Houses being spruced up all over Oswego

Resident Leader Tanya Miller (left) and homeowner Patti Domicolo, (right) install their Oswego Renaissance Association Challenge Block Grant Sign at the gateway to their West Fourth Street neighborhood.
Resident Leader Tanya Miller (left) and homeowner Patti Domicolo, (right) install their Oswego Renaissance Association Challenge Block Grant Sign at the gateway to their West Fourth Street neighborhood.

If you drive around Oswego you will see large signs popping up in 13 different  neighborhoods that competed successfully for  the 2014 Oswego Renaissance Association’s (ORA) Block Challenge Grants.

More than $104,000 was awarded to 121 homes that made the final cut after an initial 200 homes started the application process.

One of the requirements was at least five homes in an applicant’s immediate area had to participate.

The Challenge Block Grant is a matching grant for exterior improvements for each participating home, up to the first $1,000.

This is a different approach to neighborhood revitalization; a middle-market approach that builds on neighborhood strengths by building from stronger areas and expanding outwards.

Requiring a critical mass of homes in an immediate area creates “clusters” of revitalization which affects the entire area.

The Oswego Renaissance Association is privately funded by local foundations and businesses including The Shineman Foundation, Pathfinder Bank, Novelis, and with in-kind support from the city of Oswego, Step One Creative, the Oswego Tree Stewards, The Beacon Hotel and Broadwell Hospitality Group.

“People have commented they see more ladders and hear more saws than in previous summers,” explains Paul Stewart, ORA founder and director.

“Financial investment is preceded by social investment. The matching grants are also a means to get neighbors to engage neighbors and begin to restoring their blocks together – as a neighborhood,” Stewart said. “When each neighbor sees other neighbors joining in, it grows confidence and begins to unlock financial investment.”

For information on applying for the association’s 2015 Challenge Block Grants visit its website at; www.oswegonyonline.com.

Friday Night Lights wrestling July 18 in Fulton

On Friday July 18, Fulton’s Athletic Complex will be transformed into a wrestling venue for the “4th Annual Friday Night Lights Wrestling Festival”. More than 300 wrestlers from all over New York state and beyond have participated in the annual event. Peewee wrestlers will compete first at 6 p.m. and wrestling will run continuously finishing with college wrestlers in the open division. Wrestlers will range in age from 5 years old up to adults. Shown here is a view from last year’s wrestling event.
On Friday July 18, Fulton’s Athletic Complex will be transformed into a wrestling venue for the “4th Annual Friday Night Lights Wrestling Festival”. More than 300 wrestlers from all over New York state and beyond have participated in the annual event. Peewee wrestlers will compete first at 6 p.m. and wrestling will run continuously finishing with college wrestlers in the open division. Wrestlers will range in age from 5 years old up to adults. Shown here is a view from last year’s wrestling event.

Railroad museum features Freedom Train

Open noon to 5 p.m. every weekend until Labor Day, the Oswego Railroad Museum will  feature the exhibit “America’s Freedom Train” July 19 and 20. The museum is located at the corner of West First and Lake streets, near the harbor, in Oswego.
Open noon to 5 p.m. every weekend until Labor Day, the Oswego Railroad Museum will feature the exhibit “America’s Freedom Train” July 19 and 20. The museum is located at the corner of West First and Lake streets, near the harbor, in Oswego.

The Oswego Valley Railroad Museum, located on the corner of West First and Lake streets near the harbor, is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. every weekend until Labor Day. Continue reading

Porky and Buddy: How do I ditch this poison ivy itch?

Dear Porky and Buddy,

I can’t go through my woods without gallons of Roundup because they are so infested with poison ivy and I am highly allergic.  

If I even look at it I seem to get it, but my dogs run around in the woods all the time. It doesn’t seem to bother them at all.  

Should I be worried?

Linda

P.S.  I’m just kidding about the gallons of Roundup. It’s only a few quarts.

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Fulton woman receives presidential proclamation for first responders

Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr., left, and Beverly Belton pose with the proclamation honoring first responders sent from and signed by President Barack Obama.
Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr., left, and Beverly Belton pose with the proclamation honoring first responders sent from and signed by President Barack Obama.

By Debra J. Groom

Beverly Belton was a bit curious when a postal service worker came to her door a week ago.

“He handed me an envelope and on the front it said ‘The White House,’” Belton said. I stumbled, I was shaking. I couldn’t get it open. I said, oh my God, oh my God.”

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