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Final ‘Early Bird’ Drawing Aug. 8 For ‘Lions Loot Sweepstakes’

There’s still time to be entered in the final Aug. 8 Early Bird drawing for The Fulton Lions Club’s 11th annual “Lions Loot” sweepstakes, it was announced by club President Don LaBarge. Any ticket purchased up to Aug. 7 will be entered in the Early Bird where five $100 winners will be drawn. The event drawings are scheduled for 1 p.m., Sun. Oct. 20, 2013 at the Fulton Polish Home. First prize is $10,000 and total prizes are $30,000.

There’s still time to be entered in the final Aug. 8 Early Bird drawing for The Fulton Lions Club’s 11th annual “Lions Loot” sweepstakes, it was announced by club President Don LaBarge. Any ticket purchased up to Aug. 7 will be entered in the Early Bird where five $100 winners will be drawn. The event drawings are scheduled for 1 p.m., Sun. Oct. 20, 2013 at the Fulton Polish Home. First prize is $10,000 and total prizes are $30,000. Above are Kevin Michaels, Lions Loot chair, and Diane Sokolowski, Lions Loot committee. Ticket applications are available at Struppler’s Shur Fine Market, Chirello Advertising, PathFinder Bank-Fulton, Lakeview Lanes, Mimi’s Drive-in, both Fulton and Phoenix Medicine Place pharmacies, Family Chiropractic, or any Fulton Lions member. For more information, Michaels can be contacted at (315) 729-3485.

There’s still time to be entered in the final Aug. 8 Early Bird drawing for The Fulton Lions Club’s 11th annual “Lions Loot” sweepstakes, it was announced by club President Don LaBarge. Any ticket purchased up to Aug. 7 will be entered in the Early Bird where five $100 winners will be drawn. The event drawings are scheduled for 1 p.m., Sun. Oct. 20, 2013 at the Fulton Polish Home. First prize is $10,000 and total prizes are $30,000. Above are Kevin Michaels, Lions Loot chair, and Diane Sokolowski, Lions Loot committee. Ticket applications are available at Struppler’s Shur Fine Market, Chirello Advertising, PathFinder Bank-Fulton, Lakeview Lanes, Mimi’s Drive-in, both Fulton and Phoenix Medicine Place pharmacies, Family Chiropractic, or any Fulton Lions member. For more information, Michaels can be contacted at (315) 729-3485.

“Our goal is to sell all 1,000 tickets by October,” LaBarge said. “We’re hoping folks will grab this opportunity to purchase the remaining tickets for this event which helps us help many Fulton area residents with eye examinations, eye glasses and hearing aids. Donations for each ticket are still $50 for adults aged 18 or older. This year alone, our club as provided more than $5,000 to help the hearing and vision impaired.

“We also wanted to remind participants that more than one name may be on a ticket. In addition, requests for a special number will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, and that you need not be present to win.

“Every ticket sold will be in the drum for every drawing and you can win more than once, said Kevin Michaels, event chairman. “Taxes are the responsibility of the winner.

“Each ticket purchased allows two adults to attend the drawing and enjoy food, drink, and entertainment the day of the drawing.  To give yourself the best chance of reserving your lucky numbers and winning an Early Bird drawing, we urge you to return your applications as soon as possible.”

Ticket applications are available at Struppler’s Shur Fine Market, Chirello Advertising, Devine Designs, PathFinder Bank-Fulton, Lakeview Lanes, Mimi’s Drive-in, both Fulton and Phoenix Medicine Place pharmacies, Family Chiropractic, Fulton office  of the Greater Oswego/Fulton Chamber of Commerce, or any Fulton Lions member.

            For more information, Michaels can be contacted at (315) 729-3485 or at Fulton Lions Club Lions Loot, 212 S. 5th St., Fulton, NY  13069. For more information on the Fulton Lions Club, visit http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php.

