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Special needs soccer set to begin

Shown from left to right are Oswego Youth Soccer Association Board Member Gary Mace; volunteer Matt Mace; participants Madalyn and Evelyn Rupert; and volunteer Claudia Chetney.
Shown from left to right are Oswego Youth Soccer Association Board Member Gary Mace; volunteer Matt Mace; participants Madalyn and Evelyn Rupert; and volunteer Claudia Chetney.

As the spring soccer season is underway for many area youth, so begins the second season for children with special needs at the Richard Benjamin Soccer Complex in Oswego.

What started out last year as a Girl Scout Silver Project by then seventh-grader Claudia Chetney, has now taken off under the direction of Chetney, many other young soccer players and coaches affiliated with Oswego Youth Soccer Association.

“Giving these kids the opportunity to enjoy the game of soccer was the plan when I started this last year,” Chetney said. “But what I realized was that my teammates, friends and adults who helped each week were having as much fun as the participants so that it was just easy to say let’s keep this program going.”

The same rules apply to this year’s soccer session. “We don’t worry so much about rules, regulations, penalties, winning or losing, we just have fun,” Chetney said.

Last year’s program saw about 30-40 children each week, where they participated in small scrimmages, fun soccer games and even wheelchair soccer play.

The soccer session is just one part of a program called “Doing it Our Way,” organized out of the Parents of Special Children Office in Fulton.

The program was developed to allow special needs individuals tp participate in sports and other organized activities.

“Doing it Our Way” also provides opportunities for kids of all ages and abilities to play basketball, baseball, dance and be a cheerleader.

With the continued support of the Oswego Youth Soccer Association board of directors, which has made its facilities available, and the help of many adult coaches, and youth soccer players, children of all ages and abilities will be able to participate once again in soccer this spring.

The six-week session begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Richard Benjamin Sports complex located behind the Oswego Middle School.

Anyone interested in signing their child up for the upcoming soccer session may contact the Parents of Special Children office at 598-7672.

Volunteers are still needed to help with coaching and providing help to children on the field. Email Chetney at cchetney@oswego.org if you can help.

Fulton girls’ lacrosse wins 2, loses 3

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity lacrosse team went 2-3 in its first five games of the season.

East Syracuse Minoa cruised past Fulton, 20-8 March 29. On April 1, Jamesville-DeWitt held off the Lady Raiders, 13-11.

LaFayette knocked off Fulton, 12-6 April 9. On April 14, the Lady Raiders rolled past Whitesboro, 16-4 for their first win of the season and then Fulton topped Chittenango, 16-5 April 16.

In the ESM game, the Spartans jumped out to a 12-5 lead over Fulton during the first half. ESM didn’t let up in the second half, outscoring Fulton, 8-3 to secure the 20-8 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Amelia Coakley with 3 goals and an assist, followed by Casey Shannon and Julia Ludington with 2 goals each. Keara Patterson chipped in a goal. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 3 of ESM’s 23 shots on goal.

In the JD game, the Rams built a 9-3 lead over Fulton during the first half. However, the Lady Raiders battled back, outscoring JD 8-4 during the second half to make things interesting.

But the JD lead proved to be too much to overcome as JD came away with a 13-11 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Keara Patterson with 2 goals and 2 assists, followed by Amelia Coakley with 2 goals and an assist, Julia Ludington and Casey Shannon scored 3 goals each while McKenna Chesbro and Jordan Coulon combined for a goal and an assist. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 10 of JD’s 23 shots on goal.

Against LaFayette, the Lady Raiders again saw an opponent get off to a solid start as the Lancers jumped out to 7-2 lead during the first half.

Fulton was unable to cut into LaFayette’s lead despite a more competitive second half. LaFayette outscored Fulton 5-4 to cruise to a 12-6 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Amelia Coakley with 2 goals and an assist against LaFayette, followed by Casey Shannon with a goal and 3 assists. Gina Babcock had a goal and an assist and McKenna Chesbro and Keara Patterson scored a goal each. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 6 of LaFayette’s 18 shots on goal.

