Harborfest begins next Thursday; Grand Funk Railroad to perform

A view of a previous fireworks show at Harborfest in Oswego. The show, by Grucci and sponsored by Entergy, begins about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, over Oswego Harbor.
A view of a previous fireworks show at Harborfest in Oswego. The show, by Grucci and sponsored by Entergy, begins about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, over Oswego Harbor.

By Ashley M. Casey

Harborfest is coming to your town, and classic rock band Grand Funk Railroad will be there to help you party it down.

Grand Funk is one of numerous acts gracing the stages at Oswego’s 27th Harborfest, which takes place July 24 through 27 on the shore of Lake Ontario.  Continue reading

Weather disaster safety training set for July 30

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

New York state is offering two-hour training sessions for residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible.

In Oswego, a session will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall ballroom.

Participants are required to register in advance at http://www.prepare.ny.gov/training-events.

“With severe weather events becoming more frequent and more extreme, it is more important than ever that New Yorkers are prepared for disasters and know what to do in an emergency,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

On July 8, four tornados hit New York state, including one that killed four people in Madison County in Central New York.

Trainings will be led by the New York National Guard, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

Training sessions are coordinated with local county emergency management personnel.

Oswego’s session is endorsed by the governor, state Sen. Patty Ritchie, Assembly member Will Barclay, Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner and Minority Leader Michael Kunzwiler, and Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen.

The training course will provide an introduction to responding to a natural or man-made disaster. Participants will be advised on how to properly prepare for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies.

A key component of this training is distribution of free New York State Disaster Preparedness Kits to all participants (one per family) containing key items to assist individuals in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

Items in the kit include an AM-FM pocket radio with batteries, packs of drinking water, food bars, a first aid kit, duct tape and other items that may be useful in the event of a disaster.

 Together, the training and kits will help New Yorkers be the most-trained and best-prepared citizens in the country.

 More information is available online at http://www.prepare.ny.gov.

Riley Elementary sixth-graders receive awards before moving on to middle school

The Charles E. Riley Elementary School recently conducted its sixth grade ceremonies and Linda Doty presented the Triple “C” Award to Matthew Oldenburg while teacher Cindy Farnsworth stands alongside Principals American Citizenship award winner Owen Warner.
The Charles E. Riley Elementary School recently conducted its sixth grade ceremonies and Linda Doty presented the Triple “C” Award to Matthew Oldenburg while teacher Cindy Farnsworth stands alongside Principals American Citizenship award winner Owen Warner.

The Charles E. Riley Elementary School sixth-grade honors assembly provided the opportunity to recognize those students moving on to the Oswego Middle School while at the same time congratulating them for their academic effort.

Along with the presentation of certificates were several individual awards including the “Principal’s American Citizenship Award” presented by CER Principal Dr. Linda Doty to Owen Warner

Doty also presented this year’s Triple “C” Award from the state attorney general for “character, courage and commitment” to Matthew Oldenburg.

Several sixth-graders also were recognized with the Presidential Awards for Excellence and received a certificate signed by President Barack Obama.

Those earning the excellence honors included Megan Albright, Benjamin Caster, Alexandria Delfino, Molly Fitzgibbons, Miranda Gilbert, Olivia Henderson, Kayla Hockey, Sammi Jiang, Colin Li, Rielly Rozyczko, Owen Warner and Jacob Vickery.

Students receiving the “achievement” award included Mackenzi Belson, Leandra Davis, Zachary Kingsley, Matthew Oldenburg, Estie Proano, Kalysha Rourke and Trevor Rousselle.

The sixth-grade class was recognized by Doty as well as their teachers Eric McCrobie and Cindy Farnsworth.

This year’s students advancing to the Oswego Middle School are Megan Albright, Damien Allen, Lillian Alton, James Baker III, Mackenzi Belson, Madison Belson, Matthew Bonnell, Sara Boyzuck, Lauren Briglin, Benjamin Caster,  Alexis Centrone, Julissa Davis, Leandra Davis, Christa Delaney, Alexandria Delfino, Logan Engle, Blake Fidler, Molly Fitzgibbons, Haley Gardner, Miranda Gilbert, Olivia Henderson, Jesse Hill Jr., Kayla Hockey, Sammi Jiang, Gabriel Jimenez, Natalya Jimenez, Destiny Kelley and Loretta Kelley.

