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Snow emergency declared in Fulton

The City of Fulton has declared a SNOW EMERGENCY effective at 3 p.m. (March 12).

Snow and gusting winds along with a forecast of significant snowfall this evening have created very hazardous driving conditions. Motorists are advised against any unnecessary travel. Vehicles will be towed if they become stuck or if they present a hazard.

Public Works crews are aggressively working to clear streets. Due to the SNOW EMERGENCY, cars should not be parked on the roadway. This will assist Public Works crews in clearing the snowfall which began to accumulate earlier this afternoon.

Pedestrians should stay off the roadways if sidewalks become impassable as road surfaces are treacherous.

The following areas may be used by residents for SNOW EMERGENCY PARKING – those areas include Indian Point Landing (North First Street, off of Route 481 at the north city line)A and Bullhead Point (Route 3 West between the War Memorial and YMCA)

Forum on school finance canceled

Due to the severe weather conditions expected across Central New York, tonight’s scheduled community forum at West Genesee High School, “Our Kids, Our Schools… Our Future!,’’ has been CANCELED.

The event, coordinated by the Central New York School Boards Association and Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES and Oswego County BOCES, will not be rescheduled.

Even though the community forum has been canceled, CNYSBA is calling on its members to write, email or phone their state legislators over the next two weeks to continue to push for the full repeal of the Gap Elimination Adjustment.

This is the second time the program was canceled due to bad weather.

 

Phillips senior VP at Pathfinder Bank

Daniel Phillips has been named senior vice president and chief information officer at Pathfinder Bank, said Thomas W. Schneider, president and chief executive officer.

“We are pleased to announce Dan’s promotion to senior vice president,” Schneider said. “He has provided Pathfinder Bank with years of experience in financial information technology, and his leadership, ability to execute and strategic thinking have been driving forces to help advance our bank.”

As a member of the bank’s senior management team, Phillips will oversee all areas of technology and information systems, as it relates to the bank’s strategic technology plan and overall strategic plan.

He will also continue to oversee the bank’s eCommerce and IT Departments.

Phillips has been with Pathfinder Bank for 15 years and in the financial information technology industry for 25 years.

A 1987 graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse with a bachelor of science in business administration, Phillips resides in Oswego and has two children, Eric and Taite.

He is active with the Alumni Association Board and Advancement Committee at Le Moyne College, and is a Pathfinder Bank Money Smart Educator for the  “Keeping Safe in an Electronic World” curriculum.

Pathfinder Bank is a New York state chartered savings bank headquartered in Osweg. Deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

The bank has eight full-service offices located in Oswego, Fulton, Mexico, Lacona, Central Square, and Cicero. The company reported total assets of $503.8 million and total shareholders’ equity of $42.7 million for the period ending Dec. 31, 2013.

Rabies clinics scheduled for 2014

Submitted by Oswego County

The Oswego County Health Department will hold eight rabies clinics at locations around Oswego County this year.

All clinics will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

The first clinic will be Wednesday, March 26, at the County Highway Garage, 31 Schaad Drive, Scriba.

“The rabies virus continues to be active across Oswego County,” said Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County public health director.

“Although the virus can infect any mammal, including dogs, cats, livestock, wildlife, and humans, the vast majority of rabies cases reported each year occur with wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. Immunizing pets is an effective way to reduce the risk of human exposures to rabies,” he said.

New York state law requires all cats, dogs, and pet ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age. A second vaccination is required within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter.

In order for pets to receive the three-year booster shot, owners need to show that the pet was previously vaccinated, and should bring their pet’s last rabies vaccination certificate to the clinic.

The health department suggests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the rabies clinics, but no one will be turned away. Dogs should be leashed and cats and pet ferrets should be in a cage.

Clinics will be held at these locations during the spring, summer and fall:

Scriba: Wednesday, March 26, County Highway Garage, 31 Schaad Drive.

Pulaski: Wednesday, May 7, County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road.

West Monroe: Wednesday, June 4, Town Highway Garage, 46 County Rte. 11.

Parish: Wednesday, July 9, County Highway Garage, 24 Dill Pickle Alley.

Volney: Wednesday, Aug. 6, Bristol Hill Landfill, state Route 3.

Hannibal: Wednesday, Sept. 10, Town Highway Garage, 68 Cemetery Drive.

Pulaski: Wednesday, Oct. 8, County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road.

Scriba: Wednesday, Nov. 5, County Highway Garage, 31 Schaad Drive.

Any time a person or pet comes in physical contact with a bat or wild animal, especially a sick or suspicious-acting animal, the incident should be immediately reported to the County Health Department.

To report a possible exposure, or for more information about rabies, call the Health Department weekdays at 349-3564 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3564.

In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health department’s answering service at 341-0086.

Women of Distinction applications due

State Senator Patricia Ritchie, R-Oswegatchie, is accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s 2014 “Women of Distinction” program.

The program honors women’s history in the Empire State by recognizing outstanding leaders and everyday citizens from the present who are making a difference.

The deadline for applications is April 1.

