Prom time

Bodley-RothrockKate_Wby Kate Rothrock

Do you want to see comedy, dancing, singing, magic and more?

Come to Bodley’s Got Talent tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the GRB auditorium!

The HOPE Club will be donating  the proceeds to Make-a-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and Hope for Ariang. Don’t miss out on a chance to see some very talented students!

Want a beautiful prom dress? Bodley’s Sweet Boutique has hundreds of prom dresses in all sizes, colors and styles. All gently used dresses are only $25 and all proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank of Central New York.

This dress sale will be at the GRB cafeteria Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a great opportunity to save money while helping others!

Nothing to do this Friday? Gather some friends and go to the school dance at 7 p.m!

Also, this Friday report cards will be mailed. It is officially the last quarter before summer.

For seniors, including myself, it is our last quarter of high school ever! It is a scary and exciting thought.

The countdown to prom is so close! There is exactly 17 days until the juniors and their dates get dressed up to go to the prom which will be held at the Foundry in Oswego. Prom tickets are now on sale! They can be bought during lunches.

The theme of this year’s prom is “Under The Stars.”

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DSS to re-open soon

The Oswego County Department of Social Services facility at 100 Spring St. will officially re-open to the public at 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 29.

The Mexico office building was closed in December for asbestos abatement and building repairs. Since then, services have been provided at the former Cayuga Community College facility in Fulton.

Social Services Commissioner Gregg Heffner said the department will be closed Friday, April 26. Employees will begin moving items from storage Wednesday, April 24, and the staff will move back into the Mexico building on Friday, April 26.

Heffner said ceiling tiles have been replaced and several other repairs have been made to the Mexico facility. “Our staff is looking forward to returning to the DSS facility in Mexico,” said Heffner. “I want to thank the members of the public, the DSS staff, our co-workers at the Buildings and Grounds Department, and the county legislature for their patience and cooperation over the past several months while repairs were made to the Mexico building.

“It was a challenging process at times, but everyone pulled together and the end result will be well worth the effort for our customers and our employees,” he added.

It’s not too late to ‘get on target’ this summer

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is accepting registrations into its Shooting Sports Program.

The program will be conducted as a five-week course concluding with a field day.

Each discipline meets once a week at an Oswego County sportsman club. Archery will be held on Monday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. at Deerslayers Bowmen Association on Route 104 in southwest Oswego.

Shotgun will be held on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at North Sportsmans Club in West Monroe.

Air rifle will meet Wednesdays at North Sportsmans Club from 6 to 8 p.m.

The last discipline, muzzleloading rifle, will be held Wednesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lock Stock and Barrel Club in Volney.

Youth do not need to have previous experience or own firearms to participate in this hands-on learning experience.

The Oswego County 4-H Program and instructors, certified New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program, will provide all firearms and necessary equipment.

The instructors are volunteers who are chosen for their ability to teach and their skill at relating to youth.

The 4-H Shooting Sports’ courses will meet a minimum of five times beginning the first week of May and end with a field day in early June.

A program fee will be charged to cover the cost of materials and eye and ear protection.

The 4-H Shooting Sports Program aims to help youth develop self-confidence, personal discipline, responsibility, teamwork, self-esteem and sportsmanship.

The program also provides a positive experience for youth and promotes firearm safety. The Oswego County Shooting Sports program is not a hunter safety education program.

Those interested may the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Program at 963-7286 or email at

Fulton boys lacrosse team loses to J-D and Cortland

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys varsity lacrosse team recently lost games to Jamesville-DeWitt and Corteight8 unanswered goals during the third quarter against Fulton to pull away for the win April 11.

The Red Raiders also came up short against Cortland April 13.

After the first quarter of Jamesville-DeWitt game, Fulton only trailed by three goals. Jamesville-DeWitt expanded its lead by two goals during the second quarter to take a five-goal lead into halftime at 7-2.

Jamesville-DeWitt put the game away during the third quarter. It outscored Fulton by seven goals to expand its lead to 12 goals.

Jamesville-DeWitt didn’t let up during the fourth quarter. They outscored the Red Raiders by four goals to cap off a 20-4 win.

Leading the way for Fulton were Matt Nelson and Josh Plonka, who each scored two unassisted goals.

Keeper Scott Hughes saved seven shots on goal.

The Red Raiders had little time to regroup as Cortland awaited them April 13.

Fulton proved that it was not intimidated by Cortland’s 5-0 record.

Following a hard fought first quarter, the game was tied at 2-2. After both teams scored once during the second quarter, the game went into halftime tied at 3-3.

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Two Phoenix grapplers receive college scholarships

by Rob Tetro

Phoenix varsity wrestlers Nick Tighe and Rowdy Prior will be taking their wrestling skills to the college level this fall.

This past season, Tighe won his third New York State Wrestling Championship. He was also the recipient of the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award at the state championships.

Recently, Tighe was named the recipient of two other awards. He was declared New York State’s Wrestler of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association named Tighe the New York State Sportsmanship Award winner.

Prior had a stellar senior Year as well. He earned a second place finish at the 2013 New York State Wrestling Championships.

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Literacy Coalition holds book drive to benefit local youth

dv1940060Developing literacy skills in children at a young age is essential. Reading not only helps them succeed in school, it introduces them to a world of knowledge and imagination that they may enjoy for a lifetime.

