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Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, officially announced that he will seek re-election in 2014.

Hanna, who represents the eastern portion of Oswego County, made the announcement Jan. 30 at the Republican 100,000 Club of Oneida County’s Annual Dinner in Utica.

The Republican 100,000 Club of Oneida County is a women’s organization that engages in grassroots campaigning and fundraising to promote good government and elect members of the Republican Party.


The Fulton Softball Association’s Annual Captain’s Information Meeting for the 2014 Season will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 in the Community Room at the City Municipal Building, 141 S. First St., Fulton.

Team rules and registration packets will be available at this time.

This year’s registration fees for the Summer Softball Season are: Entry Fee $290, ASA Fee $25, Forfeit Fee $100 (refunded if no forfeits) and User Fee $150 for a total registration fee of $415.

Deadline for payment of the fees and registration will be announced at the meeting.

League Director Larry King also announced that this year a new Men’s “B” Classic League will be established on a trial basis. This league will be open to all players and will be played on Thursday nights.

For more information, contact Larry King at 532-0936 or Karl Loosen 591-3849.


The Sterling Nature Center in northern Cayuga County on Jensvold Road is having a Winter Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Feb. 8.

Visitors will be able to partake of cross-country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, winter birding, winter photography and more.

After having some Winter Fun go inside to get warm, view the exhibits, and enjoy a cup of hot cider or other winter treat.

All trails at the Sterling Nature Center are open to cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and hiking from dawn to dusk every day.

For more information, email, or find us on Facebook and at or call the center at 947-6143.


The next Movie Sunday is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at the First United Church of Fulton.

The next film tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents during three decades.

The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.

Popcorn and soda will be served also free of charge. Copyright restrictions do not allow First United to publicize the title of the movie or the leading characters.

The First United Church of Fulton continues to show, free of charge, full-length movies one Sunday each month through May 19. The event is sponsored by Older Adult Ministries Team of the Open Doors Neighborhood Center.

The church is located at 33 S. Third St.


The Oswego County Department of Social Services will host an informational meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 13, at the DSS office, 100 Spring St., Mexico, for people who are interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents.

Oswego County also needs Hispanic foster parents. El Condado de Oswego necesita padres de crianza hispanos!

The Department of Social Services is looking for people who would like to become foster parents, particularly for children ages eight and up who may have special needs for supervision.

Attendance at the informational meeting is required in order to enroll in the 10-week preparation program.  Single and two-parent families may apply to foster or adopt.  Both parents in a two-parent household must attend the training.

For more information contact Lois O’Connor, phone 963-5018 or Patricia Pennock, phone 963-5382 or e-mail


The Women’s Fellowship of Minetto United Methodist Church will be serving a romantic candlelight dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at the church.

The menu will be spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, Italian bread, ice cream sundae and beverages. There will be a half-hour of musical entertainment between dinner and dessert.

Accommodations are limited so advance reservations are required; there will be no ticket sales at the door.

Make reservations by calling 343-9692. Proceeds from this second annual dinner will benefit the church’s Capital Campaign.

The building is fully accessible and is located at the corner of State Route 48 and County Route 8, one block south of the Stewart’s Shop, midway between Oswego and Fulton.

For more information about programs and services visit our website at


The West Monroe Volunteer Fire Department will be having a pancake breakfast at its fire station from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 16.

The menu consists of pancakes, French toast, sausage, ham, eggs cooked to order, toast, tomato or orange juice, coffee, tea, hot cocoa or milk.

The West Monroe Fire Station is located on County Route 11, two-tenths of a mile north of State Route 49 in West Monroe, and can be found on the Web at


SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station once again invites children to attend Exploring Nature, a weeklong nature education program held twice each summer.

Since 1983, Exploring Nature has encouraged young people’s curiosity and concern about their world. Participants explore and investigate life around the 400-acre, mixed-terrain property through nature walks, activities and games.

This summer, Exploring Nature will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 7 to 11 or July 14 to 18. Parents may register children ages 5 to 15 by visiting, clicking the Programs link, then the Exploring Nature page, where the form is in the right column.

The page also offers a link to a scholarship form. Rice Creek Associates — a supporting group furthering the educational, research and other goals of the field station — and the Exploring Nature program will offer some financial assistance for a limited number of children who otherwise would not be able to attend Exploring Nature.

For more information, contact the field station, on Thompson Road off State Route 104 about a mile south of the main SUNY Oswego campus, at 312-6677 or visit


Local students make Dean’s List at SUNY Oswego

Several area residents have been named to the Deans’ List for the fall 2013 semester at SUNY Oswego.