OCO Registering Teams for Bowl-A-Fun Event

Ready to Roll! Members of Oswego County Opportunities’ Bowl-A-Fun Committee gathered at Lakeview Lanes recently to make final plans for the 10th anniversary event, set for Saturday, April 2, at the bowling alley on Route 3 in Fulton. Lakeview Lanes owner Mike Tryniski (3rd from right) joined committee members shown pictured from left to right: Lynne Boyce, Dan Sanders, Sandy Wells, Denise Russell and Toni Ross. Now’s the time to register teams for Bowl-A-Fun; call 598-4717 or visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org. Deadline is March 25. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit OCO programs and services.

Oswego, NY – Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. (OCO) is preparing for its 10th Annual Bowl-A-Fun on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton, according to Diane Cooper-Currier, Executive Director at OCO.

OCO is accepting registrations through March 25 for five-person teams. There is a choice of two flights: 1-3:15 pm or 3:30-5:45 pm; first come, first served so register early. Registration forms are available on OCO’s website, www.oco.org. If you need help with registration, please contact OCO at 598-4717. Cost is just $15 per bowler, or $75 per team. However, individual bowlers and teams are encouraged to raise additional money through pledges; there is a pledge form on the website. Prizes will be awarded for the two bowlers who bring in the most pledge money.

“Bowl-A-Fun is OCO’s major fundraiser, and all proceeds benefit OCO programs and services,” Cooper-Currier stated. “But even more than that, it’s our annual opportunity to increase awareness about our mission and the positive impacts on the people and the communities we serve. There will be displays and information on hand from our many programs and services, as well as staff-created video clips about making a difference.”

The 10th Anniversary Bowl-A-Fun event features a variety of exciting free activities, including a 45th Anniversary Birthday Bash for OCO.  The Golden Opportunities Raffle Drawing winners also will be announced at the event.

“We encourage the community to consider registering a bowling team for the April event,” said Cooper-Currier. “We still have some openings and it’s going to be a wonderful birthday celebration for OCO, a great fundraiser, and just lots of fun for everyone.”

According to Cooper-Currier, the community is invited even if they’re not bowling, and she encourages families and friends to stop in anytime between 1 and 6 pm and enjoy the following:

¨     Cheer for your favorite bowlers

¨     Live music

¨     Check out the activities for kids

¨     Enter to win the 50/50 raffle and gift basket auctions

¨     Have some cake and punch to celebrate OCO’s 45th anniversary

¨     Take an OCO bus tour around the community to see some of the agency’s many program locations

¨     Be there when the Golden Opportunities raffle winners are announced at 5:30 pm

The event committee will present some fun trophies for the highest scoring teams in each flight, as well as the high individual scores for women and men on each flight. New this year will be a “Team Spirit” award for the best theme at each flight.

Businesses that would like to sponsor the Bowl-A-Fun by sending a team, making a monetary donation, or donating a door prize or gift basket may contact Denise Russell in Human Resources, 598-4717 ext. 1045.

Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. (OCO) is a private, nonprofit human service agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.  Over a year’s time, OCO touches the lives of nearly 28,000 people in Oswego County. Their ongoing efforts provide educational services to the young, support for our youth, assistance for the homeless, meals for the elderly, health care for the whole family, guidance for those diagnosed with a mental illness, housing for the disabled, safety for the abused, as well as transportation.

For additional information on Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. please visit www.oco.org or call (315) 598-4717.

OCO Bowl-A-Fun A Success

FULTON, NY – More than 200 community members and OCO employees came together for an afternoon of fun and bowling during OCO’s ninth annual Bowl-A-Fun.

Held April 10 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton, the event served as a fundraiser to help support the many human services programs that Oswego County Opportunities provides for the residents of Oswego County.

Oswego County Opportunities’ annual Bowl-A-Fun raised close to $17,000 to help support the agency’s many human services programs. Grand prize winner David Finch of Fulton (center) is pictured with John Babcock, president of OCO’s board of directors and Christine Prevost, Bowl-A-Fun planning committee member.

