Rudy’s owner to serve as guest chef at Salvation Army dinner

Rudy’s will be serving the next Salvation Army Guest Chef Dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11.

The dinner will include some of Rudy’s popular foods, including clams, fish, coleslaw and tossed salad. Desserts and beverages also are served.

The dinner will be at the Salvation Army Citadel, 73 W. Second St., Oswego. Carryout dinners will be available.

The guest chef dinners are organized by the Army’s advisory board to raise money to support Army services throughout Oswego County.

Mexico High School Junior ROTC students will be assisting with the Rudy’s dinner.

Rudy’s is one of Oswego’s most unique and popular summer eating places, known for its efficient service and a great variety of fun foods cooked to order while you watch. It has been operated by the same family since 1946.

The Oswego County Salvation Army Corps provides fresh-cooked meals in both Fulton and Oswego and many other services are provided to individuals and families in need throughout Oswego County.

Information about the Salvation Army or about serving as a volunteer is available at 343-6491 or at the office at 73 W. Second St., Oswego.

SUNY Oswego, NY Sea Grant begin business program in Oswego County

Local businesses in Oswego County will be surveyed in the coming weeks concerning ways to increase tourism, recreation and business opportunities in the county.

New York Sea Grant and SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations are launching a Business Retention and Expansion Program to evaluate the local business climate and to assist existing recreation and tourism businesses with expansion in Oswego County.

Nearly 600 recreation and tourism businesses in Oswego County will have an opportunity to help local and county leaders and residents better understand the issues facing locally-owned businesses in today’s economy.

“Our goal is to increase communication between businesses and local and county governments,” said Mary Penney, Coastal Community Development Specialist for New York Sea Grant. “Existing businesses create up to 86 percent of all new jobs, so it’s important to examine the needs of those locally-owned businesses already committed to Oswego County.”

“New York Sea Grant has been working with coastal businesses for decades. This pilot program in Oswego County will help us to understand how these businesses see the challenges ahead and advise us and our partners on how to design programs to effectively meet those challenges,” says New York Sea Grant Interim Director William Wise.

The Oswego County Recreation and Tourism Business Retention and Expansion Task Force includes representatives from diverse segments of the economy, including the business, government, tourism, and planning sectors.

The Task Force developed the survey to assess the status and need for workforce training and professional development by business owners and the overall condition and characteristics of the Oswego County recreation and tourism business.

The survey questions range from identifying hours of operation and number of employees to any expansion and renovation plans and the products and services they anticipate their customers will need in the next 5-10 years.

Business owners will also have the opportunity to rank the value of a variety of community services, such as day care, public restrooms, and signage; and to identify business sector trends, such as changing vacation patterns and increasing minimum wage, that may impact positively or negatively impact their Oswego County-based enterprises.

The Oswego County Recreation and Tourism BR&E Program survey packets will be mailed in mid-March.

Recreation and business owners in Oswego County who wish to participate in the survey and do not receive a survey packet in the mail by the end of March may contact New York Sea Grant at 312-3042 to request a survey.

The survey packets will include a paper copy and a link to an electronic version of the survey. Project leaders prefer responses by electronic reply whenever possible.

Survey responses will be collected through May 12. The survey data will be tabulated and examined for ways to assist recreation and tourism businesses in Oswego County with operations and potential expansion plans.

The Oswego County Recreation and Tourism Business Retention and Expansion task force members represent the Fort Brewerton/Greater Oneida Lake Chamber of Commerce, state Department of Environmental Conservation, state Tug Hill Commission, Operation Oswego County, Inc., Oswego County Promotion and Tourism, New York Sea Grant and the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Public Relations.

For more information on the Oswego County Recreation and Tourism BR&E Program, go to the Coastal Communities section of the NYSG website at

SUNY Oswego professor explores film industry in Moldova

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Lenuta Giukin of SUNY Oswego’s modern languages and literatures faculty won a five-month Fulbright Scholarship last fall to Moldova in Eastern Europe, where she taught and did research on the burgeoning film industry in the Romanian- and Russian-influenced nation.

As a representative of the William J. Fulbright Scholar Program — the United States’ flagship academic exchange effort — Giukin also organized a roundtable at the Moldova Institute of International Relations and participated in seminars and workshops sponsored by the U.S. State Department there and at two other Moldovan universities.

