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Legislators question grant application for Camp Zerbe

by Carol Thompson

A grant application seeking funds for the repair of a lodge at Camp Zerbe that would require Oswego County taxpayers to kick in 25 percent of the cost was questioned during Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature.

“I still remain extremely concerned over this,” Legislator Jim Karasek said. “Even when the project is completed, it still won’t have heat and water.”

Oswego County Youth Bureau Director Kathleen Fenlon requested permission to apply for a grant not to exceed $349,419 to repair the ailing lodge. The old Adirondack-style lodge, built around the mid 1940s, consists of a large room that features a fireplace at each end, a kitchen and a large front porch that overlooks Lake Lorraine. The county has never used the lodge.

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County considers camp renovations

by Carol Thompson

The lodge at Camp Zerbe in Williamstown is in disrepair and funding is being sought once again to fix the ailing building.

In 2010, the county received a grant to conduct an assessment of the lodge in order to determine if the building could be restored to a usable condition. It was determined that the lodge could be stabilized without the need for a full restoration.

Last year, a grant was applied for but the project was not selected for funding.

The county will now file a grant application for $350,000 from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The old Adirondack style lodge, built in the mid 1940s, consists of a large room that features a fire place at each end, a kitchen and a large open front porch that overlooks Lake Lorraine, a supporting memorandum states.

Due to disrepair, the lodge was never used and has been boarded up for some time.

The county cannot demolish the structure without state approval due to conditions that were set forth when the county purchased Camp Zerbe.

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Oswego County parks are now tobacco-free

by Carol Thompson

During Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature, a resolution was approved that prohibits smoking at Camp Zerbe, Camp Hollis, and Independence Trail.

The “Young Lungs at Play” initiative helps to eliminate children’s exposure to secondhand smoke and other tobacco products. Signs are posted in the parks and nearby playground areas to remind smokers not to smoke or use tobacco products on the premises.

There will be one designated smoking area at Camp Hollis and one at Camp Zerbe.
The Tobacco Free Network of  Oswego County will provide signage at all three parks.

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