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Oswego Students Earn Writing Contest Recognition

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego City School District students were recognized in the 26th Oswego County Reading Council Writing Contest.

Kingsford students  who earned awards in the annual Reading Council Writing Contest include (in front left to right) Cammi Ahern, Olivia Day, Marisa Wallace, Michael Fierro, Jade Bauer, Rylan Dann and Devon Tonkin while in back are teacher Christine Castiglia, Joah Defren, Henry Sweeney, Bella Rando, Emma Searor, Marcus Baker, Joshua Elia and Allison Van Brocklin.

Kingsford students who earned awards in the annual Reading Council Writing Contest include (in front left to right) Cammi Ahern, Olivia Day, Marisa Wallace, Michael Fierro, Jade Bauer, Rylan Dann and Devon Tonkin while in back are teacher Christine Castiglia, Joah Defren, Henry Sweeney, Bella Rando, Emma Searor, Marcus Baker, Joshua Elia and Allison Van Brocklin.

Kingsford and Fitzhugh elementary schools along with the Oswego Middle School were well-represented in the annual event and several students earned awards for their “My Dream Vacation” writing piece.

In the fourth grade division the top three writers represented KPS and included Jade Bauer, Henry Sweeney and Joah Defren while fifth grader  Cammi Ahern was second in her grade level.

The top three in the seventh through twelfth grade category were a trio of Oswego Middle School students as Javiemary Hernandez, Shaleen McMahon and Barbara Babcock were the top three.

FPS teacher Amy Quonce was runner up in the adult division.

Honorable mentions included from KPS included Marisa Wallace, Rylan Dann and Michael Fierro in third grade; Allison Van Brocklin, Marcus Baker, Joshua Elia and Emma Searor in fourth grade and fifth graders Isabella Rando, Devon Tonkin and Olivia Day.

Honorable mentions from the Oswego Middle School included Clarissa Miller, Jacob Ward, Julia Palmer, Chelsea Thurston, Tyler Davis and Haley Shelton.

Health Officials Warn of Dangers of Blue-Green Algae

OSWEGO – The Oswego County Health Department reminds people using area beaches this summer to be on the look-out for blue-green algae, a microscopic organism that can pose a health risk to humans and animals when they are exposed to them in large enough quantities.

Surface water affected by blue-green algae often is so strongly colored that it can develop a paint-like appearance. (Photo NYS Department of Health.)

Surface water affected by blue-green algae often is so strongly colored that it can develop a paint-like appearance. (Photo NYS Department of Health.)

“Blue-green algae are naturally present in lake and streams, usually in low numbers,” said Natalie Roy, associate environmental health sanitarian for the Oswego County Health Department. “They can become very abundant in warm, shallow, undisturbed surface water that receives a lot of sunlight. When this occurs, the algae can form blooms that float on the water surface and discolor the water.”

Blue-green algae blooms usually occur during the hottest part of the summer. When water that contains high levels of blue-green algae toxins is swallowed or absorbed through the skin, or when airborne droplets are inhaled, health effects can occur.

“Consuming water that contains high levels of blue-green algal toxins has been associated with effects on the liver and the nervous system in laboratory animals, pets, livestock and people,” said Roy. “Livestock and pet deaths have occurred when animals consume very large amounts of accumulated algal scum from along shorelines.”

Blue-green algae blooms may be present in water that is visibly discolored in shades of green, blue-green, yellow, brown or red, or water that has surface scums.

Water affected by blue-green algae blooms often is so strongly colored that it can develop a paint-like appearance.

Unpleasant tastes or odors are not reliable indicators.

The Oswego County Health Department’s Environmental Division monitors public swimming beaches and investigates reports of suspected blue-green algae at public beaches.

Anyone who suspects blue-green algae in a public swimming area should call the health department weekdays at 315-349-3557.

Jiancheng Huang, Public Health Director, recommends people take these steps to avoid exposure to blue-green algae:

• Never drink untreated surface water, whether or not algae blooms are present. Untreated surface water may contain other bacteria, parasites or viruses, as well as algal toxins, which all could cause illness if consumed.

• People who are not on public water supplies should not drink surface water, even if it is treated, during an algal bloom. In-home treatment such as boiling and disinfecting water with chlorine or UV and water filtration units do not protect people from blue-green algal toxins.

• If washing dishes in untreated surface water is unavoidable, rinse with bottled water to reduce possible residues.

