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News in Brief

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The 50th annual Oswego County Numismatic Association Coin and Collectible Show will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30 in the Fulton Municipal Building.

Free admission and free parking are available.

There will be a 50/50 drawing and attendees can bring items to the show to ask questions about them to club members.

There will be many dealers on hand with coins, stamps, postcards, pocket watches, jewelry, sports cards and other collectibles.

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A number of events are coming up at the Sterling Nature Center.

At 1 p.m. March 22 (today), there will be a Signs of Spring Walk. Join Interpretive Naturalist Jim D’Angelo for an early spring hike in search of the signs of spring. We will search for the winter aconite blooms in the gardens as well as the first wildflowers of spring.

It is also time to meet and greet some of the migratory birds including a check on the great blue heron rookery to welcome back the herons as they continue their courtship and start nesting.

There will be a Board Game Extravaganza from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday April 5. In honor of International Tabletop Day, this program is open to the public and board games will be provided or you can bring your own. This is a great opportunity to have fun with your friends and to try a game you haven’t played before all while enjoying the scenic beauty of the Sterling Nature Center.

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The ALS Association Upstate New York Chapter is sponsoring a Zumbathon from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday March 26 at the Hannibal Village Tavern.

Zumba with Faye Beckwith and Noelle Salmonsen to raise money for this association that helps patients with this debillitating muscular disease.

For more information, call 564-5479 or 564-5266.

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The fun of Karaoke will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at First United Church, 33 S. Third St., Fulton.

Charles Ramsey will once again provide us with his great sound equipment.  Hundreds of songs will be available for individuals to make their selections.  Free soda and popcorn will be provided.

Everyone is welcome. This event is sponsored by Children and Families Team of The Open Doors Neighborhood Center (ODNC) of the First United Church. First United is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA and the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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The New Haven Senior Citizens will meet at noon March 31 at the Congregational Church for a covered dish luncheon.

Lunch will be followed by a brief meeting, and a program by Ken Richards who will talk about some of his travels.

All seniors are welcome.

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The Finishing Trades Institute of Western and Central New York (Oswego) will conduct a recruitment from March 25 to Feb. 24 for four painter, decorator and paperhanger apprentices, said state Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera.

Note openings listed for apprentices represent the total number for both the Central and North Country regions.  This program’s jurisdiction includes the counties of Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence.

Applications can be obtained from 28 W. Bridge St., Oswego, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period.

Applications can be obtained and submitted only during these open recruitment sessions.

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The annual Bodley’s Got Talent showcase will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 9 at  G. Ray Bodley High School.

Vice Principal Will Greene and teachers Ami LaDuc and Daniel Mainville will serve as judges.

The cost is $4 per person, and the community is invited to attend. Profits raised by the H.O.P.E. Club will be split between a local organization (ARISE), a national organization (Make-A-Wish Foundation) and an international organization (Volunteer for Peace).

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Little Utica United Methodist Church will be holding a free senior luncheon in the church parlor for persons in the community age 55 and older from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10.

This will be an opportunity for community members to have lunch and socialize with their neighbors.

The menu will include vegetable beef soup, broccoli and cheese soup, tuna and egg salad sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, chips and pickles.

A variety of desserts along with punch, milk, tea and coffee will be served.

Little Utica United Methodist Church is located on Lamson Road, heading west off Route 48, just past the intersection of Lamson Road and East Mud Lake Road.

For more information, call the church at 678-2270 or visit the church’s website at www.littleuticaumc.org or their Facebook page.

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The 50th reunion of the Class of 1964 from Fulton High School will be held Aug. 15, 16 and 17.

The reunion committee is trying to locate the following classmates: James Kevin Howard, Kathleen Pyzdrowski Stevens, Becky Burns, Cheryl Travet, Jean Furlong Cole, Gary Weldin and Patricia Rondomanski Quinn.

To provide contact information, call or email Sharon Wardhaugh Flood at 593-7401 or sflood@twcny.rr.com

Celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of spring with a snowshoe program at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23.

If a person can walk, they can easily learn to snowshoe. An environmental educator will give a brief clinic on snowshoe technique and then lead participants for a short wander through the mixed woods and wetlands.

After the program, hot chocolate or tea will be served.  There cost is $3 per person. Family rate is $12 and children under 3 are free. Snowshoes are provided free.

These programs are designed for individuals, not organized groups. Call the Oswego County 4-H Program at 963-7286, extension 401 to arrange a group program.

Amboy 4-H Environmental Educational Center is located on Route 183, between Routes 13 and 69 in eastern Oswego County.

