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March 24, 2008

Oswego County Businesses Donate Gifts and Discounts for Fort Drum Event

Laurie Spicer, left, of the Oswego County Tourism Office, presents Sharon Bright of the Officers Spouses Club at Fort Drum gift baskets from Oswego County. Several Oswego County businesses donated gifts and prizes for families at Fort Drum.

When the staff of the Oswego County Tourism Office asked for help marketing the county to Fort Drum families, they did not have to wait very long or travel very far. Nearly 20 businesses donated items and gift certificates for an event sponsored by the Officers Spouses Club at Fort Drum, and several more announced discounts that they provide to members of the military.

Janet Clerkin, tourism and public information coordinator, said donations started coming in immediately after her office sent out an e-mail message inviting businesses to donate prizes to the Fort Drum women's conference March 21 and 22. The staff assembled several boxes of gift items, discount coupons, certificates, gift baskets and brochures from Oswego County and delivered them to Fort Drum.

“We are so appreciative of the Oswego County support,” said Sharon Bright, fundraising chair of the Fort Drum Officers Spouses Club. “I know that some families will be enjoying a trip to the county soon.”

Clerkin said her office worked with Teresa Mitchell, president of the Seaway Trail Scenic Byway, to inform Fort Drum families of attractions and activities in Oswego County.

“We received an invitation through Teresa to provide materials for a women's conference at Fort Drum,” said Clerkin. “One of our department's goals for this year is to make soldiers and military families more aware of the great recreational opportunities that we have right here in Oswego County. This was a perfect way to reach out to the Fort Drum community. The response has been very positive.”

The tourism office has also compiled a list of local businesses and attractions that offer a military discount. The list, which is being updated continually, is posted on the Oswego County Web site at www.oswegocounty.com and is available through the County Veterans' Service Agency in Fulton. It is also being published in the Fort Drum group's newsletter. Anyone who would like to be included should contact the Oswego County Tourism Office at 349-8322 or by .

“This is a great opportunity to welcome soldiers and their families to our region, share our great resources for outdoor recreation and family activities, and most importantly, show our appreciation for their military service,” said David Turner, director of the Community Development, Tourism and Planning Department. “We are very grateful to our tourism partners for their help in this effort.”

Businesses that contributed gift items and certificates to the conference include Ponderosa Steakhouse, Oswego; Douglaston Salmon Run, Pulaski; High Adventure Sportfishing, Pulaski; Salmon River Alpacas, Pulaski; the Comic Shop, Oswego; Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Campground, Mexico; River Edge Mansion Bed and Breakfast, Phoenix; Salmon Trout Steelheader Magazine, Portland, OR; H. Lee White Marine Museum, Oswego; Richardson-Bates House Museum, Oswego; and the Oswego County Tourism Office.

Several businesses in Oswego County announced they offer discounts to military personnel. They include River Run Troutfitters guide service, Oswego Speedway, River Edge Mansion Bed and Breakfast, Chrome Zone guide service, Salmon River Alpacas, Douglaston Salmon Run, Ponderosa Steakhouse, Oswego; J.W. Anglers, High Adventure Sportfishing, Streamside Campground and Country Club, Midway Charters, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Campgrounds, The Comic Shop, Mike's Custom Cabinets, K and G Lodge and Fishing Charters, Groman Shores Waterfront RV Park, and Safe Haven Museum and Education Center.

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