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Leighton sixth graders recognized for academic achievements

Special awards – Frederick Leighton Elementary School sixth graders received the New York State Awards from the Comptroller’s and Attorney General’s Office.Triple “C” Awards as Jillian Dowdle (left) and Lara Kanbur) while Huckabee Fitzgerald received the Attorney General recognition. They were joined by Principal Julie Burger.
Special awards – Frederick Leighton Elementary School sixth graders received the New York State Awards from the Comptroller’s and Attorney General’s Office.Triple “C” Awards as Jillian Dowdle (left) and Lara Kanbur) while Huckabee Fitzgerald received the Attorney General recognition. They were joined by Principal Julie Burger.

As the school year wound down, the Frederick Leighton Elementary School recognized numerous students, including all of the sixth graders who advanced to continue their academic career at the Oswego Middle School.

Annually, School Principal Julie Burger distributed numerous awards as the students prepare for the next step of their education.

This year, the New York State Comptroller’s Award was presented to Huckabee Fitzgerald. Meanwhile, the Triple “C” Awards, from the New York State Attorney General, recognizing character, courage and commitments were presented to Lara Kanbur and Jillian Dowdle.

Several students were recognized for their dedication to education and as a result earned recognition from the President’s Education Awards Program. Students earning “Outstanding Academic Excellence” certificates included Shae Carter, Melissa Chun, Dakota Contryman, Jillian Dowdle, Sofia Loayza, Andrew Mosbo, Austin Mason, Caitlyn Murphy and Dylan Reitz. Receiving “Outstanding Academic Achievement” certificates were Samuel Allen, Janie Brooks, Alyssa Cheeley, Kaitlyn Kelly, Lara Kanbur and Thomas Wallace.

Burger congratulated all students for their accomplishments and wished them well on their continuing education years in the Oswego City School District.

Sixth graders from Laurel Artz’ class included Samuel Allen, Mitchell Barton, Joey Caron, Alyssa Cheeley, Robert Clark, Dylan Czuprynski, Hayley Domicolo, Jillian Dowdle, Huckabee Fitzgerald, Daniel Gosselin, Lara Kanbur, Corey McHenry, Heavenly Noel, Kay-Lee O’Brien, Madison Roach and Thomas Wallace.

From Carolyn Dehm’s class were Dakota Brown, Christopher Fox, Katrina Green, Stephen Greene, Amber Hammond, Matthew Hibbert, Austin Mason, Caitlyn Murphy, Nicholas Neider, Dylan Reitz, Nickolas Smith, Scott Sullivan, Christion Valazquez, Taylor Vickery and Drew Youngman.

Catherine Kelly’s sixth graders advancing included Janie Brooks, Griffin Calabro, Alexzandra Conzone, Mariah Cooper, Benny Derosa, Cameron Garafolo, Kaitlyn Kelly, Crystal King, Sofia Loayza, Katelinn McGuinness, Andrew Mosbo, Daniel Murphy, Javen Syke, Dylan Sobrino, Liam Tovey and Alexander Whiteside.

Moving on from Heather Lewis’ class were Marcus Barton, Joseph Burton, Melissa Chun, Dakota Contryman, Dominick Cullen, Bailey Elkin, Mackenzie Endres, Jacob Gibbs, Mary Guynup, Tatyana Jimenez, Aaliyah Moldonado-Cappetta, Sarah Marino, Carson Martin, Evan Reitz and Emily Sanders.

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Kiwanis Baseball begins season with Opening Day ceremony

FirstPitchFulton Mayor Ron Woodward read a proclamation during the Opening Ceremony of the Fulton Kiwanis Baseball season.

After many years of supporting local youth baseball, Woodward announced that the 2013 season will be dedicated to John Woodworth.

After having the 2013 Fulton Kiwanis Baseball season formally dedicated to him, Woodward threw out the ceremonial first pitch while his grandson, Matt served as honorary catcher.

