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County health clinics for the week of May 12

The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.

Walk-in influenza clinics are held weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego for people age 19 and older. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.

Children’s flu vaccine is now available every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

The children’s flu vaccine is available at no cost to all children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program provided by the New York State Department of Health. For those who do not qualify, the cost is $37 for the inactivated vaccine.

The health department accepts cash or checks for payment. The department does not accept credit or debit cards. Patients with private insurance, Managed Medicaid, Managed Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare, and Medicare Part B should bring their benefit cards with them to the immunization clinic.

No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

The following services will be offered during the week of May 12 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.


** Adult Influenza Clinic: Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, May 13, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Pregnancy Testing: Free pregnancy testing is available. Call 349-3391 to schedule an appointment.

** Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Treatment Services: Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

** HIV Counseling and Testing Service:  Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

Immunization clinics are held every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

For more information about public health services, contact the County Health Department, weekdays, phone 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547.

SOS Fest brings in Bluetree

THE SOS FEST three-day music festival in Hannibal NY announces the band Bluetree, from Belfast, Ireland will be closing out day two of the festival, Saturday night July 19.

Bluetree will take the stage at the Hannibal Firemans Field from 8:30 to 10 p.m.  Bluetree gained worldwide fame with its number one Billboard hit, “God Of This City” in 2009.

The music of Bluetree is an experience. It may well be loud, bold and energetic, but it may also be soft and so quiet you can hear the heartbeat of the person beside you.

“Through all the noises and beats, all the melodies and harmonies, what they want you to experience is the overwhelming presence of God.” –

Aaron Boyd, the lead singer of Bluetree,  continues to travel the world not just recording, writing and performing music, but raising money and awareness to help prevent child trafficking, slavery and sexual exploitation.

Boyd is also scheduled to deliver the message Sunday morning at about 10:45 a.m. during day three of The SOS FEST.

There are 15 other bands set to play at the SOS FEST including “Seventh Day Slumber” from Texas and bands from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, New York City and across New York state.

There will also be free waterslides, mission displays, merchandise booths, food booths, workshops, etc.

Full times and band schedule can be found at and tickets can be purchased for just $10 a day at

All profits go to local youth programs.

This is the 4th year of the SOS FEST, organized and sponsored by the Cabin 3 Youth group and Gods Vision Christian Church of Hannibal. All area churches have been invited to not only attend but to join in and help with this festival.

Other churches joining are The Another Level Youth Group in Fulton, New Life Church in Herkimer, The Life Church in Rome, The Chapel at Cross Point in Buffalo, Vintage Truth College Ministry in Buffalo and The American Baptist Men of NYS.

If other churches would like to get involved, call Erik at 564-6133. The festival begins July 18 at 6 p.m. and ends Sunday July 20 at noon.

Sunday afternoon music continues at 3 p.m. with Hannibal’s Concert In The Park, this year with The 10th Mountain Division Army Band.

South Shore Artisans to open for season

South Shore Artisans in Fair Haven will be opening for the season on Mother’s Day Weekend with lots of new art and a few new artisans.

The first 25 mothers through the doors starting Saturday will receive a beautiful hand thrown stoneware bowl with an herb planted in it.

New artists for the season at South Shore Artisans are Denise Fitzpatrick and her husband Marty.

Denise has been weaving baskets since 1974 and has taught adult classes at Cato-Meridian in basket weaving. She has given basket seminars to local nonprofit groups as well.

She was a Girl Scout leader for eight years, teaching many girls the art of basket weaving. She also has hosted parties as well as participating in local art shows.

Denise has won many ribbons and awards at the State Fair for her beautiful baskets. Her baskets come in all different sizes and styles and she sometimes weaves other elements like leather, rope and other natural materials into her baskets, giving them a unique artistic flare.

Marty, her husband of 32 years, will also be featured in the store with his various metal crafts for both indoor and outdoor use. He creates beautiful hand-forged items from arbors to pot racks to decorative hooks for your home.

South Shore Artisans is located at 567 Main St., Fair Haven. Starting May 9, the shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Friday through Monday.

Hannibal pre-K registration open now

Hannibal Central School will again be offering Pre-Kindergarten classes for the 2014-2015 school year.

