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Kenney Middle School students build ’em’ and then knock ’em down

Kenney Middle School in Hannibal fielded 13 teams at the annual “Build ‘Em and Bust ‘Em” bridge building competition held Nov. 9 at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology.

About 600 students from local elementary, middle and high school students competed.

Working during study halls and after school, student teams designed and built balsa wood bridges in the Kenney Middle School Technology Education classroom under the direction of technology teacher Gregory Bailey.

There were specific competition guidelines that all students had to follow to build the balsa wooden bridges. The winning bridges at the event were based on their efficiency, determined by the mass of the bridge divided into weight the bridge could support before failure.

This hands-on activity takes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education outside the class, with an emphasis on teamwork and design.

Hannibal’s Kenney Middle School students competed in two categories. Twenty-one students made up the eight teams representing Kenney in category I. These teams competed against 115 other teams of of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders.

The teams were; The Bridge Busters – Bradley Wiggins, Jake Kelly and Logan Hayden 90th place; The Unstoppable Warriors – Faith Smith, Mackenzie Stienbrecher and Tory Pavo 70th  place; The Pretty Little L’s – Kelly Loveland, Alexis Lindsley and Miranda Lindsley 65th place; The Creators  – Matthew Thompson Ayden Cleary 57th place; The Camo Kings  – Joey Cerillo and Ryan Whitcomb Hunter Dumas 56th  place; Awesome A Cutizie #3- Alivia Diefenbacher and Alyssa Emmons 47th  place;  the Golden Gate Bridge Builders – Blake Donhauser and Phillip Nosko 27th  place; And the highest placing category 1 team, placing 7th  was The Bridge Builders team of Noah Kuc, Ryan Nosko and Zach Shortslef.

Kenney Middle School had five teams competing in Category II, grades 7 and 8, against 58 other teams.

The teams were: The Purple Twinsies – Christina Thompson & Nora Kingsbury 44th place; The  Rainbow Zebras -Brayden Lambry and  Jon Mills 43rd place;  The Crusher – Colby Pavo and Andrew Huller 35th place;  The Galloping Gertie Repair Crew – Hunter Donhauser and Zachery Williams 22nd place.

The highest placing category II team placing 21st  was The Piggy Bank Bridge Crushers team of Stephen McCombie & John Ruggio.

A Sportsman’s World, by Leon Archer

By Leon Archer

I couldn’t help myself; after writing last week about my memories of the deer camp itself, I had to follow up with the other things that flooded into my mind.

While the physical deer camp itself was a part of the lure for me and my friends to hunt in Deposit, N.Y., one has to remember the overarching purpose was to hunt deer.

We were young and inexperienced and we expected we would see a deer behind every tree and come home with a big buck at the end of our stay.

It seldom worked out that way even though we hunted long and hard from morning until the last light of day. We spent a lot of time walking and not much time sitting.

It’s hard for a boy of 16 or 17 to sit for very long hoping for a deer to walk by; our system just isn’t wired that way. Fifteen to 20 minutes always seemed to be sufficient to convince us we were sitting in the wrong place, and a better hunting spot was probably one more hill or valley away.

I spent a lot of time looking for that perfect location.

We actually got a little better with time. We learned to efficiently drive a section of woods with watchers placed in logical spots for deer to use when fleeing the drivers.

The amazing thing is that sometimes we got it right. Dale got a spike horn buck one morning on his watch, and Rex got a nice 8-point one afternoon. He always had the patience to sit for hours at a time, and if you were driving towards his stand, you could be confident that he would be there when you arrived.

The first year I hunted at the camp, I blew a chance at a 4-point one afternoon when I was still hunting by myself.

I had just reached the top of one of the Catskill foothills, and looking at a steep angle into the ravine below I saw this magnificent deer, and he had no idea I was there. I was hunting with a 35 Remington lever action. I was sure that deer was dead meat.

I drew the bead into the rear crotch sight and placed it on his shoulder. I expected that when I pulled the trigger, he would drop like a rock.

The woods reverberated with the blast, but the deer still stood unharmed. I racked another shell into the chamber and aimed even more carefully if that was possible.

When I fired the second shot, the deer began looking around, no doubt wondering where those shots were coming from, but he was none the worse for my efforts.

As a relatively new hunter, I figured the deer was too far away and that I should raise my sights. My next shot was aimed about two inches above his shoulder, the next about 6 inches and the fifth and final shot was launched with my aiming point about a foot above his body.

He finally realized that he might possibly be in danger and trotted out of sight. I couldn’t believe what had just transpired. I reloaded my rifle, and walked down to where the deer had been standing in hopes of finding blood, but it was in vain. I had missed five shots at a standing target.

Later that evening as I recounted my tail of woe back at the camp, three things happened.

First, Rex took out his knife and cut off the bottom of my shirt tail and nailed the piece on the wall. Next he asked me what I had the rifle sighted in at. I told him a hundred yards. Third, he asked me where I had held on the deer. I described my efforts in detail and as I did, a smile grew on his face.

Rex explained what I had done wrong. Basically it was this; when one shoots uphill or downhill over a fair distance he needs to hold low. Shooting more closely to parallel with the pull of gravity has a much different effect on the flight of a bullet than when shooting perpendicular to the pull.

In recognition of gravity, a rifle is sighted in so the barrel is actually pointed at a spot above where the sight is pointed. The bullet ends up dropping over the distance of its travel in order to arrive at the aiming point of the sights.

I guess I had a blank look on my face when he was talking, because he finally tore up a paper bag and drew an illustration to show what he meant. It took a little while for that to sink in, but learning it has helped me put venison in the freezer a number of times over the years.

I didn’t get a deer that year, but I could hardly wait for the next season to roll around and give me another chance. I knew the deer camp would be waiting.

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.