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Barbara D. Murray, 73, 07/29/2008

OSWEGO, NY – Barbara D. Murray, 73, a resident of 217 W. Seventh St., Oswego, died Tuesday evening July 29, 2008, in Oswego Hospital.

Born in Mexico, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Flossie Burghart McLymond.

She was the widow of Thomas E. Murray Sr.

Mrs. Murray had been employed for many years at Dorsey Distributing Co.

She is survived by two stepsons, Thomas E. (DeeDee) Murray and Michael J. (Renee Pelkey) Murray both of Oswego; one brother, Howard McLymond Jr. of Mexico; two sisters, Edna Keller of Lacona, Doris Dimon of Mexico; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Murray was predeceased by two sisters, Elaine Yablonski and Beverly Kellar.

Visitation will be held 8:30 – 10 a.m. Saturday with private services to follow at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home.

Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Contributions in Mrs. Murray’s memory maybe made to a charity of one’s choice.

Pathfinder Bank Named Event Sponsor of 2008 Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf Classic

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</p>Pathfinder Bank has been named the event sponsor of the upcoming Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf Classic on August 4th, at the Oswego Country Club. Shown pictured with Thomas W. Schneider, president & CEO at Pathfinder Bank (center) are from left to right: Dan Ford, Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Organizing Committee Member; and Kevin Caraccioli, Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic Chairman.

Pathfinder Bank has been named the event sponsor of the upcoming Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf Classic on August 4th, at the Oswego Country Club. Shown pictured with Thomas W. Schneider, president & CEO at Pathfinder Bank (center) are from left to right: Dan Ford, Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Organizing Committee Member; and Kevin Caraccioli, Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic Chairman.

Pathfinder Bank has been named the event sponsor of the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf Classic to be held on August 4th, at the Oswego Country Club, according to event organizer Kevin Caraccioli.

This marks the third year that Pathfinder Bank has been the event’s major sponsor.

“We appreciate the continued support and commitment that Pathfinder Bank has shown Erik, and this annual golf event,” said Caraccioli. “Last year’s tournament was a huge success and Pathfinder Bank’s partnership played a major part in that.”

A new 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic, sponsored by Nike/Bauer, has been added to the weekend, and is slated for Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd at the Campus Center Ice Arena at SUNY Oswego.

The Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation was established in 2007 by Oswego-native, NHL hockey player, Stanley Cup Champion, and U.S. Olympian Erik Cole. The Foundation and this year’s golf/hockey events will benefit youth hockey programs, as well as children who are suffering from cancer and other diseases.

According to Caraccioli, this year’s golf tournament will showcase Cole, as well as other NHL players, national and regional media, and local celebrities. Celebrities committed thus far include: Oswego Native TJ Fox, forward for the AHL Worcester Sharks; Carolina Hurricanes Defensemen Joseph Corvo; Chicago Blackhawk Center Kevyn Adams; and New York Rangers Defensemen Andrew Hutchinson.

The event will be a four-person captain-n-crew format. The cost is $1,000 per team, and individuals can participate for $150. Tee & Green sponsorship signs are available for $300.

Team fees include 18 holes of golf at the Oswego Country Club, golf cart, lunch, cocktail party, dinner, tee and green signage and a gift bag. Individual fees include everything but the tee and green signage. Tickets for the cocktail party and dinner can be purchased separately for $45 per person.

Breakfast, registration and goodie bag pickup, as well as use of the Oswego Country Club Driving Range and Putting Green will be available from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Team photos and celebrity introductions will be held at 10:00 a.m., followed by an 11:00 a.m. shotgun start. Cocktails and a silent auction begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner, an awards presentation, and live auction starting at 6:00 p.m.

AT&T has agreed to sponsor this year’s dinner for the event, and the Oswego Sub Shop has agreed to provide lunch at the turn for the 3rd straight year.

Anyone interested in making donations for the silent auction and/or for raffle prizes and/or to request a registration form for the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic, please call (315) 447-COLE (2653), or email register@ecdreambig.com.

The field is limited to 36 teams so it is recommended to get registration forms in immediately.

Pathfinder Bank is a New York State chartered savings bank headquartered in Oswego, whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  The Bank has seven full-service offices located in Oswego, Fulton, Mexico, Lacona and Central Square.

