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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.

Conservatives in Hannibal endorse candidates

Oswego County Conservative Party Chairman Ronald Greenleaf announced the 2013 slate of candidates for the Town of Hannibal.

They are: Terry Wilbur, county legislator district 21; Morris Sorbello, legislator district 23; Ronald Greenleaf, Hannibal town supervisor; Virginia Wilbur, Hannibal town board;  Jack Beckwith Jr., Hannibal town justice; Christopher Soper, Hannibal town board; Eugene Hafner, Hannibal town justice; George Ritchie, Hannibal highway superintendent..

Greenleaf said these candidates have been endorsed by the Oswego County Conservative Party because they demonstrate true conservative values, and pledge to serve the people of the Town of Hannibal to the best of their ability.

Castiglia announces run for county legislature

Frank Castiglia Jr. recently announced he is seeking election to the re-drawn 25th Legislative District in the Oswego County Legislature.

The district encompasses most of the east side of the City of Fulton.

Castiglia is not a politician whose allegiance is to the politically connected few. When he is elected, his number one priority will be the constituents who put him in office. He will be putting “People before Politics.”

Although a registered Democrat, Frank also has the support of the Conservative Party of Oswego County. The Conservative Party was formed in the early 1960s so  they can be additional advocates of fiscal responsibility and taxpayers` rights.

Castiglia is a candidate that met their criteria and is running on their line. He also garnered the support of working people of Oswego County when he received the endorsement of the Oswego County Central Labor Council. He is one of the few non-incumbent candidates for County Legislature who earned their support.

Castiglia was part of the first graduating class at G. Ray Bodley High School in 1966. Later, he attended CCBI in Syracuse and received a bachelor of science degree in business education at New Hampshire College.

Castiglia is very involved in the community.  He is a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He is also a volunteer at Holy Trinity Church Bingo and an usher at the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday.

He is a frequent columnist in the local media where he thoroughly discusses local matters.

He is semi-retired from the Carrier Corp. in Syracuse where he worked as a supervisor of production and material control. Prior to working there, he was employed by the Stratford Business School in Syracuse.

He started out as a business teacher and advanced through the ranks to become director.

He now works for the Fulton City School District as a bus driver.

After hearing and reading about the issues going on in our county government, he felt that it was time to stop being a spectator and “get in the game.”

He feels the local political arena has lost its focus and needs to be put back on track. He intends to utilize his education and work experience to help bring financial stability and jobs back to Fulton.

In addition to bringing in more jobs, Castiglia’s goals include: a more common sense approach to governing; be fiscally conservative; smaller government; easier environment for small businesses; greater accessibility to your elected officials; qualified people for certain positions; and many more.

“A public servant’s duty is to ensure that the public’s money is spent as efficiently as possible and that programs are provided effectively, with transparency and without waste of money or resources.”  Castiglia said.

Castiglia lives in the house that he grew up in.

Oswego High “Buc” Marching Band brings home championship from Pa.

‘The Pride of Oswego’ lived up to its moniker this past weekend as the Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers returned home with a championship trophy and an assortment of hardware from a USBands competition in Nazareth, Pa.

The Marching Bucs captured first place in its division, earned the best overall score for the show and received trophies for best music, best visual performance, best effect, best guard and best percussion. 

Westhill beats up on Phoenix football

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity football teams’ struggles continued when they took on Westhill Oct. 11.

Westhill wasted little time putting the game out of reach. During the second quarter, Phoenix scored its only points of the game after Westhill built a 35-0 lead. Westhill tacked on a couple of more touchdowns during the second half en route to a 56-6 win over the Firebirds.

Early in the first quarter, Westhill took a 7-0 lead when Ryan Orbist blocked a Phoenix punt and returned it 33 yards for the score. Later in the first quarter. Ja’Shai Jamison ran for a 62-yard touchdown to put Westhill ahead, 14-0.

Westhill continued to pour it on during the second quarter. They took a 21-0 lead when Reed Derrenbacher tossed a 55-yard touchdown pass to Jack Centore. Later in the second quarter, Derrenbacher struck again, finding Joesph Rainone for a 29-yard touchdown pass to give Westhill a 28-0 lead.

Westhill expanded its lead when Brendan Fesinger recovered a Phoenix fumble and returned it 31 yards for the touchdown to put Westhill ahead, 35-0.

The Firebirds got onto the scoreboard on the ensuing kickoff when Tim Gandino returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for the score to cut Westhill’s lead to 35-6.

Just before halftime, Westhill took a 42-6 lead when Brendan Fesinger caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Reed Derrenbacher to give Westhill a 42-6 lead headed into halftime.

Westhill capped off an impressive performance with a couple of touchdowns during the second half. During the third quarter, they took a 49-6 lead when Ja’Shai Jameson ran for a 31 yard touchdown. During the fourth quarter, Wyatt Torrance ran the ball in from 30 yards out to bring the score to 56-6.

Phoenix was led by running back Tim Gandino, who had 38 yards on 18 carries against Westhill. He also returned a kickoff 85 yards. Dylan Doupe had 7 rushes for 31 yards, Brock Maruscak had 14 carries for 5 yards and he completed a 26-yard pass to Kameron Miller.

Defensively, Phoenix was led by Ashton Morrison, with 8 tackles, followed by Austin Wirth and Dylan Doupe with 4 tackles each and Brock Maruscak and Zach Young had 3 tackles each.

Phoenix now has an 0-6 overall record.  Up next for The Firebirds is its Senior Night Game against Marcellus Oct. 18. It will be a history making day for the Phoenix football program as it will be the first ever night game ever played in Ph

Phoenix boys’ varsity soccer hits a rough patch in schedule

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix boys’ varsity soccer team has gone through a rough patch, losing six of its last seven games.

