Phoenix Community Band performs spring concert

A portion of the Phoenix Community Band is pictured above with Director David Frateschi. The group is in its 11th year in the Phoenix community and performed an array of music at the March 17 concert.
A portion of the Phoenix Community Band is pictured above with Director David Frateschi.
The group is in its 11th year in the Phoenix community and performed an array of music at the March 17 concert.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Spring hasn’t sprung, but music was certainly in full bloom on the evening of March 17 at John C. Birdlebough High School.

The school welcomed the Phoenix Community Band for its much anticipated spring concert performance.

Under the direction of Director David Frateschi, a talented blend of nearly 70 musicians performed nine songs and featured several guest conductors including Colleen Dailey, Robert Taylor and John Hylkema.

In recognition of the Irish holiday, the band also performed a special “Riverdance” piece with Neal Saarie serving as the captain.

The Phoenix Community Band is in its 11th year in the Phoenix community and performs several concerts at the high school throughout the year.

For more information about the band, visit the Phoenix Central School District  website at PhoenixCSD.org.

The band’s practice schedule can be found on the district’s calendar or more information can be found under the ‘Community’ link at the top of the page.

Dillon students learn about Mithila art

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Indian folk artist Rani Jha gives Nicholas Vaverchek some pointers as he creates his first-ever Mithila artwork.

Students became artists at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School recently when renowned Indian folk artist Rani Jha stopped by for a demonstration.

Jha, who was visiting America for the first time, discussed the history of Mithila painting. She told students that the artwork was once created by women on the walls of their houses.

Today it is an art form that has been reimagined as a way to raise awareness about contemporary social issues, she said.

For the sixth-graders in Beth Pritchard’s art class at EJD, the visiting artist provided much more than an educational discussion about Mithila painting, as students created their own Mithila work under Jha’s tutelage.

“Children learn fast, they’re like a blank sheet of paper,” Jha said, noting that the student artwork was excellent.

Jha’s visit was part of an Oswego County BOCES Arts in Education initiative, which is a service that coordinates a wide variety of artists, authors, and character education speakers who can introduce students to new cultures, creativity, and ideas to help them broaden their perspective on the world.

If it’s spring, then Rudy’s is open

Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In opened for the season Wednesday March 19 with a full house of patrons. Cars were parked in both lots and across the front and sides of the building at lunchtime. The stand, famous for its seafood and hot sauce, has spring hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The eatery uses 200 gallons of ketchup every week  and cooks 2,000 pounds of fish every week — a total of 60,000 pounds of fish a season. Rudy’s rice pudding, macaroni salad, cole slaw and tzatziki are all proprietary recipes prepared fresh daily. And local butcher, Boscos, has supplied beef to Rudy’s for more than 50 years and fresh produce comes daily from Ontario Orchards, which is right down the road. For more info on Rudy’s, go to 222.rudyshot.com
Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In opened for the season Wednesday March 19 with a full house of patrons. Cars were parked in both lots and across the front and sides of the building at lunchtime. The stand, famous for its seafood and hot sauce, has spring hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The eatery uses 200 gallons of ketchup every week and cooks 2,000 pounds of fish every week — a total of 60,000 pounds of fish a season. Rudy’s rice pudding, macaroni salad, cole slaw and tzatziki are all proprietary recipes prepared fresh daily. And local butcher, Boscos, has supplied beef to Rudy’s for more than 50 years and fresh produce comes daily from Ontario Orchards, which is right down the road.
For more info on Rudy’s, go to 222.rudyshot.com

Maroun students help homeless at Easter

Michael A. Maroun Elementary School art teacher Ashley Myers shows off the bunny basket third-grader John McDonald created for the Hikers for Homeless outreach project. The project gave students an opportunity to practice some of their drawing and design skills and the baskets will be filled with personal care items children and staff at the school are collecting. The baskets will be delivered to homeless people in the community Easter Sunday.
Michael A. Maroun Elementary School art teacher Ashley Myers shows off the bunny basket third-grader John McDonald created for the Hikers for Homeless outreach project. The project gave students an opportunity to practice some of their drawing and design skills and the baskets will be filled with personal care items children and staff at the school are collecting. The baskets will be delivered to homeless people in the community Easter Sunday.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The students and staff at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School in the Phoenix Central School District are coordinating a project to help the homeless population in their community.

The school has teamed with Hikers for the Homeless, a Phoenix-based non-profit organization, to help create more than 100 Easter baskets for people in the district’s community who do not have a permanent residence.

Students in third grade have been working with art teachers Kathy Lambert and Ashley Myers to create homemade baskets for the project.

The students put into practice some of the art and drawing techniques that they have been learning about in class to create baskets with unique patterns, designs, and festive bunny faces.

The paper baskets will be filled with personal care items that the school is in the process of collecting.

Items being collected by Maroun students and staff include: washcloths, travel-sized toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, powder, and deodorant, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, small first aid kits or first aid supplies, sewing kits, clean cotton or wool socks, plastic baggies (any brand and any size), low-value gift cards and coupons to fast-food restaurants, pens, small notebooks, playing cards, small games and individually wrapped Easter candies.

Those wishing to support the Maroun children in their community service project to help the homeless population in the community can drop off donations of any of the above items to the main office of the elementary school on or before April 11.

