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Local News Archive - 1999 Part II


Global Aviation Services Jobs

A ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the launching of an aviation repair company's, (Global Aviation), opening in the Griffis Business and Technology Park. Governor Pataki attended the ceremony which was held on Tuesday, August 25, 1999. Plans are to repair 150 jumbo jets annually. A lease was signed betweenthe Griffiss Local Development Corporation (GLDC) and Aviation Resources LLC, earlier this year. Aviation Resources LLC is 49 percent owned by the Mohawks of Kahnawake, through the Kahnawake Aviation Resources Authority (KARA). There is a potential of up to 360 more jobs being created within the next five years. Currently, 89 jobs have been created, according to CEO Frank Arvay. The Mohawks of Kahnawake are expecting 25 percent of the jobs positions to be filled by Mohawks. (August 28, 1999)


Herkimer County Chanmber of Commerce has New Leader!

Matthew Stubley, IHS '80, was appointed by the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce as executive director. He succeeds Ted Adams, who has been the executive director for the past 26 years. Matt, 37, lives in Ilion with his wife, Deanna, and their daughters. He has been a photographer for the past fourteen years. Currently, there are 750 members in the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce. (August 21, 1999)


Up to 300 E-commerce Jobs in Utica!

An internet-related financial services company, TFCN - The Financial Commerce Network (TFCN), announced plans to open an e-commerce call center, in Utica, and employ up to 300 people in hi-tech jobs. Utica offers significantly lower set up and operating expenses. Annual salaries are expected to range from $25,000 - $75,000 depending upon the job function. To apply for positions in the Utica center, TFCN plans to add an employment submission feature to their interim website shortly. Please send all resumes to the attention of Todd M. Nisbet, via fax 212.742.9872.

"Utica provides an ideal opportunity for TFCN's customer support operations. \It provides real cost savings for us and we bring opportunities to grow technology-related employment in the area," stated Rick Bach, Intrex.com, Inc.'s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

The Vice President of Marketing, Dennis Adamo, said resumes and applications will be accepted soon for the following positions: (modified August 28, 1999)

  • Personal Relationship Managers - 85 employees needed, Salary: $75,000
  • Supervisors - 25 positions, Salary: $50,000 - $65,000
  • Customer-service Reps - 25 - 35 positions, Salary $25,000+
  • Technical Group - Systems Administrator, database administrator, network administrator, etc.
  • Support Staff - secretaries, human resouces - 25 needed
  • Executive Management team - 10 positions

    Woodstock '99 Crime Photos

    New York State Troopers are currently investigating numerous reported incidents including larceny, criminal mischief and sexual assault that occurred at the Woodstock '99 Festival. "Some of the concert goers photographed were committing crimes; others may have information that would help ... identify those who were committing crimes." Satisfy the voyeur in you and visit the NYS Police web site - Woodstock Crime Photos. See related story - Media Seek Cop Site Photo Removal and for the complete media take on the Rome, NY event - see Woodstock 99. (August 9, 1999)


    New Herkimer Wal-mart Hiring!

    In preparation for the October opening of the new Herkimer Wal-Mart Supercenter, applications are being accepted for the 400 to 450 postions that need to be filled. Applicants can apply for Wal-Mart positions, at Herkimer High School, 8 am to 4 pm, Monday thru Friday, and 8 am to noon, Saturdays, until September 7. Jobs and training are available in such areas as: front end service, maintenance, receiving, office, sales associates and department managers, food area associates, and tire and lube express. The new store will have 203,000 square feet, making it one of the largest store prototypes Wal-mart currently builds. (August 5, 1999)


    Computer Firm Moving to Utica

    A new computer manufacturing firm, Laptop Computing.com Inc., announced it is moving to Utica. Firm president, Aaron Cunningham, announced the company will hire 24 to 45 employees to start and could hire up to 200 workers within the first year. The firm's manufacturing site in the Raleigh, N.C., Reasearch Triangle Park has been closed. The company is negotiating to rent the first floor of the Harza Northeast building, located in downtown Utica. The company makes desktop and laptop computers. Cunningham said he is moving the manufacturing operations to Utica because 92% of his sales are Internet based, so it doesn't matter where the manufacturing work is located. The cost to lease manufacturing space in Utica is considerably less than the cost in Raleigh. The firm was directed to Utica by U.S. Representative Sherwood Boehlert, according to Utica mayor, Ed Hanna. (July 26, 1999)


    Ilion Days Winners

    Congratulations to all participants in the annual Ilion Days Festivities. A summary of event winners, is available. Ilion Days ended Sunday - July 25th, with a fantastic Fireworks Display. The fireworks celebration took place in Community Park, located on East Street. (July 26, 1999

    Can you guess which IHS Alumnus won with this Bloomin' Crazy Entry?


