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October 20, 2018



Arts Program Continues Downtown

Thursday Artists (sitting) Ann Casey, Alaina Campolieta, Libby Reitz and Mary Ann Donahue with Lakeside Artisan member Cindy Schmidt (standing) create fantasy acrylic paintings.

The “Thursday Artists” interactive arts program at Lakeside Artisans continues with workshops through September and early October. These activities take place during the farmers’ market, from 5 – 7 p.m., at the artists’ co-op and gallery in Canal Commons.

Food Sense Program Available At Catholic Charities

Director of Catholic Charities’ Emergency Services Program, Helen Hoefer (right), Food Sense Coordinator, Dana Howell (left), and volunteer Candice Riker prepare a Food Sense package for pick-up.

Each month through the Food Sense Program families and individuals have the opportunity to purchase specially priced food packages consisting of fresh meats, fresh produce, and frozen foods. In addition, there are special featured items each month that may be purchased separately or in addition to the food package.

OCO Accepting Referrals For Newly Expanded Teen Parent Program

OCO recently expanded its OPTIONS program by adding an Adolescent Family Life OPTIONS coordinator and four case specialists. Seated from left are: AFL OPTIONS coordinator Linda Eagan; enhancement services coordinator for OCO Youth & Family Services, Kathleen Knopp and OPTIONS program manager Christina Piscitelli. Standing from left are: case specialists: Aimee Goulette, Cali Sawyer, Erica Laubhan, Melissa Lamb, Alyse Fleming and Stephanie Meeker.

Designed to prepare pregnant and parenting teens to be successful in life, OPTIONS provides counseling and education in the areas of pregnancy, pre and post-natal care, labor and delivery, parenting, nutrition, mental health, family planning, job preparation, continuing education support, tutoring, mental health counseling, nutrition, decision making and life skills, and a DADS program.

Novelis Assists In Reinforcing Riley’s PBIS Program

Students gathered to say “Thank You” to the Novelis “Cans for Community Committee’ and the generous donations to the Riley Elementary PBIS program. In front are Estie Proano, Alana White, Joseph Reeves, Emily Powers, Teagan Ross, Mikayla Nadzadi and Kenny Tombilillo. In back are Ryan Tamayo of Novelis, Nick Hanna, Trevor Fidler, Amanda Cali, Cameron Smith, Student Council Advisor Karen Burke, Joseph Powers and Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist.

Representatives of every grade level at the Charles E. Riley Elementary School said a big “Thank You” to Novelis. Recently students and staff of the eastside Oswego elementary school expressed their gratitude to Novelis “Cans for the Community Committee” for its tremendous support.

Red Cross’ I’m OK Program Coming To St. Luke Apartments

Members of the planning committee for the implementation of the Red Cross’ I’m OK program at St. Luke Apartments display the I’m OK door hangers that volunteers will be distributing to residents. From left are: Jezanna Osier, Red Cross volunteer coordinator; Red Cross chapter services associate, Susan Pope; property manager for St. Luke Apartments, Melanne Keim; drector of emergency services at Catholic Charities, Helen Hoefer and coordinator of the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program at Catholic Charities, Barbara Canale.

Living alone can sometimes be worrisome.  There is always the concern that if something happens, how will anyone know, who will be there to help? For the residents of St. Luke Apartments, they can rest easier knowing that the Red Cross’ I’m OK Program will be addressing those concerns.

OCO Cancer Services Program Creates Human Blue Ribbon

Nearly 35 community members gathered at the Ringgold Pulaski Fire Department dressed in blue, to raise awareness of colorectal cancer. The group formed a human blue ribbon in recognition of March being Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program wrapped up its Colorectal Cancer Awareness month campaign by creating the first-ever human blue ribbon in Oswego County. Approximately 35 people, dressed in blue, gathered at the Ringgold Pulaski Fire Department, 12 Lake St., to form the ribbon.

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