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Fishing Reports for March 24, 2014

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

Oswego River report:

According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

The water level has been running between 11,000-13,000cfs for a few days. This morning the flow is 11,500cfs. Sunday morning the bite was slow but it turned on in the afternoon. Anglers are somewhat limited to the walkway, the Kiddie Pool and Bridie Pool and behind the hotels. Due to construction in the area, there is no access to the dam. Smack beads, egg sacs and marabou jigs are working well. The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information, view the Oswego County Tourism web site at www.visitoswegocounty.com and look for the fishing report under fishing and hunting.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

Sunday was a cold day on the water but the fish still wanted to bite. Our clients, who have been coming for a long time, had their best trip ever. We even netted a lost lake trout. It was an easy double-digit day plus many, many more. All released to fight another day.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

Sunday was a cold day and even with blue skies and plenty of sunshine, the temperature only reached into the low 20s. The majority of anglers we spoke with reported getting into fish in both the upper and lower end of the river. Anglers staying in the motel reported doing very well using black and purple stoneflies or hare’s ear. The upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville is holding the most fish. If you are willing to walk some, the mid to lower section of the river is a good choice.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Our guests reported that fishing was good over the weekend. We even had some sunshine to boot! Clown eggs, estaz eggs, and bunny leaches in flesh colors took fish. 8 & 10 mm beads in Ontari-roe, Honey and Retro-roe also did well. The river is currently running at 350cfs as of this morning.

Oneida Lake report:

We still have good ice on the lake but as the temperatures warm up by the end of the week, conditions will begin to change. There were reports of some perch over the weekend but many were small. Big Bay continues to produce some bluegills and other panfish.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Woody’s Tackle:

With these colder temperatures we still have plenty of ice. The forecast is calling for warmer temperatures by the end of the week so conditions may be changing before too long. With the walleye and pike seasons closed, it is quieter on the pond. Greene Point is producing some crappies on small green and red jigs tipped with minnows.

Winter Trail Reports

Cross Country Skiing:

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:

As of the weekend, there was still several feet of snow in Winona Forest. We will likely have snow well into the spring. We will continue to groom and maintain trails for as long as the snow conditions permit.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:

We have minus 12 degrees this morning with a high temperature of 20 degrees expected today. With 18 inches of fresh snow in the last 4 days and the colder temperatures we should have mid-season conditions for this last week of March. We have a total of 302 inches for the season.


According to the Mexico Trail Riders:

Due to the lack of snow, the trails are closed. If we receive more snow, we will assess conditions at that time.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:

Happy Valley was groomed on Sunday evening. As much as we don’t want to, Section 1 is now closed and Section 3 most likely won’t make it through the day. Section 4, Happy Valley, is in good conditions.

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:

The Boylston trails were groomed last Friday with two groomers. The crew said the snow worked through the drags very nicely and smoothed out well. With the cold temperatures it provided some great riding over the weekend. Get out and enjoy the trails because the end is in sight. Ride safely!

According to the Redfield Sno-Rec Club:

All trails are still snow covered with a few inches of new snow the end of last week. Grooming is continuing as conditions allow. Although we have cold temperatures for a couple more days, the end of the forecast is warming up. Please use caution.

According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:

Trails are closed, it’s over! Roadside trail edges are bare and dry. Snowfall in the fields is fading away and trails in the woods are filled with holes. Please do us a favor and stay off the trails to avoid damage to landowner property.

Carl Raymond Van Horn

OSWEGO, NY – Carl Raymond Van Horn, 87, was reunited with his wife of 67 years, Theresa Van Horn when he passed away peacefully on Tuesday March 25, 2014.

He was born on May 20, 1925, in Bloomdale, Ohio, where everyone knew him as Bud.

Carl Raymond Van Horn

Carl Raymond Van Horn

He worked as a seaman on the Great Lakes and while his ship, Fontana, was in port at Oswego he met his first and only love, Theresa.

They married six months later on January 26, 1946, at St. Mary’s Church.

Carl worked on farms, waterways and in factories.

He was employed by Oswego Castings as a machinist foreman and retired from Nestles.

His hobbies were carpentry, woodworking, reading, gardening and bowling.

He and Theresa volunteered together at Oswego’s Harborfest and were officers of the Moose Club.

He is remembered as a kind, loving, loyal man with a crooked smile and a twinkle in his eye.

He was never without his trademark snap-front cap and sweet story to share.

Two of his great-grandchildren are named in his honor.

