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Arts, Crafts and Kite festival to be held at Fort Ontario

The Friends of Fort Ontario will host an Arts, Crafts, and Kites Festival on the spacious and historic grounds outside the old fort Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Oswego Valley Railroad Museum will set up a display of trains in the Enlisted Men’s Barracks.

Candles, pottery, face painting, goat milk soap, jewelry, weaving demonstrations, and music will be featured.

In addition, food and refreshments, including baked goods, will be available  and picnicking on the grounds is encouraged.

Space is still available for crafters, artists, and not-for-profits interested in setting up. Those seeking more information may contact Gail Goebricher at 343-6992 or joshcat@verizon.net.

Admission to the festival is free, but normal admission fees to the old fort will be charged.

Kite experts from around the United States and Canada, including noted kite historian Thom Shanken and the New York Kite Enthusiasts will be on hand to assist kite fliers of all ages and abilities with their kite flying.

Kites up to 450 square feet with 150-foot tails will be featured at the festival and will be visible from miles around.

The public may bring their kites to fly and take part in the Rokkaku Kite Battle, the Running of the Bols, and the kid’s favorite candy drop.

Kites, including micro kites (five inches diameter), rotating box kites, shaped kites, and balsa wood gliders, rubber band powered helicopters, parachute balls, and other nostalgic flying toys will be available for sale.

AmeriCorps staffers Ian Mumpton and Steve Woods will conduct a variety of historic activities and demonstrations for children as well as assist young kite fliers.

Tickets for the fort’s annual Ghost Tours Oct. 19 and 20 will go on sale at the Sept. 8 festival.

Oswego Canal Festival welcomes a parade of boats

The Urger, a New York State Canal tug, will join the fleet at Oswego’s Historic Maritime District on West First Street Pier from Wednesday, Aug. 29 to Saturday, Sept. 1.

Her visit is planned to help kick off the Oswego Canal Festival planned for Labor Day weekend. She will be available for free walk-aboard tours during regular museum hours.

The Oswego Canal Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3.

The public may visit an historic line-up of vessels and enjoy weekend festivities to honor the New York State Barge Canal System.

“The Urger tug is the flagship of the New York State Canal Corporation’s fleet and one of the oldest working vessels in the country,” said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum. “We’re so pleased to have her here to help launch the festival.”

The Urger was built in 1901 as a commercial shipping vessel. Twenty years later, she was sold into the New York State Canal fleet where she hauled machinery, dredges and scows. She was retired in the 1980s only to be returned to service a decade later.

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Historian Thomas Ebert will share information on how to research one’s Civil War ancestors Thursday, Aug. 15 at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. Pictured is a Civil War artillery unit at Fort Ontario.

Civil War Historian to present research at Fort Ontario

Historian Thomas Ebert will share information on how to research one’s Civil War ancestors Thursday, Aug. 15 at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. Pictured is a Civil War artillery unit at Fort Ontario.

During the American Civil War (1861 – 1865), Oswego County provided more men to Civil War regiments, on a percentage basis, than any other county in the state. Civil War historian and Oswego native Thomas J. Ebert will speak Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 7:15 p.m. in the Enlisted Men’s Barracks of Fort Ontario about how to go about researching one’s Civil War ancestors. Admission to the program is free and open to the public.

Ebert will discuss his journey in finding and verifying his Oswego County Civil War ancestors, highlight some of the problems and pitfalls typically encountered during such research, distribute copies of helpful resources, and provide advice to participants interested in conducting their own research.

Thomas Ebert was born in Oswego and holds a BA and MA in History and an MLS in Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany. A retired librarian and personnel officer of California State University at Fresno, Ebert has compiled an Ebert-McGrath family genealogy, a three-volume documentary history of Oswego’s 147th New York Infantry Regiment, and an annotated brief history of the 184th New York Infantry Regiment.

He is currently working on a documentary history of the 81st New York Infantry Regiment and has done research and editorial work for the book by Dr. Allen Carden entitled “Freedom’s Delay: Emancipation in America 1776-1865,” recently submitted for publication.

Ebert is a descendent of members of the 24th, 81st, 147th, and 184th New York Infantry Regiments, as well as the 12th, 15th, 20th, 24th New York Cavalry Regiments, and the US Navy during the Civil War.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the City of Oswego. Anyone with accessibility issues should contact Paul Lear at 343-4711 to make arrangements.

For information on the fort, visit www.fortontario.com.

From July 18 through July 22, five Central New York paddlers, including former Oswego County Planning Director Ed Marx, traveled water routes from Ithaca to Oswego, promoting the potential for developing a water trail corridor that links the Finger Lakes with Lake Ontario.

Five paddlers make their way from Ithaca to Oswego

From July 18 through July 22, five Central New York paddlers, including former Oswego County Planning Director Ed Marx, traveled water routes from Ithaca to Oswego, promoting the potential for developing a water trail corridor that links the Finger Lakes with Lake Ontario.

From July 18 through July 22,  five Central New York paddlers, including former Oswego County Planning Director Ed Marx, traveled water routes from Ithaca to Oswego promoting the potential for developing a water trail corridor, that links the Finger Lakes with Lake Ontario.

Traveling with Marx, who is now commissioner of planning for Tompkins County, were Andrew Zepp, executive director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust; Chris Olney, director of stewardship of the Finger Lakes Land Trust; Geoff Milz, senior planner for Cayuga County; and Sue Poelvoorde, senior natural resources planner for New York State Parks.

