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Lynch to continue progress on curriculum, technology in final year

By Colin Hogan

Students returned to school last week to kick off the 2015-16 year, which will mark the final term for Superintendent Bill Lynch, who is retiring this coming summer.

“We had a great opening of school last week,” Lynch said. “Everyone was on task and working hard. It was really great to see all the kids come back in ready to start another year. I have a true appreciation of all the parents for all they do to make that first day back a positive experience for everyone.”

This year, Lynch — who has been serving in his position for more than a decade — will turn 62. He said he had planned on retiring at that age for a long time. However, having spent the vast majority of his career in Fulton, he said the transition into retirement is bound to be a bittersweet experience.

“I’ve had such a long connection with the Fulton community. Working in this district and with the families of this community, I feel very privileged to have worked in such a supportive and caring place,” Lynch said.

He began his career as one of the district’s school psychologists in 1980. A few years later, he would do a brief stint in the Batavia school district before returning to Fulton to work for Oswego County BOCES from 1985-1992.

“Even when I worked for BOCES, I was working with the western half of the county and my office was here in the (Fulton) Education Center, so I’ve been here in Fulton for almost all of my career,” Lynch said.

He then served as the principal at Granby Elementary from 1992-1997 before becoming the district’s executive director of instruction and assessment. Then in 2005, after eight years in that position, he was appointed by the Board of Education to take over as superintendent.

As the final year of his career pans out, Lynch said he plans to continue making progress on things like Common Core implementation, the incorporation of technology that supports the curriculum, and staff development — three initiatives he said have been among his priorities in recent years.

He said finances continue to be a challenge for low-wealth communities like Fulton, but the district is still making great strides in getting its students ready for whatever step they may take after graduation, whether it’s higher education, military service or the workforce.

“I certainly plan to do everything I can possibly do to make sure the district is in the greatest shape possible for whoever the board selects (to be the next superintendent),” Lynch said.

Earlier this month, the Board of Education hired a consultant to help guide the district though the process of finding Lynch’s successor. The board also put together a survey it hopes district residents will utilize to offer input for the search.

The survey is currently posted on the district’s website, where it will remain available until Sept. 23. For those without internet access, the board will provide hard copies of the survey at each school’s open house this fall. Board President David Cordone said at least one board member will be present at each open house to hear input and help residents fill out the survey.

“We’re encouraging people to use the online survey, but we do want to include everyone’s input and we know there are some people in the district who might not be able to access the website,” Cordone said. “We felt it was important that we have something for those who don’t have internet access, so those people can attend any open house and we will have a board member present with a paper copy.”

Cordone said the board hopes to announce Lynch’s successor in early 2016. Lynch said he plans to do everything he can to ensure a smooth transition to the new leader. Harkening back the lessons he learned as runner in high school, he said he plans to “end the race 10 yards past the finish line.”

Charbonneau honored as Lions celebrate 25th Duck Derby

About 1,000 rubber ducks float to the finish line Sunday during the Fulton Lions Club’s 25th annual Duck Derby. This year, the club officially renamed the event the Charby Duck Derby in honor of its founder and longtime Lions club member, Donald “Charby” Charbonneau.  Matthew Reitz photo
About 1,000 rubber ducks float to the finish line Sunday during the Fulton Lions Club’s 25th annual Duck Derby. This year, the club officially renamed the event the Charby Duck Derby in honor of its founder and longtime Lions club member, Donald “Charby” Charbonneau.
Matthew Reitz photo
By Matthew Reitz

The Fulton Lions Club hosted its 25th annual Duck Derby over the weekend on the Oswego River, and renamed the event Charby’s Duck Derby in honor of Donald “Charby” Charbonneau.

“The one big thing we did this year was rename it after our dear friend,” event chairman Zachary Merry said.

Charbonneau founded and organized the very first Duck Derby over 25 years ago, and his name will now be attached to the event. Fulton Lions Club President Paul Foster called Charbonneau “a shining light” for the club and said he “possessed a wonderful sense of humor.” Both Foster and Merry said the renaming of the Duck Derby was a way to pay respect to Charbonneau, a “longtime Lion” and former president of the club.

