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156th Oswego County Fair to begin this week

by Andrew Henderson

The 156th annual Oswego County Fair will take place July 3 through July 7 at the Oswego County Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek.

Youth Building

The Youth Building will have a variety of daily activities for youth ages 5-19.

This year, the fair is  celebrating summer in Oswego County with “campfire” sing-and-play along times and crafts featuring items such as sand, bugs, boats, and making homemade ice cream.

Heritage Building

There are several events at the Heritage Building, including daily events of “Lost Crafters” weaving, spinning, tatting, crochet work and chair canning.

Wednesday, July 3 is Oswego River Valley Day at the Heritage Building, which will feature Oswego, Volney, Granby, Minetto, Hannibal, Fulton, and Schroeppel

Thursday, July 4 is North Shore/Central Township Day, featuring Constantia, West Monroe, Hastings, Mexico, New Haven, Scriba, Palermo

Friday, July 5 is Northern Township Day, which will feature Albion, Boylston, Orwell, Parish, Redfield, Richland, Sandy Creek, Williamstown along with neighboring towns of Osceola, Ellisburg and Florence.

Saturday, July 6 is Half Shire Day with a luncheon at noon while Sunday, July 7 is Military History Day.

There will be special attention to veteran’s research and the War of 1812. There will also be a special exhibit of Civil War artifacts and research materials.

Agricultural Building

Activities at the Agricultural Building will include the General Store, Dairy Bar, virtual tractor ride, antique farm equipment,  Soil and Water Conservation District, Farmer for a Day, Back Porch Show, Hydroponics, Pedal Tractor Races, Hay Bale Toss, and a milk shake challenge.

Daily events

Daily events at the fair will include a bike drawing, saw dust hunt, antique tractors, daily dinner drawing, John Deere 2 Cylinder Club, fireman safety training trailer, school bus safety demonstration, Magical John Show, Olde Time Lumber Jack Show, and antique engines

Wednesday, July 3 has been designated Summer Fun Day at the fair. There will be a youth poultry show, a Little Britches Show, harness racing, a youth dog event, a parade at 7 p.m., and Hell Drivers at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 4 has been designated Military Appreciation Day. There will be a talent show at 9 a.m., a youth meat goat show, an open meat goat show, a skillet throwing contest, a youth beef show, a frozen T-shirt contest, a demolition derby, and fireworks at dusk.

Friday, July 5 has been designated Senior Citizen Day. There will be a junior dairy show, antique and out of field tractor pulls, a baby show, a senior spelling bee, an Oreo stacking contest, performance by the Black River Fiddlers, a youth sheep show, an open sheep show, modified lawn mower races, a youth swine show, and a performance by Mike White.

Saturday, July 6 is Legislator’s and Children’s Day. There will be a youth goat show, a Japanese Beardless Iris show, a cut leaf hosta show, a pie eating contest, and a demolition derby.

Sunday, July 7 is Family Day. There will be an open NBHA show, an ARBA open sanctioned rabbit show, a youth rabbit show, a church service, an open dairy show, an antique car show, lawn mower pulls, and a frozen T-shirt contest.

Those seeking more information regarding the fair, including times of events, may visit oswegocountyfair.com.

Hannibal Rec Program begins third year in July

by Nicole Reitz

The Hannibal Summer Rec Program will begin its third year Monday, July 8 with breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

The program is open to children in the Hannibal Central School District in grades kindergarten through fourth. Parent supervision is required and siblings in fifth or sixth grade are also welcome to participate.

The free recreation program will run for six weeks until Aug. 16 at the Hannibal Town Hall Park and Pavilion. Program hours are Monday through Friday with breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., and games and activities from 1 to 3 p.m. From 1 to 3 p.m., children will be outdoors for different daily programming. The courtroom will be used, depending on availability, in case of inclement weather.

Children are able to enjoy free breakfast and lunch as part of Oswego County Opportunities Nutrition Services. Ordering meals (one day in advance) can be arranged by calling AmeriCorps worker Joanna Hirsch at 806-9542.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m., children will visit the Hannibal Free Library for their summer reading program.

