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Castiglia, LeClair face off for 25th district county legislature seat

Incumbent Louella LeClair and Frank Castiglia Jr. are seeking the two-year seat on the Oswego County Legislature representing District 25.

LeClair is on the Republican and Independence lines and Castiglia is on the Democratic, Conservative and Other (local party) line.

The legislator position pays $12,345 in 2013.

Here is some biographical information on each candidate and their answers to one question about the county.

Frank Castiglia

Age: 66

Address : 372 S.7th St., Fulton

How long in 25th District: Don’t know how long in the 25th district has been in place, but I’ve lived here for 25 years

How long in Fulton: 56 years

Education: Bachelor of science in business education

Occupations: Mid-80s worked for Stratford Business School in Syracuse, working my way from business teacher to placement director to program coordinator and finally director of education. Then went to UTC (Carrier Corp) in Syracuse, starting out as a production supervisor and retiring as a material control  supervisor. I am now semi-retired  working for the Fulton City School District as a special needs bus driver.

Elected Jobs: None

Community Service: I am a Third Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus; volunteer at Holy Trinity Parish Bingo on Friday. nights. I also usher at the 8:30 Mass on Sunday.

What is the biggest problem facing Oswego County and how would you solve it?

One of the problems  I see at the county level is the lack of cooperation between the cities, towns, villages and the county, with the use of resources and the lack of inter-municipal agreements between governing bodies that could save taxpayers money.

If I’m elected it will be by the taxpayers in the 25th district in the City of Fulton, not Oswego County. Therefore I will make sure the money the taxpayers send  to the Oswego County treasurer is being used resourcefully and not wasted.

I will make sure I do everything possible to keep Oswego County taxpayers money in Oswego County. I will also work very hard to put into effect a program that will require all people receiving financial or aid provided by the government to undergo drug testing (at the state’s expense) and also have an attendance requirement for their school-age children. I feel that education is the key to reducing their dependence on government financial aid.

I feel that fixing the big problems facing Oswego County can and must be fixed at the Senate (Sen. Patty Richie) and assembly (Assemblyman William Barclay) level. We at the legislature level can only ask for their help.

For far too long the taxpayers in the 25th district have been lacking representation in the county. They need and deserve a public servant, not a politician.

Louella LeClair

Age: 66

Address:  509 Pratt St., Fulton

How long have you lived in the 25th district? How long in Fulton? I purchased my home in 1984  I was born and raised in Fulton’s 25th district

Education: Graduated from Fulton High School Class of 1964.  Attended Rochester Business Institute.  Recently graduated from New York State Association of Counties Dennis Pellitier Institute in conjunction with Cornell University

Occupations:  I have worked my entire career in advertising sales.  I have worked in both print and online sales

Elected positions and how long at each:  Oswego County Legislator first elected in November 2009

Community service: Cub Scout leader, Girl Scout leader, former member and founder of  Fulton’s Women of the Moose, worked on all fundraisers of Fulton’s DAV (Disables American Veterans). vice president and former member of Theta Sigma Chi (women’s sorority dedicated to raising money for community service), Connection (day-long symposium dedicated to women issues at SUNY Oswego), board member Central NY Regional Planning, board member Fulton Housing, TAC ( Oswego County Tourism Advisory Council),  Cornell Cooperative Extension ex-officio board member, Operation Oswego County, member Trinity Parish and taught church school at Holy Family, Eucharistic minister, former communications director for Immaculate Conception Church, bazaar and festival worker, greeter and store worker Golder Son.

What is the biggest problem facing Oswego County and how would you solve it? 

One main problem facing our county is unfunded mandates from New York state.

As a member of the New York State Association of Counties, collectively we have worked with other counties to push for legislation to alleviate or lower these mandates.

This alone will lower taxes, attract business and make Oswego County a more desirable place to live.

Jobs will always be a priority. Working with local agencies (Operation Oswego County and Regional Planning) helping to bring and expand local business.  Tourism and Agribusiness has brought many jobs to Oswego County.

