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More Mosquitoes Test Positive For EEE – County Plans Aerial Spraying

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Health Department has been notified that four more pools of mosquitoes, collected from the Toad Harbor/Big Bay Swamp area on the north shore of Oneida Lake, have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis.

Public Health Director Dr. Dennis Norfleet said the virus has spread from a species of mosquito that feeds on birds to a species that bites humans, and will continue to spread as new mosquito larvae hatch.

As a result, Oswego County is preparing to conduct aerial spraying of the Toad Harbor and Big Bay swamps by the middle of or late next week.

The aerial spraying schedule will be announced to the public through the news media.

“Five pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for EEE since July 1,” said Dr. Norfleet. “This is the same area where the EEE virus has been active in the past, and we have indications that the virus will continue to be active. Therefore, the health department is in the process of declaring an imminent public health threat and is seeking permission to conduct aerial spraying.”

The area will include about 10,000 acres in the Toad Harbor and Big Bay swamps north of Oneida Lake.

Spraying will not extend beyond U.S. Route 11 in Central Square to the west, NYS Route 49 to the north, the village of Constantia to the east, and the shoreline of Oneida Lake to the south.

Spraying will not take place over the waters of Oneida Lake.

Eastern equine encephalitis is a rare but serious viral disease that can infect people and horses.

The virus is spread by mosquitoes.

In humans, the disease can affect the central nervous system and cause fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle pain.

It requires intense supportive medical care and can be fatal.

“While the chances of a person getting Eastern equine encephalitis are small, we should all take steps to reduce the prevalence of mosquitoes around the home,” said Dr. Norfleet. “The best way to protect yourself is to stay away from any areas where mosquitoes might concentrate, and limit your outside activities during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes will be most active.”

To protect against mosquito bites, people should wear shoes and socks, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants when outside around dawn and dusk.

Insect repellant containing DEET is most effective.

It should be applied over clothing and only used according to the label instructions.

To reduce mosquitoes around the home, replace or repair broken screens and install new screens as needed;

Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar outdoor items that hold water;

Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outside;

Clean clogged rain gutters and make sure they continue to work properly;

Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use;

Change water in bird baths at least every four days;

Clear vegetation and debris from edges of ponds;

Clean chlorinated swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs;

Drain water from pool covers; and

Use landscaping materials to eliminate low spots where standing water accumulates.

For more information about EEE, call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Evenings and weekends, call the health department’s on-call service at 341-0086.

Information is also available on the New York State Department of Health Web site at
www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable/eastern_equine_encephalitis/fact_sheet.htm

Study Blitz II Makes Huge Impact In Oswego Schools

The award winners from the Charles E. Riley Elementary School for Study Blitz II included (front) Row: Alexander Salm, Cameron Peterson, Erin Smith, Noah Ruel, Jade Ballard,  while in back are Principal Randy Richards, Brianna Harrington, Matthew Oldenburg, David Vaughn, Mia Lamphear, and Sara Smolinski.

The award winners from the Charles E. Riley Elementary School for Study Blitz II included (front) Row: Alexander Salm, Cameron Peterson, Erin Smith, Noah Ruel, Jade Ballard, while in back are Principal Randy Richards, Brianna Harrington, Matthew Oldenburg, David Vaughn, Mia Lamphear, and Sara Smolinski.

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego students and parents were encouraged to use education internet services on the Oswego City School District web page during Study Zone Blitz II.

Technology Integration Specialist Mary Beth Fierro said, “This is a weeklong effort to familiarize students, parents and teachers with the Study Zone that is available on the district web site.”

She explained, “The Study Zone is a massive collection of educational materials that are aligned with the New York State standards in Math, English Language Arts and Social Studies. It is available free of charge to anyone who has internet access. All of the activities, lessons, practice pages, and interactive areas are available to support the instruction that takes place daily in our classrooms.”

The award winners from Kingsford Park Elementary School for Study Blitz II included (front) Nick DeSaccia, Spencer Stepien, and Ethan Riester, while in the middle row are Madison Bouchard, Kristen Bell and Tanique Brooks and in back are Michael Woolworth, Zachary Shurtliff, and Raphah Carrol. Missing from the photo is Madelaine Taylor.

