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Simmons finally breaks through for elusive Oswego SBS win

Jason Simmons has been racing around Oswego Speedway for seven years and Saturday night he finally took his D&S Landscaping No. 98 machine to victory lane.
Jason Simmons has been racing around Oswego Speedway for seven years and Saturday night he finally took his D&S Landscaping No. 98 machine to victory lane.

Jason Simmons has been racing around Oswego Speedway for seven years and Saturday night he finally took his D&S Landscaping No. 98 machine to victory lane.

Simmons and early race leader Mike Bruce swapped the lead on a couple different occasions with Simmons eventually locking down the race lead at lap 22 to go onto the Tony White Memorial win over Bruce, Dalton Doyle, Russ Brown, JJ Andrews, Mike Bond, Jon Tesoriero, Tim Gareau, Kreig Heroth, and Jack Patrick.

“It feels great, finally,” said Simmons. “Seven years it has taken, and it’s too long. My guys have been busting their butts for years with me: Brian Dana, Mikey O’Connor. You know, these guys have never left my side, they believed in me, and we finally put it together.”

Simmons went on to explain how the night unfolded, including his tremendous battle with Mike Bruce for the race win in lapped traffic.

“We were fast in the first warm-up, but we struggled in the second warm-up and in the heat,” said Simmons. “The guys hit it on the money in the feature. I didn’t want to tear my car up in lapped traffic; I was trying to be cautious.

“I saw him (Bruce) out there and I was racing him hard, but I knew I was faster,” he added. “I was a little discouraged when he got by, but I knew we would get back by him, and we did it and that’s all that mattered.”

The evening’s Nice Price Auto Sales “Up & Comer” award recipient and the winner of the Sherwood Racing Wheels “Lap Leader” award was Jason Simmons.

The D&S Landscaping “Hard Chager” award went to Jeremy Pitcher, in the TNT Motorsports No. 14, for the second week in a row.

The White’s Car Care “4th place” award, given in honor of Tony White each week at the Speedway, was won by Russ Brown.

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race wins were awarded to Kreig Heroth, Mike Bond, and Tim Gareau.

Bond will be credited as the first driver to unofficially clock a lap of under 19 seconds in an SBS machine with a lap of 18.939 seconds on the way to his heat race win.

No driver in the history of the division has ever scored a lap under 19 seconds on the AMB transponder scoring system at Oswego Speedway.

Oswego Speedway will next be in action Saturday, June 1.

Grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. with racing beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Farm bill should not be approved

by Nancy Weber, President Oswego County Farm Bureau

Farming in New York is under attack once again by people who have never set foot on a farm, but think they know best how a farm should operate.

The New York Assembly, led by New York City lawmakers, passed the unnecessary Farm Workers Fair Labor Practices Act.

There is already a long list of state and federal protections that over see everything from workplace housing to health and safety standards to wages.

The Farm Labor Bill is also pushing for mandatory overtime on an individual eight-hour work day and collective bargaining. These may work for a factory, not a family farm.

If employees should choose to strike during a critical week of harvest, a year’s livelihood could be lost. Our dairy cows in need of milking would also be put in harm’s way.

Mother Nature dictates the work schedule, not the farmer.  Overtime will force many farmers to limit workers to eight hour shifts and seek other employees to fill in the gap. The migrant farm workers who choose to come to this country to work hard for a given-season would be shortchanged.

Other farmers may simply choose to grow less labor intensive row crops, giving up on planting fresh fruits and vegetables. The legacy and landscape of agriculture in New York will undoubtedly change.

In the end, farmers treat their employees well because it is not only the right thing to do, but because the farmers depend on their workers for important jobs.

If an employee was treated unfairly, they would simply find work elsewhere or not return the following year.

I would like to thank Assembly Member Will Barclay and Bob Oaks who stood up for farms and farm families by voting “no” on this bill.

We encourage you to write or call Governor Cuomo and your state Senator and explain that if this bill should pass, farmers and farm employees will be hurt. Sincerely,

Legislature chairman names new committees

by Carol Thompson

Newly elected Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Garnder has changed some of the committee assignments — much to the ire of some of the Democrat legislators.

Gardner removed Legislator Doug Malone from the Finance and Personnel Committee and moved him to Economic Planning and Development.

“It’s punishment,” Malone said when he learned he had been removed from what is considered by some as the most prestigious committee.

Malone said he feels he is being punished for reporting the allegations that there may be pornography in some of the county highway department computers.  Malone reported three incidences and so far, one of the allegations has been proven.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he was not pleased that he was not consulted in regard to the changes prior to them being made.

Traditionally, the majority and minority leaders are consulted for committee assignments.

Gardner did not return a telephone message left at his office Thursday afternoon and when contacted late Friday morning, it was stated that he had left for the day.

The county offices were closed Monday for Memorial Day.

There were no changes made to the Government, Courts and Consumer Affairs Committee and the Health Committee remained unchanged.

Legislator Milferd Potter was moved to the Infrastructure, Facilities and Technology Committee. Kunzwiler said Potter requested the move.

Legislator David Holst was named as vice chairman of the committee, replacing Gardner, who as chairman no longer serves a committee.

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Oswego Music Hall to hold gala season finale with Jacob Johnson

The Oswego Music Hall’s gala season finale show will be held Saturday, June 1 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The year-end show will featurs performer, singer and songwriter Jacob Johnson, pictured, who is developing a loyal following for what he describes as “neo-acoustic folk/funk” music.
The Oswego Music Hall’s gala season finale show will be held Saturday, June 1 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The year-end show will featurs performer, singer and songwriter Jacob Johnson, pictured, who is developing a loyal following for what he describes as “neo-acoustic folk/funk” music.

The Oswego Music Hall’s gala season finale show will be held Saturday, June 1 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The year-end show will featurs performer, singer and songwriter Jacob Johnson, who is developing a loyal following for what he describes as “neo-acoustic folk/funk” music.

This five-hour extravaganza includes two sets from Johnson, an Emerging Artists Showcase that highlights area musicians, and a complimentary sunset reception on the deck featuring gourmet desserts.

Dinner is available for purchase. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available for sale.

Tickets are required for the dinner, but all performances and the sunset reception are free for Music Hall members. There is a fee for non-members. Tickets are available online or at River’s End Bookstore.

Johnson is coming to Oswego between gigs in Portland, Maine and Ocracoke, N.C. at the Ocrafolk Festival. He has shared stages with songwriters such as Edwin McCain and David Wilcox, and hangs out with guitarist such as Tommy Emmanuel and Tim Reynolds, who is the right-hand man to Dave Matthews.

The Emerging Artists session will include Cameron Caruso, Christopher Battles, Christine Tupe (and friends), Gary Carpentier, and Kholton Pascal.   These singers all hail from Oswego except Kholton, who’s from Syracuse and Auburn

Those seeking more information may call-342-1733.

County ordered to pay more money to JWJ Industries

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature approved the payment of $10,951 to JWJ Industries of New Haven last month.

The payment was ordered by Senior Judge Thomas J. McAvoy of the United States District Court Northern District of New York.

The payment is for legal fees incurred by the plaintiff, Jeffrey Holbrook, owner of JWJ Industries.

The county and the company have been in a legal battle since the legislature passed a flow control law in October 2008.

In 2011, the court ruled that Oswego County’s flow control law, mandating that all waste generated within the county be taken to a county owned facility, is unconstitutionally vague.

The court took issue with the flow control law for authorizing and encouraging arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement and ruled that it was unconstitutional for vagueness as written.

Holbook claimed his business declined by 25 percent since the law took effect Jan. 1, 2009.

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Fulton softball ends regular season with win over Mexico

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team concluded the regular season May 16 with a win over Mexico.

