Djug Django Band to play Oswego Music Hall May 3

Djug Django Band
Djug Django Band

The popular eight-member Djug Django Band will play at the Oswego Music Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

Djug Django is largely devoted to the music of Django Reinhardt, the legendary gypsy guitarist of the 1930s hot jazz scene in Paris, who founded the Quintette du Hot Club in Paris in the 1930s.

But they also perform jazz standards, Latin rhythms and “N’awlins soul,” as well as originals by band member and multi-instrumentalist.

The band combines this range of music styles in wonderfully creative ways. From the great songs of the Swing Era, including legends like Ellington, Gershwin, and Fats Waller, to Brazilian and Argentine classics sung in Spanish and Portuguese, and even wonderful original music, the band is known for its exciting performances, exquisite taste, and uniquely relaxed vibe.

The members of Djug Django must be among the busiest working musicians in the Northeast, in constant demand to play at all sorts of gigs and events.

The band started out years ago in Ithaca playing at the well-known Moosewood Restaurant. Since then Djug Django has been delighting dancers and jazz buffs.

When they come together to play, each band member brings his special background and influences to the music.

The members of Djug Django are Harry Aceto, guitar; Doug Robinson, guitar and vocals; Dave Davies, guitar, trombone and vocals; Brian Earle, clarinet; Eric Aceto, violin; Chad Lieberman, piano; and Al Hartland, drums.

There also is Jim Sherpa,  who plays a genuine lowdown washtub bass, adding that special down home flavor.

“Djug Django deserves to be on the national stage–this is one of the hottest little bands I’ve ever heard.

It is my honor and pleasure to perform with these wonderful musicians”  from time to time — [Frank Campos, Ithaca College, Professor of Trumpet]

Djug Django “has a delicacy and refinement we rarely witness in jazz . . . the group’s overall musicality is on a very high level — sophisticated and dead-on. These guys really enjoy playing together, and that spirit comes across clear as crystal” [Russel Tarby and Pat Carroll, review in JazFax, Nov. 2010].

Check out some of  Djug Django’s music on and then come and catch the wonder of their evocative and infectious music in a live performance at the Music Hall on May 3.

The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Tickets can be purchased on line at or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

Holders of tickets purchased before 1 p.m. on the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 p.m., seating will be general admission.

Ticket prices for this event are $14 if purchased in advance and $16 at the door.   Children 12 and under are half-price; under 5 is free.

For information contact Membership Secretary, Carol Forrest at 343-2988.

The Music Hall’s next concert, May 17, will feature Stephanie Bettman & Luke Haplin, a fast-rising duo from Denver.

Paws Across Oswego County Open House and Fundraiser April 27

April 27 is a very big day for Paws Across Oswego County, a local nonprofit animal rescue located in Oswego.

For its ninth year, Paws Across Oswego County is hosting its annual Open House and Rescue Fundraiser.

Paws Across Oswego County’s Open House will be from noon to 5 p.m. at Paws & Effect at 2035 County Route 1 in Oswego. Inquiries regarding event questions or donations can be sent to

This event is known for bringing local animal rescues together to spread the word about animal adoption and to raise funds for their cause.

There are drawings, a silent auction, food, demonstrations, a bake sale, door prizes and more.

The silent auction includes more than  $5,000 in products donated by local and nationwide businesses for the attendees to bid on. Including baskets and gift certificates, the products offered will be both human and pet related.

The drawings also have brought a lot of attention to the cause this year. Tickets are being sold for items such as a Disney Getaway, a one-year supply of Merrick Dog Food, a one-year supply of Merrick Cat Food, a one-year supply of Whole Earth Farms Dog Food and a 32 GB iPad Air.

The Disney trip includes four one-day Park Hopper Passes to Disney World and a three day-two night stay at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando, FL.

The pet food drawings will be presented as 12 gift certificates for bags of food and have been generously provided by Merrick Pet Care.

The iPad Air is a 32 GB model that has been donated by Stella and the Merriam Barrett Guest House.

Tickets for the drawings are available for presale at Paws & Effect and will be sold the day of the event for $5 each, three tickets for $10 or 10 tickets for $20.

