Hundreds turn out to hear Josh Batstone in Fulton

By Matthew Reitz

Over 500 people showed up to see Josh Batsone in concert at the Fulton War Memorial on Friday night.

Fans of Batstone and NBC’s “The Voice” got the chance to see a performance many of them had long been waiting for after his stint on the program in March. Diane Garcia of Oswego, who brought her 10- and 12-year-old grandsons to the concert, said they are big fans of “The Voice” and felt let down after Batstone appeared only briefly.

Garcia said she and her grandsons were excited about the concert and the opportunity to meet Batstone afterwards.

“It’s special when it’s somebody local,” Garcia said.

The 18-year-old Fulton native was accompanied on stage by 26-year-old Billy Harrison of Syracuse. Harrison also accompanied Savannah Harmon, the opening act.

In interviews prior to the event, Batstone said he was excited for the concert in his hometown, and saw it as an opportunity for the community to come together for a night.

“This is a moment we can come together as a community,” Batstone said as he began the show.

The nearly two-hour performance was followed by a meet-and-greet with the crowd, in which Batstone, Harrison and Harmon spent roughly another two hours taking photos with fans and signing autographs. The trio stayed until they got a chance to meet every fan.

Batstone’s parents, Nicole and Michael, said they were “very happy” with the concert’s turnout, with Michael noting that the crowd was “respectful and impassioned.”

Nicole said her son’s rise to notoriety has been “a little overwhelming,” having been by Josh’s side through his time on “The Voice,” and said it was hard to describe what the experience has been like.

“It’s a journey and you just see what happens,” Nicole said.

After the concert, Batstone called the show “an incredible success” and thanked everyone for coming.

“It was pretty awesome — my first concert after ‘The Voice,’” Batstone said. “The turnout was exactly what I was expecting.”

Batstone said he has a few more concerts in the works and would like to record an album in the not-too-distant future.

“We are definitely going to try to get an EP out,” Batstone said.

Nicole said Batstone planned to use some of the money from the concert to help pay for time in a studio. A portion of the proceeds will also go to Fulton Knee High and Lady Raiders basketball.

Batstone said he will have at least two more concerts in the area before moving to New York City to pursue a career in music. He is excited to be performing June 5 at the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse. His mother said he would also be playing at the 93Q Summer Jam on June 8 in Baldwinsville.

Wildfire burns more than 9 acres outside Phoenix, fire consumed over 400 discarded tires

Some firefighters on the scene return to their base camp set up along September Drive. Personnel from agencies in both Oswego and Onondaga counties battled the blaze for more than five hours Sunday.
Some firefighters on the scene return to their base camp set up along September Drive. Personnel from agencies in both Oswego and Onondaga counties battled the blaze for more than five hours Sunday.

By Colin Hogan

Scores of emergency responders representing nearly 20 agencies battled a massive wildfire outside of Phoenix Sunday that claimed over nine acres of wooded ground and more than 400 discarded tires.

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office' s Air-1 helicopter drops water down on a wildfire and burning tires just off state Route 48 in the vicinity of County Line Road.
The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office’ s Air-1 helicopter drops water down on a wildfire and burning tires just off state Route 48 in the vicinity of County Line Road.

For more than five hours Sunday, 12 emergency response agencies from Oswego County and four others from Onondaga County, along with state forest rangers, collaborated to tackle a fire that officials say burned through about 9.5 acres of wooded ground over the course of the day, including roughly a quarter-acre’s worth of discarded tires that were in its path. The fire, which was called in a little before 3 p.m., was located beyond a residential area between state Route 48 and the Oswego River in the vicinity of County Line Road.

Oswego County Fire Coordinator Don Forbes estimated that anywhere from 400 to 450 tires were caught up in the blaze.

“Those were the stubborn part. That’s what took so long. We ended up having to bring in a lot of water to get the tires out,” Forbes said.

Throughout the day, departments had five tanker trucks continuously hauling water to the scene, as well as the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office’s Air-1 helicopter dropping loads of water from above. Heavy equipment was also used to break up the piles of burning tires to make them easier for firefighters to manage, Forbes said.

