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In November, Oswego County GOP Chair Steps Down; New Ambulance Deal OK’d In December

OSWEGO, NY – The following are just a few of the stories that made news in and around the Port City the past 12 months.

The Port City and county were negotiating the possible swap of sewage sludge and leachate as part of an intermunicipal agreement that would be beneficial to both entities.

The city’s Administrative Services Committee approved the tentative deal Nov. 1. The county’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee had already given its seal of approval.

The plan needed to be approved by the Common Council and the Oswego County Legislature before it officially took affect. It never made it that far and now the city is seeking options for sludge disposal as the county won’t accept the city sludge at Bristol Hill Landfill in 2011.

Two Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boats were under way on Lake Ontario for heavy weather training when one of the vessels rolled more than 90 degrees about a half mile north of Oswego Harbor on Nov. 17.

Following the accident at about 3:30 p.m., the vessel was driven back to the station, where the crew members were evaluated by emergency medical services.

Of the five crew members, two were taken to local hospitals via ambulance while the rest were evaluated and released. One crew member suffered a head wound and was admitted to Upstate Medical University, Syracuse. Another crew member suffered a shoulder injury and was transported to Oswego Hospital.

The 47-foot MLB was under way on Lake Ontario with an additional Station Oswego MLB for heavy weather training necessary to qualify members for heavy weather responses and was under way for about 30 minutes when the accident occurred.

The weather when the vessels departed the station was reported to be 30-mph wind gusts and 12-14 foot waves, both within the MLB’s operating parameters of 30-foot waves and 57-mph winds.

The Oswego Board of Education gathered Nov. 16 to get an early start on what the 2011 – 2012 school district budget will look like.

Board president Dave White gave each of the members an opportunity to tell Superintendent Bill Crist and the other administrators what they would like to see, or not see, in the coming school year’s budget.

Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo had proposed a two-percent property tax cap (the previous cap was four percent), according to Assistant Superintendent for Business Pete Colucci.

“Things aren’t really clear in the (state) legislature’s proposals yet that would impact the schools,” Colucci said, adding that the levy increase could amount to $694,000.

“There aren’t as lot of details,” he said. “The election was only a couple weeks ago.”

“The administration needs to come up with some innovative ideas on how to run the district without destroying the educational programs. To me, the bottom line comes down to dollars and cents,” board member Sam Tripp said.

Lakeside Artisans’ Cooperative was named the 2010 “Next Great Idea” Oswego County Business Competition winner at a reception held Nov. 10 at The American Foundry.

The company was awarded $25,000 to start its business in Oswego County.

Lakeside Artisans is a start-up, for-profit cooperative that plans to develop a unique retail showcase to promote local artwork and artisans’ crafts.

Their expanded vision will include selling art supplies, consignments, facilities for art classes and demonstrations, and an art gallery.

The goal of the business is to help retain the local artist population, attract others and contribute to Oswego County’s tourism industry.

In late November, Oswego County Clerk George Williams announced that he was stepping down as the Oswego County Republican Committee chairman.

He had held the position since April 2003. His last day was Dec. 2.

Oswego County Legislature’s Majority Leader Fred Beardsley, R-Hastings, expressed interest in filling the position.

Oswego City, Town Renew Ambulance Pact In December

On Dec. 3, at about 2:08 p.m., as a result of a “sting operation” conducted by the Oswego City Police Department, three suspects were arrested on felony drug charges.

According to Oswego City Police Chief Michael J. Dehm Jr., “These arrests are a direct result of our investigative efforts targeting drug sales in our community. I would like to compliment the investigating officers for a job well done and I fully anticipate additional arrests based on our ongoing drug related investigations.”

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Oswego County Fire Coordinator’s Fire Investigation Team, concluded the preliminary investigation of the fatal fire that occurred at 6 Beech Drive in the town of Scriba on Dec. 8.

The preliminary cause was determined to be accidental during the food preparation in Apartment B.

Disaster Action Team members of the American Red Cross of Central New York Chapter assisted the four families left homeless by the fire.

The DAT is a group of volunteers trained in administering to the needs of victims of disasters.