To be included on the Deans’ List, students must have a semester grade average of 3.30 to 3.79. The President’s and Deans’ lists comprise the academic top 29.4 percent of the Oswego student body.

Area students on the Deans’ List, with their class year and major in parentheses, include:

Robert Hoyt, Bernhards Bay (senior, history)

Hillary M. Clark-Kulis, Cato (junior, global and international studies)

Lana K. Slinkard, in Cato (senior, art)

Ariana E. Zink, Cato (junior, creative writing)

Ivan E. Castro, Central Square (senior, psychology)

Kristopher A. Dennison, Central Square (senior, business administration)

Sarah A. Flaherty, Central Square (junior, marketing)

Mark Williams, Central Square (senior, computer science)

Chelsea A. Mahaffy, Constantia (junior, studio art)

Clarissa M. Bawarski, Fulton (senior, theatre)

Brett Corbett, Fulton (senior, biology)

Tyler M. Crandell, Fulton (senior, marketing)

Ashley N. Davis, Fulton (senior, business administration)

Erica N. Finch, Fulton (junior, business administration)

Emily L. Higgins, Fulton (junior, information science)

Casey R. Holden, Fulton (junior, public justice)

Dylan Holden, Fulton (sophomore, public justice)

Olivia A. Knierman, Fulton (senior, creative writing)

Emily L. Lamb, Fulton (sophomore, undeclared undergraduate)

Brittany L. Lamie, Fulton (senior, childhood education)

Kristen M. Lawson, Fulton (senior, human development)

Katie L. Mannise, Fulton (junior, adolescence education)

Markie Mannise, Fulton (junior, childhood education)

Jakira C. McCampbell, Fulton (senior, business administration)

Meghan M. McCann, Fulton (senior, human resource management)

Leah M. Phillips, Fulton (senior, human resource management)

Benjamin J. Rebeor, Fulton (junior, history)

Daisy M. Ruiz, Fulton (senior, public justice)

Ruth M. Salvetti, Fulton (sophomore, applied mathematics)

Dena M. Sangese, Fulton (senior, accounting)

Danielle M. Smith, Fulton (senior, business administration)

Marissa N. St Onge, Fulton (senior, psychology)

Elizabeth A. Thurlow, Fulton (senior, broadcasting and mass communication)

Jamie L. Vescio, Fulton (senior, English)

Ryan S. Warner, Fulton (junior, human development)

Bobby T. Nollet, Hannibal (senior, philosophy-psychology)

Christopher Prell, Hannibal (sophomore, accounting)

Carmyn Santore, Hannibal (sophomore, psychology)

Emily R. Weldin, Hannibal (junior, art)

Brooke A. Wiggins, Hannibal (sophomore, biology)

Zoe A. Calabrese, Hastings (sophomore, mathematics)

Amanda M. Flack, Hastings (junior, psychology)

Chad M. Grevelding, Hastings (junior, zoology)

Allyssa M. Harmer, Hastings (senior, accounting)

Makenzie J. Laws, Hastings (senior, zoology)

Amy Proulx, Hastings (sophomore, accounting)

Brianne L. Vincent, Maple View (junior, public relations)

Christopher L. Bartlett, Martville (senior, psychology)

Casey E. Fleming, Mexico (junior, public justice)

Ryan C. Fleming, Mexico (senior, biology)

Tara R. Fleming, Mexico (senior, applied mathematical economics)

Katherine M. Jensen, Mexico (freshman, human development)

Marrietta I. Partrick, Mexico (senior, communication and social interaction)

Amara R. Steele, Mexico (senior, biology)

Adam W. Wilhelmi, Mexico (senior, computer science)

Kristan L. Marino, Minetto (senior, communication and social interaction)

Joseph R. McCann, Parish (sophomore, public justice)

Shari L. Platt, Parish (sophomore, graphic design)

Alicia L. Pratt, Parish (freshman, accounting)

Christie Brown, Pennellville (junior, adolescence education)

Steven M. Denbleyker, Pennellville (senior, public relations)

Rachael Dolan, Pennellville (senior, business administration)

Paige Haney, Pennellville (junior, adolescence education)

James B. Leach, Pennellville (senior, business administration)

Kaylee E. May, Pennellville (senior, public relations)

Madison L. Beckley, Phoenix (freshman, accounting)

Mary A. Bergman, Phoenix (senior, wellness management)

Julia M. Brennan, Phoenix (sophomore, English)

Chad R. Cook, Phoenix (senior, creative writing)

Kyle M. Crisafulli, Phoenix (senior, finance)

Thomas C. Huffaker, Phoenix (sophomore, information science)

Joshua Malone, Phoenix (senior, chemistry)

