Fulton Lions Club chicken barbecue Feb. 9

The Fulton Lions Club will hold its eighth annual chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Polish Home.

Take-out tickets may be purchased at the door or purchased by a member of the Lions Club. Also delivery is available from any member or by calling 427-1629.

Dinners include 1/2 a chicken, baked beans, salt potatoes, macaroni salad and a chocolate chip cookie. The event proceeds will benefit the Mary and Harold (“H”) Dowd Memorial Scholarship. Dowd was a member of the local club for more than 40 years and his wife, Mary, was an honorary member. The club has established a scholarship for a graduating Fulton student in their name to be awarded on a yearly basis.

 

Hannibal boys’ hoops blows out Solvay

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal boys’ varsity basketball team went 1-2 in its last 3 games, raising its overall record to 5-9.

On Jan. 24, Syracuse-ITC knocked off Hannibal, 48-38. Skaneateles rolled past the Warriors, 72-61 on Jan. 29. Hannibal tallied a 65-50 win over Solvay on Jan. 31.

Hannibal had built a 5-point lead over Syracuse-ITC in the first quarter of their game but Syracuse-ITC cut into the lead in the second. Hannibal had a 19-15 lead at the half.

Syracuse-ITC stormed ahead during the third quarter, outscoring Hannibal by 14 points to take a 10-point lead. After a competitive fourth quarter, the Warriors had no answer for Syracuse-ITC. Both teams scored 11 points each as Syracuse-ITC came away with a 48-38 win.

Hannibal was led by Trevor Alton with 19 points, followed by Sam McCraith with 10, Zane Pointon with 4 and Charlie McCraith added 3.

Skaneateles and Hannibal fought a competitive first quarter, with the Warriors posting a 2-point lead. Skaneateles pulled ahead during the second quarter, outscoring the Warriors by 7 points to take a 38-33 halftime lead.

Skaneateles added to its lead during the third quarter, outscoring Hannibal by 6 points to push its lead to 11 points. The Warriors were unable to cut into the deficit down the stretch, losing to the Lakers by 11.

Leading the way for Hannibal was Trevor Alton with 30 points, followed by Billy Skipper with 16, Charlie McCraith with 6 and Austin Mattison chipped in 4 points.

In the Solvay game, the Warriors got off to a fast start, outscoring Solvay by 8 points during the first quarter. Hannibal added to its lead during the second quarter and took a 28-19 lead into halftime.

The Warriors blew the game open during the third quarter, outscoring Solvay by 13 points to extend their lead to 22 points. Solvay wasn’t about to go down quietly. They outscored Hannibal during the fourth quarter to cut into the lead, but it wasn’t enough and Hannibal won by 15 points.

Hannibal was led by Trevor Alton with 24 points, followed by Austin Mattison with 15, Sam McCraith with 10 and Zane Pointon added 9 points.

Hannibal girls’ hoops wins 2

 By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal girls’ varsity basketball team went 2-1 in its last 3 games and now sport a overall record of 8-5.

On Jan. 21, Marcellus topped Hannibal, 50-38 but then the Lady Warriors cruised past Cato-Meridian, 54-33 Jan. 23.  Hannibal also won against Skaneateles Jan. 28 by a score of 54-44.

In the Marcellus game, Marcellus led Hannibal by only 3 points after thee first quarter. Marcellus added to its lead during the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Warriors by 5 points to take a 23-15 lead into halftime.

Hannibal was more competitive during the third quarter. They outscored Marcellus to bring the lead down to 7 points. But then, Marcellus put the game out of reach during the fourth quarter, outscoring Hannibal by 5 points en route to a 50-38 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Warriors was Sydney Alton with 11 points, followed by Spencer Kenney with 9, McKenzie Mattison with 6 points and Rachel Shute and Devin Sorell added 5 points each.

In the Cato-Meridian game, Hannibal got off to a solid start on both sides of the ball. They outscored Cato-Meridian 10-1 during the first quarter and extended their lead during the second quarter to take a 30-8 halftime lead.

Hannibal refused to let up during the third quarter, outscoring C-M by 8 points to push its lead to 30 points. C-M outscored Hannibal in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough.

The Lady Warriors were led by Devin Sorell with 15 points, followed by Gabby Griffin with 10, Spencer Kenney with 7 and Sydney Alton and McKenzie Mattison each had 6 points.