Lighthouse Lanes will be supplying barbecued chicken and pulled pork meals for sale. Each meal comes with two sides and will be $10 each.

There also will be small salads for vegetarians. There will be a bake sale and drinks available for purchase, as well.

Married couples honored at special breakfast



Married couples at Morningstar Residential Care Center recently enjoyed a special luncheon in their honor.  Morningstar is home to seven married couples that enjoy the opportunity to share a room together at the facility.  Seated from left are: Barbara and Harold Blake, Laverne (semi hidden) and Doris Stevens, and Shirley and James Furnari.  Standing from left are: Director of Activities for Morning Star, Kelsey Rose, and Activities Aides, Heidi Baldwin and Doreen Shortt.


Happy faces, good food, and cherished companionship lit up the dining room during the Morningstar Residential Care Center’s Married Couples Luncheon.

The event is a new edition to the growing list of activities available to the facility’s residents.

The idea of a doing something special for its married couples first came to mind during Morningstar’s Valentine’s Day celebration. Director of Activities Kelsey Rose said the feedback she and her staff received inspired them to add the married couples luncheon to the activities calendar.

“The luncheon was a big hit. They enjoyed each other’s company and were happy to be able to have a nice meal together and share their stories,” she said.

“Our married couples thought it was wonderful and we will be having more of these in the future,” said Rose.

Activities Aide Heidi Baldwin echoed those thoughts and added that themed events are always welcome.

“Whether it’s a casual event like men’s night or ladies’ night or a more formal event like our veterans’ luncheon and our holiday luncheons, which their family members often join us for, our residents have a great time and look forward to them,” said Baldwin.

One of the few residential care facilities that offer shared rooms for married couples; Morningstar is the home of seven married couples.

Located at 17 Sunrise Drive in Oswego, Morningstar Residential Care Center is a family-owned and operated, 120-bed long-term and sub-acute skilled nursing facility with full rehabilitation services including: physical, occupational and speech therapy; post-surgical orthopedic care; respiratory care; and additional sub acute care services.

For more information, call 342-4790 or visit them online at


Pinwheels for Prevention of child abuse


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and as part of the “Cherish All Children” ministry at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (Fulton), the Child Advocacy Center has been designated to be the focus for contributions during the month. Art teacher Ben Jerred recruited his students from Volney and Lanigan elementary schools to create these beautifully decorated pinwheels. This “Pinwheel Garden” was planted to help raise awareness to our community of the various types of child abuse and the need for organizations such as he Child Advocacy Center of Fulton and Pulaski and its dedicated staff who work to keep our children safe and happy. Pictured (l to r) are: Dianne Klafehn, Sheri Bush, Margaret Nichols, Brittney Jerred, Alexandra Sorbello, Mary Jerred, and in front, Henry Jerred.

Fulton, Oswego Ys put on Healthy Kids Day April 25

Healthy Kids Day is coming to the Fulton Family YMCA and the Oswego YMCA from 6 to 8 p.m. April 25.

Every family in the area is invited to this free community event that will help families find fun through active play and educational opportunities to improve health and well-being.

Each of our branches of the Y in Central New York has planned a unique event, but they all feature interactive family games that promote exercise and good nutrition, plus lots of great information about healthy activities and resources available in our community.

At some locations, there will be larger-than-life brain games, human foosball, old-school playground games, parent-child gym classes, kid-friendly cooking demonstrations, water slide races, mini triathlons, arts and crafts, face painting, climbing, bouncing and more.

For more details, go to

Easter egg hunt Saturday at Holy Trinity

The ninth grade Confirmation students of Holy Trinity Parish’s Faith Formation program are sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt for the children of the community on Saturday, April 19. The hunt starts at Noon at 309 Buffalo Street for children ages 3 - 8. The children are also invited to make special Easter crafts at 11:30 a.m. before the hunt. For more information contact Heidi Buda at 598-2118. Pictured with the Rev. John Canorro are children who attend Holy Trinity Parish.
The ninth grade Confirmation students of Holy Trinity Parish’s Faith Formation program are sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt for the children of the community on Saturday, April 19. The hunt starts at Noon at 309 Buffalo Street for children ages 3 – 8. The children are also invited to make special Easter crafts at 11:30 a.m. before the hunt. For more information contact Heidi Buda at 598-2118. Pictured with the Rev. John Canorro are children who attend Holy Trinity Parish.

