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Ilion, NY Local News 2015

This is the Local News Archives Page for news stories that were featured on the Alumni Site, from 1997 through the present. See the links below for each set of years.

Other sources of local news are:

WKTV    My Little Falls
    The Herkimer Times Telegram
    The Observer-Dispatch


Local News Stories Archive

This is an archive of stories, of local interest, that have been featured on the Alumni site since 1997. Because the stories span the years from 1997 until the present, older pages may contain links that no longer work. These stories have been preserved for historical reference. (May 26, 2014)

2019 News

2016 News

2015 News

2014 News

2007-2013 News

2002-2007 News

2001 News

2000 News Part I

2000 News Part II
1999 News Part III

1999 News Part II

1999 News Part I

1998 News

1997 - 2013 School District News

Featured Stories Archive

Alumni Physicians
List of graduates who became doctors updated March 2023

Alumni Physicians - Guess the Grad
Graduates featured in Guess the Grad 1998 March 2011

Alumni Dentists
Graduates who became dentists Cover Story December 2014

Alumni Pharmacists
Graduates who became pharmacists Cover Story October 2020 - updated March 2023

Annunciation Parish
History of the Annunciation School and Parish September 1999

Ilion Hospital
History of the Ilion Hospital March 2011

Look Magazine, July 23, 1943
- Meet The People full page article with photos of Ilionites February 2, 2021

Village Officials Booklet
History of the Ilion elected officials in honor of James Garnsey - compiled by Janet Kirkland June 2014
Sports Stories
Featured sports articles 1997-2014

Ilion Days Current web site
Ilion Days Facebook Page

Ilion Days Celebration 1997 - 1999
The Ilion Days Celebration from 1999 November 2009

Bloomin' Crazy Contest and Events 1996 - 1999
      See the winners of the garden spots adopted by alumni

Ilion Little Theater
Retrospective history of the Little Theater Club November 2009

1999 Village Hall of Fame Induction
Ilion High School Boys Basketball Team of 1963 and 1990 Football Team were inducted into the Ilion Wall of Fame.

2002 Village Election August 28, 1999

Noreen Jones Murderer - Bennie Dipiazza
Parole conditions for murderer of Noreen Jones - August 28, 1999

30 Year Wrestling Winning Streak Against Magicians
Ilion - Herkimer Wrestling Match scores 1954 to 1998 - January 17, 1999

Henry Lefkowicz - Ilion Tailor Retired
Henry The Tailor retired in 1998. Read his incredible World War II survival story. When he was a young boy, he and his family were taken prisoners by the Germans and sent to the concentration camps. August 28, 1999

Ilion's Contribution to the Information Revolution


1972 Classmate Running for as Democratic Candidate for Mayor - June 2022....

1972 Alumnus Ron Schoonmaker - Ilion Village Trustee Candidate

Ron Schoonmaker was endorsed by the Ilion Democratic Party to run for the position of Mayor in the 2022 June Village election.


The Democratic Candidate for Mayor of the Village of Ilion is Ron Schoonmaker. Get to know the person not just a name. Everyone is welcomed but please don't turn it into a debate. Ron will answer any and all legitimate questions to the best of his knowledge.

WHEN - JUNE 4TH, 2022
TIMES - SESSION 1- 12:00 TIL 2:00 AND
SESSION 2- 6:00 TIL 8:00.
!!!!!!! DONATIONS TO MY CAMPAIGN ACCEPTED!!!!! (May 12, 2022)


Ilion My Childhood, My Memories: Growing up in a By-Gone Era

Kevin Hall Book

Former Ilionite, Kevin Hall, published this book about growing up in Ilion. - Ilion My Childhood, My Memories: Growing up in a By-Gone Era. It is available on Amazon.com.

"Follow this young boy from his ages of 6 through 13, as he explores his hometown of Ilion, the town he grew up in, the neighborhoods he lived in, and the many friends he enjoyed spending time with. Enjoy his many adventures and the sometimes-unexpected consequences of those adventures, not always anticipated by the young boy."

"Explore too, how the town physically changed as the boy grew into a teenager and would eventually leave, moving to another state and leaving behind all that was familiar – his home, his friends, his school, his young life." (May 12, 2022)


Remembering Rev. George B. Greene

Rev. George Burkeholder Greene, 91, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2021.

George was born on Christmas Day at home in Mohawk in 1929. He was the son of Arthur and Gladys (Jarrett) Greene. He was the second of four children. In 1941 the family moved to Clinton on Mulberry Street and in 1947 moved to Utica. He was a graduate of Utica Free Academy 1949, Indiana Central College 1955, and the Philadelphia Divinity School in 1958. On July 26, 1958, he was united in marriage to Shirley Wilson of Wabash, Indiana.

Father Greene was ordained a Deacon at the Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, May 31, 1958 by the Rt. Rev. Frederick L. Barry, Bishop. On St. Nicholas Day, December 6, 1958 Bishop Barry ordained him to the Priesthood at St. James,' Ft. Edward. He served at St. James Fort Edward from June 1958 to November 1968, then at St. Augustine's Ilion until his retirement in 2002.

George served as an elected member of the Cathedral Chapter of the Cathedral of All Saints. He was Deanery representative to the Diocesan Council and was Dean of the Western Mohawk Deanery. He also served as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, was a member of the Y.M.C.A. Board, a member of St. Luke's Memorial Hospital Mohawk Valley Division Advisory Board, former chairman of the Herkimer County DWI Board, member of the United Way Board, the Ilion Board of Light Commission, a member of the Ilion Conversation Club, and the Mohawk Valley Investment Club. For a few years after retiring from St. Augustine's church, George did weekday services at Grace Church during the time that The Rt. Rev. James Jensen was there. He also did hospital calls at St. Luke's, Faxton, and St. Elizabeth's. On occasion he would go to the Presbyterian Home, the Lutheran Home and the Sitron Home. Father Greene had been with the Albany Diocese for 43 years and with the Syracuse Diocese since 2002.

