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American Legion leaders come to Oswego County

When New York’s American Legion leaders visited Oswego County Oct. 5, they were treated to some Marine Junior ROTC drilling at Mexico Academy and Central School, a glimpse of the War of Independence in a scenic mural, and a reminder to “Support Our Troops” during lunch at Horning-Fournier American Legion Post 418 in Phoenix.

The visit was capped off with dinner at Prior-Stock American Legion Post 1552 in Hannibal, where NY Legion Commander Kenneth Governor spoke of “Service First” and the Department of New York’s refocusing on the core mission to serve men and women in uniform, veterans and families, and community and nation.

He was joined by New York Auxiliary President Barbara Corker and New York Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commander John Chang.

Chang spoke of his passion for the National Emergency Fund, which provides financial assistance to Legion families struck by disaster.

Corker expressed her dedication to providing equipment and supplies to wounded warriors through the Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors.

She expressed two reasons why this is important: First, unlike other charities, 100 percent of donations go directly to helping injured service members; and, second, it’s important to “show our warriors our love.”

The leaders visit to Mexico High School featured a demonstration by the Marine Junior ROTC drill team, and a briefing by Senior JROTC Instructor Lt. Col. John Freda (Ret.).

“The instructor emphasized the drill team was not a vehicle to recruit students into the military, but rather a method of instilling teamwork, establish a strong work ethic and all the traits necessary for a successful life,” Governor noted.

The school also is home to the hand-carved woodblock scenic mural, “La Guerre D’Independance.” They got to view the multi-panel mural by French artist Deltel, which depicts scenes from the Revolutionary War.

The only two places where this historic circa-1853 artwork survives in its entirety are the White House in Washington, D.C. and in the oak-paneled upper foyer of Mexico High School.

After enjoying lunch at Post 418 in Phoenix, the state Legion leaders were quick to don “Support Our Troops” T-shirts presented by the Post leaders, Post Commander Ron Smithers, Auxiliary Unit President Anna Goettel and Sons of the American Legion Squadron Commander Shawn Mills.

Women’s conference coming to Fulton Oct. 29

Connections, a day-long conference for women, is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at River Vista Center in Fulton.

The program is being presented by the Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training and SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations.

Women from across the state will gather for the program titled “Connect – Pursue – Advance.” There will be several speakers, networking opportunities, continental breakfast, lunch, a dessert reception, and a women’s marketplace.

Speaker Susan Conklin, Source for Personal and Professional Growth, will present “Chart your course with the Wheel of Life.”

The Wheel of Life is a tool that provides a “helicopter view” of life, to help us assess where we are and envision where we’re going.

Again this year, headshots will be offered by Dayger Photography, with no sitting fee. Hair and make-up touchups will also be available.

New this year, we are featuring Bee-Hive Networking. Each attendee could walk away with an average of 12-20 cards of qualified prospects who want to meet them. Come “catch the buzz” at the Bee-Hive Networking Game. Please be sure to come armed with 100 business cards.

Tickets are $65 and are available through the Tyler Hall Box Office, Those interested also may  download our registration form at and mail it with your check.

For more information, contact Evelyn LiVoti, Connections’ co-chair, at 343-1545 or

New VP named at SUNY Oswego

Dr. Jerald Woolfolk Adley has been named SUNY Oswego vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Adley has been vice president for student affairs, enrollment management and diversity at Mississippi Valley State University since 2011. Previously, she was vice president for student affairs at CUNY’s College of Staten Island.

“Dr. Adley has built a record as a strategic innovator in student affairs who sets clear and high goals and provides the leadership to achieve them,” said SUNY Oswego president Deborah Stanley. “We are delighted to welcome her to SUNY Oswego.”

At Mississippi Valley, Adley led initiatives that significantly increased enrollment, including raising freshman enrollment by 18 percent in one year.

As associate dean of students for residential life at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, she implemented a range of initiatives — academic, security, administrative and marketing — that increased residence hall occupancy from 50 percent to full capacity.

In addition to her accomplishments on her home campuses, Adley is active nationally in her field. She is an accreditation evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Higher education institutions in Delaware, Alabama, North Carolina and Arkansas have retained her as a consultant on accreditation, strategic planning, enrollment management and organizational management.

She received her doctorate in urban higher education from Jackson State University in Mississippi. She began her career as a counselor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff after receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Jackson State and her master’s degree in counselor education from Iowa State University.

The Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Oswego, which Adley will oversee, encompasses Admissions, Financial Aid, Auxiliary Services, Residence Life and Housing, Student Conduct and Compliance, Walker Health Center and the Counseling Center, Campus Life, Athletics, Student Advisement, Orientation and Career Services.

Adley succeeds  Dr. Joseph Grant, who retired from SUNY Oswego in 2012.

Clavelli runs for Oswego Common Council in Nov. 5 election

ing for the Oswego City Council to represent the Fifth Ward.

