State Senate Report: Military Appreciation Month

By State Sen. Patricia Ritchie

Living so close to Fort Drum, we see firsthand the tremendous sacrifices our soldiers make in the name of defending both our country and our freedom.

Enduring everything from long periods away from their loved ones to courageously fighting on the front lines, there is no way we could ever repay our troops for their selflessness.

While we should show our appreciation to veterans and current service members year-round, May — which is Military Appreciation Month — presents special opportunities to recognize our troops.   Continue reading

Fulton Rotary honors students

The students from G. Ray Bodley High School students who visited the Fulton Rotary Club this month were Anthony Semeraro, left, and Amelia Coakley. Coakley has a year of college “under her belt” with Advanced Placement courses. She has been active in figure skating and lacrosse and has volunteered often in the community, especially at Oswego Hospital, where her father works. She will attend Binghamton University in the fall and major in the health care field. Semeraro is also a strong student who is interested in drama and music. He will attend Rochester Institute of Technology and major in chemical engineering. Both students are members of the National Honor Society.  Rotarian Youth Committee member Judy Young, center, introduced the students to the Fulton Rotarians.
The students from G. Ray Bodley High School students who visited the Fulton Rotary Club this month were Anthony Semeraro, left, and Amelia Coakley. Coakley has a year of college “under her belt” with Advanced Placement courses. She has been active in figure skating and lacrosse and has volunteered often in the community, especially at Oswego Hospital, where her father works. She will attend Binghamton University in the fall and major in the health care field. Semeraro is also a strong student who is interested in drama and music. He will attend Rochester Institute of Technology and major in chemical engineering. Both students are members of the National Honor Society. Rotarian Youth Committee member Judy Young, center, introduced the students to the Fulton Rotarians.

Fulton Community Garden set for growing season

Representatives from the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County, ready garden beds for planting as part of the Fulton Community Garden Project.  Shown from left are: Jan Smith, master gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension; Jen Canfield of the Fulton Alliance Church; Lois Luber, resource development director, United Way of Greater Oswego County; Addie Dolbear, community volunteer;  Lori Halstead, OCO Nutrition Services; and Cindy Walsh of Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Representatives from the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County, ready garden beds for planting as part of the Fulton Community Garden Project. Shown from left are: Jan Smith, master gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension; Jen Canfield of the Fulton Alliance Church; Lois Luber, resource development director, United Way of Greater Oswego County; Addie Dolbear, community volunteer; Lori Halstead, OCO Nutrition Services; and Cindy Walsh of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

The growing season will soon begin for the Fulton Community Garden Project.

Members of the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County met recently at John Lincoln Park in Fulton to ready the garden beds for planting. Continue reading

NC man charged with child sexual abuse

Oswego County Sheriff’s Office

William A. Bates-Congdon, 49, of 6519 Sadler Rd., Waxhaw, NC, was arrested at the Oswego County Correctional Facility and charged with two  counts of first-degree sodomy, a felony, and first-degee course of sexual conduct against a child, a felony, stemming from the investigation into incidents that occurred at a Scriba residence from the spring of 1997 until March 24, 2000. Continue reading

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