For 20 years (1992 to 2012) George served as vicar at St. Peter's by the Lake at 4th Lake, Old Forge. If you ever took the boat ride that departed at Old Forge, St. Peter's was pointed out on the trip. He was in charge of the upkeep of the property and for contacting clergy to help with services.

George is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Shirley of Whitesboro; his children, Matthew (Melissa) of Ellington, CT, Mark of Whitesboro and Rachel (Joseph) Deckman of Syracuse; his sister Susanne (Paul) Schauer of Orange Park, FL; and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren Robert and Arianna Greene and Jack, Jonah and Judson Deckman. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Nancy (Paul) Scheible in 2001, his brother Robert (Blanche) in 2006.

Calling hours will be held at Dimbleby Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Whitesboro on Tuesday, April 20 from 4:00-6:00 PM, The funeral will be held at Grace Church, 6 Elizabeth Street, Utica, Wednesday, April 21st at 11:00 AM, with The Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe-Bishop of Syracuse officiating. Former Bishop Herzog of Albany will be attending. Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery.

The church will be operating at 50% capacity. All Covid protocols will be required both at the funeral home and at church.

Our heartfelt thanks and gratitude go to all the doctors, nurses and caregivers that have cared for George, especially Patty, Marlene, and Kathleen. Also thanks to friends Margaret and Dina who were very supportive.

Donations in his memory may go to clergy families that are in financial need. George was in the Diocese of Albany for 43 years. The address is: Episcopal Diocese of Albany, 580 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY 12834. He was in the Diocese of Syracuse since 2002. The address is: Diocese of Central NY, 1020 7th North St. Suite 200 Liverpool, N. Y. 13088. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 23, 2021)


Search the Ella Dimock - Ilion History Volumes Files


Search the Ella Dimock - Ilion History Volumes Files - This link will open in a new browser tab and takes you directly to the fultonhistory.com search page.

In 2019, a grant was awarded to the Ilion Public Library to digitize four volumes of material that was created, in the 1950s. The material was compiled by former Ilion historian and high school teacher, Ella Dimock. These documents are housed in the Ilion Library Historical Room. There are four volumes in the collection. You can browse by volume.

Details about the chapters in the collection are available on this page - Ella Dimock's - Ilion History Volumes/Chapters Index.

There are 9 web pages with links to pdf files that span the four volumes. The link to the start of the collection is Illion NY History.

(**** note the misspelling of Ilion, with two L's instead of one L, because that is how the folders and files were named on fultonhistory.com)

Search the Ella Dimock Volumes

  • Filename contains AND

  • Title of the collection, you can use Ilion NY History or Illion NY History AND

  • Your search TEXT words or phrase in double quotes

  • Make sure you have the exact configuration of quote marks and parentheses characters

  • Select Boolean from the pull down menu under Items per page

Sample A. "Carney and Davidson" and (Filename contains (Ilion NY History))
Sample B. Carney and Davidson and (Filename contains (Ilion NY History))
Samples below use two l's in Ilion
Sample C. "Carney and Davidson" and (Filename contains (Illion NY History))
Sample D. Carney and Davidson and (Filename contains (Illion NY History))


Search Historical Ilion Related Newpaper links

Harold Whittemore - Editor of The Ilion Sentinel....

Due to the generosity of the Ilion Public Library's loan of The Ilion Sentinel newspaper source microfilm, Mr. Whittemore's articles are searchable and available online. In November 2014, the Ilion Public Library allowed Thomas Tryniski, webmaster of fultonhistory.com, to scan and therefore preserve, the newspaper pages. The pdf files can be searched or perused year by year, edition by edition, page by page. The Ilion Sentinel, newspaper was managed by Harold Whittemore for many years. It is no longer possible to browse the newspapers by year.(Added January 31, 2015 - Modified Aporil 23, 2021)

Ilion Library Microfilm - Ilion Sentinel

Illion NY Sentinel Browse 1917 - 1955

Illion NY Citizen 1857 - 1919

Utica Daily Observer 1848 - 1989

Utica Daily Press1882 - 1987

Herkimer NY Evening Telegram 1945 - 1974

(**** note the misspelling of Ilion, with two L's instead of one L, because that is how the folders and files were named on fultonhistory.com)

(**** note the misspelling of Ilion, with two L's instead of one L, because that is how the folders and files were named on fultonhistory.com)

Search Newspapers - This link will open in a new browser tab and takes you directly to the fultonhistory.com search page.

To search a particular newspaper issue, instead of the hundreds that are on the site, use the commands that are described below. Enter the commands in the search window's textbox.

  • Filename contains AND

  • Title of the newspaper, or part of the title of the newspaper AND

  • Your search TEXT words or phrase in double quotes

  • Make sure you have the exact configuration of quote marks and parentheses characters

  • Select Boolean from the pulldown menu under Items per page

Sample A. "golden bombers" and (Filename contains (Illion NY Citizen))
Sample B. golden and bomber and (Filename contains (Illion NY Sentinel))
Sample C. golden and bomber and (Filename contains (Herkimer NY Evening Telegram))
Sample D. "golden bombers" and (Filename contains (Herkimer NY Evening Telegram))

Created and maintained by Aileen Carney Sweeney - Class of 1974

March 11, 203