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Esteemed guests – Tim Conners (left) and Joe Lacey spoke Wednesday during the United Way’s annual campaign kick off breakfast. Both Conners and Lacey have benefited from agencies funded by the United Way and they gave motivational speeches about the power of overcoming personal obstacles and giving back to their community.
-Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

United Way gets ‘personal’

Esteemed guests – Tim Conners (left) and Joe Lacey spoke Wednesday during the United Way’s annual campaign kick off breakfast. Both Conners and Lacey have benefited from agencies funded by the United Way and they gave motivational speeches about the power of overcoming personal obstacles and giving back to their community.
-Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

by Nicole Reitz

“It’s our community…and it’s personal,” was the message uttered throughout the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual Kick-Off Breakfast held Wednesday.

The event, sponsored by Burritt Motors, CENG, Entergy and Planned Results, was held at the American Foundry in Oswego. Executive Director Melanie Trexler gave the opening remarks and was joined by members of the Campaign Cabinet.

Rob Rolfe of Pathfinder Bank is the chairperson for this year’s campaign, replacing Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the Port of Oswego Authority.

The annual campaign serves as the United Way’s primary fund-raiser. Last year, the United Way came within 98 percent of its goal of $800,000, securing $780,000 for the many human services programs that the United Way and its member agencies provide for those who live in Oswego County, said Rolfe.

During the 2012-2013 year, the United Way again hopes to raise $800,000.

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Buerkle, Maffei in close race

by Carol Thompson

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, a Republican, and Democrat challenger Dan Maffei once again find themselves in a close race.

A Siena Research Institute poll shows the two candidates for the new 24th Congressional District are evenly divided with each favored by 43 percent of likely voters.

Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum has the support of seven percent of likely voters and seven percent remain undecided.

The telephone survey of 625 likely voters was conducted between Sept. 5 and Monday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent.

A large portion of Oswego County — including the cities of Fulton and Oswego — is included in the new district, which was a part of the reapportionment of the Congressional districts to balance them by population based on the 2010 U.S. Census.

To read the rest of the story, pick up the latest copy of The Valley News. You may also subscribe to the paper by calling 598-6397

Infiltration of bats causes Catholic Charities to relocate

by Andrew Henderson

The Broadway Bridge construction project in Fulton has caused traffic delays, detours, and perhaps a few headaches for motorists driving through Fulton.

It has now caused a temporary relocation of one of the most-used non-for-profit agencies in Fulton.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County is temporarily vacating its historic building at 365 W. First St.

The reason? A sudden infiltration of a large colony of bats thought to be caused by the start of the $12 million reconstruction project over the nearby Oswego River.

Catholic Charities has moved its operations from its current location — the only remaining former American Woolen Mills building on West First Street — to a temporary location in the vacant St. Michael’s Church, which is located at the corner of West Third and Beech Streets, just two blocks west.

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Second-place – The Oswego Marching Buccaneers traveled to East Irondequoit last week to compete against two other National Division bands. Oswego came home with a second place finish with a score of 71.65. Pictured is Cassandra Hondro, drum major.

Oswego Marching Bucs start year with second-place finish

Second-place – The Oswego Marching Buccaneers traveled to East Irondequoit last week to compete against two other National Division bands. Oswego came home with a second place finish with a score of 71.65. Pictured is Cassandra Hondro, drum major.

The New York State Field Band Conference commenced the march to the Carrier Dome last Saturday night as high school bands were active throughout Central New York.

The Marching Buccaneers headed west to East Irondequoit to compete against two other National Division bands. Oswego came home with a second place finish with a score of 71.65. Victor captured the National Division with a 78.55. Third place was awarded to Webster.

Band Director Scott Ciesla said, “The Marching Bucs will continue to build on our early season success. I am very proud of the students. All of the members and parents did an amazing job to make this show a success. This was a total team effort. It’s nice to be rewarded for our hard work and talent.”

Continuing he noted, ”We’ve been building our program over the past couple of years so I really feel that we are headed in the right direction and the sky is the limit for us this year. We have a ton of potential and this is very exciting time to be a Marching Buccaneer.”

The Marching Bucs will take to the field for competition at 8:30 p.m. tonight at Baldwinsville High School.

The following Saturday, Sept. 22, the Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers will host the annual Pageant of Champions at Joe Wilber Field.  Auburn will be the first of 11 bands to march on the Wilber field as the show will begin at 6 p.m.

Fulton soccer routs Syracuse

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity soccer team jumped out to a solid lead and didn’t look back when it took on Syracuse Sept. 11.

The wind was taken out of Syracuse’s sails when Fulton jumped out to a three-goal lead during the first half.

