Membership Monday

Greater Oswego Business Committee
Wednesday, January 20th
Chamber office (44 East Bridge Street)
Featured Speaker
Justin Rudgick from Oswego Community Development
He will be speaking about the Waterfront Revitalization Project.
Coffee will be served.

January’s Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, January 20th
Chamber office (44 East Bridge Street)
Michele King

She will be speaking about The 4 Cornerstones of Preventative Health: Exercise, Nutrition, Sleep & Stress Management
11 Years practicing as an Occupational Therapist.
Focus of career has been on injury prevention, ergonomics, work hardening, and upper extremity injuries.
Specializes in preventative wellness, nutrition, fitness and pain management.
Works to help employees adapt to job demands, or modify environment to fit the specific needs of each individual worker.
Lunch will be provided.
RSVP here

Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
100th Annual Meeting
Thursday, February 25th
Lake Ontario Conference Center
(invitations to  follow soon)

Boeheim Foundation Supports OCO Discovery Learning Center
Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) recently received a gift of $10,000 from the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation for OCO’s Discovery Learning Center. The funds will help OCO’s Discovery Learning Center continue to provide quality, affordable day care for low income families.

“This grant allows us to offer special scholarships to families who could not otherwise afford the services available from a licensed day care facility where safety, learning and the developmental needs of their children are central to their children’s care,” said OCO Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay.

Discovery Learning Center was created in 1995 to fill a dire need for affordable child care for families in Oswego County. Licensed by NYS Office for Children and Family Services OCO’s Discovery Learning Center provides early education experiences for toddler, pre-K and school age children, including children with disabilities. OCO’s Discovery Learning Center works with families to provide them with the child care they need at a rate they can afford and assures them that their children are in a safe environment where they are encouraged to learn and grow.

“Through the support from the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, OCO will be able to provide 20 low-income families facing economic challenges with scholarships that will help cover the entire cost of care. OCO’s mission is to inspire partnerships and provide partnerships to empower people, support communities and change lives. Providing families with reliable, caring and licensed child care fulfills this mission. The recent gift from The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation is helping OCO help families in need change their lives,” said Barclay.

The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation strives to enrich the lives of kids in need within our Central New York community, as well, as, provide support for eliminating cancer through research and advocacy.
For more information, please visit boeheimfoundation.org

Located at 80 County Route 59 in Phoenix OCO’s Discovery Learning Center is easily accessible for area residents and those commuting on Rte. 481. For more information, to discuss registering your child, or to schedule a no-obligation tour of our facility, call 315-695-4838.

Did you know … Oswego County Opportunities is celebrating 50 years of service to the Oswego County community in 2016! To learn more about OCO’s past, present and future, visit www.oco.org.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month
With January being Cervical Health Awareness Month now is the ideal time to learn what you can do to detect and prevent cervical cancer by scheduling an annual gynecologic exam with your health care provider.

“This is an excellent time for women to learn about the risks of, and get screened for, cervical cancer,” said Carolyn Handville, coordinator of the Cancer Services Program of Oswego County. “With regular screening and follow-up care, cervical cancer is avoidable, and, if caught early, curable.”

According to the New York State Department of Health, cervical cancer is almost always caused by persistent infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are usually no symptoms of cervical cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage and six out of ten cervical cancers occur in women who have never received a PAP test or have not had one in the past five years.

“All women are at risk for cervical cancer,” said Handville. “Getting screened for cervical cancer with a PAP test is the key to prevention and survival. In the United States the PAP test has reduced cervical cancer rates by more than 70%. Even women that are past childbearing years or are no longer having sex should continue to have PAP tests.”

