Fulton teams receive Scholar/Athlete awards

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has recognized the seven varsity winter athletic teams in the Fulton City School District.

The association presented Scholar/Athlete Team Awards to the following teams: Girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, girls’ bowling, ice hockey, boys’ indoor track, girls’ indoor track, and boys’ swimming.

To receive the NYSPHSAA’s scholar distinction, the team average must be 90 percent or higher during the season.

3 achieve first-degree black belts

Three students at Oswego’s Taeskwondo America recently received their first degree black belts during the 2013 Winter Black Belt Test Feb. 1 and 2 at Oswego High School.

Caitlin Lilly, Madison Malone and Kiara Barton tested for their first degree black belt and Assistant Instructor Bernadet Pryor tested for her third degree black belt.

Kiara Barton is 8 years old and the daughter of Jell Barton of Oswego. Kiara is a third-grade student at Fitzhugh Park Elementary in Oswego and is also involved in competitive dance and figure skating.

Kiara says her Taekwondo training has been a great place to learn self-defense and build self confidence, but also  make friends and just have fun.

Madison Malone, 12, is daughter of Julie Malone, and a sixth-grader at Fitzhugh Park Elementary. Madison said she enjoys krafting, riding her bike, swimming and sleeping when she’s not doing Taekwondo.

Madison says being involved in the Taekwondo school has provided her with a place where she’s learned self-control, respect and self defense, while at the same time, she’s had fun and made new friends.

Caitie Lilly, 11, is a sixth-grader at Kingsford Park Elementary in Oswego and is the daughter of Dawn and Marty Lilly of Oswego. Caitie is also involved in Girl
Scouts, plays basketball with the St. Paul Youth Basketball Leprechaun League and is also on the St. Paul’s Travel Team.

Caitlyn also finds time to play an instrument in the Kingsford Park Concert Band and is also a member of the student council. Miss Lilly says her Taekwondo training has been fun but it has also helped her build her self confidence.

Every four months, black belts from the Central and Northern New York Taekwondo schools gather and are provided the opportunity to further their advancement and training as black belts.

Once a student obtains a black belt, continued advancement as a black belt is accomplished by “Tip Testing.”

Each student tests his or her skills and knowledge of their Taekwondo curriculum and in turn earns a corresponding “colored tip” (a colored band affixed to a student’s belt indicating their level of achievement). The colored bands, in order, are yellow, green, blue, red, and brown.

A black belt student “Tip Tests” every six months, and after three years, and six “Tip Tests” later, a student is eligible to “Dan Test” — Fifth Dan is considered “Master” level.

Advancement beyond “Master Instructor” is achieved by one’s dedication and involvement in the art of Taekwondo and is at the discretion of an organization’s Grand Master.

In order to be eligible to test for first degree black belt, a student must study and train for a minimum of three years and demonstrate a proficiency in and knowledge of several Poomses (or forms), and numerous self defense, sparring and board breaking techniques.

Taekwondo training places a strong emphasis on respect, personal development and achievement, both physically and emotionally.  Both adults and children immediately benefit from the structure and energy Taekwondo offers, challenging each and every student to be their best and always demonstrate respect towards others.

Taekwondo America students train under Grand Master Sam Kim and Master Sung C. Kim of Rochester. Grand Master Sam Kim is one of the highest ranking black belts in the United States and his Taekwondo involvement as a Grand Master is recognized world wide.

For further information call Leo Pryor, head instructor at Taekwondo America, 135 E. Bridge St., Oswego, at 342-2470 or visit the website at www.oswegotkdamerica.com.

The Sportsman’s World — Crossbow Hunting

By Leon Archer

It seemed like the crossbow bill was going to die in the Assembly again this year.

It had been heavily resisted by a small faction of bow hunters and various anti-hunting groups, but large numbers of sportsmen deluged the Senate and Assembly members with calls, emails and letters.

In the end, the law was passed.

As I wrote a few weeks ago, the time for this change in New York’s conservation law was long overdue. We now become one of 28 states with some form of crossbow hunting.

It isn’t perfect yet from what I’ve heard, because it was not made legal during (all) seasons when bows may be used for hunting. I am of the opinion that this illogical omission will be corrected in the next year or two, clearing the final hurdle.

It has been a long struggle – certainly longer than it should have been for such an innocuous piece of legislation.

The final step will no doubt be introduced next year, and before long, the crossbow will be an accepted weapon during any season.

In spite of bow hunters dire predictions and fears that the woods will be over-run with crossbow hunters, when the finish line is finally crossed, they will notice little or no difference as they pursue their own form of hunting with a bow.

Peace will come in a very short time, and this tempest in a teapot will settle down and no longer be a divisive topic for sportsmen.

