BOCES students have a ‘blast’

Student scientists on the Blue Team at Stepping Stones Day Program designed and launched water bottle rockets as part of their summer unit on force and motion. This fun experiment demonstrated how a build up in pressure can launch a rocket.

Each student created a rocket using a recycled bottle, heavy gauge cardboard, duct tape, water and a cork. The rockets were decorated and personalized by each student prior to flight.

A miniature launch pad was made of snap blocks, and a bicycle pump was used to set the rockets into flight.

Through the demonstration, students also witnessed how air pressure can build inside a bottle. When air pushes on the water inside the bottle, it creates enough pressure to push the cork out.

The rockets “flew” when the water rushed out toward the ground and the bottle pushed upward into the air.

The successful rocket launches supported Isaac Newton’s theory of motion, which states, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

Committee OKs $14,400 to clean up waste sent to La.

By Debra J. Groom

An Oswego County legislature committee approved making a $14,400 payment to a Louisiana company to settle a hazardous waste disposal claim.

Oswego County was on a list of about 7,700 municipalities or entities that had shipped hazardous waste to a facility in Louisiana in 1993, said County Administrator Philip Church. That facility, the Marine Shale Processors Site, consisted of about 48 acres near Amelia, La.

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Summer Sunset concert tonight

The sixth concert in the Oswego Summer Sunset Concert Series will be 7 tonight, Aug. 7, at Breitbeck Park in Oswego.

These concerts are provided free to the public by the City of Oswego and the Musicians Union of Oswego County.

The Concert Band, under the direction of Kevin Upcraft, will perform several selections.

They include: March from the movie 1941, selections from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Chillers and Thrillers,” “Liberty Bell,” “State Fair,” “The Sting,” “The Great Escape,” “West Side Story,” Hollywood Milestones, “Les Miserables” and Sinatra in Concert.

This week’s concert and the following two August performances will begin a half hour earlier than usual, at 7 p.m., to allow the audience to enjoy the beautiful Oswego sunsets.

The public is invited to bring lawn chairs or relax in the car.

Beckwith Jr. plans run for town justice

Jack Beckwith Jr. has announced his candidacy for Hannibal Town Justice. Beckwith stated that he is running to “bring dedication and integrity to the town justice court.”

Beckwith has a criminal justice AAS degree from Cayuga Community College, where he focused a great deal of his studies on the state penal law. He also is well versed in U.S. Supreme Court case law.

Beckwith brings a background in community activism. He is a member of the Oswego County Youth Court Advisory Board, the Sterling Trail Tamers Snowmobile Club, the Hannibal Community Park Committee and various other organizations.

Beckwith currently serves as councilor in the town of Hannibal. He regularly meets with personnel of the justice court and is actively looking to better courtroom security and policy. Beckwith is educated in the budgetary aspects of the justice court.

Beckwith is running under the Republican, Conservative and Dedicated to Justice parties.

Granby seniors to hear about history of phones, plan upcoming trips

By Emma Martin, secretary

Hi folks! We had a very good day for our Aug. 1 meeting. We had 44 members attending.

Seemed good to see our friends.

Joan Taylor won the cards by Jann, and the 50/50 drawing was won by Marge Walsh.

Our chaplain Ruth Sheldon said our prayer and we all said the pledge to our beautiful flag.

We had a very good luncheon with lots of yummy desserts. Seniors sure do eat good.

Our president Larry Flora opened the meeting with a couple of jokes. It’s always good to start the day with a laugh.

Membership lady Carrie Palmer stated birthdays and anniversaries. We all sang “Happy Birthday.”

We have had quite a few new members.Secretary Emma Martin read the secretary report.

Vice president Fran Wadas stated we will have a speaker, Alec Seymour, talking about the history of phones at our Aug. 15 meeting.

Treasurer Estelle Holmes read the treasury report. Joanne Gardner read about future day trips.

Kitchen committee for Aug. 15 will be Joanne Gardner, Fran Wadas, Iris Lefort, Donna Babcock, Jeanne Smith and Pat Russell.

Sept. 5 crew will be Gladys Daniels, Mary West, Joan Taylor, Lynn Shoutts and Betty Bartholemew.

