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Local News Archive - 2002-2007


Ilion 2007 Special Village Election...

Donna Felker was elected to the 1 year Village Trustee position, defeating David Murray, by 396 to 285. The two candidates sought the Village Trustee position vacated, in July 2006, by Trustee Doug Richards. The Special Village Trustee election was held Tuesday, June 19, 2007.

On Monday, April 16, 2007, The Ilion Democratic Committee announced their endorsement of registered Republican Donna Felker for the Trustee position. A Blog has also been launched www.twosides-goodgov.blogspot.com, to help keep residents accurately informed of issues important to the community.

The Ilion Republican Committee has not announced a candidate as of May 11, 2007.


Ilion 2007 Special Village Election Candidates...

Donna Felker for Trustee Blog - Donna Felker worked for over 20 years for US Airways in Utica and then in Albany, NY. She served as a training instructor, reservations sales superviosr and customer service supervisor at Albany airport. She is currently a Case Management Specialist at MetLife. She has resided in Ilion for over 30 years. She served on the Municipal Utilities Board. She is a native of Mohawk, New York and graduated from Mohawk High School in 1972.

David Murray IHS '82 was appointed Trustee by Republican Mark Cushman in July 2006 to complete one year ofDoug Richard's four-year term; hence the Special Election in June 2007. Murray was defeated by Allen Edick for the School Board seat in 2003. He also previously ran for, and was defeated in June 2006, for the Ilion Mayoral race. He earned 211 votes as an independent candidate for mayor, under the symbol representing the We the People party; an independent political action committee. He was a spokesperson for the All County Tax Payers of Herkimer County Association (ACTA). This group published a newsletter entitled W.A.T.C.H.-D.O.G. He was previously employed, for 17 years, by the Ilion WaterCommission.


"Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" and the "Village of Ilion web site is currently being re-designed"...

In August 2006, Mayor Cushman promised that the Ilion village Web site was going to receive a face lift. "Residents will be able to access board meeting minutes, make suggestions, view calendars of events and see announcements, all of which may affect them, Cushman said.... Cushman said he plans to have things in motion within a month or two, with residents seeing visual evidence on the Web site by late October."

Nine months after his great announcement, as of May 2007, there is nothing to show at all on the village of Ilion web page (one can't call it a site since there is only one page on www.ilionny.com and that page doesn't contain any relevant information. (May 15, 2007)


Benefit Held for Ned Bohr '71.....

Ned Bohr, a life long resident of Ilion, graduate of IHS Class of '71, and local self-employed contractor, was recently diagnosed with cancer. He is currently undergoing treatment at Roswell in Rochester. The proceeds from the Chicken BBQ benefit will help defray his astronomical medical bills. (March 21, 2007)

Saturday - May 12, 2007
Ilion Knights of Columbus
1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Live Music, Chinese Auction & Raffles
$10.00 Donation

Tickets are available at the Ilion Elks, the Ilion Knights of Columbus, Lennox, Bros. or Greenies Market. For more information, private donations, or tickets, please contact Maria Daz. (315-894-9284)


Village of Frankfort up and running on Digital Towpath!!!!!

In late 2006, The Frankfort Village Board approved joining the Digital Towpath as a means to upgrade the Frankfort village web site. The village of Herkimer is also operating their web site, as well as many other local municipal governments, on the Digital Towpath. A mere 4 months later and the new and improved Village of Frankfort web site is up and running!!!

The Digital Towpath supports over 85 municipalities and organizations, including Herkimer County and the Village of Herkimer. The Village of Ilion joined the Digital Towpath in March of 2006 under the John Gilmartin Administration.

Despite touting a platform of municipal sharing and coorperation, the current Village of Ilion Cushman administration has not followed up on utilizing the village's 2006 - $500 annual membership with The Digital Towpath. The Village of Ilion web site has not changed in months and months and has been showing the same 'Our site is currently being re-designed" for months. Ilion's current website is totally useless and does not contribute one iota to an informed electorate. As of April 14, 2007, one cannot even determine from the current Ilion village web site that a Special Trustee Election is going to be held in June 2007!

