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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 Everyone is welcome!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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

For more information, call 312-2301.


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.


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.


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 for more infomration.

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


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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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  More information about the requirements for submissions can be found at

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.

Phoenix spring sports schedule

Here are the schedules for spring sports in the Phoenix school district.

All information comes from the Fulton City School District and dates and times are subject to change.


April 2  @ Solvay  4:15 p.m.

April 4  Marcellus  4:30 p.m.

April 8  Westhill    4:30 p.m.

April 14 at Skaneateles 11 a.m.

April 16 at Hannibal (Doubleheader) 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

April 22 vs. Skaneateles COACHES VS CANCER (AT O.C.C.)  7 p.m.

April 25  Jordan-Elbridge 4:15 p.m.

April 26  at Bishop Ludden 11 a.m.

April 28  at Pulaski   4 p.m.

May 1 at Cazenovia  4:30 p.m.

May 2 at Tully  4:30 p.m.

May 5  APW   4:30 p.m.

May 7   Solvay  4:30 p.m.

May 10 Cazenovia (Tournament at NBT Stadium) Noon

May 11  TBA  Noon or 3 p.m.

May 12 at Marcellus  4:30 p.m.

May 15 at Westhill  4:30 p.m.

May 17 at Penn Yan 1p.m.

May 18 Varsity Baseball Seeding Meeting


April 2 at Solvay  4:15 p.m.

April 4 Marcellus  4:30 p.m.

April 7 at Bishop Ludden (Hopkins Field) 4:30 p.m

April 8  Westhill   4:30 p.m.

April 14 at Skaneateles 11 a.m.

April 16 at Hannibal (Doubleheader) 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

April 21 at Weedsport  4 p.m.

April 22 vs. Skaneateles  Coaches vs Cancer 7 p.m.

April 26 Tournament

Game 1-Jordan Elbridge Noon

Game 2-TBA  2 p.m.

May 1 at Cazenovia  4:30 p.m.

May 3  Tournament (w/ Camden/Mexico/Oswego) 3 p.m.

May 5  APW   4:30 p.m.

May 7  Solvay 4:30 p.m.

May 12 at Marcellus  4:30 P.M.

May 13 Bishop Ludden  4:30 p.m.

May 15 at Westhill Away  4 p.m.

May 18 Varsity Softball Seeding Meeting

Boys Tennis

April 3 Manlius Pebble Hill 4:30 p.m.

April 7 O.C.S.  4:30 p.m.

April 8 at Lafayette  4:30 p.m.

April 9 Chittenango  4:30 p.m.

April 23 at Pulaski   4:30 p.m.

April 25 at Fulton (NL)  4 p.m.

April 29 Bishop Grimes 4:30 p.m.

May 1 at  Skaneateles 4:30 p.m.

May 2 at Chittenango  4:30 p.m.

May 5  Mexico   4:30 p.m.

May 6 at Christian Brothers Academy  4:30 p.m.

May 8 at Cazenovia   4:30 p.m.

May 13 Marcellus   4:30 p.m.

May 14 Fulton     4 p.m.

May 15 Westhill   4:30 p.m.

May 16 Varsity Boys Tennis Seeding Meeting

Boys Track & Field

April 2 Marcellus  4:30 p.m.

April 9 at Solvay  4:30 p.m.

April 14 at Westhill – Steeple Challenge  6 p.m.

April 23 at Hannibal  4 p.m.

April 26 Hannibal Boosters Invitational 9 a.m.

April 30 Cazenovia  4:30 p.m.

May 2 at Oswego  4 p.m.

May 5 at Westhill  6 p.m.

May 7 at Westhill   4:30 p.m.

May 12 at Marcellus  4:15 p.m.

May 17 at CNS Invitational 9:30 a.m.

May 22 at Section 3 Championship (Marcellus) 4 p.m.

May 29 at CNS State Qualifier COED  4 p.m.

Girls Track & Field

April 2 Marcellus  4:30 p.m.

April 9 at  Solvay  4:30 p.m.

April 14 at Westhill – Steeple Challenge Away  6 p.m.

April 21 at Tully Invitational   4 p.m.

April 23 at Hannibal  4 p.m.

April 26 at Hannibal Boosters 9 a.m.

April 30  Cazenovia   4:30 p.m.

May 2 at Central Square Invitational  4 p.m.

May 7 at Westhill  4:30 p.m.

May 14 OHSL Championship (ESM)  4 p.m.

May 20 Section 3 Championship (Marcellus)  4:30 p.m.

May 29 at CNS State Qualifier COED  4 p.m.

Bodley Dance Team recital Friday night

dancetroupeThe G. Ray Bodley Dance Team’s annual recital “Just One Night” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday April 4 in the Bodley auditorium.
Tickets are $5 at the door and all proceeds benefit the Dance Team and their Relay for Life team. The recital will feature a variety of dances from lyrical, tap and hip hop.
Pictured from left: front row Kendyl Lutz and Coach Justine LeVea, second row Erika Wallace, Bryanna Tanner and Coach Magda Georgiadis, back row Ashlea Kemp, Samantha Howell, Kari Holbrook and Ariannah Conley absent from picture Taylor Smithers and Coach Jordan Perry.


Grindstone Farm owner to speak April 6 in Central Square

Dick deGraff, who with his wife, Vic Ladd-deGraff, founded Grindstone Farm, will speak at noon Sunday, April 6 at First Universalist Society of Central Square, 3243 Fulton Ave. (state Route 49 west of U.S. Route 11).

DeGraff has more than 30 years of experience as an organic farmer and mentors young farmers. His operation, south of Pulaski, was a Community Supported Agriculture supplier for many years, providing produce to families in Syracuse and Central New York. The farm continues to provide ways for folks to support local and community agriculture.

For more information about the farm, visit its website at

DeGraff will speak as part of the Voices for Worker Equality Series co-sponsored by the church and the Workers’ Center of Central New York, based in Syracuse.

The program is free, but donations will be accepted to support the Workers’ Center, which strives to empower low-wage and vulnerable workers.

Light refreshments will be served.

Fulton wrestlers place at NYWAY tournament

Quinn Burlingham and Matthew Woodworth of the Fulton Wrestling Club participated recently in the NYWAY wrestling tournament. They left the event as champions winning in their respective weight classes.

NYWAY`s mission is to develop opportunities to advance the sport of wrestling by uniting New York`s leagues and giving youth wrestlers the opportunity to learn the sport at all levels.

Other Fulton Wrestling Club wrestlers placed at the NYWAY New York State Wrestling Tournament March 16 at Onondaga Community College included Adam DeMauro who came in third, Travis Race who finished in sixth place, Nick Noel who made it to the championship round and ended up in second place, Dylan DeMauro who came in third and Camrin Galvin who earned a fifth place. 

Learned chosen as Hannibal Library’s Woman of the Year

3-29_HANlearnedBy Debra J. Groom

Christine Learned has been named Hannibal Library’s Woman of the Year.

It was the sixth time the award has been presented. She was honored during a special lunch and program March 22 at the library.

Learned, 41, worked as a certified nursing assistant at St. Luke’s in Oswego for seven years before she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She took time out for surgery and treatment, all the while also taking care of her family, which includes three daughters and a granddaughter.

“I loved my job — I love taking care of the elderly,” she said during a phone interview Wednesday.

She tried to go back to her job, but found the mastectomy surgery made it difficult to care for the nursing home residents properly.

She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in 2004, but did go into remission. But in September 2013, she was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.

“There is no cure for my cancer, so I am taking medications that help in stabilizing it,” she said. “Now, I’m living life, taking care of my family and doing what I can. I remain hopeful.”

Her family includes daughters Kayla, 22, who worked in Radisson; Sarra, 16, who attends Hannibal High; and Amanda, 13, a student at Kenney Middle. She also has a granddaughter Claire, 2 1/2, who she looks after during the day.

Learned received a plaque and certificates for being named Woman of the Year.

“I am very honored,” she said. “I was in total shock — it was totally unexpected.”

Women nominated for the honor this year were: Donna Blake, Linda Ford,  Christine Bortel Learned, Kim Heins, Carol Newvine, Linda Remig, Lenore Richards and Shelly Stanton.

Residents of the area voted on the nominees through March 15.

The annual award was begun by librarian Shelly Stanton as a way of recognizing outstanding women in the community. It always is done in March — which is Women’s History Month.