Hannibal Free Library to have proposition on school ballot

by Andrew Henderson

Hannibal Free Library will have a proposition on the 2012 Hannibal Central School District Ballot.

Outlined in New York State Education Law as a means of acquiring local funding support, the board of trustees of the Hannibal Free Library is asking voters to approve additional annual funding through the school district referendum.

The library has been funded with $35,000 annually through a proposition that passed in 2006.  An additional $10,000 is now being requested.

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Fair Haven Beach project planned

by Andrew Henderson

The State of New York will be investing $2.1 million to upgrade and repair Fair Haven Beach State Park, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week.

The upgrade will be funded through New York Works, which is designed to reinvent state economic development with a new strategy that will put New Yorkers back to work rebuilding the state’s infrastructure.

“New York State has passed, for the second year in a row, a transformative and balanced budget that holds the line on spending, while focusing on job creation and government efficiency,” Cuomo said. “The centerpiece of this budget is the New York Works program, a new strategy for leveraging capital to put New Yorkers back to work and rebuilding our aging infrastructure including the state park system that is used by so many people across the state.”

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Roy Hodge

Hodgepodge: April 7, 2012

As soon as I started writing this column I realized that I had written about “comics” before.  But that didn’t stop me – I kept going.

The fact that I have found myself writing about the newspaper “funnies” a few times may say something about my choice of reading material, or what I like to do to get the day started – or end it, for that matter. But nonetheless, here is this year’s contribution:

I grew up having the newspaper’s “funnies” read to me, and then reading them myself. I remember spreading the Herald Journal’s comic pages out on the living room floor and no doubt making a mess of it before my father ever got to look at that section of the paper.

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Dawn Dickquist, Owens Brockway retiree

Dawn Lincoln Dickquist, 72, of Fulton, died Monday, April 2, 2012 in Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, after a short illness. Her family was by her side.

She was born in Fulton, the daughter of the late John and Aillen (Fowler) Lincoln.

She retired from Owens Brockway, quality control department in 2000. She was past president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Elks and was president of the Altar Rosary. She was a member of the Golden Agers, Holy Family Choir, and a Eucharist minister at Holy Trinity.

She was a former committee person for the Republican Party. She was a Nascar and Oswego Speedway enthusiast.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her stepmother, Gladys Lincoln, and her brother and sister-in-law, John and Marguerite Lincoln.

She is survived by her children, John Dickquist of Oswego and Tammy Crary of Fulton; her sister, Mary (Al) Archer of Oswego; grandchildren, Kyle, Jessica, and Jennifer; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 10 at 9 a.m. at the Sugar Funeral Home and 9:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

Dean R. Ottoway, Marine Corps veteran

Dean R. Ottoway, 61, of Fulton, died Sunday, April 1, 2012.

He was born in Syracuse and resided in Fulton for the past 10 years. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War.

He had worked in construction and did volunteer work for the D.A.V. and Meals on Wheels.

He enjoyed ceramics and his greatest pleasure was spending time with his grandsons, Ryan and Mathew.

He was predeceased by his mother, Eleanor H. Brosseau; a sister, Lynn Ottoway; his father, Floyd Ottoway; and by his son, Dustin Ottoway.

He is survived by a daughter, Dana Ottoway of Fulton; two grandsons, Ryan and Mathew Gustke of Fulton; a brother, Anthony (Cathe) Brosseau of Liverpool; and a nephew, Robert Konys of Minetto.

Calling hours and services were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 333 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003-1148.


Oswego County not among the healthiest in the state

by Carol Thompson

Smoking and adult obesity are on the rise in Oswego County, according to a report issued by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The annual health report gives the county a ranking of 38 of the 62 counties in the state.

According to the report, smoking has increased by one percent from 2010 and adult obesity has increased by five percent for the same time period. Those totals are well above the state average.

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Attorney fees awarded to plaintiff in Oswego County Flow Control lawsuit

by Carol Thompson

The United States District Court District of New York has placed a judgment on attorney’s fees in a civil case against the County of Oswego.

The full legislature has been asked to approve the transfer of $65,214 from the appropriated fund balance to the insurance reserve.

The court ordered the county to pay the attorney fees for Jeff Holbrook, who sued over the Flow  Control law. The judgment is dated March 23. The United States District Court in Syracuse struck down Oswego County’s Flow Control Law earlier last summer as unconstitutionally vague.

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Second-place winners – The team from Hannibal received the silver medal for second place. In front from left are Mike Miano, Adrianne Shortslef, Erica Weldin, Molly Downing, and Nicole McMahon. In back are Coach Bill Mason, Cal Weigand, Suzanne King, Meghan Gillen, Megan O’Connor, and Tyler Beckwith.

OCAY League’s third competition takes a political view

Second-place winners – The team from Hannibal received the silver medal for second place. In front from left are Mike Miano, Adrianne Shortslef, Erica Weldin, Molly Downing, and Nicole McMahon. In back are Coach Bill Mason, Cal Weigand, Suzanne King, Meghan Gillen, Megan O’Connor, and Tyler Beckwith.

The third Oswego County Academic Youth League competition was political in nature.

Entitled “2012,” the competition began with a series of 10 quizzes on U.S. and World current events and geography.

The teams also created a political cartoon about the 2012 U.S. Presidential election, created a time capsule based on modern American life, and gave a persuasive speech on the education system in the United States.

The teams, from eight of the nine districts in Oswego County, consisted of 6-10 students, who until they arrived at the competition venue, had no idea what the competition would entail.

Beginning with the timed quizzes, teams of two students were scheduled to take the tests as scores were tabulated by the judges. Each team member was required to complete at least one quiz and no member could complete consecutive quizzes.

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