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Lions Club “Roar With Laughter” fundraiser is Jan. 31

The Oswego Lions Club presents “Roar with Laughter” with headliner Moody McCarthy Friday, Jan. 31 at the American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., Oswego.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8.

“We continue a Lions Club tradition once again this year with a great night of laughs,” said Mike Henderson, Oswego Lions Club president. “This event has always been a popular fundraiser and we anticipate that this will be another great one.”

The event is a major fundraiser for the local service organization. This fundraiser helps to support ongoing programs and services throughout the Oswego community for the visually and hearing impaired.

Proceeds from past fundraising events have helped to support Camp Rainbow of Hope, Make a Wish Foundation, Oswego Salvation Army, the ER’s Children Fund at Oswego Hospital, Oswego Library Capital Campaign, The Children’s Hospital in Syracuse and Habitat for Humanity.

“The performances of McCarthy and his warm up comedian promise to bring the crowd a good hour of laughs,” said Chris Pelton, chair of the event.

Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event, or can be purchased prior to the show at Cakes Galore and More for $12.

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets or looking for more information about the show can contact Pelton at 343-1394, or visit the Lions Club Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oswegolionsclub.

CNY Arts Snow Day set for Jan. 18

CNY Arts Center’s third annual Snow Day is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 18.

This year the fun will take place downtown at the Community Room in City Hall and across the street at Veteran’s Park.

Family fun will include a snow sculpture contest, snow painting and snow themed games, a children’s carnival, art projects, entertainment and food. CNY Arts Center hopes to revive winter fun and create a new tradition for the community.

Organizers of the children’s carnival are gearing up for a day of fun with a snowman bean bag toss, face painting, ice fishing,  snowmen ring toss and more.

Children can build a marshmallow snowman, make beaded snowflakes, step into a snowman backdrop and have their picture taken, design their own snowflake and more in a day that promises to be as much fun indoors as outdoors.

Hearty snow lovers can register at the park for the Snow Sculpture contest by 11 a.m. and create any snow sculpture, creature or snowman. Some accessories will be available, or bring your own.

Creations will be judged at 1 p.m.

Food such a hot dogs, nachos and cheese, soup, chili, popcorn, cotton candy, doughnuts and plenty of hot chocolate will be offered. Carnival tickets are available at the door for a nominal fee and special coupons are available at the gallery for free game tickets.

The event goes on snow or no snow. For more information, visit www.cnyartscenter.com or call 592-3373 for details.

Fulton varsity hockey searches for first win

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity hockey team is still searching for its first win of the season.

However, Fulton enters 2014 playing its most competitive hockey of the season. On Dec. 19, Syracuse escaped with a hard fought win over the Red Raiders 5-4 while Auburn held off Fulton 2-1 on Dec. 30.

In the Syracuse game, Fulton had a 1-goal lead after the first period. The Red Raiders maintained a 1 goal lead at 3-2 following an evenly played second period.

Syracuse then stormed ahead during the third period, scoring 2 unanswered goals down the stretch to hold off Fulton.

Leading the way for Fulton were Matt Billion, Austin Forte, Stan Kubis and Kris Grow with a goal each. Trae Sheldon had 2 assists and Nick Meyer, Bryce Knight and Ryan Ross had an assist each. Goalie Brandon Ladd is credited with 41 saves.

In the Auburn game, the Red Raiders trailed by just a goal after a competitive first period. Fulton then answered back during the second period and the game was tied at 1 headed into the final period.

Auburn then scored a goal down the stretch to escape with a 2-1 win.

Fulton was led by Ryan Ross with a goal that was assisted by Cameron Clark. Goalie Landon VanAlstine saved 30 shots.

Oswego County clinic schedule announced

Submitted by Oswego County

The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including various health clinics.

Walk-in influenza clinics are held weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego for people age 19 and older. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.

Children’s flu vaccine is available from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday in Oswego, and from 9 to 11 a.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

The cost is $37 for the inactivated vaccine (the shot) and $43 for the flu-mist (nasal vaccine).

