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Lake effect snow: Oswego County officials urge caution in traveling today

Road conditions throughout Oswego County are extremely hazardous due to heavy snow and wind conditions. The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office and Oswego County Highway Superintendent urge people to avoid traveling in the northeast portion of the county.

 Visibility conditions are very poor and highway crews are having a difficult time keeping up with the amount of snow and blowing conditions, the officials said. People should use extreme caution while traveling and should check on conditions before they set out.

 This morning the lake effect snow bands were creating hazardous conditions north of Route 104 and east of Route 11, but according to the National Weather Service – Buffalo Forecast Office, the bands are expected to drift steadily south during the next few hours. Conditions will improve in the north but the band will drift first to the Oswego/Mexico/Williamstown area and by afternoon is expected to impact the Fulton/Parish area.

CNY Arts Center plans second annual Snow Day

The CNY Arts Center Snow Day Committee is working hard to put details together for the second annual Snow Day to be held Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will be held at the center at 357 State St., Fulton.

CNY Arts Center will be bringing back some of last year’s popular games (ice fishing, pong toss, and the snowman bean bag toss), while some new games will be added.

There will also be face painting, free art and craft activities, an art gallery featuring local artists’ work, a writing workshop (organized by Writing Programming Coordinator and board member Jim Farfaglia), and a mystery guest will be there as well for the children.

“With the holidays now over, we know people are trying to relax and regroup, both mentally and financially,” said committee member Kiley Casper. “We hope that Snow Day will provide a day of affordable family friendly excitement that parents and children can both enjoy.” Carnival tickets will be available at the door.

Those seeking more information may visit www.cnyartscenter.com or call 592-3373.

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Holiday spirit at Fulton Junior High School

Holiday spirit – “We are excited to get you in the holiday spirit,” Fulton Junior High School Orchestra Director Danielle Delfanian said to the hundreds of people who attended the school’s recent seventh grade holiday concert and eighth grade holiday concert. Held Dec. 5, the concerts featured the musical and vocal talents of students in the school’s respective seventh grade and eighth grade band, orchestra and chorus. Pictured is eighth grade student cellist Paige Blakeman during the eighth grade orchestra’s performance of “One Winter Night.”
Holiday spirit – “We are excited to get you in the holiday spirit,” Fulton Junior High School Orchestra Director Danielle Delfanian said to the hundreds of people who attended the school’s recent seventh grade holiday concert and eighth grade holiday concert. Held Dec. 5, the concerts featured the musical and vocal talents of students in the school’s respective seventh grade and eighth grade band, orchestra and chorus. Pictured is eighth grade student cellist Paige Blakeman during the eighth grade orchestra’s performance of “One Winter Night.”

 

Fulton Bantams top Lysander, Center State

Ice action – The Fulton Bantam hockey team added two more wins to its season record, topping Lysander 6-3 and Center State Blue 16-0. Pictured is Raider Nolan Bonnie, who scored twice and assisted two goals in the game against Center State.
Ice action – The Fulton Bantam hockey team added two more wins to its season record, topping Lysander 6-3 and Center State Blue 16-0. Pictured is Raider Nolan Bonnie, who scored twice and assisted two goals in the game against Center State.

The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by The Blue Moon Grill, CVAC, RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting, and B&T Sports, added two more wins to its season record, topping Lysander 6-3 and Center State Blue 16-0.

On the road against Lysander, Raider Cameron Clarke scored two in a row, first picking up a rebound from Seth Cooney, and then taking a feed from Richie King at the close of the first period.

Lysander made it a one-point game at the start of the second stanza. Evan Beckwith responded, scoring on a breakaway. The Lightning stunned Fulton with two in a row at the start of the third period for a 3-3 tie.

Raider Nate Shaw sent a pass to Clarke, who skated through the Lysander defense to net the go-ahead goal, his 15th of the season.

Fulton’s Robbie Carson scored, skating the puck in on an end-to-end rush, before Cameron Whipple sealed a win for the Raiders with a backhand shot, Cooney assisting.

Fulton’s Evan Burdick stopped 24 shots in net.

On home ice, a short-benched Center State was no match for the Raiders. Scoring goals for Fulton were Robbie Carson, Cameron Whipple, Richie King, Cameron Clarke, William Fruce, Seth Cooney and Nolan Bonnie.  Assisting were Evan Beckwith, Clarke, Cooney, Fruce, Whipple, Bonnie, Carson and King.

Evan Burdick made 9 saves for the shut out.

Oswego County launches free snowmobile trail app

The Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning has partnered with Mohawk Valley GIS and the Oswego County Snowmobile Association to offer a free trail app for riders in the snow blessed Tug Hill region.

The app contains interactive maps of 378 miles of snowmobile trails, public parking locations, 10 snowmobile clubs, 25 restaurants, 21 gas stations, 11 lodgings, and several more snowmobile-related and supporting businesses along the Oswego County trail system.

As of press time, 837 people had downloaded the app, which displays the rider’s current GPS location and trail data. Once it’s been loaded on a smart phone, the trails can be accessed at any time.

