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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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Members of the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club participated in the 2012 “OCO Bowl O’Gold” as the “Rockin’ Rotarians,” and received a Team Spirit Award for their enthusiasm. This year’s “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun is set for Saturday, April 13 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.

OCO’s ‘Lucky 13 Bowl-A-Fun set for April 13

Members of the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club participated in the 2012 “OCO Bowl O’Gold” as the “Rockin’ Rotarians,” and received a Team Spirit Award for their enthusiasm. This year’s “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun is set for Saturday, April 13 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.
Members of the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club participated in the 2012 “OCO Bowl O’Gold” as the “Rockin’ Rotarians,” and received a Team Spirit Award for their enthusiasm. This year’s “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun is set for Saturday, April 13 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.

Oswego County Opportunities will hold its 12th annual bowling tournament fund-raiser Saturday, April 13, at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.

“This year’s event was dubbed the ‘Lucky 13’ Bowl-A-Fun because it is taking place Saturday, April 13, 2013,” said Diane Cooper-Currier, OCO’s executive director.

The Lucky 13 Bowl-A-Fun takes place from noon to 6 p.m. at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton. Registration opens Feb. 1 for five-person teams with choice of flights: noon to 2:30 p.m. or 3 to 5:30 p.m. (first come, first served).

Businesses and individuals may donate door prizes for the raffles and silent auction, and major sponsors are being solicited as well.

“We chose the theme Lucky 13 Bowl-A-Fun because of the date, 4-13-13,” Cooper-Currier explained. “Participants will see the number 13 used in a variety of ways at the event!”

OCO holds this fund-raiser every spring to help support its programs and services.

“This year’s proceeds will benefit services for the homeless,” Cooper-Currier stated. “Homelessness is a growing concern in Oswego County, and this problem touches consumers of every service we provide.

“No home means no address, and without an address, it’s impossible to open a bank account, receive mail, apply for a job, or enroll a child in school – activities most of us take for granted,” she continued. “OCO strives to help people obtain a safe, affordable place to live and develop some stability, which is essential to overcoming poverty.”

In addition to support for existing services, OCO will set aside a percentage of the Bowl-A-Fun proceeds to build financial resources for the future.

“There is a vision for a homeless shelter in Oswego County,” Cooper-Currier said. “As the community action agency for Oswego County, we strongly support this vision because it aligns perfectly with OCO’s mission. We are an anti-poverty agency, and we fight poverty in many forms: lack of funds, lack of education, lack of resources to care for self or family; no job, no transportation, no health care; inability to afford or prepare nutritious meals, or find a safe place to live.

“Our communities have an increasingly important role to play in shaping the course of this future,” Cooper-Currier added. “Government funding continues to decrease while jobs continue to leave Central New York. We’re encountering more people in need, and we’re striving to meet those needs with fewer resources.”

Those seeking registration or sponsor information, or to donate a door prize, may call OCO at 598-4717 or visit the agency’s website at www.oco.org.

Minetto UMC at Magic in Minetto Saturday

This year’s edition of Magic in Minetto, to be held in River View Park Saturday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include several contributions of Minetto United Methodist Church people.

William Martin, R.N., has worked with Ellen Lazarek, collaboration manager of health education, and Shannon Ensley, senior health educator for the Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, both of Oswego County Opportunities, to plan a health fair.

It will be located inside the Minetto Town Hall and will offer a variety of health and wellness educational materials as well as free blood pressure screening.

The Minetto Monkeys 4-H Club, under the leadership of Jennifer Reese, will be conducting a carnival at the Methodist Church to raise funds for the Congenital Neutrapena Association.

There will be a variety of games and activities for young people including the making of root beer floats with ingredients provided by Stewarts. The club members range in age from four to 12.

Several members of the church will be staffing a food booth in the park offering hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, coneys, sausages, chips, bottled water and sodas. The sandwiches may be had with toppings of sauerkraut, onions and peppers, or Texas hot sauce. Food will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or as long as supplies last.

Others from the church have been involved in the planning of Magic in Minetto and will be at the event to work with crafts and other amusements.

