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Youth deer hunt successful

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said New York’s second annual Youth Deer Hunt, held Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 12-14, was enjoyed by thousands of junior hunters, many of whom were successful in taking their first deer.

“The youth deer hunt is an important step in preserving our hunting heritage and provides junior hunters a unique opportunity to spend focused time with an experienced adult mentor as they learn the ropes of firearms deer hunting,” Martens said.

“With plenty of advance notice and good weather, more junior hunters were able to participate this year.  There was a lot of enthusiasm among families with eligible junior hunters, and we’ve been hearing stories from happy hunters.”

During the youth deer hunt, junior hunters ages 14 and 15 with a big game hunting license are eligible to take one deer of either sex with a firearm when properly accompanied by a licensed and experienced adult.

About 18,000 junior hunters were eligible to participate in the 2013 youth deer hunt, and, to date, junior hunters have reported taking nearly 700 deer. The DEC anticipates the final harvest estimate for the youth deer hunt will be higher after all reports are in and the harvest is calculated.

Last year, during the inaugural youth deer hunt, about 60 percent of eligible junior hunters participated and DEC calculated that they took more than 1,400 deer.  A report on the 2012 youth deer hunt is available at

Peewee Hockey wins 1, loses 1

The Step One Creative Peewee Independent Hockey Team, of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association, opened its season this past weekend against the Valley Red and Syracuse Blazers Minor Teams.

The Bucs defeated Valley Red 5-1 at Crisafulli Rink in Oswego, and then lost the following day 6-2 against the Blazers at the Cicero Twin Rinks.

In the game against Valley Red, the Oswego team jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, with Derek Morgia getting the scoring started at the 6:18 mark, off a pass from Monica Cahill. The Bucs added another just minutes later when Ryan Mosher found the net off a feed from Nick Burnett.

After Valley’s Shemar Thomas made it 2-1 in the second period, Morgia added his second goal of the day at 4:17 of the period. Spencer Stepien made it 4-1 Oswego later in the second, scoring past the Valley goalie on a rebound off an initial shot from Cahill.

The Bucs would add a goal later in the third period, when Dylan Reitz delivered a blue line marker past the opposing net minder to close out the scoring 5-1.

Step One Creative goalie Tyler Wallace captured the win in net, while registering 8 saves.

“The team did a lot of great things in this season opening win,” said Oswego Head Coach Dave Morgia. “They really came out and played some strong hockey, and were awarded with a win as a result of their effort on both ends of the ice.”

In the second game of the weekend, the Bucs took on the Syracuse Blazers Minor team in Cicero and fell 6-2.

Derek Morgia and Tyler Eckert picked up the goals for the Step One Creative Peewees, and Christian Talamo added an assist.

Oswego goalie Tyler Wallace had 17 saves in the loss.

The Blazers scored on 3 of their 6 power play opportunities in the game, and pulled away in the final period to capture the win against the Bucs.

Despite the loss, Coach Morgia was pleased with the team’s overall effort.

“Our coaching staff took away a lot of positives from this game,” Morgia said. “Yes, the penalties hurt us, but our team is really coming together after only a few practices, and these initial first two games.”

“The players will continue to learn and make adjustments going forward,” he added.

The Step One Creative Peewee coaching staff includes: Head Coach Dave Morgia, and Assistants Bill Cahill, Bob Graham, and Rob Raby.

Hannibal Country Christmas Nov. 23 and 24

Plans are underway for the celebration of the 10th Annual Country Christmas in the town of Hannibal Nov. 23 and 24.

This event kicks off the holiday season and showcases local merchants’ seasonal offerings.

Town merchants and organizations will be greeting guests, running specials and offering holiday treats. Each merchant also will offer a door prize.

The Friends of the Library will hold their annual Christmas Tree Festival at the Community Center, 162 Oswego St.. Visitors can bid on decorated trees and wreaths from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 24.

The theme is “The Polar Express”.  Trees and wreaths decorated with theme decorations will be eligible to win “The People’s Choice” Award.” And be sure to look out for the featured Pet Tree.

Call Linda Remig at 564-6643 for information or pick up an entry form at the library.

Beginning at 4 p.m. Nov. 24, the Hannibal Historical Society hosts The Village Christmas Tree Lighting Festival in the Village Square.

