Volney students ‘on a roll’

Volney Elementary School students were treated to a spirit assembly Nov. 26 in recognition of their positive behavior and for being role models.

The entire student body united in the auditorium to sing “You Can Count on Me” prior to Interim Principal Michael Egan recognizing one student from each classroom for exemplifying the character trait of gratitude.

In addition to the classroom role models, 22 students were awarded certificates for being “On A Roll” models.

The monthly classroom role models were Brady Jacobson, Zackery McDougall, Branden Garner, Cassie Clarke, Santina Cunningham, MaKenna Grant, Gabriella Runge, Hunter Riebel, Zachary Ranieri, Nicholas Shaw, Ben Roberts, Noah Morales, Amara Fischel, Mallorie Smart, Brandon Burch, Erin Phillips, Destiny Miller, Rain Frank, Alicia Merritt, Emily Tice and Heidie Hall.

Students earning recognition as the monthly “On a Roll” models included Hunter Stein, Ellie-Mae Barnum, Deven Searor, Aiden St. Germain, Cadyn Reed, Danielle Boyce, Mackenzie Kerfien, Amber Dumas, Sydni Casler, Daymon Hooper, Alex Knapp, Lexis Casler-West, Ethan Jacobson, Sydney Osborn, Noelle McDougall, Serenity Lauckarn, Logan Wilson, Kalista Reynolds, Mason Williamson, Isabella Robillard, Travis Loomis, and Robert Moon.

To cap off the assembly and get the audience ready for Thanksgiving, Jessica Hyman, Lyle Beeman and Cassandra Seaton read “Giving Thanks” as a slideshow played in the background.

Fulton Community Theatre announces 2014 season

CLARIFICATION:

A recent edition of The Valley News carried a story announcing the upcoming 2014 season for Fulton Community Theatre.

The story stated the organization has put on its productions at Holy Trinity Catholic Church for the past four years. The story did not say the plays for 2014 will be held at Holy Trinity.

None of the venues for the 2014 plays has been announced.

Original story:

The quirky aspects of love, lust, class warfare, family and crossword puzzles will be in abundance in the upcoming year as Fulton Community Theatre announces its 2014 season.

For its 24th-anniversary year, Fulton Community Theatre is planning productions of six productions, including a Central New York debut, return engagements of two musical events and three classic plays by four of the most celebrated playwrights of the last century.

The community theatre is coming off a very successful 2013 season, which saw seven productions, increased audience attendance, and major improvements to the Jubilee Hall stage at Holy Trinity Church in Fulton where the theatre has performed for the last four years.

The 2014 season is as follows:

Up first, just in time for Valentines Day, Fulton Community Theatre will bring to the stage the Central New York debut of “2 Across” a romantic comedy by Jerry Mayer, whose writing credits include several stage plays, as well as writing for television shows such as M*A*SH, All in the Family, The Bob Newhart Show, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

The comedy tells the tale of two strangers who meet on a commuter train. They are alone in the car, each is married, and both are doing the New York Times crossword.

She’s an organized, sensible, psychologist. He’s a free spirited, unemployed ad exec. She is a crossword pro, he always quits. They learn from each other, argue, laugh, reveal big problems, they kiss.  Will they meet again?

FCT’s production of 2 Across, directed by Michael A. Bolio, will run weekends, Feb. 15, 16, 22, and 23, 2014.

In April, the theatre will mount a return engagement of the rock and roll Easter Cantata “Tenebrae” that made its world debut in 2013.

The musical piece, which features the talents of “The Sent Forth backing a chorale of voices and narration, will play for one night only on Friday, April 11.

In June, Fulton Community Theatre will bring back to Central New York a production of “You Can’t Take It With You”, the classic comedy of family and social classes by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

The 1930s comedy, which has been dubbed the “funniest play every written” centers around the eccentric Sycamore family.

Penny paints and writes risqué plays. Her husband Paul builds fireworks in the basement with an ice cream man who came one day and never left. Grandpa Vanderhof keeps snakes and doesn’t pay income taxes, since the government wouldn’t use the money properly if he did.

When daughter Alice falls in love with Tony Kirby, the son of a wealthy family, more than fireworks ignite as families and social classes clash.

The production, directed by FCT Artistic Director William Edward White, will play weekends — June 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22.

Also returning for another season is the 13th edition of the theatre’s long-running “An Evening on Broadway” cabaret series. Directed by Kathleen DeGolyer, this year’s theme will explore the works of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Timothy Rice. Dates for the production have yet to be announced.

For September, Fulton Community Theatre will bring to the stage Paddy Chayefsky’s “Marty”, the timeless classic about a lonely butcher who has given up on ever finding love, who stumbles upon a chance of happiness one night at a dance.

The story, which was adapted into the 1955 Academy Award-winning movie starring Ernest Borgnine, began life as a 1953 teleplay for the Goodyear Television Playhouse on NBC.

