Oswego man, family break records to raise money for family devastated in car crash

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rom left to right, Guinness World Records Official Adjudicator Michael Empric, David Bourdon with future record holder Ledger Natoli Bourdon, Bob Natoli and Bobby Natoli.

 

 

Six Guinness Fitness World Records were shattered in an hour Saturday by Bob Natoli’s “First Family of Fitness” to help the Patterson family of Liverpool, whose lives were recently shattered in a head-on collision caused by a drugged driver.

Muscles bulged and hearts pounded as Bob Natoli, of Oswego, led his son Bobby (the youngest ever Guinness Strength and Fitness World Record Holder from a chin-up record in 2008), and son-in-law David Bourdon in breaking six records.

Lance Patterson, who lost his wife Meaghen in the crash, was at the event. Also on hand was Guinness Record Adjudicator Michael Empric and a large crowd of supporters.

The Natoli “First Family of Fitness” team was inspired by now 11-time Guinness Fitness World Record holder Bob Natoli to raise money and awareness for the Pattersons.

“When I read about an entire family that was devastated in such a way I thought we might be able to help the Pattersons. Sort of like one family helping another” Bob said.

During the event, the Natoli family proceeded to defeat record holders from the UK, Ireland and right here in the US.

“I am very proud of both my son Bobby and my son-in-law David Bourdon. They trained very hard for this event and it showed in their results” said Bob.

The records attained:

1.    Bob Natoli – Most Step-ups in One Minute Carrying a 100 Pound Pack (38). Crushing the previous record held by England’s Paddy Doyle by 7.

2.    Bob Natoli – Most Step-ups in One Minute Carrying an 80 Pound Pack (41). Routing another Paddy Doyle Guinness World Record by 7.

3.    Bob Natoli – Most Weight Lifted by Dumbbell Rows, with one arm, in One Minute, (4,356 lbs.). Demolishing the previous record held by Ireland’s Eamonn Keane by more than 1,230 lbs.

4.    Bobby Natoli – Most Knuckle Pushups in One Minute (58). Shattering the previous record held by USA’s Michael Chang (an Internet fitness guru) by 13.

5.    Bobby Natoli – Most Pull-ups in One Minute Carrying a 40 Pound Pack (23) dominating another record previously held by USA’s Michael Chang by 10..

6.    David Bourdon – Most Pull-ups in One Minute (42). Attaining his first Guinness Strength and Fitness World Record, exceeding the previous record held by USA’s Ronald Cooper Jr. by 1.

After successfully breaking all records attempted, the Natolis urged the audience and public to assist the Patterson Family by any means possible.

Lance Patterson then accepted a personal donation of $5,000 from Bob Natoli. Many attendees were so touched by the Patterson cause and event they too made immediate donations directly to Patterson.

Donations to the Pattersons can be made online via the YouCaring.com website, by email at: pattersonfamilytrust13@gmail.com or by mail: The Patterson Family Trust, P.O. Box 63, Syracuse, NY 13201.

 

Bowling raises money for youth programs

The United Way of Greater Oswego County will host its inaugural Hole in One Bowl from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the various youth programs that the United Way helps sponsor.

United Way Resource Development Director Lois Luber said the Hole in One Bowl is way for families to get together and engage their children in an afternoon of fun and bowling.

“For a $15 donation, participants will receive two hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and soda, and a youth size T-shirt.  Weather permitting we will also have outdoor activities for the children as well,” said Luber.

Luber said United Way is welcoming businesses and individuals interested in helping to sponsor the event.

“We invite those wishing to support our mission to improve lives and make a difference to make an investment in our children.  Sponsorships are available on three levels:

** Hole in One Sponsor ($150) that provides the sponsor with signage on a bowling lane during the event, three tickets to the Hole in One Bowl, and a 24” x 18” tee box sign at the United Way’s Annual Golf Tournament to be held July 14 at the Oswego Country Club

** Ticket & T-Shirt Sponsor ($100) that includes signage on a bowling lane during the event, three tickets to the Hole in One Bowl, and logo or sponsor name printed on 100 youth shirts that will be distributed at the event.

** T-Shirt Sponsor ($50) that includes signage on a bowling lane during the event and logo or sponsor name printed on 100 youth shirts that will be distributed at the event.

For more information on the United Way Hole in Own Bowl, call Lois Luber at 593-1900 or via e-mail at loisunitedway@windstream.net.

Tickets to the event are available at Cakes Galore, 40 W. Seneca St., Oswego.

