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Severe Weather Test Part Of Hazards Awareness Week

FULTON, NY – The 23rd annual Severe Hazards Awareness Week will be observed in Oswego County and throughout New York State May 1 through 7.

As part of its educational campaign, Oswego County Emergency Management Director Patricia Egan reminds local residents of the precautions they should take when hazardous weather conditions are predicted.

Hazardous weather can occur at any time, Egan said.

“Thunderstorms, windstorms, tornadoes, and flooding carry the potential of threatening public safety and property and disrupting normal activities,” she noted.

The county office works closely with New York State, the National Weather Service, and the local public safety community to improve the county’s readiness to respond to potentially dangerous weather situations.

The County Legislature’s Public Safety and Emergency Services oversees the emergency management office and other public safety agencies.

As part of the statewide hazardous weather week, the National Weather Service will issue test-warning messages for hazardous weather threats that develop rapidly on May 5, at approximately 1:15 p.m.

The test is being conducted in partnership with the New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission.

The National Weather Service Buffalo forecast office will issue the test message for Oswego County.

“In September 2007 Oswego County was recertified as a StormReady County by the National Weather Service. The designation recognizes the multiple hazardous weather warning systems and preparedness levels in place throughout the county,” said Legislator Linda Lockwood, District 11, chairperson of the Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee.

Committee members encourage all local residents to prepare themselves by learning what to do when hazardous weather strikes, and by putting together a Family Disaster Kit with emergency supplies.

In addition to Legislator Lockwood, the committee includes vice chairperson Margaret Kastler, District 1; Shawn Doyle, District 3; Mary Flett, District 17; Kevin Gardner, District 13; John Martino, District 6; and Amy Tresidder, District 16.

“The statewide drill gives public safety and preparedness officials, the broadcast media, schools, and all New Yorkers the opportunity to test plans for responding to a weather emergency,” said Egan. “We encourage Oswego County schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities that have tone-alert weather radios issued by our office to participate by logging their receipt of the test messages and reviewing their hazardous weather plans.”

To help local residents become prepared for hazardous weather emergencies, the Oswego County Emergency Management Office offers a number of brochures on winter storms, thunderstorms and tornadoes, flooding preparedness, and general family disaster planning.

Copies are available by calling the Emergency Management Office at 315-591-9150.

The information is also posted on the Oswego County website, www.oswegocounty.com/emo

April 23 To 30 Is National Infant Immunization Week

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Health Department will observe National Infant Immunization Week from April 23 to April 30.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designate National Infant Immunization Week to remind parents, health professionals, and the public that children deserve a healthy start by immunizing them against vaccine-preventable diseases.

The Oswego County Health Department honored Oswego County Opportunities Health Centers for their continued effort in raising immunization rates in Oswego County. At the presentation were Erin Ciappa, immunization coordinator for the Oswego County Health Department; Dr. Marie Desravines, medical director for the Fulton OCO Health Center; Dr. ScottVanGorder, medical director for the Oswego OCO Health Center; and Angela Cimilluca, public health educator for the Oswego County Health Department.

The Oswego County Health Department honored Oswego County Opportunities Health Centers for their continued effort in raising immunization rates in Oswego County. At the presentation were Erin Ciappa, immunization coordinator for the Oswego County Health Department; Dr. Marie Desravines, medical director for the Fulton OCO Health Center; Dr. ScottVanGorder, medical director for the Oswego OCO Health Center; and Angela Cimilluca, public health educator for the Oswego County Health Department.

There are now vaccines to protect children against 14 diseases before they reach two years of age.

Despite recent gains in infant immunization coverage, more than 20 percent of the country’s two-year-old children are not fully immunized against infectious diseases, many of which they are especially vulnerable to.

“NIIW provides a chance for us to remember how important vaccines are and renew our efforts to make sure no child needlessly suffers from a vaccine-preventable disease,” says Erin Ciappa, immunization coordinator for the Oswego County Health Department.

To commemorate NIIW, the Oswego County Health Department honored the Oswego County Opportunities Health Centers for their continued effort in raising immunization rates in Oswego County.

The OCO Health Centers assisted in keeping hundreds of Oswego County children vaccinated against pertussis (whooping cough) as an outbreak took place in neighboring Jefferson County.

One of the best ways that parents can protect their children’s health is to follow the childhood immunization schedule and stay up-to-date on their own immunizations.

The Oswego County Health Department can help parents determine which vaccines they and their children need to stay healthy.

