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Fulton girls’ soccer ends season with playoff loss

 By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity soccer team won 2 out of its last 3 games of the season, but its season came to an end with a loss to Jamesville-DeWitt in the quarterfinals of the Class A, Section 3 playoffs Oct. 24.

Prior to the Lady Raiders sectional quarterfinal loss, Fulton earned wins against Homer Oct. 17 and Carthage Oct. 22.

The Lady Raiders topped Homer 3-1. Fulton got off to a solid start, building a 2-0 lead during the first half. However, Homer refused to allow The Lady Raiders to expand their lead during the second half. Both teams scored a goal each down the stretch as Fulton but Homer couldn’t overtake Fulton.

Leading the way for Fulton was Hailey Carroll with 2 goals. Kara Bricker scored a goal and Sydney Gilmore is credited with 2 assists. Goalkeeper Hunter Hartranft saved 8 out of Homer’s 9 shots on goal.
Fulton held off Carthage in the opening round of the Class A, Section 3 playoffs Oct. 22.

After a competitive first half, the Lady Raiders had just a 2-1 lead over Carthage. Like Homer, Carthage wasn’t about to let Fulton add to its lead during the second half. Unfortunately, like Homer, Carthage wasn’t able to cut into the Red Raiders lead either. Both teams scored 2 goals each down the stretch as Fulton held on for the 4-3 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Jordan Coulon with 2 goals. Hailey Carroll had a goal and an assist, while Sydney Gilmore added a goal and Callie Beckwith was credited with an assist. Goalkeeper Hunter Hartranft saved 4 out of Carthage’s 7 shots on goal.

Jamesville-DeWitt cruised past Fulton in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

After a hard fought first half, the game was tied at 1 headed into halftime. J-D took over during the second half, scoring 4 unanswered goals down the stretch en route to a 5-1 win.
Leading the way for Fulton was Hailey Carroll with a goal. Goalkeepers Hunter Hartranft and Maddie Lang combined to save 13 out of J-D’s 18 shots on goal.

The Fulton girls’ varsity soccer program bids farewell to six seniors — Lena Pawlewicz, Christine Hotaling, Amelia Coakley, Julia Lee, Meriah DiShaw and Sarah Halstead.

Fulton football season comes to an end

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity football team’s season came to an end with a loss to Indian River in the Class A, Section 3 playoffs Oct. 25.

Fulton was behind and cut the deficit to 13-7 during the first quarter, but Indian River pulled away from there and won 44-17

It didn’t take long for Indian River to get onto the scoreboard. Early in the first quarter, Dustin Sharrit ran for a 23-yard touchdown to give Indian River a 7-0 lead.  Later in the first quarter, Sharrit struck again. This time, he scored on a run from 60 yards out to expand Indian River’s lead to 13-0.

Fulton cut into the lead before the first quarter ended when Quinton Jackson ran for a 20-yard touchdown to bring The Red Raiders within 6 points at 13-7.

Indian River took over during the second quarter. Quarterback Densel Barnes tossed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Franklin to give Indian River a 19-7 lead. Later in the second quarter, Sharrit scored his third touchdown of the game.on a run from 15 yards out to give Indian River a 25-7 halftime lead.

To The Red Raiders credit, their efforts would not be deterred. Early in the third quarter, Jon Cummings made a 25-yard field goal to cut Indian River’s lead to 25-10.  Indian River then put the game out of reach during the remainder of the third quarter when quarterback Densel Barnes scored on a run from a yard out to give Indian River a 32-10 lead. Before the third quarter ended, Deondre Grier ran for a 17-yard touchdown to expand Indian River’s lead to 38-10.

Indian River capped off an impressive effort during the fourth quarter. Jakese Crockett scored on a run from 8 yards out to give Indian River a 44-10 lead. Fulton battled until the final whistle blew on their season. Late in the game, the Red Raiders cut the lead to 44-17 when Mark Pollock ran for an 18-yard touchdown. But then time ran out on Fulton’s season.

The Red Raiders season with a final record of 1-7.

View from the Assembly, Will Barclay

According to the State Health Department, breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in New York state.

Each year in New York, more than 14,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and almost 2,700 women die from the disease. It is estimated that one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her life.

