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Phoenix Senior Citizens Club to meet

The next business meeting for the Phoenix Senior Citizens Club will be held on Friday, Sept. 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the Town of Schroeppel building on Route 57A in the Town of Schroeppel.

Trip Coordinator, Martha Arnold has planned “A Day in the Thousand Islands” trip on Tuesday, Sept. 11. We will be boarding one of Uncle Sam’s Tour Boats and take a two hour luncheon cruise, which includes a guided scenic tour of the 1000 Islands.

This trip will give you the best overall view of this truly unique geographical area shared by two nations.

We will be disembarking at Heart Island where you can enjoy a self-guided tour of the magnificent Boldt Castle and its beautiful grounds.

This 129-room replica of a Rhineland castle was built over the course of four years at the turn of the 19th century by entrepreneur George C. Boldt for his wife as a “summer home.”

Don’t forget to see the Playhouse, Dove Cote, Gazebo, Power House and all the lovely gardens. We will enjoy a tour of the Thousand Island Winery with a tasting of five wines. For more information or a reservation please call Martha at 315-652-3990.

The next pot luck, covered dish birthday supper will be held Friday, Sept. 14 at 5:30 at the town building. Please bring a dish to pass plus your own table service. Coffee and tea are provided.

The senior club is always looking for new members age 50 and over to join. Dues are $5 per year and can be paid to Treasurer Marcia Boscoe at the meeting. For any further questions about the club, please call President Kathy Dann at 695-4274.

Valley Viewpoints: A ‘UNIQUE’ exhibit

by James Karasek of Granby

The other evening I had the privilege and pleasure to be at the Everson Art Museum in Syracuse for the opening of the UNIQUE art exhibit.

This is a collection of art work that ranges from poetry, to sculpture, quilting, and framed media in pencil, paint, watercolor and other materials.

All of this art work is created by people that range from as young as 11 to a robust age of 90.

The Everson Art Museum did a fantastic job of creating the magic in this display. The artists come from several upstate counties and submit the work to ARISE, which submit the work to be evaluated for which pieces will be printed in the annual UNIQUE magazine.

I was absolutely blown away by the quality of each piece and the efforts that were put forth to create each of these works of art.

To read the accompanying cards with each one not only containing the name, age and county of residence but a short description of the disability each artist lives day in and day out with is beyond description, when you stand there and see the work and read of the artist.

My highlight was watching a young lady with autism see her work on display in this phenomenal  museum and the pride she had that her art was hanging on that wall was matched only by the look in her parents face as they stood there and watched her.

For those precious moments, there was no longer a disability to contend with — just a parental admiration of what their daughter has accomplished.

The UNIQUE exhibit came to our county last year and there are plans for it to return yet again this year.

I encourage everyone to watch for the announcement of date, time and location and please take advantage of this art exhibit and just enjoy the wonderment of what people are capable of doing.

Light In The Darkness: August 22, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“I will sing of Your power;  Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;  For You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble. To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; For God is my defense, My God of mercy.” – Psalm 59:16-17

It is good to meditate upon the mercy of God — the mercy He extends to all who humbly acknowledge their need. For it is through His great mercy that we experience His gentle, loving touch.

The touch that heals the broken hearted and binds our wounds, whether self-inflicted or caused by others. It is a great mercy.

Charles Spurgeon wrote, “There is nothing little in God; His mercy is like Himself — it is infinite. You cannot measure it. His mercy is so great that it forgives great sins to great sinners, after great lengths of time, and then gives great favors and great privileges, and raises us up to great enjoyments in the great heaven of the great God.”

Mercy is by definition, of course, totally unmerited. The sinner has no right whatever to the kindness of the Most High. It is death that is the wages of his sin. That is the only thing men have earned.

Mercy is that great and wonderful gift the Father bestows upon those who recognize the justice of those wages and mourn that they can of themselves do nothing about them. Mercy is a gift both rich and unfailing.

It is a mercy that will never leave us nor forsake us. It is a mercy that during times of temptation gives strength to stand firm.

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Otto Sitterly’s fifth place effort Saturday was enough to earn his fifth career Oswego Speedway track championship.

Joe Gosek wins 42nd race at Oswego Speedway

Otto Sitterly’s fifth place effort Saturday was enough to earn his fifth career Oswego Speedway track championship.

