Membership Monday

Membership Monday


Holiday Perc Club
1007 Auburn Street
Hannibal NY
Friday, December 18th

Business After Hours
Wednesday, January 13th
110 West Sixth Street
Oswego, NY
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Amy Woodward Named Tax Manager
Amy Woodward, CPA, of Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC, has been named Tax Manager.

Amy joined the firm in 2009. She provides tax, compilation and review, and bookkeeping services to a variety of industries including physician groups, professional service firms and closely-held family businesses. Amy is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the United Way of Central New York Young Leaders United, the NYSSCPA Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession Program and the NYSSCPA NextGen Syracuse Chapter. Amy graduated from Le Moyne College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.

Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC has been serving the Central New York business community since 1956. With offices in Syracuse, Auburn and New Hartford, Dermody Burke & Brown is one of the largest independently locally-owned accounting and business advisory firms in Central New York. The Firm is a member of Allinial Global. www.AllinialGlobal.com. For more information, visit www.dbbllc.com.

Need money for college?

Applications for college scholarships worth $250 to $1,500 are now available through Compass Credit Union in Oswego and the New York Credit Union Association. Scholarships are only available to high school seniors who are Compass members or members of another credit union that participates in the program.

Please note: Compass will also offer a different, in-house scholarship opportunity for high school seniors (two scholarships worth $4,000 each) through a separate application available in February of 2016.

For the current scholarship offering through the New York Credit Union Association, students should follow these steps:

1. Downloand an electronic application at compassfcu.com or stop by any Compass branch. If the student is not a member of Compass, he/she can join the credit union for just $5. Give us a call at 342-5300 or stop by anytime to become a member.
2. Complete the application form and required essay and obtain the required transcripts, along with the signature of a parent or guardian.
3. Return the completed application and supportive materials to Compass no later than January 15, 2016.

There is no fee for submitting an application, but applicants MUST be:
• members of Compass
• college-bound high school seniors at the time of application; and
• attending either a two- or four-year accredited educational institution for the first time in the fall of 2016.

In early spring, applications will be judged against other submissions statewide. Winners will be announced in May.

For more information about this scholarship program, go to compassfcu.com or contact Jackie Wiegand, the Compass marketing administrator, at 342-5300 or send her an e-mail at [email protected]

Calling all Kids for Seussical Jr Auditions
CNY Arts Center announces auditions for the next Kids Onstage production, Seussical, Jr, featuring an all-youth cast, 18 and under. All the Dr Seuss favorite characters are in the popular musical from Cat in the Hat to Thing 1 & 2 to Horton, who hears a Who! Auditions will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, December 15 & 16 from 6-9pm at CNY Arts Center located at 11 River Glen Drive on the Cayuga College Fulton campus.
The production will be directed by Adam Schmidtmann who just completed a successful directorial debut with Oliver. Gina Holsopple will be Music Director along with Jessie Dobryznski as Choreographer. The production will run April 1-10, 2016.
Children ages 7-18 are invited to audition and are asked to memorize 4 lines from any Dr. Seuss book and 16 bars of a Disney Song to perform for auditions. Call backs will be held Sunday, December 20 from 11:30-2:30, also at the Center.
For more information, visit CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-ARTS (2787).

Oswego Community Youth Orchestra Christmas Breakfast Buffet Scheduled
On December 20, from 8 a.m. – noon, Oswego Community Youth Orchestra will hold its very popular fundraiser at the Masonic Hall, Lake City Lodge #127, at 765 E. Seneca St.
Last year was a tremendous success as hundreds of people of all ages came to enjoy the delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast and assorted entertainment while showing their support for local elite student musicians, conducted by Dr. Juan La Manna the SUNY Oswego orchestra director and OCYO.

Non-profit inc. groups like the Youth Orchestra depend on support from this breakfast, businesses, organizations, concert attendees and even student musician members.

