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Camp Hollis Welcomed Oswego County Legislators

Hollis hosts County Legislators.

Hollis hosts County Legislators.

OSWEGO TOWN, NY  – Campers and counselors at Camp Hollis recently welcomed members of the Oswego County Legislature to enjoy a hearty lunch and musical performances at the lakeside campus.

Located in the Town of Oswego, Camp Hollis is owned by Oswego County and operated by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.

For more information, visit www.oswegocounty.com/youth/hollis/index.html

Barclay Invites Input from Community on Telecom Services; Central New York Meeting Added

SYRACUSE – Assemblyman Will Barclay is encouraging interested constituents to participate in a New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) public comment period to assess telecommunication services in New York State.

“The PSC is seeking feedback from customers to find out their level of satisfaction with their telephone, cable, and broadband providers. In this quickly changing marketplace, it’s important that consumers are protected and stakeholders and regulators hear from concerned citizens,” said Barclay.  “I encourage you to participate if you have concerns about any of these services.”

The PSC has decided to extend its public outreach and has scheduled a public hearing in Syracuse on Thursday, Aug. 6 at Syracuse City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 233 E. Washington St., Syracuse.

An Informational Session will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a public statement hearing at 7 p.m.

The hearings follow the PSC’s recently published report on the state of telecommunications in New York.

Visit http://on.ny.gov/1LUC7C6 to read the report.  Comments will be taken until Aug. 24.

To submit your comments, log on to the PSC website at www.dps.ny.gov and enter 14-C-0370 into the search bar.

Click the case to open it. The “Post Comments” button is located at the top of the page.

Comments can also be emailed to Kathleen Burgess, Department of Public Service Secretary, at secretary@dps.ny.gov

Comments can be mailed to her at Secretary Burgess at the Department of Public Service, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York, 12223-1350.

Concerned citizens can also submit comments by calling the PSC’s toll-free Opinion Line at 1-800-335-2120.

County Legislature Recognizes Visser On Retirement

OSWEGO, NY  – The Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure, Facilities and Technology Committee presented Frank Visser with a certificate of appreciation for his 30 years of service.

Frank Visser

Frank Visser retires

Visser retired July 30 as director of Oswego County’s Solid Waste Department and Energy Recovery Facility.

Pictured from left are legislators David M. Holst, District 4; Milferd Potter, District 2; Linda Lockwood, District 11; Committee Chairman Robert Hayes, Sr., District 10; Visser; Oswego County Administrator Philip Church; Committee Vice Chairman Stephen M. Walpole, District 14; Marie C. Schadt, District 19; and James Weatherup, District 9.

Fulton Speedway To Host Ronald McDonald August 8

FULTON, NY – The world’s most famous clown, Ronald McDonald, will be making a rare Upstate New York appearance at the Fulton Speedway on August 8.

Ronald McDonald

Ronald McDonald

On August 8 Ronald McDonald will bring his fun to all the fans in attendance and will also have a meet and greet with all the Junior Fan Club members. Joining Ronald will be another well-known McDonald’s character, Hamburglar.

Racing on that night presented by McDonald’s® Restaurants will be the Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders plus the wild and crazy One-On-One Spectator Races.

Don’t forget to go and vote for your favorite Fulton Speedway driver.

From now through Labor Day, fans are encouraged to visit participating McDonald’s locations and cast a vote for their favorite Fulton Speedway driver.

Votes will be tallied after Labor Day and the driver with the most votes being named the McDonald’s Favorite driver of 2015. The Favorite Driver and one lucky fan will each receive a prize pack courtesy of McDonalds and the speedway.

You can vote for your favorite Fulton Speedway driver by visiting the Fulton McDonald’s on South Fourth and Burt streets or the Baldwinsville location on 2234 Downer St.

Adult grandstand admission on August 8 will be $12 with everyone 18 years old and younger free. Pit admission is $27 participant/$30 non-participant. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.

Any questions you might have please contact Cory Reed at cory@fultonspeedway.com (315) 593-6531. For all the latest news go to www.fultonspeedway.com and also like the track Facebook page www.facebook.com/FultonSpeedway

K&N’s celebrates a year of growth in Fulton

FULTON, NY – With the one-year anniversary of its operations approaching, the leadership at K&N’s Foods USA in Fulton is feeling optimistic about where the company is headed.

Rebecca Abrahams and David Gray from K&N’s Foods USA in Fulton prepare more chicken at their booth during Harborfest.

Rebecca Abrahams and David Gray from K&N’s Foods USA in Fulton prepare more chicken at their booth during Harborfest.

Located in the former BirdsEye Foods plant on Phillips Street, K&N’s began setting up shop in Fulton — its flagship operation in the United States — in 2013, and started commercial production on Aug. 4, 2014. By the end of September 2014, it had completed its first sale, and has continued lining up new distributors since.

