Groups to honor veterans, emergency workers and 9/11 victims

RACES holds memorial, 

informational event

Oswego County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) will join with the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 486 and the Civil Air Patrol to pay tribute to America’s heroes.

On Sept. 8, Oswego County RACES will set up its Mobile Communication Center trailer at the EAA 486 hanger, Oswego County Airport, 2326 county Route 176, Volney, to pay tribute to veterans, 9/11 victims and emergency workers.

This memorial event is sponsored by the CAP’s FR Sussey Composite Squadron.

RACES is a volunteer organization of amateur radio operators who are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission.

Created in 1952 to serve in civil defense emergencies, RACES provides essential communications and warning links to supplement state and local government operations during emergencies.

Information will be available on weather hazards and emergency/disaster plans. The Mobile Communication Center trailer will be staffed to answer questions on the role of amateur radio operations in an emergency or disaster.

The memorial will be held in conjunction with the Experimental Aircraft Association pancake breakfast. The breakfast runs from 7 a.m. to noon in the EAA hanger. The all-you-can eat breakfast offers pancakes, eggs, French toast, ham, sausage and homefries.

Any questions can be directed to John Darling, K2QQY, radio officer, at 342-1723 or Bob LaMay, WA2AFF, ARO at 343-2212.


EAA hosts breakfast, formal program

EAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 486, located at the Oswego County Airport, county Route 176, Volney, will partner with the FR Sussey Composite Squadron (Civil Air Patrol) from 7 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 to honor emergency organizations and veterans, and especially to pay tribute to the victims of 9/11.

From May to September, the chapter with the assistance of the cadets and seniors of the Civil Air Patrol, host a pancake breakfast on the second Sunday of each month from 7 a.m. to noon.

The menu includes pancakes, eggs, French toast, sausage, ham and homefries. As September is the last breakfast of the year and coincides with 9/11 and Emergency Preparedness month, the chapter has planned the special program.

The formal program to honor the victims of 9/11 will begin at 10 a.m. and is free to the public.

The CAP Color Guard will be taking part in the event, along with special guests, fire departments and local dignitaries.

Renewed partnership between OCO Cancer Services Program and Oswego Health

Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership welcomes back Oswego Health’s Fulton Medical Imaging as the service renews its contract with the program for another year.

The Cancer Services Program provides free cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap and pelvic exams and colon cancer screenings to uninsured women ages 40 to 64, uninsured men ages 50 to 64 and uninsured or underinsured women under 40 years of age who are at risk of, or have had a clinically significant finding for breast cancer.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 592-0830.

CYO to host Community Open House

What does your child do after school?  Spend time with his or her peers? Make new friends? Enjoy games and activities in a safe, welcoming environment?

If your child visits the CYO program, chances are he or she does all of that.

For decades, area youth have made a trip to the CYO program a daily ritual.

From 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 9, 10 and 11, Catholic Charities of Oswego County invites community members to discover for themselves the many reasons why CYO is the place to go after school as it hosts a Community Open House at the CYO facilities inside Catholic Charities at 365 W. First St. in Fulton.

Available to students in grades two through 12, the CYO program offers something for everyone from games, sports and activities to arts and crafts.

“We offer a variety of options for youth and give them the freedom to do whatever they would like to entertain themselves,” said Helen Hoefer, supervisor of Community Services for Catholic Charities. “CYO Coordinator George Timmins and his staff ensure that the CYO program offers youth quality recreation time in a safe, caring environment.”

According to Timmins, he and his staff work to connect with youth visiting the CYO program.

“I want our youth to know that CYO can be more than just a place to have fun with their friends. We foster healthy character development by helping them build confidence in themselves, develop a healthy level of self-esteem and gain a thorough understanding of the team concept … qualities that will serve them well as adults,” said Timmins.

During the open house, community members will have an opportunity to tour the facilities and meet the staff.

“We are always adding new activities to keep our youth engaged, entertained and looking forward to their next visit to CYO,” said Hoefer.

“Recently, thanks to a generous donation courtesy of the City of Fulton annual golf tournament, we have been able to add a number of new games and activities including: an air hockey table, yoga mats, table tennis, floor hockey, hang a hoop target for younger children, and more,” she added.

These new additions, coupled with offerings such as billiards, table tennis, video games, basketball, dodge ball, kickball, arts and crafts, flag football and more make the CYO program the place to be after school,” she contined. “I invite, community members and their families to join us for our CYO open house and discover why the CYO program has been a destination for youth for more than 50 years.”

Light refreshments will be served at the open house. For more information, contact Catholic Charities at 598-3980.

Catholic Charities serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

Primary funding sources are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego, the state Office of Children and Family Services through Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.

OCO welcomes new employees

Oswego County Opportunities, one of the top 10 largest private employers in Oswego County, has welcomed six new members to the agency’s staff.

The employees, who will join the OCO’s staff of human services professionals, recently completed the agency’s orientation process and will begin to serve consumers in their respective programs.

Designed to acclimate new employees with the history, mission and vision OCO, the agency’s orientation provides new employees with the tools, guidance and atmosphere they need to thrive and continue to grow in their new positions.

“We take pride in our workforce and the job that they do. To ensure that OCO employees provide our consumers with the outstanding service they deserve, we offer each new staff member every opportunity to become a productive employee and excel in their position,” said Christine Prevost, training coordinator. “Additionally, our culture is to encourage employees to continue their growth and to take advantage of the many training opportunities available to them.”