The award winners from Kingsford Park Elementary School for Study Blitz II included (front) Nick DeSaccia, Spencer Stepien, and Ethan Riester, while in the middle row are Madison Bouchard, Kristen Bell and Tanique Brooks and in back are Michael Woolworth, Zachary Shurtliff, and Raphah Carrol. Missing from the photo is Madelaine Taylor.

The area is available for students from kindergarten through their senior year, but Study Zone Blitz was for the K-6 students.

During the Blitz, Fierro noted, “We wanted parents to sit down with their child and look at the activities that have been pre-selected for them. Our elementary teachers selected different things for the families to do. A flyer has been sent home to every family and at the completion of the program the tear off sheet was completed and provided us with comments and suggestions that will be valuable in future endeavors.”

Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Curriculum Cathy Chamberlain was instrumental in the creation of this educational opportunity and Study Zone is widely used by students, parents and educators around the nation as millions of persons have connected and used this educational tool.

The award winners from the Fitzhugh Park Elementary School for Study Blitz II are congratulated by Principal Donna Simmonds. The winners included (front) Kaitlyn Gunther, Randy Bills,Dylan Stacy and Tyler Davis while in back are Shameeka LaLiveres,  Robin Engle Amber Vivlemore, Sheyenne Lacey. Missing from photo are Alexis Cornelius and Jacob Beach.

The award winners from the Fitzhugh Park Elementary School for Study Blitz II are congratulated by Principal Donna Simmonds. The winners included (front) Kaitlyn Gunther, Randy Bills,Dylan Stacy and Tyler Davis while in back are Shameeka LaLiveres, Robin Engle Amber Vivlemore, Sheyenne Lacey. Missing from photo are Alexis Cornelius and Jacob Beach.

This exciting, interactive activity for Oswego’s elementary students along with parents and teachers was a huge success.

Elementary school students participated in the Study Blitz II and the winners in each building were presented coupons for free ice cream, courtesy of the Oswego City School District Lunch Program.

The award winners from the Minetto Elementary School for the Study Blitz II competition included (front) Mikayla Hardesty, Maggie McSweeney, Emily Shurtliff, Matthew Caraccioli, Ashley St. John, and Mathew Zuba while in back are Principal Dean Goewey, Kyle Decker, Alex Thorpe, and Alexa Hardest.

The award winners from the Minetto Elementary School for the Study Blitz II competition included (front) Mikayla Hardesty, Maggie McSweeney, Emily Shurtliff, Matthew Caraccioli, Ashley St. John, and Mathew Zuba while in back are Principal Dean Goewey, Kyle Decker, Alex Thorpe, and Alexa Hardest.

The award winners from the Frederick Leighton Elementary School for the Study Blitz II competition included (front) Alecia Fuentes, Sophia DeLorenzo, Hunter Mills, Taylor Vickery while in back are Principal Julie Burger, Ben Brosch, Josh Carroll, Cameron Endres, Tyler Fantom, and Study Blitz coordinator Mary Beth Fierro.

The award winners from the Frederick Leighton Elementary School for the Study Blitz II competition included (front) Alecia Fuentes, Sophia DeLorenzo, Hunter Mills, Taylor Vickery while in back are Principal Julie Burger, Ben Brosch, Josh Carroll, Cameron Endres, Tyler Fantom, and Study Blitz coordinator Mary Beth Fierro.

Oswego Sub Shop and Tim Hortons Named “Official Food Sponsors” of Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic

<p>The Oswego Sub Shop and Tim Hortons will be the official food sponsors at this weekend’s Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic. Tim Hortons has agreed to provide a light breakfast and coffee throughout the weekend’s events, and for the fourth straight year, the Oswego Sub Shop will serve lunch at the turn during the golf tournament on Monday. Shown pictured recently at the Oswego Country Club are from left to right: Tim Graber, President, Oswego Minor Hockey Association; Bill Greene, owner of the Oswego Sub Shop; and Jen Catalone, manager of Tim Hortons in Oswego.</p>

The Oswego Sub Shop and Tim Hortons will be the official food sponsors at this weekend’s Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic. Tim Hortons has agreed to provide a light breakfast and coffee throughout the weekend’s events, and for the fourth straight year, the Oswego Sub Shop will serve lunch at the turn during the golf tournament on Monday. Shown pictured recently at the Oswego Country Club are from left to right: Tim Graber, President, Oswego Minor Hockey Association; Bill Greene, owner of the Oswego Sub Shop; and Jen Catalone, manager of Tim Hortons in Oswego.

The Oswego Sub Shop and Tim Hortons will serve as the “Official Food Sponsors” of this year’s Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic, to be held August 1-3 in Oswego, according to Event Organizer Kevin Caraccioli.

“We’re very pleased to have the Oswego Sub Shop join us for the 4th consecutive year as our lunch sponsor at the golf event, and our newest corporate partner, Tim Hortons, who will be providing a light breakfast and coffee at both the hockey and golf events,” said Caraccioli.

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.

Oswego Sub Shop

“The Oswego Sub Shop and the Greene Family have always been big supporters of Erik, and the local sports community,” Caraccioli added. “And, we’re glad to have them participating with the Dream Big Foundation once again this year.”

The Oswego Sub Shop, established in 1969, is located at 106 West Bridge Street in Oswego and offers a variety of subs, delis, wraps and salads. The restaurant is also presently undergoing a major renovation and expansion of their facility that will accommodate a new bakery, increase seating capacity, and allow for additional menu items, according to Owner Bill Greene, Jr.

Three years ago, the restaurant introduced a new entrée to their menu, “The Erik Cole Special”- a Texas Hot Bacon Cheeseburger Sub with everything but tomatoes.

Tim Hortons

“We’re very pleased to have Tim Hortons join us for the event this year,” said Caraccioli. “Their franchises are strong community advocates throughout the U.S. and Canada, and we are fortunate to have a great partnership with our local franchisee.”

Located at 200 East First Street in Oswego, Tim Hortons’ original chain was founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario.  The chain’s focus on top quality, always fresh product, value, great service and community leadership has allowed it to grow into the largest quick service restaurant chain in Canada specializing in always fresh coffee, baked goods and homestyle lunches.

“We greatly appreciate the support of this community, our longstanding sponsors including the Oswego Sub Shop, and our newest partners – Tim Hortons,” said Erik Cole.

According to Caraccioli, the 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic returns to the Campus Center Ice Arena at SUNY Oswego on Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd as part of the weekend activities. The event will feature many of the area’s top Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam players, and include 2 games on Saturday and 2 games on Sunday.

Also, new to this year’s hockey weekend will be a US National Sled Hockey Team Exhibition Game on Sunday, August 2nd from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the SUNY Oswego Campus Center Ice Arena.

Members of the USA National Sled Hockey Team will play against a team of former Oswego State Men’s Hockey players. Admission is free of charge, however, donations of $5 per person or $10 per family is suggested to help offset expenses for hosting the sled hockey team.

The event is in conjunction with the Dream Big Foundation and Liverpool-based non-profit Move Along, Inc., who partnered with USA Hockey and Oswego-native Rick Pratt, the New York State Amateur Hockey Association Adult Education Program Coordinator, and an affiliate of the USA Hockey.

Move Along, Inc., and founder/Oswego-native Greg Callen, provide adaptive recreational opportunities for people who live with physical disabilities in Central New York.

The US National Sled Hockey Team just recently announced their 2009-10 team, and will be making a run at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.

This past year’s team captured its first-ever world title at the 2009 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

This year’s golf classic, scheduled for August 3rd at the Oswego Country Club, will showcase Cole, as well as other NHL players, national and regional media, and local celebrities. Celebrities committed thus far include: Carolina Hurricane Teammate Joe Corvo; Dallas Stars Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson; Oswego-native and AHL Worcester Shark T.J. Fox; Carolina Hurricanes Play-by-Play Television Announcer John Forslund, who also works regularly for the NHL on Versus during the playoffs; Ray Maluta, USA National Sled Hockey Team Head Coach; Brian Tatum, Director of Team Operations for the Carolina Hurricanes; and XM Radio’s Shawn Levigne, Producer of XM’s Home Ice “Hockey This Morning” Show.

