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Salmon River fishing museum hosts open house Jan. 19

The Salmon River International Sport Fishing Museum will hold the first in a series of monthly open house events from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19.

Michael Riordan, board president, will speak about the history of the B.F. Gladding Corp. from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Riordan will discuss the nation’s first fishing museum and the growth of the Gladding Corp. from 1900 to 1985. Items in the former Gladding collection are displayed at the sportfishing museum at 3044 state Route 13, Pulaski.

“In 1966, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller declared South Otselic, the home of Gladding, as the ‘Fishing Line Capitol’ of the world,” said Riordan.  “During this period of time, Gladding would purchase companies like Magic Snell, Glenn Evans, South Bend, Horrocks Ibbotson and at least 15 other companies. If you enjoy history, you will enjoy hearing about this American company that survived several wars, the Great Depression, and the challenges of a changing world.”

The museum will host an open house the third Sunday afternoon of every month. Museum curator Fred Betts will speak about the history of the fishing creel and share his personal collection of creels Sunday, Feb. 15.

For more information call the museum at 298-2213, Riordan at 374-2997 or visit www.facebook.com/pages/Salmon-River-International-Sport-Fishing-Museum/152643681444857.

DEC issues new regulations to combat invasive species

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing new regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) at DEC boat launches, Commissioner Joe Martens said.

The proposed regulatory changes require boaters to remove all visible plants and animals from boats, trailers and associated equipment and to drain boats before launching at or leaving a DEC boat launch and waterway access.

DEC will accept public comments on the proposal through Feb. 24.  The full text of the proposed regulation can be found on DEC’s website at www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/propregulations.html.

“These proposed regulatory changes are the latest in a series of actions DEC has taken over the past few years to combat the spread of harmful invasive species, including the emerald ash borer,” Martens said.

“Cooperation and assistance from the public is essential in order for these efforts to succeed. Boats, trailers and the equipment can spread aquatic invasive species from waterbody to waterbody and significantly harm recreational and commercial use of a waterbody while having a detrimental effect on native fish, wildlife and plants.

“This regulation is an important component of DEC’s efforts to help ensure AIS-free waters remain free and additional AIS are not introduced to other waters,” he said.

Boaters are advised to carefully check their boats, trailers and equipment for any plant or animal material that may be clinging to it and remove it if found.

Nuisance Invasive Species Disposal Stations are provided at many DEC boat launches for this purpose. The boat should also be completely drained, including live wells, bait wells and bilge tanks, and dried before it is used in another waterbody.

Recommended drying times for each month of the year can be calculated at http://100thmeridian.org/emersion.asp.

Additional information on aquatic invasive species and preventing their spread can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48221.html.

Comments on the proposed regulations can be sent via e-mail to fishregs@gw.dec.state.ny.us, or mailed to Edward Woltmann, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY  12233-4753.  Hard copies of the full text may also be requested from Mr. Woltmann at the above address.

Fulton PeeWees wins 2 games in one day

The Fulton PeeWees hockey team won two games on a recently double-game day.

First, the team beat the Whitestown Wolfpack 13-3 and then later the same day, beat Elmira 6-2.

sponsored by Cargill, Inc., Foster Funeral Home and Pathfinder Bank recently traveled to Whitesboro to compete against the Whitestown Wolfpack.

In the first game in Whitesboro, Oneida County, the action started quickly with Fulton’s Madison Lewis #10 putting the teams first goal to the back of the net assisted by Jadon Lee #00 and Derek Carter #15.

Eric Shear #35 grabbed the second goal with the assistance of Chayton Sykes #71 and Calexander Connolly #88.

In the second period, the Raiders came out blazing. Two goals were netted by Derek Carter, one unassisted, the other assisted by Eric Shear #35 and Jarred Willis, Jr. #2.

The second period also saw two more goals for Eric Shear #35 with the assistance of Chayton Sykes #71 and Jonathan McCann #86. Jadon Lee #00 piled one to the back of the net that was assisted by Derek Carter #15 and Chayton Sykes #71 putting Fulton in the lead.

