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ALANA anticipation – Looking ahead to a jam-packed agenda for the 26th annual ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) Student Leadership Conference are, from left, Maggie Rivera, SUNY Oswego student involvement coordinator; Louis Rodriguez, student involvement student assistant and a senior wellness management major; and Aaron Brown, vice president of the Black Student Union and a junior psychology major. The week of entertainment, workshops, dinners and more will take place Sept. 21-28 at SUNY Oswego.

ALANA Week to offer comedy, fashion, inspiration, workshops

ALANA anticipation – Looking ahead to a jam-packed agenda for the 26th annual ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) Student Leadership Conference are, from left, Maggie Rivera, SUNY Oswego student involvement coordinator; Louis Rodriguez, student involvement student assistant and a senior wellness management major; and Aaron Brown, vice president of the Black Student Union and a junior psychology major. The week of entertainment, workshops, dinners and more will take place Sept. 21-28 at SUNY Oswego.

SUNY Oswego’s multicultural ALANA Student Leadership Conference will celebrate diversity Sept. 21 to 28 with a fashion show hosted by comedian and actor Talent Harris, a peace walk, keynote inspirational speaker Tish Norman, workshop presentations and more.

This year, the African, Latino, Asian and Native American conference aims to be one of the biggest yet, according to Magdalena Rivera, student involvement and ALANA coordinator. It began in humbler fashion in 1986.

“It started out as one day, two workshops and now it has grown over the years,” Rivera said. “Students that have come through campus have cared enough to carry on throughout the years and bring ALANA to what it is today.”

The fashion show will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

Harris, who performs standup in “Uptown Comic” and the former Showtime comedy series “White Boyz in the Hood” and had roles in “With or Without You” and “Sunset Park,” will emcee.

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Obama polling strong in new congressional district

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County is considered a stronghold for the Republicans, however, a recent poll shows President Barack Obama has a strong lead over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

According to a Siena Research Institute poll, conducted between Sept. 5 and Monday, Obama has a 19-point lead over Romney in the newly created 24th Congressional District, which includes all of Onondaga County, Cayuga County, and half of Oswego County.

Obama was the favored candidate with 55 percent of likely voters while Romney garnered the support of 36 percent of likely voters.

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‘Lions Loot’ – Less than 400 tickets remain for the Fulton Lions Club’s 10th annual “Lions Loot” sweepstakes. The event drawings are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Fulton Polish Home.  Nick Sterio of Oswego, (left), a 2011 winner, is congratulated by Fulton Lions Immediate Past President Jim Sokolowski.

Less than 400 tickets remain for ‘Lions Loot’ sweepstakes

‘Lions Loot’ – Less than 400 tickets remain for the Fulton Lions Club’s 10th annual “Lions Loot” sweepstakes. The event drawings are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Fulton Polish Home. Nick Sterio of Oswego, (left), a 2011 winner, is congratulated by Fulton Lions Immediate Past President Jim Sokolowski.

Less than 400 tickets remain for the Fulton Lions Club’s 10th annual “Lions Loot” sweepstakes, it was announced by club President David Dingman.

The event drawings are scheduled for 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21 at the Fulton Polish Home. First prize is $10,000 and total prizes are $30,000.

“Our goal is to sell all 1,000 tickets by October,” Dingman said. “We’re hoping folks will grab this opportunity to purchase the remaining tickets for this event which helps us help many Fulton area residents with eye examinations, eye glasses and hearing aids…This year alone, our club as provided more than $7,000 to help the hearing and vision impaired.

“We also wanted to remind participants that more than one name may be on a ticket,” he added. “In addition, requests for a special number will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, and that you need not be present to win.”

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Fulton High School’s Class of 1942 held its 70-year reunion recently. In front from left are Betty Keck Patrick, Vivian Collins Ciciarelli, Pauline Zizzi Mirabito, Jennie Cherniak O’Hare, Julie Tetro Holt, Betty Wilson Wheeler, and Nellie Garbus Mathews. In back from left are Brien Mathews, Marjorie Naioti, Clyde Grim Jr., Keith Baker, James Arcadi, Stanley Curtis, Andrew Fisher, Faith Fuller Morin, Barbara Bennett Lukas,  Robert Pickles, Frank Pafumi, Rev. Mortiz Fuchs, John Parson, and Mary St. Phillips Runeari.

