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Hannibal Rec Program begins third year in July

by Nicole Reitz

The Hannibal Summer Rec Program will begin its third year Monday, July 8 with breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

The program is open to children in the Hannibal Central School District in grades kindergarten through fourth. Parent supervision is required and siblings in fifth or sixth grade are also welcome to participate.

The free recreation program will run for six weeks until Aug. 16 at the Hannibal Town Hall Park and Pavilion. Program hours are Monday through Friday with breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., and games and activities from 1 to 3 p.m. From 1 to 3 p.m., children will be outdoors for different daily programming. The courtroom will be used, depending on availability, in case of inclement weather.

Children are able to enjoy free breakfast and lunch as part of Oswego County Opportunities Nutrition Services. Ordering meals (one day in advance) can be arranged by calling AmeriCorps worker Joanna Hirsch at 806-9542.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m., children will visit the Hannibal Free Library for their summer reading program.

Pam Marion from Cornell Cooperative Extension will have a program Thursday, July 25 entitled “Rethink your Drink.” Children will learn how much sugar is in their beverages.

Children will learn soccer techniques in the first week of the recreation program, since the beginning of July coincides with the World Cup.

“We, as AmeriCorps workers, focus on health and nutrition,” said 300-hour summer worker Kayleigh Troia. “That will be the background to most of the activities we do.”

Other programming includes planting beans, sun safety with color changing bracelets, dry and wet Olympics and learning about nutrition through MyPlate.

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Recognizing Oswego County honors food services and nutrition

Four local nutrition programs were selected by Recognizing Oswego County as Community Champions for the month of May. Pictured from left are Andrea Nagle of United Healthcare, Carrie Victory of AmeriCorps, Kerrie Pratt of Cornell Cooperative Extension, ROC member Inga Back, Lori Healstead of Oswego County Opportunities, Pat Powers-Burdick of Cayuga Community College and Abby Jenkins, ROC co-founder and Program Coordinator of the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County.
Four local nutrition programs were selected by Recognizing Oswego County as Community Champions for the month of May. Pictured from left are Andrea Nagle of United Healthcare, Carrie Victory of AmeriCorps, Kerrie Pratt of Cornell Cooperative Extension, ROC member Inga Back, Lori Healstead of Oswego County Opportunities, Pat Powers-Burdick of Cayuga Community College and Abby Jenkins, ROC co-founder and Program Coordinator of the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County.

by Nicole Reitz

Recognizing Oswego County, a local organization, committed the month of May to finding individuals and groups that work to improve the community in the area of summer food services and nutrition.

The community champions selected were Oswego County Opportunities’ Summer Food Service Program, AmeriCorps, Cornell Cooperative Extension Nutrition Program and the Food Bank of CNY.

Each month, ROC uses this recognition effort as a platform for emphasizing the good work that is happening in Oswego County to promote the health and wellness of its children, families and adults.

“We had four incredible nominations this month and selecting just one to honor was too difficult,” said Abby Jenkins, ROC co-founder and program coordinator of the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County.

The OCO Summer Food Service Program is funded through the New York State Education Department and provides free meals to all children 18 years and under. Their goal is to provide good nutrition to children during the summer months.

The program provides healthy meals to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition needed to learn, play and grow. Meals are available at local sites, like parks, recreation centers, schools, summer camps, libraries and places of worship.

OCO employee Lori Halstead said that last year’s program reached 11 sites and this year the program hopes to be at 13.

Oswego County AmeriCorps is also committed to being part of the ongoing battle of childhood obesity in America through its fitness and nutrition objective.

Through this program, AmeriCorps members develop fitness and nutrition activities for children at recreation programs and promote the value of a healthy lifestyle within local libraries and after-school programs.

Catholic Charities Emergency Services Program Supervisor Helen Hoefer will be working with an AmeriCorps member on the community garden in Fulton.

The AmeriCorps member will help to maintain the garden throughout the summer.

Some of the produce from the garden will be given to the food pantry at Catholic Charities, where clients will be able to enjoy fresh vegetables.

The AmeriCorps member will also create recipes that clients of the pantry can use to make a complete meal.

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AmeriCorps program receives grant

by Andrew Henderson

The Corporation for National and Community Service has awarded a 2012 AmeriCorps grant to the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, according to Congressman Bill Owens.

The grant is the result of the Fiscal Year 2012 AmeriCorps State and National funding competition.

The grant program focuses AmeriCorps resources on six key service areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.

“For 2012, we emphasized support for programs with a focus on education, veterans and military families, and disaster services,” Wendy Spencer, CEO of the AmeriCorps State & National Grants program, wrote to Owens.

The AmeriCorps staff reported that the grant cycle was highly competitive.

The Oswego City – County Youth Bureau will receive $268,224 to fund 63 AmeriCorps position.

AmeriCorps members will mentor disadvantaged youth, recruit and manage volunteers and high school students who mentor, and plan and implement fitness activities and nutrition education for youth in Oswego County.

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