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Concert in Park, Duck Derby set for July 20

The 22nd annual Concert in the Park is scheduled for July 20 at the Firemen’s Field on Rochester Street in the Village of Hannibal.

Activities will begin at the Mill Street Dam where the Dollars for Scholars Duck Derby will take place at 1 p.m. Residents should note the duck derby is being held before the concert this year rather than following the concert as in previous years.

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Head Start seeks more pre-K participants

Gavin Lando reads a book with his father Chas at the Phoenix Head Start.  Provided through OCO, the Head Start Pre-K Program is available in all nine Oswego County school districts and provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to children and their families. For more information on the Head Start Pre-K Program or for an application for the 2014-2015 school year contact OCO at -598-4711,
Gavin Lando reads a book with his father Chas at the Phoenix Head Start. Provided through OCO, the Head Start Pre-K Program is available in all nine Oswego County school districts and provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to children and their families. For more information on the Head Start Pre-K Program or for an application for the 2014-2015 school year contact OCO at -598-4711,

The Oswego County Head Start Pre-K program has been successfully preparing children for kindergarten since 1972.

Parents throughout Oswego County have discovered the benefits afforded children participating in the Oswego County Head Start Pre-K Program.

Enrollment is going on now for people who want their children to experience the Head Start program for the 2014-15 school year.

A program of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO), Head Start has seven locations that serve children in all nine Oswego County School Districts.

The program, which enrolls three- and four-year-old children, is provided at no cost to eligible families and is accepting applications.

Beth Kazel, director of education services, said the Head Start Pre-K program is focused on school readiness.

“Using a research based curriculum, our early education teachers use a variety of hands-on learning experiences that include the concepts of math, science, and literacy, combined with active play and nutritious snacks that assist children in developing academically, socially, and emotionally,” said Kazel.

Recognizing that parents are a child’s first and primary teacher, Head Start encourage parents to be involved in all areas of their children’s education.  The program offers parents the opportunity to share in the Head Start experience.

Through volunteering, being involved on parent committees, and participating in education workshops parents are engaged in their children’s education.

“Reliable studies have found positive long-term effects with lower rates of grade repetition and special education placement, as well as increased high school graduation rates for Head Start graduates,” Kazel said.

“Additionally, Head Start children are significantly more likely to attend college than their siblings who did not attend Head Start. I encourage parents seeking a quality pre-kindergarten program for their three- or four-year-old children to discover the benefits of the Head Start Pre-K program.”

For more information about Head Start or to apply for the 2014-15 school year, visit the OCO website at www.oco.org/education or call 598-4711 or (800) 359-1171 to schedule an appointment.

 

Trexler new Oswego Rotary president

Immediate Past President of the Oswego Rotary Club Sue Witmer, right, passed the gavel to incoming President Melanie Trexler at the club’s annual Changing of the Guard ceremony recently.  The annual Changing of the Guard ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of the outgoing officers and board members and welcomes the new slate of officers, board members and recognized honorary rotarians. Trexler is executive director of the United Way of Oswego County. Trexler also recently presented her goals and club plan for the fiscal year which include increasing membership, local volunteerism, collecting school supplies for the annual Stuff-a-Bus campaign, Thesauruses distribution to fourth-graders in the Oswego City School District and sponsoring scholarships at Oswego High School.  The Rotary International theme for the 2014/2015 fiscal year is ‘Light up Rotary’ and Trexler hopes to light up our community with joint partnerships and initiatives.
Immediate Past President of the Oswego Rotary Club Sue Witmer, right, passed the gavel to incoming President Melanie Trexler at the club’s annual Changing of the Guard ceremony recently. The annual Changing of the Guard ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of the outgoing officers and board members and welcomes the new slate of officers, board members and recognized honorary rotarians. Trexler is executive director of the United Way of Oswego County. Trexler also recently presented her goals and club plan for the fiscal year which include increasing membership, local volunteerism, collecting school supplies for the annual Stuff-a-Bus campaign, Thesauruses distribution to fourth-graders in the Oswego City School District and sponsoring scholarships at Oswego High School. The Rotary International theme for the 2014/2015 fiscal year is ‘Light up Rotary’ and Trexler hopes to light up our community with joint partnerships and initiatives.

Lost Air Force plane that crashed in 1952 found in Lake Ontario off Oswego

A photo by Roger Pawlowski of the plane on the bottom of Lake Ontario.
A photo by Roger Pawlowski of the plane on the bottom of Lake Ontario.

By Debra J. Groom

Jim Kennard and fellow shipwreck sleuths Roger Pawlowski and Roland Stevens were just about ready to give up for the day.

