By Rob Tetro
Looking ahead to the schedule that awaits Phoenix, Gould has highlighted the opponents from rural school districts. He feels his team has an opportunity to be competitive against teams who have programs and budget support similar to Phoenix. But in addition to rural schools, the Firebirds also will have to face teams from suburban school districts well.
Gould said he expects Manlius Pebble Hill to have another strong season, while Christian Brothers Academy and Westhill are in for solid seasons as well.
Returning to varsity competition after an extended hiatus could be a tall order for Phoenix or any other scholastic varsity team in its shoes. The Firebirds take the court as an inexperienced team. For the most part, the team lacks experience at the varsity level. They also have a limited understanding of the fundamentals of the game, which includes proper stroke mechanics.
Phoenix is striving to create interest in its tennis program within the community but sometimes the only way to do so is to show signs of life. However, Gould points out that his team doesn’t take the court without a few notable strengths.
He feels that his team is very enthusiastic, determined to improve and displays a willingness to both listen and learn. The Firebirds are expected to take the lumps that come with being a program returning to the scholastic sports scene. Inexperience aside, Gould strongly feels the strengths his team brings to the table will help them show the potential needed to set the foundation for a solid future.
Submitted by Joe Mannino
The Steelhead Lodge will hosting a Women’s Fly-fishing Weekend May 2 through May 4 on the Salmon River.
The event consists of riverside lodging, home-cooked meals, a seminar led by Vicky Lane, renowned fly fisherwoman, and plenty of time spent fishing the Salmon River.
This is a “hands on” learning experience for women of all ages. More and more women have discovered the joys of fly-fishing.
For more information about the event , visit http://steelheadlodge.com/womensflyfishweekend.html or call 298-4371 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fulton zone changes
Regarding the above mentioned article on page one, of the Saturday April 5, 2014 edition of the Valley News, there was some important information left out of this article, that I feel that the residents of the 6th Ward, City of Fulton should be aware of.
After the Mayor and the Common Council heard concerns from a local Realtor and a landlord, I was given the opportunity to speak on reasons I thought that encouraged the Common Council to act on this zoning change in the 6th Ward.
I’ve mentioned since my campaign that the main concern to the 6th Ward, to which I try to make a difference, is the quality of life that everyone should enjoy from day-to-day.
Unfortunately, I’ll get calls from residents in the 6th Ward, concerning issues such as people arguing over bad drugs they’ve purchased; at 6 a.m. yelling out to each other, in front of certain rental properties.
Also, residents have found beer bottles, cans, used needles, and strewn trash in their yards.
This should not, and will not be tolerated by the good residents that work hard, pay taxes and keep their properties looking great.
While there are great landlords in Fulton, there are still a few landlords who just don’t care, and consequently, the neighborhood surrounding these few undesirable rental properties have to deal with the above issues, sometimes on a daily basis.
As the article did state, future legislation by the Common Council will address the Realtor and the landlords concerns. Also, the Common Council will pass further legislation to try to continually improve the quality of life for the hard-working residents in Fulton.
In the future, I’m hoping that the Valley News will print all the information given, to include that given by the Common Councilors, who have certain issues, pertaining to their respective Wards.
6th Ward Councilor
City of fulton
By state Sen. Patricia Ritchie
It’s often said that opportunity breeds success.
With the passage of the new state budget comes a wide variety of changes aimed at creating new opportunities that will enable all New Yorkers to continue moving forward.
Two weeks ago, I brought you news that my Young Farmers NY plan — aimed at encouraging more young people to enter careers in the agriculture industry — was included in the state’s new spending plan.
This is just one of the initiatives included in the state budget that will help to create more jobs and a better quality of life for those who live in our region.
Additional highlights of the 2014-15 spending plan include:
** New, much-needed tax relief for hardworking families, including lower utility taxes and the return of property tax rebate checks;
** A record $1.1 billion increase in State education aid, helping to ensure all students are set on a pathway for future success;
** More funding to help New Yorkers and their families make college more affordable, including a boost in the maximum tuition assistance program (TAP) award;
** More tax relief that will enable small businesses and manufacturers expand, succeed and create jobs;
** New job training opportunities that will help train workers in an effort to help them attain a bright, rewarding future;
** Critical funding to expand the state’s EPIC program, which helps our state’s senior citizens afford the life-saving medications they need to stay healthy.
