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Phoenix football team topples Thousand Islands

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity football team earned its first win of the season last week when it took on Thousand Islands.

Phoenix intercepted three passes while outscoring Thousand Islands by 21 points during the second quarter en route to the 28-7 win.

Both teams found the endzone during the first quarter. The Firebirds took a 7-0 lead when Avery Chisolm scored on a 5-yard touchdown run. Thousand Islands evened the score at 7-7 before the first quarter ended.

Quarterback Austin Bach tied the game with a 1-yard touchdown run.

During the second quarter, Phoenix blew the game open and didn’t look back. Austin Furco gave the Firebirds a 14-7 lead following a 10-yard touchdown run.

Phoenix took a 21-7 lead when Richie Howington caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Furco.

Capping off the Firebirds’ second quarter, Chisolm scored on a 6-yard touchdown run to give Phoenix a 28-7 lead and the eventual win.

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Phillip Blair, golf instructor

Phillip Blair, 68, of Fulton, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Burlington, Vt. and he has lived in Fulton for most of his life. Mr. Blair owned and operated the Blair Homes of Fulton. He enjoyed golfing and music.

He was an instructor and manager of the Caughdenoy golf Course.  He was an instructor at the Battle Island Golf Course, Fulton, and the Foxfire Golf Course, Baldwinsville.  He was a member of the Battle Island Golf Club.

Mr. Blair was pre-deceased by his grandson, Ryan Chrisman, and brothers David Blair and Charles Blair.

He is survived by his three sons, Scott (Shari Blowers) Blair of Fulton, Kevin Blair of Fulton, and Todd (Billijo) Blair of Fulton; two sisters, Jenny (Nelson) Slingerland and Tory (Steven) Girban, both of Vermont; seven grandchildren, Samantha, Montana, Dylan, Kyle, Avery, Phoebe, and Landon; and the Slingerland and Girban families.  Memorial calling hours will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton.

There are no funeral services. Burial will be held privately.

Cayuga Community College hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday in celebration of the completion of construction at its new Fulton Campus. The new location is the fourth — and final — home for the college.

Cayuga Community College celebrates new Fulton campus

Cayuga Community College hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday in celebration of the completion of construction at its new Fulton Campus. The new location is the fourth — and final — home for the college.

by Carol Thompson

Cayuga Community College hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday in celebration of the completion of construction at its new Fulton Campus.

The new location at the former Kmart Plaza is the fourth — and final — home for the college, Dr. Daniel P. Larson, president of Cayuga Community College told those in attendance.

The ceremony marks the completion of the nine-month, $16.1 million construction of the 82,150-square-foot campus.

The first course work in nursing was offered in Mexico in 1979 and in 1994, the first campus was located at the Fulton Education Center. The college moved to the former Holy Family school building and in 2001 moved to the leased campus on West Broadway.

The college foundation has purchased the remaining part of the River Glen Plaza so over time the campus can move into the storefronts, Dr. Larson said.

Athletic fields and student housing are the vision for the future on 45 additional acres that have been purchased.

“We want you to know that our doors are open to the entire community,” Dr. Larson noted.

Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York, said she couldn’t say enough about the project as she congratulated all those involved with bringing the project to fruition.

Matt Driscoll spoke on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo. “On behalf of Governor Cuomo, congratulations and thank you for your investment in our collective future,” he said.

Assemblyman Will Barclay said it is a very proud day for the City of Fulton and he congratulated all involved.

“You really ought to be very proud of yourself,” he said.

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Bodley Bulletins: September 19, 2012

by Kate Rothrock

The first full week of school is over! Students are now totally back into the swing of things and going to school is part of the normal routine.

Clubs are starting up and will begin their meetings this week or next. There are many different clubs available to any student interested such as the language clubs, Hope Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Science club, and many more. They are a great way to meet new people and to get involved in the school and community. Plus, they look great on a resume or college application!

The Fultonian Yearbook is an amazing finished product but there is a lot of work that goes into it. Vanessa Langdon, editor of the 2013 yearbook, said the Yearbook Club is always looking for help and anyone can be a part of the club. Meetings are in room 102 every Tuesday.

If you buy your yearbook before Christmas it is $50 but if you wait until after Christmas it will cost $60. At an open house Sept. 26, there will be a booth for parents to buy parent ads.

This year’s Fultonian Yearbook will have a theme, making it more organized and cohesive. Students can share their photos to be used in the yearbook at www.hjeshare.com using the school code 3045662. Don’t miss this opportunity to put your favorite pictures in the yearbook!

This past week was a great week for sports. Girls soccer, boys soccer, and girls volleyball all picked up wins. The volleyball team had victories over Marcellus and Lafayette. The boys soccer team rallied for a win against Homer and the girls soccer team won against both Homer and Syracuse.

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Harry Collins, World War II veteran

Harry F. Collins, 88, of Fulton, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.

He was born in Fulton, a son to the late Ralph and Edna Collins. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a life member of the Fulton VFW Post #569 and a member of the Parachute Club of America.

