2012 In Review: In April, SUNY Oswego Receives A ‘Clean Audit’

OSWEGO, NY – Here’s a glimpse of the some of the news from the past 12 months.

Accidents closed parts of Route 481 in Onondaga, Oswego counties as winter weather returned.

A slew of accidents early on April 2 closed Route 481 southbound between Fulton and Phoenix.

No was seriously hurt in any of the accidents, authorities said.

Fulton police blocked the entrance to the highway at the city line and detoured motorists onto Route 57.

Emergency officials in Onondaga and Cayuga counties also reported several accidents due to the icy roads and bridge surfaces.

Accreditation team delivers ‘clean audit’ to SUNY Oswego

The team appointed by the Middle States Association’s Commission on Higher Education to examine SUNY Oswego and how it fulfills its mission delivered a “clean audit” to the campus community Wednesday morning, April 4.

The oral report concludes the team’s firsthand examination of the college in one of the final steps before the commission makes its decision on reaccrediting Oswego in June.

“You should be really proud,” Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, president at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and chair of the team of external evaluators, told the gathering in the Campus Center. Calling the result of the four-day visit “a clean audit,” he said, “You’re doing a great job.”

Cevallos said the team found no grounds to issue either recommendations or requirements, the two categories of findings that would oblige the college to follow up with corrective action. At the same time, Cevallos reported more than a dozen areas in which the team commended the college.

College President Deborah F. Stanley praised the college community, the campus reaccreditation steering committee and especially its co-chairs, Dr. Julie Pretzat and Dr. Elizabeth Dunne Schmitt, for the successful conclusion of the multiyear preparations for the college’s reaccreditation.

Local Woman Continues To Keep Up Fight Against EEE

In 2011, the deadly illness Eastern Equine Encephalitis took its ultimate toll. Maggie Sue Glenister Wilcox, a five-year-old girl from New Haven died from the mosquito-borne disease.

In early April, Donna Wilcox, Maggie’s aunt, was doing everything she could to prevent any other family from having to go through what hers did. She was disseminating information learned from the October 2011 forum on EEE prevention to local schools.

“This whole thing started with a letter that I wrote to the media last fall after Maggie died. It explained in graphic detail how she died and how frustrated we all were with the lack of response by the county,” she told Oswego County Today.

Shortly after that, she received a letter from Senator Patty Ritchie with her offer of help.

“One of the most important conclusions of my EEE Roundtable, which brought state and local health leaders into one room to discuss ways to better combat EEE, was that officials needed to ignore county lines – much as mosquitoes do – when drawing up plans of attack,” the senator said.

The flyer Wilcox distributed read: “The time of year is now upon us… the time when we must protect our loved ones from the deadly Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus. The Maggie Sue Glenister Wilcox Family is providing this information to encourage you to take the precautions necessary this spring, summer and fall…”

Oswego Bookmobile Celebrates Its First Birthday

Hundreds of children took part in a birthday celebration April 11 inside and outside at the Oswego Public Library. The guest of honor was parked in front of the library on East First Street.

It was one year ago that a contingent of volunteers returned to Oswego from a journey to Ohio to check out a bookmobile that was for sale. They were riding into the Port City in the bookmobile.

Shortly before the trip to Ohio, a group of volunteers had convened to brainstorm ways to reach children who weren’t participating in various programs offered throughout the community and through the schools, according to Terie Delahunt-Daino, one of the organizers of the bookmobile project.

The group concluded that some children were missing wonderful opportunities based on where they lived and the only solution was to bring programs to them, she explained.

A bookmobile was their answer.

Oswego’s bookmobile would operate differently from traditional bookmobiles. It would deliver free books that wouldn’t have to be returned. The bookmobile would also deliver encouragement, modeled reading and activities to complement reading.

In 2011, the project reached more than 1,200 children and distributed 3,859 books during it first summer program. Program planners were expecting to distribute just as many books in 2012.

Port City Looks To Increase Town’s Water, Sewer Rates

Sewer and water rates in the town of Scriba were headed up.

In April, the Administrative Services forwarded two resolutions to the full Oswego Common Council. The first dealt with the Bulk Sewer Treatment Agreement between the town and the city; the second with the Bulk Water Rate Agreement between the two municipalities.

For the first year of the deal, the cost jumps to $359,832. In the second year, it is $370,627 and $381,746 the final year of the agreement.

Under the proposed Bulk Water Rate Agreement, the water rate cost increases by 3 percent each year.

The full council voted on the agreements at its April 23 meeting.