The Oswego Players organization will kick-off its 75th season with the play that spawned the classic Hitchcock film, “Dial M for Murder,” penned by English Playwright, Frederick Knot.
It caught the interest of Alfred Hitchcock, who set about adapting the play to film with stars Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and Robert Cummings.
Knot’s work often focused on women who innocently became the potential victims of sinister plots and “Dial M” is no exception.
Cary Grant had created the role of Tony on stage and was interested in doing the film, but was ultimately convinced that audiences would not accept him as a villain.
Director Troy Pepper’s cast includes Liz Ladd as the intended victim, Margot; Aaron Callahan as the plotting Tony; Kyle Cumby Walton as Max Holliday; Nathan Wescott as Captain Lesgate; and Michael Paul Callahan as the intrepid Inspector Hubbard.
Additionally, veteran actor Zane Leo portrays two characters (Thompson and O’Brien) with Julia Preston-Fulton a reporter.
There will be a preview reading and talk-back with the actors at River’s End Bookstore Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. The actors will be in costume and will perform scenes from the show.
Production dates are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. The matinee will be Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available at the Players’ box office at 343-5138.
SUNY Oswego has been designated a military-friendly college in Military Advanced Education’s 2013 guide.
The publication, which helps inform education service officers, transition officers and the service members they counsel, named SUNY Oswego to its annual list in the “2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities,” noting that schools on the list “go out of their way to implement military-friendly policies in support of our men and women in uniform.”
SUNY Oswego joined Syracuse University, Canisius College, Rochester Institute of Technology and SUNY colleges at Canton and Potsdam, among other New York institutions, on the national list.
“I think the designation shows the extent the campus goes to to provide a welcoming environment (for current service members and those transitioning to civilian life) and to give them the specific support they need,” said Benjamin Parker, academic planning coordinator for SUNY Oswego’s Division of Extended Learning.
“There are specific challenges for veterans,” Parker said. “Oswego has put in the effort to be knowledgeable about those challenges and to put in the support structures to minimize those challenges.”
Among the attributes considered in evaluating this year’s colleges and universities for inclusion in the Military Advanced Education guide are the flexibility of online learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, on-campus active duty and veteran assistance, faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues, presence on military installations, and full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental health concerns.
Parker said Oswego’s services to veterans include counselors who have made it a priority to obtain professional development and training around veterans issues, weekly in-person presence of a college representative at Fort Drum, acceptance at full value of credits earned for military schooling and training, increased opportunities for faculty and staff to learn the challenges facing returning service members, establishing relationships with community institutions that routinely assist veterans and promoting flexibility in academic options.
“I advise all the evening degree and online students,” Parker said. “If a veteran student needs that flexibility, they’re already talking to the person who can help them get into the (class) sections.”
The college has a cross-campus, interoffice committee working to further improve veterans’ services, he said. Parker makes himself available at the outset to military members and veterans transitioning to college life.
“We’ve streamlined the whole process to get them the information they need,” Parker said. “They come here focused. They know why they’re here. They know what they want. We pave the way.”
The Oswego Music Hall will present the high-powered blue-grass ensemble, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Saturday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m.
This acoustic band plays the true, bluegrass stuff, according to reviewer Devon Leger.
“Alan Lomax famously called bluegrass ‘folk music on overdrive’ and after Frank Solivan’s performance, I’d have to whole-heartedly agree,” said Leger.
Hailing mostly from the D.C. area, Solivan plays mandolin, guitar and violin while the banjo is played by Mike Munford. Danny Booth provides the heartbeat on the stand up bass and Chris Luquette, from the Seattle music scene, plays the acoustic guitar, mandolin, drums, bass, electric guitar, banjo, and Greek bouzouki.
The all-volunteer, family-friendly Music Hall, also known as the Ontario Center for Performing Arts, is located in the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego.
The Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning has partnered with Mohawk Valley GIS and the Oswego County Snowmobile Association to offer a free trail app for riders in the snow blessed Tug Hill region.
The app contains interactive maps of 378 miles of snowmobile trails, public parking locations, 10 snowmobile clubs, 25 restaurants, 21 gas stations, 11 lodgings, and several more snowmobile-related and supporting businesses along the Oswego County trail system.
As of press time, 837 people had downloaded the app, which displays the rider’s current GPS location and trail data. Once it’s been loaded on a smart phone, the trails can be accessed at any time.
“Oswego County is blessed with a wide variety of natural resources that are enjoyed by thousands of visitors from around the world throughout the year,” said Dave Turner, director of the county Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.
“Our annual snowfall (sometimes the highest this side of the Rockies) is near the top of the list of attractions here for outdoor enthusiasts. We were delighted to be selected as the model for this new service, and we hope that it will become the tool that helps create a safe and enjoyable experience for resident snowmobilers and wintertime visitors alike.”
Linda Rockwood, developer of the www.NYSnowmobileWebMap.com site and owner of Mohawk Valley GIS, approached the county more than a year ago and offered to develop the app as a pilot project.
“The timing was perfect, said Rockwood. “Oswego County wanted to include their trails in the interactive trail map website project, and we wanted to create a free app that featured the trails in one of our state’s more popular regions.”
As part of the joint promotional effort, sponsoring businesses in Oswego County were offered a discounted advertising package that includes the countywide paper trail map, web map, premium statewide and free trail apps, and GPS trail sets.
The Snowmobiling Oswego County app is available in both Apple’s appStore and Google’s Play store.
Tuesday, Julian Ross, a second grader battling cancer for more than a year, was visited at home by Senator Patty Ritchie and troops from Ft. Drum’s 10th Mountain Division.
Ritchie arranged a visit with the Ross family after learning of seven year-old Julian’s interest in all things military. Julian comes from a military-based family. His grandfather was in the military as well many of his mother Kristi’s uncles and cousins. His uncle was serving in Iraq, but got discharged after being injured.
