Volunteers needed for O’Mara Welcome Center in Oswego

Friday volunteers at the O’Mara Welcome Center:  Gloria Jaskula and Nancy Baumann on the front steps of the one room schoolhouse.
Friday volunteers at the O’Mara Welcome Center: Gloria Jaskula and Nancy Baumann on the front steps of the one room schoolhouse.

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is looking for more volunteers to staff the O’Mara Welcome Center on Route 104 in Oswego.

RSVP, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, partners with the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce to staff the O’Mara Welcome Center.

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Give the gift of hunting, fishing

Need a cool gift for that outdoorsman friend or family member?

Well the state has just what you need.

State Sen. Patty Ritchie’s bill directing the state to create “gift cards” that can be used for hunting and fishing license and other fees won final approval in the Senate last week.

“Hunting, fishing and outdoor sports are traditions that are handed on from generation to generation, and these gift cards will make it easier for parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends to share their love of the outdoors,” said  Ritchie.

Last year, the state Department of Environmental Conservation unveiled gift cards that could be used for camping fees at state-run campgrounds.

The cards were valued at $25 each, and the DEC even offered a one-time free giveaway last year to promote them to holiday shoppers.

Ritchie’s bill (S.6574) was previously approved by the Assembly, and will now be sent to the governor for his signature.

DEC has reported declining license sales in recent years, and Senator Ritchie said her proposal could help renew interest in hunting and fishing among the next generation, as well as help provide a convenient way for longtime outdoorsmen to continue to enjoy the sports.

Leo P. Pappalardo, loved singing, cooking, fishing and spending time with family

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Leo P. Pappalardo, 73, of Fulton, passed away June 17, 2014, at Upstate University Medical Center surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Fulton, he was the son of the late Phil and Angelina (Curcuruto) Pappalardo.

 Leo was employed by Triline Automation Corp.

He was an active member of his parish church. Leo loved cooking, singing, fishing and spending time with his family. His kindness and spirit left a lasting impression on all who met him.

Leo leaves behind his beloved wife of 53 years, Wanda (Cooper) Pappalardo and four daughters: Beth Pappalardo-Mitchell (David) of Whitesboro, NY; Cheryl (Steven) Sovare of Webster, NY; Angela Pappalardo (Ted Sherman) of Buffalo, NY and Deanna Pappalardo of Fulton, NY.

Known to his four grandchildren as “Nano,” he will be deeply missed by Leo, Ian, Audrey and Nina. He also is survived by his sister Rosa (Richard) Kemmis, brother Salvatore (Rosalie) Pappalardo, all of Fulton, and sister JoAnn Natoli of Minetto.

 Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 20 at Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St., S., Fulton.

 Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 2912 NY Route 48, Minetto, NY. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

In lieu of flowers, family requests contributions to the Golisano Children’s Hospital, Syracuse or the Catholic Charities Food Pantry of Oswego County.

County to apply for grant money to build Internet network

By Debra J. Groom

Oswego County will apply for grant money to help build a high-speed fiber Internet network in the county.

The county Legislature passed a resolution at its June 12 meeting to move forward seeking money from the Northern Border Regional Commission, which offers assistance for this type of project. Continue reading

Human remains found in car identified as Carol Wood

The remains found in a car removed from the Oswego River last week have been positively identified as being Carol L. Wood, of Oswego.

Oswego City Police Department and the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office received a positive identification from the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office relative the human remains recovered from the Oswego River in the city of Fulton June 12. Continue reading

Scriba residents clean town

On June 7 the Town of Scriba held its annual town-wide cleanup day.  This event is held annually and allows the residents of Scriba to rid their properties of unwanted junk, excluding items with refrigerant or hazardous waste. Representing the Town of Scriba in assisting with the annual event were from left to right Deputy Supervisor Jim Sheldon, Supervisor Kenneth Burdick, Legislator Stephen Walpole, Highway employee Larry Clemens, Councilman Brad Kennedy, Highway Superintendent Roger Myers and Councilman David Girard. Seated in Loader was Deputy Highway Superintendent Brian Simoneau. Absent from photo was Legislator Kevin Gardner.
On June 7 the Town of Scriba held its annual town-wide cleanup day. This event is held annually and allows the residents of Scriba to rid their properties of unwanted junk, excluding items with refrigerant or hazardous waste. Representing the Town of Scriba in assisting with the annual event were from left to right Deputy Supervisor Jim Sheldon, Supervisor Kenneth Burdick, Legislator Stephen Walpole, Highway employee Larry Clemens, Councilman Brad Kennedy, Highway Superintendent Roger Myers and Councilman David Girard. Seated in Loader was Deputy Highway Superintendent Brian Simoneau. Absent from photo was Legislator Kevin Gardner.

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