Submitted by Oswego County BOCES
Fulton Junior High School’s Music Department recently held a spring concert as part of Music In Our Schools Month.
The seventh-grade orchestra, under the direction of Danielle Delfanian, performed the “Bushwascker Stomp”, “The Bachaneer” and “Guest Soloist.” Principal Ryan Lanigan was invited to “play” the violin, amusing both the student musicians and audience.
The eighth-grade orchestra performed “MacPherson’s Lament”, Irish folk song “Fiddle-me-oo-re-i-re-a” and “Chant, Chorale and Dance.”
The seventh-grade chorus, under the direction of Stephanie Almeter and accompanied by Cathy Chirello, sang “Rejoice in the Music”, “ I’ve Got the Music in Me,” and “Lift Me Up.” The last song featured soloists Courtney Miner, Luis Pagan, Kacey Markarian and Nick Brown.
The eighth-grade chorus sang “I Have To Sing”, “Cups” and traditional spiritual “Swing Down Ezekiel.” The second song featured soloist Alexis Phelps. Olivia Abrams, Mikahala Horning, Ariel Stacy, Julia Allen and Madison Wilson made up the rhythm section.
The seventh-grade band, under the direction of Debra Farden, performed two songs, “American Spirit March” and “Year of Dragon.” Eighth-graders performed “The Rowan Tree” and “John Williams: Movie Adventures.” Parents and community members hummed along to familiar movie theme songs, from E.T. to Star Wars.
Throughout the evening, students read short narratives, expressing what music meant to them.
“Without music, my life would be dull,” said one student. Another said music was a way to express her feelings.
Spring has sprung and the students in Oswego County BOCES’ Heavy Equipment Maintenance and Operations program are ready to work in the dirt!
The curriculum for the program is aligned with the National Utility Contractors Association, and provides adult education students an opportunity to prepare for careers in the commercial and/or residential construction industry through classroom and hands-on training.
Pictured above are students Leroy Rayner, left, and Dan Kidd participating in one such hands-on exercise. The pair are utilizing a transit level to measure the depth of a path dug by a classmate operating a dozer during a grading and level exercise. For more information about the program or other programs offered through the Adult Education Department, visit www.OswegoBOCES.org or call 963-4256.
Safety Sue, the bike safety puppet, operated by Fairgrieve elementary sixth-grader Samantha Humphrey, accompanied Billie Crandall Brady from the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board, talks to students at the Fulton school about the importance of wearing your helmet while riding your bike, skate board, scooter or in-line skates. The students were given special smoke free message tattoos and were told that healthy brains are safe brains. All the rules of the road were discussed – riding on the right side and making full and complete stops at stop signs and stop lights. Brady also told everyone about an opportunity to learn to ride on a bike course from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31 at the Fulton War Memorial. The free event, sponsored by the Fulton Police Department, will feature new helmets from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and refurbished bikes from Doyle’s Bike Shop in Fulton given to children who can’t afford one. The event also will have a tricycle course, pedal cars, bouncy houses, crafts and free lunch.
Submitted by Oswego County BOCES
The G. Ray Bodley chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America continues to be among the elite in the state as several members recently took home top honors in the regional competition.
FBLA co-advisers Danielle House and Angela Ferlito said the students set the bar high during the District 9 event held Feb. 7 in Liverpool.
The state competition is in April.
Some of those elite competitors include Laura Hamdan, Angeline Kimbrell, Kim Ingersoll, Meriah Dishaw and Yusra Hanayun, who each tallied first-place. Other Fulton FBLA members who earned a spot in the Top 3 included Kari Holbrook (second place), Kim Rombough (third place), and Tattiana Pierce (third place).
In addition to competitions, the Fulton chapter of the business association has conducted fundraising for many causes.
“They’ve done fundraising for the March of Dimes, the Ronald McDonald House (and) the Golisano Children’s Hospital,” Ferlito said. “They put in a lot of time and effort to be part of FBLA.”
Bands Were Big!
I have enjoyed the music from the “Big Band” era for many years.
The “Big Band” era and the musical sound called “swing” began in the late 1930s. There were hundreds of popular big bands during that period in the 30s and 40s, and your parents and grandparents may have danced to some of them.
Some of the most popular bands included Ray Anthony and his orchestra, Louis Armstrong’s orchestra, Louie’s wife, Lil Hardin Armstrong and her orchestra, the bands of Charlie Barnett, Count Basie, Tex Beneke, Bunny Berrigan and Les Brown.
Bob Crosby’s Bob Cats and the Dorsey Brothers, Jimmy and Tommy and their orchestras, Ray Eberle’s band, the Roy Elbridge, Duke Ellington and the Les and Larry Elgart orchestras were also active.
Also included were Ziggy Elman, Maynard Ferguson, Ella Fitzgerald’s orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, the Benny Goodman and Jackie Gleason bands (yes, that Jackie Gleason), Lionel Hampton, Erskine Hawkins, Fletcher Henderson and Woody Herman.
Ina Rae Hutton was the leader of an “all-girl orchestra” and dancers and listeners were enjoying the bands led by Harry James, Louis Jordan, Sammy Kaye, Hal Kemp, Stan Kenton, Andy Kirk, Kay Kyser and drummer Gene Krupa.
Also on the road were Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians, Jimmy Lunceford, Wingy Manone, Billy May, Glenn Miller and Ozzie Nelson (Ricky’s father), as well as the Tony Pastor, Don Redman and Luis Russell orchestras.