They had been out on Lake Ontario, just off Oswego, sweeping a sonar back and forth like a broom across the bottom of the lake trying to find something. It wasn’t a ship that was their bounty this time, but instead, they were searching for a long lost plane.

“The story stated it was a mile off shore and we surveyed that area,” Kennard said. “But it wasn’t there. We kept making run after run, and nothing.

“It was the last run of the day. The flies were biting us, the sun was beating down on us and we were getting hungry. And then all of a sudden, there it was.”

“It” is an Air Force C-45 that went down off Oswego in 1952. The aircraft had experienced engine trouble near Utica, so the crew and passengers bailed out and left the plane on auto pilot, hoping it would come down in a remote area away from where people lived.

It did.

“It’s more than several miles off shore and in deep water,” Kennard said, noting he never divulges exact locations of items he and Pawlowski find in the water.

The plane was on a routine flight from Bedford, Mass. to the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome when the left engine began to fail as it was southeast of Utica. According to a news release from Kennard, the aircraft started to lose altitude about eight miles from Rome. The pilot, Lt. Col. Callahan, thought the plane would soon crash, so he ordered his crew and passengers to parachute.

The three Air Force crew and two civilians landed safely. The plane, which Callahan set on automatic pilot, continued on toward the northwest for more than an hour before it ran out of fuel.

Kennard said news reports at that time in the Oswego Palladium-Times quoted many Oswego residents as having seen the plane flying very low over the Port City. The owner of Rudy’s Lakeside and one of his employees were quoted in one story stating they saw the plane circle out over the lake and then go into the water.

“The story went on for three days,” Kennard said.

With all of the witness accounts, one would think it would be easy to find the plane and that it would have been found long before now. But Kennard said no.

“You’d think so, but it’s hard to judge distances when on shore and looking out into the lake,” he said. So what looked like a mile or so to witnesses actually was numerous miles.

Kennard, Pawlowski and Stevens, all of the Rochester area, have been shipwreck enthusiasts for years. They have found ships that date back more than 230 years. Kennard himself has found more than 200 shipwrecks.

He said this is the third plane he has found. He discovered a Cessna in Lake ONario between Rochester and Niagara in 1980 and found another Cessna in Lake Champlain in XXXX.

“This plane was one of several things on our watch list,” Kennard said.

What surprised the trio most was what fantastic shape the plane is in. Kennard said it had been thought for years that it broke up in so many pieces that it would be nearly impossible to find. But here it was, at the bottom of the lake, in almost perfect condition.

“It was missing the vertical stabilizer in back, the Fiberglas cone from the front and part of the roof,” Kennard said. “The rest is all there.”

The men who were on the plane that day were:

Lt. Col.  Charles A. Callahan ,32 Pilot (Monticello, Miss)

Lt. Sam Sharff, 31 (New York City)

Lt. Col. G. S. Lambert (Newport News, Va)

William P. Bethke – civilian technician (near Rome, NY)

Joseph M. Eannario – civilian observer (Rome, NY)

Celebrating the Fourth of July in Hannibal

All decked out in red, white and blue!  Helping to celebrate the Fourth of July at the Hannibal Senior Dining Center are Donald Knopp, Stella James and Rosemary Kellogg.    The center is partially supported by the Oswego County Office for the Aging, New York State Office for the Aging, Oswego County Opportunities, and the United Way of Greater Oswego, Inc.  For information, call Rosemary Kellogg at 564-5471.
All decked out in red, white and blue! Helping to celebrate the Fourth of July at the Hannibal Senior Dining Center are Donald Knopp, Stella James and Rosemary Kellogg. The center is partially supported by the Oswego County Office for the Aging, New York State Office for the Aging, Oswego County Opportunities, and the United Way of Greater Oswego, Inc. For information, call Rosemary Kellogg at 564-5471.

Remember the Revolution!

Continental Arms Collectors Association’s Revolutionary War Unit celebrated America’s freedom at Fair Haven’s Independence Parade July 3. The crowd revelled in the repeated sounds of musket firings. The Unit marched to the cadence of drum and fife music reminding all why the Fourth of July is celebrated. They interpret a company from the 1st New York Regiment, Continental Army, 1782, that fought in the Revolutionary War.
Continental Arms Collectors Association’s Revolutionary War Unit celebrated America’s freedom at Fair Haven’s Independence Parade July 3. The crowd revelled in the repeated sounds of musket firings. The Unit marched to the cadence of drum and fife music reminding all why the Fourth of July is celebrated. They interpret a company from the 1st New York Regiment, Continental Army, 1782, that fought in the Revolutionary War.