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1st — A man and woman are in custody after police raided a methamphetamine laboratory at 402 Riverside Drive near Floyd Avenue this morning. The bust was the first meth lab discovered in Rome, according to Police Chief Kevin C. Beach.

2nd — Kelly Ireland, age 46, and Patricia Pratt, age 47, have been together for 25 years. The women were the first couple to get a marriage license in Rome after New York State legalized same-sex marriages.

3rd — The state corrections department is "a little bit surprised" that area elected officials still seek to rescind the closing of Oneida Correctional Facility. "The issue of closure is final....It will close," Department of Corrections and Community Supervision spokesman Peter Cutler said Tuesday of the decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to close the Rome prison by Oct. 1.

4th — Due to dwindling membership the Adas Israel Synagogue building is up for sale. Alan Spindler, spokesman for the synagogue, said the congregation plans to remain intact and services are currently going on inside the building.

5th — Ten-month-old Premier Aviation is in a virtual mid-summer shutdown because of lack of work at the Griffiss aircraft overhaul facility. Most of the approximate 108 employees will not be reporting to work for the next two weeks although a handful will be on the job daily to respond to customers’ needs, said Greg Emerson, general manager.

6th — On the drawing board at Oneida County airport at Griffiss are a new roof for much of the fire station and heating system updates throughout the building, as well as possible asbestos abatement and exterior painting. Estimated project cost is nearly $525,000.

7th — Even though a downpour on Saturday night shut down the 9th annual Rome Rotary Club Canalfest for the evening, Missy Graves, Rotary president, called the overall event "very successful." Graves said they estimated attendance at the three day festival at Bellamy Harbor Park to be between 12,000 and 13,000.

8th — Verizon employees in Rome were out on the picket line today, the first business day since their contract expired. There are about 60 members of Communication Workers of America working for Verizon at its two Rome sites, said Jason White of the union.

9th — Legislation allowing a fund-raising effort to pay for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony and fireworks goes before the Common Council this week. The city is trying to raise money for the holiday tree lighting ceremony and refurbishing of the Trinkaus Manor lights and the pole-mounted light displays along major streets.

10th — U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. has filed a reply supporting the Oneida Indians’ petition urging that the U.S. Supreme court hear the tribes’ land claim case. The state and Oneida and Madison counties urged the court last month to reject the plea, arguing that the previous decision by an appeals court that essentially ended the long-running case should be allowed to stand.

11th —Voters in next month’s special election to pick the state Assembly member in the 116th District may mark their choice on a paper ballot that would then be put in a locked box for counting later. There would be no quick results like from a machine tally.

12th — Before 9:30 this morning, people were already in the Capitol Theatre for the Capitolfest 9, even though the event didn’t start until 1 p.m. They are among the hundreds in town for the ninth annual Capitolfest, a festival of vintage films in the theatre, 220 W. Dominick St. The visitors’ impact on the area is likely to amount to more than a quarter million dollars.

13th — Rome has selected recipients of federal grant funding for historic preservation and low-income support. Rome was authorized to receive $1,089,084 in program funds this year. Groups included Capitol Theatre, Keep America Beautiful of Rome, Mohawk Valley Community College, Rome Home, Rome Marine Corps League and YWCA of the Mohawk Valley.

14th — A total of 22 corps performed at the 2011 National Fife and Drum Muster held in the Village of Camden over the weekend. The 151-year-old Camden Continentals hosted the event. Spectators totaled at least "a couple thousand."

15th — An Oswego County 4-year-old who contracted Eastern equine encephalitis died Sunday at a Syracuse hospital. The girl lived in the town of New Haven, which borders Lake Ontario on the northern boundary. The girl’s death is the first human case in the state so far this year.

16th — There will be no "lights, camera...action" for the Oneida Indian Nation’s "First Allies" movie project until at least next spring. Filming of the movie had been scheduled to start next month, but now "at the earliest, it’ll be springtime," executive producer Sid Ganis said Monday.

17th — Some 400 miles from home, the remains of slain Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy Kurt B. Wyman were interred today at Arlington National Cemetery. At 10 a.m., the hour of committal, a period of silence was observed here by his comrades in law enforcement.

18th — Some exterior work for the Ridge Mills Elementary School renovation is running behind, but a school district official says the site will be ready for the first day of school Sept. 8.

19th — The multi-million dollar stream of federal money that has supported development of Griffiss International Airport for seven years dried up on July 1. Oneida County’s airport has been removed from the Federal Aviation Administration’s list of facilities eligible for continued funding through its Military Airport Program.

20th — Given the rapid relocation of inmates, the state just might beat its prison-closing deadline of Oct. 1 at Oneida Correctional in south Rome. With about seven weeks to go, there were just 128 men left behind bars in the facility that has a capacity of 1,194.

21st — Attendance was 34,415 for the 64th annual New York State Woodsmen’s Field Days that were held Friday through Sunday, said Phyllis White, executive coordinator.

22nd — Camden Cycle Riders honored the 11 men with ties to Oneida County men who lost their lives while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan with a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday for Freedom Park on the village.

23rd — Oneida Correctional Facility is now empty of inmates, completing a rapid exodus that began shortly after the state’s June 30 announcement that the south Rome site would close by Oct. 1. Oneida Correctional still has 55 corrections officers and 133 civilian staffers remaining, said Cutler.

24th — Arrivals for 2,500 incoming freshmen on area campuses began last weekend at Mohawk Valley Community College and Hamilton College, continued today at SUNYIT, and concludes at the end of this week at Utica College. At Hamilton College, some students have noted a celebrity arrival causing a stir among fellow freshmen — the daughter of musician and singer Jon Bon Jovi.

25th — A proposed $1.4 million cut in the county’s support for Mohawk Valley Community College next year would trigger state-mandated cuts of some $8.6 million in the school’s budget.

26th — A regional air carrier that operates small aircraft in the Northeast, Florida and the Caribbean will shelter much of its fleet in Rome this weekend until Hurricane Irene passes. Cape Air, based on Cape Cod in Hyannis, Mass., has arranged with Premier Aviation at Griffiss field to fly more than 30 of its nine-seater Cessna 402s out of harm’s way and park them in hangars here.

27th — The Army will use the Griffiss airfield as a staging area for airborne relief operations should New York City and Long Island need special emergency services when Hurricane Irene comes ashore this weekend. The first personnel arrive tonight.

28th — Andy Trinkaus has a plan to convert the entire Christmas light display on the Fort Stanwix parking garage to LEDs, saving the city big money on its holiday season electricity bill. The conversion, however, will cost more than $7,000 and require donations.

29th — Rome was spared from Irene, but her scorn was felt in Whitesboro, Utica and southern Oneida County when rain-swollen creeks jumped their banks. Later today, six helicopters from Illinois are due at Griffiss Airport for service downstate, where Catskill and Hudson River communities were flooded out.

30th — Town and village officials and business owners in Whitesboro are fed up with the flooding problems caused by large amounts of debris caught under the Sauquoit Creek Bridge at Oriskany Boulevard. Some are blaming the state Department of Transportation — stating it’s their responsibility to clear directly underneath the bridge and up to 20 feet surrounding it.

31st — The Thruway has been reopened to traffic in both directions, the state announced this morning. Some local roads remain closed, and the state Department of Transportation is urging motorists to avoid flooded roadways and plan ahead for travel in eastern New York State, which is recovering from Sunday’s Tropical Storm Irene.

RomeSentinel.com

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