Yes, it’s been cold — but we haven’t set any records

By Debra J. Groom

Yes, it’s been cold.

It was bone-chilling a couple of weeks ago and it’s frigid again now.

And while it may seem odd to have this many cold days in a row, this is nothing compared to two years in the past.

That’s it – think back to February 1979, says local weather observer Paul Cardinali, of Fulton.

That month, there was a stretch of 13 days of temperatures less than 0, he said. And in the more than 40 years that he’s been keeping records, Fulton hit its all-time low of minus 26 on Feb. 18, 1979.

“The average temperature in February 1979 was 10.7 degrees,” he said. “Boy, that is cold. That’s the coldest February I’ve ever recorded.”

The same was true over in the Port City of Oswego. Weather observer William Gregway said the mercury plunged to minus 20 there on Feb. 18, 1979.

Now more recently, the Fulton and Oswego areas plunged into a deep freeze in January 2005.

Gregway said Oswego posted temps at 0 or below 0 for eight days between Jan. 18 and 28. Cardinali said Fulton also recorded temperatures at 0 or below for 10 days from Jan 18 through Jan. 31.

“We haven’t experienced the prolonged cold periods lately that I can remember,” Gregway said.

Even the cold from a couple of weeks ago seems a distant memory considering what happened after that cold snap ended.

Cardinali said temperatures were below 0 on Jan. 2, 3 and 4. But then the mercury started to climb.

“It was 52 on Jan. 10 and close to 50 on Jan. 12,” he said.

The Weather Channel forecasted Fulton to see its last minus temp Thursday night. Then temperatures are supposed to go up – slightly – to a raging high of 26 by Saturday (today). Lows still will be a bit nippy in the single digits or low teens.

And The Weather Channel has that trend continuing through next Friday, Jan. 31.

Cardinali said the one thing that made this week more bearable than earlier in January was the wind. During the Jan. 2-4 cold snap, the winds were whipping, making wind chills of minus 25 degrees. This most recent cold was mostly temperature only with very little wind.

Fulton temperatures in January 2005
Jan. 18, minus 3
Jan. 19, minus 1
Jan. 20, minus 2
Jan. 21, minus 13
Jan. 22, minus 17
Jan. 23, minus 11
Jan. 24, minus 11
Jan. 28, minus 14
Jan. 29, minus 1
Jan. 31, 0

Fulton temperatures in February 1979
Feb. 1, 9
Feb. 2, 9
Feb. 3, minus 8
Feb. 4, 9
Feb. 5, 7
Feb. 6, minus 2
Feb. 7, minus 4
Feb. 8, minus 10, Feb. 9, minus 8
Feb. 10, minus 16
Feb. 11, minus 22
Feb. 12, minus 24
Feb. 13, minus 16
Feb. 14, minus 25
Feb. 15, minus 10
Feb. 16, minus 2
Feb. 17, minus 20
Feb. 18, minus 26
Feb. 19, 3
Feb. 20, 0
Feb. 21, 18
Feb. 22, 32
Feb. 23, 30
Feb. 24, 30
Feb. 25, 20
Feb. 26, 20
Feb. 27, 20
Feb. 28, 20

Veit buying Scotsman Press Inc.

Badoud Enterprises, Inc., owned by John J. Badoud, Jr. of Virginia, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell the assets of its sole operating unit, The Scotsman Press, Inc., to its current President, William G. Veit. 

Incorporated in 1954, Scotsman produces award-winning, community-focused publications and serves hundreds of other publications through its commercial printing services to customers throughout Central New York. The sale of the company to Veit will increase Scotsman’s value to its employees, customers, vendors, and other stakeholders, as the company will become an even more integral part of the CNY community and media market now under the direction of local ownership.

With the change of ownership, Veit’s new company will acquire assets including, The Valley News, Today’s CNY Woman, Finger Lakes Vacationer, and other publications, along with plant equipment, vehicles, and the company’s Chenango Bridge facility. The company will continue to do business as The Scotsman Media Group, maintaining all of its operating divisions in Syracuse, Chenango Bridge, and Fulton, New York, and there are no plans to change the company’s workforce of 96 employees as a result of the transition. Improvements to the company’s information technology systems are presently underway to ensure that Scotsman’s outstanding customer service, quality print media, and advertising solutions to the CNY marketplace will continue.

Veit and his wife, Linda, along with their two daughters, are lifelong residents of Syracuse, residing in the Onondaga Hill area. Veit has been employed by the Scotsman Media Group since 1990. He earned his MBA from Le Moyne College;  his wife, Linda, is employed by Upstate Medical University and received her masters in public health from Syracuse University and Upstate.

The transaction is expected to close on March 31, 2014.

Wheelchair basketball game Friday night at Fulton Junior High

The Move Along Flyers Wheelchair Basketball Team will face off against teachers from the Fulton City School District at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 .

A winter dance will be held following the game for all participants and audience members.

The event will be held at the Fulton Junior High School on Curtis Street. The game and dance are part of a youth basketball season sponsored by Move Along.

Once a week, students participate in adaptive sports activities that support integrative play between both disabled and able-bodied students. Sessions include sports practice, team activities and free play.  The youth basketball session began in November and will continue to run throughout the school year. New participants are always welcome.  

Contact Information: Move Along P.O. Box 5220 Oswego, NY 13126 — phone is 374-0082   Move Along is a non-profit organization that supports adaptive sports education and awareness for disabilities in Central New York.

For more information, contact Greg Callen at 374-0082 or by email at greg@movealonginc.com.

Port of Oswego gains new equipment, security grant

The Port of Oswego is getting some new equipment and some security upgrades, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, said Wednesday.

He was at the Port of Oswego to announce he secured a nw reach stacker for the port, along with a new dump truck and two new generators.

A reach stacker is like a forklift and is used to unload heavy cargo from ships or trains.

Schumer said he got the new equipment from the Federal Surplus Property Program, which offers public law enforcement agencies like the Port Authority the chance to acquire used equipment.

Schumer also announced the Port of Oswego has been awarded a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Port Securities grant to install four new security cameras, giving port officials a 360-degree view of Port activities.  He said the new security feature makes the Port of Oswego the most secure port in the Great Lakes system, which is all the more important because the Port is the first international port of call from the Great Lakes on the St. Lawrence.

 

How to help a sick animal — Porky and Buddy weigh in

Dear  Porky and Buddy,

I have terrible sad news and I thought maybe you could give me some advice.

My beautiful golden Retriever, Sadie, has just been diagnosed with bone cancer and my vet is referring me to a specialist, but says she will probably recommend amputation of her leg to try to save her. I am just devastated.

Should I put my already sick dog through all that trauma? How will she adjust?

Jen

 

Dear Jen,

We absolutely do not intend to make light of such a serious diagnosis.

Bone cancer — osteosarcoma — in dogs is common and we are sure your vet has already told you that the long term prognosis is not good.

But that said, our advice to you is simply this. . .  Get a grip.

Because remember this . . .  Dogs can’t count. Three legs, four legs, whatever, they have no psychological attachment to their body parts. They’re just legs and three work out about as well as four.

Assuming the specialist does recommend amputation for Sadie, and we suspect that she will, you will probably be astonished at how well she recovers.

In fact, since bone cancer is known to be very painful, she will, in all likelihood, act like a happy playful dog again when the source of her pain is gone!

There are a few things you can do to make the post surgery recovery and the transition a little smoother. Your surgeon will undoubtedly have lots of careful instructions for you to follow, but here are the basics.

Make sure Sadie has a quiet easily accessible bed where she can stay at first with her food and water nearby and her favorite toys (or cats) to keep her company.

Encourage her to rest as much as possible at first.  The surgery  and medications used during and after will take a toll on her.

If you have ever had surgery yourself, you know how exhausted you were and you knew what was happening.

It’s the same for Sadie, but she has no clue who or what all these strange people and places are.

Follow your surgeon’s advice about feeding Sadie after the surgery. Some dogs may only take a small amount of food or no food at all the night after surgery, but will eat normally again the next day.

Administer her  pain medication according to your surgeon’s instructions. This will help keep her comfortable during recovery. Don’t get all silly about strong pain killers — Sadie can’t tell you how much her incision hurts, so you have to rely on your surgeon’s advice.

You’ll have to put one of those horrible plastic cone things on her head to keep her from licking the wound.  She will hate it, but will get used to it.

Provide whatever wound care your surgeon recommends — but watch it and don’t hesitate to call if you have concerns or questions.

Depending on how strong you are and  how big Sadie is, you may want to have a cloth sling to help her navigate difficult maneuvers like stairs at first. At the very least, stay near her as she begins to walk around again so you can help if she needs you.

Most important . . .  enjoy your time with Sadie through her recovery and for the rest of her life. She needs you — you need her. Make it count.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego. Contact the office at 207-1070 or    ochscontact@hotmail.com

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