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Doyle’s Bikes in Fulton is collecting used bicycles to give away at the Fulton Police Department Bike Rodeo in May.

Doyle’s will repair the donated bicycles to make them safe to ride, and then give them to children of all ages who come to the bike rodeo. Children must go through the Bicycle Safety Obstacle Course with the police before obtaining a bike.

Anyone with an underused or unwanted bicycle to donate can drop it off at Doyle’s Bikes, 316 W. First St., Fulton, 592-4537. Afternoons are preferable for drop off.

The more bicycles received, the more can be given away.

The annual Fulton Police Department Bike Rodeo focuses on bicycle safety and is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday May 31.

The children will receive a new bicycle helmet, choose a used bicycle to keep (while supplies last) and ride it through a police-directed obstacle course. They can also register their bike, play in the bouncy rides, and receive free refreshments.

This is a community collaboration, led by the Fulton Police Department.

For more information, call Doyle’s Bike Shop or Kelley Weaver 402-7431.


Dan Schall will be in concert at 7 p.m. May 9 at Sterling Methodist Church.

Schall and his wife, Linda, travel thousands of miles each year spreading the Gospel message in song and words.


A Make-it Take-it craft fair for Mothers Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday May 10 at Believers Chapel Fulton, 614 S. Fourth St., Fulton.

This event is for kids, mom, dads or anyone to get together to make a new craft item. The kitchen also will be open and there will be a 50/50 drawing.

The church’s youth group also will be on hand to wrap any gifts made for mom.


The annual Spring Rummage Sale at Palermo United Methodist Church is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday May 9 and 10 and May 16 and 17.

A large variety of items that have been donated not only by church members, but also from the community. Come and browse the wide selection of new and gently used household items, furniture, Baby gear, clothing, coats, toys, gift ware, collectibles, puzzles, books and much more.

For more information, please call the church at 598-4888.

The church is handicapped accessible and is located at 11 County Route 35, just north of Palermo Center.


The Misfits, a family band from Orwell, is performing as part of the Gospel Music Festival from 1 to 3 p.m. May 10 at the North Volney United Methodist Church.

The band performs locally at churches, coffeehouses, festivals and square dances. Lee and Vicki Teachout, along with Herb Smith, sing country and gospel music, including bluegrass, southern gospel, country western, blues and hymns.

A free will offering will be taken to pay the musicians.

There will be a bake sale for those with a sweet tooth and a lunch if you get hungry.  New this year is a Used Book Sale from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Available will be books of all kinds for adults and children, magazines, DVD’s, old sheet music, church music and jigsaw puzzles.

There also will be a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


A boating safety course is being offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday May 17 by the The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 24 in Oswego.

The course is being held at the Sandy Pond Sportsman Association, County Route 15, Sandy Creek.

Those completing the course will receive a Boating Safety Certificate. The cost is $35 and pre-registration is required by calling 598-7854.


Faith United Church is having a yard and plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at the church on Mark Fitzgibbons Drive, Oswego.

Indoor and outdoor plants will be sold on the church lawn.

The yard sale, inside the church, features clothing, children’s toys, sports equipment, kitchen items and paperback books. Each person entering the church is given one or more bags to fill. Upon leaving the sale area, those with bags of merchandise are asked to make a donation.

 Free coffee is available and baked goods will be for sale.


The Oswego Veteran of the Year dinner for former Oswego Councilor John M. Canale will be held at the Ancient Order of Hibernians located at One Munn Street Oswego at 6 p.m. Saturday May 24.

Canale’s dinner will start with a social hour at 6 p.m. with dinner to be served at 7 p.m. Several guest dignitaries have been invited.

For more information and tickets for the event, call Dave Rice at 591-5195 or Jim Fitzgerald at 342-1586.

Canale is a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.


A country barn dance is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at the Phoenix fire barn on Main Street.

Music is by “American Eagle Band,” “Barry Newman and Gray Hound Band” and “Jesse Derringer.” All proceeds benefit the Morgan Family Tired of Cancer Relay for Life team.

There will be 50.50 drawings and door prizes. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase.

Call Madalyn Morgan at 695-4654 for more information.


