Forty-three LEAH (Loving Education at Home) members gathered at the Fulton Alliance Church for their twice annual home school cooperative.
The Oswego County Chapter of LEAH sponsors this sharing educational cooperative. This year’s spring co-op began on March 4 ending April 22.
More than 100 children attended, ranging in age from preschool to 12th grade. Each three hour session is divided into three 45-minute class periods and are further separated into age groups.
The classes vary every fall and spring. Some classes offered this co-op include: journalism, essay writing and great artists for high school students; sewing and New York State History for middle school students; and gym, music, math and art for some of the younger students.
Many class choices are available.
Anyone interested in LEAH or the cooperative can visit the website: www.homeschool-life.com click on NY State, then on the Oswego Chapter for more information.
By Julia Ludington
As the school year comes closer to its end, it seems as though the schedule of G. Ray Bodley events becomes busier and busier!
Our GRB Quirks Players will be participating in the 55th annual Dramafest at SUNY Oswego May 2.
Rehearsals were held last Wednesday, and will also take place today and tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium.
The group will be performing an excerpt from Curtains, the musical that appeared onstage this spring at GRB. We wish all of our actors and actresses the best of luck!
Yearbooks are still available for pre-order for $60. Students can bring payments to Mr. Senecal in room 228 during Guided Study Hall if they have not yet ordered one.
The yearbook is a fantastic investment and will be valuable to you when you are much older (think how much your grandchildren will love it!). Don’t wait until they are all gone!
If you are attending the junior prom and have not picked up an order form for pictures yet, they are available in Mr. Lacey’s room. Pictures will be taken outside, weather permitting.
Any boys interested in playing soccer this summer and next fall must attend a mandatory meeting May 2.
If you are unable to attend, make sure you see Mr. Murray before May 2 to receive the information you will be missing.
Check out the district website for upcoming sports games and concerts. Sectional matchups are just around the corner, and I am sure that many of our teams would appreciate the support!
Submitted by Oswego County BOCES
The following Fulton school district students were named to the G. Ray Bodley High School High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the third quarter of the 2013-14 academic year:
Ninth grade high honor roll students with academic average of 89.5 or above
Erin Baker, Aryelle Barbagallo, Frank Barbagallo, Joseph Barbagallo, Rayshel Barnum, Evan Beckwith, Trent Berry, Miwa Burdic, Marshall Carvey, William Caster, Catherine Cianfarano, Ethan Cimino and Colin Cornell.
Also: Daquan Davis, Stephanie Fowler, Emily Gerth, Andrew Gilbert, Sydney Gilmore, Kimberly Hall, Nicole Hansen, Sydnie Harrington, Mallory Harter, Nicholas Hicks, Mariah Holcomb, Daniel Hotaling, David Houck, Victoria Izyk and Mike Jimenez-Escobar.
Also: Brandin Lane, Trey LaRock, Carissa Lee, Lexi MacDonald, Ryan Morehouse, Daniel Mt. Pleasant, Deirdre Murphy, Megan Nicholson, Zachary Pepper, Kyle Perry, Zachary Pettit, Miranda Prosser, Patricia Pryor, Brianna Ray, Madison Reynolds, Mendez Reynoso, Sarah Rice, Alysa Rosenbarker, Cole Rothrock and Paige Rowlee.
Also: Michael Savich, Rebecca Segouin, Stacey Sereno, Nathaniel Shatrau, Nathan Shaw, Nathen Smith, Philip Summerville, Sarah Tallents, Sydney Tetro, Cara Todt, Abiu Velasquez, Sabrina Verdoliva, Makhali Voss, Nicholas Walberger, James Ward, Emma Warren, Malcolm Wettering, Jr., Ethan Wright, Andrew Yankowsky and Shannon Zych.
Ninth grade honor roll students with an academic average of 84.5 of above
Brittney Alton, Suzan Bean, Amber Boiko, Connor Broderick, Nicholas Burrescia, Emily Bush, Alexis Caruana, Matthew Coleman, Briana Colon, Cole Daniels, Kenneth Deloff, Dylan DeLong, Asia DeSantis and Ashli Dodge.
