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Local Agencies To Offer Free Canning Class

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions

MEXICO, NY – Families looking to stretch their food dollars and enjoy their favorite fruits and vegetables year round can discover an easy way to do just that by attending a training session on canning. Offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, the class will be held Aug. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the CCE office, 3288 Main St.

Instructor Kerrie Pratt (foreground) of Cornell Cooperative Extension demonstrates proper canning techniques to class participant AnnMarie Spicer.

Instructor Kerrie Pratt (foreground) of Cornell Cooperative Extension demonstrates proper canning techniques to class participant AnnMarie Spicer.

Sponsored through a collaboration between the Rural Health Network of Oswego County, the Oswego County Health Department, and the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County, the Learn How to Can class, to be facilitated by Kerrie Pratt and Jan Smith with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, will show participants the basics of canning and how to can jams, jellies, low-acid and high-acid foods and pickling.

“As food prices continue to rise, the art of canning is becoming more popular. We have talked with many families who would like to begin canning but do not have the skills and don’t know where to turn to acquire them,” said coordinator of the Rural Health Network, Danielle Wert. “We are happy to be able to provide community members with this opportunity. Established as part of the Eat Smart NY initiative, the Learn How to Can class provides participants with all they need to know to begin canning.”

As part of the event, Wert and Abby Jenkins, program coordinator for the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County, will be at the caning class to demonstrate their new state-of-art progression software that displays the physical affects of tobacco use over time.

“The Rural Health Network and our partners are dedicated to improving the health of our communities. One of our initiatives is to raise awareness of the effects that tobacco use can have on an individual.  Being able to show someone how his or her appearance changes as a result of tobacco use can be very powerful,” said Wert.

She added that the software also has the capability to display the effects of obesity and sun exposure.

Participants in the canning class need not bring any equipment as canners and jars will be provided. They will also be able to take home a jar of the finished products that they can. There is $10 fee for participants and includes a canning booklet and all supplies used during the class. Participation in the Learn How To Can class is limited to 12 participants. Those interested must register by contacting Wert at 315-342-0888 ext. 1457 or via e-mail at dwert@oco.org, no later than Aug. 19.

Senator Ritchie, Community Agencies To Host Career And Resource Expo

FULTON, NY – In response to the near record rate of unemployment in Oswego County, Senator Patty Ritchie has spearheaded a plan to help families and individuals prepare for the future. The senator’s office has reached out to organizations and business leaders to form a collaboration that will host a Career and Resource Expo for Oswego County residents.

Holly Carpenter of Senator Patty Ritchie’s office recently met with representatives from the agencies and organizations that the senator is collaborating with to host a Career and Resource Expo. From left are: Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler; Director of Community Relations for Senator Ritchie’s office, Carpenter; Executive Director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Beth Hilton; Christine Weaver, one stop operator with Oswego County Workforce New York; and Jeff Grimshaw of SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations.

Holly Carpenter of Senator Patty Ritchie’s office recently met with representatives from the agencies and organizations that the senator is collaborating with to host a Career and Resource Expo. From left are: Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler; Director of Community Relations for Senator Ritchie’s office, Carpenter; Executive Director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Beth Hilton; Christine Weaver, one stop operator with Oswego County Workforce New York; and Jeff Grimshaw of SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations.

Working in conjunction with United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Oswego County Workforce New York and the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations, Senator Ritchie has planned an event that will offer community members the opportunity to meet with representatives from the human resources departments of some of the county’s largest employers, as well as representatives from area non-profit organizations that will provide information on the various programs that are available to assist families and individuals within Oswego County.

Representatives from Cayuga Community College will also be on hand to discuss education opportunities offered at their Fulton campus.

“With our unemployment rate nearing record levels, I am hoping we can work together with employers and human service agencies from across the region to provide opportunities to our many families who are wondering what their future holds. Our proposed Career and Resource Expo should provide critical information to help them plan for their future,” said Senator Ritchie.

Scheduled for June 9 from 2 – 6 p.m., the expo will be held at the Fulton War Memorial, West Broadway.

