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Look for August opening of revamped Broadway bridge

Work continues on the rehabilitation of the Broadway bridge in downtown Fulton.

Gene Cilentro of the state Department of Transportation said the northside deck has been poured and continues to cure. The decorative railing was poured Thursday and Friday and then it must cure over the course of a few weeks.

“The project is 85 percent to 90 percent done,” Cilento said.

He said the sidewalks will be the last parts of the project to be done. The sidewalk on the north side will be done first and then lamp posts will be installed.

Cilento said one that sets, the full four lanes will open and then the sidewalk on the south side will go, probably in mid- to late August.

The new sidewalk has a cure time as well.

Phone app could help Oswego County businesses

In an effort to help local businesses and attractions reach potential visitors in the Finger Lakes region, the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning has offered to underwrite a portion of the cost of listings in the Finger Lakes “Go and Do” app.

The county tourism office is partnering with Cayuga Media, publishers of the Auburn Citizen, Skaneateles Journal and www.auburnpub.com, to offer a discounted listing on the app for one year.

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Breakfast to benefit Stuff-A-Bus is July 26

Pictured from left are Stuff-A-Bus planning committee members: Jim Schneider; Ali McGrath; Executive Director, United Way of Greater Oswego County Melanie Trexler; Bernie Coe; and Co-Chairperson, Dan Dorsey of Eagle Beverage.  Absent from photo are breakfast host, Liz and Robert McGrath; Co-Chairperson, Liz Dorsey; Laurie Kelly, John Kelly, Chief Cook, Patrick Barry. The breakfast to benefit the Stuff-A-Bus campaign is July 26.
Pictured from left are Stuff-A-Bus planning committee members: Jim Schneider; Ali McGrath; Executive Director, United Way of Greater Oswego County Melanie Trexler; Bernie Coe; and Co-Chairperson, Dan Dorsey of Eagle Beverage. Absent from photo are breakfast host, Liz and Robert McGrath; Co-Chairperson, Liz Dorsey; Laurie Kelly, John Kelly, Chief Cook, Patrick Barry. The breakfast to benefit the Stuff-A-Bus campaign is July 26.

The Club House Tavern in Oswego and Eagle Beverage have joined together to cook up an idea to benefit United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual Stuff-a-Bus campaign.

From 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26, the Club House Tavern, 126 W. Second St., Oswego will host a breakfast in support of United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus campaign.

Sponsored by Eagle Beverage and The Club House Tavern, and coordinated by a committee co-chaired by Dan and Liz Dorsey of Eagle Beverage, the breakfast is open to the public.

The suggested donation for the breakfast is $5 with all donations benefiting the Stuff-A-Bus campaign that helps provides area youth in need with the supplies they need to begin the school year.

There also will be a drawing at the breakfast for a cruiser bicycle donated by Dan Dorsey of Eagle Beverage.

“This is the ninth year that we have hosted this event,” said Robert McGrath, owner of the Club House Tavern.

“The United Way does a lot to benefit the youth in our community and we are happy to be able to support their efforts and help raise money for their programs.  With the city filled with visitors for Harborfest we are looking forward to welcoming a big crowd,” McGrath said.

“We are very appreciative of the support we are receiving from The Club House Tavern, Eagle Beverage, and our planning committee,” said Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler.

“It’s encouraging to see that businesses and community members recognize the importance of helping our youth and supporting their United Way,” Trexler said.

“Last year our ‘Stuff-A-Bus’ program served approximately 1,400 students and we would like to help even more this year.  I am looking forward to the event and I hope our community members join us for a delicious breakfast,” she said.

 In addition to the breakfast, the United Way will also be holding a drawing for a chance to win a Beach Cruiser Bicycle, courtesy of Eagle Beverage. Tickets are available through the United Way.

Made possible through a partnership with United Way, school districts throughout Oswego County, and more than 20 business and organizations, the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign involves the collection of  donations of school supplies for distribution to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County.

