Boater safety courses scheduled

Oswego County Sheriff Reuel A. Todd says four Boating Safety Courses will be held beginning in April.

There is no charge for the training. A parent or guardian must accompany any youths ages 10 through 17 to the classroom on the first day of the course to sign a parental permission form.

New York state law requires boaters to hold a safety certificate if:

You wish to operate a personal watercraft and are at least 14 years of age.

You wish to operate a motorboat and you were born on or after May 1, 1996.

You must be at least 10 years of age to take the course.

Although not mandatory, except of personal watercraft operation, adult boating education is strongly recommended.

These courses will be held at the Oswego County Public Safety Center, 39 Churchill Road, Oswego as follows:

  • April 26, 2014: 9 AM to 1 PM
  • April 27, 2014: 12 noon to 4 PM
  • May 3, 2014: 9 AM to 1 PM
  • May 4, 2014: 12 noon to 4 PM
  • May 17, 2014: 9AM to 1 PM
  • May 18, 2014: 12 noon to 4 PM
  • June 7, 2014: 9 AM to 1 PM
  • June 8, 2014: 12 noon to 4 PM

Students must attend both days of their chosen training course to complete the program. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited.

Interested students can register by contacting Kelley Kuhl weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 349-3259.

Fulton Bantams win tourney

Submitted by Anna Clarke

The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by Comfort Windows & Doors and Fulton Savings Bank, ended its season with a 2-1 win over Oswego in the final game of the Boulter Classic Tournament in Webster, outside Rochester.

The Raiders also shut out Oswego 3-0, topped Southtown 7-4 and Canandaigua 8-2 during the tournament.

Fulton 3, Oswego 0

Raider Evan Beckwith put his team on the board, skating the puck through the Buc defense and landing a shot late in period one. Mid second period, Fulton’s Seth Cooney took advantage of a power play, Beckwith assisting to get ahead by two.

Soon after, team captain Nolan Bonnie scored the final goal for the Raiders, taking a pass from behind the net from defenseman Zach Tulowiecki.

Fulton goalie Adam Bleiweiss made 11 saves in net.

Fulton 7, Southtown 4

The Raiders were down by one mid first period. Will Rattray tipped in Tulowiecki’s shot from the blue line, Nick Dingman also assisting, only for Southtown to score two in a row.

Beckwith netted one off Dingman’s rebound with less than a minute remaining the period. The Raiders tallied two, first with Beckwith taking a feed from Cooney, then with Cooney scoring with a wrap around goal.

Southtown narrowed the gap by one before Tyler Samson sent the puck into the lower corner, thanks to a passing play between Caleb Clarke and Dingman, earning Dingman a playmaker.

Mid period three, Raider assistant captain Richie King scored on a 3-on-5 power play, Beckwith assisting. Cooney sealed the win, accepting a pass from Beckwith and scoring on a power play.

Bleiweiss turned aside 9 shots for Fulton.

Fulton 8, Canandaigua 2

At a one-point deficit mid first period, Cooney caught a pass in front of the net from Clarke to draw even. With seconds left in the period, King sent a cross-ice pass to Beckwith who skated it in to score number 40 for the season.

Beckwith netted his second of the game off a King assist before the Knights made it a one-point game early in the second. Beckwith went on a scoring spree, tallying two more in a row; one a short handed goal off Cooney’s rebound, then a one time shot thanks to a behind the net passing play between Samson and Dingman.

Samson scored number 15 on the season with a backhand shot, Beckwith and Bonnie assisting to close the period.

Beckwith’s second short-handed goal of the game came midway through the third stanza. Bonnie netted an upper corner shot, Rattray assisting to end the game.

Bleiweiss made 16 stops for the Raiders.

Championship: Fulton 2, Oswego 1

After a scoreless first period, Rattray received a pass from Bonnie, skated the puck in front of the net and scored. Soon after, Oswego’s Bryce Phillips sunk a lower corner shot, Zach Sova assisting, to tie the game.

The third stanza saw excellent goaltending from both Bleiwiess and Buccaneer Nick Back. Tulowiecki accepted a cross-ice pass from Clarke and scored his first goal of the season with a game winning shot from the blue line.

Bleiweiss made 8 saves for Fulton and was named game MVP

The Fulton Bantams are lead by head coach Paul Clarke and assistants Jeff Tulowiecki, Paul Bleiweiss and Bill Beckwith.

