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Trinity United Methodist Church in Oswego will be serving an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday March 8.

The menu includes your choice of French toast, waffles or pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee or tea.

Extra sides may be purchased as well.

Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 45 E. Utica Street (corner of East Fourth at Utica Street) in Oswego.

For more information, call the church at 343-1715.


The Montezuma Audubon Center is proud to welcome WOWEE Wildlife and their live animals from 3 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 8.

During this family friendly indoor program, participants will meet some native animals up close! A bobcat, fox and other wild creatures will be on display during an informative and captivating presentation.

Bring your cameras and be ready to enjoy WOWEE Wildlife. A fee will be charged. Space is limited and registration is required by calling 365-3588 or e-mail to register.


The Sons of the American Legion Post 1552 in Hannibal will have its monthly buffet breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., Sunday, March 9 at the post on Rochester Street.

A full menu will be offered.


The Evangel University Concert Choir will appear in concert at Port City Faith,      Oswego, at 10:45 a.m., March 9, the Rev. Sebastian Foti has announced.

The EU Concert Choir is a 36-member vocal ensemble that is currently touring through Ohio, Virginia, New York and Connecticut.

During the past 30 years, the choir has toured in the 48 contiguous states, Canada, the Bahamas, Cuba and 15 countries in Europe.

The repertoire of the Concert Choir ranges from classical to contemporary sacred literature. The program is as varied and energetic as the 36-member choral ensemble. CDs will be available for sale after the concert.

Evangel University is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the National Association of Schools of Music and the Council on Social Work Education.


There will be a chili, soup and salad luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday March 13 at the Oswego Center United Methodist Church.

The church is on County Route 7 in Oswego.


Halters, saddles, clothes and much more will be for sale at bargain prices at the annual Oswego County 4-H Tack Sale from 10 a.m. to noon March 15 at Central Square Middle School, Route 11.

The benefits of the sale support the 4-H educational horse programs held throughout Oswego County.

Anyone who loves a bargain and is looking for equine related items, this sale is for you.


Registration for Canal Clean Sweep events ends in two weeks.

If you haven’t done so already, please register your event by March 15.

The state Canal Corp. and Parks and Trails New York once again need your help for the annual Canal Clean Sweep.

Last year’s Clean Sweep resulted in more than 150 communities, civic groups, businesses and social clubs completing nearly 100 cleanup and beautification events along the Canal System and the Canalway Trail.

This year’s event will take place Friday-Sunday, April 25-27.

Like last year, the 2014 Canal Clean Sweep will be held in recognition of Earth Day 2014, and in advance of the upcoming navigation season, the 190th consecutive season on the New York State Canal System.

State Senate Report, by Patty Ritchie

With decorations up and festive music dominating the airwaves, it’s no secret, the holiday season is in full swing.

The same goes for the gift giving season. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American shopper will spend $737 this Christmas.  That translates to a total of $602 billion spent nationwide during the 2013 holiday shopping season.

One of the best ways to find unique and meaningful gifts for your loved ones is by shopping local.

When you shop from independent retailers, you support your neighbors and the local economy. It’s estimated that for every dollar spent at a locally-owned business, 45 cents is reinvested locally.

From fresh food and drink to handmade crafts, the offerings in our region for local gifts are endless.  One of my favorite options?  Artwork that captures the beauty of Central and Northern New York.

In an effort to highlight local talent, I have worked with local arts organizations to feature nearly two dozen artists through my “Senator Patty Ritchie Celebrates Local Artists” program.

Artists selected for this program have their artwork displayed at my district office locations in Oswego, Watertown and Ogdensburg.

Artists currently on display include:

Oswego County: Phyllis DiSalvo of Palermo began watercolor painting in 2008.  She continues to grow as an artist by learning new techniques using different types of media.  Phyllis’s work can be viewed at my Oswego office, located in the county office building at 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.

St. Lawrence County:  Ogdensburg artist and photographer Dave Bracy takes his inspiration from everyday scenes on the Oswegatchie and St. Lawrence Rivers. An employee of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, Dave spends a lot of  his time studying landscapes and fishing on the two rivers near his home. Dave’s work can be viewed at my St. Lawrence County office, located at 330 Ford St., Ogdensburg.