St. Paddy’s Day in Oswego

The freezing temperature of just 2 degrees didn’t stop this annual event in the Port City.  The Ancient Order of Hibernians Oswego hoisted two Irish flags in honor of St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Oswego at Civic Plaza.  From left, Gary Tolley, Ancient Order of Hibernians history officer, and Ancient Order of Hibernians President Timothy Kirwan and sons Tommy and Timmy hoist the Irish Flag in honor of St. Patrick’s Day 2014.  Photo courtesy of  Beth Clark Photography
The freezing temperature of just 2 degrees didn’t stop this annual event in the Port City.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians Oswego hoisted two Irish flags in honor of St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Oswego at Civic Plaza.
From left, Gary Tolley, Ancient Order of Hibernians history officer, and Ancient Order of Hibernians President Timothy Kirwan and sons Tommy and Timmy hoist the Irish Flag in honor of St. Patrick’s Day 2014.
Photo courtesy of
Beth Clark Photography

Health clinics for week of March 24

Submitted by Oswego County

The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County.

These services include 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.

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 March 24 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, March 25, 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.

Rabies Clinic: Wednesday, March 26, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, Schaad Drive, Scriba. $5 donation suggested.

State law requires all cats, dogs, and pet ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age.

A second vaccination is required for cats and dogs within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter. Ferrets need to be vaccinated annually.

In order for pets to receive the 3-year booster shot, owners need to show that the pet was previously vaccinated and should bring their pet’s last rabies vaccination certificate to the clinic.

For more information about public health services, call the county Health Department, weekdays, phone 349-3547 or (800) -596-3200, ext. 3547.

For information on rabies clinics, call 349-3564.

Ole Fashioned Day at Fairley

Fourth-grade student Dylan Ritchie, of Sarah Schumaker’s class, in the gymnasium that was set up as a museum on Ole Fashioned Day.
Fourth-grade student Dylan Ritchie, of Sarah Schumaker’s class, in the gymnasium that was set up as a museum on Ole Fashioned Day.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Students in fourth grade at Fairley Elementary recently took part in Ole Fashioned Day, a school tradition for 42 years.

The fourth-graders have been learning about what life was like in Colonial America.

Ole Fashion Day brought the English language arts modules to life as students navigated a museum of antiques in the gymnasium, learned to square dance in a classroom “barn” and got their lessons in a one-room schoolhouse.

The day began with a morning assembly featuring bluegrass music. Then students moved onto classroom stations, where they drank a spot of tea and played colonial games.

Members of the Hannibal Historical Society helped in the one-room schoolhouse, where students were addressed as “master” and “mistress” and asked to spell words from their lesson aloud.

If a word was spelled incorrectly, the student was asked to write the word on the blackboard several times for memorization purposes.

Students “misbehaving” were sent to the corner and made to wear a dunce cap, a punishment once used as discipline in schools.

Prior to Ole Fashion Day, fourth-graders learned of the different jobs both children and adults held prior to the 21st century.

They wrote their own historical fiction narrative and made help wanted ads for trades like carpenter and shoemaker.

Parents joined in the fun after dismissal, and were treated to lemonade and homemade cookies.

These (Hannibal) kids got talent

Foreign exchange student Keti Chapiashvili shared her country’s music and culture when she sang a medley of Georgian folk songs during the Junior/Senior Talent Show at Hannibal High School on March 6.
Foreign exchange student Keti Chapiashvili shared her country’s music and culture when she sang a medley of Georgian folk songs during the Junior/Senior Talent Show at Hannibal High School on March 6.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The Annual Junior/Senior Talent Show at Hannibal High School showed why the event has continued for many years when more than two dozen acts took the stage before a packed audience at the school on March 6.

Emcee and host for the evening was Victor Licatese and guest judges included teachers Nicole Erkan, Patrick Earley, Brooke Fingland, and John Manion, who scored each act on a scale of one to five.

Setting the tone for the night’s fun and frivolity, the first act by “More Than Cookies,” featured Girl Scout camp songs that had the audience laughing non-stop. The songs contained lyrics that involved electrocuted squirrels, dead reindeer, weenies, shaking tails and finished with God Bless My Underwear, to which judge Erkan exclaimed, “I was a Girl Scout and we didn’t sing those songs!”

Other acts included: Alexis Hartle singing Try Hard; Cati Emmons’ and Gabby Griffin’s dance entitled Double D; Dominique Santore, Amanda Miano and Aryel Griffis with If You Say So; and Chumani Ketcham and Amanda Kimball with an original clarinet composition entitled Mystic Tears.

Also there was a strobe light dance number entitled Reptile by a group called Pattosaurus Rex that spoofed a certain judge on the panel; Billy Skipper surprised and delighted with his rendition of Your Man in a deep baritone voice; and rounding out Act One a Happy dance by The Foreigners, aka the foreign exchange students at the school.

Judge Fingland said to the students following their performance, “I think I speak for everyone here and in the Hannibal community when I say, you make us happy.”

Following a short intermission, act two continued to please those in attendance beginning with a medley of Georgian folk music by foreign exchange student Keti Chapiashvili; followed by a dance number titled Courage Is by Aryel Griffis;  and an a capella duet by Rayshelle Smith and Chumani Ketcham called Let It Go.

Also there was a large group of “front row girls” who performed a singing spoof on the Backstreet Boys’ hit I Want It That Way that altered the lyrics to say “I want to graduate.”

There also was Lindsey Wheeler, who performed a beautiful, lyrical dance routine to the song Skinny Love; Brett Dumas sang a solo performance of Just the Way You Are; and the band Chicken and Crackers sang a number of “school appropriate tunes” that got the whole crowd up and dancing before the senior class joined the band onstage for the grand finale song Don’t Stop Believing.

Hannibal High School’s Annual Junior/Senior Talent Show was a huge success, packing the auditorium and delighting the audience with a wide variety of talent showcased at the school.

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