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Fulton Midgets hockeys tops Salmon River, falls to Valley

The Fulton Midget hockey team, sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts and B&T Sports, beat Salmon River 6-1 in dual contests but came up short against Valley in a 5-3 loss on the road.

In game one against Salmon River, A.J. Pendell got scoring started for the Raiders late in the first period. Fulton tallied two in a row early in the second stanza, first with Trae Sheldon scoring off a feed from Nick Meyer, then with Matt Billion scoring off the face off.

Salmon River spoiled a shut out with a goal soon after. Pendell picked up a rebound from Billion before Fulton’s Bryce Knight took the puck through the Storm defense, and set up teammate Adam Croteau for a point.

Early in the third period, Sheldon sunk a shot from the boards, Meyer assisting, to tally the final for Fulton.

Goalie Brandon Ladd shut out two periods and stopped 23 shots for the Raiders.

On the road versus Valley, Fulton’s opponents came up with two goals in the first and one goal in the second period.

The Raiders rallied in period three, first with Pendell scoring off a passing play between Billion and Seth DeLisle, then with Croteau netting a shot, Mike Keller and Will Fruce assisting.

Ross accepted a pass from DeLisle to score the equalizer. Valley netted their go-ahead goal plus one in the final minutes of the game, handing the Raiders their first loss of the season.

Fulton’s Keagan Murphy had a stellar performance in net, making 47 saves.

In Fulton’s second contest with Salmon River, neither Fulton nor Salmon River scored. Fulton took control mid-second period, first with an upper corner shot from Croteau, then with Mike Keller’s puck finding the back of the net, Kaiden Hotchkiss assisting.

Knight then scored two in a row for the Raiders, one at the close of the period off a feed from Croteau, and another to open the third stanza, Pendell assisting.

The Storm scored a single goal before DeLisle sealed a win for Fulton with two points for his team, one off a rebound from Croteau and another assisted by Sheldon.

Fulton goalies split duties in net with Murphy stopping 13 shots and Ladd blocking 10.

The Fulton Midget hockey team is coached by Larry King and assistants R.J. DeLisle, Steve Walker and John Murphy.

Close elections in Oswego County

By Debra J. Groom

Oswego County is the place to look if you want evidence that every vote counts.

The 12th district in the county legislature is being decided by one vote. The 20th district leader is up by only three votes. The 4th ward Common Council seat in Fulton came down to just two votes.

Absentee and affidavit ballots were counted beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 12. It was a very meticulous procedure, checking to ensure all the ballots were filled out correctly and envelopes were sealed when they came in.

Democratic Elections Commissioner Dick Atkins said all those who submitted absentee or affidavit ballots were verified as being registered to vote before the ballots were opened.

wen the dust settled, inbument Legisltor Douglas Malone was on top by three votes in the 20th legislative district. He tallied 266 to challenger Joseph Susino’s 263.

“This is the closest election I’ve ever had,” Malone said. “It’s the closest I ever want to have.”

Malone said even though the vote total is in his favor now, he still is looking into problems he believes occurred at the Oswego Town Hall polling place on Election Day. He said up to nine people who should have been voting in district 20 for either him or Susino were placed in district 21 instead.

“I want to make sure every vote is counted and everyone gets the chance to vote,” he said. He still is considering going to court, but he said he wants to obtain all the information on what happened before making a final decision.

Atkins said only one voter was involved in the mixup in district 20 at the Oswego Town Hall polling place.

He said nine people who were supposed to vote in district 20 were placed in district 21 instead. He said one man who showed up to vote about 10:30 a.m. wanted to vote for Malone, but Malone wasn’t on his ballot.

Atkins said he went to the polling site at 11 a.m., saw the error and moved the nine people back into district 20. But since this man had already voted, he could not revote in district 20.

He said it isn’t know if the other eight people ever showed up to vote llater in the day, but if they did, they voted in the correct district 20.

Atkins said the problem occurred due to the redistricting of the 25 legislative districts. He said in all, about 74,000 people were moved to new districts and of that number, there were only 10 voters who ended up in the wrong districts on Election Day.

Susino was ahead of Malone by eight votes as of Election Night.

In the 12th district, Schroeppel town councilman Richard Kline, who ran on the Conservative line, came out ahead of incumbent Legislator John Brandt by one vote after the absentees and affidavits were counted.

The vote total was 371 for Kline and 370 for Brandt, who ran as a Republican.

“The people made a decision, but it’s a tight decision,” Kline said after the votes were tallied. “That shows how important it is to get people out to vote.”

