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Fulton 10-year-old attends Stanley Cup finals game

by Andrew Henderson

After spending a day with the Stanley Cup early last month, 10-year-old Noah Delaney received the second part of his prize — a trip to the first game of the Stanley Cup finals.

Delaney, who won Discover’s Day with the Cup contest May 6, attended game one of the finals with his mother, Heather, Wednesday night.

Unfortunately for Delaney, his beloved New Jersey Devils fell to the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in overtime.

Delaney was one of three finalists in Discover’s second annual Day With the Cup contest.

Discover launched its contest in late March, encouraging hockey fans across the nation to submit an original photo that best demonstrated their passion for hockey, along with a 1,000 character-or-less description that answered the question, “I deserve a day with the Stanley Cup because…”

More than 850 submissions were uploaded to Discover’s Facebook fan page Heather Doran uploaded her son Noah’s essay that captured the attention of the public, which deemed him the winner by an overwhelming number of votes.

The essay written by Noah explained that hockey helped him get through the tough time when his father, Robert, a sergeant,  left in early January to serve his third tour in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Doran serves with Oswego’s 444th Engineer Company, 411th Engineer Brigade, 412th Theater Engineer Command of the U.S. Army Reserve.

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Valley Viewpoints: No records found in Oswego

 by George M. Clark of Oswego

The United States of America and the State of New York brought an action against the City of Oswego for violating federal and state environmental laws relative to the City’s wastewater system.

As a result of this suit, August 5, 2010, a 77-page “Consent Decree” was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York.

The decree specified a number of sites, in the city, that would have to be upgraded in order to prevent any further violations; the city would also pay $99,000.00 in fines.

It was signed by numerous state and federal officials with Mayor Randolph Bateman being the sole signer for the city.

Quoting from a regional print media article about outgoing Mayor Bateman’s accomplishments: “…probably the biggest project during his tenure was signing a consent decree with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the federal Environmental Protection Agency…”

Non-compliance with the decree could find the city back in federal court exposing taxpayers to additional costly fines.

With this in mind, Oswego’s officials included the position of assistant city engineer in the 2011 budget.

An individual, qualifying for the position would require the experience and credentials to properly oversee the implementation of the Consent Decree. Bateman decided not to fill this position leaving this important task in the hands of City Engineer Anthony Leotta.

In the Decree, Section VII Reporting; Paragraph 28 Quarterly Reporting; (b) (i) states that “for work performed by a private contractor, an inspection report by City utilities personnel of the completed project and certification by the City Engineer that the specified work has been completed; and (ii). For work performed by City personnel, a copy of the work order for the project verified by the City Engineer as having been completed.”

March 30, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Law, I filed a request with the City of Oswego’s records access officer (city clerk) to inspect these certificates for work that had been completed under the Consent Decree.

This request was denied April 5, 2012. The reason given by the city clerk was that: “No such record exists.”

Legislators work toward equity in lease agreements

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County officials are reviewing the lease agreements between public and private agencies and the county.

During Tuesday’s meeting of the legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee, County Administrator Phil Church gave legislators an update.

The abstracting companies that were on a letter agreement from month to month will be moved to leases, Church said. “That will be all up to date,” he noted.

He added that other lease agreements are being updated.

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Participants in Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Relatives Raising Relatives program gather with program staff for one of the program’s monthly meetings. Relatives Raising Relatives provides caregivers who have taken on the responsibility of raising their relative’s children with support, advocacy, and information on how to access other beneficial programs.

Catholic Charities’ Program helps relatives raise relatives

Participants in Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Relatives Raising Relatives program gather with program staff for one of the program’s monthly meetings.

Caregivers who find themselves raising their relatives’ children are able to access a program that may prove to be a valuable resource.

Through Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Relatives Raising Relatives program, caregivers, who through a variety of circumstances have taken on the responsibility of raising their relative’s children, are able to receive support, advocacy, and information on how to access other beneficial programs.

Currently serving more than 50 families throughout Oswego County, Catholic Charities’ Relatives Raising Relatives program helps families deal with the emotions and challenges of raising their relative’s children.

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Oswego tops Fulton girls lacrosse in Class A championship

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity lacrosse team’s memorable season concluded with a loss to Oswego in Wednesday night’s Section III Class A championship game.

