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Maroun students help homeless at Easter

Michael A. Maroun Elementary School art teacher Ashley Myers shows off the bunny basket third-grader John McDonald created for the Hikers for Homeless outreach project. The project gave students an opportunity to practice some of their drawing and design skills and the baskets will be filled with personal care items children and staff at the school are collecting. The baskets will be delivered to homeless people in the community Easter Sunday.
Michael A. Maroun Elementary School art teacher Ashley Myers shows off the bunny basket third-grader John McDonald created for the Hikers for Homeless outreach project. The project gave students an opportunity to practice some of their drawing and design skills and the baskets will be filled with personal care items children and staff at the school are collecting. The baskets will be delivered to homeless people in the community Easter Sunday.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The students and staff at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School in the Phoenix Central School District are coordinating a project to help the homeless population in their community.

The school has teamed with Hikers for the Homeless, a Phoenix-based non-profit organization, to help create more than 100 Easter baskets for people in the district’s community who do not have a permanent residence.

Students in third grade have been working with art teachers Kathy Lambert and Ashley Myers to create homemade baskets for the project.

The students put into practice some of the art and drawing techniques that they have been learning about in class to create baskets with unique patterns, designs, and festive bunny faces.

The paper baskets will be filled with personal care items that the school is in the process of collecting.

Items being collected by Maroun students and staff include: washcloths, travel-sized toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, powder, and deodorant, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, small first aid kits or first aid supplies, sewing kits, clean cotton or wool socks, plastic baggies (any brand and any size), low-value gift cards and coupons to fast-food restaurants, pens, small notebooks, playing cards, small games and individually wrapped Easter candies.

Those wishing to support the Maroun children in their community service project to help the homeless population in the community can drop off donations of any of the above items to the main office of the elementary school on or before April 11.

Bookmobile council uses grant to buy books for children

In the photo from left to right are Amy Armet, Oswego bookmobile student council adviser; Bill Reilly, river’s end bookstore; Olivia Flint, Oswego bookmobile student council member; Victoria Armet, Oswego bookmobile student council member; Dawn Metott, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau; Carrie Victory, AmeriCorps program assistant; and Joan Dain, Oswego bookmobile.
In the photo from left to right are Amy Armet, Oswego bookmobile student council adviser; Bill Reilly, river’s end bookstore; Olivia Flint, Oswego bookmobile student council member; Victoria Armet, Oswego bookmobile student council member; Dawn Metott, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau; Carrie Victory, AmeriCorps program assistant; and Joan Dain, Oswego bookmobile.

Members of the Oswego Bookmobile’s Student Advisory Council recently reported on their winter project.

The project involved helping the bookmobile purchase popular books to give to youngsters free of charge during the bookmobile’s summer program.

Students who are Advisory Council members are generally avid readers who talk with their classmates about favorite book titles, and are therefore well qualified to suggest favorite and popular books for purchase.

Members of the Council also help to prepare the high-interest books for the bookmobile.

“It’s like opening Christmas presents for the students when the new books arrive,” said Amy Armet, who advises the Student Advisory Council.

The Student Advisory Council met recently at Frederick Leighton Elementary School in Oswego to see and showcase newly arrived books for Oswego Bookmobile Committee members.

Also on hand were representatives of river’s end bookstore, who assisted with the book purchase, as well as AmeriCorps and the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.

The books were purchased with a $1,000 Mini-Grant from the Youth Bureau.

The project was also made possible by the state Office of Children and Family Services.

The Oswego Bookmobile and its Student Advisory Council express their appreciation for the funding and to those who assisted with this project.

Hundreds of area children will benefit during the next year due to this grant.

OCO fights hunger in Oswego County

Staff and volunteers for OCO Nutrition Services prepare meals at OCO’s kitchen facility in Mexico. Nutrition Services prepares over 1,000 meals daily for distribution to OCO’s Activity and Dining Centers, and Meals on Wheels program. Last year OCO Nutrition Services served 239,769 meals to Oswego County residents 60 and older; provided 16,360 meals to youth up to 18 years of age. Above from left are: Hilarie Himes, Torrie McCray, Cody Cowen, Joyce Burnard, and Lesley Kline.
Staff and volunteers for OCO Nutrition Services prepare meals at OCO’s kitchen facility in Mexico. Nutrition Services prepares over 1,000 meals daily for distribution to OCO’s Activity and Dining Centers, and Meals on Wheels program. Last year OCO Nutrition Services served 239,769 meals to Oswego County residents 60 and older; provided 16,360 meals to youth up to 18 years of age. Above from left are: Hilarie Himes, Torrie McCray, Cody Cowen, Joyce Burnard, and Lesley Kline.

