Maroun supports St. Baldrick’s

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

For the eighth time in his 17 years of teaching in the Phoenix Central School District, Matt Wieczorek is sporting a shaved head in support of childhood cancer research.

The fourth-grade teacher has been participating in the annual St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser for nearly a decade to help fund life-saving studies in childhood cancer treatment. With a lofty goal of $5,000, Wieczorek reached out to friends, family, the school district and the Phoenix community, and the results were overwhelming, he said.

“I was blown away by the outpouring of tremendous support I received last year when everyone helped me crush my goal of raising $3,500,” Wieczorek said, noting that the support was even stronger in 2014. “I don’t know if people think it’s just me using a phrase that ‘you can’t thank people enough,’ but between the support I’ve received from friends outside of the district and the people within the district … it’s pretty wonderful.”

Students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School even got in on the fundraising action with Bald is Beautiful Day, resulting in an extra $660 for childhood cancer research. The youngsters were encouraged to donate to the fundraising efforts and, in return, they could wear a hat during the school day. Decked out in all types of hats, from traditional baseball caps to whacky winter hats, students showed their support in any way they could to push the teacher closer to his goal.

When it was Wieczorek’s turn to have his head shaved March 30, he had nearly reached his goal by collecting $4,720.

“All I do is lose hair, but everyone else hands over money,” he said. “I don’t think they realize that they are the ones actually doing the work. I just show up and get my head shaved. Without them I’d just be some goofy-looking bald guy.”

The teacher wasn’t the only one with Phoenix ties who received the bald treatment March 30. Wieczorek’s former student Mary Bergman joined him in the head-shaving fundraiser.

“It’s great to see so many people help this cause,” Wieczorek said. “It’s even better when I see former students being so selfless and donating their time, money and efforts.”

Senior class victorious in yearlong battle of the classes at Birdlebough

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

A yearlong school-wide battle for bragging rights at John C. Birdlebough High School culminated with a senior class victory in the Battle of the Classes March 28 during Spirit Week.

Throughout the school year, each class earned points for various service projects and for displaying school spirit.

Although the freshman class had the most points headed into the recent battle, the seniors scored enough points during the Battle of the Classes to propel them to the top of the leader board.

With much pomp and circumstances, students filed into the high school gym to root on their classmates.

Divided into four groups — with freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors each relegated to their own section — Firebird pride was evident as students erupted in cheers throughout the multipart competition.

“The point of Spirit Week is to end our school year with a unity of the classes, coming together as a group of Firebirds and family,” said senior class adviser Lisa Spereno.

The event did just that, as students competed in events such as cup stacking, scooter races, an obstacle course and tug-of-war.

For the seasoned veterans in the senior class, a common theme emerged as they tallied first-place finishes in four of the five events to edge out the freshmen. The juniors finished in third place, followed by the sophomore class.

 

Masons present Easter breakfast buffet

A breakfast buffet is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Sunday April 20 at the masonic hall.

The breakfast is put on by the Oswego Masonic Lake City Lodge No 127 and its sister organization The Order of Eastern Star No. 205.

Donations are accepted but not expected. On Easter, each child in attendance will receive a free gift.

This breakfast buffet event is always the third Sunday of the month. Recent buffets were very successful benefits for the War Veterans, Habitat for Humanity in December with Santa, January Free Will and last month’s benefit for Oswego Cub Scout Pack 888.

The breakfast buffet menu includes pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, coffee, tea, milk, orange juice, and all the fixings, even whipped butter.

Relax in the comfortable carpeted hall with round tables, cushioned chairs, large screen TV, and high chairs for young ones, and plenty of parking.

The Masons and Eastern Star continually work to aid the local community, having raised funds for Pop Warner Football, the H. Lee White Marine Museum, Lady Bucs Softball Team, Local Cub Scouts, Local Cystic Fibrosis, SAF House, War Veterans, the Masonic research lab, Habitat for Humanity, and many, many more.

The lodge also supports the annual Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Parade and last year won “Best Float.”

Charities are a basic tenet of Freemasonry and across the United States Mason’s contribute more than $2 million per day to various charities.

The Oswego Masonic Hall is also now available for rental to the public for parties and events. The lodge holds two massive book sales a year, and commercial space is available for rental.

For more information call the lodge at 207-0127 or visit the website at www.lakecitylodge127.org

Health clinics set for week of April 7

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.

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 Department of Health. 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 April 7 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

OSWEGO:

** Adult Influenza Clinic: Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, April 8, 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.

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.

For more information, call the County Health Department, weekdays phone 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547. For information on rabies clinics, call 349-3564.

Dip in Lake Ontario April 5 raises money for Special Olympics

Freezin’ for a Reason!

More than 100 people will take a dive into the cold waters of Lake Ontario Saturday April 5 (today) for the second annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics.

Sgt. Jim Cunningham, Officer Lysa Dolin, Officer Bryan Thompson and Officer Kevin Engle of the Oswego Police Department will lead the plunge carrying the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics “Flame of Hope.” Top fundraiser Cindy Tyler of Antwerp, Jefferson County, and team Jumping for Jake will lead the plunge in honor of Jake Tyler.

Jake Tyler, who worked as a pipefitter with a union in Oswego, is Cindy’s husband who was planning to take the plunge in Oswego to raise money for Special Olympics. But he died in March in a car accident.

The Oswego Polar Plunge will take place at Wright’s Landing, 21 Lake St. Registration and check in is from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. with the plunge taking place at 1 p.m.

In conjunction, there also will be a chicken barbecue at Gibby’s Irish Pub from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Coffee and hot chocolate for registered Polar Plungers provided by Dunkin’ Donuts.

Polar Plunge and Special Olympic merchandise will be for sale.

Registration is still open www.PolarPlungeNY.org/Oswego. Participants can also register the day of the plunge, just bring collected cash and checks with you. All participants raising $100 or more receive a FREE official Polar Plunge sweatshirt.

Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world.

Llewellyn ‘Red’ Calkins, veteran, enjoyed camping, hunting

4-5_OBITcalkinsLlewellyn “Red” Calkins, 79, of Fulton, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 28, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Lysander, he had lived in the Fulton–Volney areas for most of his life.

Red had retired in 1991 from the Oswego County Highway Department.

He enjoyed hunting, camping, spending time outside and making maple syrup.

Red was a member of the Fulton Alliance Church and enjoyed attending the Men’s Breakfasts.  He was an Air Force veteran.

He was predeceased by his parents, Lincoln and Ora Hart Calkins.

Red will be greatly missed and forever loved by his wife of 58 years, the former Janet Spaulding; children Randy, Ron (Paula), Richard and Renee (Rob) Warren; siblings, Noreen Pickard, Lincoln Calkins, Ora Lee Dorval and Denise Wisowaty; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were April 1 with a service to immediately follow at Fulton Alliance Church. Contributions in memory of Red may be made to the church, 1044 State Route 48 South, Fulton, 13069.

Gordon M. Sheldon, dairy farmer

Gordon M. Sheldon, 78, of Granby,  passed away Sunday, at Oswego Hospital.

He was born in Syracuse and had resided most of his life in Granby.

Gordon owned and operated a dairy farm in Granby.

He was an Army veteran, serving from 1953-1956.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa of Granby; a son, Gordon J. (Mina) of Marietta, Calif.; a daughter, Camille J. (Douglas) Elkins of Liverpool; a brother, Robert (Ruth) Sheldon of Granby; two granddaughters, Alexandra and Katherine Elkins; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were April 1 with a service to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Burial in the spring will be in Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Gordon may be made to Catholic Charities, 365 W. First St. S., Fulton, 13069.

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