Fulton’s East Side pool will be closed this summer

By Ashley M. Casey

Fultonians will have to find a new place to cool off this summer — the East Side pool will be closed.

The City of Fulton’s Parks and Recreation Superintendent Barry Ostrander said the pool, located at Rowlee Beach Park on South 12th Street, is in “extreme disrepair.”

“Extensive repairs are needed to keep it open. It’s reached a limit where we can no longer do in-house repairs,” Ostrander said.

In August 2013, the city applied for New York state’s “highly competitive” Empire Environmental Protection Fund grant to cover half the pool’s repair costs, but was rejected, Ostrander said.

“One of the primary reasons we didn’t get it was the study we supplied … was outdated,” Ostrander said.

In 2005, the engineering study suggested repairs to the pool, its filtration system and bath house totaling $227,000.

“(The city) decided not to go through with repairs at that time,” Ostrander said.

At its Feb. 18 meeting, the Common Council tabled a resolution proposing an engineering study of the pool’s needs by Barton & Loguidice.

“The thought process was three councilmen said they were not willing to bond (the project),” said Mayor Ronald L. Woodward Sr. “I think we should have the study. Then we could apply for grants. But I understand they’re concerned about the budget — and they should be.”

Woodward said First Ward Councilor Tom Kenyon, Third Ward Councilor Ryan Raponi and Fourth Ward Councilor Jim Myers were the three councilors who opposed bonding the pool project.

“I’m only opposed to it at this time because I didn’t see the need to spend $4,600 on a study for something that we can’t afford to fix anyway,” Myers said.

Both Ostrander and Myers said the city may look into a grant that could cover a portion of the engineering study’s cost.

Either way, the pool will still be closed this summer.

Ostrander said if the city were to apply for a grant to cover the study, “that would be another year removed from (possibly receiving) a big grant for the pool.”

Kenyon said the War Memorial gymnasium floor was well-used and so he supported a similar engineering study for that, but the pool is another matter.

“When I was a kid, I was told ‘no’ sometimes. If we have to be without a pool for a year, so be it,” Kenyon said. He also advocated saving “every penny we can” to fix the city’s roads after a rough winter.

“I’d wait until the state (Financial Restructuring Board) comes in to see what they do,” he added.

At the Feb. 25 school board meeting, Fulton City School District Superintendent Bill Lynch said Second Ward Councilor and Common Council President Dan Knopp had called him to ask if Granby Elementary’s pool would be available for community use this summer.

Lynch said many BOCES special education classes use the Granby pool during the summer, so he could not give Knopp an answer about the pool’s availability.

“We have a lot of issues … if there was available time,” Lynch told the board, citing staff and supervision as two key issues.

“We’re already offering more special ed at Granby this year because of (renovations) at Volney and (asbestos) abatement at Lanigan,” Lynch said. “That’s a heavy load for Granby to be shouldering.”

Lynch said the district could not offer transportation for community members to use the pool either.

The Granby pool already offers limited community use in the early morning and for an hour in the afternoon.

School board member Christine Plath, a former Mexico teacher, expressed concern about the idea of opening Granby to the city.

“It was a disaster when Mexico had a community pool,” she said.

Laura Post Thompson, IRS auditor

Laura  Post  Thompson, 97, former Phoenix, NY resident, passed away on Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014, at the Chittenango Center for Rehabilitation and Health Care, Chittenango.

She was born in the town of Camillus, NY to her late parents, Mary (Zimmerman) and William Post on March 13, 1916.  She was a graduate of Phoenix High School, class of 1933.

When she entered the work force at age 18, her hourly rate was 32 cents in the wrapping room at Nestle Co., Fulton.  Later she worked for Columbia Mills Co., Minetto, NY.  They were manufacturers of venetian blinds.

Laura continued her education with two years of college.  She was hired as an auditor for the IRS in Syracuse, NY retiring in 1962 after 32 years of service.

Laura was a longtime member of the Phoenix United Methodist Church.

Besides her parents, she predeceased by her husband, Walter Pixley Thompson on July 23, 1994; her sister Helen M. Reichel on Dec. 24, 2005; her brother, Donald Post.

Surviving are her nieces and nephews.

Services were Feb. 28 in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135, with the Rev. Marion Moore-Colgan officiating.  Spring burial in Belle Isle Cemetery, town of Camillus, NY.

Calling hours were held prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.

