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Annual Autism Walk Scheduled Saturday in Oswego

OSWEGO, NY – The Family Fun Walk for Autism will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Leighton School and Wilber track and field.

Participants can join in an organized three-mile walk around the track.

Youngsters can enjoy a variety of activities provided by the agency sponsors.

There will be balloon animals, face painting, inflatables and DJ entertainment.

Prizes will be awarded for those who wish to help fundraise for the many things the Oswego County Autism Task Force supports, such as scholarships for graduating seniors, mini grants that are awarded to agencies that provide activities for folks on the spectrum and workshops for families and professionals.

There will also be prizes for the most money raised by an individual, team and child.

T-shirts will be available, while supplies last, at the event for $12 each.

Those who raise $25 will earn a water bottle. Those who raise $50 will receive a travel mug.

New this year will be a vendor and silent auction area.

There will be many items to bid on.

Also new this year, the event will feature a quieter and separate section where you can get away from all the excitement for a while.

The mission of the task force is to provide information that enhances the lives of those touched by the Autism Disorder Spectrum in the community.

For more information, call 349-3510.

Hannibal Woman charged with Burglary

FULTON, NY – State Police in Fulton arrested Kerri M. Kline, 23, from Hannibal, for Burglary 2nd, a class “C” felony.

Kerri M. Kline

Kerri M. Kline

Kline is accused of unlawfully entering a residence sometime between April 11 and 13, located on Pine Drive in the town of Schroeppel and stealing several jewelry items.

It appears Kline then pawned the stolen items at a pawn shop in the city of Syracuse where they were subsequently recovered, according to police.

Kline was arraigned in the Town of Granby Court.

She was remanded to the Oswego County Jail on $5,000 cash/ $10,000 bond.

She is scheduled to appear back in the Town of Granby Court on April 27 at 7 p.m.

Weather Notebook For April 21, 2015

Weather Notebook For April 21, 2015

According to Fulton’s weather observer, the area received 0.66-inch of precipitation on April 20.

The monthly total is 4.18 inches.

The total for the year is 12.46 inches.

Fulton received no snow on April 20.

Total snowfall for the month is 1.5 inches.

For the winter the total stands at 205.4 inches.

Cloudy with a few showers and maybe more thunder tonight. Low in the upper 30s.

Showers with a chance of a thunderstorm on Wednesday. High near 55.

Breezy and cloudy with scattered showers and maybe a glimpse of sun today. High 55 to 60.

Committee OKs Fire Department’s Ambulance Request

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Monday night, the administrative Services Committee gave the green light to renting an ambulance from May through July.

The rental period would cover some of the Port City’s busiest times, according to Jeff McCrobie, fire chief.

The cost of the rental is $250 per day. But unlike last year, when the agreement was for just the four days of Harborfest, this pact would be for more than two months.

For two months, they could have it for $2,000, the chief told the committee. The bulk of the rental would be reimbursed through Harborfest at whatever rate the city and festival agree on, the chief said.

Included in the timeframe of this deal are a number of special events for which the ambulance can be utilized.

“We intended to staff these events and utilize 1873 (the department’s pickup truck) as an ALS response. We can now use the ambulance as a transporting unit providing better coverage as well as a source of revenue,” the chief told the committee.

“To me it’s a real good thing. We’re covered from May 5 through July 30. You’ve got the Bridge Street Run, Tri Oswego, Paddle Fest and Harborfest in that timeframe,” he pointed out. “I think the fee for Harborfest should go up because it’s because of them that it needs to be raised.”

He suggested charging Harborfest $1,300, leaving the city to make up the other $700.

“Can’t Menter (Ambulance) do that, Harborfest?” Councilor Shawn Walker asked.

Menter is already used during the festival, McCrobie replied.

Walker said he knew the city would be reimbursed, but does that include the personal services, retirement and everything else for the ambulance crew, he asked.

If firefighters are riding around on the ambulance from May through July, that’s where the cost would add up, according to Councilor Bill Barlow.

“The cost is the people. If you don’t have the ambulance, you don’t need to pay the people to ride the ambulance,” he said.

“The Harborfest overtime has already been set aside. Nobody’s going to be riding around in this ambulance from May to July. We keep our two ambulances, except for special events that it would be used for,” McCrobie said.

