Category Archives: Oswego News

Oswego Y pool closed for repairs

The Oswego YMCA pool is closed so crews can make major repairs on the aquatic facility.

The YMCA’s Board of Directors approved closing the aquatic center so  crews could make major repairs to the building’s roof and dehumidification system.

It is the first major work performed as part of the Oswego Y’s recent capital campaign.

“At the Y, we’re committed to providing a safe environment so that everyone can have fun and grow stronger,” said Lisa Pachmayer, interim executive director of the Oswego YMCA. “The board has known that repairs to the pool building were needed and has planned for them.”

The work will take six to eight weeks to complete. In the interim, many programs that had been run at the pool will be held at other local pools, including at Oswego High School, Oswego Middle School and the Fulton Family YMCA.

For details and a schedule, visit www.OswegoYMCA.org.

Carol Johnson, lived in Fulton

Carol Johnson, 80, of Fulton, formerly of Oswego, passed away on Friday April 18.

Surviving are her sisters, Lynne “Bunny” Phillips of Georgetown, TX and Judith (Richard) Tyler of Hannibal.

Memorial services and burial will take place at a date and time to be announced.

Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal has care of her arrangements.

Seed swapping program May 1 at library

The Oswego Public Library will host a non-GMO Seed and Plant Swap and Seed Saving Workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday May 1 in the Community Room.

The Oswego Public Library has joined the efforts of the Oswego Center for Sustainability to generate collaborative community projects that focus on local, reusable resources, self-reliance and community initiative.

Together these organizations have established the Oswego Seed Library. All seeds left over from the swap will be donated to the Oswego Seed Library and available for free to the community.

The public will then be able to “borrow” seeds, just as they would borrow books, with the intention of planting, harvesting and then saving the seeds from the best of their harvest — but without the risk of troublesome overdue fines.

Ideally, local growers will then return some of these seeds for others to borrow in the future. The Oswego Seed Library will facilitate the accessibility of non-GMO seeds to the community while providing educational resources and support.

Please clearly label any non-GMO or heirloom seeds you wish to swap.

New to seed saving?  Jan Smith, Master Gardener of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County will be discussing and demonstrating seed saving techniques and answering your questions.

All Oswego Public Library programs are free and open to the public.  Please call Jessica at 341-5867 if you have further questions.

Dear Porky & Buddy — How to keep a pet from running away

Dear Porky & Buddy,

Several years ago, (when I was young(er) and foolish(er), I got a beagle puppy. I named her Randy and she was a great dog, but after only about six months she ran off and although I tried really hard, I could never find her.

I felt terrible and stupid and vowed to never make that mistake again, but just recently I finally bought my own house with a nice fenced in yard and I think I am ready to try to be a better “pet parent” now.

But I still think about Randy and want to never have to go through that again. If I do lose my new dog, how should I go about finding her or him?

Jo

 

Dear Jo,

You’re jumping the gun (so to speak) a little.

Start out by taking some sensible precautions that will make it much less likely that your new best friend will end up wandering off to meet Randy.

First, do your research about what kind of dog you want to adopt. (Yes, we are absolutely assuming you will adopt.)

Beagles and other hounds and hound mixes are great dogs, but they are hunters and they easily wander off on the trail of something. If you are prepared for that, fine, but be truly prepared, or you might want to think instead about a breed or mixed breed with less of a wanderlust.

Second, it’s great that you have a fenced yard, but that is no substitute for good identification — a collar with your name and number stitched right in (not just a tag that is easily lost) and preferably a micro-chip that you keep registered.

It is also no substitute for spending time with your new friend. Dogs left in yards by themselves get bored and will sometimes try anything to get out and explore. Go exploring together instead. That’s why you want a dog, right?

Third, make sure your new dog is well trained and learns to come without hesitation when she or he is called, no matter how tempted to run after something interesting. There are a lot of other commands that are important, but, for safety, “Come” is the one that is fundamental.

You can find great instructions and advice for teaching that command from the ASPCA at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/teaching-your-dog-come-when-called.

Next week, we’ll write again about what to do if your dog becomes lost in spite of your best efforts. But first you have some  homework to do. Have fun adopting!

Speaking of adopting, go to www.oswegohumane.org to see all of the Oswego County Humane Society’s great pets available for adoption.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego. Phone is 207-1070. Email is ochscontact@hotmail.com. Website is  www.oswegohumane.org.

Police blotter

From the Fulton police department:

Angela R. Laquire, 34, South Third Street, Fulton, charged with reckless endangerment first degree, a felony, and reckless driving and leaving the scene of a property damange accident.

