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Legislators pull resolution to tax cell phones

 by Carol Thompson

A resolution that would allow Oswego County government to add a surcharge to cellular telephones was pulled without explanation when the full legislature met Thursday.

The resolution, proposed by Legislator Linda Lockwood, would allow the county to impose a surcharge of 30 cents per month for the county’s E-911 budget.

The county currently imposes a surcharge on landline telephones, however, there has been a decrease in landline use since the prevalence of cellular telephones.  A surcharge on cell phones would bring those users equal to those with landlines, the resolution notes.

All but nine counties in the state have a surcharge, according to the resolution. Before the county could impose the tax, it would need authorization in the form of legislation to be passed by the state Senate and Assembly.

The surcharge would be used for improvements to the county’s E-911 system.  The legislature approved the expenditure of $836,009 for upgrades. The project will be paid through a state grant.

During the conclusion of the meeting, Legislator Doug Malone asked why the resolution had been pulled.

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Great Bear is latest addition to Volkssporting Itinerary

Members of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail and Finger Lakes Volkssport groups met recently at Great Bear Recreation Area to enjoy the scenic trail system.
Members of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail and Finger Lakes Volkssport groups met recently at Great Bear Recreation Area to enjoy the scenic trail system.

The Great Bear Recreation Area near Fulton has been added to the series of self-guided walking tours along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway.

The Great Bear Walk, organized by the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Volkssport Association and Friends of Great Bear, is the first of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Walks to be entirely “off-road” as it follows well-marked woodland trails.

Volkssporting in German is “the sport of the people.” The Great Bear Walk joins a series of walks created by the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Volkssport Association along or near the 518-mile Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway, which parallels Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River in New York and Pennsylvania.

The walks are family-oriented and targeted to those who enjoy outdoor physical activity in which people of all ages and fitness levels can participate.

The Great Bear Springs area is comprised of over 400 acres in the City of Fulton and Town of Volney.

The name is based on a Native American legend in which a young brave was attacked by a large bear near the springs. The property also contains the historic Oswego Canal guard lock number 2 and towpath that were a part of the original Oswego River Canal.

After completing the walk, participants have the option of purchasing a collectible pin depicting the bear for which the area is named.

“The area has more than eight miles of natural trails over rolling terrain, and is ideal for walking, cycling, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing,” said Richard Drosse, coordinator of the Friends of Great Bear. “The Great Bear Walk was developed with the option of either a 3.1 mile or 6.2 mile route, and is sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association.”

The walk is open to all, and there is no charge except for Volkssporters wishing to earn credit or for those interested in purchasing the pin.

In May, a group of 18 walkers from the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Volkssport Association and the Finger Lakes Volkssport Club met in Fulton to christen the Great Bear Walk.

“The Great Bear Walk makes an excellent addition to the series of Great Lakes Seaway Trail Walks, and we’re confident it will serve as an important means to attract visitors to the region,” Great Lakes Seaway Trail Volkssport Association President Daryl Giles said.

To get started, go to the Riverside Inn located at 930 S. First St. in Fulton and ask for the Great Bear Walk box at the front desk. Walkers can then sign in and pick up the walk directions.

Oswego County also hosts a sanctioned Volkssport walk near Fort Ontario.

The walk is head-quartered at the Quality Inn and Suites, 70 E. First St., Oswego, and commemorates the 1814 British Naval attack on Fort Ontario. The walk can be done in 5 and 10-kilometer routes.

Those seeking more information on the Great Bear and Oswego 1812 walks, and the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Volkssport Association may visit www.seawaytrail.com/volkssport. 

Pie eating contest, baby show and senior citizens events at Oswego County Fair

The Oswego County Fair will once again sponsor a pie eating contest (open to all ages) Saturday, July 6 at 3 p.m. Anyone who wishes to enter may sign up in the office that morning.

The Baby Show will start at 10 a.m. July 5. The show will be held in the Entertainment Building, and those interested can sign up before the show begins. Children ages newborn to 24 months can enter.

After the Baby Show, the Senior Citizen Spelling Bee and Oreo Stacking Contest will begin. Senior Citizens Day will finish up with the ever-popular Black River Fiddlers.

The Fiddlers are scheduled to perform from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Entertainment Building.

The Skillet Toss will be held July 4 at 1:30 p.m., and the all new Frozen T-Shirt contest will be held the same day at 3 p.m. There will also be a second one Sunday, July 7 at 2 p.m.

Those seeking more information may visit the fair’s website at www.oswegocountyfair.com. The fair offers free admission and parking.

Phelps uses lapped traffic for Fulton Speedway win

It’s never over till the checker flag waves. Ryan Phelps proved that Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway in the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

Phelps was able to run down and pass Robbie Bellinger  on lap 28 when the back of the field the bunched up making it tough for Bellinger to get by.

Once out front, Phelps was able to put lapped cars between him and the rest of the field in the caution free race.

