Membership Update

Membership Update

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Richardson Bates Museum
Tuesday, November 10th
135 East Third Street,Oswego


What more can we say but WOW!!! What a fantastic season for our Oswego Farmers’ Market. At our last market we had 72 kids come down and dress up for our parade. Kids were greeting by the Oswego Fire and Police Departments and were handed free stuff and Soul Hooping was there to keep them all occupied. We have so many people to thank for helping us make this year successful.
Thank you first to the Oswego Police Department. They were there every week to help clear the street and make sure our market was safe. Your help all year was greatly appreciated! Thank you to all our vendors! You are the ones who make our market one of the biggest markets around. You show great dedication every week by being there and we are so glad to have each and every one of you. Thank you to the volunteers that helped us at our table when we needed it the most. Thank you to Jackie Thorpe for working so hard to get the stall numbers in order and going through a couple weeks of confusion but making it happen! Thank you to our partners for bringing some great programs down to the market. These include Literacy Coalition, Oswego Fire and Police Departments, The Oswego YMCA and SUNY Oswego. Thanks to Nate Emmons for providing a sound system to us with no hesitation. Thanks to the DPW for always bringing the stage down to us every week. The biggest THANKS goes to our community and our downtown businesses you are the ones who came out every week and showed your support to our vendors! We could not do this without the great people we have in our city. I apologize if we forgot anyone but again… THANK YOU!!! See you all next May!!!
Please remember our Fulton Market continues until October 24th so please stop down there and visit our vendors!Clean Care Service

Dear Members:
The fall is my favorite time of year. I love going from job to job and seeing all the colors in the trees, hillsides from Tully, through La Fayette, to Skaneateles, and Cazenovia, as well as my own backyard. Being raised on a farm, I love the outdoors. I love the job I have working inside, outside all over central New York, and not being in one place for very long. Thank you for letting me do what I love to do for the past 31 years.
It’s fall and it’s time to start thinking of fall and winter projects. As soon as the leaves are down I will start cleaning out the gutters. I have a list compiled from last year and we will call you to see if you wish to have them cleaned this year. Please give us a call if you have not had them done and would like me to schedule you. The fall and the winter months are a good time to have the carpets and upholstery cleaned as the heat is on and they will dry quickly.
I’m always looking for inside work to do in the winter months. I offer a 10% discount on all painting done from November through March. Other jobs that I can do in the winter include floor stripping and waxing, carpet and upholstery cleaning, whole house cleaning, light fixtures, overhead fans, and chandeliers.

Here is a reminder of all the services that I offer:
Pressure Washing Gutter Cleaning
Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning & Sealing Floors
Window Cleaning Interior & Exterior Painting
Epoxy Painting of Concrete Floors Office Cleaning
Vinyl & Aluminum Siding Cleaning Deck Cleaning
Water Damage from Flooding

I am always looking for new customers. Thank you for telling your friends, family, and co-workers about my cleaning business. As a token of my gratitude, I will send you $10 cash for each referral that I do work for, as you continue to be my best source of advertising!
I look forward to working for you in the future.

Thank you.
Dave Nipper

USOswego 2015 Event Announced as ‘Free For Veterans’ Nov 11 & 13

The USOswego event is free for veterans and consists of a breakfast, a matinee variety program and an evening dinner theater to show support for, and appreciation of, our local veterans.
The USOswego Veteran’s Day Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, November 11th, at the Community Center of the Oswego Alliance Church. The church is located at 371 Thompson Road in Oswego, which is across from the main entrance to SUNY Oswego on Route 104 West. The breakfast will consist of eggs, pancakes, sausage, ham, potatoes, toast and real maple syrup. Coffee and juice will also be provided. Breakfast will be served from 7:00 am to 10:00 am, and will be free of charge for veterans, as well as children aged 12 and under. Veterans will need to present an ID, such as used at the VA, or a copy of their DD-214 as ‘proof of service’. Non-veterans will be asked to provide a $7 donation for breakfast.
On Friday, November 13th, the USOswego event will consist of two performances of a variety show in the style of past USO shows performed for our fighting troops in remote locations. This year’s event will try to touch upon the style of multiple Armed Forces campaigns from the past. The show, with or without dinner, is free for veterans. As with the breakfast, ‘proof of service’ for free veterans entrance will be a military ID or a DD-214. Both shows will be performed at the American Foundry located on Route 104 West across from Dunkin Donuts and behind Fajita Grill.
The afternoon matinee USOswego show is scheduled as follows: doors open at 1:30, show starts at 2:00, doors close at 3:30. No food will be served for this afternoon performance though a cash bar will be available.
The evening USOswego dinner show is scheduled as follows: doors open at 6:00, dinner at 7:00, show starts at 8:00, after-show dance party and doors close at 10:00. Dinner selection will be fresh-carved turkey dinner with dressing with golden raisins, mashed potatoes with onions, cranberry sauce, carrots with orange glaze and salad. Coffee or tea will be served and a cash bar will be available.
For those non-veterans wishing to attend one of the USOswego events, tickets are priced at $7 for the breakfast, $15 for the matinee show and $40 for the evening dinner theater show. Tickets may be purchased by visiting http://www.USOswego.com or in person at 29 West Seneca Street. Veterans need to go to the website to reserve their free space. Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot!
To allow the breakfast, matinee show and dinner theater to be free for veterans, this event is being prepared and presented completely by volunteers donating their time and energy.
The USOswego team consists of Jennifer Gordon (Jumpin’ Jive), Tammy Lynn Wilkinson (Theatre du Jour), Matthew Wood (On The Porch Radio Hour), Nathan Emmons (Just Push Play Productions), Kyle Cheeley (King Arthur Suites), Victoria Usherwood Gailinas (iHeartOswego) and Phil Gailinas (iHeart Corp). All of the show performers are volunteering their time and talents to this event as well.
Do you want to help this effort and show your support for our local veterans? If so, we have sponsorship packages available to local businesses so you can help and be recognized as a supporter of this effort. Sponsorship package details are available at http://www.USOswego.com or by calling iHeartOswego at 315-402-6623.
Be sure to reserve November 11th and November 13th to show your support for our vets!

