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Safety is key at Leighton Elementary

Submitted by the Oswego school district

Communication between Frederick Leighton Elementary School students, bus drivers, crossing guards, teachers and staff is critical to a smooth running school.

So for the 11th straight year, school opened with a special event focused on safety.

“For the past 11 years we have held a meeting between bus drivers, crossing guards, school staff and children according to the buses they rode,” veteran teacher Mary Lisk said. “We have seen a substantial decline in bus referrals and it has really helped to build relationships and improve safety.”

Continuing she noted, “After a brief breakfast, which this year included not only bus drivers and cross guards, but members of our board of education, we moved to the gym for a school wide meeting. We are working on the character traits of ‘responsibility’ and ‘respect’ and focus on safety not only on the bus, but also for walkers.”

This program has proven to be a tremendous success. Not only are students focused on safety while in the bus, but other areas are also included in the meeting.

“We talk about self control, being kind, remaining in seats, keeping aisles clear, respecting the driver, use of proper language, courtesy,  sound level of voice and encouraging students to think of the bus as an extension of the classroom where all school rules apply,” Lisk said.

Meanwhile, for walkers, Lisk said, “We promote safety as we ask students to walk (not run)  at all times, show respect for the crossing guards, wait for the crossing guard to assist at the crosswalks, to leave school grounds immediately after school and to go home or to where your parents expect you to be and report issues.”

There is also a concentration on bullying.

“Bullying on the bus or walking will not be tolerated under any circumstance,” Lisk said. “We discussed this topic with the students. Children must report bullying that occurs to them or if they witness this being done to others.” She noted that currently school bus drivers are working together to combat bullying as part of a statewide program.

Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs honored

Recognizing Oswego County (ROC) is pleased to announce that the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, has been selected as September’s Community Champion.

Each month Recognizing Oswego County uses this recognition effort as a platform for emphasizing the wonderful work that is happening in Oswego County to promote the health and wellness of children, families and adults.

The theme for September was outdoor awareness and appreciation.

The Oswego County Federation of Sportmen’s Clubs is an organization that is comprised of representatives from membership sportsmen’s clubs throughout Oswego County.

It represents 22 sportmen’s clubs with more than 4,500 members. It has been promoting, enhancing, protecting, enjoying and educating about the outdoors since 1947.

According to Recognizing Oswego County officials, many people are not aware of the federation and what it does.

But, almost every person who fishes, hunts, traps, boats, canoes, cross-country skis, snowmobiles and bird watches has benefited from the work and dedication of the federation and its members.

The federation works with the state  Department of Environmental Conservation to help write, modify and adapt environmental laws and regulations which help protect the environment and its wildlife.

The federation believes in educating youth about the environment. It financially supports annually the following youth educational events: Conservation Field Days Envirothon, Oswego County 4-H Shooting Sports, Youth Fly-fishing Program, JAKES day and NYS DEC Environmental Education Summer Camps.

In addition, it raises money to help build handicap assessable fishing docks, hunting platforms and wildlife trails. The federation and its member clubs host fishing derbies, 3-D archery shoots and hunter education classes.

In her nominating letter, Linda Brosch, 4-H Team Coordinator for Cornell Cooperation of Oswego County, stated, “The Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs is dedicated to improving the hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, snowmobiling and all other outdoor recreation activities in Oswego County and New York state.

“Its members and member clubs are full of men, women and youth who are kind, generous and thoughtful. They do not hesitate to volunteer to help pass on the tradition of outdoor recreation and appreciation.”

Recognizing Oswego County is comprised of a cross section of Oswego County agencies and organizations who are working together to create healthier more positive communities.

To get involved with the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club, go to For more information on Recognizing Oswego County, contact Abby Jenkins, coordinator of the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego at 343-2344, ext. 21.

