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IBEW Members Walk Picket Line At Nine Mile

SCRIBA, NY – Striking members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 97 have set up a picket line on County Route 1 at the intersection of Lakeview Road.

At 12:01 a.m. today (July 9), the workers from Nine Mile Point Unit I and Unit II went on strike. Their jobs are now being done by Constellation Energy Nuclear Group managers.

Ted Skerpon, Local 97 president and business manager, third from left, talks with union members on the picket line on Saturday.

Ted Skerpon, Local 97 president and business manager, third from left, talks with union members on the picket line on Saturday.

According to a press statement from Constellation, they have a contingency plan in place and have trained managers to step in; and “are prepared to safely run the facility.”

However, Ted Skerpon, Local 97 president and business manager, told Oswego County Today this morning that “They (management) doesn’t have the hands-on experience the union members have.” They began job-shadowing the IBEW members just a couple weeks ago, he added.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has sent three extra inspectors to monitor the two nuclear plants’ operations.

This is the first time a strike has hit the two nuclear power plants.

“IBEW 97 exercised its right to withhold workers at 12:01 a.m. on July 9, 2011.  They have approximately 590 members,  however the security force is precluded by contract from striking even if the Collective Bargaining Agreement has expired,” said Jill Lyon,  Constellation spokesperson.

Both units are operating safely at 100% power, she added.

“Constellation Energy Nuclear Group’s contingency plans have been developed over the course of a year and have been reviewed by key stakeholders including the NRC,” according to Lyon. “These plans have been developed as part of the standard preparation for  negotiations so we are prepared to safely run the facility and to preserve the long-term viability of the station.”

The union represents 590 of the approximately 1,000 workers at the plants.

About 460 of them are on strike. Just after midnight, nearly 300 union members, armed with signs, began manning the picket line just down the road from the plants’ entrance.

Mike Bradshaw, a member of Local 97’s negotiating team, said members are taking four-hour shifts on the picket line. The numbers earlier today fluctuated from around 30 to close to 60 at times.

“Morale has been good,” he said. “We have to keep our chin up, gotta stay together.”

He said he hasn’t heard from the company regarding any possible new date to continue negotiations.

“We hope to hear soon. But if we have to stay, we have to stay,” he said. “We have to hold our ground.”

“There was a large crowd (just after midnight). It was great to see so many members coming out and supporting the union; backing up their vote,” Skerpon said. “We expect (we’ll be here for the long haul), and we’re here for it.”

The rank and file voted 425-49 on Thursday to reject what the company called its “last and best offer.”

“A strike is not what I wanted, obviously,” Skerpon said. “However, we need to do what we have to do in order to try and wake the company up. Just bargain in good faith, give us a contract that is fair and equitable. What we have on the table is very fair.”

Some other media coverage has mentioned “general wage increases and all that. That’s not even what we’re talking about,” he added. “We understand what we make. We’re looking at pensions. What we gave in concessions outweighs what they are willing to give back. That’s the issue.”

No meetings or discussions are scheduled at this time, according to Lyon.

Local 97’s contract with Entergy, owner of the neighboring James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plant, reportedly expires in September.

Oswego County Opportunities Seeks New Board Members

FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities seeks forward-looking community members who are interested in applying for seats on the agency’s board of directors.

Each year, OCO’s Governance Committee recruits candidates from a cross-section of the county’s population for open seats on the 21-member board.

One of Oswego County’s top 10 largest private employers, OCO, Inc., is a non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966 and touches the lives of more than 20,000 people annually.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO’s programs provide:

Community support services for children, youth and families, as well as education and outreach and transportation services, and help for persons in crisis;
Health and nutrition services for all ages, including primary care, family planning, cancer screenings, senior nutrition, WIC, and migrant services;
Residential services for adults with developmental disabilities, persons with psychiatric diagnoses, the homeless and those recovering from addiction.

The 21-seat board of directors for OCO is made up of a combination of representative of the communities that the agency serves, appointed and/or elected officials from throughout Oswego County and members who receive services from OCO.

OCO’s Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier explained that the board’s composition assures that the agency’s efforts are as effective as possible.