The 10th annual Syracuse Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma, an annual walk to raise funds and awareness for scleroderma research and patient support, is scheduled for Sunday, June 8 at Onondaga Lake Park, Bay View Tent area.

Check in and registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

For information and to register, go to

The Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walk is an event to raise awareness and money needed to deal with this devastating autoimmune disease.

Money raised at this event will be used to help fund research efforts and provide patient support and education. To date there is no known cause or cure.

For more information about scleroderma, contact the Scleroderma Foundation/Tri-State, Inc. Chapter office at (800) 867-0885 or visit on the web at


The Sunshine Community & Child Care Center is putting on its Summer Gratitude Gala 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday June 14.

Vendors, activities, tie-dye, arts and crafts, parking lot sale, food, music and nonalcoholic beverages will be available.

There also will be a cutest pet contest, bounce houses and a cutest prince and princess contest.

Vendor registration packets available at Sunshine Center at 561-7861


Local resident Wendi Starusnak will discuss her first novel, “Detached,” from 6 to 8 p.m. June 16 at the Phoenix Public Library.

Starusnak will discuss the book, answer questions and will sign and sell copies. Refreshments will be served.

“Detached” contains mature content and subject matter and is not recommended for those under the age of 18.


The Oswego County Fair is seeking local talent for the fair, which runs July 2 through 6.

While the fair features several established bands and singers, the fair also hopes to promote some new groups by offering a chance to them to perform .

Anyone interested in performing should call Anne Gibbs at 298-5686.


The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is accepting registrations for a six-week workshop in Lacona on falls prevention called “Six Steps to Better Balance.”

At 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, the North Country Christian Church in Lacona will host an informational demonstration of the program.

“Six Steps to Better Balance” is scheduled to begin on May 21 at the church, 49 Salisbury St., and will continue through June 25. It will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. each Wednesday and will be taught by RSVP volunteers Carol Simpson and Rachel Brooks.

The workshops cover how to help prevent falls and reduce injuries if a fall occurs. Participants will learn activities that are fun to do and designed to reduce not only falls, but also the fear of falling.

A major component of the program is improved balance.

To sign up, call Carol at 343-5614. Class size is limited and a modest fee is charged to help cover class materials.


The Annual Parish Community Garage Sale is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 24.

Maps of participating sales will be available the day of the sale in Canfield Park, Main Street.

For more information call Chriss Sackett at 625-4169 or at

Bodley students learn consequences of drinking, texting while driving

Fulton Fire Department members use a hydraulic machine to cut victims out of this simulated drunk-driving accident.
Fulton Fire Department members use a hydraulic machine to cut victims out of this simulated drunk-driving accident.
Fulton Police arrest Logan Carvey, the drunk driver in the simulated crash
Fulton Police arrest Logan Carvey, the drunk driver in the simulated crash

G. Ray Bodley juniors and seniors got to witness first hand the consequences of what can happen if they drink and drive.

On Thursday May 1, they gathreed for a mock driving while intoxicated (DWI) drill at the high school.

Participated were the Fulton Police Department in coordination with Oswego County Stop DWI, the Fulton school cistrict, Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, Oswego County 911, Fulton Fire Department, Menter Ambulance, Oswego County RACES, and several other agencies.

Every other year, the event is held for Bodley’s juniors and seniors just before the Junior Prom and Senior Dinner Dance to warn them of the real dangers of driving drunk.

The added danger of texting while driving was also a factor in the mock crash.

The event began at 8 a.m. with a simulated a fatal head-on drunk driving crash involving real students as actors.

Emergency service providers simulated their response, to include the evacuation of the injured by firemen using the “jaws of life” and crash investigation by police.

Several Quirk’s Theater players from Bodley played the vehicles’ occupants.  Nikki Baker-Lanning was the victim killed in the crash, while Logan Carvey was the driver charged with drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter.

Following the outdoor scene, the students were moved to the auditorium where Robert Lighthall from Oswego County Stop DWI stressed the importance of “having a plan” during their after-prom festivities and explained to them the consequences their poor choices can have on their family and friends.

The students watched a video about a real-life accident where a child was killed by a drunk driver.

