News in Brief

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is offering the 2014 edition of the Spring Dairy Managers Meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 24 at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union Community Room, located at 5828 Scenic Ave. (Route 3) in Mexico.

The cost is $15 and includes lunch.

From milk quality to profitability to robotic milking systems, this wide-ranging program will offer practical ideas for dairy farmers to stay afloat in the tough times and capitalize when milk prices are good.

Pre-registration is required and must be done by March 20. To register, call Brenda at 963-7286 and send payment to Oswego CCE, 3288 Main St., Mexico, NY 13114.

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Applications are due by March 26 for the Civil Service test for purchasing clerk.

The pay rate for the position is $14.67 an hour. Candidates must be legal residents of Oswego County for a minimum of four months immediately preceding the date of the test, which is May 3.

Applications and further information are available at the Department of Personnel, County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego or by calling 349-8209 or going to www.oswegocounty.com/personnel/openings.html

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The Hannibal Fire Co. will have breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 8 to 11 a.m., Sunday March 30 at the fire station on Oswego Street.

There will be free pictures with the Easter Bunny provided By C. Perkins Photography from 9 to 11 a.m. Breakfast will be pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries toast, sausage gravy, biscuits and beverages.

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Little Utica United Methodist Church and the EJ Thomas United Methodist Men are holding their second annual Lunch and Movie event Saturday, March 29.

Lunch will be served at noon followed by a family-friendly Christian movie.

The menu consists of all comfort foods including baked beans, macaroni and cheese, chili, chicken soup, chili-cheese and regular hot dogs. Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches will also be served along with punch, milk, tea and coffee and homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Cost will be $5 for adults, kids 12 and under $3. All proceeds will support their mission to provide children’s camper scholarships.

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The 50th annual Oswego County Numismatic Association Coin and Collectible Show will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30 in the Fulton Municipal Building.

Free admission and free parking are available.

There will be a 50/50 drawing and attendees can bring items to the show to ask questions about them to club members.

There will be many dealers on hand with coins, stamps, postcards, pocket watches, jewelry, sports cards and other collectibles.

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Beaver Lake Nature Center is gearing up for its maple sugaring and pancake breakfasts in March.

A visit to Beaver Lake Nature Center’s demonstration sugarbush can be done from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays in March.

Every Saturday in March, from 9 a.m. to noon, the public can enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast, which also includes sausage and juice or fresh brewed coffee. Visitors, including groups, are served and seated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Do you know a child that has an interest in learning how to sew and does not know where to go for classes?

If the answer to this question is yes, then Oswego County 4-H is the solution. It is conducting a series of workshops, Learn to Sew, which will teach children ages 8 to 19 how to sew with a sewing machine and by hand.

The classes will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17 at the Oswego County Cooperative Extension office in Mexico.

Each day participants will go home with a finished project: potholder, pillowcase, and decorative initial shaped pillow.

The program fee is $24 per child and covers all sewing supplies including sewing machines. Individuals can bring their own sewing machines if they choose.

To register for Learn to Sew or for more details, call the Oswego County 4-H Office at 963-7286, ext. 302 or email Mary Matteson at mmm65@cornell.edu by Thursday, April 10.

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Seasoned business equipment service technician James Rasmussen announced that Rasmussen Business Equipment, 296 E. Second St.,  Oswego, is now open for business.

Rasmussen Business Equipment specializes in the service and maintenance of high quality copiers, printers and fax machines.

Rasmussen, who has more than 23 years of experience in the business machine world, also holds certifications in the repair of more than 50 different types of business machines.

In addition to service and repair, Rasmussen Business Equipment also sells new copiers and printers as well as off-lease copiers.

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BJ’s Outdoor Power Equipment Inc will have its 20th anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 4.

There will be cake, drinks and exclusive promotions.

The company has been in business at 3649 State Route 3 in Palermo for 20 years  focusing on quality outdoor power equipment like Ferris mowers, Branson tractors and Snapper mowers and snow blowers.

The company can be reached at 598-5636.

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There are two caregiver support groups run in Oswego County by the Alzheimer’s Association.

They are:

** 7 p.m. the fourth Monday at Divine Mercy Parish Center (St. Michael’s), 592 S. Main St. in Central Square. Call Gail Lauricella at 676-7533 for information.

** 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday at The Manor at Seneca Hill, 20 Manor Dr., Minetto. Call Dianne Morrisette at 349-5341 for information.

Distracted driving expert visits college March 26

Are you concerned about your teen or other people on the road using their cell phone while driving?

Jacy Good, advocate for Hang Up and Drive (hangupanddrive.com), will be at SUNY Oswego at 7 p.m. March 26 in Hewitt Union Ballroom for a free presentation.

Parents and their teens, law enforcement and professional bus drivers are all encouraged to attend to hear Good talk about how to change the culture in the United States of being distracted behind the wheel.

The event will be co-sponsored by BOCES RAP (Regional Awareness Program) and will offer police agency exhibits, student projects and STOP DWI display.

Parking is free in lots 18 and 32, adjacent to Hewitt Union and Culkin Hall at the Route 104 entrance.

Christian school readies for annual auction

Plans are underway for the Oswego Community Christian School’s seventh Annual Auction. The event is set for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the at the Oswego Elks Lodge #271, corner of West Fifth and Bridge Streets in Oswego.

The event, which serves as the school’s largest fundraiser, will feature a Silent Auction and a Live Auction, as well as a bake sale and the Elks famous chicken barbecue.

Planning Committee Chair Sue Bakos said the excitement is building for one of Oswego’s most popular community events.

“Over the years we have been fortunate to have received wonderful support,” she said. “I am happy to say that our auction is returning to the Oswego Elks this year. We are looking forward to another afternoon of fun with a chance for community members to bid on great items for the whole family.”

