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Three Family Members Arrested After Search of Residence

FULTON, NY – Three people from the same family were arrested by the Oswego County Drug Task Force after a joint investigation conducted by members of the task force and the City of Fulton Police Department.

A search warrant was conducted on May 29 and resulted in the recovery of 84 bags of heroin, Fentanyl Patches, marihuana, unlawfully possessed prescription pills and crack cocaine along with digital scales and packaging material, according to police.

Jordon Lee Somers, 28, of Fulton was charged with the following as a result of the search warrant:

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd, class B Felony, 2 counts; Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, class A Misdemeanor, 2 counts; Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia 2nd, class A Misdemeanor, 2 counts; and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, a Violation.

Robert L. Somers, 56, and Debra R. Somers, 55, of Fulton were both issued appearance tickets to appear June 19 at 9 a.m. in the City of Fulton Court on the following charge as a result of the search warrant:

Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, a Violation.

Jordon Lee Somers was arraigned in the City of Fulton Court on May 30 by Hon. David Hawthorne and remanded to the Oswego County Public Safety Center in lieu of $2,000 cash or $4,000 secure bail bond.

Somers is due back in Fulton City Court on June 11 at 9 a.m.

Holocaust survivor recounts experience, shares message of hope and kindness at Granby Elementary

Granby Elementary School students put away their history books for a firsthand account of life during World War II. Holocaust survivor and author Marion Blumenthal Lazan spoke to fifth and sixth grade students at the school about life as a Jewish person in Nazi Germany.

Holocaust survivor and author Marion Blumenthal Lazan, center, brought a message of kindness and hope to Granby Elementary School. She is pictured with students Ryan Gerth, left, Jacob Fuller and Katelyn Perkins, and sixth grade teacher Erica Bertrand.

Holocaust survivor and author Marion Blumenthal Lazan, center, brought a message of kindness and hope to Granby Elementary School. She is pictured with students Ryan Gerth, left, Jacob Fuller and Katelyn Perkins, and sixth grade teacher Erica Bertrand.

Lazan was born in Bremen, Germany, into a family that owned a successful shoe store business.

She explained how her father was once a decorated member of the Germany Army and talked about how her and her family’s life forever changed in November 1938 when a massive series of coordinated assaults were made on Jewish people and Jewish business-owners residing in Nazi Germany.

“You are lucky to have the opportunity to come to school. You look comfortable and well rested,” she said to the students. “I did not have those comforts or necessities in my childhood,” she added when she talked about the wake of destruction following the attacks and how her family was forced to live in a concentration camp.

Lazan painted a very real picture for Granby students that is far removed from what they know and experience. She spoke about living in a camp surrounded by electrified barbed wire and men carrying loaded weapons, she talked about the lack of food and water, and the many illnesses and diseases that plagued her, her family and the other prisoners.

“I saw things as a child that no one should see,” she said to the Granby students who sat in silence trying to comprehend a world so different from their own.

Lazan talked about the games she would play to pass the time and keep her mind occupied.

One such game which later became the inspiration for her award-winning memoir was a game called “Four Perfect Pebbles.” Lazan told the students she would search the concentration camp yard for four pebbles of roughly the same size and shape.

“This game gave me hope. The four pebbles represented my family – my mom, dad, older brother and myself. Finding all four meant that we would survive,” she said to the students.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan, a holocaust survivor and author of the award winning memoir “Four Perfect Pebbles” shows Granby Elementary School students the yellow star she was forced to wear in Nazi Germany in the mid- to late-1930s. She explained how this badge identified her as Jewish and that during the time period Jewish people had many restrictions including only being allowed to shop on certain days and at certain times.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan, a holocaust survivor and author of the award winning memoir “Four Perfect Pebbles” shows Granby Elementary School students the yellow star she was forced to wear in Nazi Germany in the mid- to late-1930s. She explained how this badge identified her as Jewish and that during the time period Jewish people had many restrictions including only being allowed to shop on certain days and at certain times.

Granby students learned about the Lazan family’s liberation, her father’s battle and subsequent death from a bacteria disease known as typhus, and the journey she took with her mother and brother to the United States.

