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Eleanor Cali, library board president

Eleanor L. Cali of Oswego, died June 6, 2012 at home surrounded by her family after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and cancer.

She was born Aug. 24, 1939 in Baldwinsville, the eldest daughter of Robert and Cynthia (Miller) House. She was educated at 8 Notes school, a one-room school house, and Phoenix High School, which she graduated from in 1957 as valedictorian.

In 1961, she completed studies at the State University of New York at Oswego, earning a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a major in biology. Following graduation she taught biology at Gates Chili) High School prior to moving to Oswego. Upon arriving in Oswego, she started work as a secretary at Oswego Catholic High School prior to her employment at the Oswego Hospital Laboratory, a position she retired from after 25 years of service rising to the position of County Laboratory Supervisor.

She was co-owner of Cali’s Carriage House Florist.

She married Michael A. Cali June 30, 1962. She was a communicant of Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. She was a founding member of the Columbiettes, and during her years in the Oswego County Laboratory, she was a member of the Society of Clinical Pathologists.

She was predeceased by her parents and younger sister, Dorrit House.

She is survived by her husband Michael A. Cali; sons, Shawn (Gail) M. Cali of Fairfax. Va., Michael S. Cali of Oswego, and daughter, Anne C Cali of Oswego; 12 grandchildren: Brittany, Emily, Rachel and Anthony Cali of Fairfax; Va., Kate Greene of Waterbury, Conn., Michael, Amanda, Hannah and Aiden Cali of Oswego, and Bobby, Madeline and Nicholas Cali of Oswego; a brother, Leon House of Fulton; and an aunt, Cora Williamson of Fulton.

She served for many years as a member of the Oswego County Genealogy Society, including terms as president and treasurer. She was a member of the Underground Railroad Commission working in many capacities, including conducting research and publishing historical texts. She also served as a volunteer at the H. Lee White Marine Museum.

The Oswego Public Library Board of Trustees recently awarded emerita status to Mrs. Cali for her many years of service and dedication to the library in which she served in a variety of capacities to include president. She served on the board from 2000-2009. Mrs. Cali was instrumental in leading the organization during the Building Renovation and Expansion Project.

Calling hours were held at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held at Saint Stephen the King Catholic Church, Oswego.

Marjorie Tyler, retired typesetter

Marjorie A. Tyler, 74 of Hannibal, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 at Seneca Hill Manor in Oswego.

She was the daughter of Lloyd and Dorothy (Little) Tyler and a life resident of the Hannibal area. She retired as a typesetter and editor at the Brown Newspaper in Baldwinsville and had previously worked at The Palladium Times, The Valley News and Red Creek Herald newspapers.

She taught physical education and English at the Hannibal High School and was a class of 1963 graduate of SUNY at Oswego.

She had attended the Hannibal Community Church where she played piano and was a former member of the Hannibal Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

She is survived by her two brothers, Richard (Judy) Tyler and Donald (Carole) Tyler, all of Hannibal, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at Hannibal Village Cemetery in Hannibal. There are no calling hours. Contributions may be made to Oswego County Humane Society, 265 West 1st Street, Oswego 13126.

Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal has care of arrangements.

Fulton Community Theatre’s Technical Director Michael Bolio hangs lighting instruments on the newly installed grid at the theatre’s home in Jubilee Hall Stage at Fulton’s Holy Trinity Parish. The technical upgrades will light this summer’s production, “An Evening with Stephen: The Music of Sondheim”, which runs weekends, Aug. 10-19.

Fulton Community Theatre prepares to ‘light up’ 2012 season

Fulton Community Theatre’s Technical Director Michael Bolio hangs lighting instruments on the newly installed grid at the theatre’s home in Jubilee Hall Stage at Fulton’s Holy Trinity Parish. The technical upgrades will light this summer’s production, “An Evening with Stephen: The Music of Sondheim”, which runs weekends, Aug. 10-19.

There’s more than just music in the air this summer at Fulton Community Theatre.

Along with a cast rehearsing “An Evening with Stephen: The Music of Sondheim,” the theatre’s technical crew is busy installing lighting upgrades to Jubilee Hall, its home base at Fulton’s Holy Trinity Parish.

