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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.

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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.

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Fulton girls lacrosse falls to ES-M in sectional playoffs

Looking for room – Fulton’s Lane Perl makes a move on an East Syracuse-Minoa defender during Wednesdays’s Section III Class B first round game. Perl scored a goal in the 15-3 loss. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty
Looking for room – Fulton’s Lane Perl makes a move on an East Syracuse-Minoa defender during Wednesdays’s Section III Class B first round game. Perl scored a goal in the 15-3 loss.
–Valley News photo by Hal Henty

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity lacrosse team earned a bid to the Section III Class B playoffs with a 7-9 overall record.

The Lady Raiders’ record earned them a sixth seed and a first-round game against number-three seed East Syracuse-Minoa Wednesday. East Syracuse-Minoa got off to a solid start while cruising to an impressive win over Fulton.

East Syracuse-Minoa dealt the Lady Raiders a blow during the first half of their May 22nd Sectional contest. East Syracuse-Minoa took an 8-0 lead into halftime. Unfortunately for The Lady Raiders, East Syracuse-Minoa’s lead only grew during the second half.

The number-three seed outscored Fulton by four goals en route to a 15-3 win over the Lady Raiders. Fulton was led by Kate Myers, who had two goals, and Lane Perl, who scored one goal. Keeper Kayla Pafami saved four shots on goal.

The Lady Raiders’ season concludes with a 7-10 overall record. Fulton bids farewell to Erica Knaub and Kate Rothrock, who spent this past season in the running to set a new school scoring record.

Fulton school budget approved by voters

by Nicole Reitz

The Fulton City School District’s $65.3 million budget received approval from voters Tuesday. The 2013-2014 school budget passed with an unofficial count of 381 to 200 votes.

In addition to the passing of the budget, incumbent board member David Carvey and newcomer Christine Plath were also elected for three year terms. In the unofficial count, Carvey received 489 votes while Plath received 469 votes. Plath will replace Brian Hotaling, whose term expires on June 30. Carvey has already served two years on the board of education.

There was a smaller voter turn out than in years past, but Superintendent Bill Lynch said he is pleased with the outcome and number of voters in favor of the budget. The budget set out what it meant to accomplish.

Since the budget was first introduced, the goal has been to maintain and grow learning opportunities for students of the district. With no staff reductions or cuts to programming, the board feels that this budget achieves that.

Despite a modest tax increase, the 2013-2014 budget relies less on the reserve balance, which puts the district in a positive position for next year, said Lynch.

Since the vote passed, there is no need for the board of education to adopt a contingency budget.

Conflict-of-interest? Another questionable bid surfaces in county

by Carol Thompson

For the third time in less than a year, a vendor competing for business in Oswego County has protested the manner in which county officials conduct the bidding process.

And, as in the past, there appears to be a relationship between the favored vendor and a county official.

The most recent complaint involves a bid for HVAC maintenance for the county’s facilities. During the Nov. 27 meeting of the legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee, a bid award was made to Postler and Jaeckle, the third lowest bidder.

Legislator John (Jay) Martino made the motion to award the bid to Postler and Jaeckel, with Legislator David Holst providing a second to the motion. EMCOR submitted a bid in the amount of $78,887, making the company the lowest bidder. Van Hook Services came in as the second lowest with a bid of $79,423. Postler and Jaeckle submitted a proposal for $82,980.

Although EMCOR and Van Hook were the lowest bidders, the committee rejected the bids claiming, “The reference checks and known past performance of these firms indicate that neither would perform adequately.” There was nothing in the file to indicate that the companies had been vetted.

Building and Grounds Director Bill Malone and then-purchasing director Fred Maxon recommended Postler and Jaeckle receive the bid award based on the past performance of the low bidders.

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Fulton Service Clubs offer the Meaning of Memorial Day

The theme for this year’s Memorial Day Salute Parade is “America, United We Stand.”

Many area individuals, organizations, businesses and industries will try to develop their interpretation of this theme in the vehicles or floats they will enter in the parade today, May 25.

The Fulton Memorial Day Salute is a two-day event that is 32 years old this year, started and carried on by the four Fulton Service Clubs. The present service clubs working on this year’s events are the Fulton Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary, and the Sunrise Rotary clubs.

The four service clubs have always been assisted by the Fulton Veterans Council in promoting and putting on this event. In years past, the Optimist and the Fulton JayCees were participants. These two clubs have since disbanded.

Several of the men and women who work on the Memorial Day Salute Steering Committee are veterans.

Organizers offered the meaning of Memorial Day: “As we enter the 13 year of the 21st century, our thoughts are with the men and women who protected our freedoms for the 237 years America has existed.

“During the last century, we had many conflicts. World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and The Gulf War come to mind. All in all, over 625,000 brave Americans have died fighting in a U.S. uniform during the 20th century.

“In this century, we have experienced two conflicts, one touching our shores on September 11, 2001, which have lead to conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We must keep these brave men and women, who are serving on active duty, in our thoughts and prayers as we experience this Memorial Day.

“How did Memorial Day come to be? The actual birthplace of Memorial Day is the nearby village of Waterloo. Shortly after the Civil War ended, a Waterloo druggist named Henry Welles collaborated with Union General John B. Murray to organize a local tribute for the war dead. The program included processions to and from the cemeteries, military music, speeches, wreaths, crosses, and bouquets.

