Homeschool girls’ volleyball chalk up win in Penn Yan

The homeschool girls’ volleyball team celebrates a point. They are Halie Neff, Elizabeth Whitting, Abigail Burgess, Coach Jolene Parkhurst. In front is Jackie O’Brien, Celeste Parkhurst, Jessica Winheld, Abigail Winheld.
The homeschool girls’ volleyball team celebrates a point. They are Halie Neff, Elizabeth Whitting, Abigail Burgess, Coach Jolene Parkhurst. In front is Jackie O’Brien, Celeste Parkhurst, Jessica Winheld, Abigail Winheld.

By Abigail Winheld

The Port City Royals girls’ homeschool volleyball team traveled to Penn Yan last week and captured a win against Emmanuel Baptist Academy.

These two teams are part of the ESCAL League composed of private and homeschool students.

When the game, Emmanuel began with the serve, but the Royals quickly took possession of it. The first set was quick, few volleys occurred. Royals won 25-17.

In the second set, Royals started with the serve. This set was also short, involved few volleys, and ended with the score 25-14.

By the third set, the Royals were relatively confident of a win, but Emmanuel surprised them by scoring several points before the Royals managed to return it.

This set was much closer and more intense at first, but the Royals came out with the lead and finally a win by 25-20.

 

Cold was the headline during the winter of 2012-14

By Debra J. Groom

It looks like winter may be over.

Nuts, did that jinx it?

Well anyway, through April 22, Fulton has received 177.6 inches of snow, said John Florek, who keeps snow records at the city’s water department. The average snowfall through April 22 during the 38 seasons he has been keeping records is 179.6.

“We’re pretty darn close,” Florek said.

Even though temperatures have been mild of late, Florek said he doesn’t put away his snow records for the year until the end of May.

“We’ve had snow on a couple of Mothers’ Days,” he said. The latest snow he has on record is May 12, 1996, when the city picked up 1.5 inches.

That was part of an extreme winter that saw 273.5 inches pile up in Fulton. The least amount of snow in his 38 years of record keeping was in 1991 — a paltry 74.75 inches.

Carolyn Yerdon, who keeps weather records up in Redfield, said her area came in at 386 inches — and more than half of that was on the ground before Jan. 1.

“We still have some piles here on the lawn and you can find snow in the woods,” she said this week.

The record for snow in Redfield is the 1996-97 winter — a total of 420 inches of snow fell.

Both Florek and Yerdon said what made this winter seem to go on forever was it seemed to snow almost every day and there were periods of extreme cold.

Yerdon said Oswego County is used to temperatures below zero during the winter. But to have a run of many days of frigid temperatures is rare.

“We had minus 19 on Jan. 21, minus 18 on Jan. 22 and it continued through Jan 24,” she said. Jan. 25 saw 11 degrees, and then the temperature plummeted again to minus 11 on Jan. 26 and minus 19 on Jan. 27.

“That’s brutal,” she said.

Florek agreed.

“It was cold more than anything else,” he said. “There were no real drops of multiple feet of snow this year.”

In Oswego, the Port City ended with 154.5 inches of snow, a couple of inches above average, said weather observer William Gregway.

“We got a lot of lake effect,” he said, noting it also snowed early in the season and continued through April. “We had a white Thanksgiving, white Christmas, but not a white Easter,” he said.

He also agreed the cold really got people down this year. He said he talked to some construction workers recently who are doing sewer work in the city and they remarked that the frost was more than 3 feet down into the ground where they were digging.

 

Fulton softball off to tremendous start

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team won its first 2 games of the season, beating Chittenango 16-6 on April 10 and then holding off county foe, Mexico, 4-2 on April 14.

In the Chittenango game, the Lady Raiders stormed ahead after falling behind 1-0 in the first inning.

They outscored Chittenango by 3 runs during the second inning to take a 5-3 lead.  Fulton added to its lead during the next 3 innings, outscoring Chittenango, 5-1 during the third, fourth and fifth innings to take a 10-4 lead.

Fulton didn’t let up and outscored Chittenango in the sixth and seventh innings en route to a 16-6 win.

Leading the way for Fulton were MiKayla Guernsey and Keisha Pierce, each with  3 hits and 4 RBIs.

They were followed by Cheyenne Laun and Maureen McCann with a hit and 2 RBI each. Anna Guernsey, Hannah Jones and Kassidy Kearns combined for 4 hits for the Lady Raiders.

On the mound, Fulton was led by Cheyenne Laun. In a complete game effort, Laun threw 9 strikeouts while allowing 6 runs off 3 hits.

In the Mexico game, the first three innings were scoreless.

Then Fulton jumped out to a 4-0 lead during the fourth inning. However, Mexico battled until the end.

After 2 scoreless innings, Mexico made it interesting. They scored 2 runs during the seventh inning to cut the Lady Raiders lead to 2 runs, but they couldn’t get any closer than that. Fulton won 4-2.

Mexico was led by Amylynn Holland with a hit and 2 RBIs. Following Holland was Madison Himes with 2 hits. Kennedy Lamb pitched a complete game for Mexico with 4 strikeouts while allowing 4 runs off 5 hits.

