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County to once again attack water chestnut plants

Water chestnuts – Daniel Paro (left) pulls water chestnuts from his kayak while Oswego County Legislator Shawn Doyle searches for the invasive plant on the Salmon River Estuary. Doyle is riding in a driftboat with Dave Paro of Dave’s Executive Guide Service. Volunteers, including members of the Oswego County River Guides Association, will hold their annual water chestnut hand-pull Saturday, July 13 on the Salmon River Estuary.
Water chestnuts – Daniel Paro (left) pulls water chestnuts from his kayak while Oswego County Legislator Shawn Doyle searches for the invasive plant on the Salmon River Estuary. Doyle is riding in a driftboat with Dave Paro of Dave’s Executive Guide Service. Volunteers, including members of the Oswego County River Guides Association, will hold their annual water chestnut hand-pull Saturday, July 13 on the Salmon River Estuary.

by Andrew Henderson

The Oswego County Water and Soil Conservation District is once again going to attack invasive plants, including the water chestnut plant, along the Oswego River this summer.

 

“The water chestnut plant is an invasive species that, once established, can significantly reduce the quality of the native habitat, impede recreational use of waterways, and interfere with terrestrial ecosystems,” said John DeHollander, district manager of the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District.

“Water chestnut is present in shallow areas of the lower Salmon River Estuary as well as in sections of the Oswego River.”

It is difficult to slow the spread of water chestnut once it becomes established in a shallow water area. Volunteers have successfully led hand-pull efforts over the past several summers to remove the plant from sections of the Oswego River as well as the Salmon River Estuary.

The plants can create large floating mats of vegetation that restrict the penetration of sunlight, limit the growth of native plants, and disrupt the food web. Each water chestnut plant can produce up to 300 nuts per year.

The Soil and Water Conservation District applied a chemical treatment to more than 200 acres of water chestnut plants on the Oswego River last year. The agency plans to use a chemical treatment on the Oswego River again this summer.

Up north, volunteers, river guides, and members of local environmental organizations will gather Saturday, July 13 at the Pine Grove Boat Launch near Selkirk Shores State Park for a community water chestnut pull on the Salmon River Estuary.  From 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., members of the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species will lead a session on how to identify common invasive species and monitor their presence in waterways and on land.

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Fulton Little League team captures Section 2 title

Section 2 champions – The Fulton Little League Intermediate Team is Section 2 Champions. Team members are Nolan Bonnie, Will Caster, Cole Cotton, Nick Dingman, Austin Flemming, Jacob Geitner, Bryce Guernsey, Josh VanHorn, Malcolm Wettering, and Kameron Whipple. Coaches are Randy Cotton, David Dingman, and Larry King.
Section 2 champions – The Fulton Little League Intermediate Team is Section 2 Champions. Team members are Nolan Bonnie, Will Caster, Cole Cotton, Nick Dingman, Austin Flemming, Jacob Geitner, Bryce Guernsey, Josh VanHorn, Malcolm Wettering, and Kameron Whipple. Coaches are Randy Cotton, David Dingman, and Larry King.

Fulton’s Intermediate Division baseball team won the Section 2 championship last Wednesday with a 7-5 win over Canastota.

Fulton played Canastota in a three-game series starting Tuesday, July 2 for the sectional title. Game one was played in Canastota. Fulton was in control throughout the game, earning the 5-1 win.

Fulton showcased strong pitching and defense. Fulton was lead by Nolan Bonnie’s 6-2/3 innings on the hill. He gave up just one hit and one unearned run. Will Caster came in to record the save for Bonnie, striking out the only batter he faced.

The defense did not have an error. The defense was led by Austin Fleming at shortstop and Cole Cotton at first base, who both successfully fielding several hard it balls.

Game 2 was tighter as Fulton earned a hard fought win with great execution and fundamentals. Fulton fought for two runs in the bottom of the first with a base hit by Malcolm Wettering and a bunt base hit by Cotton. Two ground outs and a pass ball led to the runs and an early 2-0 lead.