He is a former Second Ward councilor.

“I’m very excited to begin the real work of my campaign,” Clavelli said. “I believe in open, honest and responsive government. By talking with our neighbors and gaining their insights and ideas, we can  work together to solve the issues facing our community.”

Clavelli plans to focus his campaign on quality-of-life issues and economic development. He also looks forward to having one-on-one conversations with fifth-ward residents.

Along with the Democratic party line, Clavelli also secured an Independent line, the Thankful Party.

This represents how he feels about all the wonderful opportunities that he has been afforded while living in the Oswego community.

He has received the unanimous endorsement of the Oswego City Democratic Committee.

Clavelli, a fourth-generation Oswegonian, served on the council from 1992-1994 and has been a member of the city zoning board of appeals for more than three years. He has worked at Nine Mile Point (Constellation) for 34 years and currently is foreman of his group.

He and his son Joe reside on Sunrise Drive.

Chapman runs for Fulton city council

Douglas Chapman is running for second ward councilor in the city of Fulton.

He calls himself a “candidate for the people” and is running on the Republican and Independence party lines.

Chapman said his main objectives in the campaign are reducing property taxes, job creation, repairing and upgrading infrastructure such as water lines, sewage lines, roads, sidewalks and curbs, revitalizing Lake Neatahwanta, updating street signs, making absentee landlords accountable for their properties and supporting the needs of the elderly and disabled.

“Fulton has a river and a lake, yet neither is being used to their full potential,” Chapman writes in a statement. “I want to revitalize Lake Neatahwanta by cleaning it out so all Fultonians can enjoy it once again.” He also said “I believe in creating neighborhood watch groups to help cut down on crime.”

Chapman is a member of the Fulton Community Revitalization Corp., the Lake Neatahwanta Revitalization Project and the city’s Republican Committee. He says he has worked on the Second War clean ups, has served as a Salvation Army Red Kettle bell ringer, worked on Lake Neatahwanta clean ups and has been a volunteer for the city of Fulton Parks and Recreation department.

Hannibal Republicans endorse candidates

The Hannibal Republican Committee is proud to present its candidates for the upcoming November election.

Legislator Terry M. Wilbur is endorsed for re-election to represent District 21 in the Oswego County Legislature. Wilbur currently serves as vice chairman of the legislature, and has four years experience as chair and member of various Oswego County committees.

Morris Sorbello, currently represents the 23rd district, a seat he has held for 14 years. Sorbello has served as past chairman of the legislature, and has earned the respect of his colleagues and constituents alike.

Sorbello is concerned about keeping jobs in the area and maintaining the quality of life for Oswego County residents.  Both legislators have strong ties to the agricultural community and support fiscal responsibility in government.

George Ritchie, a local businessman and life resident of Hannibal, expects to save the town money with his ability to drive trucks and plows and with his experience to repair equipment when elected to the position of Hannibal’s highway superintendent.

Ritchie has more than 25 years experience in the construction and contracting business, and holds a New York state CDL Class A Driver’s License.

Ritchie has more than 35 years experience as a heavy equipment operator and states that he will be “a hands-on superintendent who will work for the people”.

Randy Hendricks and Virginia Wilbur are endorsed to fill two seats on the Hannibal town council.

Hendricks, a grandfather and life resident, served four years on the town council and has retired from Frontier Communications and now has the time to dedicate to town issues.

Wilbur, an incumbent, has 18 years experience on the board, having served under two Hannibal town supervisors.

Both seats for Hannibal town justice will be filled this year.

Seeking re-election with strong support is Eugene Hafner, a dedicated public servant with 12 years experience on the bench.

Also supported in the September primaries is Jack S. Beckwith, Jr. who has an associate’s degree in criminal Justice from Cayuga Community College and judicial experience with Oswego County Youth Court. He serves on the Oswego Youth Court Advisory Board.

Both men pledge to maintain professionalism and decorum in the Hannibal town court.

Hannibal Democrats endorse candidates

At its regular committee meeting. the Hannibal Democratic Committee agreed to endorse a slate of candidates in this year’s election.

The committee is endorsing Michael Bukolt for legislator of the 21st District, Dan Mahaney for highway superintendent, Chris Soper for town councilor and Adam Labonoski for town Justice.

Michael Bukolt has 38 years experience in corporate sales management. He has  been the regional manager for the Northeast for major firms such as Polaris and Yamaha.

A veteran of the Air Force, he was the youngest noncommissioned officer in the  Air Force. He and his wife, Diana, raised three children here in Hannibal — Sarah, Amy and Zak are are all graduates of Hannibal High School.

He believes strongly in community service and in government accountability, which is why he is running for office. Fiscal accountability, government ethics and transparency are especially important to him. He believes the citizens deserve a choice on Election Day. He has been active member of his church, especially in youth ministry.

