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Congressman Owens continues fight to save rural post offices

by Carol Thompson

Rep. Bill Owens has joined with approximately 100 colleagues to encourage the restructuring of the U.S. Postal Service without the closure of 3,600 or more rural post offices nationwide.

Oswego County’s rural setting leaves many residents to rely on their local post office to avoid the drive to the cities of Fulton or Oswego.

Postal officials announced a plan in February to proceed with closing or consolidating at least 223 processing centers in the coming years in hopes of saving billions of dollars.

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Literacy in Oswego County – Beth Kazel (left), director of Oswego County Opportunities’ Education Services, meets with Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County tutor and trainers Kathleen Mantaro (center) and Regina Setikas (right). Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County has joined the extensive list of human services programs that OCO provides for Oswego County residents.

Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County joins OCO

Literacy in Oswego County – Beth Kazel (left), director of Oswego County Opportunities’ Education Services, meets with Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County tutor and trainers Kathleen Mantaro (center) and Regina Setikas (right). Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County has joined the extensive list of human services programs that OCO provides for Oswego County residents.

Beth Kazel, director of Oswego County Opportunities Education Services, has announced that Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County has joined the extensive list of human services programs that OCO provides for Oswego County residents.

Established in 1985 as a non-profit community–based educational organization, Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County has provided tutoring in basic literacy skills and conversational English.

According to Kazel, LVOC’s mission of being a leader in providing adult learners the English communication and literacy skills they need to reach their full potential as individuals, parents, workers and citizens coincided with OCO’s mission of building partnerships that improve the quality of life and create successful communities.

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Hannibal Woman of the Year recognized

Stella James

The Hannibal Free Library and the Hannibal Friends of the Library recently honored Stella James as Hannibal’s 2012 Woman of the Year.

The celebration was held in the Community Center, and friends and family attended to celebrate with her.

James is involved in many different organizations, including Senior Nutrition, The Friends of the Hannibal Free Library, The Hannibal Historical Society, The Elderberries (of which she serves as president in the winter months), and the Senior Council.

On the mound – Fulton pitcher Nate Dean delivers a pitch during last Thursday’s game against Mexico at the Fulton Athletic Complex. The Raiders won 10-9 after scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

Fulton baseball team rallies for 10-9 walk-off win

On the mound – Fulton pitcher Nate Dean delivers a pitch during last Thursday’s game against Mexico at the Fulton Athletic Complex. The Raiders won 10-9 after scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

The Fulton varsity baseball team scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Mexico 10-9 at the Fulton Athletic Complex.

Fulton’s Brandon Guernsey delivered the big hit with a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs.

Raider Shane Beauregard scored the winning run.  Nate Dean started the game for the Raiders.

Captain William Molascon, who is the acting assistant fire chief, discusses the bids received for a new custom pumper during Tuesday’s meeting of the Fulton Common Council.

FEMA grant to help pay for new Fulton fire vehicle

Captain William Molascon, who is the acting assistant fire chief, discusses the bids received for a new custom pumper during Tuesday’s meeting of the Fulton Common Council.

by Andrew Henderson

The Fulton Common Council voted to purchase a new custom pumper for the Fulton Fire Department during its meeting Tuesday night.

The city received a federal grant that would cover more than half of the new vehicle and equipment, which is expected to cost around $705,000, according to Mayor Ron Woodward.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will cover $377,000 of the new vehicle.

The council approved a bond resolution to finance the remaining portion of $328,000.

“This pumper will last for 25 to 30 years,” said Woodward. “I highly recommend it. I think this is a good thing. Over the years, we have been short on new equipment for the fire department.”

Two companies submitted bids for the new custom pumper.

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Oswego County not among the healthiest in the state

by Carol Thompson

Smoking and adult obesity are on the rise in Oswego County, according to a report issued by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The annual health report gives the county a ranking of 38 of the 62 counties in the state.

According to the report, smoking has increased by one percent from 2010 and adult obesity has increased by five percent for the same time period. Those totals are well above the state average.

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Second-place winners – The team from Hannibal received the silver medal for second place. In front from left are Mike Miano, Adrianne Shortslef, Erica Weldin, Molly Downing, and Nicole McMahon. In back are Coach Bill Mason, Cal Weigand, Suzanne King, Meghan Gillen, Megan O’Connor, and Tyler Beckwith.

OCAY League’s third competition takes a political view

Second-place winners – The team from Hannibal received the silver medal for second place. In front from left are Mike Miano, Adrianne Shortslef, Erica Weldin, Molly Downing, and Nicole McMahon. In back are Coach Bill Mason, Cal Weigand, Suzanne King, Meghan Gillen, Megan O’Connor, and Tyler Beckwith.

The third Oswego County Academic Youth League competition was political in nature.

Entitled “2012,” the competition began with a series of 10 quizzes on U.S. and World current events and geography.

The teams also created a political cartoon about the 2012 U.S. Presidential election, created a time capsule based on modern American life, and gave a persuasive speech on the education system in the United States.

The teams, from eight of the nine districts in Oswego County, consisted of 6-10 students, who until they arrived at the competition venue, had no idea what the competition would entail.

Beginning with the timed quizzes, teams of two students were scheduled to take the tests as scores were tabulated by the judges. Each team member was required to complete at least one quiz and no member could complete consecutive quizzes.

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Making a move – Fulton’s Justin Bowering looks to make a move while teammate Matt Nelson (24) looks on during Thursday’s game against East Syracuse-Minoa at the Fulton Athletic Complex. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

Fulton boys lacrosse drops first game of the season to ES-M

Making a move – Fulton’s Justin Bowering looks to make a move while teammate Matt Nelson (24) looks on during Thursday’s game against East Syracuse-Minoa at the Fulton Athletic Complex. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

The Fulton varsity boys lacrosse team opened it season last Thursday by hosting East Syracuse-Minoa at the Fulton Athletic Complex.

Raiders Bryan Benton and Ross Maxam scored four and three goals, respectively, in the 10-9 loss. Maxam also finished with two assists.

Tyler Lockwood and Joe Sutton also had goals.

The Raiders will host Westhill tomorrow, April 5 at 4:30 p.m. on the turf field.