Sign up now for summer basketball camps

By Rob Tetro

Boys’ and girls’ basketball camps will be held in Fulton this July at the War Memorial.

Camps will be directed by Fulton boys’ varsity basketball coach Matt Kimpland and Fulton girls’ varsity basketball coach Derek Lyons,  as well as other coaches and assistants within each program.

Junior varsity and varsity players will also have active roles in each camp, serving as camp coaches.

Youths going into fourth grade through eighth grade are eligible to participate in the camps. Camp involvement includes offensive skills based drills, defensive skills based drills and multiple games/scrimmages. Gatorade Players of the Day will be named and attendees will get a camp T-shirt.

Camps run from July 7 to 11. Boys’ camp is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. each day and girls’ camp is from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.

Cost is $50 per child (if 2 siblings participate, it’s $35 for the second child).

 Parents and guardians seeking sign-up sheets, or anyone with more questions, should email either Kimpland at or Lyons at

Phoenix baseball continues to win

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity baseball team won its last three games and now has an overall record of 6-2.

On April 22, the Firebirds topped Skaneateles, 7-0. Phoenix rolled past Jordan-Elbridge, 13-2, on April 25 and they beat county foe, Pulaski, 6-1 on April 28.

In the Skaneateles game, the Firebirds jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first inning. The next two innings were scoreless, but then Phoenix continued to add to its lead.

Phoenix outscored Skaneateles 3-2 during the fourth inning for a 5-3 lead. Then in the fifth, the Firebirds pulled away, scoring six unanswered runs to push their lead to 11-3. Skaneateles did cut into the lead by scoring two runs in the sixth, but couldn’t make up the deficit as Phoenix won 11-5.

Leading the way for the Firebirds were Dan Frawley and Bryce Plante, with 2 hits and 2 RBI against Skaneateles. Following Frawley and Plante was Emilio Tassone with 2 hits, Codie Corso had a hit and 2 RBI, Zach Schlacter, Bradley Dietz and Dylan Borza added a hit and an RBI each while Jordan Jock and Zachary Wells chipped in a hit each.

Emilio Tassone earned the win on the mound for the Firebirds, throwing 6 strikeouts while allowing 5 runs off 8 hits in 6 innings pitched. In relief of Tassone, Dan Frawley threw a strikeout in an inning of work.

In the Jordan-Elbridge game, Phoenix wasted little time establishing a lead, going to 2-0 in the first inning. Following a scoreless second inning, Phoenix began cushioning its lead, scoring five unanswered runs during the third and fourth innings to take a 7-0 lead.

The Firebirds quickly put the game out of reach, outscoring J-E 6-1 during the fifth inning to extend the lead to 13-1. The Eagles scored in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to 11 runs, but that was it as Phoenix cruised to a 13-2 win.

The Firebirds were led by Emilio Tassone with 3 hits and 4 RBI including a homerun. Following Tassone was Dan Frawley with 3 hits and 2 RBI, Bryce Plante had 3 hits, Jordan Jock chipped in 2 hits and 3 RBI,   Bradley Dietz added 2 hits and Dylan Borza and Zach Schlacter combined for a hit and an RBI.

Dan Frawley earned the win for Phoenix on the mound. In six innings of work, Frawley threw 10 strikeouts while allowing 2 runs off 6 hits. In relief of Frawley, Bradley Dietz threw a strikeout in an inning pitched.

The Firebirds jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over Pulaski in the first inning and the piled it on from there. They outscored Pulaski 3-1 during the second inning to take a 4-1 lead. Phoenix then scored two more runs in the third en route to a 6-1 win.

Leading the way for Pulaski were Mike Haskins, Dylan Hess, Kody Koehler, Matt Krebs, Cody Mosher and Tom Taplin with a hit each.

On the mound, Erik Oakes started the game for Pulaski, throwing a  strikeout while allowing 5 runs off 3 hits in 2 innings of work. In relief of Oakes, Tom Taplin threw 2 strikeouts while allowing a run off a hit in 4 innings pitched. Cody Mosher threw a strikeout in one inning of work.

Phoenix was led by Zach Schlacter with 2 hits and 3 RBI, followed by Dan Frawley with a hit and an RBI and Bryce Plante with a hit.

Jordan Jock earned the win on the mound for the Firebirds. In 6 innings pitched, Jock threw a strikeout and allowed one run off six hits. Bradley Dietz earned the save in an inning of work.

