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Valley Viewpoints: Time for a change

by Rita Hooper of Fulton

I’ve lived in this county for 40 years. It has been a Republican County for those 40 years and long before that I understand.

For years, folks have said we have too many people on welfare, too much is being spent on Medicaid, our taxes are too high, there is way too much unemployment, and my children get educated here but can’t find jobs so they leave…

We have survived Republican and Democrat administrations at the state and national level. The only thing that doesn’t change is the reality that Oswego County remains a heavily Republican county.

I, for one, can’t understand why there were only three Republicans willing to stand with the Democrats to vote against awarding the contract to Info Quick Solutions for imaging services needed at the county clerk’s office. IQS was not only the highest bidder but fared lowest on an overall rating done by a committee of legislators picked by County Administrator Phil Church.

I question whose money the county legislature is looking after.

This issue has dragged on way too long with charges and counter charges too convoluted to go into in this letter. Read past Valley News articles on this to learn the details for yourself.

I’m an unabashed Democrat, I love my adopted county that my kids call home, but I can’t tell you how disappointed I am in what I’ve seen happening in this county.

Amy Tresidder has been a vocal Democrat fighting for all of us in the county legislature.

She states if it doesn’t smell right to you – it probably doesn’t smell right to her.

Our county isn’t smelling too good me anymore. She asks the questions all of us want answers, too.

Mrs. Tresidder is running for state Senate this year. I would hate to see her leave her position as county legislator but I know she will do a terrific job for us in the state Senate.

I hope my Republican friends will check the record of both Mrs. Ritchie and Mrs. Tresidder and see who falls in with your thinking and who has worked for you. See where their funding comes from and ask yourself: “Why?”

Remember the expression: follow the money. Step out of your comfort zone and pull that Democrat lever this fall. What have you got to lose?


Heidi Allen’s sister to unveil book cover today

by Carol Thompson

Christian author Lisa Buske, a resident of New Haven, will unveil the cover of her book “Where’s Heidi? One sister’s Journey” this Friday.

The book, scheduled to be released in the spring, seeks to give hope to the siblings of missing and kidnapped persons.

“I am blessed beyond words to celebrate what will have been my sister’s birthday by inviting our friends, family, the community and members of the local media to join the unveiling of the cover,” said Buske. “The book seeks to give hope to siblings of missing and kidnapped individuals — a hope that I didn’t have for many years after Heidi’s disappearance.”

Heidi Allen disappeared from the convenience store where she was working on Easter morning 1994.  The 18 year old was working alone as a cashier at the D&W Convenience Store, located at the intersection of State Routes 104 and 104B in the Town of New Haven and had opened the store at approximately 5:45 a.m.

About 7:50 a.m., a marked Oswego County Sheriff’s Department patrol unit was flagged down in the area by a citizen who reported that the convenience store was open with lights and gas pumps on, but no one tending the business.

Allen had apparently vanished from the store. Additional sheriff’s units were called to the scene and an investigation commenced. Intense scrutiny revealed that the cause of her disappearance was foul play.

The unveiling of the book cover will be revealed at the same spot Heidi disappeared and where the Heidi Allen Memorial Garden now sits.

The event is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Heidi Allen’s parents, Kim and Sue Allen, along with Oswego County Sheriff Reuel “Moe” Todd and other individuals directly involved with the 1994 case, will comment on the book prior to the unveiling. Light refreshments will be served and the event will be held rain or shine.

Hannibal football battles back from deficit but falls 39-25

by Rob Tetro

Trailing 39-0 shortly at halftime, the Hannibal football team battled back in the second half.

In the end, however, the Warriors were unable to complete the comeback, losing 39-25 win over Hannibal.

Bishop Ludden wasted little time lighting up the scoreboard. During the first quarter, Corey Wilkinson scored from three yards out. Later in the first quarter, Zach Harding threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Malik Stenson, which gave Bishop Ludden a 14-0 lead.

Before the first quarter ended, Bishop Ludden took a 20-0 lead when Harding threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Antoine Montgomery.

It was more of the same for Bishop Ludden during the second quarter.

Stenson caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Harding to give Bishop Ludden a 27-0 lead. Before the first half ended, Bishop Ludden took a 33-0 lead when Harding threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Mike Pecoriello.

 To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of the Valley News at our office or at one of several locations throughout the City. For Subscriptions call 598-6397.

Malone might lose his county legislative district

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Doug Malone may have to face off against his cousin if his house isn’t put back into his district.

When the new legislative district maps were drawn, Malone was removed from the 20th District, where his house is located.

When the new maps were distributed last week, it was stated that no legislators were removed from the district they represent.

“I know they’re going to fix it,” Malone said, adding that he has yet to have any official confirmation.

The new maps, which are tentative, do include Malone’s business in his current district. His house, however, was put in the district of his relative, Legislator Terry Wilbur.

Districts 1 and 5 remained unchanged. The remaining 23 districts were changed — some minor and some substantially.

While some legislators are pleased with their new boundaries, some are not sure about the new lines. Legislator Morris Sorbello lost a portion of the Town of Granby and gained a section of the Town of Hannibal. He said he has mixed feelings about the new District 23.

Legislator Amy Tresidder, who represents District 16, will cross the Oswego River under the new map, bringing her into a part of the east side of the city. She said she too was unsure of the new lines.

