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American Legion Rider’s Romp to be held in Hannibal

by Andrew Henderson

The American Legion Rider’s Romp will be held June 12 through June 15 in Hannibal.

Hannibal American Legion Post 1552 is sponsoring “Feed Our Vets” as its main fund-raiser for this year’s Rider’s Romp. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for veterans in need.

The event will begin at the Hannibal American Legion Wednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. with the Paul Baldwin Band, which is a blues band.

Thursday, June 13 will feature the Thousand Island Ride starting at 9 a.m. and the Fallen Angel Band, which performs classic rock, at 7 p.m.

There will be breakfast by the Hannibal VFW Friday, June 14 at 8 a.m. and a Cooperstown ride starting at 9 a.m.

A baked ziti dinner will be offered by the Hannibal American Legion Auxiliary  from 4 to 7 p.m. and the Stone Soul Band, a blues and rock band, will perform at 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 15 will be a biker’s parade starting at 11 a.m. More than 200 bikers will be participating in the parade. Organizers are encouraging residents of Hannibal, Fulton, and Oswego to line the streets, wave a flag or a hand to show their support.

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Dale Planck drives to Fulton Speedway victory lane

It had been since May 21, 2011 since Dale Planck had been to Fulton Speedway victory lane.

Saturday night, Planck jumped behind the wheel of a team car (No. 99L) of Larry Wight and put on a driving clinic in a convincing win in the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

Other winners were Ron Davis III, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Rick Miller, NAPA Late Models; Hilary Ward, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; and Chuck Powelczyk, Four Cylinder Stocks.

Before a lap was complete in the Modified feature in turn four, pole sitter Joe August Jr. got upside down causing a red flag period. He was not injured. On the second attempt to get the 35 lap feature underway, Tim Sears Jr. bolted out to a narrow lead over Dale Planck.

With five laps complete, Sears still set the pace with a two-car advantage over Planck. Just behind the top-two, Chris Hile, Ryan Phelps and Roy Bresnahan raced for third through fifth.

On lap 10, Sears still led, but was now getting pressure from Planck. Just one lap later, Sears looked to have jumped the cushion allowing Planck to drive by to be scored the new leader on lap 11.

At the halfway point, Planck was on cruise control building up a three-quarters of a straightaway lead over Chris Hile. Ryan Phelps and Larry Wight were in a tight battle for third with Bresnahan showing in fifth.

With 10 laps to go, Planck appeared to be getting quicker as he built up an almost four-second lead over the rest of the field. Hile and Larry Wight battled for second, with Ryan Phelps and Bresnahan showing on the scoring tower in the top five.

On lap 31, Wight moved into the runner-up spot and needed a yellow to have any shot at Planck. No yellows would happen as Planck cruised the rest of the way to the win. Larry Wight, Chris Hile, Ryan Phelps and Roy Bresnahan finished second through fifth.

In the 20-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, Ron Davis III would take the lead on a lap 9 restart and never look back for his second victory of the 2013 season. Kyle Fink, Justin Crisafulli, Matt Emmons and Jordan Bennett would round out the top-five.

After coming so close to a win this season in the NAPA Late Models, Rick Miller finally put his car in victory lane for the popular win. Miller outran teammate Shayne Tenace , AJ Kingsley, Dale Caswell and Harry Halliday.

The loudest victory lane of the night came for E&V Energy Novice Sportsman driver Hilary Ward, who was fighting intense abdominal pain before surgery on her gallbladder. She not only found a way to race, but picked up her first ever win. Ward took the lead on lap 11 when then leader Taylor Lamb broke.

Then Ward survived a late yellow to be the first under the checkers. Wade Chrisman, Gary Hoppins, Jason Caldwell and Jeremy Dygert  chased Ward across the line.

It doesn’t matter where Chuck Powelczyk races, Brewerton or now Fulton, as he finds a way to victory lane in the Four Cylinder Stocks. The win Saturday night was anything but easy, as he narrowly beat Wendall Washington. Mark Johnston, Eric Zirbel and John West finished third through fifth.

This coming Saturday, June 15, K-ROCK 100.9 presents a night of exciting racing at Fulton Speedway .On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Four Cylinder Stocks plus a visit from the Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club. Dads and Kids will be having a wiffle  Ball Game.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.

The Day He Broke Loose

by Jim Farfaglia

The Day He Broke Loose


With tongue hanging from a droolish grin

and galloping on legs left idle too long,

he escapes the chains of his ordinary life.


Stopping in my yard to run in circles,

freedom swirls around him,

‘til he’s downright dizzy with wonderment.


Then his nose brings him to his senses

and he follows the streetside trail of his kin –

straight to the nearest patch of woods,


where his wild life awaits.

A senior’s farewell

Bodley-RothrockKate_Wby Kate Rothrock

School is officially over! Regents are taking place all of this week. Good luck to everyone taking these tests!

Last week, two champions were crowned at the Battle of the Athletes and the kickball tournament during the Bodley Bash. “Where My Pitches At” took first place during the kickball tournament and the green team was victorious in Battle of the Athletes.

This past weekend was the senior trip to Cedar Point in Ohio. A good time was had by all and everyone enjoyed the insane roller coasters. Thank you to the class of 2013’s advisor Mrs. Hallatt not only for a wonderful senior trip but for an amazing four years!

Snow cones, cotton candy, hot dogs, bouncy houses, and a dunk tank were all a part of the fun of Senior Day Monday.

Rounding up the senior activities is Senior Dinner Dance this Friday. And of course after that is graduation June 22 at 10 a.m. at the War Memorial!

I honestly could not have asked for a better four years of high school and a better class to spend it with. It went by so fast and it is hard to believe that in just a few months we will be saying good bye and all going our separate ways.

The 13-year journey we’ve been on has finally paid off and it is bittersweet that we are all now we are all moving on to bigger things. Good luck to my fellow classmates!

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What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

A full day is on tap for all ages Saturday, June 15 with three classes on the calendar starting with Woodworking for Beginners from 1 to 5 p.m. Students will make a flower box and learn about proper tool safety and woodworking techniques. All materials and tools are provided, ages 10 and up, please.

Textured Memories with Kenneth Blount will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, using things around the house: a child’s toy, a favorite cup/spoon, a treasured keepsake to create a lasting work of art bringing back memories for years to come. Participants are asked to bring items to make a collage. Pre-registration is necessary.

Oil Painting with Bonnie McClellan will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This class for all skill levels will paint “Abandoned Cabin,” a landscape full of colors. All materials are provided and students will leave with a completed painting.

The focus is also on children June 15 from noon to 2 p.m. with sign-ups for the summer play “Charlotte’s Web.”

Rehearsals will start June 29 and the play will run Aug. 16-18 at the Arts Center. Children should be prepared to tell their favorite story or funny joke.

Wednesday, June 19, the monthly Author Spotlight will be on Lisa Buske’s new book, “Where’s Heidi?” Author Spotlight is open to the public and meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Digital Photography 101 taught by Kendra Matott, CNY Arts Center’s studio arts coordinator and mixed media artist, continues Tuesday June 18. Matott was featured artist opening month at Arts in the HeART Gallery, 47 S. First St. Digital Photography 101 runs Tuesdays through June 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at CNY Arts Center.

The second annual ARTY Day Camp is ready for days of fun. This summer camp for ages 5-15 will offer instruction in art, writing, dance and theater, lunch provided with group art projects. Lunch and afternoon art projects are free and open to every child in the community age 5 and older during the weeks of camp, July 15-19 and Aug. 19-23. Scholarships are available for morning classes.

The CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. Visit or call 592-3373 for more information.

Bright future ahead for Fulton softball team

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team is losing oen senior from a team that went 11-7. The team reached the semifinals of the Section III Class A playoffs.

Ashley Cummins is the lone senior that Fulton will bid farewell to, according to coach Derek Lyons. Throughout the season, Cummins displayed an impressive work ethic, said Lyons.

Though she may not have been a vocal leader, Cummins led by example when it came to effort.

Lyons added that Cummins’ teammates learned a lot from her. “I think the girls learned a lot about the way she worked day in and day out,” he said.

Whether its Cummins or any other senior that makes her way through the program, Lyons hopes that seniors come away from the experience with the understanding that having an impressive work ethic can pay off.

It certainly did this season. “We had a nice run this year and it would (not) have been impossible without the effort they put in all year,” said Lyons.

The Lady Raiders improved this season. Despite playing a few perennial powerhouses, Fulton had a pretty successful season.

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Ask the question

by Doug Malone, Legislator

It’s time for candidates to start circulating the nominating petitions for the upcoming election.

This is a good time for the public to ask the question that we in the legislature can get no answer to.

Many of you registered Republicans are going to be asked to sign a petition to put Fred Beardsley on the ballot for county treasurer. Mr. Beardsley was a legislator, wannabe county clerk and is now the appointed treasurer. How’s that for political patronage?

The “in crowd” of the Republican legislators, led by the know-it-all and know-everybody-except-the-Queen of England County Republican Chairman Mike Backus, includes legislators Jim Oldenburg, Dan Chalifoux, Kevin Gardner, Louella Leclair, Dan Leclair, Milferd Potter, Shane Broadwell, Jay Martino, Jim Weatherup, Bob Hayes, Morris Sorbello, Jack Proud, Dave Holst, Ron Sakonyi, Linda Lockwood and Terry Wilbur, who all vote as they’re told.

They put Mr. Beardsley in as the treasurer, not knowing his qualifications, with the exception of Mr. Weatherup, who was appointed to take Mr. Beardsley’s place.

When it came time to vote for Mr. Beardsley, the question was asked over and over if he had finished high school.

None of the Republicans named above would answer the question.

So, maybe it’s a question that you, the public, should ask when you’re asked by one of these clowns to sign a petition to put Mr. Beardsley on the ballot.

Ask the question.

You have the right to know if the hand-picked choice of the above-named Republicans has a clue as to Mr. Beardsley’s qualifications.

You have the right to know if the man in charge of an almost $200 million budget knows how to add two plus two.

You have the right to know if the man overseeing your tax dollars has a high school education.

You have a right to question why these legislators voted to put Mr. Beardsley in as the treasurer, not knowing if he’s qualified to do the job.

I think the answer you’ll get from Mrs. Lockwood is that she voted for Mr. Beardsley to get him out of the legislature.

That’s really representing the people of Volney, isn’t it?

Of course, Mr. Wilbur’s membership with the “in crowd” moved him right up the food chain.

Now he’s the vice chairman of the legislature. His yes vote gave him a nice promotion.

Maybe if the public demanded answers, maybe if the public refused to sign the petition for Mr. Beardsley without an answer, then maybe county government could be returned to the people where it belongs, instead of in the control of the “in crowd.”

So when one of the “in crowd” comes knocking, ask the question. What makes Mr. Beardsley qualified to be the county treasurer, other than being a Republican good ole boy. Maybe you’ll have a better shot at getting an answer.

Heritage Foundation of Oswego to hold antique show

The annual Heritage Foundation of Oswego County’s antique show will be held Harborfest weekend. The event will be held in the Historic Oswego YMCA Armory at 265 W. First St., Oswego, Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The annual Heritage Foundation of Oswego County’s antique show will be held Harborfest weekend. The event will be held in the Historic Oswego YMCA Armory at 265 W. First St., Oswego, Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The annual Heritage Foundation of Oswego County’s antique show will be held Harborfest weekend.

The event will be held in the Historic Oswego YMCA Armory at 265 W. First St., Oswego Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Show goers will find antiques being sold by dealers from central New York. Many of the dealers are also interested in buying and when available will evaluate pieces brought by the public.

There is adjacent free parking, and the event is on the trolley route so it’s easily accessible from any of the Harborfest events and designated parking areas.

There is an admission fee with all proceeds to benefit the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County. Food and drink will be provided by the Oswego Sunrise Rotary Club.

New this year, Heritage Foundation will operate a consignment booth at the show. Items can be donated or consigned with Heritage Foundation receiving 25 percent of the sale price. Items must be at least 50 years old and in saleable condition.

Those who are seeking more information may call the Heritage Foundation office at 342-3354 by July 24 to arrange pick-up of items.

Show Coordinator Austin Wheelock said the event has more to offer than just antiques.

“Being one of the only indoor attractions during Harborfest, it allows visitors an opportunity to beat the July heat or escape the rain and become immersed in different periods of our history,” he said.

Heritage Foundation of Oswego County, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote and protect the historic and architectural landmarks of Oswego County.