Entergy, NYS DEC Reach Agreement on Key Environmental Approvals

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Entergy Nuclear is pleased to announce that the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant has received its renewed State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit renewal and a Water Quality Certification (WQC) for the 20-year Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)-issued renewed license.  Concurrently, the New York Department of State Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) issued its consistency determination for the renewed NRC license.  The WQC and CZMA determination reflect New York State’s acknowledgement of the important role of the FitzPatrick plant to the New York power supply and the absence of adverse aquatic impacts associated with its operations.

Early last week, Entergy Nuclear and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) reached agreement on the terms of FitzPatrick’s SPDES permit and WQC.  That agreement reflects Entergy’s commitment to upgrade screening mechanisms designed to foster the return of entrapped fish to Lake Ontario, and NYSDEC’s acknowledgement of the need for more study before additional technology is considered for the station.  A NYSDEC administrative law judge approved the resolution.

“We are extremely pleased with this resolution and thank elected officials, community leaders, citizens of the community and Entergy employees for their support of the expeditious approval of the SPDES permit and WQC,” said Site Vice President Pete Dietrich.  “It goes without saying that we are committed to environmental stewardship; we therefore appreciated the cooperative working relationship with the NYSDEC staff, and look forward to continued work with them in our efforts to safeguard environmental resources, to advance Climate Change solutions and to advance the continued reliability and affordability of the New York energy supply.”

A public hearing conducted before NYSDEC was held on July 15, in Scriba, NY.  The meeting was an opportunity for members of the public to state their views on the station’s renewed SPDES permit and WQC.  New York Assemblyman Will Barclay; several Oswego County officials, including County Administrator Philip Church; Chairman of the Legislature Barry Leeman; and County Sheriff Reuel Todd spoke in support of prompt issuance of the renewed SPDES permit and WQC.  Also speaking in support of Entergy were Paul Santore, 16th district county legislator; Morris Sorbello, 23rd district county legislator; Oswego Mayor Randy Bateman; Scriba Town Supervisor Ken Burdick; Planning Board Chairman James Wellington; Kern Yerdon, IBEW Local 97 business representative; and other trade union representatives who provide valuable resources to the plant. Entergy employees and citizens of the community also spoke. These speakers underscored Entergy’s commitment to safe and reliable operation, the station’s many environmental and economic benefits, and the importance of the plant and employees to the community.  In addition to the verbal statements, written comments were submitted by State Senator Daniel J. Aubertine; Gavin J. Donohue, President and CEO of Independent Power Producers of New York;

Michael Treadwell, Executive Director, Operations Oswego County; and many other community leaders and representatives.

Coincidentally, a coastal consistency review conducted by the New York State Department of State under the New York Coastal Management Program was completed, and a concurrence with consistency certification was issued.

FitzPatrick expects its license renewal as early as August, extending the station’s current 40-year license, and its commitment to the community and New York to 2034.

SUNY Oswego To Host Four Chinese Students, Part Of Statewide Humanitarian Initiative

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Four college students from the earthquake-ravaged region of China will arrive at SUNY Oswego in August under a New York humanitarian initiative that will bring a total of 150 Chinese students to State University campuses for 2008-09.

“We are delighted to take part in this initiative by Gov. David Paterson and the State University which ties in so well to our mission and our desire to work for solutions to the challenges of our time,” said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley.

The four undergraduates, ranging in age from 20 to 22, will be able to continue their studies while their home universities rebuild in the Sichuan Province of western China.

The two men and two women come from China’s Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Sichuan University, Sichuan Agricultural University and Xihua University. They have committed to return home next summer to help restore the economy and infrastructure that the May earthquake crippled.

At Oswego, they will reside in Hart Hall Global Living and Learning Center, where many international students and students interested in global issues live in the heart of campus.

“We hope to provide a welcoming and nurturing academic and cultural experience to these students who have so recently experienced such devastation, and we look forward to the contributions they can make as guests in our college community,” Stanley said.

The initiative is supported by a SUNY philanthropic drive. The Chinese students were selected for this program through a careful review of their academic performance and assessment of their English language skills by a team of eight English language teachers in China.

SUNY Oswego has longstanding relationships in China and expanded them in recent years to include exchange agreements with seven Chinese universities in Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Wenzhou and Wuhan.