Pam Marion from Cornell Cooperative Extension will have a program Thursday, July 25 entitled “Rethink your Drink.” Children will learn how much sugar is in their beverages.

Children will learn soccer techniques in the first week of the recreation program, since the beginning of July coincides with the World Cup.

“We, as AmeriCorps workers, focus on health and nutrition,” said 300-hour summer worker Kayleigh Troia. “That will be the background to most of the activities we do.”

Other programming includes planting beans, sun safety with color changing bracelets, dry and wet Olympics and learning about nutrition through MyPlate.

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Fulton police have new K-9

The Fulton Police Department recently welcomed its newest member, “Meki,” a 15-month-old male German Sheppard. “Meki,” who was born in Holland, graduated K-9 training with the Syracuse Police Department May 31 with his handler Officer Jarrett Marino.
The Fulton Police Department recently welcomed its newest member, “Meki,” a 15-month-old male German Sheppard. “Meki,” who was born in Holland, graduated K-9 training with the Syracuse Police Department May 31 with his handler Officer Jarrett Marino.

by Andrew Henderson

The Fulton Police Department has a new member on the force.A four-legged member.

The police department recently welcomed its newest member, “Meki,” a 15-month-old male German Sheppard. “Meki,” who was born in Holland, graduated K-9 training with the Syracuse Police Department May 31 with his handler Officer Jarrett Marino.

“Meki” is currently trained in building searches, tracking, handler protection and suspect apprehension.

“Meki” and Officer Marino will continue their training in the fall when they will attend Detector school. There. “Meki” will receive his certification in narcotics detection. “Meki” is replacing Fulton Police K-9 “Rika,” who just retired after patrolling the streets of Fulton with her handler Sgt. Craig Westbrook since 2005.

 

Up to speed: Hedger Chassis moves to head of class in SBS division

Six weeks into the “Road to the Championship” for the Pathfinder Bank SBS, a total of 31 different drivers have scored points in what has become one of the most competitive fields in recent memory.

After a half dozen races, the top twenty drivers in the current championship standings sit behind the wheel of either a Hedger Racing Chassis or an FFB Chassis, with the Hedger gang currently holding the front five positions in the title hunt.

Throughout the years, and especially in recent history, the Hedger Chassis and FFB Chassis have become the prominent racecars in the SBS division at Oswego Speedway.

Currently, of the top 20 drivers in the standings, 12 are sporting an FFB Chassis, while eight pilot a machine built by Hedger.

In what has turned into a storied chassis rivalry, Hedger currently holds the edge with Russ Brown, defending champion Kreig Heroth, two-time feature winner Dalton Doyle, Tony White Memorial winner Jason Simmons, and JJ Andrews leading the way in the yearlong race for the title.

Brown has yet to win a feature event behind the wheel of the No. 13 but does hold a 13-point advantage on Heroth in the standings.

With four top-five finishes so far this season, Brown leads the way in the category, coupled with a total of five top ten finishes in six starts.

Eyeing a record-breaking fifth SBS championship at Oswego Speedway, Brown looks to continue to hold court not only over his FFB combatants, but also his Hedger team members.

Heroth is moving through 2013 much the same as 2012: slow and steady. The only driver with a top 10 finish in every feature event this season, Heroth has just one top five, coming in the year’s most recent event on June 15.

With two qualifying heat race wins on the season in the Won4Racing No. 04, Heroth is likely sitting right where he wants to be heading into the summer stretch run of the season.

Catapulting to third in the standings with two consecutive main event wins is the driver of the No. 01, Dalton Doyle.

Doyle inherited the lead of the June 1 make-up main run on June 15 after Anthony Losurdo and Josh Kerr tangled, giving him a clear path to victory just one week after leading every lap to earn his first career win on June 8.

The former Oswego Kartway pilot holds a 10-point edge on the other Hedger Chassis driver to reach victory lane this season, Jason Simmons.