Also: Michael Flynn, Adam Gates, James Gray III, Austin Greenier, Garret Hazboun, Emma Holmes, Karly Kearns, Richard King, Nicholas Kinney, Mitchell Labeef, Michael Mankiewicz, Austin McDonald-Hackett, Gage McHenry, Jarred Miller and Skyler Miller.
Also: Lauren Nichols, Reba Noble, Zoe Norton, Mikayla Ogden, Michael Peck II, Sarah-Ann Perkins, Mackenzie Phelps, Austin Poirier, Cody Rhinehart, Alexis Shaw, Kelsi Smith, Tanner Trovato, Jossmar Vasquez-Heaney, Brynn Waloven, Madison Washburn, Taylor Wells, Wyatt Willis and Cassandra Wood.
Tenth grade high honor roll students with an academic average of 89.5 or above
Donna Aiken, Caleb Almeter, Zachary Almeter, Kyle Arroway, Gina Babcock, Callie Beckwith, Hannah Bennett, Kimberlee Bennett, Amanda Blake, Michael Bolster, Mykayla Calkins, Haley Chesbro, Olivia Coakley, Keegan Condon, Shawna Cooper and Victoria Crego.
Also: Meghan DeMott, Amber DeStevens, Ian Devendorf, Ethan Dexter, Kayla Dingman, Andrew Distin, Julianna Duca, Kailee Fantom, Nathan Gilchrist, Benjamin Hagan, Hunter Hartranft, Althea Henderson, Justin Hood, Sage Hourihan, Joshua Hudson, Haley Hunsinger, Emilee Hyde, Cassandra Jones, Aneisia Kauffman, Taylor Kesterke, Mathew Kitts, Gabriella Lanza, Allen LaPage and Marisa LiVoti.
Also: Timothy McAfee, Jacob McDermott, Benjamin McKay, Mitchell Nelson, Tattiana Pierce, Robert Pollock, Autumn Proto, Daniel Richards, Nicholas Riciputo, Liliana Rivera, Victor Runeare, Derrick Rusaw, Jacqueline Schwanke, Ella Stacy, Dakota Stoutenger, David Tallents and Austin Wilde.
Tenth grade honor roll students with an academic average of 84.5 of above
Charles Alton III, Jacob Bailey, Dylan Batchelor, Austin Beckwith, Christina Blake, Zachary Britton, Michael Brooks, John Brummett, Kevin Cavalier, Adrian Cayer, Cameron Clark, Jasmine Conn, Bianca Delamarter, Samuel DeMott and Kyle Denson.
Also: Jonathan Earl, Mykenzie Finch, Noah Gates, Cody Green, Justin Grower, Erika Hahn, Lilia Hemingway, Shakeemah Hordge, Kimberly Ingersoll, Michael Ireland, Jamie Johnson, Jr., Emily Kerfien, Richard LaClaire III, Jake LeVea, Grant Marriner, Gabrielle Mills and Paige Noel.
Also: Chennyn O’Brien, Kaylin Pafumi, Lane Perl, Bailey Perry, Alexander Poyneer, Bayley Raponi, Christina Ravesi, Ashley Richardson, Garet Roik, Kimberly Rombough and Devon Ruckdeschel.
Also: Tyler Shaw, Jared Simpson, Whisper Smith, Mikayla Stoutenger, James Suphan, Elizabeth Sweeting, Spencer Vono, Greg Wagar, Julia Warner, Evan Waugh, Michael Welch, Jr., Austin Wells and Abbey Zych.
Eleventh grade high honor roll students with an academic average of 89.5 or above
Alexia Abelgore, Emily Aubin, Jacob Batchelor, Jacob Belcher, Robert Borrow III, Kara Bricker, Karli Bricker, Joshua Buskey, Brett Campolieta, MaKenna Cealie, Madison Coulon, Jonathon Cummins and Jacob Cuyler.
