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Five vendors vie for Oswego County data management contract

by Carol Thompson

Five vendors have submitted proposals in an effort to secure a contract for data imaging for the Oswego County Clerk’s office.

During Wednesday’s meeting of the legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee, County Administrator Phil Church said that the bids were received Friday and that it had been the most number of proposals ever received in the history of the contract.

He said the next step will be to have a panel of five review the proposals once the names of the vendors have been redacted. He added that the vendors will each receive a confirmation letter that their proposals have been received.

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‘Still Life with Skull’ by Hannibal sophomore Ryan Huff

Annual high school art show winners announced

‘Still Life with Skull’ by Hannibal sophomore Ryan Huff

The Fulton Art Association announced the winners of the sixth annual High School Invitational Art and Photography Show.

Eighty-six students from high schools in Fulton, Hannibal, Oswego, and Phoenix school districts submitted 108 pieces of artwork in 12 different categories.

The show was created to help provide encouragement and guidance to high school artists and provide them a venue to display their talent and artwork.

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Kenneth Smithers Jr., Solvay resident

Kenneth C. Smithers Jr., 52, of Solvay, died Friday, March 23, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

He was predeceased by his parents, Flora and Kenneth Smithers Sr.

Surviving are his sister, Flora (Martin) Long of Fulton; brothers, Perry (Maryann) Draper of Syracuse and Thomas Draper of Oswego; his girlfriend, Jennifer Brinkman and her daughter, Hailey Loucks; and several nieces and nephews.

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Kathleen Brennan, Clear Sound owner

Kathleen R. Brennan, 54, of Fulton, died Saturday, March 24, 2012 in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

She was raised in East Syracuse, the daughter of John and Florence Raulli.  She owned and operated Aimi’s Bridal Boutique for 14 years.

Most recently, she owned and operated Clear Sound Hearing in Fulton for six years.

She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church in Fulton and was also a member of the Oswego Yacht Club.

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Valley Viewpoints: Your debt

by Steve Balcom of Pulaski

You are an average American family, but, over a few years you have acquired a large debt. So, you hire a financial consultant to help you get out of debt.

After three years, your debt has increased by 50 percent and is still rising. Do you continue to hire the consultant? Absolutely not. My message here is plain and simple.

Why on earth, would you still want Obama on the payroll?

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In And Around Hannibal: March 31, 2012

by Rita Hooper

This going to be a slightly more disjointed column than usual — it just happens that way sometimes.  It has been good to receive so many positive comments on my travel tales. It’s really great to get feedback. I think these have been the most commented on columns since I wrote a column on the “famous spud” — otherwise know as the mighty potato — written when my children were still in school and I was a natural redhead!

Last week I had the privilege of being invited to Ole Fashion Days at Fairley School to play some ole fashion games with the students.

I think I aged 20 years with the invitation, but I surprised myself by climbing to the second floor and settling into the one-room schoolhouse that they had set up.

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Pictured are Coach Rich Kuc, Dalton Scruton, Kyle Dixon, Joey Cerrillo, Noah Kuc, James Somers, Ryan Nosko, Austin Calkins and Andy Matteson.

Hannibal basketball travel team wins tournament

Pictured are Coach Rich Kuc, Dalton Scruton, Kyle Dixon, Joey Cerrillo, Noah Kuc, James Somers, Ryan Nosko, Austin Calkins and Andy Matteson.

The third and fourth grade Hannibal basketball team won first place in the 2012 Fran Matteson Memorial Hannibal Basketball Travel Tournament.

Hannibal defeated Fulton in a double-overtime game March 25 at the DMK Middle School.

The team includes Coach Rich Kuc, Dalton Scruton, Kyle Dixon, Joey Cerrillo, Noah Kuc, James Somers, Ryan Nosko, Austin Calkins and Andy Matteson.

Phoenix boys track team looks to build upon 2011

by Rob Tetro

Last season, the Phoenix boys varsity track and field team finished with a 5-3 record in league participation.

This season, Coach Keith Walberger said his team’s goal is to improve on its third-place finish in the Freedom League.

In terms of experience and maturity, Phoenix expects to have a balanced mix of participants in 2012.

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