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Oswego County Girl Scouts win awards

Girls from throughout the 26-county region of the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways have earned the highest awards in Girl Scouting, the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.

The prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

In order to earn the award, girls must complete Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys, the essence of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and demonstrate their leadership abilities by spending at least 80 hours working on a Gold Award Take Action project that creates a sustainable impact on their extended communities.

Oswego County girls earning the Gold Award are Kaitlyn Crobar and Samantha Stewart of Central Square and Katelyn Clary and Emily Mills of Oswego.

The Silver Awards are the highest award for Girl Scouts in grades six thorugh eight. To earn this, a girls complete a Cadette Journey, the essence of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, gain leadership skills and then spend at least 50 hours working on a community service project.

Oswego County girls receiving the Silver Award are: Dakota Gillete of Hastings; Dana Bova, Elizabeth Choquette, Sarah Stevenson and Jeanette Stewart of Central Square; and Claudia Chetney, Morgan Familo, Lauren Jones, Desire Myers and Lauren Samson, all of Oswego.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout Junior. To earn the award, girls must learn leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project on which they spend at least 20 hours making a positive impact on their communities. Girls can work within their troops to earn this award.

Oswego County girls earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award are: Zoe Eisel, Abby Jordan, Alice Weigel and Katie Woods from troop 10031 in PUlaski and Lacona; Allison Griffin, Angelina Guarrera, Sarah Jones, Zeida Olson, Morgan Samson, Melanie Solano and Maya Upcraft from troop 10434 in Oswego and Scriba; Kaitlyn Czerow, Katherine Fierro, Clare Hook, Cecile Laundre, Caitie Lilly and Julia Roman from troop 10461 in Oswego; Laura Cummings, Allison Lizotte, Amelia Rastle, Samantha Terpening and Cassidy Woodward from troop 10580 in Oswego and Fulton;

The Gold Awards will be presented May 3 at the Young Women of Distinction Luncheon at Onondaga Community College. Girls that have earned the Girl Scout Silver and Bronze awards will be recognized at a dessert reception on May 18 at Camp Hoover in Tully.

State provides money to fix roads damaged by harsh winter

The state on Thursday announced it is providing $40 million to help local governments make necessary repairs to highways and bridges following this year’s exceptionally harsh winter.

This funding, passed as part of the 2014-15 state budget, is a special one-time allocation to compliment the $438 million in existing State support for local transportation infrastructure.

All counties, cities, towns and villages will receive capital assistance through the program.

Localities will be able to use this money on capital projects to repair and improve infrastructure and to complement their core construction programs. To help brace for future storms, longer lasting roadway surfacing and overlay projects are eligible expenses.

Here are amounts for Oswego County and its cities, towns and villages:

Oswego County  $289,598.09

Fulton $33,490.12

Oswego $50,578.72

Albion $14,401.27

Amboy $9,024.27

Boylston $6,104.27

Constantia $16,496.90

Granby $15,829.89

Hannibal $15,539.90

Hastings $14,483.91

Mexico $18,622.88

Minetto $2,243.99

New Haven $10,097.00

Orwell $10,834.53

Oswego Town $10,949.81

Palermo $10,865.92

Parish $12,923.89

Redfield $8,244.69

Richland $16,781.46

Sandy Creek $12,332.61

Schroeppel $14,157.51

Scriba $11,530.22

Volney $16,590.23

West Monroe $9,604.68

Williamstown $7,247.50

Central Square $2,158.20

Cleveland $3,583.06

Hannibal $1,681.16

Lacona $1,186.33

Mexico Village $4,352.19

Parish Village $971.87

Phoenix $5,020.25

Pulaski $4,048.17

Sandy Creek Village $416.99

Oswego,Subtotal $661,992.48

Oswego County BOCES receives insurance award

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Oswego County BOCES was the recipient of the 2014 School Safety Excellence Award from the Utica National Insurance Group.

The honor, presented annually, recognizes safety efforts by school districts and BOCES across New York State to help keep students, staff and visitors safe.

The Utica National School Safety Excellence Awards Program is divided into three levels – titanium, platinum and gold – in which schools have to meet certain criteria in order to earn a certain level of distinction.

Oswego County BOCES earned the highest merit of distinction in the program, the titanium with honors award. Accompanying this prestigious award was a grant in the amount of $500 to further enhance current safety efforts.

