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Fulton’s annual art show winners announced

The Fulton Art Association held its 40th annual art show and competition in May at the Fulton Municipal Building. Alex McCombie of Fulton won Best of Show with his digital photo, “Morning Graze.”
The Fulton Art Association held its 40th annual art show and competition in May at the Fulton Municipal Building. Alex McCombie of Fulton won Best of Show with his digital photo, “Morning Graze.”

The Fulton Art Association held its 40th annual art show and competition in May at the Fulton Municipal Building.

Twenty-four artists from Fulton, Oswego, Baldwinsville, Syracuse and Mexico participated in the show.

The show displayed 90 entries this year in 11 medium categories: Acrylics, Digital Photography, Drawing A, B, and C, Computer Graphic Art, Painting Mixed Media, Oils, 3-D, Watercolor, and the special category of “Dogs,” according to President, Kathy Mihalek.

Charlotte Arcadi, an instructor for Cayuga Community College and retired art teacher for Phoenix Central School District was the judge for this year’s show. All prizes awarded are the discretion of the judge.

Alex McCombie of Fulton won Best of Show with his digital photo, “Morning Graze.”

Awards in each of the medium categories were as follows:

• Acrylics: First place, Jody Pike of Baldwinsville for “Dorothy”; second place (tie) Barb Erwin for “A Beautiful Place” and Tim Ames for “Winter Home.” Honorable Mentions were given to Barb Erwin for “Eruption,” “Sunset” and “Who Me?”

• Computer Graphic Art: First place to Lisa Davis of Fulton for “Spring Wildflowers” and second place for “Fairy Congregation.”

• Digital Photography: First place, Alex McCombie of Fulton for “Walker.” Second place (tie) went to Deborah Engelke of Oswego for “Gucci Blues #1” and Ellen Landphere of Mexico for “Essence of Valor.” Honorable Mentions were awarded to Deborah Engelke for “Small Boat in Deep Water” and Ellen Landphere for “Sweet Rewards.”

• Drawing A (pencil, charcoal):  First place, Jody Pike of Baldwinsville for “Peony Festival.” Second place went to Margaret Leach of Fulton for “Willow” and Honorable Mentions went to Kathryn Mihalek of Fulton for “Coffee Break” and Margaret Rusaw for A Calm Day.

• Drawing B (colored pencil/Prismacolor): First place to Margaret Rusaw of Fulton for “The Farm.” Second place (tie) went to Margaret Leach of Oswego for “Ginger” and “Two Tanagers.” Honorable Mentions went to Margaret Leach for “One Swan Swimming” and Kathryn Mihalek of Fulton for “Horse Heaven.”

Drawing C (pen/ink): First place to Bonnie McClellan of Fulton for “In The Tree.”

Oils:  First place to Jeremy Thurlow of Fulton for “Flowers on the Pond” and second place to Nick Iamaio of Oswego for “Panoramic View” and Jeremy Thurlow for “Serenity.” Honorable Mentions went to Susan Lane of Fulton for “Iris,” Bonnie McClellan of Fulton for “Mountain Serenity” and “Swan Lake At Night.”

• Painting Mixed Media: First place was awarded to Michelle Southgate of Oswego for “Drydock.” Second place went to Virginia Cook of Fulton for “Inspiration” and Rhoda Cunningham of Oswego for “Rending the Veil.” Honorable Mentions went to Rose Besch of Oswego for “Flotsam and Jetsam” and Virginia Cook for “Season Worker from Mexico – No Green Card.”

• 3-D: First place, Jeffrey Rusaw of Fulton for “Free Bird” and second places to David Salvetti of Fulton for “Rustic End Table” and “Rolling Pin – French Style” as well as an Honorable Mention for “Rustic Stool.”

• Watercolor: First place, Theresa Carbone of Oswego for Dream Walk. Second place went to Rose Besch of Oswego for “On the Road Again” and Robert Canfield of Oswego for “104A North Scene.” Honorable Mentions went to Theresa Carbone for “Harvest Time” and “Kissed By the Rain” and Rhoda Cunningham of Oswego for “Ascent to the Embryo.”

• 2013 Special Category – Dogs:  First place was awarded to Jeremy Thurlow of Syracuse for “Family.” Second place went to Tim Ames of Oswego for “My Best Friend” and Peggy Boyd of Baldwinsville for “Maddy.” Honorable Mention was awarded to Nick Iamaio of Oswego for “Hofmann.”

The raffle winners of artwork donated by FAA artists were also announced.

