Wrestling season closes with 1 state champ, three medal winners

By Dan Farfaglia

Last weekend at the Times Union Center in Albany, top high school wrestlers from around New York state assembled to determine who were the best in each weight class for the 2013-2014 season.

Six wrestlers from Oswego County representing Section 3 competed in the two state tournaments.

Fulton`s Mitch Woodworth and Travis Race participated in Division One and Mexico`s Theo Powers, Jake Woolson, Austin Whitney and Trevor Allard took part in Division Two.

Wearing the uniform of their high schools in the medal rounds, four of them placed in this prestigious event, thereby earning a spot at the winners` podium.

The biggest story that came out of the State Capitol is Mexico`s Trevor Allard. He became the first State Champion from his high school in its history.

At 160 pounds, he shocked all of his competitors in his weight class by defeating the number one ranked wrestler, Alex Smythe of Section 6, in the second round of wrestling, in triple overtime. He also won in overtime again, this time over Section 2`s Conner Lawrence in the finals to secure the state wrestling crown.

An enthusiastic Trevor had this to say: “Winning the state tournament exceeded all of my expectations this season. Going into the tournament, all I expected of myself was to wrestle hard and leave it all out on the mat, and if I did, that it’s all I could do … I had been to the tournament so many times before as a spectator, and I knew that even as an 8th seed, anything was possible!”

Earlier in the tournament, Allard defeated Dan Khomitch from Section 5 by a score of 10-4 and also won over Section 4`s Nik Hanson 4-3 in the semi-finals.

Trevor’s teammates, Theo Powers finished in 3rd at 106 pounds and Jake Woolson placed 4th at 170 pounds.

Mexico Wrestling Coach Bill Kays has just completed one of the most successful seasons in his career as a coach.

“All four of our guys wrestled very well and it was nice to see 3 out of 4 on the podium … I felt great for Trevor because he has worked very hard for many years and to be there when he accomplished his dream was a very gratifying feeling” said Kays.

Kays is the recipient of the 2013 – 2014 Section 3 Division 2`s “Coach of the Year” Award.

In Division One, wrestling at 120 pounds, Mitch Woodworth became the third Fulton wrestler in the last decade to earn a medal at this event. He took home 5th place honors.

He got to this point in the tournament by defeating Isaiah Colgan of Section 4 by a 4-3 score in the first round. He lost to the eventual tournament runner up in round two, but then won by a score of 1-0 in double overtime over Section 6`s Donny McCoy, thereby guaranteeing himself a medal.

He lost in his next match to the eventual winner of the 3rd place prize, Benjamin Lamantia from the Catholic Schools Section. He concluded his junior year by pinning Dominic Inzana of Section 2 in the first period.

Of all of the competitors at this tournament this year who hailed from Oswego County, none of them were seniors.

Mexico`s Theo Powers is a sophomore and Fulton’s Travis Race is only a freshman. All the others are juniors. So it`s quite possible that some of these wrestlers may be returning to the NYS tournament again next year.

After having the success he just had, Trevor Allard is wasting no time getting ready for the 2014-2015 season, he concluded: “My plans for next year are to work even harder than I did this year … I hope to be back on top of the NYS podium with a few of my teammates.”

VALLEY VIEWPOINTS: A giving boy, Red Cross Month

A giving boy

A few years ago, a picture and a brief article in The Valley News told us about a young man named Michael Doney, who decided that on his birthday he wanted to give presents rather than receive them.

He wanted to make his birthday special for others.

We were so impressed that someone so young would think of others rather himself on his day of celebration. Subsequently, we interviewed Mikey, his dad Michael, his mother Renee and his brother Walker (when we could slow him down) for an article in The Valley News to tell others about this amazing youngster.

Mikey recently celebrated his 9th birthday, deciding that this year he would make a donation to the Golisano Hospital.  Once again, we were moved and are writing again to tell of his generosity.

