News in brief

The Oswego County Farm Bureau will  host a series of Coffeecake Meetings on the first Monday of the winter months at 1 p.m. at the Mexico branch of the Oswego County Federal Credit Union on Route 3 (5828 Scenic Ave.).

The first will take place at 1 p.m. Jan. 6 with special guest speaker, Jim Farfaglia, author of “Of the Earth — Stories from Oswego County Muck Farms.”

Farfaglia also has agreed to do a book signing and will have books available for purchase.

These meetings are free and will be open to the public as well as Farm Bureau members. As the name implies, light refreshments will be served.

Future meeting speakers will include Josh Hornesky, a resource conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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A series of Sunday Snowshoe Wanders are scheduled for January at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center.

The wanders begin at 2 p.m. Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 31. If there isn’t enough snow, the snowshoeing will be canceled but there will be a winter walk.

An environmental educator will give a brief instructional clinic on snowshoe technique and then lead participants for a short wander through the center’s mixed woods and wetlands.

There is a program fee of $3 per person with a family rate of $12.

These programs are designed for individuals, not groups. Call the Oswego County 4-H Program at 963-7286, ext. 401 for more details if necessary or to arrange a group program.

Amboy 4-H Environmental Educational Center is located on Route 183, between Routes 13 and 69 in eastern Oswego County.

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Students in grades pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in the Fulton school district will not have classes on Thursday, Jan. 9.

Teachers and staff will spend the day at G. Ray Bodley High School for a staff development day concerning effective grading practices.

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The Oswego Public Library’s Library Learning Center will offer a four-part Introduction to Computer for Spanish Speakers workshop on Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Each class is free and runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Topics covered by the instructor include: parts of the computer, accessing the Internet, searching for information and Internet safety.

In addition to our introductory workshops, the Library Learning Center will feature Online Job Search for Spanish Speakers from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 13 and 27.

In partnership with Oswego County BOCES, the Library Learning Center offers English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes.  These are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30-7:30. Classes are open to any non-English speakers ages 16 and up.

The Library Learning Center is located on the lower level of the Oswego Public Library, and is open Monday-Saturday.

All programs are free and open to the public. Call the library at 341-5867 to register for workshops or if you have further questions.

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Thomas W. Schneider, President/CEO of Pathfinder Bancorp, Inc., has announced the com  pany has declared a cash dividend of 3 cents per share on the company’s common stock relating to the fiscal quarter ending Dec. 31.

The dividend will be payable to all shareholders of record on Jan. 15, 2014 and will be paid on Feb. 7, 2014.

Fulton PeeWees play Geneva

The Fulton PeeWees recently played Geneva.

Madison Lewis #10 scored one of Fulton’s two goals during the game. The goal was assisted by Chayton Sykes #71. The other goal of the game was scored by Eric Shear #35 and was assisted by Calexander Connolly #88. The Fulton PeeWees are sponsored by Cargill, Inc., Foster Funeral Home and Pathfinder Bank.

Fulton boys’ basketball seeks win at holiday tourney

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys’ varsity basketball team lost its last three games to fall to 0-6 on the season.

The hunt for their first win of the season continues this weekend as Fulton takes part in The Syracuse-ITC Holiday Tournament.

Its losses came on Dec. 16 against Fowler by a score of 61-43, on Dec. 18 against Christian Brothers Academy by a score of 72-43 and then on Dec. 20 versus Bishop Ludden by a score of 69-35.

It was a tale of two halves during the Fowler game.

After a hard fought first quarter, the Red Raiders had a 1 point lead. Fulton expanded its lead during the second quarter., outscoring Fowler by 3 points to take a 28-24 lead into halftime.

But Fowler took over during the second half, outscoring Fulton by 11 points during the third quarter to build a 7-point lead. Fowler capped off an impressive rally during the fourth quarter, outscoring the Red Raiders by 11 points to come away with a 61-43 win.

Fulton was led by Chris Jones. with 20 points, followed by Josh Hudson with 8, Brian Hudson with 4, Dallas Bradley, Cody Green and Jon Cummins with 3 each.

Fulton’s second half struggles continued when they took on CBA.

