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Michael Barnes looks to ‘have fun’ in 2012

by Dan Johnson

“We want to finish races, have fun, and roll it on the trailer at the end of the night,” is how veteran supermodified driver Michael Barnes described what he is looking for out of his 2012 supermodified season at Oswego Speedway.

“That’s how we’re looking at it,” he continued. “Of course, we want to run well and win races, but we all get along and have fun. The way I’m looking at it is: this is my sophomore year of supermodified racing at Oswego Speedway.“

Barnes was tabbed by Pat and Terry Strong midway through the 2011 season to be the wheelman for the newer car out of the Plum Crazy stable. “I can’t thank Pat and Terry enough,” Barnes said with gratitude. “They gave me a chance to drive their second car, the newer car last year. They put the car together in ’09, but it didn’t see much track time.

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Michele Halstead, Michaud nurse’s aide

Michele A. Halstead, 56, of Fulton, died Monday, April 23, 2012 at University Hospital in Syracuse after a long battle with multiple cancers.

Born in Fulton, she was a life resident. She had worked as a nurse’s aide for 20 years at Andrew Michaud Nursing Home in Fulton.

Surviving are her mother, Elizabeth Merritt; a daughter, Denna (Santiago) Rodriguez; a son, Joshua Cooper; a sister, Sharon Wright; a brother, Donald Merritt; two granddaughters, Jasmine and Alejandrina; and companion, Rick Clark.

Calling hours and service were held Monday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Poetry Corner: Apple Blossoms

by Jim Farfaglia

They smile from slender branches,

happy to have survived the winter,

their sweet joy perfuming the air

whenever the wind happens through.


They drop off one by one

and gather on the new-green grass:

a fruit tree’s lucky coins,

tossed on a backyard wishing pond.


They look back at their yellow stars

still clinging to those limbs

and pregnant with the season’s harvest –

such a noble reason for a blossom’s falling.

Erika Johnson

Bodley Bulletins: May 2, 2012

Erika Johnson

by Erika Johnson

By this time of year, students are starting to count down.

There are 10 days until prom and 37 days until senior day and senior dinner dance!

It’s hard to believe but AP tests begin in five days! There are 40 days until the last day of classes and 51 days until graduation!

Hard to believe how fast this year is winding down!

Juniors and dates, remember to bring your prom contracts to Mrs. Hallatt by May 7 in order to attend the prom.

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Oswego Public Library to host money management and credit seminar

A free Credit Repair and Money Management Seminar will be held Tuesday, May 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Oswego Public Library, 120 East Second St.

The seminar teaches people how to create a positive credit rating from scratch, with simple methods, and how to keep good credit once established. Attendees will also learn how to clean up their credit file when they have a low credit score or a bad credit rating.

By taking the seminar, people will also gain valuable information about laws that change the credit reporting system and learn what their rights are in regard to credit reporting. Bad credit can prevent someonr not only from getting a loan, but also from getting a job.

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Wind power debate to continue

by Carol Thompson

An accord reached between New York State and the Obama Administration designed to hasten the development of offshore wind projects on the Great Lakes has resulted in the Oswego County Legislature taking up the issue once again.

The agreement revives the massive wind turbine project in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario that the state put on the back burner five months ago. The plan called for 150 offshore wind turbines in Western New York.

With the prospect of offshore wind turbines revived, the legislators fear the wind farms would be a detriment to the county’s fishing and tourism industry.

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Fulton laxmen defeat Corcoran 4-3

by Rob Tetro

Defense took center stage when the Fulton Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team took on Corcoran Saturday.

In a game where both keepers combined to save 22 out of 29 shots on goal, Fulton held on for a hard fought 4-3 win over Corcoran.

The Raiders did half of their scoring during the first quarter alone. They led Corcoran by a goal going into the second quarter.

During the second quarter, Fulton added to its lead. Following another goal, Fulton had a two-goal lead over Corcoran at 3-1.

Corcoran outscored the Raiders by a goal during the third quarter. With Fulton leading 4-3 going into the fourth quarter, neither team was able to score, which allowed The Red Raiders to hang on for the 1 goal win.

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Fulton softball hangs on for 6-4 over Chittenango

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team scored three late inning runs against Chittenango to ensure victory last Thursday.

With the game tied at 3-3 going into the sixth inning, The Lady Raiders outscored Chittenango by two runs during the game’s final two innings en route to a 6-4 win.

Chittenango scored first and took a 1-0 lead during the bottom of the first inning. During the top of the third and fourth innings, Fulton responded with three runs to take a 3-1  lead.

Chittenango tied the game with two runs during the bottom of the fourth inning. During the top of the sixth inning, Fulton scored to go ahead 4-3. The Lady Raiders added two more runs during the top of the seventh inning to extend their lead to 6-3. Chittenango attempted to rally during their final at bat. They scored to cut Fulton’s lead to 6-4, but were unable to get any closer as the Lady Raiders held on for the win.

Fulton was led by Keisha Pierce and Ciarra Chapman. They both had two hits and an RBI against Chittenango. Lauren Synder and Mikayla Guernsey combined to tally a hit and an RBI for the Lady Raiders.

Lindsey Larkin earned a win on the mound for Fulton. Larkin struck out six batters while giving up 4 runs on 10 hits.