News in Brief

A Christmas in July event is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday July 13 at the Dugway United Methodist Church, Route 104, two miles east of the Interstate 81 exit in Mexico.

There will be carnival Christmas games, a drawing and auction with theme baskets, bake sale, cake wheel, craft sale, Christmas items, Christmas dinner from noon to 3 p.m. with ham, turkey and all the fixings.

There also will be a special visit from Santa.

The event will benefit the “It’s Not About Me” group at the church. for more information, call Gloria at 298-4023.


Come for an enjoyable evening concert of avian songs, wandering leisurely along the Amboy 4-H Environmental Educational Center’s trails at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10.

To paraphrase a popular movie, “The woodlands are alive with the sound of music” – bird song of course. Our feathered friends are courting, nesting, defending territory; and the music is enchanting.  

Pat Carney and Marsha Trainham will provide introductions for the avian musicians.

Bird Song Saunter is a program designed for people of all ages. Adults are asked to accompany their children.  There is a $3 fee per person or $12 per family.   Registration fees will be collected on the day of the program.  

Reservations are preferred but not required. You can register for this program by calling 963-7286, ext 401.

Amboy 4-H Environmental Educational Center is located at 748 Route 183, between Routes 13 and 69 near Williamstown.  For information about the facility and its programming, call the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Office Monday through Friday at 963-7286.  


The Oswego County Health Department will hold a rabies clinic for cats, dogs, and pet ferrets from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at the Oswego County Highway Garage, 24 Dill Pickle Alley, Parish.

New York State law requires that all cats, dogs, and pet ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age. A second vaccination is required for cats and dogs within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter.  Ferrets need to be vaccinated annually. In order for pets to receive the 3-year booster shot, owners need to show that the pet was previously vaccinated and should bring their pet’s last rabies vaccination certificate to the clinic.

Rabies clinics will be held this summer and fall on the following dates:

  • Parish: Wednesday, July 9, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 24 Dill Pickle Alley.
  • Volney: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 6 to 8 p.m., Bristol Hill Landfill, state Route 3.
  • Hannibal: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 6 to 8 p.m., Town Highway Garage, 68 Cemetery Drive.
  • Pulaski: Wednesday, Oct. 8, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road.
  • Scriba: Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 31 Schaad Drive.

The health department suggests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the rabies clinics, but no one will be turned away. Dogs should be leashed and cats and pet ferrets should be in a cage.  


The annual Oswego Town Ice Cream Social, sponsored by the Oswego Town Historical Society, will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9 at the Oswego Town Park next to the Town Hall, 2320 County Route 7 (Johnson Road).  

Oswego Valley Snowbelters, a local barbershop group, will entertain.  This annual event brings the community together for an evening of refreshment and fun.  

The public is cordially invited. Bring a lawn chair to sit and enjoy the entertainment. 

For more information, call 420-0000.


The Dugway United Methodist Church is looking for donations of junk vehicles and any loose metal which will be brought to the scrap yard within 24/48 hours.  

You will receive a tax deduction receipt after the vehicle has been scrapped.

This collection will run from June 2014 through September 2014. Call Ed at 952-7290 to make arrangements.

The proceeds will go towards the foundation for the west wall of the church house which is in need of repair.


Vacation Bible School is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 7 through 11 at Bible Baptist Church, 18 Simpson Drive, off Route 104 East in Oswego.

The theme is “Arrow Island.” There will be Bible stories, games, singing, snacks and prizes.

The Vacation Bible School is open to children from kindergarten through grade 12. A nursery is provided.

For more information, call Dick Clark at 342-1376.


The Oswego City Concert Band and Jazz Band concert schedule has been announced for this summer.  

An Oswego tradition for almost 80 years, these free Wednesday night concerts overlook beautiful Lake Ontario, while providing an enjoyable evening for the young and young at heart.  

The concert band, under the direction of Trevor Jorgensen, will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 25, July 2 and 16, and at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 and 13. The band performs traditional marches, overtures, and other classic band literature, along with music from Broadway musicals and film. 

The Jazz Band, under the direction of Stan Gosek, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. June 30 and 7 p.m. Aug. 20. These concerts feature the music of the greatest “Big Bands” of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman, along with contemporary groups such as Maynard Ferguson and others.

All concerts are at Breitbeck Park and concert goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.  

The concerts are sponsored by the City of Oswego, with additional funding provided by the Music Performance Trust Fund and Oswego County Musicians Union, local 267-441.


The Wounded Warriors Music Fest II is scheduled for Aug. 9 at the American Legion Post #418, Phoenix.

Proceeds from the music fest will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project and will support a full range of programs and services for injured veterans and their families.

The event will include music, food, games, drawings, 50/50s, vendors, crafters, police, military and fire department displays and more.


 The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center will present a public program at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 8.

Kids of all ages are invited to come for a “get right in the water and get wet” adventure, exploring and puddle-ducking about the beaver pond. 

Using investigative equipment, program participants will discover an amazing variety of pond wildlife, or perhaps herons will be hunting and frogs frolicking. Everyone should wear water boots or old sneakers. No flip-flops will be permitted.

There is a $3 fee per person with a family rate of $12. Children under the age of 3 are free.   

Pre-registration is helpful, but not mandatory. The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center is located at 748 State Route 183 in Amboy, eastern Oswego County.  

Call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County if you choose to pre-register for this program, 963-7286, ext. 401.  


The New Haven Seniors have two trips occuring this year to the Beeches in Rome.

Tumbling Tumbleweeds, with dinner is Sept. 10, with the bus leaving the New Haven fire station at 10 a.m. Reservations and payment is due July 28.

The Christmas show and dinner is Nov. 18 with reservations and payment for this show due Oct. 27. The bus will leave at 9 a.m. for this outing.

Call Elaine Parkhurst at 343-9475 for more information. All are welcome, you do not need to be a member to join the fun!


ARISE is going to put on a new event this fall, hosting its first ever “Light up the Night” run. 

The run will start at dusk and runners/walkers are encouraged to use their wildest imagination to light themselves up – use of glow sticks and lights are strongly encouraged.

People also are welcome to run in costume. Will you be a gorilla, a tiger, clown, or zombie? Parents dress up the kids to go with your theme. Light up the strollers, bring your best, and most of all, bring your dancing shoes. 

Participants will run\walk the course, stop and dance to party music, then run\walk some more and dance again. 

Details are coming soon so keep watch on The Valley News for more information.


The March of Dimes invites motorcyclists from Central New York to participate in the 22nd Annual Bikers for Babies on Saturday, July 26 at Jamesville Beach Park. 

This year’s start sites include Syracuse, Cortland, Auburn, Sherburne, Utica, Rome and Hannibal.

Bikers for Babies is the oldest charity motorcycle ride in Central New York and benefits all babies – those born healthy as well as those who need help to survive and thrive. 

One of the Bikers for Babies routes this year begins in Hannibal. The event is looking for riders to participate this year.

In Hannibal, Bikers for Babies registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the Village Market IGA, 409 Fulton St. All money raised returns to Central New York in the form of research and community grants, education and training and program services. 

Bikers are encouraged to register online by visiting or by calling 463.0700. 

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