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Tickets available for St. Luke “Bundle of Bucks” raffle

Tickets for the 10th annual St. Luke “Bundle of Bucks” Charity Raffle are on sale and now is the time to buy one to be part of the upcoming “Early Bird” drawing.

Everyone who purchases a “Bundle of Bucks” charity raffle ticket before Feb. 14 is entered in the “Early Bird” drawing when five – $100 prize winners will be selected from current raffle ticket holders.

“Bundle of Bucks” Raffle cash prizes totaling $25,000 will be paid out when the 1,000 tickets are sold by the time of the drawing on May 31.

If you already have your raffle ticket applications, send them in today. Raffle ticket applications are also available by calling St. Luke Health Services at 342-3166.

Ticket applications are online and can be downloaded at Or stop in at St. Luke Health Services, St. Francis Commons and Bishop’s Commons in Oswego or Michaud Health Services in Fulton and purchase tickets directly.

The entry fee for the raffle is $50 per ticket; only 1,000 tickets will be sold. The raffle features 15 cash prizes to be awarded with a top prize of $10,000.

Every raffle ticket is eligible for all of the cash prize drawings. Tickets can be purchased individually or consider purchasing a “group ticket” with family members, co-workers or friends.

Proceeds from the “Bundle of Bucks” Raffle benefit the St. Luke–John Foster Burden Fund, which provides resources for programs to help those served by the affiliate nonprofit community-based organizations comprising The St. Luke Family of Caring (St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence, Michaud Residential Health Services and St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence).

Each raffle ticket admits two adults to the “Bundle of Bucks” Raffle Drawing Party from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at the Elks Lodge in Oswego. The raffle drawing event features free food, beverages, live entertainment, games and prize drawings. You must be 18 years or older to participate.

You do not have to be present at the raffle drawing to win. For more information, call 342-3166.

Emergency Management Drill to be held Wednesday afternoon at Fulton Junior High

The Fulton Junior High School, as part of the School District’s half-day Collaboration Day Program, will conduct an Emergency Management Plan drill on the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 29.

This is part of the Fulton City School District’s ongoing planning and practice of their Emergency Management Plan.

The drill is done in cooperation with the Fulton Police Department.

News in brief

Area residents have until Jan. 31 to place a sub sandwich order benefitting the Oswego Center United Methodist Church.

The sale is from 11 a.m .to 3 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Elks Club in Oswego. Place orders by Jan. 31 by calling 343-6746.


Wellness Wednesdays continue at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at First United Church of Fulton, 33, S. Third St., Fulton.

Tips and tools for total wellness and improved health. A small group of local men and women will share their experience from childbirth to menopause, and depression to sleep challenges.

Classes are free if you preregister by calling 593-1113 or exmailing

They are $5 at the door.

Classes are held Wednesdays through Feb. 26.


The Delaney Brothers will perform a gospel bluegrass concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, Fulton.

A free will offering will be collected. The alternate date if the weather is bad is 7 p.m. Feb. 8.

Go to Delaney-Brothers on Facebook to check for updates or changes.


The Fulton Alliance Church will hold its annual Super bowl Party at 6 p.m. Feb. 2.

There will be free food and soda and a chili contest for anyone interested. A highlight during half-time is the popular football throwing contest.

The event is for anyone and any age. The party is held in a comfortable area with multiple seating and televisions conducive for watching the game and talking with friends.

Chili contest participants must enter their chili by 5:30 prior to the event.

For infomation about the Super Bowl Party or other events held at the Fulton Alliance Church, call 593-6842, ext. 103.

There is plenty of free parking and the church is handicap accessible. The Fulton Alliance Church is located just outside the city limits at 1044 State Route 48.


Stakeholders from 33 school districts will converge on North Syracuse Junior High School at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, to draw attention to the ongoing fiscal crisis facing public schools.

The forum will also allow these stakeholders to work on developing a firm understanding of the key issues and learning how to be effective advocates for their children, schools and communities.

The event, “Our Kids, Our Schools…Our Future!,’’ has been organized to bring community members of all backgrounds together for an informative and inspiring forum that will let them know what is at stake if state leaders do not eradicate the Gap Elimination Adjustment and provide adequate, equitable and sustainable funding for our schools.

“The goal of  ‘Our Kids, Our Schools… Our Future!’ is to inform the public about the state of the crisis and how it equates to lost opportunities for their children and their communities,’’ said Charles Borgognoni, executive director of the Central New York School Boards Association.

“We are on a mission to inspire people to contact their state legislators and express their concerns as the 2014-15 state budget is hammered out in Albany,” he said.

The featured presenter for the forum is Rick Timbs, executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium. Timbs will address the need to repeal the Gap Elimination Adjustment.

The forum is being coordinated by the Central New York School Boards Association in partnership with the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison and Oswego County BOCES.


The Auburn/Cayuga Community College Alumni Association is offering an overnight bus excursion to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio, from Saturday, April 12, to Sunday, April 13.

The trip will depart from the Auburn campus at 6 a.m., and the return trip will leave mid-afternoon on Sunday and arrive in Auburn about 9 p.m.

The cost of $225 per person includes a one-night hotel stay (based on double occupancy) at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center, round-trip motor coach, admission to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a private extensive Sunday brunch at the Hard Rock Café.

Individuals age 65 or above receive a $3 discount.

The trip is open to the public. Age restrictions may apply. Seating is limited and reservations must be paid in full through the college’s Alumni Office.

For information, contact Louise at or call 255-1743, extension 2224.


Elvis is coming to the State Street United Methodist Church from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 8.

Fulton’s own Elvis impersonator, Tom Gilbo, will be performing in Thomas Hall to raise money for the Helping Hands Cupboard outreach program.

The program helps provide 10 household items that cannot be purchased with Food Stamps to those in need in our community.

Tickets are $10 a piece and include refreshments that will be served at the end of “Elvis’s” performance.

State Street UMC is located at 357 State St, Fulton, NY Tickets may be reserved by calling Sally Downs at 887-5061.


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, Feb. 8.

The menu will consist of roast pork, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, rolls and butter.  There also are a wide selection of homemade pies and other desserts to choose.

Coffee, tea, cool aid and water will also be available.

The dinner is served family style. Music will be provided while you wait to be seated.

The next dinner will be on March 8th.  If you have any questions, call Anne Jones at 695-6086 or, on the day of the dinner, you may call the church at 695-5964.


A Night at the Cabaret is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday Feb. 8 at the First Universalist Church of Central Square.

A Night at the Cabaret! will be a program of music and fun, featuring the Paul V. Moore High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble and members of the high school band.

Members of the Oswego Community Youth Orchestra will also perform as well as local artists.

Refreshments will be available and raffles will be held.


Attention Town of Palermo veterans.

Town Historian Beverly Beck is seeking information concerning veterans from the town to be added to the historical records.

A few years ago, a book was published from the information gathered about the town’s veterans. Also, there is a display at the Town Hall listing all the veterans with some of the facts regarding their service.

Since that time, there have been many new veterans that are not listed in our current informational database.

If you are a veteran living or born in the town of Palermo, call the historian at 593-6825.  If you had a relative that served in the military who is now deceased, the historian would still like to have their information.

There is a short form to fill in plus the addition of a photograph of the veteran would be appreciated. A copy of the discharge DD 214 papers would most likely answer all questions.

For more information, call Beck at 593-6825.