Skaneateles was leading after the first quarter of its game against Hannibal, but the Lady Warriors pulled ahead during the second quarter, outscoring Skaneateles by 4 points to take a 22-21 lead into halftime.

The Lady Warriors expanded their lead during the third quarter, outscoring Skaneateles by 4 points to push their lead to 5 points. Hannibal capped off a solid effort during the fourth quarter to clinch a 54-44 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Warriors was Devin Sorell with 29 points, followed by Gabby Griffin with 10, Rachel Shute with 7 and Sydney Alton added 4 points.

County officials attend New York State Association of Counties conference

By Debra J. Groom

A number of Oswego County officials are in Albany Monday through today to show their support for resolutions coming before the New York State Association of Counties.

Many of the resolutions deal with issues in which the state is taking money away from counties.

And when the states takes money from counties, the bottom line is taxpayers usually get hurt because the counties have to raise taxes or cut services to make up for the lost money when it comes budget time.

Going to Albany for the annual meeting are County Administrator Philip Church, county Legislators James Karasek, R-Granby, Terry Wilbur, R-Hannibal, Margaret Kastler, R-Lacona, John Martino, R-West Monroe, Robert Hayes, R-Schroeppel, Amy Treissider, D-Oswego and Shawn Doyle, R-Pulaski, Emergency Management Director Dale Currier, E-911 Direcctor Michael Allen and Health Department Director Jiancheng Huang.

Here are some of the resolutions they will support:

** Urging the governor and state legislature to take action to relieve counties from the expenses associated with housing state parole violators in county jails.

This has been a huge issue in Oswego County for the last few years.

In 2012, Sheriff Reuel Todd had to keep going back to the legislature to ask for more money to pay for housing state parolees in other counties when the Oswego County jail was full. He spent more than $1 million above what was budgeted to house those parolees that year.

Since then, the county has come up with some ways to keep people out of the county jail, such as electronic ankle monitors and ensuring cases are handled swiftly.

The resolution coming before the state Association of Counties states “inmates held on parole violations are a state responsibility and for years the state reimbursed counties for a portion of the costs associated with housing these inmates.”

But, the state eliminated this reimbursement in the 2009-10 state budget.

** Urging the governor and state legislature to enact reform in the Preschool Special Education Program.

The resolution states a law to provide preschool for children with handicapping conditions was enacted in 1989 and the law included a provision to reduce the amount of money counties pay for the program to 25 percent by the 1993-94 school year.

But this never happened and counties now are mandated under state law to fund 40.5 percent of a program whose costs have grown from $100 million in 1989 to more than $2 billion in 2012.

Church said Oswego County taxpayers are paying nearly $3 million for the program this year. If counties had to pay only 25 percent of the cost like the law states, Oswego County would save about $1 million, Church said.

** Calling on the governor and legislature to delay further reduction to early intervention administrative grants to counties.

Church said counties had been paying 51 percent of the Early Intervention program costs, including administration of the program.

In 2012, “the state decided the counties would no longer administer the program and instead, the state would hire a statewide fiscal agent to administer the billing.” He said this agent was to be hired and working in 2013.

After the agent was on the job, the counties would receive less money from the state fort the program because they no longer administer the program.

But, the agent was not hired and in place on time, yet the state still cut the counties’ funding. The resolution asks the state to not begin further funding cuts until the state fiscal agent “has totally taken over the administration” of the program.

** Calling on Gov. Cuomo and the state legislature to more equitably and efficiently impose the 9-1-1 surcharge on all wireless communications devices and use money from this surcharge to fund county E-911 services.

Right now, people who have cell phone contracts with companies like Verizon, T. Mobile or Sprint pay a surcharge each month of $1.20 that goes to counties to pay for E-911 emergency services.

But E-911 Director Michael Allen said no surcharge is paid by people with prepaid service, such as Tracfone customers.

To date, 29 states have expanded their 911 surcharge to pre-paid phones, but New York has not. Also, the state Association of Counties resolution states most of the nearly $200 million brought in by the state in these surcharges is not used for E-911.

More than 800 county leaders from throughout New York state are going to the Association of Counties legislative conference.

They will discuss the issues most critical to counties, including the governor’s property tax proposal and state budget, continuing shared services initiatives, mandate reform, emergency preparedness, universal pre-k, and local Medicaid costs.