Check here to see who is running in the Nov. 5 election

Editor’s Note: The party abbreviations are as follows: D is Democrat; R is Republican, I is Independence; C is Conservative; G is Green; W is Working Families


Justice of the Supreme Court

James N. Romeo, D

Nancy Jean Larson, D

John v. Centra, R-C-I

Anthony J. Paris, R-C-I


County Treasurer

Fred C. Beardsley, R-C-I


County Legislature

District 1: Margaret A. Kastler, R-C-I

District 2: Milferd H. Potter, R-C-I

District 3: Shawn Patrick Doyle, R-C

District 4: David Holst, R-I

District 5: Roy Reehil, R; Ronald E. Sakonyi, C

District 6: John J. Martino, R-I

District 7: John E. Proud, R

District 8: Daniel LeClair, R-C-I

District 9: James Weatherup, R-I

District 10: Robert J. Hayes, R-I

District 11: Linda L. Lockwood, R-C

District 12: John W. Brandt, R-I; Richard P. Kline, C

District 13: Kevin L. Gardner, R

District 14: Stephen Walpole, R; Bradley T. Coe, C

District 15: Jacob a. Mulcahey, D-Other

District 16: Amy M. Tresidder, D

District 17: Shane Broadwell, R-C-I

District 18: Michael K. Kunzwiler, D, C

District 19: Marie C. Schadt, D-R-C

District 20: Douglas E. Malone, D-C-Other; Joseph Susino, R-I

District 21: Terry M. Wilbur, R-C-I; Michael P. Bukolt, Other

District 22: James Karasek, R-C

District 23: Morris Sorbello Jr., R-C-Other

District 24: Daniel T. Farfaglia, D-C

District 25: Frank Castiglia Jr., D-C-Other; Louella LeClair, R-I




Referendum 1: Adding another town justice to the town.

Referendum 2: Increasing the term of the supervisor from two to four years beginning Jan. 1, 2016.

Referendum 3: Increasing the term of the superintendent of highways from two to four years beginning Jan. 1, 2016.

Referendum 4: Increasing the term for the town clerk from two years to four years beginning Jan. 1, 2016.


Supervisor: David Aaron Walter, R; Carl E. Anson Jr., C-I

Town clerk: Valorie A. Rose, D; Amy J. Ford, R

Town justice: Howard L. Allen Jr., R

Councilman: (pick 2) Lonny L. Mattison, R; Randy L. Mattison, R; Nancy A. Sheeley, Other

Superintendent of highways: Charles Sperling, D-Other; Steven M. Cronk, R-C-I




Supervisor: Barry D. Leemann, R.I

Town clerk: Mary Ann Clark, D

Town justice: Elizabeth A. Dunham, D-R

Councilman: (pick 2) Susan D. Halbrittter, R; Bruce E. Stone, R-I; Lawrence c. Rayder, I

Assessor: Anne Miller, R; James L. Goldsberry, R

Tax collector: Regina Sampson, R

Superintendent of highways: John Perkins III, R-I




Supervisor: Ann M. Stacy, R; Charles Rose, C-I-Other

Town clerk:  Paulette Skinner, R-Other; Doreen Macklen, C-I-Other

Town justice: David W. Lathrop, R

Councilman: (pick 2) Jimmy J, Walker, R; Dale McNitt, R; James Macklen, Other

Tax collector: Shirley McNitt, R

Superintendent of highways: Michael J. Stacy, R




Supervisor: Charles R. Gilkey, R; Dale Mussen, C-Other

Town clerk: Clare D. Hayes, D-R-C

Councilman: (pick 2) Thomas J. Moran, R-C; Chad Whitney, R

Superintendent of highways: Wayne Woolridge, R-C




Supervisor: Edward A. Williamson, R-C-Other

Town clerk: Janet L. Ingersoll, D-C

Town justice (pick 2): Edwin B. Winkworth, D-R-C-W-I-G; Bruce R. Wells, R

Councilman: (pick 2) Michael G. French, D; Lynn M. Lyons, D; Eric A. Clothier, R-C-Other; Brenda L. Frazier-Hartle, R-C-Other



