State Senate Report: It’s farmers’ market season

By state Sen. Patricia Ritchie

More vitamins and minerals, protection against diseases such as heart disease and cancer, a lower number on the scale and freshness that is second to none — these are just some of the benefits of eating fruits, vegetables and other foods found at your local farmers’ market.

As summer approaches, farmers’ markets across Central and Northern New York prepare for their season.   Continue reading

Phoenix team striking out cancer

The Phoenix Lady Firebird’s “Strikeout Cancer” pitch tally climbed to 100 following a nine to eight win over Bishop Ludden on Tuesday. Varsity Softball Pitcher Megan Brown and her teammates are playing with a mission this season, the mission is to strikeout pediatric cancer and support Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. Several donors have sponsored Brown and the team’s “Strikeout Cancer” campaign, pledging a per strikeout donation to the campaign. Brown, center, is pictured above with her two catchers, Alicia Midlar, left, and Isabella Garofalo following the team’s recent win and 100th strikeout of the season.
The Phoenix Lady Firebirds’ “Strikeout Cancer” pitch tally climbed to 100 following a nine to eight win over Bishop Ludden on Tuesday. Varsity Softball Pitcher Megan Brown and her teammates are playing with a mission this season, the mission is to strikeout pediatric cancer and support Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. Several donors have sponsored Brown and the team’s “Strikeout Cancer” campaign, pledging a per strikeout donation to the campaign. Brown, center, is pictured above with her two catchers, Alicia Midlar, left, and Isabella Garofalo following the team’s recent win and 100th strikeout of the season.

View from the Assembly: Honoring Our Veterans

By state Assemblyman Will Barclay 

Memorial Day is a time for family picnics and parades.

More importantly however, it’s also a time we honor our veterans and pay homage to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country. As a state, we can always do more for those who have fought for our freedoms.  To that end, I sponsor and support a number of bills that will improve the lives of our  veterans. Continue reading

Police blotter

Oswego County Sheriff’s Office

Angele M. Newman, 24, of County Route 4, Oswego, NY was arrested based on a felony bench warrant issued out of the city of Oswego charging her with criminal possession of a forged instrument third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh degree stemming from a 2012 incident. Newman has been sent to Oswego County Drug Court.

Benjamin E. Phetteplace, 39, and Charles D. Strauss III, 41, both of New Floyd Road, Rome, were charged with burglary, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of petit larceny and criminal mischief. Deputies say they entered a residence in Constantia on Jan. 25 and stole some Harley Davidson merchandise along with a pocket knife.

Raymond L. Besaw, 39, of Harris Hill Road, Hannibal, was charged with three counts of criminal sale of a firearm third degree, all felonies. Deputies say he allegedly gave three different firearms to people in the town of Granby while not being authorized to possess any firearms due to a previous felony conviction. Besaw was arraigned in the Granby Town Court and will return to court June 2.

Dustin L. Vanburen, 25, of Hickory Grove Drive, Mexico, was charged with criminal contempt first degree, a felony. Deputies say Vanburen got into a domestic dispute in the parking lot of a business in the village of Mexico where he allegedly engaged in a verbal altercation with the victim. He was not supposed to be near this victim because there is an active order of protection filed against him. Vanburen was arraigned in Mexico Town Court and will return to court May 20.

Damon M. Wing, 18, of Rochester Street, Hannibal, was arrested at the Oswego County Correctional Facility based on a felony bench warrant issued out of the Hannibal Town Court charging him with failure to appear. He was arraigned in Granby Town Court and will return to court May 20.

Fulton police

Bruce M. Christian II, 27, of Didama Street, Syracuse was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance fifth degree, both felonies. Police say in Fulton, he possessed and knowingly sold a white substance to a female. The substance tested positive as cocaine.

Tyler J. Hobart, no age given, of Ontario Street, Fulton, was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief third degree, a felony. Police say on May 7, he punched the passenger rear window of a person’s car, breaking the window and that he also threw a heavy metal cylinder object through the front driver side window, breaking the window and nearly hitting the victim. The damage was about $300.

 Andrea L. Spears, no age given, of West Fifth Street, Fulton, was charged with grand larceny, a felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh degree, a misdemeanor. Police say on May 7, while at the YMCA, she removed a key fob from a gym bag in the locker room and used that key fob to enter a car in the parking lot that did not belong to her.

From the car she took two rings and later was found in possession of these rings. Police also said when she was arrested, she was possessing 17 green pills in a plastic bag which were found to be Clonazepam, a controlled substance. These pills were not prescribed to her.

 Thomas C. Clark, no age given, of West Fifth Street, Fulton, was charged with criminal mischief third degree, a felony. Police said on March 13 in Fulton, he punched the windshield of a car, breaking it, resulting in $375.41 damage.

Fulton’s Memorial Day Salute May 24

This year’s Memorial Day Salute in Fulton is set for May 24.