Forbes said conditions were optimal for a wildfire to spread, with warmth, low humidity and winds all culminating to create a critical environment. As of Monday, Oswego County was one of several throughout the region to have a red flag warning in effect with regard to fire conditions.

“The reason for the red warning right now is high heat, low humidity and winds, which are ideal for brush fires,” Forbes said. “People think that since we had a lot of snow melt that it’s not dry out there, but it’s very dry. We haven’t had much real rain in the last month or so, and it’s not as wet out there as people think it is.”

The fire mostly spread along the wooded area’s undergrowth. Forbes said the flames were “not very big, but just kept running” due to the location and weather conditions.

Firefighters set up two areas from which to stage their efforts: one along September Drive and the other off County Line Road. Combating a fire in that area took serious physical effort from those involved on the ground, with firefighters having to navigate through thick undergrowth in their heavy gear. Forbes said a forest ranger also led a crew through the area cutting down dead trees and clearing other things that might contribute to the spread of the fire.

“Woods are hard to access, and these guys were out there with tanks on their backs and dragging equipment along with them,” Forbes said. “We’re talking about a lot of hard work and a lot of manpower used to get this done.”

Officials believe the fire was started by a resident in that area burning trash in a burn barrel, which Forbes noted is illegal. The county’s burn ban, which went into effect in mid-March, remains in effect until mid-May. Forbes said, in addition to the burn ban, the county has a policy that prohibits the burning of trash year-round.

“When the burn ban expires in a couple weeks, people can have campfires and other small fires, but they still can’t have burn barrels for trash and garbage. That is banned all year long,” Forbes said.

Forbes said the state Department of Environmental Conservation is in charge of investigating the incident, and will ultimately decide whether tickets and/or charges will follow.

N&N dance recitals set for May 8-9 at GRB

N&N Studio of Dance will present its annual recital, entitled “Uptown Funk” this year, on Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m. at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Photos provided

