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Oswego students see play thanks to mentors

SUNY Oswego’s Mentor-Scholar program, thanks to support from Artswego, brought six students from the Oswego school district to the final performance of the college production “Fahrenheit 451.”

Mentor-Scholar matches college mentors with middle and high school students from seventh-grade to ninth-grade in an afterschool setting and provides opportunities to visit and explore campus.

The SUNY Oswego theatre department’s adaptation of “Fahrenheit 451” was based on Ray Bradbury’s classic 1953 novel, which he later developed into a stage play in 1979. It envisions a future dystopian America that has outlawed the reading of books and employs “firemen” to burn any they find in guilty hands.

For the Oct. 27 “Fahrenheit 451” performance, six Mentor-Scholar students joined family members and mentors in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

“Due credit goes to all involved — director, production team, actors and actresses — for creating a dramatic but educational experience for the young scholars,” said program coordinator Nicholas Greene.

Events such as these provide an opportunity for the program’s growing, young academics to experience the world of college life and promote an appetite for higher education in their own lives, Waters said.


BOCES Project Explore celebrate autumn with a Fall Festival

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The fall season is upon us – the days are getting shorter, the nights colder and the leaves are a bounty of color.

To celebrate the beautiful season and all that it offers, the students enrolled in the Project Explore Program, formerly the Multi-Occupations Program, at Oswego County BOCES, put their classroom skills into action and organized a Fall Festival.

Project Explore students took scarecrow making to an entirely new level in their welding class. The students cut and welded metal pieces, creating a frame and stand that they outfitted in the finest scarecrow apparel for the festival.

While in their Manufacturing class, students made crates that they used to decorate at the festival and that they will later sell as part of a student-club fundraiser.

The students also cut out wooden pumpkins for young festival guests to paint and crafted wooden rings for a ‘Ring Around The Pumpkin” game.

Project Explore students also organized several fall-themed carnival games for the festival, offered face painting and coordinated a haunted hangout for festival-goers.


2 Oswego County BOCES students pass master service technician tests

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Two Oswego County BOCES Career and Technical Education students recently climbed the ranks into the elite as they passed their Briggs & Stratton Master Service Technician tests.

Tim Rose, of Fulton, and Josh Ernestine, of Phoenix, both students in Dan Shaver’s outdoor power equipment technology course, took the exam online in September and earned satisfactory marks.

“They are the first students I’ve had who have passed the test in my three years of being here,” Shaver said. “There are a small number of master service techs nationwide. They’re in a pretty elite group.”

Although they are now in rare company, the road to becoming an MST wasn’t an easy one. Shaver said the students had little to no experience when they first enrolled in the program last year.

Add a difficult written exam at the end of year one, and things became even more challenging.

“We watched educational videos and took lots of notes,” Ernestine said, noting the pair spent countless hours studying in preparation for the test.

“It was hard, but I knew I had to finish it and pass and make Mr. Shaver proud,” Rose said.

For Shaver, proud is an understatement. “They are as highly qualified as you can get,” he said of Ernestine and Rose. “This allows them to now go out and get a job at a (Briggs & Stratton) dealership.”

In addition to receiving the praise of their instructor, both students are poised for a paid spring internship in small engine repair.

“At this point, they need more hands-on troubleshooting and diagnostic stuff. They have the knowledge, now they just need to apply it,” Shaver said.

While an internship may be in the immediate future, the master service technicians also have aspirations to attend college and pursue careers in small engine repair.

“I want to go to college and do well and make Mr. Shaver proud,” Rose said. “He’s helped us a lot.”

With the knowledge and the passion for a career in small engine repair, Rose and Ernestine are optimistic about their future.

“This is just another stepping stone to get further ahead toward my career goal,” Rose said.

Granby Elementary students celebrate good behaviors

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Granby Elementary was bustling with activities  Tuesday during a schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports celebration.

PBIS is a districtwide approach to teaching, modeling, recognizing and supporting positive behaviors in a school building.

It focuses on building a school environment in which all students can learn and achieve their personal best.