“Moments of the Sea” by Kathryn Mihalek was won by Jody Pike.  “Ready for Work” by Rhoda Cunningham was won by Virginia Cook. “Split Rock” by Kathryn Mihalek was won by James Fredette.

“Four Flowers” by Lisa Davis was won by Sarah Dahar. “Light on the Point” by Kathryn Mihalek was won by Ruth Barry.

“Happy in Haiti” by Rhoda Cunningham was won by Peggy Boyd. “Deer” by Margaret Rusaw was won by Sarah Dahar. “Owl” by Margaret Rusaw was won by Anola Gowin.  “Upon a Rivers Bend” by Bonnie McClellan was won by Anola Gowin. “Spring Blossoms” by Janet Coons was won by Mark Davis.


Fulton seniors to receive art and photography awards

The Fulton Art Association will award two scholarships to two graduating G. Ray Bodley High Schools. The 2013 Art Award is awarded to Mariah Munger (right) and the 2013 Photography Award is awarded to Alexandra Boyce.
The Fulton Art Association will award two scholarships to two graduating G. Ray Bodley High Schools. The 2013 Art Award is awarded to Mariah Munger (right) and the 2013 Photography Award is awarded to Alexandra Boyce.

The Fulton Art Association will award two Fulton seniors for their achievements in art and photography at their graduation ceremony Saturday, June 22.

G. Ray Bodley High School teachers Sara Koblentz and Meredith Williams selected the recipients of the two $100 scholarships.

The 2013 Art Award is awarded to Mariah Munger and the 2013 Photography Award is awarded to Alexandra Boyce.

Williams said, “I have been Mariah Munger’s teacher for the past two years. Mariah is a senior at G Ray Bodley and an excelled art student. Mariah has taken Ceramics 1, 2, and 3, an Independent Study in Ceramics, and Foundation in Art. Mariah has also taken every art class offered by the other high school art teacher.

“Mariah is very talented and will be continuing her study in the art field at New Paltz College,” she added. “She is enthusiastic and hardworking and will do amazing things in the art field.”

Koblentz said, “I have known Alexandra for just this past year in studio in art. She was a photography student with Ms. Star Matteson previously. Alexandra recently told me Studio in Art was her first art class since junior high. If she had known what she now knows she wishes she had started sooner than her senior year. I wish she had started sooner as well.

“Alexandra has demonstrated her considerable ability in studio in art, always going beyond class expectations, doing at least one more drawing or painting to develop her skills. She comes in an additional class period each day to work independently and recently to help photograph and mat artwork, earning community service credit.

“Her work can often be seen in showcase displays outside the Art rooms. In Alexandra’s words, ‘As each piece I create comes to life, it sends a feeling of relaxation and joy through me.  Art lightens up my world.’”

Here photography was recently part of the Fulton Art Association’s High School Invitational Art Show held in March, 2013. She will be attending Syracuse University to major in photography.

Mosquito surveillance program begins in Oswego County

The Oswego County Health Department launched its full-scale mosquito surveillance program for the 2013 season with training sessions the week of May 28 at its field station at Toad Harbor Swamp in the Town of West Monroe.

Participants learned about how mosquitoes are trapped, identified and prepared for testing for diseases such as the Eastern equine encephalitis virus and the West Nile Virus.

“As part of a long-term surveillance program, our staff collects mosquito specimens from a number of trap sites around the county,” said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. “This year, we will continue to monitor the same areas that had high mosquito activities last year.”

Two of these locations are the Toad Harbor and Big Bay swamp areas in the town of Hastings, which are often the first places where EEE appears each summer.

Traps are set in and near hardwood swamp areas because they are a perfect breeding ground for the Culiseta melanura mosquito, the main carrier of EEE. Once captured, mosquitoes are identified and grouped by species, gender, and whether or not they have ingested blood.

The collection or “pool” of mosquitoes is then sent to the NYS Department of Health laboratory near Albany for testing that same week and the results are usually received the following week.

The EEE virus is one of the most serious mosquito-borne diseases. It rarely affects humans; however, when it does, the virus can cause a serious infection or even death.

The best defense against the virus is to guard against mosquito bites.

The Oswego County Health Department reminds residents to protect themselves and their families by taking the following precautions:

• Use insect repellent properly. Repellents containing DEET or picaridin are the most effective, but should be used with caution. Read the product label and use according to package instructions.

• Whenever possible, limit outdoor activities in areas where mosquitoes are most active and between dusk and dawn which is the peak mosquito-biting time.

• As weather permits, wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks.

In addition, people can follow these protection measures to minimize mosquito populations in and around their homes and properties:

• Install or repair all door and window screens.

• Reduce or eliminate all standing water from old tires, pails, recycling containers, flower pots, wheelbarrows, wading pools and pool covers.

• Change the water in birdbaths and horse troughs twice a week.

Church to hold special service for Kimplands

Rev. Mark and Lynne Kimpland have served the First United Methodist Church and the Fulton community for the last 18 years. They have been reappointed to the Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell and will begin his ministry July 1.
Rev. Mark and Lynne Kimpland have served the First United Methodist Church and the Fulton community for the last 18 years. They have been reappointed to the Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell and will begin his ministry July 1.

Rev. Mark and Lynne Kimpland have served the First United Methodist Church and the Fulton community for the last 18 years.

“Our time in Fulton has been a wonderful blessing full of opportunities, challenges and above all, it’s unlimited potential,” Rev. Kimpland said. “We will forever treasure the relationships, ministries and Fulton’s unique sense of community.”

Rev. Kimpland has been reappointed to the Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell and will begin his ministry July 1.

Lynne Kimpland has directed the children and youth ministries at FFUMC. Their two children, Matthew and Lacey, were very active in sports at G. Ray Bodley High School and currently are third grade teachers. Matthew Kimpland is teaching at Volney Elementary School and Lacey Kimpland is teaching at Johnson City Elementary School.

The Fulton First UMC is inviting the community to the Kimplands’ last worship service Sunday June 23rd at 9:30 a.m. A Farewell Come and Go Reception will be held after worship until 1 p.m.

Doyle dominates for first career SBS win at Oswego

For the second consecutive event, the Pathfinder Bank SBS series at Oswego Speedway enshrined a first time feature winner.

Saturday night, as a part of Crop Production Services Night at the Races, third-year competitor Dalton Doyle became the latest Oswego Kartway graduate to pull into victory lane.

Doyle’s win comes just two weeks after Jason Simmons earned his first career main event win at Oswego.

Doyle started in the fourth position, quickly moved his way to the runner-up spot, and then stole the lead from Jeremy Pitcher on a lap 1 restart to cruise away with the 35-lap victory behind the wheel of his No. 01 machine.

Rob Pullen, JJ Andrews, Jon Tesoriero, and Russ Brown filled the top five positions at race’s end.

“This is great,” said Doyle after the race. “Let me tell you, it is not east leading all of those laps. It’s a mental game. I am glad I had people telling me I was doing good. We over-drove it a couple times (lap 19 restart).  It got real loose coming off of four and (Rob) Pullen had the wood laid to it, but we kept it straight luckily.”

After leading a total of 34 laps on his way to victory Saturday night, Doyle will inherit the lead in the June 1 postponed feature coming up at the Speedway June 15, putting him in prime position to potentially become the first repeat SBS winner in 2013.

Rookies Anthony Losurdo and Pitcher brought the 25-car Pathfinder Bank SBS field to the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag on Saturday with Pitcher diving into the race lead off the start from the outside of row one.

Doyle, who started directly on Pitcher’s back bumper, followed the No. 14 through on the high side to the runner-up spot leaving Mark Castiglia, Losurdo, and Andrew Schartner in the top five very early.

Just as the first lap was completed, trouble hit corner number one, with Losurdo and Schartner coming together causing several cars to scatter.

With Losurdo and Schartner spinning across the Speedway in front of the field, Simmons, Chris Proud, and Nathan Noto all spun to avoid, but were able to continue on. Both Losurdo and Schartner took to pit lane, but did rejoin the field.

The lap 1 restart saw Pitcher out front over Doyle, Castiglia, Pullen, AJ Bernys, Cameron Rowe, Andrews, Simmons, Mike Bond, and Tesoriero.

As the green lights came back on Doyle found good bite on the bottom of the Speedway and powered underneath Pitcher coming to the stripe to take the race lead. Pitcher would tuck back into line in second ahead of Castiglia, Pullen, and Bernys.

Doyle, who won his heat race convincingly the last two weeks showing good speed, immediately drew out to a comfortable lead over the rest of the field, running smooth and consistent.  Pitcher and Castiglia would check out on their own as well for second and third leaving a tight battle between Pullen, Bernys, Rowe, Andrews, Simmons, and Bond.

Championship leader Brown had to start the main event from 19th on the grid after failing to finish his qualifying heat race and winning the 8-lap consi. In no time at all, Brown was into the top 15, quickly pressuring Tesoriero, Mike Bruce, and Jack Patrick for top ten positions.

