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From July 18 through July 22, five Central New York paddlers, including former Oswego County Planning Director Ed Marx, traveled water routes from Ithaca to Oswego, promoting the potential for developing a water trail corridor that links the Finger Lakes with Lake Ontario.

Five paddlers make their way from Ithaca to Oswego

From July 18 through July 22, five Central New York paddlers, including former Oswego County Planning Director Ed Marx, traveled water routes from Ithaca to Oswego, promoting the potential for developing a water trail corridor that links the Finger Lakes with Lake Ontario.

From July 18 through July 22,  five Central New York paddlers, including former Oswego County Planning Director Ed Marx, traveled water routes from Ithaca to Oswego promoting the potential for developing a water trail corridor, that links the Finger Lakes with Lake Ontario.

Traveling with Marx, who is now commissioner of planning for Tompkins County, were Andrew Zepp, executive director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust; Chris Olney, director of stewardship of the Finger Lakes Land Trust; Geoff Milz, senior planner for Cayuga County; and Sue Poelvoorde, senior natural resources planner for New York State Parks.

The paddling group of conservationists and promoters of tourism enjoyed their trip exploring the history and historic areas of the Oswego River on their way to Oswego. They were joined by other local paddlers along the way.

One of their first stops on the Oswego River and Canal was at Great Bear Recreational Area Saturday, where they appreciated the natural beauty of its resources.

In addition, Marx met with the Minetto River View Park volunteers. He was able to view and comment how nicely the park has developed since his work in gaining the grant for its construction.

The paddlers finished their voyage with a barbecue and reception at Wright’s Landing.  Oswego Mayor Thomas Gillan greeted the paddlers and endorsed the potential for developing a water trail that links the Finger Lakes with Lake Ontario, utilizing the Seneca and Oswego Rivers.

Ethel Ives, Sterling resident

Ethel Pettit Ives, 101, of Sterling, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

She was born in Fair Haven, a daughter to the late Vernon and Nora Baggs Pettit.

She lived all her life in Sterling and graduated from Fair Haven High School. She had worked for Comstock Foods in Red Creek and then for Sterling Co-op.

She had her own roadside stand in front of her home where she sold fruits, vegetables, flowers and rabbits.

She was a member of the Sterling Historical Society and was a member of the former Fair Haven Grange. She enjoyed quilting, gardening and spending time with her friends, cats and family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Ives, who died in 1967; three brothers, Carl Pettit, Earl Pettit, Sr. and Alvah Pettit; and a sister, Edith Wright.

She is survived by a son, Ed (Fran) Ives; two grandchildren; three great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. The Rev. Gordon Wendell officiated. Burial was in Sterling Center Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Oswego County Humane Society, 265 West First St., Oswego, NY 13126.

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A Little Of This And A Little Of That: July 28, 2012

by Paul McKinney

It always seemed sunny back then. Was everyday a sunny Sunday? No, not really. Maybe it’s just a made up vision of growing up. If lucky, looking back and remembering is like viewing life with a pair of rose-colored glasses. It really was like that, wasn’t it?

I’m asked all the time, “How do you remember all that stuff you write about?”

“You have such a good memory,” some say.

I laugh in response, “Crazy isn’t it, I can’t keep track of my car keys today. And forget about finding my cell phone in time, before the call goes to message.”

But those images of growing up still linger ever so clear in my mind.

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Two New York State Troopers exit the 420 Emporium on Broadway in Fulton Wednesday afternoon. The Fulton Police Department, the Oswego Police Department, the State Police, and the Drug Enforcement Administration raided the “head shop.”

Fulton ‘head shop’ raided by local and federal agents

Two New York State Troopers exit the 420 Emporium on Broadway in Fulton Wednesday afternoon. The Fulton Police Department, the Oswego Police Department, the State Police, and the Drug Enforcement Administration raided the “head shop.”

by Carol Thompson

Just days after President Barack Obama signed a bill making bath salts and synthetic marijuana illegal, authorities across Central New York raided shops suspected of selling the now illegal substances.

