Monday, December 11, 2017

Thank You re: my 8th Annual Holiday Party for Town of Verona Residents - 12/10/17

Many heartfelt thanks to everyone (volunteers and attendees) that helped make my 8th Annual Holiday Party for Town of Verona residents on December 10th a huge success!  Fabulous volunteers worked together to make this event happen and festive attendees shared the Christmas holiday spirit. Some pictures from this event can be found on my website:

Thanks to the following people for taking part in the programmatic portion of the event (listed in order of appearance): Gretchen LaSalle of Kids Oneida for face painting; Trooper Mark Buzzard and K9 CT (both from the New York State Police) for interacting with the attendees and showing some of K9 CT’s abilities; Richelle Singer of Cornell Cooperative Extension for make & take activities; Liz Friedel performing songs on her violin; the following Christmas story readers: Honorable Rob Maciol (Oneida County Sheriff), Honorable Philip Rougeux (New York State Police Major), and Honorable Gregory Pflieger (Oneida County Sheriff’s Office); Santa Claus for giving gifts to the children; Honorable Rob Swenszkowski (Oneida County Undersheriff) for singing Christmas songs, Jason Barady (of Floodwood) for performing tunes on his mandolin; Elena Bartlett for performing songs on her violin; and Christopher Wiehl (of The Magic of Chris Wheel) for the family - oriented magic show.

Thanks to the following people for helping in a variety of ways:  Jay Aiello, Glenda & Steve Bartlett, Mary Jo Beach, Steven Bulger, Jennifer & Megan Centore, Honorable Mike Clancy, Dave Coombs, Andrew Derminio, Rachel Dunne, Frank Elias, Martha Group, Jeff Hull, Dan Hunt, Bill Keeler, Rocco LaDuca, Jeff Monaski, Carole Nowak, Craig Semans, Fred & Sue Stefanik, Margaret Visalli, Mary, Owen & Spencer Walker, Tami Whooten, Diana Wilson, and Mary Margaret Zehr.

Thanks to the following businesses and/or organizations for donating baked goods and/or gifts or simply helping out: Circle K, Colgate University Football, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Dunkin’ Donuts (Verona), Kids Oneida, New York State Police, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Oneida Indian Nation SavOn, Price Chopper (Oneida), Recovery Sports Grill, Staples (New Hartford), Utica Coffee, Villa Verona Vineyard & Bistro, Walmart (Oneida) and the media that helped publicize the Holiday Party.

Thanks to the Verona Fire Department for providing the venue for the Holiday Party and for helping make Santa’s arrival special via a parade.  Thanks to Durhamville Fire Department, New London Fire Department, Sylvan Beach Fire Department and Verona Fire Department as well as the New York State Police and Oneida County Sheriff’s Office for taking part in the parade, too. Special thanks to my wife, Kathy, and our children, Katherine, Marissa, and Freddy for being so supportive, encouraging, and helpful during the weeks leading up to the Holiday Party and during the event itself.

In closing, the bottom line is that so many people worked together to make this event happen.  It is people like you that make a community great!  I am so honored to call these great people my friends and Verona my hometown!  Thank you!!! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!!! 

Saturday, December 2, 2017


Fred “Fritz” Scherz, Jr., Councilman on the Verona Town Board, will hold his 8th Annual Holiday Party for all Town of Verona residents on Sunday, December 10th from 1pm to 3pm at the Verona Fire Hall (5555 Volunteer Ave.) in Verona. Preceding the holiday party will be a mini parade starting at 12:30pm from the Verona Fire Hall, going through Virdon Village via Merry St., east on Route 31 to Main Street past J. D. George Elementary School and onto Volunteer Ave. back to the Verona Fire Hall. Folks are encouraged to line the parade route to wave to some of the great law enforcement and firefighters that serve the Town of Verona as well as Santa Claus as he makes his way to the event.

“The last seven years I’ve held this community event, it’s been a success because of all the children and
 adults that attended, as well as the volunteers, businesses, and media that helped,” said Scherz.  “Although I’m not finished finalizing the complete fun-filled lineup of activities and guests, as with prior years I plan on having kid-oriented activities, including arts and crafts. There’ll be some fantastic musicians as well as story-telling by some special guests, too. Family-oriented fun will continue to be part of this holiday event, too. Hopefully, Santa Claus will take time out of his busy schedule to attend. I also want people to know that as with the last seven years I’ve held this event, no town funds are being used for it whatsoever as this is not a government-based event.  I encourage all residents of Verona, no matter what their age is, to stop by and take part in the festivities!”

The Holiday Party for all Town of Verona residents has free admission and snacks will also be available. If able, attendees are asked to bring a canned good, as a collection will be taken and given to the Verona Food Pantry. For more details, go to: and/or contact Fritz at: and/or (315) 363-3509. If any businesses want to inquire about making a donation, please contact Fritz.
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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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