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Help from the audience – Justin Charsky, a helper from the audience, balances juggling pins on his head while Juggling Josh jokes with the crowd. It was part of the Parents of Special Children’s annual barbecue, which was held Saturday at Lura Sharp Elementary School in Pulaski.

Parents of Special Children hosts annual barbecue

Help from the audience – Justin Charsky, a helper from the audience, balances juggling pins on his head while Juggling Josh jokes with the crowd. It was part of the Parents of Special Children’s annual barbecue, which was held Saturday at Lura Sharp Elementary School in Pulaski.

Parents of Special Children recently hosted its annual barbecue at Lura Sharp Elementary School in Pulaski.

Various community individuals and organizations donated facilities, talent, food and entertainment for children with special needs to create an enjoyable day. The school provided a location for the event to go on, despite the rain.

A highlight of the day was Juggling Josh. He rode a unicycle, told jokes, juggled and brought in helpers from the crowd. Other highlights included caricature artist J.P. Crangle, known for his drawings that are featured in Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse in Syracuse. Marie Smith, coordinator at Parents of Special Children, and an organizer of the event, said she was pleased so many turned out to enjoy the barbecue and be with other families. The community support for this event has been overwhelming, she added.

“What a great day. Thank you to our hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Barclay, as well as Assemblyman Barclay for all you do,” she said. “Without their support, we would not be able to make this day possible. One of our main objectives as an organization is to empower families. When families strengthen connections with other families and just have fun at events like this, it helps the entire family unit. This was a good day.”

H. Douglas Barclay, former U.S. Ambassador and host of the backyard barbecue, said, “Both DeeDee and I are pleased to be able to host this event for the Parents of Special Children, Inc. After hosting the event for the first time in 2010, and seeing all those kids and families smiling and enjoying themselves, we made plans that day to start planning for the next one.

“It is my hope that through this event, the network of parents and children who face special challenges in caring for and raising children with special needs strengthens and grows,” he added.

Assemblyman Barclay said, “I’m glad to be a part of this event.  I love to see the families come together and the kids play and be entertained. I hope it was a memorable day for those who took part. I know it was for me. I want to give a special thanks to Dr. Marshall Marshall, superintendent of Pulaski Central School District, and his staff for letting the event be held by providing a great location out of the rain.”

Items for Honduras – Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and partner churches, Grace Lutheran and Resurrection Episcopal in Oswego, have been collecting items to send to Honduras. Pictured with Pastor Rick Klafehn are Linda Muhs, Rose Garlic, and Ellie Pryor.

Former Fultonians make 10th Honduras medical mission trip

Items for Honduras – Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and partner churches, Grace Lutheran and Resurrection Episcopal in Oswego, have been collecting items to send to Honduras. Pictured with Pastor Rick Klafehn are Linda Muhs, Rose Garlic, and Ellie Pryor.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and partner churches, Grace Lutheran and Resurrection Episcopal in Oswego, have been collecting items to send to Honduras.

Former Fultonians Dr. Luke Beno, his parents Katy and Jim Beno, and other family and friends are making their 10th annual medical mission trip mountain villages in Honduras.

Before moving to Georgia in the 1980s, the Benos were familiar to many around Fulton. Dr. Beno was a student at G. Ray Bodley High School while Jim Beno was a facilities manager at Birdseye. Katy Beno was a pharmacist at Hargrave’s Drug Store.

Church members knitted tropical bandages, sewed bags for hygiene kits and collected other items for the trip.


Award winners – Former Fulton residents Dr. Armand J. Cincotta and his wife, Joan Cincotta, will receive the Simon Le Moyne Award during Le Moyne College’s Founders’ Day Gala.

Former Fulton residents to be honored by Le Moyne College

Award winners – Former Fulton residents Dr. Armand J. Cincotta and his wife, Joan Cincotta, will receive the Simon Le Moyne Award during Le Moyne College’s Founders’ Day Gala.

Each year at the Founders’ Day Gala, Le Moyne College presents its highest honor, the Simon Le Moyne Award, to those individuals who make “significant humanitarian contributions to society, serve as prominent leaders in the community, and demonstrate a deep responsibility and commitment to improving the quality of life of others”.

