Category Archives: Fulton News

Dance recital planned in Fulton May 8

Runions Dance Studios in Fulton will present its spring recital, “A Step in Time,” at 7 p.m. May 8 in the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium. After 62 successful years, Ruth Runions Devendorf has decided to pass the studio to her daughter, Jill Pitcher, and granddaughter, Emily Pitcher. Devendorf wants to thank the Fulton community and Bodley music department for its support the past 62 years.

Photos from Dayger Photography

Cast named for “Charlie Brown”

Megan Murtha, rehearsing as Mrs. Teavee in the recent Willy Wonka Jr, will play Peppermint Patti in CNY Arts Center’s next production “You’re a Good man Charlie Brown” running June 6-15 .
Megan Murtha, rehearsing as Mrs. Teavee in the recent Willy Wonka Jr, will play Peppermint Patti in CNY Arts Center’s next production “You’re a Good man Charlie Brown” running June 6-15 .

CNY Arts Center announces the cast of their next production “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” set to open June 6 for a two weekend run at CNY Arts Center located at 357 State St. in Fulton.

The musical favorite is being directed and choreographed by Amy Price, who also did Willy Wonka Jr. and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Adam Schmidtmann will head the cast as the title character Charlie Brown with Molly Brown in the role of Snoopy. Sabrina Woodward is cast as Charlie Brown’s little sister Sally while Ryan Smith will portray Schroeder.

Julia Allen and Chris Tetro team up as brother and sister Lucy and Linus while Emily Yamada will fly in as Woodstock.

Newcomers Alaysia Person as Frieda and Daronda Scott as Marcy are joined by Megan Murtha who rounds out the cast as Peppermint Patti.

Dan Williams will be directing music for the popular musical while Priscilla VanGorder heads the costume team. John Gamble returns as Technical Director, Set and Prop Designer with assistance from Dan Shue and Shuba 2 Construction.

“Like all major productions, this show requires participation from many professionals working together to deliver a professional quality product to stage,” said Nancy Fox, producer.

“We are very fortunate to have the expertise to create a production we are confident will be a treat for families and all audiences, from solid acting to music and dance to spectacular set and costumes,” she said.

The final dress rehearsal will also open to the public to ‘pay-what-you-can’ for those who prefer to choose their ticket price.

“We had a great response to Willy Wonka, Jr and we hope the audience will come back for another great family production,” Fox continued.

Tickets and reservations are on ale now on the website at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

OCO honors volunteers

Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Board President, Connie Cosemento (l) and Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier (r) present the OCO Distinguished Volunteers of the Year Award to members of the agency’s Bowl-A-Fun committee Debra French, second from left, and Diane Wood, second from right.  Absent from the photo are committee members Betsy Copps, Colette Nellis, Christine Prevost, Toni Ross, Denise Russell and Patrick Waite.
Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Board President, Connie Cosemento (l) and Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier (r) present the OCO Distinguished Volunteers of the Year Award to members of the agency’s Bowl-A-Fun committee Debra French, second from left, and Diane Wood, second from right. Absent from the photo are committee members Betsy Copps, Colette Nellis, Christine Prevost, Toni Ross, Denise Russell and Patrick Waite.

Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) recently honored members of the agency’s Bowl-A-Fun committee with the Distinguished Volunteer of the Year Award.

They were cited for going above and beyond in offering their time and talents to the poverty-fighting agency.

OCO Deputy Executive Director Sarah Irland praised the group for the work they do and the positive impact the Bowl-A-Fun committee has on the agency.

“These individuals give of themselves and their time to raise money for OCO programs that directly improve the quality of life for Oswego County residents,” she said.

“Over the past 15 years our Bowl-A-Fun committee members have helped raise more the $200,000 in support of services throughout our agency including generators for residential facilities, homeless services, field trips for youth and much more.

“As a result they have had a profoundly positive effect on thousands of consumers over the years,” Irland said. “They are the ultimate example of giving; devoting their time, talents and energy to help people they may never know.”

