Pop-tabs challenge

For the remainder of the 2011-2012 year, the Fulton City School District will participate in the Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY’s Pick Up the Tab Campaign.

This campaign collects aluminum  pop-tabs year-round. Pop-tabs  are found on soda and soup cans, some animal food containers, and other food and beverage items.

There is a serious need for a second Ronald McDonald House to be built in Syracuse. Over 200 organizations, including many school districts, are on the bandwagon collecting pop-tabs to help keep families in need together.

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County in good financial shape

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Treasurer John Kruk and Chief Accountant Mark See presented the 2011 annual financial report to members of the legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee Tuesday and the final word was that the coffer is in good shape.

The local fund equity is at $60,040,089, with the unassigned fund balance at $31,700,746. The unassigned fund balance, formerly referred to as the unappropriated fund balance, is down $5,664,451 from 2010.

The insurance reserve I down $12,504 from 2010 with a balance of $645,164.

Sales tax accounted for $4.6 million in revenue, with increased gas prices attributed as the reason for the increase.

The total real property tax levy increased and the generic tax rate decreased due to Entergy being back on the tax rolls. The 2011 tax levy was at $37 million.

-Look for the full story in the Saturday edition of the Valley News…

Phoenix boys indoor track team ready for outdoor season

by Rob Tetro

It was a successful season for the Phoenix boys varsity indoor track and field team.
In league competition, Phoenix earned a second-place finish behind Jamesville-Dewitt.

This season, Firebird runners set six shool records while several runners earned All-League Awards and took part in both league championship and sectional meets.
Jeff Wells, Will Miller, Jason Czyz, Bryce Ferris, Brandon Halstead and Mike Leach were the runners who set school records this season.

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Jump shot – Hannibal’s Tayler Sorell takes a jump shot while being guarded by South Jefferson’s Clarissa Perry during the Section III Class B championship game at the Carrier Dome Friday night. She scored six points in the loss. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

Hannibal girls accomplished season goal — and then some

Jump shot – Hannibal’s Tayler Sorell takes a jump shot while being guarded by South Jefferson’s Clarissa Perry during the Section III Class B championship game at the Carrier Dome Friday night. She scored six points in the loss. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

by Rob Tetro

When the Hannibal girls varsity basketball team exited Jim Boeheim Court at the Carrier Dome March 2  following its season-ending loss to South Jefferson, it did so while having everyone who had just watched them play paraphrasing the same opinion.

The Lady Warriors earned respect tonight.

Hannibal began the season with one goal — to take the next step as a program and qualify for sectional play. Despite having a rough patch against some quality teams in the middle of the season, Hannibal earned the right to play in the postseason.

With its win against Solvay, the team finished the regular season at 11-7 and 7-6 in league play.

According to Coach Justin Enright, this was the Lady Warriors’ first winning season in many years.

Enright could not have been more happier for his seven seniors. He is quick to credit the leadership of the seniors who played integral roles in the team’s success this season. However, the ambition of the team didn’t cease when it earned the right to play in the postseason.

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New York News: March 10, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

Assemblyman Will Barclay had a simple suggestion when he attended a recent briefing of the Assembly Energy Committee: update aged transmission lines and put more energy on the grid.

Barclay today attended the briefing with members of the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers). Barclay is a member of the committee and a proponent of renewable as well as nuclear energy.

Both nuclear and renewable energy have the ability to support and create more high-paying jobs in the Central New York region and put more energy on the grid, the assemblyman noted. Creating more power would lower the cost of energy for businesses in New York, he added.

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