“Safety and health concerns continue to be a priority in our school districts,” explained Mark Aquino, regional manager in Utica National’s risk management department.

“Districts that go ‘above and beyond’ to provide a safe, healthy and focused culture for learning are to be applauded, and we’re pleased to count Oswego County BOCES among them,” Aquino said.

Utica National officials presented BOCES representatives with the award at the company’s annual school safety seminar in Syracuse on March 31.

Shelly Schumaker Iorizzo, excellent cook, generous to others, devoted mother

Shelly Schumaker Iorizzo started her new life on April 1, 2014.

Shelly was 47 years old, survived by a loving family: her husband, Lou; their children, Tyler and Monica; stepchildren, Vanessa, Luciano III (Dana) and their two children Daniel and Lydia.

Shelly is also survived by her parents, Gary and Joy Schumaker; her sister, Sherry (Jim) Best; brother Wayne (Sarah) Schumaker and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

First and foremost, Shelly was a devoted mother. Her love was unconditional and gave her the determination to face terminal illness, enduring treatments willingly to give her one more month, week, day or minute with her children.

Shelly was all about relationships. Her sharp wit and laughter attracted many friends, especially her husband. Together, they built their life and family, making lasting relationships in New York, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Arizona and Virginia.

Shelly will be deeply missed for her passion for life and compassion for others. She was an excellent cook, the life of any party and overwhelmingly generous. Her selfless nature was present throughout her life.

Her final gift was the gift of sight through the donation of her corneas so that others may see life through her eyes.

There was a service held in Williamsburg, Va. Sunday, April 6.

Family and friends will also celebrate Shelly in her hometown of Hannibal, NY Thursday, April 10 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Calling hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. with service to follow.

Shelly’s lifelong love of music can be honored through memorial contributions to the Williamsburg Music Club, P.O. Box 1808, Williamsburg, VA  23187.

Hannibal spring sports rosters

Here are students participating in spring sports in the Hannibal school district.

Information is courtesy of the Hannibal Central School District.

Baseball

Seniors Greg Hadcock, Anthony Page; juniors Colten Cannova, Bryce Cassen, Troy Landis, Jorge Padua, Austin Mattison, Sam McCraith, Shane Sweeting; sophomores Jon Combes, Matt Combes, Blake Farnham; freshmen Taber Carter, Kenny Maynes, Ethan Straub

Coach: Scott Leonard

Softball

Seniors Samantha Bowers, Carolina Nicol, Malana Scott, Sabrina Weigand; juniors Catrina Deveney, Hailey Dunsmoor, Kurstin Hammond, Bailey Milliken, Amanda Ryan, Alyssa Sivy; sophomores Julia Beaumont, Megan Norris, Mackenzie Stevens, Kate Thompson; freshmen Dallas Voss, Katie Woodworth

Coach: Dave Meeker

Boys’ Track and Field

Freshmen, William Bullock, Mathew Graham, Jacob Hatten, Jared Mason, Jason McFarland, Connor McNeil, Austin Quale, Nate Raymond, Kyle Shoults, Joel Thompson, Andrew Wheeler; sophomores Austin Baker, Ben Bowers, Owen Braun, Austin Fenske, John Motell, Brian Whorrall; juniors Austin Donhauser, Benjamin Harrell, Zachary Hartranft, Nathan Welling; seniors Joshua Darrow, Sean Lange, Dustin Ouellette, Zane Pointon, Benjamin Raymond, Hans Reichow, Benjamin Slate

Coach: Dom Pike

College intern: Ben Griffin

Girls’ Track and Field

Eighth grade — Kiersten Abbott, Reilly Harris, Cassie Long, McKenzie Matteson; freshmen — Sydney Alton, Callie Cacchione, Janejira Cooper, Abigail Harrell, Paige LaFurney, Antoinette Lanning, Alexis Lathrop, Vanessa Waldron, Abby Weldin; sophomores — Tayler Dence, Amanda Gardenier, Katherine Martinez, Taylor McLaughlin, Amanda Miano, Rebekah Mills; juniors — Olivia Cacchione, Kristen D’Angelo, Ashley Hatten, Micheala Sheldon; seniors — Ketevan Chapiashvili, Marina Esanu, Gabrielle Griffin, Page McKenzie, Devin Sorell, Jessica Stauring

Coach: Dan Pawlewicz

Hannibal resident cleans teeth in Ghana

Donna Blake cleans a child’s teeth during a medical mission to Ghana.
Donna Blake cleans a child’s teeth during a medical mission to Ghana.