For the Fulton Community Theatre production, director White will draw upon the original teleplay, which has been seldom seen since its original live broadcast. The special event will run Sept. 12, 13 and 14.

To cap off the 2014 season, the theatre will present Neil Simon’s “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.” The comedy, which Simon wrote in 1969 for character actor James Coco, unravels the misadventures of Barney Cashman, a quiet, married man who wants to join the sexual revolution before it is too late.

A gentle soul, with no experience in adultery, Barney’s quest for seduction brings him in contact with a sexpot, a free-spirit, and his wife’s best friend.

The production will run weekends Nov. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16, 2013.

For more information, including upcoming auditions for the season, please contact FCT at its website, www.fultoncommunitytheatre.org.

Lanigan Elementary students learn history while getting in holiday spirit

First-graders at Lanigan Elementary got into the Christmas spirit recently, and learned a little about Fulton history too, with a visit to the John Wells Pratt House Museum.

The museum had on display decorated Christmas trees as part of their 25th annual Parade of Trees.

This year’s event drew in a total of 11 themed trees decorated by local organizations, clubs, youth and children’s group. Julie Galvin’s class from Lanigan Elementary decorated a tree with the theme “Sweet Christmas.”

All of the tree’s ornaments were made from candy; a marshmallow snowman, peppermint wreaths and candy cane sleds.

Gracia Thompson’s class at G. Ray Bodley also decorated a tree, with the theme “Home is Where the Heart Is.”

Ornaments were made from foam hearts, and embellished with beads and sequins.

Students on the field trip were able to vote for their favorite tree in each of the three categories — adult, youth and children’s. They also toured the Pratt House and learned about factories that used to call Fulton home, including Nestlé and Hunter Arms.

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

The holiday season is upon us.

On Dec. 16 and 17, GRB will have its annual Band and Orchestra Holiday Concerts, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Be sure to attend and support our music groups. You will not be disappointed with the music that celebrates this time of year and all that comes with it.

If you are interested in ordering your yearbook at a discounted price, make sure to turn in your order before the Christmas recess.

Turning it in by this time will save you $10. Additionally, ordering a yearbook ahead of time instead of waiting until the end of the year will guarantee that you receive a copy.

See Mr. Senecal in room 228 for more information.

The Yearbook Club is in need of 2013 spring and fall sports photos. If you have any you feel would be a good addition to the yearbook, you can submit them online at hjeshare.com. The school code is fultonian.

If you are a senior and would like your yearbook to be personalized, it costs an extra $5. The deadline for personalization is Jan. 17.

Seniors, also be sure to turn in your graduation cards by Dec. 16, stating the name you would like to appear on your diploma. Please no nicknames — only your legal name can be used.

There are numerous scholarships available in the guidance office for anyone who is applying to college this year. Make sure to stop by soon — deadlines are approaching.

Today, the varsity and JV boys wrestling teams have a match at 6 p.m. at J-D High School. Tomorrow, the varsity boys’ and girls’ bowling teams will take on CBA at Strike & Spare Lanes in Mattydale at 3:30 p.m.

I hope everyone has a good week and that some will be able to make it to one or more of GRB events coming up.

Oswego Middle School takes on mural challenge

Upon entering the Oswego Middle School art room, immediately visitors’ attention is turned toward a massive ceramic sea aquarium mural.

Student teacher Cassandra Mazur has conducted a collaborative project with seventh- and eighth-graders to create a lasting memory for students.

“Over the course of the last month the 140-piece ceramic mural was created by a group of 93 students. The mural measures 6 by 8 feet,” she said.

“It focuses on collaborative community art. It began with a simple idea and transformed into students learning about group collaboration, ceramic tile making and personal artistic expression. The story of this mural is about imagining a vision, believing in all possibilities, working with others, trusting the process and spreading inspiration,” she said.

Initially, the project began by introducing students to ceramic tile murals found throughout history and in everyday life.

“I created a full size ocean themed drawing of the mural to provide a solid framework for the students to work from. Students spent the next two weeks sculpting the tiles,” Mazur said.

“They were given templates of the larger design to trace on to the clay tiles. That design would become altered and personalized by students through various sculpting techniques.

“This process allowed students to apply their own unique style and artistic fingerprint to the tiles which in turn made the work unique and one of a kind,” she said.

Students then spent another week glazing and adding color to the tiles. The seventh-graders were in charge of glazing the border tiles, which include the words “Inspire, Love, Imagine, Create, Dream and Believe,” while the eighth-graders were assigned to specific tiles according to their artistic styles.

Those who preferred detailed work were in charge of painting the fish, turtles and smaller coral reef. Others who preferred to work at a faster pace were assigned to water and the larger coral reef.

Mazur said this was a positive experience as “You never heard ‘I’m not artistic’ because everyone was helping each other through the process and fully contributed their own unique abilities.”

Erin Platten, an Oswego Middle School art teacher, was extremely positive concerning the experience.

“She came to me with this huge idea of creating a mural. I could see the passion she had and the excitement, and I do love a good challenge and new opportunities for my students,” Platten said. “She worked very hard to design the project, and put endless hour and purchased many materials.”

“We had many discussions along the way about the process and the outcome and we both learned a lot. I really enjoyed the experience and watching my students learn and grow from a totally different perspective,” Platten said. “They really seemed to enjoy the overall project and it is a lot of fun to watch students, faculty and staff come into my room and ogle over the mural. I can see it being a conversation piece for years to come.”

Mazur noted there is further credit that needs to be given.

“Once we had all the tiles fired and out of the kiln, they were ready to be installed,” she said. “Albert Lemire, an employee of Raby’s ACE Hardware story in Oswego, donated his time to install the mural on the wall. The final mural would not have been possible without him.”

Patten noted, “The mural is beautiful and a real testament to Cassie’s love and devotion for teaching. She will be a wonderful teacher, and I think that by beginning big and being successful she will go forth and do amazing things.””

Fulton swimmers splash into new season

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity swim team has high hopes for the 2013-14 season.

Coach Dexter Hinman said Fulton hopes to have a winning record. Individually, the Red Raiders want to be a team that qualifies most of its athletes for Sectionals.

Hinman feels his experienced team is ready to put in the hard work and dedication that is needed to succeed this season.

This season, Fulton returns many athletes from last year’s team and will feature a couple of athletes from Phoenix.

The Red Raiders top returning athletes are seniors Ross Gardner, Lacey Reich and Jacob Strauss, junior Kyle Buck and sophomores Andrew Distin and David Tallents.

Supporting Fulton’s top returning athletes are seniors Breanna Baker, Anna Guernsey and Alyssa Harley (Phoenix).

Also: Juniors Adrianna Dodge, Emma Harvey, Austin Nairn, Zachary Perry and Grace Trepasso, sophomores Caleb and Zachary Almeter, Justin Grower, Joshua Hotaling, Sage Hourihan, Casey Jones, Grant Marriner, Timothy McAfee, Lorcan Murphy, Dakota Stoughtenger, Kaitlyn Trudell (Phoenix) and Abbey Zych.

Freshmen on the team are Miwa Burdic, Michael Mankiewicz, Ryan Morehouse, Deidre Murphy, Breanna Stoughtenger and Sarah Tallents.

Hinman named Ross Gardner, Anna Guernsey, Lacey Reich and Jacob Strauss as Fulton’s team captains for the upcoming season. Hinman points out Guernsey, Reich and Strauss are natural leaders. Their impressive work ethic has earned them the respect of their teammates.

The Red Raiders expect to be challenged every time they get into the water this season. However, there is a date on Fulton’s schedule the team already is looking at.

The Red Raiders will be taking part in an invitational in Rochester this season that will feature other coed teams.

Despite the many challenges that await them, Hinman expects Fulton’s depth will allow them to compete consistently. Unfortunately, Hinman suggests his team will be rebuilding in at least one area. This season, the Red Raiders will be developing new divers.

Oswego County health clinics scheduled

The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.

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

The children’s flu vaccine is available at no cost to all children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program provided by the New York State Department of Health.

For those who do not qualify, 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 Dec. 16 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

OSWEGO:

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

Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 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

PULASKI:

Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 9 to 11 a.m., walk-in clinic.

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

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

Faith partnership helps fill kids’ bellies on the weekend

By Debra J. Groom

A number of children in the Oswego and Fulton school district do not go hungry on the weekends anymore thanks to the Episcopal-Lutheran Faith Partnership of Oswego and Fulton and its participation in the Blessings in a Backpack program.

The program, which began in 2005 in two schools in Louisville, Ky., provides backpacks of food for needy children to take home over the weekend.

The faith partnership began the program the second week of this school year and church members get together at the end of each week to fill bags with food for the children.

Beth Hallinan, of Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Oswego, said children receiving the bags are selected by school nurses, social workers and psychologists. Children are from families that qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal program.

At the beginning of the school year, the church members packed 25 bags each for children at Leighton Elementary in Oswego and Volney Elementary in Fulton.

“But then an anonymous donor allowed us to expand that to 50 bags at each school each week,” Hallinan said.

A donation of $80 will provide a bag for one child each week of the school year.

More than 62 percent of children in the United States are fed meals at school, but often there isn’t much food for them when they are at home on the weekends.

Long-term childhood hunger can lead to a weaker immune system, increases hospitalizations and impaired neural development which can hamper a child’s ability to learn in school, according to a fact sheet issued by Blessings in a Backpack.

Hallinan said the program used to use actual backpacks, but officials were having difficulties getting the bags back, cleaning them and keeping them in good condition. So now the food is sent home in plastic bags.

The faith partnership consists of Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oswego and Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fulton.

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