Palermo begins dog count April 1

The town of Palermo Dog Control is conducting a Dog Enumeration (dog count) beginning April 1.

All dog four months and older are required by state law and town law to be licensed in the township.

Any owners who have dog(s) that are not licensed will be issued a ticket.

The fines for unlicensed dogs are as follows: $25 for the first, $50 for the second and $100 for the third and subsequent offenses.

The cost of a licenses are: $6 for spayed or neutered; and $13 for unspayed and unneutered.

New York state allows the town to collect a $5 fee during an enumeration at the time of licensing, which will be collected starting April 1.

A current rabies certificate is required in order to obtain a license.

The first Rabies Clinic will be held in Scriba at the County Highway Garage from 6 to 8 p.m. March 26.

Anyone with questions on licensing should call the Palermo Town Clerk at 593-2333 ext. 227 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

To obtain a license, bring or send a current rabies certificate with cash or check to Town Clerk, 53 County Route 35, Fulton, NY 13069.

The clerk’s office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

County readies for autism walk

The Oswego County Autism Task Force is sponsoring its eighth Annual Family Fun Walk for Autism Saturday, May 3.

The family–friendly event will take place at Leighton Elementary School and Wilber Field and Track in Oswego, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants will join an organized 3-mile walk on Wilber Track, let the kids of all ages enjoy a variety of activities provided by local agencies and learn more about autism and resources available in Oswego County.

There also will be inflatables, face painting, crafts and a bubble area for all to enjoy throughout the afternoon.

This fun-filled day is a fundraiser for the Autism Task Force and will assist the organization with its mission to provide information and engage in social activities that relate to enhancing the lives of those touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder in Oswego County.

For more information, call Theresa Familo at 598-7672. This is event is free and open to the public.

Sign up now for farm workshop

A workshop titled “So you’ve bought a farm… now what?” is being offered by Cooperative Extension of Oswego County.

The focus is to educate new landowners and farmers interested in transitioning or adding to their current business. This program is designed to help these farmers make use of their land resources in a manner that fits their personal and business goals.

Those attending will hear topics such as understanding the  purchase of farm machinery, estimating farm machinery costs, alternatives for acquiring farm machinery, raising liverstock,  the production of fruit and vegetables and greenhouse operations.

The workshop will run March 27, April 10 and April 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mexico Library. Cost of the workshop will be $15 per person per session.  Anyone interested must pre-register no later than the morning of March 27. For more information, call 963-7286.

St. Joseph’s Imaging joins cancer partnership

Carolyn Handville, program coordinator for Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership, said  St. Joseph’s Imaging Associates, PLLC in Oswego is the newest member of the partnership and joins the Cancer Services Program’s network of more than 20 health care offices in Oswego County.

St. Joseph’s Imaging Associates has opened in a brand new, full service health care building at 300 State Route 104 E.

The facility is equipped with urgent care, a blood draw lab, an imaging practice as well as general care. With the combination of compassion, expertise, and commitment, the highly skilled staff St. Joseph’s Imaging Associates is dedicated to providing outstanding service to physicians and patients.

“We are proud to count St. Joseph’s Imaging Associates among our network of health care providers,” said Handville. “St. Joseph’s Imaging Associates provides our community with outstanding patient care and quality imaging. Exams available through St. Joseph’s include: CT scanning, mammograms, bone density, X-rays and ultrasound.

To schedule an exam, call 452-2004.

OCO’s Cancer Services Program provides free cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap/pelvic exams, and colon cancer screenings to uninsured women ages 40 to 64, uninsured men ages 50 to 64, and uninsured or underinsured women under 40 years of age who are at risk of, or have had a clinically significant finding for, breast cancer.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact the Cancer Services Program at 592-0830.

April 1 deadline to sign up for conservation program for teens

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station is offering a new education program for teens.

Conservation Field Studies will focus on environmental stewardship along with team building.

The deadline to apply while being considered for a scholarship to the new program is April 1.

The program runs from Aug. 12 to 14 and is designed for teens who wish to take part in a summer program but who have aged out of the field station’s Exploring Nature program. It is open to rising ninth-graders to just graduated teens.

Participants in Conservation Field Studies will investigate the interdependence of Rice Creek’s ecosystems through field studies and projects. They will examine the importance of stewardship through habitat study, animal habits and real-life applications.

Registration is $75 with a discount for Rice Creek Associates members.

Information and scholarship and registration materials can be found at

Sheriffs’ Association seeks members

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute will begin its annual Honorary Membership drive in Oswego County within the next few days, Sheriff Reuel Todd said.

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute was established in 1979. It is a nonprofit corporation, tax-exempt organization — contributions  are tax deductible.

While the sheriff’s office is a unit of county government, many of the concerns of sheriffs and other law enforcement agencies are best addressed on a statewide level. The Sheriffs’ Institute provides centralized training programs and services for all sheriffs’ offices, where those programs and services would be unavailable or impractical on a single county basis.

The flagship program of the Sheriffs’ Institute is the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically challenged children. The camp, in its 37th year of operation, is located on Keuka Lake and 840 children from across New York state attend each summer.

The Sheriffs’ Institute pays the entire cost of the camp stay and transportation. Most children attending wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity for vacation travel or a summer camp experience.