• People, pets and livestock should avoid contact with water that is discolored or has scums on the surface. If contact does occur, wash with soap and water or rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove algae.

• Stop using the water and seek medical attention as needed, if symptoms such as skin, eye or throat irritation, allergic reactions or breathing difficulties occur while in contact with untreated surface waters. However, swimming, bathing or showering with water not visibly affected by a blue-green algae bloom is not expected to cause health effects.

For more information about blue-green algae and its health effects, visit http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/bluegreenalgae.htm

Child Advocacy Center to host free Bike Drawings at Novelis Family Park

OSWEGO, NY – The Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County is bringing its message of stopping child abuse in Oswego County to the Novelis Family Park during this year’s Harborfest celebration.

The Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County will be giving away children’s bicycles during Harborfest. The drawings are free and no purchase is necessary. From left are: Jenny Mulcahey; CAC board member Jake Mulcahey with daughter, Abby; Hannah Koster (with bicycle); and CAC board member Melanie Russell.

The Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County will be giving away children’s bicycles during Harborfest. The drawings are free and no purchase is necessary. From left are: Jenny Mulcahey; CAC board member Jake Mulcahey with daughter, Abby; Hannah Koster (with bicycle); and CAC board member Melanie Russell.

A non-profit agency that works to protect and serve child victims of sexual and physical abuse, the Child Advocacy Center will have a tent in the Novelis Family Park (West Park) from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The CAC will be hosting free drawings for a child’s bicycle. The drawings are free, there is no purchase necessary, to enter just stop by the CAC tent and register for the free drawing.

“The Children’s Park is the ideal location for us,” said Karrie Damm, executive director of the CAC. “We want to educate parents and caregivers about how to spot warning signs of child abuse, how to encourage their children to talk about it, and ways in which they can protect their children from sexual and physical abuse. We also want children to know that it is okay to discuss instances of child abuse and not keep silent about it.”

Manned by CAC staff, board members and volunteers the CAC tent will have a variety of activities and giveaways for children as well as a wealth of information regarding the agency and the many services that it offers free of charge to victims of child abuse and their families.

Information will also be available for the CAC’s upcoming Fiesta Masquerade; an evening filled with food, fun, beverages, and live entertainment from Central New York favorites, The Billionaires.

“We are excited about our Fiesta Masquerade and our planning committee is working hard to ensure that will be an enjoyable and memorable evening. It’s going to be a fun event for a great cause. All proceeds from our Fiesta Masquerade will benefit our efforts to combat, prevent, and raise awareness of child abuse in Oswego County,” said Damm.

Located at 301 Beech St., Fulton, with a satellite office at 4822 Salina St., Pulaski, the CAC of Oswego County works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical providers, therapy providers, and victim advocacy professionals in Oswego County to protect and serve children that are victims of sexual and physical abuse.

For more information on the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, call 315-592-4453 or visit www.oswegocac.org

Quirk’s Players’ Members Honored At Graduation

FULTON, NY – At the G. Ray Bodley High School commencement ceremony held in June, theatre awards were presented to two honor graduates, Jacob Strauss and Bradley Crofoot.

Quirk’s Players’ Members Honored At Graduation

Quirk’s Players’ Members Honored At Graduation

Strauss (left) was the recipient of the 2014 Quirk’s Players Directors’ Award which is presented to a graduating senior who displays dedication to the theatre program at GRB, sets high performance standards, inspires others to excel and serves as a role model for other members.

Crofoot (right) was the recipient of the 2014 William Quirk Memorial Award For Achievement in Theatre.

Presented in memory of Mr. William Quirk, a long-time English teacher and theatre director at both Fulton High School and G. Ray Bodley High School, the Quirk Award is presented to the graduating senior who has made the greatest contribution to the theatre program at GRB during his/her high school years.

Both gentlemen have participated in numerous productions with Quirk’s Players at G. Ray Bodley High School.

Strauss has been a dedicated member of the Quirk’s Players’ tech crew on several shows, but did appear on stage in What The Bellhop Saw and Curtains.

Crofoot has appeared in many plays with Quirk’s Players including Hello, Dolly!, What The Bellhop Saw, The Laramie Project and most recently, Curtains, where he was cast in the lead role as Lt. Frank Cioffi.

“We are extremely proud to be able to honor Jake and Brad with these awards,” said Tom Briggs, theatre director at G. Ray Bodley High School. “Both young men are hard workers who have served as excellent role models in the theatre program at our school. They are mature, dependable and have helped make our productions most successful. We thank them for their contributions and will miss them greatly next year.”

Strauss is joining the freshman class at SUNY Plattsburgh and Crofoot is continuing his studies at Cayuga Community College and will later transfer to SUNY Oswego.

Local students graduate from RIT

ROCHESTER, NY – The following local residents graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology:

Shelby Acome of Fulton, N.Y., (13069) received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Emily Catanzarite of Pulaski, N.Y., (13142) received a Bachelor of Science degree in advertising and public relations from RIT’s College of Liberal Arts.

Matthew Demm of Oswego, N.Y., (13126) received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Avery Denney of Constantia, N.Y., (13044) received a Master of Science degree in facility management from RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology.

Andrew Garrett of Phoenix, N.Y., (13135) received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

Kenneth Krapf of Oswego, N.Y., (13126) received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering technology from RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology.

Charles Kuczawa of Oswego, N.Y., (13126) received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering technology from RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology.

Douglas Lynn of Bernhards Bay, N.Y., (13028) received a Master of Science degree in game design and development from RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

Ian Manwaring of Pulaski, N.Y., (13142) received a Bachelor of Science degree in microelectronic engineering from RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Brandon Mc Grath of West Monroe, N.Y., (13167) received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Irene Meyer of Hastings, N.Y., (13076) received a Master of Fine Arts degree in computer graphics design from RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Marissa Raponi of Martville, N.Y., (13111) received a Bachelor of Science degree in diagnostic medical sonography from RIT’s College of Health Sciences and Technology.

Joshua Roberts of Fair Haven, N.Y., (13064) received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in professional photographic illustration from RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Alexis Semeraro of Fulton, N.Y., (13069) received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film and animation from RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Eric Wood of Oswego, N.Y., (13126) received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts.

In addition, the university offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. RIT enrolls 18,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

For three decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities. RIT is featured in The Princeton Review’s 2014 edition of The Best 378 Colleges, its Guide to 322 Green Colleges and The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014.

To see more of RIT’s rankings and recognition, go to www.rit.edu/overview/rankings-and-recognition.

Local Students Graduate from Buffalo State

BUFFALO, NY – The following students graduated from SUNY Buffalo State in May 2014:

Sabrina O’Brien of Cato received a bachelor’s degree in art.

Jillian Heenan of Pulaski received a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

Courtney Collins of Oswego received a bachelor’s degree in interior design.

Buffalo State offers 169 undergraduate programs and 65 graduate programs.

For more information, please visit suny.buffalostate.edu

Library Learning Center Offers 4-Part Computer Basics Classes

The Oswego Public Library’s Library Learning Center will offer a four-part Introduction to Computers workshop on August 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Each class is free and runs from 10 a.m. to noon.

Topics covered by the instructor include: mouse and keyboard basics, getting started with programs, basic hardware components, and introduction to the Internet.

No previous experience with computers is necessary.

The Library Learning Center will also offer a four-session Internet Basics workshop on August 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 1 to 3 p.m.

This free workshop will include topics such as how to connect to the Internet, how to use a web browser, searching for information, online privacy and safety, email and social media.

In addition to our introductory workshops, the Library Learning Center will feature Selling on Ebay, Facebook, iPhones, Downloading Library Books for Kindle, Windows 8, and Computer Tune Up.

Dates and times are as follows:

August 6 – Selling on Ebay 2 – 4 p.m.

August 8 – Facebook 10 a.m. – noon

August 15 – iPhone Basics 10 a.m. – noon

August 20 – Downloading Library Books for Kindle 2 – 4 p.m.

August 22 – Windows 8 10 a.m. – noon

August 29 – Computer Tune Up 10 a.m. – noon

The Library Learning Center is located on the lower level of the Oswego Public Library, and is open Monday-Friday.

All programs are free and open to the public.

Please call the library at 341-5867 to register for workshops or if you have further questions.

Parker Cruises to First Career Oswego Kartway Victory

OSWEGO, NY – 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, with Mike Auclair and Rusty Natoli finishing the top five positions in the main event.

Chris Parker claimed his first Oswego Kartway win Friday night after several years of trying.

Chris Parker claimed his first Oswego Kartway win Friday night after several years of trying.

Parker also claimed a win in his qualifying heat race earlier in the night, along with Auclair.

Ricky Pritchard continues his stellar season in the No. 26, as he pulled to yet another win in the BSP Clone division on Friday to overtake Nick Demling for the division’s championship point lead.

Chris Knight, Demling, Nate Schultzkie, and Matt Fay were the top five runners in BSP.

Knight, who won the King of the Kartway in the Stock Light division on July 11, returned to victory lane in that class on Friday for his second consecutive win of the season, extending his current championship point lead over Jake Sivers and Chris Natoli.  Sivers and Natoli finished second and third in the main on Friday night followed by Ryan Shanahan, Robbie Bruce, and Tom Perrin.

Sean Simmons continued his recent winning ways by claiming a feature victory in Jr. Blue Clone.  Just weeks ago Simmons drove to victory in the Blue Clone main event as a part of the RMR Outlaw Series.  Brittney Baum and Seth Perrin chased Simmons across the line on Friday night.

Other main event winners on Friday included Samantha Emmons (Jr. Green Clone), Logan Abbott (Sr. Green Clone), Carl Emmons III (Jr. Purple Clone), Josh Ostrander (Sr. Blue Clone), Paul Fountaine (Stock 425), Takota Jacobson (Clone Light), Eric Raponi (Clone Heavy), Dave Marsden (Open), and Chad Jacobson (Champ.)

Current championship point leaders after six events include Ostrander (Sr. Blue Clone), Joseph Ardizzone (Sr. Green Clone), Seth Perrin (Jr. Blue Clone), Madison Baum (Jr. Purple Clone), Knight (Stock Light), Raponi (Clone Heavy), Fountaine (Stock 425 and Clone 425), Schultzkie (Clone Light), Pritchard (BSP Clone), Jacobson (Champ), and Alan Lane (Open).

The Kartway returns to action on July 25.

Entry fees for Kartway members will be set at $15 while non-member entry fees are $18, with pit passes included. Pit passes will also be available for spectators for just $10.

Friday night’s racing program will based on the points earned handicap system.

As always spectators are welcome to come to the Kartway and enjoy the racing action with a full concession stand available. Spectator admission is just $5 per car load.

Kartway events run May through September on most Friday nights, culminating with the Fall Frenzy 200 Championships on September 20.

For more information on Oswego Kartway visit online at www.oswegokartway.com, LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoKartway, or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoKartway.

To speak with a Kartway representative call Oswego Speedway at (315) 342-0646.

QUICK RESULTS

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Oswego Kartway

Oswego, NY

Burke’s Do-It-Best Home Centers

Point Race #6

UPCOMING SHOWS:

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95 TOTAL ENTRIES

Jr. Green Clone

Feature (15-laps): 1. 18 – SAMANTHA EMMONS, 2. 56 – Zaiah Kaylor, 3. 38 – Jason Parkhurst, 4. 09 – Brandin Emmons, 5. 11 – Tyler Emmons, 6. 30 – Nicholas Root, 7. 25I – Isabella Root

1st Heat (8-laps):  1. 18 – Samantha Emmons, 2. 56 – Zaiah Kaylor, 3. 38 – Jason Parkhurst, 4. 09 – Brandin Emmons

2nd Heat (8-laps): 1. 11 – Tyler Emmons, 2. 25I – Isabella Abbott, 3. 30 – Nicholas Root

Sr. Green Clone

Feature (15-laps): 1. 25L – LOGAN ABBOTT, 2. 57 – Camren Clark, 3. 7 – Joseph Ardizzone, 4. 44 – Jacob Holmes

1st Heat (8-laps): 1. 25L – Logan Abbott, 2. 44 – Jacob Holmes, 3. 7 – Joseph Ardizzone, 4. 57 – Camren Clark

Jr. Blue Clone

Feature (20-laps): 1. 98S – SEAN SIMMONS, 2. 11 – Brittney Baum, 3. 01 – Seth Perrin, 4. 28 – Dylan Trump, 5. 28G – Justin Gates, 6. 7 – Devon Tonkin, 7. 00 – Justin Pier, 8. 27 – Robert Philips

1st Heat (8-laps): 1. 01 – Seth Perrin, 2. 11 – Brittney Baum, 3. 28G – Justin Gates, 4. 7 – Devon Tonkin

2nd Heat (8-laps): 1. 27 – Robert Philips, 2. 98S – Sean Simmons, 3. 28 – Dylan Trump, 4. 00 – Justin Pier

