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Oswego County Fair wraps up its five-day run

The Oswego County Fair concluded its five days at the fairgrounds in Sandy Creek, putting on a great show from July 2 through July 6. Weather during the first couple of days was a bit challenging, with hot sticky conditions and the occasional downpour. But on Friday July 4, the humidity broke and the skies turned blue.

All photos by Debra J. Groom

St. Mary’s annual bazaar this weekend in Oswego

The Rev. John F. Hogan, pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Oswego, and Daniel Capella, treasurer for St. Mary’s Annual Bazaar, prepare tickets for the big money drawing to be held this weekend during St. Mary’s Annual Parish Bazaar. The event features plenty of food, fun and games for all ages as well as a chicken barbecue and performances from Paul Vandish on Saturday, the Sounds of Brass Sunday afternoon, and hometown native Sam Domicolo Sunday evening. Additionally, there will be a chance to win $5,000 with St. Mary’s annual drawing. St. Mary’s Parish bazaar will be held in the church parking lot, 103 W. Seventh St., Oswego from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 12 and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 13, with a rain date of Monday, July 14.  For more information, contact Michelle Brown at 343-3953 or visit www.stmarysoswego.org.
The Rev. John F. Hogan, pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Oswego, and Daniel Capella, treasurer for St. Mary’s Annual Bazaar, prepare tickets for the big money drawing to be held this weekend during St. Mary’s Annual Parish Bazaar. The event features plenty of food, fun and games for all ages as well as a chicken barbecue and performances from Paul Vandish on Saturday, the Sounds of Brass Sunday afternoon, and hometown native Sam Domicolo Sunday evening. Additionally, there will be a chance to win $5,000 with St. Mary’s annual drawing. St. Mary’s Parish bazaar will be held in the church parking lot, 103 W. Seventh St., Oswego from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 12 and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 13, with a rain date of Monday, July 14. For more information, contact Michelle Brown at 343-3953 or visit www.stmarysoswego.org.

‘Shrek the Musical’ opens Friday, July 11

The Oswego Children’s Theater latest production of “Shrek the Musical” opened Friday July 11 the New Haven Congregational Church, Route 104 East.

The play continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. today July 12, July 18 and 19 and matinee performances at 2 p.m. July 13, July 19 and July 20.

“Shrek the Musical” is based on the 2001 DreamWorks animated film “Shrek” and follows the adventures of a cantankerous Ogre named Shrek, his friend a talking donkey and the beautiful princess Fiona.

The production features a huge cast of area youth including Doug Schneider in the role of Shrek, Leah Mullen as Fiona, Catrina Edwards as Donkey, Ryan Smith as Lord Farquad, and Caroline Gray as the Dragon.

Other cast members include Ethan Cliff as Little Shrek, Audrey Donavan as Pig #1 Arianna Jones as a Bunny, Abigail Lareau as the Pig #2, Madeline Loomis as Teen Fiona, Maya Loomis as the Shoemaker’s Elf,  Tegan Margrey as Alice in Wonderland, Mason Margrey as Dumbo, Baxter Mason as Pinocchio, Zander Mason as the Ugly Duckling, Grace Mason as Young Fiona and Ashley Mills as The Sugar Plum Fairy.

Also: Odin Mosher as the Dish with the Spoon, Megan Murtha as The Fairy Godmother, Ella Shambo as the Pied Piper, Issac Shambo as Grumpy the Dwarf, Tate Shambo as Puss-n-Boots, Julianna Smith as Gingy, Gregory Thomas as the Cow who jumped over the moon, and Faith Washington as the Wicked Witch.

In addition the supporting cast appears in multiple other roles as townspeople, Guards, and various fairy tale characters.

“Shrek the Musical” was adapted for the stage by David Lyndsay-Abaire, who wrote the book and lyrics, with music by Jeanine Tesori.

The show is directed by Lyndsie Lee Jones, with Music Director Kenneth C Jones, assisted by Dan Williams and Wayne A. Mosher Jr.

