The Phoenix Community Band will perform Saturday, Aug. 3 at Henley Park in Phoenix.
Other bands will be performing from 1 to 6 p.m. as well.
In order of appearance will be hear the Oswego New Horizons Band, CNY Alphorns, Syracuse Brigadiers Alumni, Mexico Brass, and the Phoenix Community Band, under the direction of Dave Frateschi.
Each band will have roughly an hour to set up and perform. These bands play a wide variety of music.
In the event of rain, the performance will be curtailed or cancelled, depending upon when the weather turns bad.
Summer concerts are continuing along side the Oswego River Canal in Henley Park in Phoenix.
This year, the Town of Schroeppel is joining forces with the Village of Phoenix, which also received funding, to promote a concert series that includes both Monday and Friday nights for the months of July and August.
The goal for all involved is to encourage a greater appreciation of arts and culture in the area. This is done by promoting, supporting and celebrating arts and culture locally.
By popular request, this summer’s Monday night concert series will feature a variety of music, especially country and oldies.
The concerts will take place at Henley Park, on State Street in Phoenix, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The remaining concert schedule is as follows:
• July 22 – Susan Taylor Trio (variety)
• July 29 – Weekend Pass (country)
• Aug. 5 – DeSantis Trio (variety)
• Aug. 12 – The Custom Taylor Trio (Popular current country)
• Aug. 19 – Phoenix Community Concert Band
The Village of Phoenix’s grant from CNY Arts for the “Friday Nights of Fun” concert series, will feature a variety of musical styles performed by some of the most talented musicians in Central New York, and it will be held on Friday nights at 6 p.m. at Henley Park as follows:
• July 19 – Stone River Band
• July 26 – Vote for Pete
• Aug. 2 – Hendry Band
• Aug. 9 – Western Swing
• Aug. 16 – Clean Slate
• Aug. 23 – Nite Life
The rain location for all of the concerts, except the Phoenix Community Band, will be at the Phoenix fire station (Route 57).
The Phoenix Community Band concert will be canceled in the event of bad weather.
Members of the Oswego County Teachers Association, Oswego County Civil Service Employees Association, Catholic Charities, Oswego County Opportunities and United Way have announced that the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign is underway.
Working in collaboration with United Way of Greater Oswego County, other area school districts, and more than a dozen business and organizations, the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign collects donations of school supplies for distribution to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County.
Beginning in April Stuff-A-Bus Co-Chairperson, Jo Ann Conzone organized a gift basket in order to raise awareness of the Stuff-A-Bus campaign and to encourage donations of school supplies in the Oswego City School District.
Patti Perfetti was the winner of that basket. She is also in contact throughout the school year with the Roller Derby Oz Girls who are supporters of this much-needed venue.
The APW school district has purchased raffle tickets for a cruiser bike and is selling them at this time; OCO collects supplies from communities for this program, many other county school district do a variety of fund raisers.
Conzone said, “I am proud to say that last year’s county give away totaled over 8600 supplies given to 1600 Oswego County families. We are very appreciative of the work that the unions and county organizations do to help make the Stuff-A-Bus campaign so successful.”
“Hundreds of families are grateful for the supplies they receive. Of course this would not be possible without the support we receive from the businesses and organizations that host their own school supply collections and serve as official donation sites for the Stuff-A-Bus campaign,” said United Way of Greater Oswego County Executive Director Melanie Trexler.
The highlight of the “Stuff-A-Bus” campaign will be the special collection day Wednesday, Aug. 14 when school buses will be at the following sites from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accept donations of school supplies from pens and pencils to notebooks and backpacks.
They will be held at:
• Wal-Mart on Route 49 in Central Square;
• Wal-Mart on Route 104 in Oswego;
• Wal-Mart on Route 3 in Granby;
• Kinney Drugs at 3318 Main Street in Mexico;
• Kinney Drugs at 3873 Rome Road in Pulaski;
• Kinney Drugs at 17 South First Street in Fulton;
• The Hannibal Village Market IGA, Route 3 in Hannibal; and
• Fulton Savings Bank parking lot, Route 57 in Phoenix.
