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Former athletes reflect on Coach Mike Conners

by Rob Tetro

Nearly a week ago, the news became official.

The Oswego City School District’s web site acknowledged that Fulton’s Mike Conners was now its new football coach and athletic director.

The turn of events marked the conclusion of one of the most memorable coaching eras in the history of Fulton athletics.

Towards the end of 2011, Conners surpassed the 500 win mark as head coach of the Fulton varsity wrestling team. Overall, Conners led Fulton to 510 wins on the mat.

While at the helm of the Fulton varsity football team, Conners had a record of 110-54. Oddly enough, Conners’ last victory was a 22-8 win over Oswego in last fall’s season finale.

Conners influenced the lives of many during his 25 years as a coach, including Hannibal varsity cross country and track and field Coach Dan Pawlewicz, Army Sergeant Derrik Wise and former Syracuse University football player Jason Tanner.

Pawlewicz was a junior when Conners took over as head coach of the wrestling team in 1987. During his first year, the team had a 15-1 record, which put the Raiders in the top 5 in all of New York State.

Conners replaced another legendary coach in Wayne Bleau in 1987. Pawlewicz suggested that 25 years later, history is repeating itself.

“There is another set of huge shoes to fill,” Pawlewicz said.

During the 1988-89 season, Pawlewicz was a senior tri-captain on a team that proved to be among the best teams in the country. Conners led the Red Raiders to his first New York State High School Wrestling Championship following an undefeated season.

When Pawlewicz recalls his senior year as a tri-captain of one of the best wrestling teams in the country, there aren’t many words that come to mind that describe what that team was built on.

However, he pointed out that the athletes worked hard, showed dedication, set goals, understood tradition and acknowledged their teammates in a way similar to how they would acknowledge their own siblings.

Wise referred to Conners as a “total class act.”

He said that Conners has not only been an inspiration but he’s also been a motivator to athletes and other individuals during his tenure in Fulton.

Wise added that he is grateful for the positive influence Conners has had on his life.

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Oswego launches life jacket loaner program, free daily rentals

The City of Oswego announced it has launched its Life Jacket Loaner Program, which offers free daily rental of United States Coast Guard-approved Type III life jackets in children, youth and adult sizes.

All 70 life jackets for the loaner program were donated by the Pauldine family of Oswego.

“Our brother John drowned on the east bank of the Oswego River near the Port of Oswego dock when he was just 21 years old,” said Anthony Pauldine, owner of Canal Commons. “When our family heard that the city was developing the loaner program, we thought this would be a productive way to mark the 40th anniversary of his passing. We also hope that people will take advantage of this free rental opportunity to be safe on the water and ‘wear it’.”

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Roy Hodge

Hodgepodge: June 23, 2012

Roy Hodge

by Roy Hodge

I made a harsh discovery sometime during the first day of my retirement two years ago. I might be considered to be retired from my job at The Fulton Patriot which I held for over 50 years, but I found out on that first day that I wasn’t going to be fully retired. And, furthermore, I was going to have a boss.

At the same time I was considering that fact, my new boss was greeting me at the breakfast table and politely outlining a few things that I might want to do that day.

One of the rooms could use re-painting. There were a few things around the house, inside and outside, that could use some fixing up. Would you mind taking something to the Post Office for me? And so it went. At least I didn’t have to drive to Fulton.

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Legislator objects to taxpayers footing the bill for New Haven home clean up

by Carol Thompson

At the conclusion of the June 14 meeting of the Oswego County Legislature, Legislator Doug Malone said he is not pleased that the taxpayers of the county have to pay for the clean up of a Town of New Haven property.

The clean up work began Monday at the 3600 Co. Rte. 6 property, which has been littered with garbage. The property was declared a “public health nuisance” by the Oswego County Health Department.

The owner of the property, Harold Curran, died last August.

Oswego County is only permitted to clean up the garbage that poses a heath threat, but not the tons of other debris that litters the property.

Malone said he didn’t agree with the procedure taken to approve the expense. He said the legislature nor any of the standing committees were consulted prior to the clean up approval.

