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Family Fun At Oswego Speedway Benefits Farnham

OSWEGO, NY – The roar of the Supermodifieds at Oswego Speedway was replaced over the weekend with the shouts of children having fun.

Farnham Family Services partnered with Oswego Speedway, Radio Disney, Red Planet Skate Park, and Dougherty’s Rides and Inflatables of Syracuse to bring a night of family entertainment to the Port City.

Meghan Bell gives the Hula Hoop a spin.

Meghan Bell gives the Hula Hoop a spin.

The fundraiser, held in the pit area of the Speedway, included several inflatable rides, on-air radio personalities from Radio Disney, face painting, games for all ages, music, and much more.

“This is really a great event,” said Jeanne M. Unger, MS, executive director of Farnham. “It’s nice to see such a large turnout. It’s for everybody – it’s a real family event.”

“It’s an opportunity for people to get out and have some family fun and see what kinds of services Farnham has to offer,” added Fred Maxon, board member.

Robert Lee McCarthy II, got to see what it's like to be behind the wheel of a race car.

Robert Lee McCarthy II, got to see what it

Robert Lee McCarthy II, said he had fun playing the games, but also enjoyed checking out the race cars on display.

“It was fun. But it was kind of hard getting out of it,” the youngster admitted.

Radio Disney held contests for the youngsters. And they had one for the parents, also.

The parents had to form a circle, holding hands and pace a Hula Hoop around the human chain. When the DJ stopped playing music, whoever had the hoop hanging on them was eliminated. The last person standing was the winner.

Besides activities for the kids, Radio Disney also allowed adults to get in on the fun.

Besides activities for the kids, Radio Disney also allowed adults to get in on the fun.

After the game, Meghan Bell decided to give the Hula Hoop a spin.

“It’s hard to keep it going,” she lamented.

Undaunted, she keep trying until she got the plastic hoop to revolve around her a couple of times.

The community event benefited Farnham Family Services’ $50,000 Campaign Appeal for 2008, and its student assistance programs.

Haley the Balloon Lady whipped up colorful creations for the youngsters to enjoy.

Haley the Balloon Lady whipped up colorful creations for the youngsters to enjoy.

Farnham Family Services is a non-profit drug and alcohol clinic.

Established in 1971, Farnham is a United Way agency that offers both prevention services to students in its school-based student assistance program, and treatment services in its clinic program to all residents of Oswego and surrounding counties.

All services are licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

For more information, call 342-4489.

Donations can be sent to Farnham Family Services, 283 W. Second St., Suite 200, Oswego, NY 13126.

Visit Farnham online at www.farnhaminc.org

Farnham Family Fun Night Rescheduled For Sept. 5

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OSWEGO, NY – Farnham Family Services has re-scheduled its inaugural Farnham Family Fun Night for Sept. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Oswego Speedway.

Inclement weather forced the event to be rescheduled from its original date in August.

Central New York families are invited to attend the event as Farnham Family Services welcomes a variety of sponsors and participants for a night of laughter and fun.

The event is part of Farnham’s 2008 campaign appeal to help provide funding to the agency’s student assistance programs.

According to Jeanne Unger, MS, executive director at Farnham Family Services, the event is a collaborative effort between Farnham, Radio Disney, the Oswego Speedway, Dougherty’s Inflatable Rides, and Red Planet.

“We’re very excited to partner with the Oswego Speedway, Radio Disney and others for our first ever Family Fun Night,” said Unger. “We have had tremendous feedback and enthusiasm for the event and hope that families will come out on the fifth.”

The event will be held in the infield pit area of the Oswego Speedway and include 8-10 inflatable bouncy rides, a variety of games and prizes, skateboarding and bike exhibitions, and great food. Oswego Speedway Super modified cars and drivers will be on hand to make the night even more memorable.

Entertainment and music will be provided by Radio Disney with on-air Radio Disney disc jockeys providing great music for everyone to enjoy.

The event is free of charge and intended for children aged 14 and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Designated rides and games will be available for younger children.

Established in 1971, Farnham Family Services is a United Way agency that offers prevention services, school-based Student Assistance and treatment services to all residents of Oswego and surrounding counties.

All services are licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Farnham’s professionally certified staff is comprised of competent and skillful individuals who are continually updated with training through conferences and workshops.

Its offices are located in the cities of Oswego and Fulton and provide comprehensive treatment services – including acupuncture detoxification.

For more information about the Farnham Family Fun Night or on Farnham Family Services, call (315) 342-4489 or visit www.farnhaminc.org

Dougherty’s Inflatables Joins Farnham For First Family Fun Night

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OSWEGO, NY – Rides, games, and prizes will highlight the first Farnham Family Fun Night.

Dougherty’s Inflatables of Syracuse has partnered with the event to provide much of the fun and excitement, according to Jeanne Unger, executive director of the Oswego-based non-profit, chemical dependence outpatient substance abuse clinic, with prevention and school-based student assistance counseling services.

Central New York families are invited to attend Farnham Family Fun Night on Aug. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Oswego Speedway.

The event is part of Farnham’s 2008 campaign appeal to help provide funding to the agency’s student assistance programs.

