Oneida County - An Illustrated History (Community Heritage) (Paperback)

By Joseph P. Bottini, Joan Klossner, Lou Parrotta, Janice Reilly, Dennis Webster

HPN Books, 9781944891244, 86pp.

Publication Date: March 10, 2015

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About the Author

Joseph P. Bottini, the Oneida County historian, retired teacher and army veteran. Joe is a child of God in Christ and deeply committed to his faith and the ideals of America. He is co-author of Utica: Then & Now. Local history is his passion in retirement with the restorationprojects of the Oneida County Historical Society, the Bagg’s Square Association and the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica. Joe lives with his wife Mary in Sauquoit, the parents of two adult daughters and three grandchildren.

Joan Klossner is a life-long resident of Oneida County. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Utica College and has amassed graduate hours in her field. She taught secondary English at Holland Patent Central School for twenty-one years. In retirementshe has conducted writing workshops as well as presenting talks on her experiences as a writer and a quilter. As a volunteer at Oneida County Historical Society, her contributions include authoring local history books, developing an exhibit of the society’s quilt collection, and contributing to its Facebook page.

Lou Parrotta joined the board of trustees of the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica in 2013 where he served as recording secretary.  He is a history teacher at Thomas R. Proctor High School in Utica and a public relations consultant for USC The Business College.   He is a member of the Oneida County Historical Society’s Board of Trustees, and has served as its chairman since 2011. In 2007, he was appointed the City of Utica historian by former Mayor Timothy J. Julian, and he serves as the secretary of the Oneida County Historians Association. Parrotta has been a commissioner on the Utica Municipal Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners for the past seven years, is president of the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame, will become the president the Knights of St. John International St. Anthony of Padua Commandery No. 385 for a second time in January 2015, and sits on the board of directors of the Msgr. Carl J. Denti Foundation for people with mental and physical handicaps. He served for five years as president of Utica Dollars for Scholars and several years as a member and chairman of the Advisory Board of the Utica Salvation Army.

He has co-authored two books, Forest Hill Cemetery: The Stories Behind the Epitaphs and Gloves Along the Mohawk with Scott Fiesthumel, and is the author of several articles on local history, the publisher of an occasional newsletter called The Utica Times, and frequently speaks to local groups on Utica’s long history.

Janice Trimbey Reilly was raised on her family’s dairy farm in Washington Mills and has lived in New Hartford all her life. Her children grew up in a country setting, raising chickens, keeping horses and growing vegetable gardens. For thirty years Janice wasa rural mail carrier. She has authored eight local history books, three of which focus on the farms of the Towns of Paris and New Hartford where she is active in both historical societies. Janice was recently honored as Volunteer of the Year and serves on the OCHS Board of Trustees.

Dennis Webster is the author of Wicked Mohawk Valley, Wicked Adirondacks, Haunted Utica, and Haunted Mohawk Valley and Adirondack Mysteries Volumes 1 and 2. He has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Utica College and amaster’s of business administration from SUNY Poly. He lives, works, plays and is raising his family in the heart of the Mohawk Valley.

He can be reached at denniswbstr@gmail.com.