“Amazing Tot” Baby Ballet  Pictured from left to right, back row, Kinsley Shortslef, Kenlee Farrands, Molly Smith, and Sophia Briand. Front row, Isabella Piraino, Grace Keefe, Lonna Bomgren, and Madison Taylor. This group will be performing on Friday, May 8th at 7 p.m.
“Amazing Tot” Baby Ballet
Pictured from left to right, back row, Kinsley Shortslef, Kenlee Farrands, Molly Smith, and Sophia Briand. Front row, Isabella Piraino, Grace Keefe, Lonna Bomgren, and Madison Taylor. This group will be performing on Friday, May 8th at 7 p.m.
“Happy Sparkling Ballerina” Preschool Ballet & Tap Group Pictured from left to right, back row, Alyvia Williams, Morgan Sheldon, Harlow Chrisman, Riley Trude, Everleigh Nye, and Isabella Winterhalt.  Front row, Cameron Hoxie, Kinleigh Weaver, Cadence Nipper, and Rileigh Tryt.  This group will be performing on Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m.
“Happy Sparkling Ballerina” Preschool Ballet & Tap Group Pictured from left to right, back row, Alyvia Williams, Morgan Sheldon, Harlow Chrisman, Riley Trude, Everleigh Nye, and Isabella Winterhalt. Front row, Cameron Hoxie, Kinleigh Weaver, Cadence Nipper, and Rileigh Tryt. This group will be performing on Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m.
“A Genuine Ballerina” Mini Ballet & Tap Group Pictured left to right, back row, Kara Beckwith, Kelci Watkins, Cadie Shepard, and Jordynn Miller.  Front row, Brooke Seymour, Jolene St. Phillips, and MacKenna LaBarge. This group will perform on Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m.
“A Genuine Ballerina” Mini Ballet & Tap Group
Pictured left to right, back row, Kara Beckwith, Kelci Watkins, Cadie Shepard, and Jordynn Miller. Front row, Brooke Seymour, Jolene St. Phillips, and MacKenna LaBarge. This group will perform on Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m.
“Lil’ Miss Swagger” Hip Hop Group Pictured left to right, back row, Julie Ricker, Keira Scott, Krysta Earle, Megan Flint, Miranda Laws, Rebekah Manwaring, and Paige Ball.  Front row, Amaya Crutchley, Ellie Parkhurst, Jenna Ricker, Savannah Mirabito, Lilylyn Humiston-Seaton, and Emma Huntley. To perform Friday and Saturday.
“Lil’ Miss Swagger” Hip Hop Group
Pictured left to right, back row, Julie Ricker, Keira Scott, Krysta Earle, Megan Flint, Miranda Laws, Rebekah Manwaring, and Paige Ball. Front row, Amaya Crutchley, Ellie Parkhurst, Jenna Ricker, Savannah Mirabito, Lilylyn Humiston-Seaton, and Emma Huntley. To perform Friday and Saturday.
“Let Your Heart Sing” Ballet Pictured left to right, back row, Asialyn Hernandez, Miranda Laws, Krysta Earle, Paige Ball, and Savannah Mirabito.  Middle row, Jaya Whitehead, Emily Case, Maddison Blake, and Desiree Brown.  Front row, Lilly Cunningham, Caden Paro, and Ellie Parkhurst.  To perform on May 8 and May 9.
“Let Your Heart Sing” Ballet
Pictured left to right, back row, Asialyn Hernandez, Miranda Laws, Krysta Earle, Paige Ball, and Savannah Mirabito. Middle row, Jaya Whitehead, Emily Case, Maddison Blake, and Desiree Brown. Front row, Lilly Cunningham, Caden Paro, and Ellie Parkhurst. To perform on May 8 and May 9.
“Wall to Wall” Boys Hip Hop Group  Pictured left to right, back row, Nolan Miller, Damien Reidell, and Nathan Jackowski. Front, Keegan Bertrand, and Anthony Mills. Performing Friday and Saturday.
“Wall to Wall” Boys Hip Hop Group
Pictured left to right, back row, Nolan Miller, Damien Reidell, and Nathan Jackowski. Front, Keegan Bertrand, and Anthony Mills. Performing Friday and Saturday.
“Wall to Wall” Boys Hip Hop Group  Pictured left to right, Kiernan Percival, Patrick McInnis, and Dawson Krause.  Performing Friday and Saturday.
“Wall to Wall” Boys Hip Hop Group
Pictured left to right, Kiernan Percival, Patrick McInnis, and Dawson Krause. Performing Friday and Saturday.

 

“Mambo No. 5” Jazz Pictured left to right, back row, Tehya Madison, Hannah Bell, Tileya Penson, and Madison Papa.  Front row, Josephine Valenzuela, Alesana Congdon, Kelsey Draughn, and Madisyn Ames. This group will perform on Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m.
“Mambo No. 5” Jazz
Pictured left to right, back row, Tehya Madison, Hannah Bell, Tileya Penson, and Madison Papa. Front row, Josephine Valenzuela, Alesana Congdon, Kelsey Draughn, and Madisyn Ames. This group will perform on Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m.

 

