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Motorcycle Club Pays a Special Visit to Veteran at St. Luke

OSWEGO – A visit from the Sons of Sam Motorcycle Club made for a wonderful and fun-filled summer night for some residents at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

Pictured are club members Patrick "Torque" Sandler-Hodges (left); and James "Bones" Motyka (right); as they visit with St. Luke resident and Korean War veteran Dick Penfield and thank him for his service.

Pictured are club members Patrick “Torque” Sandler-Hodges (left); and James “Bones” Motyka (right); as they visit with St. Luke resident and Korean War veteran Dick Penfield and thank him for his service.

Members of the club’s Oswego chapter stopped at the healthcare residence as part of their weekly ride and spent some time socializing and talking about their club, their motorcycles and true to the club’s mission, shared some comradery with a local veteran.

“The Sons of Sam Motorcycle Club is a military support club aimed towards supporting the U.S. armed forces, past, present and future,” said club member Steve Przepiora. “Our members are comprised of military veterans, active military and civilian military supporters. Our goal is to give back to those who have supported our country in any way possible. We stand for biking, brotherhood, freedom, and supporting our troops.”

Among the residents who had a visit with Club members was Korean War veteran Dick Penfield. Penfield received well-wishes from a number of riders, including Patrick “Torque” Sandler-Hodges and James “Bones” Motyka.

“Were are honored to do this small deed for Mr. Penfield and his fellow residents considering the great sacrifice he made for us serving in the Korean war,” said Przepiora.

“We truly appreciated being able to host the Sons of Sam Motorcycle Club members,” said Donna Rose, Director of Activities at St. Luke. “What a great group of people; everyone went out of their way to show kindness to our residents and I know that a few enjoyed getting a chance to sit on a motorcycle. That this group came to pay their respects to our veterans and thank them for their service was an incredible gesture and it meant something to our folks.”

St. Luke Health Services is a part of 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, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence and St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego, and Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

Together we provide care and services to more than 400 people each day. On the web at www.stlukehs.com.

Backpack Drive to support United Way’s Stuff-a-Bus

For the second consecutive summer, Human Concerns, Oswego’s emergency food pantry along with AmeriCorps member, Evan Oustrich, is conducting a backpack drive to aid the United Way’s Stuff-a-Bus campaign.

AmeriCorps worker Evan Oustrich displays some of the backpacks that have already been donated.

AmeriCorps worker Evan Oustrich displays some of the backpacks that have already been donated.

There is a great need throughout Oswego County for backpacks so that students can carry their belongings to school.

We will be collecting both gently used and new backpacks.

The collection will take place August 4-15. You may bring backpacks to one of five sites:

Human Concerns Center, 85 E. Fourth St., Oswego, Monday-Friday noon to 3 p.m.

Oswego YMCA, 265 W. First St., – during regular hours

Oswego Public Library, 120 E. Second St., – during regular hours

Mexico Public Library, 3269 Main St., Mexico – during open hours

Kinney Drugs, 3318 Main St., Mexico – during regular store hours

Let us work together as neighbors to make sure that every child is prepared for the upcoming school year.

Hair cutting benefit slated for State Street United Methodist Church Roof fund

State Street United Methodist Church will be hosting a hair cutting and bake sale event on  August 21 from 3-8 p.m.

Standing is Karen Capeling with Ann Woods.

Standing is Karen Capeling with Ann Woods.

A licensed hair dresser will be offering simple, basic hair cuts for $5.

The proceeds from this event will be going to the church roof benefit fund.

The church is located at 357 State St., Fulton.

Please use the parking lot entrance.

Colten Bouchard Turns Two Years Old!

Colten Matthew Bouchard will be celebrating his second birthday on August 14, 2014.

Colten Matthew Bouchard

Colten Matthew Bouchard

Colten was born at Oswego Hospital weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounce.

He now weighs 25 pounds.

He is the son of Matthew Bouchard and Desiree St.Onge.

