Leaf collection continues in Oswego
UPDATE 12/14/18: Crews are still working in Zone A today, Friday, Dec. 14, and are expeted to complete Churchill Club and Fox Chase by Saturday. Beginning early next week, they will complete remaining neighborhoods in Zone A, including Hunt Club and River Mist, and then will continue on to Zone B.
An extended autumn, followed by early snows in November, have slowed the pace at which leaves can be collected during the Village of Oswego’s curbside leaf program; however, crews are still out working and will continue to collect leaves for as long as the weather permits.
As of Monday, Dec. 10, the leaf crew was working on a final pass through the Village, and were collecting leaves in Zone A. Once that zone is complete, the leaf crew will continue through Zones B and C, unless significant snowfall returns.
Leaf collection has already been completed for the 2018 season in the following neighborhoods: Blackberry Knoll, Brighton Meadows, Gates Creek West, Gates Creek, Hometown, Lincoln Station, Ogden Falls, Prescott Mill, River Run, Wolf’s Crossing.
As always, residents are also encouraged to try eco-friendly methods of disposing of leaves. Composted leaves make excellent garden mulch and fertilizer and can be broken down in a compost pile or spread under plants, shrubs and trees directly in the garden. Piling and caging leaves around delicate plants, such as rose bushes, can protect valued garden plants from freezing temperatures.
For more information on the leaf collection program, visit the Brush, Leaves and Yard Waste page on the Village’s website.
Breakfast with Santa, supporting Oswego classrooms
This year, Breakfast with Santa will offer the same great pancakes and a visit from the jolly old elf himself – now in a new location and benefitting Oswego classrooms!
The Oswego Foundation for Educational Excellence is partnering with the Rotary Club of Oswego to bring Breakfast with Santa to Oswego High School from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, which is the morning following Christmas Walk. In addition to the pancake breakfast, families will be able to play games, do crafts, and, of course, visit with Santa for pictures and gift requests.
The event runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. with two breakfast seatings at 8:30 and 10 a.m. Patrons must choose one of the two seating times but are welcome to enjoy games and activities for the full three hours of the event.
Tickets are $7 per person, or $24 for a family of four, when purchased in advance. Prices increase by $1 per person at the door. Based upon space, tickets are not guaranteed to be available for purchase the day of the event, and advanced ticket purchases are strongly encouraged. Children under 4 are free.
Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2. Visit www.oswegofoundation.org/breakfast-with-santa.html for more details and to purchase tickets in advance. A limited number of tickets will also be available for purchase from Oswego Foundation for Educational Excellence volunteers.
Proceeds from Breakfast with Santa will benefit the Oswego Foundation for Educational Excellence, the foundation that supports Oswego 308 School District classrooms by providing grants for additional items for students and classrooms to enhance educational opportunities.
For more information on the Oswego Foundation for Educational Excellence, visit http://www.oswegofoundation.org/.
Christmas Walk programs now available!
Bigger, better-than-ever Christmas Walk comes to downtown Oswego on Friday, November 30!
Ring in the holidays with a tree-lightning, silent parade and festive fun for all ages!
Download your Christmas Walk program! Click here!
The 2018 Oswego Christmas Walk, presented by Allied First Bank, will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, throughout downtown Oswego, with your same favorite traditions plus new activities that will make this year even more fun for all ages.
Help Cindy Lou Who usher in the holiday season with a Seussian twist on the traditional tree-lighting ceremony. The tree lighting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Oswego Village Hall, and features live choral music from Bednarcik and Thompson Junior Highs. While you’re there, toast s’mores over the open fire with local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, take a Belgian horse-drawn wagon ride, warm up by the fireplace with storytelling and send cheer to pediatric cancer patients by making cards with Bike Bald.
Main Street festivities begin at 5 p.m. Go skating on the faux ice skating rink, watch an ice sculptor, slide down the giant inflatable sled hill, take a ride on the Toyland train and much more – all for free. Plus, dozens of local Oswego organizations will offer games, crafts, giveaways and prizes and food for sale all night! Bring your wish list and camera and visit Santa at the Garden Faire beginning at 5 p.m. Be in line before 7:45 p.m. to guarantee your visit with the Jolly Old Elf himself.
For older kids, join in on some reindeer games with the Oswegoland Park District, offering $5 laser tag battles behind the post office, then join in on the fa-la-la-la-ha-ha-ha with improv comedy at the Little White School Museum.
