Homeschool boys win volleyball game

By Abigail J. Winheld

On Tuesday, April 15, the Port City Royals of Oswego County boys’ volleyball team defeated the Cortland Saints.

Played at the Royals’ gym, the game was exciting and full of quick maneuvers and excellent saves.

The Royals beat Cortland soundly earlier this season and anticipated a similar outcome at this game. To the Royals surprise, Cortland came with an unanticipated energy and determination.

In the first set, the Royals served first but quickly found their opponents ready for the ball — a closely matched game ensued.

The first set ended with the score 25-23 Royals.

During the second set the Royals played more intensely and won 25-16.

Royals Mark Winheld made the winning point with a simple tap over.

Set number 3 was close again and ended with the same score as set one — 25-23 Royals.

Although it was harder than they anticipated, it was a great game for the Royals.

Cross walk held Good Friday in Fulton

The Rev. David Nethercott, left, pastor of First United Church in Fulton, bows his head in prayer as the Rev. Jerome Amaechi, assistant pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fulton, offers the opening prayers during the annual Cross Walk on Good Friday in Fulton. More than 35 people participated in the cross walk from Holy Trinity to First United Church and many took turns carrying the cross in remembrance of the day Jesus Christ was cruxified.
The Rev. David Nethercott, left, pastor of First United Church in Fulton, bows his head in prayer as the Rev. Jerome Amaechi, assistant pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fulton, offers the opening prayers during the annual Cross Walk on Good Friday in Fulton. More than 35 people participated in the cross walk from Holy Trinity to First United Church and many took turns carrying the cross in remembrance of the day Jesus Christ was crucified.

Oswego a tree city — again

Oswego was just awarded its third year of being a Tree City USA! In the photo is former Oswego resident Andy Hillman, president of New York State Urban Forestry Council, Phil and June MacArthur of Oswego and Sally Kellogg, Urban Forestry Program assistant and state forester, gather at an event in Albany in March when Oswego received its Tree City designation. Phil MacArthur is chair of Oswego’s Tree Advisory Board and June MacArthur is a board member NYS Urban Forestry Council. The Oswego Tree Stewards, a group of tree loving volunteers and green thumb people, came forward when Mary Vanouse, Oswego community development director, saw the importance of a healthy urban canopy and helped create and support such an organization. Anyone who would like to join the group for Earth Day, Arbor Day, or any Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and learn about pruning trees, go to Facebook and the Oswego  Tree Stewards page.
Oswego was just awarded its third year of being a Tree City USA! In the photo is former Oswego resident Andy Hillman, president of New York State Urban Forestry Council, Phil and June MacArthur of Oswego and Sally Kellogg, Urban Forestry Program assistant and state forester, gather at an event in Albany in March when Oswego received its Tree City designation. Phil MacArthur is chair of Oswego’s Tree Advisory Board and June MacArthur is a board member NYS Urban Forestry Council. The Oswego Tree Stewards, a group of tree loving volunteers and green thumb people, came forward when Mary Vanouse, Oswego community development director, saw the importance of a healthy urban canopy and helped create and support such an organization. Anyone who would like to join the group for Earth Day, Arbor Day, or any Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and learn about pruning trees, go to Facebook and the Oswego Tree Stewards page.

Bodley Bulletins

By Julia Ludington

Welcome back, students! I hope that everyone had a lovely spring break.

We are starting to get into the busiest time of the year, with AP tests and Regents rapidly approaching, along with many more school activities.

The Junior Prom is on May 3, and many students are making their last preparations and adjustments for their big night. We wish you all the best and hope you all have a great time.

Mark May 17 on your calendars, as this will be the annual G. Ray Bodley Spring Clean-Up. Students can come to the high school at 9 a.m. (it’s for a good cause, you can get up!) to help plant flowers and clean up the grounds.

It is a lot of work but it always a lot of fun and is very rewarding. Those who stay the whole time are given pizza at the end!

The Spring Clean-Up can also be used for community service hours, so National Honor Society students should take note!

Our Bodley’s Got Talent show was an enormous success and raised $2,000 for charity. Congratulations to the first place winner, MyKenzie Finch, and to all those who participated. We admire your bravery!

On April 28, the class of 2017 will be holding a fundraiser at the local restaurant Blue Moon. A total of 10 percent of the proceeds from all purchases will go towards 2017 funding for prom and other expenses.

Class members will also be selling Raider apparel to help raise money. Please support our freshman class!

Much is happening in sports action this week. The varsity and JV girls’ lacrosse teams will face Oswego this Saturday at home at 1 and 2:30 p.m., respectively.

The varsity softball team hosts Christian Brothers Academy tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., as does varsity boys’ baseball. Boys’ lacrosse faces New Hartford on the home turf Friday, at 5 and 7 p.m., respectively.

Please try to make it to one of these events, your support is always greatly appreciated.

Fulton ups fines for rental violations

By Ashley M. Casey

Fulton landlords will have to be a little more diligent in caring for their properties.

The Fulton Common Council amended the law concerning housing maintenance and rental permits to include steeper fines for property owners who skip out on inspections and a $500 fee to renew a revoked rental permit.

“It adds fees to multiple inspections and ‘no-shows’ to help offset our costs and entice owners to come into compliance in a more timely manner,” Brace Tallents of the code enforcement office told The Valley News. “We think that the $500 per unit fee will provide some incentive to the owners to pay a little more attention to their properties.”