When it comes to fighting hunger in Oswego County, perhaps no one plays a more important role than Oswego County Opportunities.

Virtually all of OCO’s human services programs have elements that address hunger. From homebound seniors to homeless teens and single mothers, to low-income families and hungry youth, OCO does its best to provide nutritious meals to those in need.

With the need for food subsidy at almost record levels in Oswego County, and state and federal funding continuing to dwindle, OCO’s fundraising efforts are on a roll.

To help continue to feed those in need OCO will host its “Retro Bowl” fundraiser Saturday, April 5, at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.

Proceeds from the Retro Bowl will be spread across all of the agency’s programs to assist in providing consumers of these programs with emergency food when needed and help the agency build a reserve for the future.

Executive Director of OCO Diane Cooper-Currier said supporting programs and services that combat hunger aligns nicely with OCO’s mission.

“As an anti-poverty agency, our focus is fighting poverty in any form. The inability to afford or prepare nutritious meals is certainly one of the most troubling forms of poverty we see,” she said.

“Our Retro Bowl fundraiser will help ensure that our consumers, regardless of which program they are accessing, will have the emergency food supplies they need for themselves and their families,” said Cooper-Currier.

While food subsidy is an aspect of all of OCO’s programs, the agency’s premier anti-hunger program is its Nutrition Service program.

Originally established to help provide meals for seniors, OCO Nutrition Services has evolved into a well-rounded program that operates eight dining and activity centers; provides a home-delivered meal service for seniors, as well as a private pay program for those under 60; offers a supplemental summer food program for youth throughout Oswego County; and an after-school program in Fulton that provides food for youth up to 18 years of age.

Last year alone, OCO Nutrition Services served 239,769 meals to Oswego County residents 60 and older; provided 16,360 meals to youth up to 18 years of age; and fed 50 children in its after school and summer food programs.

Additionally, OCO Nutrition Services delivered 650 “Blizzard Bags” filled with non-perishable foods to homebound residents so that they may have a day or two of food on hand in the event of bad weather.

The centerpiece of OCO Nutrition Services is the eight Dining and Activity Centers that the program hosts.

The centers provide a warm meal and a welcoming environment for those 60 and older wishing to enjoy some fun, quality time with others in their community.

The Dining and Activities Centers are open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and are located at:

  • Constantia – St. Bernadette’s Church, 1667 State Route 49, open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 623-9803
  • Fulton – Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St., open Monday through Friday, 592-3408
  • Hannibal – Community Library, 162 Oswego St., open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 564-5471
  • Mexico – Presbyterian Church, 4316 Church St., open Wednesday and Friday, 963-7757
  • Parish – Presbyterian Church, 814 Rider St., open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 625-4617
  • Phoenix – Congregational Church, 3 Bridge St., open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 695-4841
  • Sandy Creek – Methodist Church, 2031 Harwood Drive, open Monday through Friday, 298-5020

“It’s amazing to think of the impact that our program has on hunger in our county,” said Amy Roland, director of OCO Nutrition Services.

“Our kitchen staff, our drivers, the staffs of our dining and activity centers, and our army of volunteers that we are fortunate enough to have, are busy all day long preparing, packaging and delivering meals each and every day, Monday through Friday,” she said..

Roland added she is looking at ways to expand the OCO Nutrition Services by providing even more meals and making the summer food program for local youth available at more locations.

The summer food program, currently at 12 locations in the county, provides up to two meals per day, Monday through Friday throughout the summer break.

The OCO Retro Bowl takes place from noon to 6 p.m. April 5 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.

Registration is now open for five-person teams, with choice of flights: noon to 2:30 p.m. or 3 to 5:30 p.m. (first come, first served).

For registration or sponsor information, or to donate a door prize, contact OCO at 598-4717 or visit the agency’s website at oco.org.

Rotary donates to All Saints

Rotarian LaVerne Deland, left, recently presented a check from Fulton Sunrise Rotary to Lynne Field, representing All Saints Church in Fulton. This donation was in memory of Sunrise Rotarian Sharon Foster, who volunteered so much of her time to the church’s community dinners, which are held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday. The Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets at 7 a.m. each Friday at Fulton’s Riverside Inn.
Rotarian LaVerne Deland, left, recently presented a check from Fulton Sunrise Rotary to Lynne Field, representing All Saints Church in Fulton. This donation was in memory of Sunrise Rotarian Sharon Foster, who volunteered so much of her time to the church’s community dinners, which are held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday. The Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets at 7 a.m. each Friday at Fulton’s Riverside Inn.

