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‘Book It!’ event planned for Phoenix library

“Book It!” is a 2.5-mile family fun walk event to benefit the Phoenix Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

This event is the brain child of Elizabeth Russell, a member of the JCB High School Honor Society, a long time volunteer at the library, and a supporter of the Summer Reading Program.

“Book It!” will be held Saturday, June 16. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Public Library, located at 34 Elm St.

There is a donation per walker with all proceeds to benefit the Summer Reading Program.

The walk itself will be a 2.5-mile loop in the village beginning and ending at the Phoenix Public Library.


Robert Southworth, served in the Navy

Robert “Bob” Southworth, 83, a longtime resident of the Phoenix and Fulton, died Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Morningstar Residential Care Center in Oswego.

He had served in the U.S. Navy and retired from Nestle in Fulton after more than 30 years.

He is survived by his daughters, LaVaun (Mike) Barker of Phoenix and Suzanne (Lenny) Johnson of Oregon; sisters, Elaine Stolls of North Carolina, Beverly Granger of Mexico and Barbara Pratt of Fulton; brother, Donald Southworth of Parish; 18 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be private.Contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 6390 Fly Rd., E. Syracuse, NY 13057.

Arrangements are in the care of Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.


Paulette Ferington, licensed practical nurse

Paulette Ferington, 63, of Volney, died Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Oswego to the late Wilma (Richardson) and Robert Roy. Mrs. Ferington has been a resident of Volney for 15 years. She worked as a licensed practical nurse. She retired after more than 20 years of service with A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital, Fulton.

Mrs. Ferington enjoyed working with arts and crafts and she avidly crocheted.

She is survived by her longtime companion Lance Wilcox of Volney; four children, Isha Matthews of Syracuse, Jasen Matthews of Syracuse, Brandie (Charles) Hudson of Granby, and Nathan Wilcox of Volney; and four grandchildren, Amara Matthews, Madison Matthews, Jasen Matthews Jr. and Marleah Hudson.

Calling hours were held Monday in Sugar Funeral Home.

A committal service with burial will be cconducted at 9 a.m. tomorrow, June 14 at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Proposed animal registry law could impact sheriff’s office

by Carol Thompson

Should a law be passed in the state legislature to require convicted animal abusers to register with the local sheriff’s departments, it could result in another costly unfunded mandate for Oswego County.

“It specifically directs the county sheriff to register the offender,” Undersheriff Gene Sullivan said Friday of the proposed legislation.

Sullivan had researched the proposed law to determine how it would impact Oswego County.

“The sheriff will have to do the cities and villages that have their own police departments,” he said. “The sheriff will have to take the photos and fingerprints.”

The sheriff’s department will also have the responsibility to document any identifying information such as tattoos, scars and distinguishing features.

Sullivan noted that the department will also be required to notify any residence, school, humane society, animal shelter and any other business within a one half mile radius of the abusers residence or location and provide them with the all the information in regard to the abuser with the exception of the social security number.

The department must make the notification within 10 days of an abuser registering with the department. The burden is on the convicted abuser to register with the local sheriff’s department within 10 days.

The abuser must be over 18 years of age and have been convicted of a felony charge of animal abuse.

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Undersheriff: Too soon to tell if jail pilot program is working

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County is one of several counties taking part in the state’s Orleans Project, which is an effort to alleviate jail overcrowding.

To date, it is not known whether the program will help the sheriff’s strapped budget.

“It’s a new program and it’s too soon to tell,’” Undersheriff Gene Sullivan said Friday.

The county began participating in the program a few months ago.

The goal of the state-run pilot program is to move parole violators, who have committed a technical violation, as opposed to another crime, out of the county jail and into a state prison within ten days of re-incarceration, which could help ease the population at the county’s Public Safety Center,

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County legislators to consider opposition to BV7 proposal

by Carol Thompson

When the Oswego County Legislature meets tomorrow evening, a discussion of whether to oppose the International Joint Commission’s plan to naturally manage water levels of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario is expected to be held.

Proponents of the plan, which is also known as the BV7 plan, claim it will begin to reverse damage caused by 60 years of destructive regulation and allow the river and lake ecosystem to once again thrive.

Proponents further claim the new plan is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to restore coastal ecosystems and improve the health of the waterways.

Proponents support the plan because they believe it will be good for local tourism and creates conditions for more recreational opportunities.

Opponents, including Assembly members Will Barclay and Robert Oaks, both representatives of Oswego County, claim the plan will have a devastating impact on the local economy.

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There was a celebration as the Oswego High School Buccaneer Bulletin earned the best high school news paper from the New York Press Association. From left are co-editors of the 2010-2011 Buc Bulletin Jasmine Davis and Christina Buckingham, OHS grad Monek Cullen, Taylor Falls (layout), Mackenzie Oatman (this year’s co-editor), Chloe Martin (layout), Carlie Morley (sports) and co-editor Madison Rhoades.

Buc Bulletin wins numerous awards, student paper named best in state

There was a celebration as the Oswego High School Buccaneer Bulletin earned the best high school news paper from the New York Press Association. From left are co-editors of the 2010-2011 Buc Bulletin Jasmine Davis and Christina Buckingham, OHS grad Monek Cullen, Taylor Falls, Mackenzie Oatman, Chloe Martin, Carlie Morley and Madison Rhoades.

The New York Press Association honored the Oswego High School Buccaneer Bulletin as the 2011 Best High School Newspaper in the state.

The “Celebrating Newspaper in Excellence Awards” were presented to scholastic publications from across the state.

The Oswego High School Buccaneer Bulletin walked away with top honors in the New York Press Association Better High School Newspaper contest. The Buc Bulletin earned 50 points in the contest including first place awards for “Design” and “Photographer.” The paper also earned second place for the best sports stories.

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Bodley Bulletins: June 13, 2012

Erika Johnson

by Erika Johnson

The only problem I have encountered while writing this column is writing it Sunday for a paper that is published on Wednesday.

That leaves anything to happen Monday or Tuesday that cannot be fixed. I feel as though I’ve been quite lucky with these two days going as planned, except for last week of course.

Due to inclement weather, Mondays Bodley Bash got postponed until Thursday. The Bash was just as fun, however, with “Pitch Please” taking home the championship in the kickball tournament.

Last Friday’s senior dinner dance was a blast and a great final hoorah for the seniors. The River Vista, which many people had not seen the inside of before, was beautiful both inside and out.

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