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Wings of Grace Ministry Presents Author Kolleen Lucariello

PULASKI, NY – Who are your Identity Thieves? On May 10 at UCC Congregational Church in Pulaski, the guest speaker, Kolleen Lucariello, will be addressing that question in her message “Identity Thieves.”

Lucariello has written her first book “The ABC’s of Who God Says I Am.”

In this new devotional book, Lucariello takes women on a back-to-the-basics journey by outlining their identity in Christ with the alphabet as the roadmap.

Lucariello has been a student of the Bible for more than 15 years.

She has served within her church in youth, children and women’s ministry.

One of her passions is sharing her love of the Bible with others and has been delighted for the opportunities to do just that.

Originally from Western New York, Lucariello lives in Parish with her husband, Pat.

With God and family as her focus she and Pat have raised three children and now enjoy the blessing of their first grandson.

She has been invited to speak at the upcoming Wings of Grace Ministry program for all women and girl teens in Oswego County and beyond.

The program and continental breakfast is a free event offered to encourage women and build relationships in the community and among the churches.

The Congregational Church ladies will host the event and provide breakfast from 9 – 9:45 a.m. followed by the program 10 a.m. to noon.

We are excited about our May 10 Wings of Grace Ministry event and Lucariello’s ministry.

Ladies, please come and be blessed by the Lord.

If you have any questions, please contact Deb at 509-4121 or Louise at 607-280-7356.

Show Your Gratitude to Veterans Onstage during 33rd Annual Memorial Day Salute

FULTON, NY – CNY Arts Center wants your help to express gratitude to veterans and service personnel everywhere through pictures, letters, poems and live talent onstage when it hosts local talent for the 33rd annual Memorial Day Salute, May 24 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Lisa Benzing performs at a previous CNY Arts Center Talent Event. Local talent is invited to perform in tribute to veterans and service personnel at Fulton’s 33rd Memorial Day Salute.

Lisa Benzing performs at a previous CNY Arts Center Talent Event. Local talent is invited to perform in tribute to veterans and service personnel at Fulton’s 33rd Memorial Day Salute.

In addition to featured young performers who have been working with CNY Arts Center throughout the school year, the organization is inviting local talent to share the stage with their own salute to veterans and military personnel.

“Do you have a message you’d like to send to the troops and veterans being honored? This year’s theme ‘Showing Gratitude to our Veterans’ is a perfect opportunity to show your appreciation in song, story, music, dance, or whatever your family-friendly talent is,” said Nancy Fox, director. “We invite everyone from the youngest to the oldest to send a message of thanks. We hope to draw talent in multiple categories whether it is dance, vocals, musicians, or storytelling. We know there is a lot of talent and many wonderful performing artists. Memorial Day Salute is a popular tradition for local families and here is a way to be directly involved as we show our gratitude to veterans and share your talent with your hometown family and friends.”

Participants interested in performing should contact Fox directly at 592-3373. Time slots are few and limited to three minutes per act.

The organization will also accept art work, poems, and written tributes of thanks to be shared throughout the talent show between acts.

Items collected will be donated to a veterans’ organization after the event.

Artwork will be accepted at Arts in the Heart Gallery, 47 S. First St.

Messages or written tributes should be mailed to CNY Arts Center, PO Box 477, Fulton NY 13069.

April Is Fair Housing Month In Oswego

OSWEGO, NY – Mayor Tom Gillen signed a proclamation on March 24 declaring April 2014 to be Fair Housing Month in the city of Oswego.

Beverly Mulcahey, rental assistance administrator (left) and Kathryn Miano, Fair Housing officer and housing administrator accept the Fair Housing Month Proclamation from Mayor Tom Gillen at City Hall Common Council Chambers.

Beverly Mulcahey, rental assistance administrator (left) and Kathryn Miano, Fair Housing officer and housing administrator accept the Fair Housing Month Proclamation from Mayor Tom Gillen at City Hall Common Council Chambers.

This proclamation states that the strength of our nation, and all of its cities, flows from the promise of individual equality and freedom of choice and that this being the 46th anniversary of the National Fair Housing Law, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, the city of Oswego will commemorate the occasion by  collectively rededicating themselves to the principal of freedom of choice and to participate in efforts to eliminate vestiges of housing discrimination wherever they exist.

