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Veterans’ Memorial Day Request Marches Through Committee

OSWEGO – At its meeting Monday night, the Physical Services Committee sailed through a light agenda.

This year's Memorial Day Celebration is planned for May 28.
This year’s Memorial Day Celebration is planned for May 28.

Justin Rudgick, Community Development Director, received a request from George Hoffman, with the Veterans’ Council of Oswego, regarding the Memorial Day Celebration to be held May 28 starting at about 10:45 a.m.

Organizers are requesting use of public space at Veterans’ Park, use of the bandstand and road closures.

They are also requesting a waiver of the noise ordinance.

The road closure is for the annual parade, which begins at West Park at West Fifth and Cayuga streets. It will travel down to Veterans’ Memorial Park, which will impact intersections at West Third, Second and First streets.

A memorial service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. in the park.

The duration of the entire even is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. as a contingent of veterans travel around the city for services in various cemeteries and parks.

The committee sent the request to the full council for consideration.

Also receiving a favorable recommendation was a request from the Frederick Leighton Elementary School regarding the 32nd annual triathlon to be held on May 26, from 8 to 11 a.m.

Organizers are requesting road closures and use of traffic safety personnel for the school related event to monitor the road closures to ensure a safe event.

Thomas Kells, DPW Commissioner, received a request from Andrea Schrader to place a memorial bench along West Linear Park in memory of her parents, Paul and Penny Schrader.

If possible, Schrader would like placement to occur on June 5, as this is the date her parents’ ashes are being interred.

And, Kells received a request from Rebecca Couch and David Brancato to place a memorial bench in Breitbeck Park in memory of Brancato’s parents, Art and Rose Brancato.

Brancato said he’d like to have the bench in place now, while his parents are still alive to enjoy it. His parents lived in Oswego and graduated from Oswego High School. They return to the Port City often.

Both requests were forwarded to the full council.

The committee also OK’d a request from Rob Williams, on behalf of the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (SLELO PRISM) for permission to have a boat launch steward/educator at the public boat launch at Wright’s Landing periodically throughout the 2018 summer season.