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Phoenix softball ends season at 5-14

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity softball team won one of its last three games to end the season at 5-14.

On May 13, Phoenix held off Bishop Ludden 9-8. Marcellus cruised past the Lady Firebirds 16-3 on May 14. Westhill knocked off Phoenix 11-0 in its season finale on May 15.

Phoenix and Bishop Ludden fought through four scoreless innings before Ludden scored three runs in the fifth. Then the Lady Firebirds stormed ahead during the sixth, outscoring Bishop Ludden by six runs to take a 9-6 lead.

Ludden made things interesting down the stretch, scoring two runs in the seventh pull to within one run. But Phoenix held on for the 9-8 win.

The Lady Firebirds were led by Isabello Garofalo with three hits, followed by Gabrielle Esposito with two hits and two RBIs, Shannon Dolan with a hit and three RBIs including a homerun, Skyler Mace, Megan Brown and Jada Jackowski with a hit each and Taylor Chesbro and Kimberly Holbrook each added an RBI.

On the mound, Phoenix was led by Alicia Midlar with nine strikeouts while allowing eight runs off five hits in seven innings pitched.

Against Marcellus, the Mustangs got things going after two scoreless innings, building a 6-0 lead in the third. However, Marcellus was only just beginning. They outscored the Lady Firebirds 6-1 in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 12-1 lead.

Marcellus put the finishing touches on an impressive performance during the sixth and seventh innings, outscoring Phoenix by two runs to cap off a 16-3 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Firebirds were Gabrielle Esposito, Jada Jackowski and Alicia Midlar, each with a hit. Megan Brown pitched a complete game for Phoenix with five strikeouts while allowing 16 runs off 12 hits in seven innings of work. However, 10 out of the 16 runs that Brown allowed were unearned.

Westhill had a 4-0 lead over Phoenix after two innings and didn’t stop there. The Warriors added five more runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 9-0 lead. Following a scoreless fifth inning, Westhill capped off their impressive outing, scoring two more runs during the sixth inning en route to an 11-0 win over Phoenix.

The Lady Firebirds were led by Shannon Dolan, Kimberly Holbrook and Kaitlyn Stenoski, each with a hit. On the mound, Phoenix was led by Megan Brown with two strikeouts while allowing 11 runs off eight hits in six innings pitched.

New schedule for county transfer stations begins July 1

Oswego County solid waste transfer stations will close one day per week beginning Tuesday, July 1, in a measure to reduce operating costs of the solid waste system.

The new schedule was approved by the County Legislature at its May 15 meeting.

Under the new schedule, the Hannibal transfer station will be closed Mondays; Pulaski closed Tuesdays; Hastings closed Wednesdays; Oswego closed Thursdays; and Bristol Hill closed Fridays.

The new schedule will result in a cost-savings of about $189,845 annually through the elimination of vacant positions, re-assignment of solid waste staff and reduced operating costs.

Director of Solid Waste Programs Frank Visser was directed by the Legislature to look at options to close the gap on the amount of money needed to subsidize the county transfer stations.

The new schedule was developed after an extensive review of traffic, waste and recyclables hauled to the five transfer stations.

The Legislature also approved a revised fee schedule for 2015. Weigh and pay fees at the transfer stations will go up to $125 per ton; tip fees at the landfill and Energy Resource Facility increase to $65 per ton; and construction and demolition rates for major haulers will increase to $50 per ton at the landfill and ERF. The increase for the residential sticker fee remains at $10 and will be $175 for 2015.

Oswego County transfer stations and recycling drop-off centers are located at Bristol Hill, 3125 NYS Route 3, Volney; 1167 County Route 7, Hannibal; 1391 U.S. Route 11, Hastings; 700 E. Seneca St., Oswego; and 100 County Route 2A, Pulaski.

The transfer stations and recycling drop-off centers are open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Sticker and punch card sales and weigh scales close ½-hour before the transfer stations close.

For more information, call the Department of Solid Waste at 591-9200, or visit

Showcase of art fills the halls at Maroun Elementary

kindergartner Sara Speich used construction paper and crayon to create a scene that featured a castle and hot air balloon. An image of Speich sits in the balloon’s basket.
kindergartner Sara Speich used construction paper and crayon to create a scene that featured a castle and hot air balloon. An image of Speich sits in the balloon’s basket.

The halls of Michael A. Maroun Elementary School in Phoenix look like murals as student artwork was displayed during Friday’s Art Show. 

The show featured art by kindergartners through fourth-graders.

Students took their families and friends through a self-guided tour of the school.  Continue reading