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State Senate Report, by state Sen. Patricia Ritchie

I’ve always been a dog person and today, couldn’t imagine life without my lovable yellow lab “Gunner.” That’s why I’m pleased to report that just recently, a measure I cosponsored to allow municipalities to regulate pet dealers was signed into law.  The new law will give local governments the authority to enact stronger measures to protect the well-being of animals and will help to crack down on puppy mills—inhumane commercial dog-breeding facilities that may sell animals in pet stores, online or directly to the public. 

Not only am I working to prevent animal abuse, I’m also working to spotlight the hundreds of pets across Central and Northern New York who are looking to be adopted into caring homes.

That’s why I’m teaming up with the local animal shelters to feature “Pets of the Week,” on my website, www.ritchie.nysenate.gov, and on my Facebook page.  There, you’ll also find contact information for local shelters that are home to hundreds of other animals looking for loving caregivers.

According to recent statistics, an estimated 2.7 million healthy shelter pets are not adopted each year, and only about 30 percent of pets in homes come from shelters and rescues. If you’re considering adopting, it’s important to remember that bringing a new pet into your home is a big step that comes with a lot of responsibilities.  Here are several guidelines you can use to determine if you’re ready:

  • ** Make sure you have the financial resources necessary to care for a pet—that includes being able to budget enough money to pay for veterinarian visits, food, toys, bedding collars and other necessities;

** Is your home ready for a pet?  If you rent, it’s important to determine whether your landlord allows pets, and if so, what types.  In addition, the size of your home should also complement the type of pet you select.  For example, smaller dogs, like Dachshunds, Pugs and Cocker Spaniels are well-suited for apartments and larger dogs such as Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds need more room;

** You should also determine whether you have the time in your schedule to care for a pet.  Pets cannot be ignored when you are tired or busy, and require food, water, regular exercise and other types of care every day of the year;

** Is your family ready?  If you have little ones under the age of six, you may want to consider waiting a few years before you adopt, as younger children typically have a more difficult time understanding the way to properly handle a pet;

When you adopt a pet, you not only open your home, you open your heart too.  If you’re ready to care for a pet, I encourage you help an animal in need by considering adopting from a local shelter today.

 

Salmon River fishing museum hosts open house Jan. 19

The Salmon River International Sport Fishing Museum will hold the first in a series of monthly open house events from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19.

Michael Riordan, board president, will speak about the history of the B.F. Gladding Corp. from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Riordan will discuss the nation’s first fishing museum and the growth of the Gladding Corp. from 1900 to 1985. Items in the former Gladding collection are displayed at the sportfishing museum at 3044 state Route 13, Pulaski.

“In 1966, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller declared South Otselic, the home of Gladding, as the ‘Fishing Line Capitol’ of the world,” said Riordan.  “During this period of time, Gladding would purchase companies like Magic Snell, Glenn Evans, South Bend, Horrocks Ibbotson and at least 15 other companies. If you enjoy history, you will enjoy hearing about this American company that survived several wars, the Great Depression, and the challenges of a changing world.”

The museum will host an open house the third Sunday afternoon of every month. Museum curator Fred Betts will speak about the history of the fishing creel and share his personal collection of creels Sunday, Feb. 15.

For more information call the museum at 298-2213, Riordan at 374-2997 or visit www.facebook.com/pages/Salmon-River-International-Sport-Fishing-Museum/152643681444857.

DEC issues new regulations to combat invasive species

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing new regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) at DEC boat launches, Commissioner Joe Martens said.

The proposed regulatory changes require boaters to remove all visible plants and animals from boats, trailers and associated equipment and to drain boats before launching at or leaving a DEC boat launch and waterway access.

DEC will accept public comments on the proposal through Feb. 24.  The full text of the proposed regulation can be found on DEC’s website at www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/propregulations.html.

“These proposed regulatory changes are the latest in a series of actions DEC has taken over the past few years to combat the spread of harmful invasive species, including the emerald ash borer,” Martens said.

“Cooperation and assistance from the public is essential in order for these efforts to succeed. Boats, trailers and the equipment can spread aquatic invasive species from waterbody to waterbody and significantly harm recreational and commercial use of a waterbody while having a detrimental effect on native fish, wildlife and plants.

“This regulation is an important component of DEC’s efforts to help ensure AIS-free waters remain free and additional AIS are not introduced to other waters,” he said.

Boaters are advised to carefully check their boats, trailers and equipment for any plant or animal material that may be clinging to it and remove it if found.

Nuisance Invasive Species Disposal Stations are provided at many DEC boat launches for this purpose. The boat should also be completely drained, including live wells, bait wells and bilge tanks, and dried before it is used in another waterbody.

Recommended drying times for each month of the year can be calculated at http://100thmeridian.org/emersion.asp.

Additional information on aquatic invasive species and preventing their spread can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48221.html.

Comments on the proposed regulations can be sent via e-mail to fishregs@gw.dec.state.ny.us, or mailed to Edward Woltmann, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY  12233-4753.  Hard copies of the full text may also be requested from Mr. Woltmann at the above address.

Flooding hits Sandy Creek area; residents should take precautions

Flooding is occurring west of Route 3 in the Town of Sandy Creek along the shoreline of Lake Ontario, and Town officials are urging residents and homeowners to take precautions and follow flood safety tips.

Town Supervisor Nancy Ridgeway, Town Highway Superintendent Mike Kastler, and County Legislator Margaret Kastler (1st District), along with Oswego County Emergency Management Office Director Dale A. Currier are monitoring the situation closely.

