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DSS: Proposed bill may threaten safety of children

by Carol Thompson

A proposed bill before the New York State Senate has Oswego County Department of Social Services Commissioner Gregg Heffner concerned that, if passed, children could be placed in unsafe environments.

“It has some danger attached to it,” Heffner said of the bill. S6678-2011. The proposed law has already passed the state assembly.

The amendment to the Family Court law, presented by the office of court administration, would allow a Family Court judge to grant an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal during the fact-finding process, a critical time prior to disposition, Heffner said.

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Pictured is SUNY Oswego graduate Claudia Lifton-Schwerner with foster dog “Mellow” at Paws & Effect. Lifton has entered an international competition to volunteer around the world for one year with Global Vision International. She has landed in the top five of the contest and voting continues until Friday.

Volunteering around the world

Pictured is SUNY Oswego graduate Claudia Lifton-Schwerner with foster dog “Mellow” at Paws & Effect. Lifton has entered an international competition to volunteer around the world for one year with Global Vision International. She has landed in the top five of the contest and voting continues until Friday.

by Nicole Reitz

Around the world in 365 days —  that’s what Oswego resident Claudia Lifton-Schwerner hopes to accomplish with Global Vision International, a volunteer abroad program.

Lifton, a recent graduate of SUNY Oswego, has entered an international competition to volunteer around the world for one year. Through five rounds, she has found herself as one of the top five contestants.

For the first round, Global Vision International choose the Top 50 entries. Stages two to four were determined by public vote on the program’s Facebook page.

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Fulton seeks assistance with home foreclosures

by Carol Thompson

A special meeting of the Oswego County Legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee was held Wednesday to discuss a request from the City of Fulton to provide assistance with the handling of property foreclosures.

Mayor Ron Woodward said he approached the county because he learned from County Attorney Richard Mitchell that Fulton was the only municipality in the county that does their own foreclosures.

“From a financial standpoint, if someone doesn’t pay their taxes, the city doesn’t get their money,” Woodward said.

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Meeting scheduled to discuss Family Court problems

by Carol Thompson

A meeting has been scheduled between state court administration and interested parties in regard to allegations of problems with Oswego County Family Court Judge Kim Seager.

Oswego County Department of Social Services Commissioner Gregg Heffner confirmed that a meeting has been scheduled for June 15 and will be attended by “all interested parties.”

Those parties include Heffner, school superintendents and Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley.

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Cloonan confirmed as Oswego County commissioner of jurors

by Carol Thompson

James Cloonan has been confirmed as the next Oswego County commissioner of jurors by the Fifth Judicial Court Administration.

Cloonan will begin his new position May 24, just four days after his 51st birthday.

“All the paperwork has been done and I’m waiting for my security card,” he said Wednesday. “I’m anxious to get back into public service.”

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Fulton boys tennis team defeats Mexico 6-1

In position – Fulton’s second singles player Eric Naioti catches up with the ball during his match against Mexico’s Colby Winter. Naioti won 6-1, 6-1. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

The Fulton boys tennis team defeated Mexico 6-1 recently.

In fist singles, Mitchell Lalik of Fulton defeated Ian Roach of Mexico 6-0, 6-0.

In second singles, Eric Naioti of Fulton defeated Colby Minter of Mexico 6-1, 6-1.

In third singles, Mitch Pettit of Mexico defeated Nathan Deavers of Fulton 7-6, 5-7, 6-2.

In fourth singles, Dan Wahl of Fulton defeated Ryan Lee of Mexico 7-5, 6-3.

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Bodley Bulletins: May 9, 2012

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by Erika Johnson

There are just three days until the night some juniors have been dreaming of since ninth grade.

This year’s prom, set to be held at the beautiful Landmark Theater in Syracuse, is this Saturday. The festivities begin at 7 and end at 11 p.m. This red carpet event is sure to be fun filled for all!

Seniors! Make sure you get in to see Mrs. Windsor by this Friday to get your dinner-dance tickets. This year’s event will be held at the River Vista.

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Top three – Otto Sitterly (right), Davey Hamilton (center) and Brian Sobus (left) finished in first, second, and third place, respectively. It was Sitterly’s 21st career win and fourth opening night win. –Valley News photo by John Ferlito

Veteran drivers claim wins at Oswego Speedway

Top three – Otto Sitterly (right), Davey Hamilton (center) and Brian Sobus (left) finished in first, second, and third place, respectively. It was Sitterly’s 21st career win and fourth opening night win. –Valley News photo by John Ferlito

by Dan Johnson

Veteran drivers Otto Sitterly and Jay Andrews took checkered flags on opening night at Oswego Speedway Saturday.

Sitterly snuck the lead away from David Gruel with four laps to go in the 50-lap supermodified race and drove away for the win while Andrews led from lap 2 and went on for career win number two in the SBS division.

Brian Sobus and David Gruel led the 25 supermodifieds to the green flag with Gruel getting the bite on the outside taking the lead. The outside line got the better start.

While Gruel led, outside row 2 starter Davey Hamilton followed him through and ran in Gruel’s tire tracks early on.

Joe Gosek and Randy Ritskes went to the high side to get through early race traffic while Jeffrey Abold and Michael Barnes went low to move forward. A pair of early cautions slowed the race early on with pit stops abundant during the slowdown. The most significant pit stop saw defending champ Joe Gosek pull the 00 pitside as the steering went away on the 00.

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