Supervisor: Ronald C. Greenleaf, C

Town justice: (pick 2) Adam L. Labonoski, D; Jack S. Beckwith Jr, R-C-Other; Eugene Hafner, R-C

Councilman: (pick 2) Christopher J. Soper, D-C; Virginia M. Wilbur, R-C-I; Randy J. Hendricks, R-I

Superintendent of highways: Daniel J. Mahaney, D-Other; George H. Ritchie, R-C-Other



Superivsor: Tony Bush, R-C-I

Town clerk: Shelley Bombardo, R-I

Town justice: Ronald Myers, R-I

Councilman: (pick 2) John Coleman, R-I; Leonard Rice, R-I

Superintendent of highways: Robert Clark, R-C-I; Linwood Woody Hall, Other




Town justice: (pick 1) Douglas B. Horton, R; Jon Moretti, C; Brian Todd Windey, Other

Councilman: Eric Behling, R




Supervisor: William C. Dodds III, D-Other

Town clerk: Jennifer A. Allen, D-R

Councilman: (pick 2) Shawn McCrae, D; John L. Familo, R-Other; Dominick A. Yacco, R-Other

Superintendent of highways: James r. Sharkey, D-Other; Keith J. Moody, R-Other




Supervisor: Russell E. Sturtz III, R

Town justice: Terry F. Searles, D

Councilman: (pick 2) Patricia A. Prosser, R; William Rombough, R




Supervisor: William G. Potter, R

Town clerk: Traci S. LaVeck, R

Councilman: (pick 2) Robert D. Crossett, R; Jeffrey Graham, R

Superintendent of highways: Douglas C. Henry, R-I-Other




Supervisor: Victoria M. Mullen, R-C-I

Town justice: (pick 2) Donald H. Dodd, R-C-I; Michael Sterio, R-C-I

Councilman: (pick 2) Tim DeSacia, R; Greg Herrmann, R




Superisor: Patricia A. Redhead, R

Town clerk: Jean M. Gulliver, R

Town justice: Edward N. Boisseau, R

Councilman: (pick 2) Thomas R. Hilton, R; Doris French, R-Other

Superintendent of highways: James Pettit, R




Referendum 1: Increasing the town clerk term from two years to four years.

Referendum 2: Increasing the supervisor term from two years to four years.

Referendum 3: Increasing the highway superintendent term from two years to four years.


Supervisor: Stephen J. Stelmashuck, D-C

Town clerk: Kelly I. Reader, D; Mary Ann Phillips, R-C-I

Town justice: Carl L. Dayger, D-R-C

Councilman: (pick 2) John E. Dunham, D-C; Carra P. Watson, D; Douglas E. Jordan, R-C

Tax collector: Mary L. Houghton, R

Superintendent of highways: David J. Reader, D-C; George R. Korthas, R-I




Supervisor: Tanya M. Yerdon, D-R

Town clerk: Susan C. Hough, D-R

Town justice: (pick 1) Ralph L. Fox, D; Dory A. Dumas, R

Councilman: (pick 2) James A. Cheney, D; Dora M. Hallock, D;  Erwin A. Webb, R

Tax collector: Sue A. Harlander, D-R

Superintendent of highways: Paul E. Pratt, D-R-Other




Supervisor: Daniel C. Krupke, R

Councilman: (pick 2) Donna M. Gilson, R; Sue E. Haynes, R




Referendum 1: Increasing the highway superintendent’s term from two years to four years.

Referendum 2: Increasing the town clerk’s term from two years to four years.

Referendum 3: Increasing the supervisor’s term from two year to four years.