The department has staff set for the Bridge Street Run, two paramedics and a pickup truck (which can’t be used to transport). The rented ambulance would generate revenue by transporting patients.

“I would guess that based on other years of the Bridge Street Run, we will make that $700 before midnight. The guys are going to be paid anyway. They are already assigned, it’s a busy night,” the chief explained.

“We only have two ambulances on duty now and that’s all we’re going to have. We’re not talking about additional staff,” Councilor Ron Kaplewicz added.

Having the extra ambulance will also allow time for preventive maintenance on the department’s other rigs, the chief pointed out.

“It is our intention to schedule preventative maintenance on our two ambulances during this time. Along with unscheduled breakdowns, this will save us a loss of revenue,” McCrobie said. “The second ambulance takes approximately 20 percent of our calls and when forced to have an ambulance down for repairs, we lose more than $1,000 a day in revenue.”

Councilor Fran Enwright said he didn’t see this as firefighters getting overtime, this could be done on straight time, he said.

The committee forwarded the request to the full council for consideration.

Weather Notebook For April 20, 2015

Weather Notebook For April 20, 2015

According to Fulton’s weather observer, the area received 0.02-inch of precipitation on April 19.

The monthly total is 3.52 inches.

The total for the year is 11.80 inches.

Fulton received no snow on April 19.

Total snowfall for the month is 1.5 inches.

For the winter the total stands at 205.4 inches.

Cloudy with rain showers and maybe some thunder tonight. Low in the mid 40s.

Continued cloudy with a chance of showers on Tuesday. High 55 to 60.

Breezy and cloudy with scattered showers today. High near 60.

Big Turnout Helps Support OCO’s Crisis Services Programs

By Mikayla Kemp
FULTON, NY – Dozens of bowlers saddled up on Saturday to help Oswego County Opportunities corral some much-needed funding.

The Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club poses with cardboard cutout John Wayne at the OCO’s annual bowling fundraiser.

The Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club poses with cardboard cutout John Wayne at the OCO’s annual bowling fundraiser.

“This is one of our major fundraising events,” Betsy Copps, OCO director of information and compliance, said of the Rodeo Bowl at Lakeview Lanes.

OCO has held the bowling fundraiser every spring for more than 10 years. Each year has a special theme and a specified area of interest for OCO to raise funds.

This year, crisis services was the focus of the fundraiser.

The crisis services is a very large area of interest for OCO.

Copps said that about 30,000 people receive services annually in the county.

“That’s about one out of every four people according to population standards,” she added. “So it is very possible it could be helping someone you know.”

With more than 50 programs ranging anywhere from receiving pre-natal care to providing meals for homebound seniors, Copps said anyone can fall along that line with a crisis.

“It can be anything. Lack of safe housing, children needing preparation for kindergarten, lack of transportation, domestic violence, anything that can be deemed a crisis,” she said.

OCO employees and volunteers kick off the event by dancing the electric slide.

OCO employees and volunteers kick off the event by dancing the electric slide.

Each year, the fundraiser event uses a different theme. This year it was Rodeo Bowl, Copps said.

“This gives the teams a chance to have fun and get creative,” she explained.

As a little bit of incentive, whichever team raises the most pledge money is able to return to the event next year free of charge.

On Saturday, nearly all participants came dressed in rodeo attire, while many others utilized props as well.

A team spirit award was presented to the team that had the most fun with the theme.

OCO augmented the theme by providing cowboy balloons at each table and a John Wayne cardboard cutout to take pictures with.

Many of the events and contests followed the Rodeo Bowl theme as well. Stick horse races were held, a selfie corral was available for participants to take their own pictures utilizing OCO provided props, and Clover the Cow was available for the manic milking contest.

Contestants paid $2 to see who could milk Clover the Cow the fastest.

Donna Kestner sends her ball down the lane at OCO’s Rodeo Bowl.

Donna Kestner sends her ball down the lane at OCO’s Rodeo Bowl.

There was also a silent auction providing numerous prizes, 50/50 tickets, a lottery board, a chicken barbeque and more to benefit OCO.

The fun was kicked off by employees and volunteers dancing the electric slide to the song, “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy.” And, the fun continued all throughout the event.

The Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club reveled in the theme and all the fun it brought with it at Lane 19.

Linda Rossiter said, “We have a motto – if it’s fun, they will come!”

With their stick-on mustaches, sombrero hats, stick horses and rodeo outfits, the fun was in full supply.