He was very involved with Alcoholics Anonymous and started the Lake Effect A.A. group in Oswego.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his grandson, Dameon M. Collins.

He is survived by six children, Karen Collins of California, Kathy (Frank) Silfies of Rochester, Richard Collins of Florida, LouAnn (James) Collins-Warren of Fulton, Michael (Jaime) Collins of Nevada, and Sean (Kate) Collins of Fulton; 10 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the First United Methodist Church of Fulton, 1408 N.Y.S. Rte. 176, Fulton.

Burial, with military honors conducted by the Fulton VFW Post #569 and the U.S. Marine Corps, will be in Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

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Oswego County Legislature approves bath salts legislation

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature approved four resolutions that are now local law in regard to the sale and distribution synthetic drugs, more commonly known as bath salts.

During Thursday’s meeting, the four resolutions were passed unanimously with Legislator James Karasek excused from the meeting so that he could be in attendance at the New York State Association of Counties conference.

Prior to passage of the resolutions, several residents addressed the legislature.

Steve Olson, director of Oswego Hospital’s emergency department, urged the lawmakers to pass all four local laws.

“I myself have seen firsthand the patients under the influence of these substances,” Olson said. “Often times, you ask the patient what did they do and they say, ‘I am not really sure’.”

Teresa Woolson, who lost her son due to bath salts, said her son had struggled with the synthetic drug for a very short time.

“In early August, he found out from a friend that these synthetics were still available,” she said. “He walked into a store and bought the stuff over the counter — two and a half hours before his body was pulled from Lake Ontario.”

She said the problem with bath salts is becoming epidemic, adding that the drugs are a poison.

Oswego resident Duane Crasper said that not only should the synthetic drugs be banned, but the stores selling the pipes used to smoke illegal substances be outlawed as well.

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Twelve year old teaches legislators a lesson in humanity

by Carol Thompson

There is a homeless coordinator within the county but no homeless shelter.

That’s one of the many points a 12-year-old Oswego girl pointed out as she addressed the Oswego County Legislature Thursday evening.

Emily Bradshaw spoke during the public comment session about the growing homeless problem in the county. She is so devoted to the cause that she has spoken with or contacted local officials.

“This is a very important and serious matter,” Bradshaw told legislators. “When I discovered that Oswego did not have a homeless shelter, I was upset. ‘How could this be?’ I thought. So, I started asking questions and writing letters to the mayor, my alderman, and all of you, the legislators.”

She noted that she had also spoken to the Oswego police chief and Oswego school district officials.

Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen responded to her, Bradshaw said, and did acknowledge that there is a need, but no solution.

She also received responses from some who told her of existing problems.

“These programs are wonderful and they help many people,” Bradshaw said. “But they have limited funds, requirements and lots of paperwork.”

She noted they do not fill the need for a shelter, a safe place to go for a hot dinner and a warm bed.

Bradshaw said she learned that Social Services placed 263 people in emergency temporary housing due to homelessness in 2011.

“I felt sad. I felt sad for those people,” she said. “But I felt worse for all the countless people that didn’t have the courage or the means to ask for help. If 263 people did ask, imagine how many did not.”

Bradshaw said when she spoke with someone at the Oswego Police Department, she was told that homelessness has been on the rise within the last five years.

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Fulton football team overcomes the elements to top Mexico

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity football team’s game against Mexico Friday was a contest that had been marked on its schedule for months.

Mexico, who had been a league opponent, defeated the Raiders easily the last time it came to Fulton. The Tigers are now in Class B.

Neither team was quite ready for the storm that hit shortly before the games scheduled kickoff. After lightening was spotted, the game was delayed 55 minutes before finally kicking off on a soaked field at the Fulton Athletic Complex.

As a result of the elements that made for slippery conditions, both teams combined for eight fumbles, five of which resulted in turnovers.

In the end, the Red Raiders overcame the weather to come away with a 14-12 win over Mexico.

After both teams fumbled the ball three times in a short time period during the first quarter, Fulton struck first.

The Red Raiders took a 7-0 lead when quarterback Jake Crucitti found Cody Dick slightly slanting from right to left from 16 yards out.

Mexico responded during the second quarter. After a series of penalties forced Fulton to punt from deep within its own territory, the elements effected the punt, which allowed Mexico to work on a very short field.

A few plays later, the Tigers made the score 7-6 when John Eastman scored on a run from seven yards out.

After a scoreless third quarter, both teams took advantage of the opportunities they had during the fourth quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Red Raiders, behind running back Mark Pollock, drove nearly the length of the field. Pollock’s efforts were rewarded when he took the handoff and muscled his way up the middle for the score from 5 yards out.

Pollock’s touchdown gave Fulton a 14-6 lead.

Later in the quarter, Mexico struck back. After stopping the Red Raiders on fourth down, C.J. Loomis immediately made them pay. Loomis took the pitch to the right side of the field and found a seam along the sidelines. After running 64 yards nearly untouched, Loomis brought Mexico within two points of The Red Raiders at 14-12.

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