Giukin, who teaches courses in the French program at SUNY Oswego and was its coordinator from 2003 to 2011, is a native of western Romania’s Banat region. Yet her homeland — influenced by Germans, Slavs and others — is in many ways worlds apart from Maryland-sized Moldova, a 22-year-old nation between northeast Romania and southern Ukraine.

“I felt familiar being there, but at times I felt as a foreigner,” said Giukin, who has been in the United States for 26 years. “In a way, Eastern Europe today is not a familiar territory to me.”

Moldova, which includes most of a region known as Bessarabia, formerly was the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic. The country gained independence in 1991 during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. It has preliminarily agreed to associate with the European Union, causing friction with Russia.

The growing Moldovan film industry, increasingly successful in international film festivals, reflects the cultural push-pull. “Theirs is a transitional type of culture with an interesting cinema industry in both Romanian and Russian,” Giukin said.

Exchange of ideas

As a Fulbright Scholar in the capital of Chisinau, Giukin said she was able to interview a variety of filmmakers, producers and distributors. She attended two premieres, Igor Cobileanski’s “The Unsaved” and the documentary “Chisinau from Dawn to Dusk.”

Recently returned to the Oswego area, Giukin already has scheduled one conference presentation on the past and present state of Moldova’s cinema, at the Northeast Modern Languages Association’s conference in April, and is working on scheduling two others.

Giukin said her teaching in Chisinau — she was asked to deliver an American-style experience for her students at the Institute of International Relations — came as a culture shock to the 45 students who took “Gender and Genre in Cinema” in either English or French.

She talked of individuals’ rights and such topics as gay marriage, and showed and discussed 11 films, two of which some conservative Moldovan students found “too strong.”

“Most found (the course) useful,” Giukin said. “I explained that the role of academia is to promote a safe and open exchange of ideas.”

Giukin, who also taught a course on English for managers, said she received positive feedback on offering the cinema course in languages other than Romanian or Russian and incorporating critical thinking skills and a class website.

“One student who was also a professor said she felt free for once to speak French, because I was not stressing language mistakes, only communication,” Giukin said. “It was a great experience for me to work with students who were so interested in the topic.”

One of the challenges she and other higher-education faculty in Moldova face is the poverty of students, many of whom are from rural areas and have to work in order to continue their schooling in a nation known as Europe’s poorest.

“It is a challenge to find a way to help these students stay in school and find a way to focus on their studies rather than working so hard to survive,” Giukin said.

Hannibal concert celebrates ‘Music in Our Schools’ Month

The Hannibal Senior High Music Department will present a concert celebrating Music in Our Schools Month at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 in the high school’s Lockwood Auditorium.

The National Association for Music Education has announced this year’s theme “Music Makes Me…..!!!!,” a message emphasizing the important role that music education plays in our students’ lives.

The Senior High Jazz Band will open the program with three selections, including the upbeat mambo, Adelieland, from the film Happy Feet. Solos will be performed by Amanda Kimball, Elyssa Terry DeRycke, and  Zane Pointon.

Senior Choral Director Abel Searor will lead the chorus in a medley of music from the hit Broadway musical “Les Miserables.”

The audience will find it difficult not to hum along on tunes like “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Do You Hear the People Sing.”

Beginning with a Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach, the senior band under the direction of Shirley Terrinoni, will present selections inspired by great works of literature including Dante’s The Divine Comedy,  and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland as well as a piece by the contemporary composer Frank Ticheli.

The Senior Band and Senior Chorus will combine to present the final offering of the night, “When You Believe,” from the 1998 animated classic “The Prince of Egypt.”

Admission is free.

Hannibal students taste-test foods

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Students in Robert Piascik’s health class at Hannibal High School recently were  given the opportunity to taste test possible menu items for the 2014-15 school year.

New standards for school lunches require foods be rich in whole grains. At present, at least one-half of the grains offered must be whole grain.

Currently, Hannibal meets this criterion by serving 90 percent whole grain foods. By July 2014, all grains must be whole grains.

Students sampled cheese calzones, stuffed crust pizza, Mexican pizza, stuffed breadsticks and pizza quesadillas.

