Volney’s Airport Water District Extension #2 approved

by Nicole Reitz

The Town of Volney’s Airport Water District Extension #2 was recently approved by property owners.

Out of the 138 people who live in the district, 51 total people voted. Forty-one voted yes while 10 residents voted no.

Airport Water District Extension #2 is located along portions of New York State Route 3, County Route 6, Hawk Road, and parts of Baldwin and Rowlee Road.

A survey was sent and those who needed water the most were considered by the town first. The town is currently working down the list of districts.

The Town of Volney has determined that the proposed Airport Water District Extension #2 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the installation of approximately 30,000 linear feet of eight-inch and 10-inch water distribution mains, valves, hydrants and water service lines.

Everyone in the water district will pay a maintenance cost in addition to a water cost. The maintenance cost is $427 over the course of a 38-year mortgage. Those living in the district, whether they hook up to the water or not, will pay the $427.

Town Clerk Barb MacEwen said that the projected yearly (per household) usage is $328. The usage cost is divided quarterly.

The total amount fluctuates depending on the size of the household. For instance, a house with only two people may have a lower bill than a family of four.

According to Supervisor Dennis Lockwood, work on the project won’t begin for at least another year. New York Rural Development has promised preliminary funds.

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Doctor’s Day

by Ann C. Gilpin, Oswego Health President and CEO

Oswego Health will recognize its dedicated, knowledgeable and caring physicians as our healthcare system celebrates Doctor’s Day March 29.

Oswego Health has more than 190 physicians in 35 specialties that provide excellent healthcare throughout Oswego County and beyond.

In the last two years, our very successful physician recruitment has resulted in our health system welcoming 17 new doctors to our community.

We are very fortunate to have such a devoted group of medical professionals providing healthcare in our community.

Oswego Health expects to welcome even more physicians this year.

In developing our new strategic plan, which will help lead the direction of the health system over the next three years, we continued to acknowledge the essential role physicians play in our community and identified physician retention and recruitment as one of our top goals.

While our physicians do keep us healthy, they are vital to our community in other important endeavors.

They are often active volunteers in the community, donating their time and expertise to many local organizations that improve our quality of life.

In closing, I hope you will join me in thanking our physicians for their care and contribution to our community on Doctor’s Day.

Fulton graduates star for Oswego State teams

Oswego State freshman Tori Troivato of Fulton fell a single shy of hitting a cycle during the Lakers’ 7-5 loss to Hope as the Oswego State softball team (3-7) closed out its spring break.

Trovato hit a double, a triple and a homerun in the game.

Prior to the loss to Hope, the Lakers topped the Lawrence Vikings 8-5.

The Lakers put together a three-run first inning with an RBI single by Dee Apps and a two-RBI triple from Nicole Ouellette. Oswego State tacked on another run in the second when Trovato scored following a Sammie Schroeter RBI single.

With the Lakers leading 4-1 through three frames, Oswego State turned in another three-run inning in the fourth. After Katie Bredin and Schroeter reached, Apps produced a key double to plate both players. Apps came around to score following Alexis Nasca’s single to put the Lakers ahead 7-2. Lawrence cut into the margin by scoring three runs, as it trailed 7-5 midway through the sixth inning. However, Schroeter halted the momentum with an RBI double in the next at-bat as Oswego State closed out the 8-5 win.

In the second game, both squads came out on fire as Hope held a 3-2 lead after the first inning when Alexandra McKay drove in Trovato and Schroeter.

Heading into the fifth inning, Oswego State trailed 6-2 until Trovato blasted a solo homerun and Apps registered a RBI hit to cut the deficit in half. Each team scored again before the end of the game, as Bredin brought around Trovato, who hit a double.

The Lakers have some time off before returning to the diamond on Friday, March 29 at Cortland for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.

Women’s lacrosse

The Oswego State women’s lacrosse team (2-2) bounced back from a three-goal loss the day before with a 22-5 victory over Centre College last Monday.

Thirteen different Lakers scored in the win as Erannan Shattuck paced the offense with four goals and two assists.

Oswego State stormed out to a 13-4 lead at halftime before closing out the game with nine goals in the second half.

