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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host a fun fundraiser event at the American Foundry in Oswego on May 31 at 6 p.m.

Send us your favorite inspirational quote that you think of when times are hard for a chance to win two free tickets to this fun night of dancing and live music. And there will be a live auction featuring two second row tickets to the Brad Paisley concert this summer at the New York State Fair. Comment on this post, on The Valley News’ Facebook page, or on Today’s CNY Woman’s Facebook page with your quote and we’ll choose a winner.

Go online to sign petition about UTVs

State Sen. Patricia Ritchie, R-Oswegatchie, is urging sportsmen, seniors and every New Yorker who enjoys the great outdoors to sign her online petition to allow side-by-side UTVs to be legally registered in the state.

The petition can be found at

More than 2,000 members of the public — from across New York state and as far away as Tennessee, Florida and California — have already signed the petition calling on the Assembly to pass Ritchie’s bill (S.1946).

Most signers indicated that they were ATV owners.

Ritchie’s bill cleared a key legislative hurdle Tuesday when it was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. The full Senate is expected to act on the bill in the next few weeks.

New York is the only state in the nation that does not allow UTVs to be legally registered and, while the Senate has approved Ritchie’s bill each year for the past three years, the Assembly has failed to act even once.

“Side-by-sides, or UTVs, are increasingly popular among seniors, families and outdoor enthusiasts, and prohibiting their use is hurting our tourism industry, cheating us of an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, and depriving state and local governments of millions of dollars in registration and tax revenues,” Ritchie said.

“I’ve heard from thousands of outdoors enthusiasts who are travelling outside the state to get around New York’s outdated rules,” she said.

“I’m pleased that the Transportation Committee has shown its support for this measure and am hopeful that the Assembly will act on this common-sense reform,” Ritchie said.

State law allows only ATVs up to 1,000 pounds to be registered for use in New York. That limit excludes virtually all side-by-side models, which have become increasingly popular especially among families and seniors.

Dealers in other states say the side-by-side models now account for more than 40 percent of sales — meaning the state is losing out on significant registration revenue, taxes from the sales of these vehicles, and hundreds of millions of dollars in increased tourism spending by UTV enthusiasts.


Sterling Inspiration Festival celebrates 18 years

It has been 18 years since then-director John Weeks and Friends Chair Chuck Paice launched the Sterling Nature Center’s first Inspiration: Festival of Art and Nature.

Since then Inspiration has grown to be one of the showcase events of the center’s calendar, having survived a few cold and rainy days along the way.

This year, Inspiration is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 1. Continue reading

Fulton’s Memorial Day parade route

Fulton’s Memorial Day Salute parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday May 24.

The route is the same as it has been for the past 32 years.

The formation of the parade is in the former Nestle parking lot and adjacent streets. The parade then starts north on South Fourth Street by Lyons Street to pass by the Oswego Health facility and the Michaud Nursing Home so residents who are able to get outside or to their window can see the parade.

The parade proceeds north to Broadway and then west to Recreation Park. The reviewing stand will be positioned at West Broadway and West Third Street, in front of Brewer and Brewer’s Mobil Station.

Typically, thousands will line the parade route.


Fulton boys’ lacrosse nears winning record

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys’ varsity lacrosse team went 2-1 in its last three games and now has a record of 4-5.

On April 16, Fulton cruised past Chittenango 11-3 and then they held off  Homer 8-7 on April 17. Its loss was to East Syracuse Minoa on April 22 by a score of 11-4.

Fulton built a 2-0 lead over Chittenango in the first quarter, but then Chittenango began battling back. They outscored the Red Raiders, 2-1 during the second quarter to come within a goal at 3-2 headed into halftime.

But then Fulton began to pull away, outscoring Chittenango by two goals during the third quarter to extend its lead to three goals at 6-3. The Red Raiders put the game out of reach during the fourth quarter, scoring five unanswered goals down the stretch to cap off an 11-3 win.

Fulton was led by Carson Vono with three goals and two assists, followed by Brett Campolieta and Matt Nelson with two goals and an assist each. Bryce Knight had two goals. Seth DeLisle and RJ Borrow each added a goal and an assist. Derek Prosser was credited with an assist.

Red Raider goalie Scott Hughes saved 10 of Chittenango’s 13 shots on goal.

The Red Raiders came away with a hard fought one-goal win over Homer. Fulton took a 1-0 lead in the first quarter, but Homer quickly evened the score. The teams exchanged goals in the second quarter and went into halftime tied at 2.

