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Poopsie the cow checks out the Chevy Corvette that will be in the “Classic Car Show” portion of the Oswego Lions Club’s seventh annual Cow Chip Bingo event. It will be held Sept. 15 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.

‘Cow Chip Bingo’ to be held

Poopsie the cow checks out the Chevy Corvette that will be in the “Classic Car Show” portion of the Oswego Lions Club’s seventh annual Cow Chip Bingo event. It will be held Sept. 15 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.

The Oswego Lions Club will hold its seventh annual “Cow Chip Bingo” fund-raiser Saturday, Sept. 15 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.

New to the event this year will be a “Classic Car Show” as well as a chicken barbecue by Lighthouse Lanes.

The “Cow Chip Bingo” portion of the event will run from noon to 3 p.m. “Deeds” are available to purchase. The proceeds from the “Cow Chip Bingo” will be used to support an annual scholarship in the memory of Harold “H” and Mary Dowd.

“Deeds” are available for purchase at Cakes Galore and More in Oswego and DeVine Designs by Gail in Fulton. “Deeds” are also available from any Oswego Lions Club member. Only 520 “Deeds” will be sold.

The classic car show will be from noon to 4 p.m. the day of the event. Prizes will be given out for the Oldest, Sharpest and People’s Choice.

Car owners may register their cars by e-mailing The make, model and year of car should be included. There is no entry fee.

The chicken barbecue will run from noon until 5 p.m. (or sold out). The barbecue includes chicken, baked beans, salt potatoes, and a dinner roll.

The event will also feature live music by Lubricators, which includes band members John Luber, Ray Furniss and Dave Burritt.

The Lubricators will be playing from 1 to 4 p.m. and are sponsored by Fulton Savings Bank.

NYSAC: Counties to be socked with increasing pension costs

by Carol Thompson

While the property tax cap appears good in theory, county governments are struggling to keep ahead of the seemingly never-ending costs New York State is handing down to local taxpayers.

The New York State Association of Counties announced last Friday that, once again, the local taxpayer is getting stung — this time with pension costs.

Last week’s announcement by the state comptroller that counties’ pension contributions (and the contributions of all employers in the state’s pension system) will increase from 18.9 to 20.9 percent for non-uniform and from 25.8 to 28.9 percent for police and fire is troubling news for county governments, NYSAC reported.

“Faced with a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar fiscal gap and a state imposed cap on property taxes, county governments across the state will have great difficulty making this payment,” the NYSAC said. “Our counties are already having difficulty putting together balanced budgets for 2013.

“This 10.5-percent increase will consume the entire allowable increase under the state-imposed two-percent property tax cap for 2013,” it continued. “All other costs necessary to run county government will very likely be above the cap.”

Since 2000, county pension contributions have grown from $47 million to more than $900 million in 2013, according to NYSAC. “The trend is simply unsustainable and has caused serious fiscal problems in every New York county,” the release states.

Between pension contributions and local Medicaid costs, county taxpayers will send $8.5 billion to the state capital in 2013.

For Oswego County taxpayers, they can expect to send an anticipated increase of $1.3 million for 2013, according to County Administrator Phil Church. Those numbers will be re-worked this week based on last week’s announcement, Church noted.

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.

Judy Trepasso, retired school monitor

Judy E. Trepasso, 68, of Fulton, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 at Oswego Hospital after a short illness.

She was born in West Point to the late Carl and Doris (Ripley) Mealus. Mrs. Trepasso has been a resident of Fulton for 47 years.  She retired from the Fulton Consolidated School System as a school monitor after 10 years of service.

Mrs. Trepasso has been an active volunteer with Fulton Booster Club since 1983. She was an avid fan and supporter of all Fulton Sports.

Mrs. Trepasso is survived by her husband of 47 years, David Trepasso of Fulton; two children, Sandy (Thomas) Strauss and Thomas (Rhonda) Trepasso, both of Fulton; her siblings:  William (Vicky) Mealus and Cathy (Ed) Dreythaler, both of Harrisville, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Joshua and Jacob Strauss and Grace and Caleb Trepasso; and several nieces and nephews.

The Trepasso family will receive family and friends Sunday, Sept. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Manor at Lakeview Lanes, 723 N.Y.S. Rte. 3, Fulton. Burial will be private.

Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton, has care of the arrangements.

Contributions may be made to the Fulton Booster Club/Treasurer: Margaret Beckwith, 6 Ellen St. Fulton, NY 13069.


Camp Hollis capital project resolution fails at committee

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee failed to approve a capital project at Camp Hollis that would address bluff erosion control.

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau had requested the funding.

The committee considered a request to add an additional $10,000 to the capital fund at the Aug. 29 meeting, however, a lack of a meeting quorum resulted in Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley to fill in to meet the required number of committee members necessary to hold a meeting.

With one legislator voting against the resolution, it failed.

In 2009, the Camp Hollis Task Force recommended several infrastructure projects for Camp Hollis, according to an informational memorandum.

