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Fulton Family YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day Aims to Help Kids Exercise Minds, Bodies

FULTON – On April 26, the Fulton Family YMCA is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event to get more families moving, learning and living healthier.

“At YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, we are focusing on health and education to ensure fewer children are at an increased risk for childhood obesity and more children succeed in school,” said Kim McPherson, health and wellness coordinator, Fulton Family YMCA. “But it’s not just a single day of fun, active play and learning – it’s a kick off to helping parents get a jump on creating a healthier summer.”

During summer, many children lose exposure to out-of-school activities that keep their minds and bodies active, leaving them at risk of falling behind academically and gaining weight twice as fast as they would during the school year.

The Fulton YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day event takes place from 6 – 8 p.m. and features fun, active play and educational activities, such as crafts, family relays, nutrition information, Bounce House Fun and more. We will also have information regarding our summer programs available.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by the United Way of Greater Oswego County and Stewarts Shops.

The Fulton Family YMCA is proud to host representatives from United Health Care, Tobacco Free Network, Fulton Police and Fire Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and others, who will be on hand during this event.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by national media partners Sprout and Lazy Town, who are committed to encouraging kids to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Every child who participates will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of two bikes!

For more information, contact the Fulton Family YMCA at 315-598-9622 or visit fultonymca.com or ymca.net

UPK Receives Visit From Senator Ritchie

OSWEGO – Senator Patty Ritchie visited the morning universal pre-kindergarten class at the Frederick Leighton Elementary School.

She spent quite some time with the children, observing and assisting some as they worked on various aspects of their learning.

UPK Receives Visit From Senator Ritchie

UPK Receives Visit From Senator Ritchie

The group gathered together and included are:

Front Row (left to right) Hunter Hort, Joseph Wall, Riley Grant, Rylyn Roberts, Bailey Graham, Dylan Eisner and Ethan Peutl.

Second row: Carter Beckwith, Malachi Morgan, Blake Davern, Deiona Reitz, Cassandra Baker, Jonah Orta, Dustin and Broderick Williams.

In back are FLS Principal Julie Burger, teaching assistant Crystal Henderson, teacher Jamie Turtura, Senator Ritchie, Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Cathleen Chamberlain.

Salmon River Advisory Issued For Fishermen Today

ALTMAR– Terry Bennett, acting director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, has announced an advisory for anglers on the Salmon River due to higher water conditions today (April 19).

Water's high on the Oswego River as tonight's potential thunderstorm rolls in.

Water’s high on the Oswego River as tonight’s potential thunderstorm rolls in.

Anglers should avoid fishing in or on the river until flows return to normal. As a precaution, the National Weather Service-Buffalo has issued a flood advisory for the Salmon River that is in effect until Saturday morning.

Bennett said Brookfield Renewable has informed the Emergency Management Office that the flow is higher than normal on the Salmon River due to spring runoff and warm temperatures. They urge people not to fish in or on the Salmon River until flows subside.

Law enforcement agencies will be going to the parking areas and other spots along the river to notify people they should stay out of the water.

Bennett said anglers are encouraged to fish the Oswego River behind the hotels and area tributary streams as an alternative to the Salmon River. Anglers are also finding an early season brown trout bite along the shore of Lake Ontario.

The Salmon River hydro stations will be releasing more water than usual through the hydro station gates beginning mid-morning April 19.

Brookfield indicated the high water conditions may extend through the weekend.

Brookfield is releasing the water to make room in the Salmon River Reservoir for more rain forecast for the area.

For current water level conditions for the Salmon River, people may visit the Waterline website at http://www.h2oline.com/365123.asp

Taxpayers, this is your Government

On Thursday evening April 11, 2013, at 9 p.m. the taxpayers’ vote for county treasurer was stymied by an imbedded Republican Legislature that is self-serving and out of touch with the lawful republic that our government was based on, a government for the people, by the people. Incumbent legislators that presently own their own business would not have hired Fred Beardsley to work for them. Those legislators that work for public, non-profit corporations, school districts or large companies, don’t care, they are in the habit of wasting money, and all they want is more power to place key people into positions, which enhance their ability to get re-elected, receive financial perks and advance socially. Then there are the Legislators that want to progress up the ladder of success just like Beardsley. They want the same as the others but they are also new and fearful of their job, they also want to get re-elected and keep building political favor. These politicians don’t serve the taxpayer, they woo, please and give the taxpayer free perks through slight of hand. The politicians take your money and give it back to you through jobs and social programs, after extracting their 30% share. The taxpayer is dumb enough to re-elect this political gigolo!

