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Oswego Salvaltion Army Celebrates Halloween And Its Anniversary

A friendly witch welcomes visitors to the Salvation Army's third annual  Halloween Spooktacular.

A friendly witch welcomes visitors to the Salvation Army's third annual Halloween Spooktacular.

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Salvation Army got into the Halloween spirit by hosting its annual Spooktacular recently.

The Oswego Corps of The Salvation Army continues to celebrate next week.

It will hold a community breakfast on Nov. 9 at 8 a.m. at The American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., to celebrate 125 years of service in Oswego.

Individual tickets and corporate tables are available and can be arranged by calling 315-343-9692.

Reservations should be made by Monday.

Proceeds of the breakfast will support the services of the Army in Oswego.

Proclamations from the county and city will be presented and Major Donald Hostetler, commander of the Empire State Division of The Salvation Army, will address the gathering.

 

Billy Wright Jr. enjoys decorating his pumpkin for Halloween.

Billy Wright Jr. enjoys decorating his pumpkin for Halloween.

Members of Oswego High School’s Interact (Rotary) Club were on hand to serve pizza.

Members of Oswego High School’s Interact (Rotary) Club were on hand to serve pizza.

 

Along the haunted house route, visitors found cut-ups like “Jason” lurking in the bathroom.

Along the haunted house route, visitors found cut-ups like “Jason” lurking in the bathroom.

There were creepy creatures hiding around just about every corner at the Halloween Spooktacular.

There were creepy creatures hiding around just about every corner at the Halloween Spooktacular.

 

Zombies munched on brains by candlelight as visitors checked out the haunted house.

Zombies munched on brains by candlelight as visitors checked out the haunted house.

 

Not all of the characters at the event were of the spooky variety, as this cow girl can attest.

Not all of the characters at the event were of the spooky variety, as this cow girl can attest.

 

Sarah Brown lent her artistic and makeup talents to ensuring everyone was in the Halloween spirit.  She owns and operates her own business – Fancy Faces, a face (and body) painting enterprise. For more information or to contact Sarah for an event, visit her website http://www.fancyfacescny.com/

Sarah Brown lent her artistic and makeup talents to ensuring everyone was in the Halloween spirit. She owns and operates her own business – Fancy Faces, a face (and body) painting enterprise. For more information or to contact Sarah for an event, visit her website http://www.fancyfacescny.com/

 

 

Canal Celebration Day Set In Oswego’s ‘Historic Maritime District’

OSWEGO, NY – The H. Lee White Marine Museum and the Oswego Maritime Foundation invite the community to join them for a fun filled day on Aug. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. and help celebrate the New York State Barge Canal System.

The day will be filled with activities centered around Oswego’s very own piece of canal history, the museum’s renovated 1925 NYS Derrick Boat No. 8.

Dick Drosse of Minetto demonstrates knot tying techniques to visitors at a previous H. Lee White Marine Museum Canal Celebration event.

Dick Drosse of Minetto demonstrates knot tying techniques to visitors at a previous H. Lee White Marine Museum Canal Celebration event.

Visitors may try their hand at washing and ironing clothes the “old fashion way,” learn how to make paper jewelry beads, indulge in homemade pies, enjoy grilled hot dogs and soda, or just participate in making butter with a simple mason jar.

Old time games can be played with your friends and family aboard the Derrick Boat. One craft will allow children to make paper boats that actually float. A friendly boat race may take place in the museum’s special stainless steel tank.

Museum guides will discuss the canal system and Oswego’s rich maritime history throughout the day.

In addition, Oswego’s Sean Languien will perform songs to sing along with.

“The Oswego Canal played an important role in transporting products and people between the canal, the Great Lakes and beyond. The museum’s Derrick Boat No. 8 served on the canal for over 60 years and is a piece of history that helps tell the story.” Said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the museum.

Also scheduled are two talks on 1800s period dress worn by women and children. The presenter is Brittany Patterson of Schuylerville, a former museum staff member.

Other activities offered in the Historic Maritime District are displays by the Oswego Maritime Foundation highlighting youth sailing and fishing, diving and more!

Bring the whole family to enjoy and appreciate New York State’s rich canal history.

For more information about this free event, visit www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com or call 342-0480.

This event is made possible in part by a grant from Stewart Shops Matching Gift Program.