After a scoreless first inning, Fulton jumped out to a 2-1 lead during the second inning. However, Mexico stormed ahead during the third inning. The Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Raiders by two runs to take a 5-4 lead.

Fulton took over from there. The Lady Raiders scored six unanswered runs during the fifth and sixth innings to come away with a 10-5 win.

Fulton’s regular season comes to an end with a 10-6 record, which qualifies them for the sectional playoffs.

The Lady Raiders will host New Hartford tomorrow night.

Mexico was led by Holly Reitmeier, Chelsea Roach and Brooke Wills, who all had a hit and an RBI.

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Phoenix baseball loses last two games of regular season

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity baseball team lost back-to-back games to conclude the regular season.

Marcellus stormed past Phoenix May 15 to even the season series between the two teams. A day later, Westhill came away with a win over the Firebirds.

Phoenix finishes the regular season with a record of 8-8, which qualifies the team for the sectional playoffs.

The Firebirds took on Canastota on Tuesday in an opening-round game.

Marcellus overcame an early deficit to rally past Phoenix. After a scoreless first inning, the Firebirds took a 2-0 lead during the top of the second inning.

Marcellus took control of the game from there. During the next two innings, Marcellus scored two runs to tie the game. Marcellus put the game out of reach during the fifth and sixth innings, scoring four runs to come away with a 6-2 win.

Leading the way for Phoenix was Bryce Plante, Justin Suttliffe and Adam Thoryk, who all had a hit.

On the mound, Emilio Tassone finished with five strikeouts while allowing six runs on 11 hits in six innings of play.

Westhill proved to be a little too much for the Firebirds May 16. Westhill got off to a decent start, jumping out to a 2-1 lead during the first inning.

After three scoreless innings, Westhill added to its lead. During the fifth and sixth innings, Westhill scored two more runs to take a 4-1 lead over Phoenix.

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.

What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

We’re headed out of the building for a few weeks with our float in the Memorial Day parade. United We Stand for our country, our community and the arts! Look for us in our best patriotic costumes and smiles on our faces.

The following week, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., an open house for our new gallery “Arts in the Heart,” located at 47 S. First St., Fulton, will be held. Come visit, take a walk through, enjoy Marcella Slater on the harp from 2 to 4 p.m., and see the display of some of the finest art in the heart of CNY.

The official ribbon cutting will be held June 5 at 11 a.m. just before Tunes in June.

We’ll also be open during Farmer’s Market every Saturday so stop by when you’re at the market, on your lunch hour during the week, or whenever you’re downtown. Make time to see what’s new at Arts in the Heart Gallery open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours are subject to change.

The third annual Arts Fest will be held June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the War Memorial Community Center Ice Rink. There will be crafters and artists, entertainment, a talent competition, art projects for kids, food, and prizes. There will be more than vendors to browse.

Talent is still being sought for the talent competition to be held during Arts Fest from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lois Dixon and the Olives and Tom Eagan will each perform onstage following the competition, which awards prizes in three age categories plus a new category for bands just added. And there is still room for vendors. Talent and vendors can register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

A six-week Digital Photography 101 class will be making a return to the center June 4 at 6 p.m. Students can take one or all six classes and learn the basics of taking photographs with a digital camera. A single lens reflex digital camera is recommended, but not required.

The class is taught by Kendra Matott, studio arts coordinator and featured artist of the Month at Arts in the Heart Gallery.

une 4 is another Ink Class with Bonnie McClellan from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Students will work on buildings and scenery, using Fulton’s history as models.

June 9 brings the monthly Writer’s Café from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This informal gathering for local writers and people who enjoy writing is the perfect place to share your writings and enjoy the work of others like yourself. All genres welcome. Contact Jim Farfaglia at  402-2297 or sjimf903@twcny.rr.com.

A new class is coming June 15, Woodworking for Beginners, for ages 10 and up 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.

The center is located in the lower level of State Street 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 fee. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and look for us here every week with the latest classes and events.