Friday, January 19, 2018

RIP - Mary Blackman - With our Sincere Sympathy

It is with great sorrow to report the sudden and unexpected passing of Mary Blackman.  Many of you know her from the General Store ... she was a loving mother and selfless friend.  Our sincere sympathy to Scott, Tabby, Chey, Katie and their families.  We understand there will not be calling hours.  A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date.  Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

TOWN - Jan 8 - Organizational Meeting & Regular Meeting 6:30 PM

of the Brookfield Town Board
Monday, January 8th, 2018
 Brookfield Town Hall
 6:30 PM

Congratulations! Town Atty Wayland-Smith Appointed COUNTY ATTORNEY

In its first organizational meeting of the year, Madison Co board appointed Tina Wayland-Smith as county attorney. Wayland-Smith is the first female to earn the position.

She has worked for the county for 28 years, having started in 1988 as an intern and later served as assistant county attorney under John Campanie since 1990. She has been acting county attorney since Campanie retired in 2016.

Becker also noted that Wayland-Smith is related to the first female county supervisor, Eleanor Herrick, who represented Oneida from 1923 to 1948.

See the ONEIDA DISPATCH article for remaining appointments at:

MAD CO. Becker praises Madison County progress in State of the County

Worth reading the entire article....Becker made some interesting comments/ criticisms of several "Committees".... ONEIDA DISPATCH ...great source of local information!!!

1/3/18 WAMPSVILLE >> After being the sole nomination, Sullivan Supervisor John Becker was named again as chairman of the board of supervisors at Tuesday’s organizational meeting. In his eleventh year in that role, Becker gave his state of the county address, overviewing the board’s progress last year and his charge for this year.

Becker said the highways, buildings and grounds committee will have a big job ahead of it this year with the oversight of the county court house renovations. The $15 million overhaul to make it handicapped accessible and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act should’ve been done in 1990 when ADA requirements were first enacted. The project “could have been completed for a fraction of today’s costs,” he said.  SEE REST OF ARTICLE AT:

POLICE BLOTTER - Madison Co Sheriff - Jan 3, 2018

From the ONEIDA DISPATCH "Police Blotter" - January are some events which have occurred in Brookfield.  Other arrests can be seen at the OD link:

Monday, Jan. 1: Jesse C. Hafelin, 34, of Brookfield, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content level of .08 of 1%, driving while intoxicated, and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on the highway.

Sunday, Dec. 31: Jesse L. James, 19, of Brookfield, was charged with second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal mischief, criminal mischief, and criminal possession of a weapon with the intention to use.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

DANGER IN LOCAL MALLS - Warning to Women & Children

As if parents don't have enough to worry about, there are now reports of teen girls being followed by adult men at a local mall.

Heidi Dooley, of New Hartford, was shopping at Sangertown Mall during the holiday when another mother alerted her to something frightening: two men were watching her teen daughter in one of the stores. Heidi posted the following on Facebook:

BE ALERT WHEN SHOPPING! Today, my daughter and I went out to finish our shopping. We were in Dick’s when a woman approached me. She told me there were 2 men that were watching my daughter. She was so concerned about it, as was her husband, who followed them out of the store to keep an eye on them. My daughter told me that she saw them staring at her and hid behind a shelf. That’s when I reached her and the woman came up to us. I was uneasy the rest of our time in the mall. Thank you to that woman and her husband for looking out for us. Please tell your daughters not to go to the mall alone.

That's scary. Heidi and her daughter are not alone. Another young lady (who wished to remain nameless) posted a warning on her Twitter account:

PSA girls in CNY area, do not go to the mall alone!! Today I was followed through a parking lot into the mall by a man in a grey hooded jacket until I got in the front door and a mall cop was visible, he immediately turned the other way and walked away from the mall!!

She confirmed in the replies that this was also at Sangertown Square Mall. Among the replies were other young women suggesting something similar had happened to them. In fact, my own teenage daughter says she was followed by an older man through Macy's.
Heidi reported the incident to the New Hartford Police Department.

Parents, be certain to keep an eye on your child, and caution older children to be aware of their surroundings at all times and especially when in the parking lot. If you're ever in the mall and feel unsafe, don't hesitate to talk to mall security or even a store employee, who can call for security for you. 


Monday, January 1, 2018

Legal Services opens drop-in clinic in Oneida

Need a lawyer or legal advice...but can't afford one?  Great news from LEGAL SERVICES OF CENTRAL NY.....

Oneida, N.Y. >> Legal Services of Central New York has opened a weekly drop-in clinic to provide free civil legal services to income eligible clients.

The clinic will be held on Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. at the Gorman Foundation Community Center, 1081 Northside Shopping Center, Oneida. Attorneys will be available to provide free advice, information, and referrals regarding civil legal issues.

Help is available in cases involving matters such as landlord-tenant problems, education and school discipline, public benefits, consumer problems, wage theft and unemployment insurance, access to health care, access to assigned counsel, access to public services, language access, and foreclosure.

Legal Services does not offer services in criminal or personal injury cases.

Legal Services of Central New York also offers free assistance with a variety of civil legal issues, including family law, by telephone. The HelpLine may be accessed Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by calling 1-877-777-6152.

For more information, contact Legal Services of Central New York at 315-703-6500 or see