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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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Kiwanis kicks off another season of baseball

Fulton City School District Superintendent William Lynch is pictured during the Fulton Kiwanis Baseball Opening Day Ceremony July 2. The season has been dedicated to the late Margaret Beckwith, a long-time leader with the Fulton Booster Club who died in January. Lynch told those at the gathering about the impact Beckwith had on the Fulton Booster Club.
Fulton City School District Superintendent William Lynch is pictured during the Fulton Kiwanis Baseball Opening Day Ceremony July 2. The season has been dedicated to the late Margaret Beckwith, a long-time leader with the Fulton Booster Club who died in January. Lynch told those at the gathering about the impact Beckwith had on the Fulton Booster Club.
Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. gives his remarks during the opening ceremonies. He also talked about Margaret Beckwith and formally dedicated the Kiwanis season to her.
Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. gives his remarks during the opening ceremonies. He also talked about Margaret Beckwith and formally dedicated the Kiwanis season to her.
vocalists Betsy and Charles Copps of Fulton are pictured performing the National Anthem during the Fulton Kiwanis Baseball Opening Day Ceremony July 2 at Kiwanis Kidhaven in Fulton.
vocalists Betsy and Charles Copps of Fulton are pictured performing the National Anthem during the Fulton Kiwanis Baseball Opening Day Ceremony July 2 at Kiwanis Kidhaven in Fulton.

This is the 83rd season for Kiwanis baseball in Fulton. The 2014 Kiwanis baseball season continues through the end of the week of Aug. 4. There are five different leagues.

The T-Ball League (eligible to boys and girls ages 4-6), the Grasshopper Minor League (Coaches and Umpires pitch in this league which is eligible to boys ages 7-9) and the Grasshopper Major League (eligible for boys ages 10-12).

Girls softball will have two leagues. In the Minors, coaches and umpires pitch in this league to girls ages 7-9. Girls ages 10-12 are eligible to participate in the Major League.

Photos by Rob Tetro

Play about ‘The Great Rope’ to be performed Aug. 2 in Oswego

The Great Rope carry was  part of the Oswego Independence Day Parade July 6. The story of the carry will be presented in a play to be performed Aug. 2 at Fort Ontario.
A reenactment of the Great Rope carry was part of the Oswego Independence Day Parade July 6. The story of the carry will be presented in a play to be performed Aug. 2 at Fort Ontario.

Submitted by Oswego County Tourism

More than 40 years ago, Rosemary Nesbitt penned a play about a 12-year-old boy involved in the War of 1812.

The play, in which Oswego settlers played a major role, is called “The Great Rope,” and it is scheduled to be presented in August as part of the War of 1812 200th anniversary commemoration.

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Historical Fulton, NY

Before there was a Home Depot or Lowes, people could go to Morin Bros. store in Fulton to see fancy kitchen displays like this one. This photo from 1920 shows a newfangled icebox, cabinets and other amenities for this kitchen. Morin Bros, at 65 N. Second St., Fulton, began in 1878 as a lumber yard, but after a while expanded into hardware and building supplies. IA story in the Fulton Patriot in 1975 states Morin Bros. was the oldest business in Fulton still owned and operated by the same family. The business was reorganized in 1914, incorporated and began a coal business in 1923 and shut down the coal business in 1955. The store closed in 1986. PHoto courtesy of fultonhistory.com
Before there was a Home Depot or Lowes, people could go to Morin Bros. store in Fulton to see fancy kitchen displays like this one. This photo from 1920 shows a newfangled icebox, cabinets and other amenities for this kitchen. Morin Bros, at 65 N. Second St., Fulton, began in 1878 as a lumber yard, but after a while expanded into hardware and building supplies. IA story in the Fulton Patriot in 1975 states Morin Bros. was the oldest business in Fulton still owned and operated by the same family. The business was reorganized in 1914, incorporated and began a coal business in 1923 and shut down the coal business in 1955. The store closed in 1986.
PHoto courtesy of fultonhistory.com

OCO adds third service intake site

Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Service Delivery Specialist, Sandy Wells (seated) and Planning Coordinator Kristin LaBarge prepare to enter consumer intake information at the agency’s newest intake site located inside OCO’s Community Service Center, 5871 Scenic Ave. in Mexico.
Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Service Delivery Specialist, Sandy Wells (seated) and Planning Coordinator Kristin LaBarge prepare to enter consumer intake information at the agency’s newest intake site located inside OCO’s Community Service Center, 5871 Scenic Ave. in Mexico.