They chose to participate in the fundraiser because, “We believe in supporting community events. That’s what the Rotary is all about,” Rossiter said.

LeVerne DeLand added that they make contributions to the OCO throughout the year.

The Nortfleet Strikers team, sponsored by Dr. Nortfleet, participates in the event each year as a family.

Jennifer Halstead said her parents, grandparents, sister and niece participate every year together.

Although Jennifer doesn’t bowl often, she enjoys bowling every year in this event with her father, John Halstead, who is an OCO employee, and the rest of her team.

“This event does really well, it’s a big hit every year” Halstead said.

Participants were encouraged to use the hashtag, #OCORodeoBowl to post their fun pictures and statuses to social media.

Numerous organizations and business chose to sponsor the event for OCO.

G&C Foods bowled on five lanes, Pathfinder Bank and Partners, Fidelis Care, National Grid and Fulton Savings Bank all sponsored and bowled in the event, to name a few.

“Lakeview Lanes makes a large donation and we’ve developed a great business relationship in this,” said Copps. “And, with our employees and so many volunteers helping, it really keeps the cost low so as much money as possible can go out to our crisis services.”

A complete list of sponsors can be found at www.oco.org

A private, non-profit agency, OCO’s many programs touch the lives of more than 30,000 Oswego County residents each year.

One of Oswego County’s largest employers, OCO employs more than 600 people and boasts a volunteer force of 1,200.

OCO strives to improve the quality of life in Oswego County by helping people, supporting communities and changing lives.

For more information, visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org

How Safe Are Fulton City Schools?

FULTON, NY – All schools in the Fulton City School District have a buzzer system to allow entrance into the buildings to ensure the safety of their students and staff. But, just how effective is this system?

Oswego County Today’s Mikayla Kemp visited the schools to see for herself. The following is her report.

Fulton schools are equipped with a buzzer system.

Fulton schools are equipped with a buzzer system.

“I love my kid’s school. The teachers are great. But, safety is not as precise as they say,” said one Granby Elementary parent.

On her way to pick up her children from school, Tonya Hansson commented on the safety of her children’s elementary school.

While you do have to ring the buzzer to gain access to the school, once you’re inside, there’s no telling what you could do.

Tonya explained that there is a person sitting at a desk directly in front of the office upon entering the building.

This person is responsible for buzzing people in.

However, “I’ve bypassed her a few times because I was in a hurry” she confessed.

To test this theory, I buzzed the building to gain entrance. I was allowed in to the building, and walked right past the office and the front desk and even wandered the halls without being stopped.

“That shouldn’t happen,” said Superintendent of Schools Bill Lynch. “We provide training to the people working these positions and it is frowned upon when they’re not following proper protocol.”

All six schools in the Fulton City School District, including four elementary schools, the middle school and the high school, are supposed to follow the buzzer system guidelines before granting anyone permission into the building.

The intended usage of the system is to have the incoming person ring the buzzer, they will then hear a voice over the intercom ask them their name, their purpose for entering and may even be asked to show photo ID before the door becomes unlocked.

Visitors are required to sign in at the main office

Visitors are required to sign in at the main office

When testing this system, only one school in the district correctly followed these guidelines.

At Fulton Junior High School, I was asked via the intercom, who I was and my purpose before being allowed in.

Upon entering the building, I immediately approached a desk and told the woman who I needed to speak with. I was asked to sign in and was directed to the office.

All four elementary schools required me to ring the buzzer as well.

However I did not need to say anything before the doors became unlocked.

Fairgrieve Elementary School seemed to have the next safest solution.

Rather than entering the school to a person sitting at a desk, you enter directly into the office and are required to speak with the office secretary and sign in before gaining entrance into any other part of the building.

Lanigan Elementary and Volney Elementary both allowed entrance into the school without asking, but required sign in at the front desk.

However, the schools differ in their sign-in protocol.

At Lanigan, you are required to sign in and are given a visitor pass filled out with your name, destination and time.

Regardless of your intended destination, you are sent directly to the office, which is visible from the front desk and you may be asked at any time in the school to present your visitor pass with correct corresponding information.

At Volney, the sign-in desk is not immediately upon entrance. Access to the gymnasium and the cafeteria are available before the sign-in desk.

I was given a visitor pass, but it was not filled out with any information.

