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Mixing Colors At Discovery Day Care

AllenMichael Borasky and Matthew Files, school age students at Discovery Day Care mix water colors to see what colors they can come up with. The students started with the primary colors of red, green and blue.

Mixing Colors At Discovery Day Care

Mixing Colors At Discovery Day Care

Discovery Day Care currently has openings.

If you are interested in a tour or for more information please feel free to call 695-4838.

Discovery Day Care is located in the Industrial Park in Phoenix.

OCO offers more than 50 human service programs that serve more than 30,000 people each year.

Operating in more than 80 locations throughout Oswego County, OCO’s workforce has more than 600 employees and 1,200 volunteers.

A private, non-profit agency, OCO is committed to helping people, supporting communities, changing lives, and improving the quality of life for Oswego County residents.

OCO is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member agency.

For more information, visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org

A New Level Of Protection For Pets

By Senator Patty Ritchie

If you’ve ever lost a pet, you know how painful of an experience it can be.

But can you imagine having your pet stolen?

Sadly, pet theft is a reality for an increasing number of people. According to the American Kennel Club, there were more than 590 pets stolen in 2013. This represents a 31 percent increase over the number of thefts in the prior year.

Pets are stolen for a variety of reasons, including many being sold and shipped to puppy mills to be used for breeding or if the dog is of a designer breed, such as Labradoodles or purebreds, they’re often resold.

Pets are part of the family, and that’s why I’m happy to report legislation I supported to strengthen penalties for theft and mistreatment of pets was recently signed into law.

This new measure will increase the maximum fine, for the first time since 1970, from $200 to $1,000 for those who harm, steal or transport a pet that’s not their own.

While this legislation represents a new level of protection for animals, it’s so important to continue to take steps to keep our pets safe.

Here are a few ways you can ensure your pet stays out of harm’s way:

Keep your pet on its leash;

Don’t leave your pet unattended in a vehicle. Not only can it pose a health risk in the hot weather, it puts your animal in plain sight for thieves;

Make sure your pet is properly identified by a tag or other means;

Avoid leaving your animal unattended in your yard if you’re not home, keep them indoors; and

If you’re out running errands, never leave your pet tied up outside a store where thieves could easily untie it.

As a dog owner myself, I know how important it is to protect our pets. That’s why I’ve supported a number of measures and initiatives to ensure our animals are kept safe and healthy, including:

A measure that allows municipalities to regulate pet dealers, giving local governments the authority to enact stronger laws to protect the well-being of animals and crack down on puppy mills;

Legislation that makes it a crime to possess dog fighting equipment or other devices used to train fighting dogs. The measure protects innocent animals from a growing number of animal fight cases, by giving police and prosecutors new tools to stop dog fighters; and

From now through the fall, I will be hosting a series of free rabies vaccination clinics.

These build upon last year’s events, where nearly 1,000 pets were protected.

For a list of clinics, please visit my website, www.ritchie.nysenate.gov

Pets are part of the family and in the future, I look forward to building upon these efforts by continuing to work to keep our pets healthy and protect them from harm.

Veterans Reel In a Great Day of Fishing

OSWEGO – More than a dozen veterans and their families came from across New York State to enjoy a warm and sunny Father’s Day and participate in the second annual veterans’ charter boat fishing trip on Great Lake Ontario.

The Wounded Warrior Project sponsored a fishing contest during a special Father’s Day outing for veterans and their families. Robert Fleming (left) and Scott Zohr won the challenge by landing a 12.87 pound lake trout with Captain Mike Conroy and Bobby Busch aboard the Proteus. (Photo by Capt. Mike Conroy, Proteus Sport Fishing.)

The Wounded Warrior Project sponsored a fishing contest during a special Father’s Day outing for veterans and their families. Robert Fleming (left) and Scott Zohr won the challenge by landing a 12.87 pound lake trout with Captain Mike Conroy and Bobby Busch aboard the Proteus. (Photo by Capt. Mike Conroy, Proteus Sport Fishing.)

