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Oswego students honored in county writing contest

Kingsford Park Elementary students  who earned awards in the annual Reading Council Writing Contest included (in front left to right) Cammi Ahern, Olivia Day, Marisa Wallace, Michael Fierro, Jade Bauer, Rylan Dann and Devon Tonkin while in back are teacher Christine Castiglia, Joah Defren, Henry Sweeney, Bella Rando, Emma Searor, Marcus Baker, Joshua Elia and Allison Van Brocklin.
Kingsford Park Elementary students who earned awards in the annual Reading Council Writing Contest included (in front left to right) Cammi Ahern, Olivia Day, Marisa Wallace, Michael Fierro, Jade Bauer, Rylan Dann and Devon Tonkin while in back are teacher Christine Castiglia, Joah Defren, Henry Sweeney, Bella Rando, Emma Searor, Marcus Baker, Joshua Elia and Allison Van Brocklin.

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Oswego City School District students were recognized in the 26th Oswego County Reading Council Writing Contest. Continue reading

‘Great Rope’ play to be performed Aug. 2

Cast, crew and sponsors gather for this shot of the Great Rope, built by production manager Mary Kay Stone, to be used in the telling of the 200-year-old historic event. The Great Rope play, written by the late Rosemary Nesbitt, is based on a true story and will be presented in one performance only, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 on the Fort Ontario Parade Grounds. Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Rain date is Aug. 3. Tickets are available at river’s end bookstore, Man in the Moon Candies, Arts in the HeART Gallery in Fulton, H. Lee White Marine Museum and Fort Ontario Historic Site. For more information, visit www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com, www.fortontario.com or www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.
Cast, crew and sponsors gather for this shot of the Great Rope, built by production manager Mary Kay Stone, to be used in the telling of the 200-year-old historic event. The Great Rope play, written by the late Rosemary Nesbitt, is based on a true story and will be presented in one performance only, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 on the Fort Ontario Parade Grounds. Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Rain date is Aug. 3. Tickets are available at river’s end bookstore, Man in the Moon Candies, Arts in the HeART Gallery in Fulton, H. Lee White Marine Museum and Fort Ontario Historic Site. For more information, visit www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com, www.fortontario.com or www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Midway Drive-In fundraiser this weekend

By Ashley M. Casey and Debra J. Groom

The Midway Drive-In will no longer be “Gone with the Wind,” as its websites playfully states.

A T-shirt sale held this weekend at the Drive-In and at Harborfest will raise money to rebuild the screen, which was destroyed in a storm earlier this month.

Owner John Nagelschmidt announced the fundraiser via a press release and the Friends of Oswego Facebook page.

“As that caretaker I feel obligated to try to bring the Midway back to life. So many memories have been made here and we don’t want to see it end,” Nagelschmidt said in his statement.

Nagelschmidt said members of Girl Scout Troop 10101 will assist with the fundraiser, selling T-shirts and bracelets that say “I Helped Save the Midway.”

Cindy Rhinehart, leader of Troop 10101, said the 10 girls in the troop were devastated to hear about the Midway because it has been such a hugh part of their lives.

“Shelby came flying down stairs in tears when she heard,” Rhinehart said.

Rhinehart’s daughter, Maddie, didn’t find out about the Midway until later because she was away at camp.

“She was hysterical. It was terrible,” Rhinehart said of her daughter’s reaction. “Later, she collected herself, cleared her head and said ‘we have to do something.’”

The girls are helping the Midway not as an official Girl Scout event, but simply as themselves — children who love the theater.

“This is everything to them,” Rhinehart said.

T-shirts will be $20 and bracelets will be $2.

Those interested in donating can buy shirts and bracelets at the Drive-In (2475 Route 48 in Minetto) during the following times:

• 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 26

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27

A booth also will be set up during Harborfest at 77 W. First St. in the parking lot located directly north of Cahill’s from 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday, July 26.

Donations can also be mailed to: Midway Drive-In Theatre, PO Box 22 Minetto, NY 13115.

Checks should be made out to the Midway Drive-In Theatre with “donation” on the memo line.

The Drive-In also has a PayPal account at midway.fundraiser@midwaydrivein.com.

For more updates about the Midway Drive-In, visitmidwaydrivein.com and like the theater on Facebook.

Help save the Midway Drive-In this weekend

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By Ashley M. Casey

A T-shirt sale held this weekend at the Drive-In and at Harborfest will raise money to rebuild the screen, which was destroyed in a storm earlier this month.

Owner John Nagelschmidt said members of Girl Scout Troop 10101 will assist with the fundraiser, selling T-shirts and bracelets that say “I Helped Save the Midway.”

T-shirts will be $20 and bracelets will be $2. Continue reading

Breastfeeding event scheduled for Aug. 2 in Oswego

The Oswego County Breastfeeding Coalition is putting on the fourth annual “Big Latch On” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday Aug. 2 at Franklin Square Park in Oswego.

Registration for this event will take place at 10 a.m. and the “Big Latch On” will take place promptly at 10:30 a.m.

The breastfeeding coalition’s mission is to promote, protect, educate and empower breastfeeding families in our area. This is a community-building event held every August to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-8.

Groups of breastfeeding women come together at registered locations all around the world to nurse their children simultaneously.

Last year, Oswego had nearly 40 moms and babies participate in the event and there were more than 14,500 participants worldwide.

This year the coalition hopes to double Oswego’s participation.

Through this event, the Oswego County Breastfeeding Coalition hopes to:

Raise awareness of breastfeeding support and knowledge existing in our area

Make breastfeeding a normal part of life at a local community level

Increase support for women who breastfeed

 This is a free community event that will feature a family picnic, fun activities and educational information.

There will also be the debut of the “Breastfeeding is Normal” art exhibit.  This art exhibit will feature every day women in our community breastfeeding their babies and will travel around the county in the months to come.

Anyone who would like to offer support for the event should call Lisa Emmons at Mother Earth Baby at 216-4622. Participatns also can reguster at this number.

For more information about the Big Latch On, go to www.biglatchon.org

Financial literacy courses set for Fulton, Oswego

Course in financial literacy are scheduled for sites in Fulton and Oswego.

According to a recent national report, low basic skills in literacy and numbers are more common now in the United States than on average across participating countries. One in five adults in the U.S. have low literacy skills and nearly a third have weak number skills.

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Leighton Elementary students honored for reading

The “4” the Love of Reading  Award was presented to students at the Frederick Leighton Elementary School. Long time educator Norma Barnes retired from the district several years ago, but her support of her former school continues. She annually donates books to the school library as part of a grant she received from Walmart.  This year the fourth grade reading awards were given to Alexander (Sasha) Loayza and Kate Cloonan.  They were joined in the celebration of the recognition by Principal Julie Burger (far right) and fourth grade teachers Jessica Bowman and Terri Fear.
The “4” the Love of Reading Award was presented to students at the Frederick Leighton Elementary School. Long time educator Norma Barnes retired from the district several years ago, but her support of her former school continues. She annually donates books to the school library as part of a grant she received from Walmart. This year the fourth grade reading awards were given to Alexander (Sasha) Loayza and Kate Cloonan. They were joined in the celebration of the recognition by Principal Julie Burger (far right) and fourth grade teachers Jessica Bowman and Terri Fear.