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Step One Peewees win 2, tie 1 and lose 1

The Step One Creative Peewee Independent Hockey Team of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association was in action recently in Rochester and Oswego, losing 4-3 against the Rochester Amerks Blue Minor travel team, winning and tying against the Rochester Amerks Red Minor travel team (3-1 and 2-2), and then shutting out Fulton at home 7-0.

Rochester Amerks Blue 4 Step One 3

In their lone loss over the past two weekends, the Step One Creative Peewees battled in Rochester against the Amerks Blue team.

After Oswego jumped out to an early 1-0 lead off a goal by Tyler Eckert from Nick Burnett, the Amerks Blue team scored four unanswered goals heading into the third period.

Oswego would score the next two on goals by Christian Talamo and Monica Cahill, both coming off assists by Derek Morgia. Despite a flurry of shots late in the period by Oswego, the Amerks held off the Oswego team to capture the win.

Oswego goalie Tyler Wallace had 22 saves in the loss.

Step One 3 Rochester Amerks Red 1

On home ice at Crisafulli Rink, the Step One Creative Peewees played strong throughout against the Rochester Amerks Red Minor travel team.

Eckert got the scoring started at 9:40 of the first period, and would later pick up an assist on one of two Morgia goals in the third.

Despite a number of shorthanded opportunities for the Amerks Red team, Oswego’s strong penalty killing and defense led by Cahill, Burnett, Brandon Graham, Drake Morgia, Bryson Bush, Jack Rice and Isaiah Raby helped with the win.

Wallace played strong in the net stopping 18 of the 19 shots.

“What a great effort,” said Step One Creative Peewee Head Coach Dave Morgia. “Tyler made some incredible stops in net, and all of our kids contributed in this win.”

Step One 2 Rochester Amerks Red 2

Oswego once again played strong against Amerks Red, picking up a tie after being behind throughout most of the matchup.

After Derek Morgia picked up Step One Creative’s initial goal in the second period, Gavin Neuland scored late in the third period on a power play to secure the tie.

“This was a good, aggressive hockey game,” said Morgia. “I was proud of the way our players battled throughout and came back to get the tie.”

Step One 7 Fulton 0

After a scoreless first period against Fulton of the Snowbelt Hockey League, Step One Creative tallied three goals in the second and added another four in the final period to pick up the big win.

Wallace captured his first shutout of the season, playing strong and stopping all 15 Fulton shots.

Cahill got the Bucs on the board early in the second, and then assisted Morgia just minutes later to make it 2-0. Spencer Stepien then scored on a top shelf goal past the Fulton blocker at 10:11 of the period, off a feed from Neuland.

In the third period, Dylan Reitz delivered a slap shot from the blue line, off assists from Morgia and Neuland. Graham and Burnett would each follow with their own goals minutes later, before Morgia finished the scoring off an assist from Reitz.

“It was a strong performance offensively for us with the seven goals,” said Morgia. “But the defense and the net minding were equally strong in the win.”

Step One is now 3-2-1 on the season.

Coaching staff includes head coach Dave Morgia and assistants Bill Cahill, Bob Graham and Rob Raby.

Fulton senior signs to play lacrosse at Binghamton University

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Fulton varsity girls’ lacrosse player, Amelia Coakley, signed her letter of intent to play Division I lacrosse at the State University of New York at Binghamton.

District officials, teammates and friends joined with Coakley and her family in the G. Ray Bodley High School library media center for the prestigious ceremony.

“Less than 1 percent of all high school athletes get a Division I scholarship,” said Fulton Athletic Director Chris Ells. “This is a huge honor.”

Coakley is the daughter of Jeff and Gretchen Coakley and her interest in lacrosse began early.

“My father played lacrosse in high school and in college,” she said. “I started in seventh grade and it went from there.”

Coakley played competitively on club teams and has played on the Fulton varsity lacrosse team since her freshman year.

That year she was all-league honorable mention, in her sophomore season she earned first team all-league honors, and last year she was second team all-league and also an Academic All-American.

A two-year captain for the Raiders, Coakley has been a leader on and off the field.

