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Captain William Molascon, who is the acting assistant fire chief, discusses the bids received for a new custom pumper during Tuesday’s meeting of the Fulton Common Council.

FEMA grant to help pay for new Fulton fire vehicle

Captain William Molascon, who is the acting assistant fire chief, discusses the bids received for a new custom pumper during Tuesday’s meeting of the Fulton Common Council.

by Andrew Henderson

The Fulton Common Council voted to purchase a new custom pumper for the Fulton Fire Department during its meeting Tuesday night.

The city received a federal grant that would cover more than half of the new vehicle and equipment, which is expected to cost around $705,000, according to Mayor Ron Woodward.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will cover $377,000 of the new vehicle.

The council approved a bond resolution to finance the remaining portion of $328,000.

“This pumper will last for 25 to 30 years,” said Woodward. “I highly recommend it. I think this is a good thing. Over the years, we have been short on new equipment for the fire department.”

Two companies submitted bids for the new custom pumper.

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Oswego County not among the healthiest in the state

by Carol Thompson

Smoking and adult obesity are on the rise in Oswego County, according to a report issued by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The annual health report gives the county a ranking of 38 of the 62 counties in the state.

According to the report, smoking has increased by one percent from 2010 and adult obesity has increased by five percent for the same time period. Those totals are well above the state average.

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Second-place winners – The team from Hannibal received the silver medal for second place. In front from left are Mike Miano, Adrianne Shortslef, Erica Weldin, Molly Downing, and Nicole McMahon. In back are Coach Bill Mason, Cal Weigand, Suzanne King, Meghan Gillen, Megan O’Connor, and Tyler Beckwith.

OCAY League’s third competition takes a political view

Second-place winners – The team from Hannibal received the silver medal for second place. In front from left are Mike Miano, Adrianne Shortslef, Erica Weldin, Molly Downing, and Nicole McMahon. In back are Coach Bill Mason, Cal Weigand, Suzanne King, Meghan Gillen, Megan O’Connor, and Tyler Beckwith.

The third Oswego County Academic Youth League competition was political in nature.

Entitled “2012,” the competition began with a series of 10 quizzes on U.S. and World current events and geography.

The teams also created a political cartoon about the 2012 U.S. Presidential election, created a time capsule based on modern American life, and gave a persuasive speech on the education system in the United States.

The teams, from eight of the nine districts in Oswego County, consisted of 6-10 students, who until they arrived at the competition venue, had no idea what the competition would entail.

Beginning with the timed quizzes, teams of two students were scheduled to take the tests as scores were tabulated by the judges. Each team member was required to complete at least one quiz and no member could complete consecutive quizzes.

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Making a move – Fulton’s Justin Bowering looks to make a move while teammate Matt Nelson (24) looks on during Thursday’s game against East Syracuse-Minoa at the Fulton Athletic Complex. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

Fulton boys lacrosse drops first game of the season to ES-M

Making a move – Fulton’s Justin Bowering looks to make a move while teammate Matt Nelson (24) looks on during Thursday’s game against East Syracuse-Minoa at the Fulton Athletic Complex. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

The Fulton varsity boys lacrosse team opened it season last Thursday by hosting East Syracuse-Minoa at the Fulton Athletic Complex.

Raiders Bryan Benton and Ross Maxam scored four and three goals, respectively, in the 10-9 loss. Maxam also finished with two assists.

Tyler Lockwood and Joe Sutton also had goals.

The Raiders will host Westhill tomorrow, April 5 at 4:30 p.m. on the turf field.

Painting project – Student Mariahlee James paints part of a sports-themed mural at the Fulton CYO. The mural is part of a community service project between YAP and Catholic Charities.

Youth Advocate Program: Keeping children and parents together

Painting project – Student Mariahlee James paints part of a sports-themed mural at the Fulton CYO. The mural is part of a community service project between YAP and Catholic Charities.

by Nicole Reitz

The Youth Advocate Program, located at 616 Oneida St., Fulton, is in the business of keeping kids and families together at home.

YAP, an alternative to a placement program, is a contracted service by the Department of Social Services. Families are referred to YAP off the DSS case load and work with a wide range of situations throughout Oswego County.

Most of YAP’s cases are either school-related issues, parenting or the parent-child relationship.

“The county has different things that they can do with kids who are at-risk of residential placement,” said David Canfield, Oswego County director of YAP. “We don’t have the stigma that a lot of times DSS walks in with. DSS recognizes that they don’t have the resources with families that YAP can have. We’re here to work closely with DSS to help them do their jobs better, easier.”

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Lake Neatahwanta

Lake Neatahwanta funding included in state budget

by Andrew Henderson

Lake NeatahwantaThe new state budget will include funding to help with the cleanup of Lake Neatahwanta, according to Senator Patty Ritchie.

In addition, the budget includes funding to battle water chestnuts in the Oswego River.

Ritchie said she secured the funding, which was included in the budget agreement announced Monday.

“Local communities, outdoorsmen and people who enjoy the open waters of Central and Northern New York have been working for years to help improve quality and access to these waters, which are among the most beautiful in the world, and key to the preservation and growth of new jobs through tourism and increased enjoyment by the public,” Ritchie said.

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Redistricting – Assemblyman Bob Oaks speaks to a colleague during a recent session in Albany. Oaks has worked as a member of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment that recommended new lines for Senate and Assembly districts to reflect the 2010 Census.

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Redistricting – Assemblyman Bob Oaks speaks to a colleague during a recent session in Albany. Oaks has worked as a member of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment that recommended new lines for Senate and Assembly districts to reflect the 2010 Census.

by Andrew Henderson

A bill that would help Oswego County and its inmate crunch at the Oswego County Correctional Facility has been approved by a key Senate committee this week, said state Senator Patty Ritchie.

The New York State Senate’s Crime and Corrections Committee approved the bill, S.5498, which would require payment to the counties for any state inmates who are held in a county jail beyond 10 days.

“Taxpayers in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties are being forced to foot the bill for inmates who are being held in county jails, but who really belong in state lock-ups,” Ritchie said.

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-Valley News photos by Nicole Reitz

Stained glass windows at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church restored

-Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Several stained glass windows were reinstalled Thursday morning at the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Volney.

The church, built in 1870, houses several panels.

The three front windows, called the Community Window, has undergone a complete re-leading and cleaning by the Brennan Stained Glass Studio of Syracuse.

Members of the church will see the refurbished windows for the first time during tomorrow’s sermon.