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College to celebrate Military Appreciation Night at hockey game
In appreciation of the nation’s military, SUNY Oswego will welcome veterans, active duty, Guard or Reserves service members to attend the Friday, Nov. 20, men’s ice hockey game, with a guest, for free.

archive – Veterans LoungeThe college will also hold a Veterans Organization Resource Fair as an opportunity for members of the military to speak with representatives of more than a dozen helping organizations throughout the region.

Military Appreciation Night will enhance the hockey action as the nationally ranked Lakers skate against SUNY Morrisville in Marano Campus Center arena. The fair will begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue during breaks in the 7 p.m. game.

Attendees with identification—military ID, Veterans Administration card, DD 214 certificate of discharge and so on—can pick up their tickets in advance or at the game in Marano Campus Center box office.

“We put this event together because there is nothing like this for veterans in Oswego County,” said Ben Parker, veteran and military services coordinator for the college’s Division of Extended Learning. “We have experience connecting our veteran students to all the resources out there—this special evening is an extension of that.”

Parker said arrangements are underway to recognize the military before and during the hockey game, including a color guard and a special video tribute. Additionally, the college has ordered small U.S. flags that the SUNY Oswego Veterans Club will hand out to all fans.

Organizations that have committed to attend include SUNY Oswego Veteran and Military Services, Oswego County Veterans Agency, Clear Path for Veterans, the Syracuse VA Medical Center, Easter Seals NY Military and Veteran Services, the state Division of Veterans’ Affairs, Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Feed Our Vets, Syracuse Vet Center, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and Team Red, White and Blue.
Parking for the game is free with a game ticket. For more information and a campus map, visit

SUNY Oswego, recognized as a military-friendly college for its support of students currently or formerly in the armed forces, will host Military Appreciation Night on Nov. 20. Veterans, active duty, Guard and Reserves service members may attend the Morrisville-Oswego men’s ice hockey game for free with a guest, as well as a Veterans Organization Resource Fair. Organizer Ben Parker (pictured in red shirt), veteran and military services coordinator for the college, speaks with SUNY Oswego Veterans Club members at a previous Veterans Day event on campus.

United Way Stone Soup Luncheon Welcomes Great Results
The 10th Annual Stone Soup Luncheon, a community initiative organized by the United Way of Greater Oswego County was a true celebration as community members filled St. Joseph’s Parish Center in Oswego to enjoy a delicious meal of soup, salad, rolls and dessert. The annual event strives to raise awareness and serves as a fundraiser for food pantries in Oswego County.

According to Ali McGrath, resource development director with the Luncheon was a great success. “We raised over $2,200.00 and collected hundreds of items for our local food pantries. I want to thank the community members who attended, the countless volunteers who made the event a success, The Oswego Lions Club and our many caring sponsors who donated the food for our luncheon: Canale’s Restaurant, Vona’s Restaurant, Oswego Country Club, Bridie Manor, The American Foundry, Greene’s Ale House, and The Press Box for providing our soups; C’s Farms for our salad fixings; Davis Brothers for the salad dressing; Kinney Drugs who provided bottled water; Bosco and Geers who provided the rolls; Giovanni Foods for cases of canned sauce; and Cakes Galore for donating our desserts. ” said McGrath.

“I would also like to thank the St. Joseph’s Parish for hosting the event; our committee members Marion Ciciarelli, Shawn Seale, and Helen Hoefer; and of course the many students from SUNY Oswego including our student interns Alyssa Barrett and Kay Duguay; and the Oswego Women’s Laker hockey team that helped to make our Stone Soup Luncheon a heartfelt event,” added McGrath.

All proceeds from the event, as well as the food that is collected, is donated to local food pantries at the Human Concerns Center, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Salvation Army of Oswego County, and the Hannibal Food Pantry.

United Way of Greater Oswego County recently held its annual Stone Soup Luncheon at St. Joseph’s Parish Center in Oswego. In addition to all proceeds from the event benefitting local food pantries United Way also collected many boxes of food to help fill the pantries’ shelves. The luncheon helps create results under their Ending Hunger initiative for Oswego County. Above from left are: United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine, Helen Hoefer of Catholic Charities, Deb Deeb of Human Concerns, United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, and Major James Purvis of the Salvation Army.