The rain held out long enough for the derby to take place uninterrupted, and community members gathered to spend the afternoon enjoying food, entertainment, raffles and the main event. Each year, traditionally the weekend after Labor Day, participants gather to cheer on their rubber ducks as they race down the canal. The ducks that reach the finish line the fastest, as well as the last-place finisher, earn cash prizes.

Over 1,000 rubber ducks were part of the derby this year, and Merry estimates the event raised “just under $10,000.” He said all proceeds from this year’s event will go toward the club’s sight and hearing projects, local scholarships, and other fundraisers and efforts throughout the year. The Fulton Lions Club actively works to help local people with vision or hearing impairments by providing financial assistance for things like eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids.

Local sponsors provided the 23 cash prizes for the duck race, along with entertainment, t-shirts, door prizes and approximately 50 raffles, which included gift certificates to local businesses and scratch-off lottery tickets

The Fulton Medicine Place was the main sponsor for the event, and provided the $2,525 grand prize for the duck race won by Mary West. Software Development Services –

The event took place in Canal Park near Lock #3 behind Tavern on the Lock restaurant. The Fabulous Ripcords provided entertainment throughout the day. Children’s activities were added this year to make the event more family-friendly, including face painting and a pick-a-duck station.

“It was a nice community event where people came together to help out the community,” Merry said.

David R. Birdsell Sr.

Birdsell, David R. Sr.David R. Birdsell Sr., 60, of Palermo, passed away Thursday. Born in Fulton, he was a life resident of the Palermo area. Dave was employed at General Electric in Syracuse as an electrical engineer for many years. He had previously been employed at Nestle Company and Coastal Cogeneration, both in Fulton. He was a member of the Gamma Theta Gamma fraternity at Alfred State University and had previously served as the secretary for the fraternity Board of Directors and as the Palermo Town Justice. Dave enjoyed tinkering with electronics and his John Deere tractor, and also golfing and long walks in the woods, where he would find fossils and various artifacts. He was predeceased by his father, Reuben Birdsell who died in 2004; his maternal grandparents, Nellie and Rance Raymond; and by an uncle, George Birdsell. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 36 years, Sandra Birdsell of Palermo; a son, David Birdsell Jr. of North Rose; two granddaughters, Sara and Mackenzie Birdsell; a grandson, Maverick Birdsell; mother, Marion Birdsell; two sisters, Linda (C. Hadwin) Fravor of Mexico and Brenda (John) Fietz of Liverpool; a brother, Dennis (Marsha) Birdsell of Volney; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be 10 a.m. today at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Calling hours were Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of Rochester, Epilepsy-Pralid, Inc., 2 Townline Circle, Rochester, NY 14623 or the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, East Syracuse, NY 13057

Voters pick candidates in local primaries

Staff Reports

Republican primaries for the Oswego County Legislature were decided on Thursday night, with three incumbents defending their ballot lines, a newcomer winning his first chance at the general election and a familiar face from previous legislature sessions returning to the fray.
The races were largely free of controversy, as each four of the five contests saw one candidate claim more than 60 percent of the vote.
All results in Thursday’s primary elections printed below are unofficial.
In the county Legislature’s District 8, incumbent Republican Daniel L. LeClair won his party’s nomination with 211 votes to challenger Jay F. Elhage’s 95 votes.
“I feel privileged that the voters are confident with giving me a chance to serve again for another two years,” said LeClair. “As always I’ll do the best that I can for the county and for my district and my constituents. I look forward to good things the next couple years.”
LeClair does not have an opponent for the general election and will return to the legislature for another two-year term.
In District 10, long-time incumbent Robert J. Hayes retained his Republican nomination against Rodney Trask by a vote count of 145 to 111, respectively. Hayes will face Democrat Richard Walberger in the general election.
In District 12, incumbent Richard P. Kline defeated John W. Brandt for the Republican nomination by a margin of 202 votes to 109 votes in a rematch of their 2013 contest, which was decided by a single vote.
“I want to really thank all the people who worked with me – that’s my constituents,” said Kline. “They apparently feel I do a good job. I put my heart and soul behind it – I’m there for the people, not a political party.”
Kline and Brandt will face off once again in the general election, as Brandt is also running as a member of the Independence Party, with Kline on the Democratic, Republican and Conservative lines.
In District 20, Tim M. Stahl defeated Joseph L. Susino for both the Republican and Conservative party nominations. Stahl received 124 votes to Susino’s 75 on the Republican line and 14 votes to 1 on the Conservative line.
“It’s exciting. The race was a little bit tight and I was excited to see all the hard work I put in pay off,” said Stahl, who said he knocked on more than 1,000 doors during the primary campaign. “I’m excited and looking forward to the November election, and to be the representatives for the Republican, Independence, Conservative and Reform parties.”
Stahl will face off against Democrat Laura J. Brazak, replacing long-time Democratic Legislator Doug Malone, who chose not to run this year.
In District 25, Louella F. LeClair defeated Mark Sherman for the Republican nomination by a vote of 62 to 25. LeClair will seek to reclaim in November the legislature seat she lost in 2013 to current incumbent Democrat Frank Castiglia.
“I’m very much looking forward to the general election,” said LeClair, who noted she ran her primary campaign with “mostly family and friends.”
“I’ve comprised a really great team for the general election and I’ll definitely be out knocking on doors.”
Other results from across Oswego County are listed below.
All primaries are for Republican party except where noted.