For more information on the SUNY-wide initiative, see http://www.suny.edu/sunynews/.

Oswego Men’s Softball Results, Tuesday & Wednesday




Scoring 12 times over the first two innings, La Graff’s cruised to a 15 to 8 win over Front Door to secure the 2nd spot in the D-slow pitch division.  After Joe Kareck grounded out in the first inning, the next three batters for La Graff’s got aboard and scored on Jerry Blum’s triple.  After Front Door responded with one of their own runs in the bottom of the first, La Graff’s came through with clutch hitting as they added 8 more in the second and never looked back.  For La Graff’s Blum drove in a total of four runs, while John Burns drove in three.  For Front Door Jeff Hoffman had a double and single in three at bats and drove in 3 runs, while Matt Bacon had a double and single and drove in two. Rich Runner was the winning pitcher.


In a game ended by the run rule Cheap Seats captured the D-slow pitch title with a 27 to 2 win over Nine Mile.  Nine Mile got all the offensive production needed as they scored fourteen times in the first inning. For Cheap Seats George Delong and Erick Haines had three hits each, while Ryan Delong had a single double and home run.  Derek Osmund added two doubles while Dan Goodrow had a single and home rune.  For Nine Mile Cliff Wendt singled and doubles while Jon Pryor had two singles.  Dan Alfieri was the winning pitcher.



South 40 in recent C-fast pitch action defeated Pauls Big M by a score of 10 to 7.   Leading South 40 with three hits each were Eric Sherman and Cory Sullivan.  Will Dumont added two hits, while Jim Lagoe, Steve Young and George Young each had one.  For Paul’s Big M, Derrick Harrington, Adams Pitcher and B.J. Mc Anulty had three hits each while Mike Earl and Jeremy Thompson each had two.  Garry Carpenter had one hits, and Andy Fargo tripled.


Ed Mahar allowed only 6 hits as RVP International shut down Grace O’Malley’s 7 to 2.  A six run RVP International third was the difference as they defeated the first place team and improved their season record to 6 wins and 5 losses.  Mahar helped his own cause with a double, while Scott Samson tripled.  Gary Paracio added two singles.  Leading Grace O’Malley’s with a double and triple was Mark Tilly, Nick Noyes had two hits, and Kurt Ferris a double.




Press Box came a little closer to wrapping up the Men’s E-slow pitch title with a 9 to 3 win over Oswego Alliance.   Leading Press Box with two triples was Doug Campbell.  Mike Mc Crobie added three singles, while tom Frawley had a double.  Picking up hits for Oswego Alliance off winning pitcher bill Runeari, was Mark Wrolson with three while Pete Lake and Karl La Gray had two each.  In the fifth inning Press Box recorded a triple play.


Light House Lanes with two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh, defeated Cam’s by a score of 8 to 4.  Jim Haynes and Bill Hibbert led Light House Lanes with three hits each, while Cam’s was led by Joe Harpst and Del Guile with two hits each.  Fran Searor added a triple, while Scott Mulhulland had a double.



Wheat’s Excavation after starting the season with 10 straight wins, lost their second in a row, as they fell to Budweiser 4 to 2.  Tied at one after three Budweiser scored twice in the fourth and added an insurance run in the seventh.  In this low scoring affair Budweiser was out hit by Wheat’s 4 to 2.


Cutro’s Professional Inspection moved to within two games of Wheat’s Excavation as they defeated Oswego Quality Carpets by a score of 5 to 1.  Mark Blanchard had a solo home run for Cutro’s too support the 5 hit pitching performance of Shawn Samson. Blanchard also tripled in the game, while Mike Sorzickas and Joe Salazzo each doubled.  Josh Crannell had two singles, while Mike Donavan had a single and double.  Greg Lavery led Oswego Quality Carpets with two singles and a triple.  In picking up the win, Samson struck out 10 while walking only 2.

Rotarians Host District Governor

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Rotary District 7150 Governor Larry Calabrese, right,  made his official visit to Fulton Sunrise Rotary.  Pictured with the District Governor are Paul Scott, Assistant Governor and Carol Vescio, Fulton Sunrise Rotary President.  Calabrese updated Rotarians on the state of the district and shared his hopes and dreams for this Rotary year.  The Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets every Friday at 7 AM at the Riverside Inn.