The list of items that Mikey brought to the hospital were as follows: 11 boxes of kids’ Band-Aids, three baby rattles, two baby teethers, five coloring books, six sets of crayons, two card games, four activity books, two puzzles, 13 $5 Tim Horton’s gift cards and $70 in cash that was turned into gift cards to be used at the Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream shop at the children’s hospital.

The gift cards go to families to buy ice cream and coffee for parents.

Once again, we want to wish Mikey a very happy birthday and thank him for his unselfishness in thinking of others.

We should all take example of what it truly means to be giving.

Bob & Sandy Weston

Fulton

Red Cross Month

It’s Red Cross Month and we would like to recognize our Everyday Heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need.

These everyday heroes are our volunteers who help disaster victims get on the road to recovery. They give blood to help someone in the hospital.

They brighten the day of an injured service member in a hospital far from home. They take our classes and step forward to help someone having a heart attack or to save a drowning child.

March is also a great time to become part of the Red Cross. It’s easy. Household members can work together on a preparedness plan. People can sign up to take a class or volunteer their time. They can give blood or make a financial donation.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

This year so far in Oswego County, the American Red Cross of CNY responded to 12 local emergencies, assisted 3 military families and trained 45 people in lifesaving skills.

Red Cross Month is observed in dedication of everyone who supports our mission. We are grateful to people for their generosity which enables us to continue our work, and encourage everyone to become an Everyday Hero during Red Cross Month by helping their neighbors.

Danielle D. Hayden

Manager

Oswego Chapter of the American Red Cross

OPINION: It’s Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

By Debra J. Groom

I was reading through some things on my desk and came across a notice that March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

I thought I would toss in my few cents on this subject in hopes of getting a bunch of Oswego County residents off their keisters to get their colons checked out.

The best screening available for colon cancer is the colonoscopy. Yeah, I know, the dreaded colonoscopy. There may be a few of you reading this saying to yourself “Hey, no one is going to put a scope up, well, you know where.”

But listen. It really isn’t that bad. And if it can save you from dying from colon cancer, I’d say, go for it.

I have had five colonoscopies. Colon cancer and colon problems run in my family. Both of my grandfathers had colon cancer. One died from it (back in 1944, before there were the tests and treatments we have today). The other was cured, but he lived with a colostomy for the rest of his life.

My mother had problems with benign colon polyps and my sister has had colon difficulties too. So you can bet your bottom I don’t miss a colonoscopy.

The Centers for Disease Control says colon cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women in the United States. It also is the second-leading cause of death from cancer for men and women combined in the United States.

In 2010 (the most recent year numbers are available), 131,607 people in the United States were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, including 67,700 men and 63,907 women.

A total of 52,045 people in the United States died from colorectal cancer, including 27,073 men and 24,972 women.

But here is the most important statement from CDC:

“Screening can find precancerous polyps — abnormal growths in the colon or rectum — so that they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure. About nine out of every 10 people whose colorectal cancers are found early and treated appropriately are still alive five years later.”

Are you convinced yet?

Well, while the colonoscopy sounds yucky, it really isn’t that bad.

You spend the day before on a liquid diet, which leads to ravenous hunger. But hey, it’s only one day.

You drink some bad-tasting stuff the night before the procedure that makes you spend much of the next few hours on the porcelain throne. But you have to clean out that colon so the doctor can get some clean, pretty pictures.

That part — called the prep — is actually the worst part. And think about it, isn’t it worth it to go through a few hours of discomfort to live to a ripe old age with your colon in tact?

The test itself, I have found, is a breeze. I have always been totally knocked out by the anesthesia — I’ve never felt a thing. After, you lay in the recovery room for a bit, talk to your doctor to see what they found and then off you go. Most people can eat a regular meal not too long after the test is over.

Even with my extensive family history, I have this done only once every five years.