This law guarantees for each citizen that critical, personal element of freedom of choice in the selection of their home.

He also declared that Fair Housing is the policy of the city of Oswego and that implementation of Oswego’s policy requires the positive commitment, involvement and support of each one of Oswego’s citizens.

The Fair Housing Law was passed in 1968 and makes it illegal to discriminate against persons because of their race or color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or familial status (including children under the age of 18, pregnant women or people securing custody of children under 18).

Some exceptions apply to senior citizen housing complexes, however discriminatory marketing and advertising, and ‘red lining’ of neighborhoods to prevent persons of minority races or religions from obtaining housing are illegal based upon the 1968 law.

Mayor Gillen asked the people of the city to reaffirm the commitment to fair housing opportunities for all people, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, family status or handicap.

Florence Rogers, 86 – Committal Service

FULTON, NY – Florence Rogers, 86, of Fulton died Tuesday February 11, 2014.

A committal service and burial will be held 10 a.m. April 25 at Mount Adnah Cemetery with Major James Purvis from the Oswego County Salvation Army officiating.

The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton, has care of the arrangements.

Carol J. Johnson, 80

HANNIBAL, NY – Carol Johnson, 80, of Fulton, formerly of Oswego, passed away on Friday April 18, 2014.

Surviving are her sisters, Lynne “Bunny” Phillips of Georgetown, Texas, and Judith (Richard) Tyler of Hannibal.

Memorial services and burial will take place at a date and time to be announced.

Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal has care of her arrangements.

Norton Graduates Basic Training

Air Force Airman Brandon J. Norton graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Norton is the son of Zachary Norton of Boonville and Julia Hagler of Mexico.

He is a 2013 graduate of Adirondack High School, Boonville.

Oswego School Board Meets Tuesday, Wednesday

The Oswego City School District Board of Education will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday.

It is anticipated the 2014-15 budget will be the major topic of discussion during the Tuesday meeting.

It is anticipated that board will act upon the BOCES Administrative budget and election of BOCES board members as well as the Oswego City School District budget on Wednesday.

The Tuesday public portion of the meetting at the Oswego High School Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts will begin at 6 p.m.

On Wednesday at 9:15 p.m. the board will meet in the Education Center Curriculum Center on the second floor.

Evening College Fair Planned At SUNY Oswego

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Counselors Association, in conjunction with SUNY Oswego, is pleased to debut an evening college fair this spring.

This event will be the first of its kind at SUNY Oswego, and will be held at the Campus Center on April 28 from 6-8 p.m.

OsCCA and SUNY Oswego are confident that hosting this evening college fair will prove to be beneficial to both our participating families as well as college representatives.

Lisa Roman, Oswego High School Counselor and president of the Oswego County Counselors Association is “excited to partner with SUNY Oswego to offer our families in Oswego County an opportunity to talk with college admissions representatives. We are hoping that providing an evening college fair in Oswego County will encourage students and their parents to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about colleges of interest.”

Every October, the Oswego County Counselors Association organizes a daytime college fair for students that is hosted by Cayuga Community College.

Each high school in Oswego County buses students to Cayuga Community College’s Fulton campus, where college representatives meet with interested students.

However, this spring event hosted at SUNY Oswego will be the first evening college fair in the immediate Oswego County area.

Dan Griffin, director of Admissions at Oswego State, feels the timing is right for students beginning their college search.

“Now more than ever higher education is a family affair. Hosting this event in the evening will hopefully provide the opportunity for families to begin the process together,” he said.

To that end, all age groups are welcome to attend.

More than 60 colleges and universities are expected to be in attendance at College Night on April 28, with college admissions representatives available to answer questions from students and their families.

In addition, two 30-minute information sessions will be offered giving advice on how to navigate the college application process, and a financial aid table will be staffed by SUNY Oswego financial aid experts.

For more information, including the latest list of participating colleges, visit www.oswego.edu/collegenight

Annual Chicken BBQ Set At Minetto Fire Department

MINETTO, NY – The Minetto Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual chicken BBQ on April 26 from 11 a.m. until sold out at the fire station, 12 Barrett Drive.

The dinner menu features ½ chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans, macaroni salad and a dinner roll for $9.

