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State’s proposed animal law could be costly to taxpayers

by Carol Thompson

Currently in New York State, residents have access through a registry to determine if a registered sex offender lives in the area.

There is no registry to alert residents if a convicted murderer, arsonist, armed robber or convicted offender of other heinous crimes have been released from prison and move to a neighborhood.

Someday, if a proposed law is passed, residents will be able to determine if a convicted animal abuser lives in an area.

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Fulton Police Benevolent Association to begin new fund-raising campaign

by Andrew Henderson

The Fulton Police Benevolent Association will begin its annual fund-raising campaign this month, according to Inv. Michael Curtis, Fulton PBA public relations officer.

The Fulton PBA was incorporated in 1932 and is listed as a 509c not-for-profit benevolent association.

“Over the past several decades, the Fulton Police Benevolent Association has donated tens of thousands of dollars to local organizations and civic causes,” said Curtis.

In the past a phone campaign was used to raise funds with a portion of those donated funds covering the phone solicitation costs.

“In an effort to maximize the benefit to our community, we have decided to utilize a mail campaign only,” said Curtis. “This will allow the maximum amount of your donation to stay within our city and surrounding community.

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Fulton 10-year-old attends Stanley Cup finals game

by Andrew Henderson

After spending a day with the Stanley Cup early last month, 10-year-old Noah Delaney received the second part of his prize — a trip to the first game of the Stanley Cup finals.

Delaney, who won Discover’s Day with the Cup contest May 6, attended game one of the finals with his mother, Heather, Wednesday night.

Unfortunately for Delaney, his beloved New Jersey Devils fell to the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in overtime.

Delaney was one of three finalists in Discover’s second annual Day With the Cup contest.

Discover launched its contest in late March, encouraging hockey fans across the nation to submit an original photo that best demonstrated their passion for hockey, along with a 1,000 character-or-less description that answered the question, “I deserve a day with the Stanley Cup because…”

More than 850 submissions were uploaded to Discover’s Facebook fan page Heather Doran uploaded her son Noah’s essay that captured the attention of the public, which deemed him the winner by an overwhelming number of votes.

The essay written by Noah explained that hockey helped him get through the tough time when his father, Robert, a sergeant,  left in early January to serve his third tour in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Doran serves with Oswego’s 444th Engineer Company, 411th Engineer Brigade, 412th Theater Engineer Command of the U.S. Army Reserve.

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Legislators work toward equity in lease agreements

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County officials are reviewing the lease agreements between public and private agencies and the county.

During Tuesday’s meeting of the legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee, County Administrator Phil Church gave legislators an update.

The abstracting companies that were on a letter agreement from month to month will be moved to leases, Church said. “That will be all up to date,” he noted.

He added that other lease agreements are being updated.

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The Friends of History in Fulton has hired Sue Lane as the new director of the Pratt House museum in Fulton. Originally from Oswego, Lane and her husband Alan, moved back to the area seven years ago.

Friends of History in Fulton hires Pratt House director

The Friends of History in Fulton has hired Sue Lane as the new director of the Pratt House museum in Fulton. Originally from Oswego, Lane and her husband Alan, moved back to the area seven years ago.

by Nicole Reitz

The John Wells Pratt House in Fulton now has a new director.

The Friends of History in Fulton hired Sue Lane, a Fulton resident who is originally from Oswego.

Lane and her husband, Alan, moved back to the area seven years ago when her sister needed help caring for their mother.

For the past six and a half years, Lane’s job has been taking care of her mother, who died in September. Taking the winter months to grieve, Lane began to look for part time work.

Lane needed the flexibility of working part time because she drives her sister, who recently had quadruple bypass surgery, to doctors appointments in Syracuse.

She saw a listing for the position in the newspaper and her husband encouraged her to apply. Lane was hired at the beginning of May.

Her responsibility is to keep the Pratt House’s many volunteers organized, even if the volunteers work independently and at different times.

“So far, I think it’s a perfect fit,” said Lane. “It gets me out in the world of the living again.”

Lane has a degree in elementary education. Before moving back home, she was an instructional assistant with fifth-grade special-needs students. She worked 20 plus years for P&C, teaching managers and supervisors.

She has also worked as an office manager in a small company in Kentucky. While in Indiana, she had an antique booth in an antique mall.

“My husband and I have collected antiques forever,” said Lane.

Lane’s love of old things comes from her grandmother, mother and father. Her grandmother and mother were “auction people” and were great at finding items at flea markets, she said.

She remembered the women in her family purchasing furniture and refinishing it.

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Legislators express urgency with state’s Article X proposal

by Carol Thompson

A special meeting of the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning Committee will be held later this month for the purpose of finalizing a resolution in opposition of Article X.

During Thursday’s committe meeting, the committee agreed to draft both a letter and a resolution to send to state officials and the Public Service Commission urging reconsideration of the law that threaten home rule.

Home rule allows a local municipality to legislate itself. Article X provides for a committee to determine where wind turbines will be cited in a community.

Oswego County is in a unique situation because of the nuclear power plants located in Scriba.  Article X could take away the county’s ability to negotiate tax agreements with the utilities.

The public comment period has ended, however, Legislator Shawn Doyle worked to negotiate an extension for municipalities to comment. The comment period expires June 15, giving the legislature only one day to submit a passed resolution. The meeting of the full floor is scheduled for June 14.

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Sorbello to head committee formed to study former jail

by Carol Thompson

Following years of discussion, the Oswego County Legislature has yet to decide what to do with the former jail that sits across the Public Safety Center.

A committee has been formed to discuss the prospects for the ailing facility.

Legislator Morris Sorbello will serve as the chairman and legislators Linda Lockwood and Jake Mulcahey will round out the committee.

“We need to find out about an asbestos study,” Sorbello said, adding that the committee will hopefully conclude what to do with the building.

At one time in recent years, County Administrator Phil Church said there may be an interested developer.

He would not disclose the name of the developer to legislators and nothing more had been said at public meetings after the initial announcement.

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Phoenix teenager accused of burglary

by Andrew Henderson

A 17-year-old Pennellville resident was recently arrested on warrants for second-degree burglary, petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, according to Phoenix Police Chief Timothy Chura.

The incident occurred in April at a residence on Jefferson Street in the Village of Phoenix. Taylor W. Sitts is accused of using a ladder to climb into an unlocked window and stealing computer equipment and jewelry.

The stolen property was later recovered at a local pawn shop. The arrest was made by Phoenix Police Officer James Stockton.

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