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Fulton dance center competes

Some of the members of Off Broadway Dance Center in Fulton pose at the Syracuse competition. They are, left to right, Samantha Cooper, Alyssa Wicks, Kayla Frost, Arianna Schmeer, Mackenzie Loughrey, Mary Jane Mullaney and Mckenzie Emmons.
Some of the members of Off Broadway Dance Center in Fulton pose at the Syracuse competition. They are, left to right, Samantha Cooper, Alyssa Wicks, Kayla Frost, Arianna Schmeer, Mackenzie Loughrey, Mary Jane Mullaney and Mckenzie Emmons.

Thirty Off Broadway Dance Center students competed in the Shining Star Division at the Power of Dance competition at the OnCenter in Syracuse  April 5 and 6.

Four members of the Off Broadway Dance Center competitors shows off their trophies. They are, from left, Devon Ruckdeschel, Mattie Burdick, Elizabeth Crockford and Genesis Loetterle. Both photos by Teri Loetterle
Four members of the Off Broadway Dance Center competitors shows off their trophies. They are, from left, Devon Ruckdeschel, Mattie Burdick, Elizabeth Crockford and Genesis Loetterle.
Both photos by Teri Loetterle

Results were:

  • Mattie Burdick, Senior Solo, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • Genesis Loetterle, Senior Solo, 2nd Place, Ruby Status
  • Lizzie Russell, Tween Solo, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • Megan Johnson, Tween Solo, 2nd Place, Ruby Status
  • Jaidyn Perry, Junior Solo, 3rd Place
  • Talia Trombino, Petite Solo, 3rd Place, Ruby Status
  • Grady Marshall, Petite Solo, 2nd Place, Ruby Status
  • Bailey & Jaidyn Perry, Tween Duo/Trio, 3rd Place, Emerald Status
  • Makaylee Schmeer, Taylor Bonoffski, Megan Johnson, Tween Duo/Trio, 2nd Place, Ruby Status
  • Mackenzie Hayden and Lizzie Russell, Tween Duo/Trio, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • Janna Moody, Olivia Metcalf and Jaidyn Perry, Junior Duo/Trio, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • Talia Trombino and Grady Marshall, Petite Duo/Trio, 2nd Place, Ruby Status
  • Anthony Ferguson and Grady Marshall, Petite Duo/Trio, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • Korbin Cooper and Grace Gilles, Super Petite Duo/Trio, 1st Place, Emerald Status
  • “Neon Lights”, Senior Small Group, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • “The Waitresses”, Senior Duo/Trio, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • “This Is My Dance Floor”, Petite Small Group, 6th Place, 1st in Jazz Petite Small Groups, Ruby Status
  • “Where’s The Party”, Petite Small Group, 9th Place, 3rd in Jazz Petite Small Groups, Emerald Status

The director or Off Broadway Dance Center is Ellen Russell Marshall. The OBDC Competition Team will take part in two more national competitions this season and one regional competition.

News in Brief

As of April 30, 2014, The Valley News will only accept classified advertisements for the Wednesday and Saturday print editions.

We will no longer publish classifieds online. To submit a classified ad, call us at 598-6397 or visit our office at 67 S. Second St., Fulton.

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NU-2-U sale and bake sale is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 2 at the Granby Center United Methodist Church, 420 County Route 3.

Available will be a large assortment of clothing for all ages. There also will be books, household items, knick-knacks, linens, small appliances, stuffed toys, taps and more.

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The annual chicken barbecue sponsored By Friends of History in Fulton is set for 11:30 a.m. until sold out Sunday May 4 at the Pavilion at Bullhead Point.

The barbecue benefits the John Wells Pratt House Museum, local history museum, at 177 S. First St., Fulton. Eat in or take out.

For advance sale tickets, call 598-4616.

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The Minetto Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. until sold out April 26 at the fire station, 12 Barrett Drive, Minetto.

The dinner menu features ½ chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans, macaroni salad and a dinner roll. Customers can purchase a ½ chicken only also.

In addition there will also be a bake sale on site for customers to handpick a homemade dessert.

Dine-in and take-outs are available. Local delivery of five or more dinners may be arranged by contacting a Minetto Fire Department member by calling the fire station at 343-7566 on the day of the event.

There are no presale tickets available but customers can start calling ahead at 10 a.m. on April 26. The event benefits the fire department.