The highlight of the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign will be a special collection day on Aug. 20 when school buses will be at the following sites from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accept donations:

** Wal-Mart, Route 49 in Central Square

** Wal-Mart, Route 104 in Oswego

** Wal-Mart, Route 3 in Granby

** Kinney Drugs, 3318 Main St.,Mexico

** Kinney Drugs, 3873 Rome Road, Pulaski

** Kinney Drugs, 17 S. First St., Fulton

** Hannibal Village Market IGA, Route 3, Hannibal

** Fulton Savings Bank parking lot, Route 57 in Phoenix

 For more information on the breakfast, or the Stuff-A-Bus campaign, or the drawing for the mountain bike, call the United Way office at 593-1900.

Harborfest begins next Thursday; Grand Funk Railroad to perform

A view of a previous fireworks show at Harborfest in Oswego. The show, by Grucci and sponsored by Entergy, begins about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, over Oswego Harbor.
A view of a previous fireworks show at Harborfest in Oswego. The show, by Grucci and sponsored by Entergy, begins about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, over Oswego Harbor.

By Ashley M. Casey

Harborfest is coming to your town, and classic rock band Grand Funk Railroad will be there to help you party it down.

Grand Funk is one of numerous acts gracing the stages at Oswego’s 27th Harborfest, which takes place July 24 through 27 on the shore of Lake Ontario.  Continue reading

Weather disaster safety training set for July 30

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

New York state is offering two-hour training sessions for residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible.

In Oswego, a session will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall ballroom.

Participants are required to register in advance at http://www.prepare.ny.gov/training-events.

“With severe weather events becoming more frequent and more extreme, it is more important than ever that New Yorkers are prepared for disasters and know what to do in an emergency,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

On July 8, four tornados hit New York state, including one that killed four people in Madison County in Central New York.

Trainings will be led by the New York National Guard, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

Training sessions are coordinated with local county emergency management personnel.

Oswego’s session is endorsed by the governor, state Sen. Patty Ritchie, Assembly member Will Barclay, Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner and Minority Leader Michael Kunzwiler, and Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen.

The training course will provide an introduction to responding to a natural or man-made disaster. Participants will be advised on how to properly prepare for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies.

A key component of this training is distribution of free New York State Disaster Preparedness Kits to all participants (one per family) containing key items to assist individuals in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

Items in the kit include an AM-FM pocket radio with batteries, packs of drinking water, food bars, a first aid kit, duct tape and other items that may be useful in the event of a disaster.

 Together, the training and kits will help New Yorkers be the most-trained and best-prepared citizens in the country.

 More information is available online at http://www.prepare.ny.gov.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Trinity United Methodist Church in Oswego will serve a turkey dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday July 19 at the church at 45 E. Utica St.

The menu consists of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, squash, cranberry sauce, rolls and butter, beverages and homemade pie.

Takeouts will be available.

A portion of the proceeds of the dinner will benefit SAF House.

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The Mount Pleasant Grange in Volney will have its waffle breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday July 19 at the grange at 2825  County Route 45.

The special fruit topping this mnth is blueberries. The waffles will come with the usual breakfast buffet and sugar-free toppings also will be available.

Takeouts also area available.

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The Minetto United Methodist Church will host a free dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27.

The menu will be hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, salad, and dessert. Donations are not expected but will be accepted.

A collection shed is available in the parking lot at the back of the church for usable clothing items that can be recycled. Acceptable items include: all clothing, shoes, sneakers, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes, and stuffed toys.

The building is fully accessible and is located at the corner of State Route 48 and County Route 8, one block south of the Stewarts Shop, midway between Oswego and Fulton, in the village of Minetto.

For more information about programs and services call 529-1936 or visit our website at http://www.MinettoUMC.org/.

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There will be a Chillin’ & Grillin’ night at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at the Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville.

Festivities include grilled hot dogs, chips and drinks. Music will be provided by Diana Gardiner. Come and enjoy an evening of fellowship, food and fun.

Bring your lawn chair so we can chill and grill outside, weather permitting.