Category Archives: Oswego News

More than 5,500 tires thrown out during EEE disposal event

Area residents joined state Sen. Patricia Ritchie to “Fight the Bite” Saturday May 17 by disposing of more than 5,600 tires at free waste tire disposal events taking place throughout Oswego County.  

The total is nearly three times more tires than were collected at similar events last year. 

Studies have shown that one waste tire can act as breeding ground for one million mosquitoes, which carry deadly diseases like EEE and West Nile.  

Saturday’s free disposal event marks the first of two being hosted by Ritchie and Oswego County.  The second will take place  June 14. 

The free tire disposal events — which allow residents to drop off up to eight waste tires with the $5 fee being waived — are being made possible through $275,000 in the new state budget to support efforts to stop the spread of Eastern equine encephalitis, the mosquito-borne illness commonly known as EEE.  

During a three-year period, $700,000 in additional state budget funds has been secured for EEE prevention.

“Oswego County is a hotbed for diseases like EEE, and I’m thrilled that so many people joined me Saturday and took a step to protect themselves and their loved ones from mosquitoes and the dangers that they present,” Ritchie said. 

“Disposing of waste tires is just one way to reduce the risk of contracting mosquito borne illnesses.  We need to remain vigilant as we fight the bite, and I encourage people to visit my website for tips on how to best protect themselves.”

In addition to the free tire disposal events, funding also will make possible a number of other initiatives, including programs to educate children and families about the dangers of EEE, a low-cost vaccination program for horses, which are particularly susceptible to EEE, funding for a new workgroup tasked with developing vaccines against diseases like EEE and additional mosquito-control efforts.

Penfield Library to have book sale

SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library will hold a book sale for the public from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 6, and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, on the library’s lower level.

The sale, in conjunction with the Reunion Weekend, will feature non-fiction and fiction books, including children’s books, in hardcover and paperback, as well as records, DVDs, CDs and magazines. In addition to used books and media at low prices, the sale also will feature special-priced items.

Short-term public parking is available for those attending the sale in the lot on the lakeshore north of the library, adjacent to Mary Walker Health Center.

Leadership Oswego County Youth program graduates 18

Students in the Leadership Oswego County Youth program recently celebrated their graduation at a ceremony at Camp Hollis in Oswego. A program of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, Leadership Oswego County Youth combines classroom instruction, workshops and activities to provide students with the leadership skills needed to succeed as leaders in their school and in the future. Graduates shown in front row from left are: Rebekah Mills, Kassandra Jones, Althea Henderson, Abigail Burrows, Spencer Vono and Alina Quintana. Middle row from left: Shane Guernsey, Nathan LaRock, Samantha Dawes, Alexis Bowering, Joshua Hudson, Austin Wilde, Jamie Johnson, and Victor Runeare. Back row from left are David Tallents and Matt Foederer. Absent from photo are program graduates Ian Devendorf and Jason Thoryk.
Students in the Leadership Oswego County Youth program recently celebrated their graduation at a ceremony at Camp Hollis in Oswego. A program of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, Leadership Oswego County Youth combines classroom instruction, workshops and activities to provide students with the leadership skills needed to succeed as leaders in their school and in the future. Graduates shown in front row from left are: Rebekah Mills, Kassandra Jones, Althea Henderson, Abigail Burrows, Spencer Vono and Alina Quintana. Middle row from left: Shane Guernsey, Nathan LaRock, Samantha Dawes, Alexis Bowering, Joshua Hudson, Austin Wilde, Jamie Johnson, and Victor Runeare. Back row from left are David Tallents and Matt Foederer. Absent from photo are program graduates Ian Devendorf and Jason Thoryk.

A total of 18 students, representing six Oswego County school districts, recently graduated from Leadership Oswego County Youth, a program of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations. Continue reading

Students learn local government ropes

Erin Waloven, seventh-grader at Fulton Junior High, sitting in the desk of Oswego County Legislator Daniel Farfaglia, D-Fulton, during Government Day at the Oswego County Legislature.

Erin Waloven, seventh-grader at Fulton Junior High, sitting in the desk of Oswego County Legislator Daniel Farfaglia, D-Fulton, during Government Day at the Oswego County Legislature.

The Oswego County Legislature and the Volney Town Board hosted local seventh-graders during Government Day.

The day is celebrated each year to allow students the chance to see how real government bodies work.  Continue reading

Journalist group seeks scholarship applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Muriel Allerton Scholarship Award given each year by the Professional Journalists and Communicators (PJC) of Oswego County. 

Graduating high school seniors throughout the county who are planning to continue their education in a communications-related field are invited to apply for the $500 prize. Continue reading

World Book Night spreads love of reading

Bill Reilly, river’s end bookstore owner Meg Henderson, Literacy Volunteers Coordinator Beth Kazel and Mindy Reilly are pictured at the river’s end bookstore during the book distribution on April 16.
Bill Reilly, river’s end bookstore owner Meg Henderson, Literacy Volunteers Coordinator Beth Kazel and Mindy Reilly are pictured at the river’s end bookstore during the book distribution on April 16.

Oswego County Opportunities’ Education Services programs participated in the third World Book Night U.S. on April 23.

The event is held to help spread the love of reading. World Book Night promotes reading by providing free books to light or non-readers.   Continue reading