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Erin McKinstry, an registered nurse for Oswego Health, spray-painted a toilet purple and dropped it off to a neighbor to raise money for the Oswego Health Team for Relay for Life. The purple toilet has since sat in nearly 18 yards in the City of Fulton, sparking a conversation from those who pass it.

Purple toilet raises money for Relay for Life

Erin McKinstry, an registered nurse for Oswego Health, spray-painted a toilet purple and dropped it off to a neighbor to raise money for the Oswego Health Team for Relay for Life. The purple toilet has since sat in nearly 18 yards in the City of Fulton, sparking a conversation from those who pass it.

by Nicole Reitz

The Oswego Health Team for Relay for Life was tired of baking cookies to raise money for cancer research, so they took their own approach.

Erin McKinstry, an registered nurse, visited the American Cancer Society web site for fund-raising ideas and decided that she would spray paint a toilet purple and drop it off to a neighbor.

The tactic may look like a neighborhood prank, but its purpose is to raise money to fight cancer.

The purple toilet has sat in nearly 18 yards in the City of Fulton, sparking a conversation from those who pass it.

Tuesday, it sat on the lawn of Councilor Jay Foster, who lives on Buffalo Street. Foster said that children walking by have asked about the toilet and why it’s in the front yard.

Foster, a cancer survivor, hopes that someday soon scientists will come up with an answer for cancer. He isn’t ashamed to have a purple throne on his lawn, since he proudly supports the work of the American Cancer Society.

The way the fund-raiser works is that if the purple toilet ends up on your lawn, the owners of the home can pay $10 to have it removed from the premises, $20 to have it removed and put on a friend of their choices lawn, or $30 to have it removed, put on a friends lawn, and have it never return again.

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Kami’s Kix Dance Studio performed its 13th annual spring recital, “Leave it on the Dance Floor” yesterday at Hannibal High School. The show was sponsored by the Key Club. Pictured from left are Mackenzie Malone, Amanda St. Onge, Suzanne King, and Meghan Gillen.

Kami’s Kix Dance Studio to perform annual recital tomorrow

Kami’s Kix Dance Studio performed its 13th annual spring recital, “Leave it on the Dance Floor” yesterday at Hannibal High School. The show was sponsored by the Key Club. Pictured from left are Mackenzie Malone, Amanda St. Onge, Suzanne King, and Meghan Gillen.

Kami’s Kix Dance Studio will perform its 13th annual spring recital, “Leave It on The Dance Floor,” tomorrow, June 8

The recital will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hannibal High School’s auditorium. It is sponsored by the Key Club.

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County’s mosquito surveillance program underway

by Carol Thompson

The 2012 mosquito season is in full swing and the Oswego County Health Department has begun its surveillance program.

Toad Harbor and Big Bay swamp areas are usually the first places the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus appears each summer. However, last year it appeared in a few places around Oswego County at the same time.

“We have doubled the number of mosquito trap sites over a greater area of the county due to the high level of EEE activity over the last few years,” said Dr. Dennis Norfleet, public health director of the Oswego County Health Department. “In addition, the state’s laboratory will allow a greater number of mosquito samples to be sent in for testing.”

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AmeriCorps program receives grant

by Andrew Henderson

The Corporation for National and Community Service has awarded a 2012 AmeriCorps grant to the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, according to Congressman Bill Owens.

The grant is the result of the Fiscal Year 2012 AmeriCorps State and National funding competition.

The grant program focuses AmeriCorps resources on six key service areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.

“For 2012, we emphasized support for programs with a focus on education, veterans and military families, and disaster services,” Wendy Spencer, CEO of the AmeriCorps State & National Grants program, wrote to Owens.

The AmeriCorps staff reported that the grant cycle was highly competitive.

The Oswego City – County Youth Bureau will receive $268,224 to fund 63 AmeriCorps position.

AmeriCorps members will mentor disadvantaged youth, recruit and manage volunteers and high school students who mentor, and plan and implement fitness activities and nutrition education for youth in Oswego County.

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Debate erupts over lengthy meetings

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee meetings run long and some legislators have been asking for a remedy.

During Thursday’s meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee, the issue was expected to be on the agenda. The minutes of the April 23 meeting reference that Legislator Doug Malone requested the matter be placed on the May agenda.

It wasn’t, and prior to the start of the meeting, Malone questioned why the discussion wasn’t on the agenda.

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Confusion over state mosquito funds

by Carol Thompson

The announcement by New York State Senator Patty Ritchie that the state will provide $150,000 to battle the mosquito problem has left some residents, and even some legislators, in confusion.

The announcement was interpreted by some to mean that Oswego County would receive all of the funding. That is not the case, according to county officials.

The funds will be split between Oswego, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. It is not known how much money each county will receive.

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Legislators look to revamp ethics laws

by Carol Thompson

The New York State’s Legislature recently made major sweeps to the state’s ethics laws.

Local municipalities can add to, but not subtract from, the state laws. Currently, the Oswego County Legislature is considering an update to its own ethics laws.

“We’ve got to get in line with the state and make changes to it,” Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said. “It’s the perfect opportunity.”

Under state executive law, a joint commission of public ethics was formed last year. Oswego County currently has a three-member ethics board and the legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee has been in discussion in regard to adding more members. Many counties have five or seven member boards.

 

The committee has also discussed changes to the financial disclosure form that is required to be completed by all elected and appointed officials.

Governor Andrew Cuomo made it a campaign promise to end government secrecy by adding stronger language to the ethics law, more penalties and more transparency.

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County to have more video security

by Carol Thompson

If the Oswego County Legislature gives final approval, more video security cameras will be installed throughout county facilities.

During the June 14 meeting, legislators will decide whether to spend $225,000 to complete phase II of the project. The resolution authorizing the expenditure has recently been approved by the jurisdictional committees.

The project will include axis cameras, software, computers and workstations as well as Firetide wireless. Although the location of the cameras will be determined during a pilot implementation, they are slated to be located at the treasurer’s office, the Pulaski, Oswego and Fulton motor vehicle departments and an exterior camera will be installed at the county legislative office complex in Oswego.

The Department of Social Services and the Health Department are also on the list of buildings to be included in the proposal.

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