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Rotarians Discuss Struggles of the Deaf

At a recent Sunrise Rotary Meeting, Rotarian Dan Farfaglia told the club about Deaf Awareness Week, which is the last week in September and how some movie theaters are playing a part in helping those that are hearing impaired to enjoy the movie.    Our local drive-in theater shows movies during that week  which are open-captioned.  Also the Regal Theater Group at Carousel and Great Northern malls participates with an extensive schedule of open-captioned movies.  Anyone interested can check the schedule at http://www.regmovies.com/nowshowing/opencaptionedshowtimes.aspx#NY.   Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets every Friday at 7 AM at Fulton's Riverside Inn.

At a recent Sunrise Rotary Meeting, Rotarian Dan Farfaglia told the club about Deaf Awareness Week, which is the last week in September and how some movie theaters are playing a part in helping those that are hearing impaired to enjoy the movie. Our local drive-in theater shows movies during that week which are open-captioned. Also the Regal Theater Group at Carousel and Great Northern malls participates with an extensive schedule of open-captioned movies. Anyone interested can check the schedule at http://www.regmovies.com/nowshowing/opencaptionedshowtimes.aspx#NY. Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets every Friday at 7 AM at Fulton's Riverside Inn.

Oswego County Sheriff’s Office: Monday, 8/31/09

On 8/28/09, David S. Pendergraph, 55, of 355 Wide Waters, Auburn, NY, was operating a 2005 Ford pickup truck southbound on SR 104 in the Town of Hannibal at 2:02 p.m. when he entered the intersection of SR 3 and collided with a westbound 1998 Nissan pickup truck driven by Dale L. Mattison, 59, of 4209 Mount Read Blvd., Rochester, NY. The impact caused the Nissan to overturn with its driver being transported to the Oswego Hospital by ambulance. Traffic control disregard appears to have been a contributing factor in the incident. Mr. Pendergraph was ticketed for Passed Red Light.

On 8/28/09 at 5:45 p.m., Nathan Z. Krakowski, 24, of 331 Chattahoochee Drive, Bear, Delaware, was charged with Operation While Registration Suspended and Operation Without Insurance (insurance lapse on 8/28/09) following an investigation into a disabled vehicle on I-81 in the Town of Hastings. Mr. Krakowski was issued tickets returnable to Town of Hastings Court on 9/14/09 and his vehicle was towed from the scene.

On 8/28/09, Derek Weldin, 53, of 671 Rathburn Road, Oswego, NY, was operating a 1999 Ford pickup truck westbound on South Granby Road in the Town of Granby at 7:58 p.m. when he reportedly lost control and drove off the roadway 5/10 of a mile west of CR 14, down an embankment where he struck a tree head on. Mr. Weldin, the sole occupant, was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Syracuse. Driver inattention/distraction appears to have been a contributing factor in the incident. Mr. Weldin was ticketed for Not Wearing a Seat Belt.

On 8/29/09 at 3:31 a.m., Cody A. Espaniola, 23, of 21 Maplehurst, Apt. B16, Phoenix, NY, was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, a violation, after he was found to be in possession of a pipe containing marijuana residue. The arrest was the result of the investigation into a traffic stop that occurred at the intersection of CR 48 and CR 42 in the Town of Minetto. Mr. Espiniola was a passenger in the stopped vehicle. Mr. Espaniola was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to answer the charge before Town of Minetto Court on 9/10/09.

On 8/29/09 at 7:42 p.m., Noah M. Burk, 19, of 5532 SR 104, Oswego, NY, was arrested for Criminal Mischief, Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor, stemming from the investigation into an incident that occurred on 8/27/09, during which he allegedly shot a BB gun toward the road, striking and causing damage to a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado as it drove west on SR 104 near Klocks Corners Road at approximately 5:30 p.m. Mr. Burk was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to answer the charge before Town of Scriba Court on 9/14/09. The matter remains under investigation at this time.

On 8/29/09 at 8:59 p.m., Bryan M. Burridge, 22, of 3 Lakeshore Road, Fulton, NY, was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, a violation, stemming from the investigation into an incident that occurred on West First Street in the City of Fulton. Mr. Burridge was issued an appearance ticket to answer the charge before Fulton City Court on 9/10/09.

