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Fulton Lions Club makes improvements at Oswego Falls Park

Fulton Lions Club members Bob Weston (left) and Len Kellogg spread mulch under a jungle gym. Members of the Fulton Lions Club recently worked on clearing trees and brush recently as part of a cleanup project at Fulton’s Oswego Falls Park.
Fulton Lions Club members Bob Weston (left) and Len Kellogg spread mulch under a jungle gym. Members of the Fulton Lions Club recently worked on clearing trees and brush recently as part of a cleanup project at Fulton’s Oswego Falls Park.

Members of the Fulton Lions Club recently spread new mulch and cleared trees and brush recently as part of a cleanup project at Fulton’s Oswego Falls Park on South First Street, said David Dingman, Fulton Lions Club president.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the club has made work at the park one of its annual projects.

“The Fulton Lions Club, working in cooperation with the City of Fulton Parks and Recreation Department, tackled removing heavy layers of brush, trees, vines and stumps that had overgrown the western perimeter,” Dingman said. “We also spread new mulch under the swing set, slide and other playground equipment.

“During the past four years, the Fulton Lions Club has resealed the basketball court, painted the basketball backboards and added new nets,” he added. “We’ve also cleared brush from the northern perimeter chain link fence, removed stumps, removed an old chain link backstop, and filled in lawn ruts and depressions with topsoil.

“This project was very fulfilling for our members and it was a pleasure to help a community park become even more inviting to children and families,” he concluded.

Lions who participated in the project were  project co-chairs Steve Chirello and Bob Weston, Len Kellogg, Dr. Brett Tallents, Kevin Michaels, Don LaBarge, Roberta Boteler, and Dingman.

The Fulton Lions Club is part of Lions Club International, which was founded by Melvin Jones in 1917. It is the largest service club in the world with over one million members in more than 170 countries.

The Fulton club, with more than 40 members, is one of the largest and most active Lions clubs in Central New York.

Lions Clubs are committed to sight and hearing projects. Fulton Lions have joined with LCI to support Campaign Sight First II to help prevent blindness worldwide.

Fulton Lions provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids.

In addition, the Fulton club collects used eyeglasses for refurbishment and redistribution at Waby Opticians, Empire Vision Center, Wal-Mart, PathFinder Bank and the Medicine Place.

The Fulton club also supports the Guiding Eyes for the Blind program that trains Seeing Eye dogs for the blind, and the Finger Lakes Lions Hearing Foundation.

Anyone interested in membership in the Fulton Lions Club, or seeking more information may visit the club’s web site at

Correspondence can be mailed to Fulton Lions Club, c/o Steve Chirello, P.O. Box 727, Fulton, NY 13069. 

Conservatives release names of endorsed candidates

Conservatives release names of endorsed candidates

by Carol Thompson

The election season has begun and the Oswego County Conservative Committee has named its endorsed candidates for county seats.

County Treasurer Fred Beardsley did not receive the endorsement of the Conservatives. Party Chairman Ron Greenleaf said he spoke with Beardsley Wednesday to let him know the committee’s decision.

The Conservatives expect to have their own candidate, Greenleaf said.

Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner did get the endorsement, but only after much debate, Greenleaf said.

Other legislators receiving the party’s endorsement are Margaret Kastler, Milferd Potter, Shawn Doyle, Ronald Sakonyi, Daniel LeClair, James Weatherup, Linda Lockwood, Shane Broadwell, Michael Kunzwiler, Terry Wilbur, Dan Farfaglia, Morris Sorbello and James Karasek.

“Most of them have done a good job,” Greenleaf said.

There will be a primary race on the Conservative line for the District 12 seat, encompassing parts of the towns of Schroeppel and Hastings.

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Oswego High School Top 100 students receive recognition

The Oswego High School Top 100 students were recognized for the 24th consecutive year.

Several hundred people packed the Oswego High School Dining Hall for the annual “Top 100” dinner. This year, Oswego Rotary, PathFinder Bank, NBT Bank, and the Oswego City School District hosted the event with the Oswego City School District Food Service Department supplying a buffet extravaganza.

The ceremony became a reality in Oswego due to the efforts of Rotarian and former Oswego City School District administrator Ed Caraccioli. Over two decades ago, while on a visit to another club he was present for a very special event, which brought together the top students from that district.

He returned to Oswego and presented the concept to the local Rotarians. They not only adopted it, but have continued to support it and host the students at the annual event.

Rotary President Tom Ingram welcomed and congratulated the members of the Top 100 and noted the importance of being academic leaders within their school community.

As Oswego High School Principal Brian Hartwell announced each individual member the “Top 25,” each student received a recognition certificate from  Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist, Executive High School Principal Brian Hartwell and Oswego Board of Education members President John Dunsmoor and Vice President Kathleen Allen.

Crist said, “As our highest achieving academic students, your personal achievements are to be lauded and heralded. This milestone shows great persistence, determination and, of course, intelligence. It is truly a great setting to share with family, friends and loved ones an acknowledgement of our Top 100 students at the Oswego High School.”

He added, “You represent the academic leadership in our school. As the future leaders of our communities and presently of our schools we applaud you in your thirds for leading with this academic status.”

Several members of the “Class of 2013” were in attendance for their fourth consecutive year. All are bound to continue their education at campuses throughout the nation.

The students who were in attendance each of their years Dylan Currier (Rochester Institute of Technology), Vincent DeBiase (SUNY Oswego), Jeremy Galvin (LeMoyne College), Tess Gordon (St. John Fisher), Tory Jaskula (Skidmore College), Travis Kearns (Clemson University), Dylan Lavner (New Jersey Institute of Technology), Sarah Mancuso (SUNY Geneseo), Emilea Reiner (Georgia Institute of Technology), Grant Richmond (SUNY Stony Brook) , Leah Weiss (Western New England University School of Pharmacy), and Catherine Wells (Ithaca College).

Danielle Benigno (SUNY Oswego) is a senior who completed her academic work to graduate in three years.

Other seniors recognized for their accomplishments included  Jacob Annal (Rochester Institute of  Technology), Erin Chetney (LeMoyne College), David Culeton (St. Vincent College), Lisette Dufore (SUNY Fredonia), Alexa Healy (Edinboro University),  Frederick Johnson (Rochester Institute of Technology),  Courtney Kelly (Albany College of Pharmacy), Elisabeth Michaud (SUNY Geneseo), Mackenzie Palmer (SUNY Potsdam), Gordon Pan (University of Rochester), Jonah Restuccio (Ithaca College), and Robert Zeigler (Grove City College).

Eleventh graders recognized at this year’s dinner included  Nina Alcasid, Erica Atkins, Elizabeth Baker, Katelyn Cary, Kyle Collins, Madison Collins, Kerrigan Cummins, Evan Davis, Samantha Davis, Holly Gilbert, Mallory Gordon, Sarah Hoefer, Cassandra Hondro, Emily Hurlbutt, Courtney Johnson, Bo Yang Li, Shannon McIntosh, Michaela Moran, Allison Moshier, Jacob Oleyourryk, Zachary Salvador, Mitchell Schrader, Elizabeth Scott, Tory Welsch and Meggie Zhang.

The “Top 25” from the sophomore class included Sean Benjamin, Molly Brown, Joshua Bucher, Alaina Celeste, Nora Culeton, Zachary Gillard, Taylor Hamer, Allie Henderson, Shea Hewitt, Katherine Knopp, Brianah Lane, Mayraliz Lopez, Reilly Patrick, Rachael Purtell, Nicholas Reiner, Connor Sheffield, Edward Sheridan, Brenna Sherman, Thomas Simmonds, Allison Smith, Zachary Smolinski, Rebecca Victory, Kayla Volkomer, Kara Weiss and Nikolas Whiteside.

The ninth graders invited to the dinner included Brynn Adner, Ana Alcasid, Victoria Armet, Jenna Ballard, Katie Bradshaw, Trevor Bradshaw, Ayla Busch, Alexander Bush, Michaela Callen, Maia Delaney, Clare Donovan, Olivia Dowdle, Brianna Fernandez, Mark Forger, Jacob Gerber, Alexander Haessig, Evan James, John Khamis, Roman Danilo Madlangbayan, Natasha Mezza, Kyra O’Gorman, Chase Pelton, Claire Richardson, Kelly Skinner and Christopher Van Gorder.

County treasurer candidates line up

by Carol Thompson

The race for Oswego County Treasure is on.

The position will be on the ballot in November’s general election and it appears three of the four major parties will have a candidate.

The Oswego County Republican Committee recently endorsed Fred Beardsley, who was appointed to the position in April to replace John Kruk, who retired before his term had ended.

According to Oswego County Conservative Chairman Ronald Greenleaf, his party has a candidate as well.

The Conservatives handed out endorsements earlier this week and Beardsley was not among them, in fact, several Republicans interviewed said they were questioned about their affiliation with Beardsley by the Conservative Committee members.

In the past, candidates for county offices had been questioned about their relationship with Beardsley, causing the Republicans to call for boycotts of the Conservatives.

The boycott this year apparently didn’t work as Greenleaf said several Republican legislature candidates received the nod of the party, including Kevin Gardner and Terry Wilbur.

To read the rest of the article, pick up a copy of The Valley News. You can subscribe by calling 598-6397 or click on the link on our home page.

Local athletes receive Section 3 Scholar Athlete Award

by Rob Tetro

Fourteen athletes from seven local schools have been named recipients of the Section 3 Scholar Athlete Award.

In addition to student-athletes from Fulton, Hannibal and Phoenix, other Oswego County recipients hail from Oswego, Mexico, Central Square and Pulaski.

All 14 of these athletes will be honored at a banquet held at the RSC Arena on the campus of Onondaga Community College June 10.

Scholar Athletes from Fulton are Mary M. West, daughter of Robert and Margaret West, and Kyle Loftus (son of Charles and Tammie Carroll/Robert Loftus).

This Fall, West will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute whilee Loftus will be attending Binghamton University.

Hannibal’s Scholar Athletes are Adrienne Shortslef, daughter of Chas and Lisa Shortslef, and Ryan Perry, son of Nancy Perry.

This Fall, Shortslef will be attending Albany College of Pharmacy while Perry will be attending Syracuse University.

Scholar Athletes from Phoenix are Meghan Barry, daughter of Donald and Jennifer Barry, and Girolamo Mammolito,son of Michael and Laurie Mammolito).

Barry will be attending Nazareth College and Mammolito will be attending Syracuse University.

Oswego’s Scholar Athletes are Sarah Mancuso, daughter of Joesph and Marie Mancuso, and Dylan Lavner, son of Michael and Deborah Lavner. Mancuso will be attending SUNY Geneseo while Lavner will be attending the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

To read the rest of the article, pick up a copy of The Valley News. You can subscribe by calling 598-6397 or click on the link on our home page.

Turkey season over

Leon Archer
Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

Well, it happened folks. The turkey season is over and I did nothing to cut the population down.

In fact, near the end of the season, I got so stupid busy that I failed to hunt on a property where the owner told me a gobbler was strutting with impunity. I even had permission to hunt there.

Boy, was that bird ever lucky.

From what I’ve been hearing, I’m not alone in coming up birdless this year. I think the turkey population may be down a bit. Wouldn’t it be nice to have them as common as Canada geese? Well, maybe not. I sort of like a challenge even if I do end up losing it, and it is always okay with me if the turkey wins.

I will have to oil my gun, but I won’t have to do a lot of cleaning. Actually, I didn’t get it wet and I didn’t get it bloody or muddy, and I didn’t even fire a practice shot, so I probably could just put it back in the case. Smells nice when it’s oiled though.

This is the year that my grandson, Nathaniel, turns 11 in August. He will be able to take his hunter safety training then and be ready to get his license when August 2014 rolls around. He already has a lifetime sportsman’s license that his grampa Weaver and I bought for him a few years ago, but that won’t do him any good until he is 12 and has gotten his training. Then we will be set to go. It’s just as hard for me to wait as it is for him – maybe harder.

He wants to begin practicing shooting and archery, and this summer should be a good time to get started. I have a couple of guns that should be very easy for him to manage — under my supervision, of course.

I plan to make his first experience one with a BB gun. What the heck, I started shooting one of those when I was about seven and I never shot my eye out or anyone else’s either.

To read the rest of the column, pick up a copy of The Valley News. You can subscribe by calling 598-6397 or click on the link on our home page.

In and Around Hannibal: June 8, 2013

by Rita Hooper


One of the wonderful things about writing this column is that you never know where your next “lead” (as in the beginning of the column) will come from.

Recently, Frances Donaldson stopped by and gave me a handwritten booklet on the history of Hannibal put together by Grace Hawkins.

Some of my older readers may well recognize the name. Miss Hawkins taught in Hannibal District #6 school in Cain’s Corners from 1920-22, 1924-26, 1928-30 and 1941-49 and lived in Hannibal.

Cain’s Corners is the intersection of Wiltsieville Road and Rochester Street. The school house has undergone considerable renovation and is a private residence but the trees planted behind it by parents of the students to provide shade during recess still stand.

The Town of Hannibal by Grace Hawkins

On April 20, 1818 an act was passed erecting the towns of Oswego and Granby and giving to Hannibal the boundaries it has ever since retained. Its area is 27,786 acres.

