View From The Fourth Floor: April 21, 2012

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature met the evening of April 12 and the agenda, although considered to be light, brought about some interesting debate, an audience outburst and some humorous moments.

The meeting was led by Legislator Art Ospelt, who serves as the legislature vice chairman due to the absence of Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley.  Legislator Jim Oldenburg was also absent.

For the first time in a long time, the minutes of the meeting were not approved. Instead they were tabled.

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Lake restoration meeting – A clean-up and restoration meeting for Lake Neatahwanta will be held May 2 at 6 p.m. at the Fulton War Memorial. Pictured from left are Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward, Legislator Morris Sorbello, Schroeppel Town Supervisor Patrick Nugent and Granby Town Supervisor Ed Williamson.  –Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Lake Neatahwanta restoration meeting to be held

Lake restoration meeting – A clean-up and restoration meeting for Lake Neatahwanta will be held May 2 at 6 p.m. at the Fulton War Memorial. Pictured from left are Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward, Legislator Morris Sorbello, Schroeppel Town Supervisor Patrick Nugent and Granby Town Supervisor Ed Williamson. –Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

by Nicole Reitz

A clean-up and restoration meeting for Lake Neatahwanta — once used for swimming, fishing, boat races, and other activities — will be held May 2 at 6 p.m. at the Fulton War Memorial.

The meeting will bring Oswego County residents and elected officials together with the goal of returning Lake Neatahwanta into the usefulness of its past.

The lake currently has a high contest of phosphorus and may contain blue-green algae.

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Phoenix Youth of the Year - Tyler Doupe and Kenneth Roffo received the Phoenix Youth of the Year Award. From left are Doupe, Phoenix Mayor Fratto and Roffo.

President’s Youth Service Awards ceremony in Phoenix

Phoenix Youth of the Year - Tyler Doupe and Kenneth Roffo received the Phoenix Youth of the Year Award. From left are Doupe, Phoenix Mayor Fratto and Roffo.

Tyler Doupe and Kenneth Roffo received the Phoenix Youth of the Year Award during the 2012 President’s Youth Service Awards Ceremony held recently at VFW Post 5540.

Doupe volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters and is also involved in the bullying mentor program.

Roffo is a Boy Scout and as part of his Eagle project, laid a concrete pad at Henley Park for picnic tables.’

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Oswego County legislators want ‘farming’ employee to reimburse taxpayers

by Carol Thompson

As Oswego County legislators wait for a new computer use policy to be drafted, some lawmakers are calling for an employee who allegedly played a computer game while on county time to reimburse the taxpayers.

“No county employee should be spending that much time playing games on the computer and should be held accountable for it,” Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said, adding that the taxpayers are entitled to reimbursement of the salary collected while playing the game on county time.

As reported in the Feb. 22 issue of The Valley News, the personal Facebook page of a highly paid employee working in administration, indicated the application game Farmville was played on county time.

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Oswego County legislators seek more efficiency with FOIL requests

by Carol Thompson

A majority of the records held by Oswego County are public, but the wait for those records can be lengthy.

For that reason, as well as other reasons, legislators want to discuss what steps can be taken to streamline the process.

Last month, the committee discussed not only the timeliness of fulfilling the requests, but whether a legislator should be required to submit a written request for records they need in their roles as elected officials.

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Oswego County Conservative Party to hold spring dinner

The Oswego County Conservative Party Committee will hold its annual spring dinner May 3 at the Lakeview Manor, 723 N.Y.S. Rte.  3, Fulton.

The dinner will be at 7 p.m. with a cash bar from 6 to 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Wendy Long, a candidate for United States Senate.

Long has been a New Yorker for 14 years. Raised in New Hampshire, she attended public schools and graduated from Dartmouth College. She went to Washington, D.C. during the Reagan years to work in the United States Senate for U.S. Sen. Gordon Humphrey and then U.S. Sen. Bill Armstrong.

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Phoenix baseball team defeats Mexico 9-6

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity baseball team entered the sixth inning of Monday’s game against Mexico with a three-run lead.

With Mexico’s batters struggling to score, it seemed as if the Firebirds were on their way to victory. However, despite its impressive lead, Phoenix did not lose focus.

Instead of potentially allowing Mexico back into the game, the Firebirds added four more runs during the top of the sixth inning. These runs later proved to assist Phoenix in holding off Mexico for a 9-6 win.

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Butterfly Walk - Pictured is  Fairley Elementary School student Hannah Crego, who has lives with Cockayne Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. A Butterfly Walk will be held April 28 at 1 p.m. at the Hannibal Central School Track. Donations raised will be accepted in Hannah’s name for the research of Cockayne Syndrome.

Butterfly Walk planned for Hannibal fourth-grade student with Cockayne Syndrome

Butterfly Walk - Pictured is Fairley Elementary School student Hannah Crego, who has lives with Cockayne Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. A Butterfly Walk will be held April 28 at 1 p.m. at the Hannibal Central School Track. Donations raised will be accepted in Hannah’s name for the research of Cockayne Syndrome.

by Nicole Reitz

A Butterfly Walk for Hannah Crego, a fourth grader at Fairley Elementary School, will be held April 28 at 1 p.m at the Hannibal Central School Track.

Crego has Cockayne Syndrome, or CS, a rare genetic disorder characterized by poor growth, premature aging, sensitivity to sunlight, moderate to profound developmental and neurological delays and a shortened lifespan.

Crego, who will turn 12 in August, appeared to be an average little girl until the age four. It wasn’t until the age of eight and trips to see geneticists and specialists at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Rochester and Boston, that Crego was diagnosed with CS type 2. CS type 1 presents at birth.

Cockayne syndrome type 2 appears during early childhood. Crego’s local physician, Dr. Stuart Trust had never seen a case like hers.

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