Pictured is SUNY Oswego graduate Claudia Lifton-Schwerner with foster dog “Mellow” at Paws & Effect. Lifton has entered an international competition to volunteer around the world for one year with Global Vision International. She has landed in the top five of the contest and voting continues until Friday.

Volunteering around the world

Pictured is SUNY Oswego graduate Claudia Lifton-Schwerner with foster dog “Mellow” at Paws & Effect. Lifton has entered an international competition to volunteer around the world for one year with Global Vision International. She has landed in the top five of the contest and voting continues until Friday.

by Nicole Reitz

Around the world in 365 days —  that’s what Oswego resident Claudia Lifton-Schwerner hopes to accomplish with Global Vision International, a volunteer abroad program.

Lifton, a recent graduate of SUNY Oswego, has entered an international competition to volunteer around the world for one year. Through five rounds, she has found herself as one of the top five contestants.

For the first round, Global Vision International choose the Top 50 entries. Stages two to four were determined by public vote on the program’s Facebook page.

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Fulton seeks assistance with home foreclosures

by Carol Thompson

A special meeting of the Oswego County Legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee was held Wednesday to discuss a request from the City of Fulton to provide assistance with the handling of property foreclosures.

Mayor Ron Woodward said he approached the county because he learned from County Attorney Richard Mitchell that Fulton was the only municipality in the county that does their own foreclosures.

“From a financial standpoint, if someone doesn’t pay their taxes, the city doesn’t get their money,” Woodward said.

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Meeting scheduled to discuss Family Court problems

by Carol Thompson

A meeting has been scheduled between state court administration and interested parties in regard to allegations of problems with Oswego County Family Court Judge Kim Seager.

Oswego County Department of Social Services Commissioner Gregg Heffner confirmed that a meeting has been scheduled for June 15 and will be attended by “all interested parties.”

Those parties include Heffner, school superintendents and Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley.

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Hannibal, Phoenix libraries receive state funding

by Andrew Henderson

The Hannibal and Phoenix libraries are among a handful of Oswego County libraries to receive construction grant funding, according to state representatives.

Senator Patty Ritchie announced that more than $100,000 in funding will be awarded to libraries in Oswego County through public library construction grant funds.

The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2011 state budget.

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OCO collecting items for area Homeless

Oswego County Opportunities Homeless Services is seeking donations of food, clothing and personal hygiene items to assist the homeless and needy within Oswego County.

OCO Homeless Services unit works with individuals in the community who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Services provided include case management, crisis intervention, and follow up care.

These services are provided in order to assist homeless individuals and families with finding safe and affordable housing, and afford them the opportunity to establish themselves in their own residence.

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Cloonan confirmed as Oswego County commissioner of jurors

by Carol Thompson

James Cloonan has been confirmed as the next Oswego County commissioner of jurors by the Fifth Judicial Court Administration.

Cloonan will begin his new position May 24, just four days after his 51st birthday.

“All the paperwork has been done and I’m waiting for my security card,” he said Wednesday. “I’m anxious to get back into public service.”

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