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Ghost hunter to appear at historical society meeting

Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at the Hannibal Community Center on Oswego Street, the Hannibal Historical Society will host Stacey Jones, the founder and president of CNY Ghost Hunters and a participant in a visit to Suzie’s Quick Mart in downtown Hannibal.

Video cameras have reportedly picked up paranormal activity within the store and invited CNY Ghost Hunters to visit.

Jones has been interested in ghosts since childhood, after hearing of her mother’s paranormal experience. Her grandfather allegedly appeared before Jones’ mother in front of a room full of students. Her mother was the only person in the room to see him.

Her interest in ghosts was further established when she worked as a police investigator for the Department of Defense in New York City.

“Cops tell stories of hauntings and paranormal activities to each other, but don’t reveal these incidents to the public,” she said.

CNY Ghost Hunters began in 1995 and was the first and now the largest ghost-hunting group in New York State. She has appeared on the Discovery Channel and has lectured at colleges and universities throughout the country.

The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

County E-911 employees to receive overdue overtime pay

by Carol Thompson

Employees of the Oswego County E-911 department who were paid for regular time hours when working overtime are expected to receive compensation for the amount they were shorted.

The legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee voted Tuesday to transfer $56,460 from the contingency account to cover the cost of the additional payments owed to the impacted employees.

For 15 years, the E-911 Center has operated on a 12-hour rotating shift with no built-in overtime as agreed to by management, employees and the union representing the employees, according to an information memo submitted with the resolution to authorize the budget transfer.

-Look for the full story in the Saturday edition of the Valley News…

Leaders react to proposed Congressional district lines

by Carol Thompson

A federal court judge has redrawn the lines for the state’s congressional districts and the leaders of Oswego County’s two major political parties are in agreement that the division of the county would not be good for the residents.

“I strongly support Oswego County to be whole,” said county Republican Committee Chairman Mike Backus.

Oswego County Democrat Committee Chairman Mike Kunzwiler echoed the same sentiment. “I would have liked to see the county remain whole,” he said.

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St. Patrick’s Day celebration – Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward recently proclaimed Sunday, March 18 as a day of remembrance, celebration and appropriate recognition of Saint Patrick. The Ancient Order of Hibernians will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Fulton Polish Home March 18 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be music from The Flying Column Irish Show Band and entertainment from the Kinlough Academy and Butler-Sheehan Academy of Irish Dance. Pictured are Hibernians James Brannan, Dan Mahaney, Bob Jennings and Woodward (front). -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Hibernians to hold annual St. Patrick’s Day party March 18

St. Patrick’s Day celebration – Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward recently proclaimed Sunday, March 18 as a day of remembrance, celebration and appropriate recognition of Saint Patrick. The Ancient Order of Hibernians will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Fulton Polish Home March 18 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be music from The Flying Column Irish Show Band and entertainment from the Kinlough Academy and Butler-Sheehan Academy of Irish Dance. Pictured are Hibernians James Brannan, Dan Mahaney, Bob Jennings and Woodward (front). -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

by Nicole Reitz

The Ancient Order of Hibernians in America formed in 1836 to promote national unity and Christian charity in Ireland.

The Fulton Division 2 Ancient Order of Hibernians was founded in 1971 and early charter members include Bud Shinnick and Charlie and Bob Callen.

The goal of the Hibernians is to promote the ideals of the people who gave their lives for the cause of Irish freedom.

Fulton’s Harold J. Flynn Division requires two traits from its members. “We are the most unique fraternal organization in the country in that you have to be both Irish or of Irish decent and be a Roman Catholic,” said Hibernian Bob Jennings, who is also the group’s public relations chairman.

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One Tahoe purchase approved, another withdrawn

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee approved the purchase of a new Tahoe for the emergency management department while a resolution for a second Tahoe was never considered.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the committee unanimously approved the expenditure of $27,000 for an emergency management vehicle to replace a Tahoe with 77,000 miles that had been referred to as a “death trap.”

Last week, the legislature’s Public Safety Committee also approved the purchase of another Tahoe to be used by EMS Coordinator James Jones.

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County in good financial shape

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Treasurer John Kruk and Chief Accountant Mark See presented the 2011 annual financial report to members of the legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee Tuesday and the final word was that the coffer is in good shape.

The local fund equity is at $60,040,089, with the unassigned fund balance at $31,700,746. The unassigned fund balance, formerly referred to as the unappropriated fund balance, is down $5,664,451 from 2010.

The insurance reserve I down $12,504 from 2010 with a balance of $645,164.

Sales tax accounted for $4.6 million in revenue, with increased gas prices attributed as the reason for the increase.

The total real property tax levy increased and the generic tax rate decreased due to Entergy being back on the tax rolls. The 2011 tax levy was at $37 million.

-Look for the full story in the Saturday edition of the Valley News…

New York News: March 10, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

Assemblyman Will Barclay had a simple suggestion when he attended a recent briefing of the Assembly Energy Committee: update aged transmission lines and put more energy on the grid.

Barclay today attended the briefing with members of the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers). Barclay is a member of the committee and a proponent of renewable as well as nuclear energy.

Both nuclear and renewable energy have the ability to support and create more high-paying jobs in the Central New York region and put more energy on the grid, the assemblyman noted. Creating more power would lower the cost of energy for businesses in New York, he added.

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