For their first win of the season against Whitesboro, the Lady Raiders built an 8-2 first half lead. Whitesboro has no answers for Fulton down the stretch and Fulton outscored Whitesboro 8-2 during the second half to cap off a 16-4 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders were McKenna Chesbro and Casey Shannon with 4 goals and an assist each. Following Chesbro and Shannon was Julia Ludington with 3 goals and an assist. Gina Babcock had 2 goals and an assist. Jordan Coulon chipped in a goal and an assist. Keara Patterson and Amelia Coakley combined for 2 goals and an assist. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 4 of Whitesboro’s 8 shots on goal.

Against Chittenango, Fulton jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first half. The Lady Raiders put the game out of reach during the second half, outscoring Chittenango, 10-3 down the stretch to come away with a 16-5 win.

Fulton was led by Amelia Coakley with  4 goals and 3 assists, followed by McKenna Chesbro with 4 goals, Keara Patterson with 2 goals and an assist, Gina Babcock and Julia Ludington with a goal and an assist each, Casey Shannon with 3 goals.

Olivia Coakley, Althea Henderson and Julia Velasquez combined for a goal and 2 assists. Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 7 of Chittenango’s 12 shots on goal.

Boys’ tennis scores

 

Liverpool 6, Fulton 1

2nd singles player from Liverpool was defaulted

Singles:

1S: Evan Maestri (Liverpool) defeated Brad Crofoot (Fulton) 6-0, 6-0

2S: Zach Perry (Fulton) d. Aaron Laviolette (Liverpool) 0-1

3S: Ian Szczesniak (Liverpool) d. Mark Parry (Fulton) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles:

1D: Jeff Fensken and Daniel Muehlemann (Liverpool) d. Jacob Strauss and Benjamin McKay (Fulton) 6-1, 6-3

2D: Mike Fensken and Evan Vogue (Liverpool) d. Thomas Distin and Bayley Raponi (Fulton) 6-0, 6-3

3D: Adam Donle and Keaton Thiel (Liverpool) d. Seth Reidy and Dakota Stoutenger (Fulton) 6-3, 6-0

4D: Anthony Arcaro and Mitchell Virkler (Liverpool) d. Austin Nairn and Carlos Feliciano (Fulton) 6-0, 6-1

Fulton 1, Oswego 6

April 26

Alex Haessig was the Oswego player announced at 3rd doubles prior to the match for the forfeit, but his name does not appear on the Oswego roster. I substituted Nick Hurlbutt’s name instead in order to be able to submit the scores. The record should be changed when the roster is updated.

Singles:

1S: Benjamin McKay (Fulton) d. Kyle Kemper (Oswego) 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 7-6 (7-3)

2S: Alex Kemper (Oswego) d. Brad Crofoot (Fulton) 6-2, 6-2

3S: Jacobb Gerber (Oswego) d. Jacob Strauss (Fulton) 6-3, 6-2

4S: Drazen Schrecengost (Oswego) d. Carlos Feliciano (Fulton) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles:

1D: Kyle McCauley and Jacob Cary (Oswego) d. Thomas Distin and Austin Nairn (Fulton) 6-0, 6-1

2D: Jake Jones and Michael Chetney (Oswego) d. Seth Reidy and Joel Feliciano (Fulton) 6-3, 6-3

3D: Christopher Van Gorder and Nicholas Hurlbutt (Oswego) d. Forfeit and Forfeit (Fulton) 6-0, 6-0

Fulton 4, Phoenix 1

April 25 

Singles:

1S: Brad Crofoot (Fulton) d. Billy Stone (Phoenix) 6-0, 6-1

2S: Carlos Feliciano (Fulton) d. Kadin May (Phoenix) 6-1, 6-4

3S: Zack VanGorder (Phoenix) d. Evan Waugh (Fulton) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles:

1D: Benjamin McKay and Jacob Strauss (Fulton) d. Ben Bulgrien and Brandon Mironti (Phoenix) 6-0, 6-0

2D: Joel Feliciano and Seth Reidy (Fulton) d. Forfeit and Forfeit (Phoenix) 6-0, 6-0

Dance recital planned in Fulton May 8

Runions Dance Studios in Fulton will present its spring recital, “A Step in Time,” at 7 p.m. May 8 in the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium. After 62 successful years, Ruth Runions Devendorf has decided to pass the studio to her daughter, Jill Pitcher, and granddaughter, Emily Pitcher. Devendorf wants to thank the Fulton community and Bodley music department for its support the past 62 years.