It is my belief that the reason the crossbow did not cross that final hurdle this year was the legislators were seeking a compromise that would mollify both the crossbow and non-crossbow hunters, but in reality, they didn’t really please either party. Let’s hope next year they get it right.

Personally, I don’t have an iron in this fire. I don’t intend to buy a crossbow, and I would be unlikely to hunt with one during an early season even if there were one to hunt in.

I still like duck hunting too much to sit in the woods waiting for a deer to walk by. I will hunt with a bow for a few days this coming fall, because my grandson, Nathaniel, will be old enough to hunt deer with a bow, and he needs me to go with him. I’ll carry a bow just in case the unlikely takes place and I have a chance at a big buck. Nathaniel’s opportunity is the number one priority.

Nate and I will be practicing this summer in order to be prepared should that moment arrive when he is able to join the ranks of successful Archer, archer deer hunters. Knowing Nathaniel as I do, it will happen.

If you are one of the many hunters who have been waiting for the crossbow to be legalized in New York state, don’t forget to send a thank you to our legislators, especially to the leaders of the Senate and Assembly.

I expect those few bow hunters who were the most opposed to the new law will be sending notes voicing their displeasure. It would be good to let those people in Albany know that they got at least one thing right this year.

My son tells me the grass is starting to peek through since warm weather broke out. I don’t think there is much grass showing in Redfield, but it will happen.

I missed getting out on the trout opener. I hope those of you who were able to go fishing had a great day. I thought about you out here in Washington. I will be out there fishing with you very soon.

Hannibal spring sports schedule

Here is the spring varsity sports schedule submitted courtesy of the Hannibal Central School District.

All dates and times are subject to change.


April 7,  Marcellus   4:15 p.m.

April 9, at Pulaski  4:30 p.m.

April 12, Mexico (Doubleheader) noon

April 15,  Jordan-Elbridge 11 a.m.

April 16, Phoenix (Doubleheader), 11 a.m.

April 22, at APW, 4:30 p.m.

April 23,  Fulton   4 p.m.

April 25, Red Creek  4 p.m.

April 28, at Cazenovia  4:45 p.m.

April 30, at Solvay  4:30 p.m.

May 2,  Westhill  4:30 p.m.

May 6, at Marcellus  4:15 p.m.

May 7,   APW  4:30 p.m.

May 12, Skaneateles 4:30 p.m.

May 13,  Pulaski 4:30 p.m.

May 16, at Jordan-Elbridge  4:30 p.m.


April 7,  Marcellus  4:15 p.m.

April 11, at Bishop Ludden  4:30 p.m.

April 15,  Jordan-Elbridge 11 a.m.

April 16, Phoenix (Doubleheader)     11 a.m.

April 22, at APW  4:30 p.m.

April 23, Fulton  4 p.m.

April 28, at Cazenovia  4:45 p.m.

April 30, at Solvay  4:30 p.m.

May 2, Westhill  4:30 p.m.

May 6, at Marcellus  4:15 p.m.

May 7, APW  4:30 p.m.

May 10, Fulton (Doubleheader) at Oswego (Legend Field)  10 a.m.

May 12, Skaneateles  4:30 p.m.

May 16, at Jordan-Elbridge  4:30 p.m.

Boys Track & Field

April 9,  ITC  4:30 p.m.

April 12, at Jordan-Elbridge 10 a.m.

April 14,  Westhill Steeplechase  6 p.m.

April 21, Tully Invitational  4 p.m.

April 23, Phoenix  4:30 p.m.

April 26, Hannibal Invitational, 10 a.m.

April 30, APW, 4:30 p.m.

May 2, Oswego County Invitational   (Oswego)  4 p.m.

May 5, Westhill Steeplechase  6 p.m.

May 7,  Jordan-Elbridge  4:30 p.m.

May 12, OHSL Liberty Meet (Marcellus)      5 p.m.

May 22, Section 3 Class B-2 (Marcellus)         4 p.m.

May 29, Section 3 State Qualifier      (CNS) TBD

Girls Track & Field

April 9,  ITC  4:30 p.m.

April 12, at Jordan-Elbridge  10 a.m.

April 14, Westhill Steeplechase  6 p.m.

April 21, Tully Invitational   4 p.m.

April 23, Phoenix, 4:30 p.m.

April 26, Hannibal Sports Boosters Inv       itational   10 a.m.

April 30, APW  4:30 p.m.

May 2, Oswego County (Central Square)  4:30 p.m.

May 5, Westhill Steeplechase  6 p.m.

May 7, Jordan-Elbridge 4:30 p.m.

May 9, Fulton Athletic Sports Boosters Invitational  4:30 p.m.

