News in Brief

Oswego Mayor Thomas Gillen and members of the Common Council have announced the City of Oswego Council meetings and Committee meetings are now available for viewing on the day following the meeting date, on the link to our YouTube channel.

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 The public can now go to that link and watch tapings of both the committee and council meetings. They can also do a YouTube channel search for “City of Oswego”  and the meetings will show up in this search as well.

Live broadcasts of the meetings are still being arranged through Time Warner Cable, and as soon as they are available, we will make that announcement.

If you have any questions, call the mayor’s office at 342-8136.


At 11 a.m. Saturday June 14, a stone marker will be placed on the grave of Moses Holden. Moses, an early settler in Oswego County, died in 1867. 

Descendants of Moses and Sarah (Dunton) Holden and anyone interested in Fulton and Oswego County history are invited to attend the brief ceremony to honor our forefather at Mt. Adnah Cemetery (Section 7) in Fulton.

Moses Holden was born in Massachusetts, but brought his family to the Oswego area about 1825. Over the years, he and his descendants have resided in Volney, Granby, Fulton, Mexico, Vermillion and Phoenix. 

They have been canal workers, grocers, policemen, employees of the Charles Allen Excelsior and Buttertub Factory and the American Woolen Mill. They were a part of the fabric woven into the very history of Fulton.


The Upstate New York Engineers Training Fund, Local Union #545 (also doing business as Local Union #158, District #545), will conduct a recruitment from July 7 through July 18 for three operating engineer (heavy equipment operator) apprentices, state Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera said.

Please note the three openings listed for apprentices represent the total number for five recruitment regions – the Central, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, and Southern Tier regions.

Applications must be completed in person, on site, at the Upstate NY Engineers Training Fund, District #545 training site, 814 County Route 23, Constantia, from 8 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the recruitment period.  

Applications will be available for 10 business days or until 35 applications have been submitted, whichever comes first.


The Mexico Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12 at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union.

President Allie Proud will conduct the meeting followed by a program presented by Historian Bonnie Shumway and Diane Miller on historic homes of Mexico.  Everyone one is invited.


A Flag Day ceremony put on by the Fulton Elks is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday June 13 at the lodge.

The Elks Lodge is located at 75 Pierce Drive, Fulton.

Also, from 6 to 9 p.m. on the same day, classic cars and country cruizers will be on display at the Elks. The snack bar will be open. 


The Dugway United Methodist Church is looking for donations of junk vehicles and any loose metal which will be brought to the scrap yard within 24/48 hours.  

You will receive a tax deduction receipt after the vehicle has been scrapped.

This collection will run from June 2014 through September 2014. Call Ed at 952-7290 to make arrangements.

The proceeds will go towards the foundation for the west wall of the church house which is in need of repair.


All day on Saturday June 14, 2014, Sunshine Center will host another Community Development Event called SUNSHINE SUMMER FAIR. 

Located at 113 Schuyler St., Suite 9 in Fulton, next to Price Chopper, Sunshine Center has been hosting these events for more than a year.

Owner Jessica Naioti has been organizing these grassroots community development events for more than a decade. The event officially opens at 9 a.m. and will consist of local musicians, family activities, parking lot sale, local vendors and crafters, food and nonalcoholic beverages and small animals. 

Free haircuts will be given to those in need by one of Sunshine Center’s business partners from noon to 2 p.m.

At 1 p.m. there will be a Cutest Baby and Cutest Pet Contest. At 3 p.m., there will be the announcement of Sunshine’s trademark Small Business Silent Auction and raffle winners. Sunshine Center will be giving away a flat screen computer and announcing its Youth Group Leader Scholarship Winner.


Paddlers of all ages and abilities have a chance to paddle the locks on the Oswego River Canal Saturday, June 21, in the Oswego “Rock the Locks” Paddlefest.  

The event encourages kayakers and canoeists to enjoy and appreciate the unique beauty of the historic Oswego River, followed by food and music along the canal in Oswego.

