Grindstone Farm owner to speak April 6 in Central Square

Dick deGraff, who with his wife, Vic Ladd-deGraff, founded Grindstone Farm, will speak at noon Sunday, April 6 at First Universalist Society of Central Square, 3243 Fulton Ave. (state Route 49 west of U.S. Route 11).

DeGraff has more than 30 years of experience as an organic farmer and mentors young farmers. His operation, south of Pulaski, was a Community Supported Agriculture supplier for many years, providing produce to families in Syracuse and Central New York. The farm continues to provide ways for folks to support local and community agriculture.

For more information about the farm, visit its website at www.grindstonefarm.com.

DeGraff will speak as part of the Voices for Worker Equality Series co-sponsored by the church and the Workers’ Center of Central New York, based in Syracuse.

The program is free, but donations will be accepted to support the Workers’ Center, which strives to empower low-wage and vulnerable workers.

Light refreshments will be served.

Christine Bobbett, loved to fish and knit

3-29_OBITbobbettChristine Bobbett, 83, of Fulton, NY, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Born in Syracuse, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine Butler Delaney.

Christine was an Auburn Central High School graduate and was a retired caregiver from the former Mercy Hospital in Auburn.

Christine was a happy, caring and loving mother who not only took care of her family but also her many friends. She was an avid knitter who was involved in making lap robes for charitable organizations.

She enjoyed her summers fishing at the camp on Beach Island, Eagle Lake, Ontario.

Surviving is her husband of 61 years, Eugene Bobbett; three sons, John, David and Bill (Jodie) Bobbett, all of Fulton; a sister, Judith (Richard) Mahalik of Cicero; six grandchildren, Ryan (Maureen), Daniel (Stephanie), Kevin, Brea, Brenna and Bryce Bobbett; two great-grandchildren and five nieces and nephews, one of which, Jeff Mahalik, she thought of as her fourth son.

Christine was predeceased by a brother John Delaney.

There are no calling hours.  A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Friday, March 28 at St. Alphonsus Church, Auburn. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Langham Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Fulton wrestlers place at NYWAY tournament

Quinn Burlingham and Matthew Woodworth of the Fulton Wrestling Club participated recently in the NYWAY wrestling tournament. They left the event as champions winning in their respective weight classes.

NYWAY`s mission is to develop opportunities to advance the sport of wrestling by uniting New York`s leagues and giving youth wrestlers the opportunity to learn the sport at all levels.

Other Fulton Wrestling Club wrestlers placed at the NYWAY New York State Wrestling Tournament March 16 at Onondaga Community College included Adam DeMauro who came in third, Travis Race who finished in sixth place, Nick Noel who made it to the championship round and ended up in second place, Dylan DeMauro who came in third and Camrin Galvin who earned a fifth place. 

Phoenix softball seeks Sectional playoffs in 2014

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity softball team comes into the 2014 season with a few different goals.

The Lady Firebirds primary goal is to have a winning season while qualifying for Sectional Play.

Phoenix is not done there, though. They also believe they can be more successful in Sectional Playoffs than they were last season.

The Lady Firebirds are working hard to be in a position where they can build off of what they accomplished a year ago.

Coach Raina Hinman expects to have a cohesive team this season. Her team will feature five seniors with only four returning players from last year’s team. Two very promising eighth-graders will also be making their varsity softball debut this season.

When practices began at the beginning of March, coaches began preparing the team with daily conditioning drills and basic skills refining.

Hinman said she is pleased with how well her team’s conditioning is at this point in time.

“They are actually in pretty good shape,” Hinman said.

Junior Megan Brown and seniors Kim Holbrook and Skyler Mace have been named team captains. Hinman said her three captains are natural leaders who have earned the respect of their teammates.

She also credits them with playing with the passion and communicating well with their teammates.

While assessing the schedule that awaits Phoenix, Hinman said she expects solid teams like Solvay and Westhill to have impressive seasons. However, she believes that the Lady Firebirds will present favorable matchups to the other teams they have to face this season.

With Brown, a pitcher, returning to the mound this season, Hinman expects her pitchers to anchor a solid defense.

Hitting is also expected to be a strength for the Lady Firebirds. Hinman said her team’s ability to hit the ball should allow them to have an aggressive approach offensively.

This season, junior pitcher Brown also will be taking part in a strikeout campaign to benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Girl Scouts boosting Easter spirit

Members of Girl Scout Troop #10925 of Fulton have been working hard on their Bronze Award. One thing they have been working on is getting donations for Madalyn & Evelyn’s Easter Spirit. 

This organization puts together Easter baskets for children in need throughout Oswego County. To do this, the Girl Scouts have decorated boxes and placed them around Fulton to collect donations of Easter items. This includes baskets, cellophane basket wrap, candy and basket fillers of all sorts. They are also making bracelets to put in the Easter baskets. 

Last year Madalyn & Evelyn’s Easter Spirit put together more than 400 baskets. Troop #10925 is hoping to help them with just as many baskets this year. There are boxes collecting items located at Off-Broadway Dance Center, Noah’s Nursery School, The Hair Hut and Devine Design Floral. The Bronze Award is the highest honor a junior Girl Scout can achieve. 

First United Church “Spring Fling” April 4, 5

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Getting some of the items ready for the ‘Spring Fling’ are, front left to right, Hailey Lischak, Sophia Barrigan and Gabriel Barrigan. In back are Jean Cole, Martha Swick, Zola Holbrook, Marilou Fistick, Nancy Allen, Patricia Mena

The First United Church of Fulton is having its annual “Spring Fling” Rummage Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 4 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday April 5.

A $3 bag sale will take place Saturday from noon to 1 pm. The Basement Boutique will be open both days.

The sale will offer clothing, shoes, books, household items, jewelry, toys, collectibles and other various items. There will be drawings for children’s Easter baskets.

The drawings will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. You do not need to be present to win.

Light lunch foods and bake sale items will be available to purchase.

The building is accessible to the disabled and located at 33 S. Third St., Fulton. For more information, call the church office at 592-2707.

Good Friday Cross Walk April 18 beginning at Holy Trinity

The annual Good Friday Cross Walk, sponsored by the Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 18, in the parking lot of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Walkers will gather for prayer and the singing of hymns as they take turns carrying a large wooden cross in the downtown section of the city of Fulton.

This annual Walk returns to and remembers the “way of the cross” that Jesus traveled on his journey within the city of Jerusalem to the place of his crucifixion.

The Cross Walk will conclude about noon at its final destination, First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St.

Everyone who has taken part in the walk will be welcome to a Soup and Bread Luncheon provided by the Board of Deacons of First United Church.

Both the Cross Walk and luncheon are open to the general public. There is no cost for the luncheon.

The Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches is made up of those member congregations who support ecumenical programs, including the annual Michaud Memorial Service and the annual fall season Crop Walk which raises money for world hunger and local food pantries.

For more information about the Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches and the Good Friday Cross Walk, contact the Council of Churches President, the Rev. David Nethercott, at 592-2707.

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