A full array of family and child activities will be offered for the Christmas OCYO Breakfast Buffet Benefit with Santa and the raffle including:

* Breakfast – all you can eat
* Santa – 8 a.m. – noon
* Photo with Santa – your child, family, only $3 a pose. Photo will be emailed to you.
* 50/50 Raffle – drawing by Santa at noon that day. Wouldn’t you like to win cash December 20?
* Christmas music – taped, TV, movies for the young ones
* OCYO musicians and friends perform – 10 a.m. – noon
* Audition applications to join OCYO – available there for string and wind students grades 7-12
The buffet includes the lodge’s renowned French toast, pancakes, home fries, eggs, bacon and sausage. Drinks like coffee, milk, juice, and water.

$8 – adults; $5 – kids 6-12; kids 5 and under – free.

Take out is available, day of call the lodge: (315) 207-0127.
Delivery offered for five or more paid orders locally.
Before the day of, for takeout or delivery orders call 343-1998.

Advance tickets: separate tickets for the breakfast buffet and the raffle are available from any OCYO member/family, email Margie at [email protected] or call 343-1998.

Members of OCYO are serious string players who have fun playing quality music with other like-minded musicians.

The group has traditionally consisted of high school students, but middle school students are considered based on ability.

Members have consistently qualified for All County and All State Orchestra, been concert masters and principal players in their respective school districts, and received college scholarships for both academics and music.
Some have entered a performance track and others have become music teachers.
For more information on OCYO visit the web site: http://www.ocyo.org/home.html

CNY Jewelry has relocated to 163 S. First Street in the Oswego Falls Building, opposite the Fulton Public Library, it was announced by John Rizzo, owner.
“Our new location offers abundant parking and easier access,” Rizzo said. “We still offer all the same services and selection that we always have.”
According to their website, cnyjewelry.com, CNY Jewelry offers a wide selection of custom made rings, necklaces, bracelets, and more. They also buy gold and silver, and purchase estate jewelry, Rizzo said.
“Our bench jewelers can take any creative thought and turn it into a custom masterpiece,” Rizzo said. “It will last a lifetime and be suitable to be passed on as a family heirloom. We also offer a wide selection of restored antique jewelry in sterling silver, gold, or platinum; many with diamonds or other precious stones.”
CNY Jewelry is family owned and operated. Rizzo’s sons, John and Dylan, also work at the business.

For more information, visit CNY Jewelry on Facebook and Instagram, or CNYJewelry.com.

CNY Jewelry has relocated to 163 S. First Street in the Oswego Falls Building, opposite the Fulton Public Library, it was announced by John Rizzo, owner. The new location was officially opened by Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward, left, who congratulated Rizzo (center), and Rizzo’s son, Dylan. For more information, visit CNY Jewelry on Facebook and Instagram, or CNYJewelry.com.

SUNY Oswego Supports United Way.
 Members of the SUNY Oswego Men’s and Women’s Lakers ice hockey teams recently presented United Way of Greater Oswego County with a donation of non-perishable food items and toys. The items, which were collected at both Men’s and Women’s hockey games, were shared with Human Concerns and Catholic Charities of Oswego County.

Seated from left with team members are: State Employee Federated Appeal (SEFA) Committee Member Mallory Brown, United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine, SUNY Oswego Student and United Way Intern Kalyn Duguay, United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, and United Way Board Member and SEFA Committee Member Christy Huynh.

United Way Helping Those Who Help Others
When it comes to building healthier communities it’s imperative that community members and businesses collaborate together to make positive results. Robert and Elizabeth McGrath, owners of The Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego, did just that this past Thanksgiving Eve. They set out to ‘help those who help others’ by organizing and sponsoring A Night of Drinks and Dancing; a fundraiser to raise awareness of the work the United Way of Greater Oswego County does throughout the community to drive positive results.

Held Thanksgiving Eve and hosted by the American Foundry in Oswego attendees danced to the sounds of Brass Inc., a party band featuring a 7 piece horn section, and enjoyed Hors d’oeuvres courtesy of the American Foundry. Tickets for the event were available via pre-sale or at the door and guests were asked to bring a donation of non-perishable items.