The trip was organized by Jim “Doc” Goodness, creator of Volunteer Guides for Veterans, an online resource for military veterans, together with Danny Rodriquez, project coordinator for the Wounded Warrior Project and Capt. Tom Burke with Cold Steel Sportfishing.

“These events are a great way for us to show our respect for these guys who have sacrificed for our country,” said Goodness. “Our goal is to say ‘thank you’ by connecting them with volunteer guides for a free day of fun and outdoor recreation. We hope that the day will be remembered by all and that the veterans walk away with a new-found passion for the great outdoors.”

The event is important to everyone involved, from the organizers and volunteers to the veterans and their families.

“Having the veterans out here on Father’s Day makes it an extra-special trip for us,” said Burke. “As fathers, we just want to keep our families safe and we could never do it without them.”

The Wounded Warrior Project is a national organization that began ten years ago when several veterans and friends decided to take action to help others in need as the first wounded service members returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.

It is a comprehensive rehabilitative effort to assist warriors transitioning back to civilian life by providing programs that focus on mind, body, engagement and economic empowerment.

“This is an amazing event and the families really appreciate the service,” said Rodriquez. “It was a beautiful morning to be fishing on the lake and everyone enjoyed themselves out there. Next year, we hope to make this bigger and better with more veterans, their families and charter captains participating.”

 Volunteer Guides for Veterans and the Wounded Warrior Project hosted a Father’s Day fishing trip for veterans and their families on Lake Ontario. (Photo by Kara Alheim, Oswego County Tourism Office.)

Volunteer Guides for Veterans and the Wounded Warrior Project hosted a Father’s Day fishing trip for veterans and their families on Lake Ontario. (Photo by Kara Alheim, Oswego County Tourism Office.)

The group of veterans and their families enjoyed a little friendly competition out on the lake as well.

The Wounded Warrior Project sponsored a contest for the largest catch of the day with a grand prize of a $200 gift card.

Robert Fleming and Scott Zohr won the challenge by landing a 12.87-pound lake trout while fishing aboard the Proteus with Captain Mike Conroy and Bobby Busch.

“I am a Marine Corps veteran myself, wounded in combat during the Vietnam War,” said Capt. Conroy. “I understand where these guys are coming from and it was an honor to be able to take them out for the day and just enjoy some great fishing.”

The group of veterans and their families stayed at Quality Inn and Suites in Oswego where they enjoyed dinner at Steamer’s Grill.

“We are grateful to the representatives of the Wounded Warrior Project, including the veterans and soldiers who came from the Fort Drum chapter,” Goodness said. “We would also like to thank the charter boat captains who volunteered their time, equipment and expertise. Their smiles and laughter made the event even more special.”

Local charter captains and guides who gave their time and experience to the event include captains Tom Burke and Andy Bill, Cold Steel Sportfishing; captains Gerry Bresadola and Zach Rayno, Dixie Dandy Charters; Captain Mike Conroy and Bobby Busch, Proteus Sport Fishing; Captain Joe Orsen Sr. and Ron Kamowski, TSI Charters; and Captain Eddie Hogan and Mike Ariola, Other Woman Fishing Charters.

“I would also like to thank Tom Burke of Cold Steel for his help and support. He was the guide coordinator and really started the ball rolling for the event,” said Goodness. “We are also grateful to Shane Broadwell and Mark Pluff from Quality Inn and Suites and Steamer’s Grill for their help in organizing dinner and accommodations at a reduced rate for the veterans. A big thanks also goes to John Bogart with the Oswego Fish Cleaning Station who helped the veterans get their catches cleaned and shipped home so they could enjoy more great meals, and to our friends from Watertown who helped keep our veterans sustained out on the lake by packing and delivering delicious gourmet sandwiches before the trip.”