In the the third period, Fulton continued the scoring frenzy with goals from Lane Phillips #32, Andrew Hyde #48, Madison Lewis #10, Derek Carter #15 with a hat-trick, and two more goals for a personal game total of 5 for Eric Shear #35 assisted by Madison Lewis #10, Jadon Lee #00 and Calexander Connolly #88.

Fulton’s goalie Nathaniel Lindsey #20 saved 21 shots on goal.

The hockey action continued as the Raiders traveled back home for an afternoon game against Elmira.

The first period of play quickly netted  2 goals for Fulton, one by Chayton Sykes #71, unassisted and the other by Madison Lewis #10 assisted by #35 Eric Shear.

In the second period, Eric Shear #35 netted the third goal for Fulton assisted by Jonathan McCann #86.

In the third period, Fulton garnered 3 more goals for the win. The first goal from Eric Shear, assisted by Kaleb Calkins #87. The second goal of the period by Derek Carter #15 that was assisted by Jadon Lee #00. The third and final goal of the period was by Jadon Lee #00 assisted by Eric Shear #35.

Fulton’s goalie Nathaniel Lindsey saved 22 shots on goal.

Fulton Bantam hockey loses to Onondaga Travel

Evan Beckwith of the Fulton Bantam hockey team scored his 15th goal of the season in his team’s recent 3-11 loss to Onondaga Travel.

On home ice, Fulton was down by 2 in the first period before Raider Seth Cooney took a pass from Beckwith and narrowed the gap by 1. The Thunder scored four times by the close of the second stanza.

Onondaga had added 5 more goals to its lead when Beckwith skated the puck through the Thunder defense and landed a shot over the goalie’s shoulder.  In the final minutes, Nick Dingman notched a goal for the Raiders, thanks to a behind the net passing play between Will Rattray and Tyler Samson.

Fulton’s goalie Adam Bleiweiss stopped 44 shots in net.

Phoenix girls’ basketball falls to Bishop Grimes

By Rob Tetro

Bishop Grimes rolled past the Phoenix girls’ varsity basketball team Jan. 4 by a score of 57-37.

With the loss, Phoenix now has an 0-7 record.

Phoenix got off to a decent start in the first quarter and added to their lead during the second quarter to go into the half leading 16-12.

But Bishop Grimes stormed ahead during the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Firebirds by 21 points to take a 17-point lead. Bishop Grimes capped off an impressive effort during the fourth quarter. They outscored Phoenix by 3 points en route to the 20-point win.

Leading the way for The Lady Firebirds was Brianna Squier who scored 12 points, followed by Samantha Doupe with 8 points, Kimberly Holbrook with 5 and  Alexandra Wilson and Shannon Dolan added 4 points each.

Phoenix boys’ hoops loses heartbreaker in Cato Tourney

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix boys’ varsity basketball team went 2-1 in its last 3 games and now has a 5-3 overall record.

On Dec. 20, the Firebirds topped Jordan-Elbridge in the opening round of The Cato Christmas Tournament 57-50.

On Dec. 21, Phoenix fell to county foe Hannibal in The Championship Game of The Cato Christmas Tournament 48-46. Phoenix escaped with a hard fought win over Bishop Grimes on Jan. 4.

In the Jordan-Elbridge game, the Eagles had a 2-point lead over Phoenix after the first quarter and added to its lead in the second quarter, taking a 28-22 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, Phoenix outscored Jordan-Elbridge by 9 points to take a 3-point lead and then secured the win during the fourth quarter

Leading the way for Phoenix was Dylan Doupe with 14 points, followed by Connor Haney and Zach Sisera with 12 points each. Shaun Turner scored 8 points and Bryce Plante chipped in 5 points.

Hannibal escaped with a hard fought 48-46 win over Phoenix on Dec. 21 in The Championship Game of The Cato Christmas Tournament (see Hannibal basketball story).

