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School budget vote to be held this Tuesday

by Nicole Reitz

Residents of the Fulton school district will have the opportunity to vote Tuesday on the school district’s budget proposal.

The Fulton Board of Education approved a $62.39 million tentative budget April 10. The budget is $2.15 million increase from the current year budget.

The budget is supported by an increase of $1.2 million in state aid and a 1.9-percent increase in the local tax levy, which is below the two-percent tax cap. The board will also use $2 million from its reserve fund.

Over the past three years, the district has faced significant reductions to programs and supports, including the elimination of over 50 staff positions.

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City approves pawn shop law

by Andrew Henderson

Members of the Fulton Common Council adopted a law last week that regulates secondhand dealers, also known as pawn shops.

Mayor Ron Woodward said the legislation was crafted after a number of pawn shops opened in the city.

“Last year, we saw a number of secondhand dealers pop up in Fulton,” he said. “We believe that this has led to an increase in burglaries.”

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Hannibal, Phoenix libraries receive state funding

by Andrew Henderson

The Hannibal and Phoenix libraries are among a handful of Oswego County libraries to receive construction grant funding, according to state representatives.

Senator Patty Ritchie announced that more than $100,000 in funding will be awarded to libraries in Oswego County through public library construction grant funds.

The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2011 state budget.

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County residents urged to ‘Fight the Bite’ this mosquito season

by Andrew Henderson

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie and the family of Maggie Sue Wilcox are urging Central New York residents to “Fight the Bite” to prevent Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

“With mosquito season right around the corner, it’s more important now than ever that Central New Yorkers take steps to protect themselves from this deadly disease,” said Ritchie.

“The fact is everyone is at risk — and self-defense is the best defense when it comes to safeguarding ourselves against EEE.”

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New York News: May 5, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

Elected officials are always coming up with ways to communicate with their constituents.

Probably the most popular way is Facebook.

After using Facebook for five months, Assemblyman Robert Oaks said it has greatly enhanced his efforts to better communicate with residents of 128th Assembly District, which includes Hannibal, Oswego and Minetto.

Since Oaks’ page went online in December, nearly 250 people have visited and clicked the “like” button.

“I’m pleased with the positive feedback I’ve received about the page, which is updated sometimes as frequently as two or three times daily,” Oaks said.

Recent wall posts have reminded people about the importance of shopping locally, informed them about prescription drug collection and celebrated the accomplishments of local residents.

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The push to make using synthetic drugs a crime in New York State is gaining momentum.

The state Senate recently passed legislation to penalize users of synthetic drugs. Assemblyman Will Barclay said it’s the Assembly’s turn to adopt legislation.

“This is the next step to combating these drugs,” said Barlcay. “There has to be consequences for users, similar to how marijuana or illegal narcotic users are penalized.”

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Common council upholds decision on boarding house

by Andrew Henderson

The Fulton Common Council voted Tuesday night to uphold a Fulton Planning Commission decision to deny the conversion of a single-family home into a seven-room boarding house.

In March, Robert Bloom submitted an application for site-plan approval to convert the property, located at 236 Oneida St., into a rooming house.

After reviewing the proposal, the Fulton Planning Commission denied the request April 9, stating that the property does not meet the required parking guidelines outlined in the city’s zoning ordinance. The property currently has room for four cars.

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Man accused of breaking infant’s leg

by Andrew Henderson

A 20-year-old Fulton resident was charged with assault and endangering charges following a report of suspected child abuse, Fulton police said.

Carl James Kaufmann III, of Erie Street, Fulton, was arrested Tuesday. At about 11:45 a.m., police responded to the Oswego Health Urgent Care in Fulton for a report of an injury to a child.

It was discovered that a four-month old infant had sustained a serious leg injury while in the care of Kaufmann earlier in the day. He is accused of intentionally causing serious physical injury by squeezing the infant’s leg, causing the femur to fracture.

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Father and son Dennis and William Sheirer were recently promoted within the Civil Air Patrol. Dennis Sheirer was promoted to first lieutenant while William Sheirer was promoted to cadet senior airman.

Father and son promoted during Civil Air Patrol ceremony

Father and son Dennis and William Sheirer were recently promoted within the Civil Air Patrol. Dennis Sheirer was promoted to first lieutenant while William Sheirer was promoted to cadet senior airman.

Service to his country has always been a theme for CAP member Dennis Sheirer, who served 22 years in the active duty U.S. Air Force and retired as a senior master sergeant.

That value of “service before self” now runs in the family. Sheirer’s son, William, joined the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program in December.

Recently, Oswego CAP’s Squadron Commander, Captain Andrew Roth, held a promotion ceremony for both father and son. Dennis Sheirer was appointed to the officer grade of first lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol in recognition of his completed professional military education and experience.

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