The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the village of Herkimer closed off Mohawk Street and a portion of state Route 28 Wednesday morning for an exercise to erect a floodwall closure. The project began at 7 a.m. and the floodwall was constructed and disassembled by 9:15 a.m.
The DEC and the Herkimer Department of Public Works planned the training exercise to make sure village staff are familiar with how to construct the floodwall if a flood emergency was to occur. The exercise also ensured the closure plates and the wall are in good working order and able to be quickly assembled.
State and local officials, along with area residents, gathered in the Herkimer County Community College gymnasium Tuesday evening to remember the victims of the March shootings in Mohawk and Herkimer and to honor all those who served during the events of March 13 and 14.
Herkimer County Legislature Chairman Vincent J. Bono, who served as master of ceremonies for the Day of Reflection and Recognition ceremony, called the shootings “a tragic, senseless act that left four men dead and two more seriously injured.” He added, “This horrific event shattered our sense of security. Many of us never thought anything like this would ever happen here.”
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The bell atop the Alexander Hose Company marker was rung and flowers were placed in the Mohawk Cemetery Monday evening during the company’s annual inspection and memorial services.
After an inspection in front of the firehouse, firefighters and members of the village board marched around the block, coming to a halt in front of the Alexander Hose Company marker on Columbia Street.
The Ilion Fire Department conducted its annual inspection and memorial service Monday evening. The special occasion also celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Ilion Volunteer Fire Department.
The volunteer fire department has been a part of the Ilion community since it was established a few years after the incorporation of the village in 1852.