OSWEGO, NY – The river’s end bookstore will host the debut of a new local history book, “Pioneers: The Story of Oswego County’s Search and Rescue Team.”
To help launch the book, the store is welcoming former and current members of the team and the book’s author, Jim Farfaglia, who describes the group as “one of Central New York’s best-kept secrets.”
“I’ve lived in Oswego County nearly my entire life and I just learned about the Pioneers a few years ago,” Farfaglia said. “When they formed their search and rescue team in 1971, it became the first professional volunteer organization of its kind, not only in the area, but also throughout New York State and the eastern United States. How they managed to develop their team’s search strategies and successfully participate in many well-known searches is a true testimony to the Pioneer founders.”
Farfaglia interviewed original and current members of the search team, as well as their families, friends and those who benefited from their rescue efforts.
He was also given access to the team’s 45 years of reports, newspaper articles and photographs, and was invited to observe the group in training.
“There’s a lot of enthusiasm on our team today,” current Pioneer coordinator Scott Morehouse said regarding the status of the group. “The dedication of our members will serve us well into the future, but it was the original team founders who started us on this road and it is important to honor them.”
Farfaglia was able to research and write the Pioneer’s story through a grant he received from CNY Arts, Inc., allowing him to turn over the rights of the book to the team.
Profits from book sales will benefit the volunteer group’s service efforts, and kickoff for purchasing copies begins at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St.
The bookstore will also be donating a percentage of its sales to the team.
The December 10 event begins at 2 p.m., with Farfaglia offering a short presentation and stories from the Pioneers’ history.
Refreshments will be served.
For more information about the event, contact the bookstore at www.riversendbookstore.com, or call (315) 342-0077.
For information about Farfaglia’s books and presentations, visit his website at www.jimfarfaglia.com or email [email protected]
For information of the Oswego County Pioneer Search and Rescue Team, contact co-coordinator Aaron Albrecht at [email protected]