Category Archives: Featured Stories

Birdlebough athletes recognized at special banquet

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The Phoenix Central School District, in conjunction with the Phoenix Firebirds Sports Booster Club, honored athletes from the John C. Birdlebough Class of 2014 at the annual Senior Athlete Recognition Banquet.  Continue reading

Number of people at risk of homelessness on the rise

 COACH (County of Oswego Advocates Challenging Homelessness) committee members Doug Baldwin of Oswego County Department of Social Services and Kristin LaBarge of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) review results from the committee’s annual Point in Time survey.  A one- day count of homeless individuals in Oswego County, the Point in Time survey is a concise effort by area human service agencies to raise the awareness of homelessness and compile an approximate number of those who are homeless, or are housing vulnerable, in Oswego County.

COACH (County of Oswego Advocates Challenging Homelessness) committee members Doug Baldwin of Oswego County Department of Social Services and Kristin LaBarge of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) review results from the committee’s annual Point in Time survey. A one- day count of homeless individuals in Oswego County, the Point in Time survey is a concise effort by area human service agencies to raise the awareness of homelessness and compile an approximate number of those who are homeless, or are housing vulnerable, in Oswego County.

In an ongoing effort to combat homelessness in Oswego County, COACH (County of Oswego Advocates Challenging Homelessness), Oswego County’s Continuum of Care Committee, is closely reviewing the results of its annual Point in Time survey.   Continue reading

Oswego County worries about sales tax situation

By Debra J. Groom

For many years, Oswego County experienced steady growth in sales tax revenue.

This helped the county keep its tax rate low while still providing all the services residents have come to expect and enjoy.

But since the recession of 2008, things have changed. Sales tax revenue has become stagnant. Yes, the county is seeing more sales tax money each year, but not that much more. Continue reading

Holy Trinity Parish Family Fun Day

Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton, will have its annual Family Fun Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12. Friday will feature the sounds of “Brass Exchange” and Saturday night come out to hear the “Billionaires”. Chicken barbecue and barbecue ribs along with sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, and everyone’s favorite fried dough only make up a portion of the foods to be offered. Games of chance, children’s games, grocery booth and the ever-popular cake booth are only some of the things to keep attendees busy. On Saturday at 7 p.m. the parishioners will “Dunk the Pastor” as the Rev. John Canorro will be in the dunking booth. There will be drawing for baskets, money and 50/50s. Come and join the fun! Pictured from left, committee members Jim Feeney, Cara Allen, Joe Allen, Brenda Abelgore, Chris Williams, Tom Jones, Paul Campolieta, Rhonda Campolieta, Mary Elliot, the Rev. John Canorro, Heidi Buda, Tom Abelgore and Judy Young surround a grill that will be given away at the festival. Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea
Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton, will have its annual Family Fun Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12. Friday will feature the sounds of “Brass Exchange” and Saturday night come out to hear the “Billionaires”. Chicken barbecue and barbecue ribs along with sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, and everyone’s favorite fried dough only make up a portion of the foods to be offered. Games of chance, children’s games, grocery booth and the ever-popular cake booth are only some of the things to keep attendees busy. On Saturday at 7 p.m. the parishioners will “Dunk the Pastor” as the Rev. John Canorro will be in the dunking booth. There will be drawing for baskets, money and 50/50s. Come and join the fun! Pictured from left, committee members Jim Feeney, Cara Allen, Joe Allen, Brenda Abelgore, Chris Williams, Tom Jones, Paul Campolieta, Rhonda Campolieta, Mary Elliot, the Rev. John Canorro, Heidi Buda, Tom Abelgore and Judy Young surround a grill that will be given away at the festival.
Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

Be careful while cleaning up storm damage

News from the federal Labor Department:

Recovery work should not put you in the recovery room.

Recovery activity from yesterday’s storms can impact the safety and health of those performing cleanup and recovery activities.
The US Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has information to help workers and employers recognize and address the most common hazards (it’s good for the general public, too).
Some of the hazards associated with storm recovery work include:
  • Being struck by falling objects such as tree limbs and utility poles
  • Falls while working in aerial lifts or on ladders
  • Lacerations or amputations from unguarded or improperly operated chain saws and power tools
  • Heat exhaustion, heat stress, heat stroke
  • Dehydration
  • Electrocution due to downed power lines or downed objects in contact with power lines
  • Burns from fires caused by energized line contact or equipment failure
 More information on storm recovery work safeguards is available at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hurricane/recommendations.html.
Information about heat hazards and safeguards is available at www.osha.gov/heat.