Gino Geruntino http://wrvo.org en Midway Drive-In owner gets help from community to restore institution http://wrvo.org/post/midway-drive-owner-gets-help-community-restore-institution <p></p><p>This weekend a local Girl Scout troop is teaming up with the owner of the Midway Drive-In in Minetto to raise money to rebuild the decades old facility that was destroyed during a storm that struck the region July 8.</p><p>Midway Drive-In owner John Nagelschmidt says although the wooden screen tower was destroyed, it happened at a good time of day, when no customers had yet arrived at the facility. If it had hit later in the evening, he believes things could have been a lot worse.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:03:51 +0000 Gino Geruntino 59436 at http://wrvo.org Midway Drive-In owner gets help from community to restore institution Blue-green algae blooms cause closure at beach in Constantia http://wrvo.org/post/blue-green-algae-blooms-cause-closure-beach-constantia <p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:15:34 +0000 Gino Geruntino 59310 at http://wrvo.org Blue-green algae blooms cause closure at beach in Constantia Oswego increases security in preparation of Harborfest http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-increases-security-preparation-harborfest <p>Harborfest, an annual four-day event that brings more than 100,000 people to the city of Oswego, begins Thursday.<br /><br />The Oswego Police Department says they are beefing up patrols to prepare for the influx of people and to try to keep everyone safe, but Police Chief Tory DeCaire says they always need extra help.<br /><br />"We rely heavily on outside agencies and the law enforcement assistance that they provide," DeCaire explained. "We are going to have officers on foot, on bike, on ATVs, as well as marked police cars, and officers detailed at specific venues."<br /> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:30:37 +0000 Gino Geruntino 59266 at http://wrvo.org Oswego increases security in preparation of Harborfest Novelis defends itself in court against allegations of influencing union vote http://wrvo.org/post/novelis-defends-itself-court-against-allegations-influencing-union-vote <p></p><p>Novelis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Inc. is in federal court in Syracuse to defend itself against charges by the National Labor Relations Board. The case stems from allegations by the United Steelworkers Union that the Oswego aluminum manufacturer interfered with a vote by its workers to unionize.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:23:48 +0000 Gino Geruntino 59217 at http://wrvo.org Novelis defends itself in court against allegations of influencing union vote Siena Poll finds Cuomo far ahead in governor's race, Common Core unpopular http://wrvo.org/post/siena-poll-finds-cuomo-far-ahead-governors-race-common-core-unpopular <p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:31:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt & Gino Geruntino 59198 at http://wrvo.org Siena Poll finds Cuomo far ahead in governor's race, Common Core unpopular Brindisi continues push for new high school diploma http://wrvo.org/post/brindisi-continues-push-new-high-school-diploma <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an attempt to increase the number of New York high school graduates who are work ready, one state assemblyman is pushing for the approval of a new high-tech and manufacturing-based diploma. The goal is to help employers fill jobs with qualified graduates.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:55:06 +0000 Gino Geruntino 59059 at http://wrvo.org EPA says proposed regulation will do more than clean air http://wrvo.org/post/epa-says-proposed-regulation-will-do-more-clean-air <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to reduce carbon pollution nationwide means a goal of reducing carbon emissions in New York state by more than 40 percent. Judith </span>Enck<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the area's EPA regional administrator, was in Syracuse to discuss how the plan will allow the nation to keep producing energy, while reducing pollution. </span>Enck<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the regulation, which is scheduled to start in 2020, isn't just about protecting the environment from air pollution.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:44:38 +0000 Gino Geruntino 58995 at http://wrvo.org EPA says proposed regulation will do more than clean air Five percent tax cap plan will get public hearing in Oswego http://wrvo.org/post/five-percent-tax-cap-plan-will-get-public-hearing-oswego <p></p><p>Homeowners in the city of Oswego will be able to voice their opinions at a pubic hearing on a proposal to reinstate the city's five percent property tax cap. The original limit was removed in 2011, but after the city's common council approved a 43 percent property tax increase in December, support has been growing to bring it back.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:33:12 +0000 Gino Geruntino 58936 at http://wrvo.org Five percent tax cap plan will get public hearing in Oswego Utica School District to use state grant to expand school day http://wrvo.org/post/utica-school-district-use-state-grant-expand-school-day <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Utica City School District received more than $4 million from the state to increase the number of hours kids are in school during the year, in an effort to increase the district's Common Core test scores. But the district still has to make a lot of decisions before starting the program.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:47:48 +0000 Gino Geruntino 58741 at http://wrvo.org Utica School District to use state grant to expand school day Environmental group tests Erie Canal and Oswego River water for invasive species http://wrvo.org/post/environmental-group-tests-erie-canal-and-oswego-river-water-invasive-species <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newyork/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Nature Conservancy</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and other environmental groups are making use of a recently developed DNA sampling technique to determine whether or not any invasive species might be swimming, living or growing in the Oswego River and Erie Canal. By taking hundreds of water samples, the group believes it can slow the growth of invasive species in the state.