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Oswego students honored in county writing contest

Kingsford Park Elementary students  who earned awards in the annual Reading Council Writing Contest included (in front left to right) Cammi Ahern, Olivia Day, Marisa Wallace, Michael Fierro, Jade Bauer, Rylan Dann and Devon Tonkin while in back are teacher Christine Castiglia, Joah Defren, Henry Sweeney, Bella Rando, Emma Searor, Marcus Baker, Joshua Elia and Allison Van Brocklin.
Kingsford Park Elementary students who earned awards in the annual Reading Council Writing Contest included (in front left to right) Cammi Ahern, Olivia Day, Marisa Wallace, Michael Fierro, Jade Bauer, Rylan Dann and Devon Tonkin while in back are teacher Christine Castiglia, Joah Defren, Henry Sweeney, Bella Rando, Emma Searor, Marcus Baker, Joshua Elia and Allison Van Brocklin.

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Oswego City School District students were recognized in the 26th Oswego County Reading Council Writing Contest. Continue reading

Two Bodley grads win theater awards

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Jacob Strauss, left, and Bradley Crofoot were honored with theater awards at the G. Ray Bodley High School graduation June 28.
Jacob Strauss, left, and Bradley Crofoot were honored with theater awards at the G. Ray Bodley High School graduation June 28.

 

 

At the G. Ray Bodley High School Commencement Ceremony held in June, theater awards were presented to two honor graduates, Jacob Strauss and Bradley Crofoot.

 

Strauss received the 2014 Quirk’s Players Directors’ Award, which is presented to a graduating senior who displays dedication to the theater program at G. Ray Bodley, sets high performance standards, inspires others to excel and serves as a role model for other members.

 

Crofoot received the 2014 William Quirk Memorial Award For Achievement in Theatre.

 

Presented in memory of William Quirk, a long-time English teacher and theater director at both Fulton High School and G. Ray Bodley High School, the Quirk Award is presented to the graduating senior who has made the greatest contribution to the theater program at Bodley during his/her high school years.

 

Both young men have participated in numerous productions with Quirk’s Players at G. Ray Bodley High School.

 

Strauss has been a dedicated member of the Quirk’s Players’ tech crew on several shows, but did appear on stage in What The Bellhop Saw and Curtains.

 

Crofoot has appeared in many plays with Quirk’s Players including Hello, Dolly!, What The Bellhop Saw, The Laramie Project and most recently, Curtains, where he was cast in the lead role as Lt. Frank Cioffi.

 

“We are extremely proud to be able to honor Jake and Brad with these awards,” said Tom Briggs, theater director at G. Ray Bodley High School.

 

“Both young men are hard workers who have served as excellent role models in the theatre program at our school.  They are mature, dependable and have helped make our productions most successful.  We thank them for their contributions and will miss them greatly next year.”

 

Strauss is joining the freshman class at SUNY Plattsburgh and Crofoot is continuing his studies at Cayuga Community College and will later transfer to SUNY Oswego.

 

Kenneth Holland, former Phoenix schools transportation supervisor

Kenneth M. Holland, of River Road,  Phoenix, died Monday July 21, 2014 in Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw, NY at the age of 63.

He was born June 16, 1951 in Buffalo, a son of the late Merton and Mary (Carroll) Holland.

He was a graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton and was supervisor of transportation for Phoenix Central School where he had worked for 16 years prior to retiring.

An avid hunter, he was a member of the NRA, Tuscarora Hunting Club and Pathfinder Fish & Game.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (Cahill) Holland whom he married in 1981; three sons, Kenneth Holland, Jr. of Brewerton, Kelly Holland of Houston, TX, Kyle Holland of Las Vegas, NV; a daughter, Krista (Timothy) Beechler of Java Center, NY; two granddaughters, Raena and Sydney; his beloved dog, Clicker; a sister, Beth Holland of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dennis Holland.

A Celebration of Kenneth’s Life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday July 27, 2014 at RFH’s  Hideaway, 1058 County Route 57, Phoenix.

Memorials may be made to Scope-NY, 8316 Irish Rd., Colden, NY 14033-9777 (www.scopeny.org); Pathfinder Fish & Game Club, 116 Crescent Drive, Fulton, NY; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 (www.cancer.org).

Arrangements were completed by W. S. Davis Funeral Home, Inc., 358 W. Main St., Arcade.

Online condolences may be offered at www.wsdavisfuneralhome.com.

 

Leighton Elementary students honored for reading

The “4” the Love of Reading  Award was presented to students at the Frederick Leighton Elementary School. Long time educator Norma Barnes retired from the district several years ago, but her support of her former school continues. She annually donates books to the school library as part of a grant she received from Walmart.  This year the fourth grade reading awards were given to Alexander (Sasha) Loayza and Kate Cloonan.  They were joined in the celebration of the recognition by Principal Julie Burger (far right) and fourth grade teachers Jessica Bowman and Terri Fear.
The “4” the Love of Reading Award was presented to students at the Frederick Leighton Elementary School. Long time educator Norma Barnes retired from the district several years ago, but her support of her former school continues. She annually donates books to the school library as part of a grant she received from Walmart. This year the fourth grade reading awards were given to Alexander (Sasha) Loayza and Kate Cloonan. They were joined in the celebration of the recognition by Principal Julie Burger (far right) and fourth grade teachers Jessica Bowman and Terri Fear.