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SUNY Oswego senior Blake Wolcik of Mexico, a candidate for a bachelor of fine arts degree, works on a painting for the semester-ending BFA display opening along with the MA Thesis and Bachelor of Arts exhibitions from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12 in Tyler Hall.

SUNY Oswego BFA Exhibition to feature works of 14 student artists

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SUNY Oswego senior Blake Wolcik of Mexico, a candidate for a bachelor of fine arts degree, works on a painting for the semester-ending BFA display opening along with the MA Thesis and Bachelor of Arts exhibitions from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12 in Tyler Hall.

SUNY Oswego’s fall Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition will open Friday, Nov. 30, with a free public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in Tyler Art Gallery.

The reception for the 14 BFA students will coincide with pre-exhibition festivities for four students displaying works in the Master of Arts Thesis Exhibition in the gallery. Both shows will run concurrently through Dec. 12 with the Bachelor of Arts Exhibition in Room 201 of Tyler Hall.

The BFA candidates include Jessica Brien of Syracuse, Joseph Donegan of the Bronx, Robert Engwer of Lake George, Andrea Grellman-Smith of Oswego, Steven Hanson of Adams, Alexandria Hough of Watertown, Siobhan Joyce of Levittown, Caitlin Kelley of Syracuse, Jordan Neville of Saratoga Springs, Nicholas Russell of Queensbury, Brittany Smart of Fulton, Chad Stewart of Baldwinsville, Angela Varos of Queensbury and Blake Wolcik of Mexico.

Eleven bachelor of arts candidates are eligible to display their artwork in the non-required BA Exhibition.

Bachelor of arts students pursue multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary studies in psychology, communications, marketing and other majors, in addition to art. BFA students participate in SUNY Oswego’s demanding and focused programs in studio art or graphic design.

SUNY Oswego also offers a master’s degree in art as well as a master’s in art teaching.

Tyler Art Galley is open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. For more information, call 312-2112.

Parking at SUNY Oswego is by permit only. Gallery visitors may purchase — either online or at the college’s parking office near the main entrance on State Route 104 — a visitor permit to park in Lot E-18, the southern half of the lot behind Hart and Funnelle residence halls.

The Oswego Firefighter’s Association Local #2707 has partnered once again with the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program in Oswego by gathering toys for families in the community. From left are Toys for Tots Coordinator Chris Jones; Shane Broadwell, Broadwell Hospitality Group; Oswego Firefighter’s Association Members Brooks Hourigan, Greg Goodrow, Chris Kasparek, and Mark McManus; and Mark Pluff, Broadwell Hospitality Group.

Oswego Firefighter’s Association supports Toys for Tots program

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The Oswego Firefighter’s Association Local #2707 has partnered once again with the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program in Oswego by gathering toys for families in the community. From left are Toys for Tots Coordinator Chris Jones; Shane Broadwell, Broadwell Hospitality Group; Oswego Firefighter’s Association Members Brooks Hourigan, Greg Goodrow, Chris Kasparek, and Mark McManus; and Mark Pluff, Broadwell Hospitality Group.

Members of the Oswego Firefighter’s Association Local #2707 have once again teamed up with other businesses in the community to support this holiday season’s US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program in Oswego, according to local Toys for Tots Coordinator Chris Jones.

“We really appreciate the support of the Oswego firefighters, who continue to display their tremendous act of kindness,” said Jones. “Knowing that we have bettered the Christmas experience for families in need all across our community is what motivates our ongoing partnership.”

According to Jones, the Oswego firefighters have gathered and donated hundreds of toys for families over the past years.

“It’s a great feeling to be back again this year in support of the annual Toys for Tots program,” said Lt. Brooks Hourigan of the Oswego Firefighter’s Association Local #2707. “We highly value the connection to our community and see this as a great way to give back to the people who are in need the most.”

Members of the Oswego Fire Department will escort Santa and be on hand for this weekend’s fourth annual Toys for Tots Day of Sharing benefit, which will be held today, Nov. 24 beginning at noon at the new Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, adjacent to the Best Western Captain’s Quarters at 26 E. First St., Oswego.

