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Chronic wasting disease not found in NYS deer

Testing of more than 2,500 samples of deer statewide found no deer infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week.

CWD continues to pose a threat to New York’s wild white-tailed deer as Pennsylvania discovered CWD in both captive white-tailed deer and wild, free-ranging white-tailed deer in 2012.

Since 2002, DEC annually has tested hunter-harvested white-tailed deer for CWD. The last confirmed case of CWD in New York was in 2005.

Public reporting of sick and abnormal deer throughout the year is also important because these animals are collected and tested for CWD.

DEC’s Wildlife Health Unit conducts full necropsies (animal autopsy) to determine the source of illness or cause of death on many species, including deer.

In 2012, DEC revised the state CWD surveillance program to include information on population density, deer age and sex, and risk factors, including border counties with Pennsylvania.  The goal was to collect samples from the highest risk areas.  For further details on the initiation and timeline of DEC’s CWD surveillance program, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/33220.html.

Fulton girls’ softball team wants a sectional championship

 By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity softball team is preparing to begin its season with great expectations.

After playing in the sectional quarterfinals and semifinals the last two seasons, not only do the Lady Raiders want to qualify for sectional play but they want to win a Sectional championship.

Coach Derek Lyons said his team has been playing together for a long time. With the improvement that they have shown along the way, he hopes to see his team qualify for the state playoffs.

Fulton is expected to be amongst the most experienced teams in Section 3 this season. The team will feature seven seniors and two juniors who have seen a lot of playing time over the past few seasons.

Lyons said his nine experienced players know what it takes to have a successful season. The seniors are Maureen McCann, Hannah Jones, Anna Guernsey, Mikayla Guernsey, Caitlin Chrisman, Kassidy Kearns and Keisha Pierce.

The juniors wth experience are Cheyenne Laun and Courtney Parker. These players are joined by fellow juniors Jessica Marvin and Katelyn Ely along with sophomore Casey Jones.

The Lady Raiders began practice in early March. Lyons expected them to be in pretty good physical condition when practices began and his team obliged.

Lyons said most of his players were in good physical condition because they took part in winter sports.

But Lyons said softball is a sport that relies on reaction a lot more than other sports. Developing reaction time was a big part of the first couple weeks of practice.

The players who didn’t participate a winter sport prepared for the season by taking part in open gyms and working hard in the weight room. Lyons feels every player could run the bases in a solid time.

However, the climate has limited the team’s outdoor training time. Lyons said even though his team appears to be in good shape, they will still be challenged when the time comes to adjust to running outdoors.

Fulton won’t have captains in a traditional sense this season. For the most part, Lyons expects to recognize his nine experienced players as leadership figures on a rotating basis. These players will be recognized based their work ethic and how they handle adversity and Lyons hopes the  Lady Raiders benefit from the experienced players’ ability to lead by example.

The Lady Raiders will face a challenging schedule this season. A team they beat last season, Jamesville-DeWitt, is expected to be equally as tough this season.

Lyons hopes his team can continue to build off of the experience of winning against such a good team. East Syracuse Minoa is expected to be equally as challenging for Fulton.

Both Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse Minoa are expected to benefit from strong pitching this season. Lyons also said Mexico, Cortland and Homer will be solid teams this season and be tough outings for the Lady Raiders.

The biggest strength Fulton expects to have this season is the leadership abilities that its experienced players bring to the table. The Lady Raiders also hope to get on base at a solid percentage. There are six players with .400 averages in hitting.

Fulton expects to have a fast and aggressive offense. Lyons said a hard-hitting offense equates to a lot of wins. He also expects the returning pitchers to be ready to preserve a lead their hard hitting teammates create.

Oswego County fishing is focus of TV show

Submitted by Oswego County Tourism

“Outdoor Passion” television host and producer Ray Carignan’s enthusiasm for fishing is contagious, and viewers will get a glimpse of the phenomenal brown trout fishing Carignan experienced in Oswego County on “The Early Summer Brown Trout Run in Oswego County” airing in April on the World Television Network.

Carignan, host of the Montreal-based “Outdoor Passion” weekly television series, fished with Capt. Kevin Keller of Fishchopper Charters last June out of Mexico Bay.

The episode will air on the World Fishing Network at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5; at noon and 9 p.m.  Thursday, April 10; and at 2 a.m. Friday April 11.

“If you love early summer brown trout fishing, you must watch this show,” said Carignan. “Fishing for big brown trout is a challenge. They are smart.”

The group caught their limit both days trolling for mid-depth brown trout with  Keller off Mexico Bay.