For more information, call Aleisha Bennett at  343-7566. For more information on the Minetto Fire Department or to find out how to join please visit www.minettofd.com

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The Palermo United Methodist Church will host its chicken and biscuit dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1  in the church dining room.

This is a family-style, all-you-can-eat dinner including chicken and gravy, biscuits, mashed potatoes, salad, vegetable, dessert and beverage.

Takeouts are available and can be reserved by calling 598-4888

The church is located on County Route 35 just off of State Route 3 in Palermo, just north of Palermo Center.

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The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center will present a public program about the American woodcock at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, (rain date May 2).

American woodcock advertise courtship intentions by strutting about and emitting a series of nasal peents. With a final “peent,” the male launches into an enthralling flight display to attract hens.

Following a short presentation of woodcock natural history with Pat Carney, facility’s naturalist, attendees will venture to a singing ground to observe and listen to the serenade of this twilight troubadour.

Other spring heralds also will regale us with evening ballads. Program participants should dress for an evening spring walk by wearing jackets, boots and shoes that can get wet and/or muddy.

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Assemblyman Will Barclay will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 2 at Believer’s Chapel in Fulton.

Anyone is welcome to donate. To schedule an appointment for the May 2 blood drive in Fulton, call the Red Cross at 343-0967 or sign up online, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood and click on “Schedule an Appointment.”

It takes about 8-10 minutes to give blood with a total time to register and replenish with provided snacks of about an hour and 15 minutes. Donors are encouraged to eat well and hydrate prior to appointment.

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An immigrant farmworker who works on an Upstate dairy and an organizer for a local workers’ center will speak at noon Sunday, May 4 at First Universalist Society of Central Square as part of a statewide speaking tour aimed at improving the lives of immigrant farmworkers.

The talk and a brief slideshow will be given by Jose Canas, who is originally from El Salvador, and Rebecca Fuentes, of West Monroe, who is lead organizer for the Syracuse-based Workers’ Center of Central New York.

Canas works at a dairy in Northern New York. Fuentes is the daughter of a farmworker from Mexico.

The program also is part of the Voices for Worker Equality speaker and film series organized by the church, state Route 49 just west of U.S. Route 11, and the workers’ center.

The statewide campaign will include several other dairy farmworkers and is being organized by the workers’ center along with Worker Justice Center of New York, in Rochester.

It coincides with Worker Memorial Day on April 25, May Day on May 1 and Farmworker Advocacy Day on May 5.

The local talk is free, but donations will be accepted to support the workers’ center. Light refreshments will be served.

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Girls and boys ages 12-15 are invited to the Montezuma Audubon Center for up to three weeks of Sportsman Education this summer.

Young hunters will get their hunter safety, bow safety and waterfowl identification certificates in three weeks of hands-on learning and outdoor experiences.

The camps will run from July 14 through 31 (Monday-Thursday for each course).

Each week will feature classroom-style learning, covering the basics of each course, enhanced by hands-on outdoor field lessons including orienteering, canoeing, tracking and more.

Participants will also take part in conservation projects that enhance habitats for game and non-game species.

Fee per camper: $100 for one week, $190 for two and $270 for all three. Major support for this program is provided by Bass Pro Shops.

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration forms can be found at http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma. For more information, call 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org.

Camp schedule:

Week 1 – Hunter Safety – July 14-17

Week 2 – Bow Safety – July 21-24

Week 3 – Waterfowl ID – July 28-July 31

For more information about the Sportsman Camp or the Montezuma Audubon Center, visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma.

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The First Congregational Church of New Haven is holding an eat-in or take-out dinner from noon until gone Saturday, May 3.

Preorders are available to be picked up between noon and 2 p.m.

The dinner will contain ½ chicken, pulled pork, pasta salad, salt potatoes, roll and butter. Call 963-3118 and leave a message with your name, phone number and the number of dinners you want. You will receive a call back to confirm your order and to make arrangements for you to buy the tickets needed for your dinner(s).

The church is located at 4250 State Route 104 in New Haven. The church is just west of County Route 6.

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The youth group at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Phoenix is having a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17.

The youth group also is asking people to donate bottles and cans as part of the sale.

The youths are raising money for a trip to Steubenville, Ohio for a youth rally with about 40,000 other teens. The event, at the Franciscan Univerity of Steubenville, is focused on connecting teens to the sacraments.

