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Youth artists needed for mural project; meeting scheduled for May 6 in Oswego

Kara Weiss, left, and Allie Henderson worked on a mural last summer on West Linear Park near the Utica Street Bridge. The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau will sponsor an informational meeting on the Springboard Mural Project at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 at Oswego City Hall. All interested youth and parents are encouraged to attend.
Kara Weiss, left, and Allie Henderson worked on a mural last summer on West Linear Park near the Utica Street Bridge. The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau will sponsor an informational meeting on the Springboard Mural Project at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 at Oswego City Hall. All interested youth and parents are encouraged to attend.

Submitted by Oswego County 

Spring is here again and the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is gearing up for the start of the Springboard Mural Project.

Now in its sixth year, the mural organizing committee is seeking interested youth artists who would like to create a piece of public art in the city of Oswego.

The Youth Bureau will hold an informational meeting with young artists and their parents at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 in the Common Council Chambers of Oswego City Hall.

Youth ages 13 and older, and 8- to 12-year-olds (with parent attendance during painting) are welcome to participate.

The murals are located on West Linear Park near the Utica Street Bridge and are designed and created by local students.

“Last year 21 students completed over 30 murals along the river walk. We are hoping to expand that number this year and to complete even more murals,” said Dawn Metott, youth activities coordinator with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.

“The mural project is a youth-focused initiative, with the design concept and implementation being directed by local young people with the support of the Springboard Mural Committee,” she said.

The project was originally a city-sponsored community development plan to address graffiti issues.

“Many of the youth artists we have in the group come back year after year to participate,” Metott said. “They love helping out their community and seeing a piece of artwork they created in a public space to be enjoyed by everyone.”

“Instead of just covering up the graffiti, the community has come together and invested in something special that reflects the sense of community pride which has made this project successful.”

For additional information or to participate in the project, attend the May 6 meeting or contact Metott at the Youth Bureau, phone 349-3575 or e-mail dmetott@oswegocounty.com.

Additional information is posted on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SpringboardMuralProject.

Enwright wins SUNY award for excellence

140417_enwright_jamie_0002cJamie Enwright’s more than two decades of service to SUNY Oswego as a member of the college’s University Police staff has been recognized with a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.

Enwright said she was “overwhelmed” by the honor when college President Deborah F. Stanley called to tell her of the award.

University Police Chief John Rossi nominated Enwright for the Chancellor’s Award.

“She has always possessed an excellent work ethic, taking on far more tasks than originally assigned to her,” he wrote.

Enwright joined the department in 1993 as a part-time clerical employee. She received national recognition in 1997 for her handling of a medical call that resulted in saving a student’s life.

Woman’s World magazine featured the story: “Jamie Enwright knew she was the only person who could save the girl struggling to speak to her over the phone. But first, she had to find her,” it began.

The SUNY Chiefs of Police Association honored Enwright with an Acts of Professionalism Award.

In 1998 Enwright became the department’s first campus public safety officer, Rossi said, which put her in the role of desk officer, responsible for communications services and dispatching.

In 2002 she added the responsibilities of administrative assistant to her duties, essentially doing the work of two people, the chief said.

She works with the chief to administer the department’s compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act as well as to compile the department’s annual report to the college community.

Enwright also serves the college as a member of the Employee Recognition Committee and as her department’s representative for the State Employees Federated Appeal.

“Jamie possesses top-notch people skills whether in person or on the phone,” Rossi said.

The chief added that she boosts the morale of the department with her ever-present smile and by regularly bringing in homemade baked goods and making arrangements for social events.

Enwright is a graduate of Morrisville State College.

She will formally receive the medal for the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service at SUNY Oswego’s December commencement ceremony.

 

Shooting Sports Program beginning in Oswego County

Archery participant teaches an adult what she has learned during the 2013 Shooting Sports Field Event.
Archery participant teaches an adult what she has learned during the 2013 Shooting Sports Field Event.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is accepting registration for its  Shooting Sports Program.

The program will be conducted as a five-week course concluding with a field day. Each discipline meets once a week at an Oswego County sportsman club.

The schedule is:

  • Archery will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Deerslayers Bowmen Association on Route 104 in southwest Oswego.
  • Air rifle will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at North Sportsmans Club on County Route 37 in West Monroe.
  • Muzzleloading rifle will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Lock Stock and Barrel Club in Volney.

Youth do not need to have previous experience or own firearms to participate in this hands-on learning experience. The Oswego County 4-H Program and instructors, certified New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program, all will provide firearms and necessary equipment. The instructors are volunteers who are chosen for their ability to teach and their skill at relating to youth.

The 4-H Shooting Sports’ courses will meet a minimum of five times beginning the first week of May and end with a field day in early June. A program fee of $30 will be charged to cover the cost of materials and eye and ear protection.

