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Eastern Shore Associates Donates Toys To Fulton Salvation Army, Oswego County Toys For Tots

Employees at Eastern Shore Associates Insurance (ESA) headquartered in Fulton donated a Christmas tree-full of toys for the Fulton Salvation Army’s Angel Tag holiday toy drive. “Our employees’ enthusiasm for this program is  personally inspiring to me and it shows in the large amount of toys they donated,” said Gail Cruse, ESA representative and project coordinator. “We’ve participated with this project for more than a decade and it’s so gratifying to help the Salvation Army brighten up the holidays for children in our area.” ESA also ran a toy collection campaign at its Fulton office for the Oswego County Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots program.

Eastern Shore employees showing some of the toys collected are, from left: Connie Palmatier, Cristy Francisco, and Linzy Kiefer.

Eastern Shore Associates Insurance, www.esainsurance.com, is a Trusted Choice® independent agency and ESOP (employee stock owned) company with offices in Fulton, Pulaski, Phoenix, Camden, Waterloo, Rochester, N. Syracuse and Walworth. The Fulton office can be reached at 598-6000.

Fulton Lions Ring The Bell For Salvation Army

Members of the Fulton Lions Club rang the bell for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign at Fulton’s Price Chopper Supermarket from 10 a.m. to 8:00p.m. Sat., Nov. 24, said coordinator Robert Weston, Fulton Lions past president. Fulton Lions Kevin and Deana Michaels are shown above. The Fulton club is one of the largest and most active in their district. Lions clubs are committed to sight and hearing preservation. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions: www.FultonLionsClub.org or visit the Fulton Lions Club page on Facebook®.

Fulton Lions Club Past President Leo Chirello rings the bell for the Salvation Army last Saturday at Price Chopper in Fulton.

Eastern Shore Associates Insurance Donates Tree Full Of Toys To Fulton Salvation Army

Employees at Eastern Shore Associates Insurance (ESA) headquarters in Fulton donated a Christmas tree-full of toys for the Fulton Salvation Army’s Angel Tag holiday toy drive. “In this challenging economy, ESA employees stepped up and donated an even greater amount of toys this year,” said Gail Cruse, ESA representative and project coordinator. “We’ve participated with this project for more than a decade and it’s so gratifying to help the Salvation Army brighten up the holidays for children in our area.” Eastern Shore employees showing some of the toys collected are, from left: Michelle Malone, customer service representative; and Linzy Bidwell, reception.

Eastern Shore Associates Insurance is an independent Trusted Choice® agency and ESOP (employee stock owned) company with offices in Fulton, Camillus, Oswego, Pulaski, 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 Salvaltion Army Celebrates Halloween And Its Anniversary

A friendly witch welcomes visitors to the Salvation Army's third annual  Halloween Spooktacular.

A friendly witch welcomes visitors to the Salvation Army's third annual Halloween Spooktacular.

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Salvation Army got into the Halloween spirit by hosting its annual Spooktacular recently.

The Oswego Corps of The Salvation Army continues to celebrate next week.

It will hold a community breakfast on Nov. 9 at 8 a.m. at The American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., to celebrate 125 years of service in Oswego.

Individual tickets and corporate tables are available and can be arranged by calling 315-343-9692.

Reservations should be made by Monday.

Proceeds of the breakfast will support the services of the Army in Oswego.

Proclamations from the county and city will be presented and Major Donald Hostetler, commander of the Empire State Division of The Salvation Army, will address the gathering.

 

Billy Wright Jr. enjoys decorating his pumpkin for Halloween.

Billy Wright Jr. enjoys decorating his pumpkin for Halloween.

Members of Oswego High School’s Interact (Rotary) Club were on hand to serve pizza.

Members of Oswego High School’s Interact (Rotary) Club were on hand to serve pizza.

 

Along the haunted house route, visitors found cut-ups like “Jason” lurking in the bathroom.

Along the haunted house route, visitors found cut-ups like “Jason” lurking in the bathroom.

There were creepy creatures hiding around just about every corner at the Halloween Spooktacular.

There were creepy creatures hiding around just about every corner at the Halloween Spooktacular.

 

Zombies munched on brains by candlelight as visitors checked out the haunted house.

Zombies munched on brains by candlelight as visitors checked out the haunted house.

 

Not all of the characters at the event were of the spooky variety, as this cow girl can attest.

Not all of the characters at the event were of the spooky variety, as this cow girl can attest.