Eastern Shore Associates Expands Fulton Headquarters
Eastern Shore Associates Insurance (ESA), has expanded its Fulton office and added an additional 2,500 sq. ft. of space at 100 Cayuga Street, it was announced by Martha Murray, president. Workers, above, assemble cubicle partitions in the space. This new space joins our offices at 101 and 102 Cayuga, Murray said. “Our Personal Lines office and employees will move to 100 Cayuga, while our Public Entity group will move into the space vacated by them at 102 Cayuga.” Headquartered in Fulton, ESA,, is a Trusted Choice® independent agency and ESOP (employee stock owned) company with offices in Fulton, Pulaski, Camden, Waterloo, N. Syracuse, Rochester and Walworth. The Fulton office can be reached at (315) 598-6000. They are also on Facebook under “Eastern Shore Associates” and at “”

Novelis Employees Campaign for United Way on a Roll
With the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Annual Campaign well under way businesses throughout the county are currently conducting their own in-house employee campaigns in support of United Way. One of United Way’s most generous supporters, Novelis, whose in-house campaign is coordinated by Brian Gigon, is looking to build upon the success of last year’s campaign and surpass its goal for this year. To achieve that goal Gigon and his campaign team are using creative ideas to engage their co-workers and inspire them to support United Way.

The Novelis in-house campaign team consists of 13 volunteer members, a fact that Gigon says makes for a productive and involved group of individuals that are driven to reach a common goal. “We are all in it for the betterment of our community which makes it very easy to collaborate and come up with new ideas to make our campaign successful. We’re fortunate that the ideas and incentives that we have put forward this year have been well received by our co-workers,” said Gigon.

Some of the most popular incentives have been a drawing for tickets to key Syracuse University basketball games against North Carolina and Pittsburgh; a drawing for a prime parking pass that allows an employee the opportunity to park inside of the plant during the winter rather than enduring a long cold walk; plus a variety of inter-departmental events ranging from drawings to bake sales.

Gigon said that this year they will also be conducting a boot drive similar to what the local fire departments do. Novelis plant management volunteers will be at each entrance to the plant during both shift changes encouraging employees to help ‘fill the boot’ for United Way.

Additionally, Novelis hosted guest speakers representing United Way partner agencies. Guests such as Helen Hoefer and Tim Archer of Catholic Charities addressed Novelis employees and spoke of the positive impact that donations to United Way has on the programs and services offered through Catholic Charities and on the lives of the community members that access them.

“We at Novelis realize that we are fortunate to enjoy good health and have good jobs. We are also aware that there are many people in our community that are not as fortunate. Some of these people may be family or friends ours or our co-workers. I feel that supporting United Way is our way of saying thank you to those organizations that help people when they need it the most. We at Novelis are proud to do our part in helping United Way have a positive impact in the areas of ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and increasing the health and well-being of our communities,” said Gigon.

Representatives of Novelis in Oswego meet with representatives from United Way of Greater Oswego County to discuss their workplace campaign in support of the United Way’s Annual Campaign. United Way’s Annual Campaign serves as a major fundraiser to help support the many human services programs currently offered through the United Way’s member agencies. The programs serve thousands of families and individuals throughout Oswego County and have a positive impact in the areas of ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and increasing the health and well-being of our communities. Clockwise from lower left are Novelis Human Resources Director Malcolm Gabriel; Novelis employee Erin Lennox, United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath (standing in stairway); Novelis Plant Manager Chris Smith; Coordinator of Novelis’ United Way Employee Campaign Brian Gigon; United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine; and Novelis employees Kathy Harrington, Eva Drake, Gabrielle Izard, Dave Domicolo, Laura Pohl, and Carol Whipple. Standing upper left are Helen Hoefer and Tim Archer of Catholic Charities. Absent from photo are Novelis campaign team members Cindy Finnegan, Desiree Allen, Erin Nalle, Heidi Powers, John Glauser, Karen Cloonan, and Julie Becker.

Zink Shirts, located at 19 East Cayuga Street in Oswego will be hosting an educational seminar open to Oswego County and students of SUNY Oswego. The 1st Annual Screenprinting, Design and Production Seminar will be held on Friday, November 20th.

For more than four years, Zink Shirts has been providing screenprinting services, embroidery, graphic design, and custom apparel. Within the many businesses, clubs and organizations that make up SUNY Oswego and the greater Oswego area, Zink Shirts continues to be the ‘go to’ screenprinting company.
The goal of this seminar is to give the attendees an overview of this creative industry and an opportunity for art and design students to ask questions about a functional small screenprinting business. There will also be a tour providing a behind the scenes look at the company.
“We hope to give students a chance to immerse themselves in the operations of a functioning design and print company,” said Zink creative director Brett Groves. Along with the SUNY students from the school of art, Zink is extending an invitation to the downtown Oswego businesses.
Doors will open at 6:30 and Refreshment will be served.
For more information contact [email protected] or call 315-342-9465

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