The McGrath’s idea was to organize and sponsor an event for the United Way of Greater Oswego County that the community would enjoy and would benefit the agency’s Community Fund which helps fund 27 programs throughout Oswego County.

“It couldn’t have come at a better time,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath. “We had recently been approached by the APW School District which was in need of nonperishable food items for its Backpack Program that provides food to students in need with food for weekends and holidays when they are unable to receive a school lunch. We thought that Robert and Elizabeth’s idea of A Night of Drinks and Dancing would be a perfect opportunity to help those who help others.”

“It was a great evening,” added McGrath. “The food items were donated to the APW School District Backpack Program, and the event raised more than $2,400 in support of United Way. Everyone enjoyed themselves and even the winner of our 50 / 50 drawing donated back their winnings. We are thankful for the support we receive from our small businesses and appreciative of the efforts of Robert and Elizabeth McGrath of The Clubhouse Tavern and the American Foundry for making this event possible and the many community members that joined us for a fun night that helped bring awareness to a great cause.”

Robert McGrath (r), owner of The Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego presents Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine (l) with a check for $2400. McGrath and his wife Liz planned and organized the recent “Helping Those Who Help Others” fundraiser at The American Foundry in Oswego.

Employees from Pit Stop stores in Granby and Victory (above), helped to unload and stock 12,000 lbs. of food that was delivered to Catholic Charities of Oswego County for Christmas, said Mary-Margaret Pezella-Pekow, executive director (front row, far right). They also helped to pack more than 100 Bags for Catholic Charities’ Christmas food give away. Pit Stop employees included: Angela Newman, Becky Abbott, Mindy Marshall, Grace Flynn, Jessalyn Lane, Lindsey Fiore, Mary Ellen Johnson, Michael Johnson, Britta Fourhman, Brittany Rizzo, Erika Vanhorn, Andrea Spears, Michelle Kolumber, Amanda Lachut, Christina Fisher, and Becca Sheldon. Catholic Charities was founded in 1930 and has expanded its agency with many programs and services that have touched thousands of children, families and individuals throughout Oswego County. Generous gifts and donations to Catholic Charities have supported more than 160,000 children, woman and men in need. For information, contact Pezella-Pekow at [email protected], 598-3980.

Employees at Eastern Shore Associates Insurance (ESA) headquartered in Fulton donated a Christmas tree-full of toys and clothes for the Fulton Salvation Army’s Angel Tag holiday drive. “Our employees’ enthusiasm for this program is personally inspiring to me and it shows in the large amount of toys and clothes they donated,” said Gail Cruse, ESA specialty customer service representative and project coordinator. “We’ve participated with this project for more than a decade and it’s so gratifying to help the Salvation Army in their mission of bringing a brighter holiday to those in need.” Eastern Shore employees showing some of the toys and clothes collected are, from left: Stephanie Yablonski, Jane Gearsbeck, Jordan DiBlasi, Jona Maloof, and Dan Sullivan. Eastern Shore Associates Insurance, www.esainsurance.com, is a Trusted Choice® independent agency and ESOP (employee stock owned) company with offices in Fulton, Pulaski, Camden, Waterloo, Rochester, N. Syracuse and Walworth. The Fulton office can be reached at 598-6000.

DuFore’s Jewelers Supports the United Way
The United Way of Greater Oswego County and DuFore’s Jewelers will be making one lucky person’s Christmas extra special this year.

DuFore’s Jewelers has donated a ladies diamond ring valued at $1,600, which will be used for a drawing in support of the United Way’s Annual Campaign. The diamond ring is currently on display at DuFore’s Jewelers, 94 West 2nd Street in Oswego.

“We appreciate DuFore’s support of our campaign with this very generous donation,” said United Way Resource Development Director, Ali McGrath. “The support United Way receives from our small businesses is inspiring. Community minded businesses such as DuFore’s Jewelers play an important part in allowing us to have a positive effect on our three impact areas: ending hunger, helping youth succeed, and building healthier communities.

