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Balloon Fest photo contest winners announced

"Reflections' by Paul Kilgore.
“Reflections’ by Paul Kilgore.
Second-place winner Pamela with "Green Summer."
Second-place winner Pamela Bessel  with “Green Summer.”

iHeartOswego.com and All Over Events said Paul Kilgore is the winner of the photo contest held in conjunction with the Oswego County Balloon Festival June 6 to June 8.

The grand prize goes to “Reflections,” a stunning photo showing one of the balloons not only landing, but also in a reflection in a pool of water.

Kilgore’s photo will be featured as the cover photo for the Oswego County Balloon Festival on its official Facebook page along with a $25 gift certificate to Jimmie James BBQ in Scriba, and a fine art poster from Copies In Time, Copy & Print Center of Oswego.

In second place is “Green Summer” by Pamela Bessel. The photo is the very definition of serenity. Bessel will also receive a fine art poster of her submission from Copies in Time, Copy & Print Center of Oswego.

The first Oswego County Balloon Festival was held at the Oswego County Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek. The festival featured crafters, bands and, of course, big beautiful hot air balloons.

The 2014 Oswego County Balloon Festival was brought to us by All Over Events. iHeartOswego.com was the official sponsor for the 2014 Oswego County Balloon Festival Photo Contest and has provided all prizes.

Houses being spruced up all over Oswego

Resident Leader Tanya Miller (left) and homeowner Patti Domicolo, (right) install their Oswego Renaissance Association Challenge Block Grant Sign at the gateway to their West Fourth Street neighborhood.
Resident Leader Tanya Miller (left) and homeowner Patti Domicolo, (right) install their Oswego Renaissance Association Challenge Block Grant Sign at the gateway to their West Fourth Street neighborhood.

If you drive around Oswego you will see large signs popping up in 13 different  neighborhoods that competed successfully for  the 2014 Oswego Renaissance Association’s (ORA) Block Challenge Grants.

More than $104,000 was awarded to 121 homes that made the final cut after an initial 200 homes started the application process.

One of the requirements was at least five homes in an applicant’s immediate area had to participate.

The Challenge Block Grant is a matching grant for exterior improvements for each participating home, up to the first $1,000.

This is a different approach to neighborhood revitalization; a middle-market approach that builds on neighborhood strengths by building from stronger areas and expanding outwards.

Requiring a critical mass of homes in an immediate area creates “clusters” of revitalization which affects the entire area.

The Oswego Renaissance Association is privately funded by local foundations and businesses including The Shineman Foundation, Pathfinder Bank, Novelis, and with in-kind support from the city of Oswego, Step One Creative, the Oswego Tree Stewards, The Beacon Hotel and Broadwell Hospitality Group.

“People have commented they see more ladders and hear more saws than in previous summers,” explains Paul Stewart, ORA founder and director.

“Financial investment is preceded by social investment. The matching grants are also a means to get neighbors to engage neighbors and begin to restoring their blocks together – as a neighborhood,” Stewart said. “When each neighbor sees other neighbors joining in, it grows confidence and begins to unlock financial investment.”

For information on applying for the association’s 2015 Challenge Block Grants visit its website at; www.oswegonyonline.com.

Fulton woman receives presidential proclamation for first responders

Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr., left, and Beverly Belton pose with the proclamation honoring first responders sent from and signed by President Barack Obama.
Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr., left, and Beverly Belton pose with the proclamation honoring first responders sent from and signed by President Barack Obama.

By Debra J. Groom

Beverly Belton was a bit curious when a postal service worker came to her door a week ago.

“He handed me an envelope and on the front it said ‘The White House,’” Belton said. I stumbled, I was shaking. I couldn’t get it open. I said, oh my God, oh my God.”

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Milton “Pudge” Hartle, veteran, contractor, loved hunting and fishing

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Milton “Pudge” Hartle, 77, of Oswego, formerly of Fulton, passed away suddenly Monday, July 14 at Oswego Hospital.

He worked as a self-employed contractor for many years and served in the U.S. Navy from 1955-1957 and was on the Navy boxing team.

Pudge enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his children, Steven (Tiffany) Hartle, Donald (Sharon Miller) Hartle, Patricia (Stan) Johnson, Shelly Hewitt, April Hartle; siblings, Francis “Butch” Hall, Clinton Hall, Calvin Hall, Marlene Snow and Donald Lanning; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 17 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services immediately following.

Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Volney.    

