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Summer jobs available for youths

Submitted by Oswego County

Oswego County Youth  Works is available to help students ages 16 to 20 find summer work.

The Oswego County Youth Works Program is recruiting for the 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). The program runs from July 7 to Aug. 15 — most will work  25 hours per week.

Orientations have already been scheduled and the search has begun for interested youth throughout Oswego County.

SYEP is a grant-funded summer employment program intended to provide county youth with paid work experience and valuable job readiness skills in order to help build a foundation for entering the workforce.

Youth who participate  not only earn money, but also build a resume, accrue professional references and acquire both soft and hard work skills.

Since SYEP is considered a needs-based program, certain income eligibility guidelines must be met to participate.

For example, a family of four could earn up to $47,700 and still potentially be eligible. There are a limited number for placements this year reserved for youths up to age 24, who meet specific eligibility guidelines.

Each youth’s eligibility will be determined one-on-one when they attend an orientation session. If the youth is determined to be eligible they will be invited to a Work Readiness Workshop, where they will learn more about the expectations of the world of work.

For more information on the SYEP Program, contact a Youth Works team member at 591-9000 or visit their website at www.yourcareerconnection.org.

The SYEP program is coordinated by Oswego County Workforce New York. The One-Stop Center is located at 200 N. Second St. (Route 481) in Fulton.

Oswego High School inducts new Honor Society members

Oswego High School’s National Honor Society held induction ceremonies recently.

As families, friends and faculty, along with some members of the Board of Education, gathered at the Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts, nearly 33 Oswego High School students were inducted.

Addressing the students and audience, Oswego Superintendent of Schools Benjamin Halsey congratulated the newest inductees and expressed appreciation to family, teachers and community for the support  provided over the years. 

He reminded the students they are leaders, but with that comes responsibility. He recognized them for scholarship, leadership, service and character which are the four pillars of the Oswego chapter of the National Honor Society.

“Inductees, your accomplishments, coupled with your commitment and characters makes us all very proud. I encourage you to take time to reflect upon your journey to this point,” Hartwell said.

“Your accomplishments are a compilation of many years of education and certainly a proud day for all of us,” said Oswego High Principal Brian Hartwell.

“It is vital, however, to remember that the first teachers you ever had are your parents who have devoted their lives to you. They were your first teachers and your teachers for life,” Hartwell said.

Chapter had a key part in the ceremony as President Madison Collins, Vice President Allison Moshier, along with Secretary Mallory Gordon were joined on stage by Treasurer Kerrigan Cummins.

 The officers introduced the newest inductees.

 Included as the newest members of the National Honor Society were Ana Alcasid, Victoria Armet, Jenna Ballard, Katie Bradshaw, Trevor Bradshaw, Ayla Busch, Michaela Callen, Amber Canbek, Jordan Crapser, Sean Dain, Maia Delaney, Clare Donovan, Olivia Dowdle, Olivia Flint, Jacob Gerber, Alexander Haessig and Evan James.

 Also inducted were  John Khamis, Sydnie LeRoy, Roman Madlangbayan, Mariah Metcalf, Natasha Mezza, Brooke Morrisseau, Kyra O’Gorman, Emily Oldenburg, Elaina Rando, Kristie Reitz, Claire Richardson, Kelly Skinner, Kelci Somers, Mark Taormina, Christopher Van Gorder and Monica Wilson.

Hartwell praised the academic achievements of the students and stated “our community and eventually your nation will look to you and those like you to lead us deeper into the 21st Century. 

“The commitment and character that you have demonstrated will serve you well as you continue your journey,” he said.

2 men arrested stemming from weekend heroin overdoses

Two arrests have been made as a result of the investigation into three suspected heroin overdoses that occurred during the early morning hours of Saturday May 10, Oswego Police said.

On May 10, members of the Oswego City Police Departments Anti-Crime Team arrested Brian T. Tumolo, 21, of Manorville,  and charged him with criminal sale of a controlled substance third degree, a felony.

Polcie say that on May 9 and 10 in the city of Oswego, Tumolo knowingly and unlawfully sold heroin to two individuals, one being Gabriel A. Gonzalez. Police also said those two individuals are suspected to have ultimately overdosed on the heroin.

Both of those individuals were treated at the Oswego Hospital and released.

Oswego City Police additionally seized 40 bags of heroin that Tumolo allegedly possessed with the intent to sell.

Tumolo was arraigned in Oswego City Court and sent to the Oswego County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bail bond. He will be back in court May 27.

During the early evening hours of Monday May 12, members of the Anti-Crime Team also arrested Gabriel A. Gonzalez, 22, of Bridgeport, Conn. He was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance third degree, a felony.