County Legislature
District 8 (portions of the towns of Palermo, Hastings and Schroeppel):
Daniel LeClair: 211
Jay F. Elhage: 95

District 10 (portions of the towns of Volney, Granby and Schroeppel):
Robert Hayes: 145
Rodney Trask: 111

District 12 (portions of the towns of Hastings and Schroeppel):
Richard Kline: 202
John Brandt: 109

District 20 (part of Oswego Town)
GOP Primary
Tim Stahl: 124
Joseph Susino: 75

Conservative Primary
Tim Stahl: 14
Joseph Susino: 1

District 25 (part of the city of Fulton):
Louella LeClair: 62
Mark Sherman: 25

Town of Amboy
Councilman, Vote for 2
Mark McNabb: 84
Rosemarie Russell: 68
Frank Romanowski: 45
Casey House: 37

Tax Collector
Nancy E. Heintz: 71
Tressa L. Capparelli: 58

Town of Boylston
Christine Newton: 50
Charles Rose: 26

Councilman (vote for two)
Danny Robbins: 62
Fred Potter: 57
James B. Macklen: 23

Highway Superintendent
Michael Stacy: 59
Dale Macklen: 19

Town of Granby
Highway Superintendent
Robert Collins: 122
Robert Phillips Jr.: 98

Town of Hannibal
Town Clerk
GOP Primary
Denise Hafner: 107
Margaret Shepard: 101

Conservative Primary
Denise Hafner: 12
Margaret Shepard: 9

Town of Hastings
Town Justice
Michael Clark: 284
Jason Beardsley: 178

Town of Mexico
Highway Superintendent
Charles Fortier: 215
Russell Marsden Jr.: 151
Kenneth Dingman: 56

Town of Minetto, Vote for 2
Andrew Wallace: 59
Michael Paestella: 59
Sean Haney: 22

Highway Superintendent
Dominick Yacco: 57
Keith Moody: 22

Town of Oswego
Highway Superintendent
GOP Primary
David Sterio: 256
Robert L. Malone Jr.: 235

Conservative Primary
Robert L. Malone Jr.: 16
David Sterio: 9

Town of Palermo
Town Clerk
Elisabeth Joy: 150
Jean Gulliver: 129

Town Justice Vote for 2
Donald Nipper: 201
Robert Wood: 182
Ann Gulliver: 107

Town of Parish
Councilman (for two)
George Horning: 146
John Horning: 126
Douglas Jordan:  120

Highway Superintendent
Craig I. Petit: 144
George E. Korthas:  89

Town of Richland
Town Justice (vote for two)
James Ridgeway: 484
Judy Conger: 335
Edward Gilson: 196
write in: 2

Highway Superintendent
John Fox: 312
Robert Dye II:  249

Town of Schroeppel
Councilman (for two)
Lewis Hoyt: 317
Nicklaus Hoyt: 287
John Green: 230

