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Off to Uganda – The Fulton Rotary and Kiwanis clubs recently supported Fulton native Ian Giovannetti with donations to his fund-raising efforts for the Malayaka House Orphanage in Uganda. He will be volunteering for three weeks in May at the orphanage. He is currently a sophomore at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt.

Fulton native to volunteer at Ugandan orphanage

Off to Uganda – The Fulton Rotary and Kiwanis clubs recently supported Fulton native Ian Giovannetti with donations to his fund-raising efforts for the Malayaka House Orphanage in Uganda. He will be volunteering for three weeks in May at the orphanage. He is currently a sophomore at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt.

Ian Giovannetti, a Fulton native and sophomore at Champlain College in Burlington. Vt., will be spending three weeks during the month of May volunteering at an Ugandan orphanage.

Through the Service and Civic Engagement Center at the college, Giovannetti signed up to volunteer at the Malayaka House Orphanage in Entebbe, Uganda.

While there, he will spend his time teaching at the school, farming, and helping with general maintenance projects.

The Malayaka House Orphanage was started in 2005 by American tourist Robert Fleming while visiting the country of Uganda.

Through a series of unusual events, he found himself with the responsibility of being the care-taker of an abandoned new-born baby girl. This child was soon joined by others brought to him the Ugandan authorities who felt their only choice was to ask an American tourist to look after them.

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First-place finish – The CNY Warriors took first place at the Pepsi Invitational Tournament in Buffalo. The Warriors faced the Rochester Hawks in the championship, topping their opponents in a one-goal thriller.

CNY Warriors take championship at Pepsi Invitational

First-place finish – The CNY Warriors took first place at the Pepsi Invitational Tournament in Buffalo. The Warriors faced the Rochester Hawks in the championship, topping their opponents in a one-goal thriller.

The CNY Warriors took first place at the Pepsi Invitational Tournament in Buffalo.

The Warriors faced the Rochester Hawks in the championship, topping their opponents in a one-goal thriller.

CNY 2, Rochester 2: In the first period of game one, Logan Shepardson got the scoring started for the Warriors, accepting a behind the net pass from Caleb Clarke.

Rochester scored the equalizer in period two. Mid third period, CNY’s Derek Morgia skated the puck in to net the go ahead goal only for the Hawks to tie the game soon after.

Both teams were shut out of the third period, ending the game in a draw.
Warrior Derek Morgia was named game MVP,

CNY 5, London 2: Mid first period, CNY’s Asher Zych scored his 15th goal of the season, Billy Greene and Derek Fitzsimmons assisting. London tied the game early in the second period.

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United Way of Greater Oswego County thanks its hundreds of volunteers

by Nicole Reitz

The United Way of Greater Oswego County thanked its volunteers Wednesday at the organization’s 74th annual meeting and salute to volunteers breakfast.

Executive Director Melanie Trexler opened the gathering by thanking Alliance Bank for sponsoring the annual meeting and for partnering with the United Way.

“This is our opportunity to say thanks and pay homage to all of the dedicated, hard-working individuals in our community that work together to make the 2011–2012 United Way campaign such a success,” said Trexler.

Trexler gave a hats off to United Way’s hundreds of volunteers for stepping out of their comfort zone and taking the time to work together for a common cause, which has an impact on the entire community.

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Oz Roller Girls claim ninth straight win

The Oz Roller Girls rolled to their ninth straight victory and won their first international bout in defeating the visiting Kingston Derby Girls’ Skateful Dead squad.

Oz built an early lead that stretched as far as 116-16 and survived a late surge by the resilient Skateful Dead to push their record to 2-0 for the 2012 season.

Masso-Kiss-Tic Mandy led a well-distributed Oz scoring attack with 50 points, followed by J-Rock-It with 38, Kannonball Kat-astrophe with 26 and Medusa’s Might with 21.

Also in double figures in points for Oz were Crushed Red Pepper with 18, Rue B. Revolver with 16 and Abbie Cadaver and Resilient Jen-Hitsu with 14 each.

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Jerry’s Journal: March 17, 2012

by Jerry Kasperek

So much feedback from my last column about “characters” from Fulton’s past and so little space to cram it all in!

Dick Gillespie e-mailed me to say Chick Tallman’s father, Vernon Tallman, was the custodian of the Presbyterian Church and that as young people Chick was often with the group.

Dick said on Oneida Street they had “Hawshaw, a tall lankly fellow who was seemingly always on the road (walking) and the story was told he refused a lift because he was always in a hurry!” (Note from Jerry: I think Hawshaw’s first name was George.)

Dick said the tracks in front of city hall, in the photo with my article, were of the Syracuse-Oswego Trolley and that Art Jones was the authority on the trains (in their high school class) and he misses chatting with him on occasion.

Thanks, Dick for the input. I also knew Art Jones, but in later life and as one of the friendliest guys around. His standard greeting was “Good to see you, good to see you, good to see you,” and I believe he really meant it! May he rest in peace.

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New York News: March 17, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

Assemblyman Will Barclay is up in arms over language in the proposed Assembly budget bill that would govern gun manufacturers.

The Assembly budget bill A9055C is 73 pages long and includes topics ranging from  disaster preparedness and state contracting as well as microstamping.

Microstamping, Barclay said, is a stand-alone issue. He added it was “ludicrous” that it was included in the budget bill.

Barclay said he opposes microstamping because it would put unnecessary burdens on gun manufacturers and has not proven to be successful.

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Fulton Board of Education looks to fill $550,000 budget gap

Master of strings – Fulton students performed at the Education Center for members of the Fulton Board of Education Tuesday night as part of Music In Our Schools Month. -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

by Nicole Reitz

Audience members heard more of the same during Tuesday’s meeting of the Fulton Board of Education.

The school district is looking to fill $556,384 in its budget and is waiting for additional state aid.

The first draft of Fulton’s 2012-2013 budget shows an increase of 3.37 percent or a $2 million change from the current year’s spending plan.

If Fulton were to keep programming and services as they are now, it would create a deficit of more than $2.5 million.

The district has proposed to use $2 million from its reserves, but it’s not enough, according to Superintendent of Schools Bill Lynch.

The deficit of more than $500,000 must either be met through additional state aid or through cuts.

“To make further reductions will cause us to have to take some things away,” said Lynch. “As we look at our operations, we look at how we bargain and we’re continuing to look at that.”

To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of The Valley News