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2 injured in trolley bus vs. pedestrian accident

Two people were injured Friday night in a motor vehicle-pedestrian accident at West Bridge Street and West Seneca Street in Oswego.

The Oswego Police Department said when they arrived at the scene, a 22-year-old male from Suffern and a 21-year-old female from Fairport, Monroe County, were found to have been struck by a trolley bus. The male was airlifted to Upstate University Hospital for possible internal injuries and is listed in good condition.
The woman was treated for minor leg injuries and released.

The investigation is ongoing and as of this release no charges have been filed.  Oswego Police were assisted by the Oswego Fire Department and the U.S. Border Patrol.

Mental health expo today at War Memorial

Catholic Charities is hosting a Mental Health Awareness Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday May 10 (today) at the Fulton War Memorial.

Mary-Margaret Pezella Pekow of Catholic Charities said the event is free and open to the public.

“We wanted to host this event to educate, fight stigma and improve awareness of mental health topics and services in our county,” she said. “There will be representatives from Oswego County service providers at the event to give out information and educate the public on services that are available in our county.”

Catholic Charities was founded in 1930 and has expanded its agency with many programs and services that have touched thousands of children, families and individuals throughout Oswego County.

Generous gifts and donations to Catholic Charities have supported more than 160,000 children, woman and men in need.

For more information, contact Mary-Margaret Pezella-Pekow at or 598-3980.

2 events set for Saturday, May 10

If you’re looking for something to do Saturday, here are a couple of ideas.
First, Derby Hill Bird Observatory just off NYS Route 104B in Mexico, is having its annual bird festival. Come from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and spot the annual migration of our feathered friends. Enjoy a full day of family fun with food, activities and more! Learn about hawk identification and join in a silent auction. Admission and parking are free.
Also, learn about the Battle of Oswego during a walking tour at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. At 1:45 p.m. at the tunnel entrance to the fort, Site Manager Paul Lear will take participants on a walk explaining where the British came ashore, where the Americans were stationed and what happened during the battle on May 5 and 6, 1814.


Fulton boys’ lacrosse beats Cortland, Whitesboro

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys’ varsity lacrosse team lost 4 of its first 6 games of the season.

On March 28, East Syracuse Minoa slipped past Fulton, 8-7. New Hartford knocked off the Red Raiders 10-6 April 1.

On April 3, Fulton topped Cortland, 11-6 for its first win of the season. Westhill cruised past the Red Raiders 8-2 April 5.

On April 8, Fulton rolled past Whitesboro 12-6. Jamesville-DeWitt came away with an impressive 15-4 win over the Red Raiders April 10.

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Sign up now for summer basketball camps

By Rob Tetro

Boys’ and girls’ basketball camps will be held in Fulton this July at the War Memorial.

Camps will be directed by Fulton boys’ varsity basketball coach Matt Kimpland and Fulton girls’ varsity basketball coach Derek Lyons,  as well as other coaches and assistants within each program.

Junior varsity and varsity players will also have active roles in each camp, serving as camp coaches.

Youths going into fourth grade through eighth grade are eligible to participate in the camps. Camp involvement includes offensive skills based drills, defensive skills based drills and multiple games/scrimmages. Gatorade Players of the Day will be named and attendees will get a camp T-shirt.

Camps run from July 7 to 11. Boys’ camp is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. each day and girls’ camp is from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.

Cost is $50 per child (if 2 siblings participate, it’s $35 for the second child).

 Parents and guardians seeking sign-up sheets, or anyone with more questions, should email either Kimpland at or Lyons at

Phoenix baseball continues to win

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity baseball team won its last three games and now has an overall record of 6-2.

On April 22, the Firebirds topped Skaneateles, 7-0. Phoenix rolled past Jordan-Elbridge, 13-2, on April 25 and they beat county foe, Pulaski, 6-1 on April 28.

In the Skaneateles game, the Firebirds jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first inning. The next two innings were scoreless, but then Phoenix continued to add to its lead.

Phoenix outscored Skaneateles 3-2 during the fourth inning for a 5-3 lead. Then in the fifth, the Firebirds pulled away, scoring six unanswered runs to push their lead to 11-3. Skaneateles did cut into the lead by scoring two runs in the sixth, but couldn’t make up the deficit as Phoenix won 11-5.