Fulton Ultimate Frisbee set to begin May 15

fulton ultimate frisbee
Shown in the photo are Crouching row left to right: Chris Peri, Josh Moberg, Charles Wimler. Middle row: Shelby Wimler, Mary Wimhart, Robert Wimhart, Austin Castiglia, Ashley Deveney, Ray Wimler. Back row: Josh Bolster, Tyler Wilcha, Travis Castiglia, Tyler Castiglia, Dell Lenhart, Matt Magio

Fulton Ultimate Frisbee meets at 601 State Route 176 in Fulton and has been doing so for the past seven years. The group meets at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays beginning May 15.

Ultimate Frisbee is a combination of football and soccer, but it’s with a frisbee and is no contact. the sport includes people of different skill and athletic levels who compete on the same field with balanced teams.

Organizer Robert Wimhart said “we have a very relaxed attitude and a group with many beginners, so all are welcome.  We are planning three scrimmages against neighboring teams this summer, as well as a trip to the Liverpool frisbee golf course.”

This is a totally free group;  no registration fees.  The easiest way to sign up is to join our Facebook group, We can also be reached via cell phone, (203) 215-6866, or email,

Credit Union sponsors Tri-Oswego event

Oswego County Federal Credit Union is the new Splash and Dash Title Sponsor, said Tri-Oswego Race Director Shane Broadwell.

“Tri-Oswego could not exist without the support of community driven businesses like OCFCU,” he said. “Together, we are committed to making sure that our youth athletes will get the best race experience possible.” 

The USAT Sanctioned Splash & Dash is a youth aquathlon consisting of a timed 200-yard indoor swim followed by a 1.6 mile run where youth athletes will run side-by-side with adult triathletes to the event’s finish line in Breitbeck Park. 

The Oswego event is part of the USAT Splash & Dash Series, making it one of only 50 events of its kind being held in the United States this year. 

“The Oswego County FCU has long been committed to serving the community of Oswego. We are very proud to be the sponsor of the Splash and Dash this year,” said Bill Carhart, chief executive officer of Oswego County Federal Credit Union.

“ As kids nationwide struggle with obesity events like the splash and dash are sorely needed to keep our kids active and healthy,” he said. 

“Several races offer youth elements but few, if any, have youth athletes running next to adult athletes and crossing the finish line together at a major event,” said Christopher Jones, Assistant Race Director for Tri-Oswego. 

Registration for the Tri-Oswego Splash & Dash is open to children ages 11-15 years old. The $25 registration includes a required One-Day USAT membership, race shirt, finisher’s medal, and cool race swag. 

Tri-Oswego Triathlon is in its fourth year and more than 300 athletes from across the country compete yearly. For more information about the race, go to

Poetry Corner: Miracle Workers, by Jim Farfaglia

Miracle Workers, by Jim Farfaglia

The farmer –
moving through unplowed fields,
turning soil with his tractor,
unlocking acres of room to grow.

The waitress –
balancing an armful of platters,
meandering through crowds,
delivering satisfaction piping hot.

The mechanic –
looking at worn out machines,
fiddling with this or that,
bringing to life what seemed hopeless.

But only a mother can do it all –
moving through each busy day,
balancing children and chores,
looking at details big or small,

delivering life so we all may grow.


What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

We need your help to show gratitude to our veterans at the 33rd Annual Memorial Day Salute from 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 24.

Residents are being asked to submit pictures, letters, poems, art work or take to the stage to express your thanks. 

Everyone from the youngest to the oldest is invited to send a message of thanks. It’s the perfect opportunity to show your appreciation in song, story, music, dance or whatever your family-friendly talent is. Visit for more information.

Contact Nancy Fox at 592-3373 if you want to perform onstage. Art work will be accepted at Arts in the heART Gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton. Messages or written tributes should be mailed to CNY Arts Center, P.O. Box 477, Fulton, NY 13069.

The center continues to hold art classes. A monthly Story Time Art for ages 2-7 will start from 1 to 2 p.m. May 17. Children under 5 will need adult accompaniment. Story time and art are rolled into one when a favorite story is read and then an art project is created inspired by the story and illustrations.

Oil painting continues from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 21 with Bonnie McClellan. Start with a blank canvas and leave with a finished painting! “Flowers” will be the subject of the next painting class.

Daytime art class for homeschoolers from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May21, will teach Pallet Knife painting with a completed painting of “Sunset behind the Barn.” This class is also taught by Bonnie McClellan.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. Visit  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and remember we bring all arts for all ages at two separate locations. 

Classes, live theater and Arty Camp are held in CNY Arts Center, located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St, Fulton. 

