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Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Here is The Valley News’ list of places where you can dine out in coming weeks:

The Experimental Aircraft Association chapter 486 at Oswego County Airport is having its annual Mother’s Day Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. May 11 at the EAA hanger, just north of the airport main entrance on Route 176 outside Fulton.

Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, eggs, home fries, homemade doughuts, coffee, juice and milk.

Free Young Eagle flights (real airplane rides for kids 8-17 ) with parent’s permission, weather permitting.

Contact Bob Failmezger at 591-7778 for more information


The Minetto United Methodist Church will host a free dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18.

The menu will be ham, mashed potatoes, vegetable and dessert. Donations are not expected but will be accepted.

A collection shed is available in the parking lot at the back of the church for usable clothing items that can be recycled. Acceptable items include: all clothing, shoes, sneakers, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes, and stuffed toys.

The building is fully accessible and is located at the corner of State Route 48 and County Route 8, one block south of the Stewarts Shop, between  Oswego and Fulton, in the village of Minetto.

Butterfly Walk May 24 to raise money for CS research

A butterfly walk for Hannah Crego of Hannibal is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 24 at Sterling Nature Center.

Hannah, a sixth-grader at Kenney Middle School in Hannibal, suffered from Cockayne syndrome or CS, a reare genetic disorer characterized by poor growth, premature aging, sensitivity to sunlight, moderate to profound developmental and neurological delays, and a shortened lifespan.

Hannah, who will turn 14 in August, appeared to be an average little girl until age 4. It wasn’t until the age of 8 and trips to various geneticists and specialists at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Rochester and Boston that Hannah was diagnosed with CS type 3.

CS type 2 presents at birth while CS type 1 appears during early childhood.

Cockayne syndrome is very rare. In order for a child to be affected by CS, he or she must inherit a mutation in the same CS gene from both parents.

Hannah’s parents, Jennifer and Jason Crego of Martville, are both carriers of a single CS gene. A couple has a one in four chance of having another child with CS.

The Cregos’ son, Hannah’s brother Nathan, does not exhibit any symptoms of the syndrome.

There is no treatment nor an effective therapy available for CS, which makes research and education of the syndrome critical.

Despite the syndrome’s manifestations, the correct diagnosis is often delayed or missed all together because of the rarity of CS and the significant variability that exists between cases.

Hannah has developed milder symptoms over a period of time and does not need a wheelchair, unlike many of the other children with CS.

The Butterfly Walk for Hannah will be held to raise money for research of cockayne symdrome.

All donations are being accepted in Hannah’s name and the event will include drawings, a bake sale and water for sale.

Donations may also be made online at

Cockayne Syndrome

CS type I  is characterized by normal prenatal growth with the onset of growth and developmental abnormalities around one year of age. Typical lifespan is 10 to 20 years.

CS type II  is characterized by growth failure and other abnormalities at birth, with little or no postnatal neurologic development. Typical lifespan is up to 7 years.

CS type III is characterized by a later onset, lesser symptoms, and/or a slower rate of progression.. Expected lifespan is unclear, but can be 40 or 50  years.


Learn about invasive species at June 11 symposium

A one-day event on invasive species in the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario region is scheduled for June 11 at Wehle State Park, Henderson.

The region is host to a variety of unique and globally rare habitats. From the open waters of Lake Ontario to shoreline dunes and inland forests, these natural areas are the foundation for native, rare and threatened species of plants and animals.

These areas also represent cultural and economic assets that are integral to the region.

Invasive species of plants, animals, insects and microorganisms are among the most serious threats to native species, habitats, ecosystems and public health within the five-county area that defines the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario region. Invasive species affect almost all aspects of our culture, from outdoor recreation to crop yields on farms.

Along public roads and highways, invasive plants restrict visibility and create roadside hazards. Invasive insects and diseases kill trees in forested areas as well as along community streets. Some invasive species have a direct negative impact on public health.

Symposium attendees will gain knowledge on several of the region’s most threatening invasive species. Sponsored by the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (SLELO PRISM) with support from the Robert. G. Wehle Charitable Trust, the symposium is sure to enlighten all that attend on the various aspects of invasive species management.

There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is required by contacting Sue Gwise by phone at 788-8450, ext. 243 or by emailinng Sue at

County legislature considers closing 4 transfer stations

By Debra J. Groom

A report will be issued by the end of May on how Oswego County can close four of its transfer stations by the end of 2015.

