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Light In The Darkness: July 25, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.” –  John Wesley

While this admonition is not a direct quote from Scripture, it certainly captures its very heart and soul. God, who is the only one who is good (Mark 10:18), gives us life that we may express that same goodness to our fellow man.

That is precisely what more than a dozen teens from the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, along with nearly 500 others from ten different states, did two weeks ago when they gathered in Broadalbin, N.Y. for REACH Work Camp.

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Jerry Stoutenger, life resident of Phoenix

Jerry F. Stoutenger, 46, of Phoenix, died unexpectedly Wednesday July 18, 2012.

He was born to his late parents, Elizabeth (Towsley) and Lloyd H. Stoutenger Sr., July 3, 1966.

A life resident, he was a graduate of John C. Birdlebough High School in 1985.

He was a landscaper for T. J.’s Lawns Plus, Phoenix. He had a huge passion for his sports. He loved snowmobiling, motocross, and boating with his friends.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Chris Stoutenger; two children, Cherish Stoutenger and Jeremie Stoutenger; his brothers and sisters and their spouses, Tom and Kay Stoutenger, Sue and Dick Ungleich, Ed and Linda Stoutenger, Liz and Richard Kobus, Lloyd and Mary Stoutenger, Jr., Penny and Dave Finch and Terry and JoAnn Stoutenger; and aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours and services were held Monday at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. Burial was in Chase Cemetery.

Contributions may be made directly to the family.

News of cold case stirs up emotions for one local family

by Carol Thompson

Thursday’s notice of a press conference to be held in Amherst to announce the end of a decades-old mystery connected to Oswego County left one family in wonder and suspense as they waited to hear if the news was about their own missing loved one.

The press conference was called Thursday and scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday. For Lisa Buske and her family, it was a long 24 hours.

“We called the sheriff’s but they couldn’t reveal what it (press conference) was about,” said Buske, who is the sister of Heidi Allen. Allen has been missing since April 3, 1994.

Heidi Marie Allen, 18, was working alone as a cashier at the D&W Convenience Store, located at the intersection of State Routes 104 and 104B in the Oswego County Town of New Haven when she vanished. Continue reading

Ray Graham Jr. passed Joe Gosek on lap 42 and then breezed on to lead the final 20-laps to garner the Novelis Supermodified portion of the 62nd annual SUNOCO Race of Champions at Oswego Speedway Saturday. Graham won the race last year as well.

Ray Graham Jr. crowned Race of Champions winner at Oswego Speedway

Ray Graham Jr. passed Joe Gosek on lap 42 and then breezed on to lead the final 20-laps to garner the Novelis Supermodified portion of the 62nd annual SUNOCO Race of Champions at Oswego Speedway Saturday. Graham won the race last year as well.

For the second year in a row, Ray Graham Jr. is a Race of Champions winner.

Graham passed Joe Gosek on lap 42 and then breezed on to lead the final 20-laps to garner the Novelis Supermodified portion of the 62nd annual SUNOCO Race of Champions at Oswego Speedway Saturday.

Not only is Graham’s victory his second in a row in Race of Champions competition, it is his second consecutive win in 2012 at Oswego Speedway and his eighth career Oswego Supermodified victory.

Gosek held on for second ahead of Pat Lavery, Randy Ritskes, and Mike Barnes in the Top 5 positions. Otto Sitterly, Brian Sobus, Dan Connors Jr., Stephen Gioia III, and Kody Graham completed the Top 10 finishers.

Graham started eighth on the grid in the 62-lap main event and methodically worked his way through the pack before making the lap 42 pass on pole sitter Gosek.

Gosek would then have to battle Lavery for the runner-up position in the closing stages, but was able to hang on.

A total of 24 Supermodifieds were in the pit area, all taking the green, with 13 finishing on the lead lap. There were no major accidents in the event.

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Shock defense holds Watertown to under 200 offensive yards in win

by Rob Tetro

The Syracuse Shock recveived the opening kickoff of its July 21 game against the Watertown Red & Black.

Tweleve seconds into the game, the Shock had a 6-0 lead following Jeff Lott’s 88-yard kickoff return.