Oswego County BOCES Board Member Donna Blake, who represents the Hannibal school district on the BOCES board, recently returned from Ghana after an 11-day medical mission trip.

Blake works for Northeast Dental Group and splits her time between four offices in Onondaga and Oswego County.

Blake heard about the trip from a friend who had gone on a medical mission to India with Americans Serving Abroad Project (ASAP).

Blake attended an ASAP meeting, met with the founder, Lauri Raupracht (RN) of Syracuse, and decided to volunteer. Blake was one of 12 who travelled to Ghana to offer healthcare services to remote populations.

During the course of five days, the group visited five villages and provided service to 1,000 people.

Blake served as the only dental hygienist; the other volunteers were nurse practitioners, registered nurses and social workers.

Without electricity, Blake hand-cleaned the teeth of 250 children ranging in age from 2 to 14. She worked alongside a public health nurse from Ghana, who also helped with interpreting.

“Children’s teeth were not clean, having never owned a toothbrush, and yet there wasn’t a lot of decay,” said Blake. Their diets consist mostly of carbohydrates, very little protein and no processed sugar.

Each child learned about dental hygiene and received a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Blake described the children as polite, appreciative and eager to learn.

After work, Blake spent some time with the children, teaching them the Itsy Bitsy Spider, going on evening walks and playing with bubbles.

In and Around Hannibal, by Rita Hooper

Ukraine has been in the news lately as Russia has seen fit to take over Crimera, a part of Ukraine.

But I would like to share with you a little about Ukraine that some of my readers may not know.

During Lent, the women and girls (primarily) of Ukraine have decorated special eggs called pysanky eggs. It is believed  this tradition may go as far back as 4,000 BC.

They use a special process that uses beeswax and dyes on raw eggs. You must be careful not to break the eggs or you will have a big mess!

Over a period of years, the contents of the eggs dry up and the eggs become very light and they will last for years. They are tougher than they look!

The tool they use to put the wax on the egg and make the designs with is called a kistka. Where the wax is placed will remain white or the previous dye color. The wax is removed from the egg by melting it off, usually in a candle flame.

Eggs are used because they represent new life or rebirth. They are made during Lent so they will be ready for Easter where their use reminds us of the resurrection of Jesus.

The egg also is a symbol of the sun.  Many of the designs on the eggs have special meanings as well. For example, flowers represent love, animals, wealth and prosperity, dots are stars and butterflies nature, and wheat, a bountiful harvest.  Any design that encircles the egg represents eternal life.

Every color chosen has special meaning too: Yellow – Happiness, Blue – Health, Orange – Endurance, Black – Protection from Evil

The women will often decorate these eggs in private so their ideas are not copied. Each egg is an original.

Some Ukrainians believe the eggs will ward off evil. I bet they are making lots of eggs this year and would appreciate any you made.

I remember years ago, the Hannibal Library did a couple of workshops on pysanky eggs. Some of you may remember Librarian Karen Eckersley became quite good at doing these eggs and I was the lucky recipient of one or two of them.

The gift of a pysanky egg is very special and represents love, peace and friendship.  As for me and my heavy handedness, I’ll stick with hard cooked eggs and simple dyes. A simple, kid friendly method is to draw pictures on a boiled egg with a crayon and dip it in the dye. Where the picture is will remain white.

My husband used to like to write scripture passages on the eggs…ah you’re never too old to color eggs!

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The Hannibal Sports Boosters is conducting a lottery ticket raffle to raise funds to support the Hannibal Athletics program.

They anticipate selling 1,000 tickets.  Each ticket sold will then be eligible to win $50 each day for the month of May using the New York state daily lottery number that is drawn each evening.

An individual who purchases a $5 ticket will have 31 chances of winning during the month of May.

There will be four bonus days — Wednesdays during May. The winning ticket on those days will receive an additional bonus of $50 for a total of $100.

Only those over 18 are permitted to sell the tickets. Tickets will be sold from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the IGA/Village Market April 5 (today) and April 19.

If you have questions or would like to purchase tickets, call Mark Lafurney @ 374-8806 or email: mark.lafurney@eaglebev.com

The Friends of the Hannibal Free Library will be holding their Spring Book and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6 at the Hannibal Senior Center Rooms, next to the Library.  There will also be a wide variety of baked goods  for sale.  For more information please call Faith Chaffee, 564-5192.

