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Oswego schools and YMCA team up for free summer food service

The Oswego City School District will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program.

Meals will be offered at Fitzhugh Park Elementary, Oswego High School, and through the YMCA and will be provided to all children 18 years and under without charge.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be available free of charge throughout the summer.

The Fitzhugh Park School program will run from July 1 through Aug. 9. The Oswego High School program will run from July 8 through Aug. 14. The weeks of July 8 and Aug. 15 will be five day weeks; all the rest of the weeks will be four days, with the last week of Aug. 12  being only three days. The YMCA program will run from Aug. 8 through Aug. 16.

Meals will be provided at the following times:

At Fitzhugh Park Elementary School, breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon.

Meanwhile, at the Oswego High School, breakfast will be served between 7 to 8 a.m. with lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. while at the YMCA Armory, lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a snack from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. At the Y Skate Park, lunch is set for 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and snack from 4 to 4:30 p.m.

Persons interested in receiving more information may contact the Oswego City School Food Services Department at 341-2022.

Photography competition to be held in Fulton

The Fulton Art Association is hosting its first “Photography Competition” Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4 in the Community Room at the Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St., Fulton.

Photographers are welcome to register up to four entries in the following categories: nature/landscapes, people/portraits, animals, and a special category: black and white only

Entries in categories one and two may be color or black and white, film or digital.

Entries are required to be matted, not framed, from 8×10 size print up to prints three-feet-wide. There is an entry fee or a membership fee.

Registrations and entry fees must be received by July 19.

Registration forms and prospectus rules may be obtained by contacting Kathy Mihalek at

Democrats tap financial advisor for treasurer’s race

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Democrat Committee has endorsed a candidate for the upcoming Oswego County Treasurer’s race.

Kurt Ferris will hold the Democrat line in the November election, according to Oswego County Democrat Committee Chairman Mike Kunzwiler.

Ferris, a resident of the Town of Oswego, holds a degree in computer science from SUNY Oswego. He is a registered financial advisor and has experience with annuities, health insurance, disability insurance, mutual funds, life insurance, estates, retirement, pension, social security, deferred compensation and payroll deduction programs, said Kunzwiler.

“Kurt meets every qualification that is required for the treasurer’s office,” Kunzwiler said. “His education and experience is exactly what is needed for the position.”

Ferris is a member if the Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, He has won an award from the organization for quality service.

The Democrats considered several candidates before selecting Ferris.

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‘Rock the Locks’ to be held June 29

Paddlers and spectators have a chance to win a new Perception Prodigy 12 kayak valued at $700 at the Oswego “Rock the Locks” Paddlefest Saturday, June 29.

The 12-foot Prodigy weighs 53 pounds and is designed for user-friendly comfort with a water-tight storage compartment to carry gear. The kayak package comes with a paddle and personal flotation device and is donated by Benjamin Turner of Murdock Sports and Jake Mulcahey of Pinnacle Construction.

The drawing benefits the Oswego YMCA Strong Kids campaign and Oswego Harborfest. Tickets are available at the YMCA on West First Street, Oswego Harborfest, Lake Street, Murdock’s Sports, West First Street, the Oswego Farmers’ Market on Thursday evenings, and members of the organizing committee.

“Rock the Locks” Oswego Paddlefest will begin at Riverview Park in Minetto at 10 a.m. June 29 and continue to Lock 8 in Oswego, traveling through four locks of the historic Oswego River Canal along the way. Kayakers and canoeists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to enter the event.

At the conclusion of the paddle, there will be food and commercial vendors, children’s games, live music, and other activities near Lock 7 in Oswego. A free shuttle bus will take paddlers from the ending point back to Minetto where they can pick up their vehicles when the event is over.

Paddlefest pre-registration includes a meal. Additional meal tickets may be purchased. All paddlers will be entered into the drawing.

Single and tandem kayak rentals are available at a discounted rated for Paddlefest through River Run Kayak. Those seeking details may contact Rich Walberger at 593-9895 or

Harborfest will hold a $1 floating “buck-a-ball” drawing in the river near Lock 7 at 3 p.m. Tickets for the “buck-a-ball” and a Harborfest 50-50 drawing may be purchased at Paddlefest and at the Harborfest office, 41 Lake St., Oswego.