Weeks after a vicious hit in the second turn, which resulted in a near total rebuild of the No. 00 Novelis Supermodified, Oswego native Joe Gosek returned to victory lane at Oswego Speedway Saturday night.

Gosek, who came from the 17th starting position, sailed past longtime leader Dave Danzer to take the top spot on lap 33 and was never again confronted on his way to win number 42 all-time.

The victory breaks Gosek’s tie with Nolan Swift, now putting Gosek fourth on the Oswego Speedway Supermodified win list behind only Ed Bellinger Jr., Bentley Warren, and Jim Shampine.

“It has been a struggle but everyone stuck with us and we keep working hard,” said Gosek. “Some nights you hit the set-up and some nights you don’t. We searched around today and made some major changes before the main, and the car was there. Any driver could get it done with that kind of car.

“We have just been trying to come up with a combination where I could race,” he added. “You have to be able to race the car.  Going fast and racing the car are two different things and we found a car in the main that had all kinds of traction, could cut the corner, and kind of made it look easy.”

Gosek’s victory marks the sixth different time that he has won the last regular season-point event leading up to the International Classic. In 1992, Gosek was able to back it up with an International Classic victory.

“This has happened quite a few times before, where we’ve won the one before the Classic,” said Gosek. “We’ve got our work cut out for us. There are 15 guys that could win that race, and we have to be strong at the end, and that is what we will work toward the next couple weeks.”

Saturday’s Novelis Supermodified main event marked the second week in a row that the winning driver came from outside the first seven rows of the starting line-up.

Mexico driver Mike Barnes earned the Aug. 11 main event victory from the 16th starting spot.

Chasing Gosek across the line were Danzer, Dan Connors Jr., Pat Lavery, and Otto Sitterly.

Sitterly’s fifth place effort in the Nicotra Racing No. 7 was enough to earn his fifth career Oswego Speedway track championship.

The Canajoharie driver now trails only Swift, Warren, and Shampine on the track championship win list at the Speedway. Swift took top honors eight different times, while Warren and Shampine each won seven Oswego track titles.

Sitterly, who entered Saturday’s racing with an 11-point edge on Oswego’s Pat Lavery, had a tense moment in heat racing action to start the night.

After watching Lavery drive to a fifth-place finish in the first heat race, Sitterly was involved in a turn three jingle with Michael Muldoon, which sent Sitterly pit side crediting him with just an eighth-place finish in the second qualifying heat.

The Nicotra team, which had a back-up car on site, went to work immediately on the No. 7 car and made repairs in time for Sitterly to start 20th in the main event, seven spots behind Lavery. Had Sitterly gone to his back-up car No. 6 the team would have relinquished the owner’s championship to Double Deuce Racing and Lavery.

Entering the main event, Sitterly’s 11-point margin had been cut down to only eight.  Despite starting seven positions behind Lavery, it did not take Sitterly long to find the back bumper of the No. 22, which he stayed glued to for the majority of the event.

Lavery and Sitterly would cross the line in tandem in fourth and fifth, making the final count plus-five for Sitterly.

“We had an episode in the heat race there, it’s racing, it happens,” said Sitterly. “What an awesome crew, awesome owner, awesome wife. A huge thanks to everybody.”

Sitterly went on to comment further on the heat incident and how his team rebounded.

“I thought we were looking good at the beginning of the heat race,” he said. “it was just an unfortunate thing that happened there. Luckily there wasn’t a whole lot of damage and the team talked about it and we decided to straighten the axle instead of replacing it as I was really afraid we would lose the set-up if we changed it. This whole thing is definitely a team effort, there is not a single guy doing this deal.”

Earning a fifth championship and joining the likes of Swift, Shampine, and Warren all-time truly struck Sitterly.

“It’s wild and it really means a lot,” commented Sitterly. “As silly as it sounds it means a lot to be able to hold your whole hand up and show how many you have won. Never would I have dreamt, and I know it is an old story but it is my story, I never would have dreamt to be doing this kind of stuff ever.

“I am very fortunate,” he continued. “We work hard, but I know that I am a very fortunate man to be able to do this stuff.”

Poetry Corner: A Classroom In August

by Jim Farfaglia

A Classroom In August


All the desks have been scrubbed clean,

their shiny faces looking up,

searching for their school year friend.


There’s a chair at each desk,

its legs politely tucked under,

patiently waiting to offer its support.


The cubbies stand along one wall,

only their memories hanging within,

anxious to be filled again with purpose.