Other winners on K-ROCK Night were Rocco Leone, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Rick Miller, NAPA Late Models; Gary Hoppins, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; Skip DeGroff, Four Cylinder Stocks; Barney Waldron, Kevin Winton & Steve Marks; Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club.

Robbie Bellinger got the jump on the field as he out hustled other front row starter Tim Schneider Jr. to lead the opening lap of the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

By lap 10, Bellinger was out front alone, while behind him, Roy Bresnahan, Dale Planck and Ryan Phelps were in a tight fight for second, third and fourth. Chad Phelps was some distance back in fifth.

With 15 laps showing on the lap counter, Bellinger was on rails out front, as he built-up a full straightaway lead.

Planck and Phelps ran nose to tail and side by side running for second, while Bresnahan and Chad Phelps showed fourth and fifth.

When the starter showed the halfway sign, Bellinger started drawing in on the back of the field as Planck and Phelps would try to take advantage cutting into Bellinger’s advantage.

With 10 laps to go, Bellinger was having a tough time putting cars a lap-down because they were racing two-three wide.

This let Phelps, who moved into second two-laps before to catch Bellinger. Two laps later, Bellinger, running the top groove in four trying to lap cars, slipped out the groove allowing Phelps to shoot by on lap 28.

Over the final laps, Phelps was able to put lapped cars between himself and the rest of the field to be the first  under the checkers in the caution free race.

Last week’s feature winner Dale planck came home second, followed by, Robbie Bellinger, Roy Bresnahan and Chad Phelps to complete the top five.

“We just had a real good setup tonight,” said Phelps. “I felt bad with the crew tonight, the track kept getting drier and I kept making them do stuff to it. I think they are all happy now as it paid off. It was good anywhere I wanted to go, the lapped cars got a little hairy there for a while waiting for them to move over. What are you going to do…they’re racing, too.”

The Fulton Speedway will be back in action Saturday, June 29 when RFH’s Hideaway presents a full night of racing action. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Four Cylinder Stocks and Mod Lites.

The popular Jr. Fan Club Bike Giveaway will also take place.

Employee questions rumors of transfer station closure

by Carol Thompson

Tom Muroski, an employee of Oswego County, asked the Oswego County Legislature if rumors about the possible closure of the county’s transfer stations are true.

During the conclusion of Thursday’s meeting, Muroski spoke during the public comment session. At first, he was satisfied with the answer given by Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner, but given a few seconds of thought, he returned to speaking.

“The rumors are again that the committee is trying to close the transfer stations at the Solid Waste department,” he said. “Can anyone in this room tell me if it’s true or remotely heading in that direction.”

Gardner said there had been no public discussion.

“So that rumor is put to rest,” Muroski asked.

“Put to rest,” Gardner responded, but then added that there had been a lot of discussion but none that was official.

“Alright, I know exactly what you’re saying,” Muroski said.

“As we all know, the solid waste department is not to make a profit,” Muroski said, adding that it is for the convenience of the public. “If you want to save money, there are other ways to do it.”

Muroski questioned the legislature as to why it spends the kind of money it does to bring in attorneys to negotiate the contracts for employees when the county has department heads, a personnel department and a county attorney to handle the negotiations.

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To the Class of ‘73

by Jim Farfaglia

To the Class of ‘73

 

Forty years.

Forty calendars hung anew.

Forty rides on the wave of life…

 

But, oh, if we could ride that wave

back to the banks of old Oswego,

what would we find?

 

G.Ray overlooking Neatahwanta,

Recreation Park just a homerun away;

our cheers from the bleachers resounding.

 

The gymnasium, decorated for Prom,

Elton John and Rod Stewart really rockin’

and Chicago coloring our world.

 

The auditorium, hushed in wait,

decked out for the Variety Show;

our songs and skits proving we were tops.

 

Our senior-year lockers,

where we gathered each morning,

filling the hallways with our latest news.

 

The doorway of our favorite classroom,

where we found a desk by the window

and looked out at summer rising –

 

listening for the faint call of our future.

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Fulton Community Theater’s ‘Golden Age of Broadway’ to debut Friday

Members of the Fulton Community Theatre rehearse for their upcoming performances in the group’s latest production in the Evening On Broadway Series, “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart.” Standing from left are Joyce Cook, Renee Fenske, Marsha Preston, Liam Fitzpatrick, Zoe Bolio, and William Edward White.  Seated at the piano is Musical Director Abel Searor.
Members of the Fulton Community Theatre rehearse for their upcoming performances in the group’s latest production in the Evening On Broadway Series, “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart.” Standing from left are Joyce Cook, Renee Fenske, Marsha Preston, Liam Fitzpatrick, Zoe Bolio, and William Edward White. Seated at the piano is Musical Director Abel Searor.

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” will open Friday, June 21 with a 7:30 p.m. performance in Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Featuring some of the Broadway’s greatest songs from many of its most famous composers, “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart”, will debut Friday, June 21 with additional performances scheduled for Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m.

