OCO donations now as easy as buying off Amazon

Did you know you could help others in your community just by shopping?

Oswego County Opportunities (OCO), a nonprofit agency that offers 50 programs and serves hundreds of families and individuals throughout Oswego County, has teamed with Amazon.com’s AmazonSmile program to allow you to do just that.

AmazonSmile, a program of the AmazonSmile Foundation, will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases directly to OCO.

It is a simple and automatic way for you to support the work that OCO does at no cost to you.

To shop at AmazonSmile log onto www.smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. On your first visit simply select Oswego County Opportunities as the charitable organization to receive donations from your eligible purchases before you begin shopping.

Your choice of OCO will be stored and all future eligible purchases you make from AmazonSmile will result in a donation to OCO.

“We are excited about our participation in the AmazonSmile program,” said Betsy Copps, director of information and compliance for OCO.

“Smile.amazon.com offers the same prices, selection and shopping experience as Amazon.com with the added bonus that a portion of your purchase price will be donated to OCO to help others right here in Oswego County,” Copps said.

“Those that currently shop on Amazon.com may use their current Amazon account and items eligible for donations will be clearly indicated on their product detail,” Copps said.

There is no cost to OCO or to AmazonSmile customers. Purchases through AmazonSmile may be made using an internet browser on a desktop or laptop computer, mobile phone or a tablet.

All payment methods available on Amazon.com are available for use on AmazonSmile.

“Our collaboration with AmazonSmile provides community members with a convenient way to support OCO and our many human services programs,” said OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier.

“We are always looking for new and creative ways to help raise funds that benefit the nearly 30,000 consumers OCO serves each year,” she said. “This method works without any extra effort. You just shop; donations are calculated automatically. What could be easier?”

OCO’s website also contains an online donation section where donors can use a credit card through PayPal.

“This has been a popular option for those wishing to donate in honor or in memory of a loved one, or a former employee of the agency,” Cooper-Currier said.

While monetary donations are always beneficial, Cooper-Currier continued, the agency also welcomes in-kind donations of professional services (legal, consulting, graphic arts, media) as well as gently used home furnishings, appliances, clothing, toys, linens, and more.

“We have consumers in crisis situations who come to us with only the clothes on their backs,” she said. “Your donations help them get a new start. We can find an apartment for them, but they need just about everything to make it a home.”

For more information about donations or sponsorship of OCO events, call Cooper-Currier at 598-4717. If you have household items, clothing, baby items, personal care items, or food donations, call Sandy Wells at 598-4717.

Fulton senior dining center menu

Fulton Senior Dining and Activity Center lists its menu for the week of Feb. 3:

Monday Feb. 3 — Lasagna roll with meat sauce, green and yellow beans

Tuesday Feb. 4 — Macaroni & Cheese, stewed tomatoes, California blend veggies

Wednesday Feb. 5 — Baked chicken thigh, creamed potatoes, zucchini and tomatoes

Thursday Feb. 6 — Boneless pork chop, stuffing, peas and carrots

Friday Feb. 7 — Hamburger, garlic red potaotes, veggies

Lunch is served at noon. The daily activity is at 11 a.m. For reservations, call Eileen 24 hours in advance at 592-3408.

The dining center is operated by Oswego County Opportunities. For more information, visit www.oco.org.

Oswego Community Christian School prepares for open house

Students at Oswego Community Christian School, which serves pre-kindergarten through grade eight, are inviting everyone to their annual Open House from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4.

If there is inclement weather, the open house will be Feb. 11.

Everyone is invited to come and meet teachers and parents, review curriculum and tour the school, located at 400 E. Albany St. in Oswego. Refreshments will be served.

Call the school at 342-9322 with any questions or visit www.MYOCCS.org. OCCS has been offering a value-based Christian education since 1979. 

Celebrate Groundhog Day at Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center

Celebrate Groundhog Day at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center, Route 183 in eastern Oswego County by snowshoeing in search of Amboy Annie, the center’s resident woodchuck.

The event is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. Perhaps Amboy Annie can help determine if spring will arrive early or late. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and in layers. Outdoor footwear, winter boots that can be strapped into a snowshoe, should be worn. Sneakers and fashion boots with heels will not work. Snowshoes are free of charge. There is a program fee of $3 per person or $12 per family. Children under 3 are free.

Valley Viewpoints

Residents thank sand owner

We wanted to write and thank William Simmons for offering his sand to the County for use on the roads in the winter.