Patients with private insurance, Managed Medicaid, Managed Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare, and Medicare Part B should bring their benefit cards with them to the immunization clinic. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

The following services will be offered during the week of Jan. 6 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

** Adult Influenza Clinic: Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Pregnancy Testing: Free pregnancy testing is available. Call 349-3391 to schedule an appointment.

** Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Treatment Services: Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

** HIV Counseling and Testing Service:  Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

Immunization clinics are held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday at 70 Bunner St, Oswego, and from 9 to 11 a.m. the third Tuesday of every month from at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

For more information about public health services, contact the County Health Department, weekdays, phone 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547.

Valley Viewpoints

Taxes, raises up, services down 

Yes, taxes in the City of Fulton are now at a record breaking high of $19.66 per $1,000.

This should insure that we maintain our standing as one of, if not the number one most taxed city in New York state.

For those of you that are thinking “What would you have done different, Frank,” you missed my suggestions by not being at the meeting. They all included ways to save money and jobs without raising taxes.

They were also in the latest edition of the Oswego Valley News.

Yes you did read the heading correct: Raises are up. Not just negotiated raises but, also raises for department heads.

The union raises can’t be stopped, but in a time when the city is hurting and you are raising taxes, why in God’s good name would you raise salaries of your department heads?

That is on the same level as Wall Street giving out bonuses to CEOs with taxpayer bailout money.

Now about the services being down.

When asked how raises could be given out and we can’t afford to fix an electrical box to a pump station over in the third ward, the mayor acted like he didn’t know what I was talking about.

In fact, he had had meetings with the individual that brought it to their (mayor and Pete Franco) attention.

He also said “fixing it wouldn’t affect the general budget.” I said it was the fact that you are giving out raises but not fixing items that are broken.

Also the fact that bus service will be reduced, which hurts many of the users of the bus line.

Then there is the elimination of the storm sewer department and the elimination of a position at city hall.

Now the big one is the slow dissolving of the Fulton city library. (More funding) will more than likely be put on the school budget vote.

The elimination of the animal control officer was a big hit with some in attendance, but this is another service that will be farmed out (to Volney). How long will the wait time be when you have a skunk (4-legged ,not 2-legged) under your porch?

Blood pressures got a little high on the council Tuesday. The council president (Norman Foster) got a little upset when the first ward councilor voted “NO” on the budget.

This was a fine example of how city government really works. It’s either my way or the highway type of government.

Now in the meeting the first and third  ward councilors asked if there was any way the library could get their funding back.

Now I didn’t agree with the first ward councilor all the time, but I do feel that if he or any other person wants to vote “NO” on anything the council puts to a vote is something that many men lost their lives to insure.

I sure hope (but I feel it is) that this type of bullying isn’t what goes on behind closed doors in the executive sessions. The last time I checked you didn’t have to give a reason for voting the way you vote.

Councilor Foster did apologize for his verbal assault and he gave an explanation, but the damage was done and the true colors were already shown.

Frank Castiglia

Fulton

 

YAP thanks community

On behalf of the Youth Advocate Program of Oswego County, we would like to thank you for your partnership over the last 15+ years.

Thanks to your efforts and support, we made a difference in helping thousands of individuals and family members who needed it most.

Over the last two months, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and encouragement we have received from so many in all areas of the county.

Your belief and trust in what the Youth Advocate Program has provided families is humbling.

As we prepare to close our doors, we remain thankful for the opportunity to have been a part of this community, working with individuals and other services to be a catalyst for change in the lives of families experiencing difficult times.

 

Casey Lane

Regional Director

Stacie Roberts

Director, Oswego County

Heather Crofoot

Assistant Director, Oswego County

 

Resident loves restaurant

Hannibal has already been blessed this year with the opening of the new Hannibal Village Tavern.

In the past it was the Hannibal Hotel and was owned by Harold and Lucila O’Connor for many years. There were many events held there every year and dinners were served nightly.

It will always be a special place for me as my wedding reception was held there 53 years ago. After Harold’s passing, the hotel was sold again. It remained a restaurant for several more years.

Then it became a bar only.

This summer, Mike Kapuscinski bought the hotel. After much money, time, labor and frustration he put it back together again and wow, we now again have a place that Hannibal can be proud of.

