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OCO Nutrition Services celebrates 40th birthday

OCO Nutrition Services celebrates its 40th anniversary.    Pictured above, are staff members looking back at 40 years of memories and photos.  Seated from left are: Bridget Dolbear, program coordinator for OCO Senor Nutrition Services, and Amy Roland, director, OCO Nutrition Services.  Standing from left are: Lori Halstead, food service coordinator; and Christine Parks, support services manager.
OCO Nutrition Services celebrates its 40th anniversary. Pictured above, are staff members looking back at 40 years of memories and photos. Seated from left are: Bridget Dolbear, program coordinator for OCO Senor Nutrition Services, and Amy Roland, director, OCO Nutrition Services. Standing from left are: Lori Halstead, food service coordinator; and Christine Parks, support services manager.

When Congress enacted the Older Americans Act to address the social services needs of older people, it was seen as a major vehicle for promoting the delivery of social services to seniors.

Its mission was to help older people maintain maximum independence in their homes and communities and to promote a continuum of care for the vulnerable elderly.

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Volunteers needed for O’Mara Welcome Center in Oswego

Friday volunteers at the O’Mara Welcome Center:  Gloria Jaskula and Nancy Baumann on the front steps of the one room schoolhouse.
Friday volunteers at the O’Mara Welcome Center: Gloria Jaskula and Nancy Baumann on the front steps of the one room schoolhouse.

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is looking for more volunteers to staff the O’Mara Welcome Center on Route 104 in Oswego.

RSVP, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, partners with the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce to staff the O’Mara Welcome Center.

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County to apply for grant money to build Internet network

By Debra J. Groom

Oswego County will apply for grant money to help build a high-speed fiber Internet network in the county.

The county Legislature passed a resolution at its June 12 meeting to move forward seeking money from the Northern Border Regional Commission, which offers assistance for this type of project. Continue reading

Human remains found in car identified as Carol Wood

The remains found in a car removed from the Oswego River last week have been positively identified as being Carol L. Wood, of Oswego.

Oswego City Police Department and the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office received a positive identification from the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office relative the human remains recovered from the Oswego River in the city of Fulton June 12. Continue reading

Scriba residents clean town

On June 7 the Town of Scriba held its annual town-wide cleanup day.  This event is held annually and allows the residents of Scriba to rid their properties of unwanted junk, excluding items with refrigerant or hazardous waste. Representing the Town of Scriba in assisting with the annual event were from left to right Deputy Supervisor Jim Sheldon, Supervisor Kenneth Burdick, Legislator Stephen Walpole, Highway employee Larry Clemens, Councilman Brad Kennedy, Highway Superintendent Roger Myers and Councilman David Girard. Seated in Loader was Deputy Highway Superintendent Brian Simoneau. Absent from photo was Legislator Kevin Gardner.
On June 7 the Town of Scriba held its annual town-wide cleanup day. This event is held annually and allows the residents of Scriba to rid their properties of unwanted junk, excluding items with refrigerant or hazardous waste. Representing the Town of Scriba in assisting with the annual event were from left to right Deputy Supervisor Jim Sheldon, Supervisor Kenneth Burdick, Legislator Stephen Walpole, Highway employee Larry Clemens, Councilman Brad Kennedy, Highway Superintendent Roger Myers and Councilman David Girard. Seated in Loader was Deputy Highway Superintendent Brian Simoneau. Absent from photo was Legislator Kevin Gardner.

Settlement reached in firing of Lyons McDonald’s employee

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today (Wednesday June 18 ) announced a settlement with Warrenone, Inc., a franchisee operating four McDonalds restaurants in Wayne and Monroe counties.

The settlement resolves the Attorney General’s investigation into the illegal firing of an employee at Warrenone’s Lyons location.

An investigation by the Attorney General’s Office found that on April 8, 2013, a part-time minimum-wage employee of the restaurant made multiple attempts to report a gas leak. When his supervisors did not address the situation, he reported the leak to the Lyons Fire Department.

Responding firefighters and local law enforcement both confirmed that there was a gas leak, and the store was temporarily closed to the public for the night. While the firefighters were at the restaurant investigating the leak, two supervisors fired the employee.

State Labor Law Section 740 forbids employers from retaliating against an employee for reporting to a supervisor or to the authorities when an employer violates a law that poses a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety.

The public health and safety issue reported here — a gas leak — involved a violation of provisions of the New York State Fire Code, among other things.

“It’s outrageous that an employee would be terminated for contacting the local authorities about a serious safety risk. He should be thanked, not fired,” said Schneiderman. “Workers who try to protect the public and their fellow employees deserve protection, and the state should have their back.”

As a result of this settlement, the company will pay $10,000 in restitution which constitutes approximately one and one half years’ worth of front pay in lieu of reinstatement for the discharged employee.

Lost compensation was already obtained through enforcement by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on May 17, 2013. Labor Law Section 740 does not provide for additional liquidated damages.