The Oswego County Health Department offers immunization clinics from 9 to 11 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of the month at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse in Pulaski and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. every Friday at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., in Oswego.

For more information about vaccinations, talk to your healthcare provider or call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

Visit oswegocounty.com/health/immunization.html for more details.

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Is October 19-25

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OSWEGO, NY – According to data from a 2003-2004 national survey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates nearly a quarter of a million children living in the U.S. have blood lead levels high enough to cause significant damage to their health. The major source of lead exposure among U.S. children is lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust found in deteriorating buildings.

Despite the continued presence of lead in the environment today, lead poisoning is entirely preventable.

To increase awareness of childhood lead poisoning prevention, the Oswego County Health Department is participating in National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Oct. 19 to 25, along with CDC, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

This year’s theme, “Let’s Wipe Out Lead Poisoning-Renovate Right” underscores the importance of preventing lead exposure through lead-safe work practices to prevent lead poisoning’s serious health effects, such as brain damage, learning and behavior problems or even death.

This year’s theme also highlights EPA’s new rule for contractors that conduct renovations, repairs, and painting activities.

There are many ways parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead.

First and foremost, hazards in a child’s environment must be identified and controlled or removed safely.

Sources of lead include dust and chips from paint in homes built before 1978; soil; various imported goods, such as toys, Mexican candy, traditional ceramics, and children’s jewelry.

Health officials recommend the following:

Wash children’s hands often, especially before eating and before bed time.

Wash toys, pacifiers and bottles often, even if they don’t look dirty; and

Mop floors often with a damp mop, and use damp cloths to clean windowsills.

You can also help protect your children from lead by serving foods rich in calcium, iron, and vitamin C.

More information about preventing childhood lead poisoning is available from the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547, or by visiting the CDC Web site at

http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/

Great Homecoming And Spirit Week At OHS

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OSWEGO, NY – It was a memorable spirit week at the Oswego High School and for many students it was their best homecoming weekend.

Buc Fest was a huge success as the Buc Boosters organized the pre-game festivities. Numerous organizations, businesses and individuals donated to make event something special for the students and community.

Buc Fest was a huge success as the Buc Boosters organized the pre-game festivities. Numerous organizations, businesses and individuals donated to make event something special for the students and community.

Executive Principal Pete Myles said, “It was one of the best spirit weeks ever. There was a tremendous amount of teacher and student participation in the daily events. The pep rally was fantastic. The student involvement was widespread and Buc Fest was great.”

This year the homecoming and spirit week at the Oswego High School were greatly expanded and the enthusiasm was tremendous.

Junior Class Advisor Tai Jackson said, “I thought spirit week went really well. I saw the excitement build all week with the students. I have actually had faculty members say they have not seen that much school spirit in a long time and that is a huge compliment.”

Ryan Burger cuts teacher Kirk Mulverhill’s hair as part of the OHS pep rally for homecoming weekend.

Ryan Burger cuts teacher Kirk Mulverhill’s hair as part of the OHS pep rally for homecoming weekend.

The week kicked off with a parade from Breitbeck Park to the high school where the senior and junior girls squared off in the annual powder puff football game.

The underclassmen were also involved in a tug of war between freshmen and sophomores.

The night was capped off with a huge bonfire.

Throughout the week a variety of special events filled the high school with the pre-game festivities culminating with a tremendous pep rally on Friday afternoon.

Powers Gymnasium at the Frederick Leighton Elementary School was packed to the rafters.

Students celebrated as teacher Kirk Mulverhill and Board of Education Vice President Sean Madden received “Mohawk” style haircuts and then had their hair sprayed blue and white.

Cheerleaders performed and tugs of war were held with the seniors eventually defeating the faculty.

The highlight of the pep rally was the making of a “human sundae.”

Math teacher Phil Reed was “elected” by the student body to be covered with ice cream and 15 toppings.

Reed proved to be a good sport as he sat in the center of the gym in a kiddy pool.

By the time it was over he had been coated with chocolate chips, strawberries, pineapple, peanut butter, fudge, marshmallows, and just about every other messy topping imaginable.

Phil Reed was ‘elected’ to be a human sundae as he was covered with ice cream and a variety of toppings at the Oswego High School pep rally during Spirit Week and Homecoming. Jenna Delaney seems to enjoy her additional topping to the project.

Phil Reed was ‘elected’ to be a human sundae as he was covered with ice cream and a variety of toppings at the Oswego High School pep rally during Spirit Week and Homecoming. Jenna Delaney seems to enjoy her additional topping to the project.

