Joseph Runeari, spring burial

Joseph Runeari, 99, of Fulton, died Feb. 2.

A committal service and burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9 at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton with the Rev. John Canorro officiating.

The Fulton VFW Post #569 will bestow military honors.

The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton has care of the arrangements.

Marie E. Lake, nurse, fitness instructor

marie lakeMarie E. Lake, 83, of Scriba, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away Friday morning May 2.

A lifelong resident of Oswego, born March 7, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Zell and Doris Hall.

Marie graduated from Milford Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Delaware in 1951. She went on to obtain her master’s degree and graduated in one of the first nationwide nurse clinician programs in 1975.

She started her career at Oswego Hospital and went on to teach nursing in Georgetown, Delaware and Oswego County BOCES.  After a life changing event, Marie devoted herself to teaching fitness and opened Lake Fitness Studio in Scriba.

She was a very spiritual person and a Master Reiki practitioner. She also taught yoga and tai chi classes.

She was an active RSVP volunteer and taught line dancing classes throughout Oswego County. She and her husband were members of the Shirts and Skirts square dancing club, in which she hand crafted their costumes.

Surviving are her loving husband, Elijah “Laker” Lake, Jr.; children, Victoria Agosta, Melissa Dawson, Benjamin (Lesa) Ellerd and Christopher Ellerd; step-children, Eli (Ann) Lake, Peter (Madonna) Lake, Loraine (Don) Titus and Jason Lake; grandchildren, Vincent (Becky) Agosta, Kimberly (Mark) Salerno, Melanie Cabrera, William Dawson, Kelly (Kerry) Maguire and Mackenzie Ellerd as well as eight great-grandchildren.

She also leaves her beloved dog, Mary and her dearest friends, Michelle Parrish and Betty Murphy.

Marie was predeceased by her sisters, Jean Giambo and Ann Lamphear and her grandson, Benjamin Ellerd IV.

A memorial service was held May 6 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.  There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Oswego County Animal Welfare League (OCAWL) at www.ocawl-spca.org  or P.O. Box 442 Fulton, NY 13069.

 

Pritchards celebrate 65th anniversary

Warren and Catherine Pritchard will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary May 6.  They were married on May 6, 1949 in Oswego. They bought a farm in Sterling where they raised six children: Carol (Beck), Diane (Rupert), John, Ed, Gerry and Bill.  They now have nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  Warren was a muck farmer, specializing in onions.  He also raised beef cattle. Catherine sold Dutchmaid clothes, and is still remembered as the “Dutchmaid Lady”.  Please wish Warren and Catherine a Happy Anniversary.
Warren and Catherine Pritchard will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary May 6. They were married on May 6, 1949 in Oswego. They bought a farm in Sterling where they raised six children: Carol (Beck), Diane (Rupert), John, Ed, Gerry and Bill. They now have nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Warren was a muck farmer, specializing in onions. He also raised beef cattle. Catherine sold Dutchmaid clothes, and is still remembered as the “Dutchmaid Lady”. Please wish Warren and Catherine a Happy Anniversary.

SUNY Oswego junior wins nationwide honor

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Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents committed to civic responsibility and community engagement, has named SUNY Oswego junior Garrison Kingston winner of a 2014 Newman Civic Fellows Award.

Kingston, a broadcasting and mass communication major, was among 197 student leaders from colleges and universities in 36 states and Washington, D.C., that Campus Compact honored for commitment to “creating lasting change in communities throughout the country.”

For four semesters, including the last year as leader of a 10-student team, Kingston has participated for SUNY Oswego with the Oswego City School District  Mentor-Scholar Program, working one-on-one with middle school students at risk of dropping out before finishing high school.

“With a strong passion for education and dedication to social justice, Garrison Kingston has taken initiative to improve the mentoring programs offered through SUNY Oswego,” the Campus Compact said in a citation.

Patricia Waters, the college’s interim director of experiential learning, said Kingston has been “just remarkable” since she first met him as a new mentor seeking college credit for working with city youngsters who need academic and social guidance.

“Garrison never hesitates to jump in and move above and beyond his required commitment,” said Waters, who nominated Kingston.

For example, Waters said, Kingston volunteered for Skype sessions with a class of third-graders, and helped greet them when the students came to campus April 9 for Quest, SUNY Oswego’s annual daylong celebration of scholarly and creative activities.

The Campus Compact citation said Kingston’s leadership role this year “has enabled Garrison to put into practice the skill he naturally possesses for positively motivating and influencing those around him.”

