Native American author Joseph Bruchac visits Lanigan students

Author Joseph Bruchac and his son Jesse visited Lanigan Elementary School on May 7. Pictured in back from left are Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers, Jesse Bruchac and Joseph Bruchac. In front are students Emma Green, Tanner Tetro, Olivia Saunderson and Tyler LaDue.
Author Joseph Bruchac and his son Jesse visited Lanigan Elementary School on May 7. Pictured in back from left are Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers, Jesse Bruchac and Joseph Bruchac. In front are students Emma Green, Tanner Tetro, Olivia Saunderson and Tyler LaDue.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Lanigan Elementary warmly welcomed author Joseph Bruchac during a recent visit.

Students in fourth grade read several of Bruchac’s books in anticipation of his appearance, and also created posters on those books to decorate the library’s hallway. Continue reading

World Book Night spreads love of reading

Bill Reilly, river’s end bookstore owner Meg Henderson, Literacy Volunteers Coordinator Beth Kazel and Mindy Reilly are pictured at the river’s end bookstore during the book distribution on April 16.
Bill Reilly, river’s end bookstore owner Meg Henderson, Literacy Volunteers Coordinator Beth Kazel and Mindy Reilly are pictured at the river’s end bookstore during the book distribution on April 16.

Oswego County Opportunities’ Education Services programs participated in the third World Book Night U.S. on April 23.

The event is held to help spread the love of reading. World Book Night promotes reading by providing free books to light or non-readers.   Continue reading

Volney town clerk receives award

Volney Town Clerk Barbara MacEwen and April Scheffler, director of Distirct 5 for the Clerk of the Year Committee, pose with the plaque MacEwen received for being named District 5 Town Clerk of the Year by the state Town Clerks Association. Town officials surprised her with a ceremony on her achievement before the May 8 town board meeting.
Volney Town Clerk Barbara MacEwen and April Scheffler, director of Distirct 5 for the Clerk of the Year Committee, pose with the plaque MacEwen received for being named District 5 Town Clerk of the Year by the state Town Clerks Association. Town officials surprised her with a ceremony on her achievement before the May 8 town board meeting.

By Debra J. Groom

Volney Town Clerk Barbara MacEwen recently was named Town Clerk of the Year for District 5 of the Nw York State Town Clerk Association. Continue reading

Michaud thanks volunteers during Nursing Home Week

Michaud Residential Health Services says “Mahalo” to their dedicated volunteers. “Mahalo”, which means “thank you” in Hawaiian, was shared with all the volunteers of Michaud at a recent luncheon in their honor. Pictured is Julianne Wrolstad, owner of the Hula Hut Polynesian Dance in Ithaca, who performed authentic Hawaiian-style hula dances, lending the “Luau-themed” event a tropical feel. The appreciation luncheon was part National Nursing Home Week celebrations by the healthcare provider.
Michaud Residential Health Services says “Mahalo” to their dedicated volunteers. “Mahalo”, which means “thank you” in Hawaiian, was shared with all the volunteers of Michaud at a recent luncheon in their honor. Pictured is Julianne Wrolstad, owner of the Hula Hut Polynesian Dance in Ithaca, who performed authentic Hawaiian-style hula dances, lending the “Luau-themed” event a tropical feel. The appreciation luncheon was part National Nursing Home Week celebrations by the healthcare provider.

Michaud Residential Health Services said “Mahalo” (thank you in Hawaiian) to its dedicated volunteers as part of National Nursing Home Week celebrations by hosting a tropical “Luau-themed” luncheon in their honor.

The “Luau” inspired event included a menu taken straight from the South Seas, and special guest Julianne Wrolstad, owner of the Hula Hut Polynesian Dance in Ithaca, who entertained those attending by demonstrating authentic Hawaiian-style hula dances. Continue reading

Oswego County unemployment rate falls

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By Debra J. Groom

Oswego County finally posted an unemployment rate in single digits during the month of April.

The county’s jobless rate for April came in at 7.6 percent, a marked improvement over the 10 percent from February.

Still, Oswego County has one of the highest rates in the state. Only the Bronx at 10.3 percent, Essex at 8.2, Hamilton at 8.8, Jefferson at 8.2, Lewis at 8.7 and St. Lawrence at 7.7 have rate higher than Oswego’s. Continue reading

It’s going to be a ‘sweet’ summer in Fulton

Once Sweets is open for the season in a couple of weeks, Cruise Nights will continue on Saturdays. Valley News photo by Ashley M. Casey
Once Sweets is open for the season in a couple of weeks, Cruise Nights will continue on Saturdays.
Valley News photo by Ashley M. Casey

By Ashley M. Casey

Rev up your classic car and get ready for some ice cream — Sweet Inspirations Drive-In is under new ownership.

After spending nearly four years on the market, the Fulton fixture has been purchased by Kevin Niver Sr. His children, Kevin Niver Jr. and Kaitlyn Niver, will help manage the drive-in. The deal closed May 14.

“It’s a Fulton landmark. He didn’t want to see it gone,” Kevin Jr. said of his father’s decision to purchase Sweets, as it’s affectionately nicknamed, from the Freeman family. Continue reading

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