African dancers,singers bring their culture to Volney Elementary School

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Volney Elementary School students received a lively lesson on African culture during a musical performance by Biboti Ouikahilo and his dance troupe on Wednesday afternoon.

“We are going to take you to a culture that is significantly different from ours,” Interim Principal Michael Egan told the students prior to the performance. “We want you to keep your minds open.”

Although many of the students were unfamiliar with the musical instruments and dances popular along the Ivory Coast, the five-member troupe gave them a memorable lesson.

Wearing bright-colored traditional African clothing, Ouikahilo and his crew used a variety of drums, a xylophone, song and dance to engage the audience.

“Whenever we play music, we smile because it’s from the heart,” the troupe told the students.

Smiles were contagious throughout the program as students joined the musicians and dancers on stage and delivered performances that kept the audience smiling and clapping.

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

Christmas break is almost here!

It is hard to believe this school year is almost halfway through and we will be entering the year 2014 in just a couple of weeks.

This Friday, 15-week progress reports will be mailed. These reports do not count toward the final 20-week report card, but they are a way for students to see how they are currently doing in their classes.

After you receive it, make sure you make adjustments according to how you would like your grades to look for the final report card.

Don’t forget, to receive honor roll status you must achieve an average of 84.5 or higher. For high honor roll status, you must achieve an average of 89.5 or higher.

You may have seen paper bags in your Guided Study Hall for the past week — they were for donations going toward Kids for Kids, an organization aiming to help children admitted to Golisano Children’s Hospital. Thank you to all those who donated.

The kids’ holiday season is sure to be a bit brighter due to your generosity.

The holiday cheer does not end when we come back to school. The G. Ray Bodley French Club will be having a King’s Day Celebration in honor of the French holiday.

King’s Cake will be provided for anyone who signs up with Madame Honeywell by this Friday.

Today is a busy day in sports at GRB. The varsity girls’ basketball team takes on CBA at home at 5:30. The varsity boys’ basketball team also takes on CBA; however its game will begin at 7 after the girls.

The JV girls’ and boys’ basketball teams take on CBA at CBA high school at 5:30 and 7 respectfully..

Enjoy your recess!

Fulton boys’ basketball off to slow start

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys’ varsity basketball team is 0-3 to begin the 2013-2014 season.

County Foe Central Square cruised past Fulton 58-37 in its Nov. 29 season opener and then Fulton came up short against Camden 62-54 Nov. 30. Perennial powerhouse, Jamesville-DeWitt topped Fulton 74-56 Dec. 4.

The Red Raiders began the season by taking on Central Square in the opening round of The Watertown Tournament.  After a competitive first quarter, Central Square led Fulton by only 1 point.

Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, Central Square began to pull away during the second quarter. They outscored Fulton by 10 points during the second quarter to take a 31-20 lead into halftime.

Central Square kept pouring it on during the third quarter. They outscored the Red Raiders by 3 points to extend their lead to 14 points.

Central Square capped off the impressive effort during the fourth quarter, outscoring Fulton by 7 points for a 58-37 win.

Leading the way for Central Square was Nate Budge with 11 points, followed by Gage Lanning with 9, Parker Reese with 8 points and Sam Barry, Cory Rogers and Ryan McCarthy with 7 points each.

Fulton was led by Cody Green with 15 points, followed by Josh Hudson with 8, Jon Cummins with 6, Taylor Jordan and Mark Pollock scored 3 points each and Brian Hudson added 2 points for the Red Raiders.

Camden rallied past Fulton in the second game of The Watertown Tournament. The Red Raiders got off to a decent start, jumping out to a 5-point lead over Camden.

Fulton extended its lead during the second quarter, outscoring Camden by 8 points to take a 37-24 lead into halftime.

But the second half belonged to Camden. They outscored Fulton 18-6 during the third quarter to cut the Red Raiders lead to 43-42. Camden capped off its impressive rally during the fourth quarter, outscoring Fulton by 7 points en route to the win.

Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Cody Green with 27 points. Also scoring were Chris Jones with 12 points and Jon Cummins with 7 points.

In the game versus J-D, the Red Raiders were competitive in the first quarter — Jamesville-DeWitt had only a 5-point lead.

J-D extended its lead to double digits during the second quarter. They outscored the Red Raiders by 8 points to take a 47-34 lead into halftime.