“The governing structure assures that the people served by OCO have a voice in shaping the agency’s future,” she said. “The consumer population brings insight and experiences that are unique to the people we serve. They know first-hand how services are provided and their input is invaluable in making improvements, adding programs, and so forth. The elected officials help OCO connect with all levels of government, build productive partnerships, and accurately assess community needs. Finally, our community representatives complete the picture by bringing talents from their professions, sharing experiences with other agencies and service organizations, and helping OCO establish relationships in schools and in neighborhoods.”

Those interested in being considered for service on OCO’s board are urged to submit their applications no later than Feb. 28.

Once the applications have been accepted, the Governance Committee will begin the review process and some candidates may be invited for interviews.

The committee will then present a slate of candidates to OCO’s full board, who will elect the new board members at the agency’s annual meeting to be held April 27.

“I encourage community members who would like to have a voice in shaping the future of human services in Oswego County to consider becoming a member of our board of directors. It is a unique opportunity to make a positive impact right where you live. You will be helping OCO continue its efforts to eliminate poverty in Oswego County and equip people to thrive in our communities,” added Cooper-Currier.

Applications are available OCO’s the main office, 239 Oneida St., Fulton; its Oswego office in the Midtown Plaza, East Bridge Street; the Fulton Health Center, 522 S. Fourth St.; the Oswego Health Center, 10 George St. in Oswego; Head Start sites, Discovery Day Care in Phoenix and Dining and Activity Center meal sites.

Applications are also available at www.oco.org

More information is available by calling Cooper-Currier at 598-4717.

Port City Toastmasters Welcome New Members

OSWEGO, NY – Two new members joined Port City Toastmasters.

Abby Stemm and Mark Distry joined recently joined the group.

Toastmasters President Carol Reed, center, greets Abby Stemm and Mark Distry.

Toastmasters President Carol Reed, center, greets Abby Stemm and Mark Distry.

Toastmasters is an organization devoted to self improvement.

It is an educational organization that teaches public speaking.

Everyone needs to speak effectively.

Giving a speech remains one of the greatest fears faced by most people.

We all talk each day, but facing and audience is a challenge to the bravest man or woman.

We all need to communicate well in our daily life.

The tools of leadership taught by Toastmasters can help when interviewing for a job, making a presentation before a civic group and even running for public office.

Port City Toastmasters meets on the first and third Tuesday each month at the Newman Center on New Street.

For information, call George Reed at 216-4266.

Oswego Salvation Army Support Reaches Out To Younger Members Of Community

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OSWEGO, NY – Each day, the Oswego Salvation Army opens the doors of its soup kitchen to offer daily meals at breakfast and lunchtime.

Recently, officers at the Army reported that the number of young people using that service has increased dramatically.

The Oswego Salvation Army as seen a significant increase in the numbers of young adults who come in for daily meals at breakfast and lunchtime. With the local Salvation Army home scheduled to move to West Second Street in the near future, new space will be available to accommodate the increasing numbers of those in need of services.

The Oswego Salvation Army as seen a significant increase in the numbers of young adults who come in for daily meals at breakfast and lunchtime. With the local Salvation Army home scheduled to move to West Second Street in the near future, new space will be available to accommodate the increasing numbers of those in need of services.

Captain Kenneth Hayes said he has seen a significant increase in the numbers of young adults who come in for the 11 a.m. lunch hour.

With the local Salvation Army home scheduled to move to West Second Street in the near future, new space will be available to accommodate the increasing numbers of those in need of services.

“Over the past year or more, there has been a big increase in people in their early to mid-20s coming in to have lunch,” Captain Hayes said. “Actually, it has been very noticeable.”

Hayes said he doesn’t know the reasons why he is seeing the shift in that age group.

The Salvation Army does not ask the reasons why, he said.

Rather, it serves lunch with a smile to anyone who asks for it.

“There are probably a few people receiving some help at our food pantry once in a while, as well,” Hayes said. “But the most dramatic change has been in the soup kitchen.”

The soup kitchen is open Monday through Saturday from 8-9 a.m. for breakfast and from 11 a.m.- noon for lunch.

On Sundays, lunch and a devotional are held at 12:30 p.m. following the Salvation Army’s regular church service.

Hayes said while there hasn’t been a noticeable difference in the age demographics of people attending church services at the Salvation Army, several people tell him that they regard the Sunday devotional that is intertwined with the lunch meal as “their church.”

“I guess you could say that means we have more people attending church, as well,” he said.

To those who have come to rely on the soup kitchen, the service is invaluable.