This program is available for children residing in the Hannibal Central School District. Registration packets have been mailed to the homes of each child who will be four years old on or before Dec. 1, 2014.

If you have a child eligible for Pre- Kindergarten and have not received this information, please contact the Fairley School at 564-7945, extension 3004, and the information will be mailed to you.

Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The district plans to provide bus transportation again this year for students who are at least four years old.

In and Around Hannibal

By Rita Hooper

As I write this week’s column, the rain is falling and from what the news tells me, it’s going to be raining for a couple of days.

I’m reminded of Al Jolson’s old song:

Though April showers may come your way,

They bring the flowers that bloom in May.

So if it’s raining, have no regrets,

Because it isn’t raining rain, you know, (It’s raining violets,)

And where you see clouds upon the hills,

You soon will see crowds of daffodils,

So keep on looking for a blue bird, And list’ning for his song,

Whenever April showers come along.


The day you have been waiting for has finally arrived. But then you knew that!

You are probably sitting down, getting around to reading the paper about 5 p.m.  Saturday afternoon. You’ve had a busy day both holding your own garage sale and sneaking time to visit the other sales in town.

Isn’t it funny, how we clear out our junk so we can buy our neighbor’s junk and fill up all the space we just created?  Oh, you don’t do that? Come on … I can see your nose growing!

Just in case, you’re reading this while having your morning jo, get out of your PJs and into your jogging outfit and start hitting the sales — it’s Community Yardsale Day.

You can pick up the list at the Senior Center in the Hannibal Library on Oswego Street. There are 25 sales listed! The sales start at 8 a.m. Make sure to give a look-see at the Elderberry Sale when you pick up your list.

The Hannibal Methodist Church began its sale yesterday, and will be holding a bag sale today. That’s on Route 3, 1 block west of the Village Square.

This is really a fun day in Hannibal…bringing the community together as neighbors get to see each other, even sit and chat for the first time after a long, long winter. I’ll be praying for a nice, warm, sunny day.

The Mother and Daughter Banquet for the Hannibal United Methodist Church will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8. Reservations were due to Ulah Baker, 564-6376 by May 1; if you haven’t made your reservation, call right away and maybe she can wave her magic wand and get you in!

Hannibal Democrats will host a chicken barbecue at noon Sunday May 4 at the American Legion on Rochester Street.  To purchase pre-sale tickets, call 564-5630.

I received notice this week from Mayor Fred Kent that beginning about 7 a.m. Monday, May 5, one of the town trucks will be making the rounds in the village to pick up bagged leaves and twigs and other growing things. I don’t think children are included! There just is no rest for the weary!

The Senior Meals Program meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday for lunch at the Senior Center promptly at noon. The Center opens at 10 for those who like to work on puzzles, read the paper or just have a chat over coffee.

The center is located in the Library across from the Hannibal Fire Hall on Oswego Street.

This week’s menu features:

  • Monday, May 5:  Homemade soup and sandwich, juice, fruit cocktail
  • Wednesday: Italian sausage with onions and peppers on roll, green beans, potato salad, pudding
  • Friday: Fish, Monterey potatoes, vegetable blend, juice, peaches
  • Activities: Monday — Wii bowling and games; Wednesday — Bingo after lunch;   Friday — Music with Deanna Hubbard

The Jammers start up Monday, May 5 with a covered dish dinner beginning at 6 p.m. at the American Legion on Rochester Street. in Hannibal.  Bring a dish to pass, the table service will be provided.  The Jam begins at 7.

There’s always room for more musicians, so if you play a fiddle, guitar, harmonica, washboard, sing or yodel, mark the Jammers on your calendar. They meet every Monday night at 7 at the Legion from now until that white stuff that falls from the sky gets to bothersome to deal with!

Heard from Keith that he found a harmonica jam in Florida this winter.  If I remember right, he said that there were about 40 of them that got together just to play harmonica!

Last call for Church World Service Kits – If you have some kits and would like to get them on the truck from Central New York going to the Brethren Center in Maryland, give Rita Hooper a call at 706-3564 and make arrangements to drop them in Fulton.  The truck is being packed on May 6.

Hannibal Sports Boosters meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the high school.

