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Poetry Corner: First Flicker

by Jim Farfaglia

Ah-h…the flicker.
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.

And the winter weary
welcome his call.

Silent auction planned – 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. Pictured are members of the group.

Youth group to hold silent auction Sunday

Silent auction planned – 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. Pictured are members of the group.

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.

St. Patrick’s Day celebration – Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward recently proclaimed Sunday, March 18 as a day of remembrance, celebration and appropriate recognition of Saint Patrick. The Ancient Order of Hibernians will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Fulton Polish Home March 18 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be music from The Flying Column Irish Show Band and entertainment from the Kinlough Academy and Butler-Sheehan Academy of Irish Dance. Pictured are Hibernians James Brannan, Dan Mahaney, Bob Jennings and Woodward (front). -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Hibernians to hold annual St. Patrick’s Day party March 18

St. Patrick’s Day celebration – Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward recently proclaimed Sunday, March 18 as a day of remembrance, celebration and appropriate recognition of Saint Patrick. The Ancient Order of Hibernians will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Fulton Polish Home March 18 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be music from The Flying Column Irish Show Band and entertainment from the Kinlough Academy and Butler-Sheehan Academy of Irish Dance. Pictured are Hibernians James Brannan, Dan Mahaney, Bob Jennings and Woodward (front). -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

by Nicole Reitz

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.

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Maple syrup producers to host Maple Weekends

Several maple producers will host tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, and the following weekend, March 24 and 25, for the New York State Maple Producers Weekends.

Red Schoolhouse Maple, 2437 Co. Rte. 4, Palermo, offers visitors the opportunity to see the latest technology in maple sap collection and syrup-making.

There will be an all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, along with snowshoeing/walking tours of the sugar bush, sled dog demonstrations, coloring contests, and tours of the maple production process.

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Ready to perform – March is Music In Our Schools Month. Throughout the month of March, over 1,500 students in the Fulton City School District will be presenting numerous performances. Pictured are members of the Fulton Junior High School Band & Orchestra as they prepare for their upcoming concert. From left are Hannah Bennett, Crystal Heyworth, and Liliana Rivera.

March is Music In Our Schools Month

Ready to perform – March is Music In Our Schools Month. Throughout the month of March, over 1,500 students in the Fulton City School District will be presenting numerous performances. Pictured are members of the Fulton Junior High School Band & Orchestra as they prepare for their upcoming concert. From left are Hannah Bennett, Crystal Heyworth, and Liliana Rivera.

March is Music In Our Schools Month.

Music In Our Schools Month began as a single statewide celebration in 1973 and has grown over the decades to encompass a day, then a week, and then, in 1985, a month long celebration.

The purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children and to remind the community that school is where all children should have access to music.

Music In Our Schools Month is celebrated by hundreds of thousands of students, friends, and families in communities worldwide.

During the month of March, more than 1,500 students in the Fulton City School District will be presenting numerous performances.

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Pictured are dancers from the Fulton and Syracuse locations.

Irish dancers gear up for St. Patrick’s celebration in Fulton

Pictured are dancers from the Fulton and Syracuse locations.

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.

‘Damn Yankees’ – Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School will present the musical comedy “Damn Yankees” this weekend. A modern retelling of the Faust legend, “Damn Yankees” is based on Douglass Wallop’s novel, “The Year The Yankees Lost the Pennant” and features memorable songs. Pictured is sports reporter Gloria Thorpe, played by Alexis Pawlewicz, as she is trying to get the “scoop” on the Senators’ new recruit, Joe Hardy. Kneeling from left are Mark Parry and Alex Bawarski. Standing  from left are Logan Carvey, Markus Harter, Cody Hockey, Brad Crofoot, Stephen Heywood, Mitch Lalik, Joe Medico and Nathan Hawthorne.  “Damn Yankees” will be presented March 8-10 in the Bodley Auditorium and is under the direction of Fulton teachers Tom Briggs, Thomas Nami and Rob Lescarbeau with dances choreographed by Doreen Forbes. –Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

‘Damn Yankees’ to be staged this week at G. Ray Bodley High School

‘Damn Yankees’ – Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School will present the musical comedy “Damn Yankees” this weekend. A modern retelling of the Faust legend, “Damn Yankees” is based on Douglass Wallop’s novel, “The Year The Yankees Lost the Pennant” and features memorable songs. Pictured is sports reporter Gloria Thorpe, played by Alexis Pawlewicz, as she is trying to get the “scoop” on the Senators’ new recruit, Joe Hardy. Kneeling from left are Mark Parry and Alex Bawarski. Standing from left are Logan Carvey, Markus Harter, Cody Hockey, Brad Crofoot, Stephen Heywood, Mitch Lalik, Joe Medico and Nathan Hawthorne. “Damn Yankees” will be presented March 8-10 in the Bodley Auditorium and is under the direction of Fulton teachers Tom Briggs, Thomas Nami and Rob Lescarbeau with dances choreographed by Doreen Forbes. –Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

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.

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Gold Key winner "Reading," a sculpture by Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School student Helen Ferrick, won a Gold Key at the Scholastic Art Awards.

Awards honor outstanding teen artists

Gold Key winner "Reading," a sculpture by Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School student Helen Ferrick, won a Gold Key at the Scholastic Art Awards.

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