Watertown company being held responsible for death of worker at Pulaski construction site

The U.S. Labor Department has found a Watertown-based company responsible for the death of a construction worker at a Pulaski site.
Kyle Brown, 23, died Nov. 18 from a fall while he was working as part of a crew installing metal decking on the roof of an automobile dealership being built in Pulaski. As he tried to secure sheets of decking, he was blown off the roof and fell to his death, Labor Department officials said.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that his employer, general construction contractor MTL Design Inc., failed to provide and ensure the use of fall protection safeguards that would have prevented his death. OSHA cited the company for a willful and a serious violation.
“This needless fall and resulting death were entirely preventable. Had this company provided its employees with required fall protection equipment, anchorage and training, this young man would be alive today,” said Christopher Adams, OSHA’s area director in Syracuse. “Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, yet they are also among the clearest hazards to identify and eliminate. Fall protection safeguards save lives, but only if they’re properly and effectively implemented.”
OSHA’s investigation found that while Brown was wearing a fall protection harness, it was useless, as the workers were not provided with a means to connect to an independent anchorage point to stop a fall. The company failed to train employees to recognize fall hazards, ensure adequate anchorage for lifelines and  secure the decking against displacement by the wind.
Brown’s death was one of 22 fatal falls in New York’s construction industry in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Failing to provide fall protection for workers is one of the 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations.

Mayor proclaims coin week

Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr, of Fulton and local coin club member, John Cali, met to celebrate National Coin Week, which was April 20-26. Woodward issued a proclamation stating April 20-26 is National Coin Week in Fulton. The local Fulton Club held an event March 30 in its honor. Cali and members of the Fulton Numismatic Coin Club encourage anyone interested to join them as they meet the first Tuesday of each month starting at 7 p.m. in the Fulton Community Room located at 141 S. First St.  Everyone is welcome.
Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr, of Fulton and local coin club member, John Cali, met to celebrate National Coin Week, which was April 20-26. Woodward issued a proclamation stating April 20-26 is National Coin Week in Fulton. The local Fulton Club held an event March 30 in its honor. Cali and members of the Fulton Numismatic Coin Club encourage anyone interested to join them as they meet the first Tuesday of each month starting at 7 p.m. in the Fulton Community Room located at 141 S. First St. Everyone is welcome.

OCO welcomes new board members

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Executive Director of Oswego County Opportunities Diane Cooper Currier (right) welcomed incoming members of OCO ’s Board of Directors at the agency’s Annual Meeting held April 24 at Springside at Seneca Hill. From left are: Karen Paterniti, chief financial officer, Northern Oswego County Health Services (NOCHSI); Gidget Stevens, director of assistance programs for Oswego County Department of Social Services; John Zanewych of Big John’s Sales; Holly Carpenter of the Fulton Housing Authority; and Carissa Seaton of the Head Start Policy Council.

Memorial Day poster contest winners announced

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The 33rd annual Memorial Day Salute Committee recently announced the winners of the poster contest held to create a patriotic poster in keeping with “Showing Gratitude To Our Veterans”. Taking first place as the winner of this year’s poster contest is Ashley Marlatt. Second place is Stephanie Taplan and third place is Melissa Frank. From left are Larlatt, Taplan and art instructor Mary Pierce, holding the third-place poster. Frank is not pictured. The winners are art students at Cayuga Community College. All posters will be displayed at the event May 24 at the Fulton Community Center.

Tickets on sale now for OCO “Bling, Fling and Swing”

Get your tickets now for OCO’s “Bling, Fling & Swing” drawing. Pictured here are OCO employees Candy Fox, left, holding the sapphire-diamond ring, and Debra French, with a poster about the “Bling, Fling & Swing” event. For more information call OCO at 598-4717.
Get your tickets now for OCO’s “Bling, Fling & Swing” drawing. Pictured here are OCO employees Candy Fox, left, holding the sapphire-diamond ring, and Debra French, with a poster about the “Bling, Fling & Swing” event. For more information call OCO at 598-4717.

Oswego County Opportunities is holding a “Bling, Fling and Swing” drawing with three exciting prizes, and the name “Bling, Fling & Swing” helps describe them.

First prize is a sapphire and diamond ring, donated by Bridge Street Jewelers in Oswego. Second prize is an overnight getaway package for two at Vernon Downs Casino, donated by Vernon Downs Casino.

Third prize is two Canyon Combo tickets donated by Wonderworks at Destiny USA, redeemable for one canyon climb and admission to the Wonderworks experience.