The current Village of Ilion web site doesn't even include the word 'Ilion' in it's Title tag. (May, 2007)


Dr. Seymour Scholarship Fundraiser..

The Dr. Jeffrey Seymour Scholarship Fund, St. Patrick's Day Dinner will be held on Saturday - March 17, 2007, at the Ilion Knights of Columbus, from 4 to 7 pm. Cost is $7.50 for adults and $3.50 for children under 12. Live entertainment following the dinner, from 8 to midnight, provided by Justin Smithson downstairs. The dinner is sponsored by Jeff's friends and family. All are welcome! Jeff was a 1983 graduate of Ilion High School. He died unexpectedly, in a car accident, on January 6, 1997. (March 14, 2007)


Prior Ilion Village Budget Was Reasonable and Sound.....

The NYS Comptroller's office found Ilion's Village Budget 2004-2005 to be reasonable and the Village's budget structurally balanced.

"We also recommend that the Board of Trustees consider amending the Village Charter to establish the authority for making transfers between the electric and water funds with the Board of Trustees. General Municipal Law, 94 provides that municipal utilities can be charged an amount equivalent to the real property taxes that such utility, if privately owned, would normally have been paid to the village. In addition, General Municipal Law 94 also provides that the village may earn a fair rate of return on the value of property used in such public utility." (February 25, 2007)


Village of Frankfort Joins Digital Towpath.....

The Frankfort Village Board recently approved joining the Digital Towpath as a means to upgrade the Frankfort village web site. The Digital Towpath supports over 85 municipalities and organizations, including Herkimer County and the Village of Herkimer. The Village of Ilion joined the Digital Towpath in March of 2006 under the John Gilmartin Administration. The current Village of Ilion Cushman administration has not followed up on utilizing the village's $500 annual membership with The Digital Towpath. Per an article in The Evening Telegram on Jan 12th, 2007, "A web site with Digital Towpath can sustain meeting minutes, calendars, contact lists, codes and local laws, real estate records, announcements, pictures, links and e-mail for municipality employees".

I recently sent a letter to the Editor of The Evening Telegram regarding The Village of Ilion web site. The letter appeared in mid-December 2006. See below for content of letter to the Editor. (January 12, 2007)

In March 2006, Ilion Village Officials announced that they were in the process of revamping the Village of Ilion web site in order to make it more informative and interactive for users. The announcement stated that the revamped site would be operated through Digital Towpath, which does the same service, for many municipalities, at a minimal cost per year. Other municipalities using this service include Village of Herkimer, Herkimer County and many other villages, towns and county governments. Over 60 Digital Towpath web sites are serving the public. "The Digital Towpath provides software that allows a local government to populate and maintain a credible, and useful, municipal web site, even with limited personnel, limited resources and no web site development training."

The Village of Ilion and the Village of Saugerties joined the Digital Towpath cooperative at about the same time - January 2006. The Village of Saugerties site (http://village.saugerties.ny.us/content/) is now operational. The differences between Ilion's and the Saugerties' web sites are like night and day. The Saugerties site appears professionally created, is easy to navigate and truly offers informative functions for the users of the site. The non-Digital Towpath hosted, existing Ilion web site, still has an animated image of a dog urinating on a fire hydrant. Is that how we should be 'marketing' the Village of Ilion?

In the The Evening Telegram August 17, 2006 edition, Ilion Mayor MarkCushman, said "Officials were talking with various Web site design companies, to see what can be done and at what cost, collecting their"...insights on how to use the site as effectively as possible." He planned to have the changes in "motion within a month or two, with residents seeing visual evidence on the Web site by late October." The only obvious changes visible on the Ilion site, since June, are the names appearing on the Village Officials web page.

Why isn't the Ilion Village Board using the existing plan and agreement to utilize the, award winning, Digital Towpath? Why is Mayor Cushman reinventing the wheel? What are the names of the web site design companies being considered for the task of revamping the village web site? What are their web design credentials and how do they match up against the advantage of using The Digital Towpath? Why isn't the Village Board trying to reduce costs by sharing and cooperating with other municipalities who already belong to the The Digital Towpath?