Department of Solid Waste Director Frank Visser said he, County Executive Philip Church and County Attorney Richard Mitchell have been directed by the county Legislature to come up with a plan to permanently close the transfer stations in Hannibal, Hastings, Oswego and Pulaski. Only Bristol Hill in Volney would remain open.

The report will be presented to the county Legislature’s Infrastructure, Facilities and Technology Committee. Continue reading

News in Brief

Doyle’s Bikes in Fulton is collecting used bicycles to give away at the Fulton Police Department Bike Rodeo in May.

Doyle’s will repair the donated bicycles to make them safe to ride, and then give them to children of all ages who come to the bike rodeo. Children must go through the Bicycle Safety Obstacle Course with the police before obtaining a bike.

Anyone with an underused or unwanted bicycle to donate can drop it off at Doyle’s Bikes, 316 W. First St., Fulton, 592-4537. Afternoons are preferable for drop off.

The more bicycles received, the more can be given away.

The annual Fulton Police Department Bike Rodeo focuses on bicycle safety and is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday May 31.

The children will receive a new bicycle helmet, choose a used bicycle to keep (while supplies last) and ride it through a police-directed obstacle course. They can also register their bike, play in the bouncy rides, and receive free refreshments.

This is a community collaboration, led by the Fulton Police Department.

For more information, call Doyle’s Bike Shop or Kelley Weaver 402-7431.


Dan Schall will be in concert at 7 p.m. May 9 at Sterling Methodist Church.

Schall and his wife, Linda, travel thousands of miles each year spreading the Gospel message in song and words.


A Make-it Take-it craft fair for Mothers Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday May 10 at Believers Chapel Fulton, 614 S. Fourth St., Fulton.

This event is for kids, mom, dads or anyone to get together to make a new craft item. The kitchen also will be open and there will be a 50/50 drawing.

The church’s youth group also will be on hand to wrap any gifts made for mom.


The annual Spring Rummage Sale at Palermo United Methodist Church is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday May 9 and 10 and May 16 and 17.

A large variety of items that have been donated not only by church members, but also from the community. Come and browse the wide selection of new and gently used household items, furniture, Baby gear, clothing, coats, toys, gift ware, collectibles, puzzles, books and much more.

For more information, please call the church at 598-4888.

The church is handicapped accessible and is located at 11 County Route 35, just north of Palermo Center.


The Misfits, a family band from Orwell, is performing as part of the Gospel Music Festival from 1 to 3 p.m. May 10 at the North Volney United Methodist Church.

The band performs locally at churches, coffeehouses, festivals and square dances. Lee and Vicki Teachout, along with Herb Smith, sing country and gospel music, including bluegrass, southern gospel, country western, blues and hymns.

A free will offering will be taken to pay the musicians.

There will be a bake sale for those with a sweet tooth and a lunch if you get hungry.  New this year is a Used Book Sale from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Available will be books of all kinds for adults and children, magazines, DVD’s, old sheet music, church music and jigsaw puzzles.

There also will be a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


A boating safety course is being offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday May 17 by the The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 24 in Oswego.

The course is being held at the Sandy Pond Sportsman Association, County Route 15, Sandy Creek.

Those completing the course will receive a Boating Safety Certificate. The cost is $35 and pre-registration is required by calling 598-7854.


Faith United Church is having a yard and plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at the church on Mark Fitzgibbons Drive, Oswego.

Indoor and outdoor plants will be sold on the church lawn.

The yard sale, inside the church, features clothing, children’s toys, sports equipment, kitchen items and paperback books. Each person entering the church is given one or more bags to fill. Upon leaving the sale area, those with bags of merchandise are asked to make a donation.

 Free coffee is available and baked goods will be for sale.


The Oswego Veteran of the Year dinner for former Oswego Councilor John M. Canale will be held at the Ancient Order of Hibernians located at One Munn Street Oswego at 6 p.m. Saturday May 24.

Canale’s dinner will start with a social hour at 6 p.m. with dinner to be served at 7 p.m. Several guest dignitaries have been invited.

For more information and tickets for the event, call Dave Rice at 591-5195 or Jim Fitzgerald at 342-1586.

