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Fulton softball season comes to an end with sectional loss

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team’s season concluded last week with an 7-6 loss to Oneida in the Class A Sectional quarterfinals.

Before playing Oneida, the Lady Raiders rallied from four runs down to come away with an 8-7 extra innings win over Camden.

Fulton got off to a decent start against Camden May 24. The Lady Raiders scored two runs in each of the games first two innings.

Camden responded with six unanswered runs of its own during the top of the third and fourth innings to take a 6-2 lead.

During the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, Fulton met Camden’s response by scoring four unanswered runs to tie the game at 6-6. The game went into extra innings tied at 7-7 following an seventh inning where each team scored a run a piece.

Following Camden’s scoreless at bat, The Lady Raiders scored during the bottom of the eighth inning to clinch the one-run win.

Fulton was led by Lindsey Larkin, who had three hits and an RBI against Camden. Maureen McCann  finished with two hits and four RBIs.

Keisha Pierce, Ciarra Chapman, Ashley Cummins and Falecia Coleman comibed to tally eight hits and three RBIs for the Lady Raiders.

Larkin earned another win for Fulton on the mound. Larkin struck out 13 Camden batters while giving up seven runs on 11 hits.

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Valley Viewpoints: ‘Knit Picking’

by Rose Anthony of Fulton

Forty-five years ago, I met a gentleman, Carmen Vescio, who rented me a tavern in Granby.

April 26, 1967, I signed a lease. I have been in one of the toughest businesses for 45 years. I consider myself a very good business person. I was on the town board in Granby for 15 years. I decided to give it up and give another person a chance to represent the people. Those 15 years I gave 100 percent to each and every person in Granby for their benefits.

Today I still go to every monthly meeting. When I see something to question at the meeting, I question, not for my benefit, but for all the people in Granby.

I questioned Lori Blackburn and her insurance because I thought it should be questioned and people the taxpayers pay for it.

Last month a person got up before the council and said, “When is the knit picking going to stop?” Its not “knit picking” in my book to question how our tax dollars are spent.

In my book, when a person turns into the Bowens Corner church to vote, the people selling baked goods at the polls should be stopped because people coming in may be told not to vote for this person.

Do you know how many years they have been doing this? They no longer are allowed to sell at voting. This is “knit picking” looking out for your own benefit.

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Valley Viewpoints: Granby GOP

by Les Holmes, Granby GOP Committee Chairman

Ray Sullivan, the current Granby highway superintendent, won the last election. He was supported by Granby Supervisor Ed Williamson and town councilors Matt Callen, Lori Blackburn, Susan Richardson and Joe Cortinini.

Mr. Sullivan was also supported by a coalition of Democrats and Republicans from Granby’s South end led by Republican Les Johnson. Democrats Mike French, Fred Martin, Sharon Martin, Frank Fox and Rose Anthony and again Mr. Ed Williamson.

Martin and Williamson attested to Ray Sullivan’s credentials and Martin vetted and heavily endorsed Sullivan, which was published in The Valley News Aug. 31, 2011.

Les Johnson, who was proud to have served on the highway department, heavily endorsed Ray Sullivan and praised Rose Anthony (Valley News October 26, 2011).

Rose Anthony also supported Ray Sullivan for highway department superintendent and sported his campaign posters at her place of business.

This is an adverse group each with a political following that added up, can and did sway the Granby Republican Committee’s candidates in the last election!

To Rose Anthony: Why would one expect anything but nepotism when Sullivan was already a part-time employee of the Highway Department and the third potential highway department candidate that the above people approached and finally convinced to run for the office? The first two potential candidates declined.

The highway department looked hard for a candidate to recruit from within. The blue code of ethics rule, which exists in the Town of Granby Highway Department, extends to the employees families and friends.

Most employees’ attention is not on serving their town. It is focused on their bi-weekly pay, vacation, sick days and retirement. Just look at the snowplowing problems last winter, Also, was the roof on the highway department broken by snow or from a truck box raised from within the vehicle bay?

Lynn Moyer, the past highway superintendent, was in office for 16 years. He was an employee for Granby highway for 38 years.   Most town highway employees are friends or relatives of Moyers.  This organization has political roots.

An entity cannot expect to advance the sect of the species if the seed inside the sect is continually intertwined and there are no fresh ideas injected into the group. Stagnation and degeneration results within that sect and the strain weakens.

Labor is much the same. Without the threat of consequences, discipline in families is tough to administer, labor grows stagnant, lazy and irresponsible, hence, Rose Anthony’s letter in The Valley News.

I believe the above named people all have agendas. None of these people are on the Republican committee. For this reason and because of these kind of people, the town Republican committee exists and flourishes.

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Light In The Darkness: May 31, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” — Galatians 5:25

John Piper said, “The great problem in contemporary Christian living is not learning the right things to do but how to do the right things.  The problem is not to discover what love looks like but how to love by the Spirit.”   In other words, we need to learn to walk in the Spirit. This is not something we can do in our own strength.

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to empower us to do so, and He is absolutely indispensible in our walk. Just as a toddler needs to learn to walk on legs he has but has not yet learned to use…so we too, when we come to Christ, must learn how to walk in the Spirit…for the Christian life is nothing less than that.

When we walk in the Spirit we are actually fulfilling the prophecy made in Ezekiel 36:26-27 where God said, “A new heart I will give you and a new spirit I will put within you…I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes.”

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Poetry Corner: 33 1/3

by Jim Farfaglia

33 1/3

Today’s digital music holds nothing

compared to how I once held

those timeless vinyl discs,

each with a tiny hole that fit them

so neatly atop my turntable


where they slowly ran in circles

and where I gently set upon them

a diamond needle

and listened


as my favorite tunes

rose from those grooves,

each song just about three minutes long –

long enough to learn about life

or hell raisin’

or how to mend a broken heart.


And the records I loved over and over?

They wound up with crackles and skips

that became a part of those songs,

flaws weaving into each story

like my mishaps wove into mine.


And whenever life got boring

I could flip them upside down

and try out side B,

inviting those songs into the circle of my life,

letting them revolve around my world

thirty three and a third times

per minute.

Second Arts Fest to be held June 9 in Fulton

The second annual CNY Arts Center Arts Fest is scheduled for June 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fulton’s War Memorial.

The event will host more than 40 artists featuring handmade, original art including vintage jewelry, handcrafted wood items, stained glass, recycled and upcycled art items, pottery, paintings, cigar box guitars, home décor, bird houses, crocheted and quilted items, books and portraits among other unique offerings.

A Native American group will present its unique style of art and dance. The children’s art project booth, a popular feature last year, will return with new art projects children can make on the spot or take home for later enjoyment. There will be food vendors.

Dave Hawthorn will headline the entertainment while Merry Mischief Minstrels, a costumed acoustic duo will stroll through the crowd and keep the atmosphere festive.

Day Ja Voo, Ron Richards, and Sean Martin, a young blue grass fiddler and popular CNY Arts Center performer, will also entertain.

Arts Fest will once again host a talent competition observed by a panel of guest judges.

“We’re excited to offer a talent competition that will recognize top performers in each age category – dancers, storytellers, comedians, and unique talents alongside musicians and singers,” said Nancy Fox, president of the organization. “Arts Fest is a celebration of all the arts we represent as an organization. We encourage everyone from the youngest to the oldest to come and share their family-friendly talent. This is a great opportunity to appear before an audience and receive helpful feedback from our judges.”

The new nonprofit arts organization formed last year to establish an arts center for all arts and all ages.

“We anticipate reaching that milestone in the very near future where we will begin offering classes and performances,” Fox continued. “We expect to announce the location and an exciting calendar of arts programming before the school year ends. We will finally have a place to offer classes and workshops in a variety of topics and projects. It’s going to be an exciting summer.”

Fulton lacrosse advances following overtime thriller

by Rob Tetro

Both teams proved to be effective when the Fulton girls varsity lacrosse team played Watertown in the Section Class A semifinals Thursday.

The Lady Raiders held off Watertown for an exciting 12-11 win in double overtime.

Fulton got it done on both sides of the ball during the first half. The Lady Raiders took a three-goal lead into halftime. However, the roles reversed during the second half.

Watertown rallied to tie the game at 10-10 to force overtime by outscoring Fulton by three goals.

During the first overtime session, each team scored once to force a second overtime session. The Lady Raiders did what they had to do during the second overtime session.

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Sorbello to head committee formed to study former jail

by Carol Thompson

Following years of discussion, the Oswego County Legislature has yet to decide what to do with the former jail that sits across the Public Safety Center.

A committee has been formed to discuss the prospects for the ailing facility.

Legislator Morris Sorbello will serve as the chairman and legislators Linda Lockwood and Jake Mulcahey will round out the committee.

“We need to find out about an asbestos study,” Sorbello said, adding that the committee will hopefully conclude what to do with the building.

At one time in recent years, County Administrator Phil Church said there may be an interested developer.

He would not disclose the name of the developer to legislators and nothing more had been said at public meetings after the initial announcement.

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