On 8/30/09 at approximately 3:40 p.m., members of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office responded to Kasoag Lake in the Town of Williamstown on a reported drowning. Investigation revealed Joshua A. Spicer, 14, of 39 Beaver Lodge Road, Altmar, NY (Town of Williamstown), who had been swimming in the lake, was later found unresponsive in the water. Mr. Spicer was subsequently transported to the Rome Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The incident remains under investigation at this time.

State Fair Celebrates Agriculture, Action Needed for Dairy Farmers

By State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)

The New York State Fair opened this past week. For 163 years now, this fair has served as a celebration of the best in New York State agriculture. The fair’s exhibits showcase the best livestock, fruits, vegetables, maple, honey, dairy, Christmas trees, flowers, art, antique machinery, wines, beers and more, all produced here in New York State.

Our farmers and our state’s agricultural industries contribute billions to our economy and are an important part of our way of life. New York’s farms and agricultural industries put food on our plates, support hundreds of thousands of good paying jobs, improve our quality of life, and are now playing an increasingly important role in the future of our energy industry.

As we begin to see small gains in our sluggish economy, our farmers continue to struggle. Too often, when discussing the economy, agriculture is discussed separately. The truth is that agriculture is part of our economy’s foundation and when we see the agricultural sectors rebound, the entire economy will grow.

Dairy farmers contribute around $14,000 per year to our economy for every cow and support the agricultural infrastructure for all farmers. Yet they face the toughest row to hoe, and New York is not alone. Throughout the Northeast, 30 percent of our dairy farmers have sold off their assets over the last 10 years and in the past year we’ve seen prices plummet 50 percent, forcing farmers out of business at a faster rate. Meanwhile, substandard foreign dairy products and commodities in the market have shortchanged both farmers and consumers.

As chair of the state Senate Agriculture Committee, I am working with other Northeast representatives to call on U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Congress to take action. In a system where nationally set prices determine what a farmer gets for his milk—not the farmer—we need federal action immediately. This system has created record profits for processors, while our neighbors get paid a fraction of what it costs to produce their milk.

We need our federal representatives to work for our farmers to adjust the way prices are calculated and use laws already on the books to allow for a farmer’s costs to be included in the price. This will not require a new handout which our state and federal taxpayers cannot afford, but instead will enable farmers to get a fair price and cost taxpayers less than what we contribute to the MILC program. If the farm economy is healthy, we all benefit.

At the state level, I have introduced legislation to determine ownership of milk and reduce for our farmers the cost of hauling milk that has been co-mingled from multiple farms before delivery to a processer. What we’re trying to do is reduce the input costs for farmers, by determining where ownership begins and ends, and I’m working with legislators throughout the northeast to have uniform legislation on this throughout the region. Properly documenting the ownership of milk and where it was delivered will provide a substantial savings for our farmers.

Here at the fair on Monday, we celebrated dairy day, at which I attended a number of events to talk with farmers, look at their fine animals and products, and even milk a cow in a contest for charity. So as we celebrate the best in our state’s agriculture, we cannot lose sight of the struggles facing our farmers every day and must take the opportunity where we can to buy local and thank our farmers for all that they do to benefit our daily lives.

Small Business Development Centers Provide Solutions in Tough Times

By Assemblyman Will Barclay (R-Pulaski)

Those operating small businesses today have seen some exciting and challenging changes in the marketplace that influence the way people live and do business. From the internet to e-mail to blackberries and globalization, the business landscape is ever-changing and entrepreneurs must adapt quickly or be driven out by the competition. To help residents stay in business or to help people start a new business, the state operates Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) where people can tap into educational or financial resources for free. Through 24 campus-based regional centers, and 29 outreach offices, the SBDC utilizes academia, private sector, and government to solve business problems and foster entrepreneurship.

Since its start in 1984, SBDC have worked directly with 296,349 businesses, helping them in turn to invest almost $4 billion in the state’s economy. Those same businesses have created or saved 137,673 jobs. Success stories, which can be found on their web site at www.nyssbdc.org, range from machine manufacturers to daycare facilities.

