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County approves money for solar project

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature accepted $835 in additional funding for the Bunner Street complex solar energy project, bringing the total cost to $106,820.

During Thursday’s meeting, a resolution to approve the additional funds was approved with little discussion.

Legislator Doug Malone questioned if the project had gone out to bid.

Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley said the answer was unknown. “We don’t recall,” he said.

The solar energy system project was originally approved May 2010. It was a set up to install a 19.3 kW solar generation system and later increased to a 28kW syem.

Part of the project required access to the ceiling area of the complex and asbestos testing was required before the work could proceed, according to the resolution.

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Joseph Mitchell, Purple Heart recipient

Joseph A. “Pug” Mitchell, 87, of Martville, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012 after the passing of his wife of 65 years at Morningstar Residential Health Center in Oswego.

He was born in Oswego and resided in Martville since 1970.

He graduated from Oswego High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17 to fight in World War II where he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals.

He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served in Korea and Vietnam until his retirement in 1969.

He worked at Alcan until his retirement in 1985.

During his retirement, he enjoyed playing cards and spending time outdoors.

He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Jean M. Mitchell, who died May 4, 2012; two brothers, William and Harold Mitchell; and a sister Wanda Gorman.

He is survived by six children, Timothy (Gail) Mitchell of Paducah, Ky., Gail (Walter) Lehmann of Hannibal, Jacqueline (Charles) Giancola of Manlius, Lynn McCormick of San Antonio, Texas, Matthew (Terri) Mitchell of Martville and Kathleen (Jeffrey) O’Brien of Fair Haven; a sister, Alma (Joseph) Castaldo of Oswego; 18 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren. Calling hours and services were held Monday at Martville United Methodist Church. Burial was in Martville Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Martville United Methodist Church, c/o Donald Hess, Treasurer, 13609 Ira Station Rd., Martville, NY 13111. Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has care of arrangements.

Light In The Darkness: June 20, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Beloved, being very eager to write to you of our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” — Jude 3

Jude says that we have a responsibility to contend for the faith (that body of revealed truth that Jesus commanded us to teach others as we make disciples). We are to stand firm against all who would deny or pervert that truth.

There are four things regarding the faith that I draw from this passage in Jude.  The first is that there is a faith that has been delivered once and for all to the saints of God. It is complete and needs nothing added to it. Those who would do so are in error.

The second is that this faith is worth contending for. Indeed, if that truth be lost then all is lost for it is the truth that sets men free, not some perverted version of the truth.

The third is that this faith is repeatedly threatened from within. The greatest enemy of the true faith has never been the world “out there.”

It has always been the enemy within the very walls of the church. We need to be aware of this and be constantly on our guard.

Last of all, it is the responsibility of every genuine believer to contend for the faith.

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Additional problems with Family Court judge surface

by Carol Thompson

A closed door meeting was held between county officials and staff of Oswego County Family Court Judge Kim Seager as CNY Central revealed more allegations of a questionable child placement Thursday.

On May 28, 19-year-old Melissa Nichols was charged with child endangerment after she allegedly left her three-year-old daughter unattended for up to 10 minutes.

According to court documents, Nichols’s daughter was able to leave the home at 297 W. 5th St. and walk a block and a half away during a storm wearing nothing but a T-shirt.

In 2010, Fulton police had charged Nichols with endangering the welfare of a child when police found the child living in squalor and assault because there was a cigarette burn on the child.

At that time, the child was reportedly placed in foster care and Judge Seager reportedly returned the child to the custody of the mother.

Following the second charge, the child was reportedly placed in foster care and Seager returned the child to the mother over the objections of the Oswego County Department of Social Services.

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Catherine Pittsley, worked at Birds Eye

Catherine F. Pittsley, 59, of Fulton, died peacefully Thursday, June 14, 2012 at home surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Pittsley was born in Fulton and she has been a resident of the Fulton and Granby area all of her life. She was past employed with Birds Eye, Fulton.

Mrs. Pittsley later enjoyed staying at home and raising the family.

She is pre-deceased by her father. George Coles.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, David Pittsley of Fulton; two daughters, Allison Pittsley of Fulton and Jennifer (James Bellinger) Pittsley of Fulton; her mother, Wilma (German) Coles of Oswego; brother, Bruce Coles of Fulton; granddaughter, Paige Bellinger of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton. The Rev. Vivian Summerville officiated. Burial was in Jacksonville Cemetery, Lysander.

Calling hours were held Monday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to University Hospital Cancer Research Building Fund, 750 E. Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210; Friends of Oswego County Hospice, 34 E. Bridge St., Oswego, NY.


YMCA to hold summer track program

The Fulton Family YMCA will be offering a summer track and field program for area youth. The program is open to grades K–8 and will take place at the Fulton G. Ray Bodley High School track.

The lower grades will focus more on activity rather than training for specific events. The upper grades will follow specific training that is event specific.

Each child will have the opportunity to try every event offered during the program. At the end of the six-week session, there will be a track meet for grades K–6.

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Joseph Ranieri, World War II veteran

Joseph A. Ranieri, 91, of Fulton, died June 14, 2012 at University Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Syracuse and he was a lifetime resident of Fulton. Mr. Ranieri was a United States Veteran having served during World War II in the Army Air Corp. He retired from Armstrong, Co., Fulton as a chief shift inspector after more than 30 years of service.

Mr. Ranieri was pre-deceased by his wife, Edith Ranieri, in 2004.

He is survived by his son, Kim  (Kathleen) Ranieri of LaFayette; five grandchildren, Michael, Jaime, Gina, David, and Kayte; and six great-grandchildren Skylar, Jesse, Jenna, Elysse, Evan and Jaegar.

Funeral services were held at Holy Trinity Church where a mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Stephen Wirkes. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

A calling hour was held at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.


County legislators spar over parliamentary procedure

by Carol Thompson

Meeting procedure was once again called to question when a memorializing resolution that had been tabled the previous month had been reintroduced in an amended form.

Prior to the start of Thursday’s meeting, the legislature’s Economic Development and Planning Committee met to discuss an amended resolution opposing the International Joint Commission’s BV7 plan to regulate the water levels of Lake Ontario.

Legislator Amy Tresidder questioned the propriety of reintroducing an amended resolution when the legislature had tabled the previous resolution. A tabled resolution must be presented on the floor in its original form.

Tresidder’s comments were disregarded and Legislator Louella LeClair introduced the amended resolution during the legislature session.

Legislator Doug Malone questioned the legality of bringing the amended resolution to the floor.  He argued that the same resolution that was tabled is the one must be presented to the floor.

Legislator Dan Chalifoux called for a recess so that the matter could be researched.

Upon the return of the legislature, LeClair moved to un-table the previous resolution followed by a motion to amend the resolution that came out of committee.

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