The Enoch Thomas Methodist Cluster will hold their last Lenten Service at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at Bowen’s Corner Church. Refreshments will follow.

The Senior Meals Program meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday for lunch at the Senior Center promptly at noon. The center, located in the library across from  the Hannibal Fire Hall on Oswego Street,  opens at 10.

This week’s menu features:

Monday, April 7 — Homemade soup and sandwich (call for details), crackers, juice, fruit cocktail

Wednesday — Goulash, vegetable, juice, pineapple tidbits

Friday — Chicken cordon bleu, roasted potatoes, vegetable blend, yogurt

Activities: Monday — games and Wii bowling; Wednesday — games, bingo after lunch; Friday — games, craft (beaded crosses)

Bone Builders meet at the American Legion Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45AM.  If you have osteoporosis, there is help for you and your bones – stop in and check it out, or give Louise Kellogg a call.

The Senior Council would like to remind you that their rooms are available for groups and family rental when not being otherwise used.  Please give Rosemary a call for information and booking (564-5471.)

The Hannibal Nursery School announces an open house will be held, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday April 9 at the school in the upstairs of the Hannibal Library. Enrollment is open for the fall 2014-2015 school season. School season runs September-May. Classes are held 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. All 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds welcome. Call Christy at 727-1653 with any questions.

The Hannibal Library has a Garden Time raffle basket full of containers, gift certificate from Travis Floral, Book on container gardening, gloves, tools and more. The drawing will be on April 15th.

A Maundy Thursday service will be at Hannibal United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17.

Granby Center United Methodist Church will have a Good Friday service at 5:30 p.m.

Please churches in the Hannibal Area, let me know your Holy Week schedule.

On June 2, they will be honoring Fred Kent for his contributions to the Hannibal community.  Save the date now!

Rita Hooper  706-3564

Twohoops2@juno.com

News in Brief

The annual Spring Live and Silent Auction at Oswego Community Christian School is today (April 5) at the Elks Lodge in Oswego.

The silent auction is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and the live auction is 2:30 to 4 p.m. There also are some special drawings.

Visit the school’s website at 22.myoccs.org for more information.

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The City of Fulton Department of Parks and Recreation is once again sponsoring Line Dance Instruction featuring popular dance instructor, Phil Eno.

Instruction will begin in the City of Fulton Municipal Building Community Room at 141 S. First St., Fulton, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8.

Registration will take place at the first class. There are fees for the class.

For more information, call 592-2474.

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A program titled “Breakfast and Brainfood: When You Wish Upon A Star” is scheduled for two days in April at the SUNY Phoenix Center.

Part I will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. April 10 and Part II will be 8 to 9:30 a.m. April 24. The session is free and being put on by the Greater Oswego-Fulton chamber of Commerce.

During the sessions, participants will learn how to turn their business strategy into reality by evaluating seven key organizational elements, and harnessing their momentum to propel your organization forward.

Kelly Sullivan of CSTI-Core Skills, True Impact will share the principle drivers of organizational change along with practical tips that will help you to plan and execute your strategy.

Rich Burritt, of Burritt Motors, will share his insight and experience using those principles to dramatically improve the customer experience at his organization.

This sessions are free and open to the public. Please register either online at http://oswegofultonchamber.com/cwt/External/WCPages/WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=962, by phone at 343-7681 or by email at membership@oswegofultonchamber.com

The Mexico Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday April 10 at the Wilcox building, Presbyterian Church, Church Street.

This first meeting of the year will include a brief business meeting followed by a program “The History of Vacuum Cleaners.”

May’s program will be the War of 1812, 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Big Sandy.  On June 12, the scheduled program is Historic Homes of Mexico presented by Historian Bonnie Shumway and Diane Miller.

The public is invited to all programs.

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The Hannibal Ecumenical Bake Sale is set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12 at the Hannibal Village Market, IGA.

The money raised from the two bake sales each year are used to support The Hannibal Resource Center Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway and the Hannibal Central School Christmas Bureau Giveaway.

The Ecumenical Key Council of the Churches Of Hannibal is made up of members of each of the village churches. The Council meets at 2:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at Our Lady of the Rosary Church.

Everyone is welcome.

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The Greater Fulton community is invited to meet city and county elected leaders at 5 p.m. April 12 at the First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., Fulton.

