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Volunteers To Hand Pull Water Chestnuts

Cat Hadlow with water chestnuts she's pulled at the Battle Island area of the Oswego River and Canal

Volunteers will take to the water early next month to help protect the environment. On Aug. 2, dozens of people will once again do a hand-pulling of the invasive water chestnut around the historical Battle Island area of the Oswego River and Canal. The invasive water chestnut has plagued the Oswego River and Canal, creating a negative impact on the ecological balance of the river, boating and fishing. The water chestnut plant is an invasive species that, once established, can significantly reduce the quality of the native habitat, impede recreational use of waterways, and interfere with aquatic ecosystems.

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Fort Ontario State Historic Site Superintendent Paul Lear (left) and Henry Spang with the Oswego Maritime Foundation meet aboard the OMF Ontario to develop battle plans for the re-creation of the Battle of Oswego during the 27th annual Harborfest.

Come to Oswego’s historic harbor to witness a re-enactment of the Battle of Oswego during the 27th annual Harborfest. The action begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday. “We will have a few ships and a gunboat in the harbor, including Oswego’s own OMF Ontario, engaging with Fort Ontario to re-create this event,” said Steve Fulton, director of Oswego’s Harborfest. “There will be action from the east breakwall to the west bluff, so people can line up anywhere along to harbor to watch the battle.”

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William Foley takes notes during Tuesday night's Oswego School Board meeting. In background, from left are: board vice president Lynda Sereno, board president Kathleen Allen and Ben Halsey, superintendent.

After more than 20 years on the job, William Foley will step down next month from his position as clerk for the Oswego City School District. Foley, who also acts as the district’s public information officer, said he applied for the position because the ad said they were looking for someone to help promote the school district – something the OHS grad felt he could do well.

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Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy L. Birdsall as the Zoning and Planning Director for the city of Oswego. She will lead the Zoning and Planning Department. Her responsibilities will include overseeing city land use policies, zoning administration, and planning and development efforts.

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In preparation for Harborfest 2014, the Oswego Police Department wishes to announce the following advisories regarding traffic, pedestrian and general information specific to the Harborfest celebration scheduled for July 24-27.

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the David C. Webb Memorial Park Bathing Beach

The Oswego County Health Department announced today (July 23) that the David C. Webb Memorial Park Bathing Beach on Oneida Lake in the town of Constantia has been closed to swimming due to the presence of a blue-green algae bloom.

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Fundraisers planned

While we have been questioning the future of the drive-in there has been a seemingly endless stream of automobiles pulling over to the side of the road or pulling into the driveway with folks getting out of their cars to stand quietly and to gaze upon the mangled screen tower, as though at a wake paying their final respects; many capturing photos for remembrance. There has been an amazing outpouring from the community through personal emails, visits at the theatre and through social media.

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Where can you get books, learning tools, technology and more, all under one roof? The answer is your library. Each and every year, our local libraries are becoming more significant parts of our local communities, offering families and individuals not only opportunities for learning but also for entertainment, cultural experiences, job-searching tools and so much more.

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Rick Sivers is back. The 50-year member of the Oswego Players has returned to Oswego and will be giving a single staged version of his Brother Harmonious character in the Frances Marion Brown Theater in the Oswego Arts Center on Aug. 3 at 2 p.m.

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Warm and still a bit humid with a lingering shower possible today. High 80 – 85.

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A field of 46 teams took to the links for a day of golf and fun in the 19th Annual United Way Golf Tournament, held recently at the Oswego Country Club. This year’s event featured two compete tournaments: a morning flight and an afternoon flight.

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From time to time we are made aware of people who go above and beyond the function of their job and in doing have a great impact upon their community. The forms and means of the service can be as varied as the individuals themselves. Helen Hoefer meets this criteria in all respects.

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Fulton Idol, a voice workshop and contest for youth ages 10 through 15, will take place August 4 through 8, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St. All youth within this age range are welcome to participate. There is no cost to participants.

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Cozy house with large lot in the City of Oswego

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By – Chris Porter Photos – Jim Feeney Randy Ritskes drove the Jeff Locke-owned No. 37 supermodified to its third feature win of the 2014 season Saturday night at the Oswego Speedway. Having started eighth on the grid, the Oswego … Continue reading

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Bath, N.Y.’s Alex Hoag collected his first checkered flag Saturday night at the Oswego Speedway, winning the 35-lap Pathfinder Bank small block supermodified feature event. Starting from the pole position, the third-generation driver led every lap en route to the win.

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(STP WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CARS 25 LAPS) – DARYN PITTMAN, Donny Schatz, Jessica Zemken

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Oswego Youth Soccer has set fall travel evaluation dates for the coming soccer season. All sessions will be held at the Benjamin Fields – 6 – 7:30 p.m.

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Burke’s Do-It-Best Homecenters presented the racing action at Oswego Kartway on Friday night with Chris Parker driving to his first career Kartway victory in the Clone 425 division. A longtime veteran of Oswego Kartway, Parker drove his No. 88 machine to a convincing win over previous main event winners Ross Spilman and Paul Fountaine.

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Anna Mortimer graduated from G. Ray Bodley on June 28, 2014. Congratulations Anna and happy 19th birthday on July 11, 2014.

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Carol and Chuck - 2014

Charles and Carol Burghart celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with dinner at the Cottage Inn in Red Creek with their family. Then a gathering of family and friends at their home in Hannibal.

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THE GREATER OSWEGO-FULTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Chamber Offices to Remain at 44 East Bridge Street

The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce will not be moving to a new location. It will continue to operate from 44 E. Bridge St., Oswego.

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Chamber Gears Up for Oswego Farmers’ Market Opening

The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for another summer of the Oswego Farmers’ Market which is set to open on May 22 at 4:30 p.m. along West First Street in Oswego. There will be “noticeable changes” to the market for this summer, said Nate Emmons, interim executive director of the chamber.

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Fishing Reports for July 10, 2014

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. Oswego River/Lake Ontario report: According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop: The river has been up and down between 6,000cfs and under 1,000cfs in … Continue reading

Tax Tips

What You Should Know if You Need More Time to File Your Taxes

The April 15 tax deadline is approaching. What happens if you can’t get your taxes done by the due date? If you need more time, you can get an automatic six-month extension from the IRS. You don’t have to explain … Continue reading

Ten Facts about Amended Tax Returns

Did you discover that you made a mistake after you filed your federal tax return? You can make it right by filing an amended tax return. Here are the top ten things to know about filing an amended tax return. … Continue reading




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