Oswego County Opportunities is holding a “Bling, Fling and Swing” drawing with three exciting prizes, and the name “Bling, Fling & Swing” helps describe them.
First prize is a sapphire and diamond ring, donated by Bridge Street Jewelers in Oswego. Second prize is an overnight getaway package for two at Vernon Downs Casino, donated by Vernon Downs Casino.
Third prize is two Canyon Combo tickets donated by Wonderworks at Destiny USA, redeemable for one canyon climb and admission to the Wonderworks experience.
The sapphire and diamond ring is worth more than $200. “We are grateful to Bridge Street Jewelers for their donation of this beautiful ring, which can be sized to fit the hand that will be graced by it,” said Diane Cooper-Currier, OCO’s executive director.
Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Only 300 tickets will be sold. They are available at the OCO Main Office, 239 Oneida St., Fulton, and at the Midtown Plaza Office, lower level (next to Jo-Ann Fabrics), Oswego, during regular office hours.
Drawing for all prizes takes place at noon Thursday, May 15, at the OCO Main Office, 239 Oneida St., Fulton. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win. The winners will be notified by phone and/or email to claim their prize. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
“There is a real need to help the hungry in Oswego County,” said OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier said.
“As the community action agency for Oswego County, we strongly support this purpose because it aligns perfectly with OCO’s mission: to inspire partnerships and provide services that empower people, support communities and change lives,” Cooper-Currier said.
From the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office
Meggan A. Gauger, 24, and Shane Thomas Dowling, 25, both of James Road, Hannibal, and Devin M. Gauger, 26, of Keller Road, Hannibal, charged with burglary and criminal mischief, both felonies. Charges stem from the investigation of a break-in at a Granby business in May 2011 and the theft of radiators from tractors and chain saws. Property also was damaged.
Gauger, Dowling and Devin Gauger were arraigned in Granby town court and will return to court May 8.
Mark A. Sikes, 35, of Cedar Circle, Liverpool, charged with felony DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation first degree, a felony, and crossing road hazard markings following a one vehicle car accident on Route 104 in the town of Hannibal.
Deputies said Sikes was reportedly traveling south and the 2005 Pontiac he was operating exited the west side of the roadway and collided with a caution sign then went down an embankment before coming to rest.
Sikes was arraigned in Hannibal town court and will return to court May 27.
Meggan A. Gauger, 24, of James Street, Hannibal, charged with grand larceny, a felony.
The charge stems from an investigation into a February 2014 incident in Hannibal in which she allegedly stole the victim’s credit card and used it for making purchases in Cato and Hannibal totaling more than $800.
Gauger was arraigned in Granby town court and will be back in Hannibal court May 13.
Fulton Police Department:
Brandon M. Chace, 19, of County Route 6, Fulton, charged with criminal mischief, a felony.
Police say he operated a motor vehicle through the Northbay Campbrounds on April 5, spinning his tires in the damp lawns on the campsites creating several ruts in the property. Damage estimate was $3,158.
Juan A. Colon Jr., 25, of Airport Road, Fulton, charged with being a fugitive from justice.
Police say on April 26, Colon was arrested as a fugitive from justice on a felony parole warrant issued by California.
Extradition was requested by the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino.
From the Oswego Police Department:
Joshua M. Sprague, 31, and Wendi M. Czirr-Sprague, 38, both of State Route 104, Mexico, were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance third degree with intent to sell, a felony and criminal possesion in the fifth degree with intent to sell, a felony.
Police said they possessed various prescription tablets and anabolic steroids.
By Debra J. Groom
A report will be issued by the end of May on how Oswego County can close four of its transfer stations by the end of 2015.
Department of Solid Waste Director Frank Visser said he, County Executive Philip Church and County Attorney Richard Mitchell have been directed by the county Legislature to come up with a plan to permanently close the transfer stations in Hannibal, Hastings, Oswego and Pulaski. Only Bristol Hill in Volney would remain open.
The report will be presented to the county Legislature’s Infrastructure, Facilities and Technology Committee. Continue reading
G. Ray Bodley juniors and seniors got to witness first hand the consequences of what can happen if they drink and drive.
On Thursday May 1, they gathreed for a mock driving while intoxicated (DWI) drill at the high school.
Participated were the Fulton Police Department in coordination with Oswego County Stop DWI, the Fulton school cistrict, Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, Oswego County 911, Fulton Fire Department, Menter Ambulance, Oswego County RACES, and several other agencies.
Every other year, the event is held for Bodley’s juniors and seniors just before the Junior Prom and Senior Dinner Dance to warn them of the real dangers of driving drunk.
The added danger of texting while driving was also a factor in the mock crash.
The event began at 8 a.m. with a simulated a fatal head-on drunk driving crash involving real students as actors.
Emergency service providers simulated their response, to include the evacuation of the injured by firemen using the “jaws of life” and crash investigation by police.
Several Quirk’s Theater players from Bodley played the vehicles’ occupants. Nikki Baker-Lanning was the victim killed in the crash, while Logan Carvey was the driver charged with drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter.
Following the outdoor scene, the students were moved to the auditorium where Robert Lighthall from Oswego County Stop DWI stressed the importance of “having a plan” during their after-prom festivities and explained to them the consequences their poor choices can have on their family and friends.
The students watched a video about a real-life accident where a child was killed by a drunk driver.
Thereafter, the reality of drunk driving was brought to the forefront when a victim impact volunteer spoke to the students about her life following the death of her husband at the hands of a drunk driver 20 years ago.
A death notification was also simulated by police, showing the raw anguish that a parent experiences when they learn their child has been killed in a car crash.
Lighthall narrated while the arraignment and sentencing of Carvey was held, showing the court process and legal consequences following a serious drunk driving crash.
Finally, a funeral was held for Baker-Lanning while her friends looked on. A casket was put on stage and every student was invited to “pay their respects” at the end.
Overall, the event was judged as a success by all involved.
“If we get through to just one kid, we have done our jobs today”, said Fulton Police Deputy Chief Tom Abelgore.
The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.
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 now available every Tuesday 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.
The children’s flu vaccine is available at no cost to all children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program provided by the New York State Department of Health. For those who do not qualify, the cost is $37 for the inactivated vaccine.
The health department accepts cash or checks for payment. The department does not accept credit or debit cards. 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 May 12 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.
** Adult Influenza Clinic: Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., walk-in clinic.
** Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, May 13, 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 County Health Department, weekdays, phone 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547.
By Julia Ludington
Many exciting events are going on at G. Ray Bodley and in the surrounding community this month.
The 35-week marking period ends Friday, and progress reports will be mailed the following week.
Once again, the Annual Spring Clean-Up will take place May 17 at 9 a.m. Please bring gardening gloves and any tools that you feel might be of use to the volunteers. Make sure to wear clothes that you are willing to get dirt on!
On May 20 and 21, the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Major Organization Festival will take place. Our music groups have prepared pieces to perform in front of a panel of judges.
The festival is a great way to get a professional’s opinion of your hard work and to receive useful feedback. Good luck to our performers!
The Fulton Memorial Day Parade will take place May 24. GRB students will be playing in the band and many will also be seen volunteering at the booths at the War Memorial.
Stop by after the parade for some great food and entertainment. Don’t forget school is closed May 26, Memorial Day.
Any seniors with scholarship forms they would like to complete and turn in should do so as soon as possible. Check the Guidance Office for forms with June return dates.
Many students are in the midst of their AP exams this week. If you are one of the students taking a test, make sure to relax the night before, get a good night’s sleep, and eat a good breakfast.
Get to the testing center well ahead of the test start time to reduce stress. Finally, go into the test with confidence: as FDR said “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
I wish everyone the best of luck!