Madison County http://wrvo.org en Smithfield community in shock after tornado strikes; governor offers condolences http://wrvo.org/post/smithfield-community-shock-after-tornado-strikes-governor-offers-condolences <p>The National Weather Service has determined that it was a tornado that touched down in a rural part of Madison County last night, killing four people, including an infant. &nbsp;<br /><br />Barbara Watson, lead meteorologist for the National Weather Service, made the tornado determination after surveying&nbsp; damage along Goff Road in the town of Smithfield.<br /><br />"It will be declared a significant tornado.&nbsp; It had wind speeds well over 100 miles per hour,” said Watson.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:08:37 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58611 at http://wrvo.org Smithfield community in shock after tornado strikes; governor offers condolences Tornado with winds at least 110 mph hit Smithfield http://wrvo.org/post/tornado-winds-least-110-mph-hit-smithfield <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Weather Service officially declared that it was a tornado that struck the town of Smithfield in Madison County, killing four people, destroying four homes and severely damaging three others.</span></p><p>Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley announced that the victims include Kimberly Hillard, 35; her four-month-old baby, Paris Newman; Virginia Warner, 70; and Arnie A.D. Allen, 53.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:41:43 +0000 Catherine Loper 58591 at http://wrvo.org Tornado with winds at least 110 mph hit Smithfield Tornado kills 4 in Madison County; thunderstorms leave thousands without power around region http://wrvo.org/post/tornado-kills-4-madison-county-thunderstorms-leave-thousands-without-power-around-region <p>The National Weather Service says a tornado struck the Smithfield area killing four people in Madison County and leaving tens of thousands without power and causing significant damage through the region.</p><p>A line of severe thunderstorms moved through the entire region of western, central and northern New York Tuesday evening causing damage in various areas, but Smithfield suffered the worse.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:58:23 +0000 WRVO News 58581 at http://wrvo.org Tornado kills 4 in Madison County; thunderstorms leave thousands without power around region Powerful storm slams East Syracuse; fatalities in Madison County http://wrvo.org/post/powerful-storm-slams-east-syracuse-fatalities-madison-county <p>Trees were on front yards, on cars, in roads, on power lines and on top of houses in East Syracuse after a powerful storm system swept through the village Tuesday evening.</p><p>A few hours later, residents were using the remaining daylight to survey damage, many walking around or sitting in their driveway, others checking in on neighbors. Chainsaws were already roaring to begin cleaning up.</p><p>Emergency crews requested power be shut off to the entire village as power lines were down across several streets and yards.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:41:47 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58573 at http://wrvo.org Powerful storm slams East Syracuse; fatalities in Madison County Madison County leads state e-waste recycling movement http://wrvo.org/post/madison-county-leads-state-e-waste-recycling-movement <p></p><p>There’s more urgency now than ever for New York state residents to dispose of certain electronic equipment. That’s why e-waste was emphasized in one central New York community on Earth Day this year.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:26:49 +0000 Ellen Abbott 54697 at http://wrvo.org Madison County leads state e-waste recycling movement Oneida Nation begins sharing casino profits with New York state http://wrvo.org/post/oneida-nation-begins-sharing-casino-profits-new-york-state <p></p><p>The Oneida Indian Nation has begun cutting checks to New York state and county governments out of the profits from its Turning Stone casino. The profit-sharing will enable the Oneida to maintain its dominance over casino gambling in central New York.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:55:39 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52527 at http://wrvo.org Oneida Nation begins sharing casino profits with New York state Oneida's Farnam Mansion provides home to spirits, owners http://wrvo.org/post/oneidas-farnam-mansion-provides-home-spirits-owners <p>Buying a haunted house isn't for everyone, but for the couple who bought the supposedly haunted Farnam Mansion in Oneida three years ago, they've found a comfortable life sharing their home with what they call spirits.</p><p>The Farnam Mansion on Main Street in Oneida has all the makings of a haunted house; creaky stairs, lots of small, dark rooms, a cellar complete with a former lab.