Category Archives: Featured Stories

Pulaski places 8th in state Envirothon

Students from Pulaski High, left to right, Jacqueline Novak, Ruthie van der Heide, Emma van der Heide, Randy Novak, and Hannah Greulich placed first at the Oswego County Envirothon, a hands-on environmental competition.
Students from Pulaski High, left to right, Jacqueline Novak, Ruthie van der Heide, Emma van der Heide, Randy Novak, and Hannah Greulich placed first at the Oswego County Envirothon, a hands-on environmental competition.

Local students spent a day identifying trees, birds, aquatic insects, soils, furbearers, and more during the 24th annual Oswego County Envirothon held May 1 at Jellystone Park in Mexico.

Team members from Pulaski High — Hanna Greulich, Jacqueline Novak, Randy Novak, Emma van der Heide, and Ruthie van der Heide — won the event. The Pulaski team is coached by Jamie Hefti. Continue reading

Journalist group seeks scholarship applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Muriel Allerton Scholarship Award given each year by the Professional Journalists and Communicators (PJC) of Oswego County. 

Graduating high school seniors throughout the county who are planning to continue their education in a communications-related field are invited to apply for the $500 prize. Continue reading

Volney town clerk receives award

Volney Town Clerk Barbara MacEwen and April Scheffler, director of Distirct 5 for the Clerk of the Year Committee, pose with the plaque MacEwen received for being named District 5 Town Clerk of the Year by the state Town Clerks Association. Town officials surprised her with a ceremony on her achievement before the May 8 town board meeting.
Volney Town Clerk Barbara MacEwen and April Scheffler, director of Distirct 5 for the Clerk of the Year Committee, pose with the plaque MacEwen received for being named District 5 Town Clerk of the Year by the state Town Clerks Association. Town officials surprised her with a ceremony on her achievement before the May 8 town board meeting.

By Debra J. Groom

Volney Town Clerk Barbara MacEwen recently was named Town Clerk of the Year for District 5 of the Nw York State Town Clerk Association. Continue reading

Oswego County unemployment rate falls

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By Debra J. Groom

Oswego County finally posted an unemployment rate in single digits during the month of April.

The county’s jobless rate for April came in at 7.6 percent, a marked improvement over the 10 percent from February.

Still, Oswego County has one of the highest rates in the state. Only the Bronx at 10.3 percent, Essex at 8.2, Hamilton at 8.8, Jefferson at 8.2, Lewis at 8.7 and St. Lawrence at 7.7 have rate higher than Oswego’s. Continue reading

It’s going to be a ‘sweet’ summer in Fulton

Once Sweets is open for the season in a couple of weeks, Cruise Nights will continue on Saturdays. Valley News photo by Ashley M. Casey
Once Sweets is open for the season in a couple of weeks, Cruise Nights will continue on Saturdays.
Valley News photo by Ashley M. Casey

By Ashley M. Casey

Rev up your classic car and get ready for some ice cream — Sweet Inspirations Drive-In is under new ownership.

After spending nearly four years on the market, the Fulton fixture has been purchased by Kevin Niver Sr. His children, Kevin Niver Jr. and Kaitlyn Niver, will help manage the drive-in. The deal closed May 14.

“It’s a Fulton landmark. He didn’t want to see it gone,” Kevin Jr. said of his father’s decision to purchase Sweets, as it’s affectionately nicknamed, from the Freeman family. Continue reading

June class will focus on training concerning senior falls

A class is coming up in June for volunteers and professionals who would like to provide instruction for a Better Balance exercise regimen.

The “Train the Teacher” event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 in the SUNY Oswego Campus Center.

The Rural Health Network of Oswego County recently established the Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition to deal with the problem faced by the frail elderly concerning falls.

The coalition serves as a valuable resource for older adults and caregivers as it helps them identify ways to prevent falls and identify hazards that could cause a fall.

The six-week 6 Steps to Better Balance course engages seniors with activities to improve their balance and teaches them various ways they can prevent or lessen the impact of falling.

Dr. Betty Perkins-Carpenter, a nationally renowned expert on fall prevention who has made a lifelong career of teaching people to be physically fit, safe, and secure in their daily living activities, will conduct the training for the volunteers.

Perkins-Carpenter will teach health care professionals, adult caregivers and interested older adults, her 6 Steps to Balance System and subsequently how to train older adults.

The 6 Steps to Better Balance System philosophy is based on the simple but profound belief that “fear of falling” is a major factor contributing to falling-a self-fulfilling fear. The system focuses on helping older adults to maintain and reclaim their balance through a series of activities that are fun and easy to do, give hope and motivate, and are designed to reduce falls and the fear of falling.

Participants in this “Train the Teacher” course, will learn how to teach the 6 Steps to Better Balance System by learning each of the six steps and associated activities: Stretching in Bed Exercises, Balance Exercises, Ball Handling Exercises, Walking while talking on the Phone (indoors) Exercises, The Slump, and Dancing with a Pillow. Once trained, practicum sessions will follow and help offered when and where needed.

Pre-requisite for the training is a background in physical education, or experience with senior fitness and exercise.  Class size is limited and the deadline for registration is Friday, May 30.

For more information or to register to attend the 6 Steps to Better Balance Train-The Teacher event, professionals should contact Danielle Wert at 592-0827 or via e-mail at dwert@oco.org.

Volunteers should contact the RSVP office at 312-2317 or via e-mail at rsvp@oswego.edu.

RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National & Community Service and is locally sponsored by SUNY Oswego and The United Way.  RSVP enables people 55 and older to remain productive and to “help themselves by helping others.”