Jefferson County: Mary Randazzo is a renowned historical landmark artist inspired by the natural history and beauty of the Thousand Islands. A resident of Clayton, Mary is a self-trained artist who uses photos and on site sketches to paint the natural surroundings of her home. Mary’s work can be viewed at my Jefferson County office, located at 317 Washington St., Watertown.

For more information on these artists, as well as past participants, visit my website at  Artists interested in being featured in the program can contact 782-3418.

During the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle.  As you continue to shop for gifts for friends and family don’t forget to support our economy by buying local.

Alzheimer’s caregivers meetings scheduled

In honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Month and National Caregivers Month in November, the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter will host a series of online forums in November featuring experts in dementia care.

CNY Caregiver Chat welcomes dementia caregivers with a person computer to join in for an interactive discussion with experts in the field of Alzheimer’s and dementia care, long-term care, and elder law and financial planning.

CNY Caregiver Chats will take place on Tuesdays during the month of November from 1 to 3 p.m.

Caregivers can register for free at and will be asked to download a small helper file to their PC or Mac before joining the chat. Caregivers can use the speakers and microphone on their computer or a telephone to participate.

Topics for the series include:

Nov. 5: Alzheimer’s Behaviors

Nov. 12: Making the Transition to Long-Term Care

Nov. 19: Legal and Financial Concerns

Nov. 26: Activities at the Holidays

Each session begins with a short presentation, followed by a moderated question and answer session.

The CNY Caregiver Chat series is a presentation of the Marty Manning Online Education Center.

The center, which was created in memory of a former caregiver, support group facilitator and board member, is the Chapter’s gateway to web-based live webinars and on-demand education presentations.

State Senate Report from state Sen. Patty Ritchie

It’s often said the one of the most important responsibilities we have in a democracy is to vote.

On Nov. 5, people across the country will head to the polls to exercise this right.  Here in New York state, people won’t just be casting their votes for candidates on Election Day — they will also be making decisions on amendments to the New York State Constitution.

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the referendum on the Nov. 5 ballot concerning the authorization of expanded casino gaming in New York state.

This proposal would amend the state Constitution to allow construction of up to seven Las Vegas-style casinos in designated regions across the state, with the first four to be built Upstate.

You should also know that there are five other resolutions that are up for a vote from the public.  This year’s ballot contains the largest number of such proposals in a number of years and several could have a significant impact on the economic health of communities right here in our backyard.

Here’s a look at measures you’ll be asked to weigh in on:

** Additional Civil Service Credit for Veterans with Disabilities Certified Post- Appointment: This proposed amendment would grant additional civil service credit to veterans who are certified as disabled after they have been appointed or promoted to a civil service position.

** Exclusion of Indebtedness Contracted for Sewage Facilities: This proposed amendment would extend until Jan. 1, 2024, the authority of counties, cities, towns and villages to exclude from their constitutional debt limits, indebtedness contracted  from the construction and reconstruction of facilities utilized for the treatment and disposal of sewage.

** Settling Disputed Title in the Forest Preserve:  Under the State Constitution, it is typically prohibited to sell, exchange or take any forest preserve land. This proposed amendment would allow the Legislature to settle century-old disputes between the state and private parties over ownership of certain parcels of land in the forest preserve by giving up the state’s claim to disputed parcels.

In exchange, the state would get land to be incorporated into the forest preserve.  The land exchange would occur only if the Legislature determines the land to be conveyed to New York state would benefit the forest preserve more than the disputed parcels do.

** In Relation to a Land Exchange in the State Forest Preserve with NYCO Minerals:  This amendment would allow NYCO Minerals, Inc., a private company, to continue its mining operations in Essex County.  The proposal would allow the state to convey roughly 200 forest preserve acres to the company for mining and in exchange, the company would give the state at least the same amount of land of at least the same value, with that land being added to the forest preserve.

Under this proposal, when NYCO Minerals finishes its mining, the company would restore the condition of the land it received in exchange and return it to the forest preserve.

