We want your news! Send us: News release |Letter to the Editor | Share a picture | Newborn | Birthday | Engagement | Wedding | Other Milestone
Today







Burghart’s celebrate 50th Anniversary

Carol and Chuck - 2014

Carol and Chuck – 2014

Charles and Carol Burghart celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with dinner at the Cottage Inn in Red Creek with their family.

Charles and Carol Burghart - 1964

Charles and Carol Burghart – 1964

Then a gathering of family and friends at their home in Hannibal.

Charles and the former Carol Tihy were married on June 27, 1964, at St Jude’s Church in Fair Haven.

They have two children: Jean (Ken) Ford and Susan (Chris) Nevins; and five grandchildren: Jessica Vanella, Samantha and Cameron Adams, Kevin Ford and Tristan Nevins.

‘Shrek’ features a Larger than Life Character

The Oswego Children’s Theater’s latest production “Shrek the Musical” will feature a much larger than usual sized character in the person of a life sized dragon.

The vocal role of the dragon will be played by veteran actress Caroline Gray. The body of the beast however, will be portrayed by a full sized dragon puppet manipulated by other individuals.

The Oswego children’s Theater Presents “Shrek the Musical.” Pictured is a life-sized dragon puppet appearing in the show.

The Oswego children’s Theater Presents “Shrek the Musical.” Pictured is a life-sized dragon puppet appearing in the show.

The process of designing and executing this huge marionette began several weeks ago.

First the basic framework of the creature was assembled and hung from the ceiling of the Moshers’ dining room with hooks. Next she (it is a girl dragon) was covered with fabric to form a “skin.”

The process of building the legs and feet next, followed by attaching both legs and the head. Then the control system was installed and the unit tested. Lastly the puppeteers were trained and the beast was introduced at a rehearsal.

The dragon was designed and executed by Kelly Mosher and Flo Ross assisted by Lyndsie Lee Jones, and Carla Larkin.

In addition to the dragon, the production features a huge cast of area youth including Doug Schneider in the role of Shrek, Leah Mullen as Fiona, Catrina Edwards as Donkey, and Ryan Smith as Lord Farquad.

Other cast members include Ethan Cliff as Little Shrek, Audrey Donavan as Pig #1 Arianna Jones as a Bunny, Abigail Lareau as the Pig #2, Madeline Loomis as Teen Fiona, Maya Loomis as the Shoemaker’s Elf, Tegan Margrey as Alice in Wonderland, Mason Margrey as Dumbo, Baxter Mason as Pinocchio, Zander Mason as the Ugly Duckling, Grace Mason as Young Fiona, Ashley Mills as The Sugar Plum Fairy, Odin Mosher as the Dish with the Spoon, Megan Murtha as The Fairy Godmother, Ella Shambo as the Pied Piper, Issac Shambo as Grumpy the Dwarf, Tate Shambo as Puss-n-Boots, Julianna Smith as Gingy, Gregory Thomas as the Cow who jumped over the moon and Faith Washington as the Wicked Witch.

In addition the supporting cast appears in multiple other roles as townspeople, guards and various fairy tale characters.

“Shrek the Musical” was adapted for the stage by David Lyndsay-Abaire, who wrote the book and lyrics, with music by Jeanine Tesori.

The show is directed by Lyndsie Lee Jones, with music director Kenneth C Jones, assisted by Dan Williams and Wayne A Mosher Jr.

The show is produced By Kelly Mosher, who will also costume design with Florence Ross.

Abby Field will act as stage manager assisted by Faith Washington.

Makeup designer will be Amanda Mosher. Adam Thompson will assist with the lights.

“Shrek the Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International.

The Oswego Children’s Theater was at the farmers’ market on July 3 to give a taste of what is ahead the following week.

Members will also be in the Fourth of July Parade on July 6.

Matthew Magrisi, owner of ECO-Foam Insulators, is the sponsor of the theater troupe for the parade.

He was an original member of the technical crew for Oswego Children’s Theater.

The production is slated to be performed July 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m. with matinee performances on July 13, 19 and 20 at 2 p.m.

All performances will be in the theater space at the New Haven Congregational Church, located on State Route 104 East between Oswego and Mexico.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

For reservations and more information, call 315-342-5265.

You may also email oswegochildrenstheater@hotmail.com for information or reservations.