Town Justice
Karen Brandt: 302
Steven Kempisty: 178

Town of Scriba
Highway Superintendent
Roger Myers: 156
Michael Barry: 150

Town of West Monroe
Highway Superintendent
Kevin Davis: 172
Jay Jones: 86

Board seeks community input for superintendent search

By Colin Hogan

Fulton City School District officials are looking for community input as they move forward with the search to replace Superintendent Bill Lynch, who will retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year.
Late last week, board members selected a consultant to help guide the district though the process, and put together a survey they hope district residents will utilize to offer input for the search.
The survey is currently posted on the district’s website, where it will remain available until Sept. 23. For those without internet access, the board will provide hard copies of the survey at each school building’s open house this fall. Cordone said at least one board member will be present at each open house to hear input and help residents fill out the survey.
“We’re encouraging people to use the online survey, but we do want to include everyone’s input and we know there are some people in the district who might not be able to access the website,” Cordone said. “We felt it was important that we have something for those who don’t have internet access, so those people can attend any open house and we will have a board member present with a paper copy.”
The board has selected Dr. Vincent J. Coppola of the Western New York Educational Service Council to help with the search and hiring process. A former superintendent in the Corning City School District, Coppola is the lead consultant for the council, which has completed approximately 400 searches for school superintendents since 1966. He has also taught graduate courses in school administration at two Buffalo-area colleges and is a frequent speaker at state and national education conferences, according to biographical information provided to the board.
Locally, Coppola recently assisted with the hiring of Mexico Central School District’s new superintendent.
“We looked into several candidates and (Dr. Coppola’s) profile shows he’s worked with a number of school districts with a proven track record, and he’s not foreign to this area, having recently worked in the Mexico school district,” Cordone said.
Coppola will be working with a partner, as well, Robert Christmann, who, in addition to assisting in numerous superintendent searches, has taught administrators in the statewide Superintendents Development Program and is the current president of the National School Development Council.
Cordone said Coppola and the board have planned out a timeline that should result in a new superintendent being named by the first week of 2016.
On Sept. 17, the consultants and board members will meet with several 10- to 12-person subgroups that will provide input for the search, including but not limited to a parent group, community leaders, the teachers’ association, the administrators’ association, office staff and student groups. Later in the process, each of those groups will provide two representatives to sit on an interview team that will get to meet with candidates and provide the school board with an advisory opinion, Cordone said.
The information collected through the survey and meetings with subgroups helps build the profile the board will use to advertise the position to potential candidates, Cordone said. Once the board has gathered all the information it needs for that profile, it will be publicized through multiple school-oriented job recruitment outlets. The district will also be sending a notice of vacancy to other school districts throughout the state, Cordone said.
“All of that work will be done up front in September and will be sent out at the beginning of October,” Cordone said. “Then from Oct. 1 through Nov. 1, candidates will be able to apply for the position.”
The board will then vet the candidates in November. In early December, the team comprised of community and district stakeholders will conduct interviews of approximately six semi-finalists and give an advisory opinion to the school board, which will then conduct the final interviews and make its selection.
“Ultimately we hope to announce our selected candidate the first week of January,” Cordone said.
The survey can be found by visiting Those without internet access may call their nearest school to find out when it will be holding its open house, at which they can fill out a hard copy of the survey.

