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Laker women’s ice hockey team skates to tie

Potsdam, N.Y. – The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team (2-1-1) tied SUNY Potsdam in an overtime ECAC west battle Sunday, 1-1.

The Lakers shot three times in the first three minutes of the game before Bridget Hamlin scored the first goal of the game at 3:06. Chelsea Hunt assisted Hamlin with the goal.

The scored remained 1-0 in favor of the Lakers until the second period when Jocelyn St. Clair was given a two-minute penalty for checking.

Potsdam’s Amanda Lucky scored the game-tying goal with an assist from Brittany Lucky at 18:20 in the second.

The third period was quiet on both ends, with Oswego shooting six times.

The team took 25 total shots in regulation. The Lakers were able to shoot six more times in the overtime period, with two of the shots coming from Megan Hagg. Potsdam did not take a shot in overtime, finishing the game with 25 total shots.

The Lakers will return home to take on Neumann College in two ECAC West games next weekend. Oswego will play at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Parents of Special Children Host AIM High Night

FULTON, NY – Parents of Special Children, Inc., held its second annual AIM High night and open house last month at its new office location.

The agency, located in Fulton, recently moved into a larger suite to accommodate its growing programs.

Parents of Special Children, Inc., is a non-profit agency, funded through the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Family Support Services, private donations and local fundraising events.

Maddy Rupert enjoying some swing time in the new Sensory Room, sponsored by the Oswego County Autism Task Force

Maddy Rupert enjoying some swing time in the new Sensory Room, sponsored by the Oswego County Autism Task Force.

Their goal is to support families who are caring for individuals with developmental disabilities by assisting with reimbursements of goods and services that allow them to better care for their individuals.  Families also enjoy a variety of events throughout the year such as: the Backyard BBQ and Family Fun Festival, Breakfast with Santa, bowling and ice cream parties, Chicken Jamboree fundraiser, and their newly added Doing It Our Way sports and recreational programs.

In addition to reimbursement supports and family functions, the agency has an Educational Advocate on staff to assist families in researching answers to the special education process.

The advocate at PSC is able to:  attend school meetings, mediation and hearings; explore alternative programming; help protect the child’s rights under federal and state laws and regulations; actively participate in negotiations regarding evaluations, IEPs and placement; evaluate meeting outcomes and help to identify the next step.  There is no charge for this service from PSC.

PSC recently began holding Family Connections, which is a monthly support meeting for families living with any type of developmental disabilities.

The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 – 8 p.m. and offers a safe place to talk about personal issues, experiences, struggles and thoughts.

Everyone strives to ensure all members are equals, which makes for a comfortable atmosphere for families.

During the three-hour community event held at the PSC office last month, staff and board members welcomed approximately 50 people to explore their new suite.

From left: family members Mike Flynn and Rose Flynn pose with Executive Director Theresa Familo

From left: family members Mike Flynn and Rose Flynn pose with Executive Director Theresa Familo

Families and community members were able to check out the new wheelchair ramp (built by Operation Northern Comfort), enjoy delicious foods, network and learn about the agency’s new programs.

The biggest news of the evening was the unveiling of the new Sensory Room, which was made possible by a mini-grant from the Oswego County Autism Task Force. The room will allow the agency to now offer child care during their monthly meetings, workshops / trainings and office consultations.

Parents of Special Children, Inc., is a parent driven organization, dedicated to family empowerment and improving the quality of the everyday lives of special needs families.

For more information regarding their programs, please contact Theresa Familo, executive director, at (315) 598-7672.

Plans Under Way For Hannibal’s Country Christmas

HANNIBAL, NY – Plans are under way for the celebration of the 10th Annual Country Christmas in the town of Hannibal November 23 and 24.  This event kicks off the holiday season and showcases local merchants’ seasonal offerings.

Town merchants and organizations will be greeting guests, running specials and offering holiday treats. Each merchant will also be offering a door prize.

The Friends of the Library will hold its annual Christmas Tree Festival.

Visitors to the Community Center, 162 Oswego St., can bid on decorated trees and wreaths Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The theme for this year’s Festival is “The Polar Express.”

Trees and wreaths decorated with theme decorations will be eligible to win “The People’s Choice” Award.”   Look for the featured Pet Tree.

Contact Linda Remig at 315-564-6643 for information or pick up an entry form at the library.

The Hannibal United Methodist Church, 320 Church St., is sponsoring a craft show on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. A soup, sandwich and homemade pie lunch will be served 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch takeouts are available.

Travis Floral Shop, 1007 Auburn St., will sparkle at its 68th annual Christmas open house.

Travis Elves showcase their talents from traditional to cutting edge designs sure to impress.  Guests will enjoy featured vendors, door prizes and seasonal treats.  The showroom and greenhouse will be decked to the rooftop with ornaments, gifts, plants and floral arrangements.

