VIN etching Sept. 21

The Woznicki Insurance Agency at 7458 Oswego Road in Liverpool  is hosting its Fifth Annual Community Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21.

There will be a free auto vehicle identification number etching service with Safelite Auto Glass. Etching can reduce auto insurance costs by providing anti-theft protection.

Hot dogs, coneys, cookies and drinks will be available while cars are being serviced. A limited number of free calculators will be given out.

Babysitting course scheduled Sept. 14

The American Red Cross, Oswego office is offering a babysitting course 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at 333 W. First St.

This class will show young people the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants.

This training will help participants to develop leadership skills; learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave; and learn about basic child care and basic first aid.

The recommended age for this course is 11 to 15 years old.

Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or go to to sign up.  Spaces are very limited.

Blood drives planned

The American Red Cross plans several blood drives locally during September.

They are:

Sept. 11, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.,  Believers Chapel Fellowship Hall, 614 S. Fourth St. (Route 481), Fulton

Sept. 11, 1 to 6 p.m., Lamson Road Community Church, 2259 Lamson Road, Phoenix

Sept. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Oswego Elks Lodge No. 271, banquet hall, 132 W. Fifth St., Oswego

Sept. 23, 1 to 6 p.m., Minetto United Methodist Church, fellowship hall, 2433 county Route 8, Oswego

Sept. 24, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., State University College at Oswego, Hewitt Union ballroom

Sept. 27, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Manor at Seneca Hill, dining room, 20 Manor Drive, Oswego

Sept. 30, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Oswego Moose Lodge, 134 W. Oneida St.

Worship by the river for Labor Day

Fulton’s downtown gazebo will once again be the setting for a Labor Day worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 1.

Three congregations (Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, State Street United Methodist Church and First United Church of Fulton) will gather to host the outdoor service, which will include communion and a food offering for the Salvation Army Food Pantry.

The Rev. Anne Wichelns, new to the shared pastorate of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, will bring the message.

A combined choir, directed by Cindy MacDougall, will rehearse the anthem at 10 a.m.

The Rev. Marion M. Moore-Colgan, pastor of State Street United Methodist Church, will give primary leadership in the serving of communion. Communion is open to all who confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

The Rev. David Nethercott, pastor of First United Church of Fulton, also will assist in the leadership of the service.

Each congregation is an active member of the Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches, which hosts a number of shared events each year, including the 27th annual Fulton CROP WALK scheduled for Oct. 6.

Coffee, cookies and cold drinks will be served following the service. Members of the three hosting congregations are asked to bring cookies to share.

It is recommended that those attending the service bring their own lawn chair.  In case of inclement weather, the service will take place at First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St.

For further information, and for issues related to weather conditions on Sept. 1, contact the Rev. David Nethercott at the church at 592-2707, cellphone at 415-2408 or by email at

Zoo to You program visits CYO

Participants in the CYO Summer Drop-In Recreation program were introduced to some of the residents of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo when Zoo Educator Alicia Arcaro brought the Zoo To You program to Fulton.

Arcaro provided CYO participants with an informative presentation that gave them a close-up look at some of the zoo’s many animals.

While the Virginia opossum and the African pygmy hedgehog were interesting and cute, it was the African ball python that brought out the most interesting reactions, from wide-eyed excitement to cautious delight.

A traveling, inquiry-based educational program, Zoo to You makes approximately 300 visits each year to schools, libraries, community centers, senior centers, day care centers and scout groups, and serves as a bridge between the Rosamond Gifford Zoo and the community.

“It’s an opportunity for us to show community members some of the animals up close,” said Arcaro. “Our goal with Zoo to You is to increase awareness of the animal kingdom and encourage the participants to be environmentally conscious.”

Arcaro added that the zoo recently welcomed twin Markor babies: a male and a female named Sasha and Turgan. Their parents are Edith and Sunny.

Located at Burnet Park in Syracuse, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. year round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, when the zoo is closed.

For more information on the Rosamond Gifford Zoo or the Zoo to You program, contact the zoo at 435-8511, or visit

The CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation program is funded in part by the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the state Office of Children and Families, and the City-County Youth Bureau of Oswego County. For more information on the program, contact CYO Coordinator George Timmins at 598-3980, extension 254.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals, local companies and organizations.

Bodley senior portrait retakes set Aug. 27

G. Ray Bodley High School seniors are reminded that retakes for their Fultonian yearbook senior portraits will be taking place Aug. 27 at the high school. School Pictures of Rochester will be at GRB from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the auditorium.

Any students who missed their portrait opportunity in June are strongly encouraged to attend, as this is the final opportunity for individual portrait sittings.

There is no charge for first-time portraits and a $5 fee for retakes. For retakes, students are asked to bring their original proofs.

Council paves way for Pathfinder revamp

By Tracy Kinne

The Fulton city council Tuesday approved the privatization of the Fulton Housing Authority, a step that will allow the rehabilitation of Pathfinder Courts.

Before approving the change, the council sought reassurance that rents, which will increase because of the improvements, will remain affordable for residents.

The change will transfer management of the townhouses and senior citizen housing to a nonprofit.

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