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Former Muslim to speak at Fulton Alliance Church

Daniel Shayesteh will be speaking at the Fulton Alliance Church May 18-20.

“Mary an I were born into nominal Muslim families in a small city in Iran,” he said. “We became fully involved in the fundamentalist Islamic movement shortly after the Islamic Revolution. Our common interest in the movement drew us together and we were married. This involvement caused me to advance in the politically-oriented religion Islam, and with the recognition and support of people in our city I announced my candidacy for the Islamic Parliament.

“The bitter rivalry of Islamic politics which often leads to people being killed for their beliefs meant I was a threat to Khomeini’s political group who wanted to govern at any cost,” he said. “I was kidnapped by Khomeini’s Revolutionary Military and placed in a death cell  to await a death sentence. God in his love and graciousness had other plans for my life and unexpectedly I was temporarily released, but I was not allowed to work in my city, and neither was I allowed to leave my city to seek work in other areas. Finally, after two attempts, I escaped into Turkey- homeless and without family or friends. My loneliness was overwhelming at the time and I feared for my family’s safety because of my escape.”

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Hodgepodge: April 28, 2012

Roy Hodge

by Roy Hodge

I started having a major problem a few weeks ago the minute I started thinking about what my favorite food might be. I knew immediately that I wasn’t going to come up with an instant, definite, no-doubt-about-it answer on the spot.

I get myself into these fantasy situations often, but I knew that a lot of thought was going to have to go into this decision.  Probably weeks, if not months of intense study and research would be necessary.

And, there couldn’t possibly be just one category to work on. In fact, as I thought more about it, I was sure that I would never be able to narrow my choice of favorite foods down to one.

After all, there is breakfast, lunch and dinner for starters.  There are snacks — mid-morning, mid-afternoon, before supper, before bed time, and don’t forget the middle of the night snack and the “I-can’t-sleep” snack.

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New car and new ideas for Oswego Speedway’s Steven Gioia III

by Dan Johnson

Garages all around Central New York are in full thrash mode as racing season gets closer and closer.

Teams competing at Oswego Speedway have May 5 circled on their calendars as the gates to the Steel Palace swing open that day for its 62nd consecutive year of racing.
Teams, officials and fans alike are anxiously awaiting Opening Day No. 62 at Oswego Speedway as the supermodifieds and SBS classes headline a full summer of activity at the lakeside oval.

In those 62 years of racing, the Gioia family name has been around the speedway possibly more than any other family.

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Valley Viewpoints: The dominos are lining up

by Oswego County Legislator James Karasek

When I was a child, toys were a simpler past-time than they are today. We had a set of dominos that was kept in the lower desk drawer and every now and then I would get them out and stand them on end.  It was a simple task to push the first one and see them all fall.

It took practice and it took time to get them to stand up on end and yet make sure the spacing was correct. The actual time it took for them to fall was quick, but you had to have everything in place just right to make it work.

I later came to appreciate the “bones” for what they were, the dots become strategy and the slap of the game piece on the table was the” in your face” play that I felt sure was the winning move.

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Lucas Hollenbeck

Fulton Police Department’s Officer of the Year announced

Lucas Hollenbeck was named the

Lucas Hollenbeck

Officer of the Year for 2011 during the 15th annual City of Fulton Awards Ceremony Wednesday.

Hollenbeck has been a member of the police department for six years.

He has regularly led the department in traffic enforcement and arrests since the day he started his career.

He serves the department in specialized areas including police instructor and evidence technician and he has received specialized training in the detection of drug-impaired drivers.

Three Fulton-area companies, including Huhtamaki, ies receive low-cost power deals

by Andrew Henderson

Three Fulton companies are among the first 517 business to receive low-cost power grants under New York State’s new ReCharge New York program.

Canfield Machine & Tool, Huhtamaki, and Interface Solutions are among those listed as receiving the low-cost power grants.

The companies are receiving a share of the first installment of 910 megawatts of low-cost power set aside to create and protect jobs as part of a major overhaul of New York’s economic development programs. One megawatt is the equivalent of power used by 800 to 1,000 typical homes.

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Oswego County transfers $18,000 for mosquito surveillance

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee approved the transfer of $18,000 from the contingency fund to be used for mosquito surveillance during a meeting held Wednesday.

Last summer’s increased mosquito population and the death of a child from eastern equine encephalitis has resulted in the county health department taking more aggressive action against the disease carrying vector.

Legislators instructed the health department to pursue a more regional approach to the problem. Two additional seasonal staff persons were added to the 2012 budget.

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Safety improvements planned for Hannibal Town intersection

by Andrew Henderson

The New York State Department of Transportation will hold an open meeting Wednesday, May 2 to discuss safety improvements to the intersection of N.Y.S. Route 176 and County Route 7 in the Town of Hannibal.

The open house will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Hannibal Town Hall, located at 824 Co. Rte. 34.

Plans for the upcoming project will be available for review and DOT representatives will be present to answer questions. No formal presentation is planned.

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