News in brief

The Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church recently joined in making Christmas Shoe Boxes with other area churches to help with the Mission of Operation Christmas Child.

The 84 shoe boxes were completed under the direction of Betty Crouch. The boxes contained toys, school supplies, toothbrushes, tooth paste, soap, wash cloths, hair brushes, combs, flashlights, hard candy, socks, etc.

The church is located on County Route 45, Fulton.


The third annual Holly Jolly Christmas Party for adults will be hosted by the Open Doors Neighborhood Center of First United Church of Fulton from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8.

The Hannibal Jammers will bring the featured entertainment. Christmas carols will be sung, games of wit and wisdom will be played and tasty refreshments will be shared.

This event is open to the greater Fulton community and is offered free of charge.The Open Doors Neighborhood Center was established by the First United Church of Fulton in order to build bridges of hospitality and friendship with the greater Fulton Community.

The center also is conducting a Family Christmas Experience at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13.  This event will feature crafts, storytelling, fun Christmas songs, pictures taken with Santa and refreshments. It is open to thecommunity and is free.


The Alzheimer’s caregiver support group held in Central Square will not meet in December.

The meetings normally are at Divine Mercy Parish Center on S. Main St. They will resume in January.

For more information, call 676-7533.

The caregivers support group at The Manor At Seneca Hill will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 18. Call 349-5341 for information.

These caregiver support groups promote an open forum of sharing and discussion amongst people facing many of the same issues that arise from caring for a person with Alzheimer’s.


The Friends of History are putting on their 25th annual Parade of Trees from Dec. 2 to Dec. 13 at the Pratt House Museum in Fulton.

The event opens with an open house from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 1. The trees can be seen from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday thorugh Friday Dec. 2-6 and Dec. 9-13.

The trees have been decorated by local organizations and businesses and visitors then vote for their favorites.

Admission is free..


The 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 or family member, living or deceased, a service member or anyone you would like to remember at this special time of the year.

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.

If you would like to remember someone special at this time of the year, send your 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.


The Schroeppel Historical society building will host a local art and craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7.

Local artists and crafters offer all original woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry, bird houses, furniture, knitted items and more  in charming holiday setting.

Visitors also can bid on a gingerbread model of the old church which now houses Schroeppel Historical Society, a carved welcome bear and more than 20 new small appliances in the silent auction.

There also will be a bake sale and free coffee.


The Oswego Public Library’s Library Learning Center is offering Mouse and Keyboard practice sessions from 2 to 4 p.m.  Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

In addition to workshops, the  Library Learning Center will feature Email Basics, Downloading Ebooks for Ipads and Google Drive.  Dates and times are as follows:

Email basics, 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 10

Downloading Ebooks for Ipads, 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 13

Google Drive, 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 17.

The Library Learning Center is located on the lower level of the Oswego Public Library, and is open Monday-Saturday.   All programs are free and open to the public.

Please call the library at 341-5867 to register for workshops or if you have further questions.


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 in Pennellville.

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 join together, under the direction of Lenore Hoxie, to usher in the Christmas season with song and narration.

A free-will offering will be taken to help out the Phoenix Food Pantry. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following each performance.


A roast beef dinner will be served at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville.

The menu will consist of roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, coleslaw, rolls and butter. There will be a wide selection of homemade pies and other desserts. Coffee, tea, cool aid and water will also be available.

Music will be provided while you wait to be seated.  The ladies from the church also have a variety of crafts and goodies for sale. There is a large supply of used books available at reasonable prices.


The guidance department of G. Ray Bodley High School in the Fulton City School District will host its annual Financial Aid Night for students and their parents or guardians from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9  in the high school auditorium.

Kathy Flaherty, a representative from the financial aid office at the SUNY Oswego will present information about the types and sources of financial aid available to undergraduate students and familiarize attendees with the federal and state forms needed in order to apply.

Informative handouts will also be available to those in attendance.

High school juniors and seniors, and their parents or guardians, should make a  point of attending to receive information about this important topic, but parents of students at any grade level are invited to attend to become acquainted with the process.

For more information, call the guidance department at 593-5400. The snow date is 7 p.m. Dec. 10.


The Red Creek Westbury United Methodist Church has two Christmas events coming up.

A Holiday Bell Concert is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the church on Church Street, Red Creek. The concert will feature the bell choirs from the Methodist Church and West Baptist Church.

Then at 2 p.m. Dec. 22, the Tri-County Singers will perform “On this Shining Night” by Susan and Lee Dengler. A children’s choir, hand bells and soloists will be featured.


The Granby Youth Program will have its Christmas party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 17 at the Granby Community Center.

It is open to all youths in the town of Granby.

Mandatory RSVP is required by Dec. 6 to Jennifer Brown at 447-1796.


The Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers JAC, Local Union #2 (Syracuse), will conduct a recruitment from Nov. 7, 2013 through Oct. 2, 2014 for five tile, marble & terrazzo finisher apprentices; five pointer, caulker and cleaner apprentices; five bricklayer, mason & plasterer apprentices; and two cement finisher or cement mason apprentices, said state Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera.

Applications can be obtained at the Bricklayers Local Union #2 (Syracuse), 7705 Maltage Drive, Liverpool, NY, from noon to 6 p.m., the first Thursday of each month, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period. All applications must be received no later than Oct. 9, 2014.


The Lamson Road Community Church is the Phoenix-area drop-off center for Operation Christmas Child — the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.

Volunteers are on hand to receive an expected 1,100 gift-filled shoeboxes, packed by Phoenix residents with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

The collection site will be open during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 18–25.

A list of additional nearby locations around Phoenix can be found online.

For additional information about Operation Christmas Child, please visit


The Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Local Union #2 (Oswego), will conduct a recruitment from Nov. 7, 2013 through Oct. 2, 2014 for two bricklayer-mason-plasterer apprentices, said state Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera.

Applications can be obtained at the Bricklayers Local #2 (Oswego), 7705 Maltlage Drive, Liverpool, NY, from noon to 6 p.m., he first Thursday of each month, excluding legal holidays during the recruitment period.

All applications must be received no later than Oct. 9, 2014. Applicants can call  622-2081 to request an application, or for additional information.


New Haven seniors will be going to Lancaster, Pa. to see “Moses” in late April at the Sight and Sound theater.

The deposit for taking this trip is due Jan 1.

Call Elaine Parkhurst at 343-9475 for more details.




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