SOS Fest brings in Bluetree

THE SOS FEST three-day music festival in Hannibal NY announces the band Bluetree, from Belfast, Ireland will be closing out day two of the festival, Saturday night July 19.

Bluetree will take the stage at the Hannibal Firemans Field from 8:30 to 10 p.m.  Bluetree gained worldwide fame with its number one Billboard hit, “God Of This City” in 2009.

The music of Bluetree is an experience. It may well be loud, bold and energetic, but it may also be soft and so quiet you can hear the heartbeat of the person beside you.

“Through all the noises and beats, all the melodies and harmonies, what they want you to experience is the overwhelming presence of God.” – StereoTruth.net

Aaron Boyd, the lead singer of Bluetree,  continues to travel the world not just recording, writing and performing music, but raising money and awareness to help prevent child trafficking, slavery and sexual exploitation.

Boyd is also scheduled to deliver the message Sunday morning at about 10:45 a.m. during day three of The SOS FEST.

There are 15 other bands set to play at the SOS FEST including “Seventh Day Slumber” from Texas and bands from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, New York City and across New York state.

There will also be free waterslides, mission displays, merchandise booths, food booths, workshops, etc.

Full times and band schedule can be found at www.cabin3ministries.org and tickets can be purchased for just $10 a day at www.itickets.com.

All profits go to local youth programs.

This is the 4th year of the SOS FEST, organized and sponsored by the Cabin 3 Youth group and Gods Vision Christian Church of Hannibal. All area churches have been invited to not only attend but to join in and help with this festival.

Other churches joining are The Another Level Youth Group in Fulton, New Life Church in Herkimer, The Life Church in Rome, The Chapel at Cross Point in Buffalo, Vintage Truth College Ministry in Buffalo and The American Baptist Men of NYS.

If other churches would like to get involved, call Erik at 564-6133. The festival begins July 18 at 6 p.m. and ends Sunday July 20 at noon.

Sunday afternoon music continues at 3 p.m. with Hannibal’s Concert In The Park, this year with The 10th Mountain Division Army Band.

SUNY Oswego students win diversity awards

The State University of New York has named 11 SUNY Oswego students as 2014 recipients of Empire State Diversity Honors Scholarships. The program of direct aid seeks to attract and retain undergraduate students to SUNY campuses who have demonstrated high academic achievement and can demonstrate that they will contribute to the diversity of the student body. Flanked by Rameen Mohammadi (left), associate provost for undergraduate and special programs, and Howard Gordon (right), executive assistant to college President Deborah F. Stanley, are, from left, Cuifen Zhuang, Francisco Perez, Andrea Roy, Imani Safita Gary, Brittany La’Ree Sperino Horsford, Katelyn Zhinin, Danielle Aguilar and Maame Hayfron. Missing from the photo are Fathama Ahmed and Michelle Lopez.
The State University of New York has named 11 SUNY Oswego students as 2014 recipients of Empire State Diversity Honors Scholarships. The program of direct aid seeks to attract and retain undergraduate students to SUNY campuses who have demonstrated high academic achievement and can demonstrate that they will contribute to the diversity of the student body. Flanked by Rameen Mohammadi (left), associate provost for undergraduate and special programs, and Howard Gordon (right), executive assistant to college President Deborah F. Stanley, are, from left, Cuifen Zhuang, Francisco Perez, Andrea Roy, Imani Safita Gary, Brittany La’Ree Sperino Horsford, Katelyn Zhinin, Danielle Aguilar and Maame Hayfron. Missing from the photo are Fathama Ahmed and Michelle Lopez.

OCO honors volunteers

Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Board President, Connie Cosemento (l) and Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier (r) present the OCO Distinguished Volunteers of the Year Award to members of the agency’s Bowl-A-Fun committee Debra French, second from left, and Diane Wood, second from right.  Absent from the photo are committee members Betsy Copps, Colette Nellis, Christine Prevost, Toni Ross, Denise Russell and Patrick Waite.
Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Board President, Connie Cosemento (l) and Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier (r) present the OCO Distinguished Volunteers of the Year Award to members of the agency’s Bowl-A-Fun committee Debra French, second from left, and Diane Wood, second from right. Absent from the photo are committee members Betsy Copps, Colette Nellis, Christine Prevost, Toni Ross, Denise Russell and Patrick Waite.

Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) recently honored members of the agency’s Bowl-A-Fun committee with the Distinguished Volunteer of the Year Award.

They were cited for going above and beyond in offering their time and talents to the poverty-fighting agency.

OCO Deputy Executive Director Sarah Irland praised the group for the work they do and the positive impact the Bowl-A-Fun committee has on the agency.

“These individuals give of themselves and their time to raise money for OCO programs that directly improve the quality of life for Oswego County residents,” she said.

“Over the past 15 years our Bowl-A-Fun committee members have helped raise more the $200,000 in support of services throughout our agency including generators for residential facilities, homeless services, field trips for youth and much more.

“As a result they have had a profoundly positive effect on thousands of consumers over the years,” Irland said. “They are the ultimate example of giving; devoting their time, talents and energy to help people they may never know.”

Meeting on a monthly basis throughout the year, members of OCO’s Bowl-A-Fun committee volunteer their time to plan the event.

From organizing the details of the day to gathering supplies, soliciting prizes, and ensuring the enjoyment of the participants, committee members do whatever it takes to make OCO’s Bowl-A-Fun a fun and successful event.

Members of this year’s Bowl-A-Fun Committee include Betsy Copps, Debra French, Colette Nellis, Christine Prevost, Diane Cooper-Currier, Toni Ross, Denise Russell, Patrick Waite and Diane Wood.

“I am amazed to think of the amount of time and effort this committee puts forth and I am pleased to able to recognize them with this award,” said Irland.

OCO, Inc is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.  For more information, visit www.oco.org.

Walleye, pike, pickerel season open today

The state fishing season for walleye, northern pike, pickerel and tiger muskellunge opens Saturday, May 3, marking the opening of most of New York’s freshwater sportfish seasons, state Department of Environmental Conservation  Commissioner Joe Martens said.

Catch and release fishing for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) in many waters across the state also begins May 3. The special trophy black bass season on Lake Erie where anglers can take one 20-inch or longer fish per day also begins May 3.

Bass anglers should check the New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide (eregulations.com/newyork/fishing) to ensure that the water they desire to fish is open to catch and release angling.

Anglers are reminded that the muskellunge fishing season and the regular (harvest) season for black bass open on the 3rd Saturday in June, which is June 21 this year.

News in Brief

River of Life Assembly of God Church is presenting the second in its Nothing’s Too Hard for God series.

You live with the pain each day. You have lost hope in finding a medical solution. Where is the answer?

The Bible is filled with stories of God’s healing power. But they are more than stories, they confirm God’s promise to all. When medical science is exhausted, God’s healing power is amazing.

The church is devoting the 1st Sunday in May to talk about God’s message of hope, joy, love, and peace with a special emphasis on the topic of Illness.

Come out and join us on at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 4 at River of Life Assembly of God, 815 Oneida St., Fulton.

For more information call 598-7100 or check out our web site at www.riveroflifeaog.org.

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The Oswego County Autism Task Force  participating in the local high school scholarship programs for 2014 graduating seniors planning post-secondary education or vocational school this fall.

The task force is offering the Brianna Cahill Scholarship to qualifying seniors. The scholarship is $2,000 in total scholarship money to a student or several students of Oswego County’s nine public high schools based on the following criteria:

** Our application must be completed by the student

** The recipient must be accepted to a post-secondary or vocational school.

** The recipient must be currently diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Applications must be received by the  Oswego County Autism Task Force by May 1 for final review and selection by our committee. The final selection will be announced to the school by May 25.

For more information, call Tammy Thompson, task force vice president, at 349-3510.

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The 10th annual Syracuse Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma, an annual walk to raise funds and awareness for scleroderma research and patient support, is scheduled for Sunday, June 8 at Onondaga Lake Park, Bay View Tent area.

Check in and registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

For information and to register, go to  http://walks.SclerodermaTriState.org

The Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walk is an event to raise awareness and money needed to deal with this devastating autoimmune disease.

Money raised at this event will be used to help fund research efforts and provide patient support and education. To date there is no known cause or cure.

For more information about scleroderma, contact the Scleroderma Foundation/Tri-State, Inc. Chapter office at (800) 867-0885 or visit on the web at www.SclerodermaTriState.org.