Phoenix student-athlete receives honor

By Rob Tetro

Phoenix three-sport athlete Dylan Doupe was honored recently during an event at Turning Stone Casino for his induction into The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

The event marks the 14th annual Scholar Athlete Dinner that the National Football Foundation offers its recipients. Doupe and his fellow recipients were honored for their achievements both on the gridiron and in the classroom.

Doupe’s parents have been been a big part of his success in athletics and in the classroom.

Brian and Brenda Doupe have a strong involvement in their son’s life, making it perfectly clear to him that if his average is 90 or below, he loses certain privileges.

As a result, Doupe has the 17th best grade point average in his class at 93.4.

Message received.

When a student succeeds in both the classroom and athletics, impressive local honors tend to follow. Doupe was elected president of his class at John C. Birdlebough High School and was selected to the National Honor Society.

However, as impressive of a student-athlete he is, who Doupe is outside of school and sports is far more impressive.

He is a volunteer scorekeeper, referee and basketball coach for a local youth basketball league. Doupe is the supervisor of Bridge House Brats. He works to keep the community clean. Doupe also helps local boaters dock their boats. On top of his volunteer efforts, he also has three jobs — Doupe works at a local Nice N Easy, a local ice cream shop and does construction work for his father.

Throughout the course of the school year, Doupe takes part in football, basketball and track and field. Fittingly, he is a captain on all three teams. This past fall, Doupe was a defensive end and fullback for the Phoenix varsity football team. Football Coach Chad Rowe said Doupe was named a team captain following the first game of the season.

At defensive end, he recorded 36 tackles, with 6 tackles for a loss. At fullback, Doupe ran for 190 yards on 48 rushes while also catching 7 passes for 146 yards. His efforts at defensive end earned him 1st Team All-League Honors.

On top of the numbers he produced on the field, Doupe’s efforts went beyond anything a statistic could dictate. For the most part, he never missed a key block and always knew what he needed to do. Without question, it will be quite a challenge for Phoenix to fill the void Doupe leaves behind next season.

Rowe said Doupe is a player that any coach would want on their team..

“He was a great leader for us and kept the moral of the team up when things were not going our way.”, he said.

Doupe hopes to attend St. John Fisher College in Rochester in the fall. He wants to major in biology and hopes to be able to play basketball.

News in brief

Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, officially announced that he will seek re-election in 2014.

Hanna, who represents the eastern portion of Oswego County, made the announcement Jan. 30 at the Republican 100,000 Club of Oneida County’s Annual Dinner in Utica.

The Republican 100,000 Club of Oneida County is a women’s organization that engages in grassroots campaigning and fundraising to promote good government and elect members of the Republican Party.

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The Fulton Softball Association’s Annual Captain’s Information Meeting for the 2014 Season will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 in the Community Room at the City Municipal Building, 141 S. First St., Fulton.

Team rules and registration packets will be available at this time.

This year’s registration fees for the Summer Softball Season are: Entry Fee $290, ASA Fee $25, Forfeit Fee $100 (refunded if no forfeits) and User Fee $150 for a total registration fee of $415.

Deadline for payment of the fees and registration will be announced at the meeting.

League Director Larry King also announced that this year a new Men’s “B” Classic League will be established on a trial basis. This league will be open to all players and will be played on Thursday nights.

For more information, contact Larry King at 532-0936 or Karl Loosen 591-3849.

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The Sterling Nature Center in northern Cayuga County on Jensvold Road is having a Winter Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Feb. 8.

Visitors will be able to partake of cross-country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, winter birding, winter photography and more.

After having some Winter Fun go inside to get warm, view the exhibits, and enjoy a cup of hot cider or other winter treat.

All trails at the Sterling Nature Center are open to cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and hiking from dawn to dusk every day.

For more information, email snc@cayugacounty.us, or find us on Facebook and at www.cayugacounty.us or call the center at 947-6143.

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The next Movie Sunday is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at the First United Church of Fulton.

The next film tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents during three decades.

The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.

Popcorn and soda will be served also free of charge. Copyright restrictions do not allow First United to publicize the title of the movie or the leading characters.

The First United Church of Fulton continues to show, free of charge, full-length movies one Sunday each month through May 19. The event is sponsored by Older Adult Ministries Team of the Open Doors Neighborhood Center.

The church is located at 33 S. Third St.

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The Oswego County Department of Social Services will host an informational meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 13, at the DSS office, 100 Spring St., Mexico, for people who are interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents.