What a shame that it appears that nothing has been done, since June, tofollow through on the plan to use The Digital Towpath. If it had been done, one wouldn't have to ask these questions in a letter to the editor. The Village of Saugerties provides their Village Board Meetings and much, much more information online. Saugerties has done a great job of reaching "across the digital divide" by utilizing The Digital Towpath. Mayor Cushman said, "...an informed community is a strong community." Based on the appearance of these two village web sites, one might conclude that Saugerties community is far stronger than Ilion's is now.

Aileen Sweeney


The Evening Telegram - A Source for Local News

The Herkimer Evening Telegram archives news articles for 14 days. Check it out for all the local news; obituaries, sports, etc.. (July 14, 2004)



G. Roger Weeden, Jr., M.D. loving husband, father and grandfather, died on Thursday, August 24th, after an illness of only five months. Dr. Weeden was the husband of Lynn Burke Weeden; the father of Judith (Rick) Shafer, Christopher (Patsy) Weeden; and his deceased son, Roger Weeden, III; and grandfather of Christopher Jr., Kimberly and Nikkilyn Weeden, and Kurt and Erich Shafer. His sister, Betty Applegate; and brother, Willis F. Weeden, Sr., M.D., predeceased him. Many loving friends and relatives will also remember Roger. Dr. Weeden was raised in Frankfort, NY and graduated from Hamilton College. After serving in the Army's 126th Hospital Unit in the Philippines during WWII, he entered the University of Rochester Medical School. Upon completion of his training, he established a private practice with his brother-in-law, Arthur Applegate, M.D., in the Mohawk Valley where he practiced until his retirement. His patients came to him for widely ranging needs as he worked in several medical disciplines. His generation was the last of the general practitioners. During his retirement he worked as a plant physician for the Remington Arms. Roger requested that his body be donated to medical science. Friends and relatives may call on the family at the home of his niece, Mary Applegate Boyd, at 80 S. Fourth Ave., Ilion, on Saturday, September 2nd, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Roger admired the work done at the Masonic Research Lab. Those wishing to remember him with a gift may consider contributions to the lab located at 2150 Bleeker St., Utica, NY 13501-1738. (August 29, 2006)


Community in Mourning.....

Ilion Police Officer, Ryan Andrew Parks, son of retired Ilion Coach and Attendance Counselor Phillip Parks and Merry Ann (Parks) Wright and husband of Leigh Ann (Bennett) Parks IHS '98, was killed Saturday afternoon, July 10. Ryan's motorcycle was struck by a car operated by Deborah E. Rogers, age 41, of Richfield Springs. Rogers was driving without a license because of multiple drinking-and-driving convictions during the 1990s. Rogers failed to stop for a stop sign on Albany Road, swerved into Parks' lane and hit his motorcycle at about 3:45 p.m., on Saturday July 10. Rogers was charged with first-degree vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation. The DWI charge is a felony because Rogers had two previous convictions for driving while intoxicated, in 1995 and 1999.

