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Local students honored at colleges

The following local students have received honors at their colleges:

Herkimer County Community College – Xavier Goins of Lacona and Karintha Myslivecek of Redfield were inducted into the Upsilon Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

SUNY Oneonta — David Stanton, a business economics major from Parish, was one of 24 SUNY Oneonta students inducted into the college’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Cornell College — Steven Maynard of Pulaski has been accepted to Cornell College, a private liberal arts college located in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Maynard was also awarded the Founders Scholarship.

College of St. Rose – Amelia Jacobs of Constantia, received the Outstanding Senior in History Award and recognition for publication of an article in the College’s Journal of Undergraduate Research. Outstanding Senior Awards are presented to graduating seniors who have at least a 3.50 grade-point average and who meet other criteria specified by the departments in which they study.

SUNY Oswego — David Downum of Central Square, Evelyn Schwartz of Fulton, Alex Bateman of Fulton, Makenzie Laws of Hastings, Chad Grevelding of Hastings, Jason Snider of Mexico were inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

St. Lawrence University — Sarah R. Argersinger of West Monroe, a junior, has been inducted into the Irving Bacheller Society, the St. Lawrence University English Department’s honorary society.

Rochester Institute of Technology – Brandon McGrath of West Monroe, a fifth-year student in chemical engineersing, and Shaemus Spencer of Fulton, a third-year student in illustration, were named 2013-2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars.

Nazareth College – Andrew Francis, of Fulton, was named to the Honor Society of Omicron Delta Epsilon. He is studying  finance, economics and business administration.

Morgan Ross, of West Monroe, was initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter at Nazareth

Meghan Palmer, of Phoenix, appeared in the recent production of “The Cherry Orchard” at Nazareth.

Heidelberg University – Meghan Yost of Mexico, a junior majoring in history and political science, participated in the Model UN of the Far West Conference as part of Heidelberg University’s delegation.

Paul Smith’s College — Richard DeLong, junior, of Mexico, swimming and woodsmen’s teams and Brandon Morey, junior, of West Monroe, rock climbing team, were named to the Winter National All-Academic Team.

Jessica Lord, of Phoenix and Jason Mattice of Fulton recently received scholarships to Paul Smith’s by competing in the Presidential Scholarship Competition.

Lord is receiving $1,000 while Mattice is receiving $5,000.

Binghamton University — Kara Pafumi, women’s lacrosse, biology major, from Fulton, and Nicholas Tighe, wrestling team, of Phoenix, named to the fall 2013 Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

Cazenovia College — Nick Bonacorsi, of Oswego, freshman criminal justice and homeland security studies major; Michael Gill, of Oswego, sophomore studio art/photography major; Brittany Juravich, of Oswego, junior studio art/photography major;  Patricia Talamo, of Oswego, freshman studio art/photography major; and          Logan White, of Pulaski, junior criminal justice and homeland security studies major, all named to dean’s list for fall 2013 semester.

Ithaca College — Brenna Merry, of Fulton, a speech, language pathology and audiology major in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance at Ithaca College, was recently inducted into the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

 

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Beginning this week, The Valley News is going to make it easier to find the pancake breakfasts and chicken barbecues going on in the area.

Instead of these being listed under “News in Brief,” they will now be listed under this “Breakfast, lunch, dinner” headline. All food events will be listed here.

Here goes:

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The First Congregational Church of New Haven is holding an eat-in or take-out dinner from noon until gone Saturday, May 3 (today).

Preorders are available to be picked up between noon and 2 p.m.

The dinner will contain ½ chicken, pulled pork, pasta salad, salt potatoes, roll and butter. Call 963-3118 and leave a message with your name, phone number and the number of dinners you want. You will receive a call back to confirm your order and to make arrangements for you to buy the tickets needed for your dinner(s).

The church is located at 4250 State Route 104 in New Haven. The church is just west of County Route 6.

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Mt. Pleasant Grange at 2825 County Route 45 will have its waffle breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday May 10.

Waffles will be topped with peach and served with the usual breakfast buffet and with sugar-free toppings. Takeouts will be available.