I encourage entrepreneurship and always look for ways to cut red tape.

Area restaurants help Oswego County Hospice

In recognition of National Hospice Month in November, four Oswego County restaurants are joining with the Friends of Oswego County Hospice to support the Hospice Program in Oswego County.

Canale’s, The Blue Moon Grill, Arena’s Eis House, and Ruby Tuesday in Oswego will all be donating a portion of one day’s sale to the Friends of  Oswego County Hospice.

“We are grateful to all of these restaurants for supporting Hospice again this year,” said Debbie Bishop, executive director of the Friends of Hospice.

Blue Moon will kick off these “Hospice-tality Days” on Monday, Nov. 4 during lunch and dinner. Canale’s is the host for lunch and dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Ruby Tuesday will host lunch and dinner Thursday, Nov. 14. Arena’s Eis House is hosting on Nov. 19 during dinner. All of the events are dine in or take out.

Canale’s and Ruby Tuesday require a coupon be presented at their events. Call the Friends of Hospice office at 343-5223 or email to get your coupon.

Money raised through the “Hospice-tality Day” events support Oswego County Hospice patients and their families.

News in brief

The Friends of History In Fulton, N. Y., Inc. will hold its fifth annual Celebrations Evening at the Fulton Polish Home at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.

The Fulton Community Band will entertain and the fifth presentation of the Elma J Smith award will be made to Fulton Savings Bank.

The award is presented to an individual, organization or business that makes distinguished and long-term contributions to Fulton history in one or more of the following areas: public education, writing, research, exhibits, historic preservation, promotion of Fulton’s history, service to the museum or philanthropy.

Past recipients of the award are Glenn W, Clark, Marian M. Stanton, Fulton Polish Home, Carrie R. Butler, Rosemary K. Cook and Alec Seymour.

GB Catering will cater the dinner, which will feature Italian foods. There will be 50/50 drawings and gift basket and lottery raffles throughout the evening.

Call the Friends of History at 598-4616 for reservations.


The Veterans Day ceremony in Fulton is planned for 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at Veterans Park across from Fulton City Hall.

Veterans will be honored for their sacrifices and service to the United States. Refreshments will be served prior to the ceremony in City Hall.

After the ceremony, there will be a luncheon at the Fulton Elks Lodge, 57 Pierce Drive.


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County will be holding a class on Draft Dodgers from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the extension office in Mexico.

These homemade draft dodgers will help keep indoor temperatures up and fuel bills down.

They are simply fashioned from knit fabric, and filled with rice, which makes them pliable enough to tuck tightly into nooks and corners. This hands-on program is open to all, an adult must accompany youth.

Participants will need to bring imagination and minimum crafting and sewing skills. Your $8 registration fee includes your pattern and supplies.

Pre–registration is required by Friday, Nov. 8. by calling Cooperative Extension of Oswego County at 963-7286, Ext 302.


State Sen. Patricia Ricthie, R-Oswegatchie, is calling on state Education Commissioner John King to host  a “Common Core” community meeting in the Northern and Central New York region.

The commissioner recently resumed community meetings focused on hearing the concerns parents and educators have with the Common Core curriculum across the state — with no stops in Oswego, Jefferson or St. Lawrence Counties.

“I’m urging the commissioner not to overlook the concerns of parents and educators in Northern and Central New York and to add another session here so they will have the opportunity to speak up, just as others across the state have,” Ritchie said.


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is putting on its 5th Annual Oswego County Holiday Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 as part of the “Christmas in Mexico” festivities.

The community is encouraged to visit the market at the Mexico VFW and find great holiday gifts, decorations and food from local farmers. There is no better way to support the local economy than buying local.

In addition to finding these local goods, customers have the opportunity to speak directly with the agricultural producers present at the market.

For more information. call Lynnette Wright at 963-7286 ext 203 or visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County website at

Salvation Army Kettle Drive kicks off Nov. 15

The Oswego County Salvation Army will be kicking off its Red Kettle fundraising campaign Friday, Nov. 15.

