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Barclay Urges Governor to Sign Military Tax Exemption Legislation

Assemblyman Will Barclay called on Governor Cuomo today to sign legislation into law that would end a duplicative sales tax for members of the military.

Barclay co-sponsored Assembly bill 6223, which exempts members of the military from having to pay sales and use tax on vehicles in New York upon returning to New York. This bill also passed the state Senate this year.

Under current law, New York residents who purchase a vehicle outside of the state are required to pay sales and use tax upon registering the vehicle.

Military service members often keep their residency and driver’s license in their home state while serving because of their intention to someday return.

Unfortunately, in keeping residency in New York, service members upon return are subject to paying New York’s sales and use tax on a vehicle they purchased while stationed outside the state.

This means that a newly discharged veteran is faced with paying these taxes twice.

“The brave men and women in our armed forces put their lives on the line in the name of our freedoms every day,” said Barclay. “The least we can do as lawmakers to show our appreciation for all they do and allow these heroes to return home without having to pay this unnecessary tax. This legislation was passed by both houses of the Legislature with bi-partisan support. I urge the governor to act and sign this bill into law, so we can show our support for our heroes in the military.”

Doug Malone is a ‘destructive bully’

To the editor,

Never have I been so ashamed of an elected official than I am of my legislator Doug Malone.

He is a destructive force within our county government, as well as a bully. I have heard countless stories of him clashing with those who think differently than him, and then taking the debate hostage on the floor of the legislature.

We see this dysfunction in Albany and Washington constantly, and we don’t need Doug’s partisan rancor here in Oswego County. He is a political hack who hates his enemies. We need legislators who will put aside partisan differences and work together.

That said, I would never expect anyone to work with Doug Malone. He has burnt so many bridges that he has turned himself into his own illogical island.

But that is just fine because we have a real choice in this election. Joe Susino is a true and respectable citizen that I will be proud to call my legislator. Please join me in supporting Joe Susino on November 5 for legislator.

Sincerely,

Francis Rhines

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Charles C. O’Connor, 87

OSWEGO, NY – Charles C. O’Connor, 87, a resident of Sterling, passed away Sunday October 13, 2013, at St. Luke Health Services.

Charles C. O’Connor

Charles C. O’Connor

Born in North Volney, he was the son of the late William and Lucy (Coe) O’Connor and husband of the late Mary Ellen (Shortslef) O’Connor.

Charles was a career boilermaker, Local 175, Oswego.

He was a charter member of the Boilermakers Local 175 and also had served as recording secretary and treasurer.

He was a life member of the Elks 271.

He was very instrumental with the organization of volunteers and actual construction of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Hannibal, NY.

Charles loved golf and mowing his lawn.

He was a very devoted family man.

Surviving are three daughters, Linda Flint of Oswego, Kathleen Garrison of Oswego and Nancy (John) Gagnon of North Carolina; three sons, Charles (Denise) O’Connor of Oswego, Jeffrey O’Connor of Oswego and John (Nancy) O’Connor of Dexter; four sisters, Lorraine Waldron of Sterling, Elizabeth (Jack) Mosier of Sterling, Ernestine Allen of Brewerton and Cynthia (Thomas) Hirsh of Hannibal; 16 grandchildren, Jamie Flint, Robert Flint, Lisa Hughes, David O’Connor, Erin Goldman, Timothy O’Connor, Kevin O’Connor, Sean O’Connor, Shandon O’Connor, Joseph O’Connor, J. Patrick O’Connor, Molly O’Connor, Amber Garrison, Connor Gagnon, Meagan Gagnon, and Ryan Gagnon; and eight great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife and parents, he was predeceased by four brothers, James, William, Harold and Thomas O’Connor; one sister, Ida Stevens; and a great-grandson, Noah Flint.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Hannibal.

Burial will be in Springbrook Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St., Oswego.

Contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project?370 7th Avenue, Suite 1802?New York, New York 10001

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

Marching Bucs Capture Championship

OSWEGO, NY  –  “The Pride of Oswego” lived up to its moniker this past weekend as the Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers returned home with a championship trophy and an assortment of hardware from a USBands competition in Nazareth, Pa.

Marching Bucs Capture Championship

Marching Bucs Capture Championship

The Marching Bucs captured first place in its division, earned the best overall scored for the show and received trophies for best music, best visual performance, best effect, best guard and best percussion.