According to members of the planning committee the expo will be a must attend event that will provide attendees with valuable information that may have a profoundly positive effect on the employment picture and the quality of life in Oswego County.

For more information, contact Holly Carpenter at 315-342-2057 or at Carpente@nysenate.gov

Agencies Meet On The Playing Field

FULTON, NY – Two of Oswego County’s most valuable human services providers, Catholic Charities of Oswego County and Oswego County Opportunities, recently met at Foster Park for their third annual softball game.

Pictured are members of the staffs from Catholic Charities of Oswego County and Oswego County Opportunities who participated in the agencies’ annual softball game at Foster Park.

Pictured are members of the staffs from Catholic Charities of Oswego County and Oswego County Opportunities who participated in the agencies’ annual softball game at Foster Park.

The friendly game served to raise awareness of the agencies and the many programs and services that they provide for those in need throughout Oswego County.

Director of Catholic Charities’ Emergency Services Program, Helen Hoefer, who helped coordinate the event, said that the teams enjoyed the friendly competition.

“It was a fun event it was be a great way for the agencies’ staffs to get to know each other,” she said.

Local Agencies Working To Address Homelessness

FULTON, NY – Homelessness in Oswego County, the majority of Oswego County residents have no idea how serious the problem is.

However, those who work for human services agencies are well aware of the problem and are working to raise the community’s awareness of homelessness in Oswego County.

COACH, County of Oswego Advocates Challenging Homelessness, is Oswego County’s Continuum of Care Committee.

Members of COACH meet to discuss the results of their recent survey on homelessness. Clockwise from left are: Paul Santore, Douglas Baldwin, Katie Backus, Cindy Collier-Post, Sabine Ingerson, Diane Cooper-Currier, Patrick Waite, Sarah Irland, Marian Chermack, Judy Funk, Diego Gallardo, Roxanna Gillen, Kristin LaBarge and Jane Murphy.

Members of COACH meet to discuss the results of their recent survey on homelessness. Clockwise from left are: Paul Santore, Douglas Baldwin, Katie Backus, Cindy Collier-Post, Sabine Ingerson, Diane Cooper-Currier, Patrick Waite, Sarah Irland, Marian Chermack, Judy Funk, Diego Gallardo, Roxanna Gillen, Kristin LaBarge and Jane Murphy.

Comprised of a cross section of representatives from Oswego County’s human service agencies, local elected officials, concerned community members and government officials, COACH works to find effective ways to address the issue of homelessness in Oswego County.

To help access the problem Oswego County COACH recently completed its annual Point In Time Survey.

Mandated by the federal department of Housing and Urban Development, the survey is a concise one-day effort that serves to raise the awareness of homelessness and help compile an approximate number of those who are homeless or are housing vulnerable in Oswego County.

The comprehensive survey touched not only on residents living situations but also their employment status.

The results provided a useful overview of homelessness in Oswego County.

“We found many that of the statistics, while no surprise to us, will be quite an eye-opener to those who are unaware of the homelessness that does exist in Oswego County,” said committee member and executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler.

Statistics compiled from the survey indicated that:

  • 44% of respondents had been without a regular, safe place to live more than 4 times in past 3 years
  • 26% of respondents live in an emergency or other housing program
  • 27% of respondents are between the ages of 18 and 21
  • 50% of respondents are disabled
  • 36% of respondents were homeless because they were unable to pay their rent, 14% of those were due to the loss of their job

Executive director of OCO, Diane Cooper-Currier, who serves on the COACH committee, said that the survey is one of the first steps in evaluating the homeless situation in Oswego County and commencing the process of accessing federal funding to combat and alleviate homelessness.

“The survey confirmed what many of us had suspected, that there is a real need for additional services to the homeless in Oswego County. Federal funds are available through the HUD Program. The results of this survey provides us with valuable information that we can use to attempt to access federal funds for projects that will help us combat homelessness in Oswego County such as establishing an emergency shelter, providing supportive housing, and offering affordable housing that has a supportive aspect,” said Cooper-Currier.