Motion to adjourn was made by Allyn Sponable and seconded by Gladys Daniels.

Granby group plans summer, fall trips

The Granby senior citizen group is planning several trips for coming months.

  • Aug. 22: Akwesasne casino
  • Aug. 20: Historic Niagara on the Lake
  • Sept. 17: Glenn Miller Orchestra lunch and show
  • Oct. 15: Mystery day trip.

For information about these trips, call Joanne Gardner at 564-5797.

Dancers donate winnings in memory of Sandy Hook victims

By Tracy Kinne

When young dancers at Off Broadway Dance Center in Fulton took a $250 prize at a state competition in this summer, they wanted to do something special with the money.

They donated it to their counterparts at Dance Etc., a studio in Newton, Conn. The money will be used toward a scholarship in memory of three of the studio’s dancers, who were killed in the December school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

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Fulton Junior high releases honor rolls for fourth quarter

The following students were named to the honor and high honor rolls for the fourth quarter at Fulton Junior High School.


Grade seven, high honor roll

Attaining high honor roll in seventh grade are: Olivia Abrams, Marissa Allen, Coby Anderson, Alexis Andreotta, Alfred Arduini, Gabriella Bailey, Zachary Barker-McLain, Justin Barney, Megan Bartlett, Katelynn Belson, Addison Billion.

Also, Matthew Borrow, Maura Botsford, Zoie Bowering, Devin Boyce, Gabrielle Boyce, Lillian Bray, Jade Brien, Elizabeth Brown, Alicia Carroll, Hailey Carroll, Calinda Ceterski, Mckenna Chesbro, Julia Cieszeski, Jenna Coakley, Tyler Coant, Joshua Compson.

Also, Sheenvia Conley, Dominic Conn, Cole Cotton, Jordan Coulon, Emily Dana, Kaitlyn Dexter, Samantha Diezel, Nicholas Dingman, Hunter Dudley, Morgan French, Jacob Geitner, Michael Gerth, Hannah Gigliotti, Meredith Grimshaw, Brianna Grinnell, Julia Guarrera, Megan Guernsey, Abigail Gugula, Brianna Gugula.

Also, Brooke Halstead, Cody Hartle, Kira Hartnett, Cassandra Hartranft, Marissa Hayward, Samantha Heywood, Kayleigh Hotaling, Nicholas Hughes, Dustin Huller, Randy Huller, Jasmine James, Megan Jonnson, Nolan Jonnson, Emily Kelly, Brittany Kimber, Mallori Kitts, Kylee Knaub, Alexis Kurak.

Also, Ryan Lalik, Madison Lang, Savannah LaPage, Amber LaRosa, Gage LeBlanc, Kayla Mackey, Bradley Martin, Jordyn Mason, Caitlyn McAfee, Ana Mendez-Rodriguez, Elver Merida, Nicholas Merlino, Annamarie Michels, Tayler Miner, Christopher Newton, Erin Nicholson, Anthony Noce, Alexus Pagan, Cole Parkurst, Dustin Parkhurst, Courtney Paro, Olivia Pawlewicz, Harlea Perry, Zenia Petrie, Alexis Phelps, Aricka Phelps, Julie Piscitelli, Katerina Porcari.

Also, Celeste Raponi, Hannah Revoir, Destiny Rose, Mason Rowlee, Eliza Runeare, Kaitlynn Ryan, Anthony Salerno, Robert Salerno, Jeremy Samson, Alexander Semchenko, Jessie Sharkey, Dylan Sheldon, Valentina Shue, Emily Simpson, Zion Skipper, Cara Smith, Hailey Smith, Jason Southworth, Ariel Stacy, Alexander Stoutenger, Luke Stoutenger, Nathan Summerville, Maxwell Sunday.

And Marissa Tanner, Samantha Tanner, Christopher Tetro, Brian Trombly, Andrew Trumble, Janeda Vasquez, Kenneth Verdoliva, Keegan Wallace, Nicholas Wallace, Jacob Willcox, Madison Wilson, Andrew Woodruff, Lily Wright, Annya Yeh.