To help promote literacy for local youth, the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is hosting a book drive for youth.

Now through Saturday, May 11, the agency is accepting donations of gently used books that would be of interest to toddlers through teens. The books will be distributed to during the Oswego Independence Day Parade and the Fulton Memorial Day Parade.

“Over the years we have given away hundreds of books to area youth,” said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County. “We are proud to be a part of The Literacy Coalition and are dedicated to helping our youth thrive by enhancing their learning experience.”

Jennifer Cook of Assemblyman Will Barclay’s office, chairperson for the book drive, echoed the importance of reading and the positive impact it has on a child’s future.

“By providing youth with books we are doing much more than promoting literacy — we are preparing children for kindergarten, increasing test scores and graduation rates, and helping our youth discover the joy of reading and the wonder of imagination,” said Cook.

Donations of gently used books for children and teens may be dropped off at the following locations:

• United Way Office, 1 S. First St., Fulton (Inside Community Bank).

• Greater Oswego-Fulton

Chamber of Commerce, 44 E. Bridge St. Oswego, and Suite 12, Canalview Mall, Fulton.

• Fulton School District Office,  167 S. Fourth St., Fulton.

• Assemblyman Will Barclay’s Office, 200 N. Second St., Fulton.

• Sen. Patty Ritchie’s Office, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.

• Eastern Shore Associates

Main Office, Cayuga Street, Fulton.

• Cayuga Community College,

Fulton Campus.

• Minetto Fire Department.

• Oswego City School District Office, East First Street, Oswego.

Arrangements for pick-up can be made for donations of large quantities of books. Those seeking more information on the book drive may call the United Way office at 593-1900.

Comprised of more than 36 local organizations, the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is focused on improving literacy in Oswego County by addressing literacy needs of people of all ages.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

Flower pot cookies, oil painting, photography, young writers and life drawing techniques are all on tap for the busy weekend ahead with a full day of classes Saturday, April 20.

Spring Treats will teach how to make flower pot cookies and more. Acrylics, oil painting, and life drawing all present classes for any skill level running throughout the day.

Two more writing programs debut with a writer’s workshop titled How Digital Photography Can Help Writers Reach Readers and an afternoon for young writers age 8 to 15 with Write Away! Registration for classes is open until 6 p.m. the day before a class starts. Students are asked to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee.

The third annual Arts Fest to be held June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the War Memorial Ice Rink is filling with artists and Crafters.

Tom Eagan and Christine Tupe will both perform onstage following the third annual Talent Competition.

This event offers handmade original art and crafts and promotes the performing arts with a talent competition featuring prizes in several categories. Talent and vendors can register online at

The second annual ARTY Day Camp registrations are available with full details on the web site. This summer camp for ages 5-15 will offer instruction in art, writing, dance and theater, lunch provided with group art projects.

Lunch and afternoon art projects are free and open to every child in the community age 5 and up during the weeks of camp, July 15-19 and Aug 19-23.

Sponsorships are available for morning classes. CNY Arts Center wants every child to have an art experience this summer.

Classes, live theatre, festivals, Arty Camp, and an art gallery opening soon delivers all arts for all ages and interests at CNY Arts Center.

CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St, Fulton.

“ARTs in the HeART” Art Gallery will be located at 47 S. First St. in Fulton. Artists can apply for gallery space online.

Visit  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and look for us here every week with the latest happenings at CNY Arts Center.

Students add themed baskets to school’s annual auction

Oswego Community Christian School students are doing their part to support the school’s sixth annual auction.

Students in each grade have been busy preparing themed baskets that will be up for bid during the auction. Each basket will be filled with an array of goodies that pertain to a unique theme.

Sue Bakos, planning committee chairperson, said the students are enthused about making the baskets and enjoy selecting the items to be included.

“They are really being creative and having fun putting their baskets together,” said Bakos. “It’s nice to see them put so much thought into it.”

Themes for the baskets include cooking, camping, sports and recreation, night on the town, and family game night

Oswego Christian Community School’s sixth annual auction will be held Saturday, April 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Oswego Elks Lodge 271, corner of West Fifth and Bridge streets in Oswego.

The event, which serves as the school’s largest fund-raiser, will feature a silent auction and a live auction withj Corrina Paulding of McEwen Auction Company in Oswego as well as a bake sale and the Elks chicken barbecue.

The themed baskets will be a welcome addition to the extensive list of items that will be up for bid, including Wonderworks at Destiny USA; gift cards to area retailers and restaurants; tickets to area attractions and events; gift certificates for spa treatments, hotel getaways, automotive services; jewelry and beauty products and more.

Photos of many of the items available for bid can be found on the school’s web site at

The annual event, which boasts approximately $25,000 in items up for bid, will also include the popular Oswego Community Christian School’s annual Prize Drawing.

For a donation, individuals will have the opportunity to win one of prizes.

The prizes include a grand prize of either a five-night Disney World vacation for a family of four or a $1,500 VISA Gift Card, winner’s choice; a second prize of an Apple iPad mini; and a third prize of either a $250 gas or grocery card, winner’s choice.

A limited number of tickets will available these prize drawings.  Proceeds will be used for the continued improvement of the quality of education offered to the students at OCCS.

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