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Seniors hear tips on not getting scammed

Todd speaks to residents at Bishop's Commons.
Todd speaks to residents at Bishop’s Commons.

Residents at Bishop’s Commons welcomed Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd who presented tips to help seniors avoid falling victim to “scams” or consumer fraud.

“There are many aggressive and creative ways con artists use to attempt to steal your money and obtain personal information, whether it is through a telephone conversation or an e-mail,” warned  Todd.

The Internet alone accounts for billions of dollars in fraudulent activity each year. One of the biggest crimes involves identity theft, usually when an unsuspecting victim provides their name and social security number.

The sheriff warned that consumer fraud is not just happening in other places, but has occurred right here in Oswego County.

“If you receive a phone call where the caller is asking you for personal information,” Todd said, “just hang up; don’t confirm your name or social security number”.

The best way to avoid becoming a victim is to avoid giving out personal information over the phone or by responding to emails from unfamiliar sources.

Porky and Buddy discuss sick, dirty, smelly pets at a store

Dear Porky and Buddy,

I was out shopping a few days ago with my granddaughters who are nuts (in a good way) about animals.

So, on a whim really, I took them into a pet store to see the puppies for sale. I would never actually buy a puppy from a pet store because I know about the problem of puppy mills, but I thought it would be fun for them.

Boy, was I wrong!  There were 10 puppies in a pen in the store. They looked terrible, as though they all had colds or something with runny crusted eyes and runny noses and the pen was dirty and stinky.

I had no idea what to do, so I just hustled my granddaughters out of the store and told them we should not be around sick animals.

But what should I have done about the puppies? I keep thinking about them.

Irene

Dear Irene,

New York State has what is known as the Puppy Lemon Law.

Under Article 35-D of the General Business Law, if you purchase a sick dog or cat and a veterinarian certifies the animal as unfit within 14 days of a sale, you  have the right to a refund, exchange or reimbursement of veterinary costs up to the cost of the pet.

You are not a purchaser, thank goodness, but the Department of Agriculture and Markets regulates pet dealers and takes complaints about observations of unhealthy conditions at pet stores and other pet dealers even if you did not purchase.

You can find the online complaint form right here:  http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/petdealercomplain.html

There is also a printable form here that you can download and mail in: http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/AI/small_animals/webcomplaintform0808.pdf

The New York State Attorney General also had an Animal Protection Initiative and takes and investigates complaints about pet stores and pet dealers. You can call toll free, (888) 697-3444.

The law is designed to safeguard the public and to ensure the humane treatment of dogs and cats by requiring pet dealers to guarantee the good health of any such animal sold by a pet dealer to a consumer.

A pet dealer is a pet store or breeder who engages in the sale of more than nine dogs or cats a year for profit to the public. Dealers must post a notice of consumer rights in a manner clearly visible, and at the time of sale, must also provide written notice of the same to the consumer.

Under “Article 26-A of the Agriculture and Markets Law pertaining to the licensing of pet dealers, they are also required to provide appropriate veterinary care to their “merchandise,” something that this pet store was apparently not doing.

You can find out the details of the Pet Lemon Law and the laws and regulations pertaining to the care of animals by pet dealers at http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/AI/small_animals.html

Irene, we really encourage you to make your observation known to both agencies by filing and calling. Concerned animal lovers like you are the best defense against sub-standard conditions leading to  unhealthy pets in pet stores.

And if you would like to adopt a healthy pet that has received great vet care, go to www.oswegohumane.org.

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 at 265 W. First St., Oswego. Phone is 207-1070. Email is ochscontact@hotmail.com. Visit the website at www.oswegohumane.org.

Hazardous waste collection site opens May 3

Submitted by Oswego County

Oswego County residents will be able to safely dispose of unwanted chemicals, pesticides and other hazardous waste products beginning Saturday, May 3, at the Oswego County Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility.

Located at the Bristol Hill Landfill, 3125 State Route 3, Volney, the facility will be open Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 to 11 a.m. from May through September.

Managed by the Oswego County Department of Solid Waste, the program is free to Oswego County residents.

