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Pat Ward makes late charge for win at Fulton Speedway

Pat Ward, a fan favorite where ever he goes, has always been known as one of the most low-keyed drivers in modified racing.

After Saturday night’s win at the Fulton Speedway, Ward exited his car banging on the roof and waving the checkered flag in excitement after a late charge and pass of Chuck Bower in the caution free 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

While most of the modified front runners were using the top of the speedway, Ward found something on the bottom where his car worked as he made his way to the front.

On lap 27, he moved into second and took off after Chuck Bower finally making the winning pass with three laps to go.

Other winners on a Ingles Performance, Ehrlich Pest Control Night were Matt Janczuk, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Dale Caswell, NAPA Late Models; Gary Hoppins, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; Joe Isabell, Mod Lites; and Skip DeGroff, Four Cylinder Stocks.

Tim Sears Jr. out powered Tim Schneider Jr. to lead the early going of the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

With five laps complete, Sears running the top, opened around a ten car length advantage.

Behind the leader, you could of thrown a blanket over Bower, Larry Wight, Schneider and Chris Hile as they raced for second through fifth.

By lap 10, Bower was rapidly cutting into Sears’s lead with Wight just a couple cars behind Bower. Schneider and Ward showed in fourth and fifth.

On lap 15 exiting turn four, Bower pulled a perfect slide job coming up in front of Sears to be scored the new leader on lap 16.

With 20 laps showing on the scoring tower, Bower held a slim, two-car lead over Wight as the laps started clicking off the lap counter. Ward, Tim Sears Jr., and Tom Sears Jr. were still in contention in the top five.

On lap 25, it was going to be a three-car fight over the last laps between Bower, Wight and Ward for the win.

On lap 27, Ward moved into second and took off after Bower.

After running the middle to the bottom of the track, Ward was able to make the winning pass exiting turn four and being scored the new leader as they crossed the line on lap 32.

Once out front, Ward was able to out run Wight to the checkers. Chuck Bower, Dale Planck and Tim Sears Jr. came home third through fifth.

“That was tough sledding — it was pretty slippery out there,” said Ward. “Me and Terry have been putting our heads together, and it’s seems I say this every time we get here, we haven’t been running good enough, but tonight was good.”

Ward related how his car worked really well down low compared to the rest of the field.

“It was pretty decent through three and four and I could get it slowed up enough getting into one,” he said. “I could really get off of two. That’s where I got Larry (Wight) and the other guys coming off of two.”

“Chuck’s (Bower) has been going good again,” Ward continued. “He’s like the rest of us, have a couple good nights, couple bad nights, seems to be the way it’s going for everybody. We just setup for a dry slippery track and it worked out for a change.”

In the wild and exciting 20-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature that had two-three wide racing from the front of the field to the back, and lead battles in heavy traffic found a new 2013 winner.

Scott Ford would hold off pressure from a number of drivers leading the first 15 laps with lapped traffic spelling the difference.

Matt Janczuk would use his years of experience going from fourth to lead in one lap, when the top-three were mired in back markers allowing Janczuk to go to the outside groove into the lead and the win on lap 16. Scott Ford, Ronnie Davis III, Kyle Fink and Beth Schneider finished second through fifth.

Shayne Tenace would lead the opening 5 laps of the 20-Lap NAPA Late Model feature before suddenly heading pit-side with mechanical problems.

The story of the race was Dale Caswell as he would dominate the rest of the way winning by over a straightaway. Rick Miller, Alan Fink, AJ Kingsley and Sean Beardsley would come home second through fifth.

The E&V Energy Novice Sportsman put on their best race so far this season. Throughout the 15-lap feature, it was a three-car barnburner between Taylor Lamb, Jeremy Dygert  and Gary Hoppins.

Somehow on the last lap, Hoppins would bring a car with obvious suspension problems to victory lane.  Taylor Lamb, Jeremy Dygert, Brandon Kuhn and Ricky Yelle would chase Hoppins across the line.

After a long battle with Doug Williams for the top spot, Joe Isabell took the lead late and put his Scott Bloomquist designed Mod Lite in victory lane in the 15-lap feature.

Williams, Jeff Isabell Jr., Rick Demo and Sterling Miller rounded out the top five. Mike Mullen, Josh DeSantis, Lowell Zehr, Justin Williams andJeremy Isabell completed the second five.

Skip DeGroff totally dominated the 15-lap Four Cylinder Stock feature increasing his overall point lead. Justin Buske, Chris Bonoffski, Wendall Washington and Dan Dupra finished second through fifth.