Pictured are USOswego Program Director Jennifer Gordon and USOswego Program Producer Tammy Lynn Wilkinson.

Family engraving business expands, readies for milestone year

Lupien’s Gifts and Engraving, in Oswego, was originally begun in 1986 by Donna and Bill Lupien as a sideline business for extra income. Today, as it prepares to celebrate 30 years of service to the central New York community, Lupien’s announces the launch of its first website, the acquisition of a laser engraver and the expansion of its promotional division, along with welcoming two family members into the business.
Debra Lupien Denny, a freelance writer, and LeeAnne Lupien, a freelance photographer, recently joined the family business and said they are excited about helping their mother take it to the next level.
“When Dad died in 2011, my sister, Lee, my brother, Jim, who is an experienced engraver, and myself all stepped in to help Mom keep up with the business as best we could in between our own jobs,” Debra said. “Mom had been contemplating selling the business until my sister and I told her how much we wanted to join forces with her and continue the family business.”
It was not just how much they enjoyed learning the craft, she explained, but how much they found they loved working with their mother.
Lupien’s currently operates at 139 E. Third St. and has been there since 1998, when Donna and Bill closed their gift store downtown. This move allowed them to shift their focus more to the awards and engraving side of the business and to expand their services to include sublimation, a heat transfer process which allowed them to offer more options for personalized awards and gift items. This past year, the three women have been busy expanding once more.
“Thanks to a grant from the Workforce Development Institute, we recently purchased a laser engraver, allowing us to expand our array of services, such as glass, acrylic and wood engraving,” Donna said. “While the girls are busy with the engraving and custom personalization side of the business, I am now able to start growing the promotions side of it. I don’t think a lot of our clients even know we do that and since I have been able to get the word out, our promotional sales have really started to take off.”
To help with the expansion and to increase their reach, Lupien’s enlisted the talent at I Heart Corp., in Oswego to build them their first website, LupiensGiftsAndEngraving.com, which launches this week. “Using local resources (like I Heart Corp.) for our own business need helps to keep the Oswego economy strong and we’re all about that,” Debra said.
Donna said in the past, word-of-mouth has always been the backbone of their advertising and is what has built Lupien’s Gifts and Engraving to what it is today.
“We pride ourselves on our personal service and attention to detail,” she said. “Whether it is an award for a sporting event or a personalized gift that makes a statement, we understand how important it is to help our customers find the perfect words to express their exact sentiment.”
The women said they are excited about the opportunities the website will provide their business, not only serve to enhance their client base, but to enlighten their current customers as to all that Lupien’s Gifts and Engraving can do for them.
“We are known in Central New York not just for the high-quality of our work, but also for our extremely personal service and great prices,” Donna said. “I am thrilled that my daughters want to continue Lupien’s Gifts and Engraving and can’t wait to see how far they take it.”
In addition to the website, Lupien’s can also be reached at 315-342-6326 or on Facebook.

Caption: From left are LeeAnne Lupien, Donna Lupien and Debra Lupien

United Way Welcomes Van Fleet
Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine has announced that Kayla Van Fleet has been named the agency’s finance director. A native of Fair Haven, Van Fleet, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from SUNY Oswego, previously worked as a human resources generalist for Fowler Bros., Inc. in Wolcott.

Kayla is excited to be working for an organization that she admires and is looking forward to her new role with United Way. “I became familiar with United Way through my husband,” said Van Fleet. “When he began supporting Novelis’ in-house employee campaign for United Way I was curious about the work United Way does. I was impressed with the way in which United Way provides funding to so many different agencies. Unlike charitable organizations that support a specific program United Way helps fund a significant number of agencies and programs that serve the entire community. I realized that there is a real need for the programs United Way funds. I love the fact that these programs benefit people right here in Oswego County and that United Way helps to make it possible. United Way is an essential part of our community and I am honored to be a part it.”

As financial director, Van Fleet will be responsible for all financial aspects of United Way including tracking the results of in-house United Way campaigns conducted by local companies as well as donations from small businesses and individuals.

“I’m pleased to welcome Kayla to our staff,” said Dewine. “Her knowledge of the many aspects of business administration, as well as her hands on experience working in the finance and human resources departments for a business that employs over 400 individuals, will serve her well in her new position as finance director at United Way.”

The Chamber Holiday Social will be Wednesday, December 2nd!
More information to follow soon!

** Please send all information you would like to share with our members to Danielle Hayden at [email protected] **