The second half proved to be just as competitive. Fulton outscored Homer by a goal during the third quarter to take a 5-4 lead. Both teams scored three goals during the fourth quarter as the Red Raiders escaped with an 8-7 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Carson Vono with three goals and two assists, followed by Matt Nelson with two goals, Seth DeLisle with a goal and an assist and Bryce Knight and Shawn Walberger with a goal each.

Red Raider goalie Scott Hughes saved 18 of Homer’s 25 shots on goal.

ESM jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter of its game against Fulton. Both teams scored three goals during the second quarter as ESM took an 8-3 lead into halftime.

The Spartans added to their lead during the second half, scoring three unanswered goals during the third to take an 11-3 lead. However, the Red Raiders didn’t quit. They scored during the fourth quarter to cut ESM’s lead to seven goals but that was as close as they could get as ESM won 11-4.

 The Red Raiders were led by Seth DeLisle and Carson Vono with a goal and an assist each, followed by RJ Borrow and Matt Nelson with a goal each. Mark Pollock is credited with an assist. Fulton goalies Brandon Batstone and Scott Hughes combined to save 10 of ESM’s 21 shots on goal.

Fulton baseball tops Mexico and Bishop Ludden

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball team won two of its last three games to push its record to 3-11.

The Red Raiders beat Bishop Ludden 10-6 on May 8 and county foe Mexico 11-3 on May 12. The loss came to Jamesville-DeWitt by a score of 15-2 on May 5.

In the JD game, the Red Rams built a 4-0 lead in the first two innings. After a scoreless third inning, JD blew the game wide open, scoring seven unanswered runs to take an 11-0 lead.

 Following a scoreless fifth inning, the Red Raiders cut into the lead scoring two runs. But that was as close as they would get as JD scored four more runs in the  seventh en route to a 15-2 win.

Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Chris Jones with a hit and an RBI, followed by Michael Bolster, Cameron Clark, Dan Coant and Jeremy Langdon with a hit each. Dillion Guernsey is credited with an RBI.

On the mound, the Red Raiders were led by George Lewis, who threw three strikeouts while allowing seven runs off eight hits in three innings of work. In relief, Charles Alton threw two strikeouts while allowing eight runs off 13 hits in 3 1/3 innings pitched. Dillon Guernsey threw two strikeouts while allowing one  hit in 2/3 of an inning of work.

Fulton built an early lead in the Bishop Ludden game and then quickly added to their lead, outscoring Ludden 7-2 during the second and third innings.

But Bishop Ludden didn’t go away quietly. They outscored Fulton 4-1 during the final four innings to bring the lead down to four runs, but that’s as close as they got as Fulton won 10-6.

Fulton was led by Cameron Clark, Peter Ravesi and Cody Green each with two hits and an RBI, followed by Michael Bolster with a hit and two RBIs. Jon Cummins and Jake Seymour each had a hit and an RBI. Jeremy Langdon and Nick Summerville combined for a hit and an RBI. Peter Ravesi pitched a complete game for the Red Raiders, throwing five strikeouts while allowing six runs off 10 hits.

In the Mexico game, Fulton built a 6-2 lead in the first inning and then put the game out of reach during the next three innings, scoring four unanswered runs during the second, third and fourth innings to extend its lead to 10-2. 

Both teams scored a run during the final three innings as the Red Raiders cruised to an 11-3 win.

Leading the way for Mexico was Alex Bailey with two hits and two RBIs, followed by Tyler Murphy with two hits and an RBI, Tyler Stever with two hits including a solo homerun, Anthony Moretti with two hits and John Bouck, Dante Turo and Caleb Wallis each with one hit.

Tyler Stever got the start on the mound for Mexico, throwing four strikeouts while allowing 10 runs off 13 hits in five innings pitched. In relief of Stever, John Washer threw a strikeout while allowing a run off two hits in two innings of work.

The Red Raiders were led by Cody Green with three hits and two RBIs, followed by Dan Coant with two hits and two RBis, Cameron Clark and Chris Jones each with two hits and an RBI, Michael Bolster with two hits, Jon Cummins with  a hit and two RBIs and Charles Alton, George Lewis, Peter Ravesi and Jake Seymour combined for three hits and three RBIs.

On the mound, Fulton was led by Dan Coant who threw five strikeouts while allowing two runs off six hits in four innings of work. In relief of Coant, Charles Alton threw a strikeout while allowing a run off  five hits in three innings pitched.

