Legislator calls for correction of errors in county resolution

by Carol Thompson

A resolution in opposition of the memorandum of understanding between New York State and the federal government to speed development of wind towers in Lake Ontario’s eastern basin apparently contained inaccurate information that one legislator wanted corrected.

During Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature, the accuracy of the third paragraph of the resolution was questioned by Legislator Amy Tresidder.

The paragraph states, “Whereas, it is always wise to learn from your neighbors’ mistakes — although initially embracing offshore wind turbines in Lake Ontario, after experiencing negative economic and environmental consequences, the Province of Ontario has now placed a moratorium on any further construction of offshore wind turbines pending further study.”

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National evangelist Daniel Shayesteh to visit Fulton church

What in the world is happening in the Muslim world, how is it affecting America and what is the Christian response?

Dr. Daniel Shayesteh, an Iranian immigrant and director of the inter-denominational organization, “Exodus from Darkness,” is a national evangelist for the Christian and Missionary Alliance,

He will be speaking at Fulton Alliance Church May 18-20.

Shayesteh was deeply involved in the Iranian Fundamentalist Revolution in 1979 as a leading Muslim political leader and teacher of Islam. He was converted to Christianity after escaping to Turkey, having fallen out of favor with Khomeini’s political group.

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Fulton YMCA prepares for its fifth annual Gala Auction

The Fulton YMCA is preparing for its fifth annual Gala Auction at the Fulton Polish Home.

The theme this year is “Believe in the Y” and area artists have decorated a variety of furniture pieces. The event is slated for Friday, June 1. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the auction will begin at 8 p.m.

There will be smaller items for silent auction, including many pieces by Sandy Clift. Dan Bachelor will be the auctioneer again this year and Carol Fox is preparing a menu of creative hors d’ouvers. Nick Abelgore will be showcasing his musical talents throughout the evening.

This year’s sponsors are Babcock Oil Co.; Burke’s Home Center; Canalview Travel Services; Chirello Advertising; Critical-Vac Filter Co.; Dennis Hawthorne, Jr., Esq.; Family Chiropractic Office; Foster’s Funeral Home; Fulton Savings Bank; Hannibal Village Market IGA; Johnston’s Propane; Mimi’s; Oswego Valley Insurance Agency; Pinnacle Dental Group; Red Brick Pub; Universal Metal Works; and Harvey Fadden.

Featured at the auction will be the local artists Amy Johnston, Lisa Davis, Margaret Rusaw, Tammy Wood, Meanie Taylor, Muggins LaGrou, Michelle McClave, Laureen Whitney, and Kelly Niccoli.

There are also some new artists, including  Lois Baker, Kathy Mihalik, Susan James, Adair Sala, Autumn Burns and Cheri Pafumi.
Pre-sale tickets are available at the Fulton YMCA

Seven-year-old Michael Doney: The rest of the story

by Bob and Sandy Weston

Wednesday, April 4, The Valley News had a picture of seven-year-old Michael Doney and Kelly Hayden.

Michael had just presented the Hayden family $200 in gift cards substituting for the birthday gifts that he would have received. The family had lost everything in a fire and Michael wanted to do something to help them out, especially because Kelly is Michael’s classmate at Volney Elementary.

We were so impressed by the generosity of this young man that we wanted to know more about him. Contacting his mother, we made arrangements to meet with Michael’s dad Mike, mother Renee and three-year-old brother Walker. In doing so, we also met Jake (their beautiful three-legged dog) and Coco the guinea pig. We didn’t get the chance to meet their elusive cat Stinky.

Sitting down with the family in their lovely country home, we came to realize what a special relationship they all had and how far beyond his years Michael was and is in recognizing the needs of others.

His mother had worked as a guidance councilor for Social Services for 12 years. At age two-and-a-half, Michael began asking his mother to tell him stories about the kids she worked to help.

His mom told Michael that she interacted with families where the children lacked blankets, adequate food and clothing amongst other things. Michael always asked her if there was a way that he could help other kids. Giving considerable thought to his question, his mother asked him if he knew how lucky he was.

When his third birthday was approaching, Michael told his mom that instead of receiving gifts at his birthday party for family and friends, he wanted to give gifts to others.

