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Boil-water advisory: Fulton water has high turbidity levels

by Andrew Henderson

The City of Fulton issued a boil-water advisory over the weekend after a breakdown at the K-1 well.

Discolored water entered the Fulton water system Saturday, causing turbidity, or cloudiness. The city tests for turbidity in order to see if it is effectively filtering the water supply.

Because the west side is connected to the east side via two bridge pipelines, the boil water advisory also applied to that side of the river.

There was an undermining problem at the K-1 well and it was taken immediately off line after it was reported by an on-site Water Works resident.

As customer complaints came in, hydrants were opened at those locations and remained so until the water had cleared. Chlorine levels have been elevated at the Fulton Water Works as an added precautionary measure of safety.

Because of these high levels of turbidity, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms.

In an effort to combat against this possibility, chlorine levels have been turned up at the Fulton Water Works. This boil water advisory will remain in effect until at least today, May 23 when all regulatory sampling results should be received.

The city is encouraging residents not to drink the water without boiling it first. Residents should bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice.

Turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease causing organisms.

These organisms may include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

Legislator calls for correction of errors in county resolution

by Carol Thompson

A resolution in opposition of the memorandum of understanding between New York State and the federal government to speed development of wind towers in Lake Ontario’s eastern basin apparently contained inaccurate information that one legislator wanted corrected.

During Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature, the accuracy of the third paragraph of the resolution was questioned by Legislator Amy Tresidder.

The paragraph states, “Whereas, it is always wise to learn from your neighbors’ mistakes — although initially embracing offshore wind turbines in Lake Ontario, after experiencing negative economic and environmental consequences, the Province of Ontario has now placed a moratorium on any further construction of offshore wind turbines pending further study.”

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National evangelist Daniel Shayesteh to visit Fulton church

What in the world is happening in the Muslim world, how is it affecting America and what is the Christian response?

Dr. Daniel Shayesteh, an Iranian immigrant and director of the inter-denominational organization, “Exodus from Darkness,” is a national evangelist for the Christian and Missionary Alliance,

He will be speaking at Fulton Alliance Church May 18-20.

Shayesteh was deeply involved in the Iranian Fundamentalist Revolution in 1979 as a leading Muslim political leader and teacher of Islam. He was converted to Christianity after escaping to Turkey, having fallen out of favor with Khomeini’s political group.

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Fulton YMCA prepares for its fifth annual Gala Auction

The Fulton YMCA is preparing for its fifth annual Gala Auction at the Fulton Polish Home.

The theme this year is “Believe in the Y” and area artists have decorated a variety of furniture pieces. The event is slated for Friday, June 1. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the auction will begin at 8 p.m.

There will be smaller items for silent auction, including many pieces by Sandy Clift. Dan Bachelor will be the auctioneer again this year and Carol Fox is preparing a menu of creative hors d’ouvers. Nick Abelgore will be showcasing his musical talents throughout the evening.

This year’s sponsors are Babcock Oil Co.; Burke’s Home Center; Canalview Travel Services; Chirello Advertising; Critical-Vac Filter Co.; Dennis Hawthorne, Jr., Esq.; Family Chiropractic Office; Foster’s Funeral Home; Fulton Savings Bank; Hannibal Village Market IGA; Johnston’s Propane; Mimi’s; Oswego Valley Insurance Agency; Pinnacle Dental Group; Red Brick Pub; Universal Metal Works; and Harvey Fadden.

Featured at the auction will be the local artists Amy Johnston, Lisa Davis, Margaret Rusaw, Tammy Wood, Meanie Taylor, Muggins LaGrou, Michelle McClave, Laureen Whitney, and Kelly Niccoli.

There are also some new artists, including  Lois Baker, Kathy Mihalik, Susan James, Adair Sala, Autumn Burns and Cheri Pafumi.
Pre-sale tickets are available at the Fulton YMCA

Best-tasting drinking water contest slated

The Oswego County Health Department will hold its 22nd annual best-tasting drinking water contest Saturday, May 26 at the Fulton Memorial Day Salute.

Visitors will vote for their favorite samples of drinking water from municipal systems in Oswego County.  All municipal water supplies are eligible to enter the contest, which is coordinated by the health department’s environmental division.

“The contest is a friendly competition to remind people of the importance of protecting our water resources in Oswego County and across New York State,” said Natalie Roy, associate public health sanitarian for the Oswego County Health Department.  “The winner of the Oswego County competition will advance to the Syracuse regional contest in June, and regional winners will compete for the state title at the State Fair in August,” Roy added.

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Oswego County parks are now tobacco-free

by Carol Thompson

During Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature, a resolution was approved that prohibits smoking at Camp Zerbe, Camp Hollis, and Independence Trail.

The “Young Lungs at Play” initiative helps to eliminate children’s exposure to secondhand smoke and other tobacco products. Signs are posted in the parks and nearby playground areas to remind smokers not to smoke or use tobacco products on the premises.

There will be one designated smoking area at Camp Hollis and one at Camp Zerbe.
The Tobacco Free Network of  Oswego County will provide signage at all three parks.

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Oswego County mosquito surveillance plan receives funding

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature approved spending $18,436 for a mosquito surveillance program.

The program involves marking mosquitoes with a fluorescent power to track them and is significant, county officials said, because it will help determine more precise information regarding locations, distance and time adult mosquitoes migrate.

During Thursday’s meeting, Legislator Doug Malone questioned whether the money that is going to be used to tattoo the insects would be better spent on eradication efforts.

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