Also upstairs at the Grange, the Treasure Sale will be open from 8 to 11 a.m.

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The Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville will have its last dinner of the season at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10.

The menu will consist of roast pork, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, beans, coleslaw, rolls and butter.  Attendees also can choose from a wide selection of pies and other desserts. Coffee, tea, cool aid and water will also be available.

The dinner is served family style. Music will be provided while you wait to be seated.  The ladies from the church also have a variety of crafts and goodies for sale.  There is a large supply of used books available at reasonable prices.

The next dinner will be Sept. 13.

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Lamson Grange #588 will serve its all-you-can-eat Belgian waffle breakfast buffet featuring  made-to-order waffles with peach or warmed syrup  topping from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10.

This buffet will also include eggs, bacon, sausage, white and wheat toast, English muffins, jam, cereals, whipped topping, juice, coffee, tea, and milk.

Lamson Grange is located at 9108 Fenner Road, Lysander, corner of Lamson Road and Fenner Road.

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Trinity United Methodist Church in Oswego will have a chicken barbecue from noon until sold out Saturday, May 17.

The menu consists of a half barbecued chicken, salt potatoes, salad, rolls, baked beans, beverage and dessert. Attendees can eat in or take out.

Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 45 E. Utica St., corner of East fourth in Oswego.

County Envirothon results

By Ashley M. Casey

Pulaski High School has won the Oswego County Envirothon. The competition was held Thursday at Jellystone Park in Mexico.

Envirothon Coordinator Erica Schreiner said Pulaski came in first place with 435 points. The team’s best subject was aquatics.

Last year’s winner, Altmar-Parish-Williamstown High School, came in second with a score of 422 points. Oswego High School’s “A” team came in third with 406 points.

Pulaski was originally going to field two teams, but only one participated in the competition.

Jamie Hefti is Pulaski’s Envirothon adviser.

As for the weather?

“We didn’t get rained on,” Schreiner said.

News in Brief

As of April 30, 2014, The Valley News will only accept classified advertisements for the Wednesday and Saturday print editions.

We will no longer publish classifieds online. To submit a classified ad, call us at 598-6397 or visit our office at 67 S. Second St., Fulton.

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NU-2-U sale and bake sale is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 2 at the Granby Center United Methodist Church, 420 County Route 3.

Available will be a large assortment of clothing for all ages. There also will be books, household items, knick-knacks, linens, small appliances, stuffed toys, taps and more.

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The annual chicken barbecue sponsored By Friends of History in Fulton is set for 11:30 a.m. until sold out Sunday May 4 at the Pavilion at Bullhead Point.

The barbecue benefits the John Wells Pratt House Museum, local history museum, at 177 S. First St., Fulton. Eat in or take out.

For advance sale tickets, call 598-4616.

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The Minetto Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. until sold out April 26 at the fire station, 12 Barrett Drive, Minetto.

The dinner menu features ½ chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans, macaroni salad and a dinner roll. Customers can purchase a ½ chicken only also.

In addition there will also be a bake sale on site for customers to handpick a homemade dessert.

Dine-in and take-outs are available. Local delivery of five or more dinners may be arranged by contacting a Minetto Fire Department member by calling the fire station at 343-7566 on the day of the event.

There are no presale tickets available but customers can start calling ahead at 10 a.m. on April 26. The event benefits the fire department.

For more information, call Aleisha Bennett at  343-7566. For more information on the Minetto Fire Department or to find out how to join please visit www.minettofd.com

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The Palermo United Methodist Church will host its chicken and biscuit dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1  in the church dining room.

This is a family-style, all-you-can-eat dinner including chicken and gravy, biscuits, mashed potatoes, salad, vegetable, dessert and beverage.

Takeouts are available and can be reserved by calling 598-4888

The church is located on County Route 35 just off of State Route 3 in Palermo, just north of Palermo Center.

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The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center will present a public program about the American woodcock at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, (rain date May 2).

American woodcock advertise courtship intentions by strutting about and emitting a series of nasal peents. With a final “peent,” the male launches into an enthralling flight display to attract hens.