“One of the top priorities was to address the erosion of the bluffs,” the memo states. “About one and a half feet of shoreline erodes each year due to wave action as well as insufficient drainage.”

Earlier this year, a design/build request for proposals was issued to seek solutions and costs to stabilize the bluffs. Seven firms submitted nine proposals.

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.


Dorothy Fresch, retired Hannibal teacher

Dorothy Palmer Fresch, 96, of Hannibal, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born April 2, 1916 on the family farm. Her parents were Fred Palmer and Eva Shutts and her sisters were Ruth (Richardson) and Marion (Van Patten).

At 18, she married her high school sweetheart, Eugene Fresch, and together they had four children: Harry, Kay, Sue, and David.

Those children gave her ten grandchildren; Harry gave her Joe Fresch from Fulton who now lives in Austin, Texas. Kay, her predeceased daughter with James Godden, gave her Richard, Robert and Jeanine Godden, all of Oswego, and Sam Graham-Godden of New York City. Sue Magazu gave her Brian and Alicia of Jacksonville, Fla. David and Cynthia (Hare) gave her Jerrod Calkins, Tara and Alena Fresch, all of Oswego.

Also surviving are several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.

As a host to AFS (American Field Service) students as well as other programs and means, she made close, loving contacts with people in Italy, Iceland, Finland, Germany, Australia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Thailand, Malaysia, and Chile.

The large part of her adult life was centered on teaching.

She started her 30 year career teaching all grade levels in a one room school house and ended with teaching sixth grade for the Hannibal Central School District, retiring in 1975.

She was a charter member and treasure of Hannibal Historical Society, director of the Hannibal Village Cemetery, the Hannibal Community Center, and was a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association.

In 2011, she was named Hannibal’s Woman of the Year.

She enjoyed the company of the Elderberries, the Hannibal Seniors Group and for 50 years was a part of the Hannibal Hens Club.

She was a member of the Hannibal United Methodist Church since 192. She later became the church treasurer for 20 years.

She had visited all of the continents except for Antarctica.

There will be no calling hours. Memorial services will be held today, Sept. 6 at the Hannibal United Methodist Church, West and Church streets, Hannibal.

Burial will be in Hannibal Village Cemetery.

Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Hannibal United Methodist Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 89 Hannibal, 13074.


Legislators finally have a FOIL policy

by Carol Thompson

Following months of discussion, the Oswego County Legislature has a Freedom of Information Law request policy that everyone can agree with.

The legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee approved the policy at the Aug. 27 meeting.

At issue was complaints of inconsistencies with FOIL requests and whether lawmakers should have to submit written requests for records needed to perform their job duties.

Some legislators said they had to submit a written request and wait for records; others said they went directly to a department head.

The new policy states that requests filed by legislators for information related to their legislative duties and dealing with issues before any of the committees or the legislature will not be considered requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

Any request exceeding $5 will need to be paid for by the legislator. Waivers can be requested in writing to the legislature chairman or the jurisdictional committee.

Records for personal or political use will be treated as a FOIL request and subject to the same rule and regulations as public requests.

The legislature clerk will make the determination as to the purpose of the request and in the event of a dispute, the legislature chairman will make the determination.

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.


The Elderberries to hold 9/11 program

The Elderberries, the Hannibal Senior Citizens group, will be holding  a special “9/11” music/sing-a-long program Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Hannibal Senior Center, Oswego St., across from the Hannibal Fire Department.

The Elderberries will be holding their regular covered dish dinner starting at 6 p.m. that evening.  Anyone interested may attend the dinner and/or program. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass and table service.

There is a new slate of officers for the 2011-12 year: President Carl Salvagin, Vice President Robert Simmons, Treasurer George Darling, Secretary Barbara Salvagin, Chaplain Don Tyler and Sunshine Millie Stoutenger.

Covered dish dinners are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at the Hannibal Senior Center.

Those seeking more information may call 564-6410.


Employee: Computer held ATV club books

by Carol Thompson

A computer in the Oswego County Clerk’s office held the books of the Oswego County ATV Club, although county officials claim they could not locate the program on the software.

The allegation was brought to the attention of County Administrator Phil Church June 13. Shortly thereafter, the computer in question was removed from the clerk’s office and taken to the county’s Office of Central Services so that the hard drive could be examined.

Central Services Director Rick Hogan said Wednesday that while he did not complete a forensic examination of the hard drive, he did conclude that the books were not kept in the computer.

“We didn’t find anything,” Hogan said. “I turned all that information over to the administrator.”

Hogan said it didn’t look like the hard drive had been cleaned. “We didn’t do any forensics on it but we didn’t see anything in the recycle bin,” he said.

Hogan said if the books were in the computer, they may have been on a thumb drive.

Claudia Gamble, who is employed by the clerk’s office and serves as the treasurer of the ATV Club, confirmed that the books were in her computer.

When asked who gave her permission to do the books from the office, she responded, “George,” referring to County Clerk George Williams.

Deputy Clerk of Operations Matthew Bacon said Williams wasn’t in the office, hence, he was unable to confer with him on the matter.

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.