Seton Hall University doctoral student wants to study Fulton schools

By Ashley M. Casey

At the May 27 meeting of the Board of Education, Fulton City School District Superintendent Bill Lynch informed the board that Dola Deloff, a doctoral candidate from Seton Hall University, wants to do a study of the Fulton school district.

Deloff, former assistant principal of Mexico Middle School, is pursuing an Executive Ed.D degree in Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy.

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“The Hammer” tells students to work hard toward their goals

Matt "The Hammer" Hamill during his presentation in Fulton.
Matt “The Hammer” Hamill during his presentation in Fulton.
Hamill is pictured with three fans. From left to right are Shania Purchas, a wrestler for Mexico High School; Heidi Brown, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Sandy Creek High School; and Charlene Purchas, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Mexico High School who will attend Hamill`s alma mater Rochester Institute of Technology this fall.
Hamill is pictured with three fans. From left to right are Shania Purchas, a wrestler for Mexico High School; Heidi Brown, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Sandy Creek High School; and Charlene Purchas, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Mexico High School who will attend Hamill`s alma mater Rochester Institute of Technology this fall.

By Daniel Farfaglia

Just as everyone was ready to kick off the long Memorial Day Weekend May 23, students at Fulton Junior High were welcoming a celebrity into their gymnasium.

The special guest was Matt “The Hammer” Hamill, who gave a special presentation. He is a deaf athlete who won three NCAA wrestling titles for the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers during the 1990s. 

Since then, he has become a Mixed Martial Artist who now competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championships. When he is not in the ring, he is giving motivational speeches to schools all over North America.  Continue reading

Fulton softball falls to New Hartford in sectionals

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team made it to the sectionals only to go out in the first round with a 3-0 loss to New Hartford May 24.

The team finished its regular season strong, winning three of four games to finish the regular season with an overall record of 12-6. 

On May 15, Fulton rolled past Christian Brothers Academy 22-3. The Lady Raiders knocked off Homer 14-2 on May 17. Fulton held off Cortland 3-2 in Game 1 of a May 20 Doubleheader. Cortland topped the Lady Raiders 7-5 in Game 2. 

Against CBA, Fulton had a 3-0 lead at the end of two. Then they put the game out of reach, outscoring the Brothers by 15 runs to push their lead to 19-1. 

Both teams scored two runs in the fourth and fifth innings as Fulton maintained an 18-run lead. The Lady Raiders added another run during the sixth inning to cap off a 22-3 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Keisha Pierce with four runs and five RBIs including a homerun.

She was followed by Cheyenne Laun with three hits and three RBIs, Jessica Marvin with three hits and two RBIs, Katelyn Ely with two hits and four RBIs, Mikayla Guernsey with two hits and two RBIs and Maureen McCann and Brynn Waloven with a hit and two RBIs each. 

On the mound, the Lady Raiders were led by Cheyenne Laun with three strikeouts while allowing three runs off two hits in six innings of work.

In the Homer game, the Lady Raiders were leading 5-1 at the end of the second. But then Homer scored during the third inning to bring the deficit down to three runs at 5-2. 

Fulton erupted in the fourth inning, scoring eight unanswered runs to take a 13-2 lead. The Lady Raiders scored another run down the stretch en route to a 14-2 win.

Fulton was led by Brynn Waloven with  two hits and three RBIs, followed by Maureen McCann with two hits and two RBIs, Caitlyn Chrisman and Cheyenne Laun each with two hits and an RBI, Keisha Pierce with two hits, Kassidy Kearns and Casey Jones with a hit and an RBI and  Katelyn Ely, Anna Guernsey and Jessica Marvin combined for a hit and two RBI. 

Cheyenne Laun pitched a complete game for the Lady Raiders, throwing eight strikeouts while allowing two runs off three hits.

In Game 1 of the May 20 doubleheader, Fulton and Cortland were scoreless after two. Then Cortland took a 2-0 lead in the third.

Fulton then stormed ahead, scoring three unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings to escape with a 3-2 win over Cortland.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Brynn Waloven with two hits and an RBI, followed by Mikayla Guernsey with a  hit and an RBI and Katelyn Ely and Maureen McCain with a hit each. 

Cheyenne Laun led Fulton on the mound with eight strikeouts while allowing two runs off four hits in five innings pitched.

In Game 2, Cortland took a 1-0 lead in the second. But then Fulton answered back, outscoring Cortland 3-2 in the third inning to tie the game at 3. 

Cortland then outscored the Lady Raiders by a run in the fourth inning to take a 6-5 lead. Cortland added another run down the stretch to come away with a 7-5 win over Fulton.

The Lady Raiders were led by Keisha Pierce with two hits and an RBI, followed by Anna Guernsey, Mikayla Guernsey and Casey Jones with a hit each. 

Fulton got another complete game effort on the mound from Cheyenne Laun, who threw two strikeouts while allowing seven runs off 12 hits.

In the sectional game against New Hartford, the teams played three scoreless innings before New Hartford took a 1-0 lead in the fourth.

New Hartford added two more runs in the fifth inning to clinch a 3-0 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Katelyn Ely with two hits, followed by Cheyenne Laun with a hit. 

On the mound, the Lady Raiders were led by Cheyenne Laun, who threw seven strikeouts while allowing three runs off four hits in six innings of work. 

In relief of Laun, Mikayla Guernsey allowed four hits in an inning pitched.

Blessings in a Backpack program receives grant

Blessings in a Backpack program of Oswego-Fulton Lutheran-Episcopal Faith Partnership received a $5,000 challenge grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.

The money was awarded to the program based on its effectiveness in addressing physical, emotional and/or spiritual needs in the local area based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: 35-36.

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Fulton Pre-K to have registration night

Students fro Fulton Pre-K show their pride for their pre-k program during the Memorial Day Salute parade May 24. Shown are, left to right,  Declan Nickerson, Evelyn Lischak, Callen Cowden, Walker Doney, Kane Morey, Chase Clark, Caeli Bartlett, Kendyll Bixby, Bella Vant, Brayden Wise
Students fro Fulton Pre-K show their pride for their pre-k program during the Memorial Day Salute parade May 24. Shown are, left to right, Declan Nickerson, Evelyn Lischak, Callen Cowden, Walker Doney, Kane Morey, Chase Clark, Caeli Bartlett, Kendyll Bixby, Bella Vant, Brayden Wise

The Fulton City School District will conduct an open registration night for the district’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at the Education Center, 167 S. Fourth St., Fulton.

The event will feature a free performance by the Twin Magicians.

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What’s on the menu at the Fulton Senior Dining Center?

Here is the menu for the Fulton Senior Dining and Activity Center for the week of June 9:

Monday, June 9 — Macaroni and cheese, scalloped tomatoes and vegetables

Tuesday, June 10 — Turkey and cheese sandwich with cole slaw and pineapple tidbits

Wednesday, June 11 — Meatball sub with tossed salad and Capri blend vegetables

Thursday, June 12 — Chicken and broccoli pasta bake with zucchini and squash

Friday, June 13 — Pork chop with gravy and mashed potatoes with vegetables

All meals include milk and dessert. Lunch is served at noon with a daily activity at 11 a.m.

Call Eileen for reservations at 592-3408 at least 24 hours in advance.

The Sportsman’s World — Not Your Ideal Spring

By Leon Archer

While the lake fishing for trout and salmon seemed to be on track for another good year, with plenty of good-sized browns being caught near shore, the fishing for warm water species has been pretty much hit or miss. 

The inshore lake fishing has slowed down now as the trout have moved into deeper water, but once fishermen locate them, they are still hitting. 

Lake fishermen are starting to get more steelheads in the mix as those fish have moved back into the lake from their spawning run and are feeding on whatever crosses their path as they gain weight and recover from the rigors of spawning.

Northern pike and walleye fishermen are having a harder time of it. Cloudy water from the heavy rains have made it harder for the big predators to find the baits and lures. The luckier fishermen who come in with a limit of walleyes will tell you the fishing is great, but many boats come in with a much different story. 

The high cold water left a lot of walleyes still up the streams on their spawning beds when the season opened, but as they gradually drifted back into the lake, they were still hard to come by. 

The good thing is, as we move into June, all the negative conditions should become just a memory and the wonderful Oneida Lake walleye fishery will be back on track. Hot fillets anyone?

Northern pike are affected by the same muddy water and cold temperatures. As the season opened, many of the big females were still in the shallow weeds laying eggs. 

Once they were through with the annual rite, they began looking for perch or shad to fill their empty stomachs. They were biting if a fisherman could get his offering close enough for them to see. 

Many of those larger females that were caught did not fight very well. I suspect the reason was they were still weak from their spawning activities. People don’t realize what an arduous task it is for them. Won’t be long and they will put up a good show for themselves once again.

Up on the St. Lawrence, the fishing has been slow as well. The bullhead fishing was not great, but perch fishermen have had some success when they find a school. 

Those waters are clear, but they are still cold. Perch have moved out of their spawning aggregations, so they are spread out far and wide in smaller groups. 

We are getting close to bass season, and the colder water may have set their timetable back just a bit as well, but I think fishermen will still find decent action on the opener. Don’t expect to catch much on fast moving lures though. 

I have talked with numerous fishermen who have told me that bass fishing along Oswego County’s Lake Ontario shoreline has been rather poor over the past two or three years. Seems like the fish are just not in residence there in any real numbers. 

I have no idea why that might be. I would be interested in hearing from bass fishermen who fish this area, about both this year’s experiences and their take on the recent past.

Another turkey season has come and runs out today. I hope you did well, and I also hope there are plenty of hens sitting on big clutches of eggs or even leading a group of little poults around already. 

I love to see them even if they avoid me during hunting season. Until next week folks, good fishing.

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