The household hazardous waste disposal program is sponsored by the Oswego County Legislature and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

“The household hazardous waste collection facility gives residents a convenient way to safely dispose of expired chemical products and unwanted hazardous wastes,” said Frank Visser, Oswego County Solid Waste Director.

“This method of household hazardous waste management has proven to be cost-effective and user-friendly. Materials are packaged and stored in a secure area until a sufficient amount has accumulated for shipping,” Visser said.

Customers should pull their vehicle up to the side of the building, which is located between the transfer station and solid waste offices.

Drivers should remain in their vehicles and wait for materials to be unloaded by the solid waste department staff.

These items are accepted at the collection facility:

Adhesives, aerosols, antifreeze, auto batteries, light ballasts (non PCB), brake fluid, cements, degreasers, disinfectants, dry gas, flea products, fluorescent bulbs, gasoline, hobby chemicals, household cleaners, insect repellants,  lacquers, lighter fluids and  lubricants.

Also: mercury containing devices, oil-based paints (no latex paints will be accepted), paint removers and thinners, pesticides, pool chemicals, rat poisons, rug and upholstery cleaners, solvents, turpentine, varnish, weed killers, and wood stains.

A complete list of materials is listed on the solid waste department web site at www.oswegocounty.com/dsw/hhw.html.

Materials should be in their original containers and placed in sturdy cardboard boxes. Leaking containers should be wrapped in newspaper and placed in a clear plastic bag.

Dried latex paint, used motor oil, household batteries, cell phones, computers, electronic equipment, and appliances containing CFC refrigerant are accepted year-round at the transfer stations.

There is no charge for recycling electronic equipment such as computer monitors, microwave ovens, fax machines and televisions. There is a $15 fee to recycle appliances that contain CFC refrigerant.

Visser requests that, for safety reasons, people do not bring children or pets to the collection site. Smoking is prohibited in the unloading area.

When lines are long, cars may be turned away so that materials can be processed prior to facility closing.

The Solid Waste Department also accepts hazardous wastes from Oswego County businesses that meet the regulatory requirements. Business owners should contact the Solid Waste Office to find out if they qualify and to obtain a cost estimate for disposal of materials.

For more information, call the Oswego County Solid Waste Office at 591-9200, or visit the Department of Solid Waste Web site at http://www.oswegocounty.com/dsw/index.html

County Health Department clinics for week of April 21

Submitted by Oswego County

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 April 21 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

OSWEGO:

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

** Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, April 22, 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. For information on rabies clinics, call 349-3564.

Fulton Park of the Day, Wednesday April 16 — Foster Park

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Foster Park.

 

Find one and begin your collection of stones from the various parks in Fulton. Each day a different park will be highlighted on this Valley News website — find out what the park of the day is and go there to find a stone.

 

By April 19, folks should have collected 10 stones. Bring them to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park to win a small prize.

 

Auditions April 17 and 19 for new CNY Arts Center play

One of the performers from the recent success, Willy Wonka Jr. at the CNY Arts Center
One of the performers from the recent success, Willy Wonka Jr. at the CNY Arts Center

With a record-setting run of Willy Wonka, Jr, CNY Arts Center announces open call auditions for You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.

Auditions are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Thursday, April 17 and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St. Methodist Church, Fulton (Park Street entrance).

People from seventh grade through college-age are invited to audition for the musical production to be directed and choreographed by Amy Price, with music directed by Dan Williams, and with the same artistic team from Willy Wonka, Jr in place.

“We had a phenomenal response to Willy Wonka, Jr with at least three sell-out performances,” said Nancy Fox, executive producer.  “We want to keep the fun going with another musical we think everyone will enjoy, this time with a slightly older cast.“

All the favorite Peanuts characters are in the popular show billed as an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.

The production is scheduled to open June 6 for a two-week run through June16. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Djug Django Band to play Oswego Music Hall May 3

Djug Django Band
Djug Django Band

The popular eight-member Djug Django Band will play at the Oswego Music Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

Djug Django is largely devoted to the music of Django Reinhardt, the legendary gypsy guitarist of the 1930s hot jazz scene in Paris, who founded the Quintette du Hot Club in Paris in the 1930s.

But they also perform jazz standards, Latin rhythms and “N’awlins soul,” as well as originals by band member and multi-instrumentalist.

The band combines this range of music styles in wonderfully creative ways. From the great songs of the Swing Era, including legends like Ellington, Gershwin, and Fats Waller, to Brazilian and Argentine classics sung in Spanish and Portuguese, and even wonderful original music, the band is known for its exciting performances, exquisite taste, and uniquely relaxed vibe.

The members of Djug Django must be among the busiest working musicians in the Northeast, in constant demand to play at all sorts of gigs and events.

The band started out years ago in Ithaca playing at the well-known Moosewood Restaurant. Since then Djug Django has been delighting dancers and jazz buffs.

When they come together to play, each band member brings his special background and influences to the music.

The members of Djug Django are Harry Aceto, guitar; Doug Robinson, guitar and vocals; Dave Davies, guitar, trombone and vocals; Brian Earle, clarinet; Eric Aceto, violin; Chad Lieberman, piano; and Al Hartland, drums.

There also is Jim Sherpa,  who plays a genuine lowdown washtub bass, adding that special down home flavor.

“Djug Django deserves to be on the national stage–this is one of the hottest little bands I’ve ever heard.

It is my honor and pleasure to perform with these wonderful musicians”  from time to time — [Frank Campos, Ithaca College, Professor of Trumpet]

Djug Django “has a delicacy and refinement we rarely witness in jazz . . . the group’s overall musicality is on a very high level — sophisticated and dead-on. These guys really enjoy playing together, and that spirit comes across clear as crystal” [Russel Tarby and Pat Carroll, review in JazFax, Nov. 2010].

Check out some of  Djug Django’s music on http://www.watershed-arts.com/djug.html and then come and catch the wonder of their evocative and infectious music in a live performance at the Music Hall on May 3.

The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Tickets can be purchased on line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

Holders of tickets purchased before 1 p.m. on the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 p.m., seating will be general admission.

Ticket prices for this event are $14 if purchased in advance and $16 at the door.   Children 12 and under are half-price; under 5 is free.

For information contact Membership Secretary, Carol Forrest at 343-2988.

The Music Hall’s next concert, May 17, will feature Stephanie Bettman & Luke Haplin, a fast-rising duo from Denver.

Paws Across Oswego County Open House and Fundraiser April 27

April 27 is a very big day for Paws Across Oswego County, a local nonprofit animal rescue located in Oswego.

For its ninth year, Paws Across Oswego County is hosting its annual Open House and Rescue Fundraiser.

Paws Across Oswego County’s Open House will be from noon to 5 p.m. at Paws & Effect at 2035 County Route 1 in Oswego. Inquiries regarding event questions or donations can be sent to paoc@twcny.rr.com.

This event is known for bringing local animal rescues together to spread the word about animal adoption and to raise funds for their cause.

There are drawings, a silent auction, food, demonstrations, a bake sale, door prizes and more.

The silent auction includes more than  $5,000 in products donated by local and nationwide businesses for the attendees to bid on. Including baskets and gift certificates, the products offered will be both human and pet related.

The drawings also have brought a lot of attention to the cause this year. Tickets are being sold for items such as a Disney Getaway, a one-year supply of Merrick Dog Food, a one-year supply of Merrick Cat Food, a one-year supply of Whole Earth Farms Dog Food and a 32 GB iPad Air.

The Disney trip includes four one-day Park Hopper Passes to Disney World and a three day-two night stay at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando, FL.

The pet food drawings will be presented as 12 gift certificates for bags of food and have been generously provided by Merrick Pet Care.

The iPad Air is a 32 GB model that has been donated by Stella and the Merriam Barrett Guest House.

Tickets for the drawings are available for presale at Paws & Effect and will be sold the day of the event for $5 each, three tickets for $10 or 10 tickets for $20.

Lighthouse Lanes will be supplying barbecued chicken and pulled pork meals for sale. Each meal comes with two sides and will be $10 each.

There also will be small salads for vegetarians. There will be a bake sale and drinks available for purchase, as well.