The Wounded Warrior Project is a not-for-profit organization that is completely dependent on volunteers and donations.

The group offers many fishing events, classes and outings throughout the year, for which they rely on donated lodging, meals, equipment, locations, services and monies.

For more information, to make a donation, or to volunteer with the Wounded Warrior Project, contact Rodriquez at (646) 664-1681 or drodriquez@woundedwarriorproject.org

To donate your time and expertise to Volunteer Guides for Veterans, contact Goodness at (518) 257-0269 or doc@volunteerguidesforveterans.com

The Great Rope Ties it all Together

OSWEGO – With the life-time tenure and legacy of Rosemary Nesbitt at SUNY Oswego, it’s not surprising the cast of her award-winning play would make a connection with SUNY Alumni and faculty.

Under the direction of Jonel Langenfeld, Matt Soffietti, as James Cooper, shares a laugh during rehearsal for “The Great Rope.”

Under the direction of Jonel Langenfeld, Matt Soffietti, as James Cooper, shares a laugh during rehearsal for “The Great Rope.”

Recreating a 200-year-old event during the War of 1812 and involving a young boy named Jonathan, “The Great Rope,” will be presented August 2 at 6 p.m. at Fort Ontario and features the collaborations of SUNY Theatre Department, H. Lee White Marine Museum, CNY Arts Center and of course, Fort Ontario Historic Site.

Several cast members share memories of a school field trip to see the play first presented in Waterman Theatre on SUNY college campus while Anne Raynor enjoyed Mrs. Nesbitt as a professor and advisor while a theater student in the 1990s.

Anne plays the role of Storyteller in The Great Rope Play, guiding the audience through the action.

Since completing her theatre degree, Anne has been an actor, director and acting coach with several Syracuse area groups including Contemporary Theatre and Appleseed Productions and appeared in many Oswego Theatre and Oswego Children’s Theatre productions, the most recent being On Borrowed Time for Oswego Players.

The SUNY connections continue with Dan Williams, an actor, pianist and music director known locally and in Syracuse, Rochester, Albany and the Adirondacks.

Dan, who plays Alvin Bronson and is music director of “The Great Rope” is a graduate of SUNY Oswego’s School of Communication, Media and the Arts as a double major in Music and Spanish and a minor in theatre.

He is also organist at Minetto United Methodist church and teaches piano and voice lessons as well as acting/musical theatre.

Another local well-known businessman and SUNY alum, Brian Kocher, Oswego Printing Company, takes on the key role of Unundiaga, the son of a German settler family adopted into the Oneida Nation when he was very young.

Kocher has served on many boards from Oswego Players, to a number of environmental organizations and 16 years as councilman in the town of Scriba. He, along with his wife and daughter, have participated in living history for nearly 20 years with encampments, ten days at a time, living the life style of the mid 1700s; learning the skills and means of surviving the wilds of the Northeast using only the implements available in the era.

Oswego Printing is providing most of the printed materials for the production.

Current SUNY students populate the cast with Alyssa Otoski, in the role of Alice Cooper, Jonathan’s mother, who is starting her senior year at SUNY Oswego as a double major in English and Theatre.

This upcoming year she will be directing the Senior Honors Production of Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker. Matt Soffietti, a Film and Cinema Studies major and Theatre Department volunteer plays double roles of Jonathan’s father James Cooper and British Officer Sir James Yeo.

Kyle Decarr, a Broadcasting  major delivers the role of Mr. McNair.

SUNY Faculty is well represented with Jessica Culligan, adjunct faculty in the Theatre Department serving as assistant prop designer and taking a role onstage as second woman. Her daughter, Ella Culligan, will play the role of Mary.

Jessica’s husband, Sean, is technical director for SUNY Theatre Department.

Milton Laoyza, adjunct faculty in the Department of Modern Languages, portrays a Native American onstage while Ana Djukic-Cocks, professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages serves as assistant to director/stage manager.