“This world class fishery is full of excitement and fun – a great family outing,” said Keller.

Carignan and his cameraman, Claude Roulleau, also visited the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, Salmon River Falls and Sandy Island Beach on their visit to Oswego County, where they were hosted by Wally and Cheryl Kimmel, owners of Catfish Creek Fishing Camps.

“Outdoor Passion” has received numerous awards, including eight “Golden Moose” awards for best outdoor series in North America.

For additional information on the show, visit http://www.outdoorpassion.tv/schedule.html.

For Oswego County fishing conditions and visitor information, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com or call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386).

Fulton Lions Club comedy night April 25

The Fulton Lions Club will host its “The Mane Event” comedy night with nationally known comedian Tom Anzalone at 8 p.m. Friday April 25, 8:00 p.m. at the Fulton Polish Home, said Don Labarge, Fulton Lions president.

“In addition to Tom Anzalone, we’ll also have comedians Grant Fletcher and Steven Rogers in what is sure to be a fun, entertaining night for all,” Labarge said. “Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.”

Advance sale tickets are $12 and can be purchased at Devine Designs, Fulton and The Fulton Medicine Place.  The ticket donation is $15 per person at the door and tables of 10 may also be purchased in advance for $175 each.

Mr. Phoenix contest raises money for junior class

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

A group of 10 John C. Birdlebough High School students showed off their talents and interview skills as they recently battled it out for the title of Mr. Phoenix.

With a bit of swagger, junior classman Ben Bulgrien’s humor, quick wit and eloquent interview answer earned him the crown and title of Mr. Phoenix, the district’s third annual male pageant event.

Junior Wyatt Parker was the runner-up, while freshmen Zach Thompson and Conrad Karl finished tied for third place.

Rounding out the field were Joe Brennan, Chris Nicolella, Josh Margrey, Andy Padula, Mike Girard and Michael Sadoski.

The contest served as a fundraiser for the junior class and pitted freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors against one another in a variety of events. Students performed songs, comedy, skits and other talents to keep the audience entertained.

“This is always such a great event,” said JCB junior class adviser Kathy Lathrop. “These kids put so much work into the event and it really shows.”

The contestants’ efforts were judge by a five-person panel of teachers who scored each participant on a variety of factors in each category.

Judges included Jenn Epolito, Tim Fredenburg, Rick Heffernan, Michelle Lewis and Angie Neiss.

 

Phoenix a “Best Community for Music Education”

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

For the fourth consecutive year, the Phoenix Central School District has been recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants as one of the country’s Best Communities for Music Education.

The distinction acknowledges schools and districts across the United States for their commitment to and support for music education.

This year, the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation designated 376 districts as Best Communities for Music Education. More applications were received than in years prior and only 56.7 percent of those applications were selected.

New York state dominated the list, accounting for 102 of the 376 award-winning districts in 2014. Phoenix is one of three districts in Oswego County to earn the distinction (the others are Fulton and Mexico).

The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service used nine criteria to calculate the Best Community for Music Education: music for all, support from administrators, scheduling, opportunity, qualified faculty, standards, community, funding and technology.

Music programs throughout the country are extraordinarily diverse, but all of the Best Communities’ districts share a common thread. — communities that support music in their schools and offer the opportunity to take individual instruction.

In Phoenix, students have many options to grow as musicians beyond what is provided during the school day.

The district offers several extracurricular music programs, including the middle school jazz band, high school jazz band, marching band, parade band and winter drumline. The drama club also performs a fall drama production and a spring musical each and every school year.

News in Brief

Does a life of mistakes always equal a life sentence? How did I become this person? Can I ever get past these sins? Will I ever be free of them?

River of Life Assembly of God, 815 Oneids St., Fulton, is offering a series of programs titled “Nothing’s Too Hard for God,” in which many of these questions will be addressed.

The first in the series is at 10 a.m. Sunday April 6.

The church is devoting the first Sunday of each month to talk about issues people ace today and the first Sunday in April wil deal with God’s message of hope, joy, love and peace with a special emphasis on the topic of forgiveness.

For more information call 598-7100 or check out our website at www.riveroflifeaog.org. Everyone is welcome!

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Elim Grace Christian Church will feature Dr. Jonathan Sarfati teaching from Genesis at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 6.

Sarfati, from New Zealand, will give a talk titled “Design, Deluge and Dilemma.”

He works full-time for Creation Ministries International, Atlanta, GA, is co-editor of Creation magazine, and has written several books including ‘By Design: Evidence for Nature’s Intelligent Designer-the God of the Bible’ and ‘The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution,’ a response to one of Richard Dawkins’ books.

