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Marching Buc members Emily King, Nina Alcasid and Tory Welsch display the trophy the band earned at the Yamaha Cup event this past weekend in East Rutherford, N.J.

Marching Bucs finish in fourth place at Yamaha Cup

Marching Buc members Emily King, Nina Alcasid and Tory Welsch display the trophy the band earned at the Yamaha Cup event this past weekend in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers competed in the U.S. Bands circuit this past weekend at MetLife Stadium, the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets.

Oswego participated in the Yamaha Cup with 65 other marching bands from throughout the East Coast.

Band Director Scott Ciesla said, “The Marching Bucs performed very well. We had two excellent practices on the trip and it really paid off. We finished with a score of 80.79 which was good for fourth place out of eight. We just missed third place by just two tenths of a point.”

Continuing he said, “It was a very rewarding experience and the Marching Bucs did a great job. I am quite proud of the students and I feel like we made a lot of progress. We have definitely set ourselves up for success as we come back home to compete in Central Square this upcoming Saturday evening.”

There was a former local connection for the Marching Bucs as they stopped en route to the competition in Middletown, N.Y.

There they were greeted by former Oswego Superintendent of Schools Ken Eastwood, who had graciously offered the use of the Middletown School District facilities to his former district.

Ciesla said, “Dr. Eastwood was fantastic. They have a beautiful field and facilities. The field was relatively new and built with grant money that was also used to build a state of the art theatre with as well. The staff there was very supportive and unbelievably helpful. They had a sound and visual crew there to provide microphones and they also taped our run through so we could review it on the Jumbotron screen. It was a valuable tool to give our students instant feedback.”

The season concludes Sunday, Oct. 28 as the Marching Bucs will be competing in the New York State Field Band Conference Association Championships at the Syracuse University Carrier Dome where nine bands will vie for the National Division crown.

The Oswego Moms Group met Columbus Day at Greco Farms in Oswego for apple picking and hayrides for families. Over 70 adults and children enjoyed decorating pumpkins and petting animals at the free petting zoo.

Oswego Moms Group keeps growing

Oswego Moms Group
The Oswego Moms Group met Columbus Day at Greco Farms in Oswego for apple picking and hayrides for families. Over 70 adults and children enjoyed decorating pumpkins and petting animals at the free petting zoo.

by Nicole Reitz

Jenna Kain and Sarah Melita started the Oswego Moms Group in September as a way to interact with other mothers in the community.

At their first event, 16 moms gathered at the Oswego Alliance Church’s community center with their children for a monthly play-date.

Now with over 100 friends on Facebook, the group is seeing new members join daily.

Kain and Melita talked with several moms in Oswego County last week at their booth at the Oswego Farmers Market. The group’s mission is to create genuine relationships with other mothers because the group believes that no one should have to mother alone. Mothers in the group encourage one another, share their troubles and have fun with children.

“OMG is made up of women going through the same sort of things at the same time,” said Melita, a mother of three. “We support each other, and in a short amount of time, have realized a sense of community. When your hurting it is nice to have someone to call.”

The Oswego Moms Group is open to all stay-at-home or working mothers in Oswego County. Members can come to events with or without their children and mothers with children of any age are welcome, along with mothers who homeschool.

Melita, who is involved in the Fulton Mothers of Preschool group, found that once a child enters school, there aren’t as many resources for mothers.

There used to be a MOPs group in Oswego, but it no longer exists. Melita and Kain wanted to start their own group in Oswego for mothers and children of all ages, where mothers can meet several times a month, and build ongoing relationships and friendships.

“This group is meant to be a place for everyone to belong,” said Kain. “Mothers can help each other out with meals and parenting.”

Kain and Melita have many events planned for the rest of the year and hope to hold more family events that would also include fathers.

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The Oswego Music Hall is bringing back the Delaney Brothers Band at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Founded in 1981, two-time SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Award) winners Delaney Brothers Band is one of central New York’s oldest bluegrass bands.

Delaney Brothers to perform at Oswego Music Hall Oct. 20

The Oswego Music Hall is bringing back the Delaney Brothers Band at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Founded in 1981, two-time SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Award) winners Delaney Brothers Band is one of central New York’s oldest bluegrass bands.

The Oswego Music Hall is bringing back the Delaney Brothers Band at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.

Founded in 1981, two-time SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Award) winners Delaney Brothers Band is one of central New York’s oldest bluegrass bands.

The band’s music is more than just bluegrass – it’s influenced by other acoustic traditions such as country, folk, gospel, and Celtic.

The band has also taken on added flavors with its newest band members. Joining founding band members Ray Delaney (guitar, mandolin, vocals) and John Delaney (mandolin, guitar, vocals) are Jonathan Delaney (upright bass, vocals) and Nick Piccininni (banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, vocals).

Born into a musical family, Ray and John began playing guitars in their teens. It was only after moving to Central New York and bumping into Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble radio program over the airwaves of WCNY in Syracuse, that Ray and his brother turned to bluegrass.

The band’s latest CD release entitled “Generations” reflects not only the passing of the musical torch from one generation to the next, but also the melding of the two generations found within the band itself.

The album’s tracklist exemplifies this with several songs written by their youngest member, banjo player Nick Piccininni, as well as traditional selections composed by bluegrass forefathers like the late Bill Monroe.