Lott fielded the kickoff and ran to his right only to find too many Red & Black Jerseys approaching. Lott then switched fields, cutting to his left while displaying an impressive desire that brought him to the pay dirt that awaited him 88 yards later.

Lott’s impressive effort set the tone for the Shock. While showing balance and efficiency on both sides of the ball, Syracuse cruised to a 38-21 win over Watertown.

Watertown’s first possession of the game began with a bit of good fortune. Watertown snubbed out the Shock’s plot to attempt an on-side kick following Lott’s kickoff return.

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Sheriff deputy shortage continues

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County sheriff’s deputies continue to be in shortage and low pay is a contributing factor.

Currently, there is one opening while another  deputy is expected to leave at the end of next month. Another deputy will be leaving in September and at least two will be gone at the first of the year, according to Sheriff Reuel “Mo” Todd.

“I can’t blame them,” Todd said of the deputies leaving. “We still don’t make the pay that they make in the police departments or nuclear plants.”

The union representing the deputies is currently in contract negotiations with the county, Todd said.

The starting salary for a deputy, as of 2011, is $18.93 per hour.

“It’s not as good as other agencies yet,” Todd said of the salary.

It costs the county $40,000 to $50,000 to train a deputy, Todd noted.  The investment can be short-lived if a deputy leaves for a better paying position within another agency.

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Southwest Oswego UMC to host summer events

Southwest Oswego United Methodist Church is hosting several free community events this summer.

The Summer Outdoor Concert Series will once again be held Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.

Refreshments are served at all concerts. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs.

Scheduled to perform are:

• July 24 — Lost and Found;

• July 31 — Hannibal Community; Brass Ensemble; and

• Aug. 7 — Bonnie B. Good.

Additional concerts may be added.

The church Vacation Bible School will be held from July 23-26 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The “Veggie Tales” series will be featured along with crafts, snacks and a mission project for the support of flood relief efforts in New York State.

A free Community Lunch will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sizzle steak, salt potatoes, corn on the cob, watermelon and beverage will be available.

A Clothing Give-Away will be held Friday, Aug. 17. This will be a one day only event this year with two sessions: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

A Coupon Swap & Drop is held every Thursday at 1 p.m. Drop off and exchange coupons. Unused/expired coupons are sent to the military to use at their facilities.

The church is located at 7721 N.Y.S. Rte. 104. More information is also available at www.swoswegoumc.org.

Gail Callen was named the Granby Citizen of the Year during the town’s annual Family Fun Day last Saturday. She is pictured with Town Supervisor Ed Williamson (left) and Oswego County Legislator Jim Karasek.

Dog control officer named Granby Citizen of the Year

Gail Callen was named the Granby Citizen of the Year during the town’s annual Family Fun Day last Saturday. She is pictured with Town Supervisor Ed Williamson (left) and Oswego County Legislator Jim Karasek.

by Nicole Reitz

Gail Callen was named the Granby Citizen of the Year during the town’s annual Family Fun Day last Saturday.

She was presented a bouquet of flowers by Supervisor Ed Williamson.

Callen is the dog control officer in Granby and has kept her post since she began in 1988. Callen and her husband, Matt, a member of the town board,  have the town’s only dog kennel on their property.

Callen works part time as dog control officer, but she noted that the responsibilities are full time.

Callen is essentially on call 24/7 and has even picked up dogs on Christmas day.

Currently, there are six strays at the kennel, which need to be fed and exercised daily.

In addition to picking up stray and run-away dogs, Callen also answers complaints.

She tries to keep the peace within neighborhoods and helps people come up with a workable arrangement for their pets. She has also been called to Walmart for dogs that are inside of a car during extreme temperatures.

Callen’s goal is to bring dogs back to their original owners. When that’s not feasible, she has to find new homes for them.

She encourages dog owners to tag their animals with a phone number and name on their collars.

“Even with the best laid plans, a dog can still get loose,” she said. “It would make our jobs so much easier if owners identified their animals.”

On an average year, Callen picks up 30 to 40 dogs in the Town of Granby. Some she recognizes, while others are lost or dumped purposely.

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