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Pomp and circumstance: Find your local school’s graduation

Area high schools are holding their commencement exercises next weekend.

  • Mexico Academy and Central School, Mexico: 7 p.m. Friday, June 27 at High School Athletic Field. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the gymnasium.
  • Hannibal High School, Hannibal: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 27 at Lockwood Auditorium, Hannibal High School
  • G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at the Fulton War Memorial
  • J.C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at JCB Gymnasium
  • Oswego High School, Oswego: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at SUNY Oswego Campus Center

Odds and ends from the managing editor

By Debra J. Groom

It’s time for a few updates on what’s been going on at The Valley News.

First off, let me wish everyone a happy summer and happy bass season. Summer starts today and I welcome all that comes with it — warmer temperatures (not hot, mind you, just warm, say 80 degrees), sunshine, camping, flowers, fresh veggies and fruits, sleeping with the windows open and of course, fishing. Continue reading

Russel Stannard, chief canal lock operator, Navy veteran

Russel Stannard, 76, of Sterling died Thursday June 19 in Oswego Hospital after a short illness.

Mr. Stannard was born in Boonville, NY, the son of the late William and Winifred Stannard.

He retired in 1995 as a chief lock operator for the NYS Canal Corp. He served in the US Navy from 1955 until 1969.

Mr. Stannard was a member of the American Legion Post 1, Albany NY, and Past Commander of the American Legion Post 658, Fair Haven. He was a Fair Haven village trustee from 1974 until 1978 during their Bicentennial Celebration.

Mr. Stannard is survived by his wife, Patricia Stannard of Sterling; children Janice (Jeff Treasure) Skinner of Sterling, Darlene (Ron Dates) Burley of Martville, Lee Simpkins of Hannibal, Arica (Mark) Harteis of Oswego; sisters June MacArthur of Oswego, Carol Brookes of FL, Donna Cooke of Fair Haven; 13 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial in Springbrook Cemetery will be private.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego

Fulton Art Association selects competition winners


First place drawing B
First place drawing B
First place 3D metal
First place 3D metal
First place acrylics
First place acrylics
First place ceramics
First place ceramics

The Fulton Art Association has announced the winners of the eighth annual High School Invitational Art and Photography Show.

A total of 88 students from high schools in Fulton, Hannibal, Oswego and Phoenix school districts submitted 103 pieces of artwork in fourteen different categories. The show was created to help provide encouragement and guidance to high school artists and provide them a venue to display their talent and artwork.

Marsha Wheeler Marcarian, Arts-In-Education Coordinator for Oswego County BOCES, and Carolyn House Mosier, long-time FAA member and instructor at Cayuga Community College, Fulton, judged the show this year, which was held at the Fulton Municipal Building in early March.

The award for Best of Show went to Mike Edwards, an 11th grade student from Oswego, for his Computer Graphic Art entry entitled Self Portrait which included the Oswego Lighthouse reflected in his sunglasses.

In the Three-Dimensional category, Laurelann Easton (12th grade – Oswego) took first place with her metalwork entry entitled Violate Text Bracelet. Molly Brown (11th grade – Oswego) took second place with her jewelry entry, Geared to Fly along with Leah Shay Jones (11th grade – Oswego) for her Release Text Bracelet. Honorable Mention went to Childhood Memory, Metal by Aviriana Follet (12th grade – Oswego).

 In the Acrylics category, first place went to Maria Musemeci (11th grade – Phoenix) for her portrait painting, Fia. Second place was shared by Gianna Girafalo (12th grade – Phoenix) for her Black Bear canine painting and Brenna Riley (11th grade – Oswego) for Sundae Honorable Mentions were awarded to Nicole Fitzgerald (11th grade – Phoenix) for Weaping Tree and Taylor Simpson (12th grade – Fulton) for Aboriginal Original.

In the Ceramics medium, Aviriana Follet (12th grade – Oswego) won first place for her Volcanic Safehaven entry

Two second place were granted to Cassondra Orr-Savage (12th grade – Fulton) for Life Through Henna and Hans Reichow (12th grade – Hannibal) for his Waldgeist. 

Honorable Mentions were given to Jessica Allen (10th grade – Phoenix) for Clay Shark, Morgan Butterfield (12th grade – Oswego) for Silver Geared Teapot, Courtney Johnson (12th grade – Oswego) for Steam Punk Teapot, Emily Leonard (12th grade – Fulton), Elizabeth Reitz (12th grade – Fulton) for Animal Kingdom, Seth Rogers-Miller (12th grade – Fulton) for Tesselate, and Emily Schneider (11th grade – Phoenix) for Cookie Jar and Nesting Bowls.

 First place in Digital Photography was granted to Christian Knox (12th grade – Hannibal) for Marsh Reflections. Two second-place were granted to Dylan Cummins (12th grade – Hannibal) for Bum and Bailey Milliken (11th grade – Hannibal) forTrace of Light. Honorable Mentions were given to McKayla Long (10th grade – Hannibal) for Glowsticks and Lindsey Wheeler (11th grade – Hannibal) for Autumn Breeze.

