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OCO OPTIONS Expands Services

FULTON, NY – Thanks to a new funding source Oswego County Opportunities’ OPTIONS Program has expanded its services.

OPTIONS recently received a grant from the New York State Department of Health that will allow the program to expand its services.

The Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaborative Project (MICHC pronounced “Mitch”) is a five-year New York State Department of Health grant that will allow OCO’s OPTIONS Program to serve all women of reproductive age and their families in Oswego County.

OPTIONS previously focused solely on assisting youth in gaining health care, educational attainment, job readiness, pediatric care and life skills.

According to Family Support Program Manager Christina Bentley this additional funding allows the program to offer benefits to all women of reproductive age throughout Oswego County.

“We have expanded our eligibility for OPTIONS and have made the program more accessible,” said Bentley. “Program participants do not have to be a pregnant or parenting teen to be eligible. OPTIONS can now serve all women who may be pregnant, just had a baby or simply thinking about getting pregnant. OPTIONS also serves women who are not planning a baby but have health issues or concerns, need help getting medical care or health insurance, have mental health or substance abuse issues, are in need birth control, and other related issues.”

Bentley added that OPTIONS also provides assistance with obtaining health insurance, scheduling doctor appointments, connecting families to transportation to go to appointments, health and nutrition education and birth control options as well as a variety of life skills.

“We are here to connect all women of reproductive age and their families to services. We focus on their specific needs. Our compassionate staff offers the flexibility of meeting participants in their home or in a public place if more convenient. We do what’s best for them,” explained Bentley.

OPTIONS is a voluntary program that is confidential and offered free of charge.

Funding for OPTIONS is provided through the Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaborative, Maternal and Early Childhood Foundation, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, United Way and Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.

Midway Drive In Playing Friday Oct 3rd and Sunday Oct 5th

NOTICE**..We will be CLOSED to the PUBLIC on Saturday Oct 4th
as we are hosting a major Cub Scouting Event


Playing Friday Oct 3rd and Sunday Oct 5th

TRIPLE FEATURE– Family Friendly

7:30 Friday EARTH TO ECHO (PG)
9:45 Sunday Theatre closed on Saturday

7:30 Sunday Closed to the public on Saturday

11:30 Friday Mr PEABODY & SHERMAN (PG)
11:30 Sunday Closed to the public on Saturday

Colleges collaborate to increase degree attainment

OSWEGO – SUNY Oswego has received a $2.88 million federal grant to improve college completion rates in Upstate New York.

Oswego’s grant is one of 24 awards announced Sept. 30 under the U.S. Department of Education’s First in the World Program, which seeks to spur innovation in higher education aimed at helping more students access college and complete a degree. Nearly 500 applications nationally were submitted in competition for the grants.

Working with Onondaga Community College, Mohawk Valley Community College and On Point for College, Oswego will target more than a thousand underrepresented and underprepared students who stand to benefit from higher education.

The program will encourage community college students to raise their sights to a bachelor’s degree and help them transfer to Oswego and succeed once there, with the goal of increasing both two-year and four-year degree completion rates.

“We’re thrilled to receive federal support for a collaborative effort that targets some of the most vulnerable members of the Upstate New York community, and we are grateful to Congressmen Dan Maffei and Richard Hanna and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer for helping us win this highly competitive grant,” said Deborah F. Stanley, SUNY Oswego president.

Dr. Lorrie Clemo, vice president of academic affairs and provost at SUNY Oswego, heads up the four-part “Transfer Gateways and Completion” program for improving transfer students’ success and persistence to a bachelor’s degree.

The collaborative effort involves aligning coursework between the community colleges and Oswego in targeted degree programs, advisement and support for students in the program, a transfer bridge camp before they start classes at Oswego, and dual enrollment — enrolling students simultaneously in a community college and Oswego.

“We will begin immediately with our plans to target low-income, first-generation, two-year college students to help them transfer seamlessly on the path to a four-year degree,” Clemo said.

A significant number of students already transfer from OCC and MVCC to Oswego, and the project’s plans to expand articulation agreements, dual enrollment programs and course alignment will benefit all transfer students, SUNY Oswego officials noted.

Also leading the project are Virginia D. Donohue and Samuel D. Rowser of On Point for College; Stephanie C. Reynolds, vice president of student affairs at Mohawk Valley Community College; and Cathleen C. McColgin, provost and senior vice president at Onondaga Community College.

“This First in the World grant to our Oswego campus will further position SUNY as a national leader in seamless transfer while expanding our capacity for increased access, completion, and success among students,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

“This innovative project will benefit students in Upstate New York while providing a national model for improving educational outcomes. Congratulations to President Stanley, Provost Clemo and Oswego’s faculty and staff along with their partners at Onondaga Community College, Mohawk Valley Community College and On Point for College on this much deserved award, and thank you to Congressmen Maffei and Hanna and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for their support and advocacy on SUNY’s behalf.”


To drive innovations in higher education that increase college completion, value and affordability, the Education Department today (Sept. 30) awarded $75 million to 24 colleges and universities under the new “First in the World” grant program.

Through FITW, the Obama Administration will support postsecondary institutions’ efforts to develop and evaluate new approaches that can expand college access and improve student learning while reducing costs.  In May, the Department announced this year’s grant competition as part of President Obama’s ambitious agenda to increase
postsecondary access and completion.

“The First in the World grant competition is a key part of President Obama’s agenda to foster innovative ideas that help keep college affordable, increase quality and improve educational outcomes for our students,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “The Department is proud to support the wide range of innovation at colleges and universities across the nation that can dramatically enhance student outcomes.”

Nearly 500 applications were submitted for this FITW grant competition.

The 24 colleges and universities selected for this initial year of awards represent 17 states, 19 public, private, and
nonprofit 4-year institutions and five public and private two-year institutions.

Six of the 24 winning applications, including an HBCU, are from minority serving institutions (MSIs), which will receive about $20 million in funding.  Many of the grantees have additional organizational partners, such as other postsecondary institutions, non-profits, and businesses.

All projects will address at least one of these priorities: increasing college access and completion, increasing community college transfer rates, increasing STEM enrollment and completion, and reducing time to completion.

They include an array of innovations, such as: developing new project-based majors that allow for self-pacing and
acceleration; developing an online experience for adult students that incorporates virtual learning communities and wraparound coaching; expanding access to digital content for students with disabilities, and implementing a game-based tool that gives high school students an understanding of the college search and financing process for use in mentoring programs. As part of the evidence-based program, grantees are required to have a strong evaluation plan to measure the effectiveness of their innovations in helping students succeed.

Examples of funded projects are:

– Hampton University in Virginia, an HBCU, will use its $3.5 million grant to redesign many of its courses to entail more project-based learning and technology tools, benefitting more than 1000 students over its 4-year duration.
– Purdue University in Indiana, a public 4-year institution in Indiana, will work with its partners in the University Innovation Alliance to use its $2.3 million grant to support  STEM undergraduates, particularly women and underrepresented groups, by redesigning large-lecture courses to more fully engage students through active learning interventions.  Nearly 10,000 students will benefit over the course of the 4-year grant.
– LaGuardia Community College in New York will use its 2.9 million grant to strengthen its curriculum by developing an integrated set of tools to increase student engagement and success, including the use of ePortfolios, learning analytics, and outcomes assessments. The changes will support thousands of high-risk students as they move from
LaGuaradia’s non-credit program to academic enrollment as well as enrolled students moving toward graduation.

As the projects are further developed, the department will convene for information sharing and the exchange of best practices to broaden the impact of their innovations on a wider student population.

For the Education FY2015 budget, Secretary Duncan has requested $100 million to expand support for the First in the World fund. The request also asks for $75 million for College Success Grants for Minority-Serving Institutions, which would make competitive awards to minority-serving institutions designated under Title III and Title V of the Higher Education Act.

Rotarians Hear About College Sports

OSWEGO, NY – New Assistant Athletic Director at SUNY Oswego Eric Summers was a recent guest of Diane Dillon, Oswego State Women’s Hockey Coach and Rotary Club member.

Pictured are past president and board member Mark DuFore, Eric Summers and Diane Dillon.

Pictured are past president and board member Mark DuFore, Eric Summers and Diane Dillon.

Summers addressed club members on various athletic activities happening on campus.

Summers was previously a coach at Hamilton, Colgate and Syracuse University.

Summers coached the Hamilton College Continentals crew program for more than a decade.

At Oswego, Summers will have a wide array of roles, including compliance and corporate sponsorship components.

August Reitz Jr., 74

OSWEGO, NY – August Reitz Jr., 74, of Oswego, passed away Monday September 29, 2014.

Born in Oswego, he was the son of the late August and Rose (Trenca) Reitz.

August Reitz Jr.

August Reitz Jr.

He retired from the Painters’ Union #38.

He was the eye of the river and an avid fisherman.

Surviving are two sons, Joseph (Tina) Reitz of Syracuse and Tony (Sandy) Reitz of North Carolina; a daughter, Angela (Robert) Kneaskern of Auburn; a brother, Phillip Reitz; three sisters, Carol (Larry) Stuber of New Jersey, Patti (Denis) Virgin of Oswego and Kathy (Joe) Ponzi of Oswego; grandchildren, Noelle Reitz, Ameli Reitz, Josh (Sarah) Kneaskern, Jessica Kneaskern, Brandon Reitz, Julia Reitz; a great-grandchild, Christian Kneaskern; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings, James and Joseph Reitz, Mary Manwaring and Diane Hall.

Calling hours will be held 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St. Oswego.

Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 6390 Fly Road, second floor, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Online condolences may be made at www.nelson-funeralhome.com

Cop Logs: Sheriff’s Office 09/30/2014

On 9/25/14 at 4:07 p.m., Linda M. Allen, 62, of 33 Dutchess Lane, Fulton, was charged with Registration Suspended (8/21/14 for no insurance) and Operating a MV w/o Insurance following a traffic stop on Oneida Street in the city of Fulton initiated by patrol’s LPR unit alerting.
Ms. Allen was released on a UTT, with a return to C/O Fulton Court on 10/9/14.

On 9/29/14 at 8:28 a.m., Robert M. Randall, 50, of 2030 CR 1, Apt. 2, Oswego, was arrested at his address based on a Family Court Warrant issued by Hon. Judge Todd charging him with violating Article IV of the Family Court Act, failure to pay child support.
Mr. Randall was arraigned in Family Court by Hon. Judge Todd and remanded to the OCJ in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond with a return to Family Court on 10/1/14.

On 9/29/14 at 9:13 a.m., Katrina L. Pierce, 32, of 101 Country Lane, Fulton, was reportedly operating a 2011 Dodge van west on CR 3 in the town of Hannibal at the intersection with CR 7 when the Dodge rear-ended a 2006 Chevrolet that was stopped at the STOP sign being operated by Jody Gula, 51, of 38 Stoney Robby Road, Fulton.
Then Ms. Pierce reportedly proceeded to leave the scene.
Ms. Pierce was issued UTTs for AUO, 3rd degree (8/9/14 for Failure to Answer Summons in T/O Granby), Following too Closely and Operator Leaving the Scene of Property Damage Accident.
During the investigation to the MVA, the Dodge was observed traveling on SR 104 in the town of Hannibal and after a traffic stop the operator, Michael D. Lanctot, 52, of 54 W. Bridge St., Oswego, was charged with AUO, 2nd degree (suspended 11x 4 dates, Failure to Pay Fine T/O Volney on 04/01/11 x2, Failure to Answer Summons T/O Williamson on 02/22/11 x3, Suspended by Court for V & T section 510 on 12/15/04, Failure to Answer Summons T/O Wolcott on 11/11/01 x4, and Failure to Answer Summons T/O Salina on 09/22/00).
Mr. Lanctot was arraigned in the Town of Granby Court by Hon. Judge Wells and remanded to the OCJ in lieu of $200/$400 bail with a return to the T/O Hannibal Court on 10/7/14.

September Is Youth Court Month

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Legislature’s Human Services Committee presented a proclamation to the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau designating September as Youth Court Month.

Youth courts are one of the fastest growing crime prevention and early intervention programs in the nation.

Youth Court recognized

Youth Court recognized

Using constructive peer pressure and a philosophy of “teens helping teens,” youth courts empower young people and help them develop leadership, problem-solving and decision-making skills while educating them about legal processes and judicial systems.

Nearly 20 students arrived to mark the occasion and receive the proclamation with Brian Chetney, executive director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and County Parks and Recreation and Dawn Metott, City Youth Activities Coordinator.

The Legislature’s Human Services Committee includes Stephen M. Walpole, District 14; Shawn Doyle, District 3; Daniel Farfaglia, District 24; Committee Chairman Shane Broadwell, District 17; John Proud, District 7; Marie C. Schadt, District 19; and Committee Vice Chairman Daniel LeClair, District 8.

Operation Oswego County Earns Awards of First Place

Operation Oswego County, Oswego County’s designated economic development organization, was recently awarded first place for its electronic newsletter, OOC E-News, at The Northeastern Economic Developers Association’s 2014 literature and promotions award competition.

NEDA represents 11 states including Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The recognitions are awarded each year to economic development organizations throughout the northeastern United States who produce printed and web-based materials to promote economic development in their areas.

OOC was also recognized with an award of first place for its advanced manufacturing ad and an award of first place for its series of services brochures.

OOC E-News delivers a quick, easy-to-read synopsis of new and ongoing economic development projects directly to the e-mail boxes of OOC’s key stakeholders which would also contain clickable links to OOC’s website for more information.

OOC’s advanced manufacturing ad was produced to promote the assets of Oswego County that are important to manufacturers.

The piece is used to attract businesses with the potential of locating and expanding their manufacturing operations to Oswego County.

The ad was produced in conjunction with Steve Chirello Advertising in Fulton.

OOC’s series of services brochures were designed as a succinct, take-away marketing piece that outlines what OOC offers to businesses seeking to expand in Oswego County.

OOC has won several awards in past years for the quality and professionalism of its promotional materials from NEDA and other regional, state and national economic development organizations.

Entries are judged by a panel of experienced economic development and marketing professionals and are determined based on design and layout, clarity of message, quality, functionality and overall creativity and impact.

L. Michael Treadwell, executive director of OOC, noted that, “this type of recognition clearly demonstrates that OOC is on target in developing quality marketing and public relations products to promote the assets of Oswego County to businesses. I want to commend the efforts of OOC’s Marketing and Development Committee chaired by Barbara Bateman, on helping us stay in the forefront. Also, I want to thank our staff, and in particular, Evelyn LiVoti, marketing and development manager, for coordinating the development of our marketing strategies which are integral and essential to a county-wide comprehensive economic development program.”

For more information about economic development services in Oswego County, call OOC at 343-1545 or visit www.oswegocounty.org

Oasis to Host CAC Fiesta Masquerade

FULTON, NY – The Oasis in Fulton will take on a Mexican theme as it hosts the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County’s inaugural Fiesta Masquerade.

Sumptuous Mexican delicacies, colorful fiesta masks, piñatas, refreshing margaritas, festive decorations and music from Central New York’s premier dance band, The Billionaires, will greet guests and set the tone for an evening of fun, food and dancing for a great cause…ending child abuse in Oswego County.

Members of the planning committee for the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County inaugural Fiesta Masquerade meet at the Oasis in Fulton to discuss details for the event. From left in their fiesta masks are: CAC board member Betty Fadden, CAC Senior Mental Health counselor Stacy Austin-Root and CAC Executive Director Karrie Damm.

Members of the planning committee for the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County inaugural Fiesta Masquerade meet at the Oasis in Fulton to discuss details for the event. From left in their fiesta masks are: CAC board member Betty Fadden, CAC Senior Mental Health counselor Stacy Austin-Root and CAC Executive Director Karrie Damm.

To be held October 10 from 6 – 10 p.m., the CAC Fiesta Masquerade serves as a major fundraiser for one of Oswego County’s most vital human services agencies, the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County.

A non-profit agency, the CAC provides advocacy and mental health services to children and their families that are victims of child abuse.

According to CAC Executive Director, Karrie Damm the CAC’s Fiesta Masquerade is a way to unmask child abuse in Oswego County and support the CAC’s efforts while enjoying an elegant evening out with friends and family.

“Child abuse is a very real problem in Oswego County,” said Damm. “Last year we provided advocacy and mental health services to 475 children and are on pace to surpass that number this year. The intent of our Fiesta Masquerade fundraiser is to offer the community a fun way to help us increase awareness of the reality of child abuse in Oswego County. Community support plays a vital role in our fight against child abuse. The more we engage the community members the more we can do to create a healthier environment by eliminating child abuse.”

A semi-formal event, guests to the CAC Fiesta Masquerade are encouraged to wear a fiesta mask of their choice as there will be a contest for best mask as well as other contests and activities including a piñata contest that features a grand prize of a diamond pendent courtesy of J & P Jewelers in Oswego.

The event also offers a silent auction and 50/50 drawing.  Additionally, the first 200 guests to purchase their tickets will receive a commemorative, limited edition CAC Fiesta Masquerade glass.

Tickets for the CAC Fiesta Masquerade are currently available at a cost of $100 per individual / $150 per couple.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Child Advocacy Center at 315-592-4453 or www.cacevents.org

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