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Port City Roller Derby junior recruitment Sept. 8, 20

Girls ages 10 to 17 interested in playing one of the fastest-growing sports in the country are invited to Port City Roller Derby’s junior derby recruitment events Sept. 8 and 20.

Two open house and recruitment events will take place in the Oswego YMCA Armory, West First and Utica streets. They will be noon Sept. 8 and 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Youths are encouraged to bring any parents or guardians with questions.

Port City’s Lagoon Squad Junior Derby team started competition this year, offering fun, fitness and friendship to those who joined. The organization is planning its next season of bouts starting this fall, with practices geared toward all levels, including those who have never skated.

Port City Roller Derby is produced by Oz Roller Girls Inc., a member-run nonprofit organization dedicated to athletic competition, empowerment and supporting its community.

PCRD always seeks skaters, referees and other volunteers for its adult (18 and older) and juniors (ages 10 to 17) teams, and will provide training. For more information, visit or email

Snow Travelers donate scholarships, sporting goods

The Fulton Snow Travelers Snowmobile Club has hosted the Great Eastern Whiteout Vintage and Antique Snowmobile Show every winter since 2010, and also conducts the Everet Regal Memorial Vintage Snowmobile Show and Powersport Swap Meet each fall.

Some proceeds from these fundraisers are earmarked for buying and maintaining snowmobile trail equipment, and the rest is distributed in the form of donations and scholarships.

This year the Snow Travelers presented $2,500 in awards, beginning in May with a donation of sporting goods to the Catholic Charities CYO Program.

All CYO Program activities are free of charge and supervised by a trained staff headed by Coordinator George Timmins.

On May 21, Mike Schimid, representing the Fulton Area Snow Travelers, presented a check to the Rev. Jane Dasher for the Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Spiritual Care Unit.

On June 5, Phoenix high school scholarship night, club member Bill Monette presented $250 scholarships to Gabriel Anthony and Corey Bowman in memory of Everet Regal.

A Phoenix resident, Regal was a master snowmobile engine builder and the head wrench of the famed Widowmakers race team, winners of the 1970 World Championship for snowmobile racing.

Anthony will be attending Onondaga Community College to study mechanical designs.

Bowman has enrolled to study welding technology at Mohawk Valley Community College.

On June 7, Bill Monette and Ken Wheelock presented two $250 scholarships to Jordan Barlow of Pulaski and Kyle Norton of Oswego during the Oswego County BOCES presentation of scholarship awards.

The awards were given in memory of master snowmobile engine builder and BOCES teacher Spike Nolan.

Barlow has been offered a full-time position as a small engine tech for Deatons in Pulaski.

Norton plans to expand his education in the auto body field.

On June 22, Jim Watkin of the Fulton Area Snow Travelers presented the Fulton Area Boy Scouts Troop 715, headed by Scout Leader Doug Devendorf, with a check for $250 for helping with cleanup after the Great Eastern Whiteout.

Scouts Ethan Hancock and Josh Hotaling were present for photos. Show organizer Jim Latino also gave the scouts a new tent for their efforts.

Since it’s inception, the Fulton Area Snow Travelers organization has given back more than $12,000 to the community.

Jennie A. Arduini: Retired from Nestle Co.

Jennie A. Arduini, 85, of Fulton, died Aug. 29 at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego.

She was born in Torrington, Conn., to the late Philip and Rose (Scarpello) Strazzante.

Mrs. Arduini was a resident of Fulton since 1965 and retired from Nestle Co., Fulton. Mrs. Arduini enjoyed being with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred J. Arduini, in 1981.

She is survived by four children: Valorie E. (Joseph) Story of Fulton, Al (Chris) Arduini of Baldwinsville, Paul (Katie) Arduini of Central Square, Mary A. (Lee) Chetney of Oswego; three siblings, Mary Hall of Oswego, Josephine Geowey of Florida, Santa Roberts of California, nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were Sept. 2 at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton, where a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated by the Rev. Robert Stephenson. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were Sept. 1 at the Sugar Funeral Home Inc., Fulton.

Edith I. Pierce: Skilled tailor; proud of heritage

Edith I. Pierce, 81, formerly of Fulton, passed away Aug. 30 at Crouse Hospital.

Born in Berlin, Germany, she had lived in the Fulton-Hannibal area since 1957. She was a skilled tailor and had retired from Syroco after more than 20 years.

Edith was proud of her heritage and enjoyed Oktoberfest. She was a member of German-American Society of Central New York.

She was predeceased by her brother, Jake, and sister, Giddy.

Edith will be greatly missed and forever loved by her companion of 33 years, John Holihan; children, Lori (Phillip) Bailey and William (Kim) Pierce Jr.; grandchildren, Jennifer and Mark Bailey; a brother and sister; several nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours or services.  Contributions in memory of Edith may be made to your local humane society.

Foster Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Lawrence W. Ibbs: Enjoyed working outdoors

Lawrence W. Ibbs, 71, of Wolcott, passed away Aug. 20 at Rochester General Hospital after a long illness.

Larry was born in Auburn and had lived in the Wolcott area for most of his life. Larry graduated from Lincoln School of Welding in Cleveland and later retired from Local 832.

He was a member of the Wolcott Elks Lodge 1763 and enjoyed farming and working outdoors.

He is predeceased by his father, William Ibbs and brother, Frederick Ibbs.

Larry is survived by his wife of 29 years, the former Melody Crossin; daughter, Sherrie (John) Ivanov; mother, Lenora Aldrich Ibbs; grandson, Trevor; siblings, Marguerite (John) Moorehead, Sharron (Leroy) Bennett, Leland (Tammy) Ibbs, Donald (Amy) Ibbs; sisters-in-law, Wilma Sherman, Nora Matthews and Cibbie (Bob) Fillingham; his beloved basset hound, Jack and special friend, Darlene DiNopoli.

Larry’s family invites friends to an informal gathering from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at his home, 5355 Spring Green Road, Wolcott.

In memory of Larry, contributions may be made to your local humane society or Wolcott Elks Lodge 1763, Youth Programs, 6161 West Port Bay Road, Wolcott, NY 14590.

Arrangements are in the care of Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal.

Fulton Art Association announces photography winners

The Fulton Art Association held its first photography competition Aug. 3-4 at the Fulton Municipal Building. Twenty-two artists from Fulton, Oswego, Central Square, Phoenix, and Mexico participated in the show. Each participant was allowed to enter four pieces, and we displayed 72 entries in four categories: Animals, Nature/Landscapes, People/Portraits, and Black and White, according to FAA president Kathy Mihalek.

Katherine Walseman, who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY Oswego in 2011 and received her Master of Arts in Teaching in 2013, was the judge for this show.

All prizes awarded are the discretion of the judge. Judging is anonymous — the judge in our shows does not know who the artists are for any of the pieces.

Alex McCombie, of Fulton, won Best of Show with his Animal Photo, “Morning Graze.”

Awards in each of the categories were as follows:

Animals: First place, Kristen McKeown-Fanning (Fulton) for “Resignation”; second place, Jeanne King (Fulton) for “Murder Unleashed”; honorable mention, Jeanne King for “Shades of Fin.”

Nature/Landscapes: First place to Katherine Lust (Oswego) for “Sunset Over Oswego Yacht Club”; second place (tie) to Jeanne King (Fulton) for “Bleeding Love” and Tim Markert (Central Square) for “Ontario Sunset on the Rocks.” Honorable mentions were given to Katherine Lust for “A Tree in Winter,” Tim Markert for “Chittenango Falls,” Alex McCombie for “Terra,” Colleen O’Brien (Fulton) for “Sneak Peek” and “Life Force,” John Shaben (Phoenix) for “Flash of Red” and Mary Spencer-Geer (Phoenix) for “Liberty’s Beacon.”

People/Portraits: First place, Alex McCombie (Fulton) for “The Arrival”; second place to Deborah Engelke (Oswego) for “Faces in the Crown” and honorable mentions to Ellen Landphere (Mexico) for “Essence of Valor” and Katherine Lust for “A Man with His Toy.”

Black and White: First place, Deborah Engelke (Oswego) for “Echo in Time,” second place to Alex McCombie for “Goodbye,” and honorable mentions to Brenda Dann (Central Square) for “Seeking Summer” and Deborah Engelke for “Woman in Black.”

Special appreciation is extended to the local businesses and individuals for making our 2013 shows possible: David Mirabito (Metropolitan Life), Foster Funeral Home, Fulton Savings Bank, Medicine Place, Mimi’s, and Oswego County Ambulance, Bob and Sandy Weston.

Markert snags Viewers’ Choice in competition

At the Fulton Art Association’s first Photography Competition held on Aug. 3-4 at the Fulton Municipal Building, every person who attended was allowed to vote for their favorite piece from all of the entries in the show.

The winner of that public vote is awarded the Viewers’ Choice Award and receives a ribbon and prize comparable to the judge’s Best of Show award.

Tim Markert, of Central Square, won the public’s choice for this award with his color, landscape photograph, “Ontario Sunset on the Rocks.” He received a ribbon and $50 award.

Second place was a tie between Kathryn Mihalek’s (Fulton) color, animal photo of Kaan, a tiger from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, titled “Face to Face with Kaan,” and Tim Markert’s color, landscape photo titled “Wehle at Sundown.”

Third place was a five-way tie among Jeanne King’s (Fulton) “Mine, mine, mine” (People/Portraits) and “Shades of Fin” (Animals), Tim Markert’s “Chittenango Falls” (Nature/Landscapes), Kim Rossiter’s (Fulton) “Gabriels” (Nature/Lanadscapes), and Nancy Swan’s (Phoenix) “Fire in the Clouds” (Nature/Landscapes).

Fourth place went to Alex McCombie (Fulton) for “Morning Graze” in the animal category, which won the judge’s Best of Show.

Viewers' Choice Award - Ontario Sunset on the Rocks - Tim Markert

Fiddle, piano featured at concert

Dick Bolt of Rochester will  play a concert of old time fiddle music 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum, 1121 Comins Road, Osceola.

He will be accompanied by Jane Knoeck on the piano. This free concert is funded in part by the state Council on the Arts.

Bolt has been pleasing audiences for more than 40 years with his energetic, skillful and versatile performances of traditional American, Canadian and Celtic music at concerts and festivals.

He plays Irish/Celtic music with the popular trio Tullamore Celtic Band and old time music with Doc & The Snake Oil String Band.

He also plays fiddle for square contra, English and Scottish country dances and performs 19th century historical music at living history museums and Civil War re-enactments.

Bolt is also a vocalist and plays many other instruments including Celtic harp, guitar, banjo and piano.

For the past 14 years, he has been a busy and successful fiddle teacher and is proud to have several students win fiddle contests and many others become professional fiddle players.

Knoeck’s musical beginnings were a mix of classical piano and voice studies. In the 1980s, she discovered instrumental folk music and contra dancing.

Dance bands soon followed and she has been playing piano and accordion ever since, weaving a wide variety of musical influences into her style.

Knoeck also plays with the nationally touring Groovemongers. In addition to contra dance, she enjoys playing for English and Scottish country dancing.

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The next free Sunday concert at the Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 15, featuring the Association of North Country Fiddlers Chapter of NYSOTFA.

The Hall of Fame & Museum is open during the Sunday concerts and all facilities are accessible to people with disabilities and enclosable in the event of bad weather.

Refreshments are available at adjacent patio umbrella tables.

Other concerts from 2 to 5 p.m. at the museum are:

Sept. 22 – Craobh Dugan of Utica, 2 to 5 p.m.

Sept. 29 – season finale – “Old Time Fiddlers’ Reunion and Roger Thesier House Party” with open mic and dish-to-pass lunch, noon to 5 p.m.

For information, visit or call 599-7009 and leave a message.