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Fulton CYO gets ready for Summer Recreation Program

Participants in last year’s Catholic Charities’ CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program enjoyed a visit by Education Coordinator Ashlea Vilello of Rosamond Gifford Zoo, who is holding a Honduran Milk Snake. The visit was one of the many presentations and activities offered through the CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program, which begins this year Monday, July 8.
Participants in last year’s Catholic Charities’ CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program enjoyed a visit by Education Coordinator Ashlea Vilello of Rosamond Gifford Zoo, who is holding a Honduran Milk Snake. The visit was one of the many presentations and activities offered through the CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program, which begins this year Monday, July 8.

The CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County will begin Monday, July 8 and will continue through Friday, Aug. 23.

The Summer Drop-in Recreation Program is offered free of charge to children in grades 2-8 in Oswego County and is held Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration Forms can be picked up at the CYO or Main Office of Catholic Charities of Oswego County at the same address Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Children enjoy a variety of special events and activities designed to aid them in learning good sportsmanship, how to work as a team, positive interaction with peers and staff, and meeting and making new friends.

Plus, each day the youth engage in structured and non-structured activities that will help them grow both physically and mentally.

Children may attend the CYO Summer Drop-in recreation Program, daily or weekly if they choose too.

Activities in the CYO Summer Drop-in Program include daily recreational activities, special presentations and awareness groups, arts and crafts, and more.

According to CYO Coordinator George Timmins, the CYO Summer Drop-In Recreation Program will have something for all ages and offers youth a wide variety of recreational and educational activities, including themed weeks, tennis instruction courtesy of the USTA Tennis Association, a week with the Girl Scouts, a presentation from the Roseamond Gifford Zoo to be held at the Fulton War Memorial, and other special events at the War Memorial.

Additionally youth will have access to the CYO game room that includes X-Box, Wii games, billiards, basketball, ping pong, foosball, along with other fun activities.

The CYO’s trained staff supervises all activities and assists all participants as needed to ensure that they receive the full benefits of the program as well as help in their physical and emotional development.

Children receive a free breakfast and lunch daily through the USDA Summer Feeding Program sponsored by Oswego County Opportunities or they can bring their own if they wish to.

Those wishing to receive breakfast or lunch are encouraged to confirm the day before that they will be attending the summer program.

Breakfast will be served 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. and lunch will be served noon to 12:45 p.m.

Those seeking more information on the program may call Timmins at 598-3980, ext 254. 

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‘I’m OK Program’ celebrates second anniversary at Fulton Mill Residents

Representatives from The American Red Cross of Central New York and Catholic Charities of Oswego County were on hand to celebrate the second anniversary of the I’m OK Program at Fulton Mill Apartments in Fulton. Seated from left are Residents Betty Graham, Marjorie Foil, and Mary Hoyt.  Standing from left are Catholic Charities Supervisor of Community Services Helen Hoefer; Danielle Lundy Losurdo of Catholic Charities; Oswego Branch Director of American Cross of Central New York, Danielle Hayden; American Red Cross of Central New York Emergency Services Manager Susan Pope; and Fulton Mill Apartments Resident Services Coordinator Ann Casey.
Representatives from The American Red Cross of Central New York and Catholic Charities of Oswego County were on hand to celebrate the second anniversary of the I’m OK Program at Fulton Mill Apartments in Fulton. Seated from left are Residents Betty Graham, Marjorie Foil, and Mary Hoyt. Standing from left are Catholic Charities Supervisor of Community Services Helen Hoefer; Danielle Lundy Losurdo of Catholic Charities; Oswego Branch Director of American Cross of Central New York, Danielle Hayden; American Red Cross of Central New York Emergency Services Manager Susan Pope; and Fulton Mill Apartments Resident Services Coordinator Ann Casey.

Residents of Fulton Mill Apartments in Fulton recently gathered with representatives from the American Red Cross of Central New York and Catholic Charities of Oswego County to celebrate the second anniversary of the I’m OK program.