“Paddlers can choose to do the full 10.3-mile course from Fulton to Oswego, or a shorter 4.2-mile course from Minetto to Oswego,” said Jake Mulcahey, Paddlefest chairman. “Paddlefest is designed to be a fun, community event. A portion of the money raised will be donated to the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.”

Parking and sign-in begin at 7 a.m. in Fulton, with an 8 a.m. launch from Indian Point Landing just north of the city on Route 481.

From Minetto, paddlers will launch at 10 a.m. from Riverview Park on Route 48. Sign-in begins at 9 a.m. The group will continue to Lock 8 in Oswego, traveling through four locks of the historic Oswego River Canal along the way.

Following the paddle, “Rock the Locks” begins at noon at the Lock 7 park with music by popular local talents Dos Locos and John McConnell. A variety of food vendors will be on hand, with children’s games and other activities running until 5 p.m.


The 131st annual Phoenix Central School Alumni Banquet will be held beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Dillon Middle School.  

All Phoenix graduates and their guests are invited to attend.  There will be a meet and greet time from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.

For reservations, call Mary Ann Pitcher at 695-5484 or email on or before June 13.


The Oswego County Office for the Aging will sponsor a free informational seminar, “Medicare 101,” to help Medicare beneficiaries navigate through the various program options.  

The seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 24, at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

Please call the Office for the Aging at 349-3484 to reserve a space.


The Hawks R/C Junior Aviators are beginning their 13th summer flying season this year teaching kids and young adults how to fly Radio Control model aircraft. We’re looking for several additional youngsters like you who have an interest in things that fly.

The Hawks program is provided free of charge to local youth in the greater Oswego County area. 

The Hawks program is a nonprofit  501(c) 3, youth oriented, light training program located in Fulton. Flight training takes place during June, July and August at the Oswego Valley Modelaires R/C flying club field Tuesday evenings. The field is located behind the Don Butler soccer fields off Chase Road in Fulton.

 Group also meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Radio Aero Modelers of Pulaski.

For more information, look up on Facebook “hawks junior aviators,” call Marty (at Redneck’s) at 635-1389 or call Tim at 806-7001. To sign up, call Tim or visit either field.


Nominations are due July 10 for this year’s Amelia Earhart Woman of Achievement award.

For the past 30 years, the Zonta Club of Oswego has recognized women whose hard work and dedication have made a difference in the lives of families in our community.  

They are seeking nominations for this years’ Amelia Earhart Woman of Achievement award.  

Amelia Earhart was a member of Zonta International from 1928 until her death in 1937. Earhart is quoted as saying “ better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense”.  Indeed this award honors a woman whose community service involvement has positively impacted Oswego County.   

Applications for submitting a nomination can be found on the Zonta Club of Oswego’s Facebook page or by contacting Inga Back at 343-8733 or  

Members of the Zonta Club of Oswego also have copies of the nomination form.


North Volney Methodist Church will once again be making pillowcase dresses.  

In 2013, the church made 110 dresses that were given to the Dress a Girl organization. This group sends dresses to countries in Africa, Asia, South America and here in the United States as well.  

The dresses are made of pillowcases or left over fabrics. Pillowcases can be new or used, as long as they are in good condition. If they are stained or thin, they are not useful for this project. 

In addition to the dresses, there is a pattern available to make dolls of scrap materials to send along with the dresses.  

If you would like more information or want to help by donating pillowcases or fabric, call Beverly at 593-6825.  

A sewing bee will be held sometime in August and all those interested in sewing are welcome to help.  


A fundraiser to help send kids to Camp Hollis is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 9 in the parking lot of SUNY Oswego’s Romney Field House.

The Kids and Trucks event, sponsored by the Friends of Camp Hollis, is a family event which features all sorts of construction vehicles, fire trucks, tow trucks and other big rigs for children to climb on and see up close and personal.

Camp Hollis is on the shore of Lake Ontario west of the city of Oswego.

The event cost is $4 a person, with children less than age 2 free.

For more information on the event, becoming a sponsor or placing an ad in the program, call Aimee Johnson, event coordinator, at 343-7822, ext. 2.



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