Meeting on a monthly basis throughout the year, members of OCO’s Bowl-A-Fun committee volunteer their time to plan the event.

From organizing the details of the day to gathering supplies, soliciting prizes, and ensuring the enjoyment of the participants, committee members do whatever it takes to make OCO’s Bowl-A-Fun a fun and successful event.

Members of this year’s Bowl-A-Fun Committee include Betsy Copps, Debra French, Colette Nellis, Christine Prevost, Diane Cooper-Currier, Toni Ross, Denise Russell, Patrick Waite and Diane Wood.

“I am amazed to think of the amount of time and effort this committee puts forth and I am pleased to able to recognize them with this award,” said Irland.

OCO, Inc is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.  For more information, visit www.oco.org.

News in Brief

River of Life Assembly of God Church is presenting the second in its Nothing’s Too Hard for God series.

You live with the pain each day. You have lost hope in finding a medical solution. Where is the answer?

The Bible is filled with stories of God’s healing power. But they are more than stories, they confirm God’s promise to all. When medical science is exhausted, God’s healing power is amazing.

The church is devoting the 1st Sunday in May to talk about God’s message of hope, joy, love, and peace with a special emphasis on the topic of Illness.

Come out and join us on at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 4 at River of Life Assembly of God, 815 Oneida St., Fulton.

For more information call 598-7100 or check out our web site at www.riveroflifeaog.org.

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The Oswego County Autism Task Force  participating in the local high school scholarship programs for 2014 graduating seniors planning post-secondary education or vocational school this fall.

The task force is offering the Brianna Cahill Scholarship to qualifying seniors. The scholarship is $2,000 in total scholarship money to a student or several students of Oswego County’s nine public high schools based on the following criteria:

** Our application must be completed by the student

** The recipient must be accepted to a post-secondary or vocational school.

** The recipient must be currently diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Applications must be received by the  Oswego County Autism Task Force by May 1 for final review and selection by our committee. The final selection will be announced to the school by May 25.

For more information, call Tammy Thompson, task force vice president, at 349-3510.

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The 10th annual Syracuse Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma, an annual walk to raise funds and awareness for scleroderma research and patient support, is scheduled for Sunday, June 8 at Onondaga Lake Park, Bay View Tent area.

Check in and registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

For information and to register, go to  http://walks.SclerodermaTriState.org

The Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walk is an event to raise awareness and money needed to deal with this devastating autoimmune disease.

Money raised at this event will be used to help fund research efforts and provide patient support and education. To date there is no known cause or cure.

For more information about scleroderma, contact the Scleroderma Foundation/Tri-State, Inc. Chapter office at (800) 867-0885 or visit on the web at www.SclerodermaTriState.org.

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The Sunshine Community & Child Care Center is putting on its Summer Gratitude Gala 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday June 14.

Vendors, activities, tie-dye, arts and crafts, parking lot sale, food, music and nonalcoholic beverages will be available.

There also will be a cutest pet contest, bounce houses and a cutest prince and princess contest.

Vendor registration packets available at Sunshine Center at 561-7861

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Local resident Wendi Starusnak will discuss her first novel, “Detached,” from 6 to 8 p.m. June 16 at the Phoenix Public Library.

Starusnak will discuss the book, answer questions and will sign and sell copies. Refreshments will be served.

“Detached” contains mature content and subject matter and is not recommended for those under the age of 18.

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The Oswego County Fair is seeking local talent for the fair, which runs July 2 through 6.

While the fair features several established bands and singers, the fair also hopes to promote some new groups by offering a chance to them to perform on the small bandstand near the midway.

Anyone interested in performing at the fair should call Anne Gibbs at 298-5686.

Volney celebrates positive behaviors

Brothers Ethan and Lucas Smith are seen here playing a rousing game of chess during Volney PBIS Reward Day.
Brothers Ethan and Lucas Smith are seen here playing a rousing game of chess during Volney PBIS Reward Day.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Volney Elementary School held a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Reward Day for students April 25.

The Reward Day recognized students for being role models of the school’s four behavioral expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe and Be a Problem Solver.

