What do the restructuring board recommendations mean for Fulton?

By Ashley M. Casey

The New York state Fiscal Restructuring Board on June 30 released its suggestions on how to get the city of Fulton out of fiscal stress.

The city is eligible for as much as $400,000 in state grants if it meets the board’s conditions, but Mayor Ron Woodward said some of the recommendations aren’t feasible for Fulton.

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BOCES students learn fine art of vehicle extrication

During a vehicle extrication exercise at Oswego County BOCES, Public Safety and Justice students Aaron Davis (left) and James Peet use hydraulic equipment to cut the car’s steel frame.
During a vehicle extrication exercise at Oswego County BOCES, Public Safety and Justice students Aaron Davis (left) and James Peet use hydraulic equipment to cut the car’s steel frame.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Students enrolled in the Public Safety and Justice program at Oswego County BOCES received a hands-on lesson recently as they performed a vehicle extrication in the parking lot on campus. Continue reading

Strong winds, storms beat through Oswego County

The screen at the Midway Drive-In took a beating during the storm July 8.
The screen at the Midway Drive-In took a beating during the storm July 8.
Trees down in a front yard on Route 48 near Minetto. Both photos by Rick Grosvent of Fulton.
Trees down in a front yard on Route 48 near Minetto. Both photos by Rick Grosvent of Fulton.

By Ashley M. Casey

A severe storm Tuesday evening caused power outages and damages throughout Oswego County, including the destruction of the projection screen at the Midway Drive-In Theatre in Minetto.

National Grid estimated nearly 10,000 people lost power in Oswego County Tuesday night. As of Wednesday morning, almost 7,000 people were still waiting for their electricity to come back on. Volney customers were hit the hardest with 1,568 still without power Wednesday.

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Head Start seeks more pre-K participants

Gavin Lando reads a book with his father Chas at the Phoenix Head Start.  Provided through OCO, the Head Start Pre-K Program is available in all nine Oswego County school districts and provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to children and their families. For more information on the Head Start Pre-K Program or for an application for the 2014-2015 school year contact OCO at -598-4711,
Gavin Lando reads a book with his father Chas at the Phoenix Head Start. Provided through OCO, the Head Start Pre-K Program is available in all nine Oswego County school districts and provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to children and their families. For more information on the Head Start Pre-K Program or for an application for the 2014-2015 school year contact OCO at -598-4711,

The Oswego County Head Start Pre-K program has been successfully preparing children for kindergarten since 1972.

Parents throughout Oswego County have discovered the benefits afforded children participating in the Oswego County Head Start Pre-K Program.

Enrollment is going on now for people who want their children to experience the Head Start program for the 2014-15 school year.

A program of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO), Head Start has seven locations that serve children in all nine Oswego County School Districts.

The program, which enrolls three- and four-year-old children, is provided at no cost to eligible families and is accepting applications.

Beth Kazel, director of education services, said the Head Start Pre-K program is focused on school readiness.

“Using a research based curriculum, our early education teachers use a variety of hands-on learning experiences that include the concepts of math, science, and literacy, combined with active play and nutritious snacks that assist children in developing academically, socially, and emotionally,” said Kazel.

Recognizing that parents are a child’s first and primary teacher, Head Start encourage parents to be involved in all areas of their children’s education.  The program offers parents the opportunity to share in the Head Start experience.

Through volunteering, being involved on parent committees, and participating in education workshops parents are engaged in their children’s education.

“Reliable studies have found positive long-term effects with lower rates of grade repetition and special education placement, as well as increased high school graduation rates for Head Start graduates,” Kazel said.

“Additionally, Head Start children are significantly more likely to attend college than their siblings who did not attend Head Start. I encourage parents seeking a quality pre-kindergarten program for their three- or four-year-old children to discover the benefits of the Head Start Pre-K program.”

For more information about Head Start or to apply for the 2014-15 school year, visit the OCO website at www.oco.org/education or call 598-4711 or (800) 359-1171 to schedule an appointment.

 

Physician assistant Downey joins Oswego Health cardiology practice

Downey
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Physician Assistant David Downey Jr., has joined the practice of Oswego Health Cardiologist Dr. Thomas Grady Jr.

Downey earned his physician assistant degree from Daemen College, located in Amherst, NY, and has been employed by the health system for most of his career.

“This new position offers new challenges and I like my interaction with patients and that I can focus on both patient care and education,” Downey said.  Continue reading

Trexler new Oswego Rotary president

Immediate Past President of the Oswego Rotary Club Sue Witmer, right, passed the gavel to incoming President Melanie Trexler at the club’s annual Changing of the Guard ceremony recently.  The annual Changing of the Guard ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of the outgoing officers and board members and welcomes the new slate of officers, board members and recognized honorary rotarians. Trexler is executive director of the United Way of Oswego County. Trexler also recently presented her goals and club plan for the fiscal year which include increasing membership, local volunteerism, collecting school supplies for the annual Stuff-a-Bus campaign, Thesauruses distribution to fourth-graders in the Oswego City School District and sponsoring scholarships at Oswego High School.  The Rotary International theme for the 2014/2015 fiscal year is ‘Light up Rotary’ and Trexler hopes to light up our community with joint partnerships and initiatives.
Immediate Past President of the Oswego Rotary Club Sue Witmer, right, passed the gavel to incoming President Melanie Trexler at the club’s annual Changing of the Guard ceremony recently. The annual Changing of the Guard ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of the outgoing officers and board members and welcomes the new slate of officers, board members and recognized honorary rotarians. Trexler is executive director of the United Way of Oswego County. Trexler also recently presented her goals and club plan for the fiscal year which include increasing membership, local volunteerism, collecting school supplies for the annual Stuff-a-Bus campaign, Thesauruses distribution to fourth-graders in the Oswego City School District and sponsoring scholarships at Oswego High School. The Rotary International theme for the 2014/2015 fiscal year is ‘Light up Rotary’ and Trexler hopes to light up our community with joint partnerships and initiatives.

Oswego Health readies Harborfest fun, learning

Oswego Health continues its longstanding tradition of sponsoring the Harborfest Children’s Parade, which begins at 1:30 Friday, July 25th at Breitbeck Park and ends at Franklin Square. Following the parade, the health system will offer fun children’s activities at the park. Pictured are youngsters having fun using the putting green last year.
Oswego Health continues its longstanding tradition of sponsoring the Harborfest Children’s Parade, which begins at 1:30 Friday, July 25th at Breitbeck Park and ends at Franklin Square. Following the parade, the health system will offer fun children’s activities at the park. Pictured are youngsters having fun using the putting green last year.

Oswego Health will once again lead off Harborfest’s Children Parade and offer an afternoon of fun activities for children at Franklin Square Friday, July 25. Continue reading

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