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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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Largest group graduates from Oswego County Drug Treatment Court

by Nicole Reitz

Twenty-two participants have successfully completed the Oswego County Drug Treatment Court — the largest graduating class since the program began in August of 1999.

“Tomorrow is a fresh opportunity to make it better,” said Drug Court graduate Tracie Ormsby.

Drug Court is structured to give non-violent offenders with a history of substance abuse a second chance at life outside of prison.

Those who are accepted into the treatment court program receive intensive supervision and monitoring by the court and are also required to complete addiction treatment programs.

Those selected for the alternative to incarceration program are required to stay in drug court for a minimum of one year.

In the first four months, people in drug court are required to go to weekly court sessions. After those four months, they must appear in court every two weeks and so on. Some must make payments towards restitution.

Drug court members also need to complete 25 hours of community service. In order to get to graduation, participants must also have a significant amount of clean and sober time under their belt. In their speeches at Friday’s ceremony, several people mentioned their sobriety date.

Although these 22 people made it through the program, not everyone does.

Program administrator David Guyer said that the completion rate is between 50 and 55 percent, which is in line with the state and national average for drug court programs.

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Largest group graduates from Oswego County Drug Treatment Court

by Nicole Reitz

Twenty-two participants have successfully completed the Oswego County Drug Treatment Court — the largest graduating class since the program began in August of 1999.

“Tomorrow is a fresh opportunity to make it better,” said Drug Court graduate Tracie Ormsby.

Drug Court is structured to give non-violent offenders with a history of substance abuse a second chance at life outside of prison. Those who are accepted into the treatment court program receive intensive supervision and monitoring by the court and are also required to complete addiction treatment programs.

Those selected for the alternative to incarceration program are required to stay in drug court for a minimum of one year.

In the first four months, people in drug court are required to go to weekly court sessions. After those four months, they must appear in court every two weeks and so on. Some must make payments towards restitution.

Drug court members also need to complete 25 hours of community service. In order to get to graduation, participants must also have a significant amount of clean and sober time under their belt. In their speeches at Friday’s ceremony, several people mentioned their sobriety date.

Although these 22 people made it through the program, not everyone does.

Program administrator David Guyer said that the completion rate is between 50 and 55 percent, which is in line with the state and national average for drug court programs. The most common reason for this is either the person absconds or is arrested on new charges.

“We don’t terminate a person just for a relapse,” said Guyer. “We attempt to work with people through their addiction. Our ultimate goal is to rehabilitate people.”

As always, there were more male than female graduates, but Guyer said that dynamic is changing. Over the last 14 years of the program, the number of women arrested for drug charges has increased significantly.

A majority of the graduates are in their late teens to early 30s. Guyer has found that 16 and 17 year olds are not as successful in the program, but they have other avenues for turning their lives around.

“We once had a guy who made it through that was 77 years old, but that’s a rarity,” said Guyer.

Before entering drug court, many of the graduates were facing felony convictions. Most of these cases have since been reduced to a misdemeanor. In addition to the legal benefit, those in the program become healthier, get jobs, an education and pay taxes.

“This group of people worked hard,” said Guyer. “These people will hopefully go on to lead healthy and productive lives.”

Drug Court also works alongside the probation department, treatment providers such as Harbor Lights Chemical Dependency in Mexico, and Judge James Metcalf. Many graduates thanked Metcalf specifically for his “tough love” approach, and showed their gratitude for counselors that listen and shared their wisdom.

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Local businesses join lake restoration effort

Lake restoration effort – Local merchants are helping the effort to restore Lake Neatahwanta. This Monday, many local businesses will be offering $1 donation cards — in the shape of Lake Neatahwanta — in order to raise local funds for the cleanup to begin. Pictured are Mayor Ron Woodward and Second Ward Councilor Dan Knopp who were the first to make a donation.
Lake restoration effort – Local merchants are helping the effort to restore Lake Neatahwanta. This Monday, many local businesses will be offering $1 donation cards — in the shape of Lake Neatahwanta — in order to raise local funds for the cleanup to begin. Pictured are Mayor Ron Woodward and Second Ward Councilor Dan Knopp who were the first to make a donation.

by Andrew Henderson

Local merchants are helping the effort to restore Lake Neatahwanta.

This Monday, many local businesses will be offering $1 donation cards — in the shape of Lake Neatahwanta — in order to raise local funds for the cleanup to begin.

Second Ward Councilman Dan Knopp presented the idea to the Fulton Community Revitalization Project Board.

The Lake Neatahwanta Revitalization Project will be partially funded by a grant from Senator Patty Ritchie and other private donors.

“Every member of our community can show their own support by donating $1 to this very important project,” said Knopp. “Just sign your name, your family’s name or just write a note of encouragement. Your personal donation will be displayed by the businesses to show your support for the lake cleanup.”

All contributions will go directly to the restoration of Lake Neatahwanta.

The city recently partnered with the Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation to begin a comprehensive restoration project.

When completed, it will enhance the area’s tourism, economic development, and recreation opportunities for the community, Mayor Ron Woodward said.

 

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Fulton Little League team wins title, needs $5,000 to advance to state tournament

Section 2 champions – The Fulton Little League Intermediate Team is Section 2 champions. To make the trip to the New York State Championship in Montgomery, N.Y., Monday, July 8, they need to raise $5,000. Businesses or individuals who would like to make a donation may contact coach Dingman at 598-7485 or coach Randy Cotton at 593-2284.
Section 2 champions – The Fulton Little League Intermediate Team is Section 2 champions. To make the trip to the New York State Championship in Montgomery, N.Y., Monday, July 8, they need to raise $5,000. Businesses or individuals who would like to make a donation may contact coach Dingman at 598-7485 or coach Randy Cotton at 593-2284.

Fulton Little League’s Intermediate Team won the District 8 Championship last week and followed that up with a Section 2 Championship July 3, said coach David Dingman.

“Following that game, there was little time for celebration as we were informed that we need to be in Montgomery, N.Y. Monday, July 8 for the New York State Championship Tournament. To make that trip, we need to raise $5000 to cover our expenses.

“The tournament runs from Tuesday, July 9 through Monday, July 15,” he added. “The team was obviously not prepared for a weeklong stay just outside of New York City. We are doing everything we can as fast as we can to raise the money to get the team and coaches there on Monday.

The team is holding the following events/activities:

• Bottle and Can Collection — Return all your bottles and cans to the Three Little Pigs and say they are for this team.

• Candy bar sales at the Fulton Wal-Mart

• Car Wash – Come give a donation and get your vehicle washed at Lakeview  Lanes Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m.

• Business Donation – Businesses or individuals who would like to make a donation can contact coach Dingman at 598-7485 or coach Randy Cotton at 593-2284.

“If the team is successful, they will have four days before having to go to Long Island for the Super Regional for eight days,” said Dingman. “If successful there they would have to go to California for the World Series. Why not us?

“We would like to thank you for any consideration you give to this urgent cause,” he continued. “The kids have worked hard and are playing well. Currently they are sitting at 15-1, winning their last 13 games and outscoring their opponents 180 to 20.”

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 Cotton, Dingman, and Larry King.