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Houses being spruced up all over Oswego

Resident Leader Tanya Miller (left) and homeowner Patti Domicolo, (right) install their Oswego Renaissance Association Challenge Block Grant Sign at the gateway to their West Fourth Street neighborhood.
Resident Leader Tanya Miller (left) and homeowner Patti Domicolo, (right) install their Oswego Renaissance Association Challenge Block Grant Sign at the gateway to their West Fourth Street neighborhood.

If you drive around Oswego you will see large signs popping up in 13 different  neighborhoods that competed successfully for  the 2014 Oswego Renaissance Association’s (ORA) Block Challenge Grants.

More than $104,000 was awarded to 121 homes that made the final cut after an initial 200 homes started the application process.

One of the requirements was at least five homes in an applicant’s immediate area had to participate.

The Challenge Block Grant is a matching grant for exterior improvements for each participating home, up to the first $1,000.

This is a different approach to neighborhood revitalization; a middle-market approach that builds on neighborhood strengths by building from stronger areas and expanding outwards.

Requiring a critical mass of homes in an immediate area creates “clusters” of revitalization which affects the entire area.

The Oswego Renaissance Association is privately funded by local foundations and businesses including The Shineman Foundation, Pathfinder Bank, Novelis, and with in-kind support from the city of Oswego, Step One Creative, the Oswego Tree Stewards, The Beacon Hotel and Broadwell Hospitality Group.

“People have commented they see more ladders and hear more saws than in previous summers,” explains Paul Stewart, ORA founder and director.

“Financial investment is preceded by social investment. The matching grants are also a means to get neighbors to engage neighbors and begin to restoring their blocks together – as a neighborhood,” Stewart said. “When each neighbor sees other neighbors joining in, it grows confidence and begins to unlock financial investment.”

For information on applying for the association’s 2015 Challenge Block Grants visit its website at; www.oswegonyonline.com.

Fulton woman receives presidential proclamation for first responders

Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr., left, and Beverly Belton pose with the proclamation honoring first responders sent from and signed by President Barack Obama.
Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr., left, and Beverly Belton pose with the proclamation honoring first responders sent from and signed by President Barack Obama.

By Debra J. Groom

Beverly Belton was a bit curious when a postal service worker came to her door a week ago.

“He handed me an envelope and on the front it said ‘The White House,’” Belton said. I stumbled, I was shaking. I couldn’t get it open. I said, oh my God, oh my God.”

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Swing 4 Service Golf Tourney Aug. 16

This is the fifth year for the Swing for Service Classic Golf Tournament, organized by the four local service organizations in Fulton: Fulton Lions, Fulton Rotary, Fulton Kiwanis and Sunrise Rotary. It is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16 at Emerald Crest Golf  Club in Palermo. Last year, the groups were able to invest more than $13,000 from the tournament back into the local community. Pictured from left are Lori Greeney - Fulton Rotary; Brenda Niver - Kiwanis; Roberta Dunn - Kiwanis and co-chair; Ron Browning - Lions Club; Regina Lunkenheimer - chief operating officer of Eastern Shore Associates; Bridgette Seguin - Eastern Shore; Jerry Stanard - Kiwanis; Nancy Kush Ellis - Fulton Rotary; and Don Ciciarelli - Kiwanis. Eastern  Shore Associates is the tournament’s major sponsor. Money raised during the tournament in the past have heped support Kiwanis basebal, Kamp Kiwanis, Fulton Police D.A.R.E. program, Fulton youth basketball, hockey and soccer, Fulton Wrestling Club, ARC of Oswego County, OCO, Friends of History, Success by Six, Make-A-Wish, Golisano Children’s Hospital, area food pantries and numerous scholarships.  Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea
This is the fifth year for the Swing for Service Classic Golf Tournament, organized by the four local service organizations in Fulton: Fulton Lions, Fulton Rotary, Fulton Kiwanis and Sunrise Rotary. It is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16 at Emerald Crest Golf Club in Palermo. Last year, the groups were able to invest more than $13,000 from the tournament back into the local community. Pictured from left are Lori Greeney – Fulton Rotary; Brenda Niver – Kiwanis; Roberta Dunn – Kiwanis and co-chair; Ron Browning – Lions Club; Regina Lunkenheimer – chief operating officer of Eastern Shore Associates; Bridgette Seguin – Eastern Shore; Jerry Stanard – Kiwanis; Nancy Kush Ellis – Fulton Rotary; and Don Ciciarelli – Kiwanis. Eastern Shore Associates is the tournament’s major sponsor. Money raised during the tournament in the past have heped support Kiwanis basebal, Kamp Kiwanis, Fulton Police D.A.R.E. program, Fulton youth basketball, hockey and soccer, Fulton Wrestling Club, ARC of Oswego County, OCO, Friends of History, Success by Six, Make-A-Wish, Golisano Children’s Hospital, area food pantries and numerous scholarships.
Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

News in Brief

The Park Attendant program will be returning to the city of Oswego.

AmeriCorp’s Members Cynthia Emrich and Erin Chetney will be providing equipment in conjunction with Oswego County Youth Bureau and the City of Oswego for games and activities for youth in Oswego  city parks.

The summer schedule has begun and ends Aug. 22. Children less than age 12 are recommended to have an adult with them.

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Donors needed to prevent blood shortage

The American Red Cross asks blood and platelet donors to help prevent a summer shortage by making an appointment to roll up a sleeve in July and August.

With blood and platelet donation appointments currently lower than what is needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply, donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.

The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients across the country. This can be challenging during the summer months of June, July and August, when an average of two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need.

This seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two more donors – above what is expected – make an appointment and give blood at each Red Cross blood drive the rest of the summer.

“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Kay E. Schwartz, CEO, Red Cross New York- Penn Blood Services Region. “Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”

Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to find a nearby blood donation opportunity or schedule an appointment.

Here are some upcoming blood drives in Oswego County:

** 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 16, Oswego Industries, Fulton

** 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 19, Walmart, Granby

** 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 22, Eastern Shore Associates, Fulton.

** 1 to 6:30 p.m., July 22, school board room, Hannibal High School

** 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 2, Mexico United Methodist Church

** 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 2, Brennan’s Beach

NYC kids come to Central New York for some ‘fresh air’

Debra Green, her daughter Trinity, 14, and Aissata Samake, 15, of the Bronx, relax after lunch at Maroun Elementary School last week. Samake has been spending weeks with the Green family through the Fresh Air Fund program.
Debra Green, her daughter Trinity, 14, and Aissata Samake, 15, of the Bronx, relax after lunch at Maroun Elementary School last week. Samake has been spending weeks with the Green family through the Fresh Air Fund program.

By Debra J. Groom

Aissata Samake is back in Pennellville for more fun-filled weeks with the Green family.

Samake, 15, if a Fresh Air kid, up in Central New York from her home in the Bronx. This is her fourth summer with the Greens.

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