Hannibal plan committee looks to the future

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The Hannibal Central School District Strategic Plan Committee, comprised of community members, business owners, parents, students and faculty, continues to make strides to create a plan for the district’s future.

Led by outside education expert Penny Ciaburri and Hannibal school administrators, the committee has met three times since October to talk about goals, concerns and ideas to make the Hannibal school system a “destination district” for those seeking a premiere learning environment.

The ideas are recorded and discussed as potential components of the district’s five-year plan.

“It’s a very thoughtful and reflective process that will help put in place a blueprint so that five years from now we’re telling the Hannibal story,” Ciaburri said.

While the initial meeting in October served as an introductory gathering at which committee members met one another and began outlining the foundation for their work, the Nov. 7 meeting provided more in-depth conversation with administrators.

Kenney Middle Principal Dee Froio, Fairley Elementary Principal Jody Musa and the district’s internal facilitator Tammy Farrell reported on efforts currently underway to help transform Hannibal schools.

Administrators said teachers are engaging in job-embedded and traditional methods of professional development aimed at developing a curriculum that meets Common Core Learning Standards.

“(These efforts will) foster growth in research-based best practices aligned to Common Core shifts in English and mathematics,” a district official said.

Such efforts include teachers working with Cheryl Dobbertin, author of “Common Core Unit by Unit;” consulting with literacy specialist Auddie Mastroleo to implement the third- through eighth-grade English modules; collaborating with a data expert and receiving training on the use of data to drive instruction; attending literacy and math networks at Oswego County BOCES; and building leadership teams to help create school comprehensive improvement plans.

In addition to the administrators’ report, Superintendent Donna Fountain brought the committee up to speed on the board of education’s efforts to strengthen the district.

Fountain said board members attended an outside retreat to assess the current condition of the district and develop goals to lead the transformation efforts.

Committee members also evaluated data collected from a student survey and worked in groups to identify strengths, concerns and surprises indicated by the survey responses.

While the core team continues to develop a mission, vision and beliefs for the district’s future, three separate task forces are also meeting to solidify a five-year blueprint by focusing on student engagement, family/community engagement and academic achievement. The task forces are comprised of core team committee members and additional members of the community.

The next core team meeting will be held from 4-6:15 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Hannibal Central School District boardroom.

The following week, from 4-6:15 p.m. Jan. 16, the core team and the three task forces will meet. The core team will present a final plan to the school board April 9.

For more information on the process or to become involved, contact Farrell at tfarrell@hannibalcsd.org or by phone at 564-7900, ext. 3004.

Lions Club “Roar With Laughter” fundraiser is Jan. 31

The Oswego Lions Club presents “Roar with Laughter” with headliner Moody McCarthy Friday, Jan. 31 at the American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., Oswego.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8.

“We continue a Lions Club tradition once again this year with a great night of laughs,” said Mike Henderson, Oswego Lions Club president. “This event has always been a popular fundraiser and we anticipate that this will be another great one.”

The event is a major fundraiser for the local service organization. This fundraiser helps to support ongoing programs and services throughout the Oswego community for the visually and hearing impaired.

Proceeds from past fundraising events have helped to support Camp Rainbow of Hope, Make a Wish Foundation, Oswego Salvation Army, the ER’s Children Fund at Oswego Hospital, Oswego Library Capital Campaign, The Children’s Hospital in Syracuse and Habitat for Humanity.

“The performances of McCarthy and his warm up comedian promise to bring the crowd a good hour of laughs,” said Chris Pelton, chair of the event.

Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event, or can be purchased prior to the show at Cakes Galore and More for $12.

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets or looking for more information about the show can contact Pelton at 343-1394, or visit the Lions Club Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oswegolionsclub.

CNY Arts Snow Day set for Jan. 18

CNY Arts Center’s third annual Snow Day is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 18.

This year the fun will take place downtown at the Community Room in City Hall and across the street at Veteran’s Park.

