All posts by Nicole Reitz

Valley Viewpoints: The best president?

by Phyllis Langdon of Fulton

I don’t know about all of you, but my husband and I still do not know which candidate will make the best U.S. president. Neither candidate will tell us what they are going to do for our country. Instead, they are telling is all the bad decisions and plans the other one will be doing if elected. The only thing they both agree on is changing Social Security and Medicare as we know it.

These have both been changed thousands of times over the years, that’s why we are in the mess we’re in. It isn’t the “baby boomers” or “retirees” responsible for the “mess,” it is the government and all the additions and changes they have made to Social Security and Medicare over the years.

How many people receiving these benefits have worked and contributed to these benefits? If Social Security and Medicare were being used for what they were intended, we would not be running out of money in the future. Why not take the money for the ones who either did not work or perhaps could not work and contribute to Social Security or Medicare and create a new Social Spending Program for them and leave our benefits alone.

The government now wants to stop all Social Security raises in the future. How about cutting all government raises for the next 10 years and see how they like living as we do. Many of them are already overpaid for work not done. Stop the unnecessary government spending and you would save millions.

Government employees continue to reap the benefits while the middle class and seniors continue to become poverty stricken. Of course this is their plan, to rid the country of all seniors and middle class so everyone can be controlled by the government.

Everyone is worried about Romney being a Mormon, well maybe it’s time we put God in office. He has been taken out of schools and events when His presence is the only thing that will save this country. Perhaps we need a strong Christian in office. I don’t know Romney is the answer. Can he separate his convictions and do what is best for all America or will he become like all the others and choose the way of all politicians?

My husband and I are registered Republicans, but that doesn’t mean we vote Republican. We want the best person for the job, not a particular party. Many have said they are not voting this year, because they do not like either candidate. Many of our young people do not vote. What is the answer? Politicians and Americans alike need to think “What Would jesus Do” and than decide what they need to do!

Broadwell reportedly tapped to fill legislature vacancy

by Carol Thompson

Oswego businessman Shane Broadwell has been tapped to fill the vacancy in the District 17 seat of the Oswego County Legislature that occurred upon the death of Legislator Mary Flett, according to sources close to the Republican Party.

Broadwell’s name has circulated for several days, however, Oswego County Republican Chairman Michael Backus would only state, “We are working with the local committees to put forward a candidate who is invested in the city and county of Oswego. I look forward to welcoming this person to our legislative caucus and the entire legislature as soon as possible.”

The Democrat caucus intents to submit a name as well. “Why wouldn’t we?” Oswego County Democrat Chairman Mike Kunzwiler asked. “They (Republicans) changed the rules.”

Kunzwiler was referring to the appointment of Flett, a Republican, who replaced her brother in the legislature several years ago. Flett’s brother, Len Ponzi, was a longtime Democrat legislator.

Controversy erupted over Flett’s appointment as legislators broke away from the tradition of appointing a person of the same party when a seat becomes vacated.

The Republicans claimed it was Ponzi’s dying wish to have his sister appointed. The appointment resulted in a shouting match between Legislator Doug Malone and Sheriff Reuel “Moe” Todd.

Kunzwiler said while he does not expect the Republican majority will vote for a Democrat to fill the vacancy, he did state the Republican leadership should take into account any potential conflicts prior to nominating Broadwell.

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Legislators to consider Camp Hollis project

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature has been asked to approve a capital project at Camp Hollis that would address bluff erosion control.

The Oswego City-County Youth  Bureau requested the funding.

The legislature’s Health and Humans Services Committee will consider the request to add an additional $10,000 to the capital fund at today’s meeting.

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.

Proposed solutions included different combinations of using rip rap, using a sheet pile stabilization system, using an H-pole lagging system, laying back the slope and stabilizing with vegetation, and building a galvanized steel sheet pile seawall.

Some proposals also incorporated building a surface drainage system.