Oswego County Opportunities’ annual Bowl-A-Fun raised close to $17,000 to help support the agency’s many human services programs. Grand prize winner David Finch of Fulton (center) is pictured with John Babcock, president of OCO’s board of directors and Christine Prevost, Bowl-A-Fun planning committee member.

This year’s event was hosted by radio personality Rich Lauber of B104.7.

Tim Frawley and Angela Renna, of AXA Advisors were the honorary co-chairs for the event.

“The Bowl-A-Fun was truly a fun-filled afternoon,” said Renna. “We are so grateful for the tremendous support we’re seeing from the event sponsors, B104.7 and the students of SUNY Oswego, the lane sponsors and donors, and all of the members of the community who participated this year.”

The event culminated with the drawing of the agency’s Golden Opportunities raffle.

Prizes ranged from $153 – $3,070 and were awarded to Linda Stevens, Carol Messore, Peg Scheffler, Marjorie Vautrin, Carol Dodge, Craig Lockwood, and grand prize winner David Finch.

“Funds from this year’s Bowl-A-Fun will help boost the agency’s general fund, which provides financial support as needed to the many programs that OCO offers,” explained planning committee member Christine Prevost.

Proceeds from the Golden Opportunities raffle will be invested in an endowment for the agency.

OCO provided crisis intervention, food, clothing, emergency shelter, housing, health care, job training, education, transportation and family support services to more than 24,000 people within Oswego County.

Funds raised through the Bowl-A-Fun will help:

  • Feed a homebound senior who might not otherwise eat.
  • Provide emergency shelter and protection from violence for a mother and her children.
  • Provide a cancer screening for a person who can’t afford routine exams.
  • House a homeless family or young person.
  • Provide diapers, formula and healthy food to a mom and her baby.

OCO is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966 and touches the lives of more than 20,000 people annually.

It is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member agency and offers a variety of services, including – Senior Services, Transportation, Mental Hygiene, Health, Youth, Services to Aid Families, and Children’s.

For more information, www.oco.org

Bowl For Fun – And A Good Cause

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego County Opportunities hosts its ninth annual Bowl-A-Fun on Saturday, April 10, at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.

This popular fundraiser generates $15,000 – $20,000 each year to help support OCO’s more than 50 programs and services.

This money has a direct, positive impact on the more than 24,000 people who receive services from OCO each year.

Did you know that 94 cents of every dollar that comes into OCO, goes directly to help consumers of our programs?

You can rest assured that your donations are making a difference. Your support helps provide:

  • Meals for senior citizens
  • Transportation to work, school and appointments
  • Independent living for disabled adults
  • Two 24-hour crisis hotlines
  • A place to stay for homeless 16- to 21-year-olds
  • Health insurance enrollment for the uninsured and under-insured
  • Cancer screenings for those who can’t afford them
  • Job readiness preparation
  • Assistance to complete high school/GED
  • Mentoring for elementary school students
  • Head Start preschool classes
  • Funds for healthy foods through WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

There are many more programs than I’m able to list here.

As Oswego County’s Community Action Agency, we’re involved in all ages and stages of life, lifting people out of poverty and helping them prepare for fulfilling and productive futures.

We are extremely grateful for the tremendous community support.

Your donations mean a great deal to many residents of Oswego County, where 17,000 residents live at or below the federal poverty line.

Please help us continue our mission: “helping people, supporting communities, changing lives.”

For more information about our Bowl-A- Fun, please call the main office at 598-4717.

Get a team together, gather some pledges, or make a donation and come cheer for the bowlers on April 10!

Sincerely,
Diane Cooper-Currier
Executive Director – OCO, Inc.

OCO Bowl-A-Fun Set April 10

FULTON, NY – On April 10, Oswego County Opportunities will host its ninth annual Bowl-A-Fun at Lakeview Lanes.

