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Fulton girls lacrosse clinches regular season league title

by Rob Tetro

Going into its Senior Night game against Whitesboro Tuesday, if the Fulton girls varsity lacrosse team won the last two games of the regular season, it will clinch the regular season league championship.

During the second half of their game, Fulton held Whitesboro scoreless en route to a 15-3 win. The next day, the Lady Raiders went to Cortland with the opportunity to clinch.

Though it took three overtimes, Fulton returned home as champions following an exciting and dramatic 13-12 win over Cortland.

When Fulton took the field for its Senior Night game against Whitesboro, the first half proved to be a bit more competitive than expected.

The Lady Raiders had a 6-3 halftime lead. However, this contest proved to be the tail of two halves.

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Writing class for adults to be held in June

The CNY Arts Center will hold a class for adult writers entitled “Building Your Writing Muscle.”

Instructor Jim Farfaglia will teach this six-week class for beginning writers or experienced writers who are looking to develop better writing skills.

The class will be taught for six consecutive Thursdays beginning June 7. Class time will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will take place at the Fulton Public Library.

Topics to be discussed during the class include “Finding The Time To Write,” “How To Edit and Improve Written Work,” and “Strategies for Becoming a More Creative Writer.” Some time for students to share their writing will be provided.

There is a fee for the class. Information about the fee and how to register for the class may be obtained by visiting the center’s web site at

Those seeking information about the class can contact Jim Farfaglia at or at 402-2297.

Annual county audit underway

by Carol Thompson

The annual audit of Oswego County government finances is underway. This year, the county clerk’s office is included in the financial review.

County Treasurer John Kruk confirmed the annual review audit is in progress.

“We get audited every year,” he said. “We have to have an audit by law.”

The treasurer’s office is audited and each year a department is also selected. This year, Kruk said, the county clerk’s office was chosen.

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Alice Bocko, worked at Hunter Arms

Alice G. Bocko, 94; of Fulton died May 14, 2012 at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton.

She was born to the late Thomas and Helena (Dunbar) Goss of Fulton. She has remained a lifelong resident of Fulton.

Mrs. Bocko was a past member of the Holy Family Altar Rosary Society. She was past employed with Hunter Arms and the Fulton City School District.

She was pre-deceased by her husband of 64 years Arthur Bocko in 2008, brother Gordon Goss and sister Catherine Goss.

She is survived by her daughter Mary C. Wacker and her son-in-law Dustin Wacker both of Fulton and her grandson Craig Wacker Of Raleigh, N.C.

She is also survived by her brother Thomas Goss of Fulton, Brother-in-law Earl (Patricia) Bocko of Minetto,  and sister-in-law Anna Goss of Jacksonville, Fla., and her nieces, nephews and great and great great nieces and nephews.

There were no calling hours. Funeral Services wereheld March 18 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton. Rev. Robert Stephenson officiated.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Funding approved for asbestos study

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature voted May 12 to transfer $30,000 from a building renovations capital reserve fund to an asbestos study capital account to pay for testing of all county facilities.

The county is testing for asbestos in all its county facilities after an employee raised concerns at the Department of Social Services. Asbestos, not at dangerous levels, was located in some of the ceiling tiles at the DSS facility.

“Do we have a firm number about what this capital project will cost?” Legislator Shawn Doyle asked.

Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley said he did not have a firm cost, however, county officials have given an estimate of upward of $1 million.

County Administrator Phil Church said the budget transfer will cover the cost of some testing that has already been done and the testing of the remaining buildings.

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Valley Viewpoints: Friendships forged

by Robbin Griffin of Fulton

I wish to express my sincerest thanks to those of you that took the time to vote in the recent school-board election. I am grateful for the support of our budget and referendums. It was a great evening for our school district and its students!

I am also grateful for the many years that you allowed me to serve as one of your representatives on the board of education. Each election left me feeling humbled as well as grateful for your confidence and trust.

Throughout my years of service, I worked to balance the needs of our students with that of our community. I wish to thank everyone of you that ever reached out to me to express your opinions, allowing me to better understand the varied ideas and needs of our students and residents.

While we may not have always agreed, I always filed away the points of concern, which caused me to pause and consider other points of view before exercising my vote on the issues.