The apartment complex consisted of four apartments that were occupied by 16 people at the time the fire was reported at approximately 11:09 p.m. Dec. 8

Fifteen occupants, including seven children, ages six and under, were able to escape the fire.

The one victim was identified as Robert P. Rose, age 25, of Apartment B.

The victim was transported to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Oswego County residents will see another decrease in their taxes in 2011.

On Dec. 9, the county legislature adopted the 2011 county budget. For the seventh consecutive year, the tax rate has either stayed the same or decreased, according to Legislator Art Ospelt, chair of the county’s Finance and Personnel Committee.

When first proposed, the 2011 budget contained a tax rate of $7.02 per $1,000 of assessed value, down slightly from 2010′s $7.16. The tax rate in the budget adopted by the legislators is $6.99.

In mid-December, a local Girl Scout’s project gave to a group that truly deserves the attention.

Camille Graham, of Girl Scout Troop 41, is working towards her Gold Award. She hosted a Soldier Appreciation Day at the Oswego Public Library. More than three dozen people packed into the Community Room for the event.

“I guess my gold award project is called ‘Miles of Smiles’ and it is designed to raise awareness and support for our service men and women overseas,” she told Oswego County Today.com “The goal is to bring awareness to the needs of our troops serving overseas.”

The project will help get the service men and women items that they want and/or need and also includes a letter writing campaign.

“I hope to get people (especially young children and teens) to write to the men and women overseas to tell them that their work is appreciated and that our thoughts are with them and hoping that they will be home soon,” Camille said. “I thought that this was especially appropriate this time of year with the holidays.”

Science students at OHS received an early Christmas gift.

Dr. Scott Steiger, assistant professor of meteorology, and Distinguished Service Professor Al Stamm at SUNY Oswego received an $86,000 National Science Foundation grant that included the loan of one of the foundation’s three flatbed-mounted Doppler radar units (DoW).

The deal also included a probe truck bristling with additional data-gathering gear and two “tornado pods” to plant in the path of powerful lake-effect snowstorms.

On Dec. 21, Steiger brought the DoW and his high-energy love of “active weather” to Oswego High School.

The week before, the NSF delivered the trucks and other gear to SUNY Oswego from Boulder, Colo., Steiger said. He didn’t get the chance to train on it yet. Just about immediately on being delivered, the equipment was put to work during the lake-effect storms that hit the area, he explained.

The Doppler-on-Wheels’ sophisticated radars are capable of distinguishing among precipitation types inside storms: raindrops, graupel and snowflakes, he said, adding they collected some interesting data during the storm.

To celebrate Oswego Hospital’s complete renovation of its emergency room, the region’s gateway for the treatment of serious illness and injuries, the healthcare facility held a brief ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 22.

The hospital’s new state-of-the-art emergency room provides the region with the latest technology for the treatment of illnesses and injuries in attractive patient comfortable areas.

The project was being funded in part by a $14.4 million federal HEAL (Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law of New York State) grant, as well as other funding sources including a $3 million HUD-Insurance loan.

The total project cost was $18 million. This includes ER construction costs and the other areas that were built/improved.

The newest members of the Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame were inducted on Dec. 29.

The third “class” to be inducted included:

The 1991 Oswego High School Boys’ Varsity Bowling Team earned the New York State crown as team champions and finished the year with a 31-9 record.

Veteran coach, physical education teacher and Oswego City School District Director of Physical Education and Athletics Ted Kerley.

David Maniccia a three-letter winner in football, hockey as well as track and field.

Charles Hutcheson the Oswego High School boxing coach from 1935-39 when the team captured not only the Pioneer League in each of the four seasons, but also earned the tournament championship those four consecutive years.

The Oswego City School District’s board of education continued to wrestle with the tentative 2011-12 budget as December drew to a close.

According to board vice president John Dunsmoor, chair of the BOE’s finance committee, the tentative budget might include a two-percent tax levy increase. It won’t, however, close any school building in the district, he added.

A math teacher at Oswego High School was placed on administrative leave late in December.

The teacher reportedly got physical with a female student and “is on administrative leave pending an internal investigation,” according to a district spokesperson. City police are also investigating the matter.

Two days after the Oswego Town Board accepted a proposal to reinstate ambulance service in the town, the Common Council voted unanimously Dec. 29 to authorize the mayor to execute a one-year agreement with the town.