Mark Martiniano and Heidi Couture Engaged to be Married

Larry and Bobbi Martiniano of Fulton recently announced the engagement of their son, Mark Martiniano to Heidi Couture, daughter of Richard and Diana Couture of Farmington, NH.

Mark Martiniano and Heidi Couture

Mark Martiniano and Heidi Couture

Martiniano is a 2001 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School and a 2005 graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Supply Chain Management and he completed his MBA in 2013.

He is employed as a senior financial analyst for Parexel International in Billerica, Mass.

Couture is a 2005 graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is employed as a sales executive for Leica Biosystems.

A September 2014 wedding is planned in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Oswego Children’s Theater’s ‘Shrek the Musical’ Opens July 11

The Oswego Children’s Theater latest production of “Shrek the Musical” is set to open July 11 at the New Haven Congregational Church, Route 104 East.

“Shrek the Musical” is based on the 2001 DreamWorks animated film “Shrek” and follows the adventures of a cantankerous Ogre named Shrek, his friend a talking donkey and the beautiful princess Fiona.

Pictured at a recent rehearsal is director Lyndsie Lee  Mosher and cast members.

Pictured at a recent rehearsal is director Lyndsie Lee Mosher and cast members.

The production features a huge cast of area youth including Doug Schneider in the role of Shrek, Leah Mullen as Fiona, Catrina Edwards as Donkey, Ryan Smith as Lord Farquad, and Caroline Gray as the Dragon.

Other cast members include Ethan Cliff as Little Shrek, Audrey Donavan as Pig #1 Arianna Jones as a Bunny, Abigail Lareau as the Pig #2, Madeline Loomis as Teen Fiona, Maya Loomis as the Shoemaker’s Elf, Tegan Margrey as Alice in Wonderland, Mason Margrey as Dumbo, Baxter Mason as Pinocchio, Zander Mason as the Ugly Duckling, Grace Mason as Young Fiona, Ashley Mills as The Sugar Plum Fairy, Odin Mosher as the Dish with the Spoon, Megan Murtha as The Fairy Godmother, Ella Shambo as the Pied Piper, Issac Shambo as Grumpy the Dwarf, Tate Shambo as Puss-n-Boots, Julianna Smith as Gingy, Gregory Thomas as the Cow who jumped over the moon, and Faith Washington as the Wicked Witch.

In addition the supporting cast appears in multiple other roles as townspeople, guards and various fairy tale characters.

“Shrek the Musical” was adapted for the stage by David Lyndsay-Abaire, who wrote the book and lyrics, with music by Jeanine Tesori.

The show is directed by Lyndsie Lee Jones with music director Kenneth C Jones, assisted by Dan Williams and Wayne A Mosher Jr.

The show is produced By Kelly Mosher, who will also design costumes assisted by with Florence Ross.

Abby Field will act as stage manger assisted by Faith Washington. Makeup designers will be Amanda Mosher and Angela Thomas.

TJ Pospesel and Adam Thompson will assist with the lights.

“Shrek the Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International.

The production is slated to be performed July 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. with matinee performances on July 13, 19 and 20, at 2 p.m.

All performances will be in the theater space at the New Haven Congregational Church, located on State Route 104 East between Oswego and Mexico.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

For reservations and more information call 315-342-5265 or email oswegochildrenstheater@hotmail.com

Fulton City Democratic Committee To Hold Chicken BBQ

Chairman Jim Rice of the Fulton City Democratic Committee is inviting everyone to a chicken BBQ at the Polish Home on July 13 from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Presale dinners should be picked up by 1:30 p.m.

The chicken dinners are being cooked by Fulton’s Fricken Chicken team of Denny Young and John Rebeor.

Tickets are available by calling either Rice at 593-1428 or Theresa Weinhold at 593-6300 or at the event.

Along with half a chicken, the dinner consists of salt potatoes, beans, and homemade cookies.

Assisting John and Denny are Jim Rice, Legislator Dan Farfaglia, Legislator Frank Castiglia, Dave Munger, former Legislator Phil Vasho, April Vasho, Dennis Merlino and Kelly, former city councilor Bob Weston, and former Legislator Theresa Weinhold, and Veteran of the Year Jim Weinhold.

There will be a 50/50 raffle and a special gift card drawing for all who order dinners.

Hope to see you there.

Hannibal Music Boosters Plans Annual Golf Tournament

Hannibal Music Boosters is hosting its second annual golf tournament on July 13 at Griffin’s Greens.

