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Valley Viewpoints — Boosters will miss Margaret

When anyone who does wonderful things on earth passes onto Heaven, we on earth feel the void that they once filled. 

With the passing of Margaret Beckwith, that scenario could not be more accurate.

Our Fulton Athletic Booster Club lost a true leader. Someone who cared so much about an organization and what it stood for, Margaret willed everyone around her to do better and make the Booster Club what it is today.

She was extremely proud of this organization. All you had to do is work at the concession stand and you would realize how passionate she was about this cause.

She made sure the product we were selling was as perfect as it could be. The menu was simple, but it still had to be special.

Margaret taught all of us to serve it with a smile. Many times, students or children did not have enough money to purchase what they wanted and Margaret would reach into her own pocket and pay for it with her money so they could have something to eat or drink. This is just one example of her kindness.

As a fellow board member and others can attest to, Margaret’s main concern was for the student athlete and making their athletic experience as good as it could be.

On a personal level, Margaret always made you feel like you were special. I am sure I am not the only person to say this, but she made me feel like I was family. If she made me feet like this, I can only imagine the love her sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren felt. We were all blessed to have her in our lives.

After reading the article so eloquently written by Jerry Kasparek, we all were so moved. Jerry’s thoughts and memories of Margaret were so precise. As I read, at one moment I was smiling and the next crying. In a comparison that Margaret could relate to, Jerry had hit a ‘grand slam’ with beautiful words she had written.

In a world lacking in the good role model category for our youth, one doesn’t need to look any farther than Margaret Beckwith.

On behalf of the entire Fulton Booster Club Family, our hearts go out to Margaret’s family. So whoever is in charge up there, they would be wise to have Margaret help run their Booster Club. The rest of us down here will continue to honor Margaret’s wishes.

We will truly miss her.

Dan Shue

President

Fulton Athletic Boosters Club 

Young performers take the stage at CNY Arts Center

CNY Arts Center ushers in National Arts Education Month with a Showcase of Young Performers at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at The Arts Center, 357 State St. in Fulton.

With a generous grant from the Shineman Foundation, CNY Arts Center will spotlight several talented young people making their marks in the performing arts.

“Our Young Performers evening is a perfect tie-in to this very important month for the arts,” said Director Nancy Fox. “These are young people with exceptional gifts ready to share their gifts with an audience. They each have high ambitions. It takes a lot of courage to perform before an audience at so young an age.”

“At CNY Arts Center we know the arts are critical for children,” Fox said. “We work hard to provide a performing arts program for children of all ages and skill levels. This national acknowledgement of the crucial role the arts play in our children’s education is the right time to introduce these young people to an appreciate audience.”

March is an annual observance of the arts for children in schools and communities across the country through national initiatives such as Art is Education, Music in Our Schools, Theatre in our Schools, Art in our Schools and Youth Art Month.

Advocating for the value of an arts education to improve academic achievement, develop imaginations,  inspire creativity, and prepare students for careers in a constantly changing world, Arts Education Month brings much needed awareness.

The focus helps to validate funding and motivates community participation.

Ranging in age from 11 to 16, an evening of talent and entertainment will run for this one performance only. Three of the young performers, Matthew Oldenburg, Kaylee Foster and Rhiannon Ellison, debuted at CNY Arts Center’s Gifts of the Season in December.

The trio will be joined by veteran singer/dancer/actress Taylor Hamer along with a featured number from the cast of Willy Wonka, Jr.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Fulton wrestlers compete today to go to New York State Tourney

By Dan Farfaglia

All wrestlers in Section 3 today (Saturday, Feb. 15) are competing at Onondaga Community College for the right to represent their weight class at the New York State Tournament,  which will be held in Albany Feb. 28 and March 1.

In order to take part in today’s event, they had to place in the top five in their Class tournament.

Last Saturday at Indian River High School, the Fulton Red Raider wrestling team finished in first place in the Section 3 Class As.

Overall they accumulated 264.5 points and 16 of their wrestlers earned the right to participate in today’s state qualifiers.

Mitch Woodworth (120 pounds), Travis Race (160 pounds) and Jonathan Earl (132 pounds) finished the day as champions in their individual weight classes.

Joe Abelgore (106 pounds) and Collin Flynn (145 pounds) came in second place.

Finishing in third were Kevin Tucker (113 pounds), Tim Holden (138 pounds), Kyle Ware (also at 145 pounds), Aaron Yablonski (152 pounds), James Bailey (170 pounds), Noah Gates (182 pounds) and Matt Marshall (220 pounds).

Coming in fourth place were Nick Noel (99 pounds), Mitch LaBeef (126 pounds) and Malachi Manford (285 pounds).

Jacob Bailey (152 pounds) won the fith place prize.

Fulton varsity hockey finishes season on a sour note

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity hockey team went 1-4 during its last 5 games of the season.

The team finished the season with a 2-18-1 overall record.

On Jan. 26, Lake Placid rolled past Fulton, 6-2. The Red Raiders knocked off Ontario Bay, 6-4 on Jan. 29. On Jan. 30, Watertown-IHC held off Fulton, 4-3. Watertown-IHC also won the Feb. 3 rematch with the Red Raiders, 5-1.

Syracuse (a team consisting of several Syracuse-area players) cruised past Fulton, 5-1 on Feb. 4.

Lake Placid jumped out to an early 3-0 lead over Fulton in th first period and carried the 3-goal advantage into the half.

The Red Raiders were unable to get any closer during the game, as Lake Placid outscored Fulton by a goal during the third period en route to the 6-2 win.

The Red Raiders were led by Bryce Knight and Austin Vashaw with a goal each. Following Knight and Vashaw were Seth DeLisle and Stan Kubis with an assist each. Goalies Spencer Evans and Brandon Ladd combined to save 35 shots.

