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STAR tax exemption re-registration event Sept. 23 in Oswego

Oswego County residents who need to re-register for the STAR tax exemption can do so at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in the legislature chambers in the county office building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.

The state Tax Department will register homeowners receiving the Basic STAR exemption. The STAR Registration program impacts 24,680 Basic STAR recipients in Oswego County, and 2.6 million homeowners statewide.

Senior citizens receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption do not have to re-register.

The registration is being done to protect New Yorkers from fraud and waste in the STAR Program. The average homeowner saves $700 off their school taxes as a result of the Basic STAR exemption, which is available on the primary residence of homeowners with incomes under $500,000.

Residents must re-register by Dec. 31 to continue receiving the STAR tax exemption. re-registration also can be done online by going to www.tax.ny.gov. It take about four minutes to complete the registration.

The state is conducting a number of these local help sessions across the state. State officials also re-registered hundreds of people at the New York State Fair.

Lois Kimball, of Schroeppel, dies Sept. 8

Lois M. Kimball, 81, of state Route 49, Schroeppel passed away at home Sept. 8.

She was born in Lysander to her late parents, Cassie (Dennison) and Walter Bower on Feb. 27, 1932.

She graduated from Phoenix schools and took business courses for two years at Oswego State. She was accountant at Oswego Industries, Fulton, retiring in 1984.

Lois lived with her daughter LaVaun and husband, Mike, for 28 years.

She was predeceased by a son, John Kimball Jr., in 1952, and a brother, Walter F. Bower, in 1997.

Surviving are her two sons, Lonnie L. and James S.; three daughters, LaVaun M. (Mike) Barker of Fulton, Rene D., and Patricia M.; three sisters, Barbara Hunkins, Marcia Bracy and Mary Ann Pitcher; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. today, Sept. 14 in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St., with the Rev. Isaiah Mackey officiating. Reception will follow at the Pennellville Fire Station, county Route 54.

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, has charge of arrangements.

Cardiologist to speak at ‘Ask the Doctor’

Oswego Health’s board-certified cardiologist Thomas Grady Jr. returns as the guest speaker at an Ask the Doctor presentation at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.

His presentation will be held in the lower level JPC conference room of the Oswego Health Services Center, which is adjacent to Oswego Hospital.

During his latest Ask the Doctor program, Dr. Grady will discuss how to improve cholesterol levels effectively through lifestyle changes and medications. Dr. Grady’s past two programs on heart-related issues have been very informative and educational.

An accomplished physician in his specialty and affiliated with SJH Cardiology Associates, Dr. Grady is providing care to Oswego Hospital patients and has office hours for community members in suite 270 of the Oswego Health Services Center. He can be reached at 349-5752.

Dr. Grady earned his undergraduate degree from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. At Tufts, he was presented several major awards including the Zarren Family Award for Excellence in Clinical Cardiology and the Hewlett Packard Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine. He also served as president of Alpha Omega Alpha, an honor society for medical students and was the college’s representative to the American Heart Association.

Following medical school, he served in the U.S. Navy where he completed his first internship. After his honorable discharge, Dr. Grady completed his internship and residency training at Duke University Medical Center. He fulfilled his fellowship at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

“This was a great experience where I worked alongside cutting-edge technology and individuals who were the best in their fields,” Dr. Grady said.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

The Ask The Doctor Forum is a free and sponsored by the Oswego Health Community Development Office. The Ask The Doctor Forum is designed to create an open dialogue between health care providers/professionals and interested members of the greater Oswego County community.  For more information, call 349-5500.

Today is Primary Day

Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m. today for primary elections.

There are a number of primaries throughout Oswego County today for the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties. There are primaries for five county legislature seats and there are primaries in the city of Fulton and towns of Albion, Boylston, Amboy, Granby, Hannibal, Hastings, Mexico, Parish, Sandy Creek, Schroeppel and Scriba.

Be sure to check in with the Valley News Online tonight after 10 p.m. for primary election results.

VIN etching Sept. 21

The Woznicki Insurance Agency at 7458 Oswego Road in Liverpool  is hosting its Fifth Annual Community Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21.

There will be a free auto vehicle identification number etching service with Safelite Auto Glass. Etching can reduce auto insurance costs by providing anti-theft protection.

Hot dogs, coneys, cookies and drinks will be available while cars are being serviced. A limited number of free calculators will be given out.

Light in the Darkness

By the Rev. David Grey, Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church

“Beloved, being very eager to write to you of our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.”

Jude 3

Jude says that we have a responsibility to contend for the faith — that body of revealed truth that Jesus commanded us to teach others as we make disciples. We are to stand firm against all who would deny or pervert that truth.

There are four things regarding the faith that I draw from this passage in Jude.

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CSEA lawsuits charge layoffs unconstitutional

CSEA has filed federal lawsuits against the state Thruway Authority and Canal Corp., charging that last spring’s layoff of union members working at the agencies was unconstitutional.

The suits claim the state violated CSEA-represented employees’ constitutional rights to freedom of speech, freedom of association, due process and equal protection of the law when it let go CSEA-represented workers while sparing all management employees and political appointees.

“The fact that only union members were targeted proves the layoffs were meant to punish them,” said CSEA president Danny Donohue. “If the layoffs were truly financially necessary, wouldn’t it make sense to get rid of at least one highly paid manager or appointee?”

The CSEA lawsuits quote statements made at a Thruway Authority and Canal Corp. board meeting, held seven days before the layoffs took place, that the agencies were “in solid shape financially” and “doing very well this year.”

The union contends that management used the layoffs to try to unfairly influence the outcome of negotiations by attempting to pressure union representatives to succumb to management demands. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s negotiator, Joseph Bress, is representing the Thruway and Canal management at the bargaining table.