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The Oswego-Fulton chamber of Commerce is putting on “A Night of the Stars” from 6 to 8 p.m. May 12 in the Sheldon Ballroom at SUNY Oswego.

Tickets are $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-chamber members. They are available on the chamber website at under the events tab.

The event is a celebration of small businesses as a kick off to Small business Week.

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New babies join Oswego, Martville families

Company found responsible in worker’s death

The U.S. Labor Department has found a Watertown-based company responsible for the death of a construction worker at a Pulaski site.

Kyle Brown, 23, of Turin, Lewis County, died Nov. 18 after being blown off the roof while he was working as part of a crew installing metal decking on the roof of an automobile dealership being built in Pulaski.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration found his employer, general construction contractor MTL Design Inc., failed to provide and ensure the use of fall protection safeguards that would have prevented his death.

OSHA cited the company for a willful and a serious violation.

Baby salmon being reared in Oswego

Scott Prindle (left) with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, and Tom Allen of A-Tom-Mik Fly Manufacturing assisted in the delivery of 40,000 Chinook salmon fingerlings into net pens in Oswego where they will be reared for the next several weeks. Then they will be released into Lake Ontario.  Photo by Kelly Jordal, Oswego County Tourism Office
Scott Prindle (left) with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, and Tom Allen of A-Tom-Mik Fly Manufacturing assisted in the delivery of 40,000 Chinook salmon fingerlings into net pens in Oswego where they will be reared for the next several weeks. Then they will be released into Lake Ontario.
Photo by Kelly Jordal, Oswego County Tourism Office

Credit Union sponsors Tri-Oswego event

Oswego County Federal Credit Union is the new Splash and Dash Title Sponsor, said Tri-Oswego Race Director Shane Broadwell.

“Tri-Oswego could not exist without the support of community driven businesses like OCFCU,” he said. “Together, we are committed to making sure that our youth athletes will get the best race experience possible.” 

The USAT Sanctioned Splash & Dash is a youth aquathlon consisting of a timed 200-yard indoor swim followed by a 1.6 mile run where youth athletes will run side-by-side with adult triathletes to the event’s finish line in Breitbeck Park. 

The Oswego event is part of the USAT Splash & Dash Series, making it one of only 50 events of its kind being held in the United States this year. 

“The Oswego County FCU has long been committed to serving the community of Oswego. We are very proud to be the sponsor of the Splash and Dash this year,” said Bill Carhart, chief executive officer of Oswego County Federal Credit Union.

“ As kids nationwide struggle with obesity events like the splash and dash are sorely needed to keep our kids active and healthy,” he said. 

“Several races offer youth elements but few, if any, have youth athletes running next to adult athletes and crossing the finish line together at a major event,” said Christopher Jones, Assistant Race Director for Tri-Oswego. 

Registration for the Tri-Oswego Splash & Dash is open to children ages 11-15 years old. The $25 registration includes a required One-Day USAT membership, race shirt, finisher’s medal, and cool race swag. 

Tri-Oswego Triathlon is in its fourth year and more than 300 athletes from across the country compete yearly. For more information about the race, go to

Police report

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.

County legislature considers closing 4 transfer stations

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

Pathfinder net income down slightly

Pathfinder Bancorp, Inc., the mid-tier holding company of Pathfinder Bank, has announced its financial results for the three month period ended March 31.

Net income for the first quarter of 2014 was $489,000 as compared to $505,000 for the comparable prior year period.  The decrease in net income was principally due to the $287,000 increase in personnel expenses driven by salaries and deferred compensation expenses.

Also included here are personnel expenses related to the Company’s acquisition of the Fitzgibbons Agency, LLC.

Basic and diluted earnings per share were 19 cents for the first quarter of 2014 as compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of 20 cents for the first quarter of 2013.  The decrease in basic and diluted earnings per share between these two periods was principally due to the decrease in net income.

Total loans were $348.1 million at March 31, compared to total loans of $341.6 million at Dec, 31, 2013, representing an increase of 1.9 percent.

Growth between these two time periods stemmed largely from a 4.3 percent increase in the commercial loan portfolio.  Residential loan outstandings between these two time periods was essentially unchanged.

For the three months ended March 31,  net interest income increased 4.6 percent to $4 million from the same prior year period.

The largest impact on the improvement in net interest income stemmed from the $201,000 year over year first quarter reduction of interest expense due principally to higher rate maturing certificates of deposit and Federal Home Loan Bank borrowings replaced with similar products but at lower current market rates.