Sunday, October 29, 2017


 Fred “Fritz” Scherz, Jr., Councilman on the Verona Town Board, will hold his 7th Annual Thank You 
Dinner for all Town of Verona Veterans and their families on Saturday, November 11th from 5pm to 6pm at the Verona Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6811 (4928 Spring Rd.) in Verona.

“I have fond admiration for Veterans and thought this would be a special way to thank them again,” said
Scherz.  “The last six years I’ve held this event, there was a good turnout. It is always great to see Veterans of various ages attend, share their stories with each other, and even make some new friends.  Also, I want people to know that as with last six years I’ve held this dinner, no town funds are being used for it whatsoever as this is not a government-based event.  Rather, I am personally covering the cost because this is just something I thought would be nice to do again. My family always looks forward to this annual event. We even have a surprise special guest lined up to attend. So, if you’re a Veteran from the Town of Verona, I sure hope to see you and your family at my Thank You Dinner!”
While reservations are not required, Veterans who plan on attending are asked to contact Fritz at and/or (315) 363-3509 by November 8th so he can better plan on how much food to have. Plus, if folks have any food allergies, Fritz wants to plan accordingly. For more information on Fritz, go to:, Fritz’s Twitter feed at:, and/or his blog at: 

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Councilman Fred “Fritz” Scherz, Jr. from Verona, NY, announces today he is officially running again for re-election to the Verona Town Board in this year’s upcoming election.  Fritz has earned endorsements from the following political parties:  Conservative, Independence, and Republican. 

“I want to thank the political parties that endorsed me, the volunteers that carried my designating petitions for me, and all the people that signed my designating petitions, helping me get on the ballot again,” said Scherz.  “Regarding my candidacy for re-election again, since I got elected to the town board, I’ve tried to work smart for residents of our town. I feel I have the work record to prove I’ve kept these folks in mind while serving as councilman.  I know there is more work to be done and I embrace the opportunity to do so. I believe my 21+ years of work experience in government, work ethic, sense of community, determination and willingness to continue working with members of various political parties makes me an ideal candidate for re-election as councilman on the Verona Town Board. I’m hopeful residents of the Town of Verona will give me the opportunity again to continue serving them, as I would be honored to do so.”

Since being elected to the Verona Town Board, Scherz has created the Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service and awarded over $2,000 in scholarships to graduating 12th grade students from the Town of Verona. He has also hosted seven holiday parties for town residents and six “thank you” dinners for town Veterans. In 2013, Scherz was one of eight honorees to win a Follow the Leader Award from Leadership Mohawk Valley. Additionally, since 2013, Scherz has served as President of the Oneida County Association of Towns. In 2014, Scherz was inducted into the Vernon Verona Sherrill High School Wall of Fame.

Election Day is November 7th, with polls open from 6am to 9pm. For more election information, go to the New York State Board of Elections website:  For more information on Fritz, go to:, Fritz’s Twitter feed at:, his blog at:, email him at: and/or call: (315) 363-3509.  

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Monday, August 21, 2017


Fritz's Polka Band (FPB) from Verona, NY, as well as all FPB members have been nominated for national awards by the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame (CSPHOF) in Euclid, OH.  FPB has been nominated in the “Band of the Year” category. Original remaining FPB members, Fritz Scherz (accordionist/vocalist) and Gabe Vaccaro (bassist/vocalist) have both been nominated in the “Musician of the Year” category, while fellow FPB members, Frank Nelson (guitarist/vocalist) and Mike Faraino (drummer) have been nominated in the “Sideman of the Year” category.  The winners will be announced during the CSPHOF Awards Show on Saturday, November 25th at the Cleveland (OH) Downtown Marriott Hotel as part of the annual Thanksgiving Polka Weekend. 

“The guys in FPB were already eager to play again in Cleveland on November 24th and 25th, as we always have a great time there,” said Fritz Scherz, band leader of Fritz's Polka Band.  “Now, with FPB as well as each FPB member nominated for national awards, this has raised our anticipation for Thanksgiving Weekend tenfold. To think we get to play twice that weekend AND attend the awards show as nominees is a fabulous feeling! We encourage our friends to join the CSPHOF right away and vote for us!!!”

Fritz's Polka Band has been performing for over 38 years, and made history in 1999 by becoming the first polka band to play at a Woodstock Festival.  FPB has made 18 recordings and appears on "The Manchurian Candidate" DVD, released in 2004.  FPB won a Just Plain Folks Music (JPFM) Award in the Best Polka Song category for Bialczak’s Polka in 2006.  FPB won an Upper State Independent (USI) Award in Syracuse, NY in 2008 and 2009.  In 2009, FPB won a Syracuse Area Music Award in the Best Recording: Other Styles category for their “Reflections” recording.  In 2010, FPB was inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame.  In 2011, FPB had two songs (‘Grandparent’s Polka’ and ‘Here Is Fritz’s Polka Band’) included in two episodes of the TV show, ‘Breaking Bad’. 
 FPB was nominated in 2012 for two USI Awards. In 2013, FPB released their 18th recording, a double live CD entitled, “The WSKG Sessions”. In 2014, all FPB members were nominated for national awards by the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame! In 2015, Fritz and Gabe were nominated for national awards by the CSPHOF. In 2016, Fritz was nominated for a national award by the CSPHOF. Earlier this year, FPB was nominated for three JPFM Awards.

For more information on FPB, email Fritz at: or call him at: (315) 363-3509, visit the band’s website:, their Facebook page at:, and/or their Twitter feed at:  For details on joining the CSPHOF, go to: and/or call: (866) 66-POLKA.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017


Fred “Fritz” Scherz, Jr., Councilman on the Verona Town Board in Verona, NY, announced today that he has selected Racheal Cadrette and Olivia Musacchio both from the Town of Verona as the co-winners of the 8th Annual Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service.  Ms. Cadrette has volunteered for the “Tour de Cure”, the Special Olympics, Adopt a Highway, and Math Buddies, as well as numerous other activities. Ms. Musacchio has volunteered for the Town of Verona Summer Park Program, the Special Olympics, Turning Stone Resort and Casino Races, and Vacation Bible School, as well as many other activities. As co-winners of this award, Ms. Cadrette and Ms. Musacchio each received a certificate of accomplishment and a check for $125. 

“Upon reviewing this year’s applications, I narrowed it down to Ms. Cadrette and Ms. Musacchio,” said Scherz.  “After a few weeks of trying to choose a single winner, I came to the conclusion that both were worthy, as it’s obvious Racheal and Olivia both care about not only the Verona community, but the surrounding areas as well, as their volunteerism has extended beyond the Town of Verona.  I congratulate Racheal and Olivia for not only winning the scholarship, but for also setting a great example for others to follow.  On a personal note, I know my Dad would’ve been impressed with the on-going volunteer efforts of both of these young women!”

For more details on the 8th Annual Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service, visit Fritz’s
website at:, his Twitter feed at:, his blog at:, or call: (315) 363-3509. 
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