Fulton was able to score each of the first three innings with timely hitting and aggressive base running to extend the lead to 5-0 by the fourth. Canastota put a couple of hits together to narrow the gap 5-2 in the fourth but Fulton added one in the fifth. After Bonnie stole third base, Nick Dingman scored Bonnie after battling pitches to put the ball in play to the shortstop.

Canastota came alive in the sixth inning, plating three more to get back in the game before Cole Cotton hit a solo home run to bring the lead to 7-5. Fulton held off Canastota in the last inning with great defense led by Wettering throwing out a runner at second base and Will Caster’s diving catch to end the game.

The winning pitcher was Will Caster and the save went to Bryce Guernsey. Fulton left Monday for Montgomery, N.Y. to start play in the New York State Championships. The tournament runs for eight days beginning yesterday when Fulton will take on Section 1 Champion Southline Little League (Buffalo).

“We are excited about the opportunity to represent Fulton in Montgomery. We are playing at a very high level and are going there with expectations,” said Manager Randy Cotton. The team heads to Montgomery with a 15-1 record, winning their last 13 by outscoring their opponents 180-20.

Dayja Voo to perform in downtown Fulton

The band, Dayja Voo, will be appearing this Thursday, July 12 at the Canal Landing Gazebo on South First Street at 6:30 p.m. as part of the ongoing Free Summer Concert Series.

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.

The free summer concerts are sponsored by local area merchants.

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Pitcher perfect in first career SBS victory

First win for Fulton resident – Fulton driver Jeremy Pitcher, a DIRT Sportsman standout and Butler Disposal Services SBS Rookie of the Year candidate, realized a lifelong dream on Saturday as he picked up his first career Pathfinder Bank SBS main event win behind the wheel of the TNT Motorsports No. 14.–Valley News photo by Ray Grela
First win for Fulton resident – Fulton driver Jeremy Pitcher, a DIRT Sportsman standout and Butler Disposal Services SBS Rookie of the Year candidate, realized a lifelong dream on Saturday as he picked up his first career Pathfinder Bank SBS main event win behind the wheel of the TNT Motorsports No. 14.
–Valley News photo by Ray Grela

Toys for Tots “Christmas in July” presented by Days Inn/Knights Inn of Oswego provided a sixth different winner — and a third first timer — in Oswego Speedway’s Pathfinder Bank SBS division this season.

Fulton driver Jeremy Pitcher, a DIRT Sportsman standout and Butler Disposal Services SBS Rookie of the Year candidate, realized a lifelong dream on Saturday as he picked up his first career Pathfinder Bank SBS main event win behind the wheel of the TNT Motorsports No. 14, joining Jason Simmons and Dalton Doyle as a first time winner in 2013.

Pitcher started on pole position Saturday night, leading all 35 laps of the Grand Prix main event besting Jon Tesoriero, Mike Bond, Simmons, and Russ Brown to the line.

While Pitcher etches his name into Pathfinder Bank SBS history at Oswego, he is no stranger to victory lane at the “Steel Palace” as he cruised to the 602 crate dirt Sportsman main event win at the Speedway last Classic Weekend. After driving a Team Tapout SBS last fall for Jason Simmons, a full-time ride for TNT Motorsports became available this season, and the goal quickly turned to returning to Oswego’s hallowed victory lane.

“I really don’t know what to think right now,” said Pitcher. “The way we have been running this season, it has been a blur. Jonny (Tesoriero) raced me hard, got a little loose a couple of times when we made contact, but it was fun. I’m just grateful to run at such a great track. I’ve been coming here since I was a kid; it is just the best race track around. I want to thank Terry and Tracey Solazzo for giving me this opportunity.”

Ironically, the car in which Pitcher took to victory lane is the same machine that carried Bond to the Grand Prix night win at the Speedway one year ago. Kreig Heroth, Dalton Doyle, Andrew Schartner, AJ Bernys, and Jack Patrick filled the front ten positions in the SBS main on Saturday night.

