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Weather disaster safety training set for July 30

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

New York state is offering two-hour training sessions for residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible.

In Oswego, a session will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall ballroom.

Participants are required to register in advance at http://www.prepare.ny.gov/training-events.

“With severe weather events becoming more frequent and more extreme, it is more important than ever that New Yorkers are prepared for disasters and know what to do in an emergency,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

On July 8, four tornados hit New York state, including one that killed four people in Madison County in Central New York.

Trainings will be led by the New York National Guard, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

Training sessions are coordinated with local county emergency management personnel.

Oswego’s session is endorsed by the governor, state Sen. Patty Ritchie, Assembly member Will Barclay, Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner and Minority Leader Michael Kunzwiler, and Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen.

The training course will provide an introduction to responding to a natural or man-made disaster. Participants will be advised on how to properly prepare for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies.

A key component of this training is distribution of free New York State Disaster Preparedness Kits to all participants (one per family) containing key items to assist individuals in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

Items in the kit include an AM-FM pocket radio with batteries, packs of drinking water, food bars, a first aid kit, duct tape and other items that may be useful in the event of a disaster.

 Together, the training and kits will help New Yorkers be the most-trained and best-prepared citizens in the country.

 More information is available online at http://www.prepare.ny.gov.

Riley Elementary sixth-graders receive awards before moving on to middle school

The Charles E. Riley Elementary School recently conducted its sixth grade ceremonies and Linda Doty presented the Triple “C” Award to Matthew Oldenburg while teacher Cindy Farnsworth stands alongside Principals American Citizenship award winner Owen Warner.
The Charles E. Riley Elementary School recently conducted its sixth grade ceremonies and Linda Doty presented the Triple “C” Award to Matthew Oldenburg while teacher Cindy Farnsworth stands alongside Principals American Citizenship award winner Owen Warner.

The Charles E. Riley Elementary School sixth-grade honors assembly provided the opportunity to recognize those students moving on to the Oswego Middle School while at the same time congratulating them for their academic effort.

Along with the presentation of certificates were several individual awards including the “Principal’s American Citizenship Award” presented by CER Principal Dr. Linda Doty to Owen Warner

Doty also presented this year’s Triple “C” Award from the state attorney general for “character, courage and commitment” to Matthew Oldenburg.

Several sixth-graders also were recognized with the Presidential Awards for Excellence and received a certificate signed by President Barack Obama.

Those earning the excellence honors included Megan Albright, Benjamin Caster, Alexandria Delfino, Molly Fitzgibbons, Miranda Gilbert, Olivia Henderson, Kayla Hockey, Sammi Jiang, Colin Li, Rielly Rozyczko, Owen Warner and Jacob Vickery.

Students receiving the “achievement” award included Mackenzi Belson, Leandra Davis, Zachary Kingsley, Matthew Oldenburg, Estie Proano, Kalysha Rourke and Trevor Rousselle.

The sixth-grade class was recognized by Doty as well as their teachers Eric McCrobie and Cindy Farnsworth.

This year’s students advancing to the Oswego Middle School are Megan Albright, Damien Allen, Lillian Alton, James Baker III, Mackenzi Belson, Madison Belson, Matthew Bonnell, Sara Boyzuck, Lauren Briglin, Benjamin Caster,  Alexis Centrone, Julissa Davis, Leandra Davis, Christa Delaney, Alexandria Delfino, Logan Engle, Blake Fidler, Molly Fitzgibbons, Haley Gardner, Miranda Gilbert, Olivia Henderson, Jesse Hill Jr., Kayla Hockey, Sammi Jiang, Gabriel Jimenez, Natalya Jimenez, Destiny Kelley and Loretta Kelley.

Also moving on are Zachary Kingsley, Emma Kozel, Katelyn Lagoe, Mia Lamphear, James Lee, Colin Li, Benjamin Martin, Matthew Oldenburg, Deizmend Perez, Joseph Powers, Estie Proano, Kalysha Rourke, Trevor Rousselle, Rielly Rozyczko, Faith Sams, James Tesoriero IV, Grace Verny-Rasmussen, Jacob Vickery, Owen Warner, Jacob Weigand, Gavin Weiss, Anthony Wilson and Tiffany Woods.

 Meanwhile, another highlight of the honors ceremony was the dedication of the yearbook to senior custodian Steve Quesnell.

Minetto sixth-graders presented with awards

Minetto Elementary School recently conducted its sixth-grade honors program. Among the Principal’s American Citizenship Award and the New York State Attorney General’s Triple “C” Award were (front row) Charlene Brockway (Triple “C”) and Megan Delong (Principal); (second row) Nichole DelConte (Principal), Andrew Gentile (Principal) and Cierra Dunning (Triple “C”) while joining them were members of the Oswego High “Class of 2014” Molly Malone and Kyle Collins and Principal Dr. Dean Goewey.
Minetto Elementary School recently conducted its sixth-grade honors program. Among the Principal’s American Citizenship Award and the New York State Attorney General’s Triple “C” Award were (front row) Charlene Brockway (Triple “C”) and Megan Delong (Principal); (second row) Nichole DelConte (Principal), Andrew Gentile (Principal) and Cierra Dunning (Triple “C”) while joining them were members of the Oswego High “Class of 2014” Molly Malone and Kyle Collins and Principal Dr. Dean Goewey.

