Legal Myths and Reality

By Judge Joan Shkane This is a continuing discussion of Legal Myths and Reality, because an informed citizen is always the most successful citizen: MYTH: The New York State court system only reacts to issues that...

July Almanac for the Mohawk Valley

July has one of our most important and popular holidays, Independence Day, most commonly called the Fourth of July. It is widely celebrated with parades and fireworks in many cities and towns. Barbecues, boating...

Doula Digest

By Naomi Starsiak Know the Terms, Pt 1 The question that seems to be foremost on the minds of moms-to-be that I speak with, is, “How do I avoid a C-Section?” It’s a good question to...

Leopold Stokowski —A Leading Orchestra Conductor of the 20th Century

By Ted Rajchel Background Stokowski is best known for his long association with the Philadelphia Orchestra and his appearance in the Disney film, Fantasia.  He was especially noted for his free-hand conducting style that spurned the...

Opportunity of a Lifetime: or doomed to repeat failure?

By Joseph Bottini, Oneida County Historian Introduction “Doing the right thing, simply because it is the right thing to do” is not for the faint of heart. To hold to an opinion of what you know is...

Woodstock 50th Anniversary Retraction/Update

By Phoenix Staff The 50th Anniversary of Woodstock 1969 coming up this August will be a worldwide celebration. The Utica Phoenix will be your Woodstock Central for information and updates In the May edition of the...

Remembering Michael Schwerner: Civil Rights Activist

By Kevin Paul Sweetser In the fall of 1963, I attended an after school recreational program. I was 9 years old and my brother, Larry, two years older, also participated. My family and I lived...

Our Next President?

By Matt DeCristo The good thing about having a bad president, is the strong desire (by some) for a change. As it stands, there are a million and one candidates vying for the democratic nomination...

Racism and Bias

By Kristina Andreotta Racism and bias are not new issues for Utica City Schools, which are primarily populated by Black, Latinx, and Asian students.  It’s no secret that the teachers and administrators, who are overwhelmingly white,...

Voices of Polonia

By Ted Rajchel The invention of a small electric motor is often referred to as the Great Leap forward for plug-powered domestic machinery.  The new motor, known as the fractional horsepower motor, revolutionized the appliance...
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