James T. Gregory, veteran, retiree from Armstrong

James T. Gregory, 84, a resident of Fulton, passed away peacefully at his home on April 21, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Cleveland N.Y., he was a son of the late John and Olive (Beebe) Gregory.

He had attended Fulton schools and was a graduate of the Fulton High School.

Mr. Gregory was a veteran of the United States Army serving his country in the Korean War, where he was responsible for placing communication wires in the field, under the threat of enemy fire.

Upon returning home, Jim found employment at Armstrong where he worked for more than 40 years, retiring in 1992.

He could often be found walking through the woods to and from work each day, crossing the busy highway, with his lunch pail in hand. While at Armstrong, Jim was the catcher for the softball team, playing for many enjoyable years.

In his later years, Jim could be found nestled in his easy chair, passing countless hours with his westerns or following his favorite sports team, the NY Yankees.

Jim was an avid gardener. He enjoyed his weekly shopping trips with his daughter and always looked forward to the arrival of his Pennsylvania family on the holidays.

His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and preparing a Sunday meal where one and all were welcome. Jim was well liked by all who met him, with his charming smile that would put one at ease.

Jim is survived by his two daughters, Lynne (Joseph) Hawksby of Minetto, Jill (Wayne) Blecher of Elizabethtown PA,; a son, Craig of Rome; five grandchildren, Heather, Amber, Joseph, Kayla and Amanda; and six great-grandchildren, Josh, Caitlyn, Alex, Cierra, Talen and Dawson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Robert, and sister, Shirley Blance.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Calling hours were Friday at the Dowdle Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego N.Y. 13126

Carol Johnson, lived in Fulton

Carol Johnson, 80, of Fulton, formerly of Oswego, passed away on Friday April 18.

Surviving are her sisters, Lynne “Bunny” Phillips of Georgetown, TX and Judith (Richard) Tyler of Hannibal.

Memorial services and burial will take place at a date and time to be announced.

Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal has care of her arrangements.

Fulton baseball off to slow start this season

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball team went 1-3 in its first four games of the season.
Fulton began the season with a solid 21-9 win over Chittenango April 10. But the next three games were not as successful.
The Red Raiders were shut out by Jamesville-DeWitt April 11 by a score of 10-0. Then they had a double header with county foe Central Square April 12 and the Redhawks took both games,
In the Chittenango game, Chittenango jumped out to an early lead of 3-1 in the first inning. But Fulton took over during the next three innings, outscoring Chittenango 13-4 during the second, third and fourth innings to take a 14-7 lead.
Fulton continued to pour it on down the stretch. They outscored Chittenango 7-2 during the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to cap off a 21-9 win.
Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Cameron Clark, who had 5 hits and 4 RBIs. Following Clark was Jon Cummins with 5 hits and 3 RBIs including a homerun. Cody Green had 4 hits and 6 RBIs including a homerun.  Michael Bolster chipped in 3 hits and 2 RBIs while Jake Seymour hit a 1-run homerun and Chris Jones added a hit and an RBI.
Devon Rivera and Jeremy Langdon combined for 2 hits and an RBI for Fulton.
On the mound, Fulton was led by George Lewis with 4 strikeouts while allowing 7 runs on 4 hits in 5 and 1/3 innings of work. In relief of Lewis, Ravesi threw 2 strikeouts while allowing 2 runs on 2 hits in 1 and 2/3 innings of work.
Against J-D, the Red Rams got off to a solid start and didn’t look back. They built a 4-0 lead during the first inning and then added to their lead during the next 2 innings.
J-D added 3 more runs during the second and third innings to take a 7-0 lead and then put the game out of reach during the next 2 innings. They added 3 more runs during the fourth and fifth innings to cap off a 10-0 win.
Fulton was led by Dillon Guernsey with 2 hits. Following Guernsey was Michael Bolster, Cameron Clark, Jon Cummins, Cody Green and Jeremy Langdon, each with 1 hit.
Dan Coant started the game for Fulton on the mound. In 2 and 1/3 innings of work, Coant allowed 7 runs off 7 hits. Dillon Guernsey pitched in relief of Coant and threw 3 strikeouts and allowed 3 runs off 3 hits in 1 and 2/3 innings of work.

Fulton’s struggles continued when they took on Central Square in a doubleheader April 12.

In the first game, Central Square set the stage for an impressive effort during the first inning, jumping out to a 7-0 lead. The Red Hawks added 2 more runs during the third and fourth innings en route to a 9-0 win.

Leading the way for Central Square was Tim Traub with 3 hits and an RBI against the Red Raiders. Following Traub was Gage Lanning with 2 hits and 2 RBIs, Parker Reese with 2 hits and an RBI, Mike Byrne added a hit and an RBI while Nat Budge, Zac Catlin, Zach Karl, Brad Lyboult and Mike Tolone combined for 6 hits and an RBI for Central Square.
On the mound, Central Square was led by Brad Lyboult, who threw 1 strikeout while allowing only 2 hits in 3 innings of work. Scott Rogers clinched the save in relief of Lyboult, throwing a strikeout while allowing only 3 hits in 4 innings of playing time.
Fulton was led by Michael Bolster with 2 hits, followed by Chris Jones with a hit.
On the mound, the Red Raiders were led by Michael Bolster who allowed 8 runs off 8 hits in 3 innings of work. In relief of Bolster, Charles Alton threw 2 strikeouts while allowing a run off of 5 hits in 3 innings of playing time.
Central Square maintained its dominant ways in the second game.
Fulton got off to a decent start, putting up a 3-1 lead after 2 innings.
But the Red Hawks stormed ahead during the next 3 innings, scoring 13 unanswered runs during the third, fourth and fifth innings to take a 14-3 lead. After the final two innings were evenly played, the Red Raiders were unable to cut into the lead. Central Square rolled to a 16-5 win.
Leading the way for Central Square were Mike Tolone and Cory Rogers, who each had 2 hits and 3 RBIs. Following Tolone and Rogers were Nate Budge, Zac Catlin and Gage Lanning with 2 hits and an RBI each. Kyle Bacon chipped in a hit and an RBI, while Mike Byrne, Nick Field, Parker Reese, Nick Romano and Tim Traub combined for 6 hits for Central Square.
Mike Tolone earned the win for Central Square with 8 strikeouts while allowing 11 hits in the complete game.
The Red Raiders were led by Kirby LaBeef with a hit and 2 RBIs. Following LaBeef was Jon Cummins with a hit and an RBI, while Michael Bolster, Charles Alton, Cameron Clark, Dan Coant, Cody Green and Peter Ravesi combined for 10 hits.
On the mound, Nick Summerville led Fulton with 2 strikeouts while allowing 5 runs off of 5 hits in 2 innings of play. Following Summerville was Jake Seymour who allowed 9 runs off of 9 hits in 3 innings on the mound. Jeremy Langdon allowed 2 runs off of 3 hits in an inning of work.

 

Seed swapping program May 1 at library

The Oswego Public Library will host a non-GMO Seed and Plant Swap and Seed Saving Workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday May 1 in the Community Room.

The Oswego Public Library has joined the efforts of the Oswego Center for Sustainability to generate collaborative community projects that focus on local, reusable resources, self-reliance and community initiative.

Together these organizations have established the Oswego Seed Library. All seeds left over from the swap will be donated to the Oswego Seed Library and available for free to the community.

The public will then be able to “borrow” seeds, just as they would borrow books, with the intention of planting, harvesting and then saving the seeds from the best of their harvest — but without the risk of troublesome overdue fines.

Ideally, local growers will then return some of these seeds for others to borrow in the future. The Oswego Seed Library will facilitate the accessibility of non-GMO seeds to the community while providing educational resources and support.

Please clearly label any non-GMO or heirloom seeds you wish to swap.

New to seed saving?  Jan Smith, Master Gardener of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County will be discussing and demonstrating seed saving techniques and answering your questions.

All Oswego Public Library programs are free and open to the public.  Please call Jessica at 341-5867 if you have further questions.

Dear Porky & Buddy — How to keep a pet from running away

Dear Porky & Buddy,

Several years ago, (when I was young(er) and foolish(er), I got a beagle puppy. I named her Randy and she was a great dog, but after only about six months she ran off and although I tried really hard, I could never find her.

I felt terrible and stupid and vowed to never make that mistake again, but just recently I finally bought my own house with a nice fenced in yard and I think I am ready to try to be a better “pet parent” now.

But I still think about Randy and want to never have to go through that again. If I do lose my new dog, how should I go about finding her or him?

Jo

 

Dear Jo,

You’re jumping the gun (so to speak) a little.

Start out by taking some sensible precautions that will make it much less likely that your new best friend will end up wandering off to meet Randy.

First, do your research about what kind of dog you want to adopt. (Yes, we are absolutely assuming you will adopt.)

Beagles and other hounds and hound mixes are great dogs, but they are hunters and they easily wander off on the trail of something. If you are prepared for that, fine, but be truly prepared, or you might want to think instead about a breed or mixed breed with less of a wanderlust.

Second, it’s great that you have a fenced yard, but that is no substitute for good identification — a collar with your name and number stitched right in (not just a tag that is easily lost) and preferably a micro-chip that you keep registered.

It is also no substitute for spending time with your new friend. Dogs left in yards by themselves get bored and will sometimes try anything to get out and explore. Go exploring together instead. That’s why you want a dog, right?

Third, make sure your new dog is well trained and learns to come without hesitation when she or he is called, no matter how tempted to run after something interesting. There are a lot of other commands that are important, but, for safety, “Come” is the one that is fundamental.

You can find great instructions and advice for teaching that command from the ASPCA at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/teaching-your-dog-come-when-called.

Next week, we’ll write again about what to do if your dog becomes lost in spite of your best efforts. But first you have some  homework to do. Have fun adopting!

Speaking of adopting, go to www.oswegohumane.org to see all of the Oswego County Humane Society’s great pets available for adoption.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego. Phone is 207-1070. Email is ochscontact@hotmail.com. Website is  www.oswegohumane.org.

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