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‘Navigators’ can help residents understand new health exchange

By Tracy Kinne

Sandy Todd-Wyman, 63, has eight weeks of unemployment benefits left. She hasn’t had health insurance coverage since March.

She won’t be eligible for Medicare until she turns 65.

She’s hoping the New York State of Health, the name chosen last week for the state’s health insurance exchange, can help her when it’s up and running Oct. 1, as required under the federal Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare.

Todd-Wyman, who lives in Oswego with her son, was among about 15 people who attended an informational session on the exchange at Oswego Hospital Thursday night.

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Council paves way for Pathfinder revamp

By Tracy Kinne

The Fulton city council Tuesday approved the privatization of the Fulton Housing Authority, a step that will allow the rehabilitation of Pathfinder Courts.

Before approving the change, the council sought reassurance that rents, which will increase because of the improvements, will remain affordable for residents.

The change will transfer management of the townhouses and senior citizen housing to a nonprofit.

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New York City youths enjoy summer in the country

By Tracy Kinne

There are a lot of bugs in the Fulton area, but the people, especially Kathy Froio, are very nice.

That’s according to Adara Johnson, 14, of Brooklyn, who has been spending part of every summer with Froio, whom she calls “Mimi,” for the past five years.

Johnson is among 30 New York City youths who arrived in Central New York last Friday evening for a 10-day stay with area families.

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Community comes closer for Jazz Fest

By Tracy Kinne

Jazz Fest brings the community together and draws people from other areas to enjoy what Fulton has to offer, said Beth Hilton, executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s a little hard to measure” the economic impact of the festival, because there isn’t an admission fee, she said, but “a lot of businesses do quite well.” Craft and food vendors gain exposure, she said.

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Revamp in the works for former Pathfinder Courts

By Tracy Kinne

Some of the homes at Gilbert’s Grove Apartments, formerly Pathfinder Courts, in Fulton date to 1967.

Those are the townhouse apartments. The senior citizen apartments date to 1973.

“Both buildings are showing their age — wear and tear,” said Bruce Levine, president of 3d Development Group, based in the Buffalo area. “They are both in need of modernization.”

Levine is working with Fulton Housing Authority, which oversees the 110-unit affordable housing complex off Emery Street, on a plan to rehabilitate the apartments.

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