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‘Heroes’ event to benefit CNY Arts Center and Red Cross

CNY Arts Center will be collaborating with the local Red Cross to present “Heroes of the American Red Cross: Arts in Motion.”

Artists are being sought for a live art and silent auction benefit April 28 at Thunder Island Oasis from 6 to 9 p.m. “Heroes” for the American Red Cross will be recognized while artists create a piece of art portraying the “Hero” theme during the evening’s event. Artists will have approximately one hour to complete their art, which will then be auctioned to benefit the Red Cross and CNY Arts Center.

Artists are also asked to donate a single piece of art from their collection to benefit the work.

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Erika Johnson

Bodley Bulletins: March 28, 2012

by Erika Johnson

The band concerts were held last Thursday at G. Ray Bodley High School.

Students and the audience members alike got to hear some great music from the students, but also from some special guests.

Composer Sean O’Loughlin wrote a song for the wind ensemble and conducted for them as well. The solo trumpet part in the piece was played by David Bamonte, a member of the Oregon Symphony.

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Students participating in the “Picture it 2012” project at the Charles E. Riley Elementary School display their certificates for being involved. In front from left aare Arin Wendt, Mikayla Miller, Grace Tolley, Donovan Constanza, Olivia Powers and Emma DeLong. In second row are  Jenna Bradshaw, Mikayla Nadzadi, Molly Fitzgibbons, Isaiah Henson, Alyssa Nagel and Peyton Roy. In third row are Tessa LeClair, Abigail Brancato, Sophia Griffiths, Benjamin Caster, Colin Le, and Maddison Graham. In back are Molly Clark, Lauren DeVinny, Noah Brancato, McKenzie LaDue, Joel Caster and Faith Hannock.

Riley Elementary School students participate in ‘Picture It’ project

Students participating in the “Picture it 2012” project at the Charles E. Riley Elementary School display their certificates for being involved.

Charles E. Riley Elementary School librarian Molly Clark recently provided a unique opportunity for students.

She coordinated an enrichment project for 24 Riley students.

Clark said students were “selected by their teachers and participated in a collaborative art project with schools from around the country and the world.”

Schools from as far away as Beirut, Lebanon were involved in the project.

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Miss New York State: ‘Stop bullying’

“Stop, Block and Tell!”

Children are used to the safety slogan for fires, “Stop, Drop and Roll.” However, Miss New York State Kaitlin Monte recently visited the Oswego Middle School in her effort to address the topic of bullying and taught a new concept of defense.

The special visitor presented two programs at OMS as she first gathered with the seventh and eighth graders before spending an hour with the fifth and sixth grade students from all five of Oswego’s elementary schools.

Drawing from personal experiences Monte provided an interesting journey for the Oswego students.

She said, “My brother was autistic and he was picked on and my sister suffered from dyslexia and was bullied by a teacher, which left both of them with emotional scars.”

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‘Living Stations’ set for March 30

Continuing a 25-year tradition, “Living Stations” will be presented Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. in the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium.

This dramatization of “The Way of the Cross” is the traditional Catholic prayer of Jesus’ passion as it portrays the final hours leading to His crucifixion.

In the “Living Stations,” local youth take on the roles of the various people in the traditional 14 scenes of the Stations of the Cross.

Each scene features a series of readings and meditations and is a visual reminder of Christ’s suffering.

Jeremy Langdon will portray Jesus and Christina Teetsel will portray Mary.

Choral works are under the direction of Dolores Walrath. The evening’s performance is free and open to the public.

Carl O’Connor Sr., Army veteran

Carl F. O’Connor Sr., 80, of Hannibal, died Monday, March 19, 2012.

Mr. O’Connor was born Sept. 22, 1931 in Auburn, a son to John and Virginia Joslyn O’Connor. He was a veteran of the Army during the Korean Conflict and retired from Crouse-Hinds in Syracuse.

He was predeceased by his wife, Jean, who died in 2003; daughter, Dorothy; sister, Dorothy; and brother, Thomas.

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Grace Galletta, legal secretary

Grace Galletta, 85, of Oswego, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

Mrs. Galletta was born in Fulton to the late Thomas and Angelina (Cincotta) Mirabito. Mrs. Galletta was a legal secretary for attorney Hosmer Culkin of Oswego.

Mrs. Galletta was a past president of St. Joseph’s Golden Age Group and she enjoyed the Saturday night card club with her close friends at the Harbour House.

She was predeceased by her husband, Angelo Galletta. who died in 1984; her brother, Angelo Mirabito; and sister, Katherine Mirabito.

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Head Start enrollment begins in Phoenix

Head Start Pre-K is accepting enrollment applications for the 2012-2013 school year.

In the Phoenix School District, Head Start Pre-K is held at Discovery Day Care and offers four- and six-hour class sessions.

The program’s goal is promoting school readiness through hands-on learning experiences, active play, and nutritious meals and snacks.

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