“Oswego County is blessed with a wide variety of natural resources that are enjoyed by thousands of visitors from around the world throughout the year,” said Dave Turner, director of the county Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

“Our annual snowfall (sometimes the highest this side of the Rockies) is near the top of the list of attractions here for outdoor enthusiasts. We were delighted to be selected as the model for this new service, and we hope that it will become the tool that helps create a safe and enjoyable experience for resident snowmobilers and wintertime visitors alike.”

Linda Rockwood, developer of the www.NYSnowmobileWebMap.com site and owner of Mohawk Valley GIS, approached the county more than a year ago and offered to develop the app as a pilot project.

“The timing was perfect, said Rockwood. “Oswego County wanted to include their trails in the interactive trail map website project, and we wanted to create a free app that featured the trails in one of our state’s more popular regions.”

As part of the joint promotional effort, sponsoring businesses in Oswego County were offered a discounted advertising package that includes the countywide paper trail map, web map, premium statewide and free trail apps, and GPS trail sets.

The Snowmobiling Oswego County app is available in both Apple’s appStore and Google’s Play store.

County mails 2013 Public Emergency Response Information Calendars to residents

The 2013 edition of the Oswego County “Public Emergency Response Information” calendar has been mailed to residents in the 10-mile emergency planning zone near the nuclear power plants in Scriba, according to Terry Bennett, emergency services program coordinator of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office.

The calendar is a joint effort of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, Entergy, the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning, and the New York State Office of Emergency Management.

It contains guidelines for public response to radiological and other types of emergencies for people that live within ten miles of Nine Mile Point.

The calendar features stunning photographs of landscape and outdoor scenes throughout Oswego County. Contributors for the 2013 calendar include Stephen Carolin, EllenLandphere, Fred Catella, Susan Altimonda, Mike Gilbert, Bob Kester, Celia Potter, Larry Jerrett, Vern Svereika, and Paul DiVita.

“The photos depict the beauty of the four seasons in Oswego County,” said Bennett. “We appreciate the talented photographers who allowed us to use their artwork.”

The calendar also includes a schedule for testing the county’s prompt notification system, including the sirens and tone-alert weather radios.

If a radiological emergency occurs, people should turn to an Oswego County Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or television station for information.

People in the 10-mile emergency planning zone who might need special assistance are asked to fill out and return the detachable, postage-paid postcard on the back cover of the calendar.

Residents in the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone that have not received a calendar by Dec. 28 are asked to call the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792.

Oswego County to hold organizational meeting Jan. 3

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature will hold its annual organizational meeting Jan. 3 at 2 p.m.

At that time, the legislature will elect a chairman and vice chairman. The majority and minority leaders will be named as well.

The legislature will also elect a legislature clerk and designate the officials banks and newspapers for 2013.

Legislator Shane Broadwell, who was appointed to replace Legislator Mary Flett, will begin his term as an elected official. Flett died in August and her seat was on the November ballot.

Broadwell ran unopposed and will serve through the end of 2013.

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BOCES students participate in outreach project

Generosity project – Oswego County BOCES students and staff members display the fleece tie-blankets that they created as part of a generosity community outreach project to benefit Oswego County Opportunities’ Program to Assist the Teenage Homeless or PATH Program. Above, left to right are: OCB School Counselor Jo Ann Smegelsky, Richard Preeman, Cody Holmquist, Oswego County Opportunities PATH Program representative Karen Merrill, Matthew Snyder, James Baldwin, Connor Caughy and OCB Teacher Marian Becker.
Generosity project – Oswego County BOCES students and staff members display the fleece tie-blankets that they created as part of a generosity community outreach project to benefit Oswego County Opportunities’ Program to Assist the Teenage Homeless or PATH Program. Above, left to right are: OCB School Counselor Jo Ann Smegelsky, Richard Preeman, Cody Holmquist, Oswego County Opportunities PATH Program representative Karen Merrill, Matthew Snyder, James Baldwin, Connor Caughy and OCB Teacher Marian Becker.

“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Those words, made famous by Mahatma Gandhi, characterize a recent community outreach project where students at Oswego County BOCES experienced the true spirit of generosity.

The project was a cooperative effort between OCB School Counselor Jo Ann Smegelsky and students in Marian Becker’s and Joanne St. Gelais’ classrooms to create fleece tie-blankets for homeless teens in Oswego County.

In preparation for the project, students researched generosity and were asked to write their own definition for the word.
Connor Cauchy from Ms. Becker’s class defined generosity as “more than an item or article of clothing, it is the friends you can make by giving your friendship to them.”

In addition the students were asked to give their interpretation of many notorious quotes about selflessness and giving including this statement by Helen Keller: “Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.”

Generosity is one of the four central values of the Circle of Courage youth empowered model adopted by Special Education classrooms at OCB. The other values are independence, belonging, and mastery.

As part of the Circle of Courage philosophy students participate in curriculum-enriched ABLE time each school day. Standing for Actions Building Life Experience, ABLE time gives students an opportunity to engage in collaborative projects and build relationships while demonstrating personal responsibility.

It was during their ABLE time that the students in Ms. Becker’s and Ms. St. Gelais’ classrooms made the fleece tie-blankets.

The finished blankets were donated to Oswego County Opportunities for distribution to the Program to Assist the Teenage Homeless or PATH, which provides services to assist homeless youth in becoming self-sufficient.

Karen Merrill from the PATH program stopped by the school to accept the donation and thank the students for their hard work, kindness and generosity.