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County legislature meets Thursday March 13

By Debra J. Groom

The Oswego County Legislature will decide on a number of resolutions at its Thursday March 13 meeting that officials hope will save the county money.

One deals with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax freeze proposal. The legislators will vote on supporting an alternative to the governor’s plan — namely having the state take over paying for the mandated programs it tells counties they must provide.

County Administrator Philip Church told the legislators last month that Cuomo’s plan would save Oswego County taxpayers with an avaerage home valued at $94,500 a little less than $74. This would be a two-year rebate, Church said.

But he said if the state instituted permanent mandate relief, paying for programs such as Medicaid, indigent defense, presschool special education and others, the reductions to the average Oswego County taxpayer’s bill would be about $514.

And these would be permanent reductions — not just a two-year fix.

In his 2014-15 state budget presentation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will provide $1 billion for property tax relief.

Church said this would help taxpayers by reducing their property tax burden permanently.

“Many counties and the New York State Association of Counties are proposing this alternative method to provide property tax reductions to New Yorkers,” Church wrote in his analysis.

Also on Thursday, the legislature will vote on supporting a statewide indigent defense legal system. Church said if the state picked up the cost of paying for poor defendants needing lawyers, the county would save about $1.55 million, which amounts to about $24 for the average resident.

This issue is hot in the state right now due to a lawsuit called Hurrell-Harring et al vs. the State of New York. In that suit, defendants in a numbr of counties, including Onondaga, say they were not represented in court by lawyers at various parts of the legal process because the county did not provide the required lawyer.

The lawsuit contends some counties do not have the money to send lawyers to every court hearing, such as an arraignment, but the law requires defendants have legal representation in court at all times.

The state mandated the indigent defense legal system, but passed it on to the counties to run and fund.

Also on the agenda for Thursday:

** Approving a new lease with Operation Oswego County for the county’s Board of Elections offices on East Seneca Street. The lease would be for two years for 10,156 square feet of space at an annual cost of $31,900.

** A public hearing for some land being added into the agricultural district in Oswego County. The additions include about 80 acres in Scriba, 2 3/4 acres in New Haven and a little more than 150 acres in Amboy. The legislature also will vote on including these parcels in the ag district during the regular meeting.

Hunter Chase McIntyre joins sister Kayden

Kayden McIntyre announces the birth of her brother Hunter Chase McIntyre on January 16. He weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces and was 19 inches long. Proud parents are Tom and Dana McIntyre of Fulton. Grandparents are Stan and Terry Lyttle of Hannibal and Tom and Donna McIntyre of Sterling. Great grandparents are Paul and Jeanette McIntyre of Sterling, Jane Spicer of Hannibal, and Stan Lyttle of Rochester.

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Ritchie commends local artists

In an effort to recognize local artistic talent in Central and Northern New York, state Sen. Patty Ritchie, along with the North Country Arts Council, hosted a celebration of the arts Thursday evening in Watertown.

At the event, those who have participated in the “Senator Ritchie Celebrates Local Artists” program were recognized.

Through the effort, two dozen artists have had their work featured in Ritchie’s Albany, Ogdensburg, Oswego and Watertown offices.

The work of past featured artists can be viewed at Downtown Watertown’s Franklin Building or at www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.

In addition, at the event, high school students from the Central and Northern New York region were inducted into Ritchie’s local artists program, and in the weeks to come, will have their artwork featured in her offices.

Several high school students were also invited to perform in the areas of song and dance.

“Our region is home to so much great local talent, and this event was a way to not only highlight that, but also to thank the artists who share their amazing work with us. This event was truly special, because we recognized our region’s ‘next generation’ of artists, by honoring high school students who have exceptional artistic abilities and inviting several of those students to perform,” Ritchie said.

“I’d like thank the North Country Arts Council for helping to make this event possible.  The organization is a wonderful resource not only for artists, but also for the community experience the various types of culture our area has to offer,” she said.

Honorees from Oswego County:

  • Gale Armstrong
  • Phyllis DiSalvo
  • Sandra Dowie
  • Edward Elsner
  • James Fitzgerald
  • Joe Galvin
  • Ellen Landphere
  • Phillip Lee
  • Bonnie McClellan
  • Loie Mechetti
  • Joanne Neff
  • Marcella Slater
  • Kathryn Wehrung

Oswego County students honored:

  • Ashlee Bishop:  APW High School
  • Nicole Light:  Paul V. Moore High School, Central Square
  • Cassondra Orr: G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton
  • Sydney Ryan: Mexico High School
  • Kayla Volkomer: Oswego High School
  • Megan Lentz: John C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix
  • Isabel Englbrekt: Pulaski Junior-Senior High School
  • Sarah McDougal: Sandy Creek High School

 

National recording group to play SOS FEST

National recording artists Seventh Day Slumber will play this summer’s SOS FEST  at 8:30 p.m. Friday,  July 18 at the Hannibal Firemen’s Fairgrounds.

Seventh Day Slumber, formerly of Texas but now from Tennessee, has released 10 CDS with a string of number one hits.

The band tours all over the USA playing in front of 100s of thousands each year.

The band plays large festivals as well as many small venues.

The SOS FEST is a three-day family oriented music festival sponsored by the Cabin 3 Youth group, with the intent on helping all area youth and families.

The festival also is here to help area nonprofits, sports clubs, scout troops, boosters organizations, youth groups and churches by providing free space for these organizations to raise awareness and money for their own cause.

There will be more than 15 bands and speakers during the three-day festival as well as nearly 20 displays, mission booths, merchandise booths, food booths, radio stations, water slides and games.

There also will be crafters, vendors and artists. Call Erik at 564-6133 for details on booth space.

This years SOS FEST, the 4th annual, will start Friday night July 18 with bands that teens and all ages will love. The speaker for the night will be Wes Aarum.

Saturday, July 19 will feature many bands and speakers with many music styles sure to please every taste.

Sunday, July 20 will wrap up with several great bands and will roll right into Hannibal’s Concert in the Park with its band lineup.

The full SOS Fest band lineup will be announced soon. Tickets are only $10 per day and Sunday is free.

Tickets are available now at www.itickets.com and details can be found at www.cabin3ministries.org.

News in Brief

Trinity United Methodist Church in Oswego will be serving an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday March 8.

The menu includes your choice of French toast, waffles or pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee or tea.

Extra sides may be purchased as well.

Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 45 E. Utica Street (corner of East Fourth at Utica Street) in Oswego.

For more information, call the church at 343-1715.

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The Montezuma Audubon Center is proud to welcome WOWEE Wildlife and their live animals from 3 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 8.

During this family friendly indoor program, participants will meet some native animals up close! A bobcat, fox and other wild creatures will be on display during an informative and captivating presentation.

Bring your cameras and be ready to enjoy WOWEE Wildlife. A fee will be charged. Space is limited and registration is required by calling 365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org to register.

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The Sons of the American Legion Post 1552 in Hannibal will have its monthly buffet breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., Sunday, March 9 at the post on Rochester Street.

A full menu will be offered.

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The Evangel University Concert Choir will appear in concert at Port City Faith,      Oswego, at 10:45 a.m., March 9, the Rev. Sebastian Foti has announced.

The EU Concert Choir is a 36-member vocal ensemble that is currently touring through Ohio, Virginia, New York and Connecticut.

During the past 30 years, the choir has toured in the 48 contiguous states, Canada, the Bahamas, Cuba and 15 countries in Europe.

The repertoire of the Concert Choir ranges from classical to contemporary sacred literature. The program is as varied and energetic as the 36-member choral ensemble. CDs will be available for sale after the concert.

Evangel University is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the National Association of Schools of Music and the Council on Social Work Education.

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There will be a chili, soup and salad luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday March 13 at the Oswego Center United Methodist Church.

The church is on County Route 7 in Oswego.

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Halters, saddles, clothes and much more will be for sale at bargain prices at the annual Oswego County 4-H Tack Sale from 10 a.m. to noon March 15 at Central Square Middle School, Route 11.

The benefits of the sale support the 4-H educational horse programs held throughout Oswego County.

Anyone who loves a bargain and is looking for equine related items, this sale is for you.

