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Oswego County 4-H Volunteer Recognized As 2008 Leader Of The Year

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MEXICO, NY – For nearly 50 years, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County’s 4-H program annually recognizes one of its volunteers as Leader of the Year.

This year, Cindy Fresch of Oswego received that honor.

Cindy Fresch, who volunteers as co-leader of the 4-H Kalico Kats & Kittens Club, was recently recognized as the Leader of the Year at the annual 4-H Volunteer and Family Picnic. From left are: Mary Matteson, 4-H Program Educator; Jan Smith, 4-H Program Educator; Paul A. Forestiere II, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County Executive Director; Fresch; Linda Brosch, 4-H Team Coordinator; Debbie Holliday, 4-H Program Educator; and Kathy Porter, 4-H Administrative Assistant.

Cindy Fresch, who volunteers as co-leader of the 4-H Kalico Kats & Kittens Club, was recently recognized as the Leader of the Year at the annual 4-H Volunteer and Family Picnic. From left are: Mary Matteson, 4-H Program Educator; Jan Smith, 4-H Program Educator; Paul A. Forestiere II, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County Executive Director; Fresch; Linda Brosch, 4-H Team Coordinator; Debbie Holliday, 4-H Program Educator; and Kathy Porter, 4-H Administrative Assistant.

Fresch, who volunteers as co-leader of the Kalico Kats & Kittens Club, was recognized this past month during the annual 4-H Volunteer and Family Picnic.

“The picnic is a day that we gather to recognize all of our volunteers for the things they do for 4-H,” said Linda Brosch, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Team Coordinator. “The Leader of the Year award is a special way to say ‘thank you’ to the volunteers who go above and beyond the average responsibilities of a club leader.”

Brosch explained that leaders are nominated for the award. Nominations are received through letters that are submitted by co-leaders, or the children who participate in 4-H.

The nominations are sent to the 4-H office and reviewed by a committee that votes on them to determine the winner.

Fresch was nominated for the award this year by co-leader Beth Smith and the entire Kalico Kats & Kittens 4-H Club.

“Giving volunteers recognition for the outstanding service they provide to our youth is a very important part the Oswego County 4-H Program,” said Paul A. Forestiere II, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperation Extension of Oswego County.  “We want to be sure that people know that we appreciate all that they do.”

“We also hope that others see the great accomplishments of our volunteers and consider joining us in our efforts. There is nothing more rewarding than volunteering your time and talents to assist in the development of our youth,” he continued.

Fresch first joined 4-H as a sewing project leader with the Oswego Community Christian School 4-Hers in 2001.

After Fresch’s two daughters, Tara and Alena, graduated from the OCCS group five years ago, she began to volunteer with the Kalico Kats & Kittens Club, which includes children from the Oswego and Scriba communities.

She officially became co-leader in 2003 and helped Smith to organize the group’s activities.

Brosch pointed out that Fresch’s skills as a seamstress and a quilter made her a natural fit to help the club with its sewing and textile projects.

As a tribute to the experience she has brought to the club, many of the Kalico Kats & Kittens sewing projects have won special recognition at both the Oswego County Fair and the New York State Fair.

“We nominate Mrs. Fresch as 4-H Leader of the Year, because we really think she is one of the best 4-H Leaders ever,” the club wrote in its nomination letter. “She opens her home to us for sewing meetings, and lets us work in her well-stocked sewing room. We know that we’ve used up and even broken some of her supplies while learning, but Mrs. Fresch still smiles and welcomes us.”

“Mrs. Fresch is awesome. She has given us so much time, love, skill, encouragement, gas in her car, money and supplies for projects, and more,” the club letter continued. “We will be better equipped adults because of what she has taught us, and the example she has been to us.”

Fresch said she was surprised and honored to receive the award.

She attributes much of her experience and knowledge of 4-H to the “4-H Club Call” newspaper that is sent to clubs and keeps leaders up to date on projects, deadlines and activities.

“When you come into this program, that is a really useful tool to have,” Fresch said.

“I like 4-H a lot,” she added. “I love how it encourages the girls in the club to excel in the areas that they are interested in.”

4-H is an informal educational program for youth ages 5-19 built on subject matter projects developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension and by the National 4-H Council.

Oswego County’s 4-H program is operated through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County in Mexico and funded by a joint effort of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Cornell University’s New York State Land Grant College, N.Y.S. 4-H Foundation, and the Oswego County Legislature.

The New York State 4-H Foundation, Inc., is a private, not-for-profit organization, which for over 50 years has focused upon building and enhancing quality 4-H Youth Development programs for New York’s young people.

