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Public hearing to be held on change to Workers’ Compensation

by Carol Thompson

Residents will have an opportunity to comment on changes to the Worker’s Compensation plan when the Oswego County Legislature meets tomorrow.

The plan covers all municipalities, however, the changes will impact some agencies.

School districts will be removed as will volunteer ambulance. The new policy will change the manner in which volunteer fire departments are assessed

Under the new policy, if approved, a claims committee would be formed consisting of three county representatives and two elected representatives.

The new plan also provides penalty provisions and allows the county to bill directly.

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Transition to evening games successful for Kiwanis baseball

by Rob Tetro

Derek Tombs has returned for his second season at the helm of Kiwanis Baseball. He enjoys his position, just as his father once did as Kiwanis past director.

To encourage more players to take part in the program, the games have been moved to the evening. By changing the times of the games, Tombs feels that he will accomodate players better,

Last season, the program featured 19 teams and 260 players. This season, the number of teams has jumped up to 26 with 325 players in the program. Tombs has mentioned previously that his ultimate goal is to have a league that features 500 participants. The numbers show that his vision is not an impossible one.

It seems Tombs’ vision is inspired by the desire to provide youth baseball and softball players of Oswego County a positive social outlet to be apart of during the summer.

“I like to see kids outside and active instead of playing video games and in front of the television,” said Tombs.

Aside from the move to evening competition, Kiwanis Baseball features other changes as well this summer. The Minor League and Softball League fields now have drainage systems in place. New grass and dirt are also new additions to these fields.

Tombs expresses his appreciation for the work that Fulton Kiwanis Club and Fulton Little League has put into Kiwans Kidhaven.

“All the work that Kiwanis Club and Little League has done to the fields has made our complex one of the nicest in the area.”

Tombs  suggests that there are a number of reasons why the decision was made to allow Kiwanis Baseball to become a summer evening pasttime. With some parents working during the day, players were forced to walk or ride their bikes to the fields in potentially sweltering summer heat for games.

Tombs and Kiwanis Club opted to bring Kiwanis baseball to the evenings so that parents could safely accompany their children to the games and other league functions. Tombs feels that whether its volunteer coaching or other league functions, everybody wins when there is more parental participation.

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Oswego child recovers from West Nile virus

The Oswego County Health Department has been notified by the New York State Department of Health Laboratory that an Oswego County child was infected with West Nile virus. The child lives in the City of Oswego and is recovering at home.

The Oswego County Health Department was notified by the New York State Department of Health Friday afternoon that the child tested positive for West Nile virus. The virus is carried by mosquitoes and was found earlier this summer in mosquitoes collected in Central Square and New Haven. It is also present in Onondaga County and areas of western and southern New York State.

“The Oswego County Health Department is working with the state Department of Health to investigate the case,” said Jiancheng Huang, public health director of the Oswego County Health Department. “As West Nile activities increase in some parts of the county recently, we need to encourage all citizens to use personal protection measures to prevent mosquito bites.”

In most people, West Nile virus causes no symptoms, but it can cause serious health problems and in rare instances can lead to death. Individuals aged 50 and older are at highest risk for serious illness. It is estimated that 20 percent of the people who become infected will develop West Nile fever and have mild symptoms, including fever, headache and body aches, and occasionally a skin rash and swollen lymph glands.

The Oswego County Health Department advises people to reduce their risk of being bitten by mosquitoes by using insect repellents properly. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus are the most effective and should be used according to package instructions.

People should also minimize outdoor activities between dusk and dawn and wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time or when mosquitoes are most active.

Many mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile virus lay their eggs in stagnant water around the home.

“Any standing water around the yard can provide a home for mosquitoes to breed. Mosquitoes can then enter houses through broken screens or unscreened windows or doors,” said Huang.

Mosquitoes can breed in any stagnant water that lasts more than four days.

For more information on West Nile virus, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 349-3547 or visit the New York State Department of Health’s web site.

Valley Viewpoints: Chic-Fil-A

by Al Squitieri Sr. of Fulton

I’m tired of the one-sided news coverage by the liberal press and far-left pundits yapping about gays and Chic-Fil-A’s.

I have not heard a word about Home Depot putting hundreds of thousands of customer dollars into the Gay Rights movement!   Gays and those companies are putting their noses into politics — and they are allowed to do so — but are intolerant of a Christian business owner’s right to  express his moral and Constitutional rights through the way he conducts his business?