Nicole C. Stephenson, Phoenix (freshman, adolescence education)

Catherine E. Halstead, Pulaski (junior, childhood education)

Abigail J. Hyde, Pulaski (senior, business administration)

Libbie Wansink, Pulaski (freshman, theatre)

Kristi M. Ward, Richland (senior, public justice)

Jason J. Wolinski, Richland (senior, chemistry)

Holly A. Greenfield, Sandy Creek (senior, adolescence education)

Dylan J. McIntyre, Sterling (junior, physics)

Joseph J. Ostrom,  Sterling (senior, art)

Luke M. Parsnow, Sterling (junior, creative writing)

Shirley Retz, Sterling (senior, psychology)

Chandler N. Carpenter, West Monroe (junior, cinema and screen studies)

Christina Scriber, West Monroe (junior, cinema and screen studies)

Amy C. Cunningham, Williamstown (sophomore, accounting)

Kassidy J. Graves, Williamstown (junior, human development)

Alaina Perkins, Williamstown (sophomore, psychology)

Local students make Dean’s Lists at colleges

A number of local students have been named to the Dean’s List at colleges for the fall 2013 semester.

They are:

Wells College in Aurora — Andrea Gould, sophomore, of Fulton, studying  psychology; Mary Losurdo, senior, of Mexico, studying theater and dance; and Rebekkah McKalsen, senior, of Fulton, studying English with a concentration in creative writing.

The Dean’s List consists of students who earn at least a 3.5 grade point average for at least 12 hours of coursework in a given semester.

SUNY Cortland — Lindsay Pope, Phoenix, studying political science, named to President’s List by having at least an A-minus in all courses.

Cornell University — Eleonore Grant, Sterling.

Clarkson University — Louis Arena, Mexico, sophomore majoring in aeronautical engineering and mechanical engineering; Paige McCanney, West Monroe, a senior majoring in biology and psychology; Benjamin Clark, Parish, junior majoring in chemical engineering; Morgan Finnerty, West Monroe, freshman majoring in chemical engineering; John O’Dell, Central Square, junior majoring in civil engineering; Mitchell Spink,  Pulaski, junior majoring in civil engineering; Kasey McConnell, Pulaski, senior majoring in communication; Joseph Dobiac, Pulaski, junior majoring in electrical engineering; Justin O’Kay, Pulaski, senior majoring in electrical engineering; James Godzwon, Constantia, freshman majoring in engineering and management; Joshua Williams, Cleveland, freshman majoring in engineering and management; Daniel Bellinger, Pulaski,  junior majoring in environmental science and policy; Samantha Muller, Hastings, senior majoring in innovation and entrepreneurship; Christopher Ingles, Pennellville, senior majoring in mechanical engineering; Keefe Wallace, Cato, freshman majoring in mechanical engineering; Lillian Hogle, Pulaski, freshman majoring in science studies.

Dean’s List students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours.

Ithaca College — Elizabeth DeGroff, Pennellville; Hunter Gorton, Fulton; Stephanie Lasnicki, Hastings; Courtney Leo, Central Square; Brenna Merry, Fulton; Sara Nelson, Fulton; Emily Renne, Cleveland.

FULTON FAMILIES: There’s no place like Fulton for the Farfaglias

Isodore and Antonia Farfaglia
Isodore and Antonia Farfaglia

Editor’s note: This is the fifth installment of stories about Fulton Families. The monthly series will tell the stories of families that have either lived in Fulton for ages or perhaps only a short while — but the common bond will be they love the city and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. If you know of a family we should highlight, please email Debbie Groom, Valley News managing editor, at


By Ashley M. Casey  |  Photos courtesy of Dan Farfaglia

Growing up in a large family in Fulton was like a movie for Dan Farfaglia.

“It was the Italian version of ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding,’” Dan recalled.

Since their arrival in the early 20th century, the Farfaglias have been active in the Fulton community. In addition to serving as a county legislator for Fulton and Granby, Dan is active with the Rotary Club.

His cousin, Jim, is an author who writes the “Poetry Corner” in The Valley News and teaches writing classes. And, of course, the family is well known for its participation in the Fulton Wrestling Club.

Although they are a bit more spread out now, the Farfaglia family has deep roots in, and deep pride for, the city of Fulton. Continue reading

Course helps drivers taking medications

The Oswego County Traffic Safety Board is offering a new program to help drivers who may be affected by medications.

Medications can make a person sleepy, but do you know exactly what your  prescriptions are doing to your response time, your alertness, your ability to think clearly — all skills you need for driving?

The new program utilizes a web search created by AAA of medications and their potential effects on your ability to drive.