Hannibal Chapter of Families with Attention Deficit Disorder meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Kenney Middle School libarry.

Bone Builders meet at the American Legion Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 a.m.

Home and School will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday May 6 in room 30 at Fairley.

The Hannibal Methodist Church serves a free lunch (donations for this ministry accepted though) at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. The church is one block west of the Village Square on Route 3 (Church Street).

The Hannibal Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Building on Cayuga Street.

Hannibal Dollar for Scholars will hold a pulled pork barbecue from noon until sold out Saturday, May 10.

May 10, the  North Volney Methodist Church, (corner of County Routes 4 and  6 in Volney) will be hosting a gospel concert featuring the Misfits and Lake Effect Bluegrass from 1 to 3 p.m. They will also have a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a plant sale, bake sale and lunch will be available too. The concert is free; a free will offering will be received to pay the musicians.

The public hearing on the proposed Hannibal school budget for 2014-15 will be at 6:30 p.m. May 12 in the board room in the high school.

I was surprised to read in the Valley News that there is no contest for two seats on the Hannibal Board of Education.

I know my memory isn’t as good as it once was, but I can’t remember when the last uncontested race was held. I do remember some pretty hard fought races in the past though.

Along these lines, School Superintendent Donna Fountain will attend the next meeting of the Elderberries at 6 p.m. May 13 to present the school budget and other information. The Berries meet at the Senior Center (Library,) Oswego Street. Bring your own table service and dish to pass.

The Friends of the Library have a new raffle basket called Just Frogin’ Around, all things frog. Includes a fountain, garden ornament, calculator, wrapping paper and more. The drawing is May 13.

Plans are underway for the Hannibal Alumni Banquet June 14. This year it will be held at the Elks Lodge on Pierce Drive in Fulton. Watch for posters for reservation information.

Plans are underway for the fourth annual SOS Music Fest this summer in Hannibal. For information, call Erik at 564-6133.

Rita Hooper 706-3564

Youth group wants to save children from slavery

The Cabin 3 Youth group of Gods Vision Christian Church in Hannibal and the Vintage Truth college age ministry held a 30-hour famine on Good Friday, April 18 in Hannibal to raise money and awareness for Agape International and World Vision Child sponsorship.

Many youth and adults stopped eating at 6 p.m. Thursday April 17 and did not eat again for 30 hours.

During this time the youth built cardboard houses to sleep in overnight. The youth also held a car wash and obtained sponsors to raise money for the charities.

Mission worker Jill Chatham from the Rochester area came to speak to the youth and share information about worldwide child slavery and trafficking.

Every country has some sort of child trafficking and every area of the United States also has child slavery and trafficking issues.

Chatham taught the youth about the reasons why youth get involved in slavery, why they get sold into slavery in poor countries and how American teens get lured into a lifestyle that is actually leading them and trapping them into slavery and trafficking.

Many countries have youth as young as six years old working 21 hours a day, peeling shrimp, sewing soccer balls and working as prostitutes.

Chatham also pointed out the many products that we as Americans use on a daily basis that most likely was grown by, prepared by or assembled by children, many slaves, many not able to return to their families.

Statistically one child is sold into slavery every 30 seconds and 35 percent are less than age 16. Officials estimate there are more than 27,000 slaves worldwide, half under the age of 18.

Agape International says they are ”fighting the ground war on sex trafficking in Cambodia. Our projects prevent, rescue, restore and reintegrate, impacting 10,000+ people a year.”

But Agape said this takes money and  that’s where groups like Cabin 3 come in. Every dollar given helps to change a life, restore a life.

This is the 10th year Cabin 3 has done a 30-hour famine, raising money for their sponsored child, “Ruth,” a little girl in Peru, as well as raising money for World Vision.

This is the third year Cabin 3 and Vintage Truth College group have raised money for Agape International.

The youth traveled to Buffalo, Tuesday April 29 to deliver the money they raised to Vintage at the Chapel at Cross point in Buffalo.

Anyone who would like to donate to either fund, or if you would like more information, call Erik at 564-6133 or go to

All area teens ages 10-18 are welcome to attend all Cabin 3 events and all older teens, college age and adults are welcome to come to Vintage Truth every Tuesday  at 8 p.m. at God’s Vision Christian Church at 326 Church St., Hannibal.