Carl is survived by his little brother, Robert (Doris) Van Horn; two adoring daughters, Teresa Teifke and Holly (Ernest) Perfetti; and a team of his biggest admirers including seven grandchildren, Walter (Sue Ann) Teifke, Jennifer (Jeff) Goodsell, Cynthia Teifke, Matthew(Stacy) Teifke, Darci (Adam) Michalski, Christie (Greg) Williams and Tricia (Anthony) Barone; 14 great-grandchildren, Shelby Goodsell, Savannah Goodsell, Carlee Munger, Carter Munger, Carson Munger, Mattlyn Teifke, Lola Teifke, Adam Michalski Jr., Anna Michalski, Isaac Michalski, Tino Barone, Giovanni Barone, Rocco Barone and Luke Williams.

He was predeceased by his parents, Mary (Spencer) Van Horn and Clarence R. Van Horn; six siblings, Francis, Orely, Bernice, Helen, Mildred and Phyllis; and son-in-law, David Teifke.

Carl’s extended family includes the loving and generous staff on the fourth floor of St. Luke Nursing Home for whom his daughters are forever grateful.

Calling hours will be on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the Dowdle Funeral Home in Oswego.

Burial services will be private.

If you wish to honor him, the family asks that you spend some time with a loved one, read a bit of a good book and enjoy a nice nap. As that was Carl’s way.

Terry ‘The Bear’ Spath

OSWEGO, NY – Terry “The Bear” Spath, 65, of Oswego Town, passed away Monday March 24, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

Born in Oswego, he was the son of the late John and Genevieve (Chapel) Spath.

Terry ‘The Bear’ Spath

Terry ‘The Bear’ Spath

He worked as a foreman for Wiltsie Construction in Oswego.

He played some football and also softball for many years.

He was an avid SU fan and enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia (Syrell) Spath; two brothers, William (Sally) Spath of Oswego and John III (Marla) Spath of Virginia; two sisters, Patricia Butler and Shelley (Tim) Barker, both of Oswego; many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and his constant companion, Dundee.

He was predeceased by a sister, Jean Anne Lewis, in 2010.

Calling hours will be held 2-6 p.m. Friday with a service to follow, at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St., Oswego.

Spring burial will be in Oswego Town Rural Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.org

Online condolences may be made at www.nelson-funeralhome.com

Fulton Driver Crashes Vehicle, Arrested For DWAI-Drugs

CLAY, NY – Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that deputies have arrested a Fulton man for Driving While his Ability was Impaired by Drugs following a crash in the Town of Clay.

At about 11:35 p.m. Tuesday, Kevin Lagray, 30, of Fulton, was operating a Chevrolet Cavalier north on Route 481, just north of the Caughdenoy Road Exit.

Tuesday night's crash scene. Photo provided by Onondaga County Sheriff's Office

Tuesday night’s crash scene. Photo provided by Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office

A witness observed Lagray’s vehicle swerve from the right lane of traffic into the left lane and then into the median.

The vehicle then swerved back across both lanes and into the woods off of the right side of the roadway, deputies reported.

Lagray drove through the woods for approximately 40 yards until his vehicle came to rest after striking a tree, according to the report.

Members of the Clay Fire Department extricated Lagray out of the vehicle and NAVAC ambulance transported
him to Upstate University Hospital.

Lagray’s injuries appeared to be minor and non-life threatening, deputies said.

The Chevrolet’s driver’s side airbag deployed as a result of the crash.

Deputy Matthew Crowley will determine if Lagray was wearing his seatbelt.

Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office Traffic and Accident Control Team member Joseph Strom’s investigation
revealed that Lagray was operating his vehicle allegedly while impaired by heroin.

Lagray was arrested by Deputy Strom at Upstate University Hospital for the misdemeanor of DWAI Drugs.

Area Mayors Join OCO March for Meals Campaign

Fulton, NY – Area mayors and elected officials donned their March for Meals hats and showed their support for OCO’s Meals on Wheels program as they helped deliver meals to home bound seniors in Oswego County.

The Mayors for Meals day was part of OCO’s annual March for Meals Campaign. The event serves to raise awareness of hunger in Oswego County and the effectiveness of the Meals on Wheels program.

Oswego County Opportunities Nutrition Services invited area mayors and elected officials to be participate in its Mayors for Meals day.  From left are: Program Services Coordinator, Bridget Dolbear, volunteer Doug Wagner, Mexico Mayor Terry Grimshaw, and Distribution Supervisor, Allen Wert.

Oswego County Opportunities Nutrition Services invited area mayors and elected officials to be participate in its Mayors for Meals day. From left are: Program Services Coordinator, Bridget Dolbear, volunteer Doug Wagner, Mexico Mayor Terry Grimshaw, and Distribution Supervisor, Allen Wert.

“We offered our mayors and community leaders the opportunity to show their support for our community’s hungry seniors and they were more than happy to participate.  They enjoyed the chance to meet some of their constituents and witness firsthand the value of our Home Delivered Meals program,” said program services coordinator, Bridget Dolbear.

