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

Friends of History to hold annual porch party June 6

The Friends of History in Fulton will be holding its annual porch party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 6 This event is open to the public with pay at the door. Entertainment will be provided by Rick Bush and refreshments will include a variety of finger foods, desserts and drinks. This years exhibit, “toys”, is wonderful and ready for all to see! Pictured from left to right sitting is board member Sue Ebert and event chairperson Cindy Bickford, standing is board member Karen Obrien and Executive Secretary Sue Lane.
The Friends of History in Fulton will be holding its annual porch party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 6. This event is open to the public with pay at the door. Entertainment will be provided by Rick Bush and refreshments will include a variety of finger foods, desserts and drinks. This years exhibit, “toys”, is wonderful and ready for all to see! Pictured from left to right sitting is board member Sue Ebert and event chairperson Cindy Bickford, standing is board member Karen Obrien and Executive Secretary Sue Lane.
Valley News photo by Kelly LaVea

AmeriCorps applications due now

Submitted by Oswego County

Oswego County AmeriCorps is accepting applications for summer positions. 

AmeriCorps is a national service program. Locally, Oswego County AmeriCorps members provide fitness and nutrition activities for youth as well as manage volunteers who work with youth.   

“Members learn valuable skills while receiving a living allowance and earning an education award,” said Kathy Andolina, Oswego County AmeriCorps program coordinator. 

Oswego County AmeriCorps is accepting applications for 300-hour summer positions. Applicants must be 17 years of age. There is no upper age limit. 

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED or be in the process of receiving one, and should have some experience working with youth. 

For a 300-hour summer AmeriCorps position, members receive a living allowance of $2,113. They also receive an education award of $1,175 at the end of their term of service. This can be used for tuition or student loans at qualified institutions.  Continue reading

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

By Julia Ludington

The student body here at G. Ray Bodley has thought up a creative addition to our busy mornings.

Students have collaborated on a project called “GRB News.” Each morning during Guided Study Hall, a video clip is shown featuring events going on at the high school, the weather, and sports among many other topics.

The students have done a great job so far, as last week was the first round of showings. GRB News also has its very own Twitter page with announcements, and can be found at @GRBNews. Check it out! Continue reading

View from the Assembly

By state Assemblyman Will Barclay

I receive a lot of questions about how schools are funded and how that money is spent. 

There is good reason for these questions because a lot of money is involved.  State aid to schools comprises $21.8 billion — roughly 24 percent — of our $92.3 billion state operating budget. 

In addition, it is estimated local school taxes raised about $20.3 billion in 2013. The New York state lottery also funds education and provided $3.04 billion in 2012, according to the latest data available. 

This amount represents all of the proceeds received by the lottery after paying prizes and administrative costs. Continue reading

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