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OCO Summer Food Service Program will provide free meals for children

Oswego County Opportunities is participating in the Summer Food Service Program, according to Bridget Dolbear, program services coordinator for Oswego County Opportunities.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like OCO to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. Funded through the New York State Education Department, the Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to all children 18 years and under. Meals will be available at the local sites and times. Orders for meals are placed the day before you attend.

• Palermo Recreation, 1779 Co. Rte. 4, Palermo. Breakfast and Lunch from 9 to 10 a.m. and from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 10.

• Fulton Alliance Church, 1044 N.Y.S. Rte. 48, Fulton. Lunch from July 9 through July 13 from noon to 12:30 p.m. • Fulton CYO, 365 W. First St., Fulton. Lunch from July 5 through Aug. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• Fulton YMCA, 715 West Broadway, Fulton. Breakfast and lunch from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Aug. 31.

• CNY Arts Program, 357 State St., Fulton. Lunch from July 9 through July 20; from Aug. 6 through Aug. 10’ and Aug. 20 through Aug. 24 from noon to 12:30 p.m.

• Our Lady of Rosary VBS, 923 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Lunch from July 16 through July 20 and Aug. 20 through Aug. 24 from noon to 12:30 p.m.

• Hannibal Recreation, 824 Co. Rte. 34, Hannibal. Breakfast and lunch from July 9 through Aug. 10 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We are happy to be able to offer the Summer Food Service Program,” said Dolbear. “I encourage families to participate in the program and remember that even though school’s out, meals are still in.”

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Those seeking more information on the program may call Victoria Stump at 598-4712.

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A Little Of This And A Little Of That: July 5, 2012

by Paul McKinney

As the George M. Cohan song goes…

You’re a grand old flag, You’re a high flying flag, And forever in peace may you wave.

You’re the emblem of the land I love. The home of the free and the brave. Ev’ry heart beats true  ‘neath the Red, White and Blue, Where there’s never a boast or brag. Should auld acquaintance be forgot, Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

July 4, 2012 will celebrate the 236th year as a country and a people. And if pride and tradition prevails, many a house will fly that beautiful symbol of the U.S.A. — the Red, White and Blue.

And in some cities, like our own, tons of folks will start to mark their place along the parade route, waiting in anticipation of the bands, floats, fire engines, and young and old marching proudly down the “main streets” all over our fair country.

We have much to be proud of that’s for sure. Our history as a nation is brimming with generosity, sacrifice, and a human spirit unmatched in the history of human civilization.

As our veterans march by, with heads held high, we must remember the human sacrifice they have paid to keep our country and others around the world free.

Those who have gallantly gone before, served a nation of people in just and unjust wars proudly wearing the uniform of the land and people they swore to protect.

Those who serves us now, do so with a continued honor of tradition and pride and often leave loved ones at home who face the heartache of separation and potential loss.

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Youth Bureau hosts Traveling Arts in the Parks this summer

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau announced its 2012 schedule for the Traveling Arts in the Parks series. Each event is free and open to the public.

Wacky Chad returns to Oswego County this summer with two performances. The first show is at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 10 at the Palermo Town Park, County Route 45, and the second is at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 at the Fulton War Memorial, N.Y.S. Route 3.

Wacky Chad is known for his extreme pogo stunts, stand-up comedy and unusual tricks. His antics have earned him spots on television programs such as “America’s Got Talent,” “Live with Regis and Kelly,” and South Korea’s “Star King.”

Dazzling audiences since 1973, the Jackman Twins’ combination of magic and humor appeals to young and old alike. Their unique form of entertainment, including circus arts like juggling and fire-eating, finds them in continued demand. The Twin Magicians appear at Goettel Park, Central Square, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 13.

Magical John brings his comedy and choreographed magic to the Granby Town Hall on County Route 8 at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14. He appears at the David C. Webb Park at Taft Bay, Constantia, at 1 p.m. Monday, July 16.

This musical magic show is part illusion and part comedy.

Glenn Colton returns to Oswego County with a 1 p.m. poolside performance Tuesday, July 31  at Scriba Town Park on O’Connor Road. Colton has performed thousands of energetic concerts for children, parents and teachers since 1992.

A performing artist, songwriter and author, Colton promotes the power of healthy choices through respect, responsibility, friendship, and good manners.

The Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) brings its Traveling Science Program to Oswego County audiences for two shows this season.

“Astronomy” takes place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Fulton War Memorial.  “Liquid Nitrogen, the Turtle and the Cockroach” is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at Mexico Point Park, Mexico Point Drive.

Each demonstration features a colorful mix of science, education and entertainment.

Traveling Arts in the Parks is funded by Oswego County, the Oswego Children’s Board, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and participating town and city municipal programs.

Light In The Darkness: July 5, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King over all the earth. Praise him with a psalm! God reigns above the nations, sitting on his holy throne.” — Psalm 47:6-8

In anticipation of our Independence Day celebration in 2012, I found myself wondering what hymns and songs were popular or at least in their infancy in 1776.

What did our Christian forefathers who forged ‘one nation under God’ sing in church? We know that many were believers and that their faith in the God of Scriptures greatly influenced their thoughts and decisions as well as the laws they passed which closely follow the precepts of scripture. They attended church and not a few were pastors. Here is what I found.

One of the popular hymns of the day in the American colonies (especially within the Methodist movement) was Charles Wesley’s hymn, “And Can it Be.”

Mr. Wesley wrote the words to this powerful hymn in 1738. He sang it with his brother John  shortly after John’s “Aldersgate experience.” It was first published in 1738 subtitled,  “Free Grace.”

It was widely sung in churches at the time of the Revolution as it still is today. Each line expresses the awe the believer feels at the realization that God would choose to love us. “Died He for me? Who caused His pain. For me? Who Him to death pursued?”  How can it be?

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Driving the Darratt Farms No. 88 Supermodified, Randy Ritskes inherited the lead from a fuel-starved Ray Graham on lap 72 and then managed to nurse his own mount across the line on his final drop of methanol to claim the ninth win of his career at the Steel Palace.

Randy Ritkses crosses the finish line on fumes for ninth career win

Driving the Darratt Farms No. 88 Supermodified, Randy Ritskes inherited the lead from a fuel-starved Ray Graham on lap 72 and then managed to nurse his own mount across the line on his final drop of methanol to claim the ninth win of his career at the Steel Palace.

After a bout of poor luck to start the 2012 Novelis Supermodified season at Oswego Speedway, luck finally turned to the side of Randy Ritkses during the Davis Bros. Inc. Grand Prix 75 Saturday night.

Driving the Darratt Farms No. 88 Supermodified, Ritskes inherited the lead from a fuel-starved Ray Graham on lap 72 and then managed to nurse his own mount across the line on his final drop of methanol to claim the ninth win of his career at the Steel Palace.

As Ritskes weaved his car back and forth trying to savor every last drop of fuel on the race’s final circuit, Brian Sobus closed in driving the No. 60 but came up just short, possibly finishing just one lap shy of his first career Supermodified feature win.

Joey Payne, Shaun Gosselin, and Mike Barnes completed the Top 5 order in the 75-lap feature event.

“Just before the last caution we were out of fuel,” said Ritske. “It was really dying coming out of three and four so I started shaking it and running half throttle to try and save as much fuel as possible — and it lasted.”

Ritskes was elated to be able to turn the tide after a very rough start to the season.

“We’ve had such a terrible year, this is so nice to have,” said Ritskes. “This all proves how great of an owner I have in Randy Darratt. I got really down, not on the team, I just got down on the situation and he (Randy Darratt) is the one that turned it around. He said, ‘We’re not quitters. We aren’t going to quit on you’ and we did it. He is a great leader.”

Gosselin and Graham started the 75-lap Davis Bros. Inc. Grand Prix from the front row, bringing the field to the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag and it was Graham immediately shooting out to the early race lead in the No. 90. Behind the wheel of the new Xtreme Chassis design, Graham showed his might in heat race competition with a time of 16.488 seconds at 136.463 mph and no doubt intended to continue that streak in the main event.

By lap 15, Graham had built a full straight away lead on the remainder of the field and looked to be in a class of his own leaving the battles behind him.

With Graham well out in front, Ritskes and Otto Sitterly began moving their way through the field to try and put themselves in striking position. By the race’s 20th circuit, Ritskes managed to move past Gosselin for second while Sitterly picked his way to fourth in the order ahead of Jerry Curran.

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Lawsuit filed against Fulton business owner

by Carol Thompson

A former member of the Fulton Common Council has been accused of stealing more than $300,000 from the revocable trust of a woman who entrusted him to oversee her finances.

A lawsuit was recently filed in Oswego County Supreme Court against Harley Thompson, owner of Empire Advisors, Inc.

The plaintiffs, Lisa Taylor-Guy and the Vivian Walts Revocable Trust, are suing both Thompson and his company.

The lawsuit alleges that Thompson became the trustee of the Walts estate June 6, 2007. Court documents further allege that Thompson mismanaged the estate and misappropriated more than $300,000 to himself and his company.

When Walts passed away Oct. 18, 2008, Thompson did not distribute the trust assets as directed, the lawsuit alleges. Thompson notified Taylor-Guy in January 2011 that the trust had no more assets. Thompson never provided an accounting of the trust.

“As I set out in my original affirmation, I learned two days ago- when we received the copies of the checks from the Vivian R. Walts Revocable Trust — that Harley Thompson stole more than $300,000 from that trust,” states the lawsuit filed by Bond, Schoeneck and King. “He abused his position as both trustee and broker to write checks directly to himself and his company.”

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Poetry Corner: Puzzling

by Jim Farfaglia

Puzzling

 

Texas was always first,

the piece as big as all get out.

California was easy too,

fitting like a bent arm against the Pacific.

 

Florida was fun,

heading south like a hitchhiker’s thumb.

New York a cinch – my home state –

and way up north, Maine would go.

 

Then over to the Great Lakes

where I’d slip on Michigan’s mitten

and make a stop in the Midwest

for the piggybackin’ Dakotas.

 

Alaska and Hawaii were freebies –

floating off to the side in ocean blue,

and I loved how they bunched together

all those New England states – bonus!

 

Mississippi and Alabama went back to back,

ready for a duel,

while I pulled on Louisiana’s work boot

and picked up Oklahoma by its handle,

 

‘til I was down to the last few –

too rectangled, too middle-America

to tell one from the other.

But I kept at it, determined to unite those states,

 

to piece together the greatness of my country.

The Fulton YMCA’s annual “Loop Around the Lake” is coming up soon and registration is open to the public. This race is comprised of a 15-kilometer run, a 5-kilometer run, and a 5-kilometer walk. Pictured are members of the Fulton Police Department during a previous event.

‘Loop Around the Lake’ applications available, events for runners and walkers

The Fulton YMCA’s annual “Loop Around the Lake” is coming up soon and registration is open to the public. This race is comprised of a 15-kilometer run, a 5-kilometer run, and a 5-kilometer walk. Pictured are members of the Fulton Police Department during a previous event.

The Fulton YMCA’s annual “Loop Around the Lake” is coming up soon and registration is open to the public.

This race is comprised of a 15-kilometer run, a 5-kilometer run, and a 5-kilometer walk.

The three events cater to those of all levels of physical fitness.

“We offer three different categories in order to help encourage everyone to participate,” said Kim McPherson of the YMCA. “Our goal is to include people who have never run a road race before. The objective is to defeat the stigma that road races are just for competitive runners.”

The Loop’s 15K/5K Run and 5K Walk start at 8:30 a.m. at the Fulton War Memorial Saturday, Aug. 25. The 15K loops around Lake Neatahwanta, offering some flat roads as well as some challenging hills. The 5K has a more scenic route, winding through local roads and neighborhoods.

The YMCA will also be hosting a Kids’ Fun Run. The fun run will be for children ages 4-12.

Also at the venue will be fun and games. Inflatable fun, face painting, and other entertainment will be provided.

Race Applications are available at the Fulton YMCA, by logging onto ezracereg.com, or by visiting the YMCA’s web site at  www.fultonymca.com.