Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
OSWEGO, NY – Price Chopper stores throughout New York State are inviting its customers to help their local United Way do what matters to improve people’s lives. Now through Aug. 31, Price Chopper customers have the opportunity to purchase United Way pinups for $1. Price Chopper will match the purchase price of each pin-up and all dollars raised in local stores will go back to their local community.
“We are happy to be receiving this support from Price Chopper,” said Resource Development Director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Lois Luber. “The funds raised through their pinup promotion will help get our annual campaign closer to its goal.”
The United Way’s Annual Campaign, which serves as the organizations primary fundraiser, officially gets under way Sept. 14 with a campaign kickoff breakfast at the American Foundry in Oswego. The campaign raises funds to support the many human services programs that the United Way and its member agencies provide for those who live in Oswego County.
OSWEGO, NY – As part of its Community Outreach Program, Price Chopper of Oswego recently held a fundraiser to benefit Oswego County Opportunities’ “Send a Kid to Camp” campaign.
“Send a Kid to Camp” provides youth with a memorable experience as participants in OCO’s Youth & Family Services come together to share an overnight camping adventure at Camp Hollis.
Receiving the check from Tammy Lamay (right), Price Chopper front end shift supervisor is OCO Youth and Family Services program manager Tina Sherman.
For more information on OCO’s “Send a Kid to Camp” campaign call Sherman at 315-342-7532.
OSWEGO, NY – At approximately 8:42 a.m. today (March 19), Oswego City Police responded to a report of a 55-year-old man, possibly armed with a handgun and suicidal, in the area of 101 State Route 104 East.
Responding officers located a witness and developed further information which led to the location of the suspect’s vehicle, in the Price Chopper parking lot.
The vehicle was occupied by the suspect, who refused verbal commands from officers.
Oswego City Police, assisted by the New York State Police and Price Chopper staff, closed down the parking lot and directed Price Chopper patrons to remain inside the store while the situation was remediated.
The suspect continued to refuse verbal commands and attempts at negotiation.
Credible information developed by responding officers led police to believe the suspect was in possession of a weapon and that he was possibly a danger to himself or others.
Acting on that information, police forcibly broke a window to the vehicle, deployed a Taser and subsequently subdued the suspect, successfully taking him into custody.
A handgun was recovered from within the vehicle.
The suspect was arrested under section 9.41 of the Mental Health Law, and transported by the Oswego City Fire Department to Oswego Hospital for evaluation.
Oswego City Police Chief Michael J. Dehm Jr. stated, “I am extremely pleased and grateful to all of my responding personnel, as well as the New York State Police and Price Chopper staff, for their exceptional handling of this incident, which was extremely volatile and could have ended tragically.”
FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership wrapped up its Breast Cancer Awareness month activities by creating the first-ever human pink ribbon in Oswego County.
Approximately 100 people, dressed in pink, gathered in the parking lot of the Fulton Price Chopper to form the breast cancer awareness ribbon.
“It was great,” said Coordinator of OCO’s CSPP, Carolyn Handville. “We were very pleased with the turnout and excited to have accomplished our goals, to raise awareness of breast cancer, form the first human pink ribbon and more importantly, sign up those women that were eligible for their free mammograms.”
Throughout the month of October the CSPP was busy spreading the word about the free mammograms and other cancer screenings that the program offers to uninsured and under-insured Oswego County residents.
“We partnered with hair salons and provided them with aprons and free gifts for their clients, we visited several salons as well as Price Chopper stores in Fulton and Oswego to distribute information and register woman for their free cancer screenings. We even offered free massages on National Mammography Day at our imaging departments in Oswego County,” added Handville.
With all of the extra promotions in October, Handville said that she wondered, “Is the community sick of hearing about our program? Is there too much pink? But I realized that there isn’t enough pink when every 69 seconds somewhere in the world a woman dies of breast cancer. There isn’t enough pink when almost 500,000 women and men die of this disease every year. There isn’t enough pink when women everywhere are too afraid or ashamed to get screened or do not have the money to pay for it and are not sure where to turn for help.”
According to the American Cancer Society, 13 Oswego County residents are diagnosed with cancer weekly.
Handville stated, “How many of those people are uninsured? Do they know that the Cancer Services Program of Oswego County offers free cancer screenings to uninsured community members 40 years of age and older?”
According to Handville, OCO’s CSPP enrolled 45 new clients into the program and provided breast, cervical, and/or colorectal cancer screenings to more than 70 people last month alone.
“It was a very successful October and we would not have been able to do it if it wasn’t for the support we received from our community partners, Price Chopper, the 15 Oswego County hair salons who participated and our provider offices,” she said.
Although Breast Cancer Awareness Month has passed, the partnership continues providing services.
“We are currently booking dates for November and December and our partnership will be adding more screening days to accommodate our uninsured and under-insured community members throughout 2011,” Handville added.
For more information on the many cancer screenings available from the CSPP, or to make an appointment, contact Katie Batchelor at 342-0888 ext. 1454.
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.
For more information, visit www.oco.org
OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership consists of 21 provider offices throughout the county.
The partnership works diligently together providing quality breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings to our uninsured community members.
To learn more about the partnership, call 315-342-0888 ext 1455.
OSWEGO, NY – Lois Luber, resource development director with the United Way of Greater Oswego County, announced that Wal-Mart and Price Chopper stores in Oswego have teamed with the United Way to help support local food pantries.
As part of the United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon the Oswego Wal-Mart and Price Chopper will be accepting donations of food items now through Nov. 20 that will be distributed to the Human Concerns Center and the Salvation Army in Oswego.
Scheduled for Nov. 18, the United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon provides community members with the opportunity to come together to share a delicious meal while helping those less fortunate.
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.
Attendees are also asked to please bring a food item for donation to a local food pantry.
All proceeds from the event will be given to food pantries throughout Oswego County to help them meet the increased demand for food subsidy this holiday season and beyond.
The luncheon will be held at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, West First Street, starting at 11:30 a.m.
For more information, call 593-1900.
On December 7, Larry Backus, Chief of the Scriba Fire Department, welcomed eighteen Rotary exchange students to the fire station. They enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the role of the volunteer fire fighter in our community, the training involved and the equipment used at fire and accident scenes.
To kick off the month of December, 37 students from John C. Birdlebough’s Student Council Leadership Team met up with senior citizen from three area nursing homes to take them shopping for the holidays.
LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM FRIDAY
Arturo Gonzales, 24, of Fulton, passed away Monday December 9, 2013.
David A. Smith, 61, of Oswego, died Saturday December 7, 2013, at his home.