The show is produced By Kelly Mosher, who will also design costumes assisted by with Florence Ross. Abby Field will act as stage manager assisted by Faith Washington.

Makeup designers will be Amanda Mosher and Angela Thomas. TJ Pospesel and Adam Thompson will assist with the lights.

“Shrek the Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).

All performances will be in the theater space at the New Haven Congregational Church, located on state Route 104 East between Oswego and Mexico. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

For reservations and more information call 342-5265 or email oswegochildrenstheater@hotmail.com.

Valley News future is solidified

The Valley News and Patriot-Advertiser will be acquired later this month by a community publishing company with strong local ties.

The pending transaction secures the local newspapers’ place in Fulton after an unsettling announcement two weeks ago by the Valley News’ owner, Scotsman Media Group, that it would be ceasing operations at its printing plants in Syracuse and Chenango Bridge and laying off some 90 employees.

Based on private negotiations with the Sample News Group at that time, Scotsman president William Veit said the Valley News would not be impacted by company’s closure.

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GOP doesn’t endorse in Family Court judge race

The Oswego County Republican Committee chose to not endorse in the race for Family Court Judge.

Four candidates, Thomas Benedetto, Ed Izyk, Sal Lanza, and Jim Eby all spoke and asked for the committee’s endorsement, however, the committee decided to let all go forward to an open primary on Sept. 9.

I believe this is a testament to all the candidates who are running for his position,” said committee Chairman Michael C. Backus. “This position is so sensitive for the county that I am proud that the committee chose to let the people decide who the best candidate is.”

 

 

Michael A. LaBeef, ironworker, veteran, sports enthusiast, well known in wrestling community

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Michael A. LaBeef, 73, of Fulton, passed away surrounded by his loving family on  Tuesday July 8 after a battle with cancer.

Mike was born in Sterling Valley, a son to the late William and Judy LaBeef and lived most of his life in Fulton.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the ripe young age of 16, where he served four years.

Mike was an ironworker with Local 60 and retired from the Local 9, after spending more than 40 years in the trade. He also held a “second job” as he called it, at O.T.B. He would stop and have breakfast with his friends on his way into “work.”

Mike was also known as “The Devil” to his circle of sports enthusiast friends. He was an avid softball player in his younger days and when his body didn’t move as quickly, he became an umpire for the Fulton Softball Association.

You could often find Mike at the Fulton Y.M.C.A., where his jaw got more of a workout than any other part of his body.

Mike had been battling cancer since November of 2013. He would be at the oncologist every Thursday keeping everyone laughing and forgetting their worries if only for a little while.

Mike was very well known to the Fulton wrestling community, in which he had two sons and three grandsons who wrestled for Fulton. He was affectionately known as “Papa” to all the boys in the program.

Mike’s grandchildren were his pride and joy. He would often travel across states to watch them in whatever sport or activity they were participating in.

He is predeceased by his sister, Sharon France.

Mike is survived by two sons, Ron  (Olinda) LaBeef of Pomfret, CT and Don (Lori) LaBeef of Fulton; a daughter, Michele (Robert) Earl of Fulton; his longtime companion, Virginia Whitmire of                  Niagara Falls; three brothers, Danny (Kate) LaBeef of Hannibal, Richard LaBeef of Auburndale, FL. and Robert LaBeef of Pleasanton, Kansas; two sisters, Barbara Seymour of Auburndale, FL. and Yvonne Palmer of Wilmington, DE; eight beautiful grandchildren, Mike LaBeef, Alex LaBeef, RJ LaBeef and Gena LaBeef all of Pomfret, CT, Mitchell LaBeef, Madelyn LaBeef, Marcus Earl and Jonathan Earl all of Fulton; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 11 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Burial will be in Springbrook Cemetery, Fair Haven.

An adult celebration of Mike’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday July 12 following the funeral services at the Fulton Elks Lodge #830, 57 Pierce Dr., Fulton.