Also: Amanda Deavers, Logan Diefenbacher, Thomas Distin, Shelby Drake, Katelyn Ely, Kara Farrands, Lauren Gaido, Emilio Garcia, Tatyana Hoyt, Brian Hudson, Miki Iijima, Kylie Jacklett, Kaela Jarvis, Escobar Jimenez, Thomas Kerfien III, Angeline Kimbrell and Kaitlyn Kinney.
Also: Levi LaBeef, Jennah Lamb, Alexandra LaRock, Cheyenne Laun, Bran Leyva, Dominique Lockwood, Bailey Lutz, Jessica Marvin, Nicholas McIntyre, Susan McRae, Geoffry Michaels, Courtney Parker, Erica Pawlewicz, Zoe Perez, Zachary Perry and Curtis Pollard IV.
Also: Nicholas Reitz, Amanda Rice, William Rinn, Alyssa Rowe, Madden Rowlee, Alaina Schopp, Jacob Seymour, Courtney Smith, Taylor Smithers, Hannah Stanski, Grace Trepasso, Kendra Tryniski, Julia Velasquez, Erika Wallace, Michaela Whiteman and Jolene Willis.
Eleventh grade honor roll students with an academic average of 84.5 of above
Nicholas Abbott, Derek Ballard, Destiny Boiko, Zoe Bolio, Adam Bruska-Ostrander, Andrew Canfield, Chlarissia Crast, Kimberly Edwards, Abigail Field, Brittany Firenze, Benjamin Fobes, Luke Fobes and Samantha Fox.
Also: Kristopher Grow, Dillon Guernsey, Emma Harvey, Corrynne-Elizabeth Horning, Natalie Izyk, Christopher Jones, Taylor Jordan, Lena Kimball, Bryce Knight, Chelsie Knopp, David Mattiaccio, Casey McCann, Mary Medico, Tracie Murphy and Mariah Murrell.
Also, Austin Nairn, Gage Parkhurst, Joseph Paulich, Kimberly Perry, Shania Phillips, Jessica Race, Justina Race, John Russell, Brooke Ryan, Anita Savich, Alec Schell, Corey Scoville, Cayla Weaver, Carly Williams, Hope Williams and Margaret Williams.
Twelfth grade high honor roll students with an academic average of 89.5 or above
Connor Aldasch, Logan Aubeuf, James Bailey, Brittany Bivens, Seth Britton, Ruth Brown, Kristen Budd, Joshua Burnard, Rylie Bush, Amelia Coakley, Courtney DeLong, Scott DePuy, Meriah Dishaw and Fabiane Fernandes Da Silva.
Also: Ross Gardner, Sophia Giovannetti, Frances Green, Mackenzie Grow, Anna Guernsey, Mikayla Guernsey, Chase Halstead, Sarah Halstead, Laura Hamdan, Paige Havener, Kari Holbrook, Michael Holcomb, Jenna Hudson and Yusra Humayun.
Also: Samantha Ingersoll, Hannah Jones, Merrick Kilpatrick, Julia Lee, Tessa LiVoti, Julia Ludington, James Martin, Ashley McCann, Maureen McCann, Siega Mendes, Kayla Munger, Konner Myers, Matthew Nelson, Jensen Paget, Keisha Pierce, Joshua Plonka and Justin Purtell.
Also: Daniel Renner, Coral Reynnells, Alissa Robinson, Danielle Rupert, Anthony Semeraro, Casey Shannon, Abigail Shatrau, Tevin Simard, Taylor Simpson, Noah Sorbello, Jordyn Stone, Jacob Strauss, Nicholas Summerville, Jessica Suphan and Mariah Whipple.
Twelfth grade honor roll students with an academic average of 84.5 of above
Zarina Amirzoda, Mattison Burdick, Neal Burke, Logan Carvey, Nattalie Castellano, Ryan Castro, Adam Caza, Caitlin Chrisman, Kyle Crary, Bradley Crofoot, Seth DeLisle, Elizabeth DeSantis, Johnelle Dishaw and Dylan Dumas.