Supervisor: Nancy L. Ridgeway, R

Town clerk: Tammy L. Miller, R

Town justice: Terry E. Crast, R

Councilman: (pick 2) John W. Wood Jr., R; Ruth E. Scheppard, R

Superintendent of highways: Michael C. Kastler Jr., R-C; Timothy S. Crast, Other




Mayor: Grant J. Rohrmoser, R-Other; Steven J. Washburn, Other

Trustee: Sharon L. Turo, R




Supervisor: Lynett M. Greco, D-R-C; Patrick J. Nugent, I

Town justice: Armen Nazarian, R

Councilman: (pick 2) Michael Lattimore, D; Stephen Hutchins, D-C-Other; Timothy J Dunnigan, R; Suzanne M. Duquette, R

Receiver of taxes: George W. Simons, R




Supervisor: Kenneth E. Burdick, R

Town clerk: Rebecca A. Lavery, R

Town justice: Kenneth H. Adkins, R

Councilman: (pick 2) Bradford Kennedy, R; Eileen L. Santoro, R; Kelly M. Lagoe, C

Assessor: Kerry L. Barnes, R

Superintendent of highways: Michael J. Barry, D; Roger S. Myers, R




Supervisor: Dennis Lockwood, R-C

Councilman: (pick 2) Gregory W. Hartranft, R-C; Kelvin K. Kio, R-C; Tax collector: Sandra L. Austin, R-C

Superintendent of highways: Roger A. Dunsmoor, R-C




Referendum 1: Increasing the town clerk’s term from two years to four years beginning Jan. 1, 2016.


Supervisor: John Messere, D-I-Other; Verno Sundet, R

Town clerk: Cortney A. Rhinehardt, R; Patrice M. Jock, Other

Town justice: Colleen A. Sullivan, R

Councilman: (pick 2) Gary L. Harrington, R; Michael Hickey, R; Debra A. Phillips, Other

Superintendent of highways:  Randall R. Shaw, R




Supervisor: John Chip Hamblin, R

Town clerk: Faith Ann Baker, R

Town justice: (pick 1) Ronald J. White, D; Michele M. Bull, R

Councilman: (pick 2) Jeffrey A. Hopkinson, D; Sharon J. Kellogg, D; Kimberly Ann Huntley, R; Susan Punch, R

Tax collector: Rosalie B. Platt, R

Superintendent of highways: Henry H. Allen, R




First ward councilor: Fran Enwright, D-Other; Brenda J. Rice, R-W-I-Other

Second ward councilor: Michael R. Myers, R

Third ward councilor: Robert E. Janey, D; Michael E. Todd, R-I

Fourth ward councilor: Shawn P. Walker, R-C

Fifth ward councilor: Frank Clavelli, D-Other; William Billy Barlow Jr., R-I

Sixth ward councilor: Eric Van Buren, D

Seventh ward councilor: Ronald T. Kaplewicz, R




City judge: David H. Hawthorne, R-I


First ward councilor: Ernesto Garcia, D; Thomas Kenyon, R-C

Second ward councilor: Daniel Knopp, D-Other; Douglas Chapman, R

Third ward councilor: Ryan M. Raponi, D-Other; Timothy Crandell, R

Fourth ward councilor: Ralph E. Stacy Jr., D-I; James R. Myers, R; Mark Sherman, C

Fifth ward councilor: Norman Jay Foster, R

Sixth ward councilor: Lawrence E. Macner, D

Insurance programs offered in Fulton

All uninsured residents of Oswego County can learn more about the New York Official Health Plan Marketplace at information sessions held this month by  Fidelis Care at the gazebo in Fulton Municipal Park.

Fidelis Care representatives will be at the gazebo in Fulton Municipal Park on South First Street from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in October to help eligible residents apply for enrollment.

Current Fidelis Care members may also receive assistance completing their annual recertification at this event.

Those unable to attend should contact Fidelis Care at (888) FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547) to make an appointment to meet with a Fidelis Care representative.

The New York State of Health Official Health Plan Marketplace was founded so all New Yorkers could have access to affordable, quality health insurance.

Bodley Bulletins — by Julia Ludington

Keep listening to the morning announcements, as the activities of the school year are in full swing!

