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New CD – The Do Good Swing Band, a 17-piece Big Band exactly like those made popular in the 1930s and 40s, recently released its first CD, “Introducing...The Do Good Swing Band.” Pictured is Donald Goodness, director and lead trumpet.

Do Good Swing Band releases first CD

New CD – The Do Good Swing Band, a 17-piece Big Band exactly like those made popular in the 1930s and 40s, recently released its first CD, “Introducing...The Do Good Swing Band.” Pictured is Donald Goodness, director and lead trumpet.

The Do Good Swing Band, a 17-piece big band like those made popular in the 1930s and 40s, has just released its first CD, “Introducing…The Do Good Swing Band,” according to Donald Goodness, director and lead trumpet.

“We’re thrilled to be releasing our first CD,” Goodness said. “It features 12 songs from the swing era that represent the wide range of bands and styles we recreate — everything from driving swing to samba.”

The CD is available at the Rivers End Bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego; Midstate Music, 264 W. 2nd St., Oswego; and at A & J Music, 104 E. Bridge St., Oswego.
In addition, copies will be available at the band’s performances.

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John McGraw

Fulton Fire Department announces Firefighter of the Year

John McGraw

John D. McGraw was named the Fulton Fire Department’s 2011 Firefighter of the Year.

McGraw, a 17-year member of the fire department, has spearheaded many projects.

During the past year, he has been the driving force behind the submission of two equipment grants and he has been the liaison between the county and the department during the transition into the newly purchased county wide radio system.

Lucas Hollenbeck

Fulton Police Department’s Officer of the Year announced

Lucas Hollenbeck was named the

Lucas Hollenbeck

Officer of the Year for 2011 during the 15th annual City of Fulton Awards Ceremony Wednesday.

Hollenbeck has been a member of the police department for six years.

He has regularly led the department in traffic enforcement and arrests since the day he started his career.

He serves the department in specialized areas including police instructor and evidence technician and he has received specialized training in the detection of drug-impaired drivers.

American hero – Volney Elementary School held a patriotic assembly Monday, honoring local solider Eric Lockwood. Students from Volney sent Lockwood cards, pictures and care packages while he served overseas in Afghanistan. Students Julia Guarrera and Mary Jerred read samples of the letters sent to Lockwood and presented him with a Volney Vikings sweatshirt. Lockwood, who attended Volney school, visited classrooms after the assembly, meeting and answering students questions. From left are Volney Principal Jeff Hendrickson, Town of Volney Supervisor Dennis Lockwood, Legislator Linda Lockwood, Lockwood, Senator Patty Ritchie, Assemblyman Will Barclay and teacher Kathleen DeLisle. In front are students Mary Jerred and Julia Guarrera. -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Volney Elementary School honors local soldier

American hero – Volney Elementary School held a patriotic assembly Monday, honoring local solider Eric Lockwood. Students from Volney sent Lockwood cards, pictures and care packages while he served overseas in Afghanistan. Students Julia Guarrera and Mary Jerred read samples of the letters sent to Lockwood and presented him with a Volney Vikings sweatshirt. Lockwood, who attended Volney school, visited classrooms after the assembly, meeting and answering students questions. From left are Volney Principal Jeff Hendrickson, Town of Volney Supervisor Dennis Lockwood, Legislator Linda Lockwood, Lockwood, Senator Patty Ritchie, Assemblyman Will Barclay and teacher Kathleen DeLisle. In front are students Mary Jerred and Julia Guarrera. -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Volney Elementary School held a patriotic assembly Monday, honoring local soldier Eric Lockwood.

Students from Volney sent Lockwood cards, pictures and care packages while he served overseas in Afghanistan.

Students Julia Guarrera and Mary Jerred read samples of the letters sent to Lockwood and presented him with a Volney Vikings sweatshirt.

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‘Bedside Manners’ to open Saturday – Helen, played by Valeri Roscoe Dedich, and Geoff, played by Kyle Walton, try to have a romantic moment only to be interrupted by an enraged Sally, played by Molly Brown, while hapless hotel manager Ferris, played by Brian Pringle, tries to keep her at bay in a scene from Derek Benfield’s comic farce “Bedside Manners,” which opens Fulton Community Theatre’s 2012 season Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. on the Jubilee Hall Stage at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton. Additional performances are Saturday evenings, May 5 and 12, along with Sunday matinee performances April 28, May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m.. Tickets may be obtained by calling 592-2768 or visiting the theatre on the web at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net. –Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