Thereafter, the reality of drunk driving was brought to the forefront when a victim impact volunteer spoke to the students about her life following the death of her husband at the hands of a drunk driver 20 years ago.

A death notification was also simulated by police, showing the raw anguish that a parent experiences when they learn their child has been killed in a car crash.

Lighthall narrated while the arraignment and sentencing of Carvey was held, showing the court process and legal consequences following a serious drunk driving crash.

Finally, a funeral was held for Baker-Lanning while her friends looked on. A casket was put on stage and every student was invited to “pay their respects” at the end.

Overall, the event was judged as a success by all involved.

“If we get through to just one kid, we have done our jobs today”, said Fulton Police Deputy Chief Tom Abelgore.

Porky and Buddy discuss ticks

Dear Porky and Buddy,

I was petting my dog Scooby last night and felt this odd little lump thing on his neck.

When I took a closer look, oh gross, it was a tick. I  had never seen one on him before.

I didn’t think they even started before the summer. So I tried putting alcohol on the little bugger to make him back out and that didn’t work at all.

How do you get a tick out?


Dear Darlene,

Did you ever wonder what ecological role ticks play in the universe?

Think about it . . . lots of other creatures that some people think of as “gross,”  spiders, bats, slugs, rats, to name a few (not that we agree, we are just speaking in generalities here) do play important roles in the ecosystem, primarily because of what they eat or because of who eats them.

But ticks? As a general rule they don’t even qualify as a snack!

But back to the practical world. It is important to remove ticks promptly. They feed on blood, and while doing that they deposit saliva into the wound they make that can carry any number of serious diseases, including, in this area, Lyme disease.

But first, give up the old myths that alcohol, heat, petroleum jelly or whatever will persuade a tick to back out once it is attached to someone’s skin.

Those substances will only annoy it and may cause it to deposit even more disease carrying saliva into the wound.

Instead, to remove a tick, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or special tick removal instruments that you can find at any pet store. These devices allow you to remove the tick without squeezing the tick body.

This is important as you do not want to crush the tick and force harmful bacteria to leave the tick and enter your pet’s (or your own) bloodstream.

Grab the tick by the head or mouth parts right where they enter the skin. Do not grasp the tick by the body. Without jerking, pull firmly and steadily directly outward. Do not twist the tick as you are pulling. Don’t be worried about the tick head staying in as that rarely happens.

After removing the tick, place it in a jar of alcohol to kill it. (Ticks are not killed by flushing them down the toilet.) Clean the bite wound with a disinfectant, and apply a small amount of a triple antibiotic ointment. Wash your hands thoroughly.

Then call your vet to find out what form of tick control he or she recommends for Scooby. There are a number of products available, but you need professional advice to choose the most appropriate.

Know that tick season does not wait for the summer; it is starting now, as you have found out.

On a happier spring note, the Oliver Paine Nursery Spring Plant Fundraiser will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 17 and 18 at the nursery at 125 South Granby Road, south of Fulton.

A total of 15 percent of your plant purchases will be donated to the Humane Society, but you need the special flyer to take with you. You can download it at

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego. Phone is 207-1070. Email is and Website is

County health clinics for the week of May 12

The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.

Walk-in influenza clinics are held weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego for people age 19 and older. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.

Children’s flu vaccine is now available every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

The children’s flu vaccine is available at no cost to all children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program provided by the New York State Department of Health. For those who do not qualify, the cost is $37 for the inactivated vaccine.

The health department accepts cash or checks for payment. The department does not accept credit or debit cards. Patients with private insurance, Managed Medicaid, Managed Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare, and Medicare Part B should bring their benefit cards with them to the immunization clinic.

No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

The following services will be offered during the week of May 12 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.


** Adult Influenza Clinic: Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, May 13, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Pregnancy Testing: Free pregnancy testing is available. Call 349-3391 to schedule an appointment.

** Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Treatment Services: Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

** HIV Counseling and Testing Service:  Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

Immunization clinics are held every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

For more information about public health services, contact the County Health Department, weekdays, phone 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547.