When problem behaviors occur, PBIS offers a framework to respond with appropriate support systems that are aimed at helping students build the social skills and behavioral habits that will make them successful in school and in the community.

As part of the celebration, students baked cookies, created Halloween crafts, lit circuits, made candy apples, played board games and participated in a variety of other activities as a reward for their good behavior this school year.

The celebration was for students who had not received any behavioral referrals, and honored those who went above and beyond to meet the district’s expectation of responsibility.

Principal Heather Perry congratulated the following students for exhibiting responsibility during the month of October: Hailey Payment, Nicholas Smith, Tyler Bertrand, Ashley Pollock, Madeline Viscome, Harper Ells, Ashlee Gilmore, Ricky Bush, Kallen Roberts, Mylee  Calabro, Rebeccca Bartlett, Bryce Noel, Riley Kempston, Shyanna Wilson, Tate Tucker , Quinn Halstead, McKenna Clary, Dylan Diefenbacher, Cody Syzmanski, Zach Barker, Zavier VanBuren, Lydia Mirabito, Brad Lando, Jadyn McDougall, Ella Hicks, Mackenzie Treneer, Tiffany Sidmore, Wesley VanBuren and Nolan Dexter. Each student received a certificate and principal’s award for their achievement.

Oswego County Head Start Pre-K still accepting applications

Oswego County Head Start Pre-K continues to accept applications for the 2013-2014 program year.

The program enrolls three- and four-year-old children and is provided at no cost to families.

Head Start’s goal is promoting school readiness through a variety of learning materials and developmentally appropriate opportunities that assist children in developing academically, socially, and emotionally.

Family involvement is strongly encouraged. Parents have a central role in the program as partners in the educational process. There are opportunities to be involved in parent committees, volunteer in the classrooms, as part of program development, and attending workshops.

A program of Oswego County Opportunities, Head Start Pre-K has seven centers located throughout Oswego County and enrolls children from all nine county school districts.

Applications are accepted year round with waiting lists maintained for openings that may occur.

Families that would like more information can visit our website at or if they like to complete an application may call 598-4711 or (800) 359-1171 to schedule an appointment.



Fulton girls’ soccer ends season with playoff loss

 By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity soccer team won 2 out of its last 3 games of the season, but its season came to an end with a loss to Jamesville-DeWitt in the quarterfinals of the Class A, Section 3 playoffs Oct. 24.

Prior to the Lady Raiders sectional quarterfinal loss, Fulton earned wins against Homer Oct. 17 and Carthage Oct. 22.

The Lady Raiders topped Homer 3-1. Fulton got off to a solid start, building a 2-0 lead during the first half. However, Homer refused to allow The Lady Raiders to expand their lead during the second half. Both teams scored a goal each down the stretch as Fulton but Homer couldn’t overtake Fulton.

Leading the way for Fulton was Hailey Carroll with 2 goals. Kara Bricker scored a goal and Sydney Gilmore is credited with 2 assists. Goalkeeper Hunter Hartranft saved 8 out of Homer’s 9 shots on goal.
Fulton held off Carthage in the opening round of the Class A, Section 3 playoffs Oct. 22.

After a competitive first half, the Lady Raiders had just a 2-1 lead over Carthage. Like Homer, Carthage wasn’t about to let Fulton add to its lead during the second half. Unfortunately, like Homer, Carthage wasn’t able to cut into the Red Raiders lead either. Both teams scored 2 goals each down the stretch as Fulton held on for the 4-3 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Jordan Coulon with 2 goals. Hailey Carroll had a goal and an assist, while Sydney Gilmore added a goal and Callie Beckwith was credited with an assist. Goalkeeper Hunter Hartranft saved 4 out of Carthage’s 7 shots on goal.

Jamesville-DeWitt cruised past Fulton in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

After a hard fought first half, the game was tied at 1 headed into halftime. J-D took over during the second half, scoring 4 unanswered goals down the stretch en route to a 5-1 win.
Leading the way for Fulton was Hailey Carroll with a goal. Goalkeepers Hunter Hartranft and Maddie Lang combined to save 13 out of J-D’s 18 shots on goal.