Police say on March 23, Laquire operated a vehicle thorugh the parking lot of Neighborhood Plaza swerving towards two pedestrians, causing them to jump out of the way to avoid being struck. Police say Laquire then drove south and turned around at the far end of the parking lot and drove towards a single pedestrian, resulting in him jumping into the air, landing ont he hood and windshield of the car.

Police said Laquire left the scene after the accident.

Nicole J. Drinkwine, 27, of Auburn Street, Hannibal, is charged with assault second degree, a felony, and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police say that on April 6, while at Shotz Bar in Fulton, Drinkwine struck a victim with a glass beer bottle in the upper lip and front teeth. The victim suffered a cut to the inside of her upper lip, a chipped and loose front tooth and substantial pain.

From the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office:

A West Monroe man was killed in a car accident in the town of Constantia April 19.

Members of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office and the Constantia Fire Department responded to Dutcherville Road east of Lewis Road.

The lone occupant of the car, John W. Scrimale,  was operating a Chevrolet Malibu in a westerly direction on Dutcherville Road when he left the roadway then struck a culvert and tree.

Scrimale was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies said unsafe speed and failure to keep right were contributing factors to the accident. The investigation is continuing.

News in brief

As of April 30, 2014, The Valley News will only accept classified advertisements for the Wednesday and Saturday print editions.

We will no longer publish classifieds online. To submit a classified ad, call us at 598-6397 or visit our office at 67 S. Second St., Fulton.

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The Phoenix Public Library, 34 Elm St., Phoenix, will host an informative program on sweetened beverages presented by Debra A. Hunsbeger, Nutrition Program Educator from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County.

The program is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Wednesday, April 23 (today) in the Century Club Room.

What does it mean to “Rethink your drink?” Do you know what an empty calorie is?”

Attend this forum for a close look at nutritional labels, an activity involving sugar, some informational handouts and a discussion on empty calories.

Parents are encouraged to attend with their children.

This event is free and open to the public.

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The Pratt House Museum, at 177 S. First St., Fulton, is hosting a program from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 (today).

The speaker will be Mercedes Niess,  executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum in Oswego.

She will talk about the H. Lee White museum programming for this season, celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the lighthouse in Oswego and an art exhibit which will start at the Canal Museum in Syracuse, then move to Phoenix, then Fulton, and ending in Oswego.

Admission is free.

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Registration for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten is taking place April 24 at all four Fulton elementary schools.

Times for registration are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m.

Please bring the following information to the registration: an original birth certificate for the child (with the raised seal); up-to-date immunization record and proof of residency.

Children who turn 5 years old by Dec. 1 are eligible to register for kindergarten.

Those turning 4 years old by Dec. 1 can register for Universal Pre-Kindergarten.

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There will be early dismissal for Fulton school district students in grades pre-kindergarten through 6 on Friday April 25.

The students are being dismissed due to parent-teacher conferences being held that day.

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A fundraiser for the Fulton Jazz Festival is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday April 23 (today) at Under the Moon in Canal Landing, Fulton.

The event will include great music, food and fun.

Space is limited. Register by calling 343-7681 or going online to oswegofultonchamber.com

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The Granby Center Fire Department will have its annual free open house April 26.

There will be a vehicle extrication drill for the public to view and also a tour of the firehouse. Everyone is welcome.

The event, held in conjunction with the Fire Association of the State of New York’s RecruitNY event, is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1400 County Route 8.

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The Oswego Festival Chorus, conducted by SUNY Oswego assistant professor Mihoko Tsutsumi, will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, West Seventh Street, Oswego.

Admission is by donation. The chorus will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s “Psalm 42,” featuring soloist Nancy James, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Rejoice O’ Virgin,” Ola Gjeilo’s “The Ground” and Moses Hogan’s “Ride On, King Jesus.”

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University Police at SUNY Oswego will have special patrols out looking for motorists who are not wearing their seat belts now through May 4.

The patrols are part of the nationwide “Buckle-Up Day and Night” campaign.

Motorists increase their chance of survival in a crash by 60 percent by wearing a seat belt and don’t have to worry about being stopped by the police or receiving a ticket.

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Oswego County BOCES Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club is hosting a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Kids Walk for Type 1 Diabetes at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26 at the Mexico High School outdoor track.

There is a $5 fee for the walk, or $20 donation for a team of five. Registration opens at the track at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the walk.

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The Fun Fling 2014 Luau Tropical Paradise is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at St. Paul’s Church, Oswego.

Tropical fun for all ages, games, activities and prizes. Cake and variety booths will have a wheel for spinning. Treats will be available to eat in or take out.

