Phoenix baseball wins 3 of 5 games

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity baseball team won 3 out of its first 5 games of the season.

Solvay knocked off Phoenix 4-1 on April 2. Westhill held off the Firebirds, 7-5 on April 9. Phoenix topped Skaneateles, 7-2 on April 14 for its first win of the season and then they continued their winning ways cruising past Hannibal in both games of a doubleheader April 17.

In the Solvay game, Solvay took an early 1-0 lead over Phoenix during the first inning. After a scoreless second inning, Solvay scored 2 more runs to take a 3-0 lead.

The Firebirds battled back, scoring in the fourth inning to cut Solvay’s lead to 3-1. But they were unable to get any closer. Solvay added another run during the fifth inning to cap off a 4-1 win.

The Firebirds were led by Emilio Tassone with a hit and an RBI, followed by  Bryce Plante with 2 hits.

On the mound, Emilio Tassone pitched a solid game for Phoenix. In 6 innings of work, Tassone threw 4 strikeouts while allowing 4 runs off of 8 hits.

Against Westhill, Phoenix took a 3-0 lead after a scoreless first inning. But   Westhill quickly stormed ahead, erupting  for 6 runs during the third inning to take a 6-3 lead.

After a scoreless fourth and fifth innings, the Firebirds scored 2 runs to cut the lead to 6-5. Westhill added a run during the seventh inning to come away with a 7-5 win.

Leading the way for the Firebirds was Dan Frawley with 2 hits and an RBI, followed by Bryce Plante with a hit and 2 RBIs, Emilio Tassone and Codie Corso each had a hit and an RBI and Bradley Dietz chipped in a hit for Phoenix.

Once again, Emilio Tassone led the Firebirds on the mound. Tassone threw 4 strikeouts while allowing 6 runs off of 7 hits in 6 innings of work. In relief of Tassone, Dan Frawley threw a strikeout while allowing only a run in an inning of playing time.

Phoenix won its first game of the season when it took on Skaneateles. After an evenly played first inning, the game was tied at 1. However, the Firebirds pulled ahead during the next 2 innings to take a 3-2 lead.

It was all Phoenix from there. After 2 scoreless innings, the Firebirds scored 4 unanswered runs en route to a 7-2 win.

Phoenix was led by Zachary Wells with 2 hits and an RBI. Codie Corso and Dan Frawley had a hit and an RBI each. Bradley Dietz, Jordan Jock, Bryce Plante, Zach Schlatcher and Emilio Tassone combined for 5 hits and 2 RBIs.

The Firebirds got another solid performance from Dan Frawley on the mound. In 4 innings of work, Frawley threw 6 strikeouts while allowing 2 runs off of 3 hits. In relief of Frawley, Emilio Tassone threw 2 strikeouts in 3 innings of play.

Phoenix expanded its winning streak when it played Hannibal in a doubleheader.

In the first game, after a competitive first inning, the Firebirds only had a 3-1 lead over the Warriors. Then Phoenix took over from there.

During the next 4 innings, the Firebirds scored 13 unanswered runs to take a 16-1 lead. The Warriors scored again down the stretch but the lead they faced proved to be insurmountable. Phoenix rolled to a 19-2 win over Hannibal.

The Firebirds also came away with a 7-0 win over The Warriors in Game 2 of their doubleheader.

Leading the way for Phoenix was Bryce Plante with 4 hits and 6 RBIs, followed   by Bradley Dietz with 3 hits and 2 RBIs, Codie Corso with 2 hits and 2 RBIs, Dylan Borza and Dan Frawley with 2 hits and an RBI each, while Zach Schlatcher, Emilio Tassone and Zachary Wells added 2 hits each for the Firebirds.

Emilio Tassone led the way for Phoenix on the mound. In 4 innings of work, Tassone threw 5 strikeouts while allowing 1 run off of 4 hits. Following Tassone was Bradley Dietz who threw a strikeout while only a run off of 2 hits in 2 innings of play. Zach Schlatcher pitched during the seventh inning to clinch the save.

The Warriors were led by Sam McCraith and Austin Mattison, who each had a hit and an RBI each against Phoenix. Following McCraith and Mattison were Ethan Straub, Shane Sweeting and Jon Combes with a hit each.

Taber Carter got the start for Hannibal on the mound. In 3 innings of work, Carter threw 1 strikeout while allowing 10 runs off of 8 hits.

Following Carter was Ethan Straub who allowed 9 runs off of 12 hits in 3 and 2/3 innings of play. Troy Landis is credited with pitching 1/3 of an inning.

State Senate Report

By state Sen. Patricia Ritchie

If you’re like me, you’ve had a teacher in your life who has made a significant, lasting impression on you.

Whether he or she taught you your ABCs or impressed upon you some of life’s bigger lessons, like being kind to others, many of us have teachers to thank for the people we have become.

In an effort to recognize teachers who go above and beyond to help their students succeed, I will once again be honoring educators with my “Golden Apple” Award for Teaching Excellence.

Last year, I was able to honor more than 40 educators from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties with this special program. This year, I am excited to recognize a new group of teachers for their dedication and commitment to helping others learn.

Teachers residing in the area I represent — Oswego, Jefferson and part of St. Lawrence County — are eligible for this award. Nomination forms can be found on my website, www.ritchie.nysenate.gov, or you can request that one be mailed to you by calling 782-3418.

All nominations must be received by May 9. All nominees will be recognized at a special ceremony taking place on May 30.

I know how important a quality education is, and I know how hard our educators work to ensure every student succeeds.  That’s why I’ve been working hard to support our region’s schools as well as our teachers.

Recently, the newly-enacted state budget provided $20 million in new funding for schools in the region I represent. This is the largest hike in five years, and nearly three times the increase proposed in January by the governor for Northern and Central New York schools.

It was once said, that a great teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart. I’ve met many of those teachers through my “Golden Apple” award program, and know there are countless others out there.

If you know a teacher who is impacting young lives by enabling students to achieve success, I encourage you to nominate him or her for this special honor.

 

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

Gottschalk
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.

 

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