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This Weekend, Get Hooked On Fishing

From Lake Ontario to the St. Lawrence River, there is no shortage of places in Central and Northern New York where anglers can spend the day trying to reel in their next big catch. If you’re looking to test the waters when it comes to fishing, an event taking place this weekend will help you do just that.

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This Summer – Safely Share The Road

On New York State roadways, the number of motorcycles has increased 12 percent over five years. In Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Oswego counties, motorcycle registrations in have grown by 31 percent, 21 percent and 16 percent respectively during that time period to more than 13,800. As the number of bikes on the road has increased, so has the number of accidents.

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Dig Into Reading This Summer

With the end of the school year in sight, many students are anxiously awaiting the summer months. While spending time by the pool, fishing, and playing outdoors may be at the top of their to-do list, there’s one thing students should do to keep their skills honed and their minds sharp – read.

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Jump-Start Your Job Search

To get a job done, you need the right tools.  The same goes for getting a job. When you’re looking for work, it’s critical to use all your resources to your advantage. On June 6, I’ll be offering a great opportunity for job seekers to make those connections at my third annual Oswego County Job Fair.

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May: A Month To Remember Our Troops

This week, I had the honor of hosting Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division, Major General Stephen Townsend, as well as several Fort Drum soldiers and commanders at the Capitol for “10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day.” This second annual event celebrated the 10th Mountain Division and its troops for their ongoing role in our nation’s defense, as well as the post itself for the key role it plays in our region’s economy.

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Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes

Len Yablonski, a native of Mexico, Oswego County, poses with Senator Patty Ritchie last week. He was one of several veterans being recognized. (Editor's Note: He is OCT editor Steve Yablonski's big brother)Last week, I had the opportunity to spend time with more than a dozen local heroes, all nominees for the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame program. The Hall of Fame pays tribute to New Yorkers who have served their country in the US Armed Forces and made significant contributions to their communities. 29 brave men and women from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties were nominated for this special program.

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Get Your Local Library ‘On The Books’ As A Regional Favorite

“What in the world would we do without our libraries?” This question, posed by Hollywood legend and library lover Katherine Hepburn, is one I often ask myself.  From books and videos to community events and computer access, today’s libraries offer so much in the way of entertainment and education. Here in Central and Northern New York, we’re fortunate to have one of the largest concentrations of public libraries in the state.

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