Daily Archives: March 28, 2013

Spring service planned for Mark J. Gebhardt, 67

Mark James Gebhardt died suddenly at his Caledonia, NY home on March 7, 2013. Born on November 24, 1945 to Marcelle Jouvet Gebhardt and Charles R. Gebhardt, Mark grew up in Old Forge, NY where he was educated at the Town of Webb Schools.

Upon graduation, Mark attended the Utica School of Commerce and then moved to Rochester and Caledonia where he lived for the remainder of his life.

Mark is survived by four siblings: Annette (Art) Eyre of Old Forge, NY; Frank (Marylou) Gebhardt of Rainbow Springs, FL; Robert (Johnnie) Gebhardt of East Pinehurst, SC; and Marcelle (Bill) Cecchin of Grass Valley, CA.  Continue reading

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Memorial Wall honors Herkimer Cnty Veterans

A new stone was recently added to the Memorial Wall of Honor located in the Herkimer County Veterans Memorial Park.

With this new addition the total number of Veterans whose names are etched on the five stones is well over 700.

The black granite Wall of Honor stands as a lasting symbol of the honorable services and sacrifices of Herkimer County veterans and is located at the entrance of Wehrum Stadium on the Herkimer County Community College campus.

Anyone interested in having a name added to the wall can contact Charlie Miller at the Herkimer County Veterans’ Service Agency at (315) 867-1127 or email charliem@herkimercounty.org for more information.

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Silent Auction of exhibit items to benefit View

View’s current exhibition, The Wild Life, features a mix of conventional fine art, taxidermy and traditional handmade weapons.

Charles Sinclair, an artist whose handcrafted knives, bows and arrows are among the items on display, has offered four of the knives to be used in a silent auction. Continue reading

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Town of Webb UFSD screens anti-bullying film for students

Town of Webb school students in grades six through 12 were transported to the Strand Theatre in Old Forge on Monday, March 18 for a special viewing of the documentary film, Bully.

Bully is the true story of five bullied students and their families. Two of the male students featured—one gay, the other afflicted with Asperberger’s Syndrome—committed suicide in response to the persecution they experienced.

“The film evokes empathy for students to take a stand, to stand up for someone being bullied, whether by nonaggressively confronting the bully, helping the victim or reporting the incident to trustworthy adults in the school,” said Town of Webb School Counselor Kandis Griffin, who made arrangements for the viewing.

Griffin said the students were empowered by the film and broke into applause at the end.

In describing her experience with bullying situations at Webb, Griffin said students who don’t find their niches are the most common victims.

However, she was quick to add that Webb students tend to recognize when a bullying act is going on and stand up to the situation.  Continue reading

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Adirondack Park Agency seeks entries for Excellence in Design Competition

The Adirondack Park Local Government Day Conference Committee invites the submission of building projects for the 2013 Adirondack Park Excellence in Design Competition.  

The Adirondack Park Excellence in Design competition is an award competition intended to showcase examples of buildings in the Adirondack Park that enhance the sustainability and livability of Park communities and contribute to distinctive, attractive neighborhoods with a strong sense of place.

It is open to both public and private interests.   Continue reading

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New York State cooling program to start April 1st

New York state is offering a cooling program for those who are in medical need of an air conditioner but do not currently own a working unit.

The program begins April 1 and runs through August 30, 2013. This is a first come, first served program that will end earlier than August 30 should funds run out.

In order to qualify, you must live in Herkimer County, be over the age of 60, HEAP eligible, and able to get an order from your doctor because of a medical need.

Income guidelines are as follows: Household of one – $2,138; Household of two – $2,796; Household of three – $3,453

More information is available by contacting the Herkimer County Office for the Aging at (315) 867-1370.

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Webb School Senior Spotlight

Katie Connell leaning toward early childhood development studies

High school senior Katie Connell would like to attend SUNY Plattsburgh following June graduation. And though she has not decided on a major, she is leaning towards Early Childhood Development because she enjoys being around kids.

She has lived in Old Forge since she began kindergarten and says she likes it here because she knows everybody.

She enjoys math, and chorus with Valerie Gaudin and has played the alto saxophone in band since the fourth grade.

Active in school sports, she has been a member of the soccer, basketball and softball teams.

“It keeps me busy all three seasons,” she said. Continue reading

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