May 12, OHSL Freedom and Liberty Champ (Marcellus) 5 p.m.

May 20, Section 3 Class B1 and B2 Champ  (Marcellus) 4:30 p.m.

May 29, Section 3 NYS Qualifier       (CNS) 4 p.m.

June 6 and 7, New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships  (CNS)  TBD

Maroun supports St. Baldrick’s

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

For the eighth time in his 17 years of teaching in the Phoenix Central School District, Matt Wieczorek is sporting a shaved head in support of childhood cancer research.

The fourth-grade teacher has been participating in the annual St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser for nearly a decade to help fund life-saving studies in childhood cancer treatment. With a lofty goal of $5,000, Wieczorek reached out to friends, family, the school district and the Phoenix community, and the results were overwhelming, he said.

“I was blown away by the outpouring of tremendous support I received last year when everyone helped me crush my goal of raising $3,500,” Wieczorek said, noting that the support was even stronger in 2014. “I don’t know if people think it’s just me using a phrase that ‘you can’t thank people enough,’ but between the support I’ve received from friends outside of the district and the people within the district … it’s pretty wonderful.”

Students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School even got in on the fundraising action with Bald is Beautiful Day, resulting in an extra $660 for childhood cancer research. The youngsters were encouraged to donate to the fundraising efforts and, in return, they could wear a hat during the school day. Decked out in all types of hats, from traditional baseball caps to whacky winter hats, students showed their support in any way they could to push the teacher closer to his goal.

When it was Wieczorek’s turn to have his head shaved March 30, he had nearly reached his goal by collecting $4,720.

“All I do is lose hair, but everyone else hands over money,” he said. “I don’t think they realize that they are the ones actually doing the work. I just show up and get my head shaved. Without them I’d just be some goofy-looking bald guy.”

The teacher wasn’t the only one with Phoenix ties who received the bald treatment March 30. Wieczorek’s former student Mary Bergman joined him in the head-shaving fundraiser.

“It’s great to see so many people help this cause,” Wieczorek said. “It’s even better when I see former students being so selfless and donating their time, money and efforts.”

Senior class victorious in yearlong battle of the classes at Birdlebough

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

A yearlong school-wide battle for bragging rights at John C. Birdlebough High School culminated with a senior class victory in the Battle of the Classes March 28 during Spirit Week.

Throughout the school year, each class earned points for various service projects and for displaying school spirit.

Although the freshman class had the most points headed into the recent battle, the seniors scored enough points during the Battle of the Classes to propel them to the top of the leader board.

With much pomp and circumstances, students filed into the high school gym to root on their classmates.

Divided into four groups — with freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors each relegated to their own section — Firebird pride was evident as students erupted in cheers throughout the multipart competition.

“The point of Spirit Week is to end our school year with a unity of the classes, coming together as a group of Firebirds and family,” said senior class adviser Lisa Spereno.

The event did just that, as students competed in events such as cup stacking, scooter races, an obstacle course and tug-of-war.

For the seasoned veterans in the senior class, a common theme emerged as they tallied first-place finishes in four of the five events to edge out the freshmen. The juniors finished in third place, followed by the sophomore class.


Masons present Easter breakfast buffet

A breakfast buffet is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Sunday April 20 at the masonic hall.

The breakfast is put on by the Oswego Masonic Lake City Lodge No 127 and its sister organization The Order of Eastern Star No. 205.

Donations are accepted but not expected. On Easter, each child in attendance will receive a free gift.

This breakfast buffet event is always the third Sunday of the month. Recent buffets were very successful benefits for the War Veterans, Habitat for Humanity in December with Santa, January Free Will and last month’s benefit for Oswego Cub Scout Pack 888.

The breakfast buffet menu includes pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, coffee, tea, milk, orange juice, and all the fixings, even whipped butter.

Relax in the comfortable carpeted hall with round tables, cushioned chairs, large screen TV, and high chairs for young ones, and plenty of parking.

The Masons and Eastern Star continually work to aid the local community, having raised funds for Pop Warner Football, the H. Lee White Marine Museum, Lady Bucs Softball Team, Local Cub Scouts, Local Cystic Fibrosis, SAF House, War Veterans, the Masonic research lab, Habitat for Humanity, and many, many more.

The lodge also supports the annual Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Parade and last year won “Best Float.”

Charities are a basic tenet of Freemasonry and across the United States Mason’s contribute more than $2 million per day to various charities.

The Oswego Masonic Hall is also now available for rental to the public for parties and events. The lodge holds two massive book sales a year, and commercial space is available for rental.

For more information call the lodge at 207-0127 or visit the website at www.lakecitylodge127.org

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