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New CD – The Do Good Swing Band, a 17-piece Big Band exactly like those made popular in the 1930s and 40s, recently released its first CD, “Introducing...The Do Good Swing Band.” Pictured is Donald Goodness, director and lead trumpet.

Do Good Swing Band releases first CD

New CD – The Do Good Swing Band, a 17-piece Big Band exactly like those made popular in the 1930s and 40s, recently released its first CD, “Introducing...The Do Good Swing Band.” Pictured is Donald Goodness, director and lead trumpet.

The Do Good Swing Band, a 17-piece big band like those made popular in the 1930s and 40s, has just released its first CD, “Introducing…The Do Good Swing Band,” according to Donald Goodness, director and lead trumpet.

“We’re thrilled to be releasing our first CD,” Goodness said. “It features 12 songs from the swing era that represent the wide range of bands and styles we recreate — everything from driving swing to samba.”

The CD is available at the Rivers End Bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego; Midstate Music, 264 W. 2nd St., Oswego; and at A & J Music, 104 E. Bridge St., Oswego.
In addition, copies will be available at the band’s performances.

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Fulton Elks Lodge to hold May Day Celebration

The Fulton Elks will launch the spring carnival season with their 60th annual May Day Celebration and Bike Giveaway May 4 and 5.

The first week in May of each year is Elks National Youth Week, and the May Day celebration has become a popular mainstay of the area. It’s afamily weekend during which the Elks recognize the young people in the community.

Fulton Elks Exalted Ruler Ross Belfiore said, “Especially in today’s environment of alcohol and other drug use by youths, positive and productive alternatives are needed.”

There will be live entertainment, food, music, dancing, midway rides, concessions, games, activities and more.

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John McGraw

Fulton Fire Department announces Firefighter of the Year

John McGraw

John D. McGraw was named the Fulton Fire Department’s 2011 Firefighter of the Year.

McGraw, a 17-year member of the fire department, has spearheaded many projects.

During the past year, he has been the driving force behind the submission of two equipment grants and he has been the liaison between the county and the department during the transition into the newly purchased county wide radio system.

County data imaging contract proposals to be reviewed soon

by Carol Thompson

Without a contract for nearly a year and a half, the review process for selecting a vendor to provide data imaging services for the Oswego County clerk’s office is expected to be underway in the near future.

A committee will be selected soon, Legislator Terry Wilbur told members of the legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee when they met Wednesday.

An update on the progress of the request for proposals was on the agenda, however, due to the absence of County Administrator Phil Church, Wilbur said he had only a brief update.

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Committee tables resurrection of expired exemption program

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Dan Farfaglia presented members of the Community and Consumer Affairs Committee with a proposal that would return a program that allowed a tax exemption for home improvements.

“When this option was available previously, homeowners were exempt from paying the full amount of the increased assessed value until five years after completion,” Farfaglia wrote in a memorandum to members of the committee.

The committee voted Wednesday to table the proposal, not because they don’t support it, but because they want to obtain more information.

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Leon Archer

The Sportsman’s World: April 28, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

It is hard to get interested in doing just about anything outdoors lately. The cold and the rain are not something I want to brave after coming back from the daily hot Florida weather.

I did manage to get 100 night crawlers before the weather turned nasty, but I haven’t sacrificed a one of them to the bullheads or even to the trout.

The rain was something we have really been needing and I’m actually glad it has come when it did. By that, I mean I would rather have it now than during the first week of turkey season.

I checked with my writer friend in Canton and he told me that the bullheads hadn’t come in yet on the St. Lawrence River bays and tributaries. He keeps pretty close track and his son is always prospecting for the first spot where they really begin biting.

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SUNY Oswego to offer “The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein”

The SUNY Oswego music and theatre departments will present the hits of a legendary Broadway songwriting team in “The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

The evening will feature popular songs from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II performed by the accomplished vocal quartet SATB, the College Community Orchestra, College Choir, Festival Chorus and SUNY Oswego faculty.

Todd Graber, chair of the college’s music department, will serve as host and vocalist.
Rodgers and Hammerstein formed a distinguished American songwriting team during what was considered the “golden age” of Broadway musicals in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Jerry’s Journal: April 28, 2012

by Jerry Kasperek

Who remembers Harper’s? Apparently I didn’t a couple of columns ago.

It was a women’s clothing store on South First Street in our old downtown and Jean Prent was the efficient young woman behind the counter who took your money when you made a purchase or when you wanted to pay on your account.

She called me recently to remind me that I hadn’t included Harper’s in my list of stores from urban renewal days.

I can’t believe I left it out! It was one of my favorite places to shop! I don’t know when it first opened or when it closed for good, but I bought dresses and outfits there from the late 1950 right up to the early 1980s.

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