Fred R. Lockwood, D-Day and Bulge survivor, served as Oswego Town supervisor, clerk, assessor

Fred R. Lockwood, 89, peacefully passed into the Lord’s presence from St. Luke Health Services in Oswego, on Feb.  25, 2014.

Born Feb. 1, 1925 to Harold and Eva Lockwood, of Hannibal, NY, Fred graduated in the class of 1942.

Drafted into the US Army in 1943, Fred landed on D-Day with the 4th Infantry on Utah Beach, earning two Bronze Stars and several other medals for heroic service in five major European campaigns, culminating with the Battle of the Bulge.

Fred married Grace Wellwood June 5, 1949 and resided in Southwest Oswego, where they raised four children and were happily married for 56 years, until Grace passed away in 2005.

Fred purchased his own grocery store in Southwest Oswego (where Ontario Orchards is now) in 1949 and worked there for 11 years; worked 10 years in food service at SUNY Oswego; then worked for the county as the administrator of Michaud Nursing Home in Fulton until retiring.

He enjoyed work and looked forward to each new day. Fred was active in Oswego Town government, serving as clerk, supervisor and assessor.

He also served as a trustee, then as president of the Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

Fred is a member of Oswego Alliance Church where he has served the congregation through various ministries.

Fred was active in sports since a boy, playing baseball on Hannibal’s team for many years, and then playing softball on Oswego teams. In later years he enjoyed taking part in the yearly Hannibal Old-Timer’s games, and umpiring softball games for Oswego leagues.

While working at SUNY Oswego, Fred played and organized “pick-up” basketball games which became known as “Freddy-Ball,” after their organizer. Even at age 50, it was well known that Fred could out play the younger men!

Surviving Fred are his children, Harold (Beth) Lockwood of Fulton, NY, Joyce (Chett) Hobbs of Florence, MS, Mary Ann (Gary) Wilcox of Mohawk, NY and Nancy (Jack) Hay of Knoxville, TN; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, with three more on the way; two sisters-in-law and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family received those wishing to express their respects Feb. 28 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1 (today) at the Oswego Alliance Church, 371 Thompson Road, Oswego with Pastor Wade Smith officiating.

Burial with military honors will be in the spring at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Oswego Alliance Church, 371 Thompson Rd, Oswego, 13126 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, 13204.

Mary E. Sperati, Nestle retiree

Mary E. Sperati, 99, of Fulton, passed away on Monday, Feb. 24 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

She was the daughter of Nazareno and Louise Sperati and was born in Fulton on Aug. 4, 1914.

Mary was a machine operator at the Nestle Co. in Fulton for 37 years, retiring in 1979. She had previously worked at the M. H. Fishman Company department store in Fulton.

Mary was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church in Fulton and a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Pere LeMoyne #833; Holy Trinity Golden Agers; Fulton Senior Citizens and Granby Senior Citizens.

Surviving is her niece, Louise of Fulton and other nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and brothers, Lawrence, James, Patrick and Peter Sperati.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, Feb. 28 at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton. Spring graveside services will be in  St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Calling hours were Thursday Feb. 27 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton, NY 13069.

Ol’ Man Winter still with us in Oswego County

By Debra J. Groom

Well, another 15.8 inches of white stuff fell in Fulton from Monday through Wednesday.

But believe it or not, the city still is about average when it comes to snowfall for a season, said Paul Cardinali, local weather observer.

“The problem Wednesday was the blowing snow,” he said. “It was a white out.”

The season total for Fulton as of Wednesday is 140.9 inches, Cardinali said. The average for this time of year is 132 inches.

The city of Oswego also saw the snow pile up earlier this week.

Weather observer William Gregway said the Port City received 14 inches from Monday through Wednesday, bringing its seasonal total to 131.6 inches.

The average for this time of year in Oswego is 150 inches.

On Wednesday, Oswego Mayor Thomas Gillen issued a travel advisory in his city to allow Department of Public Works crews the chance to remove snow from roadways. The travel advisory was lifted at 10 a.m. Thursday Feb. 27.

Gregway said it wasn’t so much the amount of snow Oswego saw on Wednesday, but the winds gusting at 30 mph or more, making visibility nonexistent at times.

“It wasn’t constant, though. It would come and go,” Gregway said.

Eight of the county’s nine school districts closed again Wednesday — only Pulaski opened.

