Membership Monday

Oswego Community Roundtable
Wednesday, July 27th
Lower level conference room of Canal Commons
  Mike Backus – County Clerk
Mike will talk about our county government and give us updates on what has been going on.
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Take the Mystery Out of Internet Marketing
Wednesday, August 3rd
Quality Inn, Riverview Room
Lunch will be provided
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Business Committee – Fulton
Tuesday, August 9th
Cayuga Community College, Room F201
Speaker: Joe Fiumara from Fulton Community Development
Joe will give us an update on Lake Neatahwanta and the progress they are making
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“I wish” for FREE at the Arts Center Showcases Arty Camp
“You’ve heard the story of Cinderella, but did you know that her sassy Godmother also has a tale to tell? When a hardworking fairy named Carol stops by her goddaughter’s cottage to borrow a cup of flour, a simple visit quickly turns into a complicated evening of chaos… with silly strangers, mice on the loose and a fire-breathing dragon. Will we ever make it to happily ever after?”
This publisher’s description of I Wish promises audiences will have a ball with this delightful fairy’s tale presented by CNY Arts Center Theatre students after 3 weeks of preparation at ARTY Summer Camp. Under the direction of Camp Teachers Jessica Tetro and Adam Schmidtmann, campers are rehearsing lines, designing costumes and creating their own set and props for a complete theatre experience.
A free performance open to the public at the Arts Center, 11 river Glen Dr., will be presented one night only, Friday, July 29 at 6pm. The Evening Showcase will highlight the work of all children in the first 3 weeks of camp which includes visual and culinary arts at a second location. A silent movie created by the kids under the direction of Jennifer Gordon will also be shown along with an art show exhibiting the art work made by students in the visual arts classes.
Arty Camp continues through August 19 with a creative selection of art classes to choose from, including a full week of painting with Don Gillespie, a weekly drawing for culinary tools for students enrolled in Culinary class, and the popular Jungle Book as the featured play for the second 3 week session of Theatre Camp.
Free lunch and art projects are still offered for any child in the county from noon to 2pm at the Downtown location at 47 S. First St. Thanks to several generous grants received, scholarships are available and parents are encouraged to ask for assistance if needed.
Making scholarships available to children to offset the cost of camp is very important to CNY Arts Center with a goal of one in four children receiving at least partial assistance. Scholarships are made possible with funds from the New York Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts. Additional funds are raised through the Don Gillespie Scholarship fund, The John Ben Snow Foundation and the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation. To register for camp, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-ARTS (2787).

Jennifer Gordon works with students to create a script for filming during Video Production class for Arty Camp. The silent movie will be shown during Camp Showcase July 29 at 6pm along with a free performance of I Wish. The event will be held at CNY Arts Center, 11 River Glen Dr. on the Cayuga College Campus in Fulton. Visit CNYArtsCenter.com or call 315-598-ARTS(2787) for more information.

Diane Sokolowski lead students to decorate individual cakes in Culinary Class at Arty Camp. More great classes are being planned along with a Showcase sharing works of art, a silent movie, and a stage play, I Wish, July 29 at 6 pm at the Arts Center, 11 River Glen Dr.Visit CNYArtsCenter.com or call 315-598-ARTS(2787) for more information.

St. Luke Family of Caring Nurses Announce August Date for Free Bone Density Screening In Fulton

Nurses from Michaud Residential Health Services, St. Luke Health Services and Bishop’s Commons will offer their popular community bone density screening on Tuesday, August 2nd at the State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State Street in Fulton, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The bone density screening is free of charge and open to the public.

The screening test is easy to do and takes only a few minutes to complete. Nurses will be available to discuss the screening results and to answer health-related questions. No appointment is necessary.

“Our bone density screening program is a great opportunity for you to receive valuable health information free of charge,” said Michaud Nurse Dorothy Reitz, RN.

As a member of the Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition, information about falls prevention strategies will also be available and nurses will answer any questions about ways to reduce the risk of falls in your home.

“Healthy bone mass is important throughout our lives but more so as we grow older,” Reitz added. “As we age our bones can become more fragile leading to an increased risk of fracture as a result of falls. The information provided by the screening we offer may help you to improve your health and quality of life; especially for those who may be experiencing the onset of osteoporosis.”

