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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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Infiltration of bats causes Catholic Charities to relocate

by Andrew Henderson

The Broadway Bridge construction project in Fulton has caused traffic delays, detours, and perhaps a few headaches for motorists driving through Fulton.

It has now caused a temporary relocation of one of the most-used non-for-profit agencies in Fulton.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County is temporarily vacating its historic building at 365 W. First St.

The reason? A sudden 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.

Catholic Charities has moved its operations from its current location — the only remaining former American Woolen Mills building on West First Street — to a temporary location in the vacant St. Michael’s Church, which is located at the corner of West Third and Beech Streets, just two blocks west.

To read the rest of the story, pick up the latest copy of The Valley News. You may also subscribe to the paper by calling 598-6397