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Robbie Bellinger scores first career modified win at Fulton

Robbie Bellinger scores first career modified win at Fulton looked to have a Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature win well in hand June 15 until lapped traffic came into play.

On that night, Ryan Phelps was able to run down and pass Bellinger on lap 28 of the 35-lap main and go onto the win.

This past Saturday night, he wasn’t going to let that happen again. Bellinger saw his lead disappear with three laps to go with a caution period that put some heavy hitters right with him for the restart and race to the checkers.

When the green came back out, Bellinger outran 26 time Fulton Speedway feature winner Billy Decker to the checkers. For Robbie Bellinger it was his first career win at Fulton.

Other winners on RFH’s Hideaway Night were, Dave Emmons, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Rick Miller, NAPA Late Model; Jeremy Dygert, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; Joe Isabell, Mod Lites; and Tim Dunn, Four Cylinder Stocks.

Tim Sears Jr. and Bellinger led the 800 horse power Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds down to the green with Bellinger grabbing the early advantage in the 35-lap feature.

With 10 laps complete, Bellinger and Sears ran within a car length of each other with Jim Witko alone in third. Behind the top-three, you could of thrown a blanket over Tom Sears Jr., Larry Wight, Chad Phelps and Billy Decker as they used every inch of the speedway fighting for fourth through seventh.

On lap 15, Bellinger and Sears still occupied the top-two spots as Witko started closing the gap on the top-two. Decker who started ninth and Wight showed in the top five.

With 20 laps showing on the scoring tower, Bellinger, still hugged the bottom of the speedway opening about a ten-car length lead over Witko who moved into second two-laps before. Sears, Decker and Wight were in a tight fight for third through fifth.

With 10 laps to go, Witko was still chasing Bellinger as the laps clicked off the lap counter towards the finish.

Decker ran alone in third as he tried to close the gap on the top-two, with Wight and Sears running fourth and fifth.

The last thing Bellinger wanted to see was a caution, and that happened on lap 32 for a slowing car. This put some heavy hitters right with Bellinger setting up a three-lap dash for the cash. When the green came back out,

Bellinger took off as Decker went to the top of the speedway moving into second and setting his sights on Bellinger. Bellinger didn’t flinch, hitting his marks and cruising the first under the checkers for his first career Fulton Speedway big block modified win. Billy Decker, Larry Wight , Jim Witko and Ryan Phelps finished second through fifth.

After doing the roof dance on his Thompson Road Tavern/Black-River Vending Services/JR U-Store/Westward Painting Co./No. 8R/ Bicknell, Bellinger talked about his big win.

“It’s been a long time here,” getting to victory lane,” he said. “We would be good early and seem to fade at the end. We were close the last time we were here.”

In the wild 20-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, Dave Emmons led every lap but his first ever win was anything but easy.

Emmons was able to hold off different drivers till points leader Beth Schneider came into play when she took over second after coming from deep in the field on lap 13.

After dogging Emmons for six-laps Schneider moved to the top of the speedway on the last lap in an effort to get by the leader. Going down the back straight and into turn-three the pair were dead even setting up a drag race to the finish.

Exiting turn-four, Emmons slid off the bottom and up the track getting into Schneider as she made contact with the wall and somehow kept control of her car that allowed Emmons to be first under the checkers by a mere .083 of a second at the checkers over Schneider. Gregg Kimball, Ron Davis III and Kyle Fink came home third through fifth.

Emmons motor was taken for inspection and the results of that inspection will be on the Fulton Speedway web site when completed.

Rick Miller is now on a hot streak as he won his third straight NAPA Late Model feature. Miller took the lead from Alan Fink on a lap 4 restart and never looked back out distancing Dale Caswell at the end of 20 laps.

Alan Fink, AJ Kingsley and Aron Backus, who only has a few starts ever in a Late Model finished third through fifth.

In the 15-lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature, Jeremy Dygert picked up the victory over points leader Gary Hoppins. Wade Chrisman, Hilary Ward and James Carlson came home third through fifth.

Joe Isabell grabbed the lead on lap 2 behind the wheel of his Scott Bloomquist designed Mod Lite and never looked back in his 15 lap victory. Alan Fink, Justin Williams, Rick Demo and Jeremy Isabell chased Isabell across the line.

Tim Dunn made a rare appearance in the Four Cylinder Stocks pay off. Dunn took the lead from defending track champion Skip DeGroff on lap 6.

Once out front, Dunn had to hold off late challenges from Kyle Young who was making his first start at Fulton.

Reapportionment plan decision will not be appealed

by Andrew Henderson

The legal challenge to the reapportionment plan approved by the Oswego County Legislature is being put on hold for now, according to Legislator Dan Farfaglia.

Oswego County Court Judge Norman Seiter recently dismissed the reapportionment lawsuit filed against the county. There was talk of an appeal, but that’s been put on hold.

“After careful thought and consideration, we are not appealing Mr. Seiter’s decision because of timing issues,” said Farfaglia, who was one of the 11 plaintiffs in the lawsuit. “But we are not done fighting this very questionable scheme. We are simply putting our efforts on hold and intend resume the legal battle to rectify this travesty later this year.

Every decade after the U.S. census is completed, most legislative bodies in this nation have to alter district lines so that they represent an approximately equal number of people per district.

“There are also a set of laws in place to guide this process, like not splitting towns and communities unnecessarily,” said Farfaglia. “These laws are not optional. The majority party members of the county legislature have ignored most of the rules in place in order to produce a politically-motivated plan that benefits no one but themselves.”

Farfaglia said that country residents will have to “tolerate the borders of many county legislative districts, which unnecessarily splits communities” for one term.

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Safe Haven Museum to be site of 2014 Ride to Remember

The Safe Haven Museum and Education Center, located in Oswego, has announced that it has been chosen as the host site of the 2014 Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance Ride To Remember.

The Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance is an umbrella organization consisting of 44 clubs worldwide and has over 8,000 members.

Each year, a site is chosen for the annual Ride to Remember to memorialize the victims of the Holocaust and to raise money for organizations that support and promote Holocaust education and awareness.

The Safe Haven Museum and Education Center is dedicated to keeping alive the stories of the 982 refugees from World War II who were allowed into the United States as “guests” of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to escape the horrors of the Holocaust.

These refugees were housed at Fort Ontario in Oswego from August 1944 until February 1946.

“Safe Haven tells a very unique story as this shelter was the only one of its kind in the United States,” said Judy Coe-Rapaport, president of Safe Haven’s board of directors. “We are proud and honored to be chosen by the Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance for this memorable event.”

The Ride to Remember event will take place June 19-21 of 2014. This year, the event took place in Orange County, California and in Toronto, Canada in 2012. In the last nine years, the organization has raised over $400,000 for Holocaust awareness.

In conjunction with the Ride to Remember event, the museum will also be commemorating the 70th reunion of refugees and their families.

It will be the first time some of these people will have visited Oswego since leaving in 1946.

“We want the story told and how nice to celebrate 70 years with survivors and their families who were lucky enough to come to Oswego,” said Betsy Ahrens, president of the Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance.

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Fulton CYO gets ready for Summer Recreation Program

Participants in last year’s Catholic Charities’ CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program enjoyed a visit by Education Coordinator Ashlea Vilello of Rosamond Gifford Zoo, who is holding a Honduran Milk Snake. The visit was one of the many presentations and activities offered through the CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program, which begins this year Monday, July 8.
Participants in last year’s Catholic Charities’ CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program enjoyed a visit by Education Coordinator Ashlea Vilello of Rosamond Gifford Zoo, who is holding a Honduran Milk Snake. The visit was one of the many presentations and activities offered through the CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program, which begins this year Monday, July 8.

The CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County will begin Monday, July 8 and will continue through Friday, Aug. 23.

The Summer Drop-in Recreation Program is offered free of charge to children in grades 2-8 in Oswego County and is held Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration Forms can be picked up at the CYO or Main Office of Catholic Charities of Oswego County at the same address Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Children enjoy a variety of special events and activities designed to aid them in learning good sportsmanship, how to work as a team, positive interaction with peers and staff, and meeting and making new friends.

Plus, each day the youth engage in structured and non-structured activities that will help them grow both physically and mentally.

Children may attend the CYO Summer Drop-in recreation Program, daily or weekly if they choose too.

Activities in the CYO Summer Drop-in Program include daily recreational activities, special presentations and awareness groups, arts and crafts, and more.

According to CYO Coordinator George Timmins, the CYO Summer Drop-In Recreation Program will have something for all ages and offers youth a wide variety of recreational and educational activities, including themed weeks, tennis instruction courtesy of the USTA Tennis Association, a week with the Girl Scouts, a presentation from the Roseamond Gifford Zoo to be held at the Fulton War Memorial, and other special events at the War Memorial.

Additionally youth will have access to the CYO game room that includes X-Box, Wii games, billiards, basketball, ping pong, foosball, along with other fun activities.

The CYO’s trained staff supervises all activities and assists all participants as needed to ensure that they receive the full benefits of the program as well as help in their physical and emotional development.

Children receive a free breakfast and lunch daily through the USDA Summer Feeding Program sponsored by Oswego County Opportunities or they can bring their own if they wish to.

Those wishing to receive breakfast or lunch are encouraged to confirm the day before that they will be attending the summer program.

Breakfast will be served 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. and lunch will be served noon to 12:45 p.m.

Those seeking more information on the program may call Timmins at 598-3980, ext 254. 

STOP-DWI detail planned for Fourth of July weekend

by Andrew Henderson

Oswego County police agencies will be participating in a special enforcement effort to stop drunk driving.