For more information regarding upcoming bone density screenings, please contact the St. Luke Community Relations Department at (315) 342-3166. On the web at www.stlukehs.com.

Woods Brings Music to The Gardens

Broad smiles, happy faces and plenty of applause greeted Sophie Woods as the vocalist / guitarist provided the entertainment for happy hour at The Gardens Assisted Living Community in Oswego.

Woods, who will be her senior year at Oswego High School in the fall, has been performing as a solo artist for the past two years at a number of local venues including the Oswego Farmers Market and Pumpkin Fest. Woods describes herself as having a passion for music…a passion she hopes will eventually become her career.

Woods discovered the field of music therapy through its use in the recovery of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2011. Music therapy was a part of the recovery process that enabled Giffords to regain her speech. “That’s what inspired me to pursue music therapy,” said Woods. “To be able to use music to create positive responses in the brain is fascinating. Music is the great communicator. You see the same spark in someone’s eye no matter what age,” said Woods.

For her performance at The Gardens Woods brought along someone she has just recently begun sharing the stage with on occasion, vocalist Dan Dillon. Dillion’s spot on renditions of classic country hits from the likes of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash was a welcomed addition to Woods’s acoustic versions of rock hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s and was a hit with the residents.

“It was a very dynamic performance,’ said Jill Little, activities director at The Gardens. “Our residents loved it. They enjoyed the way Sophie and Dan interacted with them; they sang and clapped along with the songs, and even danced. It truly was a happy hour and they were thrilled when Sophie and Dan added a two song encore.”
As she enters her last year of high school and narrows down her choice of colleges Woods said that she will continue to do what she loves, using her musical talents to make others happy. “I am passionate about music, said Woods. “I’m looking forward to a career in music therapy and being able to help better the lives of others through my music…that’s the dream!”

Located at 132 Ellen Street in Oswego, The Gardens is a 106-bed assisted living facility that provides an active living community and promotes independence while offering the support services necessary to assist individuals with their health care needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, visit www.thegardensbymorningstar.com.

Sophie Woods (guitarist/vocalist) and Dan Dillon (vocalist) were the featured performers for The Gardens Assisted Living Community’s recent resident happy hour. The duo entertained residents with a wide variety of music from classic pop and rock to classic country. Weekly happy hours are one of the many activities that The Gardens provides for its residents. Seated in front is Elizabeth Purtell. Standing from left are: Harriet Whitten, Sally Custer, Activities Director at The Gardens Jill Little, Sophie Woods and Dan Dillon.

United Way Kicks Off Stuff-A-Bus Campaign

Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine has announced that the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign is underway.

Working in collaboration with the Oswego County Teachers Association (OCTA), the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), school districts throughout Oswego County and area businesses and organizations the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign collects donations of school supplies for distribution to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County.

“We are very appreciative of the effort that OCTA, along with CSEA, and all of our county school districts put forth to help make the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign a success. Hundreds of families benefit from this campaign and are grateful for the supplies they receive. This would not be possible without the support we receive from the businesses and organizations that host their own school supply collections and serve as official donation sites for the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign and the area school districts that host the distribution of the school supplies,” said Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine.

The following businesses are currently accepting donations for the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign. The campaign will culminate with a special collection day to be held August 24 when school buses will be at these sites from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to accept donations of school supplies from pens and pencils to notebooks and backpacks.

– Wal-Mart on Route 49 in Central Square
– Wal-Mart on Route 104 in Oswego
– Wal-Mart on Route 3 in Fulton
– Kinney Drugs at 3318 Main Street in Mexico
– Kinney Drugs at 3873 Rome Road in Pulaski
– Kinney Drugs at 17 South 1st Street in Fulton
– The Hannibal Village Market IGA, Route 3 in Hannibal
– Fulton Savings Bank Plaza, Route 57 in Phoenix

Additionally, on Saturday, July 30 from 8:00 am – 11:30 am The Club House Tavern 126 West Second Street in Oswego, will host a breakfast in support of United Way’s annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign. Sponsored by Eagle Beverage, Peter and Ann Wiltsie, and The Club House Tavern the breakfast is open to the public. The suggested minimum donation for the breakfast is $5.00 for adults with children 10 and under free. There will also be drawings for a chance to win a Labatt’s Mountain Bike, courtesy of Eagle Beverage and a 12-foot Pelican Kayak courtesy of The Club House Tavern, both of which are on display at The Clubhouse Tavern / Spencer’s Ali. Tickets for the Labatt’s Mountain Bike drawing are $1.00 each. Tickets for the 12-foot Pelican Kayak drawing are $5.00 each. There will also be a 50 / 50 drawing with all proceeds benefiting the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign.