Her new beginning in the United States came with a struggle, especially at school when at 13 years old she found herself placed in a class with nine year olds. She persevered through her school work and studies and told the Granby students that she ended up graduating on time, with students her own age and was ranked eighth in her graduating class.

Reflecting back on her childhood and her struggles, Lazan radiates positivity, telling Granby students, “My life has been full and rewarding.” She asked the students to always be hopeful, keep a positive attitude in life and to value virtues of love, kindness, respect and tolerance. “Don’t blindly follow others,” she urged of the students, adding, “Build bridges and reach out to one another.”

When asked why she shares her story albeit painful at times, Lazan tells Granby students that she believes lessons can be learned from her dark history. She encourages the students to share her story with others, saying, “Keeping the horror of the holocaust alive will prevent it from reoccurring.”

Sixth grade students learn about the Eastern Hemisphere as part of the New York State Social Studies curriculum. Granby students study civilizations and their political structures and in preparation for the visit read Lazan’s memoir: “Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story.”

Hannibal High School to Host Senior Band Concert June 10

Hannibal High School’s Senior Band Concert will be held June 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.

The senior send-off concert is a bid farewell to graduating seniors and foreign exchange students.

The concert showcases student’s musical development that’s happened throughout the course of the year.

Select students will also be awarded medals for solos and All-County.

The Senior High Band will perform the three selections that earned them a gold rating from NYSSMA at the Major Organization Evaluation Festival.

They are “Sedona”, “Novo Lenio” and “The Crusader Concert March.”

Also under the direction of Shirley Terrinoni, the Senior Jazz Band will perform “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Rolling Stones on Tour” and “Allerseelen.”

Alumni and friends will join the band for two numbers.

Refreshments will be served in the cafeteria following the event.

Phoenix Ska Band Slides into First Place at High School Talent Show

The junior class hosted JCB’s last talent show of the year on Friday.

The talent show featured 15 student acts, including singing solos, drum covers, musical skits, a comedy routine, an a cappella quartet and a live band.

Members of Cold Toast, a student ska band that performed and took first place at JCB’s sixth annual talent show. Back row from left: Wyatt Parker, Kevin Borza, Ian Evans, Dylan Switzer and Nick Shafer. In front are Andy Padula and Mike Leach.

Members of Cold Toast, a student ska band that performed and took first place at JCB’s sixth annual talent show. Back row from left: Wyatt Parker, Kevin Borza, Ian Evans, Dylan Switzer and Nick Shafer. In front are Andy Padula and Mike Leach.

Members of the audience voted on their favorite act, and while numbers were tallied, participated in a few rounds of Phoenix Family Fued.

Finishing first and winning $100 was ska band Cold Toast, made up of students Nick Shafer, Andy Padula, Mike Leach, Wyatt Parker, Kevin Borza, Ian Evans and Dylan Switzer.

Capturing the second place award were Meghan and Hannah Lees for their performance of “Good Enough.”

Hannah accompanied on the piano while Meghan took lead vocals.

Meghan Lees and Hannah Lees showed off their musical skills at the JCB Talent Show by performing a song together.

Meghan Lees and Hannah Lees showed off their musical skills at the JCB Talent Show by performing a song together.

Closing in on third were melodica players Wyatt Parker, Ben Bulgrien, Brian Breen and Derick White with their rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The melodica, a musical keyboard played by blowing air through a mouthpiece, brought a unique flair to the power ballad.

Fairley First Graders Star in Learning Showcase

Hannibal’s Fairley Elementary School was the place to be in late May.

The first grade teaching team of Tammy Griffin, MaryJo Griffiths, Telia Tamayo, Lynn Bullard, Jennifer Bartlett and Rhonda Koskowski hosted a learning showcase that starred all of the hard-working first grade students at the school.

Fairley Elementary School first grade students starred in a learning showcase at their school. The trio above performed a readers theatre, reenacting how the American flag came to be and explaining the significance of the thirteen stars and stripes and the decision to use the colors red, white, and blue.