Also: Monica Falanga, MacKenzie Fanciulli, Mary Green, Cody Hart, Kristin Hartle, Austin Haskins, Erin Hayden, Steven Henri, Rebecca Hill, Christine Hotaling, Scott Hughes, Wilmer Jimenez, Kassidy Kearns, Kirby LaBeef, Jeremy Langdon and George Lewis IV.
Also: Marissa McGraw, Jessica Meeker, Nicholas Miller, Perrin Ogden, Angela Paul, Anthony Paulich, Lena Pawlewicz, Mark Pollock, Chance Porter, Troy Richardson, Timothy Rose, Ashley Seabrook, Jessica Sereno, Amber Swank, Pui-Onn Tran, Jessica Vaccaro and Sandra Walts.
By Debra J. Groom
The Americans looked doomed from the start.
About 1,300 British troops stormed into Oswego May 5, 1814 – 200 years ago this Monday. They were met by a mere 300 Americans.
The British had 222 cannons and other weapons. The Americans had a lowly five cannon and their muskets.
The Battle of Oswego, May 5-6, one of the later battles in the War of 1812, did not go well for the young Americans again fighting the British just 38 years after the start of the Revolutionary War.
But they fought hard, fought valiantly. They did all they could to keep the British out of Oswego. Men died right at the flagpole inside Fort Ontario trying to keep the British away from the American flag.
Paul Lear, manager of the Fort Ontario State Historic Site and an expert on the battle, said while the Americans lost the battle, they did keep the British from attaining their goal.
“The British wanted two things,” Lear said. “They wanted to disrupt the flow of military parts and equipment to Sackets Harbor where the USS Superior and Mohawk were under construction. If they seized cannons, ropes, riggings and ammunition coming through the pipeline they could slow the ship construction and maintain their advantage on Lake Ontario.”
“They also needed food,” Lear said. “They were desperate for food.”
Earlier in the spring, some of the British military hierarchy thought perhaps the best target for an attack would be Sackets Harbor, the large U.S. military bastion on Lake Ontario (it was the U.S. Naval headquarters during the War of 1812) where much of the American shipbuilding was taking place.
But, after thinking about two earlier attacks of Sackets there that did not go well for the British, Commodore James Yeo and Maj. Gen. Gordon Drummond decided to bypass Sackets for Oswego – “an objective of lesser proportions,” said Lear, quoting Yeo and Drummond’s superior, Gen. George Prevost.
So the plan was to attack Oswego.
Lear said Oswego was important during the War of 1812 because shipments of food stuffs, military equipment and ship parts came through Oswego before heading to Sackets Harbor.
Shipments would come from New York City up the Hudson to Albany, over land to Schenectady, onto boats at the Mohawk River to Rome and then Wood Creek. The shipment then would move across Oneida Lake and down the river to Oswego Falls (now Fulton).
Then the material would be moved around the falls and rapids and then back onto the river to Oswego, where it would move onto Lake Ontario for the short trip north to Sackets.
Lear said the British knew attacking Oswego would allow them to cut off these shipments without being hit by a huge military presence like that at Sackets Harbor.
The village of Oswego at the time was the home to about 200 people, most involved in the forwarding or shipping trade, Lear said. “The best salt at the time came from Salina (outside Syracuse),” Lear said, noting Oswego was a prime spot for receiving salt before it was shipped elsewhere.
The village was split in two by the Oswego River – just like today’s city. But there was no Utica Street or Bridge Street bridges – to get from one side of the village to the other, people had to take a ferry.
There were only a couple hundred military men at Oswego at the time and the British knew this. Fort Ontario also was a mess, having fallen into near complete disrepair after being discarded in 1796.
Lear said U.S. Lt. Col. George Mitchell of the 3rd U.S. Artillery, who was in the Niagara Territory, was told to march with 300 men to Oswego to protect supplies and naval shipment being brought through the village. From April 23 through April 30, Mitchell and his men march from Batavia to Oswego.