Arts in the HeART Gallery is located at 47 S. First St. in downtown Fulton across from the gazebo for local artists who want to display their artistry. Artist Meet-up, Author Spotlight, Open Mic night and TH=3 Happy Hour at the gallery give artists a place and time to network and share. Artists can apply for gallery space online at 

Coming soon — “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” 4th annual Arts Fest, Summer Art and Dance Intensives and Arty Camp. 

Check for all the latest news and events.

Off Broadway Dance Center team wins trophies at national contest

Front - Kiley Emmons, Elizabeth Chrisman, Mackenzie Loughrey, Arianna Schmeer, Samantha Cooper, Mckenzie Emmons, Kayla Frost, Jaidyn Perry, Korbin Cooper, Grace Gilles. 2nd row - Alyssa Wicks, Lizzie Russell, Mackenzie Hayden. Mackenzie Coant, Mary Jane Mullaney, Anthony Ferguson, Alexandra Coakley, Olivia Cunningham, Sydni Casler, Janna Moody, Olivia Metcalf. 3rd row - Talia Trombino, Grady Marshall. 4th Row - Devon Ruckdeschel, Elizabeth Crockford, Genesis Loetterle, Mattie Burdick, Kristen Budd, Bailey Perry, Makaylee Schmeer, Taylor Bonoffski, Megan Johnson  Photo by Teri Loetterle
Front – Kiley Emmons, Elizabeth Chrisman, Mackenzie Loughrey, Arianna Schmeer, Samantha Cooper, Mckenzie Emmons, Kayla Frost, Jaidyn Perry, Korbin Cooper, Grace Gilles. 2nd row – Alyssa Wicks, Lizzie Russell, Mackenzie Hayden. Mackenzie Coant, Mary Jane Mullaney, Anthony Ferguson, Alexandra Coakley, Olivia Cunningham, Sydni Casler, Janna Moody, Olivia Metcalf. 3rd row – Talia Trombino, Grady Marshall. 4th Row – Devon Ruckdeschel, Elizabeth Crockford, Genesis Loetterle, Mattie Burdick, Kristen Budd, Bailey Perry, Makaylee Schmeer, Taylor Bonoffski, Megan Johnson
Photo by Teri Loetterle

The Off Broadway Dance Center Competition Team attended the national dance competition Step Up 2 Dance April 25 and 26 in Manlius. 

OBDC entered 20 routines and all were award winning. 

In “Young Miss Solos,” Grady Marshall won a Platinum Award for her tap solo, won her division and scored 2nd out of 27 solos performed by girls age 7 to 10. Grady Marshall and Talia Trombino won a Platinum Award for their duet and came in 6th place out of all duets performed by dancers ages 5 to 18. 

In “Teen Miss Solos,” Mattie Burdick won High Gold Award and 1st place in her category and Genesis Loetterle won a High Gold Award and 2nd in her category. In “Miss Solos,” Kristen Budd won a High Gold Award. In “Junior Teen Solos,” Lizzie Russell won High Gold Award and 2nd in her category and Megan Johnson won 2nd in her category. 

In “Young Miss Solos” Talia Trombino won a High Gold Award and Jaidyn Perry won a High Gold Award and 2nd in her category. In Duet/Trio, Anthony Ferguson and Grady Marshall won a High Gold Award and 1st in their category , Mackenzie Hayden and Lizzie Russell won a High Gold Award and

Watertown company being held responsible for death of worker at Pulaski construction site

The U.S. Labor Department has found a Watertown-based company responsible for the death of a construction worker at a Pulaski site.
Kyle Brown, 23, died Nov. 18 from a fall while he was working as part of a crew installing metal decking on the roof of an automobile dealership being built in Pulaski. As he tried to secure sheets of decking, he was blown off the roof and fell to his death, Labor Department officials said.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that his employer, general construction contractor MTL Design Inc., failed to provide and ensure the use of fall protection safeguards that would have prevented his death. OSHA cited the company for a willful and a serious violation.
“This needless fall and resulting death were entirely preventable. Had this company provided its employees with required fall protection equipment, anchorage and training, this young man would be alive today,” said Christopher Adams, OSHA’s area director in Syracuse. “Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, yet they are also among the clearest hazards to identify and eliminate. Fall protection safeguards save lives, but only if they’re properly and effectively implemented.”
OSHA’s investigation found that while Brown was wearing a fall protection harness, it was useless, as the workers were not provided with a means to connect to an independent anchorage point to stop a fall. The company failed to train employees to recognize fall hazards, ensure adequate anchorage for lifelines and  secure the decking against displacement by the wind.
Brown’s death was one of 22 fatal falls in New York’s construction industry in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Failing to provide fall protection for workers is one of the 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations.

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