In and Around Hannibal: Nuns on the Bus

By Rita Hooper

I’ve mentioned before that I attended Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington in April.

I had the opportunity to meet Sister Simone Campbell and even to share a few minutes with her in the lobby. I had dropped by to get a signed copy of her book but they weren’t available yet, so she signed a piece of paper and I placed an order for her book: Nuns on the Bus.   Continue reading

Guernsey, Shannon receive Lions scholarships

Anna Guernsey and Casey Shannon, both set to graduate next month from  G. Ray Bodley High School, were awarded the Fulton Lions Club’s 2014 H. and Mary Dowd Memorial and John Scaringi scholarships respectively. Each scholarship provides the winner with $750 per year for four years toward college costs. Guernsey will attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College to major in radiologic technology. Shannon will attend Clarkson University to major in physical therapy. Leo Chirello, past Fulton Lions president and scholarship committee chair, congratulated Shannon, (left) and Guernsey. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Mane Event Comedy Night, Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions: http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php .
Anna Guernsey and Casey Shannon, both set to graduate next month from G. Ray Bodley High School, were awarded the Fulton Lions Club’s 2014 H. and Mary Dowd Memorial and John Scaringi scholarships respectively. Each scholarship provides the winner with $750 per year for four years toward college costs. Guernsey will attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College to major in radiologic technology. Shannon will attend Clarkson University to major in physical therapy. Leo Chirello, past Fulton Lions president and scholarship committee chair, congratulated Shannon, (left) and Guernsey. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Mane Event Comedy Night, Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions: http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php .

Mills named Volunteer of the Year for OCO

Oswego County Opportunities recently honored Tom Mills with the Howard Wilcox Volunteer of the Year Award at the agency’s annual meeting. From left are: OCO Board President Connie Cosemento; Head Start Family Advocate Liz Liberti; Award Recipient Tom Mills; and Executive Director of OCO, Diane Cooper-Currier.
Oswego County Opportunities recently honored Tom Mills with the Howard Wilcox Volunteer of the Year Award at the agency’s annual meeting. From left are: OCO Board President Connie Cosemento; Head Start Family Advocate Liz Liberti; Award Recipient Tom Mills; and Executive Director of OCO, Diane Cooper-Currier.

Oswego County Opportunities recently honored Tom Mills with the agency’s Howard Wilcox Volunteer of the Year Award.

Presented annually, the award is given to a volunteer who goes above and beyond in offering their time and talents to an OCO program.

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Oswego Lions Club Rivers Edge Craft Show Sunday June 8

The Oswego Lions Club with host the third annual Rivers Edge “handmade” Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 8.

The event will take place along the beautiful rivers edge, on West Linear Park, in Oswego. 

This will be the second year in the new location, which is not only larger, but also a great experience. Take in the wonderful crafts, the food and fun, and enjoy the beautiful sites of our city.

This year’s event is already larger than last year with many more vendors and the addition of the children’s area. 

“With all of our past fundraising events, we are once again expecting capacity crowds and another successful event for our club” said Mike Henderson, Oswego Lions Club president. 

In addition to all the wonderful crafters and the children’s section, the event will include finger printing by the sheriff’s  office, face painting, entertainment, karate demonstrations, food and wine tasting. 

Anyone interested in being a craft vendor, who would like to be a major sponsor for the event or who needs more information about the event should call Denise Constanza at 591-1842 or Chris Pelton at 343-1394 or Like us on Facebook at Oswego Lions Club or go to our website oswegolionsclub.com. 

Sponsors for the event include Fajita Grill, Rudy’s Lakeside Drive In, Waynes’s Drug Store/Bob Brandshaw, Nelson’s Funeral Home and Murphy’s Auto Solution.

CNY Arts Center exhibition in Oswego opens today

Artists from CNY Arts Center are making their debut in downtown Oswego with an art show entitled Empowered Through the Arts: The finest of CNY Arts Center at the Oswego State Downtown Gallery at 186 W. First St. 

The art exhibit featuring several local artists will open May 31 (today) with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. and run through July 12.

“We are excited and so proud to have this opportunity for our wonderful artists,” said Nancy Fox, director. “There is a wealth of talent all over Oswego County and we are very grateful to Michael Flanagan and SUNY Oswego for providing this bridge in the art community.”

Some of the artists included in the exhibit are Kendra Matott, the studio arts coordinator for CNY Arts Center. 

Matott arranges art shows and classes for the center in a variety of art types for all ages. Her art work is considered mixed media that begins as a photograph and evolves through special techniques Matott applies.

Bonnie McClellan, also included in the show, is CNY Arts Center’s Arts in the HeART Gallery director in downtown Fulton. 

Her landscapes have generated popular oil painting classes for adults and kids alike as she takes students from blank canvas to complete landscape. 

People are discovering a love for painting with McClellan’s encouragement. Her students have begun participating in area shows and some now display their own art work in the gallery.

Many more artists are featured in the exhibit, which will move to the Hospice of Central New York in Liverpool in July and remain through August. 

Oswego State Downtown gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The gallery is located at 186 W. First St.

For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-2787.

Fulton Farmers’ Market now open Saturdays

The Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce officially kicked off the Fulton Farmers’ Market this past Saturday, May 24.

The market is located in the Canal View Parking lot right on Cayuga Street. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday until late October.

This market features fresh produce from a multitude of farmers in addition to plants and flowers as well. There are also specialty bakery items available for purchase, including some gluten-free options.

Oswego native begins third season of TBS comedy June 24

Owen Benjamin, of Oswego, center, with Steve Byrne, left and Dan Lauria, right, in a scene from Sullivan and Son on TBS.
Owen Benjamin, of Oswego, center, with Steve Byrne, left and Dan Lauria, right, in a scene from Sullivan & Son on TBS.

Oswego native Owen Benjamin will begin his third season of “Sullivan and Son,” at 10 p.m. Tuesday June 24 on TBS.

“Sullivan & Son,” starring popular comedian Steve Byrne, was one of the most successful TBS summer series for the past two summers. The show is set in a popular pub in a working-class Pittsburgh neighborhood.

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