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Alexander Grimshaw, Army veteran

Alexander Grimshaw
Army veteran

Alexander J. Grimshaw, 79, of Fulton, died Friday, March 23, 2012 at University Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Bronx to the late Alexander and Anna (Valentine) Grimshaw. He has been a resident of Fulton for most of his life.  Mr. Grimshaw was a United States veteran having served in the Army during the Korean War. He previously worked at Sealright, Fulton, Metropolitan Life Insurance, Montgomery Ward, and later retired from Goldberg’s, Fulton as store manager.

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Poetry Corner: March Into Summer

by Jim Farfaglia

March Into Summer

When we fight the morning fog
and not a blinding snowstorm.
When peepers chirp and find a mate
though spring has not been born.

When May flowers break through the ground
well ahead of April raindrops.
When walking ‘round the bridges
brings on sweat that never stops,

then we know our weather’s gone amiss
which makes us start to wonder
what we’ll all be talking ‘bout
when we finally get to summer.

From left are driver Marcia Owens, driver Jen Pieropan, OCO staff member Cindy Seeber, driver Rhonda Verwey, DeLine, Woodward, OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Courier and OCO Senior Nutrition Services Volunteer Coordinator Chris Parks. -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Mayors for Meals Day in the City of Fulton

From left are driver Marcia Owens, driver Jen Pieropan, OCO staff member Cindy Seeber, driver Rhonda Verwey, DeLine, Woodward, OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Courier and OCO Senior Nutrition Services Volunteer Coordinator Chris Parks. -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward and Fire and Police Commissioner Alan Deline helped delivered meals to home-bound senior citizens Wednesday as part of Mayors for Meals Day.

Woodward, Deline and others joined Oswego County Opportunities workers in delivering meals to homes in the City of Fulton, including residents at Towpath Towers and Pathfinder Court.

OCO Senior Nutrition Services delivers 110 meals each day to home-bound clients in Fulton.

Oswego County legislator seeks additional government transparency

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee will discuss transparency in county government during a meeting to be held Monday.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler requested that the issue be added to the agenda for discussion.

One issue Kunzwiler is seeking to address is the fact that legislators are required to fill out a Freedom of Information form to request county records.

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Probe into Essex County results in no ‘provable criminal conduct’

by Carol Thompson

The Franklin County District Attorney has concluded that there is no “provable criminal conduct committed by any employee or county official of Essex County,” however, does go on to state that the report has been forwarded to the Essex County Ethics Board and the state Attorney General for review.

An investigation into the bidding procedure in Essex County in regard to a data imaging contract was the subject of Franklin County DA Derek Champagne’s investigation.

The investigation focused on e-mail correspondence between Essex County Deputy Clerk Janet Cross and Joe Murman of Info Quick Solutions, Inc. (IQS) of Liverpool.

The company does business with the Oswego County Clerk’s office and has been embroiled in controversy for over a year.

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Valley Viewpoint: United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stone Soup Too a success

by Lois Luber of the United Way of Greater Oswego County

I extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who lent their support to the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s fourth annual Stone Soup Too Luncheon graciously hosted by Holy Trinity Parish in Fulton.

From the large amount of people who attended, to the many businesses and organizations that helped make the event possible, our Stone Soup Too Luncheon was a perfect example of the United Way’s “Live United” concept as the community came together to show their support for the United Way and help our area food pantries.

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Redistricting – Assemblyman Bob Oaks speaks to a colleague during a recent session in Albany. Oaks has worked as a member of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment that recommended new lines for Senate and Assembly districts to reflect the 2010 Census.

New York News: March 24, 2012

Redistricting – Assemblyman Bob Oaks speaks to a colleague during a recent session in Albany. Oaks has worked as a member of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment that recommended new lines for Senate and Assembly districts to reflect the 2010 Census.

by Andrew Henderson

A bill that would help Oswego County and its inmate crunch at the Oswego County Correctional Facility has been approved by a key Senate committee this week, said state Senator Patty Ritchie.

The New York State Senate’s Crime and Corrections Committee approved the bill, S.5498, which would require payment to the counties for any state inmates who are held in a county jail beyond 10 days.

“Taxpayers in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties are being forced to foot the bill for inmates who are being held in county jails, but who really belong in state lock-ups,” Ritchie said.

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Democrat legislators call for probe of ethics leak

by Carol Thompson

If there are no answers as to who leaked an ethics complaint filed against Legislator Shawn Doyle when the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee meets Monday, Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he will request an investigation.

“This taints the integrity of the process,” Kunzwiler said Tuesday. “If only five people were in possession of the complaint, how hard can it be to determine how it got out?”

Late last year, then-legislature chairman Barry Leemann filed an ethics complaint against Doyle alleging the legislator may be misusing office space at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse in Pulaski.

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