The event will be a four-person captain-n-crew format and include 18 holes of golf at the Oswego Country Club, golf cart, lunch, cocktail party, dinner and auction.  A number of on-course games will be offered including a Hole-In-One contest sponsored for the fourth year in a row by Burritt Motors.

The field of teams for both the golf tournament and youth hockey classic have been filled according to Caraccioli. Cocktail/dinner/silent auction tickets for Monday evening are still available and can be purchased 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 9-11 a.m. Team photos and celebrity introductions will be held at 10:00 a.m., followed by an 11 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 p.m.

For more information regarding the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic, please call (315) 343-1939 or email register@ecdreambig.com.

Cruises Cut From Saturday’s Canal Celebration

OSWEGO, NY – Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we will not be having the canal and harbor cruises originally scheduled for our Canal Celebration.

The event is scheduled for tomorrow (Aug. 1) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All other activities will continue as planned and we invite the public to come to the west pier and enjoy a free admission day at the H. Lee White Marine Museum and help celebrate the Canal.

For more information, contact the museum at 342.0480 or visit www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com

Investigator: I Couldn’t Breathe Well In Maxwells’ Bedroom

A State Police Investigator testified that there was so much ammonia in the air in Lynn and Lindsey Maxwell’s Palermo bedroom that he couldn’t breathe well.

Inv. Joseph Harriger spent four hours on the witness stand Thursday night and will be back there tonight when court resumes.

He is part of the State Police’s Forensic Investigations Unit, which gathers evidence at crime scenes.  The Maxwells are accused of four counts of endangering the welfare of Erin Maxwell, Lindsey’s daughter, who died at the home last August 29.  Erin’s stepbrother, Alan Jones, will go on trial in September for allegedly sexually abusing and murdering her.

Hazriger got to the Maxwell home a few hours after the initial call and took some of the many photos that have been, so far, the only evidence shown to the jury.

Harriger testified that he picked up the smell of ammonia, which he recognized as being from cat urine, in the Maxwells’ driveway upon his arrival.  His account largely backed up the account of Trooper Shawn Finkle, who was the first police officer at the scene.

Harriger described a kitchen and living room with many caged cats, chickens and birds and also described the cat feces he found and photographed in places in those rooms.  Harriger is the officer who found the bodies of 20 dead kittens in the Maxwells’ freezer, wrapped in grocery bags and stored alongside food.

He photographed Erin Maxwell’s room, including the condition of her bed.  The jury was shown photos of bedding with widespread brown stains.  Harriger said that while he was in the room, the two doors to the room closed on their own beind him and he was locked inside.  He pushed the door to try to open it, but could not.  He said he tried to pry his fingers  between the door and the casement to force it open, but that failed, too.  What did you do, asked Assistant District Attorney Mark Moody?  “I yelled for assistance,” he said.

Two of the four counts against the Maxwells allege that the three locks on Erin’s doors, which were all on the outside of the door, were a threat to her sasfety in an emergency.

Harriger took photos in the Maxwells’ master bedroom, showing numerous cats inside the closed room and piles of feces in several spots.  But he didn’t stay long.  “When I went in, I was taken back by the strong odor of ammonia,” he said.  “When I went to take a breath, I felt like I couldn’t.”  He stayed only 5 minutes.

When he and other investigators returned two days later, they wore gas masks as they rounded up cats and turned them over to the Humane Society.

Harriger said 63 cats were taken from the home that day, along with the 20 frozen cat bodies.  But defense lawyer Sal Lanza showed Harriger the receipt Harriger had signed that day certifying that only 43 cats were taken from the home.  Harriger maintained that 63 live cats were removed from the home and, when asked whether his testimony or the receipt was wrong, he said the receipt was wrong.

Harriger testified that not all of the cats in the home were removed that day because they couldn’t catch all of them. Harriger later received a month-long course of rabies shots as a precaution.

Lanza discussed with Harriger at length the lack of cat feces in some of the rooms of the home.  Lanza is attempting to shoot down the core claim in the other two counts against the Maxwells, which charges animal wastes were”widespread” in the home.