“Each and every day, women in our region are doing amazing things and throughout the years I’ve had the opportunity to recognize dozens of them through the New York State Senate’s ‘Women of Distinction’ program,” Ritchie said.

“I’m truly excited to once again honor the women of our region who are making a difference,” she said.

Women living in the 48th Senate District, including Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties, are eligible for nomination.

All nominees will be invited to a local recognition ceremony to be held on May 1. One individual from each State Senate district will be selected to travel to the Capitol to be honored at a special reception on May 13.

In addition to being recognized at the special ceremony at the Capitol, the honoree’s photo and biography will become part of a display that travels across the state to bring attention to the achievements of distinctive New Yorkers.

Last year, 17 women from Central and Northern New York were nominated for the program.

Of the nominees, Rhonda Lyn Roethel of St. Lawrence County was selected as the 48th Senate District’s “Woman of Distinction,” and became the 19th person recognized through the Senate program from the 48th Senate District.

Family, friends or coworkers can make nominations by visiting www.ritchie.nysenate.gov or calling 782-3418.

2 new doctors join Oswego Health

The husband wife urology team of Elizabeth W. Bozeman and Gary D. Bozeman have joined the active medical staff at Oswego Health.

The board-certified urologists will provide a wide range of services in their Fulton office and in Oswego Hospital’s surgery center. Both physicians have nearly 20 years of experience in their field of expertise.

Dr. Elizabeth W. Bozeman

Elizabeth Bozeman has extensive experience in female urology, recurrent urinary infections, stone disease, interstitial cystitis, and many other conditions of general urology.

“When I was in medical school, I found that I really enjoyed my surgery rotation,” Bozeman said.

“As I continued to complete my rotations, I discovered that as a urologist, I could perform surgery and could also develop long-term relationships with my patients, as in many cases there is a continuum of care. This was a perfect fit for me personally and professionally.”

Bozeman completed her undergraduate degree at Emory University in Atlanta. She went on to the Medical University of South Carolina, where she attended medical school, as well fulfilled as her internship and residency.

During her residency, she was chief urology resident. She has the distinction of being the first female to complete the urology medical school program and was the first female to practice urology in South Carolina.

Along with her urology practice, Bozeman was active in both the South Carolina Urological Association and the Society of Women in Urology, serving in several key leadership positions.

Dr. Gary D. Bozeman

Gary Bozeman provides care in all areas of urology, specializing in prostate enlargement, voiding dysfunction, stone disease, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

Bozeman initially practiced as a general surgeon for two years before deciding to concentrate on providing urology care.

He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he also attended medical school. His internship and residency in general surgery were completed at the University of Tennessee, while his urology residency was fulfilled at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was chief resident.

Bozeman has been an active member of the American Urological Association, the Southeastern Section of the AUA, and the Society of Urodynamics and Female Urology. He is a past president of the South Carolina Urological Association.

During several visits here, the Bozemans have enjoyed the area’s natural beauty and have found the residents friendly.

“We’re excited to become part of the health system, which offers us an opportunity to provide personalized care in a community where we can get to know our patients,” Dr. Gary Bozeman said.

Porky and Buddy gives advice to teen who wants a dog

Dear Porky & Buddy,

Can you help me? I am 13 years old and I really, really, really want a dog, but my mom won’t allow it.

She says they are dirty and we can catch diseases from them and that she would end up taking care of it and blah, blah, blah.  What can I tell her to persuade her?

Annie

 

Dear Annie,

First of all, ditch the phrase “blah, blah, blah.” Then try this approach: “Ask not what your mother can do for you — ask what you can do for your mother.”

So . . . are your grades up to par?  Is your room clean?  Do you ever help around the house? Do you complain about it? Ditch the complaining.

Because, in fact, your mother is right.   If you have a dog it will be your parents’ ultimate responsibility, as the adults in the family, to make sure he is trained, fed properly, walked, taken to the vet, and licensed and to clean up or repair any damage that he might do in your house or the neighbor’s yard.

You are 13. You need to start acting like you are 23.

Make a pact with your Mom.  You will save up a certain sum of money to contribute toward the expenses of owning a dog. You will spend some time at the local shelter interacting with dogs (and not come home whining about how you want to adopt one immediately).

You will go to the library and check out some books about how to choose the right dog, how to care for a dog, how to train a dog, how to practice good hygiene  around a dog so you don’t catch any parasites or diseases. (It’s rare but it can happen.)

You will figure out what equipment your dog will need and what it will cost.  You will talk to a veterinarian about what she recommends for routine health care and the costs of vaccinations, office visits for check ups, and flea and heartworm medications.

Then, and only then, will you be ready to help your Mom (and Dad) with the responsibilities of caring for a new pet.

Will it work? We have no idea. Will it be worthwhile? Absolutely, because even if you still can’t persuade her, you will have impressed her with your maturity, you will have learned a lot, you will have had fun helping out with shelter dogs, and you will be ready for your own dog when you really are 23.

And if it does work then you and your Mom (and Dad) will experience both the joy and the awesome responsibility of having a dog in your life.

So good luck, either way!

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. Website is www.oswegohumane.org.