Ryan Andrew Parks, age 35, of 177 Old Forge Road, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2004 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. Ryan was born on January 14, 1969 in Herkimer, the son of Phillip and Merry Ann (Thompson) Parks. Ryan was a 1987 graduate of Herkimer High School and a 1989 graduate of Herkimer County Community College with a degree in Criminal Justice. On November 22, 2003, Ryan was united in marriage to the former Leigh Ann Bennett. Ryan was a police officer in Ilion for the past 10 years and was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Herkimer. Ryan was a DARE officer in Dolgeville and a member of the Ilion PBA. He was an avid boater, camper, snowmobiler and outdoorsman. He enjoyed auto racing, especially the Indy 500, which he attended several times. He was active in catering dinners and fundraisers at the Ilion Elks and participated in The Relay for Life. Ryan loved and adored his family, especially his children. Ryan is survived by his loving wife, Leigh Ann, of Ilion; his mother and stepfather, Merry Ann and Larry Wright of Mohawk; his father, Phillip Parks of Herkmier; his son, Brandon Parks, and his daughter, Brianna Parks, both of Herkimer; a brother, P. Meade Parks and his wife Collette of Silverthorn, CO; two stepbrothers, David L. Wright and his wife Suzette of Ilion, and Daniel Wright of Mohawk; two sisters-in-law, Brooke and Nicole Bennett of Ilion; his mother-in-law, Cherri Hyer; his former wife and her husband, Sharon and Ron Edwards of Herkimer; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins, especially his Uncle Don, who was his inspiration for becoming a police officer. Ryan also leaves a multitude of friends and all his brothers in blue. Funeral services for Ryan will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 under the direction of Scott Hendrix and John Day at a time to be announced, with Father Paul Bailey and Father Walter Collins officiating. Friends may call on Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, between Ilion and Frankfort. Local police agencies will gather at 6 p.m. at the funeral home to pay their respects. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to the Ryan A. Parks Trust Fund, being established for his children. Arrangements are made by the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. (July 15, 2004)


Leonard Hendrix - New County Legislature Chairman

Republican Leonard Hendrix '61, of Ilion, was elected unanimously to serve as Legislature chairman. He takes over the position held by Anthony Maneen. Hendrix was vice chairman under Maneen. He was first appointed to the Legislature in 1977 and has since served on each of the board's individual committees.

Herkimer County Legislature Chairman Anthony Maneen '64 passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2003, in University Hospital, Syracuse. Maneen had battled diabetes, kidney and heart disease for some time. He represented District Four in Ilion for more than nine years. He was appointed to the Legislature to fill a vacancy on May 5, 1994. He was elected to the same seat, as a Republican candidate, in 1995. Maneen served on most of its major committees, including Education, Finance and Human Resources; he was also chairman of the Personnel Committee for a number of years. He was elected to a two-year term as chairman in January 2002.

The Legislature also appointed Jean (Keddell) Maneen '65 to fill the seat left open by her husband's passing. She was administered the oath of office by County Judge Patrick Kirk. Her sons, Francis and Joseph, joined her for the ceremnoy which drew a standing ovation from legislators. (July 27, 2003)



Rev. Robert W. Withington, Former rector of St. Augustine's Church, Ilion. The Rev. Robert W. Withington, 81, of 22 Edgewater Ave., died at the St. Francis Home, Laconia, N.H., on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002. The Rev. Withington was born March 31, 1921, in Adams Center, N.Y., the son of Dwight and Martha (Cooley) Withington. He served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II from 1942-46. He was a graduate of St. Lawrence University, Canton and of the University of the South. The Rev. Withington lived in Canandaigua, N.Y. where he was the rector of the St. John's Episcopal Church for 17 years, retiring in 1986. He moved to Laconia, N.H. in 1992. The Rev. Withington was also the rector of St. John's Church, Marathon, N.Y., Grace Church, Whitney Point, the Gethsemane Church in Sherrill, Trinity Church in Canastota, St. Augustine's Church, Ilion, and St. Paul's Church in Schenectady. Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Betty Jane (Heisley) Withington of Laconia; four daughters, Diana G. Mobley of Medfield, Mass., Joan K. Wing of Boca Raton, Fla., Karen R. Mancuso of North Bellmore, N.Y. and Mary Martha Withington of Saratoga, N.Y.; three sons, John A. Withington of New Bern, N.C., Mark H. Wright of Gilford, N.H. and Paul H. Wright of Derry, N.H.; 12 grandchildren, Jason, Andrew, John, Peter, Nicholas and Gretchen Wright, Jacob and Nathaniel Mobley, Jessica MacKinney, Sarah Svendsen and Stephen and Cathy Mancuso; a brother, Dr. Lawrence Withington of Watertown, N.Y. and a sister, Betty Gleason of Williamson, N.Y. He was predeceased by his first wife, Kathleen (Dodge) Withington in 1966.There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at the St. James Episcopal Church, 876 North Main St., Laconia, N.H. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, at 1 p.m. The Rev. Jonathan MacKenzie, rector of the church, will officiate. Following the service, a time of fellowship will be held in the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, Main Street, Canandaigua, N.Y. 14424. Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, N.H., is in charge of the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com. (November 20, 2002)


