Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Wegmans plans expansion at headquarters
CHILI — Wegmans Food Markets is hoping to expand on Fischer Road, going before the Chili Planning Board on June 10 to seek preliminary approvals on a plan to erect a 400,000-square-foot office building.
If the plans are approved, a total of 1,600 employees would be based at the Chili corporate headquarters, 600 of which would be relocated from the company’s facility on Brooks Avenue in Gates.
“We are in the very preliminary planning stages, and there’s no time-frame for the completion of this project,” said Wegmans spokeswoman Jo Natale.
There are also plans to add 200 to 300 positions in the coming years, according to Chili Supervisor David Dunning.
Natale said Wegmans will continue to operate its Gates facility, which includes the company’s central bake center and dry grocery distribution center.
Roller Hockey Championships coming to Utica
UTICA – The Utica Memorial Auditorium will host the 48th Hardball Roller Hockey National Championships from July 5-11.
The announcement came at a press conference Wednesday at the Auditorium.
Teams from all over the country, and one professional team from Spain will compete in the event.
Over 1,000 people will be coming to the area for the tournament, which will decide the final team members for both men's and women's Team USA.
For Scriba man, the chips are never down ...
OSWEGO – When most people receive beer chips, they do not think of collecting them or displaying them in a nice album. However, one Scriba man does just that, and has spent the last 30-plus years creating one of the area’s more unusual collections.
Gil Oldenburg has been collecting beer chips since the 1970s. “When I started drinking, 18 was the legal age,” he said.
So far, Oldenburg has gathered 140 chips from local bars and taverns, some still in existence today, others that are not. The establishments were, and some still are, located throughout the Port City. The collector said that his friends, Mike Brynes and Ron Rookey have helped him gather his beer chips.
Some of the notables include tokens from The Godfather Pizza Shop, the Colonial House, The Clam Bar, Seneca Lounge, The Dutchman and Crown and Feather Tavern. “I like to look back at all of the bars and taverns that have come and gone in Oswego,” Oldenburg said/
In total, Oldenburg has roughly 180 chips, including one dating back to the Civil War and another from Germany. The Civil War token is a metal coin with the year 1863 and the words “New York” inscribed on it.
In addition to collecting beer chips, Oldenburg has gathered various bar memorabilia over the years. “I’ve just been collecting beer signs, metal signs (and) neon signs forever,” he said. “I just like bar stuff.”
He noted that he does not know of any other local beer chip collector. Oldenburg asked that anyone with bar chips contact him, saying he is willing to buy or trade chips. He can be reached at (315) 342-7647.
Benzo will also retire from Utica PD
UTICA —Deputy Police Chief Pasquale Benzo will retire from the Utica Police Department next month, according to the city Comptroller's Office.
The state Retirement System Tuesday contacted the city Comptroller's Offfice to inform them that Benzo has applied for retirement.
The paperwork indicates that Benzo's last day would be June 23, Comptroller Michael Cerminaro said.
"The process for his retirement has started," he said.
On Tuesday, Chief C. Allen Pylman announced he would retire at the end of the week after almost seven years with the department.
Public Safety Commissioner Daniel LaBella will serve as interim chief, Mayor David Roefaro said Tuesday.