There has been a lot of awareness centered on educating women who are busy taking care of families, managing careers and households, to take time out for regular check ups for early detection. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink ribbons indicate awareness and local fundraisers and walks have been held–all in honor of loved ones who succumbed to breast cancer and help prevent deaths to cancer.

These are all positive steps toward raising awareness and decreasing cancer deaths. Early detection saves lives. The cause of breast cancer is still not well understood. Scientists agree there are factors that increase a person’s risk of developing breast cancer, such as personal history, age, family history, hormonal factors, not breastfeeding and personal behavior among others.

Another risk may be environmental and scientists are still studying environmental risks.

This year,the state Legislature passed a bill that will enable state funding to support breast cancer mapping. I voted for this in the Assembly.

State funds can now be used to investigate geographic variations in breast cancer incidents. The state has a Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund, which is used to conduct research, seek causes of breast cancer and screen and treat breast cancer. The latest law, A1935A, signed by the governor, will enable those funds also to be utilized for breast cancer mapping as well.

Dense Breast Tissue
Last year, I was pleased to support a bill in the Assembly that is helping to improve breast cancer detection and prevent late-stage diagnoses.  This was signed into law last summer.

It concerns “dense breast tissue.” Those performing mammograms are required to inform patients if they have dense breast tissue, to explain what this means, and to encourage the patient to check with their doctor for additional screenings.

Studies show that cancer is more likely to occur in women who have dense breast tissue. Mammograms often miss early signs when dense breast tissue is a factor. One study shows 71 percent of all breast cancer occurs in women with dense breast tissue.

With this law, if a patient has dense breast tissue, the physician can require additional testing with sonograms and other diagnosing methods. Technology and research has advanced to develop better tools to detect cancer. Our laws should reflect these advancements. I was happy to support this legislation in the Assembly.

A similar law passed in Connecticut in 2009 and reports there indicate that, with a follow-up ultrasound, nearly double the amount of cancers were found after further screening.

Free cancer screenings are still available. In Oswego County, residents without health insurance may call 592-0830. In Onondaga County, residents may call 435-3653. In Jefferson County, residents may call (877) 449-6626.

Those who have been recently diagnosed and need emotional support may call the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline at (800) 877-8077. Treatment options and information about referrals is also available.

If you have any questions or comments on this or any other state issue, or if you would like to be added to my mailing list or receive my newsletter, contact my office by mail at 200 N. Second St., Fulton, by email or by calling 598-5185.  You can also friend me, Assemblyman Barclay, on Facebook.

United Way meeting Nov. 6 on requests for FEMA money

The United Way of Greater Oswego County is in the planning stages for the distribution of $62,580 it has received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The money, which can used for food, rent and housing assistance, and utility assistance, is available to 501(c) 3, nonprofit agencies offering human services programs.

Those agencies interested in applying for FEMA funding must submit requests to the United Way of Greater Oswego County no later than Oct. 31.

The local FEMA board will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 6 at the United Way office, 1 S. First St., Fulton, to review all requests.

For more information on the availability of local FEMA funding, contact the United Way office at 593-1900.

Brandt, Kline running for Oswego County legislature from the Schroeppel area

Incumbent John W. Brandt and Schroeppel councilman Richard P. Kline are seeking the two-year seat on the Oswego County Legislature representing District 12.

Brandt is on the Republican and Independence lines and Kline is on the Conservative line.

The legislator position pays $12,345 in 2013.

Here is some biographical information on each candidate and their answers to one question about the county.

John Brandt

Age:  67

Address:  235 Gilbert Mills Road, Phoenix

How long hasve you lived in the district you are running in? Lived in district continuously for 40 years

Education:  Law school graduate

Occupation: Retired judge

Community Service: Youth coach for multiple recreational programs; active in church activities, including charitable fundraisers; Schroeppel Planning Board; various advisory boards

Have you ever held any other political offices: Town justice; county court judge; acting Supreme Court justice

Family: Family:  Wife Judy; daughters Karen, Kelly & Kristin

What is the biggest problem or issue facing Oswego County and how would you solve it?

The biggest problem in Oswego County: Unemployment/economy — Solutions are difficult and complex, but involve multiple efforts including government/private industry collaborative efforts, job stimulus programs, increased job training for trades and skilled worker professions.

Richard Kline


Address:4 Richard Ave. Pennellville

How long have you lived in the district you are running in: Entire life except 20 years in Capital district due to employment obligation.