Stone Soup lunch raises money, food for area food pantries

United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stone Soup Too luncheon, buoyed by a $500 donation from the Fulton Lions Club, raised $951 and collected several bins of food to fill the shelves of local food pantries and help them to meet the increasing demand for food subsidy in Oswego County.  Seated from left are: Dawn Bristol, of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) at Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus and Tim Archer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County. Standing from left are: PTK student Doug LaBreck; PTK Adviser Vita Marie Racko; PTK students Yin Yin Sim Fellows and Chrissy King; and Community volunteers Jan and Tony Rebeor.
United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stone Soup Too luncheon, buoyed by a $500 donation from the Fulton Lions Club, raised $951 and collected several bins of food to fill the shelves of local food pantries and help them to meet the increasing demand for food subsidy in Oswego County. Seated from left are: Dawn Bristol, of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) at Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus and Tim Archer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County. Standing from left are: PTK student Doug LaBreck; PTK Adviser Vita Marie Racko; PTK students Yin Yin Sim Fellows and Chrissy King; and Community volunteers Jan and Tony Rebeor.

1990 SUNY Oswego grad to emcee Torchlight


Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Constance Schwartz, a 1990 graduate of SUNY Oswego with a successful career in marketing and talent management, will serve as mistress of ceremonies for Commencement Eve activities at the college Friday, May 16, including the dinner and traditional Torchlight Ceremony.

Since the 1930s, Oswego alumni have ceremoniously passed the torch of learning to graduating seniors with the charge to “dedicate its bright burning to our memories of the light transferred from our school, through us, to others.”

The Oswego Alumni Association will sponsor this year’s Torchlight Ceremony at 9 p.m. Friday, May 16, under a tent on the north lawn of the Campus Center.

Schwartz is now partner and co-founder of SMAC Entertainment. After earning her bachelor’s degree in marketing at Oswego, she launched her career at the National Football League, where she served as director of programming.

 During her 10 years with the NFL, she also directed the creative and production efforts of NFL Films, securing musical talent for televised events and creating relationships with the music, film and entertainment community.

She went on to Arista Records as vice president of strategic marketing, creating opportunities to market and develop the label’s artists through strategic partnerships with the corporate sector, sports, television and film.

 In 2001, she joined The Firm and led the day-to-day managerial team that oversaw Snoop Dogg’s career. She orchestrated high-profile endorsement deals for such celebrities as Kelly Clarkson and Enrique Iglesias.

Since 2011, Schwartz has worked with long-time friend and colleague Mark Sudack and Michael Strahan — well known as a Super Bowl champion, “Live with Kelly and Michael” host and “NFL on Fox” analyst — running SMAC Entertainment. Together, they are building a multi-dimensional talent management and entertainment company and oversee the careers of Deion Sanders, Tony Gonzalez and Strahan.

On Commencement Eve at SUNY Oswego, the Senior Sing, featuring musical selections from senior members of State Singers and the Oswego State Jazz Ensemble, will begin at 8:30 p.m. The candlelit Torchlight Ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. and Schwartz will read the names of faculty, staff and alumni seated in the inner circle.

 Any SUNY Oswego alumni, faculty, staff and emeriti faculty members who are interested in participating in the Torchlight Ceremony are asked to RSVP to Shaunna Arnold-Plank at in the college’s Office of Alumni and Parent Relations by Friday, May 9.

Fulton girls’ lacrosse wins 2, loses 3

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity lacrosse team went 2-3 in its first five games of the season.

East Syracuse Minoa cruised past Fulton, 20-8 March 29. On April 1, Jamesville-DeWitt held off the Lady Raiders, 13-11.

LaFayette knocked off Fulton, 12-6 April 9. On April 14, the Lady Raiders rolled past Whitesboro, 16-4 for their first win of the season and then Fulton topped Chittenango, 16-5 April 16.

In the ESM game, the Spartans jumped out to a 12-5 lead over Fulton during the first half. ESM didn’t let up in the second half, outscoring Fulton, 8-3 to secure the 20-8 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Amelia Coakley with 3 goals and an assist, followed by Casey Shannon and Julia Ludington with 2 goals each. Keara Patterson chipped in a goal. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 3 of ESM’s 23 shots on goal.

