Dan Maffei visits Hannibal Democrats

Pictured at the Hannibal Democratic Committee barbecue are George Darling, Carol Darling, Rep. Dan Maffei, Ann Mahaney, Karen White, Gordon Prosser, Dan Mahaney, Barb Richards, Rita Hooper, Frank Castiglia
Pictured at the Hannibal Democratic Committee barbecue are George Darling, Carol Darling, Rep. Dan Maffei, Ann Mahaney, Karen White, Gordon Prosser, Dan Mahaney, Barb Richards, Rita Hooper, Frank Castiglia

Rep. Dan Maffei, D-Syracuse, attended the Hannibal Democratic Committee’s chicken barbecue May 4.

He was there to hear the concerns of local residents and residents had the opportunity to visit and get to know him.

Maffei took the time to answer questions from constituents in an informal setting.  Those who spoke with him were pleased to have the opportunity to meet the congressman.

Fulton Public Library begins 2nd Memoir Project

The Fulton Public Library is continuing to work on the second edition of its Memoir Project with a goal of helping people who have worked or attended school in Fulton to create a memoir about their experiences.

“In 2013, our first Memoir Project supported 41 people as they crafted a memoir essay,” said Betty Mauté, library director.  “Those essays were collected in a book entitled Fulton: The Stories From Our Past That Inspire Our Future, which has sold over 500 copies. The funds we raised from those book sales are helping the Library provide this year’s Memoir Project, as well as other cultural programs.”

The theme for this year’s Project is Business and Education. Participants are signing on to gather their memories of working in a local factory, owning a family-run business, recalling a humorous anecdote from school or honoring an influential teacher. To assist them in their work, the library is working with the Project Coordinator, Jim Farfaglia, to hold a series of “theme nights.”

Mauté announced the library’s theme nights as follows:

6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22 — Working in a Local Industry or Factory (such as Sealright, Nestle, Armstrong, Miller)

6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5 — Owning or Working in a Small Business

6:30 p.m. Tuesday June 24 — Attending a Fulton School or Recalling a Favorite/Influential Teacher.

The project will continue through the summer, but those interested should contact the Library now to register.

For more information or to sign up as a participant, contact the Fulton Public Library at 592-5159 or Farfaglia at 402-2297 or via email sjimf903@twcny.rr.com.

State Senate Report: It’s farmers’ market season

By state Sen. Patricia Ritchie

More vitamins and minerals, protection against diseases such as heart disease and cancer, a lower number on the scale and freshness that is second to none — these are just some of the benefits of eating fruits, vegetables and other foods found at your local farmers’ market.

As summer approaches, farmers’ markets across Central and Northern New York prepare for their season.   Continue reading

Phoenix team striking out cancer

The Phoenix Lady Firebird’s “Strikeout Cancer” pitch tally climbed to 100 following a nine to eight win over Bishop Ludden on Tuesday. Varsity Softball Pitcher Megan Brown and her teammates are playing with a mission this season, the mission is to strikeout pediatric cancer and support Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. Several donors have sponsored Brown and the team’s “Strikeout Cancer” campaign, pledging a per strikeout donation to the campaign. Brown, center, is pictured above with her two catchers, Alicia Midlar, left, and Isabella Garofalo following the team’s recent win and 100th strikeout of the season.
The Phoenix Lady Firebirds’ “Strikeout Cancer” pitch tally climbed to 100 following a nine to eight win over Bishop Ludden on Tuesday. Varsity Softball Pitcher Megan Brown and her teammates are playing with a mission this season, the mission is to strikeout pediatric cancer and support Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. Several donors have sponsored Brown and the team’s “Strikeout Cancer” campaign, pledging a per strikeout donation to the campaign. Brown, center, is pictured above with her two catchers, Alicia Midlar, left, and Isabella Garofalo following the team’s recent win and 100th strikeout of the season.

View from the Assembly: Honoring Our Veterans

By state Assemblyman Will Barclay 

Memorial Day is a time for family picnics and parades.

More importantly however, it’s also a time we honor our veterans and pay homage to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country. As a state, we can always do more for those who have fought for our freedoms.  To that end, I sponsor and support a number of bills that will improve the lives of our  veterans. Continue reading

Police blotter

Oswego County Sheriff’s Office

Angele M. Newman, 24, of County Route 4, Oswego, NY was arrested based on a felony bench warrant issued out of the city of Oswego charging her with criminal possession of a forged instrument third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh degree stemming from a 2012 incident. Newman has been sent to Oswego County Drug Court.

