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First United Church of Fulton to hold art workshops for children

The Open Doors Neighborhood Center at First United Church of Fulton will present “Summer Arts Explosion!” — a three-day workshop for children ages 5-12 Tuesday, July 24 through Thursday, July 26.

The church is located at 33 S. Third St., Fulton.

The three days of workshops will run from 6 until 8 p.m. each evening and will feature hands-on training in drama, art, music, and creative writing.

There are special activities for children ages five and six.

On-site registration is welcome. Those seeking more information may call 592-2707.

Summer Arts Explosion! is sponsored by the Children & Families team at the Open Doors Neighborhood Center and is aimed at children and families living in the city’s Fifth and Sixth wards, but is open to all children.

“The three day workshops will have a day camp atmosphere for the children,” said Rev. David Nethercott, pastor of First United Church of Fulton. “The children will have several hands on opportunities to explore drama, music, and the arts in general in ways they may have never experienced it before.” There is a fee per child for the three-day event, but  scholarships are available.

The Open Doors Neighborhood Center, which has teams that focus on families as well as older adults, opened in October of 2011 in hopes of offering the community a safe place to gather

to make friends and learn new things.

Carol Dexter, president of the ODNC board, explained that the center continues to work with neighbors and school groups to find out the best ways to meet the needs of the neighborhood and community.

The center will present the outdoor movie, “Dolphin Tale,” Friday, Aug. 17 at 8:30 p.m. on the church lawn. Admission to the movie is free.

DSS wins another appeal against Family Court decision

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Department of Social Services has won another appeal in an effort to overturn a decision made by Oswego County Family Court Judge Kim Seager.

The county commenced a neglect proceeding against a father and sought emergency removal of the children, Austin M. and Anna M.

Following a hearing, the Family Court granted the application with respect to Austin but not to Anna. The court also granted the father unsupervised visitation with Austin.

“Initially, we note that it appears that the court applied a best interests analysis only and did not first make a determination whether the children were at imminent risk of harm, as required by the statute,” the court decision, dated July 6, states. “The court (Seager) removed Austin from the father’s home upon determining that it was in Austin’s best interests to allow the father time to engage in necessary anger management services.”

The appeals court agreed with DSS that there was a sound and substantial basis in the record for a determination that Austin was at imminent risk of harm.

“The evidence at the hearing was overwhelming that the father slapped Austin in the face with an open hand with such significant force that the child had marks on his face the next morning,” court papers state.

“The court’s finding that it was not clear who caused the injury to Austin is not supported by the record,” it continues.

“The medical testimony established that an adult caused the injury to the child, and thus only the father or his girlfriend could have caused the injury inasmuch as they were the only two adults who were with the child during the relevant time period.”

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In this photo, Oswego County Legislator Amy Tressider has been digitally removed.

Oswego Health CEO apologizes for photograph snafu

In this photo, Oswego County Legislator Amy Tressider has been digitally removed.

by Carol Thompson

Oswego Health CEO Ann Gilpin personally apologized to Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder after the legislator was digital edited out of a photograph that appeared in the most recent Inside Oswego Health newsletter.

Tresidder, who is a candidate for the New York State Senate’s 48th District seat, was an invited guest at an April 11 ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce for Oswego Health’s newly remodeled outpatient center at the Fulton Medical Center.

Tresidder was included in a ribbon cutting picture along with other legislators and persons involved with the health center.  The Oswego Health Facebook page shows the picture with Tresidder standing between Sarah Compo of Senator Patty Ritchie’s office and Legislator Dan Farfaglia.

The newsletter photo, however, has Tresidder removed with the exception of her legs. Instead, the space where Tresidder stood is replaced with a brown wall.

Along with the personal telephone call in apology, Gilpin’s secretary said Tresidder will also be receiving a letter of apology.

“By no means was it done with malice,” said Marion Ciciarelli of Oswego Health’s public relations office. “We didn’t know who she was and her position.”

Ciciarelli said the hospital was unable to identify Tresidder so she was removed from the picture.

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Oswego County Antique Show returns to Harborfest weekend

Many of the thousands of visitors who attend Oswego Harborfest this year might be delighted to see the return of the Oswego County Antique Show organized by the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County.

The show will be held in the historic Oswego YMCA Armory at 265 W. First St., Oswego, Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. While there is limited adjacent parking, the event is on the trolley route so it’s easily accessible from any of the Harborfest designated parking areas.

The admission fee will benefit the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County.

Those attending will find unique antiques being sold by dealers from all over Central New York and beyond. Many of the dealers are also interested in buying and when available will give free estimates on pieces brought by the public.

During its hiatus, the event was missed for more than its selection of antiques, said organizers.

“Being one of the only indoor attractions at Harborfest, it allows visitors an opportunity to beat the July heat or escape the rain and enjoy an activity they may not normally partake in,” remarked committee chair Austin Wheelock.