Fort Ontario Civil War encampment and RC airplane show planned

Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego will host a Civil War encampment and radio-controlled airplane show during Harborfest weekend July 27 and 28.

Living history displays, drills, guard duty, campfire cooking, and more will take place inside the historic fort, while radio-controlled airplanes will fly off a runway on the bluff north of the fort.

Historic Fort Ontario will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Civil War encampment and RC airplane show, hosted by the Oswego Modelaires RC Airplane Club, will end around 3 p.m. Sunday. The Hawks Junior Aviators will provide flying lessons for children using dual controls.

Parking for Fort visitors, Harborfest trolley riders, and fireworks viewers will be available at the fort for a $6 vehicle fee from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday.

Regular fort admission will be charged on Sunday. Food vendors will set up for fireworks spectators Saturday evening. Food and refreshments will be available at both days at the RC Airplane show.

“Fort Ontario State Historic Site is one of the most historically significant military posts in the United States,” said Site Director Paul Lear. “It has played various roles in our nation’s history from the French and Indian War (1754 – 1763) through the War in Afghanistan.”

The 444th Engineer Company, 479th Engineer Brigade, USAR, veterans of campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, maintains a post on the 258-year old Fort Ontario Military Reservation.

The fort is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the City of Oswego.

National banjo champion to perform in Fulton

The Fulton Community Band will be playing at the Bullhead Point Pavilion on Thursday, July 18 and national banjo champion Drew Freck will be playing at the Canal Landing Gazebo on South First Street in downtown Fulton Friday, July 19.

Programs for the Summer Concert Series are available at the City of Fulton Parks & Recreation Office and the City Clerk’s Office at 141 S. First St.

Those seeking more information may call 592-2474.

Youth robotics program to be held

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H program is conducting a summer program to introduce robotics to youth, Introduction to Robotics.

This five-session program runs from Monday, Aug. 12 through Friday, Aug. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Wilcox Hall of the First Presbyterian Church in Mexico.

During this course, youth will learn what a robot is, how to build one and to program the robot to use sensors to interact with its environment.

Robots will be constructed using LEGO NXT Mindstorm. Programming concepts are introduced using the RoboLab computer language.

The youth will learn the basics of programming using a curriculum that is designed to encourage the use of math and science when programming their robots.

Introduction of Robotics is designed for youth entering grades 4-7 in September 2013. Class size is limited to 10 youth and there will be up to four youth per robot and computer.

Those seeking more information may call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County at 963-7286, ext 401.

Scrabble Fest to benefit Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County

In the game of Scrabble, the word literacy is worth 13 points. In real life, it’s priceless.

Friday, Sept. 20, Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County will hold its seventh annual Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble Fest.

One of Oswego County’s most entertaining fund-raisers, Scrabble Fest offers devotees of the game Scrabble the opportunity to enjoy an evening of friendly competition, and more.

“Scrabble Fest is much more than just another fund raiser,” said Meg Henderson, coordinator of OCO’s Literacy Volunteers Program.

“Scrabble Fest is also a way to raise awareness of LVOC and our efforts to combat the issue of illiteracy in Oswego County.  Currently, approximately 15-17 percent of the adult population of Oswego County cannot read above the 5th grade level,” she added.

“The majority of LVOC students are between the ages of 19 and 59, with the fastest growing age group entering the program being between 18 and 29,” Henderson continued. “It is an issue that needs to be addressed, as these individuals are unable to do what many of us take for granted such as reading newspapers, medication labels, recipes and most books.  LVOC offers the opportunity for them to gain the literary skills and computer skills necessary for daily activities and more.”

Operating under the auspices of Oswego County Opportunities, LVOC provides confidential tutoring services at no cost to the student.

Tutoring includes basic literacy (reading and writing), English literacy to improve English speaking, reading and writing skills, and some simple math and computer skills

Scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20, the Scrabble Fest will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Oswego Elks Lodge #271.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., welcome is at 6:15 p.m., and games begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Teams of four will compete against each other in four 20-minute rounds.

Team scores will be tallied and the top three teams will be awarded prizes.

To add to the fun of the event, there will be prizes for the team and individual who bring in the most pledges.

“Whether you’re playing, or just rooting on your favorite team, Scrabble Fest is a great opportunity to get your friends, family or co-workers together for an evening of fun for a very worthwhile cause that may have a tremendously positive impact on a person’s life,” added Henderson.

In addition to the Scrabble  competition, Henderson said that there will be a silent auction featuring some great items donated by local merchants who support LVOC, and a 50/50 drawing.

