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County to have more video security

by Carol Thompson

If the Oswego County Legislature gives final approval, more video security cameras will be installed throughout county facilities.

During the June 14 meeting, legislators will decide whether to spend $225,000 to complete phase II of the project. The resolution authorizing the expenditure has recently been approved by the jurisdictional committees.

The project will include axis cameras, software, computers and workstations as well as Firetide wireless. Although the location of the cameras will be determined during a pilot implementation, they are slated to be located at the treasurer’s office, the Pulaski, Oswego and Fulton motor vehicle departments and an exterior camera will be installed at the county legislative office complex in Oswego.

The Department of Social Services and the Health Department are also on the list of buildings to be included in the proposal.

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The City of Oswego’s Peace Garden, newly planted with fresh marigolds, cannis and geraniums, will be formally dedicated as the War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden Saturday, June 16, at 4 p.m. The garden is located at 158 E. First St. near the Leotta-Seaway Trail Park.

Oswego 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden to be dedicated

The City of Oswego’s Peace Garden, newly planted with fresh marigolds, cannis and geraniums, will be formally dedicated as the War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden Saturday, June 16, at 4 p.m. The garden is located at 158 E. First St. near the Leotta-Seaway Trail Park.

The War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden, located near the Leotta-Seaway Trail Park at 158 E. First St., Oswego, will be officially dedicated at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16.

The garden was originally developed in 2003 by City Engineer Anthony A. Leotta, the Jay Saternow family, and several volunteers from the community. It was named a “Peace Garden” by the late Frank Clavelli Sr., former member of the Oswego Common Council.

Leotta, the City Department of Public Works, and a group of volunteers have cared for and maintained the garden for the past several years.

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State’s proposed animal law could be costly to taxpayers

by Carol Thompson

Currently in New York State, residents have access through a registry to determine if a registered sex offender lives in the area.

There is no registry to alert residents if a convicted murderer, arsonist, armed robber or convicted offender of other heinous crimes have been released from prison and move to a neighborhood.

Someday, if a proposed law is passed, residents will be able to determine if a convicted animal abuser lives in an area.

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Vincent Savona, chemistry teacher

Vincent J. Savona, 70, of Oswego, died Thursday, May 31, 2012 in Oswego Hospital.

Mr. Savona was born in Oswego, the son of the late Joseph and Stella (Azzarelli) Savona. He attended graduate school at UCLA and received his master’s degree from SUNY Oswego in science education.

Mr. Savona was a chemistry teacher at Central Square, prior to teaching chemistry at the Oswego High School for 29 years. He was an adjunct professor with Syracuse University.

Mr. Savona was inducted into the Oswego and New York State Softball Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Margaret  “Meg” Savona of Oswego; sons, Michael Savona of Oswego and Andrew (Tracy Haynes) Savona of Florida; sisters, Rosemary Frawley of Buffalo, Grace Chillemi of Oswego, and Virginia Familo of Oswego; step-grandchildren. Eric, Katherine, and James Trudell; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday at St. Joseph Church where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated. Calling hours were held Sunday at Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church organ fund.

Committee postpones FOIL policy

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee took no action on adopting a new Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) policy until more information is gathered.

Legislators said last month that they wanted to seek the opinion of Robert Freeman, the executive director of the New York State Committee on Open Government prior to adopting a policy.

During Thursday’s meeting, Legislature Clerk Wendy Falls said she had contacted Freeman and he suggested contacting the New York State Association of Counties because the issue relates more to policy than Freedom of Information law.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler asked if NYSCA would have more of a benchmark type of policy.

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Fulton Police Benevolent Association to begin new fund-raising campaign

by Andrew Henderson

The Fulton Police Benevolent Association will begin its annual fund-raising campaign this month, according to Inv. Michael Curtis, Fulton PBA public relations officer.

The Fulton PBA was incorporated in 1932 and is listed as a 509c not-for-profit benevolent association.

“Over the past several decades, the Fulton Police Benevolent Association has donated tens of thousands of dollars to local organizations and civic causes,” said Curtis.

In the past a phone campaign was used to raise funds with a portion of those donated funds covering the phone solicitation costs.

“In an effort to maximize the benefit to our community, we have decided to utilize a mail campaign only,” said Curtis. “This will allow the maximum amount of your donation to stay within our city and surrounding community.

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Valley Viewpoints: Bring back the dance floor

 

 by Stacey K. Lachut of VolneyI would like to start by saying how proud I am for Fulton’s Memorial Day weekend festivities. It reminds me of the small town that I grew up in years ago in Greenbelt, Md. However, I have a small bone to pick with the Memorial Day Salute Committee.

My husband, children, and I have lived in Volney since 1999 (husband Mike was born and raised here) and we have supported the Celebration Weekend in one way shape or form, i.e., being in the parade, going to the parade, the Carnival, or the War Memorial Entertainment.

The entertainment has always been the highlight of my weekend — with the exception of the last four or five years when the MDS committee started blocking off the front of the stage.

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