The 4-H Shooting Sports Program is valuable for helping youth develop self-confidence, personal discipline, responsibility, teamwork, self-esteem and sportsmanship.  The program also provides a positive experience for youth and promotes firearm safety.

Please note the Oswego County Shooting Sports program is not a hunter safety education program.

Anyone interested in the Oswego County Shooting Sports Program, call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Program for more details and enrollment forms, 963-7286 or email at lcr23@cornell.edu

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities. Contact the office if you have any special needs.

Marine Museum presents ‘movie night’

To kick off the celebration of the 80th anniversary of Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse, the H. Lee White Maritime Museum and the Oswego Film Group are presenting the movie, “Lightkeepers”, at the Beacon Hotel at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1.

“Lightkeepers” was filmed at Race Point Lighthouse in Cape Cod, Mass. The Race Point Light was built in 1817 and has a long history of serving the maritime community.

The movie was filmed in 2009 and stars Richard Dreyfuss, Blythe Danner and Bruce Dern. “Lightkeepers” is a romantic comedy about a curmudgeon lighthouse keeper, who has sworn off women.

The movie is set in 1912. Some of the artifacts utilized in the movie belonged to Oswego resident Ted Panayotoff from when he lived in Maine with his wife Jo.

The Chatham Lighthouse of Massachusetts also loaned objects to the film project.

The movie will be shown at the Beacon Hotel, 75 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

There are only 50 tickets available, therefore seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis. You must have a ticket to view the movie.

Tickets can be picked up at two locations in Oswego: H. Lee White Marine Museum, located at the end of the West First Street Pier and river’s end bookstore, located at 19 West Bridge Street.

Popcorn is provided courtesy of Zurich Cinemas of Oswego and soda will also be available.

Donations for the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse Restoration project are encouraged.

News in Brief

As of April 30, 2014, The Valley News will only accept classified advertisements for the Wednesday and Saturday print editions.

We will no longer publish classifieds online. To submit a classified ad, call us at 598-6397 or visit our office at 67 S. Second St., Fulton.

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NU-2-U sale and bake sale is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 2 at the Granby Center United Methodist Church, 420 County Route 3.

Available will be a large assortment of clothing for all ages. There also will be books, household items, knick-knacks, linens, small appliances, stuffed toys, taps and more.

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The annual chicken barbecue sponsored By Friends of History in Fulton is set for 11:30 a.m. until sold out Sunday May 4 at the Pavilion at Bullhead Point.

The barbecue benefits the John Wells Pratt House Museum, local history museum, at 177 S. First St., Fulton. Eat in or take out.

For advance sale tickets, call 598-4616.

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The Minetto Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. until sold out April 26 at the fire station, 12 Barrett Drive, Minetto.

The dinner menu features ½ chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans, macaroni salad and a dinner roll. Customers can purchase a ½ chicken only also.

In addition there will also be a bake sale on site for customers to handpick a homemade dessert.

Dine-in and take-outs are available. Local delivery of five or more dinners may be arranged by contacting a Minetto Fire Department member by calling the fire station at 343-7566 on the day of the event.

There are no presale tickets available but customers can start calling ahead at 10 a.m. on April 26. The event benefits the fire department.

For more information, call Aleisha Bennett at  343-7566. For more information on the Minetto Fire Department or to find out how to join please visit www.minettofd.com

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The Palermo United Methodist Church will host its chicken and biscuit dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1  in the church dining room.

This is a family-style, all-you-can-eat dinner including chicken and gravy, biscuits, mashed potatoes, salad, vegetable, dessert and beverage.

Takeouts are available and can be reserved by calling 598-4888

The church is located on County Route 35 just off of State Route 3 in Palermo, just north of Palermo Center.

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The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center will present a public program about the American woodcock at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, (rain date May 2).

American woodcock advertise courtship intentions by strutting about and emitting a series of nasal peents. With a final “peent,” the male launches into an enthralling flight display to attract hens.

Following a short presentation of woodcock natural history with Pat Carney, facility’s naturalist, attendees will venture to a singing ground to observe and listen to the serenade of this twilight troubadour.

Other spring heralds also will regale us with evening ballads. Program participants should dress for an evening spring walk by wearing jackets, boots and shoes that can get wet and/or muddy.

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Assemblyman Will Barclay will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 2 at Believer’s Chapel in Fulton.

Anyone is welcome to donate. To schedule an appointment for the May 2 blood drive in Fulton, call the Red Cross at 343-0967 or sign up online, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood and click on “Schedule an Appointment.”

It takes about 8-10 minutes to give blood with a total time to register and replenish with provided snacks of about an hour and 15 minutes. Donors are encouraged to eat well and hydrate prior to appointment.