Fairley Elementary School first grade students starred in a learning showcase at their school. The trio above performed a readers theatre, reenacting how the American flag came to be and explaining the significance of the thirteen stars and stripes and the decision to use the colors red, white, and blue.

The showcase gave students an opportunity to share with parents and family members all of the things they have learned through the listening and learning domains through the New York State Common Core Learning Standards.

Students starred in two patriotic themed readers theatre performances, bringing to life our country’s founding fathers and reliving Betsy Ross’ journey to create the American flag.

The students shared the top 10 facts that they learned about planet earth and sang songs about America, body systems, and rules for living.

Instructional coaches Cayla Defren, ELA, and Stephanie Griffin, mathematics, were also on hand for the showcase, talking to parents about the students’ progression through the first grade curriculum and the transition to second grade.

There’s a cheer at Hannibal’s Fairley Elementary School that goes, “two, four, six, eight… first graders are really great!” First grade student Skylor Kelley gives a thumbs up, seal of approval for the cheer and his teacher’s T-shirt at the school’s recent first grade learning showcase.

There’s a cheer at Hannibal’s Fairley Elementary School that goes, “two, four, six, eight… first graders are really great!” First grade student Skylor Kelley gives a thumbs up, seal of approval for the cheer and his teacher’s T-shirt at the school’s recent first grade learning showcase.

The pair gave parents a glimpse of what to expect during second grade and some tips to help their child prepare for the next level of learning at Fairley Elementary.

First grade teachers wrapped up the showcase with one of their favorite cheers about the Fairley first grade students, “Two, four, six, eight… first graders are really great!”

Fundraiser to Benefit Camp Hollis August 9

A fundraiser to help send kids to Camp Hollis is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 9 in the parking lot of the State University of Oswego’s Romney Field House.

The Kids and Trucks event, sponsored by the Friends of Camp Hollis, is a family event which features all sorts of construction vehicles, fire trucks, tow trucks and other big rigs for children to climb on and see up close and personal.

Camp Hollis is on the shore of Lake Ontario west of the city of Oswego.

The event cost is $4 a person, with children less than age 2 free.

For more information on the event, becoming a sponsor or placing an ad in the program, call Aimee Johnson, event coordinator, at 343-7822, ext. 2.

Record number of GENIUS Olympiad guests to visit Oswego

OSWEGO — The fourth annual SUNY Oswego GENIUS Olympiad high school environmental competition will welcome a record turnout of about 600 students, supervisors and guests from around the world June 15 to 20 to the shores of Lake Ontario.

High school students from around the world take the stage at the 2013 award ceremony of SUNY Oswego's GENIUS Olympiad environmental competition. The 2014 finals will take place June 15 to 20 at the college, with the free public opening ceremony and display of projects starting at 6:15 p.m. June 16, in the Campus Center arena.

High school students from around the world take the stage at the 2013 award ceremony of SUNY Oswego’s GENIUS Olympiad environmental competition. The 2014 finals will take place June 15 to 20 at the college, with the free public opening ceremony and display of projects starting at 6:15 p.m. June 16, in the Campus Center arena.

The finalists visiting Oswego hail from near — high schools in Oswego and Onondaga counties and 29 states in all — and far — Albania and Azerbaijan, Turkey and Tanzania, and 46 other countries. Judges advanced a most-ever 328 projects for the finals, each submitted by up to two students, among a record-shattering 842 entries.

“We have added new countries this year that have never attended GENIUS before, such as Bolivia, Colombia, India, Norway,” said Fehmi Damkaci, founder and director of the competition and a member of Oswego’s chemistry faculty. “It is getting more attention around the world and more students from new countries applying. We are excited.”

GENIUS Olympiad invites the public to free events that include the finalists’ display of their entries on June 16, the colorful International Cultural Fair on June 17 and a college fair and award ceremony on June 19.

Joining SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley and Provost Lorrie Clemo with welcoming messages on the competition’s website, geniusolympiad.org, are Gov. Andrew Cuomo, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, U.S. senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei.