The trial, which is playing before a nearly full audience in Palermo Towo Court, continues Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

McHugh Sails Through Confirmation Hearing; A Key Conservative Jumps Into The Race To Replace Him

Rep. John McHugh easily passed his first test on the road to becoming Secretary of the Army.

Even a Senator who criticized McHugh said he strongly supported the North Country Congressman for the job.

Sen. John McCain questioned McHugh’s ties to a now-closed lobbying company under federal investigation from which McHugh took $160,000 in campaign donations.  McCain called it a blemish on a record that was otherwise excellent.

McHugh faced questions about the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and on the role of women in combat and on the issues facing servicemembers who return home from the wars in the Middle East.

The committee chair said the committee may vote next week, allowing the full Senate to confirm him before heading home for the August recess.

McHugh leaves his seat in Congress when he’s confirmed, and the scramble to replace him picked up another potential candidate.

Doug Hoffman, a CPA and managing partner of a North Country accounting firm, said he’d like to run on the Conservative line for Congress.  In a statement e-mailed to Oswego County Today and other outlets, he said, “I’m entering the race because the voters deserve more than a left wing Nancy Pelosi clone or a big spending Albany politician whose views are closer to Shelly Silver’s than they are to the voters of the 23rd Congressional District.”

Some conservatives are enraged because the Republican party picked Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava to run for the seat. Scozzafava supports gay marriage and legal abortion.

The head of the state Conservative Party, Mike Long, told the NY Daily News’s Liz Benjamin he’s leaning strongly towards Hoffman:

“I think he winds up becoming a very, very serious threat and a possible win for this seat. He attracts Conservatives, conservative Democrats, independents and Republicans – real Republicans.”

Two others have announced they’d like the Conservative endorsements: Jim Kelly, a retired New York City cop and party activist; and Jon Alvarez of Hannibal, who is currently serving with the military overseas.

Democrats will pick their candidate in early August, choosing from among 11 candidates, including former Oswego Mayor John Sullivan.

Girl Scout Organizes Motorcycle Run For Food Bank Of CNY

OSWEGO, NY – Allison Carmody, of Oswego Girl Scout Troop 41, is working on earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.

The Gold Award is comparable to the Boy Scout Eagle Award, requiring the completion of an in-depth project.

For her project, Allison has organized a motorcycle run – “Speed to Feed” – which will take place this Saturday (August 1), according to her mother, Stephanie Carmody.

The admission price for the run will be 3 or more non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Food Bank of Central New York.

"Speed to Feed" will benefit the Food Bank of CNY

"Speed to Feed" will benefit the Food Bank of CNY

Registration will be held from 11 a.m. to noon at the Oswego Elks Lodge, 132 W. Fifth St.

The ride will end at Salmon River Falls, near Pulaski.

A free barbecue will be held for the participants and a free patch given to the first 50 registrants.

Other scouts within the Oswego Service Unit will be assisting her in the registration, the barbecue, collecting food, or joining in the ride.

To date, sponsors include Paul’s Big M, Scriba Meats, Bosco’s, Allison’s advisor Carolyn Miller,
and DEC Road Dawg Sgt. Inman.

Also, many members of the community have contributed food items to donate, including staff at the Oswego County Health Department, Oswego Public Library, St. Peter’s Church parishioners, and neighbors on Burden Drive, as well as many other individuals.

Pre-registration for the run is not required.

Anyone wishing to donate non-perishable food items but not ride may drop them off at the Elk’s during registration or contact Allison at 342-7691 or ajcarmody@twcny.rr.com to arrange for a pickup.

“We are hoping to donate at least a quarter-ton of food to the Food Bank of Central New York,” said Allison.

For more information, visit http://speedtofeedmotorcyclerun.weebly.com

Changes Announced At OHS

OSWEGO, NY – Students will see many changes to Oswego High School when they return this fall.

However, there are also several changes they might not notice right away.

Superintendent Bill Crist, OHS Interim Principal Jim Huckabee and assistant principal Brian Hartwell met Thursday at the superintendent’s office to discuss the metamorphosis under way at the high school.

There is work being done to improve the science classrooms and some major changes to the cafeteria and kitchen.