If you would to learn more about the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, call (315) 963-7286, or visit http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/oswego

Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers Now Qualify for Health Insurance

By Assemblyman Will Barclay (R—Pulaski)

I was pleased to support a new law this year that gives volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers access to healthcare.  The law will take effect on Jan. 17, 2009.

In the last decade, it has become harder and harder for volunteer fire departments to maintain their core of volunteers, largely because there has been a reduction in the number of young people joining the volunteer fire service.  According to a report issued by the National Volunteer Fire Council, the number of firefighters in the U.S. has declined by 5 to 10 percent since 1993.

In 2006, according to the National Fire Protection Association, 54.3 percent of volunteer firefighters in departments protecting communities of 24,999 or fewer people were under the age of 40, compared with 65.5 percent in 1987.  In communities of 2,500 or fewer (which are almost exclusively protected by volunteer departments), 50 percent of all firefighters were under the age of 40 in 2006, compared with 64.2 percent in 1987.

I’ve heard from a number of municipalities and fire departments who are concerned about the dwindling amount of volunteers.  In some cases, towns and municipalities have been forced to pay firefighters and ambulance workers or go without as many hands to help residents in an emergency.  This legislation will help save taxpayers money and, hopefully, bring back and attract more volunteers.  The health insurance is of no cost to the state, as volunteers will pay the enrollment fees and deductibles through their respective municipalities.

Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers provide critical services that New York State citizens require. These volunteers are especially critical in counties like Oswego and Onondaga counties, where most local governments are unable to afford paid emergency service personnel.

In addition to their time on duty, volunteer emergency service workers must meet ever-increasing training requirements, especially those who provide advanced life support services. They often must spend time away from their family, which often places a strain on their professional and personal lives.

I’m pleased to help recognize and reward the critical role emergency services volunteers have in our communities.  By allowing volunteer fire and ambulance companies to access the health insurance plans offered to municipal employees, volunteers might come back or new members will be added to the ranks.  Health insurance is a tangible benefit that fire and ambulance companies can utilize to retain existing personnel and to attract new recruits.

If you have any questions or comments or if you would like to be added to my mailing list or receive my newsletter, please contact my office by mail at 200 North Second Street, Fulton, New York 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by calling (315) 598-5185.

Red Cross Names August Volunteer Of The Month

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OSWEGO, NY – The American Red Cross recently announced that Gary Fulsaas has been chosen as the Volunteer of the Month for August 2008.

Gary Fulsaas

Gary Fulsaas

Gary has been a volunteer Health and Safety instructor for the Red Cross for more than 10 years.

Gary teaches various CRP/AED and First Aid courses on both the professional and lay responder levels.

Gary is also an athletic trainer at SUNY Oswego where he teaches courses in Health Science and Wellness Management.

In spite of his busy schedule with SUNY Oswego he is always willing to teach a Red Cross community class when needed and even finds time to help out as a mentor for new Red Cross instructors.

The Volunteer of the Month program is sponsored by Dunkin Donuts.

Each month the chosen volunteer is awarded a $25 gift card from Dunkin Donuts as a token of appreciation for their efforts.

Volunteers are an essential part of the American Red Cross and we are truly appreciative of the volunteers we have.

The Red Cross is always in need of volunteers.

Anyone interested in volunteering some time and becoming involved with the American Red Cross should contact the Oswego Branch Office at 343-0967 or stop by and visit at 333 W. First St.

OCO to Attend Volunteer Fair

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</p>Alissa Bush, program assistant with OCO's Youth Services Division (at left) and Kristi Kauffman, educator/trainer with the SAF Division (at right) display some of the information they will be distributing at the SUNY Oswego upcoming Human Services & Volunteer Fair.  The event will provide students and community members with information regarding volunteer opportunities that exist within the community.  The Human Services & Volunteer Fair will be held Wednesday, September 17th from 4 – 6 pm outside the SUNY Oswego Campus Center.

Alissa Bush, program assistant with OCO's Youth Services Division (at left) and Kristi Kauffman, educator/trainer with the SAF Division (at right) display some of the information they will be distributing at the SUNY Oswego upcoming Human Services & Volunteer Fair. The event will provide students and community members with information regarding volunteer opportunities that exist within the community. The Human Services & Volunteer Fair will be held Wednesday, September 17th from 4 – 6 pm outside the SUNY Oswego Campus Center.

Representatives from several of Oswego County Opportunities’ divisions will take part in the upcoming Human Services & Volunteer Fair at SUNY Oswego.

