News in Brief

The Park Attendant program will be returning to the city of Oswego.

AmeriCorp’s Members Cynthia Emrich and Erin Chetney will be providing equipment in conjunction with Oswego County Youth Bureau and the City of Oswego for games and activities for youth in Oswego  city parks.

The summer schedule has begun and ends Aug. 22. Children less than age 12 are recommended to have an adult with them.

Come and join in the fun.

Times are:

** 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Breitbeck Park

** 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at East Park

** 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Thursday at West Park

** 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Oak Hill Park.

Times are subject to change.

Anyone with questions should call Common Councilor Eric Van Buren at  592-1149.


The American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program at the Baldwinsville American Legion Post 113 is having its 22nd annual Airgun Show and Shoot from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 18 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 19.

Admission is $5. There will be competition in 10-meter air rifle, air pistol, National Rifle Association steel targets, field target, Red Ryder BB gun and single six BB gun and Big Bore air rifle.

Attendees also will be able to buy, sell and trade old or new air guns at the show. New and used air guns, parts, books and  pellets will be available at the show.

The show is a fundraiser for the Junior Air Rifle team at the Baldwinsville American Legion.


The Oswego County Health Department is conducting rabies clinics for cats, dogs, and pet ferrets this summer and fall.

New York State law requires that all cats, dogs, and pet ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age.

A second vaccination is required for cats and dogs within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter.

Rabies clinics will be held this summer and fall on the following dates:

Parish: Wednesday, July 9, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 24 Dill Pickle Alley.

Volney: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 6 to 8 p.m., Bristol Hill Landfill, state Route 3.

Hannibal: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 6 to 8 p.m., Town Highway Garage, 68 Cemetery Drive.

Pulaski: Wednesday, Oct. 8, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road.

Scriba: Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 31 Schaad Drive.

The health department suggests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the rabies clinics, but no one will be turned away. Dogs should be leashed and cats and pet ferrets should be in a cage.


An ice cream social is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Sterling Valley Community Church.

There will be games, prizes, food and fun. Music will be provided by “Different Brothers” Band.


Come delight in an afternoon stroll with Pat Carney, to meet and greet the “little people” of the forest floor and fields.

The Wildflower Ramble will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 20 at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center.

Participants will amble along the center’s open spaces and trails, exploring Evening Primrose, Lady’s Thumb, Fleabane and other flowers whose common names and stories can be as colorful as their blossoms.

A slide presentation will be offered in case of inclement weather.

There is a $3 fee per person with a family rate of $12. Children under the age of 3 are free.

The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center is located at 748 State Route 183 in Amboy, eastern Oswego County.

Call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County if you choose to pre-register for this program, 963-7286, ext. 401.


The Oswego County Office for the Aging will sponsor an informational seminar, Medicare 101, to help soon-to-be Medicare beneficiaries understand the nuts and bolts of how their health care may change.

The class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic training room, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

Eric Housman of National Government Services is the guest presenter.

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


AARP has scheduled a number of Smart Driver classes.

The classes are $20 for members and $25 for non-members of AARP. Instructors are allowed to receive only a check or money order, NO cash is allowed.

Here is the class schedule:

Aug. 12/13 — 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., Palermo Town Hall. Call 963-1069 from 3 to 8:30 p.m.

Aug. 19/20 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., SUNY Center in Phoenix. Call Brenda at 342.3296

Aug. 28/29 – 8:30 a.m. to noon, Springside at Seneca Hills. Call 343-5658

Sept. 11/12 – 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., SUNY Center in Phoenix. Call Rachel 963-1069 between 3 and 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 15/16 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Minetto. Call Brenda 342-3296.

Sept. 23/24 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,  Town of Volney. Call Brenda 342-3296.


Exelon Generation’s Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station will host an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 in  the Nuclear Learning Center.

This fun and educational event, known as Community Information Night, is open to all members of the community.

Due to space restrictions, there is a limit of 500 people. To reserve a spot, send an email to by July 14 and let us know how many in your party to expect. If you prefer to RSVP via phone, call Natalyn Giverson at 349-1264.

Employees and station leaders will be on hand to greet residents, answer questions and educate Nine Mile’s neighbors on how a nuclear power plant operates.

Representatives from operations, engineering, security and emergency preparedness and other plant departments will be setting up informative displays to inform and educate the public.

The station’s control room simulators will also be open for tours so neighbors can see how we train our operators to run the station safely and reliably.

Kids will enjoy the interactive, educational displays from the Children’s Museum of Oswego. Gannon’s Ice Cream will also be on site and souvenirs will be provided.


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 New Haven Seniors have two trips occuring this year to the Beeches in Rome.

Tumbling Tumbleweeds, with dinner is Sept. 10, with the bus leaving the New Haven fire station at 10 a.m. Reservations and payment is due July 28.

The Christmas show and dinner is Nov. 18 with reservations and payment for this show due Oct. 27. The bus will leave at 9 a.m. for this outing.

Call Elaine Parkhurst at 343-9475 for more information. All are welcome, you do not need to be a member to join the fun!


ARISE is going to put on a new event this fall, hosting its first ever “Light up the Night” run. 

The run will start at dusk and runners/walkers are encouraged to use their wildest imagination to light themselves up – use of glow sticks and lights are strongly encouraged.

People also are welcome to run in costume. Will you be a gorilla, a tiger, clown, or zombie? Parents dress up the kids to go with your theme. Light up the strollers, bring your best, and most of all, bring your dancing shoes.

Participants will run\walk the course, stop and dance to party music, then run\walk some more and dance again.

Details are coming soon so keep watch on The Valley News for more information.


The March of Dimes invites motorcyclists from Central New York to participate in the 22nd Annual Bikers for Babies on Saturday, July 26 at Jamesville Beach Park.

This year’s start sites include Syracuse, Cortland, Auburn, Sherburne, Utica, Rome and Hannibal.

Bikers for Babies is the oldest charity motorcycle ride in Central New York and benefits all babies – those born healthy as well as those who need help to survive and thrive.

One of the Bikers for Babies routes this year begins in Hannibal. The event is looking for riders to participate this year.

In Hannibal, Bikers for Babies registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the Village Market IGA, 409 Fulton St. All money raised returns to Central New York in the form of research and community grants, education and training and program services.

Bikers are encouraged to register online by visiting or by calling 463.0700.


Cub Scout Pack 57 is hosting a car show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 16 in Fair Haven.

The show will fund the pack’s camping trip on the USS Little Rock in Buffalo.

There is a small registration fee with pre-registrations receiving a discounted price. Registration will be from 8 to 9:45 a.m.

Trophy presentation will be at 4 p.m. The show is open to all classes including motorcycles. Most of the classes will be judged by the scouts and children ages 5-15, any child interested in voting can sign up at the registration tent.

The event will also include hourly trivia and food and drinks.

General admission is free but a donation of a no perishable food item would be greatly appreciated. All items donated will help the local food pantry. There will be donation boxes at the registration tent.

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