The
Oneida NY
Observer
NEWS

Your Neighbor: Bambi Niles brings therapeutic sounds of the harp to local patients - 11/17/2017
Turning Stone to open holiday season Monday - 11/17/2017
CNY weekend events November 16 - 19 - 11/15/2017

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Will Political Setbacks Unite the Republican Party? - 11/17/2017
Critics rip Tenney vote on tax plan - 11/17/2017
Madison County Health Department announces December flu clinics - 11/18/2017

SPORTS

What channel is Syracuse football-Louisville on? TV, time, live stream info - 11/17/2017
What channel is SU basketball vs. Texas Southern on? Live stream info and tipoff time - 11/17/2017
Lowry and DeRozan each score 22, Raptors beat Knicks 107-84 - 11/17/2017

OPINION

GOP tax bill 'a sham,' deficit-buster, massive transfer of wealth - 11/16/2017
GOVERNMENT LINKS

City of Oneida
Madison County
Oneida County
City of Sherrill
Village of Canastota
Village of Vernon
Town of Vernon
Oneida Indian Nation
New York State Government
USA.gov
NEWS LINKS

Oneida Daily Dispatch
Madison County Courier
Syracuse.com
Utica Observer Dispatch
Rome Sentinel
NewsChannel 9 WSYR
WKTV
CNY Central
Spectrum Cable News
Weather.com
COMMUNITY LINKS

Kallet Civic Center
United Way of Greater Oneida
Oneida City Center Committee
PAC 99
Oneida Public Library
Madison County Office for the Aging
Turning Stone Resort Casino
Oneida Improvement Committee
Madison County Historical Society
Sherrill Kenwood Free Library
Saturday, November 18, 2017
CLICK HERE to see the latest Madison County Sheriff's Department arrest blotter in PDF format.
CLICK HERE to see the latest Oneida Police Department arrest blotter in PDF format.
Dresden Scrap and Tinsel Ornament
Workshop at  Madison County Historical
Society on November 25 from 9 am- 12 pm
MCHS PRESS RELEASE

Come join us for Dresden Scrap and Tinsel Ornament Workshop for adults and children aged 9 years and up from 9:00 am-12:00
pm on Saturday, November 25.  Participants will be creating their very own Dresden scrap and Tinsel Ornaments using authentic
Dresden scrap image, vintage reproductions, lace, ribbon, tinsel, trims and repurposed items to handcraft one or more ornaments.
Participants are encouraged to bring any crafting materials they wish to include in their original designs.

Artist, Educator, Pamela Vogan Lynch will lead the workshop. Mrs. Lynch is a professional artist and retired Director of Art for the
Oneida City School District with 35 years of experience in art education. The workshop will be held at the Madison County Historical
Society on November 25 from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm. The cost for the workshop is $16. The workshop is limited to 20 participants. For
more information please contact MCHS at 315-363-4136, 315-361-9735, or history@mchs1900.org. The Madison County Historical
Society is a nonprofit organization that operates both a museum and the Mary King Research Library located at 435 Main Street in
Oneida.  The society continues to preserve, collect, promote, and exhibit the history of Madison County and its fifteen towns and one
city through the development of programs that enhance Madison County’s heritage. The historical society’s headquarters are
housed in an 1849 Gothic Revival Villa that is listed on the State and National Registry of Historic Places.
Madison County Sheriff's Office Offers
Winter Driving Safety Tips
MCSO PRESS RELEASE

Winter Weather Awareness Tips

(Wampsville) Winter weather can be dangerous if you are not prepared. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office asks that drivers start
to prepare for the upcoming winter months in now, since the first lake effect snow event is forecast this coming weekend.  New York
State is known for its cold, snowy and icy winters, especially in upstate NY. However, every part of the state is vulnerable to big snow
and ice storms and bitter cold.
Acting Sheriff John Ball says the best advice for driving in bad winter weather is to avoid it if at all possible. Don't go out until the
snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.  Ball also
stated that paying close attention to the radio and television is essential, for up to date weather advisories that affect our area.
If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared, and that you know how to handle road conditions.  Always
allow yourself plenty of extra time in your travels, even if you consider yourself a seasoned driver, always share the route you will be
taking to your destination with someone else, and carry your fully charged cell phone with you if you have one in case of an
emergency.

PREPARE:

Maintain Your Car: Check battery, tire tread, and windshield wipers, keep your
windows clear, put no-freeze fluid in the washer reservoir, and check your antifreeze.  If you use studded snow tires, NYS allows use
only between the time period of October 15 until May 1.  Have your mechanic check out your vehicle if you are unable to do so.

Have On Hand: flashlight, jumper cables, abrasive material (sand, kitty litter, even
floor mats), shovel, snow brush and ice scraper, warning devices (like flares) and
blankets. For long trips, add food and water, medication and cell phone with charger.

Stopped or Stalled? Stay in your car, don’t overexert, put bright markers on antenna
or windows and shine dome light, and, if you run your car, clear exhaust pipe and
run it just enough to stay warm.

Plan Your route: Allow plenty of time (check the weather and leave early if
necessary), be familiar with the maps/ directions, and let others know your route
and arrival time.

Practice Cold Weather Driving!

* During the daylight, rehearse maneuvers slowly on ice or snow in an empty lot.
* Steer into a skid.
* Know what your brakes will do: stomp on antilock brakes, pump on non-antilock
brakes.
* Stopping distances are longer on water-covered ice and ice.
* Don’t idle for a long time with the windows up or in an enclosed space.

PROTECTYOURSELF

* Buckle up and use child safety seats properly.
* Never place a rear-facing infant seat in front of an air bag.
* Children 12 and under are much safer in the back seat.

PREVENT CRASHES

* Drugs and alcohol never mix with driving. If you are planning to drink, designate a sober driver – have a plan!
* Slow down and increase distances between cars.
* Keep your eyes open for pedestrians walking in the road.
* Avoid fatigue – Get plenty of rest before the trip, stop at least every three hours,
and rotate drivers if possible.

The Sheriff noted that The National Weather Service will be issuing daily public information statements all next week. You will also be
able to find these Public Information Statements and more information on winter preparedness on their main web site at:  http:
//weather.gov/bgm/wwaw.  The Weather Service will also post information on winter preparedness on their Facebook page which is
https://www.facebook.com/NWSBinghamton  and Twitter page which is https://www.twitter.com/NWSBinghamton
Oneida Mayor Leo Matzke Appoints
Paul Thompson New Oneida Police
Department Chief
PRESS RELEASE

Mayor Leo Matzke is pleased to announce the appointment of Acting Chief Paul Thompson as the new City of Oneida Police Chief.  
Chief Thompson began his career in Oneida as a patrolman on January 1, 1989 coming to Oneida from the City of Norwich.   In April
of 1996, he was promoted to investigator and quickly moved up in the ranks.   In April of 1998, he was promoted to Sergeant and
onto Lieutenant in September of 2005.   In October of 2017, he was appointed Acting Police Chief due to the illness of Chief Meeker.
Throughout his career, Police Chief Thompson has received numerous commendations, awards and citations, including being
named Police Officer of the Year.  Chief Thompson is an Oneida native, graduating from Oneida High School.  He is married and has
three children.  The City will have a special Swearing in Ceremony on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Common
Council Chambers at 109 N. Main Street.  The public is invited to attend.
The Oneida Common Council will meet in Council Chamber at City Hall,
109 North Main Street in Oneida on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at
6PM.  The public is encouraged to attend.  
CLICK HERE to see the
agenda and resolutions on PDF format.