Youth Bureau sponsors several Arts in the Parks performances

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau will sponsor several performances in July through the Traveling Arts in the Parks series. Each event is free and open to the public.

Wade Live performs at 10 a.m. July 10 at the Fulton War Memorial and at 1:30 p.m. at the David C Webb Memorial Park at Taft Bay, Constantia. Wade Live is a comedy magician traveling the country performing a unique blend of hijinx, comedy, magic and illusion. Wade is trained in many forms in the magical arts with a variety of shows ranging from close up and sleight of hand to large stage productions.

Doug Rougeux brings his Bubble Mania to Goettel Park, Central Square, at 10 a.m. July 15. Rougeux is a full-time professional entertainer who has been performing Bubble Mania to rave reviews since the early 90s. He also coined the phrase “Soap bubbles bigger than your head.” His show has wit and a gentle, goofy way with kids of all ages. His professionalism on and off stage has kept Bubble Mania in high demand year after year with repeat performances at many venues.

The Magic of Virgil appears at East Park in Oswego July 17 at 7 p.m. Virgil uses a combination of dynamic illusions and nonstop interaction that commands his audience’s attention.  He has performed thousands of shows nationwide as well as in Bermuda, London, Mexico, and Russia. He has trained his hands extensively over the last 20 years to create a flawless ballet of magical sleight of hand.

Jeff the Magician appears at the Granby Community Center July 20 at 1:30 p.m. and at the Palermo Town Park July 22 at 1 p.m. Jeff dazzles audiences with a one-of-a-kind magical experience and great balloon creations, kids’ magic show, and balloon animals. His performances are appropriate for all ages.

Traveling Arts in the Parks is funded by Oswego County, the Oswego Children’s Board, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and participating town and city municipal programs.

Summer Sunset Concert Series continues in Oswego

The third concert in the Oswego Summer Sunset Concert Series will be held Wednesday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Breitbeck Park in Oswego.

These concerts are provided free to the public by the City of Oswego and the Musicians Union of Oswego County. The 17-piece jazz ensemble, under the direction of Stan Gosek, will be performing this week.

Popular selections from all eras of Big Band music will be featured. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Nancy M. King, licensed practical nurse

Nancy M. King, 72, of the Town of Clay, Liverpool, died Thursday July 4, 2013.

She was born April 1, 1941 in Syracuse to her late parents, Elizabeth (Jacobs) and Robert Glahn. She was an licensed practical nurse for several nursing homes in the area. She was a member of the Andrews Memorial Church, North Syracuse.

She was predeceased by her two brothers, Robert and Donald Glahn.

Surviving are her husband, Howard J. King, Jr.; her sons, Howard J. (Diane) King, III of Clay, Mark  (Melina) King of Hastings, and Jeffrey (Julie) King of Lysander; her daughter, Kellie (Tom) Barker of Fulton; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins.

There are no services.

Contributions may be made to the Donor Family Network, 3138 South Street Road, Marcellus, NY 13108.

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, has charge of arrangements.

Josephine Belfiore, executive housekeeper at A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital

 

OBITS-BelfioreJosephineJosephine T. Belfiore, 91, of Fulton, died Sunday, July 7, 2013 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

A native of Guttenberg, N.J., she resided in the Fulton area since 1943.  Mrs. Belfiore received her certification of administration from Cornell University and was the executive housekeeper at A. L. Lee Memorial Hospital in Fulton for 27 years before her retirement in 1985.

She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fulton.

Mrs. Belfiore was predeceased by her husband, Paul A. Belfiore; a great-grandson, Christopher D. Montgomery; and a sister, Catherine Zagame.

Surviving are a son, Ross A. Belfiore of Fulton; two daughters, Grace M. (Leland) Briggs of Fulton and Pauline A. (Charles) Patnode of Oswego; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 12 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, corner of Rochester and South Third streets, Fulton with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association CNY Chapter, 441 West Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204.