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Eastern Shore Associates’ ‘Green’ Initiatives Save Kilowatts, Trees, and Dollars

Eastern Shore Associates Insurance (ESA), a Trusted Choice® agency, has saved more than 100 trees, and will save more than 34,135 kilowatts as part of energy saving and recycling initiatives throughout its offices, said Melissa Calverase, ESA vice president, finance.

“We’ve nearly completed refitting all the lighting in our Fulton office through National Grid’s Energy Savings Plan with high efficiency fluorescent bulbs and fixtures that is projected to save $3,800 (34,135 kw) annually in electric costs. National Grid’s program covers 70% of the materials and labor, so we will recover our return on investment within one year after the changeover has been completed.

Eastern Shore Associates Insurance (ESA), a Trusted Choice® agency, Fulton, has saved more than 100 trees, and will save more than 34,135 kilowatts as part of energy saving and recycling initiatives throughout its offices, said Melissa Calverase, (far right). ESA vice president, finance, with a shredded documents bag. “That translates into a projected annual savings of $3,800,” Calverase said.” ESA offices also participate document shredding and in recycling glass, plastic, metal and cardboard. In Fulton, office-recycling efforts are coordinated by Sheila Casper, (far left), ESA commercial sales and marketing, and her daughter, Kiley Casper, administrative assistant, who is holding high efficiency fluorescent bulbs. “Every Friday, employees volunteer to collect recyclables from the bins located throughout our office,” said Sheila Casper. “With it, our employees have helped re-purpose or recycle hundreds of pounds of raw materials while saving space in local landfills”

“These new lights use half the wattage of our previous fixtures and provide brighter, more natural light, with no glare.

“Electric savings are only the beginning of the efforts we’ve undertaken. All our 11 offices have gone paperless whenever possible by using electronic files and document scanners, while also participating in our annual document-shredding program. At the Fulton office alone, we’ve saved 102 trees since we started the program with Shred-It in 2007.”

ESA offices also participate in recycling glass, plastic, metal and cardboard. In Fulton, office-recycling efforts are coordinated by Sheila Casper, ESA commercial sales and marketing, and her daughter, Kiley Casper, administrative assistant.

“Our employees sign up to volunteer to collect recyclables every Friday from the bins located throughout our office,” said Sheila Casper. “Kiley and I have always been big advocates for recycling and we’ve helped coordinate this program for the past two years. With it, our employees have helped re-purpose or recycle hundreds of pounds of raw materials while saving space in local landfills”

Tim Gerrity, an electrician with SmartWatt Energy, Inc., changes a lighting fixture at Eastern Shore Associates Insurance (ESA) in Fulton as part of a National Grid Energy Savings Program. Changing all the lighting at the Fulton office with fixtures that use half the wattage of the previous fixtures is expected to save the agency $3,800 annually. The Energy Savings Program covers 70% of materials and labor, so ESA expects a full return on its investment in less than a year after installation is complete, said Melissa Calverase, ESA vice president, finance. “All of ESA’s 11 offices throughout central New York participate in glass, metal, plastic metal and cardboard recycling,” Calverase said. “We also use electronic files and scan documents as often as possible to reduce paper usage. Our program with Shred-it in Fulton has also saved over 100 trees since we began using the service in 2007.”

Headquartered in Fulton, Eastern Shore Associates is an ESOP (employee stock owned) company. ESA offers a full range of business and personal insurance, including property, liability, automobile, boats, farms, recreational vehicles, workers compensation, and bonds. In addition, they offer financial

“Our agency roots date back to 1846,” said Wallace. “And we have more than 100 years of continuous representation with some of our insurance companies. 2010 is our 24th year as Eastern Shore Associates Insurance.

“Other services include commercial risk analysis, loss control, and employee benefits. We also meet the insurance needs of many New York municipalities, schools, and emergency services.”

Eastern Shore Associates Insurance is an independent agency with offices in Fulton, Camillus, Oswego, Pulaski, Hannibal, Phoenix, Camden, Waterloo, Rochester, Walworth and Felt Mills. ESA’s main office is in Fulton at 598-6000 and on-line at www.esainsurance.com.

Oswego Health Accepts Medical “Sharps” For Disposal at Several Locations

Oswego Health accepts approved containers of used needles and syringes, also known as sharps, at several of its facilities.

Sharps can be brought to the Oswego Hospital Health Services Center Suite G 50 and to the reception desk of The Manor at Seneca Hill, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. excluding holidays.

The used needles and syringes can also be brought to the Urgent Care Center in Fulton during the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

To participate in Oswego Health’s waste acceptance program, all needles, syringes, lancets, and other sharps must be placed in a puncture resistant, leak proof container. Sharps of any kind should not be stored in soda cans, coffee cans, milk cartons, glass bottles or in any containers that are not puncture resistant.

