Saturday, May 3 marks the third annual I LOVE MY PARK Day at Fort Ontario State Historic Site, Oswego.
I Love My Park Day is a statewide event to improve and enhance New York’s state parks and historic sites, bringing visibility to the entire state park system and its needs.
Volunteers from across the state will participate in cleanup, improvement and beautification events at New York state parks and historic sites.
Last year, Fort Ontario had one of the highest turnouts across the state with at least 80 volunteers showing up on I LOVE MY PARK DAY to help ready the fort for the 2013 season.
Coordinators are looking forward to doubling that number in 2014.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with work to start by 9 a.m. There will be assignments available for all ages and abilities.
General projects scheduled for I LOVE MY PARK Day include:
** Readying buildings for the 2014 season – sweeping, dusting, mopping and returning exhibits to buildings from winter storage
** Painting – the exterior of Officer Quarters’ privy as well as the fort’s many benches
** Landscaping/clean-up -– trimming of hedges and bushes inside old fort, weeding and mulching flowerbeds in parking lots, cleaning up sticks, branches, and winter debris throughout the grounds, edging sidewalks and pulling young weeds that grow among the stonework of the old fort.
In addition to these yearly tasks, the support garnered from I LOVE MY PARK Day 2013 has prompted organizers to plan three larger scale projects this year.
Cuts in both staffing and budgets in recent years have resulted in an overgrowth on the bluff overlooking Lake Ontario, which threatens to completely occlude views of the lake.
With enough volunteers on May 3, officials hope significant clearing can be done that will benefit literally thousands of people who use the grounds of Fort Ontario annually.
The second large scale project planned for the event is straightening headstones in the Post Cemetery. Many of the stones in the historic cemetery are leaning and in danger of falling over.
As this little cemetery is also visited by thousands of people per year, this small improvement will impact visitors throughout the entire year.
Finally, a replacement entry sign for Fort Ontario has been received over the winter and what better time to install it than on I LOVE MY PARK Day? Not only will the new sign and framework be erected, a new flower bed at its base is being designed to enhance the entrance to the fort’s main parking lot.
Everyone is needed on at Fort Ontario on I LOVE MY PARK Day. Scout troops, youth groups, sports teams, school clubs and civic organizations are all definitely welcome.
Bringing your own tools is highly encouraged although only hand tools are allowed (no power tools). Volunteers are advised to wear appropriate footwear, sunglasses and hats when working outside and consider wearing an extra layer of warmth as it is usually slightly cooler on the shore of Lake Ontario.
Feel free to bring your own water and snack, although a light lunch will be provided through our faithful sponsor Marks Pizzeria of Oswego.
In addition to volunteers, organizers are also looking for area businesses and individuals interested in donating supplies and/or tools to help make Fort Ontario’s third I LOVE MY PARK Day event a rousing success.
Kindness will be acknowledged by recognizing you as an official sponsor of the event. Individuals with expertise or backgrounds in forestry, landscaping or cemetery preservation willing to help lead project teams are also needed.
If you are interested in supporting Fort Ontario’s I LOVE MY PARK Day in either of these two ways, call Ron Healt at 343-4711 or email him at email@example.com.
Those interested in volunteering for any of Fort Ontario’s I LOVE MY PARK DAY projects may pre-register for the event at www.ptny.org/ilovemypark, or by emailing Jenny Emmons, event coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 343-4711.
By Rob Tetro
The Phoenix varsity baseball team won 3 out of its first 5 games of the season.
Solvay knocked off Phoenix 4-1 on April 2. Westhill held off the Firebirds, 7-5 on April 9. Phoenix topped Skaneateles, 7-2 on April 14 for its first win of the season and then they continued their winning ways cruising past Hannibal in both games of a doubleheader April 17.
In the Solvay game, Solvay took an early 1-0 lead over Phoenix during the first inning. After a scoreless second inning, Solvay scored 2 more runs to take a 3-0 lead.