Minetto Volunteer Fire Department, the site of the annual chicken BBQ, located at 12 Barrett Drive in Minetto, off of County Route 24. Just .2-mile off of County Route 48 or one mile off of West Fifth Street.

Minetto Volunteer Fire Department, the site of the annual chicken BBQ, located at 12 Barrett Drive in Minetto, off of County Route 24. Just .2-mile off of County Route 48 or one mile off of West Fifth Street.

Customers can purchase a ½ chicken only for $4.50.

In addition, there will also be a bake sale on site for customers to handpick a homemade dessert.

“As the fire department supports the community, its people and property, it is just as important that the community supports the fire department,” said Captain Kyle Hartford.

Proceeds from the barbecue will go towards the general operating costs of the 100% volunteer serviced Minetto Fire Department.

Dine-in and take-outs are available.

Local delivery of five or more dinners may be arranged by contacting a Minetto Fire Department member by calling the fire station at 343-7566 on the day of the event.

There are no presale tickets available but customers can start calling ahead at 10 a.m. on April 26.

For more information on the BBQ, call Aleisha Bennett at (315) 343-7566.

For more information on the Minetto Fire Department or to find out how to join, please visit www.minettofd.com

Salmon River Reservoir Thawing

Spider Rybaak

Kayaking the Salmon River in Redfield.

The nicest thing about severe winters like the one we just had is the pay back feels so good. Last weekend, Oswego County finally saw some global warming, with temperatures soaring into the high 70s, and folks stepped outdoors in droves to break their cabin fever. The Salmon River Reservoir saw loads of the weary gather on its banks to usher in spring by watching winter cry itself away.

While the Mad River, and both branches of the Salmon were too high and cold for average anglers to even think of fishing, their tributaries and the smaller creeks pouring into the reservoir were much more manageable. The water was so frigid, however, the fish weren’t into chasing after the bait, so you had to bump their noses with a garden worm to get them to hit. With all the run-off, that was kind’a hard and everyone interviewed for this story admitted to getting skunked.

Still, the mood was upbeat. “That leaves more for next month, when the brooks and rivers will not only be easier to get to, they’ll be easier to fish,” predicted Joe, a Pulaski native who wouldn’t divulge his last name.

A lot of bottom anglers tried their luck at the mouth of the Salmon River in Redfield. Fishing off the south bank, just below the County Route 17 bridge, they didn’t catch dinner, but were treated to spectacular natural scenes like glacier-sized floes sweeping downstream, the dalliance of bald eagles, and kayakers.

The channel below the public fishing access site’s platform at the northern County Rte. 17 bridge was mostly iced over and unfishable. However, several groups came to do everything from catch rays and play frisbie to relax in the fishing platform’s comfortable seats and take in the sounds and sights of the ice’s death throes.

A couple deer came around, too. They were just as surprised to see all the people as we were to see them, and bolted, jumping onto the spongy ice in their bid to reach the woods on the north shore. It held. But a couple spots of open water stood between them and the bank.

The lead deer jumped into the first opening, and the smaller one followed. Swimming over to the edge of the ice on the other side, the bigger doe struggled to get a toe-hold. Everyone feared the worst. A loud, collective sigh of despair swept over the reservoir.

Somehow, the struggling pair managed to climb onto the floe, slipped and slid their way across the porous ice, jumped into the second opening, and climbed out again.  Reaching the other side, they disappeared into the trees.

We hit County Rte 2.  The woods along the road were blanketed in snow.

Turning onto Dam Road, we headed for Salmon River Falls. Ice sculptures chiseled out of the snowbanks by the warm breeze lined the way. Susan decided to strike off for what would probably be her last jaunt through snowy woods this season. She thrilled in snowshoeing with just the shirt on her back.

The Salmon River Falls drew even larger crowds. The parking lot was full. But that didn’t matter because the trees were bare, and the awesome power of this magnificent cataract was easily visible from the road.

And there’s more. Although Monday’s warm weather whittled away at the ice and snow, the evening’s freezing temperatures, followed by Tuesday’s snow, sculpted the northeastern edge of Oswego County into a fresh winter wonderland.

It won’t last, however, probably not much past Easter, so get out there and enjoy while you can.
Susan Rybaak last-chance snowshoeing at the Dam Road. 

Deer heading for the Upper Reservoir’s north shore.
Making it to the other side.

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