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New state budget includes enhancements for anglers, hunters

The new state budget for 2014-15 just passed this week by the legislature and signed by the governor includes some money to help hunters and anglers.

Here are some of the items in the budget:

** $4 Million for New York State Hatcheries and Continued Efforts to Stock NY’s Waterways. The money will be used to address critical infrastructure repair needs in the state’s fish hatchery system.

Specifically, DEC will make repairs to hatcheries, including boiler replacements at Chautauqua Hatchery in Western New York and Oneida Hatchery in the Mohawk Valley, and rearing pond (raceway) repairs at several DEC hatcheries. Building repair and improvement projects are also in the works for Caledonia Hatchery in the Finger Lakes, which will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2014.

In addition, DEC plans to purchase 16 new fish stocking trucks with fish life support systems that are essential for the safe delivery of stocked fish.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) operates 12 fish hatcheries in New York and plans to stock more than 2.3 million catchable-size brook, brown and rainbow trout in more than 309 lakes and ponds and roughly 2,900 miles of streams across the state this spring.

A list of all waters scheduled to be stocked this spring can be found at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30465.html.

** Reduced Price Fishing Licenses, Free Fishing Promotions. Fees will be reduced for seven-day fishing licenses, from $31 to $28 for non-residents and $13 to $12 for residents. There also will be an increase in the number of authorized statewide free fishing days to eight from two and authorization for DEC to offer 10 days of promotional prices for hunting, fishing and trapping licenses.

These reduced prices build upon efforts last year, which saw successfully streamlined fishing and hunting licenses, reduced fees, and made fishing licenses valid for one year from the date of purchase.

** $6 Million for Access to Fishing and Other Recreational Opportunities will allow for 50 new access projects involving 380,000 acres for fishing, hunting, hiking, canoeing, bird watching and other forms of recreational activities throughout the state.

The vast majority of these new access sites will provide new or improved access to fishing opportunities, with new trails to fishing sites, fishing platforms, boat launches, improved signage, and new and improved parking.

** Expanded Adventure License Offers involves discounted Adventure Plates to existing lifetime fishing licenses holders and access to the plates to annual license holders.

Anglers, both new and existing license holders, will now be able to choose from licenses plates featuring trout, striped bass and walleye: http://licensecenter.ny.gov.

** Boating and Fishing Access Upgrades Underway at facilities on Forge Pond in Suffolk County, the Mohawk River in Schenectady County, Great Sacandaga Lake in Saratoga County and Lower Saranac Lake in Franklin County.

New access projects to be completed in 2014 include a new boat launch on Round Lake in Saratoga County and installation of a fishing pier on Green Lake in Greene County. The state has invested more than $2.8 million on boat launch improvements during the past three years.

Other enhancements for sportsmen include:

** Authorization of crossbow hunting, except on Long Island and Westchester County, for hunters 14 years of age or older for small game, and for big game throughout firearms seasons and during portions of archery season

** Debut of Lifetime Empire Passport, which offers visitors to state parks the option of paying a one-time fee to experience all that New York Parks have to offer throughout their lifetime

** Launched new Adventure Licenses to holders of lifetime hunting, fishing and trapping licenses, as well Parks’ Lifetime Empire Passport and NY Safe Boating certificates, whereby a person can consolidate his or her paper licenses onto one document

** Streamlined access to sporting licenses at http://licensecenter.ny.gov to easily purchase and print fishing licenses online from a home computer. License holders also can order new Adventure Licenses and Adventure plates from the website.

Fulton teams receive Scholar/Athlete awards

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has recognized the seven varsity winter athletic teams in the Fulton City School District.

The association presented Scholar/Athlete Team Awards to the following teams: Girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, girls’ bowling, ice hockey, boys’ indoor track, girls’ indoor track, and boys’ swimming.

To receive the NYSPHSAA’s scholar distinction, the team average must be 90 percent or higher during the season.

Maroun supports St. Baldrick’s

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

For the eighth time in his 17 years of teaching in the Phoenix Central School District, Matt Wieczorek is sporting a shaved head in support of childhood cancer research.

The fourth-grade teacher has been participating in the annual St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser for nearly a decade to help fund life-saving studies in childhood cancer treatment. With a lofty goal of $5,000, Wieczorek reached out to friends, family, the school district and the Phoenix community, and the results were overwhelming, he said.

“I was blown away by the outpouring of tremendous support I received last year when everyone helped me crush my goal of raising $3,500,” Wieczorek said, noting that the support was even stronger in 2014. “I don’t know if people think it’s just me using a phrase that ‘you can’t thank people enough,’ but between the support I’ve received from friends outside of the district and the people within the district … it’s pretty wonderful.”

Students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School even got in on the fundraising action with Bald is Beautiful Day, resulting in an extra $660 for childhood cancer research. The youngsters were encouraged to donate to the fundraising efforts and, in return, they could wear a hat during the school day. Decked out in all types of hats, from traditional baseball caps to whacky winter hats, students showed their support in any way they could to push the teacher closer to his goal.

When it was Wieczorek’s turn to have his head shaved March 30, he had nearly reached his goal by collecting $4,720.

“All I do is lose hair, but everyone else hands over money,” he said. “I don’t think they realize that they are the ones actually doing the work. I just show up and get my head shaved. Without them I’d just be some goofy-looking bald guy.”

The teacher wasn’t the only one with Phoenix ties who received the bald treatment March 30. Wieczorek’s former student Mary Bergman joined him in the head-shaving fundraiser.