** Increasing Age Until Which Certain State Judges Can Serve: This amendment increases to age 80 the age Justices of the Supreme Court and Judges of the Court of Appeals may serve, in certain instances.  In addition, the proposed amendment would also prohibit the appointment of any person over the age of 70 to the Court of Appeals.

Our vote is our voice and the six referendums that will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot represent democracy in its purest form.

I hope you’ll take the time to learn more about these amendments before you head to the polls and exercise your right to vote on Election Day.

Granby Elementary students learn about rockets

Granby Elementary School sixth-graders learned all about Isaac Newton’s laws of motion with a special project involving rockets.

Granby’s students launched their kit-built rockets into the beautiful blue sky over their school recently.

Building and launching model rockets has become a standing tradition at Granby Elementary, in the Fulton school district, and this year’s event was kicked off with three launches by sixth-grade science teacher Joe McNamara.

Each student was given an opportunity to launch his or her her rocket in an official NASA-like countdown while using a specially designed launch pad and battery control system.

Taking into consideration the weather conditions, the students were asked to make some predictions about the flight pattern that their rocket will take including whether they believe that their rocket’s parachute will deploy as intended.

These predictions as well as actual findings were included in a final report that each student was required to write about the rocket project.

Granby sixth-grade teachers coordinate the rocket project each year in conjunction with the study of Newton’s laws of motion, gravity and propulsion.

The laws of motion are:

1) An object at rest will stay at rest unless an external force acts upon it and conversely, an object in motion will stay in motion unless an external force acts upon it.

2) Force is equal to mass times acceleration of an object.

3) For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

The students build the rockets using kits from the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES Science Center. The experience introduces the students to the forces of motion and gives them an opportunity to learn about electricity and aerodynamics.

Weekly poem by Jim Farfaglia

Before they Fade

By Jim Farfaglia


The colors of autumn are a brief delight;

here a few days, then gone like the night.


Oh, how they shine, but never too long;

something remembered, like an old favorite song.


They’re moments in time, gone too fast;

the best of life, a thing of the past.


Perhaps this is why we rake them in piles:

to savor their gift, to hold beauty awhile.

Fulton CROP Walk set for Oct. 6

The Greater Fulton area community joins together Sunday, Oct. 6 for the Fulton CROP Hunger Walk.

The event takes place rain or shine.  Participants will meet at the Fulton Municipal Building  for registration at 1 p.m. and will walk either a Golden Mile or a 5-kilometer route.

Church World Service is the ecumenical organization which sponsors CROP hunger walks.  The Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches has been the walk local host for more than 25 years.

Interested individuals or families  should contact their local church recruiters for envelopes and information on raising money for their walk.  A total of 25 percent of the money raised by the walkers returns to the

Fulton area to support SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and four local food pantries. The food pantries include Oswego County Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army Oswego County Corps, Believer’s Chapel and Dexterville Community Services.

Last year, the Fulton CROP Walk raised more than $8,000 — more than $2,000 came back to the Fulton area.

Church World Service  is an international relief, development, and refugee settlement  agency working to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world.

Recently it has been present in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy and the flooding in Oneida County and Southern Tier areas in New York state.

The slogan for the CROP Walks is “Ending Hunger One Step at a Time” and the community can participate as walkers or support walkers with their donations.

For further information contact your local church or Fulton CROP Walk committee member Lois Mirabito at 593-2731.

Oswego residents search for their Time Warner public access channels

Some Oswego residents have been calling the office of Mayor Thomas Gillen lately complaining they cannot find the Oswego Common Council meetings on Channel 96, the public access channel.

Gillen said city officials have called the local Time Warner Cable office and were told that as of July 23, Time Warner switched to a digital-only carriage of the Public, Educational and Government (“PEG”) access channels.

Those channels include both channel 16 and channel 96. In order to view these channels now, customers must have their televisions outfitted with certain digital equipment (i.e. a supplied digital converter, a digital adapter, a CableCARD equipped device, or a digital television with a QAM tuner).

All Time Warner customers may pick up the necessary digital equipment at your local Time Warner Office, 335 W. First St., free of charge.

If you have questions regarding the Public, Educational and Governmental access channels, call the local Time Warner Office at 343-1208.