At its earliest stage it only had two employees and now is up to about 60, with plenty of room in its facilities to continue growing.

The company prides itself on the food it produces, saying its products are “purely different.” Not only does it make foods that are unique to the North American market, but produces them under high quality standards with locally sourced ingredients, which company officials say sets them apart from most other frozen foods.

“Our product is a whole food. We buy ingredients, like for instance chicken, whole. It isn’t mechanically separated meat — it’s an actual chicken leg when we start with it,” said Jon McDonald, the company’s finance director. “One of the things that I, and I think a lot of people, really like about working here is that you can stand behind our food.”

K&N’s line of foods is mostly themed along the cuisine of Pakistan, where the global company is headquartered.

K&N’s products are considered to be the frozen foods of choice for millions of people in that region and around the globe.

Company officials in Fulton boast the “premium edge” their foods carry.

McDonald said all the chicken the company uses comes from a farm in Fallsburg, N.Y., and a lot of the produce that goes into the food comes from C’s Farm Market in Oswego.

The company uses Vermont-based Cabot brand cheese for its cheese-stuffed products, and there is no MSG, no nitrates or nitrites, no preservatives and no trans fat to be found in any of their products.

Most of their non-breaded foods are gluten free, as well.

The products — which K&N’s sells locally out of its cash and carry outlet at 28 Lakeview Avenue in Fulton — provide an interesting spin on the usual American frozen fare.

Its lineup includes everything from seekh kabobs and kofta meatballs to skinless frankfurters (some stuffed with cheese) to not-so-basic chicken nuggets that come packed with a little extra spice and some cilantro.

Company officials say that this day and age — with a popular culture growing increasingly interested in both exotic and quality foods — marks an ideal time to be growing K&N’s presence in the North American market.

“It’s an interesting taste, it’s a good taste, and I think America is ready to try something like this,” McDonald said.

According to warehouse and logistics manager Stephen Dean, K&N’s has already begun selling its products through 10 distributors in the U.S. and another two in Canada.

“We’re trying to really branch out in a smart way to ensure the kind of growth we want,” Dean said.

A big part of the company’s growing success, Dean said, is its employees. He said K&N’s places a premium on talented workers, and often looks to its staff for the next great idea.

Dean said ideas like opening a cash and carry outlet for the local market, and offering samples at places like the Fulton Speedway and Oswego Harborfest were both ideas that came from the bottom up.

“It was one of our team members who came up with the idea for the cash and carry store, so we sat down and came up with a spot and plan to launch,” Dean said.

Dean stressed that the company sees its employees as a vital investment, and knows the Fulton area has no shortage of talented workers who can help the company grow.

K&N’s Foods has invested over $5.2 million in the plant and equipment in Fulton. Financial assistance has been provided by the County of Oswego IDA, Operation Oswego County, Empire State Development Corporation and M&T Bank.

The company expects to employ around 180 within a few years.

Erma J. Payne, 92

PHOENIX, NY – Erma J. Payne, 92, of Phoenix, NY, (Hinmansville), passed away on Sunday August 2, 2015, at Michaud Health Services, Fulton, where she had been a resident for a short time.

Erma J. Payne

Erma J. Payne

She was born in the town of Granby to her late parents, Eva (Crocker) Maddock and George Maddock on November 1, 1922.

Erma was a former member of the Phoenix United Methodist Church.

She was employed by the Sealright Corp., Fulton, and Syrocco Co., Van Buren.

Erma was predeceased by her husband, Floyd; her four sisters; and a brother.

Surviving are her two sons, Dennis Payne and Larry (Linda) Payne all of Phoenix; four grandchildren, Jamey, Jodie, Tracy and Tricia; nine great-grandchildren, Ashley, Courtney, Jerry, Anthony, Lyndsey, Carly, Joshua, Sarah and Angeleena; one great-grandson, Damian; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services only will be held on Friday August 7, at 11 a.m. in Chase Cemetery, 9450 State Route 48, Phoenix.

The Rev. Jeff Hodge will be officiating.

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, has care of arrangements.

George Allan ‘Skeet’ Henry, 79

PHOENIX, NY – George Allan “Skeet” Henry, 79, of Altmar, passed away at home on Saturday August 1, 2015.

George Allan 'Skeet' Henry

George Allan ‘Skeet’ Henry

He was born to his late parents, Isalee (Black) Henry and George Joseph Henry on January 23, 1936, in Portland, Maine.

Surviving are his loving companion of 18 years, Myra L. Grabowski; his sister, Roberta Borman of Silverdale, Wash.; his four children, Martha Heffer of Argyle, Texas, Craig and Susan Henry of Pittsford, NY, George Robert Henry “Bob”
of Bloomfield, NY, and Ruth and Peter Fornieri of Rochester, NY; grandchildren, Jessica Lynch, Lauren and Lindsey Henry, Jacob and Joseph Fornieri; great-grandchildren, Noah and Ciana Lynch; step-grandchildren, Stephen Kelly, Cheryl Carpenter and her daughter, Tonya.

