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Zoo to You program visits CYO

Participants in the CYO Summer Drop-In Recreation program were introduced to some of the residents of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo when Zoo Educator Alicia Arcaro brought the Zoo To You program to Fulton.

Arcaro provided CYO participants with an informative presentation that gave them a close-up look at some of the zoo’s many animals.

While the Virginia opossum and the African pygmy hedgehog were interesting and cute, it was the African ball python that brought out the most interesting reactions, from wide-eyed excitement to cautious delight.

A traveling, inquiry-based educational program, Zoo to You makes approximately 300 visits each year to schools, libraries, community centers, senior centers, day care centers and scout groups, and serves as a bridge between the Rosamond Gifford Zoo and the community.

“It’s an opportunity for us to show community members some of the animals up close,” said Arcaro. “Our goal with Zoo to You is to increase awareness of the animal kingdom and encourage the participants to be environmentally conscious.”

Arcaro added that the zoo recently welcomed twin Markor babies: a male and a female named Sasha and Turgan. Their parents are Edith and Sunny.

Located at Burnet Park in Syracuse, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. year round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, when the zoo is closed.

For more information on the Rosamond Gifford Zoo or the Zoo to You program, contact the zoo at 435-8511, or visit

The CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation program is funded in part by the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the state Office of Children and Families, and the City-County Youth Bureau of Oswego County. For more information on the program, contact CYO Coordinator George Timmins at 598-3980, extension 254.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals, local companies and organizations.

Bodley senior portrait retakes set Aug. 27

G. Ray Bodley High School seniors are reminded that retakes for their Fultonian yearbook senior portraits will be taking place Aug. 27 at the high school. School Pictures of Rochester will be at GRB from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the auditorium.

Any students who missed their portrait opportunity in June are strongly encouraged to attend, as this is the final opportunity for individual portrait sittings.

There is no charge for first-time portraits and a $5 fee for retakes. For retakes, students are asked to bring their original proofs.

Lady golfers raise $950 for screenings

Golfers in the Tuesday night Griffin’s Greens Ladies’ League raised $950 in a Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament to support Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership.

In recent years, the Cancer Services Program has provided hundreds of mammograms, breast exams and breast ultrasounds free of charge to uninsured and under-insured women in Oswego County.  As a result, many women have received potentially life-saving treatment.

According to Carolyn Handville, program coordinator, the golf tournament raised some much needed funds.

“It was heartwarming to see the compassion and concern that these individuals have for their community,” said Handville.

“They truly understand the tremendous impact that the Cancer Services Program Partnership has on the lives of those it serves and the overall health of Oswego County,” she said. “I extend my sincerest appreciation to all of the golfers who participated in the event and especially to Tina Bourgeois who organized the Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament, Linda Griffin, Paul Stepien, Autumn Harrington, Sue Reitz and Bob Bateman for their donations, and special thanks to Sonia Robinson for the generous donation of a Longenberger basket filled with treats. Their support is greatly appreciated!”

Noteworthy performances during tournament included:

  • Closest to the pin on hole No. 14 – Josie LaTulip
  • Closest to the pin on hole No. 17 – Mary Shambo
  • Longest drive – Kelly Wells
  • Closest to pin, second shot – Karen Hoffman
  • Most putts – Kathy Vandermark

Administered through Oswego County Opportunities, the Cancer Services Program Partnership offers a number of cancer screening services to those ages 40 to 64 including: clinical breast exams, mammograms, Pap/pelvic exams and colorectal screenings for men and women. These screenings are available year round, free of charge.  For more information, contact Handville at 592-0830.

Bike festival rolls into Oswego Speedway Friday

In the 63 years that Oswego Speedway has stood along the scenic shores of beautiful Lake Ontario, the five-eighths-mile “Steel Palace” oval has seen its share of big events, but nothing quite like what will rumble into town Aug. 23 to 26.

The Oswego Bike Fest aims to bring two-wheel enthusiasts from across New York state and New England to the “Home of the Supermodifieds,” in what will be a four-day gathering of bikers, vendors, rock n’ roll and good times.

Beginning on Friday, the weekend long Oswego Bike Fest will bring attendees three consecutive nights of live music featuring acclaimed regional acts Jimmy Wolf, Poison Whiskey (Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band), JP Shaggy, Code Red, 21st Century Cowboys, Emerald City, 3 Inch Fury and Under the Gun.

The headline concert will come August 24 when national recording artist Molly Hatchet hits the main stage to rock the night away starting at 9 p.m.

A full slate of activities will be on tap throughout the weekend including a motorcycle rodeo, the Miss Bike Fest bikini contest, Vertical Outlaws stunt bike show, a burnout pit, mechanical bull rides, bikini bike wash, as well as charity bike rides, several vendors, plus a Military Tribute and fireworks on Sunday.

A total of three charity bike rides will take place featuring a ride to picturesque Watkins Glen International Speedway starting at 9 p.m. Aug. 26 and a ride around the famed speedway.

Single day admission and weekend passes are available.

Camping for the entire weekend also will  be available on the speedway grounds.  For more information on camping as well as vendor information, visit

Richard L. Fowler Jr.: Grew up in Fulton, Hannibal

Richard L. Fowler Jr., 59, died Aug. 9 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown following a long illness.

Rick was born in Fulton and grew up in the Hannibal and Fulton areas.  He had been living in Oriskany Falls for 17 years.

Rick is survived by his mother, Marilyn DeLorio of Round Lake; a brother, Benjamin DeLorio of Watertown, Mass.; four sisters, Debra Fowler of Saranac Lake, Sheryl Fowler of Delmar, Susan Fowler of Albany, and Elizabeth DeLorio of Murrieta, Calif., as well as several nieces and nephews.

Rick was predeceased by his father, Richard L. Fowler Sr., in 1997.

A memorial service will be held at 1 pm. Aug. 24 at the Hannibal United Methodist Church.  Following the service, there will be an interment service at the Fairdale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Lung Association in Rick’s memory.

Mary K. Miller: Dedicated mother, homemaker

Mary Katherine Miller, 69, of Granby died Aug. 15 at her home after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Miller was born in Clarion, Penn., and was a resident of Fulton most of her life.

She worked in the deli department at the Hannibal I.G.A.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald Miller in 2010, and was predeceased by her parents Robert Gifford, Katherine Ferringer and stepfather Arnold Ferringer.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and dedicated homemaker.

She enjoyed her many trips to the casino.

Mrs. Miller is survived by her children Suzanne (Brett) Law of Florida, and Jason (Michelle) Miller of Hilton, her sister Bobbi Heeter of Clarion, Penn., and grandchildren Alayna, Braden, James, Mallory and Addison.

Funeral services will be private. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Natoli Alfano: Served as Franciscan friar

Natoli Alfano, 80, of Granby died Aug. 15 in the Cortland Medical Center.

He was born in Fulton, the son of the late Benedict and Mary (Piersall) Alfano.

He was a Franciscan friar with the Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Heart.

He was predeceased by his sisters Sarah Sperbeck and Nancy Dana.

Mr. Alfano is survived by his brothers Vincent, Paul, Peter, Thomas, Robert, Joseph Alfano, and sister Josephine Acome, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Friends and family gathered Aug. 20 at First United Church, Fulton, for fellowship.

The arrangements are in the care of Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

Timothy M. Merritt Sr.: Was auto body technician

Timothy  M. Merritt Sr., 48, of state Route 48, Fulton passed away Aug. 12 in Syracuse.

He was a graduate of J. C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix. Tim was an auto body technician.

He was predeceased by his brother, James L. Merritt on Nov. 29, 2004.

Surviving are his two sons, Timothy M. Merritt Jr. of Parish, and Anthony Merritt of Liverpool; his father, Richard L. Merritt Jr. of Fulton; his mother, Jane (Wilson) Parker of North Carolina; one sister, Mary Ann Merritt; and two granddaughters.

Services were Aug. 17 at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, with the Rev. Richard H. Scheffler officiating.