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“A Festival of Lessons, Carols and Candlelight” will be hosted by the First United Church on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

The service will feature the reading of familiar Christmas scripture, the singing of traditional Christmas carols, the music ministry of the Chancel Choir and the United Voices Quartet, and the lighting of candles at the close of the service.

Ella Matteson Hicks and Burton Phillips, choir director, will each present a solo to the service. The public is welcome to attend. The facility is accessible to the physically disabled.

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An Old Fashioned Christmas Pageant will be one of the highlights of the Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve at the Fulton Alliance Church.

Children age 4 through sixth grade have been working very hard on acting and memorizing their lines and look forward to presenting our church a play about the birth of the Christ Child.

The event will include familiar Christmas carols, scripture, and beautiful angelic faces.  It will be followed by a message from the Rev. J. Spurling, senior pastor, and the traditional candlelight service.

The Fulton Alliance is located at 1044 State Route 48, Fulton, 1/2 south of the city line.

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The Mass schedule has been announced for the holiday for St. Joseph’s and St. Stephen’s churches in Oswego.

They are:

Christmas Eve — 4 p.m. Vigil at St. Joseph’s; 7 p.m. Vigil at St. Stephen’s; Midnight Mass at St. Stephen’s

Christmas Day — 9 a.m. Mass at St. Stephen’s; 11 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph’s

New Year’s Day — 9 a.m. Mass at St. Stephen’s; 11 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph’s

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State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton will have two services Christmas Eve.

There will be services at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. The 5 p.m. is family oriented while the 11 p.m. service is a traditional candlelight service.

State Street United Methodist Church is on State Street, Fulton.

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Embroidery has always been a popular needle art, stimulating the imagination and at the same time providing a wonderful look.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Program will be holding classes in which youth will have the opportunity to learn how to embroider.

The workshops series will be offered Tuesdays, Jan. 7 and Jan. 21. Classes run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Oswego County Cooperative Extension Office in Mexico.

This hands on program is open to all youth ages, 8-19. Pre-registration is required by Friday,  Jan. 3.  An $8 registration fee includes your pattern and embroidery supplies. It is requested that an adult accompany a child.

To register for this learn how to embroider class or to receive information about Oswego County 4-H, call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County at 963-7286, Ext. 302 or by email at mmm65@cornell.edu.

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The office of Dr. Padma Ram is relocating to 300 State Route 104 East, Oswego effective Monday Dec. 23.

Lake Ontario Prompt Medical Care will be opening January 2014.

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Three men recently graduated from the New York State Police Academy.

They are: Justin A. Morrison, Fulton; Derek T. Collins of Constantia; and John M. McGuire of Central Square.

A total of 180 men and woman took part in the 200th session graduation ceremony from the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy.

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Mayor Tom Gillen has scheduled the Organizational/Special Meeting of the Common Council for 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2.

At the beginning of the meeting, City Court Judge the Honorable James Metcalf will swear in the councilors for their two-year terms of office.

 

 

CNY Arts Center offering a variety of classes in January, February

By Ashley M. Casey

Those who are interested in dabbling in different forms of art are in luck in January and February.

CNY Arts Center is holding a class series called “The Art of Self-Expression,” featuring writing, cooking and studio art.

Local author and CNY Arts Center Writing Coordinator Jim Farfaglia will be teaching the writing portion. Culinary Arts Coordinator Diane Sokolowski will be teaching cooking and Studio Arts Coordinator Kendra Matott will lead the studio art section.

The first session, to be held Jan. 4, will present a 40-minute introduction to each section. After that, participants may choose one or two of the three sections to pursue for the next three sessions.

“We’re looking at this as a way to build their artistic muscle,” Farfaglia said. He likened the program to New Year’s resolutions, a way to delve into something new.

“A lot of people say they want to try art, but they’re unsure of what genre to try,” he said. “We’re trying to get them to at least try it and see if they like it.”

