Oswego Health recognized its many dedicated volunteers and auxiliary members at a luncheon held during National Volunteer Week.
The health system is fortunate to have nearly 100 volunteers and auxiliary members who devote their time helping to ensure exceptional healthcare is available locally.
At the luncheon, the volunteers were given a small gift in appreciation of their service and Oswego Health President and Chief Executive Officer Ann C. Gilpin showed a video illustrating how completing a small task can lead to big things.
At the luncheon, several members were also recognized for their many years of service.
Residents interested in volunteering at Oswego Health can call Sarah Weigelt at 349-5788.
Students enrolled in the Oswego County BOCES Project Explore program recently concluded a 10-week tree-tapping venture that generated more than 1,000 gallons of maple syrup.
The project was spearheaded by teacher KC Jones and walked students through the entire syrup-making process – from finding suitable trees for tapping to bottling the finished product. The learning experience proved to be a sweet one for the students, who enjoyed the fruits of their labor during a pancake breakfast in mid-April.
“I was so surprised at how good it tasted,” said student Sam Hollis (Fulton) as he took a bite of a pancake saturated with maple syrup. “We worked on this for a while and it came out really good.”
Jones said Project Explore students will receive a bottle of maple syrup and additional bottles will be available for faculty and staff to purchase on campus.
Spring is here again and the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is gearing up for the start of the Springboard Mural Project.
Now in its sixth year, the mural organizing committee is seeking interested youth artists who would like to create a piece of public art in the city of Oswego.
The Youth Bureau will hold an informational meeting with young artists and their parents at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 in the Common Council Chambers of Oswego City Hall.
Youth ages 13 and older, and 8- to 12-year-olds (with parent attendance during painting) are welcome to participate.
The murals are located on West Linear Park near the Utica Street Bridge and are designed and created by local students.
“Last year 21 students completed over 30 murals along the river walk. We are hoping to expand that number this year and to complete even more murals,” said Dawn Metott, youth activities coordinator with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.
“The mural project is a youth-focused initiative, with the design concept and implementation being directed by local young people with the support of the Springboard Mural Committee,” she said.
The project was originally a city-sponsored community development plan to address graffiti issues.
“Many of the youth artists we have in the group come back year after year to participate,” Metott said. “They love helping out their community and seeing a piece of artwork they created in a public space to be enjoyed by everyone.”
“Instead of just covering up the graffiti, the community has come together and invested in something special that reflects the sense of community pride which has made this project successful.”
For additional information or to participate in the project, attend the May 6 meeting or contact Metott at the Youth Bureau, phone 349-3575 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information is posted on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SpringboardMuralProject.