Leading the way for the Firebirds were Dan Frawley and Bryce Plante, with 2 hits and 2 RBI against Skaneateles. Following Frawley and Plante was Emilio Tassone with 2 hits, Codie Corso had a hit and 2 RBI, Zach Schlacter, Bradley Dietz and Dylan Borza added a hit and an RBI each while Jordan Jock and Zachary Wells chipped in a hit each.

Emilio Tassone earned the win on the mound for the Firebirds, throwing 6 strikeouts while allowing 5 runs off 8 hits in 6 innings pitched. In relief of Tassone, Dan Frawley threw a strikeout in an inning of work.

In the Jordan-Elbridge game, Phoenix wasted little time establishing a lead, going to 2-0 in the first inning. Following a scoreless second inning, Phoenix began cushioning its lead, scoring five unanswered runs during the third and fourth innings to take a 7-0 lead.

The Firebirds quickly put the game out of reach, outscoring J-E 6-1 during the fifth inning to extend the lead to 13-1. The Eagles scored in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to 11 runs, but that was it as Phoenix cruised to a 13-2 win.

The Firebirds were led by Emilio Tassone with 3 hits and 4 RBI including a homerun. Following Tassone was Dan Frawley with 3 hits and 2 RBI, Bryce Plante had 3 hits, Jordan Jock chipped in 2 hits and 3 RBI,   Bradley Dietz added 2 hits and Dylan Borza and Zach Schlacter combined for a hit and an RBI.

Dan Frawley earned the win for Phoenix on the mound. In six innings of work, Frawley threw 10 strikeouts while allowing 2 runs off 6 hits. In relief of Frawley, Bradley Dietz threw a strikeout in an inning pitched.

The Firebirds jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over Pulaski in the first inning and the piled it on from there. They outscored Pulaski 3-1 during the second inning to take a 4-1 lead. Phoenix then scored two more runs in the third en route to a 6-1 win.

Leading the way for Pulaski were Mike Haskins, Dylan Hess, Kody Koehler, Matt Krebs, Cody Mosher and Tom Taplin with a hit each.

On the mound, Erik Oakes started the game for Pulaski, throwing a  strikeout while allowing 5 runs off 3 hits in 2 innings of work. In relief of Oakes, Tom Taplin threw 2 strikeouts while allowing a run off a hit in 4 innings pitched. Cody Mosher threw a strikeout in one inning of work.

Phoenix was led by Zach Schlacter with 2 hits and 3 RBI, followed by Dan Frawley with a hit and an RBI and Bryce Plante with a hit.

Jordan Jock earned the win on the mound for the Firebirds. In 6 innings pitched, Jock threw a strikeout and allowed one run off six hits. Bradley Dietz earned the save in an inning of work.

Watertown company being held responsible for death of worker at Pulaski construction site

The U.S. Labor Department has found a Watertown-based company responsible for the death of a construction worker at a Pulaski site.
Kyle Brown, 23, died Nov. 18 from a fall while he was working as part of a crew installing metal decking on the roof of an automobile dealership being built in Pulaski. As he tried to secure sheets of decking, he was blown off the roof and fell to his death, Labor Department officials said.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that his employer, general construction contractor MTL Design Inc., failed to provide and ensure the use of fall protection safeguards that would have prevented his death. OSHA cited the company for a willful and a serious violation.
“This needless fall and resulting death were entirely preventable. Had this company provided its employees with required fall protection equipment, anchorage and training, this young man would be alive today,” said Christopher Adams, OSHA’s area director in Syracuse. “Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, yet they are also among the clearest hazards to identify and eliminate. Fall protection safeguards save lives, but only if they’re properly and effectively implemented.”
OSHA’s investigation found that while Brown was wearing a fall protection harness, it was useless, as the workers were not provided with a means to connect to an independent anchorage point to stop a fall. The company failed to train employees to recognize fall hazards, ensure adequate anchorage for lifelines and  secure the decking against displacement by the wind.
Brown’s death was one of 22 fatal falls in New York’s construction industry in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Failing to provide fall protection for workers is one of the 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations.