All posts by Nicole Reitz

Mexico rallies past Fulton

by Rob Tetro

If high school softball consisted of only five innings of play then the Fulton softball team would have been victorious against Mexico last Friday.

Unfortunately for the Lady Raiders, high school softball lasts longer than five innings, which allowed the opportunity for Mexico to rally.

The opportunistic Lady Tigers rose to the occasion. During the sixth inning, the Lady Tigers took advantage of several opportunities for unearned runs to storm ahead of Fulton.

Mexico went on to prevail with a 4-2 win.

After a scoreless first inning, Fulton scored a run each in both of the bottom of the second and third innings. Neither team could score until the top of the sixth inning when Mexico rallied to take a 4-2 lead and the win.

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County legislature resolution pulled for lack of accurate facts

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature did not have good luck with memorializing resolutions during Thursday’s meeting.

A resolution pertaining to the opposition in wind turbines in the Great Lakes had to be amended due to inaccurate information. A second resolution, to oppose a plan referred to as BV7, was tabled after the validity of the facts was challenged by Tim Carroll, who serves on the county’s environmental management council.

The International Joint Commission has announced consideration of a new plan that will replace current regulations that control the water levels of Lake Ontario.

The purpose of the new plan is to reverse environmental damage caused by the current regulation plan. The county’s resolution contends that the new plan will increase the current range of water levels that private and public riparian property owners relied on for the last 50 years.  The resolution also states that the potential environmental benefits of the BV7 plan are based upon faulty research methods.

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New York News: May 19, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

The New York State Senate recently passed a bill to close a legal loophole in New York State that makes it legal to view online child porn, said Senator Patty Ritchie.

The bill, which passed 56-4, is a response to a ruling by the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, that said viewing pornographic images of children as young as 8 years old over the Internet was allowed as long as the defendant didn’t download, print, save, share, or otherwise “control” the images.

“Simply put, child pornography is an abomination,” said Ritchie. “Whether people view it, download it, or save it on a computer — it shouldn’t matter — anyone with any sort of involvement should be punished.

“As a mother and a grandmother, it pains me to think of children being exploited in situations such as this,” she added. “We need to take every step necessary to make sure people viewing child pornography face the consequences of their actions.”

Senate bill 7407 would make the viewing of child pornography, which has been illegal to possess since 1996, a Class E felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.

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A bill that is moving quickly through the state Assembly and is currently on the legislative calendar for a vote is another attack on Second Amendment Rights — the right to bear arms — according to Assemblyman Will Barclay.

Barclay said the Democratic majority-sponsored legislation would make it so that those holding a pistol permit would need to renew their permit every five years.

“This proposal serves no purpose, other than to limit access for responsible citizens to protect themselves and their property and to infringe again on sportsmen,” said Barclay. “It’s another layer of government and fees that responsible pistol permit owners do not need.

“In many cases, people invest in a pistol permit with the hope they will never have to use it to protect themselves from an intruder, for example,” the assemblyman added. “A pistol permit renewal of every five years is unnecessary.”

Barclay said he will vote against this measure when it reaches the Assembly floor.

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Fulton City School District budget passes

by Nicole Reitz

The community came out to vote Tuesday, passing the Fulton school budget for next school year 753 to 468. The $62,398,511 budget increased to 3.5 percent from the previous year. Propositions to buy a bus and two vans and to set up a reserve fund for future capital projects were also approved.

Rosemary Occhino and Dan Pawlewicz were elected to fill the two open school board seats. Occhino received 730 votes, while Pawlewicz earned 801 votes. President of the Board of Education Robbin Griffin, with 669 votes, did not win reelection. Griffin has been on the Fulton Board of Education as either a member or an officer for the last 21 years.

Voters showed strong approval for funding of the Fulton Public Library, with 761 people voting for the $170,000 library tax. “I am extremely grateful for all the people in the Fulton City School District, by putting us on the ballot, it showed us that they appreciate the value that the library has in this community,” said Betty Maute, Director of Fulton Public Library.

Maute is thankful to the community and to the Friends of the Library, who called residents that signed the library’s petition to remind them to get out and vote. With the support of the communities vote, the Fulton Public Library will open again on Tuesdays, and Mondays will be added again in the fall. Employees of the library will also go back to full time status.

Crack cocaine seized following search warrant in City of Oswego

by Andrew Henderson

The Oswego County Drug Task Force and the Oswego Police Department seized several bags of crack cocaine following the execution of a search warrant in a City of Oswego apartment.

Around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, drug task force members and Oswego police searched the upper apartment of 89 E. Cayuga

St. following an investigation into alleged illegal drug activity there.

Nathaniel R. Cosby, 37, of 128 N. Geddes St. Syracuse, and Shinyrra K. Legrand-Thomas, 19, of 254 W. Calthrop St., Syracuse, were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony; fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, class C felony; and two counts of second-degree criminal using drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

Forty-three individually packaged bags of crack cocaine weighing 15.9 grams and approximately $1694.80 in cash were seized along with various drug paraphernalia commonly associated with the use, distribution and sale of illegal drugs.

The defendants were held awaiting arraignment in Oswego City Court. The investigation is ongoing and further arrests may result from the investigation.

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Leon Archer

The Sportsman’s World: May 19, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

It is a bit hard for me to believe how fast the spring is flying by and summer looks like it is stacking up to be pretty much a blur as well.

My turkey hunting has been limited and unsuccessful, and in all fairness, I haven’t been as dedicated as I probably should have been.

As I was writing this column, Tom Duger called and invited me to go with him Thursday morning; otherwise, I probably would have been checking the inside of my eyelids when the sun came up.

Tom had told me earlier in the week that he had been seeing some jakes and I indicated I would be happy just seeing jakes at this point and I guess he was listening.

Memorial Day weekend, Sweet Thing and I expect to be camping with Tim and his family in New Hampshire near the ocean. I’m going to give Nathaniel and anyone else who wants, a chance to catch some Atlantic Mackerel.

If they have arrived inshore off New Hampshire, the fishing will be fast and furious. Mackerel are an oily fish and many folks are not as fond of them as they might be about haddock and swai, but I actually enjoy them — and I love catching them. I think it is going to be a Memorial Day to remember.

I have three somewhat lengthy trips planned for the summer. The first one will find Tim and I heading to Alaska for a week of salmon fishing.

Later, Sweet Thing and I will be visiting Brett and his family out in Two Harbors, Minn., and toward the end of summer, we will head to Seattle to spend some time with Ben and his wife. I am sure that Ben and I will get out a couple times on Puget Sound.

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