 

Sarah Brown lent her artistic and makeup talents to ensuring everyone was in the Halloween spirit.  She owns and operates her own business – Fancy Faces, a face (and body) painting enterprise. For more information or to contact Sarah for an event, visit her website http://www.fancyfacescny.com/

Sarah Brown lent her artistic and makeup talents to ensuring everyone was in the Halloween spirit. She owns and operates her own business – Fancy Faces, a face (and body) painting enterprise. For more information or to contact Sarah for an event, visit her website http://www.fancyfacescny.com/

 

 

Oz Roller Girls Roll Out Community Support

OSWEGO, NY – The Oz Roller Girls, the community’s new flat-track women’s roller derby league, has blocked out time to address a number of community causes, from hunger to veteran support to animal welfare.

Meals via wheels - members of the Oz Roller Girls present Major Corinne Hayes of the Oswego Salvation Army with canned goods and other non-perishable food items collected from the community to support the local organization's food services. A portion of proceeds from that bout also supported the local Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic.

Meals via wheels - members of the Oz Roller Girls present Major Corinne Hayes of the Oswego Salvation Army with canned goods and other non-perishable food items collected from the community to support the local organization's food services. A portion of proceeds from that bout also supported the local Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic.

Leading up to their first bout, the team mounted a food drive to support the Oswego Salvation Army food services that help hungry families in the community.

Thanks to a generous response, the team could deliver many bags of non-perishable food.

The Oz Roller Girls’ first bout, on April 23 vs. the Crown City Royal Pains, designated a portion of proceeds to support the local Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic.

In addition to scoring a victory in their home debut, the organization raised $196 to support the clinic.

For the next bout, May 14 in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink, Oz chose the Oswego County Humane Society as its designated charity.

In a doubleheader, starting at 6 p.m., the Oz Roller Girls will take on Watertown’s Black River Rollers as well as debut a pair of intra-league teams, the Port City Sirens and the Nukes of Hazzard.

A portion of proceeds and an ongoing collection will support a spay/neuter clinic.

For more information on the Oz Roller Girls, event tickets or ways the league supports the community, visit www.ozrollergirls.com

Salvation Army Guest Chef Dinner Set Wednesday

OSWEGO, NY – The next Salvation Army Guest Chef dinner will feature Minetto United Methodist Church members serving up a turkey dinner with all the fixings.

It will be held at the Salvation Army’s newly renovated building, 73 W. Second St.

The hours will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The cost of the dinners is $8.50 for adults, $5 for kids and kids under 5 free.

Sunrise Residential Healthcare Employees Benefit Community and Oswego Salvation Army with Holiday Canned Food Drive

The employees at Sunrise Residential Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Oswego partnered with the Oswego Salvation Army recently for their annual holiday canned food drive. Shown at the Sunrise facility with the donated gifts are from left: Paula Fredenburg, Sunrise Resident and Resident Council President; Major Corinne Hayes, Oswego Salvation Army; Sharon Kirk, Sunrise Director of Recreation Therapy; Joe Murabito, Sunrise Administrator; and Greg Callen, Sunrise Life Care Coordinator.

OSWEGO, New York – The employees and staff at Sunrise Residential Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Oswego made the holidays a little brighter this year for the local community and Oswego Salvation Army with their annual holiday canned food drive, according to Sharon Kirk, Director of Recreation Therapy at Sunrise.

“This was about reaching out to our community through our local Salvation Army and helping those in need in any way that we could,” said Kirk. “There is such a demand for outreach in this community, and our employees were very pleased to be able to once again contribute to the Army.” According to Kirk, the employees were able to participate in “Jean Days” at the Sunrise facility on Mondays and Fridays leading up to the holiday season, in exchange for them making donations to Sunrise’s annual holiday canned food drive.“It was great for the staff to see how their efforts could benefit area individuals and families in need this holiday,” she said.

Sunrise Administrator Joe Murabito also recognized the important partnership with the Oswego Salvation Army, one that he said has included Sunrise owners Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Castaldo for decades. “Our involvement in advocacy opportunities like the canned food drive through the Salvation Army is not only important to the employees, but a strong component of our mission as an organization in this community,” Murabito said. “The Castaldo family have been supporters of the Oswego Chapter of the Salvation Army for years, and Mrs. Castaldo even served on their advisory board for over two decades.” “It’s a longstanding relationship and commitment that remains foremost for Sunrise,” he added.

According to Major Corinne Hayes of the Oswego Salvation Army, the outreach on the part of Sunrise and their employees was very helpful this holiday.
“Our kettles, toy donations, and non-perishable foods were all slightly down again this year,” Hayes said. “So, the organizations that stepped up for this community like Sunrise Residential Healthcare, truly helped brighten the holidays for those that we may not have been able to support otherwise.”

Sunrise Residential Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center is a family-owned and operated, 120-bed long-term and sub-acute care facility located at 17 Sunrise Terrace in Oswego. The center offers long-term care; full rehabilitation services including: physical, occupational and speech therapy; post-surgical orthopedic care; respiratory care; and additional acute care services. Sunrise is made up of a team of registered and licensed nurses, physical/occupational/speech/recreational therapists, social workers and dieticians.  For additional information please call (315) 342-4790.