Lindsey Eggers added a hat trick, while Courtney Cosentino  Mackenzie Kjerstad of Baldwinsville, Candace Tarana and Esther Gabriel tallied two goals each.

Other Laker goal scorers included Michelle Ruskey, Becky Guess, Shelly Bateman of Fulton, Corinne Marsh, Danielle Citro, Jayme McCreary and Brittany Koelmel.

Nikki Greco and Lauren Marois combined to make 10 saves in the victory.

Men’s baseball

The Oswego State baseball team (9-4, 2-1 SUNYAC) bounced back from an 8-7 walk-off loss to Brockport (10-5, 1-2 SUNYAC) by defeating the Golden Eagles 9-3 in the final game of a three-game series to close out spring break for both teams.

Saturday’s competition started with both squads picking up where they left off Friday afternoon in a game halted by rain.

When play resumed, Brockport had the bases loaded with one out, trailing 7-5, in its final at-bat. The Golden Eagles drew a walk to pull within one run before the game was tied following a wild pitch.

The next Brockport batter was walked as well to load the bases again. Kyle Tracy was then hit by a pitch to bring across the game winning run.

Miles Kelly suffered the loss despite working a third of an inning, while Bradley Westling picked up the win after 1.1. innings of work.

The loss did not dishearten Oswego State at the start of the third game. Tim Smith roped a triple to the gap in right center field to plate Mike Stark.

Smith scored during the next at-bat when Jordan Giller grounded out to the shortstop to put the Lakers ahead 2-0 at the end of one.

After Brockport scored an unearned run in the third, the Golden Eagles capitalized on a leadoff walk by Nick Bunce in the fourth. Dan Hurlimann hit a double to bring in Bunce from first, and later scored himself following back-to-back Laker defensive errors to put Brockport in front 3-2.

Oswego State’s Ed Charles fueled a four-run rally in the fifth when he started the stanza with a triple. He touched home when Scott Buniak delivered a shot into right field.

Two outs later, Giller and Michael Mascari were hit by pitches to load the bases before Brian Hamilton cleared them with a triple into left center as the Lakers went ahead 6-3.

Brockport nearly got a run back in its portion of the fifth, but Kyle Tracy was gunned down at home plate by Buniak.

Buniak followed up the play by scoring in the sixth and drove in Alex Jurczynski to give Oswego State an 8-3 advantage.

After the Lakers tacked on another run in the ninth courtesy of Hamilton’s fifth RBI of the game, Ryan Donovan sat the Golden Eagles down in order to seal the victory.

Light in the Darkness: March 27, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? – James 2:14

God instructed Moses to cast a bronze serpent and raise it high above the camp so that anyone bitten by a poisonous snake could stare at it and be healed.

He gave Noah a specific blueprint and told him to build an ark. He laid out a strange battle plan for Joshua to take Jericho and He told Gideon to pare his army down to a mere 300 men before going into battle.

Can you imagine any of those men responding, “Thank you, Lord. I believe you. I have faith in you” and not doing just as God had instructed? Of course not.

True faith has always been accompanied by obedience. This is precisely what James means in the above verse. Faith that is not accompanied by obedience is not faith at all. James says that there is no life, it is dead.

The problem many have with this statement in James stems from misunderstanding the word, works. Martin Luther, coming from a ‘works for salvation’ background was so thrown by the word that he concluded the book of James did not even belong in the Canon of scripture. Many have been confused about this ever since.

After all, are we not told in Ephesians that we are saved by grace and “not by works”?  So, are works important or aren’t they?

The answer is simple when we understand that the writer of the Ephesians and James are talking about two different kinds of works, or more accurately, works which stem from two different motivations within us.

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Dollars for Scholars to hold pork barbecue

Hannibal Dollars for Scholars is hosting a pulled pork barbecue on Sunday, April 7 at the Hannibal American Legion on Rochester Street in Hannibal.

The barbecue will run from noon until 3:30 p.m. or until sold out.

The dinner includes pulled pork with a kaiser roll, cole slaw, salt potatoes, baked beans and dessert.

