Tops Friendly Markets receives United Way Team of the Year Award

The United Way of Greater Oswego County presented Tops Friendly Markets with the Company Campaign Team of the Year Award at the United Way’s Annual Meeting and Salute to Volunteers held March 12 at the American Foundry in Oswego.

Presented annually, the Company Campaign Team of the Year Award is presented to volunteers whose extraordinary commitment, energy, enthusiasm, and creativity contributed to the success of their company’s campaign.

“We are proud to recognize the team from Tops Friendly Markets’ Oswego County stores with this award,” said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego Count.

“These remarkable individuals inspired their co-workers and coordinated a campaign that achieved an unprecedented 132 percent increase in both the amount of donors and the amount of money raised.,” she said.

“In addition to the support of their company campaign, the Pulaski store donated desserts to our Stone Soup Luncheons in Pulaski.,” Trexler said. “This company’s commitment to providing its customers with quality products and its employees with a comfortable work environment is commendable.”


Michaud residents visit Fulton Junior High

Residents of Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton boarded their bus for a trip across town to the Fulton Junior High School to see this year’s Spring Showcase.

The Junior High Student Spring Showcase was an opportunity for families and community friends to visit the open house and interact with students and learn about information they displayed on projects that they have been working on for the past few weeks, covering a wide variety of topics.

Michaud residents enjoyed presentations from the Art Department, Health Department, Family & Consumer Science, and Technology Department and as a special treat had a mini-concert from the school chorus and Orchestra.

Long-time Easter tradition April 11 in Fulton

Continuing the 27-year tradition, “Living Stations” will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11 in the Fulton Education Center Auditorium.

Admission is free.

This dramatization of “The Way of the Cross” is the traditional Catholic prayer of Jesus’ passion as it portrays the final hours leading to His crucifixion, said Susan Tallents, coordinator.

In the “Living Stations,” local youth take on the roles of the various people in the traditional 14 scenes of the Stations of the Cross, Tallents said.

Each scene features a series of readings and meditations and is a visual reminder of Christ’s suffering.

Seth DeLisle will portray Jesus and Lacey Rusaw will portray Mary. Choral works are under the direction of Dolores Walrath.


BOCES CTE teacher wins teaching honor

Cisco Networking Academy recently presented Oswego County BOCES Career and Technical Education Instructor Mark Ellis with the Instructor Excellence Award.

Presented to him by Cisco Networking Academy Vice President Harbrinder S. Kang, the award recognizes Ellis as an Advanced Level Instructor and acknowledges his achievements as one of the top 25 percent of instructors globally.

Ellis has been part of Oswego County BOCES’s Career and Technical Education team since 2001, teaching the Computer Systems and Networking A+ and Computer Systems and Networking Cisco programs.

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

By Julia Ludington

Spring has sprung! Well, sort of.

Our spring sports teams are still mostly confined to the indoors, but are making the most of the beginning of their seasons.

Be sure to be checking the district website to see what sporting event you can attend next.

The boys’ and girls’ varsity lacrosse teams both had scrimmages this past week.

The boys’ played at the Hopkins Road indoor center, while the girls traveled to Hamilton College in Clinton, Oneida County.

Both teams showed promising potential for the season.

The Student Senate is hosting another blood drive this Friday in the LGI. Thank you to all of the brave souls who are going to participate, you are doing a truly wonderful thing.

The Yearbook Club is in need of pictures covering certain sports and activities. Missing significant documentation are wrestling, swimming, hockey, boys’ basketball, National Honor Society inductions and bowling.

If you have any pictures that you feel would be a good contribution, you can email them to

The high school’s annual “Bodley’s Got Talent” will be taking place at 6:30 p.m.  April 9. Auditions are taking place this week. The show is always entertaining and a lot of fun, and all are welcome.

If you are not busy tonight at 7:30, there is a concert band and wind ensemble concert I am sure will be worth attending. If you can’t make tonight, the concert orchestra and symphonic orchestra will perform tomorrow at 7:30 PM.

Have a great week!

