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Harborfest hosts Red Cross, Salvation Army and Toys for Tots

HarborfestOswego Harbor Festivals, Inc. will be hosting the inaugural “Collaboration of Kindness Day” Thursday, Nov. 15 in the ballroom of the McCrobie Building on Lake Street adjacent to the Harborfest Offices from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m.

Four different agencies will be on hand to collect donations to kick off the 2012 holiday season locally.

Danielle Hayden, branch director of the Oswego County Chapter of the Red Cross, represents the first part of this holiday collaboration. The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Unit will be accepting items for the “Comfort Kits,” which are given to victims immediately after they have been displaced by a fire or natural disaster, like the recent hurricane that devastated parts of New York State.

The contents of a typical comfort kit for an adult include a washcloth, shower gel or soap, mild shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, tissues, razor, shaving cream, comb, lotion and mouthwash. Kits for children include most of the same items along with a coloring or puzzle book, crayons or pencils along with a new stuffed teddy bear.

Kits for adults and children can sometimes contain basic sweatshirts or sweat pants as well.

Majors Kathryn and James Purvis, executive directors of the Oswego County Salvation Army, represent the second part of this holiday collaboration.

The Salvation Army “Food Pantry” will be collecting perishable and non-perishable items just one week ahead of Thanksgiving Day.

The local food pantry is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and serves between 30 and 90 people each day. The number is sure to increase for the Thanksgiving meal Nov. 22.

Donations that will be helpful for Thanksgiving include turkeys, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes and deserts. Items that can be donated and used any time of the year include vegetables, fruits, snack items, juice boxes, cereals and spaghetti sauce. Because the food pantry is located only a few blocks away from the Lake Street “Collaboration of Kindness” event, frozen items can be donated at this event and be taken right to the pantry for storage.

Chris Jones, Oswego County Coordinator with Toys for Tots, represents the third part of this holiday collaboration.

Toys for Tots will be collecting unwrapped toys for distribution in the local community at Christmas time. The local Toys for Tots program continues to grow each year and the number of drop box locations continues to grow as well.

During the 2012 holiday season, Jones had nearly 200 drop box locations throughout Oswego County and he distributed approximately 5,000 toys from those boxes back to children in this community. The donations remain where they are placed and Jones is looking forward to and even bigger turnout of donations for the 2013 holiday season as the Toys for Tots program is underway at the “Collaboration of Kindness” event.

The final piece of this inaugural holiday collaboration event is the American Red Cross Blood Services Group, which will be holding a blood drive in the memory of Paul Santore from noon to 6 p.m. during the day-long event at the McCrobie Building ballroom.

At the time of his recent passing Sept. 13, Santore was the sitting board president for the Salvation Army and had served in the past as the Oswego County Republican Committee Treasurer, Republican County Legislator and Republican City Chairman.

He also served as a past Board Member for Harborfest and was a “Friend of the Festival” again for the 2012 event.

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Oswego Police announce Harborfest advisories

In preparation for Harborfest 2012, the Oswego Police Department announced the following advisories regarding traffic, pedestrian and general information specific to the Harborfest Celebration scheduled for July 25-29.

Alcoholic Beverages/Open Container Ordinance — Harborfest is designed to be a fun, family oriented event and Oswego police are asking those attending Harborfest to be respectful of others enjoying the festival and to act responsibly.

The city’s Open Container Ordinance, which prohibits the possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place, will be strictly enforced throughout this event.

Fines for this violation can be up to $250, 15 days in jail or both.

The only exceptions to the ordinance, where adults over the age of 21 may legally possess an open container of an alcoholic beverage in public space are, Breitbeck Park, the Picnic Areas located in Wright’s Landing, and the designated vendor Café area in Washington Square.

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Kenny Loggins and tribute bands headed to Harborfest

The 25th annual Harborfest, slated for July 26-29, will feature one of the most decorated recording artists over the past four decades, a live broadcast of a television show for the first time, regional and national tribute bands, and jazz and blues performers.

Harborfest 2012 kicks off Thursday with two national tribute bands. Opening up the night on the NRG Oswego Harbor Power Lakeview Stage will be Changes in Latitudes, which is a tribute show to Jimmy Buffett.

Closing out the night on the NRG Lakeview Stage will be Big Shot, a Billy Joel show featuring the vocals and piano of Michael DelGuidice, a well-known and respected Long Island multi-instrumentalist.

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