Consultant lays out options for Granby’s fire facilities

By Matthew Reitz

Several options were unveiled last week at the second of three public meetings hosted by the Granby’s First Fire District regarding an ongoing feasibility study of the department’s buildings, vehicles and equipment.
Sean Foran, executive project manager for Heuber-Breuer, which is conducting the study, addressed members of the community and revealed what has been discovered so far throughout the process. Foran said the company was about two-thirds of the way through the information-gathering process, and stressed that nothing has been decided yet on the future of the department’s building and equipment. He said the study will merely provide recommendations, and it will be up to the department and the voters to decide what to do with the information.
“Nothing might happen for a year or two, but everything will be available and valid for the future,” Foran said. “None of this is set in stone; it’s just trying to get us on the right option.”
Hueber-Breuer recently sent an inspector through the building to identify areas that could be improved. Foran laid out five options, which included building a new station on the existing site, building a new station at a different location, renovating/repairing the current building, building an addition and renovating/repairing the station, and consolidating the district.
Foran said the “biggest problem (in the building) is the fire bays,” which he described as having “zones where people are going to get hurt.” There is only about an inch of clearance above the fire engines when they’re pulled inside the building, and slightly more on either side of the vehicle. Foran said the lack of clearance has created “pinch points,” and he also pointed out that the district has had to pay extra to have modifications made to new trucks in order for them to fit the space. Fire Commissioners Peter Holmes and Tim Carly both confirmed the district has incurred additional costs in the past for vehicle modifications due to the size of the fire bays.
Building a new station on the existing site would cost an estimated $3.9 million, according to Foran. Heuber-Breuer estimates that a new facility would ideally be around 12,800 square feet in comparison to the roughly 8,100 square feet of the existing building. The company was able to rule out building a station at a new site after analyzing the call volume over the last three years. Foran said there would be “no advantage” to moving the department because it’s already located in close proximity to the majority of its calls.
Renovating and repairing the building would cost about $618,144, but would not address the issue of the undersized engine bays. It would make necessary upgrades to the electrical service, remove asbestos, replace a failing septic system, and streamline the building to better serve the public and decrease response times. It would cost approximately $2.6 million to renovate, repair and build an addition to solve the space issue in the engine bays.
The final option, consolidation of the district, is “still being developed,” and will be discussed in the future. Foran said the company will also provide estimates on how much each option would cost the taxpayers of Granby at the next meeting.
Community members can visit to track the progress of the study and provide input. The third and final public meeting will be held Oct. 15, at which time Heuber-Breuer will unveil more information and the public will have one last chance to weigh in with their thoughts. In December, the final product of the study, a Facilities Master Plan for the First Fire District, will provide a report that should help the district plan the next 30 to 50 years of major expenses.

Polish Festival to celebrate 10th year

By Matthew Reitz

The 10th annual Fulton Polish Festival will kick off at noon on Sept. 19 at the Fulton Polish Home in celebration of the culture’s music, food, dancing and more.
Event organizer John Kruk said in addition to “keeping our Polish heritage alive,” it also helps bring money into the Polish Home. Kruk said the Polish Home is important to the entire Fulton community because there aren’t many other venues for the city’s residents to host large events.
The building, constructed in 1949, is due for renovations that include electrical work, a new furnace and new flooring, Kruk said. All proceeds from this year’s festival will all go toward the Polish Home Building Fund, he said. In the past the proceeds have also contributed to a scholarship fund, but Kruk described that fund as “flush” and said this year’s proceeds would be better used on repairs.
The family-friendly event is open to the public and admission is free. The event is highlighted by a wide range of Polish food and drink inside, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers outside—all reasonably priced, according to Kruk. The Polish selections will include golabki (a type of stuffed cabbage), kapusta (a cabbage stew with meat), pierogies (a potato-stuffed dumpling), kielbasa from the Pulaski Meat Market in Utica, and Polish beer. Kruk said the golabki is especially popular, with almost 900 of them sold last year.
“There will be Polish dancers, kielbasa sandwiches—a little bit of everything,” Kruk said. “The place has been packed the last few years.”
The Concertina All-Stars, an eight-piece polka band from Buffalo, will headline the entertainment, which also includes Jasiu Klocek performing with his accordion. The Concertina All-Stars have “a unique sound,” Kruk said. Much of that sound can be attributed to an unorthodox lineup that includes three concertinas, which Kruk described as “small accordions.” Those who attend the event can sit down and have a Polish dinner while listening to Polish music, and “even dance a little” if they want, Kruk said.
Now celebrating a full decade, Kruk took some time to reflect on how the festival came to be and some of the key players in its continued success. He said years ago his father told him what a great venue the Polish Home would be for a festival, and knowing that the organization—which has been around for over 100 years—was looking to “raise money for scholarships and to keep the building going,” Kruk and others launched the first festival.
“When we started we didn’t really know how to do this,” Kruk said. He said it takes “a lot of man power” to put on the festival, and credited Dora Roik, Bob Vayner, Bob Pietrucha, Marysia and Ray Czachor, Dave Morrell, Vinnie Valelunga, and others as being instrumental in its development and success. After planning throughout the year, many of the organizers start preparing the Polish foods as early as the Tuesday before the event, when they begin coring and cooking the cabbage that becomes golabki and kapusta.
The event will run from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 19, with entertainment beginning at 2 p.m.

