Blessings in a Backpack program receives grant

Blessings in a Backpack program of Oswego-Fulton Lutheran-Episcopal Faith Partnership received a $5,000 challenge grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.

The money was awarded to the program based on its effectiveness in addressing physical, emotional and/or spiritual needs in the local area based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: 35-36.

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Fulton Pre-K to have registration night

Students fro Fulton Pre-K show their pride for their pre-k program during the Memorial Day Salute parade May 24. Shown are, left to right,  Declan Nickerson, Evelyn Lischak, Callen Cowden, Walker Doney, Kane Morey, Chase Clark, Caeli Bartlett, Kendyll Bixby, Bella Vant, Brayden Wise
Students fro Fulton Pre-K show their pride for their pre-k program during the Memorial Day Salute parade May 24. Shown are, left to right, Declan Nickerson, Evelyn Lischak, Callen Cowden, Walker Doney, Kane Morey, Chase Clark, Caeli Bartlett, Kendyll Bixby, Bella Vant, Brayden Wise

The Fulton City School District will conduct an open registration night for the district’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at the Education Center, 167 S. Fourth St., Fulton.

The event will feature a free performance by the Twin Magicians.

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What’s on the menu at the Fulton Senior Dining Center?

Here is the menu for the Fulton Senior Dining and Activity Center for the week of June 9:

Monday, June 9 — Macaroni and cheese, scalloped tomatoes and vegetables

Tuesday, June 10 — Turkey and cheese sandwich with cole slaw and pineapple tidbits

Wednesday, June 11 — Meatball sub with tossed salad and Capri blend vegetables

Thursday, June 12 — Chicken and broccoli pasta bake with zucchini and squash

Friday, June 13 — Pork chop with gravy and mashed potatoes with vegetables

All meals include milk and dessert. Lunch is served at noon with a daily activity at 11 a.m.

Call Eileen for reservations at 592-3408 at least 24 hours in advance.

The Sportsman’s World — Not Your Ideal Spring

By Leon Archer

While the lake fishing for trout and salmon seemed to be on track for another good year, with plenty of good-sized browns being caught near shore, the fishing for warm water species has been pretty much hit or miss. 

The inshore lake fishing has slowed down now as the trout have moved into deeper water, but once fishermen locate them, they are still hitting. 

Lake fishermen are starting to get more steelheads in the mix as those fish have moved back into the lake from their spawning run and are feeding on whatever crosses their path as they gain weight and recover from the rigors of spawning.

Northern pike and walleye fishermen are having a harder time of it. Cloudy water from the heavy rains have made it harder for the big predators to find the baits and lures. The luckier fishermen who come in with a limit of walleyes will tell you the fishing is great, but many boats come in with a much different story. 

The high cold water left a lot of walleyes still up the streams on their spawning beds when the season opened, but as they gradually drifted back into the lake, they were still hard to come by. 

The good thing is, as we move into June, all the negative conditions should become just a memory and the wonderful Oneida Lake walleye fishery will be back on track. Hot fillets anyone?

Northern pike are affected by the same muddy water and cold temperatures. As the season opened, many of the big females were still in the shallow weeds laying eggs. 

Once they were through with the annual rite, they began looking for perch or shad to fill their empty stomachs. They were biting if a fisherman could get his offering close enough for them to see. 

Many of those larger females that were caught did not fight very well. I suspect the reason was they were still weak from their spawning activities. People don’t realize what an arduous task it is for them. Won’t be long and they will put up a good show for themselves once again.

Up on the St. Lawrence, the fishing has been slow as well. The bullhead fishing was not great, but perch fishermen have had some success when they find a school. 

Those waters are clear, but they are still cold. Perch have moved out of their spawning aggregations, so they are spread out far and wide in smaller groups. 

We are getting close to bass season, and the colder water may have set their timetable back just a bit as well, but I think fishermen will still find decent action on the opener. Don’t expect to catch much on fast moving lures though. 

I have talked with numerous fishermen who have told me that bass fishing along Oswego County’s Lake Ontario shoreline has been rather poor over the past two or three years. Seems like the fish are just not in residence there in any real numbers. 

I have no idea why that might be. I would be interested in hearing from bass fishermen who fish this area, about both this year’s experiences and their take on the recent past.

Another turkey season has come and runs out today. I hope you did well, and I also hope there are plenty of hens sitting on big clutches of eggs or even leading a group of little poults around already. 

I love to see them even if they avoid me during hunting season. Until next week folks, good fishing.

In and Around Hannibal: Nuns on the Bus

By Rita Hooper

I’ve mentioned before that I attended Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington in April.

I had the opportunity to meet Sister Simone Campbell and even to share a few minutes with her in the lobby. I had dropped by to get a signed copy of her book but they weren’t available yet, so she signed a piece of paper and I placed an order for her book: Nuns on the Bus.   Continue reading

Guernsey, Shannon receive Lions scholarships

Anna Guernsey and Casey Shannon, both set to graduate next month from  G. Ray Bodley High School, were awarded the Fulton Lions Club’s 2014 H. and Mary Dowd Memorial and John Scaringi scholarships respectively. Each scholarship provides the winner with $750 per year for four years toward college costs. Guernsey will attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College to major in radiologic technology. Shannon will attend Clarkson University to major in physical therapy. Leo Chirello, past Fulton Lions president and scholarship committee chair, congratulated Shannon, (left) and Guernsey. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Mane Event Comedy Night, Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions: http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php .
Anna Guernsey and Casey Shannon, both set to graduate next month from G. Ray Bodley High School, were awarded the Fulton Lions Club’s 2014 H. and Mary Dowd Memorial and John Scaringi scholarships respectively. Each scholarship provides the winner with $750 per year for four years toward college costs. Guernsey will attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College to major in radiologic technology. Shannon will attend Clarkson University to major in physical therapy. Leo Chirello, past Fulton Lions president and scholarship committee chair, congratulated Shannon, (left) and Guernsey. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Mane Event Comedy Night, Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions: http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php .

Mills named Volunteer of the Year for OCO

Oswego County Opportunities recently honored Tom Mills with the Howard Wilcox Volunteer of the Year Award at the agency’s annual meeting. From left are: OCO Board President Connie Cosemento; Head Start Family Advocate Liz Liberti; Award Recipient Tom Mills; and Executive Director of OCO, Diane Cooper-Currier.
Oswego County Opportunities recently honored Tom Mills with the Howard Wilcox Volunteer of the Year Award at the agency’s annual meeting. From left are: OCO Board President Connie Cosemento; Head Start Family Advocate Liz Liberti; Award Recipient Tom Mills; and Executive Director of OCO, Diane Cooper-Currier.

Oswego County Opportunities recently honored Tom Mills with the agency’s Howard Wilcox Volunteer of the Year Award.

Presented annually, the award is given to a volunteer who goes above and beyond in offering their time and talents to an OCO program.

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