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Neighborhood Watch Program Celebrates The Holidays

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Neighborhood Watch program recently held a family Christmas party to thank its supporters.

Getting in the holiday spirit at the Neighborhood Watch program’s family Christmas party are, from left, Ernie Lehmann, volunteer; Oswego Police Officer Laura Burger; and Betty Gray, program coordinator.

Getting in the holiday spirit at the Neighborhood Watch program’s family Christmas party are, from left, Ernie Lehmann, volunteer; Oswego Police Officer Laura Burger; and Betty Gray, program coordinator.

The event, held in the Oswego Public Library’s community room, featured light refreshments and holiday music.

There were also some activities for youngsters.

For more information about the group, contact coordinator Betty Gray at 342-9388 or at bettycares31@hotmail.com

Black Clawson Aids OCO By Adopting Families

FULTON, NY – Thanks to the generosity of Black Clawson and its employees, families in Oswego County Opportunities’ Fulton Youth & Family and Housing Programs will have a merrier holiday season.

Making the holidays brighter

Making the holidays brighter

For the fifth year in a row, employees at Black Clawson in Fulton adopted families for the holiday season through OCO.

Together with the Fulton Sunrise Rotary and an anonymous donor, Black Clawson employees supplied presents, food and monetary donations to provide their adopted families with a Christmas to remember.

From left are: Doneita Arduini of OCO, Doug Stevens, LaVerne Deland and Christine Cooper of Black Clawson and Liz Liberti of OCO.

Granby First Graders Sing in the Holidays

Granby First Graders Sing in the Holidays

Residents of Towpath Towers in Fulton were recently treated to a morning of carols sung by Granby Elementary School first grade students. After finishing up the performance, students delivered handmade cards to those who attended. The residents were gracious hosts thanking the children for their holiday good cheer by serving up some yummy cookies and treats. The students then moved through the city continuing to brighten the mood at the fire station and several other area businesses sharing songs representing many of the different holidays celebrated this time of year.

For more information about Granby Elementary School, visit the Fulton City School District’s website at www.fulton.cnyric.org

First graders from Granby Elementary school entertain Towpath Tower residents with songs for the holiday season

Towpath resident Dianne Sweeney enjoys a moment with Granby Elementary students Ariel Nesbitt and Quincy Gagnon during a recent holiday visit

Hannibal Ushers In The Holiday Season

By Chelsea Hutt, Contributing Writer

HANNIBAL, NY – This past weekend, local merchants in Hannibal participated in ‘A Country Christmas.’

During the weekend before Thanksgiving, the businesses have a series of open houses showcasing sales for the Christmas season.

Hannibal IGA, Travis’ Floral, Beckwith’s Tree Farm, have participated in the open houses for the past seven years.

This year, the IGA had Santa and Mrs. Claus greeting children, Travis’ displayed numerous Christmas trees and ornaments and other Christmas décor, and Beckwith’s was offering wagon rides around the farm.

The Hannibal Fire Auxiliary hosted a Sunday Morning Breakfast with Santa at the Firehouse.

After the first year of ‘A Country Christmas,’ Linda Remig of the Hannibal Library, had an idea for an “outreach program” for the library called the Festival of Trees.

It soon became part of ‘A Country Christmas.’

Remig’s program was a silent auction where small trees and wreaths could be donated by local businesses and others who wish to decorate them.

There is a special tree every year. This year, one was decorated with silverware. Yes, a 20-piece set for four of Oneida Flatware is attached to this tree’s branches.

If that was not enough, various gift certificates from surrounding restaurants were added.

Each certificate was valued for $20, $25, or free plates of food from Uly’s Seafood, Canale’s, Vona’s, Wonton House and the South Forty.

Many of the other donated trees and wreaths were valued at $45 – $60.

Some of the keynote donors were the Hannibal Historical Society, Hannibal Post Office, Village Pizzeria, Mayor Fred and Maria Kent, Oswego County Legislator Terry Wilbur. Even Remig donated a wagon decorated with a miniature Santa and tree.

“This is the largest fundraiser of the whole year (for the library),” Remig said.

And it is sure to help a great deal. By Saturday afternoon, there were already many substantial bids on the beautiful trees and wreaths.

On Sunday, the Hannibal Historical Society sponsored the annual tree lighting in the village square.