Education: Attended Syracuse University, Onondaga Community College; Math/Science Degree

Occupation: Retired from UPS-27 years.

Community service: I was involved with the local Glens Falls Chamber of Commerce for four years helping to connect with and promote local businesses. I worked as a volunteer on the Water Committee in the town of Schroeppel to help to solve local water issues.

Have you held any other political offices: Town of Schroeppel councilperson for eight years. Deputy supervisor-appointed for one year.

Family: Three grown children; two small business owners, one teacher. Ten grand-children and two great-granddaughters.

What is the biggest problem or issue facing Oswego County and how would you solve it? 

We must find ways to provide services without increasing the taxes, which are becoming unaffordable to many of our residents. Innovation is one way to improve services and keep cost down. We must also explore all possibilities to improve the economic climate. Our residents need local jobs and more security.


Hannibal football ends season with a win

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal varsity football team concluded the season with an impressive win over Onondaga Oct. 23 in its crossover game.

Hannibal finishes the 2013 season with a 1-7 overall record.

After jumping out to a 14-6 lead during the first quarter, the Warriors put the game out of reach during the second and third quarters. Hannibal scored 28 unanswered points en route to a 42-14 win over Onondaga.

Onondaga took a 6-0 lead after returning the opening kickoff 96 yards for the score. Then Hannibal took over.

Later in the first quarter, Hannibal took a 7-6 lead when quarterback Trevor Alton ran for a 1-yard touchdown. Before the first quarter concluded, Tim Webber scored on a run from 15 yards out to give The Warriors a 14-6 lead.

Hannibal kept piling it on during the second quarter. Early in the second quarter, Tim Webber ran for a 41-yard touchdown to expand the Warriors lead to 21-6.

Just before halftime, Hannibal struck again. Trevor Alton tossed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Tim Webber to give The Warriors a 28-6 halftime lead.

Early in the third quarter, Christian Knox muscled his way in from 2 yards out to expand Hannibal’s lead to 35-6. Later in the third quarter, Greg Hadcock caught a 59-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Alton to give the Warriors a 42-6 lead.

Onondaga added a late score to cut Hannibal’s lead to 42-14 before the game ended.

Leading the way for Hannibal was Trevor Alton, who completed 8 out of 12 passes for 185 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. Following Alton was Greg Hadcock with 3 catches for 121 yards and a touchdown. Tim Webber caught 2 passes for 24 yards and a touchdown.  Zach Janes, Connor McNeil and Charlie McCraith combined for 3 receptions for 40 yards for Hannibal.

The Warriors leading rusher was Tim Webber, who ran for 84 yards on 8 carries and 2 touchdowns. Following Webber was Greg Hadcock with 5 rushes for 31 yards. Dustin Ouellette, Brandon Wolfe, Logan Scott and Connor McNeil combined for 28 yards on 4 carries. Christian Knox had 7 rushes for 17 yards and a touchdown. Trevor Alton ran for 1 yard and a touchdown on 1 carry for Hannibal.

Defensively, the Warriors were led by Christian Knox, who had 9 tackles and is credited with a sack. Following Knox was Dustin Ouellette with 7 tackles. Greg Hadcock, Zach Janes, Tim Webber and Nathan Welling had 5 tackles each. Welling is also credited with a sack.

Hadcock is also credited with a fumble recovery. Zachary Hartraft, Devon Weldin, Charlie McCraith and Austin Mattison had 4 tackles each. Devon Weldin is also credited with a sack. McCraith is also credited with a fumble recovery.  Sean Lange, Jacob Whitcomb, Ryan Weldin and Dennis Spaulding had 2 tackles each. Ryan Weldin is also credited with a sack. While Connor McNeil, Brandon Wolfe, Logan Scott and Robbie Hillman combined for 4 tackles for Hannibal.

Global Awareness Conference Nov. 8, 9

SUNY Oswego’s annual Hart Global Awareness Conference on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9, will feature two keynote speakers, one each night.

At 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in Room 132 of the Campus Center, conference attendees will hear an update from Gabriel Bol Deng, a “lost boy of Sudan” who was keynote speaker in 2010, his education- and health-opportunities work in the new African nation of South Sudan.

