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PON also develped a beautification plan. They assigned some of the funds for decorative annual plants. Profusely flowering hanging baskets, with dazzling blooms, make the center of town look something like a resort. Maintenance for the plants has been shared over the years by a variety of community members. In December, holiday decorations are put up in LaFayette Park. In the past, decorations would go on the evergreens, and wooden figures depicting a cheerful scene of Santa's workshop were displayed on LaFayette Park. Most recently, it's been a "Festival of Lights!" A tree lighting ceremony kicks off the season (the first Sunday following Thanksgiving), with everyone invited to sing carols, and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies afterwards. If anyone would like to place our poster for this event in their place of business, please use this linked PDF version.
New plans are in the works at the PON meetings for an exciting new fair. Unlike the craft fairs that they've had before in Oxford, this one will be an Agricultural event! Central New York's "Festival of Farms" is proposed for 2006. It will be a fine example of "Agritourism": the act of bringing consumers and farmers together for the purpose of education, entertainment, family fun, and income enhancement. In addition, 3rd/4th year SUNY Morrisville students could help organize the Agritourism festival for college intern credits. Watch for details in the News sidebar of this site.
On a grander scale, in 2001, PON members discussed and drew up
an overall, long-term proposal for the Village. Ideally, if funds
would permit, hiking trails, that loop around both East and West
sides of Route 12, would be created. Four trails have been proposed:
the "Healthy-Heart Trail"; the "Challenge Trail";
the "East Side Historic Loop" and the "West Side
The purposes of this effort were to provide for safe pedestrian movement for children using the schools and the outdoor athletic facilities in the Village; provide safe corridors for joggers, walkers and strollers, thus encouraging healthy habits and lifestyles among villagers; and to connect natural and historic features that reflect Oxford's sense of place.
One consideration was to redefine Route 12 into a "Village Main Street". A grand vista of sidewalks basically from South of the Village, nearly all the way to the North end of Route 12 by the Soccer Farm. This welcoming walkway could be planted with street trees, and set with pedestrian-scale street lamps lighting the way. It would make a greater area for shops and restaurants, encourage long holiday parades, and an area (safe) for strolling, shopping and lingering.
Another idea that came out of PON was to create a landmark: a Burr Truss Pedestrian Bridge to cross the Chenango River. Burr was an historic bridge truss designer/builder who lived in Oxford, NY. If it were possible to build, the proposed bridge would be a tribute to Theodore Burr, and it would attract fans of covered bridges, from all over.
Since the 2001 proposal, headway has been made on the "River Walk" trail by the Oxford Garden Club and the Headwaters Youth Conservation Corp. (directed by "The Place" in Norwich, NY). Slowly and steadily members of the community are making progress. It all started with a PON plan!
All of these ideas and improvements have come out of the members of PON. Anyone who is inspired to help and be a part of the promoting of Oxford may join. They will be included in the widely distributed brochure, receive the PON newsletter, be invited to PON meetings (where they will meet other concerned/involved members sharing enthusiastic ideas), as well as inclusion on this new website. You can also be a "Friend" of PON - no business connection necessary - just support in any way possible (time/energy/suggestions). All contributions are gratefully accepted. This website was also conceived by a member of PON, Roy Petersen (of Woollybear Web).
Now-thru-Oct. 31, Masks of Etosha Exhibit at 6 On The Square.
Thursdays at 6:30 PM, Rotary Club Meeting (every Thurs.) at American Legion Post #376.
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7 PM, Lions Club Meeting at Fred's Inn Restaurant.
Thursdays "Trapshooting Thursdays" at the Oxford Rod & Gun Club. Check with them for scheduled times.
Sept. 6 & 20; Oct. 4 & 18, 7:30 PM, Karaoke at Legion Post 376. Open to public. (1st & 3rd Saturday/mo.)
Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, 7 PM, A.L. Legionnaires Meet at Legion Post 376.(3rd Mon/month)
Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 10; 7:00 PM, AL Auxiliary Unit 376 meets (2nd Monday/mo.) in Legion Post 376. (Sept. is delayed due to Labor Day.)
Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3rd, 2014, 7:00 PM, American Legion's SAL Meets at Post 376. (1st Wed/monthly. Not in Jan. or Feb.).
Oct. 11, Nov. 8, & Dec. 13, 2014, 5-7 PM, Second Saturday Spaghetti Dinner at St. Paul's Church.
Oct. 4, 5-7 PM, Oxtoberfest dinner at Legion Post 376 sponsored by ALA.
Oct. 4, 7:30 PM, The Grand Slambovians at 6 On The Square.
Nov. 12, 2014, 10 AM, OIDC meets (quarterly mtgs.) at Village Hall.