Honorary chairs for this event, and long-time donors to OCO, are Angela Renna and Tim Frawley of AXA Advisors, LLC.

Angela Renna of AXA Advisors (left) joins Diane Cooper-Currier, executive director of OCO, in planning the annual Bowl-A-Fun.

Angela Renna of AXA Advisors (left) joins Diane Cooper-Currier, executive director of OCO, in planning the annual Bowl-A-Fun.

“This exciting event offers an afternoon of bowling and fun for the whole family, while raising funds to help support the efforts of Oswego County Opportunities,” explained Renna.

Funds from this year’s event will help boost the agency’s general fund, which provides financial support as needed to the many programs that OCO offers.

In 2009, OCO provided crisis intervention, food, clothing, emergency shelter, housing, health care, job training, education, transportation and family support services to more than 24,000 people within Oswego County.

Funds raised through OCO’s Bowl-A-Fun will help:

Provide health care to 14 uninsured individuals who otherwise could not afford to go to a doctor, Provide positive recreational activities to 100 at-risk youth in Youth Drop-In Centers, Purchase furniture for developmentally disabled adults, Provide field trips for 50 day care and school age children, Provide door to door transportation services for the elderly to attend personal appointments and shopping, Provide 280 free, nutritious meals to 20 individuals in need.

“Joining OCO for an afternoon of bowling and fun is a wonderful way for our community members to express their concern for our neighbors and lend support to those who need it the most in our community,” said Renna. “Whether you’re a gutter duster or a real pro, come out and join in the fun and help OCO continue its mission of building partnerships that improve the quality of life and create successful communities.”

The OCO Bowl-A-Fun will consist of two flights of bowling: noon – 2:30 p.m. and 3 – 5:30 p.m. and will feature a full afternoon of food, fun, door prizes and raffles.

For more information, call Christine Prevost at 598-4705.

For more information, visit www.oco.org

Levea Survived Murder Charge Once Before After A Deadly Fight

A montage of headlines from the 1968 murder trial, found on FultonHistory.com, along with a picture of Levea and the orange car he's accused of having used to ram other drivers.

A montage of headlines from the 1968 murder trial, found on FultonHistory.com, along with a picture of Levea and the orange car he's accused of having used to ram other drivers.

This isn’t the first time that William Levea has been charged with murder.

The 79 year old Fulton man fought a murder charge more than 40 years ago and was found not guilty.

Levea is accused of murder and is sitting in jail in Cayuga County without bail for allegedly ramming his car into the vehicle of a man he did not know. The man’s truck eventually went out of control along Route 370 near Cato and slammed into another car. The crash killed the truck’s driver, Christopher Spack. Police think Levea may have rammed another vehicle not long before that.

On December 23, 1966, police say he and James Egan got into a fight at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton. Police allege Levea hit Egan with a bardstool or chair and then kicked him in the neck or head. Egan died.

A year and a half later, Levea’s trial began in Oswego County Court in Pulaski before Judge Don H. Stacy. It took two pools of 50 jurors each to seat a jury. District Attorney John Murray was opposed by two top lawyers — Eugene F. Sullivan, Jr., member of a prominent local family, and Paul Shanahan. Shanahan would gain notoriety years later for defending accused killer Cynthia Pugh in Onondaga County.

The jury ultimately found Levea not guilty of murder but guilty of felony assault. He was sentenced to probation. The judge apparently rejected the DA’s argument that Levea was a second offender, deserving of a harsh sentence. Levea had been sentenced to Attica State Prison after a conviction on three counts in February, 1964. A newspaper account of the time does not mention what the three offenses were.

After the murder trial ended, Egan’s widow immediately sued the bowling alley on behalf of the couple’s five eleven children, according to newspaper clippings archived at FultonHistory.com.

(See correction on the number of children in the comments, below.  We are happy to correct the record.  News accounts of the lawsuit listed only five children as plaintiffs, along with their mother.)

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