The Port Byron Brass played various songs of the season while villagers gathered in the square.

Carol Newvine, vice president of the historical society made sure the event ran smoothly and announced the speakers of the day, Legislator Wilbur and Mayor Kent.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived by fire truck to surprise the children gathered, and each child took an ornament to hang on the tree.

Legislator Wilbur spoke of the village recently turning 150 years old, and the Hannibal Fire Department 100 years.

Wilbur grew up in Hannibal, attending the high school down the road from the square.

“This showing right here is what small town America is all about,” he said.

He also thanked the veterans and asked for a moment of silence for those fighting overseas.

Susie’s QuickMart sold coffee, hot cocoa and cookies while the crowd enjoyed the brass band.

‘A Country Christmas’ drawings followed and four of the merchants in town gave away prizes: the Hannibal Free Library, Travis’ Floral, Beckwith’s Tree Farm, and the Hannibal IGA.

Next, it was the children’s time to have fun.

They lined up for the children’s parade led by Santa Claus.

Candles placed by the Boy Scouts lit the way as the band played and the children marched over to the tree.

Many snapshots were taken by mothers and grandmothers when they proceeded to put the ornaments on the large tree in the middle of the square.

The tree was finally lit and Mayor Kent came on the microphone, signaling the end of the event and thanking all of those involved in helping with the tree lighting.

The tree in the square shined in the night, warming hearts in the cold, almost wintry, weather.

The sixth annual tree lighting was a success and heralded the start of the holiday season in the village of Hannibal.

Warm Up For The Holidays At ‘Stone Soup’ Luncheon

OSWEGO, NY – Looking for a break from the usual lunch routine?

Then bring your friends and co-workers and enjoy a taste of the holidays at the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Annual Stone Soup Luncheon.

Jim Smiley of Catholic Charities of Oswego County receives a helping of ‘Stone Soup’ from United Way volunteer Sean Seale of Key Bank at last year’s luncheon.

Jim Smiley of Catholic Charities of Oswego County receives a helping of ‘Stone Soup’ from United Way volunteer Sean Seale of Key Bank at last year’s luncheon.

Scheduled for Nov. 18, the luncheon will help get you kick off the holiday season as you enjoy a delicious bowl of soup with your friends, co-workers and other community members.

It’s the perfect way to experience the simple joys of the holiday season and help feed those in need in Oswego County.

“Our annual luncheon has become a holiday tradition and provides a welcome opportunity for community members to come together, share the spirit of the holidays and help those less fortunate,” said Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way.

For a $5 donation attendees will enjoy a tasty lunch featuring delicious homemade Minestrone soup from Canale’s Restaurant, Italian Wedding Soup from Vona’s Restaurant and Butternut Squash soup from the American Foundry; salad courtesy of C’s Farms, fresh baked rolls from Bosco & Geers; desserts from Cakes Galore and SUNY Oswego Auxiliary Services; and fresh brewed hot coffee from Tim Horton’s.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to food pantries throughout Oswego County to help them meet the increased demand for food subsidy this holiday season and beyond.

Tonya Crisafulli, an executive assistant at Pathfinder Bank in Oswego echoed Luber’s sentiments and is looking forward to attending the luncheon.

“The United Way Stone Soup Luncheon is a great opportunity to support the United Way’s mission to improve the lives of people in my community. The variety of soups are always tasty and it’s an chance to catch up with friends over a warm bowl of soup on a cold winter day!” she said.

Open to the public, the luncheon will start at 11:30 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Parish Center, West First Street.

Those unable to attend the luncheon but would like to donate food items may contact Helen Hoefer, coordinator of Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Emergency Services program, at 598-3980 for information on where to drop off non-perishable food donations throughout Oswego County.

For more information or to make reservations, call 593-1900 no later than Nov. 17.

NRG Supports Catholic Charities

OSWEGO, NY – The Emergency Services Program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County recently received some much needed support from NRG Energy.

Representatives from NRG Energy’s Charitable Giving Committee present Catholic Charities of Oswego County with a check and a food donation in support of the agency’s holiday food basket program as well as gifts for the agency’s Let’s Give For A Kid Program. From left are Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow; Director of Emergency Services for Catholic Charities, Helen Hoefer; and Donna Moonan and Rick Best of NRG Energy.