“The town wants to ensure the safety of residents,” Supervisor Ridgeway and Highway Superintendent Kastler said. “People should be very aware of their surroundings.”

People who have a life-threatening situation should call 911.

Town officials are asking residents and property owners west of Route 3 in the town to check their residences, secure propane and other gas tanks, and turn off the electric power if necessary.

“Please don’t travel over flooded roadways,” Highway Superintendent Michael Kastler stressed. “A few inches of water can wash away a vehicle. Turn around and go another way.”

The governor’s declaration of a State of Emergency for heavy lake effect snow on the Tug Hill last week includes Oswego County and is still in effect, Currier said. County Emergency Management and town officials are working to secure state resources to aid the flooding situation in the town.

For updates, people can go to the town’s web page at www.sandycreekny.us.

‘Cupid’ is the pet of the week

In an effort to find homes for animals up for adoption, state Sen. Patricia Ritchie, who represents Oswego County, is teaming up with local animal shelters to feature “Pets of the Week” from Central and Northern New York on her website and Facebook page.

“There are many people who bring pets home in December as holiday gifts who are now heading back to work and school and finding that they don’t have the time to dedicate to caring for an animal,” Ritchie said.

“Many of those animals end up at local shelters,” she said.

The Oswego County Humane Society is helping in Ritchie’s effort.

This week, the featured pet is Cupid, a male Rottweiler mix who is 6 months old.  He is house trained, and described by the Oswego County Humane Society as a pet that likes to play, but has a calm side too.

For more information on Cupid and other pets available for adoption, call the Oswego County Humane Society at 207-1070.

SUNY Oswego online MBA program receives honor

SUNY Oswego’s online MBA tied for 14th among online graduate business programs, highest of any New York college, says  U.S. News’ 2014 “Best Online Degree Programs: Business” rankings published Jan. 8.

The high ranking shows the traditionally strong School of Business — recently reaccredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — has successfully translated campus-based instruction to serve students everywhere, said President Deborah Stanley.

The rankings emphasize factors like student engagement (in which Oswego ranked fifth overall), peer reputation, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology.

Hands-on opportunities, including co-ops, internships and volunteer service, have long been an emphasis of Oswego’s academic programs and the college extends these experiences for online learners as well.

“Online classes have the same rigor as traditional classes” at Oswego, said Richard Skolnik, business school sean. “Most of the faculty teaching in the online program also teach classroom-based courses. Online MBA faculty members are recognized for scholarly and professional accomplishments.”

Sharkey named to Pathfinder Bank board

John F. Sharkey III has been elected to the board of directors of Pathfinder Bank effective Dec. 19, said board chair Janette Resnick.

Sharkey is president of Universal Metal Works, a custom metal fabrication facility, in Fulton, and the managing partner of Universal Properties, LLC.

“John will bring his well established entrepreneurial and management skills to our board room, as well as his strong knowledge of the Central New York business community,” said Resnick.

“The board of directors has been engaged in its own succession planning process over the last several years,” Resnick continued, “and we are proud of our results.”

Prior to his role with Universal Metal Works, Sharkey was president of Universal Joint Sales, a heavy-duty trucks parts distributor, headquartered in Syracuse.

During his tenure at Universal Joint Sales, the company grew to 13 locations throughout the Northeast and Florida.

In 1998, Sharkey sold Universal Joint Sales to FleetPride. For three years following the sale of the company, Sharkey acted as FleetPride’s Regional Vice President.

Sharkey is an active member of the Central New York community, serving on boards including the Council of Fleet Specialists, Rockwell International’s Distributor Advisory Council and the Camillus Youth Hockey Association. He is also a committee member of the Syracuse Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

Sharkey and his wife Barbara originally resided in Camillus where they raised their two sons. In 2005, the couple built a home in Oswego, where they reside.

He enjoys golfing, boating, skiing and flying and  earned his Instruments Pilot License.

Pathfinder Bank is a New York State chartered savings bank headquartered in Oswego.

Certified nurse midwife joins Oswego Hospital

Certified Nurse Midwife Theresa Check has joined the staff of Oswego Hospital’s maternity center and the local practice, Oswego County OB-GYN.

Check recently graduated from The Ohio State University, where she earned a master’s of science in nursing after studying midwifery and women’s health.

As part of her final year of midwifery training, she provided care at facilities in both Ohio and Pennsylvania.

“I am so happy to be here providing care,” Check said. “During my interview process, I really enjoyed talking with the physicians and staff.

“For me personally, I believe that midwifery was a calling,” Check said. “I am also a strong believer in getting to know my patients and becoming someone they are comfortable talking to about their health concerns.”

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, the new midwife said she found Oswego to her liking. “I grew up on a great lake and this area seemed like home; a nice place to live with a small-town atmosphere,” she said.

Check has also completed Lamaze childbirth education training and is a DONA International (formerly known as Doulas of North America) trained birth doula. She is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Oswego Hospital’s maternity center offers large, attractive private labor and delivery rooms with the latest technology. Each labor and delivery room also has its own bathroom with a large soaking tub.

There are also 12 postpartum rooms, which have their own bathrooms, as well as a cheery, homelike atmosphere. The department is staffed by a caring and knowledgeable staff.

The unit is staffed 24 hours a day with either an obstetrician or certified nurse midwife with physician collaboration and with neonatal nurse practitioners for immediate newborn care. For a tour of the facility, call 349-5572.