Running in a tight bunch behind Rowe in the No. 77, Simmons and Bond were applying heavy pressure to Andrews in the No. 93 for seventh. Eventually, Andrews’ teammate Simmons was able to drive underneath for the spot into turn three on lap 7 bringing Bond with him to the low side.

Bond was looking to take advantage of Brown’s poor starting position to try and cut into the championship lead, and early on it looked as though that would be the case, as in less than ten laps he had worked his way up to the eighth position.

With battles everywhere on the Speedway, except for the lead, the most intriguing became the race for the second position between Pitcher and Castiglia.  Castiglia, a feature winner at the Speedway back May 11, tried Pitcher low several times in turn three but was unable to make the move stick in the No. 67.

Finally on lap 14, Castiglia felt as though he had the room he needed moving down the back stretch, but he and Pitcher came together sending both racecars into the outside foam in turn three to bring out the race’s second caution.

Pitcher was able to pull away from the accident scene but completed only one more lap to finish 24th. Castiglia was hooked to the pit area, done for the night, in 25th.

The restart order on lap 14 continued to show Doyle out front with Pullen now riding second over Bernys, Rowe, Simmons, Bond, Andrews, Tesoriero, Bruce, and Brown.

When the green flag waved, Doyle again checked away from the field with the battle on the Speedway being between Rowe, Simmons, and Bond for.

Simmons tried every trick in the book to try and work his way by the No. 77 of Rowe, but was unable to do so.

In working Rowe, Simmons would leave the door open for Bond to move low into turn three on lap 18, taking the fifth spot away.  As Bond drove underneath Simmons, the Team Tapout driver tried to quickly move back into line and in doing so made contact with the No. 74 of Bond causing damage to the left front tire of the No.98, which would become significant later on.

Just one circuit later as both Rowe and Bond began to close in on runner-ups Pullen and Bernys, the field raced out of turn two to find a stopped Nathan Noto alongside the hubrail.

The front seven to eight drivers all jammed on the brakes taking evasive action, however, both Rowe and Bond would be collected tagging the outside wall as the yellow lights came on.

Bond was able to drive to the pit area, while Rowe’s racecar took on significant damage, dropping him out of the event in 23rd position.

Doyle would bring the field back to green at lap 19 ahead of Pullen, Bernys, Simmons, Andrews, Tesoriero, Brown, Bruce, Patrick, and rookie Scott Shafer.

However, as the green lights came on another top five runner would head to the pits. This time it was opening night feature winner Bernys in the No. 24, who pulled low and into the pit area right at the drop of the green flag with apparent fuel pump issues.

With Bernys in the pits, Doyle and Pullen hooked up to pull away from the rest of the field including Simmons, Andrews, Tesoriero and now Brown just outside of the top five.

After starting 19th on the grid, Brown was able to pass a number of cars and also take advantage of several others misfortune to ride sixth.

After being involved in a lap one incident, Schartner was also working his way through the field in the No. 18. After restarting 24th early on, Schartner had charged back to eighth by lap 23, moving by Bruce in the No. 22.

As the field settled in past lap 25 Simmons’ left front tire, which had visible issues, finally let go in the second turn sending the No. 98 up into the wall for the night’s final caution.  The No. 98 would head pit side done for the night in 20th.

The race’s final restart saw Doyle pull away from the field yet again, charging into his first career SBS main event win over Pullen, Andrews, Teosriero, Brown, Schartner, Patrick, Bruce, Heroth, and Shafer in the top ten.

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race wins went to Pullen, Castiglia, and Doyle.

The night’s Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader was Doyle leading all but one lap of the main event. With his first career win Doyle also took home the Nice Price Auto Sales “Up & Comer” award for the evening.

Driving No. 13, Brown would be the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger driving from 19th to 5th on the grid with Tesoriero earning the White’s Car Care 4th Place Award.

Oswego Speedway will next be in action Saturday, June 15. Grandstand gates open at 3:30 p.m. with the Entergy Driver Autograph Session taking place at 5:15 p.m. The night’s first big race, which will be the make-up SBS feature from June 1 followed by the Supermodified make-up, will take the green at 6:30 p.m.

Owner of Nestle building admits to illegally removing asbestos

by Nicole Reitz

Edward Palmer, owner of Carbonsted, LCC, pled guilty in federal court to a felony violation of the Clean Air Act.

Palmer is from Phoenix and the owner of the former Nestle Plant. He admitted recently that he engaged in illegal asbestos removal. The asbestos was in a building that he owned along fourth street, not Building 95, the most recent building torn down.

Federal prosecutors say the plant contained pipes with more than 2,000 feet of friable asbestos insulation.

Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward said that Palmer was getting rid of what he calls “jumbos,” or steel tanks that Nestle used to circulate steam. The pipes leading to the tanks had asbestos on them.

“He had employees inside the building working for him, but told me that he had to let them go,” said Woodward. “Those workers then blew him in to the Department of Labor for improperly exposing them to asbestos.”

To best handle asbestos, the area needs to be incapsulated and sealed off so that no material becomes airborne.

Federal prosecutors say that Palmer directed his unlicensed workers to perform asbestos abatement without first wetting the asbestos and keeping it wet. They also claim that Palmer also failed to dispose off the asbestos at a state-approved landfill.

“Asbestos is in a lot of those older buildings, in brick insulation, floor titles and caulk for windows,” said Woodward. “He should have had a survey and a lab test done. We take those steps when the city tears down a house.”

Woodward said that there is no public health concern for residents who live near the former Nestle Building. The only people at risk are the unlicensed workers that were in the building at the time of asbestos removal.

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Light in the Darkness: June 12, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another…” — 1 John 1:7

My wife, Bonnie and I, along with other family members, recently traveled to the Southwest to see some of the most majestic sites in all of creation.

We visited the Grand Canyon and several National Parks and Forests. Surrounded by the scope and beauty of it all, we were constantly reminded that our God is an awesome God.

Again and again, as we drove or walked, we were surprised by some new (to us) aspect of His handiwork. In the town of Sedona, Ariz., the place where many western movies have been made, I rose very early one morning in order to hike to the highest point in the area to catch the sun rising over the desert. I made it just in time and the sight was gorgeous!

We came home with many wonderful memories, a couple of which had nothing to do with what we had traveled to see. Though I should know better, still I was surprised that the trip’s highlights included meeting three fellow believers in Christ.

The first two were brothers. They were Vietnam veterans who had served in 1965 and 1966. They were traveling the country on their last big adventure together.

We talked about a number of things and it did not take long to discover that we were brothers in Christ. What sweet fellowship we shared from that point on as we talked about the things of God. We talked of the Second Coming of Christ and what heaven would be like and many other things. Even the subject of the Anti-Christ came up.

God has given me a particular appreciation for American veterans, so, that, combined with the discovery that we were brothers in Christ made for a wonderful memory of our trip west.

The second experience came during a moment when I was feeling a little grumpy (think euphemism here). On our return trip home, our plane was delayed long enough to miss the last connecting flight to Syracuse that night. This meant that we had the choice of sleeping in the airport or paying for a motel.

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County’s 2012 HVAC bid

by Carol Thompson

Last year, Oswego County taxpayers spent $182,512 for HVAC maintenance at the county’s office buildings and facilities. Syracuse-based Postle and Jaeckle received the contract award for $82,980, but how the bid was awarded and who awarded it has raised questions.

According to records provided by the county under the Freedom of Information Law, the request to go out to bid for HVAC maintenance was made “11/00/11.”  The specifications were finalized Nov. 22, 2011 and the advertisement for bids was released Nov. 26, 2011.

The bid opening was held Dec. 12, 2011 and the evaluation was completed “12/00/11.” The bid was awarded to Postle and Jaeckle Dec. 20, 2011 and Mary Watson, of the county purchasing department, signed off on the award sheet Jan. 4, 2012.

The bid never went before the Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee for approval. There is no indication in the meeting minutes that the bid award was discussed.

The committee has oversight of the Building and Grounds Department; the department responsible for maintenance at all county facilities.

At the time of the contract award, then-Purchasing Director Fred Maxon had been out of work due to illness. The contract award sheet, which is to be initialed by the purchasing director, county attorney, county administrator and legislature chairman, shows County Administrator Phil Church initialed in lieu of Maxon. County Attorney Richard Mitchell initialed the contract sheet and the initials “PC” are noted in the space for the legislature chairman, who at that time was Barry Leemann.

At issue is who had the proper authority to award a bid autonomously, if the contract could be awarded without committee approval.

When the Valley News first raised the question, Legislature Clerk Wendy Falls said that the bid was awarded without committee approval under the county’s cleansing resolution, which allows the chairman and the legislature clerk to take care of end-of-the-year business.

But that resolution, according to former chairmen and county officials, does not include the awarding of bids that must be approved by committees or the legislature as a whole.

Church said that the bid was awarded under New York State County Law, section 625, “and subsequent court decisions and comptroller opinions that allow the county purchasing agent to award contracts.”

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