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Williamstown woman must make restitution in welfare fraud case

Kelly M. Hartz, 47,  of Williamstown,  was sentenced Wednesday in Oswego County Court to five years probation upon her conviction for offering a false instrument for filing, first degree, a felony.

At a prior court appearance April 2, Hartz admitted she provided a written instrument that contained a false statement or false information to the Oswego County Department of Social Services for the purpose of defrauding DSS.

Hartz was arrested by the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department on April 29, 2013, as a result of an investigation by the fraud unit within Oswego County DSS. Deputies charged her with grand larceny third degree,  welfare fraud third degree and offering a false instrument for filing first degree, all felonies.

Investigators alleged she failed to disclose information and thereby wrongfully obtained $9,597.18 in Medicaid benefits that she was not entitled to receive.

As part of her sentence, the Judge James Metcalf, Acting Oswego County Court Judge, ordered Hartz to pay $9,597.18 in restitution to Oswego County DSS during the next five years. If Hartz fails to pay back the restitution, or if she violates any other terms of probation, she faces up to 1-1/3 to 4 years in state prison.

District Attorney Gregory Oakes stated, “Over the past two years, my office has worked with DSS and the Sheriff’s Department to crack down on welfare fraud. Those who abuse and cheat the system need to be held accountable. Welfare fraud is theft, plain and simple, and my office will continue to prosecute those who steal from taxpayers.”

To report a suspected case of welfare or housing assistance fraud, contact the Oswego County Department of Social Services at 315-963-5281.

 

Friends of Oswego County Hospice to host regatta, walk/run June 7

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Friends of Oswego County Hospice’s premier fundraising event -- the Oswego County Hospice Cup Regatta and 5K Walk/Run for Hope. Last year, the event raised nearly $27,000 in 2013 and in the past 14 years, it has raised more than $275,000 to support Oswego County Hospice patients and their families. On Saturday June 7, the event filled-day will recognize 25 years of Oswego County Hospice’s comprehensive, supportive services to patients and families at the end of life and throughout the grieving process. Thousands of patients and families in Oswego County have been fortunate enough to receive this first-rate, compassionate care from Hospice’s team of nurses, social workers, bereavement coordinators, volunteers, nutritionists, pastoral/spiritual care, home health aides and physical/occupational therapists. The Regatta events kick off with the 5K Walk/Run for Hope, sponsored by Harbor Pharmacy. Anyone interested in participating can register at ezracereg.com. Registrations will also be accepted on race day. The Walk/Run for Hope is at 8:30 a.m., starting and finishing at the Wright’s Landing pavilion. Sailing races on Lake Ontario get underway at 10 a.m. at the Oswego Yacht Club. Major sponsors for this year are Exelon Generation, Entergy, PathFinder Bank, Kinney Drugs Foundation, NBT Bank, the Richard S. Shineman Foundation and NRG. Shown after a planning session for the regatta at the Oswego Yacht Club are, front, Suzan Segal of the Oswego Yacht Club; Lauren Pistel of the Shineman Foundation, Rhonda Hutchins of Pathfinder Bank and Debbie Bishop, Friend of Oswego County Hospice. Back row is Donna Moonan, NRG, Jim Feeney of Entergy, Jack Palmer of Kinney Drugs, Jamie Branshaw of Harbor Pharmacy and Barb Bateman of NBT Bank. The children are Abigail Bianco, standing, and Olivia Dorsey, being held.  Valley News photo by Debra J. Groom
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Friends of Oswego County Hospice’s premier fundraising event — the Oswego County Hospice Cup Regatta and 5K Walk/Run for Hope. Last year, the event raised nearly $27,000 in 2013 and in the past 14 years, it has raised more than $275,000 to support Oswego County Hospice patients and their families. On Saturday June 7, the event filled-day will recognize 25 years of Oswego County Hospice’s comprehensive, supportive services to patients and families at the end of life and throughout the grieving process. Thousands of patients and families in Oswego County have been fortunate enough to receive this first-rate, compassionate care from Hospice’s team of nurses, social workers, bereavement coordinators, volunteers, nutritionists, pastoral/spiritual care, home health aides and physical/occupational therapists. The Regatta events kick off with the 5K Walk/Run for Hope, sponsored by Harbor Pharmacy. Anyone interested in participating can register at ezracereg.com. Registrations will also be accepted on race day. The Walk/Run for Hope is at 8:30 a.m., starting and finishing at the Wright’s Landing pavilion. Sailing races on Lake Ontario get underway at 10 a.m. at the Oswego Yacht Club. Major sponsors for this year are Exelon Generation, Entergy, PathFinder Bank, Kinney Drugs Foundation, NBT Bank, the Richard S. Shineman Foundation and NRG. Shown after a planning session for the regatta at the Oswego Yacht Club are, front, Suzan Segal of the Oswego Yacht Club; Lauren Pistel of the Shineman Foundation, Rhonda Hutchins of Pathfinder Bank and Debbie Bishop, Friend of Oswego County Hospice. Back row is Donna Moonan, NRG, Jim Feeney of Entergy, Jack Palmer of Kinney Drugs, Jamie Branshaw of Harbor Pharmacy and Barb Bateman of NBT Bank. The children are Abigail Bianco, standing, and Olivia Dorsey, being held.

Valley News photo by Debra J. Groom

Program on War of 1812 music, commentary May 28

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Fort Ontario curator Jenny Emmons will present “Of Anthems and Attitudes,” a program of 1812 period music and commentary, at Fort Ontario Wednesday, May 28.

The program begins at 7 p.m. in the Enlisted Men’s Barracks.

Emmons was a featured performer at the New York State Path through History Showcase at Grand Central Station on May 14 and created “Of Anthems and Attitudes” for the New York state showcase event.

Through music, poetry and commentary, Emmons interprets the similar experiences of women and civilian populations on both sides of the War of 1812, despite their loyalty to their respective “anthems.”

The program includes Great Britain’s anthem, “God Save the King;” “Hail Columbia,” the de facto national anthem of the young United States; “The Star Spangled Banner,” and portions of the poem “The Adieu; To the Author’s Husband on His Joining the Army as a Volunteer,” which first appeared in The Ontario Messenger published in Canandaigua, NY sometime between 1812 and 1814.

Emmons has worked for the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Fort Ontario State Historic Site for nearly a dozen years as office manager and curator.

A self-taught artist, seamstress and graphic designer, her work can be seen throughout the fort in the development and curation of exhibits, the care and creation of the fort’s multi-era collection of reproduction uniforms, and the design and production of all manner graphic ephemera.

She has a bachelor of arts degree in English with a Museum Studies Minor from SUNY Oswego.

For more information, visit www.fortontario.com.

DA, SUNY hold animal abuse investigation training

The Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, along with the SUNY Oswego University Police, will be co-hosting a training session regarding animal abuse investigations tonight.  The training will take place in the Hewitt-Union auditorium from 6 to 8 p.m.

The training is open to members of law enforcement and animal control officers who work in the county, as well as non-profit organizations such as the Humane Society and Paws Across Oswego County.  

To RSVP, call Gregory Oakes, Oswego County DA, at 349-3239.