 To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of the Valley News at our office or at one of several locations throughout the City. For Subscriptions call 598-6397.
Linda Doty who had Kristen Pulver as a student at the Kingsford Park Elementary School wants her to be remembered. Annually, she places school bus yellow colored mums on the grave.

Memory of student remains alive

Linda Doty who had Kristen Pulver as a student at the Kingsford Park Elementary School wants her to be remembered. Annually, she places school bus yellow colored mums on the grave.

“I don’t want her to be forgotten!” said Charles E. Riley Elementary School Principal Linda Doty as she talked about a former elementary school student.

In 1999, Oswego Middle School seventh grader Kristen Pulver was tragically killed and left this world at a very young age.

Doty doesn’t want this gentle, kind hearted youngster to be forgotten. Doty noted, “Every year, the week before school, I take a day off and go out and get some school bus yellow mums. Then I go to the cemetery and place them on Kristen’s grave. It is my way of telling her that she is remembered.”

Pulver was a student at Kingsford Park Elementary School who loved learning and cared about others. She was a student of Doty’s prior to entering seventh grade at OMS.

Doty said, “Just about everyday after being at the middle school Kristen would go home and then come back to my classroom at Kingsford Park. She would open her books, study and sometimes just talk. We focused on learning.”

According to Doty, Kristen had a huge heart. She explained, “Kristen befriended others that didn’t fit in easily, not only in school, but also outside during after school hours. Kristen didn’t judge others, she was a friend to anyone who needed one.”

The current CER principal noted, “I just don’t want people to forget her. She was just one of the many students who work hard, care about others and have dreams. However, her dreams were never able to be achieved. She deserves to be remembered.”

Pulver is remembered not only when Linda Doty places those school bus yellow mums on her grave, but the youngster comes to mind and remains in this educator’s heart every day.


Eleanor Biddlecome, Fulton resident

Eleanor J. Biddlecome, 86, of Fulton, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 at Morningstar Residential Care Center in Oswego.

A native of Fulton, Mrs. Biddlecome was a life resident.  She had worked as a salesclerk for F. W. Woolworth Company and Hudson Hosiery in Fulton.

She was predeceased by her husband, Francis H. Biddlecome, who died in 2000, and by her brother, Gordon F. Chesbro, who died in 2006.

She is survived by a brother, Roland F. Chesbro of Fulton, and several nieces, nephews and close friends.

Calling hours and services were held Monday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.  Burial was in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Morningstar Residential Care Center, Resident Activity Fund, 17 Sunrise Dr., Oswego, NY 13126 or to the Friends of History in Fulton, 177 South First St., P.O. Box 157, Fulton, NY 13069.


Two Republicans seeking party’s nomination for clerk

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Republican Committee will meet next week to select a candidate to be on the ballot in November for the position of county clerk.

Oswego County Republican Committee Chairman Michael C. Backus and Oswego County Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley are both seeking the nomination.

The position will be on the ballot due to the death of George Williams, who had served for three decades.

The day after his funeral, several committee members said they received a letter signed by Williams’ wife, Norma Williams, seeking support for Beardsley. “Sadly we have come to the end of an era and the office of County Clerk is vacant,” the letter states.

“Fred has the campaign experience and the county wide name recognition to win the election. Fred has the integrity to run the County Clerk’s office. To me the choice is clear.”

The letter continues, “I am supporting Fred for County Clerk. It is not just what I want, I know it is what George would want.”

The letter concludes, “Please do the right thing for the office of County Clerk, the people of Oswego County and the Republican Party cast your vote for Fred Beardsley (sic).”

The Democrats will also have a candidate. As of press time, they have not made an announcement as to whom will be on the ballot.

Due to the timing of the vacancy, the position will be on the November ballot, however, each major party committee selects a candidate due to the lack of time for petitioning.

The office has been shrouded in controversy in recent years

Oswego County Democrat Chairman Mike Kunzwiler said that should his party candidate win the office, a complete audit of the clerk’s office will be the first order of business.

Backus said he will do an evaluation and make a decision once all the aspects of the county clerk’s office have been reviewed.


Bodley Bulletins: September 12, 2012

by Kate Rothrock

I hope everyone’s first week of school went well!

Students are quickly getting back into the hang of things and getting used to being back in school.

They are also adjusting to the new bell schedule. School starts at 7:29 a.m. now, and instead of going to homeroom like last year they report to their first bell class.

In between bells 3 and 4 is a 22-minute guided study hall where students can work on homework or get help from teachers.

Students also must stay in school a little longer than last year, with the school day ending at 2:22 p.m.

A new policy at G. Ray Bodley is that all students must wear an ID lanyard or have it visible at all times during school hours.

This policy is a safety precaution that is being taken for security reasons and in case there is ever an emergency.

The lanyards have their perks, being that if you wear your lanyard there is an acknowledgement system with mystery mission cards and school wide celebrations.

Picture Day is Sept. 12 and 13th, and once student IDs are in, they will be placed in each student’s lanyard.

Seniors, don’t forget to get your senior parking permits! Pick up a form in the office because there is a limited amount of spaces available.

It is a first come, first serve basis and issued for a 10-week period. Your parking permit is only renewed if you are in good standing!

To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of the Valley News at our office or at one of several locations throughout the City. For Subscriptions call 598-6397.