Swimmers qualify for state competition

Throughout the swim season, swimmers who meet event times set in place by the New York State Y Competitive Swim organization are eligible to swim in the state Qualifiers Meet.

The Fulton YMCA Speed Demons had 12 swimmers qualify for the state meet taking place this weekend in Ithaca.

Class A (age 15-18): Justin Grower (100 Back), Jake Strauss (100 Breast)

Andrew Distin (200IM, 100 Breast, 100 Fly),

Class B (age 13-14): Sarah Tallents (100 Breast), Miwa Burdic (50 Free)

Class C (age 11-12): Jenna Ruzekowicz (200 Free, 200 IM, 100 Free, 50 Fly),

Camille Stevenson (50 Free), Ean Stevenson (50 Free, 50 Fly, 50 Breast, 100 Free, 200 Free, 200 IM), Mark Tallents (50 Free, 50 Breast, 100 Free, 200 Free, 200 IM)

Class D (age 9-10): Ella Henderson (200 Free), Christina Tallents (200 Free)

Class E (age 5-8): Joely LaPage (25 Fly)

Sea Grant’s White receives Wear It! Award

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21 recently presented New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White with its 2013 Wear It! Award.

The award recognizes excellence in teaching the public about life jacket safety.

Wear It! is a campaign of the National Safe Boating Council in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrations.

White has incorporated life jacket education into the award-winning Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign developed by New York Sea Grant in 2008.

The training covers the various types of life jackets, boating regulations associated with life jackets, and how to get a good fit for everyone in the family, including the family dog.

The Discover Clean and Safe Boating life jacket training is offered annually at the Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York-sponsored Boat Show in Syracuse, in February and at Empire Farm Days in the pond at Rodman Lot and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY, in August.

The Discover Clean and Safe Boating exhibit has been seen by more than 500,000 boaters and potential boaters and has visited major events in all of New York state’s coastal regions from New York City and the Hudson River to Oneida Lake, the Finger Lakes, the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.

The New York Sea Grant campaign has been adapted for boaters, anglers, the hearing-impaired, paddlesport enthusiasts, pet owners, and water rescue First Responders.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21 Commander John Steinbarge presented the 2013 Wear It! award to White at the 2014 Central New York Boat Show.

Phoenix students get jazzy at concert

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Student’s musical talents were on display March 4 when they took the stage at Dillon Middle School in Phoenix.

‘An Evening of Jazz’ featured the Dillon Jazz Band, the Phoenix Varsity Jazz Band and special guests, ‘All That Jazz.’

The Dillon Jazz Band entertained the crowd with three songs, which included “Side Slippin’,” “I Beeped When I Should Have Bopped” and “Don’t Miss the Bus.”

Under the direction of David Frateschi, the John C. Birdlebough High School Varsity Jazz Band performed songs from artists Bruno Mars, Carlos Santana and Tito Puente.

Soloists were alto sax players Michael Mironti, Rachel Isbell and Brian Breen, Kaylee Waldy (tenor sax), Zach VanGorder (trumpet) and Jacob Lawless (trombone).

The Varsity Jazz Band performed the same three selections at the New Hartford Jazz Festival at New Hartford High School Feb. 28.

Twenty-five Birdlebough students traveled to the Mohawk Valley to perform in front of an audience. The non-competitive festival has an emphasis on Big Band ensemble playing.

The Varsity Jazz Band was critiqued in a 20-minute clinic after the performance by two judges. Phoenix, a Class A School (the highest ability class), was given a “Gold” rating with a score of 96 out of a possible 100 points.

Students Michael Mironti (alto sax) and Brian Breen (flute) were chosen as  honorary All-Star Band members. Mironti and Breen received certificates and a plaque was given to each participating band.

It is the third straight year the Varsity Jazz Band has participated in the event, and received a “Gold” rating. Phoenix was one of 13 bands participating in this year’s festival, with students traveling from Troy, Binghamton and other areas of CNY.

‘An Evening of Jazz’ concluded with a 40-minute concert by sextet All That Jazz, an in-school educational performing organization. Members of the group held a scholastic jazz jam session earlier in the day with the Dillon students, teaching them how to improvise.

March is Music In Our Schools Month. The Dillon Music Showcase is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 18 at the middle school.

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.

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