News in Brief

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The 50th annual Oswego County Numismatic Association Coin and Collectible Show will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30 in the Fulton Municipal Building.

Free admission and free parking are available.

There will be a 50/50 drawing and attendees can bring items to the show to ask questions about them to club members.

There will be many dealers on hand with coins, stamps, postcards, pocket watches, jewelry, sports cards and other collectibles.

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A number of events are coming up at the Sterling Nature Center.

At 1 p.m. March 22 (today), there will be a Signs of Spring Walk. Join Interpretive Naturalist Jim D’Angelo for an early spring hike in search of the signs of spring. We will search for the winter aconite blooms in the gardens as well as the first wildflowers of spring.

It is also time to meet and greet some of the migratory birds including a check on the great blue heron rookery to welcome back the herons as they continue their courtship and start nesting.

There will be a Board Game Extravaganza from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday April 5. In honor of International Tabletop Day, this program is open to the public and board games will be provided or you can bring your own. This is a great opportunity to have fun with your friends and to try a game you haven’t played before all while enjoying the scenic beauty of the Sterling Nature Center.

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The ALS Association Upstate New York Chapter is sponsoring a Zumbathon from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday March 26 at the Hannibal Village Tavern.

Zumba with Faye Beckwith and Noelle Salmonsen to raise money for this association that helps patients with this debillitating muscular disease.

For more information, call 564-5479 or 564-5266.

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The fun of Karaoke will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at First United Church, 33 S. Third St., Fulton.

Charles Ramsey will once again provide us with his great sound equipment.  Hundreds of songs will be available for individuals to make their selections.  Free soda and popcorn will be provided.

Everyone is welcome. This event is sponsored by Children and Families Team of The Open Doors Neighborhood Center (ODNC) of the First United Church. First United is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA and the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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The New Haven Senior Citizens will meet at noon March 31 at the Congregational Church for a covered dish luncheon.

Lunch will be followed by a brief meeting, and a program by Ken Richards who will talk about some of his travels.

All seniors are welcome.

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The Finishing Trades Institute of Western and Central New York (Oswego) will conduct a recruitment from March 25 to Feb. 24 for four painter, decorator and paperhanger apprentices, said state Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera.

Note openings listed for apprentices represent the total number for both the Central and North Country regions.  This program’s jurisdiction includes the counties of Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence.

Applications can be obtained from 28 W. Bridge St., Oswego, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period.

Applications can be obtained and submitted only during these open recruitment sessions.

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The annual Bodley’s Got Talent showcase will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 9 at  G. Ray Bodley High School.

Vice Principal Will Greene and teachers Ami LaDuc and Daniel Mainville will serve as judges.

The cost is $4 per person, and the community is invited to attend. Profits raised by the H.O.P.E. Club will be split between a local organization (ARISE), a national organization (Make-A-Wish Foundation) and an international organization (Volunteer for Peace).

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Little Utica United Methodist Church will be holding a free senior luncheon in the church parlor for persons in the community age 55 and older from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10.

This will be an opportunity for community members to have lunch and socialize with their neighbors.

The menu will include vegetable beef soup, broccoli and cheese soup, tuna and egg salad sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, chips and pickles.

A variety of desserts along with punch, milk, tea and coffee will be served.

Little Utica United Methodist Church is located on Lamson Road, heading west off Route 48, just past the intersection of Lamson Road and East Mud Lake Road.

For more information, call the church at 678-2270 or visit the church’s website at www.littleuticaumc.org or their Facebook page.

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The 50th reunion of the Class of 1964 from Fulton High School will be held Aug. 15, 16 and 17.

The reunion committee is trying to locate the following classmates: James Kevin Howard, Kathleen Pyzdrowski Stevens, Becky Burns, Cheryl Travet, Jean Furlong Cole, Gary Weldin and Patricia Rondomanski Quinn.

To provide contact information, call or email Sharon Wardhaugh Flood at 593-7401 or sflood@twcny.rr.com

Celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of spring with a snowshoe program at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23.

If a person can walk, they can easily learn to snowshoe. An environmental educator will give a brief clinic on snowshoe technique and then lead participants for a short wander through the mixed woods and wetlands.

After the program, hot chocolate or tea will be served.  There cost is $3 per person. Family rate is $12 and children under 3 are free. Snowshoes are provided free.

These programs are designed for individuals, not organized groups. Call the Oswego County 4-H Program at 963-7286, extension 401 to arrange a group program.

Amboy 4-H Environmental Educational Center is located on Route 183, between Routes 13 and 69 in eastern Oswego County.

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The Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District is now accepting orders for the 43rd Annual Spring Tree and Shrub Sale.

