Maple syrup producers to host Maple Weekends

Several maple producers will host tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, and the following weekend, March 24 and 25, for the New York State Maple Producers Weekends.

Red Schoolhouse Maple, 2437 Co. Rte. 4, Palermo, offers visitors the opportunity to see the latest technology in maple sap collection and syrup-making.

There will be an all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, along with snowshoeing/walking tours of the sugar bush, sled dog demonstrations, coloring contests, and tours of the maple production process.

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Hodgepodge: March 10, 2012

Roy Hodge

by Roy Hodge

I was wondering recently what I would write my next column about. I was thinking that during 33 years of writing this column I may have covered just about everything.

So I started down the list that my wife made for me when she re-typed every column and put them in order.

I didn’t have to go far before one listed column grabbed my attention. March 4, 1980, I wrote about “Fannies.” I guess I really have covered every subject from the bottom up. I have gotten to the bottom of things, or maybe I have bottomed out.

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New restaurant opens at Oswego County Airport

Operation Oswego County Director L. Michael Treadwell reported to the Oswego County Legislature’s Economic Development and Planning Committee that there is a new restaurant at the Oswego County Airport.

Puddle Jumpers opened Thursday, March 1 at the facility on County Route 176.

“The Oswego County Airport is a vital gateway for Oswego County,” said Legislator Louella LeClair, chairwoman of the Oswego County Legislature’s Economic Development and Planning Committee. “By making the most of this significant asset, we will attract more recreational flight pilots as well as encourage more business travel to our county.”

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Light in the Darkness: March 7, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” — Matthew 17:20

Bishop Primus of The Evangelical Orthodox Catholic Church in America wrote, “One of our biggest problems in our Christian walk and growth and within the Church as a whole, is failing to act like God’s Word is true.” In other words, we do not believe God when He speaks.

Bishop Primus is not accusing us of being unbelievers, nor is he saying that we have no faith. He is simply saying the same thing Jesus told His disciples in Matthew  17: that their faith was too small to accomplish the greater things in the Kingdom. “You don’t have enough faith,”he said. The King James reads, “unbelief,” but this is not meant to be taken as no faith at all.

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Valley Viewpoint: Red Cross Month

March is Red Cross Month in recognition of the work done by the American Red Cross in communities across the country and around the globe – and of how we depend on public support to help people in need.

Thanks to support from individuals, organizations and businesses here in Central New York, the American Red Cross is able to respond to disasters both large and small; help members of the military, veterans, and their families; provide blood for those in need and teach lifesaving skills.

We want to thank those whose generosity enables us to continue our work, both here at home and around the world.

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Oswego County legislators consider bridge projects

by Carol Thompson

Three bridge projects will be on the agenda when the Oswego County Legislature meets March 15.

The projects under consideration for this year will include the County Route 55 bridge over Ox Creek in the Town of Granby. The bridge is listed on the highway department’s rehabilitation plan and is scheduled to be replaced and updated.

The bridge has no approach railing, substandard bridge railing, and roadway width. The resolution legislators are asked to consider would transfer $440,000 from a capital reserve fund.

A $350,000 budget transfer from the capital reserve fund is also being requested for the replacement of the Kranze Road Bridge over Sage Creek in the Town of Mexico.

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Erika Johnson

Bodley Bulletins: March 7, 2012

Erika Johnson

by Erika Johnson

Tomorrow’s the big day for Quirk’s Players! The long anticipated showing of “Damn Yankees” starts at 7:30.

Can’t make it Thursday? There are three more showings. Friday and Saturday both have 7:30 p.m. showings while there will be 2 p.m. showing on Saturday as well.

Come support the cast and crew’s months of hard work! Tickets are $8 and $7 for senior citizens and children.

Last Friday was GRB’s first Jersey Shore dance. The dance was sponsored by FBLA and they had a good turnout!

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Valley Viewpoint: Making a difference

A couple of years ago, I lived next to a family who struggled with several aspects of their lives. They had financial difficulties, they had garbage piled up in their yard, and rodents and cockroaches were common.

The police were there two or three times a week due to domestic violence. The daughter would often threaten parents with a knife and screams were often heard throughout the neighborhood coming from the home.

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