This upcoming weekend is one of the most under appreciated days of recognition in our country. Next Saturday our nation recognizes Veteran's Day for all of our women and men who have dedicated their service to our country in one way, shape, or form. As we all know, not ever individual is cut out to do everything; and there are certain things that individuals simply cannot do that others can. That is a fact of life. Having the fortitude, mental stamina, and courage to serve in our nation's military is one of life's paths that not everyone can follow. The women and men of our military forces are constantly in harms way to provide security for the rest of us. They perform their duties courageously knowing that the ultimate sacrifice is always a possibility. One of the most inspiring features that I have grown to admire of the veterans that I know is the humbleness with which they live their lives. Walking down the street every day are thousands of veterans who bring the qualities of dedication, perseverance, grit, pride, and service to the rest of us. All of our veterans deserve much more than one day of recognition as the lessons that they bring to the table are significant, if we are willing to listen. While we approach this Veteran's Day, please take time to reflect on the lessons that our military veterans have taught us and make sure you thank our veterans as you see them. Your service has provided the rest of us with freedom, and for that we are eternally grateful. Thank you veterans!!
United Way Campaign
The United Way of Rome and Western Oneida County is currently running their annual pledge drive. The United Way serves many of our children and families through resources and supports that they otherwise would not have access to. Individuals who chose to support the United Way can designate their gift to be allocated directly to any one of the agencies that the United Way supports, or can make a general donation. Payroll deduction is also a simple option to providing support to our community partners. Last year, Rome employees donated just over $4,000. Let's help make this year's campaign the largest ever for the Rome City School District. If you are interested in supporting the United Way, please contact your union representative or myself.
Ridge Mills Craft Fair
On Saturday, November 11, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., the Ridge Mills PTG will be hosting a craft fair at Ridge Mills Elementary. Catch some holiday spirit and do some holiday shopping at the one and only Ridge Mills Craft Fair! There will be over seventy crafters and vendors, plenty of parking and refreshments for sale in the cafeteria! For more information, please contact the school.
Kiwanis Craft Fair
On Saturday, November 11, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 12, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., the Lake Delta Kiwanis club will be hosting their annual craft fair at Rome Free Academy. There will be over 85 crafters and vendors present with raffles and a bake sale as well. The Rome Police Department will also be doing child ID's for any family that desires this service. For more information, please contact the Lake Delta Kiwanis club.
Lions Club Craft Fair
On Saturday, November 18, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. the Rome Lions Club will be hosting a craft fair at the New York State School for the Deaf, located at 401 Turin Street, Rome, NY 13440. Along with plenty of vendors and crafters, the event will include a chicken barbecue and a chili cook-off. Stop on by to kick off the holiday season! For more information, please contact the Rome Lions Club.