It may seem early, but many clubs and organizations have begun fundraising for trips later in the year. The GRB Chorus and Symphonic and Concert Orchestras are heading to Boston this spring and are putting together numerous fundraisers to support their visit.

The items they are selling are quite useful and oftentimes delicious. Members are selling Music Money Cards, which are a sort of reusable coupon that gives you discounts to several restaurants and other forms of entertainment in the area. If you are a frequenter of any of these establishments, a card could save you a lot of money.

Additionally, the members are selling candy bars throughout the school day and have just begun taking orders for frozen pies. If you know anyone in either of these organizations, make sure to treat yourself to either of these to help support the cause.

The first National Honor Society meeting for current members went well, and the chapter is hoping to give back to the community more than ever this year.

Members now have to complete eight in-school community service hours, which will be mainly through tutoring, and four outside-of-school hours each semester. The second meeting will take place Oct. 21 after school.

The end of fall sports is also the last time some of our seniors will play on the home turf.

The boys’ soccer senior night was last Tuesday, and it was an extremely exciting matchup. The boys played Marcellus and won 1-0, with Derek Prosser scoring the loan goal. The win was definitely bittersweet, as the underclassmen said goodbye to 11 extremely talented and dedicated team members.

Another senior night takes place tomorrow for girl’s soccer. The girls take on Homer, with JV playing at 4:30 and varsity starting at 5. The night will consist of a tribute to the team’s six beloved leaders and exciting play. Please come support.

Speaking of seniors, don’t forget to submit by Nov. 5 the prom and baby pictures you would like to see in the yearbook. Additionally, if you will be using your own headshot instead of the one taken by the school, then those pictures need to be in by the same date. All pictures can be turned in to Mr. Senecal.

Nov. 5 is a date to mark on your calendars not only because of the photos are due, but because it is the date of the first GRB orchestra concert. Nov. 6 is the date of the first GRB band concert.

The November concert is always a nice prelude to what the groups will play for the rest of the year. I know both groups have been working hard on their pieces. Be sure to come and listen to our very own musicians!

Proposed Volney town budget for 2014 features slight tax increase

By Scott Allardice

The Volney town board discussed the town’s 2014 budget at its Tuesday afternoon meeting and the early version of the plan calls for a tax increase of 8 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The board’s proposal would raise the general fund tax rate 2 cents, from 72 to 74 cents per $1,000 and the highway fund’s tax rate by 6 cents, from $2.78 to $2.84 per $1,000.

General fund spending, budgeted at $736,741 this year, would increase to $743,750 in 2014. The bulk of the $7,000 increase would be used to cover pay increases of no more that 3 percent for town employees, including judges, clerks and secretaries.

The board had quickly dismissed requests for larger raises submitted by town employees, some as high as 16 percent.

“The employees of this town do a great job,” said Councilor Dave Canfield. “But if you’re asking for a 16 percent raise, you’re not living in the real world.”

The general fund also pays highway superintendent Roger Dunsmoor and the board is considering a 3 percent raise, from $50,000 per year to $51,500 per year.

The highway fund, budgeted at $1,118,650 this year, would increase to $1,128,050 in 2014. The $9,400 increase in spending pays for 2 percent raises for the town’s seven unionized highway

The town’s contract with the Volney Volunteer Fire Corp., which pays $319,640 this year and is the town’s second largest expense after the highway department, remains stable in the 2014 budget.

This year’s fire department tax rate is $1.05 per thousand and by contract renews at that rate. But while the tax rate remains the same, the tax revenue and payment to the fire department increases by just over $1,000 due to a small increase in assessed value in the town.

The total projected tax rate for Volney property owners in 2014 is $4.63 per $1,000, up from $4.55 this year.

The budget reviewed by the board Tuesday is expected to become the town’s tentative 2014 budget; that budget will first be the subject of a public hearing and then it is expected to be formally adopted at the Nov. 14 town board meeting.

