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August Was Cooler, Drier Than Average

OSWEGO, NY – Despite its humidity and occasional heavy rains, August was cooler and drier than normal, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

A couple of deer enjoy the nice weather in a field near Scriba.

A couple of deer enjoy the nice weather in a field near Scriba.

The average temperature for August 2014 was 68.0 degrees. That is 1.4 degrees below average, Gregway said.

“There were no 90s and no records,” he added. “It was a bit on the muggy side.”

The highest temperature was 85 degrees on the 11th and the 26th.

The lowest was 49 degrees on the 19th.

August saw 6 days where the high was 80 or above, and 19 when it was in the 70s.

The overnight low was in the 40s once (on the 19th). It was in the 50s 11 times.

“August went out with a little burst of heat,” Gregway said. “The overnight low on the 31st was 70 degrees.”

Precipitation for August came in at 2.43 inches. That is 1.37 inches below average.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period came over the 12th and 13th – 0.85-inch. There was also 0.54-inch on the 15th, Gregway added.

“Overall, it was a rather dry month. But, the few times it rained, it really came down,” he said.

There were 10 days of measurable precipitation, 5 of them were in a row.

There was 1 day of a trace.

And, no precipitation fell on 20 days; there were stretches of 9 and 6 days in a row.

Since the first of the year, total precipitation now stands at 27.05 inches. That is just 0.33-inch above average.

There was just 2 thunderstorm days in August. That is 3 below average.

August saw 1 foggy day, which is 1 above average.

The area saw 60 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is 4 percentages below average.

“That was kind of surprising,” Gregway said. “I was expecting it to be sunnier.”

The number of cloudy days, 11, was 3 above average.

Red sky at night, sailor's delight.

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.

The number of partly cloudy days, 13, was 1 above average.

The number of clear days, 7, was 4 below average.

“There weren’t a lot of strong winds last month,” Gregway said. “Just on maybe 3 or 4 days, that’s all.”

The strongest winds were west-northwesterly on the 13th at greater than 25 mph.

Also on the 13th was the month’s lowest barometric pressure, 29.72. The highest, 30.22 came on the 25th and then again on the 29th.

The wettest August on record is 7.86 inches in 1992. The driest is 0.29-inch in 1874.

The coolest August is 1866 with an average temperature of 61.6 degrees.

The warmest may have been 73.4 degrees in 1947. There is a recent high of 73.2 degrees in 2001.

The highest temperature on record in August is 98 degrees on the 22nd in 1883. The coldest is 42 degrees on the 27th in 1969.

White Takes City To Task Over Parking Barricade

OSWEGO, NY – Dave White claims the city has built a “Berlin Wall” blocking property his sister (Patty Wahrendorf) owns on the city’s northwest side.

“I would like the mayor to take down Oswego’s version of the Berlin Wall,” he said at this week’s council meeting. “I find it amusing that we’d block off a paper street because we’re having a problem with my sister and her husband over some rental property’s legal parking.”

There are other people on that street the city has authorized to park there, he added.

“If you’re mad at my sister, is your next move to block off Montcalm Street so I can’t get out of my driveway?” he asked the council.

His councilor, Fran Enwright, has an apartment building that doesn’t have a permit to park in public space, White said.

White, a former candidate for mayor, said the blockade is a waste of money to prevent “three or four cars” from parking there.

“If you got a problem with them parking there, why don’t you simply sit down and see if you can’t resolve the problem without putting up a wall so that other people can’t park there?” he said.

The area is not a paved parking lot, Councilor Enwright pointed it out. It is grass.

“It’s not three or four cars. It’s more like 13 cars, which you can imagine, when it comes to fall or early spring, it sort of looks like a bog; a big muddy area, a small boy could drown in it if you’re not careful,” he said. “Along with that stuff comes liter and sofas, mattresses and old televisions, computers all mixed up.”

He said that he (and the mayor) have met with White to discuss the process to use public space. All that is required is a permit, he added.