Food Service Coordinator Debbie Richardson distributed a survey to students that asked whether or not they wanted these items to appear on next year’s menus.

Block 2 study hall students also participated.

In and Around Hannibal, March 8

Oops — when I make a mistake, I does it good!

I am very sorry for any confusion I might have caused with my column last week. Don’t know whether it’s me eyes or me mind (I’m losing a little of each), but somehow I pushed the wrong button on this fool computer and sent the column from the first of March LAST YEAR instead of this year.

I will try to not do that again.  Apology said and I hope accepted, I give you this week’s offering!


I hope you enjoyed the series on Hannibal schools before centralization. Have you drawn any conclusions?

Our forebears were anxious for their children to get an education…and getting a school in their area for their children was important. Can’t help thinking that that translated down to their children.

If for no other reason than school provided a place for them to see their friends and gave them something to do besides chores. Children must have led isolated lives with only siblings for company, compared to youngsters of today,

The parents were involved with the school doing what they could to make it a go, from providing land and building the school to providing firewood and boarding the teacher.

I imagine the teacher was not reluctant to pay a visit at a pupil’s home if he or she felt one was needed.

In the earliest days, schools were able to schedule classes as they felt needed as many of the students would be needed to work the farm.

You could say there was a lot more ‘local control’ and a lot fewer mandates and financial aid. Maybe they went to school only in the winter when they wouldn’t be needed on the farm. The teachers were freer to teach what they felt the students needed than they are today.

Many schools were used for church services – as the churches were used years later for schools when they were building schools or additions to them in later years.

These little schools produced some outstanding people, from lawyers and doctors and teachers to elected officials as well as shopkeepers and skilled artisans, farmers and homemakers.

Education goes in cycles and all things are made new again eventually. I spoke recently with a retired teacher who said they tried to overcome the ‘bigness’ of their school by a  cluster approach – Hannibal over the years has done similar things.

Isn’t it interesting that we wanted bigger to provide a better education for our children, expose them to the things that only a bigger school could provide and then we struggle to fine ways to give those big schools, the small school feeling — the feeling of belonging, being really cared about and of being held accountable.

Ah … If we only had the answers!


The Senior Meals Program meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday for lunch at the Senior Center promptly at noon. The center opens at 10. For those who don’t know, the Center is located in the Library Building, across from the Firehouse on Oswego Street.

This week’s menu features:

Monday, March 10 — homemade soup and sandwich, crackers, juice, fruit cocktail

Wednesday — Goulash, vegetable, juice, pineapple tidbits

Friday — Crispy fish clipper, Monterey potatoes, vegetable blend, juice, peaches


Monday — Wii bowling; come cheer them on!

Wednesday — Bingo after lunch

Friday — games

Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation, 564-5471.

Can you believe spring sports begin today at Hannibal schools?

Bone Builders don’t take the winter off – they meet at the American Legion at 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you have osteoporosis, there is help for you and your bones – stop in and check it out, or give Louise Kellogg a call.

The Elderberries will meet at noon Tuesday at the Senior Center for a covered dish luncheon. Please bring your own table service and a dish to pass.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets at Our Lady of the Rosary (Cayuga Street) at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The Hannibal Board of Education will meet at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 in  the high school board room.

The nominees for the Library’s Woman of the Year are: Donna Blake, Linda Ford,  Christine Bortel Learnord, Kim Heins, Carol Newvine, Linda Remig, Lenore Richards and Shelly Stanton.

Voting will be open at the library until March 15, and the reception for the winner will be 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22.

The Hannibal Methodist Church serves a free lunch (donations for this ministry accepted) at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Don’t eat alone, come on down and join the fun and fellowship. The church is one block west of the Village Square on Route 3.

Lenten Services of the Enoch Thomas Cluster of United Methodist Churches have begun. All services start at 5 p.m. and are on Sunday.

March 9 at Martville

March 16 at Little Utica

March 23 at Ira

March 30 at Hannibal Center

April 6 at Bowens Corners

On Sunday April 13, Palm Sunday, they will all be taking part in a Choir Festival at Hannibal.

The Tri-County Singers will perform their Easter Cantata at 2 p.m. Sunday March 30 at the Hannibal United Methodist Church.

