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Volunteers To Hand Pull Water Chestnuts

Cat Hadlow with water chestnuts she's pulled at the Battle Island area of the Oswego River and Canal

Volunteers will take to the water early next month to help protect the environment. On Aug. 2, dozens of people will once again do a hand-pulling of the invasive water chestnut around the historical Battle Island area of the Oswego River and Canal. The invasive water chestnut has plagued the Oswego River and Canal, creating a negative impact on the ecological balance of the river, boating and fishing. The water chestnut plant is an invasive species that, once established, can significantly reduce the quality of the native habitat, impede recreational use of waterways, and interfere with aquatic ecosystems.

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The British Are Coming To Harborfest!

Fort Ontario State Historic Site Superintendent Paul Lear (left) and Henry Spang with the Oswego Maritime Foundation meet aboard the OMF Ontario to develop battle plans for the re-creation of the Battle of Oswego during the 27th annual Harborfest.

Come to Oswego’s historic harbor to witness a re-enactment of the Battle of Oswego during the 27th annual Harborfest. The action begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday. “We will have a few ships and a gunboat in the harbor, including Oswego’s own OMF Ontario, engaging with Fort Ontario to re-create this event,” said Steve Fulton, director of Oswego’s Harborfest. “There will be action from the east breakwall to the west bluff, so people can line up anywhere along to harbor to watch the battle.”

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Long-Time District Clerk Announces Retirement

William Foley takes notes during Tuesday night's Oswego School Board meeting. In background, from left are: board vice president Lynda Sereno, board president Kathleen Allen and Ben Halsey, superintendent.

After more than 20 years on the job, William Foley will step down next month from his position as clerk for the Oswego City School District. Foley, who also acts as the district’s public information officer, said he applied for the position because the ad said they were looking for someone to help promote the school district – something the OHS grad felt he could do well.

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EEE Found In Oswego County

EEE Found In Bird-Biting Mosquitoes

The Oswego County Health Department reported that the Eastern equine encephalitis virus has been found in two mosquito samples collected recently. One was taken from West Monroe’s Toad Harbor Big Bay Swamp area and the second near the village of Central Square. Due to these findings, plans are now under way for the Oswego County Health Department to conduct aerial spraying in the target area.

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Gay Pride Parade, Festival Planned In Oswego

At its meeting Monday night, the Physical Services Committee paved the way for the Port City’s first gay pride parade and festival. Gary L. Smith Jr., president of the Oswego Pride Committee, requested permission to host an Oswego gay pride parade and outdoor festival on October 12. The committee voted 4-0 to send the requests to the full council for consideration next week.

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Fulton Sunrise Rotary Announces New Member

Lennie LaBoda was recently inducted as the newest member of the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club. LaBoda is retired from First Niagara Bank.

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The Force Takes Second in Cooperstown World Baseball Classic

The Fulton Force elite traveling baseball team started its week on July 12 with the opening ceremony and the individual skill competitions and ended the week on July 17 with heartbreak loss in the championship game. The Force caught everyone’s eye when it captured 3 out of the 5 individual skill competitions and took second and third in another.

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Health Department Announces Clinic Schedule for Week of July 28

The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.

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August Events at SUNY Oswego Announced

The following events and activities are planned at SUNY Oswego for th ecoming month:

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Harborfest 27 Kicks Off In The Port City

The 27th annual festival was greeted by mild temperatures and mostly clear skies – with hundreds of people, young and old, ready to celebrate. The fun continues throughout the weekend. Highlights include Friday’s Children’s Parade and Saturday’s fireworks display.

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