Jamesville-DeWitt wasn’t about to let up during the third quarter. They outscored Fulton by 7 points to take a 63-43 lead.

The Red Raiders were able to cut into J-D’s lead during the fourth quarter, outscoring the Red Rams by 2 points down the stretch. But it wasn’t enough to overcome J-D.

The Red Raiders were led by Chris Jones, with 20 points, Cody Green with 15, Brian Hudson with 11 points and Jon Cummins with 5.

Fulton winter sports schedules announced

Scheduled for winter sports varsity team in the Fulton school district.

All dates and times are subject to change.

Boys Basketball

11/23/13-TBA-at Oswego (Scrim)

11/29/13-TBA-at Watertown Tourney

11/30/13-TBA-at Watertown Tourney

12/4/13-7:00-JD

12/10/13-6:30-at Fowler

12/13/13-7:00-at Cortland

12/18/13-7:00-CBA

12/20/13-7:30-at Bishop Ludden

12/27/13-4:00-at Tech Tourney at ITC

12/28/13-TBA-Tech Tourney at ITC

1/3/14-7:00-ESM

1/7/14-6:30-at Homer

1/10/14-5:30-Chittenango

1/14/14-7:00-at Mexico

1/24/14-7:00-Fowler

1/29/14-7:00-at Chittenango

2/4/14-7:15–at CBA

2/7/14-7:00-Bishop Ludden

2/11/14-6:30–at ESM

Girls Basketball

11/27/13-10:00-at B’ville (scrim)

12/3/13-7:00-at JD

12/6/13-7:00-at Cortland (NL)

12/10/13-7:00- Fowler

12/13/13-7:00 – Corcoran

12/18/13-5:30-CBA

12/23/13-11:30-at C. Square

12/27/13-12:00-at Oswego

1/3/14-6:30-at ESM

1/7/14-7:00- Homer

1/10/14- 7:00- Chittenango

1/14/14 -7:00- Mexico

1/16/14-7:00-at Cazenovia

1/21/14-7:00-Cortland

1/24/14-6:30 -at Fowler

1/29/14-5:30–at Chittenango (NL)

1/31/14-7:00-at Skaneateles

2/4/14-5:30-at CBA

2/11/14-7:00 – ESM

Wrestling

11/26/13 – 5-9 – Red/Green (scrim)

11/30/13 – 2:00 – Canandaigua

12/3/13 – 6:00 -at Chittenango

12/7/13 – 9:00 – APW/Pulaski at APW

12/7/13 – 9:30 – Andersen Tourney at CNS

12/11/13 – 6:00 – JD/CBA/Westhill/Solvay at JD

12/14/13 – 8:45 – DeMeco-Trainor Dual Tourney  at Churchville-Chili

12/19/13 – 6:00 – Cortland

12/27/13 – 12:00 – Haines Tourney at SUNY Oswego

12/28/13 – 9:30 – Haines Tourney at SUNY Oswego

1/3/14 – 9:00 – Central Square Tourney

1/4/14 – 9:00 – Central Square Tourney

1/8/14 – 6:00 -at Homer

1/11/14 – 2:00/3:30 -at Phoenix

1/15/14 – 6:00 – ESM

1/17/14 – 4:00 – Clayton Barnard at Hilton HS

1/18/14 – 10:00 – Clayton Barnard at Hilton HS

1/22/14 – 6:00 – Mexico

1/25/14 – 10:00 – Section III Duals at CNS

2/1/14 – 5:00 – Baldwinsville

2/8/14 – 10:00 – Class A Tourney at Indian River

2/15/14 – 10:00 – Sectionals at OCC

2/28/14 – 10:00 – States at Times Union Center

Boys & Girls Bowling (all matches at Strike & Spare lanes, Mattydale)

12/4/13-3:30-Solvay

12/5/13-3:30-Cortland

12/11/13-3:30-Chittenango

12/12/13-3:30-CBA

12/18/13-3:30-Bishop Grimes

12/19/13 – 3:30 – ESM

1/8/14 – 3:30 – Homer

1/9/14 – 3:30 – Solvay

1/15/14 – 3:30 – Cortland

1/16/14 – 3:30 – Chittenango

1/22/14 – 3:30 – CBA

1/23/14 – 3:30 – Bishop Grimes

1/29/14 – 3:30 – ESM

1/30/14 – 3:30 – Homer

2/5/14 – 3:30 – League Meet

2/6/14 – 3:30 – League Meet

2/7/14 –TBA-Qualifier at Utica

2/14/14 –TBA-Sectionals

Boys Indoor Track (all events at OCC unless noted)

