Category Archives: Oswego News

New York State Field Band Conference championship results

Three Oswego County field band are competing Sunday in the New York State Field Band State Championships.

So far, Phoenix has placed third(score of 80.45)  in the Small School 2 class and Central Square had come in sixth (score 82.85)  in the Large School 2 class.

We are still waiting for results from the Small School 1 class, which features Oswego.


UPDATE: Oswego came in fourth in Small School 1 class with a score of 85.15.

News in brief

A parking ban takes effect for the City of Fulton Nov. 1.

The city ordinance prohibits the parking of any motor vehicle in/on any city street or city parking lot from 1:30 to 5:30 a.m. from Nov. 1 to April 1.

The penalty for a violation of the all night parking ban is $15. Unpaid fines double every ten days. Vehicles may also be towed.


The Fulton Alliance Church invites  children in the community to the annual trunk and treat from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

It is a safe environment where children are able to walk to multiple car trunks collecting candy. For this or other events please call 593-6842 x103.

The church is located at 1044 State Route 48, 1/2 mi. south of the city line.


Oswego Trinity United Methodist Church at 45 E. Utica St. will host a free will dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday Nov. 3.

The menu includes roast turkey with all the trimmings,  dessert and beverage. We will be back in the downstairs level again.

As usual, donations accepted, but never expected.

For questions please contact the church office at 343-1715.


SUNY Oswego’s residence halls will provide “Safe Trick or Treat” for children in sixth grade or under accompanied by an adult, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.

Families can look for balloons outside participating residence halls.

Children also can take part in a variety of Halloween games and activities that day from noon to 3 p.m. in the Campus Center.

Admission is two cans or boxed food donations per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The SUNY Oswego chapter of Vega, the women’s honor society for juniors and seniors, sponsors the safe-Halloween events in cooperation with the Office of Residence Life and Housing.

For more information, call 312-2246 or email


An informational meeting for people interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents is set for 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 5 at the Oswego County Department of Social Services office, 100 spring St., Mexico.

Oswego County also needs Hispanic foster parents. El Condado de Oswego necesita padres de crianza hispanos!

The Department of Social Services is looking for people who would like to become foster parents, particularly for children ages 8 and up who may have special needs for supervision. All children available for adoption through DSS have been in foster care for a period of time. The children are typically ages 10 and older and have special needs.

Attendance at the Nov. 5 informational meeting is required to enroll in the 10-week preparation program. Single and two-parent families may apply to foster or adopt. Both parents in a two-parent household must attend the training.

For more information, call Lois O’Connor at 963-5018 or Patricia Pennock at 963-5382 or e-mail


The All Saints Episcopal Church Tuesday Night Free Community Dinners have posted menus for November.

Meals are served 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 5: pulled pork sandwich, veggie and tater tots

Nov. 12: spaghetti and meatballs, salad and bread

Nov. 19: turkey dinner with all the trimmings

Nov. 26: frittata, salad and fruit


The Palermo United Methodist Church will hosting its chicken and biscuit dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 in the church dining room.

This will be the last dinner for the fall season. A family-style, all-you-can-eat dinner will include chicken and gravy, biscuits, mashed potatoes, salad, vegetable, dessert and beverage.

Takeout dinners are available and can be reserved by calling 598-4888.

The church is located on County Route 35 just off of State Route 3 in Palermo, just north of Palermo Center.


The Raymond-Faulkner-Cook American Legion Post 858 in Cleveland is putting on a “Thirty-One Bingo for Clear Path” event from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at the post.

Admission is $5, which covers the cost of hors d’oeuvres.

Thirty-One consultant Nicole Alman will host the event, which includes guests playing Bingo to win Thirty-One prizes.

Thirty-One is a company specializing in women’s totes, purses, thermal bags, stationery and accessories. The items are of high quality and can be returned within 90 days of purchase if unsatisfied unless the item is personalized.

Go to to learn more about Thirty-One and see their products.

Alman will have catalogs and order forms available at the event and 50 percent of her commission will be donated to Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango, an organization dedicated to helping military veterans and their families restore, reconnect and transition into their communities.

Questions about Thirty-One or the event may be directed to Alman at 657-8906.





The Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville, will have a roast pork and dressing dinner at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.

The menu will consist of roast pork, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, beans, coleslaw, rolls and butter.  You may choose from a wide selection of homemade pies and other desserts. Coffee, tea, cool aid and water will also be available.

Music will be provided while you wait to be seated.  The ladies from the church also have a variety of crafts and goodies for sale.  There is a large supply of used books available at reasonable prices.


The Lamson Grange #588 will feature its all-you-can-eat Belgian waffle breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at the grange on Fenner Road, Lysander.

The menu features made-to-order waffles with mixed berry topping, eggs, bacon, sausage, white and wheat toast, English muffins, jam, cereals, whipped topping, juice, coffee, tea and milk.