Following a short presentation of woodcock natural history with Pat Carney, facility’s naturalist, attendees will venture to a singing ground to observe and listen to the serenade of this twilight troubadour.

Other spring heralds also will regale us with evening ballads. Program participants should dress for an evening spring walk by wearing jackets, boots and shoes that can get wet and/or muddy.

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Assemblyman Will Barclay will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 2 at Believer’s Chapel in Fulton.

Anyone is welcome to donate. To schedule an appointment for the May 2 blood drive in Fulton, call the Red Cross at 343-0967 or sign up online, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood and click on “Schedule an Appointment.”

It takes about 8-10 minutes to give blood with a total time to register and replenish with provided snacks of about an hour and 15 minutes. Donors are encouraged to eat well and hydrate prior to appointment.

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An immigrant farmworker who works on an Upstate dairy and an organizer for a local workers’ center will speak at noon Sunday, May 4 at First Universalist Society of Central Square as part of a statewide speaking tour aimed at improving the lives of immigrant farmworkers.

The talk and a brief slideshow will be given by Jose Canas, who is originally from El Salvador, and Rebecca Fuentes, of West Monroe, who is lead organizer for the Syracuse-based Workers’ Center of Central New York.

Canas works at a dairy in Northern New York. Fuentes is the daughter of a farmworker from Mexico.

The program also is part of the Voices for Worker Equality speaker and film series organized by the church, state Route 49 just west of U.S. Route 11, and the workers’ center.

The statewide campaign will include several other dairy farmworkers and is being organized by the workers’ center along with Worker Justice Center of New York, in Rochester.

It coincides with Worker Memorial Day on April 25, May Day on May 1 and Farmworker Advocacy Day on May 5.

The local talk is free, but donations will be accepted to support the workers’ center. Light refreshments will be served.

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Girls and boys ages 12-15 are invited to the Montezuma Audubon Center for up to three weeks of Sportsman Education this summer.

Young hunters will get their hunter safety, bow safety and waterfowl identification certificates in three weeks of hands-on learning and outdoor experiences.

The camps will run from July 14 through 31 (Monday-Thursday for each course).

Each week will feature classroom-style learning, covering the basics of each course, enhanced by hands-on outdoor field lessons including orienteering, canoeing, tracking and more.

Participants will also take part in conservation projects that enhance habitats for game and non-game species.

Fee per camper: $100 for one week, $190 for two and $270 for all three. Major support for this program is provided by Bass Pro Shops.

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration forms can be found at http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma. For more information, call 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org.

Camp schedule:

Week 1 – Hunter Safety – July 14-17

Week 2 – Bow Safety – July 21-24

Week 3 – Waterfowl ID – July 28-July 31

For more information about the Sportsman Camp or the Montezuma Audubon Center, visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma.

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The First Congregational Church of New Haven is holding an eat-in or take-out dinner from noon until gone Saturday, May 3.

Preorders are available to be picked up between noon and 2 p.m.

The dinner will contain ½ chicken, pulled pork, pasta salad, salt potatoes, roll and butter. Call 963-3118 and leave a message with your name, phone number and the number of dinners you want. You will receive a call back to confirm your order and to make arrangements for you to buy the tickets needed for your dinner(s).

The church is located at 4250 State Route 104 in New Haven. The church is just west of County Route 6.

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The youth group at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Phoenix is having a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17.

The youth group also is asking people to donate bottles and cans as part of the sale.

The youths are raising money for a trip to Steubenville, Ohio for a youth rally with about 40,000 other teens. The event, at the Franciscan Univerity of Steubenville, is focused on connecting teens to the sacraments.

There is going to be a drop off area for the bottles and cans on the day of the garage sale in the parking lot behind St. Stephen’s Church. There is also a drop off spot right next to the church if people would like to drop off before or after the garage sale.

Those dropping off should tell the bottle and can business they are dropping off for Team Awesomess of St. Stephen’s church.

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The Oswego County Health Department will hold a rabies clinic for cats, dogs and pet ferrets from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the Oswego County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road.

“Immunizing pets is an effective way to reduce the risk of human exposure to rabies,” said Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County Public Health Director.

State law requires that all cats, dogs and pet ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age.