Festivities begin with Santa’s arrival, followed at 4:15 p.m. with a performance by students from Kami’s Kix Dance Studio. Community organizations involving students have been invited to set up tables where children can make crafts or families can make purchases.

At 4:45, the Port Byron Brass will begin playing songs of the season. Door prize drawings will take place, followed by the children’s parade and the lighting of the Christmas tree in the Village Square.

Each child who attends this event will receive a gift from Santa, and be given an ornament to hang on the Village Christmas tree.

The Country Christmas merchants and organizations look forward to seeing everyone, and are excited to kick off this 2013 holiday season.

Pink remote starter covers sold to promote breast cancer awareness

Even though National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over, Dynamic Automotive & Home Accessories is continuing its program to raise awareness of breast cancer by selling pink remote starter covers.

The company, located at 143 George St., Oswego, has partnered with Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership to help raise awareness of breast cancer and support the program’s efforts to reduce breast cancer in Oswego County.

Carolyn Handville, coordinator of the Cancer Services Program, said all prcoeeds from Dynamic Automotive & Home Accessories’ sales of the pink remote starter cover now through the end of the year will benefit the Cancer Services Program.

“I’m grateful that Dynamic Automotive and Home Accessories chose to support our efforts,” said Handville. “It’s encouraging to see business and community members recognizing the work that we do.

“Statistics show that 1 in every 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime,” Handville said. “We are determined to reduce that number in Oswego County by increasing the awareness of breast cancer and the importance of receiving regular breast exams.”

Adminstered by OCO, the Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County provides free cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap/pelvic exams and colorectal cancer screenings to community members who are both uninsured and between 40 and 64 years of age.

For more information on the Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County contact Carolyn Handville at 592-0830 or visit OCO’s website at

OCO, Inc is a private, nonprofit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966. A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.  For more information, visit

Sarah Mears, Paul Kio married in Maryland

Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland was the setting Aug. 2, 2013 for the marriage of Sarah E. Mears and Paul R. Kio.

Officiating was the Rev. Dave O’Connell.

The vocalists included member of the Fairfax Choral Society, conducted by Dr. Douglas Mears. Instrumentalists were Fred Markey, organ, Charles Glenndinning, bagpipes, Daniel Mears, percussion, Angelina Savoia, harp, and Eliana Schenk, oboe.

Douglas Mears composed the recessional song, “Toccata on the name Kio” and dedicated it to the couple.

The birde is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Mears of Bethesda, Maryland. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kelvin Kio of Oswego.

The maid of honor was Alison Mariano, cousin of the bride. Bridesmaids were Amanda Brooks, cousin of the bride, Rebecca Carson, friend of the bride, Nicole Kio, sister of the groom, and Heather Yunkin, friend of the bride. The flower girl was Scarlett Brooks, niece of the bride.

The best man was Elijah Tyler. The groomsmen were Samual Austin, James McNaire Meador, Daniel Mears and Robert Natoli, Jr..

Grandfathers of the couple, Charles Grovine and Frederick Mears, presented the wedding rings via heirloom Bibles. The reader was Laura Hardiman and the ushers were Nathaniel Pacheco and Kyle Rookey.

The bride is a graduate of Walter Johnson High School and Messiah College with dual majors in elementary and special education. She is employed by Montgomery Knolls Elementary in Maryland.

The groom is a graduate of Oswego High School and Messiah College with a major in history and social studies and English certifications. He is employed by Richard Montgomery High School in Maryland.

The couple resides in Rockville, Maryland

Knights celebrate 65th wedding anniversary

By Ashley M. Casey

Area residents Traver and Barbara Knight are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.

The Knights were married Nov. 6, 1948, at St. John’s Church in Oswego.

They met at Savas’ Soda Bar in Oswego in 1946.

“Ed Frawley, a Fultonian, introduced us,” Traver said of their late mutual friend.

Two years later, Barbara and Traver married at a small wedding attended by relatives from North Carolina, Michigan and elsewhere.

When asked for their favorite wedding day memories, Traver said “My beautiful wife,” and Barbara said she liked it all.

She recalled that Traver’s grandfather was very sick on their wedding day and they were not sure if he would recover.

“It was touch-and-go, but we called the hospital and the nurse, who was a friend of my mother’s, assured us that he was (still with us),” Barbara said. “Everything just fell into place.

As for the secret to a long, successful marriage, the Knights make it look easy.