Kingston, a resident of Geneseo, said Mentor-Scholar really hit home from him when a boy he mentors wrote in a “heroes and leaders” letter about how much Kingston’s scholastic and social guidance meant to him.

“I was touched. It affected me,” Kingston said. “I felt I was doing something good to help someone.”

A resident adviser in Scales Hall, Kingston plans to be a community assistant in the Village on campus, a Laker Leader again at this summer’s new-student orientation sessions and he continues to work with young man who regards him as a “hero and leader.”

Kingston also belongs to the Shaun Cassidy Fan Club, an improv comedy troupe on campus, and has had internships with the Oswego YMCA and the college’s communication studies department.

To learn more about service learning and community service opportunities at SUNY Oswego — named to the Carnegie Foundation’s prestigious Community Engagement Classification — visit www.oswego.edu/academics/opportunities.

Phoenix softball goes 3-3 in last 6 games

 By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity softball team won 3 out of its last 6 games and now has a 3-7 overall record.

The Lady Firebirds cruised past Hannibal in both games of an April 17 doubleheader. Weedsport knocked off Phoenix, 7-0 April 21. On April 22, the Lady Firebirds held off Skaneateles, 10-8.

Jordan-Elbridge topped Phoenix, 13-7 in Game 1 of an April 26 tournament. In Game 2, county foe Mexico tripped up the Lady Firebirds, 8-3.

In the first Hannibal game, the Lady Firebirds jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and the pulled ahead in the second inning, scoring 15 unanswered run en route to a 16-0 win.

The Lady Firebirds rolled past Hannibal in Game 2, 25-2.

Hannibal was led by Malana Scott with  a hit against Phoenix. Kurstin Hammond led the Lady Warriors on the mound, allowing 16 runs off 8 hits in 2 innings of work.

Leading the way for the Lady Firebirds were Megan Brown and Cheyenne Wilson with 2 hits and 2 RBI each, followed by Skyler Mace with 2 hits and an RBI and  Alicia Midlar and Jada Jackowski with a hit and RBI each. On the mound, the Lady Firebirds were led by Megan Brown, who had 7 strikeouts and allowed 1 hit in 3 innings of play.

In the Weedsport game, Weedsport jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. After a scoreless second inning, Weedsport scored during the third inning to take a 2-0 lead.

The score remained the same until the sixth inning, when Weedsport scored 5 runs to cap off a 7-0 win.

The Lady Firebirds were led by Megan Brown and Jada Jackowski with a hit each. Cheyenne Wilson pitched 3 innings, striking out 2 while allowing 2 runs off 4 hits. In relief, Megan Brown threw 5 strikeouts while allowing 5 runs in 3 innings of work.

The Lady Firebirds took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning against Skaneateles.  After Skaneateles stormed ahead, Phoenix scored to cut the lead to 4-2 during the bottom of the third inning. Skaneateles maintained a 2-run lead after both teams scored 3 runs each during the fourth inning.

The Lady Firebirds pulled ahead during the fifth inning, scoring 3 runs to take a 9-7 lead over Skaneateles. Both teams scored a run each during the sixth inning but Skaneateles was unable to get any closer as Phoenix escaped with a 10-8 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Firebirds was Megan Brown with 3 hits and an RBI.  Following Brown was Jada Jackowski with 2 hits and an RBI, Cheyenne Wilson had 3 hits, Shannon Dolan chipped in 2 hits and Taylor Chesbro, Gabrielle Esposito and Skyler Mace combined for 2 hits and an RBI.

Megan Brown pitched a complete game for the Lady Firebirds, throwing 17 strikeouts while allowing 8 runs (4 earned) off 2 hits.

In the Jordan-Elbridge game, the teams were scoreless after the first inning. The the Eagles jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second.

After a scoreless third inning, Phoenix answered back, outscoring J-E 4-1 during the fourth inning to cut the lead to 5-4.  The Lady Firebirds went on to tie the game at 5 during the fifth inning.

Then J-E put the game out of reach in the sixth inning, outscoring Phoenix 8-1 to take a 13-6 lead. Phoenix was able to score once more during the seventh inning but that was as close as they could get as J-E won 13-7.

The Lady Firebirds were led by Shannon Dolan with 2 hits and 2 RBI, followed by Megan Brown with 2 hits and an RBI,  Skyler Mace with a hit and an RBI, Isabella Garofalo with 2 hits and Alicia Midlar and Kimberly Holbrook with 1 hit each.

