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Fulton comes up short against ES-M

by Rob Tetro

The fifth inning proved to be pivotal during the Fulton Varsity softball team’s game against East Syracuse-Minoa Wednesday.

The Lady Raiders scored five runs to rally ahead for a brief lead. Unfortunately for Fulton, East Syracuse-Minoa tacked on a late run to escape with a 7-6 win.

East Syracuse-Minoa jumped out to a quick lead on Fulton. By the end of the second inning, East Syracuse-Minoa led 3-0. During the top of the fourth inning, the Lady Raiders got onto the scoreboard, which cut East Syracuse-Minoa’s lead down to 2 runs at 3-1.

Fulton kept it going during the fifth inning. The Lady Raiders exploded for a five runs for a 6-3 lead.

by Rob Tetro

The fifth inning proved to be pivotal during the Fulton Varsity softball team’s game against East Syracuse-Minoa Wednesday.

The Lady Raiders scored five runs to rally ahead for a brief lead. Unfortunately for Fulton, East Syracuse-Minoa tacked on a late run to escape with a 7-6 win.

East Syracuse-Minoa jumped out to a quick lead on Fulton. By the end of the second inning, East Syracuse-Minoa led 3-0. During the top of the fourth inning, the Lady Raiders got onto the scoreboard, which cut East Syracuse-Minoa’s lead down to 2 runs at 3-1.

Fulton kept it going during the fifth inning. The Lady Raiders exploded for a five runs for a 6-3 lead.

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Appeal likely in clerk case

by Carol Thompson

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

“Judge Seiter dismissed our proceeding. We are waiting for the order to be prepared,” said Scott Chatfield, who represents APS Information Services and its owner, Aaron P. Smith.

Chatfield said he will obtain a copy of the judge’s written decision as for the reasons for dismissal and will review the information.

“It’s highly likely an appeal will be filed,” Chatfield said.

The lawsuit was filed to challenge Williams’ charging a fee for criminal record searches. The lawsuit contends 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.

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Grievance Days to be held

by Andrew Henderson

Local taxpayers can challenge their property assessments during upcoming Grievance Days.

According to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, taxpayers should visit the Web site of their city or town to find their property assessments.

State law requires towns and cities to make assessment rolls available on the Internet and provide a link to the information from their home pages.

The City of Fulton will hold its Grievance Days May 22 while the towns of Volney and Schroeppel will hold theirs May 23.

The Town of Hannibal will hold its Grievance Day May 24 and the Town of Granby will hold its Grievance Day May 30.

Not sure how to grieve your assessment?

The Tax Department has created a number of useful videos and publications that help taxpayers understand property tax assessments. They’re available at www.tax.ny.gov.

Local online assessment rolls list each property’s assessed value, estimated market value and exemptions.

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Esther Goodale, 2010 GRB graduate

Esther V. Goodale, 20, of Fulton died Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Morningstar Residential Care Center in Oswego.

Born in Oswego, she was a life resident of the area. She was a 2010 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton and had worked as a crew member at Wendy’s in Fulton and at Carousel Mall. She enjoyed listening to music.

She was predeceased by her mother, Patricia Goodale who died Aug. 30, 2003.

Surviving are a brother, Christopher Goodale of Fulton, and maternal grandparents, Ann Goodale of Fulton and  Harold Goodale of Willseyville.

Calling hours will be held today, May 19 from  2 to 4 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. There are no services.

Contributions may be made to Morningstar Residential Care Center, Resident Activity Fund, 17 Sunrise Drive, Oswego, NY 13126.

Seven-year-old Michael Doney: The rest of the story

by Bob and Sandy Weston

Wednesday, April 4, The Valley News had a picture of seven-year-old Michael Doney and Kelly Hayden.

Michael had just presented the Hayden family $200 in gift cards substituting for the birthday gifts that he would have received. The family had lost everything in a fire and Michael wanted to do something to help them out, especially because Kelly is Michael’s classmate at Volney Elementary.

We were so impressed by the generosity of this young man that we wanted to know more about him. Contacting his mother, we made arrangements to meet with Michael’s dad Mike, mother Renee and three-year-old brother Walker. In doing so, we also met Jake (their beautiful three-legged dog) and Coco the guinea pig. We didn’t get the chance to meet their elusive cat Stinky.

Sitting down with the family in their lovely country home, we came to realize what a special relationship they all had and how far beyond his years Michael was and is in recognizing the needs of others.

His mother had worked as a guidance councilor for Social Services for 12 years. At age two-and-a-half, Michael began asking his mother to tell him stories about the kids she worked to help.

His mom told Michael that she interacted with families where the children lacked blankets, adequate food and clothing amongst other things. Michael always asked her if there was a way that he could help other kids. Giving considerable thought to his question, his mother asked him if he knew how lucky he was.

When his third birthday was approaching, Michael told his mom that instead of receiving gifts at his birthday party for family and friends, he wanted to give gifts to others.

After discussing with Michael that there were kids who had serious health problems, his mom contacted the Make-a-Wish Foundation for him. A note went out to his invited guests stating that he didn’t want presents. Instead he asked them to bring spare change to donate to a worthy cause.

Michael’s first magnanimous gesture resulted in $77 being collected for ill children. He received a gracious thank you note and a calendar from the foundation showing some kids and what they did with the money.

Asking Michael how he felt about what he did, he said, “I felt really good to help them out.”

When he was about to celebrate his fourth birthday Feb. 4, six weeks after Christmas when Santa was very generous, Michael said that for this birthday he wanted his guests to bring coats, hats and mittens for kids that didn’t have them. No gifts for Michael; just gifts for others. Collected at his birthday party, several items were sent to Social Services for children in need.

Continuing his wish to help other kids, Michael asked his mom prior to his fifth birthday where he should give his presents this year.

It was the year of the devastating tsunami so it was known that so many people had lost most if not all that they owned including the most basic of items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste.

For this birthday, the invitation specifically said not to bring any gifts; just the items he requested. Not knowing how to handle the items Michael collected, his mom contacted a nearby neighbor who was in charge of a Girl Scout group that was sending care packages and the items were sent.

His sixth birthday was no different than the others. He originally thought that he wanted to get blankets and items of this nature for the elderly.

Going over several different things, Michael finally decided that he wanted to buy games for the elderly. His mom contacted Michaud Nursing Home telling them what they wanted to do. She was told that being so close to Christmas, they didn’t need blankets or warm items but would be grateful to receive games.

The nursing home was having their game room redone and didn’t have any games. Along with the games, Michael’s guests were also very creative in bringing magnifying glasses and eye glass chain holders to his party.

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County historian defends position

by Carol Thompson

A request for information in regard to the duties performed by the Oswego County historian yielded few documents and raised the question as to whether the county legislature must follow state law.

Under the Freedom of Information Law, a request was made for all of the correspondence between County Historian Justin White and other town historians, including hard copies and e-mail as well as annual reports of activity that are required to be filed with both the county legislature and the state.

The county responded to the request by stating that there are no reports available and that no correspondence is maintained.

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School budget vote to be held this Tuesday

by Nicole Reitz

Residents of the Fulton school district will have the opportunity to vote Tuesday on the school district’s budget proposal.

The Fulton Board of Education approved a $62.39 million tentative budget April 10. The budget is $2.15 million increase from the current year budget.

The budget is supported by an increase of $1.2 million in state aid and a 1.9-percent increase in the local tax levy, which is below the two-percent tax cap. The board will also use $2 million from its reserve fund.

Over the past three years, the district has faced significant reductions to programs and supports, including the elimination of over 50 staff positions.

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Rural post offices saved from closure

by Carol Thompson

The United States Postal Services has reversed its decision to close many rural postal hubs throughout the country, however, many will see a reduction in hours.

For Oswego County residents, it means more than a dozen post offices will no longer be open eight hours per day.

The post offices slated for reduced hours under the new proposal include Pennellville, Hastings, West Monroe, Altmar, Orwell, Redfield, Richland, Williamstown, Cleveland, Lacona, Lycoming, New Haven and Martville.

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