Travis Spirits and Wine Garden, 1007 Auburn St., will host tastings from Ashley Lynn Winery Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Three Brothers Winery Sunday noon – 4 p.m.

Customers will find the perfect wines and liquors to compliment their Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings.  Preview holiday gift sets and take advantage of special open house savings.

The Hannibal Quick Mart, Inc., 971 Cayuga St., is celebrating its 10th Anniversary.  Wine tasting and samples from the deli will be available on both days, along with plenty of door prizes from Quick Mart vendors.  Susie said, “There’s something for everyone at the Quick Mart.”

Kim’s Village Café, 342 Church St., will be open Saturday 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. – noon. Stop by and check out the restaurant.  Tables full of  baked goods, pumpkin pies, rolls, breads, muffins, cookies and much more will be available. Bring a child to decorate a sugar cookie for free. Kim said, “We are looking forward to seeing everybody.”

The recently-opened Village Tavern (formerly known as the Hannibal Hotel), 174 Oswego St., will feature prime rib dinners on Saturday evening.  Visitors will be able to tour the newly renovated restaurant both days. The tavern will offer samples, coupons and meals during the event.

The Beckwith Family Christmas Tree Station, 189 Mill St., welcomes everyone to the grand opening of its new barn at Jingle Bell Junction, where there will be a bright and exciting display of real trees, wreaths and novelties.  Special complimentary refreshments will celebrate the occasion.  The Ribbon Cutting for the new barn will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Scrubby Doos, 3Village Square, will hold an open house and feature information on its pet grooming business.  Refreshments will be served.

The Village Market IGA, 409 Fulton St., will kick off its “Hometown Holiday” celebration. Everyone is invited to look at holiday entertaining ideas and suggestions, enter to win IGA gift cards and one of their meat gift packs.  Sample tasty treats at the store. This open house will be both days from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Kami’s Kix Dance Studio, 3 Village Square, will be hosting an open house all day Saturday and until 3 p.m. Sunday.  Stop in to see what classes they have to offer and enjoy refreshments.  The students will be performing at the Christmas Tree lighting.

Hannibal Pharmacy, 450 Fulton St., will be administering flu shots and free blood pressure screenings, during its open house on Saturday.

God’s Vision Christian Church, 326 Church St., will be holding an open house and tour at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will be refreshments.

Dollar General, 952 Cayuga St., is pleased to participate in this year’s Country Christmas.  The store will be full of holiday items including Christmas decorations, winter clothing, gifts for mom and dad, plus of course Santa has a huge selection of toys on display. To help ease the strain on the wallets, Dollar General will offer a 25% discount to every customer who spends $75 on toys in a single transaction. Refreshments will be served.

Just Stylin’, 1083 Auburn St., will be hosting an open house and serving refreshments on Sunday.

On Sunday afternoon, the Hannibal Historical Society is hosting The Village Christmas Tree Lighting Festival. This event starts at 4 p.m. in the Village Square, with the arrival of Santa Claus. At 4:15, students from Kami’s Kix Dance Studio will perform. Community organizations involving students have been invited to set up tables where children can make crafts or families can make purchases. At 4:45, The Port Byron Brass will begin playing songs of the season.

Door prize drawings will take place, followed by the children’s parade and the lighting of the Christmas Tree in the Village Square.  Each child who attends this event will receive a gift from Santa, and be given an ornament to hang on the Village Christmas Tree.

The Country Christmas merchants and organizations look forward to seeing everyone and are excited to kick off this 2013 holiday season.

Auler to perform piano piece by young protege Nov. 24

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego pianist and music faculty member Robert Auler will perform at 3 p.m. Nov. 24, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom, playing a repertoire that will include a work by 2007 alumnus and classical composer George N. “Nick” Gianopoulos.

SUNY Oswego alumnus and Los Angeles-based classical composer George N. "Nick" Gianopoulos will return to campus as his mentor, pianist and music department faculty member Rob Auler, plays "Theme and Variations" by Gianopoulos and other composers' works at a Focus on Faculty concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 24, in Sheldon Hall ballroom on campus.

SUNY Oswego alumnus and Los Angeles-based classical composer George N. “Nick” Gianopoulos will return to campus as his mentor, pianist and music department faculty member Rob Auler, plays “Theme and Variations” by Gianopoulos and other composers’ works at a Focus on Faculty concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 24, in Sheldon Hall ballroom on campus.

Gianopoulos was an 18-year-old freshman from Baldwinsville when he took an introductory music course and his first-ever piano lessons at SUNY Oswego — events that helped propel him, now at age 28, to a career as a Los Angeles composer and pianist. He is currently composer-in-residence for the LA-based Symbiosis Chamber Ensemble.

Auler will play “Theme and Variations” by Gianopoulos; “Distant Voices,” by Gao Ping, a Chinese composer and friend of Auler’s; a Beethoven piece, “Opus 81A”; and ” Allegro de Concert” by Spanish composer Enrique Granados.

A crescendo for Gianopoulos’ young career came this summer when his “Thirteen Haiku for Singers and Piano” — set to novelist and poet Jack Kerouac’s series of 13 of the vivid, Japanese-style short poems — was commissioned by and performed at a Wolf Trap Opera Company residency program in Vienna, Va., for emerging professionals.

“As a teacher, you hear about a lot about goals and career plans, and you encourage those,” Auler said. “It’s rare to see someone follow through on something so passionately.”

Alum achiever

On his professional website, Gianopoulos credits Auler for encouraging him to teach, and by his senior year Gianopoulos had developed a 12-student piano studio and worked as a church pianist and organist. Since graduation, world premieres of his classical works have been performed in Israel and Greece, and the Glendale Philharmonic commissioned his “Sonata for Two Celli.”

Auler said the young composer will be on hand to discuss the work. “It’s really cool to see what Nick has done,” Auler said, citing Liszt and Rachmaninoff as two key influences for the young composer.

“Nick has added some modern sensibilities to it,” Auler said. “He hasn’t copied the past, he has added his own talents and ideas to make people sit up and say, ‘That’s beautiful.'”

Tickets for this and other performances in the SUNY Oswego music department’s Focus on Faculty Series are $8 ($5 for SUNY Oswego students), and are available at the college’s box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by calling 315-312-2141.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket and is available in the faculty and commuter lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall. People with disabilities needing assistance should call 315-312-2141 in advance.

Tasty Reads at Oswego Library

Tasty Reads: Featuring the Teashop Mystery Series by Laura Childs will be presented November 14 at 6 p.m. in the Oswego Public Library Community Room.

Do you enjoy novels that include culinary references and recipes?  Please join us to hear about the Teashop Mystery Series by Laura Childs.

A discussion of the book series will be led by Carol Fitzsimmons.

Haven’t read any of the books? No problem! Join us to get some insights and a jump on delving into this excellent series.

The discussion will be followed by a reception featuring tea and finger foods made using recipes from the books.

The full series of books is available for checkout through the North Country Library System.

For more information, please contact Fitzsimmons at 315-561-1039 or cfitzsi1@twcny.rr.com

The Oswego Public Library is located at 120 E. Second St., Oswego.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Oswego Public Library and is free and open to the public.

Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Oswego High School Lady Buccaneer Softball Team

OSWEGO, NY – A spaghetti dinner to benefit the Oswego High School Lady Buccaneer Softball Team will be held at the Oswego High School cafeteria on November 21, from 4:30 until 7 p.m.

Oswego High School softball players Samantha Cutro (left) and Caitlyn McRae don chefs’ hats to help promote the team’s upcoming spaghetti dinner on November 21 at the OHS cafeteria. Proceeds from the dinner will help defray the cost of the team’s spring trip to Florida.

Oswego High School softball players Samantha Cutro (left) and Caitlyn McRae don chefs’ hats to help promote the team’s upcoming spaghetti dinner on November 21 at the OHS cafeteria. Proceeds from the dinner will help defray the cost of the team’s spring trip to Florida.

The cost of the dinner is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and children 5 to 12; children under 5 eat free.

Tickets are available presale or at the door. Takeouts will be available. Menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, bread, butter, salad and a beverage.

This fundraising dinner is held annually in conjunction with the OHS fall open house. “Stop down for dinner before you tour the high school for your parent-teacher conferences,” said event chair Margie Malone of the Oswego High School Softball Club.

Proceeds from the dinner will help fund the Lady Buccaneers’ spring trip to Florida in April to compete at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex.

For more information, contact Malone at 532-0927 or any Lady Buccaneer softball player or parent.

Pulaski Fund In Final Push To Reach $15,000 Goal

PULASKI, NY – The Pulaski Community Endowment Fund’s Advisory Committee has raised $6,550 toward its fundraising goal of $15,000.

With just weeks remaining to raise $8,450 (by December 15), the advisory committee is working hard to reach its fundraising goal. Meeting its goal will make the Fund eligible to receive a dollar-for-dollar matching grant of $15,000 from the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust.

The Pulaski Fund has supported nonprofit and town projects such as the Salmon River Festival, the Pulaski Academy’s alternative energy afterschool program and the Rural and Migrant Ministry’s walkway improvements.

With nearly half of its goal met, The Pulaski Advisory Committee is almost 50 percent towards earning $30,000. This funding that will perpetually benefit arts, culture, community development, education, environment, health and human services programming in the Village of Pulaski and the Town of Richland.