After discussing with Michael that there were kids who had serious health problems, his mom contacted the Make-a-Wish Foundation for him. A note went out to his invited guests stating that he didn’t want presents. Instead he asked them to bring spare change to donate to a worthy cause.

Michael’s first magnanimous gesture resulted in $77 being collected for ill children. He received a gracious thank you note and a calendar from the foundation showing some kids and what they did with the money.

Asking Michael how he felt about what he did, he said, “I felt really good to help them out.”

When he was about to celebrate his fourth birthday Feb. 4, six weeks after Christmas when Santa was very generous, Michael said that for this birthday he wanted his guests to bring coats, hats and mittens for kids that didn’t have them. No gifts for Michael; just gifts for others. Collected at his birthday party, several items were sent to Social Services for children in need.

Continuing his wish to help other kids, Michael asked his mom prior to his fifth birthday where he should give his presents this year.

It was the year of the devastating tsunami so it was known that so many people had lost most if not all that they owned including the most basic of items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste.

For this birthday, the invitation specifically said not to bring any gifts; just the items he requested. Not knowing how to handle the items Michael collected, his mom contacted a nearby neighbor who was in charge of a Girl Scout group that was sending care packages and the items were sent.

His sixth birthday was no different than the others. He originally thought that he wanted to get blankets and items of this nature for the elderly.

Going over several different things, Michael finally decided that he wanted to buy games for the elderly. His mom contacted Michaud Nursing Home telling them what they wanted to do. She was told that being so close to Christmas, they didn’t need blankets or warm items but would be grateful to receive games.

The nursing home was having their game room redone and didn’t have any games. Along with the games, Michael’s guests were also very creative in bringing magnifying glasses and eye glass chain holders to his party.

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Best-tasting drinking water contest slated

The Oswego County Health Department will hold its 22nd annual best-tasting drinking water contest Saturday, May 26 at the Fulton Memorial Day Salute.

Visitors will vote for their favorite samples of drinking water from municipal systems in Oswego County.  All municipal water supplies are eligible to enter the contest, which is coordinated by the health department’s environmental division.

“The contest is a friendly competition to remind people of the importance of protecting our water resources in Oswego County and across New York State,” said Natalie Roy, associate public health sanitarian for the Oswego County Health Department.  “The winner of the Oswego County competition will advance to the Syracuse regional contest in June, and regional winners will compete for the state title at the State Fair in August,” Roy added.

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Oswego County parks are now tobacco-free

by Carol Thompson

During Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature, a resolution was approved that prohibits smoking at Camp Zerbe, Camp Hollis, and Independence Trail.

The “Young Lungs at Play” initiative helps to eliminate children’s exposure to secondhand smoke and other tobacco products. Signs are posted in the parks and nearby playground areas to remind smokers not to smoke or use tobacco products on the premises.

There will be one designated smoking area at Camp Hollis and one at Camp Zerbe.
The Tobacco Free Network of  Oswego County will provide signage at all three parks.

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Oswego County mosquito surveillance plan receives funding

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature approved spending $18,436 for a mosquito surveillance program.

The program involves marking mosquitoes with a fluorescent power to track them and is significant, county officials said, because it will help determine more precise information regarding locations, distance and time adult mosquitoes migrate.

During Thursday’s meeting, Legislator Doug Malone questioned whether the money that is going to be used to tattoo the insects would be better spent on eradication efforts.

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Oswego Players to stage ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

Oswego Players Director Inez Manor Parker has announced completion of casting for the Players’ summer musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” based on the fairy tale story of, “The Princess and the Pea.”

Cast members are Marsha Preston (Queen Aggravain), Richard Mosher (Wizard), Julia Preston Fulton (Minstrel), Molly Brown (Winnifred the Woebegone), Adam Schmidtmann (Prince Dauntless the Drab), and Erin Chetney (Jester).

Also, Shane Gabriele (Sir Henry), Beth DeRosie (Lady Larkin), Erin Delaney (Princess #12), Norman Berlin, III, (Sir Luce), Brie McIntosh (Lady Luce), Taylor Hamer (Lady Beatrice and Pantomime), and Jennifer Butler (Lady Merrill).

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