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Spring Fling Chicken BBQ to Benefit The Buc Parent League

OSWEGO, NY- The Buc Parent League will be hosting a chicken BBQ fundraiser on June 1 from noon until 5 p.m. at Lighthouse Lanes.

Lillian Blackmer and Kyle Roy, students at The Buc School prepare for their annual chicken BBQ

Lillian Blackmer and Kyle Roy, students at The Buc School prepare for their annual chicken BBQ

Chicken dinners, including homemade desserts will be available for a $9 donation. Tickets to the event can be obtained from any Buc parent, or at the door.

Participants will have the opportunity to win prizes provided by local Oswego businesses.

A 50/50 raffle will also take place. Proceeds of the event will be used for the school’s trip to Seabreeze and yearbooks.

Presale dinner orders must be picked up by 3:30 p.m.

The Buc Junior/Senior High School is currently ending its second school year. The alternative school, which is part of the Oswego City School District, was established to improve student graduation rates.

The Buc is currently in danger of being closed to fill a budgetary gap. The Buc Parent League is in a race to provide a sustainable plan and funding sources to save the nationally recognized Big Picture School.

For more information on The Buc Parent League’s efforts, visit https://www.facebook.com/ParentsSavingTheBUC

For more information on the Big Picture School kinesthetic learning model, visit http://www.bigpicture.org

Safe Haven Museum Hosts 70th Reunion June 19-22

OSWEGO, NY – The Safe Haven Museum and Education Center is proud to announce that the 70th reunion of the Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter will take place from June 19 through 22.

On Aug. 5, 1944, 982 refugees who survived Nazi reign during World War II arrived at Fort Ontario in Oswego. They were allowed into the country as “guests” of  President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Their story is unique as this was the only shelter of its kind in the United States.

The museum tells the story of their voyage to America, their arrival in Oswego, their interaction with the city residents and the life-long friendships developed during their 18-month stay.

Refugees, many who have not been back since the shelter closed in 1946, and their families will once again be welcomed to Oswego.

“This is a monumental year for the museum as it marks 70 years since the refugees arrived here. We may not have the opportunity to recognize them again so I’m very excited and hope to see a large crowd here,” said local resident Brian Carlson.

In conjunction with this celebration, the museum, located at 2 E. Seventh St., has been chosen as the host site for the Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance annual “Ride to Remember” on June 20.

Each year, a site is chosen for the “Ride to Remember” to memorialize the victims of the Holocaust and to promote Holocaust education and awareness.

The ride will take place on June 20, beginning at Bayshore Grove and concluding with a presentation at the Safe Haven Museum.

“We want the story told. How nice it will be to celebrate 70 years with survivors and their families who were lucky enough to come to Oswego,” said Betsy Ahrens, president of the Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance.

Events have been planned throughout the celebration including Kosher dinners, keynote speeches by former refugees, tours to visit places the refugees will remember, a camp exhibit at the Oswego Public Library, and an exhibit at Fort Ontario showcasing art that was done by the refugees when they were at the camp and after.

For further information and a listing of public events, visit www.safehavenmuseum.com or contact Mary Ellen Barbeau at the Oswego County Tourism Office at (315) 349-8624.

Oswego native featured on TBS televion series

Oswego native Owen Benjamin is renewed for a third season of “Sullivan and Son,” opening on June 24 at 10 p.m. on Turner Broadcasting System.

Owen Benjamin

Owen Benjamin

“Sullivan & Son,” starring popular comedian Steve Byrne, was one of the most successful TBS summer series for the past two summers. The show is set in a popular pub in a working-class Pittsburgh neighborhood. “Sullivan & Son” is executive-produced by Vince Vaughn (The Break-Up), Peter Billingsley (Iron Man) and show-runner Rob Long (Cheers).

Fans can stay up to speed on the latest Sullivan & Son news online: Website: http://www.tbs.com/shows/sullivan-and-son/

Byrne plays Steve Sullivan, a successful corporate attorney from New York who returned to his roots in Pittsburgh just in time as his Irish-American father, Jack Sullivan (Dan Lauria – The Wonder Years), and Korean mother, Ok Cha (Jodi Long – Beginners), are selling the family business, a bar known as Sullivan & Son.

