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Oswego Boxer Wins Second Bout By Knockout

OSWEGO, NY – Sidney LeCeur keeps pounding away on the competition.

The Oswego Boxing Club member won by knockout in the second round on January 23 in Watertown at the “Showdown in Snowtown.”

Sidney LeCeur and his two-year-old son, Noah.

Sidney LeCeur and his two-year-old son, Noah.

The show was put on by Johnny Pepe.

There were a total of 10 matches.

Roughly 30 Oswego residents came to support LeCeur.

OBC is next scheduled to compete on February 21 in Syracuse.

“I would like to thank Johnny Pepe for putting on a nice event in Watertown. It was a great location and very suitable for families to attend. We will be looking to host a similar event in the near future,” said Derrick Falcetti, co-owner of the Oswego Boxing Club.

Following the bout, LeCeur was asked how he felt about winning by way of knockout.

“I felt relieved. My opponent was a brawler. He had a wild style that was frustrating for me,” he replied. “In the end, it was clean and affective punching that won the bout.”

2015 is going to be a busy year, the local boxer added.

“I am going to train as hard as I can and compete as often as possible,” he said.

Derek Breitbeck, OBC co-owner, worked as the corner man.

“This is exciting for us. We will have a few more people competing and representing OBC at the next event,” he said.

Pet Of The Week – Libby Looking For A Forever Home

Pet Of The Week
Libby is a petite black and white cat about one and a half years old.

She is small but has a big “purrsonality.”

Libby

Libby

She loves to stand on her hind legs and welcome her people home.

When her foster mom comes downstairs to play with her, she stands up and swipes her paw from the top of her head then out to her mom . . . almost like she’s saluting.

She loves attention and kitty kisses (bumping noses). She is a very affectionate and calm little lady who is looking for her forever home!

Although she lives with many other cats right now, she chooses to ignore them.

She is definitely a people cat!

If you are interested in adopting Libby, please contact Donna at (315) 342-9478.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be saluted every time you came home?

And isn’t that little black spot on her nose just adorable?

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.

Our office is located at 110 W. Second St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: (315) 207-1070.

Email: ochscontact@hotmail.com

Because people and pets are good for each other!

Weather Notebook For January 30, 2015

Weather Notebook For January 30, 2015

According to Fulton’s weather observer, the area received 0.12-inch of precipitation on January 29.

The monthly total is 3.03 inches.

The total for the year is 3.03 inches.

Fulton received 1.7 inches of snow on January 29.

Total snowfall for the month is 47.7 inches.

For the winter the total stands at 102.2 inches.

Snow showers ending later tonight; becoming partly cloudy and cold. Low near zero.

Cold with a mix of sun and clouds on Saturday. High around 15.

Blustery and turning colder with more snow likely today. High near 20 then falling into the teens.

Grassroots Coalition Targets Adolescent Substance Abuse

OSWEGO, NY – A new organization has begun meeting in new office space to fight an old enemy – the scourge of drug and alcohol abuse.

The Coalition to Combat Adolescent Substance Abuse is holding its meetings at Farnham Family Services, 283 W. Second St.

“Oswego County is facing a large youth substance abuse problem. We are currently looking for individuals who will participate in an Oswego County steering committee,” said Penny Morley (Farnham Prevention director), co-chair of the coalition. “This committee will work on instituting strategies and policy changes to rectify the current situation.”

They have begun to develop and will implement strategies and policy changes that are focused on reducing identified risk factors and increasing identified protective factors.

The fledgling coalition is preparing to work on obtaining Drug Free Communities Grant funding.

At Thursday’s meeting was a cross-section of agencies representing Farnham, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, COCCA (Council on Alcohol), DSS, STOP-DWI and other concerned citizens.

The DFCG is a collaborative initiative sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Its mission is to establish and strengthen coalitions among communities and to reduce substance abuse among youth and adults.

“Part of the purpose of today’s meeting is we want to get more detailed and specific information for the grant proposal in the strategies that we are thinking of doing as a coalition,” Morley said.

The five-year federal grant would mean $125,000 per year for the coalition.

Once they have some strategies in mind, they then want to come up with “what is the next step” to be able to successfully implement the strategies.

The coalition will continue to move forward whether its gets the grant funding or not.

Coalition member Teresa Woolson, president of the VOW Foundation (a group working to raise awareness about synthetic marijuana and other designer drugs) and Morley will be attending the Community Anti Drugs Coalitions of America’s national leadership conference in Washington DC from February 1-6 as part of the coalition. There will be about 2,500 people in attendance.

“We will not only learn about coalition work, but also meet with our federal representatives on Capitol Hill on Feb. 4 regarding substance abuse and federal legislation,” she said. “It’s an incredible training opportunity.

Woolson was named chair of the Opiate/Heroin/Rx committee of the coalition.