All vote totals are unofficial until they are certified by the Board of Elections later this month.

Fulton girls’ soccer team looks forward to next year

By Rob Tetro

At the beginning of the season, things didn’t go quite as planned for The Fulton Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Team.

According to Coach Mike Malette, Fulton started off the season with 5 straight losses. In those 5 losses, they scored only 3 goals.

However, The Lady Raiders turned things around during the final 11 games of the season. They had 8 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties to finish the season with a 8-6-2 record. Fulton scored 40 goals during the 11 game stretch.

The Lady Raiders had six players who contributed to more than 10 goals this season.

The team was led by Sabrina Verdoliva, who had six goals and six assistants. Following Verdoliva were Cheyenne Hotchkiss and Mallori Kitts with six goals and five assists each.

Tori Izyk scored five goals with two assists. Erin Nicholson scored seven goals and has two assists. Emily Bush had four goals and two assists while  Sarah Tallents, Brittany Alton, Taylor Kesterke, Emilee Hyde, Rebecca Segouin, Kaylin Pafumi and Paige Noel also tallied points for Fulton this season.

This season, the last line of defense for the Lady Raiders was Goalie Erin Baker, who saved 130 shots while allowing only 31 goals. Paige Rowlee relieved Baker from time to time. Alongside Baker and Rowlee, Gina Babcock, Miranda Prosser, Sammy Tanner, Lexi Caruana, Sarah Rice and Meg Nicholson were also key defenders for Fulton.

With the conclusion of the season, Fulton’s Varsity Team says goodbye to only six seniors (three were starters). Lena Pawlewicz, Christine Hotaling, Amelia Coakley, Julia Lee, Meriah Dishaw and Sarah Halstead left their mark on the Fulton Girls Soccer Program.

This means there are limited spots available for Mallete’s quality players who hope to move up to varsity next season.

Seventh- and eighth-graders played on either Fulton’s girls junior varsity soccer team or varsity soccer team this past season.

Looking ahead, Malette is excited about the future of Fulton girls soccer.

“By the time all of the JV players from this year move up, the varsity team should be looking at a full complement of talented players.”, he said.


1 person injured in early morning Fulton blaze

A fire on West First Street South displaced 14 Fulton residents early Thursday morning.

One person was taken to the hospital by Menter Ambulance.

Crews from Fulton, Volney, Granby, Cody, Mexico and Oswego town responded to the blaze at 63 W. First St. South at 1:17 a.m.

Fulton Fire Captain David Eiffe said there was “very extensive damage to both floors in the house,” which contained four apartment units.

“The Red Cross is tending to the people who were displaced,” Eiffe said, adding  the Red Cross was putting the residents up in local hotels.

The Fulton police and fire departments are still looking into the cause of the fire.

“The investigation is ongoing as we speak,” Eiffe said.

BOCES students treated to trip to pet store

Exceptional Education students in Mary Ryan’s class recently were treated to an outing to the Pet Supply Store on Main Street in Mexico.

Students have been learning about animal classification, living environments, what foods different animals eat and how they survive in the wild. Ryan said that her students were particularly interested in the unit because they have pets of their own at home.

Ryan visited the Pet Supply Store prior to the outing to take photos for a paper scavenger hunt. Students unable to come on the trip were able to answer the questions from their classroom.

Sixth-grader Floyd Haywood fed the store’s bearded dragon kale and crickets. He also spent time playing with the store’s cat Romeo, and watching Petunia, the Netherland dwarf bunny, interact with the Guinea pigs.

Haywood also looked at the ingredients in dog treats, counted the number of aquariums in the store and learned how often fish should be fed.

The field trip has inspired a school-wide community service project of collecting animal supplies for the SPCA, Humane Society and Paws Across Oswego County. A collection box will be located in Room Six of the Stern Building during the months of November and December.

Changing 315 area code put on hold

The New York State Public Service Commission announced today (Thursday Nov. 14) it was putting on hold its proceeding to determine how best to create an additional area code in the 315 area code region.

The Commission made its decision based on a revised forecast from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), the agency responsible for administering area codes, extending the time needed to the third quarter of 2016 for a new area code in the 315 area.

A Sportsman’s World, by Leon Archer

Deer Camp Memories


When I was a kid, I was a Boy Scout, and I had many adventures as a result of my association with that wonderful organization. We had a great scout master, Lyle Rexford Huyck, but we all called him Rex. He had been a drill instructor in the navy and he transferred a lot of his knowledge and abilities into his role as our leader. He was a no nonsense sort of guy when it came to scouting, but he tempered that with a good sense of humor. Thanks to him, I could hardly wait for the meeting to roll around each week to see what we were going to be doing.