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Jerry’s Journal: June 23, 2012

by Jerry Kasperek

Sorrow came in bunches and spread across our community the last couple of weeks with the passing of Ioan (pronounced Yo-an) “Jonesy” Jones, Harvey “Jay” Seymour Jr., Loretta “Laurie” Munger, John “Jack” Walsh and Maureen “Mo” Caprin.

I knew Maureen Caprin because of her long-time friendship with my sister, Denise Roth. Even in later years, the two of them together were like delightful children, texting one another any time of the day or night just to produce a laugh.

Heartbreakingly, it was only 18 months ago that Denise wrote a eulogy for Maureen’s mother and now she has the same sad task for her dearest friend.

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Class of 1972 seeks classmate information for 40th reunion

The Oswego High School Class of 1972 is planning a 40th Class Reunion Oct. 5-6.

The committee is still looking for contact information and/or mailing addresses for the following classmates:

Dawn Abbott Townsend, Shirley Allen, Martha Barlow, Larry Boone, Deborah Carosella, Joann Colianno Dorgan, Harry Cook, Randall Cooper, Melody Curran Werder, Rose Ann DeGroff, Betty Delk, John Dubiel, Nora Eason, and Anne Edwards Cormier.

Also, David Finch, Rick Flood, Mary Jane Foster, Arlene Garrett, Barb Greeney Monihan, Bruce Howe, Jeff Jaskula, Jeanne Kavanaugh Wyman, Patrick Kavanaugh, Linda Klefbeck Falada, Don Knight, Wayne Kuzawski, Joe Lowery, William Manchester, Janet Marshall, Ann McIntyre, and Kevin Mooney.

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No order issued in clerk case

by Carol Thompson

The plaintiff and his lawyer in a case against the Oswego County Clerk have yet to receive the judge’s decision and order.

Aaron Smith of APS Information Services, the plaintiff, said his lawyer Scott Chatfield has received the transcript of the hearing held last month, however, the order is pending as of press time.

Chatfield said the Article 78 proceeding filed against Oswego County Clerk George Williams has been dismissed by Oswego County Supreme Court Judge Norman Seiter.

Smith said he intends to appeal Seiter’s decision, however, cannot do so until the order has been received.

The lawsuit was filed to challenge Williams’ charging of a fee for criminal record searches. The lawsuit contended that criminal records are public records and should be made available for public searches free of charge.

At issue, Chatfield said, is whether Williams, when charging the fee, is acting as the clerk of the court or the county clerk.

“The judge said he didn’t think it was appropriate for him to tell Mr. Williams how to run his office,” Chatfield said.

“The county clerk never contested the fact that the public is entitled to the information that is otherwise not protected by law,” he added, noting that the county attorney also has never taken the position that the public is not entitled to see the information.

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Oswego Youth Court will train new members in July

The Oswego Youth Court will hold a training class for new members from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 through 13 at Oswego City Hall. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 6.

Students in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to apply for Youth Court training.

“This program provides a valuable experience for its members,” said Dawn Metott, city youth coordinator for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.

“In addition to the benefit of helping their communities and influencing their peers in a positive way, members of Youth Court will learn or improve their public speaking, interviewing and writing skills.”

“Youth Court hears real cases of youthful offenders who are referred by local law enforcement agencies or schools for first time minor offenses,” said Brian Chetney, county youth coordinator for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “Students are trained to be judges, defense attorneys, prosecuting attorneys and court clerks. Members conduct hearings related to their cases and decide on the outcome and punishment for each case.”

The Oswego Youth Court Program is a Family Court diversion program designed to create a “new pathway” for troubled youth. The program also serves youth that commit crimes that are not usually entertained by Family Court.

Oswego Youth Courts are sponsored by the City of Oswego, the County of Oswego, the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

Applications can be obtained at any Oswego County school district guidance office, at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and at

Completed applications may be mailed to Oswego Youth Court, c/o Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, 13126.

Those seeking more information may contact Brian Chetney or Dawn Metott at 349-3575 or email