Will (who asked that his last name not be used), 26, of Oswego said he has been coming to the Salvation Army for about five or six years.

He said he relies on the soup kitchen as part of his daily routine.

“I think this program is great for people who need help when they are on a low budget,” Will said.

The food and fellowship he has with others who use the soup kitchen have become an important part of his day, he said.

Will noted, too, that he attends church services at the Salvation Army and tries to help out when he is needed.

“I help them take things over to the new building or help set up tables,” he said. “I do whatever they need me to do.”

With more people coming to the Army for services, space is becoming an issue that is being addressed.

The Army’s ‘I Believe’ Capital Campaign is under way to help fund its new facility that will allow it to provide service to more people.

“Programs geared toward younger people are in great need,” said Jeff Wallace, a consultant representing Step One Strategic Giving, a division of Step One Communications. “The main reason why Oswego’s Salvation Army is moving into a larger building is because it will give them the room they need to add programs. The Soup Kitchen and dining area are good examples of the growing needs.”

Step One Strategic Giving is managing the Salvation Army’s $1.5 million Capital Campaign.

“This community understands that the Salvation Army meets a very important need in our community,” he said. “The Army takes care of issues that no one else will or wants to tackle.”

While many young adults are coming to the Salvation Army for meals, others are also donating their time as volunteers.

Jill Masuicca, 27, of Oswego said she has been volunteering for the soup kitchen since March.

“It is a really good program,” Masuicca said. “I come in almost every day to help out. I would definitely recommend it to people.”

Masuicca noted that she gets a good feeling from helping at the Salvation Army.

“It is good to lend an extra hand and try to brighten someone’s day,” she said.

Carol Hayes, 28, daughter of Captain Ken and Corrine Hayes, grew up in the Salvation Army.

Since she moved back home in June, she works part-time at a local daycare and part-time helping out in the soup kitchen.

When her family first came to the Salvation Army in Oswego, Carol said that very few young people came to the soup kitchen.

“Since I’ve come back, I have seen a major increase in the people in their 20s and even younger coming in,” she said. “Many of those young adults are also parents. They usually bring their children in, too. I’m seeing a lot of babies.”

Carol noted that the Salvation Army’s youth programming has also seen a modest increase in participation recently.

The programs are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m., at the Salvation Army’s new building on West Second Street.

The program is designed for children from fifth grade and up.

“We have had a few more children coming to that who have been attending the church,” she said. “Some kids bring in their homework for help, but most of them are there for recreation.”

The children taking part in the program do craft activities, board games and other activities, she said.

There is a computer available with programs like an encyclopedia to help with homework if needed.

“It is really a safe haven for the kids,” Carol said. “They are having a good time while they are away from home and they are not out on the street.”

Anyone interested in information about programs or serving as a volunteer at the Oswego Salvation Army can call (315) 343-6491 or stop by the office at 85 W. Third St., Oswego.

The Army‘s “I Believe” campaign also continues to raise funds for renovations for the Army’s new facility.

Progress updates on that project are available at http://oswegosa.com

OCO Recognizes Exceptional Staff Members

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FULTON, NY – For more than 40 years, Oswego County Opportunities has been helping people, supporting communities, and changing lives.

At a special evening, held recently at the Oasis at Thunder Island, OCO recognized the efforts and accomplishments of its dedicated staff and honored their Outstanding Employee Award winners for their contributions to the agency.

The Outstanding Employee Award recipients were chosen by their peers.  From left are: Executive Director of OCO, Diane Cooper-Currier; Michelle Canfield (Developmentally Disabled Division); Denise Fidotta (Transitional Living); Judy Parker (Senior Services); Lynne Boyce (Transportation); Kathleen Knopp (Youth Services); Beth Thompson (Transitional Living); and Director of Operations, Sarah Irland.  Absent from the photo are recipients: Jennifer Delmar (Youth Services); Charlie Meeker (Administration); and Heather Pepper and Mary Stancampiano (Children's Services).