On the mound, Phoenix was led by Cheyenne Wilson who threw 7 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings pitched, while allowing 9 runs (4 earned) off 9 hits.

Megan Brown pitched in relief of Wilson with 2 strikeouts while allowing 4 runs (3 earned) off 1 hit in 1 2/3 innings of work.

In the Mexico game,  the Lady Tigers took a 2-0 lead over Phoenix in the second inning. Following a scoreless third inning, Mexico added to its lead in the fourth,  scoring 3 more runs to take a 5-0 lead.

Phoenix cut into Mexico’s lead during the fifth, outscoring Mexico 2-1 to cut the lead to 6-2. But Mexico put the game away down the stretch, outscoring Phoenix 2-1 during the sixth to come away with a 8-3 win.

Leading the way for Mexico was Kendra Harter with 2 hit, followed by Victoria Lee, Brooke Wills and Brianne Jessmore with a hit each. Kennedy Lamb pitched a complete game for Mexico with 3 strikeouts while allowing 5 runs off 3 hits.

Phoenix was led by Jada Jackowski with a hit and an RBI, followed by Megan Brown, Taylor Chesbro, Skyler Mace and Alicia Midlar with a hit each. On the mound, Megan Brown pitched a complete game, throwing 10 strikeouts while allowing 8 runs off 5 hits.

Phoenix began its season 0-4, with losses to Solvay 19-0, Westhill 20-9, Bishop Ludden 8-4 and Skaneateles 5-1.

In the Solvay game, Solvay jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and then kept piling it on for the 19-0 win. Kimberly Holbrook, Garbrielle Esposito and Megan Brown led Phoenix with a hit each. Megan Brown and Cheyenne Wilson pitched.

Westhill already was leading by 11-0 in the third inning in its game against Phoenix. The Lady Firebirds began to battle back in the fifth and sixth innings, but could not overcome Westhill.

Leading Phoenix were Jada Jackowski, Cheyenne Wilson and Skyler Mace. Wilson also pitched.

The Lady Firebirds built an early lead over Ludden, but then Ludden scored 8 unanswered runs and Phoenix couldn’t overcome the lead. Taylor Chesbro, Skyler Mace, Shannon Dolan, Kimberly Holbrook and Jada Jackowski led the Lady Firebirds while Megan Brown threw a complete game.

Against Skaneateles, the Lakers led after four innings and didn’t look back. Megan Brown had the lone hit against the Lakers and she also pitched a complete game, with 17 strikeouts.

Special needs soccer set to begin

Shown from left to right are Oswego Youth Soccer Association Board Member Gary Mace; volunteer Matt Mace; participants Madalyn and Evelyn Rupert; and volunteer Claudia Chetney.
Shown from left to right are Oswego Youth Soccer Association Board Member Gary Mace; volunteer Matt Mace; participants Madalyn and Evelyn Rupert; and volunteer Claudia Chetney.

As the spring soccer season is underway for many area youth, so begins the second season for children with special needs at the Richard Benjamin Soccer Complex in Oswego.

What started out last year as a Girl Scout Silver Project by then seventh-grader Claudia Chetney, has now taken off under the direction of Chetney, many other young soccer players and coaches affiliated with Oswego Youth Soccer Association.

“Giving these kids the opportunity to enjoy the game of soccer was the plan when I started this last year,” Chetney said. “But what I realized was that my teammates, friends and adults who helped each week were having as much fun as the participants so that it was just easy to say let’s keep this program going.”

The same rules apply to this year’s soccer session. “We don’t worry so much about rules, regulations, penalties, winning or losing, we just have fun,” Chetney said.

Last year’s program saw about 30-40 children each week, where they participated in small scrimmages, fun soccer games and even wheelchair soccer play.

The soccer session is just one part of a program called “Doing it Our Way,” organized out of the Parents of Special Children Office in Fulton.

The program was developed to allow special needs individuals tp participate in sports and other organized activities.

“Doing it Our Way” also provides opportunities for kids of all ages and abilities to play basketball, baseball, dance and be a cheerleader.

With the continued support of the Oswego Youth Soccer Association board of directors, which has made its facilities available, and the help of many adult coaches, and youth soccer players, children of all ages and abilities will be able to participate once again in soccer this spring.

The six-week session begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Richard Benjamin Sports complex located behind the Oswego Middle School.

Anyone interested in signing their child up for the upcoming soccer session may contact the Parents of Special Children office at 598-7672.

Volunteers are still needed to help with coaching and providing help to children on the field. Email Chetney at cchetney@oswego.org if you can help.

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