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Arts in the HeArt Gallery birthday party Thursday

Pirates Virginia Lockhart and Tom Schneider show off their treasure map at the recent 4th annual Arts Fest held June 14 in downtown Fulton; just part of the fun and festivities for the Arts in the HeArt Gallery anniversary celebration. The party continues June 26 from 5 to 8  p.m. with a wine and cheese birthday party with wines provided by Ashley Lynn Wines. For more information visit CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-2787.
Pirates Virginia Lockhart and Tom Schneider show off their treasure map at the recent 4th annual Arts Fest held June 14 in downtown Fulton; just part of the fun and festivities for the Arts in the HeArt Gallery anniversary celebration. The party continues June 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. with a wine and cheese birthday party with wines provided by Ashley Lynn Wines. For more information visit CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-2787.

Ashley Lynn Wines of Mexico is supplying wine for the wine and cheese celebration for the first birthday of the Arts in the HeART Gallery in Fulton. Continue reading

BOCES students inducted into Technical Honor Society

During the recent National Technical Honor Society induction ceremony, Koti Turner, an Oswego County BOCES Public Safety and Justice student, lights a candle to signify one of the seven attributes required for membership in the organization.
During the recent National Technical Honor Society induction ceremony, Koti Turner, an Oswego County BOCES Public Safety and Justice student, lights a candle to signify one of the seven attributes required for membership in the organization.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Surrounded by a standing-room-only crowd of friends and family members, Oswego County BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) students were recognized for their commitment to their schoolwork and for their exemplary citizenship and service outside of the classroom. Continue reading

Free Fishing Weekend in Oswego County

Oswego County offers plenty of places for fishing, like the state State Boat Launch at Mexico Point, for New York’s free fishing weekend. You might even see some other wildlife go by.  Photo by Oswego County Tourism
Oswego County offers plenty of places for fishing, like the state State Boat Launch at Mexico Point, for New York’s free fishing weekend. You might even see some other wildlife go by.
Photo by Oswego County Tourism

By Spider Rybaak

Have you ever found yourself looking out over a lake or stream and suddenly feeling the urge to go fishing? 

Perhaps you’ve been held back by the thought of dishing out your hard-earned money on something you’re not sure of? 

Well, the authorities understand and the state Department of Environmental Conservation offers an annual Free Fishing Weekend to help you get started.  Continue reading

A few spots available in Oswego High softball camp

Former Oswego High School softball standout pitchers Katie Frawley (Class of 2002) and Abby Martin (Class of 2007) will join the staff of the 24th Annual Lady Buccaneer Softball Mini Camp that will be held June 30-July 2, said camp director Mike McCrobie.

There are still openings in the camp, that will be held at the Oswego High School fields for girls ages 9-16 who want to sharpen their skills and have some softball fun.

Martin and Frawley are two of only three Lady Buccaneer players to have been named East Regional High School All-Americans by the National Fastpitch Coach’s Association.

After stellar careers at Oswego High,  each went on to college successes — Frawley at Illinois Wesleyan University and Martin at Cortland State.

Frawley now coaches high school softball at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. while working full-time for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Martin has completed two years on the coaching staff at Cortland State where she helped lead the Red Dragons to the Division III college world series in 2013.

There will be a total of nine hours of quality instruction throughout the three-day camp. Activities will include throwing, position play, base running, team defense, hitting, bunting, sliding and mini-games. The camp will run daily from 9 a.m. until noon for ages 9-12, and from 1-4 p.m. for players ages 13-16. The camp has a rain date of July 3.

The cost is $50 per player. There is a sibling discount available, where additional players from the same family can enroll for $40 each. Enrollment is limited to the first 60 players.

All players will receive a commemorative Oswego softball souvenir as well as a player’s report card.

To receive an application or more information, you can contact Mike McCrobie at coachmccrobie@gmail.com or by calling 343-8749.

Fulton woman, others work for national First Responders Day

Fulton Police Officers Brian Dumas, left, and Michael Blasczienski at the Police and Fire Awards ceremony this year. They received the Medal of Honor for saving Belton from her burning apartment building.
Fulton Police Officers Brian Dumas, left, and Michael Blasczienski at the Police and Fire Awards ceremony this year. They received the Medal of Honor for saving Belton from her burning apartment building.

By Debra J. Groom

A year ago Beverly Belton lost everything.

Well, everything but her life, thanks to two Fulton police officers.

“I never moved. I sat and watched as these first responders worked, going into the house, I watched everything that they did,” Belton said, remembering June 1, 2013. when her Fulton apartment building went up in flames. Continue reading

FUMC Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School at the First United Methodist Church in Fulton is scheduled for Monday July 14 through Friday July 18 at the church on Route 176. Children ages 3 through those in sixth grade will gather for a weeklong “Beach Party,” with a bounce house, water slide, games, crafts and learning activities. Bible stories will relate to water. Children should come prepared to “get wet.” The Vacation Bible School is free. Registration is going on now by calling the church office at 592-7347. Teens can come to help out. Shown getting ready for the school are, in front left to right. Michael Gilbert, Bryce Noel, Hayden Masuch, Ashley Rupert, and Addison Holden. Standing: Debbie Munger, Al Mosier, Michelle Gilbert, Carolyn Mosier, Lisa and Henry Clark, Hank and Parker Clark, Brett Noel, Mike Weeden, Beth Holden, Andy Holden, Ellen Marshall, Mattie Burdick, Glenda Abbate, John Foster Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea
Vacation Bible School at the First United Methodist Church in Fulton is scheduled for Monday July 14 through Friday July 18 at the church on Route 176. Children ages 3 through those in sixth grade will gather for a weeklong “Beach Party,” with a bounce house, water slide, games, crafts and learning activities. Bible stories will relate to water. Children should come prepared to “get wet.” The Vacation Bible School is free. Registration is going on now by calling the church office at 592-7347. Teens can come to help out. Shown getting ready for the school are, in front left to right. Michael Gilbert, Bryce Noel, Hayden Masuch, Ashley Rupert, and Addison Holden. Standing: Debbie Munger, Al Mosier, Michelle Gilbert, Carolyn Mosier, Lisa and Henry Clark, Hank and Parker Clark, Brett Noel, Mike Weeden, Beth Holden, Andy Holden, Ellen Marshall, Mattie Burdick, Glenda Abbate, John Foster
Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

It’s Primary Day

All registered Republicans in the eastern and northern parts of Oswego County should remember to go to the polls today to pick your candidate for Congress.

Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, is challenging incumbent Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, for the Republican line in the 22nd Congressional district in the November election.

The Oswego County towns included in the 22nd district where today’s primary is being held are: Sandy Creek, Redfield, Orwell, Richland, Boylston, Albion, Williamstown, Amboy, Constantia, West Monroe, Hastings, Mexico, Parish and part of New Haven.