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OCO Summer Food Service Program will provide free meals for children

Oswego County Opportunities is participating in the Summer Food Service Program, according to Bridget Dolbear, program services coordinator for Oswego County Opportunities.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like OCO to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. Funded through the New York State Education Department, the Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to all children 18 years and under. Meals will be available at the local sites and times. Orders for meals are placed the day before you attend.

• Palermo Recreation, 1779 Co. Rte. 4, Palermo. Breakfast and Lunch from 9 to 10 a.m. and from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 10.

• Fulton Alliance Church, 1044 N.Y.S. Rte. 48, Fulton. Lunch from July 9 through July 13 from noon to 12:30 p.m. • Fulton CYO, 365 W. First St., Fulton. Lunch from July 5 through Aug. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• Fulton YMCA, 715 West Broadway, Fulton. Breakfast and lunch from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Aug. 31.

• CNY Arts Program, 357 State St., Fulton. Lunch from July 9 through July 20; from Aug. 6 through Aug. 10’ and Aug. 20 through Aug. 24 from noon to 12:30 p.m.

• Our Lady of Rosary VBS, 923 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Lunch from July 16 through July 20 and Aug. 20 through Aug. 24 from noon to 12:30 p.m.

• Hannibal Recreation, 824 Co. Rte. 34, Hannibal. Breakfast and lunch from July 9 through Aug. 10 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We are happy to be able to offer the Summer Food Service Program,” said Dolbear. “I encourage families to participate in the program and remember that even though school’s out, meals are still in.”

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Those seeking more information on the program may call Victoria Stump at 598-4712.

OCO employees display the agency’s new logo at OCO’s Annual Meeting. From left are Owen Connell, Patrick Waite, Ellen Holst, Candy Fox, Gerry Chalifoux, Jo-Lyn Phillips, and Cindy Seeber.

Oswego County Opportunities unveils new logo

OCO employees display the agency’s new logo at OCO’s Annual Meeting. From left are Owen Connell, Patrick Waite, Ellen Holst, Candy Fox, Gerry Chalifoux, Jo-Lyn Phillips, and Cindy Seeber.

Oswego County Opportunities recently launched a new logo for the 21st century, bringing color, dimension and energy to its brand.

“We’re very excited about this new design,” said OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier. “It’s a wonderful symbol of who we are and what we’re all about.”

OCO is Oswego County’s sixth largest private non-profit employer with offices in Fulton, Mexico, and Oswego as well as program sites throughout the county.

The $33 million agency was formed in 1966 during the national War on Poverty.

The new design was created earlier this year, following several months of brainstorming and focus group meetings. OCO’s PR and Website committees played an integral role in selecting the final design.

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From left are driver Marcia Owens, driver Jen Pieropan, OCO staff member Cindy Seeber, driver Rhonda Verwey, DeLine, Woodward, OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Courier and OCO Senior Nutrition Services Volunteer Coordinator Chris Parks. -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Mayors for Meals Day in the City of Fulton

From left are driver Marcia Owens, driver Jen Pieropan, OCO staff member Cindy Seeber, driver Rhonda Verwey, DeLine, Woodward, OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Courier and OCO Senior Nutrition Services Volunteer Coordinator Chris Parks. -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward and Fire and Police Commissioner Alan Deline helped delivered meals to home-bound senior citizens Wednesday as part of Mayors for Meals Day.

Woodward, Deline and others joined Oswego County Opportunities workers in delivering meals to homes in the City of Fulton, including residents at Towpath Towers and Pathfinder Court.

OCO Senior Nutrition Services delivers 110 meals each day to home-bound clients in Fulton.

Valley Viewpoints: Successful fund-raiser

All of us at Oswego County Opportunities would like to take this opportunity to recognize the businesses whose financial support for the OCO Bowl O’Gold fund-raiser.

We also want to thank the businesses and individuals who donated more than 75 items valued at well over $4,000 for the silent auction, door prize drawings and awards at the Bowl O’Gold.

We truly appreciate the generous support from our business community.
Oswego County Opportunities is the county’s Community Action Agency. It was created in the mid-1960s as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty.

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