Membership Monday

Holiday Perc Club
Friday, December 18th
1007 Auburn Street
Hannibal NY
Stop down and enjoy some holiday cheer and networking.
RSVP here

Business After Hours
Wednesday, January 13th
Health Services Center
110 West Sixth Street
Oswego NY
(second floor)
RSVP here

Want to host a Business After Hour/Perc Club or showcase your business in our Window of Opportunity??
Email Danielle Hayden at [email protected] to sign up.

Thank You to everyone who attended last week’s Holiday Social.  It was a fun night filled with great music, food and holiday cheer.
A very special thank you to our 2015 Chamber Holiday Social Sponsors..

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor
Pathfinder Bank
SUNY Oswego

Silver Sponsor
Eastern Shore Associates
Oswego Health
Plumbers and Steamfitters Local #73?

Bronze Sponsors
Cre8 Studios
Exelon Generation
KBM Management, Inc.
National Grid
NBT Bank
Universal Metal Works

Also, Thank You to the following people for making the night a success!
Harry Perau and the staff at The Oasis
The Cortini Brothers
Teresa Gilbert?

Oswego County Children’s Fund, Inc. to Distribute Christmas Toys

There’s nothing quite like the look of a child’s face on Christmas morning as they discover their presents under the tree. It’s an experience that many remember for a lifetime.

To ensure that that scene plays out in as many Oswego County homes as possible the Oswego County Children’s Fund has begun their annual drive to collect toys for less fortunate children in Oswego County.

Established through collaboration with Catholic Charities of Oswego County, the Department of Social Services, United Way of Oswego County, and Toys for Tots, the Oswego County Children’s Fund provided over 800 families with children’s toys for Christmas 2014.

We are excited to be a part of this collaboration. The combinations of everyone’s efforts continue to make our Christmas distribution a great success, with more and more families assisted each year.

As it has in the past, Catholic Charities will gladly pick up donations from businesses, organizations, or church groups that would like to make Christmas a little more enjoyable for children in need. Monetary donations are also being accepted for the purchase of toys. The toys will be distributed through the Oswego County Children’s Fund, Inc. on December 19 at the SUNY Oswego campus. Families must be pre-registered to receive toys and will be contacted with a specific date and time when they can choose their toys.

Families in need of food assistance for Christmas should contact Helen Hoefer at Catholic Charities
of Oswego County, 315-598-3980.

For more information on donating toys, non-perishable food items or to make a monetary donation, contact Helen Hoefer at 315-598-3980 or Marcia Birdsell at 315-963-5478. Monetary donations for toys may be mailed to The Oswego County Children’s Fund, Attn: Pam Austin, P.O. Box 496; Mexico, NY 13114.


Oswego County Federal Credit Union (OCFCU), is again offering college-bound high school seniors who are members the chance to win one of five $500 scholarships; it was announced by William Carhart, CEO.
“OCFCU has joined the Credit Union Association of New York (CUANY) in offering seniors the chance to compete for these scholarships to either a two- or four-year accredited educational institution,” Carhart said. “In addition to the scholarships we’re offering, students will be competing for two $500 scholarships from the
Syracuse Chapter of Credit Unions, and several $500 and $1,000 scholarships offered by theCUANY statewide. It’s a simple three-step process to apply.
“First, students can stop in any OCFCU office and request a scholarship application form, or they can go online and download it from our Home Page immediately at www.oswegofcu.org by clicking on the “Scholarship Program” box. If the student is not an OCFCU member, then they can request a membership packet as well.
“Complete the application form, write an essay, and obtain the required test transcripts along with the signature of the student’s parent or guardian.
“Return the completed form to OCFCU no later than Jan. 15, 2016.”
According to Carhart, there is no fee for submitting the application, but those students applying must be members of OCFCU, college-bound high school seniors at the time of application to either a two or four-year accredited educational institution, and attending college for the first time in the fall of 2016. Applications will be judged against others submitted from all over the state by the NYSCUL and winners will be announced in April.
Founded in 1975, OCFCU is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative association, which serves more than 10,000 members from throughout Oswego County. OCFCU’s charter was revised in early 2007 so that anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Oswego County is eligible to join.
OCFCU’s 300 W. 1st St. office can be reached at 326-0138 and the E. Bridge St. office can be reached at 343-7822. The 5530 Scenic Ave. (Route 3) Mexico office can be reached at 963-2722. OCFCU will open a new office in at 707 S. Fourth Street, Fulton, in early 2016. Further information can also be found online at www.oswegofcu.org.

Amahl and the Night Visitors
Planned for December 20th at American Foundry
Oswego Opera Theater to Present Menotti’s
Christmas Opera for Families

The Oswego Opera Theater and Artistic Director/Conductor Mack Richardson will present Amahl and the Night Visitors on Sunday, December 20th at 2:30pm at The American Foundry in Oswego.
Tickets are $30 for preferred seating, $20 adult, and $5 for all students and children. Refreshments will be served following the performance (desserts, coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate). A cash bar is also available.
Amahl and the Night Visitors is the story of The Three Kings (of Orient Are), on their journey to find and worship the Christ Child, who stop to rest at the home of Amahl and his penniless widowed mother.
Commissioned in 1951 by NBC-TV, it was the first opera written for television and has become a staple of the holiday season ever since. Gian-Carlo Menotti’s beautiful music and the heartwarming story are enjoyed by people of all ages.
Menotti was an Italian-American composer and librettist. Although he often referred to himself as an American composer, he kept his Italian citizenship. He wrote the classic Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, along with over two dozen other operas intended to appeal to popular taste.
He won the Pulitzer Prize twice, for The Consul (1950) and for The Saint of Bleecker Street (1955). He founded the noted Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of the Two Worlds) in Spoleto in 1958 and its American counterpart, Spoleto Festival USA, in 1977. Menotti died on February 1, 2007, at the age of 95 in a hospital in Monte Carlo, Monaco, where he had a home.
The character of Amahl is always portrayed by a boy soprano, and the Oswego Opera Theater production features 12-year-old David Griffith, an eighth grade East Syracuse Minoa Pine Grove Middle School student.
According to Oswego Opera Theater Artist Director/Conductor Mack Richardson, this is Griffith’s first opera. David’s most recent role was Jojo in Seussical at the Redhouse in Syracuse. David has been selected for many school plays and countywide, school and local events that involve singing and/or performing arts. He has attended the Summer Music Academy at Ithaca College for performing arts the past two years. David enjoys music on many levels


The sounds of the holiday season will once again be heard at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 at the annual Fulton Community Band Christmas Concert in the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium, said Steve Chirello, president of the Fulton Music Association (FMA).
The concert is free and FMA is providing free bus transportation to and from the concert for residents of Towpath Towers, Fulton Mill Apartments Meadowbrook, and Oak Street Apartments. The Fulton Community Band will be featured performing several new arrangements and old favorites including Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” “An American Christmas,” “Irving Berlin Christmas,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Christmas Auld Lang Syne,” “The Hallelujah Chorus,” and more. The Roamin’ Catholic Choir, under the direction of Dolores Walrath, will be also be singing in the concert and will feature “Awake, Sing Gloria,” “The Bethlehem Carol,” “Bethlehem’s Gift,” and the gospel tune, “Glory, Glory.”
“The evening will end with a rousing Christmas carol sing-along with the band, the choir, and the audience, Chirello said.
Everyone in the community is invited to attend this free concert, Chirello said. For additional information, call 342-2294.