“I went with the flow. You do your own thing. You make up your minds (to get along),” Barbara said. “We made up our minds.”

Traver said they share many interests, such as taking long rides together.

The Knights have not let any disagreements weaken their marriage.

“We didn’t have many fights. We’re both entitled to disagree … but you’ve got to work things out,” Barbara said. “We didn’t get married to break up.”

After moving to Zephyr Hills, Fla., the Knights discovered that their next-door neighbors in their mobile home park shared the same wedding anniversary. The couples celebrate together with dinner every year.

The couple has four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Their only child, daughter Judy Myhill, died in 1991.

Michaud nursing home holds memorial service

Family, friends, residents and staff of Michaud Residential Health Services gathered recently to take part in an inter-faith Memorial Service held in honor of residents who have passed away during the previous year.

“We invited all gathered to join us in remembrance of those who have gone before us, and those we had the pleasure of knowing and caring for here at Michaud,” said Activities Director Sue Parkinson.

“These residents and their families put their trust in Michaud and we felt it fitting to celebrate their lives and share in the grief many of us may be experiencing as a result of their passing,” she said.

The ceremony began with words of welcome provided by Mary Costigan, administrator at Michaud and the Rev. David Nethercott, president of the Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches.

Sharon Wheeler of the State Street United Methodist Church provided opening sentences with the opening prayer led by the Rev. Jeffrey Knox, director of Pastoral Care at Michaud.

Carole Lescarbeau of the Greater Fulton Catholic Community and the Rev. Marion Moore-Colgan of the State Street United Methodist Church offered readings.

The Gospel was proclaimed by Rosemary Occhino and a meditation was shared by the Rev. Anne Wichelns of the Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Rev. Michael Weeden of the First United Methodist Church led prayers of gratitude and the Lord’s Prayer was led by Roxanne Stuart, president of the Michaud Resident Council.

As Parkinson recited the names of the residents who had passed during the previous year, a flower was placed on a Remembrance Wreath. Music during the ceremony was led by the Hamers and the Rev.Vivian Summerville offered a final blessing shared by all those gathered.

Agencies gear up for toy, food giveaway

There’s nothing quite like the look of a child’s face on Christmas morning as they discover their presents under the tree.

To ensure that that scene plays out in as many Oswego County homes as possible, the Oswego County Children’s Fund has begun their annual drive to collect toys for less fortunate children in Oswego County.

Established last year through collaboration with Catholic Charities of Oswego County, the Department of Social Services, and United Way of Oswego County, the Oswego County Children’s Fund provided more than 800 families with children’s toys for Christmas.

“We are excited to be a part of this collaboration,” said Helen Hoefer, supervisor of Catholic Charities Community Services.  “The combination our efforts, that of DSS, and the assistance of United Way, will help to make this year’s Children’s Fund the best ever.”

Committee member Deanne Myers of DSS said while the agencies and the committee members are the driving force behind the success of the Children’s Fund, it is the many community volunteers that make the distribution possible.

“We are very appreciative of our volunteers. Many return each year and graciously donate their time to ensure that the distribution goes well. They make it possible for us to keep this annual tradition alive,” said Myers.

As it has in the past, Hoefer said Catholic Charities would gladly pickup donations from businesses, organizations, or church groups that would like to make Christmas a little more enjoyable for children in need.

Monetary donations are also being accepted for the purchase of toys. The toys will be distributed through the Children’s Fund Dec. 14 and 15 at Oswego County DSS, 100 Spring St., Mexico.

Families receiving toys will be contacted with a specific date and time when they can choose their toys.

Families interested in requesting toys for their children may do so by visiting Catholic Charities of Oswego, 365 W. First St., Fulton; Oswego County DSS, 100 Spring St.,n Mexico, or by contacting Carol Lee at Oswego County DSS, 963-5426.

The deadline for toy applications is Nov. 22, any requests received after that date will be placed on a waiting list.

Families in need of food assistance for Christmas should contact Helen Hoefer at Catholic Charities of Oswego County, 598-3980. Food baskets will be distributed the wee of Dec. 16.

For more information on donating toys, non-perishable food items or to make a monetary donation, call Hoefer at 598-3980 or Lee at 963-5426. Monetary donations may be mailed to The Oswego County Children’s Fund, attn: Pam Austin, 100 Spring St., P.O. Box 1320, Mexico, NY 13114.