Salmon River fishing museum hosts open house Jan. 19

The Salmon River International Sport Fishing Museum will hold the first in a series of monthly open house events from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19.

Michael Riordan, board president, will speak about the history of the B.F. Gladding Corp. from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Riordan will discuss the nation’s first fishing museum and the growth of the Gladding Corp. from 1900 to 1985. Items in the former Gladding collection are displayed at the sportfishing museum at 3044 state Route 13, Pulaski.

“In 1966, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller declared South Otselic, the home of Gladding, as the ‘Fishing Line Capitol’ of the world,” said Riordan.  “During this period of time, Gladding would purchase companies like Magic Snell, Glenn Evans, South Bend, Horrocks Ibbotson and at least 15 other companies. If you enjoy history, you will enjoy hearing about this American company that survived several wars, the Great Depression, and the challenges of a changing world.”

The museum will host an open house the third Sunday afternoon of every month. Museum curator Fred Betts will speak about the history of the fishing creel and share his personal collection of creels Sunday, Feb. 15.

For more information call the museum at 298-2213, Riordan at 374-2997 or visit www.facebook.com/pages/Salmon-River-International-Sport-Fishing-Museum/152643681444857.

Valley Viewpoints

Thanks Valley News

The Weston Family would like to thank The Valley News for the wonderful opportunity for us to be included in the recognition of Fulton Families.

It was a privilege and an honor for us to join the Pawlewicz, Hayden and Schremp families in this monthly series.  We look forward to future articles as there are many fine families residing within our greater Fulton community.

We truly appreciate the time that assistant editor Ashley Casey spent with us.  She is a very professional young woman who represented the newspaper extremely well.

 

Bob & Sandy on behalf of the Weston Family

 

Local business changes hands

Ontario Cleaners, this well-established family business that has been owned and operated by Patrice Segretto and family since 1992, has been sold to Jeanne McManus.

Please join us in wishing her good luck and we would like to thank all of our loyal customers over the past 21 years.

Patrice Segretto and family

 

Helping Hands

On Thursday evening, Jan. 9,  I attended a meeting between representatives of the Oswego County Legislature and City of Fulton elected officials.

In attendance were Kevin Gardner, chair of the Oswego County Legislature, Linda Lookwood, vice chair (District 11 County Legislator), Dan Farfaglia (District 24 County Legislator), Jim Karasek (District 22 County Legislator) and representing the city of Fulton were Mayor Ronald Woodward and Common Council President Dan Knopp (second ward common councilor ).

The meeting was the result of the county reaching out to the city in hopes that there may be some way the county might be able to the city in its time of distress.

There were ideas brought to the table by both sides. They ranged from tipping fees to foreclosures. There weren’t any bad ideas and they all brought a lot of discussion by both sides.

When all was said and done, both parties agreed that until the State Board comes in with its recommendations, we wouldn’t be able to bring anything to the full Legislature or to any committees.

A question was asked that with the state’s money and recommendations, will the taxes in the city of Fulton go down. The answer was “NO”.

With that answer another question was asked — that if the state took back their portion of the retirement contribution and if the state lessened the state mandates would the taxes go down. The answer was “YES”.

I know both of these were no brainers. The point is that everyone should realize that the state is the key factor here and people have to contact their state representatives (Will Barclay and Patty Richie) and let them know what they need to do.

All in attendance agreed that the cities of Fulton and Oswego are key to the survival of Oswego County. We all stated that the City of Fulton was once the shining star of both the county and state and now it is in need of some help from both the state and county.

We all left the meeting with the agreement to meet again and the county legislators that represent the city of Fulton on the Oswego County Legislature agreed to set up a secluded meeting on a monthly basis with the mayor.

I feel that with all the above said and done, this is the chance for the City of Fulton to again become the leader in both the state and county. It will take the city coming up with ideas of their own and recommendations. The state wants us (the City of Fulton) to be the poster child for the governor’s new program. This is our chance to go forward with our own ideas letting them know that with these ideas the city and the plan will succeed. We must remember no request is a bad one. The request not asked for and needed is bad. Without a plan of our own we may just be right back here in less than 10 yrs.

 

Frank Castiglia Jr.

County Legislator-25 District City of Fulton

 

DEC issues new regulations to combat invasive species

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing new regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) at DEC boat launches, Commissioner Joe Martens said.

The proposed regulatory changes require boaters to remove all visible plants and animals from boats, trailers and associated equipment and to drain boats before launching at or leaving a DEC boat launch and waterway access.

DEC will accept public comments on the proposal through Feb. 24.  The full text of the proposed regulation can be found on DEC’s website at www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/propregulations.html.

“These proposed regulatory changes are the latest in a series of actions DEC has taken over the past few years to combat the spread of harmful invasive species, including the emerald ash borer,” Martens said.

“Cooperation and assistance from the public is essential in order for these efforts to succeed. Boats, trailers and the equipment can spread aquatic invasive species from waterbody to waterbody and significantly harm recreational and commercial use of a waterbody while having a detrimental effect on native fish, wildlife and plants.

“This regulation is an important component of DEC’s efforts to help ensure AIS-free waters remain free and additional AIS are not introduced to other waters,” he said.

Boaters are advised to carefully check their boats, trailers and equipment for any plant or animal material that may be clinging to it and remove it if found.

Nuisance Invasive Species Disposal Stations are provided at many DEC boat launches for this purpose. The boat should also be completely drained, including live wells, bait wells and bilge tanks, and dried before it is used in another waterbody.

Recommended drying times for each month of the year can be calculated at http://100thmeridian.org/emersion.asp.