SUNY Oswego professor named distinguished teaching professor

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Dr. Tracy K. Lewis, widely praised for his 30 years inspiring students of Spanish and Portuguese at SUNY Oswego, has earned the rank of distinguished teaching professor, one of the State University of New York system’s highest honors.

“Dr. Lewis is revered among legions of current and former students, many of whom teach Spanish and Portuguese in schools and universities around the world,” wrote SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley, recommending the rank for Lewis, professor in the department of modern languages and literatures.

“He sets a fine example for others through tireless international service, award-winning performance as a master teacher, advisor and mentor, and his sometimes unconventional yet highly effective approach to teaching that consistently challenges and engages students to whom he is devoted,” Stanley wrote.

Renowned and decorated for his scholarship on the languages and literature of Paraguay, lecturing there and in Brazil and Argentina, Lewis received numerous letters support for his elevation to distinguished rank, conferred May 14 by the SUNY Board of Trustees. 

Among the backers are a well-known Paraguayan poet and a university president in the South American country, colleagues at Oswego and other campuses, and current and former students.

 “I enrolled in an intermediate level Spanish class to simply get my general education requirement completed,” wrote Spanish teacher Mary Ann Reitano. “The professor of that class was Dr. Tracy Lewis and my life would forever be changed.”

SUNY Oswego senior Brianna Carnevale, who aims to be a Spanish teacher, provided vivid examples: “Whether it is ‘walking down the runway’ to practice clothing vocabulary or ‘completing tasks around the classroom’ to practice daily chores, the learning that takes place isn’t copying notes from the board but instead, becoming part of the lesson.”

 ‘Lively, charismatic’

Juan Manuel Marcos, president of Universidad del Norte in Paraguay and a close friend and colleague of Lewis, said, “In his teaching, as I have directly observed it in innumerable classes and lectures in the United States, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, Dr. Lewis is a well-prepared, lively, charismatic instructor who not only never bores his students, but also has the capacity to move them to the point of tears.”

As an undergraduate Spanish major at Dartmouth College, Lewis had scarcely given any thought to being a teacher when he became influenced by Dr. John Rassias, now a famous proponent of the Dartmouth Intensive Language Model. 

With the added influence of Robert Russell, another member of Dartmouth’s Spanish faculty, Lewis found himself on a career path with a set of ideas for teaching that encouraged active participation in the languages.

 Constantly experimenting and eager to use theatrical twists, Lewis seeks to create a highly charged classroom atmosphere that gives students the opportunity to create, for example, a mini-society in “the Kingdom of Lewislandia,” a metaphorical approach that immerses students in Spanish or Portuguese as they create provinces and share cultures and viewpoints.

Also a noted scholar, translator and poet, Lewis in 2012 received the Albert Camus Prize, the highest medal bestowed by Paraguay’s Ministry of Education, for his decades-long efforts to focus attention on the country as it made its way out of dictatorship to parliamentary democracy. 

His publications include a highly regarded translation of Marcos’ “El invierno de Gunter” (“Gunter’s Winter”) and books of poetry in Spanish and Guarani, the only indigenous language of the Americas whose speakers include a large proportion of non-indigenous people.

Lewis, whose doctorate is from Brown University, is a past recipient of the college President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Fulton Public Library begins 2nd Memoir Project

The Fulton Public Library is continuing to work on the second edition of its Memoir Project with a goal of helping people who have worked or attended school in Fulton to create a memoir about their experiences.

“In 2013, our first Memoir Project supported 41 people as they crafted a memoir essay,” said Betty Mauté, library director.  “Those essays were collected in a book entitled Fulton: The Stories From Our Past That Inspire Our Future, which has sold over 500 copies. The funds we raised from those book sales are helping the Library provide this year’s Memoir Project, as well as other cultural programs.”

The theme for this year’s Project is Business and Education. Participants are signing on to gather their memories of working in a local factory, owning a family-run business, recalling a humorous anecdote from school or honoring an influential teacher. To assist them in their work, the library is working with the Project Coordinator, Jim Farfaglia, to hold a series of “theme nights.”

Mauté announced the library’s theme nights as follows:

6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22 — Working in a Local Industry or Factory (such as Sealright, Nestle, Armstrong, Miller)

6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5 — Owning or Working in a Small Business

6:30 p.m. Tuesday June 24 — Attending a Fulton School or Recalling a Favorite/Influential Teacher.

The project will continue through the summer, but those interested should contact the Library now to register.

For more information or to sign up as a participant, contact the Fulton Public Library at 592-5159 or Farfaglia at 402-2297 or via email