“Check it Out” Beginner Hip Hop  Pictured left to right, back row, Alaina Vescio, Morgan Fischel, Izaac Mirabito, Niyah Humphrey, and Alesana Congdon, Front, Maverick Bonnell, and Karlee Vail. This group will be performing on Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m.
“Check it Out” Beginner Hip Hop
Pictured left to right, back row, Alaina Vescio, Morgan Fischel, Izaac Mirabito, Niyah Humphrey, and Alesana Congdon, Front, Maverick Bonnell, and Karlee Vail. This group will be performing on Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m.
“Mother Like Mine” Pictured left to right, back row, Avery Lawton, Lily Morrison, and Marissa Ditton.  Middle row, Alyssa Sawyer, Gianna Tucker, Isabella Rodriquez, and Allie Swick. Front row, Emma Perkins, Caitlin Scout, Zyah Demott, Gracie Battles, and Adelaide McEachen.  Performance on May 8 at 7 p.m. and May 9 at 1 p.m.
“Mother Like Mine”
Pictured left to right, back row, Avery Lawton, Lily Morrison, and Marissa Ditton. Middle row, Alyssa Sawyer, Gianna Tucker, Isabella Rodriquez, and Allie Swick. Front row, Emma Perkins, Caitlin Scout, Zyah Demott, Gracie Battles, and Adelaide McEachen. Performance on May 8 at 7 p.m. and May 9 at 1 p.m.
“There’s a Hero” Ballet Pictured left to right, back row, Cayley Cunningham, Mikaylee Vail, Aliana Vazquez, Annalee Mitchell, and Allison Mainville. Middle row, Avery Rodriguez, Alaina Vescio, Skyler Perkins, and Niyah Humphrey. Front row, Morgan Fischel, Jessa Ricker, Alivia Ruscitto, and Finley Nye.  To perform on Saturday, May 9.
“There’s a Hero” Ballet
Pictured left to right, back row, Cayley Cunningham, Mikaylee Vail, Aliana Vazquez, Annalee Mitchell, and Allison Mainville. Middle row, Avery Rodriguez, Alaina Vescio, Skyler Perkins, and Niyah Humphrey. Front row, Morgan Fischel, Jessa Ricker, Alivia Ruscitto, and Finley Nye. To perform on Saturday, May 9.
“G-Slide” Pictured left to right, back row, Elise Morse, Lily Morrison, Olivia Saunderson, Mallorie Smart, Lydia Gigliotti, and Isabella Rodriguez. Gianna Tucker, Lauren Bradshaw, Allie Swick, Eliana Occhino, and Avery Lawton.  Front row, Aiyana Kolb-Kee, Marissa Ditton, Chloe Bonoffski, Alyssa Sawyer, and Briana Ard.  This group will perform on May 8 and May 9.
“G-Slide”
Pictured left to right, back row, Elise Morse, Lily Morrison, Olivia Saunderson, Mallorie Smart, Lydia Gigliotti, and Isabella Rodriguez. Gianna Tucker, Lauren Bradshaw, Allie Swick, Eliana Occhino, and Avery Lawton. Front row, Aiyana Kolb-Kee, Marissa Ditton, Chloe Bonoffski, Alyssa Sawyer, and Briana Ard. This group will perform on May 8 and May 9.
“Say Hey” Jazz  Pictured left to right, back row, Alexa Bell, McKenna Lawson, Alexis Pettit, Lydia Gigliotti, Mallorie Smart, and Olivia Cunningham. Front row, Mia Knight, Elise Morse, Emma Fatcheric, Aiyana Kolb-Kee, Abby Mainville, and Olivia Saunderson.  Performances on May 8 at 7 p.m. and May 9 at 1 p.m.
“Say Hey” Jazz
Pictured left to right, back row, Alexa Bell, McKenna Lawson, Alexis Pettit, Lydia Gigliotti, Mallorie Smart, and Olivia Cunningham. Front row, Mia Knight, Elise Morse, Emma Fatcheric, Aiyana Kolb-Kee, Abby Mainville, and Olivia Saunderson. Performances on May 8 at 7 p.m. and May 9 at 1 p.m.
