with the assistance of the Uniform Patrol Division after a grand jury indicted him, police said.Smith was stopped Friday on the 900 block of Lenox Avenue and taken into custody.He was charged with felony criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of a controlled [...]