Upon arrival, Mitchell finds the dilapidated Fort Ontario and five cannons. “He had almost nothing to work with,” Lear said.
On May 5, guards at Fort Ontario see a fleet of ships out in Oswego Harbor.
“The alarm guns go off. Mitchell sounds an alert for the militia to turn out,” Lear said. About 200 or so from surrounding areas such as Hannibal, Sterling and Scriba show up.
The British are getting ready to come ashore when they are hit with something all Oswegonians then and now are used to – a storm.
Lear said the storm actually was a blessing for Mitchell and the Americans. While the British waited in their ships for better weather, the Americans had time to hide much of the equipment, ship parts and food they knew the British wanted in the woods around the village.
Mitchell also set up a large grouping of tents on the west side of the village to give the illusion of more American troops being on hand than there really were.
But Mitchell knew that once the storm passed, the attack would begin in earnest. He was right. Yeo and Drummond loaded men onto smaller boats heading to the shore near where the Fort Ontario post cemetery is today.
Since the water is shallow, the boats had to stop off shore and the British soldiers and sailors had to jump in the water to head to shore. Lear said they tried to keep their weapons dry, but every once in a while they would step into a deeper pocket while walking to shore and go in over their heads.
“The lakeshore became a mass of sodden, red-coated Royal Marines and De Wattevilles (Swiss soldiers) and green-jacketed Glengarries (Canadian Scots) struggling ashore, streaming with water, shaking themselves, and checking their cartridge boxes to determine how much of their ammunition was ruined,” writes Robert Malcomson in his book “Lords of the Lake.”
“Mitchell brought 80 soldiers and 20 sailors down to engage the British line where he got off six or seven crisp volleys,” Lear said. “The other 100 men left the ditch and marched out to join Mitchell’s line when he was about halfway back up the slope, so he wouldn’t get flanked on the right or south side.”
Then the British begin firing back – at least those with guns that still worked.
As the British moved up the hill and closer to the fort, some Americans retreated to the woods.
Others keep fighting. British are coming from different directions and eventually Mitchell realizes the Americans are being overrun. He orders a retreat.
Lear said while the Americans were told to “defend the supplies and water route and not the fort and village,” the soldiers didn’t want the fort and flag to fall. A few Americans “nailed the flag to the pole and stayed by their guns,” Lear said.
“Royal Marine Lt. John Hewett and a burly sergeant were in the van of the raisers as they fought their way toward the lofty flag pole in the center of the fort,” Malcomson writes in “Lords of the Lake.” “Hewett leapt up to the foot rests and scaled the pole, drawing the fire of insulted Americans who succeeded in hitting him several times.”
“Unfazed, Hewett tore the massive Stars and Stripes flag from the nails that held it aloft and it fluttered to the ground to the cheers and huzzahs of his comrades,” Malcomson writes in his book.
Lear said one American, who already had been shot and was on the ground inside the fort, tried to stop Hewett only to be run through with a bayonet.
In all, the Battle of Oswego lasted a mere 16 minutes, Lear said. The Americans retreated, many to Oswego Falls, which is now Fulton. They took many wounded with them.
Lear said the most perplexing thing about the battle is trying to come up with an exact number of casualties. It seems everyone has different numbers. Lear said his research has found the Americans suffered 18 dead by May 30, many dying weeks after the battle from “horrible wounds.”
The British had 90 killed or wounded. They also captured some ship goods, equipment and food, but not the amount they thought they would find.
According to Malcomson’s book, Mitchell and Master Commandant Melancthon Taylor Woolsey thought the British would continue their surge down the Oswego River to Oswego Falls (Fulton) and then to Three Rivers where more goods were stored.
But the British got back on their ships after the Battle of Oswego and headed back to Kingston.
While the British had the upper hand in Oswego, they would meet their match at the end of May in Sandy Creek.
Woolsey’s troops, with help from militia and Oneida Indians, would ambush them there on May 30 in the Battle of Big Sandy Creek, keeping them from capturing any more goods on the way to Sacket’s Harbor.