CBA built a 5-pint lead over Fulton in the first quarter. But Fulton cut into this lead during the second quarter, outscoring CBA by 2 points.

CBA took a 32-29 lead into halftime. and then extended their lead to double digits during the third quarter. They outscored Fulton by 10 points to expand their lead to 13 points.

CBA continued to pour it on during the fourth quarter, outscoring Fulton by 16 points.

Leading the way for Fulton was Cody Green with 15, followed by Josh Hudson with 10, Chris Jones with 8 and Jon Cummins with 5.

In the Ludden game, both teams fought a competitive first quarter and Bishop Ludden led the Red Raiders by only 2 points.

Bishop Ludden extended its lead during the second quarter, outscoring Fulton by 3 points to take a 27-22 lead into halftime.

Unfortunately, the Red Raiders saw another team turn a competitive game into a blowout during the second half. Bishop Ludden outscored Fulton by 13 points during the third quarter to expand its lead to 18 points.

Bishop Ludden capped off an impressive win during the fourth quarter, outscoring the Red Raiders by 16 points.

Fulton was led by Cody Green with 15 points, followed by Chris Jones with 10 and Mark Pollock with 6 points.

Fulton PeeWees defeat Utica

The Fulton PeeWees hockey team beat the Utica Comets in a  home game Sunday, Dec. 15.

The PeeWees started off the game with a first period packed with five goals. The first by #20 Nathaniel Lindsey was assisted by #86 Jonathan McCann. That goal was followed by one from the blue line from defenseman Calexander Connolly #88. 

Three more goals hit the back of the Comets net in quick succession, two by #35 Eric Shear, one assisted by #87 Kaleb Calkins and the assisted by #2 jarred Willis, Jr. #15 Derek Carter wound up the scoring assault with one of his own assisted by #87 Kaleb Calkins.

The second period would be a continuation of the scoring assault that played out in the first period. PeeWees #71 Chayton Sykes garnered two goals of his own with one assisted by #25 Sidney Bradshaw. Fulton’s #86 Jonathan McCann knocked one between the posts that was assisted by #87 Kaleb Calkins. Utica put one in placing themselves on the scoreboard before the start of the third period.

The third period saw the Comets hold off the Raiders in a valiant effort until #15 Derek Carter sank his third goal of the game. Fulton won the contest 10-1.

Fulton’s goalie Jadon Lee saved 12 shots on goal while the Comets goalie saved 48. The Fulton Pee Wees are sponsored by Cargill, Inc., Foster Funeral Home and Pathfinder Bank.

The team is coached by Timothy Connolly and assistant coaches, Jeff Hyde, Fredrick Lee and Jarred Willis.

What does 2014 hold for Oswego County?

By Debra J. Groom

As we count down to the beginning of 2014 on Wednesday, there are some important issues to keep an eye on in Oswego County this coming year.

County Administrator Philip Church said one big issue is the ongoing assessment negotiations with companies owning the county’s three nuclear plants.

The tax agreement between the county, the Oswego school distirct and Scriba and Constellation Nuclear Energy Group for Nine Mile Point One and Two expires in 2014.

The county, Scriba and the Mexico school district’s negotiations for a tax agreement with Entergy for its James FitzPatrick Nuclear Plant are ongoing.

“These two revenue matters, combined with increasing costs from state and federal mandates, will be driving factors in the development of the 2015 budget and impact the Legislature’s decision-making about the services the county provides,” Church said.

“Throughout the year, the Legislature and departments will take a critical look at programs and contracted services to identify priorities and find cost-savings and efficiencies,” he said.

Also in 2014, the county will move forward with demolition of the former jail, and will decide the future of the property, Church said.

The Route 2A bridge over the Salmon River will undergo significant repair and reconstruction.

The grant-funded repair of the Camp Zerbe lodge will be completed, providing the eastern end of the county with facility that can be utilized for recreation, tourism, family activities and business events.

“And the county is also researching the installation of a fiber-optic network that could be built out to provide high speed Internet connectivity to enhance small business growth,” Church said.

Church also said the county will continue its enhanced efforts to investigate and prosecute drug crime and public assistance fraud.

In January, the county Legislature will reorganize, electing a chairman and vice chairman, and new standing committees will be established by the chairman.