Family fun will include a snow sculpture contest, snow painting and snow themed games, a children’s carnival, art projects, entertainment and food. CNY Arts Center hopes to revive winter fun and create a new tradition for the community.

Organizers of the children’s carnival are gearing up for a day of fun with a snowman bean bag toss, face painting, ice fishing,  snowmen ring toss and more.

Children can build a marshmallow snowman, make beaded snowflakes, step into a snowman backdrop and have their picture taken, design their own snowflake and more in a day that promises to be as much fun indoors as outdoors.

Hearty snow lovers can register at the park for the Snow Sculpture contest by 11 a.m. and create any snow sculpture, creature or snowman. Some accessories will be available, or bring your own.

Creations will be judged at 1 p.m.

Food such a hot dogs, nachos and cheese, soup, chili, popcorn, cotton candy, doughnuts and plenty of hot chocolate will be offered. Carnival tickets are available at the door for a nominal fee and special coupons are available at the gallery for free game tickets.

The event goes on snow or no snow. For more information, visit www.cnyartscenter.com or call 592-3373 for details.

Fulton varsity hockey searches for first win

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity hockey team is still searching for its first win of the season.

However, Fulton enters 2014 playing its most competitive hockey of the season. On Dec. 19, Syracuse escaped with a hard fought win over the Red Raiders 5-4 while Auburn held off Fulton 2-1 on Dec. 30.

In the Syracuse game, Fulton had a 1-goal lead after the first period. The Red Raiders maintained a 1 goal lead at 3-2 following an evenly played second period.

Syracuse then stormed ahead during the third period, scoring 2 unanswered goals down the stretch to hold off Fulton.

Leading the way for Fulton were Matt Billion, Austin Forte, Stan Kubis and Kris Grow with a goal each. Trae Sheldon had 2 assists and Nick Meyer, Bryce Knight and Ryan Ross had an assist each. Goalie Brandon Ladd is credited with 41 saves.

In the Auburn game, the Red Raiders trailed by just a goal after a competitive first period. Fulton then answered back during the second period and the game was tied at 1 headed into the final period.

Auburn then scored a goal down the stretch to escape with a 2-1 win.

Fulton was led by Ryan Ross with a goal that was assisted by Cameron Clark. Goalie Landon VanAlstine saved 30 shots.

Oswego County clinic schedule announced

Submitted by Oswego County

The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including various health clinics.

Walk-in influenza clinics are held weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego for people age 19 and older. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.

Children’s flu vaccine is available from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday in Oswego, and from 9 to 11 a.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

The cost is $37 for the inactivated vaccine (the shot) and $43 for the flu-mist (nasal vaccine).

Patients with private insurance, Managed Medicaid, Managed Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare, and Medicare Part B should bring their benefit cards with them to the immunization clinic. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

The following services will be offered during the week of Jan. 6 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

** Adult Influenza Clinic: Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Pregnancy Testing: Free pregnancy testing is available. Call 349-3391 to schedule an appointment.

** Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Treatment Services: Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

** HIV Counseling and Testing Service:  Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

Immunization clinics are held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday at 70 Bunner St, Oswego, and from 9 to 11 a.m. the third Tuesday of every month from at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

For more information about public health services, contact the County Health Department, weekdays, phone 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547.

Fulton wrestlers impressive at start of season

By Dan Farfaglia

Happy New Year high school wrestling fans.

As we begin 2014, the Fulton Red Raiders have already gotten themselves off to a fantastic start.

Second year head Coach Chris Stalker’s team has won all individually scheduled dual meets.

A few weeks ago, they took first place at the Anderson Tournament held at Cicero-North Syracuse High School and they were also crowned Montgomery County Duals Champions a short time later.

In between those events, this team was the runner ups at Demeco-Trainor duals at Churchville-Chili High School near Rochester.

The Red Raiders are 13-1 overall.

At the annual Ken Haines Holiday Tournament which took place at SUNY Oswego last week, Fulton finished the two-day event with a very respectable third place out of 24 participating schools.

