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Cyber bullying law: Police don’t receive many complaints

by Carol Thompson

As New York State lawmakers discuss legislation that would crack down on cyber bullying in schools and through social media, local law-enforcement agencies said cyber bullying is not something they hear of too often.

“No, I don’t get a lot,” Oswego County Sheriff Reuel “Moe” Todd said when asked if he his department has received many complaints. “Once in a while, but not very often. In-school bullying is more of a problem.”

Lt. Bill Clark of the Fulton Police Department said he could not recall any complaints that come to mind.

“Nothing as far as bullying,” he said, noting that he sees the complaints that come through the department.

State lawmakers are attempting to crack down on threatening, taunting or insulting e-mails, instant messages, and postings to social media including Facebook.

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Voter registration on the rise in Oswego County

by Carol Thompson

Voter statistics provided by the New York State Board of Elections show that registration in Oswego County is on the rise.

At the end of the first quarter of the year, there were 77,832 registered voters in the county.  The breakdown shows 20,062 registered Democrats, 35,543 registered Republicans, 1,732 registered Conservatives, 4,089 registered to the Independence Party and 15,817 blanks, meaning they are registered to vote independently of party affiliation.

As of last November, there were 77,491 registered voters countywide with 20,053 Democrats, 35,488 Republicans, 1,703 Conservatives, 3,995 Independence Party, and 15,670 blanks.

The overall number of registered voters is up from April 2011. Last year, the county had 76,780 registered voters. There were 19,958 registered Democrats, 35,355 registered Republicans, 1,695 Conservatives, 3,884 Independence, and 15,329 blanks.

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Clifford Key, Pennellville resident

Clifford C. Key, 80, of Pennellville, died at home Sunday, June 10, 2012.

He was born in Syracuse to his late parents, Pauline (Wright) and Arthur M. Key, May 13, 1932. He was a graduate of Phoenix High School, later completing a four year apprenticeship in his selected field as a steamfitter.

He was a member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters 818, now Local #267 Union, Syracuse.

He was a mason and member of the Callimachus Lodge 369 F.&A.M., Phoenix; a social member of VFW Post 5540, Phoenix; life member and past secretary of the Phoenix Rod & Gun Club; past president of the CNY Rod & Gun Club, Pennellville; and past member of the Phoenix Camp-Copper Lake Association.

He was predeceased by his grandson, John David.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Charlotte M. Rakaska; his children, Gale S. (Nick) Smith of Manlius, Larry Gillespie of South Carolina, Patrick (Terry) Key of Palermo, and Brian (Sue) Key of Chittenango; his grandchildren, Scott, Olivia, Marietta, Robert, Cory, Drew, Jessica, Christopher, Cheri, Brandon; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Brewer of Canoga Park, Calif., and Adeline Carol Adams of Sun City, Ariz.; and nieces and nephews.

Services were held Thursday at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. The Rev. Richard H. Scheffler officiated. Burial was in Phoenix Rural Cemetery. Calling hours were held Wednesday. A Masonic service by members of his lodge was held Wednesday as well.

Contributions may be made to CNY Rod & Gun Club, 182 Peter Scott Rd., Pennellville, NY 13132.


Jason Yablonski, union representative

Jason M. Yablonski, 32, of Fulton, died Monday, June 11, 2012.

He was born in Oswego and grew up in Mexico before moving to Fulton in 1994. He was a union representative for Barnes and Cones in Syracuse. He was a father to Sofia Marshall Yablonski.

He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Michael Yablonski and Irving Casler Sr.

In addition to his daughter, Sofia, he is survived by his mother, Sharon Casler of Fulton; his father, Gary Yablonski of Mexico; a sister, Kelly (Jamie) Hobbs of Cummings, Ga.; a brother, Gary Yablonski, Jr. of Fulton; maternal grandmother, Mary Casler of Fulton; two nieces, Alexzandra Sullivan and Morgan Hobbs; four nephews, Aaron Yablonski, Andrew Yablonski, Braydon Hobbs and Grayson Hobbs; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Calling hours will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home.

Richard Pero, Army veteran

Richard W. “Dick” Pero, 79, of Oswego, died Monday, June 11, 2012 at University Hospital.

He was born in Syracuse and grew up in Cato before moving to Oswego in 1963. He was a self-employed truck driver for 24 years, shipping produce from Florida to New York before becoming a member of the Teamsters Local 317, Syracuse. He then drove for Lakeshore Transportation in Oswego until his retirement in 1998.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a collector of International Harvester tractors and collectibles.

He was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Lena Pero, and by a brother, William Pero.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Margaret Hawk Pero; one son, Edward R. Pero of Oswego; a brother, Albert (Barbara) Pero of Liverpool; six grandchildren; and two nieces.

Calling hours and services were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

In And Around Hannibal: June 16, 2012

Rita Hooper

I can’t believe it’s graduation already – YUP – it’s this Friday night.

Congrats to all the grads — you are sure entering an interesting world.

Hannibal schools have given you a good basis on which to build, but your education has only just begun. Some of you will go on to college, others to trade or vocational schools, others to military service and some of you to the school of hard knocks.

Maybe you can take a vacation for a week or so and then it’s up and at ’em! Don’t let the grass grow under your feet. You have things to do, get a library card, reading should become a life long habit. If you are not registered to vote and are 18, march yourself to the Board of Elections in Oswego and get that done.

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Fulton Community Theatre to hold auditions

Fulton Community Theatre will hold open auditions for the next production in its popular “An Evening on Broadway” cabaret series, which will spotlight the work of composer Stephen Sondheim.

Audition dates for “An Evening with Stephen” will be Tuesday and Wednesday, June 26 and 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the theatre’s home performance space, Jubilee Hall in Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Performance dates for the revue are Aug. 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19.

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.”

Auditioners are asked to prepare a song and bring sheet music.

Originated in FCT’s 1994 season, the “An Evening on Broadway” series is one of the theatre’s longstanding traditions. The August production will be its 11th edition.

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Paul McKinney

A Little Of This And A Little Of That: June 16, 2012

Paul McKinney

by Paul McKinney

Let’s see, where did I leave off? Oh, right! It’s now the end of September and I picked my still damaged car up to start my 1,400-mile trip to Florida.

Twelve weeks ago I was in that nasty fender bender and I have been driving a rental car ever since then.

The trip south went without a hitch as long as you don’t count the anxiety level of wondering if the rear end might fall off at 70 mph.

The day after returning safely, I called my insurance agent to find out who he would recommend to have the audio system repaired.

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