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Thanks event sponsors

The Run for Dennis event would not have been possible without the generous and heartfelt support we received from so many individuals and sponsoring organizations.

We would like to thank all who supported us both financially and with donated services:

Auyer Race Timing, Associated Dental Arts of Oswego, Azteca, Burke’s Home Center, C’s Farms, Cestaro Chiropractic, Chirello Advertising, Eagle Beverage, Entergy, Fitzgibbons Agency, Fleet Feet of Syracuse, Gibby’s Irish Pub, GU energy gel, Hibernians of Oswego, Integrative Healing Spa, Kinney Drug, Mitchell’s Speedway Press, National Honor Society Chapter of Oswego High School, Ontario Orchards, Oswego County Federal Credit Union, Price chopper, Riverview Wellness, Road ID, Sugar-Scanlon Funeral Home, The Press Box, The sunset Group-Oswego Triathlon, Trinity Catholic School, I Heart Oswego, Wiltsie Construction, Oswego Lions club, Top Stitch, DJ Plus, RJ Caruso, The Beacon Hotel, Oswego Bagelry and Sandwich shop, Bosco and Geers, Harbor Eye Associates, Murdock’s sports, Port City Chiropractic, Warner Physical Therapy, Wegman’s, WSYR NewsChannel 9’s Bridge Street, Time Warner Cable News, Jim and Phyllis Allen, Chip and Karen Kio, Bob and Kristen Lenz, and James and Darlene Tynan.”

Jessica Newson



Child Abuse Awareness Month

Each April, we celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month.

This year’s theme is “Pinwheels for Prevention” and will be celebrated locally through the Department of Social Services and the Child Advocacy Center.

Child Abuse Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect in our communities and is a call to action from the Prevent Child Abuse America organization.

This organization was founded in Chicago in 1972 and now has chapters in all 50 states and includes 581 Healthy Families America home visitation centers in 41 states, Puerto Rico and Canada.

Prevent Child Abuse America is focused on advocating for the creation of a national policy framework and strategy for the safety of children, while helping families to prevent incidents of abuse and neglect.

“Why Pinwheels for Prevention? Prevent Child Abuse America wants to transform awareness into action this year using the Pinwheel as a national symbol.

The pinwheel reminds us of childlike notions and stands for the chance at a healthy, happy, and full life that children deserve.”

Please review other important information on the organization’s website at:  (

Friday, April 4, 2014 was “Wear Blue Day” in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

This year in Oswego County, we celebrate the resilience of children and families determined to heal from these traumatic experiences, and honor the committed workers that support families and children in the community.

Far too many to name individually, they frequently come from the following areas:  schools, medical/mental health providers, caseworkers and managers, therapists, law enforcement, legal professions, Family Court and the District Attorney’s Office.

Providers committed to the safety of children in Oswego County encourage citizens to be involved in the lives of children in your neighborhood. Know children’s names and where they live, guide them away from danger whenever possible; whether it is a car in the street or a stranger approaching.

Be concerned and question children without appropriate supervision, without a coat in the winter, a child that appears to be hungry, or a child that is not attending school. The safety of children in our community relies on the commitment and willingness to act of community members.

Child Protective Services can intervene only once a report has been made to the State Central Registry.  A “finding” or positive conclusion of abuse or neglect can only be obtained if credible evidence is discovered to support the allegation.

When you see a child at risk, please do the following:

If you witness a crime being committed against a child:  Call 911

If you suspect abuse or neglect:  Call the NYS Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 342-3720. Provide as much information as possible: Name, address, parent’s name, if known. Detail your concerns. Be specific.  Bruises, malnourished, alone — no supervision, child has contact with inappropriate adults.

Date, times, or frequency of your observations. Calls can be made to the Hotline anonymously.

Protection of children in our community is everyone’s responsibility. The tried and true “it takes a village to raise a child” is a partnership we continue to build in Oswego County.

Be part of this effort through your commitment to the life a child. They indeed hold the future of our community in their hands.

Gregg Heffner, LCSW-R


Oswego County Department of Social Services


Read Rita

On behalf of the residents of our fair Village of Hannibal, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank our correspondent to The Valley News.

Rita Hooper has done a great job over MANY years – actually she wrote the column for many years before she and her late husband, the Rev. “Bob” Hooper moved to Pennsylvania to serve a church until his retirement.

They always considered Hannibal to be their home having served the Community Church for 20 years and both sons grew up and graduated from Hannibal Central School.

While Bob and Rita were in Pennsylvania, Bea Scott took over the editorial job for the Hannibal news until the Hoopers returned to Hannibal for their retirement, living several years at Cain’s Corners, a couple miles from the village.

After Bob’s passing, Rita sold her home in the town and moved to an apartment in Fulton. However she let us know she still considers Hannibal “her home” and she still writes the weeky column for The Valley News.

She also returns to the community for most events (even card-playing) and likes to keep up to date and take part in Hannibal activities. We of Hannibal are blessed to have such a go-getter as Rita still representing us.

Hers is no easy task as she prefaces the local activities with a little editorial, usually educating all readers on many topics. She does much research to write these articles.

Many people outside Hannibal mention the fact they saw something in “Rita’s column,” as we call it.

Today she is very active in the First United Church of Fulton. (Once retired from a church the pastor and family are encouraged – sometimes mandated – to not attend their former church.)

But, should you want something about Hannibal to appear in The Valley News it goes without saying be sure to put it in “Rita’s column.” Also, I’ve heard many readers say they can’t wait for Saturday’s paper to see what Rita wrote.

So thanks again to our Hannibal correspondent for a job well done. Keep up the good work, Rita and God Bless.

Louise Kellogg

Village of Hannibal


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