MVCC has named Vincent Petronio director of hospitality packages

Mohawk Valley Community College has called Vincent Petronio Director of Hospitality Programs at the School of Business & Hospitality.

Petronio is an accomplished chef and entrepreneur in the Mohawk Valley who, with his business associates, founded the restaurant mōtus in downtown Utica. He earned a bachelor’s degree in culinary management with a concentration in beverage management from the Culinary Institute of America. While in school he worked at Blue Hill at Stone Barns under Chef Dan Barber, where he developed and refined his passion for local, sustainable and handcrafted food and drink. After graduation, Petronio returned to the Mohawk Valley and honed his craft while working at The Tailor and The Cook as Sous Chef, Chef de Cuisine and directly overseeing all kitchen staff. With mōtus, he strives to combine an accessible atmosphere with the quality of cuisine and service found in the most famous restaurants in the country.

In his new role at college, he is committed to helping the next generation of chefs achieve their academic and professional goals in the hospitality industry and is excited to give back to the Mohawk Valley where he was born and raised.


• A former family court judge is appointed chairman of the Joint foundation of the districts of Herkimer and Oneida. Jawwaad Rasheed, The recently retired Oneida County Family Justice Council was confirmed as Chairman of the Honorary Board of Trustees at the June 24th board meeting. In addition to his years of service on the Board of Trustees, Rasheed served with the Eastern Regional Child Support Enforcement Association, 100 Black Men of the Greater Syracuse area, United Way of the Mohawk Valley, Mohawk Valley Frontiers and Junior Frontiers, and many other organizations. He has led the Community Foundation’s work on racial and social justice since the organization launched a 10-year $ 10 million initiative last year. The board also appointed a new member, Dr. Mark Warfel, who serves as director of the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program and director of medical education for the Mohawk Valley Health System. In addition to its new chairman, the board confirmed three board members: Rev. Joseph A. Salerno, Pastor of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Utica and of Our Lady of the Rosary in New Hartford, President-Elect; Cheryl Minor, Director of Watson Williams Elementary School in Utica, Secretary to the Board and Tim Daly, Branch manager at Berkshire Bank in Ilion, treasurer. Further members of the honorary board of trustees are Robert Bojanek, Laura Casamento, Ronald Cuccaro, James A. Engler Jr., Kirk Hinman, Harrison J. Hummel IV, David Manzelmann, Cathleen C. McColgin, Gregory B. McLean, Kay Parker, Eve Van de Wal, Randy VanWagoner, Bradley Waters.

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Rose Antilus, MD, is that. joined Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group as Obstetrician / Gynecologist (OB / GYN) in the Women’s Health Center, where she will care for women of all ages on an outpatient basis. Antilus has over 15 years of experience in the OB / GYN specialty, joining MVHS from Northwell Health, Southside Hospital in Bayshore, New York, where she worked in the OB / GYN division and served as assistant quality director. She earned a degree in medicine and completed her specialist training in obstetrics / gynecology at the SUNY Health Science Center at the Brooklyn College of Medicine in Brooklyn. Antilus was based in her senior year as head of administration. Her office is located at the Women’s Health Center, 2212 Genesee St., Utica and can be reached at 315-801-8317.

Wagnerhöfe, 5841 Old Oneida Road, Rome, was recognized nationwide as the winner of the Specialty Crop Grower Sustainability Award 2021, sponsored by Valent. The award honors Wagner Farms and the owner Ronald Wagner to be a sustainable farm today. By reducing, reusing, converting and adapting to the respective needs, Wagner Farms is a leader in the ag-community in the innovation and adaptation of old and new, organic and conventional cultivation methods. The farm has taken important steps to reduce nutrient runoff and waste through zone tillage, minimal tillage, catch crop growing and cultivation methods that promote soil health and biology while reducing pesticide use by up to 75% compared to other traditional practices and even their own Use from the past. Wagner Farms has added new equipment, systems and ways to reduce CO2 emissions. Almost 48 tons of CO2 were saved from the farm’s production. This has been achieved by upgrading to modern tractors, mowers and generators with clean combustion, integrating solar collector systems, adding a bio-fuel boiler and grain drying system. To find out more about Wagner Farms, follow them on Facebook.

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