The pencil sharpener has been polished

and its belly emptied,

hungry to grind out a day’s work.


The red, white and blue, ever at attention,

pledges a bright beginning

for the days to come.


And the Teacher’s desk sits,

looking out over the silent rows,

ready to lead the way.


Former Volney Fire Department members charged with larceny

by Carol Thompson

Four former members of the Volney Volunteer Fire Department, including two former chiefs, were charged Friday with stealing cash and supplies that they had allegedly billed to the department.

State Police charged Edward L. Weldin of 15 Red Schoolhouse Road, Fulton with two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony, and one count of official misconduct, a class A misdemeanor.

Roberta L. Weldin, also of 15 Red Schoolhouse Road, Fulton, was charged with two counts of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. The Weldins are accused of purchasing approximately $1,800 worth of building materials and supplies at Northern Concrete, charging them to the Fire Department Account and utilizing them for their personal benefit.

Edward Weldin is additionally charged for exceeding his fuel allowance by approximately $2,200 over a three-year period while he was a first assistant fire chief and while he was the fire chief.

Wesley M. Loomis, of 108 Weller Rd., Fulton, was charged with one count of third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony, and one count of official misconduct, a class A misdemeanor.

Loomis is accused of exceeding his fuel allowance by approximately $4,500 over a three-year period (2009-2011) while he was a first assistant fire chief, and while he was the fire chief.

Ronald Frawley, of 415A Howard Rd., Fulton was charged with one count of third-degree grand larceny and one count of official misconduct.

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County does not plan to spray for West Nile at this time

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County officials have decided to hold off aerial spraying for mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus.

The Town of Hastings board,  however, is the process of conducting its own aerial spraying.

Legislator Amy Tresidder has asked at the two most recent meetings of the legislature if spraying would take place. The answer was no each time.

Friday, Majority Leader Jack Proud issued a memo to legislators explaining the decision.

“In light of the Town of Hastings decision to spray for mosquitoes on their own, as chairman of the Health Committee, I want to bring you up to date on the status of the county’s mosquito control efforts,” Proud wrote. “First, the town board made its decision to spray based on local events and requests regarding West Nile Virus. As you know, Eastern Equine Encephalitis has not been detected in Oswego County yet this year.”

The memo continues, “Due to the unusually dry weather this year, mosquito populations in the county are very low, significantly reducing the risk to humans of infection. Onondaga and Oswego counties have held off on spraying so far this year.”

To date, mosquito samples taken from the New Haven and Central Square areas have tested positive for West Nile virus, however, as of press time, there has been no trace of EEE.

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Syracuse Shock rally for win against Monroe County Sting

by Rob Tetro

Late in the first half of its game against Monroe County Saturday, the Syracuse Shock trailed 14-0.

The Sting were on the march, poised to add points to their lead.

Deep in Syracuse territory, Monroe County Quarterback Bernard Williams took the snap from shotgun and threw a mid range pass over the middle to an open receiver.

At the last moment, the Shock’s D.P. Crowell emerged to lay a hit on the Sting reciever, which jarred the ball loose.

Crowell’s hit proved to be a blow that Monroe County could never recover from as Syracuse shut out the Sting from that point on en route to a 24-14 win.

The Sting scored twice in the first half, the last touchdown coming on an interception return.

Just after the jarring hit by Crowell, Syracuse running back DeWayne Gordon took a handoff and went nearly untouched 73 yards up the middle for the score. The Sting now led 14-7 with 4:56 left in the second quarter.

After forcing a Monroe County punt, the Shock got the ball back just before halftime. Unfortunately for Syracuse, Quarterback T.J. Sheard’s rough night continued. Sheard took the snap and was chased from all directions. He pinpointed a receiver and did a soft pump fake to draw some throwing space. Unfortunately for Sheard, it was another pass that was thrown up for grabs and intercepted. After throwing his fourth interception, Sheard was replaced by backup quarterback Duane Milton.

After the teams exchanged punts during the opening moments of the second half, another Syracuse penalty cost the Shock an opportunity to set up shop in solid field position.

After downs, Crowell gave the Shock solid field position after returning the Stings’ punt to midfield.

A couple of plays later, Gordon ripped off a run of nearly 40 yards, which brought Syracuse deep into Monroe County’s territory. Gordon brought Syracuse within a point of tying the game a couple of plays later with a four-yard touchdown run up the middle.

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