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Oswego Lions Club to Hold Annual Cow Chip Bingo

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Lions Club will hold its eightth annual “Cow Chip Bingo” fundraiser on September 14 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.

The “Cow Chip Bingo” will take place on a special field that will be sectioned off into 520 square yard plots.  “Deeds” are being sold for $5 for each square yard plot.

Once “Poopsie” the cow is released onto the field, whoever owns the plot that “Poopsie” the cow fertilizes, they will walk away with $500.

The Oswego Lions Club will host its eighth annual Cow Chip Bingo and Classic Car show September 14 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego. Pictured is Lion Karen Hammond presenting a $500 check to Leah Haggerty, previous Cow Chip Bingo winner.

The Oswego Lions Club will host its eighth annual Cow Chip Bingo and Classic Car show September 14 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego. Pictured is Lion Karen Hammond presenting a $500 check to Leah Haggerty, previous Cow Chip Bingo winner.

“Deeds” are available for purchase at Cakes Galore and More in Oswego.

“Deeds” are also available from any Oswego Lions Club member.

This year, we will once again feature the Classic Car Show.

The classic car show will be from noon to 4 p.m. the day of the event.

Prizes will be given out for the Best Paint Job, Sharpest and People’s Choice.

Register your car online at Karen.Hammond@live.com

Give your make, model and year of car.

There is no entry fee to enter your classic car.

All are welcome.

Adding a special touch to the event will be the World Famous Lighthouse Lanes Chicken BBQ, which will run from noon until 5 p.m. (or sold out).

Presale tickets for the BBQ are $8 (must pick up by 3 p.m.) or $10 on the day of the event.

The BBQ includes chicken, baked beans, salt potatoes and a dinner roll.

There will be chairs and tables set up outside to eat your chicken BBQ.

Thanks to our sponsor, Fulton Savings Bank, this fun-filled afternoon will also feature live music by Lubricators.

They will play from 1 to 4 p.m.

Please contact Lion Karen Hammond at 342-0043 for more information or any questions concerning the event or visit the Oswego Lions Club’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oswegolionsclub

“We look forward to another great crowd and another wonderful event that benefit’s the many great causes the Oswego Lions Club supports.” said Lions Club President Mike Henderson. “So why not bring your chairs and come enjoy this great fun-filled day of 50/50 drawings, classic cars, music, chicken BBQ and Cow Chip Bingo. We look forward to seeing you all there!”

Walking Tour of the 1814 Battle of Oswego

OSWEGO, NY – On September 21, at 2 p.m., Fort Ontario Superintendent Paul Lear will lead a battlefield walking tour of the War of 1812 Battle of Oswego.

The tour will begin at the entrance of the old stone fort and is free and open to the public.

Participants are advised to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Lake Ontario was the main theatre of action during the War of 1812 and Oswego was a major forwarding point for supplies and ordnance used to support the fleet at Sackets Harbor and army operations on the Niagara frontier.

Vast amounts of foodstuffs, sails, rigging, cannon, ammunition, powder, sails, rigging, anchors, ropes, etc. moved slowly along the traditional Mohawk River-Oneida Lake-Oswego River route to Storehouses in Oswego; from Oswego these goods were loaded aboard schooners or rowed or sailed to ports along the lake.

The British, with an eye to capturing stockpiled goods and food for their hungry troops and native allies, planned and executed an amphibious raid on Oswego in the spring of 1814.

Heavily outnumbered and outgunned, a small American force stubbornly defended Fort Ontario which guarded Oswego and bought time to move most of the targeted goods out of reach of the British.

Following the tour, attendees will have the opportunity to share their opinions about the preservation of Oswego War of 1812 battlefields with staff from WCNY, which is producing a documentary on the preservation of War of 1812 battlefields in Oswego, Ogdensburg, Plattsburgh, and Sackets Harbor.

The walking tour is sponsored by WCNY, the Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism, the Oswego County War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee, Friends of Fort Ontario and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The event is made possible, in part, through a grant from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program.

For more information about the event, contact the WCNY education department at (315) 453-2424, or Lear at (315) 343-4711.

Health Department Announces Clinic Schedule for Week of Sept. 9

OSWEGO – The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.

The following services will be offered during the week of Sept. 9 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

OSWEGO:

Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., walk-in clinic.

Pregnancy Testing: Free pregnancy testing is available. Call 349-3391 to schedule an appointment.

Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Treatment Services: Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

HIV Counseling and Testing Service:  Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

Immunization clinics are held Tuesdays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 70 Bunner St, Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

During September and October, clinics are held the first and third Tuesday of the month from 9 to 11 a.m. in Pulaski.

All patients with private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicaid managed care should bring their benefit cards with them to the immunization clinic.