Phoenix the came back with an impressive win over Bishop Grimes Jan. 4. After a competitive first quarter, Phoenix had a 1-point lead over Bishop Grimes. The second quarter also was competitive and the game went into the half with the teams tied at 26.

Phoenix built a 3-point lead during the third quarter and then maintained it down the stretch, holding on for the 55-52 win.

The Firebirds were led by Brian Sawyer with 14 points, followed by Connor Haney with 12 points, Dylan Doupe scored 10 points, Walker Connoly added 7 points and Bryce Plante and Zach Sisera scored 5 points each.

Hannibal boys’ basketball wins 3 of 4

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal boys’ varsity basketball team won 3 out of its last 4 games and now has a record of 3-4.

The Warriors earned their first win of the season when they topped Skaneateles Dec. 17 by a score of 62-49. Hannibal kept it going with a 50-32 win over Cato-Meridian Dec. 20 in the opening round of The Cato Christmas Tournament.

On Dec. 21, The Warriors rallied past county rival, Phoenix, in The Championship Game of The Cato Christmas Tournament by a score of 48-46. Hannibal fell to Jordan-Elbridge Jan. 4 by a score of 65-51.

In the Skaneateles game, the game was tied at 17 after the first quarter. Hannibal built a lead during the second quarter, outscoring Skaneateles by 6 points to take a 34-28 lead into halftime.

The Warriors expanded their lead during the third quarter, outscoring the Lakers by 6 points. The Warriors continued to pile on the points in the fourth quarter to come to the final score of 62-49.

Leading the way for Hannibal was Billy Skipper with 30 points, followed by Trevor Alton with 12 and Austin Mattison and Zane Pointon with 8 points each.

Hannibal got off to a solid start against Cato-Meridian in the Cato Christmas Tourney, outscoring C-M by 9 points during the first quarter. But C-M  got right back into the game during the second quarter, outscoring Hannibal by 9 points. The game was tie at 19 at the half.

The second half belonged to the Warriors. Hannibal outscored Cato-Meridian during the third quarter to build a 10-point lead. The Warriors didn’t let up during the fourth quarter. They outscored Cato-Meridian by 8 points to cap off a 50-32 win.

Hannibal was led by Trevor Alton with 18 points, followed by Austin Mattison with 13, Sam McCraith with 9, Zane Pointon with 6 and Charlie McCraith with 4 points.

Hannibal escaped with a hard fought win over county foe Phoenix in The Championship Game of The Cato Christmas Tournament.

After a competitive first quarter, Phoenix had a 1-point lead over Hannibal. The game remained equally as competitive during the second quarter. After both teams scored 12 points each, the Firebirds took a 26-25 lead into halftime.

Phoenix added to its lead during the third quarter, leading the Warriors by 2 points. But Hannibal got it done down the stretch. They outscored Phoenix by 4 points during the fourth quarter to come away with a close 48-46 win.

Leading the way for Phoenix was Dylan Doupe with 20, followed by Zach Sisera with 10, Walker Connoly with 7 and Bryce Plante added 3.

Hannibal was led by Austin Mattison with 15, followed by Billy Skipper with 13, Sam McCraith with 11 and Trevor Alton added 9 points.

Jordan-Elbridge snapped Hannibal’s 3-game winning streak Jan. 4. The Warriors got off to a decent start, outscoring Jordan-Elbridge by 3 points during the first quarter. But J-E cut into Hannibal’s lead during the second quarter taking a 27-25 lead into the half.

Jordan-Elbridge stormed ahead during the third quarter, outscoring the Warriors by 14 points to take a 12-point lead. Jordan-Elbridge refused to let up during the fourth quarter and cruised to a 65-51 win.

Leading the way for the Warriors was Trevor Alton with 25, followed by Billy Skipper with 14, Sam McCraith scored 7 points and Zane Pointon chipped in 3 points.

Winter sports big business in Oswego County

By Debra J. Groom

When the snowflakes are falling in Oswego County, that also means dollar bills are falling into area cash registers.

