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Free Fishing Weekend in Oswego County

Oswego County offers plenty of places for fishing, like the state State Boat Launch at Mexico Point, for New York’s free fishing weekend. You might even see some other wildlife go by.  Photo by Oswego County Tourism
Oswego County offers plenty of places for fishing, like the state State Boat Launch at Mexico Point, for New York’s free fishing weekend. You might even see some other wildlife go by.
Photo by Oswego County Tourism

By Spider Rybaak

Have you ever found yourself looking out over a lake or stream and suddenly feeling the urge to go fishing? 

Perhaps you’ve been held back by the thought of dishing out your hard-earned money on something you’re not sure of? 

Well, the authorities understand and the state Department of Environmental Conservation offers an annual Free Fishing Weekend to help you get started.  Continue reading

A few spots available in Oswego High softball camp

Former Oswego High School softball standout pitchers Katie Frawley (Class of 2002) and Abby Martin (Class of 2007) will join the staff of the 24th Annual Lady Buccaneer Softball Mini Camp that will be held June 30-July 2, said camp director Mike McCrobie.

There are still openings in the camp, that will be held at the Oswego High School fields for girls ages 9-16 who want to sharpen their skills and have some softball fun.

Martin and Frawley are two of only three Lady Buccaneer players to have been named East Regional High School All-Americans by the National Fastpitch Coach’s Association.

After stellar careers at Oswego High,  each went on to college successes — Frawley at Illinois Wesleyan University and Martin at Cortland State.

Frawley now coaches high school softball at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. while working full-time for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Martin has completed two years on the coaching staff at Cortland State where she helped lead the Red Dragons to the Division III college world series in 2013.

There will be a total of nine hours of quality instruction throughout the three-day camp. Activities will include throwing, position play, base running, team defense, hitting, bunting, sliding and mini-games. The camp will run daily from 9 a.m. until noon for ages 9-12, and from 1-4 p.m. for players ages 13-16. The camp has a rain date of July 3.

The cost is $50 per player. There is a sibling discount available, where additional players from the same family can enroll for $40 each. Enrollment is limited to the first 60 players.

All players will receive a commemorative Oswego softball souvenir as well as a player’s report card.

To receive an application or more information, you can contact Mike McCrobie at coachmccrobie@gmail.com or by calling 343-8749.

Kids find the angling is great at free Lake Neatahwanta fishing class

Gavin Toper, of Oswego, holding one of his 20 white perch.
Gavin Toper, of Oswego, holding one of his 20 white perch.

Coils of gray and black pushed across the sky by a steady wind didn’t deter a small group of youngsters from attending the kids fishing class local Author Spider Rybaak and Carp expert Mike McGrath, of McGrath  & Associates Carp Angling Services held at Fulton’s Lake Neatahwanta Saturday, June 14. Continue reading