Legislature Minority Leader Michael Kunzwiler, D-Oswego, said the county’s budget and finances are the primary issue for 2014.

His concern, which he voiced numerous times during the 2014 county budget deliberations, was the county is not planning far enough into the future concerning its finances and does not begin the budget p[rocess early enough in the year.

““We are not doing real budgeting, we are not looking at the future,” he said this week.

“Right out of the box, we should get with Phil (Church), get together with Kevin (Gardner, legislature chairman) and discuss the budget,” Kunzwiler said. “We should have a staffing study to look at our numbers. We should look at where we are retirement-wise.”

“This is called doing the right thing,” he said. “We have to embrace change or we’re going down the toilet.”

He also said the county was wrong for the past few years to always try to put together a budget with no tax increase.

This was a problem mentioned recently in the city of Oswego’s budget negotiations — the city had not raised taxes for many years and them this year was hit with a huge increase.

Kunzwiler believes the same thing could happen in the county.

He said the county in the past few years should have raised taxes 1 percent each year and cut more spending each year to keep the budget manageable.

CNY Arts Center to begin paying artistic and production staff

CNY Arts Center announces a shift in doing business for their performing arts program when the new season kicks off in February, becoming the first local theatre company to begin paying artistic and production staff.

“We recognize and value the expertise and abilities a veteran actor, designer or technician brings to each production so we’ve decided to reflect that in our theater budget,” said Executive Director Nancy Fox.

“We’re adamant about making an economic impact on the region for all artists and that includes employment opportunities for theater professionals,” she said. “Our artists sell their work in the gallery; our instructors are paid for teaching.”

“Even though our region has a wealth of dedicated actors and those who simply do it for the love of the experience it is important to recognize the valuable contribution of these seasoned professionals,” she said.

“We’re a long way from paying scale, but we choose to pay what we can with extra incentives built in,” Fox said. “We also hope to encourage and inspire a new generation of theater enthusiasts both in the audience and backstage. ”

The pay incentives will begin in February with the launch of the 2014 season.

A two-person romantic comedy “Searching for Eden: the Diaries of Adam and Eve” will be presented one weekend only, Feb 14-16. Based loosely on the Mark Twain classic “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” in Act One, the comedy takes a turn in Act Two when Adam and Eve are re-imagined in contemporary society at middle age.

An evening of dining or desserts is being planned. Auditions will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 4 at CNY Arts Center at 357 State St. in Fulton.

More productions are planned for the coming year including a children’s musical in March. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Port of Oswego hires new executive director

The Port of Oswego Authority has announced the appointment of Zelko N. Kirincich to the position of executive director as of Jan. 6.

Kirincich comes from the Port Authority of Tampa, Fla., where he worked from 1996-2013. He most recently served there as deputy port director and chief operating officer.

Prior to his 17 years at the Port of Tampa, Kirincich worked for 14 years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where he specialized in the engineering department, project management and facility management.

Kirincich received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Manhattan College, and a master’s degree in business administration from Manhattan College/Fordham University.

Prior to his appointment to the Port of NY/NJ, he worked as a design engineer at the Syska Hennessey Engineering Group in New York City.

In the Port of Tampa, Kirincich’s leadership resulted in increases in shipping tonnage, and the diversity of materials handled. His team expanded the aggregate and cement business from two to five million tons in less than four years.

Kirincich also initiated a new computer communication program to improve fiscal communication within the port and between the port and customers. He also worked closely with a burgeoning cruise line business that now includes 900,000 passengers annually.

The Port of Tampa, during 2012, had a $15.1 billion economic impact on the Tampa area (up from about $8 billion in 2006). It is one of the country’s biggest ports in total tonnage. More than 80,000 jobs (in all categories) were supported by the Port of Tampa, and the total port-related wages and salaries in that area were calculated at $4.2 billion.

“We are very excited that Zelko Kirincich has agreed to be our new port director. He comes with the most experience of any port director in our port’s history,” said Port of Oswego Chairman, Terrence Hammill.

“The recent growth in the Port of Oswego, and the new economic vision of Central New York will be enhanced by Zelko’s experience, energy level and vitality,” Hammill said.

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