Mahaney is completing his fifth term as highway superintendent. A former town councilor and planning board member, Mahaney has been actively involved in many community activities.

Managing today’s highway department requires much more than mechanical knowledge. Mahaney is an experienced supervisor with extensive knowledge of maintenance, budgeting, state rules and regulations and emergency response and safety procedures.

He has computerized the department’s recordkeeping to improve efficiency and completed improvements to the town garage to protect our investment in buildings, equipment and safety.

He also was successful in working with the Department of State to obtain a grant for the purchase of equipment needed by the town. Working within the limits of the reduced budget approved by the town board to maintain results while working with a reduced staff is an ongoing challenge.

Labonoski has long had an interest in the field of justice. In addition to working full-time as a nurse at North Medical Center in Liverpool, he owns and operates Upstate NY Process Services, a legal process serving company that also buys and enforces judgments.

He is also working toward a bachelor’s degree in legal studies, which will provide a sound background for the position of town justice. He and his wife, Tiffany, and their three daughters live on County Route 3 in Hannibal.

Soper has worked for the town of Sterling highway department for seven years. A Hannibal High school graduate and Eagle Scout, Soper attended SUNY Delhi, majoring in horticulture, and now does landscaping and tree care.

He has also been a member of the Hannibal Town Planning Board for five years.  He wants to be a voice for the taxpayers, bringing their problems and concerns to a fair resolution. He also wants to give voters a choice on election day.

Candidates endorsed in Granby

Here are statements from some of the candidates endorsed in Granby for the Nov. 5 election:

Ed Williamson, supervisor: 

“As supervisor, I have been endorsed by the Granby Republican Committee, the Oswego County Conservative committee and will run on the Independent line as the ‘But Taxes’ party.

“At present, the property tax rate for the town is $2.46 per $1,000. This rate has decreased twice since 2008 giving our town the designation of having the second lowest tax rate in Oswego County.

“Keeping taxes low is a priority for my administration. One way I have been able to accomplish this task is by controlling expenses and reducing the town’s debt. Since 2008, our debt was reduced by $322,369, saving the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars in interest payments.

“I am committed to serving the residents in our town not only by keeping taxes low, but working to ensure our neighborhoods have safe, clean drinking water at an affordable rate. I feel that it is my job as supervisor to ensure we are providing the best services possible.

“It will be great appreciated if you take time to get out and vote Nov. 5. Your support in the past has allowed me to accomplish many tasks to better our town. Your continued support will allow me to work for the future of our great town.”

Eric “Bucky” Clothier, town council: 

“I will bring common sense to our town government operations and make sure that taxes are kept low.

“Today’s high federal, state and county taxes burden the people of the town of Granby and need to be lowered to a reasonable cost. I will listen to the residents and their concerns with water problems, take both sides with deep regard and come up with a solid solution.

“One of my concerns is providing good road access for both summer and winter and keeping our roads in good repair, ultimately saving money for the taxpayers.

“My views of common sense will keep out town taxes low and will continue to look for ways to reduce county state and all other taxes.”

Brenda Frazier-Hartle, town council: 

“I have lived in the town all my life and raised my family here. My mother was a poll watcher and for the last two years, so have I.

“My Uncle Willie Webb was a town councilman for many years. I was your assessor at one time, zoning enforcement officer and the clerk to the current supervisor Mr. Williamson.

“I have been in the banking field as well as bookkeeping positions. Having been involved in the different aspects of the town, I feel I have gained knowledge on the procedures needed to make intelligent decisions.

“I believe that everyone has certain rights to reside on their own property, but they also have to be considerate of their surroundings and neighbors.

“I am proud that the town has such low taxes (second lowest in the county) and wish the other entities would do better to watch spending, i.e. county, school and highway.

“I will work very hard to watch spending and waste within our town to continue to keep your taxes low.”

Morris Sorbello, county legislator:

Morris Sorbello has been endorsed by the Republican, Conservative and Granby First parties for another term as a county legislator.

Sorbello has served on the county legislature in many capacities, including serving as its chairman and on many committees. He now is vice chair of the health committee.

He also serves on the Oswego County Airport Advisory Committee, the Cody Fire Commission, the board for the Central New York Regional Planning group and on the Oswego Industrial Development Agency.

Two years ago, Sorbello received the Martin Rose Leadership and Economic Development award given by Operation Oswego County. He has been involved with job creation projects such as the Norvelis expansion.

Sorbello is the owner and operator of Sorbello and Sons, Inc., a family agricultural business located in Granby. The family has owned the business since 1942.

Along with budget and finance experience, Sorbello said he has firsthand knowledge of the needs of the farming community and the importance of agriculture in Oswego County. He has served as the director of the New York State Vegetable Growers Association.

Sorbello and his wife, Barbara, are the parents of Debbie, Dana and David, grandparents of 10 and great-grandparents of three.