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Legislators to hash out FOIL policy

by Carol Thompson

For several months, the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee has been discussing how legislators will access public records.

When the committee meets Monday, legislators will review a draft policy that spells out how legislators can access records.

Currently, legislators must make a request under the Freedom of Information Law. They are not required to pay for records, however, some legislators have reported considerable wait times for information that they needed for consideration of the business before them.

The draft policy will allow the legislature clerk to charge the requestor a fee equal to that which would be charged under the Freedom of Information Act for any request exceeding $5 in total cost, unless such charge is waived in writing by the legislature chair or the jurisdictional committee chair.

The draft also states that if specific records are otherwise protected or confidential by law, rule or regulation, the agency shall advise the clerk and the requestor and the legislature chairman shall make the determination.

During last month’s meeting, Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler objected to the legislature chairman making the determination as to the confidentiality of records. He said he will continue to raise objections.

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Shoppers enjoy the fall crafts at last year’s CNY Arts Center’s Arts Market. The event will be held again at the former Nestle parking lot Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Fulton.

Second annual Arts Market to be held next month

Shoppers enjoy the fall crafts at last year’s CNY Arts Center’s Arts Market. The event will be held again at the former Nestle parking lot Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Fulton.

The CNY Arts Center will hold its second annual Arts Market Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the former Nestle parking lot on Fay Street in Fulton.

Artists, crafters, antiques and food vendors may participate in the event.

“The Arts Market was a huge success last year with more than 40 vendors and a crowd of nearly 800 shoppers that stopped by throughout the day, which coincides with Fulton’s annual city-wide yard sale,” said event coordinator Kiley Casper.

“It’s a great way to wrap up a busy summer and give artists, crafters and other vendors one more chance to display their work to the general public. The large parking lot proved to be a popular location for this gathering with ample room for everyone. It is the one event from last year that people seem to remember the most!

“This is truly a market as opposed to an arts festival in the variety of vendors we’re accepting,” Casper continued. “We had several requests last year from independent consultants who work from home-selling commercial product lines. Because these small business owners can have a significant economic impact and need to reach a broader public, we’re accepting a limited number of vendors from this category along with hand-made original arts and crafts.

“We believe this will give shoppers a wide variety of items for every pocketbook,” she said. “In keeping with the theme of the city-wide yard sale, we’re also accepting a limited number of flea-market vendors.”

CNY Arts Center will also raffle a basket of goods donated from vendors participating in the event.

Activities for children will include sidewalk chalk art and bubble fun.

Food vendors will be on site at this year’s event, along with strolling minstrels Merry Mischief, who will make an encore appearance fresh from the Arts Fest held in Fulton’s War Memorial in June.

Those seeking more information may visit or call 216-8790 or 598-8812.

Valley Viewpoints: Lessons from the Olympics

by Bob and Sandy Weston of Fulton

Watching the Olympics was a thrill for us.

For 17 days, 204 countries competed for a gold, silver or bronze metal with 85 of those countries earning a medal and 8 of those countries for the first time.

We witnessed a combination of outstanding athletes, dedicated coaches, proud parents, families and friends, and spirited fans cheering their athletes and their country to victory.

There are so many adjectives to describe the Olympics as we reflect on the competitions that brought together the best athletes in the world to compete against each other as representatives of their own individual country.

We watched in amazement as the athletes competed to set new personal highs and records.

We were inspired by their sportsmanship and the respect that each of the athletes had for their competitor.

It mattered not what country they came from. All the different cultures came together for the same reason.

We watched as athletes were jubilant with their victories, congratulating each other and consoling each other at the same time for their loss.

We saw the cheers, we saw the tears, we saw the frustrations and we saw the disappointments. We never saw any hostility toward one another.

Two memorable moments for us was the young man who had lost his legs when he was only months old running his long dreamed race on prosthetics and the young man facing the hurdles with an injury, falling and then getting up and hopping to leave but who changed his mind and hopped next to each hurdle to kiss the final hurdle, which signaled that he completed the race as best he could. Neither of these two young men were quitters.

The lessons that can be learned from the Olympics we can carry on throughout our lives as we use team work, discipline, pride, compassion, and caring not only for ourselves but others as our motto.

We thank the Olympic committee and all the men, women and children that it took to prepare for and present the pageantry that we saw prior to and subsequent to the main show.


Shock linebacker continues to learn

by Rob Tetro

Syracuse Shock Lineback Justin Galletta took notice of the sport of football when he was in junior high school.

It was at that time that he noticed his brother coming home with football equipment. At the time, Galletta didn’t know much about the game but soon felt that football could be something fun to do.

Shortly thereafter, he began playing football at the modified level and didn’t look back.

Soon, he found himself a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, which is a fanhood that exists to this day. It was only natural that Galletta become inspired by the play of Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman.

As alumni of both Baldwinsville High School and Morrisville State College, Galletta considers himself both a lifelong “Bee” and “Mustang”.

One of the more memorable moments in football for Galletta came while playing in a high school football championship game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

Oddly enough, Galletta’s “Bees” took on a Corcoran team that featured five to 10 players who are now currently his teammates on the Shock.

His teammates are quick to remind him that Corcoran came away with a win on that day.

Now in his sixth season with the Shock, Galletta suggested that if he is going to be a successful football player, it will be because of the desire he has to keep learning about the game.

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Hodgepodge: August 25, 2012

by Roy Hodge

It is weeks like this when this space seems to be correctly titled – a true Hodgepodge.

We recently got the supper dishes out of the way early and went to watch our friend Eddie Fagan and accordionist Bruce Gerow while they entertained the residents of an adult living facility near our home.

I always enjoy watching Eddie pursue his particular brand of entertainment and Bruce Gerow is a very talented accordionist.

In the days a few years ago (at least ten) that we used to catch Eddie and his fellow musician friends in action often, the group was advertised as the “Eddie Fagan Trio and the World’s Greatest Collection of Spoon Players.” And, back then, they weren’t kidding.

There were always at least a couple, often many more, of Eddie’s followers who were able to produce a rhythmic accompaniment to the band by whacking a couple of spoons together. As I wrote in 1991, after I saw Eddie and his entourage in action, “An amazing talent, you have to admit.”

It was a very appreciative audience when we dropped in on Eddie, but they weren’t banging on spoons. There was, however, one lady who wasn’t a resident who added to the group’s rhythm section by thumping, banging, hitting, whacking and shaking a tambourine (what exactly is it that one is supposed to do with a tambourine?)

In the other hand. she had a couple of those round things that look like coconuts with handles that Xavier Cugat was always shaking.

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The computer’s spell checker was doing its job recently when it detected the word “yardening” in the article that I reprinted from my friend Joygerm Joan’s most recent “Infectionately Yours” newsletter.

Joan’s version of the sentence in question started: He was within earshot of my sister, who was doing a bit of outdoor yardening…”

Knowing very well of Joan’s talent for using puns and other clever ways to get her ideas across, I never doubted that readers would know that she was discovering a new word to describe the scene – her sister doing some gardening in the yard – or “yardening.”

I have come up with a new definition out of this yardening/gardening thing – “The error that isn’t wrong; it just isn’t right” – which is to be better known by its acronym – “te-ti-wi’-jir”. That’s te (pronounce as in ten), ti (pronounce as in tin), wi (pronounce as in with, with primary emphasis on this syllable), and jir (pronounced as rhyming with her or stir).

Making up new words isn’t easy.

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Since I have been retired I’ve been trying to help out and be useful by doing things around the house – even things that I have never done before.

Friday is laundry day, which I never got much involved with while I was working – except the help I offered by throwing dirty clothes into the dirty clothes basket.

Now I have responsibilities. My wife starts the laundry before she leaves for work in the morning.

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William Bauer, Phoenix resident

William W. Bauer, 78, of Phoenix, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 at Crouse Hospital after a brief illness.

He worked at Oberdorfer Foundry, Terminal Transport and the Town of Schroeppel Highway Department.

He was a member of the Draft Horse Association and was a vendor at local farmer’s markets for more than 35 years.

He was predeceased by his parents, Wilford and Edith Williams Bauer, and son, William Wilford Bauer, all of Phoenix.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Margaret Jessop Bauer; daughters, Rita Jablonski of Auburn and Nan (Roger) George, Sherri (Jack Dennison) Bauer and Jill (Lyle Jr.) Ernestine, all of Phoenix; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was in North Volney Cemetery. Calling hours were held Wednesday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Paws Across Oswego County, 2035 Co. Rte. 1, Oswego, 13126.


Leland Salsbury, World War II veteran

Leland F. Salsbury, 85 of Brewerton and formerly of Fulton, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

A native of Fulton, he was a 1944 graduate of Fulton High School. Leland had served in the Army Air Force during World War II.

After the war, he attended the University of Delaware and was in ASTRP.

He received his bachelor of science degree from Oswego State College and his master’s degree from New York University.

He taught in the Spring Valley High School and worked 38 years as an electrical engineer at General Electric in Liverpool. He attended the Liverpool United Methodist Church and was a former member of State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton.

He was a member of the General Electric and Martin Lockheed Association, Liverpool Elks Lodge and was a former member of Hiram Masonic Lodge #144 in Fulton.

He enjoyed ice skating, traveling and the outdoors.

He was predeceased by a son, Dr. David Salsbury, and a brother, Lyle Salsbury.

Surviving are his wife of 20 years, Johanna Jufko Salsbury of Brewerton; a son, Steven Salsbury of Fulton; stepchildren, Philip Jufko of Springhill, Fla., Todd Jufko of Pennellville and Jill Freytag of Pennellville; four grandchildren; a sister, Marion Cook of West Hartford, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held today, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in Mt. Adnah Cemetery where military honors will be conducted. There are no calling hours.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Central New York, 990 Seventh North Street, Liverpool, NY 13088.