“We’re excited about our partnership with Dougherty’s,” said Unger. “They’ve partnered with numerous events throughout Central New York with their inflatable rides, games and prizes.”

The event will be held in the infield pit area of the Oswego Speedway and include 8-10 inflatable bouncy rides, a variety of games and prizes, skateboarding and bike exhibitions, and great food.

Oswego Speedway Super Modified cars and drivers will be on hand to make the night even more memorable.

Entertainment and music will be provided by Radio Disney with on-air Radio Disney disc jockeys providing great music for everyone to enjoy.

The event is free of charge and intended for children aged 14 and under.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Designated rides and games will be available for younger children.

Established in 1971, Farnham Family Services is a United Way agency that offers prevention services, school-based Student Assistance and treatment services to all residents of Oswego and surrounding counties.

All services are licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Farnham’s professionally certified staff is comprised of competent and skillful individuals who are continually updated with training through conferences and workshops.

Their offices are located in the cities of Oswego and Fulton and provide comprehensive treatment services – including acupuncture detoxification.

For more information about the Farnham Family Fun Night or Farnham Family Services, call (315) 342-4489 or visit www.farnhaminc.org

Radio Disney Joins Farnham Family Services For First Farnham Family Fun Night

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OSWEGO, NY – A night of laughter and fun will be had by all as Farnham Family Services and Radio Disney join together for the first Farnham Family Fun Night.

Central New York families are invited to attend Farnham Family Fun Night on Aug. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Oswego Speedway.

The event is part of Farnham’s 2008 campaign appeal to help provide funding to the agency’s student assistance programs.

According to Jeanne Unger, executive director at Farnham Family Services, the event is a collaborative effort between Farnham, Radio Disney, the Oswego Speedway, Dougherty’s Inflatable Rides, and Red Planet.

“We’re very excited to partner with Radio Disney for our first ever Family Fun Night,” said Unger. “Radio Disney is a family friendly network who shares our same commitment to our communities and families.”

The event will be held in the infield pit area of the Oswego Speedway and include 8-10 inflatable bouncy rides, a variety of games and prizes, skateboarding and bike exhibitions, and great food.

Oswego Speedway Super modified cars and drivers will also be on hand to make the night even more memorable.

Entertainment and music will be provided by Radio Disney with on-air Radio Disney disc jockeys providing great music for everyone to enjoy.

The event is free of charge and intended for children aged 14 and under.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Designated rides and games will be available for younger children.

Established in 1971, Farnham Family Services is a United Way agency that offers prevention services, school-based Student Assistance and treatment services to all residents of Oswego and surrounding counties.

All services are licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Farnham’s professionally certified staff is comprised of competent and skillful individuals who are continually updated with training through conferences and workshops.

Its offices are located in the cities of Oswego and Fulton and provide comprehensive treatment services – including acupuncture detoxification.

For more information about the first Farnham Family Fun Night or on Farnham Family Services, call (315) 342-4489 or visit www.farnhaminc.org

Fun At Volney Elementary’s Field Day

Hannah Woodard from Dawn Wells’ kindergarten class soars over a hurdle at Volney’s annual field day.Submitted Article

VOLNEY, NY – A day of near-record heat didn’t stop the students at Volney Elementary from enjoying their annual field day.

Students took to the field behind their school last week for a day of fun and games with their classmates.

Second grade teacher Catherine Healy can’t stop having fun in the sack race at Volney’s annual field day.Screams of laughter came from the more than ten stations of fun and challenging events that were set-up by the physical education instructors.

The school brought in an inflatable air jumper for the students to hop around in.

There was an obstacle course challenge that required students to jump over and wiggle under hurdles before crossing the finish line on a hippity-hop ball.

Dashual Buxton, Richard Murtaugh, Jacob Cody, Randy Shatell, and Justin Gates from Anne Grabowski’s second grade class pull their end of the rope in the tug-of-war challenge at Volney’s annual field day.Other events included a jump rope relay challenge, tug-of-war competition, sack race, wet sponge toss, and water carrying challenge.

Annual Skate Bike Ride Event Promotes Safety As Well As Fun

OSWEGO, NY – Scores of youngsters rolled out Thursday for the fourth annual “Skate Bike Ride” event.

The event is planned in recognition of National Healthcare Month each year.

Ellen Lafond, clinical nurse manager for Oswego Hospital’s Emergency Department adjusts Erick Cappelletti’s new helmet.Oswego Health collaborated with the Red Planet Skate and Bike Park at 77 W. First St., Reality Check and the Oswego Fire Department.

The block in front of Red Planet was closed to motor vehicles to allow skaters and bikers to display their talents.

Cammi Ahern has her fingerprint taken by Sgt. Jeff Dunsmoor.“This is a really nice turnout,” said Oswego Health Public Relations Manager Marion Ciciarelli. “It looks like we have more than last year, and the weather is better.”

More than 200 youngsters are estimated to have participated.

Roxanne Scoville has her height and weight checked by Oswego Hospital’s Mary Bucher, a RN, and Pat Okoniewski, a nurse practitioner.Besides the demonstrations, the event featured safety information, games, and anti-smoking information.

