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Granby students study ancient Egypt

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

A social studies unit on ancient civilizations culminated with presentations and a hallway display of projects for Granby Elementary School sixth-graders.

Students in Joe McNamara’s class studied ancient Egypt and spent nearly three weeks creating projects that depicted various aspects of Egyptian culture. They learned about pyramids, mummification, religion and geography.

“My hope is that they took away a better understanding of how ancient Egyptians lived their daily life and what their cultural beliefs were,” McNamara said. “I was also happy to see the interest they took in understanding this ancient civilization.”

As for the actual projects, students made pyramids, maps and canopic jars. “Many projects met and exceeded my expectations,” McNamara said. “Many students and staff were impressed as they came by to view them. I could not be more proud of my students.”

For McNamara, the projects – which incorporated a research component and an oral presentation – were crucial in educating students about the evolution of society.

“I think it is extremely important to learn about history because there is a connection to the world we live in today,” McNamara said. “The students are making connections from ancient cultures and how it is represented in present-day living.”

Hannibal cross country runners receive awards

The Hannibal cross country program held its annual end of season celebration Nov. 18.

At the event, several awards were handed out. For the varsity cross country teams, athletes were honored with boys and girls most valuable player awards, the boys and girls coaches award and the 2013 Ryan Perry Achievement Award.

There also were awards given for Hannibal’s modified cross country teams, namely the boys and girls modified MVP award.

Sophomore Jason McFarland was named MVP of the 2013 boys varsity cross country team. This season, McFarland came away with a sixth place finish at The Class C, Section 3 Championships. He also represented the Warriors at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association State Championships held at Queensbury High School Nov. 9.

For the second year in a row, the 2013 varsity girls cross country MVP award went to eighth-grader McKenzie Mattison.

Senior captain of the boys’ varsity team, Zane Pointon, was the recipient of the 2013 varsity boys coaches awards. The 2013 varsity girls coaches award went to junior Micheala Sheldon, who was captain of Hannibal’s girls’ varsity cross country team.

Senior team captain Ben Slate was the recipient of the 2013 Ryan Perry Achievement Award.

The 2013 Hannibal boys modified cross country MVP is Austin Cooper, while Emily Weaver was the recipient of the girls modified MVP award.

Hannibal wrestlers work on conditioning

Year after year, the Hannibal varsity wrestling team works for the same goals.

They want to show daily improvement and focus more on technique development rather than how many wins or losses a wrestler has. But the Warriors main goal is a league championship and an impressive showing in the sectionals.

This season, Hannibal returns many wrestlers from last season’s injury plagued team. A lot of these wrestlers gained their first experience at the varsity level last season as a result of all teammate injuries. However, Coach Mike Kitts expects those wrestlers to be better off for learning about varsity wrestling through trial by fire.

Hannibal will be led by an impressive group of seniors including senior captain Dennis Spaulding. The Warriors could feature a team that has a rare accomplishment —  three of its seniors could reach 100 career wins this season.

The team began practice Nov. 11 in what Kitts believed was not the best physical condition. Hannibal spent the better part of the first two weeks developing its physical conditioning. Kitts preached to his wrestlers about the importance of maintaining a solid physical regimen in the event they need extra energy during a longer lasting match.

The Warriors are fortunate enough there are no newcomers to the sport on their roster this season. Kitts’ grapplers were either on Hannibal’s modified, junior varsity or varsity teams a year ago and needed little technique work while physical conditioning developing was the main priority.

To date, Kitts feels the team is not quite yet where they need to be. He believes conditioning development is a slow process that slows down even more as teams begin to develop their techniques.

Greg Hadcock, Dustin Ouellette, Dennis Spaulding and Derek Hilton have been named captains for the upcoming season. Kitts said he chooses a captain based on a person who works hard during the season, maintains his physical conditioning during the offseason and is a good role model for his peers socially.

The Warriors schedule hits them fast and furiously during the early portion of the season. Hannibal begins the season with a league match against Skaneateles. They are seeking redemption after falling to Skaneateles a year ago. The Warriors will then take part in The Valley Duals which traditionally features the best teams in the eastern part of Section 3.

