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Hannibal Free Library to have proposition on school ballot

by Andrew Henderson

Hannibal Free Library will have a proposition on the 2012 Hannibal Central School District Ballot.

Outlined in New York State Education Law as a means of acquiring local funding support, the board of trustees of the Hannibal Free Library is asking voters to approve additional annual funding through the school district referendum.

The library has been funded with $35,000 annually through a proposition that passed in 2006.  An additional $10,000 is now being requested.

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Fair Haven Beach project planned

by Andrew Henderson

The State of New York will be investing $2.1 million to upgrade and repair Fair Haven Beach State Park, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week.

The upgrade will be funded through New York Works, which is designed to reinvent state economic development with a new strategy that will put New Yorkers back to work rebuilding the state’s infrastructure.

“New York State has passed, for the second year in a row, a transformative and balanced budget that holds the line on spending, while focusing on job creation and government efficiency,” Cuomo said. “The centerpiece of this budget is the New York Works program, a new strategy for leveraging capital to put New Yorkers back to work and rebuilding our aging infrastructure including the state park system that is used by so many people across the state.”

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Hodgepodge: April 7, 2012

As soon as I started writing this column I realized that I had written about “comics” before.  But that didn’t stop me – I kept going.

The fact that I have found myself writing about the newspaper “funnies” a few times may say something about my choice of reading material, or what I like to do to get the day started – or end it, for that matter. But nonetheless, here is this year’s contribution:

I grew up having the newspaper’s “funnies” read to me, and then reading them myself. I remember spreading the Herald Journal’s comic pages out on the living room floor and no doubt making a mess of it before my father ever got to look at that section of the paper.

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Dawn Dickquist, Owens Brockway retiree

Dawn Lincoln Dickquist, 72, of Fulton, died Monday, April 2, 2012 in Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, after a short illness. Her family was by her side.

She was born in Fulton, the daughter of the late John and Aillen (Fowler) Lincoln.

She retired from Owens Brockway, quality control department in 2000. She was past president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Elks and was president of the Altar Rosary. She was a member of the Golden Agers, Holy Family Choir, and a Eucharist minister at Holy Trinity.

She was a former committee person for the Republican Party. She was a Nascar and Oswego Speedway enthusiast.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her stepmother, Gladys Lincoln, and her brother and sister-in-law, John and Marguerite Lincoln.

She is survived by her children, John Dickquist of Oswego and Tammy Crary of Fulton; her sister, Mary (Al) Archer of Oswego; grandchildren, Kyle, Jessica, and Jennifer; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 10 at 9 a.m. at the Sugar Funeral Home and 9:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

Dean R. Ottoway, Marine Corps veteran

Dean R. Ottoway, 61, of Fulton, died Sunday, April 1, 2012.

He was born in Syracuse and resided in Fulton for the past 10 years. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War.

He had worked in construction and did volunteer work for the D.A.V. and Meals on Wheels.

He enjoyed ceramics and his greatest pleasure was spending time with his grandsons, Ryan and Mathew.

He was predeceased by his mother, Eleanor H. Brosseau; a sister, Lynn Ottoway; his father, Floyd Ottoway; and by his son, Dustin Ottoway.

He is survived by a daughter, Dana Ottoway of Fulton; two grandsons, Ryan and Mathew Gustke of Fulton; a brother, Anthony (Cathe) Brosseau of Liverpool; and a nephew, Robert Konys of Minetto.

Calling hours and services were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 333 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003-1148.

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Oswego County not among the healthiest in the state

by Carol Thompson

Smoking and adult obesity are on the rise in Oswego County, according to a report issued by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The annual health report gives the county a ranking of 38 of the 62 counties in the state.

According to the report, smoking has increased by one percent from 2010 and adult obesity has increased by five percent for the same time period. Those totals are well above the state average.

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Tammy Rodgers (left) of Families and Schools Together and Terie Delahunt-Daino of the Oswego Bookmobile volunteer with the “Driving Books Home” program in the Oswego City School District. RSVP is seeking additional volunteers for the program, designed to encourage independent reading among children ages 5 to 18.

Volunteers sought for reading initiatives

Tammy Rodgers (left) of Families and Schools Together and Terie Delahunt-Daino of the Oswego Bookmobile volunteer with the “Driving Books Home” program in the Oswego City School District.

SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program office has opened recruitment for volunteers within the Oswego City School District to help with the Driving Books Home program.

RSVP encourages people ages 55 and older to apply who have a love of reading and would like to share this interest with children.

Available assignments include a review of the books, categorizing books by grade level, reading to children and touring this summer with the Oswego Bookmobile.

Most of the positions are flexible and can be tailor-made to fit volunteers’ availability, though ideally Bookmobile volunteers during July and August should try to commit to the same day each week during the eight-week program.

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Jerry Brown participates in a past Clean Sweep along the Oswego River walk. SUNY Oswego’s RSVP is seeking volunteers among all city and campus citizens for the seventh annual shoreline and lakefront cleanup, Saturday, April 21 from 1 to 3 p.m.

RSVP seeks city, campus volunteers for shoreline Clean Sweep

Jerry Brown participates in a past Clean Sweep along the Oswego River walk. SUNY Oswego’s RSVP is seeking volunteers among all city and campus citizens for the seventh annual shoreline and lakefront cleanup, Saturday, April 21 from 1 to 3 p.m.

SUNY Oswego’s RSVP is seeking volunteers to remove debris from the river and lake shorelines in Oswego as part of the seventh annual Clean Sweep, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

RSVP, spearheading the effort to recruit volunteers on behalf of the City of Oswego and SUNY Oswego, urges all city and campus residents, young and old, businesses and school groups, to participate in cleaning up the east and west Oswego River walks and the Lake Ontario shoreline within the city limits.

The event can help families get involved in conservation and help students earn community service hours, RSVP said.

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