Canale is a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.


A country barn dance is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at the Phoenix fire barn on Main Street.

Music is by “American Eagle Band,” “Barry Newman and Gray Hound Band” and “Jesse Derringer.” All proceeds benefit the Morgan Family Tired of Cancer Relay for Life team.

There will be 50.50 drawings and door prizes. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase.

Call Madalyn Morgan at 695-4654 for more information.


The 10th annual Syracuse Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma, an annual walk to raise funds and awareness for scleroderma research and patient support, is scheduled for Sunday, June 8 at Onondaga Lake Park, Bay View Tent area.

Check in and registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

For information and to register, go to

The Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walk is an event to raise awareness and money needed to deal with this devastating autoimmune disease.

Money raised at this event will be used to help fund research efforts and provide patient support and education. To date there is no known cause or cure.

For more information about scleroderma, contact the Scleroderma Foundation/Tri-State, Inc. Chapter office at (800) 867-0885 or visit on the web at


The Sunshine Community & Child Care Center is putting on its Summer Gratitude Gala 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday June 14.

Vendors, activities, tie-dye, arts and crafts, parking lot sale, food, music and nonalcoholic beverages will be available.

There also will be a cutest pet contest, bounce houses and a cutest prince and princess contest.

Vendor registration packets available at Sunshine Center at 561-7861


Local resident Wendi Starusnak will discuss her first novel, “Detached,” from 6 to 8 p.m. June 16 at the Phoenix Public Library.

Starusnak will discuss the book, answer questions and will sign and sell copies. Refreshments will be served.

“Detached” contains mature content and subject matter and is not recommended for those under the age of 18.


The Oswego County Fair is seeking local talent for the fair, which runs July 2 through 6.

While the fair features several established bands and singers, the fair also hopes to promote some new groups by offering a chance to them to perform .

Anyone interested in performing should call Anne Gibbs at 298-5686.


The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is accepting registrations for a six-week workshop in Lacona on falls prevention called “Six Steps to Better Balance.”

At 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, the North Country Christian Church in Lacona will host an informational demonstration of the program.

“Six Steps to Better Balance” is scheduled to begin on May 21 at the church, 49 Salisbury St., and will continue through June 25. It will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. each Wednesday and will be taught by RSVP volunteers Carol Simpson and Rachel Brooks.

The workshops cover how to help prevent falls and reduce injuries if a fall occurs. Participants will learn activities that are fun to do and designed to reduce not only falls, but also the fear of falling.

A major component of the program is improved balance.

To sign up, call Carol at 343-5614. Class size is limited and a modest fee is charged to help cover class materials.


The Annual Parish Community Garage Sale is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 24.

Maps of participating sales will be available the day of the sale in Canfield Park, Main Street.

For more information call Chriss Sackett at 625-4169 or at

Bodley students learn consequences of drinking, texting while driving

Fulton Fire Department members use a hydraulic machine to cut victims out of this simulated drunk-driving accident.
Fulton Fire Department members use a hydraulic machine to cut victims out of this simulated drunk-driving accident.
Fulton Police arrest Logan Carvey, the drunk driver in the simulated crash
Fulton Police arrest Logan Carvey, the drunk driver in the simulated crash

G. Ray Bodley juniors and seniors got to witness first hand the consequences of what can happen if they drink and drive.

On Thursday May 1, they gathreed for a mock driving while intoxicated (DWI) drill at the high school.

Participated were the Fulton Police Department in coordination with Oswego County Stop DWI, the Fulton school cistrict, Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, Oswego County 911, Fulton Fire Department, Menter Ambulance, Oswego County RACES, and several other agencies.

Every other year, the event is held for Bodley’s juniors and seniors just before the Junior Prom and Senior Dinner Dance to warn them of the real dangers of driving drunk.

The added danger of texting while driving was also a factor in the mock crash.

The event began at 8 a.m. with a simulated a fatal head-on drunk driving crash involving real students as actors.

Emergency service providers simulated their response, to include the evacuation of the injured by firemen using the “jaws of life” and crash investigation by police.

Several Quirk’s Theater players from Bodley played the vehicles’ occupants.  Nikki Baker-Lanning was the victim killed in the crash, while Logan Carvey was the driver charged with drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter.