Bleach and laundry detergent bottles are an example of a recommended storage container for used sharps.

It is very important to never leave medical waste such as needles or syringes at the drop site unattended.

For more information on how to dispose of medical sharps, contact Oswego Hospital at 349-5635.

Oswego Healthcare system includes the Oswego Hospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a skilled nursing facility; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement living community; an urgent care center in Fulton, as well as health services centers in Mexico, Parish and Phoenix. For more information, call (315) 349-5500 or visit oswegohealth.org.

Fulton Will Charge To Remove TVs, Monitors & Microwaves

It’s going to cost you to put some electronic devices to the curb in Fulton from now on. The only question is whether it will cost you a little or a lot.

Oswego County began charging a $5 fee to drop off old TVs, computer monitors and microwave ovens at its transfer stations. The county cited the cost of dealing with lead, cadmium and mercury in the devices as the reason for the new fee.

Tuesday, Fulton’s Common Council approved a set of fees to cover the cost of picking up TVs, monitors and microwaves as part of the city’s trash and garbage pickup.

It will cost $7 per item to have the city take away those items, but only if the homeowner calls the City Clerk’s office in advance to get on the list for pickup of special items. “But if you just stick it out there and it’s not on the schedule,” said Mayor Ron Woodward, the homeowner will be charged $15 per item.

The charge will appear on the homeowner’s quarterly water, sewer and garbage bill.

City Aldermen also approved other fees for the year ahead.

Homeowners who buy ground-up blacktop from the city will pay a little more. For city residents, a 6-wheeled truckload of milled blacktop will cost $45 and a 10-wheeled truckload will cost $90. Non-residents will pay $60 and $120, respectively. When the city repaves a road, it usually removes the old blacktop first. That blacktop is ground up and is often used for driveways. The city always sells out of its blacktop, said Woodward.

Haulers who buy water from the city to fill swimming pools will pay $6 per 1,000 gallons this year, up a dollar.

In other items:

  • The city will spend $7,932 on new bulletproof vests for city police officers. The city will get all of the money back — half from a federal grant and the other half from the police officers;
  • Lawmakers agreed to advertise for bids on various parts of the city to receive hydroseeding treatment, usually to repair snowplow damage to private yards;
  • The Common Council also advertised for bids on topsoil, and gasoline and diesel fuel;
  • Aldermen awarded a bid for tree stump removal to Mid-State Tree Removal Service. They tabled awarding a bid for tree pruning and removal to Bartlett Tree Experts after a representative from Mid-State complained that Bartlett’s bid did not meet standards. Mayor Ron Woodward said the city’s lawyer had reviewed the complaint and said the bid could be awarded to Bartlett, but Aldermen said they wanted to resolve an issue over insurance first;
  • Businesswoman Linda Thomas-Caster urged the city to back Fulton Pride Day, set for May 1. She said businesses would help clean up the city and plant flowers at highway entrances to the city. Public Works Commissioner Dan O’Brien urged the businesspeople to water the plants throughout the year because he can’t guarantee city workers will have the time to do it consistently. Caster said the Chamber of Commerce is taking part in the event.

Oswego County Implements $5 Fee to Recycle TVs, Monitors and Microwaves

In a move to offset the high cost of recycling electronic waste, the Oswego County Solid Waste Department will charge $5 to recycle television sets, computer monitors and microwave ovens. The fee takes effect Monday, April 5, at the recycling drop-off centers.

County Legislator Fred Beardsley, chairman of the Infrastructure and Facilities Committee, said the electronics recycling program has been very successful but has become increasingly expensive to maintain, especially over the last two years. In 2009 the solid waste department paid more than $85,000 to dispose of recycled electronics.

“We set the fee at a modest amount because we don’t want to discourage people from recycling these items,” said Legislator Beardsley. “The county collected about 900,000 pounds of electronics equipment in 2009 and it is important that we continue to keep these materials out of the county landfill and Energy Recovery Facility. The $5 fee will help to offset the county’s costs.”

The $5 fee will only apply to TVs, monitors, and microwaves. All other electronics will still be accepted free of charge.

Items such as TVs and computer monitors contain large amounts of lead, mercury, and cadmium.

“The program is very successful but it is costing us more than $85,000 a year,” said Frank Visser, Director of Solid Waste. “We expect to see an increase at our recycling drop-off centers because Onondaga County is no longer accepting electronics in its recycling program. We accepted more than 10,000 TVs, monitors and microwaves, as well as thousands of PCs, printers, VCRs, radios, etc. for recycling last year.”

The Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee oversees the operation of the solid waste management system. In addition to Legislator Beardsley, District 9 (Central Square), committee members include Vice Chairman James Oldenburg, District 14 (Scriba); Barbara Brown, District 8 (Palermo, Hastings, Schroeppel); Daniel Chalifoux, District 19 (Minetto, Oswego Town, Hannibal, Granby); Linda Lockwood, District 11 (Volney); Milferd Potter, District 2 (Orwell, Albion, Williamstown, Richland); and Amy Tresidder, District 16 (City of Oswego).

The charge was recommended by the Solid Waste Management Board and approved by the County Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee in February.

Got Plastic? Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County to Survey Agriculture Producers For Potential Recycling Project

In response to recent regulations from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation prohibiting open burning, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County (CCE Oswego County) is exploring the possibility of a collaborative effort with other county agencies to help local farmers address the issue of agricultural plastics disposal. Currently there are two legal methods of disposing of agricultural plastics: dropping off at the nearest solid waste facility or recycling. Through support of agencies like, Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Black River-St. Lawrence Resource Conservation Development Council, and Oswego Industries Inc, CCE Oswego County feels recycling agricultural plastics benefits the agriculture community with the potential to create jobs while reducing the environmental impact of landfill disposal.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is conducting a survey to determine the amount of agricultural plastics available for recycling throughout the county. If you are an agricultural producer, and have received a survey in the mail, please take a few minutes and fill it out. If you have agricultural plastics on your farm, that include but are not limited to: horticultural containers, mulch film, greenhouse and hoophouse covers, plant pots and trays, bags from soil amendments, irrigation drip tape and tubing, also bunk silo/silage pile covers and films, balage wrap and netting, bale tube/in-line tube bags etc., please call and request a survey form from Karen Meyers at (315) 963-7286 ext 201 or by email at kmm14@cornell.edu. The deadline for submitting information is February 22, 2010.

If you have questions concerning the project, please contact Jonathan Schell at (315) 963-7286 ext 200 or by email at jjs69@cornell.edu.

Oswego Industries, Inc.’s “Go Green!” Award Winners for 4th quarter

Oswego Industries, Inc. has announced the winners of the 4th Quarter, 2009 "Go Green!" Awards, from left to right: Liz Rice, Debbie Pierce, Eileen Conley, Nancy Bunting, Kathy Duby, Val Mayer, and John Shaw.  Not pictured: Kathy Bonner, Roberta Ferro, and Robin Hall.  This quarter's awardees used scrap and leftover materials from other projects to create fun and interesting displays that helped program participants practice teamwork, fine motor skills, and attendance to task.  The Oswego Industries, Inc. "Go Green!" Awards are given quarterly to associates who show leadership in being environmentally conscious, help the company reduce energy and waste, or provide an example of ecologically responsible action.  Oswego Industries, Inc. is a Community Rehabilitation Program which has been providing services to individuals with disabilities since 1968.

Oswego Industries, Inc. has announced the winners of the 4th Quarter, 2009 "Go Green!" Awards, from left to right: Liz Rice, Debbie Pierce, Eileen Conley, Nancy Bunting, Kathy Duby, Val Mayer, and John Shaw. Not pictured: Kathy Bonner, Roberta Ferro, and Robin Hall. This quarter's awardees used scrap and leftover materials from other projects to create fun and interesting displays that helped program participants practice teamwork, fine motor skills, and attendance to task. The Oswego Industries, Inc. "Go Green!" Awards are given quarterly to associates who show leadership in being environmentally conscious, help the company reduce energy and waste, or provide an example of ecologically responsible action. Oswego Industries, Inc. is a Community Rehabilitation Program which has been providing services to individuals with disabilities since 1968.

Oswego Industries, Inc. Announces 3rd Quarter “Go Green!” Awards

Oswego Industries, Inc. has announced the winners of the 3rd Quarter, 2009 "Go Green!" Awards: from left to right, Amber Shoults, William Fyler, Ellen Euson, Wayne Broadhurst, and Josh Race.  Not pictured: Justin Blauvelt, Richard Crouch, Justin Haggerty, Robert McDowell, and Christina Rice.  This quarter's awardees worked over the summer on a project that collected used boat wrap from marinas, processed it, and baled it for recycling.  The company recycled over 10,000 pounds of plastic this year. The Oswego Industries, Inc. "Go Green!" Awards are given quarterly to associates who show leadership in being environmentally conscious, help the company reduce energy and waste, or provide an example of ecologically responsible action.  Oswego Industries, Inc. is a Community Rehabilitation Program which has been providing products and services to local and national industry since 1968.