Business advisors provide entrepreneurs with counseling and training at each center. What’s especially helpful for anyone visiting the center is counselors have access to a research network, which provides economic, demographic and regulatory data for businesses, which is also free. Centers also work closely with New York State economic development agencies, faculty and students at host institutions, and representatives from private industry and business. The NYS SBDC is administered by State University of New York and funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York, and host campuses. Centers will counsel or train everyone but emphasizes training women, veterans, people with special needs, and minority clients. The SBDC also assists job developers who are interested or want to expand as manufacturers, exporters and technology-oriented firms.

Technical assistance includes: business plan development or redesign; accounting; exporting for small business; marketing; financial planning; cost-analysis; workshops and seminars; legal business structures; construction management; loan packaging; management reorganization; Internet commerce; entering international markets and; employee management.

Nearby Central New York Small Business Development Centers are located at Onondaga County Community College, Oswego State University and the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce. Below is where residents can obtain information or assistance:
· Oswego State University, 315-312-5696, 103 Rich Hall, Oswego, NY 13126-3599.
· OCC North Campus Satellite Office, 315-498-6070 (by appointment only), 8015 Oswego Road, Liverpool, NY 13090-1699.
· Onondaga Community College, SBDC, 315-498-6070, Ralph and Fay Whitney Applied Technology Center, Suite W206, 4941 Onondaga Road, Syracuse, NY 13215, email sbdc@sunyocc.edu
· Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, 315-498-6070 (by appointment only), 572 South Salina St., Syracuse, NY 13202.

If you have any questions or comments on this or any other state issue, or if you would like to be added to my mailing list or receive my newsletter, please contact my office. My office can be reached by mail at 200 North Second Street, Fulton, New York 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by calling (315) 598-5185.

Hoffman Blasts Spending & Debt

Doug Hoffman, the conservative Republican candidate for Congress (NY-23), today marked the New York State Cost of Government Day at twin news conferences in front of the State Office Building in Watertown and the Federal Office Building in Plattsburgh. Hoffman was flanked by charts which illustrate the real effect that runaway spending has on the taxpayers of New York. In his remarks, Hoffman, an Essex County CPA and small businessman, called runaway spending and ever-growing deficits “the one-two punch that is knocking-out the American economy” and repeated his call for his opponents to sign the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) pledge against raising taxes.

Doug Hoffman said: “From January 1st to today, eight full months, is the time it takes for average New Yorkers to pay for the runaway spending that career politicians in Albany and Washington are foisting on the taxpayers of our state. Spending and deficits are the one-two punch that is knocking-out the American economy. It’s a fact, spending and deficits result in the increased taxes, permits, and fees that are breaking the back of the average New Yorker.

“Eight full months to pay for the excesses of big government,… and for the pet projects of career politicians. Residents of only two other states (Connecticut and New Jersey) spend more time to reach this dubious goal.

“Two weeks ago today, I challenged my opponents, Dede Scozzafava and Bill Owens, to join me in signing the ATR pledge against new taxes. They refused!

“The reason they refuse to sign is they are addicted to government spending. They know they can’t sign the pledge. Dede Scozzafava is a professional politician, who, for nearly a decade, has been part of the failed state legislature in Albany. A legislature that has voted for increased spending, taxes and debt. This strategy has killed jobs and has seen unemployment rise as businesses and people leave upstate New York.

“Bill Owens won’t sign for fear of alienating Nancy Pelosi and his other ultra-liberal patrons in Washington. They both know that if elected they will break the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge.

“New Yorkers and Americans need to realize that the only way to cut the cost of government is at the ballot box. We need elected officials who will take a stand and say NO to increased spending, bigger deficits and higher taxes. That is why I am running for Congress.”

The date of Cost of Government Day is calculated by counting the number of days it takes the average taxpayer to pay federal, state and local taxes combined with the cost of government regulation. For further information on Cost of Government Day and the ATR pledge please visit: www.atr.org .

Family And Books Wraps Up A Successful Summer Program

The Family and Books project was a winner for both the children and parents. Preschoolers through first graders and their families attended the sessions in Oswego, Fulton and Pulaski. “The summer program was a great way for parents and children to spend some quality time together as well as getting the children prepared for the upcoming school year “ stated Chena Tucker, the Americorp member and FAB coordinator.