Seven legislators voted for the taxpayer and against Beardsley, Republican Margaret Kastler, Shawn Doyle, Democrats Mike Kunzweiler, Doug Malone, Amy Tresidder, Dan Farfaglia, and Jacob Mulcahey voted no. Republican Karasak abstained because he was running for the treasurer position.

These current legislators are not doing the people’s business.

Fourteen Republican legislators voted for installing Beardsley. Is the legislator that represents you in this group? Republicans John Martino, Jack Proud, Dan LeClair, Robert Hayes, Linda Lockwood, Jack Brandt, Kevin Gardner, James Oldenburg, Shane Broadwell, Daniel Chalifoux, Terry Wilbur, Morris Sorbello, and Louella LeClair.

Beardsley was not present at the meeting to answer any questions. The total legislature was not allowed to question Mr. Beardsley.

Questions that were asked and that could not be answered by any one of the above voting for Mr. Beardsley were:

What is the candidate’s education, did Beardsley graduate from high school?

Mr. Beardsley sold material to the town of Hastings. The New York State Comptroller reviewed Hastings town records for years 1993 and 1994 and found the town supervisor Mr. Beardsley had a prohibited interest in a contract with the town of Hastings. The town had purchased $6,728 in merchandise from Mr. Beardsley’s hardware store.

The comptroller also found in April 1998 to March 1999 a prohibited interest in certain contracts with the town for $18,464.28 in purchases at Beardsley’s Hardware Store. The result being all accounts were closed except for the emergency highway account and it being capped at $600 per year as long as Beardsley remained in office. The town was prohibited from purchasing merchandise from the Beardsley hardware store. Before resigning Mr. Beardsley escaped out of town for many months and he still accepted his pay check for town supervisor before he finally resigned his position.

There were questions about bonding Mr. Beardsley as county treasurer that could not be answered. Can Beardsley be bonded?

There are questions on bankruptcy that could not and were not answered.

When Mr. Beardsley left the chairmanship of the County Republican committee in 2011 the funds were severely depleted thousands of dollars were gone.

There was no reason to fill the county treasurer’s position for a period of 7 months.

Legislator Margaret Kastler stood and told the legislature that she had spoken to the deputy treasurer and Mr. Mark See many months previous to the Thursday meeting about handling the office of treasury until the November 2013 elections when a new treasurer could be elected by the people and the deputy treasurer and Mr. See said there was no problem accepting that responsibility.

Santa Clause is a nice guy. Would you as a voter put Santa Clause in office and operating your cash register if he had these credentials and this background?

This community has got to wake up and pay attention. Call your legislator. You cannot allow other people to vote for you. These people are short circuiting our government process and they are cutting the voter – taxpayer out of fair representation. This has to stop. Do yourself a favor investigate your representative before you vote in November?

Cheryl Holmes

Fulton, NY 3069

KPS Students Set for State Testing

KPS Students Set for State Testing

KPS Students Set for State Testing

OSWEGO, NY – An ELA  Pep Rally, including Mr. Buc along with cheerleaders, prepped the Kingsford Park Elementary  third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students for state testing.

Cheers were loud and enthusiasm high as student testing approached.

In front are the “ELA” banner persons Chloe Gunn, Victoria Crisafulli and Abby Faul while the cheerleaders are Julie Roman, Alyssa Morley and Katie Fierro.

Fifth grade teachers Jessica Burridge and Kelly Moxley joined with Mr. Buc.

Trombonist-composer Davis to perform at SUNY Oswego

OSWEGO — Internationally known trombonist and composer Michael Davis, who has toured with the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra and other famous musicians, will appear in concert on May 1 at SUNY Oswego.

Davis will perform with the Oswego Jazz Project at 7:30 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom in the season finale for the college’s Ke-nekt Chamber Music Series.

Trombonist Michael Davis, who has played with celebrities from Branford Marsalis to Buddy Rich, The Rolling Stones to Jay Z, will perform with the Oswego Jazz Project at 7:30 p.m. May 1 in the Sheldon Hall ballroom as part of SUNY Oswego's Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

Trombonist Michael Davis, who has played with celebrities from Branford Marsalis to Buddy Rich, The Rolling Stones to Jay Z, will perform with the Oswego Jazz Project at 7:30 p.m. May 1 in the Sheldon Hall ballroom as part of SUNY Oswego’s Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

A native of San Jose, Davis attended the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. He performed with legendary jazz drummer Buddy Rich for two years, recorded and toured with Sinatra from 1988-94, and has been the touring trombonist for the Stones since 1994. Davis has released nine solo albums, composed over 150 pieces, written 10 books and appeared on more thanr 500 CDs and movie soundtracks.