“It’s great to see so many people help this cause,” Wieczorek said. “It’s even better when I see former students being so selfless and donating their time, money and efforts.”

Health clinics set for week of April 7

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 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 7 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 8, 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, call the County Health Department, weekdays phone 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547. For information on rabies clinics, call 349-3564.

Dip in Lake Ontario April 5 raises money for Special Olympics

Freezin’ for a Reason!

More than 100 people will take a dive into the cold waters of Lake Ontario Saturday April 5 (today) for the second annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics.

Sgt. Jim Cunningham, Officer Lysa Dolin, Officer Bryan Thompson and Officer Kevin Engle of the Oswego Police Department will lead the plunge carrying the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics “Flame of Hope.” Top fundraiser Cindy Tyler of Antwerp, Jefferson County, and team Jumping for Jake will lead the plunge in honor of Jake Tyler.

Jake Tyler, who worked as a pipefitter with a union in Oswego, is Cindy’s husband who was planning to take the plunge in Oswego to raise money for Special Olympics. But he died in March in a car accident.

The Oswego Polar Plunge will take place at Wright’s Landing, 21 Lake St. Registration and check in is from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. with the plunge taking place at 1 p.m.

In conjunction, there also will be a chicken barbecue at Gibby’s Irish Pub from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Coffee and hot chocolate for registered Polar Plungers provided by Dunkin’ Donuts.

Polar Plunge and Special Olympic merchandise will be for sale.

Registration is still open www.PolarPlungeNY.org/Oswego. Participants can also register the day of the plunge, just bring collected cash and checks with you. All participants raising $100 or more receive a FREE official Polar Plunge sweatshirt.

Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world.

Fulton woman charged with DWI while children are in the car

Dedich, Valeri
Dedich

 

Valeri R. Dedich, of Bakeman Street, Fulton, has been charged with driving while intoxicated while she had children in her car.

Fulton police said Dedich admitted to drinking alcohol and failed several field sobriety tests. the children were all under the age of 15 — one was in the front passenger seat, with the two others seated as rear passengers. The children were turned over to another adult who responded to the scene.

Dedich is charged with driving while intoxicated with a child, a felony; driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor; driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol count more than 0.08 percent, a misdemeanor; and failure to keep right, a violation.

Dedich was arraigned by Fulton City Court Judge David Hawthorne and released on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to return to court at 9 a.m. April 16. 

Forecast calls for fun, learning at Fairley Elementary

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

As winter draws to a close in Oswego County, fourth-graders at Hannibal’s Fairley Elementary School recently met with meteorologist Jim Teske to learn about the factors that contribute to the lake-effect snow that has blanketed the region all season long.

The TV weatherman delivered a presentation to nearly 100 students as they gained a better understanding about different weather phenomena.

From tornados to blizzards, the fourth-graders received information about what causes such events to occur.

They viewed weather maps, videos and even conducted their own weather experiment to demonstrated atmospheric changes.

With the assistance of fourth-grader Mackenzie Astle, Teske set a cotton ball on fire, dropped it into a glass bottle and set a hard-boiled egg on the top of the bottle. The burning cotton ball heated the air inside of the bottle and created some airflow between the top of the bottle and the egg. Once the flame was extinguished, the bottle cooled and a partial vacuum was created, sucking the egg into the bottle.

“When you have high pressure and you move to low pressure, you create air flow,” Teske explained. “The air inside the bottle was low pressure and outside was high pressure. Something has to give.”

In addition to the experiment demonstrating pressure fluctuations, students learned that lake-effect snow is caused by cool air traveling over a warm body of water such as Lake Ontario. Combine those factors with winds out of the north or northwest and the situation is prime for a lake-effect snow event, Teske said.

Armed with the knowledge of the lesson, the students said they would know what to look for when it comes to forecasting the weather.

 

Community Gathering of Hope for Heidi M. Allen tonight in New Haven

Heidi M Allen Missing 20 Years on April 3, 2014
“Community Gathering of Hope for Heidi M Allen”
April 3, 1994, Heidi M Allen, made her last transaction as the sole clerk at the D & W Convenience store in New Haven, New York. Her kidnapping devastated the community and leaves a void in the hearts and lives of her family. Allen remains missing today, 20 years later.
Heidi M Allen’s family invites you to join them for a “Community Gathering of Hope for Heidi M Allen” on April 3, 2014, the 20th anniversary of her abduction. This is open to the public and all are encouraged to join us for an evening of remembrance, hope, and fellowship.
Location: New Haven Fire Corporation, Route 104, New Haven, NY
We will be OUTSIDE –

 

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Social Hour
A time to remember the day Heidi disappeared & share stories of hope and catch up with old friends.
*The Oswego County Sheriff’s Department will be there to do finger printing kits for the children
*The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) will be there to share information about their “Take 25” Campaign and share information with families and children
*Photographic slide show of snap-shots taken during the initial search and rescue efforts of 1994 and some through the years at different events to remember Heidi (anyone with pictures they’d like to include can email Lisa M Buske, Heidi’s sister, at lbuskewriter@aol.com before March 28th)
- finger printing and NCMEC will be inside the fire hall

 

7:42 p.m. Candle Light Vigil
Pastor Vivian Summerville, same pastor who led the vigils in 1994 and 95’ will open the prayer time.  Lisa M Buske (Heidi’s sister)’s pastor, Pastor Daniel Groh, will also help make the vigil a special time of hope and prayer. Community is asked to bring their own candles.