Dewine said that the school supplies collected through the Stuff-A-Bus campaign will be distributed to students in their respective school districts, while supply lasts, according to the following schedule. A copy of your child’s 2015-2016 School Report Card will be required for entrance to pick up school supplies.

APW August 26 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the APW Bus Garage
Central Square August 26 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Central Square Ed. Center
Fulton August 26 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Fairgrieve Elementary School
Hannibal August 26 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Kinney Elementary School
Mexico August 26 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Mexico Middle School Gym
Oswego August 26 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Fitzhugh Park School
Phoenix August 26 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Maroun Elementary School
Pulaski August 26 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Pulaski Middle / Senior School
Sandy Creek August 25 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Sandy Creek Elementary School Cafeteria

For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900 or visit www.oswegounitedway.org.

Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine (r) joins volunteers during last year’s the Stuff-A-Bus collection day in Pulaski. The Stuff-A-Bus Campaign, which collects donations of school supplies for less fortunate students, is now underway throughout Oswego County. This year’s campaign will culminate with a special collection day on August 24 when busses will be at several Oswego County locations from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The supplies will be distributed through each school district in the county. For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900 or visit www.oswegounitedway.org.

Final Kids Pirate Day of the Season

Pictured are Declan Martin and Pirate King (Brian Kocher) who enjoyed swabbing the deck and a bit of pirate carousing at the H. Lee White Maritime Museum’s last Kids Pirate Day. Tickets are available for the final Kids’ Pirate Day of the season to be held, Wednesday July 27nd from 1 – 3pm. Fun will abound on the west pier in Oswego’s “Historic Maritime District.” Young lads & lasses can consort with fellow pirates; land lubbers can throw in with the lot & become pirates for a day. Pirate garb is strongly encouraged. Enjoy two hours of fun and educational activities including games, music, pirate grub, tours of historic vessels, a scavenger hunt and treasure to take home are just some of the pirating fun. This program is appropriate for ages 2-10 years old.

Tickets are $15.00 per child and $4 for an accompanying adult (ask about member discounts). Contact the Museum at (315) 342-0480 to obtain your golden ticket. Check www.hlwmm.org or facebook.com/hlwmm for details on this and other great programming scheduled for 2016! Be there or walk the plank!