Fulton’s Class of 1942 holds reunion

Fulton High School’s Class of 1942 held its 70-year reunion recently. In front from left are Betty Keck Patrick, Vivian Collins Ciciarelli, Pauline Zizzi Mirabito, Jennie Cherniak O’Hare, Julie Tetro Holt, Betty Wilson Wheeler, and Nellie Garbus Mathews. In back from left are Brien Mathews, Marjorie Naioti, Clyde Grim Jr., Keith Baker, James Arcadi, Stanley Curtis, Andrew Fisher, Faith Fuller Morin, Barbara Bennett Lukas, Robert Pickles, Frank Pafumi, Rev. Mortiz Fuchs, John Parson, and Mary St. Phillips Runeari.

Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County turns 40

Members of the Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County will celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary Monday, Oct. 22  at 6 p.m. at Vona’s Restaurant in Oswego.

Guest speaker for this milestone event will be broadcast journalist Garrick Utley, who was named a senior fellow and professor of broadcasting and journalism at SUNY Oswego’s School of Communication, Media and the Arts.

PJC was formerly known as the Oswego County Press Club and was founded Oct. 4, 1972.

Each June, the club presents the Muriel Allerton Scholarship Award to an incoming college freshman pursuing a media-related career.

The 40th anniversary celebration begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. with a buffet dinner served at 7 p.m.

There is a cost to attend the dinner. Reservations are due by Oct. 15. Anyone with questions regarding the dinner may contact Marion Ciciarelli at 349-5601.

‘Small’ pumpkin – One of the “smaller” pumpkins from a previous CNY Great Pumpkin Fest only tipped the Fairbanks Scale at 691 pounds. Past winners have been well over 1,000. See how heavy the winner is this year Saturday, Sept. 29 at Washington Square Park in Oswego. Weighing begins at 10 a.m.

Giant pumpkins and entertainment scheduled for Pumpkin Fest

‘Small’ pumpkin – One of the “smaller” pumpkins from a previous CNY Great Pumpkin Fest only tipped the Fairbanks Scale at 691 pounds. Past winners have been well over 1,000. See how heavy the winner is this year Saturday, Sept. 29 at Washington Square Park in Oswego. Weighing begins at 10 a.m.

The entertainment line-up has been released for the upcoming CNY Great Pumpkin Festival, which is slated for Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30 in Washington Square Park in Oswego.

Saturday, the registration for the pumpkin weigh-in begins at 9 a.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the County Court building on East Oneida Street. Weighing begins at 10 a.m.

Bob Riggio, owner of R-R-R Music, will be playing music and entertaining the crowds throughout the morning. Giant pumpkins will only be on display on Saturday.

On the City Stage at 11 a.m., Jimmy D and the Jury will kick off the 21st annual Pumpkin Fest. Performing from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. is local talent Gina Holsopple. Rounding out day one’s entertainment will The Billionaires, who will play from 4 to 6 p.m.

Sunday, the Do-Good Swing Band will play from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. They will be followed by Fritz’s Polka Band.

In the parking lot, Leo Pryor’s Taekwondo America students will be holding their fund-raising Break-a-thon at 1:30 p.m. Spectators can witness the discipline and skill of the students as they break boards to raise money for charity.

Pumpkin Fest runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

In addition to the entertainment, there will be rides, games and bounce houses, dozens of crafters and vendors, food, Stoney Meadow Farms pumpkins and more.

More information is available online at www.oswegofultonchamber.com/pumpkinfest; at the Chamber office 44. E. Bridge St., Oswego; or by contacting chamber Events Manager Lisa Gray at 343-7681 or events@oswegofultonchamber.com.

On the tour – Pictured is the newly renovated Stevedore Lofts building which will be one of the buildings on the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County’s Oswego Downtown Living Tour. The tour is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 in the City of Oswego.

Heritage Foundation to hold Oswego Downtown Living Tour

On the tour – Pictured is the newly renovated Stevedore Lofts building which will be one of the buildings on the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County’s Oswego Downtown Living Tour. The tour is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 in the City of Oswego.

The 40th annual House Tour event sponsored by the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 in the City of Oswego.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the house tour, Heritage Foundation is introducing the Oswego Downtown Living Tour. It features six historic mixed-use commercial/residential properties and one contemporary waterfront mixed use property.  The purpose of the downtown living tour is to highlight and promote the many mixed-use redevelopment projects that are currently underway in downtown Oswego.

Heritage Foundation’s annual house tour fund-raiser has featured hundreds of public and private historic properties throughout Oswego County for more than three decades.

Tickets may be purchased at River’s End Bookstore, Lakeside Artisans Cooperative, and the Oswego Tea Company. All proceeds from the event will promote historic preservation projects in the county.