COACH committee member Susan Pope of the Syracuse / Oswego Chapter of the American Red Cross, knows first-hand how a tragedy can suddenly result in a homeless family.

“Many of the people we see at the American Red Cross branch office in Oswego are homeless as the result of a house fire. Budgets are so tight that many families don’t have renter’s insurance and when everything is lost in a fire, they have to start all over again. When finances are already stretched just to make ends meet, there isn’t enough left over to refurnish a home and buy clothes to replace the ones lost in the fire. Families and friends help out where they can but when it comes to finding a security deposit, for instance, that’s when the COACH agencies can really help make a difference,” she said.

According to Trexler, COACH is determined to continue its mission of educating the community and developing and implementing an effective plan for ending homelessness.

“Homelessness in rural communities such as Oswego County looks much different than it does in large urban areas. Homelessness in our communities often goes unnoticed, as the homeless are not necessarily living on our streets. They are shuffling between relatives and friends homes, sleeping in cars or sleeping in tents and makeshift shelters in secluded areas. We need to convey this to community members and encourage them to get involved by advocating, volunteering, or donating to help us combat homelessness in Oswego County,” explained Trexler.

For more information, call Trexler at 593-1900.

Agencies Gather To Learn About Youth Services

OSWEGO, NY – Dozens of representatives from a number of Oswego County’s human services agencies came together recently for the third annual Oswego County Youth Program Forum.

Members of the planning committee welcome participants to the Youth Program Forum. From left are Director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Kathy Fenlon; Assistant Master of Ceremonies, Jenna Doherty; County Director of the Oswego County Youth Advocate Program, David Canfield; and Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler.

Members of the planning committee welcome participants to the Youth Program Forum. From left are Director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Kathy Fenlon; Assistant Master of Ceremonies, Jenna Doherty; County Director of the Oswego County Youth Advocate Program, David Canfield; and Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler.

Held Oct. 27 at the Elks Lodge, the event served as an opportunity for youth service providers to share information on their programs and learn more about other youth programs that exist in Oswego County.

Planning Committee Member and Director of the Oswego City / County Youth Bureau, Kathy Fenlon praised the event.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for youth services providers to come together and present the many different types of programs available for youth in Oswego County,” she said.

Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler, who is also a member of the planning committee, was pleased with the turnout and the interaction that took place during the forum.

“The Youth Forum was an excellent example of our human services agencies working together to help achieve a common good…helping our youth and their families. More than 30 different programs were represented as staff members spoke about the youth services offered through their agency and distributed information about accessing the program and the benefits that it provides. This kind of collaboration truly demonstrates our Live United concept that we are all connected,” said Trexler.

Committee member and County Director for the Youth Advocate Program of Oswego County, Dave Canfield recognized the Elks for providing the venue for the event.

“On behalf of the numerous agencies represented at the Youth Forum, I would like to thank the Elks Club of Oswego. The generosity of the Elks members in allowing this event to take place in their facility helps to support the agencies’ efforts to work cooperatively for the betterment of our youth. It is an honor to be a partner with them in order to assist our youth of today in becoming productive adults of tomorrow,” he said.

For more information on the wide range of youth programs that are available in Oswego County, call the United Way at 593-1900.

Law Enforcement Agencies Seek Public’s Help

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego City Police Department, working in conjunction with the United States Border Patrol, New York State Police, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police, and the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, need your help!

The area law enforcement agencies are looking for information and/or tips related to suspected criminal/drug related activity in and around the city of Oswego including areas located in the County of Oswego.

Such drug activity can be of persons or locations that you suspect of dealing with illegal drugs including indoor or outdoor marijuana grow operations.

Any information given may be done so anonymously if desired.

To report suspected illegal activity, please call Oswego Police at: 315-342-8203 to speak with, or leave a message for, an investigator.

Or, call and leave a message on the Oswego City Police Drug / Crime Tip Hotline at: 315-342-8131 or the Oswego County Drug Task Force Tip Line at: 1-888-511-8997 where you may remain anonymous if you wish.

You may also contact police by email at: crimewatch@oswegony.org

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