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Chamber director honored as Girl Scouts’ Woman of Distinction

Beth Hilton, executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, was one of the Women of Distinction honored at the 100th Anniversary Gala sponsored by Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways.

The organization honored a total of 100 women, men and organizations in central New York “who inspire girls to achieve and lead,” according to NYPENN Pathways.

The event, which was held March 12 at the Syracuse OnCenter, celebrated 100 years of Girl Scouting.

“I am truly honored to receive such recognition,” Hilton said. “As a former Girl Scout as well as the mother of a pre-teen girl, it is important to me that I strive to always be a good role model simply by following many of the principles that I learned as a young woman growing up and are reinforced through the Girl Scouts as part of the Girl Scout Law.”

Hilton, an Oswego native, has served as the chamber’s executive director since May 2009. Previously, she was the general manager of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers in South Carolina.

Erika Johnson

Bodley Bulletins: March 14, 2012

Erika Johnson

by Erika Johnson

First off, I hope everyone has enjoyed their day off to take in all of the nice weather we have been having or maybe to catch up on that hour of sleep we lost this weekend.

Spring may not have sprung quite yet, but this weather is quite deceiving! You won’t hear too many people complaining, if anyone at all!

Those loving it the most are those spring sport members. Who couldn’t ask for a better way to start off the season? Good luck to anyone still trying out for a spot!

Recently voted on by the junior class was the theme of the prom. The winner was a “Red Carpet Affair.” The prom is set for Saturday May 12 at the Landmark Theater, a perfect place for a GRB “celebrities” to make an entrance!  Continue reading

Tournament champs – The 7/8 Fulton Lady Raiders basketball team recently won the Phoenix basketball tournament. In front from left are Hunter Hartraft, Kate Meyers, Sydney Gilmore, Amylynn Holland, and Maranda Prosser. In back are Dan Gilmore, Joanna Pappalardo, Taylor Kesterke, Nicole Hansen, Brittney Alton, Karley Kearns, Mallory Harter, Aryelle Barbagallo, and Joe Pappalardo.

Fulton girls win Phoenix basketball tournament

Tournament champs – The 7/8 Fulton Lady Raiders basketball team recently won the Phoenix basketball tournament. In front from left are Hunter Hartraft, Kate Meyers, Sydney Gilmore, Amylynn Holland, and Maranda Prosser. In back are Dan Gilmore, Joanna Pappalardo, Taylor Kesterke, Nicole Hansen, Brittney Alton, Karley Kearns, Mallory Harter, Aryelle Barbagallo, and Joe Pappalardo.

Hardwork and patience finally paid off for the 7/8 Fulton Lady Raiders.

After good showings in past tournaments this season, the girls pulled it all together and played great team basketball during a recent tournament in Phoenix.

The girls opened the tournament with a 42-7 win over Pulaski. The Raiders played their way into the championship by beating Marcellus and Central Square.

In the championship, Fulton had to face Marcellus again and used a strong defense to help lead the girls to the tournament victory.  The girls will now compete in the St. Paul’s Tournament in Oswego.

Silent auction planned – The Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Youth Group will be holding a silent auction Sunday, March 18 from noon until 1 p.m. The group is raising funds to attend a Reach Work Camp this July in Broadalbin, N.Y. Pictured are members of the group.

Youth group to hold silent auction Sunday

Silent auction planned – The Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Youth Group will be holding a silent auction Sunday, March 18 from noon until 1 p.m. The group is raising funds to attend a Reach Work Camp this July in Broadalbin, N.Y. Pictured are members of the group.

The Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Youth Group will be holding a silent auction Sunday, March 18 from noon until 1 p.m.

The group is raising funds to attend a Reach Work Camp this July in Broadalbin, N.Y.

Reach Work Camps are a Christian-based week long camp where campers will be undertaking major construction and renovation projects on homes of well deserving seniors and families.

The campers volunteer their time, sleep on floors of a nearby high school, eat school food and pay almost $400 each for the opportunity to help out a neighbor.

The cost of the camp is mainly to support the cost of construction materials, including lumber for wheel chair ramps, paint, sheet rock, roofing, and tools.

A member of the group, Audrey Proto, a junior at G. Ray Bodley said, “Reach is a great opportunity for our group to grow closer together and deeper in our faith. We also meet a lot of new friends each year and are able to experience the joy that comes from serving others. It’s a lot of hard work but it’s worth every minute.”

The Mt. Pleasant group will be sending 13 teens and four chaperones, including Pastor David Grey and Pastor Mike Houck, to join nearly 500 other youth and their leaders from around the Northeast.

The silent auction will feature handmade items, donated services, local business gift cards and more.

Neighborhood Watch meeting to focus on nuisance abatement

The last Neighborhood Watch meeting was held Nov. 10 at Oswego City Library.

Approximately two dozen people attended, including a newly elected councilors of the first and sixth wards, Councilors Enwright and VanBuren.

The speakers were Sergeant Craig Bateman and Connie Cosemento, former first ward councilor. The topic of the evening was the nuisance abatement law and the process of enforcement.  Continue reading

Eighth annual RAP program to be held March 28

Oswego County BOCES, in partnership with many Oswego County agencies, will be hosting the eighth annual Regional Awareness Program for Young Drivers (RAP for Young Drivers) Wednesday, March 28.

This free program is open to the public and will include presentations by many area agencies including the following:

• The Oswego County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD)

• New York State Police

• Oswego County Sheriff’s Department

• Oswego County District Attorney’s Office

• Oswego County STOP DWI program

• Oswego County Traffic and Safety Board DUI Simulator

• Oswego County BOCES’ transportation department and

Oswego County BOCES’ driver’s education program

The program will be held at the Oswego County BOCES’ main campus location, 179 Co. Rte. 64, Mexico, and will begin at 7 p.m.

A wide range of topics will be presented at the program, including a victim/offender panel by MADD and Oswego County STOP DWI, junior license, seat belt use, distracted driving and more. New this year is a DUI Simulator from the Oswego County Traffic and Safety Board.

The simulator will realistically show students the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

RAP is aimed at young drivers and their parents, but all drivers are invited to attend this informative program.

It is held at this time of year to coincide with the changing weather and prom season. There is no charge to attend.

Each year, the program has attracted over 300 students and their parents to the event.

Those seeking more information may visit the Oswego County BOCES web site at www.OswegoBOCES.org.

Former Lewis County legislator wins FOIL lawsuit

by Carol Thompson

A former Lewis County legislator has won a lawsuit challenging the county’s handling of a Freedom of Information Law request.

State Supreme Court Justice Hugh A. Gilbert, in an eight-page decision filed, ruled the county should have provided Bruce R. Krug with information requested May 9, including a permit issued for a “special event” for all-terrain vehicles and a list of businesses delinquent on hotel occupancy tax as well as documentation in regard to the county’s action to collect the money.

Krug also requested the amounts of trail-permit fees and funding. Continue reading

Oswego Industries receives contract from Coast Guard

Oswego Industries has been awarded an AbilityOne contract to produce winter dress blue shirts for the United States Coast Guard.

The contract, signed in February, is the result of the company’s efforts to grow the Textile Manufacturing division with new product production to increase the mission on training and employment of persons with disabilities, military disabled and assistance of all people with barriers to employment.

This is the third military contract secured by Oswego Industries and is scheduled to begin production in May. The five-year contract will produce 1,780 units in the first purchasing year.

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