For more information
To hear a brief talk about the Battle of Oswego, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhqJTmB2o28
To hear a brief talk about the Battle of Big Sandy Creek, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kawjMd2Ucj0
Submitted by SUNY Oswego
SUNY Oswego has unveiled a new interactive, interpretive map for Rice Creek, the college’s 400 acres of streams, fields, marshes and a biological field station south of the main campus.
“Visitors can explore the clickable, interactive, color-coded map and learn more about Rice Creek trails and features to plan a visit, find their way along the trails or to document course projects and research,” said Diann Jackson, assistant director of the field station.
Jackson said the new map could be customized to show one trail or one habitat at a time, as well as locations of benches, footbridges and other landmarks.
“Using a mobile device, it can be used instead of a paper trail map, and that is very good for our environment,” she said. “We will continue to add more pop-ups with photos and information about the trails and encourage visitors to send photos of Rice Creek to share.”
Jackson conceived of the online map more than two years ago and worked to create it with assistance from the college’s Office of Public Affairs.
Joe Fitzsimmons, associate web developer, and Pat MacNeill, web coordinator, in the Public Affairs Office helped bring the map to fully functional reality.
Fitzsimmons said the map utilizes Google Maps’ application programming interface and the talents of other developers and graphic design students.
“I am a native of Oswego and went there (to Rice Creek) in grade school and high school,” Fitzsimmons said. “I guess it’s something I always wished I had access to — an interactive map. So it was nice to work on this and help make it a reality.”
Rice Creek and its biological field station are located off Thompson Road, about a mile south of the main college campus.
The map can be found at www.oswego.edu/ricecreekmap.
The winner of the Harborfest poster design contest for 2014 is recent Oswego High School graduate Catherine Wells.
Each year, Harborfest has an elaborate poster design. Sometimes it goes with a theme, or there is a contest with guidelines.
In the most recent years, posters have been created by Oswego High School students in a computer graphics class taught by Melissa Martin.
They are given a description of what should be included in the Harborfest poster. This year the students were given ships and the lighthouse.
The winning design is chosen by Harborfest staff, and the overlay to turn it into the Harborfest poster is done by Step-One Creative.
Wells graduated from Oswego High School in 2013 and was senior class vice president and the National Honor Society president, as well as a member of Key Club, student council, and played soccer throughout high school.
She is attending Ithaca College where she is studying television-radio.
“Computer graphics my senior year was the first art class I’d taken,” said Wells. She went on to explain “it shows how great a teacher Mrs. Martin is — her students learn how to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop in a short span of time, but are able to create awesome projects by the end of the year.”
Harborfest is July 24 through 27. Saturday night will feature fireworks by Grucci presented by Entergy Nuclear.
For more information, call Harborfest staff at 343-6858.
The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.
Walk-in influenza clinics are held weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego for people age 19 and older. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.
Immunization clinics are held every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.
Children’s flu vaccine is now available every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.
The children’s flu vaccine is available at no cost to all children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program provided by the state Health Department. For those who do not qualify, the cost is $37 for the inactivated vaccine.
The health department accepts cash or checks for payment. The department does not accept credit or debit cards.
Patients with private insurance, Managed Medicaid, Managed Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare, and Medicare Part B should bring their benefit cards with them to the immunization clinic. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.
The following services will be offered during the week of May 5 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.
- Adult Influenza Clinic: Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., walk-in clinic.
- Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, May 6, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., walk-in clinic.
- Pregnancy Testing: Free pregnancy testing is available. Call 349-3391 to schedule an appointment.
- Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Treatment Services: Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.
- HIV Counseling and Testing Service: Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.
- Pulaski Rabies Clinic: The health department will hold a rabies clinic for cats, dogs, and pet ferrets from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the Oswego County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road, Pulaski. A $5 donation is suggested.
For more information about public health services offered by the county, contact the County Health Department, weekdays, phone 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547.
For information on rabies clinics, call 349-3564.