Mexico Point Park to hold Severin Bischof art show

Art show in Mexico – Friends of Mexico Point Park are hosting an art show featuring Severin Bischof’s watercolors and wood cuts. Friday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. will be opening night with a wine and dessert gala. There will be an admission fee. The show will continue Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10 and 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. There is an admission price as well.
Art show in Mexico – Friends of Mexico Point Park are hosting an art show featuring Severin Bischof’s watercolors and wood cuts. Friday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. will be opening night with a wine and dessert gala. There will be an admission fee. The show will continue Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10 and 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. There is an admission price as well.

Friends of Mexico Point Park are hosting an art show featuring Severin Bischof’s watercolors and wood cuts.

Friday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. will be opening night with a wine and dessert gala. There will be an admission fee.

The show will continue Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10 and 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. There is an admission price as well.

This is a fund-raiser for the maintenance and restoration of Casey’s Cottage. Those seeking reservations may call 963-7657 or email Betty at

Bischof, a master painter, was born in 1893 in Germany where he apprenticed and began is art career. He learned to restore religious paintings and worked in the great cathedrals in Europe.

He also learned the art of cutting glass and was a decorative painter of furniture.

In 1928, Bischof was an art student at Syracuse University, and later worked for Syroco, an ornamental woodworking company.

While at Syracuse University, he met Dr. William Casey and began what became a lifelong friendship.   Dr. Casey, a sociology professor at Columbia University, summered at Mexico Point Park.

The unused carriage house at Mexico Point was transformed into Casey’s Cottage by the two close friends. Casey provided the means and Bischof provided the designs.

The art show will feature the artwork of Bischof including his woodcuts and pastels of his vision for transforming the carriage house into Casey’s Cottage.

According to John Bischof, the artist’s son, “The cottage was a work of love, a place of beauty, friends, companionship and good conversation only.”

Loop Around the Lake and Kids Fun Run registration set

The Fulton Family YMCA’s annual “Loop around the Lake” is approaching.

This race is comprised of a 15 kilometer run, a 5 kilometer run, and a 5 kilometer walk. These three races cater to every one of all levels of physical fitness.

The YMCA offers three different races to help with encouraging everyone to participate. The YMCA’s goal is to include people who have never run a road race before. The objective is to defeat the stigma that road races are just for competitive runners.

The Loop’s 15K/5K Run and 5K Walk, start at 8:30 a.m. at the Fulton War Memorial Saturday Aug. 24.

The 15K loops around Lake Neatahwanta, offering some flat roads as well as some challenging hills.

The 5K has a more scenic route, winding through local roads and neighborhoods.

In addition to the road races, the YMCA will also be hosting a Kids’ Fun Run. The fun run is geared for children ages 4-12.

The YMCA wants to make this event a fun day for the entire family to enjoy.

Race Applications are available at or by logging onto the Fulton Family YMCA’s website at

High Dive

by Jim Farfaglia

My brother and I pedal like mad,

leaving behind our quiet country road

and weaving through the city’s busy life.


A dime buys us a locker key,

we slip on our bathing suits

– bare feet tiptoeing on cold concrete –


and enter the West Side Pool,

with its endless playful waters

to splash away our summer sweat.


Later, sunning myself on a towel,

I watch the brave ones climb each rung,

triumphantly reaching the top,


then effortlessly diving into the water’s arms…

When would I climb my stairway of growing up?

How would I ever break the surface of my fear?

North Volney UMC to hold car show

The North Volney Methodist Church will hold a classic car show Aug. 3  from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the church grounds with free admission.

Registration for car owners starts at 10:30 a.m.; there is an entry fee for car owners.

Those attending the show will have the chance to vote on their favorite car and be eligible to win a door prize.

In addition, there will be music, a bake sale to satisfy your sweet tooth, as well as food and drinks available for those who get hungry.

Those seeking more information may call Beverly at 593-6825.

The North Volney Methodist Church is located on the corners of Co. Routes 4 and 6 in the Town of Volney.

‘Fulton Idol’ seeks youth voices

“Fulton Idol” will take place at First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., Fulton, Aug. 5-9 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

“Fulton Idol” has been described as “a star making experience.”