“Our group is moving ahead with great action steps to bring a Permanent Prescription Drug Drop Box to the area,” she said. “Part of the ‘action’ of the coalition will be capacity building – working to bring more people into the coalition, starting with at least two members from each sector.  More membership is needed and desired.  More members means more action can be completed!”

For more information, contact Morley at pmorley@farnhaminc.org

Pair Charged In Connection With Early Morning Robbery

OSWEGO, NY – At approximately 2:10 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 29), members of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a robbery that occurred on George Washington Boulevard in the town of Oswego.

The victim, a male in his mid 20s, reported that he was jumped by two men who beat him and then stole his phone and cash.

Initial investigation revealed suspects whose vehicle was stopped by responding NYSP unit.

After further investigation and interviews, two men were arrested and charged in the robbery.

Eddie Jones, 33, and Jonathan Ford, 26, both of Syracuse, were both charged with Robbery in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony.

Jones and Ford were arraigned before the Oswego Town Justice Court.

Jones was remanded to the Oswego County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

Ford was remanded to the Oswego County Jail with no bail set.

Ford and Jones are scheduled to return to court on Feb. 2.

The investigation is continuing.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM FRIDAY

OSWEGO, JEFFERSON AND LEWIS COUNTIES – INCLUDING THE CITIES OF OSWEGO, WATERTOWN, LOWVILLE
445 PM EST THURS JAN 29 2015

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST
FRIDAY.

LOCATIONS: OSWEGO, JEFFERSON AND LEWIS COUNTIES.

GREATEST AMOUNTS EXPECTED ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE TUG HILL PLATEAU AND WESTERN FOOTHILLS OF THE ADIRONDACKS.

TIMING: FROM LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE FRIDAY MORNING.

HAZARDS: SNOW.

ACCUMULATIONS: AN INCH OR LESS TODAY. 3 TO 6 INCHES TONIGHT AND AN INCH OR LESS FRIDAY LEADING TO STORM TOTALS OF 4 TO 6 INCHES.

IMPACTS: ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL RESULT IN SNOW COVERED AND  SLIPPERY ROADS AT TIMES ALONG WITH REDUCED VISIBILITY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:  A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NORMALLY ISSUED FOR A VARIETY OF WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS SUCH AS LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW.

WHILE THE WEATHER WILL BE SIGNIFICANT, THE WORD ADVISORY IMPLIES THAT SEVERE WINTER WEATHER IS NOT ANTICIPATED.

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Weather Notebook For January 29, 2015

Weather Notebook For January 29, 2015

According to Fulton’s weather observer, the area received no precipitation on
January 28.

The monthly total is 2.91 inches.

The total for the year is 2.91 inches.

Fulton received no snow on January 28.

Total snowfall for the month is 46.0 inches.

For the winter the total stands at 100.5 inches.

Cold with increasing clouds tonight. Low near 15.

Windy and turning colder with snow showers on Friday. High around 20.

Thickening clouds with some afternoon snow showers today. High 30.

Former Fulton Resident Turns Love Of Mystery Into A Second Career

OSWEGO, NY – Between being a wife, mother and teacher, a former Fulton resident has somehow found the time to become a published author.

Carolyn LaRoche was born in Rochester and relocated to Fulton when she was 10. She still has family in Central New York.

Carolyn LaRoche

Carolyn LaRoche

In the beginning, she thought an agent was the only way to go until a writer friend kept prodding her to seek out small presses that don’t require them.

“I joined an online newsletter and late one night I was cleaning out my email when I opened up the weekly newsletter. My publisher was open to submissions so on a whim I sent Witness Protection (which I had sort of pushed aside for a while) and less than a week later, I received an acceptance email from my now editor,” she said. “So, I don’t for a second believe that the only way to get published is with an agent. I am also finding that I like the small press atmosphere. It’s very close-knit and supportive. My editor and I work really well together also. She is a published author and an excellent editor.”

Right now, Carolyn is working on two different series.

Witness Protection is the first book in the Defenders of Love Series and is currently available in both e-book and paperback.  The second book in the series, Homeland Security is in the edits phase and will be released later this year.

The third in the series will be called Border Patrol, but that one “is still in the works.”

“As you may have guessed, they are all based on some facet of federal law enforcement. The second series is called The Secret Lives of Police Wives. The first in that series, Undercover in Six-Inch Stilettos, is in the final preparation for its release in early April. This series has already been a lot of fun – it’s based on the premise of a group of women – all married to cops – that have a tendency to find trouble and end up getting involved in some mystery or crime,” she explained.

Witness Protection

Witness Protection

Her love for storytelling probably began in grade school when she participated in the annual storytelling contest every year, she said.