A second vaccination is required for cats and dogs within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter. Ferrets need to be vaccinated annually.

In order for pets to receive the 3-year booster shot, owners need to show that the pet was previously vaccinated and should bring their pet’s last rabies vaccination certificate to the clinic.

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Friendly’s Restaurant, 192 W. Bridge St., Oswego, will host a Family Fun Day fundraiser Thursday, May 8, to support the Friends of Fort Ontario in preserving and enhancing one of the nation’s most historic military sites.

Between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., 15 percent of the day’s proceeds will go to the Friends group to support programming, restoration, and AmeriCorps staff at Fort Ontario State Historic Site.

Customers who call Friendly’s at 342-2233 20 minutes in advance may have their order ready for pickup.

In order to participate, customers must bring a copy of the Friendly’s Fort Ontario voucher. The voucher is available on the Friends of Fort Ontario Website (www.fortontario.com), Man in the Moon Candies on West First Street in Oswego, and at the fort on May 3 during I Love My Park Day.

Friends of Fort Ontario is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 educational organization chartered by the State Education Department to support efforts to preserve, enhance, and promote Fort Ontario State Historic Site.

For more information, call Nicole Popp at 430-3336, or Historic Site Manager Paul Lear at 343-4711.

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The Four Seasons Quilters will present its annual quilting demonstration with Pat Knoechel of “Quilt in a Day” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 9 at the Lycoming Methodist Church, located at the intersection of County Route 29 and Miner Road, Scriba.

Parking is available across the road from the church. Knoechel’s sister, Eleanor Burns, has new patterns to share including “Nouveau Wedding Ring” and “Pineapple” with twists for modern quilters.

There also will be door prizes, drawings, refreshments and as always, a good time.  Tickets are $5 and are available at the door or by calling Susan Bartlett (298-53460), Barbara Snell (343-5998), Leeann Green (342-3400) or Kerry Barnes (342-0866).

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The Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville will have its last dinner of the season at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10.

The menu will consist of roast pork, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, beans, coleslaw, rolls and butter.  Attendees also can choose from a wide selection of pies and other desserts. Coffee, tea, cool aid and water will also be available.

The dinner is served family style. Music will be provided while you wait to be seated.  The ladies from the church also have a variety of crafts and goodies for sale.  There is a large supply of used books available at reasonable prices.

The next dinner will be Sept. 13.

Baby seat check April 26 in Oswego

Oswego County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Todd Delmar (left) and Deputy Andrew Bucher will take part in the next child passenger safety seat check from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 26 at the Best Western Conference Center, 26 E. First St., Oswego. The deputies are nationally trained and certified in child passenger safety and will join the New York State Police, Oswego Police Department, Oswego County Health Department and Oswego County Traffic Safety Board technicians to ensure parents’ questions are answered and their children are riding as safely as possible. The event is free and no appointment is necessary.
Oswego County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Todd Delmar (left) and Deputy Andrew Bucher will take part in the next child passenger safety seat check from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 26 at the Best Western Conference Center, 26 E. First St., Oswego. The deputies are nationally trained and certified in child passenger safety and will join the New York State Police, Oswego Police Department, Oswego County Health Department and Oswego County Traffic Safety Board technicians to ensure parents’ questions are answered and their children are riding as safely as possible. The event is free and no appointment is necessary.

News in Brief

As of April 30, 2014, The Valley News will only accept classified advertisements for the Wednesday and Saturday print editions.

We will no longer publish classifieds online. To submit a classified ad, call us at 598-6397 or visit our office at 67 S. Second St., Fulton.

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The Class of 1990 from G. Ray Bodley High School 25th Reunion Planning Meeting at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at Lakeview Lanes Bar area.

All are welcome to attend.

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The H. Lee White Maritime Museum is hosting the second history lecture of the 2014 series at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

The topic will be “Battle Island, July 3, 1756: Ambush on the Oswego River.” Presented by historian Steve Wapen. The program will be held at the museum and is open to the public.

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Sterling Nature Center is having an egg dyeing event at 1 p.m. April 12.

