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American hero – Volney Elementary School held a patriotic assembly Monday, honoring local solider Eric Lockwood. Students from Volney sent Lockwood cards, pictures and care packages while he served overseas in Afghanistan. Students Julia Guarrera and Mary Jerred read samples of the letters sent to Lockwood and presented him with a Volney Vikings sweatshirt. Lockwood, who attended Volney school, visited classrooms after the assembly, meeting and answering students questions. From left are Volney Principal Jeff Hendrickson, Town of Volney Supervisor Dennis Lockwood, Legislator Linda Lockwood, Lockwood, Senator Patty Ritchie, Assemblyman Will Barclay and teacher Kathleen DeLisle. In front are students Mary Jerred and Julia Guarrera. -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Volney Elementary School honors local soldier

American hero – Volney Elementary School held a patriotic assembly Monday, honoring local solider Eric Lockwood. Students from Volney sent Lockwood cards, pictures and care packages while he served overseas in Afghanistan. Students Julia Guarrera and Mary Jerred read samples of the letters sent to Lockwood and presented him with a Volney Vikings sweatshirt. Lockwood, who attended Volney school, visited classrooms after the assembly, meeting and answering students questions. From left are Volney Principal Jeff Hendrickson, Town of Volney Supervisor Dennis Lockwood, Legislator Linda Lockwood, Lockwood, Senator Patty Ritchie, Assemblyman Will Barclay and teacher Kathleen DeLisle. In front are students Mary Jerred and Julia Guarrera. -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Volney Elementary School held a patriotic assembly Monday, honoring local soldier Eric Lockwood.

Students from Volney sent Lockwood cards, pictures and care packages while he served overseas in Afghanistan.

Students Julia Guarrera and Mary Jerred read samples of the letters sent to Lockwood and presented him with a Volney Vikings sweatshirt.

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Oswego County legislator seeks to restore expired exemption program

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Dan Farfaglia would like to see the return of a program that allowed a tax exemption for home improvements.

“When this option was available previously, homeowners were exempt from paying the full amount of the increased assessed value until five years after completion,” Farfaglia wrote in a memorandum to members of the legislature’s Community and consumer Affairs Committee.

“Under that law, in the first year of the increased value of the home, the owner paid no additional property taxes. Beginning in the second year, they paid a small increased amount. Gradually the amount paid increased every year and by the time the sixth year arrived, they were paying the full assessed value of the home.”

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Bodley Bulletins: April 25, 2012

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by Erika Johnson

Did you know that nearly one billion people have no access to clean, safe drinking water?

Many G. Ray Bodley High School faculty members and students have been participating in The Water Project to bring this problem to light.

For those who don’t know what this is, it is a two-week commitment to drink nothing but water.

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Arbor Day cleanup at Recreation Park

Members of Oswego County AmeriCorps will host a community restoration project at Fulton’s Recreation Park at 2:30 p.m. Arbor Day, Friday, April 27.

Several local businesses and volunteers have supported the project and the public is invited to join in the effort.

“This park is next to G. Ray Bodley High School and is the environment where thousands of kids, our next generation, pass each and every day,” said AmeriCorps member and project organizer Jessica Naioti. “We are asking for the community’s help in sprucing it up.”

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Fulton Police Department still investigating motorcycle crash

by Andrew Henderson

The Fulton Police Department is still investigating a motorcycle crash that occurred Friday afternoon.

At about 3:10 p.m., Fulton police were called to the intersection of West Seventh Street South and West Broadway for a reported motorcycle car accident.

The operator of the 2005 Suzuki motorcycle was 22-year-old Christopher Castiglia.

The initial investigation indicated that Castiglia was travelling westbound on West Broadway when a passenger vehicle pulled out from West Seventh Street South in an attempt to travel east on West Broadway.

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Poetry Corner: Groundhog Negotiations

by Jim Farfaglia

Before we begin another season
sharing this space I call my backyard
and you call
Jim’s All You Can Eat Garden Salad Buffet
let us make a pact:

I promise to fence in my vegetables
with the finest grade chicken wire,
if you promise to not find
ever creative ways
to chew through, dig under or scale over it.

You also agree to not burrow
yet another passageway under my shed
that will lead to your, no doubt,
quite comfortable one room bungalow,
if I agree to not use gravel, plywood,
broken cement blocks and old railroad ties,
attempting to barricade your existing routes.

You also have my word
that I will no longer
repeatedly rap on my kitchen window,
trying to scare the bejesus out of you,
if you, in turn, stop telling
more and more of your relatives
how great this place is
and they really should pack up and join you

since there’s plenty here to eat and –
other than some strange window-tapping guy –
the neighbors are real friendly.

Light In The Darkness: April 25, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,  to prepare God’s people for works of service.” – Ephesians 4:11-12

I know that I have written on this topic before but it is a message so much needed in the Body of Christ today. Tradition has resulted in whole congregations who expect their pastor to do the ministry. But that is clearly not what scripture says.
John Piper writes, “God gives to a church spiritual leaders whose role is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. And from the work of the ministry by the saints, the body is built up. God’s pattern for producing people with powerful faith and genuine love is not to have the pastor-teachers do all the work of the ministry.

“They are to equip the saints to do the ministry. And the saints are not a class of Christians. They are you, all of you, who have set yourselves apart for God through faith in Christ.”

According to God’s pattern then, the building up of the body in faith and love is the  responsibility of saints who have been equipped.

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Phoenix softball wins wild game against Chittenango

by Rob Tetro

Phoenix varsity girls softball Coach Casey Jones has mentioned several times that if his team does not play to its capabilities, it still has an incomparable will to win.

Jones’ statement was never more true than it was when his team took Chittenango Friday. Despite six costly errors, the Lady Firebirds came from behind for a dramatic 13-12 win.

Chittenango got things going quickly, taking a 1-0 lead during the top of the first inning. However, the game became far more interesting during the second inning. Chittenango added five more runs to bring its lead to 6-0.

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