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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.

Police report

From the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office

Meggan A. Gauger, 24, and Shane Thomas Dowling, 25, both of James Road, Hannibal, and Devin M. Gauger, 26, of Keller Road, Hannibal, charged with burglary and criminal mischief, both felonies. Charges stem from the investigation of a break-in at a Granby business in May 2011 and the theft of radiators from tractors and chain saws. Property also was damaged.

Gauger, Dowling and Devin Gauger were arraigned in Granby town court and will return to court May 8.

Mark A. Sikes, 35, of Cedar Circle, Liverpool, charged with felony DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation first degree, a felony, and crossing road hazard markings following a one vehicle car accident on Route 104 in the town of Hannibal.

Deputies said Sikes was reportedly traveling south and the 2005 Pontiac he was operating exited the west side of the roadway and collided with a caution sign then went down an embankment before coming to rest.

Sikes was arraigned in Hannibal town court and will return to court May 27.

Meggan A. Gauger, 24, of James Street, Hannibal, charged with grand larceny, a felony.

The charge stems from an investigation into a February 2014 incident in Hannibal in which she allegedly stole the victim’s credit card and used it for making purchases in Cato and Hannibal totaling more than $800.

Gauger was arraigned in Granby town court and will be back in Hannibal court May 13.

Fulton Police Department:

Brandon M. Chace, 19, of County Route 6, Fulton, charged with criminal mischief, a felony.

Police say he operated a motor vehicle through the Northbay Campbrounds on April 5, spinning his tires in the damp lawns on the campsites creating several ruts in the property. Damage estimate was $3,158.

Juan A. Colon Jr., 25, of Airport Road, Fulton, charged with being a fugitive from justice.

Police say  on April 26, Colon was arrested as a fugitive from justice on a felony parole warrant issued by California.

Extradition was requested by the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino.

From the Oswego Police Department:

Joshua M. Sprague, 31,  and Wendi M. Czirr-Sprague, 38, both of State Route 104, Mexico, were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance third degree with intent to sell, a felony and criminal possesion in the fifth degree with intent to sell, a felony.

Police said they possessed various prescription tablets and anabolic steroids.

View from the State Assembly

By state Assemblyman Will Barclay

New York is home to more than 900,000 veterans, and some estimates indicate that as many as 72 percent have seen combat.

Additionally, New York is home to about 30,000 active duty military personnel, as well as 30,000 National Guard and Reservists.

Many returning vets choose to start up their own small businesses upon return. In fact, New York has the fourth highest number of veteran-owned small businesses in the country.

The state Legislature recently passed the “Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” and it was signed by the governor. The goal is to increase participation of service-disabled veteran-owned business and award up to 6 percent of all state contracts to such businesses.

I was pleased to vote in support, and in fact, I co-sponsor a similar measure called NY Jobs for Heroes. I was pleased many aspects of that measure were integrated into the governor’s program bill and signed into law.

This law contains one of the more meaningful reforms New York has made to help veterans in recent years.

The new state law is similar to legislation passed in more than 40 other states. It also mirrors federal legislation that includes a goal to award up to 3% of federal contracts to veteran-owned businesses.

Every year, the state procures billions of dollars in goods and services which benefit New Yorkers. Each state agency does its own contracting.

The new law creates a division of service-disabled veterans’ business development within the Office of General Services. In order to qualify, the businesses will have to go through a certification process and the division will create and maintain a directory of qualified service-disabled veteran-owned businesses and assist state agencies in promoting the use of these businesses.

I was pleased this measure passed. This dovetails on some of the improvements that were signed into law last year, including a tax credit for employers who hire veterans.

Beginning in 2015, those who hire a veteran who has been discharged on or after Sept. 11, 2001 will receive a tax credit equal to 10 percent of each veteran’s salary or $5,000, whichever is less.

The credit increases to 15 percent for the employer if the veteran is disabled. A Veteran’s Employment Portal was added recently as well. This offers a one-stop career priority service to veterans and their eligible spouses, which can be accessed at

If you have any questions or comments on this or any other state issue, or if you would like to be added to my mailing list or receive my newsletter, please contact my office.

My office can be reached by mail at 200 N. Second St., Fulton, New York 13069, by e-mail at or by calling 598-5185. You can also friend me, Assemblyman Barclay, on Facebook.