Sound engineer Brian Dice and sound consultant Gregory Brewster, SUNY electronics specialist, both provide sound expertise for Theatre Department and college events.

Wrapping up the college connection is director Jonel Langenfeld, Theatre Department professor who teaches classes in Acting/Directing, Movement/Fitness for the Actor, Storytelling and Developmental Drama.

She is also the director of the Expressive Arts Therapy minor and well-known locally for continuing Rosemary Nesbitt’s storytelling tradition with the annual Tales of the Haunted Harbor.

Nancy Fox, alum and former Tyler Box Office manager and adjunct faculty for the Department of Theatre is executive director of CNY Arts Center who is serving as assistant producing organization for “The Great Rope.”

Rounding out the cast of leads and possibly future SUNY students are 11-year-old Maya Sprague, playing Carlos, and 8-year-old Payton Ellingwood, playing Joel.

Maya, who had her stage debut as the title character in the premiere of “Yes, Virginia…the Musical” at CNY Arts Center, will enter the sixth grade at Kingsford Park School in the fall and loves basketball and acting.

A fourth grader at Riley Elementary School, Payton’s acting experience includes playing a little piggy in kindergarten and assisting his four sisters in producing and performing their own plays and skits at home.

The Great Rope Play will be presented one performance only, August 2 at 6 p.m. on the Fort Ontario Parade Grounds.

Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Rain date is August 3.

Tickets are available at river’s end bookstore and Man in the Moon Candies in Oswego, Arts in the Heart Gallery in Fulton, H. Lee White Marine Museum and Fort Ontario Historic Site (both in Oswego).

For more information, visit www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com, www.fortontario.com or www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

War Of SK8teen 12 to feature Port City Roller Derby August 9

OSWEGO — Port City Roller Derby will keep 2014 rolling with their “War Of SK8teen 12″ bout on August 9 in Crisafulli Rink.

For a battle bout featuring PCRD skaters, the Port City Sirens will take on the Kingston Derby Girls Skateful Dead team from Kingston Canada.

Breakwall Bombshells hold off the Albany All Stars.

Breakwall Bombshells hold off the Albany All Stars.

A war of two superpowers will fight an epic rumble on the flat track.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. with action beginning at 6 p.m. at Crisafulli Rink, corner of East Ninth and Van Buren streets in Oswego.

It is the next event of their first full competitive season as a Women’s Flat Track Derby Association apprentice league, a prelude to their next away bout against the Assault City Battery Brigade from Syracuse.

A portion of the proceeds for the August bout will go towards a new sound system at Crisafulli Ice Rink.

Advance tickets, available from league members, cost $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, with children 4 and under admitted free.

Tickets can be purchased at the door but will cost $12 for adults.

Attendees interested in trackside seating are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

Port City Roller Derby is produced by Oz Roller Girls Inc., a member-run non-profit organization dedicated to athletic competition, empowerment and supporting its community.

PCRD always seeks skaters, refs and other volunteers for its adult (18 and over) and juniors (ages 10 to 17) teams and will provide training.

For more information, visit www.portcityrollerderby.org or email portcityrd@gmail.com

Arty Camp Exhibit opens at Arts in the Heart Gallery

FULTON, NY – With five full days of art instruction and afternoon art projects, campers at this year’s Arty Day Camp created a portfolio of art samples, some of which are now on exhibit at Arts in the Heart Gallery in downtown Fulton.

Chase McElyea looks on at some of the art chosen for a gallery exhibit at Arts in the Heart Gallery. The art was created during the July session of Arty Camp at CNY Arts Center.

Chase McElyea looks at some of the art chosen for a gallery exhibit at Arts in the Heart Gallery. The art was created during the July session of Arty Camp at CNY Arts Center.

Arty Day Camp is run by CNY Arts Center for a week each in July and August for ages 5-15 at 357 State St.

