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Turin Town Council denied payment

The Turin Town Council won’t let a Kentucky man donate the funds to allow the town to obtain a legal opinion on its decision to ban Town Councilwoman Julia C. Ielfield from the clerk’s office.

The Johnson Newspaper group reported that the council declined to accept a $100 check from Kevin Brumley, a frequent visitor to Lewis County.

The board was offered the check at its meeting Tuesday night. Council members Edward Kubinski Sr., Joanne L. D’Ambrosi and Linda M. Galarneau all voted to decline the check to get the legal opinion.

Mrs. D’Ambrosi said Mrs. Ielfield was told by the board it was not going to bother to pursue the matter with town counsel.

On Sept. 18, Town Clerk MeLinda W. Maciejko denied Mrs. Ielfield entrance to the town office in her home. Problems between Mrs. Ielfield and Mrs. Maciejko came up about a year ago. To date, the specific nature of those problems has not been made public.

Drone Hanger coming to Fort Drum

The Omnibus spending bill, which looks to be on the fast track to being passed, will include Twenty-Seven million dollars toward the funding of an unmanned aerial vehicle hanger at Fort Drum. Senator Schumer and senator Gillibrand both wrote to Senate and House appropriators urging them to include funds for this hangar investment in the omnibus spending bill. Senator Gillibrand clams the program will be an important investment in not just the local community, but the entire country

Fire in Watson

Lowville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire that spread through a single wide trailer on the number 4 road in Watson yesterday. There was no insurance on the building. The dwelling and the contents were a total lose. The owner was able to save their cat as they fled the building. The Red Cross was contacted. Firefighters from Glenfield, Croghan, and New Bremen provided mutual aid and The Lewis County Search & Rescue Ambulance was on the scene.

Stolen donations in Boonville

We have received a report that money donated for the Boonville Chamber of Commerce Reindeer fund has been stolen from the donation box at the reindeer cage in Downtown Boonville.  The Executive secretary of the Chamber told North Country news that it appears that the box had been broken into and money was removed from the box twice in the past week. Onlookers reported seeing 2 older looking men and a woman hanging out near the reindeer cage at various times this week. The Boonville Village Police will be contacted to investigate the theft. The Chamber of Commerce is asking local residents to report any suspicious activity around the Little Village Square to the Boonville Village Police at 943 – 2050.

Power Outage Reminders

Winter weather is here and utility companies are prepping for potential power outages and disruptions in Central New York in light of the Nor'Eastern. But what should you do in case of an outage? Well other than a good old phonecall, you can also keep in touch with The National Grid via their website, app, text message updates, email, or even social media. For text message alerts, you can text STORM to NGRID (64743). National Grid’s standard number is 1-800-867-5222. And of course if you live in Boonville, call the municipal commission at 942 - 4461

NYFB Annual Meeting

New York farmers are gathering in Rochester today for the three day New York Farm Bureau's 58th State Annual Meeting. 50 county Farm Bureaus will gather to vote on public policy resolutions that originated at the county level. There will also be education opportunities for members, recognition to leaders past and present, a benefit auction to their Foundation for Agricultural Education, as well as competitive events for young farmers.

All about "Project Lifesaver"

According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, the Sheriff’s Office recently took delivery on a new, state of the art, hand held receiver used to locate missing or lost people who are participants in Project Lifesaver. The newly designed receiver cost One thousand and twenty five dollars and was purchased with donated funds from individuals who support Project LifeSaver.

 Project Lifesaver is for persons with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia & related disorders, and children with Down Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder who may wander and become lost. The program is designed to provide security and comfort for the family while safeguarding the memory-impaired and those who are least able to help themselves. The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office has nearly 40 participants in Project Lifesaver. 

Education and Community Awareness continues to be the cornerstone of Project Lifesaver’s Success. If you would like more information on Project Lifesaver, if you would like a presentation on it, or if you know of someone who would benefit from Project Lifesaver, please contact Deputy Lomanto of the Community Affairs Unit at 315-765-2220 or online at Oneida County

Veolia Energy plant in works

Did you ever think that food waste, biological waste and animal waste could be turned into energy? The Johnson Newspaper Group is reporting that Lewis County Legislator, Craig Brennan, told the Industrial Development Agency that Veolia, an international company that deals with renewable energy and waste management, is interested in building a facility in the county. Waste from Kraft, Fort Drum, schools, and farms could not only produce energy, but also steam heat and a high-grade fertilizer. Brennan went on to say that Veolia has done some preliminary research and found that Lewis County has enough convertible aggregate to make at least a megawatt of energy to make the system sustainable.

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