The bells will be ringing Monday through Saturday until Dec. 24. The goal this year is $110,000.

There is an ever increasing need in our county for the services provided by the Salvation Army. The success of the campaign depends upon you.

Volunteers are needed to ring the bell.  Groups, organizations and individual volunteers can call 207-3367 or email oswegocountysalarmy@ to get scheduled at one of the many locations throughout the county.

Oswego Health to X-ray Halloween candy

Area ghosts, goblins and action figures can have their candy x-rayed on Halloween night by Oswego Health medical imaging personnel.

Three Oswego Health locations will be x-raying candy this year. Parents can bring their children to Oswego Hospital’s imaging department from 6 to 9 p.m. Please enter the main hospital doors off South Sixth Street and proceed to the medical imaging department, which is located just off the lobby.

Candy can also be x-rayed at both the Central Square and Fulton Medical Centers from 5 to 8 p.m. Parents using one of these facilities should enter the department through the urgent care center. The Central Square site is located at 3045 East Avenue in the village and the Fulton location is at 510 S. First St. in Fulton.

New York State Field Band Conference championship results

Three Oswego County field band are competing Sunday in the New York State Field Band State Championships.

So far, Phoenix has placed third(score of 80.45)  in the Small School 2 class and Central Square had come in sixth (score 82.85)  in the Large School 2 class.

We are still waiting for results from the Small School 1 class, which features Oswego.


UPDATE: Oswego came in fourth in Small School 1 class with a score of 85.15.

News in brief

A parking ban takes effect for the City of Fulton Nov. 1.

The city ordinance prohibits the parking of any motor vehicle in/on any city street or city parking lot from 1:30 to 5:30 a.m. from Nov. 1 to April 1.

The penalty for a violation of the all night parking ban is $15. Unpaid fines double every ten days. Vehicles may also be towed.


The Fulton Alliance Church invites  children in the community to the annual trunk and treat from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

It is a safe environment where children are able to walk to multiple car trunks collecting candy. For this or other events please call 593-6842 x103.

The church is located at 1044 State Route 48, 1/2 mi. south of the city line.


Oswego Trinity United Methodist Church at 45 E. Utica St. will host a free will dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday Nov. 3.

The menu includes roast turkey with all the trimmings,  dessert and beverage. We will be back in the downstairs level again.

As usual, donations accepted, but never expected.

For questions please contact the church office at 343-1715.


SUNY Oswego’s residence halls will provide “Safe Trick or Treat” for children in sixth grade or under accompanied by an adult, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.

Families can look for balloons outside participating residence halls.

Children also can take part in a variety of Halloween games and activities that day from noon to 3 p.m. in the Campus Center.

Admission is two cans or boxed food donations per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The SUNY Oswego chapter of Vega, the women’s honor society for juniors and seniors, sponsors the safe-Halloween events in cooperation with the Office of Residence Life and Housing.

For more information, call 312-2246 or email


An informational meeting for people interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents is set for 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 5 at the Oswego County Department of Social Services office, 100 spring St., Mexico.

Oswego County also needs Hispanic foster parents. El Condado de Oswego necesita padres de crianza hispanos!

The Department of Social Services is looking for people who would like to become foster parents, particularly for children ages 8 and up who may have special needs for supervision. All children available for adoption through DSS have been in foster care for a period of time. The children are typically ages 10 and older and have special needs.

Attendance at the Nov. 5 informational meeting is required to enroll in the 10-week preparation program. Single and two-parent families may apply to foster or adopt. Both parents in a two-parent household must attend the training.

For more information, call Lois O’Connor at 963-5018 or Patricia Pennock at 963-5382 or e-mail


The All Saints Episcopal Church Tuesday Night Free Community Dinners have posted menus for November.

Meals are served 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 5: pulled pork sandwich, veggie and tater tots

Nov. 12: spaghetti and meatballs, salad and bread

Nov. 19: turkey dinner with all the trimmings

Nov. 26: frittata, salad and fruit


The Palermo United Methodist Church will hosting its chicken and biscuit dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 in the church dining room.