See what colors you can get from your pantry just in time for the spring table. Go back to nature with this fun and entertaining program using natural dyes to color your eggs. Please bring your own hard-boiled eggs to dye. An adult should accompany children.

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The West Monroe Volunteer Fire Department will be having a pancake breakfast at its fire station form 8 a.m. to noon on Palm Sunday, April 13.

The menu for the breakfast will consist of pancakes, French toast, sausage, ham, eggs cooked to order, toast, tomato or orange juice, coffee, tea, hot cocoa or milk.

The West Monroe Fire Station is located on County Route 11 two-tenths of a mile north of State Route 49 in West Monroe, and can be found on the Web at
westmonroefire.org.

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The state Department of Transportation announced a number of road projects that are beginning this spring.

Two are in Oswego County. They are:

1) Route 481 over Bonstead Road and the Oneida River. The northbound and southbound bridges will receive minor rehabilitations. Work elements include pier and abutment concrete repairs, new approach slabs, new joints and thin epoxy deck overlays.

The project work will be staged, with one lane in each direction available at all times. The bridges are located on the border between Onondaga and Oswego counties.

2) Route 3 over the Oswego River (the Broadway bridge in Fulton). The last major portion of work on this project in the city of Fulton will take place during the first half of this construction season.

The new westbound bridge deck will be formed and poured, allowing for the sidewalk, rail and lighting installations.  The new bridge should be fully open to traffic and pedestrians in mid-summer.

In the meantime, one lane of traffic in each direction will be available.

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Fulton author Jim Farfaglia will be talking about his book on muck farming at two upcoming events.

The Oswego Town Historical Society will host him at its April meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday April 16 at the Oswego Town Hall, 2320 County Route 7.

He also will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday April 27 at the Volney town hall in Volney Center.

Farfaglia’s book, “OF THE EARTH,” includes interviews with muck farmers in Oswego County and explains the importance of muck farming on the area.

Both events are open to the public.

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The Granby Seniors and Friends is sponsoring a trip to Cape Cod May 19 through 23.

A meeting about the trip is scheduled for noon April 17 at the Granby Community Center. For more information, call Joann at 564-5797 or Fran at 343-2381.

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For the past 15 years, Oswego’s faithful have gathered in St. Joseph’s Church each Friday in Lent to attend the 11:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross and to participate in the 12:10 p.m. Mass.

The event offers a free luncheon in the parish center. Donations from Canale’s Restaurant, Greene’s Ale House, and Vona’s Restaurant, as well as contributions from those in attendance, create a tasty and varied menu.

Soup, sandwiches, pizza, and salad are offered, as well as beverages provided by St. Joseph’s Church.

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Pathfinder Rod and Gun Club and the National Wild Turkey Federation will host the annual Turkey Jamboree for Kids ages 9 to 16 on April 19 at the club.

From 9 to 11:30 a.m., those age 9 through 11 will attend. From noon to 3 p.m., those age 12 to 16 will attend.

There will be a virtual turkey hunt, weather permitting. Be sure to dress for outside activity.

This event is offered free to all boys and girls. For more information, call Tom at 343-4734 or LouAnn at 409-6566.

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The town Of Granby is once again planning a town of Granby Family Fun  Day to be held this summer from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  June 21.

Included in the festivities will be the recognition of a Granby citizen of the year. The town is seeking nominations from the public to receive this honor.

If you would like to nominate a deserving person or couple from the town of Granby for this tribute, send a letter of recommendation by April 30 to Granby Town Clerk, 820 County Route 8, Fulton, NY 13069.

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Lakeside Christian Ministries, a new faith-based ministry organization in the Fulton area, is hosting an Easter Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. April 20 in the community room at the Fulton Municipal Building on South First Street.

The service is open to all. There will be light refreshments, a mix of traditional and modern music, and an uplifting message.

Longtime Fulton resident Chuck Copps, one of the organizers of Lakeside Christian Ministries, is finishing up his course work this year through Rockbridge Seminary.

“As the end of my studies draws near, the time has come to put my learning into practice and serve those in need in the greater Fulton area,” he said.