Administered through OCO’s Nutrition Services and funded in part through Oswego County Office for the Aging, the Home Delivered Meal Service delivers approximately 1,000 meals each day to homebound seniors throughout the county.

Program participants receive two nutritionally balanced meals a day up to five days a week.  Additionally, OCO’s Nutrition Services administers eight Dining and Activity Centers where seniors can enjoy a hot, nutritious noontime meal and visit with friends.  These centers are located in Fulton, Sandy Creek, Oswego, Mexico, Hannibal, Parish, Phoenix and Constantia.

Dolbear added that updates on OCO’s March for Meals campaign as well as photos from the events and activities at OCO’s Dining and Activity Centers are posted on their Facebook page, OCO Senior Centers.

“I encourage community members to like us on Facebook.  Our goal is to have 300 likes by the end of March!” she said.

For more information on the March for Meals campaign and to learn how you can help put an end to senior hunger, contact Dolbear at OCO Senior Nutrition Services, 315-598-4712, ext. 1813 or via e-mail at bdolbear@oco.org

A private, non-profit agency, OCO’s many programs touch the lives of more than 28,000 Oswego County residents each year.

One of Oswego County’s largest employers, OCO employs more than 650 people and boasts a volunteer force of 1,000. OCO continues to build partnerships and is on a roll as it 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

Fulton Family YMCA Launches 2014 Annual Campaign to Meet Community Needs and Change Lives

FULTON, NY – The Fulton Family YMCA has launched its annual campaign to ensure that everyone in Greater Fulton has access to vital community programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The volunteers leading the Fulton Family YMCA’s Annual Campaign gather recently to plan the campaign. They are, (front row, from left) Tim Johnston, Jim Schreck, Kelly Niccoli, and (back row, from left), Stephen Osborne, Fred Bulken and Cheryl Baldwin.

The volunteers leading the Fulton Family YMCA’s Annual Campaign gather recently to plan the campaign. They are, (front row, from left) Tim Johnston, Jim Schreck, Kelly Niccoli, and (back row, from left), Stephen Osborne, Fred Bulken and Cheryl Baldwin.

“Throughout our community, most people know the Y, but there’s so much more to our Y than one might think.” said Fred Bulken, who is co-chairing the campaign with Jim Schreck. “The Y is more than a gym. It’s a cause.”

As a charity, the Y is dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and giving back and providing support to our neighbors.

Every day, the Fulton Family YMCA works to support the people and neighborhoods that need it most by addressing community issues.

YMCA programs fight poverty, boost academic achievement, nurture creativity, reduce drowning deaths, prevent diabetes, and strengthen families.

And through the generosity of donors, the Y offers financial aid to ensure that everybody can belong to the Y, regardless of their financial situation.

To support these community-strengthening efforts, Fulton Family YMCA volunteers seek to raise $35,000 through their annual campaign.

To learn more about how you can support the Y’s cause, please contact Lisa Pachmayer, interim executive director of the Fulton Family YMCA, at 598-9622, or lpachmayer@syracuseymca.org

About the Y

The Fulton Family YMCA is a diverse organization of men, women and children joined by a shared commitment to strengthening the community by nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility. With more than 2,300 members, and programs at our branch and in outreach sites throughout the area, the Y has the presence, programs, people and partnerships to deliver lasting personal and social change. For more, visit www.fultonYMCA.com

Students Add Themed Baskets To Annual Oswego Community Christian School Auction

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Community Christian School students are doing their part to support the school’s seventh annual auction.

Students in each grade have been busy preparing themed baskets that will be up for bid during the auction. Each basket will be filled with an array of goodies that pertain to a unique theme.

Students from the Oswego Community Christian School display items for one of the many themed baskets they are preparing for inclusion in the school’s auction. Inthe back row from left are: Ainsley, Joshua, Hannah, Abby, Evan, and KayeLeigh. In front from left are: Sara, Isaiah, and Kennedi.

Students from the Oswego Community Christian School display items for one of the many themed baskets they are preparing for inclusion in the school’s auction. Inthe back row from left are: Ainsley, Joshua, Hannah, Abby, Evan, and KayeLeigh. In front from left are: Sara, Isaiah, and Kennedi.

Sue Bakos, planning committee chairperson, said the classroom baskets are one of the high points of the auction and generate a tremendous amount of excitement for auction goers.

“The students are enthused about making the baskets and enjoy selecting the items to be included. They are really being creative and having fun putting their baskets together. It’s nice to see them put so much thought into it,” said Bakos.

Themes for the baskets include: a day at the beach, gardening, family time basket, cooking, camping basket, and gift card.