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An immigrant farmworker who works on an Upstate dairy and an organizer for a local workers’ center will speak at noon Sunday, May 4 at First Universalist Society of Central Square as part of a statewide speaking tour aimed at improving the lives of immigrant farmworkers.

The talk and a brief slideshow will be given by Jose Canas, who is originally from El Salvador, and Rebecca Fuentes, of West Monroe, who is lead organizer for the Syracuse-based Workers’ Center of Central New York.

Canas works at a dairy in Northern New York. Fuentes is the daughter of a farmworker from Mexico.

The program also is part of the Voices for Worker Equality speaker and film series organized by the church, state Route 49 just west of U.S. Route 11, and the workers’ center.

The statewide campaign will include several other dairy farmworkers and is being organized by the workers’ center along with Worker Justice Center of New York, in Rochester.

It coincides with Worker Memorial Day on April 25, May Day on May 1 and Farmworker Advocacy Day on May 5.

The local talk is free, but donations will be accepted to support the workers’ center. Light refreshments will be served.

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Girls and boys ages 12-15 are invited to the Montezuma Audubon Center for up to three weeks of Sportsman Education this summer.

Young hunters will get their hunter safety, bow safety and waterfowl identification certificates in three weeks of hands-on learning and outdoor experiences.

The camps will run from July 14 through 31 (Monday-Thursday for each course).

Each week will feature classroom-style learning, covering the basics of each course, enhanced by hands-on outdoor field lessons including orienteering, canoeing, tracking and more.

Participants will also take part in conservation projects that enhance habitats for game and non-game species.

Fee per camper: $100 for one week, $190 for two and $270 for all three. Major support for this program is provided by Bass Pro Shops.

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration forms can be found at http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma. For more information, call 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org.

Camp schedule:

Week 1 – Hunter Safety – July 14-17

Week 2 – Bow Safety – July 21-24

Week 3 – Waterfowl ID – July 28-July 31

For more information about the Sportsman Camp or the Montezuma Audubon Center, visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma.

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The First Congregational Church of New Haven is holding an eat-in or take-out dinner from noon until gone Saturday, May 3.

Preorders are available to be picked up between noon and 2 p.m.

The dinner will contain ½ chicken, pulled pork, pasta salad, salt potatoes, roll and butter. Call 963-3118 and leave a message with your name, phone number and the number of dinners you want. You will receive a call back to confirm your order and to make arrangements for you to buy the tickets needed for your dinner(s).

The church is located at 4250 State Route 104 in New Haven. The church is just west of County Route 6.

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The youth group at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Phoenix is having a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17.

The youth group also is asking people to donate bottles and cans as part of the sale.

The youths are raising money for a trip to Steubenville, Ohio for a youth rally with about 40,000 other teens. The event, at the Franciscan Univerity of Steubenville, is focused on connecting teens to the sacraments.

There is going to be a drop off area for the bottles and cans on the day of the garage sale in the parking lot behind St. Stephen’s Church. There is also a drop off spot right next to the church if people would like to drop off before or after the garage sale.

Those dropping off should tell the bottle and can business they are dropping off for Team Awesomess of St. Stephen’s church.

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The Oswego County Health Department will hold a rabies clinic for cats, dogs and pet ferrets from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the Oswego County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road.

“Immunizing pets is an effective way to reduce the risk of human exposure to rabies,” said Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County Public Health Director.

State law requires that all cats, dogs and pet ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age.

A second vaccination is required for cats and dogs within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter. Ferrets need to be vaccinated annually.

In order for pets to receive the 3-year booster shot, owners need to show that the pet was previously vaccinated and should bring their pet’s last rabies vaccination certificate to the clinic.

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Friendly’s Restaurant, 192 W. Bridge St., Oswego, will host a Family Fun Day fundraiser Thursday, May 8, to support the Friends of Fort Ontario in preserving and enhancing one of the nation’s most historic military sites.

Between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., 15 percent of the day’s proceeds will go to the Friends group to support programming, restoration, and AmeriCorps staff at Fort Ontario State Historic Site.

Customers who call Friendly’s at 342-2233 20 minutes in advance may have their order ready for pickup.

In order to participate, customers must bring a copy of the Friendly’s Fort Ontario voucher. The voucher is available on the Friends of Fort Ontario Website (www.fortontario.com), Man in the Moon Candies on West First Street in Oswego, and at the fort on May 3 during I Love My Park Day.

Friends of Fort Ontario is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 educational organization chartered by the State Education Department to support efforts to preserve, enhance, and promote Fort Ontario State Historic Site.

For more information, call Nicole Popp at 430-3336, or Historic Site Manager Paul Lear at 343-4711.

