All posts by Ashley M. Casey

Ashley M. Casey is the assistant editor of The Valley News. Previously, she was the associate editor of Today's CNY Woman magazine. She has also written for The Finger Lakes Vacationer. She graduated from Le Moyne College in 2012 with a degree in communications and Spanish.

Exchange student goes from ‘futbol’ to ‘football’ at Hannibal

Lander Ezama poses at his host family’s home in Hannibal with the Mattesons’ dogs, Bessie and Maggie. Photo courtesy of Lander Ezama
Lander Ezama poses at his host family’s home in Hannibal with the Mattesons’ dogs, Bessie and Maggie.
Photo courtesy of Lander Ezama

By Ashley M. Casey

When 15-year-old Lander Ezama first arrived in Hannibal, the only “football” he’d ever encountered was soccer.

He’d never had a pet, and he’d always lived in a city. Continue reading

Pomp and circumstance: Find your local school’s graduation

Area high schools are holding their commencement exercises next weekend.

  • Mexico Academy and Central School, Mexico: 7 p.m. Friday, June 27 at High School Athletic Field. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the gymnasium.
  • Hannibal High School, Hannibal: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 27 at Lockwood Auditorium, Hannibal High School
  • G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at the Fulton War Memorial
  • J.C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at JCB Gymnasium
  • Oswego High School, Oswego: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at SUNY Oswego Campus Center

Fulton’s Bodley High saves a ‘ton’ by recycling

By Ashley M. Casey

Since the beginning of the school year, students at G. Ray Bodley High School have reduced their carbon footprint by 16 metric tons.

Students in Dan Mainville’s Global Environment class reported the results of a yearlong recycling project at the June 10 Fulton school board meeting.

The class has been sorting and weighing all of GRB’s recyclables most Fridays since October.  Continue reading

Fulton teen competes today in Feinstein singing competition

Batstone
Batstone

By Ashley M. Casey

Aspiring singer Joshua Batstone of Fulton will compete in the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Northeast High School Vocal Competition today.

The competition will be held at Yamaha Artist Services in New York City. The regional winner will advance to the national Feinstein Competition in Carmel, Indiana, July 20-25. Continue reading

Birdlebough students exhibit at GENIUS Olympiad

John C. Birdlebough High School earth science honors students earned awards at the Regional GENIUS Olympiad in April. Shane Girard, left, earned second place for his research project about the impact of melting ice caps on the environment. The pair of Nicholas Bernard, middle, and Jonathan George earned first place for their research project entitled “How Does Climate Change Impact the Cryosphere?” This first place finish earned the pair an invitation to compete in the International GENIUS Olympiad at SUNY Oswego June 15 through 20. Photo courtesy of Oswego County BOCES
John C. Birdlebough High School earth science honors students earned awards at the Regional GENIUS Olympiad in April. Shane Girard, left, earned second place for his research project about the impact of melting ice caps on the environment. The pair of Nicholas Bernard, middle, and Jonathan George earned first place for their research project entitled “How Does Climate Change Impact the Cryosphere?” This first place finish earned the pair an invitation to compete in the International GENIUS Olympiad at SUNY Oswego June 15 through 20.
Photo courtesy of Oswego County BOCES

By Ashley M. Casey

Two students from John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix are headed to the international GENIUS Olympiad, held June 15-20 at SUNY Oswego. The GENIUS Olympiad is a competition for high school students in the areas of science, art, design, writing and music.

Nicholas Bernard and Jonathan George, both ninth-graders in Susan Sharp’s earth science honors class, will present their research project “How Does Climate Change Impact the Cryosphere?” at the competition, which will host about 600 students from more than 50 countries. Continue reading

Mayor: Some financial restructuring board ideas won’t work in Fulton

By Ashley M. Casey

The state Financial Restructuring Board has sent its first draft of suggestions for getting the city of Fulton off its “fiscally stressed” list.

Mayor Ron Woodward Sr. said the city received word from the restructuring board about two weeks ago with its first recommendations, which are subject to change.  Continue reading