After several years of trying, Simmons finally reached Oswego victory lane back May 25 in the Tony White Memorial. With a feature win, two top-five finishes, and four top ten runs, Simmons is the next Hedger in line riding fourth in the point standings currently 31-markers out of the championship lead.

Trailing Simmons by only three points is his Team Tapout Racing teammate JJ Andrews in the No. 93.

A longtime pilot of Hedger racecars, Andrews rounds out the manufacture’s top five stranglehold with a total of three top-five finishes to start the year.

Consecutive podium finishes in the month of June has Andrews in prime position to continue his climb toward the top of the standings.

The sixth position is where the first FFB Chassis can be found as Mike Bond saw a recent free fall in the standings after a rough evening June 15 driving the Four Sevens Motorsports No. 74.

Riding as high as second in the standings this season, Bond had rear end issues with his machine in the second feature two weeks ago, resulting in a dismal 24th place finish.

Now, despite two top-five finishes and four top ten runs, Bond sits four points out of the top five and a total of 38-points behind Brown.

Another FFB Chassis trails Bond in seventh with Rob Pullen only four points back in the No. 2.  Pullen has the most top five finishes of any FFB racer with three, but has failed to finish in the top ten in the other three events this season.

Another Hedger driver in Andrew Schartner rides eighth overall with FFB’s Jon Tesoriero in ninth, and Hedger’s Jack Patrick in tenth.

Arguably the most consistent of the FFB regulars in 2013 has been Tesoriero in the No. 47. Well on his way to most improved driver of the season, Tesoriero has five top-ten finishes in six starts, more than any other driver in the FFB camp.

Coupled with two top five finishes on the year, only a lowly 20th place finish on June 15 has kept Tesoriero down in the standings. In that event, Tesoriero climbed behind the wheel of the Dennis Rupert No. 99 in the eleventh hour, after the No. 47 was damaged beyond immediate repair in a heat racing incident.

With a total of eight races remaining, the Pathfinder Bank SBS “Road to the Championship” is still wide open with a list of unknowns ahead.

Fulton players selected to play in Brine National Lacrosse Classic

Seth DeLisle (far right), Mark Pollock (far left), and Matt Nelson, have been named  2013 Brine National High School All-Americans and have been selected to represent the Syracuse region at the 2013 Brine National Lacrosse Classic to be held in Boyds, Md. June 30-July 3, 2013. All three boys are juniors at G. Ray Bodely High School in Fulton.
Seth DeLisle (far right), Mark Pollock (far left), and Matt Nelson, have been named  2013 Brine National High School All-Americans and have been selected to represent the Syracuse region at the 2013 Brine National Lacrosse Classic to be held in Boyds, Md. June 30-July 3, 2013. All three boys are juniors at G. Ray Bodely High School in Fulton.

Seth DeLisle, son of Kathy and R.J. DeLisle; Mark Pollock, son of Mark and MaryBeth Pollock; and Matt Nelson, son of Tammy and Doug Feeney and Kirk and Ginger Nelson have been named 2013 Brine National High School All-Americans and have been selected to represent the Syracuse region at the 2013 Brine National Lacrosse Classic to be held in Boyds, Md. June 30 through July 3.

All three boys are juniors at G. Ray Bodely High School in Fulton.

The Brine National Lacrosse Classic brings the top high school lacrosse players in the country to one venue, where regional teams will compete to become the 2013 National Champion.

Fulton school district says goodbye to 11 teachers and staff members

by Nicole Reitz

Eleven teachers and staff have retired from the Fulton City School District this year. Resolutions of appreciation were approved during Tuesday’s Fulton Board of Education meeting.

“I would just like to express appreciation to all of our retirees,” said Board Member Barbara Hubbard. “This is a substantial number of years (of experience). They’ve all been so dedicated to our district so I certainly want to thank them and wish them well,”

Board member Brian Hotaling added, “I would also like to congratulate and thank all of the retirees this year. There are very good educators here that I’ve had the privilege to learn under, and actually taught my children. too. I thank them for their dedication and service.”