“Apparently, Mr. Wahrendorf doesn’t feel any laws of this city apply to him. So, just to protect the neighbors from the terror that was going on down there with the alleged frat house and garbage, we did place barricades,” Enwright said.

Councilor Mike Todd agreed with Enwright that there was a problem down there.

“A better solution, since they can’t legally park there, is to remove the barricades … ticket them. And then, the second time, start towing them,” he said. “There’s 13 cars parked there most days and it’s blocking access to people who actually need to get to their property.”

Even though, in the past, they “have hammered them with tickets,” it has accomplished little, Enwright added.

Council Vice President Eric VanBuren suggested putting the issue on the agenda for next week’s committee meeting to allow all parties an opportunity to express their concerns and opinions.

Councilor Mike Myers pointed out that if the cars are forced out of one area, they’ll move somewhere else.

“They’re going to find somewhere else to park and the problem will just move,” he said.

“Until we get some cooperation from the college on how to deal with off-campus problems, nothing’s going to change,” Todd said.

Myers urged the mayor to investigate the alleged fraternity house in the area as soon as possible.

“We shouldn’t punish all for the behavior of just a few,” he said.

Weather Notebook For August 29, 2014

Weather Notebook For August 29, 2014

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

The monthly total is now 4.39 inches.

The total for the year is 33.83 inches.

Variable cloudiness tonight. Low near 55.

A mix of sun and clouds and maybe some thunder on Saturday. High near 70.

Scattered showers and maybe a thunderstorm on Classic Sunday.

OCO to Host Craft and Vendor Fair

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego County Opportunities Crisis and Development Services will hold a craft and vendor fair on September 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion in Oswego.  The event serves as a fundraiser for OCO’s upcoming Family Fun Day.

County Opportunities Crisis and Development Services will host a Craft and Vendor Fair September 6. Christina Bentley displays one of the many baskets that will be available at the event that will feature more than 20 vendors and crafters.

County Opportunities Crisis and Development Services will host a Craft and Vendor Fair September 6. Christina Bentley displays one of the many baskets that will be available at the event that will feature more than 20 vendors and crafters.

More than 20 vendors will be on hand with wide assortment of crafts and other items.  From handmade scarves and tote bags to jewelry, bath and body products, even Tarot readings, you’ll find something for everyone at the OCO Craft and Vendor Fair.

OCO Crisis and Development Services’ Family Fun Day offers clients and their families in the C and DS programs with a full day of fun and enjoyment.  According to committee co-chairperson Stephanie Meeker, Family Fun Day provides those in the program with a welcome diversion.

“Participants in our Crisis and Development programs are often dealing with difficult situations. Our Family Fun Day gives them the opportunity spend a relaxing and fun day with their families,” said Meeker.

In addition to crafters and vendors Meeker added that there would be basket drawings and more.

For further information on the OCO Crisis and Development Services Craft and Vendor Fair, call Meeker at 315-342-7532.

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 650 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 www.oco.org

Oswego School Board Names Principal, Interim Principal

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego School Board adjusted the salaries for three administrators, hired a new principal and said goodbye to the district clerk at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The salary adjustments are as follows:

Peter Myles, director of personnel and human resources, $107,000; Nancy Squairs, business administrator, $104,000; and Dr. Dean Goewey, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, $120,000.

The board also approved the resignation of Brian Hartwell and Dr. Goewey. Hartwell left his position as principal at OHS to become a superintendent elsewhere in the county.

Julie Kimmel-Gorman was appointed to fill Dr. Goewey’s former post as principal of Minetto Elementary School. Her salary was set at $83,000.

It took a little bit of prodding to get the board members to accept the resignation of one long-time employee.

The board unanimously approved the resignation of Bill Foley, the district clerk, records management officer and freedom of information officer, effective Aug. 29. The vote was followed by a lengthy ovation by board members, administrators and members of the audience.

However, when the clerk read the resolution and asked for a motion, he was met with several seconds of good-natured silence.

Only after he promoted the board, “Motion, please,” was the resolution moved, seconded and unanimously approved.