According to Oswego County STOP-DWI Program Coordinator Robert Lighthall, the statewide STOP-DWI detail begins today and ends July 8.

Fourth of July Weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving, said Lighthall.

New York State Police, county sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths.

The Fourth of July STOP-DWI is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association.

Throughout the remainder of the year, the campaign will also target Labor Day weekend, Halloween and the Christmas season in December.

“The residents and visitors of Oswego County should be able to enjoy Independence weekend,” Lighthall said. “Oswego County law enforcement agencies will do their part to ensure our roadways are safe, by vigilantly and aggressively removing drunk drivers from our highways.”

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers, said Lighthall.

Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving, he noted.

Poetry Corner: All For a Dollar

by Jim Farfaglia

All For a Dollar

 

It still buys the daily paper,

a couple of postage stamps

or a cup of coffee at the diner.

 

It still lights the eyes of a child

and brings a smile to their face

when we buy a streetside lemonade.

 

It still folds up neatly

and slips into a bucket at holiday time;

yes, it still funds a dream – ours or another’s.

 

And it still holds its purpose

as we hold one in our hand –

Mr. Washington looking up in earnest,

reminding us to use it for the good.

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UConn Huskies star visits Fulton basketball summer camp

Cicero-North Syracuse High School graduate and Connecticut Huskies forward Brianna Stewart visited the Fulton basketball summer camp June 27. From left are Fulton boys varsity basketball coach Matt Kimpland, Stewart, and Fulton girls varsity basketball coach Derek Lyons.
Cicero-North Syracuse High School graduate and Connecticut Huskies forward Brianna Stewart visited the Fulton basketball summer camp June 27. From left are Fulton boys varsity basketball coach Matt Kimpland, Stewart, and Fulton girls varsity basketball coach Derek Lyons.

by Rob Tetro

Cicero-North Syracuse High School graduate and Connecticut Huskies forward Brianna Stewart visited the Fulton basketball summer camp June 27.

Fulton’s summer basketball camp is in its fourth year and is operated by boys and girls varsity basketball coaches Matt Kimpland and Derek Lyons.

Assisting Kimpland and Lyons with the camp is modified and junior varsity basketball coaches and current players in each of the basketball programs.

According to Lyons, the camp has grown in the four years since it began. This year, 60 campers between the fourth and eighth grades attended the camp.

Lyons suggested that current players in the program play a key role in the camp. He considers players on modified to varsity teams to be camp counselors because of their previous participation in the camp.

Serving as camp counselors also allow the current players to help develop the family atmosphere the Fulton coaches are trying to establish.

Lyons said that the camp is an eye opening experience for every player in the program.

Modified and junior varsity players watch the varsity teams play Friday nights during the season and see where they could end up.

Coaches believe that it’s a benefit to both programs that the camp allows varsity players to help junior varsity and modified players while they are helping the campers.

Campers rotated to and from five stations that aim to develop  fundamental abilities. Though the coaches hoped to touch on as many fundamental skills as possible, campers took part in stations that aimed to develop ball handling, shooting, defensive slides, rebounding and footwork skills.

Stewart took part in a station that allowed players to try to score on her in a one-on-one situation. Given her length, the players faced next to impossible odds of scoring against her.

Lyons said Stewart is an incredible basketball player whose presence left everyone in awe with how helpful and caring she was towards the campers.

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Four county libraries receive special state grants

 

by Andrew Henderson

The libraries in Phoenix, Parish, Pulaski and Williamstown are recipients of grants from the State of New York, according to Senator Patty Ritchie.

Ritchie said she secured special funding for 25 area libraries and two library networks serving local communities.  The libraries — 15 in Jefferson County, six in St. Lawrence and four in Oswego — will share $85,000 in special funding that’s in addition to a $4 million increase in state budget aid for libraries statewide.

“Today’s libraries are more than just places to find a great book,” the senator said. “They are community centers that serve as excellent resources for researchers, job-seekers and families living on a budget.”

The Phoenix library is getting over $12,500 to repair its roof and enact energy-saving measures, according to Assemblyman Will Barclay.

“Our libraries provide access to vital information for the public, as well as host programs offering culturally enriching opportunities,” said Barclay. “These construction grants will greatly assist in providing the crucial infrastructure repairs our libraries need to continue serving our communities.”

More than 40 percent of library buildings across New York are over 60 years old and another 30 percent are more than three decades old. Many of the state’s libraries are unable to accommodate users with disabilities, are energy inefficient, cannot provide Internet and computer and other electronic technologies to users because of outdated and inadequate electrical wiring and do not have sufficient space to house the library’s expanding collection.

Ritchie serves on the recently re-formed State Senate Select Committee on Libraries. The Senate’s former leadership eliminated the library panel. Ritchie was appointed a member of the panel in 2012.

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