Phoenix teenager accused of burglary

by Andrew Henderson

A 17-year-old Pennellville resident was recently arrested on warrants for second-degree burglary, petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, according to Phoenix Police Chief Timothy Chura.

The incident occurred in April at a residence on Jefferson Street in the Village of Phoenix. Taylor W. Sitts is accused of using a ladder to climb into an unlocked window and stealing computer equipment and jewelry.

The stolen property was later recovered at a local pawn shop. The arrest was made by Phoenix Police Officer James Stockton.

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County legislators to continue drafting FOIL policy

by Carol Thompson

When the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee meets today, an update will be given on a draft policy regarding how the county deals with requests made under the Freedom of Information Law.

The committee has been seeking to get a clearer picture as to how requests from legislators are handled.

Currently, legislators must make a FOIL request just as the public must. The legislators are not charged for records, but have said that sometimes they have to wait to receive information that they may need to perform their job duties.

The matter of a new policy was tabled during last month’s meeting so that Robert Freeman, who serves as the executive director of the New York State Committee on Open Government, could review the proposal.

A majority of the records held by Oswego County are public, but the wait for those records can be lengthy. That’s another issue the committee has addressed in the past and is expected to address once again.

The primary issue is whether legislators should be required to file a written request for records that are a part of their duties in serving the public.

Many of the committee members said they do not have a problem paying for copies of records they need to perform their jobs and those that may be needed for other reasons, however, they questioned the necessity of the written request and the waiting period.

At the last meeting, Legislator Shawn Doyle noted that he had to make a written request for a contract that the legislature was expected to vote on and not only had he not seen the contract prior to his request, but that he had to wait to receive it.

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Seth Glier to perform at Oswego Music Hall

The Oswego Music Hall’s season finale with 2011 Grammy nominee Seth Glier, Emerging Artists Showcase, barbecue dinner and more will be held Saturday June 2

“With five hours of music and good food throughout the evening, this is a party you won’t want to miss,” said Music Hall’s Artistic Director Ellen Wahl.

Special guest for the Sunset Reception will be world class guitarist Loren Barrigar.

Artists performing in the Emerging Artist Showcase include Lacey Lee (harpist, songwriter), Kristin & David (mountain dulcimer, guitar), Mick Dooley  (song writer, ukulele, guitar), Greg Hoover & Harlee Station (harp, bass, guitar), and Jane Zell (guitarist, singer, songwriter).

When Glier was scheduled for the Finale, his new album, “The Next Big Thing,” had not yet been nominated for a Grammy Award. While Glier didn’t win that major music award this year, the nomination was exciting, and it documents how swiftly this 22-year-old musician from tiny Shelburne Falls, N.Y. has been making a name on the national music scene.

Glier abandoned his studies at the Berklee College of Music after a year because he “decided I should be playing for people not for grades.”

His 2009 debut on MPress Records, “The Trouble With People,” drew comparisons to a young Billy Joel, Elton John and Paul McCartney.

Featured in The Boston Globe for his “100% Fan-Funded Tour,” Glier is already a seasoned troubadour playing 250 shows per year.

He was raised on the music of Joni Mitchell, Martin Sexton and Jeff Buckley, but considers his brother to be his greatest influence. “My brother is autistic and non-verbal,” he said. “I learned to communicate with words better once I realized how to communicate to someone without them.”

This season finale is a family-friendly party from 4:30 until after sunset at the usual Music Hall venue (41 Lake St. Oswego).

Those seeking more information may call 342-1733 or access the Music Hall web site at

The 37th season for the Oswego Music Hall will start Sept. 22.


Amanda Anna, New York State Trooper

New York State Trooper Amanda Anna, 31, of Liverpool, died Saturday, May 26, 2012 at University Hospital following an accident while in the line of duty.

A native of Fair Haven, she had graduated from Hannibal Central Schools in 1999 and Houghton College where she had excelled in scholastics and basketball. She was a six-year veteran with the New York State Police and was assigned to the Hastings barracks where she devoted her passion to the community.

She enjoyed playing in the Legion Band, was a sailing instructor at Fair Haven Yacht Club and a competitive athlete.