Regional traveler growth on the rise in Oswego County

Tourism in Oswego County is on the move based on data from the 2012 report prepared by Tourism Economics, which shows that there has been a significant increase in traveler spending.

The report is focused on the Thousand Islands Seaway Region, which covers Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties.

According to the report commissioned by New York State, tourism in the Thousand Islands region is a $480 million industry that supports 8,896 jobs. Oswego County increased traveler spending last year by 13.2 percent. In 2010, travelers spent $102,713,000 in the county and last year that amount jumped to $128,621,000.

Travelers in Oswego County spent the bulk of their travel budget, $37.4 million, on food and beverages in 2012 with second homes and lodging placing second and third at $27 and $15.9 million respectively.

Both state and local taxes made the jump as well. Collection of state taxes from tourism activity in the county increased by 12.6 percent, while local taxes had an increase of 13.7 percent. If it were not for tourism-generated state and local taxes, the average household in the county would have to pay an additional $338 to maintain the same level of government service.

“Some of the reason for this huge increase in visitor spending is the result of excellent fishing conditions and the increase in angling effort,” said David Turner, director of Community Development, Planning and Tourism. “Other factors include the opening of the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego, maintenance outages at the nuclear power plants and ongoing construction at the Novelis facility.”

Turner explained that the Salmon River steelhead catch has increased dramatically in recent years, making the total angler hours on the Salmon River 751,127 compared to 488,792 in 2005. The Oswego County Fishing Hotline also received 15,442 calls in 2012 from anglers all over the country hoping to take advantage of the world-class fishery here.

“While fishing is our main attraction, we are also blessed with an abundance of natural, cultural and historic resources here,” said Turner. “So it is no surprise that, as more people become aware of what we have to offer, our visitor numbers continue to improve.”

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County to once again attack water chestnut plants

Water chestnuts – Daniel Paro (left) pulls water chestnuts from his kayak while Oswego County Legislator Shawn Doyle searches for the invasive plant on the Salmon River Estuary. Doyle is riding in a driftboat with Dave Paro of Dave’s Executive Guide Service. Volunteers, including members of the Oswego County River Guides Association, will hold their annual water chestnut hand-pull Saturday, July 13 on the Salmon River Estuary.
Water chestnuts – Daniel Paro (left) pulls water chestnuts from his kayak while Oswego County Legislator Shawn Doyle searches for the invasive plant on the Salmon River Estuary. Doyle is riding in a driftboat with Dave Paro of Dave’s Executive Guide Service. Volunteers, including members of the Oswego County River Guides Association, will hold their annual water chestnut hand-pull Saturday, July 13 on the Salmon River Estuary.

by Andrew Henderson

The Oswego County Water and Soil Conservation District is once again going to attack invasive plants, including the water chestnut plant, along the Oswego River this summer.

 

“The water chestnut plant is an invasive species that, once established, can significantly reduce the quality of the native habitat, impede recreational use of waterways, and interfere with terrestrial ecosystems,” said John DeHollander, district manager of the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District.

“Water chestnut is present in shallow areas of the lower Salmon River Estuary as well as in sections of the Oswego River.”

It is difficult to slow the spread of water chestnut once it becomes established in a shallow water area. Volunteers have successfully led hand-pull efforts over the past several summers to remove the plant from sections of the Oswego River as well as the Salmon River Estuary.

The plants can create large floating mats of vegetation that restrict the penetration of sunlight, limit the growth of native plants, and disrupt the food web. Each water chestnut plant can produce up to 300 nuts per year.

The Soil and Water Conservation District applied a chemical treatment to more than 200 acres of water chestnut plants on the Oswego River last year. The agency plans to use a chemical treatment on the Oswego River again this summer.

Up north, volunteers, river guides, and members of local environmental organizations will gather Saturday, July 13 at the Pine Grove Boat Launch near Selkirk Shores State Park for a community water chestnut pull on the Salmon River Estuary.  From 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., members of the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species will lead a session on how to identify common invasive species and monitor their presence in waterways and on land.