Constellation’s $20,000 Donation Fuels Call-N-Ride Transport Service

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</p>Oswego County Opportunities Transportation Division Manager Gary Mashaw and Constellation Energy\'s Kenneth Geary (left) are joined by Oswego County Arise Executive Director Sabine Ingerson and Vision Network representative Betsy Copps with one of the new buses currently in use for the Call-N-Ride program. Thanks to a $20,000 award from Constellation, this curb-to-curb transportation service continues to grow in Oswego County.Constellation Energy Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station has generously provided the Call-N-Ride program with $20,000, which underwrites much of the cost of providing curb-to-curb transport within Oswego County for elderly residents and persons with special needs. All school districts in Oswego County are covered by the service.

Ken Geary, president of Constellation Nine Mile Point’s Community Council, was on hand at a recognition luncheon on Monday, July 28, along with members of ARISE, Oswego County Opportunities Transportation Division, and Aurora of Central New York. The picnic lunch was hosted by the Oswego County Visually Impaired organization, to recognize these agencies for their support.

Thanks to Constellation’s gift, Call-N-Ride has been able to continue expanding services in 2008, adding monthly special outings to its regular schedule. Ridership continues to increase.

The Call-N-Ride program is provided and operated by the Oswego County Opportunities Transportation Division, and can be used for medical, social, or personal business. Riders pay a nominal fee each way ($2 – $6), based on how far they need to travel within the county. It operates Monday – Friday, between 10 am and 2 pm, except on holidays. Reservations are required and must be called in 3 business days in advance.

Support for Call-N-Ride was secured through the work of the Oswego County Vision Network, the Oswego County Visually Impaired (OCVI), and ARISE.  “We’re very grateful for Constellation’s support,” said Laura Smith, a member of the Vision Network and OCVI. “Without Call-N-Ride, many of our members could not go to doctor appointments, get their hair done, run errands, or meet a friend for lunch. With Call-N-Ride, many residents can continue to do things independently, and that means a great deal.”

Sabine Ingerson, director of Oswego County ARISE, agreed. “This program gives people freedom and independence. Oswego County has large rural areas where public transportation is not available. Without Call-N-Ride, these residents would have to rely on friends and relatives for all of their transportation needs.”

More information is available by calling this toll-free number: 1-877 4THE BUS (1-877-484-3287), or by visiting Oswego County Opportunities’ website at www.oco.org.

Maritime Foundation Offers Kids’ Fishing Program

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</p>Last year, Zach and Alex Bush, Hannah Gorman, Jordan and Lydia Tryon learned about safe fishing through the "Learn to Fish" program at the Oswego Maritime Foundation.

Last year, Zach and Alex Bush, Hannah Gorman, Jordan and Lydia Tryon learned about safe fishing through the "Learn to Fish" program at the Oswego Maritime Foundation.

The Oswego Maritime Foundation is offering a fun fishing program for the second year in the Historic Maritime District.  The “Learn To Fish” Program is for boys and girls ages 5-8 years old. Each course lasts for one week (4 days) and is held from 9-11:30 or 1-3:30 Monday through Thursday for a total of ten hours during August. Topics covered are:  Safety, Knot-tying, Weight/bobber Selection, Handling/unhooking fish, Casting technique and Fish Identification. The cost is $40.00 per child. Students are encouraged to bring their own lifejackets and rod/reel however gear will be available for novices. No prior experience needed for this shore-based program. Call the OMF office to request an application 342-5753.

Top Local Band, Los Blancos, Perform In Pulaski Before Continuing Southern Tour

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</p>Los Blancos

Los Blancos

On any given night LOS BLANCOS rips through Blues, Soul, Rockin’ Zydeco, Latin, Outlaw Country, NYC Funk, Folk, and more. They’ve been compared to Little Feat, The Radiators, The Band, The Grateful Dead, and other breeders of American Roots Music. Over more than a decade Los Blancos has rocked THOUSANDS of shows, and tens of thousands of miles, reveling in a genuine passion for what they do. A crew of troubadour craftsmen and kindred souls who have joined forces for the long haul and for the love of music.

Los Blancos perform locally at  “Rock ‘N’ Blues Bash ’08 Festival” at Stoney’s Pineville Campground, 2904 Rt. 13, Pulaski, Saturday, August 9. (Festival is August 8-10). $50. per person. Info: (315) 298-2325 or log onto www.salmonriver.net.

