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July 17, 2018

Committee OKs Mayor’s Homeless Proposal

At its meeting Monday night, the Administrative Services Committee approved the mayor’s request for a $25,000 budget amendment. The funds will be used to contract with Oswego County Opportunities to perform street canvassing throughout the city of Oswego from August 1 to December 31 in an effort to combat homelessness in the Oswego community. The full council will now consider the matter at its next meeting.


Syracuse Man Arrested On Sex Abuse Charges

On July 10, State Police arrested Mitchell Pallone, 33, of Syracuse, for Forcible Touching (A – misdemeanor), Sex Abuse 2nd degree (A – misdemeanor) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (A -misdemeanor). Pallone is accused of having forcible sexual contact with a girl less than 14 years old on July 8 in the town of Richland.

Documentary Preserves Cousins’ Memories Of Oswego’s Safe Haven

A SUNY Oswego faculty member, Juliet Aires Giglio wants to share a piece of her family’s history with the world. The story has international appeal. The subjects of the story are Rikica Giglio, 81 (formerly Rikica Levi) and David Levi, 81 (first cousin to Rikica and her sister, Ella Levi, 73, who was born at the Fort Ontario Safe Haven site March 12, 1945). The stories the Levis tell are personal for Giglio — Rikica Levi is her husband’s mother; David, his cousin once removed. “If Safe Haven had not been available for the Levis, my husband (Keith Giglio) would not be here,” Giglio told Oswego County Today.

Oswego Man Charged In Connection With Scriba Thefts

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating several thefts from vehicles, as well as entry and theft from a home in the town of Scriba. On Saturday, Drew M Pelkey, 27, of Oswego, was arrested for his alleged involvement in these incidents.

Mayor Minutes

Ask Your Mayor Your Question

Do you have something on your mind you’d like to share with the mayor but just haven’t had the chance to make it down to City Hall? Well, here’s your chance! Oswego County Today is soliciting questions and comments regarding how your city is being run. Bring it on. From pot holes to water and


Bishop Commons Hosts ‘Learn and Lunch’ July 26

“Learn and Lunch” features a half hour educational program followed by a free lunch that includes soup, salad and dessert served in the Grand Dining Room. This month, Patti Chipman from Oswego County Hospice and Elena Twiss from Friends of Oswego County Hospice will discuss what resources are available locally to those diagnosed with a life-limiting condition opting for comfort and palliative care services.


Keeping Unwanted Drugs Out Of The Wrong Hands

Long before I became a State Senator, I was aware of the growing substance abuse problems in our region. In the years since, we have seen illegal drugs not only become a crisis in our communities, but they have greatly affected our families, friends and neighbors. Most of the focus of this drug problem has been on opioids and heroin, and rightly so.

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Keeping Up With Summer Reading

Teachers and librarians know that kids do better in school when they read over the summer, even if it is just 10 minutes a day. That is why I am urging families to take part in the New York State Senate’s Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock” and families can register for the Summer Reading Program on my website www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.

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Around The O

Around the O

A pair of “shoes” were the first to cross the checkered stripe last Saturday night at the Oswego Speedway, as cousins, Dave and Tyler Shullick earned feature wins on Independence Weekend. For Dave, it was Novelis supermodified win No. 3 on the season, the 14th of his career. However, it was career win No. 1


Bobby Herrington Wins His First Ever Fulton Speedway Modified Feature

When Bobby Herrington from Kingston, Ontario, Canada, made the decision to come to the Fulton Speedway to race his 358 Modified on a weekly basis, he said he wanted to race against some of the best racers in the business. Herrington made the 2 ½ hour, one-way drive weekly, pay off as he won his first ever Fulton Speedway, Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar 358 Modified feature.

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Fishing Reports for July 9, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. Lake Ontario report: The tremendous lake fishery continues with salmon active in 100-350 feet of water. Anglers are finding a few brown trout in more shallow water. The fleas have been heavy so consider this when you are preparing your rods.


Sandra Scott Travels: Are You Ready For Some ‘Intrigue’ In Your Life?

Interesting how Destiny is more than a shopping and eating venue; it also has unique entertainment such as racing cars, rope course, mirror maze, and now the Museum of Intrigue. John and I love museums but we had never heard of this one, mainly because it is new. It is also very innovative and a bit hard to explain. The museum is 9,000 square feet with areas set up in a variety of sets: Rain Forest, art gallery, Salem, medieval dining room, archeology, and more – all unique and interesting.