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RSVP to orient volunteers at Oswego Public Library

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, will hold a volunteer orientation for retired or semi-retired adults at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Oswego Public Library community room.

RSVP staff members Ellen Wahl and Tracie Wallace will conduct the orientation, along with guest speaker Jessica Galvin, the library’s technology instructor.

The Oswego Public Library is one of more than 100 agencies and programs with whom RSVP partners to bring needed services and enhance quality of life for Oswego County residents.

The purpose of RSVP is to encourage older Americans and nonprofit agencies to mutually benefit from the experience of retirees.

Anyone who is retired or considering retirement and wonders, “What is there to do?” or feel that they want to give back may find this session beneficial, organizers said.

In addition to recruiting, placing and supporting volunteers, RSVP offers Mature Living, a bimonthly newsletter with information that is national and local in scope and interest to older Americans.

To sign up for this orientation session or to receive Mature Living, call the RSVP office at 312-2317 or email rsvp@oswego.edu.

RSVP has been serving Oswego County since 1973. In those nearly 40 years, the program has been at the cutting edge of the productive-aging movement, launching programs that answer critical needs and help strengthen Oswego County.

Those include Tax Aide, 6 Steps to Better Balance and Osteo Bone Builders, to name a few. By remaining responsive to emerging trends and using volunteers as a resource, RSVP seeks to cost effectively make a difference.

Nationally, RSVP, now part of a nationwide network of Senior Corps programs, is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Each of the 700-plus programs in the United States is sponsored by a nonprofit agency; in Oswego County, RSVP is sponsored by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.


Historic Oswego Speedway photos to be displayed at library

The attached photo of Bentley Warren was taken by Oswego Public Library Director Carol Ferlito. Bentley Warren won his first International Classic back in 1969.

In celebration of the upcoming Classic race at the Oswego Speedway, the Oswego Public Library will be displaying photos from past classics.

The public will have the opportunity to see black and white photos of the 1957 classic winner Jack Murphy, the 1958 winner Billy Blum, winners  Nolan Swift, Lee Bliss, Art Bennett and the more recent winners Mike Ordway, Doug Didero, Bentley Warren and Otto Sitterly to name just a few.

Included in the display are father/son racers, the Abold and Gioia families. Classic is not just about the racers; it also includes the safety crews and fans.

The collection is made possible through the efforts of photographers Don Kranz, Joe Oleyourrk, Ray Grela, Chris Burgess and Carol Ferlito.

The display will remain up until the end of August.

The biggest Supermodified race in the world, the International Classic 200, hits Oswego Speedway every Labor Day Weekend.

Bentley Warren won his first International Classic back in 1969 driving the famous Howard Purdy Deuce, but would ultimately leave Oswego Speedway for a number of years in pursuit of other racing interests including USAC and the Indianapolis 500.

However, Warren would return to Oswego in the early 1980s, winning a track championship in 1983 for Team Heveron before teaming up with Bowley in 1984.  The 1984 season proved to be a dominating one for Warren and the Bowley Flyin’ 5 team as Warren went on to win eight regular season feature events on his way to his second consecutive Oswego track title.

With Warren now a two-time track champion, the only thing remaining was a second International Classic crown.  Just as in the 1984 regular season, Warren would prove to be nearly as dominant in the 1984 International.

After qualifying fifth fastest behind Ed Bellinger Jr., Joe Gosek, Steve Gioia Jr., and Warren Coniam, Warren would eventually work his way to the point, fending off a hard charging Dave Shullick Sr. to collect his first Classic triumph in 15 years.

Shullick, Gioia, Jamie Moore, and Gosek would complete the Top 5 in 1984, but the stage was now set for what would turn out to be a fantastic stretch of years for Bowley and Warren.

The Oswego Public Library is located at 120 E. 2nd St. across from the County Courthouse.

Oswego Public Library to host money management and credit seminar

A free Credit Repair and Money Management Seminar will be held Tuesday, May 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Oswego Public Library, 120 East Second St.

The seminar teaches people how to create a positive credit rating from scratch, with simple methods, and how to keep good credit once established. Attendees will also learn how to clean up their credit file when they have a low credit score or a bad credit rating.

By taking the seminar, people will also gain valuable information about laws that change the credit reporting system and learn what their rights are in regard to credit reporting. Bad credit can prevent someonr not only from getting a loan, but also from getting a job.

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