ZUMBATHON to benefit Upstate NY chapter of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday March 26 at Hannibal Village Chapter. For more information call 564-5266 or 564-5479.

There are a number of families in the Hannibal area dealing with ALS. Even if you don’t Zumba, come out and support these families.

The Senior Council would like to remind you its rooms are available for groups and family rental when not being otherwise used. Give Rosemary a call for information and booking (564-5471.).

The Friends of the Hannibal Free Library will hold their Spring Book and Bake Sale Saturday and Sunday April 5 and 6. Starting now, anyone wishing to  donate books should drop them off at the library at the front desk anytime the library is open.

The Church World Service Truck will be making it’s way to Central NY to pick up school, baby, and hygiene kits and clean-up buckets on April 30.

If your church or group puts these together they can be delivered to CWS Regional headquarters at 200 A Gateway Park Drive, North Syracuse before April 30. Call Amy or Christopher at 458-8535 to make an appointment so you don’t find the office closed.

News flash – just heard they are in special need of school kits. Last year more than 57,000 school kits were provided for children in need in the U.S. and overseas including young survivors of flash floods in Garrett, Ky., the Black Forest Fires in Colorado and Superstorm Sandy in Jamaica, NY.

A school kit consists of 70-page spiral notebooks, blunt metal scissors, 12-inch rulers, hand held pencil sharpeners, large erasers, new pencils with erasers, box of 24 new crayons and a 12×14 tote bag with cloth handles.

If you would like to donate supplies for these kits, donatons are always appreciated.

I will be heading to Maryland March 18 to pack shipping boxes. If you have kits ready, I’ll be happy to take them. Give me a call or send me an e-mail.

Rita Hooper


Phoenix Community Band to perform March 17

The Phoenix Community Band, in its 11th year and under the direction of Dave Frateschi, will present its annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m. March 17 in the John C. Birdlebough High School auditorium.

The band is reprising an arrangement of an English folk song, playing new arrangements of songs by Billy Joel, a classical excerpt and classic band pieces, as well as exciting new music.

One piece celebrates an epic battle in the ancient Middle East. Some familiar faces may be seen in a visual presentation with another piece.

There will also be some music specifically for the date, St. Patrick’s Day.

Anyone who is a new fan or a veteran follower of the band, wil be for a treat at this concert.

Please note that the snow date, should the concert have to be postponed due to weather, is the following evening, Tuesday, March 18. Should this occur, band officials will make every effort to have it posted on TV channels 3 and 5 as early as possible on Monday.

Generally, however, if school is open Monday, the concert will be on.

Admission is free, though donations are always welcome.

Dillon Middle presents citizenship awards

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Forty-seven students at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School in the Phoenix Central School District were honored recently for being exemplary citizens.

Citizenship Awards recognize role model students who are dependable, responsible, courteous, thoughtful of both peers and adults, congenial, friendly, and who show school spirit and pride and respect for others and their belongings.

Students earning the distinction are nominated for the honor by Dillon Middle School faculty members and receive a certificate of distinction as well as a copy of the nomination letter.

Fifth-graders receiving Citizenship Awards are: Natalie Brown, Chloe Calkins, Tabitha Clark, Ethan Fox, Noah Gordon, Mattison Hess, Miranda LaRobardiere, Lily Roberts, and Thomas Uhl.

Sixth-grade Citizenship Award honorees are: Cade Bacon, Matthew Doane, Darren Fischel, Hailey Goudy, Cassadee Handville, Trish Harris, Madison Kalt, Alexandria Mills, Savanah Neupert, Jillian Ricard, Leah Schlachter, McKenna Squier, Sarah Thorn, and Teresa Uhl.

Seventh-grade Citizenship Award honorees are: Gabriella Allen, Ashley Carbonaro, Trevor Halstead, Megan Hess, Emilie Hilliard, Lawrence Karl, Raina Knapp, Cole LaPine, Wendy Li, Ashley Margrey, Ross McFarland, Alayna Merrill, and Joshua VanGorder.

Eighth-grade Citizenship Award honorees are: Samantha Doupe, Veronica Gates, Morgan Gravlin, Natalie Hart, Alexandra Hoag, Joe Lacey, Breanna Mitchell, Alex Sisera, Jerrett Williams, Jordan Williams, and Julianne Yates.

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