In the JD game, the Rams built a 9-3 lead over Fulton during the first half. However, the Lady Raiders battled back, outscoring JD 8-4 during the second half to make things interesting.

But the JD lead proved to be too much to overcome as JD came away with a 13-11 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Keara Patterson with 2 goals and 2 assists, followed by Amelia Coakley with 2 goals and an assist, Julia Ludington and Casey Shannon scored 3 goals each while McKenna Chesbro and Jordan Coulon combined for a goal and an assist. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 10 of JD’s 23 shots on goal.

Against LaFayette, the Lady Raiders again saw an opponent get off to a solid start as the Lancers jumped out to 7-2 lead during the first half.

Fulton was unable to cut into LaFayette’s lead despite a more competitive second half. LaFayette outscored Fulton 5-4 to cruise to a 12-6 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Amelia Coakley with 2 goals and an assist against LaFayette, followed by Casey Shannon with a goal and 3 assists. Gina Babcock had a goal and an assist and McKenna Chesbro and Keara Patterson scored a goal each. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 6 of LaFayette’s 18 shots on goal.

For their first win of the season against Whitesboro, the Lady Raiders built an 8-2 first half lead. Whitesboro has no answers for Fulton down the stretch and Fulton outscored Whitesboro 8-2 during the second half to cap off a 16-4 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders were McKenna Chesbro and Casey Shannon with 4 goals and an assist each. Following Chesbro and Shannon was Julia Ludington with 3 goals and an assist. Gina Babcock had 2 goals and an assist. Jordan Coulon chipped in a goal and an assist. Keara Patterson and Amelia Coakley combined for 2 goals and an assist. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 4 of Whitesboro’s 8 shots on goal.

Against Chittenango, Fulton jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first half. The Lady Raiders put the game out of reach during the second half, outscoring Chittenango, 10-3 down the stretch to come away with a 16-5 win.

Fulton was led by Amelia Coakley with  4 goals and 3 assists, followed by McKenna Chesbro with 4 goals, Keara Patterson with 2 goals and an assist, Gina Babcock and Julia Ludington with a goal and an assist each, Casey Shannon with 3 goals.

Olivia Coakley, Althea Henderson and Julia Velasquez combined for a goal and 2 assists. Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 7 of Chittenango’s 12 shots on goal.

Raynor Ford hopes to expand at new site

By Debra J. Groom

It shouldn’t be long before Fred Raynor Ford in Granby gets the go-ahead to build a new dealership.

Granby Supervisor Ed Williamson said the Raynor project has only one or two meetings left before the town planning board before it can move forward. He expects the project will be approved.

Raynor proposes building a new 21,000 square foot building on a 5-acre parcel on Route 3, not far from where the current Raynor business is located.

The site is at the corner of Route 3 and Airport Road, a bit closer to the Granby-Fulton line than the present dealership. Williamson said the new building would be about double the size of the present Raynor dealership.

Raynor has said in his proposal that he would employ from six to eight more people at the new site.

Williamson said Ford Motor Co. is upgrading many of its sales facilities across the country and Raynor is included in this endeavor. He believes the move not only will help Raynor, but should be a lift for Granby as well.

“I’m working with the state Department of State, division of local government, to apply for a shared services grant,” Williamson said.

What he wants to do is get money to run the sewer line from where it ends at Airport Road down to WalMart to the treatment station at the corner of Hannibal Street and Route 3.

Then the city of Fulton can use part of the money to upgrade the pump station  on Hannibal Street to help take care of the additional sewage moving through the extended sewer line.

Williamson said extending the sewer line down that stretch of Route 3 and upgrading the pump station would allow more businesses to open along that part of Route 3 because they would have sewer access. Now any business along that portion of Route 3 would have to have septic systems.

“We want to do this now so future expansion can hook in so we don’t have to do this again,” Williamson said.

Fred Raynor could not be reached for comment.

Ryan Churchill, the engineer on the project by GYMO Architects, Engineers and Land Surveying in Watertown, said Williamson said Raynor already owns the property for the new site and no zoning changes are needed.

Williamson said Raynor most likely will sell or lease his old dealership building to another business.

He also said the hope is to have the Raynor project approved so construction can begin this year.