Paddlers may pre-register online at or register beginning at 8 a.m. June 29 at Riverview Park in Minetto. Registration on June 29 will be $30 per canoe and $25 per kayak.

Legislature chairman won’t investigate questionable bid

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner said Thursday that he will not launch an investigation into a possible conflict-of-interest between a legislator and a county vendor.

During the conclusion of Thursday’s legislature meeting, Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler asked Gardner for the status of a complaint he made under the county’s Rule 14 procedure.

The procedure allows a legislator to request the chairman investigate any allegations of wrongdoing within the legislature.

“I have found no issues,” Gardner said.

Kunzwiler disagreed. “There was enough information provided.”

He added that he believed it was wrong for the same legislator who is alleged to have participated in a questionable bid be placed on the search committee assigned to find a new purchasing director.

Fred Maxon, who held the position, retired recently, and Gardner appointed Legislator John (Jay) Martino to the committee.

Kunzwiler said Gardner is wrong to be dismissive in regard to the allegations.

“We need to do our diligence and we need to investigate this and we need to put the public trust back in the bidding system of this county,” he said. “It’s lacking, it’s grossly inefficient right now and we’re disrespecting taxpayers by not following through on this.”

Kunzwiler also noted that vendors have been complaining about the county’s unfair bidding practices. Five vendors are known to have complained in less than one year. Two vendors threatened to bring action against the county and one vendor has taken his complaint to the state.

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Kody Graham goes green to checkered for second win

Not long after leading 29 laps of the first Novelis Supermodified feature on Saturday night, Kody Graham had another shot at a front row starting spot in the Century 21 Galloway Realty night cap and this time he made good on the opportunity.

Graham started to the outside of Tim Snyder in the front row of the 50-lap main event, stole the lead from the drop of the green and led all 50-laps on the way to his second career win at the “Steel Palace.”

Graham out raced Shaun Gosselin, Michael Barnes, Joe Gosek, and Otto Sitterly on his way to Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane becoming the fourth different Supermodified winner in as many races at Oswego this season.

“Since the opener we have been fighting gremlins left and right,” said Graham.  “Today the toe got knocked out in the first feature so I decided to pull it in instead of wrecking me and the rest of the field, but we’ve just been battling week after week.

“Tonight though, we finally got it.  You know, with the field like this you have to be on you’re A game. Obviously starting up front helps as always, you don’t want to have to pass all those guys and clear track is the best thing.”

Tim Snyder, Dan Connors Jr., Randy Ritskes, Jeff Holbrook, and Michael Muldoon were the top ten in the 50-lap Century 21 Galloway Realty main event.

A career best day for Gosselin would see him have the opportunity to chat with Danny Johnson on the Speedway’s main straight.

“Kody was just a little bit too fast in the open track,” said Gosselin. “I needed a lot of traffic to have a chance at him, but congratulations to those guys, they ran a great race.  It was a lot of fun to come from father in the back; we got to play with some traffic.”

With two third place finishes on the evening, Barnes continued his stellar campaign Saturday night after starting 18th in the field.

“We weren’t really all that good,” said Barnes. “We weren’t good in the heat, so to start 18th and get back up to third is pretty good. I knocked the right front part of the front wing out there I think when I got into the back of Holbrook, and it just started to pick up a push from the center out and that is why I couldn’t catch the guys at the end.

“I think if the wing would have stayed in once piece, we might have had a shot at them two at the end.”

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race wins would go to Connors, Graham, and Curran.

The Lighthouse Lanes ‘Hard Charger’ was Barnes, while the Lighthouse Lanes ‘Up & Comer’ was Gosselin.

Light in the Darkness: June 19, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God,  who has saved us and called us to a holy life — not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.” — 2 Timothy 1:8-9

By any standard or measure, we can imagine, the wonderful grace that has been extended to believers in Christ Jesus, saving us from our well earned fate, demands a response.

