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Phoenix, Mexico to hold village elections Tuesday

By Debra J. Groom

Residents of Phoenix and Mexico go to the polls Tuesday March 18 for village elections.

The contests are not at all competitive this year as everyone is running unopposed.

Here is the rundown of the elections:

 

Phoenix

Incumbent trustees David Pendergast and Ryan Wood are running unopposed for their positions.

They are two-year terms. The position pays $2,688.26 a year.

 

Mexico

Incumbent trustees James Hotchkiss and Susan Linerode are running unopposed for their positions.

The seats carry two-year terms and the trustees are paid $2,100 a year.

The polls in Phoenix and Mexico are open from noon to 9 p.m.

Hannibal and Central Square will have their village elections in June.

Travel advisory issued in Oswego

Effective immediately, Mayor Thomas W. Gillen issued a Travel Advisory in the City of Oswego due to heavy snow accumulations and white‐out conditions in our immediate area.

The “Travel Advisory” phrase means NO unnecessary travel on city streets, and NO parking on city streets between 1 and 6 a.m., which are the hours of the City’s alternate‐side

parking restrictions.

Motorists are asked not to park on city streets, during non‐parking ban hours, to assist the DPW crews in snow removal.

This Travel Advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

 

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.