All posts by Andrew Henderson

New Fulton softball coach has postseason aspirations

by Rob Tetro

If you ask new Fulton varsity softball coach Derek Lyons what some of his goals are for his debut season, his response is straight to the point.

Making daily improvements is the most important goal that his team can accomplish in 2012.

However, Lyons doesn’t stray far from a bigger aspiration. He said that every team should set out to earn a sectional playoff bid.  “We have made it clear that one of our other goals is to make sectionals,” he said.

In 2012, Fulton will feature a senior-laden team that has been around the program for many years.

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Valley Viewpoint: Honest government

by Rose Anthony of Granby

When a citizen is elected as town councilor, this person should represent all of the taxpayers in the town.

I believe in honest and open government. As a resident of the Town of Granby, I attend each of our meetings once a month and I speak up if I have a question or something to say to the town board, especially if I feel something is not right or fair to all.

At the February meeting, a town councilor spoke quite awhile about insurance. Her husband is insured by the town as a highway department employee. She is employed by the Hannibal school district. She used two cliches phrases: “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander” and “you gotta grab what you can.”

I did not understand her use of these phrases regarding insured by the town as a council member, but questions were not taken from the audience following that meeting.

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Phoenix softball team seeks to defend sectional crown

by Rob Tetro

You can’t blame Phoenix varsity softball coach Casey Jones’ excitement for the upcoming season.

The majority of a team that won a sectional championship a year ago returns this year.

“They are in super shape and look good,” Jones said.

Jones suggested that if his team can realize its potential the Firebirds could see another successful season for the Lady Firebirds.

Phoenix will feature seven returning starters from a 2011 team that went deep into the state playoffs.

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Hodgepodge: March 24, 2012

by Roy Hodge

“Why would anyone have eight kinds of mustard in their refrigerator?” asked the person who wasn’t looking for mustard.

“Eight, we only have eight!?” the only other person in the house exclaimed.  “We must have emptied the other five or six jars.”

Okay, let’s take a look at the mustard in our refrigerator.  When you open the door the first mustard you spot are the ones in the squeeze bottles.

They stand out because they are in the shelf on the inside door of the refrigerator, the bottles are larger, and in the case of French’s “Classic Yellow” mustard, the brightest.

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Appeal filed in Alan Jones case

by Carol Thompson

A lawyer representing Alan Jones has filed an appeal in the case.

Jones was convicted of murdering his 11-year old step-sister Erin Maxwell in 2008.

He is being represented by attorney John Cirando, who will argue that the evidence failed to show depraved indifference murder and that the weight of evidence does not support the jury’s verdict.

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In And Around Hannibal: March 24, 2012

by Rita Hooper

Once again I write this column from Puerto Rico — this time from the airport where I’m waiting for my flight to Hartford, Conn. later this afternoon. I should be home by the time you read this.

This past Saturday was St. Patrick’s Day. You might be interested in knowing that there are a good number of Irish pubs in Puerto Rico and there is an Erin Go Braugh sailboat docked in the marina here that does charters!

Soon they will be painting a shamrock down the street in our little coastal town of Luquillo (lou-key-joe); they will be having a corned beef and cabbage picnic for all downtown, too.

This week, we met a man named Dr. Rick who worked with Jane Goodall, the ape lady, and also with SU on the clean-up of Onondaga Lake. My friends met him at breakfast while I was at church. He lives in PR and has a small eco-farm; what he doesn’t use, he donates to food pantries.

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View From The Fourth Floor: March 21, 2012

by Carol Thompson

Yesterday was St. Baldrick’s Day.

Representatives from across Oswego County were honored with a proclamation from the legislature at Thursday’s meeting.

Oswego County Undersheriff Gene Sullivan was one of the participants who went bald in support of kids with cancer.

The money raised from the event is used toward cancer research. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is second only to the U.S. Government in funding childhood cancer research.

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Oz Rollers Girls to hold open house Sunday

The Oz Roller Girls will hold an open house Sunday, March 25 at 7 p.m.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the fast-growing, fast-moving sport and its local league.

Attendees can meet members of the Oz Roller Girls, see roller derby demonstrations, hear about the fitness benefits of participating and ask questions about the sport or the league.

The 7 p.m. event, free and open to the public, will take place in the OzZone, the former Real Deals store, in Oswego’s Midtown Plaza.

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