The day before school opens next week, Superintendent Ben Halsey will welcome back everyone.

There will be several new faces in classrooms throughout the Oswego City School District when the new year commences. New staff members at Fitzhugh Park and Charles E. Riley Elementary Schools include (front row left to right), Katie O’Leary (FPS), Ashton LaTulip (FPS), Stephanie Dawson (CER), Nestor Aviles (CER), Teanna Smith (CER) and Abby Delia (CER). In back are Kris Jorgensen (FPS and CER), Nicholas Little (FPS), David Sugar (FPS), Teresa Miller (FPS) and Elizabeth Heckert. (FPS).

There will be several new faces in classrooms throughout the Oswego City School District when the new year commences. New staff members at Fitzhugh Park and Charles E. Riley Elementary Schools include (front row left to right), Katie O’Leary (FPS), Ashton LaTulip (FPS), Stephanie Dawson (CER), Nestor Aviles (CER), Teanna Smith (CER) and Abby Delia (CER). In back are Kris Jorgensen (FPS and CER), Nicholas Little (FPS), David Sugar (FPS), Teresa Miller (FPS) and Elizabeth Heckert. (FPS).

“We will spend some time setting our course as a school district. And I invite the board of education to join us,” he said. “I’m really excited about this opportunity to work with the administrative team and our teachers, both those with experience and those who are new to us, and all the departments that support our educational mission.”

Students will return to classes on Sept. 3.

“Even though we have reduced the number of positions, through the budget process, we typically, as most schools do, did some hiring over the summer; that’s part of the process to fill vacancies and retirements and those types of things,” he explained.

He asked the board to set up a “reception” for Sept. 16 for the new hires.

“That way, you can put a face with a name,” he told the board members.

Secondary and elementary new teaching staff members for the Oswego City School District include (front row left to right) Emily Moreau (Frederick Leighton), Kathryn Tumia (Frederick Leighton) and Taylor Castaldo (Kingsford Park). In back are  Nikki Cary (OMS), Amanda Sprague (OHS), Michelle Peterson (Kingsford Park) and Mary Spilman (Minetto).

Secondary and elementary new teaching staff members for the Oswego City School District include (front row left to right) Emily Moreau (Frederick Leighton), Kathryn Tumia (Frederick Leighton) and Taylor Castaldo (Kingsford Park). In back are Nikki Cary (OMS), Amanda Sprague (OHS), Michelle Peterson (Kingsford Park) and Mary Spilman (Minetto).

Sue Piasecki was approved as the interim high school principal.

“We’ve talked about a couple different avenues. We searched for an outside person to come in as an interim, but in the 11th hour, after having discussions with a number of people, Sue is certainly more than willing and capable. I feel confident that we can run that building smoothly,” Halsey said. “We have people in the district with great leadership skills.”

“I’m confident that our (search) process is going to go quickly and thoroughly so we’re not looking at having an interim having to hold down the fort for an extended period of time. I believe we are in the mid 30s to 40s as far as applications. We will work swiftly to screen those applicants, establish a hiring committee,” he continued.

The biggest time constraint would be if someone from the outside is hired and they have to give notice to their current employer, he added.

“I am hopeful that we will have somebody here ready to work for us very soon,” he said.

More EEE Found In Oswego County; More Aerial Spraying Planned

OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Health Department reported today that the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus has been found in several more mosquito samples collected in the towns of West Monroe and Hastings during routine testing conducted by the county and state health departments.

Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang emphasizes that people in Oswego County need to continue to use personal protective measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

The Oswego County Health Department plans to conduct aerial spraying for mosquitoes between 6 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30. This map shows the targeted spray area. Residents in this area will be notified by the Oswego County Hyper-Reach reverse 911 program. They are advised to follow the precautions issued from the health department, including staying indoors and keeping all windows and doors closed for one hour after spraying.