Local students honored at colleges

The following local students have received honors at their colleges:

Herkimer County Community College — Xavier Goins of Lacona and Karintha Myslivecek of Redfield were inducted into the Upsilon Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

SUNY Oneonta — David Stanton, a business economics major from Parish, was one of 24 SUNY Oneonta students inducted into the college’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Cornell College — Steven Maynard of Pulaski has been accepted to Cornell College, a private liberal arts college located in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Maynard was also awarded the Founders Scholarship.

College of St. Rose — Amelia Jacobs of Constantia, received the Outstanding Senior in History Award and recognition for publication of an article in the College’s Journal of Undergraduate Research. Outstanding Senior Awards are presented to graduating seniors who have at least a 3.50 grade-point average and who meet other criteria specified by the departments in which they study.

SUNY Oswego — David Downum of Central Square, Evelyn Schwartz of Fulton, Alex Bateman of Fulton, Makenzie Laws of Hastings, Chad Grevelding of Hastings, Jason Snider of Mexico were inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

St. Lawrence University — Sarah R. Argersinger of West Monroe, a junior, has been inducted into the Irving Bacheller Society, the St. Lawrence University English Department’s honorary society.

Rochester Institute of Technology — Brandon McGrath of West Monroe, a fifth-year student in chemical engineersing, and Shaemus Spencer of Fulton, a third-year student in illustration, were named 2013-2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars.

Nazareth College — Andrew Francis, of Fulton, was named to the Honor Society of Omicron Delta Epsilon. He is studying  finance, economics and business administration.

Morgan Ross, of West Monroe, was initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter at Nazareth

Meghan Palmer, of Phoenix, appeared in the recent production of “The Cherry Orchard” at Nazareth.

Heidelberg University — Meghan Yost of Mexico, a junior majoring in history and political science, participated in the Model UN of the Far West Conference as part of Heidelberg University’s delegation.

Paul Smith’s College — Richard DeLong, junior, of Mexico, swimming and woodsmen’s teams and Brandon Morey, junior, of West Monroe, rock climbing team, were named to the Winter National All-Academic Team.

Jessica Lord, of Phoenix and Jason Mattice of Fulton recently received scholarships to Paul Smith’s by competing in the Presidential Scholarship Competition.

Lord is receiving $1,000 while Mattice is receiving $5,000.

Binghamton University — Kara Pafumi, women’s lacrosse, biology major, from Fulton, and Nicholas Tighe, wrestling team, of Phoenix, named to the fall 2013 Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

Cazenovia College — Nick Bonacorsi, of Oswego, freshman criminal justice and homeland security studies major; Michael Gill, of Oswego, sophomore studio art/photography major; Brittany Juravich, of Oswego, junior studio art/photography major;  Patricia Talamo, of Oswego, freshman studio art/photography major; and          Logan White, of Pulaski, junior criminal justice and homeland security studies major, all named to dean’s list for fall 2013 semester.

Ithaca College — Brenna Merry, of Fulton, a speech, language pathology and audiology major in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance at Ithaca College, was recently inducted into the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.


State Senate Report

By state Sen. Patricia Ritchie

As the school year winds down, students are gearing up for what is often thought to be one of the highlights of high school — prom.

While prom can be a great deal of fun, it’s so important students know that in order to have a great time, they need to make safety a priority.

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with students from Central Square High School before they headed out for the big night. While things have definitely changed since I was in their shoes, one thing has remained the same, and that’s the pressures students face on prom night that put their health and safety at risk.

Before prom night, make it a point to sit down with your child to touch on these ways to have fun—while being safe:

Plan the evening: Before prom night, it’s a great idea to sit down with your teen and map out the evening.

How will they get around? Where will they be going after? If they’re traveling by limo, make sure the company is reputable.

Also, lay out the ground rules for his or her curfew ahead of time so there’s no debate the night of.

Stress the dangers of drinking and drugs: It’s likely that your teen already knows the dangers that drinking alcohol or using drugs present, but it can never hurt to drive that point home again. Make sure they know underage drinking is illegal and can lead to arrest, loss of scholarships or participation in school-related activities and even worse, injury.

Safe and sober after-prom events: It goes without saying that many after-prom parties include drugs and alcohol. Encourage your teen to seek other options.

Many teens will have the option to attend after prom events — right at their school — that feature entertainment, games, prizes and more.

Just a call away: Make sure your teen knows never to get into a vehicle with someone who has been drinking or using drugs. Let them know they can always call you — no questions asked — if they get in a jam.

If you’re a parent, I encourage you to sit down with your teen to make sure they know how to stay safe during one of the highlights of high school.

Best wishes to all prom-goers for a fun and safe experience.