The words fly off my lips
for all the hope he brings.
A bird guidebook confirms my hunch:
the flicker is our only woodpecker
that feeds on the ground,
not venturing this way
‘til backyards of green appear.
There’s no denying it now –
Spring is coming!
See him hopping from spot to spot:
giddy as a toddler,
joyful as I to be his witness.
Watch him drilling into earth:
the first of us to break ground
for its sustenance.
Note the red V on his neck:
a welcomed scarlet letter,
moving like a piston.
Hear his pivotal message: Go deeper, he urges, deeper.
The Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Youth Group will be holding a silent auction Sunday, March 18 from noon until 1 p.m.
The group is raising funds to attend a Reach Work Camp this July in Broadalbin, N.Y.
Reach Work Camps are a Christian-based week long camp where campers will be undertaking major construction and renovation projects on homes of well deserving seniors and families.
The campers volunteer their time, sleep on floors of a nearby high school, eat school food and pay almost $400 each for the opportunity to help out a neighbor.
The cost of the camp is mainly to support the cost of construction materials, including lumber for wheel chair ramps, paint, sheet rock, roofing, and tools.
A member of the group, Audrey Proto, a junior at G. Ray Bodley said, “Reach is a great opportunity for our group to grow closer together and deeper in our faith. We also meet a lot of new friends each year and are able to experience the joy that comes from serving others. It’s a lot of hard work but it’s worth every minute.”
The Mt. Pleasant group will be sending 13 teens and four chaperones, including Pastor David Grey and Pastor Mike Houck, to join nearly 500 other youth and their leaders from around the Northeast.
The silent auction will feature handmade items, donated services, local business gift cards and more.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians in America formed in 1836 to promote national unity and Christian charity in Ireland.
The Fulton Division 2 Ancient Order of Hibernians was founded in 1971 and early charter members include Bud Shinnick and Charlie and Bob Callen.
The goal of the Hibernians is to promote the ideals of the people who gave their lives for the cause of Irish freedom.
Fulton’s Harold J. Flynn Division requires two traits from its members. “We are the most unique fraternal organization in the country in that you have to be both Irish or of Irish decent and be a Roman Catholic,” said Hibernian Bob Jennings, who is also the group’s public relations chairman.
Students from the Butler Sheehan Academy of Irish Dance recently performed at Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Everson Museum in Syracuse.
The dancers will be performing Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m. for the Hibernian’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Hooley held at the Fulton Polish Home.
The Hibernians will be holding their annual event from noon to 6 p.m. Other entertainment includes the Flyin’ Column from Syracuse and the Kinlough Irish dancers. Traditional Irish faire will be available.
Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School will present its 2012 Broadway musical, “Damn Yankees,” this week.
Performances are scheduled for Thursday, March 8; Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 in the high-school auditorium. Curtain time is set for 7:30 P.M. each evening. Additionally, there will be a 2:00 P.M. matinee Saturday as well.
“‘Damn Yankees’ is a great story with wonderful music,” explained Tom Briggs, theatre director at G. Ray Bodley High School. “It is a story of love, self-discovery and baseball. Set in the nostalgic 195’s, ‘Damn Yankees’ is thought provoking and moving.”
Briggs explained that the story centers around middle-aged real estate agent Joe Boyd who has two great loves in his life – his devoted wife Meg and his favorite baseball team, the Washington Senators.
Joe never loses faith in his Senators even though they are in last place and they are always crushed by the New York Yankees. Furious after another loss, Joe says he would, “sell his soul” for one long ball hitter. Coincidentally at that moment, an ominous character appears and offers Joe an opportunity of a lifetime. Joe is given a chance to become the one to lead the Senators to victory – but it comes at a huge price.
Thousands of creative Central New York junior and senior high students submitted their best art work and hundreds received honors for their award winning entries in the 2012 Central New York Scholastic Art Awards program, sponsored by M&T Bank.
Over 4,500 works of art were judged in 15 categories for entry in national competition and to receive local cash prizes and special recognition. Following the recent Awards Ceremony, a 1,000 piece exhibit of winning art works was unveiled at Onondaga Community College. The exhibit is free and open to the public through March 2 in the Whitney Applied Technology Center on OCC’s campus. Select works will also be on display at the Everson Museum of Art, in Syracuse, in March. Gold (first place), silver (second place) and honorable mention awards were given for eight-piece senior portfolios of fine art and photography, as well as individual pieces from juniors and seniors representing categories that include painting, sculpture, film & animation, textiles and more. Continue reading →