All posts by Debbie Groom

Transfer station issue heats up in Oswego County

By Debra J. Groom

Oswego County residents have been calling their county legislators in the last week since they discovered the county is looking at the possibility of closing four of five transfer stations at the end of 2015.

Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner, R-New Haven, said some people are misinformed on what the legislature is actually doing. Continue reading

AmeriCorps applications due now

Submitted by Oswego County

Oswego County AmeriCorps is accepting applications for summer positions. 

AmeriCorps is a national service program. Locally, Oswego County AmeriCorps members provide fitness and nutrition activities for youth as well as manage volunteers who work with youth.   

“Members learn valuable skills while receiving a living allowance and earning an education award,” said Kathy Andolina, Oswego County AmeriCorps program coordinator. 

Oswego County AmeriCorps is accepting applications for 300-hour summer positions. Applicants must be 17 years of age. There is no upper age limit. 

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED or be in the process of receiving one, and should have some experience working with youth. 

For a 300-hour summer AmeriCorps position, members receive a living allowance of $2,113. They also receive an education award of $1,175 at the end of their term of service. This can be used for tuition or student loans at qualified institutions.  Continue reading

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

By Julia Ludington

The student body here at G. Ray Bodley has thought up a creative addition to our busy mornings.

Students have collaborated on a project called “GRB News.” Each morning during Guided Study Hall, a video clip is shown featuring events going on at the high school, the weather, and sports among many other topics.

The students have done a great job so far, as last week was the first round of showings. GRB News also has its very own Twitter page with announcements, and can be found at @GRBNews. Check it out! Continue reading

View from the Assembly

By state Assemblyman Will Barclay

I receive a lot of questions about how schools are funded and how that money is spent. 

There is good reason for these questions because a lot of money is involved.  State aid to schools comprises $21.8 billion — roughly 24 percent — of our $92.3 billion state operating budget. 

In addition, it is estimated local school taxes raised about $20.3 billion in 2013. The New York state lottery also funds education and provided $3.04 billion in 2012, according to the latest data available. 

This amount represents all of the proceeds received by the lottery after paying prizes and administrative costs. Continue reading

Deadline extended for business surveys

New York Sea Grant and SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations have extended the deadline for returning the 2014 Business Retention and Expansion surveys to May 30, 2014.

Any recreation or tourism-related business owner who would like to participate may request a printed survey or the electronic survey link from New York Sea Grant at 312-3042.

The surveys are the first step in evaluating the business climate in Oswego County to assist existing businesses and businesses interested in expanding within the county.

“Existing businesses create up to 86 percent of all new jobs, so it’s important to examine the needs of those locally-owned businesses already committed to Oswego County,” said Mary Penney, coastal community development specialist for New York Sea Grant.

The Oswego County Recreation and Tourism Business Retention and Expansion Task Force includes representatives from diverse segments of the economy, including business, government, tourism and planning. The group focused on professional development, promotion and customer demographics to develop the survey.

Survey data will be tabulated and examined for ways to assist Oswego County recreation and tourism businesses  with operations and potential expansion plans.

Task force members represent Fort Brewerton/Greater Oneida Lake Chamber of Commerce, state Department of Environmental Conservation, state Tug Hill Commission, Operation Oswego County,  Oswego County Promotion and Tourism, New York Sea Grant and the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Public Relations.

Brayden E. Raymond, infant

Brayden A. Raymond, infant son of Angel Dingman and Jesse Raymond, passed away Wednesday May 7 at Oswego Hospital.

Besides his parents, Brayden is survived by his maternal grandparents, Maxine Hines and Scotty Dingman, Sr.; paternal grandparents, Viola and Chester Raymond; maternal great-grandparents; Yvonne and Jerry Fredette; paternal great-grandparents, Helen and Charles Raymond; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A calling hour was held Monday with a service following at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Shirley A. McGinley, made fabulous homemade doughnuts and mac and cheese

Shirley A. McGinley, 81, of Fulton, passed away Thursday, May 8 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

A native of Palermo, she was a life resident of the Fulton-Hannibal area. Shirley had worked as a home health aide for Pontiac Nursing Home in Oswego and in private duty health care.

She loved to cook and bake and was well known for her homemade donughuts and mac & cheese.

Shirley was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed country music, crocheting and ceramics.

She was predeceased by two daughters, Veronica McGinley and Gloria Donahue; a grandson, Larry McGinley; parents, Arlo and Faith Deyo; a brother, Ronald Deyo; companion, Carl VanLinder and former husband, Frederick McGinley.

Surviving are her children, Audrey (Tom) Reynolds of Au Sable Forks, Thomas (Miss Billie Sanders) McGinley of Sterling, Jenninge Berrus of Hannibal, Robert (Kathy) McGinley of Sterling, Roberta (Raymond Moody) McGinley of Savannah, Colleen (Doug) Trautlof of Tacoma, WA and Karen (Scott Simpkins) Lange of Hannibal; 24 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brother, Gerald Deyo of OK; sisters, Pat LaPointe of FL, Marge Altman of SC and Elaine Cary of Jamesville; son-in-law, Duane Donahue of Fulton; many nieces and nephews as well as her friends at the Mill Apartments in Fulton.

Calling hours are from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 (today) at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services immediately following at 2 p.m.

Burial will be at Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to a favorite charity.