Earth Week clean ups in the Fulton-Oswego area

City school board candidates announced

The candidates have been announced for school board elections in Fulton and Oswego and for the Fulton Public Library board of trustees.

FULTON: Four seats are open. Running are:

Incumbent Barbara Hubbard, Timothy Crandell, incumbent David Cordone, Pamela Parker and Robert Briggs.

The four persons receiving the most votes during the May 20 election will serve three-year terms beginning in July.

Voters will also select the Fulton Public Library’s board of trustees. Seven seats are open and there are nine candidates:

Kelly Nickerson, Thomas Brown, Nicole Baldwin, Carolyn Mosier, Robert Vayner, Patricia Kush, Ellen Himes, LaVerne DeLand and Dennis Casey.

OSWEGO: Three seats open. Five persons are running. They are:

Thomas Dehm, incumbent John Dunsmoor, Brian Haessig, incumbent Michael McLaughlin and incumbent Samuel Tripp.

The three persons receiving the most votes during the May 20 election will serve three-year terms beginning in July.

Nine Mile 2 back on line after refueling

Operators returned Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station Unit 2 to full power today after successfully completing the station’s spring refueling outage that began in late March.

During the planned outage, roughly 2,200 employees and highly-skilled supplemental workers performed thousands of inspections, maintenance activities, tests and technology upgrades while replacing one-third of the reactor’s fuel. Many of the activities performed during the outage cannot be accomplished while the plant is generating electricity and all are designed to ensure continued safe and reliable operations.

“We work hard all year to plan and execute safe and effective refueling outages and this year was no exception,” said Chris Costanzo, site vice president. “I’m proud of our team for executing another safe outage and I’m thankful to the many local residents who supported us during this busy time.”

Unit 1 continued to operate during the Unit 2 outage. Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station is located in Scriba.

Basketball league signups begin today

Registration for Fulton men’s summer basketball leagues will be held beginning today.

Registration is from 6 to 8 p.m. April 30; 6 to 8 p.m. Monday May 5; 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday May 7; 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday May 13; and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday May 15.

Registration will take place at the Fulton War Memorial. Anyone interested in entering a team must pick up a team package on one of the above dates.

The divisions are: Open A League on Mondays; Open Upper B on Mondays; Open C on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

The Open A and B league games are played on Mondays with some on Tuesdays starting June 2 and ending the third week in August.

The Open Upper C and C leagues play on Tuesday or Wednesday starting June 3 and ending the third week of August.

All leagues consist of 10 regular season games with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs.

Last year the leagues filled fast so register early. The deadline to register is May 15.

Anyone who has not paid his team sponsorship by May 15 will not be guaranteed a spot in the league until the fee is paid.

For more information, call Jerry Schremp at 592-8505.

2 locals win medals in Taekwondo

Pictured with Taekwondo America’s school owner Master Leo Pryor are NY State Championships medalists, assistant instructor Jordan Ketcham and Caden Burnswick.
Pictured with Taekwondo America’s school owner Master Leo Pryor are NY State Championships medalists, assistant instructor Jordan Ketcham and Caden Burnswick.

On Saturday, March 15, Master Leo Pryor, owner and head Instructor of Taekwondo America in Oswego, and assistant instructor Bernadett Pryor, accompanied their students to Queens College in New York City to participate in the 2014 New York State Championships.

Students started preparing for this event months ago and their efforts paid off.

Caden Burnswick, 6, earned a silver medal in the NY State Sparring Competition and began his Taekwondo training in October of 2012. Caden enjoys all aspects of Taekwondo, but sparring and board breaking are his favorite.

Jordan Ketcham, 17, is a student at Cayuga Community College where she tutors for math part time. She is also employed as an assistant instructor at Master Pryor’s TaeKwondo. Ketcham is a second Degree Black Belt, and earned a gold medal in the NY State Poomse Competition.

She has been training for nearly seven years and is working towards her Third Degree Black Belt. She plans to attend the national qualifiers May 20-22 in Buffalo.

Taekwondo training is an excellent way to fitness, fun and self discipline, Taekwondo is not only for children, adults of all ages can benefit from the exercise and conditioning Taekwondo offers It is a wonderful family activity.

For more information, call Oswego TAEKWONDO AMERICA Head Instructor Master Leo Pryor at 342-2470 or visit the website at

Richard J. Ciaramella, construction worker

Richard Joseph Ciaramella, 70, of Oswego died Thursday April 24 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born to the late Anthony and Dorothy (Gronau) Ciaramella.

Mr. Ciaramella worked in construction for several years.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and watching television.

Mr. Ciaramella was pre-deceased by his son David Ciaramella.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years,  Dorothy Ciaramella of Oswego; one son Kevin (Amelia) Ciaramella of PA; five step-children, William Babcock of Pulaski, Patricia Cameron of WA, Cynthia Valensuela of NC, Richard Babcock of Altmar, NY, Thomas Babcock of Altmar, NY; two sisters, Frances Hibbert of Oswego, Antoinetta Stevens of Fulton; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Burial will be held privately.

Calling hours were Friday at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego

Franklin LaDeau, former Boy Scout leader, district commissioner

Franklin LaDeau, 76, of Sterling, passed away on Thursday, April 24 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse after a sudden illness.

A native of Glens Falls, he lived in Sterling since 2000. Frank retired in 2000 from Finch, Pruyn & Co. in Glens Falls after 13 years and previously worked at Ciba-Geigy in Glens Falls for many years.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge #1763 in Wolcott and was a former Boy Scout Troup Leader, District Commissioner and recipient of the Boy Scout Wood Badge Beads.

Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Barbara LaDeau of Sterling; three step-sons, Robert (Ellen) Kidwell of FL, Richard (Leigh) Kidwell of NJ and Stephen Kidwell of Ballston Spa and nine grandchildren.

Calling hours are from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fair Haven Fire Department Ambulance Squad, 14447 Short Cut Road, Fair Haven, NY 13064.

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