I wish to thank our state and federal leaders for making the time to meet with myself and others to share concerns, views and sometimes brainstorm for solutions to the many issues our schools faced over the last 21 years.

I must also thank my fellow board members throughout New York State, especially those from Oswego County who allowed me to work with them in an effort to make our collective voice heard in our state and federal capitols.

My thanks to the many administrators who helped educate me about the many needs of our students here and Fulton and Oswego County.

To the many folks who served on the Fulton board over my years of service, thank you for your commitment to making the board function effectively, thank you for the many things you each taught me and for the shared humor which made the work so much more enjoyable.

To the many teachers and students of the Fulton School District and Oswego County BOCES, thank you for the many moments you shared with me over the years. I am blessed to have had so many “first day of school” moments, opportunities to read to your students and presentations that you shared with the board.

So what is my take away from all this experience? I take with me many memories that include students of all ages (some now parents themselves), long nights working on policies, contract discussions, personnel issues and capitol project planning.

I take with me years of financial learning that changed my outlook on how things work in a community. I also take with me a hefty knowledge of what it takes to make a school district run in the 21st century.

If you haven’t been asking kids what they learned recently through their education studies, you are missing out on the significant changes that have been and continue to take place in our curriculum and classrooms. Lastly, and most importantly, I take with me the greatest surprise of community service: the many treasured relationships with those I was lucky to serve with locally and beyond. I didn’t expect to get anything for my board service but must admit that the time spent with our youth and the friendships I forged made all the late nights and difficult meetings seem insignificant in comparison.

Thank you all and thank you editor for providing coverage of the important work that occurs in our public schools.

Fulton Community Band and Dixieland Band to perform

The Fulton Community Band formed twenty years ago in February of 1992.

Paul Sherman, an art teacher at G. Ray Bodley High School and a performer of many musical instruments, sent out a notice to all teachers hoping to form a faculty band.

Due to lack of interest and available talent, Sherman talked to Carol Fox about the possibility of forming a community band and thus there was a beginning.

Community bands, over the past many years, have been springing up all over the country — such as in late l800s, early l900s with Sousa bands, etc.

In the immediate area, there are community bands in Baldwinsville, Red Creek, Phoenix and Fulton. Some of the performers play in all the groups.

Members of the Fulton Community Band are from Red Creek, Oswego, Phoenix, Chittenango, Cicero, Liverpool, Fairhaven, Parish, Baldwinsville and Fulton. Included are active and retired teachers, people from all walks of life ranging in age from high school students thru those in their 70s.

The band is active all year and has performed at local functions such as Memorial Day Salute, church bazaars, annual Christmas concert, historical society ice cream social, community band festivals, Bishop Commons and the new Pavilion Summer Series of Concerts.

The Fulton Community Band will take the Memorial Day Salute stage at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26.

An offshoot from the Fulton Community Band is the Dixieland Band, which is composed of seven members. They have performed several concerts at venues such as Memorial Day Salute, Snowfest at city hall and they are part of the Summer Series performing at the downtown gazebo.

The Fulton Dixieland Band will be playing at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26.

Hannibal, Oswego communities mourn the loss of Jack Tyrie Jr.

by Carol Thompson

The unexpected death of former Hannibal school teacher Jack Tyrie has left the community in mourning.

Tyrie was a social studies teacher in Hannibal. He retired last year after 33 years and was an adjunct professor at SUNY Oswego.

Tyrie also served as a councilman on the Town of Oswego Board and was later elected as the town supervisor.

Tyrie died Monday evening, leaving those who knew him in shock.

Oswego County Legislature Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he was in disbelief when he heard the news.

“Jack was a very  energetic and committed person to his family and his politics,” he said of his fellow Democrat. “He had a very good sense of humor.”

Legislator Amy Tresidder said she too is in shock over the news of the death of Tyrie. “Jack was one of those people who was always giving,” she said. “He offered joy, inspiration, service and friendship to anyone fortunate enough to have known him. I have not yet come to terms with this loss and I offer my most sincere condolences to his family.”

Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen said Tyrie was like family. “I was shocked,” he said. “I’ve known Jack for a very long time.  It’s more than losing a friend, it’s like losing family. I know Jack was a political guy but I didn’t know him that way. I knew him as a friend. He was a young man and he will be missed.”

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