Pomp and circumstance: Find your local school’s graduation

Area high schools are holding their commencement exercises next weekend.

  • Mexico Academy and Central School, Mexico: 7 p.m. Friday, June 27 at High School Athletic Field. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the gymnasium.
  • Hannibal High School, Hannibal: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 27 at Lockwood Auditorium, Hannibal High School
  • G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at the Fulton War Memorial
  • J.C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at JCB Gymnasium
  • Oswego High School, Oswego: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at SUNY Oswego Campus Center

Register now for Fulton UPK

Elliott Dumochel and his mom, Dawn, smile as they check out a book during the Fulton school district’s recent Universal Pre-Kindergarten registration and transition night. Applications are still being accepted for UPK, but space is limited. Registration packets are available at the main office of each elementary school, at the Registrar’s Office at the Education Center or online at fulton.cnyric.org.
Elliott Dumochel and his mom, Dawn, smile as they check out a book during the Fulton school district’s recent Universal Pre-Kindergarten registration and transition night. Applications are still being accepted for UPK, but space is limited. Registration packets are available at the main office of each elementary school, at the Registrar’s Office at the Education Center or online at fulton.cnyric.org.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The Fulton City School District is still accepting registrations for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program.

The program aims to provide children with the foundation for future school success by developing skills in literacy and numeracy.  Continue reading

Odds and ends from the managing editor

By Debra J. Groom

It’s time for a few updates on what’s been going on at The Valley News.

First off, let me wish everyone a happy summer and happy bass season. Summer starts today and I welcome all that comes with it — warmer temperatures (not hot, mind you, just warm, say 80 degrees), sunshine, camping, flowers, fresh veggies and fruits, sleeping with the windows open and of course, fishing. Continue reading

Breakfast, lunch, dinner: Belgian waffles and chicken BBQ

The Mount Pleasant Grange will have its next Belgian waffles breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday June 21.

The topping for the month is strawberries. Waffles will be served with the breakfast buffet. Take outs will be available.

The grange is located at 2825 County Route 45.

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The annual chicken barbecue to support the Independence Parade in Oswego will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22 at the Woodchuck Saloon, 1 Mitchell St., Oswego.

The menu includes a choice of barbecue chicken or pulled pork with two sides, rolls and great music.

Cost for a ticket is $11 at the door. Please come out and support the Independence Day Parade!

Russel Stannard, chief canal lock operator, Navy veteran

Russel Stannard, 76, of Sterling died Thursday June 19 in Oswego Hospital after a short illness.

Mr. Stannard was born in Boonville, NY, the son of the late William and Winifred Stannard.

He retired in 1995 as a chief lock operator for the NYS Canal Corp. He served in the US Navy from 1955 until 1969.

Mr. Stannard was a member of the American Legion Post 1, Albany NY, and Past Commander of the American Legion Post 658, Fair Haven. He was a Fair Haven village trustee from 1974 until 1978 during their Bicentennial Celebration.

Mr. Stannard is survived by his wife, Patricia Stannard of Sterling; children Janice (Jeff Treasure) Skinner of Sterling, Darlene (Ron Dates) Burley of Martville, Lee Simpkins of Hannibal, Arica (Mark) Harteis of Oswego; sisters June MacArthur of Oswego, Carol Brookes of FL, Donna Cooke of Fair Haven; 13 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial in Springbrook Cemetery will be private.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego

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