The district is offering for sale 39 varieties of hardwood and evergreen trees, shrubs and ground covers.

The trees selected for this year’s program may be planted to serve a variety of purposes, which include timber, Christmas trees, improving wildlife habitat, windbreaks, screens or borders and increasing the aesthetics of your property.

To obtain an order form, contact the Soil and Water District at 592-9663. The form can also be printed directly from the web at oswegosoilandwater.com and mailed to Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District at 3105 State Route 3, Fulton, NY 13069.

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The Minetto United Methodist Church will host a free dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23.

The menu will be ziti and meatballs, vegetable and dessert. Donations are not expected but will be accepted.

A collection shed is available in the parking lot at the back of the church for usable clothing items that can be recycled. Acceptable items include: all clothing, shoes, sneakers, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes, and stuffed toys.

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A stuffed pork chop dinner is set for noon to whenever sold out Sunday March 23 at the Hannibal American Legion Auxiliary Post 1552 on Rochester Street. A full menu is being offered and takeouts are available.

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The deadline to apply to take the Civil Service test for purchasing clerk is March 26.

The pay rate for the position is $14.67 an hour. Candidates must be legal residents of Oswego County for a minimum of four months immediately preceding the date of the test, which is May 3.

Applications and further information area available at the Department of Personnel, County Office Building, 46 E.e. Bridge St., Oswego or by calling 349-8209 or going to oswegocounty.com/personnel/openings.html

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A chicken barbecue to raise money for the Oswego High School girls’ softball team is set for 11:30 a.m., Sunday March 30 at Gibby’s Inn in Oswego.

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Mother Earth Baby will host a Healthy Baby Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at the Lake Ontario Conference Center in Oswego.

This fun family event is ideal for new and expecting moms and for children of all ages with a focus on health and wellness for young children and their families.

The event is free and the first 100 registered to participate will receive a swag bag full of goodies.

Additionally, the event will feature fun family and child activities, raffles and door prizes from over 50 participating sponsors, free samples, product demonstrations, and more!

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A committee working to add to the New York State Fair’s daily parade is seeking input from the public as it designs a State Fair float to serve as the centerpiece of a reinvigorated event.

Designs and ideas for the float are being solicited by the committee, which is being headed up by a member of the State Fair Advisory Board.

The committee has reached out to some school and community groups to solicit design ideas. Any individual or group is welcome to submit design sketches.

Sketches received by April 1 will receive consideration. Those involved in creating a winning sketch will receive recognition during the parade along with admission to the Fair and parking passes.

Submissions can be sent to nysfair.entry@gmail.com.  More information about the requirements for submissions can be found at www.nysfair.org/contact-us/parade/.

Timothy M. Fellows, loved his computer

Timothy M. Fellows, 51, formerly of Ohio and currently of Fulton, died Friday March 14  at Oswego Hospital, Oswego.

He was born in Oswego, NY to the late Donald and Evelyn (Sawyer) Fellows.

Mr. Fellows enjoyed spending time on his computer.

He was pre-deceased by his step-mother Patricia M. Fellows in 2013.

Mr. Fellows is survived by his longtime caregiver, Perry May of Ohio; 11 siblings,  Lucian (Debbie) Fellows of TN, Robert Fellows of FL., Dorothy (Terry) Dery of Fulton, Patricia (Mark) Bristol of Volney, Jeffrey (Carrie) Fellows of Fulton, James (P.J.) Fellows of Fulton, Brenda (Walt) Leiste of WA, David Fellows of TN., Donna (Rodney) Blackmar of Oswego, Linda (Ray) Duvall of FL., Bryan (Michelle) Fellows of Liverpool; three step-brothers:  Rodney Howe of Fulton, Anthony Howe of VA, and Floyd (Carolyn) Raff of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no funeral services.  Burial will be held privately.  Calling hours are 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday (today) at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

News in Brief

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is offering the 2014 edition of the Spring Dairy Managers Meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 24 at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union Community Room, located at 5828 Scenic Ave. (Route 3) in Mexico.

The cost is $15 and includes lunch.

From milk quality to profitability to robotic milking systems, this wide-ranging program will offer practical ideas for dairy farmers to stay afloat in the tough times and capitalize when milk prices are good.

Pre-registration is required and must be done by March 20. To register, call Brenda at 963-7286 and send payment to Oswego CCE, 3288 Main St., Mexico, NY 13114.

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Applications are due by March 26 for the Civil Service test for purchasing clerk.

The pay rate for the position is $14.67 an hour. Candidates must be legal residents of Oswego County for a minimum of four months immediately preceding the date of the test, which is May 3.