Winter activities such as snowmobiling and cross country skiing are big business in Oswego County, bringing out not just the locals looking for some fun but also people from all areas of the Northeast seeking that great winter getaway.

The Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning estimates the total economic impact of snowmobiling alone in the county to be about $30 million during a good winter.

Janet Clerkin, speaking for Oswego County Tourism, said the state Snowmobile Association estimates snowmobilers spend between $106 and $113 per day while snowmobiling in NYS, and they spend about 21 days snowmobiling.

In 2011 there were 10,947 snowmobiles registered in Oswego County: 6,718 non-residents, and 4,229 Oswego County residents.

In addition to snowmobiling, there is cross country skiing, ice fishing and even driftboat fishing in which anglers from all over come to town searching for those huge steelheads.

All of these people are spending money in the area at restaurants, gas stations, parts stores and motels. And sales tax and bed tax money from these visitors goes directly into the coffers of the county and other municipalities to help pay for services for residents.

Carolyn Rees, president of the Winona Forest Recreation Association, said the snowmobiling trails in the Redfield area “are awesome,” considering the area has been socked with more than 200 inches of snow so far this year.

“We got about 9 to 10 feet prior to the rain coming,” she said of the couple of weeks before Christmas. “We’ve probably got another 2 or so feet here now.”

Weather observer Carolyn Yerdon, from Redfield, said the area has seen 202 inches of snow so far this season and the snow banks are huge. She said so far, the area is on tap to set a record for snowfall this year.

Rees said snowmobiling and other sports, like the popular cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Winona Forest Recreation Area, are “a big deal.”

Just for snowmobiling, she estimates hundreds of thousands of dollars are generated just in the northern part of Oswego County. “Snowmobiling brings in a ton of money statewide and Tug Hill-wide,” she said.

Other areas of the county that haven’t seen the huge snowfall of the Redfield area are grooming their trails after last week’s storm.

Mike Schmid, trail coordinator for the Fulton Area Snow Travelers club, said the Fulton club has one 32-mile trail that links areas to the west in Hannibal and Sterling to the east side of Fulton.

From there, snowmobilers can get to Central Square and head east to Oneida County or head north to the Tug Hill.

“Snowmobilers tend to spend a lot of money,” he said. “They buy fuel, food, drinks.”

In Fulton, up to 4,000 people show up for the Great Eastern Whiteout, a weekend of snowmobile events including an antique snowmobile show. This year, the event is set for Feb. 8.

Schmid said organizers hope for Lake Neatahwanta to freeze enough so the popular snowmobile races on the lake can return to the event.

Oswego County launched a snowmobiling app for smartphones and other electronic devices in the fall of 2012 to make it easier for snowmobilers to find the best places to sled in Oswego County.

“The latest numbers show there were more than 5,000 users who had downloaded the app from all over New York state, 12 other states and Canada,” Clerkin said. “There were 29,000 sessions on the app between October 2012 and October 2013.”

Kevin Davis, who runs Catch the Drift Guide Service in Oswego, said he has people coming in from throughout the east coast — from Maine to the Carolinas — to fish the Oswego River in the winter months.

He even has a group that comes in every April from California to take two driftboat charters with him.

“I work with the Quality Inn for my fishermen — it comes out to about $90 a day for rooms,” he said.

Add to that money for meals in Oswego restaurants, gas to drive here and other expenses and that’s a lot of green going into Oswego-area cash drawers.

The same is true over on the Salmon River. Andrew Bliss, owner of Chasin’ Tail Adventures, said he has poeple coming in from Maine to Maryland looking to driftboat fish for steelhead.

And these anglers are dropping about $300 a day to do so, he estimates.

People from all across  New York and from outside also flock to northern Oswego County each year for the Winona Forest Tourathon cross country ski event. It is scheduled for Feb. 22 and consists of races of 12.5 kilometers, 25K, 37.5K and 50K.

These out-of-town folks are usually in town for a few days, adding to money being spent at area businesses.

And Clerkin said the Sandy Pond Sportsman’s Association conducts ice fishing events “almost every weekend” during the winter.