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“A Festival of Lessons, Carols and Candlelight” will be hosted by the First United Church on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

The service will feature the reading of familiar Christmas scripture, the singing of traditional Christmas carols, the music ministry of the Chancel Choir and the United Voices Quartet, and the lighting of candles at the close of the service.

Ella Matteson Hicks and Burton Phillips, choir director, will each present a solo to the service. The public is welcome to attend. The facility is accessible to the physically disabled.


An Old Fashioned Christmas Pageant will be one of the highlights of the Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve at the Fulton Alliance Church.

Children age 4 through sixth grade have been working very hard on acting and memorizing their lines and look forward to presenting our church a play about the birth of the Christ Child.

The event will include familiar Christmas carols, scripture, and beautiful angelic faces.  It will be followed by a message from the Rev. J. Spurling, senior pastor, and the traditional candlelight service.

The Fulton Alliance is located at 1044 State Route 48, Fulton, 1/2 south of the city line.


The Mass schedule has been announced for the holiday for St. Joseph’s and St. Stephen’s churches in Oswego.

They are:

Christmas Eve — 4 p.m. Vigil at St. Joseph’s; 7 p.m. Vigil at St. Stephen’s; Midnight Mass at St. Stephen’s

Christmas Day — 9 a.m. Mass at St. Stephen’s; 11 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph’s

New Year’s Day — 9 a.m. Mass at St. Stephen’s; 11 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph’s


State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton will have two services Christmas Eve.

There will be services at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. The 5 p.m. is family oriented while the 11 p.m. service is a traditional candlelight service.

State Street United Methodist Church is on State Street, Fulton.


Embroidery has always been a popular needle art, stimulating the imagination and at the same time providing a wonderful look.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Program will be holding classes in which youth will have the opportunity to learn how to embroider.

The workshops series will be offered Tuesdays, Jan. 7 and Jan. 21. Classes run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Oswego County Cooperative Extension Office in Mexico.

This hands on program is open to all youth ages, 8-19. Pre-registration is required by Friday,  Jan. 3.  An $8 registration fee includes your pattern and embroidery supplies. It is requested that an adult accompany a child.

To register for this learn how to embroider class or to receive information about Oswego County 4-H, call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County at 963-7286, Ext. 302 or by email at


The office of Dr. Padma Ram is relocating to 300 State Route 104 East, Oswego effective Monday Dec. 23.

Lake Ontario Prompt Medical Care will be opening January 2014.


Three men recently graduated from the New York State Police Academy.

They are: Justin A. Morrison, Fulton; Derek T. Collins of Constantia; and John M. McGuire of Central Square.

A total of 180 men and woman took part in the 200th session graduation ceremony from the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy.


Mayor Tom Gillen has scheduled the Organizational/Special Meeting of the Common Council for 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2.

At the beginning of the meeting, City Court Judge the Honorable James Metcalf will swear in the councilors for their two-year terms of office.



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