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Hannibal Pride Portrayed By Kenney Students

Locals can find placemats designed by Kenney Middle School students at Kim’s Village Café in Hannibal.

Chris Tynan (Kenney Middle School assistant principal), Ashlee Norris, Rebecca Marsh, Kim Heins (owner of Kim’s Village Café), Allyson Jones, Zach Gombas and art teacher Hollie House pose for a photo with the Hannibal placemats.

Chris Tynan (Kenney Middle School assistant principal), Ashlee Norris, Rebecca Marsh, Kim Heins (owner of Kim’s Village Café), Allyson Jones, Zach Gombas and art teacher Hollie House pose for a photo with the Hannibal placemats.

Art teacher Hollie House initiated a contest for the design of the placemats.

The project was a part of the school’s strategic plan action to advertise and promote the district’s mission, vision, parameters and beliefs.

The artistic abilities of the middle schoolers were so outstanding that House decided to select many students’ work and created a collage for the design.

The placemats were printed on 11 by 17 inch purple paper and distributed to Kim’s Village Café as well as other local businesses.

Hannibal students designed school spirit placemats that are utilized at Kim’s Village Café and other local businesses.

Hannibal students designed school spirit placemats that are utilized at Kim’s Village Café and other local businesses.

The talents of Zach Gombas, Allyson Jones, Ashlee Norris and Rebecca Marsh were some of the winners that portrayed the school spirit of the Hannibal Central School District.

The project allowed for artistic expression and real-life experience while promoting community collaboration and Hannibal pride.

To celebrate, House, Assistant Principal Chris Tynan and Tammy Farrell (director of curriculum – instruction and special programs) and the students were treated to lunch by Kim of Kim’s Village Café where the students got to see their works.

CiTi Students Participate In Earth Day Poster Contest

Students enrolled in the Stepping Stones Day Program at Fourth Street School recently created artwork for the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. Pictured in back from left are Jenalee Pierce, Leland Bradbury and Nick Scheider. In front from left are Robert Bean, Tristan Graham and Ethan Stowell.

Students enrolled in the Stepping Stones Day Program at Fourth Street School recently created artwork for the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. Pictured in back from left are Jenalee Pierce, Leland Bradbury and Nick Scheider. In front from left are Robert Bean, Tristan Graham and Ethan Stowell.

FULTON – Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation students enrolled in the Stepping Stones Day Program at Fourth Street School in Fulton were recently recognized by Senator Patti Ritchie for their participation in the 2015 New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.

The participating students demonstrated a commitment to helping the ecological future of the community and learned about the challenges facing the environment as they studied recycling, reusing and repurposing initiatives around the world.

Bundle of Bucks And Much More Up For Grabs at St. Luke’s Raffle Party

OSWEGO – St. Luke’s “Bundle of Bucks” Charity Raffle Party this Saturday promises to make someone a little bit richer – is that person you?

Pictured (left to right) are event organizers Diane Garcia, Julie Chetney and Nikki Greenier, as they get ready for the drawing for cash prizes to be awarded at the charity raffle party.

Pictured (left to right) are event organizers Diane Garcia, Julie Chetney and Nikki Greenier, as they get ready for the drawing for cash prizes to be awarded at the charity raffle party.

Great prize giveaways, fun, food, and fantastic live music by The Letizia Duo are all part of the afternoon’s excitement; including drawings for 15 cash prizes totaling $25,000 with a top prize of $10,000 to a lucky winner.

The event is taking place from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Oswego.

Proceeds directly support resident programs provided by The St. Luke Family of Caring not-for-profit, affiliate organizations.

Raffle tickets can be purchased directly at St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons or St. Francis Commons in Oswego, and Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

A limited number of raffle tickets will be for sale at the door on Saturday. The entry fee for the raffle is $50 per ticket. Each raffle ticket admits two adults. Every raffle ticket is eligible for all 15 raffle cash prize drawings.

You must be 18 years or older to participate in the raffle. You do not have to be present at the raffle drawing to win.

For more information call (315) 342-3166.

The St. Luke Family of Caring is an affiliation of community-based, not-for-profit healthcare providers serving the greater-Oswego County area.

Affiliates include St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence, St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego, and Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton. Together they provide care and services to more than 400 people each day

Oswego County Shooting Sports Program Still Accepting Enrollments

The Oswego County 4-H Program is still accepting enrollments into its Shooting Sports Program.

Program still has openings.

Program still has openings.

The Oswego County Shooting Sports Program is six weeks long and open to youth ages 12 to 19.

There are three shooting disciplines for the youth to choose from: Rifle, Archery and Air Pistol.

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

This program is open to all girls and boys ages 12 to 19 who are interested in archery, rifle and air pistol.

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 Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., at Deerslayers Bowmen Association on Route 104 in southwest Oswego.

Rifle will be held on Tuesdays, 6 – 8 p.m. at North Sportsmans Club in West Monroe.

And the last discipline air pistol, will be held on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. at Leatherstocking Fish and Game Club in Scriba on State Route 104.

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 its instructors, certified through the 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 in May and end with a field day in early June.