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Warriors working hard to improve in 2012

by Rob Tetro

Every season, players and coaches strive to get the best out of each other as possible, according to Hannibal coach John Manion.

This season, the Warriors return a determined team, poised to be more competitive than it has been in years past.

To the benefit of Hannibal and every other team in the Warriors league, the league will now have a 16-team playoff at the end of the season.

With this in mind, Manion said that if his team shows improvement as the season goes on, it’s not out of the question to think that they could get the wins they would need to qualify for the sectional playoffs.

Hannibal will feature many experienced seniors in 2012 and returning juniors are also stepping up and showing leadership skills as well.

A year ago, many juniors played their first season of varsity football. A year older and a year wiser, Manion said his juniors are proving to be leaders in the development of the Warriors enthusiastic younger players.

As practice began, Hannibal appeared to be in better physical condition than a year ago.

After seeing how well his team has responded to conditioning drills, Manion is quick to credit his team for the commitment that they have shown to conditioning.

Despite encouraging his players to take part in other sports, there is a weight lifting program throughout the year.

As practices have gone on, the team’s physical conditioning has developed nicely, the coach said.

Though the team runs sprints at the end of practice, it has shown that it can handle a particular conditioning drill, which is basically fast paced no huddle scrimmaging.

This particular drill not only develops their conditioning but it also helps them to get better acclimated to game situations as well.

Manion has not named any team captains. He pointed out, however, that he expects a team captain to be someone who has the respect of his teammates while keeping everyone around him focused during the tougher moments.

He added that team captains aren’t always the best players on the field, but rather they are the players who show the most impressive work ethic and lead by example.

Manion also noted that there are a few of his returning juniors who have provided leadership simply for the work they have done.

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Legislature’s District 17 seat will be on ballot

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County legislature seat vacated by the death of Mary Flett will be on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election.

Oswego County Board of Elections Commissioner Dick Atkins said candidates for the District 17 seat will selected by statutory parties.

“We will ballot the position,” he said.

Rather than the usual circulation of nominating petitions to place a name on the ballot, the selection will be done by party committees.

The selection is completed by a process known as a certificate of nomination.

Each of the qualifying political parties can submit the name of a candidate to be placed on the November ballot.

The process begins with a notification from the county clerk’s office and that has been received, Atkins said.

“The parties will meet and come up with a person they would like to run,” Atkins said. “They will submit the certification and the names will be on the ballot.”

The legislature can appoint a person to fill the position through midnight Dec. 31, Atkins noted.

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A delegation from North Maharashtra University in India toured the Cayuga Community College Fulton campus Thursday to kick off a 10-day visit to the region to explore joint degrees and faculty and student exchange programs with CCC. Pictured from left are Maggie Killoran, associate vice president/dean of the Fulton Campus; Dr. Rajkishorh Gupta; Dr. Dilip Hundiwale; Cheryl Anderson Lindsay, chief international officer and dean of enrollment; Dr. Bhausahebv Pawar; and Dr. Vijaykumarl Maheshwari.

CCC and Indian university sort out agreement

A delegation from North Maharashtra University in India toured the Cayuga Community College Fulton campus Thursday to kick off a 10-day visit to the region to explore joint degrees and faculty and student exchange programs with CCC. Pictured from left are Maggie Killoran, associate vice president/dean of the Fulton Campus; Dr. Rajkishorh Gupta; Dr. Dilip Hundiwale; Cheryl Anderson Lindsay, chief international officer and dean of enrollment; Dr. Bhausahebv Pawar; and Dr. Vijaykumarl Maheshwari.

by Nicole Reitz

Four professors from North Maharashtra University in India visited Cayuga Community College in Fulton last Thursday to begin sorting out the agreement both institutions signed in March — a partnership that will open the door for international academic collaborations and exchanges.

Members of the Cayuga campus community have visited India multiple times in recent years to establish relationships with Indian universities.

