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Got a summer event? Contact the county tourism office

Organizations, businesses and groups have until Feb. 19 to submit information for the Oswego County Tourism Office’s 2014 “Summer in Oswego County” brochure.

Events that take place between April and October will be posted on the county tourism Web site and listed in the calendar, which is widely distributed at travel and vacation shows, chambers of commerce, NYS Thruway information centers, businesses and other outlets.

“The brochure typically includes more than 200 events as well as information on fishing tournaments, farm markets, outdoor concerts, and other summer activities,” said David Turner, director of the Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

People can fill out a form online and submit it directly to the Tourism Office at http://visitoswegocounty.com/more-to-see-do/calendar/events-in-oswego-county-entry-form/.

Forms have been sent to those who have submitted information in the past.

For more information, contact the Oswego County Tourism Office weekdays at 349-8322 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 8322, or e-mail fobrien@oswegocounty.com.

Two Maroun Elementary students perform in “Les Miz” in Baldwinsville

Two students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School have roles in Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s musical production of Les Misérables.

Larissa and Lily MacDonald, fourth and second grade students at MAM, were cast during auditions in June. They sang a song from the musical during the audition and both scored a place in the production, despite having never been in a musical before.

Their mother, Kristen MacDonald, heard about the show from Special Education Teacher Justin McArthur, who was also auditioning. MacDonald auditioned as well, and joins the cast as a factory worker.

She hadn’t been on stage since her children were born. The MacDonalds live in Pennellville.

Auditions for the production were elite. Out of the 120 plus who auditioned, only 35 were selected for the cast. The cast also include Phoenix alumni Henry Wilson, Jason Bean and Paul Thompson.

The story chronicles the struggles of Jean Valjean, a French peasant who searches for redemption after serving a prison sentence for stealing bread to feed his family. The musical is entirely sung.

Larissa plays Young Eponine, while Lily is a part of the youth ensemble. The cast is made up of mostly adults — the MacDonald sisters are the youngest of the children.

Singing in all of the chorus parts, Larissa is looking forward to joining chorus as a fifth-grader. She is also involved in gymnastics, Battle of the Books, and the school science fair.

Lily plays piano.

The girls have broken some of the MacDonald’s house rules in order to a part of the production. Play practices close to show time ran up until 11 p.m. some week nights, ending a few hours past their normal bedtimes.

The hard work and long rehearsals have paid off. Each show has sold out, and a Thursday night performance (Feb. 6) has been added.

After the curtain closes, Larissa and her sister hope to continue performing. Larissa recently sang the national anthem at the Winterguard’s first home show at the high school.

Hannibal church celebrates 175 years

The Hannibal United Methodist Church is celebrating the 175th Anniversary.

Under the leadership of David Peckham, the Methodist Church of Hannibal was organized Feb. 26, 1839.

The Certificate of Organization was filed in the Oswego County Clerk’s office March 13, 1839 with 25 charter members.

In 1841 a brick church edifice was erected, which today is the back of the current church building. In 1864, to accommodate the increase in membership,  one third of the church building was removed and a new building was added to the front of the original building.

Over the years, there have been many, many changes and improvements.

An anniversary committee consisting of Wendell Blanchard, Barbara Gifford, Louise Kellogg, Gloria Kempston, Liz George, Judy Tyler, Gloria Simmons and Richard Palen has been formed to work on future activities.

The first event will be a Birthday/Anniversary Celebration to be held March 2 following the 11 a.m. worship service.  All are welcome.

Fulton Memorial Day Salute May 24

Plans are underway for the 33rd Annual Memorial Day Salute event to be held Saturday, May 24 at the Fulton Community Center.

The theme for the celebration will be “Showing Gratitude to Our Veterans.” Jim Weinhold, Veteran of the Year, will serve as Grand Marshal of the Saturday parade. Entertainment for Saturday night will be announced soon. The Saturday entertainment will be followed by fireworks.