In Drawing A (pencil, graphite, charcoal), first place went to Oswego 11th grader, Allie Henderson for her pencil drawing,  Masquerade. Second place was awarded to Meghan Anderson (11th grade – Oswego) for Silence and Carolina Nicole (12th grade – Hannibal) for Tree Study. 

Honorable Mentions were given to Katie Bradshaw (10th grade – Oswego) for Tranquility Before the Storm, Carrie Gilbert (12th grade – Oswego) for Spilt Soup, and Marissa Martin (12th grade – Phoenix) for Baby Willow.

In Drawing B (colored pencil, Prismacolor), first place went to Reilly Patrick (11th grade – Oswego) for Time Will Tell. Second place was shared by Reilly Patrick for Rusted Workshop and Carolina Nicol (12th grade – Hannibal) for Vintage. 

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Meghan Anderson (11th grade – Oswego) for Does It Snow in Heaven, Katie Bradshaw (10th grade – Oswego) for In the Eye of the Beholder, Christian Cabanlig (10th grade – Oswego) for Anonymous Gift, Makala Carson (11th grade – Oswego) for Feathers, and Meghan Rowe (10th grade – Phoenix) for Grandpa.

In Drawing C (markers, pastels, pen/ink), first place was awarded to Carolina Nicol (12th grade – Hannibal) for Rolling Forms, second place to Kathy Pittorf (11th grade – Hannibal) for Pastel Abstraction, and an Honorable Mention to Darian Stobart (11th grade – Phoenix) for Angel.

 In Painting Mixed Media, an Honorable Mention was given to Jessica Morgan (9th grade – Oswego) for her Steeple at Night.

 In Printmaking, two Honorable Mentions were given to Morgan Haynes (9th grade – Oswego) for Harings Hersheys and Michael Leach (12th grade – Phoenix) for Discombobulation.

 In the Watercolor category, a first place was awarded to Meghan Lentz (12th gr – Phoenix) for Jay Walk in the Woods. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Isabela Gonzalez (12th gr – Fulton) won second place.

 Local vendors who sponsored the show were David Mirabito, Fulton Savings Bank, Medicine Place, Mimi’s, Pathfinder Bank, and Spencer and Anne Ludington.

 All students in the four districts (including LEAH and Oswego Co BOCES students from those districts) are allowed to participate in the High School Invitational competition. All students are also welcome to join the Fulton Art Association and participate in its annual show that takes place in May.

For information, contact President Kathryn Mihalek at 532-3803.

All Aboard Fishing Weekend June 20-22

The Fair Haven Fishing Association is hosting its All Aboard Fishing Weekend Friday June 20 through Sunday June 22.  

This is the ninth year for fishing with children with special needs and the sixth Fair Haven Wounded Warriors fishing event for military personnel. 

More than 20 children from Fair Haven and the surrounding areas and 25 Fort Drum soldiers in the Warrior Transition Program and with special needs will join the fishing trip this year. Continue reading

OCO Nutrition Services celebrates 40th birthday

OCO Nutrition Services celebrates its 40th anniversary.    Pictured above, are staff members looking back at 40 years of memories and photos.  Seated from left are: Bridget Dolbear, program coordinator for OCO Senor Nutrition Services, and Amy Roland, director, OCO Nutrition Services.  Standing from left are: Lori Halstead, food service coordinator; and Christine Parks, support services manager.
OCO Nutrition Services celebrates its 40th anniversary. Pictured above, are staff members looking back at 40 years of memories and photos. Seated from left are: Bridget Dolbear, program coordinator for OCO Senor Nutrition Services, and Amy Roland, director, OCO Nutrition Services. Standing from left are: Lori Halstead, food service coordinator; and Christine Parks, support services manager.

When Congress enacted the Older Americans Act to address the social services needs of older people, it was seen as a major vehicle for promoting the delivery of social services to seniors.

Its mission was to help older people maintain maximum independence in their homes and communities and to promote a continuum of care for the vulnerable elderly.

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County to apply for grant money to build Internet network

By Debra J. Groom

Oswego County will apply for grant money to help build a high-speed fiber Internet network in the county.

The county Legislature passed a resolution at its June 12 meeting to move forward seeking money from the Northern Border Regional Commission, which offers assistance for this type of project. Continue reading

Arline Stuart, longtime Hannibal resident, member of fire department auxiliary


Arline Stuart, 90, of Hannibal, passed away Thursday June 5 at St. Luke Health Services.

She was born in Providence, R.I., a daughter to the late Thomas and L. Mildred McLinden and lived most of her life in Hannibal.

Arline was a homemaker and a member of the Hannibal Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

She was a charter communicant of Our Lady of the Rosary Church and the bookkeeper for the Hannibal Resource Center at Our Lady of the Rosary Church for over 20 years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert F. Stuart, who died Jan. 30, 1996.

Arline is survived by her children, Robert F. Stuart, Jr. of Oswego, William T. Stuart of Austin, TX , Lee P. Stuart of North Victory and Diane M. Miano of Hannibal; five grandchildren, Laura, Matthew, George, Michael and Amanda; two great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, June 9 at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Hannibal. Burial was in Hannibal Village Cemetery.

Calling hours were June 8 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal.