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AmeriCorps seeks local applicants

Are you interested in serving your community while earning money for school? Do you want to be part of a team that improves the lives of youth in Oswego County?

The Oswego AmeriCorps program is seeking applications for the 2013-2014 AmeriCorps program.

AmeriCorps members serve with Oswego County schools and nonprofits by mentoring, providing fitness and nutrition education, and managing volunteers.

Applications are being accepted for 900-hour positions that will start Oct. 1.

Positions are available at Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Fulton Family YMCA, Hannibal High School, Lanigan Elementary School in Oswego, Mexico Elementary School, New Haven Elementary School, Oswego Community Christian School and Oswego YMCA.

Most sites are looking for individuals who are available during the school day. Recent college graduates and students taking online classes are encouraged to apply.

AmeriCorps, a national service program, is known as the domestic Peace Corps.

Members in 900-hour positions receive a modest living allowance of $6,527 paid in biweekly pay checks.

At the end of their term of service, 900-hour members receive an education award of $2,775, which can be used to pay tuition or student loans at qualified institutions.

Members who are age 55 or older at the time of their start in AmeriCorps can transfer the education award to their children or grandchildren.

AmeriCorps members can receive forbearance on qualified student loans. If the term of service is completed successfully, all or part of the interest that accrued during the term can be paid by the National Service Trust.

Applicants should have some prior experience working with youth. Applicants must be at least 17 years of age and have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma. There is no upper age limit. Specific sites may require additional work experience or education.

The member application can be downloaded from the Oswego County website at

For additional information, call Kathy Andolina at the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, weekdays at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, extension 3451.

County expects to keep any tax hike under 2 percent

By Debra J. Groom

Oswego County legislators should have a copy of the 2014 draft county budget to peruse come October.

County Administrator Philip Church told members of the Finance and Personnel committee this week that he expects to have a draft budget ready for the Oct. 10 legislature meeting.

He told the committee so far, “there should be no worries about meeting the (2 percent state) tax cap.”

New York state instituted a 2 percent tax cap in 2011. According to the state Comptroller’s website, “under this law, the growth in the property tax levy, the total amount to be raised through property taxes, … is capped at 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.”

For the rest of this story, pick up the Sept. 11 edition of The Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.

Catholic Charities increases Step By Step hours

Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Step By Step Wellness Program has established new hours for the fall that will make it easier for community members to access its services.

“With the interest we have seen from our consumers for our different programs, activities and groups we have found it necessary to adjust our hours so that our consumers have more opportunities to participate and be a part of the Step By Step Wellness Program,” said program coordinator Pam Peeling. “Our new hours also makes the program more accessible to community members that would like to discover Step By Step but were unable to visit us during our previous schedule.”

Located inside Catholic Charities offices at 365 W. First St. in Fulton, the Step By Step Wellness Program is now available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Step By Step Wellness Program uses a wellness recovery model that provides services to adults diagnosed with a mental illness.

The Step By Step Wellness Program offers a variety of programming to support clients with their recovery, promote wellness, and combat the stigma of mental illness. The programs help individuals increase their self-esteem, establish group affiliations, and maintain independence in the community.

Additionally, a peer generalist provides person-centered recovery-services for clients through individual and group-based support and serve as an advocate for clients by assisting with the access of appropriate services and with communication between clients and other service providers who may help them achieve their goals

“The Step By Step program fills a definite need in our community,” added Peeling. “The program provides clients with a place to go where they are welcomed and appreciated. This program is for them, they get to meet new friends, share their experiences and work together to reach their individual goals.”

To serve clients in the northern part of Oswego County, the Step By Step Wellness program is available weekly on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rural and Migrant Ministries, 15 Stewart St. in Richland. Workshops and other programs are open to all clients.

For more information on the Step By Step Wellness program, or learn about becoming a participant, contact Pam Peeling at 315-598-3980, or visit Catholic Charities’ website at

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.

Civil Air Patrol to honor 9/11 victims


Members from the Local Civil Air Patrol unit, the F. R. Sussey Composite Squadron, will host a Sept. 11 memorial service 10 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Oswego County Airport.

The Civil Air Patrol cadet color guard will take part.

The memorial will be held in conjunction with the Experimental Aircraft Association pancake breakfast. The breakfast runs 7 a.m. to noon in the EAA hanger at the airport, 2326 county Route 176.

All veterans in attendance will be honored as well.

Little Utica church offers free luncheon for area seniors

Little Utica United Methodist Church will be holding a free senior luncheon in the church parlor for people in the community age 55 and older from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 11.

This will be an opportunity for community members to have lunch and socialize with their neighbors.

The menu will include baked ziti, macaroni and cheese, Italian bread, tossed salad and gelatin salad. Punch, milk, tea and coffee, along with a variety of desserts, also will be served.

The next lunch is noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 9.

The church is located on Lamson Road, heading west off Route 48, just past the intersection of Lamson Road and East Mud Lake Road.

For more information, call the church at 678-2270 or visit the church’s website at

Volunteers needed to prepare taxes

The Central New York area, including Oswego County, needs new volunteers for the AARP Tax-Aide program.

In 2012, the program served more than 4,000 taxpayers at 19 locations.

The program will train volunteers in tax preparation.

For more information, contact Ellen Wahl, Oswego County district coordinator, at

Library offers workshops

In addition to the four-part Introduction to Computers workshop, the Oswego Public Library also is featuring Writing Cover Letters, Introduction to Microsoft Word, Advanced Pinterest, and Self-Publishing and Marketing Your Book.

Times and dates are:

Writing Cover Letters, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 14

Intoduction to Microsoft Word, 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 19

Advanced Pinterest, 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 21

Self-Publishing and Marketing Your Book, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 28

The Library Learning Center is located on the lower level of the Oswego Public Library, and is open Monday through Saturday.

All programs are free and open to the public. Call the library at 341-5867 to register for workshops or for details.