“International You Day” Lyrical  Pictured left to right, back row, Jaina Ricker, Anna-Carol Samson, Savanah France, Sydney Lawson, Chyanne Dillingham, and Madison Pepper.  Autumn Schneider, Gabriella Dibble, Samantha McRae, Katelyn Perkins, and Samantha Humphrey. This group will be performing on May 8 and May 9.
“International You Day” Lyrical
Pictured left to right, back row, Jaina Ricker, Anna-Carol Samson, Savanah France, Sydney Lawson, Chyanne Dillingham, and Madison Pepper. Autumn Schneider, Gabriella Dibble, Samantha McRae, Katelyn Perkins, and Samantha Humphrey. This group will be performing on May 8 and May 9.
“Every Breath You Take” Pointe Pictured left to right, Jaina Ricker, Vita Marie Dean, Dani Avery, and Kristen Skinner.  This group will perform on May 8 at 7 p.m. and May 9 at 1 p.m.
“Every Breath You Take” Pointe
Pictured left to right, Jaina Ricker, Vita Marie Dean, Dani Avery, and Kristen Skinner. This group will perform on May 8 at 7 p.m. and May 9 at 1 p.m.
“Glam” Jazz  Pictured left to right, back row, Taylor Bonoffski, Madison Kreinheder, Dani Avery, Sydney Lawson, and Jordan Jackowski. Front row, Shaylee Cealie, Rebecca Bailey, and Nevaeh Tucker. To perform on May 8 and May 9.
“Glam” Jazz
Pictured left to right, back row, Taylor Bonoffski, Madison Kreinheder, Dani Avery, Sydney Lawson, and Jordan Jackowski. Front row, Shaylee Cealie, Rebecca Bailey, and Nevaeh Tucker. To perform on May 8 and May 9.
“Timebomb” Jazz Pictured left to right, back row, Celeste Raponi, Gabriella Bailey, Dani Avery, and Lillian Bray.  Front row, Zoie Bowering, Rebecca Bailey, and Taylor Bonoffski. To perform on Friday and Saturday.
“Timebomb” Jazz
Pictured left to right, back row, Celeste Raponi, Gabriella Bailey, Dani Avery, and Lillian Bray. Front row, Zoie Bowering, Rebecca Bailey, and Taylor Bonoffski. To perform on Friday and Saturday.
“Don’t” Tap Pictured left to right, back row, Zoie Bowering, Celeste Raponi, and Gabriella Bailey. Front row, Cara Smith, Kristen Skinner, and Janelle Flack.
“Don’t” Tap
Pictured left to right, back row, Zoie Bowering, Celeste Raponi, and Gabriella Bailey. Front row, Cara Smith, Kristen Skinner, and Janelle Flack.
“Goin’ Down For Real” Advanced Hip Hop Group Pictured left to right, back row, Cara Smith, Janelle Flack, ShaLeigha Jackson, Rebecca Humphrey, and Celeste Raponi.  Front row, Dani Avery, Quinn Webb, Kendyl Lutz, and Alexis Kempston.
“Goin’ Down For Real” Advanced Hip Hop Group
Pictured left to right, back row, Cara Smith, Janelle Flack, ShaLeigha Jackson, Rebecca Humphrey, and Celeste Raponi. Front row, Dani Avery, Quinn Webb, Kendyl Lutz, and Alexis Kempston.
“Get Rhythm” Tap Pictured left to right, Alexis Kempston, Dani Avery, Quinn Webb, Rebecca Humphrey, and Kea Corey.
“Get Rhythm” Tap
Pictured left to right, Alexis Kempston, Dani Avery, Quinn Webb, Rebecca Humphrey, and Kea Corey.
“Latch” Jazz  Pictured left to right, back row, Rebecca Humphrey, Paige Kohler, Alexis Kempston, Kea Corey, and Quinn Webb.  Front row, Kendyl Lutz, and Morgan Sheffield.
“Latch” Jazz
Pictured left to right, back row, Rebecca Humphrey, Paige Kohler, Alexis Kempston, Kea Corey, and Quinn Webb. Front row, Kendyl Lutz, and Morgan Sheffield.