I have dined there several times and enjoyed it. I spent New Year’s Eve there.

So do yourself a favor take your family and friends out to the new Hannibal Village Tavern.

Tell Mike I sent you.

Sandra Blanchard

Hannibal

AmeriCorps positions available in Oswego County

Submitted by Oswego County

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau will receive more than $128,000 in state money to support 20 new AmeriCorps positions in the area.

Brian Chetney, interim director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, said the money will support 20 new 900-hour AmeriCorps member positions to provide financial literacy and housing services in Oswego County.

Applications are being accepted for the positions. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or be working on a degree along with volunteer or work experience with the public.

Applicants should also possess leadership skills, be emotionally mature, and have an openness and awareness of diversity.

AmeriCorps members in 900-hour positions receive a living allowance of $6,527 paid in biweekly pay checks. At the end of their term of service, 900-hour members receive an education award of $2,775.

AmeriCorps members also can receive forbearance on qualified student loans.

The application can be downloaded at  http://oswegocounty.com/youth/application.pdf

For additional information on the current openings, call AmeriCorps program coordinator Kathy Andolina at the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, weekdays at 349-3451 or (800) 596-3200, extension 3451.

Chicken processing company moves into former Birds Eye plant

The familiar blue stripe of the former Birds Eye plant has gone red for K&N's Foods, the plant's new occupant. Valley News photo by Ashley M. Casey
The familiar blue stripe of the former Birds Eye plant has gone red for K&N’s Foods, the plant’s new occupant.
Valley News photo by Ashley M. Casey

By Ashley M. Casey

Pakistan-based poultry processing company K&N’s Foods USA, LLC, has settled into the former Birds Eye Foods plant. The company kicked off its new residence in Fulton with an inauguration ceremony Jan. 3. The plant, which Birds Eye vacated in December 2011, is located at 607 Phillips St. in Fulton.

The new plant is expected to add 183 jobs to the city over a course of three years. Although production will not begin for another two months or so, K&N’s has already employed 44 people in Fulton, 35 percent of whom are former Birds Eye employees.

K&N’s will receive about $1 million in Excelsior tax credits from New York state in exchange for its promise to create jobs.

“If we succeed, it means economic development (for Fulton),” said Khalil Sattar, founder and chairman of K&N’s Foods.

Founded in 1964, K&N’s produces halal chicken products such as chicken nuggets and kebabs. “Halal” is an Arabic term that refers to food prepared under Muslim dietary standards, which prohibit pork and alcohol and require certain methods of slaughtering an animal for meat.

Look for the rest of this story in the Wednesday, Jan. 8, edition of The Valley News.

Phoenix receives state grant for State Street Improvement Project

The Village of Phoenix has been awarded $187,071.00 from the state for the State Street Improvement Project.

The money is from the state Homes and Community Renewal’s Office of Community Renewal (New York Main Street Program). The New York Main Street Program is one of the 26 programs across 13 state agencies that was part of the 2013 Consolidated Funding Application.

In December 2013, $750 million in economic development funding was announced and will provide resources for projects focused on community development, job creation, water revitalization, energy and environmental improvements, sustainability and low-cost financing.

The State Street Improvement Project in Phoenix involves the renovation and rehabilitation of eight mixed-use properties, in addition to streetscape enhancements for residents and visitors and a canal-side signage program.

The project will serve to jumpstart continued economic investment, community revitalization and promotion of tourism and recreation in the village.

Since 2007, the village of Phoenix has received almost $800,000 in state and federal grants for community development, recreation, tourism and public safety-related projects.

Phoenix also has been the recipient of more than $6.5 million in grants and zero-interest loans for repairs and upgrades to the sanitary sewer system.

“The Village of Phoenix is very excited to receive another grant for the restoration of key properties along State Street,” said Mayor Anthony Fratto.

“The tremendous improvements that have already been made, in addition to those included in the State Street Improvement Project, would not be possible without the participation of local business and property owners,” he said. “I am grateful for this partnership and look forward to our continued success for the benefit of our community.”