Hosted by SUNY Oswego’s Career Services and the Center for Service Learning and Community Service, the Human Services & Volunteer Fair will be held Wednesday, September 17th from 4 – 6pm, outside the SUNY Oswego Campus Center.  The event provides organizations with the chance to recruit SUNY students for career, volunteer and internship opportunities that they may have available.

“We are excited to have this unique opportunity to interact with the students and inform them about the many volunteer opportunities that we have available at OCO,” said Alissa Bush of OCO’s Youth Services Division.  “We are happy to be a part of this event and are looking forward to meeting the students and letting them know how their involvement with OCO can benefit them and the community they are living in.”

Bush added that representatives from OCO’s Services to Aid Families (SAF) and Senior Services divisions would be at the event to discuss volunteer and internship opportunities in their divisions.  Human Resources representatives from OCO will also be on hand to showcase the job openings in OCO and other volunteer opportunities in the Health, Mental Hygiene, Children’s and Transportation divisions.  For more information on the event you may contact Alissa Bush at 342-7532.

OCO Inc. is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.  OCO, Inc. is a United Way of Greater Oswego county Member Agency.  For more information on OCO visit their web site at www.oco.org.

Red Cross Cites Volunteer Of Month

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OSWEGO, NY – Arlene Krauss has been chosen as the American Red Cross volunteer of the month for July.

Arlene Krauss

Arlene Krauss

Arlene volunteers as a member of the American Red Cross Advisory Council.

As a member of the council, she is involved in supporting and working various Red Cross events and projects.

Recently, Arlene was instrumental in the success of the restaurant project, an undertaking of the Advisory Council that raised more than $1,000 for the Red Cross.

The Volunteer of the Month is sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and each month the chosen volunteer receives a gift card from Dunkin Donuts and the Red Cross as an expression of appreciation for their volunteer efforts.

Certified EMT’S Needed By Harborfest; Paid Positions Available

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Harborfest has a need for certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) to staff the festival, July 24-27.

Harborfest says there are openings for certified EMT’s for all shifts and all days during the three and a half day event. Compensation is $50 per-shift and the festival will provide a uniform “T” shirt for all Emergency Medical Technicians employed at Harborfest.

Applications for service as an EMT at Harborfest 2008 can be obtained in person at the Harborfest office located at 41 Lake Street in Oswego, or by contacting EMT Coordinator, Chris Stupp at 591-4624.

With the Route 104 Bridge closed for repair this summer, be sure to plan accordingly so that you don’t miss the events you want to see.  The Utica Street Bridge will be open as will the pedestrian walking bridge located just north of Utica Street.  Visit the Harborfest website at www.oswegoharborfest.com for the latest information regarding transportation options and performance schedules. More than 250,000 visitors are expected to attend Harborfest 2008.

Red Cross Cites May Volunteer Of Month

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OSWEGO, NY – Roberta Barbera has been chosen as American Red Cross volunteer of the month for May 2008.

Roberta BarberaRoberta’s volunteer service to the Red Cross includes coordinating several Red Cross clubs in Oswego City School District schools and serving on the advisory committee.

She recently coordinated a spaghetti dinner with all of the local Red Cross clubs in order to give them some leadership and fundraising training.

Along with providing a great fun opportunity for the youth the dinner raised more than $2,000 for the American Red Cross.

The volunteer of the month program is underwritten by Dunkin Donuts with the recipient receiving a gift card as an expression of appreciation.

Health And Humor 101 Taught At Michaud Volunteer Event

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FULTON, NY – Volunteers at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton were served lunch to honor their efforts on behalf of residents, with a “side of humor” from Larry Brennan RN.

Health And Humor 101 Taught At Michaud Volunteer EventBrennan, a former director of nursing, performed his one-man show entitled “Health And Humor 101″ for all in attendance and was assisted by a sidekick, Charlie.

The humorous and musical program also shared some skills needed to survive today’s high stress healthcare environment.

Pictured is (left to right) Charles B. Charles (Charlie) and Brennan.

“Our Volunteer Recognition Luncheon is an annual event that honors those folks who give of their time selflessly on behalf of our residents,” said Sue Parkinson, director of activities at Michaud. “Our volunteers range in age from 16 to 75 and because of their support, our residents’ quality of life is much fuller.”

Red Cross Cites Volunteer

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OSWEGO, NY – Lori Kyle, volunteer Health and Safety Instructor for the American Red Cross has been chosen as April’s volunteer of the month.

Due to the generosity of Dunkin Donuts, who sponsors the Volunteer of the Month program, each month a Red Cross volunteer is recognized for their service to the community.

Dunkin Donuts provides a gift card each month to the chosen volunteer.

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