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Pet of the Week – Tessa

OSWEGO, NY – Tessa was a scrawny thing rescued from under a porch with a bunch of kittens.



She was scared and we thought she may be too unsocialized to be adopted and would have to go to a barn.

But we were wrong.

As soon as she didn’t have to fight to protect her babies, she turned into her real lovey-dovey self.

She’s a pretty, fluffy, medium haired talker and cuddler.

Her kids all have homes now and Tessa wants one, too, where she can exercise her rights to free speech, enough food, and a comfy lap.

Email OCHS at ochscontact@hotmail.comor call the office at (315) 207-1070 to find out about adopting her.

She has something she wants to say to you.

You can’t spend all your time cuddling on the couch with your cats.

Get up and take you dog to 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.

Van Fire On SUNY Oswego Campus

The cause of a van fire at the college is under investigation.

The cause of a van fire at the college is under investigation. (OFD Photo)

OSWEGO, NY – A vehicle fire was reported behind the Lonis-Moreland residence halls’ dining hall on Sixth Avenue on the SUNY Oswego campus.

Smoke billows from a van fire on the college campus Friday afternoon. (Photo by Bill Foley)

Smoke billows from a van fire on the college campus Friday afternoon. (Photo by Bill Foley)

It happened shortly before 1 p.m. Friday.

Westside units from Oswego Fire Department responded to a working cargo van fire near Mackin Dinning Hall.

There was some billowing smoke and a few small explosions reported by bystanders.

The dorms were evacuated.

Firefighters made a quick knockdown.

There were no injuries.

However, the van was a total loss.

Its contents were damaged, but some were saved.

The cause is unknown and the investigation is continuing.

Weather Notebook For August 27, 2015

Weather Notebook For August 27, 2015

According to Fulton’s weather observer, the area received 0.06-inch of precipitation on August 26.

The monthly total is 3.42 inches.

The total for the year is 29.30 inches.

Clearing skies and mild tonight. Low around 55.

Sunny and warmer on Friday. High in the lower 80s.

Cloudy and cool with early showers possible, then increasing sun today. High near 70.

Katko, Chamber Kick Off Economic Development Roundtable Series

OSWEGO, NY – US Rep. John Katko helped the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday afternoon to launch its series of monthly economic development meetings with members of the Oswego County business community.

The Riverside Banquet Room at the Quality Inn was packed with county business leaders, politicians and other interested county residents.

US Rep. John Katko makes a point during his presentation Wednesday to chamber members and business leaders.

US Rep. John Katko makes a point during his presentation Wednesday to chamber members and business leaders.

The meeting provided Katko an opportunity to share his work on initiatives in Congress to strengthen Central New York’s economy, as well as gain valuable feedback from business owners, managers and community residents, explained Greg Mills, chamber director.

The Congressman might not be at all future meetings, but members of his staff will attend, Mills said.

“We will continue these discussions as we move forward and hopefully have very productive conversations and opportunities to bring issues to the table,” he added.

The purpose of the monthly business roundtable meetings is to bring the community and the businesses together to further ideas and issues and to have a dialogue with the Congressman.

“The best way to address the needs of our community is to communicate, look for guidance and answers and then take action that can lead to results,” Mills told the large crowd.

Through local business owners and community members listening to Rep. Katko and asking questions about issues they face, it gives Katko a better idea of changes that need to be made, Mills added.

“We have dedicated people in our community who have great ideas and great energy. Today is the beginning and an opportunity to build and strengthen our efforts to move forward,” Mills said. “The Congressman’s enthusiasm and commitment to this region has been very encouraging and brought a great deal of excitement about the possibilities that are ahead of us.”

The Congressman discussed some of what he’s been doing to assist the area. He also responded to questions regarding taxes in New York State, the cost of health care, tourism and other local issues.

“I said when I was campaigning that I was going to pay attention to Oswego in a way that it hadn’t been paid attention to before, because it’s the right thing to do, because you need it,” Katko said. “You deserve it from your Congressman. And, I meant it. We’re paying attention up here and it’s important.”

When Katko looks at Oswego County, he said he sees “potential.”

