News in Brief


A public hearing is scheduled at Granby Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday May 22 concerning the construction of a new dealership for Fred Raynor Ford.

All of those who want to be heard in favor of the site plan for the dealership or opposed to the site plan should attend.

Raynor proposes building a new Ford dealership of about 21,376 square feet on about five acres at 1867 State Route 3 in the town of Granby.


Businesses, attractions and citizens across Oswego County are encouraged to take advantage of a free hospitality training session from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 19. 

Hosted by the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, 56 E. First St., Oswego, the half-day program is designed to increase the tourism and hospitality knowledge of front-line staff of Oswego County businesses and attractions.

The program begins with a one-hour overview of the region, including points of interest, upcoming events and activities, and local resources of information. 

Following a short break there will be guided tours of the new Lake Ontario Conference Center expansion. After the tours, keynote speaker Lynn “Spike” Herzig of Geneva will give a presentation on hospitality training and the visitor experience.

There is no charge to attend. To register, visit or call the Oswego County Tourism Office weekdays at 349-8322. 


The Oswego Valley ATV Club will host a Best Hand Ride May 17.

The event will be open to the public. Only registered and insured ATVs will be allowed on trails — no dirt bikes. Please bring your registration and insurance card with you. 

Registrations are from 9 to 11 a.m. at  Dad’s Diner parking lot, corner of State Route 3 and Route 104 in Hannibal, or TC’s Place, Route 34, Cato. 

At registration, participants will receive a map with all the stops marked on it. 

If you would like more information on the ride or the club, visit or on Face book @ Oswego Valley ATV. 


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.


The annual plant sale put on by the Onondaga County master Gardeners is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 17 at Beaver Lake Nature Center. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase herbs, perennials, vegetables, trees and shrubs. There will also be a free workshop on proper care for garden tools.

Beaver Lake Nature Center, an Onondaga County Park, is located at 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, three miles west of Baldwinsville off of Route 370. Admission is $4 per vehicle. 

For more information, call the Nature Center at 638-2519 or visit


The Perry House, later the Perry Inn, located on top of Perry Hill, Route 104 west in Fruit Valley will be the topic of the May Oswego Town Historical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday May 21.

Dr. and Mrs. Michael Nupuf, present owners of the historic home, will present the program, at the Oswego Town Hall, 2320 County Route 7.  

The home is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, having been built by Eleazer Perry Jr. in 1814. Perry’s father, Eleazer, Sr., was the first Oswego Town Supervisor in 1818.

Other residents before the Nupufs were Colonel Ward and the Fred Peckham family.

The public is invited to attend this inprogram. For more information, call Town Historian George R. DeMass at 420-0000.


Granby Center United Methodist Church on County Route 3 is opening a senior program called Senior Moments beginning May 21.

The program will run every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. All seniors are invited to get together for refreshments, fun, games and company.


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.


The Fulton Veterans’ Council will host a Memorial Day ceremony starting at 9 a.m. Monday, May 26, at St. Mary’s cemetery and continuing on to different memorials. 

A complimentary luncheon will follow at the Fulton VFW.  The public is encouraged to attend.


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.


Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center has announced its second program in the Nature Inspires Series, Finding Your Words in Nature. 

Jim Farfaglia, local writer from Fulton, will lead this writing class at the Amboy facility at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8. 

Farfaglia is a former teacher and camp director. He grew up and still resides in rural Oswego County.

He has published two books of poems: Country Boy, a testimonial to his farming family and rural roots, and People, Places & Things: The Powerful Nouns of My Life. 

He is also the co-author of Camp Hollis: The Origins of Oswego County’s Children’s Camp and the editor of Harvest and I Live As a Cloud, two collections of children’s writing.  

Farfaglia’s poems are featured in The Valley News’ weekly column, “Poetry Corner.” 

During Finding Your Words in Nature, participants will explore the beautiful Amboy grounds, walking the trails and seeing the natural world as its gets ready to enter full summer. Emphasis will be on using all the senses to inspire the attendees to write. 

The class will include several writing prompts that are stimulated by what is sensed in nature. No previous writing experiences is necessary.

Finding Your Words in Nature is being held at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center located on State Route 183 in eastern Oswego County. The fee for this  workshop is $3 per person.  to register for this program, call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Program at 963-7286 ext. 401.  


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 on the small bandstand near the midway.

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


The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations is now 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, such as the “Jiggle Wiggle” and “10 Martini Slump,” 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.  


An informal gathering of published and aspiring poets will begin in June in Fulton.

The group will meet from noon to 2 p.m. the third Thursday of June, July, August and September on the shore of Lake Neatahwanta, near the hot dog stand and restaurant under the covered pavilion.

For more information, call 342-3282 and leave a message.


A member of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office will give a talk on the “History of the Oswego County Jails” at 1 p.m. June 7 at the Oswego library, 120 E. Second St., Oswego. 

Admission is free.

This new jail built in 1888 was on East Second and Schuyler streets in Oswego. It costs $30,000 to build, but lasted only 21 years as a jail.  

The speaker will talk about why the jail had such a short tenure.

Another jail was built on East River Road in 1908 at a cost of $85,000. In 1962 there was a daily average of only 38 inmates. Then there was a jail farm comprised of 85 acres. All inmates of the jail were required to work on the farm.    

There will be two display boards created by Volney Town Historian Florence MacDougall on the “History of the Jails” at the Oswego library for the month of June.


The Town of Volney History Center is hosting an open house and scrapbook corner from 1 to 4 p.m. June 8.

More than 30 scrapbooks have been indexed and cross-referenced by name and subject (obituary, wedding and such) are available for genealogy research and general reading.    

This event is in conjunction with the NYS Path through History project designated weekends of June 7-8 and 14-15 to promote and celebrate heritage and cultural tourism.     

For further information contact Florence McDougall, town historian, at 593-2293 or      


Applications are now being accepted for new, landmark conservation initiatives created by the 2014 Farm Bill. 

The programs will provide up to $386 million to help farmers restore wetlands, protect working agriculture lands, support outdoor recreation activities, and boost the economy.

The new programs are the Agricultural Conservation Easements Program and the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program. 

Both programs have application deadlines in early June for fiscal 2014 funding. 

More information can be obtained at the local USDA service center, the VPA-HIP website, or


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