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A French and Indian War Encampment is set for June 28-29 at fort Ontario.

Regular admission will be charged. Come see living history demonstrations, 18th century music, children’s period games, lectures, life in French, British, Colonial and Native American camps, drills and battle reenactments.


June is National Dairy Month, and the Oswego Railroad Museum is celebrating with two exhibits in one during the weekend of June 28 and 29.

The combined exhibit will show how the railroads, such as the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad (known locally as the Lackawanna) worked with the dairy industry by building creameries, where farmers would ship their milk in order to have it processed.

 There will be models and photos of local creameries, as well as the railroad cars used to ship the milk to them and the final products from them. Outgoing products went all over New York State, especially to New York City.

The museum is located on the corner of West First and Lake Streets, near the harbor, and is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. every weekend until Labor Day. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for youth and FREE for kids 6 and under.

 Contact the Museum for information on this and upcoming events or to arrange a group tour at 343-2253, 806-2193, 342-0028 or


Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death but can be successfully treated with early detection. 

Kinney Drugs is helping in this effort by partnering with the American Cancer Society and Upstate Cancer Center to supply free colorectal cancer screening kits for its community members.

During June, screening kits are available for pickup at any Kinney Drugs pharmacy in New York state for all customers age 50 or older. Customers complete the screening kit in the privacy of their own home and then mail completed kits directly to Upstate. 

Upstate Cancer Center will process the completed screening kits in its laboratories and customers will be notified of the test results.

The screening initiative will be hosted in all 77 Kinney Drugs locations in New York. To find the nearest Kinney Drugs location, visit or download the Kinney Drugs mobile app.


Oswego County Federal Credit Union, in cooperation with the Oswego Youth Bureau, is sponsoring free open air Movies in the Park at 7 p.m. in East Park on the third Wednesday of each month from June through August.

Despicable Me 2 (PG) will be shown July 16 and The Lego Movie (PG) is scheduled for Aug. 20.

In addition to the movie, the Youth Bureau and Oswego Kiwanis club will sponsor entertainment and arts and crafts. There will be free popcorn, the Oswego Bookmobile, and the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office will be on-hand with identity kits for kids.

Children also will be able to play Wii games on a 55-foot screen before the movie. There will also be face painters sponsored by Galloway Century 21. 


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.


BestFit Boot Camp will be conducted at 7 p.m. every Wednesday from July 9 to Aug. 27 at Onondaga Lake Park.

Jessica Viscome, an Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Certified Personal Trainer and owner of BestFit, will lead a group of four personal trainers to help people get fit. 

The participation fee for the eight weeks is $399 per person. Price includes training from four Certified Personal Trainers, a meal plan and nutritional supplements. 

For registration or more information, contact Viscome at or call 532-3377.


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.

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


Vacation Bible School is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 7 through 11 at Bible Baptist Church, 18 Simpson Drive, off Route 104 East in Oswego.

The theme is “Arrow Island.” There will be Bible stories, games, singing, snacks and prizes.

The Vacation Bible School is open to children from kindergarten through grade 12. A nursery is provided.

For more information, call Dick Clark at 342-1376.


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.


The Oswego City Concert Band and Jazz Band concert schedule has been announced for this summer.  

An Oswego tradition for almost 80 years, these free Wednesday night concerts overlook beautiful Lake Ontario, while providing an enjoyable evening for the young and young at heart.  

The concert band, under the direction of Trevor Jorgensen, will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 25, July 2 and 16, and at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 and 13. The band performs traditional marches, overtures, and other classic band literature, along with music from Broadway musicals and film. 

The Jazz Band, under the direction of Stan Gosek, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. June 30 and 7 p.m. Aug. 20. These concerts feature the music of the greatest “Big Bands” of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman, along with contemporary groups such as Maynard Ferguson and others.

All concerts are at Breitbeck Park and concert goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.  

The concerts are sponsored by the City of Oswego, with additional funding provided by the Music Performance Trust Fund and Oswego County Musicians Union, local 267-441.


A summer kids’ event called Weird Animals Vacation Bible School will be hosted at Oswego Alliance Church from Monday, July 14 to Friday, July 18. 

At Weird Animals, kids will learn about some of God’s most creative creations. They’ll participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into yummy treats, experience cool Bible adventures, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos. 

Plus, the children will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with The Tail End — a celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. 

Family members and friends are encouraged to view this special time from our lobby daily at 11:30.

Weird Animals VBS is for kids from age 4 to sixth grade and will run from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. each day. 

Register your child at For more information, call 342-5493.


The Wounded Warriors Music Fest II is scheduled for Aug. 9 at the American Legion Post #418, Phoenix.

Proceeds from the music fest will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project and will support a full range of programs and services for injured veterans and their families.

The event will include music, food, games, drawings, 50/50s, vendors, crafters, police, military and fire department displays and more.


The Black River Valley Fiddlers Association, of the Watertown, NY, area will treat longtime listeners and round and square dance enthusiasts to a concert of old time fiddle music  with round and square dancing, from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday July 6 at the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum, 1121 Comins Road, in Osceola. 

The concert is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.


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