Family Story delivers Glad memories of Fulton

With the return of the family summer musical, CNY Arts Center is delivering a story of joy and gladness with the premiere of Pollyanna, set to open August 5 for a two week run onstage at 11 River Glen Dr. on the Cayuga College Fulton campus.
“With our nation in turmoil this summer, nothing is certain except perhaps more chaos,” said Nancy Fox, Director. “It is especially important to look for what is good around us and focus on what we can be glad about. The story of Pollyanna, an orphan girl with little to be happy about, shares her technique for finding the good even in bad situations and changes an entire town in the process. She calls it the Glad Game.”
The production, which has never been done locally, will take the audience back to Fulton in 1909 when the city was enjoying prosperity and success. Paintings have been commissioned to reflect familiar locales and scenes taken from actual historical photos and postcards. Local artist, Cayuga College Art student Melinda Lamb, is creating paintings of the Pratt House, the city Library, a former church, and other scenes around town. The paintings will hang on the set as backdrop and be available for purchase after the play.
“I wanted to make the production as personal as possible by having the set exhibit actual locations,” Fox continued. “And even though popular culture often uses the word ‘Pollyanna’ to describe someone in denial of reality, the original story by Eleanor Porter delivers just the opposite with a powerful message about facing reality. Finding the good in everyday situations, no matter the circumstances or how hard, is the challenge. Even if you have to work really hard to find the good, we forget about the bad while we’re looking for the good.”
It’s an important lesson for the young cast ranging from ages 11 to 18 with only 3 adults to round out the character list. Each rehearsal begins by sharing something to be glad about or something they are struggling with. The other cast members brainstorm reasons to be glad about each situation and bonds of friendship are strengthened in the process.
“I have to say we have a pretty happy group of kids and they fill the arts center with joy and laugher at each rehearsal. I see the friendships and mutual support they give each other running lines and practicing. It is the message of the arts bringing people together and having a positive impact on all those involved. My own level of happiness rises each time I am with them. I’m truly glad to have this opportunity to share their joy with the community.
“I really love to hear people talk about all there is to be glad about in town. Negative talk is harmful and sets us back. We didn’t get the $10 million grant for revitalization but we saw a lot of great people and ideas come together and we have a plan to keep moving forward. The Nestle buildings reminded us of a painful memory for more than 10 years but the changing landscape as they come down is a breath of fresh air that finally brings closure, allowing us to move forward.
“We not only have a great online presence with local social media sites, we still have our own personal newspaper giving us a source of local news, critical as a means of communication. We are home to the largest nonprofit organization, Oswego County Opportunities, helping to take care of us for 50 years. Our Community Development Agency works tirelessly to help people get decent homes and neighborhoods to live in.
“There is so much to celebrate and be glad about as we keep working toward a better future. The Arts are a part of the vitality of a community and the Arts Center will do our part to offer experiences reflecting the beauty of our community and the special people who live here. I invite you to buy in to that philosophy. Come see Pollyanna’s story played out onstage with these young people giving you their best interpretation of her Glad Game. Forget about the bad for a couple hours.”
Pollyanna opens Friday, August 5 at 8pm and continues Friday and Saturday, August 6, 12, & 13 at 8pm with Sunday matinees, August 7 & 14 at 3pm. The production is also part of the Fulton Festival of the Arts taking place during the second weekend, August 12-14. For more information, tickets or reservations, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 315-598-ARTS (2787).

Megan Acker debuts as Pollyanna in the premiere production at CNY Arts Center opening August 5. The musical continues through August 14 onstage at the Arts Center located at 11 River Glen Dr., on the Cayuga College Fulton Campus. For reservations or more information, visit CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-ARTS (2787).

Townsfolk of Fultonville gather around to read a telegram announcing Pollyanna’s arrival in this opening scene from the premiere of Pollyanna running August 5-14 at CNY Arts Center. From left, Morgan Rhoads, Griffin Marriner, Don Crowe, Katie Gerth, Jose Balaguer, Kristin Nilsen, and Matthew Slocum. The musical opens onstage at CNY Arts Center, 11 River Glen Dr., on the Cayuga College Fulton Campus. For reservations or more information, visit CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-ARTS (2787).

National Grid Supports United Way Campaign

Community and Customer Manager for National Grid Walter Dengos (l) presents Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine (r), with a check in the amount of $5,000 representing National Grid’s corporate support of United Way’s Annual Campaign. “”National Grid is proud to partner with United Way of Oswego County to assist the great work being done every day in the communities in which we also serve,” said Dengos. “We greatly appreciate National Grid’s commitment to United Way,” added Dewine. “Thanks to caring companies such as National Grid we are able to continue our efforts in our three impact areas; ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and improving the health and well-being of families and individuals.”


Fulton’s Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and Sunrise Rotary clubs have again partnered with tournament title sponsor Eastern Shore Associates Insurance (ESA), for the ‘Swing 4 Service’ Seventh Annual Golf Classic, Saturday, Aug. 20, at Emerald Crest Golf Course, Palermo. Among the event organizers and sponsors above are (from left): Doug Stevens, tournament chair and Fulton Sunrise Rotary; Nancy Kush Ellis, Fulton Noon Rotary; Charrise Kidd, Fulton Noon Rotary; David Guyer, Fulton Lions Club president; Linda Witworth Rossiter, Fulton Sunrise Rotary president; Missy Calverase, ESA vice president, finance; Regina Lunkenheimer, ESA COO; and Doug Caster, Fulton Kiwanis Club. The event features an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start with a best ball.  captain and crew format. An awards banquet will immediately follow at Tavern on the Lock, Fulton. All proceeds support each service club’s community service in Fulton. Deadline for team registration is Aug. 5.

For further information, contact Doug Stevens ([email protected]), tournament chair, at 593-0299