According to director Kathy DeGolyer, the show will also support the Fulton community.

“In addition to presenting an entertaining evening of great Broadway songs, Fulton Community Theatre will also be supporting Catholic Charities food pantry,” she said. “We are asking those who attend to please bring a donation of non-perishable food items as we will be collecting donations for the food pantry.  There will also be a drawing for a dinner and movie package with all proceeds benefiting Catholic Charities food pantry as well.”

The Futon Community Theatre’s “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart” will continue the following weekend with performances to be held Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 30 at 2 p.m.

All performances will be held in Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton.

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

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Minetto Elementary School recognizes sixth graders

Minetto Elementary School recently conducted its sixth grade honors program. Winning the Principal’s American Citizenship Award and the New York State Attorney General’s Triple “C” Award were Jack Dodds and Keegan Thompson (Principal Awards) and Triple “C” recipients Nicholas Brown, Alyssa Lapetino, Alyssa Adner and President Award recipient Taylor LaDue. ALso pictured are former Minetto students and Oswego High Class of 2013 members Brianna Favata and Cameron Caruso.
Minetto Elementary School recently conducted its sixth grade honors program. Winning the Principal’s American Citizenship Award and the New York State Attorney General’s Triple “C” Award were Jack Dodds and Keegan Thompson (Principal Awards) and Triple “C” recipients Nicholas Brown, Alyssa Lapetino, Alyssa Adner and President Award recipient Taylor LaDue. ALso pictured are former Minetto students and Oswego High Class of 2013 members Brianna Favata and Cameron Caruso.

Minetto Elementary School sixth graders were in the spotlight at the annual honors program conducted before a cafeteria-packed with parents, friends, family and staff members.

Principal Dean Goewey presented certificates to each sixth grader and also recognized several other students with special awards.

The “Principal’s American Citizenship Award” was presented to Keegan Thompson, Jack Dodds and Taylor LaDue while the New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman Triple “C” Award  for “character, courage and commitment” was given to Nicholas Brown, Alyssa Adner and Alyssa Lapetino.

Former Minetto alumni Cameron Caruso and Brianna Favata, who are members of the Oswego High School Class of 2013, addressed the students and provided them with some information that will benefit them in their academic journey through middle school and high school.

Caruso will continue his education at Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. while Favata will major in biology at SUNY Oswego.

Several students were presented the “President Award for Educational Excellence” as they excelled academically and have exceeded proficiency on the New York State Test in English Language Arts and Math.

The recognized students included Jea Adams, Alyssa Adner, Nicholas Brown, Allison Choate, Jack Dodds, Maria Foti, Alyssa Lapetino, Julie May and Nicholas Victory.

The “President Award for Academic Achievement” was also presented for outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment and intellectual development.

The honored students included Tia Bevacqua, Christian Clary, Joshua Clyne, Kyle Decker, Donald Ditton, Alexa Fadden, Samuel Waldron, Mikayla Hardesty, Kieran Henrie, Hayleigh Hough, Taylor LaDue, Alex Myers, Kelly Lizotte, Connor Pratt, Jacob Sharkey, Tessa Smith, Christopher Sugar, Keegan Thompson and Isabella Thorpe.

Students also received awards for band, orchestra, vocal music, art, physical education, science, social studies, reading, writing and mathematics.

Joining Goewey for the presentation of certificates to the students were teachers Tracy Anderson, Sara Adydan, David Gaffey and Tanya Wadsworth.

Minetto sixth graders moving on to the Oswego Middle School in September include, from Anderson’s class, Alyssa Beckwith, Olivia Bivens, Nicholas Brown, Maddison Dashnau, Donald Ditton, Jack Dodds, Alexa Fadden, Colby Ferguson, Maria Foti, Mikayla Hardesty, Kelly Lizotte, Margaret McSweeney, Dieonte Parker, Trinity Perry, Connor Pratt, Ethan Proud, Jacob Sharkey, Tessa Smith and Kyle Stewart.

From  Wadsworth’s class are  Alyssa Adner, Tia Bevacqua, Joshua Clyne, Kyle Decker, Savanna DeLong, Zachary Griffin, Jordan Hare, Hayleigh Hugh, Matthew Ingersoll, Julia May, Alex Myers, Benjamin Stevens, Christopher Sugar, Keegan Thompson, Nicholas Victory, Shawn Victory, Samuel Waldron and Shelby Wallace.

The remaining sixth graders, in  Gaffey and Adydan’s class, moving on to OMS are Jea Adams, Allison Choate, Christian Clary, Michael Crouch, Colin Dowling, Evan Giocondo, Jacob Harrington, Kieran Henrie, Johnathan King, Taylor LaDue,  Alyssa Lapetino, Breonna Parrott, Isabella Thorpe, Skylar Wallace, Alexander Wetzel and Bailey Whalen.