All posts by Debbie Groom

Afterschool programs coming back to Fulton, Hannibal

By Debra J. Groom

Oswego County Opportunities will bring back afterschool programs at Fulton Junior High and Kenney Middle School in Hannibal thanks to money from the state.

State officials announced Friday $10.9 million in new grants for 68 Advantage After School Programs across New York state. OCO is receiving $220,000 to provide an afterschool program at the two schools.

According to a news release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, the Advantage After School Programs provide thousands of school-age children with youth development opportunities for three hours at the end of each school day.  Continue reading

Phoenix kids learn bicycle safety


On June 27, preschool and school-age students at Discovery Day Care in Phoenix learned about bike safety. 

Billie Brady Crandall from the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board talked to the students about the importance of wearing a helmet to protect their brain.

In the photo directly above, Crandall is shown putting the bike helmet on Trenton Hoyt to demonstrate the correct way to wear the bike helmet. She also went over the road signs and what they mean. She explained that not only do drivers of vehicles have to abide to the traffic rules, so do bicyclists. Continue reading

Coleman endorsed by Democrats for Family Court judge


Oswego lawyer Lou Anne Rucynski Coleman is running for Oswego County Family Court Judge and has been endorsed by the Oswego County Democratic Committee.

Coleman represents and advocates for children, parents and grandparents in Family Court. With more than 14 years of legal experience, she has proven her integrity and commitment to Oswego County families.

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Harold J. McCarthy, loved gardening, hunting and fishing

Harold J. McCarthy, 77, of Fulton, died Tuesday July 22, 2014 peacefully at home with his wife at his side.

Mr. McCarthy was born in Fulton, the son of the late Ted and Marian (Reeves) McCarthy.

He was a retired mechanic from International Harvester and Oswego Wire.

Mr. McCarthy enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Valarie (Connelly) McCarthy; his children Allison Raum, Harold J. McCarthy Jr., Jonathan McCarthy all of Oswego; four grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Burial was held privately.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

State Senate Report

By state Sen. Patricia Ritchie

Whether it’s on the mighty St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Sandy Pond, or any of the other many bodies of water that dot our region, there’s not much that’s better than casting your line on a summer day.

Not only is fishing a way of life here in Central and Northern New York, it’s also a major economic driver; helping to reel in $1.8 billion annually for our state.

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Beach at David C. Webb Memorial Park on Oneida Lake closed

The David C. Webb Memorial Park Bathing Beach on Oneida Lake in the town of Constantia has been closed to swimming due to the presence of a blue-green algae bloom.

The beach will remain closed until the blooms have cleared and the health department approves its re-opening. Contantia’s Children’s Summer Recreation Program will continue to operate in the park; however, swim activities have been suspended until further notice.

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