Those seeking more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign may call the United Way office at 593-1900 or the Oswego City School District Superintendent’s Office at 341-2001.
The Village of Phoenix has been awarded $975.00 from CNY Arts, formerly the Cultural Resources Council, under the 2013 Community Arts Grants Program.
Community Arts Grants provide support for arts and cultural projects to community-based organizations, groups, collectives, and artists in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego counties that meet certain criteria.
Funds are provided by the State and Local Partnership Program of the New York State Council on the Arts through its Decentralization initiative.
“The Village of Phoenix is very excited to receive another grant for the Friday Nights of Fun concert series,” said Mayor Anthony Fratto. “Due to the overwhelming support for this program, we have expanded this year’s concert series to include seven performances by some of Central New York’s most talented musicians.
“One of our many goals of the Village of Phoenix is to enhance the quality of life for our residents and visitors,” Fratto aded. “We accomplish this goal by generating and supporting cultural experiences, such as the concerts in Henley Park.”
The Village of Phoenix will use the grant funds to continue the Friday Nights of Fun Concert Series, which was started in 2012.
The concert schedule has been finalized and will feature performances by Flat Face and the Shemp-dells July 12, Stone River Band July 19, Vote for Pete July 26, Hendry Aug. 2, Western Swing Aug. 9, Clean Slate Aug. 16 and Nite Life Aug. 23.
All performances will be held at Henley Park and begin at 6 p.m.
In addition to funding from CNY Arts, the continuation of this concert series would not be possible without the financial contributions of the Village of Phoenix, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Michelle’s Baskets and Bows, Dunn and Sgromo Engineers, Gingersnap Bakery, Leon Vickery, Inc/Vickery Insurance and KL Consulting Services, along with many generous donations from members of the community.
The Town of Schroeppel has also received a grant from CNY Arts for the Monday Night concert series that will be held in Henley Park.
The concert schedule is as follows: July 15 – Joe Whiting, July 22 – Susan Taylor Trio, July 29 – Weekend Pass, Aug. 5 – DeSantis Trio, Aug. 12 – The Custom Taylor Trio, and Aug. 19 – Phoenix Community Concert Band.
The rain location for both the Monday and Friday night concerts will be at the Phoenix Fire Station.
The Phoenix Community Band performance will be cancelled if the weather is bad.
by Nicole Reitz
Zach Manzer and Kyle Fisk, seniors at John C Birdlebough High School, have been named valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2013.
Manzer, son of Alan and Janice Manzer, has a weighted grade point average of 103.8. He has taken many advanced placement courses in his high school career, including AP American History, European History, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
He is also a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the track and field and cross country teams.
Manzer will attend the University at Buffalo for chemical engineering. He received the Provost scholarship from the college and wants to continue track and field at a collegiate level. The University at Buffalo is a Division 1 school and track and field at this level would be a time commitment.
“I love doing track, exercising and staying in shape,” said Manzer, who joked about keeping the freshman 15 at bay.
Manzer chose the University at Buffalo because he wanted to attend an accredited engineering school without having to go out of state.
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by Rob Tetro
The Phoenix varsity softball team won against Chittenango but lost to Bishop Ludden to begin the season.
The Lady Firebirds held on for a hard fought win against Chittenango April 8.
Unfortunately for Phoenix, there was a role reversal when it took on Bishop Ludden April 15. Despite the Lady Firebirds’ best efforts, Bishop Ludden escaped with the win.
After three scoreless innings, Phoenix jumped out to a 7-1 lead during the bottom of the fourth inning of its game against Chittenango.
Chittenango scored two runs during the top of the sixth inning to cut the Lady Firebirds’ lead down to four runs at 7-3.
Phoenix quickly struck back. The Lady Firebirds scored another run during the bottom of the inning to bring their lead back to five runs at 8-3.
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