Entry fee for a team of four is $100 and includes light refreshments. The cost for individuals wishing to attend but not compete in the event is $15 (this fee includes light refreshments).

All proceeds from Scrabble Fest will benefit LVOC.

Those seeking more information may call 342-8839 or visit

JJ Andrews: SBS ‘King’ of Oswego Speedway

In a mayhem-filled event at Oswego Speedway Saturday night, JJ Andrews had a run fit for a King, leading all 35 laps of the Pathfinder Bank SBS feature on route to his third career victory at the Speedway as a part of “King of Wings V.”

Andrews started the event from the fourth position, but several early accidents would hand the lead to the driver of the Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux No. 93 before a single lap could be completed.

From there, Andrews dominated, charging to as large as a full straight away lead, before having to fend off Russ Brown on a late race restart for the victory.

Brown, Chris Proud, AJ Bernys, Kreig Heroth, Dan Abt, Jason Simons, Jeremy Pitcher, Mike Bond, and Tim Gareau would complete the top ten order of the SBS main event on Saturday night.

“This feels so good, I can’t catch my breath,” said Andrews.  “I need to give all the credit to Corey (Norton). He has been with me for as long as I have been doing this. He does all the work on the car and helped a lot this week with me out of town. He (Norton) owns at the go-kart track on Friday nights and he comes here and helps me get ownership on Saturdays.”

Andrews was not at all happy to see the late race caution fall at lap 31, giving Brown a chance at the lead.

“I said plenty of bad words,” said Andrews. “I figured Brownie was going to be there. I guess he was, but I don’t know how close he was, but this is so exciting and I am so unbelievably happy.  Who would have thought an old guy like me with high blood pressure, amazing hair, could win a feature at Oswego Speedway.”

Rookie Scott Shafer and Mike Bruce would start on the front row of the 35-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS main on Saturday, but it would take several attempts to get the main event on its feet.

A major pile-up would occur in the third turn on one start involving at least seven cars with Jack Patrick making heavy contact with the outside third turn foam.

As the field dove into the third corner, several cars jammed up, sending Patrick around and into the outside fence. Patrick would be okay, but the car was hooked off the Speedway.

On the next try, another multi-car accident would take place, this time in the second corner.

Front row starters Shafer and Bruce made contact in front of the entire field exiting turn two sending both cars around, forcing several more cars to take evasive action behind.

Andrew Schartner’s No. 18 and Greg O’Connor’s No. 90 would both pound the outside second turn steel, with Cameron Rowe, Jason Simmons, and Dalton Doyle also involved in the accident.

Doyle and O’Connor’s racecars would be hooked off the Speedway with Schartner requiring a flatbed to get his mangled machine off the race track.

A fourth start would see several cars already out of the event with Andrews now the race leader ahead of Bernys, Proud, Pitcher, Brown, Heroth, Abt, Dennis Rupert, Gareau, and David LaTulip.

As the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag waved yet again Andrews, Bernys, and Proud would check away from the field leaving Brown, Heroth, and Abt to do battle with Pitcher further behind.

Proud, driving a brand new SBS racer built by his brother Tim, was fast moving on the Speedway and quickly dove underneath Bernys in turn one on lap 3 to move into the runner-up spot.

Initially, it looked as though Proud may be able to reel in leader Andrews, but as the laps ticked away it was clear that Andrews was the class of the field as he continued to build a sizeable lead over the rest of the field.

Brown would be the main on the move in the No. 13 next moving by Pitcher in turn one on lap 9 to take over fourth.

Pitcher would back slide a touch as both Heroth and Abt found room underneath as well, dropping last week’s feature winner to seventh on the Speedway.

At the halfway point, Andrews continued to hold a commanding margin over Proud, who had built a nice lead on both Bernys and Brown as they battled further back.

At lap 18, Brown continued his pursuit of the leader, sliding underneath Bernys in turn three to take third with Prould now in his sights.

It took only eight circuits for Brown to chase down Proud, this time using the outside of the Speedway to drive by the No. 3 into the second position going into turn three, using lapped traffic to his advantage.

Brown started 11th on the grid and now sat second, but leader Andrews was nowhere in sight.

That was until caution waved at lap 31 for Bruce, who spun in the first corner trying to make his way by Gareau in the No. 17.

The caution allowed Brown to have one last shot at the No. 93 as both drivers were in search of their first victories of the 2013 season.

The restart order showed Andrews, Brown, Proud, Bernys, Heroth, Abt, Simmons, Pitcher, Bond, and Gareau in the top ten as the green flag waved.

