In an effort to support the United Way Stuff-A-Bus campaign, area businesses will be selling paper buses to help raise money to purchase school supplies for students in Oswego County who are in need for the upcoming school year. Working in collaboration with school districts throughout Oswego County, United Way is looking to Stuff-A-Bus with school supplies.
“Every year, hundreds of children in Oswego County will enter school without the necessary school supplies and hundreds more will run out of the necessary supplies before the school year is over,” said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way.
“The goal of the Stuff-A- Bus campaign is to prepare children in Oswego County for a successful school year by ensuring they have the school supplies they need. Last year’s campaign served approximately 1,600 families in Oswego County and we are hopeful to serve even more this year,” she added.
The money raised from selling the paper buses will go to purchase items that are less likely to be donated, such as backpacks and scientific calculators. Paper buses are available at the following businesses for a donation in support of the Stuff-A-Bus campaign. All Pathfinder Bank locations in Oswego County. Key Bank in Oswego.
“We are hoping to get even more companies and individuals involved in our Stuff-A-Bus campaign as we are looking to fill eight buses with school supplies this year,” added Trexler.
The highlight of the “Stuff-A-Bus” campaign will be the collection day on Aug. 14 when school buses will be at the following local sites from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accept donations of school supplies from pens and pencils to notebooks and backpacks.
Wal-Mart on Route 3, Granby
Wal-Mart on Route 49, Central Square
Wal-Mart on Route 104, Oswego
Kinney Drugs at 17 South 1st St., Fulton
Kinney Drugs at 3318 Main St., Mexico
Village Market IGA on Route 3, Hannibal
Fulton Savings Bank parking lot on Route 57, Phoenix
For more information, call the United Way at 593-1900.
Human Concerns, Oswego’s emergency food pantry, is joining area businesses and organizations in collecting back to school items in support of the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign.
As part of his community project, AmeriCorps member Evan Oustrich, who is working with Human Concerns, has organized a drive to collect backpacks for distribution to children in need throughout Oswego County.
Aug. 5 through 13 Oustrich will accept donations of new and gently used backpacks at the Human Concerns Center, 85 E. Fourth St. Hours are noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Backpack donations also will be accepted during regular business hours at the following locations:
Oswego YMCA, 265 W. First St.
the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego
Fulton residents are about to benefit from one of the largest national backpack giveaways ever. Between 100 and 150 backpacks filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue and more will be given away from noon to 2 p.m. today at the Cellular Connection, a Verizon retailer, at 898 S. First St.
More than 400 participating stores across the United States are inviting local families to bring their children to the store for the giveaway. Any leftover backpacks will be donated to local schools.
Fulton residents also have joined the cause. Since the beginning of May, store customers have been given the option to round their purchases up to the nearest dollar with the difference going directly toward the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway.
According to the National Retail Federation, the average person with children in grades kindergarten through 12 will spend $95.44 on school supplies such as notebooks, pencils and backpacks.
On top of that, nearly 16 million children in the U.S. live in poverty. In Oswego County, 24.5 percent of children live in poverty, according to a comprehensive community needs assessment prepared this year by the New York State Community Action Association.
This is the time of year that I start to wonder where the summer has gone even though all of August lies before us. Have you ever stopped to think for a moment about how much our lives are influenced by the seasons? And it’s not just our lives, but the lives of just about all the plant and animal life on this planet of ours. From the tropics to the poles we all move to the rhythm of a drum we cannot hear. It’s the music of life and death and life again.
The ancient learned observers of the heavens noted that the night sky was filled with the ever moving stars and the constellations marching from horizon to horizon. With simple implements, they calculated the daily rising sun as it appeared and climbed at a slightly different angle each morning, noting the relationship to what was happening in their world.
For the rest of the story, read the Valley News Saturday edition.
The Oswego County Department of Personnel is accepting applications until Aug. 28 for personnel assistant in the Phoenix school district.
A Civil Service examination is set for Oct. 5. Salary range is $35,000 to $40,800 per year. Qualifications are completion of 60 college credit hours or a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma with two years of clerical experience. Candidates must be residents of the Phoenix school district for four months prior to the examination.
Applications also are being accepted for motor vehicle clerk, with a Civil Service examination set for Oct. 5. Pay is $12.77 per hour. Qualifications are 30 college or business school credit hours or a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma and one year of clerical experience. Applicants also will be considered who have two years of clerical experience. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen and residents of Oswego County for four months prior to the examination.
Applications and further information for either position are available at the Department of Personnel, County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego, or by phone at 349-8209 or on the web at www.oswegocounty.com/personnel/openings.html.
Quoting from Tryphene Darling Farnham as written in 1920 on her reflections of the North Hannibal School as recorded in the Hannibal Historical Society’s Hannibal History in “picture and prose.”
“Fifty and 60 years ago, we always had religious services at the schoolhouse every Sunday. The best ministers of Hannibal preached there. Rev. Jacob Fleming preached here a good many years. He was a farmer who lived near Lewis’ Corners. It was very easy for the young people to marry then. They just drove over to Jakey Flemings and he would tie the knot tight, as I never knew of any getting a divorce who were married by him.
For the rest of the story, read the Valley News Saturday edition.
The first team, Sheldon Scrabble Scholars, has registered for Scrabble Fest 2013. The seventh annual Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble Fest, a benefit for Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County, will take place 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Oswego Elks Lodge 271.
“Scrabble Fest is much more than just another fundraiser,” said Meg Henderson, coordinator of Oswego County Opportunities’ Literacy Volunteers program.
The fun, fast-paced competition draws teams from all over the county, Henderson noted.
Teams consist of four players who work together to create words during three turns in each of the four 20-minute rounds of play. Team scores will be tallied and the top three teams will be awarded prizes. To add to the fun, there will be prizes for the most pledges raised and for team spirit. There will be a silent auction featuring donations by local merchants, a 50/50 raffle and a lottery ticket drawing.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., welcome is at 6:15 p.m. and games begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Entry fee is $100 per team and includes light refreshments. The cost for spectators is $15 (this fee includes light refreshments). Cash bar will be available.
For more information on Literacy Voluneers or to register a team, call 342-8839 or visit lvoswego.org or oco.org.
Literacy Volunteers provides free confidential tutoring, which includes basic literacy (reading and writing), English literacy to improve English speaking, reading and writing skills, and simple math and computer skills.