She is survived by her four year old son, Ethan Charles Anna; her fiancé, Andrew Lodge and his three children, of Liverpool; her parents, Florence and Frank Wallace of Fair Haven; siblings, Vernon and Craig Wallace both of Pennsylvania; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m.  Friday at North Syracuse Baptist Church, 420 South Main St., North Syracuse, NY with committal and burial at Springbrook Cemetery, Route 104A, Sterling.

Calling hours will be 2 to 7 p.m. today at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trooper Amanda Anna Fund, P.O. Box 485, Fair Haven, NY 13064.

Phoenix rolls past Chittenango in sectional playoff game

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix softball team did the bulk of its scoring early on in its Friday’s contest against Chittenango.

The Lady Firebirds’ impressive start set the tone for a 11-4 win over Chittenango, which allowed the Lady Firebirds to clinch a spot in the sectional semifinal Game that was held yesterday.

Following a barrage of hits and subsequent runs, Phoenix built a 10-0 lead by the end of the third inning.

After a couple of scoreless innings, each team scored a run a piece during the sixth inning. With one more chance to rally, Chittenango scored three runs during the top of the 7th inning, which made the score 11-4. Unfortunately for Chittenango, the Lady Firebirds’ lead proved too much to overcome as Phoenix prevailed with the 7 run win.

Phoenix was led by Meghan Barry, who had three 3 hits and an RBI against Chittenango. Jenna Zaia added two hits and three RBIs while Trisha Hetko chipped in with two hits and an RBI.

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Craig Blanding, retired from Air Force

Sr. Master Sergeant Craig Lamb Blanding USAF (Ret.), 54, formerly of Fulton, died April 11, 2007 in Japan.

Lamb was born April 15, 1952 in Fulton and was the son of Ronald and Cora Blanding. He graduated from G. Ray Bodley High School in 1970. Sr. Master Sergeant Blanding retired from the U.S. Air Force where he received several awards during his 30 year career as an engineer.

He was predeceased by his wife, Pin Blanding; his father, Ronald Blanding; and by an infant sister, Mona Meg Blanding.

He is survived by his mother, Cora Miller of Altmar; sister, Kim (Michael) Landers of Liberty, Tenn; a niece, Amy Landers of Tennessee; a nephew, Kyle Landers, who is in the U.S. Navy; and several aunts and uncles.

Graveside services, with military honors, were held May 24 at Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton. The Rev. Mark Kimpland officiated. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

CNY Arts Center still seeking artists for Arts Fest

With Arts Fest just a few weeks away, CNY Arts Center is looking for local talent to compete for prizes June 9 at Fulton’s War Memorial Community Center.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories according to age, under 12, 12-20 and 20 and older.

Event co-chair Kiley Casper said, “We want to encourage everyone from the youngest to the oldest to come and share your family-friendly talent, whatever it is. We know the region has many wonderful performing artists. Arts Fest is an annual celebration of all the arts and we hope to draw talent in multiple categories whether it is dance, vocals, musicians or bands, or even drama, storytelling or stand-up comedy.  This is an opportunity to appear before an audience and receive helpful feedback from our judges.”

Casper continued, “We expect this festival to grow each year and become a highlight of the summer. Being in the Community Center at the War Memorial gives us ample space for a stage, featured entertainers and a powerful talent competition along with art and food vendors – all in one accessible location. We hope the community will embrace this celebration of the arts and come out for a day filled with the best and brightest of Central New York.”

The talent competition will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon with prizes awarded by 12:30 p.m. Performers are invited to register online at or call 598-8812 for more information.

All Saints church to celebrate 175 years

All Saints Episcopal Church, Fulton will be holding a service to rededicate its ministry and commitment to serve the broader community of Fulton June 3.

All Saints Church, originally known as Zion Episcopal Church (1837-1928) is currently celebrating its 175th year of existence.

The rededication service of worship will begin at 9 a.m. June 3 lead by Bishop Gladstone (Skip) Adams III, Celebrant. The Reverend Harold Avery, current interim priest, and Reverend Jeffrey Knox, former rector, will also lead portions of the service.

The congregation is not only celebrating its 175th anniversary of its parish existence, but the 60th anniversary of Rev. Avery’s ordination to the priesthood.

A reception will follow the worship service in the parish hall.

This event is open to the public. The parish will continue to host other events this through the end of this calendar year to celebrate its anniversary.

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