Jr. Purple Clone

Feature (15-laps): 1. 3 – CARL EMMONS III, 2. 88 – Logan Crisafulli, 3. 26 – Brent Harriot, 4. 15 – Madison Baum, 5. 22T – Tanner Emmons, 6. 59 – Morgan Butler, 7. 95 – Trevor Butler, 8. 81 – Cassidy Philips

1st Heat (8-laps, 3-Qualify): 1. 15 – Madison Baum, 2. 81 – Cassidy Philips, 3. 26 – Brent Harriot, 4. 88 – Logan Crisafulli, 5. 6A – Olivia Diefenbacher, 6. 111 – Kaleb Sidman

2nd Heat (8-laps, 3-Qualify): 1. 95 – Trevor Butler, 2. 3 – Carl Emmons III, 3. 22T – Tanner Emmons, 4. 9 – Alyssa Emmons, 5. 59 – Morgan Butler

B-Main (8-laps, 1-Qualifies): 1. 88 – Logan Crisafulli, 2. 9 – Alyssa Emmons, 3. 6A – Olivia Diefenbacher, 4. 59 – Morgan Butler, 5. 111 – Kaleb Sidman

Sr. Blue Clone

Feature (20-laps): 1. 41J – JOSH OSTRANDER, 2. 12 – Kyle Valley, 3. 98T – Tyler Thompson, 4. 85 – Chris Pier, 5. 1 – Brandon Demling, 6. 5 – Brandon Philips, 7. 61 – Hunter Lawton, 8. 9 – Tyler Trump, 9. 51 – Jackson Gill, 10. 13 – Seth Baum

1st Heat (8-laps): 1. 41J – Josh Ostrander, 2. 98T – Tyler Thompson, 3. 13 – Seth Baum, 4. 61 – Hunter Lawton, 5. 51 – Jackson Gill

2nd Heat (8-laps): 1. 12 – Kyle Valley, 2. 1 – Brandon Demling, 3. 85 – Chris Pier, 4. 9 – Tyler Trump, 5. 5 – Brandon Philips

Stock Light

Feature (25-laps): 1. 3 – CHRIS KNIGHT, 2. 18 – Jake Sivers, 3. 33 – Chris Natoli, 4. 01 – Ryan Shanahan, 5. 19 – Robbie Bruce, 6. 16 – Tom Perrin

1st Heat (10-laps): 1. 19 – Robbie Bruce, 2. 16 – Tom Perrin, 3. 01 – Ryan Shanahan, 4. 33 – Chris Natoli, 5. 3 – Chris Knight, 6. 18 – Jake Sivers

Clone Heavy

Feature (25-laps): 1. 83 – ERIC RAPONI, 2. 114 – Ron Ingison, 3. 714 – Shannon Pitcher, 4. 5 – Joe Hayden, 5. 27 – Aaron LaTulip, 6. 21 – Trevor Bellinger, 7. 56 – Larry Kaylor, 8. 797 – Josh White

1st Heat (10-laps): 1. 21 – Trevor Bellinger, 2. 714 – Shannon Pitcher, 3. 27 – Aaron LaTulip, 4. 56 – Larry Kaylor DNS

2nd Heat (10-laps): 1. 5 – Joe Hayden, 2. 83 – Eric Raponi, 3. 114 – Ron Ingison, 4. 797 – Josh White

Stock 425

Feature (25-laps): 1. 29 – PAUL FOUNTAINE, 2. 48R – Ron Abbott Sr., 3. 14K – Kirk Smith, 4. 8F – Todd Oakes, 5. 56 – Nicole Carvey (DQ Weight)

1st Heat (10-laps): 1. 29 – Paul Fountaine, 2. 14K – Kirk Smith, 3. 56 – Nicole Carvey, 4. 8F – Todd Oakes, 5. 48R – Ron Abbott Sr.

Clone Light

Feature (25-laps): 1. 34 – TAKOTA JACOBSON, 2. 10 – Nate Schultzkie, 3. 20 – Kyle Perry, 4. 26 – Ricky Pritchard, 5. 21 – Jamie Shutts, 6. 62 – Jake Sivers, 7. 8 – Scott Victory, 8. 14 – Alex McRae, 9. 48 – Steve Derrigo, 10. 23 – Collin Morrison, 11. 2XS – Mat Grudzien

1st Heat (10-laps): 1. 21 – Jamie Shutts, 2. 62 – Jake Sivers, 3. 10 – Nate Schultzkie, 4. 26 – Ricky Pritchard, 5. 48 – Steve Derrigo, 6. 23 – Collin Morrison

2nd Heat (10-laps): 1. 34 – Takota Jacobson, 2. 20 – Kyle Perry, 3. 14 – Alex McRae, 4. 2XS – Mat Grudzien, 5. 8 – Scott Victory

Clone 425

Feature (25-laps): 1. 88 – CHRIS PARKER, 2. R99 – Ross Spilman, 3. 8F – Paul Fountaine, 4. 02 – Mike Auclair, 5. 55 – Rusty Natoli, 6. 51 – Barry Goodney, 7. 99 – Scott Baum, 8. 81 – Dave Spanfelner

1st Heat (10-laps): 1. 88 – Chris Parker, 2. 55 – Rusty Natoli, 3. 51 – Barry Goodney, 4. 81 – Dave Spanfelner

2nd Heat (10-laps): 1. 02 – Mike Auclair, 2. 99 – Scott Baum, 3. R99 – Ross Spilman, 4. 8F – Paul Fountaine

BSP Clone

Feature (25-laps): 1. 26 – RICKY PRITCHARD, 2. 3 – Chris Knight, 3. 1 – Nick Demling, 4. 10 – Nate Schultzkie, 5. 138 – Matt Fay

1st Heat (10-laps): 1. 138 – Matt Fay, 2. 26 – Ricky Pritchard, 3. 3 – Chris Knight, 4. 10 – Nate Schultzkie, 5. 1 – Nick Demling

Open

Feature (20-laps): 1. 17 – DAVE MARSDEN, 2. 31 – Rich Jordal, 3. 30 – Alan Lane, 4. 21X – Lewis Lewis, 5. 12 – Tom Bradshaw, 6. 2XS – Mat Grudzien, 7. 69 – John Stepien

1st Heat (10-laps): 1. 17 – Dave Marsden, 2. 21X – Lewis Lewis, 3. 12 – Tom Bradshaw, 4. 30 – Alan Lane, 5. 2XS – Mat Grudzien, 6. 31 – Rich Jordal, 7. 69 – John Stepien

Champ

Feature (20-laps): 1. 4 – CHAD JACOBSON, 2. 2 – Michael Humphrey, 3. 9 – Bill Miner, 4. 138 – Randy Knight

1st Heat (10-laps): 1. 138 – Randy Knight, 2. 4 – Chad Jacobson, 3. 2 – Michael Humphrey, 4. 9 – Bill Miner

Going To Harborfest? Read This

OSWEGO, NY – 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.

Alcoholic Beverages / Open Container Ordinance

Harborfest is designed to be a fun, family oriented event and we ask all those attending Harborfest to be respectful of others enjoying the festival and to act responsibly.

The city of Oswego’s Open Container Ordinance, which prohibits the possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place, will be strictly enforced throughout this event.

Fines for this violation can be up to $250, 15 days in jail or both.

The only exceptions to the ordinance, where adults over the age of 21 may legally possess an open container of an alcoholic beverage in public space are; Breitbeck Park, the picnic areas located in Wright’s Landing, and the designated vendor Café area in Washington Square.

Traffic Control / Signage

As always, there are many signs directing traffic in certain areas.

Additionally, there may be other signage specific to Harborfest (such as no left turn signs, temporary no parking signs, etc.) that may be in place.

We ask that motorists pay particular attention to the signage over the Harborfest weekend to help eliminate undo traffic congestion as a result of disobeying the traffic control devices.

Street Closings

On Saturday, July 26, at about 5:30 p.m., barricades manned by law enforcement and city personnel will be placed at each intersection along West Bridge Street from West First Street to Liberty Street to stop vehicular traffic from traveling north of West Bridge Street.

Residents in this area may obtain access, with appropriate identification, at Liberty Street and West Bridge Street.

Family members and friends of these residents who are planning to go to these residences should plan on arriving before 5 p.m., as they will not be allowed access to the area once the streets are closed.

Additionally, there are a number of temporary parking restrictions that motorist should be aware of (see listing of affected streets).

Harborfest vendors, delivery persons and cabs will also be allowed access at Liberty Street and West Bridge Street.

