Harborfest seeks volunteers

Harborfest is seeking volunteers for the July festival.

Each year, more than 400 volunteers are needed to put on the four-day, admission free festival. There are a variety of positions available, from trolley hosts to children’s activities assistants to merchandise assistants — there is something for everyone.

“Harborfest is a great opportunity to give back to the community by giving your time,” said Marta Santiago, a member of the Harborfest board of directors.

The festival is also looking for new park managers. If you would like to be a park manager, please indicate so on your volunteer application. There will be a screening and interview process conducted for all those interested.

Previous volunteers will be receiving applications in the mail within the next week.

If you have not volunteered before, applications are available on the Harborfest website, www.oswegoharborfest.com, or by stopping in the Harborfest offices in the McCrobie Building at 41 Lake St., Oswego.

For more information, call the Harborfest Volunteer Office at 343-3733, or email questions to volunteer@oswegoharborfest.com.

Fulton’s Senior Dining Center menu for week of June 2

Here is the menu for the week of June 2 for the Fulton Senior Dining and Activity Center:

  • Monday, June 2 — Chicken breast with roasted potatoes and blended vegetables
  • Tuesday, June 3 — Swedish meatballs with egg noodles and peas and carrots
  • Wednesday, June 4 — Baked ham with pineapple and scalloped potatoes along with spinach
  • Thursday, June 5 — Protein salad or protein along with seasonal salad
  • Friday, June 6 — Hamburger with garlic red potatoes and vegetables

All meals include milk and dessert. Lunch is served at noon. Activity is daily at 11 a.m.

For reservations, call Eileen at 592-3408 at least 24 hours in advance.

June class will focus on training concerning senior falls

A class is coming up in June for volunteers and professionals who would like to provide instruction for a Better Balance exercise regimen.

The “Train the Teacher” event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 in the SUNY Oswego Campus Center.

The Rural Health Network of Oswego County recently established the Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition to deal with the problem faced by the frail elderly concerning falls.

The coalition serves as a valuable resource for older adults and caregivers as it helps them identify ways to prevent falls and identify hazards that could cause a fall.

The six-week 6 Steps to Better Balance course engages seniors with activities to improve their balance and teaches them various ways they can prevent or lessen the impact of falling.

Dr. Betty Perkins-Carpenter, a nationally renowned expert on fall prevention who has made a lifelong career of teaching people to be physically fit, safe, and secure in their daily living activities, will conduct the training for the volunteers.

Perkins-Carpenter will teach health care professionals, adult caregivers and interested older adults, her 6 Steps to Balance System and subsequently how to train older adults.

The 6 Steps to Better Balance System philosophy is based on the simple but profound belief that “fear of falling” is a major factor contributing to falling-a self-fulfilling fear. The system focuses on helping older adults to maintain and reclaim their balance through a series of activities that are fun and easy to do, give hope and motivate, and are designed to reduce falls and the fear of falling.

Participants in this “Train the Teacher” course, will learn how to teach the 6 Steps to Better Balance System by learning each of the six steps and associated activities: Stretching in Bed Exercises, Balance Exercises, Ball Handling Exercises, Walking while talking on the Phone (indoors) Exercises, The Slump, and Dancing with a Pillow. Once trained, practicum sessions will follow and help offered when and where needed.

Pre-requisite for the training is a background in physical education, or experience with senior fitness and exercise.  Class size is limited and the deadline for registration is Friday, May 30.

For more information or to register to attend the 6 Steps to Better Balance Train-The Teacher event, professionals should contact Danielle Wert at 592-0827 or via e-mail at dwert@oco.org.

Volunteers should contact the RSVP office at 312-2317 or via e-mail at rsvp@oswego.edu.

RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National & Community Service and is locally sponsored by SUNY Oswego and The United Way.  RSVP enables people 55 and older to remain productive and to “help themselves by helping others.”

We’re giving away tickets to ‘Stomp Out Stigma’

Free Prize Giveaway

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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host a fun fundraiser event at the American Foundry in Oswego on May 31 at 6 p.m.

Send us your favorite inspirational quote that you think of when times are hard for a chance to win two free tickets to this fun night of dancing and live music. And there will be a live auction featuring two second row tickets to the Brad Paisley concert this summer at the New York State Fair. Comment on this post, on The Valley News’ Facebook page, or on Today’s CNY Woman’s Facebook page with your quote and we’ll choose a winner.

Go online to sign petition about UTVs

State Sen. Patricia Ritchie, R-Oswegatchie, is urging sportsmen, seniors and every New Yorker who enjoys the great outdoors to sign her online petition to allow side-by-side UTVs to be legally registered in the state.

The petition can be found at www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.

More than 2,000 members of the public — from across New York state and as far away as Tennessee, Florida and California — have already signed the petition calling on the Assembly to pass Ritchie’s bill (S.1946).

Most signers indicated that they were ATV owners.

Ritchie’s bill cleared a key legislative hurdle Tuesday when it was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. The full Senate is expected to act on the bill in the next few weeks.

New York is the only state in the nation that does not allow UTVs to be legally registered and, while the Senate has approved Ritchie’s bill each year for the past three years, the Assembly has failed to act even once.

“Side-by-sides, or UTVs, are increasingly popular among seniors, families and outdoor enthusiasts, and prohibiting their use is hurting our tourism industry, cheating us of an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, and depriving state and local governments of millions of dollars in registration and tax revenues,” Ritchie said.

“I’ve heard from thousands of outdoors enthusiasts who are travelling outside the state to get around New York’s outdated rules,” she said.

“I’m pleased that the Transportation Committee has shown its support for this measure and am hopeful that the Assembly will act on this common-sense reform,” Ritchie said.

State law allows only ATVs up to 1,000 pounds to be registered for use in New York. That limit excludes virtually all side-by-side models, which have become increasingly popular especially among families and seniors.

Dealers in other states say the side-by-side models now account for more than 40 percent of sales — meaning the state is losing out on significant registration revenue, taxes from the sales of these vehicles, and hundreds of millions of dollars in increased tourism spending by UTV enthusiasts.


Learn to make summer bag at Lakeside Artisans class

Make a fashionable spring/summer bag in a class offered from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Monday June 2 at Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Owego.

Instructor Kathy Fenlon will guide students in selecting fabric to design their own unique bag. There is a limit of four students per class. 

Students will select from a variety of gorgeous fabric and make the bag in class. The bag includes an easy way to install a zipper. These bags make great gifts! 

Students may bring their own portable sewing machine if they have one. A machine will be provided for students who do not have one to bring. General knowledge of operating a sewing machine is helpful — the sewing is easy and basic.

To register for the class, or for more information, call 342-8880 or email lakesideartisans@gmail.com. 

The class fee of $45 includes all supplies to make the bag and a non-refundable registration fee of $10 per participant. Registration for the class may be done in person at Lakeside Artisans or mailed to Lakeside Artisans at 191 W. First St., Oswego, NY 13126.

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