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Hannibal To Celebrate Music In Our Schools Month

The Hannibal Senior High Music Department will present a concert celebrating Music in Our Schools Month on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the High School’s Lockwood Auditorium.

The National Association for Music Education has announced this year’s theme “Music Makes Me…..!!!!,” a message emphasizing the important role that music education plays in our students’ lives.

The Senior High Jazz Band will open the program with three rousing selections including the upbeat mambo, Adelieland, from the film Happy Feet. Solos will be performed by Amanda Kimball, Elyssa Terry DeRycke, and  Zane Pointon.

Senior Choral Director, Abel Searor, will lead the chorus in a medley of music from the hit Broadway musical “Les Miserables.”

The audience will find it difficult not to hum along on tunes like I Dreamed a Dream and Do You Hear the People Sing.

This choral tour-de-force will provide an opportunity to hear many soloists as well as the full choir on Schonberg’s expressive melodies.

Beginning with a Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach, the senior band under the direction of Shirley Terrinoni, will present selections inspired by great works of literature including Dante’s The Divine Comedy,  and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland as well as a piece by the contemporary composer Frank Ticheli.

The Senior Band and Senior Chorus will combine to present the final offering of the night, When You Believe, from the 1998 animated classic The Prince of Egypt.

This piece shows the hope and power of believing in yourself, a key concept in music and one that exemplifies this year’s theme “Music Makes Me…!!!!”

Admission is free.

Please come and support local school music programs and the students in the Hannibal community.

Pulaski Youngster Donates Hair To Locks of Love

Chloe Nabinger, daughter of Jamie and Missie Nabinger of Pulaski, recently donated hair to Locks of Love.

Chloe, who is in third grade at Lura Sharp Elementary, had 10 inches of her hair cut to donate.

Chloe Nabinger

Chloe Nabinger

She wanted to give to others that did not have any hair due to medical reasons.

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics.

Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure.

The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

Chloe had her haircut at Thyme For You Beauty Salon in Constantia.

For more information, visit  www.locksoflove.org

Metcalf Graduates Training

Army Pvt. Jacob Metcalf has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.

Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Metcalf is the son of Jay Metcalf of Syracuse and Maureen Maxam of Pennellville.

He is a 2012 graduate of Henninger High School, Syracuse.

Zemken Highlights Oswego Speedway Driver Autograph Session at Gater Racing News Motorsports Expo

OSWEGO, NY – Novelis Supermodified Rookie of the Year contender, Jessica Zemken, will highlight an Oswego Speedway driver autograph session to be held at the Gater Racing News Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.

Jessica Zemken will be a part of the Oswego Speedway booth at the Gater Racing News Motorsports Expo on Sunday at the New York State Fairgrounds. (Mike Johnson Photo).

Jessica Zemken will be a part of the Oswego Speedway booth at the Gater Racing News Motorsports Expo on Sunday at the New York State Fairgrounds. (Mike Johnson Photo).

Zemken, most notably known for her rousing success in winged Sprint Car racing, became the first woman in 57 years to qualify for the Budweiser International Classic at Oswego Speedway last season and will compete full time at Oswego Speedway in 2014 driving for Graham Racing in the Corr/Pak Merchandising No. 11 machine.

The Gater Racing News Motorsports Expo begins Saturday and will run until Sunday at 4 p.m.

Oswego Speedway will feature a multi-car display at its booth while also providing fans an opportunity to purchase Budweiser International Classic Weekend tickets, racing DVDs, merchandise, and a chance to race at Oswego Speedway on one of the LaGraf’s Pub/SUPRS.net Supermodified simulators.

Joining Zemken as a part of the Speedway autograph session at 1 p.m. on Sunday will be Small Block Super pilots Jason Simmons, JJ Andrews, Barry Kingsley, and 2012 Small Block track champion Kreig Heroth.

Other drivers are expected to be announced as the weekend draws closer.

Oswego Speedway’s 2014 schedule brochures will be available at this weekend’s Expo.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.

Those interested in Speedway video programming online can subscribe to the Speedway’s YouTube Channel, ‘OswegoSpeedwayOnline.’

To purchase tickets for the 2014 racing season call the Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646.

ROC names Thomas Abbott as February Community Champion

OSWEGO, NY – Recognizing Oswego County has announced the selection of Thomas Abbott, owner of Abbott’s Tae Kwon Do in Mexico, as the Community Champion for February.

February Community Champion Thomas Abbott poses with students of Abbott's Tae Kwon Do and Recognizing Oswego County members Penny Morley, Andrea Nagle and Tammy Elowsky.

February Community Champion Thomas Abbott poses with students of Abbott’s Tae Kwon Do and Recognizing Oswego County members Penny Morley, Andrea Nagle and Tammy Elowsky.

This month’s theme was indoor recreation/physical activity and the group received a rich slate of nominations that also included Burger’s Karate, the Oswego Boxing Club and the USS Truxton Sea Cadets.

ROC co-chair Brandon Morey said that having four deserving candidates demonstrates the breadth of physical activity programming that is happening in the county.

“Having great nominations makes it difficult to select a champion,” he said. “But is great in terms of having options in the community for staying active, even in these long, cold winter months.”

Recognizing Oswego County focuses on the positive efforts that are being made in the community.

Each month ROC uses this recognition effort as a platform for emphasizing the wonderful work that is happening in Oswego County to promote the health and wellness of children, families and adults.

Abbott opened his Tae Kwon Do school in February 2007 after being a student of the sport for many years.

