News in brief

Students from the Oswego Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society program took time out of their vacation recently and helped celebrate the holidays with residents, staff, family and friends at Bishop’s Commons.

Junior Honor Society students lent a hand during the annual Christmas Party held at Bishop’s Commons. Students played games with residents and the children who attended the party, served refreshments to those on hand and even helped Santa Claus distribute presents.

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Saturday workshops for January at the Oswego Public Library include:

1 to 3 p.m., Saturday,  Jan. 4, Computer Tune Up

1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, Advanced Iphones

Noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, Tower Teardown. Learn how to take a PC apart and put it back together again.

Noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, File/Photo Recovery. Learn how to recover files and photos from a dead or infected PC.

3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, Photoshop Elements.

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Laurie Smith is the guest at the 8 a.m. Jan. 9 Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training monthly breakfast meeting at the SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center.

She will demonstrate show how changing your thinking and actions will have a great effect on the success of your goals. She is a self-development junkie, a serial entrepreneur and a health and fitness advocate with a 20-year career in different aspects of the beauty industry.

The cost for each seminar is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. The WNET annual (Sept. 2013-Aug.2014) membership cost is $25. Each seminar includes a light breakfast.

WNET is supported locally by Operation Oswego County, SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center, NBT Bank, BeautiControl, By Detail and The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

Pre-registration is required for each seminar, and may be made by calling Operation Oswego County, weekdays, at 343-1545, or via e-mail elivoti@oswegocounty.org. Payments may also be made via credit card on our website.

For more information about WNET, visit http://www.oswegocounty.org/WNET/index.html. Follow us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/WomensNetworkforEntrepreneurialTraining.

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The Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville, will have a roast pork and dresing diner beginning at 4 p.m. Jan. 11.

The menu will consist of roast pork, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, rolls and butter. Attendees may choose from a wide selection of homemade pies and other desserts.

Coffee, tea, cool aid and water will also be available.

Music will be provided while you wait to be seated.

The ladies from the church also have a variety of crafts and goodies for sale.  There is a large supply of used books available at reasonable prices.

The next dinner will be Feb. 8. Call  Anne Jones at 695-6086 with questions.

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A soup luncheon is planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out) Jan. 11 at the Granby Center United Methodist Church, County Route 3.

The menu will include vegetable beef soup and cream of broccoli soup, bread, crackers, beverage and dessert.

Takeouts are available.

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The Oswego County 911 Program has launched a new Facebook page to keep residents informed about new developments in the 911 office.

E-911 serves the community by answering emergency and non-emergency requests for police, fire and emergency medical services.

The Facebook page contains information on training, community education programs, staff activities, and new developments in emergency communications technology.

The page may be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oswego-County-911-Emergency-Communications-Department/247959888691914.

“Oswego County 911 recognizes the importance of public outreach and the use of modern social media for the delivery of information,” said program director Michael Allen.

“We are excited to launch this Facebook Page and hope the public finds it informative and useful,” he said.

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A new law signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will require manufacturers to collect and recycle mercury-containing thermostats at no cost to consumers.

The law implements a statewide thermostat product stewardship program to ensure that hazardous mercury is properly handled, preventing potential adverse health effects and damage to the environment.

Mercury is found in many older wall-mounted thermostats used to regulate room temperatures. If these thermostats break, they can release mercury into the air, causing adverse health effects when inhaled.

Exposure also can occur when mercury thermostats are improperly discarded into the solid waste stream because switches can break or be incinerated, releasing the mercury into the environment.

Beginning July 1, 2014, thermostat manufacturers are required to establish a system for the collection, transport, recycling, disposal and proper management of out-of-service mercury thermostats, and also conduct education and outreach to consumers, thermostat wholesalers, contractors and contractor associations regarding the collection program.

The statewide goal for calendar year 2015 is to collect 15,500 out-of-service mercury thermostats.

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