Superintendent Bill Crist, center, introduces Jim Huckabee, left, as the temporary principal at OHS. At right is assistant principal Brian Hartwell.

Superintendent Bill Crist, center, introduces Jim Huckabee, left, as the temporary principal at OHS. At right is assistant principal Brian Hartwell.

Huckabee, of Oswego, is a recent retiree who has had significant experience in the area of school administration. He spent most of his career in Carthage serving as a principal and an assistant superintendent.

“I graduated from OHS when it was on West First Street,” he said.

There are many changes under way at OHS that will enhance the school, Crist said.

“The house offices will be closed and a central office and student services center will be created in the existing main office, with our guidance located adjacent to the main office in the B-11 and B-12 suite,” he said.

The former house principals will assume the title of assistant principals.

The school psychologist and security offices will move into the academic wing to be closer to the students. And, the athletic office will also move to B-8, closer to the athletic areas – gymnasium and weight room.

“Jim has only been with us for a short time, but he’s already done some creative and ingenious things,” Crist said of the interim principal.

They are bringing back a more formal student planner for all students to use, Crist noted. Besides reference material, it also has a copy of the code of conduct.

Huckabee said he has attempted to meet as many people as he can at the school.

“I feel we have created a very strong administrative team at the high school,” he said.

He has gotten a good idea of what’s going on from meeting with the school’s staff and representatives of the student body.

“We want the community to know that the Oswego High School is a great place to be, a safe place to be. We’re going to make every effort to try and let people know those things; invite people in and see the high school. There are some really great things happening there,” he said.

“It’s an important issue. People need to understand what we’re all about and it is a good place to be,” he added.

He wants to keep the lines of communication open between the administration and community all year long, he said.

One of the primary functions of the assistant principals will be dealing with discipline, he added.

“Discipline is always an issue that we need to stay on top of. When we talk about the school being a safe place, we want to make sure that people are living up to those expectations,” he said.

The planner will be helpful because it will give students consistency and keep them organized, he said, adding he hopes it will become the culture of the building.

“We’re hoping that within a short period of time that it really will become the culture and the kids will know it and understand what this is all about,” Huckabee said.

The planner can also be used to document how many times a student left a classroom.

Actually the OHS staff isn’t in the high school yet due to the construction. They hope to move back in (from Leighton) the week of Aug. 10.

He has been in meetings with the contractors letting them know what the priorities are for the school.

“Two days after Labor Day, we’re going to have students and we need things, we need a cafeteria,” he said. “It’s important and there has been a lot of dialogue between the high school administration, the central office and the contractors. The people have been great.”

“The contractors have been very attentive to our needs,” Crist said. “That has been very helpful.”

The cafeteria will include some large-screen TVs, Huckabee said.

He added a new policy will be in place: no electronic devices, no telephones, iPods and things like that will be allowed to be used during the school day – including in the cafeteria area.

“That’s a little bit of a change,” he said. “They get in the way of instruction. That is something we’ve taken a position on and I know some of the kids last year they enjoyed being able to use them in the cafeteria. But, the spillover was such that the high school basically has taken a position that we’re not going to have it during the school day.”

The ninth grade orientation program is set for Sept. 3.

“It will be a great opportunity for parents and students to come in and see the school. We are making every effort for the cafeteria to be completed and we hope to showcase that,” Huckabee said. “The concept is an informal get-together for the ninth graders to come in and meet with the staff.”

One of the things he’s talked about with staff is visibility.

“When the children are out in the hallways, staff needs to be out in the hallways,” Huckabee said. “We want the students to understand that it’s time to get books and whatever they need from lockers and move through the hallways in a safe and orderly fashion and get into their classrooms.”

He said he expects teachers to be there greeting them. It’s something they will reinforce with students and staff as the year progresses.

“I told the assistant principals, we are a village. And it’s going to be the responsibility of everyone there to work together to provide the kinds of things that we want for the students of Oswego. It’s all of us working together to make sure that we have a great place for kids to learn in,” Huckabee said. “I see it as an exciting few months. We’ve got a big job to do. I hope that all of our staff will carry that enthusiasm that comes at opening day of school right through the whole year.”

