August 5, 2022
The Oswego County Housing Office recently held an awards ceremony to recognize the winners of this year’s Oswego County Fair Housing Coloring Contest. Students from across the county are invited to participate by coloring their idea of what fair housing means.
The competition is open to children from 4 to 12 years old, separated into two age groups. In the 4-7 age group, Fulton’s Harper Prall won first place; Fulton’s Makenna McWilliams took second place; and MaKenna Olschewske, also of Fulton, took third place. Winners in the 8-12 age group include Cora Goetz of Hannibal, first place; Jessalyn D. of Hannibal, second place; and Fulton’s Kendall Buckingham, third place.
Fulton Savings Bank gave away $50, $35 and $25 gift certificates for first, second and third prizes in the 4-7 age group. Pathfinder Bank awarded the same prizes for the 8-12 age group. All winners received a game of bowling from Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.
All nominations were posted at the county housing office where a blind vote was held for members of the public and other county employees. The winning works will be displayed at the Oswego County Fair in Sandy Creek, Wednesday August 17th through Sunday August 21st.
The annual contest is one of the ways Oswego County marks the Fair Housing Act of 1968, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In the years that followed, the Oswego County Legislature passed two local laws supporting equal housing opportunity for all county residents. The organization appointed a Fair Housing Officer and established the Fair Housing Council to promote the Fair Housing Act.
The law prohibits discrimination based on certain personal characteristics in the sale, rental or advertising of housing, in the provision of housing brokerage services or in the availability of residential real estate. These traits include race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, marital status, and nation of origin.
For more information on fair housing in Oswego County, go to https://www.oswegocounty.com/departments/housing_assistance/index.php.
A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLORS – The winners of the Oswego County Fair Housing Coloring Contest were recently recognized for their entries. Pathfinder Bank, Fulton Savings Bank and Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego offered prizes to the winners. Pictured left are Oswego County Fair Housing Officer Kelly Allen; MaKenna Olschewske of Fulton, third place, ages 4-7; Makenna McWilliams of Fulton, second place, ages 4-7; Harper Prall of Fulton, first place, ages 4-7; Cora Goetz of Hannibal, first place, ages 8-12; Jessalyn D. of Hannibal, second place, ages 8-12; Ishrat Ahmed, Pathfinder Bank; and Robert Chetney, Fulton Savings Bank. Missing from the photo is Kendall Buckingham of Fulton, third, aged 8-12.