The $20,000 contract, double the previous agreement, restores service to the town immediately.

It will expire Dec. 31, 2011.

United Way Wants To Make You A Winner

FULTON, NY – The United Way of Greater Oswego County is once again offering its donors the opportunity to be rewarded for helping their community.

The United Way’s Donor Incentive Program offers those who donate to the agency’s 2010 / 2011 annual campaign the opportunity to win special prizes as an incentive for supporting the United Way’s campaign.

Executive director of the United Way of Oswego County, Melanie Trexler accepts a bicycle Ben Murdock of Murdock’s Bike Shop. It’s one of two he provided to the United Way at cost for the agency’s incentive program.

Executive director of the United Way of Oswego County, Melanie Trexler accepts a bicycle Ben Murdock of Murdock’s Bike Shop. It’s one of two he provided to the United Way at cost for the agency’s incentive program.

Resource development director Lois Luber said, “We established our incentive campaign in 2008 in response to a suggestion by our campaign cabinet, due to the feedback we received from our donors and our campaign coordinators, we have decided to continue the incentive campaign and have once again partnered with a number of area business to offer our supporters the opportunity to win some great prizes. Those pledging a minimum donation of $1 per week for one year to the United Way’s 2010 / 2011 annual campaign will be automatically entered into the drawings, which will take place in the spring. These incentives are a nice way for us to do something for our donors and hopefully increase the number of first time pledges.”

Among the prizes donors will be eligible to win include:

  • Trek Hybrid Bicycles from Murdock’s Shop in Oswego
  • Gift certificates to local health clubs, including memberships at the Oswego YMCA, the Fulton YMCA, Stability Fitness, and New Image Health & Fitness, as well as Zumba Classes from Rebecca Friedlander of Lisa’s Centre of Dance and the Oswego YMCA.
  • Gift certificates to Wal-Mart
  • Gift certificates to local eateries including, Canale’s Restaurant and Vona’s Restaurant in Oswego; Blue Moon Grill in Fulton; and The River House in Pulaski.
  • Gift certificates to Bosco & Geers in Oswego and Tops Market in Pulaski
  • A sports watch from DuFore’s Jewelers in Oswego

“We are pleased to be able to offer these prizes to our donors and are appreciative of the support we have received from those who helped make these prizes available including Entergy, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Fulton Savings Bank, Planned Results, Inc. and Burritt Motors for covering the costs of purchasing prizes and Stability Fitness, DuFore’s for Diamonds, Fulton YMCA, Oswego YMCA and New Image Health & Fitness for providing gift certificates,” said Luber.

Those interested may also register online at www.oswegounitedway.org

The prize drawings will be held in February.

For more information, call 593-1900.

DuFore’s Announces United Way Diamond Pendant Winner

OSWEGO, NY – Executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler announced Gary Mashaw was the winner of the half-carat diamond solitaire pendant.

Diamond Pendant Winner

Diamond Pendant Winner

Valued at $1,500, the diamond necklace was donated by DuFore’s for Diamonds in Oswego.

The drawing, which is part of the United Way’s annual campaign, raised more than $1,100 for the United Way’s Community Fund and made Christmas extra special for the lucky winner.

From left are: Trexler, Mashaw and Gail Davis of DuFore’s for Diamonds.

Softball Clinics Slated

Katie Wallace (left) a softball player at Mexico High School receives instruction from Oswego High School graduate and Cortland State pitcher Abby Martin during last year's winter pitching clinic.

Katie Wallace (left) a softball player at Mexico High School receives instruction from Oswego High School graduate and Cortland State pitcher Abby Martin during last year's winter pitching clinic.

A girls fastpitch softball hitting/pitching clinics will be held Sunday mornings from January 9 through February 27 at the Oswego YMCA Armory.

The clinic is open to all girls in grades 5-12 who are interested in softball, and would like to develop their skills before the school or summer ball seasons begin. Both beginners and advanced players are encouraged to attend.

Hitting will be from 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. each week in the Armory gym and batting cage. Each session will consist of a 20-minute presentation by a coach or guest clinician, then the remainder of the hour will be hands-on hitting drills and/or practice in the batting cage.