Santa Claus will arrive at 2 p.m. for children to have their picture taken with for free when a contribution is made to the Toys for Tots drop box at the event.

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Harborfest hosts Red Cross, Salvation Army and Toys for Tots

HarborfestOswego Harbor Festivals, Inc. will be hosting the inaugural “Collaboration of Kindness Day” Thursday, Nov. 15 in the ballroom of the McCrobie Building on Lake Street adjacent to the Harborfest Offices from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m.

Four different agencies will be on hand to collect donations to kick off the 2012 holiday season locally.

Danielle Hayden, branch director of the Oswego County Chapter of the Red Cross, represents the first part of this holiday collaboration. The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Unit will be accepting items for the “Comfort Kits,” which are given to victims immediately after they have been displaced by a fire or natural disaster, like the recent hurricane that devastated parts of New York State.

The contents of a typical comfort kit for an adult include a washcloth, shower gel or soap, mild shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, tissues, razor, shaving cream, comb, lotion and mouthwash. Kits for children include most of the same items along with a coloring or puzzle book, crayons or pencils along with a new stuffed teddy bear.

Kits for adults and children can sometimes contain basic sweatshirts or sweat pants as well.

Majors Kathryn and James Purvis, executive directors of the Oswego County Salvation Army, represent the second part of this holiday collaboration.

The Salvation Army “Food Pantry” will be collecting perishable and non-perishable items just one week ahead of Thanksgiving Day.

The local food pantry is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and serves between 30 and 90 people each day. The number is sure to increase for the Thanksgiving meal Nov. 22.

Donations that will be helpful for Thanksgiving include turkeys, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes and deserts. Items that can be donated and used any time of the year include vegetables, fruits, snack items, juice boxes, cereals and spaghetti sauce. Because the food pantry is located only a few blocks away from the Lake Street “Collaboration of Kindness” event, frozen items can be donated at this event and be taken right to the pantry for storage.

Chris Jones, Oswego County Coordinator with Toys for Tots, represents the third part of this holiday collaboration.

Toys for Tots will be collecting unwrapped toys for distribution in the local community at Christmas time. The local Toys for Tots program continues to grow each year and the number of drop box locations continues to grow as well.

During the 2012 holiday season, Jones had nearly 200 drop box locations throughout Oswego County and he distributed approximately 5,000 toys from those boxes back to children in this community. The donations remain where they are placed and Jones is looking forward to and even bigger turnout of donations for the 2013 holiday season as the Toys for Tots program is underway at the “Collaboration of Kindness” event.

The final piece of this inaugural holiday collaboration event is the American Red Cross Blood Services Group, which will be holding a blood drive in the memory of Paul Santore from noon to 6 p.m. during the day-long event at the McCrobie Building ballroom.

At the time of his recent passing Sept. 13, Santore was the sitting board president for the Salvation Army and had served in the past as the Oswego County Republican Committee Treasurer, Republican County Legislator and Republican City Chairman.

He also served as a past Board Member for Harborfest and was a “Friend of the Festival” again for the 2012 event.

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Humane Society to hold Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption campaign

Humane SocietySunday, Nov. 11, the Oswego County Humane Society will put up its annual “Light Up Their Lives” outdoor scoreboard to track its progress with pet adoptions during the 14th annual Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption campaign.

The sign will feature photos of the pets available for adoption during the campaign, each with a light above it to signify when that pet finds its new home.

The sign will kick off the Humane Society’s Holiday Pet Adoption Celebration and Open House, taking place Sunday, Nov. 11  from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oswego YMCA Armory, 265 W. First St., Oswego.

The Humane Society has joined efforts with 4,000 shelters around the world to participate in the annual Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption campaign.

The Humane Society is participating in the campaign from Oct. 1, 2012 through Jan. 4, 2013 to do its share to help place 1.5 million pets into homes.

Diane Broadwell, chair of animal services for the Humane Society, said, “More families bring pets into their homes during the holidays than at any other time of year. In the past some animal organizations have actually gone so far as to discourage families from adopting pets during the holidays.

“This did not stop them from getting new pets,” she added. “It just took away the adoption option and forced them to support the puppy mill industry. Iams Home 4 the Holidays organizations  work together to match the needs of the pets with the desires of  families. Everybody wins!”

