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DSS hosts August meeting

The Oswego County Department of Social Services will sponsor an informational meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Department of Social Services, 100 Spring St., Mexico, for people who are interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents.

Oswego County also needs Hispanic foster parents. The Department of Social Services is looking for people who would like to become foster parents, particularly for children ages 8 and over who may have special needs for supervision.

All children available for adoption through DSS have been in foster care for a period of time. The children are typically ages 10 and older and have special needs.

Attendance at the informational meeting is required in order to enroll in the 10-week preparation program. Single and two-parent families may apply to foster or adopt.

Both parents in a two-parent household must attend the training.

Those seeking more information may call Lois O’Connor at 963-5018 or Patricia Pennock at 963-5382.

H. Lee White Museum celebrates Lighthouse Weekend Aug. 3 and 4

The H. Lee White Museum & Maritime Center celebrates Lighthouse Weekend Aug. 3 and 4 beginning with a Lighthouse Stamping event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 3.

A series of New England lighthouse stamps, recently released by the U.S. Postal Service, will be offered for sale along with specialty envelopes and postcards. A custom cancellation stamp was created for the Saturday event.

On Aug. 4, the museum recognizes the birthday of the United States Coast Guard. Lighthouse/Coast Guard historian and chair of the City of Oswego Lighthouse Committee Ted Panayotoff will be on hand both afternoons for discussion related to the theme of lighthouses.

A special reduced admission is offered all weekend. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The weekend events are sponsored in part by Wayne Drug and NBT Bank.

For more information, contact the museum at info@hleewhitemarinemuseum.com or 342-0480 or stop by the museum’s Treasure Chest Gift Shop at the end of Oswego’s West First Street Pier. Also check facebook.com/hlwmm and facebook.com/oswegolh as well as the main website, hleewhitemarinemuseum.com.

Planning for the Polish Festival

Making plans – Members of the festival committee at the Fulton Polish Home met July 30 to discuss this year’s festival, which will take place noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Polish Home, 153 W. First St. Admission is free to the event, which will feature Jasiu Klocek and his accordion, and Donnie P. and Celebration  polka band. Polish food will be available, and proceeds will benefit the Polish Home building fund. Getting ready for the event are, from left going around the table, John Kruk, chairman of the committee; Bob Pietrucha, Nancy James, Donald Diak, Kim Diak, Holly Carpenter and Bob Vayner. A few committee members were absent for the photo.
Making plans – Members of the festival committee at the Fulton Polish Home met July 30 to discuss this year’s festival, which will take place noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Polish Home, 153 W. First St. Admission is free to the event, which will feature Jasiu Klocek and his accordion, and Donnie P. and Celebration polka band. Polish food will be available, and proceeds will benefit the Polish Home building fund. Getting ready for the event are, from left going around the table, John Kruk, chairman of the committee; Bob Pietrucha, Nancy James, Donald Diak, Kim Diak, Holly Carpenter and Bob Vayner. A few committee members were absent for the photo.

Tire amnesty to limit mosquitoes, disease

by Debra J. Groom

The Oswego County Department of Solid Waste is teaming with the office of state Sen. Patricia Ritchie to get rid of excess tires in the county where mosquitoes can breed.

Frank Visser, the county’s director of solid waste programs, said the county is planning a Tire Amnesty Day, where people can turn in their tires for free. He said it will be held at all of the county’s transfer stations.

For the rest of the story, read the Valley News Saturday edition.

Policy change posed in road controversy

By Debra J. Groom

A controversy stemming from a road to a Hannibal sand pit has led to a recommendation to update the Oswego County purchasing policy. County Administrator Philip Church said the policy will be updated.

The change will make sure that contracts or leases involving land use or mining get reviewed by county committee. The recommended change was approved by the county legislature’s Infrastructure, Facilities and Technology committee and also must be approved by the Finance and Personnel and then finally the Government, Courts and Consumer Affairs committees.

For the rest of the story, read the Valley News Saturday edition.

Joanne Hedges, Sterling resident

Joanne E. Hedges, 77, a resident of Sterling, died Wednesday, July 24, at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Oswego on March 9, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Hazel Murray. She was raised in Oswego, the youngest of five children.

She met Royal Hedges in Oswego when he was serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Drum. They were married and deployed to France to help rebuild the war-torn country and were a military family for 25 years. All of her children were girls until she eventually got her prayers answered and gave birth to a son, Royal Hedges Jr., the youngest child, after trying for so many years. She worked as a nurse’s aide at Meadowbrook Manor Nursing Home for 25 years and lived in Hannibal.

After retirement, she was well cared for by her family and children. She lived in Fair Haven for seven years before relocating to the Sterling area in 2006. She enjoyed church and prayer meetings, keeping a clean house and most of all cooking. She was famous for lemon meringue pie which her husband loved.

She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Royal Hedges Sr., who in 2000; a daughter, Amy Lovejoy in 2010; and three sisters. Surviving are her six children, Royal (Mary) Hedges Jr. of Goodyear, Ariz.; Vicky (Ean) Tennant of Sterling; Nancy (Terry) Zukovsky of Leesport, Pa.; Patricia (Mark) Sampson of Wolcott; Tammy Hedges of Elbridge and Kimberly (Paul) Martindale of Wolcott; a sister, Betty Martin; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were held Saturday at Sterling Christian Church. Burial was in Hannibal Village Cemetery in Hannibal. Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal has care of arrangements.

Local, national acts take stage at Christian music fest

The SOS Fest 3 is now an amazing memory for hundreds of Central New Yorkers. The SOS Fest is a three-day Christian music festival sponsored by the Cabin 3 youth group based in God’s Vision Christian church in Hannibal and was held July 19–21 at the Hannibal Firemen’s field.

All genres of music were enjoyed. Friday night started off with two local bands, The Sent Forth from Central New York and Second Story from Fulton.

The night was closed out with National recording artists the Brothers McClurg (aka Relevant Worship) and special guest speaker Wes Aarum, both from Buffalo. A wind and thunderstorm moved over the festival, but it hit right between two bands and only produced a small delay.

Saturday’s music had all ages pleased with many bands playing all evening. The Good Fight from Mexico kicked off the day followed by Molly’s Way from Utica, The 7 Thunders from Long Island, Against The Slate from Pennsylvania, Life Band from Rome, Grant Woell from Michigan and Everyday Sunday from Ohio.

Inspirational speakers included David Hayner from the New Life Church in Herkimer and Jonnie Nickles from Rome.

There was a free water slide set up as well as a variety of sale and display booths. Present at the festival was a booth sponsored by the Hannibal Community Park.

The Fowlers had a maple products booth with treats such as maple cotton candy. Cabin 3’s booth sold jewelry, T-shirts and more. The SOS Fest had a booth selling shirts and drawstring bags. World Vision’s booth displayed cardboard houses, and the American Baptist Men New York state had a display booth with PowerPoint presentations.

Other booths included a college student who is a missionary in China had a booth, Vintage Truth ministry from Buffalo, a Christian college from the Utica area, the Another Level youth group. Kingdombound Music Festival had a booth and The Field Of Miracles festival from Niagara Falls were represented as well. Many of the bands also had tables selling compact discs, T-shirts and other merchandise. The SOS Fest had a food booth selling pizza, subs and drinks.

Many other organizations had signed up to have a booth but due to the weather and other factors could not attend.

Plans are already underway for The SOS Fest 4. If any Central New York nonprofit would like to run a booth or game, contact Erik at 564-6133 for details. There is no cost to nonprofits. Vendors and crafters also are welcome. Details can be found at cabin3ministries.org.