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New York News: May 5, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

Elected officials are always coming up with ways to communicate with their constituents.

Probably the most popular way is Facebook.

After using Facebook for five months, Assemblyman Robert Oaks said it has greatly enhanced his efforts to better communicate with residents of 128th Assembly District, which includes Hannibal, Oswego and Minetto.

Since Oaks’ page went online in December, nearly 250 people have visited and clicked the “like” button.

“I’m pleased with the positive feedback I’ve received about the page, which is updated sometimes as frequently as two or three times daily,” Oaks said.

Recent wall posts have reminded people about the importance of shopping locally, informed them about prescription drug collection and celebrated the accomplishments of local residents.

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The push to make using synthetic drugs a crime in New York State is gaining momentum.

The state Senate recently passed legislation to penalize users of synthetic drugs. Assemblyman Will Barclay said it’s the Assembly’s turn to adopt legislation.

“This is the next step to combating these drugs,” said Barlcay. “There has to be consequences for users, similar to how marijuana or illegal narcotic users are penalized.”

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Valley Viewpoints: Open bridge railings

by Gail Chesbro of Fulton

I enjoyed reading Jerry Kasperek’s column Saturday. How I loved shopping at Harper’s. They always had just what I was looking for.

I was especially pleased that she called attention to the Broadway Bridge and the fact that the New York State Department of Transportation is going to update it.

I want to add my voice to her and, I hope, many others, in requesting that there be new, open railing so that as we travel back and forth, we can enjoy the wonderful view that our city is blessed to have.

 To read the rest of the Viewpoint, pick up a copy of The Valley News

Children’s events, entertainment planned during Memorial Day Salute

The Fulton Memorial Day Salute will include events and entertainment geared toward children.

Throughout the day Saturday, May 26, Hayley Starr will be offering face painting and making balloon animals for the children.

Starr has been twisting balloons for about 20 years, learning when she was just 11 years old. She appears weekly during the summer at the Oswego Farmer’s Market.

At 2 p.m., the Magic of Virgil will begin.

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Legislators asked to approve funds for asbestos study

by Carol Thompson

A request for $30,000 for an asbestos study is under consideration by the Oswego County Legislature.

When legislators meet Thursday, they will be asked to approve the amount of $30,000 to test for asbestos in county facilities.

County officials recently learned that a number of ceiling tiles in the older portion of the Department of Social Services building contained asbestos.

The testing was reportedly prompted by an employee complaint.

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Valley Viewpoints: Vote ‘yes’ on library

by Rosa Kemmis of Fulton

When I was growing up in Fulton, we were known as “The City That The Depression Missed.” Our industries were strong and vibrant until the 21st century.

This is no longer true.

The closing of our major industries has effected the finances of the City of Fulton to the degree that this year’s public library budget had to be reduced by $80,000.

Our library is a “free public library.” It is used by everyone in the area, both city and county. The services provided by our library are too numerous to mention.

It serves our children on evenings and weekends and during their vacation periods. It provides computer service for people searching for employment.  It provides enrichment to the community in the form of books. movies and music.

To read the rest of the Viewpoint, pick up a copy of The Valley News

Senator Charles Schumer (front) was joined by Oswego County Social Services Commissioner Gregg Heffner, Child Advocacy Center staff memebrs, and Oswego County school superintendents at a news conference Tuesday at the CAC. Schumer discussed the Violence Against Women Act and called on the House of Representatives to pass the law.

County child abuse cases jump 58 percent in one year

Senator Charles Schumer (front) was joined by Oswego County Social Services Commissioner Gregg Heffner, Child Advocacy Center staff memebrs, and Oswego County school superintendents at a news conference Tuesday at the CAC. Schumer discussed the Violence Against Women Act and called on the House of Representatives to pass the law.

by Nicole Reitz

A recent report has shown that child abuse cases spiked 58 percent in Oswego County from 2010 to 2011.

The Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County serving 384 children that were victims of child abuse.

To address this issue, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer visited the Child Advocacy Center’s Fulton office Tuesday.

Schumer is calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Violence Against Women Act. Last week the Violence Against Women Act passed the Senate 68-31.

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Vintage quilts to be featured during Scriba Bicentennial Celebration

The Scriba Bicentennial Celebration June 16 and 17 will feature an exhibition of vintage quilts associated with the Town of Scriba.

Among the early entries are an autograph quilt made in 1895 by the women associated with the men who fought in the Civil War – the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), and a quilt owned by the Coon family.

The committee is looking for more quilts or quilt related items to include in the display.

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Elizabeth Burgdorf, retired Hannibal teacher

Elizabeth M. “Pam” McGlen Burgdorf, 87, of Fair Haven, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012.

Born in North Hannibal, she graduated from Hannibal High School and SUNY Oswego with a bachelor of arts degree in education.

She was a second-grade school teacher with Hannibal Central School District where she retired in 1979. She was a communicant of St. Jude’s Chapel, Fair Haven.

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