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Price for school lunch, breakfast to increase

The price for breakfast and lunch will go up by 10 cents at Hannibal schools this fall.

The Hannibal board of education approved the increase at its July 10 meeting, according to the meeting minutes posted online.

The price for breakfast for all grades will rise to $1.25.

The price for lunch for grades kindergarten through eight will rise to $2.10. The price for grades nine through 12 will go up to $2.15.

The increase is about average compared to other Oswego County districts, said Debbie Richardson, of the Food Service Department.

The increase will help balance the department’s budget, which was in the red last year, she said.

The board also approved a request for teacher Arlene Laut to take her students on a field trip to Chicago to visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie.

The students are taking her course on holocaust and genocide. The trip, by Amtrak train, will include a Trolley Tour and a Chicago Gangster Tour.

Cost will be $300 per student and there will be a limit of 40 students. The students will report back to the board after the trip.

In other business, board member Michael LaFurney said he would try to organize a meeting in late July or early August to discuss the Wall of Distinction.

The Wall is on the agenda for the board’s meeting at 7:15 tonight in the board room at the high school.

In other business last month, the policy involving non-resident students was discussed.

Board members said this policy needs to be reviewed. A small committee will be convened to make recommendations for change.

Board member Madeline Pittorf and vice president Dale Young will sit on the committee.

The district still will be required to follow procedures in place through the McKinney Vento Homeless Act, board members said.

The district has 72 homeless students. Board members said they would discuss the issue in August, although it does not appear on tonight’s agenda.

Oswego Valley ATV Club plans a best hand ride

The Oswego Valley ATV Club will host a best hand ride Aug. 24. The event will be open to the public.

Only all terrain vehicles will be allowed on trails. They must be registered and insured. Those who don’t have an ATV can participate taking a ride in their car to the ATV stops.

Registration will run 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at three locations.

The first is Dad’s Diner parking lot, state Route 3 and Route 104 in Hannibal. The parking lot is big and will accommodate many trucks and trailers. Another is Hannibal American Legion, Rochester Street, where parking is limited. The third location is TC’s Place, Route 34, Cato, where parking is good. At registration, participants will receive a map marking all the stops.

There are 12 stops. Participants must have nine stamps on the registration card and be back at the American Legion, Rochester Street in Hannibal, by 4:30 p.m. to draw seven cards.

The best five of seven cards will be your hand. If you get all 12 stops, you will draw eight cards and have more cards to pick your best five from. Prizes will be given for the three best hands.

Sponsors in the Hannibal area with stops are Deb’s Diner (county Route 7), Royce’s Camping Area (county Route 7), Muddy Phats ATV (Muck Road), All In One Pit Stop (Rathburn Road), Hannibal Village Market (Fulton Street) and the American Legion (Rochester Street).

Sponsors in the Fair Haven area with stops are O’Connor’s Main Street Pub (Main Street, opens for breakfast), Bayside Grocery (Main Street), Little  Sodus Inn (Bell Avenue, opens at 11 a.m.),
Giuseppes’ Pizza (Main Street), The West End (Main Street).

Sponsor in the Cato area will be the stop at TC’s Place, Route 34 (open for breakfast).

For more information, visit

School districts to distribute Stuff-A-Bus supplies

Oswego County students in need of school supplies will find it easier to get ready for school thanks to the United Way Stuff-A-Bus campaign.

The Stuff-A-Bus campaign, which began this past spring, was initiated to collect donations so that children in need throughout Oswego County would have the supplies they need to begin the new school year.

The United Way is soliciting area businesses and individuals and has arranged for eight buses to be located throughout county where people will be able to donate school supplies.

“We are looking forward to seeing a positive response to our Stuff-A-Bus campaign, said Chairman Jo Ann Conzone of the Oswego City School District. “People and businesses have been very receptive to this year’s campaign. The donations we receive will go a long way in making sure that children in need in Oswego County will have the supplies they need to successfully begin the new school year.”

Staff members and volunteers from all nine school districts in the county and volunteers from the United Way of Greater Oswego County will sort the collected supplies.

Volunteers will then be distributing the school supplies as follows:

  • Altmar-Parish-Williamstown –  9  to 11 a.m. Aug. 16 at the Bus Garage
  • Central Square – 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Education Office
  • Fulton – 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 16 at Fairgrieve Elementary School
  • Hannibal – 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 16 at Kenny Elementary School
  • Oswego – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16 at Kingsford Park Elementary School cafeteria
  • Pulaski – 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Pulaski Middle-Senior High School
  • Sandy Creek – 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Sandy Creek Elementary School cafeteria
  • Phoenix – 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 16 at Maroun Elementary School
  • Mexico – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 16 at Mexico Elementary School

Families are urged to attend the distribution in their school district and must present their child’s 2012-2013 report card for entrance and school supply pick-up.

School supplies will be available for those who would find it challenging to purchase the supplies that their child needs for school.

For more information, call 593-1900.

Hunter Arms enthusiasts to convene for shooting event Aug. 23–25

The Friends of History in Fulton will host the third Hunter Arms Homecoming Aug. 23 through 25.

The event will feature a display of Hunter Arms memorabilia and L.C. Smith double-barrel shotguns.

A competitive three-event shoot consisting of trap, skeet and five stand will take place at Pathfinder Fish & Game Club.

Members of the L.C. Smith Collectors Association will set up displays at the Hunter Arms Gallery at the Pratt House Museum, which will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24 and 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 25.

The public can vote for the People’s Choice Award. There will be no gun sales.

The public is encouraged to watch members of the Collectors Association use L.C. Smith side-by-side shotguns, made in Fulton at the Hunter Arms Co. Some of the guns could be 100 years old.

An evening awards banquet Aug. 24 at Tavern on the Lock in Fulton requires reservations.

Cash bar will open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Contact Friends of History at 598-4616 or Les Weldin at 593-6848 for information. Awards from the shooting events and displays will be presented at the banquet.

The Hunter Arms Co. sat on the east side of the Oswego River north of Oneida Street. The vast majority of more than 500,000 double-barrel L.C. Smith shotguns were produced there from 1880 to 1950.

During those 70 years, Hunter Arms employed a local workforce of craftsmen whose work became known worldwide.

Most of the shotgun barrels were stamped “The Hunter Arms Co. M’F’R’s Fulton, N.Y.”

Light in the Darkness

By the Rev. David Grey, Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church

“Beloved, being very eager to write to you of our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.”

Jude 3

Jude says that we have a responsibility to contend for the faith — that body of revealed truth that Jesus commanded us to teach others as we make disciples. We are to stand firm against all who would deny or pervert that truth.

There are four things regarding the faith that I draw from this passage in Jude.

For the rest of this column, pick up the print version of the Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.


‘Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse’ ready to roll

Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, Karrie Damm, has announced that plans are underway for the agency’s 10th annual Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse.

Scheduled for Sept. 7, rain or shine, the event is a family friendly, full-day affair with something for everyone.

One of Central New York’s premier motorcycle rides, the event begins at 3 p.m. and will leave from Wheel-A-Way Motorsports, 947 S. First St. (Route 57) in Fulton.

“I’m pleased that we are once again hosting the kickoff of the Blue Ribbon Ride,” said Mark Eagan of Wheel-A-Way Motorsports.  “We have been fortunate to be involved since the beginning and feel it’s a wonderful way to give back to the community.”

The ride will wind throughout Oswego County with a stop at River House Restaurant in Pulaski, where bikers can relax and tour the Child Advocacy Council’s satellite office across the street before continuing on and ending at Lighthouse Lanes on Shampine Drive in Oswego across from the Oswego Speedway.

“That’s when fun really starts!” Damm said.  Lighthouse Lanes will host a chicken barbecue beginning at 5 p.m.  There will be live music with local favorites F5, drawings for themed baskets, door prizes, a 50 -50 drawing and more.

To celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary, the agency has added something new, the first ever family bowling event.

“We are going to keep the fun rolling with a family friendly bowling event!” Damm said. “The Blue Ribbon Bowling Event offers teams of four the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of bowling while helping to support our efforts to combat child abuse in Oswego County.”

Money raised will benefit the council as it continues its mission to assist in the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child survivors of sexual and physical abuse.

“We provide advocacy and mental health services to approximately 100 children each week,” Damm said. “With the demand for our services increasing, we are looking to make this our most successful Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse ever.

“One of the best things about this ride is the outpouring of support for the children. There is nothing more powerful than hearing 100 motorcycles start up and seeing them take off together, with riders from law enforcement agencies, local businesses and our friends, family and neighbors from all walks of life, all with the common goal of bringing justice and healing to children.

“We are also offering businesses and organizations the opportunity to be a part of the event by becoming an official sponsor,” Damm continued. “Sponsorship levels are available at a number of affordable levels.”

In 2012, the council served more than 320 children and families in the county.

“The national exposure that child abuse is receiving is helping to bring this problem to the forefront,” Damm said. “Now, more than ever, it is important that we come together as a community to combat child abuse right here in Oswego County.  I encourage community members to listen to our youth and be aware of the symptoms of child abuse.”

Drivers wishing to register for the Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse should contact the council at 592-4453; visit; or check out the council’s page on Facebook.

Drivers and riders also will be able to register the day of the event.

Tickets for community members wishing to attend the barbecue or the afternoon event at Lighthouse Lanes are available at the council office, 301 Beech Fulton and Lighthouse Lanes.

Registration on the day of the event will begin at 2 p.m.

Music and arts scholarship fundraiser set in Volney

A fundraiser to benefit the Dale Osborn Music Scholarship will be 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Volney Fire Hall on state Route 3.

There will be door prizes, raffles and live music and dinner.

Dale Osborn was a veteran and local musician killed by an automobile while riding his motorcycle in August 2011.

The scholarship fund provides music and arts college scholarships to Phoenix and Hannibal students through the Dollars for Scholars program.

Cancer screening program secures five-year grant

One of Oswego County Opportunities’ most vital health programs, the Cancer Services Program Partnership received some good news recently when it was notified that the program has secured funding for the next five years.

The program provides uninsured men and women aged 40 to 64 with a range of cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvic exams, and colorectal screenings.  The funding announcement ensures that the program will continue offering these services.

In addition to the state Departmen of Health funding, Program Coordinator Carolyn Handville announced that the program secured a grant from the Susan G. Komen foundation of Central New York.

According to Handville, the state grant, coupled with the Komen grant, will allow the program to screen more women for breast cancer, regardless of age, and assist with eliminating all barriers women may face to obtaining annual cancer screenings.

“We are excited to continue our efforts in the fight against cancer in Oswego County,” Handville said. “We will offer free screenings all year long as we have in the past; however, our new funding will make it possible for us to host four screening events throughout the county.

“These screening events will offer a one-stop shop for women to obtain their annual cancer screenings along with non-traditional appointment hours as well as transportation and daycare opportunities as needed.  We will increase our outreach throughout the county promoting these events and, once again, conduct our annual Human Pink Ribbon Campaign in honor of breast cancer awareness month in October,” she continued.

While the program has served hundreds of county residents, there are many more eligible individuals who have yet to take advantage of the free screenings.

“When it comes to winning the fight against cancer, early detection is the best protection,” Handville said. “Regular cancer screenings make a difference. To date, more than 250 individuals have received free cancer screenings, with 75 percent of those receiving all cancer screenings they were eligible for. I cannot stress enough the importance of having regular cancer screenings. Early detection can save lives.”

To schedule a screening or for more information, call 592-0830.