Pitchers will also receive brief instruction weekly, then use the 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. hour to throw under the supervision of the coaches.

Videotaping will be used as a teaching tool in later sessions for both the pitchers and hitters.

The cost of the clinic is $10 per hour for either pitching or hitting. For girls who want to stay for both sessions, the fee is $15. Eight-session packages are $70 for hitting or pitching, $120 for both.

Pitchers must bring a parent or friend as a catcher. Hitters can bring their own bats. Sneakers are recommended. All other equipment will be provided.

The clinic is sponsored by the Amateur Softball Association, and is staffed by the coaches of the Oswego High School and Pride Softball programs. For more information, contact Mike McCrobie by phone at 343-8749 or via e-mail at mmccrobi@twcny.rr.com.

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OCO Welcomes New Pediatrician to Fulton Health Center

Submitted by Oswego County Opportunities

Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. is pleased to announce that Dr. Farzana Chaudhary has joined the medical staff at OCO’s Fulton Health Center.

Dr. Chaudhary will begin seeing pediatric patients on a part-time basis beginning in January 2011. She will see patients full time beginning on April 1, 2011.

OCO’s Fulton Health Center, located at 522 South Fourth Street in Fulton, is open Monday to Friday with some evening hours available and alternating Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To make an appointment, you may call 598-4790.

OCO, Inc is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966 and touches the lives of over 20,000 people annually. OCO, Inc is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member agency. For more information visit the website at www.oco.org.

2011 Small Business Training Class Dates Announced

Submitted by Operation Oswego County

For those interested in expanding or starting a small business in Oswego County, the 2011 Micro-Enterprise Program small business training classes are scheduled to begin Saturday, Jan. 15 at 118 Rich Hall on the SUNY Oswego campus. The class will then run each Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., until Feb. 12.

The program is coordinated by the City of Fulton Community Development Agency, City of Oswego Community Development Office, SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations (OBCR) and Operation Oswego County to provide guidance and support to people interested in starting or expanding a small business.

The program provides a 24-hour small-business training program that covers such topics as how to write a business plan, how to obtain financing, accounting and tax issues, business insurance, legalities, marketing, and other basic business start-up issues. Classroom training is provided by OBCR small business advisors and other area business professionals.

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for up to $25,000 in low-interest financing to expand or start their business in Oswego County.

Tuition for the program is $200 and includes all materials. Scholarships are available for households within low to moderate income guidelines as established by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The remainder of the Micro-Enterprise training schedule is as follows:

* Tuesdays, April 5 to May 24: SOVAC Training Center, Gertrude Drive, Central Square, 6 to 9 p.m.;
* June 13-18: Oswego Falls Business Center, 163 South First Street, Fulton, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.;
* Saturdays, Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 1, 8, 15: SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center, Oswego County Industrial Park (off of exit 14 on 481), Phoenix, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and
* Nov. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17: 118 Rich Hall, SUNY Oswego, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, or to register for a class, call 312-3492. To download a program or scholarship application, visit www.oswegocounty.org/micro.html.

Safety Measures Sought Following September Tragedy; In October, City Eyes Marina Purchase

OSWEGO, NY – The following are just a few of the stories that made news in and around the Port City the past 12 months.

It was a bit breezy and chilly outside for opening day of the 2010 – 11 school year. Inside the schools it was warm and welcoming, despite the continuous hustle and bustle of workers finishing off renovation work.

Returning students exchanged hugs and high-fives at all the schools in the district as friends were reunited after the hot summer.

Oswego Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist echoed the students’ enthusiasm.

“It was an exciting day. Everyone’s enthusiasm was evident as we visited the schools,” he said.

Though construction continues throughout the district, the school buildings are ready to go for the new year and all the students are safe, Crist stressed.

According to Bill Foley, district clerk, approximately 4,100 students walked through the doors as the Oswego City School District commenced the 2010-11 school year.

A barge used to store corn at the Port of Oswego Authority broke loose from its moorings Sept. 5 and drifted a few hundred feet upriver. No injuries were reported.

Longshoremen used payloaders to tow the barge back to where it belonged.

