All posts by Nicole Reitz


Americana band Yarn to perform in Oswego

The acclaimed new band Yarn will perform at the Oswego Music Hall April 14 at 8 p.m. The band includes Blake Christiana, Trevor MacArthur, Andrew Hendryx, Rod Hohl, Rick Bugel, and Robert Bonhomme.

The acclaimed new band Yarn will perform at the Oswego Music Hall April 14 at 8 p.m.

Like its name, the six-piece band Yarn knits and weaves country, rock, blues and more into a genre-defying blend.

Since its start in 2007, the band has become one of the hardest-working and touring bands around and its fan base has grown into a “Yarmy” of followers.

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Annual Cross Walk to be held Friday

A Fulton community Good Friday Cross Walk will be held Friday, April 6 starting at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

This annual event is sponsored by the Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches.

Walkers will take turns carrying a large wooden cross in the downtown section of the City of Fulton. A total of ten stations of the cross will be observed.

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Esther Serwadda-Lubinga, MD

Family physician to open Fulton office

Esther Serwadda-Lubinga, MD

Family practice physician Esther Serwadda-Lubinga has joined the Oswego Health active medical staff and will open an office at 20 Canalview Mall in Fulton in early April.

Dr. Lubinga is board certified in family practice medicine and most recently provided care in Manitowoc, Wis.

She recently returned to the area with her husband, Anesthesiologist Stanley Lubinga, MD, who has been providing care in Oswego Hospital’s seven-suite surgery center since September.

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‘Still Life with Skull’ by Hannibal sophomore Ryan Huff

Annual high school art show winners announced

‘Still Life with Skull’ by Hannibal sophomore Ryan Huff

The Fulton Art Association announced the winners of the sixth annual High School Invitational Art and Photography Show.

Eighty-six students from high schools in Fulton, Hannibal, Oswego, and Phoenix school districts submitted 108 pieces of artwork in 12 different categories.

The show was created to help provide encouragement and guidance to high school artists and provide them a venue to display their talent and artwork.

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Kenneth Smithers Jr., Solvay resident

Kenneth C. Smithers Jr., 52, of Solvay, died Friday, March 23, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

He was predeceased by his parents, Flora and Kenneth Smithers Sr.

Surviving are his sister, Flora (Martin) Long of Fulton; brothers, Perry (Maryann) Draper of Syracuse and Thomas Draper of Oswego; his girlfriend, Jennifer Brinkman and her daughter, Hailey Loucks; and several nieces and nephews.

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Kathleen Brennan, Clear Sound owner

Kathleen R. Brennan, 54, of Fulton, died Saturday, March 24, 2012 in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

She was raised in East Syracuse, the daughter of John and Florence Raulli.  She owned and operated Aimi’s Bridal Boutique for 14 years.

Most recently, she owned and operated Clear Sound Hearing in Fulton for six years.

She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church in Fulton and was also a member of the Oswego Yacht Club.

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In And Around Hannibal: March 31, 2012

by Rita Hooper

This going to be a slightly more disjointed column than usual — it just happens that way sometimes.  It has been good to receive so many positive comments on my travel tales. It’s really great to get feedback. I think these have been the most commented on columns since I wrote a column on the “famous spud” — otherwise know as the mighty potato — written when my children were still in school and I was a natural redhead!

Last week I had the privilege of being invited to Ole Fashion Days at Fairley School to play some ole fashion games with the students.

I think I aged 20 years with the invitation, but I surprised myself by climbing to the second floor and settling into the one-room schoolhouse that they had set up.

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‘Good Neighbor Mission & Work Day’ set for April 28

The Lake Effect Cooperative Ministries will hold its second annual “Good Neighbor Mission & Work Day” Saturday, April 28.

The group will be focusing on assisting individuals or families with projects they would be otherwise unable to do themselves.

Some eligible projects include cleaning out a room, setting up outdoor furniture, painting a room, lawn work, garden prep, trimming bushes or other projects as needed.

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