New York News: March 31, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

A bill co-sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie and Senator John DeFrancisco to expand Central New York’s Foreign Trade is aimed at  helping Oswego County compete for new jobs and businesses in the global market.

The bill, S. 6471, which authorizes Onondaga County’s Zone to collaborate with Oswego, Cayuga and Madison counties, received final passage by the Senate earlier this week.

“Imports and exports are a major source of growth and new jobs for businesses across Central New York,” Ritchie said. “Including the Port of Oswego in the Foreign Trade Zone can help businesses looking to grow in Central New York compete for international trade.”

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Roy Hodge

Hodgepodge: March 31, 2012

by Roy Hodge

Last week, while writing about the different kinds of mustard residing in our refrigerator, I thought of something while finishing the column.

I think of my mother as a really smart person in almost every thing she did – but there was one thing. She didn’t like mustard. The particular time I was thinking about happened on one of our trips to Heid’s when I was a kid.

Like the rest of us, my mother loved Heid’s hotdogs but she didn’t like mustard. I was remembering the time when she sent a couple of Heid’s employees on a quick mission looking for a bottle of ketchup. Back then, Heid’s didn’t feature French fries, so there was not a need for ketchup to slather on them, and anything but mustard on a Heid’s hotdog was unheard of.

And, while I was remembering, I thought about the wooden paddles that were used to spread that delicious spicy mustard from the full crocks at Heid’s on to our hotdogs.
Anyone else want to go to Heid’s?

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Lake Neatahwanta

Lake Neatahwanta funding included in state budget

by Andrew Henderson

Lake NeatahwantaThe new state budget will include funding to help with the cleanup of Lake Neatahwanta, according to Senator Patty Ritchie.

In addition, the budget includes funding to battle water chestnuts in the Oswego River.

Ritchie said she secured the funding, which was included in the budget agreement announced Monday.

“Local communities, outdoorsmen and people who enjoy the open waters of Central and Northern New York have been working for years to help improve quality and access to these waters, which are among the most beautiful in the world, and key to the preservation and growth of new jobs through tourism and increased enjoyment by the public,” Ritchie said.

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Downtown Fulton – Pictured is Cayuga Street South, long before urban renewal was in full swing. Back then, Cayuga Street’s business block had three-story high buildings, hotels and theatres as well as retail stores.

Jerry’s Journal: March 31, 2012

Downtown Fulton – Pictured is Cayuga Street South, long before urban renewal was in full swing. Back then, Cayuga Street’s business block had three-story high buildings, hotels and theatres as well as retail stores.

by Jerry Kasperek

Correction No. 1: Bob Weston called to say that he was not the manager of the A&P as I reported in my last column but manager of the old Grand Union market.

It was on South Second Street in the City of Fulton across from the phone company about where a strip mall takes up space today.

Bob worked there from 1962 to 1967. But after five years of long hours away from home and a young family, he decided to leave the grocery business behind.

As luck would have it, there was an opening to buy a franchise to sell Pepperidge Farms Bread and Thomas Muffins.

Ironically, his delivery truck route, from Mattydale to Mexico, gave Bob long hours as well. He was up before the crack of dawn until mid afternoon when his workday was done.

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Valley Viewpoints: Girls basketball

by Chris Hansen of Fulton

The girls travel basketball season has ended for the Fulton 5/6 and 7/8 grade girls and we had a very successful season.

I wanted to especially thank Dan Gilmore who coached both teams with the help of Al Smith for the littles and Joe Pappalardo for the big girls.

Dan teaches at the Fulton Junior High School but lives out of the area. He gives up a lot of family time to coach our girls outside of school work and school teams and we all thank him for that.

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Esther Serwadda-Lubinga, MD

Family physician to open Fulton office

Esther Serwadda-Lubinga, MD

Family practice physician Esther Serwadda-Lubinga has joined the Oswego Health active medical staff and will open an office at 20 Canalview Mall in Fulton in early April.

Dr. Lubinga is board certified in family practice medicine and most recently provided care in Manitowoc, Wis.

She recently returned to the area with her husband, Anesthesiologist Stanley Lubinga, MD, who has been providing care in Oswego Hospital’s seven-suite surgery center since September.

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Five vendors vie for Oswego County data management contract

by Carol Thompson

Five vendors have submitted proposals in an effort to secure a contract for data imaging for the Oswego County Clerk’s office.

During Wednesday’s meeting of the legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee, County Administrator Phil Church said that the bids were received Friday and that it had been the most number of proposals ever received in the history of the contract.

He said the next step will be to have a panel of five review the proposals once the names of the vendors have been redacted. He added that the vendors will each receive a confirmation letter that their proposals have been received.

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