Fort Ontario hosts exhibit on its Holocaust ‘Safe Haven’ history

Seventy years ago, Fort Ontario in Oswego opened its doors to refugees of the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. Nearly 1,000 people were welcomed and sheltered in the only site of its kind in the U.S. Representatives from the state Bureau of Historic Sites recently installed a new exhibit commemorating this unique heritage. As Paul Woitkoski and John Schultz set up the exhibition frame in the enlisted men’s barracks, Heidi Miksch (pictured) organized a display of artifacts that have been uncovered at the site. The exhibit, which will be on display until next year, also includes a touchscreen video feature. Fort Ontario State Historic Site will open for the season Wednesday, May 14 (today). For details, call 343-4711.  Photo by Kelly Jordal, Oswego County Tourism Office
Seventy years ago, Fort Ontario in Oswego opened its doors to refugees of the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. Nearly 1,000 people were welcomed and sheltered in the only site of its kind in the U.S. Representatives from the state Bureau of Historic Sites recently installed a new exhibit commemorating this unique heritage. As Paul Woitkoski and John Schultz set up the exhibition frame in the enlisted men’s barracks, Heidi Miksch (pictured) organized a display of artifacts that have been uncovered at the site. The exhibit, which will be on display until next year, also includes a touchscreen video feature. Fort Ontario State Historic Site will open for the season Wednesday, May 14 (today). For details, call 343-4711.

Photo by Kelly Jordal, Oswego County Tourism Office

Fairgrieve Elementary students honored

Fairgrieve Elementary Principal Jean Ciesla is pictured with students following a recent behavioral recognition ceremony. Pictured in back from left is Brian Clark, Annabelle Dickens, Marcus Doran and Caitlyn Warne. Middle row: Brandon Kingsley, Anthony Lucas, Jonah Abt, Abigail Price and Brandi Weindl. Front row: Hayden Carvey, Reese Pierce, Matthew Yawn, Mckenna Lawson, Alyssa Durval, Aidan Call, Annalee Mitchell and Brady Lacey.
Fairgrieve Elementary Principal Jean Ciesla is pictured with students following a recent behavioral recognition ceremony. Pictured in back from left is Brian Clark, Annabelle Dickens, Marcus Doran and Caitlyn Warne. Middle row: Brandon Kingsley, Anthony Lucas, Jonah Abt, Abigail Price and Brandi Weindl. Front row: Hayden Carvey, Reese Pierce, Matthew Yawn, Mckenna Lawson, Alyssa Durval, Aidan Call, Annalee Mitchell and Brady Lacey.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Fairgrieve Elementary School recognized students during a special morning express ceremony for modeling the district’s behavioral expectations for the month of April.

The Fulton City School District’s Behavioral Expectations are: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe and Be A Problem Solver. Continue reading

Work progresses on Broadway bridge

Work continues on the Broadway bridge in Fulton. Gene Cilento, of the state Department of Transportation in Syracuse, said the spring cold weather delayed the bridge deck concrete pour by about 2 1/2 weeks. It was completed this past Saturday night. Remaining major work items include closure pour (locks together the south portion of deck completed last year and the northern portion just completed on Saturday, Texas barrier on the north side of bridge (this decorative railing is already in place on the south side), bridge curb and sidewalks on both sides, granite curb and (concrete) sidewalks all four corners, bridge light poles and signal conduits, paving, removing two temporary walkways at bridge and cleaning drainage structures and setting new grates. The goal is to open the bridge by early or mid-August. The huge “major reahabilitation” of the bridge began in the summer of 2012.  Photo by Duane St. Onge
Work continues on the Broadway bridge in Fulton. Gene Cilento, of the state Department of Transportation in Syracuse, said the spring cold weather delayed the bridge deck concrete pour by about 2 1/2 weeks. It was completed this past Saturday night. Remaining major work items include closure pour (locks together the south portion of deck completed last year and the northern portion just completed on Saturday, Texas barrier on the north side of bridge (this decorative railing is already in place on the south side), bridge curb and sidewalks on both sides, granite curb and (concrete) sidewalks all four corners, bridge light poles and signal conduits, paving, removing two temporary walkways at bridge and cleaning drainage structures and setting new grates. The goal is to open the bridge by early or mid-August. The huge “major reahabilitation” of the bridge began in the summer of 2012.Photo by Duane St. Onge

Rotary hears from OCO

At a recent Sunrise Rotary Club meeting, Rotarian Diane Cooper-Currier gave an interactive presentation to help with the understanding of those living in poverty. More than 50 percent of those in Oswego County are low-income wage earners and most of these people are employed in service jobs such as fast food restaurants. Many low-income families make just enough so that they do not qualify for assistance. To see this complete presentation go to playspent.org. Pictured with Cooper-Currier is Club President Ed Garrow. The Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets at 7 a.m. every Friday at Fulton’s Riverside Inn.
At a recent Sunrise Rotary Club meeting, Rotarian Diane Cooper-Currier gave an interactive presentation to help with the understanding of those living in poverty. More than 50 percent of those in Oswego County are low-income wage earners and most of these people are employed in service jobs such as fast food restaurants. Many low-income families make just enough so that they do not qualify for assistance. To see this complete presentation go to playspent.org. Pictured with Cooper-Currier is Club President Ed Garrow. The Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets at 7 a.m. every Friday at Fulton’s Riverside Inn.

Child Advocacy Center welcomes new board members

Karrie Damm, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Oswego County (seated center), welcomed new members Jeremy Fadden of Pathfinder Bank (seated left) and Dena Martin of SUNY Upstate Medical University (seated right) to the CAC’s Board of Directors at the agency’s annual meeting. Standing from left are CAC board members Betty Fadden, president; John Zanewych of Big John Sales; and community members, Frances Lanigan and Mary Helen Park. Absent from the photo is incoming CAC Board of Directors member Suzanne Hoefer, senior caseworker with the Oswego County Department of Social Services.
Karrie Damm, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Oswego County (seated center), welcomed new members Jeremy Fadden of Pathfinder Bank (seated left) and Dena Martin of SUNY Upstate Medical University (seated right) to the CAC’s Board of Directors at the agency’s annual meeting. Standing from left are CAC board members Betty Fadden, president; John Zanewych of Big John Sales; and community members, Frances Lanigan and Mary Helen Park. Absent from the photo is incoming CAC Board of Directors member Suzanne Hoefer, senior caseworker with the Oswego County Department of Social Services.

Karrie Damm, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County (CAC), recently welcomed Jeremy Fadden, Dena Martin and Suzanne Hoefer as new members to the agency’s board of directors. Continue reading

SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek is the summer place to be

Some of the natural beauty Rice Creek reflects in the windows at the site's main building.
Some of the natural beauty at Rice Creek reflects in the windows at the site’s main building.

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Summer at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station will bring many different ways for people to get out and enjoy nature.

There will be naturalist-guided walks on many Saturdays and self-guided tours of the 7,640-square-foot, energy-efficient new headquarters six days a week.

For children and teens, a return of two weeklong Exploring Nature sessions and the new Conservation Field Studies program.

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Transfer station issue heats up in Oswego County

By Debra J. Groom

Oswego County residents have been calling their county legislators in the last week since they discovered the county is looking at the possibility of closing four of five transfer stations at the end of 2015.

Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner, R-New Haven, said some people are misinformed on what the legislature is actually doing. Continue reading

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