“My children are afraid to be in their yard…”

Residents on Ellen Street in Fulton recently found used syringes, razors and other items believed to be used for heroin injection littered across their yard.
Residents on Ellen Street in Fulton recently found used syringes, razors and other items believed to be used for heroin injection littered across their yard.
Fulton family finds hazardous drug paraphernalia littered on property
By Colin Hogan

A Fulton family is still shaken up after discovering hazardous paraphernalia — apparently used for heroin injection — strewn across their Ellen Street yard Sunday.
Meegan Adkins, the mother of the house, said the family discovered several suspicious items, including uncapped syringes and bloody gauze, that were left exposed in an area where her 7- and 8-year-old daughters play. According to her, the items were left there by either a tenant or visitor to her next-door neighbor’s property.
As they often do on Sundays, the family was getting ready for a leisurely afternoon of grilling and backyard fun until Adkins’ husband, Jeff, noticed some litter strewn around their trampoline.
“He was just starting up the grill when he yelled to me to look at the debris near the trampoline,” Adkins said. “We looked closer and found five or six needles — some uncapped — bloody gauze, some papers, a razor, and then other things the people had left behind like a Polaroid photo and handwritten note.”
Adkins promptly called the police. She said the responding officer confirmed to her that the papers had most likely contained heroin, and the syringes were likely used to inject it. According to Adkins, the officer initially said the police don’t clean up such items from private property and suggested she contact a hazardous materials clean-up agency, and then sue her neighbor for the expense. The officer did, however, eventually clean up the needles and razor, she said. He then went to the neighbor’s house and had someone there clean up the other items.
Fulton Deputy Police Chief Thomas Abelgore stressed in an interview with the Valley News that the department does clean up things it deems to be a hazard — such as syringes or razors apparently used for drugs — regardless of whether they are on public or private property.
“We do pick up needles. They are a hazard whether on public or private property, and we would encourage people to contact the police department if they find something like that,” Abelgore said.
On Monday, Adkins posted photos of the items on Facebook. Within 24 hours, more than 800 people had either commented on or shared the post. As of press time Thursday, that figure was closer to 1,100.
“This is clearly an issue a lot of people in our community are concerned with,” said Ryan Raponi, the city councilor for the third ward, where the Adkins family lives.
Adkins said this isn’t the first time her daughters have been frightened by their neighbors’ activities. For the last two years, they have played witness to several unnerving incidents that she said have left her children afraid to be on their own property, including a police raid that reportedly involved stolen guns and, later, a stabbing  — incidents Raponi also corroborated.
Adkins said her family was awoken one night in the spring of 2014 by police yelling orders to someone to “tell us where the guns are” from directly under her bedroom window.
“That’s terrifying to a kid, and us. Then there was a stabbing that happened there, and there’s all sorts of sketchy traffic and teenagers coming in and out all day,” Adkins said.
Raponi said he has visited every home on Ellen Street to stress the need for community involvement on this issue.
“This has been going on for two years, and the only way this is going to get truly resolved is if the community comes together and starts reporting things to police every time they see something suspicious,” Raponi said. “If you can take down a license plate number without risking exposing yourself, that’s the sort of thing we need to be doing in order to help the police, because a lot of times their hands are tied, and they can’t just come park outside a suspicious house and watch all day. I know if there was more they could do, they would.”
Abelgore said, while combating heroin is a major issue in this area, the problem is not isolated to Fulton.
“This is not just a city of Fulton problem. It’s an epidemic throughout central New York and the rest of the state,” Abelgore said.
In addition to all of the arrests that are directly related to heroin use or sale, Abelgore said local police are constantly responding to crimes peripheral to heroin addiction, such as burglaries, fraud, shoplifting or other theft committed by addicts in pursuit of more drugs. He said police are also frequently called in to assist with EMS responses that are related to heroin.
“This is a big issue that has permeated our community, without a doubt,” Abelgore said.
Raponi, whose council term ends this year and is not seeking re-election, said he hopes to establish a neighborhood watch in the third ward in the near future.
The Adkins family, though, still wishes there was a more immediate solution to the problem that has now spilled over into their yard.
“My children are afraid to be in their own yard now. They’re afraid of their neighbors, afraid to do things outside because they’ve been woken up in the middle of the night hearing these conflicts and seeing these bloody razors and needles strewn in their yard,” Adkins said. “All I can think is thank God my 7- or 8-year-old didn’t try to pick up one of those needles or razors.”

Editor’s Note:
Jeff Adkins is the production supervisor for
The Valley News and Palladium-Times.