Cub Pack runs Pinewood Derby

Members of Cub Pack 809 pose with Oswego Speedway superstars. Back Row: Debbie Bond, Anthony “The Hawk” Losurdo, Steven Gioia III,  Danny Kapuscinski, Patrick Furlong, Brent Moody; Next row: Devin Enos, Kolbi Schute, Zach Kinney, Xander Strong, Rhiley Castaldo; Next row: Ayden Santiago, Freddy Pagan, Sage Moody, Preston Wilkinson, Corbin Hare; Next row: Max Steiger, Anthony Hillard, Cayden France, Hayden Castaldo
Members of Cub Pack 809 pose with Oswego Speedway superstars. Back Row: Debbie Bond, Anthony “The Hawk” Losurdo, Steven Gioia III, Danny Kapuscinski, Patrick Furlong, Brent Moody; Next row: Devin Enos, Kolbi Schute, Zach Kinney, Xander Strong, Rhiley Castaldo; Next row: Ayden Santiago, Freddy Pagan, Sage Moody, Preston Wilkinson, Corbin Hare; Next row: Max Steiger, Anthony Hillard, Cayden France, Hayden Castaldo.

Cub Pack 809 held its Pinewood Derby March 15 at Premier Living Suites in Oswego.

Along with the excitement of racing, the boys also got a visit from Oswego Speedway superstars: Anthony “The Hawk” Losurdo, Stephen Gioia III, Camden Proud, Mike Bruce and Rob Pullen. The drivers also provided the countdown to start the racing!

The Oswego Speedway donated racing simulators for use after racing was done.

Along with first-, second- and third-place awards, certificates were handed out for most creative, awarded to a car based on a cruise ship, most colorful for a car covered with glitter, best video gamed themed for a car with Legos and best Cub Scout themed.

This pack meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School to learn about core values and character development through fun activities, games, crafts and field trips.

They learn about cooperation, respect, citizenship and positive attitude while abiding by the founders view that “Cub Scouts is a Game with a Purpose.”

Past events have included, bowling, camping at Jellystone, and an overnight at Midway Drive in theatre, an overnight at the MOST, roller skating and numerous camp outs.

Anyone interested in joining Cub Scout Pack 809 or volunteering, call Carrie Kinney, pack committee chair, at 297-3571.

SUNY Oswego students invited to enter War of 1812 writing contest

SUNY Oswego students are invited to participate in the War of 1812 research paper competition in conjunction with the fourth annual Oswego War of 1812 Symposium Friday, April 4 to Sunday, April 6.

The symposium will be held at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, 26 E. First St., Oswego.

The contest involves SUNY Oswego students writing and presenting their findings on any aspect of the War of 1812. All SUNY Oswego students are welcome to participate.

Students interested in competing must follow the requirements for the contest. The topic of the paper must be on some aspect of the War of 1812. There is no length requirement for the papers, but they must be able to be presented for at least 10 minutes.

All papers must be submitted by Monday, March 24 and several papers will be chosen to be presented Friday evening, April 4 at the symposium. Students whose papers are chosen to be presented at the symposium will have the chance to win up to $150.

SUNY Oswego students who register with Richard Weyhing of the History Department a week prior, will have the registration fee covered to the symposium.

Richard Weyhing, an assistant professor of history at SUNY Oswego, is coordinating the contest with SUNY Oswego students.

“This is going to be a great event that brings together SUNY Oswego students, the local community, and a slate of outside scholars to explore Oswego’s and New York’s place within the broader history of the War of 1812,” he said.

For more information regarding the contest or to submit your paper, please contact Weyhing at Richard.weyhing@oswego.edu.

Oswego police make drug arrests

The Oswego police made a number of drug arrests this week.

On Monday March 17, investigators stopped a white Honda Civic on East Fourth St. just north of East Bridge Street. The vehicle was stopped as a result of an investigation into illegal heroin possession and sales occurring within the City of Oswego.

The three adult occupants of the vehicle were detained. A three-year-old child also was in the vehicle. The search of the vehicle and suspects resulted in the seizure of 76 bags of heroin and one hypodermic needle.

The following were arrested:

• Robert L. Bort, 22, and Danielle M. Boeglin, 22, both of 105 E. Fourth St., Apt #2, Oswego, criminal possession of a controlled substance third degree with intent to sell, a felony, and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.