Of course, people should always mention any symptoms they have to their doctors immediately. The CDC lists the symptoms as blood in or on your stool (bowel movement, stomach pain, aches, cramps that don’t go away and losing weight when you don’t know why.

So if you have any symptoms or you’re over 50 and just want to be checked out, celebrate this month by see a gastroenterologist and having a colonoscopy.

I think that’s a small price to pay for life.

Fulton man charged with making meth

A 37-year-old Fulton man was arrested by Oswego police March 4 for a felony count of manufacturing methamphetamine in the third degree.

Ronald E. Recore, of 107 Highland St., Fulton, also was charged with a misdemeanor county of petit larceny for allegedly stealing a Rite Aid brand instant cold compress from the MidTown Plaza earlier in the day.

Oswego police said instant cold compresses contain ammonium nitrate, an ingredient used in the “one pot” method of making methamphetamine.

Recore was arrested after a car he was in was stopped by Oswego Police on East Ninth Street. As a safety precaution, East Ninth Street between East Bridge Street and East Cayuga Street was closed off to all traffic while Oswego City Fire Department stood by on scene.

Recore was being held in jail pending his arraignment. The investigation is continuing and further arrests are likely.

As always, Oswego City Police are asking anyone with information regarding this or any other illegal drug activity to contact them at 342-2283. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oswego City Police Departments tip-line at 342-8131, or email crimewatch@oswegony.org

Lake Ontario water levels lower for 2014

By Debra J. Groom

Early estimates show water levels in Lake Ontario may be a bit lower in 2014 through June than they were in 2013.

A briefing on Great Lakes water levels given this week by the Army Corps of Engineers stated levels for February are 4 inches above last year for the month and near the long-term average for February.

But, long-range forecasts show through May, the lake’s level should be about 2 inches below last year and 2 inches to 4 inches below the long-range average through May.

The level is forecast at 3 inches below average in June and 5 inches to 7 inches below the long-range average in June.

So what does this mean?

Well, right now, no one knows for sure.

Cathy Goodnough is president of the Sandy Pond Channel Maintenance Association, which is charged with keeping an eye on water levels in the Sandy Pond area and ensuring the channel between the pond and the lake is open for boaters.

She said the area still has to see what the ice melt and snow runoff from the areas east of the lake do to the water levels. She said there was so much ice in January the Sandy Pond area flooded.

“We have 24 inches of ice here right now and we got a lot of snow,” she said Thursday.

One positive is the ice buildup at the Sandy Pond area. Goodnough said the channel between Sandy Pond and the lake close dup in January and the ice formation sucked a lot of water and sand out of the channel.

Last summer lake water levels fluctuated from being a little above average to a little below average, with Goodnough characterizing it as not a disaster, but not perfect either.

Residents of the lake shoreline have seen some bad times in previous years, with water levels so low they couldn’t get watr lines in or use their boats.

The International Joint Commission, consisting of U.S. and Canadian officials, regulate Lake Ontario water levels throughout the summer.

The cold and snow of this winter has caused near record conditions on the Great Lakes.

As of March 4, 91 percent of the Great Lakes’ surface was iced over. The lake with the most open water is Lake Ontario, which is ony 43 percent covered by ice.

The Army Corps of Engineers said the only year with more Great Lakes ice was 1979, when they were 94.7 percent ice covered.

Officials said extensive ice cover cuts down on lake water evaporation, so Lake Ontario is open to more water evaporation than the other lakes.

Women’s History Month: Fascinating women in Fulton’s past

By Ashley M. Casey

Those looking to celebrate Women’s History Month need look no further than our own backyard.

With the help of Sue Lane from the Friends of History, The Valley News has uncovered some fascinating ladies who have called Fulton home.

 

Edna Skinner

Best known as Kay Addison on the classic TV show “Mister Ed,” actress Edna Skinner was born in Washington, D.C., May 23, 1921. Her family moved to Fulton, where her father Eugene was the president of Sealright Co.

