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Fulton girls’ track looks for depth


By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity track and field team for 2014 is looking to improve this season and Coach Gary LaGrou wants all of its athletes to be ready to contribute from the start.

He also wants the Lady Raiders to improve their times and distances and become an even more challenging opponent.  His hope is to have athletes competing in some of the season ending events such as Sectional and state Qualifying Meets.

This season, Fulton has the tough task of replacing 12 seniors from last year’s team.

Led by just a few seniors, the Lady Raiders are expected to be an inexperienced team in 2014. LaGrou said the younger athletes on the team come with a lot of potential.

With most of its players competing on the varsity indoor track team this winter, Fulton was in pretty good physical condition when practices began in early March.

LaGrou said the team worked hard to develop its endurance during the first few days of practice. He said it’s important for his athletes to be on pace to be in their best physical condition during the mid to late portion of the season with the hope of being even more successful down the stretch.

LaGrou said his team still has adjustments to make, especially when it comes to competing outdoors. The climate has kept Fulton’s preparation mostly indoors.

Instead of naming captains formally, LaGrou usually allows senior athletes for each event to serve as leadership figures. He hopes his senior athletes will be a source of encouragement for younger athletes in their events.

LaGrou said Fulton will be challenged in almost every meet this season.

The Lady Raiders traveled to Cortland April 9 for a double dual meet against Cortland and Fowler. On April 16, Fulton will host a double dual meet against Chittenango and Jamesville-DeWitt and then have a double dual meet against Mexico and Homer April 30 at Mexico.

This season, Fulton will have to replace a few distance runners lost to graduation. However, the Lady Raiders will still have a number of strengths.

LaGrou said there are many impressive younger distance runners joining the team, making Fulton stronger in distance events this season.

LaGrou said the younger hurdlers who joined the team have lot of potential. The Lady Raiders are expected to have a new high jumper at one point in the season. Now, she is recovering from an injury.

LaGrou said his team will feature a few throwers from last year’s team. He’s  hopeful his throwers can build off of the experiences they had last season.

Fulton will also welcome Jessica Race back to the team at shotput following a brief hiatus. What excites LaGrou the most is the number of athletes he has and working to help all of these athletes contribute to give the team more depth for every event of a meet this season.

Fulton boys’ tennis in rebuilding year

By Rob Tetro

Fulton boys’ varsity tennis coach Matt Goodnaugh said admits that he expects the 2014 season to be somewhat of a rebuilding season.

The Red Raiders added many new players to the roster this season and aim to develop these newer players into contributors with the hope of being a .500 team by the end of the season.

The Red Raiders come into the season as a relatively inexperienced team. They will have many new players emerging into starting vacancies hit hard by graduation. Goodnaugh said he expects many of his younger players to be in starting spots at the bottom of the lineup.

Players have been encouraged throughout the school year to be physically prepared to fully participate once the first day of practice came around. Goodnaugh said many of his players were in solid physical condition when practices began in early March.

However, Goodnaugh said his players still have work to do in order to be where they want to be physically with the season just beginning. He said his team’s physical condition is about 75 percent of what he expects.

Goodnaugh also said his team will be challenged when it’s time for them to continue preparing outdoors. By the end of the season, Fulton hopes to be a team that is physically prepared to play three sets if needed.

Brad Crofoot and Jacob Strauss will serve as team captains for the Red Raiders this season. Goodnaugh points out that captains are voted upon by their teammates.

Fulton expects every event the team takes part in to be challenging.

Goodnaugh said there will be a couple of really experienced teams in the Red Raiders league that will be a step or two ahead of everyone else this season. However, there could be a significant amount of middle of the pack teams.

Fulton will also face a couple of lower tier league opponents. By season’s end, Goodnaugh hopes the Red Raiders will be in a position to play their middle of the pack league opponents competitively.

Fulton will take on a lower tier, higher tier and middle of the pack teams during the early portion of their season. Goodnaugh said these matches could set the tone for the remainder of the season.

Goodnaugh said his team will have many strengths this season. He expects his team to play as a unified and cohesive unit. Even though the Red Raiders may take a few lumps this season, Goodnaugh said his young team displays the characteristics needed to develop into a competitive team over the next few seasons.

He mentions that not only does his team have respect for one another, but they show him a lot of respect as well. They listen closely to his instruction, which already seems to have paid off for them.