Representatives from NRG Energy’s Charitable Giving Committee present Catholic Charities of Oswego County with a check and a food donation in support of the agency’s holiday food basket program as well as gifts for the agency’s Let’s Give For A Kid Program. From left are Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow; Director of Emergency Services for Catholic Charities, Helen Hoefer; and Donna Moonan and Rick Best of NRG Energy.

Representatives of NRG’s Charitable Giving Committee presented the agency with a food donation and a check in support of the agency’s annual holiday food basket distribution as well as an assortment of gifts for Catholic Charities’ Let’s Give For A Kid program.  Each year, thanks in part to generous donations from caring and concerned businesses, organizations and individuals, the Emergency Services Program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County distributes hundreds of Christmas food baskets and gifts to families in need.

NRG Plant Manager, Bob Marko, was happy to be able to support such a worthwhile program.  “We’re pleased to help those in need locally through the work of Catholic Charities of Oswego County. The safety net it provides helps strengthen families and bring hope for a brighter future,” he said.

“We truly appreciate the generosity of NRG and their employees,” said Helen Hoefer, Director of the Emergency Services Program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County.  “We received requests from more families than ever this year.  The thoughtfulness of businesses such as NRG is greatly appreciated as it allows us to continue our mission of helping families in need.”

For more information on Catholic Charities’ Emergency Services programs you may contact Helen Hoefer at 598-3980.  Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County 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.

Talented OMS Students Visit St. Luke’s

Talented OMS Students Visit St. Luke’s

OSWEGO, NY – During the holiday season Oswego Middle School Select Singers and orchestra members visited St. Luke’s during the annual holiday party.

Students sang numerous Christmas pieces and several strings players serenaded the residents with more seasonal tunes.

Among the students performing were: Benjamin Chatterton, Danielle Benigno, Emily Hurlbutt, Nick Lewis and director Deb Mazurek.

Directors Paul Brewster and Mazurek arranged for the visit.

Helping Those In Need

Helping Those In Need

FULTON, NY – Stephanie Langdon (left) and Cindy Post of Oswego County Opportunities prepare to pack up the many gifts that community members, area businesses, and the employees of OCO donated to the agency’s ‘Giving Tree.’

The gifts will bring smiles to many faces this holiday season, as they will be distributed to families in need.

Oswego School Superintendent Offers Holiday Greetings

Dear Parents,

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

On behalf of the Board of Education, I wish to extend to you the very best for the New Year and a Happy Holiday season.

Thank you for allowing us the privilege to work with your child in a school district and community that brings great pride to me as your superintendent.

The important work that we perform daily is not taken lightly as this work results in the success of our children’s future.

I encourage our staff to communicate and interact with our families and our students.

Please know that you are welcome to contact schools and teachers with questions or concerns.

We value the responsibility with which we are delegated.

We must work together to ensure that we all have success in our entrusted mission.

Enjoy your Holidays!

Sincerely,

William W. Crist

Give For A Kid Program Making Spirits Bright

FULTON, NY – Volunteers and staff of Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Emergency Services Program have been busy sorting and distributing a wide variety of children’s gifts as the agency’s ‘Let’s Give For A Kid’ program strives to make dreams come true for families less fortunate in our community.

Executive director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow (left) and Nancy Henderson sort through some of the many toys that the agency will distribute to families in need through its ‘Let’s Give For A Kid’ program.

Executive director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow (left) and Nancy Henderson sort through some of the many toys that the agency will distribute to families in need through its ‘Let’s Give For A Kid’ program.

Catholic Charities’ Let’s Give For A Kid program provides families in desperate need with two to three toys per child.

Clothing, hats and mittens are also available for gifts.

With the increased demand that the agency has been receiving this holiday season, there was concern that they would not be able to help as many families as they would like.

“We have had a tremendous amount of requests,” said director of emergency services Helen Hoefer. “However, thanks to the many donations we have received from concerned individuals, businesses, and organizations, including Toys For Tots, we will be able to provide gifts to many families. Those who have donated to our ‘Let’s Give For A Kid’ program truly understand the impact this program has on families and find that supporting it is a very rewarding experience. It is a wonderful program that puts a smile on a child’s face and a tear of appreciation in a parent’s eye.”

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