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Public can weigh in on bath salt laws tomorrow

by Carol Thompson

Four public hearings will be held tomorrow in regard to the growing problem of bath salts.

Prior to the commencement of the regular session of the Oswego County Legislature, public will be given the opportunity to speak.

The first hearing to be held is for proposed county law number 3 of 2012 entitled, “A local law prohibiting the sale and possession of  psychoactive bath salts, psychoactive herbal incense and synthetic hallucinogens within the County of Oswego.”

The second hearing is for proposed local law number 4 entitled “A local law prohibiting the sale, distribution and use of drug and alcohol screening test adulterants and synthetic urine.”

The third hearing will be on the proposed local law entitled “Synthetic drugs public nuisance abatement law.”

The final public hearing will be on the proposed local law prohibiting the sale and possession of salvia divinorum within the County of Oswego.”

The public hearings will run consecutively and begin at 7 p.m. in legislature chambers on the fourth floor of the Oswego County office complex.


Leonard Calkins, Vietnam War veteran

Leonard “Lenny” Calkins, 73, of Fulton, died Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at home.

He was born in Toledo, Ohio, a son to the late William D. and Rose M. Wright. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and then re-enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam War.

He retired in 2007 from O.R.C. Plastics.

He is survived by his children, David, Richard, Joyce, Sherry, Candice and Bambi, and several grandchildren.

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


Raymond Weller, Navy veteran

Raymond “Whitey” Weller, 86, of Baldwinsville, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.

He was born in Lysander to his late parents, Lulu (Hammond) and Leslie Weller, May 11, 1922.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving on the USS Guam during World War II. He was employed by Leasway Trucking and later he became the manager of Fulton Spring Service, Fulton.

He was past commander of the VFW Post 5380, Hannibal, and a life member of VFW Post 5540, Phoenix.

He was predeceased by his daugther, Cynthia Weller, who died in 1962; six brothers, Dick, Don, Ralph, Louie, Carl, and Cecil.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Cora E. (Loveless) Weller; his daughters, Donna (Steve) Auyer of Liverpool, Wanda Weller of Baldwinsville, Raymond (Carol) Weller, Jr. of Arizona, Robert Weller of Fulton, Les (Julie) Weller of Fulton, and Steven (Kathy) Weller of Phoenix; eight grandchildren; three great- granddaughters; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours were held Sept. 9 at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. Burial was private.

Contributions may be made to the V.A. Medical Center, 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210.

Light In The Darkness: September 12, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

Last week, at the close of my column, I referred to this passage in Philippians. Though I did so almost in passing, I did not mean to treat it lightly.

I am convinced that these two short verses contain one of the greatest promises God ever gave to us. It does not speak of great things already accomplished nor of wonderful things to come. Rather it is a promise that God has given to his people for their appropriation right now!

The Lord knows that one of the results of the great fall is that the world is a fearful place in which to live.

Depending upon the particular translation, the word fear appears as many as four hundred times in Scripture.

Fears great and small are the plague of all mankind and will be until the new heaven and earth is created without blemish; forever pure.

Men have different ways of dealing with their fears but none provide true peace.

The Lord, alone, is the source of peace that is beyond human comprehension; a peace that this world cannot know and which can be found nowhere in all of creation.

It is a peace that calms the heart and mind, instantly removing the anxiety accompanying the trial faced right now.

His peace does not depend upon the removal of that trial.

While the situation yet remains and the natural reason for that fear is still there, God grants a peace that has no explanation other than that He, in his wonderful graciousness, has placed it there.

It is a peace God gives when we simply obey and follow his direction. For the promise (the peace) comes with the stipulation that look to Him. He says that when we are anxious we are to, “pray about everything, telling God what we need…  thanking him for all he has done.”

This does not refer to some quick prayer we mutter while turning our attention back to the source of our anxiety.

To read the rest of the column, 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.


Gloria O’Donnell, resident of Oswego

Gloria J. O’Donnell, 86, of Oswego, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 in St. Luke Health Services, with her family by her side.

Mrs. O’Donnell was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Sam and Catherine (Molinari) Morgia. She worked for the Chocolate Works of Oswego, Thomas Motor Lodge, Oswego, and for the Oswego City School District Lunch Room Department.

Mrs. O’Donnell was predeceased by her husband, Thomas O’Donnell; brothers, Joseph and Leo Morgia; and sisters, Jenny Rinaldo, Barbara Janice and Jeanette Morgia.

She is survived by her daughters, Catherine (William) Zakur of Oswego, Linda O’Donnell of Fulton, and Patricia (Joseph) Commisso of Liverpool; her brother, Samuel (Shirley) Morgia of Oswego; grandchildren Catherine and Dominic Commisso; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 in Holy Trinity Church, Fulton. Burial will be in All Saints Mausoleum, Oswego.

Arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.


Constance Akins, Fulton resident

Constance L. Akins, 67, of Fulton, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Tupper Lake, N.Y. to the late Joseph and Jeanette (LaPierre) Trombley. Mrs. Akins has been a resident of Fulton for 30 years. She enjoyed reading, fishing, bingo and being on the computer.

Mrs. Akins was pre-deceased by her husband, Clifford Akins in 2009.

She is survived by her children,  Ronald (Linda) Deyo of Phoenix, Ricky (Kelly) Deyo of North Carolina, Jackie Akins of Phoenix, and Jason (Karen) Akins of Fulton; sister, Judith (Patrick) Sullivan of Liverpool; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Tuesday at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours were held Monday at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

Valley Viewpoints: County attorney unfair

by Town Supervisor Edward Williamson of Granby

Residents of Oswego County read the front page and page 5 of the Sept. 1, 2012 issue of The Valley News. On page 5, Richard Mitchell advertised and I quote, “The County must go with the lowest bidder.”

That seems odd when about two weeks ago the county awarded the Imaging bid with document to (IQS) Info Quick Solutions, which was the second highest out of five bids and could cost the county taxpayers between $180,000 to $300,000.

Where were the honesty and consistent rules by Richard Mitchell or our 15 legislators who voted to award such a high bid? I guess it matters who your friends are.

A town must follow the guidelines by the comptroller’s office as to awarding a bid; it appears that the county only does it when they feel like it. Is this honest and concerned government for our people?


Edward Diak, World War II veteran

Edward Diak, 85, of Fulton, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

He was born in Fulton, a son to the late Metro and Anna Diak, and lived all his life in Fulton.

He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a delivery man for Canada Dry, Dorsey Beverage Company and for Onondaga Beverage, where he retired from in 1985.

He was a member of Teamsters Local #1149, Baldwinsville, and the Mattydale American Legion.

He was a deacon at the former First Congregational Church in Fulton.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Rose M. Diak, who died March 19, 2010; two sisters, Mary Sackett and Kate Best; and five brothers, Nicholas, John, Stephen, Joseph and Michael Diak.

He is survived by two sons, Douglas and Dennis (Patty) Diak, both of Fulton ,as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was in Mount Adnah Cemetery. Calling hours were held Monday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Founders Affiliate, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.