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Friends of History to hold annual porch party June 6

The Friends of History in Fulton will be holding its annual porch party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 6 This event is open to the public with pay at the door. Entertainment will be provided by Rick Bush and refreshments will include a variety of finger foods, desserts and drinks. This years exhibit, “toys”, is wonderful and ready for all to see! Pictured from left to right sitting is board member Sue Ebert and event chairperson Cindy Bickford, standing is board member Karen Obrien and Executive Secretary Sue Lane.
The Friends of History in Fulton will be holding its annual porch party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 6. This event is open to the public with pay at the door. Entertainment will be provided by Rick Bush and refreshments will include a variety of finger foods, desserts and drinks. This years exhibit, “toys”, is wonderful and ready for all to see! Pictured from left to right sitting is board member Sue Ebert and event chairperson Cindy Bickford, standing is board member Karen Obrien and Executive Secretary Sue Lane.
Valley News photo by Kelly LaVea

AmeriCorps applications due now

Submitted by Oswego County

Oswego County AmeriCorps is accepting applications for summer positions. 

AmeriCorps is a national service program. Locally, Oswego County AmeriCorps members provide fitness and nutrition activities for youth as well as manage volunteers who work with youth.   

“Members learn valuable skills while receiving a living allowance and earning an education award,” said Kathy Andolina, Oswego County AmeriCorps program coordinator. 

Oswego County AmeriCorps is accepting applications for 300-hour summer positions. Applicants must be 17 years of age. There is no upper age limit. 

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED or be in the process of receiving one, and should have some experience working with youth. 

For a 300-hour summer AmeriCorps position, members receive a living allowance of $2,113. They also receive an education award of $1,175 at the end of their term of service. This can be used for tuition or student loans at qualified institutions.  Continue reading

Deadline extended for business surveys

New York Sea Grant and SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations have extended the deadline for returning the 2014 Business Retention and Expansion surveys to May 30, 2014.

Any recreation or tourism-related business owner who would like to participate may request a printed survey or the electronic survey link from New York Sea Grant at 312-3042.

The surveys are the first step in evaluating the business climate in Oswego County to assist existing businesses and businesses interested in expanding within the county.

“Existing businesses create up to 86 percent of all new jobs, so it’s important to examine the needs of those locally-owned businesses already committed to Oswego County,” said Mary Penney, coastal community development specialist for New York Sea Grant.

The Oswego County Recreation and Tourism Business Retention and Expansion Task Force includes representatives from diverse segments of the economy, including business, government, tourism and planning. The group focused on professional development, promotion and customer demographics to develop the survey.

Survey data will be tabulated and examined for ways to assist Oswego County recreation and tourism businesses  with operations and potential expansion plans.

Task force members represent Fort Brewerton/Greater Oneida Lake Chamber of Commerce, state Department of Environmental Conservation, state Tug Hill Commission, Operation Oswego County,  Oswego County Promotion and Tourism, New York Sea Grant and the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Public Relations.

Oswego County Youth Court seeks new members

The Oswego Youth Court program will hold a training program for new members from July 14 to 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oswego City Hall.

Students in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to apply for the Youth Court training.

Applications can be obtained at any Oswego County school district guidance office, at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, or by going online to www.oswegony.org/DEPT_youth.html.

Completed applications should be mailed to Oswego Youth Court, c/o Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, 13126.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday July 9.

The Oswego Youth Court Program is a Family Court diversion program designed to create a “new pathway” for troubled youth.

Youth Court hears real cases of youthful offenders who are referred by local law enforcement agencies or schools for first time minor offenses. Offenders are then sentenced by their peers.

“Students are trained to be judges, defense attorneys, prosecuting attorneys and court clerks. Members conduct hearings related to their cases and decide on the outcome and punishment for each case,” said Dawn Metott, city youth coordinator for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “This program provides a valuable experience for its members.”

“This experience was one of the best I have ever had,” said Matthew McLaughlin, an Oswego City Youth Court member. “You get to experience real cases and have a chance to help out your community. This program helped me improve my public speaking skills and writing skills.”

Oswego Youth Courts are sponsored by the City of Oswego, the County of Oswego, the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, and the Office of Children and Family Services.

For more information about the Oswego Youth Court program, contact Dawn Metott, by calling 349-3575 or email youthcourt@oswegocounty.com.

Fulton Memorial Day Salute schedule set

The 33rd annual Fulton Memorial Day Salute celebration on Saturday, May 24 will be held at the Fulton Community Center on West Broadway.

As in the past years, the event will feature the biggest and the best Saturday morning parade, local music groups, a great food court, drinks, rides and fireworks. All entertainment is offered free to the public.

The theme is “SHOWING GRATITUDE TO OUR VETERANS.”  Jim Weinhold, honored 2014 Veteran of the Year, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Saturday parade.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will feature about 10 bands, including the City of Syracuse Highland Pipe Band, The Central New York Fire and Police Band, The Island Band, the Central Square Middle School Marching Band, The Original Yanks Drum & Bugle Corp and Naples High School Marching Band.

At noon, parade bands will be featured in the Community Center on the Fulton Savings Bank Stage. Awards will be given for winning parade entries.

At 2 p.m., on the Fulton Savings Bank Stage, CNY Arts Center will entertain children and adults alike with a talent show.  At 4, Brass Exchange, a high energy horn band, will round out a not-to-be missed Saturday afternoon. At 7, Memorial Day Salute presents “The Custom Taylor Band,” Central New York’s premier Top 40 country music band, on our stage. The evening concludes with fireworks over the lake at 9:30.

Local team results from the Tully Spring Invitational track meet

Boys’ and girls’ track and field teams from Hannibal, Phoenix, Mexico and Pulaski took part in the Tully Spring Invitational April 21.

The Hannibal girls’ varsity track and field team had an impressive day. The Lady Warriors came away with first place finishes in several events. Continue reading

Oswego County health clinics for the week of May 19

Submitted by Oswego County

The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.  Continue reading

Possibility Scholars start scientific careers debt free

Presenting research -- SUNY Oswego Possibility Scholar K.C. VerHage, right, discusses his summer research on the bog buck moth with chemistry faculty member Fehmi Damkaci. One of the first recipients of Oswego’s competitive Possibility Scholarships, VerHage is scheduled to graduate May 17. Possibility Scholarships offer a debt-free education in science-related disciplines to talented but financially disadvantaged students.
Presenting research — SUNY Oswego Possibility Scholar K.C. VerHage, right, discusses his summer research on the bog buck moth with chemistry faculty member Fehmi Damkaci. One of the first recipients of Oswego’s competitive Possibility Scholarships, VerHage is scheduled to graduate May 17. Possibility Scholarships offer a debt-free education in science-related disciplines to talented but financially disadvantaged students.

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Advancing understanding of how microbes can help clean up soil after an oil spill, identifying effective methods to survey and track mammal populations, and developing a user-friendly online education platform are just some of the ways the first recipients of SUNY Oswego’s Possibility Scholarship, all from Syracuse, are making a difference in the world.

 Nicole VanDeuson, a zoology major; K.C. VerHage, a biology and psychology major; and Sean Willson, a computer science major, are set to graduate May 17 at the 9 a.m. ceremony of the college’s 153rd Commencement.

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