The host school, Ilion, combined with Mohawk to form Central Valley Academy, which is expected to be very challenging for Hannibal. The Warriors will end December by participating in The Ken Haynes Tournament at SUNY Oswego. Year after year, this event features the best individual talent Section 3 has to offer.

The Warriors have an opportunity to be quite battle tested heading into January. “The month of December (will be) a good test for us, we will know where we stand by Christmas.”, Kitts said.

Archer recommends reading ‘Fishing The Finger Lakes’

By Leon Archer

Michael Kelly, a former Syracuse Post-Standard outdoor columnist, and long-time member of the New York Outdoor Writer’s Association, as well as being a personal friend of mine, sent me a copy of his latest book. That book,” FISHING THE FINGERLAKES, A Complete Guide to Prime Fishing Locations in Central New York State,” just came out in September, and I have already read it from cover to cover.

I found it to be an easy-to-read book, filled with useful, up to date information, which left me itching to try each one of the Finger Lakes that I have missed.

Mike has fished the region successfully for more than 50 years, so you can bank on the accuracy and value of what he shares in his book.

When you think of the Finger Lakes, you probably think of Owasco, Seneca, Cayuga, Keuka, and possibly, Skaneateles, but there are six more Finger Lakes, and Mike has fished them all.

He is a dedicated trout fishermen, but he knows plenty about catching the jumbo perch, land locked salmon, huge bluegills, plentiful bass and walleyes that lurk in the lakes.

He tells when and where your chances are best for the different species and how to fish for them. Whether you are a shore fisherman or have a boat, his advice is basic enough to give you a good chance at coming home with fish for the family.

I can assure you, whenever I went fishing with Mike, we caught fish – usually nice ones.

I highly recommend this book. If you have any interest in fishing the Finger Lakes, but don’t know where to start, it should be required reading.

If you are looking for a present for someone who enjoys fishing, I think it would be a perfect gift. It is 256 pages filled enjoyment and knowledge and only costs $16.95. It is available from online bookstores as well as many other sources.  Enjoy.

Fulton wrestlers ‘Pay It Forward’

“The Great Turkey RUN” has always been a Fulton wrestling tradition on Thanksgiving Day.

Some suspect this was the coaches’ way of making sure the boys worked off a few of those fattening turkey day treats!

Starting this year, the traditional run has grown to become so much more.

The Fulton community has always been known for showing its tremendous love and support for these hard working , dedicated kids and the wrestlers wanted to show their appreciation for this loyalty by “Paying It Forward.” On Thanksgiving morning, the boys ran their traditional 3-mile run around the city while passing around a frozen turkey.

Meanwhile, the wrestlers’ parents collected donated frozen turkeys at Price Chopper in Fulton. These turkeys would be donated to he local food pantry for use in Christmas baskets and emergency food support programs.

The wrestlers felt this was one small way they could give back to all of their loyal Fulton supporters who may be struggling this year to provide a joyful holiday for their families. The Fulton wrestlers want to express their sincere thanks to all those wonderful people who donated turkeys for this event.

News in brief

The Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church recently joined in making Christmas Shoe Boxes with other area churches to help with the Mission of Operation Christmas Child.

The 84 shoe boxes were completed under the direction of Betty Crouch. The boxes contained toys, school supplies, toothbrushes, tooth paste, soap, wash cloths, hair brushes, combs, flashlights, hard candy, socks, etc.

The church is located on County Route 45, Fulton.


The third annual Holly Jolly Christmas Party for adults will be hosted by the Open Doors Neighborhood Center of First United Church of Fulton from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8.

The Hannibal Jammers will bring the featured entertainment. Christmas carols will be sung, games of wit and wisdom will be played and tasty refreshments will be shared.

This event is open to the greater Fulton community and is offered free of charge.The Open Doors Neighborhood Center was established by the First United Church of Fulton in order to build bridges of hospitality and friendship with the greater Fulton Community.

The center also is conducting a Family Christmas Experience at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13.  This event will feature crafts, storytelling, fun Christmas songs, pictures taken with Santa and refreshments. It is open to thecommunity and is free.


