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Poetry Corner: Diner

by Jim Farfaglia


No matter how your day has gone
or what the weather is doing,
when you walk through its doors –
the guys behind the grill calling hello –
it feels a little like coming home.

Long lines are sure to form
depending on the day’s special,
which you can easily guess
from the tastiness drifting through,
making your stand in line worthwhile.

Once you’ve been seated
your waitress sure makes you feel special:
keeping your coffee cup full
and clearing your plates quickly,
so you can stretch out

and say hello to your left and right,
to other patrons wondering how you are,
sharing slices of their lives
and sipping a bit on yours,
filling this diner with a hearty glow.

Valley Viewpoints: Nepotism?

by Rose Anthony of Granby

We have nepotism in Washington and Albany and Oswego County — so many political positions have relatives employed in high positions. Why do we have to have nepotism in the Town of Granby Highway Department?

At the April Granby Town meeting, I asked a couple questions about the highway department. Has anyone else in this town ever noticed that even when there’s little to no snow, the plow is plowing (sharpening the blades?) and there’s two people in the trucks.

Why are we paying two people for one person’s job? This is our tax dollars at work.

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Oswego Youth Court to hold training class for new members

The Oswego Youth Court will hold a training class for new members from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 through 13 at Oswego City Hall.

Students in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to apply for the Youth Court training.

Applications can be obtained at any Oswego County school district guidance office, at the Oswego Youth Bureau, or by going online to

Completed applications may be mailed to Oswego Youth Court, c/o Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, 13126.  The deadline for applications is Friday, July 6.

The Oswego Youth Court Program is a Family Court diversion program designed to create a “new pathway” for troubled youth. The program also serves youth that commit crimes that are not usually entertained by Family Court.

“Youth Court hears real cases of youthful offenders who are referred by local law enforcement agencies or schools for first time minor offenses,” said Brian Chetney, county youth coordinator for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “Students are trained to be judges, defense attorneys, prosecuting attorneys and court clerks. Members conduct hearings related to their cases and decide on the outcome and punishment for each case.”

“This program provides a valuable experience for its members,” said Dawn Metott, city youth coordinator for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “In addition to the benefit of helping their communities and influencing their peers in a positive way, members of Youth Court will learn or improve their public speaking, interviewing and writing skills.”

Oswego Youth Courts are sponsored by the City of Oswego, the County of Oswego, the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

Those seeking more information about the Oswego Youth Court may call Brian Chetney or Dawn Metott at 349-3575 or email

From left are Memorial Day Salute Chairman Dick Kemmis, Callen, and Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward.

Grand marshal of Memorial Day Salute parade

From left are Memorial Day Salute Chairman Dick Kemmis, Callen, and Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward.

The 31st annual Fulton Memorial Day Salute will take place May 25 and 26 at the Fulton Community Center.

Each fall, the Fulton Veteran’s Council chooses a Veteran of the Year from among the membership of several Fulton veteran’s organizations.

This year, Charles Callen was named Veteran of the Year. He will be the grand marshal for the Memorial Day Salute Parade May 26.

The parade is sponsored by the Fulton Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and Sunrise Rotary service clubs, in cooperation with the Fulton Veteran’s Council.

Hannibal baseball team rallies for win

by Rob Tetro

After four innings of play Saturday, the Hannibal baseball team trailed Marcellus by four runs.

The fifth inning proved to be pivotal, however. The Warriors exploded for seven runs during the top half of the inning to take a three-run lead.

Though Marcellus didn’t go down without a fight, Hannibal withstood the Mustangs’ response to hang on for a 10-8 win.

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Fulton girls lacrosse tops Chittenango 14-5

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls lacrosse team was impressive against Chittenango during the first half of last Thursday’s game.

The league-leading Lady Raiders scored 10 of its 14 total goals during the first half en route to a 14-5 win.

Fulton quickly set the tone for its solid performance. The Lady Raiders had a 10-3 lead over Chittenango at halftime. Despite trailing by a considerable margin, Chittenango played until the final whistle was blown.

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