Celebrating music at Fulton Junior High

Orchestra student Collin Bennett (foreground) laughs as Principal Ryan Lanigan plucks the violin during a guest solo.
    Orchestra student Collin Bennett (foreground) laughs as Principal Ryan Lanigan plucks the violin during a guest solo.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Fulton Junior High School’s Music Department recently held a spring concert as part of Music In Our Schools Month.

The seventh-grade orchestra, under the direction of Danielle Delfanian, performed the “Bushwascker Stomp”, “The Bachaneer” and “Guest Soloist.” Principal Ryan Lanigan was invited to “play” the violin, amusing both the student musicians and audience.

The eighth-grade orchestra performed “MacPherson’s Lament”, Irish folk song “Fiddle-me-oo-re-i-re-a” and “Chant, Chorale and Dance.”

The seventh-grade chorus, under the direction of Stephanie Almeter and accompanied by Cathy Chirello, sang “Rejoice in the Music”, “ I’ve Got the Music in Me,” and “Lift Me Up.” The last song featured soloists Courtney Miner, Luis Pagan, Kacey Markarian and Nick Brown.

The eighth-grade chorus sang “I Have To Sing”, “Cups” and traditional spiritual “Swing Down Ezekiel.” The second song featured soloist Alexis Phelps. Olivia Abrams, Mikahala Horning, Ariel Stacy, Julia Allen and Madison Wilson made up the rhythm section.

The seventh-grade band, under the direction of Debra Farden, performed two songs, “American Spirit March” and “Year of Dragon.” Eighth-graders performed “The Rowan Tree” and “John Williams: Movie Adventures.” Parents and community members hummed along to familiar movie theme songs, from E.T. to Star Wars.

Throughout the evening, students read short narratives, expressing what music meant to them.

“Without music, my life would be dull,” said one student. Another said music was a way to express her feelings.


Oswego Public Library has poetry reading

The Oswego Public Library will hold a reading of favorite poems on Thursday, April 24.

The event will begin with Mayor Tom Gillen reading at 1:30 p.m. Let the library know your favorite poem and we’ll print it out and post it to one of the pillars in the main reading room during National Library Week from April 13-19.

People can drop a printed copy off with their name on it and can read it on April 24 or library staff will select from the poems and read them to the audience.

Watch for a video of the poetry reading on the library website at oswegopubliclibrary.org

The Oswego Public Library is at 120 E. Second St., phone 341-5867.

During National Library week:

Sunday, April 13 – First drawing for a “Timer” Bookmark. One will be given away each day in the Children’s Room.

Monday, April 14 – Chess Club 10:30 to noon in the Library Learning Center computer lab. Also Charlotte’s Big Dream will be read in the Children’s Room at 1 p.m. by author Connie Evans.

Tuesday, April 15 – Photoshop Elements for Young Adults 10 a.m. to noon in in the computer lab. Also bookmarks will be made in the Children’s Room from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16 – Computer Gaming 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Library Learning Center computer lab.  Also regular story hours at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Stories, a craft, and snacks with the theme of Rabbits.

Thursday, April 17 – Introduction to Coding, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the computer lab.  Also book plates made in the Children’s Room 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Friday, April 18 – Chess Club 10:30 a.m. to noon in the computer lab. Easter Story Hour in the Children’s Room at 10:30 a.m..

Call the Library, 341-5867, to register for any of the Library Learning Center activities.

Heavy equipment students head for the dirt



Spring has sprung and the students in Oswego County BOCES’ Heavy Equipment Maintenance and Operations program are ready to work in the dirt!

The curriculum for the program is aligned with the National Utility Contractors Association, and provides adult education students an opportunity to prepare for careers in the commercial and/or residential construction industry through classroom and hands-on training.

Pictured above are students Leroy Rayner, left, and Dan Kidd participating in one such hands-on exercise. The pair are utilizing a transit level to measure the depth of a path dug by a classmate operating a dozer during a grading and level exercise. For more information about the  program or other programs offered through the Adult Education Department, visit www.OswegoBOCES.org or call 963-4256.

Learning bike safety



Safety Sue, the bike safety puppet, operated by Fairgrieve elementary sixth-grader Samantha Humphrey, accompanied Billie Crandall Brady from the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board, talks to students at the Fulton school about the importance of wearing your helmet while riding your bike, skate board, scooter or in-line skates. The students were given special smoke free message tattoos and were told that healthy brains are safe brains. All the rules of the road were discussed – riding on the right side and making full and complete stops at stop signs and stop lights. Brady also told everyone about an opportunity to learn to ride on a bike course from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31 at the Fulton War Memorial. The free event, sponsored by the Fulton Police Department, will feature new helmets from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and refurbished bikes from Doyle’s Bike Shop in Fulton given to children who can’t afford one. The event also will have a tricycle course, pedal cars, bouncy houses, crafts and free lunch.


Historical Fulton, NY

Foster Brothers Knife Works was a well-known manufacturing company on West First Street in Fulton from 1878 to 1979. At its peak, more than 135 people churned out all types of knives at the factory. Employment dwindled to 19 people by 1977. The company was started by brothers Frank and Allie Foster, who had developed a method for tempering steel for machine knives used in paper mills. The knives earned a local reputation for being of good quality and farmers started using them on their hog carcasses. Then other people started using the knives for other purposes. Younger brothers J.A. and C.F. Foster expanded the business into other types of knives. At one time, the company made knives of 500 different sizes, shapes and styles. The largest was a 4-foot-long splitting knife used by meat packers. The smallest (no size was specified) was used to dress poultry. Handles were made of wood from Panama and Nicaragua and rosewood and ebony from South America and Africa. J.A. Foster from the company went on to become Fulton’s first mayor. This photo shows workers at the plant in 1904. Information supplied by the Friends of History at the Pratt House.
Photo courtesy fultonhistory.com

Oswego High art students honored

Brenna Riley earned the “Best of Show” at the annual Oswego County Student Art Competition with this piece of artwork named “Oliver”.
Brenna Riley earned the “Best of Show” at the annual Oswego County Student Art Competition with this piece of artwork named “Oliver”.

Submitted by Oswego schools

Oswego High School artist Brenna Riley won the “Best of Show” with her beautiful self-portrait graphite drawing “Oliver” while Carrie Gilbert and won “First Place “overall with her amazing detail drawing “Clarinet” as the Oswego County Student Art Competition.

The judging at the annual juried show for high school and junior high school students took place at the Salmon River Fine Arts Center in Pulaski.

This competition, which is open to all Oswego County school districts, attracted over 500 art pieces.

Oswego High School art teacher Melissa Martin said, “This is the first time Oswego has walked away with both the ‘Best of Show’ and ’First Place’ overall”.

Oswego students also were recognized for their work with seventh through ninth grade honorable mention ribbons were presented to Jessica Godden, Madelyne Cortright, Marissa Familo-Bennett and Mikayla Trapasso.  Tenth through twelfth grade students earning honorable mention included Aviriana Follet, Danielle Boyzuck, Katie Bradshaw, Kayla Volkomer, Makayla Carson, Morgan Knopp, Rebecca North, Sarah Hoefer and Teo Patty.

Students who also had their work accepted to the show included Allison Choate, Andrew Bornheimer, Bailey Glennen, Faith Hannock, Heavenly Noel, Jessica Godden, Nicholas Brown, Skylar Wallace, Sophia Griffith, Abigail Douglas, Alyssa Lapetino, Brianna Bush, Isabella Sabatini, Julie May, Katherine Hill, Madelyne Cortright, Margo McBearty and Michaela Bradshaw.

Also: Tegan Boyzuck, Abigail Allen, Chrisan Cabanlig, M’Kenzie Bradshaw, Molly Brown, Samantha Lee, Tatiana Berkley, Taylor Hamer, Tiffany Billington, Alaina Galutz, Alex Bush, Amber Lagoe, Brandi Hibbert, Courtney Johnson,  Elizabeth Sincavage, Jessica Morgan, Kelsey Wilder, Marissa Familo-Bennett, Morgan Butterfield, Morgan Haynes, Nathan Greene, Ricky Bristol, Sarah Dahar, Travis Cowles, Alexandra DeSacia, Allie Henderson, Reilly Patrick, Meghan Anderson, Mike Edwards and Tara Lagoe.


Bodley business group elite in New York

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The G. Ray Bodley chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America continues to be among the elite in the state as several members recently took home top honors in the regional competition.

FBLA co-advisers Danielle House and Angela Ferlito said the students set the bar high during the District 9 event held Feb. 7 in Liverpool.

The state competition is in April.

Some of those elite competitors include Laura Hamdan, Angeline Kimbrell, Kim Ingersoll, Meriah Dishaw and Yusra Hanayun, who each tallied first-place. Other Fulton FBLA members who earned a spot in the Top 3 included Kari Holbrook (second place), Kim Rombough (third place), and Tattiana Pierce (third place).

In addition to competitions, the Fulton chapter of the business association has conducted fundraising for many causes.

“They’ve done fundraising for the March of Dimes, the Ronald McDonald House (and) the Golisano Children’s Hospital,” Ferlito said. “They put in a lot of time and effort to be part of FBLA.”

Oswego firm hires Laird


Your On Call Assistant welcomes Julie Laird as managing assistant.

Laird brings with her 10-plus years of experience in project management, events management and fundraising in various industries.

She has a bachelor’s degree in hospitality sales and meeting management and an associate’s degree in hotel restaurant management from Johnson & Wales University.

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For more information, contact Jodi Marvin at 806-0952, jodim@youroncallassistant.com or Julie Laird at 216-4004, julie@youroncallassistant.com or visit their web site at www.YourOnCallAssistant.com.

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