There is going to be a drop off area for the bottles and cans on the day of the garage sale in the parking lot behind St. Stephen’s Church. There is also a drop off spot right next to the church if people would like to drop off before or after the garage sale.

Those dropping off should tell the bottle and can business they are dropping off for Team Awesomess of St. Stephen’s church.

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The Oswego County Health Department will hold a rabies clinic for cats, dogs and pet ferrets from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the Oswego County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road.

“Immunizing pets is an effective way to reduce the risk of human exposure to rabies,” said Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County Public Health Director.

State law requires that all cats, dogs and pet ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age.

A second vaccination is required for cats and dogs within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter. Ferrets need to be vaccinated annually.

In order for pets to receive the 3-year booster shot, owners need to show that the pet was previously vaccinated and should bring their pet’s last rabies vaccination certificate to the clinic.

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Friendly’s Restaurant, 192 W. Bridge St., Oswego, will host a Family Fun Day fundraiser Thursday, May 8, to support the Friends of Fort Ontario in preserving and enhancing one of the nation’s most historic military sites.

Between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., 15 percent of the day’s proceeds will go to the Friends group to support programming, restoration, and AmeriCorps staff at Fort Ontario State Historic Site.

Customers who call Friendly’s at 342-2233 20 minutes in advance may have their order ready for pickup.

In order to participate, customers must bring a copy of the Friendly’s Fort Ontario voucher. The voucher is available on the Friends of Fort Ontario Website (www.fortontario.com), Man in the Moon Candies on West First Street in Oswego, and at the fort on May 3 during I Love My Park Day.

Friends of Fort Ontario is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 educational organization chartered by the State Education Department to support efforts to preserve, enhance, and promote Fort Ontario State Historic Site.

For more information, call Nicole Popp at 430-3336, or Historic Site Manager Paul Lear at 343-4711.

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The Four Seasons Quilters will present its annual quilting demonstration with Pat Knoechel of “Quilt in a Day” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 9 at the Lycoming Methodist Church, located at the intersection of County Route 29 and Miner Road, Scriba.

Parking is available across the road from the church. Knoechel’s sister, Eleanor Burns, has new patterns to share including “Nouveau Wedding Ring” and “Pineapple” with twists for modern quilters.

There also will be door prizes, drawings, refreshments and as always, a good time.  Tickets are $5 and are available at the door or by calling Susan Bartlett (298-53460), Barbara Snell (343-5998), Leeann Green (342-3400) or Kerry Barnes (342-0866).

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The Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville will have its last dinner of the season at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10.

The menu will consist of roast pork, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, beans, coleslaw, rolls and butter.  Attendees also can choose from a wide selection of pies and other desserts. Coffee, tea, cool aid and water will also be available.

The dinner is served family style. Music will be provided while you wait to be seated.  The ladies from the church also have a variety of crafts and goodies for sale.  There is a large supply of used books available at reasonable prices.

The next dinner will be Sept. 13.

Cold was the headline during the winter of 2012-14

By Debra J. Groom

It looks like winter may be over.

Nuts, did that jinx it?

Well anyway, through April 22, Fulton has received 177.6 inches of snow, said John Florek, who keeps snow records at the city’s water department. The average snowfall through April 22 during the 38 seasons he has been keeping records is 179.6.

“We’re pretty darn close,” Florek said.

Even though temperatures have been mild of late, Florek said he doesn’t put away his snow records for the year until the end of May.

“We’ve had snow on a couple of Mothers’ Days,” he said. The latest snow he has on record is May 12, 1996, when the city picked up 1.5 inches.

That was part of an extreme winter that saw 273.5 inches pile up in Fulton. The least amount of snow in his 38 years of record keeping was in 1991 — a paltry 74.75 inches.

Carolyn Yerdon, who keeps weather records up in Redfield, said her area came in at 386 inches — and more than half of that was on the ground before Jan. 1.

“We still have some piles here on the lawn and you can find snow in the woods,” she said this week.

The record for snow in Redfield is the 1996-97 winter — a total of 420 inches of snow fell.

Both Florek and Yerdon said what made this winter seem to go on forever was it seemed to snow almost every day and there were periods of extreme cold.

Yerdon said Oswego County is used to temperatures below zero during the winter. But to have a run of many days of frigid temperatures is rare.