Coming in first place was Fairport and Newark Valley finished the day in second. The race for the top team awards was extremely close with only 8 points separating the top three schools.

Mexico came in fourth and Phoenix finished in seventh.

Mexico`s Austin Whitney won his title at 132 pounds and was also awarded the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.

For Fulton, the big story at the end of this annual event is the success of returning Section 3 Champion Mitch Woodworth. He won his bout in the finals by a score of 8-0.

Woodworth beat three other opponents with 2 pins and a technical fall. At 120 pounds, he was the lone champion for his team and so far this year, he is undefeated with a perfect record of 22-0.

Other place winners for Fulton include Joey Albegore who came in second at 99 pounds. Tim Holden and Collin Flynn both came in fourth place at 138 pounds and 145 pounds respectively.

Jacob Bailey earned sixth place at 152 pounds. Travis Race came in third at 160 pounds and Matt Marshall came in fifth at 220 pounds.

Noah Gates finished the day in eighth place at 182 pounds and Malachi Manford came in seventh at 285 pounds.

The next event on the schedule for the Red Raiders is the Richard New Tournament in Canastota which began Friday and ends today.

Fulton Bantam hockey wins 2, loses 1, ties 1

Submitted by Anna Clarke

The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by Comfort Windows & Doors and Fulton Savings Bank, won two games, lost 1 and then tied 1 in four recent contests.

The team topped Camillus 1 4-1, but fell to Auburn 5-4 in a down to the minute thriller. Then they used Seth Cooney’s hat trick for a 5-3 win over Elmira but then skated to a 3-3 draw over Camillus 2.

On home ice against Camillus 1, Raider Tyler Samson scored off Seth Cooney’s rebound to open the first period. The Cougars netted the equalizer soon after.

Fulton came on strong in the second stanza, first with Fulton’s Will Rattray tipping in Nate Shaw’s slap shot from the point. Next, Raider Nick Dingman picked up C.J. Hyland’s rebound to score.

Fulton closed scoring with Cooney taking the puck in and netting an upper corner shot.

Adam Bleiweiss made 22 saves for Fulton.

On the road, Auburn stunned Fulton with a goal in the first minute of play.  Raider Nolan Bonnie evened the score seconds later, accepting a pass from Mike Smith landing a shot from the blue line.

Auburn rallied in period two, netting three goals in a row. Raider Evan Beckwith scored twice to narrow the gap; first taking advantage of a loose puck in front of the net, then on a five hole shot, Shaw assisting both.

The third stanza saw spirited play from both teams. Fulton fans were brought to their feet when Beckwith completed his hat trick, roofing a shot to tie the game with less than two minutes on the clock.

Auburn was able to score on a breakaway with 34 seconds remaining to come away with the win.

Bleiweiss stopped 16 shots for the Raiders.

In its first game on the road, Fulton and Camillus 2 ended the first period scoreless.

The Raiders scored twice in the second stanza, first with Evan Beckwith netting a shot, thanks to a passing play between Caleb Clarke and assistant captain Richie King.

Soon after, Tyler Samson scored his fifth of the season off a feed from Nick Dingman from behind the net.

The Cougars narrowed the gap by one at the start of period three. Raider Nate Shaw responded with one of his own, Clarke assisting.

Camillus rallied in the last five minutes, scoring twice to end the game in a draw.

Fulton goalie Adam Bleiweiss stopped 19 shots.

Against Elmira, the Jackals were the first to light up the scoreboard mid-first period.

Fulton came alive in the second stanza, first with Seth Cooney netting two in a row, Samson and Dingman assisting.  Elmira scored their second of the game before Dingman scored his fifth goal of the season off a cycle play between Samson and Will Rattray

The Jackals netted the equalizer at the start of the third stanza. Raider team captain Nolan Bonnie accepted a pass from Cooney to score.

Cooney completed his hat trick in the last seconds of play.

Adam Bleiweiss made 23 saves in net for the Raiders.