The Firebirds battled back, scoring in the fourth inning to cut Solvay’s lead to 3-1. But they were unable to get any closer. Solvay added another run during the fifth inning to cap off a 4-1 win.
The Firebirds were led by Emilio Tassone with a hit and an RBI, followed by Bryce Plante with 2 hits.
On the mound, Emilio Tassone pitched a solid game for Phoenix. In 6 innings of work, Tassone threw 4 strikeouts while allowing 4 runs off of 8 hits.
Against Westhill, Phoenix took a 3-0 lead after a scoreless first inning. But Westhill quickly stormed ahead, erupting for 6 runs during the third inning to take a 6-3 lead.
After a scoreless fourth and fifth innings, the Firebirds scored 2 runs to cut the lead to 6-5. Westhill added a run during the seventh inning to come away with a 7-5 win.
Leading the way for the Firebirds was Dan Frawley with 2 hits and an RBI, followed by Bryce Plante with a hit and 2 RBIs, Emilio Tassone and Codie Corso each had a hit and an RBI and Bradley Dietz chipped in a hit for Phoenix.
Once again, Emilio Tassone led the Firebirds on the mound. Tassone threw 4 strikeouts while allowing 6 runs off of 7 hits in 6 innings of work. In relief of Tassone, Dan Frawley threw a strikeout while allowing only a run in an inning of playing time.
Phoenix won its first game of the season when it took on Skaneateles. After an evenly played first inning, the game was tied at 1. However, the Firebirds pulled ahead during the next 2 innings to take a 3-2 lead.
It was all Phoenix from there. After 2 scoreless innings, the Firebirds scored 4 unanswered runs en route to a 7-2 win.
Phoenix was led by Zachary Wells with 2 hits and an RBI. Codie Corso and Dan Frawley had a hit and an RBI each. Bradley Dietz, Jordan Jock, Bryce Plante, Zach Schlatcher and Emilio Tassone combined for 5 hits and 2 RBIs.
The Firebirds got another solid performance from Dan Frawley on the mound. In 4 innings of work, Frawley threw 6 strikeouts while allowing 2 runs off of 3 hits. In relief of Frawley, Emilio Tassone threw 2 strikeouts in 3 innings of play.
Phoenix expanded its winning streak when it played Hannibal in a doubleheader.
In the first game, after a competitive first inning, the Firebirds only had a 3-1 lead over the Warriors. Then Phoenix took over from there.
During the next 4 innings, the Firebirds scored 13 unanswered runs to take a 16-1 lead. The Warriors scored again down the stretch but the lead they faced proved to be insurmountable. Phoenix rolled to a 19-2 win over Hannibal.
The Firebirds also came away with a 7-0 win over The Warriors in Game 2 of their doubleheader.
Leading the way for Phoenix was Bryce Plante with 4 hits and 6 RBIs, followed by Bradley Dietz with 3 hits and 2 RBIs, Codie Corso with 2 hits and 2 RBIs, Dylan Borza and Dan Frawley with 2 hits and an RBI each, while Zach Schlatcher, Emilio Tassone and Zachary Wells added 2 hits each for the Firebirds.
Emilio Tassone led the way for Phoenix on the mound. In 4 innings of work, Tassone threw 5 strikeouts while allowing 1 run off of 4 hits. Following Tassone was Bradley Dietz who threw a strikeout while only a run off of 2 hits in 2 innings of play. Zach Schlatcher pitched during the seventh inning to clinch the save.
The Warriors were led by Sam McCraith and Austin Mattison, who each had a hit and an RBI each against Phoenix. Following McCraith and Mattison were Ethan Straub, Shane Sweeting and Jon Combes with a hit each.
Taber Carter got the start for Hannibal on the mound. In 3 innings of work, Carter threw 1 strikeout while allowing 10 runs off of 8 hits.
Following Carter was Ethan Straub who allowed 9 runs off of 12 hits in 3 and 2/3 innings of play. Troy Landis is credited with pitching 1/3 of an inning.
