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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

Police blotter

Oswego County Sheriff’s Office

Angele M. Newman, 24, of County Route 4, Oswego, NY was arrested based on a felony bench warrant issued out of the city of Oswego charging her with criminal possession of a forged instrument third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh degree stemming from a 2012 incident. Newman has been sent to Oswego County Drug Court.

Benjamin E. Phetteplace, 39, and Charles D. Strauss III, 41, both of New Floyd Road, Rome, were charged with burglary, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of petit larceny and criminal mischief. Deputies say they entered a residence in Constantia on Jan. 25 and stole some Harley Davidson merchandise along with a pocket knife.

Raymond L. Besaw, 39, of Harris Hill Road, Hannibal, was charged with three counts of criminal sale of a firearm third degree, all felonies. Deputies say he allegedly gave three different firearms to people in the town of Granby while not being authorized to possess any firearms due to a previous felony conviction. Besaw was arraigned in the Granby Town Court and will return to court June 2.

Dustin L. Vanburen, 25, of Hickory Grove Drive, Mexico, was charged with criminal contempt first degree, a felony. Deputies say Vanburen got into a domestic dispute in the parking lot of a business in the village of Mexico where he allegedly engaged in a verbal altercation with the victim. He was not supposed to be near this victim because there is an active order of protection filed against him. Vanburen was arraigned in Mexico Town Court and will return to court May 20.

Damon M. Wing, 18, of Rochester Street, Hannibal, was arrested at the Oswego County Correctional Facility based on a felony bench warrant issued out of the Hannibal Town Court charging him with failure to appear. He was arraigned in Granby Town Court and will return to court May 20.

Fulton police

Bruce M. Christian II, 27, of Didama Street, Syracuse was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance fifth degree, both felonies. Police say in Fulton, he possessed and knowingly sold a white substance to a female. The substance tested positive as cocaine.

Tyler J. Hobart, no age given, of Ontario Street, Fulton, was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief third degree, a felony. Police say on May 7, he punched the passenger rear window of a person’s car, breaking the window and that he also threw a heavy metal cylinder object through the front driver side window, breaking the window and nearly hitting the victim. The damage was about $300.

 Andrea L. Spears, no age given, of West Fifth Street, Fulton, was charged with grand larceny, a felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh degree, a misdemeanor. Police say on May 7, while at the YMCA, she removed a key fob from a gym bag in the locker room and used that key fob to enter a car in the parking lot that did not belong to her.

From the car she took two rings and later was found in possession of these rings. Police also said when she was arrested, she was possessing 17 green pills in a plastic bag which were found to be Clonazepam, a controlled substance. These pills were not prescribed to her.

 Thomas C. Clark, no age given, of West Fifth Street, Fulton, was charged with criminal mischief third degree, a felony. Police said on March 13 in Fulton, he punched the windshield of a car, breaking it, resulting in $375.41 damage.

Fulton’s Memorial Day Salute May 24

This year’s Memorial Day Salute in Fulton is set for May 24.

The theme for this year’s Memorial Day Salute Parade is “Show Your Gratitude to Veterans.” Many area individuals, organizations, businesses and industries will try to develop their interpretation of this theme in the vehicles or floats they will enter in the parade May 24.

The Fulton Memorial Day Salute is a one-day event that is 33 years old this year, started and carried on by the four service clubs in Fulton .

The present service clubs working on this year’s event are the Fulton Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and the Sunrise Rotary.  The four service clubs have always been assisted by the Fulton Veterans’ Council in promoting and putting on this event.

In years past, the Optimist and the Fulton JayCees — now disbanded — were participants. Several of the men and women who work on the Memorial Day Salute Steering Committee are veterans.

During the last century, the United States has participated in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the gulf War and the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

All in all, more than 625,000 Americans have died fighting in a U.S. uniform during the 20th century.

The Fulton Service Clubs and the Fulton Veterans’ Council have established Fulton’s way to remember this most important holiday.

In the fall of each year, all of the Veterans’ organizations in the Fulton area choose a “Veteran of the Year.”  This person is the grand marshal of the Memorial Day Parade. This year’s grand marshal is Jim Weinhold.

The Fulton parade is the largest in the county, with more than 100 units and many bands. It begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24.