The Sheriffs’ Camp program combines summer recreation with activities designed to teach an understanding of, and respect for, our laws and the men and women who enforce them. The strong camper-to-counselor ratio allows for individual attention with an emphasis on the development of self esteem.

“In these difficult economic times we cannot forget our youth who will not have the opportunity for a summer camp experience or a summer vacation,” Todd said.

“By becoming an honorary member you are supporting the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically disadvantaged children.”

In addition, the Sheriffs’ Institute operates a scholarship program to provide one scholarship to each of New York State’s Community College’s Criminal Justice Programs. This program is designed to help attract the best and the brightest to the criminal justice vocation.

For more information, visit our website, or simply google “Sheriffs’ Institute kids” and it will be your first option.

Financial support for many of the Sheriffs’ Institute programs comes from Honorary Membership dues. Anyone interested in supporting the efforts of the state Sheriffs’ Association Institute by becoming an Honorary Member should contact the sheriff if they do not receive an invitation in the mail, or visit the website at to download an application.

Storm dumps about a foot in Fulton, Oswego area

By Debra J. Groom

It may have seemed like the end of the world on Wednesday, March 12.

But actually, it wasn’t even the worst March 12 the area has ever seen.

Weather observers in Fulton and Oswego tallied about a foot of snow for the area on Wednesday. Both Paul Cardinali in Fulton and William Gregway in Oswego said they have only estimates for snowfall because the wind was blowing so hard it was difficult to get a good reading.

“I have been doing this for 45 years,” Gregway said Thursday. “This was the most difficult day to try to get a measurement that I’ve ever seen. The wind was out of the North-Northeast and was gusting from 40 to 45 mph. I had drifts here where I’ve never had drifts before.”

Cardinali agreed.

“I shoveled off a couple of areas to check the snowfall early Wednesday,” he said. “Come afternoon, it was all over.”

Cardinali measured about 13 inches for Fulton while Gregway came up with about 10 inches in Oswego.

But Cardinali reminded everyone the storm of 1993 was also on March 12. He said Fulton tallied 20 inches on that day.

So perhaps this past Wednesday wasn’t really that bad.

Valley Viewpoints: Correcting Castiglia’s comments

County Legislator Frank Castiglia recently wrote things regarding the east side pool and about the Common Council, most of which was not true. 

I would like to tell what the truth is.

Legislator Castiglia stated, “they could have gotten a grant to help fix it but the mental geniuses we have on the council voted not to fund the cost to do an updated study.”

First of all, calling us “mental geniuses” is immature and very unprofessional coming from a fellow elected official. I didn’t know of any grant because that was applied for last year. We didn’t vote against any update to a study because it was pulled from the agenda. We wanted to be better informed about this issue, something Legislator Castiglia might want to try.

The grant in question was applied for last August and the city was informed last January that we were denied. It wasn’t until after that we found out it was because of an outdated study. Neither this council nor the previous council was responsible for not getting the grant.

Legislator Castiglia goes on to say that “they can bond for police cars and trucks for the DPW, but one thing for the public they say no.”

Again, we never said no and I always thought having police cars and trucks for the DPW was for the good of the public.

Legislator Castiglia also said, “Now I know that most of the taxpayers in this city don’t have any kids that would use the pool, but if we don’t have something for the kids (around 200 a day) they will either swim in the river or be in the streets causing trouble.”

Legislator Castiglia was wrong again, this time on the usage of the pool. According to figures from the Recreation Department, the actual number of people using the pool was an average of 104 per day.

Well, Legislator Castiglia was only off by almost 100 percent, I guess that’s close enough for him. Also, he seems to have a very low opinion of the kids in this city if he thinks their only other choice is to cause trouble.

Legislator Castiglia continues, “Now I could see the three councilors from the three wards on the other side of the river not voting yes, but there are three over here that most of their voters’ kids use the pool. Why … oh I know they think they will use the money from the state … wrong … do it now the cost will be a lot less then (sic) the possible loss of life because they will be swimming in the river.”

Once again, nobody voted no on anything and assuming he is talking about the state restructuring board, I, and I’m sure the rest of the council, am not counting on any money from the state because we don’t know what’s going to happen there. He shouldn’t presume to know what we are thinking because he doesn’t. As a side note, the conjunction ‘than’ should be used and not the adverb ‘then’.

Legislator Castiglia goes on to say, “I will be writing a letter and putting it in the paper (there’s a shock) and I know most of the council won’t like me for it but that’s to (should be adverb too, not adjective to)’s for the kids…I told them at least 5 years ago this was going to happen.”

I don’t have a problem with him or anybody else writing letters to the editor, it should contain the truth though, not these mis-statements made by Legislator Castiglia.

He mentions the kids, well, the city has 14 parks and 10 playgrounds so it’s not like there isn’t anything for the kids to do. The city raised the rate to use the pool in the past by a mere 50 cents and the attendance went down by almost half.

It seems that people want to use the pool, but are not interested in helping to pay for it.

Now I don’t want anybody to think I am against having a city pool. I wish we had the money to get it fixed, and a lot of others things too, but we don’t.

The state has come in to Fulton and declared us fiscally distressed and we are the first city in the whole state to be put on the list for needing help. I would find it irresponsible, considering the fiscal situation the city is in, to spend upwards of $300,000 on a luxury such as the pool when we have streets and sidewalks that need repair so badly.

If the situation changes and we can afford to fix the pool then I will be all for it.

Jim Myers


Councilor – 4th Ward

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