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Kids Oneida for the Adapt A Family program Christmas 2015

Kids OneidaWhen I stopped by today to drop off the our check of $250 to Kids Oneida for the Adapt A Family program,  Brandi Candido and her staff were busy wrapping gifts for the 230 family's this year (up from 190 last year) that they will be supporting this Christmas season.  As I was there a last minute request arrived for a family of four.  I am happy to report that our donation has made it possible for another family to enjoy the holidays.  Thanks again to all the PR members for keeping this tradition alive and to our board members who support our programs.


Mike Stoquert, Member PR Committee


An article by Thomas Tyler, licensed home  inspector

The question of a mold issue usually arises during a home inspection, although the Standards of Practice of NYS Home Inspection Law states that home inspectors shall not be required to determine the presence or absence of any suspected mold. Throughout this article we use the phrase mold issue rather than mold problem because whether mold is a problem or not is subject to both a legal and scientific debate, which is not the subject of this article.

On January 1, 2016 the New York State Mold Inspection, Assessment and Remediation Specialists and Minimum Work Standards (Article 32 of the Department of Labor Law) goes into effect. It should be emphasized that nothing in the law prevents an owner of the property to remove the mold themselves .There will be three new licenses required in NYS to assess and abate a mold issue, A licensed home inspector cannot do a mold assessment unless the home inspector obtains a separate license. These licenses are:


  1. Mold Assessment - Individuals or businesses that inspect or assess real property to discover "indoor mold growth, toxic mold growth, conditions that facilitate indoor mold growth and/or indicia of conditions that are likely to facilitate indoor mold growth."
  2. Mold Remediation - Businesses that are in the "business of removing, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfection, containment and waste handling of mold."
  3. Mold Abatement - Workers that actually do the "removing, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfection, containment and waste handling of mold."

Mohawk Valley Association of REALTORS (MVAR) Raises $7,200 for Sitrin Health Care Center

Mohawk Valley Association of REALTORS (MVAR) Raises $7,200 for Sitrin Health Care Center

The Mohawk Valley Association of REALTORS (MVAR) raised $7,200 for the Sitrin Health Care Center’s Stars and Stripes Run~Walk through its 5th Annual Golf Tournament held at Skenandoa Golf and Country Club this August. The Stars and Stripes Run~Walk is the primary fundraiser for Sitrin’s Military Rehabilitation Program, which provides treatment for veterans who have post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other combat-related conditions. The MVAR, which is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, is composed of nearly 350 members from across the Mohawk Valley.


(Pictured left to right: Michael Stoquert, tournament director; Rosemary Bonacci, Sitrin vice president of foundation and communications; Cheryl Jassak, Sitrin special events/planning associate; Jackie Warmuth, Sitrin vice president of clinical development)

2015 MVAR Golf Tournament Raises money for Sitrin Military Rehabilitation Program

Link to WKTV Video


CLINTON, NY - Instead of selling and buying houses, local realtors took some time off to hit the links and in doing so supported a local military rehabilitation program.

The Mohawk Valley Association of Realtors took over Skenandoa today, in Clinton.

Nearly 100 golfers enjoyed the downtime while donating to Sitrin.

Vets and soldiers just returning from war get care at Sitrin free of charge.

Physical therapy, aquatic therapy and also programs that unite the vets.

Jackie Warmuth, vice president of clinical development, says, “We totally fund the program we have at sitrin and it's really vets can come to us without any type of fee. I think the community overall knows that there needs to be more support for our veterans returning from current conflicts.”

This is the Mohawk Valley Association of Realtors 5th annual golf tournament

Healthy Neighborhood Program

The Oneida County Health Department has been awaded a grant through the New York State Dept of Health for the Healthy Neighborhoods Program. The goal of the project is to conduct basic home, health, and safety surveys and to provide valuble information and free products to help keep individuals and there families safe and healthy.The service is available to both home owners and tenants regardless of income.


Theprogram is currently in the South central Rome area, but the towns and villages of Annsville, Ava, Boonville, Blossvale, Durhamville, Florence, Lee, Lee Center, Sylvan Beach, Taberg, Vernon, Verona, Vienna, Western, Westernville, and Westmoreland are also in the target area


Mohawk Valley Association of Realtors Celebrates 100 Years


In 1915 the Utica Board of Realtors became a member of the National association of Realtors. Over the next 100 years the Utica board of Realtors merged with the Herkimer board of Realtors and the Rome Board of Realtors, forming what was then called the Greater Utica Rome Board of Realtors.

In 2013 the name was changed to the Mohawk Valley Association of Realtors or also known as MVAR. The change was made to better designate the area as being much more than just the two great cites of Utica and Rome.

Over the course of the year we will be conducting informational seminars and events through out the area, working with the general public to help us celebrate our 100th Year Milestone.