As a child, Edna suffered from chronic asthma and was not expected to live to adulthood. Her health bounced back under the care of a Lake Placid doctor, and she went on to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

Edna starred as as Ado Annie in the original Broadway production “Oklahoma!” and signed a contract with MGM in 1946.

She also helped sell more than $5 million worth of war bonds to help fund the United States military in World War II.

In 1964, Edna retired from acting and became a world-renowned expert on fly fishing. She wrote more than 280 articles on the subject.

According to variety.com, Skinner “was employed by two fishing equipment manufacturers, for whom she and her companion of more than 40 years, photographer Jean Fish, traveled more than 485,000 miles on fishing trips and to various sports shows.”

Edna Skinner died of heart failure on Aug. 8, 2003, in North Bend, Ore.

 

Betty Ford

Before she became First Lady, Betty Bloomer married William Warren in 1942. The couple moved to Fulton, where William worked for Sealright as a salesman.

The Warrens lived at 409 E. Broadway for nearly a year. Their Fulton neighbors remembered them as “an attractive couple, fun-loving, and an asset to the community,” according to a 1976 newspaper clipping from the Friends of History.

Betty worked on a production line at Birdseye during her time in Fulton.

After five years of marriage, Betty and William divorced. In 1948, Betty married Gerald R. Ford, who became President of the United States upon the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974.

Betty famously struggled with addiction to alcohol and painkillers, which led her to found the Betty Ford Center to treat recovering addicts.

She died at age 93 of natural causes July 8, 2011, in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

 

Marion Dickerman and Nancy Cook

Fellow Syracuse University graduates and early 20th-century feminists Marion Dickerman and Nancy Cook rekindled their college friendship when they both taught at Fulton High School in the early 1900s.

The two women lived together for most of their adult lives and championed women’s causes, including the right to vote and fair labor legislation. They volunteered overseas during World War I, tending to wounded soldiers.

According to the March 24, 1919, edition of The Fulton Patriot, Dickerman spoke in front of the New York State League of Women Voters at a conference in Syracuse.

She was later chosen by the Democratic Party as the first female candidate for the New York State Legislature. She lost to Thaddeus Sweet of Phoenix, N.Y.

Cook was Dickerman’s campaign manager and served as executive secretary of the Women’s Division of the State Democratic Committee for 19 years.

Cook and Dickerman befriended Eleanor Roosevelt through their political activities and helped build the Stone Cottage at Val-Kill, which was part of Roosevelt’s Hyde Park, N.Y., estate.

The three women had a falling out in the late 1930s, but Dickerman and Cook continued to live at Val-Kill until the 1945 death of Eleanor’s husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Cook and Dickerman moved to New Canaan, Conn., where Dickerman was the educational programming director for the Marine Museum.

Cook passed away Aug. 16, 1962, and Dickerman died in Kennett Square, Pa., on May 16, 1983.

County officials work on college chargeback numbers

By Debra J. Groom

Oswego County and Cayuga County officials are working together to try to come up with a solution to funding inadequacies for Cayuga Community College.

Last year, during 2014 county budget deliberations, county officials found out their chargeback for Cayuga Community College was increasing 85 percent. Oswego County’s budgeted chargeback for all community colleges increased from about $4 million in 2013 to $5.4 million in 2014.

A chargeback is the amount the county pays to each community college attended by Oswego County residents. The colleges use the money for their basic operations.

“The chargeback is an unfunded State mandate charged to taxpayers on their property tax bills,” said Oswego County Administrator Philip Church.

In 2013, Oswego County paid $2.8 million to CCC, about $1 million to Onondaga Community College and $221,000 to Jefferson Community College. The county also pays for one student who attends the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

A large majority of the county’s community college attendees go the CCC, either at its main campus in Auburn or at the campus in Fulton. The large increase from 2013 to 2014 was due to CCC officials overestimating how many students they would have in 2013, which made Oswego County’s chargeback smaller.