Hannibal Music Boosters Matt Decker, Madeline Pittorf, Theresa King and Maureen Ball prepare for the annual golf tournament.

Hannibal Music Boosters Matt Decker, Madeline Pittorf, Theresa King and Maureen Ball prepare for the annual golf tournament.

The tournament begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start.

Dinner will follow the tournament at The Village Tavern in Hannibal.

For more information or to register a team while there are still openings, contact Maureen Ball at mpjball@gmail.com.

Birdlebough Senior Athletes Honored at Recognition Banquet

The Phoenix Central School District, in conjunction with the Phoenix Firebirds Sports Booster Club, honored athletes from the John C. Birdlebough Class of 2014 at the annual Senior Athlete Recognition Banquet.

More than 50 seniors were recognized at the banquet for their participation in interscholastic athletics and several distinguished awards and scholarships were presented.

The “Doc” Jones Athletic Scholarship Award was presented to Paige Recore, left, and Dylan Doupe. With the honorees is “Doc” Jones, a previous long-time athletic director at the Phoenix Central School District.

The “Doc” Jones Athletic Scholarship Award was presented to Paige Recore, left, and Dylan Doupe. With the honorees is “Doc” Jones, a previous long-time athletic director at the Phoenix Central School District.

Senior Recognition Awards were presented to:

Kyle Andrews, Haley Besaw, Dylan Borza, Anthony Brienza, Ralph Casillo, Kaitlyn Clapp, Codie Corso, Sabastian Czyz, Ciara Daly, Dylan Doupe, Austin Dristle, Sage Dygert, Gabrielle Esposito, Ian Evans, Trevor Ferens, Jenna Freytag, Austin Furco, Marissa Gersbacher, Michael Girard, Tyler Hanna, Eric Hillpot, Kimberly Holbrook, Michael Leach, Meghan Lentz, Skylar Mace, Nichole Marr, Michael Mironti, Jason Nipper, William Ostrander, Andrew Padula, Ryan Pinzer, Bryce Plante, Derick Powell, Paige Recore, Robert Reynolds, Tyler Sahm, Brian Sawyer, Stephanie Seever, Brian Stafford, Kaitlyn Stenoski, Billy Stone, Dylan Switzer, Emilio Tassone, Nickolas Tassone, Daniel Taylor, Destiny Teel, Haylie Virginia, Trevor Wells, Alexandra Wilson, Brandon Wood, and Zachary Young.

The Pete Zollo “Mr. Baseball” Scholarship Award recognizes one senior baseball player for exemplifying love and passion for the sport and the community.

The Ronald P. Woodruff Outstanding Senior Athlete Award was presented to seniors Haylie Virginia, right, and Dylan Douple. With the honorees is retired Phoenix Central School District athletic director Ronald P. Woodruff.

The Ronald P. Woodruff Outstanding Senior Athlete Award was presented to seniors Haylie Virginia, right, and Dylan Douple. With the honorees is retired Phoenix Central School District athletic director Ronald P. Woodruff.

Varsity baseball coach Charles Chawgo presented this year’s award to Emilio Tassone.

Senior Michael Mironti was presented with the Ridge Barden Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,000.

The Don and Marcia DenBleyker Scholarship recognizes student-athletes for their athletic performance, overall scholastic achievement and community service.

The 2014 recipients were three-sport athletes Alexandra Wilson (tennis, basketball and softball) and Eric Hillpot (cross country, indoor track and outdoor track and field).

Birdlebough seniors Kim Holbrook, left, and Dylan Switzer were awarded the Phoenix Firebird Sports Boosters Judi and Doug Graham Scholarship Award. With the honorees is Judi and Doug Graham.

Birdlebough seniors Kim Holbrook, left, and Dylan Switzer were awarded the Phoenix Firebird Sports Boosters Judi and Doug Graham Scholarship Award. With the honorees is Judi and Doug Graham.

Established in 2008, the Judi and Doug Graham Scholarship Award is presented annually to one male and one female athlete that is involved with sports boosters’ activities as well as athletic and school activities and also demonstrates outstanding character traits.

This year’s recipients were Kimberly Holbrook (tennis, basketball, softball) and Dylan Switzer (cross country, indoor track and outdoor track and field).

Seniors Haylie Virginia and Dylan Doupe were recognized for their outstanding contributions to their sports teams and presented with the Outstanding Senior Athlete Award.

