State Senator Patty Ritchie recently attended Jefferson Rehabilitation Center’s Annual Membership Dinner Meeting, speaking to attendees about the importance of the organization and recognizing JRC for its role in the community.
Founded in 1954, JRC has provided programs and services to countless developmentally disabled children and adults in the Jefferson County area and currently serves more than 1,000 individuals and their families annually. In addition, JRC is also a major employer in the North Country, with more than 650 staff members.
State Senator Patty Ritchie presented two State Park Police Officers with the New York State Liberty Award Tuesday for their role in rescuing a man from the St. Lawrence River last summer.
In June, New York State Park Police Officers John Friot and Dustin Lottie rescued Thomas Clark—a 70-year-old boater—after he was overcome by carbon monoxide fumes while piloting a 28-foot cabin cruiser.
“Thanks to the quick thinking, bravery and teamwork of these two officers, Thomas Clark is alive and well today,” said Senator Ritchie.
“I am very proud to present the New York State Senate Liberty Medal, to these two heroes and thank them for their dedication as well as their service to our community.”
Effort Builds Upon 3 St. Lawrence County Clinics Where 300 Pets Received Vaccinations
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding pet owners that she will host three no-cost rabies clinics throughout the month of October in Jefferson County.
The free clinics—which are being hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Public Health Department—are being made possible through a special grant secured by Senator Ritchie.
In total, more than 300 pets were recently vaccinated through three no-cost clinics Senator Ritchie hosted in St. Lawrence County. So far this year, St. Lawrence County has confirmed 23 cases of rabies and Jefferson County has confirmed five cases.
More than 300 people packed the Fulton War Memorial Wednesday to take part in State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Oswego County Senior Health and Wellness Fair.
Seniors in attendance had the opportunity access free tips and tools for living a healthy and active lifestyle from more than 50 local organizations in attendance. A free lunch, made possible by Pathfinder Bank, Hudsons' Dairy, Ontario Orchards, Behling Orchards, Dunkin’ Donuts and prepared by BOCES students was also provided. Transportation was sponsored by Entergy.
“I’m thrilled that so many seniors were able to attend Wednesday’s event, which featured everything from free flu shots to giveaways,” said Senator Ritchie. “This event is truly a one stop shop for any senior who is looking to access more information about improving their well-being.”
Invites Public to “Send a Touch of Home” to Overseas Troops
State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she is once again joining with local radio personality Melody Burns to collect donated Christmas cards to be sent to US soldiers serving overseas through the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program sponsored by the American Red Cross.
“Last year, Northern and Central New Yorkers donated 2,200 holiday cards to distribute to our service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations,” Senator Ritchie said. “These cards let them know that we truly appreciate their service and their sacrifice.”
“During the holidays, it’s very important that we remember our nation’s heroes who sacrifice so much to protect our nation and our liberties,” said Burns, who hosts a daily radio show on Talk 1300 AM WGDJ in Albany. “I have been promoting this Holiday Mail for Heroes program on my radio show in Albany. Two years ago I collected 1,000 cards. Last year, we collected 6,000. I am very pleased to again partner with Senator Ritchie to reach families across Northern and Central New York.”
Louise Kellogg to be Honored at Wednesday’s Senior Health and Wellness Fair
State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing that she will honor longtime community volunteer Louise Kellogg with her Oswego County “Senior of the Year” award at the Senior Health and Wellness Fair, taking place at the Fulton War Memorial on Wednesday.
A volunteer since 1985, Louise has logged more than 4,000 volunteer hours. She volunteers regularly at Meadowbrook Manor, the Hannibal Senior Nutrition site, the Hannibal American Legion as well as a number of other organizations.
“Louise is a great example of what it means to truly be part of a community,” said Senator Ritchie. “Her dedication to serving others is remarkable, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to honor her as my Oswego County “Senior of the Year” at Wednesday’s event.”
Capt. Swenson to Receive Medal of Honor at White House Ceremony on Oct. 15
State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing that William Swenson, a former Army captain and Fort Drum soldier slated to receive the Medal of Honor next week, is now featured in her “Hometown Heroes” exhibit; a traveling tribute to recipients of the nation’s highest military honor now on display at museums, libraries and other locations throughout Central and Northern New York.
Capt. Swenson will be awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery during combat in Afghanistan in 2009 on October 15th at a special ceremony being held at the White House.
“Representing our nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor is awarded to those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve their country, and next week, we will pause to thank Capt. Swenson for his courageous actions,” said Senator Ritchie.