Veterans' Memorial Auditorium

Community groups, under the leadership of Mayor John Gilmartin, have begun considering plans to upgrade the Municipal Building's auditorium and its veterans' memorials in an effort to increase civic pride. The mayor invited area veterans organizations to a recent meeting. About 40 people from the Marine Corps League, VFW, American Legion posts and other organizations attended the Aug. 13 meeting and were responsive and enthusiastic about the project. As a result, three committees were established to look into various aspects of the proposed renovation project. A memorial or plaque committee was set up to research the memorials already in place in the auditorium. It is necessary to ensure all information on veterans is correct and updated if necessary. Restoration and building committees were also set up to handle other aspects of the proposed project. The goal is to raise enough money through fund-raisers, for materials, but a lot of the work would be done by volunteers from these organizations. The first fund-raiser, a bottle and can drive, was held in August. A show by the Side Street Sisters and Father Scott is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 28 in the auditorium. A pancake breakfast is planned for Sunday, Oct. 13, the weekend of Ilion High School's Mega-Reunion. "The mayor's goal is to see a memorial to all veterans and an attractive place for the public to come in and view the memorials and see the auditorium restored to its original grandeur," Village Clerk Gale Hatch said. "It could also be an attractive place to hold meetings, possibly board meetings, once the hall is painted, the drop ceiling removed and the floor refurbished." Gilmartin said. "The original auditorium was used during the 1950s to honor our veterans of past wars and after that, those who fought and died in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts." The mayor said some Gulf War veterans have said there was a plaque at municipal hall honoring those veterans, but no one knows now where it is. Because some veterans' names have faded and other names on a World War II plaque were mixed up when the plaque fell, some research has to be completed to make sure the names and information are correct. Criteria also has to be established for Persian Gulf and Afghanistan war veterans and for those veterans who served in the armed forces but came to Ilion from other areas. "These are things the committee will have to wrestle with to be fair to all of our veterans," Gilmartin said. Building Committee Chairman Don Sterling agreed the renovations would make Ilion residents proud of their veterans memorial and proud for anyone to come into village hall and see how the community honors its veterans. Presently, no funds are allocated in the village budget for the project, but Sterling said he feels the project could get off the ground through planned fund-raising events. "The fund-raising could work because people know now that the recognition of veterans is long overdue and that this project will provide an excellent setting for our residents to be proud of," Sterling said. The committee is presently getting estimates for building renovations. (September 5, 2002)


Sesquicentennial MegaReunion headquarters.....

The village of Ilion Sesquicentennial Committee fund-raising headquarters in Eckerd's Mall, which opened on July 1, will become the Ilion Mega Reunion Headquarters for the month of August. A collection of Ilion Central School memorabilia will be on display. Information regarding the upcoming October MegaReunion will also be on hand. A variety of Sesquicentennial souvenirs, gifts, home decorations, heirloom collections, including shirts, prints, cups and ornaments will be offered. Registration Forms for the MegaReunion will be available. Reunion Volunteers are needed to help during the hours that the Sesquicentennial/MegaReunion headquarters are open. Call Alice and Don Hall, at 894-4566, for more information on volunteering your time to help the reunion committee. Just a few hours of your time would be greatly appreaciated. (August 4, 2002)