Filled with locals and regulars, Sullivan & Son is the unofficial “town hall” for the neighborhood. Within moments of his arrival, Steve reconnects with his best friend, Owen (Owen Benjamin – The House Bunny); gets accosted by his long-suffering, under-appreciated younger sister, Susan (Vivian Bang – Yes Man); endures offensive comments from gruff barfly Hank (Brian Doyle Murray – Groundhog Day, Saturday Night Live); and gets hit on by tipsy cougar Carol (Christine Ebersole – Royal Pains, Amadeus).

He even feels a rekindled romantic spark with his former sweetheart, Melanie (Valerie Azlynn – Tropic Thunder). It doesn’t take Steve long to realize that what he really wants out of life is to return to the old neighborhood and take over Sullivan & Son, even if it means giving up a lavish Manhattan lifestyle with the gorgeous Ashley. And so begins Steve’s quest for a more meaningful and rewarding life away from the courtroom and behind the bar.

Benjamin started his comedy career in music. While majoring in history at SUNY-Plattsburgh, he honed his comedy skills.

He has been fetured on Comedy Central; last summer he had his own one-hour special on Comedy Central called “High Five Till It Hurts,” available from amazon.com

He has been a regular on MTV’s “Punk’d,” E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” and Late Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Benjamin has had his own special “Comedy Central Presents Owen Benjamin.” He’s a regular on Nick Swardson’s “Pretend Time” as well as over ten appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

His feature credits include “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,”and “The House Bunny,” where he played Marvin the Butler. He starred in “All’s Faire in Love,” with Christina Ricci and appeared in “Born to Be a Star,” with Nick Swardson and “Jack and Jill,” with Adam Sandler.

He has done stand up at the Aspen Comedy Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, a nationwide 18-city tour with Vince Vaughn and Kevin James as well as clubs and colleges across America, including SUNY-Oswego and his alma mater, SUNY-Plattsburgh.

His short films and web series (“ Owen Benjamin Presents” and “Gaytown,”) have accumulated more than 10 million hits.

He had a very successful run last November at the Funnybone in DestinyUSA in Syracuse.

Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision Under Investigation In The Town of Oswego

OSWEGO TOWN, NY – State Police in Fulton are investigating a one-vehicle, fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred on Sunday (May 25) at approximately 8:11p.m.

The collision occurred on Hall Road in the town of Oswego, approximately one half mile east of Chapel Road.

Dennis J. Malone, (12/27/85), 19 Hatteras Landing, Hampton, Va., was driving his 2013 Ford Fusion at a high rate of speed on Hall Road in a westerly direction, when he lost control and exited the north side of the roadway, according to troopers.

The vehicle traveled through a dirt field before striking a tree line off the roadway.

Malone was pronounced deceased at the scene.

His passenger, David A. Cole, (6/21/55), 260 Chapel Road, Hannibal, was ejected and suffered internal injuries.

Cole was transported from the scene to Upstate University Medical Center by Medivac.

Initial investigation has determined that unsafe speed contributed to this collision.

Neither subject was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, troopers said.

The NYSP Collision Reconstruction Unit responded and is investigating.

The investigation remains open and pending at this time.

Oswego County Shares Its Colorful Heritage during ‘Path through History’ Weekends

OSWEGO – Several area museums and historic sites have planned special events to spotlight Oswego County’s rich heritage during New York State “Path through History Weekends” June 7 and 8, and June 14 and 15.

The Starr Clark Tin Shop and Underground Railroad Museum in Mexico is one of the many Oswego County attractions that will host heritage tourism events during Path through History Weekends, in June.

The Starr Clark Tin Shop and Underground Railroad Museum in Mexico is one of the many Oswego County attractions that will host heritage tourism events during Path through History Weekends, in June.

“The Path through History program focuses on New York State’s historic sites and museums, and the many significant events and people from New York State who helped shape the history of our nation,” said Janet Clerkin, Oswego County Tourism Coordinator. “The first two weekends in June are set aside as Path through History Weekends to encourage residents and visitors to visit the wonderful heritage sites across New York State. In Oswego County, visitors will have a chance to take self-guided tours of historic communities, tour an ornate Victorian home, and view artifacts relating to Oswego County’s role in the Revolutionary War, Underground Railroad, the 70th commemoration of D-Day, Safe Haven refugees, and women’s rights activist and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Dr. Mary Walker.”