</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:26:56 +0000 Gino Geruntino 58344 at http://wrvo.org Environmental group tests Erie Canal and Oswego River water for invasive species Giant Hogweed poses threat to both plants and people http://wrvo.org/post/giant-hogweed-poses-threat-both-plants-and-people <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New York has a big problem with an invasive species you may have never heard of. Giant </span>hogweed<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a poisonous plant that can overtake entire fields with its giant leaves and can cause painful blisters on a person's skin. But the state Department of Environmental Conservation says it's stepping up its digging and spraying program to help control the plant and even eradicate it in some spots.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Gino Geruntino 58286 at http://wrvo.org Giant Hogweed poses threat to both plants and people Fulton takes the next steps to try to get back to fiscal stability http://wrvo.org/post/fulton-takes-next-steps-try-get-back-fiscal-stability <p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:13:23 +0000 Gino Geruntino 58300 at http://wrvo.org Fulton takes the next steps to try to get back to fiscal stability Doheny, Stefanik take similar platforms to North Country voters http://wrvo.org/post/doheny-stefanik-take-similar-platforms-north-country-voters <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past few months, North Country voters have heard a lot about the two Republican candidates running to represent the party in this fall's election for New York's </span>21st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional District. But the differences between Elise </span>Stefanik<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Matt </span>Doheny<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> aren't really that vast.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:16:06 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57796 at http://wrvo.org Doheny, Stefanik take similar platforms to North Country voters Autograph book reconnects Oswego resident with Holocaust refugee http://wrvo.org/post/autograph-book-reconnects-oswego-resident-holocaust-refugee <p></p><p>Oswego's <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/safe-haven-museum-hold-70th-reunion-oswegos-jewish-refugees">Safe Haven Museum is marking 70 years</a> since Fort Ontario served as a camp for Jewish refugees fleeing Europe during World War II. To celebrate the event, one Oswego resident who lived near the fort at the time talked about what it was like and tells the story of her long-lost friendship with one refugee.</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57656 at http://wrvo.org Autograph book reconnects Oswego resident with Holocaust refugee Safe Haven Museum to hold 70th reunion for Oswego's Jewish refugees http://wrvo.org/post/safe-haven-museum-hold-70th-reunion-oswegos-jewish-refugees <p></p><p>Beginning Thursday, the <a href="http://www.safehavenmuseum.com/">Safe Haven Museum in Oswego</a> is celebrating the 70th anniversary of when 982 Jewish refugees were first housed at Fort Ontario.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:57:37 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57435 at http://wrvo.org Safe Haven Museum to hold 70th reunion for Oswego's Jewish refugees IJC backs Plan 2014 to control Lake Ontario water levels http://wrvo.org/post/ijc-backs-plan-2014-control-lake-ontario-water-levels <p></p><p>The International Joint Commission says its recommendations to help restore some of the natural water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway will also benefit the lake's wetland wildlife. According to the commission, Plan 2014 will help Lake Ontario get closer to its natural ebb and flow throughout the year.<br /><br />Commissioner Dereth Glance says Plan 2014 strikes a balance between the current plan and the lakes original water levels about 60 years ago.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:24:47 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57488 at http://wrvo.org IJC backs Plan 2014 to control Lake Ontario water levels Hanna joins lawmakers urging EPA to reconsider navigable waters rule change http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-joins-lawmakers-urging-epa-reconsider-navigable-waters-rule-change <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rep. Richard Hanna (</span>R-Barneveld<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) is one of more than 230 members of Congress speaking out against a proposed change to the Clean Water Act by the Environmental Protection Agency. He says it would mean farmers in New York will face additional red tape and more fines.</span></p><p>Eric Behling's orchard in Mexico has been in business since 1947. Throughout the year his farm grows apples, pumpkins and other produce.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:56:26 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57194 at http://wrvo.org Hanna joins lawmakers urging EPA to reconsider navigable waters rule change Doheny, Stefanik debate local and national issues http://wrvo.org/post/doheny-stefanik-debate-local-and-national-issues <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The two candidates vying for the Republican Party's nod in the </span>21st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional District showed a lot of similarities during an hour-long primary debate held Thursday in Watertown. The debate between Matt </span>Doheny<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Elise </span>Stefanik<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was broadcast on </span>WWNY<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Watertown and North Country Public Radio and public television.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:14:10 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57259 at http://wrvo.org Doheny, Stefanik debate local and national issues Schumer demands FDA be more clear with cheese making guidelines http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-demands-fda-be-more-clear-cheese-making-guidelines <p>Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is among those asking the Food and Drug Administration to clarify its guidelines on the use of wooden boards to age artisanal cheeses. He says cheese makers have been using wooden boards or panels to age their cheeses for centuries, and that changing the rules would put American producers at a disadvantage.