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The Four Seasons Quilters will present its annual quilting demonstration with Pat Knoechel of “Quilt in a Day” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 9 at the Lycoming Methodist Church, located at the intersection of County Route 29 and Miner Road, Scriba.

Parking is available across the road from the church. Knoechel’s sister, Eleanor Burns, has new patterns to share including “Nouveau Wedding Ring” and “Pineapple” with twists for modern quilters.

There also will be door prizes, drawings, refreshments and as always, a good time.  Tickets are $5 and are available at the door or by calling Susan Bartlett (298-53460), Barbara Snell (343-5998), Leeann Green (342-3400) or Kerry Barnes (342-0866).

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The Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville will have its last dinner of the season at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10.

The menu will consist of roast pork, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, beans, coleslaw, rolls and butter.  Attendees also can choose from a wide selection of pies and other desserts. Coffee, tea, cool aid and water will also be available.

The dinner is served family style. Music will be provided while you wait to be seated.  The ladies from the church also have a variety of crafts and goodies for sale.  There is a large supply of used books available at reasonable prices.

The next dinner will be Sept. 13.

Cold was the headline during the winter of 2012-14

By Debra J. Groom

It looks like winter may be over.

Nuts, did that jinx it?

Well anyway, through April 22, Fulton has received 177.6 inches of snow, said John Florek, who keeps snow records at the city’s water department. The average snowfall through April 22 during the 38 seasons he has been keeping records is 179.6.

“We’re pretty darn close,” Florek said.

Even though temperatures have been mild of late, Florek said he doesn’t put away his snow records for the year until the end of May.

“We’ve had snow on a couple of Mothers’ Days,” he said. The latest snow he has on record is May 12, 1996, when the city picked up 1.5 inches.

That was part of an extreme winter that saw 273.5 inches pile up in Fulton. The least amount of snow in his 38 years of record keeping was in 1991 — a paltry 74.75 inches.

Carolyn Yerdon, who keeps weather records up in Redfield, said her area came in at 386 inches — and more than half of that was on the ground before Jan. 1.

“We still have some piles here on the lawn and you can find snow in the woods,” she said this week.

The record for snow in Redfield is the 1996-97 winter — a total of 420 inches of snow fell.

Both Florek and Yerdon said what made this winter seem to go on forever was it seemed to snow almost every day and there were periods of extreme cold.

Yerdon said Oswego County is used to temperatures below zero during the winter. But to have a run of many days of frigid temperatures is rare.

“We had minus 19 on Jan. 21, minus 18 on Jan. 22 and it continued through Jan 24,” she said. Jan. 25 saw 11 degrees, and then the temperature plummeted again to minus 11 on Jan. 26 and minus 19 on Jan. 27.

“That’s brutal,” she said.

Florek agreed.

“It was cold more than anything else,” he said. “There were no real drops of multiple feet of snow this year.”

In Oswego, the Port City ended with 154.5 inches of snow, a couple of inches above average, said weather observer William Gregway.

“We got a lot of lake effect,” he said, noting it also snowed early in the season and continued through April. “We had a white Thanksgiving, white Christmas, but not a white Easter,” he said.

He also agreed the cold really got people down this year. He said he talked to some construction workers recently who are doing sewer work in the city and they remarked that the frost was more than 3 feet down into the ground where they were digging.

 

Disposal of old drugs Saturday at various sites

Saturday is the day that folks with old prescription drugs to dispose of can do so at area sites.

Drugs can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2  p.m.  April 26. The service is free and anonymous.

Here are the sites in Oswego County:

Fulton Police Department

Oswego Police Department

Kinney Drug Stores in Oswego, Fulton and Pulaski.

Pills and patches that have expired or are unused or unwanted can be dropped off during the event to ensure proper and safe disposal. Liquids, needles and sharps are not accepted.

During the last Take-Back Day in October 2013, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in all its previous Take-Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds of pills—more than 1,700 tons.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. According to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, flushing unused medicine down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.

 

 

Oswego Y pool closed for repairs

The Oswego YMCA pool is closed so crews can make major repairs on the aquatic facility.

The YMCA’s Board of Directors approved closing the aquatic center so  crews could make major repairs to the building’s roof and dehumidification system.

It is the first major work performed as part of the Oswego Y’s recent capital campaign.

“At the Y, we’re committed to providing a safe environment so that everyone can have fun and grow stronger,” said Lisa Pachmayer, interim executive director of the Oswego YMCA. “The board has known that repairs to the pool building were needed and has planned for them.”

The work will take six to eight weeks to complete. In the interim, many programs that had been run at the pool will be held at other local pools, including at Oswego High School, Oswego Middle School and the Fulton Family YMCA.

For details and a schedule, visit www.OswegoYMCA.org.