When I turned 14, I became an Explorer Scout, and scouting got kicked up a notch. We went on a number of trips, and we attended jamborees. We went to the east coast several times. We went to Boston and did a tour of the historical sites there including touring the USS Constitution. We took a side trip to Lexington and Concord. But the thing I liked best each year that we went to the coast was we would go out on a party boat to do some deep sea fishing. We caught a heap of fish that none of us had ever caught before. It was fantastic.

In addition, most of us Explorers took our hunter safety training together and got our junior licenses. Often several of us would get together with an adult to go hunting. It all seemed to be a natural outgrowth of our scouting experience. Many times some of us would hunt with Rex and his son, Dale, who was also an Explorer, but hunting opportunities abounded in those days, and there was always an adult that was willing to get us out. Once we turned 16, we often hunted together in groups of two up to as many as six at a time.

Thanks to Rex and Dale, I had the chance to hunt deer out of an honest to God deer hunting camp located on a farm near Deposit, New York. Rex’s in-laws owned the farm, and there was a small cabin that had been built near the woods in the back lot. For three years, Rex and several of the Explorers transformed the cabin into a deer camp. I was 16 the first year I hunted there, and it was where I shot my first deer. In my mind, I can see that deer as clearly today as I did the morning I shot it, but what I remember most is the camp.

The cabin was small, roughly 16 feet by 20 feet, and there was nothing fancy about it, no insulation, no running water, and no electricity. It had a metal covered roof that kept out the rain, and the sides, though uninsulated and unpainted, were sealed well enough that the wind never found its way in. There were three small windows, and there was an even smaller window in the door. It was possible to look in every direction for any deer that might come wandering by while we were enjoying the relative comfort of the inside of the cabin.

There were six bunk beds along two walls. I always seemed to end up with an upper bunk, but I didn’t mind. There was a wooden table and four wooden chairs; if we had a full complement of six in camp, there were a couple of folding chairs under one of the bunks.

We had an old kitchen wood stove that we cooked on and it doubled as our source of heat when the weather was cold. It was often also the reason for sweaty bodies when the weather was warm. The stove was part of the reason for the cabin being a hunting camp, not just some quaint little getaway in the woods. It was the odors that tagged the camp for what it was and they remain indelibly etched in my memory.

Here’s what I remember. Once the deer camp was up and running, the first thing that hit you as you came through the door was the overarching smell of wood smoke (when you came home from deer camp you usually smelled for all the world like a ham). It didn’t matter what time of day or night it was, there would also be the lingering smell of bacon that had been cooked each morning before the eggs were slipped into the hot fat. Coffee that had been boiled on the stove added to the aromatic patina of the camp. Those were the good things.

As the days went by, sweaty long underwear, which doubled as pajamas and was seldom changed, began to radiate cosmic rays as well as a strangely sweetish addition to the atmosphere of the camp. Boots drying behind the stove and wet socks draped over the end of bunks in hopes they would dry before time to go hunting in the morning each did their part in creating an odor that is hard to forget.

Once those things were flavoring the air the hunters were breathing, a few other items could be added. Most years someone would bring a brick of limburger cheese, which if eaten up quickly only added a momentary spike in the toxicity of the camp vapors, but the wrapper with the scrapings from the rind often ended up in the paper trash bag in the corner, and for days hunters would comment how the smell of that cheese had lingered on. If a deer was shot early in the season, liver and onions frying in a cast iron pan on the stove would add another layer.

The variety, quality, and volume of the food and drink being consumed often led to intestinal problems which were often relieved in the evening, producing gasps, groans, shouts and inane chuckling as one more gaseous substance was added to the already burdened air. Fortunately this addition quickly dissipated, unfortunately it could be pretty much counted on to be reintroduced each ensuing evening. You have to remember, we were just boys.

By the end of just the first week, a deer camp would have usually taken on enough olfactory markers that any deer hunter with deer camp experience could identify it blindfolded just standing outside the door. I will say, leaving camp for my stand in the morning, I hardly noticed any odor in the building, but upon returning later in the day after hunting in the fresh air, I became acutely aware of what would eventually find a forever place in my memory. I wouldn’t want you to think that was the only thing that impressed me; I have other memories of deer camp as well, but I will come back for them another day.