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Roundtable Discussion with U.S. Rep. John Katko
The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, together with the Office of U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24), today announced that it will host monthly economic development meetings with the Oswego County business community. These meetings provide an opportunity for U.S. Rep. John Katko to share his work on initiatives in Congress to strengthen Central New York’s economy, as well as gain valuable feedback from business owners, managers, and community residents.
Rep. Katko will join the group for its second meeting on Thursday, November 12th, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Fulton City Hall, Court Chambers
141 South First Street
Fulton, NY 13069
Friday, November 20th
186 West First Street
Crowd celebrates literacy in Hannibal
Students, parents and community groups packed the Kenney Middle School in Hannibal Saturday morning to celebrate their love of reading during the fifth annual Literacy Coalition of Oswego County’s READ event.
Costumed youngsters participated in the countywide event, which had a festival atmosphere where dozens of activities and demonstrations captivated the crowd and promoted good literacy habits.
“We’re here to celebrate literacy,” said Carrie Waloven, co-chair of the READ campaign. “Literacy opens doors, and it’s not just reading. We have other agencies here to talk about what they offer and increase workforce literacy, financial literacy, employment literacy.” Volunteers from community organizations each set up unique stations for attendees to embrace all facets of literacy, and face-painting and balloon animals were also available to entertain.
The theme of this year’s READ event was “Every Hero Has A Story,” and the Kenney school gym was teaming with superhero and fantasy outfits, from Captain America to the Cat in the Hat.
Thomas Altman, a physics teacher at Oswego High School, brought crowds of children onto the stage to demonstrate and explain the realities of flight – “like Superman does.” Bridgette Seguin, a board member of the Literacy Coalition and representing the Fulton Rotary, helped children write and illustrate greeting cards for local and foreign veterans.
“Literacy and helping children are two of the Rotary’s service areas, and this is a great event to bring that together,” said Seguin, who noted the Fulton Rotary donates a dictionary annually to each third-grade student at Fulton elementary schools.
The SUNY Oswego chapter of the Phi Beta Lambda national business organization was also present in force, helping set up activities, distribute prizes and books and help guide families around the many displays.
“It’s a great way to help out in the community and carry it on from year to year,” said chapter President Mark Prezioso, whose organization also volunteers at the Literacy Coalition’s Scrabblefest event. “It’s also a great way to figure out where you want to go and make connections while working with all these organizations.” Amber Garrison, a 9-year-old student at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School in Oswego, said her among her favorite books are the famous “Dora the Explorer” and “Go, Diego, Go” book series.
“I’m having a lot of fun with all the people here,” said Amber. “I feel really happy when I finish a book.”
Oswego County Historical Society
2015 Lecture Series
Sunday, November 15 at 1:30 pm
Enriched Living Residence
4 Burkle Street, Oswego
“Memories of Oswego Catholic High School”
Guest Speakers – Alumni Byron Smith & Julie Smith
Event Free and Open to the Public
Refreshments will be served
Greene’s Ale House Joins United Way Stone Soup Luncheon.
Resource Development Director for United Way of Greater Oswego County Ali McGrath welcomes Sean Ohnmacht, owner of Greene’s Ale House as the newest restaurant to take part in the United Way’s 10th Annual Stone Soup Luncheon. Greene’s Ale House will spice up the menu with the addition of its Buffalo Wing Chili. The menu for the Stone Soup Luncheon also includes past favorites from Canale’s Restaurant and The Oswego Country Club; Italian Wedding Soup from Vona’s Restaurant; Chicken Tortellini from The Press Box; and Broccoli & Cheddar from Bridie Manor.
United Way invites community members to join them for the 10th Anniversary Celebration of its Annual Stone Soup Luncheon beginning at 11:30 am on Thursday, November 12 at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, West First Street in Oswego. United Way will be accepting a donation of $5.00 per person and those attending are urged to bring a donation of non-perishable food items. All proceeds from the luncheon and all food donations will benefit the food pantries at Human Concerns, Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities of Oswego County as well as the Hannibal food pantry. For more information, or to make reservations to attend the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stone Soup Luncheon, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900 or visit www.oswegounitedway.org.
Public Rally to Support National Monument Status for Fort Ontario Set for Nov. 12
A public rally to support a process leading to national landmark status for two key Oswego heritage sites will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center. The rally is part of a community effort to have Fort Ontario State Historic Site and the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum elevated to National Monument status and into the National Park Service.
Congressman John Katko, 24th District, will open the program. Elected officials, veterans, active duty military, business and community leaders, historical organizations, parks officials, and members of the public are invited to provide input and participate in the event.
The Fort Ontario National Landmark Committee, sponsor of the rally, is striving to raise awareness of Fort Ontario’s international historical significance and to develop its economic potential by achieving National Monument status for one of the nation’s most historic military posts.
“The committee is also working to list Fort Ontario as a National Historic Landmark (NHL) and UNESCO World Heritage Site based on its complete history as a military post from the French and Indian War through the War in Afghanistan, and its unique history as the only Emergency Refugee Shelter in the United States for victims of the Nazi Holocaust during World War II,” said Jeff Grimshaw, chairman of the Fort Ontario National Landmark Committee.
The Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center is located at the north end of the Best Western Hotel at 26 E. First St. , Oswego. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/Fort-Ontario-national-landmark-committee-1665213217099072/ or email [email protected]
EASTERN SHORE ANNOUNCES NEW HIRES
Jennifer Smith, Jordan DiBlasi, Patricia Burdick, and Brittanie Rose are all new hires at Eastern Shore Associates Insurance (ESA) it was announced by Martha Murray, president.
Smith is a receptionist at the Fulton office, DiBlasi is a commercial lines trainee at the Fulton office, Burdick is a receptionist at the North Syracuse office and Rose is a personal lines customer service representative.
Scrabble Fest boosts OCO Literacy Volunteers
For the past 8 years Scrabble Fest has spelled success for Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Literacy Volunteers. One of the areas most anticipated fundraisers; Scrabble Fest helps to raise awareness of OCO Literacy Volunteers and its efforts to combat illiteracy in Oswego County. According to Program Coordinator, Meg Henderson, 12% of the adult population in Oswego County read at the 5th grade level of below and 50% of newly enrolled students in the Literacy Volunteers program read below a 3rd grade level.
“It’s an issue that has to be addressed,” said Henderson. “These individuals are unable to do what many take for granted such as reading newspapers and magazines, medication labels, recipes and most books. OCO Literacy Volunteers offers the opportunity for them to gain the literary skills and computer skills necessary for daily activities and more. Thanks to the community support we received from individuals and businesses who helped sponsor the event, including: National Grid, G&C Foods, Ultimate Software, One Group, POMCO, Fidelis Care New York, Glider Oil, Key Bank, Eastern Shore Associates, Grossman St. Amour, Burritt Motors, Nelson Law Firm, Pathfinder and Sutton Real Estate; those who participated, and the work of our planning committee Scrabble Fest raised more than $15,700 that will be used to help us continue our mission of increasing literacy rates in Oswego County,” said Henderson.
While Scrabble Fest was an unqualified success as a fundraiser, the highlight of the evening was the message delivered by an individual who has benefited from the services OCO Literacy Volunteers offers.
“I’m grateful for what OCO Literacy Volunteers has done for me,” said OCO Literacy Volunteers English learning Student of the Year Ricardo Canales. “OCO Literacy Volunteers is the best decision I ever made. Obtaining my citizenship is priceless to me and OCO Literacy Volunteers made it possible!”
OCO Literacy Volunteers also recognized Basic Literacy Learner of the Year Pete Felt and Tutor of the Year Bridgette Seguin. “Being involved with OCO Literacy Volunteers is a very rewarding experience,” said Seguin. “It’s always a joy to see the excitement in the students’ eyes as they progress on their path towards literacy.”
“Ricardo and Bridgette’s stories were inspiring,” added Henderson. “They captured the essence of what OCO Literacy Volunteers is all about and the impact it is having on those who access the program and on the community in general.”
OCO Literacy Volunteers works to increase literacy in Oswego County by providing confidential services such as Basic English literacy to improve and develop reading and writing skills, simple math skills, and computer literacy. All services and materials are available free of charge to those wishing to access the program.
For more information on OCO Literacy Volunteers, or to learn how you can become a tutor, contact Meg Henderson at 315-342-8839 or visit www.oco.org.
Scrabble Fest Champs. The Compass Federal Credit Union team successfully defended its title by capturing first place in OCO Literacy Volunteers 9th Annual Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble Fest. The event that raised more than $15,700 in support of OCO Literacy Volunteers and its efforts to increase literacy rates in Oswego County. For more information on OCO Literacy Volunteers contact Meg Henderson at 315-342-8839 or visit www.oco.org. Team members included Tom O’Toole, Joanne O’Toole, Patrick O’Toole and Devin O’Toole.
United Way Hosts 10th Annual Stone Soup Luncheon to aid food pantries
The United Way of Greater Oswego County invites community members to join them for the 10th Anniversary Celebration of its Annual Stone Soup Luncheon. This year’s luncheon will be held at 11:30 am on Thursday, November 12 at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, West First Street in Oswego.
The menu for this year’s Stone Soup Luncheon will include a variety of hearty soups, including past favorites from Canale’s Restaurant and The Oswego Country Club; Italian Wedding Soup from Vona’s Restaurant; Chicken Tortellini from The Press Box; Broccoli & Cheddar from Bridie Manor; and house favorites from the luncheon’s newest soup providers, Greene’s Ale House, and The American Foundry. The menu also includes salad from C’s Farms, desserts from Cakes Galore, and more!
There will also be door prizes and other surprises as United Way celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Stone Soup Luncheon.
United Way will be accepting a donation of $5.00 per person and those attending are urged to bring a donation of non-perishable food items. All proceeds from the luncheon and all food donations will benefit the food pantries at Human Concerns, Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities of Oswego County as well as the Hannibal food pantry.
For more information, or to make reservations to attend the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stone Soup Luncheon, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.
Committee members from the United Way’s Annual Stone Soup Luncheon meet at St. Joseph’s Parish Center in Oswego to discuss details for this year’s Stone Soup Luncheon. Pictured above from left are: Shawn Seale of Key Bank, Marion Ciciarelli of Oswego Health, Fr. Greg Kreinheder, Pastor of St. Joseph and St. Stephen’s Churches in Oswego, and United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine. Absent from photo are committee members Aaron Thorpe of Vanguard Title Research; United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, United Way Intern Alyssa Barrett of SUNY Oswego, and Helen Hoefer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County.