Dr. Seuss Celebration At Leighton School

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

OSWEGO, NY – Recently a reading celebration was held at the Frederick Leighton Elementary School.

It celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

Brielle Wilson and Joe Ruiz-Torres select reading material.

A variety of events were conducted throughout the evening for the well-attended school celebration.

Migrant Education Outreach Program Hosts Cultural Celebration

Two members from Alma Latina (Latin Soul) Dance Group perform a traditional Mexican dance during the Oswego County BOCES Migrant Education Outreach Program’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Mike Egan (right), on behalf of the Weston T. Hyde Foundation, presented guest speaker and former migrant student Ruth Vasquez with a scholarship award during the Cinco de Mayo celebration. The two are pictured

Oswego County BOCES (OCB) Migrant Education Outreach Program (MEOP), in conjunction with the Weston T. Hyde Foundation, held the fifth annual Cinco de Mayo fundraiser on Saturday, May 8nd. Piñatas, decorations, and the sensational sounds of authentic music set the stage for the Cinco de Mayo fundraiser which was a celebration of the history, culture and experiences of the Mexican ancestry and this year included a special presentation about the country of Guatemala.

Azteca’s Mexican Grill in Oswego catered the event serving their signature fajitas accompanied by rice and beans, chips and salsa, and guacamole while guests sipped on refreshing non-alcoholic bebidas tropicales (tropical drinks) such as a pina con nada and regular or strawberry ‘migrant’ritas. Members of the Alma Latina (Latin Soul) Dance Group performed a variety of traditional folkloric dances from different states in Mexico including Jalisco, Oaxaca, and Chiapas.

Featured speaker for the evening was former migrant and OCB New Vision student from the Oswego City School District and recent SUNY Oswego graduate Ruth Vasquez. Hailing from the country of El Salvador, she shared her and her family’s triumphant journey with the audience and her aspirations of continuing her education and pursuing a career in medicine. Attributing the MEOP program and the program’s coordinator Paul Gugel for ensuring that her and her family follow a path to success, Vasquez said to the audience of families and young adults in similar situations, “If you think you can’t, you can. You can pursue any dream you want to.” In recognition of her dedication to her education and to assist with her medical school expenses, Mike Egan on behalf of the Weston T. Hyde Foundation surprised Vasquez with a scholarship award.

The festivities and entertainment continued with some free merengue and salsa dance lessons along with some prize drawings and raffles.

Proceeds from the drawings and raffles along with the ticket sales will support the Weston T. Hyde Foundation’s Migrant Emergency and Education Fund. The funds assists local migrant farm workers and their families in pursuing educational goals and meeting emergency needs such as housing, utilities, food, medical, transportation and clothing. The OCB MEOP began in 1983 and as one of only 11 programs in New York State today, providing services to over 400 migrant students/families in 33 school districts each year. For more information about the Oswego County BOCES Migrant Education Outreach Program, call 963-4265.

Cinco de Mayo cultural celebration slated for May 8

Members of the La Joven Guardia del Teatro y La Danza Latina (The Latin Youth Theater and Dance Troop) are pictured above during one of their performances at last year’s Oswego County BOCES Migrant Education Cinco de Mayo cultural celebration. This year’s event is slated to take place on Saturday, May 8th and will feature music and dance performances by Alma Latina (Latin Soul).

Oswego County BOCES (OCB) Migrant Education Outreach Program, in conjunction with the Weston T. Hyde Foundation, will host the 5th Annual Cinco de Mayo Cultural Celebration on Saturday, May 8th at the OCB main campus in Mexico. A celebration of culture, food, traditions, and history, the evening will start at 5:30 p.m. with music and mocktails, non-alcoholic frozen drinks, followed by a Guatemala Land of Eternal Spring presentation at 6:00 p.m. A dinner consisting of traditional Mexican cuisine from Azteca’s Mexican Grill in Oswego will be served at 6:45 p.m. while guest speaker Ruth Vasquez, a former migrant student and recent SUNY Oswego graduate, shares her triumphant journey with the audience. Cultural music and dance performances by Alma Latina (Latin Soul) along with a dance-a-thon will follow.