“These improvements not only make things feel more like a theatre, but it also makes our surroundings here a bit more like home,” Fulton Community Theatre Artistic Director William Edward White said about the two 10-foot pipes that have been hung near the front of the Jubilee Hall.

The pipes allow a permanent installation of the 22-year-old theatre’s lighting equipment, some of which have been sitting in storage for a few years.

The instruments, along with a new set of black curtains and newly built theatre flats that have graced the stage this season, are among physical improvements FCT has been making since it went back into active production in the spring of 2010 with a revival of its “An Evening on Broadway” as fund-raiser not only for the theatre, but the Holy Trinity Parish, which has welcomed the community theatre into its facility.

“Unfortunately, when things sit in garages and buildings for a couple winters, wood and metal and fabrics sometimes don’t hold up,” White said. “We have been making progress show by show, the last couple of years, rebuilding our assets, thanks not only to Father Stephen Wirkes and Holy Trinity who have given us a home, but our theatre audiences, patrons, and other community theatres in Central New York.”

This summer’s show, the 11th edition of FCT’s “An Evening on Broadway” cabaret series will run weekends, Aug. 10-19 at Jubilee Hall in Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Curtain times for the Friday and Saturday night performances are at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday matinees will begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets may be obtained by calling 598-7840.

The production is under the direction of Kathy DeGolyer, with Abel Searor as musical director and accompanist.

The show will feature music from “Into the Woods”; “Sweeney Todd”; “West Side Story”; “Anyone Can Whistle”; “Company”; “Follies”; “Sunday in the Park with George”; “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”; “Gypsy”; “A Little Night Music”; “Merrily We Roll Along”; and “Dick Tracy.”

“An Evening on Broadway” first debuted in the spring of FCT’s 1994 season,” said White. “It was revived in 1999 under the title ‘An Evening on Broadway II’ as part of the theatre’s 10th anniversary season. Since moving to its current home on the Jubilee Hall Stage at Holy Trinity in 2005, the cabaret series has been a season staple.”

The August production is being dedicated to the memory of member of the original 1994 cast:

Fulton’s former Oswego County Legislator and Fulton City Clerk John F. “Jack” Walsh, who died this spring.

“Jack shared his talents with us for our first ‘Evening on Broadway” and then joined us again for our 10th anniversary revue, so it’s only fitting that we dedicate this evening of music to him,” White said.

The evening of music will Molly Brown, Joyce Cook, Beth DeRousie, Kathy Egloff, Renee Fenske, Liam Fitzpatrick, Rita Lapage, Marsha Preston, Adam Schmidtman, White, Donnie Williams, and Sabrina Woodward.

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West Nile on the rise in the U.S.

by Carol Thompson

West Nile virus has been making a strong comeback throughout the United States, despite the drought and the low mosquito population.

In a statement released by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it is noted that higher than usual rates of West Nile virus infections have been reported.

“Though West Nile infections tend to occur every summer, this year’s outbreaks have thus far been earlier and more significant than in previous years,” the press release states. “Most infections occur from June into September and the highest infection numbers are usually in mid-August. The number of reported West Nile Viruses at the end of July, however, has not been this high since 2004.”

Locally, infected mosquitoes have been found in New Haven and Central Square.

In Onondaga County, the virus has reportedly become widespread.  Neither Oswego or Onondaga counties have plans to aerial spray at this time.

This year, there have been of 241 cases of West Nile virus reported nationwide, including four deaths.

“It is not clear why we are seeing more activity than in recent years,” said Marc Fischer, a medical epidemiologist in the CDC’s Arboviral Diseases Branch, in a statement. “Regardless of the reasons for the increase, people should be aware of the West Nile virus activity in their area and take action to protect themselves and their family.”

While most cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Texas, Mississippi and Oklahime, 42 states have reported infections in humans, birds or mosquitos. The virus is most often transmitted to humans by mosquitos.

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County’s delinquent property redemption deadline nears

by Carol Thompson

The deadline for redeeming property seized by Oswego County for back taxes is nearing.

County Treasurer John Kruk said Aug. 10 is the last day residents have to prevent their properties from going on the auction block.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Kruk gave members of the legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee an update on the upcoming property tax auction that is held each year to sell properties that have been seized by the county for delinquent taxes.

This year, the auction will be held Sept. 8 at the Fulton War Memorial. The auction is traditionally held at the Oswego County BOCES complex, however, due to ongoing building renovations, the location had to be moved.

Kruk said there are approximately 190 parcels listed to go to auction and all properties have been posted. He added that there most likely will be many redeemed prior to the deadline.

Kruk said the number is unusually high this year. “Normally there are between 80 and 100,” he said.

“That’s the bad part,” Legislator Art Ospelt commented. “That’s not good.”

Oswego County takes title to residential and farm properties after the taxes have gone unpaid for approximately four years. Title is taken for vacant land and commercial properties after two years of non-payment of taxes.

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Legislators allege they were told FBI has left town

by Carol Thompson

The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Albany will not confirm or deny an investigation is ongoing into Oswego County government, pursuant to the agency’s policy, however, some legislators allege they were told at a Tuesday evening caucus by a top-ranking county official that the investigation has concluded with no findings.

Because caucus proceedings are confidential, the legislators spoke on the condition of anonymity. They allege they were told the FBI is no longer looking into County Clerk George Williams or county clerk vendor Info Quick Solutions, Inc. of Liverpool.

The announcement was made, they claim, because there has been a concern with some legislators in regard to awarding a contract to a vendor under investigation.

The legislature is expected to vote on a recommendation to award the contract to IQS at the August 9 meeting.

Last year, the U.S. attorney’s office reportedly issued subpoenas for a decade worth of records from the office of the county clerk and the company.

The FBI generally does not confirm an investigation unless it has gone public, an agency spokesperson noted.

The county official whom legislators allege made the statement did not respond to a request for comment.

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Oswego county administrator may change the way vacancies are filled

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Administrator Phil Church said he is looking into a change in the manner in which employment vacancies are filled.

Church told members of the legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee that he is reviewing the vacancy review process.

The change would result in vacancies remaining unfilled for a certain period of time to allow for review.

Currently, the department heads make requests to fill vacancies at the time an employee leaves or prior to notice given, Church said.

Under the new policy, an employee would not be hired immediately in the exiting employee’s place, but rather down the road once it has been determined that the position is needed.

“There are certain positions that would be exempt,” Church said.

Legislator Art Ospelt said he would not refer to it as a hiring freeze, but rather a hiring delay.

“I think there are some things you can’t hold up…but this way here they have a little bit more time to see if they actually need that person.” he said. “I think it’s worth trying.”

Legislator Milferd Potter said he believed it would be a good idea to try it.

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Magic in Minetto — a family-friendly festival — will be held on Canal Splash Day Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Minetto’s River View Park and Town Hall. There will be live music with Dave Domicolo, refreshments, a bake sale, and vendors offering homemade crafts ranging from jewelry to woodworking.

Magic in Minetto to be held

Magic in Minetto — a family-friendly festival — will be held on Canal Splash Day Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Minetto’s River View Park and Town Hall. There will be live music with Dave Domicolo, refreshments, a bake sale, and vendors offering homemade crafts ranging from jewelry to woodworking.

Magic in Minetto — a family-friendly festival — will be held on Canal Splash Day Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Minetto’s River View Park and Town Hall.

There will be live music with Dave Domicolo, refreshments, a bake sale, and vendors offering homemade crafts ranging from jewelry to woodworking.

Children’s activities, such as an ice cream social, face painting, air hop and crafts, will be held as well..

The historical society will have displays, photos and information about Minetto.

The Minetto Fire Department will be giving fire safety demonstrations and have their fire apparatus on display. There will be a booth with information for the American Legion Leadbetter-Brinklow Post 486.

This year, OCO will provide health and wellness information and will offer blood pressure checks. Country Cruizers classic cars will be showing along the river at the park. A Sea Grant Launch Steward will be present with information on aquatic invasive species.

The Magic in Minetto Recreational Kayak and Canoe Race will also be held. A new category for paddle boards has been included.

Registration forms for the race may be obtained at townofminetto.net or at Minetto Town Hall.

Those seeking more information may call 343-4565.