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Operation Oswego County touts successes, presents awards

Operation Oswego County held its 62nd annual meeting at the SUNY Oswego Campus Center, Tuesday, June 10.  

Kevin LaMontagne, president of the Operation Oswego County board of directors, welcomed more than 160 representatives of businesses, government, education, labor and other ally organizations to the meeting.  Continue reading

Take Dad to breakfast on Father’s Day

Need somewhere to dear ol’ Dad Sunday morning?

Here are a couple of ideas.

** A Father’s Day Breakfast Buffet is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Sunday June 15 at Masonic Lake City Lodge No. 127.

Dads can eat for free with a minimum of one paid ticket.

Lake City Lodge buffet usually includes French toast, pancakes, home fries, eggs, bacon and sausage, coffee, milk, juice and water.

The buffet is all-you-can-eat. Take out is available. To order take-out, or for more information, call 207-0127.

The lodge’s Masonic Hall is at  765 E. Seneca St., Oswego just past Centro Bus terminal and the recycling station.

** A Fathers Day breakfast is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday June 15 at the Elks Lodge, Pierce Drive in Fulton.

     

Residents celebrate obtaining GEDs

A celebration was held Wednesday at the Fulton Education Center for people who were obtaining their high school equivalency GEDs (General Education Development) diplomas from the Fulton Adult Literacy Program. From left are Geri Geitner, director of student support programs for the Fulton school district; Renae Vehrs, GED program instructor; graduate Steve Terpening, Hannibal; graduate Rebecca Fink, Oswego; Marilyn Boucher, instructor; graduate Tina Fink, Oswego and Fulton School District Superintendent William Lynch.
A celebration was held Wednesday at the Fulton Education Center for people who were obtaining their high school equivalency GEDs (General Education Development) diplomas from the Fulton Adult Literacy Program. From left are Geri Geitner, director of student support programs for the Fulton school district; Renae Vehrs, GED program instructor; graduate Steve Terpening, Hannibal; graduate Rebecca Fink, Oswego; Marilyn Boucher, instructor; graduate Tina Fink, Oswego and Fulton School District Superintendent William Lynch.
Steve Terpening of Hannibal received the Ann Acquaviva-Nasca Award for Accomplishment during the GED ceremony for the Fulton Adult Literacy Program held Wednesday in the Education Center in Fulton. With Terpening are Geri Geitner, left, director of student support programs for the Fulton school district; instructor Renae Vehrs and instructor Marilyn Boucher.
Steve Terpening of Hannibal received the Ann Acquaviva-Nasca Award for Accomplishment during the GED ceremony for the Fulton Adult Literacy Program held Wednesday in the Education Center in Fulton. With Terpening are Geri Geitner, left, director of student support programs for the Fulton school district; instructor Renae Vehrs and instructor Marilyn Boucher.

Both Valley News photos by Debra J. Groom

It’s farmers market time!

Shayla Harris, right, of Halstead’s Harvest in Wolcott, waits on a customer at the Fulton Farmers’ Market last Saturday. As more and more fresh fruits and vegetables start popping out of the ground, these delectable delights will be popping up at area farmers’ markets. There are a number of them in Oswego County with numerous vendors selling all types of foods and plants. Oswego County markets are: Fulton, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Canalview Plaza; Volney, 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Route 3 near the town hall; Pulaski, 4 to 8 p.m., Fridays, South Park off Main Street; Oswego, 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, West First Street between Bridge and Oneida streets; New Haven, 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays, town hall Route 104; Phoenix, 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Three Rivers Plaza; Lacona, 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, corner of Maple and Harwood drives, Lacona; Hillside, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, State Route 3, west of Pulaski. Valley News photo by Debra J. Groom
Shayla Harris, right, of Halstead’s Harvest in Wolcott, waits on a customer at the Fulton Farmers Market last Saturday. As more and more fresh fruits and vegetables start popping out of the ground, these delectable delights will be popping up at area farmers markets. There are a number of them in Oswego County with numerous vendors selling all types of foods and plants. Oswego County markets are: Fulton, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Canalview Plaza; Volney, 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Route 3 near the town hall; Pulaski, 4 to 8 p.m., Fridays, South Park off Main Street; Oswego, 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, West First Street between Bridge and Oneida streets; New Haven, 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays, town hall Route 104; Phoenix, 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Three Rivers Plaza; Lacona, 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, corner of Maple and Harwood drives, Lacona; Hillside, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, State Route 3, west of Pulaski.
Valley News photo by Debra J. Groom

Committee mulls how to keep transfer stations open

By Debra J. Groom

The proposal to close four of five transfer stations in Oswego County has become quite the heated topic.