He enjoys playing outside and with his big sissy, Makenna Grace.

If you see this gorgeous blue eyed, blonde hair baby wish him a happy second birthday!

Arty Day Camp Receives Funding – Sign up now for Aug. 11-15

FULTON, NY – A sizzling summer of Arty fun is well under way for children at CNY Arts Center’s fourth annual Arty Day Camp at the center, 357 State St.

In the first week of camp students received morning art and theatre classes with professionals followed by lunch, which was provided, then group activities and art projects.

Last session of Arty Day Camp set

Last session of Arty Day Camp set

CNY Arts Center is designated as a Summer Meal Site to offer free lunches to community children 18 and under during the weeks of ARTY Day Camp.

Children who attend the lunch are included in afternoon art projects at no charge.

Art project supplies are provided by a mini-grant from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

Scholarships are available made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Arty Day Camp’s second and final week will be August 11-15 with classes in art, dance and theatre with the same free lunch and afternoon art projects provided by grants and funding made available to CNY Arts Center for children of Central New York.

To register for camp, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

TAC Cleans Up at Fulton Library

Overton, Emma Warren, and community volunteer Alan Cronk.

From left are: TAC members Hannah
Overton, Emma Warren, and community volunteer Alan Cronk.

FULTON, NY – Fulton Public Library’s teen group, the Teen Advisory Council, had a library cleanup on Thursday.

TAC member James Ward helps out

TAC member James Ward helps out

The group of teens, under the direction of the library’s AmeriCorps member Vanessa Langdon, meets weekly to improve the library’s teen offerings as well as participate in a book club.

The group took to weeding and picking up litter to beautify the grounds and complete an AmeriCorps project.

The group meets a 1 p.m. Thursdays at the Fulton Public Library and is open to students in seventh grade and up.

Contact the library at 315-592-4504 for more information about the TAC.

Hannibal school board approves contract with Faculty Association

After a collaborative negotiation process, teachers in the Hannibal Central School District will be going back to the classroom in September with a new contract in place.

The five-year contract for the Hannibal Faculty Association was recently ratified by the school board and is retroactive to 2012. It strikes a balance that is beneficial to the district, community and teachers, according to district officials.

“Both sides are pleased that a new contract was approved. The district and the faculty association worked very closely to develop a contract that was fair to the teachers and is fiscally responsible to the district,” Superintendent Donna Fountain said.

Under the terms of the agreement, teachers will receive a 1.75 percent raise for each of the past two school years. In each of the subsequent years — through 2017 – there will be a 2.2 percent salary increase.

The employee health plan was also restructured as part of the negotiation process.

A three-tier prescription drug plan has been implemented for this school year, and teachers will see an increase in their health insurance contributions beginning in the final year of the contract.

The agreement calls for members of the HFA to pay an extra 2 percent (12 percent total) toward their health insurance beginning in 2016-2017.

In other business, the school board approved funding for an indoor track program, cheerleading and most JV sports.

Money will also be allocated to fund two coaching positions — a modified cross-country coach and an assistant varsity wrestling coach.

According to the superintendent, the restoration of athletic funds and the new contract with the HFA point to the board’s ongoing efforts to make the Hannibal Central School District among the elite.

“We are on track to becoming a destination district,” Fountain said. “This is an exciting time for Hannibal schools.”

St. Luke Residents Have Been Busy Catching Fun This Summer

OSWEGO – Despite the fact that the fish weren’t biting during a recent trip, residents at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego have been busy catching fun all summer long.

Trips to favorite destinations like Bullhead Point on Lake Neatahwanta in Fulton for some fishing have been keeping folks active and connected with their community.

The fish may not be biting, but folks at St. Luke are still catching plenty of fun this summer. Residents at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego have spent this summer getting “out and about” with outings to favorite destinations around the area. Whether it is a trip to the casino, lunch at a favorite spot, a concert in the park, or taking part in an activity they have enjoyed all their lives, the St. Luke bus has been logging the miles on area roadways. Madeleine Charrette; engages in one of her favorite pastimes, fishing at Lake Neatahwanta.