Prevost added that OCO’s monthly orientation sessions offer in-depth information on the structure, programming and history of OCO.

“In addition to receiving training on mandated items such as HIPAA confidentiality, diversity and right-to-know, we discuss expectations and growth as our culture is to encourage employees to take advantage of the many training opportunities that are available and the best way to pursue them. Our orientation session is a full day of training and information that will allow our new employees to build a successful career at OCO,” said Prevost.

OCO Inc is a private, nonprofit agency that has been supporting communities throughout the county since 1966.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 services throughout 80 locations. For more information, visit

Fulton political news: Republicans endorse candidates, Myers seeks 4th Ward seat

Republicans endorse candidates

The Fulton Republican City Committee recently endorsed the following candidates for office according to Jim Myers, chairman of the committee.

Endorsed were: Dave Hawthorne for City Court judge, Brad Warner for First Ward councilor, Doug Chapman for Second Ward councilor, Tim Crandell for Third Ward councilor, Jim Myers for Fourth Ward councilor, J. Norman Foster for Fifth Ward councilor, Linda Lockwood for county legislator representing the 11th District, Jim Karasek for legislator representing the 22nd District and Louella LeClair for legislator representing the 25th District.

“I think we have an excellent slate of hardworking and energetic candidates for this year’s election,” said Myers.

Myers seeks Fourth Ward seat

Jim Myers has announced his candidicy for Fourth Ward councilor in Fulton.

Myers had been councilor, or alderman as it was called then, from 1988 to 1993. He was president of the council from 1992 to 1993.

“I was the member of the council that pushed through the legislation that changed out the streetlights from mercury vapor to high pressure sodium, giving us more light on the streets while saving the city $80,000 per year,” said Myers.

“I also was the one that heard about an energy audit that was done for the community center (skating rink) 10 years prior and initiated those ideas, saving the recreation department tens of thousands of dollars,” he continued.

“I worked with the City Clerk at the time to do the same energy saving measures at City Hall, again saving thousands of dollars,” he said. “These are the things I want to continue to do to save money without cutting services. I would also like to look into ways of raising revenues aside from taxes such as the advertising done at the Community Center and War Memorial.

Myers, 57, has lived in the Fourth Ward all his life and knows almost everybody in the ward.

He is past president of the Fulton Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow.

He is past president of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, a current member of the Fulton Music Association Board, member of the Fulton Community Band, Fulton Dixieland Band and organizer of the annual Veterans Day Concert, which brings the 10th Mountain Division Band to Fulton.

He has owned and operated Jim Myers Upholstering for the past 37 years and has worked at Battle Island State Park as a starter for the past nine years.

Myers was unanimously endorsed by the Fulton Republican City Committee, for which he is chairman.

Benefit planned for 4-year-old with cancer

A benefit will be held for John Lewis, 4, who has stage four neuroblastoma, which is a rare form of cancer. The benefit will run noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Fulton Polish Home on West First Street.

John is the son of Bill and Sonya Lewis. He has four siblings at home.

The benefit will help pay for John’s mounting medical benefits. He is being treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse. He is expected to undergo surgery.

The benefit will include food, drawings, an auction and entertainment.

Presale tickets for a spaghetti dinner can be purchased at Northern Companies scale office, Route 3, Fulton.

Bodley Bulletins: Meet Julia, your new columnist

By Julia Ludington

Welcome back, everybody!

I hope all are ready for a new and exciting school year.

Freshman First Day was Sept. 4. The incoming students enjoyed an orientation that included helping them figure out how to get to classes, showing them appropriate clothing for school, an activities fair, and an opportunity to meet their new teachers.

It will definitely make their transition into high school less daunting. The sophomores, juniors and seniors will attend school on Sept. 5.

To introduce myself, my name is Julia Ludington and I am a senior this year at G. Ray Bodley.

I am heavily involved in school activities, including being a member of the varsity girls’ lacrosse and tennis teams. I am a member of the French Club, Environmental Club, Science Club and Ski Club.

I play the viola in GRB’s symphonic orchestra and I am also a member of the Oswego County Youth Court.

The schedule used at G. Ray Bodley this year is once again a bell schedule.

There are nine 39 to 40 minute bells with a Guided Study Hall between bells three and four. This period is 22 minutes long.

The Guided Study Hall is an opportunity for students to see teachers for additional help (with a pass, of course), catch up on homework and for their Guided Study Hall teacher to keep track of their progress and help them in any way they may need.

It is a nice morning break and a chance for students to collaborate on group projects since multiple people in their Guided Study Hall are also in many of their classes.

Additionally, don’t forget about picture day! There will be two consecutive picture days on Sept. 11 and 12. Students will find out from their teachers what day and time their picture will be taken. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep so you are rested for the shot!

Fall sports teams have already been hard at work. Be sure to attend the first home football game on the Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. to cheer on the mighty Red Raiders as they take on Fowler at home!

County reiterates stand against federal Lake Ontario plan

By Debra J. Groom

The Oswego County government has again sent a letter to federal officials opposing the proposed plan for regulating Lake Ontario water levels.

The county went on the record last summer when it sent its first opposition letter against the plan, then called Bv7.

But this year, the plan was revised and so the county decided to send another letter to the International Joint Commission, the agency in charge of controlling water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Frank Bevacqua, spokesman for the International Joint Commission’s United States office in Washington, D.C., said the comment period on the plan ended Aug. 30.

The county legislature’s Economic Development and Planning Committee voted Aug. 26 to send a letter opposing the plan.

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