It is designed for youth ages 10-15 as an opportunity to develop and display vocal performances by individuals and by groups.

There is no charge to partcipate. Highly qualified voice coaches will work with vocalists with a performance of songs scheduled for Friday evening, Aug. 9.

Significant cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries.

Registrations are due to Thursday, Aug. 1. Those seeking to register my call First United Church at 592-2707 or e-mail

This event is sponsored by the Open Doors Neighborhood Center, a ministry of the First United Church of Fulton.

Library exhibit to showcase Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse

The Oswego Public library exhibit showcasing the Oswego West Pierhead Light house will be in place until Aug. 5.

A reception will be held Monday, July 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. to  meet the current keeper, Ted Panayotoff, and enjoy  refreshments.

Panayotoff has extensively researched the West Pierhead  Lighthouse and will be available to answer any questions.

The City of Oswego was awarded the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse  by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2009. The city is now obligated, as specified in the deed, to restore and preserve this unique National  Historic Place.

The city is to develop, in partnership with the H. Lee White Marine Museum, programs for public education and historic interpretation and public access to the lighthouse.

The Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse is the fourth lighthouse serving the mariner entering Oswego Harbor and sailing along Lake  Ontario.

Its rich history continues the traditions of the earlier  lighthouses and the lighthouse keepers that served at them.

The library exhibit serves as a brief introduction to those  predecessor lighthouses and outlines the history of the present lighthouse from the beginning of the port expansion in 1931, through its construction, to the start of its operation in 1934.

Operation of the lighthouse under the US Lighthouse Service until

1939 and subsequent operation under the US Coast Guard until its acquisition by the City of Oswego is covered. Today, it is still an active aid to navigation maintained by the Coast Guard, although the structure is owned by the City of Oswego.

The exhibit introduces lighthouse restoration, what is it and why  do it, and illustrates the restoration accomplishments to date at  the lighthouse.

Community involvement, a key element to a  successful lighthouse restoration is introduced and participation  from the city in the form of individuals, organizations and  businesses is solicited.

Future restoration projects in the very near term are outlined as are the more extensive future ones specifically, the exterior  restoration project.

The exhibit concludes with an illustration of  the final vision of the lighthouse as an integral part of Oswego’s vibrant historic waterfront and a première cultural attraction for the City of Oswego.

Pat Ward makes late charge for win at Fulton Speedway

Pat Ward, a fan favorite where ever he goes, has always been known as one of the most low-keyed drivers in modified racing.

After Saturday night’s win at the Fulton Speedway, Ward exited his car banging on the roof and waving the checkered flag in excitement after a late charge and pass of Chuck Bower in the caution free 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

While most of the modified front runners were using the top of the speedway, Ward found something on the bottom where his car worked as he made his way to the front.

On lap 27, he moved into second and took off after Chuck Bower finally making the winning pass with three laps to go.

Other winners on a Ingles Performance, Ehrlich Pest Control Night were Matt Janczuk, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Dale Caswell, NAPA Late Models; Gary Hoppins, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; Joe Isabell, Mod Lites; and Skip DeGroff, Four Cylinder Stocks.

Tim Sears Jr. out powered Tim Schneider Jr. to lead the early going of the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

With five laps complete, Sears running the top, opened around a ten car length advantage.

Behind the leader, you could of thrown a blanket over Bower, Larry Wight, Schneider and Chris Hile as they raced for second through fifth.

By lap 10, Bower was rapidly cutting into Sears’s lead with Wight just a couple cars behind Bower. Schneider and Ward showed in fourth and fifth.

On lap 15 exiting turn four, Bower pulled a perfect slide job coming up in front of Sears to be scored the new leader on lap 16.

With 20 laps showing on the scoring tower, Bower held a slim, two-car lead over Wight as the laps started clicking off the lap counter. Ward, Tim Sears Jr., and Tom Sears Jr. were still in contention in the top five.

On lap 25, it was going to be a three-car fight over the last laps between Bower, Wight and Ward for the win.

On lap 27, Ward moved into second and took off after Bower.