The Outstanding Employee Award recipients were chosen by their peers. From left are: Executive Director of OCO, Diane Cooper-Currier; Michelle Canfield (Developmentally Disabled Division); Denise Fidotta (Transitional Living); Judy Parker (Senior Services); Lynne Boyce (Transportation); Kathleen Knopp (Youth Services); Beth Thompson (Transitional Living); and Director of Operations, Sarah Irland. Absent from the photo are recipients: Jennifer Delmar (Youth Services); Charlie Meeker (Administration); and Heather Pepper and Mary Stancampiano (Children

Recipients of the agency’s prestigious Outstanding Employee Award are nominated by their peers and selected by a committee based on the following criteria / attributes: acts as a positive advocate for consumers; displays resourcefulness; respects boundaries; demonstrates empathy; meet’s customer’s needs; shows a commitment to those they serve; contributes to the empowerment of others.

In 2008, OCO honored 10 employees with the Outstanding Employee Award.

“I’m pleased that we were able to recognize our hard-working employees during this celebration in their honor. The recipients of our Outstanding Employee Awards are truly exceptional people and are an excellent example of the caring and dedicated employees that we are fortunate to have here at OCO, ” said Diane Cooper-Currier, executive director of OCO.

More than 300 employees and supporters attended the Italian Bistro style event.

In addition to the awards, attendees were treated to a very special performance, courtesy of AXA, OCO’s retirement plan provider, by regionally known comic, Nelson Addison.

Addison, who has cerebral palsy, offered an entertaining performance that showcased the softer side of persons with disabilities.

OCO Inc. is a not-for-profit Community Action Agency, supported by United Way, and includes seven service divisions – Senior Services, Transportation, Mental Hygiene, Health, Youth, Services to Aid Families, and Children’s.

For more information, visit www.oco.org

New Members Welcomed Into Oswego Sunrise Rotary

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OSWEGO, NY – On Thursday, Sept. 25, Jim Russell, and Michelle McGrath were inducted into the Oswego Sunrise Rotary by Past President David Friedlander.

Jim Russell and Michelle McGrath are welcomed into the Oswego Sunrise Rotary Club by David Friedlander, right, and George Reed, second from right.

Jim Russell and Michelle McGrath are welcomed into the Oswego Sunrise Rotary Club by David Friedlander, right, and George Reed, second from right.

Russell’s classification is photography.

McGrath represents Higher Education.

Both expressed their desire to be active in the Rotary club’s service to the community.

The Oswego Sunrise Rotary meets each Thursday at 6:30 a.m. at the Oswego Tea Company.

For more information, contact George A. Reed at 216-4266.

Operation Oswego County Elects New Board Members

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OSWEGO, NY – At its recent 56th annual meeting, the Operation Oswego County (OOC) board of directors elected Ann Gilpin, president and CEO of Oswego Health, Daniel Murphy, senior economic developer with National Grid, Ken Sherman of Sherman Vincent Associates and Peter Cullinan, emergency planning manager for Entergy to the board.

The OOC board of directors also recognized out-going president George Joyce, president of Laser Transit, Ltd., for providing two terms of distinguished service and valuable assistance in furthering economic development, job growth, capital investment and business expansion in Oswego County.

The board re-elected board members Ronald Darrow, retired, Sherwin-Williams; William Galloway, owner, Century-21 Galloway Realty; Paul Kurtzman, executive director, Oswego Industries; Louis Pettinelli, retired, Oswego County BOCES; Bruce Phelps, owner, Fulton Tool Company; Lloyd (Buddy) Stemple, vice president and general manager, Novelis; and Steven Thomas, commercial real estate developer.

The new slate of officers elected to the board includes Nancy Bellow, director of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, as president; Steven Thomas as vice president; Michael Pollock, president of Fulton Savings Bank, as treasurer; and Alan Horna, general manager and CFO of Oswego Wire, Inc., as secretary.

For more information about economic development services in Oswego County, call OOC at 343-1545 or visit www.oswegocounty.org

Youth Court’s Newest Members Ready To Take The Bench

OSWEGO, NY – A baker’s dozen students from around the county are ready to take their place in Youth Court.

Training was conducted throughout last week in the Council Chambers of Oswego City Hall

Sue Coffey of the Oswego Police Department explains about the sections of law the Youth Court members will deal with.Guest speakers included County Legislator Paul Santore, of Oswego; Cindy Albro, of Farnham; Youth Officer Sue Coffey, of Oswego Police; and Oswego County Attorney Rich Mitchell.

After learning about Youth Court and its history, the students studied the various crimes, laws and punishments they will deal with.

They got to see the court in action as current members staged a mock trial on their behalf on Thursday.