In July, Kurt Ospelt wrote the Hannibal planning board that the county has “abandoned its plan to open a sand pit on the Beckwith property immediately” after it was found out the road to the sand pit had been put in illegally. This left the county without sand on the west side of the river.

The neighboring towns, at the direction of Mr. Ospelt, this year had to get their sand from the Scriba pit instead of the transfer station for whatever reason.

At a recent Town of Hannibal meeting, Terry Wilbur got up and said ‘if you have sand, contact Kurt Ospelt and the county administrator, they need sand for this side of the river.”

Mr. Simmons has a sand pit right near Mr. Beckwith’s sandpit and Mr. Simmons already has a road to it and the pit was already permitted by the DEC for mining a few years ago.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the County to get sand and not have to spend any more money to get to it after they’ve  already spent anywhere between $15-43,000.00 and up on the illegal road.

Mr. Simmons sent a letter on October 9 to Kurt Ospelt offering his sand. The letter reads as follows:

“Dear Mr. Ospelt, In light of the situation in Hannibal, I feel obligated to help the taxpayers of Hannibal and inform them that my sand is for Sale. My sand pit is located off of Mill St in the Town of Hannibal. It will be available for $1 a cubic yard. This should eliminate a lot of previous problems with access to available sand. There is already an access road to the sand pit off Mill Street and it has already been permitted in the past. This would decrease the amount of truck traffic through the center of town. I believe it would be a more cost effective alternative for the taxpayers of Hannibal. Sincerely, William Simmons”

Again we would like to thank Mr. Simmons for stepping up and helping out the residents of Hannibal and the surrounding towns who will use the sand.

Bill and Barb Bogacz

Josh and Molly Bomgren

Tim Harmon

All of Hannibal

Business opens new site in Schroeppel

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SAM North America celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting Tuesday, Jan. 21. Pictured, from left, are Kevin Gardner, Oswego County Legislator, New Haven, who also is the legislature chairman; Morris Sorbello, Oswego County Legislator, Granby; Andrew Christie, managing director at SAM North America; Steve Hutchins, Schroeppel town councilman; L. Michael Treadwell, executive director of Operation Oswego County; Holly Carpenter, representing state Sen. Patty Ritchie; Terry Wilbur, County Legislator, Hannibal; and Edward Lincoln, vice president of sales at SAM North America.

SAM North American Tuesday kicked off its new site in the Oswego County Industrial Park in Schroeppel.

The company had been operating out of a small site in Granby. It is projected to employ 14 people.

The company manufactures equipment for the paper and plastics industries. Michael Treadwell of Operation Oswego County said potential customers in North and South America will be able to come to the Schroeppel site, see the equipment in action and determine if it is something they want to buy for their own businesses.

Before, customers had to travel to SAM’s headquarters in South Korea to check out its products.

SAM also will have a marketing office at the Schroeppel site, which encompasses a 10,000-square-foot building and 2 1/2 acres.

SAM has been a leading supplier of converting machinery for package printing, specialty coating, extrusion coating and laminating for more than 50 years.

Be sure to pick up a copy of Saturday’s Valley News for more on this company.

Fulton Mites hockey team plays Oswego B & C teams

The Fulton Mite hockey team, sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and B&T Sports, competed with the Oswego B & C teams recently at the Fort.

Cameron Shutts, Daniel Devendorf and Reese Calkins made several attempts on net. Simon Bradshaw gave a fine effort in his debut as goalie while Cassie Clarke, Aiden Tetro and Kaiden Jardin played well on offense. Defenders Eryca DeRocha, Zoey DeRocha, Jordan Devendorf and Kaiden McNabb all gave a good performance.

Scores are not kept in Mites play.

Phoenix swimmer wins award

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

John C. Birdlebough senior Alyssa Harley is making a splash with the Fulton varsity swim team this year.

On Saturday, the standout athlete from Phoenix was selected as the female swimmer of the meet during 16th annual HAC Swim Invitational held at the Harley School in Rochester.

As the top seed in the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke, Harley dominated both events on her way to first-place finishes. Her times of 1:01.78 (freestyle) and 1:08.78 (backstroke) earned her a spot in the sectional meet in February.

Coach Raina Hinman said despite sitting out her junior season due to an injury, Harley has come back stronger than ever.

The Phoenix senior is also a member of a club swim team in Baldwinsville.

Thirteen boys’ teams and five girls’ teams from the Section V conference competed in the 22-event meet.

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