The sapphire and diamond ring is worth more than $200. “We are grateful to Bridge Street Jewelers for their donation of this beautiful ring, which can be sized to fit the hand that will be graced by it,” said Diane Cooper-Currier, OCO’s executive director.

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Only 300 tickets will be sold. They are available at the OCO Main Office, 239 Oneida St., Fulton, and at the Midtown Plaza Office, lower level (next to Jo-Ann Fabrics), Oswego, during regular office hours.

 Drawing for all prizes takes place at noon Thursday, May 15, at the OCO Main Office, 239 Oneida St., Fulton. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win. The winners will be notified by phone and/or email to claim their prize. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

“There is a real need to help the hungry in Oswego County,” said OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier said.

“As the community action agency for Oswego County, we strongly support this purpose because it aligns perfectly with OCO’s mission: to inspire partnerships and provide services that empower people, support communities and change lives,” Cooper-Currier said.

Valley Viewpoints

Girl Scout thank-you

Thank you for saying Yes to Girl Scouts!

Thank you for opening your hearts and wallets to Girl Scouts who asked you to buy cookies and support their Cookie Program goals.

Your simple business transaction with a Girl Scout is helping her to build a lifetime of real world skills including money management, decision making, goal setting, business ethics and communications.

All funds earned stay local. Each troop determines how to spend their cookie profits and many will travel and experience camp together. And they’ll be investing in the community.

Troops use cookie dollars to complete community service projects like planting gardens. Individually, Girl Scouts decide how to spend their own cookie proceeds.

This summer, many Girl Scouts will pay their way to camp using cookie earnings.

Because you said yes, Girl Scouts from throughout the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways sold 1,809,755 boxes of cookies!

Thank you for understanding the value of investing in Girl Scouts and knowing your purchase is an investment in a girl’s future.

Can a box of cookies change the world? We think so. According to the Girl Scout Alumnae Impact Study, 70 percent of professional women are Girl Scout alums. Girl Scouts matter to our community, our country and indeed the world.

Girl Scouting works because of selfless volunteers. Thank you to the Girl Scout families and volunteers who dedicated countless hours making the Cookie Program an overwhelming success. Together, we will get her there.

Again, thank you for your support. By saying yes to Girl Scout cookies you are giving girls the opportunity to learn, grow and become leaders who can change the world.

Because that’s what Girl Scouting is – a place where girls gain courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.

Pam Hyland

CEO

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc.

Police report

From the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office

Meggan A. Gauger, 24, and Shane Thomas Dowling, 25, both of James Road, Hannibal, and Devin M. Gauger, 26, of Keller Road, Hannibal, charged with burglary and criminal mischief, both felonies. Charges stem from the investigation of a break-in at a Granby business in May 2011 and the theft of radiators from tractors and chain saws. Property also was damaged.

Gauger, Dowling and Devin Gauger were arraigned in Granby town court and will return to court May 8.

Mark A. Sikes, 35, of Cedar Circle, Liverpool, charged with felony DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation first degree, a felony, and crossing road hazard markings following a one vehicle car accident on Route 104 in the town of Hannibal.

Deputies said Sikes was reportedly traveling south and the 2005 Pontiac he was operating exited the west side of the roadway and collided with a caution sign then went down an embankment before coming to rest.

Sikes was arraigned in Hannibal town court and will return to court May 27.

Meggan A. Gauger, 24, of James Street, Hannibal, charged with grand larceny, a felony.

The charge stems from an investigation into a February 2014 incident in Hannibal in which she allegedly stole the victim’s credit card and used it for making purchases in Cato and Hannibal totaling more than $800.

Gauger was arraigned in Granby town court and will be back in Hannibal court May 13.

Fulton Police Department:

Brandon M. Chace, 19, of County Route 6, Fulton, charged with criminal mischief, a felony.

Police say he operated a motor vehicle through the Northbay Campbrounds on April 5, spinning his tires in the damp lawns on the campsites creating several ruts in the property. Damage estimate was $3,158.

Juan A. Colon Jr., 25, of Airport Road, Fulton, charged with being a fugitive from justice.

Police say  on April 26, Colon was arrested as a fugitive from justice on a felony parole warrant issued by California.

Extradition was requested by the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino.

From the Oswego Police Department:

Joshua M. Sprague, 31,  and Wendi M. Czirr-Sprague, 38, both of State Route 104, Mexico, were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance third degree with intent to sell, a felony and criminal possesion in the fifth degree with intent to sell, a felony.

Police said they possessed various prescription tablets and anabolic steroids.

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