Take-out dinners will be available. Pre-sale tickets are available by visiting the chapter web site at hannibal.dollarsforscholars.org and email one of the chapter contacts, or call 564-5630.

All proceeds from the dinner will be used to provide scholarships to graduating seniors from Hannibal High School.

In 2012, the chapter provided 13 scholarships of $500 each to Hannibal students.

Hannibal Dollars for Scholars is a chapter of the national organization Dollars for Scholars.

Dollars for Scholars, a program of Scholarship America, is a national umbrella program that includes over 1,100 locally-based, volunteer-driven chapters in nearly 3,500 communities across the United States.

Dollars for Scholars partners with nearly 500 colleges, universities and technical schools to help maximize the impact of financial aid from our organization.

Many have matching fund agreements, allowing our locally raised dollars to be doubled for students attending these schools.

Horowitt appearance to launch ‘innovation ecosystem’ in Oswego

As part of SUNY Oswego’s community incubator initiative, National Grid on Tuesday, April 9, will co-sponsor an appearance of venture capitalist Greg Horowitt to launch the project, called “Thrive.”

Horowitt, co-author of “The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley,” will participate in a free public “innovation rainforest launch” for Oswego County at 7 p.m. in SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall ballroom.

The program is the first part of a yearlong series of workshops to be held in the county on creating an “innovation ecosystem” with Global CONNECT, an applied research and technical assistance consultancy Horowitt co-founded at the University of California-San Diego, focused on the development and growth of innovation clusters.

Horowitt is founding partner and managing director of T2 Venture Capital, a seed and early-stage venture fund for entrepreneurial businesses focused on high-impact innovation in the technology and health care sectors.

Global CONNECT has grown to encompass one of the world’s largest networks of innovation hubs, including more than 40 programs in 20 countries intent on accelerating global technology commercialization.

Other partners of Thrive include NBT Bank, Operation Oswego County, the Richard S. Shineman Foundation and Beacon Hotel.

Parking for the April 9 program will be provided in lots E-15 and C-15 across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall; E-27 adjacent to Sheldon’s east side; and E-23 north of Rich Hall.

Those seeking more information may contact the SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations at obcr@oswego.edu or 312-3492.

To participate in building Oswego County’s innovation ecosystem, register online at oswego.edu/obcr/events or call 312-3492.

A Technicolor Memory

by Jim Farfaglia

A Technicolor Memory


Nowadays you’ll find it on a tiny disc

and you can play it anywhere, anytime.

Back then, though, you planned ahead

so as not to miss its once-a-year

TV spectacular…


We’d gather at our cousins’ house,

our aunt popping us a bowlful,

our tiny hands grabbing fistfuls,

anxious to be swept away by every scene:


The open door shifting her world

from black and white to color,

the witch tossing that fireball

to the fragile and frightened scarecrow,

the Great and Powerful spooking that coward

right through a window…


Today we fast-forward through boring parts

or replay endless enchanted moments –

but remember when our only choice

was to store them within?


Then, when we’d returned

to our black and white world,

there’d be no need to search for rainbows,


no, they would be right here

– home –

in our hearts.

Republicans tap Beardsley for county treasurer

by Carol Thompson

With the fate of the Oswego County Treasurer’s vacancy still unknown, the Oswego County Republican Committee selected Legislator Fred Beardsley for the appointment.

Beardsley, who serves as the chairman of the legislature, faced a challenge from Legislator James Karasek for the position.

According to several committee members present at the Thursday night meeting, there were quite a few abstentions.

The county legislature intends to appoint Beardsley to the position next month. The office of Governor Andrew Cuomo has said it is their appointment.

Oswego County Democrat Chairman Mike Kunzwiler said he has passed along the name of the county’s chief accountant, Mark See, to hold the position until the end of the year.

See has agreed to accept the position for an additional pay of five hours each week.

Prior to the Republican Committee vote, Town of Granby residents Cheryl and Les Holmes sent out a letter to committee members outlining Beardsley’s history as the Town of Hastings supervisor. Beardsley had been cited twice by the New York State Comptroller’s office for having the town do business with his own business.

The vacancy occurred when John Kruk announced in January that he would be retiring Feb. 27.

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