We want your news! Send us: News release |Letter to the Editor | Share a picture | Newborn | Birthday | Engagement | Wedding | Other Milestone
Today









What is this?

American Red Cross Unveils New Disaster Relief Vehicle in Dedication Ceremony

OSWEGO, NY – For 130 years, the American Red Cross has been helping neighbors down the street, across the country and around the world.

Taking part in the official ribbon cutting, from left are: Jackie Thorpe – chamber of commerce, Terry Wilbur – county legislator, Linda Lockwood - county legislator, Ron Woodward – Fulton Mayor, Holly Carpenter – Senator Richie’s office, Amy Tressider - county legislator, Tom Gillen - Oswego Mayor, Susan Pope – emergency services manager at the Red Cross, Kirk Coates – DAT volunteer, Dave and Lee Webber – DAT volunteers, Danielle Hayden – branch director at the Red Cross, and Beth Hilton – executive director of the chamber.

Taking part in the official ribbon cutting, from left are: Jackie Thorpe – chamber of commerce, Terry Wilbur – county legislator, Linda Lockwood - county legislator, Ron Woodward – Fulton Mayor, Holly Carpenter – Senator Richie’s office, Amy Tressider - county legislator, Tom Gillen - Oswego Mayor, Susan Pope – emergency services manager at the Red Cross, Kirk Coates – DAT volunteer, Dave and Lee Webber – DAT volunteers, Danielle Hayden – branch director at the Red Cross, and Beth Hilton – executive director of the chamber.

This, however, could not have been accomplished without the support of its donors.

Recently, the Central New York Chapter was given the opportunity from its donor base to invest in a new disaster response vehicle.

The $90,000 vehicle was unveiled Thursday at the Oswego branch office on West First Street.

It was purchased exclusively with donations.

The vehicle is used to provide disaster stricken individuals with a safe and comfortable shelter.

The vehicle has already received its trial by fire, Kirk Coates and Dave Webber, (team leaders) DAT volunteers, responded recently to a blaze in the Central Square – Hastings area.

The DRV is equipped with a waiting bench for clients, two to four workstations, comfort kits, a small refrigerator and more, Coates  said.

“It has its own generator, heater and air conditioning,” he added. “It will be stocked with everything we need to help a family that’s suffered a fire. There is storage space for clothes, blankets, diapers, paper towels, flashlights and other supplies.”

“As we use it more, we’ll figure out what we have to have,” Webber said. “This one’s brand new so it’s not fully stocked just yet.”

The DRV has only been in Oswego for a couple weeks, according to  Branch Director Danielle Hayden. The CNY Chapter received about a month ago, she added.

It will make things a lot easier for the volunteers – and the people the serve, she said.

Dave Webber, (team leader), one of the DAT volunteers, displays some of the forms that can be stored in the vehicle. Many other supplies are also at the ready in the new DRV.

Dave Webber, (team leader), one of the DAT volunteers, displays some of the forms that can be stored in the vehicle. Many other supplies are also at the ready in the new DRV.

To demonstrate its appreciation for its donors and the opportunities they provide for others, the American Red Cross of CNY held a dedication ceremony for the new vehicle from 10 a.m. to noon at the office in Oswego. Nearly three dozen people came by to check out the DRV, take a tour and visit with the staff.

Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen recently proclaimed March as Red Cross Month.

The Heroes for the American Red Cross Campaign also kicked off Thursday.

It will run through April 20.

The campaign is a grassroots fundraising effort that encourages individuals or organizations and businesses in the community to become “heroes” by raising $1,000 or more for the American Red Cross.

If you are interested in being a hero, call Hayden at 343-0967. You may also visit www.american.redcross.org/goto/HARCCNY to make a donation to the campaign.

Print This Post Print This Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

Search Our Archives:

Judge Todd to Defendant: Teen’s Confession Admissable

A confession allegedly made to state police by one of the teenagers accused of robbing and killing a Granby man can be used as evidence in a jury trial. In his decision, Judge Donald Todd said, “The court finds the defendant made his statements voluntarily and they were obtained in a manner that did not violate his state or federal constitutional rights.”

Continue reading


Beverly A. McKalsen, 87

Beverly A. McKalsen, 87, of Granby, passed away early Thursday morning July 31, 2014, at home with her family by her side.

Continue reading


Oswego County Postpones Aerial Spraying Tonight

Aerial spraying of the Toad Harbor / Big Bay Swamp area near the north shore of Oneida Lake is postponed tonight, Thursday, July 31, due to uncertain weather. The forecast indicates varied conditions, such as rain and wind speeds, that would hamper spraying efforts. Weather permitting, aerial spraying will take place tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 1 between 6 and 9 p.m.

Continue reading


DA: No Evidence Of Human Remains At Rice Road Site

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office have concluded their investigation at the property on Rice Road in the Town Of Mexico. While there was no reliable evidence indicating the property was related to the abduction of Heidi Allen, we conducted a thorough and exhaustive search of the property, the district attorney said. The Sheriff’s Department devoted considerable resources to this search and made every effort to discover and recover any remains that may have been there. There is no evidence that any human remains are or ever were at that site.

Continue reading


Award-winning Play Comes to Fort Ontario for One Performance Only

Bring the whole family to Fort Ontario State Historic Site, 1 E. Fourth St., Oswego, for a performance of “The Great Rope,” the award-winning play written by the late Rosemary Nesbitt of Oswego. The one-time-only show begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday. “We’ve put together a great group of children and adults from the community to help us bring this play to life again and honor Rosemary’s vision,” said director Jonel Langenfeld Rial, professor of theater and education in the SUNY Oswego Theater Department.

Continue reading



v3_2014_64