Oswego County also needs Hispanic foster parents. El Condado de Oswego necesita padres de crianza hispanos!

The Department of Social Services is looking for people who would like to become foster parents, particularly for children ages eight and up who may have special needs for supervision.

Attendance at the informational meeting is required in order to enroll in the 10-week preparation program.  Single and two-parent families may apply to foster or adopt.  Both parents in a two-parent household must attend the training.

For more information contact Lois O’Connor, phone 963-5018 or Patricia Pennock, phone 963-5382 or e-mail patricia.pennock@dfa.state.ny.us

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The Women’s Fellowship of Minetto United Methodist Church will be serving a romantic candlelight dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at the church.

The menu will be spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, Italian bread, ice cream sundae and beverages. There will be a half-hour of musical entertainment between dinner and dessert.

Accommodations are limited so advance reservations are required; there will be no ticket sales at the door.

Make reservations by calling 343-9692. Proceeds from this second annual dinner will benefit the church’s Capital Campaign.

The building is fully accessible and is located at the corner of State Route 48 and County Route 8, one block south of the Stewart’s Shop, midway between Oswego and Fulton.

For more information about programs and services visit our website at http://www.MinettoUMC.org/.

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The West Monroe Volunteer Fire Department will be having a pancake breakfast at its fire station from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 16.

The menu consists of pancakes, French toast, sausage, ham, eggs cooked to order, toast, tomato or orange juice, coffee, tea, hot cocoa or milk.

The West Monroe Fire Station is located on County Route 11, two-tenths of a mile north of State Route 49 in West Monroe, and can be found on the Web at www.westmonroefire.org.

 

SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station once again invites children to attend Exploring Nature, a weeklong nature education program held twice each summer.

Since 1983, Exploring Nature has encouraged young people’s curiosity and concern about their world. Participants explore and investigate life around the 400-acre, mixed-terrain property through nature walks, activities and games.

This summer, Exploring Nature will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 7 to 11 or July 14 to 18. Parents may register children ages 5 to 15 by visiting www.oswego.edu/ricecreek, clicking the Programs link, then the Exploring Nature page, where the form is in the right column.

The page also offers a link to a scholarship form. Rice Creek Associates — a supporting group furthering the educational, research and other goals of the field station — and the Exploring Nature program will offer some financial assistance for a limited number of children who otherwise would not be able to attend Exploring Nature.

For more information, contact the field station, on Thompson Road off State Route 104 about a mile south of the main SUNY Oswego campus, at 312-6677 or visit www.oswego.edu/ricecreek.

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What’s happening at the CNY Arts Center?

CNY Arts Center has a date night planned for Valentine’s Day — Friday, Feb. 14.

“Searching for Eden: The Diaries of Adam and Eve” will be presented in conjunction with a dinner.

The play stars Peter and Kelly Mahan and in Act One is loosely based on the Mark Twain classic “The Diaries of Adam and Eve.” The comedy takes a turn in Act Two when Adam and Even are reimagined in contemporary society at middle age.

Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $25 a person. The dinner features a pasta bar and a chocolate fountain for dessert.

Additional performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday Feb. 15 and at 3 p.m. Sunday Feb. 16.

The latter two performances will be $12 a person, with desserts by Treat Me Sweet available for purchase.

For more information, visit www.cnyartscenter.com, call 592-3373, or visit the Arts in the heART gallery at 47 S. First St.,  Fulton.

Tables of eight are available for reservation.

Something new at the Arts Center is Arty’s Winter Recess. We’ve got kids arts classes to keep them busy during winter break!

Enroll your child in one or more classes like, such as:

** Art of Heroes: How to Draw Superheroes

** Story Time Art

** Imitating Master Artists

** Different Ways to Draw

** Theatre Improv

** Glee Club

** Beginning Guitar

** Songwriting Workshop

** Dance Makers

Visit the Kid’s Classes Page  at www.cnyartscenter.com for details and to pre-register your child or children.

Volney students rewarded for good behavior

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Volney Elementary School held a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Reward Day for students Jan. 29.

The reward day recognized students for being role models of the school’s four behavioral expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe and Be a Problem Solver.

Students in all grades celebrated with activities during the morning, and were dismissed for the afternoon while teachers and staff went through staff development training.

Students could choose from many sessions, including movies, bracelet making, pom-pom critter crafts, dodge ball, karate, board games and string tricks.

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