New York City youths enjoy summer in the country

By Tracy Kinne

There are a lot of bugs in the Fulton area, but the people, especially Kathy Froio, are very nice.

That’s according to Adara Johnson, 14, of Brooklyn, who has been spending part of every summer with Froio, whom she calls “Mimi,” for the past five years.

Johnson is among 30 New York City youths who arrived in Central New York last Friday evening for a 10-day stay with area families.

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One man’s multi-marathon

Fulton native raises awareness, funds for cancer research with 353-mile run.

By Ashley M. Casey

Benjamin Hall is running for his life – and others’, too. Hall, a Fulton native who now hails from Manchester, Md., is raising awareness and money for the American Cancer Society with a 353-mile run from Maryland to Fulton.

Hall begins his journey on Sept. 28 and plans to arrive in Fulton on Oct. 12, with two planned days of rest. He will run an average of 29.4 miles per day – more than a marathon, which is 26.2 miles.  Continue reading

Light in the Darkness

By the Rev. David Grey, Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church

“Beloved, being very eager to write to you of our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.”

Jude 3

Jude says that we have a responsibility to contend for the faith — that body of revealed truth that Jesus commanded us to teach others as we make disciples. We are to stand firm against all who would deny or pervert that truth.

There are four things regarding the faith that I draw from this passage in Jude.

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‘Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse’ ready to roll

Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, Karrie Damm, has announced that plans are underway for the agency’s 10th annual Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse.

Scheduled for Sept. 7, rain or shine, the event is a family friendly, full-day affair with something for everyone.

One of Central New York’s premier motorcycle rides, the event begins at 3 p.m. and will leave from Wheel-A-Way Motorsports, 947 S. First St. (Route 57) in Fulton.

“I’m pleased that we are once again hosting the kickoff of the Blue Ribbon Ride,” said Mark Eagan of Wheel-A-Way Motorsports.  “We have been fortunate to be involved since the beginning and feel it’s a wonderful way to give back to the community.”

The ride will wind throughout Oswego County with a stop at River House Restaurant in Pulaski, where bikers can relax and tour the Child Advocacy Council’s satellite office across the street before continuing on and ending at Lighthouse Lanes on Shampine Drive in Oswego across from the Oswego Speedway.

“That’s when fun really starts!” Damm said.  Lighthouse Lanes will host a chicken barbecue beginning at 5 p.m.  There will be live music with local favorites F5, drawings for themed baskets, door prizes, a 50 -50 drawing and more.

To celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary, the agency has added something new, the first ever family bowling event.

“We are going to keep the fun rolling with a family friendly bowling event!” Damm said. “The Blue Ribbon Bowling Event offers teams of four the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of bowling while helping to support our efforts to combat child abuse in Oswego County.”

Money raised will benefit the council as it continues its mission to assist in the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child survivors of sexual and physical abuse.

“We provide advocacy and mental health services to approximately 100 children each week,” Damm said. “With the demand for our services increasing, we are looking to make this our most successful Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse ever.

“One of the best things about this ride is the outpouring of support for the children. There is nothing more powerful than hearing 100 motorcycles start up and seeing them take off together, with riders from law enforcement agencies, local businesses and our friends, family and neighbors from all walks of life, all with the common goal of bringing justice and healing to children.

“We are also offering businesses and organizations the opportunity to be a part of the event by becoming an official sponsor,” Damm continued. “Sponsorship levels are available at a number of affordable levels.”

In 2012, the council served more than 320 children and families in the county.

“The national exposure that child abuse is receiving is helping to bring this problem to the forefront,” Damm said. “Now, more than ever, it is important that we come together as a community to combat child abuse right here in Oswego County.  I encourage community members to listen to our youth and be aware of the symptoms of child abuse.”

Drivers wishing to register for the Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse should contact the council at 592-4453; visit; or check out the council’s page on Facebook.

Drivers and riders also will be able to register the day of the event.

Tickets for community members wishing to attend the barbecue or the afternoon event at Lighthouse Lanes are available at the council office, 301 Beech Fulton and Lighthouse Lanes.

Registration on the day of the event will begin at 2 p.m.

Music and arts scholarship fundraiser set in Volney

A fundraiser to benefit the Dale Osborn Music Scholarship will be 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Volney Fire Hall on state Route 3.

There will be door prizes, raffles and live music and dinner.

Dale Osborn was a veteran and local musician killed by an automobile while riding his motorcycle in August 2011.

The scholarship fund provides music and arts college scholarships to Phoenix and Hannibal students through the Dollars for Scholars program.

Cancer screening program secures five-year grant

One of Oswego County Opportunities’ most vital health programs, the Cancer Services Program Partnership received some good news recently when it was notified that the program has secured funding for the next five years.

The program provides uninsured men and women aged 40 to 64 with a range of cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvic exams, and colorectal screenings.  The funding announcement ensures that the program will continue offering these services.

In addition to the state Departmen of Health funding, Program Coordinator Carolyn Handville announced that the program secured a grant from the Susan G. Komen foundation of Central New York.

According to Handville, the state grant, coupled with the Komen grant, will allow the program to screen more women for breast cancer, regardless of age, and assist with eliminating all barriers women may face to obtaining annual cancer screenings.

“We are excited to continue our efforts in the fight against cancer in Oswego County,” Handville said. “We will offer free screenings all year long as we have in the past; however, our new funding will make it possible for us to host four screening events throughout the county.

“These screening events will offer a one-stop shop for women to obtain their annual cancer screenings along with non-traditional appointment hours as well as transportation and daycare opportunities as needed.  We will increase our outreach throughout the county promoting these events and, once again, conduct our annual Human Pink Ribbon Campaign in honor of breast cancer awareness month in October,” she continued.

While the program has served hundreds of county residents, there are many more eligible individuals who have yet to take advantage of the free screenings.

“When it comes to winning the fight against cancer, early detection is the best protection,” Handville said. “Regular cancer screenings make a difference. To date, more than 250 individuals have received free cancer screenings, with 75 percent of those receiving all cancer screenings they were eligible for. I cannot stress enough the importance of having regular cancer screenings. Early detection can save lives.”

To schedule a screening or for more information, call 592-0830.

Community comes closer for Jazz Fest

By Tracy Kinne

Jazz Fest brings the community together and draws people from other areas to enjoy what Fulton has to offer, said Beth Hilton, executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s a little hard to measure” the economic impact of the festival, because there isn’t an admission fee, she said, but “a lot of businesses do quite well.” Craft and food vendors gain exposure, she said.

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Breezy tunes and weather make Jazz Fest a success

By Ashley M. Casey

A cloudy start to the weekend gave way to sunny skies last Friday as the Fulton Jazz Fest kicked off a breezy, fun-filled evening.

Held behind the War Memorial by Lake Neatahwanta last Friday and Saturday, the Jazz Fest boasted positive attendance, according to the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

Several local acts graced the Fulton Savings Bank stage. The Cortini Brothers, with special guest saxophonist Tommy Ciappa, warmed up the crowd for Friday’s opening “Happy Hour.” The bank also donated door prizes for the Happy Hour drawing. Continue reading

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