The Alzheimer’s caregiver support group held in Central Square will not meet in December.

The meetings normally are at Divine Mercy Parish Center on S. Main St. They will resume in January.

For more information, call 676-7533.

The caregivers support group at The Manor At Seneca Hill will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 18. Call 349-5341 for information.

These caregiver support groups promote an open forum of sharing and discussion amongst people facing many of the same issues that arise from caring for a person with Alzheimer’s.


The Friends of History are putting on their 25th annual Parade of Trees from Dec. 2 to Dec. 13 at the Pratt House Museum in Fulton.

The event opens with an open house from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 1. The trees can be seen from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday thorugh Friday Dec. 2-6 and Dec. 9-13.

The trees have been decorated by local organizations and businesses and visitors then vote for their favorites.

Admission is free..


The North Volney Methodist Church is sponsoring a Lights of Christmas tree for the upcoming Christmas season.

Lights will be sold for $5 each and can be dedicated to a friend or family member, living or deceased, a service member or anyone you would like to remember at this special time of the year.

The tree will be lit through the Christmas season on the church grounds at the corner of County Routes  4 and 6 in the Town of Volney.

If you would like to remember someone special at this time of the year, send your check for $5 for each name, payable to North Volney UMC along with the list of names to the following address: Beverly Beck, 139 Island Rd., Phoenix, NY 13135.


The Schroeppel Historical society building will host a local art and craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7.

Local artists and crafters offer all original woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry, bird houses, furniture, knitted items and more  in charming holiday setting.

Visitors also can bid on a gingerbread model of the old church which now houses Schroeppel Historical Society, a carved welcome bear and more than 20 new small appliances in the silent auction.

There also will be a bake sale and free coffee.


The Oswego Public Library’s Library Learning Center is offering Mouse and Keyboard practice sessions from 2 to 4 p.m.  Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

In addition to workshops, the  Library Learning Center will feature Email Basics, Downloading Ebooks for Ipads and Google Drive.  Dates and times are as follows:

Email basics, 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 10

Downloading Ebooks for Ipads, 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 13

Google Drive, 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 17.

The Library Learning Center is located on the lower level of the Oswego Public Library, and is open Monday-Saturday.   All programs are free and open to the public.

Please call the library at 341-5867 to register for workshops or if you have further questions.


The 40th annual Christmas Cantata will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Pennellville United Methodist Church at 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville.

There also be a performance at 7 p.m. Sunday Dec. 8 at the Fulton Alliance Church, 1044 State Route 48, Fulton.

The cantata choir will present “On This Shining Night” by Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler. More than 60 voices from at least 20 area churches will join together, under the direction of Lenore Hoxie, to usher in the Christmas season with song and narration.

A free-will offering will be taken to help out the Phoenix Food Pantry. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following each performance.


A roast beef dinner will be served at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville.

The menu will consist of roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, coleslaw, rolls and butter. There will be a wide selection of homemade pies and other desserts. Coffee, tea, cool aid and water will also be available.

Music will be provided while you wait to be seated.  The ladies from the church also have a variety of crafts and goodies for sale. There is a large supply of used books available at reasonable prices.


The guidance department of G. Ray Bodley High School in the Fulton City School District will host its annual Financial Aid Night for students and their parents or guardians from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9  in the high school auditorium.

Kathy Flaherty, a representative from the financial aid office at the SUNY Oswego will present information about the types and sources of financial aid available to undergraduate students and familiarize attendees with the federal and state forms needed in order to apply.

Informative handouts will also be available to those in attendance.

High school juniors and seniors, and their parents or guardians, should make a  point of attending to receive information about this important topic, but parents of students at any grade level are invited to attend to become acquainted with the process.

For more information, call the guidance department at 593-5400. The snow date is 7 p.m. Dec. 10.


The Red Creek Westbury United Methodist Church has two Christmas events coming up.

A Holiday Bell Concert is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the church on Church Street, Red Creek. The concert will feature the bell choirs from the Methodist Church and West Baptist Church.

