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February 7, 2011

County Tourism and Public Information Office Receives Three Awards

The County Legislature's Economic Development and Planning Committee congratulated the staff of the Community Development, Tourism and Planning Department for winning three Golden Quotes awards from the Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County. From left are committee chairman Fred Beardsley, District 9; committee vice chairman Arthur Ospelt, District 12; Shawn Doyle, District 3; Mary Flett, District 17; public information officer Jessica Burt; typist Heather Tebidor; director David Turner; tourism and public information coordinator Janet Clerkin; tourism and public information liaison Mary Ellen Barbeau; public information officer Kelly Jordal; and legislators Louella LeClair, District 25; Morris Sorbello, District 23; and Jacob Mulcahey, District 15.

OSWEGO - The staff of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning received three awards at the Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County Golden Quotes Award dinner in December.

Step One Creative Team of Oswego and the county tourism and public information staff were awarded best print brochure for the Oswego County Visitors Guide. The guide was produced last summer and provides a colorful and attractive snapshot of Oswego County's many outdoor resources, historic sites and museums, family events, restaurants, hotels, campgrounds, farm markets and other attractions for prospective visitors.

Tourism and Public Information Liaison Mary Ellen Barbeau won first place in the photography category for her photo of the O & W Railroad tunnel in Oswego. The photo was published on the front cover of the 2010 Oswego County Emergency Planning Calendar.

Public Information Officer Jessica Burt won best use of electronic media for her blog "Outdoor Adventures in Oswego County" about the Good Old Days petting zoo.

David Turner, department director, introduced the staff and presented the awards at a recent meeting of the Legislature's Economic Development and Planning Committee.

"The Tourism and Public Information team distributes hundreds of news releases, produces marketing materials, print ads and brochures and maintains the county government and county tourism Web sites," said Turner. "They promote Oswego County to visitors and educate its citizens about county government activities through a variety of methods. It's nice to see their hard work recognized by others."

For information about Oswego County government activities, go to oswegocounty.com. For visitor information, current fishing conditions, and upcoming events, go to visitoswegocounty.com.

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