Oswego pulled away from The Lady Raiders during the second half en route to a 13-7 win. Fulton kept it close during the first half. Oswego led 6-4 at halftime.

During the second half, Oswego was more efficient on both sides of the ball. The Lady Bucs outscored the Lady Raiders by four goals to prevail with the six-goal win.

Leading the way for Oswego was Taylor Giglio, who had six goals. MiKayla Place added two goals and two assists and Becca Martin chipped in two goals.

Mackenzie Robinson had a goal and two assists while Sarah Stobener, Kaitlyn Armstrong, Libby Sherman and Alexa Healy combined to tally two goals and four assists for Oswego.

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Leon Archer

The Sportsman’s World: June 2, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

My usual Memorial Day vacation is usually spent relaxing around home with possibly a short stint of fishing thrown in as an afterthought, but 2012 was different.

Tim and Alicia have acquired a building lot that had belonged to her mom and dad for many years on Thirty Island Lake in Ontario, Canada. They have visited it numerous times and I had come to almost know it from their descriptions.

This year, Sweet Thing and I packed up our camping gear and joined Tim, Alicia, and our grandchildren, Nathaniel and Annaliese, for our first actual look  at the site.

The journey took us across the 1000 Islands Bridges into Canada and West on 401. Most of the driving was on very comfortable highways and even the last few miles after we left Godfrey were easy to navigate over well-manicured, crushed stone. Not until we were within shooting distance of our destination did the road give way to sort of a two lane cattle path under a velvety green canopy of oak, maple, cedar and pine, with a white birch thrown in here and there for artistic contrast.

The lot was larger than I had envisioned and the location and view of the lake was impressive. It was easy to understand how they had become so enamored with their little piece of Canada.

Even before we had set up camp, Sweet Thing and I got a guided tour of the property, the lake front, and the staked off area where a future cabin is slated to sit. I knew right away that, Lord willing, this would not be my last trip to Thirty Island Lake.

We unpacked four kayaks and before long they were skimming over the water as Sweet Thing and I watched our family from shore. Sporadically, a lazily moving boat would come by, the occupants trolling for pike or walleye, but other than the muted mutter of their outboard and the occasional squeals of Annaliese and Nathaniel, very little interrupted the soothing silence.

We had fishing rods and a cache of night crawlers that were begging to be used, but the first evening they were put on hold as we settled around a late dinner and afterward got our living quarters straightened out and beds made for the night.

After all the packing at home and the three hour drive to the lake, everyone was ready for a good night’s rest – and we got it.

As we snuggled between the sheets, the loons bathed us with their calls on the lake, and a couple owls hooted on the far shore.

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Paul McKinney

A Little Of This And A Little Of That: June 2, 2012

Paul McKinney

by Paul McKinney

So my damaged car is sitting in the collision parking lot waiting to be repaired. It’s only been two weeks since the accident and the insurance adjuster has finally shown up from the OIC (other insurance company) but has failed to send the estimate of repairs to the collision manager.

And I am on my way up to Syracuse in my rent-a wreck to find out what I can do to get this whole process going.

The collision manager is all apologetic and offers to call the OIC to find out what happened to the written estimate. (At this point I am beginning to wonder if the right hand and left hand even know each other let alone know what each is doing.) The insurance adjuster calls back with a fax copy of his estimate of $8,000 of damages.

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‘Frolicking With Frogs’ program scheduled

The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center will be presenting a public program called “Frolicking With Frogs” Saturday, June 16 at 2 p.m.

A rain date has been set June 17 at 1 p.m.

Participants will explore the different frogs and where and how frogs live. The program will be followed by a trek through the wetlands.

After the program light refreshments will be provided.

“Frolicking With Frogs” is a program designed for people of all ages. There is a fee per person. Children under 3 are free.

Registration fees will be collected on the day of the program.

Pre-registration is preferred but not required. Those seeking to register may call 963-7286, ext 400.

“Frolicking With Frogs” is designed for individuals and families, not organized groups.  To arrange a guided group program, call the Oswego County 4-H Program at 963-7286, ext. 400.

Amboy 4-H Environmental Educational Center is located at 748 Rte. 183 between Routes 13 and 69 near Williamstown.