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David Canfield, county director of Youth Advocate Program of Oswego County, stands with 2012 Advocate of the Year Amanda Cole. Cole has worked at YAP for two years and was nominated for the award by her supervisor, co-workers and families that she serves.

YAP’s Advocate of the Year seeks to make children smile

David Canfield, county director of Youth Advocate Program of Oswego County, stands with 2012 Advocate of the Year Amanda Cole. Cole has worked at YAP for two years and was nominated for the award by her supervisor, co-workers and families that she serves.

by Nicole Reitz

The Youth Advocate Program of Oswego County recognized the accomplishments of its staff Friday at an awards presentation held at the Volney Town Hall.

YAP is an alternative to placement program that is a contracted service by the Oswego County Department of Social Services. Families are referred to YAP off the DSS caseload. YAP works with a wide range of situations throughout Oswego County.

DSS Commissioner Gregg Heffner attended the Advocate of the Year ceremony and spoke about the joint effort between YAP and DSS.

“YAP is an important and vital part of the service structure for the Department of Social Services,” he said. “The flexibility and the ability to morph and evolve to what a family needs is what YAP is all about, and that is a very dynamic and important service. I’m proud of all of you. The work that you do is an absolute asset to the human services profession in Oswego County and Central New York.”

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Carol Fisher to perform at St. Mary’s Bazaar in Oswego

The musical stylings of Carol Fisher will kick off St. Mary of the Assumption’s annual Parish Bazaar with a performance Friday, July 13 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Fisher, a singer and songwriter, will be performing a variety of songs from her nine albums, including her latest album, “Singing the Psalms!”

In addition to her music ministry, Fisher hosts a daily talk show on a Christian radio that is heard throughout Central New York on 103.9 FM, 98.1 FM, 95.3 FM as well as on line at www.CatholicFamilyRadio.org.

“Music is a big part of our ministry,” said Fisher. “By putting prayers, scriptures and the beautiful truths of our Catholic Faith in joyful songs, along with secular music but with positive messages of faith and family.”

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Phase 1 of old jail study to begin

by Carol Thompson

For more than a decade, the Oswego County Legislature has been discussing what to do with the former jail that sits across the street from the Public Safety Center.

Recently, a committee was formed to study the options for the ailing building, which is located off Route 481.

During the first committee meeting held Wednesday, it was decided that the first step should be an environmental study to determine if there is any inactive fuel oil or underground gas tanks as well as storm sewers.

The condition of the former jail was discussed and Legislator Morris Sorbello, who serves as the chairman of the new committee, said he had gone on a recent tour of the facility.

“I personally don’t see any way we could do anything with that building,” he said, noting that it is primarily concrete and steel.

County Administrator Phil Church recommended the committee have the purchasing department make some calls to obtain a ballpark figure as to how much an environmental study would cost so that request for proposals can be solicited.

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Alex McCombie of Fulton won Best of Show with his digital photo, “Theatre of the Macabre.”

Fulton art show award winners announced

Alex McCombie of Fulton won Best of Show with his digital photo, “Theatre of the Macabre.”

The Fulton Art Association held its 39th annual art show and competition in May at the Fulton Municipal Building.

Twenty-nine artists from Fulton, Oswego, Baldwinsville, Hannibal and Mexico participated in the show.

The show displayed 117 entries this year in 13 medium categories – Acrylics, Digital Photography, Drawing A, B, C and D, Computer Graphic Art, Printmaking, Painting Mixed Media, Oils, Three-D, Watercolor, and the Special Category – Still Life, according to President Kathy Mihalek.

William DeMott, an art instructor for Cayuga Community College (Fulton), SUNY Oswego, and Monroe Community College in Rochester was the judge for this year’s show.

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Haley Horn, Leighton’s winner, stands outside the limo with (from left to right) Raelynn Hill, Maddy Cali, Maddy Dashnau, Maverick Dorgan and Jesse Horn. Rick Gessner, owner of G&G Limousine of Oswego, is the driver.

Student ‘millionaires’ enjoy limousine ride to school

Haley Horn, Leighton’s winner, stands outside the limo with (from left to right) Raelynn Hill, Maddy Cali, Maddy Dashnau, Maverick Dorgan and Jesse Horn. Rick Gessner, owner of G&G Limousine of Oswego, is the driver.