And at 7:45 p.m., make way for the silent, illuminated fire truck parade featuring all your favorite holiday characters down Main Street.
Avoid the congestion of downtown traffic! Trolleys will operate a shuttle route from Oswego High School to the corner of Main and Van Buren Streets. Trolley service is free, and the last run will run from 4:45 to 9:30 p.m.
Find fun all weekend long!
The fun continues Saturday morning with Breakfast with Santa, brought to you in partnership with Oswego Foundation for Educational Excellence and the Oswego Rotary Club. Fill up on pancakes, play games, make crafts, and visit with Santa Claus, all benefitting Oswego 308 classrooms, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at its new location at Oswego High School. See page 14 or www.oswegofoundation.org for more details.
The annual Cookie Walk will also be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday morning in downtown Oswego. Purchase a tin for $10 in advance at Floral Expressions, Hudson Design House and Kimberly Ann Home Decorating, and go door to door visiting downtown businesses to collect a different freshly baked cookie in each shop. Tins go on sale Monday, Nov. 19, and often sell out early, so buy yours in advance.
New this year, recreate It’s A Wonderful Life in downtown Oswego. Stroll down Main Street, transformed through music and decorations into Bedford Falls. Shop the local merchants, and at 4 p.m. bring your cash or non-perishable food donations to “Bedford City Hall,” at the Oswego Cyclery, to celebrate the movie’s final scene and remember those in need this holiday season.
Get all the details
A complete list of the weekend’s activities, including a downloadable 2018 Christmas Walk program and map will be available in the weeks leading up to the Christmas Walk on the event page at www.GoOswego.org and on the Village’s website, www.oswegoil.org.
Attendees can also get up-to-date information, learn the Christmas Walk shuffle from Christmas Tree Rex and more on the 2018 Oswego Christmas Walk presented by Allied First Bank event page on Facebook.
The 2018 Christmas Walk is supported by generous contributions from Allied First Bank, Two Men and a Truck, Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce, Imagination Print and Design, Imperial Service Systems, Kane, McKenna and Associates, Ancel Glink, Alarm Detection Systems, Old Second National Bank, MetroNet, G.A. Blocker, Meade Electric, Frost Electric, K. Hovnanian Homes, Schoppe Design Associates, Hennesy’s River View Ford, Lakeshore Recycling Systems, HR Green, Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, Longhorn Steakhouse, All Around Garage Door, The Safe and Fair Food Company, Groot, Clarke Environmental, Ferguson Waterworks, Herc Rentals, Metropolitan Industries, KR&G Excavating, AY McDonald, the Home Depot and Portillo’s.
The 2018 Oswego Christmas Walk, presented by Allied First Bank, will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 throughout downtown Oswego.
BLIZZARD UPDATE: Garbage delayed, parking ban in effect
Garbage delayed, parking ban in effect
Winter Storm Bruce hits Oswego as a blizzard
An early winter storm has struck the Village of Oswego, affecting several Village operations.
As of 8 p.m. Sunday night, crews were plowing roads with the primary goal of keeping roads open and passable for emergency vehicles. Residents are encouraged to stay off the roads as conditions deteriorate to keep themselves and first responders safe.
Groot has canceled garbage collection for Monday, Nov. 26. Garbage collection will be delayed by one day this week throughout the Village.
Parking restrictions are in effect. Parking is prohibited on streets after 1 inch of snowfall in the downtown and 2 inches of snowfall throughout the rest of the Village to allow plows to get through. Move your car to avoid tickets or tow. Parking is allowed again once streets are clear from curb to curb.
THIS IS HEAVY, WET SNOW. PLEASE TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHEN SHOVELING. Each year, approximately 100 people in the U.S. die from heart attacks that occur during snow shoveling. Take breaks, work slowly, and, if you have a heart condition or other medical issue, please ask for help from a neighbor.
Please clear sidewalks and dig out hydrants to ensure that fire crews can access them in an emergency. Remember that shoveling or blowing snow into the street is prohibited.
Plows will need to make multiple passes during and after this snow storm clear streets to the curb. If you prefer to shovel only once, you may wish to wait until streets are cleared curb to curb.
Leaf collection has been temporarily suspended as crews switch gears to snow operations. Crews have completed two rounds of leaf collection and were working on the third and final collection in Zone A on Sunday morning before switching equipment on trucks for snow plowing. Crews plan to resume leaf collection for any remaining homes in Zone A, and for a third and final round in Zones B and C, once the snow melts from the leaves.
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