Minetto Elementary School sixth-graders were in the spotlight at the annual honors program conducted before a cafeteria-packed with parents, friends, family and staff members.

Principal Dean Goewey presented certificates to each sixth-grader and also recognized several other students with special awards.

The “Principal’s American Citizenship Award” was presented Nicole DelConte, Andrew Gentile and Megan Delong while the New York State Attorney General Triple “C” Award  for “character, courage and commitment” was given Charlene Brockway and Cierra Dunning.

Former Minetto alumni Molly Malone and Kyle Collins, who were members of the Oswego High School “Class of 2014,” addressed the students and provided them with some information that will benefit them in their academic journey through middle school and high school.

Receiving the “President Award for Educational Excellence” as they excelled academically and have exceeded proficiency on the New York State Test in English Language Arts and Math were Phillip Kelly and Adam Lofthouse.

The “President Award for Academic Achievement” was also presented for outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment and intellectual development.

The honored students included Hannah Blackburn, Charlene Brockway, Carson Colucci, Cole Cullinan, Kaitlyn Czerow, Emily Dann, Grace Deland, Nicole DelConte, Megan Delong, Cierra Dunning, Andrew Gentile, Clare Hook, Noah Lyboult, Morgan Mace, Seth Perrin, Wolfgang Pierce and Cody Vincent.

Students also received awards for band, orchestra, vocal music, art, physical education, science, social studies, reading, writing and mathematics.

Joining Goewey for the presentation of certificates to the students were teachers Tracy Anderson, Shirley Hadley and Tanya Wadsworth.

Minetto sixth-graders moving on to the Oswego Middle School in September include, from Anderson’s class,  Tyler Bieganowski, Charlene Brockway, Lucas Capstraw, Cole Cullinan, Emily Dann, Andrew Gentile, Skyler Green, Clare Hook, Rilye Johnson, Brittany Kaye, Phillip Kelly, Adam Lofthouse, Morgan Mace, Ashley Mays, Seth Perrin, Elizabeth Wallace, Kylie Wallace and Chase Wegzyn.

From  Wadsworth’s class Julian Allen, Garrett Besaw, Hannah Blackburn, Mason Cass, Joshua Collett, Carson Colucci, Kaitlyn Czerow, Grace Deland, Nicole DelConte, Cierra Dunning, Michael Gushlaw, Mark Jones, Jayden Lee, Riley Mahoney, Courtney Perras, Jerry Sliwa, Alexandria Stowell, Cody Vincent and Mariah Woodward.

The remaining sixth-graders, in Hadley’s class,  moving on to Oswego Middle School were Hailey Babcock, Dustin Burden, Megan Delong, Dalton Gibson, David Greene, Mary Hamilton, Nichole Lambo, Joshua Lane, Noah Lyboult, Patricia Milner, Logen Nelson, Wolfgang Pierce, Andie Rose, Emily Shurtliff, Hunter Thompson, Kathleen Thompson and Alexander Thorpe.

Funding helps art center continue to offer Arty Camp

Children are able to learn about the arts during the summer thanks to grants received by the CNY Arts Center.

The grants from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the state Office of children and Family Services and money from the Decentralization Program allow the center to provide two sessions of Arty Day Camp.

A sizzling summer of Arty fun is well underway so far with the first session of the fourth annual Arty Day Camp running  July 14-18 at the Center, located in 357 State St. Methodist Church in Fulton.

This session of camp offers students art and theater classes along with lunch and afternoon group art projects from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is open to children ages 5 to 15.

Students receive morning art and theater classes with professionals followed by lunch, which is provided, then group activities and art projects.

CNY Arts Center is designated as a Summer Meal Site to offer free lunches to community children 18 and under during the week of ARTY Day Camp. Children who attend the lunch are included in afternoon art projects at no charge.

Art project supplies are provided by a mini-grant from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the state Office of Children and Family Services.

Scholarships are available made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the state Council on the Arts, with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Arty Camp will return Aug. 11-25 with classes in art, dance and theater with the same free lunch and afternoon art projects provided by grants and funding made available to CNY Arts Center.

To register for camp, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Time to ‘sit and knit’ in Fulton

Ladies gathered on a Saturday in June to share knitting fun with yarn provided by CNY Arts Center. Sit and Knit with ‘Nita will start on Wednesdays at Arts in the HeART Gallery anytime between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. while the gallery, located at 47 S. First St is open. For more information call the gallery at 598-ARTS (2787) or the Center ar 592-3373.
Ladies gathered on a Saturday in June to share knitting fun with yarn provided by CNY Arts Center. Sit and Knit with ‘Nita will start on Wednesdays at Arts in the HeART Gallery anytime between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. while the gallery, located at 47 S. First St is open. For more information call the gallery at 598-ARTS (2787) or the Center ar 592-3373.

CNY Arts Center is planning yarn fun on Wednesdays at its downtown gallery located at 47 S. First St in Fulton.

The community is invited to stop in the gallery anytime between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. for knitting and crocheting sessions with Anita Vibbert.

“Anita is one of our newest and most engaging volunteers,” said Nancy Fox, director. “Volunteering to sit at the gallery allows her ample time to share her love of knitting with anyone who wants to drop by to sit and knit for a spell.

“We have a large collection of yarn and Anita will be delighted to teach basic knit stitches to anyone who wants to learn. And she’d love to learn to crochet so she’s hopeful knitters and crochet lovers will drop by for an hour or so just to visit and swap techniques, ideas and all things yarn.”

Yarn is provided for beginners and new projects, but please bring your own knitting needles and crochet hooks.

Arts in the HeART Gallery is run by volunteers from CNY Arts Center at 47 S. First St in Fulton, across from the city gazebo. For more information, call 592-3373.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Trinity United Methodist Church in Oswego will serve a turkey dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday July 19 at the church at 45 E. Utica St.

The menu consists of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, squash, cranberry sauce, rolls and butter, beverages and homemade pie.

Takeouts will be available.

A portion of the proceeds of the dinner will benefit SAF House.

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The Mount Pleasant Grange in Volney will have its waffle breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday July 19 at the grange at 2825  County Route 45.

The special fruit topping this mnth is blueberries. The waffles will come with the usual breakfast buffet and sugar-free toppings also will be available.

Takeouts also area available.

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The Minetto United Methodist Church will host a free dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27.

The menu will be hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, salad, and dessert. Donations are not expected but will be accepted.

A collection shed is available in the parking lot at the back of the church for usable clothing items that can be recycled. Acceptable items include: all clothing, shoes, sneakers, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes, and stuffed toys.

The building is fully accessible and is located at the corner of State Route 48 and County Route 8, one block south of the Stewarts Shop, midway between Oswego and Fulton, in the village of Minetto.

For more information about programs and services call 529-1936 or visit our website at http://www.MinettoUMC.org/.

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There will be a Chillin’ & Grillin’ night at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at the Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville.

Festivities include grilled hot dogs, chips and drinks. Music will be provided by Diana Gardiner. Come and enjoy an evening of fellowship, food and fun.

Bring your lawn chair so we can chill and grill outside, weather permitting.

Police blotter

Fulton Police Department

Calvin L. Waite, 39, of Buffalo Street, Fulton, and Alex Holley, 24, of Wickham Street, Fulton, are charged with burglary, a felony, and assault, a misdemeanor. Police say they both forcefully pushed open a door and enter a room and punched the victim several times in the face.

Melissa S. Ives, 35, of South Fourth Street, Fulton, is charged with grand larceny, a felony. Police say she took property valued at about $2,000 (books of collectible coins) from the victim at 211 Buffalo St. on or about June 9 or 10. Police said she sold the coins to a jeweler in Oswego.

Oswego County Sheriff’s Office

Raymond Hart, 42, of Crabtree Lane, Cicero was arrested for course of sexual conduct with a child, second degree, a felony, stemming from the investigation into an incident in which he allegedly engaged in sexual contact with a victim less than 11 years old from July 1999 through November 2001 at a residence in New Haven.

He was arraigned in Scriba town court and sent to the Oswego County jail in lieu of  $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. He will return to New Haven court July 17.

Hilario B. Tello, 40, of 24 Ontario St., Oswego, NY was arrested following an investigation into the break in at a town of Oswego business June 15. He is charged with grand larceny and burglary, both felonies, and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, for allegedly breaking a window to gain access to the business and taking a laptop.

He also was charged with burglary and grand larceny after the investigation into a separate incident at an Oswego Town business in which he allegedly entered the business and took a laptop, some coins from the register and consumable goods.

He was arraigned in Oswego Town Court and sent to the Oswego County jail without bail.

Craig S. Waybright, 38, of Wayne Street, Mexico, was arrested for criminal mischief third degree, a felony, following a domestic incident in the town of Mexico where he allegedly kicked the door to the residence open causing damage to the door, frame and lock.

Waybright was arraigned in Mexico Town Court and released on his own recognizance until a court date on Aug. 5.

Kody L. Barr-Jenkins, 17, of Pumphouse Road, Mexico, was arrested at the Oswego County Correctional Facility as he is a resident based on a parole violation and charged with burglary, a felony, and conspiracy and petit larceny, both misdemeanors.

He was charged following the investigation into his alleged involvement in the theft of a lawn mower out of a shed in the village of Mexico. Barr-Jenkins was arraigned in Mexico Town Court and sent back to the Oswego County jail in lieu of $20,000/$40,000 bail with a return to court date of July 29. This remains an open investigation.

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.