Farfaglia said his writing assignments would include a short story based on a picture and memories of school and vacations.

Matott said her studio art sessions would include a mix of traditional and unconventional techniques. She said she would teach still-life drawing basics, but her students will also draw with their feet and their non-dominant hands.

There also will be a basic Photoshop demonstration.

“It’s a really great opportunity for people to dabble in different types of art,” Matott said. “This is a great opportunity for someone who’s interested in trying a whole bunch of things in a welcoming environment.”

The Art of Self-Expression will be held 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 4, 8, 11 and 25 at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St., Fulton. There will be a February session as well. The class costs $40 per person.

“Gift bags” for the class series are available for sale at the ARTs in the HeART Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton. You may also sign up at cnyartscenter.com or call 592-3373.

Showcase your work

The next CNY Open Mic Night will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the ARTs in the HeART Gallery. Artists of all genres are welcome to display their talents for the community.

“We hope that the people who take our classes will decide to share at that event,” Jim Farfaglia said of the event.

Fulton athletes receive academic honors

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has recognized eight Fulton fall athletic teams through the Scholar/Athlete Team Award Program.

To receive this award, the team average must be 90 percent or higher during the season.

The 2013 fall teams and the individual athletes receiving the award are:

Boys’ Cross Country:  Jacob Belcher, Jacob Belcher, Keegen Condon, Jacob Cuyler, Jonathan Earl, Mike Holcomb, Bailey Lutz, Jimmy Martin, Geoffry Michaels, Nathan Shaw and Augusto Siega.

Girls’ Cross Country: Johnelle Dishaw, Victoria Eckhard, Jenna Hudson, Aneisia Kauffman, Cheyanne Laun, Marisa LiVoti and Amanda Rice.

Football: James Bailey, Seth Britton, Jon Cummins, Seth Delisle, Logan Diefenbacher, Emilio Garcia, Cody Green, Brian Hudson, Chris Jones, Matt Marshall, Nick Reitz and Liam Roberge.

Boys’ Golf: Nick Abbott, Nolan Johnson, Matthew Kitts, Nick McIntyre, Jacob Seymour, Daniel Shatrau, Nathaniel Shatrau and Jacob Strauss.

Boys’ Soccer: Robert Borrow, Logan Carvey, Ian Devendorf, Kristopher Grow, Jeremy Langdon, Jared Marden, Derek Prosser, Paul Reynosso, Garet Roik, David Tallents, Carson Vono, and Austin Wilde.

Girls’ Soccer: Callie Beckwith, Kara Bricker, Karli Bricker, Hailey Carroll, McKenna Chesbro, Amelia Coakley, Olivia coakley, Shawna Cooper, Jordan Coulon, Amanda Deavers, Meriah Dishaw, Sydney Gilmore, Sara Halstead, Hunter Hartranft, Maddie Lang and Madden Rowlee.

Girls’ Tennis: Savannah Bray, MaKenna Cealie, Sophia Giovannetti, Anna Guernsey, Angeline Kimbrell, Julia Ludington, Maureen McCann, Casey Shannon and Courtney Smith.

Girls’ Volleyball: Alexia Abelgore, Donna Aiken, Monica Falanga, Samie Miller, Tracie Murphy, Erica Pawlewicz, Taylor Smithers and Jordyn Stone.

The district would like to congratulate these athletes and their coaches; Joel Carroll (boys’ cross country), Gary LaGrou (girls’ cross country), Jeff Rothrock, Craig Halladay, Bob Galini (football), Dante Ascenzi (boys’ golf), Nate Murray (boys’ soccer), George Beckwith (girls’ soccer), Matt Goodnough (girls’ tennis) and Caroline Richardson (girls’ volleyball).

Fulton girls win 1, lose 2 in basketball

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity basketball team went 1-2 in its first 3 games of the season.

On Dec. 3, Fulton fell to perennial power Jamesville-DeWitt 58-30, lost to Cortland 59-42 on Dec. 6 but then beat Fowler 55-40 on Dec. 10.