The Fulton Bantams, sponsored by Comfort Windows & Doors and Fulton Savings Bank, are led by head coach Paul Clarke and assistants Jeff Tulowiecki, Bill Beckwith and Paul Bleiweiss.

Valley Viewpoints

Taxes, raises up, services down 

Yes, taxes in the City of Fulton are now at a record breaking high of $19.66 per $1,000.

This should insure that we maintain our standing as one of, if not the number one most taxed city in New York state.

For those of you that are thinking “What would you have done different, Frank,” you missed my suggestions by not being at the meeting. They all included ways to save money and jobs without raising taxes.

They were also in the latest edition of the Oswego Valley News.

Yes you did read the heading correct: Raises are up. Not just negotiated raises but, also raises for department heads.

The union raises can’t be stopped, but in a time when the city is hurting and you are raising taxes, why in God’s good name would you raise salaries of your department heads?

That is on the same level as Wall Street giving out bonuses to CEOs with taxpayer bailout money.

Now about the services being down.

When asked how raises could be given out and we can’t afford to fix an electrical box to a pump station over in the third ward, the mayor acted like he didn’t know what I was talking about.

In fact, he had had meetings with the individual that brought it to their (mayor and Pete Franco) attention.

He also said “fixing it wouldn’t affect the general budget.” I said it was the fact that you are giving out raises but not fixing items that are broken.

Also the fact that bus service will be reduced, which hurts many of the users of the bus line.

Then there is the elimination of the storm sewer department and the elimination of a position at city hall.

Now the big one is the slow dissolving of the Fulton city library. (More funding) will more than likely be put on the school budget vote.

The elimination of the animal control officer was a big hit with some in attendance, but this is another service that will be farmed out (to Volney). How long will the wait time be when you have a skunk (4-legged ,not 2-legged) under your porch?

Blood pressures got a little high on the council Tuesday. The council president (Norman Foster) got a little upset when the first ward councilor voted “NO” on the budget.

This was a fine example of how city government really works. It’s either my way or the highway type of government.

Now in the meeting the first and third  ward councilors asked if there was any way the library could get their funding back.

Now I didn’t agree with the first ward councilor all the time, but I do feel that if he or any other person wants to vote “NO” on anything the council puts to a vote is something that many men lost their lives to insure.

I sure hope (but I feel it is) that this type of bullying isn’t what goes on behind closed doors in the executive sessions. The last time I checked you didn’t have to give a reason for voting the way you vote.

Councilor Foster did apologize for his verbal assault and he gave an explanation, but the damage was done and the true colors were already shown.

Frank Castiglia

Fulton

 

YAP thanks community

On behalf of the Youth Advocate Program of Oswego County, we would like to thank you for your partnership over the last 15+ years.

Thanks to your efforts and support, we made a difference in helping thousands of individuals and family members who needed it most.

Over the last two months, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and encouragement we have received from so many in all areas of the county.

Your belief and trust in what the Youth Advocate Program has provided families is humbling.

As we prepare to close our doors, we remain thankful for the opportunity to have been a part of this community, working with individuals and other services to be a catalyst for change in the lives of families experiencing difficult times.

 

Casey Lane

Regional Director

Stacie Roberts

Director, Oswego County

Heather Crofoot

Assistant Director, Oswego County

 

Resident loves restaurant

Hannibal has already been blessed this year with the opening of the new Hannibal Village Tavern.

In the past it was the Hannibal Hotel and was owned by Harold and Lucila O’Connor for many years. There were many events held there every year and dinners were served nightly.

It will always be a special place for me as my wedding reception was held there 53 years ago. After Harold’s passing, the hotel was sold again. It remained a restaurant for several more years.

Then it became a bar only.

This summer, Mike Kapuscinski bought the hotel. After much money, time, labor and frustration he put it back together again and wow, we now again have a place that Hannibal can be proud of.

I have dined there several times and enjoyed it. I spent New Year’s Eve there.

So do yourself a favor take your family and friends out to the new Hannibal Village Tavern.

Tell Mike I sent you.

Sandra Blanchard

Hannibal

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