An initiative of the American Red Cross, the I’m OK program is a neighbor-to-neighbor program that benefits residents by ensuring that in the event of something happening to them they will receive attention in a timely manner.

Fulton Mill Apartments was the first senior housing facility in Oswego County to implement the I’m OK Program when it was launched on February 1, 2011.

“We are proud to be able to celebrate the second anniversary of the I’m OK Program,” said Ann Casey, resident services coordinator. “It is a wonderful program that both our residents and our staff are pleased with.  It’s nice to know that our residents understand the value of the I’m OK Program and it’s comforting to know that our resident monitors are checking on residents seven days a week.”

Casey added that the I’m OK Program has been a great success and served the residents well.

“Over the past two years the program has ensured that our residents are checked on routinely by our resident monitors, and by doing so, it has played a role in avoiding potential mishaps,” said Casey.

Susan Pope, emergency services manager with American Red Cross of Central New York, said she is impressed with the success of the I’m OK Program and the way in which the staff and residents of Fulton Mill Apartments embraced the program.

“As this was a new program for us, we didn’t really know what to expect when we launched it,” she said. “We hoped that we would be able to engage a few residents at one site and then build on that, however what we have experienced at Fulton Mill over the past two years has been phenomenal. Approximately sixty-percent of the residents are participating and almost twenty residents are serving as volunteer monitors.”

“The monitors are the life blood of the I’m Ok Program,” said  Casey. “Each volunteer receives extensive training, courtesy of the Red Cross, regarding their responsibilities. Each morning at 10 a.m. our volunteer monitors check their respective floors to make sure that residents participating in the program have put out their I’m OK door hanger. If it is out, they remove the door hanger and slide it back under the apartment door. If it is not out, they can refer to the card we have provided for them that outlines the proper actions to take.”

Pope added that a large part of the success of the I’m OK Program at Fulton Mill Apartments is the willingness of the Fulton Mill administration to fully support the program and the enthusiasm of the monitors.

As the I’m OK Program celebrates its second anniversary, Danielle Hayden, director of the Oswego Branch of American Cross of Central New York, envisions a strong future for the program in Oswego County.

“In addition to Fulton Mill Apartments the I’m OK Program is also in place at St. Luke Apartments in Oswego and we are reaching out to other senior housing residences in Oswego County,” she said. “The success of the I’m OK Program at Fulton Mill Apartments is a great example of how staff and residents are able to work together to add a simple yet effective program that provides a non-intrusive level of reassurance that helps our seniors live independently.”

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Family Education Program to host Family Bowling Day Feb. 20

AA022464Families who have a child with a mental health diagnosis may enjoy an afternoon of free bowling on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Lakeview Lanes, Route 3 in Fulton.

The event is sponsored by Family Education and Partnership program. Complimentary pizza and soda will be provided.

A program of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, the Family Education and Partnerships program offers support and information to parents, caregivers, and siblings of children and adolescents with a mental health, or emotionally disturbed diagnosis.

The Family Education and Partnerships program provides families with a number of resources such as educational sessions, skill building exercises, guest speakers, and activity nights.

The focus of the program is to reduce stress on the families involved by supporting and empowering parents and caregivers, and families.

According to program Supervisor Gail Cooper, the Family Education and Partnership program does more than provide information and access to resources.

“The personal touch that the Family Education and Partnership provides is what makes the program so effective,” said Cooper. “Our family activity events and our group meetings offer parents, caregivers, and siblings the opportunity to meet other families who share the same concerns and discuss their experiences.

“It’s an important part of the program as it may be the only chance that families with children or adolescents with a mental health, or emotionally disturbed diagnosis have to network with each other,” added Cooper.

The bowling day will offer families the opportunity to learn more about the program and how it may enhance the quality of their life.

“Our staff will be there to welcome families, make them feel comfortable, and discuss the details of the program,” said Cooper. “We also welcome input from each family as to what their needs are and what issues they would like to see addressed.

