News in brief

J.J. Lane, contractor for the on-going combined sewer separation project in Oswego, says there will be some road closures and detours the week of Dec. 9 due to the project.

Weather permitting, the road closure/detour will go into effect at 7 a.m. Dec. 9 at the intersection of West First Street and Ellen Street. All southbound traffic on Route 48 (West First Street), will turn onto Murray Street and proceed to Munn Street, turning east onto Munn and continuing to Route 48.

All northbound traffic on Route 48 (West First Street) will be detoured at Munn Street, proceeding on Munn Street to Murray Street, turning north onto Murray Street and continuing to Route 48.

On Friday, Dec. 13, the intersection at West First Street and Ellen Street will re-open to all traffic.

Call the city engineer’s office at 342-8153, if you have any questions or concerns.

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The Fulton Medical Center will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 in the healthcare facility’s lower level conference room.

Members of the public are encouraged to donate a pint of blood during the drive. To make an appointment, call 592-3505. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Those donating are asked to use the Park Street entrance.

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The congregation of the Southwest Oswego United Methodist Church is preparing for its annual Live Nativity and Nativities by Candlelight event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

Church members will present a tableau of the special night at Bethlehem when Christ was born in the manger. The scene, which also includes live animals, will take place outside in the shed.

Inside the church sanctuary a wide variety of Nativity sets will be on display in candlelight. The Nativity sets, on loan from church families and friends, have in past years ranged in size from a scene in a walnut shell to a large white ceramic set.

Last year there were over 100 sets on display. There are new additions every year as some church members have started collecting Nativity sets.

There will be some new surprise additions to the live Nativity this year. The gazebo will be decorated with trees and lights, making it a perfect spot for family pictures.

Children attending will receive a special Nativity gift from Ernie the donkey. Cookies and cocoa will be served.                                                                                                                                               The church is at 7721 State Route 104 west.

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The annual St. Joseph’s Church’ Craft Show and Bake Sale  is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Parish Center, across from the YMCA.

Fifty vendors will be available. The site is handicapped accessible.

Homemade soup and chili will be served for lunch as well as home-baked goodies for dessert. Proceeds from this year’s show will again benefit the building repairs.

The show will feature a huge bake sale as well as craft item such as , including homemade breads, rolls and dog sweaters and catnip toys, handmade crocheted and knitted hats, sweaters, scarves and mittens, angels dressed in brocade, doll clothes for Barbie and other baby dolls. Crochet-topped towels, slippers, scarves, jewelry, Christmas wreaths, lamps and nightlights created from recycled wine bottles, birdhouses and walking sticks.

Hourly raffles also will be drawn and you must be present to win.

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Oswego AmeriCorps Member Gabrielle Vono will be hosting a community involvement project to benefit the Oswego Animal Shelter.

Vono is asking for donations of canned dog or cat food to help increase the shelters supply.

Donations can be made directly at the shelter from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, the Oswego AmeriCorps Youth Bureau entrance from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday- Friday, or the Fulton Public Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Donations will be accepted Dec. 3 through 23.

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About 200 jobs are expected to be created by the end of next year when Gatehouse Media’s Center for News and Design relocates to Austin, Texas.

Gatehouse Media, based in Fairport outside of Rochester, owns and operates 431 newspapers, including the Palladium-Times in Oswego.

The move is expected to be completed by spring 2014 when all design house publications will transition to Austin.

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It is New Year’s Resolution time and the Red Creek Community Center has you covered.

The center is offering new classes this session. Classes include: Build and Burn Total Body Workout, Personal Training, Yoga, Bone Builders Osteoporosis Club, Twinges and Hinges Arthritis Club, Walk/Run Group, Weight Loss Body Transformation Program, Full Court Pick-Up Basketball for ages 16+ and Full Court Pick-Up Basketball for ages 40+, recreational volleyball league, and Red Cross Swimming Lessons.

Registration for all programs begins Friday, Dec. 13. All classes begin the week of Jan. 4.

The Red Creek Community Center also has a fitness room with Cybex strength equipment, cardio equipment, and free weights, a gymnasium with an indoor track, a 25-yard pool with 1 meter spring board, a sauna, steam room and spa, a racquetball court and multi-purpose room.

Stop by the Community Center or call 754-2065 for more information.

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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 program was founded to to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world.

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

The church is located on County Route 45, Fulton.

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Believers Chapel North invites you to come and celebrate with us as we enter into this new Holiday Season.

The church meets at 10 a.m. every Sunday. The music is contemporary in style and the sermons are relevant to everyday life. Full family ministry is offered each Sunday.

Doors are open several times during the week for various activities.  The community is invited to all upcoming events. Arise Youth Ministries meets weekly from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the church. Teens in grades seven through 12 are welcome.

The next Second Friday Prayer will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 13. Anyone is welcome to join this time of prayer.

A coffee house is conducted at 7 p.m. the fourth Friday of every month. This is a relaxed atmosphere with a few songs of worship and some discussion around the topic of “God is…”  Then there is time for coffee and socializing.

A favorite event at Believers Chapel North is the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service from 6 to 7 p.m. It is a beautiful tradition of Christmas carols, drama, worship, an encouraging message and candle lighting.

Believers Chapel North can be found at bcnorth.org or by calling 963-4100. The church is located at 5375 State Route 3 in Mexico, one mile south of the Mexico post office.

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