If your name is Joe, your day has come. Wednesday, March 27th is National Joe Day, in honor of everyone named Joe or Jo, Joette, Joey, Joseph, Josephine, Johanna, Joann, Jodie--any variant of the name.

The picture above features two prominent "Joes" from the Utica-Rome area. New York State Senator Joe Griffo (red shirt) and Utica mayoral hopeful Joe Marino (grey slacks) are familiar faces in these parts. But they aren't the only big-time Joes we could honor--and there are some other creative ways we could observe National Joe Day. Here are a few ideas:

  • Listen to the radio. We suggest calling us on Lite 98.7 and requesting a Joe Jonas song OR tuning in Utica-Rome radio legend Genesee Joe Trisolino.
  • Write Senator Joe Griffo a letter to support his efforts or just to ask him question. Here's all the contact info for Joe.
  • Find out more about Utica Councilman Joe Marino's run for Utica mayor here on Joe's Facebook page.
  • Follow former Vice President Joe Biden's decision on a potential run for President. He has info and he's selling swag here on his website.
  • Eat some Utica Greens, a local delicacy popularized at Chesterfield Restaurant in the 1980s by Joe Morelle. Or go try the delicious Steak Morelle, currently being served in his honor at Tavolo in North Utica.
  • With so many great coffee shops in the Mohawk Valley, it would be a great day to go share a cup of joe with friends.

Do you have a special "Joe" in your life who deserves recognition? Drop us a note and tell us a quick story.