The popular Blues-Party-Zydeco band takes to the road again with a Summer swing through the South and Flordia after a successful Spring tour that included stops inmusic hotspots Nashville and Memphis, among others.

“The new Los Blancos studio album JUST THIS ONCE starts with the thumping bass of Steven T. Winston,” writes the POST-STANDARD. “Together, they deliver Aberdeen’s great soul voice and rich guitar on his “I’ll Be Waiting; ” Nanni’s jazz vocal style and passionate organ work on his “Again It Was You; ” Tiffault’s siss of the cymbal and subtle rap of the snare paired with Winston’s bass rumble on the latter’s expansive and steamy “Couch Trip.”

Colin Aberdeen, an honest voice and heartfelt guitars. Whether he’s beltin’ out the blues, or melting the ladies with a little sweet soul music, Aberdeen is an original. His confident, emotion-filled voice will wrap around you like your mama’s arms and just make you feel good. And we mean Damn Good! Colin will bring down the house when he’s slingin’ that slide on the guitar, too! A true-blue artisan of the roots. The keyboard angle is covered by the inimitable Mark Nanni. His versatility is unmatchable, his passion on the keys, undeniable. From solo gigs, to band leader, to first-call side man, Nanni has done it all. Mark is equally at home on piano, churnin’ and burnin’ Leslie organ, or any other board including one bad-ass accordion! His jazz sensibility, intense   vocals, and improvisational freedom add a heapin’ helping of color and spice to the Los Blancos stew. Rhythms are injected by drummer Mark Tiffault, & bassist Steven T. Winston. Tiffault spent years touring with John Lee Hooker, The Kingsnakes, and most recently with Handy Award winner Carey Bell. Road seasoned chops and spirited playing create the kind of backbeat rhythm that drive right through your soul. Filling out the blessed bottom is the big fat bass of Steven T. Winston. Having been a collaborator on countless gigs around the region, he has the experience and taste to know what fits, no matter what the style. Never content to just lay down the bootyshakin’ bass, Steven T. is a great, burly, bear of a singer, too! They can go chooglin’ on down like a 2 mile freight train, or float on a stone soul GROOVE. Back porch harmony, a live intensity that can’t be denied, and a massive, ever-evolving melting pot of music make Los Blancos a band that will stick with you for a long, long time.


August 14/15/16        WILLY’S PIER BAR        Panama City Beach, FL
August 17            PRIVATE PARTY        Seacrest Beach, FL
August 18/19            PARADISE BAR/GRILL    Pensacola Beach, FL
August 21            BLUES TAVERN         Mobile, AL
August 22/23            HARRY A’S            St. George’s Island, FL

Thursday’s Briefing: The Reviews Are In

Governor David Paterson took a bold step this week.  He declared the state to be in a recession, with its budget falling deeper into a dark pit of debt.  He challenged — nicely — state lawmakers to match the cuts he was making.  How’s his message going over?

So the Governor’s plan is out.

There’s praise — cautious, but praise nonetheless — from the two other members of Three Men In A Room.

One of them, though, still wants higher taxes to fill the debt hole.

My Head Is Exploding Dep’t: Did you ever think the state Conservative Party would endorse a move from a Democratic governor?

Opinions Are Like Noses – Everybody’s Got One:

Fiscal analyst E.J. McMahon studies the numbers and offers a backhanded compliment:

“Paterson, by contrast, has been willing to recognize that the state’s own spending habits are the root of the problem. Talk is still cheap at this stage, but it’s better than nothing.”

The New York Times:  Nice talk, but…

“…if the new governor really wants to put the state’s fiscal house in order, he is going to have to get a lot tougher with his old friends in Albany.”

Newsday finds the Gov. taking charge:

Gov. David Paterson was sworn in in March, but Tuesday evening he truly became the governor of New York. With his live, televised address about the poor state of the state’s finances – and subsequent talk to state agencies Wednesday – Paterson demonstrated leadership and originality in trying to head off a bigger crisis. Whether New York’s band of the self-interested will follow remains to be seen.

State workers, some of whom may lose their jobs:

“I think you gotta spend money to make money,” [one worker] said. ” … The drastic cuts he’s talking about — in the long run, you’re selling yourself short.”

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