“She is a very focused student as well as athlete,” said her coach, Drew White. “She’s a hard worker. She puts in more time than anybody else I know. She’s got a bright future ahead of her.”

At Binghamton, Coakley thinks she will play midfield or defensive middy based on her excellent foot skills, which she feels is one of her better qualities.

She considered other schools, including Albany and Cornell, before deciding upon Binghamton, which she said was the right fit for her.

Coakley will study biology while attending Binghamton University and plans to attend the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse physician assistant program following her undergraduate graduation.

Senior citizen news

Phoenix Senior Citizens Club

The next business meeting is at 1:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 6 at the town of Schroeppel building on Route 57A in Phoenix.

(Note: if Phoenix schools are closed due to inclement weather, no senior meeting or covered dish, birth and anniversary meetings will be held).

At the Nov. 1 meeting, elections were held for 2014. The newly elected officer that will be installed at the club’s annual Christmas party Dec. 12 will be: president Joanne Czajkowski; first vice president Bonnie Frawley; second vice president Leon Smith; secretary Janice Nielsen; treasurer Peggy Sayles; trip coordinator Martha Arnold; sunshine Ruth Plantz.

Diana Gardnier was appointed chaplain.

Fifty-six senior club members traveled by charter bus to the Beeches in Rome for their annual Christmas show Nov. 19.

Trip Coordinator Martha Arnold has all the reservations in for the Christmas party at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, being catered by Monirae’s. If you like, you can bring a $5 gift to exchange. Mark your gift for a man or a woman or either. Table service will be provided along with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and lemonade.

The senior club is alwasy looking ofr new members age 50 and over to join in our fun activities. Dues are $5 per year an can be paid to newly installed Treasurer Peggy Sayles at any meeting or dinner. For more information about the club, call Czajkowski at 622-1239.


Granby Senior News

On Nov. 7, we had a good crowd of 45 members who got out for our luncheon. Everybody brought lots of good food that was enjoyed by all.

Sandy Palmitesso won the 50/50. Chaplain Ruth Sheldon said our prayer and we all pledged allegiance to our beautiful flag.

Secretary Emma Martin read the secretary’s report and Treasurer Estelle Holmes read the treasurer’s report. Vice President Fran Wadas stated we will have a singer and keyboard player for our next meeting.

The kitchen committee for the Nov. 21 meeting will be Fran Wadas, Jeanne Smith, Pat Russell, Joanne Gardner, Karen Potter and Ruth Sheldon.

We will have our Christmas lunch Dec. 5 and Bingo Dec. 19


Volney Senior News

Our first meeting wa a great day with no rain. We sure have had a lot of it lately. It sure makes it hard for farmers to get the crops in.

As usual, our president started off with some great jokes. He always has some funny ones.

The Thanksgiving dinner was at noon Nov. 20 at Bristol Hill Church. Dec. 14 will be the Christmas dinner at Seneca Hill.

I sure enjoy their Christmas tree. It is so beautiful. They are always decorated so much it takes a while to look at all the pretty things.

We had quite a few birthdays for October. Wilford Decon, Marion Arcadi, Connie Rudd, Sam Rudd and Rosemary Bartlett.

We also had tow new members. Barbara Knight and Tre Knight joined in October and Barbara Wallace joined this month. Welcome aboard folks. You will enjoy all the fun things we get to do.

March 17 will be a trip to the Turning Stone and the theme is Ireland.

November birthdays are Rita Murphey and Betty Hockstetler. The 50/50 for October was won by Leona Smith and the 50/50 for November was won by Mary Sugar.

G. Ray Bodley first quarter honor roll

The following students were named to Fulton’s G. Ray Bodley High School High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the first quarter of the 2013-2014 academic year:

9th-grade high honor roll (with an academic average of 89.5 or above): 

Erin Baker, Aryelle Barbagallo, Frank Barbagallo, Joseph Barbagallo, Evan Beckwith, Trent Berry, Miwa Burdic, Nicholas Burrescia, Emily Bush, Marshall Carvey, Catherine Cianfarano, Colin Cornell, Kenneth Deloff, Emily Gerth, Sydney Gilmore, Bryce Guernsey, Kimberly Hall, Mallory Harter, Nicholas Hicks, Mariah Holcomb and David Houck,

Also, Victoria Izyk, Trey LaRock, Lexi MacDonald, Gage McHenry, Daniel Mt. Pleasant, Megan Nicholson, Kyle Perry, Miranda Prosser, Brianna Ray, Sarah Rice, Alysa Rosenbarker, Cole Rothrock, Paige Rowlee, Stacey Sereno, Nathaniel Shatrau, Alexis Shaw, Nathan Shaw and Philip Summerville.