The Fulton girls’ varsity soccer program bids farewell to six seniors — Lena Pawlewicz, Christine Hotaling, Amelia Coakley, Julia Lee, Meriah DiShaw and Sarah Halstead.

Fulton football season comes to an end

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity football team’s season came to an end with a loss to Indian River in the Class A, Section 3 playoffs Oct. 25.

Fulton was behind and cut the deficit to 13-7 during the first quarter, but Indian River pulled away from there and won 44-17

It didn’t take long for Indian River to get onto the scoreboard. Early in the first quarter, Dustin Sharrit ran for a 23-yard touchdown to give Indian River a 7-0 lead.  Later in the first quarter, Sharrit struck again. This time, he scored on a run from 60 yards out to expand Indian River’s lead to 13-0.

Fulton cut into the lead before the first quarter ended when Quinton Jackson ran for a 20-yard touchdown to bring The Red Raiders within 6 points at 13-7.

Indian River took over during the second quarter. Quarterback Densel Barnes tossed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Franklin to give Indian River a 19-7 lead. Later in the second quarter, Sharrit scored his third touchdown of the game.on a run from 15 yards out to give Indian River a 25-7 halftime lead.

To The Red Raiders credit, their efforts would not be deterred. Early in the third quarter, Jon Cummings made a 25-yard field goal to cut Indian River’s lead to 25-10.  Indian River then put the game out of reach during the remainder of the third quarter when quarterback Densel Barnes scored on a run from a yard out to give Indian River a 32-10 lead. Before the third quarter ended, Deondre Grier ran for a 17-yard touchdown to expand Indian River’s lead to 38-10.

Indian River capped off an impressive effort during the fourth quarter. Jakese Crockett scored on a run from 8 yards out to give Indian River a 44-10 lead. Fulton battled until the final whistle blew on their season. Late in the game, the Red Raiders cut the lead to 44-17 when Mark Pollock ran for an 18-yard touchdown. But then time ran out on Fulton’s season.

The Red Raiders season with a final record of 1-7.

Phoenix football wins crossover game

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity football team earned its first win of the season when they rolled past Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 29-6 in its Oct. 24 crossover game.

Phoenix finishes the 2013 season with a 1-7 overall record.

Behind the impressive running of Sophomore Running Back Tim Gandino, the Firebirds took a 22-0 lead into halftime. A-P-W just couldn’t match Phoenix in the game.

It didn’t take long for Tim Gandino to get Phoenix rolling. Early in the first quarter, the Firebirds took an 8-0 lead when Tim Gandino ran the ball in from 62 yards out.

Gandino struck again later in the first quarter. In an equally as impressive run, Gandino ran for a 61-yard touchdown to put Phoenix ahead, 15-0.

Gandino and the Firebirds expanded their lead during the second quarter, with Gandino scoring on a run from 41 yards out to give Phoenix a 22-0 lead right before halftime.

The A-P-W Rebels began the second half showing signs of life. Jarid Paininski ran for an 18-yard touchdown to cut the Firebirds lead to 22-6. However, Phoenix scored again before the third quarter ended to cap off its impressive effort. Brock Maruscak ran the ball in from 2 yards out to expand the Firebirds lead to 29-6.

Phoenix was led by Tim Gandino, who  ran for 177 yards and 3 touchdowns on 11 carries. Following Gandino was Brock Maruscak with 17 rushes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Dylan Doupe had 8 carries for 45 yards. Quarterback Billy Ostrander and Derick Powell combined for 4 rushes for 12 yards for the Firebirds.

Defensively, Phoenix was led by Austin Wirth with 11 tackles and 2 sacks. Following Wirth was Brock Maruscak with 6 tackles and Dylan Doupe, Ashton Morrison and Derick Powell had 3 tackles each. Morrison and Powell were also credited with a sack each.

Sage Dygert, Billy Ostrander, Tyler Hanna and Nick Tassone had 2 tackles each.  Hanna was also credited with a sack. Tim Gandino, Tyler Sahm and Billy Stone combined for 3 tackles.