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Legislators discuss pending litigation

by Carol Thompson

At the conclusion of Tuesday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee meeting, legislators entered into executive session to discuss pending litigation in the matter of JWJ vs. Oswego County.

Jeffrey Holbrook, owner of JWJ, Inc. is reportedly pursuing his case against the county in the matter of the Flow Control law that was passed October 2008.

The law mandated that all construction and demolition waste generated inside the county had to be disposed of within the county.

Holbrook sued in federal county, claiming that the new law would put him out if business if he was forced to dump within the county boundaries.

He won the case with the judge ruling that the county’s law is unconstitutionally vague.

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Karen Abbott

At The Fencepost: June 6, 2012

Karen Abbott

by Karen Abbott

I was fortunate to be able to attend two Memorial Day parades last week. Both of them left me pensive, agitated, and out-of-sorts. It’s hard to put my finger on any specific reasons.  I don’t want to analyze it. I just know I’m really glad I went.

When I was a kid growing up in Fulton, we went to the parade every year without fail. In those days, the parade was the place to be. People lined up on both sides of East Broadway with lawn chairs, coolers, and wagons. It was a whole-family affair. We had relatives from western New York come up every year for the parade. Our three generations’ worth covered a third of a block at the end of our street.

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Valley Viewpoints: Small-town library

by Jack Pope, President of the Board of Trustees at the Hannibal Free Library

The Hannibal Free Library Board of Trustees would like to thank the voters in the Hannibal Central School District for their support.

The affirmative vote in favor of the small library levy we requested indicates to us that the Hannibal community realizes the value of the Hannibal Free Library and understands that our expenses, like everyone else’s, continue to increase from year to year.

The board of trustees and our very dedicated library staff work very hard to provide excellent library service at the lowest possible cost to the taxpayers.

We believe that Hannibal has one of the best small-town libraries in the North Country Library System region and we intend to continue to provide the very best library service possible.

The very much appreciated support from the community will help us do so.

Judith Rawson, Phoenix resident

Judith A. Rawson, 67, of Lock Street, Phoenix, died Thursday May 31, 2012.

She was a college graduate. She was a court accountant for HSBC Bank, Buffalo.

Surviving are her daughters, Michelle A. Anderson of Pennsylvania and Dawn M. Rawson of Mexico; two step-sisters, Jean E. DuBois of Fulton and Joan A. Carey of Liverpool; an aunt; a uncle; and several nieces.

Calling hours will be held today, June 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix.

A service will follow the visitation period in funeral home.


United Way Golf Classic to tee off July 16

The United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual Golf Classic will be held Monday, July 16 at the Oswego County Club.

Now in its 17th year, the United Way Golf Classic provides community members with an opportunity to enjoy a day of golf while supporting their local United Way.

According to United Way Resource Development Director Lois Luber, the new location has created a new level of excitement for the tournament.

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Erika Johnson

Bodley Bulletins: June 6, 2012

Erika Johnson

by Erika Johnson

What a week this has been! Not to mention all that it has left to offer!

Monday started with what people have been waiting for all year — yearbooks! This year’s is as good as ever; great job yearbook staff!

As Monday continued on, students happily looked forward to the annual Bodley Bash. The annual end-of-the-year fling consisted of a kickball tournament, relay races, side walk decorating, 25 cent hot dogs and much, much more!

Monday concluded with the annual awards night. Congratulations to the huge amount of students that received awards!

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AmeriCorps program receives grant

by Andrew Henderson

The Corporation for National and Community Service has awarded a 2012 AmeriCorps grant to the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, according to Congressman Bill Owens.

The grant is the result of the Fiscal Year 2012 AmeriCorps State and National funding competition.

The grant program focuses AmeriCorps resources on six key service areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.

“For 2012, we emphasized support for programs with a focus on education, veterans and military families, and disaster services,” Wendy Spencer, CEO of the AmeriCorps State & National Grants program, wrote to Owens.

The AmeriCorps staff reported that the grant cycle was highly competitive.

The Oswego City – County Youth Bureau will receive $268,224 to fund 63 AmeriCorps position.

AmeriCorps members will mentor disadvantaged youth, recruit and manage volunteers and high school students who mentor, and plan and implement fitness activities and nutrition education for youth in Oswego County.

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Debate erupts over lengthy meetings

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee meetings run long and some legislators have been asking for a remedy.

During Thursday’s meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee, the issue was expected to be on the agenda. The minutes of the April 23 meeting reference that Legislator Doug Malone requested the matter be placed on the May agenda.

It wasn’t, and prior to the start of the meeting, Malone questioned why the discussion wasn’t on the agenda.

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