Also, Sydney Tetro, Cara Todt, Abiu Velasquez, Makhali Voss, James Ward, Emma Warren, Malcolm Wettering, Jr., Marissa Whaley, Ethan Wright, Andrew Yankowsky and Shannon Zych.

9th-grade honor roll (with an academic average of 84.5 or above):

Brittney Alton, Suzan Bean, Amber Boiko, Connor Broderick, Alexis Carpenter, William Caster, Ethan Cimino, Darrin Cooper, Daquan Davis, Dylan DeLong, Ashli Dodge, Michael Flynn, Stephanie Fowler, Andrew Gilbert, Cameron Gray-Blasczienski and Austin Greenier.

Also, Nicole Hansen, Sydnie Harrington, Jeremy Herlowski, Daniel Hotaling, Karly Kearns, Nicholas Kinney, Carissa Lee, Michael Mankiewicz, Jared Marden, Austin McDonald-Hackett, Lane Melton-Gould, Jarred Miller, Deirdre Murphy, Lauren Nichols, Zoe Norton, Michael Peck II, Zachary Pepper, Zachary Pettit, Mackenzie Phelps, Austin Poirier and Patricia Pryor.

Also, Michael Savich, Mikaela Schleicher, Rebecca Segouin, Kelsi Smith, Breanna Stoutenger, Sarah Tallents, Tanner Trovato, Ryan Vant, Jossmar Vasquez-Heaney, Sabrina Verdoliva, Nicholas Walberger, Brynn Waloven and Taylor Wells.

10th-grade high honor roll:

Donna Aiken, Caleb Almeter, Zachary Almeter, Gina Babcock, Jacob Bailey, Callie Beckwith, Hannah Bennett, Michael Bolster, Michael Brooks, Kevin Cavalier, Haley Chesbro, Olivia Coakley, Keegan Condon, Shawna Cooper, Victoria Crego, Amber DeStevens, Ian Devendorf, Ethan Dexter, Kayla Dingman and Andrew Distin.

Also, Jonathan Earl, Kailee Fantom, Cody Green, Hunter Hartranft, Althea Henderson, Justin Hood, Sage Hourihan, Joshua Hudson, Emilee Hyde, Cassandra Jones, Taylor Kesterke, Mathew Kitts, Gabriella Lanza, Allen LaPage, Marisa LiVoti, Grant Marriner, Timothy McAfee, Jacob McDermott, Benjamin McKay and Paige Noel.

Also, Lane Perl, Tattiana Pierce, Autumn Proto, Daniel Richards, Nicholas Riciputo, Liliana Rivera, Jacqueline Schwanke, Ella Stacy, Dakota Stoutenger, David Tallents, Austin Wilde and Abbey Zych

10th-grade honor roll: 

Charles Alton III, Dylan Batchelor, Austin Beckwith, Amanda Blake, Mackenzie Bogart, Zachary Britton, Mykayla Calkins, Adrian Cayer, Cameron Clarke, Madison Cook, Meghan DeMott, Samuel DeMott, Kyle Denson, Daniel DeStevens, Julianna Duca, Victoria Eckhard and Mykenzie Finch.

Also, Nathan Gilchrist, Justin Grower, Erika Hahn, Michael Ireland, Jamie Johnson, Jr., Aneisia Kauffman, Jake LeVea, Kendyl Lutz, Mitchell Nelson, Kaylin Pafumi, Bailey Perry, Erica Perwitz, Alesha Phelps, Robert Pollock and Julia Polly,

Also, Bayley Raponi, Christina Ravesi, Garet Roik, Kimberly Rombough, Devon Ruckdeschel, Victor Runeare, Jared Shepard, Jared Simpson, Antonio Smith, Elizabeth Sweeting, Julia Warner, Evan Waugh, Brandon Webb, Michael Welch, Jr. and Scott Wells.

