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Fulton’s Schremp Waived, Picked Up

The National Hockey League’s trade deadline was not kind to Fulton’s Robbie Schremp.

The New York Islanders waived him at the end of last week.  If he had cleared waivers — meaning, if no other NHL team claimed him — he would have been sent to the Islanders’ minor league team in the AHL.

But Monday, the Atlanta Thrashers claimed Schremp off waivers.

Schremp has 10 goals and 12 assists so far this season, his best marks ever in the pros.

Here’s Robbie showing some amazing puck-handling skills:

Schroeppel Fire Victim Identified

Police Monday afternoon named the person killed in Saturday’s explosion and fire in Schroeppel.

Curtis R. Staub, 63, lived at 227 County Route 12. He was a resident of the apartment, which was in a converted pole barn.

Fire officials searched the rubble for a possible second person but do not believe that person was there.

The fire was reported to 911 at about 6:10 a.m. Saturday, officials say, when a resident of a nearby home heard what sounded like an explosion.

The cause of the fire has not yet been released.

Oswego High School Counselors Present: Student Services Expo 2011!

OSWEGO, NY – The OHS Student Services Expo 2011 will be held on March 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Oswego High School, beginning in the Ralph M. Faust Theatre.

It is open to all students in grades 7-12 and their families.

Come learn about academic, community, and counseling services to promote students’ personal development from middle school to high school and beyond.

High school counselor Marilee Taylor said, “We counselors are very excited about this. We brainstormed how we might engage our families by delivering relevant information in a fresh, unique way. It’s never too early for students to think about their future, whether it’s college, military or work force.”

Throughout the night, there will be informational tables located in the high school café with information from various labor unions, military, and community agencies with resources available.

The expo format of concurrent sessions will provide attendees the chance to choose the presentations that are most personally useful.

Choices include topics such as covering the college application process, NCAA rules, internet safety, graduation requirements and dealing with anxiety.

High school counselor Lisa Roman added, “We created the expo to address certain needs we have identified, such as improving the transition from middle school to high school as well as promoting more school unity. Opening the expo to grades 7-8 offers those students and parents an opportunity to visit OHS while also learning about important hot topics such as internet safety and high school graduation requirements. They will also get the chance to meet the counselors and other students who will be volunteering or attending the sessions. It seems to be a win-win situation for everyone.”

“We welcome our community as we showcase our high school with an exciting, fresh program, one of many progressive best practices that happen at the high school every day. Building futures together is what it’s all about!” she added.

Stephen Zurek

NEW YORK MILLS, NY – Stephen Zurek, 87, a longtime resident of New York Mills, passed away on Sunday Feb. 27, 2011, at the Presbyterian Home in New Hartford.

Born in New York Mills on Sept. 1, 1923, he was the son of the late Walter and Mary (Lachut) Zurek and was educated in local schools.

Stephen served his country in World War II in the European Theatre, participating in five campaigns with the 802nd Tanker Destroyer Battalion.

He was united in marriage with Olga Mikus on Jan. 24, 1948; a union that prevailed for nearly 60 years until Olga passed away on Aug. 31, 2007.

Mr. Zurek was a community activist.

He was the president of the United Steel Workers of America #4831 at Bendix Corporation.

He served as commander of the Edward Bator Post and was co-organizer of the New York Mills Lions Club.

Stephen was a past president of the New York Mills Democratic Club and was a former Oneida County legislator and mayor of New York Mills.

Surviving are his daughter, Gail (James) Vivyan of Clinton; two sons, Craig (Renee) Zurek of Franklin Springs and Paul (Ann Smith) Zurek of Delray Beach, Florida; his beloved three grandchildren, David Zurek, Matthew Vivyan and Jennie Vivyan; three brothers-in-law, Nicholas (Catherine) Mikus of Florida, Angelo Butera and Alexander Gamela; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Barney Zurek; and his sister, Frances Gamela.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. from St. Mary’s Church in New York Mills.

Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery.

There are no calling hours.

The family requests that contributions be made to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society.

Arrangements are in care of the Dowdle Funeral Home.

Hannibal Schools Nearing Appointment of Temp Superintendent; Special Meeting Tonight on Other Issues

Hannibal’s Board of Education is in the midst of naming an interim Superintendent of Schools but has not begun the search for a permanent superintendent.

Board President Matt Henderson read a prepared statement at a recent public meeting that revealed that the board is narrowing down its list of candidates to hold the job on a temporary basis.

Nine months ago, the board rejected a contract extension for Superintendent Mike DiFabio, after DeFabio negotiated the extension with the board’s President and Vice President.

Then-President Dale Young said at the time that DiFabio turned down his request to renegotiate and is opting to retire.  DiFabio has never disputed Young’s account but has given hints that that’s not the whole story.

Since then, the board has hired a consulting firm to help it search for a new superintendent and in December approved DiFabio’s reitrement agreement.

But the appointment of an interim superintendent is a signal that when DiFabio leaves June 30, 13 months after DiFabio decided to retire, there will not be a permanent replacement in place.

In his statement, Henderson promised “as the process moves forward, the Board of Education will include all stakeholders and the community when the search for a permanent superintendent begins.”

Meantime, the Board of Education holds a special meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Distance Learning Laboratory.  Here’s the agenda:

A.      Call the meeting to order.

B.      Pledge to the flag.

C.      Appoint Michael DiFabio, Interim District Clerk.

D.      Discussion of Possible Bus Garage – M. Maxam

E.      Discussion of Doug’s List – M. Maxam

F.      Adjourn.

links for 2011-02-28

March is American Red Cross Month

Oswego County Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann recently presented a proclamation designating March as American Red Cross Month in Oswego County. Providing help and hope to those in need, the American Red Cross is a true reflection of the American spirit. Through its network of employees and volunteers, the Onondaga-Oswego chapter responds to disasters, offers comfort and support and provides health and safety training. At hand to receive the proclamation were representatives of the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Pictured from left are Taylor Murphy, intern; Chairman Leemann; and Karen Ferguson, director.

Oswego County Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann recently presented a proclamation designating March as American Red Cross Month in Oswego County. Providing help and hope to those in need, the American Red Cross is a true reflection of the American spirit. Through its network of employees and volunteers, the Onondaga-Oswego chapter responds to disasters, offers comfort and support and provides health and safety training. At hand to receive the proclamation were representatives of the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Pictured from left are Taylor Murphy, intern; Chairman Leemann; and Karen Ferguson, director.

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Calling All Student Historians – Enter to Win Competition at War of 1812 Event

‘Student Night’ returns to kick off the Oswego International War of 1812 Symposium at 6 p.m. on April 17. The Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego hosts the fifth annual event which continues through April 19. Learn more about this chapter in history and hear behind-the-scenes stories about the campaign from an esteemed panel of multinational historians throughout the weekend.

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United Way Brings ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon to Fulton

Once again, Holy Trinity Parish located at 309 Buffalo St. will be hosting the United Way’s annual ‘Stone Soup Too’ luncheon. The United Way of Greater Oswego County is doing their part in effort to Stop Hunger in Oswego County by raising awareness of the food shortage and encouraging the community to help fill the shelves of local food pantries.

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Flowers Abound (in the Snow) at Oswego Middle School

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AAA Advises Drivers and Pedestrians as Daylight Saving Time Begins

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Businesses Team up for Winter Coat Distribution In Fulton

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