Alexandra Wilson and Eric Hillpot were honored for their scholastic achievement and community service with the Don and Marcia DenBleyker Scholarship Award. From left are: Hillpot, Marcia DenBleyker, Don DenBleyker, and Wilson.

Alexandra Wilson and Eric Hillpot were honored for their scholastic achievement and community service with the Don and Marcia DenBleyker Scholarship Award. From left are: Hillpot, Marcia DenBleyker, Don DenBleyker, and Wilson.

This award is presented in honor of Ronald P. Woodruff, retired Phoenix Central School District Athletic Director.

The “Doc” Jones Athletic Scholarship Awards are presented annually in honor of previous long-time Athletic Director “Doc” Jones to recognize a well-rounded male and female athlete for their achievements in the field of athletics, academics, leadership and community service.

 

The 2014 honorees are Paige Recore (volleyball) and Dylan Doupe (football, outdoor track and field).

Additional honors presented at the banquet include: Section III Scholar Athlete Awards to Meghan Lentz and Bryce Plante; Parent of the Year Awards to Mary Plante and Brenda and Brian Doupe; Coach of Year Awards to Michelle Goodfellow and Andy Lewis.

Section III of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association presented Meghan Lentz, left, and Bryce Plantz with the 2014 Section III Scholar Athlete Award. This award recognizes outstanding senior athletes for maintaining an average of 92% or higher throughout their high school career. In addition to accepting the honor at the Phoenix Central School District Annual Athletic Recognition Banquet, the pair were invited to join other Section III Scholar Athlete Awardees from across Central New York for a recognition dinner at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College.

Section III of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association presented Meghan Lentz, left, and Bryce Plantz with the 2014 Section III Scholar Athlete Award. This award recognizes outstanding senior athletes for maintaining an average of 92% or higher throughout their high school career. In addition to accepting the honor at the Phoenix Central School District Annual Athletic Recognition Banquet, the pair were invited to join other Section III Scholar Athlete Awardees from across Central New York for a recognition dinner at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College.

Dillon Holds Eighth Grade Awards Day

An awards celebration on the final day of the 2013-14 school year honored eighth grade students at Phoenix’s Emerson J. Dillon Middle School for various achievements and academic accomplishments.

An Outstanding Academic Achievement Award was presented to 15 eighth grade students in recognition of earning Gold Star Honor Roll status during all four years at the school. Pictured are five of the honorees, left to right: Catherine Musumeci, Alisa Trudell, Haley Stellingwerf, Emily McDonald and Hannah Grabowski.

An Outstanding Academic Achievement Award was presented to 15 eighth grade students in recognition of earning Gold Star Honor Roll status during all four years at the school. Pictured are five of the honorees, left to right: Catherine Musumeci, Alisa Trudell, Haley Stellingwerf, Emily McDonald and Hannah Grabowski.

Teaching staff recognized students for enthusiasm, effort and excellence in the following subject areas: math, science, English language arts, social studies, art, technology, family and consumer science, foreign language and band.

Eighth grader Joseph Lacey was presented with the Kevin E. Kon Technology Award, recognizing him for his ability to “think outside the box” and have fresh ideas, and the Century Club, in conjunction with the Phoenix Public Library, presented Alyssa Goudy with the Emma Pendergast Reading Award.

Principal Sue Anderson was given the distinct honor of presenting two awards on behalf of President Barack Obama, The President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and The President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence.

The Century Club, in cooperation with the Phoenix Public Library, presented eighth grader Alyssa Goudy with the Emma Pendergast Reading Award. Pictured with Goudy is Century Club members Barbara Henderson, left, and Mazzie McMillen.

The Century Club, in cooperation with the Phoenix Public Library, presented eighth grader Alyssa Goudy with the Emma Pendergast Reading Award. Pictured with Goudy is Century Club members Barbara Henderson, left, and Mazzie McMillen.

The President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement recognizes students who show educational growth, improvement, commitment or intellectual development in their academic subjects. This award was presented to: Mikalah Bell, Emily Bell, Julie Daubek, Victoria Dievendorf, Jonathan Downing, Devin Dubovik, Becka Fuller, Brandon Germain, Trinity Green, Bradlee Hess, Brittney Hunter, Corinne Janusz ka, Joseph Lacey, Nina Lewis, Gabriella Liberty, Kali Livingston, Frank Palmer, Lawrence Pilon, Ryan Shafer, Zachary Tulowiecki, Jerrett Williams, Jordan Williams, and Kolbey Young.