The Oswego County Health Department plans to conduct aerial spraying for mosquitoes between 6 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30. This map shows the targeted spray area. Residents in this area will be notified by the Oswego County Hyper-Reach reverse 911 program. They are advised to follow the precautions issued from the health department, including staying indoors and keeping all windows and doors closed for one hour after spraying.

The county health department plans to conduct aerial spraying Saturday evening, Aug. 30, between 6 and 9 p.m. in the Big Bay/ Toad Harbor Swamp area.

“Most human EEE cases occur in late summer and early autumn in Oswego County and in northeastern regions of the country,” said Huang. “The virus is still active in our area. We are not out of the woods yet. It is very important that we continue to protect ourselves against mosquitoes when we are outdoors.”

These personal protection measures include applying a mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus to prevent mosquito bites. People should also continue to limit their outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active; wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks when outdoors; and eliminate standing water around the home to reduce mosquito breeding sites.

Aerial spraying is a control measure to diminish mosquito populations which will help to reduce the risk of human infection from the EEE virus. It will not eliminate all mosquitoes, some of which transmit the virus, and impose a public health threat to Oswego County.

The product Kontrol 30-30, which contains permethrin, will be applied in a diluted form.  The county has contracted with Duflo Spray-Chemical from Lowville to conduct the aerial spraying. The procedure is approved by the state Health Department and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Links to the Kontrol 30-30 label and msds are posted on the Oswego County Web site at:

http://www.oswegocounty.com/health/index.html

“We have been working closely with Duflo Spray-Chemical to choose an optimal evening to conduct the aerial spraying,” Huang continued.  “Ideally, the aerial spray is most effective when it is applied during an evening with warmer temperatures, calm to light winds, and no precipitation.”

The area to be sprayed was previously sprayed in early August and includes about 10,000 acres within these boundaries: U.S. Route 11 in Central Square to the west, NYS Route 49 to the north, up to but not including the village of Constantia to the east; and the shoreline of Oneida Lake to the south. Spraying will not take place over the waters of Oneida Lake.

Residents within the aerial spray boundaries will be notified of the aerial spraying by the Oswego County Hyper-Reach reverse 911 program. If the spraying is postponed due to weather conditions, residents will be notified through the news media and information will be posted on the Oswego County Web site at www.oswegocounty.com.

People in the target area should stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed for one hour after the spraying. They are also advised to:

Keep pets indoors.

Close the vents on window air conditioners so that outside air doesn’t enter the home for one hour.

Remove outdoor toys, outdoor furniture, and clothing from the clothesline. Items left outdoors should be washed thoroughly with soap and water before using.

If you are driving through an area while spraying takes place, close your car windows and vents.

Cover gardens, or rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables thoroughly before cooking or eating.

A copy of the pesticide label and MSDS including all warnings, and fact sheets about permethrin aerial spraying can be found on the Oswego County Web site at http://www.oswegocounty.com/health/index.html, or obtained by calling the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Proclaimed In Oswego

Mayor Tom Gillen presents Makayla Walker, accompanied by her mother, with the proclamation Monday night. Makayla was diagnosed in the fall of 2012 with an abdominal desmoid tumor. It is so aggressive it is classified as a cancer. The Walkers were joined by twins Sadie (left) and Myla Wilson and their parents. Sadie is currently in treatment for leukemia and goes to Upstate Golisano's Children's Hospital.

Mayor Tom Gillen presents Makayla Walker, accompanied by her mother, with the proclamation Monday night. Makayla was diagnosed in the fall of 2012 with an abdominal desmoid tumor. It is so aggressive it is classified as a cancer. The Walkers were joined by twins Sadie (left) and Myla Wilson and their parents. Sadie is currently in treatment for leukemia and goes to Upstate Golisano’s Children’s Hospital.

OSWEGO, NY – At Monday’s Common Council meeting, Mayor Tom Gillen proclaimed September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the Port City.

In the US, almost 13,000 children, under the age of 21, are diagnosed with cancer every year, he said.

Thanks to on-going advances in research and treatment, the five-year survival rate for all childhood cancers has climbed from less than 50 percent to 80 percent currently, he said.

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