Founded by Chuck, his wife, Betsy, and Jerry and Bridgette Seguin, Lakeside Christian Ministries has a mission of living as Jesus lived, loving as Jesus loved and serving as Jesus served so God may be glorified and those in need may be helped.

Lakeside Christian Ministries recently began holding weekly worship services in members’ homes on Sunday evenings. They also gather during the week to pray, share meals and strengthen their relationships with other people and with God.

Lakeside Christian Ministries has a Facebook page, LakesideCMFulton. To contact Lakeside Christian Ministries, call 806-9815 or email lakeside4jesus@gmail.com.

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A harmonica club in Fulton is looking for new mmbers.

Players can be of any ability.

If interested, call Keith Baker at 592-5608.

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The Hannibal Fire Company Auxiliary is having its breakfast buffet from 8 to 11 a.m., Sunday April 27 at the Hannibal Fire House, Oswego Street, Hannibal.

This is the last breakfast until September.

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Noah’s Christian Nursery School will be holding its spring Open House from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, May 1.

Those attending the event will have an opportunity to visit the classroom, meet the preschool teachers and tour the facilities.

Noah’s Christian Nursery School is located at 1408 State Route 176, within the Fulton First United Methodist Church. This is a non-denominational preschool, which focuses on both the spiritual and educational needs of our children. The school has morning and afternoon classes for three-year-olds and four-year-olds.

For further information, call Sheila Simpson at 592-7347 or 593-3863 (after 3 p.m.)

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is hosting a Quilt in a Day demonstration Saturday, May 10.

Patricia Knoechel, Quilt in a Day Representative, will give a demonstration on the company’s newest publication, Mystery Quilt, and Eleanor Burns’ signature patterns: Honeycomb, Christmas Tree and Wreath, Chimneys and Cornerstones. Double Four Patch, Geese in the garden, Pineapple and Nouveau Wedding Ring,

This program will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Believers Chapel, Route 3 South, Mexico. There is a $5 class fee.

For more information or to register for this workshop, call the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office of Oswego County at 963-7286, ext. 302 by Wednesday, May 7.

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The Sterling Nature Center is having a Migratory Dragonfly Short Course from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25.

This course is intended for anyone interested in dragonflies and in contributing to our growing knowledge about dragonfly migration in North America.

Whether you are a novice or a pro when it comes to dragonflies, join us for this fun and informative event to become a volunteer dragonfly monitor and help us explore the amazing but understudied phenomenon of dragonfly migration.

Go to events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e93pfn6of558033d&llr=tnjebhdab for more information and to register.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

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The Holy Week services have been announced for the Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54, Pennellville:

Palm Sunday, 11 a.m. Sunday, April 13.

Good Friday, 7 p.m. Friday April 18.

Easter, Sunday April 20, SUNRISE/SONRISE SERVICE, 8 a.m.; breakfast 8:30 a.m. with free will offering, Easter egg hunt and crafts, 9:30 a.m., Easter worship service, 11 a.m.

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Looking for information related to projects, educational opportunities and public events related to invasive species?

Look no further! The partners of the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (SLELO PRISM), are live on the Internet to help anyone access information about invasive species activities in the eastern Lake Ontario, Tug Hill and St. Lawrence region.

The website also hosts an interactive resource directory for local contacts in your area. Visit the website at sleloinvasives.org for local invasive species information and events.

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The Montezuma Audubon Center’s eighth annual Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3 will celebrate Important Bird Areas with activities for all ages.

Games, crafts, music and theatrical performances at the Children’s Theater and Activity Areas will entertain at this year’s festival.

The Montezuma Audubon Center is located at 2295 State Route 89, Savannah.

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The Oswego County Autism Task Force  is participating in the local high school scholarship programs for 2014 graduating seniors planning post-secondary education or vocational school this fall.

The task force is offering the Brianna Cahill Scholarship to qualifying seniors. The scholarship is $2,000 in total scholarship money to a student or several students of Oswego County’s nine public high schools based on the following criteria:

Our application must be completed by the student

The recipient must be accepted to a post-secondary or vocational school.

The recipient must be currently diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Applications must be received by the Oswego County Autism Task Force by May 1 for final review and selection by our committee.