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Fulton Little League team captures Section 2 title

Section 2 champions – The Fulton Little League Intermediate Team is Section 2 Champions. Team members are Nolan Bonnie, Will Caster, Cole Cotton, Nick Dingman, Austin Flemming, Jacob Geitner, Bryce Guernsey, Josh VanHorn, Malcolm Wettering, and Kameron Whipple. Coaches are Randy Cotton, David Dingman, and Larry King.
Section 2 champions – The Fulton Little League Intermediate Team is Section 2 Champions. Team members are Nolan Bonnie, Will Caster, Cole Cotton, Nick Dingman, Austin Flemming, Jacob Geitner, Bryce Guernsey, Josh VanHorn, Malcolm Wettering, and Kameron Whipple. Coaches are Randy Cotton, David Dingman, and Larry King.

Fulton’s Intermediate Division baseball team won the Section 2 championship last Wednesday with a 7-5 win over Canastota.

Fulton played Canastota in a three-game series starting Tuesday, July 2 for the sectional title. Game one was played in Canastota. Fulton was in control throughout the game, earning the 5-1 win.

Fulton showcased strong pitching and defense. Fulton was lead by Nolan Bonnie’s 6-2/3 innings on the hill. He gave up just one hit and one unearned run. Will Caster came in to record the save for Bonnie, striking out the only batter he faced.

The defense did not have an error. The defense was led by Austin Fleming at shortstop and Cole Cotton at first base, who both successfully fielding several hard it balls.

Game 2 was tighter as Fulton earned a hard fought win with great execution and fundamentals. Fulton fought for two runs in the bottom of the first with a base hit by Malcolm Wettering and a bunt base hit by Cotton. Two ground outs and a pass ball led to the runs and an early 2-0 lead.

Fulton was able to score each of the first three innings with timely hitting and aggressive base running to extend the lead to 5-0 by the fourth. Canastota put a couple of hits together to narrow the gap 5-2 in the fourth but Fulton added one in the fifth. After Bonnie stole third base, Nick Dingman scored Bonnie after battling pitches to put the ball in play to the shortstop.

Canastota came alive in the sixth inning, plating three more to get back in the game before Cole Cotton hit a solo home run to bring the lead to 7-5. Fulton held off Canastota in the last inning with great defense led by Wettering throwing out a runner at second base and Will Caster’s diving catch to end the game.

The winning pitcher was Will Caster and the save went to Bryce Guernsey. Fulton left Monday for Montgomery, N.Y. to start play in the New York State Championships. The tournament runs for eight days beginning yesterday when Fulton will take on Section 1 Champion Southline Little League (Buffalo).

“We are excited about the opportunity to represent Fulton in Montgomery. We are playing at a very high level and are going there with expectations,” said Manager Randy Cotton. The team heads to Montgomery with a 15-1 record, winning their last 13 by outscoring their opponents 180-20.

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Pitcher perfect in first career SBS victory

First win for Fulton resident – Fulton driver Jeremy Pitcher, a DIRT Sportsman standout and Butler Disposal Services SBS Rookie of the Year candidate, realized a lifelong dream on Saturday as he picked up his first career Pathfinder Bank SBS main event win behind the wheel of the TNT Motorsports No. 14.–Valley News photo by Ray Grela
First win for Fulton resident – Fulton driver Jeremy Pitcher, a DIRT Sportsman standout and Butler Disposal Services SBS Rookie of the Year candidate, realized a lifelong dream on Saturday as he picked up his first career Pathfinder Bank SBS main event win behind the wheel of the TNT Motorsports No. 14.
–Valley News photo by Ray Grela

Toys for Tots “Christmas in July” presented by Days Inn/Knights Inn of Oswego provided a sixth different winner — and a third first timer — in Oswego Speedway’s Pathfinder Bank SBS division this season.

