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Final OCAY League competition takes flight

The Fulton City School District received gold medals for first place in the final competition of the school year. Pictured are team members Jacob Batchelor, Katelyn Caza, Patrick Fink, Hannah Geitner, Michael Holcomb, Kyle Loftus, Nick Reitz, Noah Sorbello, Jordyn Stone and Mary West. The team is coached by Sue Ryan.
The Fulton City School District received gold medals for first place in the final competition of the school year. Pictured are team members Jacob Batchelor, Katelyn Caza, Patrick Fink, Hannah Geitner, Michael Holcomb, Kyle Loftus, Nick Reitz, Noah Sorbello, Jordyn Stone and Mary West. The team is coached by Sue Ryan.

Titled “Fight and Flight,” the fourth and final Oswego County Academic Youth League competition was set in an historic venue.

Located at Oswego’s historic Fort Ontario, the competition featured two main tasks, each executed in two different ways.

The first task involved the construction of two kites, one focused on performance and functionality, and the other on aesthetics.

The second task, broken into two sections involved touring the Fort Ontario Museum and grounds to complete a museum challenge and a scavenger hunt.

In the construction of a performance kite, students followed provided guidelines for kite construction and could elect to build a more difficult design and add to their scoring options by adding on difficulty such as a line climber.

Student teams later demonstrated their kite’s flying ability in front of judges who scored the teams based on a rubric. The teams were also judged on the construction of their aesthetic kites and could score additional points if their kite could also fly.

The museum challenge and scavenger hunt sent students on self-guided tours of the fort and its grounds in search of answers and clues to earn their team points in the competition.

In the end, the team from Fulton received the gold medal for first place. Team members included Jacob Batchelor, Katelyn Caza, Patrick Fink, Hannah Geitner, Michael Holcomb, Kyle Loftus, Nick Reitz, Noah Sorbello, Jordyn Stone and Mary West. The team is coached by Sue Ryan.

Silver medal winner was the team from Mexico, with members Elizabeth Becker, Mattea McDonald, Jonathan Sheets, Joshua Bouck, James Gowans, Austin Moore, Hannah West, Benjamin Daley, Madeline Galvin, and Sydney Ryan.

The team was coached for this competition by Shannon Bigelow, when Coach Bill Coughlin was unable to attend the event due to a prior engagement.

Third place bronze medal winner was the Pulaski team, coached by Melissa Osborne, who was also honored for her dedication to the OCAY League. Osborne will be retiring at the end of this school year and she was presented with a plaque in appreciation for her involvement in the league.

Members of the Pulaski team included: Nick Allen, Kelly Bushell, Miranda Edick, Joe Falciatano, Emily Fellers, Kyle Glenister, Alyssa Kingsley, Julia Kuehner, Randy Novak, and Erik Oakes.

Following the medal presentations, the Fulton City School District was named overall champion for the season.

The team received a large traveling trophy which will be displayed in their district for the coming season.

OCAY League was organized in the spring of 1997 with the idea that academics merit a standing comparable to athletics. Students’ academic skills are challenged and showcased in a wide variety of competitive events that emphasize scholastic excellence, team building, leadership and creativity.

A particular strength of the league is its emphasis on cooperative problem solving. OCAY League is coordinated through Oswego County BOCES’ Instructional Support Services as part of the Gifted and Talented Programs cooperative services.

Free shuttle bus service for Hope Fest 2013

Hope Fest 2013 is fast approaching with three evenings of Christian outreach at the Fulton War Memorial June 7-9.

To help those without transportation and also for those who do not want to have to park far away, the Hope Fest Committee is partnering with Oswego County Opportunities to provide free shuttle bus service each night.

The bus is wheelchair accessible. The bus will be identified by bright yellow signs that say, “Hope Fest Shuttle.”

Transportation to the War Memorial: There will be two runs to pick up passengers and bring them to the War Memorial. The first run starts at 5:30 p.m. and the second run starts around 6:10 p.m. The schedule and times for the pickup stops during each run is as follows:

First Stop: Main Office Gilbert’s Grove, Pathfinder Courts – Emery St., 5:35 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Second Stop: Senior Buildings G-K, Pathfinder Courts – E. Broadway, 5:39 p.m. and 6:19 p.m.

Third Stop: Fulton Education Center/Park Area – South 4th St. between Buffalo and Rochester streets., 5:43 p.m. and 6:23 p.m.

Fourth Stop: Towpath Towers – 100 Rochester St., 5:48 p.m. and 6:28 p.m.