By state Sen. Patricia Ritchie
If you’re like me, you’ve had a teacher in your life who has made a significant, lasting impression on you.
Whether he or she taught you your ABCs or impressed upon you some of life’s bigger lessons, like being kind to others, many of us have teachers to thank for the people we have become.
In an effort to recognize teachers who go above and beyond to help their students succeed, I will once again be honoring educators with my “Golden Apple” Award for Teaching Excellence.
Last year, I was able to honor more than 40 educators from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties with this special program. This year, I am excited to recognize a new group of teachers for their dedication and commitment to helping others learn.
Teachers residing in the area I represent — Oswego, Jefferson and part of St. Lawrence County — are eligible for this award. Nomination forms can be found on my website, www.ritchie.nysenate.gov, or you can request that one be mailed to you by calling 782-3418.
All nominations must be received by May 9. All nominees will be recognized at a special ceremony taking place on May 30.
I know how important a quality education is, and I know how hard our educators work to ensure every student succeeds. That’s why I’ve been working hard to support our region’s schools as well as our teachers.
Recently, the newly-enacted state budget provided $20 million in new funding for schools in the region I represent. This is the largest hike in five years, and nearly three times the increase proposed in January by the governor for Northern and Central New York schools.
It was once said, that a great teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart. I’ve met many of those teachers through my “Golden Apple” award program, and know there are countless others out there.
If you know a teacher who is impacting young lives by enabling students to achieve success, I encourage you to nominate him or her for this special honor.
By Abigail J. Winheld
On Tuesday, April 15, the Port City Royals of Oswego County boys’ volleyball team defeated the Cortland Saints.
Played at the Royals’ gym, the game was exciting and full of quick maneuvers and excellent saves.
The Royals beat Cortland soundly earlier this season and anticipated a similar outcome at this game. To the Royals surprise, Cortland came with an unanticipated energy and determination.
In the first set, the Royals served first but quickly found their opponents ready for the ball — a closely matched game ensued.
The first set ended with the score 25-23 Royals.
During the second set the Royals played more intensely and won 25-16.
Royals Mark Winheld made the winning point with a simple tap over.
Set number 3 was close again and ended with the same score as set one — 25-23 Royals.
Although it was harder than they anticipated, it was a great game for the Royals.
By Julia Ludington
Welcome back, students! I hope that everyone had a lovely spring break.
We are starting to get into the busiest time of the year, with AP tests and Regents rapidly approaching, along with many more school activities.
The Junior Prom is on May 3, and many students are making their last preparations and adjustments for their big night. We wish you all the best and hope you all have a great time.
Mark May 17 on your calendars, as this will be the annual G. Ray Bodley Spring Clean-Up. Students can come to the high school at 9 a.m. (it’s for a good cause, you can get up!) to help plant flowers and clean up the grounds.
It is a lot of work but it always a lot of fun and is very rewarding. Those who stay the whole time are given pizza at the end!
The Spring Clean-Up can also be used for community service hours, so National Honor Society students should take note!
Our Bodley’s Got Talent show was an enormous success and raised $2,000 for charity. Congratulations to the first place winner, MyKenzie Finch, and to all those who participated. We admire your bravery!
On April 28, the class of 2017 will be holding a fundraiser at the local restaurant Blue Moon. A total of 10 percent of the proceeds from all purchases will go towards 2017 funding for prom and other expenses.
Class members will also be selling Raider apparel to help raise money. Please support our freshman class!
Much is happening in sports action this week. The varsity and JV girls’ lacrosse teams will face Oswego this Saturday at home at 1 and 2:30 p.m., respectively.
The varsity softball team hosts Christian Brothers Academy tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., as does varsity boys’ baseball. Boys’ lacrosse faces New Hartford on the home turf Friday, at 5 and 7 p.m., respectively.
Please try to make it to one of these events, your support is always greatly appreciated.