Category Archives: Phoenix News

NYC kids come to Central New York for some ‘fresh air’

Debra Green, her daughter Trinity, 14, and Aissata Samake, 15, of the Bronx, relax after lunch at Maroun Elementary School last week. Samake has been spending weeks with the Green family through the Fresh Air Fund program.
Debra Green, her daughter Trinity, 14, and Aissata Samake, 15, of the Bronx, relax after lunch at Maroun Elementary School last week. Samake has been spending weeks with the Green family through the Fresh Air Fund program.

By Debra J. Groom

Aissata Samake is back in Pennellville for more fun-filled weeks with the Green family.

Samake, 15, if a Fresh Air kid, up in Central New York from her home in the Bronx. This is her fourth summer with the Greens.

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Valley News future is solidified

The Valley News and Patriot-Advertiser will be acquired later this month by a community publishing company with strong local ties.

The pending transaction secures the local newspapers’ place in Fulton after an unsettling announcement two weeks ago by the Valley News’ owner, Scotsman Media Group, that it would be ceasing operations at its printing plants in Syracuse and Chenango Bridge and laying off some 90 employees.

Based on private negotiations with the Sample News Group at that time, Scotsman president William Veit said the Valley News would not be impacted by company’s closure.

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GOP doesn’t endorse in Family Court judge race

The Oswego County Republican Committee chose to not endorse in the race for Family Court Judge.

Four candidates, Thomas Benedetto, Ed Izyk, Sal Lanza, and Jim Eby all spoke and asked for the committee’s endorsement, however, the committee decided to let all go forward to an open primary on Sept. 9.

I believe this is a testament to all the candidates who are running for his position,” said committee Chairman Michael C. Backus. “This position is so sensitive for the county that I am proud that the committee chose to let the people decide who the best candidate is.”

 

 

Eighth-graders at Dillon Middle receive awards

An Outstanding Academic Achievement Award was presented to 15 eighth-grade students at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School in recognition of earning Gold Star Honor Roll status during all four years at the school. Pictured are five of the honorees, left to right: Catherine Musumeci, Alisa Trudell, Haley Stellingwerf, Emily McDonald, and Hannah Grabowski.
An Outstanding Academic Achievement Award was presented to 15 eighth-grade students at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School in recognition of earning Gold Star Honor Roll status during all four years at the school. Pictured are five of the honorees, left to right: Catherine Musumeci, Alisa Trudell, Haley Stellingwerf, Emily McDonald, and Hannah Grabowski.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

An awards celebration on the final day of the 2013-14 school year honored eighth-grade students at Phoenix’s Emerson J. Dillon Middle School for various achievements and academic accomplishments.  Continue reading

Birdlebough athletes recognized at special banquet

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The Phoenix Central School District, in conjunction with the Phoenix Firebirds Sports Booster Club, honored athletes from the John C. Birdlebough Class of 2014 at the annual Senior Athlete Recognition Banquet.  Continue reading

Oswego County worries about sales tax situation

By Debra J. Groom

For many years, Oswego County experienced steady growth in sales tax revenue.

This helped the county keep its tax rate low while still providing all the services residents have come to expect and enjoy.

But since the recession of 2008, things have changed. Sales tax revenue has become stagnant. Yes, the county is seeing more sales tax money each year, but not that much more. Continue reading