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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

What’s happening at the CNY Arts Center?

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is less than a month away.

Our Gingerbread House contest kicks off the holiday season for us. Gingerbread creations made by teams or individuals are now on display at the Arts in the HeARTS gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton. Stop in from now until Dec. 14 to vote for your favorite gingerbread creation.

The winners will be announced at our Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Arts in the Heart Gallery, 47 S. First St.

Following our Dec. 14 open house, that evening we are planning a lovely dinner – Gifts of the Season Dinner Cabaret. This is a capital fundraising event. We will be serving roast beef and chicken, mashed potatoes, a vegetable and dessert. Entertainment will be provided throughout the evening. Tickets are $25/person; $45/couple. Tickets are available at the gallery or online.

Managers, why not buy a table of eight for your hard-working employees. This is a great way to have your Christmas party with no work on your part!

Have someone on your list who is hard to buy for? Consider giving a piece of art or an art class. A membership in CNY Arts Center is a thoughtful gift that also benefits your community.

Saturday, Dec. 7 will be a full day of art fun. Take part in holiday goodies from 9 a.m. to noon; holiday crafts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and watercolors from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

All classes require pre-registration. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee.

Visit  for all the latest details and updates or call 592-3373. All classes are held in CNY Arts Center located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton unless otherwise noted.

Remember we bring all arts to all ages at two separate locations. Classes, Writer’s Café, Author Spotlight, live theatre, and Arty Camp, are held in CNY Arts Center located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton. Use the Park Street entrance.

Arts in the HeART Gallery is located at 47 S. First St., in downtown Fulton across from the gazebo for local artists who want to display their artistry. Monthly artists’ meet-ups and TH3 Happy Hour also takes place at the gallery. Artists can apply for gallery space online at

CNY Arts Center explore new facility

By Debra J. Groom

CNY Arts Center has an opportunity to put all of its locations under one roof and expand its space to provide more arts events to the city.

But, it needs money.

Executive Director Nancy Fox said a building has been donated to the center, but directors need about $35,000 to gain title to the building and probably another $170,000 to make needed renovations.

Arts center officials  put out a call for donations last week when it mailed its membership renewals for 2014.

Fox said it’s also the end of the year when many individuals and organizations made donations.

“We want to take title and we want to be sure we can afford this building,” Fox said. “Now with people making end-of-the-year giving, we thought it wa a good time to get this news out.”

The former Rite Aid pharmacy located at 503 S. Second St., Fulton has been vacant for nearly two years and the owner has offered to donate it to CNY Arts Center. The building has 14,000 square feet of space.

A notice on the CNY Arts Center website states “just think — 150-seat theatre, 1,250 square foot art gallery, classrooms, coffee bar, dance studio, movie screen, conference room, graphics lab and more!”

“We couldn’t be more excited about the potential of this location, right at the southern entrance to the city on Route 481 with great visibility, parking and access,” Fox said.

“It offers us room to bring all our services together under one roof including theater, an art gallery, a coffee bar, classrooms. a dance studio and more.”

“Of course, it comes with a hefty price tag for renovations and updating so we’re  investigating our options and resources,” Fox said.

Right now, the center’s main site is in the basement of the State St. Methodist Church. She said this site has parking challenges along with accessibility difficulties because it is down stairs.

“The State St. Methodist Church has been wonderfully patient and supportive while we took our first baby steps as an organization,” Fox said. “We’ve grown and learned and we now know what our real needs are.

“The possibility of putting down roots for the arts center all on one level where everyone can easily find us and with ample parking is worth exploring,” she said.

Grants through NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) and the federal government are available, but Fox said the center must take title to the building first. That’s why the first $35,000 for the taxes and the architect rendering and feasibility study is needed.

“This is scary but very exciting,” Fox said. “Even though we’re aware of the longevity a project like this can take, we’re launching several events and fundraisers to meet the first costs for engineering assessment and architectural renderings.”

Once the initial $35,000 for the taxes and study are obtained, center officials will apply for government grants and appeal to local governments and businesses for donations.

“This arts center will have an economic impact on the community with potential jobs and countless opportunities for art entrepreneurs,” Fox said. “Once we are in one location, they’ll get in the habit of coming out.”

One of the first fundraisers is the Gifts of the Season Dinner Cabaret,  set for 6 p.m. Dec. 14 in the current Arts Center at 357 State St. Methodist Church in Fulton.

An elegant dinner serenaded by harpist Marcella begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by an evening of musical entertainment from a variety of local performers.

Tickets are limited and available online at No tickets will be available at the door.

The CNY Arts Center is just three years old, having been founded in early 2011  by Fox. She had written a letter to the editor of The Valley News discussing her love for the arts and wondering if anyone else in the Fulton area shared her love.

“Fourteen people showed up for the first meeting,” she said. “I think people want the arts and they are really passionate about having it here.”

To contribute to a building fund or for more information visit or  call 592-3373.

It’s holiday concert time in Fulton schools

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle to enjoy the beautiful sounds of the season at one of the following Fulton City School District holiday concerts:

Dec. 3: Volney concert – 6:30 p.m. at the GRB Auditorium

Dec. 3: Lanigan concert – 6:30 p.m. at the Lanigan Cafeteria

Dec. 4: Granby concert – 6:30 p.m. at the Granby Cafeteria

Dec. 11: Fulton Junior High School concerts – Seventh Grade at 6:30 p.m.; Eighth Grade 8 p.m. at the FJHS

Dec. 12: Fairgrieve concert – 6:30 p.m. in the Fairgrieve Gymnasium

Dec. 12: G. Ray Bodley High School Choruses concert – 7:30 p.m. at the GRB Auditorium

Dec. 16: Bodley High School Bands Concert – 7:30 p.m. at the GRB Auditorium

Dec. 17: Bodley High School Orchestras Concert – 7:30 p.m. at the GRB Auditorium

The concerts are open to the public and admission is free.