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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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Confusion over state mosquito funds

by Carol Thompson

The announcement by New York State Senator Patty Ritchie that the state will provide $150,000 to battle the mosquito problem has left some residents, and even some legislators, in confusion.

The announcement was interpreted by some to mean that Oswego County would receive all of the funding. That is not the case, according to county officials.

The funds will be split between Oswego, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. It is not known how much money each county will receive.

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Valley Viewpoints: Generosity

by Dennis and Lynn Lyons of Fulton

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

We could say those words a thousand times and it still would never be enough.

From the very first day of the fire January 15 to this very moment, we have been blessed by the outpouring of our family, our friends, students, work associates and even friends of our extended family who we don’t even know.

All of you have come to support us in every unconceivable manor, yet all was given without any expectations or obligation to be returned.

We can tell you all without hesitation, that we are 1000 percent positive that we would not have been able to face each day with the insurmountable decisions that had to be made, if we did not have the support of our family and friends beside us every step of the way.

Without question, this has been a “life altering experience” for all of us. Our family lost an awful lot on that cold Sunday morning, some of which can never be replaced. But, we’ve gained something in return. It’s something that will never be forgotten in the compassion, the generosity and the sheer kindness shown to us by this small community.

So we would like to say with the utmost humility to everyone who has lent a helping hand, given a donation or has just kept us in their thoughts, your generosity is felt whole heartily and is appreciated beyond words. So once again…

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Tickets are still available for the 11th annual Jamboree Fund-raiser to benefit Parents of Special Children. The event will be held Sunday, June 10 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Scriba Fire Department. Pictured are Jake, Claudia and Alex Chetney gearing up for some family fun.

Annual Jamboree Fund-raiser to be held June 10

Tickets are still available for the 11th annual Jamboree Fund-raiser to benefit Parents of Special Children. The event will be held Sunday, June 10 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Scriba Fire Department. Pictured are Jake, Claudia and Alex Chetney gearing up for some family fun.

Tickets are still available for the 11th annual Jamboree Fund-raiser to benefit Parents of Special Children.

The event will be held Sunday, June 10 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Scriba Fire Department.

The family event, which will include spaghetti dinner, live entertainment by Bloodline, door prizes, 50/50 raffles, and children’s activities, is organized by the Parents of Special Children staff and board members.

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Glenn House, retired supervisor

Glenn Weldon House, 87, of Lamson Road, Phoenix, died Saturday, June 2, 2012.

Born in Little France Aug. 8, 1924 to his late parents, Ina (Weldon) and Glenn W. House, he was a graduate of Parish High School. He retired a supervisor for Bristol-Myers-Squibb Co., Syracuse, after 35 years.

He was a member of Phoenix United Methodist Church, Century Club at Bristol Labs, and an avid sports fan.

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Legislators look to revamp ethics laws

by Carol Thompson

The New York State’s Legislature recently made major sweeps to the state’s ethics laws.

Local municipalities can add to, but not subtract from, the state laws. Currently, the Oswego County Legislature is considering an update to its own ethics laws.

“We’ve got to get in line with the state and make changes to it,” Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said. “It’s the perfect opportunity.”

Under state executive law, a joint commission of public ethics was formed last year. Oswego County currently has a three-member ethics board and the legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee has been in discussion in regard to adding more members. Many counties have five or seven member boards.

 

The committee has also discussed changes to the financial disclosure form that is required to be completed by all elected and appointed officials.

Governor Andrew Cuomo made it a campaign promise to end government secrecy by adding stronger language to the ethics law, more penalties and more transparency.

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Light In The Darkness: June 6, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“When you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.  But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.” – Matthew 6:2-4

One of the last things Jesus said before leaving for Heaven was that we were to “make disciples of the whole world, teaching them to obey everything He taught.” (Matt. 28:18-20).

This is His charge to the entire church…to both think and do the way He instructs us. And one thing is certain, the way that Jesus thinks about things and instructs us to do them is very different from the way the world thinks and does.  Often our biggest challenge in the church is to recognize, expose and then to stand against ever encroaching philosophies of the world. In so doing, we, “contend as one man for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1).

One of the areas we have allowed worldly thinking in the church relates to memorials. It is common practice in churches to have various items given to the church by “so and so” or “by such and such a family” in memory of a loved one.

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Alliance Bank awards grant for book group

Alliance Bank has awarded the Senior Book Discussion Group a $1,000 grant.

The group is sponsored by Oswego County Visually Impaired and Aurora of Central New York, a nonprofit that serves people in central New York who have vision and hearing loss. It is hosted by Springside at Seneca Hill.

“Alliance Bank NA understands the importance for individuals to remain active and vital in every capacity,” said Barbara Bateman, senior vice president.

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