As the making of the human sundae neared completion he was surrounded by members of his Oswego High School girls’ varsity basketball team who completed the job by spraying whipped cream all over their coach.

After school the high school students were joined by elementary youngsters and community members at the first Buc Fest.

The Buc Boosters supported this unique event.

The entire practice area south of the varsity football field became a carnival like atmosphere.

Youngsters enjoyed face painting, dancing to music from John Bletch and the Predators, enjoying bloomin’ onions, fried dough and snow cones, jumped on board the inflatables and watched as teacher Megan Daley kissed a pig.

Jackson noted, “Thanks have to go out to Phil Reed and Megan Daley as well as John Bletch and the Predators for playing at Buc Fest. The Buc Boosters and all others that volunteered at Buc Fest made this a great event. I would also like to thank the OHS faculty and staff and Acting Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist for their support and encouragement throughout the week.”

Then to cap off the week the varsity football team scored a thrilling 46-44 victory over Newark and the homecoming dance followed.

For the senior class Lauren Hunt and Ryan Burger were crowned queen and king and included in the court were Christian Scaccia, Mo Donovan, Katie Metcalf, Adam McPherson, Nick Mezza and Andrew Anderson. Jeremy Gosek and Brooke Reifinger were winners in the junior class of the prince and princess and the court included Samuel Czarnecki, Jamie Reynolds, Mike Brown, Katie Anderson, Maggie McCloskey and Maia Czarnecki.

Acting Superintendent of Schools Crist gave credit to those who created this year’s event.

He noted, “Everyone involved is  to be commended for their commitment, organization and enthusiasm for all of the events revitalizing our homecoming celebration and activities. I would like to congratulate all of the people who assisted in many practices, meetings and planning sessions that went into this fantastic week.”

Board of Education Vice President Sean Madden volunteered to have the OHS football team members provide him with a homecoming hair cut.

Board of Education Vice President Sean Madden volunteered to have the OHS football team members provide him with a homecoming hair cut.

Judy Dunsmoor, who spearheaded the Buc Fest effort for the Buc Boosters, said, “It was a wonderful event and the kids, parents, teachers and all who attended seemed to have fun.”

She indicated there was a long list of donations and contributions to the district including the Oswego Buc Boosters, Bosco and Geers, Wal-Mart, Visual Creations, Barlow Concessions, Raymond’s Tent, Kraftees, Nancy Townsend, City of Oswego, New York Bold LLC., Gibby Thompson, Frito Lay, Doughtery’s Fun Services, Jeff King, Eagle Beverage, Marie Schadt, John Bletch and the Predators and all of the Oswego students, faculty, staff and parents who volunteered.

The Bucs were in the spotlight throughout the week.

Warren Shaw, Junior Class Co-Advisor said, ”Bucs of all ages had an opportunity to come together and enjoy a variety of events all week. The Buc Boosters and class officers worked together to plan and arrange some great events.”

Planning is already under way for next year.

OHS Homecoming And Spirit Week Set To Go

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OSWEGO, NY – Homecoming will be very special this year at the Oswego High School.

Due to the combined efforts of the Oswego High School Junior Class, the Buc Boosters and Athletic Director Scott Sugar this year’s homecoming will be a week-long celebration that will kick off on Oct. 5 and winds down with the presentation of the court at the dance on Oct. 10.

Oswego High School Junior Class President Jeremy Gosek meets with District Security Director John Anderson as they talk about the parade that will kick off this year’s Oswego High School Homecoming celebration.

Oswego High School Junior Class President Jeremy Gosek meets with District Security Director John Anderson as they talk about the parade that will kick off this year’s Oswego High School Homecoming celebration.

Junior Class President Jeremy Gosek said, “We feel that homecoming is a special event and we wanted to add more excitement this year than in the past. On Sunday we’ll kick it off with a parade, powder puff football game and bonfire and cap it off on Friday night after the football game.”

A major addition to this year’s event is “Buc Fest” which will be held on Oct. 10 on the practice field just south of the track at Joe Wilber Field.

Gosek said, “The Buc Boosters have been great and we’ve been working with them for some time to create this family event. I hope that the entire community can enjoy this. There will be a kiss a pig, guitar hero, dunking booth, inflatable’s for kids. Quite a bit of it will be free or there will be low cost food available.”

There will be a $2 admission for adults and $1 for students (this includes admission to the football game).

However, there will be free games, prizes and other activities to enjoy.