You can help the Pulaski Advisory Committee meet its $15,000 goal by contributing to the Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund. Contributions are tax-deductible, and can be sent to:

Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund
c/o Central New York Community Foundation
431 East Fayette Street, Suite 100
Syracuse, NY 13202

You may also donate securely online at www.cnycf.org/pulaski. Click on the “Donate Now” button in the right sidebar.

All contributors will be listed in a “Thank You” ad in the Salmon River News. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may indicate so when making your gift. Donations must be received by December 15 in order to qualify for the match.

About the Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund
The Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund is a union of gifts contributed by the people of the Pulaski community that makes grants to support programs and projects of importance to the area. Since its inception in 1992, the Fund has provided more than $220,000 in grants to benefit the Pulaski community. Learn more about the fund and contribute at www.cnycf.org/Pulaski. The Pulaski Fund is a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation.

About the Central New York Community Foundation
Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of a permanent charitable endowment for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $143 million. It awarded $8.3 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested more than $120 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 600 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen nonprofits that address the region’s most pressing challenges. The Community Foundation, of 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 orwww.cnycf.org

Oswego Rotary Cites Harris Fellows

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Rotary club recently recognized Selma Sheridan, Joette Deane and Sabine Ingerson as Paul Harris Fellows.

The PHF designation is a recognition of monetary contributions to the Rotary International Foundation.

Dr. Selma Sheridan, Joette Deane, Sabine Ingerson and President Sue Witmer

Dr. Selma Sheridan, Joette Deane, Sabine Ingerson and President Sue Witmer

Each of the women have been recognized for multiple annual donations to the Foundation and their exceptional service to Rotary.

Sheridan is a club member and local physician.

Deane is a past president of the club and current board member.

Also a board member for the club is Ingerson, who also serves as the club’s Youth Exchange Officer.

Strong, Graham Partner to Field Supermodified Entry for Joey Payne

OSWEGO, NY (November 8, 2013) – Strong Racing announced on Friday a partnership with Graham Racing to field a brand new Xtreme Chassis Supermodified full-time at Oswego Speedway in 2014 with New Jersey open-wheel ace Joey Payne as the driver.

Just weeks ago Strong Racing’s former driver, Michael Barnes, announced that he would be leaving the team to drive for Syrell/Hawksby Racing this season.

 Joey Payne competed in the 2013 Budweiser International Classic 200 at Oswego Speedway driving for Mike Muldoon.  (Bill Taylor)

Joey Payne competed in the 2013 Budweiser International Classic 200 at Oswego Speedway driving for Mike Muldoon. (Bill Taylor)

The Strong team will now bring Payne back to the fold, who drove weekly for the team from 2009-2011 before moving on to Mike Muldoon Racing in 2012.  Payne did not compete weekly at Oswego in 2013, instead racing closer to home with the NEMA Midget Series.

“I’m excited to be back at Oswego full time,” said Payne.  “My fans always ask me to come back, and I am really glad to be back with the Strong team, we have some unfinished business to go after.”

In three previous seasons with Strong Racing, Payne never finished outside the top six in the point standings, twice finishing as a runner-up to Otto Sitterly.  Payne brought the Strong team their first career victory in 2009, adding another in 2011.

Strong Racing will team with Graham Racing on a brand new Xtreme Chassis Supermodified built by Paul Colloca for the coming year.  Crew Chief Pat Strong and his long-time team will maintain the car weekly out of the Strong Racing stables.

“I have to thank Ray Graham and his whole family for this new partnership,” said Payne.  “I’m looking forward to wheeling one of those potent Xtreme machines.  Paul and Meg (Colloca) build awesome cars and I’m really excited about 2014.”

Payne will once again make the weekly commute from New Jersey to compete at the ‘Steel Palace.’

“I have to thank Sue and the kids,” said Payne.  “It’s going to be tough with Anthony racing NEMA Lites and Sue taking him there.  We will make the best of it and I expect Anthony to move into Supermodifieds in the near future.  To all my fans you are the best, I’m back!”

Since 2011 Strong Racing has continued their weekly success at Oswego, garnering two more feature wins in 2012 with Barnes at the wheel.  The team briefly led the Oswego Speedway championship in 2013, before slipping to 7th in the late going.

Graham Racing has of course scored multiple wins in recent seasons with both Ray and Kody Graham at the controls.

Since 2009 the team has claimed ten Oswego victories and just this past year fielded an entry in the Budweiser International Classic for Jessica Zemken, who became the first woman to qualify for the Classic.

In 2014 the two teams will join forces with the hopes of bringing each their first career Oswego Speedway championship, with Joey Payne behind the wheel.

For more information on Oswego Speedway be sure to visit www.oswegospeedway.com

To purchase tickets or to order merchandise please call the Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646.

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