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Mercedes Niess Thanks Rotarians For Support

OSWEGO, NY – On Dec. 9, Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum, told the Oswego Sunrise Rotary about the new programs and exhibits at the museum.

Mercedes Niess, right, is greeted by Rotary President Carol Reed.

Mercedes Niess, right, is greeted by Rotary President Carol Reed.

The Derrick Boat has been restored with New York Canal paint colors.

The Eleanor D. restoration is in progress.

If you have not visited recently, come see the new exhibits including a model of the USS Kearsarge, built by Lyman T. Place, to honor his uncle, James H. Lee, a Medal of Honor winner.

Lee served in the  US Navy on the Kearsarge during the battle with the CSS Alabama.

Lee is buried in Rural Cemetery in the Town of Oswego.

Director Niess reminded everyone to visit the museum Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m., for its Christmas At Sea open house.

Pathfinder Bank Partners with Oswego Festival of Sail Event

OSWEGO, New York – The Oswego Festival of Sail has partnered with Pathfinder Bank for the upcoming tall ship event set for June 25, 26 & 27 in the Oswego Harbor, according to Festival of Sail Committee Member and H. Lee White Marine Museum Executive Director Mercedes Niess.

Pathfinder Bank will be Chief Petty Officer Sponsor after recently donating $1,000 to the upcoming festival.

Pathfinder Bank was recently named a Chief Petty Officer Sponsor for the upcoming Oswego Festival of Sail event set for June 25, 26 & 27th. Shown pictured at a recent presentation are from left to right: Mercedes Niess, Festival of Sail Committee Member and Executive Director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum; Jim Dowd, Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer at Pathfinder Bank; Shane Broadwell, Festival of Sail Committee Member and owner of Broadwell Properties; Linda Goodness, Festival of Sail Committee Member and Assistant Director of Community Development, City of Oswego; and Allen Bjorkman, Festival of Sail Committee Member and H. Lee White Marine Museum Trustee.

“Pathfinder Bank has been a community advocate for over 150 years,” said Niess. “And, their continued support of events like the Oswego Festival of Sail has helped define their longstanding leadership role within this region.”

“We can’t thank them enough for their support of the Festival of Sail,” she added.

The three-day festival will include deck tours of the tall ships Pride of Baltimore II, Lynx, and Unicorn, as well as maritime discussions, a family treasure hunt, children’s activities, music, and sail aways on the Lynx.

The event is also being sponsored by North Shore Oil Company, Dunkin Donuts, Best Western Captain’s Quarters, Step One Creative, Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism, City of Oswego, The Palladium Times, NRG, H. Lee White Marine Museum, Port of Oswego Authority, and Greater Oswego/Fulton Chamber of Commerce and National Grid.

“We’re very pleased to be a part of this exciting event,” said Jim Dowd, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Pathfinder Bank. “We can draw many parallels from our bank’s 150-year history and that of the rich maritime heritage this community is so proud of.”

“We’re grateful for our role as a community bank and are very excited to be able to contribute to the success of this event,” he added.

The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at the Oswego West Pier and H. Lee White Marine Museum in Oswego, will cost $10 per single adult, $8 for senior citizens, $5 for youth ages 5 to 16, free for children under 5, and/or a flat fee of $25 for families up to six persons. If you wish to participate on a sail away there will be a separate fee.

The weekend schedule will be as follows:
Friday, June 25 – Community welcome.  Dedicated to families and our Active Duty, Reserve and Retired Military men and women. All military will be offered a 50% discount on their admission on Friday by showing their military ID. Water related youth activities will highlight the day. Along with tall ship tours, sail aways on the Lynx, tours of H. Lee White Marine Museum, and historical presentations will take place throughout the day.

Saturday, June 26th – “Dunkin’ Donuts Day” at the Oswego Festival of Sail. Tall ship and museum tours, sail aways on the Lynx and youth activities.  The Oswego Festival of Sail Stage will also feature historical presentations and local musicians playing at various times during the festival.

Sunday, June 27th – Tall ship and museum tours, sail aways on the Lynx and youth activities.  The Oswego Festival of Sail Stage will feature historical presentations and local musicians playing throughout the day.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the H. Lee White Marine Museum.

To book a ride/seat for a sail away on the Lynx please call 1-(866) 446-5969 or go to www.privateerlynx.org.

For more information on the Oswego Festival of Sail event or for sponsorship opportunities please call (315) 402-8802 or visit www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com or search Oswego Festival of Sail 2010 on Facebook.

Writer supports Mercedes Niess For County Legislature

Dear Editor

There is no doubt that this has certainly been a disappointing year politically.

The in-fighting in Albany was at an extreme. Our representatives both Democrats and Republicans on the state and national levels have been more focused on partisan politics than on the business of the people.

The time has come to take the politics out of government. We don’t have time to waste, so let’s choose candidates who will work toward a solid future not just party politics as usual.

We need strong leadership and vision to guide us and make decisions that will ensure a sound future.

As a resident of the Oswego County 15th District, I will cast my vote for Mercedes Niess, Independent candidate on the “Time for Change” line.

She will focus on what is in the best interest of Oswego County residents.

She is a non-partisan candidate who works well with all parties.

She has the experience we need, proven leadership skills and a vision for county.

I would like to encourage my fellow 15th district neighbors to cast their vote for Mercedes Niess, who will genuinely work for the betterment of our community.

Mrs. J. Coniski
Oswego

Niess: Thanks For The Support, I’m Still Running

OSWEGO, NY – I would like to thank the voters of the Oswego County 15th District and all the districts for coming out to vote in the Sept. 15th Primary.

Primaries are notorious for low voter turnout so your dedication to the process is much appreciated.

Although I did not win the primary it was a great experience.

I met many new faces in my greater 15th District neighborhood.

The district runs south of Utica Street to Kingsford Woods, to the Oswego River and west to Hillside Ave., County Route 7 and Byer Road.

I also want to clarify a possible misconception; I did not seek the endorsement of the city or county Democratic committees.

I wanted to run on my own without ties to either party.

I also wish to remind voters that I will be running in the Nov. 3rd election for the 15th Legislative seat as an Independent on the Time for Change line.

If you want to see a progressive candidate in your County Legislature, please consider voting for me.

Thank you

Mercedes Niess
Independent Time for Change candidate

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