Applications and further information are available at the Department of Personnel, County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego or by calling 349-8209 or going to www.oswegocounty.com/personnel/openings.html

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The Hannibal Fire Co. will have breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 8 to 11 a.m., Sunday March 30 at the fire station on Oswego Street.

There will be free pictures with the Easter Bunny provided By C. Perkins Photography from 9 to 11 a.m. Breakfast will be pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries toast, sausage gravy, biscuits and beverages.

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Little Utica United Methodist Church and the EJ Thomas United Methodist Men are holding their second annual Lunch and Movie event Saturday, March 29.

Lunch will be served at noon followed by a family-friendly Christian movie.

The menu consists of all comfort foods including baked beans, macaroni and cheese, chili, chicken soup, chili-cheese and regular hot dogs. Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches will also be served along with punch, milk, tea and coffee and homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Cost will be $5 for adults, kids 12 and under $3. All proceeds will support their mission to provide children’s camper scholarships.

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The 50th annual Oswego County Numismatic Association Coin and Collectible Show will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30 in the Fulton Municipal Building.

Free admission and free parking are available.

There will be a 50/50 drawing and attendees can bring items to the show to ask questions about them to club members.

There will be many dealers on hand with coins, stamps, postcards, pocket watches, jewelry, sports cards and other collectibles.

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Beaver Lake Nature Center is gearing up for its maple sugaring and pancake breakfasts in March.

A visit to Beaver Lake Nature Center’s demonstration sugarbush can be done from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays in March.

Every Saturday in March, from 9 a.m. to noon, the public can enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast, which also includes sausage and juice or fresh brewed coffee. Visitors, including groups, are served and seated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Do you know a child that has an interest in learning how to sew and does not know where to go for classes?

If the answer to this question is yes, then Oswego County 4-H is the solution. It is conducting a series of workshops, Learn to Sew, which will teach children ages 8 to 19 how to sew with a sewing machine and by hand.

The classes will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17 at the Oswego County Cooperative Extension office in Mexico.

Each day participants will go home with a finished project: potholder, pillowcase, and decorative initial shaped pillow.

The program fee is $24 per child and covers all sewing supplies including sewing machines. Individuals can bring their own sewing machines if they choose.

To register for Learn to Sew or for more details, call the Oswego County 4-H Office at 963-7286, ext. 302 or email Mary Matteson at mmm65@cornell.edu by Thursday, April 10.

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Seasoned business equipment service technician James Rasmussen announced that Rasmussen Business Equipment, 296 E. Second St.,  Oswego, is now open for business.

Rasmussen Business Equipment specializes in the service and maintenance of high quality copiers, printers and fax machines.

Rasmussen, who has more than 23 years of experience in the business machine world, also holds certifications in the repair of more than 50 different types of business machines.

In addition to service and repair, Rasmussen Business Equipment also sells new copiers and printers as well as off-lease copiers.

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BJ’s Outdoor Power Equipment Inc will have its 20th anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 4.

There will be cake, drinks and exclusive promotions.

The company has been in business at 3649 State Route 3 in Palermo for 20 years  focusing on quality outdoor power equipment like Ferris mowers, Branson tractors and Snapper mowers and snow blowers.

The company can be reached at 598-5636.

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There are two caregiver support groups run in Oswego County by the Alzheimer’s Association.

They are:

** 7 p.m. the fourth Monday at Divine Mercy Parish Center (St. Michael’s), 592 S. Main St. in Central Square. Call Gail Lauricella at 676-7533 for information.

** 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday at The Manor at Seneca Hill, 20 Manor Dr., Minetto. Call Dianne Morrisette at 349-5341 for information.

Women’s Club of Fulton hosts scholarship

Women’s Club Scholarship Committee, from left to right: Ginger Leotta, Sue Brown and Maryalice Chatterton.
Women’s Club Scholarship Committee, from left to right: Ginger Leotta, Sue Brown and Maryalice Chatterton.

The Women’s Club of Fulton will be awarding a scholarship of $600 a year for up to two years to a qualified graduating senior, male or female, within the Fulton City School District.

The student must plan to enter a course of two years or less in an associate degree program, a technical vocation or a business program. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of potential proficiency in the chosen field and need and ability to benefit from the elected course.

The grant will be conditional, pending acceptance and matriculation of the students at his or her selected school.

Applications may be picked up in the G. Ray Bodley High School guidance office, and must be completed and returned by April 24. Those seeking further information may call Sue Brown, scholarship chairperson, at 592-4988.

The winner will be announced in May and will be a guest at the club’s May luncheon.