The 420 Emporium in the City of Fulton was one of the many shops targeted. The raids were conduced by multiple law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and state and local officials.

In Fulton, residents were cheering the raid from across the street as it took place.

The nationally coordinated raids took place in New York, Minnesota, California, Ohio, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and other states.

Over the past two years, the country has seen a surge in the use of synthetic drugs.

Earlier this week, Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes gave members of the legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee an update on the drug use locally. (see related story).

The bath salts have led to a surge in arrests that are caused by the hallucinate effects of the drugs.

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Valley Viewpoints: Water chestnuts

by James Karasek, County Legislator

I would like to respond to a Valley Viewpoint about the spraying of the invasive weeds on the Oswego River.

First, each homeowner along the river should have received a letter from Soil and Water in regards to the treatment of the water chestnuts this year. Yes, there will be a round of treatment applied this year.

Soil and Water informed me that they have switched the chemical to be used and there was an approval process that took longer than planned.

The process should begin at the end of this month.

New this year is that we are working with Onondaga County in this treatment and that will hopefully be a better attack with the water chestnuts not moving from one county to the other.

Soil and Water has requested that if you have any questions on this year’s program to contact them. The number for Soil and Water is 592-9663 and the e mail is: infotmation@oswegosoilandwater.com.

As always, if I can be of assistance in answering any questions please contact me.

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Fulton Jazz Fest to be held Aug. 10 and 11

The 2012 edition of the Fulton Jazz Fest is set to bring cool jazz to the hot nights on the shores of Lake Neahtahwanta behind the War Memorial in Fulton.

It will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 and Saturday, Aug. 11. It is sponsored by the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

Admission is free to the two-day event, which kicks off Friday on the Eagle Beverage sponsored stage at 5 p.m. with Stroke, the award-winning R & B band from Syracuse that features Hall of Fame artist Isreal Hagan.

Grupo Pagán, a Latin-American band based in Syracuse, will finish the evening with its high energy sound. The band is influenced by Santana, Shakira, Sade, and more, while adding original music to its set list.

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Phoenix varsity softball coach steps down from post

by Rob Tetro

After eight seasons as head coach of the Phoenix varsity softball team, Casey Jones recently announced that he is stepping down.

In his tenure, Jones and the Lady Firebirds won three regular season division championships and last year’s sectional and regional Championship.

During the last five seasons, Phoenix was 94-32, which equates to a .770 win percentage. However, his impact goes beyond the sport. His players describe him as someone who not only encouraged them to have a strong work ethic but also a sense of unity and family.

Jones said his time at the helm of Phoenix softball as been an amazing ride. The Firebirds have had one of the more premiere softball teams in both the region and the state the last couple of seasons

However, Jones said he also understood the importance of being able to prepare his players for life beyond high school.

“It has been an unreal pleasure to have coached such super kids here in Phoenix,” Jones said.

Phoenix Athletic Director Jim Drancsak commended Jones for being able to turn Phoenix softball into a powerhouse in such a short amount of time.

Drancsak suggested that a key variable to Jones’ success at Phoenix has been his ability to consistently prepare his teams to compete both physically and mentally.

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Backdated documents could cause legal problems for county

by Carol Thompson

The allegation of backdating legal documents in the Oswego County Clerk’s office surfaced during a committee meeting earlier this week.

Legislator Jake Mulcahey raised the issue during Wednesday’s meeting of the legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee. He said he had received three telephone calls from people with concerns of the impropriety of backdating documents. Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he had also received a call from an abstractor who was concerned with the alleged backdating.

The clerk’s office had three index clerks working in the court records department. One of those employees, Claudia Gamble, was promoted to senior index clerk at the first of the year and moved to the land records department. The vacancy left in court records was never filled, although Mulcahey said that when he spoke with County Clerk George Williams six to eight weeks ago, he was told the process was underway to hire another person.

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