Police say on May 9,  Gonzalez knowingly and unlawfully sold heroin he allegedly received from Tumolo, to an individual within the city of Oswego. That individual was located on the SUNY Oswego campus and ultimately died from what is preliminarily believed to be a heroin overdose.

Gonzalez is being held pending his arraignment in Oswego City Court.

Throughout this investigation the Oswego City Police Department worked closely with the University Police at SUNY Oswego.

As always, Oswego City Police are asking anyone with information regarding this or any other illegal drug activity to contact them at 342-2283. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oswego City Police Departments tip line at 342-8131, or email crimewatch@oswegony.org

 

 

 

Actors needed for production of “Shrek”

The Oswego Children’s Theater is looking for many more than a few good actors to participate in their upcoming production of “Shrek the Musical.”

Auditions are scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday May 13 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday May 16 at the New Haven Congregational Church, on Route 104 east between Oswego and Mexico.

The production will then get off to a quick start with the first rehearsal scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 also at the church. Continue reading

Owner of Nine Mile Point 1 and 2 awards scholarships to employees’ children

Exelon Generation’s Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station has awarded three employees’ children 2014 educational scholarships.

This year’s scholarship recipients are Rebecca Hall, Sarah Tomlinson and Adam Clawson. They were selected from a pool of 28 applicants.

“Giving back to our community is a major focus for us,” said Chris Costanzo, site vice president. “I’m impressed with the quality of this year’s applications.” Continue reading

Rural Health supplies Y with sports equipment

Danielle Wert (standing left), program coordinator for the Rural Health Network of Oswego County, presented Oswego YMCA Adult and Youth Sports Director Kyle Walton (standing right), with sports equipment for the Oswego YMCA’s youth recreation program. Ffront from left are: youth program participants Jacob Burrow, Ethan Hart, August McDonald, Kai Clary, Caleb Hart, and Quentin Denkenberger. Back from left are: Brandon Sobrino, Cassie Timson, Lauren Goodberry, Taylor Meaker, Jasmine McCracken, and Emrick Bendicto.
Danielle Wert (standing left), program coordinator for the Rural Health Network of Oswego County, presented Oswego YMCA Adult and Youth Sports Director Kyle Walton (standing right), with sports equipment for the Oswego YMCA’s youth recreation program. Ffront from left are: youth program participants Jacob Burrow, Ethan Hart, August McDonald, Kai Clary, Caleb Hart, and Quentin Denkenberger. Back from left are: Brandon Sobrino, Cassie Timson, Lauren Goodberry, Taylor Meaker, Jasmine McCracken, and Emrick Bendicto.

Organizations often want to do more to keep kids active, but don’t have the equipment or supplies to do so.

Thanks to the Rural Health Network of Oswego County, that challenge has gotten a little easier.

The Rural Health Network’s County Health Issues subcommittee is collaborating to improve access to health care and preventative services; to improve healthy behaviors by addressing chronic disease, tobacco use, physical activity and nutrition; and decrease the impact that co-morbid conditions have on the physical health of  Oswego County residents.

As part of its physical activity objective the committee surveyed every municipal and YMCA recreation program in Oswego County that serves low-income youth.

The goal of the survey was to discover how many youth are being served, what activities are offered, how to increase physical activity for the youth and what these programs would need to do so.

“We wanted to know what activities youth were involved with and what new activities they would be interested in,” said Danielle Wert, program coordinator for the rural Health Network.

“We visited the sites, spoke with staff members as well as the youth they serve to determine what their needs were,” she said. “We identified recreation programs at Selkirk Shores, Palermo, and the Oswego YMCA as programs that were need of equipment.”

“Dick’s Sporting Goods and Gopher Sports worked with us so that we were able to purchase the additional equipment these programs were in need of.,” Wert said.

“From portable basketball hoops to soccer and playground balls, soccer nets, lacrosse equipment and more, we were able to provide them a wide range of equipment that will help to increase the physical activity of the youth participating in these programs,” she said.

Wert said in addition to the benefits of increased physical activity, participation in these programs will also aid youth in their character development.

“Many of the playground balls that we purchased have positive character messages such as ‘honesty’ and ‘courage.’  Activity coordinators will be able to incorporate these character traits into the activities as a learning tool,” said Wert.

For the Rural Health Network’s County Health Issues subcommittee,  chaired by Senior Public Health Educator for the Oswego County Health Department Diane Oldenburg, this purchase of recreational equipment is just the beginning of its mission to encourage and enhance physical activity for youth.  “We will continue to assist recreation programs throughout Oswego County and do what we can to help them meet the physical activity needs of our youth,” added Wert.

Operating under the auspices of OCO Inc., the Rural Health Network is a consortium of health care providers and human service providers in Oswego County.

For more information on the Rural Health Network of Oswego County, contact Danielle Wert at 592-0827, or visit www.oco.org.