12/11/13 – 4:30 – CNYITA Meet (B)

12/18/13 – 4:30 – CNYITA Meet (B)

12/30/13 – 10:00 – CNYITA Meet (B/G)

1/3/14 – 3:30 – CNYITA Meet (B) at Colgate

1/14/14 – 4:30 – CNYITA Meet (B)

1/21/14 – 4:30 – CNYITA Meet (B)

2/4/14 – 4:30 – Sectionals (B/G)

2/12/14 – 4:30 – OHSL Championships (B)

2/19/14 – 4:30 – State Qualifier (B/G)

3/1/14 – – NYSPHSAA Finals at Cornell

Girls Indoor Track (all events at OCC unless noted)

12/17/13 – 4:30 – CNYITA Meet (G) at Colgate College

12/30/13 – 10:00 – CNYITA Meet (B/G)

1/2/14 – 4:30 – CNYITA Meet (G)

1/8/14 – 4:30 – CNYITA Meet (G)

1/15/14 – 4:30 – CNYITA Meet (G)

1/23/14 – 4:30 – CNYITA Meet (G)

2/4/14 – 4:30 – Sectionals (B/G)

2/13/14 – 4:30 – OHSL Championships (G)

2/19/14 – 4:30 – State Qualifier (B/G)

3/1/14 –TBA- NYSPHSAA Finals at Cornell

Swimming

12/5/13 – 5:00 – Auburn

12/9/13 – 5:00 – at Syracuse City

12/13/13 – 5:00 -at Baldwinsville

12/19/13 – 5:00 -at Pulaski

12/27/13 – 11:00 – Dive Meet

1/7/14 – 5:00 -at Mexico

1/9/14 – 5:00 – Weedsport

1/11/14 -TBA – HAC Invitational at Harley Sch (Rochester)

1/14/14 – 5:00 – New Hartford

1/18/14 – 11:00 -at North Rose Wolcott

1/23/14 – 5:00 –at JD

1/24/14 – 5:00 – OHSL Diving

1/25/14 – 10:00 – OHSL Swim at Mexico

1/28/14 – 5:00 – at Oswego

 Hockey

11/21/13 – 7:00 – at Ontario Bay (scrim) at Pulaski

11/22/13 – 7:00 -at Clinton (scrim)

12/2/13 – 6:00 – RFA

12/4/13 – 8:30 -at F-M at Cicero

12/6/13 -TBA – B’ville Tourney vs Oswego

12/7/13 -TBA – B’ville Tourney vs TBA

12/10/13 – 6:00 – West Genesee

12/13/13 – 7:00 – IHC

12/19/13 – 7:00 – Syracuse at Mechum

12/30/13 – 6:00 – Auburn

1/3/14 – 7:30 – Whitesboro

1/7/14 – 7:30 – at Mohawk Valley at Kennedy Rink (Rome)

1/10/14 – 6:00 – Baldwinsville

1/14/14 – 7:00 – at Liverpool at Lysander

1/16/14 – 6:00 – CNS

1/17/14 – 8:00 – Niagara Falls

1/21/14 – 5:00 – F-M

1/24/14 – 7:30 – at West Genesee at Shove Park

1/26/14 – 1:00 – at Lake Placid at Lake Placid OSU Rink

1/28/14 – 6:00 – IHC at Watertown

1/29/14 – 6:00 – Ontario Bay

2/4/14 – 6:00 – Syracuse12/7/13 – 9:30 – Andersen Tourney at CNS

 

Step One PeeWees lose 1, win 1 in recent action

The Step One Creative Peewee independent hockey team continued its strong play recently against Thousand Islands and the Rochester Grizzlies.

Step One Creative lost 2-1 at the Alexandria Bay Ice Rink against Thousand Islands, and then captured an exciting 2-0 win at home against Rochester.

Step One is 10-3-2 on the season.

Thousand Islands 2 Step One Creative 1

In a great hockey game at both ends of the ice, Thousand Islands came out on top 2-1, holding off a late rally from the Oswego team.

Thousand Islands held a 2-0 lead into the third period before Step One Creative forward Derek Morgia took a pass from Ryan Moshier and navigated full ice through the Pirate defense to pick up the lone goal.