‘Live Local, Shop Local’ campaign kicks off Monday

Staff Report
This year’s “Live Local, Shop Local” campaign commences Monday, a market event with more than two dozen area businesses and organizations participating to share and promote the value of supporting local business and fostering growth in the local economy.
The eight-week campaign, sponsored by The Palladium-Times, Valley News and Pathfinder Bank, has evolved over the last five years, culminating last year and this year in a drawing for a $1,000 shopping spree for participating businesses.
According to The Palladium-Times and Valley News publisher Jon Spaulding, the well-known red shopping bag logo materializes into an actual shopping bag this week, which readers of Monday’s Palladium-Times and Wednesday’s Valley News can find inserted into the paper.
Readers are encouraged to bring the bags with them while shopping locally throughout the event; bags will also be available at participating businesses where shoppers can fill out contest entry blanks. The more they shop locally, the greater their chances of winning the shopping spree.
“With Pathfinder Bank partnering with both The Palladium-Times and Valley News in the effort this year, we have been able to expand the reach of the message on the importance of shopping locally throughout Oswego County,” said Spaulding.
“Like our customers, we live, work and play here,” said James Dowd, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Pathfinder Bank. “Our success is intertwined with the success of the communities we serve.”
Dowd said local businesses are a “vital part of our community’s distinct character.”
“When we shop locally, we help these businesses and they, in turn, make a positive impact on the place we call home,” Dowd said.
Greg Mills, executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, said the campaign draws attention to products and services “right under our own roof,” shortening shoppers’ drive times and boosting the local economy in the process.
“I’ve been guilty of it too, thinking I’ve got to go to the mall or Syracuse,” Mills said. “But the last three Christmases I’ve been able to do all my shopping without leaving Oswego.”
The campaign coincides with National Small Business Week, and Mills expected it to increase traffic at local stores, markets and restaurants.
Chris Sachel, of Mimi’s in Fulton, said the diner likes getting involved in efforts promoting local county businesses, saying the campaign would “absolutely” inspire visitors to shop and eat locally.
“I wanted to help out the community,” Sachel said of participating.
Spaulding said The Palladium-Times and Valley News, as the county’s primary local news sources, was “happy to spearhead such initiatives,” and he thanked Pathfinder Bank for its continued support of the campaign.
“We challenge ourselves and our business partners to consistently grow the message each year,” Spaulding said. “This year’s campaign is already a winner, because everyone wins when you support local business and our local economy.”

War Memorial floor replacement slated for summer

By Colin Hogan
The deteriorating floor inside the Fulton War Memorial is slated to be completely replaced this summer with city officials currently awaiting bids for the estimated $333,450 project,
The 19-year-old floor has been in dire need of replacement, city officials say. Expanding rebar in the concrete compound beneath the surface has caused the material to spall, and a study done last year revealed that the floor contains a presence of mercury, as well.
The War Memorial plays host to big annual events like the Fulton Home Show, train shows and the circus, to name a few. It also provides the court for a men’s basketball league, which begins in November, a youth basketball league, which begins in December, and volleyball matches.
“It’s  probably one of the most widely used buildings in the city,” Mayor Woodward Sr. said, “and when it’s not being used for the regular events there, people rent it out to host their own events.”
Woodward said if the floor isn’t replaced soon, the facility won’t be able to support those events.
“If we don’t do something with it shortly, they’re not going to be playing basketball or anything anymore,” Woodward said.
The project was originally planned for the fall of 2014, but was pushed back in an effort to not interfere with events and leagues scheduled to use the facility around that time.
On Tuesday, the Common Council agreed to extend the submission period for bids on the project from April 29 to May 6. Woodward said the project’s engineer needed to allow potential bidders more time because of the complexity of the work.
“That type of flooring is specialized, plus there’s mercury in the floor, so they’d need to make special arrangements to get rid of it and to get the EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) involved,” Woodward said.
He said corrosion from the floor’s drains is also contributing to the problem.
City officials now hope to begin the project by late May in order to have it wrapped up by late August. If they can finish the replacement within that time frame, Woodward said the project won’t interfere with the basketball leagues that use the floor in the fall.
City officials previously estimated that it would take three to four weeks to remove the rubber floor layer, another two to three weeks to remove the concrete, and about four weeks for the new concrete to cure.
Last fall, the city secured a $400,000 bond to finance the project.

Girl Scouts clean up Rowlee Beach, install geocache boxes

GirlScoutsBy Matthew Reitz
A local Girl Scout troop was the latest to collaborate with Friends of Fulton Parks on cleaning up one of the city’s parks.
Girl Scout Troop 10771 recently cleaned up Rowlee Beach Park on S. 12th Street, and developed plans to beautify the area.
Kelley Weaver of Friends of Fulton Parks said the girls were active in the decision making and chose Rowlee Beach Park because of its setting.
“The natural beauty of this park, along with the wildlife at Sharp’s Pond makes it a perfect retreat for the scouts,” Weaver said.
According to Troop Leader Angela Stoutenger, it was the first time the two groups had worked together, and she considered the pairing a success.
Weaver said Friends of Fulton Parks and the troop plan to finish the project on May 4 when they complete the garden they’ve been working on and install geocache boxes.
The geocache boxes are “a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices,” according to www.geocaching.com. Geocaching participants can use a smartphone or other GPS-enabled device to search for the hidden geocache boxes using GPS coordinates.
Stoutenger said the girls earned woodworking badges for their hard work on the geocache boxes. She said they enjoyed the experience and it helped them learn how to work together to get a project finished.
“They actually had a blast,” Stoutenger said.
Stoutenger said the girls have wanted to bring flowers and geocaching to the parks for a year now and they were very excited.  The geocache boxes will be placed around the city in May.
Weaver was happy to see kids having fun in the park.
“This park has a lot of potential for nature-focused activities, and it’s wonderful to see young people enjoying it,” Weaver said.