The Oswego Salvation Army, located at 73 West Second Street, is part of the International Salvation Army organization, which is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. The local citadel provides food, education, services and spiritual support to the local community. For additional information on the Oswego Salvation Army please call (315) 343-6491.

Eastern Shore Associates Donates Tree Full of Toys to Salvation Army

Employees at Eastern Shore Associates Insurance (ESA) headquarters in Fulton donated a Christmas tree-full of toys for the Fulton Salvation Army’s Angel Tag holiday toy drive. “The response from my colleagues at Eastern Shore was tremendous,” said Gail Cruse, ESA representative and project coordinator. “We’ve participated with this project for more than a decade and it’s so gratifying to help the Salvation Army brighten up the holidays for children in our area.” Eastern Shore employees showing some of the toys collected are, from left: Erin Sachel, personal lines sales representative; Carrie Hutchins, commercial lines customer service representative (CSR) and Peggy Wilson, commercial lines CSR. Eastern Shore Associates Insurance is an independent Trusted Choice® agency with offices in Fulton, Mexico, 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.

Salvation Army Mystery Chefs To Prepare Dinner

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Salvation Army is hosting the final Guest Chef Dinner of the year on Dec. 1 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The Army’s famous “Roast Beef Dinner” will be served by the Mystery Chefs behind the Salvation Army curtain.

Mystery chefs to prepare meal

Mystery chefs to prepare meal

The public is invited to take a break from holiday shopping to meet the Mystery Chefs and to sit down and enjoy a delicious meal at the newly renovated Army facility at 73 W. Second St.

Take-out meals are also available for diners’ convenience.

The Mystery Chefs are “seen” behind their assistants: Paul Santore, newly elected advisory board chair; Queenie O’Neil Sands, advisory board member; and Captain Ken Hayes and Major Corrine Hayes.

The dinner event has become a popular fund-raising effort for the community and Army volunteers.

Each year, a special roast beef dinner is served.

The funds help support the operations of the local Citidal.

“This year the need is great.” noted Santore.

Dinner tickets are $8.50 each, $5 for ages 6-12 and children under 5 years old are free.

For more information contact the Salvation Army office at 343.6491.

Salvation Army Life Skills Center Receives $10k Grant From Entergy Nuclear

Oswego, NY – Computer literacy, financial budgeting and job interviewing are skills some Oswego residents may take for granted. However, those who never learned these skills, but would like to, will soon get a hand from the Oswego Salvation Army.

Entergy Nuclear recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the non-profit organization for the development of client programming specifically designed for the Life Skills Center at the Oswego Salvation Army Citadel on West Second Street.

“With the addition of the new Life Skills Center, the Army can provide more to our clients than just a meal,” said Oswego Salvation Army Captain Kenneth Hayes.

“We want to expand opportunities for our clients in their day to day living by offering special programs, right after meal time.”

The economy has been tough on many people. This donation to the Life Skills Center is going to continue allowing us to help those people trying to catch a break, and get ahead during hard times,” said Tammy Holden, Entergy Communications Specialist and chair of the SHARE (Spreading Hope and Resources Everywhere) Committee, which oversees the distribution of Entergy grants.

“They are trying to get that new job or a better job to help provide for their families, and with the Life Skills Center we have the chance to help educate them on what they need to do,” Holden said.

Entergy’s commitment to community service is a reflection of their individual employees’ priorities, said Holden.

“A lot of our employees are very involved with programs in the community, whether it’s Little League, the local camps, or schools,” she said. “We try to look at what programs and organizations they are passionate about and provide them with opportunities to volunteer and get involved. Besides our Open Grant program the community benefits from our Community Connectors program, which is a volunteer initiative designed to reward, recognize and foster the spirit of volunteerism. It informs employees and retirees about volunteer opportunities that address causes that matter most to them. They can then earn cash grants for non-profit organizations of their choice in exchange for hours of volunteer work. Entergy is just a strong believer in giving back to the community where our employees live and in which it serves – it’s the right thing to do.”

In 2009, Entergy Nuclear SHARE Committee awarded approximately $300,000 to organizations in five key areas: community improvement and enrichment; healthy families; education and literacy; arts and culture, and the environment. Holden pointed out that the Salvation Army’s mission touches on several of these areas, as do many other organizations with which Salvation Army has partnered over the years.

The Oswego Salvation Army is part of the International Salvation Army organization, which is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. The local citadel provides food, education, services and spiritual support to the local community.

Anyone interested in information about programs or serving as a volunteer at the Oswego Salvation Army can please call (315) 343-6491.

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