October 5 at 3:30 p.m. the parade will kick off at Breitbeck Park as school classes, organizations and sports teams are creating floats.

At 5 p.m. the annual powder puff football game will be held between the junior and senior class girls.

At halftime there will be a tug-of-war between the freshmen and sophomore girls.

The bonfire will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the base of the hill near Leighton School.

Junior Class Vice President Sarah Hill said, “I’m really excited about spirit week this year. There has been a lot of talk in the hall and people seem really excited. They love the themes and I think we are going to have a lot of participating. Hopefully, we will be successful in our goal to raise the school spirit at the Oswego High School.”

When school resumes on Monday every day there will be something special.

Monday will be Super Hero Day as students and staff will dress as their favorite super hero.

On Tuesday Generation Day will be held with the freshmen dressing in the 1950s style, the sophomores in ’60s garb, the juniors will cover the ’70s and the seniors the ’80s.

Wednesday will be Wacky Wednesday where it will be illegal for students to wear matching clothes.

Thursday students will dress as teachers and vice versa.

Friday will be Buc Blue Day with a Pep Rally at 1 p.m.

Highlighting the pep rally will be dressing a teacher as a “Homemade Sundae.”

Students will cast their ballots throughout the week and at the rally a teacher will sit in a kiddy pool and 15 students will take turns putting toppings on them.

Following the rally will be the first Buc Fest from 4-6:30 p.m.

The Buc Booster organization has been heavily involved in the event and with the cooperation of the city of Oswego the city bandstand will allow for a live band, John “Valcher” Bletch and the Predators to play from 4 to 6:15 p.m.

Face painting, jousting, temporary tattoos, dunking booth, giant screen guitar hero, free inflatable’s for the kids as well as collectable Oswego jerseys and apparel will be available and one Oswego High School teacher will have the honor of kissing a live pig.

There will be games with prizes and all sorts of food including hot dogs, cotton candy, pretzels, snow cones, pizza and fried dough.

The week will wind down with the football game against Newark at 7 p.m. followed by the dance where the court will be crowned.

At halftime of the football game, numerous retired coaches will be recognized for their dedication to the program as they will take to the field for a special presentation at halftime.

Gosek noted, “This will also be senior night for the football team and there will be a Pop Warner exhibition to involve the younger children.”

Gosek continued, “We really want this to be a big event. School spirit is increasing and this will be a great week. However, this isn’t just a school event we want the entire community to be part of this and come out and enjoy the events including Buc Fest and the football game.”

National Fire Prevention Week Starts Monday, Oct. 5

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FULTON, NY – In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 5 through 11, Oswego County Fire Coordinator John Hinds reminds everyone to take common-sense precautions to minimize the risk in their homes.

“The rising cost of fuel oil and natural gas may convince people to use alternate sources of heat this winter,” he said. “We urge people to use those sources carefully.”

“Fires can cause a great deal of harm and loss, but most fires can be prevented,” Hinds continued. “Nationwide, more than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires and more than 25,000 are injured. And an overwhelming number of fires are in the home.”

Especially for wood stoves, other alternate sources of heat, and electrical appliances, Hinds urges people to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

“That’s the best,” he said. “One of the most common causes of fires is improper clearance to combustibles.”

He encourages local residents to follow fire safety and prevention tips from the U.S. Fire Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Use alternate sources of heat properly.

Portable heaters need space. Keep anything combustible at least three feet away. Plug heaters directly into the wall socket and unplug them when not in use.

Keep fire in the fireplace. Use fire screens and have your chimney cleaned annually. The creosote buildup can ignite a chimney fire that could easily spread.

Wood stoves cause over 9,000 residential fires annually. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s installation and maintenance instructions. Use only seasoned wood for fuel, not green wood, artificial logs or trash. Inspect and clean your pipes and chimneys regularly and check often for damage or obstructions.

Kerosene heaters should be used only where approved by authorities. Never use gasoline or camp stove fuel. Refuel outside and only after the heater has cooled. Use the heater in a well ventilated room.

Every home should have at least one working smoke alarm. Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Test it monthly, keep it free of dust and replace the batteries at least once a year. Replace the detector itself after 10 years.

Teach children to be safe. Children under five are naturally curious about fire.

Many play with matches and lighters.

Tragically, children set more than 20,000 fires every year.

Teach your children that fire is a tool, not a toy, and keep lighters and matches locked up and out of their reach.