Grade eight, high honor roll

Placed on high honor roll in eighth grade are: Anika Archer, Shamika Austin, Erin Baker, Aryelle Barbagallo, Frank Barbagallo, Joseph Barbagallo, Evan Beckwith, Trent Berry, Paige Blakeman, Jackie Blasczienski, Amber Boiko, Connor Broderick, Miwa Burdic, Dakota Burgess, Nicholas Burrescia, Emily Bush.

Also, Alexis Carpenter, Alexis Caruana, Marshall Carvey, Adam Case, William Caster, Catherine Cianfarano, Cort Collins, Jasmine Collins, Briana Colon, Darrin Cooper, Cole Daniels, Daquan Davis, Kenneth Deloff, Dylan DeLong, Asia DeSantis, Ashli Dodge.

Also, Lauren Eggleton, Donivan Fancher, Joel Feliciano, Ernest Ferro, Michael Flynn, Stephanie Fowler, Tabor Freeman, Adam Gates, Emily Gerth, Sydney Gilmore, Cameron Gray-Blasczienski, Austin Greenier, Kimberly Hall, Nicole Hansen, Sydnie Harrington, Mallory Harter, Jeremy Herlowski, Nicholas Hicks, Mariah Holcomb, Daniel Hotaling.

Also, David Houck, Gabrielle Humphrey, Victoria Izyk, Karly Kearns, Ashlea Kemp, Julia Kingsley, Nicholas Kinney, Trey LaRock, Carissa Lee, Dawn Mabb, Lexi MacDonald, Michael Mankiewicz, Jared Marden, Austin McDonald-Hackett, Gage McHenry, Jarred Miller, Skyler Miller, Ryan Morehouse, Deirdre Murphy, Megan Nicholson, Zoe Norton.

Also, Mikayla Ogden, Michael Peck, Zachary Pepper, Kyle Perry, Zachary Pettit, Mackenzie Phelps, Austin Poirier, Tyler Potts, Miranda Prosser, Patricia Pryor, Michael Ramsey, Brianna Ray, Madison Reynolds, Cody Rhinehart, Sarah Rice, Alysa Rosenbarker, Cole Rothrock, Paige Rowlee.

Also, Michael Savich, Mikaela Schleicher, Rebecca Segouin, Stacey Sereno, Nathaniel Shatrau, Alexis Shaw, Nathan Shaw, Nathen Smith, Philip Summerville, Sarah Tallents, Sydney Tetro, Cara Todt, Ryan Vant, Jossmar Vasquez-Heaney, Victoria Venton, Sabrina Verdoliva, Makhali Voss.

And James Ward, Emma Warren, Madison Washburn, Taylor Wells, Malcolm Wettering, Marissa Whaley, Cassandra Wood, Ethan Wright, Andrew Yankowsky, Ryan Yates, Shannon Zych.


Grade seven, honor roll

Zachary Bliss, Victoria Bocyck, Stephanie Boland, Logan Brooks, Gillian Brown, Hannah Burlingham, Conor Collins, Dedrah Crowson, Breanna Debiew, Mya Decker, Paige Drake, Babette Dunham.

Also, Austin Fleming, Makayla Florczyk, Meghan Foster, Devon Frank, Dakota Gilchrist, Drake Glusczyk, Cassandra Gray-Blasczienski, Cole Green, Brooke Greenier, Christopher Grosvent, Jordan Hagan, Hunter Hall, Camiel Heagle, Charles Hyland.

Also, Elizabeth Jackson, Jessica Kleiman, Dylan Kress, Allison Loomis, Angelina Marotta, Bobbi-Jo Mathews, Makayla Mattiaccio, Trinity Mills, Keely Morrison, Morgan Murphy, Mariah Nolin, Alex Pagan, Joseph Paro, Jonathan Parrish.

Also, Ethan Raponi, BriAnne Redman, Kyle Rowland, Jordan Sawyer, Daronda Scott, Ryan Sheffield, Sierra Sheradin, Michael Smith, Tucker Smith, Jesse Smithers, Kali Spaulding, Shannon St. Andrews, Austyn Stoughtenger, Austin Szymanski.