Repairs to Route 3 in Fulton could come sooner than expected

By Matthew Reitz
A project to repair state Route 3 in Fulton that was planned for the spring of 2017 could now be moved up to 2016.
In response to a request by Oswego County Legislator Frank Castiglia Jr., the state Department of Transportation recently reviewed the stretch of state Route 3 that runs through Fulton and, due to the road’s deteriorating condition, is now looking to move the project up a year.
Expressing concern with the road’s conditions, Castiglia had asked the DOT to begin the project this summer.
“That road can’t make it until 2016,” Castiglia said, “it’s more than potholes.”
Carl Ford, Regional Director of the New York State DOT, said in a letter to local officials that the DOT shared “concern with the current condition of the highway and the need to address the most significant deteriorated sections of this highway quickly.”
The DOT had initially planned an asphalt overlay project on state Route 3 for 2016 that would begin at the eastern city line and move east. He told local officials the DOT would use the funds earmarked for that project “to address the multiple deficiencies that exist in the City of Fulton’s highway corridor” instead.
Ford said the DOT will then look to do the asphalt overlay on the stretch of state Route 3 east of Fulton in the future when funding becomes available.
“After reviewing the highway corridor, DOT will attempt to alter its strategy by accelerating the Fulton highway project so it can be in construction in 2016,” Ford wrote.
Mayor Ron Woodward Sr. said he was happy the DOT had moved the project up a year, but still has concerns about the road.
“It’s good that they moved it up,” Woodward said, “but I wish they’d moved it up to this year.”
Woodward said the city takes care of basic road maintenance the best it can, but noted that this project would entail more than filling potholes or paving. He said there are drainage issues affecting the road that also need to be addressed.
According to the DOT website, the construction is expected to take over a year to finish once it begins. The project spans a distance of 1½ miles from West 5th Street to the eastern city line and will cost approximately $1.7 million.
Traffic would be maintained with daily lane closures, according to the DOT.
A request for further comment from the DOT was unreturned as a press time Thursday.

Joanne F. Lefebvre

Joanne  F. LefebvreJoanne  F. Lefebvre, 51, of Pennellville,  N.Y., passed away on Monday, April 27, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y.
She was born in Ottawa, Ontario on July 19, 1963.
She was a student at Assumption School, Syracuse, then a graduate of J.C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix, N.Y., and a graduate of B.O.C.E.S. nursing school.
Joanne was a phlebotomist for the American Red Cross, Syracuse.
She was predeceased by her mother, Vanita (Theoret) Lefebvre on April 5, 2003.
Surviving are her father and step-mother, Lucien R. and Louise Joanne Lefebvre of Pennellville; two brothers, Jacques Lefebvre of Cornwall,Ontario, and Andre Lefebvre of Pennellville; five nieces and nephews, Lucien, Jenna, Danielle,Darren, and Derek; aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Calling hours were Thursday, April 30, 2015 in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY  13135.
Services were Friday, May 1, at the funeral home, followed by a church mass at St. Stephen’s Church, 469 Main St., Phoenix. The Rev. Philip Brockmyre officiated.
A graveside service will take place on Wednesday May 6, at 11 a.m. in the Sand Ridge Cemetery, the corner of county Routes 10 and 12, Sand Ridge, in the town of Schroeppel.
Memorials in Joanne’s name to: Saint Stephen’s Church, 469 Main St. Phoenix, NY 13135

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