The public is invited to attend and reservations or pre-sale tickets are available by calling the Migrant Education Outreach Program at (315) 963-4265. Pre-sale ticket prices are $25.00 for individuals; $45.00 for couples; $10.00 for students; and children under 3 are free. Proceeds from the event will help assist migrant workers and their families pursue educational goals and meet emergency needs such as housing, utilities, food, transportation, clothing, and medical.

The Oswego BOCES Migrant Education Outreach Program (MEOP) began in 1983 to assist school districts in meeting the unique needs of migrant children. The MEOP office is located on the Oswego County BOCES campus in Mexico, NY. The program provides each migrant child and families with individualized educational services to help them reach their potential. As one of 11 Migrant Education Programs in New York State, the Oswego MEOP provides services to over 400 migrant students/families in 33 school districts each year.

‘BucFest’ Celebration Open to All, Highlights Homecoming

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Buccaneer Boosters are sponsoring the second annual “BucFest” party to celebrate Homecoming and kick off the Buccaneers’ varsity home football game.

“BucFest” is set for Oct. 9 from 3-6 p.m. at Joe Wilber Field in Oswego.

The cost of the event is only one “buc” for students and two “bucs” for adults.

A young lady gets her faced painted Buc Blue to show her spirit during the 2008 BucFest.

A young lady gets her faced painted Buc Blue to show her spirit during the 2008 BucFest.

Then, attendees can stay to watch the football game at 7 p.m.

The event will feature live music by “Vitamin X” and will be a fun-filled afternoon with great food, games, prizes, inflatables, and even a dunk booth.

BucFest committee chair Judy Queale-Dunsmoor said, “This is just a fantastic event where students, teachers, administrators and community members all come together to have fun, volunteer, and take pride in our school district. Our primary goal is to raise school spirit and a sense of pride in being an Oswego Buccaneer.”

In that endeavor, there are tents set up where participants can get their hair and nails colored in “Buc Blue” as well as make a stop at the face painting/temporary tattoo booth.

Committee members will be on the lookout for the best dressed “Buccaneer” and will award a hand-held video camera to that costume winner during the football game.

There will be several inflatable games such as a bouncy house, obstacle course and the brand new, sure to be popular “wrecking ball” which is sponsored by Pathfinder Bank.

In addition there will be “hippity hop” races for adults and kids of all ages, a football throw, and guitar hero.

Attendees can pick their ball of choice and enter the radar gun sports contest, or decorate a pumpkin to take home with them.

One of the most popular activities last year was the “dunk booth” where students took turns trying to get their teachers or coaches soaked.

This year a “tomato throw” has been added to the fun.

On the menu at BucFest 2009, are pizza, chili, chicken barbecue, New York Bold Bloomin’ onions, fried dough, cotton candy, candy apples and much more.

The Buc Boosters goal is to keep the day affordable for the community, so games will be either free or at a minimal cost.

Every “BucFest” visitor will receive a snack from Frito Lay, and “Buc blue beads” as they enter the gates ( while supplies last).

Children can get their photos taken with New York Bold’s “Chef Bold,” Frito Lay’s “Cracker Jack,” or our very own “Oswego Buccaneer.”

There will be Oswego apparel and paraphernalia for sale.

The official “BucFest 2009” T-shirt designed and donated in part by Visual Creations will also be on sale during BucFest, with a limited number of shirts available.

According to the junior class advisors, Oswego High School students will decide on a teacher or administrator who will earn the privilege of kissing a pig, which will be done at “BucFest.”

In addition to the festival, the Buccaneer Boosters are promoting a “Buccaneer Blue Week” throughout Oswego from Oct. 3 through 10.

The Boosters will give a prize to the business owner and the home owner who do the best job decorating for “Buccaneer Blue Week.”

Photos for consideration should be postmarked by Oct. 16, to attn: BucFest/Buccaneer Boosters, P.O. Box 373, Oswego, NY 13126.

BucFest committee member Lu Collins said, “We are hoping to have another great turnout for this year’s Homecoming Pre-game festival. We also encourage the Oswego community to get out and watch the Homecoming Parade on Oct. 4 at 4:30 p.m., the girls’ powder puff game following at Joe Wilbur field at 6 p.m., or any of the Oswego School district sporting events that are taking place during Homecoming week.”

The complete schedule can be found at www.Oswego.org

City Plans Memorial For Rosemary Nesbitt

OSWEGO, NY – At Monday night’s Common Council meeting, Mercedes Niess, director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum, thanked the aldermen for the recognition the city bestowed on the late Rosemary Nesbitt.

