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Grant Deadline Near For Not-For-Profits Serving Autism Community

OSWEGO, NY –  The Oswego County Autism Task Force is still accepting grant applications until March 1 for the allocation of funds to  not-for-profit organizations serving or seeking to provide new opportunities to individuals and families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

As a result of ongoing survey and community feedback, at this time proposals that allow for opportunities for youth during non-school hours, including after school, evenings, weekends, breaks, and summer programs are encouraged.

In addition to being a not-for-profit organization in the Oswego County area, projects may serve any range of youth or their families.

All proposed projects should address the diverse interests of individuals with autism and their families including but not limited to: artistic expression, recreation, leisure time, educational, and social skills development and should have clear and measurable goals.

While applicants are encouraged to partner with other local service organizations, priority will be given to grants that serve as seed money for future activities, and those projects that have a long lasting impact.

Requests from a single agency may not exceed $1,000 and cannot be used for equipment, capital improvement, to off-set wages of existing staff, or to cover administrative overhead.

For more information, or to receive an application please contact Tammy Thompson at 349-3510.

Deadline for all applications is March 1,

Catholic Charities Nearing Deadline For Christmas Meals

FULTON, NY – With the holidays upon us, the Emergency Assistance Program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County has announced that it is rapidly reaching its cut off point for accepting applications for Christmas meals.

The Food Pantry at Catholic Charities will continue accepting applications until Nov. 30 or until the availability has been exhausted.

Families interested in receiving a Christmas meal are urged to stop in and fill out an application as soon as possible.

Distribution of Christmas meals will be Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Recipients will be able to visit Catholic Charities’ Client Choice Food Pantry and select the items their family would like to have for their holiday meal.

Those interested in applying must have proof of identity for everyone in the household as well as a piece of mail, dated within 30 days, with name and address for each adult in the household.

For more information, call Helen Hoefer at Catholic Charities, 598-3980.

Deadline Approaching For Marine Museum Contest

OSWEGO, NY – Youth from all over Oswego County have been coming to the H. Lee White Marine Museum, on Oswego’s West First Street Pier, to enter the annual student contest “Art & History Rule!” which is sponsored, in part, by Alliance Bank, Mrs. Norma DeAmbra, Stewart’s Shop, Rotary Club Of Oswego – Sunrise, Oswego County Retired Teachers Association, Oswego Classroom Teachers Association, Children’s Board of Oswego and the river’s end bookstore.

“We are in the final weeks of the contest,” said a museum spokesperson.

Lily and Dakota Ellis of Oswego stop at the Ship Building exhibit at the H. Lee White Marine Museum during their visit to sign up for the museum’s annual art contest. The Sept. 30 deadline for entries is approaching.

Lily and Dakota Ellis of Oswego stop at the Ship Building exhibit at the H. Lee White Marine Museum during their visit to sign up for the museum’s annual art contest. The Sept. 30 deadline for entries is approaching.

Oswego County students are running out of time to visit the museum for their inspiration and to create their entry – which is due at the museum by 5 p.m. on Sept. 30.

“Art & History Rule!,” is a fun and educational art contest for grades 1-12 that encompasses the world of both art and history.

Cash prizes will be offered for the winners of each division of this contest, as selected by the judges.

A separate division is being offered this year for photographic entries.

Non-competitive prizes will be awarded to art entrants in grades 1 – 3.

Students are simply required to visit the museum, accompanied by a parent/guardian, sometime between now and Sept. 30 to tour the exhibits and prepare an entry inspired by the exhibit or artifact of their choice.

The artwork must be original and prepared by the entrant during this time, specifically for these contests.

Please contact the museum at 342-0480 or info@hleewhitemarinemuseum.com with any questions.

Contest rules are also posted at www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com

Deadline Extended To August 31 For Writing Entries

OSWEGO, NY – The H. Lee White Marine Museum has announced a deadline extension for its contest “Write Away!”

It is designed to encourage use of both language and history skills among students, grades 4 – 12.

