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Work progresses on Broadway bridge

Work continues on the Broadway bridge in Fulton. Gene Cilento, of the state Department of Transportation in Syracuse, said the spring cold weather delayed the bridge deck concrete pour by about 2 1/2 weeks. It was completed this past Saturday night. Remaining major work items include closure pour (locks together the south portion of deck completed last year and the northern portion just completed on Saturday, Texas barrier on the north side of bridge (this decorative railing is already in place on the south side), bridge curb and sidewalks on both sides, granite curb and (concrete) sidewalks all four corners, bridge light poles and signal conduits, paving, removing two temporary walkways at bridge and cleaning drainage structures and setting new grates. The goal is to open the bridge by early or mid-August. The huge “major reahabilitation” of the bridge began in the summer of 2012.  Photo by Duane St. Onge
Work continues on the Broadway bridge in Fulton. Gene Cilento, of the state Department of Transportation in Syracuse, said the spring cold weather delayed the bridge deck concrete pour by about 2 1/2 weeks. It was completed this past Saturday night. Remaining major work items include closure pour (locks together the south portion of deck completed last year and the northern portion just completed on Saturday, Texas barrier on the north side of bridge (this decorative railing is already in place on the south side), bridge curb and sidewalks on both sides, granite curb and (concrete) sidewalks all four corners, bridge light poles and signal conduits, paving, removing two temporary walkways at bridge and cleaning drainage structures and setting new grates. The goal is to open the bridge by early or mid-August. The huge “major reahabilitation” of the bridge began in the summer of 2012.Photo by Duane St. Onge

SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek is the summer place to be

Some of the natural beauty Rice Creek reflects in the windows at the site's main building.
Some of the natural beauty at Rice Creek reflects in the windows at the site’s main building.

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Summer at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station will bring many different ways for people to get out and enjoy nature.

There will be naturalist-guided walks on many Saturdays and self-guided tours of the 7,640-square-foot, energy-efficient new headquarters six days a week.

For children and teens, a return of two weeklong Exploring Nature sessions and the new Conservation Field Studies program.

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Transfer station issue heats up in Oswego County

By Debra J. Groom

Oswego County residents have been calling their county legislators in the last week since they discovered the county is looking at the possibility of closing four of five transfer stations at the end of 2015.

Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner, R-New Haven, said some people are misinformed on what the legislature is actually doing. Continue reading

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.