Kingsford Park Elementary students perform “The Lion King”

Submitted by Oswego schools

In the Oswego City School District, student musicals aren’t strictly limited to the high school.

It is common for the elementary school students to take the stage also, under the direction of their music teachers, perform in musical productions.

Recently, the students at the Kingsford Park Elementary School performed “The Lion King,” but they faced obstacles in mounting the production.

Under the direction of Lori Hotaling, the cast and stage crew worked quite hard to present an evening performance for families, students and community members. The dress rehearsal on stage at the Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts was canceled due to inclement weather and only one performance was possible.

The show was a success as lions, zebras, giraffes, hyenas and a wide variety of animals performed.

Simba (Julia Roman) and Mufasa (Abigail Yurkon) were in the spotlight in lead roles while the cast also included Zoey Young (Sarabi), Emily Borer (Bonzai), Nicole Pappa (Pumbaa), Cecile Laundre (Nala), Veronica Jones (Zazu), Angelina Kimpel (Safafina), Connor Beckwith (Ed), Victoria Trip (Groundhog), Grayson Cary (Scar), Alyssa Morley (Rafiki), Katherine Fierro (Shenzi) and Kirsten Bell (Timon).

The lionesses included Unity Morgan, Avalon Photos, Emily Marino, Shannon Law and Hunter Topley.

The narrators, jungle animals and vultures included Angeline Kimpel, Serena Muckey, Lilyann Mathews, Maya Sprague, Hayley Bandla, Isabella Rando, Samantha Cole, Taylar Clohecy and Jaylynn Schroeder.

The Pride Rock Chorus included a large number of students who assisted in adding their voices to the musical production.

Members of the chorus were Cammi Ahern, Edward Barbosa, Colin Beers, Nathan Blum, Alex Chetney, Casey DeLapp, Abigail Ellis, Michael Fierro,  Donovan Goss, McKenna Hammill, Zachary Hoefer, Alynne Klumpe, Martin Lilly, Logan Matthews, Preston Norfleet, Camryn Pastor, Noah Pryor, Gage Reed, Morgan Russell, Jenna Saunders, Emma Searor, Henry Sweeney, Marisa Wallace and Emma Armet.

Also: Jade Bauer, Makayla Bell, Rachel Blum, Andrews Colon, Sydney DeLapp, Daniel Emmons, Lauren Fitzsimmons, McKenzie Graham, Hannah Hauser, Brennah Jones, Rylee Knox, Felicity Lim, Morgan Miller, Cadence O’Brien, Meghan Perras, Heather Ramirez, Nikki Regan, Ainsley Sailer, Alana Scalzo, Owen Sherwood, Samantha Terpening, William Waterbury, Clara Back and Jaidyn Baum.

Also: Anthony Blakeley, Connor Calabro, Mary Culeton, Jersie Demott, Hailey Farella, Kaydin France, Erica Greene, Vanessa Hill, Cheyenne Ketchum, Isabella Koproski, Kayleigh Litchison, Alexander Niger, Tristan Orr, Shawn Perras, Evan Rando, Neil Roman, Madison Sailer, Jelena Scalzo, Mia Stanley, Blake Uribe, Toby Baker, Tristan Beebe and Kamryn Bletch.

Also: Jordan Caroccio, Joah Defren, Declan Donahue, Mia Fierro, Kendra Garvey, Rebecca Haines, Sydney Hoefer, Riley King, Sofie Kristiansen, Shane Martin, Anne Niger, Jude Parker, Charlotte Pettit, Collins Reed, Gianna Ruggio, Tabitha Sailer, Natasha Schroeder, Grace  Stephens and Allison VanBrocklin.


Hannibal runner takes weird turn, ends up in states

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

After nonstop training, which included running 36 miles per week, Hannibal indoor track star Ben Slate thought he had finished his senior season just shy of his goal: a state qualifying time.

However, thanks to a twist of fate, he found himself lacing up a borrowed pair of spikes for one final race with a state berth in his sights, and he made the most of his opportunity.

Slate said he was in the right place at the right time when he got his second chance.