Prevent electrical fires. Never overload circuits or extension cords. Do not place cords and wires under rugs, over nails or in high traffic areas.

Immediately shut off and unplug appliances that sputter, spark or emit an unusual smell. Have them professionally repaired or replaced.

Use appliances wisely. Follow the manufacturer’s safety precautions.

Overheating, unusual smells, shorts and sparks are all warning signs that appliances need to be shut off, then repaired or replaced.

Unplug appliances when not in use.

Use safety caps to cover all unused outlets, especially if there are small children at home.

Follow safe cooking practices. Keep items away from the stove that could catch fire, such as towels, clothing and curtains, and plastic. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and get training from the fire department to learn how to use it.

Designate two escape routes from each bedroom and practice them regularly.

Teach everyone the “Stop, Drop and Roll” technique in case clothing catches on fire.

Keep flammable items like bedding, clothes and curtains at least three feet away from portable heaters or lit candles, and never smoke in bed. Never leave a lit candle unattended.

Hinds also offered advice on what to do if you are caught in a residential fire:

Plan your escape routes. Determine at least two ways to escape from every room of your home. If you must use an escape ladder, be sure everyone knows how to use it.

Select a location outside your home where everyone would meet after escaping. Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.

Once you are out, stay out! Call the fire department from a neighbor’s home.

If you see smoke in your first escape route, use your second way out. If you must exit through smoke, crawl low under the smoke to escape.

If you are escaping through a closed door, feel the door before opening it. If it is hot, use your second way out.

If smoke, heat, or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed. Signal for help using a bright-colored cloth at the window. If there is a telephone in the room, call the fire department and tell them where you are.

For a fact sheet on Rural Fire Safety and Prevention visit the Fire Coordinator’s Web page at http://oswegocounty.com/fire.shtml

Fulton Recognizes Police Week

FULTON, NY – Congress and the president of the United States have designated today as Peace Officers Memorial Day.

“It is a day when we can reflect and remember those who have given their lives in the line of duty,” Fulton Deputy Chief Thomas Abelgore said. “It reminds everyone what a dangerous job it is, even in the small community of Fulton.”police weekMayor Ronald Woodward has officially designated this week as Police Week in the city of Fulton. A mayoral proclamation was read into the official minutes of the Fulton Common Council meeting this past week.

“The members of the law enforcement agency of the city of Fulton play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of the citizens of Fulton,” the proclamation read.

“It is important that all citizens know and understand the problems, duties and responsibilities of their police department, and that members of our police department recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property by protecting them against violence and disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the week against oppression or intimidation,” it continued.

“The police department in the city of Fulton has grown to be a modern and scientific law enforcement agency which unceasingly provides a vital public service.”

Woodward called on all citizens and patriotic, civil and educational organizations to take time this week to thank officers, past and present, whose “faithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities have rendered a dedicated service to their communities and, in doing so, have established themselves an enviable and enduring reputation for preserving the rights and security of all citizens.”

Woodward also called on citizens to take time today to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day “in honor of those peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, have lost their lives or have become disabled in the performance of duty.”

Fulton Recognizes Salvation Army Week

FULTON, NY – The city of Fulton is recognizing this week as Salvation Army Week. To observe the week, the city entered a mayoral proclamation into the official minutes of the Fulton Common Council meeting May 6.

Mayoral Proclamation Honoring Salvation Army Weeksalvation army week

Whereas, The Salvation Army has been providing hope to hurting men, women, children and senior citizens across America since 1879; And

Whereas, The Salvation Army is an international movement that is motivated by faith to address human suffering and to assist those in need; And

Whereas, The Salvation Army is celebrating the 55th annual National Salvation Army Week, which was first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 as a time to honor the organization’s work done on behalf of the poor; And

Whereas, The Salvation Army has been federally recognized by President Carter in 1980 for the organization’s 100 years of service in the United States and again in 2001 by President George W. Bush; And

Whereas, The Salvation Army is non-profit agency that encourages volunteerism and donations to charity; And

Whereas, The Salvation Army serves more than 28 million Americans in need each year, with 83 cents of every dollar raised to support services in 5,000 communities nationwide; And

Whereas, The Salvation Army has been a service agency in the City of Fulton since December 1884 providing help without discrimination to people in crises by providing meals, food pantry, shelter, clothing, transportation, financial and other necessary assistance;

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald L. Woodward Sr., Mayor of the City of Fulton, do hereby resolve that the week of May 12, 2008 until May 18, 2008 as Salvation Army Week.

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