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Recreational Kayak-Canoe Race Set In Minetto

MINETTO, NY – As part of the weekend long Magic In Minetto Family Festival, a recreational kayak/canoe race is being held on Aug. 8 at 12:30 p.m. on the Oswego River.

This is a fun 1.5-mile race with a special family adult/child category for the doubles.

Participants get set for last year's recreational kayak/canoe race in Minetto.

Participants get set for last year's recreational kayak/canoe race in Minetto.

The race starts at the Minetto Bridge and heads south to red buoy 120A, returning to the bridge.

Awards and prizes will be given out.

Come early and enjoy the rest of Magic In Minetto and relax after the race.

Registration forms, more information and a list of events for Magic In Minetto will be found at the Magic In Minetto web pages located at http://web.mac.com/oswegocountygreen  and http://www.townofminetto.net/

Registration forms can also be obtained at the Minetto Town Hall or contact Dick Drosse at 343-4565 or rdrosse@twcny.rr.com

Information about Magic in Minetto is also listed with the Canal Authority’s Canal Splash web page: http://www.canalsplash.com/index.php

Oswego Man Rescued From River

Staff Report

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Fire Department made a rescue in the Oswego River this afternoon (Aug. 18).

The call was received from the 911 Center at 4:38 p.m.

Firefighters from the west side fire station responded with the department’s 20-foot aluminum jet-drive boat to an area just north of the Bridge Street bridge where they found Dennis O’Leary, 47, of Oswego, clinging to a buoy.

He had been kayaking in the Oswego River when the craft tipped over spilling him into the water.

He was unable to re-enter the kayak and floated downriver with the current clinging to the boat.

A caller from the Pontiac Terrace apartments on West First Street saw him in distress in the water and called it in to 911.

Captain Mike Cutro said that O’Leary was not injured, but was unable to swim back to shore because of the strength of the current.

Firefighters had reached O’Leary by 4:45 p.m.

The rescue boat brought O’Leary to the city-owned dock behind Coleman’s Restaurant where he was examined by paramedics, but not transported to a hospital.

Also responding to the call were the Oswego Police Department and the US Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard crew retrieved O’Leary’s kayak further north in the river where it had been swept by the current.

Five OFD personnel responded to the incident.

All units were back in service by 4:55 p.m.

Magic Returns To Minetto

Submitted Article

MINETTO, NY – The ‘Magic’ returns to Minetto on Aug. 8 – 10 with fun for the entire family – music – entertainment and a recreational kayak/canoe race.

River View Park with the Veterans' Memorial in the foreground and the tug "Honey" in the background.

River View Park with the Veterans' Memorial in the foreground and the tug "Honey" in the background.

Magic In Minetto is a fun event for the whole family. Magic starts off Friday afternoon (Aug. 8) with a chicken barbecue from 3 to 6:30 p.m. adjacent to the River View Park.

A great concert is then scheduled for 7 p.m. in the park, by the “New Horizons Band,” a 35-piece band with Dave Goodness as director.

Saturday’s events start at 10 a.m.

Events include music, children’s face painting and historical society displays.

Among the events being planned are a special stamp cancellation (at Minetto Post Office) for the 60th anniversary of the Minetto Drive-In Theater, Tae Kwon Do demonstration, Grayhound Rescue Organization, free ice cream social for children, food and soft drinks.

A fun recreational canoe/kayak race is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

The race has a separate family adult/child entry category.

Visitors will be able to tour the 65′ Bio-diesel tug boat “Honey.”

The tug’s engine has been converted to burn cooking oil rather than use diesel fuel.

The Minetto Fire Department will have available the Oswego County Fire/Disaster Simulator for the public to enter.

The simulator can create the effect of a smoky fire, and various types of severe storms.

It is intended as a safety teaching aid for children, but adults also will enjoy and learn safety information.

The Country Cruisers will be present with its antique and classic cars for all to look at and reminisce.

Sunday is an open day where you can enjoy the park and its plantings and flowers, have a picnic or launch your canoe or kayak.

Travel the river south for two miles and view the wildlife, old locks and the historic Battle Island area.

For more information and updates check the Magic In Minetto web page at: http://web.mac.com/oswegocountygreen

Magic In Minetto information can also be found on the Canal Authority’s Canal Splash web page: http://www.canalsplash.com/index.php

Recreational Kayak, Canoe Race Set In Minetto

Submitted Article

MINETTO, NY – As part of the Aug. 8 weekend-long, Magic In Minetto Family Festival, a recreational kayak/canoe race is being held on Saturday the 9th at 12:30 p.m. on the Oswego River.

This is a fun 1.5-mile race with a special family adult/child category for the doubles.

Participants in last year\'s kayak/canoe raceThe race starts at the Minetto Bridge and heads south to red buoy 120A, returning to the bridge.

Awards and prizes will be given out.

Come early and enjoy the rest of Magic In Minetto and relax after the race.

Registration forms, more information and a list of events for Magic In Minetto can be found at the Magic In Minetto web page located at http://web.mac.com/oswegocountygreen

Registration forms can also be obtained at the Minetto Town Hall.

Or, contact Dick Drosse at 343-4565 or rdrosse@twcny.rr.com

Information about Magic in Minetto is also listed with the Canal Authority’s Canal Splash web page:

http://www.canalsplash.com/index.php

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