As your state senator, my goals have been to revitalize our economy, grow jobs, provide relief for hardworking taxpayers and create new opportunities that all have a shot at attaining.
With the new 2014-15 state budget, we have taken major steps forward towards reaching those goals.
For more information on the new spending plan — and how it affects you and your family — I encourage you to visit my website, www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.
“A very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:8-9
Chuck Warnoc, a small church pastor and regular contributor to Outreach Magazine, in a message titled, “What Kind of King Did You Expect?,” wrote, “If Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was triumphal on Palm Sunday, what went wrong less than a week later?
Why did the crowds who adored Jesus on Sunday, turn on him by Friday of that week?” Both the title and the questions are thought-provoking.
This is especially so in this day when there are so many different ideas and images of just who Jesus really is. Paul implied early on that there would be those who would proclaim a gospel (s) different from the one revealed by Jesus.
Such a perverted gospels would, come from men emanating from the human heart which God long ago warned is, “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.” (Jeremiah 17:9).
Such were the hearts of many in that crowd who greeted Jesus that day He rode into Jerusalem. It was the day we now call Palm Sunday, remembering the palm fronds and garments they used to pave His way.
They had their own idea who Jesus was and what He had come to do. And they were wrong.
A few days later, when they realized that Jesus was not who they had expected Him to be, many turned on Him and joined the crowds crying out for His crucifixion.
Not that their expectations did not seem reasonable to some degree. Certainly the Jewish people were right in their anticipation that a king would come from the line of David. Years before they had heard the rumors that this king had been born in Bethlehem.
And, after all, what do kings do but protect their people from their enemies? In their case it was the occupying Roman forces.
What you might not know is that Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem that day was not the only one the people witnessed. Historians tell us that Pontius Pilate had come to Jerusalem that same day. He knew that the Passover Feast celebrated the deliverance of the Jews from their Egyptian oppressors. He was also aware of the rumors that a King and deliverer had been born of the Jews and there were rumors that Jesus was that king.
That, combined with the increased activity among the Zealots and others, caused Pilate to consider Jerusalem be at ‘Code Red’.
So, though his preferred headquarters was in Caesarea-by-the-Sea, he had traveled with a contingent of his finest military to Jerusalem just in case. On that day of two spectacular entries into Jerusalem, Pilate’s was a show of military might and strength while Jesus’ was meant to demonstrate just the opposite.
But back to the problem of the heart. All that threatening display of might and power on Pilate’s part, along with the heightened awareness that God was doing something spectacular caused many to believe that the deliverer, the Son of David, had come to dramatically overthrow the Roman oppressors and that meant the army which had just arrived.
Their desires for freedom and deliverance, fed by fertile imaginations led them to unbiblical expectations. Jesus was coming to show Rome who God’s people were!
Talk about anticipation and excitement! But a few days later they realized their mistake. Yet having made wrong assumptions, they did not blame themselves as they ought to have done, but rather turned on Jesus.
Oh, how he had let them down. He was, in many eyes, a fraud who had gotten their hopes sky high only to dash them to the ground and so, “Crucify him!!”, they screamed.
What do you do when the Jesus you thought you knew doesn’t do for you as you expected? In your disappointment do you turn away from Him or do you in humility, recognize who it is who was wrong?
The true test of faith and those who prove they have it, are those who remain faithful and obedient even when the Savior disappoints. They recognize that the disappointment resulted not from His lack of love or ability, but from our own desires and expectations that distorted our image of who He is.
Pastor David M. Grey
Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Foster Park.
Find one and begin your collection of stones from the various parks in Fulton. Each day a different park will be highlighted on this Valley News website — find out what the park of the day is and go there to find a stone.
By April 19, folks should have collected 10 stones. Bring them to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park to win a small prize.
With a record-setting run of Willy Wonka, Jr, CNY Arts Center announces open call auditions for You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.
Auditions are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17 and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St. Methodist Church, Fulton (Park Street entrance).
People from seventh grade through college-age are invited to audition for the musical production to be directed and choreographed by Amy Price, with music directed by Dan Williams, and with the same artistic team from Willy Wonka, Jr in place.
“We had a phenomenal response to Willy Wonka, Jr with at least three sell-out performances,” said Nancy Fox, executive producer. “We want to keep the fun going with another musical we think everyone will enjoy, this time with a slightly older cast.“
All the favorite Peanuts characters are in the popular show billed as an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.
The production is scheduled to open June 6 for a two-week run through June16. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.