The Family and Books project is geared to strengthen parents’ support of their children’s literacy development and early school success and is intended to encourage and improve parent participation in the child’s education. The Family and Books (FAB) was a pilot project hosted by the Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County and funded by a grant from Dollar General.

“My children thoroughly enjoyed this program, my son (who is four) has learned more and more each week. I hope you will continue this program in the future. Thank you again” says Nicole Sams a parent participant of the FAB program.

Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County’s mission is to improve literacy skills throughout Oswego County by providing free, confidential tutoring to adults wishing to develop the English communication and literacy skills they need to reach their full potential as individuals, parents, workers and citizens.

Adult Reading Center, Inc. believes “Adult literacy impacts the entire family.

So, by teaching parents to read and the importance of education, we are giving their children an excellent role model and, hopefully, a future that will include life long learning.”

For information about our program or to register for any of the locations, call the LVOC office at 342-8839.

LVOC is an agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

Literacy Volunteers Family and Books Project Book Drive a Success

Caleb Hayes- Americorp Director of Youth Programs, Sasha Schladebeck, Grace Backus, Andrew Backus and Chena Tucker- Americorp Program Coordinator for the Family and Books Program.

Caleb Hayes- Americorp Director of Youth Programs, Sasha Schladebeck, Grace Backus, Andrew Backus and Chena Tucker- Americorp Program Coordinator for the Family and Books Program.

Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County Family and Books project hosted a Book Drive in late July and early August. The goal was to collect new and gently used children’s books to redistribute them to children within our community.

“We have collected over 650 books and the book drive was more successful than I had hoped for thanks to the concerned people of our community” says Chena Tucker, the book drive organizer.

The books are currently being distributed to schools and centers within our area. Also, Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County will be hosting a booth at the Farnham Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 20th at Breitbeck Park between 1:00 and 4:00 and invites anyone to come down and get a free book!

Recently we dropped off books to the Salvation Army for their after school youth program pictured below.

Regular Season Finale Saturday At Fulton Speedway

FULTON, NY…This Saturday, September 5 at Fulton Speedway, will be the 2009 regular season finale with Track Champions crowned in all divisions. The DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Street Stocks, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and the Gladiators will all look to finish out the point season in style on Town Mechanical Night. One on One Spectator Races will also be contested. The great evening of family entertainment will start at 7 p.m.

Billy Decker is coming off a well earned 35-lap DIRTcar Big Block Modified feature race victory in the last event contested two weeks ago. The veteran had to catch and pass youngster Michael Storms with-out the help of a caution period from his 18th starting position. New Jersey native, Storms, had to settle for third at the finish, behind Pat Ward, who also covered a lot of ground in the late going of the DIRTcar Big Block Modified battle Where Today’s Legends Race Today. Decker has already clinched the 2009 DIRTcar Big Block Modified Track Championship at Fulton behind four feature race victories.

Alan Johnson, Ryan Phelps, Jimmy Phelps, Jim Witko, Larry Wight, Dale Planck, Mike Mahaney, Tom Sears, Chuck Bower, Pat O’Brien, Tim Sears, Eric Fisher, Mike Bowman, Sean Beardsley, Vinnie Vitale, Chad Phelps, Billy Dunn, Matt Fink and Roy Bresnahan are more of the top DIRTcar Big Block Modified drivers expected to be in competition on Novelis Can Collection Night. Fulton Speedway is the home of the strongest field of DIRTcar Big Block Modified competitors in the northeast, Where Today’s Legends Race Today.

Teenager Tim Sears Jr. has to just start the main event this Saturday night to earn the 2009 DIRTcar Sportsman track title at Fulton Speedway. Dan Hoffman Sr. will be the 2009 DIRTcar Street Stock track titlist after a consistent season. Jon Shumway leads the way in the E&V Energy Novice Sportsman standings with Mark Johnston and Joe Kline still entertaining title hopes. Bruce Unger will be the 2009 Fulton Speedway Gladiator Track Champion.