On Friday, the youngsters took their bar exam.

Students in grades 9 – 12 are eligible to go through a training program.

“I think they did pretty well. We have a good bunch of kids here,” said Brian Chetney, a youth services specialist with the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, which oversees the program.

Youth Court is a recognized community diversion program aimed at keeping young offenders out of Family Court. The program is voluntary; the parent/youth cannot be forced to participate.

Oswego County Attorney Rich Mitchell talks about his job with members of Youth Court.It isn’t a fact-finding court; in order to participate in Youth Court the offender first needs to admit guilt. Their peers will decide the amount of guilt, Chetney noted.

Youth Court is a system, backed by police, where juvenile offenders who have committed a minor crime and have admitted their guilt are tried by their peers in a court of law, he explained.

“Anything greater than a misdemeanor cannot be given to us,” he added.

Youth Court can have a positive affect on everyone who takes part, some of the current candidates said.

Casey Fraser will be entering ninth grade at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton this fall.

He said he’s excited to get started with Youth Court, too.

A friend who is in Youth Court gave Fraser an application and suggested he apply, he explained.

“He said give it a try and so I am,” he said. “It’s a real worthwhile thing. We need to do something that stops kids from doing stuff wrong.”

His experience in Youth Court likely won’t lead to a career in law, however. Fraser said he hopes to pursue a career in architecture.

Ashley Welsch will be a senior this fall at Oswego High School.

She said she wishes she has joined Youth Court sooner.

“I wish I would have done this a few years ago,” she said. “I want to be an attorney and this is very good experience.”

The experience and helping fellow teens stay out of trouble is the best part of Youth Court, she noted.

“It’s a unique experience,” she said. “Youth Court is all over the state and country. It’s an honor to be a part of it.”

The goal of Youth Court is to prevent kids from continuing the behavior that got them in trouble in the first place, she pointed out.

Members are trained to become judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors and court clerks. Hearings are conducted and real punishments for offenders are handed out.

The advantages of Youth Court would be that defendants don’t have to pay lawyer fees, there is no record kept on file, and the most punishment they can have is several hours of community service and possibly reparation fees, Chetney said.

Sentences are based on attitude of the defendant, age, outside circumstances, punishment received at home, and what was done to make up for his/her actions.

When a defendant reaches the age of 16, the Youth Bureau shreds the court files and the person’s record is clean.

The most common sentences include community service, writing letters of apology and restitution.

The purpose of the sentence is to deter the defendants from committing further crimes.

Offenders can come from anywhere in Oswego County. Referrals come from the New York State Police, Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, City of Oswego Police Department, Oswego County Probation, Fulton City Police Department and schools.

If someone decides they don’t want to go through Youth Court, their case is kicked back to the arresting officer and then Family Court.

For more information on the program, call the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200 ext. 3451.

United Way Welcomes New Board Members

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FULTON, NY – President of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Oswego County, John Scardella, announced the agency recently welcomed four new community members to its board: Christy Huynh of SUNY Oswego; Queenie O’Neil-Sands, Gary Mashaw of Oswego County Opportunities; and Brian Finn of Entergy Nuclear Northeast.

Huynh, the assistant director of student advisement at SUNY Oswego, has worked on the SEFA / United Way Campaign at SUNY Oswego for the past four years.  She is well aware of the United Way’s mission and the impact that the agency has on quality of life in Oswego County.

President of the board of directors for the United Way of Greater Oswego County, John Scardella welcomes the newest members of the United Way’s Board of Directors. From left are Brian Finn of Entergy Nuclear; Scardella; Christy Huynh of SUNY Oswego; and Gary Mashaw of Oswego County Opportunities. Absent from the photo is Queenie O’Neil-Sands.“I believe in the mission of the United Way,” said Huynh. “I have seen first hand how important United Way funded organizations are to this community. These organizations transform lives and make a lasting impact.”

O’Neil-Sands spent her entire career in higher learning as an assistant in the president’s office at SUNY Oswego.

Upon retiring from SUNY she served as director of the United Way’s Success By 6 Program from June of ’07 to December ’08.

“I have been a supporter of the United Way all of my working years,” she said. “I had been assisted in my early years by one of the United Way’s member agencies and have been an advocate ever since.”

Mashaw, has been a member of OCO’s Transportation Division since 1979, serving as director since 2006.