“I made it to the city level one time, taking second place. The stories were usually fables or fairy tales. I loved that contest and looked forward to it every year,” she added. “In high school, I was very involved in the drama club as the costumer for the yearly musical (she was too shy to be an actor, she admitted). My senior year, I took Mr. (Len) Senecal’s journalism class where I wrote regular feature articles for the school paper and recorded the weekly radio show.”

After graduation, she attended SUNY Oswego and went on to earn her master’s degree in forensic science from the University of New Haven in West Haven, Conn.

“My husband is a police officer in a city in southeastern Virginia (near Virginia Beach) where we live with our two sons. Both of my boys play baseball, which is a huge sport in this area. We currently have at least four local boys playing in the Major Leagues right now,” she said.

She has been a high school science teacher for 14 years and is currently part of a special academy program for gifted students who have an interest in science or medical careers.

“I teach electives such as forensic science, anatomy and pathophysiology and health, wellness and disease,” she said.

She became interested in writing fiction about 15 years ago.

“My husband works nights, so I don’t sleep much. I get a lot of writing done at night. My books fall in the mystery/suspense category but I like to add in a touch of romance to keep it interesting,” she explained. “I’m pretty sure I read every single Nancy Drew mystery book! I love mysteries. Actually, as a child I read all the time. I still do. When I get writer’s block, I pick up a book.”

As a child, she wrote down everything, “And I mean EVERYTHING, in diaries and journals,” she added emphatically. She still has most of them and it makes her laugh at how extremely detailed she was at the time.

“My first teacher when I moved to Fulton was Mrs. Konowich. She taught fourth grade at the old Philips Street School. She was the one who introduced me to the city’s storytelling contest where we had to choose a story, learn it and then tell it in front of the class and judges,” she said.

In high school, she kicked it up a notch and ventured into news writing.

“In the journalism class with Mr. Senecal (he was a great teacher – he never gave a perfect grade on anything because he felt there was always room for improvement), I had at least one story in every paper,” she said.

The one that she remembers most was a feature on the skateboard culture in Fulton.

“I had a friend who was my ‘in’ and he took me to a couple of the popular skating places, introduced me around and helped me get the information I needed,” she said. “We also recorded a radio show each week, which was a great experience and a lot of fun. I loved that class; but at the time, I had the goal of becoming a doctor so I never considered majoring in journalism or a related degree. Even so, whenever I could fit it in, I took writing classes as my electives.”

She graduated in December of 1995 from SUNY Oswego with a major in Biology and a minor in Forensic Science. In January 1996, she accepted a live-in nanny position with “a great family” close to where she wanted to go to graduate school. They were very flexible with her course schedule, she took classes at night mostly, and it was a great arrangement. She started in the Forensic Science/Criminalistics program about a year after she moved to Connecticut and graduated in May 1998.

“While working and going to school, I met a girl about my age through the agency I worked for.  She was from Massachusetts and invited me to make a trip home with her for the weekend. She said she knew a great guy with a criminal justice background and wanted to be a cop. She thought we would have a lot in common,” she said. “He also turned out to be her ex-boyfriend! For that reason, I had no interest in him but apparently he asked her for my number and after dodging several of his phone calls, I agreed to one date. Thank goodness he was persistent – we have now been married for 15 years and two sons.”

After finishing grad school, she moved to Massachusetts expecting to get into one of their crime labs.

“What I didn’t consider was that the crime labs in Massachusetts are very small and NO ONE ever retires! I was unable to get into the system so I worked in chemical engineering for a while,” she said.

In 2000, she got a phone call from a friend. Her father was a high school principal in desperate need of a chemistry teacher and she wanted to know if Carolyn was interested.

“I laughed and said, ‘No way!’ After talking to my husband about it, I reconsidered and decided to give it a try for a year,” she said. “Three years later, I was licensed and we moved to Virginia for my husband to pursue a job in law enforcement.”

The district where she now teaches opened a new academy program (like a school within a school) for students who excel in the sciences and want to pursue a future in science or medicine.

It’s called The Science and Medicine Academy. An announcement came out looking for someone to write the curriculum for the forensic science course and she responded.

“The next year, I was offered the job to teach it. It’s been a great position,” she said.

She really began writing seriously around the time her husband got on the police department 10 years ago and started working the graveyard shift. She didn’t sleep much in those early years, so the thing that she had only done occasionally became a regular way to pass the long, sleepless hours, she said.

As her books have some sort of law enforcement officer in them, her husband “is a fabulous resource.”

“I often ask him random questions about weapons or tactics or the facets of a crime. He also says a lot of funny things/has interesting experiences that I often include in my books,” she said. “Last year, I won a ‘best first line of a book’ contest with something my husband said in all seriousness. ‘Honey, does this gun make me look fat?’ I kid you not, that really happened!”

When she was just writing and not having to worry about deadlines, edits and blog tours and marketing it was easy to work it in around her day job.