Leading the way for Fulton was MiKayla Guernsey with a hit and 2 RBIs, followed by Kassidy Kearns, Cheyenne Laun, Maureen McCann and Courtney Parker with a hit each.

On the mound, Cheyenne Laun pitched another complete game for Fulton, throwing 9 strikeouts while allowing 2 runs off 3 hits.

Disposal of old drugs Saturday at various sites

Saturday is the day that folks with old prescription drugs to dispose of can do so at area sites.

Drugs can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2  p.m.  April 26. The service is free and anonymous.

Here are the sites in Oswego County:

Fulton Police Department

Oswego Police Department

Kinney Drug Stores in Oswego, Fulton and Pulaski.

Pills and patches that have expired or are unused or unwanted can be dropped off during the event to ensure proper and safe disposal. Liquids, needles and sharps are not accepted.

During the last Take-Back Day in October 2013, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in all its previous Take-Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds of pills—more than 1,700 tons.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. According to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, flushing unused medicine down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.

 

 

Oswego Y pool closed for repairs

The Oswego YMCA pool is closed so crews can make major repairs on the aquatic facility.

The YMCA’s Board of Directors approved closing the aquatic center so  crews could make major repairs to the building’s roof and dehumidification system.

It is the first major work performed as part of the Oswego Y’s recent capital campaign.

“At the Y, we’re committed to providing a safe environment so that everyone can have fun and grow stronger,” said Lisa Pachmayer, interim executive director of the Oswego YMCA. “The board has known that repairs to the pool building were needed and has planned for them.”

The work will take six to eight weeks to complete. In the interim, many programs that had been run at the pool will be held at other local pools, including at Oswego High School, Oswego Middle School and the Fulton Family YMCA.

For details and a schedule, visit www.OswegoYMCA.org.

Fulton Dining Center menu

Here is the menu for the first two weeks of May for the Fulton Dining and Activity Center:

  • Monday, May 5: Soup and Sandwich
  • Tuesday, May 6: Goulash with vegetables
  • Wednesday, May 7: Sausage with peppers and onions, with Green Beans
  • Thursday, May 8: Chicken cordon bleu with roasted potatoes and veggies
  • Friday, May 9: Crispy fish clipper with Monterey potatoes and vegetables
  • Monday, May 12: Glazed meatloaf with a baked potato and steamed spinach
  • Tuesday, May 13: Macaroni and cheese and stewed tomatoes and blended vegetables
  • Wednesday, May 14: Chicken and biscuits with mashed potatoes and veggies
  • Thursday, May 15: Boiled ham dinner and cabbage with carrots
  • Friday, May 16: Stuffed shells with sauce and vegetables

All meals include milk and dessert. Lunch is served at noon.

There is a daily activity at 11 a.m.

For reservations, call Eileen at 592-3408 24 hours in advance.

Robert “Bart” Bartholomew, Fulton alderman

Robert “Bart” Henry Bartholomew, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away April 20, 2014 at the Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans Nursing Home.

Bart was born June 29, 1931 in Sterling, NY, the son of Gaynelle Leona Albring and Hobart McKinley Bartholomew.

He attended Hannibal and Red Creek schools and enlisted in the U.S. Army 17th Airborne at age 18. A veteran of the Korean War, he served in Guam and Korea from 1949 through 1952. He later served in the Army Reserve and was honorably discharged holding the rank of staff sergeant.

He married Barbara Burton in 1954.  Bart lived in Fulton NY most of life, moving to Sterling NY in 1985 and then to Port Charlotte, FL in 2007.

Bart was active in his church and in his community.  He was a charter member and first physical education director of the Fulton YMCA (1960); and he was a founder and first executive director of the Oswego County Pioneer Land Search and Rescue Team (1971).

He served as scoutmaster and later commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America.  Bart was an ordained elder of the Presbyterian Church USA and, during the 1960s and 1970s, served as a teacher and church school superintendent at the First Presbyterian Church, Fulton, NY.

He also served as an alderman for the city of Fulton’s 6th Ward during the early 1970s.

After moving to Sterling, Bart was a trailblazer and board member for the Friends of Sterling Nature Center.  He also was a member of American Legion Post 658 in Fair Haven, NY, Masonic Lodge #144 Fair Haven, NY and a volunteer with the Fair Haven Fire Department.

He was employed as a millwright most of his life, retiring in 1990.  He owned and operated the Sea-Way Trail Bicycle and Canoe Center from his Sterling home from 1983 through 1990.

Bart especially enjoyed family, camping, canoeing, bicycling, running, cross country skiing and taking part in triathlons.  He also enjoyed clowning; and, as “Ho Ho” the clown, he attended international clown School in Lacrosse, WI and entertained in Upstate New York during the 1980s.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara; sons, Mark (Tracey) of Palm Harbor, FL, Dean (Jay Williams) of Brooksville, FL, Richard (Teresa) of Bossier City, LA; John (Nora) of Oswego, NY; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; twin brother, Richard of Bartow, FL.

He was predeceased by an older brother and three sisters.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014 at First United Church of Fulton.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., Fulton, NY 13069; the Oswego County Land Search and Rescue Team; or the Fair Haven Volunteer Ambulance Company, Fair Haven, NY 13064.

Arrangements are by the National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte, Florida.

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

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