Regional Briefs – June 27, 2017

Arrivederci, Roma: School Misspells Name on Diplomas

ROME, N.Y. – A misspelling on the diplomas handed out to the 338 graduating seniors at Rome Free Academy Saturday gave the Class of 2017 an Italian twist, the Post-Standard reported. The text said the diplomas were issued in Roma, New York, not Rome, New York. The vendor accidentally used the Italian spelling of Rome and is printing new diplomas.

School Plans Graduation Do-over After Sprinkler Glitch

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – A high school is holding a second graduation ceremony Thursday after their first graduation was ruined by a foul-smelling sprinkler malfunction last week, Newsday reported. South Side High School’s first ceremony ended prematurely around 15 names from the end.

3 Arrested After Illegal Fireworks Spark Giant Blaze

BRONX – Fire marshals arrested three men Thursday for setting off illegal fireworks that sparked a huge blaze, The Associated Press reported. A 27-year-old and two 23-year-olds admitted they were having a “fireworks fight.”

Erie Canal’s 200th Anniversary to Be Celebrated

ALBANY – The 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal will be marked with a weeklong musical celebration in early July along the waterway, The Associated Press reported. A concert called Water Music is planned.

WWI Vet’s Long-Lost Purple Heart Returned to Family

SKANEATELES, N.Y. – A Purple Heart medal awarded to a World War I veteran wounded in a gas attack in France but lost decades ago was returned to his family on Sunday, The Associated Press reported. Cpl. Everett Jesse Proper, born in 1894 in the Catskills, died in 1981.

NY Enhances Medical Marijuana Program

ALBANY – New York is expanding its medical marijuana program. Effective immediately, doctors can register online and certify patients the same day, The Associated Press reported. The program has more than 22,000 patients, a number on the rise since March, when chronic pain was added as a qualifying condition.