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Wheelchair basketball game Friday night at Fulton Junior High

The Move Along Flyers Wheelchair Basketball Team will face off against teachers from the Fulton City School District at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 .

A winter dance will be held following the game for all participants and audience members.

The event will be held at the Fulton Junior High School on Curtis Street. The game and dance are part of a youth basketball season sponsored by Move Along.

Once a week, students participate in adaptive sports activities that support integrative play between both disabled and able-bodied students. Sessions include sports practice, team activities and free play.  The youth basketball session began in November and will continue to run throughout the school year. New participants are always welcome.  

Contact Information: Move Along P.O. Box 5220 Oswego, NY 13126 — phone is 374-0082   Move Along is a non-profit organization that supports adaptive sports education and awareness for disabilities in Central New York.

For more information, contact Greg Callen at 374-0082 or by email at

Port of Oswego gains new equipment, security grant

The Port of Oswego is getting some new equipment and some security upgrades, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, said Wednesday.

He was at the Port of Oswego to announce he secured a nw reach stacker for the port, along with a new dump truck and two new generators.

A reach stacker is like a forklift and is used to unload heavy cargo from ships or trains.

Schumer said he got the new equipment from the Federal Surplus Property Program, which offers public law enforcement agencies like the Port Authority the chance to acquire used equipment.

Schumer also announced the Port of Oswego has been awarded a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Port Securities grant to install four new security cameras, giving port officials a 360-degree view of Port activities.  He said the new security feature makes the Port of Oswego the most secure port in the Great Lakes system, which is all the more important because the Port is the first international port of call from the Great Lakes on the St. Lawrence.


How to help a sick animal — Porky and Buddy weigh in

Dear  Porky and Buddy,

I have terrible sad news and I thought maybe you could give me some advice.

My beautiful golden Retriever, Sadie, has just been diagnosed with bone cancer and my vet is referring me to a specialist, but says she will probably recommend amputation of her leg to try to save her. I am just devastated.

Should I put my already sick dog through all that trauma? How will she adjust?



Dear Jen,

We absolutely do not intend to make light of such a serious diagnosis.

Bone cancer — osteosarcoma — in dogs is common and we are sure your vet has already told you that the long term prognosis is not good.

But that said, our advice to you is simply this. . .  Get a grip.

Because remember this . . .  Dogs can’t count. Three legs, four legs, whatever, they have no psychological attachment to their body parts. They’re just legs and three work out about as well as four.

Assuming the specialist does recommend amputation for Sadie, and we suspect that she will, you will probably be astonished at how well she recovers.

In fact, since bone cancer is known to be very painful, she will, in all likelihood, act like a happy playful dog again when the source of her pain is gone!

There are a few things you can do to make the post surgery recovery and the transition a little smoother. Your surgeon will undoubtedly have lots of careful instructions for you to follow, but here are the basics.

Make sure Sadie has a quiet easily accessible bed where she can stay at first with her food and water nearby and her favorite toys (or cats) to keep her company.

Encourage her to rest as much as possible at first.  The surgery  and medications used during and after will take a toll on her.

If you have ever had surgery yourself, you know how exhausted you were and you knew what was happening.

It’s the same for Sadie, but she has no clue who or what all these strange people and places are.

Follow your surgeon’s advice about feeding Sadie after the surgery. Some dogs may only take a small amount of food or no food at all the night after surgery, but will eat normally again the next day.

Administer her  pain medication according to your surgeon’s instructions. This will help keep her comfortable during recovery. Don’t get all silly about strong pain killers — Sadie can’t tell you how much her incision hurts, so you have to rely on your surgeon’s advice.

You’ll have to put one of those horrible plastic cone things on her head to keep her from licking the wound.  She will hate it, but will get used to it.

Provide whatever wound care your surgeon recommends — but watch it and don’t hesitate to call if you have concerns or questions.

Depending on how strong you are and  how big Sadie is, you may want to have a cloth sling to help her navigate difficult maneuvers like stairs at first. At the very least, stay near her as she begins to walk around again so you can help if she needs you.

Most important . . .  enjoy your time with Sadie through her recovery and for the rest of her life. She needs you — you need her. Make it count.

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. Contact the office at 207-1070 or

Oswego County Legislature committees named

Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner has set the legislature committees for 2014.

They are:

Government, Courts and Consumer Affairs:

Chair David Holst, Williamstown; vice chair John Martino, West Monroe; members Jacob Mulcahey, Oswego; Ronald Reehil, Cleveland; Milferd Potter, Orwell; Terry Wilbur, Hannibal; and Dan Farfaglia, Fulton.

Public Safety:

Chair Linda Lockwood, Volney; vice chair Margaret Kastler, Lacona; members Shane Broadwell, Scriba; Robert Hayes, Schroeppel; Richard Kline, Schroeppel; Mulcahey; Reehil; Amy Tresidder, Oswego.


Chair John Proud; vice chair Jim Karasek, Granby; members Frank Castiglia, Fulton; Kastler; Michael Kunzwiler, Oswego; Lockwood; Douglas Malone, Oswego Town; Morris Sorbello, Granby.

Finance and Personnel:

Chair Wilbur; vice chair Jim Weatherup, Hastings; members Broadwell, Hayes, Holst, Karasek, Kunzwiler.

Economic Development and Planning:

Chair Sorbello; vice chair Shawn Doyle, Pulaski; members Malone, Kline, Tresidder, Potter, Daniel LeClair, Pennellville.

Infrastructure, Facilities and Technology:

Chair Hayes; vice chair Potter; members Castiglia, Holst, Martino, Weatherup, Marie Schadt, Oswego Town; Walpole, Scriba.

Human Services:

Chair Broadwell; vice chair LeClair; members Doyle, Farfaglia, Proud, Schadt, Walpole.

Here are the dates for the county legislature meetings in 2014:

2 p.m. Feb. 13, March 13, May 15, July 10, Aug. 14 (in Pulaski) and Oct. 9.

7 p.m. April 10, June 12, Sept. 11 and Nov. 13

There will be two sessions Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Oswego County health clinics for week of Jan. 27

The Oswego County Health Department clinic schedule for the week of Jan. 27 has been announced.

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 available for children who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicaid or Managed Medicaid, who qualify for the Vaccine for Children Program.

Children who meet these criteria may receive flu vaccine Tuesdays 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.

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 Jan. 27 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.


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

** Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 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 Oswego County Health Department, weekdays at 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547.