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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.

Shulick King of Wings at Oswego Speedway event

A Kingly Dave Shullick Jr stands tall in Oswego Speedway’s ISMA King of Wings victory lane.
A Kingly Dave Shullick Jr stands tall in Oswego Speedway’s ISMA King of Wings victory lane.

Submitted by Jim Feeney

The ISMA Supermodifieds were back at the infamous “Steel Palace” of Oswego Speedway for the sixth edition of the Shea Concrete King of Wings Saturday night and Dave Shulick topped the stout 31-car field from practice through the checkered flag. Continue reading

Balloon Fest photo contest winners announced

"Reflections' by Paul Kilgore.
“Reflections’ by Paul Kilgore.
Second-place winner Pamela with "Green Summer."
Second-place winner Pamela Bessel  with “Green Summer.”

iHeartOswego.com and All Over Events said Paul Kilgore is the winner of the photo contest held in conjunction with the Oswego County Balloon Festival June 6 to June 8.

The grand prize goes to “Reflections,” a stunning photo showing one of the balloons not only landing, but also in a reflection in a pool of water.

Kilgore’s photo will be featured as the cover photo for the Oswego County Balloon Festival on its official Facebook page along with a $25 gift certificate to Jimmie James BBQ in Scriba, and a fine art poster from Copies In Time, Copy & Print Center of Oswego.

In second place is “Green Summer” by Pamela Bessel. The photo is the very definition of serenity. Bessel will also receive a fine art poster of her submission from Copies in Time, Copy & Print Center of Oswego.

The first Oswego County Balloon Festival was held at the Oswego County Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek. The festival featured crafters, bands and, of course, big beautiful hot air balloons.

The 2014 Oswego County Balloon Festival was brought to us by All Over Events. iHeartOswego.com was the official sponsor for the 2014 Oswego County Balloon Festival Photo Contest and has provided all prizes.

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.