Also moving on are Zachary Kingsley, Emma Kozel, Katelyn Lagoe, Mia Lamphear, James Lee, Colin Li, Benjamin Martin, Matthew Oldenburg, Deizmend Perez, Joseph Powers, Estie Proano, Kalysha Rourke, Trevor Rousselle, Rielly Rozyczko, Faith Sams, James Tesoriero IV, Grace Verny-Rasmussen, Jacob Vickery, Owen Warner, Jacob Weigand, Gavin Weiss, Anthony Wilson and Tiffany Woods.

 Meanwhile, another highlight of the honors ceremony was the dedication of the yearbook to senior custodian Steve Quesnell.

Minetto sixth-graders presented with awards

Minetto Elementary School recently conducted its sixth-grade honors program. Among the Principal’s American Citizenship Award and the New York State Attorney General’s Triple “C” Award were (front row) Charlene Brockway (Triple “C”) and Megan Delong (Principal); (second row) Nichole DelConte (Principal), Andrew Gentile (Principal) and Cierra Dunning (Triple “C”) while joining them were members of the Oswego High “Class of 2014” Molly Malone and Kyle Collins and Principal Dr. Dean Goewey.
Minetto Elementary School recently conducted its sixth-grade honors program. Among the Principal’s American Citizenship Award and the New York State Attorney General’s Triple “C” Award were (front row) Charlene Brockway (Triple “C”) and Megan Delong (Principal); (second row) Nichole DelConte (Principal), Andrew Gentile (Principal) and Cierra Dunning (Triple “C”) while joining them were members of the Oswego High “Class of 2014” Molly Malone and Kyle Collins and Principal Dr. Dean Goewey.

Minetto Elementary School sixth-graders were in the spotlight at the annual honors program conducted before a cafeteria-packed with parents, friends, family and staff members.

Principal Dean Goewey presented certificates to each sixth-grader and also recognized several other students with special awards.

The “Principal’s American Citizenship Award” was presented Nicole DelConte, Andrew Gentile and Megan Delong while the New York State Attorney General Triple “C” Award  for “character, courage and commitment” was given Charlene Brockway and Cierra Dunning.

Former Minetto alumni Molly Malone and Kyle Collins, who were members of the Oswego High School “Class of 2014,” addressed the students and provided them with some information that will benefit them in their academic journey through middle school and high school.

Receiving the “President Award for Educational Excellence” as they excelled academically and have exceeded proficiency on the New York State Test in English Language Arts and Math were Phillip Kelly and Adam Lofthouse.

The “President Award for Academic Achievement” was also presented for outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment and intellectual development.

The honored students included Hannah Blackburn, Charlene Brockway, Carson Colucci, Cole Cullinan, Kaitlyn Czerow, Emily Dann, Grace Deland, Nicole DelConte, Megan Delong, Cierra Dunning, Andrew Gentile, Clare Hook, Noah Lyboult, Morgan Mace, Seth Perrin, Wolfgang Pierce and Cody Vincent.

Students also received awards for band, orchestra, vocal music, art, physical education, science, social studies, reading, writing and mathematics.

Joining Goewey for the presentation of certificates to the students were teachers Tracy Anderson, Shirley Hadley and Tanya Wadsworth.

Minetto sixth-graders moving on to the Oswego Middle School in September include, from Anderson’s class,  Tyler Bieganowski, Charlene Brockway, Lucas Capstraw, Cole Cullinan, Emily Dann, Andrew Gentile, Skyler Green, Clare Hook, Rilye Johnson, Brittany Kaye, Phillip Kelly, Adam Lofthouse, Morgan Mace, Ashley Mays, Seth Perrin, Elizabeth Wallace, Kylie Wallace and Chase Wegzyn.

From  Wadsworth’s class Julian Allen, Garrett Besaw, Hannah Blackburn, Mason Cass, Joshua Collett, Carson Colucci, Kaitlyn Czerow, Grace Deland, Nicole DelConte, Cierra Dunning, Michael Gushlaw, Mark Jones, Jayden Lee, Riley Mahoney, Courtney Perras, Jerry Sliwa, Alexandria Stowell, Cody Vincent and Mariah Woodward.

The remaining sixth-graders, in Hadley’s class,  moving on to Oswego Middle School were Hailey Babcock, Dustin Burden, Megan Delong, Dalton Gibson, David Greene, Mary Hamilton, Nichole Lambo, Joshua Lane, Noah Lyboult, Patricia Milner, Logen Nelson, Wolfgang Pierce, Andie Rose, Emily Shurtliff, Hunter Thompson, Kathleen Thompson and Alexander Thorpe.