Bishop Robert J. Cunningham and Christopher Mominey, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, announced the appointment of Joseph Lazarski as principal of Trinity Catholic in Oswego.

Lazarski is a resident of Oswego and a long time educator and administrator in both the Oswego and Baldwinsville areas, most recently as an adjunct professor at SUNY Oswego. Prior to this position, he served as the interim principal at Central Square School District in 2007 and the North Syracuse School District in 2008. For over eight years, he served as the principal of Ray Middle School in Baldwinsville.

Located at 115 E. Fifth St., Trinity Catholic School is for all students pre-K – 6th grade. For registration information, call (315) 343-6700.

The proceeds from the Oswego Lions’ annual “Cow Chip Bingo” will be used to support the scholarship in the memory of Harold “H” Dowd who passed away in September 2005.

“H” was a member of the Fulton Lions Club who was instrumental in keeping the Oswego Lions Club going when it was on the verge of disbanding in 1996.

This year’s bingo winner was Sheena Gates.

When Lions member Karen Hammond called her with the good news, she said “Karen, tell me you’re calling to tell me I won a thousand dollars.”

When Hammond said yes, Gates exclaimed, “You just made my freakin’ day!”

It actually took a little prodding by Hammond to get her former co-worker to buy a “deed.” Now Gates says she’s glad she did.

On Sept. 11, the Port City celebrated its prominent role in the Underground Railroad with the unveiling of a panel outside of the Oswego Public Library.

The unveiling was followed by a powerful performance delivered by storyteller Vanessa Johnson at a luncheon hosted by Bridie Manor. The event was sponsored by Pathfinder Bank. Dr. Judith Wellman, historian and former professor at SUNY Oswego, did much of the research for the event.

She said, “Oswego was an extremely important stop on the Underground Railroad. It was maybe the largest border trade port with Canada in the country at the time.”

“The Underground Railroad is one of Oswego’s greatest contributions to democracy and respect for all people in America and the world,” she added. “Democracy is a living entity and we have to make sure to keep it going.”

Oswego County has more Underground Railroad sites than any other county in the country, according to the National Register of Historic Places.

At its meeting Sept. 13, the Common Council agreed to the Stipulation and Order set forth by the NYS Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services regarding violations by the city’s fire department. The state mandated the city pay a $10,000 fine for those violations.

As a result of its investigation, the state determined that 38 EMS providers failed to complete pre-hospital care reports on 178 occasions. Also, OFD failed to maintain a treatment management record for patients who received advanced life support services on numerous occasions.

The city agreed to pay $2,000 of the fine within 30 days of the effective date of the Stipulation and Order.

The remaining $8,000 was suspended provided the fire department doesn’t violate the Public Health Law Article 30 or State Emergency Medical Services Code 10 NYCRR Part 800 within two years after the effective date of the Stipulation and Order.

The issues the department was cited for involve paperwork only and “patient care was never compromised,” Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie pointed out.

Most violations involved “cancelled en route” calls, where the crews were cancelled and never made it to the destination and returned to quarters, he said, adding the department has instituted new policies and procedures in response to this investigation.

Also on Sept. 13, the council approved authorizing the mayor to enter into a pre-possession agreement with Fowler Gardella Construction and Thomas Miller for property located at 1-7 W. Seneca St.

On July 26, the city received proposals from developers interested in the former Coleman’s property. The proposals were reviewed by a committee appointed by the mayor to seek a qualified developer to provide the highest and best possible re-use of the property located in Oswego’s downtown waterfront.

Based upon its review of the experience, schedule and purchase price for the property, the committee recommended Fowler Gardella Construction and Thomas Miller.

The developers are proposing to re-do the building, put apartments upstairs and their office in the middle floor and reopen a restaurant of some type on the ground floor. Then, they’d like to construct new townhouses on the adjacent property.

At the end of September, the operator of the Varick Hydroelectric Station in Oswego launched an investigation into the water release that preceded four fishermen being swept down the Oswego River. Two of the men died.

“I have been asked to lead this investigation, the internal investigation, into the events that preceded yesterday’s tragedy” said Jeff Auser, Brookfield Renewable Power’s Chief Dam Safety Officer.

The power company has initiated “a complete and thorough investigation,” he said.