Tax increases won’t continue to happen “if you have some economic growth,” he said.

“So, you’ve got to decide what’s going to drive the engine here,” he said.

He cited as highlights the thriving port, Novelis and Huhtamaki.

Huhtamaki is cutting-edge, high-tech and they have squeezed every bit of efficiency out of their operation – what companies need to be, he said.

Oswego is the first deep-water port on the Great Lakes, Katko said, adding, “I want to know why ships are going by here to other ports. And, if they do start coming here, what can we do about it?”

Work is currently under way on the breakwall “and we hope to follow it up next year with dredging,” Katko said. “If you want the bigger ships to come in here, you need to have a deep-water port.”

Zelko Kirincich, Executive Director and CEO of the port, is a guy on a mission, according to the Congressman.

“He’s got an idea to hook the Port of Oswego down into Syracuse and try to get some sort of partnership going with the New York Port Authority. The New York port is overwhelmed. Sometimes, ships sit out in the water for days waiting to get unloaded. There’s got to be a better way. The thinking is a lot of containers coming this way, a lot of ships coming up here. We’re working on that. Long-term that can mean a lot of good paying jobs for Central New York,” Katko said.

Tourism is another big piece of the economy.

This area is “a gem” and people shouldn’t be afraid to say that, he pointed out.

“Let’s be cheerleaders. We can’t just be businesses; we’ve got to be ambassadors,” he said.

He called Fort Ontario “an unbelievable asset” that’s not talked about enough. He’d like to include Safe Haven and make the entire area a national park.

“You’ve got a lot of history here that, I think, is under-recognized and under-valued. That’s something we should really start promoting more.”

A lot of people lament manufacturing is dead in Central New York.

“As far as I’m concerned, there’s no other way to say it, it’s complete BS,” Katko said.

Local businesses are struggling with tax rates that are probably two to three times what their foreign competitors’ are, he said.

More needs to be done to level the playing field – “I don’t care if it’s even; if it’s remotely level, we would come back with manufacturing in this country in a huge way,” he said.

The more government gets out of the way, the better off business would be, Katko said, adding, “I never heard anyone say they wanted more government.”

For more information on the series and chamber, contact Mills (director@oswegofultonchamber.com) at the chamber (343-7681).

Oswego Drug Dealer Sent To Prison

OSWEGO, NY – On Tuesday (August 25), Jonathan A. Baldwin, 30, of Oswego, appeared in Oswego County Court and was sentenced to 4-1/2 years in state prison, along with 3 years post-release supervision, based upon his conviction for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony.

At a prior court appearance in June, Baldwin pleaded guilty “as charged” to the sole count of an indictment.

As part of the plea, he admitted that he knowingly possessed heroin with the intent to sell in the town of Volney on February 10, 2015.

Baldwin was arrested on February 17, after members of the Oswego County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on him and his vehicle.  The New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team provided critical support and assistance with the investigation.

As a result of the search warrant, officers recovered 148 individual envelopes of heroin and $617 in cash, which Baldwin forfeited as part of his conviction.

The District Attorney’s Office argued that the money should be forfeited as proceeds from criminal activity.

According to police reports, on the night of his arrest, Baldwin admitted that he would buy a “brick” of heroin (50 envelopes) for $450 and then sell the envelopes for $15 or $20 a piece.

Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes thanked all of police officers who worked on this investigation, commending their hard work and sacrifice.

Oakes attributed the success of the investigation to increased cooperation between law enforcement agencies, stating, “This conviction and sentence is the result of a lot of cooperation and teamwork, and it’s proof that our collaborative approach is working. We’re removing drug dealers from our community and holding them accountable.”

The Oswego County Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, Oswego City Police Department, Fulton City Police Department, State University of New York (Oswego) Police Department, Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Border Patrol.

EEE Still Present in Oswego County

OSWEGO – The Oswego County Health Department reported today that the Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE) was detected in a sample of mosquitoes collected last week near the village of Central Square.

Monitoring shows that although the Aug. 16 aerial spraying was very effective in reducing the number of mosquitoes near the north shore of Oneida Lake, the EEE virus is still present in the environment.

Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said today (Aug. 26) it is extremely important that people continue to take steps to protect themselves against mosquitoes in all areas of Oswego County.

The following precautions should be taken:

–  Use insect repellent properly. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus are the most effective and should be used according to package instructions.

– Certain other EPA-approved products containing permethrin can be used on clothing, shoes, bed netting and camping gear to repel and kill mosquitoes and a number of other pests such as ticks. Read the product label and use according to package instructions.

– Whenever possible, limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

– As weather permits, wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks.

– Repair or replace torn window and door screens.

– Empty or dispose of pails, cans, flower pots, or similar water-holding containers.

– Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors.

– Clear roof gutters and be sure they drain properly.

– Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use.

– Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs and drain pool covers.

– Change the water in birdbaths and horse troughs twice a week.

– Remove leaf debris from yards and gardens and clean vegetation and debris from the edge of ponds.

– Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.

For more information about EEE and other viruses transmitted by mosquitoes, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays or visit the Oswego County Health Department’s website at http://www.oswegocounty.com/health/index.html

After 4 p.m., call 341-0086.

Dogs and Harmful Algal Blooms: New York Sea Grant Brochure Alerts Pet Owners Of Potentially Lethal Toxins In NY Waters

The following article was first published in September 2014. Due to the timeliness of the topic, Sea Grant wants to share it again.

OSWEGO, NY – New York Sea Grant has announced the publication of Dogs and Harmful Algal Blooms. Harmful algal blooms, also identified as HAB, especially in fresh water, are overgrowths of cyanobacteria, or blue green algae, that cause water quality problems in lakes and ponds, including the occasional production of potent toxins. These toxins can poison people, household pets, waterfowl and livestock.

Because HABs are increasing in many areas, the number of dog poisonings from cyanobacterial toxins is also on the rise. To keep canine companions safe around local waterways, this important brochure provides pet owners a safety checklist of symptoms of HABs poisoning and steps that can be taken if a dog is exposed to HABs.

Author Dave MacNeill, a NYSG extension educator from SUNY Oswego, began noticing more and more reports of dogs becoming ill from the toxins produced by HABs in the Lake Ontario area.

People might get sick, but dogs are actually dying, said MacNeill.

In compiling this brochure, MacNeill enlisted the aid of Dr. Karyn Bischoff, a toxicologist at Cornell University Veterinary College; Scott Kishbaugh of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation; Dr. Lesley V. D’Anglada of the USEPA; John Wickham, NOAA National Ocean Service; and colleagues in the Sea Grant network.

Bischoff explains that cyanobacterial poisonings are under-reported in domestic animals because people have not been aware of the problem.

Dr. Greg Boyer of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry who has researched HABs extensively, from blue green algae in upstate lakes to brown tide in Long Island bays, and Dr. Chris Gobler of the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, an internationally known expert in HABs, were also consulted on the brochure.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research Funding provided funding for the development and printing of this publication that is also available for download at http://www.seagrant.sunysb.edu. For more information, contact Dave MacNeill at New York Sea Grant at 315-312-3042.

Weather Notebook For August 26, 2015

Weather Notebook For August 26, 2015

According to Fulton’s weather observer, the area received no precipitation on August 25.

The monthly total is 3.36 inches.

The total for the year is 29.24 inches.

Mostly cloudy and mild with a few showers tonight. Low around 60.

A chance of early showers then a mix of sun and clouds on Thursday. High in the lower 70s.

Cool with a mix of sun and clouds and maybe a shower today. High near 70.

Local Businessman Says He Can Save Cahill’s Building

OSWEGO, NY – Hundreds of people in and around the Port City have expressed the desire to save the former Cahill’s Fish Market.

Local entrepreneur Tony Pauldine said he is the man for the job.

Tony Pauldine explains his vision for the Cahill's Building.

Tony Pauldine explains his vision for the Cahill’s Building.

An Oswego native, Pauldine has been a developer and contractor for more than three decades. One of the larger projects he’s done is the King Arthur project.

