Got a summer event? Contact the county tourism office

Organizations, businesses and groups have until Feb. 19 to submit information for the Oswego County Tourism Office’s 2014 “Summer in Oswego County” brochure.

Events that take place between April and October will be posted on the county tourism Web site and listed in the calendar, which is widely distributed at travel and vacation shows, chambers of commerce, NYS Thruway information centers, businesses and other outlets.

“The brochure typically includes more than 200 events as well as information on fishing tournaments, farm markets, outdoor concerts, and other summer activities,” said David Turner, director of the Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

People can fill out a form online and submit it directly to the Tourism Office at http://visitoswegocounty.com/more-to-see-do/calendar/events-in-oswego-county-entry-form/.

Forms have been sent to those who have submitted information in the past.

For more information, contact the Oswego County Tourism Office weekdays at 349-8322 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 8322, or e-mail fobrien@oswegocounty.com.

Raymond “Pete” Carswell, loved hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle

Raymond “Pete” Carswell, 70, of Hannibal, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 30 at Oswego Hospital following a long illness.

A native of Syracuse, he lived in Hannibal for the past 42 years. Pete was a retired heavy equipment operating engineer through Local #545 in Syracuse for 50 years.

He had attended the Oswego Alliance Church and was a former member of the Moyers Corners Volunteer Fire Department.

Pete enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a member of the Retreads motorcycle riding club. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Lynn Crowner Carswell of Hannibal; three children, Kimberly (Jim) Foster of Victoria, VA, Scott (Monica) Pease of Barco, NC and Daniel Carswell of Hannibal; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours were Feb. 1 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Services were Feb. 2 at the Oswego Alliance Church, 371 Thompson Road in Oswego.

A spring graveside service will be at Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery in Warners.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hannibal Volunteer Fire Department, Hannibal, NY.

Frank Patterson Gauntt, World War II Army veteran

Frank Patterson Gauntt, 95, of Fulton, passed away Wednesday Jan. 29 after a brief illness.

He was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey, a son to the late William and Annabelle Gauntt.

Frank was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He worked at Owens Illinios in Bridgeton for 41 years.

Frank was a member of the Imperial Council of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

In addition to his parents, Frank was predeceased by his wife, Estella Spencer Thompson Gauntt, who died Aug. 26, 1981; two sons, Frank Edwin Gauntt in 1942 and Gary Gauntt in 2005.

He is survived by his daughter, Renee L. (Raymond) Arnold of Fulton; three grandchildren, Stephanie M. Arnold of Fulton, Emily Brandriff of N.J. and Debbie Ballurio of N.J., as well as several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Graveside services will be private at Fernwood Cemetery, Bridgeton, N.J.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Gauntt may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

William Burr Mason, Black-Clawson retiree

William Burr Mason, 100, died Friday Jan. 31 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

Born Feb. 6, 1913, in Syracuse to Dr. Burr T. and Caroline (Dopffel) Mason, he lived his entire life in Fulton, NY.

Bill was married to the late Victorine Lewis for 57 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1942 to 1945.

In 1979, Bill retired from Black-Clawson Co. after working many years as purchasing agent.

He is survived by daughters, Janet Molter of MA and Ginger Mason (Peter Ferick) of VT; grandchildren, Brian (Kelly) Molter, Steven Molter, Alexandra Ferick, and Mason Ferick; two great-grandchildren; a niece and a nephew.

Ever thinking of others, he donated his body to the medical school at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

Further arrangements are private and are in the care of Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Rd., Baldwinsville, NY 13027 or to a charity of one’s choice.

The family is especially thankful for the care “Willie” received at Bishop’s Commons and St. Luke Health Services.

Two Maroun Elementary students perform in “Les Miz” in Baldwinsville

Two students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School have roles in Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s musical production of Les Misérables.

Larissa and Lily MacDonald, fourth and second grade students at MAM, were cast during auditions in June. They sang a song from the musical during the audition and both scored a place in the production, despite having never been in a musical before.

Their mother, Kristen MacDonald, heard about the show from Special Education Teacher Justin McArthur, who was also auditioning. MacDonald auditioned as well, and joins the cast as a factory worker.

She hadn’t been on stage since her children were born. The MacDonalds live in Pennellville.

Auditions for the production were elite. Out of the 120 plus who auditioned, only 35 were selected for the cast. The cast also include Phoenix alumni Henry Wilson, Jason Bean and Paul Thompson.

The story chronicles the struggles of Jean Valjean, a French peasant who searches for redemption after serving a prison sentence for stealing bread to feed his family. The musical is entirely sung.

Larissa plays Young Eponine, while Lily is a part of the youth ensemble. The cast is made up of mostly adults — the MacDonald sisters are the youngest of the children.

Singing in all of the chorus parts, Larissa is looking forward to joining chorus as a fifth-grader. She is also involved in gymnastics, Battle of the Books, and the school science fair.

Lily plays piano.

The girls have broken some of the MacDonald’s house rules in order to a part of the production. Play practices close to show time ran up until 11 p.m. some week nights, ending a few hours past their normal bedtimes.

The hard work and long rehearsals have paid off. Each show has sold out, and a Thursday night performance (Feb. 6) has been added.

After the curtain closes, Larissa and her sister hope to continue performing. Larissa recently sang the national anthem at the Winterguard’s first home show at the high school.

Hannibal church celebrates 175 years

The Hannibal United Methodist Church is celebrating the 175th Anniversary.

Under the leadership of David Peckham, the Methodist Church of Hannibal was organized Feb. 26, 1839.

The Certificate of Organization was filed in the Oswego County Clerk’s office March 13, 1839 with 25 charter members.

In 1841 a brick church edifice was erected, which today is the back of the current church building. In 1864, to accommodate the increase in membership,  one third of the church building was removed and a new building was added to the front of the original building.

Over the years, there have been many, many changes and improvements.

An anniversary committee consisting of Wendell Blanchard, Barbara Gifford, Louise Kellogg, Gloria Kempston, Liz George, Judy Tyler, Gloria Simmons and Richard Palen has been formed to work on future activities.

The first event will be a Birthday/Anniversary Celebration to be held March 2 following the 11 a.m. worship service.  All are welcome.

Fulton Memorial Day Salute May 24

Plans are underway for the 33rd Annual Memorial Day Salute event to be held Saturday, May 24 at the Fulton Community Center.

The theme for the celebration will be “Showing Gratitude to Our Veterans.” Jim Weinhold, Veteran of the Year, will serve as Grand Marshal of the Saturday parade. Entertainment for Saturday night will be announced soon. The Saturday entertainment will be followed by fireworks.

The Memorial Day Salute Committee is made up of representatives from the Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and Sunrise Rotary Service Clubs, along with the Veterans Council of Fulton. Chairman of this year’s planning committee is Larry Macner.

United Way honors “Leadership Givers”

The United Way of Greater Oswego County recognized its many leadership givers during a special reception in their honor at Under the Moon in Fulton.  he event was attended by more than 60 Leadership Givers, those who pledge $500 or more annually.

“We truly appreciate our Leadership Givers,” said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way.

“From our corporate sponsors to our small business owners and our individual leaders, their exceptional level of giving and their care and concern for our community is inspirational. The generosity of our Leadership Givers plays an important role in the success of our Annual Campaign as it set the pace and gets the campaign off to a strong start,” Trexler said.

Community Bank, one of the United Way’s newest supporters, sponsored the event. Community Bank operates more than 185 branche across Upstate and Central New York, including those in Fulton and Oswego, as well as throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.

“We are happy to partner with the United Way of Greater Oswego County on this event and are proud to count ourselves among the many  area businesses and organization that lend their support to such a worthy cause as United Way,” said Mark Tryniski, Community Bank president.

The United Way’s annual campaign serves as the organization’s primary fundraiser as the campaign looks to raise money in support of the many human servics program that the United Way and its member agencies provide for those who live in Oswego County.

For more information about the United Way and the 2014 campaign, call the United Way at 593-1900 or visit www.oswegounitedway.org

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