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2018-2019 Annual Kick-off dinner

Rome Academy of Sciences (RAS) will host its annual kick-off dinner meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. on September 12, 2018 at the El Jarocho Mexican Restaurant and Bar (the old Bucky’s restaurant), 1303 Floyd Ave, Rome, NY 13440.  The event will present our program for the coming year to include the Rome science fairs, science hall of fame induction, recognition of outstanding RFA seniors, etc.  Current and past RAS members are encouraged to attend. The general public is invited to attend to learn more about the Academy and its programs. Our guest speaker for the evening is Mr. Monk Rowe, a noted jazz artist, performer and expert from Hamilton College.  He will share with us a presentation on the relationship between music and science and how both are interrelated. If interested in attending this event, please contact Fred Haritatos at or Bob Herrmann at  This will enable us to give the restaurant an accurate head count.

John E. Meyer, Jr., Oneida County Director of Weights and Measures, April 11th

At 7:30 PM Tuesday, April 11, 2016 John E. Meyer, Jr.  will give a lecture open to the public about the Oneida County Bereau of Weights and Measures at the Rome Historical Society, 200 Church Street, Rome, NY.

The mission of the Bureau of Weights and Measures is to promote equity in all commercial transactions based on weight or measure.

Have you ever wondered about?

  • If you really got ten gallons the last time you filled your car with gasoline?
  • If that premium gasoline really was 93 Octane?
  • If you really got a half a pound of corned beef last week at the deli?

Mr. Meyer has been Director of the Oneida County Weights and Measures since 1997. He will explain the tools and techniques his office uses to ensure that people follow the rules and that no one gets cheated. Additionally, he will explain many of the different types of inspections and testing they perform. He will display some of his smaller testing standards for the attendees to see. The adherence to regulations and the role of the “honest broker” is critical for science, industry and commerce. He received AAS degree in Civil Engineering Technology from MVCC in 1995.

An informal dinner will be held at the SAVOY in Rome on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Anyone interested in having dinner with our guest speaker and some Trustees, please contact Fred Haritatos at telephone 315-336-9289 or email at before April 10, 2017.

This meeting is open to the public.
Hope you will attend.

Donations for the Rome Academy of Sciences Scholarship Fund are always welcome.

Rome, New York, Water Supply Rebuilding the Water Tunnel From Taberg to Lee


On Thursday October 20th, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Rome Historical Society Auditorium, Jon R. Putnam, P.E., B.C.C.E. will present “Rome, New York, Water Supply Rebuilding the Water Tunnel From Taberg to Lee”.  We hope to see you there.

Mr. Putnam will present a description of the recent rehabilitation of the City’s East Branch Fish Creek Raw Water Tunnel located in Taberg, that was originally constructed in, and in service since, 1908. The mile-long underground tunnel provides water from the Kessinger Dam to the City of Rome’s water system. Presentation will include history of tunnel, the engineering investigations and design phase, and rehabilitation phase of the project.

Mr. Putnam has over 18 years of experience in civil and environmental engineering industry, including the planning, engineering, design, and construction of water and wastewater systems, street and site development, trenchless technologies, and construction engineering and engineering management.  He is a licensed professional engineer in New York State and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, New York Rural Water Association, North American Society of Trenchless Technologies, and the current Vice President of the American Public Works Association New York Chapter.  He holds Bachelor Degrees in Agricultural and Civil Engineering from SUNY Morrisville and the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and is a manager at GHD Consulting Engineers Cazenovia NY.

Mr. Putnam will be at a dinner at the Savoy Restaurant at 5:30 before the talk.  The public is invited to attend both the dinner and the presentation.  The presentation is free.  Dinner reservations should be called in to the restaurant.

This meeting is open to the public. We hope you will attend.