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The Granby Center Fire Department, the Town of Granby, and local businesses recently came together to build a new parking lot at the fire station.

Community comes together for new Granby Center Fire parking lot

The Granby Center Fire Department, the Town of Granby, and local businesses recently came together to build a new parking lot at the fire station.

by Andrew Henderson

The Granby Center Fire Department has a new parking area behind its station — thanks to the cooperation of town officials and local businesses, according to First Fire District Commissioner Peter Holmes.

“A few months ago I inquired to many local municipal highway departments about receiving road millings for our parking area,” said Holmes. “My search was successful with the Town of Granby’s town board and the highway superintendent for the Town of Granby.”

Holmes said the town’s dump trucks brought in 15 loads of road millings to create the new parking lot.

“This parking lot is an example of what community minded officials can accomplish,” said Holmes.

As the town’s dump trucks were delivering these millings, there was a lot of heavy equipment needed to level the millings. All the heavy equipment was donated by local business owners in Granby, said Holmes.

“If it weren’t for these business owners, this project would have cost thousands and would not have been done,” he added.

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Hannibal board tables rental bill payment

by Carol Thompson

An unexpected equipment rental bill was tabled by the Hannibal Town board this week to allow time to learn more about the $2,465 charge.

Councilman Jack Beckwith Jr. expressed discomfort with approving the bill for payment when the board met Wednesday which resulted in no action being taken. “My deputy was told it was a mower demo and all of a sudden they (company) called up and said there was a bill on it,” Highway Superintendent Dan Mahaney said.

The bill is for 29 hours of rental use for replacement of a mower that was being repaired under warranty.

“According to the deputy highway superintendent, they offered it,” Beckwith said.

Councilwoman Virginia Wilbur made a motion to pay the bill, however, Beckwith did not give a second. He was the only board member present who could do so as board members Charles Reed and  Carl Emmons were absent.

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Dr. Lorrie Clemo

SUNY Oswego names Dr. Lorrie Clemo academic vice president

Dr. Lorrie Clemo

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley has announced the appointment of Dr. Lorrie Clemo to the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs.

As the college’s chief academic officer, Clemo is responsible for leadership in all academic programs across the college. She has been interim provost and vice president for academic affairs for two years.

“Dr. Clemo has energized our college’s academic planning and programs, inspiring and supporting our faculty and staff as they provide new and distinctive learning experiences for our students,” said Stanley. “She clearly has a passion for public higher education and a real talent for harnessing our campus community’s intellectual energies and applying them to fruitful initiatives.”

In the past two years, Clemo has expanded active learning opportunities for students by establishing a new multi-discipline cooperative education program and increasing support for undergraduate research both on campus and at partner universities around the world.

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Hodgepodge: July 21, 2012

by Roy Hodge

My mother-in-law is always looking out for me — sending me stuff she thinks I would enjoy, but might also want to use in a column; or perhaps she is trying to help me out because she has read some of what I have written.

The latest missive she has sent is an article by university professor James Courter relating some of the student writing errors he has encountered.

One student said he had trouble getting into “the proper frame of mime” for class. Two members of the class said they were in trouble with the law. One’s e-mail said that he had been charged with a “mister meaner;” the other with a “misdeminor.”

One student admitted to doing “half-hazard” work. Another said he wasn’t smart enough to go to an “Ivory League school.”  While one student complained that his roommate was “from another dementian,” another was upset that a roommate was using his “toilet trees.”

More than one student alluded to “a doggy-dog world,” one girl thought she was “being taken for granite,” and another student worried that education reform might result in school being in “secession” all year long.

One freshman wrote, “Life has too much realism,” and another said he gets away from it all by spending the day “sitting on a peer.”

I’ve borrowed before from author Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English,” which he has subtitled “An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language.”

Lederer is a high school English teacher and students also provide him with a lot of material for his book. In the book’s first pages, he reports that students “have given bizarre twists to history.”

It has been asserted that Wyatt Burp and Wild Bill Hiccup were two great western marshals, and that the inhabitants of Moscow are called Mosquitoes.

He noted that sometimes the humor is the result of confusion between two words. Students have written, “Having one wife is called monotony,” “A man who marries twice commits bigotry,” and “Acrimony is what a man gives his divorced wife.”