So the chargeback increased for 2014 to make up for what should have been paid in 2013.

County Legislator Terry Wilbur, R-Hannibal, legislature majority leader and chair of the legislature’s finance and personnel committee, said Oswego County’s biggest concern with the chargebacks is the county has no say in the running or operations of CCC, yet it still has to pay a huge sum of money to the college each year.

“It isn’t a level playing field,” Wilbur said. “It is taxation without representation.”

As it stands now, no one from Oswego County is on the CCC board of trustees. “If we have to pay, we should have a say,” Wilbur said. “How do we solve that situation?”

Wilbur said CCC officials, including interim President Gregory T. DeCinque, have listened to the concerns of Oswego County officials. Any change in the makeup of the CCC board would have to be approved by the State University of New York board.

To date, CCC has agreed to set up an Oswego County Advisory Board, Church said. There will be no voting power concerning actions at CCC, but the board members, including Church and Wilbur, will be able to make issues and concerns known to CCC officials.

The other way Oswego County would have more of a say in the issue would be to create a regional community college.

Wilbur said DeCinque has a strong background in creating regional colleges as he led Jamestown Community College through regionalization at his last job.

Regionalization would create a college that serves an entire region and isn’t aligned to just one county, such as Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Finger Lakes Community College, Adirondack Community College, Tompkins-Cortland Community College or Hudson Valley Community College.

Church said regionalization “has been looked at on and off” for a few years, but nothing solid has taken shape.

The chargebacks paid by counties are computed with a complex formula based on the number of students in the county attending a particular community college. That amount goes toward the college’s operating costs.

There also is a portion of the chargeback that goes toward capital charges and is restricted by law for use only on capital debt, construction or capital project repairs.

Ruth S. Hagen, owned Mexico 5&10, served on Mexico village board

Ruth S. Hagen, 94, beloved and cherished mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died peacefully at the Meadowbrook Nursing Home March 2, 2014.

She was born Ruth Hazel Savage, the daughter of John and Hazel Savage, May 15, 1919 in Brooklyn, N.Y. She graduated from Rochester Business School in 1939.

In 1941, she married William Henry Hagen (who died in 1998), with whom she had four children: Ruth Hagen Mowry (David) of Plattsburgh, N.Y., William Hagen Jr. (Kathleen McCartney) of Northampton, Mass., James Hagen (Suzanne) of Temple, Texas  and Peter Hagen (Bonnie Savage)  of Fulton, N.Y.

She served as a member of the Fulton and Mexico PTAs. In Mexico, where she raised her family, she was an active member of the Methodist Church.

She owned and operated the Mexico 5&10 where she daily greeted her many friends in the community. She also served as a member the Village Board.

She held various professional positions. She retired as secretary to the school psychology department at SUNY Oswego in 1978 and was a member of CSEA.

She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She will be remembered as someone quick to extend a helping hand, a warm hug, and an engaging conversation.

For the past seven years, she was a resident of the Vilas Home, Plattsburgh, N.Y.

In addition to her children, she is survived by three brothers, Jack Savage (Vera) of Clearwater, Fla., David (Dorothy) of Leesburg, Fla. and Tom (Evelyn) of Mexico, N.Y.; grandchildren: Melissa Mowry, Pres Hagen, Sam Hagen, Susan Hagen, Sarah Hagen, Kaitlin Strovink, Kim Strovink, Amanda Adamay and Sadie Adamay; and five great grandchildren: Helen Hale-Mowry, Alex Hale-Mowry, Henry Eminger, Penny Eminger  and Scarlet Sansone.

A memorial service will be held at the Methodist Church in Mexico at a date to be announced. Donations in her memory may be made to the Vilas Home, Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Heald Funeral Home, 48 Court St., Plattsburgh.

To light a candle or leave an online condolence, please visit healdfuneralhomeinc.com

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