Granby winner – Granby Elementary School student Lindsey Benthin and her mother, Jessica Shaffer, were recognized for their participation in the Fulton City School District’s “It’s COOL 2B in School” attendance campaign.

Fulton students recognized as part of ‘It’s COOL 2B in School’ Campaign

Granby winner – Granby Elementary School student Lindsey Benthin and her mother, Jessica Shaffer, were recognized for their participation in the Fulton City School District’s “It’s COOL 2B in School” attendance campaign.

According to Fulton City School District officials, good attendance is critical to school success.

The district launched the “It’s COOL 2B in School” attendance campaign during the 2011-2012 school year to raise awareness about the importance of good attendance habits.

The district recognizes that being in school, arriving on time and ready to learn are habits that are essential to being respectful, responsible and safe members of the community.

As part of this awareness campaign, more than 2,000 Fulton students and their families signed a pledge committing to good attendance habits. Good attendance will not only help students succeed in school, but will lay the foundation for habits that will support their success in college or a career, officials said.

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Congressman Bill Owens speaks out against Paul Ryan’s budget plan

by Carol Thompson

Congressman Bill Owens held a conference call with the media Friday to discuss the budget plan proposed by the chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin.

“I’m against the Ryan tax plan for a host of reasons but mainly because it attempts to balance the budget on the backs of veterans, cops and first responders,” Owens said.

Ryan’s proposal would slash the debt by $5 trillion over the next decade; more than President Barack Obama’s budget proposes.  Ryan’s plan would cut domestic programs and restructure Medicare and the supplemental nutrition program (food stamps).

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‘Good Neighbor Mission & Work Day’ set for April 28

The Lake Effect Cooperative Ministries will hold its second annual “Good Neighbor Mission & Work Day” Saturday, April 28.

The group will be focusing on assisting individuals or families with projects they would be otherwise unable to do themselves.

Some eligible projects include cleaning out a room, setting up outdoor furniture, painting a room, lawn work, garden prep, trimming bushes or other projects as needed.

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Oswego County legislators uncomfortable with data imaging RFP process

by Carol Thompson

The question of whether the request for proposal process is being handled properly by Oswego County officials is expected to be answered by the New York State Comptroller’s Office.

The county solicited RFP’s for data imaging services with the responses due Friday. They were not publicly opened as some legislators said they feel should have been.

“I am not comfortable with this,” Legislator Amy Tresidder said. “There is no transparency and no accountability to the public.”

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Phoenix pitcher Brittany Sears delivers a pitch during a scrimmage against Cazenovia at the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

Phoenix, Oswego softball scrimmage inside Carrier Dome

Phoenix pitcher Brittany Sears delivers a pitch during a scrimmage against Cazenovia at the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

Section III softball was a part of the first-ever softball to be played  in the
Carrier Dome at Syracuse University.

Twelve teams, including the Phoenix and Oswego varsity softball teams, tookpart in scrimmages  March 23 and 24.

The games were sandwiched between college games by Syracuse University, Colgate and Canisius. There was even  a little league game.

The Phoenix team scrimmaged against Cazenovia while the Oswego team scrimmaged against Liverpool and Caravel, a team from Delaware.

 

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Phoenix resident accused of exposing himself to minors

by Andrew Henderson

A 61-year-old resident of Phoenix was arrested last week after he reportedly exposed himself to two small children, members of the Fulton Police Department said.

At about 10:52 a.m. March 22, Fulton officers responded to the K-Mart store, located at 41 Riverglen Plaza, to investigate the report of an elderly male who exposed his genitals to two small children.

The responding officers, acting on information from store employees, located the suspect at the Dollar Tree store next to K-Mart.  The suspect, identified as Dean M. Suboski, reportedly admitted to investigating officers that he had exposed his genitals to the two small children.

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Oswego County legislators seek probe into leak

by Carol Thompson

New information was provided during Monday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee regarding an ethics complaint that was reportedly leaked to the press.

Last year, a complaint was filed by former legislature chairman Barry Leemann against Legislator Shawn Doyle. Doyle said he was contacted by a reporter prior to being notified that a complaint was filed against him.

Doyle added that he immediately contacted County Attorney Richard Mitchell and inquired who might have tipped off the press. Mitchell, Doyle said, told him that the packets had yet to leave his office when he contacted him within five minutes of his call from the reporter.

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At The Fencepost: March 28, 2012

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by Karen Abbott

I’ve given much thought to my gasoline bill over the last week. It’s come to a place where I feel I need to “put up or shut up,” as I’ve heard it said through the years.
I refuse to sit at a desk and grouse about the high price of gas on my commute. I’ve decided to move.

I’ve known for awhile that I would be moving and that it was just a matter of when I’d do it.  There comes a time when one has to make change, rather than just wait and wait for external circumstances to be different.

It’s easy to get caught in a mode of blaming the government, or blaming the president, or blaming the boss, or blaming the economy for my quality of life (or lack thereof).

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