Oswego man wins $1 million

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John Spotswood, right, holds up the ‘big check’ with Lottery spokeswoman Yolanda Vega on Tuesday.

John Spotswood wasn’t too surprised when his sister gave him a birthday card with three Lottery scratch-off tickets in it when he turned 50 Feb. 7.

He said it’s a tradition in his family to give Lottery tickets.

So, he read the card Friday, Feb. 7 and left the tickets to scratch on Saturday.

And that’s when all the excitement began.

“I won $25 on the first one,” he said. “The next one, nothing. Then I looked at the third one and I saw it said jackpot and I saw the coin for jackpot.”

The Jumbo Bucks ticket said he won $1 million. But he still wasn’t quite sure, wondering if his sister could have sent him a phony ticket.

He took a photo of it and texted his sister and she said “wow, you won a million dollars.” His girlfriend looked at it and said “it looks like you won a million dollars.”

“It was just like opening presents on Christmas morning,” Spotswood said.

The nuclear power plant technician is taking the one-time payment, which nets him $555,912. He claimed the prize early Monday morning Feb. 10 at the Lottery office in Syracuse.

“Then I knew it was real,” he said.

Spotswood doesn’t plan to quit his job In fact, he said the half million will help him be more secure so he can “retire at a decent age” instead of having to work until he’s 80.

He also said he might take a trip next year and “maybe buy a new pair of shoes.”

Spotswood buys his own Lottery scratch-off tickets “about four or five times a month” and wins off and on.

Spotswood’s winning ticket was purchased at KTM Mini Mart at 2203 County Route 1 in Scriba, just outside the Oswego city line.

Lottery officials said Spotswood is the 12th Oswego County Lottery player to win a top prize of $1 million or more.

Other recent winners include Debra Noyes of Fulton who won $1 million on the Silver 6’s scratch-off game in 2010 and Charlene Hopkins of Palermo who won $1 million on the New York Poker scratch-off game in 2010.

The New York Lottery contributed nearly $34 million in Lottery Aid To Education money to school districts throughout Oswego County during fiscal year 2012-13.

Earth Week cleanups in Oswego County set for April 25 through May 4

Oswego County Earth Week 2014 is scheduled for April 25 through May 4.

People, schools, organization and groups are asked to participate in a litter and debris cleanup in their community that week. Whether it’s a town park, road, empty lot or river bank, every bit of cleaning will help.

According to the study by “Keep American Beautiful,” litter costs in resources more than $11 billion each year. Plastic litter has increased by 165 percent since 1969 and litter contributed to polluting soils and water.

Other projects that can be done during Earth Week include planting trees to improve ground cover and remove pollutants from the air. Rain gardens also can be planted to help prevent erosion and protect rivers and streams.

Trash bags for those conducting or helping in a cleanup during Earth Week are available through the Oswego County Department of Buildings and Grounds. A supply of safety vests also are available for those doing road work.

A limited supply of work gloves are available through a donation from Novelis.

Also as part of Earth Week, the 9th Annual Canal Clean Sweet is scheduled for April 25-27 throughout New York. For more information on this, go to www.ptny.org/canalway/sweep and find out how to help clean up along the canals here in Oswego County.

And new this year, the Oswego County Environmental Management Council will be holding a drawing for gift certificates donated by businesses across the county.

To register for the drawing, please complete the participation form link at:  http://www.oswegocounty.com/earthweek.html

Then, simply email us an event photo with your group, location and contact information to: rdrosse@twcny.rr.com.

You also can use the hashtag  #OswegoCountyEarthWeek with photos on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

For detailed information on the clean up and contest, go to www.oswegocounty.com/earthweek.html

Baroque music influence on dance topic of performance April 6

Dancer, historian and choreographer Ligia Pinheiro will explore Baroque music as inspiration for styles of dance from classical to modern in a SUNY Oswego Focus on Faculty performance with pianist and music faculty member Juan La Manna at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in Sheldon Hall ballroom.

Pinheiro, dance students and La Manna will feature Baroque pieces used in many different settings since their inception, from grandiose Romantic renditions to contemporary rock versions. The husband-and-wife team of La Manna and Pinheiro performed two years ago on the Sheldon ballroom stage, highlighting how gesture and narrative are innate to dance and its history.

Tickets for the afternoon of Baroque music and dance are $8 ($5 for students) and are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by calling 312-2141. For more information on SUNY Oswego fine arts events, visit www.oswego.edu/arts.