No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

For more information about public health services, contact the County Health Department, weekdays, phone 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

Rotary Club Learns About Move Along

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Rotary Club hosted Gregory Callen, founder of Move Along Inc. and executive director Jeff Wright at a recent meeting.

Callen spoke about his spinal cord injury in 2005 and his desire to assist others in finding resources to enable them to gain confidence and strength.

Club member Rob Rolfe, executive director of Move Along Jeff Wright, founder of Move Along Greg Callen and Oswego Rotary Club President Sue Witmer

Club member Rob Rolfe, executive director of Move Along Jeff Wright, founder of Move Along Greg Callen and Oswego Rotary Club President Sue Witmer

Move Along hopes to develop programs and support necessary for children and adults with disabilities to live a healthy lifestyle and teach them how to achieve physical fitness by encouraging acquisition of skills to participate in adapted sports.

Programs will promote social skills, self-confidence, self-reliance and independence.

Activities currently offered are: competitive sled hockey, adult and youth wheelchair basketball, recreational swimming, kayaking and rowing and adapted cycling.

The group also sponsors several community events in the Central New York area.

For more information see:  www.movealonginc.org

Marching Bucs Enter the Field for Competition at ESM

This Saturday night the 110-member Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers will debut the “Amelia Earhart: The Legacy of Courage” as the New York State Field Band Conference Association season commences.

This year’s edition of the Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers is prepared to take the field for competition. The Bucs will be performing at ESM High School this Saturday night.

This year’s edition of the Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers is prepared to take the field for competition. The Bucs will be performing at ESM High School this Saturday night.

The Marching Bucs performed their new show this past Wednesday evening before family, friends and fellow students.

Band Director Scott Ciesla is ready to take his band to East Syracuse-Minoa this Saturday for a show that begins at 6 p.m.  Oswego will take to the field for competition at 7:15 p.m. and will compete against East Syracuse-Minoa and New Hartford in the Small School 1 classification.

Ciesla noted, “All of the staff is very excited with how well the students are performing this early in the season. I think everyone will be quite excited with the product that Bucs are putting on the field this year.”

He also explained the change in classification as the Bucs have been a member of the National class for decades.

Ciesla said, “Due to decreasing enrollment in the Oswego City School District we will be performing in Small School 1, the National Class of small schools. As the director, we always strive to compete at the highest level and that will always be the goal of our program. As for competition, I think we will do quite well in this class because we will be competing against bands that are of similar size. It is an exciting time to be a Marching Buccaneer.”

This year’s program pays tribute to Amelia Earhart and the final movement of the show celebrates her courage and how she inspired future pilots to push the boundaries of aviation that forever changed history.

The drum majors for this year’s edition of the Bucs are Cassandra Hondro and Anne Reynolds.

Soloists include Emily King (trumpet), Tory Welsch (trumpet), Alexander Carl (mellophone), Justin Abbott (trombone), Conor Henrie (tuba), Betsey O’Gorman (guard) and Danielle Gilbert (guard).

The Bucs will be hosting the annual Pageant of Champions at Joe Wilber Field on September 21 beginning at 6 p.m.

Free Dinner Planned At Church

The Minetto United Methodist Church will host a free dinner on September 22.

Serving will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The menu will be macaroni and cheese, ham, vegetable and dessert.

Donations are not expected but will be accepted.

A collection shed has recently been placed in the parking lot at the back of the church for usable clothing items that can be recycled.

Acceptable items include: all clothing, shoes, sneakers, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes and stuffed toys.

The building is fully accessible and is located at the corner of State Route 48 and County Route 8, one block south of the Stewarts Shop, midway between Oswego and Fulton, in the village of Minetto.

For more information about programs and services, call 343-0613 or visit http://www.MinettoUMC.org/

Fashion show, peace walk, alumni inspiration to key ALANA Week

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s 27th annual ALANA Student Leadership Conference will launch Sept. 21, with a multicultural extravaganza — the popular fashion show — before moving on to the Unity Peace Walk, alumni panels, workshops, a banquet and more.

“ALANA Week itself is one of the biggest events of the whole semester,” said Justin Brantley, president of the Black Student Union on campus and one of the organizers of the African, Latino, Asian and Native American Student Leadership Conference. “A lot of people do look forward to it.”

Student leaders from multicultural organizations across the SUNY Oswego campus annually help plan the African, Latino, Asian and Native American Student Leadership Conference. Among organizers for this year's 27the annual ALANA Week, Sept. 21 to 28, are, front row from left, Darlynda Brownlee, president, and Larissa Assam, director of programming, respectively, of the Caribbean Student Association; Stephanie Okafor, vice president of the African Student Organization; DeNecia George, vice president of the CSA; and Justin Brantley, president of the Black Student Union. In back, from left, are Louis Rodriguez, a volunteer worker on the conference's fashion show team; and Michael Nedrick, vice president of the BSU.