The fish may not be biting, but folks at St. Luke are still catching plenty of fun this summer. Residents at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego have spent this summer getting “out and about” with outings to favorite destinations around the area. Whether it is a trip to the casino, lunch at a favorite spot, a concert in the park, or taking part in an activity they have enjoyed all their lives, the St. Luke bus has been logging the miles on area roadways. Madeleine Charrette; engages in one of her favorite pastimes, fishing at Lake Neatahwanta.

“It is a real advantage to have our own bus capable of serving residents on the entire St. Luke healthcare campus,” said Donna Rose, director of activities.

A look at the recent resident activity calendar shows more trips planned this month with stops at Fort Ontario, the Fulton Jazz Fest, a Syracuse Chiefs game, lunch at “The Loop” and the farmers’ market.

“To go along with our trips and outings, we have a full calendar of activities and entertainment taking place right here at St. Luke, with a little something for everyone,” added Rose.

St. Luke residents really are spending this summer catching fun, even when the fish aren’t biting!

St. Luke Health Services is a part of 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, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence and St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego, and Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton. Together we provide care and services to more than 400 people each day. On the web at www.stlukehs.com.

Hannibal educators engage in professional development opportunities

To align with the Hannibal Central School District’s mission to ensure that all students receive a quality education, teachers and support staff took advantage of several professional development opportunities recently.

Throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, dozens of educators from Hannibal attended conferences, seminars and trainings to learn teaching strategies and best practices across all subject areas.

The opportunities were provided through partnerships with SUNY Oswego, Oswego County BOCES, the New York State Education Department and other education-centered institutions.

According to the district’s outside educational expert Diane Reed, Hannibal teachers, students and the entire community will reap the rewards of the professional development offerings. A three-pronged program created by the Professional Development Advisory Committee focused on the Strategic Plan, the Advisory Team, and establishing a high-performance infrastructure.

“These initiatives are meant to move all the students forward and all the schools forward,” Reed said during a recent board of education meeting. “You’re moving in the right direction and it’s so exciting.”

Reed cited a recent Team Sheldon collaboration as one of the forward-thinking professional development opportunities that Hannibal teachers and support staff benefited from this year. The National Science Teachers Association Conference provided six Hannibal educators with more than 1,200 sessions to choose from over a four-day period.

The conference reinforced science literacy strategies, promoted the development of cooperative learning plans, and encouraged participants to engage their students through different experiments by integrating technology into their classrooms.

“It really was an amazing experience,” said special education teacher Stephanie Sweeney. “Essentially we’re all teaching toward the same standards and all these things overlap.”
In addition to the past professional development offerings, the district also has an eye on future opportunities, as school officials presented the 2013-2016 Professional

Development Plan Report. The plan aims to ensure growth and development in the current research-based best practices of instruction to meet state standards.

According to Tammy Farrell, the district’s director of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Programs, the plan provides a solid vision for the future.

Car Show Set At North Volney Methodist Church

Take a trip back to when life was simple. Come to the North Volney Methodist Church on August 9 and see those wonderful cars we remember from our youth as well as some of the cars of today.

The car show will be from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. on the church grounds with free admission.

Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. and the entry fee is $8 per car.

All years and makes of cars are welcome to register for the show. If you love your car and want to show it off, bring it so others can see it too.

Those attending will have the chance to vote on their favorite car and be eligible to win a door prize. The owners of the cars voted as favorites will receive a prize as well.

In addition, there will be music, a bake sale for your sweet tooth and food and drinks to purchase. Inside the church there will be a small book sale set up so you can take home a new book to read.

If you have questions, contact Beverly at 593-6825.

The North Volney Methodist Church is located at the corners of county routes 5 and 6 in the town of Volney.

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