The law amends the City Charter’s Subsection C 152(J), “Housing maintenance; rental permits.” The fee for a rental permit is $30 per unit, which includes one code inspection and one follow-up re-inspection to correct any code violations.

That fee doubles to $60 for a second re-inspection, and increases by $30 for each subsequent re-inspection, up to $180 for a sixth re-inspection. If a unit is occupied, the cutoff is the third re-inspection and the code enforcement officer files charges against the property owner.

There are also cancellation and “no-show” fees: $25 if the owner fails to appear within 15 minutes of a scheduled inspection, $25 if the owner cancels within 24 hours of the inspection and $35 for a second cancellation.

“This is not going to hurt landlords that take care of their properties,” Fourth Ward Councilor Jim Myers said. “This is basically recouping our costs for landlords that don’t fix up their properties in a timely manner.”

Fulton resident Dennis Merlino asked the council about “checks and balances” in terms of this amendment’s financial incentive to the city.

“What mechanisms does the city have in place to prevent this from being abused?” Merlino asked.

Mayor Ron Woodward Sr. said the fees mainly act as a deterrent to delinquent landlords and the city spends a lot of time in court battling with such property owners.

“We’re not going to waste our time … on people who don’t want to do simple housing maintenance,” Woodward said.

Tallents said property owners usually have 30 days to correct code violations. Woodward said landlords who are making improvements or need more time to correct violations can apply for an administrative hearing through the code enforcement office without incurring extra penalties.

 

Audiologist joins Oswego Health

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Gottschalk

Karah Gottschalk, Au.D./CC-A, has joined Oswego Health as an audiologist.

She is providing hearing and balance testing for those of all ages using the newest technology.

Dr. Gottschalk earned her doctor of audiology degree at the University of Louisville and completed her residency at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, in Cleveland, Ohio.

She also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC-A) from the American Speech and Hearing Association. Throughout her schooling, she took part in extensive training in all aspects of audiology, allowing her to offer comprehensive hearing and balance services.

Oswego Health has purchased the latest hearing and balance equipment for Dr. Gottschalk so community members can receive exceptional audiology care close to their homes.

For those with hearing issues, Dr. Gottschalk is conducting specialized hearing tests using an audiometer in a newly purchased sound booth.

The Audiostar audiometer offers patient comfort and consistent results. When testing an infant’s hearing, she will utilize advanced Auditory Brainstem Response  equipment.

For balance testing, state-of-the-art Videonystagmography equipment, which records a patient’s eye movements during a series of actions, can assist in determining a patient diagnosis.

“I am excited to be offering a variety of excellent hearing and balance services in the community,” Dr. Gottschalk said. “This is a great opportunity that allows me to care for all ages from the very young to the elderly in a hospital environment, which I greatly enjoy.”

The new audiologist offers her hearing and balance services in suite 210 of the Oswego Health Services Center, which is adjacent to Oswego Hospital. The phone number is 349-5828.

 

Bodley students win theater awards

Recently, Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School presented their 2014 annual musical, the comic murder mystery CURTAINS. At the Saturday evening performance of CURTAINS, the 2014 Jacalyn Stewart Award For Achievement in Musical Theatre was presented. Given in memory of former G. Ray Bodley High School Principal Jacalyn Vinciquerra-Stewart, the award recognizes two outstanding seniors who set high performance standards and who excel on stage in the annual musical. Honored with the 2014 Stewart Award this year were Bodley seniors Nikki Baker-Lanning and Brad Crofoot.  Baker-Lanning appeared as a member of the ensemble of CURTAINS while Crofoot appeared as Lt. Frank Cioffi. Stewart’s son, Glenn, left, is shown here presenting this year’s award to Nikki Baker-Lanning while Stewart’s mother, Olga Vinciquerra, presents the other award to Brad Crofoot.  Also pictured in back are Quirk’s Players’ directors (left to right), Tom Briggs, Thomas Nami and Rob Lescarbeau.
Recently, Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School presented their 2014 annual musical, the comic murder mystery CURTAINS. At the Saturday evening performance of CURTAINS, the 2014 Jacalyn Stewart Award For Achievement in Musical Theatre was presented. Given in memory of former G. Ray Bodley High School Principal Jacalyn Vinciquerra-Stewart, the award recognizes two outstanding seniors who set high performance standards and who excel on stage in the annual musical. Honored with the 2014 Stewart Award this year were Bodley seniors Nikki Baker-Lanning and Brad Crofoot. Baker-Lanning appeared as a member of the ensemble of CURTAINS while Crofoot appeared as Lt. Frank Cioffi. Stewart’s son, Glenn, left, is shown here presenting this year’s award to Nikki Baker-Lanning while Stewart’s mother, Olga Vinciquerra, presents the other award to Brad Crofoot. Also pictured in back are Quirk’s Players’ directors (left to right), Tom Briggs, Thomas Nami and Rob Lescarbeau.

Sunrise Rotary pork barbecue April 27

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11th Annual Sunrise Rotary Pork BBQ – Sunday April 27, 2014 at the Polish Home – Noon until GONE. Eat in or take out and children under 5 eat FREE – All proceeds used for Community Projects. Pork BBQ Sandwich, Baked Beans, Coleslaw.
Pictured Back row from left; Dennis Goss, Chad Whelsky, Patrick Waite, Betty Maute, Dan Farfaglia, President Ed Garrow, Peggy Donnelly, Doug Stevens, Donna Kestner and Diane Cooper-Currier. Front from left: Linda Rossiter, the Rev. David Nethercott, Ellen Nowyj, Abby Wiertzema and LaVerne DeLand.

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