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Doyle’s Bikes in Fulton is collecting used bicycles to give away at the Fulton Police Department Bike Rodeo in May.

Doyle’s will repair the donated bicycles to make them safe to ride, and then give them to children of all ages who come to the bike rodeo. Children must go through the Bicycle Safety Obstacle Course with the police before obtaining a bike.

Anyone with an underused or unwanted bicycle to donate can drop it off at Doyle’s Bikes, 316 W. First St., Fulton, 592-4537. Afternoons are preferable for drop off.

The more bicycles received, the more can be given away.

The annual Fulton Police Department Bike Rodeo focuses on bicycle safety and is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday May 31.

The children will receive a new bicycle helmet, choose a used bicycle to keep (while supplies last) and ride it through a police-directed obstacle course. They can also register their bike, play in the bouncy rides, and receive free refreshments.

This is a community collaboration, led by the Fulton Police Department.

For more information, call Doyle’s Bike Shop or Kelley Weaver 402-7431.


Dan Schall will be in concert at 7 p.m. May 9 at Sterling Methodist Church.

Schall and his wife, Linda, travel thousands of miles each year spreading the Gospel message in song and words.


A Make-it Take-it craft fair for Mothers Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday May 10 at Believers Chapel Fulton, 614 S. Fourth St., Fulton.

This event is for kids, mom, dads or anyone to get together to make a new craft item. The kitchen also will be open and there will be a 50/50 drawing.

The church’s youth group also will be on hand to wrap any gifts made for mom.


The annual Spring Rummage Sale at Palermo United Methodist Church is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday May 9 and 10 and May 16 and 17.

A large variety of items that have been donated not only by church members, but also from the community. Come and browse the wide selection of new and gently used household items, furniture, Baby gear, clothing, coats, toys, gift ware, collectibles, puzzles, books and much more.

For more information, please call the church at 598-4888.

The church is handicapped accessible and is located at 11 County Route 35, just north of Palermo Center.


The Misfits, a family band from Orwell, is performing as part of the Gospel Music Festival from 1 to 3 p.m. May 10 at the North Volney United Methodist Church.

The band performs locally at churches, coffeehouses, festivals and square dances. Lee and Vicki Teachout, along with Herb Smith, sing country and gospel music, including bluegrass, southern gospel, country western, blues and hymns.

A free will offering will be taken to pay the musicians.

There will be a bake sale for those with a sweet tooth and a lunch if you get hungry.  New this year is a Used Book Sale from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Available will be books of all kinds for adults and children, magazines, DVD’s, old sheet music, church music and jigsaw puzzles.

There also will be a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


A boating safety course is being offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday May 17 by the The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 24 in Oswego.

The course is being held at the Sandy Pond Sportsman Association, County Route 15, Sandy Creek.

Those completing the course will receive a Boating Safety Certificate. The cost is $35 and pre-registration is required by calling 598-7854.


Faith United Church is having a yard and plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at the church on Mark Fitzgibbons Drive, Oswego.

Indoor and outdoor plants will be sold on the church lawn.

The yard sale, inside the church, features clothing, children’s toys, sports equipment, kitchen items and paperback books. Each person entering the church is given one or more bags to fill. Upon leaving the sale area, those with bags of merchandise are asked to make a donation.

 Free coffee is available and baked goods will be for sale.


The Oswego Veteran of the Year dinner for former Oswego Councilor John M. Canale will be held at the Ancient Order of Hibernians located at One Munn Street Oswego at 6 p.m. Saturday May 24.

Canale’s dinner will start with a social hour at 6 p.m. with dinner to be served at 7 p.m. Several guest dignitaries have been invited.

For more information and tickets for the event, call Dave Rice at 591-5195 or Jim Fitzgerald at 342-1586.

Canale is a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.


A country barn dance is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at the Phoenix fire barn on Main Street.

Music is by “American Eagle Band,” “Barry Newman and Gray Hound Band” and “Jesse Derringer.” All proceeds benefit the Morgan Family Tired of Cancer Relay for Life team.

There will be 50.50 drawings and door prizes. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase.

Call Madalyn Morgan at 695-4654 for more information.


The 10th annual Syracuse Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma, an annual walk to raise funds and awareness for scleroderma research and patient support, is scheduled for Sunday, June 8 at Onondaga Lake Park, Bay View Tent area.

Check in and registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

For information and to register, go to

The Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walk is an event to raise awareness and money needed to deal with this devastating autoimmune disease.

Money raised at this event will be used to help fund research efforts and provide patient support and education. To date there is no known cause or cure.

For more information about scleroderma, contact the Scleroderma Foundation/Tri-State, Inc. Chapter office at (800) 867-0885 or visit on the web at


The Sunshine Community & Child Care Center is putting on its Summer Gratitude Gala 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday June 14.

Vendors, activities, tie-dye, arts and crafts, parking lot sale, food, music and nonalcoholic beverages will be available.

There also will be a cutest pet contest, bounce houses and a cutest prince and princess contest.

Vendor registration packets available at Sunshine Center at 561-7861


Local resident Wendi Starusnak will discuss her first novel, “Detached,” from 6 to 8 p.m. June 16 at the Phoenix Public Library.

Starusnak will discuss the book, answer questions and will sign and sell copies. Refreshments will be served.

“Detached” contains mature content and subject matter and is not recommended for those under the age of 18.


The Oswego County Fair is seeking local talent for the fair, which runs July 2 through 6.

While the fair features several established bands and singers, the fair also hopes to promote some new groups by offering a chance to them to perform .

Anyone interested in performing should call Anne Gibbs at 298-5686.


The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is accepting registrations for a six-week workshop in Lacona on falls prevention called “Six Steps to Better Balance.”

At 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, the North Country Christian Church in Lacona will host an informational demonstration of the program.

“Six Steps to Better Balance” is scheduled to begin on May 21 at the church, 49 Salisbury St., and will continue through June 25. It will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. each Wednesday and will be taught by RSVP volunteers Carol Simpson and Rachel Brooks.

The workshops cover how to help prevent falls and reduce injuries if a fall occurs. Participants will learn activities that are fun to do and designed to reduce not only falls, but also the fear of falling.

A major component of the program is improved balance.

To sign up, call Carol at 343-5614. Class size is limited and a modest fee is charged to help cover class materials.


The Annual Parish Community Garage Sale is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 24.

Maps of participating sales will be available the day of the sale in Canfield Park, Main Street.

For more information call Chriss Sackett at 625-4169 or at

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