Photos from Dayger Photography

Cast named for “Charlie Brown”

Megan Murtha, rehearsing as Mrs. Teavee in the recent Willy Wonka Jr, will play Peppermint Patti in CNY Arts Center’s next production “You’re a Good man Charlie Brown” running June 6-15 .
Megan Murtha, rehearsing as Mrs. Teavee in the recent Willy Wonka Jr, will play Peppermint Patti in CNY Arts Center’s next production “You’re a Good man Charlie Brown” running June 6-15 .

CNY Arts Center announces the cast of their next production “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” set to open June 6 for a two weekend run at CNY Arts Center located at 357 State St. in Fulton.

The musical favorite is being directed and choreographed by Amy Price, who also did Willy Wonka Jr. and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Adam Schmidtmann will head the cast as the title character Charlie Brown with Molly Brown in the role of Snoopy. Sabrina Woodward is cast as Charlie Brown’s little sister Sally while Ryan Smith will portray Schroeder.

Julia Allen and Chris Tetro team up as brother and sister Lucy and Linus while Emily Yamada will fly in as Woodstock.

Newcomers Alaysia Person as Frieda and Daronda Scott as Marcy are joined by Megan Murtha who rounds out the cast as Peppermint Patti.

Dan Williams will be directing music for the popular musical while Priscilla VanGorder heads the costume team. John Gamble returns as Technical Director, Set and Prop Designer with assistance from Dan Shue and Shuba 2 Construction.

“Like all major productions, this show requires participation from many professionals working together to deliver a professional quality product to stage,” said Nancy Fox, producer.

“We are very fortunate to have the expertise to create a production we are confident will be a treat for families and all audiences, from solid acting to music and dance to spectacular set and costumes,” she said.

The final dress rehearsal will also open to the public to ‘pay-what-you-can’ for those who prefer to choose their ticket price.

“We had a great response to Willy Wonka, Jr and we hope the audience will come back for another great family production,” Fox continued.

Tickets and reservations are on ale now on the website at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

OCO honors volunteers

Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Board President, Connie Cosemento (l) and Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier (r) present the OCO Distinguished Volunteers of the Year Award to members of the agency’s Bowl-A-Fun committee Debra French, second from left, and Diane Wood, second from right.  Absent from the photo are committee members Betsy Copps, Colette Nellis, Christine Prevost, Toni Ross, Denise Russell and Patrick Waite.
Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Board President, Connie Cosemento (l) and Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier (r) present the OCO Distinguished Volunteers of the Year Award to members of the agency’s Bowl-A-Fun committee Debra French, second from left, and Diane Wood, second from right. Absent from the photo are committee members Betsy Copps, Colette Nellis, Christine Prevost, Toni Ross, Denise Russell and Patrick Waite.

Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) recently honored members of the agency’s Bowl-A-Fun committee with the Distinguished Volunteer of the Year Award.

They were cited for going above and beyond in offering their time and talents to the poverty-fighting agency.

OCO Deputy Executive Director Sarah Irland praised the group for the work they do and the positive impact the Bowl-A-Fun committee has on the agency.

“These individuals give of themselves and their time to raise money for OCO programs that directly improve the quality of life for Oswego County residents,” she said.

“Over the past 15 years our Bowl-A-Fun committee members have helped raise more the $200,000 in support of services throughout our agency including generators for residential facilities, homeless services, field trips for youth and much more.

“As a result they have had a profoundly positive effect on thousands of consumers over the years,” Irland said. “They are the ultimate example of giving; devoting their time, talents and energy to help people they may never know.”

Meeting on a monthly basis throughout the year, members of OCO’s Bowl-A-Fun committee volunteer their time to plan the event.