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The Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District is now accepting orders for the 43rd Annual Spring Tree and Shrub Sale.

The district is offering for sale 39 varieties of hardwood and evergreen trees, shrubs and ground covers.

The trees selected for this year’s program may be planted to serve a variety of purposes, which include timber, Christmas trees, improving wildlife habitat, windbreaks, screens or borders and increasing the aesthetics of your property.

To obtain an order form, contact the Soil and Water District at 592-9663. The form can also be printed directly from the web at oswegosoilandwater.com and mailed to Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District at 3105 State Route 3, Fulton, NY 13069.

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The Minetto United Methodist Church will host a free dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23.

The menu will be ziti and meatballs, vegetable and dessert. Donations are not expected but will be accepted.

A collection shed is available in the parking lot at the back of the church for usable clothing items that can be recycled. Acceptable items include: all clothing, shoes, sneakers, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes, and stuffed toys.

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A stuffed pork chop dinner is set for noon to whenever sold out Sunday March 23 at the Hannibal American Legion Auxiliary Post 1552 on Rochester Street. A full menu is being offered and takeouts are available.

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The deadline to apply to take the Civil Service test for purchasing clerk is March 26.

The pay rate for the position is $14.67 an hour. Candidates must be legal residents of Oswego County for a minimum of four months immediately preceding the date of the test, which is May 3.

Applications and further information area available at the Department of Personnel, County Office Building, 46 E.e. Bridge St., Oswego or by calling 349-8209 or going to oswegocounty.com/personnel/openings.html

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A chicken barbecue to raise money for the Oswego High School girls’ softball team is set for 11:30 a.m., Sunday March 30 at Gibby’s Inn in Oswego.

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Mother Earth Baby will host a Healthy Baby Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at the Lake Ontario Conference Center in Oswego.

This fun family event is ideal for new and expecting moms and for children of all ages with a focus on health and wellness for young children and their families.

The event is free and the first 100 registered to participate will receive a swag bag full of goodies.

Additionally, the event will feature fun family and child activities, raffles and door prizes from over 50 participating sponsors, free samples, product demonstrations, and more!

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A committee working to add to the New York State Fair’s daily parade is seeking input from the public as it designs a State Fair float to serve as the centerpiece of a reinvigorated event.

Designs and ideas for the float are being solicited by the committee, which is being headed up by a member of the State Fair Advisory Board.

The committee has reached out to some school and community groups to solicit design ideas. Any individual or group is welcome to submit design sketches.

Sketches received by April 1 will receive consideration. Those involved in creating a winning sketch will receive recognition during the parade along with admission to the Fair and parking passes.

Submissions can be sent to nysfair.entry@gmail.com.  More information about the requirements for submissions can be found at www.nysfair.org/contact-us/parade/.

Timothy M. Fellows, loved his computer

Timothy M. Fellows, 51, formerly of Ohio and currently of Fulton, died Friday March 14  at Oswego Hospital, Oswego.

He was born in Oswego, NY to the late Donald and Evelyn (Sawyer) Fellows.

Mr. Fellows enjoyed spending time on his computer.

He was pre-deceased by his step-mother Patricia M. Fellows in 2013.

Mr. Fellows is survived by his longtime caregiver, Perry May of Ohio; 11 siblings,  Lucian (Debbie) Fellows of TN, Robert Fellows of FL., Dorothy (Terry) Dery of Fulton, Patricia (Mark) Bristol of Volney, Jeffrey (Carrie) Fellows of Fulton, James (P.J.) Fellows of Fulton, Brenda (Walt) Leiste of WA, David Fellows of TN., Donna (Rodney) Blackmar of Oswego, Linda (Ray) Duvall of FL., Bryan (Michelle) Fellows of Liverpool; three step-brothers:  Rodney Howe of Fulton, Anthony Howe of VA, and Floyd (Carolyn) Raff of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no funeral services.  Burial will be held privately.  Calling hours are 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday (today) at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

News in Brief

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is offering the 2014 edition of the Spring Dairy Managers Meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 24 at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union Community Room, located at 5828 Scenic Ave. (Route 3) in Mexico.

The cost is $15 and includes lunch.

From milk quality to profitability to robotic milking systems, this wide-ranging program will offer practical ideas for dairy farmers to stay afloat in the tough times and capitalize when milk prices are good.

Pre-registration is required and must be done by March 20. To register, call Brenda at 963-7286 and send payment to Oswego CCE, 3288 Main St., Mexico, NY 13114.