Huckabee indicated that he isn’t planning on staying the entire school year.

The district hopes to name a permanent principal by the middle of October, according to Crist.

The superintendent sent out letters to parents and staff informing them of the changes going on in and around the school.

He said he is confident that the changes to the high school will be “positive and progressive” and he is anxiously awaiting the start of the new school year.

Fulton Rotarians Award Annual Scholarships

<br />Christopher Johnson,left, is a senior at Daemon College in Buffalo, second from left is Cameron Cotton, a Junior at Brown University, third from the left is Kristin Kush, a sophomore at Hobart-William Smith College, and this year's winner, Brian Waite, who will enter Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a freshman. William Rasbeck, right, the scholarship chairman for the Fulton Rotary Club awarded the scholarship checks, while Ken Avery, Athletic Director, second from right, reviewed the achievements of the Fulton athletic programs the past school year.

Christopher Johnson,left, is a senior at Daemon College in Buffalo, second from left is Cameron Cotton, a Junior at Brown University, third from the left is Kristin Kush, a sophomore at Hobart-William Smith College, and this year's winner, Brian Waite, who will enter Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a freshman. William Rasbeck, right, the scholarship chairman for the Fulton Rotary Club awarded the scholarship checks, while Ken Avery, Athletic Director, second from right, reviewed the achievements of the Fulton athletic programs the past school year.

The Fulton Rotary Club recently awarded the annual Sandy and Sylvia Squires Scholarships to four alumni of G. Ray Bodley High School. Sandy Squires, a Syracuse Rotarian, was an Honorary Member of the Fulton Rotary Club for many years. Sandy was an avid fan of both high school and Syracuse University sports programs. The scholarships are named in honor of Sandy and his wife, Sylvia. The competition for the Squires Student-Athlete scholarships among the Bodley athletes is very strong each year. The scholarships are four year awards for $500 each year.

Oswego County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, 7/30/09

On 7/29/09 at 1:15 p.m., James P. Wilkes, 29, of County Route 22 Bldg# 528, Parish, NY was arrested for Criminal Mischief, Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor stemming from the investigation into an incident of which reportedly occurred at a Village of Mexico establishment when he allegedly punched a hole in a wall after becoming agitated. Mr. Wilkes was issued an appearance ticket, returnable to the Mexico Town Court on 8/6/09.

On 7/30/09 at 12:08 a.m., Jody L. Murphy, 28, of 958 CR 85, Oswego, NY was arrested for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a MV, 3rd degree and Inadequate Plate Lamps following a traffic stop on SR 48 in the Town of Granby initiated by lack of working plate lamps. Ms. Murphy was released on UTT’s, returnable to the T/O Granby Court on 8/10/09.

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County-Wide Programs Touted To Aid Students

Oswego City School District’s superintendent shared information regarding three programs designed to assist at-risk students around the county. One would be similar to the district’s former Buc School program. Another would focus on incarcerated youth. The third would be a transitional behavioral school for elementary students throughout the county. The districts and CiTi would share the costs.

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Take a Trip Around the World with CMOO!

Pack your bags, it’s time to travel the world! The Children’s Museum of Oswego’s annual winter program will take place December 26 through January 4 at 7 W. Bridge St. This year’s program, “Take a Trip Around the World with CMOO,” gives children and families a unique opportunity to explore two floors of interactive exhibits as well as daily programming exploring cultures from around the world.

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Oswego Network of Entrepreneurs Prepares for Warm Up Oswego Festival

Food and craft vendors, musical performances and treasure hunts are a few of the many events in store for Warm Up Oswego to be held on February 7. The Oswego Network of Entrepreneurs was invited to take on Warm Up Oswego for 2015, the 10th anniversary of the event.

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Rotary Supports Food Pantry

At a recent Fulton Sunrise Rotary meeting, President Dennis Goss, on behalf of Sunrise Rotary, presented a donation to Sarah Tyron from Oswego County Catholic Charities to assist the Food Pantry.

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Holiday Fun At Morningstar

Residents at Morningstar Residential Care enjoyed an afternoon of Christmas carols and holiday favorites during sing-a-long with Santa. The sing-a-long helped kick off the final countdown to Christmas.

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