Area residents joined state Sen. Patricia Ritchie to “Fight the Bite” Saturday May 17 by disposing of more than 5,600 tires at free waste tire disposal events taking place throughout Oswego County.
The total is nearly three times more tires than were collected at similar events last year.
Studies have shown that one waste tire can act as breeding ground for one million mosquitoes, which carry deadly diseases like EEE and West Nile.
Saturday’s free disposal event marks the first of two being hosted by Ritchie and Oswego County. The second will take place June 14.
The free tire disposal events — which allow residents to drop off up to eight waste tires with the $5 fee being waived — are being made possible through $275,000 in the new state budget to support efforts to stop the spread of Eastern equine encephalitis, the mosquito-borne illness commonly known as EEE.
During a three-year period, $700,000 in additional state budget funds has been secured for EEE prevention.
“Oswego County is a hotbed for diseases like EEE, and I’m thrilled that so many people joined me Saturday and took a step to protect themselves and their loved ones from mosquitoes and the dangers that they present,” Ritchie said.
“Disposing of waste tires is just one way to reduce the risk of contracting mosquito borne illnesses. We need to remain vigilant as we fight the bite, and I encourage people to visit my website for tips on how to best protect themselves.”
In addition to the free tire disposal events, funding also will make possible a number of other initiatives, including programs to educate children and families about the dangers of EEE, a low-cost vaccination program for horses, which are particularly susceptible to EEE, funding for a new workgroup tasked with developing vaccines against diseases like EEE and additional mosquito-control efforts.
SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library will hold a book sale for the public from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 6, and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, on the library’s lower level.
The sale, in conjunction with the Reunion Weekend, will feature non-fiction and fiction books, including children’s books, in hardcover and paperback, as well as records, DVDs, CDs and magazines. In addition to used books and media at low prices, the sale also will feature special-priced items.
Short-term public parking is available for those attending the sale in the lot on the lakeshore north of the library, adjacent to Mary Walker Health Center.
A total of 18 students, representing six Oswego County school districts, recently graduated from Leadership Oswego County Youth, a program of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations. Continue reading →
ARISE has added services provided by a member of its staff who is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist.
James Karasek recently received the special designation. The CAPS designation includes demonstrating competence in the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to knowledge of home modifications for the aging-in-place. Continue reading →
The hallways in Hannibal’s Fairley Elementary School were transformed into a French art museum Tuesday, May 20 during a school-wide art show.
In the spirit of the Paris theme, students in Jeannette Gillett’s art classes created their own “Mona Lisa” masterpieces, miniature Eiffel towers and similar works. They used a variety of art mediums to make their projects, which were on display — along with a light-up Eiffel Tower creation — in the hallways near the art classroom.
“Every grade made something based on the French art theme,” Gillett said. “We learned about different French artists and the projects were inspired by artists like Kandinsky.”
Parents had a chance to view the work from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday in conjunction with the school book fair.
Dennis M. Kenney Middle School (KMS) in the Hannibal Central School District is filled with heroes, heroes that quite literally jumped at the opportunity to help others.
Over 50 middle school students along with their physical education teachers Penny Leonard and Dan Pawlewicz made a commitment to join the American Heart Association in its annual Jump Rope For Heart fundraising campaign. Continue reading →
Memorial Day was first celebrated in 1882, but did not become common until after World War I.
Prior to that time, the holiday was called Decoration Day and was to honor both the Union and Confederate soldiers that had fallen during the Civil War.
Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor those who have died in service to their country. It was originally celebrated on May 30, but in 1968, the Congress changed the date to the fourth Monday in May. Continue reading →