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I always thought of bridal showers as a fun way to help the bride get a step ahead. A way to fill her house with all the little things so that when she got back from her honeymoon she could at least attempt to put a meal together. But over the years I’ve realized showers are more than that. …

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, almost every state in America is under some sort of stay-at-home order. This unprecedented time has also led many businesses, large and small, to downsize or close up shop entirely. In response to the drastic impact that COVID-19 has had on global and do…

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After two months of captivity, one finds oneself allowing crazy thoughts to trample the mind. Since they are kind of scary, I’ll send you these tamer ones instead.

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As a fourth-grade student at St. Mary’s school in Oswego, I had a wonderful teacher whose name was Mrs. Burns. She was a kind, grandmotherly type person who simply exuded positivity. She believed in uplifting the spirits of her students, and one way to do that was to introduce us to the worl…

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Mitta is a small village in northeast Sicily but its contribution to the Oswego community has been great. Mitta sent us its sons and daughters in the late 1890s to early 1900s with names like Scandura, Taormina, Brancato, Chillemi, Salvadore, Curcuruto, and Colloca, just to name a few.

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For nearly all of us managing these unprecedented times, it’s easy to get away from our normal routines and go-to comforts. Among our many daily challenges is staying connected to the things we have built our incredible communities upon. As such, we must make an extra effort to support each …

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What fun we've had celebrating National Poetry Month on our Facebook page. We've had live videos and readings, writing exercises and more from our very own Jess Tetro and Krissy Cook. What fun awaits us in May?

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Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo attributed progress against the current pandemic to the prudent actions of government officials and fellow citizens.  He denied that God did this, although in an earlier news conference he had thanked God for some relief.  Taking the two statements as complementar…

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We are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and voting issues are probably the last thing on peoples’ minds.  However, since the Supreme Court’s recent Michigan decision to not extend time for primary mail-in ballots and other efforts to curb voting, our right to vote is being seriously jeo…

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Our organization, like many others, has had to postpone its season of shows as well as the many other activities we had planned. However, we are alive and well and keeping our sites for the time when we are able to open our doors again to the general public. As we all move through this unpre…

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As we practice good physical isolation during this COVID-19 pandemic to take care of our physical health, we also need to take care of our spirit. Art is one of the most soothing things to calm and refresh our spirit, especially during this time of isolation. The urge to create art does not …

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Last week I recorded a video message at the invitation of Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup. In the video I shared a few things about Oswego County DMV operations and our ability to process work even though we are closed to the public.

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With the endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden has effectively secured the Democratic Party nomination for President. But Anthony Brindisi is silent on the man he entrusted with his critically important vote as Speaker of the House. Brindisi repeatedly claime…

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OSWEGO — The future of nuclear energy in the United States is murky, as is the debate over how the nation — including Oswego County’s three reactors — should deal with the radioactive waste of its electricity production.

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As you read this I have been more or less housebound for 26 days and I’m not the least bit crazy yet.

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In the midst of our current pandemic, it’s hard to think of anything else.   The disease COVID-19 has taken the oxygen out of the air.  It’s interesting to compare this epidemic with the other one that’s had so much attention in this neck of New York: the opioid epidemic.  Given recent resea…

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This week it is predicted we will be heading into the peak of the virus, the apex.  We have been told to prepare for a difficult week. We pray that the worst of our fears aren’t realized and keep faith with those impacted by the scourge of Covid 19 by closely following the social distancing …

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“Then Jesus went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane… and He said, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow, to the point of death; remain here, and watch with me.” Going a little farther from them, he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pa…

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Before I discuss how Cayuga Community College is responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19), I want to thank the medical personnel, police and fire departments, EMTs and all other community-wide essential employees for their incredible service during this difficult time. All of you are doing i…

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For most, creating an estate strategy is important to make sure your loved ones are taken care of after you’re gone. But it may be just as important to have an estate strategy for your business. Whether you’re a sole proprietor who will be passing on your business to your heirs or your busin…

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I’m not sure just when it became real to me – this major mile stone of mine. It’s been wavering in the back of my mind for over a year and brought forth with each offer in the mail and telemarketer phone call. But truly I think it was when I was writing a letter to my son to stick into his b…

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I was sitting here minding my own business when out of the blue the hubby said, “I’m going to get you a heater for the sewing room.”

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After the holidays I was strolling through Ollies and noted that they had a slew of bedspreads. Ooh I’ve been meaning to update the guest room for quite a while now. When we got rid of that double bed a few years ago, the quilt I had made specifically for that yellow room was now too small f…

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In October, a few days before the quilt show, I’d had a dream. It was a perfectly lovely dream about my son. Not him now but him when he was a little guy – about 3 years old.

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While scrolling though Facebook I was asked to fill this out and pass it on - so here ya go…..

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This month my mother would have turned 100 years old and it’s kind of sad that she didn’t get to do it. I know she would have loved all the attention one would rightfully receive reaching such a milestone, but she was proud enough turning 90. She had outlasted all her siblings — though techn…

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Until now, every subject of my Forks in the Road columns has been, for better or for worse, a real person. So I thought, maybe it’s about time for a bit of fancy, or fantasy, or in this case downright fear. I speak of no other than the esteemed “Slippery Mary” of legendary proportions, who w…

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If a store, restaurant or any organization started losing customers, people in charge would make adjustments or they’d be out of business. So as New Yorkers continue to leave the state in alarming numbers, it’s time for some serious conversations and actions to address the ongoing outmigrati…

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So I got this letter in the mail. Technically the letter was to my husband but I’m the secretary in all matters here so I opened it – you know - to keep him from having to open it. That’s what I get paid to do.

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I have a bad toenail. There, I said it. Coming out was scary and embarrassing and I feel like I have really put myself out there for shame and guilt but at least I’m not telling you I have 10 bad toenails so I can still hold my head up in public.

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The first few days of session are always full of anticipation, excitement and potential. The pageantry and ceremony of the opening days are welcome reminders the New York State Legislature has an important role to play in shaping the lives of millions of people, some of whom were on hand at …

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This Christmas was wonderful and sad at the same time. The sad part was that from the minute 5-year old Grayson was done opening gifts, he developed a fever and the fever stayed the entire four days he was here (and four more after he left.) Because he had a little cough we assumed he was co…

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As we entered the new year and new decade this week, New York also took tremendous steps in becoming safer and fairer by implementing significant changes to the state’s criminal justice system. These reforms — eliminating cash bail for many misdemeanors and low-level, non-violent felonies, r…

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Have you ever wished you had an undo button that could make your mistakes just disappear? Or for it to bring you back to that moment when a better choice could have been made, or a different road to take perhaps?

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A renaissance is defined as a rebirth, a revival, a renewal of energy and spirit. I think it goes without saying that Oswego is undergoing its own kind of renaissance. Downtown is once again booming and building and the waterfront is being shored up, protected and modified for greater public…

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As many of us gather with family and friends over the holidays, some of those celebrations will include special meals and desserts.  Because we have access to a wide selection of food year-round at local grocery stores, it is sometimes easy to forget where our food comes from but New York’s …

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Christmas is on the horizon and I’m trying not to stress because no one should stress over Christmas. The only thing I bother to worry about is whether or not the intended will like the gift I chose. This makes me very attentive during the fall as I listen for ideas. But sometimes that doesn…

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Thursday morning I slept in a little bit. It felt good to do that after the week I’d had. And by week I mean 12 days. Twelve days of running to my daughter’s house to feed the pets, 12 days of dealing with ill-fitting new eyeglasses, and 12 days with a broken washing machine. I’m not sure wh…