If your group or organization is interested in the course, call Billie Crandall Brady, at 343-2344 extension 22, or email Brady at

Fort Ontario, Oswego featured in War of 1812 documentary

Fort Ontario State Historic Site and its superintendent, Paul Lear, will be featured in a documentary titled “Losing Ground: The Race to Preserve War of 1812 Battlefields in New York State,” at 9 p.m. Feb 10 on WCNY.

The documentary was produced by WCNY Public Television of Syracuse and brings together some of the nation’s foremost War of 1812 experts to reflect on preserving War of 1812 sites for future generations.

The program re-airs at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 on WCNY, 2 p.m. Feb. 17 on WCNY, 7 p.m. Feb. 17 on World, and 9 p.m. Feb. 23 on World.

“Lake Ontario was the main theater of action during the War of 1812 and Oswego was a major forwarding point for supplies and ordnance used to support the fleet at Sackets Harbor and army operations on the Niagara frontier,” said Lear, who chairs the Oswego County War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee.

The footage of Fort Ontario was filmed last September when Lear led a walking tour of the battlefield and described the British attack on Fort Ontario during the spring of 1814.

That topic will be explored in depth April 4 through 6 at the fourth annual Oswego War of 1812 Symposium to be held at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, 26 E. First St., Oswego.

The public television documentary is hosted by Timothy Davis-Reed, a veteran of more than 150 episodes of series television, including six seasons on the Emmy-winning hit “The West Wing” and two seasons on “Sports Night.”

Now 200 years later, celebrations across New York state and Canada commemorate the veterans and battlefields of the War of 1812. But with each passing year, there is less and less physical evidence of this significant part of New York history.

As the population grows and unchecked development expands, preservationists worry that the lands that played a vital role in U.S. history are disappearing at an alarming rate. Once they are gone, so too are the opportunities of enrichment for generations of future Americans.

The program features top battlefield archaeologists as they walk through the hollowed grounds of 1812 sites from Oswego to Plattsburgh, and Ogdensburg to Sackets Harbor.

Experts include Dr. Alan Taylor, historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author; James Lighthizer, president, Civil War Trust; Keith Herkalo, author, historian and president of the Battle of Plattsburgh Association; Matthew Kirk, archaeologist and New York Council for the Humanities speaker; and Constance B. Barone, site manager, Sackets Harbor Battlefield Historic Site.

For registration information on the Oswego War of 1812 Symposium, contact Paul Lear at 343-4711.

Oswego Health celebrates Heart Month

Community members can learn more about being heart healthy in February as part of Oswego Health’s celebration of National Heart Month and National Wear Red Day.

In keeping with its tradition of supporting Wear Red Day, Oswego Health employees are encouraging community members to join them in wearing the color red Friday, Feb. 7, to help raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women.

The goal of this national initiative is to alert women about their risk for heart disease and motivate them to take steps to lower their risk.

Cardiovascular disease kills more than 435,000 women each year, which is about one every minute.

To reduce the chance of a heart attack for both women and men, registered nurse Kathleen Whitney of Oswego Health’s Lakeside Heart Center recommends regular exercise, a low-fat diet and yearly blood work that checks cholesterol level.

She also encourages people to learn the risk factors, signs and symptoms of heart disease.

National Wear Red Day has an easy dress code. Participants should wear  their favorite red clothes or accessory — a red blouse, handbag or sport a red tie and red socks.

Oswego Health Heart Month Activities

Joining Oswego Health in its Wear Red initiative on Feb. 7 is the Hannibal Village Market IGA, located at 409 Fulton St. in the village.

On National Wear Red Day, Oswego Health will be offering free screenings including blood pressure, as well as educational materials on heart-related topics at the Hannibal store from 2 to 6 p.m.

Oswego Health staff will also provide bone density screenings and assist customers with nutrition label reading.

Another initiative will be an Ask The Doctor program presented by Oswego Health Cardiologist Dr. Thomas Grady Jr., at 6 p.m.  Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the Oswego Health Services Center, which is adjacent to Oswego Hospital.

An accomplished physician in his specialty and affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Cardiology Associates, Grady, an active medical staff member of Oswego Hospital, is providing care to hospital patients and has office hours for community members in suite 270 of the Oswego Health Services Center.

Another Oswego Health heart-related program, the Lakeside Heart Center, located at 177 W. Fourth St., in Oswego, provides cardiac rehabilitation and adult fitness classes to community members that have recently experienced a cardiac event.

This department will be marking National Cardiac Week Feb. 9  to 15.

Looking ahead, staff members from Oswego Health will take part in the Heart Walk to be held March 22 on the campus of Onondaga Community College.