</p><p>The brick Victorian Italianate home built more than 150 years ago is currently owned by Gerri and Brian Gray.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:26:01 +0000 Ellen Abbott 46442 at http://wrvo.org Oneida's Farnam Mansion provides home to spirits, owners Antique Week draws collectors, dollars to Madison County http://wrvo.org/post/antique-week-draws-collectors-dollars-madison-county <p>For much of the year, the town of Madison is quiet. But this week, people are coming in droves to shop for, and sell, antiques during the town's 42nd annual Madison-Bouckville Antique Week.<p>"It's a wonderful daytime or two day or three day event," says Terry Karst, who owns and operates Station House Antiques, in Bouckville. "I've seen people who are here all week and never see it all, and you never will. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:31:04 +0000 Gino Geruntino 42662 at http://wrvo.org Antique Week draws collectors, dollars to Madison County Madison County farms see younger people take the helm http://wrvo.org/post/madison-county-farms-see-younger-people-take-helm <p>According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average age of a farmer in 2012 was 57. Forty percent of all farmers right now are over the age of 55. But in an era of increasing age among the men and women who grow our food, there are some younger people bucking the trend. Some of these new farmers are sending down roots in Madison County.<br><br>The cadre of 20 and 30-somethings running Greyrock Farm in Cazenovia are as likely to have a smartphone in their pocket as a pitchfork in their hands.<br> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:01:05 +0000 Ellen Abbott 41683 at http://wrvo.org Madison County farms see younger people take the helm New York's "local" beef, often not as local as you think http://wrvo.org/post/new-yorks-local-beef-often-not-local-you-think <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The steaks stacked in the coolers of butcher shops in New York may be marketed as local, but just what that label means varies widely.</span> Mon, 20 May 2013 12:07:53 +0000 Ryan Delaney 38111 at http://wrvo.org New York's "local" beef, often not as local as you think Solar program has success in small upstate New York county http://wrvo.org/post/solar-program-has-success-small-upstate-new-york-county <p>The thing that strikes you when you walk up to Jimmy Golub's farm on the western edge of Madison County are the giant solar panels covering the part of the roof on his barn that faces west. The 45 panels are part of a 10 kilowatt solar system, that provides all the electricity the farm needs. Thu, 02 May 2013 11:39:35 +0000 Ellen Abbott 37136 at http://wrvo.org Solar program has success in small upstate New York county Madison County recycling agriculture plastics http://wrvo.org/post/madison-county-recycling-agriculture-plastics <p>Madison County hopes to become a hub for the recycling of agricultural plastics.&nbsp; It's a waste that's created on farms that's been a problem for years. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 11:19:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 31744 at http://wrvo.org Madison County recycling agriculture plastics More deer & cars colliding in Madison County http://wrvo.org/post/more-deer-cars-colliding-madison-county <p>There's been a dramatic increase in the number of car deer collisions in Madison County this year, and authorities there are urging motorists to keep an eye out for the animals. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:20:56 +0000 Ellen Abbott 30306 at http://wrvo.org More deer & cars colliding in Madison County New York counties want state to take more action against bath salts http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-counties-want-state-take-more-action-against-bath-salts <p>County governments want New York state to take a tougher stand on bath salts.&nbsp; The Association of Counties, meeting this week in Syracuse, is calling for a state law to criminalize the synthetic drug. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:51:18 +0000 Ellen Abbott 25966 at http://wrvo.org New store sells old cast-offs in Madison County http://wrvo.org/post/new-store-sells-old-cast-offs-madison-county <p>There&#39;s a new place to shop in Madison County, and this new store will get its stock from an unlikely source, the county dump.</p><p> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 23265 at http://wrvo.org New store sells old cast-offs in Madison County Madison County promotes its tourism http://wrvo.org/post/madison-county-promotes-its-tourism <p>You don&#39;t need a U.S. passport to take in the sights of central New York this summer, but officials in Madison County are hoping a passport of a different kind encourages visitors to their community.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 21995 at http://wrvo.org Madison County promotes its tourism