Concert host Eric Schmitz, a member of the SUNY Oswego music faculty and the college’s Oswego Jazz Project, said part of the reason he invited Davis is to appeal to student trombone players.

“I try to bring people in for students who play the same instrument,” Schmitz said. “We’ve had saxophonists, bassists, drummers — this is maybe the first time we’ve had a trombone player.”

Top tier

Besides Schmitz on drums, the Oswego Jazz Project includes music faculty members Robert Auler (piano) and Trevor Jorgensen (saxophone) as well as SUNY Oswego alumnus Max McKee (bass). Davis will make five for the evening.

“It’s not very often you get to see a trombonist of this caliber perform,” Schmitz said. “This is one of the world’s best trombonists.”

Davis is the founder, creator and president of Hip-Bone Music, and collaborated with the S.E. Shires Co. to manufacture a Michael Davis trombone in 2011. Among other musicians, Davis performed with Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, Jay Z, Sarah Vaughan, Sting, Beck, Branford Marsalis, Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett and Paul Simon.

Tickets for the concert cost $15 ($12 for seniors ages 62 and over and SUNY Oswego faculty and staff; $6 for SUNY Oswego students). They are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by phone at 312-2141.

Parking is included in the cost of the ticket, and is available in the employee lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall.

Davis will remain in Oswego as a special guest of student members of the college’s Large and Small Jazz Ensembles in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre. Parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 for this performance; see oswego.edu/administration/parking for more information.

“We haven’t had students performing with the Ke-Nekt performers in a while,” Schmitz said. “We’ve been working all semester preparing pieces for this concert, and Davis will come in for one rehearsal with us before Thursday.”

United Way Luncheon to Benefit area Food Pantries

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions

Fulton, NY – United Way of Greater Oswego County invites you to help them combat hunger in Oswego County by sharing lunch with your friends and neighbors at the United Way’s Annual Stone Soup Luncheon in Pulaski.

Resource Development Director for United Way of Greater Oswego County, Lois Luber (left) meets with Linda Halstead and Ann O’Dey (right) owners of the Sandy Pond Steakhouse, who will be making their famous vegetable beef soup for the United Way’s Annual Stone Soup Luncheon in Pulaski. Open to the public, United Way is requesting a donation of $5 per person. Those attending are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for donation to area food pantries.

Resource Development Director for United Way of Greater Oswego County, Lois Luber (left) meets with Linda Halstead and Ann O’Dey (right) owners of the Sandy Pond Steakhouse, who will be making their famous vegetable beef soup for the United Way’s Annual Stone Soup Luncheon in Pulaski. Open to the public, United Way is requesting a donation of $5 per person. Those attending are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for donation to area food pantries.

Scheduled for April 28 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 358, in Pulaski, the United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon serves as a way to raise awareness of the food shortage in Oswego County and help fill the shelves of area food pantries.

According to Resource Development Director for the United Way, Lois Luber, a number of local businesses have come forward to donate the food and beverages necessary, including: American Legion Post 358, Eddy’s Place Restaurant, Rainbow Shores, River House Restaurant, and the Sandy Pond Steak House who will be providing the soups, and Al’s Corner Market, C’s Farm Market, Davis Bros., Nice n Easy Grocery Shoppes, North Country Christian Church, Sandy Creek Big M, and Tops Friendly Market who will be providing the other food items.

The United Way is accepting donations of $5 per person.  All proceeds from the luncheon will be used to support area food pantries, including: the Pulaski Community Ministries Food Pantry; the Sandy Creek / Lacona Community Cupboard; Rural & Migrant Ministries’ Food Pantry; and the North Country Christian Church Soup Kitchen.

Attendees are also encouraged to please bring a donation of non-perishable food items.

Luber added that United Way is still welcoming sponsors and donations from local businesses wishing to be a part of the Stone Soup Luncheon and those unable to attend the luncheon, but wish to donate food items, should contact Amy Roland, director, OCO Nutrition Services, at 315-598-4712, ext. 1811.

For more information on the event contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

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