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Richardson Bates Museum
Tuesday, November 10th
135 East Third Street,Oswego
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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
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Perc Club
Friday, November 20th
186 West First Street
Oswego, NY
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Greater Fulton Business Committee
Tuesday, November 3rd
Fulton Public Library
RSVP to Greg Mills at [email protected]

Public Rally to Support National Monument Status for Fort Ontario Set for November 12

On Thursday, November 12, 2015, at 6:00 PM, a public rally to support a process leading to elevating Fort Ontario State Historic Site and the Safe Haven Museum to National Monument status and into the National Park Service will be held at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego, New York. Congressman John Katko 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 our 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.
The Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center is located at the north end of the Best Western Hotel at 26 East First Street in the City of Oswego, New York. For more information contact [[email protected]] or Judy Coe Rapaport 315-591-1050

CNY Talent Brings USOswego Veteran Tribute Event to Life
USOswego – the tribute event for Oswego County Veterans, is in rehearsal for its premier at American Foundry on November 13th and director Jennifer Gordon (Jump & Jive) couldn’t be more thrilled to see her vision come to life! “Sometimes I forget that I’m married to a hero, but when I look across the room and see his eyes glaze over, slipping away into the past, I remember his sacrifice.”
Jennifer just had to see this variety show style event in living color… RED, WHITE and BLUE! She rallied a committee including active community members like Victoria Usherwood Gailinas of iHeartOswego, Nate Emmons of Just Push Play Productions, Kyle Cheeley of King Arthur’s Suites, Tammy Wilkinson of Theatre Du Jour & Matthew Wood of On the Porch Radio and got to work!
With a cast and crew of amazing volunteers and local entertainers on deck, folks giving of their time and services in many generous ways, she is well on her way to an event we can all be proud of each year. “While I may have successfully expressed my admiration and profound gratitude to my own hero, I hope to help the city of Oswego do the same for our local military family of all ages. Instead of dwelling on painful memories, my hope is that our USOswego variety show, highlighting music, dancing, commercials, and comedy from the 1940s-1970s, will allow our local heroes, families and friends to laugh, sing, and dance down memory lane.”
USO entertainers (casting courtesy of Theatre Du Jour), include Geoff Ameele, Nolan Callahan, Ellen Clark, Adele Cronk, Eric Cronk, Dan Dalin, Matthew Gordon, Stephanie Johnson, Terry LeRoi, Nelson Metz, Brian Pringle, Nellica Rave, Garrett Robinson, Aleta Walborn, Jimmy Wachter, Natasia Lee White and Dan Williams!
CNY actor & business owner Jimmy Wachter (Sweet Jimmy’s / Color Me Streisand) will be paying tribute to the one and only Bing Crosby. Local caterer Aleta Walborn (Green Mama’s) will be bringing her true-to-life Phyllis Diller & Nancy Sinatra to the stage. Business owner/vocalist Terry LeRoi (LeRoi, Inc.) and guitar instructor/musician Jimmy Eckert, (A&J Music) will be showcasing a stunning Simon & Garfunkel classic!
The show offers two performances on November 13th. A matinee at 2pm and an evening show with dinner from 6-10pm! Dinner selection will be fresh-carved turkey dinner with golden raisins dressing, mashed potatoes with onions, cranberry sauce, carrots with orange glaze and salad. Cash bar will be available. Tickets for the event are available online and at iHeartOswego.com headquarters at 29 West Seneca street! Complete information for the event can be found at http://www.USOswego.com.
In addition to the matinee and dinner shows, USOswego will be presenting a Veteran’s Day Breakfast on November 11th at the Oswego Alliance Church Community Center from 7 to 10 AM. The breakfast is free for veterans and cost $7 for others wishing to attend.
Be sure to reserve November 11th and November 13th to show your support for our vets!

Pictured back row: Nolan Callahan, Aleta Walborn, Dan Dalin, Natasia L. White, middle row: Garrett Robinson, Stephanie Johnson, Nelson Metz, front row : Nellica Rave Huff, Brian Pringle, Ellen Clark, not pictured: Geoff Ameele, Adele Cronk, Eric Cronk, Jim Eckert, Matthew Gordon, Terry LeRoi, Jimmy Wachter & Dan Williams.

United Way Stone Soup Luncheon
Celebrates 10 Years of Fighting Hunger

Ten years ago United Way of Greater Oswego County introduced the legend of “Stone Soup.” Dating back to the early 1800’s the Stone Soup story tells of a traveler who added a small stone to a pot of boiling water, soon villagers each began adding whatever meager amounts of vegetables, spices or meats they had on hand. In the end, a pot of boiling water that began with the addition of one small stone became a delicious soup that provided an ample supply of food for the entire village.

Since its inception in 2005 the United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon has provided much needed support to food pantries throughout Oswego County. Stone Soup luncheons have raised more than $12,000 and supplied food pantries with countless boxes of non-perishable food contributions. As a result, this United Way community initiative has had a positive impact on the lives of thousands of hungry families and individuals in Oswego County.

“We are humbled by the support and contributions we have received from businesses and community members over the years,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath. “Many of the business and volunteers that made our very first Stone Soup possible are still with us today and are once again anxious to help us fill the shelves of our local food pantries. Each year we have been fortunate to establish new collaborations with business and volunteers that truly care about helping others.”

