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A few spots available in Oswego High softball camp

Former Oswego High School softball standout pitchers Katie Frawley (Class of 2002) and Abby Martin (Class of 2007) will join the staff of the 24th Annual Lady Buccaneer Softball Mini Camp that will be held June 30-July 2, said camp director Mike McCrobie.

There are still openings in the camp, that will be held at the Oswego High School fields for girls ages 9-16 who want to sharpen their skills and have some softball fun.

Martin and Frawley are two of only three Lady Buccaneer players to have been named East Regional High School All-Americans by the National Fastpitch Coach’s Association.

After stellar careers at Oswego High,  each went on to college successes — Frawley at Illinois Wesleyan University and Martin at Cortland State.

Frawley now coaches high school softball at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. while working full-time for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Martin has completed two years on the coaching staff at Cortland State where she helped lead the Red Dragons to the Division III college world series in 2013.

There will be a total of nine hours of quality instruction throughout the three-day camp. Activities will include throwing, position play, base running, team defense, hitting, bunting, sliding and mini-games. The camp will run daily from 9 a.m. until noon for ages 9-12, and from 1-4 p.m. for players ages 13-16. The camp has a rain date of July 3.

The cost is $50 per player. There is a sibling discount available, where additional players from the same family can enroll for $40 each. Enrollment is limited to the first 60 players.

All players will receive a commemorative Oswego softball souvenir as well as a player’s report card.

To receive an application or more information, you can contact Mike McCrobie at coachmccrobie@gmail.com or by calling 343-8749.

Fulton woman, others work for national First Responders Day

Fulton Police Officers Brian Dumas, left, and Michael Blasczienski at the Police and Fire Awards ceremony this year. They received the Medal of Honor for saving Belton from her burning apartment building.
Fulton Police Officers Brian Dumas, left, and Michael Blasczienski at the Police and Fire Awards ceremony this year. They received the Medal of Honor for saving Belton from her burning apartment building.

By Debra J. Groom

A year ago Beverly Belton lost everything.

Well, everything but her life, thanks to two Fulton police officers.

“I never moved. I sat and watched as these first responders worked, going into the house, I watched everything that they did,” Belton said, remembering June 1, 2013. when her Fulton apartment building went up in flames. Continue reading

FUMC Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School at the First United Methodist Church in Fulton is scheduled for Monday July 14 through Friday July 18 at the church on Route 176. Children ages 3 through those in sixth grade will gather for a weeklong “Beach Party,” with a bounce house, water slide, games, crafts and learning activities. Bible stories will relate to water. Children should come prepared to “get wet.” The Vacation Bible School is free. Registration is going on now by calling the church office at 592-7347. Teens can come to help out. Shown getting ready for the school are, in front left to right. Michael Gilbert, Bryce Noel, Hayden Masuch, Ashley Rupert, and Addison Holden. Standing: Debbie Munger, Al Mosier, Michelle Gilbert, Carolyn Mosier, Lisa and Henry Clark, Hank and Parker Clark, Brett Noel, Mike Weeden, Beth Holden, Andy Holden, Ellen Marshall, Mattie Burdick, Glenda Abbate, John Foster Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea
Vacation Bible School at the First United Methodist Church in Fulton is scheduled for Monday July 14 through Friday July 18 at the church on Route 176. Children ages 3 through those in sixth grade will gather for a weeklong “Beach Party,” with a bounce house, water slide, games, crafts and learning activities. Bible stories will relate to water. Children should come prepared to “get wet.” The Vacation Bible School is free. Registration is going on now by calling the church office at 592-7347. Teens can come to help out. Shown getting ready for the school are, in front left to right. Michael Gilbert, Bryce Noel, Hayden Masuch, Ashley Rupert, and Addison Holden. Standing: Debbie Munger, Al Mosier, Michelle Gilbert, Carolyn Mosier, Lisa and Henry Clark, Hank and Parker Clark, Brett Noel, Mike Weeden, Beth Holden, Andy Holden, Ellen Marshall, Mattie Burdick, Glenda Abbate, John Foster
Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

It’s Primary Day

All registered Republicans in the eastern and northern parts of Oswego County should remember to go to the polls today to pick your candidate for Congress.

Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, is challenging incumbent Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, for the Republican line in the 22nd Congressional district in the November election.

The Oswego County towns included in the 22nd district where today’s primary is being held are: Sandy Creek, Redfield, Orwell, Richland, Boylston, Albion, Williamstown, Amboy, Constantia, West Monroe, Hastings, Mexico, Parish and part of New Haven.

 

‘Fulton Family’ driver injured in Route 481 crash

The front of the tour bus is ripped to shreds after being hit by a tractor-trailer truck Saturday night. The bus driver had just dropped off the Pawlewicz family at the Cayuga Community College parking lot and was exiting the lot when the bus was hit.  Photo by Dan Pawlewicz
The front of the tour bus is ripped to shreds after being hit by a tractor-trailer truck Saturday night. The bus driver had just dropped off the Pawlewicz family at the Cayuga Community College parking lot and was exiting the lot when the bus was hit.
Photo by Dan Pawlewicz

By Ashley M. Casey

The tour bus that collided with a tractor-trailer on Route 481 Saturday night had just dropped off the Pawlewicz family (featured in October in the Valley News’ “Fulton Familes”) from its fourth annual trip to see a New York Yankees game, Dan Pawlewicz confirmed to The Valley News.

The tour bus was turning left onto Route 481 from the Cayuga Community College driveway when the tractor-trailer, heading north, hit it about 11 p.m. Continue reading

Benefit July 10 for Dylan Blair family

Dylan Blair
Dylan Blair

A benefit to help the family of Dylan Blair pay for funeral expenses is scheduled for 5 to 7:30 p.m. July 10 at the Hannibal American Legion.

Dennis James, a friend of the Blair family, said the benefit will be donation only — attendees pay whatever they want. There will be a spaghetti dinner served and other items available.

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2 hurt in Saturday night crash in Fulton

Two people were injured late Saturday night June 21 when a tractor trailer collided with a coach style bus in Fulton, Fulton Police officials said.

At about 11 p.m., the tractor trailer was traveling north on Route 481 and collided with the bus in the process of making a left turn from the exit of River Glen Plaza onto the southbound lane of Route 481.

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