“Brookfield takes it role of public safety extremely seriously,” he said. “We have several signs and audible sirens and barriers at most of our facilities. We do everything in our power to do the best possible job to protect the public.”

Mayor Randy Bateman organized a stakeholders meeting, including some of the fishermen, to see what people feel should be done as far as safety improvements for the area. Several follow-up meetings were also conducted.

Heavy, continuous rain on Sept. 30 caused flooding in many areas around the Port City and trapped more than a dozen anglers in the Oswego River.

About 17 fishermen were on or around an island near the Varick Dam on the west side of the river; the same general area where four others were recently swept into the river.

When the water level began rising rapidly shortly before noon, the fishermen retreated onto the island. They were rescued by members of the Oswego Fire Department. There were no injuries reported.

Parts of Utica Street, near Oswego High School were washed out. Flooding was so severe that West Utica Street at Hillside Avenue was blocked off for a time.

In October Great Pumpkins Abound, City Eyes Marina Purchase

At the October Great Pumpkin Festival, they saved the greatest great pumpkin for last.

After coming in second place in 2009 with 1,089-pound entry, Matt VerSchneider of Freeville (south of Cortland) earned the top spot in the 2010 Great Pumpkin Festival with a 1,283 pounder.

That would have even beat Alan Nesbitt’s 1,229.5-pound winner in 2009.

Andy Wolf lingered in the top spot with a 1,274-pound pumpkin. Nesbitt’s entry for 2010 was weighed next and settled in at 1,193.5 pounds.

Then, Walter Merriam’s pumpkin came in at 1,241.0 pounds with one entry left – VerSchneider’s behemoth.

Cracking the 1,000-pound plateau this year were:

VerSchneider – 1,283
Wolf – 1,274
Merriam – 1,241.5
Nesbitt – 1,193.5
Dave Clements – 1,104.5
Brian Staring – 1,010.5

Robert H. Chetney, 83, of 152 W. Seventh St. in Oswego passed away Wednesday Oct. 6, 2010, at St. Luke’s Health services.

Mr. Chetney retired from Oswego County as the Commissioner of Elections and served as president of the New York State Association of Commissioners of Elections.

In 1975, he founded Chetney Real Estate with his late wife, Helen, most recently serving as the broker and president.

During his successful real estate career, Bob brokered several commercial deals including Wal-Mart, Staples, and Kinney Drugs.

Bob began his political career by joining the Young Republicans for Eisenhower.

He served as legislative aide to former State Senator (H. Douglas) Barclay and Third Ward supervisor from the city of Oswego from 1968-1972.

In 1970, he was elected chairman of the Oswego County Board of Supervisors.

He was very proud of his Irish heritage. He was a past president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and for many years was host of the Irish-American hour on WSGO.

In October, the Oswego City School District began a new meetings format – committees.

The board used to meet every two weeks, but under the new system it meets once each month with preliminary committee meetings to set the agenda and to answer any questions board members may have.

Feelings on this new system are mixed.

At the Oct. 18 council meeting, the Port City and the Port Authority continued to work out a deal where the city would purchase the International Marina from the port.

Proponents see it as a money-making move that will enrich the city’s future. One alderman, however, sees it as “a pipedream” that has the potential to over-burden taxpayers and destroy the city’s future.

The reason why the port is looking to divest itself of the marina is because recreational boating isn’t its core mission – commercial shipping it, port director Jonathon Daniels explained.

“How much more debt is going to pile on to our taxpayers for pipe dreams and more nonsense that wastes taxpayers’ dollars?” asked Bill Sharkey.

“This is revenue. This isn’t just a service. This isn’t giving away city services,” Connie Cosemento said. “This is buying a business for the city to make money, and allow our own citizens to have more waterfront.”

DPW Commissioner Mike Smith also supports the purchase.

“It has the opportunity for numerous revenue streams,” he said. “It’s fairly self-sufficient as it is.”

At a special meeting Oct. 27, the Common Council voted 5 to 2 to move ahead with plans to acquire the International Marina from the Port of Oswego Authority. The price tag is $2.1 million.

