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Fulton football can’t overcome Carthage size, speed

By Rob Tetro

Carthage came away with an impressive win over the Fulton varsity football team Oct. 18 by a score of 58-20.

Carthage wasted little time exploiting the size and speed advantages they had over Fulton. They quickly built a 19-0 lead during the first quarter. Carthage extended its lead to 37-0 during the second quarter.

Prior to the game, seven seniors were honored for their contributions to the Fulton football program. The Fulton Seniors who were playing in their final home game were Connor Aldasch, Mark Pollock, Seth DeLisle, Solano Sanchez, Seth Britton, James Bailey and Liam Roberge.

Carthage received the opening kickoff to start the game and made quick work of their opening drive.

Rodrick Groce ran for a 31-yard touchdown to give Carthage a 6-0 lead with 10:56 left in the first quarter. After the Red Raiders went 3 and out in its first drive of the game, Carthage struck again.

On the first play of their second drive, quarterback Bailey Wilkinson tossed a 66-yard touchdown pass to Josh Yelvington to give Carthage a 13-0 lead with 9:01 left in the first quarter.

Fulton had opportunities to keep the game close. Dallas Bradley gave the Red Raiders solid field position following an impressive kickoff return. But Fulton came up empty after being stopped on downs deep in Carthage territory.

Carthage continued its onslaught during its ensuing possession. After a 15-yard screen pass brought Carthage inside the Red Raiders 10-yard line, fullback Trevor Gibbons muscled his way in from 3 yards out to give Carthage a 19-0 lead with 3:39 left in the first quarter.

The Red Raiders had another chance to cut into the deficit late in the first quarter. But again they were stopped on downs deep in Carthage territory.

Things didn’t get any easier for The Red Raiders during the second quarter. Set up by a 40-yard run off of an end-around play, Josh Capers ran for an 8-yard touchdown run. Carthage now had a 25-0 lead with 11:25 left in the second quarter.

During Fulton’s ensuing possession, a big gain on the ground by Mark Pollock was negated by a holding penalty. Carthage took over after the Red Raiders drive stalled a few plays later having missed out on another opportunity to gain some momentum.

Later in the second quarter, Dylan James caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Bailey Wilkinson to give Carthage a 31-0 lead. Just before halftime, Josh Capers took off on another touchdown scamper, running for a 41-yard touchdown to give Carthage a 37-0 halftime lead.

Carthage continued to add to its lead during the second half. Early in the third quarter, they took a 44-0 lead when Tyler Markowski barreled his way in from a yard out.

Fulton was able to finish a few drives down the stretch. Later in the third quarter, the Red Raiders got onto the scoreboard when quarterback Cody Green scored on an option keeper from a yard out to cut Carthage’s lead to 44-7.

But Carthage provided an empathic answer to Fulton’s touchdown. Denzel Dixon returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for the score to extend Carthage’s lead to 51-7.

Fulton was determined to battle until the final whistle blew. Towards the end of the third quarter, running back Mark Pollock ran for a 36-yard touchdown to bring the Red Raiders to within 37 points at 51-14.

The teams went back and forth during the fourth quarter. Carthage took a 58-14 lead when Riley Partin scored on a run from 25 yards out. However, Fulton tacked on another score late in the game.

Green ran for an 11-yard touchdown to cut Carthage’s lead to 58-20, but that’s how the game ended.

When They Come Through

By Jim Farfaglia

In early mornings, when I’m just starting the big wheel of my day,

if I happen to notice them wandering my yard, I always stop.


For what can be more important

than watching them gingerly step into life?


As if each hoof that touches earth

is in search of beauty,


as if every sound is meant to be heard,

and every greenery, to be savored.


How could I miss this chance to remember?

How can I just jump into my day


and let that truth pass on by?

Holiday writing class offered

The river’s end bookstore is offering the next in its series of programs for writers and those interested in becoming writers.

“Gift-Wrapped: Capturing Our Holiday Memories” will offer a relaxed and reflective writing experience during the often-hectic holiday season.

Writing instructor Jim Farfaglia will provide activities to encourage creative writing and to enjoy the quieter aspects of the holiday.

The class will be held at the bookstore, located on West Second and Bridge Street in Oswego, and will run for six Thursdays, beginning Nov. 7 and continuing through Dec. 19.

There will be no class the week of Thanksgiving. Classes will run from 6 to 7:45 p.m.

