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Number of people at risk of homelessness on the rise

 COACH (County of Oswego Advocates Challenging Homelessness) committee members Doug Baldwin of Oswego County Department of Social Services and Kristin LaBarge of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) review results from the committee’s annual Point in Time survey.  A one- day count of homeless individuals in Oswego County, the Point in Time survey is a concise effort by area human service agencies to raise the awareness of homelessness and compile an approximate number of those who are homeless, or are housing vulnerable, in Oswego County.

COACH (County of Oswego Advocates Challenging Homelessness) committee members Doug Baldwin of Oswego County Department of Social Services and Kristin LaBarge of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) review results from the committee’s annual Point in Time survey. A one- day count of homeless individuals in Oswego County, the Point in Time survey is a concise effort by area human service agencies to raise the awareness of homelessness and compile an approximate number of those who are homeless, or are housing vulnerable, in Oswego County.

In an ongoing effort to combat homelessness in Oswego County, COACH (County of Oswego Advocates Challenging Homelessness), Oswego County’s Continuum of Care Committee, is closely reviewing the results of its annual Point in Time survey.   Continue reading

Oswego County worries about sales tax situation

By Debra J. Groom

For many years, Oswego County experienced steady growth in sales tax revenue.

This helped the county keep its tax rate low while still providing all the services residents have come to expect and enjoy.

But since the recession of 2008, things have changed. Sales tax revenue has become stagnant. Yes, the county is seeing more sales tax money each year, but not that much more. Continue reading

Holy Trinity Parish Family Fun Day

Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton, will have its annual Family Fun Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12. Friday will feature the sounds of “Brass Exchange” and Saturday night come out to hear the “Billionaires”. Chicken barbecue and barbecue ribs along with sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, and everyone’s favorite fried dough only make up a portion of the foods to be offered. Games of chance, children’s games, grocery booth and the ever-popular cake booth are only some of the things to keep attendees busy. On Saturday at 7 p.m. the parishioners will “Dunk the Pastor” as the Rev. John Canorro will be in the dunking booth. There will be drawing for baskets, money and 50/50s. Come and join the fun! Pictured from left, committee members Jim Feeney, Cara Allen, Joe Allen, Brenda Abelgore, Chris Williams, Tom Jones, Paul Campolieta, Rhonda Campolieta, Mary Elliot, the Rev. John Canorro, Heidi Buda, Tom Abelgore and Judy Young surround a grill that will be given away at the festival. Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea
Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton, will have its annual Family Fun Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12. Friday will feature the sounds of “Brass Exchange” and Saturday night come out to hear the “Billionaires”. Chicken barbecue and barbecue ribs along with sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, and everyone’s favorite fried dough only make up a portion of the foods to be offered. Games of chance, children’s games, grocery booth and the ever-popular cake booth are only some of the things to keep attendees busy. On Saturday at 7 p.m. the parishioners will “Dunk the Pastor” as the Rev. John Canorro will be in the dunking booth. There will be drawing for baskets, money and 50/50s. Come and join the fun! Pictured from left, committee members Jim Feeney, Cara Allen, Joe Allen, Brenda Abelgore, Chris Williams, Tom Jones, Paul Campolieta, Rhonda Campolieta, Mary Elliot, the Rev. John Canorro, Heidi Buda, Tom Abelgore and Judy Young surround a grill that will be given away at the festival.
Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

2 win journalism scholarships

The Professional Journalists and Communicators Club of Oswego County (PJC) recently announce the recipients of the club’s scholarship awards.  From left are: PJC Treasurer, Mary Ellen Barbeau of the Oswego County Department of Tourism; PJC Vice President, John DeRousie of Custom Marketing Solutions; Tara Stacy, recipient of the PJC Muriel Allerton Scholarship Award; Guest Speaker and PJC Member, Jeffery Rea of SUNY Oswego Office of Public Affairs; Scholarship Recipient, James Bailey of G. Ray Bodley High School; and PJC President Marion Ciciarelli of Oswego Health.
The Professional Journalists and Communicators Club of Oswego County (PJC) recently announce the recipients of the club’s scholarship awards. From left are: PJC Treasurer, Mary Ellen Barbeau of the Oswego County Department of Tourism; PJC Vice President, John DeRousie of Custom Marketing Solutions; Tara Stacy, recipient of the PJC Muriel Allerton Scholarship Award; Guest Speaker and PJC Member, Jeffery Rea of SUNY Oswego Office of Public Affairs; Scholarship Recipient, James Bailey of G. Ray Bodley High School; and PJC President Marion Ciciarelli of Oswego Health.

The Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County (PJC) has awarded the organization’s Muriel Allerton Scholarship Award to Tara Stacy of Oswego High School.   Continue reading

Guernsey receives scholarship

Anna Guernsey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Guernsey, received the Robert Parkhurst Memorial Award presented by the Fulton Police Department. The police department annually gives $500 to a high school senior who shows Parkshurst’s qualities of a desire to succeed, genuine concern for others and a willingness to assist others. Parkhurst was a Fulton police officer killed in 1984 by a drunk driver. Guernsey will attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College majoring in radiologic technology. Pictured are Officer Ken Sheldon, Fulton police; Guernsey; Honey Parkhurst, Officer Parkhurst’s mother; and Detective Mike Curtis of the Fulton police.
Anna Guernsey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Guernsey, received the Robert Parkhurst Memorial Award presented by the Fulton Police Department. The police department annually gives $500 to a high school senior who shows Parkshurst’s qualities of a desire to succeed, genuine concern for others and a willingness to assist others. Parkhurst was a Fulton police officer killed in 1984 by a drunk driver. Guernsey will attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College majoring in radiologic technology. Pictured are Officer Ken Sheldon, Fulton police; Guernsey; Honey Parkhurst, Officer Parkhurst’s mother; and Detective Mike Curtis of the Fulton police.

Vegetable Growers Association awards 2 scholarships

The Vegetable Growers Association of Oswego County presented the third annual Danny C. Dunsmoor Scholarship Award to Garrett Dunsmoor of Oswego High School. Dunsmoor will attend St. Lawrence University in the fall. Pictured from left to right are: David Sorbello (Association President), Judy Queale-Dunsmoor, Garrett Dunsmoor, John Dunsmoor, Cory Jacobson (Association Vice President).
The Vegetable Growers Association of Oswego County presented the third annual Danny C. Dunsmoor Scholarship Award to Garrett Dunsmoor of Oswego High School. Dunsmoor will attend St. Lawrence University in the fall. Pictured from left to right are: David Sorbello (Association President), Judy Queale-Dunsmoor, Garrett Dunsmoor, John Dunsmoor, Cory Jacobson (Association Vice President).
The Vegetable Growers Association of Oswego County presented the third annual Danny C. Dunsmoor Scholarship Award to Noah Sorbello of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton. Sorbello will attend Cornell University in the fall. Pictured from left to right are: Dana Sorbello, Noah Sorbello, David Sorbello (Association President), Cory Jacobson (Association Vice President), Liz Sorbello.
The Vegetable Growers Association of Oswego County presented the third annual Danny C. Dunsmoor Scholarship Award to Noah Sorbello of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton. Sorbello will attend Cornell University in the fall. Pictured from left to right are: Dana Sorbello, Noah Sorbello, David Sorbello (Association President), Cory Jacobson (Association Vice President), Liz Sorbello.