Solvay prevailed over the Firebirds Sept. 19 by a score of 6-2. Solvay jumped out to a 2-0 lead during the first half. During the second half, they added 2 goals down the stretch en route to win.

Leading the way for the Firebirds was Zachary Schlacter, who scored 2 goals, followd by Evan Logee and Kyle Demo with an assist each. Goalkeepers Bryce Plante and Ryan Clark combined to save 12 out of Solvay’s 18 shots on goal for Phoenix.

The Firebirds rolled past Tyburn Academy Sept. 20. Phoenix got off to a solid start with a 3-0 lead during the first half.

The Firebirds expanded their lead during the second half, outscoring Tyburn Academy by a goal to cruise to the 6-2 win.

Phoenix was led by Zachary Schlacter with 2 goals, followed by Bryce Plante with a goal and an assist. Kyle Demo, Jon Borza and Patrick Murphy added a goal each.  Andy Padula, Adam Pinzer, John Garofalo, Chris Nicolella and Luke Schlacter were credited with an assist each. Goalkeepers Bryce Plante and Ryan Clark combined to save 7 of Tyburn’s 9 shots on goal.

Jordan-Elbridge rallied past Phoenix Sept. 25 by a score of 6-2. After a competitive first half, the Firebirds had a 2-1 lead, but then J-E took over during the second half, erupting for 5 goals down the stretch.

Leading the way for the Firebirds were Bryce Plante and Zachary Schlacter, with a goal each. Goalkeeper Ryan Clark saved 6 out of J-E’s 12 shots on goal for Phoenix.

Cazenovia stormed past the Firebirds Oct. 1 by 7-1. Phoenix got off to a decent start with a 1-0 lead during the first half.

But then, the second half was all Cazenovia. They stormed ahead with 7 unanswered goals down the stretch to clinch the win. Phoenix was led by Kyle Demo., who scored a goal assisted by Zachary Schlacter. Goalkeepers Bryce Plante and Ryan Clark combined to save 10 out of Cazenovia’s 17 shots on goal.

Marcellus pulled away from Phoenix Oct. 3 after a competitive first half in which Marcellus had only a 2-1 lead.

But, Marcellus padded its lead during the second half, scoring 3 unanswered goals to come away with a 5-1 win.

Leaders for Phoenix were Kyle Demo, who scored a goal assisted by Zachary Schlacter and goalkeepers Ryan Clark and Bryce Plante combined to save 16 out of Marcellus’ 21 shots on goal.

Westhill proved to be too much for Phoenix Oct. 8. Westhill built a 2-0 lead during the first half and then pulled away in the second half, outscoring Phoenix by 4 goals en route to an 8-2 win.

Phoenix was led by Zachary Schlacter.m who scored a goal and had an assist. Kyle Demo also scored a goal, while goalkeepers Bryce Plante and Ryan Clark combined to save 16 of Westhill’s 24 shots on goal.

Skaneateles cruised past Phoenix Oct. 10 6-1. Following a competitive first half, Skaneateles had just a 3-1 lead, but Skaneateles scored 3 unanswered goals in the second half for the win. Leading the way for Phoenix was Kyle Demo with a goal, while goalkeepers Bryce Plante and Ryan Clark combined to save 19 out of Skaneateles’ 25 shots on goal for Phoen

Phoenix girls’ varsity soccer had a tough season

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix girls varsity soccer team has had a rough go of it this season, losing  its last seven games.

County foe Altmar-Parish-Williamstown came away with a solid win over the Lady Firebirds Sept. 23. A-P-W got off to a quick start jumping out to a 3-0 lead during the first half and then they didn’t let up in the second half when they added 3 more goals for a 6-0 win.

Leading the way for Phoenix was goalkeeper Brianna Squier, who saved 11 out of Altmar-Parish-Williamstown’s 17 shots on goal.

Phoenix fell to Jordan-Elbridge 3-0 Sept. 24.  Things didn’t get any easier when the Lady Firebirds took on Cazenovia Oct. 1.

Cazenovia wasted little time putting the game out of reach. They built a 6-0 lead during the first half and then added 4 more goals down the stretch en route to a 10-0 win over Phoenix. The Lady Firebirds were led by goalkeeper Squier, who saved 10 out of Cazenovia’s 20 shots on goal.

Phoenix came up short when they took on Bishop Ludden Oct. 4. After a competitive first half, Bishop Ludden had a lead of only 1-0 over the Lady Firebirds.

But Phoenix was unable to tie the game during the second half and Ludden added another goal for a 2-0 win. Leading the way for Phoenix was goalkeeper Squier, who saved 22 out of Bishop Ludden’s 24 shots on goal.

Marcellus rolled past The Lady Firebirds Oct. 9 by a score of 13-0. Marcellus got off to an impressive start, building an 11-0 lead during the first half.

Phoenix was unable to answer during the second half and Marcellus added 2 more goals down the stretch. Phoenix was led by goalkeepers Squier and Osabella Garofalo, who combined to save 9 out of Marcellus’ 22 shots on goal.

Westhill topped The Lady Firebirds Oct. 10 by a score of 4-0. Westhill built a 2-0 lead during the first half and then maintained its consistency during the second half, adding 2 more goals down the stretch to cap off the win. Leading the way for Phoenix was goalkeeper Squier, who saved 22 out of Westhill’s 26 shots on goal.

The Lady Firebirds capped off the 7 game stretch with a loss to Solvay Oct. 12.  Solvay got off a solid start with a 5-0 lead during the first half.

Phoenix showed signs of life during the second half, with Solvay outscoring the Lady Firebirds by only a goal down the stretch to wrap up a 7-1 win.

Phoenix was led by Emilie Hilliard., who scored a goal against Solvay and goalkeeper Squier who saved 6 out of Solva