Superintendent Lynch ensured that the cafeteria entrance and gymnasium entrance are visible by the front desk worker and it would then become their concern to approach the entering person if they were to bypass the desk to enter either of these areas.

“There are many layers of security,” he said, certifying that there are other protocols to follow once someone enters the building.

Lastly, I visited G. Ray Bodley High School.

Warning message posted

Warning message posted

At 1:30 p.m., I approached the school at entrance 9, the entrance outside the cafeteria and gymnasium.

At this time, the middle doors were unlocked and I was able to enter the building without seeing or speaking to anyone.

G. Ray Bodley’s main entrance has the buzzer system intact, which enters you directly to the attendance office where you are required to sign in to the building.

The remaining exterior doors do not have a buzzer system and instead have a sign requesting visitors sign in at the main entrance, as do the other five schools in the district.

Although the exterior doors are supposed to remain locked from the time students arrive at school, I was able to gain access during this time period.

Lynch noted that all exterior doors are to be locked when students arrive and are to remain locked and they have even implemented a card-reader system for staff so they are able to enter and exit through specific doors without leaving them unlocked.

These readers are available to staff before school begins and a few hours after school ends.

Despite the few uncertainties in the district’s buzzer system, the level of worry seems to remain relatively low.

The buzzer system seems to be doing the envisioned job as Lynch said, “It’s meeting its intended purpose. We’ve been pleased with the system we have.”

Monique – The Pet Of The Week

OSWEGO, NY – Monique was found wandering in Fulton.

She was very thin, but still wearing a collar.

Monique

Monique

So, if you are the owner and can identify her, please call us.

We do understand that cats can become lost.

But, our efforts to find the owner have been unsuccessful and now she needs a home.

She loves people, but  is still a little uncertain about other cats.

So, she would probalby be happiest as an only (preferably spoiled) cat.

She is  about a year old and isn’t she just gorgeous?

A perky little fluff ball just coming into her own.

Please contact our office at 207-1070 or email ochscontact@hotmail.com for information on adopting Monique.

And get your camera and your lap ready.

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.

Oswego School Board Entering Budget Homestretch

OSWEGO, NY – It’s coming down to the wire for the Oswego School Board to agree on a budget; one that they can feel comfortable presenting to the public. With about a week to go until a budget must be approved, the board members agree – there is still a lot more work to do.

Superintendent Ben Halsey shared some new budget figures with the board, based on recommendations members made following the April 9 workshop.

Superintendent Ben Halsey points out some figures during Thursday's budget workshop.

Superintendent Ben Halsey points out some figures during Thursday’s budget workshop.

“The new number is lower than the number we were operating on last week,” he said.

A big part of the budget is a $1.5 million increase in legal bills; with the majority of that to deal with a major challenge from the nuclear power plants.

“We feel that we’re very close to being able to finalize that deal,” Halsey said. “We can make a reduction in our legal fees. But, I am cautious to remove the whole 1.5 because if in the eleventh and a half hour something goes south we’re still going to need some funds.”

“What we did, and what we were instructed to do, was cut supplies 10 percent across the board,” Business Administrator Nancy Squairs explained. “In doing that, we did notice that there were some groups that would be harmed by the 10 percent reduction in their supply budget. So there are some places where we did not reduce supplies.”

“We’re talking across the board here. It’s not just pencils and erasers,” Halsey added. “We’re talking about all departments. We’re not singling out anyone.”

All of the schools’ field trips have been cut from the budget, Squairs said.

“We talk about and look at areas like field trips; and we all know their value academically and to the well-rounded experience that we provide for our students. It’s tough times and we’ve got to make those cuts,” Halsey said.

Reductions in the area of staffing include two administrators at the high school, according to Squairs.

“The proposal is to take the two assistant principal positions that we currently have and reduce them to 10-month employees rather than eliminating one of them completely,” the superintendent said, adding that it would mean some “significant” savings.

Employee benefits have been reduced as a result of the staffing level. The special education team leader has been reduced from the budget. Intramurals funding has been reduced to properly reflect what the costs are to that program.

Two physical education won’t be replaced in the 2015-16 budget.

The assistant transportation supervisor was in the original budget plan twice. The extra line was removed; the position is still in the budget, Squairs explained. The same has been done for some duplication in the costs for testing, she added.

