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Historical Fulton, N.Y.: Oswego County Medical Society

This photo shows a gathering from the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Oswego County Medical Society. A good-looking collection of doctors, a couple of nurses and even a dog posed for the photo. According to the 1895 Landmark’s Book of Oswego County, “laws then governing the admission and practice of physicians were substantially worthless; but in 1806 the state Legislature passed an act repealing former laws applying to this profession, and authorizing a general State Medical Society and County Societies. Under the provisions of this act, the Medical Society of the County of Oswego was organized June 9, 1821, at the school-house in Oswego village, with Benjamin Coe in the chair, and Luther Cowan, secretary.” The book states early records of this society were twice destroyed by fire, leaving little record of one of the oldest organizations in the county. Among its original members were Anson Fay and Luther Cowan, of Volney; Allen Andrews, of Pulaski; Stephen F. Kinney, of New Haven; Sardius Brewster, of Mexico; Benjamin Coe, of Oswego; J. Gurnsey, Dr. Gridley and possible others. The first officers of the society were Benjamin Coe, president; Stephen F. Kinney, vice president; Luther Cowan, secretary; Anson Fay, treasurer; J. Gurnsey, Luther Cowan, and Anson Fay, censors.  The second meeting was held at the house of Ezra May on the first Tuesday in June, 1822. Today, the county still has its own medical society, but it is managed by a combined group based in New Hartford, Oneida County, called the Medical Society of the Counties of Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Chenango, Oswego, Cayuga and St. Lawrence. There are 39 members of the Oswego County society. Photo courtesy fultonhistory.com
This photo shows a gathering from the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Oswego County Medical Society. A good-looking collection of doctors, a couple of nurses and even a dog posed for the photo. According to the 1895 Landmark’s Book of Oswego County, “laws then governing the admission and practice of physicians were substantially worthless; but in 1806 the state Legislature passed an act repealing former laws applying to this profession, and authorizing a general State Medical Society and County Societies. Under the provisions of this act, the Medical Society of the County of Oswego was organized June 9, 1821, at the school-house in Oswego village, with Benjamin Coe in the chair, and Luther Cowan, secretary.” The book states early records of this society were twice destroyed by fire, leaving little record of one of the oldest organizations in the county. Among its original members were Anson Fay and Luther Cowan, of Volney; Allen Andrews, of Pulaski; Stephen F. Kinney, of New Haven; Sardius Brewster, of Mexico; Benjamin Coe, of Oswego; J. Gurnsey, Dr. Gridley and possible others. The first officers of the society were Benjamin Coe, president; Stephen F. Kinney, vice president; Luther Cowan, secretary; Anson Fay, treasurer; J. Gurnsey, Luther Cowan, and Anson Fay, censors. The second meeting was held at the house of Ezra May on the first Tuesday in June, 1822. Today, the county still has its own medical society, but it is managed by a combined group based in New Hartford, Oneida County, called the Medical Society of the Counties of Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Chenango, Oswego, Cayuga and St. Lawrence. There are 39 members of the Oswego County society.
Photo courtesy fultonhistory.com

OCO summer food service brings healthy meals to kids

Oswego County Opportunities is participating in the Summer Food Service Program again this year, said Bridget Dolbear, OCO program services coordinator.

The program provides free meals to children when school is out for the summer. It is funded through the state Education Department.

Meals will be available at the following sites and times. Orders for meals are placed the day before: Continue reading

Shineman Foundation helps Hulett Park

Partnership at Hulett Park. From left to right: Kelley Weaver, Bob Weston, David Guyer, Fred Cavalier (in back) from Friends of Fulton Parks, Lauren Pistell from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, Parks Superintendent Barry Ostrander, First Ward Councilor Jim Myers.
Partnership at Hulett Park. From left to right: Kelley Weaver, Bob Weston, David Guyer, Fred Cavalier (in back) from Friends of Fulton Parks, Lauren Pistell from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, Parks Superintendent Barry Ostrander, First Ward Councilor Jim Myers.

Hulett Park in Fulton will have beautiful new playground equipment for the children to play on thanks to the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.

The foundation recently awarded the Friends of Fulton Parks a $16,000 grant to assist in the purchase of new playground equipment for Hulett Park. Continue reading

Bodley graduate receives Friends of History Award

The Friends of History Award for 2014 was awarded to Anthony Semeraro,right, by Karen O’Brien, left, of the Friends of History. Semeraro is a graduating senior from G. Ray Bodley High School and is an excellent musician who has volunteered to play at many local community events. He is an Advanced Placement student in U.S. history, chemistry, microeconomics and macroeconomics as well as a member of the National Honor Society. Semeraro will attend Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall majoring in chemical engineering with a goal of working in green technology. Semerro is a lifelong resident of Fulton.
The Friends of History Award for 2014 was awarded to Anthony Semeraro,right, by Karen O’Brien, left, of the Friends of History. Semeraro is a graduating senior from G. Ray Bodley High School and is an excellent musician who has volunteered to play at many local community events. He is an Advanced Placement student in U.S. history, chemistry, microeconomics and macroeconomics as well as a member of the National Honor Society. Semeraro will attend Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall majoring in chemical engineering with a goal of working in green technology. Semerro is a lifelong resident of Fulton.

Birdlebough juniors receive scholarships

Juniors at John C. Birdlebough High recently earned scholarships recognizing them for their leadership, innovation, community involvement, problem-solving abilities and academic achievement. In front, from left, are Taylor Chesboro, Emma Brunell, Emilie Schneider, Finella Campanino, Olivia Uttamsingh, Ashley Centner, Hannah Lees, Delaine May and Abigail Ewald. In back, from left, are Jacqueline Greer, Andrew Smith, Shaun Turner, Wyatt Parker, Benjamin Bulgrien and Justin Ross.
Juniors at John C. Birdlebough High recently earned scholarships recognizing them for their leadership, innovation, community involvement, problem-solving abilities and academic achievement. In front, from left, are Taylor Chesboro, Emma Brunell, Emilie Schneider, Finella Campanino, Olivia Uttamsingh, Ashley Centner, Hannah Lees, Delaine May and Abigail Ewald. In back, from left, are Jacqueline Greer, Andrew Smith, Shaun Turner, Wyatt Parker, Benjamin Bulgrien and Justin Ross.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Graduating seniors at John C. Birdlebough High School were not the only students to earn academic recognition and scholarships during year-end ceremonies.

A total of 15 junior students received major financial awards as well. Continue reading