“We had minus 19 on Jan. 21, minus 18 on Jan. 22 and it continued through Jan 24,” she said. Jan. 25 saw 11 degrees, and then the temperature plummeted again to minus 11 on Jan. 26 and minus 19 on Jan. 27.

“That’s brutal,” she said.

Florek agreed.

“It was cold more than anything else,” he said. “There were no real drops of multiple feet of snow this year.”

In Oswego, the Port City ended with 154.5 inches of snow, a couple of inches above average, said weather observer William Gregway.

“We got a lot of lake effect,” he said, noting it also snowed early in the season and continued through April. “We had a white Thanksgiving, white Christmas, but not a white Easter,” he said.

He also agreed the cold really got people down this year. He said he talked to some construction workers recently who are doing sewer work in the city and they remarked that the frost was more than 3 feet down into the ground where they were digging.

 

Fulton softball off to tremendous start

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team won its first 2 games of the season, beating Chittenango 16-6 on April 10 and then holding off county foe, Mexico, 4-2 on April 14.

In the Chittenango game, the Lady Raiders stormed ahead after falling behind 1-0 in the first inning.

They outscored Chittenango by 3 runs during the second inning to take a 5-3 lead.  Fulton added to its lead during the next 3 innings, outscoring Chittenango, 5-1 during the third, fourth and fifth innings to take a 10-4 lead.

Fulton didn’t let up and outscored Chittenango in the sixth and seventh innings en route to a 16-6 win.

Leading the way for Fulton were MiKayla Guernsey and Keisha Pierce, each with  3 hits and 4 RBIs.

They were followed by Cheyenne Laun and Maureen McCann with a hit and 2 RBI each. Anna Guernsey, Hannah Jones and Kassidy Kearns combined for 4 hits for the Lady Raiders.

On the mound, Fulton was led by Cheyenne Laun. In a complete game effort, Laun threw 9 strikeouts while allowing 6 runs off 3 hits.

In the Mexico game, the first three innings were scoreless.

Then Fulton jumped out to a 4-0 lead during the fourth inning. However, Mexico battled until the end.

After 2 scoreless innings, Mexico made it interesting. They scored 2 runs during the seventh inning to cut the Lady Raiders lead to 2 runs, but they couldn’t get any closer than that. Fulton won 4-2.

Mexico was led by Amylynn Holland with a hit and 2 RBIs. Following Holland was Madison Himes with 2 hits. Kennedy Lamb pitched a complete game for Mexico with 4 strikeouts while allowing 4 runs off 5 hits.

Leading the way for Fulton was MiKayla Guernsey with a hit and 2 RBIs, followed by Kassidy Kearns, Cheyenne Laun, Maureen McCann and Courtney Parker with a hit each.

On the mound, Cheyenne Laun pitched another complete game for Fulton, throwing 9 strikeouts while allowing 2 runs off 3 hits.

Disposal of old drugs Saturday at various sites

Saturday is the day that folks with old prescription drugs to dispose of can do so at area sites.

Drugs can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2  p.m.  April 26. The service is free and anonymous.

Here are the sites in Oswego County:

Fulton Police Department

Oswego Police Department

Kinney Drug Stores in Oswego, Fulton and Pulaski.

Pills and patches that have expired or are unused or unwanted can be dropped off during the event to ensure proper and safe disposal. Liquids, needles and sharps are not accepted.

During the last Take-Back Day in October 2013, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in all its previous Take-Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds of pills—more than 1,700 tons.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. According to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, flushing unused medicine down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.

 

 

Fulton Dining Center menu

Here is the menu for the first two weeks of May for the Fulton Dining and Activity Center:

  • Monday, May 5: Soup and Sandwich
  • Tuesday, May 6: Goulash with vegetables
  • Wednesday, May 7: Sausage with peppers and onions, with Green Beans
  • Thursday, May 8: Chicken cordon bleu with roasted potatoes and veggies
  • Friday, May 9: Crispy fish clipper with Monterey potatoes and vegetables
  • Monday, May 12: Glazed meatloaf with a baked potato and steamed spinach
  • Tuesday, May 13: Macaroni and cheese and stewed tomatoes and blended vegetables
  • Wednesday, May 14: Chicken and biscuits with mashed potatoes and veggies
  • Thursday, May 15: Boiled ham dinner and cabbage with carrots
  • Friday, May 16: Stuffed shells with sauce and vegetables

All meals include milk and dessert. Lunch is served at noon.

