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Oswego Squirt 1 forward Spencer Stepien (91) battles for the puck with Oswego Squirt 2 defenseman Joe DiBlasi as Marcus Baker looks on. Oswego Squirt 2 won the hometown Snowbelt matchup 6-5. Stepien had a hat trick in the game and Baker a goal and an assist.

Oswego teams battle in hometown rivalry contest

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Oswego Squirt 1 forward Spencer Stepien (91) battles for the puck with Oswego Squirt 2 defenseman Joe DiBlasi as Marcus Baker looks on. Oswego Squirt 2 won the hometown Snowbelt matchup 6-5. Stepien had a hat trick in the game and Baker a goal and an assist.

In a match-up of Oswego Squirts, the Oswego Squirt 2 hockey team scored with 4:56 remaining in the third period to defeat their hometown rival Oswego 1 team 6-5 in recent Snowbelt League action.

Spencer Stepien led all scorers with a hat trick for the Oswego 1 team while Lucas Cady paced the Oswego 2 squad with a goal and two assists.  Both Oswego teams jumped out early in the first period, scoring a combined five goals between them. Oswego 1 forward Aidan Taylor scored an unassisted goal at 9:46 of the first, just seconds before Aiden Caroccio and Jack Anzalone tallied their own goals off assists from Marcus Baker and Cady for Oswego 2.

Baker would follow with his own goal at the 4:00 mark, before Stepien notched the first of his three goals to make it 3-2 Oswego 2 after one period.

The Oswego 2 team would take a commanding 5-2 lead early in the second period, when Tommy Back scored on a breakaway, and then Jack Rice found the net, off passes from Cady and Anzalone. The Oswego 1 Bucs would not go quietly, however, scoring the next three goals of the game to tie it at 5-5. Stepien slid a backhand from behind the net past goalie Hunter Lawton and then scored again from just inside the blue line at 7:44 of the third.

Oswego 1 defenseman Tyler May would score later on a breakaway goal of his own to make it five goals apiece.  The tie would be short lived, however, as Oswego 2’s Cady rushed the puck up the ice at 4:56 of the final period, scoring the game-winner past Rando.

Success story: Oswego family lands new job in Pennsylvania

by Carol Thompson

Bob and Mary, the Oswego couple living off the equivalent of $30 a week in food stamps, won’t have presents under the Christmas tree next month.

They won’t even have a tree — but they have been blessed with the greatest gift of all.

“Bob got the job, he landed the job,” Mary said through tears Wednesday evening. “I can’t stop shaking. I’ve never felt so blessed.”

Bob traveled with a friend to Scranton, Pa. Nov. 13 to interview for a position as an IT director at a starting salary of $72,000 annually plus full benefits.

Late Wednesday afternoon, he received the call he had been praying for.

“We never expected it,” Mary said. “When Bob interviewed he was told they had already interviewed a dozen candidates and had a dozen more to do interview that week. It was very competitive and we figured they would hire someone from the area.”

The company will not only pay their moving expenses, but will assist with their housing expense for three months.

“One of my fears was that if Bob got the job we would have no money for moving and to pay a security deposit on an apartment,” Mary said. “We had made an agreement that if he got the job we would sell our wedding rings so that we could move. I don’t think we will have to do that now.”

Bob and Mary were the subjects of a Nov. 7 Valley News story and the outpouring of the community made it possible for the couple and their daughter to have a Thanksgiving dinner.

“We planned on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Thanksgiving dinner and we were able to buy a turkey and all the fixings,” Mary said. “We didn’t tell our story to get donations or sympathy. We told our story so that people would stop judging those using a food benefit card. We have so much to be thankful for and we feel truly blessed. Getting a new start on life and being able to have a Thanksgiving dinner because of your readers is the greatest gift we could ever ask for.”

Mary said she hoped the snide comment directed at her as she was cashing out her Thanksgiving meal purchases Wednesday evening was the last she would hear.

“I took my daughter shopping with me and she wanted a paper tablecloth with turkeys on it,” she said. “I’ve not been able to give her anything for over a year so I agreed. When I cashed out, I used my benefit card first and then handed the clerk cash. A man behind me said something about it being nice that I could afford the tablecloth and eat on his dime.”

Mary said her daughter immediately asked if she could still get the tablecloth.

“I was mortified that anyone would say something like that for a small child to hear,” she said. “I wanted to lash out at him but instead I told him may God bless him and may he never have to walk in my shoes.”

As she was wheeling her cart away, Mary heard the man tell the cashier that he couldn’t believe the things “people on welfare buy.” The cashier responded to him that she sees it all the time.

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Oswego receives no-interest loans for improvements

The City of Oswego recently received $7.96 million in short-term financing, including 4 million in no-interest loans, to improve sewer and stormwater collection in the city.

The financing was approved by the board of directors of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation.

The financing, bearing an average interest rate of 0.2 percent, will result in long-term savings of $3.8 million for Oswego.

The loans will be used for two wastewater projects: the repair of 50,000-feet of sewer pipes on the city’s west side and the installation of a chlorine disinfection system for occasional sewer and stormwater overflows into the Oswego River and the harbor.

“With financing from EFC, these projects will cost city taxpayers far less than it would have cost if the city had borrowed on its own,” said EFC President and CEO Matthew Driscoll. “The Environmental Facilities Corporation is the arm of New York State government that helps communities pay for major improvements to their wastewater systems — vital investments in protecting the environment, public health and providing greater opportunity for commercial and economic growth.”

by Andrew Henderson

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