• Alissa L. Miller, 25, of 105 E. Fourth St., Apt. # 2, Oswego, criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh degree, a misdemeanor.

Oswego City Police are asking anyone with information regarding this or any other illegal drug activity to contact them at 342-2283. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oswego City Police Departments tip-line at 342-8131, or email crimewatch@oswegony.org

Also, as a result of the continued investigation of a methamphetamine lab in early March, another person has been charged by Oswego police.

• On Wednesday March 12, Kerriann M. Johnson, 23, of 1 E. Seventh St., Oswego was arrested and charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, a felony.

Johnson was arraigned in Oswego City Court and released. She reports back to city court April 15.

• On Monday March 17, Dale K. Butler Jr, 32, and Kally L. Carr, 29, both of 212 Syracuse Ave. Oswego were arrested and charged with one count each of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, a felony.

Butler and Carr were both arraigned in Oswego City Court. Carr was released with a return court date of April 17 while Butler was sent to Oswego County jail with no bail. He has a return court date of March 25.

Police say on March 4, Johnson, Butler and Carr along with Ronald Recore possessed ingredients and components used to manufacture methamphetamine with the intent to do so.

Recore, of Fulton, was arrested and charged previously.

Rice Creek offers spring programs

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station has unveiled its spring lineup of free nature education programs on Saturdays.

Rice Creek Rambles beckon the public to the field station’s 400 acres of mixed terrain for guided walks at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5 and May 10.

“Spring Awakenings” on April 5 will give walkers a chance to observe new appearances in the forests, fields and wetlands as seasons change. “Birds, Bugs and Blooms” will await walkers on May 10.

Call 312-6677 to check trail conditions on the morning of each hike.

The ways of wildlife will engage children at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26 and May 31, for Rice Creek Story Hour.

“Rainbow Crow” on April 26 will relate the Lenape legend with beautiful illustrations and a lesson of service to others. On May 31, “The Salamander Room” will capture young imaginations while demonstrating what living things need to survive.

The field station will feature Sharing Science at 11 a.m. Saturdays April 12, May 3 and May 17.

“Composting Fundamentals” will help attendees sort out whether they need a bin, a pile or a tumbler to put such things as kitchen scraps and yard waste to good use in a healthy compost pile. Visitors can hear about Rice Creek’s three-bin system and share their own composting tips.

On May 3, the family-oriented “Wildlife Games and Activities” will present a fun-filled session featuring hands-on activities from Project Wild and other sources that simulate key natural concepts and stewardship of resources.

The May 17 “Rain Gardens” presentation will cover this new edition at Rice Creek and the many functions such gardens serve.

Since program size is limited, the field station is unable to accommodate groups. An adult needs to accompany children.

Visitors may tour the new headquarters of Rice Creek — the 7,200-square-foot, energy-efficient field station — during building hours, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Trails are open for hiking during daylight hours at Rice Creek Field Station; the entrance is on Thompson Road about a mile south of State Route 104.

For information, visit oswego.edu/ricecreek or call 312-6677.

Chiropractors honored by United Way

Kathy Fenlon, president of the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Board of Directors, presents Oswego County chiropractors with the United Way’s inaugural Outstanding Event Award for their Patient Appreciation Day. Pictured from left are: Brett Tallents, Casey McCaffery, event chairperson Richard Tesoriero, Kathy Fenlon, Beth Dubois and Anthony Licatese. Absent from photo are: Richard Falanga, Ryan Barker, Franklin Perkins II, Michael Soucy, Jason Cunningham and Dustin Wahrendorf.
Kathy Fenlon, president of the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Board of Directors, presents Oswego County chiropractors with the United Way’s inaugural Outstanding Event Award for their Patient Appreciation Day. Pictured from left are: Brett Tallents, Casey McCaffery, event chairperson Richard Tesoriero, Kathy Fenlon, Beth Dubois and Anthony Licatese. Absent from photo are: Richard Falanga, Ryan Barker, Franklin Perkins II, Michael Soucy, Jason Cunningham and Dustin Wahrendorf.