The President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence recognizes students for meeting the highest possible academic standards. Recipients must have earned at least a 90 overall average for three and one-half years at EJD Middle School and also demonstrated high achievement in reading or mathematics on the New York State exams. This award was presented to: Dixon Ameele, Andrew Avery, Jordan Cole, Gabrielle Crandall, Alyssa Goudy, Hannah Grabowski, Morgan Gravlin, Natalie Hart, Zoe Heckert, Alexandra Hoag, Megan Maestri, Emily McDonald, Breanna Mitchell, Ethan Murakami-Hamm, Catherine Musumeci, Bailey Otter, Lauren Schmidt, Alexis Smith, Brianna Squier, Haley Stellingwerf, Alisa Trudell, Ben Vienneau, Kaitlin White, and Julianne Yates.

In recognition of his excellence in music, Dixon Ameele was presented with a Jazz Award by music teacher Jim DeMauro.

In recognition of his excellence in music, Dixon Ameele was presented with a Jazz Award by music teacher Jim DeMauro.

In addition, 15 students were presented with an EJD Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and a Phoenix Firebird fleece blanket. This award recognizes students who earned Gold Star Honor Roll distinctions, a grade point average of 90 or higher with no incompletes or failing grades, for all four years at EJD. Honorees include: Dixon Ameele, Jordan Cole, Hannah Grabowski, Morgan Gravlin, Natalie Hart, Alexandra Hoag, Megan Maestri, Emily McDonald, Catherine Musumeci, Alexis Smith, Brianna Squier, Haley Stellingwerf, Alisa Trudell, Kaitlin White, and Julianne Yates.

The final set of awards during the ceremony recognized the following students for four years of perfect attendance: Joseph Lacey, Alexis Smith, Trevor Worden, and Paul Zogg. Each honoree received a Phoenix Class of 2018 T-shirt and a Nice ‘n Easy gift card.

Principal Anderson closed the ceremony with a heartfelt “thank you” to the students, saying, “You are smart, you have worked hard, and you have truly represented the Dillon Way [Respect plus responsibility equals success].”

Joseph Lacey was presented with the Kevin E. Kon Technology Award in recognition for his creative thinking and fresh ideas.

Joseph Lacey was presented with the Kevin E. Kon Technology Award in recognition for his creative thinking and fresh ideas.

Oswego County to participate in statewide STOP-DWI crackdown enforcement

OSWEGO – Oswego County STOP-DWI coordinator Robert Lighthall announced that Oswego County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on July 3 and will end on July 7.

Local law enforcement will be cracking down ob DWI offenders this July 4th weekend.

Local law enforcement will be cracking down ob DWI offenders this July 4th weekend.

The Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. This year the 4th of July falls on a Friday so we expect heavy traveling to begin on Wednesday and festivities to begin on Thursday and run through July 7.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 10,322 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States in 2012, representing a third of all crash fatalities. The New York State Police, county sheriff, and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to aggressively target those who put lives in danger.

The Fourth Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association. The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets Labor Day Weekend, Halloween, and the national Holiday Season in December.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities.

Still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers.

Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

Search Our Archives:

Isaiah Joseph Schroeder

Isaiah Joseph Schroeder was born in Oswego Hospital on Nov. 12, 2014.

Continue reading


Cedric Baker

Cedric Baker was born in Oswego Hospital on Nov. 10, 2014.

Continue reading


Thanks from the Oswego Public Library

Thanksgiving is the time of the year the Oswego Public Library reflects on the generosity of those in our community who have helped us provide services to our patrons. This year, the Children’s Room is thankful for receiving a substantial grant from the Oswego County Youth Bureau to help with the costs of the Summer Reading Program.

Continue reading


Christmas Shoe Boxes filled at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church

The Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church recently joined in with other churches to help with the mission of Operation Christmas Child. The event is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world.

Continue reading


State Offices Closed Friday In Storm Areas

In light of the weather conditions associated with the continuing winter storm, state offices in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Franklin, Genesee, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, and Wyoming counties will be closed on Friday, November 21. A directed early departure for non-essential employees is hereby granted and employees do not have to charge credits.

Continue reading



v3_2014_64