At 6 p.m., there will be no vehicular traffic permitted on Lake Street until after the fireworks and all pedestrian traffic clears.

Sheldon Beach

The Sheldon Beach area on the North end of Sheldon Ave will be closed to all pedestrian and vehicular traffic beginning 7a.m. Thursday, July 24, through 7 a.m. Monday, July 28.

The area will be temporarily opened between 7 p.m. – midnight

Saturday, July 26, for viewing of the fireworks.

NOTE: The Bridge Street Bridge and the Utica Street Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from 9:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday during and immediately following the fireworks.

Only pedestrians and emergency vehicles will be allowed access during that time.

Motorists are strongly encouraged to plan accordingly.

Boat Launching

Any person wishing to launch their boat at Wright’s Landing on Saturday will have to do so before 5:30 p.m.

Anyone who has parking passes for Wright’s Landing, plan on being there by 5:30 p.m., because once police close the streets, you will not be allowed access.

Parking

Parking is limited near all Harborfest venues.

Additionally, to help facilitate the movement of emergency vehicles, the following parking restrictions will be in effect (some of which may already be in place):

WEST SIDE OF CITY OF OSWEGO

Streets that run North / South

West First Street between West Seneca Street and Lake Street (No Parking east side)

West Second Street between West Bridge Street and Lake Street (No Parking east side)

West Third Street between West Bridge Street and Lake Street (No Parking east side)

West Fourth Street between West Seneca Street and Lake Street (No Parking east side)

West Fifth Street between West Utica Street and Lake Street (No Parking east side)

West Sixth Street between West Bridge Street and West VanBuren Street (No Parking east side)

West Seventh Street between West Bridge Street and West Schuyler Street (No Parking east side)

Montcalm Street between West Schuyler Street and Lake Street (No Parking east side)

West Eighth Street between West Bridge Street and West Cayuga Street (No Parking west side)

West Eighth Street between West Cayuga Street and Lake Street (No Parking east side)

Ontario Street between West Cayuga Street and Lake Street (No Parking east side)

Liberty Street between West Bridge Street and the north end (No Parking east side)

Dorcas Street between Bronson Street and West VanBuren Street (No Parking east side)

Streets that run East / West

West Bridge Street between West First Street and West Third Street (No Parking north side)

West Cayuga Street between West First Street and West Bridge Street (No Parking north side)

West Seneca Street between West First Street and West Bridge Street (No Parking south side)

West Schuyler Street between West First Street and Liberty Street (No Parking north side)

West Schuyler Street between Liberty Street and John Street (No Parking either side)

West Schuyler Street between John Street and First Avenue (No Parking north side)

West VanBuren Street between West Second Street and Liberty Street (No Parking south side)

Bronson Street between Montcalm Street and Liberty Street (No Parking north side)

Handicap Parking

Handicap parking is limited in the Breitbeck Park area.

If you plan on trying to park in one of these locations, you should plan to do so by 5 p.m.

Once the streets are closed, vehicular traffic will be denied.

Note: These handicap parking spaces are usually full by late morning on the day of the fireworks.

Please consider using trolleys and cabs as they will be allowed access.

Ticketing and Towing

Parking violators will be ticketed and towed beginning Thursday, July 24.

Scotty’s Towing, 500 W. First St., Oswego, 342-2869, will be removing any vehicles that are illegally parked.

Any towing fees incurred will be assessed by and payable to Scotty’s towing.

Pedestrians

We ask people attending Harborfest to use crosswalks at an intersection controlled by a police officer or a traffic light, as vehicular traffic will be heavy, particularly on Saturday.

We also ask that motorists be extremely cautious of pedestrian traffic.

Pedestrian safety is a priority for the Oswego Police Department and we ask all pedestrians to use the sidewalks as they walk throughout the city during Harborfest.

For additional Harborfest information, visit www.oswegoharborfest.com

Harold J. McCarthy, 77

FULTON, NY – Harold J. McCarthy, 77, of Fulton, died Tuesday July 22, 2014, peacefully at home with his wife at his side.

Mr. McCarthy was born in Fulton, the son of the late Ted and Marian (Reeves) McCarthy.

He was a retired mechanic from International Harvester and Oswego Wire.

Mr. McCarthy enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Valarie (Connelly) McCarthy; his children, Allison Raum, Harold J. McCarthy Jr. and Jonathan McCarthy all of Oswego; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Burial was held privately.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second. St. S., Fulton.

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