The theme for this year’s Memorial Day Salute Parade is “Show Your Gratitude to Veterans.” Many area individuals, organizations, businesses and industries will try to develop their interpretation of this theme in the vehicles or floats they will enter in the parade May 24.

The Fulton Memorial Day Salute is a one-day event that is 33 years old this year, started and carried on by the four service clubs in Fulton .

The present service clubs working on this year’s event are the Fulton Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and the Sunrise Rotary.  The four service clubs have always been assisted by the Fulton Veterans’ Council in promoting and putting on this event.

In years past, the Optimist and the Fulton JayCees — now disbanded — were participants. Several of the men and women who work on the Memorial Day Salute Steering Committee are veterans.

During the last century, the United States has participated in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the gulf War and the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

All in all, more than 625,000 Americans have died fighting in a U.S. uniform during the 20th century.

The Fulton Service Clubs and the Fulton Veterans’ Council have established Fulton’s way to remember this most important holiday.

In the fall of each year, all of the Veterans’ organizations in the Fulton area choose a “Veteran of the Year.”  This person is the grand marshal of the Memorial Day Parade. This year’s grand marshal is Jim Weinhold.

The Fulton parade is the largest in the county, with more than 100 units and many bands. It begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24.

After the parade at about noon, several of the bands in the parade will perform on the Fulton Savings Bank stage in the Community Center in Recreation Park.

On Saturday evening, the main feature is The Custom Taylor Band, Central New York’s premiere Top 40 country music band. The Brass Exchange, Marching Bands from the parade, and the CNY Arts Center Youth Performers will also take the stage in the afternoon.

There will be rides, lots of food, and of course, the ever-popular fireworks display on Saturday evening, with a rain date on Sunday evening.

The Memorial Day Salute event is designed for family fun and entertainment.  Everyone is invited to attend. All events are free.

Valley Viewpoints

Loves Fulton library

Congratulations to the residents of Fulton and the surrounding area for your wonderful library.

One of the historic Carnegie libraries, Fulton Public Library is a treasure that was built on the banks of the Oswego River. And, not only do you have a unique and beautiful building, the library has something to offer  almost every citizen.

Libraries are not just about books any more. Library services include access to computers, to databases and to downloadable books and audio books and to the collections of 64 other libraries in the interlibrary loan system.

Fulton Public Library offers programs that range from the celebration of local writers to the joy of children working together in an afterschool Lego club. If your family has history in the area, the Fulton library has cemetery and other recoreds prized by genealogists for research.

This is a story time for preschoolers and an outreach program to the senior housing centers. There are movie shows at the library and guest lectures.

Did you know that in 2013 local residents wrote remembrances of growing up in the area and published a book from a writing program at your library?

There is a lot happening at the library in Fulton, including job searches, tutoring and research. The community is connecting in ways that continually strengthen the very fabric of the area.

I believe libraries provide our best hope for the future because knowledge and information that is available to everyone is too dear to give up.

Noreen Patterson

Phoenix

A job well done

We had a very busy morning meeting with members of the Fulton VFW Post #569 and the Fulton American Legion at Mt. Adnah and St. Mary’s cemeteries in Fulton to help with the placement of flags upon the graves of our local veterans.

We had requested help from the students of Fulton Junior High and G. Ray Bodley High School boys’ lacrosse teams and the Fulton 13-14 indoor and travel boys’ soccer team.

We had about 50-plus students and parents and other Fultonians who met at 9 a.m. to volunteer time to this community event.

It was a wonderful experience to watch the students ranging in age from 13 to 18 years old listen to directions from the man in charge, Mr. John Young, and then begin to place flags, upright the usable flag holders and replace the broken flag holders as they walked the length and width of both cemeteries.

It was equally heartwarming to catch a glimpse of some of the students pausing for a moment and reading several of the headstones and then calling their friends over to show them a unique monument or read an epitaph.

I heard one boy mention, “wow this one was in WWI,”  and others mentioned that they were surprised to see so many people/couples who were married for over 50-plus years (as the years were listed on the individual monuments).

Several also paused to learn about the memorial garden at Mt. Adnah because it didn’t make sense to some of them as to why the stones were set up a little differently than the rest of the cemetery until one of the funeral director’s daughters explained how large caskets were not buried there, but instead smaller urns or containers of individuals who have chosen to be cremated and then buried.

What began as a community service effort turned into a life lesson for many participants. We also saw how the adults would stop for a moment and watch the reactions of the younger people when they saw a stone that may have said, for example, “Going Home,” or “Gone Fishing,”  or how the pictures etched on the stones told a story of a life once lived.

The history of the cemeteries did not go unnoticed as several boys also remarked about the large mausoleums dating back to the 1800s in Mt. Adnah and how they were awesome because they were made like a concrete shelter directly into the hillside.

We ended the morning with pizza and water provided by the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc. and Sugar and Scanlon Funeral Home. We thank the owner of Red Baron Pizza, Fulton and Mr. Wes Dean for going into work on a Sunday — a day off — to make pizzas for our volunteers.