Student leaders from multicultural organizations across the SUNY Oswego campus annually help plan the African, Latino, Asian and Native American Student Leadership Conference. Among organizers for this year’s 27the annual ALANA Week, Sept. 21 to 28, are, front row from left, Darlynda Brownlee, president, and Larissa Assam, director of programming, respectively, of the Caribbean Student Association; Stephanie Okafor, vice president of the African Student Organization; DeNecia George, vice president of the CSA; and Justin Brantley, president of the Black Student Union. In back, from left, are Louis Rodriguez, a volunteer worker on the conference’s fashion show team; and Michael Nedrick, vice president of the BSU.

This year’s theme, “Nature’s Essence,” will carry through the week, from the Fashion Show at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 in Waterman Theatre, through such workshops as an exploration of natural remedies in Latino culture at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 in Room 114 of the Campus Center, to the finale, an Alumni Networking Fair along the Campus Center concourse from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28.

The annual banquet and dessert reception will take place starting at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in Hewitt Union ballroom, featuring the rapid-fire spoken-word poetry of entertainer Oveous Maximus. The gala will conclude with dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight to the music of DJ Tumbo, a 2012 alumnus.

“It’s not just social events,” said Louis Rodriguez, a senior wellness management major and volunteer organizer. “We work at informing people what ALANA is all about.”

ALANA Week began 27 years ago under the leadership of Tyrone Holmes, a former assistant director of Hewitt Union, and Howard Gordon, now executive assistant to college President Deborah F. Stanley.

The conference seeks to inspire young people of all cultures to develop leadership skills and improve multicultural understanding.

Significant walk

The annual Unity Peace Walk from Oswego City Hall to campus, starting at 11 a.m. Sept. 22, will carry special significance this year, according to Brantley, tying into the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington led by Martin Luther King Jr. The group also will convey solidarity with Trayvon Martin, a Florida teenager who died during a confrontation with Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

“A key part will be the speeches we do at the beginning,” Brantley said.

New this year will be the Alumni Student Leadership Panel, 3:15 p.m. Sept. 23 in Room 114 of the Campus Center, where those who have gone before will share with today’s students how involvement in campus leadership has influenced their post-college lives, including their careers.

Entertainment at the barbecue and ALANA Cultural Movements Festival, 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 on the academic quad, will include the talents of ADANFO, an African folkloric music and dance group, and Brian Bromka of La Familia de la Salsa, according to Magdalena Rivera, staff chair of ALANA. The college’s Gospel Choir and Image Step Team also will entertain during the conference.

Ticketed events include the fashion show, at $5, and the banquet and dessert reception at $15 ($12 for SUNY Oswego faculty and staff and seniors ages 60 and older; $8 for SUNY Oswego students).  Tickets are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by phone at 315-312-2141.

Parking for the fashion show and the banquet is included in the price of the ticket, and is available in the employee and commuter lots in front of and to the west of Culkin Hall, the administration building off the college’s Route 104 entrance.

For all other events, those without a current SUNY Oswego parking sticker need to purchase a $1 day-use parking permit. See www.oswego.edu/administration/parking for details.

For a complete schedule of ALANA Student Leadership Conference activities, visit www.oswego.edu/alana

Debra Jean (Snyder) Baum, 53

OSWEGO, NY – Debra Jean (Snyder) Baum, 53, of Oswego passed away Wednesday evening Sept. 4, 2013, at Upstate Medical University Hospital, Syracuse, after a long illness.

She was the wife of Robert Baum of Oswego.

She was born in Oswego and was the daughter of the late George and Kathryn (Wilson) Snyder.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Patricia Snyder; and a brother, Thomas Snyder.

Mrs. Baum was a graduate of Oswego schools and had been employed with the Oswego City School District for 27 years as a transportation aide.

In addition to her husband, Robert, she is survived by her devoted son, Joshua Baum; two brothers, Dennis (Margaret) Snyder of Oswego and Kevin Snyder of Hannibal; six sisters, Ann (Claude) Moody of Florida, Carol (Fred) Tryon, Marian (Richard) Henderson, Kathleen (Michael) Amedio all of Oswego, Ellen Bevacqua of Fulton and Geraldine (Francis) Falanga of Hannibal; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Calling hours will be Sunday 3-7 p.m. at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home with a service to follow at 7 p.m.

www.daincullinan.com

Fall Championship Weekend to Settle Oswego Speedway Championship Battles

OSWEGO, NY – For the first time since 2005, Oswego Speedway’s championship point battles will be settled following Budweiser International Classic Weekend.

Oswego Speedway’s Fall Championship returns on September 14 featuring the Davis Bros. Inc. ‘Open-Wheel Fall Finals’, which will crown track champions in the Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS divisions for the 2013 season.

