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Mills named Volunteer of the Year for OCO

Oswego County Opportunities recently honored Tom Mills with the Howard Wilcox Volunteer of the Year Award at the agency’s annual meeting. From left are: OCO Board President Connie Cosemento; Head Start Family Advocate Liz Liberti; Award Recipient Tom Mills; and Executive Director of OCO, Diane Cooper-Currier.
Oswego County Opportunities recently honored Tom Mills with the Howard Wilcox Volunteer of the Year Award at the agency’s annual meeting. From left are: OCO Board President Connie Cosemento; Head Start Family Advocate Liz Liberti; Award Recipient Tom Mills; and Executive Director of OCO, Diane Cooper-Currier.

Oswego County Opportunities recently honored Tom Mills with the agency’s Howard Wilcox Volunteer of the Year Award.

Presented annually, the award is given to a volunteer who goes above and beyond in offering their time and talents to an OCO program.

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CNY Arts Center exhibition in Oswego opens today

Artists from CNY Arts Center are making their debut in downtown Oswego with an art show entitled Empowered Through the Arts: The finest of CNY Arts Center at the Oswego State Downtown Gallery at 186 W. First St. 

The art exhibit featuring several local artists will open May 31 (today) with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. and run through July 12.

“We are excited and so proud to have this opportunity for our wonderful artists,” said Nancy Fox, director. “There is a wealth of talent all over Oswego County and we are very grateful to Michael Flanagan and SUNY Oswego for providing this bridge in the art community.”

Some of the artists included in the exhibit are Kendra Matott, the studio arts coordinator for CNY Arts Center. 

Matott arranges art shows and classes for the center in a variety of art types for all ages. Her art work is considered mixed media that begins as a photograph and evolves through special techniques Matott applies.

Bonnie McClellan, also included in the show, is CNY Arts Center’s Arts in the HeART Gallery director in downtown Fulton. 

Her landscapes have generated popular oil painting classes for adults and kids alike as she takes students from blank canvas to complete landscape. 

People are discovering a love for painting with McClellan’s encouragement. Her students have begun participating in area shows and some now display their own art work in the gallery.

Many more artists are featured in the exhibit, which will move to the Hospice of Central New York in Liverpool in July and remain through August. 

Oswego State Downtown gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The gallery is located at 186 W. First St.

For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-2787.

Fulton Farmers’ Market now open Saturdays

The Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce officially kicked off the Fulton Farmers’ Market this past Saturday, May 24.

The market is located in the Canal View Parking lot right on Cayuga Street. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday until late October.

This market features fresh produce from a multitude of farmers in addition to plants and flowers as well. There are also specialty bakery items available for purchase, including some gluten-free options.

Oswego native begins third season of TBS comedy June 24

Owen Benjamin, of Oswego, center, with Steve Byrne, left and Dan Lauria, right, in a scene from Sullivan and Son on TBS.
Owen Benjamin, of Oswego, center, with Steve Byrne, left and Dan Lauria, right, in a scene from Sullivan & Son on TBS.

Oswego native Owen Benjamin will begin his third season of “Sullivan and Son,” at 10 p.m. Tuesday June 24 on TBS.

“Sullivan & Son,” starring popular comedian Steve Byrne, was one of the most successful TBS summer series for the past two summers. The show is set in a popular pub in a working-class Pittsburgh neighborhood.

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Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 Hannibal  Girl Scout Troop 10248 will host a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday May 31 at the Granby Fire Hall,   1400 County Route 8.

Proceeds will help the scouts travel to New York City and also buy the books they need.

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Trinity United Methodist Church, 45 E. Utica St., Oswego, will serve a dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1.

The dinner will include goulash, tossed salad, Italian bread,  dessert and beverage.

Donations are not expected but will be accepted. Everyone is welcome.

The meal will be served on the lower level of the church. You may call  343-1715 with questions.

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Little Utica United Methodist Church is having its next all-you-can-eat chicken dinner at 4 p.m. (until sold out) Saturday, June 7.

The menu will include the same roasted chicken they are known for, with lighter side dishes including baked beans, cole slaw, macaroni salad, rolls and your choice of dessert and beverage.

Patrons may eat in or enjoy a take-out meal. The upstairs dining room is handicap accessible. Take-out meals are available at a discounted price.

Proceeds from the dinner are used to extend the mission and ministry of the church.

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Little Utica United Methodist Church will host a free senior luncheon in the church parlor from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11.

This will be an opportunity for community members age 55 and older to have lunch and socialize with their neighbors.

The menu will include hot dogs, hamburgers and other picnic fare. A variety of desserts along with, punch, milk, tea and coffee will be served.

Little Utica United Methodist Church is located on Lamson Road, heading west off Route 48, just past the intersection of Lamson Road and East Mud Lake Road.

For more information, call the church at 315-678-2270 or visit the church’s website at www.littleuticaumc.org or their Facebook page.

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The River of Life Assembly of God is to discuss God’s message of hope, joy, love, and peace with a special emphasis on the topic of broken relationships.

This is part of the church’s continuing series of talks on God’s messages on various aspects of life.

Join the church member at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 1 at River of Life Assembly of God, 815 Oneida St., Fulton.

There will also be a special service Sunday night at 6 devoted to broken relationships.

For more information, call 598-7100.

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Sweet Inspirations Drive-In on Route 3 in Fulton is holding a job application day.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 31. The restaurant is located at 801 W. Broadway in Fulton.

The restaurant is under new ownership and plans to reopen soon.

Ride for Ramps is Saturday, May 31

ARISE & Ride for Ramps will take place on Saturday, May 31st at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.

The event raises funds to provide ramps for families in Oswego County who cannot afford them. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever with past ramp recipients there to cheer on the participants.

Bikers take a ride around the beautiful North Country, runners take on the 5K, and kids will have the special opportunity to ride their bikes on the Oswego Speedway track! The event will also feature a chicken barbecue, great raffle items, bounce house, games and more.

Since 2004, the ARISE Ramp Program has provided ramps for more than 160 families across Oswego County. The Ride for Ramps event is the only major fundraising event for the ARISE program and all proceeds from the event are used to purchase lumber and other construction materials so volunteers can build ramps for families in need.

Check-in starts at 9:30 a.m. The 5K run/walk will start at 10 a.m., motorcycle ride will depart at 10:30 a.m., and the kids’ bike ride around the track will begin at 11:00 a.m.

The chicken barbecue will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants can register on-site on the day of the event.