With five Lady Raiders tallying goals, Fulton cruised to a 7-0 win over Fowler.

The Lady Raiders got off to an impressive start. It was clear Fowler struggled to find an answer to the depth Fulton displayed.

By halftime, they had built a three-goal lead. The Lady Raiders added four more goals during the second half.

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Mighty Max – Legendary Oswego State Laker coach Max Ziel and his team pose in this 1953 photograph. A former semi-professional baseball player, the late Ziel coached baseball and other sports for decades. A reunion of former players, families, friends and fans of Oswego State baseball will gather Sept. 21 to 23.

Oswego State baseball reunion set

Mighty Max – Legendary Oswego State Laker coach Max Ziel and his team pose in this 1953 photograph. A former semi-professional baseball player, the late Ziel coached baseball and other sports for decades. A reunion of former players, families, friends and fans of Oswego State baseball will gather Sept. 21 to 23.

The Oswego Alumni Association and the Laker baseball team will welcome back former players, families, friends and fans for a special reunion Sept. 21 to 23.

Anyone who has ever been associated with the Oswego State baseball legacy, either on the field, in the stands or elsewhere, may take part in a golf tournament, special dinner honoring the late David “Agarn” Crisafulli, and an alumni game.

The festivities will begin Friday, Sept. 21, with an informal gathering at Cheap Seats, 6 Hillside Ave. in Oswego. A golf tournament and lunch are planned Saturday, Sept. 22 at Battle Island State Park in Fulton.

A special baseball reunion dinner honoring 1981 Oswego State graduate Crisafulli also will take place on Saturday.

Sunday, Sept. 23, attendees may join former teammates, coaches and Lakers from all generations on the diamond for a pickup game. The alumni game will be followed by an intrasquad baseball game played by current team members.

Advance registration is required for the golf tournament and dinner. Those seeking to register may visit oswego.edu/baseballreunion.

Those seeking more information may contact head coach Scott Landers at 312-2405 or scott.landers@oswego.edu.

ES-M defeats Fulton girls tennis team 5-2

The East Syracuse-Minoa girls tennis team topped Fulton 5-2 Monday afternoon.

In first singles, Samantha Lobello of East Syracuse-Minoa defeated Katelyn Billings of Fulton 6-0, 6-1.

In second singles, Savannah Bray of Fulton defeated Jenna RiihenenWright of East Syracuse-Minoa 6-3, 7-5.

In thirds singles, Wan Ying Zhang of East Syracuse-Minoa defeated Jasmine Denson of Fulton 6-3, 6-7, 6-1.

In first doubles, Caitlin Underwood and Jeanine Koehler of East Syracuse-Minoa defeated Anna Guernsey and Kassidy Kearns of Fulton 7-5, 6-7, 6-4.

In second doubles, Jacqueline Moshier and Adisa Husejnovic of East Syracuse-Minoa defeated Julia Ludington and Casey Shannon of Fulton 6-0, 4-6, 7-5.

In third doubles, Maureen McCann and Sophia Giovannetti of Fulton defeated Kim Donato and Ashley Downey of East Syracuse-Minoa 7-6, 6-3.

In fourth doubles, Linh Lam and Y Lam of East Syracuse-Minoa defeated Audrey Proto and Krista Vann of Fulton 6-4, 6-1.

Andrew and Noah Band – The Ontario Center for Performing Arts — better known as the Oswego Music Hall — will be opening its 36th season with the American roots band from Syracuse, the Andrew and Noah Band, Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. Members of the band are Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand, Dana Billings, Chris Miller, Rachel Bell, and Kailyn Wright.

Andrew and Noah Band to perform

Andrew and Noah Band – The Ontario Center for Performing Arts — better known as the Oswego Music Hall — will be opening its 36th season with the American roots band from Syracuse, the Andrew and Noah Band, Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. Members of the band are Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand, Dana Billings, Chris Miller, Rachel Bell, and Kailyn Wright.

The Ontario Center for Performing Arts — better known as the Oswego Music Hall — will be opening its 36th season with the American roots band from Syracuse, the Andrew and Noah Band, Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m.

This seven-member group describes its music as alternative folk and American groove, and boasts a unique vision of the future of American root music with its powerful songwriting, explosive improv, and deep dance grooves.

The A&N’s core material, written by brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand, is a mix of Appalachian, Celtic, classic country and bluegrass, jazz and swing, cajun/zydeco, alternative folk, roots rock and other world music influences.

Their sound is an eclectic blend, and yet it’s part of “ a movement of young like-minded musicians creating culturally relevant but historically rooted Americana music,” according to jazz musician Chris Miller.

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