When Mr. Dean learned that students were volunteering to help the local veterans groups he didn’t hesitate to change his plans and help provide lunch.

We at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., and Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home would like to publically thank our local veterans for having served our country and how they continue to serve our community.

We would also like to thank them on our behalf and the behalf of all of the participants of the flag placing. It was truly a wonderful experience and we enjoyed being a part of a small slice of your history.

As a bonus, the veterans  welcomed our help and extended an invitation for us to come back next year to help prepare cemeteries for Memorial Day.

Therefore, thank you all for a job well done.

Sugar and Scanlon

Funeral Home

Fulton

Don’t ask, don’t tell

That is the motto of the Oswego County Legislature.

It’s just a little bit different with them — it is more, ‘if you don’t ask we won’t tell.’ If you do ask, it is like you just committed a capital crime.

Let me explain in as few words as possible.

The last Infrastructure Committee meeting (that is the regular one not the special one), the committee chairman opened the meeting telling us that one item would be added to the agenda. It was a contract approval to change the electrical supplier for the waste treatment plant  on Route 481.

Among the first words out of the department head’s mouth were we are going to save money. He stated we have to change because we have gone through over half the money budgeted for electrical.

With that being said, I asked how much we are going to save. Not a good thing to do. The answer was, I’m not sure.  He gave us some paper work showing us estimated usage for the first 12 months in kwh. (Now that should have been a clue). He stated that it was a one-year contract, saying we would be paying close to 6 cents per kwh used.

It came time to vote. The vote came to me and I said “NO”. One of the other legislators yelled at me saying something like How can you vote NO on saving money? I said I can vote any way I please.

He said something. Then I said you know what, I’m changing my vote to abstain. He said you have to give a reason. I said fine. I don’t know enough about this to vote in favor of it or against it. Maybe you can look at something for five minutes and vote but I can’t.

I took the paperwork home that night and after reading it a little bit closer I read where it went from 2014 to 2016. The next day in the Health Committee meeting I asked the young lady that had taken notes of the Infrastructure meeting if it fact Mr. Visser had said that the contract was for one year or two years. She said he had said it was for one year. Why she asked. I then read her what the contract said. She then said, yeah that is two years.

The next day I called the person representing the new company trying to sell us an electrical contract. I asked him if what I had in front of me was a one-year or a two-year contract. He said it was a two-year contract.

I then called the person in our purchasing department. I asked him if he knew that this was a two-year contract, not a one-year contract. He said no. What makes me say that. I said that I didn’t take advance math. but if I subtract 2014 from 2016 I get two.

He then looked at the proposal in front of him and he said you’re right Frank.

I said this was not presented to us properly it should have been presented showing how much we paid last year and how much we should pay this year under the new plan. It wasn’t and therefore I can’t support it.

Now we may very well save some money, but with penalties for over use and possible penalties for under use, it is in doubt.

Well low and behold, they held a special meeting on a day I couldn’t attend and passed it changing it to a two-year contract.

Now I would say that each and every one of these legislators had a field day when Nancy Pelosi  said, “We have to pass the bill so we can find out what is in it.” Most people put it a different way. They said vote now, read it later.

This in fact is what the Republican caucus in the Oswego County Legislature seems to have done here and most of the time.

So again it comes down to “Don’t Ask and We Won’t Tell,” but if you do ask, we may not be able to tell.

Now you know why the county is heading straight to the Blue Boy.

Frank Castiglia Jr.

Fulton

Oswego County

Legislator 25th district

OCO installs new board officers

Executive Director of Oswego County Opportunities Diane Cooper-Currier, right, announced the installation of the new slate of officers for OCO’s board of directors at OCO’s annual meeting April 23 at Springside at Seneca Hill. From left are: Vice President Debra Turner; Treasurer Ron Darrow; Board President, Connie Cosemento; Secretary, Terry Bennett; Past President, Joe Caruana; and Diane Cooper-Currier.
Executive Director of Oswego County Opportunities Diane Cooper-Currier, right, announced the installation of the new slate of officers for OCO’s board of directors at OCO’s annual meeting April 23 at Springside at Seneca Hill. From left are: Vice President Debra Turner; Treasurer Ron Darrow; Board President, Connie Cosemento; Secretary, Terry Bennett; Past President, Joe Caruana; and Diane Cooper-Currier.

Karate class supports Make-A-Wish

Here are some of the karate students, and their teacher, who helped raise money for Make-A-Wish. Front left to right: Allen Michael Borasky, Tyler Bertrand, Aiden Brewster, Back: Taylor Bonoffski, Sensei Suzanne Summerville
Here are some of the karate students, and their teacher, who helped raise money for Make-A-Wish. Front left to right: Allen Michael Borasky, Tyler Bertrand, Aiden Brewster, Back: Taylor Bonoffski, Sensei Suzanne Summerville

Students from the Fulton YMCA’s karate class helped raise money for Make-a-Wish by holding a kick-a-thon. 

Sensei Suzanne Summerville held the event with her classes April 29 (World Wish Day) and May 1. Continue reading

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