As preparation for the season winds down, Goodnaugh is pleased with what his young team has been able to accomplish in practice so far.

Fulton Park of the Day, Sunday April 13 — Recreation Park


Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Recreation Park.


Find one and begin your collection of stones from the various parks in Fulton. Each day a different park will be highlighted on this Valley News website — find out what the park of the day is and go there to find a stone.


By April 19, folks should have collected 10 stones. Bring them to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park to win a small prize.


Custom Taylor Band highlights Memorial Day salute

The good times of summer are not that far away starting with Fulton’s Memorial Day Salute Saturday, May 24.

The entertainment will feature Chris Taylor’s Custom Taylor Band, Central New York’s premier Top 40 country music band.

Brass exchange will also be showcased.

Our festivities include a great Saturday morning parade, carnival rides, talent show by CNY Arts Center, fireworks and an abundance of food and drink provided through Fulton’s service clubs and Veterans’ Council.

Our 2014 theme is “Showing Gratitude to Our Veterans.” Jim Weinhold, honored 2014 Veteran of the Year, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Saturday parade.

Representatives from the Fulton Service Clubs and the Fulton Veterans’ Council organize Memorial Day Salute.

The chairperson of this year’s event is Larry Macner. Mark your calendars for this event to kick off summer 2014 in Fulton.

Clean up Fulton on ‘Mayberry Day’

Volunteers clean up the shores of Lake Neatahwanta during a previous Mayberry Day in Fulton. This year’s Mayberry Day is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3. Call the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce for more information at 343-7681.
Volunteers clean up the shores of Lake Neatahwanta during a previous Mayberry Day in Fulton. This year’s Mayberry Day is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3. Call the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce for more information at 343-7681.

The Fulton Project Bloom Committee is coordinating its annual Fulton Mayberry Day Saturday, May 3.

Mayberry Day was started about four years ago as a way to organize local business owners and Fulton citizens to remove winter debris from the main highways and retail areas of Fulton or in public areas cleaning up trash and leaves.

Volunteers can pick up bags, safety vests and gloves outside RealtyUSA in Canalview Mall beginning at 7:30 a.m. May 3 and return vests and gloves by noon.

Please bring your own tools — rakes, brooms, etc.

Volunteers and groups should call the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 343-7681 to register.

‘Neighbors Project’ seeks memories of WWII refugee center

Located near Fort Ontario, the Safe Haven Museum tells the story of the Jewish refugees who came to Oswego during World War II.
Located near Fort Ontario, the Safe Haven Museum tells the story of the Jewish refugees who came to Oswego during World War II.

If you or someone in your family has memories of the 1944-1946 Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter located in Oswego, N.Y., then the Safe Haven Museum wants to hear from you.

Museum board members and SUNY Oswego students have launched a project called “The Neighbors Project” to collect and catalogue these stories.

SUNY Oswego student Tuqa Youssef explains “we are interested in any of the stories of Oswego residents who interacted with the refugees, or who were in any way involved with the camp.”

The group is collecting memories for the 70th reunion of the camp June 19-22.

“We value the remembrances of the Oswego residents who are such an important part of the history of the shelter,” said Judy Coe Rapaport, board president of Oswego’s Safe Haven Museum and Education Center.

“As we plan this 70th anniversary, we want to make sure their stories are heard,” she said.

The Safe Haven Museum and Education Center is located at 2 E. Seventh St. near Fort Ontario in Oswego.

It commemorates the lives of the 982 European refugees from the Holocaust who were welcomed into the camp in 1944.

It is the only one of its kind in the United States.

A number of events to mark the anniversary and celebrate the reunion are being planned as well.

Youssef and Rapaport want to encourage interested residents to participate in the Neighbors Project.

Contact Professor Denise DiRienzo at 312-2022 or through email at

Please use the subject “Neighbors” and be sure to leave a name and phone number.

Fulton school board delays approving budget

By Ashley M. Casey

The 2014-15 Fulton City School District budget will have to wait another few weeks before board approval.

Superintendent Bill Lynch and Director of Finance Kathy Nichols presented drafts three and four at the board’s April 8 meeting, and the board is expected to accept the fourth draft at the April 23 meeting.

According to this fourth draft, the budget will total $67,357,685, up 3.22 percent from the 2013-14 year’s $65,259,100. Continue reading