Nearly all school budgets in the state pass

Here is news from the New York State School Boards Association:

New York state voters approved 98.3 percent of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 20, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association.

“School districts received a much-deserved pat-on-the-back from voters for their efforts to trim budgets and still maintain momentum on raising academic standards for students,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “Low tax levy increases buoyed by a healthy state aid increase in many districts helped drive success at the polls.”

Initial statewide results gathered by NYSSBA indicate voters passed 652 school district budgets. The number of budgets defeated was 11. NYSSBA was still awaiting results for 13 districts. Continue reading

Oswego, Mexico homes welcome daughters

Meet the Fulton school board candidates

Four seats are open on the Fulton City School District Board of Education. There are five candidates:

Incumbent Barbara Hubbard, Timothy Crandell, incumbent David Cordone, Pamela Parker and Robert Briggs.

The four persons receiving the most votes during the May 20 election will serve three-year terms beginning in July.

Learn more about the five candidates:

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2 more signups this week for Kiwanis baseball

Two final sign up events for the 2014 season have been announced by Fulton Kiwanis Baseball Director Derek Lyons.

Sign ups will be done from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday May 22 at Lanigan Elementary School and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the same night at Granby Elementary School.

Lyons said Kiwanis Baseball will be heading in a new direction this season.

He and his group of supporters will be striving to turn its Kiwanis baseball and softball programs into more of a learning experience. Fulton varsity baseball and softball coaches will be used to help players learn the proper mechanics and throwing, catching, fielding and batting techniques.

Lyons said games will still be held but the program will focus more on skills development.

The 2014 Kiwanis Baseball Season will begin the week of June 30 and end the week of Aug. 4. Participants can expect activities two nights a week, which include a practice session of station work with varsity and junior varsity coaches.

Games will be played following the practice sessions and on another night of the week as well.

This season, Kiwanis will feature five different leagues. They are:

** T-Ball League (eligible to boys and girls ages 4-6)

** Grasshopper Minor League (coaches and umpires pitch in this league which is eligible to boys ages 7-9)

** Grasshopper Major League (eligible for boys ages 10-12).

** Girls Softball Minor, in which coaches and umpires pitch to girls ages 7-9

** Girls Softball Major, girls ages 10-12.

In terms of participation eligibility, the ages indicated are based on how old a player is on June 24.

Alan Duke Daghita, loved long walks, fishing

5-17_OBITdaghitaAlan Duke Daghita, 39, of Hannibal, passed away Tuesday May 13 at home in the presence of his loving family.

He was born in Ithaca and lived most of his life in Hannibal. Alan attended Hannibal Schools and worked for Bauer Hockey in Liverpool for several years.

He loved to take long walks and go fishing.

Alan is survived by two sons, Michael Daghita of Hannibal and Bradley Daghita of Rome; his mother and step father, Beverly Daghita and Don Taylor of Hannibal; his father, Albert Daghita of Ithaca; one sister, Regina Margrey of New Haven; four brothers, Michael (Melanie) Daghita of Trumansburg, Dean (Linda) Daghita of Haymarket, VA, David (Jenny) Daghita of Australia and Ronald (Kim) Daghita of Kirkwood, NY; a close friend, Mark Digregorio as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Alan’s family wishes to thank the staff at Oswego County Hospice for the excellent care provided to Alan during his illness.

Calling hours are noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17 (today) with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Burial will be in Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

Contributions in memory of Alan may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

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