Mr. Henry attended schools in South Portland and Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

He served in the USMC from 1954-56.

Skeet then attended the University of Maine at Orono, graduating in 1960.

He then began his career in education for 28 years, mostly dealing with troubled children, labeled severely emotionally disturbed, in several communities around New York State.

For 23 years, he served as a water quality tester for the Kasoag Lake Conservation Association as part of the CSLAP.

Graveside services only will be held on Monday August 10, at 11 a.m. in the Phoenix Rural Cemetery Association, 126 Chestnut St., Phoenix.

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY.

Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Should I Take My Dog Running?

Dear Porky and Buddy,
I have just started training to do road races.

I am 57, so this is a big adventure for me.

My questions is do you think it’s a good idea to take my dog, Penny, with me on training runs.

She is used to walking with me every day and even though she’s five she has a lot of energy.

So, I am thinking she might really enjoy it.

But, is it a good idea?

I keep up a relatively fast pace and try to do at least three miles for every run.
George

Dear George,
Congratulations on your new project.

If there was such a thing as a wandering around and sniffing marathon, Buddy would be right there with you.

Which brings us to your question.

Dogs don’t run races.

Even greyhounds think they are just chasing rabbits.

So if you want to take Penny with you on these runs, you have to remember that.

If she runs along with you it’s because she likes your company—not your pace.

Practice runs with Penny have to be about her, not so much you and your practice time.

You have to take water for her and stop and give her some periodically, especially if it’s hot.

If she starts to fall behind or even stops you have to stop, too, and let her rest.

If she wants to go home, take her home. She is more important than your practice time.

We don’t mean to sound grouchy.

Running with you dog is a great form of exercise for both of you.

We assume Penny is in good health otherwise and you have cleared this idea with your vet—and your own doctor for that matter.

Oh, and we also assume that you have her on a good leash with proper ID and that you are careful about finding a running area without a lot of traffic.

All of that said, we hope Penny is one of those dogs for whom running three miles is just this side of heaven.

But if she’s not, she’s still your dog and your best friend.

Speaking of running with dogs – Every Dog Has Its Day, on September 27 at Fallbrook Recreation Center, 103 Thompson Road, Oswego.

It’s the 10th annual 5K-9 Race and 1-Mile Family Walk and Pets and People Celebration, with registration starting at 11 a.m.

You can find out more and sign up online at www.oswegohumane.org

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Located at 110 W. Second St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: (315) 207-1070.

Email: ochscontact@hotmail.com
Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.

Dr. Sana Named Oswego Health Medical Director of Emergency Services

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Hospital recently welcomed Wajeeh Sana, MD, as Medical Director of Emergency Services.

Wajeeh Sana, MD

Wajeeh Sana, MD

Dr. Sana attended medical school in Pakistan and completed his family medicine residency at St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, where he served as chief resident.

During his residency, he was presented the Thomas Clever MD Award for providing comprehensive and compassionate care to patients.

He has been providing physician care in the hospital emergency’s department since 2012.

In his new role, among his immediate goals is to reduce patient wait times and ensure that each patient has an excellent customer service experience.

Dr. Sana arrives at Oswego Hospital with management experience, as he previously served as the medical director for Cayuga Emergency Physicians.

He has also worked for Life Time Health Medial Group’s urgent care center in Rochester.

Oswego Hospital’s emergency department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The department features a comfortable waiting room, private treatment rooms with televisions, two trauma bays that have the latest technology and a central cardiac system that allows staff to monitor the heart rhythms of up to 17 patients.

In 2014, the department provided care to 25,600 visitors.

Arty Camp Continues In Fulton

 

Dan Williams leads campers in warm-up exercises for last year’s scenes from Charlie Brown.

Dan Williams leads campers in warm-up exercises for last year’s scenes from Charlie Brown.

FULTON, NY – From first concept to completed painting Thi Huynh considers her art lesson with Don Gillespie during the third week of Arty Camp.

Thi Huynh

Thi Huynh

The camp is running three more weeks at CNY Arts Center at the Studio in downtown Fulton at 47 S. First St.

Camp will continue through August 21 with a full week of lessons with Gillespie August 17-21.

Culinary classes are held weekly on Tuesdays and can be registered for separately.

Students have a wide variety of classes to choose from including theatre camp which runs August 3-21 with a production of Pete the Pint-Sized Pirate.

Lots of pirates are needed for this production directed by Jessica Tetro and Sara Sheffield.

Theatre camp will be held at the Arts Center located on River Glen Drive on the Cayuga Community College campus in Fulton.

For complete information and registration, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com

Paityn Cali works on an edible camping scene as a culinary class project.

Paityn Cali works on an edible camping scene as a culinary class project.

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