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The Sunshine Community & Child Care Center is putting on its Summer Gratitude Gala 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday June 14.

Vendors, activities, tie-dye, arts and crafts, parking lot sale, food, music and nonalcoholic beverages will be available.

There also will be a cutest pet contest, bounce houses and a cutest prince and princess contest.

Vendor registration packets available at Sunshine Center at 561-7861

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Local resident Wendi Starusnak will discuss her first novel, “Detached,” from 6 to 8 p.m. June 16 at the Phoenix Public Library.

Starusnak will discuss the book, answer questions and will sign and sell copies. Refreshments will be served.

“Detached” contains mature content and subject matter and is not recommended for those under the age of 18.

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The Oswego County Fair is seeking local talent for the fair, which runs July 2 through 6.

While the fair features several established bands and singers, the fair also hopes to promote some new groups by offering a chance to them to perform on the small bandstand near the midway.

Anyone interested in performing at the fair should call Anne Gibbs at 298-5686.

South Shore Artisans to open for season

South Shore Artisans in Fair Haven will be opening for the season on Mother’s Day Weekend with lots of new art and a few new artisans.

The first 25 mothers through the doors starting Saturday will receive a beautiful hand thrown stoneware bowl with an herb planted in it.

New artists for the season at South Shore Artisans are Denise Fitzpatrick and her husband Marty.

Denise has been weaving baskets since 1974 and has taught adult classes at Cato-Meridian in basket weaving. She has given basket seminars to local nonprofit groups as well.

She was a Girl Scout leader for eight years, teaching many girls the art of basket weaving. She also has hosted parties as well as participating in local art shows.

Denise has won many ribbons and awards at the State Fair for her beautiful baskets. Her baskets come in all different sizes and styles and she sometimes weaves other elements like leather, rope and other natural materials into her baskets, giving them a unique artistic flare.

Marty, her husband of 32 years, will also be featured in the store with his various metal crafts for both indoor and outdoor use. He creates beautiful hand-forged items from arbors to pot racks to decorative hooks for your home.

South Shore Artisans is located at 567 Main St., Fair Haven. Starting May 9, the shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Friday through Monday.

Hannibal pre-K registration open now

Hannibal Central School will again be offering Pre-Kindergarten classes for the 2014-2015 school year.

This program is available for children residing in the Hannibal Central School District. Registration packets have been mailed to the homes of each child who will be four years old on or before Dec. 1, 2014.

If you have a child eligible for Pre- Kindergarten and have not received this information, please contact the Fairley School at 564-7945, extension 3004, and the information will be mailed to you.

Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The district plans to provide bus transportation again this year for students who are at least four years old.

In and Around Hannibal

By Rita Hooper

As I write this week’s column, the rain is falling and from what the news tells me, it’s going to be raining for a couple of days.

I’m reminded of Al Jolson’s old song:

Though April showers may come your way,

They bring the flowers that bloom in May.

So if it’s raining, have no regrets,

Because it isn’t raining rain, you know, (It’s raining violets,)

And where you see clouds upon the hills,

You soon will see crowds of daffodils,

So keep on looking for a blue bird, And list’ning for his song,

Whenever April showers come along.

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The day you have been waiting for has finally arrived. But then you knew that!

You are probably sitting down, getting around to reading the paper about 5 p.m.  Saturday afternoon. You’ve had a busy day both holding your own garage sale and sneaking time to visit the other sales in town.

Isn’t it funny, how we clear out our junk so we can buy our neighbor’s junk and fill up all the space we just created?  Oh, you don’t do that? Come on … I can see your nose growing!

Just in case, you’re reading this while having your morning jo, get out of your PJs and into your jogging outfit and start hitting the sales — it’s Community Yardsale Day.

You can pick up the list at the Senior Center in the Hannibal Library on Oswego Street. There are 25 sales listed! The sales start at 8 a.m. Make sure to give a look-see at the Elderberry Sale when you pick up your list.

The Hannibal Methodist Church began its sale yesterday, and will be holding a bag sale today. That’s on Route 3, 1 block west of the Village Square.

