Deadline June 20 to apply for health care scholarship

County residents pursuing a career in the health care field may be able to receive some extra financial aid courtesy of the Rural Health Network of Oswego County.

Program Coordinator Danielle Wert said the group will once again offer scholarships to Oswego County residents who are enrolled or have been accepted in to a university/college or recognized program and are pursuing a major in the health care field. Continue reading

Lake Ontario shipping subject of lecture

Pictured here is a photograph of the Oswego Harbor that shows some of the various ships that sailed through Lake Ontario in the 19th century.
Pictured here is a photograph of the Oswego Harbor that shows some of the various ships that sailed through Lake Ontario in the 19th century.

Submitted by Oswego County

The Oswego County Historical Society will host the third lecture of the 2014 series at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1 at the Richardson-Bates House Museum at 135 E. Third St., Oswego.

A program titled “O’Captain! My Captain!: Stories of Men and Ships” will be presented by Dr. Robert Perkins, author of the recently published book of the same name.

The event is free and open to the public. Continue reading

Another War of 1812 battle hit Oswego County 200 years ago tomorrow

A public reenactment of the cable carry will take place along the original route on June 6 and 7.  For more information contact Cablecarry1814@yahoo.com.  On Aug. 2, Rosemary Nesbitt’s “The Great Rope” play, based on her children’s book of the same name, and directed by Jonel Langenfeld-Rial, will be performed on the parade ground inside old Fort Ontario (fortontario.com).
A public reenactment of the cable carry will take place along the original route on June 6 and 7. For more information contact Cablecarry1814@yahoo.com. On Aug. 2, Rosemary Nesbitt’s “The Great Rope” play, based on her children’s book of the same name, and directed by Jonel Langenfeld-Rial, will be performed on the parade ground inside old Fort Ontario (fortontario.com).

By Paul Lear
Site manager

Fort Ontario State Historic Site

Following the British victory at Oswego on May 6, 1814, the Royal Navy fleet under Commodore James Yeo controlled Lake Ontario and blockaded Commodore Isaac Chauncey’s U.S. Navy fleet in Sackets Harbor, NY.  

Fortunately for the Americans, only a small amount of naval war materials was lost at Oswego. However, those cannon, ropes, rigging, munitions, and anchor cables sent upriver to safety before the Battle of Oswego, and more being transported along the Mohawk River-Oneida Lake-Oswego River route, were piling up at the Oswego Falls depot (Fulton).   Continue reading

Bundle of Bucks set for May 31

Now in its 10th year, the 2014 edition of St. Luke’s Bundle of Bucks Charity Raffle event promises to be the best yet!

Great prize giveaways, fun, food and fantastic live music by The Cortini Brothers featuring Anna-Marie White are all part of the excitement; including a drawing for 15 cash prizes totaling $25,000, with a top prize of $10,000 to a lucky winner.

The event is taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. this Saturday May 31 at the Elks Lodge in Oswego. Continue reading

Need help with house repairs? Let Oswego County know

Submitted by Oswego County

The Oswego Housing Development Council, located in Parish, and the County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning are looking for input from Oswego County residents who need assistance with housing repairs, septic system repairs, and other housing-related issues.

Input from local residents is needed in order to document the need for grant funds for Oswego County residents. Continue reading

Williamstown woman must make restitution in welfare fraud case

Kelly M. Hartz, 47,  of Williamstown,  was sentenced Wednesday in Oswego County Court to five years probation upon her conviction for offering a false instrument for filing, first degree, a felony.

At a prior court appearance April 2, Hartz admitted she provided a written instrument that contained a false statement or false information to the Oswego County Department of Social Services for the purpose of defrauding DSS.

Hartz was arrested by the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department on April 29, 2013, as a result of an investigation by the fraud unit within Oswego County DSS. Deputies charged her with grand larceny third degree,  welfare fraud third degree and offering a false instrument for filing first degree, all felonies.

Investigators alleged she failed to disclose information and thereby wrongfully obtained $9,597.18 in Medicaid benefits that she was not entitled to receive.

As part of her sentence, the Judge James Metcalf, Acting Oswego County Court Judge, ordered Hartz to pay $9,597.18 in restitution to Oswego County DSS during the next five years. If Hartz fails to pay back the restitution, or if she violates any other terms of probation, she faces up to 1-1/3 to 4 years in state prison.

District Attorney Gregory Oakes stated, “Over the past two years, my office has worked with DSS and the Sheriff’s Department to crack down on welfare fraud. Those who abuse and cheat the system need to be held accountable. Welfare fraud is theft, plain and simple, and my office will continue to prosecute those who steal from taxpayers.”

To report a suspected case of welfare or housing assistance fraud, contact the Oswego County Department of Social Services at 315-963-5281.

 

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