County Envirothon takes to the woods Thursday

By Ashley M. Casey

Bring your boots: rain or shine, young nature enthusiasts will be facing off tomorrow at the Oswego County Envirothon, held at Jellystone Park in Mexico.

Since 1991, the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District has sponsored the county’s Envirothon, a hands-on test of high school students’ knowledge of forestry, aquatics, soils, wildlife and current environmental issues.

The county winner goes on to the New York state competition. Last year’s county champion, Altmar-Parish-Williamstown, came in 11th of 49 teams at the state Envirothon.

“(Envirothon) encourages students to be more in tune with the environment and the natural resources in the county,” said Erica Schreiner, district educator of the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District and Envirothon Coordinator.

The competition consists of five 30-minute exams with 25 questions, plus a video presentation submitted prior to the event.

Teams of five students must properly identify trees, analyze soil and perform other tasks to demonstrate their environmental knowledge. Schools can send two teams of five with up to two alternates.

Local experts in each field create a new test for each subject each year. This year, the Oswego County branch of Cornell Cooperative Extension is covering the current issue of sustainable local agriculture.

Schreiner said Envirothon is an outdoorsy outlet to keep students engaged.

“It sparks their interest in something and gives them something to belong to,” she said. “It’s a great hands-on event.”

Some Envirothon participants pursue the interest after high school.

“A lot of them do go on to ESF (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry) at Syracuse and other environmental colleges,” Schreiner said.

Jamie Hefti, adviser of two Envirothon teams at Pulaski, said one of his graduating senior “stars” will study biology at Harvard University and another is headed to Clarkson University for environmental engineering.

He said the competition’s individual focus helps prepares students for college, especially the oral video presentation.

“It’s so self-directed. It’s on them,” Hefti said. “When I watched them prepare for the oral part of it, I think it’s the most truly applicable skill for preparing for college that there is in high school.”

Hefti said he has a study area in his classroom for students to visit and borrow materials when they have a free period during the day. The students each become an “expert” on one of the subjects and coach each other.

“It’s really an awesome thing to observe,” he said.

Roxane Thormann and her husband, Rich, led the APW team to a surprise victory last year. The Thormanns volunteered to coach APW’s Envirothon team after their daughter’s beloved science teacher retired. Roxane Thormann said she and her husband, who are not teachers, faced a “big learning curve” in coaching the kids in environmental science.

“We were awestruck,” Thormann said of the 2013 win, which was APW’s first Oswego County Envirothon victory. “We didn’t have any idea we had it in us. (The team was) just flabbergasted.”

Catherine Celeste and Billie Jo Peterson are the co-advisers of the environmental club at Oswego High School The club is open to students in grades seven through 12, so it provides a “feeder group” of middle schoolers preparing for the high school Envirothon team.

“I have a lot of younger kids … getting some of the preparation long before they have a chance to compete in it,” Celeste said.

In addition to the Envirothon, Oswego’s environmental club focuses on eco-tourism, fundraising and cleaning up around the district.

“We hope, bottom line, that there’s a better appreciation for nature, and we want our students to be better earth stewards,” Celeste said. “Every year they’re going to Envirothon, I know they’re learning something they didn’t know before.”

She said her students have worked hard to prepare for Envirothon.

“I’m proud that we can get students who put the time in,” she said.

Missing from tomorrow’s competition is ten-time consecutive winner G. Ray Bodley High School. The Fulton school is not fielding a team this year. Bodley last won in 2012, but was ousted last year by APW.

“Due to new duties and responsibilities, I relinquished the helm and it just didn’t transfer well for the students,” former GRB Envirothon adviser Dan Mainville told The Valley News in an email. “Sadly there just wasn’t enough interest this year. Maybe next year.”

“We will definitely miss them, but it opens up opportunities for other schools to win,” Schreiner said of Bodley’s absence from the competition.

“It opens the door a little bit for us,” Celeste said. “My students are a little more motivated now because they feel they can be more competitive.”

“There’s always someone to replace Fulton,” Thormann said. “I’m sure there’s someone who wants to knock us off the pedestal. All the teams are tough.”