That response can be none other than to love and hold the Savior more dear than anything else in this world.

More dear than the fear of being ridiculed by men. More dear than one’s love for father or mother or brother or sister. More dear than life itself.

To this end, Paul writes to Timothy, and of course, to us, “do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord.” When we hold the Lord more dear to our hearts than anything or anyone else this boldness to testify about the Savior simply flows.

The recognition of what He has done for us and the resulting heart full of gratitude overflows into testimony. There is no shame. I remember when I was paying for my Dad’s salvation many years ago. Mom had surrendered to Christ but Dad had not yet done so.

Late one night, Mom was clearly experiencing a terrible heart attack. One and then two nitro tabs did nothing. Dad woke my 17-year-old brother, a believer, and asked him to pray. He did. Mom recovered immediately.

The next day in a routine follow-up the Dr. compared X-rays of Mom’s heart that he had just taken with those of a previous visit. Not only was there no sign of a heart attack the night before, but all the scar tissue seen so clearly in previous X-rays was now gone!

The new X-rays showed a completely healed heart, including the absence of previous scar tissue.

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What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

Karen Perry is standing next to the over-size grand prize basket given at CNY Arts Center’s Art Fest held June 8 at the War Memorial Ice Rink. The basket held prizes and gifts valued at more than $200. The arts organization offers all arts for all ages and summer art camp for children.
Karen Perry is standing next to the over-size grand prize basket given at CNY Arts Center’s Art Fest held June 8 at the War Memorial Ice Rink. The basket held prizes and gifts valued at more than $200. The arts organization offers all arts for all ages and summer art camp for children.

We’re celebrating a prize-winning third annual Arts Fest last week with 50 vendors and hundreds in attendance.

Prizes were awarded to three winners, including two gift baskets each with a variety of gifts from the vendors and a collection of art supplies for a budding artist.

We also had a ribbon cutting and open house at the gallery downtown with Tunes in June as our backdrop.

We’re turning our focus now to summer fun with Arty Day Camp, July 15-19.

“Charlotte’s Web” rehearsals are getting started for an Aug. 16-18 performance weekend.

We’ve kicked up the pace on our Community Mural Project to be ready for your help painting at the next Harborfest, July 26-28 and we have new plans for a Plein Air Art Competition in mid-August. Details about that coming soon!

There are only two more Digital Photography 101 classes: Tuesday June 18 and 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. They are taught by Kendra Matott, CNY Arts Center’s studio arts coordinator and mixed media artist.

June 18 get in “Focus!” Learn how and where to focus in a photograph and learn about depth of field (how your aperture affects what is in focus).

June 25 wrap up with “Composition Tips.” Learn some tips about composing good photos and improve your basic snap shots! Classes are held at CNY Arts Center, 357 State Street church, Fulton. For more information visit or call 592-3373.

Author Spotlight this month, June 19 from 7 to 8:30, will host Lisa Buske presenting her new book “Where’s Heidi?” Author Spotlight is open to the public and meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The second annual ARTY Day Camp promises lots of fun with instruction in art, writing, dance and theater. This summer camp for ages 5-15 will also provide free lunch and afternoon art projects open to every child in the community age 5 and up during the weeks of camp, July 15-19 and Aug. 19-23.

Scholarships are available for morning classes.

CNY Arts Center wants every child to have an art experience this summer and registrations are coming in every day. Children need to register even for lunch and art projects. Go to the web site to register for all day or afternoon only.

Sign-ups for “Charlotte’s Web” will close June 22. The children’s classic will perform Aug. 16-18 and all children are welcome. There is no charge to participate but attendance at all rehearsals is expected. For more information, visit

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. Visit  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and remember we bring all arts for all ages at two separate locations.

Classes, Writer’s Café, Author Spotlight, live theatre, and Arty Camp, are held in CNY Arts Center located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Arts in the HeART Gallery is located at 47 S. First St. in downtown Fulton across from the gazebo for local artists who want to display their artistry. Artists can apply for gallery space online at