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Registration for Canal Clean Sweep events ends in two weeks.

If you haven’t done so already, please register your event by March 15.

The state Canal Corp. and Parks and Trails New York once again need your help for the annual Canal Clean Sweep.

Last year’s Clean Sweep resulted in more than 150 communities, civic groups, businesses and social clubs completing nearly 100 cleanup and beautification events along the Canal System and the Canalway Trail.

This year’s event will take place Friday-Sunday, April 25-27.

Like last year, the 2014 Canal Clean Sweep will be held in recognition of Earth Day 2014, and in advance of the upcoming navigation season, the 190th consecutive season on the New York State Canal System.

Hannibal concert celebrates ‘Music in Our Schools’ Month

The Hannibal Senior High Music Department will present a concert celebrating Music in Our Schools Month at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 in the high school’s Lockwood Auditorium.

The National Association for Music Education has announced this year’s theme “Music Makes Me…..!!!!,” a message emphasizing the important role that music education plays in our students’ lives.

The Senior High Jazz Band will open the program with three selections, including the upbeat mambo, Adelieland, from the film Happy Feet. Solos will be performed by Amanda Kimball, Elyssa Terry DeRycke, and  Zane Pointon.

Senior Choral Director Abel Searor will lead the chorus in a medley of music from the hit Broadway musical “Les Miserables.”

The audience will find it difficult not to hum along on tunes like “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Do You Hear the People Sing.”

Beginning with a Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach, the senior band under the direction of Shirley Terrinoni, will present selections inspired by great works of literature including Dante’s The Divine Comedy,  and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland as well as a piece by the contemporary composer Frank Ticheli.

The Senior Band and Senior Chorus will combine to present the final offering of the night, “When You Believe,” from the 1998 animated classic “The Prince of Egypt.”

Admission is free.

Hannibal students taste-test foods

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Students in Robert Piascik’s health class at Hannibal High School recently were  given the opportunity to taste test possible menu items for the 2014-15 school year.

New standards for school lunches require foods be rich in whole grains. At present, at least one-half of the grains offered must be whole grain.

Currently, Hannibal meets this criterion by serving 90 percent whole grain foods. By July 2014, all grains must be whole grains.

Students sampled cheese calzones, stuffed crust pizza, Mexican pizza, stuffed breadsticks and pizza quesadillas.

Food Service Coordinator Debbie Richardson distributed a survey to students that asked whether or not they wanted these items to appear on next year’s menus.

Block 2 study hall students also participated.

In and Around Hannibal, March 8

Oops — when I make a mistake, I does it good!

I am very sorry for any confusion I might have caused with my column last week. Don’t know whether it’s me eyes or me mind (I’m losing a little of each), but somehow I pushed the wrong button on this fool computer and sent the column from the first of March LAST YEAR instead of this year.

I will try to not do that again.  Apology said and I hope accepted, I give you this week’s offering!

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I hope you enjoyed the series on Hannibal schools before centralization. Have you drawn any conclusions?

Our forebears were anxious for their children to get an education…and getting a school in their area for their children was important. Can’t help thinking that that translated down to their children.

If for no other reason than school provided a place for them to see their friends and gave them something to do besides chores. Children must have led isolated lives with only siblings for company, compared to youngsters of today,

The parents were involved with the school doing what they could to make it a go, from providing land and building the school to providing firewood and boarding the teacher.

I imagine the teacher was not reluctant to pay a visit at a pupil’s home if he or she felt one was needed.

In the earliest days, schools were able to schedule classes as they felt needed as many of the students would be needed to work the farm.

You could say there was a lot more ‘local control’ and a lot fewer mandates and financial aid. Maybe they went to school only in the winter when they wouldn’t be needed on the farm. The teachers were freer to teach what they felt the students needed than they are today.

Many schools were used for church services – as the churches were used years later for schools when they were building schools or additions to them in later years.

These little schools produced some outstanding people, from lawyers and doctors and teachers to elected officials as well as shopkeepers and skilled artisans, farmers and homemakers.

Education goes in cycles and all things are made new again eventually. I spoke recently with a retired teacher who said they tried to overcome the ‘bigness’ of their school by a  cluster approach – Hannibal over the years has done similar things.

