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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.

Brother Sun will perform at the Oswego Musical Hall Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. Brother Sun is a nationally touring folk trio. Members of the trio are Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor and Joe Jencks.

Oswego Music Hall features Brother Sun Oct. 6

Brother Sun will perform at the Oswego Musical Hall Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. Brother Sun is a nationally touring folk trio. Members of the trio are Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor and Joe Jencks.

Brother Sun will perform at the Oswego Musical Hall Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m.

Brother Sun is a nationally touring folk trio — with each member having solo careers from three major points on the map — Boston, New York & Seattle. They are Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor and Joe Jencks.

The new trio has garnered numerous festival bookings, performing in at least 35 different states and in Canada this year. Its debut CD in 2011 earned a number-two spot on the Folk DJ charts.

Greenway has been described as “one of the strongest, and finest voices in folk music.” The Boston Globe wrote, “Confessional one moment, rambunctiously disarming the next, few modern folk singers can own a coffeehouse stage as completely as Greenway.”

Wictor is also a fine musician and a music educator of note, perhaps best known for his innovative slide guitar styles.

As Jencks explains on his web site, “From traditional Appalachian and Celtic folk, to old school and modern blues, from heartfelt ballads and love songs to modern acoustic jazz, we are doing our best to make every concert unique, every song fresh, and every note it’s best. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”

Rich Warren, who hosts “The Midnight Special” and “Folkstage” on WFMT in Chicago, put Brother Sun right at the top of his list of favorites for 2011.

On WFUV in New York City, John Platt, host of “Sunday Breakfast,” and Bob Sherman, host of “Woody’s Children,” both picked Brother Sun for their “Best of 2011” list.

The Music Hall — also known as the Ontario Center for Performing Arts — is located in the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at oswegomusichall.org or in person at the River’s End bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

The Music Hall’s next concert Oct. 20 will feature the Delaney Brothers.

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Oswego Zombie Crawl to be held Saturday

The second annual Oswego Zombie Crawl will feature a walk, ghostly storytelling, charitable collections Saturday, Sept. 29.

The family-friendly walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Oswego’s East Park. Zombies will make their way across the bridge along Route 104, ending at Greene’s Ale House.

There is no admission charge to participate, although zombies are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to benefit Oswego’s Human Concerns Center food pantry.

The event will also collect toiletry items as part of 12-year-old Oswego resident Emily Bradshaw’s drive to provide 300 personal care bags for the local homeless population.

Organizers will set up a booth at Oswego’s CNY Great Pumpkin Festival, also happening Saturday, Sept. 29 in East Park, to offer information or makeup tips for those aiming to get zombified.

At 6:10 p.m. in East Park, local author Tim Nekritz will present a dramatic reading of a new work of historical fiction, “The Lost Letters of Jehoshaphat Pratt: How Zombies Saved Oswego During the War of 1812.”