A new committee has been formed to come up with ways to possibly keep the transfer stations open. A petition against the closure is making the rounds on Facebook. Letters to the editor are coming into newspaper offices. Residents are discussing the issue on social media.

“Everything’s open — everything’s on the table,” county legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner, R-New Haven, said at the start of the first meeting Tuesday of the Transfer Station Advisory Committee. Continue reading

Tire Amnesty Day Saturday, June 14

Don’t forget.

If you’ve got old junk tires to get rid of then Saturday is your day. It’s the second of two Tire Amnesty Days in Oswego County.

Normal tire disposal fees will be waived for people bringing tires to the county transfer stations from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday June 14.

The event is sponsored by state Sen. Patty Ritchie and the Oswego County Legislature to allow residents to safely dispose of unwanted tires and reduce mosquito-breeding habitats.

Oswego County transfer stations and recycling drop-off centers are located at Bristol Hill, 3125 NYS Route 3, Volney; 1167 County Route 7, Hannibal; 1391 U.S. Route 11, Hastings; 700 E. Seneca St., Oswego; and 100 County Route 2A, Pulaski.

“I’m pleased to once again partner with Oswego County to host these free tire disposal events and help residents take the necessary precautions to reduce the risks associated with exposure to mosquitoes,” Ritchie said.

Frank Visser, Oswego County Solid Waste Director, said the county will accept up to eight tires per household at no charge to Oswego County residents. Additional tires will be accepted but they must be weighed in on the transfer station scales. There will be a $10 minimum fee for additional tires. Tractor tires must be cut into quarters.

For more information, call the Department of Solid Waste at 591-9200, or visit http://www.oswegocounty.com/dsw/index.html.

For more information on preventing the spread of EEE, West Nile, and other diseases carried by mosquitoes, visit http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/west_nile_virus/.

 

 

Celebrate Flag Day Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Fort Ontario

In commemoration of Flag Day, the many flags that have flown over Fort Ontario and the United States will be displayed and explained by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Oswego Lodge 271, Friday, June 13 at Fort Ontario.

Nearly 500 school children from around central New York State will participate in the program at the old fort.  The public is welcome to attend.  Admission for all will be $1.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a recreation of the British turnover of the fort to the United States on July 14, 1796, and features living history demonstrations by members of the Continental Arm Collectors Revolutionary War interpretive unit.

World War II re-enactors will also conduct a living history interpretation.  Fort Curator Jennifer Emmons will sing the national anthems of the United States and Great Britain.  Children’s living history specialist Shari Crawford will instruct and lead demonstrations of historic children’s games and toys, including “Bat and Trap,” “Cat and Mouse, “ “Cup and  Ball,” stilts, hoops, and more.

“Fort Ontario State Historic Site proudly flies the flag of the US Army Corps of Engineers in honor of the 444th Engineer Company, USAR, which maintains a Reserve Center on the old Fort Ontario Military Reservation,” said Paul Lear, Superintendent of Fort Ontario Sate Historic Site.  “The 444th Engineer Company preserves a history of military occupation of the post dating back to 1755.”

On Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15, the fort will host a Revolutionary War encampment. The fort will be open until 9 p.m. Saturday for evening retreat ceremony and artillery firing. Re-enactments will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. The fort opens both days at 10 a.m. Regular admission will be charged.

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States by the Second Continental Congress in 1777.  President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation in 1916 establishing June 14 as Flag Day; later, in 1949, an Act of Congress established National Flag Day.  The largest Flag Day parade in the United States is held annually in Troy, NY.

Flag Day observances can be traced back to at least 1861 when the City of Hartford, Connecticut, conducted a patriotic program praying for success of the Union Army and the preservation of the Union during the American Civil War.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the City of Oswego, New York.  For more information on the fort, Flag Day, and Revolutionary War events contact Superintendent Paul Lear at 343-4711 or [Paul.Lear@parks.ny.gov].   For more information on Fort Ontario visit www.fortontario.com  or www.nysparks.com .

 

Balloon fest draws large crowds to Oswego County Fairgrounds

Valley News photos by Debra J. Groom