“Over the years, the tour has showcased historic preservation in action,” said Austin Wheelock, board president for the Heritage Foundation. “This event offers the community an opportunity to view in person the wonderful redevelopment happening as we speak in Oswego’s downtown and along the waterfront.” He also added, “It’s wonderful to see a renaissance in downtown redevelopment in our cities and towns. It brings an energy and excitement back to our Main Streets”.

Advancing the downtown theme, this year’s tour will also feature many of the downtown restaurants and shops that make downtown living convenient and appealing.

House Tour participants can use their admission ticket as a discount coupon at participating downtown businesses Sept. 30. There will also be a drawing for a gift basket including many products from the downtown Oswego businesses.

Among the properties included on the tour is the Stevedore Lofts project, a redevelopment of a former brick industrial warehouse into 49 historic loft apartments as well as Class A office space.

Those seeking more information about the tour may call the Heritage Foundation office at 342-3354.

‘Dream Big: Read’ – The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is hosting a free literacy event called, “Dream Big: Read,” Sept. 22 from noon to 3 p.m. at Fairgrieve Elementary School, 716 Academy St., Fulton. From left are Jeff Grimshaw, Oswego Superintendent Bill Crist, McClellan, artist Leslie Paice, arist Ken Blount, Nancy Fox, Beth Hilton, Sabine Ingerson, director, and Jennifer Cook.

Literacy Coalition event celebrates ‘Dream Big: Read’

‘Dream Big: Read’ – The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is hosting a free literacy event called, “Dream Big: Read,” Sept. 22 from noon to 3 p.m. at Fairgrieve Elementary School, 716 Academy St., Fulton. From left are Jeff Grimshaw, Oswego Superintendent Bill Crist, McClellan, artist Leslie Paice, arist Ken Blount, Nancy Fox, Beth Hilton, Sabine Ingerson, director, and Jennifer Cook.

The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is hosting a free literacy event called, “Dream Big: Read,” Sept. 22 from noon to 3 p.m. at Fairgrieve Elementary School, 716 Academy St., Fulton.

The event is part of Oswego County Literacy Weekend, which begins with the Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble Fest Friday, Sept. 21, sponsored by and benefiting Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County.

“The Dream Big: Read event promises to be a wonderful celebration of literacy and the joy of reading for all ages — from pre-school through adults,” said Jon Spaulding, president of the LCOC Leadership Council. “There will be a multitude of activities for families. Among these are door prizes, face painting, craft projects by CNY ARTS, light refreshments, and the Cat in the Hat character. Plus, kids are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite book character.

“The CNY Arts Center generously created two sets of three-feet tall wooden letters built by Oswego County BOCES students that spell ‘R-E-A-D.’ Each letter is brightly painted with messages and symbols about the joys of reading. The letters were designed and painted by artist Ken Blount. CNY Arts Center artists Bonnie McClellan, Leslie Paice and Diamond Chapman collaborated with Blount on painting. These are truly a highlight of the celebration and echo our ‘Dream Big’ theme.”

Also on display at the event will be an extensive exhibit of 60 unique works of art and literature provided by ARISE, an independent living center run by and for people with disabilities in Onondaga, Oswego and Madison counties, said Sabine Ingerson, director of ARISE’s Oswego County Offices. Each piece was created by a person with a disability ranging from multiple sclerosis, to physical disability, to mental health challenges.

“There’s a direct tie-in with literacy by the many poems that are within this exhibit,” Ingerson said. “Other media include acrylic and oil painting on canvas and paper, sculpture, wood working, paper casts, fiber art, and mixed media.

“In addition, we will have copies of ARISE’s Unique magazine that has the complete collection in color photos with backgrounds on each of the artists,” she added. “This is a truly moving exhibit and a testament to the artists’ success in rising above their respective disabilities.”

One of the most popular interactive attractions at the event will be “Recording Our Future,” said Jennifer Cook, chair of LCOC’s Event Committee.

“The project is a partnership between Oswego Middle School  and SUNY Oswego that allows OMS students to experience music through the use of audio recording and technology,” said Cook. “Students and faculty from SUNY Oswego work with the middle school music classes as they create their recordings, learn about various aspects of the music business and discover some career options for their future. At our event, people can sing-along to recorded tracks, make their own music, and learn about the technology involved in the recording industry.

In addition, children from around the county have been participating in local summer reading programs through the Oswego County Library Council and the top ten from each program will be entered in a contest to win prizes at this event.

The top prize is an e-reader donated by Chirello Advertising, Fulton.

“The goal of the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is to empower our community to build literacy in a collaborative, inclusive and comprehensive manner,” said Spaulding. “The coalition is dedicated to supporting and expanding literacy services so that people can work, the economy can grow, families can thrive, and our community can prosper.”