He added that he has just signed a lease with the Children’s Museum of Oswego.

“So, it’s official. The Children’s Museum will be going into the King Arthur building,” he said. “We’re excited about that.”

Tuesday evening in the conference room in the lower level of Canal Commons, he addressed his plan to save the historic Cahill Building. Nearly two dozen people were on hand to hear his plan and offer comments.

As far as finances, Pauldine said, “We have in-house the finances currently to save the building. We’re not at this point looking for additional loans or funds.”

The cost of the project is likely to be about $1 million, maybe even a little more, he added.

Pauldine said he recently restored a building that “believe it or not” was in worse shape than the Cahill Building. He is confident that he can save it.

For the last eight months, they have had a signed purchase offer for the building in to the city, he said.

He met recently with the community development director and some of the city councilors to explain what he wants to do with the building.

“The Cahill Building is a special building. And, I’m sure that most of you know that it’s the oldest commercial building in Oswego,” he said. “I remember the building fondly in my younger years.”

Pauldine said he likes a challenge and has never built a new house or commercial building; he has renovated and saved many, he added.

An artist's rendering of what the site may look like in the future.

An artist’s rendering of what the site may look like in the future.

What he foresees with the Cahill Building is a 12-suite boutique-hotel. He’d call it something like “Cahill’s Landing,” he said. “I like the idea of keeping the memory of its recent past. It’s potentially a gorgeous building. It deserves to be saved.”

If he had those 12 rooms, he could have them filled tomorrow, he said, adding, “There is that kind of need for it.”

Pauldine has been contacted by a wine merchant who said they’d love to find a place in Oswego, close to the river, where they could promote their brands of wines at a small eatery, he said.

Someone else inquired about finding a place where they could do a small fish fry, he added.

“We put in an offer to the city. We’ve updated it. I think they’re ready to choose a developer and move forward,” Pauldine said. “There may be some other offers that come to the table.”

There are still some legal issues to be resolved.

“I was asked if I would willing to present my offer and have it accepted contingent upon the successful legal wrangling that’s going on, which could possibly be taken care the end of this month, the beginning of next or it could be the first of the year,” he said.

He was also approached about going in and shoring up the site in case things go past the first of the year.

“I said absolutely. If for some reason we lost the building, well then, we’ve done something good for Oswego and saved the building. But I feel really confident that it will go that way,” he said.

The south wall, he pointed out, needs to be taken down from the top of the parapet to the ceiling of the first floor.

They are proposing to rebuild it with the window configuration as it is.

The roof should be taken off and re-done as well, he added.

“A project of this size will take about two years,” he said. “I want to see the building saved personally. I’m incredibly excited about it. I have never started a project that I didn’t finish. I give you my word, if we start this project, we will finish this project. If the people want that building saved, it can be saved.”

Steven Phillips suggested having a community buy-in for some parts of the project. It would give residents a chance to be involved, he said.

Pauldine said the next step is to get together with the architects. Once his proposal is accepted, he can start having layouts and other work done.

There potentially is an offer which would result in the building being razed.

Members of the audience encouraged everyone to contact their councilors and attend council meetings to support saving the building.

Mexico Grad opens Chiropractic Practice in Fulton

FULTON, NY – Dr. Nicole Krzyiewski, a 2006 graduate of Mexico High School, has returned to Oswego County and opened a chiropractic practice in Fulton.

Canalview Chiropractic, PC, opened its doors on August 11.

Dr. Nicole Krzyiewski

Dr. Nicole Krzyiewski

The practice aims to serve Fulton and the surrounding communities by provided high quality chiropractic care.

Dr. Nicole was inspired by this areas sense of community well-being and support.

She feels that her ability to help people on their path to wellness is a great way to give back to the community that helped her become who she is today.

Dr. Nicole holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a Doctorate of Chiropractic form D’Youville College in Buffalo.

She previously worked as an associate at a practice in the suburbs of Rochester.

The practice is located at 16 Canalview Mall in the Canal Landing Plaza and shares space with Community Chiropractic, PC.

The phone number is 598-1187, office hours are posted on www.canalviewchiropractic.com
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