Benjamin E. Phetteplace, 39, and Charles D. Strauss III, 41, both of New Floyd Road, Rome, were charged with burglary, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of petit larceny and criminal mischief. Deputies say they entered a residence in Constantia on Jan. 25 and stole some Harley Davidson merchandise along with a pocket knife.

Raymond L. Besaw, 39, of Harris Hill Road, Hannibal, was charged with three counts of criminal sale of a firearm third degree, all felonies. Deputies say he allegedly gave three different firearms to people in the town of Granby while not being authorized to possess any firearms due to a previous felony conviction. Besaw was arraigned in the Granby Town Court and will return to court June 2.

Dustin L. Vanburen, 25, of Hickory Grove Drive, Mexico, was charged with criminal contempt first degree, a felony. Deputies say Vanburen got into a domestic dispute in the parking lot of a business in the village of Mexico where he allegedly engaged in a verbal altercation with the victim. He was not supposed to be near this victim because there is an active order of protection filed against him. Vanburen was arraigned in Mexico Town Court and will return to court May 20.

Damon M. Wing, 18, of Rochester Street, Hannibal, was arrested at the Oswego County Correctional Facility based on a felony bench warrant issued out of the Hannibal Town Court charging him with failure to appear. He was arraigned in Granby Town Court and will return to court May 20.

Fulton police

Bruce M. Christian II, 27, of Didama Street, Syracuse was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance fifth degree, both felonies. Police say in Fulton, he possessed and knowingly sold a white substance to a female. The substance tested positive as cocaine.

Tyler J. Hobart, no age given, of Ontario Street, Fulton, was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief third degree, a felony. Police say on May 7, he punched the passenger rear window of a person’s car, breaking the window and that he also threw a heavy metal cylinder object through the front driver side window, breaking the window and nearly hitting the victim. The damage was about $300.

 Andrea L. Spears, no age given, of West Fifth Street, Fulton, was charged with grand larceny, a felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh degree, a misdemeanor. Police say on May 7, while at the YMCA, she removed a key fob from a gym bag in the locker room and used that key fob to enter a car in the parking lot that did not belong to her.

From the car she took two rings and later was found in possession of these rings. Police also said when she was arrested, she was possessing 17 green pills in a plastic bag which were found to be Clonazepam, a controlled substance. These pills were not prescribed to her.

 Thomas C. Clark, no age given, of West Fifth Street, Fulton, was charged with criminal mischief third degree, a felony. Police said on March 13 in Fulton, he punched the windshield of a car, breaking it, resulting in $375.41 damage.

Fulton’s Memorial Day Salute May 24

This year’s Memorial Day Salute in Fulton is set for May 24.

The theme for this year’s Memorial Day Salute Parade is “Show Your Gratitude to Veterans.” Many area individuals, organizations, businesses and industries will try to develop their interpretation of this theme in the vehicles or floats they will enter in the parade May 24.

The Fulton Memorial Day Salute is a one-day event that is 33 years old this year, started and carried on by the four service clubs in Fulton .

The present service clubs working on this year’s event are the Fulton Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and the Sunrise Rotary.  The four service clubs have always been assisted by the Fulton Veterans’ Council in promoting and putting on this event.

In years past, the Optimist and the Fulton JayCees — now disbanded — were participants. Several of the men and women who work on the Memorial Day Salute Steering Committee are veterans.

During the last century, the United States has participated in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the gulf War and the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

All in all, more than 625,000 Americans have died fighting in a U.S. uniform during the 20th century.

The Fulton Service Clubs and the Fulton Veterans’ Council have established Fulton’s way to remember this most important holiday.

In the fall of each year, all of the Veterans’ organizations in the Fulton area choose a “Veteran of the Year.”  This person is the grand marshal of the Memorial Day Parade. This year’s grand marshal is Jim Weinhold.

The Fulton parade is the largest in the county, with more than 100 units and many bands. It begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24.

After the parade at about noon, several of the bands in the parade will perform on the Fulton Savings Bank stage in the Community Center in Recreation Park.

On Saturday evening, the main feature is The Custom Taylor Band, Central New York’s premiere Top 40 country music band. The Brass Exchange, Marching Bands from the parade, and the CNY Arts Center Youth Performers will also take the stage in the afternoon.

There will be rides, lots of food, and of course, the ever-popular fireworks display on Saturday evening, with a rain date on Sunday evening.

The Memorial Day Salute event is designed for family fun and entertainment.  Everyone is invited to attend. All events are free.

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