The second keynote, at 7 p.m. Saturday in Room 101 of Lanigan Hall, will feature

Jessica Minhas, an expert on human trafficking as well as an entrepreneur, TV host and producer specializing in cultural and media impact on women.

Both talks are free and open to the public. Parking for those without a campus-parking sticker is $1. For more information, visit

In 2007, 20 years after his harrowing escape from Sudanese militants, Bol Deng returned to his homeland, a journey documented in the upcoming film “Rebuilding Hope.” He founded Helping Offer Primary Education (HOPE) for Sudan with a mission to provide educational opportunities and health services to South Sudanese people adversely affected by political turmoil.

Minhas, who has worked in advocacy and on behalf of sex-trafficking survivors as well as numerous humanitarian organizations, has become an expert analyst on child labor and exploitation, youth advocacy and overcoming abuse.

She is developing an open-media platform called “I’ll Go First” that invites individuals to tell their own stories of survivorship without revictimizing them. Her talk is titled “Finding Your Purpose and Your Voice.”

For more information on the Hart Global Awareness Conference, visit

Porky & Buddy tackle cat loneliness

Dear Porky,

My six year old female cat, Sophie, has been with me since she was a kitten.

Her best buddy, Squiggles, (He came with that name, sorry) passed away last year at the age of 19 and I don’t think that Sophie has really gotten over it?

Do cats “grieve?” As much as I adore her, I am just not home that much because I work during the day, and I worry that she is now bored and lonely.

Should I think about adopting another cat to keep her company?


Dear Alex,

Buddy and I are both so sorry about Squiggles, and we are certain that he did not know that his name was ludicrous. Trust me on this.

To answer your question, it doesn’t help much to worry about whether pets grieve.

The real question is, are they happy, and if not, what can you do about it?  So a couple of things to think about. Has Sophie’s behavior changed recently to make you think she is unhappy?

Is she gaining weight for lack of exercise? If not, and if she seems happy to see you and behaves appropriately when you are home together, then there may not be a problem.

Remember that cats sleep many hours per day and that is, in all likelihood, what she is doing while you are gone. So don’t let yourself be wracked by guilt over the fact that she is home alone. You probably have lots of other things to feel guilty about.

That said, there can be benefits to having more than one cat. Cats  can provide each other with exercise, social interaction, and mental stimulation.

Cats that have lots of opportunity to socialize and play with each other are less likely to be destructive (or just plain annoying).

For example, some single cats relentlessly  try to wake their owners during the night to play with  them. Two cats might still race  around the house at  night but at least they won’t expect their owner to get up and join them.

Another benefit of having two cats is that they will groom each other’s ears and coats, often getting at places they can’t reach on their own! And cats at peace with each other are just plain nice to watch.

But, and it’s a big BUT,  changing from a one cat to a multi-cat household is not always easy. Cats can take a very long time to learn to like each other.

You’ll need to consider such factors as age and sociability differences when choosing a new cat for your household.

A kitten or adolescent cat that has been around other older cats and that likes to  play may be a good choice for Sophie. She might turn into teenager herself.

Or maybe she can teach a bratty teenager how to behave. Whatever you decide, remember that it will probably take time.

Space is an absolute necessity for multiple-cat homes. Cats always need to have spots for hiding, so they can be alone and undisturbed whenever they feel the need.

You can never have too many cat perches (and toys and scratching posts) all over the house. Multiple litter boxes are also advisable, so that each cat can feel safe while eliminating.

The number of litter boxes should equal the number of cats you have, plus one. So, if you have two cats, you will need three boxes. Food and water can be placed in a common area, as cats seem to enjoy eating in groups.

Should you decide to make yours a multiple-feline household, please keep in mind that your cats are not likely to be best buddies immediately. There are no guarantees, and it’s always best to be cautious when introducing cats to each other.

The Humane Society had detailed instructions for how to do that. And if you are adopting a cat who has already lived in a group in a foster home, consider adopting one of his or her friends.

Introducing two friends to a new home can ease the transition, and you’ll be much more likely to make Sophie part of a happy sociable group. Plus you’ll be giving two needy cats their very own forever home.  What could be better than that?

Good luck and thanks for being such a caring owner.


The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County. Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego. Phone 207-1070. Porky & Buddy are two former animals at the shelter who answers humans’ questions about animals.