GENIUS projects span the sciences, art, creative writing, design and, new this year, music in a competition that seeks to promote understanding of environmental issues and encourage problem-solving and solutions among secondary school students and their mentors.

“Our aim is to provide a platform for creative high school students with different talents to work on environmental issues, and give them a place to share their work and create a better future,” Damkaci said.

Environmental creativity

Projects on display at SUNY Oswego will include “Smart House,” a design by Vietnamese students; “Cry of a Leaf,” a music entry from Turkey; “Eagle and Mole,” a picture book for visually impaired and sighted schoolchildren from Switzerland; “The Tale of Heroic Oxygen,” a creative writing entry from Cambodia; and, among the entries in science, “Manufactured Wetlands to Eliminate Ocean Outfalls,” from Florida high school students; “Microplastics in Washing Machine Wastewater: Quantification of Polyester Microfibers in Wastewaters” from Slovenia; “Effective and Reusable Candidate for the Removal of Methylene Blue from Aqueous Solutions” from Mozambique; and ” How Does Climate Change Impact the Cryosphere?” from students at John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix.

Finalists who journey to Oswego will appear for a free public opening ceremony from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. June 16, in the Campus Center arena. Visitors may browse the hundreds of scholarly posters, demonstrations and displays and speak with competitors until 9 p.m.

Judging will take place June 17, followed by a free public International Cultural Fair — many of the students will appear in colorful native dress amid items from their respective cultures — from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the arena.

A college fair will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. June 19, on the Campus Center concourse.

The award ceremony — also free and open to the public — will close the Olympiad beginning at 1:15 p.m. June 19, in the arena.

The finalists and their mentors will travel to Niagara Falls and Destiny USA that week, and have the option of boarding buses to New York City and Washington, D.C., after the competition.

Terra Science and Education Foundation joins SUNY Oswego as lead sponsor, as well as sponsors O’Brien & Gere, SRC Inc., Airgas, Constellation Energy, Youniversal Labs, International Wire and Pathfinder Bank.

For more information, visit geniusolympiad.org

OCB New Vision students distribute information at local health care sites

Oswego County BOCES students enrolled in the New Vision Allied Health program recently showcased their diabetes knowledge by developing a website and creating informational literature about the disease.

As part of a class project, Oswego County BOCES New Vision Allied Health students Alivia Grimshaw (left) and Johnelle Dishaw work an informational booth and distribute diabetes literature at Fulton Urgent Care.

As part of a class project, Oswego County BOCES New Vision Allied Health students Alivia Grimshaw (left) and Johnelle Dishaw work an informational booth and distribute diabetes literature at Fulton Urgent Care.

“As a class we decided to do the project on diabetes because it’s a big problem in Oswego County,” said OCB New Vision Allied Health student Alivia Grimshaw, of Oswego.

The project culminated with student-manned informational tables that were on display May 27 and May 29 at several Oswego Health locations.

In addition to providing statistics about the disease, students also distributed diabetic-friendly recipes and displayed the website they created.

Motivational speaker inspires Hannibal students

Former professional wrestler-turned-motivational speaker Marc Mero used his wealth of life experience to inspire Dennis M. Kenney Middle School students during an assembly Friday morning.

Kenney Middle School student Alivia Diefenbacher meets with motivational speaker Marc Mero after a Champion of Choices assembly held Friday in the school cafetorium.

Kenney Middle School student Alivia Diefenbacher meets with motivational speaker Marc Mero after a Champion of Choices assembly held Friday in the school cafetorium.

Mero, who gained notoriety as a wrestler with the World Wrestling Federation in the early 1990s and later struggled with addiction and adversity, brought his message of hope to Hannibal students.

He recounted his years of fame and fortune and detailed how his life went from happiness to heartbreak to happiness again.

“Happiness is the key to success and it’s a choice we have to make,” Mero said. “We are defined by the choices we make.”

Each student has the ability to make his or her own decision, which can be difficult to do when it comes to peer pressure, Mero said.