Lederer culled the following from the efforts of his students:

“A virgin forest is a place where the hand of man has never set foot.”

“Although the patient had never been fatally ill before, he woke up dead.”

“I expected to enjoy the film, but that was before I saw it.”

“Arabs wear turbines on their heads.”

“It is bad manners to break your bread and roll in your soup.”

Lederer notes that students have put their own interesting touches on American history. The author compiled this account from genuine student bloopers collected by teachers throughout the United States, from eighth grade through college level:

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In And Around Hannibal: July 21, 2012

Rita Hooper

I’ll be leaving for Orlando on the 17th to attend the triennial conference of Presbyterian Women. So I thought it would be a good time to do a blast from the past!

The following is gleaned from the summer columns of 1992.

Peter Freyer and Kari Burns were valedictorian and salutatorian, Frank Ferrando was the superintendent, Roger Thompson was principal and Katie Mayo was head of Pupil Personnel.

The Summer Reading Program “Read Around the World” was underway.  They also had craft hours and movie hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The 4-H Happening was taking place at Cayuga Street School. Sponsored by Co-op Extension, the program included a free lunch. Promoting good eating habits, hygiene and self-esteem were the aims of the program and games, songs, crafts, drama, art and crafts were included.

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County’s new E-911 system expected to be up and running

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County’s E-911 system is expected to be up and running Monday and, so far, it appears to be a great improvement over the current system, according to county officials.

The system was developed as part of a five-county cooperative venture and is being used as a template statewide.

These five counties came together because the need for improvement in intra-county communication. “This really came together when they had the train derailment over in Central Square a few years ago,” Oswego County Undersheriff Gene Sullivan said of the 2005 accident. “We had to involve a lot of agencies and no one could communicate with one another.”

The new system will link Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, Cortland and Onondaga counties. Onondaga County has had their system in operation for several months.

The new radios have been issued and some deputies have been undergoing training to come back and train the others.

“It’s unequivocally better,” Sullivan said.

As of Thursday, the transition from the old system to the new is expected to take place Monday, Sullivan said, although it does not need to be in operation until September.

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Summer Arts Explosion! to begin Tuesday

Summer Arts Explosion! at the Open Doors Neighborhood Center at First United Church of Fulton will be held Tuesday, July 24 through Thursday, July 26.

The event will provide opportunities for kids to learn new skills and make new friends.

“Our three day workshops are designed to give kids a chance to learn some new things and make friends,” Pastor David Nethercott. “We expect it to be a wonderful experience.”

Arts Explosion will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening at the church, which is located at 33 S. Third St., Fulton.

There is a small fee for the week but scholarships are available.

Children may register at the door. It is open to children ages 5-12.

The three days of workshops will feature hands-on training in drama, art, music, and creative writing. There are special activities for children ages five and six.

Summer Arts Explosion! is sponsored by the Children & Families team at the Open Doors Neighborhood Center and is aimed at children and families living in the city’s Fifth and Sixth wards, but is open to all children.

“When we began the Open Doors Neighborhood Center a year ago, our hope was programs to people who might not otherwise have access to them,” said Pastor Nethercott. “We believe the Arts Explosion does just that.”

ODNC will present an outdoor movie “Dolphin Tale” Friday, Aug. 17 at 8:30 p.m. on the church lawn.  It is a free event.


Funding for homeless veterans

by Carol Thompson

Rep. Bill Owens announced Tuesday that the Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a total of $1,976,402 in homeless prevention grants to two non-profit community agencies to help serve homeless veterans and their families.

United Veterans of America, Inc. (Soldier On) will receive $976,402 to serve approximately 400 participant households in 18 counties in the state, including Oswego County.

“As American service members return from overseas, it is critical that we make good on our promise to support them in their return to civilian life,” Owens said upon announcing the funding. “Veterans today are returning from service and it is incumbent upon us to ensure there are quality jobs waiting for them and that they have full access to the benefits they earned overseas.

“This funding will help non-profit organizations prevent at-risk veterans and their families from falling through the cracks or ending up without a home,” he added.

The United Veterans of America was founded by Dr. Barry Allen Krupkin as the original worldwide veterans organization in January of 1980.

As a veteran himself, Dr. Krupkin saw a great need for a veteran’s organization that would offer membership to veterans and allied veterans of the United States, including their families.

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