Tickets for the ladies diamond ring drawing are only $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 and are available at DuFore’s Jewelers, 94 West Second Street in Oswego, The Clubhouse Tavern, 126 West 2nd Street in Oswego, and your local United Way office in the Community Bank building, 1 South First Street in Fulton. The drawing will be held December 24th at DuFore’s. Proceeds will benefit the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

The Perfect Gift. Mark DuFore (l) and Greg DuFore (r) of DuFore’s Jewelers in Oswego present United Way of Greater Oswego County Resource Development Director Ali McGrath a ladies diamond ring valued at $1,600. DuFore’s Jewelers will be giving away the ring as part of a drawing in support of the United Way’s Annual Campaign. Tickets are available at the United Way office in the Community Bank building, 1 South First Street in Fulton, The Clubhouse Tavern, 126 West 2nd Street in Oswego, and DuFore’s Jewelers, 94 West Second Street in Oswego, where the diamond ring will be on display throughout the holiday season.

Eric Bresee (r), director of Oswego County Opportunities Crisis & Development Services presents longevity awards to staff of OCO Crisis and Development Services for 5 years of loyal service to OCO and its consumers. The employees were recognized during OCO’s November retreat. From left are: Financial Manager Joseph Musumeci, Program Assistant Patricia O’Connor, Homeless Services Advocate Katie Meyer, Victim Services Advocate Jessica Shepard, and Health Educator Sarah Woodworth.

Pathfinder Bank Employees helps guide United Way campaign.
 Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine meets with Heather Bush (l) and Carol Shannon (r) of Pathfinder Bank to congratulate Pathfinder employees for the success of their in-house campaign for United Way. Pathfinder Bank’s in-house campaign saw an increase in employee participation and total donations. Additionally, Pathfinder Bank doubled its corporate support for United Way bringing the total donation to more than $12,000. “Pathfinder Bank has been a faithful supporter of United Way for many years,” said Dewine. “The generosity of employees and the concern that Pathfinder Bank has for its community is commendable. They help make it possible for us to continue to reach results for our three impact areas of ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and increasing the health and well-being of our communities. We are pleased to have them as a community partner.”

The Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
Annual Meeting
Thursday, February 25th
The Lake Ontario Convention Center
More details to follow

CNYIBA Networking Event
Thursday, December 17 ? 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Clark’s Ale House, Ltd.
100 E. Washington St., Syracuse ? Map
Join the CNY International Business Alliance for its end of year networking session. Meet exporters, potential clients, vendors and support organizations that can help your company export. CNYIBA members and its board will be in attendance.
Cost: Free to those who register in advance. For more information, contact Kathleen Hallahan at 315-470-1948 or [email protected]

Executive Leadership Development Series Information Session
Friday, January 8 ? 9 to 10 a.m.
CenterState CEO
115 W. Fayette St., Syracuse ? Map
Learn how the Executive Leadership Development Series helps executives and rising managers reach the next level by enhancing critical thinking, communication and empowerment skills.
Cost: Free. For more information click here or contact Lisa Metot at 315-470-1870 or [email protected]

Economic Forecast Breakfast
Wednesday, January 13 ? 7:30 a.m. Registration, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast & Program
Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter
800 S. State St., Syracuse ? Map
Join hundreds of CenterState CEO members, business leaders and executives for the presentation of the region?s 2016 Economic Forecast. Gary Keith, vice president and chief economist for M&T Bank, will present an overview of trends in the national and state economies, and their impact on the CenterState New York region. Presented by M&T Bank. Corporate sponsors: Dermody Burke & Brown CPAs, LLC; Time Warner Cable Business Class; Research & Marketing Strategies, Inc.; Manpower Inc.
Cost: $40 for members or $400 for a table of 10; $50 for non-members or $500 for a table of 10. After January 4, prices increase. Register here by January 8. For more information, contact Lisa Metot at 315-470-1870 or [email protected]