Fifth Stop: Fulton Mill Apartments – Riverside Ave. off West 1st St., 5:54 p.m. and 6:34 p.m.

Sixth Stop: Chateau West Apartments – W. 11th St., 6:01 p.m. and 6:41 p.m.

Arrive at War Memorial: Dropping off outside main entrance; 6:05 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

There will be return-trip bus runs at the end of each evening. Each night’s activities are expected to end around 10 p.m. The schedule for dropping off passengers on the return trips is as follows:

First Stop: Main Office Gilbert’s Grove, Pathfinder Courts – Emery St.

Second Stop: Senior Buildings G-K, Pathfinder Courts – E. Broadway.

Third Stop: Fulton Education Center/Park Area – South 4th St. between Buffalo and Rochester streets.

Fourth Stop: Towpath Towers – 100 Rochester St.

Fifth Stop: Fulton Mill Apartments – Riverside Ave. off West 1st St.

Sixth Stop: Chateau West Apartments – W. 11th St.

After first return-trip run, bus returns to War Memorial for second and final run.

For those who need transportation in the Fulton area but cannot get to the bus stops, there will be mini vans available (not wheelchair accessible) that are driven by volunteers. Please call 315-226-3378 by 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 to arrange for pickup.

Hope Fest 2013 is a free Christian community outreach event on Friday, June 7, Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9. Doors open at 5 pm with the event beginning nightly at 7 p.m. Live music, guest speakers, preaching, prayer, and testimonies.

Those seeking more information may visit www.hopefest2013.com or call 226-3378.

Fulton police to hold annual bike rodeo Saturday

The Fulton Police Department’s annual bike rodeo will be held June 1 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Fulton Community Center.

This free event is focused on youth bicycle education and safety and there will be other information and attractions including air hop rides and food and drinks.

The event will be held rain or shine. Weather permitting it will be in the Fulton Community Center/War Memorial Parking Lot located on West Broadway.

In the event of bad weather, it will be held inside the Community Center’s ice rink area. Children can complete an obstacle course with the assistance of a Fulton Police Bicycle Officer. Children can bring their own bike or use one provided by the Department.

For those who bring their bikes, they can register them with the Fulton Police and have a safety inspection done by Doyle’s Bike shop. Bicycle safety educational material will be given out to all children.

There will be a bicycle raffle sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and Menter Ambulance. Representatives from Oswego Health will be present to fit and give away helmets which have been purchased with a grant from the New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

Other organizations scheduled to be present are the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, who will be making child identification cards; Menter Ambulance will have an ambulance present for children to tour; and the Fulton Fire Department will have a fire truck present to tour also.

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Fulton Public Library offer summer reading programs

Library fun – The Fulton Public Library is offering a variety of summer programs for children and families, beginning with Every Child Ready To Read, a program designed for prekindergarten children and families. Pictured is Kim Raabe as “Mamapajamas” as she leads children and their families in a fun, music activity at a recent program.
Library fun – The Fulton Public Library is offering a variety of summer programs for children and families, beginning with Every Child Ready To Read, a program designed for prekindergarten children and families. Pictured is Kim Raabe as “Mamapajamas” as she leads children and their families in a fun, music activity at a recent program.

The Fulton Public Library is introducing “Every Child Ready To Read,” a program designed for prekindergarten children and families.

“We’re excited to add Every Child Ready To Read,” Director Betty Maute said. “The program works with children from birth to age 5 in a free, exciting workshop series that will help prepare children with the skills they will need to learn to read before they start school.”

The program will be offered June 11, 18 and 25, and July 2, 9 and 16. Children ages 3-5 years workshops are at 10 a.m. and sessions for children under 3 years are at 3:30 p.m.

The morning session will be conducted by Cathy King, author of several books on craft projects that can be used by libraries during children’s story hour. Sallyann Danforth, president of the Friends of the Fulton Public Library, will lead the afternoon session.

“Workshops will include a fun story time, and make-and-take games for children and grown ups so parents can continue to work with their children at home,” said Maute. “This program is made possible by a grant from the Oswego County Youth Bureau.”

Registration for the library’s summer reading program, “Dig Into Reading,” begins June 28. The summer reading program offers awards and incentives to participants for keeping up with reading through the summer.

To kick-off the program June 28, the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology will present “Dig Into Dirt.” Aug. 2, at the conclusion of the summer reading program, the MOST returns with “Water Filtration,” a hands-on workshop that is limited to 25 children.

The library will also be offering a one-week summer writing camp for children ages 8-13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 29 through Aug. 2. It’s entitled: “What Do Your Words Say About You” and the instructors are Jim Farfaglia and Karen Burke.

