Legislator censored? Amy Tresidder ‘disappointed’ in Republican colleagues

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder has announced she may challenge New York State Senator Patty Ritchie for the 48th District seat.

Although she has not declared her candidacy, the Democrat said she feels the Republicans are becoming nervous about her potential run.

The potential candidate said she was “disappointed” when she learned from a Republican legislator that there is an attempt to censor her from speaking at legislature committee meetings of which she is not a member.

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Americana band Yarn to perform in Oswego

The acclaimed new band Yarn will perform at the Oswego Music Hall April 14 at 8 p.m. The band includes Blake Christiana, Trevor MacArthur, Andrew Hendryx, Rod Hohl, Rick Bugel, and Robert Bonhomme.

The acclaimed new band Yarn will perform at the Oswego Music Hall April 14 at 8 p.m.

Like its name, the six-piece band Yarn knits and weaves country, rock, blues and more into a genre-defying blend.

Since its start in 2007, the band has become one of the hardest-working and touring bands around and its fan base has grown into a “Yarmy” of followers.

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Oswego County Health Department: No more synthetic marijuana

by Andrew Henderson

The New York State Department of Health banned the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana products last week — and the Oswego County Health Department has already began the process of notifying businesses.

New York State Health Commissioner Nirav  Shah issued the order banning the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid products last Monday.

Assemblyman Will Barclay said he welcomed the news that Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered the state health department to ban dangerous drugs.

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Erika Johnson

Bodley Bulletins: April 4, 2012

by Erika Johnson

While the weather hasn’t been as nice as many would have wished, I hope everyone is enjoying their spring break!

With just about 40 actual school days left of the year, time is ticking down fast, so enjoy your break while you can!

Just like every blood drive, last Friday’s was a success. Thank you to all of those who participated and helped put together and run the event.

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Karen Abbott

At The Fencepost: April 4, 2012

Karen Abbott

by Karen Abbott

Help me understand 4G. Not the mechanics of a network, I’m beginning to grasp that after a few run-throughs with techno geeks. Help me understand the “need for speed,” as the commercial says.

I had to shake my head at the last commercial I’ve seen about these supposedly-great 4G networks.

Two married couples in their suburban driveways with their fancy SUVs were competing over how fast they could get the news and updates on the neighbors through their iphones or ipacs or whatever they are. They were racing over who knew about a neighbor’s giving birth who could deliver a gift the fastest. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

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Valley Viewpoint: Committed people

by Amy Tresidder of Oswego

Congratulations to the citizens of Oswego that took the time and effort to carry petitions and present them to the Oswego County Legislature regarding the removal of synthetic marijuana from store shelves.

Margaret Mead said. “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

It was the effort of these citizens that made the difference. Thank You.

Valley Viewpoints: Why refuse to pay?

by Sue Gravelle of Fulton

I have enjoyed our mild winter. As in recent years, I employed the services of an individual to keep my driveway cleared of snow.

I am very fortunate to know this person, as he also kept my sidewalk and steps cleared and when necessary, also put down salt and sand.

I am very saddened to hear there were a handful of individuals who refused to make a final payment for snow-removal services. I am assuming that the reasoning, if it can be called that, is that no snow clearing ended up being necessary during the last half of winter.

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Poetry Corner: On Easter Morning

by Jim Farfaglia

On Easter Morning

She was the wisest of the herd,
raising her head first, ears swiveling –
certain how quickly this grazing field
could become danger.
I nod to her, respectfully.

She nudges her youngest
and I watch her warn those fawning eyes,
like only a parent can do,
protecting their young.
I wink at her, knowingly.

And when she hears my clumsy steps
she leads the others to cover,
ending this moment of communion
that began my day so holy.
I thank her, heartily.

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