There is a daily activity at 11 a.m.

For reservations, call Eileen at 592-3408 24 hours in advance.

Robert “Bart” Bartholomew, Fulton alderman

Robert “Bart” Henry Bartholomew, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away April 20, 2014 at the Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans Nursing Home.

Bart was born June 29, 1931 in Sterling, NY, the son of Gaynelle Leona Albring and Hobart McKinley Bartholomew.

He attended Hannibal and Red Creek schools and enlisted in the U.S. Army 17th Airborne at age 18. A veteran of the Korean War, he served in Guam and Korea from 1949 through 1952. He later served in the Army Reserve and was honorably discharged holding the rank of staff sergeant.

He married Barbara Burton in 1954.  Bart lived in Fulton NY most of life, moving to Sterling NY in 1985 and then to Port Charlotte, FL in 2007.

Bart was active in his church and in his community.  He was a charter member and first physical education director of the Fulton YMCA (1960); and he was a founder and first executive director of the Oswego County Pioneer Land Search and Rescue Team (1971).

He served as scoutmaster and later commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America.  Bart was an ordained elder of the Presbyterian Church USA and, during the 1960s and 1970s, served as a teacher and church school superintendent at the First Presbyterian Church, Fulton, NY.

He also served as an alderman for the city of Fulton’s 6th Ward during the early 1970s.

After moving to Sterling, Bart was a trailblazer and board member for the Friends of Sterling Nature Center.  He also was a member of American Legion Post 658 in Fair Haven, NY, Masonic Lodge #144 Fair Haven, NY and a volunteer with the Fair Haven Fire Department.

He was employed as a millwright most of his life, retiring in 1990.  He owned and operated the Sea-Way Trail Bicycle and Canoe Center from his Sterling home from 1983 through 1990.

Bart especially enjoyed family, camping, canoeing, bicycling, running, cross country skiing and taking part in triathlons.  He also enjoyed clowning; and, as “Ho Ho” the clown, he attended international clown School in Lacrosse, WI and entertained in Upstate New York during the 1980s.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara; sons, Mark (Tracey) of Palm Harbor, FL, Dean (Jay Williams) of Brooksville, FL, Richard (Teresa) of Bossier City, LA; John (Nora) of Oswego, NY; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; twin brother, Richard of Bartow, FL.

He was predeceased by an older brother and three sisters.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014 at First United Church of Fulton.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., Fulton, NY 13069; the Oswego County Land Search and Rescue Team; or the Fair Haven Volunteer Ambulance Company, Fair Haven, NY 13064.

Arrangements are by the National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte, Florida.

James T. Gregory, veteran, retiree from Armstrong

James T. Gregory, 84, a resident of Fulton, passed away peacefully at his home on April 21, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Cleveland N.Y., he was a son of the late John and Olive (Beebe) Gregory.

He had attended Fulton schools and was a graduate of the Fulton High School.

Mr. Gregory was a veteran of the United States Army serving his country in the Korean War, where he was responsible for placing communication wires in the field, under the threat of enemy fire.

Upon returning home, Jim found employment at Armstrong where he worked for more than 40 years, retiring in 1992.

He could often be found walking through the woods to and from work each day, crossing the busy highway, with his lunch pail in hand. While at Armstrong, Jim was the catcher for the softball team, playing for many enjoyable years.

In his later years, Jim could be found nestled in his easy chair, passing countless hours with his westerns or following his favorite sports team, the NY Yankees.

Jim was an avid gardener. He enjoyed his weekly shopping trips with his daughter and always looked forward to the arrival of his Pennsylvania family on the holidays.

His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and preparing a Sunday meal where one and all were welcome. Jim was well liked by all who met him, with his charming smile that would put one at ease.

Jim is survived by his two daughters, Lynne (Joseph) Hawksby of Minetto, Jill (Wayne) Blecher of Elizabethtown PA,; a son, Craig of Rome; five grandchildren, Heather, Amber, Joseph, Kayla and Amanda; and six great-grandchildren, Josh, Caitlyn, Alex, Cierra, Talen and Dawson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Robert, and sister, Shirley Blance.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Calling hours were Friday at the Dowdle Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego N.Y. 13126