Art classes taught by Kendra Matott guided children to explore the works of selected master artists and create art using the artist’s technique.

From printmaking the monoprints of Harry Bertoia to outdoor sculptures like Andy Goldsworthy and scanograms as used by local artist Lisa Davis, campers worked hard to duplicate the techniques.

Monique Harrison’s group created art from recycled materials including fabric art, recycled bottle art, silhouettes on newsprint, fingerprint art and ink blotting among others.

Afternoons are free and open to all children in the community who made art projects from a variety of ideas including painting glass mugs, decorative planters, stained glass foil pictures and more, led by Mary Jane Visser.

Selected works from each child were chosen for display at Arts in the Heart Gallery at 47 S. First St. in downtown Fulton.

The artwork will stay on display until the close of the next session of camp, August 11-15 when a new collection of art will take its place.

Registrations are ongoing for the August session of Arty Camp which offers students art, dance and theatre classes along with lunch and afternoon group art projects from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 5 to 15.

CNY Arts Center is designated as a Summer Meal Site to offer free lunches to community children 18 and under during the week of ARTY Day Camp.

Children who attend the lunch are included in afternoon art projects at no charge.

Art project supplies are provided by a mini-grant from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

Mary Jane Visser, afternoon art coordinator, directs a group of campers in art projects as part of the free afternoon art program during Arty Camp at CNY Arts Center located in State Street Methodist Church at the corner of State and Park streets.

Mary Jane Visser, afternoon art coordinator, directs a group of campers in art projects as part of the free afternoon art program during Arty Camp at CNY Arts Center located in State Street Methodist Church at the corner of State and Park streets.

Scholarships are available made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Additional scholarship funds are available thanks to the generosity of Fulton Noon Rotary Club, and Carroll’s Corporation.

Parents, family and friends are encouraged to stop in the gallery, run by CNY Arts Center volunteers, at 47 S. First St. and enjoy the entire collection of local artists.

To register for camp, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Ritchie Meets With CNY Artist Vivian Golding

State Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with Oswego County artist, Vivian Golding, whose computer-generated still life “Sprig of Flowers” had been on display in the Senator’s Oswego office since last fall.

Senator Ritchie with Vivian Golding, left

Senator Ritchie with Vivian Golding, left

Golding’s art was one of 60 pieces selected by ARISE, a center of independent living, for its 2013 anthology which displays the creative work of individuals with disabilities in Central New York.

A 71-year-old wife, mother and grandmother, Golding uses art to help her cope with her multiple sclerosis.

Her work has appeared in the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Make-A-Wish Central New York announces new team members

SYRACUSE, NY – Make-A-Wish Central New York is pleased to announce its newest team members, volunteer and community outreach manager Jennifer Snyder of Fulton and PR – communications manager Dyana Smolen of Oneida.

Jennifer Snyder

Jennifer Snyder

Prior to Make-A-Wish, Snyder served as vice president for Terax Hair Care, a luxury beauty care company in Syracuse. Her professional experience includes higher education counseling and administrative work.

In addition to Make-A-Wish, she also serves as an independent advisor for Lia Sophia.

Snyder is a graduate of St. John Fisher College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and James Madison University, where she earned a master’s degree in counseling and student personnel.

Prior to Make-A-Wish, Smolen served as director of communications and grants at YWCA Mohawk Valley in Utica.

She has extensive experience in nonprofit communications and her professional experiences include work in media and state politics.

Dyana Smolen

Dyana Smolen

Smolen earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Utica College. In 2009, her work garnered New York State ARC’s “Best Human Interest Story” award.

Incorporated in 1985, Make-A-Wish Central New York is a nonprofit organization dedicated to granting special wishes to children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 18 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions.

The organization is able to continue to share the power of a wish  thanks to the generous support of individuals and corporations throughout its 15-county region, which includes Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit www.cny.wish.org, call (315)475-WISH, or email info@makeawishcny.org

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