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Applications are due by March 26 for the Civil Service test for purchasing clerk.

The pay rate for the position is $14.67 an hour. Candidates must be legal residents of Oswego County for a minimum of four months immediately preceding the date of the test, which is May 3.

Applications and further information are available at the Department of Personnel, County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego or by calling 349-8209 or going to www.oswegocounty.com/personnel/openings.html

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The Hannibal Fire Co. will have breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 8 to 11 a.m., Sunday March 30 at the fire station on Oswego Street.

There will be free pictures with the Easter Bunny provided By C. Perkins Photography from 9 to 11 a.m. Breakfast will be pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries toast, sausage gravy, biscuits and beverages.

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Little Utica United Methodist Church and the EJ Thomas United Methodist Men are holding their second annual Lunch and Movie event Saturday, March 29.

Lunch will be served at noon followed by a family-friendly Christian movie.

The menu consists of all comfort foods including baked beans, macaroni and cheese, chili, chicken soup, chili-cheese and regular hot dogs. Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches will also be served along with punch, milk, tea and coffee and homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Cost will be $5 for adults, kids 12 and under $3. All proceeds will support their mission to provide children’s camper scholarships.

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The 50th annual Oswego County Numismatic Association Coin and Collectible Show will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30 in the Fulton Municipal Building.

Free admission and free parking are available.

There will be a 50/50 drawing and attendees can bring items to the show to ask questions about them to club members.

There will be many dealers on hand with coins, stamps, postcards, pocket watches, jewelry, sports cards and other collectibles.

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Beaver Lake Nature Center is gearing up for its maple sugaring and pancake breakfasts in March.

A visit to Beaver Lake Nature Center’s demonstration sugarbush can be done from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays in March.

Every Saturday in March, from 9 a.m. to noon, the public can enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast, which also includes sausage and juice or fresh brewed coffee. Visitors, including groups, are served and seated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Do you know a child that has an interest in learning how to sew and does not know where to go for classes?

If the answer to this question is yes, then Oswego County 4-H is the solution. It is conducting a series of workshops, Learn to Sew, which will teach children ages 8 to 19 how to sew with a sewing machine and by hand.

The classes will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17 at the Oswego County Cooperative Extension office in Mexico.

Each day participants will go home with a finished project: potholder, pillowcase, and decorative initial shaped pillow.

The program fee is $24 per child and covers all sewing supplies including sewing machines. Individuals can bring their own sewing machines if they choose.

To register for Learn to Sew or for more details, call the Oswego County 4-H Office at 963-7286, ext. 302 or email Mary Matteson at mmm65@cornell.edu by Thursday, April 10.

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Seasoned business equipment service technician James Rasmussen announced that Rasmussen Business Equipment, 296 E. Second St.,  Oswego, is now open for business.

Rasmussen Business Equipment specializes in the service and maintenance of high quality copiers, printers and fax machines.

Rasmussen, who has more than 23 years of experience in the business machine world, also holds certifications in the repair of more than 50 different types of business machines.

In addition to service and repair, Rasmussen Business Equipment also sells new copiers and printers as well as off-lease copiers.

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BJ’s Outdoor Power Equipment Inc will have its 20th anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 4.

There will be cake, drinks and exclusive promotions.

The company has been in business at 3649 State Route 3 in Palermo for 20 years  focusing on quality outdoor power equipment like Ferris mowers, Branson tractors and Snapper mowers and snow blowers.

The company can be reached at 598-5636.

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There are two caregiver support groups run in Oswego County by the Alzheimer’s Association.

They are:

** 7 p.m. the fourth Monday at Divine Mercy Parish Center (St. Michael’s), 592 S. Main St. in Central Square. Call Gail Lauricella at 676-7533 for information.

** 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday at The Manor at Seneca Hill, 20 Manor Dr., Minetto. Call Dianne Morrisette at 349-5341 for information.

Women’s Club of Fulton hosts scholarship

Women’s Club Scholarship Committee, from left to right: Ginger Leotta, Sue Brown and Maryalice Chatterton.
Women’s Club Scholarship Committee, from left to right: Ginger Leotta, Sue Brown and Maryalice Chatterton.

The Women’s Club of Fulton will be awarding a scholarship of $600 a year for up to two years to a qualified graduating senior, male or female, within the Fulton City School District.

The student must plan to enter a course of two years or less in an associate degree program, a technical vocation or a business program. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of potential proficiency in the chosen field and need and ability to benefit from the elected course.