Displaying the hardware upon their return late Sunday night are (in front) Justin Abbott and Mike Sheffield.

In back are Danielle Gilbert, Anne Reynolds, Cassie Hondro and Emily King.

Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Keep Pets Safe At Halloween

Dear Readers,
It’s almost that time of year again when “grown” adults dress up in ridiculous costumes and go roaming around, with or without children as an excuse, begging for candy.

We are here to remind you that this holiday is probably not all that amusing for your pets.

In fact, having hordes of weird looking strangers coming to the door, or even worse, having to roam around with you meeting hordes of weird looking strangers might be downright terrifying.

If you are going out trick-or-treating, just leave your poor dog at home.

And keep your cats safely indoors too. Cats are always safest inside with you, but on Halloween it is especially important to keep your cats – and all other pets – in the house.

Separate your pets from Halloween activities and trick-or-treaters, even in your house.

Put them in a room or area of the house where they can be oblivious to all the coming and going.

Remember that masks and costumes change how people look and smell to a pet, so even people they know may frighten them.

You don’t want to deal with a dog bite while you are dressed in a Zorro costume.  Think about it.

Make sure that all of your pets are wearing tags with current IDs. Opening the door repeatedly for trick-or-treaters creates plenty of escape opportunities.

Keep candy out of your pets’ reach. Chocolate and other ingredients can be toxic to them, and certainly, they are not (we hope) accustomed to having any candy, so who wants to spend Halloween cleaning up vomit?

Remember that pets do not know the concept of “costume,” so when you dress them up it is for your entertainment, not theirs.

If you must, at least be careful when choosing a costume for your pet.

No masks, please, and make sure the costume is comfortable and doesn’t pose a risk for injury.

We don’t mean to be party poopers, but really, the best “Halloween” for your pets is spent home snuggling up on the couch with you in your pajamas.

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.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY.

Phone (315) 207-1070.

Email: ochscontact@hotmail.com

Because people and pets are good for each other.

Oswego City Fire Department helps Cancer Services Program Kick Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month

OSWEGO, NY – Statistics show that one in every eoght women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

For Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership, that is an unacceptable number, and one they are dedicated to reducing in Oswego County.

Members of the Oswego City Fire Department, Shift D, proudly display their pink shirts in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The department is selling shirts throughout the month. The shirts are available at the East Side Fire Station in Oswego. All proceeds benefit the Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County. For more information on the CSPP or the many free cancer services they offer to community members who uninsured and between 40 and 64 years of age, contact Carolyn Handville at 315-592-0830 or visit www.oco.org

Members of the Oswego City Fire Department, Shift D, proudly display their pink shirts in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The department is selling shirts throughout the month. The shirts are available at the East Side Fire Station in Oswego. All proceeds benefit the Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County. For more information on the CSPP or the many free cancer services they offer to community members who uninsured and between 40 and 64 years of age, contact Carolyn Handville at 315-592-0830 or visit www.oco.org

In recognition of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Cancer Services Program has begun a month long campaign aimed at increasing the awareness of the importance of obtaining annual clinical breast exams in the fight against breast cancer in Oswego County.

Carolyn Handville, program manager for the Cancer Services Program Partnership, said that a phone call from the Oswego City Fire Department helped get the campaign off to a fast start.

“It was a pleasant surprise when Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie called to tell me that the Oswego City Fire Department wanted to support our efforts and asked me come down to the fire station for a photo. When I arrived I was thrilled to see the firefighters dressed in pink shirts! Jeff told me that Carol Emmons is leading the fire department’s breast cancer awareness campaign and that they are selling pink T-shirts to raise money for OCO’s Cancer Services Program. I’m very appreciative of the fact that the Oswego City Fire Department recognizes our efforts and chose to support us in this way,” said Handville.

According to Fire Chief McCrobie, the Oswego City Fire Department pink shirts are available at the East Side Fire Station, 35 E. Cayuga St., Oswego.

All proceeds from sales of the pink T-shirts will benefit the Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County.

Adminstered by OCO, the Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County provides free cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap/pelvic exams and colorectal cancer screenings to community members who are both uninsured and between 40 and 64 years of age.

For more information on the Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County contact Handville at 315-592-0830 or visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org

OCO, Inc is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.