Several Oswego County chiropractors were recognized with the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s inaugural Outstanding Special Event award at the United Way’s Annual Meeting held March 12 at the American Foundry in Oswego.

The group was honored for its annual participation in Patient Appreciation Day.

Established by Richard Tesoriero of Oswego, in association with the state Chiropractic Association, the event brought together chiropractors throughout Oswego County who  offered chiropractic treatments at reduced rates on Patient Appreciation Day with all proceeds benefiting the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

“It’s my pleasure to present this award,” said United Way Executive Director Melanie Trexler. “Patient Appreciation Day is the longest running special event that is held in support of United Way and over the years has raised thousands of dollars for our campaign.”

Triathlon donates money to youth training program

Last week, members of the Tri-Oswego Triathlon Steering Committee presented  $5,000 to the Oswego YMCA for the creation of a new youth training program.

The donation will fully fund a program geared towards preparing youth between 11-15 years old for entry in to the Tri-Oswego Splash & Dash held in Oswego June 14.

The USA Triathlon-sanctioned Splash & Dash is a youth aquathlon consisting of a timed 200-yard indoor swim followed by a 1.6 mile run where youth athletes will run side-by-side with adult triathletes to the event’s finish line in Breitbeck Park.

Holding the big donation check at the YMCA are Christopher Jones, assistant race director for the Tri-Oswego Triathlon; Shane Broadwell, race director; Karen Allen Turner, program coach; Sheri Morey, program coach; and Trish Levine, director of health and wellness at the Oswego YMCA.
Holding the big donation check at the YMCA are Christopher Jones, assistant race director for the Tri-Oswego Triathlon; Shane Broadwell, race director; Karen Allen Turner, program coach; Sheri Morey, program coach; and Trish Levine, director of health and wellness at the Oswego YMCA.

The Oswego event is part of the USAT Splash & Dash Series, making it one of only 50 events of its kind being held in the United States this year.

“We are excited to see new programs and clubs created since the inception of the Tri-Oswego Triathlon and we want to see this carry through the years by building the next generation of Multisport athletes,” said Christopher Jones, Tri-Oswego assistant race director.

“Seeing our local YMCA create a Tri Club and it’s accompanying training program last year encouraged us to reach out to them to take the lead in this new program,” he said.

Youth must pre-register for the new training program at the Oswego YMCA. Training will be held at 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays and alternate between swim and run sessions.

The cost of the 10-week training is $20 per person. This is not a learn to swim program, and youth must be able to swim the length of the pool freestyle.

For more information about this program, contact the Oswego YMCA at 343-1981.

“We all need to focus on the health, wellness, and quality of life of our children. Our mission with the Oswego County Sunset Group is to fund programs exactly like this one,” said Tri-Oswego Race Director Sshane Broadwell.

“Whenever we can create new and exciting programs for the youth of our community we should rally behind it,” he said.

Registration for the Tri-Oswego Splash & Dash race is open to children ages 11-15 years old.

The $25 registration includes a required One-Day USAT membership, race shirt, finisher’s medal, and race swag.

Visit tri-oswego.com for more details.

ARISE begins new program

ARISE has launched a new Access to Services Program for families who have a member with a developmental disability.

It can often be a confusing and difficult process for individuals as they search for the right programs that meet their needs. Through Access to Services, ARISE provides guidance and support to families as they go through the eligibility and application process established by the state Office for People with Disabilities.

Kristin Drumm, ARISE’s Access to Services Coordinator, is available to meet one-on-one with families to help identify programs that might be a good fit. In addition to explaining the different services that are available, Drumm also can help people gather required documentation and apply for programs.

While families are waiting for approvals, Drumm is able to bridge needs by connecting them to services that are immediately available in the community.

Drumm has extensive knowledge of the community programs available in Oswego County. In addition to serving as a Medicaid Service Coordinator for moe than eight years and her work as the HOME Program Coordinator, she also works as an ARISE advocate at the Oswego Department of Social Services.

As an advocate, Drumm helps individuals with disabilities access services that are not offered through the social services department. All of these experiences make her a very knowledgeable person and a great resource for anyone who has questions about available services.

To learn more about Access to Services, call Drumm, ARISE access to services coordinator, at 342-4088 ext. 230 or Lisa Seguin, manager, at 342-4088 ext. 208.

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