Fulton driver Jeremy Pitcher, a DIRT Sportsman standout and Butler Disposal Services SBS Rookie of the Year candidate, realized a lifelong dream on Saturday as he picked up his first career Pathfinder Bank SBS main event win behind the wheel of the TNT Motorsports No. 14, joining Jason Simmons and Dalton Doyle as a first time winner in 2013.

Pitcher started on pole position Saturday night, leading all 35 laps of the Grand Prix main event besting Jon Tesoriero, Mike Bond, Simmons, and Russ Brown to the line.

While Pitcher etches his name into Pathfinder Bank SBS history at Oswego, he is no stranger to victory lane at the “Steel Palace” as he cruised to the 602 crate dirt Sportsman main event win at the Speedway last Classic Weekend. After driving a Team Tapout SBS last fall for Jason Simmons, a full-time ride for TNT Motorsports became available this season, and the goal quickly turned to returning to Oswego’s hallowed victory lane.

“I really don’t know what to think right now,” said Pitcher. “The way we have been running this season, it has been a blur. Jonny (Tesoriero) raced me hard, got a little loose a couple of times when we made contact, but it was fun. I’m just grateful to run at such a great track. I’ve been coming here since I was a kid; it is just the best race track around. I want to thank Terry and Tracey Solazzo for giving me this opportunity.”

Ironically, the car in which Pitcher took to victory lane is the same machine that carried Bond to the Grand Prix night win at the Speedway one year ago. Kreig Heroth, Dalton Doyle, Andrew Schartner, AJ Bernys, and Jack Patrick filled the front ten positions in the SBS main on Saturday night.

Conservatives endorse Republicans and Democrats for fall elections

by Andrew Henderson

The Oswego County Conservative Party and Chairman Ron Greenleaf have announced its slate of candidates for the fall elections.

For the Oswego County Legislature, the Conservatives have endorsed a mix of Republicans and Democrats, including Margaret A Kastler for District 1, Milferd Potter for District 2, Shawn Doyle for District 3, Ron Sakonyi for District 5, Daniel LeClair for District 8, and Linda Lockwood for District 11.

The party has also endorsed Kevin Gardner for District 13, Bradley T. Coe for District 14, Shane Broadwell for District 17, Michael Kunzwiler for District 18, Marie Schadt for District 19, Terry Wilbur for District 21, James Karasek for District 22, Morris Sorbello Jr. for District 23, Daniel T. Farfaglia for District 24, and Frank Castiglia Jr. for District 25.

There will be two primaries: In District 20 between Joseph Susino and Douglas Malone and in District 12 between Richard P. Kline and John Brandt.

Kurt Ferris, who has also been endorsed by the Democrats, has received the Conservative line for Oswego County treasurer.

The party endorsed one candidate in the City of Fulton. Former Fulton Common Council Tom Kenyon is seeking a return to the First Ward seat. In the City of Oswego, Conservatives have endorsed Shawn P. Walker for Fourth Ward and Lee B. Walker for Fifth Ward.

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Hannibal’s SOS Fest to feature national bands

by Andrew Henderson

The SOS Fest, a three-day music festival, will be held July 19 through July 21 at the Hannibal Firemans Field on Rochester Street.

The musical lineup features bands from all over the country,  including many national acts. There will also be speakers, food booths, free waterslides, craft booths, and many display booths.

The festival begins Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m. with “Second Story” from Fulton and “The Sent Forth” from Central New York. The bands will be followed by well known speaker Wes Aarum from Buffalo.

The night will end with national recording artists, “The Brothers McClurg,” from the Buffalo area. There is a cost for Friday night.

Music resumes Saturday evening at 5 p.m. with “The Good Fight” from Mexico, “Mollys Way” from Utica, “The 7 Thunders” from Long Island, “Against the Slate” from Pennsylvania, “Life Band” with Jonnie Nickles from Rome, national recording artist Grant Woell from Michigan and national recording artist, “Everyday Sunday” from Ohio.

In between bands, there will be several other special guest speakers and singers. There is a cost for Saturday as well.

 

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