Water district update

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the board heard an update on the MacDougall 6/45 water district construction from Bob Guminiak, from c2ae, the town’s engineering firm on the project.

Guminiak said more than 1,800 feet of pipe has ben installed and that “all the main line pipe should be installed before the end of next week.”

He said work is complete on Silk Road, County Route 45, east of Silk Road and Black Creek Road. The remaining water main work is on MacDougall Road, Mount Pleasant Road and county Route 6.

After attending a construction meeting earlier in the day, Guminiak said the contractors “expect to do all the hook-ups before winter,” connecting homes and businesses in the district to the water mains.

The meeting had a missing component, officials from the USDA’s office of Rural Development were unable to attend due to the federal government shutdown.




Learn tree pruning ideas at Great Bear program Oct. 26

A program titled “Renovational Pruning Demonstration of Apple Trees” is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Great Bear Springs Recreational Area.

In preparation for the upcoming pruning season, whether you have apple trees in need of care, or would just like to have your questions answered about pruning, arborist Fernando Araya can answer your questions and demonstrate renovational pruning of apple trees at Great Bear Springs.

Renovational pruning promotes proper growth and structural form for maintaining the best growth of fruit and maintenance of the tree.

Several of the pruning techniques can be applied to other fruit and landscaping trees. A highlight will be a discussion on wildlife habitat management for your apple trees.

Bring the family and enjoy the day at Great Bear. Along with the pruning instruction, a demonstration of making apple cider from Great Bear apples using a hand press will be given. Free cider and donuts will be available.

Afterwards, go for a fall hike on one of the many trails.

Up until the early 1980s, a thriving orchard business operated, selling apples, apple cider and other locally grown fruit. Today Great Bear is a non-motorized recreational area with a variety of trails through diverse wooded areas and the historic Oswego Canal tow path.

The demonstration will be near the parking and entrance area located adjacent to Route 57 and Hawthorne Road, 3.5 miles south of Fulton.

For a directional and trail map, go to:  Information, call 343-4565

Sponsored by the Fulton Public Library and Friends of Great Bear.

Girl Scout program helps ease college anxiety

By Ashley M. Casey

Ninth- and 10th-grade girls were treated to an inside look at college life at a ToGetHer There College Life workshop Oct. 11, hosted by the Girl Scouts at the Fulton campus of Cayuga Community College.

Students from G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton and John C. Birdlebough in Phoenix attended college-style classes, toured the CCC campus, took a career assessment and got to ask current college students about their experiences.

Judi Knowlton, community development manager for Girl Scouts NYPENN Pathways, the organization’s local branch, said the workshop was a good opportunity for the girls

“Their reaction has been positive, and I think they’re going to talk it up (for the next session),” Knowlton said.

“It just seemed really fun,” said GRB ninth grader Autumn Fuller, 14. “It gave us a better outlook on college and what it’s like.”

The students participated in classes led by CCC professors:

“You’re as awkward as you think,” Nathaniel Thomas, instructor of psychology

“Understanding the teenage brain,” also led by Thomas

Science demonstration, Joel Humphrey, associate professor of biology

“Body Image/Social Media,” Maureen Erickson, director of assessment and associate professor

“Some people are unsure about college, and going to a small community college is a good place to start,” said Miwa Burdic, 14, a ninth grader at GRB. She said she liked attending the classes to get a feel for what college would really be like.

Tattiana Pierce, 15, a 10th grader from Fulton, said that she liked learning about the many options college offers.

“I’m more pumped for college now,” she said.

Rachel LeVea, a 14-year-old ninth grader at GRB, said that her favorite part of the workshop was the Q&A with the student panel.

“It seems they have a lot of fun with college, even though it’s a lot of work,” she said.

“It’s not all work and no play,” added Mykenzie Finch, 15, a 10th grader at GRB.

Knowlton said that none of the participating students are currently Girl Scouts, but that a handful of them had participated in their younger years.