Hannibal derived its name from the old Carthaginian general of that name.  It was formerly called the old survey township number 2 which included the present towns of Hannibal and Oswego and part of Granby.

It was not until 1802 that a settlement was made within the limits of the present site of Hannibal; but the early inhabitants were very much in the habit of looking upon “Hannibal” as the survey township of that name.

The first settlement in the town of Hannibal was made in District No. 9 in 1802 by Thomas Sprague and family.  Mr. Sprague was a Revolutionary War veteran.  He came from Connecticut and took up 640 acres of land.

At that time, there was only one cabin between here and Oswego. The same year his two sons, Thomas Sprague Jr. and Jonathan Sprague came with their families. Jonathan and his wife came from Saratoga County on horseback, she carrying a three months old baby.

Carr Sprague, son of Jonathan, was the first white child born in the town. Thomas Sprague, Sr. and his wife both died the same day, February 1, 1813 and were buried in the same grave. Part of the original grant is now occupied by Edgar J. Sprague, a great great grandson of Thomas Sprague.

Now reading from Gordon Sturge’s book, “Hannibal’s Historical Highlights,” I find that the first marriage was that of Daniel Thomas and Prudence Sprague in 1803 and that the first death was that of a child, a daughter of Thomas Sprague in 1806.

Mr. Sturge also reports that the Spragues were from Massachusetts and “located on the south line of the town on lot 95, and built the first house, which was, of course, a log one, and likewise made the first clearing.”

More to come in the weeks ahead!

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Hard to believe another school year is almost over. Regent  exams start this week and the Senior Banquet is Friday and graduation on the 21st — that’s got to be one of the earliest, although I can remember when it was on the 19th but that was many years ago! Best wishes on your exams — but wishes only go so far — hope you’ve done the work and are studying hard now!

Granby Center United Methodist Church will be holding a book and bake sale Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is one mile west of Fulton on County Route 3.

The annual Strawberry Festival of Our Lady of the Rosary will be tomorrow, June 9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the church grounds, Cayuga Street across from the High School in Hannibal. The garage sale will begin at 8 a.m., games and booths at 10, chicken barbecue at noon and of course strawberries and ice cream will be available. Auction and drawings at 3 p.m.

Hannibal Senior Citizens will be meeting at noon for dinner.  Monday will feature mac and cheese with scalloped tomatoes, Wednesday will be meatball subs and Friday will be chicken with mushroom gravy and baked potatoes.

Activities include Wii bowling on Monday, Music with Deanna Hubbard of Wednesday, and games on Friday. Come early for coffee and news or to work on the jigsaw puzzle or play some dominoes or Scrabble or cards. Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation at 564-5471.

Hannibal Home and School will be having a volunteer meeting on Monday, June 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Fairley. Contact Marian Calkins at 564-5872 or email for more information.

The Hannibal Resource Center has changed its hours. The center will no longer be open Thursday nights. They will continue to be open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will now be open Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. It is located at Our Lady of the Rosary across from the High School and is supported by the three village churches.

The Elderberries will meet on Tuesday at 6 p.m. for a covered dish dinner at the Senior Center (library) on Oswego Street.  Bring your own table service and a dish to pass. Congratulations to Carl Salvagin, Bob Simmons, George Darling, Ginny Hughes, Ann Palen and Don Tyler and Rita Hooper on their election to office in the Elderberries. You are reminded that it is membership time; hope you’ve been saving the big bucks to become part of this group! I will be showing pics of my recent trip to the Jersey Shore to work on housing rehab as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

The Hannibal Alumni Association will hold its annual banquet on Saturday, June 15 at the Oasis Restaurant at Thunder Island, located at 21 Wilcox Rd. just off State Route 48. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m. with a buffet dinner being served at 6 p.m. Entertainment and dancing will be provided by Anybody’s Guess.

Plans are underway for the 21st Concert in the Park to be held at the Hannibal Firemen’s Field located on Rochester Street in the Village of Hannibal July 7.  Featured bands will be Anybody’s Guess, Fulton Community Dixieland Band and the Fulton Community Band.

Churches and youth groups can still have a booth at the SOS Fest July 19-21 at the Hannibal Fireman’s Field. Non-profit mission booths are FREE! Crafters and Vendors pay only a small fee.

This is the largest three-day music festival of its kind in New York State. Those seeking more information may visit

The Hannibal Boy Scouts are selling “Camp Cards” as a fund-raiser. Those seeking more information may call Mr. Prosser at 564-5630.