Health workers and police officers honored

2012, 10 years ago

Genesis Group honors 8

The Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley region joins area medical societies in honoring eight medical professionals. They are: Outstanding Physician: Dr. Joseph Gale of Mohawk Valley Retina; Outstanding Nurse: Cheryl LaQuay of Valley Health Services; Outstanding Leadership in Behavioral Healthcare, Angelina Roche of Faxton, St. Luke’s Healthcare; Outstanding Behavioral Health Care Professional, Susan Cooper of St. Elizabeth Medical Center; Outstanding Nurse Practitioner, Virginia Clive of Folts Home; Outstanding Volunteer, Jane Gwise of Faxton, St. Luke’s Healthcare; Hall of Distinction inductees Dr. John DeTraglia, a vascular surgeon who helped establish a trauma center at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, and James Stasaitis, director of America’s Largest Heart Run and Walk in Utica and director of the Utica Boilermaker Road Race.

The Utica Board of Education election results are: Louis LaPolla 2,522; Christopher Salatino 2,372; Michele Mandia 2,242; Rochitella Naples 1,673. Susan Arcuri 1,041 and John Andereck 589. The two highest totals will become chairman and vice-chairman of the board of directors and the third highest total fills the seat vacated by Anthony Brindisi, who is now member of the State Assembly.

Hannah Douglas of Cedarville is selected as Herkimer County Dairy Princess. She is a student at Mount Markham High School in West Winfield. Dairy Ambassadors for the year are: Carly Sherwood, of Newport; Karlie Schwasnick and Victoria Treadwell of Little Falls; and Kelsey Collins, Paige Johnson and Allison Donahue of Ilion.

1997, 25 years ago

Police officers honored

Two Utica police officers receive a Law and Order Award at a ceremony in Albany. Thomas Dreimiller and Steven Fitzgerald receive the award from state Attorney General Dennis Vacco for saving the lives of two men and a baby in a fire on Taylor Avenue in Utica last April. Vacco says, “The quick action and bravery of these two officers spared the lives of a baby and two men from a fiery death.”

Patty Furner, a junior from Sauquoit Valley High School, is selected as the Oneida County Dairy Princess. His parents own a 150-acre farm and tend to 100 head of cattle.

1972, 50 years ago

YMCA honors Morris

The YMCA of Utica celebrates its 114th anniversary and honors William C. Morris, who is retiring after 12 years as Chairman of the Board. The new president is Knox L. Peet.

St. Paul’s Baptist Church on Fay Street in Utica presents a gospel music concert that draws large crowds. Soloists include: Gwen Wooten, Charles Shelton, Oscar McKenzie Jr., Sandra Walker, Tim Wilkerson, Richard Berry and Dale Garrett. Donald Robinson Sr. plays the organ, and Angela Rivers and Donald Robinson Jr. play the piano.

“Corridors,” the school newspaper of the Utica Free Academy, takes top honors at the New York State Central School’s 33rd Annual Press Conference at Utica College (Today now the University of Utica). The finalists are “Tattler” from New Hartford Central and “Oriska” from Oriskany Central. Utica’s Earl Rogers wins short story writing contest. Gail Sunderlain and Mary Ellen Luker of St. Francis De Sales High take first place in editorial and feature writing, and Mary Helen Klein of Utica wins the cartoon competition.

1947, 75 years ago

Valley view

Utica’s Valley View Municipal Golf Course is shortened by 83 yards, giving it a length of 6,323 yards. The par-4 third hole is shortened from 431 yards to 427 and the par-3 sixth hole is shortened from 199 yards to 120.

1922, 100 years ago

The city buys the canal

Utica Mayor Fred Douglas and members of the Common Council agree to purchase from the state for $500,000 the former abandoned Erie Canal land that runs through the city. The city will pay an additional $11,364 for the bridges that cross the canal. The Erie was abandoned when the state in 1918 opened the Barge Canal, one mile north of the Erie. Douglas says it will cost $1.5 million to remove the bridges, fill the canal bed and pave it. (The cobbled sections were later named Oriskany Street and Boulevard.)

1778, 244 years ago

Hamilton arrives

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Hamilton joins General George Washington at Valley Forge and is assigned to the general’s staff. Hamilton is also asked to help Baron von Steuben, who is training Washington’s soldiers and trying to turn them into an effective fighting machine.

Steuben does not speak English so Hamilton – who is fluent in French – helps translate Steuben’s orders to the troops into English. He also helps Steuben draft “Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States.” (Part of this manual is still in use by the military.)

(Both Hamilton and Steuben have ties to Oneida County. In 1793, Treasury Secretary Hamilton agreed to become a trustee of the new Hamilton-Oneida Academy in Clinton, New York. The academy, which bears his name , became Hamilton College. After the Revolutionary War ended, Steuben received from the state 16,000 acres north of Utica, where he settled and was buried in Steuben Memorial Park near Remsen.)

Quiz game

Who was President of the United States when the White House transport fleet changed from horses and carriages to automobiles. (a) William McKinley, (b) Theodore Roosevelt, (c) William Howard Taft or (d) Woodrow Wilson. (The answer will appear here next week.) You’re a super presidential history buff if you can name one of the four automobiles in the First Fleet.

Answer to the last story question: When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, Dwight D. Eisenhower was a brigadier general in the army. The 1915 West Point graduate became the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961.

This Week in History is researched and written by Frank Tomaino. Email him at [email protected]

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