The goal for Oswego County is to find a home for every one of its pets in foster care. That includes 75 cats and kittens right now, with more arriving every week, 10 dogs, and one horse.  “We have placed 334 pets in good homes so far this year,” said Lee Maniccia, president of the Humane Society.

“If we could find a home for every pet this Holiday season, that would be 430 adoptions for the year. Adoption not only lights up the life of a homeless animal, it lights up the life of the family that takes it in. What could be a better way to celebrate this season?”

Along with the Humane Society’s pets for adoption, Harbor Hounds Greyhound Rescue, Loki Grrl Rescue, and Paws Across Oswego County will be present with information about their programs, and some with their pets for adoption.

The Bone Diggers 4-H Club will present its dog training routine.

In addition to pets for adoption, the Humane Society’s offices and spay/neuter clinic will be open that day for public viewing.

Staff and volunteers will be on hand to explain its programs, including the spay/neuter clinic for cats in low income families, the foster program for homeless pets, and the barn cat program for spaying/neutering of free-roaming cats.

Also, there will be pet photos with Santa, an ‘almost new’ book sale, free activities for children, grilled hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs for lunch, and a Thanksgiving bake sale.

Oswego Rotarians will be turning spaghetti into scholarships on Election night Nov. 6 at Oswego High School cafeteria. Pictured are the 2012 scholarship recipients. From left are Allison Yule (attending Mercyhurst University), Kaleigh Fitzsimmons (LeMoyne), Jonathan Kaplewicz (Rochester Institute of Technology), and Michael Carey (SUNY Geneseo).

Oswego Rotary Club to hold spaghetti dinner on election night

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Oswego Rotarians will be turning spaghetti into scholarships on Election night Nov. 6 at Oswego High School cafeteria. Pictured are the 2012 scholarship recipients. From left are Allison Yule (attending Mercyhurst University), Kaleigh Fitzsimmons (LeMoyne), Jonathan Kaplewicz (Rochester Institute of Technology), and Michael Carey (SUNY Geneseo).

Oswego Rotarians will be turning spaghetti into scholarships on Election night Nov. 6 at Oswego High School cafeteria.

Besides spaghetti, they will be serving meatballs, tossed salad, rolls, dessert, and beverages, from 4 to 7 p.m. Customers may dine in the cafeteria or take meals home.

The Oswego Rotary Club annually awards scholarships to Oswego High School graduating seniors headed for college. Besides the spaghetti dinner, funds come from members’ dues, “fines,” and other projects.

The Oswego Rotary Club, founded 85 years ago, supported high school graduates from its early days with a loan program to help with college expenses. Sometime in the early 1960s, the loan program was dropped and the club began to award scholarships.

The value and number have increased over the years to the current level of four $1000 scholarships awarded annually. One, the Manjula Shah Scholarship, is provided by the generous support of the Tarandi Foundation.

The club has established an endowment fund to help underwrite the scholarship program in the future. Gifts and bequests will be held in perpetuity, with only the earnings used for awards.

The Oswego Rotary Club hosts the annual Top 100 Dinner to honor the accomplishments of the 25 top academic students in each of the four classes at Oswego High School.

The club, in cooperation with Rotary District 7150 covering central New York State, participates extensively in student international exchanges. It is hosting Aleksandra “Ola” Rozycka, from Lodz, Poland, during the current school year.

Tickets for the dinner may be obtained by calling 343-9692.

Oswego Players cast ‘A Wonderful Life’

The Oswego Players and director Troy Pepper announced that the Christmas show, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” has a cast and is now in rehearsal.

Performances will take place on the Frances Marion Brown theatre stage in the Oswego Civic Arts Center, Fort Ontario Complex.

A play requiring a cast of 25 people is not an easy task, but Pepper has managed to fill all but a couple of small parts.

Heading up the production as George Bailey is Kevin Caraccioli, filling the shoes of the great Jimmy Stewart, star of the 1940s movie version.

The rest of the line-up includes Stephanie Johnson, Tammy Wilkinson, Peter, Kelly and Stephen Mahan, Lynn Phillips, Zane Leo, Michael Callahan, Karen Tepfenhart and Bill Debiase.