Path through History events in Oswego County include:

• Mexico Historical Society Museum, 65 S. Jefferson St. http://www.mexicony.net/history. Free admission, guided tour and open house, June 6 starting at 4 p.m., June 7 starting at 10 a.m., June 13 starting at 4 p.m., and June 14 stating at 10 a.m.

• Starr Clark Tin Shop and Underground Railroad Museum, 3250 Main St., Mexico, https://www.facebook.com/StarrClarkTinShopUndergroundRailRoad. Free admission, guided tour and open house, June 6 starting at 4 p.m., June 7 starting at 10 a.m., June 13 starting at 4 p.m., and June 14 stating at 10 a.m.

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• Historic Mexico Walking Tour, starting at Mexico Historical Society Museum 65 S. Jefferson St. Self-guided walking or driving tour of historic homes in the village of Mexico. Starts at noon June 6, 7, 13 and 14. 1½ mile, brochure available at historical society museum.

• Historic Volney. June 7, 10 a.m. Self-guided driving tour of historic homes, structures and sites of interest in the town of Volney. May be taken at one’s leisure. Map is available at the town hall, 1445 County Route 6, or by e-mailing historianoo6@gmail.com.

• Richardson- Bates House Museum, 135 E. Third St., Oswego, www.rbhousemuseum.org.  June 7 and 14, 1 to 5 p.m. Free admission, guided tours to home of Oswego County Historical Society. Exhibits focus on women’s rights activist Dr. Mary Walker, arts and culture of the Victorian age, canals and commerce in the Port City and Oswego County history.

• 70th anniversary of D-Day Commemoration, H. Lee White Marine Museum, West First Street Pier, Oswego, www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com. June 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WWII re-enactments and exhibits, tours of US Army tugboat, LT-5, which participated in the invasion of Normandy, and a related history presentation at 1:30 p.m. Donation requested.

•    Fort Ontario Flag Day Commemoration, “History of the American Flag and Flags Over Fort Ontario,” Fort Ontario State Historic Site, 1 E. Fourth St., Oswego. June 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission $1. Co-sponsored by the Oswego Elks, Continental Arms Collectors Unit and NYS  Parks.

• Revolutionary War Encampment, Fort Ontario State Historic Site, 1 E. Fourth St., Oswego, www.fortontario.com, and  http://nysparks.com/historic-sites/20/details.aspx . June 14, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 18th century games, musketry, cooking, colonial crafts, artillery, camp life and tactical weapons demonstration. Evening retreat and artillery fighting. Regular admission charged.

• Safe Haven Museum and Education Center, 2 E. Seventh St., Oswego, www.oswegohaven.org.   June 7 and 8 and 14 and 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission free to museum and education center that commemorates America’s only shelter for Nazi Holocaust survivors.

For more information on Path through History, visit http://pathcentralny.com and www.paththroughistoryweekends.com

For Oswego County visitor information and heritage attractions, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com or call 1-800-248-4386.

Schumer Water Resources Bill Heads To President’s Desk

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced Thursday that the Senate has passed the Water Resources Reform & Development Act, which includes critical language that will require additional new funding be spent annually for dredging in the Great Lakes navigation system as well as funding for dam safety projects that will help more than 800 New York dams develop emergency action plans for the first time.

For the past year, Schumer has pushed members of the conference committee that were drafting the final bill language to include these provisions in the bill. Schumer explained that the inclusion of these two provisions is a major victory for all of Upstate New York because it will prioritize dredging projects in Buffalo, Rochester and Oswego over the long-term that will make those harbors easier to navigate, and it will help make dams – and the communities near them – safer.

WRRDA passed the House on May 20 with a 412-4 vote, and Thursday in the Senate with a 91-7 vote. The bill now heads to the president’s desk for his signature.

“There are a lot of great things for New York in the water resources bill, including additional funding to protect vulnerable dams and prioritization for much-needed Upstate port dredging projects,” said Schumer. “As a result of this legislation, many harbor dredging projects in Buffalo, Oswego and Rochester will now be able to get underway due to dedicated funding for the Great Lakes, and I will continue to push to make sure we get as much funding as possible in future years. In addition, hundreds of Upstate dams are vulnerable to flooding and this legislation will accelerate emergency action plans to protect nearby communities in the case of a breach. With the President’s signature, funding can flow for critical water infrastructure projects throughout New York.”