This will be the last dinner for the fall season. A family-style, all-you-can-eat dinner will include chicken and gravy, biscuits, mashed potatoes, salad, vegetable, dessert and beverage.

Takeout dinners are available and can be reserved by calling 598-4888.

The church is located on County Route 35 just off of State Route 3 in Palermo, just north of Palermo Center.


The Raymond-Faulkner-Cook American Legion Post 858 in Cleveland is putting on a “Thirty-One Bingo for Clear Path” event from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at the post.

Admission is $5, which covers the cost of hors d’oeuvres.

Thirty-One consultant Nicole Alman will host the event, which includes guests playing Bingo to win Thirty-One prizes.

Thirty-One is a company specializing in women’s totes, purses, thermal bags, stationery and accessories. The items are of high quality and can be returned within 90 days of purchase if unsatisfied unless the item is personalized.

Go to to learn more about Thirty-One and see their products.

Alman will have catalogs and order forms available at the event and 50 percent of her commission will be donated to Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango, an organization dedicated to helping military veterans and their families restore, reconnect and transition into their communities.

Questions about Thirty-One or the event may be directed to Alman at 657-8906.





The Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville, will have a roast pork and dressing dinner at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.

The menu will consist of roast pork, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, beans, coleslaw, rolls and butter.  You may choose from a wide selection of homemade pies and other desserts. Coffee, tea, cool aid and water will also be available.

Music will be provided while you wait to be seated.  The ladies from the church also have a variety of crafts and goodies for sale.  There is a large supply of used books available at reasonable prices.


The Lamson Grange #588 will feature its all-you-can-eat Belgian waffle breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at the grange on Fenner Road, Lysander.

The menu features made-to-order waffles with mixed berry topping, eggs, bacon, sausage, white and wheat toast, English muffins, jam, cereals, whipped topping, juice, coffee, tea and milk.


The Oswego County Legislature recently honored Barry Leemann for his many accomplishments during his tenure as Chairman of the Legislature.

Leemann created the county’s “Green Team” which has had a significant environmental and financial impact on Oswego County as a community and as a business. As a result, the county has reduced energy costs by more than $150,000 to date and has helped avoid the production of almost 630 tons of greenhouse gasses.


The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York state, has named state Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-Oswegatchie, a 2013 “Eco-Star” for her work on environmental initiatives in Albany.

The Eco-Star award is presented to those elected leaders who authored critical legislation, lobbied their colleagues and helped broker bipartisan, bicameral solutions to New York’s many environmental and energy challenges. State Senator Patty Ritchie, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, sponsored the Food Metrics Bill to strengthen New York’s local food economy.

In addition to authoring the Senate version of the bill, Ritchie played a pivotal role in negotiating a consensus version with the Assembly and then lobbied her colleagues to ensure final passage.

The Food Metrics Bill will require state agencies to establish a food procurement tracking system, enabling New York to understand how its food dollars are spent and unlocking the potential of state dollars to achieve multiple economic goals, including supporting upstate farms and food production.


The Alzheimer’s Association Central New York Chapter is presenting the Foundations of Dementia Care, a series of nine modules over four sessions, to professional caregivers in Central New York.

They are being offered: 8 a.m. Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27, at SUNY Oswego Metro Center, 2 Clinton Square, Syracuse; and 8:30 a.m., May 21 and 28, and June 4 and 11, 2014, at the Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning In Retirement, SUNYIT Campus Center, 100 Seymour Road.

Modules include: About Dementia, Enhancing Mealtime, Improving Communications, Making Connections, Promoting Restraint-Free Care, Reducing Pain, Reducing Risk of Falls, Understanding Behavior, and Understanding Wandering. Modules are grouped into sessions of three to four hours in length.

Registration is $75 per person per session or $200 per person for the entire series, and can be completed online at or by phone at 472-4201 ext. 108 for Syracuse or 617-4025 ext 108 for Utica.



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