“We are looking forward to meeting families, discovering their needs and receiving their input as to what issues they would like to see the Family Education Partnerships program address,” added Cooper.

Reservations are required for the Family Education and Partnerships Program’s Bowling Day no later than Monday, Feb. 18 and may be made by calling Gail Cooper or LouAnn Collins-Warren at 598-3980, ext. 249.

Catholic Charities moves back to West First Street home

by Andrew Henderson

Four months after vacating its bat-infested home, Catholic Charities of Oswego County is returning back to its 365 W. First St. location.

Since September, Catholic Charities was able to provide its services remotely from the former St. Michael’s Church building at 301 Beech St., Fulton.

Beginning tomorrow, Dec. 20, the agency will start moving its administrative offices and services back home.

“We are excited to be moving back,” said Executive Director Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow. “The staff did a remarkable job these past few months as we continued to offer services and programs to those in need.”

The director added that through the efforts of Emergency Services Supervisor Helen Hoefer, the agency’s volunteers, and the generosity of the community, Catholic Charities’ food pantry remained accessible throughout the  relocation.

“We were able to provide a record number of Thanksgiving and Christmas meals,” she said. “Our CYO program continued to offer recreational activities for area youth, and thanks to Tracy Doyle, we even had basketball!”

During the move back, Catholic Charities’ food pantry will be closed Dec. 21-27.  The food pantry will re-open Dec. 28.

The Thrift Store will reopen Jan. 3.

The CYO program will also be closed Dec. 24-27 and will reopen Friday, Dec. 28.  All other services and programs will be operating as usual and will be in place at the 365 W. First St. location Dec. 28.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County temporarily vacated its historic building because of an infiltration of a large colony of bats thought to be caused by the start of the $12 million reconstruction project over the nearby Oswego River.

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Fulton Community Theatre will present “Pop’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Carol” to benefit the mission Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Food Pantry. The production, staged as an old-time live radio broadcast, will play Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at the theatre’s home performance space, Jubilee Hall in Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo Street, Fulton. In front from left are Joyce Cooke, Brenda Brown, Fred Bolio, and Beth DeRousie. In back are Sabrina Woodward, Michael Bolio, Rita Lapage, and Robbie Brown.

‘Old-Fashioned Christmas’ to benefit local food pantry

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Fulton Community Theatre will present “Pop’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Carol” to benefit the mission Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Food Pantry. In front from left are Joyce Cooke, Brenda Brown, Fred Bolio, and Beth DeRousie. In back are Sabrina Woodward, Michael Bolio, Rita Lapage, and Robbie Brown.

The sounds of Christmases past, present, and future will fill this air this season as Fulton Community Theatre presents “Pop’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Carol” to benefit the mission Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Food Pantry.

The production, staged as an old-time live radio broadcast, will play Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at the theatre’s home performance space, Jubilee Hall in Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Tickets may be obtained by calling 315-598-7840. All proceeds will go to benefit the food pantry.

Along with the ticket proceeds, donations of non-perishable food items will also be collected and welcomed at the performance. According to Catholic Charities, the pantry is seeing a significantly greater demand for Christmas meals this year and is finding it increasingly difficult to keep the pantry shelves filled.

The show takes place in the world of “Saturday Night at Pop’s,” the fictional radio show featured in FCT’s 2000 production “Benny’s Christmas Carol.” That production, also presented as a benefit for Catholic Charities, raised $4,000 worth of food and donations for the pantry.

“We’re revisiting Pop’s world for another Christmas, where the milkshakes and music are always flowing, jokes are kind of on the corny side, and the season is always a time for celebration,” FCT Artistic Director William Edward White said.

The show is presented in two acts. The first is a variety of music with a holiday bent, from the sacred to the silly. In the second act, the cast of close to 20 players will take to the microphones for a staged “radio” version of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” including carolers, live sound effects, Scrooge, Marley, and the ghosts of Christmases past, present, and future.