As it turned out over the final four circuits that is exactly how they would stay with Andrews collecting win number one of 2013, the second victory of the year for Team Tapout, and the third career victory for the always entertaining Andrews.

Brown, who continues to lead the Pathfinder Bank SBS point standings, admitted he had nothing left for Andrews but was happy with his best finish of the year.

“That was a done deal,” said Brown. “They were faster than us tonight. I just have to thank the crew, they have been busting their butts on the car, and we are getting closer. Thanks to all the fans for showing up and we’re just going to keep digging and try to get one more spot.  At least a Hedger car won, I guess that is all that matters.”

Just like Brown, Proud had his best finish of the year in the No. 3 machine.

“It was pretty good, we just didn’t have anything for Jay,” said Proud. “We missed the set-up a hair but we are happy with third after our season so far.”

A total of 25 Pathfinder Bank SBS machines were in the pit area Saturday night with Bruce, Andrews, and Jon Tesoriero collecting Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race challenge victories.

For Tesoriero, it was his first career checkered flag at Oswego Speedway.

Andrews would go on to collect the Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader award as he paced all 35-laps on his way to victory.

Abt would take home the Nice Price Auto Sales Up & Comer award with Gareau the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger.

AJ Bernys was the White’s Car Care 4th place finisher.

RSVP sets summer orientation dates for prospective volunteers

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, will hold four volunteer orientations at 9 a.m. Wednesdays this summer for people 55 and older.

The July 17 and 24 and Aug. 14 and 21 orientations each will take place under the Kingsford Bell in Breitbeck Park.

The orientations will coincide with the weekly meeting of the Oswego Walking Club, one of RSVP’s newest health and wellness initiatives.

Anyone who is wondering, “What is there to do?” or wants to give back and doesn’t know where to turn can consider attending a session.

Participants will have the chance to meet informally with RSVP’s director and discuss volunteer opportunities and the benefits of joining RSVP.

RSVP collaborates with more than 100 programs in Oswego County to encourage and foster the development and maintenance of volunteer opportunities that engage, support and enhance the lives of Americans 55-plus, while responding to priority needs of the community.

Nationally, RSVP reached a milestone — its 40th anniversary — this year. RSVP is part of a nationwide network of Senior Corps programs, sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Each of the 700 RSVP programs across the country is sponsored by a nonprofit agency; SUNY Oswego and the United Way sponsor RSVP in Oswego County.

RSVP offers Mature Living, a bimonthly newsletter with news and information that’s both national and local in scope and of interest to older Americans.

To sign up for an orientation session or to receive Mature Living, call RSVP at 312-2317 or email


by Pastor David Grey

“This is my body, which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” — 1 Corinthians 11:24-26

The Lord Jesus spoke these words during the celebration of the Passover meal.

With those words, He gave new significance to the broken unleavened bread and the 3rd cup of wine which were part of the traditional celebration.  Originally, the Unleavened Bread was called the “bread of affliction” and had been made and eaten in haste before the Exodus from Egypt.

When the bread is eaten during the Passover meal, the host breaks the bread and says something along the lines of “This is the bread of affliction which our fathers ate in the land of Egypt. Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let all who are in want come and celebrate the Passover with us. May it be God’s will to redeem us from all evil and from all slavery.”

When Jesus broke the bread His disciples were expecting to hear something very similar, however, He surprised them by saying,  “this is my body broken for you.”

Though they would probably not understand his meaning until later, Jesus was saying to the disciples that He who is the bread of life, would become the bread of affliction as all our sin and shame were laid upon Him.

Jesus did something similar when He, “took the cup.” Throughout the Passover Feast He carefully followed the same format as Jews had done for centuries, but then, surprisingly, He broke from tradition with words that must have startled the disciples.

During the Passover service four cups of wine were served. The third was called the “Cup of Blessing.” This is the cup Jesus took when the gospels report that, “after supper he took the cup.”

The third cup was the one served immediately after supper. At this point the people celebrating Passover would say something like, “I will take the chalice of salvation and I will call upon the name of the Lord.”

However, when Jesus served this cup, He said “This cup is the new covenant in my blood,” pointing to Himself as the blessing and our salvation.

The Passover Feast was always meant to foreshadow the One who would come, the Lamb of God. Jesus is the fulfillment of the Passover for all who will come to Him; to all who will trust in His shed blood just as the original Jews celebrating the Passover trusted in the blood of the lamb sprinkled on the door frames of their homes.

David M. Grey is pastor of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church