Breathless Press“Now that I have one book out, another being released in April and a third in edits, it is really like having two full-time jobs,” she told Oswego County Today. “Now I spend a lot of evenings and weekends working on book things. My boys are old enough where I can do that, so it works for now.”

Was it difficult to get published?

“Once I found the right publisher, it was a piece of cake. I experienced a lot of rejection from agents and publishers. But, I now know it was because I hadn’t found the right match for my particular talents. I love mysteries, can’t write a book without some kind of crime and there has to be a cop in it,” she said. “Taking all of that and spicing it up with a little bit of chemistry between my characters lets me also have a happy ending. I don’t really write romance in the traditional sense, but there is some in my books. Think Castle and Becket in the Castle television series.”

Ideas come to her “randomly,” but in general her interests lie in crime and crime solving – “so I think it is only natural that I love to write about it.”

She’s tried, unsuccessfully, on many occasions to be a good writer and plot out a story ahead of time, but it never, ever works, she admits.

“My characters are way too bossy. So, I am definitely a ‘pantser’ (one who writes by the seat of their pants instead of a set plot). I usually write a book start to finish and then send it to my good friend who has an eye for finding everything wrong with it. Coincidentally, she is a retired police officer so she also helps with those details also,” she said.

“My advice to would be writers comes in two parts. First, write what you know (and love). And, secondly, don’t let rejection get you down. Publishing is a tough business but persistence pays off and if it is your dream don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!” she said.

For more information, check out Carolyn’s blog: http://carolynlarocheauthor.blogspot.com/

Weather Notebook For January 28, 2015

Weather Notebook For January 28, 2015

According to Fulton’s weather observer, the area received no precipitation on
January 27.

The monthly total is 2.91 inches.

The total for the year is 2.91 inches.

Fulton received no snow on January 27.

Total snowfall for the month is 46.0 inches.

For the winter the total stands at 100.5 inches.

A few clouds and very cold tonight. Low near zero.

Increasing clouds with snow developing on Thursday. High around 30.

Mostly sunny and not as cold today. High 20 to 25.

‘Noise’ Returns To Oswego Council Chambers

OSWEGO, NY – The Port City’s First Ward Councilor made some noise at this week’s Common Council meeting – to the tune of nearly 100 decibels.

Following another lengthy discussion by the public regarding a local businessman’s request for a waiver of the noise ordinance, Fran Enwright showed the standing-room-only crowd in the Council Chambers just what 95 decibels sounds like.

“One of the things we need to consider is what exactly are we talking about. How much noise are we talking about, so you can get an idea of what we’re voting for,” he explained.

A city police officer stood in the center of the Council Chamber with the same decibel meter used to check noise complaints.  Councilor Enwright went to the far east side of the second floor and sounded an air horn twice.

He urged anyone with a complaint about noise levels at the Clubhouse Tavern, Spencer’s Ali or wherever, to get together and “come up with something that is workable that you can bring to a committee so we don’t get something like this, 90 decibels for four months out of the year. Every one of us here is willing to work with variances; and, most of these events are for one day.”

His committee took no action on the request at the Jan. 20 meeting, he noted.

“Which means, let’s go back to the drawing table, come up with something we can work with,” he said. “The current maximum for downtown commercial is 65 decibels.”

There was no resolution regarding the waiver on the council agenda.

But it did generate a bit of comment prior to the meeting.

James Early, a resident of the Fifth Ward, made “a plea for honesty” during the public session.

He pointed to a posting he said was on the Spencer’s Ali Facebook page, which said the council “…has decided to amend the noise ordinance effectively making it impossible to have live music.”

“That statement is patently false. There was no amending of any sort of ordinances,” he said.

(Editor’s note: the meeting in question was a committee meeting, not a council meeting. And, no action was taken on the waiver request.)

The post, Early added, has drawn some “outrageous” negative comments.

“Heaven knows we have a lot of challenges in this city. But, the last thing that we need is for people to be spouting off and talking about things that are just patently untrue,” he told the councilors. “We don’t need to tear the city down any further.”

James Enwright, of the First Ward, said he had heard that there was a variance request being made through one of the committees to increase the decibel level, noise level, in various wards of the city.

“I think it’s unreasonable for a citizen of this city to have to endure loud outdoor music playing past 10 or 11 O’clock at night,” he said. “I think that people deserve a good night’s rest. I’ll be honest, last summer it was almost impossible to sleep with the loud outdoor music.”

Social media is no place for politics, James Toy, a Fifth Ward resident, said agreeing with Early’s comments.

“If you have something to say, this is the forum in which we do it,” he said referring to the public session. “To bash this government, which has been challenged quite heavily, is ludicrous. For those that hide behind Internet postings, I implore you, stand here and talk face to face.”

There are bigger fish to fry in Oswego than the noise ordinance, he said, adding that college students create more noise than the bars.

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