Helmets were available for youngsters.

Sergeant Jeff Dunsmoor of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department provided youngsters (and their parents) with a photo ID card complete with a copy of their fingerprints.

Tori Cappelletti displays the $5 2007 Gold Eagle coin she won at the event Thursday night.It was part of the Operation Safe Child the department conducts.

An open skate time gave participants the opportunity to use the ramps, pipes and other apparatus at the skate park.

Many took advantage of the closed street to show off their talents.

The youngsters were encouraged to visit five stations where they received bracelets. Those who got all the bracelets were eligible for prizes, including new bikes, a full deck skateboard and an iPod.

Ryan Souva shows off his skill during the fourth annual “Skate Bike Ride” event.The stations included a safety demonstration held inside Red Planet, the nearby fire department, the smoking cessation booth, where anti-tobacco information was shared, and Oswego Health’s healthy kids station, which offered health screenings for both youngsters and adults, and the Leadership Oswego County class of 2008’s booth that offered information about the youth services available in the area.

“The Leadership class developed the posters and all the handouts and everything. It’s all about youth serving agencies in the county,” said Jeff Grimshaw.

The local band Floor of Eyes donated its time to the event. During a break, they allowed several youngsters to come on stage and take turns playing their instruments.

The annual event is a way to deliver a healthy message to youngsters, said Ellen Lafond, clinical nurse manager for Oswego Hospital’s Emergency Department, who organized the event.

Ben Turner of Murdock’s Bicycle Sports fixes a wheel on a bicycle for Jacob Bock.“Skateboarding is very popular and many kids are really into the sport,” she said. “This event fit perfectly with our brain injury program initiated in 1999. Our emergency department nurses see so many kids coming in with brain injuries that could have been prevented if the youngsters had worn a helmet. Through our brain injury program we give away bike helmets and the Skate Bike Ride is another avenue for us to give away even more helmets to keep more kids safe.”

Pat Okoniewski, a nurse practitioner at Oswego Hospital, showed people what portions of foods they should eat.

Using a specially decorated plate, she explained a cup of fruit is about the size of a baseball and meat should be the size of a deck of cards, for example.

“It’s good to see a lot of kids here,” said Bruce Bailey of Red Planet. “The more we can do to teach them safety, the better. They’re all having fun and getting exercise, it’s a great night, what more can you ask?”

Eight-year-old Erick Cappelletti said he was having fun checking out all the booths and getting a new helmet.

“I need a good helmet,” he explained. “I’m trying to be a skateboarder.”

Ryan Michaels was among the youngsters checking out what it’s like to sit in a race car. Kevin Knopp’s #4 was parked across the street from Red Planet and drew a big crowd of race fans.

“It was kind of tight getting in there,” Ryan said.

Christopher Murray won a skateboard, donated by Red Planet.

“This is great,” he said. “I’m learning to skateboard. I can really use this!”

The bikes were donated by Murdock’s, and Leadership Oswego County, who also donated an iPod.

Floor of Eyes had the youngsters rocking in the street.Winning the bikes were Hannah Brown and Zach Mills.

Among those helping make the event possible were Oswego Health, Red Planet Skate and Bike Park, Pathfinder Bank, Reality Check, the Oswego City Fire Department, Pizza Hut, Pizza Villa, Cam’s NY Pizza, Oswego Sub Shop, Murdock’s Bicycle Sports, OCO Youth Services and others.

“It’s just a fun event and it helps promote safety, too,” Lafond said. “It’s all about kids; keeping them healthy and safe and preventing brain injury.”

For more information on National Healthcare Month, contact Oswego Health at 349-5500.

For information about skateboarding, call Red Planet at 343-6535, e-mail info@redplanet.us or visit www.redplanet.us

Family Fun Set At Kingsford Park School

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OSWEGO, NY – Family fun will be in the air on May 30 at Kingsford Park School as the KPS Home and School prepares for the first KPS “Family Fun Night” chicken barbecue.

Family Fun Set At Kingsford Park SchoolThe event taking place in the school cafeteria and yard will include a chicken barbecue dinner that is sold out, music, face painting, balloon art, student art exhibit, and visits from the KPS Eagle mascot.

The art exhibit with a “family fun” theme was coordinated by KPS Art teacher Laurie Yule and will be on display by grade level with each students’ artistic piece depicting their family.

“We are very pleased with the support of KPS families, students, staff and faculty,” noted Julie Chetney, KPS Home and School. “As well as the many businesses who have stepped up to helped us make this event possible.”

Sponsors of the event include: Paul’s Big M, Vona’s Restaurant, P&C Foods, Sysco Inc., Vashaw’s Collision, McDonald’s Restaurant, Hayley Starr, Good Times Entertainment, Chetney Real Estate, The Fajita Grill, Cakes Galore, and Cherrywood Art Studio.

Pictured are KPS second grader Claudia Chetney and her brother, kindergartner Jake Chetney, picking up a donation of salt potatoes from Allen Manwaring, store manager at Paul’s Big M.

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