News in Brief

The Park Attendant program will be returning to the city of Oswego.

AmeriCorp’s Members Cynthia Emrich and Erin Chetney will be providing equipment in conjunction with Oswego County Youth Bureau and the City of Oswego for games and activities for youth in Oswego  city parks.

The summer schedule has begun and ends Aug. 22. Children less than age 12 are recommended to have an adult with them.

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Donors needed to prevent blood shortage

The American Red Cross asks blood and platelet donors to help prevent a summer shortage by making an appointment to roll up a sleeve in July and August.

With blood and platelet donation appointments currently lower than what is needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply, donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.

The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients across the country. This can be challenging during the summer months of June, July and August, when an average of two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need.

This seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two more donors – above what is expected – make an appointment and give blood at each Red Cross blood drive the rest of the summer.

“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Kay E. Schwartz, CEO, Red Cross New York- Penn Blood Services Region. “Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”

Visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to find a nearby blood donation opportunity or schedule an appointment.

Here are some upcoming blood drives in Oswego County:

** 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 16, Oswego Industries, Fulton

** 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 19, Walmart, Granby

** 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 22, Eastern Shore Associates, Fulton.

** 1 to 6:30 p.m., July 22, school board room, Hannibal High School

** 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 2, Mexico United Methodist Church

** 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 2, Brennan’s Beach

Rose Manasseri, member of St. Joseph’s Church, baker at Parkside Nursing Home


Rose Manasseri was carried to eternal peace on Tuesday July 15, 2014 from her home on Oswego, NY.

She was 97 years young.

Rose was born to the late Antonio and Catrina Zappala on March 3, 1917 in New York City.

She was an impassioned member of St. Joseph’s Church and the Legion of Mary. She attended Oswego High School and was a baker at Parkside Nursing Home in Oswego.

She was the loving wife of the late Salvatore Manasseri and mother of the late Betty Jane Manasseri.

Rose is survived by her daughter Catherine (David) Grove; sons Anthony (Judy) and John Manasseri; granddaughters Michelle (Will) Pryor and Karen (Scott) Nesbitt; and great grandsons Henry and Jack Pryor.

In addition she is survived by her brothers John (Alice) Zappala, Sam (Genevieve) Zappala, and sister Angeline Santore.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday July 18 in St. Joseph Church, Oswego.

Calling hours will be held Thursday July 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery.


NYC kids come to Central New York for some ‘fresh air’

Debra Green, her daughter Trinity, 14, and Aissata Samake, 15, of the Bronx, relax after lunch at Maroun Elementary School last week. Samake has been spending weeks with the Green family through the Fresh Air Fund program.
Debra Green, her daughter Trinity, 14, and Aissata Samake, 15, of the Bronx, relax after lunch at Maroun Elementary School last week. Samake has been spending weeks with the Green family through the Fresh Air Fund program.

By Debra J. Groom

Aissata Samake is back in Pennellville for more fun-filled weeks with the Green family.

Samake, 15, if a Fresh Air kid, up in Central New York from her home in the Bronx. This is her fourth summer with the Greens.

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Academic success at Oswego Middle School

Oswego Middle School Principal Mary Beth Fierro has announced the final honor rolls for the 2013-2014 school year.

Seventh and Eighth Grade High Honor:  

Jason Abbott, Cameron Adams Jr., Jea Adams, Alyssa Adner, Samuel Allen, Madeline Armet, Nickolas Back, Andrew Baker, Jade Ballard, Adeline Benjamin, Liam Benjamin, Tia Bevacqua, Emily Bradshaw, Jenna Bradshaw, Michaela Bradshaw, Samual Broadwell, Janie Brooks, Nicholas Brown, Grace Bruns, Nolan Busch, Brianna Bush, Crissa Cabanlig, Monica Cahill, Nolan Callahan, Alec Caroccio, Joan Carroll, Sarah Casaletta, Joel Caster, Alyssa Cheeley, Claudia Chetney, Allison Choate, Melissa Chun and Gillian Clark.

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