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

Twohoops2@juno.com

Volney celebrates positive behaviors

Brothers Ethan and Lucas Smith are seen here playing a rousing game of chess during Volney PBIS Reward Day.
Brothers Ethan and Lucas Smith are seen here playing a rousing game of chess during Volney PBIS Reward Day.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Volney Elementary School held a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Reward Day for students April 25.

The Reward Day recognized students for being role models of the school’s four behavioral expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe and Be a Problem Solver.

Students in all grades celebrated with activities during the morning, and were dismissed for the afternoon for parent conferences.

Students could choose from many sessions, including movies, Duct Tape wallet making, dodge ball, karate, chess and Zumba.

Fairgrieve students receive medals

Fairgrieve Elementary School’s Principal Award winners proudly display the medals they earned for the recognition. In the front row (from left) are Ty Nesbitt, Dakota Brown, Trista Sullivan, Damien Drought, Adelaide McEachen, Jada Barnwell and William Duso. In the second row (from left) are Paige Pierce, Jasminn Bort, Olivia Cunningham, Kiara Pittman, Mariela Mejia-Merida and Tristan Kent. Standing in back (from left) are Principal Jean Ciesla, Nolan Gardenier, Julie Ann Dunning, Braeci Clonch, Tiffany Macri, Ana Marroquin-Aguilar, Alexis Patterson and Kayla McCraith.
Fairgrieve Elementary School’s Principal Award winners proudly display the medals they earned for the recognition. In the front row (from left) are Ty Nesbitt, Dakota Brown, Trista Sullivan, Damien Drought, Adelaide McEachen, Jada Barnwell and William Duso. In the second row (from left) are Paige Pierce, Jasminn Bort, Olivia Cunningham, Kiara Pittman, Mariela Mejia-Merida and Tristan Kent. Standing in back (from left) are Principal Jean Ciesla, Nolan Gardenier, Julie Ann Dunning, Braeci Clonch, Tiffany Macri, Ana Marroquin-Aguilar, Alexis Patterson and Kayla McCraith.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

With a focus on always doing the right thing, 22 Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recognized with awards during the Morning Express program held April 29.

Principal Jean Ciesla presented the students with medals as they celebrated the distinction of being a Principal’s Award winner. Ciesla said the honorees displayed exemplary behavior during the school year and in the third marking period in particular.

The students who met these expectations and were honored during the ceremony include William Duso, Jada Barnwell and Damien Drought (kindergarten); Adelaide McEachen, Trista Sullivan and Dakota Brown (first grade); Tristan Kent, Mariela Mejia-Merida, Ty Nesbitt and Annabella Epolito (second grade).

Also: Kiara Pittman, Jasminn Bort and Kayla McCraith (third grade); Olivia Cunningham, Rosiline Knoblock and Tiffany Macri (fourth grade); Alexa Patterson, Ana Marroquin-Aguilar and Braeci Clonch (fifth grade); and Julie Ann Dunning, Nolan Gardenier and Paige Pierce (sixth grade).

Sandy Creek, Mexico, Oswego medal in final OCAY contest

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Capturing third place in the Oswego County Academic Youth League Shark Tank event was the team from Oswego High School. Team coach Kayley Morse is pictured with (back row) Garrett Dunsmoor, Joe Clavelli, Evan Davis, Lainey Celeste and Emily Hurlbutt. Front: Nina Alcasid, Tara Stacy, Mallory Gordon, Tory Welsch and Alex Kouthoofd.
Capturing third place in the Oswego County Academic Youth League Shark Tank event was the team from Oswego High School. Team coach Kayley Morse is pictured with (back row) Garrett Dunsmoor, Joe Clavelli, Evan Davis, Lainey Celeste and Emily Hurlbutt. Front: Nina Alcasid, Tara Stacy, Mallory Gordon, Tory Welsch and Alex Kouthoofd.

Student representatives from eight area school districts were tasked with developing a company that promotes Oswego County tourism as part of the fourth and final competition of the year for the Oswego County Academic Youth (OCAY) League.

Students devised companies that promoted the county’s strongest resources, with each team creating their own company name and logo. Promotional materials such as a tri-fold brochure and a 30-second commercial were also required.

Two team members from each school pitched their company idea to a panel of investors, similar to the business-themed show Shark Tank.

Students needed to persuade the group of investors in order to gain their trust, and financial backing. Each school named their price, suppliers and described how the loan would be used.

The challenge also consisted of four timed math quizzes, related to marketing and business. The commercial portion was presented as a live skit. The advertisement needed to appeal to the company’s target audience, and effectively endorse and define company goals in order to maximize profits.

In the end, gold was awarded to the team from Sandy Creek for their “Shark Tank Resort,” a $15 million venue that would feature an aquarium, live music and dinner theatre. They would attract tourists to Lake Ontario by renting out jet skis, and offer snowmobilers with special packages in the winter.

Silver was presented to the team from Mexico for “Lake View Tours,” a guided tour that would bus travelers to popular sites in Oswego County. The schedule included a visit to Fort Ontario, lunch at Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In and stops at Mexico Point, Selkirk Shores and Salmon River Falls.

Bronze was awarded to the Oswego team for “Sunset Sails,” a sailboat tour company with the tagline “Keep Calm, Sail On.”

The OCAY League was organized in the spring of 1997 with the idea that academics merit a standing comparable to athletics.

Students’ academic skills are challenged and showcased in a wide variety of competitive events that emphasize scholastic excellence, team building, leadership and creativity.

A particular strength of the league is its emphasis on cooperative problem solving. OCAY League is coordinated through Oswego County BOCES’ Instructional Support Services as part of the Gifted and Talented Programs cooperative services.

Members of the Mexico team are Samantha McAuslan, Nick Higby, Kyle Hall, Jacob Delos, Sydney Ryan, Elizabeth Becker, Chloe Partrick and Natalie Scorzzeli. The adviser is Bill Coughlin.

Members of the Sandy Creek team are Sarah McDougal, Jay Ivison, Collin Reff, Jacob Cornell, Zach Halsey, Anita Glenister, Josh Lococo, Molly Horth, Clarice Thibault and Lexi Goodnough. Adviser is Caitlin Urlacher.

Animals benefit from Leighton candy

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Members of the Frederick Leighton Elementary School Student Council conducted their annual “candy-gram” fundraiser and donated $125 to the Oswego Animal Shelter. Gathering at the facility were (front row left to right) Emmalee French, Aidan Robbins, Sophia Delorenzo, Gretchen Dowd and Linsey Lawton while in back were Advisor Jennifer Symborski, Abby McPherson, Ella Shambo, Aubrey Avery and Elijah Shambo.

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