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Local News Archive - 1999 Part I
Local Colleges Among the Nation's Most Wired
Three Mohawk Valley colleges, Colgate University, Hamilton College and SUNY College of Technology were all ranked among the "100 Most Wired Colleges" in a report compiled by Yahoo! Internet Life. Colgate placed 5th, Hamilton ranked 83rd and SUNY Utica-Rome placed 95th. (April 22, 1999)
Alumni Running for Village Offices
Kevin Bluett '74, is a Republican candidate and, Chuck Lester '74 is an Independent Candidate for Village Trustee. Two, 3-year term Trustee positions will be filled in this year's June election. Kevin is an incumbant candidate for the Trustee position. Tom Bechard '72 is also an Independent candidate for a Trustee position. The only other candidate up for the Trustee positions is Republican incumbant, Mark Cushman. The Democrats do not have any candidates on the slate, except for current Trustee, Norma Smith, who will be running against incumbant Mayor, Charles Haggerty, the Republican Candidate. (April 17, 1999)
Alumni Running for School Board
Lawrence Thibault '74, is running unopposed for a five-year seat on the Ilion Central District School Board. Larry is a current member of the Board. He will be joined, in the May 18th election, by Daniel LaLonde '75. There are two seats open in this election and Larry and Dan are the only candidates seeking the seats. (April 17, 1999)
UnionTools adding more than 100 jobs....
UnionTools announced plans to begin a $3 million expansion project that will be bringing an additional 110 jobs to Frankfort. The company currently employs 252 people. The new jobs are being created as the manufacturer of lawn and garden tools consolidates its smaller manufacturing plant in Columbus, Ohio, with its Frankfort facility. (March 5, 1998)
Looking for pre-1960 Ilion Eagle Scouts for 'Wall of Fame'....
Did you become an Eagle Scout prior to 1960? If so, please send an email to me and I'll pass along your information for inclusion in the 'Ilion Eagle Scout Wall of Fame Plaques'. Dan Joslin, of Boy Scout Troop 9, is creating a large plaque to include the names of all Ilion's Eagle Scouts. To date, there have been about 135 Eagle Scouts from the village of Ilion. (February 23, 1998)
Woodstock 30th Reunion in Central New York! ...
Woodstock '99 is coming to the former Griffiss Airforce Base (Rome, NY) - it's official!. The 30th reunion concert is expected to draw 250,000 concert goers to Central New York for the 3 day concert, July 23-25. The 1994 - 25th Anniversary Woodstock concert was held in Saugerties, NY. Ticket prices are expected to be about $135 for the three-day event. Promoters estimate that the event will generate $30 million into the local Rome economy. (February 13, 1999)
Pratt Institute of Brooklyn teaming with Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute ...
The two art institutes are teaming up to offer a four-year degree program that will begin in Utica and end with a bachelor of fine arts degree from the prestigoius Pratt Institute. Students will complete their first two years at Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute and finish degree requirements on the Brooklyn campus. (January 28, 1999)
Municipal Building Veterans Wall of Honor....
The Ilion Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree has taken on the project of updating and refurbishing the Combat Veterans Wall of Honor in the Ilion Municipal Building. The Knights will be joined by volunteers from the Marine Corps League and the Ilion American Legion Post 920. Any verteran of a recognized war (World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm) who is not listed on the wall may send a copy of his or her DD 214 (discharge certificate) and proof that his or her home of record was Ilion when he or she was enlisted, drafted or was commissioned an officer in the military. The veterans must have served in a combat zone. Mail information to: Veterans Wall, P.O. Box 270, Ilion 13357. (January 16, 1999)
Judge Rules DiPiazza can NOT move back to Frankfort....
Supreme Court Justice Philip Berke granted Herkimer County District Attorney Michael Daley the opportunity to present oral arguments opposing DiPiazza's release and return to Frankfort, in a hearing held Monday, January 11, 1999. Mr. Daley traveled to the Fort Edward courthouse, in Washington County, on Friday, January 8, 1999 to present his request. The judge granted his request and scheduled the hearing for January 11, 1999. A representative of the state attorney general was also scheduled to be at the January 11th hearing to present arguments against DiPiazza's return.
A bus load of Valley residents accompanied District Attorney Daley to Monday's hearing. Included in the group were Noreen Jones' Aunt Frances 'Chicky' Irons, and Noreen's brothers, George and Brian Jones, and Noreen's mother, Mrs. Flora Jones. The courtroom was packed with people for the hearing, a rarity in hearings of this type.
Fifty-four year old Bennedict DiPiazza appeared in court with his attorney, Charles Wilcox. Mr. Wilcox argued that the Division of Parole had made only limited attempts to find Bennie DiPiazza a home and a place to work. Mary Hill, an assistant state attorney general argued that the Division of Parole had made "....numerous exhaustive efforts..." to find him a home, mentioning California, Vermont, Utica, and three hotels in Syracuse. All of the prior efforts were found unacceptable by the Division of Parole or were not possible because DiPiazza family members refused to allow the defendant to live with them. Judge Burke ruled that Bennie DiPiazza cannot move back to Frankfort or move anywhere near Frankfort. Judge Berke said to DiPiazza, "There is no way you should be returned to Frankfort and no way that will ever happen."
George "PeeWee" Jones was "elated" with the decision and thanked all who signed petitions, wrote letters and made calls on behalf of the family of murder victim Noreen Jones. (updated January 12, 1999)
Angry Protest over Bennie DiPiazza Parole Letter....
Herkimer Alumni Web Site....
A must visit.... the Herkimer High School - Alumni site, created by Michael Fullerton HHS, Class of '82. Let your Magician spouse know that he/she can join the fun now. (January 8, 1999)
Retirement Party Hosted for Deputy Fire Chief.....
IHS 1973 Graduate, John Day '73, was honored with a retirement party, hosted by the Ilion Fire Department Local 1885. The Party was open to all to come and wish John good luck in his new career as Funeral Director with Applegate & Day Funeral home. The party was Saturday, January 9, 1999, at 2 pm, at the Ilion K of C, on West Street. (January 20, 1999)
More Jobs will be coming to downtown Utica....
The telemarketing firm, APAC Teleservices, expects to employ 600 to 700 people by March, at its facility in the former Boston Store Building. The jobs pay between $7 and $7.25 per hour, with benefits and bonuses. At full capacity, the company will provide an annual payroll of $10 million for the area. The firm has hired 300 people and expects to hire 170 people, in January. APAC is based in Deerfield, Illinois and has 90 call centers in 20 states. About 25,000 people are employed by the 25-year-old company. APAC clients include consumer product companies, money-transfer companies, utilites and credit card issuers. (updated January 1, 1999)
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