Oswego Community Christian School prepares for open house

Students at Oswego Community Christian School, which serves pre-kindergarten through grade eight, are inviting everyone to their annual Open House from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4.

If there is inclement weather, the open house will be Feb. 11.

Everyone is invited to come and meet teachers and parents, review curriculum and tour the school, located at 400 E. Albany St. in Oswego. Refreshments will be served.

Call the school at 342-9322 with any questions or visit www.MYOCCS.org. OCCS has been offering a value-based Christian education since 1979. 

Celebrate Groundhog Day at Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center

Celebrate Groundhog Day at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center, Route 183 in eastern Oswego County by snowshoeing in search of Amboy Annie, the center’s resident woodchuck.

The event is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. Perhaps Amboy Annie can help determine if spring will arrive early or late. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and in layers. Outdoor footwear, winter boots that can be strapped into a snowshoe, should be worn. Sneakers and fashion boots with heels will not work. Snowshoes are free of charge. There is a program fee of $3 per person or $12 per family. Children under 3 are free.

Valley Viewpoints

Residents thank sand owner

We wanted to write and thank William Simmons for offering his sand to the County for use on the roads in the winter.

In July, Kurt Ospelt wrote the Hannibal planning board that the county has “abandoned its plan to open a sand pit on the Beckwith property immediately” after it was found out the road to the sand pit had been put in illegally. This left the county without sand on the west side of the river.

The neighboring towns, at the direction of Mr. Ospelt, this year had to get their sand from the Scriba pit instead of the transfer station for whatever reason.

At a recent Town of Hannibal meeting, Terry Wilbur got up and said ‘if you have sand, contact Kurt Ospelt and the county administrator, they need sand for this side of the river.”

Mr. Simmons has a sand pit right near Mr. Beckwith’s sandpit and Mr. Simmons already has a road to it and the pit was already permitted by the DEC for mining a few years ago.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the County to get sand and not have to spend any more money to get to it after they’ve  already spent anywhere between $15-43,000.00 and up on the illegal road.

Mr. Simmons sent a letter on October 9 to Kurt Ospelt offering his sand. The letter reads as follows:

“Dear Mr. Ospelt, In light of the situation in Hannibal, I feel obligated to help the taxpayers of Hannibal and inform them that my sand is for Sale. My sand pit is located off of Mill St in the Town of Hannibal. It will be available for $1 a cubic yard. This should eliminate a lot of previous problems with access to available sand. There is already an access road to the sand pit off Mill Street and it has already been permitted in the past. This would decrease the amount of truck traffic through the center of town. I believe it would be a more cost effective alternative for the taxpayers of Hannibal. Sincerely, William Simmons”

Again we would like to thank Mr. Simmons for stepping up and helping out the residents of Hannibal and the surrounding towns who will use the sand.

Bill and Barb Bogacz

Josh and Molly Bomgren

Tim Harmon

All of Hannibal

Business opens new site in Schroeppel


SAM North America celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting Tuesday, Jan. 21. Pictured, from left, are Kevin Gardner, Oswego County Legislator, New Haven, who also is the legislature chairman; Morris Sorbello, Oswego County Legislator, Granby; Andrew Christie, managing director at SAM North America; Steve Hutchins, Schroeppel town councilman; L. Michael Treadwell, executive director of Operation Oswego County; Holly Carpenter, representing state Sen. Patty Ritchie; Terry Wilbur, County Legislator, Hannibal; and Edward Lincoln, vice president of sales at SAM North America.

SAM North American Tuesday kicked off its new site in the Oswego County Industrial Park in Schroeppel.

The company had been operating out of a small site in Granby. It is projected to employ 14 people.

The company manufactures equipment for the paper and plastics industries. Michael Treadwell of Operation Oswego County said potential customers in North and South America will be able to come to the Schroeppel site, see the equipment in action and determine if it is something they want to buy for their own businesses.

Before, customers had to travel to SAM’s headquarters in South Korea to check out its products.

SAM also will have a marketing office at the Schroeppel site, which encompasses a 10,000-square-foot building and 2 1/2 acres.

SAM has been a leading supplier of converting machinery for package printing, specialty coating, extrusion coating and laminating for more than 50 years.

Be sure to pick up a copy of Saturday’s Valley News for more on this company.

Fulton Mites hockey team plays Oswego B & C teams

The Fulton Mite hockey team, sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and B&T Sports, competed with the Oswego B & C teams recently at the Fort.

Cameron Shutts, Daniel Devendorf and Reese Calkins made several attempts on net. Simon Bradshaw gave a fine effort in his debut as goalie while Cassie Clarke, Aiden Tetro and Kaiden Jardin played well on offense. Defenders Eryca DeRocha, Zoey DeRocha, Jordan Devendorf and Kaiden McNabb all gave a good performance.

Scores are not kept in Mites play.

Phoenix swimmer wins award

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

John C. Birdlebough senior Alyssa Harley is making a splash with the Fulton varsity swim team this year.

On Saturday, the standout athlete from Phoenix was selected as the female swimmer of the meet during 16th annual HAC Swim Invitational held at the Harley School in Rochester.

As the top seed in the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke, Harley dominated both events on her way to first-place finishes. Her times of 1:01.78 (freestyle) and 1:08.78 (backstroke) earned her a spot in the sectional meet in February.

Coach Raina Hinman said despite sitting out her junior season due to an injury, Harley has come back stronger than ever.

The Phoenix senior is also a member of a club swim team in Baldwinsville.

Thirteen boys’ teams and five girls’ teams from the Section V conference competed in the 22-event meet.

Hannibal girls’ hoops continues to roll

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal girls’ varsity basketball team has won 5 out of its last 6 games, including a three-game winning streak, to improve its record to 5-2.

On Dec. 30, the Lady Warriors rolled past North Rose-Wolcott 56-22. Hannibal began 2014 with a win over Cazenovia 52-36 on Jan. 9 and then came away with a hard fought win over Bishop Ludden on Jan. 13 by a score of 51-46.

The Lady Warriors wasted little time asserting their dominance in the North Rose-Wolcott game, jumping out to an 11-point lead in the first quarter. Hannibal expanded its lead during the second quarter to take a 31-10 lead into halftime.

The Lady Warriors refused to slow down during the second half. They outscored North Rose-Wolcott by 4 points during the third quarter to push their lead to 25 points and then capped off an impressive effort during the fourth quarter, outscoring North Rose-Wolcott by 9.

The Lady Warriors were led by Devin Sorell with 15 points, followed by Kaylee Esposito with 8, Rachel Shute, Spencer Kenney and Sarah Otis scored 6 points each, Sydney Alton added 5, Gabby Griffin chipped in 4 while McKenzie Mattison and Hunter Beckwith tallied 3 points each.

In the Cazenovia game, Caz outscored Hannibal by 4 points during the first quarter, but then the Lady Warriors got into gear and stormed ahead in the second quarter to take a 30-22 halftime lead.

After an evenly played third quarter, Hannibal maintained its 8-point lead. The Lady Warriors put the game out of reach during the fourth quarter, outscoring Caz by 8.

Leading the way for the Lady Warriors was Devin Sorell with 26 points, followed by Spencer Kenney with 8, McKenzie Mattison with 7 and Sydney Alton, Gabby Griffin and Kaylee Esposito chipped in 3 points each.

The Lady Warriors capped the three-game stretch by holding off Bishop Ludden. Ludden had a 3-point lead after the first quarter, but the Lady Warriors fought back during the second quarter, outcoring Bishop Ludden by 5 points to lead 19-17 at the half.

During the third quarter, Bishop Ludden rediscovered the competitive nature that they displayed during the first quarter and outscored Hannibal by 2 points to send the game into the fourth quarter evened up at 31.

But the Lady Warriors got it done down the stretch, outscoring Ludden by 5 points during the fourth quarter to prevail with a 51-46 win.

Hannibal was led by Devin Sorell withe 27 points, followed by Spencer Kenney with 11, Gabby Griffin and McKenzie Mattison scored 4 points each and Sydney Alton chipped in 3.

Fulton Bantams win 2; beat Oswego

The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by Comfort Windows and Doors and Pathfinder Bank, celebrated a 4-2 win over Center State and a 4-0 shutout over Oswego in recent minor hockey action.

On home ice against Center State, Evan Beckwith got scoring started early when he skated the puck in and sent it over the goalie’s shoulder.

Soon after, Nate Shaw gained control of a loose puck and tallied another goal for Fulton on a breakaway.  Nick Dingman netted a top shelf shot thanks to a behind the net passing play between Tyler Samson and Will Rattray.

In the final seconds of the period, Beckwith took a feed from Caleb Clarke and sent the puck in off the post.

After a scoreless second period, Center State narrowed the gap by two in the third, but could not close in further on the Raider’s lead.

Fulton goalie Adam Bleiweiss stopped 17 shots in net.

In Fulton’s game against Oswego, Dingman took a feed in front of the net from Samson early in the game to score his second goal of the weekend. Rattray tipped in Raider team captain Nolan Bonnie’s shot from the point to close the first period.

Mid-period two, Samson picked up a rebound from Rattray to make it a three-point game. Soon after, Shaw accepted a pass from Clarke at the face off, stormed through the Buc defense and netted the final goal of the game.

Bleiweiss made 9 saves and earned his first shutout of the season.

The Fulton Bantams are lead by head coach Paul Clarke and assistants Jeff Tulowiecki, Paul Bleiweiss and Bill Beckwith.

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