 

Arrrgh! Pirate Day set for July 24

More than 30 children -- most dressed in pirate garb like Emergy, Nolan and Aaron O’Brien, above -- showed up at the H. Lee White Marine Museum in Oswego July 10 for Kids’ Pirate Day. Young lads and lasses can consort with fellow pirates; land lubbers can throw in with the lot and become pirates for a day. The morning of fun and educational activities includes games, music, pirate grub, tours of historic vessels, a scavenger hunt and treasure to take home. The program is appropriate for children ages 2 to 12. Tickets are $12 per child and members discounts are available. Another event will be held 10 a.m. to noon Thursday July 24. Contact the H. Lee White Marine Museum at 342-0480 or programs@hleewhitemarinemuseum.com for more information. Photo submitted by Faith O’Brien
More than 30 children — most dressed in pirate garb like Emergy, Nolan and Aaron O’Brien, above — showed up at the H. Lee White Marine Museum in Oswego July 10 for Kids’ Pirate Day. Young lads and lasses can consort with fellow pirates; land lubbers can throw in with the lot and become pirates for a day. The morning of fun and educational activities includes games, music, pirate grub, tours of historic vessels, a scavenger hunt and treasure to take home. The program is appropriate for children ages 2 to 12. Tickets are $12 per child and members discounts are available. Another event will be held 10 a.m. to noon Thursday July 24. Contact the H. Lee White Marine Museum at 342-0480 or programs@hleewhitemarinemuseum.com for more information.
Photo submitted by Faith O’Brien

Swing 4 Service Golf Tourney Aug. 16

This is the fifth year for the Swing for Service Classic Golf Tournament, organized by the four local service organizations in Fulton: Fulton Lions, Fulton Rotary, Fulton Kiwanis and Sunrise Rotary. It is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16 at Emerald Crest Golf  Club in Palermo. Last year, the groups were able to invest more than $13,000 from the tournament back into the local community. Pictured from left are Lori Greeney - Fulton Rotary; Brenda Niver - Kiwanis; Roberta Dunn - Kiwanis and co-chair; Ron Browning - Lions Club; Regina Lunkenheimer - chief operating officer of Eastern Shore Associates; Bridgette Seguin - Eastern Shore; Jerry Stanard - Kiwanis; Nancy Kush Ellis - Fulton Rotary; and Don Ciciarelli - Kiwanis. Eastern  Shore Associates is the tournament’s major sponsor. Money raised during the tournament in the past have heped support Kiwanis basebal, Kamp Kiwanis, Fulton Police D.A.R.E. program, Fulton youth basketball, hockey and soccer, Fulton Wrestling Club, ARC of Oswego County, OCO, Friends of History, Success by Six, Make-A-Wish, Golisano Children’s Hospital, area food pantries and numerous scholarships.  Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea
This is the fifth year for the Swing for Service Classic Golf Tournament, organized by the four local service organizations in Fulton: Fulton Lions, Fulton Rotary, Fulton Kiwanis and Sunrise Rotary. It is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16 at Emerald Crest Golf Club in Palermo. Last year, the groups were able to invest more than $13,000 from the tournament back into the local community. Pictured from left are Lori Greeney – Fulton Rotary; Brenda Niver – Kiwanis; Roberta Dunn – Kiwanis and co-chair; Ron Browning – Lions Club; Regina Lunkenheimer – chief operating officer of Eastern Shore Associates; Bridgette Seguin – Eastern Shore; Jerry Stanard – Kiwanis; Nancy Kush Ellis – Fulton Rotary; and Don Ciciarelli – Kiwanis. Eastern Shore Associates is the tournament’s major sponsor. Money raised during the tournament in the past have heped support Kiwanis basebal, Kamp Kiwanis, Fulton Police D.A.R.E. program, Fulton youth basketball, hockey and soccer, Fulton Wrestling Club, ARC of Oswego County, OCO, Friends of History, Success by Six, Make-A-Wish, Golisano Children’s Hospital, area food pantries and numerous scholarships.
Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

Concert band performs Wednesday in Breitbeck Park

The Oswego City Concert Band and Jazz Band concert schedule has been announced.

An Oswego tradition for almost 80 years, these free Wednesday night concerts overlook beautiful Lake Ontario, while providing an enjoyable evening for the young and young at heart.

The concert band, under the direction of Trevor Jorgensen, will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 16 (today), and at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 and 13. The band performs traditional marches, overtures, and other classic band literature, along with music from Broadway musicals and film.

The Jazz Band, under the direction of Stan Gosek, will take the stage at 7 p.m. Aug. 20. These concerts feature the music of the greatest “Big Bands” of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman, along with contemporary groups such as Maynard Ferguson and others.

All concerts are at Breitbeck Park and concert goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

The concerts are sponsored by the City of Oswego, with additional funding provided by the Music Performance Trust Fund and Oswego County Musicians Union, local 267-441.