“As January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, I encourage all women to talk with their health care provider and schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider to discuss what they can do to protect themselves against cervical cancer. Women ages 40 to 64 that are uninsured should contact Oswego County Opportunities’ (OCO) Cancer Services Program at 315-592-0830 to schedule a FREE cervical cancer screening,” added Handville.
Did you know? OCO is a private, non-profit agency that touches the lives of thousands people each year through more than 50 programs operating in over 80 locations throughout Oswego County. The agency is celebrating 50 years of service in 2016. For more information, visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org. Administered through Oswego County Opportunities, the Cancer Services Program Partnership offers a number of cancer screening services including: Clinical Breast Exams, Mammograms, Pap/Pelvic Exams, and Colorectal Cancer Screenings for men and women. These screenings are available year round, free of charge, and play an important part in maintaining good health. For more information, or for eligibility requirements on the Cancer Services Program Partnership, contact Carolyn Handville at 315-592-0830 or visit www.oco.org.

Recognizing Cervical Health Awareness Month. Staff of Oswego County Opportunities’ Fulton Reproductive Health and Cancer Services is encouraging women to observe Cervical Health Awareness Month by scheduling an annual gynecologic exam with their health care provider and learn what they can do to detect and prevent cervical cancer. For information of Cervical Health Awareness Month contact OCO’s Cancer Services Program at (315) 592-0830 or visit www.oco.org. or www.facebook.com/free.cancer.screenings. Pictured in front from left are Rosemarie Surowiec, PA Fulton Reproductive Health, Medical Secretary Sandi Froio, and Medical Biller Sarah Spataro. Back row from left are OCO Cancer Services Coordinator Carolyn Handville, Cancer Services Program Assistant Allison Flett, Tina Hover, LPN Fulton Reproductive Health, and Office Manager, Reproductive Health, Mary Hitchcock, RN.

Nine Mile Point Aides Local Teen and Family Programs
Oswego County Opportunities and the Rural Migrant Ministry of Oswego County each received some much needed support this past holiday season thanks to the generosity of Exelon’s Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station.

Exelon presented Oswego County Opportunities with a check for $40,000 in support of the agency’s PATH, OPTIONS, and SAF programs, each of which provide vital services to teens and families throughout Oswego County.

A transitional living program for homeless young people ages 16 to 21; OCO’s PATH program teaches independent living skills, educational goals and life skills that will enhance these young people’s quality of life. OPTIONS focuses on assisting pregnant or parenting teens and their babies in accessing health care, education, job readiness, pediatric care and life skills.

OCO’s Services to Aid Families (SAF) provides much-needed services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and elder abuse. The program provides assistance and empowers survivors as well as community outreach to respond to these issues.

The funds for the donation were raised through Nine Mile Point’s annual golf tournament that raised more than $40,000. “The tournament would not be possible without support from our contractors and vendors, and of course our key sponsors for the event CB&I, Enercon, GE Hitachi, Hanes Supply Inc., Rombough Electric, Sargent & Lundy LLC and Structural Integrity Associates,” said Pete Orphanos, site vice president. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to support these vital Oswego County human service organizations and help our neighbors in need.”

“We are thrilled and honored to receive this tremendous gift!” said OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier. “Exelon Generation’s donation will directly impact our community and make a huge difference in our ability to help teens and families that are in need.”

In addition to the donation to OCO, Exelon presented the Rural and Migrant Ministry of Oswego County with a grant of $3,000 to support its efforts in providing primary medical care to the rural poor. The Rural and Migrant Ministry is the only free medical clinic in Oswego County and provides 300-plus doctor visits per year for the patients it serves through its Open Hands Clinic. The organization’s medical staff consists entirely of volunteers.

Exelon’s Nine Mile Point plant recently donated $40,000 to Oswego County Opportunities (OCO). From left are NMPNS Site Vice President Pete Orphanos, OCO Executive Director Diane-Cooper-Currier, Rupert Wade of Exelon and OCO Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay.

Lucky Winner.
Noel Lapoint was the winner of the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s drawing for a ladies diamond ring. Valued at $1,600, the diamond ring was donated by DuFore’s for Diamonds in Oswego. The drawing, which is part of the United Way’s Annual Campaign, raised more than $1,800 for the agency’s Community Fund and made Christmas extra special for the lucky winner.

Pictured with her are Mark DuFore (l) and Greg DuFore (r)