Our final selection will be announced to the school by May 25.

For more information, call Tammy Thompson, task force vice president, at 349-3510.

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State Sen. Patricia Ritchie is accepting nominations for her “Golden Apple” Award for Teaching Excellence, an honor designed to recognize teachers who go above and beyond to help students succeed.

Last year, Ritchie honored more than 40 educators from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties for their dedication and commitment to education.

Teachers in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties are eligible for nomination. Nomination forms can be found on Ritchie’s website, ritchie.nysenate.gov, or those interested in suggesting an individual for the award may call  782-3418 to have a form mailed to them.

Nomination forms must be received by May 9. All nominees will be recognized at a special event May 30.

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The 43rd Annual Spring Tree and Shrub Program through Oswego County Soil & Water Conservation District is underway.

The Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering the following species this year.

DECIDUOUS TREES: Plane tree sycamore, black cherry, Flame Maple, thornless honey locust, old fashion Lilac, red maple, red oak, river birch, sawtooth oak, sugar maple, tulip poplar and white oak.

GROUND COVER: blue lyme grass.

EVERGREENS: Austrian pine, balsam fir, black hills spruce, Fraser fir, Canadian hemlock, majestic blue spruce, and white pine.

FRUITS: Blueberry Bushes: bluecrop and blueray; red raspberries: heritage; strawberries: eclair and Fort Laramie; also offering Bag O’blooms – Strawberry kit.

PERENNIALS: Astilbes glow and bumalda, black eyed susans, daylilies: bellaboo and purple de oro, hostas: patriot and variegated mix, rhododendrons dark purple & pink.

SHRUBS: Arborvitae danica globe and green giant, forsythia lynwood gold, viburnum highbush cranberry.

MISCELLANEOUS CONSERVATION ITEMS: arbor guards, bat boxes, bluebird nesting boxes, wood duck boxes, fertilizer tablets, organic compost tea bags – plant nutrition, organic tree fertilizer spikes, marking flags, mill liqua gel, rain gauges, stump-out decomposes naturally, weedguard plus paper.

To obtain an order form, contact the Oswego County Soil and Water District at 592-9663. The form can also be printed directly from the web at oswegosoilandwater.com or stop by our office at 3105 State Route 3, Fulton.

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The Sunshine Community & Child Care Center in Fulton is putting on its Summer Gratitude Gala 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 14.

Vendors, activities, tie-dye, arts and crafts, parking lot sale, food, music and nonalcoholic beverages will be available.

There also will be a cutest pet contest, bounce houses and a cutest prince and princess contest.

Vendor registration packets available at Sunshine Center at 561-7861.

“Bundle of Bucks” fundraiser set for May 31

Port City Chiropractic, P.C. is helping line up support for this year’s St. Luke “Bundle of Bucks” Charity Drawing  event.

Dr. Ed Galvin, Jr. at Port City Chiropractic has donated a Chiroflow Premium Watebase pillow, one of the many valuable prizes to be awarded during the drawing party May 31 at the Oswego Elks Lodge.

In addition to door prizes, the “Bundle of Bucks” event will award 15 cash prizes totaling $25,000, with a top prize of $10,000 to a lucky winner when all 1,000 tickets are sold.

Every ticket purchased will be entered in all 15 cash prize drawings.

The entry fee for the drawing is $50 per ticket. Ticket applications are available by calling St. Luke Health Services at 342-3166, or you can stop and purchase tickets directly at St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons or St. Francis Commons in Oswego, and Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

Ticket applications are also available online at www.stlukehs.com.

Proceeds from the “Bundle of Bucks” go to the St. Luke–John Foster Burden Fund, directly supporting resident programs at the nonprofit affiliate organizations of The St. Luke Family of Caring; St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence and St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego, and Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

Each ticket admits two adults to the “Bundle of Bucks” drawing party from 1 to 4 p.m. May 31 at the Elks Lodge in Oswego. The event features free food, beverages, live entertainment, games and prize drawings.

You must be 18 years or older to purchase a drawing ticket and you do not have to be present at the drawing to win.

For more information call 342-3166.