“The holidays can be a highly emotional time,” said Farfaglia. “I wanted to present a class that could provide participants with an opportunity to create a unique holiday gift, as well as to provide an ‘escape’ from the season’s pressure. The staff at river’s end were very welcoming to this idea.”

Class time will include instructor-led activities concerning holiday memories, time for participants to share  ideas for possible gifts of writing and time spent sharing our work with each other.

No previous writing experience is necessary.

There is a fee for the class. For more information, or to register, contact the river’s end bookstore at 342-0077, or visit Farfaglia’s website at and click on “Writing Classes.”

Louise Mosrie performs Nov. 2 at Oswego Music Hall

Singer-songwriter Louise Mosrie is coming to the Oswego Music Hall stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.

She’s been described as “basically William Faulkner with a guitar” because of her talent for telling vivid stories drawn from the South where she grew up.

Louise Mosrie’s melodies blend elements of Americana, folk and bluegrass in fresh and charming ways, singing with a voice that’s been called “soulful” and “crystal like.”

Her voice “is a lot like Harriet Wheeler’s from the British dream pop group The Sundays, but her music is far more grounded and gutsy … [including] jazz and folk into her catchy sound” — Monica Arrington, Southeast Performer Magazine.

Nashville-based Mosrie plays some 60 performances a year around the country and has placed in many contests at venues such as the Telluride Bluegrass Troubadour Festival, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and Kerrville Folks Festival.

When her CD “Home” was released three years ago, the title song as well as the album went to No. 1 on the Folk DJ charts. Mosrie is appreciated for her eclectic, expressive sound as her glowing voice becomes entangled intimately with her acoustic guitar.

She began writing pop/folk songs in her early 20s while living in Knoxville, Tenn. after college. She produced two independent albums before moving to Nashville almost 10 years ago to work on her songs and compositions.

There she connected with the Americana and bluegrass side of that music hub, playing the rounds and writing with artists like Donna Ulisse and Rick Stanley, Diana Jones and producer Ray Kennedy. The images and melodies that have emerged in Mosrie’s songs come, ironically, from the southern culture that she had dismissed earlier.

Influenced by artists like Nanci Griffith, Alison Krauss and Lucinda Williams, her songs tell stories of joy, struggle, love and heartbreak through vivid characters and gothic scenes of southern life.

Listen to Louise Mosrie’s music at and check out some of her posted music reviews. Then come to sit back and enjoy her special music and ambiance at Oswego’s Music Hall on Nov. 2.

The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

Holders of tickets purchased before 1 p.m. on the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 p.m., seating will be general admission.

What’s Happening at the CNY Arts Center?

A new class with Kristin Nilsen leads our week with Intro to Collage Art from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Learn how to create interesting themes and compositions in collage. Parents: Have a little one? Sign them up for Story Time Art on Oct. 23 for ages 4 to 7 to keep them occupied while you learn about collage.

Each Story Time Art class we’ll listen to a story, then create an art project inspired by the stories and illustrations.

Digital Photography 101 wraps up from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. You can learn Composition Tips about composing good photos and improving your basic snap shots.

The popular cake decorating is returning from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 26.  Learn basic cake decorating techniques, making borders, writing, color transfer, flowers and more … use all the techniques learned and decorate a Halloween cake.

All materials are provided and students will need a box to take home their goodies. Students must preregister for this class at

Everybody has a story to tell! Capturing Our Memories with Jim Farfaglia from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 is for beginner and intermediate writers who know what those stories are, but not sure how to get them down on paper.

The class will include a selection of writing exercises and prompts to help participants access their memories. We’ll share our writing and get feedback from our fellow writers to help us create the best story possible.

SEW YOU CAN, our newest class for kids, offers a special Halloween themed class Oct. 26 just in time for the spooky holiday.

Any child having completed Sew You Can training can participate in this fun class. Level 1 (ages 6-8) will meet from 1 to 2 p.m., Level 2 (ages 9-12) from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Level 3 (ages 13-18) from 4 to 6 p.m.

The next SEW YOU CAN training session, which will certify a child to properly use a sewing machine, will be offered in early November. Check the website at for dates and times.

Artist Meet-up at the Arts in the Heart Gallery wraps our month from 6 to 8 p.m.  Tuesday, Oct. 29. Join the growing community of visual artists of all skill levels, mediums and interests to exchange ideas, feedback and materials.