Isn’t it interesting that we wanted bigger to provide a better education for our children, expose them to the things that only a bigger school could provide and then we struggle to fine ways to give those big schools, the small school feeling — the feeling of belonging, being really cared about and of being held accountable.

Ah … If we only had the answers!

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The Senior Meals Program meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday for lunch at the Senior Center promptly at noon. The center opens at 10. For those who don’t know, the Center is located in the Library Building, across from the Firehouse on Oswego Street.

This week’s menu features:

Monday, March 10 — homemade soup and sandwich, crackers, juice, fruit cocktail

Wednesday — Goulash, vegetable, juice, pineapple tidbits

Friday — Crispy fish clipper, Monterey potatoes, vegetable blend, juice, peaches

Activities:

Monday — Wii bowling; come cheer them on!

Wednesday — Bingo after lunch

Friday — games

Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation, 564-5471.

Can you believe spring sports begin today at Hannibal schools?

Bone Builders don’t take the winter off – they meet at the American Legion at 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you have osteoporosis, there is help for you and your bones – stop in and check it out, or give Louise Kellogg a call.

The Elderberries will meet at noon Tuesday at the Senior Center for a covered dish luncheon. Please bring your own table service and a dish to pass.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets at Our Lady of the Rosary (Cayuga Street) at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The Hannibal Board of Education will meet at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 in  the high school board room.

The nominees for the Library’s Woman of the Year are: Donna Blake, Linda Ford,  Christine Bortel Learnord, Kim Heins, Carol Newvine, Linda Remig, Lenore Richards and Shelly Stanton.

Voting will be open at the library until March 15, and the reception for the winner will be 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22.

The Hannibal Methodist Church serves a free lunch (donations for this ministry accepted) at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Don’t eat alone, come on down and join the fun and fellowship. The church is one block west of the Village Square on Route 3.

Lenten Services of the Enoch Thomas Cluster of United Methodist Churches have begun. All services start at 5 p.m. and are on Sunday.

March 9 at Martville

March 16 at Little Utica

March 23 at Ira

March 30 at Hannibal Center

April 6 at Bowens Corners

On Sunday April 13, Palm Sunday, they will all be taking part in a Choir Festival at Hannibal.

The Tri-County Singers will perform their Easter Cantata at 2 p.m. Sunday March 30 at the Hannibal United Methodist Church.

ZUMBATHON to benefit Upstate NY chapter of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday March 26 at Hannibal Village Chapter. For more information call 564-5266 or 564-5479.

There are a number of families in the Hannibal area dealing with ALS. Even if you don’t Zumba, come out and support these families.

The Senior Council would like to remind you its rooms are available for groups and family rental when not being otherwise used. Give Rosemary a call for information and booking (564-5471.).

The Friends of the Hannibal Free Library will hold their Spring Book and Bake Sale Saturday and Sunday April 5 and 6. Starting now, anyone wishing to  donate books should drop them off at the library at the front desk anytime the library is open.

The Church World Service Truck will be making it’s way to Central NY to pick up school, baby, and hygiene kits and clean-up buckets on April 30.

If your church or group puts these together they can be delivered to CWS Regional headquarters at 200 A Gateway Park Drive, North Syracuse before April 30. Call Amy or Christopher at 458-8535 to make an appointment so you don’t find the office closed.

News flash – just heard they are in special need of school kits. Last year more than 57,000 school kits were provided for children in need in the U.S. and overseas including young survivors of flash floods in Garrett, Ky., the Black Forest Fires in Colorado and Superstorm Sandy in Jamaica, NY.

A school kit consists of 70-page spiral notebooks, blunt metal scissors, 12-inch rulers, hand held pencil sharpeners, large erasers, new pencils with erasers, box of 24 new crayons and a 12×14 tote bag with cloth handles.

If you would like to donate supplies for these kits, donatons are always appreciated.

I will be heading to Maryland March 18 to pack shipping boxes. If you have kits ready, I’ll be happy to take them. Give me a call or send me an e-mail.

Rita Hooper

706-3564

Twohoops2@juno.com