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Holiday writing class offered

The river’s end bookstore is offering the next in its series of programs for writers and those interested in becoming writers.

“Gift-Wrapped: Capturing Our Holiday Memories” will offer a relaxed and reflective writing experience during the often-hectic holiday season.

Writing instructor Jim Farfaglia will provide activities to encourage creative writing and to enjoy the quieter aspects of the holiday.

The class will be held at the bookstore, located on West Second and Bridge Street in Oswego, and will run for six Thursdays, beginning Nov. 7 and continuing through Dec. 19.

There will be no class the week of Thanksgiving. Classes will run from 6 to 7:45 p.m.

“The holidays can be a highly emotional time,” said Farfaglia. “I wanted to present a class that could provide participants with an opportunity to create a unique holiday gift, as well as to provide an ‘escape’ from the season’s pressure. The staff at river’s end were very welcoming to this idea.”

Class time will include instructor-led activities concerning holiday memories, time for participants to share  ideas for possible gifts of writing and time spent sharing our work with each other.

No previous writing experience is necessary.

There is a fee for the class. For more information, or to register, contact the river’s end bookstore at 342-0077, or visit Farfaglia’s website at and click on “Writing Classes.”

Be part of Human Pink Ribbon on Friday

Residents are invited to put on their best pink garb and take part in a photo shoot Friday at SUNY Oswego.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership has joined SUNY Oswego to assist them in their efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer in Oswego County and encourage faculty, staff and community members to receive the cancer screenings they need.

Those gathered Friday will be part of the 4th annual Human Pink Ribbon. Gather in front of Culkin Hall at 11 a.m. for the photo shoot.

Carolyn Handville, coordinator for the Cancer Services Program Partnership (CSPP), has made appearances throughout the community disseminating information on the free clinical breast exams, mammograms and other free cancer screenings including pap/pelvic exams and colorectal cancer that are offered through the CSPP.

“Our goal continues to be to raise awareness and register eligible community members who are both uninsured and between 40 and 64 years of age into the program to obtain their free screenings. October provides added opportunity for the Cancer Services Program to promote the services offered through the program while everyone is thinking about breast cancer and to support the many community members in Oswego County that have been affected by this disease,” said Handville.

Tennis courts on Van Buren Street closed

The public tennis courts on Van Buren Street in Fulton will be closed for the remainder of the season.

Parks & Recreation Superintendent Barry R. Ostrander said long overdue repairs are being made to the courts and the weather has not been cooperating.

The courts are being resurfaced and right now have to wait for warmer, dryer temperatures before continuing with the project. That means that the courts probably will remain closed until next spring at which time the resurfacing can continue.

For more information call City of Fulton Department of Parks & Recreation at 592-2474.

Tow driver from West Monroe stresses importance of ‘Move Over Law’

By Ashley M. Casey

A tow truck driver from West Monroe seeks to spread awareness of New York state’s “Move Over Law” after he was severely injured in a hit-and-run accident.

Lyboult, 33, has worked with his family’s business, Rose’s Towing Service in West Monroe, for nearly 14 years.

A blue-and-white tractor trailer struck Lyboult while he was changing a tire on Interstate 81 in Mexico. His stomach was torn open and he suffered severe injuries.

Lyboult underwent surgery and was told by doctors that if the truck had pierced just one more layer of tissue, he would not have survived.

Over his years as a tow truck driver, Lyboult said he had had “lots of close calls, but nothing that actually ended up hitting me.”

The changes to the Move Over Law went into effect Jan. 1, 2012.

According to the New York State Division of State Police’s website, the Move Over Law requires drivers who encounter emergency and hazard vehicles to slow down and “move from the lane immediately adjacent to the emergency or hazard vehicle, unless traffic or other hazards exist to prevent doing so safely.”

Emergency vehicles such as police, fire trucks and ambulances have red, blue and/or white flashing lights, and hazard vehicles such as tow trucks and construction equipment have flashing amber lights.

Previously, the law only applied to approaching emergency vehicles. The revision included hazard vehicles.

“I honestly believe most people don’t even know there is a law,” Lyboult said. “And if they do, they think it only applies to police and firetrucks. It doesn’t even register that there’s a whole other group of people standing there.”

Brad Lyboult, Dorwin’s father, said law enforcement has not been able to track down the driver who hit his son.

“Maybe the guy will man up,” Brad Lyboult said of the driver.

Dorwin said police arrived at the scene of the accident only after he had been transported to the hospital, but that they “talked to every truck on the road that day, (looking) for the one that had my blood on it.”