Tickets may be purchased on-line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the River’s End bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street in Oswego.

Holders of tickets purchased before 1 p.m. on the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 p.m., seating will be general admission.

The next concert in will feature The Anthony Joseph Swingtet Nov. 3.

Congressional debate to be held in Granby tomorrow

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, a Republican, and Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum will have the first of four town hall debates this Thursday, Oct. 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Granby Town Hall in Oswego County.

Democratic candidate Dan Maffei was invited but decided not to participate.

The forum will be moderated by Beth Hilton, executive director at the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

Candidates will address written questions from area constituents.

The town hall is located at 820 Co. Rte. 8, Fulton.

Three reports presented at Oswego school board meeting

The Oswego Board of Education met Sept. 25 and heard three reports.

Dr. Linda Doty, Dr. Dean Goewey and Mary Volkomer, Oswego elementary school principals, presented a report involving protocol for responding to at-school incidents of violence.

Their overview explained the duties and responsibilities of school district employees and also the responsibilities toward the victim and the alleged aggressor. It was also stressed that these guidelines include documentation and building safety practices.

Craig Dailey of King & King Associates presented an overview of the Phase 3b capital project as well as the 2012 capital project that was approved by the voters in May. He talked about the timetable of the projects and provided a tentative time table for each.

Terri Daino-Delahunt was also presenting to the board as she reviewed the success and impact of the Bookmobile as it toured the district throughout the summer months.

In the area of instruction, approval was given for the Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers to travel to Newark, N.J. and MetLife Stadium from October 12-14 to compete in the U.S. Bands Yamaha Cup Invitational.

Meanwhile among the personnel items the board accepted the resignation of technology teacher Stephen Cass and computer club advisor Rory Malone and appointed Ken Kern as a co-team leader for technology and home and career skills.

Probationary appointments included part time school monitor Michele Carson and grounds workers Joseph Scharf and Harry Bickford.

Theresa Verdoliva was named as a provisional custodian and David Elen as a temporary head automotive mechanic. Jo Ellen Smith was given permanent appointment as a senior account clerk-typist.

The board also approved $8,000 for obligations supporting the district web site and provided allowance for A.R.C. of Oswego to be added to the list for use of school district facilities.

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‘Ghost Tours’ to be held at Fort Ontario

“Ghostly Refuge,” an episode of “Ghost Hunters” filmed at Fort Ontario last summer, aired Wednesday on the SyFy Channel.

Paul Lear, Historic Site Manager at Fort Ontario State Historic Site, said members of the “Ghost Hunters” cast and crew filmed in the officers’ quarters and other buildings at Fort Ontario for several days and nights last June and interviewed several people who had witnessed unusual sights and sounds at Fort Ontario.

Featured cast members include Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Adam Berry.

The Friends of Fort Ontario, assisted by the Central New York Ghost Hunters, will host the annual Fort Ontario Ghost Tours Oct. 19 and 20 starting at 7 p.m. Groups will leave every 15 minutes until 11 p.m.

Those seeking ticket information may go to www.fortontario.com.

Judge McCarthy to rule on county clerk case tomorrow

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Supreme County Judge James McCarthy will render a decision in an Article 78 proceeding held to determine if the Oswego County clerk position will be on the ballot in the Nov. 6 election. Attorneys for all side argued the case this afternoon at the county courthouse in Oswego.

Former legislator James McMahon had filed the Article 78, alleging that the successor to the late county clerk George Williams should be appointed by the governor though 2013.

The defendants include the Democrat, Republican, Working Families and Independence parties, candidates Michael Backus and Phil Vasho as well as county election commissioners Donald Wart and Richard Atkins.

Attorneys for the plaintiff argued that New York State County Law section 400 should apply in filling a vacancy. The law states that a vacancy occurring three months prior to an election should be a governor’s appointment.

Attorneys for the defendants argued that state Election Law, which contradicts county law, should prevail and an election should be held.

McCarthy  quizzed the lawyer for the plaintiff extensively. At issue was the placement of a comma in the county law.  McCarthy also noted that if the governor wanted to appoint someone to the position, he would have done so by now.

In attendance at the hearing were Assemblyman Will Barclay, clerk candidate Michael Backus, his father Mark Backus, and Oswego County Conservative Party Chairman Ron Greenleaf.

McCarthy said he will have his decision available at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Ghost Hunters’ episode featuring Fort Ontario airs tonight

“Ghostly Refuge,” an episode of “Ghost Hunters” filmed at Fort Ontario last summer, will air tonight, Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. on the SyFy Channel.

“Ghost Hunters” is a reality television series that investigates reports of paranormal activity across the U.S.

Watch the clip from tonight’s episode:

Paul Lear, historic site manager at Fort Ontario State Historic Site, said members of the “Ghost Hunters” cast and crew filmed in the officers’ quarters and other buildings at Fort Ontario for several days and nights last June and interviewed several people who had witnessed unusual sights and sounds at Fort Ontario. Featured cast members include Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Adam Berry.

The Friends of Fort Ontario, assisted by the Central New York Ghost Hunters, will host the annual Fort Ontario Ghost Tours Oct. 19 and 20 starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Groups will leave every 15 minutes until 11 p.m.

For ticket information go to www.fortontario.com. For accommodations and visitor information, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com.