Step One Creative goalie Tyler Wallace had 20 saves in the close contest.

Step One Creative Peewees 2 Rochester Grizzlies 0

The following day on home ice at Cullinan Ice Rink, Step One Creative squared off against the Rochester Grizzlies, in what would turn out to be another close and hard fought game.

Step One Creative and Rochester would combine for 15 penalties in the contest, with both teams having multiple two-man advantage opportunities in the game.

After both teams battled through a scoreless first and second period, Step One Creative forward Spencer Stepien scored what would be the eventual game winner off a feed from Brandon Graham.

After a scramble in front of the Rochester net minder, Stepien scored on a backhand to make it 1-0.

The Bucs would add another goal with just seconds remaining in the game, when defenseman Dylan Reitz scored on an empty netter from nearly full ice to secure the win. Rochester had pulled their goalie and had a 6-on-3 advantage just before Step One put the game away.

Wallace had 13 saves in the win, and Step One had 28 shots on net.

“These were two outstanding hockey games for our team,” said Step One Creative Assistant Coach Bill Cahill. “We matched up very well with both opponents.”

“After losing a tough one to Thousand Islands, our kids came out and battled at home against Rochester, and took advantage of some opportunities in third period to get the win,” he added.

The Step One Creative Peewee coaching staff includes: Head Coach Dave Morgia, and Assistants Bill Cahill, Bob Graham and Rob Raby.

Game results and schedule are available online at www.eteamz.com/peeweebucs.

Valley Viewpoints

I remember when I was a child, and how the Christmas specials on television clearly reflected the true meaning of the holiday.

Linus even quoted scripture in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” There was no mistaking why we were celebrating this day; it was in remembrance of the arrival of Jesus Christ on earth.

The idea of taking Jesus Christ out of Christmas is as ridiculous as not letting you attend your own birthday party. That is, after all what Christmas is truly about; the celebration of the birth of Christ.

Isaiah 9:6 — “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Here in America, for many this Holy Day has become about fairy tales, consumerism and greed. The focus has shifted from the true meaning of why we celebrate Christmas, to anything but why we celebrate Christmas.

People want to say X-mas and holiday trees instead of Merry Christmas and Christmas trees. Employees at many stores are told to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. It is not only missing the point of why we celebrate this day, but it is deeply offensive to me personally.

This is after all a Christian Holy Day. I would say to those who have done all but hijack our Holy Day, why are you even concerning yourself with a Christian Holy Day if you in fact are not a Christian?

That is just as ridiculous as me wanting to celebrate another religion’s Holy Day, but refusing to let them use the name that they use or even let them celebrate the true meaning of the day. I would be in fact, not even truly be celebrating their Holy Day at all, but instead would be attempting to overshadow, disrespect, and overthrow their celebration.

The absurdity of this concept is the reality in which we live and it is only getting worse. When did Christmas stop being Christmas?

Joel Stanitis

Fulton

Light In The Darkness — The Blessed Virgin Mary

“Gabriel appeared to Mary and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”

Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 

“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”  

Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” 

The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God”

I cannot think of anyone who was more blessed by God than this young virgin. To be chosen by God to be the mother of His only begotten Son is unparalleled.

Such a blessing could occur only once in all of history and Mary was the appointed one.

During this season, it is right for us to remember and honor her. She suffered much for this honor, of course. As I pointed out last week, the blessings of God bring the curses of the world, but His Blessings are always worth the price.

So, we should honor her memory and exalt her as the one chosen for this unique role.

At the same time, we must be careful not to exalt her to a position higher than is proper. Mary, though righteous and blessed as no other, was born of a man and she would need the savior who would be born to her every bit as much as any other human being.

Being chosen to be the mother of the Messiah, the Son of Man, did not change her status as a human being. She would not become as God any more than the Prophets who were appointed by the Lord to their special calling.

Mary was not sinless as  Pope Pius IX proclaimed in his doctrine of  Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8, 1854. There is no scriptural basis for The Assumption of Mary into heaven after the manner of Enoch and Elijah nor did she become, “exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things”  as Pope Pius XII proclaimed Nov. 1, 1950. And there is no basis for believing that Mary remained perpetually a virgin.

Let us rejoice with the one God chose to be the mother of the Messiah; respect and honor her and hold her is highest esteem, but do not worship her, or pray to her, or in any other way exalt her to a position equal with her blessed Son.

Pastor David M. Grey

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church

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