Donald R. Davidson II, MD, age 78, of 10 Jefferson St., Ilion, a long time Ilion resident and local physician since 1949, passed away at home unexpectedly Monday, July 8, 2002. Dr. Davidson was born July 18, 1923, in Hancock, NY, son of Donald R. and Laura M. (Davis) Davidson. He attended schools in Hancock and was a graduate of Hancock Central School. He then attended and was a graduate of the Syracuse University School of Medicine, Class of 1946. Dr. Davidson was a proud veteran of WW II serving with the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Ft. Lewis serving as Captain with the U.S. Army Medical Corps. At one time he was married to Shirley Marsh, she passed away in 1979; he later married Helen Kane, she passed away on August 19, 1994. Dr. Davidson then wed Margaret "Maggie" Trevor on August 12, 1995, she passed away December 23, 2000. Dr. Davidson was self-employed for almost 50 years as a General Practitioner/Surgeon and also practiced obstetric and pediatric medicine. He served his internship at Binghamton General Hospital before coming to Ilion. He served as Ilion Health Officer, Remington Rand Plant Physician, Past President of the Ilion Hospital Medical staff, past Chairman of the Four County Medical Society and following retirement was the Remington Arms Plant Physician. Dr. Davidson was a member of the Ilion Lodge 591 F&AM and the Ilion American Legion Post 920. Survivors include his beloved children and their spouses, Donald R. Davidson III and his wife, Joanie, of California, Marsha Lyons and her husband, Charles, of Ballston Lake, NY, Cynthia Eller and her husband, Jack, of Virginia; his stepchildren and their spouses, Virginia Enea, of Ilion, Pat Reynolds and her husband, Rich, of Newport, Bill and Rhonda Trevor, Mike and Robin Trevor, Kevin and Barb Trevor, Dan and Linda Trevor, Tom and Kathy Trevor, Bridget and Kevin McKinley and Kelly and Frank Sheffield, all of Ilion; his cherished grandchildren including Jay, Robert, Laura and Amy Eller, Tamera and Kendra Delaney, and Justin, Josie and Dustin Davidson; his step-grandchildren including Bill, Don, Robert and Sherri Webb and Lisa Enea and Stephie Vulcano; one brother and sister-in-law, Fred T. and Phylis Davidson, of NH; and his sister, Amy B. Seleen, of FL. Dr. Davidson also leaves many friends and colleagues. He was predeceased by his sister, Margaret Kellam. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 12 commencing at 9:15 a.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Alfred Lamanna, Father George Greene, Rector of St. Augustine's Church will present. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer will be private and at the convenience of the family. Family and friends are invited to visitation Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. Those wishing to do so may consider memorial contributions in Dr. Davidson's name to the American Cancer Society. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. (July 9, 2002)


Sesquicentennial Committee opens fund-raising headquarters.....

The village of Ilion Sesquicentennial Committee will open a fund-raising headquarters in Eckerd's Mall on July 1 at 10 a.m. The headquarters will be open until July 31. A variety of Sesquicentennial souvenirs, gifts, home decorations, heirloom collections, including shirts, prints, cups and ornaments will be offered in addition to a large selection of patriotic home and business decorations to use in decorating for the "Celebrate and Decorate" contest. "Celebrate and Decorate" is the theme for the Sesquicentennial "Best Decorated" home and business contest. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges. Many activities are scheduled for Ilion Sesquicentennial Days. One added attraction at the mall will be the presence of Jim Parker, Ilion artist, who will instruct elementary-age children in beginning drawing. Videos of the 1952 Centennial celebration will be shown periodically under the direction of committee member John Janicki. Volunteers are needed to help during the hours that the Sesquicentennial headquarters are open. Call Alice and Don Hall at 894-4566 for more information, or come to the Eckerd's Mall July 1 and after to see what is going on. All funds raised will assist the committee and the village to cover expenses to celebrate this 150th birthday celebration.. (June 23, 2002)


Ilion Sesquicentennial Mega-Reunion - Next Meeting .....

There will be a meeting Monday, July 14 at 8:00 pm in the Auditoriumof the Municipal Building. Please attend if you would like to help with these celebrations. (June 23, 2002)


Village Election Results.....