Between the snow and frigid cold from the season’s earlier Polar Vortex, most of the school districts have maxed out on their snow days. Only Pulaski has one more snow day to use.

Run for Dennis draws more than 250 participants

More than 250 runners have registered for the third annual Run For Dennis.

The 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for 10 a.m., March 15 to honor the memory of Oswego resident Dennis Pacheco, a victim of bladder cancer at age 51, said Jessica Newson, race director and Pacheco’s daughter.

“There are less than three weeks before the race,” Newson said. “We strongly encourage anyone who’s interested in walking or running the 5K to register as soon as possible.

“The first two years of the race raised more than $26,000 for bladder cancer advocacy and research. And the need is even greater.

There were 72,000 new cases of bladder cancer diagnosed in 2013. Bladder cancer is the most expensive cancer to treat on a per patient basis, and no new treatments have been developed in the last 20 years due to lack of funding for research.

“This run/walk will be chip timed and USA Track & Field certified,” Newson said.

Proceeds from the race will benefit The Charles and Mary Haney Fund at Oswego Hospital (which assists cancer patients with medical expenses), Strong Memorial Hospital Urologic Oncology, Rochester, and the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network. Prizes will be awarded to winners in all age groups — including last place!

“Before learning he had cancer, Dennis was always quick to lend others a helping hand. We would like to honor his giving ways by helping to continue the fight against bladder cancer, the fourth most common type of cancer among men in the US,” Newson said.

“Throughout his three-year fight, Dennis was very proactive in researching bladder cancer trials and treatment,” Newson said. “He was adamant that more could be done to help eradicate this disease. We’re continuing his fight.”

Registration for the race, which begins and ends at Gibby’s Pub on Lake Street, is $25 now and $30 on race day, Newson said. Registration is open at www.EZRaceReg.com. The website for the race is www.runfordennis.com and the event is also on Facebook® at www.facebook.com/runfordennis.

Donations can be made to ‘Run For Dennis’ and sent to Oswego County Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 310, Oswego, NY 13126. Anyone who would like to sponsor or donate goods or services to the race can contact Newson at runfordennis11@gmail.com.

 

Fulton women’s bowling tournament coming in April

The Fulton Women’s Bowling Association 59th Annual Tournament is coming up in April.

It will be a team event only and will be held Saturday April 5 and 6.

Squad times on April 5 are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Squad times on April 6 are 4 p.m.

The event will be held at The Recreation Club in Fulton.

Those interested in entering the tournament or needing more information may call Paula Distin at 593-6121. Entries for the tournament close Sunday March 30.

Fulton Y Speed Demons swimmers continue improving after recent meets

The Fulton YMCA Speed Demons welcomed Watertown and Oneida to the Granby Elementary pool in January.

Graduating Speed Demon swimmers Jake Strauss and Anna Guernsey were recognized at the Watertown meet. Guernsey has been with the team for 14 years and enjoyed swimming butterfly the most. This was Strauss’s eighth year with the Speed Demons and his favorite event was the breaststroke.

Against Watertown, senior swimmer Abbey Zych demonstrated the skill necessary in each stroke as she took time off in the 200 IM (Individual Medley). Jaden Patterson grabbed first in the 100 free.

Several swimmers continue to post personal best times, not in just one event, but all three events entered. Taking a mere second off can mean the difference between first place and last and is more difficult as the season winds down.

Achieving best times against Watertown were:

Breanna Stoutenger (50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Breast)

Mitchell Donaldson (50 Free, 50 Fly, 100 IM)

David Cedar (50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free)

Patrice Hudson (50 Free, 50 Fly, 50 Back)

Emily Haines (50 Free, 100 Free, 50 Back)

Olivia Hawthorne (50 Free, 100 IM, 50 Breast)

The team’s sixth meet was against Oneida. Swimmers continued to decrease event times with some of the largest gains of the season.

Nathaniel Archer swam the 200 IM for only the second time, dropping 12 seconds. Gracie Dempsey reduced her 100 free by 19 seconds while Reagan LaPage shaved 27 seconds off her 200 free.

Bryce Rogers had the largest event reduction of the meet, taking 42 seconds off during the 100 free. Cameron Grower demonstrated the backstroke is his strength, swimming to a first place finish in the 50 back against Oneida. Mark Tallents has continued to dominate the Class C boys, taking first place in all three events he swam (50 free, 200 free, 50 breast).

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