Get ready to laugh at Fulton Lions Comedy Night

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The Fulton Lions Club is hosting “The Mane Event” comedy night with nationally known comedian Tom Anzalone, at 8 p.m. Friday April 25 at the Fulton Polish Home, said Don Labarge, Fulton Lions president.

“In addition to Tom Anzalone, we’ll also have comedians Grant Fletcher and Steven Rogers in what is sure to be a fun, entertaining night for all,” Labarge said. “Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

“Advance sale tickets are $12 and can be purchased at Devine Designs, Fulton Medicine Place, Phoenix Medicine Place and Mimi’s Drive-In,” Labarge said.

“The ticket donation is $15 per person at the door and tables of 10 may also be purchased in advance for $175 each. For information, contact Event Chair, Gail Holmes, at 592-4245,” he said.

Tom Anzalone is an international musical comedy star, Holmes said. He has been on Showtime, the Comedy Channel, America’s Funniest People and he has been featured on National Public Radio.

He has been the opening act for Jay Leno, Ray Romano, Dennis Miller and Rob Schneider. He headlines at comedy clubs, casinos, colleges, military bases and cruse ships.

Grant Fletcher has been a long time student of comedy, Holmes said. As soon as he took his first comedy class he knew he wanted to get on stage.

His self-deprecating style of humor has been seen in New York City, Atlanta and Raleigh and throughout Upstate New York. Not only is he performing but also he produces The Unforgettable Comedy Challenge to find up and coming comedy stars.

“Steven Rogers has been making people laugh for the past year to the delight of audiences throughout the Northeast, including his parents who hope he becomes successful enough to move out of the basement,” Holmes said.

“He’s funny, likeable, and takes you on a journey into the world of ‘loveable victim’.’”

Rogers performs regularly at The Funny Bone Comedy Club, Syracuse, as well as at banquet halls, bars and restaurants.

The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.

For further information on Fulton Lions: http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php.

Learn to make glass jewelry April 5, 12 in Oswego

A series of two classes for people who want to design and create fused glass jewelry is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. April 5 and 12 at the Art Association of Oswego, Fort Ontario Complex.

In the first session, participants will make pendants and/or earring sets while in the second session, they will create their own original beaded necklace with one of the pendants and matching earrings.

Attendees must be 16 years old or older. The class size is limited to six.

Information regarding class tuition and fees available at www.OswegoArts.org.

The instructor will be Sandra Dowie. For information on registration or to register for the class, call Dowie at 947-6000. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Mail a check or money order for tuition to the Art Association of Oswego, PO Box 271,  Oswego, NY 13126, or you may pay using a debit or credit card via PayPal through our website – www.OswegoArts.org.

If the class is canceled due to low enrollment, your entire payment will be returned.

Easter passion through music comes to Fulton April 5

The struggle of light over the shadows as told through the passion of Easter will come alive on stage in music as Fulton Community Theatre presents the return of the rock and roll cantata “Tenebrae.”

The musical work – composed and directed by Michael A. Bolio, and featuring the talents of the Christian rock band The Sent Forth – will play for one performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5 in the Jubilee Hall of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Reservations may be made by calling 598-7840.

Proceeds from the event will go to help support Catholic Charities of Oswego County. Donations of non-perishable food items will also be collected and welcomed at the performance.

“We are happy to be once again dedicating part of our season towards helping Catholic Charities,” Fulton Community Theatre Artistic Director William Edward White said.

“Tenebrae”, which made its world debut as part of the theater’s 2013 season, features 11 original songs linked by dramatic narration and multimedia images, using the religious metaphors of the Light and the Shadowed forces that sought to extinguish it.

Tenebrae, which is Latin for “darkness,” is a long-held tradition in Western Christian churches, and describes a service where candles are slowly extinguished.

For Bolio, a bass guitarist who formed The Sent Forth band in 2007 with drummer Robbie Brown and lead guitarist Al Weaver, “Tenebrae” is a very personal journey. His inspiration comes not only from the original Gospels, but from attending many Tenebrae services around Central New York.

“Although every one of them told the story of The Passion beautifully, I felt there was a calling for a more contemporary approach,” Bolio said.

Joining the men of The Sent Forth on stage for “Tenebrae” will be the vocal talents of Molly Brown, Dawn Weaver, and Brian Pringle in the role of the narrator.

For more information, visit FCT’s website at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net, or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fultoncommunitytheatre.

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