“We all have an impact on each other’s lives. Your friends are like elevators, they can either take you up or they’re going to bring you down,” he said.

Although Mero had negative influences that brought him down, he said he never lost hope or belief in himself. That message resonated with students, as each received a goal-setting card to fill out and write down their aspirations.

“Put the cards in a visible spot,” Mero said. “If you see the goals in writing every day, the more likely you are to take action toward them. When you stop dreaming, you really stop living. I want to empower you to dream bigger than you have ever dreamed before. Unlock the champion you are destined to be.”

With a strong message of self-belief and anti-bullying, DMK counselor Meg Jaworski said the assembly functioned as an important tool to inspire students.

“It’s essential for these kids to see somebody with challenging life circumstances who was able to overcome those challenges and share those experiences to motivate others,” Jaworski said.

Fulton students captivate audience during storytelling festival

A storytelling project that began at the classroom level in each of the Fulton elementary schools culminated with a district-wide festival recently, as nearly two dozen students entertained friends and family with a variety of tales.

Fairgrieve Elementary School student Evalynn Dickens entertains the crowd with her story, “Rabbit Counts the Crocodiles,” during the district-wide storytelling festival recently in Fulton.

Fairgrieve Elementary School student Evalynn Dickens entertains the crowd with her story, “Rabbit Counts the Crocodiles,” during the district-wide storytelling festival recently in Fulton.

Divided into two groups based on grade level, the students immersed themselves in each story as they gestured and acted out tall tales, short stories, myths, legend and fables.

“The district has been doing this event (in some form) for years,” said Volney Elementary School Library Media Specialist Sarah Fay. “The kids always do a fantastic job.”

This year’s storytelling festival exceeded expectations, as students engaged the audience with their unique tales.

Whether it was a story with a serious moral lesson or one with a humorous spin, the crowd was captivated as each student presented their story.

Level 1 (third and fourth grade) storytellers included Evalynn Dickens (Fairgrieve); Trevor Hendrickson (Volney); Olivia Saunderson (Lanigan); Shayla Sykes (Volney); Hannah Hobby (Granby); Mary Jerred (Volney); Caitlyn Searor (Fairgrieve); Tanner Tetro (Lanigan); Lydia Mirabito (Granby); and Reagan LaPage (Volney).

Students who participated in the Fulton City School District’s storytelling festival Level 1 division are all smiles before taking the stage. In front, from left are: Olivia Saunderson, Tanner Tetro, Trevor Hendrickson, Evalynn Dickens and Caitlyn Searor. In back, from left, are Hannah Hobby, Lydia Mirabito, Reagan LaPage and Mary Jerred.

Students who participated in the Fulton City School District’s storytelling festival Level 1 division are all smiles before taking the stage. In front, from left are: Olivia Saunderson, Tanner Tetro, Trevor Hendrickson, Evalynn Dickens and Caitlyn Searor. In back, from left, are Hannah Hobby, Lydia Mirabito, Reagan LaPage and Mary Jerred.

Representing fifth and sixth graders in the Level 2 division were Jessica LaPage (Volney); Dylan Truong (Lanigan); Alexander Blaine (Fairgrieve); Samantha McRae (Volney); Lauren Kingsley (Granby); Lauren Hayden (Volney); Noah Horning (Lanigan); Jessica Hyman (Volney); Mackenzie Treneer (Granby); Jaidyn Perry (Fairgrieve); Hope Mirabito (Granby); and Skyler Gibson (Granby).

 

 

 

In front, from left, are Level 2 storytellers Jessica Hyman, Noah Horning, Hope Mirabito, Lauren Kingsley and Jaidyn Perry. In back, from left, are Lauren Hayden, Mackenzie Treneer, Dylan Truong, Jessica LaPage, Samantha McRae and Alex Blaine.

In front, from left, are Level 2 storytellers Jessica Hyman, Noah Horning, Hope Mirabito, Lauren Kingsley and Jaidyn Perry. In back, from left, are Lauren Hayden, Mackenzie Treneer, Dylan Truong, Jessica LaPage, Samantha McRae and Alex Blaine.

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