Funding helps art center continue to offer Arty Camp

Children are able to learn about the arts during the summer thanks to grants received by the CNY Arts Center.

The grants from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the state Office of children and Family Services and money from the Decentralization Program allow the center to provide two sessions of Arty Day Camp.

A sizzling summer of Arty fun is well underway so far with the first session of the fourth annual Arty Day Camp running  July 14-18 at the Center, located in 357 State St. Methodist Church in Fulton.

This session of camp offers students art and theater classes along with lunch and afternoon group art projects from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is open to children ages 5 to 15.

Students receive morning art and theater classes with professionals followed by lunch, which is provided, then group activities and art projects.

CNY Arts Center is designated as a Summer Meal Site to offer free lunches to community children 18 and under during the week of ARTY Day Camp. Children who attend the lunch are included in afternoon art projects at no charge.

Art project supplies are provided by a mini-grant from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the state Office of Children and Family Services.

Scholarships are available made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the state Council on the Arts, with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Arty Camp will return Aug. 11-25 with classes in art, dance and theater with the same free lunch and afternoon art projects provided by grants and funding made available to CNY Arts Center.

To register for camp, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Time to ‘sit and knit’ in Fulton

Ladies gathered on a Saturday in June to share knitting fun with yarn provided by CNY Arts Center. Sit and Knit with ‘Nita will start on Wednesdays at Arts in the HeART Gallery anytime between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. while the gallery, located at 47 S. First St is open. For more information call the gallery at 598-ARTS (2787) or the Center ar 592-3373.
Ladies gathered on a Saturday in June to share knitting fun with yarn provided by CNY Arts Center. Sit and Knit with ‘Nita will start on Wednesdays at Arts in the HeART Gallery anytime between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. while the gallery, located at 47 S. First St is open. For more information call the gallery at 598-ARTS (2787) or the Center ar 592-3373.

CNY Arts Center is planning yarn fun on Wednesdays at its downtown gallery located at 47 S. First St in Fulton.

The community is invited to stop in the gallery anytime between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. for knitting and crocheting sessions with Anita Vibbert.

“Anita is one of our newest and most engaging volunteers,” said Nancy Fox, director. “Volunteering to sit at the gallery allows her ample time to share her love of knitting with anyone who wants to drop by to sit and knit for a spell.

“We have a large collection of yarn and Anita will be delighted to teach basic knit stitches to anyone who wants to learn. And she’d love to learn to crochet so she’s hopeful knitters and crochet lovers will drop by for an hour or so just to visit and swap techniques, ideas and all things yarn.”

Yarn is provided for beginners and new projects, but please bring your own knitting needles and crochet hooks.

Arts in the HeART Gallery is run by volunteers from CNY Arts Center at 47 S. First St in Fulton, across from the city gazebo. For more information, call 592-3373.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Trinity United Methodist Church in Oswego will serve a turkey dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday July 19 at the church at 45 E. Utica St.

The menu consists of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, squash, cranberry sauce, rolls and butter, beverages and homemade pie.

Takeouts will be available.

A portion of the proceeds of the dinner will benefit SAF House.

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The Mount Pleasant Grange in Volney will have its waffle breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday July 19 at the grange at 2825  County Route 45.

The special fruit topping this mnth is blueberries. The waffles will come with the usual breakfast buffet and sugar-free toppings also will be available.

Takeouts also area available.

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The Minetto United Methodist Church will host a free dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27.

The menu will be hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, salad, and dessert. Donations are not expected but will be accepted.

A collection shed is available in the parking lot at the back of the church for usable clothing items that can be recycled. Acceptable items include: all clothing, shoes, sneakers, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes, and stuffed toys.

The building is fully accessible and is located at the corner of State Route 48 and County Route 8, one block south of the Stewarts Shop, midway between Oswego and Fulton, in the village of Minetto.

For more information about programs and services call 529-1936 or visit our website at http://www.MinettoUMC.org/.

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There will be a Chillin’ & Grillin’ night at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at the Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville.

Festivities include grilled hot dogs, chips and drinks. Music will be provided by Diana Gardiner. Come and enjoy an evening of fellowship, food and fun.

Bring your lawn chair so we can chill and grill outside, weather permitting.

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