Marysia Czachor, a graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School, was appointed as an elementary teacher 26 years ago. During her career, she taught at Fairgrieve and Volney Elementary, State Street, Erie Street and Phillips School before being assigned to Granby Elementary.

Czachor has taught first through fourth grade at the elementary level.

During her time as a teacher, Czachor developed age appropriate lessons and implemented new practices to insure her students were successful. She sat on many committees during her time in the district, including professional development, inclusion, the site and BIAC committees.

Rhonda Carter, a graduate of Mexico High School, has been a mathematics teacher in the district since 1985. Carter taught seventh and eighth grade math during her career in Fulton, served as the junior high mathematics facilitator, and was a mentor to new teachers.

Carter coordinated the MathCounts program at the junior high, presented at the N.Y.S. Mathematics Conference, and participated in a county-wide mathematics GAP.

She served the greater junior high school community through her participation on the scheduling committee, Drama advisor, student council advisor and athletics coach.

Martin (Marty) Gillard, a graduate of G.Ray Bodley High School, was appointed as a science teacher 35 years ago. Since then, he has taught biology, Science 9, chemistry and advance placement biology. He was also appointed to the position of Science Department chair.

His student interests outside of the instructional program led him to varied coaching positions that included junior high girls basketball, freshman football, assistant varsity football, and head varsity football and basketball coach.

Gillard’s strength as a classroom teacher was seen in his ability to actively engage, motivate and bring out the best in his students. He also served as the science club advisor, an extended year teacher and as a negotiations committee representative for the Fulton Teachers’ Association.

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Alliance church to hold summer day camp

Joanna Pribis and Jasmine Spurling take a wild ride to Fulton Alliance Church’s summer day camp on the “Colossal Coaster.” The amusement park-themed day camp will take place July 8-12.
Joanna Pribis and Jasmine Spurling take a wild ride to Fulton Alliance Church’s summer day camp on the “Colossal Coaster.” The amusement park-themed day camp will take place July 8-12.

Fulton Alliance Church will hold its annual summer day camp July 8-12 from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Colossal Coaster World” is a free Vacation Bible School program with an amusement park theme. It is open to all children in the Fulton area in grades K-7.

Doors open for registration and check-in at 8:30 a.m. with the worship rally starting at 9:00 a.m. This large group gathering includes music, singing, contests and a morning message. Parents are encouraged to stay for the worship rally.

After the rally, children move into small groups by grade level for continued hands-on learning, bible stories, games, music class, crafts, and snacks.

Older children entering grades 6 and 7 will join the energetic “VBX” class, taught by youth pastor Tyler Sant of Fulton Alliance and youth worker Cory Angeleri of Oswego Alliance Church.

A ladies bible study will be offered immediately following the morning rally and will include fellowship, crafts, activities, and study. There is child care available for those attending the Bible study.

”Colossal Coaster World” is a fun and safe place where children can make new friends and spend a week this summer. We hope that parents will take advantage of this opportunity for their children,” said Monica Hines-Stoutenger, day camp director.

Registration may be done online at www.fultonalliance.org. Class size is limited.

The church is located at 1044 State Route 48.

Fulton Community Theatre’s ‘Golden Age of Broadway’ returns this weekend

The Fulton Community Theatre’s latest production in its Evening on Broadway series, “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart” returns this weekend with performances scheduled for today and tomorrow in Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

According to Director Kathy DeGolyer, the show opened last weekend to enthusiastic audiences.

“Those in attendance told us how much they appreciated and enjoyed the show,” she said. “Many of them were singing along as our cast performed some great songs from the golden age of Broadway.”

The Futon Community Theatre’s “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart” will continues with encore performances today, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow, June 30 at 2 p.m.

As the show also serves as a fund-raiser for the food pantry at Catholic Charities, those attending are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food items.

There will also be a drawing for a dinner and movie package with all proceeds benefiting the pantry.

All performances will be held in Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Parish.

Ticket reservations, which are strongly suggested, can be made by calling DeGolyer at 598-7840.