Months of planning finally came to fruition on Oct. 28 as award winning and internationally recognized author and humanitarian Greg Mortenson captivated more than 800 Oswego Middle School and elementary age students at the Ralph M. Faust Theater for the Performing Arts.

He then turned his attention on the community as he appeared before nearly 2,000 in the SUNY Campus Center in the evening.

Mortenson, author “Three Cups of Tea” is focused on children. Providing youngsters in Afghanistan and Pakistan with an education is critical to their survival.

His work is based on the proverb that with one cup of tea you are a stranger, with two cups of tea you are a friend and with three cups of tea you are family.

The effort to bring Mortenson to the community was a coordinated effort involving Pathfinder Bank  President and CEO Tom Schneider, Superintendent of School Bill Crist, rivers end book store owner Bill Reilly, Oswego Director of Literacy Laura Ryder and a determined committee to provide this outstanding cultural event to the Oswego community.

Oswego’s students also agreed that they are here to help and generously donated a check for more than $8,000 as part of the “Pennies for Peace” initiative to build schools for children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mortenson said he hoped to come back to Oswego “under the radar” to spend more time with students.

X-Biking Classes Now Forming at Fulton YMCA

Submitted by the Fulton Family YMCA

X-biking at the Fulton Family YMCA.

X-biking at the Fulton Family YMCA.

Do you have your New Year’s Resolution yet? Is it about working on a new you? Why not give X-Biking a try.

X-Biking is the fastest growing indoor group cycling exercise which works the upper body and the core as well as the legs!

This total body workout combines outdoor and indoor cycling in a safe, controlled and exciting environment accompanied by motivational music and led by trained X-Bike instructors. The X-Bikes have the patented innovative and unique X-Bars fitted which allow the user to move the handlebars from side to side through a range of resistance controlled by the rider.

Everyone can benefit from X-Biking regardless of fitness levels or experience. And no matter what, the rider is always in complete control of how hard or easy they want the ride to be.

Log onto www.fultonymca.com to see the class schedule. Contact the Fulton Family YMCA at 598-9622 to get all the information regarding the X-biking classes, your first two classes are free!

Sea Cadets Hold Monthly Drill

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corp Truxtun DDG-103 Division in Oswego will hold its monthly drill Saturday and Sunday January 8th and 9th, at the Mc Crobie Building, located at 41 Lake Street, Oswego.

The Drill will be from 0700 (7am) Saturday January 8th , until 1600 (4pm) Sunday January 9th Anyone interested in joining the Sea Cadets or obtaining information is encouraged to attend a scheduled open house Saturday January 8th at 9am. As part of the open house questions will be answered following a short film presentation about The Sea Cadet Program.
For More information about Navy Leaguers and Sea Cadets contact LTjg Hoffman USNSCC at 315-591-0000, or e mail hoffhock@sonicnet.net

This is a very educational program for youth between the ages of 10 and 18. The Sea Cadet program is a program where they can learn subjects such as field training and survival take part in parades and veterans functions. They can go away for training in the summer for two weeks and earn ribbons. After that they can take part in advanced training, such as being an airman, a culinary specialist, communications and more. They can benefits for their adult years from the program that could assist them if they wish to join the military or even go on to college.

The Sea Cadet program builds strong morals teaches leadership and team work. At this time The Sea Cadets program a division of the Navy supported also by the Coast Guard sponsored By The Navy League would like to salute our armed forces serving in the Mideast and around the world.

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Friendly’s Hosts Fort Ontario FUNdraiser May 8

Between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., 15 percent of the day’s proceeds will go to the Friends group to support programming, restoration, and AmeriCorps staff at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. Customers who call Friendly’s at (315) 342-2233 20 minutes in advance may have their order ready for pickup.

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Quirk’s Players’ Alumni Night A Success

Quirk’s Players of Fulton’s G. Ray Bodley High School began a new tradition at this year’s annual school musical, Alumni Night. The local theatre group welcomed back graduates who were involved in the plays and musicals at G. Ray Bodley High School since the school opened.

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SUNY Oswego saluted as ‘green college’

SUNY Oswego saluted as 'green college'In time for Earth Day, the Princeton Review recognized SUNY Oswego as one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in North America. The education services company profiles Oswego in the fifth annual edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.”

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