In the spring, Cayuga Community College President Daniel Larson, Dean of Enrollment Management Cheryl Lindsay, and Professor Jeff Delbel made a 10-day trip to India where they discussed collaborations with two Indian universities: North Maharashtra University and Nagpur University.

Together, the institutions came up with the framework for a college course that would allow Cayuga Community College students to study in India.

Cayuga will offer its first travel study program to India during the spring 2013 semester. The three-credit Eastern Philosophy course is a hybrid class and will start with online learning first. It  will include readings and discussions of religions.

The travel piece of the course will be lead by Dr. Jeffrey Delbel and will provide students with the opportunity to embark on a 10-day excursion throughout India.

Students will see a variety of cities, including Delhi, Agra and Varanasi, the oldest city in the world, considered to be the most holy in India.

In order to understand the governance structures of Cayuga Community College better, Dr. Dillip Hundiwale, Dr. Vijaykumarl Maheshwari,  Dr. Bhausahebv Pawar and Dr. Rajkishorh Gupta toured the new campus, located at 11 River Glen Drive in Fulton.

Over the course of their 10-day visit, the Indian delegation will learn more about the community college’s delivery methods, tuition and fees, and academic culture.

While details are still being finalized, representative from North Maharashtra University estimate that 10 students per semester will be able to enroll in the course.

There are many differences between American and Indian colleges. India is about one-third the size of the United States, yet it is the second most populated country in the world.

The sheer number of Indian students enrolling in higher education surpasses that of the United States.

NMU has six schools (physical, chemical, life, mathematical, environmental, and social sciences) and 11 academic departments on campus. There are more than 200 colleges and 37 institutes affiliated to the university and this number grows yearly.

With professors in India teaching to the masses, the make up of the classroom is much different than it is at CCC.

Students in India start at a four-year college and finish with their bachelor’s degree at the same university. The concept of switching majors and transferring credits, a common practice at universities in America, is foreign.

“For North Maharashtra University to transfer in credits from Cayuga Community College is a brand new. They are pioneering this concept,” said Cheryl Anderson-Lindsay, chief international officer and dean of enrollment.

As it stands now, it is difficult for an Indian student to move between colleges and programs.

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Experienced Fulton volleyball team to take the court this fall

by Rob Tetro

Fulton Varsity Volleyball Coach Caroline Richardson is looking for her team to be one of the top teams this fall.

If Richardson team is able to accomplish the coach’s first goal, then it will be on to the next goal: winning a sectional title.

Both of Fulton’s immediate and long term goals are goals that are within reach because of the players who are on this year’s team, the coach said.

The team will feature six seniors who have a lot of experience.

Richardson credited her team for the effort they have put in during the off season. She said that most of her players have been able to maintain the physical condition that she expects of them.

At this moment, Richardson has not named captains. She leaves process of naming team captains up to her players.

Richardson clearly described to her players what she expects from a team captain. Once the players understand what she is looking for in a team captain, Richardson allows her team to nominate the players who best meet her criteria.

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Loretta Marotta, Fulton crossing guard

Loretta E. Marotta, 76, of Fulton, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 at home with her family by her side.

Born in Baldwinsville, she had resided in Fulton most of her life. She had worked at SYROCO and was a crossing guard for the Fulton City Police Department. She was a communicant of The Church of the Immaculate Conception, now known as Holy Trinity Parish in Fulton.

She was a very active life member of the VFW Post 569 Ladies Auxiliary in Fulton and she enjoyed bingo, bowling, playing bunko and scrapbooking.

She was predeceased by her husband, Umberto Marotta; granddaughter, Ashley Pluff; brother, Norman Smart; and sister, Eleanor Burchill.

Surviving are her children, Joseph (Barbara) Marotta of Granby, Angela Marotta of Fulton, Diane Towsley of Clay and Michael Marotta of Fulton; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Barbara) Smart of Fulton and James Smart of Houston, Texas; several half and step brothers and sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours were held Monday, at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, PO Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126-0102.