Fulton Speedway gates will open at 5 p.m. this Saturday night. Race competition on Town Mechanical Night will start at 7 p.m. For more information please go on line to www.fultonspeedway.com. The track office number is 315-593-6531 with the race line reached at 668-RACE. Admission for the Labor Day Weekend Saturday night show will be $12 for adults, with youth ages 10-14 admitted for only $5. Children nine years of age and under will be admitted for free.

Shepard Goes For 1st DIRTcar Big Block Modified Title Friday At Brewerton Speedway

BREWERTON, NY…Matt Sheppard is closing in on his first ever DIRTcar Big Block Modified Track Championship at Brewerton Speedway. This Friday, September 4 at the D-shaped Dirt Demon, Sheppard will look for another strong finish to claim his first ever title at the Oswego County facility. Lurking in the second position is Billy Decker, a four-time Track Champion at the Ultimate Drivers Track. Pat Ward is currently third in the rankings with the Track Championship still in the veteran drivers reach. Race time this Friday on Windstream Communications Night is set for 7:30 p.m.

Competition is sure to be intense for the 35-lap DIRTcar Big Block Modified feature race this Friday night. Ryan Phelps, Alan Johnson, Jimmy Phelps, Chuck Bower, Jim Witko, Kevin Bates, Chad Phelps, Larry Wight, Vinnie Vitale, Mike Mahaney and Pat O’Brien will all look to improve on the season rankings with a top finish this Friday night. While Sheppard will look for a top outing in hopes of adding his name to the prestigious Brewerton Speedway DIRTcar Big Block Modified Track Champions list which includes Bob McCreadie, Alan Johnson, Gary Tomkins, Decker and Bower.

Kevan Cook appears headed to the 2009 Xtreme Auto Recovery IMCA Modified Track Championship at Brewerton Speedway. Cook has secured nine feature race wins this season; with Rob Keller the only other multiple event winner with five feature race triumphs. Doug Williams and Tim Devendorf continue to battle it out for the 2009 Beaver River Distribution ESDCA Mod Lite Track Title at Brewerton Speedway. Two point races remain for the Mod Lite class with the special World of Outlaws Late Model date on September 2, serving as another race date for the popular class.

Chuck Powelczyk has built up his point lead in the Tired Iron Repair Four Cylinder Super Stock class. Stephen Denton is still in contention, however, 36 points behind the leader. Bruce Unger continues to lead the Gladiator point standings, with Josh Herbert only 30 points behind in the second position. And fans don’t forget you will be able to take to the track this Friday night in the One on One Spectator Races. Competitors will need a pit pass, a helmet and street legal vehicle to participate in the elimination style event.

Brewerton Speedway gates on Friday, September 4 will open at 5:30 p.m. Race competition on Windstream Communications Night will start at 7:30 p.m. For more information please go on line to www.brewertonspeedway.com or call the track office at 315-668-6906. The race line is reached at 668-RACE. The track is located on Route 11 in Brewerton, N.Y. and is easily located off of Interstate Route 81. Free parking and overnight camping is offered for all events. Children nine years of age and under will be admitted free this Friday night.

Barclay Urges Governor to Release $150 Million to Help Dairy Farmers

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I—Pulaski) today sent a letter to the Governor, urging him to release $150 million in federal stimulus funding to help New York’s struggling family dairy farmers. Barclay and other lawmakers are urging the Governor to provide assistance in what has been called the most difficult economic conditions in the state’s dairy industry history.

“Dairy farmers have watched milk prices plummet since last June and, subsequently, are being paid prices far below the price of production. Economics predict that fluid milk prices may not increase for another year,” said Barclay. “I am urging the Governor to provide $75 million of the federal stimulus money to assist our dairy farmers this season and provide another $75 million to assist them with next year’s growing season,” added Barclay.

“Providing assistance to our dairy farmers in these tough economic times may keep them afloat while they wait for the market to rebound. If our state delivers assistance to the dairy farmers in their time of need, it may be one of the best uses of the stimulus money thus far,” said Barclay. “I ardently urge the Governor and our state officials to earmark and facilitate this federal money for the farmers, as it will not only greatly help our dairy farmers but will resonate throughout our upstate economy.”

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