11th-grade high honor roll: 

Nicholas Abbott, Alexia Abelgore, Emily Aubin, Jacob Batchelor, Jacob Belcher, Zoe Bolio, Robert Borrow III, Kara Bricker, Karli Bricker, Brett Campolieta, MaKenna Cealie, Jonathon Cummins, Jacob Cuyler, Amanda Deavers and Thomas Distin.

Also, Kimberly Edwards, Katelyn Ely, Kara Farrands, Abigail Field, Stephen Heywood, Tashia House, Brian Hudson, Kylie Jacklett, Christopher Jones, Thomas Kerfien III, Lena Kimball, Angeline Kimbrell, Kaitlyn Kinney, Jennah Lamb, Alexandra LaRock, Cheyenne Laun, Dominique Lockwood, Bailey Lutz, Jessica Marvin, Casey McCann, Nicholas McIntyre, Susan McRae, Geoffry Michaels and Tracie Murphy.

Also, Courtney Parsons, Erica Pawlewicz, Zachary Perry, Justina Race, Nicholas Reitz, Amanda Rice, Daric Richardson, Madden Rowlee, Kathryn Salmonsen, Alaina Schopp, Jacob Seymour, Courtney Smith, Taylor Smithers, Kendra Tryniski, Julia Velasquez, Erika Wallace and Cayla Weaver.

11th-grade honor roll: 

Adam Bruska-Ostrander, Joshua Buskey, Madison Coulon, Chlarissia Crast, Shelby Drake, Katlynn Firenze, Samantha Fox, Lauren Gaido, Emilio Garcia, Emily Gould, Kristopher Grow, Zeanna Hall, Emma Harvey, Emily Hein, Miki Iijima, Bryce Knight,and Chelsie Knopp.

Also, Johnna Lamie, Cinda Laribee, Bran Leyva, Makenzie Loomis, Matthew Marshall, Courtney Parker, Zoe Perez, Shania Phillips, John Russell, Trae Sheldon, Breanna St.Onge, Hannah Stanski, Grace Trepasso, Quinn Webb, Michaela Whiteman, Carly Williams, Hope Williams, Margaret Williams, Jolene Willis, and Mitchell Woodworth.

12th-grade high honor roll: 

James Bailey, Savannah Bray, Seth Britton, Ruth Brown, Kristen Budd, Rylie Bush, Logan Carvey, Nattalie Castellano, Oliver Child-Dauphin, Amelia Coakley, Seth DeLisle, Courtney DeLong, Meriah Dishaw, Monica Falanga, Ross Gardner, Sophia Giovannetti, Mackenzie Grow, Anna Guernsey and Mikayla Guernsey.

Also, Sarah Halstead, Laura Hamdan, Austin Haskins, Paige Havener, Erin Hayden, Kari Holbrook, Michael Holcomb, Jenna Hudson, Yusra Humayun, Emily Hyde, Samantha Ingersoll, Merrick Kilpatrick, Jeremy Langdon, Tessa LiVoti, Julia Ludington, James Martin, Ashley McCann, Maureen McCann, Augusto Mendes Siega and Konner Myers.

Also, Matthew Nelson, Jensen Paget, Derek Prosser, Justin Purtell, Coral Reynnells, Alissa Robinson, Danielle Rupert, Dawson Samson, Anthony Semeraro, Casey Shannon, Abigail Shatrau, Tevin Simard, Taylor Simpson, Noah Sorbello, Jordyn Stone, Jacob Strauss, Nicholas Summerville, Courtney Whaley and Mariah Whipple.

12th-grade honor roll: 

Jessica Abelgore, Connor Aldasch, Michael Alder, Zarina Amirzoda, Dominique Baker-Lanning, Mellissa Bennett, Montana Blair, Mattison Burdick, Neal Burke, Courtney Carr, Alyssa Crandon, Bradley Crofoot, Elizabeth DeSantis and Johnelle Dishaw.

Also, MacKenzie Fanciulli, Scott Favata, Jr., Fabiane Fernandes Da Silva, Connor Goss, Frances Green, Chase Halstead, Christine Hotaling, Kirby LaBeef, Brandon LaClair, Alexi Lastra, Julia Lee, Samantha Miller, Angela Paul, Lena Pawlewicz, Keisha Pierce, Mark Pollock and Richard Prent.

Also, Daniel Renner, Paul Reynoso, Angelina Rinn, Taylor Rose, Jessica Suphan, Alec Thomas, Mitchell Towsley, Jessica Vaccaro and Jeffrey Waldron.

State finds Fulton in moderate fiscal stress

By Ashley M. Casey

The depletion of Fulton’s available fund balance has brought the city under moderate fiscal stress, according to a new audit from the New York state comptroller.

According to a release from Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, the city’s fund balance fell to $136,068 at the end of 2012, down 84 percent from $841,747 in 2010.

Mayor Ronald L. Woodward Sr. attributed the fiscal stress to the poor economy, rising employee costs and declining property values.

“We’re doing our best,” Woodward said.

In an effort to cut costs, the city of Fulton has reduced its workforce by 10 percent in the last three years. Fulton has also reduced aid to the local library and ended ambulance contracts. These measures have saved the city about $800,000 since 2010.

“We’re not squandering money,” Woodward said. “We don’t even have a full-time attorney.” The mayor said he has been prosecuting most of the claims in code court himself.

“There’s only so much you can cut and still plow the roads,” the mayor added.

Fulton has applied to the state’s Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments to aid in the process of solving the city’s financial woes. The FRB will closely review the city’s finances and make recommendations for generating revenue and cutting costs. The board may also be able to make grants or loans of up to $5 million through the Local Government Performance and Efficiency Program.

City officials have reviewed the comptroller’s audit and have agreed to take corrective action. The full report is available at


Oswego lawyer keynote speaker at women’s conference

Kimberly A. Steele, managing attorney of The Steele Law Firm, was one of the keynote speakers at the The Business of Women’s 10th Annual Conference in Watertown Nov. 20 held by the Watertown Small Business Development Center.

Steele talked on “How to Protect Your Business and Yourself.”

“This conference also its participants excellent networking opportunities and to hear first-hand the experiences and lessons learned by all of us in the course of business,” she said.

For informatin about The Steele Law Firm, call 216-4721 or visit the website at

Community Thanksgiving Dinner seeks donations, volunteer help

Financial donations and volunteer help are needed for this year’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 at First United Church of Fulton at 33 South Third Street in Fulton.

The free sit-down dinner is open to everyone, and features a complete Thanksgiving Dinner and an opportunity for good food and fellowship.

Checks can be sent to the First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., Fulton, 13069. Interested volunteers may call Dinner Chairperson Carol Dexter at  592-5162.

An organizing committee consisting of representatives of several Fulton churches and the Salvation Army is busy planning the eighth annual dinner. “It has become such a community effort and wonderful holiday tradition,” Dexter said. “Over 200 meals were served last year.”

Farfaglia to give another presentation on his muck farming book

Jim Farfaglia will give another presentation on his book about local muck farms at 3 p.m. Sunday Nov. 24 at the Fulton Public Library.

Farfaglia recently released a book about the history of muck farms in Oswego County. He will present a slideshow and read excerpts from his book. Farfaglia recently presented the program to a capacity crowd and decided to schedule a second one.

“The response from the public was overwhelming,” Farfaglia explained, “and I believe this is because there is a lot of interest in muck farming here in Central New York. Many people know muck farm families and some have worked on their farms over the years. I enjoy doing this program because it gives me a chance to talk about this unique type of farming and to offer some of the rich stories farmers shared with me.”

Farfaglia interviewed about 35 muck farmers, their family members, neighbors, workers and agricultural specialists and used the interviews, along with photographs and maps, to create the book.

During the Nov. 24 program, Farfaglia will share highlights from the book, call on those in the audience with muck farming ties to offer their memories, and answer questions about his research and creation of the book.

Copies of the book will be available to buy. Refreshments will be served. Call the Fulton Library at 592-5159 or Farfaglia at for more information.