Great Lakes Funding

For the past year, Schumer has pushed members of the conference committee writing the final WRRDA bill language to balance the needs of high-use, deep-draft ports like the Port of NY/NJ, while also supporting the specific recognition of the unique and long underserved Great Lakes navigation system.

In November 2013, Schumer sent a letter signed by 12 of his Senate colleagues to the four members of the conference committee, urging them to prioritize the Great Lakes as part of their negotiations.

As a result of Schumer’s push, the language now included in the WRRDA bill will substantively recognize the Great Lakes as an interconnected commercial navigation system for the first time and prioritize not less than 10 percent of the new, additional revenues coming into the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund annually for “projects that are a priority for navigation in the Great Lakes Navigation system.”

The bill will also allow the Great Lakes harbors to compete for another new 10 percent set-aside for “emerging ports and harbors.”

While total new funding for the Great Lakes cannot yet be calculated, under a hypothetical scenario where $100 million in new funding was allocated for harbor maintenance per year, it could mean the Great Lakes would receive an additional $10 million plus the ability to compete for an additional $10 million.

Each year, about 145 million tons of commodities are carried through the Great Lakes Navigation System.

The materials transported include fuel that powers homes and businesses, limestone and cement to construct roads and bridges, iron ore to produce steel, chemicals and other raw materials for manufacturers, and agricultural products to feed our nation and the world.

This mode of transport has both economic and environmental advantages compared to alternative transportation options, and supports about 130,000 jobs in the U.S. and generates over $18 billion in revenues.

The Great Lakes Navigation System is a vital component of our regional economic infrastructure. It generates 230,000 jobs, $14 billion in wages and more than $33 billion in business revenue in North America.

Great Lakes shipping provides energy-efficient transportation of raw materials that fuel important sectors of our economy, including steel production, power generation, construction and agriculture.

Despite the benefits the Great Lakes Navigation System provides, inadequate funding and maintenance has resulted in a tremendous backlog of dredging projects that have forced vessels to light load, has grounded vessels, impeded safe navigation, and closed harbors and threatened other harbors with closure.

To further exacerbate the problem, the water levels of a number of the Great Lakes have reached record lows in the last few years.

The impacts of the lack of dredging and other required maintenance, including lock improvements, breakwater repairs, and construction of dredged material disposal facilities, have economic consequences that hinder economic growth.

Schumer has long supported reforms to Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund expenditures that would authorize levels of spending more in line with the amount of revenue being collected from shippers using the navigation system.

The WRRDA bill will authorize hundreds of millions of dollars of additional maintenance spending over the next decade to bring expenditures more in line with revenues.

The Great Lakes prioritization language will insure that the Secretary of the Army, through the Chief of Engineers, prioritizes 10 percent of those new revenues for navigation projects in the Great Lakes.

While it is impossible at this point to know which harbors in the Great Lakes will be prioritized, the authorization is an important step in the fight to make sure additional funds are allocated to critical projects in this unique commercial navigation system. Schumer will now continue to fight to direct needed funding to maintenance dredging projects in New York’s Great Lakes harbors.

Dam Safety Funding

After Schumer’s push, WRRDA authorized the National Dam Safety Program, and authorized the following funding levels: $9.2M per year for the National Dam Safety Program; $1M per year in nationwide public awareness and outreach program; 1.45M per year in research funding; $750,000 per year in training assistance; and $500,000 for National Inventory of Dams.

Schumer explained that this program is important for Upstate New York because there are more than 1,100 dams Upstate that are considered “high” and “significant” hazards, and more than half do not have an emergency action plan (EAP) to protect local homes, businesses and human life should dam breakage and subsequent flooding occur.

Dams are a vital part of our nation’s aging infrastructure and provide enormous benefits to Upstate New Yorkers, including drinking water, flood protection, renewable hydroelectric power, navigation, irrigation, and recreation. Yet many of these hazardous dams are nearly a century old, and with the spring thaw fast-approaching, the risk to the surrounding community is too great to ignore.

WRRDA will boost federal funding for dam inspections and maintenance and stronger safety requirements through the reauthorization of the expired National Dam Safety Program.