The Village of Ilion Election was held Tuesday, June 4. New-comers, Democratic candidates John Gilmartin - Mayoral Candidate and Lois Manley - Trustee candidate were elected. The Incumbant Democratic Trustee candidate, Tom Bechard, was also re-elected. John Gilmartin received 842 votes defeating Republican candidate Kevin Bluett who received 439 votes. Lois Manley was the high vote-getter with a total of 856 votes. Tom Bechard received 770 votes. Republican candidates for the four year trustee positions were Jan Burling - 534 votes and Charles 'Chuck' Lester - 380 votes. Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to all the candidates for offering to serve their community. Polls were open from noon until 9 pm, at five locations: Municipal Building, Forge Hill Estates carriage house, the Herkimer County Marine Corps League building on Second Street, London Towers and Prindle Apartments.(June 4, 2002)


Medical Benefit Fund Raiser for Bob Jones and Mike Skinner

A Medical Benefit Fund Raiser for Bob Jones, Ilion Central School District Foundation - Vice President and Mike Skinner, retired Ilion High Faculty member, will be held at the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, on Thursday, May 16, 2002. The evening will start with a Spaghetti Dinner from 5-8 PM. Donation for the tickets is $8.00 per adult; $4.00 for children from ages 5-12; and a $20 maximum donation, per family for dinner. A maximum of 150 raffle tickets, at $50 each, will be sold prior to the Spaghetti Dinner. The drawing for the Raffle will be held at 8 PM, on May 16. Raffle Prizes will be $2000 for 1st prize and $1000 for 2nd prize. The winners need not be present to win. Tickets for dinner and tickets for the raffle may be purchased from committee members, at HSBC Bank in Ilion, and the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444. The following people may be contacted for more information:George DeLuco, John Wallace, Tim Day and Rory and Bob Turley. (April 22, 2002)


Village June Election.....


You can now review more Detailed Candidate Information

Current Ilion Mayor, Charles Haggerty, does not plan on running for re-election in June. John Gilmartin IHS '43 is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the mayoral position on the ballot. Current Village Trustee Kevin Bluett IHS '74 will seek election to the four-year mayoral post on the Republican ballot.

Lois Murphy Manley IHS '55 is seeking the Democratic nomination for a four-year Trustee seat. Incumbant Thomas Bechard IHS '72, who ran on the Democratic ticket in 2000, plans on seeking another term. The Republican Committee selected Charles 'Chuck' Lester IHS '74 and Janice Forbes Burling IHS '71 to run for four-year trustee terms in June.

April 1 is the deadline for nominating petitions to be submitted for the Republican Party. The Democrats have between April 9 and 16 to hold a caucus to choose who will run. Independent candidates can file between April 23 and 30. (April 19, 2002)


Ilion Sesquicentennial - Next Meeting .....

There will be a meeting Sunday, March 10th at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium of the Municipal Building. There will be a meeting at 6:00 pm specifically regarding the Sesquicentennial Book. Please attend and help us to put together this important document which will become a part of our history! We will be discussing layout, content, events. WE NEED YOU! Wendy's New Hartford restaurant on the following dates: 1/28, 2/25, 3/25, 4/29, 5/13 and 6/24, between 5 and 8pm, a portion of all proceeds will be sent to the Ilion Sesquicentennial committee! Please support Wendy's and let your family and friends know! (March 6, 2002)


Ilion Sesquicentennial - Brothers of the Bush.....

There will be a meeting Sunday January 13 at 7 pm in the courtroom of the Municipal building for anyone interested in helping to organize events honoring the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the Village of Ilion. The village was incorporated in October 1852. The committee urges all males to grow a beard starting on January 1, 2002. Those who now have a beard are eligible to participate and beard growers are not restricted to village of Ilion residents. The beards are to commemorate the founding fathers of the village. Beard registration will take place in April 2002 in the Ilion Municipal Building Auditorium with news coverage for the "Brothers of the Bush". Date and time will be announced in the future. Those with ideas or comments regarding the beard contest are asked to contact John J. Janicki at 894-3146. See related Sesquicentennial event. (January 9, 2002)


Ilion's Sesquicentennial Celebration!

The Village of Ilion will celebrate its 150th birthday in 2002. As part of the planning for the celebration, the village is offering 150 limited edition prints commemorating the village as it appeared at the turn of the century (1899-1900).
(January 9, 2002)


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