This is really a fun day in Hannibal…bringing the community together as neighbors get to see each other, even sit and chat for the first time after a long, long winter. I’ll be praying for a nice, warm, sunny day.

The Mother and Daughter Banquet for the Hannibal United Methodist Church will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8. Reservations were due to Ulah Baker, 564-6376 by May 1; if you haven’t made your reservation, call right away and maybe she can wave her magic wand and get you in!

Hannibal Democrats will host a chicken barbecue at noon Sunday May 4 at the American Legion on Rochester Street.  To purchase pre-sale tickets, call 564-5630.

I received notice this week from Mayor Fred Kent that beginning about 7 a.m. Monday, May 5, one of the town trucks will be making the rounds in the village to pick up bagged leaves and twigs and other growing things. I don’t think children are included! There just is no rest for the weary!

The Senior Meals Program meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday for lunch at the Senior Center promptly at noon. The Center opens at 10 for those who like to work on puzzles, read the paper or just have a chat over coffee.

The center is located in the Library across from the Hannibal Fire Hall on Oswego Street.

This week’s menu features:

  • Monday, May 5:  Homemade soup and sandwich, juice, fruit cocktail
  • Wednesday: Italian sausage with onions and peppers on roll, green beans, potato salad, pudding
  • Friday: Fish, Monterey potatoes, vegetable blend, juice, peaches
  • Activities: Monday — Wii bowling and games; Wednesday — Bingo after lunch;   Friday — Music with Deanna Hubbard

The Jammers start up Monday, May 5 with a covered dish dinner beginning at 6 p.m. at the American Legion on Rochester Street. in Hannibal.  Bring a dish to pass, the table service will be provided.  The Jam begins at 7.

There’s always room for more musicians, so if you play a fiddle, guitar, harmonica, washboard, sing or yodel, mark the Jammers on your calendar. They meet every Monday night at 7 at the Legion from now until that white stuff that falls from the sky gets to bothersome to deal with!

Heard from Keith that he found a harmonica jam in Florida this winter.  If I remember right, he said that there were about 40 of them that got together just to play harmonica!

Last call for Church World Service Kits – If you have some kits and would like to get them on the truck from Central New York going to the Brethren Center in Maryland, give Rita Hooper a call at 706-3564 and make arrangements to drop them in Fulton.  The truck is being packed on May 6.

Hannibal Sports Boosters meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the high school.

Hannibal Chapter of Families with Attention Deficit Disorder meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Kenney Middle School libarry.

Bone Builders meet at the American Legion Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 a.m.

Home and School will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday May 6 in room 30 at Fairley.

The Hannibal Methodist Church serves a free lunch (donations for this ministry accepted though) at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. The church is one block west of the Village Square on Route 3 (Church Street).

The Hannibal Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Building on Cayuga Street.

Hannibal Dollar for Scholars will hold a pulled pork barbecue from noon until sold out Saturday, May 10.

May 10, the  North Volney Methodist Church, (corner of County Routes 4 and  6 in Volney) will be hosting a gospel concert featuring the Misfits and Lake Effect Bluegrass from 1 to 3 p.m. They will also have a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a plant sale, bake sale and lunch will be available too. The concert is free; a free will offering will be received to pay the musicians.

The public hearing on the proposed Hannibal school budget for 2014-15 will be at 6:30 p.m. May 12 in the board room in the high school.

I was surprised to read in the Valley News that there is no contest for two seats on the Hannibal Board of Education.

I know my memory isn’t as good as it once was, but I can’t remember when the last uncontested race was held. I do remember some pretty hard fought races in the past though.

Along these lines, School Superintendent Donna Fountain will attend the next meeting of the Elderberries at 6 p.m. May 13 to present the school budget and other information. The Berries meet at the Senior Center (Library,) Oswego Street. Bring your own table service and dish to pass.

The Friends of the Library have a new raffle basket called Just Frogin’ Around, all things frog. Includes a fountain, garden ornament, calculator, wrapping paper and more. The drawing is May 13.

Plans are underway for the Hannibal Alumni Banquet June 14. This year it will be held at the Elks Lodge on Pierce Drive in Fulton. Watch for posters for reservation information.

Plans are underway for the fourth annual SOS Music Fest this summer in Hannibal. For information, call Erik at 564-6133.

Rita Hooper 706-3564

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