It’s been a tough week with Mrs. Nesbitt taking ill and passing away, Niess told the councilors.

<p>Mrs. Rosemary Nesbitt.</p>

Mrs. Rosemary Nesbitt.

The 84-year-old Distinguished Teaching professor at SUNY Oswego and city historian, passed away on Aug. 2. She was also the founder and immediate past director of the Marine Museum.

“I would like to thank the city for everything that you did for Rosemary Nesbitt,” Niess said, her voice cracking with emotion.

She helped the family with the arrangements.

They knew Mrs. Nesbitt was very involved in the community. “But I don’t think they really knew the extent of the love of this community had for her,” Niess added. “So, when we saw all the flags at half-staff and the police officers at every intersection, with their heads bowed, it was an amazing tribute to a wonderful person. So, thank you very much.”

She invited the council to a memorial celebration in honor of Mrs. Nesbitt’s life to be held this Friday in Breitbeck Park at 7 p.m.

There will be some speakers, but anyone will be able to share their remembrances about Mrs. Nesbitt, she noted.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the H. Lee White Marine Museum, West First Street Pier, Oswego; St. Mary’s Restoration Fund, 103 W. Seventh St., Oswego; or the United Way of Greater Oswego County, 1 S. First St., Fulton.

Cruises Cut From Saturday’s Canal Celebration

OSWEGO, NY – Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we will not be having the canal and harbor cruises originally scheduled for our Canal Celebration.

The event is scheduled for tomorrow (Aug. 1) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All other activities will continue as planned and we invite the public to come to the west pier and enjoy a free admission day at the H. Lee White Marine Museum and help celebrate the Canal.

For more information, contact the museum at 342.0480 or visit www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com

Oswego’s Historic Maritime District To Host Canal Celebration

OSWEGO, NY – The H. Lee White Marine Museum and the Oswego Maritime Foundation invite the community to join us for a fun filled day on Aug. 1 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and to help celebrate the New York State Barge Canal System.

The day will be filled with activities centered around Oswego’s very own piece of Canal history, the museum’s  newly renovated 1925 NYS Canal Boat No. 8.

Museum volunteer Robin Snyder helps a boy make his own free T-shirt. This is just one of the many fun activities planned for the Canal Celebration at the H. Lee White Marine Museum.

Museum volunteer Robin Snyder helps a boy make his own free T-shirt. This is just one of the many fun activities planned for the Canal Celebration at the H. Lee White Marine Museum.

As the Hannibal Center Bluebirds, a local 4-H group, mill about in period costume, you can listen to stories and tales of lore along the Canal, watch wool spinning demonstrations, try your hand at washing clothes the “old fashion way,” indulge in homemade apple pie, enjoy grilled hot dogs and soda or taste tempting samples of McCadam New York State cheese.

Watch and participate in a butter making demonstration.

In addition, participate in a canal song sing-along, try your hand at making paper jewelry and children will be able to decorate their own T-shirt.

An inflatable provided by Airhop Rentals will be available for kids to bounce around.

A new addition is local performer Magical John will be performing vintage magic tricks from the 1800- 1900s beginning at 1 p.m.

AmeriCorps member Samantha Fiorini is the coordinator of the event.

“We have made sure that we have activities throughout the day that children can enjoy with their families and experience life on the canal. We are greatful to our supporters who have been so generous,” she said.

In addition, visitors will be able to enjoy, for a nominal fee, canal cruises provided by State Council on Waterways.

The 30- to 40-minute tours will run on the hour between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

“This is our first canal celebration and we are thrilled to have the Erie Canal Boat as part of this event. Captain Tom Ryan and Scow make it possible for the public to have access to our beautiful waterways,” said Mercedes Niess, museum director.

Other activities offered in the Historic Maritime District are displays by the Oswego Maritime Foundation highlighting youth sailing and fishing, diving and more.

Bring the whole family to enjoy and appreciate New York State’s rich Canal history.

For more information, visit www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com or call 342-0480.

This event is made possible in part by a grant from Stewart Shops Matching Gift Program, funds from New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant Program, a state agency and the Cultural Resource Council, a Regional Arts Council and a grant through the Oswego City County Youth Bureau and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

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