From organizing the details of the day to gathering supplies, soliciting prizes, and ensuring the enjoyment of the participants, committee members do whatever it takes to make OCO’s Bowl-A-Fun a fun and successful event.

Members of this year’s Bowl-A-Fun Committee include Betsy Copps, Debra French, Colette Nellis, Christine Prevost, Diane Cooper-Currier, Toni Ross, Denise Russell, Patrick Waite and Diane Wood.

“I am amazed to think of the amount of time and effort this committee puts forth and I am pleased to able to recognize them with this award,” said Irland.

OCO, Inc is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.  For more information, visit www.oco.org.

News in Brief

River of Life Assembly of God Church is presenting the second in its Nothing’s Too Hard for God series.

You live with the pain each day. You have lost hope in finding a medical solution. Where is the answer?

The Bible is filled with stories of God’s healing power. But they are more than stories, they confirm God’s promise to all. When medical science is exhausted, God’s healing power is amazing.

The church is devoting the 1st Sunday in May to talk about God’s message of hope, joy, love, and peace with a special emphasis on the topic of Illness.

Come out and join us on at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 4 at River of Life Assembly of God, 815 Oneida St., Fulton.

For more information call 598-7100 or check out our web site at www.riveroflifeaog.org.

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The Oswego County Autism Task Force  participating in the local high school scholarship programs for 2014 graduating seniors planning post-secondary education or vocational school this fall.

The task force is offering the Brianna Cahill Scholarship to qualifying seniors. The scholarship is $2,000 in total scholarship money to a student or several students of Oswego County’s nine public high schools based on the following criteria:

** Our application must be completed by the student

** The recipient must be accepted to a post-secondary or vocational school.

** The recipient must be currently diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Applications must be received by the  Oswego County Autism Task Force by May 1 for final review and selection by our committee. The final selection will be announced to the school by May 25.

For more information, call Tammy Thompson, task force vice president, at 349-3510.

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The 10th annual Syracuse Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma, an annual walk to raise funds and awareness for scleroderma research and patient support, is scheduled for Sunday, June 8 at Onondaga Lake Park, Bay View Tent area.

Check in and registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

For information and to register, go to  http://walks.SclerodermaTriState.org

The Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walk is an event to raise awareness and money needed to deal with this devastating autoimmune disease.

Money raised at this event will be used to help fund research efforts and provide patient support and education. To date there is no known cause or cure.

For more information about scleroderma, contact the Scleroderma Foundation/Tri-State, Inc. Chapter office at (800) 867-0885 or visit on the web at www.SclerodermaTriState.org.

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The Sunshine Community & Child Care Center is putting on its Summer Gratitude Gala 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday June 14.

Vendors, activities, tie-dye, arts and crafts, parking lot sale, food, music and nonalcoholic beverages will be available.

There also will be a cutest pet contest, bounce houses and a cutest prince and princess contest.

Vendor registration packets available at Sunshine Center at 561-7861

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Local resident Wendi Starusnak will discuss her first novel, “Detached,” from 6 to 8 p.m. June 16 at the Phoenix Public Library.

Starusnak will discuss the book, answer questions and will sign and sell copies. Refreshments will be served.

“Detached” contains mature content and subject matter and is not recommended for those under the age of 18.

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The Oswego County Fair is seeking local talent for the fair, which runs July 2 through 6.

While the fair features several established bands and singers, the fair also hopes to promote some new groups by offering a chance to them to perform on the small bandstand near the midway.

Anyone interested in performing at the fair should call Anne Gibbs at 298-5686.

Volney celebrates positive behaviors

Brothers Ethan and Lucas Smith are seen here playing a rousing game of chess during Volney PBIS Reward Day.
Brothers Ethan and Lucas Smith are seen here playing a rousing game of chess during Volney PBIS Reward Day.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Volney Elementary School held a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Reward Day for students April 25.

The Reward Day recognized students for being role models of the school’s four behavioral expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe and Be a Problem Solver.

Students in all grades celebrated with activities during the morning, and were dismissed for the afternoon for parent conferences.

Students could choose from many sessions, including movies, Duct Tape wallet making, dodge ball, karate, chess and Zumba.