During the visit, Julian was appointed an honorary “sergeant” by members of the 10th Mountain Division. A proclamation was read of his promotion, which was presented to Ross for his “outstanding bravery when faced with challenges.”
He was also presented with gifts donated by soldiers and various groups at Fort Drum. Among the gifts were identification tags, a patrol cap, camouflage backpack with division memorabilia, a uniform and a St. Michaels medallion. He was also give a 10th Mountain Division hooded sweatshirt with sergeant stripes to keep warm during his trips to the hospital.
Julian changed out of his West Point jacket to change into his new uniform. His mother Kristi said that she can never get her son to take off that jacket. The soldiers and Ritchie took pictures with Julian, and the family dog, Cadence.
His mother teased that as a sergeant, Julian will have a higher rank than his Uncle Bruno. His uncle will be married this Dec. 29, and Julian is in the wedding.
Julian has expressed interest in being a helicopter pilot. The family visited a military base in Norfolk, Va. over the summer. Julian’s name was put on the side of a helicopter. Steve Ross, Julian’s father, said that from his understanding, the same helicopter is now deployed out in the Persian Gulf.
Julian’s mother Kristi explained how excited Julian was of the visit, but was rundown from emergency surgery he had over the weekend.
The visit came one day after he was released from the hospital and he is fighting four infections.
Sergeant Ross was curious as to whether the Ft. Drum had tanks. He was given an open invitation to visit Watertown’s military base to get a tour.
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The sounds of the season and a long-standing community tradition, the holiday pops concert, returns to Oswego courtesy of Oswego Health.
The concert is presented by the newly formed Musical Associates of Central New York.
The holiday concert will be held Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Oswego High School auditorium. The high school is located at 2 Buccaneer Boulevard.
“I am so pleased that we are able to once again be the major sponsor of this concert and bring this wonderful holiday tradition back to the community,” said Oswego Health President and CEO Ann C. Gilpin.
“I would like to thank SUNY Oswego, the Musical Associates of CNY, the Oswego City School District and the City of Oswego, among others for helping us make this possible.”
Members of the community will be able to enjoy the sounds of the holiday with their family and friends at the concert.
The holiday concert will include the music of the Syracuse-based symphony. A community sing-a-long is also planned for the afternoon.
Serving as the evening’s conductor will be accomplished musician Sean O’Loughlin, a native of Syracuse.
In addition, the vocal soloist will be Amanda Brasher.
Tickets are available through a new arrangement this year. Community members wishing to attend the concert may purchase tickets online at tickets.oswego.edu.
They will also be on sale at the door the night of the concert.
“I hope community members will join us for what we know will be a wonderful afternoon,” Gilpin said.
Mary Louise (Wilson) DeStevens, 78, of County Route 25, Oswego, died Dec. 3, 2012.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Louis; their children, Connie DiStefano of Washington, Joseph of Oswego and Karen of Oswego; grandchildren, Joseph DeRousie, Matthew (Kristina) DeStevens, William (Nicole) DeRousie, Stacy DeStevens, and Daniel (Ashely) DeRousie; 10 great-grandchildren; and her brothers and sisters, Jack Wilson, Richard (Hedi) Wilson, Nancy Wilson, and June Morton.
She was daughter of the late William and Marguerite Wilson. She was a lover of all animals, especially dogs. She was a Christian. Services and burial were private. Contributions made be to Southwest United Methodist Church, 7721 State Route 104, Oswego, NY 13126.
Arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.
Julian Ross, a second grader in Oswego, likes to play with his brothers as well as his Nintendo DS and he has a fascination with all things military.
He is also fighting stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer.
The cancer started in Julian’s adrenal gland and has spread throughout his body. He has been battling cancer since he was diagnosed Aug. 4, 2011.
Since then, Julian has had multiple surgeries, chemotherapy treatments, scans, transfusions, bone marrow aspirations, and a stem cell transplant in May.
The Ross family makes monthly visits to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for rounds of experimental treatment and Julian is often admitted to the hospital.
Julian’s parents, Steve and Kristi, tried to explain to their son what is happening to his body the best they can by using age appropriate language. Since Julian’s dreams of being in the service, his parents told him that his cancer is the “bad army” and that the “good army,” or treatment, will help him beat the war going on inside him.
Thinking of this explanation, Julian expressed that he didn’t want any other kid to get his “bad army.” With the help of his parents, Julian came up with a dozen items on his own personal bucket list, experiences that are important and special to him.
One item in the top five was to have a van with automatic doors, sunshades, air conditioning and a television. The Ross’s family van is old and rusted, without heat and running on 120,000 miles.
Bob Natoli, owner of Timebuyer, was made aware of Julian’s story by his daughter, who read about Julian on Facebook. Natoli read that number four on Julian’s bucket list was a new van and he realized that he could help the Ross’s with that pursuit.
Natoli and his wife, Peg, presented the Ross family with a personal donation of a 2006 Chrysler minivan Monday at Timebuyer in Oswego. The van is valued at about $8,200 and will allow Julian to be more comfortable when traveling back and forth for therapy.
The vehicle is fashioned for a wheelchair, if Julian should ever need one.
“When I heard about the Ross’s plight, my heart went out to them immediately,” said Natoli. “The worst thing in the world has to be having a sick child. We pray for his recovery.”
Natoli also wanted to assist Julian and the family further by helping them get publicity for their own needs and because Julian is interested in helping other’s fight their own battle against cancer.
Steve, Julian’s father, was overwhelmed with Natoli’s kindness and generosity. Not only will the new minivan get better mileage, but also be safer for Julian. The family’s old van didn’t have heat in the back and Julian’s compromised immune system makes him vulnerable to illness.
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