The paddling group of conservationists and promoters of tourism enjoyed their trip exploring the history and historic areas of the Oswego River on their way to Oswego. They were joined by other local paddlers along the way.

One of their first stops on the Oswego River and Canal was at Great Bear Recreational Area Saturday, where they appreciated the natural beauty of its resources.

In addition, Marx met with the Minetto River View Park volunteers. He was able to view and comment how nicely the park has developed since his work in gaining the grant for its construction.

The paddlers finished their voyage with a barbecue and reception at Wright’s Landing.  Oswego Mayor Thomas Gillan greeted the paddlers and endorsed the potential for developing a water trail that links the Finger Lakes with Lake Ontario, utilizing the Seneca and Oswego Rivers.

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Oswego Police announce Harborfest advisories

In preparation for Harborfest 2012, the Oswego Police Department announced the following advisories regarding traffic, pedestrian and general information specific to the Harborfest Celebration scheduled for July 25-29.

Alcoholic Beverages/Open Container Ordinance — Harborfest is designed to be a fun, family oriented event and Oswego police are asking those attending Harborfest to be respectful of others enjoying the festival and to act responsibly.

The city’s Open Container Ordinance, which prohibits the possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place, will be strictly enforced throughout this event.

Fines for this violation can be up to $250, 15 days in jail or both.

The only exceptions to the ordinance, where adults over the age of 21 may legally possess an open container of an alcoholic beverage in public space are, Breitbeck Park, the Picnic Areas located in Wright’s Landing, and the designated vendor Café area in Washington Square.

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Oswego Players to hold 75th anniversary fund-raiser

In anticipation of the Oswego Players’ 75th year of continuous operation beginning January 2013, the Players are looking for support in upgrading the Oswego Civic Arts Center building.

Formerly the Quartermaster building for Fort Ontario, the center, turning 100 in 2013, is in need of repair and upgrades.

It is shared by the Players and the Art Association of Oswego.  Both groups are contributing volunteer support to this fund-raising effort.

A fund-raising campaign is in progress to add to the building renovation fund.

Aug. 25, a fund-raising dinner will be held at the Foundry in Oswego. There will be a silent auction of items donated by local businesses, a cash bar and a buffet meal.

The “piece de resistance” will be the British farce by Ray Cooney, “Caught in the Net,” a sequel to his farcical romp, “Run for your Wife.” Cooney is well-known for his outrageously funny situations and characterizations.

Directing the farce will be Oswego Players veteran director Sherri Baker. The cast will include Michael Callahan, Beverly Murtha, Adele and Eric Cronk, Aaron Callahan, Elizabeth Ladd and Dr. Michael Nupuf.

Crewing will be Nelson Metz, stage manager; Christopher Metz, sound; Julia Preston-Fulton, props, and Elizabeth Ladd, makeup.

The Players and Art Association members are also selling raffle tickets for a trip for two to Las Vegas, including air fare, a week’s lodging and $500 spending money. There will a maximum of 1,000 tickets sold.

They will be available from any Player or Art Association member and also sold at the Oswego Farmer’s Marketon Thursday evenings and at Harborfest in the Art Association’s booth.

Those seeking more information may visit the Oswego Players web site at www.oswegoplayers.org, or call the Box Office at  343-5138, or e-mail to oswegoplayers@yahoo.com.

Dr. Lorrie Clemo

SUNY Oswego names Dr. Lorrie Clemo academic vice president

Dr. Lorrie Clemo

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley has announced the appointment of Dr. Lorrie Clemo to the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs.

As the college’s chief academic officer, Clemo is responsible for leadership in all academic programs across the college. She has been interim provost and vice president for academic affairs for two years.

“Dr. Clemo has energized our college’s academic planning and programs, inspiring and supporting our faculty and staff as they provide new and distinctive learning experiences for our students,” said Stanley. “She clearly has a passion for public higher education and a real talent for harnessing our campus community’s intellectual energies and applying them to fruitful initiatives.”

In the past two years, Clemo has expanded active learning opportunities for students by establishing a new multi-discipline cooperative education program and increasing support for undergraduate research both on campus and at partner universities around the world.

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Members of the Oswego City School District have officially kicked off the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign. Pictured promoting the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign are Chairperson Jo Ann Conzone, Kingsford Park School student Anthony Harter, and Stuff-A-Bus Committee member Karen Canale.

Oswego City School District kicks off Stuff-A-Bus Campaign

Members of the Oswego City School District have officially kicked off the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign. Pictured promoting the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign are Chairperson Jo Ann Conzone, Kingsford Park School student Anthony Harter, and Stuff-A-Bus Committee member Karen Canale.

Members of the Oswego County Teachers Association and the Oswego City School District have announced that the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign in underway.

Working in collaboration with United Way of Greater Oswego County, other area school districts, and more than 20 business and organizations, the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign collects donations of school supplies for distribution to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County.

Beginning in June, Stuff-A-Bus Chairperson Jo Ann Conzone organized a number of vents for OCTA and the OCSD to participate in such as jeans days and drawings for gift baskets.

“In order to raise awareness of the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign and to encourage donations of school supplies, Karen Canale and I hosted Stuff-A-Bus promotional days at Crisafulli Rink with the OZ Roller Girls,” said Conzone. “We distributed information about the campaign, the types of school supplies we are hoping to collect, and where the donations may be made. We also held a drawing for the gift baskets that we put together.”

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