This year’s United Way Stone Soup Luncheon will be held November 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 240 West Frist Street in Oswego. Once again, student volunteers from SUNY Oswego will be an important part of the luncheon. United Way Intern Alyssa Barrett has been helping to coordinate and organize the Stone Soup Luncheon, and a new collaboration with SUNY Oswego will provide an ample volunteer force.

“We have partnered with a SUNY Oswego Service Learning class that requires students in the course to complete 30 volunteer hours at a local non-profit or charitable organization. The students will join with other community volunteers in preparing and serving food as well as set up prior to, and clean-up following, the luncheon. The involvement of students from SUNY Oswego and encouraging students to gather with other community members will help to further raise awareness of hunger in Oswego County and the challenges that our food pantries face in meeting the increasing demand for food subsidy,” said McGrath.

The menu for this year’s Stone Soup Luncheon will include a variety of hearty soups, including old favorites from past luncheons as well as some tasty new recipes from additional restaurants that are contributing to this year’s luncheon.

Open to the public, the United Way Stone Soup Luncheon will once again be held at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 240 West First Street in Oswego from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 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.

Those unable to attend the luncheon but would like to make a donation may contact the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s office at 315-593-1900.

All proceeds from the United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon, as well as the food that is collected, will be donated to local food pantries including Human Concerns Center, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Salvation Army of Oswego County, and the Hannibal Food Pantry.

Committee members and sponsors for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s 10th Annual Stone Soup Luncheon meet to discuss plans for this year’s event. Scheduled for Thursday November 12 the luncheon will at held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 240 West First Street in Oswego. All proceeds from the event, as well as the food collected, will be donated to local food pantries. From left are: United Way Intern Alyssa Barret of SUNY Oswego, United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, Marion Ciciarelli of Oswego Health; Helen Hoefer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, and Shawn Seale of Key Bank.

Michaud’s Jennifer Callen Receives Leading Age NY Employee of Distinction Award

Michaud Residential Health Services’ Jennifer Callen is a recipient of a 2015 LeadingAge New York Long Term Care Employee of Distinction Award. Ms. Callen, who has been with Michaud for sixteen years, works in the Activities Department at the healthcare residence.
Ami Schnauber, Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy for LeadingAge NY, presented the award to Ms. Callen during a reception held at Michaud in her honor. The Employee of Distinction Award was established to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of front line staff working in long-term care settings across New York State.
Ms. Schnauber noted, “The award’s purpose is to provide aging services providers with the opportunity to recognize direct caregivers who demonstrate a willingness to go above and beyond to improve the lives of frail elderly New Yorkers – those who bring a special compassion and personal commitment to their job each and every day. Jen has certainly demonstrated these characteristics and we are proud to recognize her commendable contributions.”
The award nomination included recommendations from fellow Michaud staff as well as resident family members. The Employee of Distinction award is presented annually by LeadingAgeNY to worthy recipients across the State and was commemorated in a resolution passed earlier this year by the New York State Legislature. Those on hand to congratulate Callen included her family, friends, Michaud residents and fellow staff members. Representatives from the offices of New York State Senator Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman William Barclay were also on hand to congratulate Callen and thank her for her dedicated service and care of Michaud residents.
Michaud’s Administrator Mary Costigan described Callen’s years of service in caring for residents’ quality of life and work ethic as contributing factors leading to her nomination and ultimately, for her selection for this award. “When you think of Jen, you think of a fun loving, creative and dedicated to the psychosocial wellbeing of our residents, and those in our community,” said Costigan. “This recognition is well earned and we are fortunate to have Jen, and excited we can celebrate this achievement with her among residents, volunteers, family and friends.”

Michaud Residential Health Services Activities Assistant Jennifer Callen was recognized with a 2015 Long Term Care Employee of Distinction Award during a ceremony held in her honor. The statewide award presented by Leading Age NY is in recognition of Callen’s outstanding commitment and dedication to the care of Michaud residents over her sixteen year career with the local healthcare provider. Pictured (left to right) taking part in the award ceremony is Mary Costigan, Administrator at Michaud; Michelle Stepien, representing New York State Senator Patty Ritchie; Employee of Distinction award recipient Jennifer Callen; Amy Schnauber, Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy for Leading Age NY who presented the Employee of Distinction award; Terry Wilbur, representing New York State Assemblyman Will Barclay; and St. Luke Health Services CEO Terrence Gorman. Callen and other award recipients from across the State were commemorated in a resolution passed earlier this year by the New York State Legislature.

Chamber Honored for Traffic Safety
Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce was awarded a 2015 Traffic Safety Champion Award from the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.  The award was given for excellence in conveying pedestrian safety in an event in downtown Oswego called Pedestrian Safety Week.  The event will be proposed for future years in other communities as well.  Pedestrian Safety spotlights both the positive actions of motorists and pedestrians in crossing within the crosswalks and with walk lights where available.

Pictured along with the Chamber are the many other 2015 Traffic Safety Champions who were recognized that morning which included Oswego and Fulton City Police, Sheriffs Department, NY State Police and Brandy Koproski.