Also, Jimmy Mehs, Carmella Smith, Sandee Brown, Jennifer Butler, Beverly Murtha, Sabrina Woodward, Marsha Preston, Chad Summer, Matt Caraccioli, Alex Smith, Emma Smith, Mariah Pepper and Casey Woods.

Production dates are Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8 and 14 and 15 at 8 p.m.

A matinee will be performed Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Players’ box office at 343-5138.

Marching Buc members Emily King, Nina Alcasid and Tory Welsch display the trophy the band earned at the Yamaha Cup event this past weekend in East Rutherford, N.J.

Marching Bucs finish in fourth place at Yamaha Cup

Marching Buc members Emily King, Nina Alcasid and Tory Welsch display the trophy the band earned at the Yamaha Cup event this past weekend in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers competed in the U.S. Bands circuit this past weekend at MetLife Stadium, the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets.

Oswego participated in the Yamaha Cup with 65 other marching bands from throughout the East Coast.

Band Director Scott Ciesla said, “The Marching Bucs performed very well. We had two excellent practices on the trip and it really paid off. We finished with a score of 80.79 which was good for fourth place out of eight. We just missed third place by just two tenths of a point.”

Continuing he said, “It was a very rewarding experience and the Marching Bucs did a great job. I am quite proud of the students and I feel like we made a lot of progress. We have definitely set ourselves up for success as we come back home to compete in Central Square this upcoming Saturday evening.”

There was a former local connection for the Marching Bucs as they stopped en route to the competition in Middletown, N.Y.

There they were greeted by former Oswego Superintendent of Schools Ken Eastwood, who had graciously offered the use of the Middletown School District facilities to his former district.

Ciesla said, “Dr. Eastwood was fantastic. They have a beautiful field and facilities. The field was relatively new and built with grant money that was also used to build a state of the art theatre with as well. The staff there was very supportive and unbelievably helpful. They had a sound and visual crew there to provide microphones and they also taped our run through so we could review it on the Jumbotron screen. It was a valuable tool to give our students instant feedback.”

The season concludes Sunday, Oct. 28 as the Marching Bucs will be competing in the New York State Field Band Conference Association Championships at the Syracuse University Carrier Dome where nine bands will vie for the National Division crown.

The Oswego Moms Group met Columbus Day at Greco Farms in Oswego for apple picking and hayrides for families. Over 70 adults and children enjoyed decorating pumpkins and petting animals at the free petting zoo.

Oswego Moms Group keeps growing

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The Oswego Moms Group met Columbus Day at Greco Farms in Oswego for apple picking and hayrides for families. Over 70 adults and children enjoyed decorating pumpkins and petting animals at the free petting zoo.

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Jenna Kain and Sarah Melita started the Oswego Moms Group in September as a way to interact with other mothers in the community.

At their first event, 16 moms gathered at the Oswego Alliance Church’s community center with their children for a monthly play-date.

Now with over 100 friends on Facebook, the group is seeing new members join daily.

Kain and Melita talked with several moms in Oswego County last week at their booth at the Oswego Farmers Market. The group’s mission is to create genuine relationships with other mothers because the group believes that no one should have to mother alone. Mothers in the group encourage one another, share their troubles and have fun with children.

“OMG is made up of women going through the same sort of things at the same time,” said Melita, a mother of three. “We support each other, and in a short amount of time, have realized a sense of community. When your hurting it is nice to have someone to call.”

The Oswego Moms Group is open to all stay-at-home or working mothers in Oswego County. Members can come to events with or without their children and mothers with children of any age are welcome, along with mothers who homeschool.

Melita, who is involved in the Fulton Mothers of Preschool group, found that once a child enters school, there aren’t as many resources for mothers.

There used to be a MOPs group in Oswego, but it no longer exists. Melita and Kain wanted to start their own group in Oswego for mothers and children of all ages, where mothers can meet several times a month, and build ongoing relationships and friendships.

“This group is meant to be a place for everyone to belong,” said Kain. “Mothers can help each other out with meals and parenting.”

Kain and Melita have many events planned for the rest of the year and hope to hold more family events that would also include fathers.

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