He has been involved with the United Way for many years and has also had the opportunity to see firsthand the vital role that the United Way plays in Oswego County.

“I am well aware of the United Way’s support of various human service providers and the wonderful things that it has done to assist in meeting community needs. The United Way was very instrumental in the development of the Oswego County Transportation Coalition. Their efforts have helped the coalition identify existing transportation issues and has played an important role in the coalition’s efforts to improve public passenger transportation barriers,” said Mashaw.

Finn, director of nuclear safety assurance at Entergy Nuclear, recently moved to Oswego County from New Hampshire.

A long time supporter of the United Way, Finn is happy to have the opportunity to serve his community as a United Way board member.

“Serving on the United Way’s board of directors gives me the opportunity to get acquainted with the community. I was involved with the United Way for many years when I lived in New Hampshire.  Participating in the United Way’s allocations process is a rewarding experience, being a Board member is a personal growth experience,” said Finn.

“We are happy to welcome these talented individuals to our board of directors,” said Scardella. “They are passionate about the United Way’s mission of improving lives by empowering the community and are committed to helping the United Way achieve that mission.”

The United Way provides funding for more than 30 human services programs that administered through the United Way’s member agencies.

From children to seniors United Way funded programs serve thousands of families and individuals throughout Oswego County.

“I am excited to be part of such a wonderful organization,” said Huynh.  “I want to continue to heighten awareness about the needs in the community and how people can be part of the solution through advocacy, financial support and volunteering.  Our community, like all communities, is made vibrant when every member becomes actively engaged.  Supporting the United Way is one great way to become engaged in the community and make a difference in the lives of others.  I am proud to have the opportunity to serve on the United Way’s board of directors.”

Mashaw sees his role as a United Way board member as an important service to the community.

“The partnership and collaboration that the community receives from the United Way is vitally important to assist in making our communities stronger.  I feel my active role on the United Way Board of Directors is more than a critical role in seeing the organization excelling, it’s being in a collaborative partnership, advocating for those in need. I assure you that the United Way will continue to meet the demanding needs within our county through the support of our stronger resources,” he said.

For O’Neil-Sands the opportunity to serve as a United Way board member was something she couldn’t pass up.

“I was delighted to be asked to join the United Way board. We as responsible citizens are given the opportunity to assist those in need. Supporting the United Way allows us to make our hard-earned dollars count because it reaches those organizations that are in the most need. For me I was a natural segue to overseeing and maintaining a working relationship with Success By 6. My being on the board allows me to continue to give something back to my community and of course, Success By 6 is so near and dear to my heart, I’m having fun in the process,” she said.

“The efforts of the United Way are essential for Oswego County.  Through the good work of its member agencies, the United Way touches every aspect of our community and assist the citizens in so many ways,” added O’Neil-Sands.

Looking forward, Finn anticipates a growing need for the United Way’s services.

“The United Way provides services and resources that are vital to our community.  As the need for these services continues to grow we will have to increase our fund raising efforts and level of service to meet these challenging times,” said Finn.

In addition to their new roles as United Way board members Huynh, Mashaw and O’Neil-Sands are active community members with Huynh serving on the board of directors for the Hall Newman Center and as an advisor for the SUNY Oswego Habitat for Humanity Chapter.

She resides in New Haven with her husband, Michael, and their daughter, Thi.

Mashaw is a member of the New York Public Transit Association’s board of directors as well as the New York Rural Transportation Assistance Program Advisory Committee, the National Management Association, and the Oswego County Transportation Coalition.

A father of two and grandfather of four, he and his wife reside in Granby.

O’Neil-Sands serves as a board member for the Oswego Salvation Army and assists with projects for both the Oswego County Historical Society and the Oswego Heritage Foundation.

She resides in Mexico with her husband, Jim; the couple has one son, Ryan, and are proud grandparents of two.

Finn, who currently resides in New Hampshire, will be relocating to Oswego County this summer with his wife and their two children.

“Christy, Queenie, Gary and Brian will be excellent additions to our board,” added Scardella.  “Their concern for our community and enthusiasm about serving on the board and taking on new challenges will help keep our board energized and focused on achieving our goals and taking the United Way of Greater Oswego County to an even higher level of success in the future.”

For more information on the United Way of Greater Oswego County or its member agencies, call 598-1900.

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