Students in all grades celebrated with activities during the morning, and were dismissed for the afternoon for parent conferences.

Students could choose from many sessions, including movies, Duct Tape wallet making, dodge ball, karate, chess and Zumba.

Fairgrieve students receive medals

Fairgrieve Elementary School’s Principal Award winners proudly display the medals they earned for the recognition. In the front row (from left) are Ty Nesbitt, Dakota Brown, Trista Sullivan, Damien Drought, Adelaide McEachen, Jada Barnwell and William Duso. In the second row (from left) are Paige Pierce, Jasminn Bort, Olivia Cunningham, Kiara Pittman, Mariela Mejia-Merida and Tristan Kent. Standing in back (from left) are Principal Jean Ciesla, Nolan Gardenier, Julie Ann Dunning, Braeci Clonch, Tiffany Macri, Ana Marroquin-Aguilar, Alexis Patterson and Kayla McCraith.
Fairgrieve Elementary School’s Principal Award winners proudly display the medals they earned for the recognition. In the front row (from left) are Ty Nesbitt, Dakota Brown, Trista Sullivan, Damien Drought, Adelaide McEachen, Jada Barnwell and William Duso. In the second row (from left) are Paige Pierce, Jasminn Bort, Olivia Cunningham, Kiara Pittman, Mariela Mejia-Merida and Tristan Kent. Standing in back (from left) are Principal Jean Ciesla, Nolan Gardenier, Julie Ann Dunning, Braeci Clonch, Tiffany Macri, Ana Marroquin-Aguilar, Alexis Patterson and Kayla McCraith.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

With a focus on always doing the right thing, 22 Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recognized with awards during the Morning Express program held April 29.

Principal Jean Ciesla presented the students with medals as they celebrated the distinction of being a Principal’s Award winner. Ciesla said the honorees displayed exemplary behavior during the school year and in the third marking period in particular.

The students who met these expectations and were honored during the ceremony include William Duso, Jada Barnwell and Damien Drought (kindergarten); Adelaide McEachen, Trista Sullivan and Dakota Brown (first grade); Tristan Kent, Mariela Mejia-Merida, Ty Nesbitt and Annabella Epolito (second grade).

Also: Kiara Pittman, Jasminn Bort and Kayla McCraith (third grade); Olivia Cunningham, Rosiline Knoblock and Tiffany Macri (fourth grade); Alexa Patterson, Ana Marroquin-Aguilar and Braeci Clonch (fifth grade); and Julie Ann Dunning, Nolan Gardenier and Paige Pierce (sixth grade).

Save time, money by visiting local DMVs

Submitted by Oswego County

Oswego County Clerk Michael C. Backus is encouraging local residents to save time and money by using one of the three local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices for their motor vehicle transactions.

Residents can renew their registrations at DMVs in Pulaski, Oswego and Fulton. Vehicle renewals can be mailed to the Oswego Motor Vehicle Office at 384 E. River Road, Oswego, 13126.

Backus notes that all motorcycle registrations expire April 30.

“When people mail their DMV renewals to the Oswego office, a portion of the fees collected by the DMV remains in Oswego County and helps hold the line on local property taxes,” said Backus.

​Backus said it’s important for local residents to know that if they mail their registration renewal to the Oswego DMV office, they must cover or cross out the postal bar code that is pre-printed on the DMV envelope.

“The envelopes that the DMV sends with the vehicle renewals are pre-printed with the Utica address bar code,” he said. “If the bar code isn’t covered or crossed out, the letter will be delivered to Utica, even if it has an Oswego address on it.”

Oswego County DMV offices are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and are located at 384 E. River Road, Oswego; 200 N. Second St., Fulton; and 2 Broad St., Pulaski.

For information call 349-8300; 591-9136; or 298-6521.

Bodley grad completes basic training

5-3_FULrusawAir Force Airman Jeffrey S. Rusaw Jr. graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Rusaw is the son of Stephanie Cunningham of Fulton and Jeffrey Rusaw Sr., of Oswego.

He is a 2013 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton.