News in brief

Trinity United Methodist Church in Oswego will be serving a special benefit all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 4 a.m. to noon, Black Friday, Nov. 29.

This will benefit a local family who has recently lost a child,  to help defray their medical costs.

The menu includes your choice of pancakes or French toast, sausage, juice, coffee or tea. Extra sides may be purchased as well.

Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 45 E. Utica St., Oswego.

For more information you may call the church at 343-1715.

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A Holiday Open House is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Red Schoolhouse Maple in Palermo.

Co-owner Kim Enders said atendees will be able to sample recipes using the business’s 100 percent pure maple syrup while browsing through our many gift baskets and maple products for holiday gift giving.

The “Sugarhouse” is decorated for the holiday season and we’ll have complimentary maple coffee to warm you up.

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The John C. Birdlebough High School Guidance Department will host an informational session on financial aid and  paying for college at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the high school auditorium.

Kathy Flaherty, assistant director of financial aid at SUNY Oswego will present information about the types and sources of financial aid available to undergraduate students and familiarize attendees with how to complete the FAFSA and TAP forms.

She also will discuss how to access grants, loans or work-study options, all of which may help defray the cost of attending college or other accredited program.

For more information, call the guidance department at J.C. Birdlebough High  at 695-1645. The snow date 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

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Oswego County Hospice will have its annual hospice tree lighting ceremony from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union, Scenic Avenue, Mexico.

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is offering two workshops on holiday wreath making.

The first workshop is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and the second is 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

Supplies provided will be a 14-inch wire ring, greens, pinecones and bows.   Participants need to bring a hammer and garden/work gloves are recommended.

The program will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County office at 3288 Main St., Mexico.

Instructor for the two workshops will be Master Gardner Jan Smith. There is a $15 fee per person for this program. Pre-registration with payment is required; make sure you get your reservations in early the workshop does fill quickly.

Both workshops are limited to 10 participants, and only one wreath per registered participant.  To guarantee your spot, call 963-7286.

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The West Monroe Historical Society is preparing for its annual wreath sale from Nov. 29 to Dec. 21.

A variety of sizes, types of greens and embellishments are available. The sale hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

You may pre-order your wreath by calling 676-7414 or 668-3780. Horizontal and vertical swags large and small and easels for cemetery use are also offered. Prices range from $10 to $75 for 12 inches to 48 inches.

Anyone who wants to volunteer to help make and sell wreaths, call one of the above numbers.

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North Volney Methodist Church is sponsoring a Lights of Christmas tree for the upcoming Christmas season.

Lights will be sold for $5 each and can be dedicated to a friend, family member or service member living or deceased. The tree will be lit through the Christmas season on the church grounds at the corner of County Routes 4 and 6 in the Town of Volney.

To purchase a light, send a check for $5 for each name, payable to North Volney UMC along with the list of names to the following address: Beverly Beck, 139 Island Rd., Phoenix, NY  13135.  Questions? Call 593-6825.

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The Nu 2 U Christmas sale and Christmas cookie sale at Trinity United Methodist Church is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at the church.

There will be many kinds of cookies sold by the pound and the Nu 2 U sale will include many gently used Christmas items for gifts and decorations.

Anyone wishing to donate items for the sale may do so between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on or after Dec. 2. You also can call the church at 343-1715.

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Central Square Masons and Eastern Star are having a roast beef supper at 4 p.m. Saturday Dec. 7 at the lodge on state Route 49 east of the village.

The menu consists of all-you-can-eat roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, cole slaw, vegetable, dessert, milk, coffe and tea.

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The Mexico Historical Society will present its annual Christmas Concert as part of the Christmas in Mexico celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 in the First Presbyterian Church, Church Street, Mexico.

Many fine area musicians including Laura Washburn, Charrie Lehman, Bill Nicholson, Brianna Jessmore, Concinnity and the Mexico Brass will perform.

A cookie reception will follow.

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Red Schoolhouse Maple will have a Christmas pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 8 at the maple sugarhouse in Palermo.

The “Sugarhouse” is beautifully decorated, the holiday music is playing and the aroma of maple is everywhere. Enjoy “scratch made” pancakes and pair them with farm raised, locally produced sausage from the Adirondack Beef Co.

Breakfast comes with our famous maple coffee, juice and milk. There also will be maple products available for your gift giving needs.

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Lowell and Carol Newvine, historians from Hannibal, presented a program on the Civil War at the Womens Club of Fulton, Oct. 23 at the Lock Restaurant.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and Emancipation Proclamation, Lowell and Carol depicted Hannibal residents, Albert Teague and his wife, Nancy. They read letters that Albert sent to his wife while he was serving in the military. Both Albert and Nancy were Hannibal residents.

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The 40th annual Christmas Cantata will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Pennellville United Methodist Church at 389 County Route 54.

There also be a performance at 7 p.m. Sunday Dec. 8 at the Fulton Alliance Church, 1044 State Route 48, Fulton.

The cantata choir will present “On This Shining Night” by Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler. More than 60 voices from at least 20 area churches will participate.

A free-will offering will be taken to help out the Phoenix Food Pantry.

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