A chicken barbecue will be offered and will include macaroni salad, salt potatoes, roll and dessert. Game tickets are 25 cents each, and each game will require 1-4 tickets. There also will be a drawing for prizes. Tickets are $1 each.

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The annual chicken barbecue sponsored By Friends of History in Fulton is at 11:30 a.m. until sold out Sunday May 4 at the Pavilion at Bullhead Point.

The barbecue benefits the John Wells Pratt House Museum, local history museum, at 177 S. First St., Fulton. Eat in or take out.

For advance sale tickets, call 598-4616.

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Palermo TOPS 758 will have a free open house for the public at 10 a.m. Tuesday May 6 at the Palermo Methodist Church on County Route 35.

Information will be shared about TOPS, weight loss and support.

For more informations, call Kristal at 676-7021.

SUNY Oswego ‘green’

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

In time for Earth Day, the Princeton Review recognized SUNY Oswego as one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in North America.

The education services company profiles Oswego in the fifth annual edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.”

A charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, Oswego offers an interdisciplinary academic program in sustainability studies and designs all new facilities to meet at least the silver rating of the U.S. Green Building Council standards of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

The college’s residential complex of buildings known as the Village achieved LEED Gold certification. The new Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation and Rice Creek Field Station facility are designed to achieve a comparable standard.

Green features at the Shineman Center include the state’s largest geothermal-well installation, which will reduce the building’s energy costs and carbon emissions, as well as green roofs, solar panel arrays, rain gardens to collect storm-water runoff, water bottle filling stations, bike storage, showers and lockers for bicycle commuters, plus systems for monitoring water and energy use.

The guide calls Oswego an “upstate New York green stronghold (that) combines a rich institutional commitment to the environment with a thriving student enthusiasm towards sustainable endeavors.”

It highlights the college’s Rice Creek Field Station for encouraging sustainability-related research and notes students can join numerous groups such as Students for Global Change and the “Go Green Team.”

It adds Oswego participates in a car-sharing program, offers free or reduced-price bus passes, bike sharing and a free campus shuttle, and has a formal sustainability committee.

In addition, the college has a fully staffed sustainability office.

The Princeton Review partnered with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council to compile the guide. They selected colleges based on a survey conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability.

The survey included questions on the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

Rob Franek, the Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher, noted the survey findings indicate significant interest among college applicants in attending environmentally responsible colleges.

“Among 10,116 college applicants who participated in our 2014 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ 61 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school,” he said.

The free guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide. Support from the U.S. Green Building Council and United Technologies Corp. helped make the guide a free resource.

Autism Family Fun Walk May 3 in Oswego

The Oswego County Autism Task Force is in full swing with activities to promote autism awareness this month.

The eighth annual Family Fun Walk for Autism will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at Leighton School and Wilber Field in Oswego.

People of all ages can enjoy inflatables, face painting, crafts and a bubble area. Several local agencies will also provide a variety of activities, along with an information area where people can learn about specific resources available in Oswego County.

For the sixth 6th year in a row, the Task Force is seeking nominations for the “Friend of Autism” award. A new twist to the nomination process this year is that award nominations can be submitted in any manner or form in which you choose, such as writing a letter, designing a poster, creating a powerpoint, writing a song or producing a video on YouTube.

There will be a booth available at the Family Fun Walk for those needing assistance with preparing a video. Award nominees must be an Oswego County community member (individual or group, team or agency) who lives or works in the county, who has made a positive impact on those living with autism.

Nominees cannot be a current Oswego County Autism Task Force member. All nominees will be honored at a reception in May, where the winner will be announced. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, May 8.

This year, the Task Force is holding a Team Spirit Banner Contest during the Fun Walk event. Show your team spirit by designing your own Autism Banner – be creative and have fun!

There will be a prize for the most creative banner.

This fun-filled day is a fundraiser for the Autism Task Force and will help offset the costs of activities the group puts on during the year. It is a free event and open to the public.

In addition to reviewing award submissions and planning for the Family Fun Walk, the Task Force is offering the Brianna Cahill Scholarship to qualifying graduating seniors who are planning post-secondary education or vocational school this fall.

Scholarship winners must be a student in an Oswego County public high school, along with the following criteria: our application must be completed by the student. The recipient must be accepted to a post-secondary or vocational school. The recipient must be currently diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. All scholarship applications must be received by the autism task force by May 1 for final review.

For more information, call Theresa Familo at 598-7672. All submissions can be sent to Familo at Parents of Special Children, Inc., 2 B Tower Drive, Fulton, NY, 13069, by their stated deadlines.