Oswego Christian Community School’s annual auction will be held April 5 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Oswego Elks Lodge, corner of West Fifth and Bridge streets.

The event, which serves as the school’s largest fundraiser, will feature a silent auction, a live auction featuring Corrina Paulding of McEwen Auction Company in Oswego, and for the first time, online bidding.

Prior to and during the live auction community members will be able to bid on items online by visiting the McEwen Auction Company website http://www.mcewenauctioncompany.com, click on the link to the OCCS auction, and follow the instructions to register for online bidding and to view auction items.

Bidders will need a credit card to register but can pay cash upon pickup.

In addition there will be a bake sale and the Elks famous chicken BBQ.

The themed baskets will be a welcome addition to the extensive list of items that will be up for bid, including: a polished granite bench, an overnight stay at Geneva on the Lake, a two-week camping experience in New Hampshire, two rototillers and much more.

Photos of many of the items available for bid can be found on the school’s website, www.myoccs.org, and its Facebook page.

The event, which boasts approximately $25,000 in items up for bid, will also include the popular Oswego Community Christian School’s annual prize drawing.

For a donation of $10, individuals will have the opportunity to win one of three great prizes including: a five-day/six-night stay at Disney World or $1,500 Visa Card; an iPad Air; or a $250 gas or grocery gift card.

A limited number of tickets will be available for these prize drawings.

“Tickets for the prizing drawing as well as pre-sale tickets for the BBQ ($10) are available at the school office, 400 E. Albany St. in Oswego,” Bakos said.

Proceeds will be used for the continued improvement of the quality of education offered to the students at OCCS.

Established in 1979, the Oswego Community Christian School offers families a Christian educational alternative that excels in teaching, training and the spiritual development of their children.

Using the latest technology for both the students and the teachers, the Oswego Community Christian School blends traditional education with modern methodology in a caring, disciplined, Christian environment.

The student population of the school represents nearly 20 area churches and ministries and its hundreds of successful graduates are testimonials to the school’s commitment to the community and its high standards of education and character development.

For more information on the Oswego Community Christian School’s auction or to donate an item for the auction, contact the school at 315-342-9322 or Bakos at 315-342-6939.

Wheelock Receives Designation of Certified Economic Developer from International Economic Development Council

OSWEGO, NY – Austin Wheelock, economic development specialist and property manager for Operation Oswego County, recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer, a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

The CEcD exam was administered by the International Economic Development Council on March 22 and 23 in Alexandria, Va.

Austin Wheelock

Austin Wheelock

“With eight years of economic development experience at OOC, Austin has been a major team player in helping to attract companies and expand businesses, encouraging entrepreneurism and providing oversight over the many properties that OOC and the County of Oswego IDA have developed to promote and encourage economic development and job creation. Some examples include the attraction of K&N’s Foods USA, Champlain Valley Specialties and SAM North America, spearheading the Next Great Idea Business Plan Competition, coordinating activities at the Oswego County Business Expansion Center and the former Oswego County Start-Up Facility (small business incubators) and the development of a series of comprehensive site profiles for critical industrial sites in the county,” according to L. Michael Treadwell, executive director of OOC, CEO of the County of Oswego IDA and also a CEcD. “We want to congratulate Austin on achieving the CEcD designation. It adds tremendously to the professional credibility that OOC demonstrates in the economic development arena.”

The CEcD designation recognizes qualified and dedicated practitioners in the economic development field and sets the standard of excellence within the profession.

Candidates must pass a rigorous and comprehensive three-part, two-day examination, which tests a practitioner’s knowledge, proficiency and judgment in the key areas of economic development, including
business retention and expansion, marketing, finance, workforce development, community development, real estate, strategic planning, tech-led economic development and management.

As highly competent economic development practitioners, Certified Economic Developers work with public officials, business leaders and community members to create leadership to build upon and maximize the economic development sector.

Excellence in the economic development profession improves the well being, quality of life and opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities.

There are currently 1,046 active CEcDs in the United States.

About IEDC:
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.

Learn more about IEDC: www.iedconline.org

Royal Ball Culminates Leighton Kindergarten Studies

Royal Ball Culminates Leighton Kindergarten Studies

Royal Ball Culminates Leighton Kindergarten Studies

OSWEGO, NY – Royalty was dancing as the kindergarten students at the Frederick Leighton Elementary School celebrated the culmination of the “king and queen module” with a dance.

Students learned about royalty, customs, how life was in that time period and other subjects associated with the kings and queens.

Students preparing for the “royal ball” are (left to right) Cameo Coddington, Dylan Elsner, Lillian Metott, Rylyn Roberts, Kendall Raponi and Nasaiah Ouderkirk.

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