The newly unveiled St. Lawrence County budget represents a step in the right direction when it comes to getting the county’s finances back on track and providing real relief to hardworking taxpayers.
By presenting a plan that will immediately reduce property taxes, St. Lawrence County lawmakers are helping to alleviate the burden placed on homeowners.
Making this possible is the “home rule” legislation allowing St. Lawrence County to set its own sales tax rate. As a lawmaker who has spent the past several years working to reduce taxes, I remain opposed to raising taxes in St. Lawrence County, and anywhere else in New York State.
However, St. Lawrence County lawmakers have made a case that the home rule legislation is an important piece of the puzzle that will enable the county to rebuild its fund balance and save hardworking county taxpayers millions of dollars in unnecessary borrowing costs.
Brings Total Vaccinated Through St. Lawrence County Clinics to More than 300
More than 100 pets were vaccinated at State Senator Patty Ritchie’s no-cost rabies clinic, which took place Thursday evening in Gouverneur.
In total, more than 300 pets have been vaccinated through three no-cost clinics Senator Ritchie hosted in St. Lawrence County. The clinics—which were hosted in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department—were made possible through a special grant secured by Senator Ritchie.
For the third year in a row, New York Farm Bureau has named State Senator Patty Ritchie to its “Circle of Friends,” a recognition given to legislators who are strong supporters of the agricultural industry in New York State. “New York Farm Bureau is the voice of family farms across the Empire State. Being named one of their ‘Circle of Friends’ is a great honor for me,” said Senator Ritchie. “I grew up on a farm. I know how important agriculture is to New York State’s economy. That’s why I have worked closely with Farm Bureau and farmers across Central and Northern New York to make Albany aware of what we need to do keep farms and agribusinesses growing.”
To many people, fall is more than just a change in the weather. It’s everything from apple picking and fresh cider to homemade pumpkin pie and taking a drive to see the change in colors. Here in Upstate New York, we’re lucky to have an abundance of fall flavors and activities right in our backyard.
This year, there’s no shortage of fall fun—and food—to be had. A highlight this fall is one of the best apple crops in recent years. Following last year’s warm spring and early frost that led to less than ideal conditions for apple growers, this year’s orchards are full of fruit that is crisp, flavorful and ready for picking.
New York State is home to more than 650 apple orchards—in fact, the Central and Northern New York regions boast more than a dozen places where you can pick your own. For a full list of apple growers who sell directly to the public, click here. There, you’ll find not only a listing of orchards in our area, but also information on apple varieties, recipes, a history of New York State apples and so much more.
State Senator Patty Ritchie will offer area seniors tips for living healthy, active lifestyles at her annual Oswego County Senior Health and Wellness Fair, taking place at the Fulton War Memorial on October 9th.
The free event—which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.—will feature more than 50 organizations.
“Not only are seniors living longer, they’re living healthier too,” said Senator Ritchie.
“Offering health screenings, opportunities to talk with health professionals, giveaways and so much more, this event is a great resource for seniors in our area who are looking to improve their well-being and stay active.”
Those interested in preregistering can do so here.
Earlier this month, more than 1,000 people attended Senator Ritchie’s Jefferson County Senior Health and Wellness Fair. In addition to her Jefferson and Oswego County events, Senator Ritchie will also host a Senior Health and Wellness Fair in St. Lawrence County on October 23rd.
Legislation To Spotlight Lisbon, Black Lake And Winthrop Wineries
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced plans to introduce legislation in January to establish a St. Lawrence County Wine Trail to help put local winemakers and vineyards on the map, boost local businesses and create jobs in the North Country.
“St. Lawrence County can now proudly say that it has three outstanding local wine producers in Lisbon, Black Lake and Winthrop,” said Senator Ritchie. “Unfortunately, a lot of people have yet to discover River Myst, Bella Brooke and High Peaks wineries. My legislation will literally put these three local businesses on the map. Just as importantly, it will create a new county-wide tourist destination that will provide new business and employment opportunities for neighboring restaurants, stores and attractions.”
Nearly 170 pets were vaccinated through a free rabies clinic hosted Thursday evening in Louisville by State Senator Patty Ritchie; bringing the total number of animals vaccinated so far through her no-cost clinics to more than 230.
Thursday’s clinic was the second of six clinics being held in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties made possible through a special state grantsecured by Senator Ritchie. Senator Ritchie secured the funding in response to an increase of wildlife rabies cases. So far this year, St. Lawrence County has confirmed 23 cases of rabies and Jefferson County has confirmed five cases.