Bakos said the committee has been busy contacting area business and gathering items for the auctions.

Some of the many items up for bid include: gift cards to area retailers and restaurants; tickets to area attractions and events; hotel getaways, and Disney World Park Hopper Passes to name a few.

Oswego Community Christian School students are also participating, as each class is busy preparing themed baskets filled with an assortment of goodies pertaining to its theme.

Bakos said there would be about $25,000 worth of new merchandise and services to bid on.

Bidders may view a sampling of items available on the school’s Facebook page, which is being updated daily as new items arrive. Go to facebook.com/OCCSchool to find the list of items.

A silent auction will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. followed by the live auction with auctioneer Corrina Pauldine of McEwen Auction Co. from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

“There’s nothing like being in the moment of a live auction. It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s a competition to see who the winning bidder will be and until the auctioneer announces ‘Sold!’ the thrill of it is exhilarating for all who attend,” Pauldine said.

The event also will include the popular Oswego Community Christian School’s annual prize drawing. For a donation of $10, people will have the opportunity to win one of three great prizes including: a five-day, six-night stay at Disney World or $1,500 Visa Card; an iPad Air; or a $250 gas or grocery gift card.

All proceeds are used for the continued improvement of the quality of education offered to the students at OCCS.

Established in 1979, the Oswego Community Christian School offers families a Christian educational alternative that excels in teaching, training and the spiritual development of their children.

For more information on the Oswego Community Christian School’s auction or to donate an item for the auction, call the school at 342-9322 or Sue Bakos at 342-6939.

Students meet reading challenge; giggle at principal’s purple hair

Volney Principal Lisa Garofalo with her purple hair and pajamas takes to the school roof after her students met her reading challenge.
Volney Principal Lisa Garofalo with her purple hair and pajamas takes to the school roof after her students met her reading challenge.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Volney Elementary Principal Lisa Garofalo set a challenge for students at the last school spirit day assembly, read 2,500 books during Read Across America Week and she would sleep on the school roof and dye her hair purple.

The idea came from the book “Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind,” by Judy Finchler and Kevin O’Malley.

In the book, character Principal Wiggins promises to dye his hair purple and spend the night on the school roof if the students read 1,000 books in a school year.

Students recorded their book tally through reading logs, which were then submitted to librarian Sarah Fay. At the close of the week, students had read a total of 3,467 books.

As promised, Garofalo (outfitted in pajamas) got on the school’s snowy roof, her purple hair tucked under a winter cap, and waved goodbye to students at dismissal.

Youth Summit March 20 at college

The SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations, in conjunction with the Workforce Development Board of Oswego County, will host the eighth annual Youth Career Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in Lanigan Hall.

The summit is an opportunity for eighth-graders from school districts across Oswego County to explore their interests and how they align with career opportunities in the community.

The event will feature local speakers on topics such as criminal justice, food and agriculture, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and trade careers, as well as how to understand one’s individual strengths, said Jeffrey Grimshaw, director of business and community relations for the college.

SUNY Oswego, Huhtamaki, Constellation Energy, Fulton Savings Bank, Eastern Shore Associates, and Chris Nelson-State Farm Insurance support the event.

Oswego County Federal Credit Union is providing an iPad Mini to be awarded in a drawing to a student participant.

For more information about events and services of the college’s Office of Business and Community Relations, visit oswego.edu/obcr, call 312-3492 or email obcr@oswego.edu.

Fairgrieve students read for thousands of minutes

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

A novel idea at Fairgrieve Elementary School in Fulton has translated into reading success within the building, and students recently were rewarded for their efforts.

At the beginning of the school year, Principal Jean Ciesla launched a reading challenge to all the students at Fairgrieve. Each student received a calendar to take home and log their time spent reading.

Once the minutes are recorded, parents or guardians have to sign off on it and then students submit the completed calendar to their teacher.

“We encouraged the students to read at least 15 minutes a day,” Ciesla said. “Our goal was to have the boys and girls read 2,000 minutes by the halfway point, and 4,000 minutes by the end of the year.”

For dozens of students, the 2,000-minute goal was an attainable one, and they earned special recognition during an ice cream social in late February.

“Congratulations everyone for making it to the 2,000-minute mark,” Ciesla said. “You should be very proud of what you accomplished. “

The principal encouraged students to continue reading each night and reminded them another celebration would be held in June if they are able to keep on pace and log another 2,000 minutes.

Volney Elementary students get lesson in Indian art

Dr. Rani Jha, master painter and teacher at the Mithila Art Institute in Madhubani, stopped at Volney Elementary in late February to give students a lesson in art and culture.

Dr. Jha visited a few schools during her visit to the United States, and agreed to teach the mithila art form to small groups of students. The top art students from grades four through sixth participated in the lesson.

Librarian Sarah Fay first introduced the mithila art form to the 30 selected students in a brief library presentation.

Mithila painting is a centuries old traditional women’s art form of north India, in the area just below the border with Nepal.

Dr. Jha started painting in her home at seven years old. Conventionally done on newly plastered mud wall of huts, mithila paintings can now be found on hand-made paper, cloth and canvas.

The wall paintings feature symbols of luck and religion, each illustrating an artist’s individual flair.

Dr. Jha drew for the students a peacock, the national bird of India. In their 40-minute session students drew fish, turtles (a symbol of patience and long life) and peacocks in the mithila style.

Students asked Dr. Jha questions about her religion, Hinduism, and about the sari.

Organic farmer speaks at worker program

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. (Route 49 west of Route 11).

DeGraff has more than 30 years of experience as an organic farmer and mentors young farmers. Grindstone Farm, 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 agriculture. For more information about the farm, visit its website at grindstonefarm.com.

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

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