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Another Successful OHS Blood Drive Benefits Hundreds

OSWEGO, NY – Once again the students, faculty and staff of the Oswego High School have rallied for the cause of others.

A recent Red Cross Bloodmobile at the Ralph M. Faust Theatre was a tremendous success as 48 whole blood pints and six double red cell procedures provided a total of 59 pints of blood.

Oswego High School nurse Christina Chamberlain said, “We have hosted three blood drives this year and collected 149 pints which is considerably more than last year. We were told that we have qualified for the American Red Cross High School Scholarship Challenge Award for $350 scholarships to a graduating senior.”

The generous donation of blood benefited many people.

Christopher Hoffman, Account Manager for the American Red Cross Blood Services noted, “Where the blood went after it left Oswego High School is a fascinating story. The blood was transported to West Henrietta that evening. The test tubes were transported via air to an American Red Cross testing lab just outside of Chicago. While the blood was in West Henrietta, the whole blood was separated into red blood cells (surgeries), platelets (cancer patients), and plasma (burns and accident victims), so it could help up to three patients. The double red cell units are ready-to-transfuse blood cells to help up to two patients.”

Continuing he noted, “The Oswego student drive helped up to 304 hospital patients and the faculty drive helped up to 93 patients to provide assistance to nearly 400 patients.”

George R. McGrath Sr. 82

OSWEGO, NY – George R. McGrath, Sr. 82 of Oswego passed away peacefully Friday morning April 30, 2010, at St. Luke Health Services, Inc.

George R. McGrath Sr.

George R. McGrath Sr.

He was born on June 3, 1927, in Fulton, NY, and was the son of the late William and Anna (McMahon) McGrath.

He was educated in Oswego.

After marrying Mary Turner on February 19, 1949, in St. Mary’s Church, he resided in Oswego where he was employed as a car salesman at Ebert Buick and operated his own business, Auto Mart in Oswego selling cars, lawnmowers and snow blowers.

George could be seen most days puttering around Auto Mart.

His favorite pastime was planting flowers in the various parks in Oswego.

George belonged to the American Legion, VFW, and the Oswego Elks Lodge, where he could be seen at various functions.

He was a proud veteran, serving in the US Navy during World War II.

He loved to dance and he and his lovely wife, Mary, would dance up a storm at most of the dances.

He was a loving father to seven children, and a grandfather to 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He also cherished all of his pets, especially his dog, Beethoven.

George is survived by his lovely wife of 61 years, Mary;  and his children, Colleen (John) Rinaldo of Oswego, George McGrath Jr. of Colorado, Edward (Michelle) McGrath, Timothy (Margaret) McGrath, and Susan (Pat) Cahill all of Oswego.

Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Michele Talamo, John (Nicole) Rinaldo, Michael (Kristy) Rinaldo, William Rinaldo, Krystal McGrath Lawson, Ashley McGrath, George Robert McGrath III, Joli McGrath, Nichole McGrath, Joey McGrath, Karly Buske and Matt Buske; and four great-grandchildren, Riley Rinaldo, Anthony Talamo, Dylan Buske and Michael Rinaldo.

He was predeceased by two children, William McGrath in 1971 and Kathryn McGrath Lawson in 2008.

He is the brother of AnnaMae Mitchell of Oswego, Hazel Ebert of California, Eileen (George) Ranous, Helen Benzing both of Oswego and the late Jack (Catherine) McGrath.

Funeral services will be 8:30 a.m. Tuesday from the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home and at 9 a.m. from St. Mary’s Church.

Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse NY 13204.

Fulton PD Unveils Redesigned Website With New Features

A screen capture of the new Fulton Police Department website.

A screen capture of the new Fulton Police Department website.

From the Fulton Police Department

In an effort to keep up with advancing technology, the Fulton Police Department has redesigned its web site, www.fultonpd.com.

The site is maintained by officers so there has been no cost to create or maintain the page. The previous design and technology of the web site was difficult to maintain and the look was becoming dated. The available features were limited as well.

The new site has a more modern and uniform look to it. The new available features such as the current weather, events calendar and the ability to show picture slide shows and video is a tremendous advantage.

Most of the information that was on the old site has been kept and transferred to the new site. Many features have been added, such as the ability to print handicapped and local parking permit applications as well as other forms, an expanded wanted section and an easier to read press release section.

The public is asked to visit the site frequently as we hope to expand and update the site on a regular basis.

Fulton Lions Collect Thousands of Eyeglasses For Reuse

The Fulton Lions Club recently shipped out several thousand pairs of used eyeglasses that they have collected for reconditioning and re-use through Lions International. Picking up the glasses for the reconditioning center is Lions District 20-Y1 representative Max Pepper (second from right). Joining him, from left: Lion Jesse Yardley, Fulton Lions Sight and Hearing Committee Chairman; David Guyer, president; and Past President Leo Chirello. Eyeglasses and hearing aids are collected at Waby Opticians. Rt. 481 and Division St.; and the Wal-Mart Super Center, Rt. 3, in Fulton. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions projects or membership, visit www.FultonLionsClub.org.

Eastern Shore Employees Participate in LVOC Scrabble Fest

Employees of Eastern Shore Associates Insurance (ESA) headquarters in Fulton entered a team in Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County’s (LVOC) 4th annual Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble Fest fundraiser on April 23. LVOC offers free, one-on-one literacy programs for adults aged 16 years and older who cannot read above a 5th grade level which also includes basic finance literacy, basic computer literacy, and English as a second language. The most recent U.S. Census data show that there are more than 17,000 adults in Oswego County who are eligible for LVOC services. Members of the ESA team are, from left: Brittany Rose, Lynn Burns, Gail Cruse and Bridgette Sequin. Eastern Shore Associates Insurance is an independent Trusted Choice® agency ESOP (employee stock owned) company with offices in Fulton, Camillus, Oswego, Pulaski, Hannibal, Phoenix, Camden, Waterloo, Rochester, Walworth and Felt Mills. ESA’s main office is in Fulton at 598-6000 and on-line at www.esainsurance.com.

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