The Memorial Day Salute Committee is made up of representatives from the Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and Sunrise Rotary Service Clubs, along with the Veterans Council of Fulton. Chairman of this year’s planning committee is Larry Macner.

United Way honors “Leadership Givers”

The United Way of Greater Oswego County recognized its many leadership givers during a special reception in their honor at Under the Moon in Fulton.  he event was attended by more than 60 Leadership Givers, those who pledge $500 or more annually.

“We truly appreciate our Leadership Givers,” said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way.

“From our corporate sponsors to our small business owners and our individual leaders, their exceptional level of giving and their care and concern for our community is inspirational. The generosity of our Leadership Givers plays an important role in the success of our Annual Campaign as it set the pace and gets the campaign off to a strong start,” Trexler said.

Community Bank, one of the United Way’s newest supporters, sponsored the event. Community Bank operates more than 185 branche across Upstate and Central New York, including those in Fulton and Oswego, as well as throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.

“We are happy to partner with the United Way of Greater Oswego County on this event and are proud to count ourselves among the many  area businesses and organization that lend their support to such a worthy cause as United Way,” said Mark Tryniski, Community Bank president.

The United Way’s annual campaign serves as the organization’s primary fundraiser as the campaign looks to raise money in support of the many human servics program that the United Way and its member agencies provide for those who live in Oswego County.

For more information about the United Way and the 2014 campaign, call the United Way at 593-1900 or visit www.oswegounitedway.org

Fulton Bantams win Salmon River Tourney

Submitted by Anna Clarke

The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by Comfort Windows and Doors and Fulton Savings Bank, claimed the championship in the Salmon River Invitational Tournament, shutting out Oswego 4-0 in the title game.

Tyler Samson, Seth Cooney and Evan Beckwith scored hat tricks in the tournament while Beckwith and Nate Shaw were named playmakers for the Raiders.

Fulton 7, Salmon River 7

Raider Seth Cooney deked the goalie to open scoring before the Storm responded with four goals to take the lead at the close of the first period.

Tyler Samson took a feed from C.J. Hyland to narrow the gap for Fulton. Raider Evan Beckwith closed the second stanza accepting a pass from Zach Tulowiecki and netting an upper corner shot.

Cooney scored the equalizer, Raider team captain Nolan Bonnie assisting, before Salmon River scored two in a row to take the lead.

The Raiders scored twice to draw even, first with Samson netting a shot on his backhand, Beckwith assisting, then Beckwith scoring thanks to a behind the net passing play between Nick Dingman and Cooney.

The Storm added a goal to put them ahead only for Samson to complete his hat trick and tie the game, Beckwith assisting, with :20 on the clock.

Fulton goalie Adam Bleiweiss stopped 11 shots for the Raiders.

Fulton 4, Oswego 2

After a scoreless first period, Beckwith scored three in a row for a hat trick, Samson and Cooney credited with assists.  Late in the third period, Bonnie netted a top shelf shot on a breakaway.

With less than a minute on the clock, the Buccs scored twice to spoil a shut out.

Bleiweiss tallied 27 saves for the Raiders.

Fulton 9, Corning 2

Corning scored to open the first period.  Cooney responded with the equalizer, accepting a pass in front of the net from Beckwith.

Soon after, Beckwith skated the puck in on a breakaway and netted one of his own before Cooney netted two more in a row assisted by Nate Shaw to complete his hat trick. Beckwith sent the puck in over the goalie’s shoulder to close the period, Caleb Clarke and Richie King assisting.

In the second stanza, Will Rattray took a feed from Beckwith to score a short-handed goal with a slap shot.

The Raiders continued to dominate in period three, first with Bonnie blowing the puck in over the goalie’s shoulder, King assisting, then with Cooney scoring two more goals for the Raiders, Beckwith assisting two and Shaw one earning playmakers for both players.  The Hurricanes closed the game with their second and final goal.

Bleiweiss saved 6 shots for Fulton

Championship, Fulton 4, Oswego 0  

Following a scoreless first period, Samson accepted a pass from Rattray and sent the puck in from the boards. Later, Rattray took advantage of a scramble in front of the net to make it a two point game, Cooney assisting.