We will meet at our NEW Gallery, ARTs in the HeART; 47 S. 1st St, Fulton. Critique “In Progress” Work, Share your Portfolio or Finished Pieces, Exchange Materials, Brainstorm Ideas, Mingle and Have Fun!

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee.

Visit for all the latest details and updates or call 592-3373. All classes are held in CNY Arts Center located in the lower level of State Street Methodist Church, 357 State St, Fulton unless otherwise noted.

‘War of the Worlds’ put on by Fulton Community Theatre

The infamous October night in 1938 that panicked millions of American radio listeners who were convinced that a vanguard of Martians had invaded Earth, will come alive again as Fulton Community Theatre proudly presents Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre On the Air’s adaptation of “The War of the Worlds”.

The staged recreation of the “panic broadcast” about an invasion from the planet Mars will run as a one night only event Wednesday, Oct. 30 – the 75th anniversary of the original CBS radio broadcast.

Curtain time is 8 p.m. on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo Street, Fulton. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. Reservations may be made by calling FCT at 598-7840.

The Mercury Theatre script, adapted from H.G. Wells’ original 1898 novel, was penned by Howard Koch, who penned many of The Mercury Theatre’s weekly radio plays.

Under the direction of Orson Welles, the director of the Mercury Theatre, the play was written and performed so that it would sound like a live news broadcast.

As the play unfolded, dance music was interrupted a number of times by fake news bulletins reporting that a “huge flaming object” had dropped on a farm near Grovers Mill, N.J.

The results were legendary. News reports of the time estimated that more than 6 million people heard the broadcast, with up to 3 million people believing that it was real.

Fulton Community Theatre’s production is presented by special arrangement from Koch’s estate.

“The War of the Worlds” is part of a pre-Halloween double-feature that includes another Mercury Theatre script, John Houseman’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, which debuted the weekly CBS radio series on July 19, 1938.

Both plays feature an ensemble cast, which include the talents of: Marlina Beebe, Michael A. Bolio, Zoe Bolio, Doug Carver, Kennith Johnson, Rita LaPage, Michael Otis, Brian Pringle, Derek Potocki, Abel Searor, Adam Schmidtmann and Sabrina Woodward.

The production is under the direction of William Edward White, who will also be playing the iconic Orson Welles.

For White, who is the artistic director of Fulton Community Theatre, bringing a fully-staged recreation of the Mercury Theatre broadcast – which includes live music and sound effects backing actors at microphones – is the realization of a 35-year-old dream.

He was first introduced to the radio script in high school broadcast communications class taught out of the studios of WCSQ FM, the student-run radio station that was located in Central Square.

“We did a studio recreation of the script as a class project. Never intended for air, but I’ve held onto a copy of the tape all these years. Sort as a reminder that someday I need to do this for real,” White commented, adding, “with the 75th anniversary coming up, well, someday is here.”

Be part of Human Pink Ribbon on Friday

Residents are invited to put on their best pink garb and take part in a photo shoot Friday at SUNY Oswego.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership has joined SUNY Oswego to assist them in their efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer in Oswego County and encourage faculty, staff and community members to receive the cancer screenings they need.

Those gathered Friday will be part of the 4th annual Human Pink Ribbon. Gather in front of Culkin Hall at 11 a.m. for the photo shoot.

Carolyn Handville, coordinator for the Cancer Services Program Partnership (CSPP), has made appearances throughout the community disseminating information on the free clinical breast exams, mammograms and other free cancer screenings including pap/pelvic exams and colorectal cancer that are offered through the CSPP.

“Our goal continues to be to raise awareness and register eligible community members who are both uninsured and between 40 and 64 years of age into the program to obtain their free screenings. October provides added opportunity for the Cancer Services Program to promote the services offered through the program while everyone is thinking about breast cancer and to support the many community members in Oswego County that have been affected by this disease,” said Handville.

Tennis courts on Van Buren Street closed

The public tennis courts on Van Buren Street in Fulton will be closed for the remainder of the season.

Parks & Recreation Superintendent Barry R. Ostrander said long overdue repairs are being made to the courts and the weather has not been cooperating.

The courts are being resurfaced and right now have to wait for warmer, dryer temperatures before continuing with the project. That means that the courts probably will remain closed until next spring at which time the resurfacing can continue.

For more information call City of Fulton Department of Parks & Recreation at 592-2474.