    Old Photos in Calendar...

    The Ilion Board of Light has published an 18 month calendar that celebrates 100 years of service. The calendar spans July 1999 - December 2000. It features many old photos of Ilion and historical information on the Board of Light and village. Click on over to the Ilion Days Site - IBLC Calendar, to find out more information about ordering this calendar. If you like the 'Retro Vision' area of the alumni site, you'll LOVE the calendar! (July 17, 1999)


    Local Entertainment Happenings...

    From the Woodstock '99 festival, to our own Ilion Days, there is lots to see and do in the area for local entertainment. Thus, we've created a new page - Local Entertainment and Events. Check it out for a great schedule of entertaining events this Summer, in the Ilion, and nearby communities! (July 10, 1999)


    Ilionites Running in the 1999 Boilermaker 15k Road Race

    As of Friday, July 9, 1999, here's the list of Ilion Runners in the 1999 Boilermaker 15k Road race. Former Ilionite, Stephen 'Chris' Getman '92, age 24, now living in Ithaca, NY, ran the 2nd fastest time of any local man in the 1998 Boilermaker, behind Utica native Peter Pazik of Wallingford, Conn. Pazik ranked 38th, in 48:17, in the '98 Boilermaker. Chris also won Utica's Summer Sizzle 5-Mile Run on June 27, of this year, in a 26:07 win.In January, he ran his first marathon (see Sports Section for related article) in Houston. This May, Chris finished 15th in Philadelphia's Broad Street 10-Mile Run (51:22). Chris works for an architectural firm in Ithaca, NY. Good Luck Chris and other runners! Find out more about this fantastic Utica road race at The Boilermaker Web site! (July 9, 1999)


    Celebrate Ilion's Marina

    A ceremony, to mark the completion of the Ilion Marina and Central Avenue Canal Corridor Initiative project, will be held at 8 pm, July 11, at the marina. A lighting ceremony, for the newly installed antique street lights, will be held during intermission of a concert by the Utica Symphony Orchestra. A fireworks display will immediately follow the concert. In the event of rain, the concert will be performed at the Ilion High School auditorium at 8 pm.

    The federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Agency invested roughly $420,000 in Ilion's Canal Corridor Initiative project. Ilion is among 10 communities, along the Canal Corridor, that has begun canal-related economic projects with HUD money. Todd Howe, deputy chief of staff for HUD, was the speaker, June 30th, at Ilion's marina during a meeting of community leaders. The second phase of the Ilion marina project, developing more RV sites and boat launches, will be funded through the Environmental Quality Bond Act. (July 2, 1999)


    75th Anniversary of Russel Park Celebration

    The Friends of Russell Park are holding a grand celebration to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the founding of Ilion's Russell Park. The park was a gift of 160 acres of woodland, given by Samuel T. Russell. In 1924, the park was designated the Albert N. Russell Park, in memory of Samuel's father. Samuel Russell also donated $25,000 for park development. Camp Russell, at White Lake, was his gift to the Boy Scouts.

    The celebration will be held June 12 - 10 am, at the lower pavillion of Russell Park. Events include a Re-dedication of the park with a plaque, a barbeque, and field days. (June 12, 1999)


    Day seeking Republican Nomination for Coroner

    John Day - IHS '73 is seeking the Republican nomination for the office of county coroner, in District 4, which covers the towns of German Flatts, Frankfort, Litchfield, Columbia and Winfield. The incumbent coroner, Don Applegate - IHS '62 is not seeking another term. John Day recently retired as deputy fire chief of the Ilion Fire Department. He is currently a licensed funeral director-home manager with Applegate and Day Funeral Home in Ilion, Graves-Applegate-Day Funeral Home and Murphy Funeral Service, both of Mohawk, and is manager of Day and Applegate Monument Service in Ilion and Mohawk. Mr. Day is the son of Charlotte and the late John (Jack) Day - IHS '48. (June 12, 1999)


    Incumbant Candidates Re-elected

    Charles Haggerty and incumbant Trustees, Mark Cushman, and Kevin Bluett '74 were re-elected in the June 1, village election. Haggerty received 624 votes to Ms. Smith's 425. Cushman garnered 742 votes, and Kevin Bluett had 740 votes. Tom Bechard '72 received 121 write-in votes, Charles Lester '74 received 95 write-in votes. Kudos to all candidates for their willingness to serve their community! (June 4, 1999)


    Ilion Marines battle Antrax Vaccine

    The famililes of Bradley Watson '96 and Adam Cooper '97 are fighting to have the mandatory anthrax vaccination program halted, due to concerns about the safety of the vaccine. Brad Watson, stationed in Hawaii, is the son of Tim Watson '64. Brad refused three doses of the vaccine. He is scheduled to receive the fourth of six shots next month. Adam Cooper, also stationed in Hawaii, has refused all vaccinations. Adam's parents, Al and Mary Cooper, are concerned that his refusal will cost him his military career.