Students from four elementary schools in Oswego had a chance to become “millionaires for a day” recently after their names were drawn from a hat as part of Compass Credit Union’s in-school banking program.

A part of the prize, the winning students enjoyed a high-class limousine ride to school with a handful of their friends and siblings.

Later, Compass also provided a pizza party for each of their classrooms.

The four winners were Liberty McCracken, 10, from Fitzhugh; Olivia Rando, 10, from Kingsford; Haley Horn, 12, from Leighton; and Nate Gazda, 11, from Riley.

“Students in our school banking program are really starting to understand the power of saving money and how rewarding it can be,” said Jackie Wiegand, marketing administrator for Compass. “For our grand-prize winners and their friends, the limousine ride to school is something they will always remember.”

Compass launched its first “Bank at School” program three years ago at Riley Elementary School and has since expanded the program to Leighton, Kingsford and Fitzhugh.

Students who participate open savings accounts at the credit union, receive a free piggy bank and get small prizes for making deposits once a month during lunchtime.

The 15th annual St. Luke-Boyce Memorial Charity Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at Battle Island Golf Course with an 8 a.m. “shot gun” start. Pictured are Bishop’s Commons residents Ralph Borek (left) and Glen Clark (right) with Executive Director Karen Murray.

Tournament benefits St. Luke, Michaud

The 15th annual St. Luke-Boyce Memorial Charity Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at Battle Island Golf Course with an 8 a.m. “shot gun” start. Pictured are Bishop’s Commons residents Ralph Borek (left) and Glen Clark (right) with Executive Director Karen Murray.

For over a decade, the St. Luke-Boyce Memorial Charity Golf event has been raising money to benefit resident programs at St. Luke Health Services and Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence in Oswego, and Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

This year, the 15th edition will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at Battle Island Golf Course with an 8 a.m. “shot gun” start. The golf course is located between Fulton and Oswego on Route 48.

The four-person “Captain & Crew” tournament attracts both the serious and novice golf teams alike as prizes are awarded in both categories.

An optional “skins” game is also a part of the competition.

The tournament entry fee includes greens fees, cart, and on-course games, with lunch and awards immediately following at the Battle Island Club House Café.

The tournament benefits the St. Luke-Foster Burden Fund; providing financial resources in support of the St. Luke “Make a Wish” program; Bishop’s Commons “Wishing Well Fund”; and Michaud Residential Health Services “Wish List” program.

The charity golf tournament honors the late Francis Boyce, the first administrator of St. Luke Health Services and past president of the board of directors.

Those seeking more information or to register may contact St. Luke Health Services at 342-3166 or visit the St. Luke web site at www.stlukehs.com.

Fulton Alliance Church’s vacation Bible school is cleared for takeoff! The church will hold its aviation-themed vacation Bible school July 9-13 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Fulton Alliance Church to hold aviation Vaction Bible School

Fulton Alliance Church’s vacation Bible school is cleared for takeoff! The church will hold its aviation-themed vacation Bible school July 9-13 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Fulton Alliance Church’s vacation Bible school is cleared for takeoff!

“We will take flight and watch amazing things happen as kids encounter God like never before, all against the backdrop of some of the world’s most amazing natural wonders,” a church spokesperson said. “All children entering kindergarten through youth entering seventh grade are encouraged to attend this year’s free Vacation Bible School.”

The VBS will be held July 9-13 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration and seating will begin daily at 8:30 a.m. with Worship Rally taking off at 9 a.m.

Children will gather together in the Aviation Wonders Hangar for singing, contests and a morning message.  Parents may stay for Worship Rally.

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Data imaging contract postponed

by Carol Thompson

Members of the Oswego County Legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee were told Wednesday that there is no update as to the status of a data imaging contract for the office of the County Clerk.

A special committee was formed to conduct a blind review of the eight request for proposals to provide the imaging service to the clerk’s office.

Legislator Terry Wilbur, who serves as chairman of the Community and Consumer Affairs Committee, said he received a bipartisan letter from the blind committee requesting more time to complete the review.

“Both sides of the aisle are on this review committee and they said they need more time,” Wilbur said. He added that if he receives a report from the committee prior to the next meeting, he will call a special meeting.

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