After the parade at about noon, several of the bands in the parade will perform on the Fulton Savings Bank stage in the Community Center in Recreation Park.

On Saturday evening, the main feature is The Custom Taylor Band, Central New York’s premiere Top 40 country music band. The Brass Exchange, Marching Bands from the parade, and the CNY Arts Center Youth Performers will also take the stage in the afternoon.

There will be rides, lots of food, and of course, the ever-popular fireworks display on Saturday evening, with a rain date on Sunday evening.

The Memorial Day Salute event is designed for family fun and entertainment.  Everyone is invited to attend. All events are free.

Fulton annexes Granby wastewater treatment plant

By Ashley M. Casey

The state Supreme Court Appellate Division has ruled in favor of the city of Fulton’s petition to annex the Granby wastewater treatment plant.

The decision was announced May 9 and the annexation was made official May 15.

Three appellate judges upheld state Supreme Court Justice James McCarthy’s May 2013 ruling that the annexation is “in the public interest.” Continue reading

State Street United Methodist Church begins public capital campaign

The Rev. Marion Moore-Colgan of State Street United Methodist Church sings a hymn during Saturday's service kicking off the public capital campaign.
The Rev. Marion Moore-Colgan of State Street United Methodist Church sings a hymn during Saturday’s service kicking off the public capital campaign. At left is a tube showing how much money has been raised to date.

By Debra J. Groom

State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton has reached out many times to help people in the Fulton community.

Now, people in the Fulton community are being asked to help the church.

The historic brick building at South Fourth and Park streets is in need of a new roof and other repairs. On Saturday, church officials and the congregation kicked off a capital campaign to raise $250,000 with a service and celebration at the church.

Politicians and officials who use the church building spoke about what State Street church means to them and why keeping it open is so vital to Fulton.

“Two years ago this July, we came to this church,” said Nancy Fox, director of CNY Arts Center in Fulton. “We needed a home and they worked with us and helped us.”

The CNY Arts Center now runs a summer camp, children’s theater program, an afterschool drama club and other art events at the church. The center’s administrative offices also are in the church building, allowing it to use a space downtown on South First Street as the Arts in the HeART gallery.

“The church gave us a roof over our heads,” she said. “Now the church needs a roof.”

Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. said State Street church holds a fond spot in his heart – nearly 46 years ago, he and his wife stood at the State Street church altar and exchanged marriage vows.

“This church is so willing to give – there is such a unique group here that has opened their hearts to youth,” he said. “And to have a place that is on the historic register makes it all worth it.”

Tom Moore, owner of Synergistic Martial Arts, said he ran a martial arts school in Syracuse for years, but wanted to open one in his hometown of Fulton. He had no idea how and where he would be able to do it.

“I called around to various places and State Street was the only one who called back and wanted to work with me,” he said. “I wouldn’t be able to teach what I teach without State Street.”

“This church and other churches I the city are the foundation for everything that happens in this community,” said county Legislator Frank Castiglia Jr,. fondly remembering he took horn lessons in the church basement as a child. “This church is part of Fulton’s past – but we need this church to move to the future.”

To date, the church has raise about $165,000 of the $250,000 through donations and some grants.

And now it need help from the community.

“We have put an awful lot of work into this and we are just getting started,” said the Rev. Marion M. Moore-Colgan, pastor.

“A successful campaign will mike it possible for State Street UMC to replace the church’s badly eroded roof and make other essential repairs to this Fulton historic landmark,” said Barbara Camic, co-chair of the campaign with Mike Stafford.

Church officials announced Saturday State Street church has received a  $35,000 Sacred Sites Wilson Challenge Grant from the New York State Conservancy.

“We are thrilled to have received this wonderful,competitive grant,” Camic said. ”State Street will be required to match $20,000 of this grant over the next 12 months, but we are confident we can do just that.”

 The campaign also has two other special giving opportunities, made possible by longtime friend and generous supporter Bill Fivaz.

Fivaz will match 1:1 the first 10 gifts of $500 or more and fund a permanent plaque, to be placed in a prominent location in the church, that will list both the names of those who make gifts of $500 or more in honor of someone involved with State Street church or anyone a donor chooses.

Founded in 1890, State Street United Methodist Church has long played a prominent role in the Fulton community. In 2013, State Street was added to both the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places in recognition of its architectural value.