Recent state regulations now require hazardous dams to develop EAPs in conjunction with state and local dam safety experts, and this plan will provide critical funding for those efforts. According to the National Inventory of Dams, the average dam in New York State is 60 years old and high hazard dams are an average 84 years old.

Because of their age and the potential for disaster, it is crucial that the high hazard dams receive proper monitoring and maintenance from regulatory authorities, and this legislation recognizes that the federal government plays a vital role in supporting the maintenance and inspection of dams by state and local governments across the U.S.

According to NID, New York State has approximately 5,700 dams.

Of these, there are about 403 “high hazard” dams in New York – dams that would cause significant loss of life and/or significant damage to surrounding properties if they failed – and 748 “significant hazard” dams – dams where failure or misoperation results in no probable loss of human life but can cause economic loss, environment damage, disruption of lifeline facilities, or impact other concerns.

What’s more, 802 dams in Upstate New York do not have Emergency Action Plans in place. An Emergency Action Plan for a dam is an official document that establishes procedures to minimize loss of life and property damage in the event of a dam failure.

An EAP usually contains a general description of the dam through the use of maps indicating areas susceptible to flooding, a list of potential emergency conditions that could trigger a dam failure and a description of necessary preventive maintenance.

An EAP also details preplanned actions to be taken in the event of a dam failure by providing implementation procedures for the plan, notification flowcharts to identify all agencies and jurisdictions involved in the EAP and who must be notified during emergencies, and listing the supplies and resources available when responding to a dam failure.

Kenney Middle School Presents Final Concert of the School Year

Fifth and sixth grade chorus at KMS recently sang for their families and the community at the school’s annual spring concert. Here, Emma Deloff a solo from selections of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Fifth and sixth grade chorus at KMS recently sang for their families and the community at the school’s annual spring concert. Here, Emma Deloff a solo from selections of “The Wizard of Oz.”

The Kenney Middle School fifth and six chorus and beginning band recently performed four songs each at their spring concert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beginning band, under the direction of Jeff Sawyer, performs “Wooly Bully.”

The beginning band, under the direction of Jeff Sawyer, performs “Wooly Bully.”

APW Junior High School Holds Spring Concert

The Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Junior High School Spring Concert featured performances by talented seventh and eighth grade students from the school’s chorus and band.

APW Junior High School student Brittni Metcalf explains how music education enhances teamwork skills and helps students learn the value of sustained effort.

APW Junior High School student Brittni Metcalf explains how music education enhances teamwork skills and helps students learn the value of sustained effort.

Choral members performed four songs for the audience including a popular radio song entitled “Compass” from the group Lady Antebellum.

The band also performed four songs and then joined with the chorus for the finale, “Of Thee I Sing, America!”

In addition, student speakers talked to audiences about the benefits of music education to better prepare students for lifelong success.

Hannibal Sports Booster Club honors student-athletes

Teamwork, sportsmanship and dedication were celebrated Wednesday (May 21) night during the Hannibal Central School District athletic banquet.

The annual event, sponsored by the Hannibal Sports Booster Club, honored roughly 300 student-athletes who participated in junior varsity and varsity level competition throughout the school year.

Hannibal High School senior athletes Ben Slate and Devin Sorrell receive the sports booster club’s $250 award for their athletic accomplishments, character and sportsmanship. They accepted the honor during the annual awards banquet Wednesday night in the Hannibal High School auditorium.

Hannibal High School senior athletes Ben Slate and Devin Sorrell receive the sports booster club’s $250 award for their athletic accomplishments, character and sportsmanship. They accepted the honor during the annual awards banquet Wednesday night in the Hannibal High School auditorium.

“Being a part of an athletic team is much more than a demonstration of physical ability,” Superintendent Donna Fountain said. “It personifies commitment, dedication, perseverance and hard work. Our athletes spend hours practicing and strive for excellence every time they take the field.”

Echoing the superintendent’s sentiments, guest speaker and former Hannibal athletic star Taylor Sorrell spoke about her memories as a Warrior.

“The lessons I learned from playing high school sports were irreplaceable,” Sorrell said. “The moral support I got from my teammates at Hannibal is something that most teams will never experience. I can’t thank Hannibal enough for what it has given me.”