Fulton, Oswego honored by AAA

The City of Fulton receives AAA’s Gold Community Traffic Safety Program Award. Pictured (L to R) are: Mayor Ronald Woodward, Sr., Police Chief Orlo Green, and AAA Assistant Vice President John Sansone.
The City of Fulton receives AAA’s Gold Community Traffic Safety Program Award. Pictured (L to R) are: Mayor Ronald Woodward, Sr., Police Chief Orlo Green, and AAA Assistant Vice President John Sansone.

The cities of Fulton and Oswego and their police department were honored Monday by AAA Western and Central New York.

AAA cited the cities and police for their success in AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program.

AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program is an awards and recognition program for communities of all sizes nationwide that identify and address their local traffic safety issues.

The program considers basic crash statistics, presence of a traffic safety leadership group, projects, and their effectiveness. The awards progress from Honorable Mention to Bronze, Silver, Gold, and to the highest level, Platinum.

Gold Awards, given to communities that implement programs and projects that demonstrate superior effort at addressing local traffic safety issues, were presented to the City of Fulton and the City of Oswego.

“AAA is honored to be recognizing these communities that are making traffic safety a top priority,” said Tony Spada, President and CEO of AAA Western and Central New York.  “Their dedication and commitment to this cause deserves to be applauded.”

Fulton is receiving its seventh Gold Award, demonstrating success in addressing: aggressive, distracted, drunk and impaired driving, occupant protection and child passenger safety, bicycle, pedestrian, work zone, school bus and school zone safety and computerized mapping of motor vehicle accidents to identify problem areas and improve safety.

Fulton has participated in the program for 12 years and is the recipient of five Platinum and seven Gold Awards in total.

Oswego was presented with its second Gold Award, having previously participated in 2008. Oswego demonstrated success in addressing speeding, aggressive and impaired driving, occupant protection, and pedestrian and school zone safety.

Only 12 communities in New York State received Platinum honors: Brockport, Camillus, DeWitt, Freeport, Garden City, Liverpool, Manlius, New York City, Northport, Old Westbury, Rye and White Plains.

Participation in AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program is open to communities of all sizes nationwide.

As Upstate New York’s largest member services organization, AAA provides nearly 860,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive related services.  Since its founding in 1900, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Visit AAA at or download our mobile app at

Stuart W. Turner, carpenter, veteran, lifetime Phoenix resident

Stuart W. Turner, 82, life resident of Phoenix, N.Y., passed away on Tuesday April 8, 2014.

He was born July 27, 1931 to his late parents, Grace E. (Winne) and William H. Turner.  He was a graduate of Phoenix High School, class of 1949.

Stuart served in the U. S. Army, Korea.

Stuart was a carpenter. He was a superintendent for Hueber-Brever, Co., Syracuse for many years.

A member of the Phoenix United Methodist Church; Schroeppel Historical Society; a trustee for Phoenix Rural Cemetery Board and organizer of the weekly cemetery volunteers group; a participant of the school “canal days” child educational yearly event on Lock 01; a charter member of the John Deere Two Cylinder Club and member of VFW Post 5540.

He was an accomplished craftsman and enjoyed fine woodworking projects. Stuart also repaired mantle and wall hanging clocks.

Predeceased by his loving wife of 55 years, Ann Marie (Spriggs) Turner on March 26, 2008; and his siblings, Jane, Martha, Bob, and William.

Surviving are his three daughters, Sandra (Ken) Gomez, Sharon Cook, and Judy Turner and her husband Bob O’Connell; a son William Turner; six grandchildren, Erica Gomez, Paul Gomez, Courtney Cook, Kelsey Cook, Jacob Dievendorf and Ann Dievendorf; one sister, Winne (Rod) Bunyea; and Stuart’s companion, Florence Baur.

Calling hours were Friday April 11 in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix. Graveside service with military honors was Saturday April 12, in the Phoenix Rural Cemetery, with the Rev. Jeff Hodge officiating.

Contributions in Stuart’s memory to: Phoenix Fire & Emergency Fund, 457 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135


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