After running the middle to the bottom of the track, Ward was able to make the winning pass exiting turn four and being scored the new leader as they crossed the line on lap 32.

Once out front, Ward was able to out run Wight to the checkers. Chuck Bower, Dale Planck and Tim Sears Jr. came home third through fifth.

“That was tough sledding — it was pretty slippery out there,” said Ward. “Me and Terry have been putting our heads together, and it’s seems I say this every time we get here, we haven’t been running good enough, but tonight was good.”

Ward related how his car worked really well down low compared to the rest of the field.

“It was pretty decent through three and four and I could get it slowed up enough getting into one,” he said. “I could really get off of two. That’s where I got Larry (Wight) and the other guys coming off of two.”

“Chuck’s (Bower) has been going good again,” Ward continued. “He’s like the rest of us, have a couple good nights, couple bad nights, seems to be the way it’s going for everybody. We just setup for a dry slippery track and it worked out for a change.”

In the wild and exciting 20-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature that had two-three wide racing from the front of the field to the back, and lead battles in heavy traffic found a new 2013 winner.

Scott Ford would hold off pressure from a number of drivers leading the first 15 laps with lapped traffic spelling the difference.

Matt Janczuk would use his years of experience going from fourth to lead in one lap, when the top-three were mired in back markers allowing Janczuk to go to the outside groove into the lead and the win on lap 16. Scott Ford, Ronnie Davis III, Kyle Fink and Beth Schneider finished second through fifth.

Shayne Tenace would lead the opening 5 laps of the 20-Lap NAPA Late Model feature before suddenly heading pit-side with mechanical problems.

The story of the race was Dale Caswell as he would dominate the rest of the way winning by over a straightaway. Rick Miller, Alan Fink, AJ Kingsley and Sean Beardsley would come home second through fifth.

The E&V Energy Novice Sportsman put on their best race so far this season. Throughout the 15-lap feature, it was a three-car barnburner between Taylor Lamb, Jeremy Dygert  and Gary Hoppins.

Somehow on the last lap, Hoppins would bring a car with obvious suspension problems to victory lane.  Taylor Lamb, Jeremy Dygert, Brandon Kuhn and Ricky Yelle would chase Hoppins across the line.

After a long battle with Doug Williams for the top spot, Joe Isabell took the lead late and put his Scott Bloomquist designed Mod Lite in victory lane in the 15-lap feature.

Williams, Jeff Isabell Jr., Rick Demo and Sterling Miller rounded out the top five. Mike Mullen, Josh DeSantis, Lowell Zehr, Justin Williams andJeremy Isabell completed the second five.

Skip DeGroff totally dominated the 15-lap Four Cylinder Stock feature increasing his overall point lead. Justin Buske, Chris Bonoffski, Wendall Washington and Dan Dupra finished second through fifth.

Fort Ontario Civil War encampment and RC airplane show planned

Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego will host a Civil War encampment and radio-controlled airplane show during Harborfest weekend July 27 and 28.

Living history displays, drills, guard duty, campfire cooking, and more will take place inside the historic fort, while radio-controlled airplanes will fly off a runway on the bluff north of the fort.

Historic Fort Ontario will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Civil War encampment and RC airplane show, hosted by the Oswego Modelaires RC Airplane Club, will end around 3 p.m. Sunday. The Hawks Junior Aviators will provide flying lessons for children using dual controls.

Parking for Fort visitors, Harborfest trolley riders, and fireworks viewers will be available at the fort for a $6 vehicle fee from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday.

Regular fort admission will be charged on Sunday. Food vendors will set up for fireworks spectators Saturday evening. Food and refreshments will be available at both days at the RC Airplane show.

“Fort Ontario State Historic Site is one of the most historically significant military posts in the United States,” said Site Director Paul Lear. “It has played various roles in our nation’s history from the French and Indian War (1754 – 1763) through the War in Afghanistan.”

The 444th Engineer Company, 479th Engineer Brigade, USAR, veterans of campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, maintains a post on the 258-year old Fort Ontario Military Reservation.

The fort is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the City of Oswego.

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