Dressed in street clothes, the team captain was cheering on a teammate during the state qualifying meet at Onondaga Community College when race officials asked if anyone wanted to run in the 1,000-meter event to fill out the field since an athlete was ill.

Without spikes, a jersey or other gear, Slate improvised. He borrowed a teammate’s jersey, a pair of spandex from a friend and spikes – two sizes too small – from a Jordan-Elbridge athlete.

Although the spikes weren’t ruby slippers, they were magic for Slate, who crushed his personal best in the 1,000-meter by six seconds and qualified for the state meet in the process.

“I just had a great race,” Slate said. “I worked hard in cross country, did everything my coach wanted me to and it paid off.”

With the qualifying time under his belt, Slate joined other Section 3 athletes to form a team in the 1,000-meter relay. In the state tournament March 1, they finished 10th in the intersectional relay.

Now, with the indoor track season completed, Slate, son of Stacy and Jerry Slate of Hannibal, will turn his focus to outdoor track — his final sports season of his high school career — before making the transition into college athletics and, more importantly to him, academics.

“I haven’t decided which college yet, I know I’ll definitely be running,” Slate said. “I want to focus on my academics and continue my running, but I’m looking more for academics.”

The standout runner noted Hannibal Coaches Dom Pike and Dan Pawlewicz helped mold him into the person he is today.

“Mr. Pike and Mr. Pawlewicz, they both pushed me and helped shape my work ethic,” Slate said. “They said, ‘You can be the best runner, but you have to have the grades too.’ And ever since I heard that I’ve been working hard.”

That hard work has translated into an 88 average and two academic scholarships, which Slate hopes to take to either Niagara University or Utica College.

He is planning on pursuing a degree in biology before moving on to medical school.

If Slate continues his hard work at the next level, he would become the first person in his family to graduate from college. From there, he would add the initials “M.D.” after his name.

“Everyone in my family is just supporting me,” Slate said. “They have encouraged me to do what I want to do and have told me to not let anyone change my mind. That’s how I see it.”

For Coach Pike, Slate’s efforts have not gone unnoticed.

“He’s just a great kid and a great representative of the Hannibal community,” Pike said. “He works hard and it’s nice to see him have the success he’s experienced.”

Phoenix wrestling searches for state supremacy

By Rob Tetro

Sometime soon, the Phoenix varsity wrestling team could once again be one of the best teams in New York state.

This possibility was enhanced by the presence of seven seniors this season. Codie Corso, Ryan Pinzer, Jason Nipper, Austin Dristle, Billy Orstrander, Brian Stafford and Derrick Powell left a unique mark on the Phoenix wrestling program.

Coach Gene Mills said this group of seniors worked hard while showing some of the Firebirds impressive younger wrestlers what a consistently solid work ethic is all about.Their efforts paid off. This season, Phoenix had many younger wrestlers put in the work necessary for them to begin to realize their potential.

Mills hopes the seniors’ participation in the Phoenix wrestling program taught them the value of hard work. He hopes his seniors are now physically and mentally prepared to display the work ethic necessary for them to accomplish any goal they have for themselves.

However, as important as athletics is to Mills, most important is that his athletes begin to learn about being good citizens. As those traits continue to develop in his athletes throughout their participation within Phoenix wrestling, he also encourages them to be good students and good athletes, in that order.

Now that these seven seniors are a few months away from taking on the next phase of their lives, Mills hopes Phoenix wrestling has helped them to become better wrestlers, better students and most importantly, better people.

Mills hopes supporters of the Phoenix wrestling program are excited about the athletes he has coming up through the ranks. He said individual and team success could be in the cards for the Firebirds in the very near future because his returning athletes understand that given the abilities they bring to the table, the sky is the limit.

Yet, he points out that the difference between a good team and a State Championship team isn’t based on ability but rather on how dedicated a team is to consistently improving.

Make no mistake about it, Mills believes his younger athletes have the potential of bringing Phoenix another State Championship. However, they will not be able to earn the right to compete at that level until they embrace a hardnosed mentality in every phase of the wrestling season.

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