Rotarians hear from business planner

Jeff Grimshaw, a former member of the Fulton Noon Rotary Club when he was director of the Fulton Family YMCA, was introduced by Rotarian Nancy Kush Ellis at a recent meeting. Grimshaw now is director of the SUNY Office of Business and Community Relations and has a staff of nine people who assist him in caring for the RSVP  program, Leadership Oswego County, Workforce Development and THRIVE. Grimshaw discussed the THRIVE program with the Rotarians. He said the present economic growth model of providing Payments in Lieu of Taxes to entice companies to come to an area is no longer working. He said “The Rain Forest,” by Hwang and Horowitt, outlines another concept of how communities can help themselves prosper and grow by using the resources available to them today. Grimshaw wants to hear from community members on “building a stronger community.” Go to oswego.edu/thrive and click on “Take our Rainforest Scorecard Survey.” The “Rain Forest” theory shows how any community in this country has the necessary business and industries active in their given area. Local businesses need to grow, create new products, hire new employees, remain part of their community and grow without excessive government help, according to the theory.
Jeff Grimshaw, a former member of the Fulton Noon Rotary Club when he was director of the Fulton Family YMCA, was introduced by Rotarian Nancy Kush Ellis at a recent meeting. Grimshaw now is director of the SUNY Office of Business and Community Relations and has a staff of nine people who assist him in caring for the RSVP program, Leadership Oswego County, Workforce Development and THRIVE. Grimshaw discussed the THRIVE program with the Rotarians. He said the present economic growth model of providing Payments in Lieu of Taxes to entice companies to come to an area is no longer working. He said “The Rain Forest,” by Hwang and Horowitt, outlines another concept of how communities can help themselves prosper and grow by using the resources available to them today. Grimshaw wants to hear from community members on “building a stronger community.” Go to oswego.edu/thrive and click on “Take our Rainforest Scorecard Survey.” The “Rain Forest” theory shows how any community in this country has the necessary business and industries active in their given area. Local businesses need to grow, create new products, hire new employees, remain part of their community and grow without excessive government help, according to the theory.

Hospital benefits from local quilts

Project Linus is a national organization that makes and distributes homemade blankets to children who have had a traumatic experience or illness. This year, a group including retired teachers from Hannibal, along with their friends and the Confirmation Class from Holy Trinity Church in Fulton, were able to complete more than 40 quilts over the course of two days. The quilts will be distributed in Oswego and Onondaga counties, with the majority going to Golisano Children’s Hospital. Shown left to right are: Jacob Bailey, Spencer Vono, Linda Farden, Veronica LaBarge, Karen Lupa, Karen Fadden, Jean Niver, Jeanette Peterson, Irene Caruana and Debbie Henderson.
Project Linus is a national organization that makes and distributes homemade blankets to children who have had a traumatic experience or illness. This year, a group including retired teachers from Hannibal, along with their friends and the Confirmation Class from Holy Trinity Church in Fulton, were able to complete more than 40 quilts over the course of two days. The quilts will be distributed in Oswego and Onondaga counties, with the majority going to Golisano Children’s Hospital. Shown left to right are: Jacob Bailey, Spencer Vono, Linda Farden, Veronica LaBarge, Karen Lupa, Karen Fadden, Jean Niver, Jeanette Peterson, Irene Caruana and Debbie Henderson.

Hodgepodge: Road trippin’ part two, a spot of tea, and squiggly lines

Trip Leftovers

When we left home for our trip to Virginia, we had a box of Hostas from our garden to take to son Craig.

Craig and Penny have many beautiful gardens all around their home in Roanoke, and have sent me home from past visits with many plants from their gardens.

When I gave the Hostas to Craig, he said he was going to share them with his friend, Byron (Bubba to me), for the gardens at his home.  Craig reminded me he is pretty sure that I have some beautiful orchid Irises from Bubba’s mother’s garden growing in my garden.

One last note: I’m not sure how some of those Hostas ended up in my garden in the first place. Is it possible that some of them came from Virginia? Continue reading

Students learn local government ropes

Erin Waloven, seventh-grader at Fulton Junior High, sitting in the desk of Oswego County Legislator Daniel Farfaglia, D-Fulton, during Government Day at the Oswego County Legislature.

Erin Waloven, seventh-grader at Fulton Junior High, sitting in the desk of Oswego County Legislator Daniel Farfaglia, D-Fulton, during Government Day at the Oswego County Legislature.

The Oswego County Legislature and the Volney Town Board hosted local seventh-graders during Government Day.

The day is celebrated each year to allow students the chance to see how real government bodies work.  Continue reading

Pulaski places 8th in state Envirothon

Students from Pulaski High, left to right, Jacqueline Novak, Ruthie van der Heide, Emma van der Heide, Randy Novak, and Hannah Greulich placed first at the Oswego County Envirothon, a hands-on environmental competition.
Students from Pulaski High, left to right, Jacqueline Novak, Ruthie van der Heide, Emma van der Heide, Randy Novak, and Hannah Greulich placed first at the Oswego County Envirothon, a hands-on environmental competition.

Local students spent a day identifying trees, birds, aquatic insects, soils, furbearers, and more during the 24th annual Oswego County Envirothon held May 1 at Jellystone Park in Mexico.

Team members from Pulaski High — Hanna Greulich, Jacqueline Novak, Randy Novak, Emma van der Heide, and Ruthie van der Heide — won the event. The Pulaski team is coached by Jamie Hefti. Continue reading

Bodley chorus performs in Boston

Members of the G. Ray Bodley chorus under the direction of Thomas Nami, and the G. Ray Bodley Orchestra, under the direction Anna Edele, traveled to Boston on the weekend of April 25-27 to perform and see some of the sights in Boston. Students are pictured after their performance at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, the same hospital where injured participants of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 were treated. During the course of three days, students visited the Boston Aquarium, Quincy Market, Hard Rock Café and went on a Duck Tour. Students also went to performances of the Blue Man Group and Shear Madness, in addition to participating in a cash hunt in and around the Boston area and visiting Fenway Park. Before returning to Fulton, students stopped at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.
Members of the G. Ray Bodley chorus under the direction of Thomas Nami, and the G. Ray Bodley Orchestra, under the direction Anna Edele, traveled to Boston on the weekend of April 25-27 to perform and see some of the sights in Boston. Students are pictured after their performance at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, the same hospital where injured participants of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 were treated. During the course of three days, students visited the Boston Aquarium, Quincy Market, Hard Rock Café and went on a Duck Tour. Students also went to performances of the Blue Man Group and Shear Madness, in addition to participating in a cash hunt in and around the Boston area and visiting Fenway Park. Before returning to Fulton, students stopped at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.

Journalist group seeks scholarship applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Muriel Allerton Scholarship Award given each year by the Professional Journalists and Communicators (PJC) of Oswego County. 

Graduating high school seniors throughout the county who are planning to continue their education in a communications-related field are invited to apply for the $500 prize. Continue reading

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