Oswego Industries, Inc. has announced the winners of the 3rd Quarter, 2009 "Go Green!" Awards: from left to right, Amber Shoults, William Fyler, Ellen Euson, Wayne Broadhurst, and Josh Race. Not pictured: Justin Blauvelt, Richard Crouch, Justin Haggerty, Robert McDowell, and Christina Rice. This quarter's awardees worked over the summer on a project that collected used boat wrap from marinas, processed it, and baled it for recycling. The company recycled over 10,000 pounds of plastic this year. The Oswego Industries, Inc. "Go Green!" Awards are given quarterly to associates who show leadership in being environmentally conscious, help the company reduce energy and waste, or provide an example of ecologically responsible action. Oswego Industries, Inc. is a Community Rehabilitation Program which has been providing products and services to local and national industry since 1968.

Oswego Health Accepts Medical “Sharps” For Disposal at Several Locations

Oswego Health accepts approved containers of used needles and syringes, also known as sharps, at several of its facilities.

Sharps can be brought to the Oswego Hospital Health Services Center Suite G 50 and to the reception desk of The Manor at Seneca Hill, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. excluding holidays.

The used needles and syringes can also be brought to the Urgent Care Center in Fulton during the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

To participate in Oswego Health’s waste acceptance program, all needles, syringes, lancets, and other sharps must be placed in a puncture resistant, leak proof container. Sharps of any kind should not be stored in soda cans, coffee cans, milk cartons, glass bottles or in any containers that are not puncture resistant.

Bleach and laundry detergent bottles are an example of a recommended storage container for used sharps.

It is very important to never leave medical waste such as needles or syringes at the drop site unattended.

For more information on how to dispose of medical sharps, contact Oswego Hospital at 349-5635.

Oswego Healthcare system includes the Oswego Hospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a skilled nursing facility; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement living community; an urgent care center in Fulton, as well as health services centers in Mexico, Parish and now Phoenix. For more information, call (315) 349-5500 or visit oswegohealth.org.

Chamber Welcomes Great Lakes Recycling

OSWEGO TOWN, NY – Members of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of Great Lakes Recycling with a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the occasion.

Chamber Welcomes Great Lakes Recycling

Chamber Welcomes Great Lakes Recycling

Located at 181 Gardenier Road in the town of Oswego, the redemption center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information on Great Lakes Recycling, call 343-1980.

From left are: Pam Taormina, membership sales and service coordinator with the chamber; David Dano of Operation Oswego County; Mark Proud and Shane Stepien of Step One Creative; Oswego County Legislator, District 16, Paul Santore; Will O’Brien of Pathfinder Bank; Christian Morgia and Kevin Dorsey, owners; Tim Shannon, employee; Dan Dorsey Jr., owner; Sue McClelland, employee; Oswego Town Building Inspector Wayne Newton; Oswego Town councilors, Margaret Mahaney and Greg Herrmann; executive director of the chamber, Beth Hilton; Jeanne Farrell of the chamber; chamber board member, Deana Masuicca of the Oswego YMCA; and Danielle Hayden, of the chamber.

Harborfest Teams up for Recycling Effort

Oswego, NY – Harborfest Executive Director, Tom Van Schaack has announced that Novelis and NRG have teamed with Harborfest to make it easier than ever for visitors to recycle their cans and bottles.

In support of the Oswego County Habitat for Humanity program Novelis will have approximately 100 bins at locations throughout the festival, from Breitbeck Park to Fort Ontario, where festival-goers will be able to recycle their aluminum cans. Donated by Anheuser Busch, these specially marked bins will collect aluminum cans to be used towards Novelis’ goal of one million cans to build another Oswego County Habitat for Humanity Home in 2010. Volunteers from Novelis and Oswego County Habitat for Humanity will tend to the bins daily throughout the festival. “With the number of people that Harborfest brings into our area we feel it is a wonderful opportunity to educate a large number of people and benefit the Oswego County Habitat for Humanity project,” said Carol Dillabough of Novelis.

Joining Novelis in the recycling effort is NRG. As part of the company’s ECONRG project, which promotes being environmentally friendly and encourages plants to support their communities in these efforts, NRG will have specially marked collection bins at Breitbeck Park where festival goers will be able to recycle their glass and plastic bottles.

“We are happy to have the support of Novelis and NRG as they help Harborfest promote the importance of recycling and help keep our venues clean during the festival,” said Van Schaack.

Slated for July 23rd – 26th, the 2009 edition of Harborfest will feature plenty of food, fun and entertainment as venues on both Oswego’s east and west sides will be used to deliver the excitement. A wide variety of entertainment will be featured on stages throughout the city of Oswego including, the Family / Children’s stage at Fort Ontario, the Veteran’s Stage at River Walk West, and the NRG Lakeview Stage in Breitbeck Park. On Saturday night, July 25th the Entergy Nuclear Fireworks Spectacular will blast off at 9:30pm. Visit the Harborfest website at www.oswegoharborfest.com for the latest information regarding transportation options and performance schedules.

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