The church is at 340 W. First St., Oswego.

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The Oswego County Farm Bureau will host the last Coffeecake Meeting of the winter season at 1 p.m. Monday, April 7 at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union Community Room located at 5828 Scenic Ave., Mexico.

This session will include a presentation by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, with a discussion about its offerings, from agriculture to human ecology to youth services including 4-H.

There is a revival of all things local and Cooperative Extension has a vast knowledge base available to the public. Come and enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of coffeecake with us.

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There will be a craft, bake and lunch sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Hannibal United Methodist Church, 320 Church St., Hannibal.

Takeouts will be available for lunch.

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An all-you-can-eat Belgian waffle breakfast is set for 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Lamson Grange #588.

The breakfast buffet will feature made-to-order waffles with raspberry topping, eggs, bacon, sausage, white and wheat toast, English muffins, jam, cereals, whipped topping, juice, coffee, tea and milk.

Lamson Grange is located at 9108 Fenner Road, Lysander.

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The public comment period for the high Speed Rail Empire Corridor Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been extended.

The draft plan outlines plans for improving passenger and freight rail service on the Empire Corridor between New York City and Niagara Falls.

Public comments will be accepted through Wednesday, April 30. The comment period originally was to close March 24.

It started Jan. 31, when the draft environmental impact statement was published in the Federal Register.

You can read more about the project and find a comment form at https://www.dot.ny.gov/empire-corridor. You also can leave a comment by going to that website and clicking on contact us in the body of the information on the page.

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A blood drive is set for 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 1, 2 and 3 in the arena at the Campus Center at SUNY Oswego.

Parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 — go to oswego.edu/administration/parking.

For more information, call 312-2301.

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A chili, soup and salad luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 3 at the Oswego Center United Methodist Church.

The church is on County Route 7, Oswego.

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Palermo United Methodist Church is hosting a chicken and biscuit dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday April 3 in the church dining room.

For one low price, a family-style, all you can eat dinner will include chicken and gravy, biscuits, mashed potatoes, salad, vegetable, dessert and beverage.

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The 19-member ensemble of the U.S. Army Field Band will perform big band swing, bebop, Latin contemporary jazz, popular tunes and Dixieland selections from a variety of jazz greats, plus patriotic favorites and a salute to veterans in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. April 3 in the ballroom at Hewitt Union, SUNY Oswego.

Parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 — go to oswego.edu/administration/parking for more infomration.

Tickets are available at SUNY Oswego box offices, by calling 312-2141, and online ($3 online processing fee) at tickets.oswego.edu.

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Bob Moritz, chairman and senior partner of the U.S. accounting firm of PwC (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers) and a 1985 graduate of SUNY Oswego, will discuss “Global Trends and Your Role in a Sustainable Future” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the auditorium of the college’s Campus Center, Room 132.

The lecture will be webcast live at http://oswego.edu/academics/webcast.html.

Moritz, who earned an accounting degree at Oswego, is also a member of the PwC global network leadership team, which includes the senior partners from the network’s four largest territories.

Prior to July 2009, he served as the assurance leader of the U.S. firm from 2006 to 2009; and from 2004 to 2006 was the managing partner of the New York office and Metro Region.

He joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 1995. From 1998 to 2001, he served as the metro region financial services leader.

From 2001 to 2004, he led the financial services audit and business advisory practice, which includes the banking, capital markets, insurance, investment management and real estate sectors.

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Friends of the Hannibal Free Library will host a Book and Bake Sale to help offset some of the Hannibal Library’s needs for this coming year.

The event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday April 5 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday April 6 at the Community Center on Oswego Street.

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The Minetto History Buffs are hosting  Jim Farfaglia, author of “Of the Earth: Stories from Oswego County Muck Farms,” at 1 p.m. Wednesday April 9 at the Minetto Town Hall.

Farfaglia also has written “Fulton: The Stories From Our Past That Inspire Our Future” and a book of poems, “ People, Places & Things: The Powerful Nouns of My Life.” He co-authored “Camp Hollis-The Origins of Oswego County Children’s Camp “and offers workshops on writing, publishing and editing books.

Farfaglia will present a slideshow of Oswego County muck farms, the farmers and their families. A book signing and sale will follow and refreshments will be served.

All are welcome. For more information, contact Cathy Mulcahey at 343-4227 or Karen Capeling at 593-7853.

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The Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville, will be having a roast pork and dressing dinner at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

The menu will consist of roast pork, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, coleslaw, rolls and butter.  You may choose from a wide selection of homemade pies and other desserts.

Coffee, tea, Kool-Aid and water will also be available. The dinner is served family style.

The ladies from the church also have a variety of crafts and goodies for sale.  There is a large supply of used books available at reasonable prices.

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Rupert Racing is having a chicken barbecue and 50/50 drawing at noon, Saturday April 12 at Gorman’s Tavern, Hannibal Street, Fulton.

Dinners are a half chicken, cole slaw, salt potatoes and roll. A half chicken only also is available.

Entertainment will be provided by Millenium Music. The 50/50 drawing will be at 4 p.m. There also will be a silent auction.

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The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center will present a public program Poking About with Porcupines at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13.

At first glance, the North American porcupine may seem to have a carefree and leisurely approach to life. However, biological stress, natural predators and human interaction frame a different perspective of porcupine life.

Pat Carney, facilities naturalist, will talk about the natural history of this fascinating forest animal. Following the indoor presentation, there will be a hike through the spring woodlands to search for signs of porcupines and their activity. Dress for an early spring hike.

The fee is $3 per person with a family rate of $12. Children under the age of 3 are free.

The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center is located at 748 State Route 183 in Amboy, eastern Oswego County.

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There will be a planetarium show at 7 p.m. April 20 and 27 on the second floor of the Shineman Center at SUNY Oswego.

Limited seating: first-come, first-served. The event is free and includes parking in the Washington Boulevard lot (E15 or C15) or Campus Center lot off Centennial (E10).

For more information, call 312-2790.

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The annual Earth Day Expo and Oswego County GENIUS Olympiad will be April 22 at SUNY Oswego.

The Olympiad will feature high school environmental science projects. The Expo will feature an exhibition by SUNY Oswego’s sustainability team.

The event will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Shineman Center Nucleus and Wilber Hall.

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A symposium titled “Astrophysics for the New Century” is set for the SUNY Oswego campus April 25 and 26.

The 110th symposium of the joint meeting of the New York section of the American Physical Society and Astronomy Society of New York will feature talks on cutting-edge astronomy, including recent advances gleaned from Cassini, extra-solar planets, interstellar dust, multi-wavelength observations of planetary nebulae and cosmology.

There will be a banquet at 6 p.m. Friday open to the public with keynote talk on “Computational Astrophysics.”

For more information, call 312-2679 or email shashi.kanbur@oswego.edu.

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The 50th reunion of the Class of 1964 from Fulton High School will be held Aug. 15, 16 and 17.

The reunion committee is trying to locate the following classmates: James Kevin Howard, Kathleen Pyzdrowski Stevens, Becky Burns, Cheryl Travet, Jean Furlong Cole, Gary Weldin and Patricia Rondomanski Quinn.

To provide contact information, call or email Sharon Wardhaugh Flood at 593-7401 or sflood@twcny.rr.com

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A committee working to add to the New York State Fair’s daily parade is seeking input from the public as it designs a State Fair float to serve as the centerpiece of a reinvigorated event.

Designs and ideas for the float are being solicited by the committee, which is being headed up by a member of the State Fair Advisory Board.

The committee has reached out to some school and community groups to solicit design ideas. Any individual or group is welcome to submit design sketches.

Sketches received by April 1 will receive consideration. Those involved in creating a winning sketch will receive recognition during the parade along with admission to the Fair and parking passes.

Submissions can be sent to nysfair.entry@gmail.com.  More information about the requirements for submissions can be found at www.nysfair.org/contact-us/parade/.

Hannibal High presents 2 one-act plays April 9, 10

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Hannibal High School’s Purple Gallery Club will present two one-act plays at 7 p.m. April 9 and 10 in the school’s auditorium.

The all-female cast will act in comedy ‘Camp Confidence’ by Diana Raffle, and drama ‘Fighting for Myself’ by Renee J.Clark.

In ‘Camp Confidence,’ a group of four women with their own idiosyncrasies enroll in a program to build their self-esteem. Led by character Julia and her uncertain assistant Fiona, the four women learn a great deal about each other, and themselves.

‘Fighting for Myself’ is a dramatic portrayal of the pressures that young girls feel from society. Characters struggle to win back their self-reliance and hold on to their identities in the face of very real stresses.

Though focusing on women’s issues, ‘Fighting for Myself’  is vital for all, offering a message of hope. The play features topics that are mature in nature.

Tickets will be sold at the door. A $5 donation is asked. Donations will help fund the Purple Gallery Club’s trip to SUNY Oswego’s annual drama festival.