The Oswego County Legislature recently honored Barry Leemann for his many accomplishments during his tenure as Chairman of the Legislature.

Leemann created the county’s “Green Team” which has had a significant environmental and financial impact on Oswego County as a community and as a business. As a result, the county has reduced energy costs by more than $150,000 to date and has helped avoid the production of almost 630 tons of greenhouse gasses.


The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York state, has named state Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-Oswegatchie, a 2013 “Eco-Star” for her work on environmental initiatives in Albany.

The Eco-Star award is presented to those elected leaders who authored critical legislation, lobbied their colleagues and helped broker bipartisan, bicameral solutions to New York’s many environmental and energy challenges. State Senator Patty Ritchie, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, sponsored the Food Metrics Bill to strengthen New York’s local food economy.

In addition to authoring the Senate version of the bill, Ritchie played a pivotal role in negotiating a consensus version with the Assembly and then lobbied her colleagues to ensure final passage.

The Food Metrics Bill will require state agencies to establish a food procurement tracking system, enabling New York to understand how its food dollars are spent and unlocking the potential of state dollars to achieve multiple economic goals, including supporting upstate farms and food production.


The Alzheimer’s Association Central New York Chapter is presenting the Foundations of Dementia Care, a series of nine modules over four sessions, to professional caregivers in Central New York.

They are being offered: 8 a.m. Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27, at SUNY Oswego Metro Center, 2 Clinton Square, Syracuse; and 8:30 a.m., May 21 and 28, and June 4 and 11, 2014, at the Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning In Retirement, SUNYIT Campus Center, 100 Seymour Road.

Modules include: About Dementia, Enhancing Mealtime, Improving Communications, Making Connections, Promoting Restraint-Free Care, Reducing Pain, Reducing Risk of Falls, Understanding Behavior, and Understanding Wandering. Modules are grouped into sessions of three to four hours in length.

Registration is $75 per person per session or $200 per person for the entire series, and can be completed online at or by phone at 472-4201 ext. 108 for Syracuse or 617-4025 ext 108 for Utica.



Melissa Carter of Hannibal has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods.

As an independent business owner, Carter offers delicious food samples at home taste-testing parties, along with easy ideas for everyday meals, recipes, serving suggestions and fun.

All of Tastefully Simple’s products are open-and-enjoy or can be prepared by adding only one or two ingredients.

For more information about Tastefully Simple products, taste-testing parties or starting your own Tastefully Simple business, contact Melissa Carter at


David Brenner, milkman, roofer

David Brenner, 80, of 225 W. First St., Oswego, died Saturday evening Oct. 19 at the Veterans Hospital, Syracuse.

Mr. Brenner was born in Poughkeepsie, NY the son of the late William and Anne (Weeks) Brenner. Mr. Brenner was a resident of Poughkeepsie until moving to Oswego in 2012.

He worked first as a milkman in Poughkeepsie before becoming a car dealer,  working at many local dealerships. Later he was a roofer where he owned and operated Brenner’s Roofing in Poughkeepsie.

Mr. Brenner served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He enjoyed hunting,  fishing, trapping and gardening and would  sell vegetables to local farmers’ markets.

He especially loved spending time with his family and sharing in all aspects of their lives.

Mr. Brenner is survived by his children Joseph (Alex) Brenner of Milan, NY, Debra (Terry) McNulty of Oswego, Kimberly Brenner of VA, and Maria (Michael) Cullinan of Millerton, NY; his sister Sally (Randy) Brogan of Maine,  nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sweet Funeral Home, Hyde Park NY. Calling hours were Friday at the Sweet Funeral Home, Hyde Park, NY.

Local arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

New York State Field Band State Championships Sunday at the Dome

Three Oswego County field bands will compete for state championships Sunday at the Carrier Dome.

Oswego, Phoenix and Central Square bands will compete.

Phoenix competes at 11:08 a.m. in the Small School 2 class. Central Square competes at 3:30 p.m. in the Large School 2 class while Oswego performs at 6:52 p.m. in the Small School 1 class.

So far this year, Phoenix has five first place scores in competition. Oswego has a first, a second, two thirds and a fourth while Central Square has two firsts and three seconds.

The Marching Bucs of Oswego High School are one of the charter members of the New York State Field Band Conference.

Last Saturday night at Central Square, the Marching Bucs captured first place at the Central Square Red Hawks competition with an 82.30 score while runner-up East Syracuse Minoa earned an 81.80.

Oswego is coming off two solid weeks and is peaking for the annual appearance in the state championship event.

The Carrier Dome show is one of the most emotional of the year as it is the final time the band will take the field for competition this school year.

Tickets will be available at the Carrier Dome Sunday. There is plenty of parking surrounding the Carrier Dome, but fans are asked to arrive early due to usually long lines and security check points at the gates.

New superintendent chosen in Oswego school district

Benjamin Halsey has been named the new Superintendent of Schools for the Oswego City School District.

Halsey, a distinguished leader with more than 20 years of experience in education, will be appointed at the special meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Halsey brings to the Oswego City School District nine years of experience as the Superintendent of the North Collins Central School District. Prior to his role of superintendent at North Collins, Halsey’s tenure in education includes experience as a building principal, assistant principal, athletic director and teacher.

The Oswego City School District Board of Education, on behalf of the community in which they serve, selected Halsey based on his demonstrated firsthand knowledge of the day to day operations of every department in a school district, including but not limited to finance, curriculum, and school law.

The board stated in his role as superintendent at North Collins, Halsey demonstrated the ability to make difficult decisions and stood for his convictions. He also demonstrated tremendous visionary skills and possesses the skills necessary to carry those out, bringing others alongside.

Additionally, he has some unique out of the box practices that the Oswego City School District Board of Education felt would bring the district and the community together through positive change.

Coupled with Halsey’s professional experience and demonstrated leadership abilities are resounding character virtues of integrity and humility. The virtues were echoed by Halsey’s professional references as well as from unsolicited sources and are qualities that the Board of Education believes the district will benefit greatly from.

The Board of Education said in a joint statement about the decision to appointment Halsey, “We look forward to his leadership, vision, and working with him for our community.”

Halsey will assume the duties of the superintendent for the Oswego City School District Dec. 2.

Gary Mix is the current Interim Superintendent of School, assuming the responsibilities following the retirement of William Crist in June 2013.

Phase 1 of tree canopy project complete in Oswego

The Oswego Renaissance Association has completed Phase I of the Oswego Tree Canopy Project with 38 of the 80 new trees planted.

More than 30 volunteers helped with the planting, including, Novelis employees, Oswego Tree Stewards and Oswego Renaissance Association volunteers. Phase II will take place this coming weekend from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, with 40 red oaks being added to the West Bridge Street corridor.

This project is part of Novelis “Think Globally, Act Locally” Worldwide campaign during the month of October and was made possible by a $25,000 grant to the Oswego Renaissance Association. To volunteer or for more information, contact the ORA via their website or by calling 439-2040.

Hundreds visit St. Francis Commons during open house

Hundreds of people visited St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence during an open house this past weekend.

Those attending toured the new residence and learned about the unique services and amenities to be offered to the community.

“It was wonderful to see such a great turnout for our open house and a little overwhelming; for us, this only confirmed the level of interest our community has in assisted living and visitors had the opportunity to be among the first to see the results of our construction project,” said Julie Chetney, senior living director at St. Francis Commons.

“It is confirmation that our organization is on the right track in terms of introducing a new service to our community, and in the weeks ahead we will prepare to begin to welcome our first residents,” she said.

Construction of St. Francis Commons took almost 11 months, commencing with our groundbreaking last November, said Karen Murray, executive director.

She said the residence will provide supportive housing and care at a level that is less than a nursing home but more than may be found in an independent setting.

Services at St. Francis Commons will include three meals a day, housekeeping with linen and personal laundry services, scheduled transportation, social programs, assistance with personal care and medication management.

A hair salon, gift shop, as well as cable television and telephone connections in each room are some of the amenities to be offered.

St. Francis Commons will accommodate 60 individuals in three “neighborhoods” within the residence. Private payment, Medicaid, private insurance reimbursement and Supplemental Security Income  will be accepted.

A 14-bed neighborhood within the new residence, Memory Care at St. Francis, will serve individuals diagnosed with mild to moderate dementia-related illness, like Alzheimer’s disease, who will benefit from a community-based living environment with specialized supportive services.

“Based on the feedback we received from folks we spoke with during the open house, there is a real need in our community for the services we will be able to provide through our special care neighborhood,” Chetney said.

St. Francis Commons is hoping to begin welcoming residents within a few weeks.

The St. Francis Commons project is the latest phase in development on the St. Luke health care campus. The campus consists of 15 acres and includes St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence and Little Lukes Childcare Center.

Funding for construction of the $9.1 million assisted living program residence included an $8 million HEAL-NY grant through the state  Department of Health. Additional financing for the project has been made available through Operation Oswego County, the Oswego County Industrial Development Agency, the New York State Housing and Community Renewal and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program, the City of Oswego’s Office of Community Development, Pathfinder Bank and the St. Luke-John Foster Burden Fund.

For information about resident application process, call St. Francis Commons at 326-0870, or visit them on the web at

Oswego Health gets accreditation

Oswego Hospital has been accredited by The Joint Commission following a four-day survey conducted by the national standards organization.

The Joint Commission visited Oswego Hospital in June.  The surveyors did recommend improvements and Oswego Hospital is in the process of making those improvements.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. To earn and maintain The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, an organization must undergo an on-site survey at least every three years.