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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.


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.


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.


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 or their Facebook page.

News in Brief

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.


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. 

Williamstown woman must make restitution in welfare fraud case

Kelly M. Hartz, 47,  of Williamstown,  was sentenced Wednesday in Oswego County Court to five years probation upon her conviction for offering a false instrument for filing, first degree, a felony.

At a prior court appearance April 2, Hartz admitted she provided a written instrument that contained a false statement or false information to the Oswego County Department of Social Services for the purpose of defrauding DSS.

Hartz was arrested by the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department on April 29, 2013, as a result of an investigation by the fraud unit within Oswego County DSS. Deputies charged her with grand larceny third degree,  welfare fraud third degree and offering a false instrument for filing first degree, all felonies.

Investigators alleged she failed to disclose information and thereby wrongfully obtained $9,597.18 in Medicaid benefits that she was not entitled to receive.

As part of her sentence, the Judge James Metcalf, Acting Oswego County Court Judge, ordered Hartz to pay $9,597.18 in restitution to Oswego County DSS during the next five years. If Hartz fails to pay back the restitution, or if she violates any other terms of probation, she faces up to 1-1/3 to 4 years in state prison.

District Attorney Gregory Oakes stated, “Over the past two years, my office has worked with DSS and the Sheriff’s Department to crack down on welfare fraud. Those who abuse and cheat the system need to be held accountable. Welfare fraud is theft, plain and simple, and my office will continue to prosecute those who steal from taxpayers.”

To report a suspected case of welfare or housing assistance fraud, contact the Oswego County Department of Social Services at 315-963-5281.