Artie Shaw and his Big Band, singer Maxine Sullivan and her all-stars, the Jack Teagarden orchestra, as well as his other smaller groups, were traveling from city to city as were Tommy Tucker, Fats Waller, Chick Webb, Teddy Wilson, Paul Whiteman and Sy Zentner with their bands.
Whew, and that’s only part of the 30s and 40s big band lineup. During World War II, the Big Bands boosted morale throughout the world.
The Kay Kyser Big Band was one of the Big Band era’s most successful groups. The band had 11 number one records, 35 top 10 hits, a top-rated radio show for 11 years, starred in seven feature films, and outdrew the Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman orchestras.
Ish Kabibble was one of the band’s feature characters, created by Merwyn Bogue, who played cornet in the Kyser band.
The name came from Bogue’s comedy version of an old Yiddish song, “Isch Ga Bibble.” Loosely translated it means “I Should Worry?” which he performed with the Kyser orchestra.
The public and the band started calling him “Ish” and the name stuck.
Michael (Mike) Douglas (not the actor who is Kirk’s son), a name you might recognize – Mike was the lead voice on many Kyser hits (Ol’ Buttermilk Sky, “The Old Lamplighter”). He was best known to American television viewers as a singing variety/talk show host.
“All or Nothing at All”
One of the world’s most popular singers emerged during the 30s after singing “All or Nothing at All” on a Major Bowes amateur radio broadcast, fronting a quartet known as “the Hoboken Four.”
Frank Sinatra (“Ol’ Blue Eyes”, “The Voice”, “Chairman of the Board”, “Swoonatra” and “Sultan of Swoon”) sang during the Big Band era with the bands of Harry James and Tommy Dorsey.
He went solo at the Paramount Theater in New York in 1942. His first of hundreds of record hits was “All or Nothing at All.”
Sinatra was indeed “Chairman of the Board” of the company he founded, Reprise Records, in 1960. Along with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop, Sinatra was a member of “The Rat Pack.”
One of our favorite Saturday morning activities is to visit the Regional Market. Admittedly, the market isn’t as exciting this time of year as it is in mid-summer through late fall when it is busting out with the fresh home-grown produce of those seasons.
But even on a Saturday in late March there are treasures to be found.
My wife was happy with the sack of yellow potatoes, which she says are hard to find in supermarkets – and make the most delicious mashed potatoes and French fries.
My market tastes are more likely to lean away from carrying a 10-pound sack of potatoes around to standing in line for free samples of everything from chocolate chip cookies to pretzels covered with “maple-flavored crème” to hunks of bread dipped in “politely spicy” hot tomato sauce.
(Question: “How much spice makes something to be impolite?”)
Also free for the taking and perfect as part of my late Saturday morning breakfast were hunks of cheese and sausages and hands full of tasty crackers slathered with all kinds of dips and spreads.
I think the top attention-grabber of the day on our recent visit to the market might have been a bright green “Spinachburger.”
The market seems to be a popular social hub on Saturday visits. Recently, we have met up with friends from Syracuse, from Fulton as well as from our own neighborhood.
There is a lot of everything at the Regional Market. Sometimes the only thing that you might have some difficulty finding is a good parking spot.
. . . Roy Hodge
This year’s ARISE & Ride for Ramps is scheduled for May 31 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.
The event will be bigger and better than ever this year, with a new location and more features thanks to Oswego Speedway.
ARISE & Ride for Ramps features a motorcycle ride, 5K run and the chance for kids to ride their bikes at Oswegoe Speedway.
There will be a chicken barbecue, along with other food, lots of activities for the whole family, and items to be won during drawings.
All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase construction materials to help Oswego County families regain access to their home.
ARISE & Ride for Ramps is the largest fundraiser for ARISE’s Oswego County Ramp Program. This is the only program in Oswego County providing ramps for people who cannot afford them.
For people who suddenly develop mobility impairments, their home can quickly change from being a source of comfort to feeling like a prison. And, for those currently living in a nursing facility, a ramp can be the missing link that allows them to return home.
“Without easy and safe access into their house, many people are unable to be safely discharged from nursing facilities,” said Jim Karasek, ARISE’s manager of independent living services in Oswego.
“The accessible ramps we provide not only mean that people are able to come home, it also restores their sense of independence and reunites them with their families,” he said.
There is already a waiting list for ramp construction this building season and more applications come in every day.
Support for the ARISE Oswego County Ramp Program is provided solely through donations from individuals and businesses.
The ramps are built by volunteers so the funds raised pay for materials.
Last year, ARISE built a ramp for a couple who had been unable to leave their home for more than two years.
And more than 30 families have stories to share of the freedom to come and go that they experienced just last year thanks to the program.
To register or learn more about the program or event, visit http://rideforramps.org.
ARISE & Ride for Ramps is supported by Oswego Speedway, Lighthouse Lanes, Murdock’s Bicycles & Sports, G & C Foods, NewsChannel 9 WSYR, Precision Sign and Graphics and Zink Shirts.
ARISE is a nonprofit Independent Living Center organized and directed by people with disabilities.
The organization has been providing advocacy and services since 1979, and each year ARISE works with about 4,000 people of all ages who have all types of disabilities.
ARISE has offices in Oswego, Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison and Seneca counties.