And Lilyonna Torello, Dakota Towne, Joshua VanHorn, Hunter Wagar, Gabriel Webb, Athena White, Karina Whitten.


Grade eight, honor roll

Brittney Alton, Gilly Aubeuf, Suzan Bean, Marc Benavidez, Justin Broadwell, Rian Burke, Devlin Bush, Elizabeth Buxton, Ethan Cimino, Matthew Conn, Jared Crucitti, Danny Davis, Donavin Downey, Julia Ende.

Also, Roy French, Autumn Fuller, Tayber Furbeck, Diana Galoni, Hayley Gibbs, Andrew Gilbert, Victoria Gillette, James Gray, Tyler Gregory, Tyler Griffis, Bryce Guernsey, Garret Hazboun, Dillon Holloway, Emma Holmes.

Also, Jonathan Johnson, Zoe June, Alexis Kempston, Richard King, Desiree Kopf, Mitchell LaBeef, Brendan Marra, Emily Marvin, Jennifer McEwen, Taylor Milks, Thomas Morrelli.

Also, Mitchell Nagelschmidt, Lauren Nichols, Reba Noble, Sarah-Ann Perkins, MacLeod Pollock, Frederick Porter, Cameron Ripley, Kathleen Searor, Noah Simon, Kelsi Smith, Marcus Stacey, Breanna Stoutenger, Payton Stowell, Lisamarie Swatkowski, Brandon Tice, Tanner Trovato, Kevin Tucker.

Also, Zachary Vaccaro, Kayla Vandish, Austin Vashaw, Abiu Velasquez, James Vincent, Nicholas Walberger, Brynn Waloven, Brianna Walter, Kaelee Wise and Maryssa Woodcock.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

Open Studio returns this week at the center from 6 to 9 pm. Aug. 8.

All skill levels are welcome to join other artists to practice life drawing or painting from still life. Chat with friends and just have fun!

We’ll go outside some days (weather permitting). Bring your own materials or use some of ours. An artist facilitator will be on site. Artists can get practice drawing and painting from life and go home with a finished work. Come early, stay late!

Introductory Stained Glass series continues from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays for ages 16 and older.

Make a stained glass panel using the leaded method, be introduced to copper foil method, learn glass selection, cutting, grinding, soldering, framing, hanging and patina techniques.

Some patterns will be provided or students can get help adapting their custom design.

Aug. 10 is a full day at the center starting with Bonnie McClellan’s Oil Painting “Mountain Reflection” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Or choose Collage Making with Kendra Matott from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by her popular Different Ways to Draw class from 1 to 4 p.m.

Try a variety of drawing methods, including some unconventional ones: still life drawings, energy drawings, paint splatters and drawing with your feet. They will help widen your drawing skills and provide you with tools to break through creative blocks. All skill levels welcome!

It will be a full day of art fun. Bring a lunch or bring a friend, but remember to pre-register at

Aug. 11 is the date of our Café Exchange bringing all artists together for one great evening of socializing and sharing. Writers, studio artists, actors, culinary artists all meet at the Arts in the HeArt Gallery from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 47 S. First St. It is free and open to the public and should be a great night of fun and the arts. Bring a friend and join us!

Story Time Art, for 4- to 7-year olds next week moves to Aug 14 for one week only from 6 to 7 p.m. with Kendra Matott. Our book title, “Olivia,” will have kids splattering paint just like Olivia!

More great titles and fun art projects are bringing summer fun. Don’t miss out. Pre-register at

“Charlotte’s Web” opens Aug. 16 for three performances only, 7 p.m. Aug 16, 2 p.m. Aug 17 and 18. Tickets and reservations for this kids-only cast of more than 30 are available at

Arty Camp was so much fun in July and more great things are being planned for our next session Aug. 19 to 23. There is still time to register your child. Scholarships are available — no child will be turned away. Visit for information.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee.

Visit  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and remember we bring all arts for all ages at two separate locations.

Classes, Writer’s Café, Author Spotlight, live theatre and Arty Camp, are held in CNY Arts Center located in the lower level of State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Arts in the HeART Gallery is located at 47 S. First St. in downtown Fulton across from the gazebo for local artists who want to display their artistry. Artists can apply for gallery space online at

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