“In total, we have reduced the budget $1.9 million,” she said. “The current projected draft 3 budget is $84,398,675 million.

“If we’re reducing the number of positions that we have etc, we’re going to have to take this to the public, then I don’t think we should have nine contractual raises in the budget,” board member Tom DeCastro said. “Nobody’s said anything about taking those out yet.”

The district will again dip into its reserves to help balance the budget. “I’m very hesitant to do that,” Halsey said. “But, I’m not sure we have any options.”

Right now they are looking at a levy estimate of 40.75 % as discussed at Thursday’s workshop. This is a direct result of lost revenue from the nuclear power plant agreement, Halsey noted.

That is based on the current assessed value. That value will change once the tax rolls come out; and it’s also based on equalization rate for each of the municipalities of 100 percent and may also change, the business administrator noted.

What would a 40 percent increase do to the tax rate? Board member Sam Tripp asked.

“On a $100,000 home, it would raise taxes $566 and your tax rate would go from 19.80 to 25.50 per $1,000,” Squairs said.

According to the state regulations, the district would still be under the tax cap, Halsey said.

“This increase on a $100,000 home will be refunded to the homeowner in the fall,” he pointed out. “Just like it was this year. That’s an important piece to keep in mind. Wherever we settle on a tax levy increase, we will be within our tax cap.”

If the current tentative spending is rejected by the voters, and the district went to a contingency budget, “it would cost us to make another $6 in reductions on top of what we already showed you today,” the superintendent told the board. And there’d still be a tax increase of $227.66 for an owner of a $100,000 home,” he said. “Even if we go out with the exact same budget number that we’re operating under this year.”

“There is nothing left in this budget, after the reductions that we’ve made, unless you want to start looking at positions that we could reasonably cut from this budget,” Squairs pointed out.

“It puts us in a challenging situation,” Halsey said.

“When does it stop? Every year it keeps going up and up and up. I mean at some point, we’re just a small district, it’s not going to be able to survive,” said Lynda Sereno, board vice president.

“Everybody’s in the same boat as us, Tripp said.

He doesn’t see the board going out to the public with the current budget plan.

“If we can pick up a half a million here and a half a million there (in reductions – savings) we need to do that. We need to be looking for that,” he said. “What we’re going to adopt is a number and we have to live within that number. We can change, we can move stuff around; but we can’t change the number once we approve it.”

“We’re asking our teachers etc to do more with less. We can do the same thing with the administration. They might have to hustle a little more to do evaluations … that would help sell this budget as far as the public is concerned,” DeCastro said.

“I think every move we make going forward, reductions, will have an impact on class size, what we offer across the district … I think what we did last year got us to the point where we have staff of our size school and what we value as a community that we want to continue to offer. Any move we make no going forward, reducing things, you’re going to bump class sizes, you’re going to eliminate some electives – it’s going to be felt by our students and staff,” the superintendent cautioned.

Even holding the budget flat, the district would still be asking for a ‘significant’ levy increase, due to a variety of reasons, he said.

People will be lining up advocating for their positions, while others will be advocating for lower taxes, he added.

“I firmly believe anything we go further than what we’ve already presented to you is going to have an impact. We have to be prepared for that,” he said. “I don’t think we have excesses lying around at this point.”

Sereno pointed out the board is discussing the budget in public, “trying to get it down to a manageable level. We’ve been working hard.”

Continuation of the budget discussion will likely dominate the board’s April 21 meeting.

According to the state, the board has until April 24 to adopt a budget proposal. A special meeting might be scheduled between the 21st and 24th to adopt the budget, the superintendent said.

A public hearing on the proposed spending plan will be held at the board’s May 5 meeting, which is slated to be held at the OHS cafeteria.

Halsey said he will give several presentations around the district before that meeting.

Student Advocacy Group at SUNY Oswego Sponsors Innovative Suicide Awareness Display

OSWEGO, NY – In an effort to shed light on the tragedy of college student suicide and start a dialogue about a heavily stigmatized topic, Active Minds at SUNY Oswego will host Send Silence Packing, a public education display of 1,100 donated backpacks representing the 1,100 college students lost to suicide each year.

