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 →
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.
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.
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.