Then at 2 p.m. Dec. 22, the Tri-County Singers will perform “On this Shining Night” by Susan and Lee Dengler. A children’s choir, hand bells and soloists will be featured.


The Granby Youth Program will have its Christmas party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 17 at the Granby Community Center.

It is open to all youths in the town of Granby.

Mandatory RSVP is required by Dec. 6 to Jennifer Brown at 447-1796.


The Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers JAC, Local Union #2 (Syracuse), will conduct a recruitment from Nov. 7, 2013 through Oct. 2, 2014 for five tile, marble & terrazzo finisher apprentices; five pointer, caulker and cleaner apprentices; five bricklayer, mason & plasterer apprentices; and two cement finisher or cement mason apprentices, said state Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera.

Applications can be obtained at the Bricklayers Local Union #2 (Syracuse), 7705 Maltage Drive, Liverpool, NY, from noon to 6 p.m., the first Thursday of each month, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period. All applications must be received no later than Oct. 9, 2014.


The Lamson Road Community Church is the Phoenix-area drop-off center for Operation Christmas Child — the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.

Volunteers are on hand to receive an expected 1,100 gift-filled shoeboxes, packed by Phoenix residents with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

The collection site will be open during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 18–25.

A list of additional nearby locations around Phoenix can be found online.

For additional information about Operation Christmas Child, please visit


The Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Local Union #2 (Oswego), will conduct a recruitment from Nov. 7, 2013 through Oct. 2, 2014 for two bricklayer-mason-plasterer apprentices, said state Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera.

Applications can be obtained at the Bricklayers Local #2 (Oswego), 7705 Maltlage Drive, Liverpool, NY, from noon to 6 p.m., he first Thursday of each month, excluding legal holidays during the recruitment period.

All applications must be received no later than Oct. 9, 2014. Applicants can call  622-2081 to request an application, or for additional information.


New Haven seniors will be going to Lancaster, Pa. to see “Moses” in late April at the Sight and Sound theater.

The deposit for taking this trip is due Jan 1.

Call Elaine Parkhurst at 343-9475 for more details.




Syracuse Symphoria performs holiday pops concert Dec. 15 in Oswego

The Syracuse Symphoria Holiday Pops Concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Oswego High School auditorium.

The concert is sponsored by Oswego Health.

Members of the community will be able to enjoy the sounds of the holiday with their family and friends at the concert, which will include the music of the Syracuse-based symphony.

Returning as the evening’s conductor will be accomplished musician Sean O’Loughlin, a native of Syracuse, while the vocal soloist will be Nick Ziobro

Tickets are available through a new arrangement this year. Community members wishing to attend the concert can purchase tickets online at

Tickets can also be arranged by calling 299-5590, ext. 225.

4 local writers plan “Author’s Spotlight”

The CNY Arts Center of Fulton has announced its next Author’s Spotlight, an ongoing program where community members can meet local writers who have recently published a book.

The event will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Art Center’s Arts in the HeART Gallery. Four authors will share the stage: Jo Ann Butler, Lisa Davis, John Mercer and Susan Peterson Gateley.

“The evening promises to be a diverse one,” said Jim Farfaglia, writing arts coordinator for the Center.

“Jo Ann Butler writes historical novels, weaving real-life characters into creative stories. Her latest book is Rebel Puritan. Lisa Davis’s book, Fairies in My Flowerbeds, is a magical combination of her poetry and artwork, which she creates using flowers from her garden and a computer software program.

“John Mercer used his experience as a sixth-grade teacher to create a young adult novel entitled They Call Me Zombie, a story about a boy who dies and comes back to life. Susan Peterson Gateley has written several books about life in the Lake Ontario area. Her most recent book, Legends and Lore of Lake Ontario, immerses the reader in long-ago stories of our area’s great lake.”

During the Spotlight program, each author will explain how they wrote their book, read excerpts from it and take questions from the audience.

Afterwards, attendants can meet the authors and purchase a signed copy of their books. Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend the program.

For more information about the event, call the CNY Arts Center at 592-3373 or visit its website at