After a hard-fought first period in the Ontario Bay game, the teams were tied at 1-1.

Fulton stormed ahead during the second period, outscoring Ontario Bay by 2 goals to take a 4-2 lead. Both teams scored 2 goals during the third period as the Red Raiders came away with a 6-4 win.

Leading for Fulton was Bryce Knight with 4 goals and an assist. Trae Sheldon had a goal and an assist. Seth DeLisle is credited with 3 assists and Ross Ryan tallied an assist. Goalie Brandon Ladd saved 21 shots Ontario Bay sent his way.

Watertown-IHC escaped with a hard fought win over the Red Raiders. the game was tied at 1-1 following the first period and then Fulton built a lead in the second to take a 3-2 lead into intermission.

Watertown-IHC made the most of the third period, putting the puck in the net to tie the game at 3 and force overtime. Watertown-IHC then scored the game winning goal in overtime.

Fulton was led by Bryce Knight wiht a goal and an assist. Seth DeLisle and Rocco Cannata had a goal each while Trae Sheldon is credited with 2 assists. Matt Billion also tallied an assist. Goalie Brandon Ladd saved 41 shots.

In the rematch with Watertown-IHC, Watertown jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first period. Both teams scored a goal in the second period and then Watertown-IHC scored again in the third period and held Fulton scoreless to win 5-1.

Leading the way for Fulton was Seth DeLisle with a goal assisted by Trae Sheldon. Goalie Brandon Ladd is credited with 31 saves.

In the Syracuse game, the Red Raiders trailed 1-0 after the first period. In the second, both teams scored one goal as Syracuse took a 2-1 lead into intermission.

Syracuse pulled away during the third period, outscoring Fulton by 3 goals to secure a 5-1 win.

The Red Raiders were led by Seth Cooney with one goal. Eric Forderkonz and Kris Grow had an assist each. Goalies Brandon Ladd and Landon VanAlstine combined to save 40 shots.

Victoria Litwak, longtime hairdresser

Victoria Litwak, 94, of Fulton, passed away Sunday Feb. 9 at her son’s home in Rochester.

Victoria was a life resident of the Fulton area and was a hairdresser for many years.

She was a communicant of St. Michael’s Church in Fulton and enjoyed traveling and gardening.

Victoria was predeceased by her husband, Louis in 1989 and son, Charles in 1981 and siblings, Charles and Ganina.

She is survived by her sons, Daniel (Linda) Litwak and Edwin (Donna) Litwak all of Rochester; two brothers, Ed and Al; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Calling hours are 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday (today) with a funeral service to immediately follow.

Contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse Service Foundation, 2180 Empire Blvd., Webster, 14580.

Joyce Louise Kenny, fan of Syracuse Chiefs and NY Mets

Joyce Louise Kenny, 72, of Granby, entered into eternal life on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 after a long illness.

She was born Aug. 4, 1941 in Fulton, a daughter to the late Samuel and Katherine Kenny and lived all her life in the Fulton area.

Joyce graduated from Hannibal High School and worked at the Sealright Company, which became Huhtamaki, and retired from there after 44 years of service.

She was a fan of the Syracuse Chiefs and New York Mets. Joyce was an avid bowler and won many trophies.

In addition to her parents, Joyce was predeceased by a brother, Samuel Clark Kenny, Jr.

She is survived by several cousins, close friends and by her beloved cat, Chloe, who shared her life and was greatly loved.

There are no calling hours. Graveside services will be in the spring at a date and time to be announced at Mount Adnah Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Ms. Kenny may be made to the Oswego County SPCA-OCAWL, P.O. Box 442, Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Mary Ann Cavallaro, babysitter, baker

Mary Ann Cavallaro, 94, of Fulton, passed away peacefully Monday feb. 10 at her son’s home in Syracuse.

She was born in Fulton, NY June 7, 1919, the daughter of the late Salvatore and Santa Cutuli. She and her husband Morris were married Dec. 12, 1942 in Fulton, where they lived and raised their family.

Mary worked for a short time at the Fulton Woolen Mill and in New York City during World War II. As a homemaker, she babysat for the children of several families and sold homemade baked goods. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who loved being in the midst of her family.

Mary’s door was always open for company who would gather around the dining room table for delicious food, coffee and conversation.

She was a longtime member of Holy Family Church in Fulton.

Mary was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Morris, in 1985, and by her sisters Ida Greco and Lucy Greco.

Mary is survived by her son, Maurice, of Syracuse; daughter, Linda (Gerald H) Brown of Oswego; grandsons Gregory and Christopher; sister Ann Louise of Syracuse; step granddaughters Bethany VanBuren, Renee Mulkerin, Cindy Lockler; seven step great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday Feb. 15, 2014 in Holy Trinity Church, Fulton.

Calling hours will be 4 to 6 p.m. Friday Feb. 14 at the Sugar Funeral Home 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton.

Spring burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Florence Rogers, worked at A.L. Lee Hospital

Florence L. Rogers, 86, of Fulton died Tuesday Feb. 11 at Pontiac Nursing Home, Oswego.

She was a born to the late Theron and Eva (Chapman) Clemons and she remained a life resident of Fulton.

Mrs. Rogers retired in 1993 from A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital after 20 years of service.

She is survived by her three daughters,  Margeurite (Larry Davis) Tetro of CA, Cheryl “Susie” (Mike) Snyder of Fulton, and Edith (Todd) Burdekin of Fulton; four grandchildren, Christine Tetro, Tina Donaldson, Mike Chrisman, Jamie Burdekin; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., with Major James Purvis, from the Oswego County Salvation Army, presiding.

Burial will be held in the spring at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours were Friday prior to the service.

Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton, is in care of the arrangements.