Fulton Community Theatre’s ‘Bedside Manners’ to open Saturday

‘Bedside Manners’ to open Saturday – Helen, played by Valeri Roscoe Dedich, and Geoff, played by Kyle Walton, try to have a romantic moment only to be interrupted by an enraged Sally, played by Molly Brown, while hapless hotel manager Ferris, played by Brian Pringle, tries to keep her at bay in a scene from Derek Benfield’s comic farce “Bedside Manners,” which opens Fulton Community Theatre’s 2012 season Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. on the Jubilee Hall Stage at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton. Additional performances are Saturday evenings, May 5 and 12, along with Sunday matinee performances April 28, May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m.. Tickets may be obtained by calling 592-2768 or visiting the theatre on the web at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net. –Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea
‘Bedside Manners’ to open Saturday – Helen, played by Valeri Roscoe Dedich, and Geoff, played by Kyle Walton, try to have a romantic moment only to be interrupted by an enraged Sally, played by Molly Brown, while hapless hotel manager Ferris, played by Brian Pringle, tries to keep her at bay in a scene from Derek Benfield’s comic farce “Bedside Manners,” which opens Fulton Community Theatre’s 2012 season Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. on the Jubilee Hall Stage at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton. Additional performances are Saturday evenings, May 5 and 12, along with Sunday matinee performances April 28, May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m.. Tickets may be obtained by calling 592-2768 or visiting the theatre on the web at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net. –Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

Derek Benfield’s comic farce “Bedside Manners”  opens Fulton Community Theatre’s 2012 season Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. on the Jubilee Hall Stage at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton.

Additional performances are Saturday evenings, May 5 and 12, along with Sunday matinee performances April 28, May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m..

Tickets may be obtained by calling 592-2768 or visiting the theatre on the web at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net.

Eye on the ball – Fulton’s Jordan Rizzo waits to catch the loose ball during Saturday’s game against Jamesville-DeWitt at the Fulton Athletic Complex. Rizzo scored a goal in Fulton’s 13-11. With the win, Fulton now stands in first place in the league. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

Fulton girls lacrosse team holds off J-D for 13-11 win

Eye on the ball – Fulton’s Jordan Rizzo waits to catch the loose ball during Saturday’s game against Jamesville-DeWitt at the Fulton Athletic Complex. Rizzo scored a goal in Fulton’s 13-11. With the win, Fulton now stands in first place in the league. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls lacrosse team hosted Jamesville-DeWitt Saturday in a game that was a battle for the top spot in the league.

Even though J-D attempted eight more shots on goal, Fulton withstood the aggressive play by making the most of the shot attempts that it took.

The Lady Raiders made 81 percent of their shot in the 13-11 win, which put them at the top of the league standings.

Following a competitive first half, Fulton took an 8-6 lead into halftime. The second half was even more competitive as both teams scored five goals a piece. J-D, however, was unable to cut into the Lady Raiders’ lead as they escaped with the two-goal win.

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Lake restoration meeting – A clean-up and restoration meeting for Lake Neatahwanta will be held May 2 at 6 p.m. at the Fulton War Memorial. Pictured from left are Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward, Legislator Morris Sorbello, Schroeppel Town Supervisor Patrick Nugent and Granby Town Supervisor Ed Williamson.  –Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Lake Neatahwanta restoration meeting to be held

Lake restoration meeting – A clean-up and restoration meeting for Lake Neatahwanta will be held May 2 at 6 p.m. at the Fulton War Memorial. Pictured from left are Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward, Legislator Morris Sorbello, Schroeppel Town Supervisor Patrick Nugent and Granby Town Supervisor Ed Williamson. –Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

by Nicole Reitz

A clean-up and restoration meeting for Lake Neatahwanta — once used for swimming, fishing, boat races, and other activities — will be held May 2 at 6 p.m. at the Fulton War Memorial.

The meeting will bring Oswego County residents and elected officials together with the goal of returning Lake Neatahwanta into the usefulness of its past.

The lake currently has a high contest of phosphorus and may contain blue-green algae.

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Phoenix Youth of the Year - Tyler Doupe and Kenneth Roffo received the Phoenix Youth of the Year Award. From left are Doupe, Phoenix Mayor Fratto and Roffo.

President’s Youth Service Awards ceremony in Phoenix

Phoenix Youth of the Year - Tyler Doupe and Kenneth Roffo received the Phoenix Youth of the Year Award. From left are Doupe, Phoenix Mayor Fratto and Roffo.

Tyler Doupe and Kenneth Roffo received the Phoenix Youth of the Year Award during the 2012 President’s Youth Service Awards Ceremony held recently at VFW Post 5540.

Doupe volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters and is also involved in the bullying mentor program.

Roffo is a Boy Scout and as part of his Eagle project, laid a concrete pad at Henley Park for picnic tables.’

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