Additional information on aquatic invasive species and preventing their spread can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48221.html.

Comments on the proposed regulations can be sent via e-mail to fishregs@gw.dec.state.ny.us, or mailed to Edward Woltmann, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY  12233-4753.  Hard copies of the full text may also be requested from Mr. Woltmann at the above address.

Oswego Hospital welcomes its first baby of the year

Oswego Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2014 at 4:19 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Aedrienn Plumley was the hospital’s first newborn, weighing 7 pounds 5 ounces and measuring 21 inches long.

Parents are Megan Plumley and Bobby Hoyt. Aedrienn joins two sisters at home.

Members of the Oswego Hospital Auxiliary presented the new family with several gifts to mark the distinction of being the first baby of the year.

Oswego Hospital’s maternity center offers large, attractive private labor and delivery rooms with the latest technology. Each labor and delivery room also has its own bathroom with a large soaking tub. There are also 12 postpartum rooms, which have their own bathrooms, as well as a cheery, homelike atmosphere.

The department is staffed 24 hours a day with either an obstetrician or certified nurse midwife with physician collaboration and with neonatal nurse practitioners for immediate newborn care. For a tour of the facility, call 349-5572.

Flooding hits Sandy Creek area; residents should take precautions

Flooding is occurring west of Route 3 in the Town of Sandy Creek along the shoreline of Lake Ontario, and Town officials are urging residents and homeowners to take precautions and follow flood safety tips.

Town Supervisor Nancy Ridgeway, Town Highway Superintendent Mike Kastler, and County Legislator Margaret Kastler (1st District), along with Oswego County Emergency Management Office Director Dale A. Currier are monitoring the situation closely.

“The town wants to ensure the safety of residents,” Supervisor Ridgeway and Highway Superintendent Kastler said. “People should be very aware of their surroundings.”

People who have a life-threatening situation should call 911.

Town officials are asking residents and property owners west of Route 3 in the town to check their residences, secure propane and other gas tanks, and turn off the electric power if necessary.

“Please don’t travel over flooded roadways,” Highway Superintendent Michael Kastler stressed. “A few inches of water can wash away a vehicle. Turn around and go another way.”

The governor’s declaration of a State of Emergency for heavy lake effect snow on the Tug Hill last week includes Oswego County and is still in effect, Currier said. County Emergency Management and town officials are working to secure state resources to aid the flooding situation in the town.

For updates, people can go to the town’s web page at www.sandycreekny.us.

‘Cupid’ is the pet of the week

In an effort to find homes for animals up for adoption, state Sen. Patricia Ritchie, who represents Oswego County, is teaming up with local animal shelters to feature “Pets of the Week” from Central and Northern New York on her website and Facebook page.

“There are many people who bring pets home in December as holiday gifts who are now heading back to work and school and finding that they don’t have the time to dedicate to caring for an animal,” Ritchie said.

“Many of those animals end up at local shelters,” she said.

The Oswego County Humane Society is helping in Ritchie’s effort.

This week, the featured pet is Cupid, a male Rottweiler mix who is 6 months old.  He is house trained, and described by the Oswego County Humane Society as a pet that likes to play, but has a calm side too.

For more information on Cupid and other pets available for adoption, call the Oswego County Humane Society at 207-1070.

SUNY Oswego online MBA program receives honor

SUNY Oswego’s online MBA tied for 14th among online graduate business programs, highest of any New York college, says  U.S. News’ 2014 “Best Online Degree Programs: Business” rankings published Jan. 8.

The high ranking shows the traditionally strong School of Business — recently reaccredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — has successfully translated campus-based instruction to serve students everywhere, said President Deborah Stanley.

The rankings emphasize factors like student engagement (in which Oswego ranked fifth overall), peer reputation, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology.

Hands-on opportunities, including co-ops, internships and volunteer service, have long been an emphasis of Oswego’s academic programs and the college extends these experiences for online learners as well.

“Online classes have the same rigor as traditional classes” at Oswego, said Richard Skolnik, business school sean. “Most of the faculty teaching in the online program also teach classroom-based courses. Online MBA faculty members are recognized for scholarly and professional accomplishments.”

Sharkey named to Pathfinder Bank board

John F. Sharkey III has been elected to the board of directors of Pathfinder Bank effective Dec. 19, said board chair Janette Resnick.

Sharkey is president of Universal Metal Works, a custom metal fabrication facility, in Fulton, and the managing partner of Universal Properties, LLC.

“John will bring his well established entrepreneurial and management skills to our board room, as well as his strong knowledge of the Central New York business community,” said Resnick.

“The board of directors has been engaged in its own succession planning process over the last several years,” Resnick continued, “and we are proud of our results.”

Prior to his role with Universal Metal Works, Sharkey was president of Universal Joint Sales, a heavy-duty trucks parts distributor, headquartered in Syracuse.

During his tenure at Universal Joint Sales, the company grew to 13 locations throughout the Northeast and Florida.

In 1998, Sharkey sold Universal Joint Sales to FleetPride. For three years following the sale of the company, Sharkey acted as FleetPride’s Regional Vice President.

Sharkey is an active member of the Central New York community, serving on boards including the Council of Fleet Specialists, Rockwell International’s Distributor Advisory Council and the Camillus Youth Hockey Association. He is also a committee member of the Syracuse Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

Sharkey and his wife Barbara originally resided in Camillus where they raised their two sons. In 2005, the couple built a home in Oswego, where they reside.

He enjoys golfing, boating, skiing and flying and  earned his Instruments Pilot License.

Pathfinder Bank is a New York State chartered savings bank headquartered in Oswego.

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