The grant will be conditional, pending acceptance and matriculation of the students at his or her selected school.

Applications may be picked up in the G. Ray Bodley High School guidance office, and must be completed and returned by April 24. Those seeking further information may call Sue Brown, scholarship chairperson, at 592-4988.

The winner will be announced in May and will be a guest at the club’s May luncheon.

News in Brief

Trinity United Methodist Church in Oswego will be serving an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday March 8.

The menu includes your choice of French toast, waffles or pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee or tea.

Extra sides may be purchased as well.

Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 45 E. Utica Street (corner of East Fourth at Utica Street) in Oswego.

For more information, call the church at 343-1715.

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The Montezuma Audubon Center is proud to welcome WOWEE Wildlife and their live animals from 3 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 8.

During this family friendly indoor program, participants will meet some native animals up close! A bobcat, fox and other wild creatures will be on display during an informative and captivating presentation.

Bring your cameras and be ready to enjoy WOWEE Wildlife. A fee will be charged. Space is limited and registration is required by calling 365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org to register.

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The Sons of the American Legion Post 1552 in Hannibal will have its monthly buffet breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., Sunday, March 9 at the post on Rochester Street.

A full menu will be offered.

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The Evangel University Concert Choir will appear in concert at Port City Faith,      Oswego, at 10:45 a.m., March 9, the Rev. Sebastian Foti has announced.

The EU Concert Choir is a 36-member vocal ensemble that is currently touring through Ohio, Virginia, New York and Connecticut.

During the past 30 years, the choir has toured in the 48 contiguous states, Canada, the Bahamas, Cuba and 15 countries in Europe.

The repertoire of the Concert Choir ranges from classical to contemporary sacred literature. The program is as varied and energetic as the 36-member choral ensemble. CDs will be available for sale after the concert.

Evangel University is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the National Association of Schools of Music and the Council on Social Work Education.

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There will be a chili, soup and salad luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday March 13 at the Oswego Center United Methodist Church.

The church is on County Route 7 in Oswego.

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Halters, saddles, clothes and much more will be for sale at bargain prices at the annual Oswego County 4-H Tack Sale from 10 a.m. to noon March 15 at Central Square Middle School, Route 11.

The benefits of the sale support the 4-H educational horse programs held throughout Oswego County.

Anyone who loves a bargain and is looking for equine related items, this sale is for you.

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Registration for Canal Clean Sweep events ends in two weeks.

If you haven’t done so already, please register your event by March 15.

The state Canal Corp. and Parks and Trails New York once again need your help for the annual Canal Clean Sweep.

Last year’s Clean Sweep resulted in more than 150 communities, civic groups, businesses and social clubs completing nearly 100 cleanup and beautification events along the Canal System and the Canalway Trail.

This year’s event will take place Friday-Sunday, April 25-27.

Like last year, the 2014 Canal Clean Sweep will be held in recognition of Earth Day 2014, and in advance of the upcoming navigation season, the 190th consecutive season on the New York State Canal System.

State Senate Report, by Patty Ritchie

With decorations up and festive music dominating the airwaves, it’s no secret, the holiday season is in full swing.

The same goes for the gift giving season. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American shopper will spend $737 this Christmas.  That translates to a total of $602 billion spent nationwide during the 2013 holiday shopping season.

One of the best ways to find unique and meaningful gifts for your loved ones is by shopping local.

When you shop from independent retailers, you support your neighbors and the local economy. It’s estimated that for every dollar spent at a locally-owned business, 45 cents is reinvested locally.

From fresh food and drink to handmade crafts, the offerings in our region for local gifts are endless.  One of my favorite options?  Artwork that captures the beauty of Central and Northern New York.

In an effort to highlight local talent, I have worked with local arts organizations to feature nearly two dozen artists through my “Senator Patty Ritchie Celebrates Local Artists” program.

Artists selected for this program have their artwork displayed at my district office locations in Oswego, Watertown and Ogdensburg.

Artists currently on display include:

Oswego County: Phyllis DiSalvo of Palermo began watercolor painting in 2008.  She continues to grow as an artist by learning new techniques using different types of media.  Phyllis’s work can be viewed at my Oswego office, located in the county office building at 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.

St. Lawrence County:  Ogdensburg artist and photographer Dave Bracy takes his inspiration from everyday scenes on the Oswegatchie and St. Lawrence Rivers. An employee of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, Dave spends a lot of  his time studying landscapes and fishing on the two rivers near his home. Dave’s work can be viewed at my St. Lawrence County office, located at 330 Ford St., Ogdensburg.