A note about 'Laurie' written at the 2012 event. (OCT File Photo)

A note about ‘Laurie’ written at the 2012 event. (OCT File Photo)

“In 2012, Send Silence Packing came to our campus, but since then, we have been touched by suicide within the campus community and greater Oswego community. We must continue these life-saving conversations,” Active Minds advisor, Melanie Hoffman, told Oswego County Today. “At the last display, we received an anonymous post-it note on one of the tables that read ‘I was contemplating suicide, but after seeing this display, I am going to make an appointment at Creekside Counseling instead.’ If up until then we were unsure if these events and conversations matter, that post-it note gave us concrete evidence that this mental health destigmatization movement is necessary.”

Send Silence Packing was developed by Active Minds, Inc., the leading voice for college student mental health in the United States. Active Minds was formed in 2001 by Alison Malmon during her junior year at the University of Pennsylvania following the suicide of her older brother, 22-year-old Brian Malmon.

The national organization has collected and continues to collect backpacks and personal stories in memory of loved ones lost to suicide.

By displaying backpacks with personal stories that put a “face” to the lives lost to suicide, Send Silence Packing carries the message that preventing suicide is not just about lowering statistics, but about saving the lives of students, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and friends across the nation.

Active Minds at SUNY Oswego encourages all members of the Oswego County community to come view the display on April 24 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., in the Marano Campus Center.

A best friend lost forever (OCT File Photo)

A best friend lost forever (OCT File Photo)

The group will be passing out information about mental health, student suicide, and where to go to seek help.

Information tables and activities will also be provided throughout the day.

“I am actually not sure of stats in Oswego or SUNY Oswego. To my knowledge, there haven’t been any suicides at SUNY Oswego during the semester. But, in the past three years alone, I know of two students in July 2012 who died by suicide and one student who was not enrolled at school but was still involved with a SUNY Oswego fraternity died by suicide last year,” Hoffman said. “The stats for college students are that 1,100 college students die by suicide each year. That number is only increasing, due to lack of effective coping skills and the stigma of mental health and getting help.”

Of the 1,100 backpacks in total, 200 of them will be backpacks with personalized stories about individuals written by their loved ones.

There will also be information about mental health resources from Active Minds, SAVE Central NY (a community based suicide prevention group), and Counseling and Healing Arts of Oswego County will be represented.

SAVE and Counseling and Healing Arts are major community resources, as well as other mental health practices: Heather Rice, LMHC, Creekside Counseling Services, Integrative Counseling Services and Beacon Psychological Healthcare, Hoffman said.

Reading a backpack message.

Reading a backpack message.

Common warning signs include having suicidal ideation (thoughts) feelings of hopelessness or helplessness, increased substance use, any significant changes in mood (anxiety, depression, anger) or appearance (such as in weight or hygiene), isolation or withdrawal, feelings of purposelessness, feeling trapped, recklessness.

But there are ways to get help, Hoffman said.

Reach out to counseling at one of the community agencies.

The Counseling Services Center on campus sees enrolled SUNY Oswego students, has morning and afternoon crisis walk-in hours, and an afterhours service called Protocol which students can access by dialing the CSC number after hours and being prompted to push “2.”

Also, the National Suicide Prevention hotline 1 (800) 273-8255 can be accessed by anyone, anywhere, anytime.

About Active Minds

Active Minds is the leading voice in college student mental health and supports a rapidly growing network of more than 300 student-run chapters on colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada.

All chapters work towards one goal: to create a campus culture where it is OK to speak openly about mental health and seek help.

A national non-profit headquartered in Washington D.C., Active Minds empowers students to change the conversation about mental health one campus at a time.

To learn more, visit www.activeminds.org

For more information about Send Silence Packing and the Spring 2012 Tour, visit www.sendsilencepacking.org

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John M. Henry, president of Mitchell’s Speedway Press, Oswego, recently returned from attending the executive board meeting of the National Print Owners Association while directing its spring conference in Orlando. Henry is the board member in charge of putting on the annual event, which drew printing company owners from across North America and from several foreign countries.

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Edward Cagnoli, 77, of Minetto, passed away Sunday evening April 19, 2015.

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Deborah Ann Ensworth, 64, a resident of Oswego, passed away Sunday April 19, 2015, at Upstate Hospital, Syracuse.

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Annual Autism Walk Scheduled Saturday in Oswego

The Family Fun Walk for Autism will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Leighton School and Wilber track and field. New this year will be a vendor and silent auction area. Also new this year, the event will feature a quieter and separate section where you can get away from all the excitement for a while.

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