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GPO Credit Union donates $75,000 to Family Resource Center in Utica, NY

GPO Federal Credit Union committed $75,000 to ICAN Family Resource Center, which will also house a new, state-of-the-art Children’s Museum.

GPO’s donation sponsors the facility’s balcony area, which will provide a bird’s eye view of the new glass rotunda and serve as the main entrance to the museum’s brand new exhibition area. The donation contributes to the project’s total of $14 million, which includes site improvements, the design of museum exhibits and the addition of the Rotunda – a signature architectural feature on the south side of the building at 106 Memorial Parkway in Utica.

“Giving back to the community is at the heart of GPO Federal Credit Union,” said Nick Mayhew, President and CEO of GPO Federal Credit Union. “We recognize that being part of the communities we serve means more than just meeting financial needs. members. For us, that means embracing what we all hold dear – family, health and well-being, financial health and a good quality of life in general.”

“GPO’s generous donation shows its commitment to families in the Mohawk Valley and to providing a space for entertainment, fellowship, learning and more,” said ICAN CEO/Executive Director Steven Bulger. “The balcony is an important area in our new space, as it will act as a bridge between the new rotunda and the ground floor of the museum, welcoming all visitors to the museum.”

The Family Resource Center will bring together two of the area’s strengths: ICAN’s youth and family programs and the Utica Children’s Museum. ICAN plans to open the Family Resource Center for Services this summer, with the new Children’s Museum slated to open by the end of 2023.

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Lea Boek

Lea Boek, FNP, was born and raised in Boonville, so she is proud and happy to serve her community as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Rome Health Boonville Health Center. Boek worked as a nurse for nearly 17 years before pursuing her master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner at Utica College. She earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Mohawk Valley Community College and her bachelor’s degree from Utica College. She has extensive experience in critical care, pediatrics and nursing education. Her foundation as a nurse fueled her passion for treating patients with a holistic approach that emphasizes prevention and helping people make healthier lifestyle choices. Located at 13407 Route 12 in Boonville, the practice is accepting new patients. To make an appointment, call 315-942-3500.

Ninety-nine Restaurant & Pub announced a new restaurant-wide hiring initiative focused on recruiting Gold Star family members at all 103 sites in New England and upstate New York. The local restaurant is at 8675 Clinton St. in New Hartford. This campaign aims to highlight Ninety Nine’s support for family members of fallen US service members. There will be hiring days specifically geared towards Gold Star family members from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday April 5 and Wednesday April 6 at all 103 Ninety Nine restaurants and pubs. Gold Star family members are also encouraged to apply for, where they can indicate their particular status in the request. All Gold Star family members who apply in person will also have the opportunity to note their status during the application process.

The House of the Good Shepherd (HGS) will host a Spring Hiring Event from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at 1550 Champlin Ave. in Utica. HGS offers competitive salaries, fantastic benefits, a favorable work-life balance, as well as signing bonuses and alternate work hours for select positions. Stop or visit ChangetheChildren’ to review openings and submit an application.

Indium Society has immediate openings for production operators and other positions at its Rome and Clinton facilities. Prospective employees have the opportunity to have immediate interviews as part of their Career fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday April 7 at the Innovare Advancement Center, 592 Hangar Road in Rome in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park. All levels of experience are welcome and on-the-spot offers will be made to qualified candidates plus a $500 signing bonus, subject to conditions, for Production Operator positions. Approximately 40 production operator positions are available at its Rome plant and approximately 15 positions are available at its Clinton plant. Translators will be available at the job fair to provide assistance to potential employees; Indium Corporation offers free English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to its employees. To learn more about the Production Operator position and other immediate openings, visit

City of Utica Youth Bureau hosts a Youth job fair from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 at the Parkway Recreation Center, 220 Memorial Parkway in Utica. The job fair is aimed at people between the ages of 14 and 21 and there will be over 20 local employers on site. Applicants are encouraged to “dress to impress” and must bring ID/proof of age, work documents, and resume. For those without a CV, Utica Safe Schools will be on hand to assist with CV creation and online applications. For more information, call 315-223-4320.

The Workforce Development Council, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Inc. (WDB/HMO) Women in apprenticeships and non-traditional professions (WANTO) is hosting a free women-focused virtual job fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13. WANTO helps women find employment in non-traditional occupations such as trades, information technology, advanced manufacturing, transportation, public safety, agriculture and more. The job fair also gives women the opportunity to connect with WANTO staff and learn about non-traditional occupations and the benefits of participating in the scholarship program. WANTO serves Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, Schoharie, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties. Job seekers and employers from across the 17 county region are welcome to register. The job fair is free for job seekers and employers on a user-friendly platform. Employers register on and job seekers register on

City of Rome Business Aid Fund, a die Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Priority Projects, opened the fourth and final round of applications on April 1. The Business Assistance Fund (BAF) will provide funding to strengthen and make necessary improvements to downtown businesses and buildings in the DRI target area. The fund was created to provide resources to stimulate investment and economic development through projects that align with DRI’s broader vision. Interested parties wishing to apply can find the application, FAQs and program guidelines at under the section “Information on the DRI Business Assistance Fund” on the Community and Economic Development page. All nominations must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22 via email to [email protected] There will also be an in-person briefing open to the public at noon on Friday, April 8 in the Council Chambers on the second floor of Rome City Hall. Questions can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by calling 315-339-7646.