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Oswego schools and YMCA team up for free summer food service

The Oswego City School District will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program.

Meals will be offered at Fitzhugh Park Elementary, Oswego High School, and through the YMCA and will be provided to all children 18 years and under without charge.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be available free of charge throughout the summer.

The Fitzhugh Park School program will run from July 1 through Aug. 9. The Oswego High School program will run from July 8 through Aug. 14. The weeks of July 8 and Aug. 15 will be five day weeks; all the rest of the weeks will be four days, with the last week of Aug. 12  being only three days. The YMCA program will run from Aug. 8 through Aug. 16.

Meals will be provided at the following times:

At Fitzhugh Park Elementary School, breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon.

Meanwhile, at the Oswego High School, breakfast will be served between 7 to 8 a.m. with lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. while at the YMCA Armory, lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a snack from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. At the Y Skate Park, lunch is set for 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and snack from 4 to 4:30 p.m.

Persons interested in receiving more information may contact the Oswego City School Food Services Department at 341-2022.

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Former athletes reflect on Coach Mike Conners

by Rob Tetro

Nearly a week ago, the news became official.

The Oswego City School District’s web site acknowledged that Fulton’s Mike Conners was now its new football coach and athletic director.

The turn of events marked the conclusion of one of the most memorable coaching eras in the history of Fulton athletics.

Towards the end of 2011, Conners surpassed the 500 win mark as head coach of the Fulton varsity wrestling team. Overall, Conners led Fulton to 510 wins on the mat.

While at the helm of the Fulton varsity football team, Conners had a record of 110-54. Oddly enough, Conners’ last victory was a 22-8 win over Oswego in last fall’s season finale.

Conners influenced the lives of many during his 25 years as a coach, including Hannibal varsity cross country and track and field Coach Dan Pawlewicz, Army Sergeant Derrik Wise and former Syracuse University football player Jason Tanner.

Pawlewicz was a junior when Conners took over as head coach of the wrestling team in 1987. During his first year, the team had a 15-1 record, which put the Raiders in the top 5 in all of New York State.

Conners replaced another legendary coach in Wayne Bleau in 1987. Pawlewicz suggested that 25 years later, history is repeating itself.

“There is another set of huge shoes to fill,” Pawlewicz said.

During the 1988-89 season, Pawlewicz was a senior tri-captain on a team that proved to be among the best teams in the country. Conners led the Red Raiders to his first New York State High School Wrestling Championship following an undefeated season.

When Pawlewicz recalls his senior year as a tri-captain of one of the best wrestling teams in the country, there aren’t many words that come to mind that describe what that team was built on.

However, he pointed out that the athletes worked hard, showed dedication, set goals, understood tradition and acknowledged their teammates in a way similar to how they would acknowledge their own siblings.

Wise referred to Conners as a “total class act.”

He said that Conners has not only been an inspiration but he’s also been a motivator to athletes and other individuals during his tenure in Fulton.

Wise added that he is grateful for the positive influence Conners has had on his life.

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