There will be free pizza and soda. Elected leaders will include Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward, Fifth Ward Councilor Jay Foster, Sixth Ward Councilor Lawrence Macner, and County Legislators Frank Castiglia Jr. and James Karasek.

The purpose of the event is to build better communication and understanding between citizens and their civic leaders, and to encourage neighborhood based cooperation and coordination. The conversations with the elected officials will be from 6 to 7 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the Open Doors Neighborhood Center, a community outreach ministry of the First United Church of Fulton.

For more information about the First United Church and our Open Doors Neighborhood Center, call the Rev. David Nethercott at First United Church at 592-2707 or email him at prairieborn@aol.com.

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There will be a chicken barbecue from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday April 13 at the Granby Center Firehouse.

Both full dinners and chicken halves will be sold.

The next barbecue will be May 25.

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The Oswego Town Historical Society will host its April meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday April 16 at the Oswego Town Hall 2320 County Route 7.

The guest speaker will be Jim Farfaglia, who will present his new book “Of the Earth,” which is about muck farming in Oswego County and includes interviews with muck farmers of the area.

Muck farming was and is an important part of Oswego Town’s economy.  You will find the evening with Farfaglia informing and entertaining as he relates his experiences in gathering the information for his book.

The public is cordially invited.

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The First United Methodist Church in Fulton is presenting “Tenebrae, A Rock & Roll Easter Cantata” at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at the church at 1406 State Route 176 (across from the junior high).

Experience Good Friday in a different way. Join us for “Tenebrae, a Rock and Roll Easter Cantata,” performed by Sent Forth Ministries. Hear and experience the last hours of Jesus life in reflection and song.

All are welcome. A free will offering will be taken.

For further information, visit www.fultonfumc.org or phone the office at 592-7347.

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The Oswego Community Ecumenical Good Friday Cross Walk, again indoors, is being held at noon April 18 in the sanctuary at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 103 W. Cayuga St.

The service of prayer, reflection, silence, and song, will follow the traditional “Stations of the Cross,” the way of Jesus from his condemnation, through his crucifixion and burial on Good Friday.

The sanctuary is handicapped accessible and there is seating at each of the stations.  The service should be done by 1:15.

For more information, contact Roger Martin at Faith United Church, 343-3480, or Richard Klafehn, Grace Lutheran and Church of the Resurrection, 216-4416.

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Port City Faith will introduce a series titled “He Still Moves Stones” during its two Easter Services at 9 and 10:45 a.m. April 30.

The series will address many of the concerns and obstacles people in our community face: depression, anxiety, emotional disorders, relational struggles and many more applicable issues.

“There is a solution to these heartbreaking life struggles, I challenge you to join us for these services and find out what the answer is!” said Pastor Sebastian Foti.

This is the first time the church will present two Sunday services in order to accommodate the growth of the congregation as well as the holiday surplus in attendance.

Port City Faith has an upbeat style of service with contemporary worship and relevant preaching. Its intricate children’s church program is offered to grades pre-kindergarten through six, and nursery is also offered for those less than four years of age.

For additional information, visit www.portcityfaith.com or the church’s Facebook page.

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Oswego County’s Earth Week is April 25 through May 4.

Groups, nonprofits and organizations will get together at times during that week to help clean up areas of their communities.

For more information on the cleanup, go to www.oswewgocounty.com/earthweek.html or call 343-4565.

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Local author Jim Farfaglia, will give a discussion and photo slideshow about muck farming and its impact on the town of Volney and Oswego County at 2 p.m. April 27 at the Volney town hall.

Farfaglia will talk about his recently-published book on muck farming, including interviews and stories of local farmers, their families, neighbors, and workers.

Farfaglia’s book and a book title “Muck Farming in Volney” will be available.

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May Day (May 1st) is celebrated in many places around the world.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County will celebrate May Day by teaching a quilting series, the May Basket Quilted Wallhanging.

This two-part workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 1 and May 8. Participants will learn to sew their own May basket quilt blocks to assemble into a quilted wallhanging.

The cost is $16, which includes the instruction and pattern. This quilting program will be held at the Oswego County Cooperative Extension office in Mexico.

Call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County at 963-7286 ext. 302 to register and also to receive a materials list. Registration deadline is Thursday April 24.

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The monthly meeting of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 56 in Fulton will be at 7 p.m. May 7 at the VFW, 216-218 Cayuga St., Fulton.

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