Dan Cathy has the rights allowed by the Constitution: free speech and freedom of religion. If you don’t agree with God’s Word and Christianity, which is what it comes down to, don’t choke on the chicken, eat somewhere else!

The highest percentages of American people agree. The count is 1,000 to one in favor of Mr. Cathy’s rights, regardless of the biased media’s spin and selective coverage.

Take a look at the Chic-Fill-A’s around the country; the turnout has been around the block! And why has 10 percent of the nation’s population, made up of Gay Rights people, dictating to 90 percent of the rest of us in this country? I speak of the too-long-silent majority.

Hello! Its time to wake up before its too late.

Aside from the liberal media’s help in ruining this great nation, we have cowardly senators and congressmen afraid to speak up for what we assumed they believed when we put them in office. They are twisting or ignoring the Constitution and city mayors are allowed to do the same when threatening new business wanting to bring jobs to jobless cities. They should be thrown out of office.

What has happened to the America we knew? We are losing the liberties our forefathers fought for, and wisely put down on paper to protect us from the

Kings control over our lives and liberties, be he across the sea, or by self-imposed title. How did the changing of America get into the hands of a few weirdos and want-to-stay jobless bums feeding off the working taxpayers.

They are protesting — in most cases not knowing who and what they are protesting — while taking from the government, biting the hand that feeds them.

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All Saints Episcopal Church to hold festival

All Saints Episcopal Church will celebrate its anniversary with a community festival in September.

The church, which has been located for its entire existence at the corner of South First and Academy streets, will hold the festival from Friday, Sept. 14 to Sunday, Sept. 16.

Members of the festival committee are reaching out to all of Fulton’s churches, civic groups and the public to join the celebration. Any legitimate group may have space for a booth to offer arts, crafts, food, activities, information, displays and more.

Booths are free and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Church officials only ask that groups taking a booth consider making a donation to the church in return for the space, especially for those booths selling products.

Proceeds from the festival will support the church’s programs and outreach, including it’s successful Tuesday Night dinner program, which offers a free meal to members of the community.

The dinner program has served thousands of meals in its three-year existence. It operates on volunteer labor, donations and grants.

The event will also feature rides from Ontario Amusements. Tours of the historic church are planned. Tours of the church will include history, historic windows, organ and carillon.

The carillon chimed 175 times Jan. 15 to begin the church’s anniversary celebration. The year has also been marked by a rededication of the church. With Bishop Gladstone “Skip” Adams in attendance, a joyous event marked Rev. Harold Avery’s 60th anniversary of his Episcopalian ordination.

Still to come is a dinner and special Sunday service on the weekend of Nov. 3-4.

Zion, the name of the first Episcopal church in Fulton, was changed to All Saints November 7, 1915. According to the Liturgical Calendar, All Saints Sunday is the Sunday following Nov. 1, All Saints Day.

Those seeking additional information may call Sonja Shoen-Delong at 378-3744, Marilou Santoro at 343-0172 or Lynn Bullard at 598-9535.

Light In The Darkness: August 8, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away… (then) He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” — Revelation 21:1 and 5

The idea of Heaven is fascinating and not only to Christians. It’s actually one of the few universal human fascinations. Pretty much everybody thinks about heaven. Even if it’s your own made-up, private version of “heaven,” you think about it.

C.S. Lewis once described heaven as, “that remote music we’re born remembering.” He was referring to the fact that the whole human race seems to have a kind of deep memory of paradise lost, a faint but powerful awareness that there must be a better, different world than this one…a better world for which we were designed.

There has been a significant increase in the number of books about heaven in recent years.  Many of them center upon personal experiences the authors claim to have had and I do not doubt that some of them are real. It would be just like God to give us glimpses of heaven for our encouragement and hope.

But we should remember that wherever truth is, the enemy will be active also. The Holy Spirit will give us discernment if we ask and trust Him for it. Yet we know from Scripture that Heaven is a very real place. Heaven is as real as New York City and Chicago and Fulton.

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Laughing Through Life: August 8, 2012

Andrew Henderson

“Did time travelers help the allies win World War II?”

That question was written in the subject line of a e-mail I recently received here at the office.

Time travelers? World War II? I must admit that I was intrigued.

“Did time travelers help the allies win World War ll?” the e-mail begins. “Not as far-fetched as you might think. Sidney Dowse, one of the last survivors of Sagan, the prison camp portrayed in the 1963 movie ‘The Great Escape,’ apparently disclosed hidden details to Eddie Upnick under the condition that he would not reveal anything he was told until after Sidney’s death, which occurred in 2008.”

Apparently, this e-mail is promoting “Time Will Tell,” a historical work of fiction by Upnick. The book idea began when Upnick interviewed Dowse in a 1995 chance meeting in Antigua.

Before the Second World War broke out, Dowse worked in secret operations for Stewart Menzies, who was the head of MI-6 and had daily meetings with Winston Churchill.

Dowse related “never before told stories” to Upnick, under the condition that they would not be revealed until after his death, which occurred four years ago.

One of the claims was that Menzies met two men carrying hand-held, voice-activated devices before Germany invaded Poland. These men “supposedly” broke the German Enigma codes and improved the fledgling English radar systems.

They also had pointed ears and were wearing spandex suits while chanting, “Beam me up, Scotty” over and over again.

Sound far-fetched? Perhaps.

Anyway, the idea of time travelers got me thinking…wouldn’t it be cool if time travelers came to help us out once in a while?

Now, I am not talking about Marty McFly-style but rather super-duper cool time travelers with neat-o inventions, such as those from the Terminator movies.

Wouldn’t it be neat to have someone from the future stop someone or something from happening?

Of course, there is the obvious: the Twin Towers, wars, atrocities, cancer, and the such. And then there is the not-so-obvious.

For example, can we have a time traveler come back to the past to stop Carly Rae Jepsen from writing the song, “Call Me Maybe?”

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In And Around Hannibal: August 8, 2012

Rita Hooper 

I understand Diane Sawyer did a report recently on imported goods to this country. I missed the program, but it was noted that for about $64, the difference you would need to spend to Buy American rather than purchasing items imported from a foreign country.

She said that about 200,000 new jobs would be created for American manufacturers. If 200 million Americans refuse to buy just $20 worth of imports, we could put a billion dollars of trade imbalance in our favor.

American ends in “I Can.” As Americans, why not try buying American for the month of August? Check those labels as you buy school clothes and supplies, don’t forget that we are importing many foods too.

I’m not calling for us to be isolationists, but I am hoping to call your attention to a situation that you can do something about.

Just imagine if the companies doing most of the importing lost a 12th of their business? Buying imports has not created jobs in the U.S. — but it has cost us jobs! Shop Locally – buy Made in America!

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The Hannibal Methodist Church’s sixth annual turkey barbecue will be Sunday, Aug. 5 from noon till 3. Bob Simmons and some of the Monday night Jammers will be providing bluegrass sounds for your enjoyment.

It might be a good time to bring and drop off some canned goods, cereal, boxed mac and cheese and the old faithful, peanut butter for the Resource Center.

Senior Meal Program will be hosting lunch Monday, Wednesday and  Friday at noon. Come early for coffee, conversation and games. They meet at the Senior Center (Library Building) on Oswego Street.

Monday, the menu features meatloaf and gravy, Wednesday includes egg salad sandwiches among other cold plate favorites, and Friday will be fish and baked potatoes. Call Rosemary at  564-5471, to make your reservation.

The Jammers will meet at the Legion on Rochester Street for their Monday night Jam. It will be held from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Summer Reading Program continues at the Hannibal Free Library and runs through Aug. 16. Children are encouraged to come in and sign up if they haven’t already done so.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. are crafts, reading and activities. Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. is the tennis program. All activities are at the library.

The Southwest Oswego Methodist Church will hold a concert Tuesday, Aug. 7. Bonnie B. Good will be performing at 7 p.m. Please bring your own lawn chair and refreshments will be available. Additional concerts may be added. The church is located at 7721 State Route 104.

Thursday at 11:30 a.m., the Methodist Church will hold a chilli-soup lunch. This is available for free to any and all who would like to come to the church on Church Street, one block west of the Village Square. Take-outs are available. Good food, good fellowship at comfortable temperatures.

The pantry at the Hannibal Resource Center, across from the High School in Hannibal, is looking very slim. If you can help fatten their shelves with some food donations, it would be appreciated. Please drop them off at the center or one of the Village churches on Sunday morning. Remember with school closed for the summer, many families have extra meals to prepare, and their belts are tightening!

Hannibal Home and School will be hosting a Kindergarten Ice Cream Social Aug. 29. Invitations will be sent home in the mail with more information. Email or call Marian 564-5872 or Tina 678-2167 to RSVP or with any questions.

Would you like to honor or keep the memory alive of someone special to you in Hannibal?  Buy a brick for the park with their name on it.  Call Peg Shepard at 564-6998.

Please let me know what’s happening in your group, club, church etc. so I can keep the rest of Hannibal informed.