Perennial power J-D built an 11-point lead in the first quarter of its game with the Lady Raiser and added to its lead during the second quarter.

They outscored the Lady Raiders by 4 points to take a 23-8 lead into halftime. J-D put the game out of reach during the third quarter, outscoring Fulton by 17 points to extend their lead to 32 points.

Fulton battled back and cut into Jamesville-DeWitt’s lead in the fourth quarter. But the lead Fulton faced proved to be insurmountable as J-D won.

Fulton was led by Nicole Hansen with 11 points, followed by Mallory Clark and Micheala Whiteman with 6 points each. Sydney Gilmore added 5 points and  Kwadaysha Coney chipped in 2 points.

In the Cortland game, after a competitive first quarter, Cortland had a 6-point lead and then expanded its lead during the second quarter, outscoring Fulton by 4 points to go into halftime with a 30-20 lead.

The third quarter proved to be the most competitive quarter of the game. Cortland outscored the Lady Raiders by only a point to extend its lead to 11 points. Cortland put the game out of reach during the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Raiders by 6 points down the stretch to cap off a 59-42 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Sydney Gilmore with 13 points. Nicole Hansen had 11 points. Courtney Parker scored 8 points, Micheala Whiteman scored 7 points and Jennah Lamb and Hunter Hartranft combined to score 3 points.

Fulton’s first win came when they jumped out to a 6-point lead against Fowler in the first quarter.

After a hard fought second quarter, Fulton was able to maintain its 6-point advantage while taking a 27-21 lead into halftime.

The Lady Raiders pulled away during the third quarter, outscoring Fowler by 9 points to expand its lead to 15 points. Despite a respectable effort during the fourth quarter, Fowler was unable to cut into the deficit they faced as Fulton rolled to a 55-40 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Micheala Whiteman with 12 points, followed by Sydney Gilmore and Nicole Hansen with 10 points each, Courtney Parker scored 9 points and Jennah Lamb, Kate Myers and Kwadaysha Coney scored 4 points each.

Hannibal boys’ basketball searches for first win

By Rob Tetro

After three games, Hannibal’s boys’  varsity basketball team is still searching for its first win of the season.

On Dec. 4, Hannibal came up short against Bishop Grimes 57-53. County foe Phoenix stormed past the Warriors 51-40 on Dec. 6. On Dec. 12, Syracuse-ITC rolled past Hannibal on December 12th.

In the Bishop Grimes game, Grimes ha an 11-point lead over Hannibal after an impressive first quarter. They added to their lead during the second quarter, outscoring Hannibal by 3 points to take a 32-18 lead into halftime.

The second half proved to be a much different story. Hannibal outscroed Grimes  to cut into their lead and they continued to cut into the deficit during the fourth quarter.

Hannibal outscored Bishop Grimes by 9 points down the stretch to cut their lead to 4 points. But time ran out on the Warriors as they lost the close contest.

Hannibal was led by Billy Skipper and Trevor Alton who scored 18 points each against Grimes. Following Skipper and Alton was Sam McCraith with 10 points.

Phoenix and Hannibal fought a competitive first quarter, with the Warriors posting a 3-point lead over Phoenix. Hannibal expanded its lead during the second quarter, outscoring the Firebirds by 2 points to take a 23-18 lead into halftime.

But Phoenix came back in the second half, outscoring Hannibal by 14 points during the third quarter to take a 9-point lead. The Firebirds capped off a solid win  by outscoring the Warriors 33-17 during the second half.

Leading the way for Phoenix was Dylan Doupe with 17 points, followed by Walker Connoly with 10, Bryce Plante with 8 points and Zach Sisera and Connor Haney with 5 points each. Austin Furco added 4 points.

Hannibal was led by Trevor Alton with 18 point, followed by Austin Mattison and Sam McCraith with 8 points each. Corey Cardinali chipped in 4 points.