While Sorrell reflected on her past experience as an athlete in the district, the current athletes and coaches were able to reflect on their success this year. Several athletes received all-league recognition for their performance in their respective sport.

Awards were also presented for sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork and most outstanding player.

The Jimmy Butterfield Sportsmanship awards – named after a former Warrior athlete who was killed in a tragic accident – were presented to wrestler Chris Knox and football player Greg Hadcock.

“Jimmy embodied what we want to see in our athletes,” said varsity wrestling coach Michael Kitts. “(These athletes) work hard, day in and day out, and are deserving of this award.”

Nearly 300 Hannibal Central School District athletes gather in the high school auditorium during a recognition ceremony sponsored by the sports booster club Wednesday night.

Nearly 300 Hannibal Central School District athletes gather in the high school auditorium during a recognition ceremony sponsored by the sports booster club Wednesday night.

In addition to the Butterfield Award, coaches’ awards and all-league recognition, the booster club also issued scholarships to 15 senior athletes.

“The winners of this award play (multiple) sports and represent themselves well on and off the field,” said booster club member Meghan Welling.

Earning the $250 award for the female athletes was Devin Sorrell, while Ben Slate took home the scholarship as the outstanding male senior athlete.

Thirteen senior athletes also received $50 awards, including Ben Raymond, Page McKenzie, Zane Pointon, Erin Sly, Anthony Page, Alicia Kimpland, Greg Hadcock, Gabby Griffin, Samantha Bowers, Malana Scott, Trevor Alton, Charlie McCraith and Natasha Waloven.

Although the ceremony focused on individual and team accomplishments on the field of play, coaches and administrators also lauded the athletes’ efforts in the classroom.

“This year many of our teams achieved scholar athlete status,” Fountain said. “Staying committed to their studies as well as their team is not easy, yet they accomplished this feat.”

Looking to build off the academic and athletic accomplishments of the student-athletes, Athletic Director Pat Keefe said he was proud of the Warriors and is looking forward to the 2014-15 campaign.

“I’m excited about the future of Hannibal and I look forward to the continued success,” he said.

Dufore’s for Diamonds Helps Bundle of Bucks Charity Raffle Event Sparkle

OSWEGO – DuFore’s for Diamonds in Oswego is making sure this year’s St. Luke “Bundle of Bucks” Charity Raffle Party has some sparkle. Dufore’s has donated a silver necklace, part of the many valuable prizes to be awarded at the event on May 31.

The charity raffle features 15 cash prizes totaling up to $25,000 with a top prize of $10,000 to a lucky winner when all raffle tickets are sold!

Adding Some Sparkle To The Event: Pictured is DuFore’s for Diamonds, Mark DuFore and Tom DuFore (right) with St. Luke “Bundle of Bucks” event organizer Diane Garcia displaying a sterling silver necklace, one of the many valuable items that will be awarded to someone during the “Bundle of Bucks” Charity Raffle Party

Adding Some Sparkle To The Event: Pictured is DuFore’s for Diamonds, Mark DuFore and Tom DuFore (right) with St. Luke “Bundle of Bucks” event organizer Diane Garcia displaying a sterling silver necklace, one of the many valuable items that will be awarded to someone during the “Bundle of Bucks” Charity Raffle Party

A limited number of raffle tickets are still available for sale. To purchase tickets directly, visit St. Luke Health Services, St. Francis Commons or Bishop’s Commons in Oswego, or Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

Ticket applications are also available online at www.stlukehs.com, or call 342-3166.

The entry fee for the raffle is $50 per ticket; only one 1,000 tickets will be sold. Every raffle ticket is eligible for all 15 cash prize drawings.

Proceeds from the event support the St. Luke–John Foster Burden Fund; benefiting those served in our community by the affiliated not-for-profit organizations of St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence, St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence and Michaud Residential Health Services.

Each raffle ticket admits two adults to the “Bundle of Bucks” Raffle Drawing Party taking place 1 – 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Oswego.

The raffle drawing event features free food, beverages, live entertainment by the Cortini Brothers featuring Ann-Marie White, games and prize drawings.

You must be 18 years or older to participate in the raffle. You do not have to be present at the raffle drawing to win.

For more information, call 342-3166.

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Community Invited to Complete Survey for APW Central School District Website

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