A 75-lap Novelis Supermodified main and a 35-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS feature will finalize the yearlong ‘Road to the Championship’ with a special added bonus for open-wheel racing fans.

The ultra-fast and competitive NEMA Midgets, NEMA Lites, and ATQMRA TQ Midgets will join the championship program all for just $20 with kids 16 and under once again free if attending with a paid adult.

Fall Championship Weekend will actually begin on Friday, September 13 with an open practice test session for all divisions running from 5-9 p.m..  Grandstand admission will be free for the hot laps.

The weekend’s racing will kick-off earlier than normal at 3 p.m. on September 14 due to the substantial number of divisions in attendance, with grandstand gates opening at noon.

A total of six drivers are mathematically still in the running for the 2013 Novelis Supermodified track championship at Oswego Speedway.

Otto Sitterly, Joe Gosek, Shaun Gosselin, Dave Gruel, Dave Danzer, and Pat Lavery could all still be crowned champion.  However, odds makers would likely sort the potential candidates as Sitterly, Gosek, Gosselin, and Gruel.

Sitterly leads all drivers with three wins this season including triumphs in the Jim Shampine Memorial, RoC 100, and the $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified.  The driver of the Nicotra Racing No. 7 has held the championship lead for much of the season, but did lose it briefly to runner-up Gosek, before regaining the top spot after Gosek crashed out of action in a tangle with Sitterly back on August 17.

Sitterly now holds an 11-point edge on Gosek heading into the finale as he looks to capture his sixth Speedway championship.

Gosek has not picked up a win all season but has been one of the most consistent runners on the circuit this year.  Up until his DNF on August 17, Gosek had finished every main event this season in the top ten positions, keeping him on pace to attempt to collect his third Speedway title.

Third in the standings, with back-to-back wins to end the season, is Shaun Gosselin.  Gosselin is only 22-points out of the lead and looks to keep both Sitterly and Gosek honest in their quest for the title.  The driver of the No. 26 would be even closer in his pursuit of an unprecedented first championship were it not for his blown engine to start the night during the $10,000 to win Mr. Supermodified on August 3.

Gruel stands only 32-markers out of the lead in the No. 50 with one victory this year coming back on July 6.  Gruel has had his share of bad luck this season, but has always bounced back and as a result has a legitimate shot at surprising everyone with a first track championship.

Danzer and Lavery each have one victory this season and are both still mathematical candidates for the title.  However, being 55 and 56 points out of the lead, they would need tremendous amounts of help in order to surpass the front four.

Michael Muldoon, Michael Barnes, Dan Connors Jr., and Brandon Bellinger complete the top ten in the season long Novelis Supermodified championship standings with Tony Steiner leading Clayton Brewer by 31-points in the race for Rookie of the Year.

On the Pathfinder Bank SBS side of the pit area Russ Brown, Mike Bond, JJ Andrews, and Jason Simmons are eligible candidates for the Speedway’s Small Block track championship.

While Andrews and Simmons have a mathematical chance at the title they would each need to sweep the evening with heat and feature wins with Brown not starting the night’s main event.

With that said, the title again comes down to seasoned veterans Brown and Bond, with Bond still needing substantial help to try and chase down the No. 13.

Brown is in search of a fifth Speedway championship and may be able to pick it up without a main event win.  The Mannsville, NY driver has been a picture of consistency this season and leads Bond by 58-points with one race remaining.

In order for Bond to have a secure chance at stealing the title away he would need to win both his heat and feature event with Brown dropping out of the main event at the drop of the green flag.

Teammates Andrews and Simmons are only 17-points behind Bond making a three way battle for the runner-up championship position a more likely scenario.

Defending SBS track champion Kreig Heroth, Andrew Schartner, Dalton Doyle, Rob Pullen, Jon Tesoriero, and Jack Patrick fill the top ten in the standings.

Jeremy Pitcher leads Anthony Losurdo by 73-points in the Rookie of the Year race.

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

Judith Argus, 68

FULTON, NY – Judith Argus, 68, of Fulton, passed away Wednesday September 4, 2013, with her family by her side.

She was born July 5, 1945, in Syracuse to George and Margaret Parkis.

Judith Argus

Judith Argus

She devoted much of her time and energy to her family and enjoyed gardening, crafting, and bingo.

Judy was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Argus; sisters, Dolores and Jerry; brothers, Harold and George.

Judy will be greatly missed and forever loved by her three daughters, Margaret (Bruce) Kimball, Tina (Adrian) Hines and Kelly Argus; three grandchildren, Crystal, Lena and Cole; sisters, Marion Hayes, Leona Crego and Rose Paro;  brother, Raymond Parkis.

Calling hours will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday with a service to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Burial will be at Pine Plains Cemetery in Kirkville.

Contributions in memory of Judy may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, 13126.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.

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