Heritage Foundation of Oswego County, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote and protect the historic and architectural landmarks of Oswego County.


Sadie Wilson blood drive to be held July 25

Sadie Wilson

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in honor of Sadie Wilson from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 25 at the Oswego Elks Lodge, located at 132 W. 5th St.

Sadie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in June and, at 23 months old, she is going through chemotherapy along with having many blood transfusions.

Those seeking to schedule an appointment to donate may call 1-800-Red-Cross. Walk-ins will be accepted that day as well.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days and platelets can be donated every seven days or up to 24 times a year.

Most healthy people ages 17 and older – or 16 with parental consent – who weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood and platelets.

Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.


Fulton native hired as lacrosse coach at Manhattan College

Steve Manitta
Fulton native

by Andrew Henderson

Fulton native Steve Manitta has been named head coach of the Manhattan College men’s lacrosse program.

Manitta comes to Manhattan College after three years as head men’s lacrosse coach/assistant athletic director at Mercy College. The college is located in Riverdale, N.Y.

“Coach Manitta impressed me as a ‘can-do’ coach with an excellent record of rapidly improving programs he takes over,” Manhattan Athletic Director Bob Byrnes said. “He is extremely positive and enjoys an excellent reputation among other lacrosse coaches, which is invaluable in recruiting student-athletes to Manhattan. I feel fortunate to have Steve join us and know his impact will be very positive with the players.”

Manitta was hired as the first head coach of Mercy’s fledgling men’s lacrosse program in 2009.  The team began play in 2010 and posted a 5-10 record in the competitive East Coast Conference during its inaugural season.

In 2011, he was named ECC Coach of the Year after leading the Mavericks to an 11-3 mark. Mercy was nationally ranked in 10 of 12 weeks that season, peaking at No. 7.

The six-win improvement represented the biggest jump of any program in NCAA Division II.  “I want to thank Mr. Byrnes for allowing me this opportunity,” Manitta said. “We had a few very positive conversations about the direction of Manhattan College and the MAAC. I’m absolutely thrilled to be a Jasper and excited to get started. Right things happen when the time is right.”

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Rev. J. Jeffrey Spurling has accepted the position to serve as senior pastor at the Fulton Alliance Church. Spurling is pictured with his wife, Karen, and their two children, Jeffrey, 8, and Jasmine, 5.

New pastor named at Fulton Alliance

Rev. J. Jeffrey Spurling has accepted the position to serve as senior pastor at the Fulton Alliance Church. Spurling is pictured with his wife, Karen, and their two children, Jeffrey, 8, and Jasmine, 5.

Rev. J. Jeffrey Spurling has accepted the position to serve as senior pastor at the Fulton Alliance Church.

Spurling and his wife, Karen, and their two children, Jeffrey, 8, and Jasmine, 5, plan are settling into the South Pollard parsonage in time to emcee the church’s summer Day Camp. His preaching schedule begins July 29.

Having graduated from Nyack College and obtaining his master’s degree at Columbia Bible College, he pastored the Neighborhood Church in Gainesville, Fla., served as C&MA International Worker,  and served four years as administrative pastor with the International Church in Asuncion, Paraguay.

The past two years he has been on staff with Nyack and Houghton Colleges.

In addition to delivering Biblical life application preaching, he has a “passion for leadership development, small group ministries, mentoring, and community outreach,” church officials said.

Spurling is the eighth pastor of Fulton Alliance  Church following Rev. Dr. Marc Haynes (1997-2011), Rev. John Soper (1992 – 1996), Rev. Glenn Thomas (1983 -1992),  Rev. John Fogal (1971-1982), Rev. George Hall (1966-1970), Rev. James Walls (1960-1966), and Rev. George Richter (1955-1959).

The Fulton Alliance Church is located at 1044 N.Y.S. Rte. 48, Fulton, just south of the city line.

Donald Parsons, Army veteran

Donald G. Parsons, born Nov. 23, 1933 in North Victory, died July 6, 2012.

He was a truck driver for Lakeshore Transportation in Oswego from which he retired in 1999. He was also a member of Teamsters Union 317 Syracuse. He belonged to Martville Methodist Church. He served in the Army during the Korean conflict.

He and his wife, Diane, moved to Saint Cloud, Florida in 2001.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Janet, his mother and stepfather, Dorothy and William Russell, his father, Edward Parsons; and two brothers, Ernest and Glen Parsons.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years (Diane); three daughters, Donna (Tennessee); Judy (New York); Gidget (Florida) and five sons, Randy (Sue) of New York; Robert (Beth) of Florida; Johnnie (New York); John (Florida); Stephen (Florida). He is also survived by a sister, Irene (Dick) Harris of New York; and a brother Ross (Cathy) of New York. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and several grandchildren and great  grandchildren and a great great grandchild.

There will be no services. Contributions may be made to the Martville Methodist Church.