Jefferson County: Mary Randazzo is a renowned historical landmark artist inspired by the natural history and beauty of the Thousand Islands. A resident of Clayton, Mary is a self-trained artist who uses photos and on site sketches to paint the natural surroundings of her home. Mary’s work can be viewed at my Jefferson County office, located at 317 Washington St., Watertown.

For more information on these artists, as well as past participants, visit my website at www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.  Artists interested in being featured in the program can contact 782-3418.

During the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle.  As you continue to shop for gifts for friends and family don’t forget to support our economy by buying local.

Alzheimer’s caregivers meetings scheduled

In honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Month and National Caregivers Month in November, the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter will host a series of online forums in November featuring experts in dementia care.

CNY Caregiver Chat welcomes dementia caregivers with a person computer to join in for an interactive discussion with experts in the field of Alzheimer’s and dementia care, long-term care, and elder law and financial planning.

CNY Caregiver Chats will take place on Tuesdays during the month of November from 1 to 3 p.m.

Caregivers can register for free at www.alz.org/cny and will be asked to download a small helper file to their PC or Mac before joining the chat. Caregivers can use the speakers and microphone on their computer or a telephone to participate.

Topics for the series include:

Nov. 5: Alzheimer’s Behaviors

Nov. 12: Making the Transition to Long-Term Care

Nov. 19: Legal and Financial Concerns

Nov. 26: Activities at the Holidays

Each session begins with a short presentation, followed by a moderated question and answer session.

The CNY Caregiver Chat series is a presentation of the Marty Manning Online Education Center.

The center, which was created in memory of a former caregiver, support group facilitator and board member, is the Chapter’s gateway to web-based live webinars and on-demand education presentations.

State Senate Report from state Sen. Patty Ritchie

It’s often said the one of the most important responsibilities we have in a democracy is to vote.

On Nov. 5, people across the country will head to the polls to exercise this right.  Here in New York state, people won’t just be casting their votes for candidates on Election Day — they will also be making decisions on amendments to the New York State Constitution.

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the referendum on the Nov. 5 ballot concerning the authorization of expanded casino gaming in New York state.

This proposal would amend the state Constitution to allow construction of up to seven Las Vegas-style casinos in designated regions across the state, with the first four to be built Upstate.

You should also know that there are five other resolutions that are up for a vote from the public.  This year’s ballot contains the largest number of such proposals in a number of years and several could have a significant impact on the economic health of communities right here in our backyard.

Here’s a look at measures you’ll be asked to weigh in on:

** Additional Civil Service Credit for Veterans with Disabilities Certified Post- Appointment: This proposed amendment would grant additional civil service credit to veterans who are certified as disabled after they have been appointed or promoted to a civil service position.

** Exclusion of Indebtedness Contracted for Sewage Facilities: This proposed amendment would extend until Jan. 1, 2024, the authority of counties, cities, towns and villages to exclude from their constitutional debt limits, indebtedness contracted  from the construction and reconstruction of facilities utilized for the treatment and disposal of sewage.

** Settling Disputed Title in the Forest Preserve:  Under the State Constitution, it is typically prohibited to sell, exchange or take any forest preserve land. This proposed amendment would allow the Legislature to settle century-old disputes between the state and private parties over ownership of certain parcels of land in the forest preserve by giving up the state’s claim to disputed parcels.

In exchange, the state would get land to be incorporated into the forest preserve.  The land exchange would occur only if the Legislature determines the land to be conveyed to New York state would benefit the forest preserve more than the disputed parcels do.

** In Relation to a Land Exchange in the State Forest Preserve with NYCO Minerals:  This amendment would allow NYCO Minerals, Inc., a private company, to continue its mining operations in Essex County.  The proposal would allow the state to convey roughly 200 forest preserve acres to the company for mining and in exchange, the company would give the state at least the same amount of land of at least the same value, with that land being added to the forest preserve.

Under this proposal, when NYCO Minerals finishes its mining, the company would restore the condition of the land it received in exchange and return it to the forest preserve.

** Increasing Age Until Which Certain State Judges Can Serve: This amendment increases to age 80 the age Justices of the Supreme Court and Judges of the Court of Appeals may serve, in certain instances.  In addition, the proposed amendment would also prohibit the appointment of any person over the age of 70 to the Court of Appeals.

Our vote is our voice and the six referendums that will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot represent democracy in its purest form.

I hope you’ll take the time to learn more about these amendments before you head to the polls and exercise your right to vote on Election Day.