“This series is for you if you: love to write and want to get better; want to learn to edit your work and prepare it for an audience; and are ready to share your work but aren’t sure how,” Maute said. “Seating is limited to 12. All those interested should call 592-5159 to register. Your name will be added to a lottery to be drawn July 12 when participants will be selected randomly.”

Among the library’s regular programs are Story Hour, every Wednesday at 10 a.m. with a craft or activity, Maute said.

“We also have eight personal computers available to the public with internet access,” she noted. “All you need is a library card or to stop by the front desk to find out about other options. We also offer free Wi-Fi for your laptop, smart phone, or tablet device.”

Meetings of the library’s board of trustees are at noon on the third Tuesday of each month. They are open to the public. Friends of the Fulton Public Library meet the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. and anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend, Maute said.

Legislators to discuss computer pornography behind closed doors

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner said Wednesday that the matter of pornography found in a county highway department employee’s computer will be discussed during a closed-door executive session some time in the near future.

There has been no updates on the issue since the April 11 meeting when County Administrator Phil Church stated that one employee had been disciplined and two other computers were being checked.

he allegation that a highway employee spent time at work viewing pornographic pictures and videos was brought to the attention of Legislator Doug Malone by several highway employees, who claimed their complaints to management went unaddressed.

Malone went to District Attorney Gregory Oakes and requested the allegations be looked into. That resulted in a finding of pornography in the employee’s computer.

To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of The Valley News

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Fulton Area Snow Travelers Snowmobile Club supports CYO

Sporting goods – Members of the Fulton Area Snow Travelers club present Coordinator George Timmins with a donation of sporting goods for the CYO program. From left are Mike Schmidt, Bill Monette, Timmins, Tracey Doyle, and Ken Wheelock.
Sporting goods – Members of the Fulton Area Snow Travelers club present Coordinator George Timmins with a donation of sporting goods for the CYO program. From left are Mike Schmidt, Bill Monette, Timmins, Tracey Doyle, and Ken Wheelock.

The CYO program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County recently received a generous donation of sporting goods supplies courtesy of the Fulton Area Snow Travelers Snowmobile Club.

Catholic Charities was one of several organizations that benefited from the Great Eastern Whiteout, the club’s annual vintage snowmobile show and race held at the Fulton War Memorial. Established in 2000 in Sandy Creek, the event relocated to Fulton in 2010 and draws more than 400 snowmobiles each year.

Strong supporters of the CYO program, Fulton Area Snow Travelers Snowmobile Club have made regular donations to the CYO program including game stations and video games, sports equipment and more.

“Each year, proceeds from our Great Eastern Whiteout are used to benefit the youth of our community,” said Tracy Doyle, Snow Travelers member and owner of Doyle’s Bike Shop. “As a boy, I remember how much I enjoyed going to the CYO program at Catholic Charities. I know that today the kids still love going to CYO after school to be with their friends and they enjoy participating in the many games and activities that CYO offers for both boys and girls.

CYO Coordinator George Timmins said, “We are very appreciative of the donation we received from the Snow Travelers. Their donation included flag football equipment, which the kids have been asking for and are excited that we will add that to our list of activities.”

Open to youth in grades 2-12, Catholic Charities’ CYO program is available Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Activities include basketball, foosball, dodge ball, ping-pong, billiards, computer games, and more.

There are also a number of computers available for youth including several that have computer access to assist them in doing their homework. All activities are free of charge and are supervised by trained staff.

The staff encourages youth involvement in both structured and non-structured activities, and assists all participants as needed to insure that they receive the full benefits of the program as well as help in their physical and mental development.

Phoenix baseball tops Canastota in first round matchup

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity baseball team finished the regular season with an overall record of 8-8, which earned them the number-six seed in the Section III Class B playoffs.

In its opening round game Tuesday, Phoenix escaped with a 1-0 win over 11th seed Canastota to advance to the Sectional Quarterfinals.

The Firebirds were schedule to take on third seed Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Thursday. Phoenix struck the first blow when it took on Canastota.

Phoenix took a 1-0 lead during the bottom of the first inning. Despite having 5 and 1/2 innings to tie the game or possibly take the lead, Canastota came up empty.

Leading the way for Phoenix were Adam Thoryk and Emilio Tassone, who both had a hit. Justin Suttliffe added an RBI for the Firebirds.

On the mound, Tassone earned the win for Phoenix. Tassone finished with five strikeouts while allowing only five hits in six innings of play. In relief of Tassone, Thoryk allowed only one hit in one inning of action.