News in brief

The Fulton Art Association will host its eighth High School Invitational Art and Photography Show from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1 (today) and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2 in the Community Room in the Fulton Municipal Building.

High school students from Fulton, Hannibal, Oswego and Phoenix school districts compete in up to 14 media, including 3D, ceramics, drawing, acrylics, watercolors, oils, printmaking, mixed media and photography.

The show is free. An artists’ reception will be held Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Every show visitor can vote for his or her favorite piece in the competition.   The winner of the public’s vote wins the Viewers’ Choice Award. Viewers’ Choice voting results will be in the local newspapers.

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The Oswego County Farm Bureau will host its March Coffeecake Meeting at 1 p.m. Monday, March 3 at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union in Mexico. Located on Scenic Avenue/Route 3 North.

The featured speaker will be an official with UnitedWind, a wind power company, with a presentation on windmills for farm and landowners. As always, light refreshments will be served.

The Coffeecake Meetings are free and open to the public as well as Farm Bureau members.

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A meatball and spaghetti dinner is set for 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. Saturday,  March 8, at the First United Methodist Church of Oswego, 7111 Route 104, just west of SUNY Oswego entrance.

The menu consists of homemade meatballs, homemade sauce, homemade marinara sauce for vegetarians, salad, bread, drinks and dessert.

Takeouts and preorders the day of the dinner can be done by calling 343-6335.

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The Dugway Methodist Church will host a corned beef and ham and cabbage dinner from noon to 3 p.m. March 9.

Homemade desserts, coffee, tea and lemonade are included with the meal.

Also, there will be a Gospel Musical at 2 p.m., with bands such as Misfits, Forgiven Stranger, Charlie Tanguama and Steve Wilson and Karen and Wayne performing.

Dugway Methodist Church is located on Route 104 (2 miles east of I-81 Mexico Exit).

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The SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center will host a free information session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, for people who are interested in learning more about a professional career in medical billing and coding.

The medical coding program is offered through an interactive online training in partnership with CodeSmart University.

The course is open to each student for 18 months from the date they enroll, and the program is self-paced so students can go as fast or slow as they would like.

The U.S. Department of Labor has projected that medical coding and billing jobs will grow at a greater than average rate. In New York, the current average salary of a medical coder is just less than $40,000 per year.

To register for the free information session, call the SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center at 934-4900 by March 4.

The SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center is at 70 County Route 59 in Oswego County’s Industrial Park.

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Blessings in a Backpack Blast fundraiser is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 15 at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 120 W. Fifth St., Oswego.

Luncheon of corned beef and toasted cheese sandwiches will be served. There also will be a craft sale, vendors, baked goods, a silent auction of baskets, quilts, baskets and more.

Sponsored by the Oswego-Fulton Lutheran-Episcopal Faith Partnership, Blessings in a Backpack provides food for school children on weekends.

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The West Monroe Volunteer Fire Department will have a pancake breakfast at its fire station from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, March 16.

The menu consists of pancakes, French toast, sausage, ham, eggs cooked to order, toast, tomato or orange juice, coffee, tea, hot cocoa or milk.

The West Monroe Fire Station is located on County Route 11, two-tenths of a mile north of State Route 49 in West Monroe, and can be found on the Web at westmonroefire.org.

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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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Fulton author Jim Farfaglia will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday March 18 at the Oswego Public Library in the Community Room.

He will talk about his book about muck farms in Oswego County titled “Of The Earth,” a compilation of oral histories garnered from Oswego County muck farmers. Farfaglia also writes a weekly poem for The Valley News.

Oswego County has about 4,000 acres of muck land, an organic-rich soil that produces high-quality vegetables.

The book includes narration by muck farmers, their families, neighbors and agricultural support staff on how the mucks were formed and modernized and why living a muck-farm life is a unique experience.

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