 Jack Tonkin, Alexis Daniels, Paige Daniels and Sierra Deangelo of Oswego explore the Native American room of the H. Lee White Marine Museum, looking for inspiration for their entries into the museum's annual student art and writing contests. The deadline for art entries is Sept. 30 and the deadline for writing entries has been extended to Aug. 31.

Jack Tonkin, Alexis Daniels, Paige Daniels and Sierra Deangelo of Oswego explore the Native American room of the H. Lee White Marine Museum, looking for inspiration for their entries into the museum's annual student art and writing contests. The deadline for art entries is Sept. 30 and the deadline for writing entries has been extended to Aug. 31.

The museum is offering cash prizes of $25, $50 and $100 for the three best entries, selected by our judges, in each of three grade categories to further encourage student participation.

Students are required to visit the museum to tour the exhibits and prepare an entry inspired by some particular topic, exhibit or artifact.

The story, poem, or essay must be original and prepared by the entrant specifically for this contest.

Museum admission is free for entrants and one adult per entrant.

The new deadline for writing entries is 5 p.m. Aug. 31.

The museum is also still offering its second student contest, “Art & History Rule!”

It is a fun and educational art contest for grades 4 – 12 that encompasses the world of both art and history.

 Lily Ellis and Dakota Ellis of Oswego pause in the 'Early Oswego' room of the H. Lee White Marine Museum, during their exploration of the exhibits, looking for inspiration for their entries into the museum's annual student art and writing contests.

Lily Ellis and Dakota Ellis of Oswego pause in the 'Early Oswego' room of the H. Lee White Marine Museum, during their exploration of the exhibits, looking for inspiration for their entries into the museum's annual student art and writing contests.

Cash prizes will also be offered for the winners of each division of this contest, as selected by our judges. Grades 1 – 3 will be awarded special non-competitive gifts for participating.

A new photography category has been added and will be judged and awarded separately.

The deadline for art entries is 5 p.m. Sept. 30.

Please contact the museum at 342-0480 or info@hleewhitemarinemuseum.com with any questions.

Contest rules are available at the museum and at www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com

Catholic Charities Nearing Deadline For Holiday Food Basket Requests

FULTON, NY – With the holidays fast approaching, the Emergency Assistance Program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County has announced that it is rapidly reaching its cut off point for accepting applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets.

“We have been accepting applications for over a week now and we have received a tremendous amount of requests so far,” said program director Helen Hoefer.

Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets are complete with a turkey and all the trimmings and enough food for the family for three days.

Applications for Thanksgiving baskets are being accepted until Nov. 11 or until quotas are met.

Applications for Christmas baskets will be accepted through Nov. 23 or until quotas are met.

Applicants can receive one basket per household and may choose either Thanksgiving or Christmas.

For more information, call Hoefer at Catholic Charities, 598-3980, ext. 250.

“We will continue accepting applications until we have exhausted our availability of baskets. I encourage families interested in receiving a basket this year to stop in and fill out an application as soon as possible,” said Hoefer.

Those interested in applying may do so in person at Catholic Charities’ Food Pantry, 365 W. First St.

Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.

Catholic Charities Nearing Deadline For Christmas Food Basket Requests

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FULTON, NY – With the holidays fast approaching, the Emergency Assistance Program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County has announced that it is rapidly reaching its cut off point for accepting applications for Christmas food baskets.

Christmas baskets are complete with a turkey and all the trimmings.

In addition, Christmas baskets also include gifts for the children through the “Let’s Give For a Kid” program.

The Food Pantry at Catholic Charities will continue accepting applications until Nov. 28 or until the availability of baskets has been exhausted.

Families interested in receiving a basket this Christmas are urged to stop in and fill out an application as soon as possible.

Those interested must apply in person, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Catholic Charities food pantry, 365 W. First St., Fulton.

To apply for a food basket you must reside in the Fulton area, provide Social Security cards for everyone in the household and a recent piece of mail, with name and address, postmarked within the past 30 days.

There are also plenty of opportunities to “Adopt A Family.”

Each year several individuals and businesses come forward to help meet the demand by adopting a family and providing food and presents for an entire family.