Following the outdoor scene, the students were moved to the auditorium where Robert Lighthall from Oswego County Stop DWI stressed the importance of “having a plan” during their after-prom festivities and explained to them the consequences their poor choices can have on their family and friends.

The students watched a video about a real-life accident where a child was killed by a drunk driver.

Thereafter, the reality of drunk driving was brought to the forefront when a victim impact volunteer spoke to the students about her life following the death of her husband at the hands of a drunk driver 20 years ago.

A death notification was also simulated by police, showing the raw anguish that a parent experiences when they learn their child has been killed in a car crash.

Lighthall narrated while the arraignment and sentencing of Carvey was held, showing the court process and legal consequences following a serious drunk driving crash.

Finally, a funeral was held for Baker-Lanning while her friends looked on. A casket was put on stage and every student was invited to “pay their respects” at the end.

Overall, the event was judged as a success by all involved.

“If we get through to just one kid, we have done our jobs today”, said Fulton Police Deputy Chief Tom Abelgore.

Porky and Buddy discuss ticks

Dear Porky and Buddy,

I was petting my dog Scooby last night and felt this odd little lump thing on his neck.

When I took a closer look, oh gross, it was a tick. I  had never seen one on him before.

I didn’t think they even started before the summer. So I tried putting alcohol on the little bugger to make him back out and that didn’t work at all.

How do you get a tick out?


Dear Darlene,

Did you ever wonder what ecological role ticks play in the universe?

Think about it . . . lots of other creatures that some people think of as “gross,”  spiders, bats, slugs, rats, to name a few (not that we agree, we are just speaking in generalities here) do play important roles in the ecosystem, primarily because of what they eat or because of who eats them.

But ticks? As a general rule they don’t even qualify as a snack!

But back to the practical world. It is important to remove ticks promptly. They feed on blood, and while doing that they deposit saliva into the wound they make that can carry any number of serious diseases, including, in this area, Lyme disease.

But first, give up the old myths that alcohol, heat, petroleum jelly or whatever will persuade a tick to back out once it is attached to someone’s skin.

Those substances will only annoy it and may cause it to deposit even more disease carrying saliva into the wound.

Instead, to remove a tick, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or special tick removal instruments that you can find at any pet store. These devices allow you to remove the tick without squeezing the tick body.

This is important as you do not want to crush the tick and force harmful bacteria to leave the tick and enter your pet’s (or your own) bloodstream.

Grab the tick by the head or mouth parts right where they enter the skin. Do not grasp the tick by the body. Without jerking, pull firmly and steadily directly outward. Do not twist the tick as you are pulling. Don’t be worried about the tick head staying in as that rarely happens.

After removing the tick, place it in a jar of alcohol to kill it. (Ticks are not killed by flushing them down the toilet.) Clean the bite wound with a disinfectant, and apply a small amount of a triple antibiotic ointment. Wash your hands thoroughly.

Then call your vet to find out what form of tick control he or she recommends for Scooby. There are a number of products available, but you need professional advice to choose the most appropriate.

Know that tick season does not wait for the summer; it is starting now, as you have found out.

On a happier spring note, the Oliver Paine Nursery Spring Plant Fundraiser will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 17 and 18 at the nursery at 125 South Granby Road, south of Fulton.

A total of 15 percent of your plant purchases will be donated to the Humane Society, but you need the special flyer to take with you. You can download it at

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego. Phone is 207-1070. Email is and Website is

County health clinics for the week of May 12

The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.

Walk-in influenza clinics are held weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego for people age 19 and older. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.

Children’s flu vaccine is now available every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

The children’s flu vaccine is available at no cost to all children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program provided by the New York State Department of Health. For those who do not qualify, the cost is $37 for the inactivated vaccine.

The health department accepts cash or checks for payment. The department does not accept credit or debit cards. Patients with private insurance, Managed Medicaid, Managed Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare, and Medicare Part B should bring their benefit cards with them to the immunization clinic.

No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

The following services will be offered during the week of May 12 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.


** Adult Influenza Clinic: Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, May 13, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Pregnancy Testing: Free pregnancy testing is available. Call 349-3391 to schedule an appointment.

** Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Treatment Services: Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

** HIV Counseling and Testing Service:  Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

Immunization clinics are held every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

For more information about public health services, contact the County Health Department, weekdays, phone 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547.