A program fee of $30 will be charged to cover the cost of materials and eye and ear protection.

Partial scholarships are available through a donation from the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs.

There is a maximum class size of eight.

Therefore, registration is necessary and parental or guardian permission is mandatory.

The 4-H Shooting Sports Program is valuable for helping 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.

Please note, the Oswego County Shooting Sports program is not a hunter safety education program.

North Volney Cemetery Fence Restored

CiTi was contacted in the spring of 2014 seeking help in the restoration of the vintage wrought iron fence that has stood across the front of the North Volney Cemetery on Hall Road for roughly one hundred years.

Restored section of cemetery fence.

Restored section of cemetery fence.

The fence was in sad disrepair due to age, weather and a tree.

Barbie Jo Grey, teaching assistant, acted as liaison and the fence was taken to Mexico in October 2014.

Under the guidance of Ralph Gravelle, welding instructor, the morning and afternoon welding classes with 30 students in each class, restoration was begun.

The students spent hundreds of hours welding and straightening rods, attaching knobs, fixing curls, twisting and reshaping rods, attaching hinges, restoring the gates, and making poles for the fence.

The welding students did a tremendous job and we are extremely grateful for their expertise and help.

In April//May members of the cemetery association went to CiTi to pick up 14 sections, gates and poles of the fence. Thanks to CiTi and the students preservation of our fine fence will soon stand straight and proud for another hundred years.

100-year-old fence in disrepair.

100-year-old fence in disrepair.

But we need your help.

CiTi and the students furnished the labor, but we are responsible for materials.

The fence also needs to be sandblasted and painted.

If you will look at the pictures notice the intricate pieces.

This will be a time-consuming and expensive job.

Please assist the North Volney Cemetery Association is this endeavor. Please send donations to John Parrish, 2516 County Route 6, Fulton, NY 13069.

St. Francis Commons Celebrates First Anniversary of Memory Care Program

OSWEGO – St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego recently celebrated the one year anniversary of a very unique program serving the community.

The Memory Care neighborhood at St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego marked its first year of caring for the community with a special day of fun, entertainment and a wonderful lunch for residents and staff alike catered by Rudy’s Lakeside. Taking part in the celebration is (left to right) Evelyn Pritchard; Carol Livesey of Rudy’s Lakeside who was on hand to help serve a delicious lunch to residents; and Peggy LiVoti, activity director who organized the event.

The Memory Care neighborhood at St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego marked its first year of caring for the community with a special day of fun, entertainment and a wonderful lunch for residents and staff alike catered by Rudy’s Lakeside. Taking part in the celebration is (left to right) Evelyn Pritchard; Carol Livesey of Rudy’s Lakeside who was on hand to help serve a delicious lunch to residents; and Peggy LiVoti, activity director who organized the event.

Memory Care at St. Francis serves individuals diagnosed with mild to moderate dementia-related illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease, in a neighborhood setting within the residence, who benefit from a safe community-based living environment with supportive services.

To mark the occasion, a special day of fun, entertainment and a wonderful lunch for residents and staff alike catered by Rudy’s Lakeside were all a part of the celebration.

“We knew that when we developed our Memory Care neighborhood and introduced it to the community it was very much a needed service and would be well received,” said Julie Chetney, director at St. Francis Commons.

Fourteen people call the Memory Care neighborhood home. The setting provides all of the amenities available throughout the entire St. Francis Commons residence with a little more, noted Chetney.

That includes staff who received specialized training.

“We have partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association who provided training to all of our staff, enabling us to promote a better quality of life for residents through a model of person-centered care,” said Chetney.

She added, “Some of the other features unique to the Memory Care neighborhood within St Francis Commons include elements that help support activities of daily living and autonomy, while promoting orientation and socialization for residents. An enclosed courtyard area adjacent to the Memory Care neighborhood allows secure access to outdoors during clement weather.”

Two other neighborhoods providing assisted living program specific-services complete the 60-bed residence single-story layout.

St. Francis Commons is the only senior care residence in Oswego County offering New York State licensed Assisted Living Program services and amenities. The residence provides supportive housing and care at a level that is less than a nursing home but more than may be found in an independent setting.

Services at St. Francis Commons includes three meals a day, housekeeping with linen and personal laundry services, scheduled transportation, social programs, assistance with personal care and medication management. A Hair Salon, Gift Shop, as well as cable television and telephone connections in each room are just some of the amenities offered residents.

Private payment, Medicaid, private insurance reimbursement, and Supplemental Security Income are accepted.

Anyone with questions or who is interested in beginning the residency application process can contact St. Francis Commons by phone at (315) 326-0870, or by email at info@stfranciscommons.com.

Artist, Storyteller Captivates Phoenix Middle School Students

PHOENIX – A performance weaving together folktales, music and art captivated students at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School on Monday.

Artist and storyteller Christopher Agostino transforms Emerson J. Dillon students Hannah Sallis (left) and Marcus Berube into characters and scenes from “The Monkey King.”