This year’s recipients are Dr. Armand J. Cincotta, son of the late Dr. Anthony J. and Theresa Cincotta, and his wife, Joan Cincotta, daughter of the late Frank J. Bevacqua and Ruth K. Aluzzi.

Armand and Joan are both graduates of Le Moyne and native Fultonians. The event will be held Nov. 16.

Armand has been a family practice physician in Liverpool for 42 years. He has also served as the medical director for Le Moyne College for 34 years.

Additionally, he has served on the Boards of Contact, the Upstate Chapter of the American Heart Association where he was Board President, the Executive Committee of the Onondaga County Medical Society and, Le Moyne’s Alumni Association.

He is currently the medical director of the Medical Advisory Board of the Oneida Indian Nation Athletic Commission and a Diplomate in Ringside Medicine.

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Jerry’s Journal: Sept. 15, 2012

by Jerry Kasperek

Mom stood up for me when I married Ed eleven years ago. As always, she was beautiful that day. She wore white slacks and her favorite red blazer. It suited her perfectly; she was a “red” kind of lady – feisty and colorful.

My mother’s name was Helen VanDeWater. She passed away Aug. 25 at the age of 94. She was sixteen when I was born. That means I had a mother for seventy-eight years. It was a privilege not many other people are blessed with. Oh, sure, we had a stormy mother-daughter relationship at times, but never did we not respect and love one another.

Now the memories set in. I remember her as a young woman in a Sealright blue cotton uniform, her picture in the newspaper with the company’s big shots selling war bonds during World War II, her going out the door on Saturday night all dressed up with a fancy hat on to party with my Dad who was as full of life as she was.

As a very pregnant mother waiting for the birth of my three siblings, Paul, Denis and David, spread over 22 years from the first to the last! Though apart by age and generation, we became one big happy family. Of course it wasn’t rosy all the time. Tell me any family story that’s not a bit rocky and I’d say it’s a lie.

In any case, my Mother was the glue that held us together through thick and thin. I must say, however, that in retrospect, and as brother Paul has pointed out, we in turn became the catalyst that kept her together through the pain and despair of losing loved ones and as she suffered major illnesses and surgeries, and into the aging process. That leaves us with no regrets.

Now she is gone. As her obituary said, she was witty, generous and beautiful. She was beautiful right up until the day she died. She also was quick-witted, you could never get ahead of her. She always had a comeback, sometimes with a sharp tongue, like it or not, because her mind went a mile a minute!

But she was fun as well. She had a twinkle in her bright blue eyes and an endearing smile. Though her antics were at times outlandish and her choice of stories and words were often on the naughty side, she made you laugh.

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Esteemed guests – Tim Conners (left) and Joe Lacey spoke Wednesday during the United Way’s annual campaign kick off breakfast. Both Conners and Lacey have benefited from agencies funded by the United Way and they gave motivational speeches about the power of overcoming personal obstacles and giving back to their community.
-Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

United Way gets ‘personal’

Esteemed guests – Tim Conners (left) and Joe Lacey spoke Wednesday during the United Way’s annual campaign kick off breakfast. Both Conners and Lacey have benefited from agencies funded by the United Way and they gave motivational speeches about the power of overcoming personal obstacles and giving back to their community.
-Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

by Nicole Reitz

“It’s our community…and it’s personal,” was the message uttered throughout the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual Kick-Off Breakfast held Wednesday.

The event, sponsored by Burritt Motors, CENG, Entergy and Planned Results, was held at the American Foundry in Oswego. Executive Director Melanie Trexler gave the opening remarks and was joined by members of the Campaign Cabinet.

Rob Rolfe of Pathfinder Bank is the chairperson for this year’s campaign, replacing Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the Port of Oswego Authority.

The annual campaign serves as the United Way’s primary fund-raiser. Last year, the United Way came within 98 percent of its goal of $800,000, securing $780,000 for the many human services programs that the United Way and its member agencies provide for those who live in Oswego County, said Rolfe.

During the 2012-2013 year, the United Way again hopes to raise $800,000.

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Second-place – The Oswego Marching Buccaneers traveled to East Irondequoit last week to compete against two other National Division bands. Oswego came home with a second place finish with a score of 71.65. Pictured is Cassandra Hondro, drum major.

Oswego Marching Bucs start year with second-place finish

Second-place – The Oswego Marching Buccaneers traveled to East Irondequoit last week to compete against two other National Division bands. Oswego came home with a second place finish with a score of 71.65. Pictured is Cassandra Hondro, drum major.

The New York State Field Band Conference commenced the march to the Carrier Dome last Saturday night as high school bands were active throughout Central New York.

The Marching Buccaneers headed west to East Irondequoit to compete against two other National Division bands. Oswego came home with a second place finish with a score of 71.65. Victor captured the National Division with a 78.55. Third place was awarded to Webster.

Band Director Scott Ciesla said, “The Marching Bucs will continue to build on our early season success. I am very proud of the students. All of the members and parents did an amazing job to make this show a success. This was a total team effort. It’s nice to be rewarded for our hard work and talent.”

Continuing he noted, ”We’ve been building our program over the past couple of years so I really feel that we are headed in the right direction and the sky is the limit for us this year. We have a ton of potential and this is very exciting time to be a Marching Buccaneer.”

The Marching Bucs will take to the field for competition at 8:30 p.m. tonight at Baldwinsville High School.

The following Saturday, Sept. 22, the Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers will host the annual Pageant of Champions at Joe Wilber Field.  Auburn will be the first of 11 bands to march on the Wilber field as the show will begin at 6 p.m.

Mighty Max – Legendary Oswego State Laker coach Max Ziel and his team pose in this 1953 photograph. A former semi-professional baseball player, the late Ziel coached baseball and other sports for decades. A reunion of former players, families, friends and fans of Oswego State baseball will gather Sept. 21 to 23.

Oswego State baseball reunion set

Mighty Max – Legendary Oswego State Laker coach Max Ziel and his team pose in this 1953 photograph. A former semi-professional baseball player, the late Ziel coached baseball and other sports for decades. A reunion of former players, families, friends and fans of Oswego State baseball will gather Sept. 21 to 23.

The Oswego Alumni Association and the Laker baseball team will welcome back former players, families, friends and fans for a special reunion Sept. 21 to 23.

Anyone who has ever been associated with the Oswego State baseball legacy, either on the field, in the stands or elsewhere, may take part in a golf tournament, special dinner honoring the late David “Agarn” Crisafulli, and an alumni game.

The festivities will begin Friday, Sept. 21, with an informal gathering at Cheap Seats, 6 Hillside Ave. in Oswego. A golf tournament and lunch are planned Saturday, Sept. 22 at Battle Island State Park in Fulton.

A special baseball reunion dinner honoring 1981 Oswego State graduate Crisafulli also will take place on Saturday.

Sunday, Sept. 23, attendees may join former teammates, coaches and Lakers from all generations on the diamond for a pickup game. The alumni game will be followed by an intrasquad baseball game played by current team members.

Advance registration is required for the golf tournament and dinner. Those seeking to register may visit oswego.edu/baseballreunion.

Those seeking more information may contact head coach Scott Landers at 312-2405 or scott.landers@oswego.edu.

Andrew and Noah Band – The Ontario Center for Performing Arts — better known as the Oswego Music Hall — will be opening its 36th season with the American roots band from Syracuse, the Andrew and Noah Band, Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. Members of the band are Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand, Dana Billings, Chris Miller, Rachel Bell, and Kailyn Wright.

Andrew and Noah Band to perform

Andrew and Noah Band – The Ontario Center for Performing Arts — better known as the Oswego Music Hall — will be opening its 36th season with the American roots band from Syracuse, the Andrew and Noah Band, Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. Members of the band are Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand, Dana Billings, Chris Miller, Rachel Bell, and Kailyn Wright.

The Ontario Center for Performing Arts — better known as the Oswego Music Hall — will be opening its 36th season with the American roots band from Syracuse, the Andrew and Noah Band, Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m.

This seven-member group describes its music as alternative folk and American groove, and boasts a unique vision of the future of American root music with its powerful songwriting, explosive improv, and deep dance grooves.

The A&N’s core material, written by brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand, is a mix of Appalachian, Celtic, classic country and bluegrass, jazz and swing, cajun/zydeco, alternative folk, roots rock and other world music influences.

Their sound is an eclectic blend, and yet it’s part of “ a movement of young like-minded musicians creating culturally relevant but historically rooted Americana music,” according to jazz musician Chris Miller.

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