Monday, November 26, 2018


Fritz's Polka Band (FPB) from Verona, NY, will release their 19th recording, “Hey!” on November 30, 2018. “Hey!”
was recorded at SubCat Music Studios in Syracuse, NY and features 12 original tunes of which over half are polka and waltz, yet also includes other styles. “Hey!” also features the following special guests: Rocko Dorsey, Ron Keck, and Todd Kerns (from Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, TOQUE, Age of Electric and more!). It will be available at FPB gigs, by direct order from FPB namesake, Fritz Scherz, as well as on CD Baby, iTunes, and other on-line outlets as well.

"I’m thrilled that this recording is finally being released," said Fritz Scherz, bandleader of Fritz’s Polka Band. My initial plans were to release a double album in honor of our 40th anniversary. However, due to a scheduling conflict with a friend who was going to be a special guest on a tune of mine, plans changed. Thus, I decided for now to put out a recording of 12 original FPB tunes and hold off on plans for that friend to record for us. I’m very excited that Rocko Dorsey, Ron Keck and Todd Kerns will be special guests on this new recording! Rocko was a special guest on our 2005 release, “FPB On Tap” and was featured earlier this year by Gretsch Guitars on their website. Ron is owner of SubCat Music Studios, and has been a musician for most of his life. Meanwhile, Todd has toured the world many times over with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators and was recently inducted into the British Columbia Entertainers Hall of Fame! A special thanks to the Woods Family and Woods Valley Ski Area for supporting this new recording!”

October 14, 2018 marked the 40th anniversary of Fritz's Polka Band! FPB made history in 1999 by becoming the first polka band to play at a Woodstock Festival.  FPB appears on "The Manchurian Candidate" DVD, released in 2004.  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’.  In 2013, FPB released their 18th recording, a double live CD entitled, “The WSKG Sessions”. In August 2018, FPB and each band member were again nominated for national awards by the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame.

For more information on Fritz’s Polka Band, view the band’s, Facebook page at:, their Twitter feed at:, and/or their Instagram at:
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Sunday, November 25, 2018


Fred “Fritz” Scherz, Jr., Councilman on the Verona Town Board, will hold his 9th Annual Holiday Party for all Town of Verona residents on Sunday, December 2nd 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 Santa Claus as he makes his way to the event.

“The last eight years I’ve held this community event, it’s been a success because of the big crowd of children and adults that attended, as well as the volunteers, businesses, and media that helped,” said Scherz.  “To me, it’s a Christmas party, as my family enjoys celebrating that holiday. However, I call it a holiday party as I want folks who don’t celebrate Christmas to know that they are still welcome to attend. Although I’m not finished putting together the complete fun-filled lineup of activities and guests, as with prior years I plan on having kid-oriented activities, such as arts, crafts, painting, musicians, and more! There’ll be story telling by some special guests, too. Family-oriented fun will continue to be part of this holiday event, including face painting by Bingo & Dingo (clowns) and there will be an increased presence of live music. Hopefully, Santa Claus will take time out of his busy schedule to attend. I also want people to know that as with the last eight 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 your 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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