Hyland sent a cross-ice pass to Beckwith who skated the puck in and netted it to close the period. Late in the third stanza, Shaw sealed the championship win for Fulton with a shot from the blue line assisted by Cooney.

Bleiweiss registered his second shut out of the season, blocking 23 shots in net for the Raiders.

The team is led by head coach Paul Clarke and assistants Jeff Tulowiecki, Paul Bleiweiss and Bill Beckwith.

Fulton girls’ hoops goes 2-2 in last 4 games

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity basketball team went 2-2 in its last 4 games and now have an overall 4-7 record.

On Jan. 10, Fulton topped Chittenango, 37-23. Cazenovia edged past the Lady Raiders, 43-41 on Jan. 16. Cortland knocked off Fulton, 61-50 on Jan. 21, while The Lady Raiders retaliated with a 41-16 win over Homer on Jan. 23.

Chittenango and Fulton fought a competitive first quarter in their game, with Chittenango leading by 2 as they headed to the second quarter.  Chittenango expanded its lead in the second quarter by another 2 points to take a 14-10 lead into halftime.

The Lady Raiders took over during the second half, outscoring Chittenango by 10 points during the third quarter to take a 6-point lead. Fulton didn’t let up during the fourth quarter, outscoring Chittenango by 8 points to seal the win.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Nicole Hansen with 10 points, followed by Michaela Whiteman, Mallory Clark and Sydney Gilmore with 7 points each. Courtney Parker scored 4 points.

Cazenovia escaped with a hard fought win over the Lady Raiders. Following a fierce first quarter, Fulton had a 3-point lead over Caz.The Lady Raiders added to their lead during the second quarter, outscoring Cazenovia to go into halftime with a 24-20 lead.

Then Caz pulled pulled ahead during the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Raiders by 5 points to take a 30-29 lead. Cazenovia was able to maintain its lead down the stretch and won by 2 points.

The Lady Raiders were led by Nicole Hansen with 14 points, followed by Michaela Whiteman with 10, Sydney Gilmore with 7 and Mallory Clark chipped in 5 points.

In the Cortland game, Cortland jumped out to a 4-point lead over Fulton in the first quarter and then added to the lead in the second to take a 36-23 lead into halftime.

Cortland cushioned its lead during the third quarter, outscoring Fulton by 2 points to extend its lead to 15 points. The Lady Raiders still had some fight left in them and outscored Cortland during the fourth quarter to cut into the deficit, but they couldn’t pull ahead for the win.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Sydney Gilmore with 23 points, followed by Nicole Hansen with 14, Michaela Whiteman with 8 and Courtney Parker with 3.

Homer didn’t seem to have a chance against the Lady Raiders. Fulton built a big lead quickly, ending the first quarter with a 14-point lead. The Lady Raiders expanded their lead during the second quarter and went into halftime with a 24-5 lead.

Fulton continued to add to its lead during the third quarter, outscoring Homer by 4 points to push its lead to 23 points. Homer played an impressive fourth quarter, but was unable to cut into Fulton’s lead.

Fulton was led by Mallory Clark with 10 points, followed by Michaela Whiteman with 8, Sydney Gilmore and Nicole Hansen scored 6 points each and Courtney Parker chipped in 5 points.

Fulton Lions Club chicken barbecue Feb. 9

The Fulton Lions Club will hold its eighth annual chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Polish Home.

Take-out tickets may be purchased at the door or purchased by a member of the Lions Club. Also delivery is available from any member or by calling 427-1629.

Dinners include 1/2 a chicken, baked beans, salt potatoes, macaroni salad and a chocolate chip cookie. The event proceeds will benefit the Mary and Harold (“H”) Dowd Memorial Scholarship. Dowd was a member of the local club for more than 40 years and his wife, Mary, was an honorary member. The club has established a scholarship for a graduating Fulton student in their name to be awarded on a yearly basis.