<br /> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:15:24 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57183 at http://wrvo.org Schumer demands FDA be more clear with cheese making guidelines Ritchie wants state legislature to pass UTV bill http://wrvo.org/post/ritchie-wants-state-legislature-pass-utv-bill <p></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:32:52 +0000 Gino Geruntino 56913 at http://wrvo.org Ritchie wants state legislature to pass UTV bill Hanna will not debate primary opponent before primary day June 24 http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-will-not-debate-primary-opponent-primary-day-june-24 <p></p><p></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:31:56 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57017 at http://wrvo.org Hanna will not debate primary opponent before primary day June 24 Hanna not happy with deal that released Army sergeant in exchange for Taliban prisoners http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-not-happy-deal-released-army-sergeant-exchange-taliban-prisoners <div><p>D<font color="#222222" face="arial" size="2"><span style="line-height: normal;">ays</span></font><font color="#222222" face="arial" size="2"><span style="line-height: normal;"> after the U.S government exchanged five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for Army Sergeant Bowe </span></font>Bergdahl<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">, the American solider who reportedly left his post in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban, the decision doesn't sit well with Utica-area Rep. Richard Hanna. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:53:05 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57016 at http://wrvo.org Hanna not happy with deal that released Army sergeant in exchange for Taliban prisoners As Primary Day approaches, Tenney continues calls for debate http://wrvo.org/post/primary-day-approaches-tenney-continues-calls-debate <p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:53:12 +0000 Gino Geruntino 56894 at http://wrvo.org As Primary Day approaches, Tenney continues calls for debate Schumer wants to increase number of doctors nationwide http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-wants-increase-number-doctors-nationwide <p></p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer wants to increase the number of primary care physicians in the United States, particularly in rural areas like upstate New York.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:37:44 +0000 Gino Geruntino 56844 at http://wrvo.org Schumer wants to increase number of doctors nationwide Doheny says attack ad launched againgst him crosses a line http://wrvo.org/post/doheny-says-attack-ad-launched-againgst-him-crosses-line <p></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:22:10 +0000 Gino Geruntino 56826 at http://wrvo.org DiNapoli urges New Yorkers to take advantage of state college saving plans http://wrvo.org/post/dinapoli-urges-new-yorkers-take-advantage-state-college-saving-plans <p></p><p>State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is urging New Yorkers to invest in a 529 College Saving Program, which helps families save money for college tuition. DiNapoli says parents, grandparents and others can open an account for a child, and receive tax credits of up to $10,000 annually for their contributions.</p><p>More than 800,000 529 College Saving Program accounts have been set up in New York, but DiNapoli says many more could take advantage of the program.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Gino Geruntino 56772 at http://wrvo.org DiNapoli urges New Yorkers to take advantage of state college saving plans Oswego County considers closing four transfer stations http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-county-considers-closing-four-transfer-stations <p>Some residents of Oswego County may soon have to find other options for getting rid of their garbage if a recent proposal by the Oswego County Legislature is implemented.</p><p>Right now the county’s five transfer stations are operating on a $500,000 deficit. Starting July 1, each facility will close one day a week, which according to Oswego County Solid Waste Director Frank Visser will save the county nearly $190,000 a year. Disposal fees are also increasing, which could raise $500,000 in revenue if waste levels don’t change.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:04:08 +0000 Gino Geruntino 56697 at http://wrvo.org Oswego County considers closing four transfer stations Mayor vetoes resolution charging SUNY Oswego for Bridge Street Run overtime http://wrvo.org/post/mayor-vetoes-resolution-charging-suny-oswego-bridge-street-run-overtime <p></p><p>Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen has vetoed one of the two resolutions passed just days after this year's controversial Bridge Street Run. The Oswego Common Council unanimously passed a measure to bill SUNY Oswego for overtime costs accrued by police, fire and public works department associated with the unsanctioned annual pub crawl.</p><p>Nearly 30 people were arrested and two were injured during this year's event. Three students also overdosed on heroin during Bridge Street Run, but police say the event is not to blame.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 11:48:23 +0000 Gino Geruntino 56513 at http://wrvo.org Mayor vetoes resolution charging SUNY Oswego for Bridge Street Run overtime Narcan use evolves as heroin, opioid overdoses increase http://wrvo.org/post/narcan-use-evolves-heroin-opioid-overdoses-increase <p></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 11:33:46 +0000 Gino Geruntino 56403 at http://wrvo.org Narcan use evolves as heroin, opioid overdoses increase Novelis announces five year plan for company growth http://wrvo.org/post/novelis-announces-five-year-plan-company-growth <p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 18:53:14 +0000 Gino Geruntino 56251 at http://wrvo.org Novelis announces five year plan for company growth