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Erin McKinstry, an registered nurse for Oswego Health, spray-painted a toilet purple and dropped it off to a neighbor to raise money for the Oswego Health Team for Relay for Life. The purple toilet has since sat in nearly 18 yards in the City of Fulton, sparking a conversation from those who pass it.

Purple toilet raises money for Relay for Life

Erin McKinstry, an registered nurse for Oswego Health, spray-painted a toilet purple and dropped it off to a neighbor to raise money for the Oswego Health Team for Relay for Life. The purple toilet has since sat in nearly 18 yards in the City of Fulton, sparking a conversation from those who pass it.

by Nicole Reitz

The Oswego Health Team for Relay for Life was tired of baking cookies to raise money for cancer research, so they took their own approach.

Erin McKinstry, an registered nurse, visited the American Cancer Society web site for fund-raising ideas and decided that she would spray paint a toilet purple and drop it off to a neighbor.

The tactic may look like a neighborhood prank, but its purpose is to raise money to fight cancer.

The purple toilet has sat in nearly 18 yards in the City of Fulton, sparking a conversation from those who pass it.

Tuesday, it sat on the lawn of Councilor Jay Foster, who lives on Buffalo Street. Foster said that children walking by have asked about the toilet and why it’s in the front yard.

Foster, a cancer survivor, hopes that someday soon scientists will come up with an answer for cancer. He isn’t ashamed to have a purple throne on his lawn, since he proudly supports the work of the American Cancer Society.

The way the fund-raiser works is that if the purple toilet ends up on your lawn, the owners of the home can pay $10 to have it removed from the premises, $20 to have it removed and put on a friend of their choices lawn, or $30 to have it removed, put on a friends lawn, and have it never return again.

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Joseph Pfeifer, Merchant Marine

Joseph C. Pfeifer, 85, a resident of Oswego, died May 29, 2012, at home surrounded by his family.

Born in Minetto, he was the son of the late Joseph F. and Helen (Routcliffe) Pfeifer.

He was a member of the Merchant Marine during World War II. He worked as a tow motor operator for 50 years at Sealright Co. and retired in 1992.

He enjoyed gardening, hunting, and fishing and was an avid Yankees fan. He was a trustee of St. Louis’s Church for over 20 years.

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The United States Army has formed a sponsorship alliance with the Tri-Oswego 2012 Triathlon, scheduled for June 16th in Oswego. Shown pictured recently at the United States Army Recruiting Station in Oswego are, from left, Jamie Fancett, SSG, US Army; Station Commander Brian Gibson, SSG, US Army; and Shane Broadwell, Tri-Oswego race director. 

U.S. Army joins forces with second annual Tri-Oswego Triathlon

The United States Army has formed a sponsorship alliance with the Tri-Oswego 2012 Triathlon, scheduled for June 16th in Oswego. Shown pictured recently at the United States Army Recruiting Station in Oswego are, from left, Jamie Fancett, SSG, US Army; Station Commander Brian Gibson, SSG, US Army; and Shane Broadwell, Tri-Oswego race director.

The United States Army has formed a sponsorship alliance with the Tri-Oswego 2012 Triathlon, scheduled for June 16 in Oswego, New York, according to Shane Broadwell, Tri-Oswego race director.

The United States Army Recruiting Station, under the direction of Station Commander Brian Gibson, is taking the lead role in its plans for the Tri-Oswego event.

According to Staff Sergeant Gibson, the U.S. Army will be contributing transition towels for the Tri-Oswego athletes, and will also be providing a variety of fitness and health-related activities, displays including the United States Army H3 Hummer, as well as numerous United States Army recruits as volunteers for the event.

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County’s mosquito surveillance program underway

by Carol Thompson

The 2012 mosquito season is in full swing and the Oswego County Health Department has begun its surveillance program.

Toad Harbor and Big Bay swamp areas are usually the first places the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus appears each summer. However, last year it appeared in a few places around Oswego County at the same time.

“We have doubled the number of mosquito trap sites over a greater area of the county due to the high level of EEE activity over the last few years,” said Dr. Dennis Norfleet, public health director of the Oswego County Health Department. “In addition, the state’s laboratory will allow a greater number of mosquito samples to be sent in for testing.”

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Syracuse Shock to kick off season Saturday in Fulton

by Rob Tetro

The Syracuse Shock Minor League Football Team of the Empire Football League will be playing its home games at The Fulton Athletic Complex this summer.

The Shock will make its Fulton debut when the season kicks off Saturday against second ranked South Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. There is a general admission fee.

Syracuse Shock President and Head Coach Ken Anderson hopes to bring Fulton a different but fun summertime experience.

“We hope that the fans see a high level of football and enjoy doing something a little different on a Saturday night,” he said. “We hope to bring a fast and hard hitting team to the field.”

In minor league football, there is not a player draft nor can players be traded. Teams are put together by local athletes who simply have a strong passion for the game. However, if a player wants to play on a particular team, they must sign a one-year contact with that team.

Once the yearly contact is signed, a player is not allowed to play for another team in the league until the player is released. However, players are allowed to move to a team outside of the league without needing an official release.

At the end of the season, minor league football has a playoff scenario. The top six teams in the league standings move on to the playoffs. The teams who advance to the playoffs are seeded based upon their record with the top two seeds earning a first round bye.

During the first round, the third-seeded team plays the sixth-seeded team while the fourth-seeded team takes on the fifth-seeded team.

During the second round of the playoffs, the number-one seed takes on the highest remaining seed while the second seed plays the second highest remaining seed.

The league championship is decided during the third week of the playoffs when the winners of the previous weeks games’ play each other with the highest remaining seed earning home field advantage.

Once the playoffs have concluded, many teams are invited to play in post-season tournaments, which could set up a chance to play for a national championship.

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Valley Viewpoints: No walking fee

by Frank Castiglia of Fulton

Do you remember when we had a beautiful downtown, you could swim for free, go fishing for free and go for a walk or even drive around North Bay for free. They are all gone like yesterday.

That’s right, I did say walk around North Bay for free is gone. About two weeks ago, I was told by my wife that a notice was in The Valley News saying that for a small fee you can walk from Bullhead Point into and around North Bay campground. I checked to see what the small fee is to walk into North Bay. It is $20, but that is for the season. Now, this fee is for everyone taxpayer or not.

Let’s take a real good look at this. A few years ago, the city officials were bragging about the completion of the walking trail leading from Bullhead Point to North Bay and how nice it was. Now the last time I checked, North Bay campgrounds is leased in the City Hall of Fulton by Granby. The walking trail was made by city workers. The money for the lease comes from tax dollars. The money to make the trail came from tax dollars (be it federal or state).

So, why should I or any other homeowner taxpayer from the City of Fulton have to pay a dime to walk, fish, or ride a bike or drive a car through North Bay Campgrounds.

Now I think I know the reason why, but I will go to Tuesday, June 5 common council meeting to find out why.

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