Their generosity helps to bring smiles to many faces on Christmas morning.

For more information on the holiday basket program, or to “Adopt A Family” for Christmas, contact Judy Egan at Catholic Charities of Oswego County, 598-3980, ext. 250.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.

Catholic Charities Nearing Deadline For Holiday Food Basket Requests

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FULTON, NY – With the holidays fast approaching, the Emergency Assistance Program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County has announced that it is rapidly reaching its cut off point for accepting applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets.

“We have been accepting applications for several days now and we have received a tremendous amount of requests so far,” said program coordinator Judy Egan.

Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets are complete with a turkey and all the trimmings. In addition, Christmas baskets also include gifts for the children through the “Let’s Give For a Kid” program.

“We will continue accepting applications until we have exhausted our availability of baskets. I encourage families interested in receiving a basket this year to stop in and fill out an application as soon as possible,” said  Egan.

Those interested must apply in person, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Catholic Charities food pantry, 365 W. First St., Fulton.

To apply for a food basket you must reside in the Fulton area, provide Social Security cards for everyone in the household and a recent piece of mail, with name and address, postmarked within the past 30 days.

Egan indicated that with strong demand for baskets this year there are plenty of opportunities to “Adopt A Family.”

“Each year several individuals and businesses come forward to help meet the demand by adopting a family,” said Egan. “They exemplify the essence of the Christmas spirit by providing food and presents for an entire family.  Their generosity helps to bring smiles to many faces on Christmas morning.”

For more information on the holiday basket program, or to “Adopt A Family” for Christmas, call Egan at Catholic Charities of Oswego County, 598-3980, ext. 250.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.

Voters Reminded Of Deadlines For Absentee Ballots

Provided by Oswego County

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Board of Elections reminds Oswego County residents who are eligible to vote on Election Day, Nov. 4, that if they will be out of the county or unable to get to the polls because of illness or physical disability, they may vote by absentee ballot.

Voters will receive an absentee ballot after submitting an application to the Oswego County Board of Elections, 185 E. Seneca St., Box 9, Oswego, NY 13126.

The deadline for mail-in applications is Oct. 28.

Applications may be hand-delivered to the Board of Elections until Nov. 3.

All completed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and received at the County Board of Elections no later than Nov. 12.

Absentee ballots may also be hand-delivered to the County Board of Elections prior to the closing of the polls at 9 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 4.

Applications for absentee ballots are available at the Board of Elections, phone 349-8350 or 349-8351, or by downloading an application at http://www.oswegocounty.com/boe/index.html

Deadline Extended To Apply For Rebates

Submitted by Senator Jim Wright, R,C,I-Watertown

If you have not yet applied for your property tax rebate, you still have time. The Legislature recently passed a bill during the October special session that extends the deadline to apply for the rebate from Nov. 30 to Dec. 31.

This legislation ensures that all eligible property taxpayers will have an opportunity to receive the rebate they deserve.

There are several ways you can apply for your rebate if you have not already done so. When applications were originally mailed out in August and September, each application listed a unique STAR code. If you still have this application, you can use the STAR code to apply online at “http://www.tax.state.ny.us”.

If you no longer have your application, you can apply without your STAR code by printing a paper application from the Tax and Finance website. You can also contact my office for this form. Finally, the Tax and Finance Department recently mailed out new applications, with the STAR code, to all homeowners who have not yet applied. You can also fill out this application and mail it in to Tax and Finance.

Remember, your rebate check is in addition to the property tax relief you already receive through the STAR program, and which is already shown on your school tax bill.

If you have already applied for your check, via online or paper application, but have not yet received your check, there could many reasons for the delay. The most likely reason is your application is being reviewed manually, which takes longer than electronic processing. You can check on the status of your application by calling the STAR hotline at 1-877-678-2769. You can also contact my office at (315) 785-2430 with any questions.

Property tax relief is an issue that truly matters to residents of Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties. I will continue to work to advance measures that save money for the hardworking, overburdened taxpayers of New York State.

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