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By Debra J. Groom
The proposal to close four of five transfer stations in Oswego County has become quite the heated topic.
A new committee has been formed to come up with ways to possibly keep the transfer stations open. A petition against the closure is making the rounds on Facebook. Letters to the editor are coming into newspaper offices. Residents are discussing the issue on social media.
“Everything’s open — everything’s on the table,” county legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner, R-New Haven, said at the start of the first meeting Tuesday of the Transfer Station Advisory Committee. Continue reading
If you’ve got old junk tires to get rid of then Saturday is your day. It’s the second of two Tire Amnesty Days in Oswego County.
Normal tire disposal fees will be waived for people bringing tires to the county transfer stations from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday June 14.
The event is sponsored by state Sen. Patty Ritchie and the Oswego County Legislature to allow residents to safely dispose of unwanted tires and reduce mosquito-breeding habitats.
Oswego County transfer stations and recycling drop-off centers are located at Bristol Hill, 3125 NYS Route 3, Volney; 1167 County Route 7, Hannibal; 1391 U.S. Route 11, Hastings; 700 E. Seneca St., Oswego; and 100 County Route 2A, Pulaski.
“I’m pleased to once again partner with Oswego County to host these free tire disposal events and help residents take the necessary precautions to reduce the risks associated with exposure to mosquitoes,” Ritchie said.
Frank Visser, Oswego County Solid Waste Director, said the county will accept up to eight tires per household at no charge to Oswego County residents. Additional tires will be accepted but they must be weighed in on the transfer station scales. There will be a $10 minimum fee for additional tires. Tractor tires must be cut into quarters.
For more information, call the Department of Solid Waste at 591-9200, or visit http://www.oswegocounty.com/dsw/index.html.
For more information on preventing the spread of EEE, West Nile, and other diseases carried by mosquitoes, visit http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/west_nile_virus/.
In commemoration of Flag Day, the many flags that have flown over Fort Ontario and the United States will be displayed and explained by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Oswego Lodge 271, Friday, June 13 at Fort Ontario.
Nearly 500 school children from around central New York State will participate in the program at the old fort. The public is welcome to attend. Admission for all will be $1.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a recreation of the British turnover of the fort to the United States on July 14, 1796, and features living history demonstrations by members of the Continental Arm Collectors Revolutionary War interpretive unit.
World War II re-enactors will also conduct a living history interpretation. Fort Curator Jennifer Emmons will sing the national anthems of the United States and Great Britain. Children’s living history specialist Shari Crawford will instruct and lead demonstrations of historic children’s games and toys, including “Bat and Trap,” “Cat and Mouse, “ “Cup and Ball,” stilts, hoops, and more.
“Fort Ontario State Historic Site proudly flies the flag of the US Army Corps of Engineers in honor of the 444th Engineer Company, USAR, which maintains a Reserve Center on the old Fort Ontario Military Reservation,” said Paul Lear, Superintendent of Fort Ontario Sate Historic Site. “The 444th Engineer Company preserves a history of military occupation of the post dating back to 1755.”
On Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15, the fort will host a Revolutionary War encampment. The fort will be open until 9 p.m. Saturday for evening retreat ceremony and artillery firing. Re-enactments will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. The fort opens both days at 10 a.m. Regular admission will be charged.
Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States by the Second Continental Congress in 1777. President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation in 1916 establishing June 14 as Flag Day; later, in 1949, an Act of Congress established National Flag Day. The largest Flag Day parade in the United States is held annually in Troy, NY.
Flag Day observances can be traced back to at least 1861 when the City of Hartford, Connecticut, conducted a patriotic program praying for success of the Union Army and the preservation of the Union during the American Civil War.
Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the City of Oswego, New York. For more information on the fort, Flag Day, and Revolutionary War events contact Superintendent Paul Lear at 343-4711 or [Paul.Lear@parks.ny.gov]. For more information on Fort Ontario visit www.fortontario.com or www.nysparks.com .
Little Utica United Methodist Church will host a free senior luncheon in the church parlor from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11.
This will be an opportunity for community members age 55 and older to have lunch and socialize with their neighbors.
The menu will include hot dogs, hamburgers and other picnic fare. A variety of desserts along with, punch, milk, tea and coffee will be served.
Little Utica United Methodist Church is located on Lamson Road, heading west off Route 48, just past the intersection of Lamson Road and East Mud Lake Road.
Oswego Mayor Thomas Gillen and members of the Common Council have announced the City of Oswego Council meetings and Committee meetings are now available for viewing on the day following the meeting date, on the link to our YouTube channel.
The public can now go to that link and watch tapings of both the committee and council meetings. They can also do a YouTube channel search for “City of Oswego” and the meetings will show up in this search as well.
Live broadcasts of the meetings are still being arranged through Time Warner Cable, and as soon as they are available, we will make that announcement.
If you have any questions, call the mayor’s office at 342-8136. Continue reading
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