Artist and storyteller Christopher Agostino transforms Emerson J. Dillon students Hannah Sallis (left) and Marcus Berube into characters and scenes from “The Monkey King.”

The program, “StoryFaces,” featured sixth and eighth grade students as they were transformed into characters and scenes from different folktales.

Artist and storyteller Christopher Agostino shared tales that were inspired by different cultures in different time periods.

With the help of student volunteers, Agostino made the stories come to life through art.

“All cultures use masks and makeup,” Agostino said. “Masks and makeup are used for theatrical purposes, for celebrations and festivals, and for individual self-expression.”

To illustrate these three forms of masks, Agostino took his paint brush and used students’ faces as canvases.

EJD eighth grader Annabelle Adams serves as a colorful canvas after artist and storyteller Christopher Agostino brought a folktale to life through his recent “StoryFaces” performance.

EJD eighth grader Annabelle Adams serves as a colorful canvas after artist and storyteller Christopher Agostino brought a folktale to life through his recent “StoryFaces” performance.

He transformed one student into a Samurai warrior while discussing the Japanese culture behind the artwork.

According to EJD art teacher Beth Pritchard, Agostino’s visit was a true cultural experience for the students.

“The storytelling, connecting literacy with the arts, talking about world cultures … everything in his performance has a strong tie to the curriculum,” she said.

The performance was made possible through the Arts-in-Education service at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation.

CiTi Students Shooting For A Cure

FULTON – Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation students enrolled in the Stepping Stones Day Program at Fourth Street School in Fulton recently participated in Hoops for Heart, a fundraising challenge through the American Heart Association.

Students enrolled in the Stepping Stones Day Program at the CiTi recently participated in Hoops for Hearts, a fundraising activity with the goal to raise funds for heart disease. Student Nick Schneider dribbles a basketball during one of the drills.

Students enrolled in the Stepping Stones Day Program at the CiTi recently participated in Hoops for Hearts, a fundraising activity with the goal to raise funds for heart disease. Student Nick Schneider dribbles a basketball during one of the drills.

Hoops for Heart promotes physical activity and heart healthy living, as well as raises funds to help combat heart disease and stroke treatment and prevention.

According to physical education teacher Kelly Schulz, the program not only allows students to have fun while shooting some hoops, but also shows students the value in a having, and keeping, a healthy heart.

“Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. More people die of heart disease than all the different cancers combined,” said Schulz. “The habits and knowledge the students learn now will have long term health implications. Adopting a healthy heart lifestyle will be a determining factor in the student’s longevity and quality of life.”

Prior to the Hoops for Heart event, students began a fundraising initiative by writing personalized letters to CiTi staff members requesting monetary donations to support the school’s participation in the Hoops for Hearts program.

Some students also asked family and friends to sponsor them in the challenge.

Schultz said she is extremely proud of the students, staff and donors that participated in the program and noted that the students raised more than $740 for the American Heart Association.

Due to the students’ hard work during the fundraising process, teaching assistant Kim Scheppard agreed to wear a duck suit during the Hoops for Heart event, much to the pleasure of the students.

Due to the students’ hard work during the fundraising process, teaching assistant Kim Scheppard agreed to wear a duck suit during the Hoops for Heart event, much to the pleasure of the students.

Anti-Bullying Performer Empowers Sandy Creek Students

SANDY CREEK, NY – Sandy Creek students were recently empowered by award-winning actor, writer and solo performer Tim Collins during an anti-bullying theatrical performance.

Actor Tim Collins portrays bullied student Gabriel in an anti-bullying performance for Sandy Creek middle schoolers entitled “Standing By, Standing Up.”

Actor Tim Collins portrays bullied student Gabriel in an anti-bullying performance for Sandy Creek middle schoolers entitled “Standing By, Standing Up.”

Collins’ one-man show “Standing By, Standing Up” was about the struggles students face as instigators, bystanders and victims of various types of bullying.

Before the performance, Collins asked his audience what age group they thought has had the most increased level of bullying on a yearly basis.

The students were shocked to find out the answer: individuals 75-80 years of age. Collins wanted students to know that bullying is not something exclusively happens in schools.

“We live in a culture where bullying occurs and sometimes is even encouraged,” said Collins. “If we don’t challenge those kinds of bullying behaviors at a young age, we are more likely to carry those characteristics with us throughout our lives.”

The performance mostly revolved around a character named Gabriel who was experiencing verbal and physical bullying on a daily basis at school, as well as cyber bullying from home.

One-man show Tim Collins teaches Sandy Creek students how to be an empowered bystander and stop bullying situations.

One-man show Tim Collins teaches Sandy Creek students how to be an empowered bystander and stop bullying situations.

Collins stated that one in four students experience bullying on a daily basis across the country.

Perhaps the most teachable moments for the Sandy Creek audience involved the bystanders in the show, the people who witnessed bullying around them and did nothing to stop it.

Collins incorporated audience members to demonstrate different ways students might prevent or stop bullying situations constructively, such as changing the topic of conversation, standing up for their fellow students or bringing issues to teachers and school administrators.

“Together, I know we can stop the violence,” said Collins.

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