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May 22, 2018

Port City Program Looks To Boost Downtown Businesses

The Administrative Services Committee gave a favorable recommendation Monday night to Mayor Billy Barlow’s request for council approval to execute a grant agreement with the state. “This is $600,000 we set aside to help small businesses downtown, Mayor Barlow said. He’ll host two informational sessions on Tuesday (May 22); one from 5 to 6 p.m. and the other from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Oswego Canal Commons Conference Room at 197 W. First St. The public is invited.


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Katko Seeks Input From CNY Educators, Establishes Local Advisory Boards

U.S. Rep. John Katko today (May 21) announced the creation of two education advisory boards in order to gain valuable input on legislative priorities from Central New York educators. The first advisory board is focused on primary and secondary education throughout Wayne, Cayuga, Onondaga, and Oswego counties. The second is focused on higher education and includes representatives from every higher education facility in the district.

Mayor Barlow Welcomes Two Safe Haven Refugees Back to Oswego

Two former refugees who were at Safe Haven as young children returned to Oswego for the first time in nearly 75 years. “It’s really an honor to host you today and have the both of you back,” Mayor Billy Barlow told the visitors. “I feel, individually, that the real reason that I’m here … is to be extremely grateful and thankful to the city of Oswego and its people,” Jack Bass said.

Oswego Hospital Prepares For Possible Emergencies

Oswego Hospital staff members practiced for a disaster they hope will never occur. However, thanks to their training, they are now better prepared for the real thing. More than three dozen Oswego Hospital employees wore protective suits as they hosed down “victims” exposed to a hazardous substance in a special tent who were then triaged outside the hospital’s emergency entrance on Thursday.


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‘Walk the Bottom Line’ Set June 3

Faye Beckwith and Noelle Salmonson of Dance 4 Fitness Studio in Hannibal fine tune their Zumba moves in preparation for Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services “Walk the Bottom Line” event. The event will be held June 3 from noon to 3 p.m. at Bullhead Point in Fulton.

Oswego Health Among Fulton Bike Rodeo Sponsors

Local organizations are making plans for the annual Fulton Bike Rodeo, which offers children of all ages an opportunity to learn about bike safety in a fun environment. The event also provides youths with a properly fit bike helmet and perhaps a new bike. The rodeo will be held June 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot outside the Fulton War Memorial.

My Hometown Project Exhibition On Display May 25 To June 16

Now in its second year, the My Hometown Project at SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery continues to provide public space for artwork by students in the Oswego City School District. Opening May 25, with an artist reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 1, the exhibition will run until June 16.

Opinion

After Another Scandal, Legislature Required to Fill Attorney General Vacancy

This month, Albany was hit with yet another scandal when Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned only hours after it was reported that several women had made accusations that he had been physically abusive to them. While, as far as we know, the allegations are not related to his official duties, due to the seriousness of the claims a quick resignation was wholly appropriate and a full investigation needs to be undertaken. In the meantime, the question of who will replace Schneiderman has preoccupied Albany.


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Bringing Better Healthcare To Underserved Counties

Across our state, there are rural communities that struggle to provide access to quality health care, due to the challenge of not attracting doctors, nurses and others in the medical field. Upon graduation, many medical professionals are reluctant to establish themselves in rural areas for several reasons, including large student loan debts and a lower salary than those in urban and suburban settings. In fact, according to the New York State Department of Health, 46 percent of the state’s health professional shortage areas fall in rural counties.


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Fishing Reports for May 8, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. Lake Ontario report: According to Capt. Andy Bliss on Cold Steel Fishing Charters: A little tip for when you are faced with very turbid/dirty water. Switch to brighter baits and larger baits. We were presented with mud water Sunday so I

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