For individuals and families in need of human services, contacting Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) is a good first move.

OCO, Oswego County’s largest human services agency, has made the initial process of accessing services easier than ever. To better serve those in need, OCO has added its Mexico Nutrition Center, 5871 Scenic Ave. (Route 3) as its third intake site.

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What do the restructuring board recommendations mean for Fulton?

By Ashley M. Casey

The New York state Fiscal Restructuring Board on June 30 released its suggestions on how to get the city of Fulton out of fiscal stress.

The city is eligible for as much as $400,000 in state grants if it meets the board’s conditions, but Mayor Ron Woodward said some of the recommendations aren’t feasible for Fulton.

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Strong winds, storms beat through Oswego County

The screen at the Midway Drive-In took a beating during the storm July 8.
The screen at the Midway Drive-In took a beating during the storm July 8.
Trees down in a front yard on Route 48 near Minetto. Both photos by Rick Grosvent of Fulton.
Trees down in a front yard on Route 48 near Minetto. Both photos by Rick Grosvent of Fulton.

By Ashley M. Casey

A severe storm Tuesday evening caused power outages and damages throughout Oswego County, including the destruction of the projection screen at the Midway Drive-In Theatre in Minetto.

National Grid estimated nearly 10,000 people lost power in Oswego County Tuesday night. As of Wednesday morning, almost 7,000 people were still waiting for their electricity to come back on. Volney customers were hit the hardest with 1,568 still without power Wednesday.

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Head Start seeks more pre-K participants

Gavin Lando reads a book with his father Chas at the Phoenix Head Start.  Provided through OCO, the Head Start Pre-K Program is available in all nine Oswego County school districts and provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to children and their families. For more information on the Head Start Pre-K Program or for an application for the 2014-2015 school year contact OCO at -598-4711,
Gavin Lando reads a book with his father Chas at the Phoenix Head Start. Provided through OCO, the Head Start Pre-K Program is available in all nine Oswego County school districts and provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to children and their families. For more information on the Head Start Pre-K Program or for an application for the 2014-2015 school year contact OCO at -598-4711,

The Oswego County Head Start Pre-K program has been successfully preparing children for kindergarten since 1972.

Parents throughout Oswego County have discovered the benefits afforded children participating in the Oswego County Head Start Pre-K Program.

Enrollment is going on now for people who want their children to experience the Head Start program for the 2014-15 school year.

A program of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO), Head Start has seven locations that serve children in all nine Oswego County School Districts.

The program, which enrolls three- and four-year-old children, is provided at no cost to eligible families and is accepting applications.

Beth Kazel, director of education services, said the Head Start Pre-K program is focused on school readiness.

“Using a research based curriculum, our early education teachers use a variety of hands-on learning experiences that include the concepts of math, science, and literacy, combined with active play and nutritious snacks that assist children in developing academically, socially, and emotionally,” said Kazel.

Recognizing that parents are a child’s first and primary teacher, Head Start encourage parents to be involved in all areas of their children’s education.  The program offers parents the opportunity to share in the Head Start experience.

Through volunteering, being involved on parent committees, and participating in education workshops parents are engaged in their children’s education.

“Reliable studies have found positive long-term effects with lower rates of grade repetition and special education placement, as well as increased high school graduation rates for Head Start graduates,” Kazel said.

“Additionally, Head Start children are significantly more likely to attend college than their siblings who did not attend Head Start. I encourage parents seeking a quality pre-kindergarten program for their three- or four-year-old children to discover the benefits of the Head Start Pre-K program.”

For more information about Head Start or to apply for the 2014-15 school year, visit the OCO website at www.oco.org/education or call 598-4711 or (800) 359-1171 to schedule an appointment.