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Fulton Hibernians celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Irish celebration – The Ancient Order of Hiberniains, Rev. Harold Flynn Division 2 of Fulton held its annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Sunday at the Fulton Polish Home. From left are McNamara descendents Jim Smith, Pat Smith and Chaz Merritt. There mothers were all McNamaras. –Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Rev. Harold Flynn Division 2 of Fulton held its annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Sunday at the Fulton Polish Home.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians in America formed in 1836 to promote national unity and Christian charity in Ireland.

The Fulton Division 2 Ancient Order of Hibernians was founded in 1971 and early charter members include Bud Shinnick and Charlie and Bob Callen.

The goal of the Hibernians is to promote the ideals of the people who gave their lives for the cause of Irish freedom.

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Oswego County split into two congressional districts

by Carol Thompson

The lines have been drawn and re-drawn and, as of Friday, Oswego County will be divided into two Congressional districts.

The most recent plan is most likely the final.

Oswego County Republican Chairman Mike Backus said the county Republican committee endorsed Ann Marie Buerkle and Richard Hanna at a meeting held Thursday evening. “It looks to be final,” Backus said of the county’s two new districts.

U.S. Magistrate Roanne Mann made some changes to the original map she had submitted but her new lines left Central New York unchanged

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Laughing Through Life: NCAA bracket humility

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by Andrew Henderson

The great wordsmith Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.”

I can fully relate.

Sort of.

Every March, my parents and my wife and I take part in an activity that surely signals the coming of spring — the madness that is found throughout the land of college basketball.

Yes, it’s bracket time.

The NCAA kicked off its annual tournament last week and with it comes millions of people partaking in office pools and online/internet contests.

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Valley Viewpoints: Successful fund-raiser

All of us at Oswego County Opportunities would like to take this opportunity to recognize the businesses whose financial support for the OCO Bowl O’Gold fund-raiser.

We also want to thank the businesses and individuals who donated more than 75 items valued at well over $4,000 for the silent auction, door prize drawings and awards at the Bowl O’Gold.

We truly appreciate the generous support from our business community.
Oswego County Opportunities is the county’s Community Action Agency. It was created in the mid-1960s as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty.

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Valley Viewpoints: Well done musical

As parents of a Fulton Junior High seventh-grade music student who had the opportunity and privilege to participate in the recent GRB High School musical of “Damn Yankees,” we would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to all who were involved in the musical.

First, we would like to thank and recognize Director Tom Briggs, Music Director Tom Nami, Assistant Director Rob Lescarbeau, and Choreographer Doreen Forbes.

Their leadership, guidance, work ethic, passion and skill taught, inspired, motivated and led their students to put on a production of the highest quality of which they (and we) can all be proud.  What a gift you give to our children and the community each year!

Second, since our son was one of the youngest members of the cast, we would like to thank all the high-school students who welcomed the younger members to the show, guided them, encouraged them and generally made them feel welcome and comfortable every day.

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Light In The Darkness: March 21, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“…strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” – Acts 14:22

Charles Spurgeon said, “God’s people have their trials. It was never designed by God, when He chose His people, that they should be an untried people. They were chosen to the furnace of affliction; they were never chosen to worldly peace and earthly joy. It is ordained of old that the cross of trouble should be engraved on every vessel of mercy, as the royal mark whereby the King’s vessels of honor are distinguished.”

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Oswego County Legislature approves $200,000 transfer for inmates costs

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature voted Thursday to transfer $200,000 to cover the costs of transporting and housing inmates at other county jails.

The additional funding is necessary as the Oswego County Public Safety Center has reached its maximum capacity.

Legislator Jake Mulcahey asked if expansion of the current jail is an option, noting the cost associated with out-of-county housing.

“Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe we have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on this last year also,” he said. “If we are going to keep dumping money into this thing we should look into the jail expansion.”

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Light wells – The Fulton Medical Center has many attractive features including two light wells. This light well is off the main lobby.

Fulton Medical Center to unveil outpatient services

Light wells – The Fulton Medical Center has many attractive features including two light wells. This light well is off the main lobby.

The Fulton Medical Center continues to unveil outpatient services at its state-of-the-art location, 510 S. Fourth St., as the project nears completion.

The latest equipment to become available is a high-field Magnetic Resonance Imaging scanner. This new MRI can create exceptionally clear images of nearly all parts of the human body.

According to Oswego Health Chief of Radiology Mark Franklin, MD, the 1.5 Tesla MRI unit used at Fulton Medical Center offers radiologists superior patient images.

“The strength of the magnet used to create images enhances the quality of the images I analyze,” Dr. Franklin said. “This MRI unit is among the highest strength MRI scanners available and has the ability to provide images that can lead to an earlier diagnosis of a potential health risk.”

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