Lyboult said he has no idea when he will be recovered enough to return to work. In the meantime, he is using his story to encourage people to obey the “Move Over Law.”

Conservatives in Hannibal endorse candidates

Oswego County Conservative Party Chairman Ronald Greenleaf announced the 2013 slate of candidates for the Town of Hannibal.

They are: Terry Wilbur, county legislator district 21; Morris Sorbello, legislator district 23; Ronald Greenleaf, Hannibal town supervisor; Virginia Wilbur, Hannibal town board;  Jack Beckwith Jr., Hannibal town justice; Christopher Soper, Hannibal town board; Eugene Hafner, Hannibal town justice; George Ritchie, Hannibal highway superintendent..

Greenleaf said these candidates have been endorsed by the Oswego County Conservative Party because they demonstrate true conservative values, and pledge to serve the people of the Town of Hannibal to the best of their ability.

Castiglia announces run for county legislature

Frank Castiglia Jr. recently announced he is seeking election to the re-drawn 25th Legislative District in the Oswego County Legislature.

The district encompasses most of the east side of the City of Fulton.

Castiglia is not a politician whose allegiance is to the politically connected few. When he is elected, his number one priority will be the constituents who put him in office. He will be putting “People before Politics.”

Although a registered Democrat, Frank also has the support of the Conservative Party of Oswego County. The Conservative Party was formed in the early 1960s so  they can be additional advocates of fiscal responsibility and taxpayers` rights.

Castiglia is a candidate that met their criteria and is running on their line. He also garnered the support of working people of Oswego County when he received the endorsement of the Oswego County Central Labor Council. He is one of the few non-incumbent candidates for County Legislature who earned their support.

Castiglia was part of the first graduating class at G. Ray Bodley High School in 1966. Later, he attended CCBI in Syracuse and received a bachelor of science degree in business education at New Hampshire College.

Castiglia is very involved in the community.  He is a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He is also a volunteer at Holy Trinity Church Bingo and an usher at the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday.

He is a frequent columnist in the local media where he thoroughly discusses local matters.

He is semi-retired from the Carrier Corp. in Syracuse where he worked as a supervisor of production and material control. Prior to working there, he was employed by the Stratford Business School in Syracuse.

He started out as a business teacher and advanced through the ranks to become director.

He now works for the Fulton City School District as a bus driver.

After hearing and reading about the issues going on in our county government, he felt that it was time to stop being a spectator and “get in the game.”

He feels the local political arena has lost its focus and needs to be put back on track. He intends to utilize his education and work experience to help bring financial stability and jobs back to Fulton.

In addition to bringing in more jobs, Castiglia’s goals include: a more common sense approach to governing; be fiscally conservative; smaller government; easier environment for small businesses; greater accessibility to your elected officials; qualified people for certain positions; and many more.

“A public servant’s duty is to ensure that the public’s money is spent as efficiently as possible and that programs are provided effectively, with transparency and without waste of money or resources.”  Castiglia said.

Castiglia lives in the house that he grew up in.

Oswego High “Buc” Marching Band brings home championship from Pa.

‘The Pride of Oswego’ lived up to its moniker this past weekend as the Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers returned home with a championship trophy and an assortment of hardware from a USBands competition in Nazareth, Pa.

The Marching Bucs captured first place in its division, earned the best overall score for the show and received trophies for best music, best visual performance, best effect, best guard and best percussion. 

Catholic Charities seeks applications for holiday meals

With the holidays fast approaching, Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Community Services program has begun accepting requests for its annual Thanksgiving and Christmas meal distributions.

Each year, Catholic Charities provides families and individuals in need with complete holiday meals with all the fixings.

“We distributed meals to more than 1,300 people last holiday season and anticipate an even greater demand this year,” said Supervisor of Community Services, Helen Hoefer.

“To help us meet that demand we are accepting donations from businesses, organizations, and individuals that would like to help,” she said.

Catholic Charities is accepting applications for Thanksgiving meals now through Nov. 8.

Christmas food applications will be accepted now through Dec. 2.

Families and individuals who would like to apply may do so by visiting Catholic Charities’ food pantry at 365 W. First St., Fulton.

Those interested in applying must have proof of identity for everyone in the household as well as a piece of mail, dated within 30 days, with name and address for each adult in the household.

Thanksgiving meals will be distributed Nov. 18, 19, and 20. Applicants will be notified of the time and day that they may pick up their meal.

Christmas meals will be distributed at a time and date to announced

For more information contact Helen Hoefer at 598-3980 ext. 224 or Danielle Losurdo at ext. 248, or visit

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.  Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, Oswego County and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.