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Volney public hearing on overriding state tax cap Oct. 10

By Scott Allardice

It looks like the town of Volney may be raising taxes in 2014 in excess of the state-mandated cap on property tax increases.

But it only looks that way, said Supervisor Dennis Lockwood.

Revenues from a new water district in the town are expected to boost Volney’s income over the tax cap number; which is 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapolli recently set the tax cap at 1.66 percent for the 2014 budget year.

The new water district includes County Route 45, McDougall Road and part of County Route 6.

“The rest of it might be less than 2 percent,” Lockwood said, referring to the rest of the town’s 2014 spending plan.

Town officials are in the midst of the 2014 budget process this month and next, and must adopt a final 2014 spending plan by Nov. 20.

But with the anticipated “excess’ spending, the town is required to adopt a resolution to override the state spending cap.

There will be a public hearing on the tax cap override resolution at 5 p.m., Oct 10 at the town hall.

New ramp built at Parents of Special Children

Parents of Special Children, Inc. recently had a wheelchair ramp built at its new office in Fulton.

The nonprofit agency,  funded through the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and Family Support Services), moved to a larger suite in June to accommodate its growing programs.

Parents of Special Children support families who are caring for individuals with developmental disabilities by assisting with reimbursements of goods and services that allow them to better care for their individuals.

Construction for their ramp took place Sept. 14 with the help of many volunteers and donors.  The project was coordinated by Dick Bonanno of Operation Northern Comfort and Theresa Familo of PSC.

The staff, board of directors and families of Parents of Special Children would like to thank everyone who helped make this project a success, including Operation Northern Comfort, Hannibal American Legion, Hannibal’s Poorman’s Snowmobile Club, ARISE, ARC of Oswego County and the many family and friends who volunteered.

“This project was a huge success because of the volunteers. Working with so many amazing individuals allowed me to better understand the dynamics of people,” said Parents of Special Children Executive Director Theresa Familo.

“Believing that the more you give of yourself, the more your community is going to flourish,” she said. “It is also incredible to see things from a different perspective.  Seeing how everything is put together, from beginning to end, is extremely interesting to me.”

Parents of Special Children, Inc. will  hold an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16 for friends and families to visit its new office and use the new ramp.

For more information, call Familo at (315) 598-7672.

Valley Viewpoints: Candidate thanks those who voted in primary

I would like to thank everyone who voted in the recent Primary Election, whether they voted for me or my opponent.

While waiting for the results at the polls I had a chance to meet Ralph Stacy Jr., who will be my opponent in November. I found Ralph to be a gentleman and a friendly person. We had a nice chat about family, the neighborhood and whatever else came to mind. We congratulated each other on our respective wins that night, he on his Independance Party win and me on my Republican win.

We also wished each other good luck, but not too much. I like to think that whichever one of us gets elected, the fourth ward will be well represented.

I look forward to a good clean race. I would also like to point out that both the Conservative primary and Independance primary were decided by a single vote so I encourage everyone to get out and vote Nov. 5. I hope you will vote for me but regardless for whom you vote, make sure your voice is heard.


Thanks again to all who voted,

Jim Myers, Republican candidate for 4th Ward Councilor


Former CCC Fulton campus provost receives multicultural leadership award

Onondaga Community College Provost Cathleen C. McColgin — formerly provost of the Fulton campus of Cayuga Community College — received the prestigious 2013 Multicultural Leadership Award at the National Diversity & Leadership Conference Sept. 19 at the California University of Pennsylvania.

The Multicultural Leadership award recognizes individuals who have made a difference through their achievements and exemplify the ability to excel in their field.

“This award is a tremendous honor for Dr. McColgin and our entire campus community,” said Onondaga President Casey Crabill. “Dr. McColgin’s efforts have made Onondaga a better place for all who come here. We are grateful for her contributions and proud of her accomplishments.”

McColgin, of Skaneateles, has been at OCC for five years. She was provost in Fulton’s CCC campus for seven years. She also was a full-time tenured professor at CCC for 13 years.

McColgin received her doctorate degree in higher education with an emphasis on teaching and administration from Syracuse University. She is a New York state registered nurse and spent 15 years as a captain in the United States Army Reserve at the 376th Combat Support Hospital.

Gen. Colin Powell was the conference keynote speaker at the conference.

For more information on the conference, go to

Benefit Oct. 20 for Barry family

A Benefit Fundraiser, “All You Can Eat Pasta Dinner” is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Oasis Room at Thunder Island on Wilcox Road in Granby.

The event is taking place to raise money for the Barry family, Sue, Bob and Ryan. Ryan, 12, was riding a mountain bike at camp at Casowasco when he hit a rock on the trail, lost control of the bicycle and hit a tree. Were it not for the fact that he was wearing a helmet, he probably would not have survived.

Ryan suffered a severe spinal cord injury as well as other injuries and is now in a wheelchair. The funds raised by this event will go towards a handicapped vehicle for the family.

Dinner will include all-you-can-eat pasta, salad and bread. Baked goods will be available for purchase. There will be door prizes, raffles, a 50/50 and a cash bar. Marybeth and Rob Hill will provide music. An artist will be doing face painting.

Advance sale tickets may be purchased from Theresa Broderick (592-8068), Sue Patrick (592-7449) or Jan Rebeor (593-1930). A limited number of tickets will be available at the door the day of the event and takeout will be available.

Sewing classes offered for National Sewing Month

September as National Sewing Month is the perfect connection for CNY Arts Center to offer a return to the basics of sewing for a new generation.

Sew You Can classes for ages 6-18 start Saturday, Sept. 28 and run throughout the fall at the Arts Center location at 357 State St. Methodist Church through the Park St entrance in Fulton.

Students will learn how to use a sewing machine, know all the parts of the machine and learn basic stitches.

Each class will create a project and receive a special patch on completion of training. Creative sewing classes with individual sewing projects will be open to those students who have completed training on the sewing machines.

The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month “in recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”

Subsequent proclamations signed by President Reagan state that “tens of millions of Americans sew at home. Their efforts demonstrate the industry, the skill and the self-reliance which are so characteristic of this Nation.”

Citing the creative, “therapeutic and calming effects of sewing” at, the annual observance is a national effort to sustain the art of sewing in all its many forms with a belief that sewing reduces stress in adults and gives kids a creative edge.

“Since sewing is no longer taught in schools as a basic skill, these classes meet a need for learning and experience many children, and adults, do not have access to,” said Nancy Fox, executive director. “This sewing class series for kids will empower them for a lifetime with the skills they learn and take with them.”

“The art of sewing is a satisfying and limitless skill within the reach of everyone from the basic sewing on a button to creating individual and imaginative works of art. Fiber arts are an exciting part of the textile industry with many new textures and fabrics and threads. Sewing quickly becomes a passion.”

From sewing to culinary to painting, drawing or writing, CNY Arts Center offers all arts for all ages. “Our fall calendar is a feast of options for every artistic palette,” Fox continues. “We look for classes that meet the need for every skill level and interest.”

For more information and to register for classes, visit or call 592-3373.

Catholic Charities office in Fulton goes smoke free

Submitted by Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of Oswego County has joined the growing list of area, business, clubs and organizations that have officially become tobacco-free environments.

Using the resources of the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County, Catholic Charities has gone tobacco free both inside and outside of its building.

Mary Margaret Pezzella-Pekow, Catholic Charities executive director, said the assistance she received from the Tobacco Free Network was invaluable in the implementation of the agency’s tobacco free policy.

“Abby Jenkins (coordinator of the Tobacco Free Network) was great,” said Pezzella-Pekow.  “She provided us with informational materials, best practices on introducing the tobacco free policy to our employees and consumers, and signage for inside and outside of building.”

Established in 1999, the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County is a community-based coalition committed to reducing the human and social toll of tobacco use in Oswego County.  Supported by funding from the New York State Department of Health Tobacco Control Program, Tobacco Free Network utilizes local outreach opportunities to:

** Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke
** Decrease the social acceptability of tobacco use
** Reduce tobacco displays in local retail environments
** Create greater access to tobacco-free parks and playgrounds
** Prevent the initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults
** Promote cessation from tobacco use and the NYS Smoker’s Quitline

For more information on the Tobacco Free Network, call Abby Jenkins at 343-2344, ext. 21 or visit, For more information on Catholic Charities of Oswego County, visit

CCC Fulton students learn to ‘Arrive Alive’

By Ashley M. Casey

Students at Cayuga Community College’s Fulton campus learned about the dangers of texting or drinking while driving in Arrive Alive’s virtual reality driving simulation on Sept. 17.

UNITE International, a national distracted driving prevention organization, sends the Arrive Alive tour to high schools, colleges and other places around the country.

After answering a survey and signing a “Fight for Life” pledge to not drive distracted, participants took a “spin” in a Kia Soul outfitted with sensors on the steering wheel, brakes and gas pedal while wearing virtual reality goggles that showed a busy road course.

Drivers could choose between a program that simulated the effects of driving while drunk, or a program that allowed them to text using their own phones while attempting to drive.

Once the simulation was over, Arrive Alive team leaders Patrick Sheehy and Marty Burke, both of Myrtle Beach, S.C., presented the driver with a “citation” of his or her infractions, ranging from not driving the posted limit to vehicular manslaughter, and asked them to take a follow-up survey.

For Sheehy, the issue of distracted driving is personal. At the age of 18, Sheehy ran his car off the road into a tree while changing the radio station. He later joined the Arrive Alive campaign to prevent other drivers — especially teenagers and young adults — from making the same mistakes.

“A lot of people don’t realize you’re actually four times more likely to get in an accident while texting and driving (than drinking and driving),” Sheehy explained.

He and Burke spend the school year driving their virtual-reality-outfitted Kia Soul across the country. They also show informational videos on alcohol- and texting-related car accidents and their tragic, lifelong consequences. UNITE compiles the surveys they administer to present to schools and for a nationwide research project.

“When I realized how many people this really needed to reach, that’s when I decided to stick with it and get the word out. It’s an epidemic,” said Burke, who has worked with Arrive Alive for about three years.

A few CCC students who tried the simulation shared their thoughts on the eye-opening experience.

Ricky Colón of Oswego said that he was familiar with the dangers of texting or drinking and driving through safety courses he took while in the Army.

“It’s something that happens way too frequently, so we have to have more severe laws,” Colón said. “It’s a good reminder.”

New York state announced in August that the penalty for texting while driving is five points on one’s license and a minimum $230 fine.

After trying the simulator himself, Devon Thomason of Fulton encouraged his friends and classmates to do the same.

“I’m a new driver as it is. I’m not invincible and I know it,” he said. “I’m not going to put my life at risk to send a text message. It’s stupid.”

Caroline Braley of Oswego vowed to stop texting while driving.

“I knew it was dangerous but I didn’t realize how much more dangerous it is. It was hard to focus on the road, keep my speed, watch out for pedestrians and send a text message all at once,” she said of the simulator.

Arrive Alive also visited CCC’s Auburn campus Sept. 18. This was their first visit to the Fulton campus.

For more information about Arrive Alive and UNITE’s mission to end distracted driving, visit