    According to a recent article in "Vanity Fair" magazine, the additive squalene was found in batches of the vaccine. Squalene , a known carcinogen, may be associated with auto-immune illnesses and may be the additive that is responsible for 'Gulf War Syndrome', a disorder the federal government does not recognize. Mark Zaid, an attorney with the James Madison Project, claims the vaccine would have to be considered an experimental drug if the vaccine does contain squalene. The effect of this classification would require the consent from the men and women receiving the drug. The Food and Drug Administration approved the vaccination and the Pentagon denied adding anything to the vaccination. Opponents of the vaccination will argue for an injunction and/or file a lawsuit if the drug does contain squalene. (modified June 1, 1999)


    Maximus Inc. expanding in Little Falls

    Maximus Inc., founded in 1975, is one of the nation's leading providers of health and human service program management and consulting services to state and local governments. MAXIMUS services consists of two lines of business: Government Operations and Consulting. The MAXIMUS Consulting Division seeks Programmer Consultants to develop systems, to support one of their fastest growing practice areas in developing data based systems, in Little Falls, New York. Jan Nesom, a Maximus employee and Manager of Ostamein LLC, fell in love with the city of Little Falls four years ago. She wanted to relocate to the city without having to find a new job. Maximus management opened the Mohawk Vally office in response to her request. The company is seeking three programmers to assist its current Little Falls staff. The city's Urban Renewal Agency named Maximus Inc., as the preferred developer of property at 609 East John St, Little Falls. (May 12, 1999)


    Academic Degree Programs Offered On-Line

    Herkimer County Community College will offer six academic degree programs in the Fall, on-line, through the Internet Academy. HCCC will be the first community college in the nation to begin this type of technology-assisted academic syllabus. Degree programs will be offered in business administration (associate of arts and associate in applied sciences), criminal justice (AA and AAS), general studies (AA) and travel and tourism (AAS). Four more programs are scheduled to be added for Fall 2000: business and accounting (AAS), criminal justice: security (AAS), liberal arts and sciences: humanities (AA) and liberal arts and sciences: social sciences (AA). Students will have full on-line suport services like library, academic, tutoring, financial aid assistance and counseling and testing. Out of town and retired professors could easily teach through the Internet Academy. The program coordinator is William Pelz. (May 12, 1999)


    Independent Candidates Wiped Off Village Election Ballots

    Republican incumbant Trustee, Mark Cushman, successfully challenged the petitions of Independent candidates Chuck Lester '74 and Tom Bechard '72. The challenge claimed the petitions contained incorrect addresses, duplicated signatures, non-village resident signatures and signatures of non-registered voters. The Herkimer County Board of Elections upheld Mr. Cushman's challenge. The only other candidate up for the Trustee positions is Republican incumbant, Kevin Bluett '74. 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. The Independent candidates are still seeking election, as write-in candidates, in the June 1st election.(May 7, 1999)


    Ilion Days Committee Adopts Parking Island Again

    Come join the fun of the Bloomin' Crazy Contest!

    Check out the evolutionof the parking island from the before picture to the after picture. Many thanks go out to Bob and Ann Dreizler, Gale Hatch, Bob McDowell and the Ilion DPW for their assistance in 1998!

    1998 - Before Adoption

    1998 - After Adoption


    Mohawk Valley Nursing Home Plans to Buy Former Ilion Hospital

    The Mohawk Valley Nursing Home plans to buy the former Mohawk Valley General Hospital from St. Luke's-Memorial Hospital Center for $1.5 million. St. Luke's bought the hospital building in the mid-1990s for $1, from the towns of Frankfort and German Flatts. The nursing home plans to expand its services, including occupational therapy, outpatient care, adult day care and social day-care programs. The hospital building contains more than 50,000 square feet of space on four floors. It will take from six to nine months until the nursing home can open its new space. (May 5, 1999)


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