Syracuse-ITC outscored Hannibal by 14 points during the first quarter of its game with the Warriors. Syracuse-ITC added to its lead during the second quarter and led 35-20 at the half.

The Warriors proved to be far more competitive during the second half. They outscored Syracuse-ITC during the third quarter to cut into the lead, but the lead Syracuse-ITC had built was too much.

Leading the way for Hannibal Trevor Alton with 26 points, followed by Billy Skipper with 12 and Austin Mattison with 11.

Views from the Assembly, by Will Barclay

On any given week, tens of thousands of unsolicited checks end up in New York residents’ mailboxes — making these checks easy targets for criminals looking to capitalize on someone else’s line of credit.

Last month, the governor signed a bill into law that will put the onus on those issuing checks if they are lost or get into the wrong hands.

I was pleased to support this in the Assembly. Hopefully, this measure will reduce the volume of checks like this and better protect consumers from fraud.

The bill, A3601, which became effective last month, aims to protect consumers from liability for unauthorized use of unsolicited convenience checks. These checks are mailed by credit card companies to account holders in the hopes that consumers take out more credit.

Many of people throw them out. It’s best to shred or destroy them somehow if you do not intend to use them.

The problem with the checks is consumers do not know when they are mailed. A few things can happen and do: the mail gets into the wrong hands and then, the check is cashed, or they are stolen if consumers simply place them in the recycle bin.

In the past, unless a consumer acted quickly and was able to convince the credit card company the checks were not cashed by the cardholder, the consumer is held liable.

With this new law, companies would be held responsible, not the consumer. It amends the general business law and adds a section, clearly stating that consumers sent such convenience checks by credit or debit card issuers shall not be liable for the use of such checks unless the consumer has accepted the check.

Hopefully those convenience checks will be reduced with this measure.

There are a number of ways scammers can infiltrate our finances. It’s important to remain vigilant and help loved ones to do the same.

Good guidance and tips, as well as scam alerts can be found on the State’s Division of Consumer Affair’s website at https://www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection/.

The site also contains good information on preventing identity theft. Unfortunately, seniors are unwitting targets of many types of scams.

A good number to keep handy is the Division of Consumer Affair’s phone number, (518) 474-8583 for guidance or assistance on consumer matters. Residents may also file a complaint there as well, and be placed on the Do Not Call list.

If you have any questions, comments or would like to be added to my mailing list, please sent a letter to 200 N. Second St., Fulton, 13069, or an e-mail to barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or call 598-5185.  You can also friend me, Assembly Barclay, on Facebook.

Hannibal girls’ basketball loses a close one

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal girls’ varsity basketball team suffered a heartbreaking season opening loss to Bishop Grimes Dec. 2 by score of 59-51.

After a back and forth first half, Hannibal built a lead during the third quarter, taking a 41-33 lead into the fourth quarter. But Bishop Grimes got right back in it down the stretch.

They stepped up its defense to trigger the rally. When regulation ended, the game was headed to overtime tied at 45.

Bishop Grimes carried its momentum into the overtime period. In the end, Bishop Grimes outscored Hannibal 26-10 during the fourth quarter and overtime to come away with the win.

Bishop Grimes struck first. They built a 5-point lead over the Lady Warriors during the first quarter. However, Hannibal fought back during the second quarter, outscoring  Grimes by 5 points to even the game at 23 headed into halftime.

The Lady Warriors kept it going into the third quarter. They pulled ahead to take an 8-point lead. Bishop Grimes began to put it together during the fourth quarter, storming back to force overtime with the game tied at 45. With momentum on its side, Bishop Grimes took care of business during overtime, outscoring the Lady Warriors by 8 points.

Hannibal was led by Devin Sorell and Gabby Griffin, who each scored 14 points against Bishop Grimes. Following Sorell and Griffin was Spencer Kenney with 13 points and Sydney Alton with 5 points.