He recalled his first class as a student more than 20 years ago and how Tae Kwon Do has helped him become more self-confident and self-assured.

His goal in starting a studio was to be able to pass that on to his students.

Abbott said, “I see my students gain confidence, stand taller, speak up and say ‘yes sir’ and ‘yes ma’am.’”

He once had a teacher of one of his students tell him that she had noticed a change in the students’ behavior and focus in school.

The teacher attributed these improvements in behavior to the Tae Kwon Do classes the student had recently started.

In nominating Abbott, Tammy Elowsky highlighted Abbott’s approach to teaching students through promotion of both physical and mental well-being.

Elowsky also described Abbott’s activities that go above and beyond the day-to-day operation of a Tae Kwon Do school.

“He volunteers his time judging tournaments, helping other instructors perfect their skills in sister schools, pushing free instruction into the after school programs from time to time, and organizing fundraising activities for various causes,” she said.

Abbott said he also encourages his students to give back to their parents, peers, schools and communities by showing respect and through positive behaviors.

Students under 13 earn character stripes for showing initiative in helping others, logging extra reading outside of school, good character development home report card assessments from their parents, and exceptional grades at school.

ROC would also like to thank Diane Jackson from SUNY Oswego’s Rick Creek Field Station for coming into the meeting on February 13.

Dr. Jackson spoke to the group about winter programming and upcoming plans for summer children’s camps at Rice Creek’s newly renovated field station.

Each month, ROC selects a theme and 2-4 guest speakers are invited to share the good work they are doing.

Nominations are also solicited from the community at large for Community Champions.

For March, ROC is seeking nominations for Community Champion for literacy awareness.

This might include an individual who signs up for World Book Night (http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/) or an organization that donates dictionaries to local elementary schools.

Nominations are due by March 12.

Nominations can be submitted online through Recognizing Oswego County’s Facebook page or by email to bmorey@oswegocounty.com

ROC members include representatives from a broad range of community organizations as well as individual community members.

New members are welcome.

Monthly meetings are held from 8 – 9:15 a.m. on the second Thursday of the month at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union at 90 E. Bridge St.

OMS Students, Staff Recognized for Kindness

OSWEGO, NY – “Random Acts of Kindness” have been recognized recently at the Oswego Middle School.

OMS Students, Staff Recognized for Kindness

OMS Students, Staff Recognized for Kindness

Principal Mary Beth Fierro and Assistant Principal Robyn Proud have been extremely supportive of  promoting positive actions of their students.

Throughout the year students and staff have been recognized for assisting others.

Recently recognized by Fierro (back row second from right) and Proud back row far left) along with Oswego City School District Board of Education President Kathleen Allen (back row right) were (in front) Abby Douglas, Kayla Brown, Dane Richardson and Huck Fitzgerald.

Staff members earning recognition are Brad Shannon, Steve Carbone and Eric Sherman.

William J. King, 87

OSWEGO, NY – William J. King, 87, of Mexico passed away Monday afternoon March 3, 2014, at the Syracuse VA Medical Center.

He was born in Oswego and was the son of the late Frank and Helen St. John King.

Mr. King started his career as an insurance and real estate professional.

He went on to become a successful home builder and property developer.

He was a veteran of the US Army and served in the Philippines during World War II.

Mr. King is survived by one son, Frank F. King of Oswego; two sisters, Barbara Bellinger of Oswego and Natalie Cochran of Philadelphia, Pa.; two grandchildren, John Sherman of Mexico and Suzanne King of Hannibal; two great-grandchildren, Aidan Sherman and Skylar Sherman.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Christine Sherman.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.

There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are by the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, Inc.

Join The Fight Against Welfare Abuse

By Senator Patty Ritchie
It’s frustrating to know that someone would abuse a program designed to help children and families in need and let people get back on their feet.

That’s why reports that some people are using their taxpayer-paid welfare benefits to pay for tobacco, alcohol, even trips to nightclubs, really touch a nerve.

I believe that welfare benefits should be used to help those who need it, not fund unsavory habits.

That’s why I’m a cosponsor of the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” a measure that would prohibit the use of welfare benefits to buy alcohol, tobacco or lottery tickets and bars the use of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards in liquor stores, casinos and adult entertainment businesses.

The Public Assistance Integrity Act has passed the State Senate three times and more than a dozen states have already passed similar measures.

But, so far, the Assembly has failed to act on this important piece of legislation.

If you believe in stopping welfare abuse, I encourage you to sign my petition, which is available on my website, www.ritchie.nysenate.gov

So far, more than 1,000 have signed on to show their support and to encourage the Assembly to pass this common-sense reform.

My job as State Senator is to listen to you and on my website, you’ll also find other ways to weigh in on current issues and make your opinion heard.

Currently, I’m asking for your input on the Governor’s proposal to offer college courses to prison inmates, as well as my legislation which would support sportsmen by allowing UTVs to be legally registered in New York State.

As the current legislative session continues, lawmakers will be voting on changes that affect you.

If there’s an issue that is of particular importance to you, I encourage you to weigh in using my online petitions or to contact me directly and let your voice be heard.

KPS Student Artwork on Display in Albany

KPS  Student Artwork on Display in Albany

KPS Student Artwork on Display in Albany

Two Kingsford Park Elementary School students had their work selected to be on display in Albany in the Legislative Office Building “Well” Entrance.

Selected pieces included Neil Roman, a fourth grade student, in mixed media  with his “Camouflage Chameleon” and sixth grader Abigail Faul with an oil pastel “Frank” inspired by the work of Basil Gogos.

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