“Of all the early such remembrances, Waterloo’s 1866 program most closely resembled Memorial Days to come. The pristine village of about 5,300 located only 40 miles from Fulton, in central New York’s Finger Lakes region, still follows its original Memorial Day model. “

In 1966, when Lyndon B. Johnson was President, he proclaimed Waterloo to be the official birthplace of Memorial Day. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Memorial Day, Waterloo opened to the public a 22 room Memorial Day Museum. Waterloo has the glory of officially holding the ‘first’ Memorial Day Program, but in reality, over two dozen communities in both the north and the south have claimed to be the birthplace of Memorial Day.

“The Memorial Day Salute Committee is very aware of the program they are offering to the community. We have never treated it as a celebration, but a program designed to raise the community’s awareness of the importance of this day of remembrance.

“The Fulton Veterans Council has a more traditional program on the Monday (the official Memorial Day) of Memorial Day weekend in which they visit the cemeteries and place American flags on all known veteran’s graves, and honor the deceased veterans at the various monuments around our city. Flowers are set out and a wreath is thrown in the Oswego River to honor those who have died at sea.

“Recently, it was published that the World War II veterans are dying at the rate of nearly 1,000 a day. These men and women are at least 83 years old and most are older. Many newspapers mark the obituaries of veterans with an American flag. This is a very nice thing to do.

“Many years ago, before 1966, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day. This name comes from the fact that by the end of May, even in our northern climate, the flowers were in bloom and it was time to decorate the cemeteries.

“While the high death rate of the American Civil War (1860-65) was the initial reason for starting Memorial Day, this should not be the only reason for this holiday. Today, we should remember our deceased loved ones no matter if they are veterans or not.

“The Fulton Service Clubs and the Fulton Veteran’s Council have established Fulton’s way to remember this most important holiday. In the fall of each year, all of the Veterans’ organizations in the Fulton area choose a Veteran of the Year. This person is the Grand Marshall of the Memorial Day Parade. This year’s Grand Marshall is World War II veteran, Alfred Myhill.”

Memorial Day Salute parade to march on May 24

The Fulton service clubs and the Fulton Veterans Council have completed planning for the 32nd annual Memorial Day Salute to be held May 24 and 25.

The parade committee has been working for several months putting together the area’s largest parade. The parade date is Saturday, May 25 and it will start at 10 a.m.

The Memorial Day parade is the Fulton service clubs’ way of honoring all area veterans. However, the parade is open to all groups and businesses in the area. The theme for this year’s parade is “America, United We Stand.”

The committee will award trophies in several categories for the best representation of the theme.

Last year’s winner of “The Grand Marshall Award” for the most patriotic and interesting group was the Fulton Elks Club Lodge #830 float. Their float was elegantly decorated and gave a very positive patriotic message to the audience and the parade judges.

A parade is music with bands of different sizes and sounds. The “Best Music Trophy” was awarded to the Naples High School Marching Band, under the direction of Phillip Bariteau.

The Fulton Polish Home won the “Theme Trophy.” They had the Salt City Polka Band and a colorful float that contained several of the Polish Legion of America Veterans on it in their full dress military uniforms.

There are always a large number of children’s groups in the parade, so the parade committee awards three trophies in the category of Children’s Groups.  The first place in the “Children Awards” was awarded last year to the Off Broadway Dance Studio.  Their dance routine and their beautiful float was second to none.

Second place went to the Fulton Pop Warner. The Pop Warner boys and girls had a patriot float and an exhibition by their cheerleading members.

Third place went to the Fulton City School District Junior and High School “marching” band.

Three trophies are given by the “Fulton Veteran’s Council” for which veteran’s groups and active military are eligible.  Winning first place in the Veteran’s group was the VFW Post 569 Float.

Winning second place was the 10th Mountain Division marching band out of Fort Drum. Taking third place was the Fulton VFW Post 569 Ladies Auxiliary Cars and VFW Junior Girls.

The parade route is the same as it has been for the past 31 years. The formation of the parade is in the former Nestle’s parking lot and adjacent streets. The parade then starts north on South Fourth Street by Lyons Street to pass by the Oswego Health facility and the Michaud Nursing Home so that the patients who are able to get outside or to their window can see the parade.

The parade proceeds north to Broadway and then west to Recreation Park. The reviewing stand will be positioned at West Broadway and West Third Street, in front of Brewer and Brewer’s Mobil Station. Typically, thousands will line the parade route.

The Fulton Memorial Day Parade tries to be a balanced community based parade. Active military service units, veterans from all services, several color guards, bagpipe bands, youth groups, fire companies, clowns, school bands, adult bands, some vehicles, lots of walkers, business and industries, scouts, street vendors, usually hundreds of balloons, and even cartoon characters will be in this year’s parade.

The Memorial Day Salute Committee feels that this parade mixture makes for a most interesting event and represents and entertains the community.

A grand marshall leads each Memorial Day Parade. The Fulton Veterans’ Council, which is comprised of all the veterans’ organizations in the greater Fulton area, chooses a “Veteran of the Year” each year.

This year’s Veteran of the Year and parade grand marshall is Alfred Myhill.

The Fulton Veterans’ Council provides the leading color guard for this year’s parade.

All of the bands in the parade are sponsored by area businesses and local industries. Several bands, sponsored by Cayuga Community College, that have been in the parade every year are returning this year.

Also, the Fulton School’s music department will have all of their bands in the parade this year as they have had since the beginning of the event.

Many area businesses and industries have entered a float in the parade over the years. Sometimes an employee group or union have dreamed up the idea and built the float.

There is still time to enter a float in this year’s parade by calling Parade Chairman Zach Menter at 591-4502.