News in Brief

A book launch party is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday Feb. 22 at the Salmon River Fine Arts Center.

The Visionary Book Launch Party and book signing will celebrate the launch for Alyshia Hull’s latest novel: The Visionary, a mystery for young adults. Hull will have copies available for purchase, she will provide autographs and there will be photo props to have your picture taken with her.

A small reception will be held in her honor, with gold/black themed balloons and light refreshments.

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The Minetto United Methodist Church will host a free dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.

The menu will be meat loaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable and dessert. Donations are not expected but will be accepted.

A collection shed has recently been placed in the parking lot at the back of the church for usable clothing items that can be recycled. Acceptable items include: all clothing, shoes, sneakers, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes, and stuffed toys.

The building is fully accessible and is located at the corner of State Route 48 and County Route 8, one block south of the Stewarts Shop, midway between Oswego and Fulton, in the village of Minetto.

For more information about programs and services call 343-0613 or visit our website at MinettoUMC.org.

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The Oswego Valley ATV Club is having its eighth annual NASCAR chicken barbecue from noon until sold out Feb. 23 at the Hannibal American Legion.

The dinner consists of a half chicken, baked beans, potatoes, macaroni salad and a dinner roll.

The dinner is eat in or take out. There also will be 50/50s and club members will be taking information for club registration from ATV owners.

For more information, go to the website at www.oswegovalleyatvclub.com

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A program about maple syrup is set for 3 p.m. Sunday Feb. 23 at the Arts in the HeART Gallery in downtown Fulton.

Rich Finzer, of Ira, Cayuga County, will talk about his book “Maple On Tap,” which tells the novice how to tap those maple trees and make delicious syrup.

The program will also include a talk on how to use maple syrup in cooking.

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On Monday, Feb. 24, New Haven Senior Citizens will meet at noon at the Congregational Church for a shared meal, brief business meeting, followed by a program with Sheriff Reuel Todd.

All seniors are welcome, just bring  a dish to share and table service.

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CNY Arts Center ushers in National Arts Education Month with a showcase of Young Performers, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at The Arts Center, 357 State St. in Fulton.

With a generous grant from the Shineman Foundation, CNY Arts Center will spotlight several talented young people making their marks in the performing arts.

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The American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. Saturday March 1 at the First Universalist Church of Central Square.

Anyone 17 years of age or older, you can give the gift of life by donating blood.  Call 1-800-RED-CROSS, (1-800-733-2767) to schedule an appointment.

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The Red Creek Westbury United Methodist Church is planning a prayer service at 2 p.m. March 7 as part of the World Day of Prayer 2014 celebration.

The prayer service, written by women in Egypt, calls about attendees to look for “streams in the desert.”

The church is at 6837 Church St., Red Creek.

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The Callimachus Masonic Lodge on Main Street in Phoenix is having fish dinners and seafood dinners throughout Lent.

The dinners will be from 5 to 7 p.m. March 7, 14, 21, and 28 and April 4, 11 and 18.

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The Oswego Democratic Committees (both City and County) announce the first Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. March 14 at Bridie Manor in Oswego.

The dinner is named after United States Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. Thomas  Jefferson is credited for forming the modern Democratic Party and Andrew Jackson was the first Democratic Party President, serving from 1829 to 1837.  There have been 15 Democratic Presidents.

The celebration will feature state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. There also will be a launch of the “Grow Oswego” campaign.

Guests will dine on a menu of roast beef, roast chicken, seafood newburg, Italian roast potatoes, chef salad, pasta with sauce, bread and butter, coffee and tea. Tickets are $25 along with a cash bar and can be purchased from any of the Committee Members or reserved by calling 439-2040.

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The SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse will offer programs on two Thursdays in March designed to help participants learn how to better use communication skills to be more successful and effective in personal and work relationships.

The programs — “Cultivating Positive Attitudes and Emotions” on March 6 and “Relationship Building Through Assertive Communication” on March 17 — will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Metro Center, 2 Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse.

Mike Mullins, who will lead the interactive sessions, is a trainer who helps participants gain insights and real skills that can be used immediately.

The programs will utilize mindfulness techniques that will help people become more aware of how they interact with and react to people and will show them how they can be more assertive to get more out of their relationships.

Each program is $100. To learn more, visit oswego.edu/success or call the SUNY Oswego Metro Center at 399-4100.

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The Alzheimer’s Association is having caregiver support groups in Oswego County in March and April.

They will be at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at Divine Mercy Parish Center (St. Michael’s), 592 S. Main St., Central Square and at 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Manor at Seneca Hill, 20 Manor Dr., Minetto.

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County in collaboration with Oswego County Soil and Water, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the United State Department Of Agriculture Farm Service Agency is sponsoring a workshop for agriculture producers on how each of these agencies can assist them when everything doesn’t go to plan.

The four agriculture agencies that serve the farmers and residents in Oswego County will be together from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union Community Room, 5828 Scenic Ave, Mexico.

The day is geared toward beginning and experienced farmers alike who are looking for information on how to improve or expand their agriculture businesses.

Federal and state programs will be discussed including some cost-share programs.

The goal is to improve the awareness of agriculture agencies that are available to address the challenges faced by agriculture producers in Oswego County.

There is no cost to attend but registration for lunch is needed by noon Tuesday, Feb. 25 by calling Brenda at 963-7286, ext. 201.

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The Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville, will be having a roast beef dinner at 4 p.m. Saturday March 8.

The menu will consist of roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, beans, coleslaw, rolls and butter.  You may choose from a wide selection of homemade pies and other desserts.  Coffee, tea, cool aid and water will also be available.  The dinner is served family style.

Music will be provided while you wait to be seated. There also are crafts, goodies and books for sale.

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County will host a workshop to help new owners and veterans get acquainted with their sewing machines from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, located on Main Street in Mexico.

During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to clean, oil and maintain their personal appliance.  Attendees should bring their sewing machine with its manual, foot control, and attachments with them.

Workshop cost is $8 per person.  To register for this class or to learn more about Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, call 963-7286, ext. 301 by Thursday, March 13.

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