For more information, visit www.oco.org

‘Painterly Prints’ to showcase student monotypes at Oswego State Downtown

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s art department will raise the curtain on an exhibition titled “Painterly Prints” on Oct. 26, at Oswego State Downtown.

A free opening reception for 17 students in faculty member Mary Pierce’s “Introduction to Printmaking” class will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the gallery and store, corner of West Bridge and First streets.

SUNY Oswego art student Sarah Theobald works on a monotype in preparation for a student exhibition titled "Painterly Prints" from Oct. 26 to Nov. 30 at Oswego State Downtown highlighting the work of instructor Mary Pierce's "Introduction to Printmaking" class. Monotype creation involves a painting-like process of working directly on a printing plate.

SUNY Oswego art student Sarah Theobald works on a monotype in preparation for a student exhibition titled “Painterly Prints” from Oct. 26 to Nov. 30 at Oswego State Downtown highlighting the work of instructor Mary Pierce’s “Introduction to Printmaking” class. Monotype creation involves a painting-like process of working directly on a printing plate.

The exhibition will run through Nov. 30.

Each student in the class will exhibit one monotype, or monoprint, a unique form of printmaking where the artist works directly on a flat plate that runs through a printing press to make a single edition.

“This is a contrast to other forms of printmaking in which editions of multiple prints from the same plate are possible,” said Pierce, an instructor at SUNY Oswego for five years. “The title ‘Painterly Prints’ refers to the method of preparing the plate, which is very direct and similar to painting.”

Oswego State Downtown, a branch of the College Store, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The phone is 315-216-4985.

For more information about this and other SUNY Oswego art exhibitions, visit www.oswego.edu/arts or contact Tyler Art Gallery, 315-312-2112.

YMCA to hold Zumbathon Charity Event

FULTON, NY – The Fulton Family YMCA will be the location of a Party in Pink Zumbathon to benefit the new Zumba Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention managed by Susan G. Komen, on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.

YMCA to hold Zumbathon Charity Event

YMCA to hold Zumbathon Charity Event

The event will be hosted by: Kelly O’Shaughnessy, Jennifer Hicks and Pam Finocchiairo, all certified Zumba instructors at the Y.

Tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the event at a cost of $10.

There will also be several gift baskets and items raffled off during the event to aid in our fundraising efforts.

Free refreshments will be provided for all participants.

Please join us for this “Party in Pink” event with friends while helping to raise funds for this global research project that could ultimately save millions of lives worldwide.

Northern Oswego County Health Services Announces Opening of Mexico Middle School-Based Health Center

Northern Oswego County Health Service, Inc. on October 16 will open the Mexico Middle School-Based Health Center.

The SBHC will provide primary care services to Mexico Middle School students including the treatment of illness, minor injuries, and chronic health issues, such as asthma and hay fever.

Comprehensive physical exams and immunizations will also be offered.

The SBHC will also provide behavioral health services, including individual and group counseling.

Primary care services will be provided by Nurse Practitioner Adrienne Brimmer.

Adrienne Brimmer

Adrienne Brimmer

Brimmer joined NOCHSI in early 2013.

She completed her nurse practitioner training with a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Upstate University College of Nursing in Syracuse, where she also earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.

Brimmer is joined by Medical Assistant Dianne McDermott.

McDermott brings several years of experience from NOCHSI’s Pulaski Middle Senior High School-Based Health Center.

The SBHC will be open during school hours and offer both walk-in and scheduled appointments.

All services provided to students are coordinated with the student’s primary care provider and/or backed-up from physicians among NOCHSI’s health center sites.

All Mexico Middle School students are eligible to enroll in the SBHC.

Enrollment applications can be picked up at the SBHC or downloaded at www.pulaskihealthcenter.org

NOCHSI operates health centers in Fulton, Mexico, Oswego, Parish, Phoenix, and Pulaski, and five additional school-based health centers located in the APW, Pulaski and Sandy Creek school districts.

The health centers are family-oriented health care practices that provide Oswego and Southern Jefferson County residents with a variety of comprehensive health care and related services.

NOCHSI is accredited through The Joint Commission.  All major insurances are accepted, and a sliding fee scale discount program is available for eligible patients.

For additional information contact 298-6564 or visit www.pulaskihealthcenter.org

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