Fulton boys’ hoops defense shuts down Mexico

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys’ varsity basketball team saw a first-quarter lead turn into a deficit headed into halftime of its Jan. 14 game against county foe Mexico.

At halftime, Fulton coach Matt Kimpland issued a challenge to his team. He wanted the players take its defensive play up a notch or two while bringing the tempo of the game to a level at which they could succeed.

Challenge met. The Red Raiders played their best defense of the season during the third quarter, keeping Mexico off the scoreboard en route to a 61-49 win.

Fulton got off to a decent start, jumping out to a 5-point lead in the first quarter.  Mexico stormed in the second, outscoring the Red Raiders by 12 points to take a 36-29 lead into halftime.

But after the pep talk from Kimpland, the second half belonged to Fulton. Led by its stifling full court press, the Red Raiders shut out Mexico, 11-0 during the third quarter to take a 4-point lead. Fulton put the game out of reach during the fourth quarter, outscoring Mexico by 8 points to come away with the 12-point win.

Leading the way for Mexico was Colin Warrington with 15 points, followed by Justin Marsden and Jacob Cleveland with 10 points each. Jake DeLosh chipped in 8 points and Caleb Wallis and Dan Martinez-Pascual added 3 points each for The Tigers.

Fulton was led by Chris Jones with 21. Jones notched his fourth straight double-double and was 4 blocks shy of a triple-double.

Following Jones was Cody Green with 17 points. Josh Hudson played his best game of the season, Kimpland said, with 4 rebounds, only 1 turnover and 10 points.

Mark Pollock added 4 points. Jeremy Langdon and Dallas Bradley chipped in 3 points each.

Kimpland credits team member Joe Cummins with managing the game and keeping the offense moving. Kimpland also credits Brian Hudson for his effort against Mexico. He said his team’s recent success appears to be a result of accountability and execution.

“All 10 guys are beginning to take ownership of their roles and doing their jobs to help the team win.”, Kimpland said.

Kimpland said his team’s effort against Mexico was a telling one. He points out the officials called a very tight game, which resulted in a little foul trouble for the Red Raiders during the first half. By halftime, Fulton had 5 players with at least 2 fouls.

Despite the first-half foul trouble, Fulton was able to get productive minutes from five other players.

“All 10 guys that were dressed played in the first half,” he said, “which shows that there is some good depth on this team.”

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

I hope all students and their families enjoyed their long weekend.

We are almost at the mid-year mark, and things at GRB are getting quite busy.

The GRB Environmental Club has recently implemented a new kind of recycling in the building called terracycling.

Instead of just recycling water bottles and soda cans, students can now recycle plastic products, including yogurt containers, apple sauce containers and lids, and many other items.

Students also can bring in items from home. These include empty shampoo, conditioner and shower gel bottles, as well as cream cheese and sour cream containers.

For a more complete list of items, visit www.terracycle.com.

Terracycling is not only good for the Earth, but it will help the Environmental Club raise money to install more water bottle-filling stations in the high school and elementary schools. Every little bit helps. Parents, send your kids in with these items if you have them, please.

Students who are taking a Regents exam during the upcoming Regents week should double check with their teachers to determine what time their exam is, what they need to bring and ask any last-minute questions.

The best advice the day before a test is this: get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast.

You will be on your way to success if you are well rested. Avoid cramming and staying up late — this will only hurt you in the end. Walk into the test with confidence and you are sure to do well.

Writing program for children available during February school break

Snowy Day Word Play is the latest class for young writers being offered by the Fulton Public Library.

The program will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. daily Feb. 17 through Feb. 21 at the library.

For youth ages 8 through 13, the week-long program will feature fun and engaging activities for those who love to write and want to improve their skills.

Instructors for the class are Karen Burke and Jim Farfaglia. Burke is a former teacher from the Oswego City School District and Farfaglia is retired from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.

Both have spent recent years developing their own writing as well as sharing their ideas with others by leading classes.

“We are happy to have Karen and Jim back to provide programming for young writers,” says Betty Mauté, Fulton Public Library director.

“This program is funded by the sale of the Fulton Memoirs Project Book, a collection of stories about Fulton by 41 local authors, available for purchase at the library,” she said.

“Writing, teaching and working with young people is a winning trio for me,” Burke said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to spark interest in young writers and to enjoy the enthusiasm that young people bring to a new experience.”

“It is always a pleasure to work with young people who love to write,” Farfaglia said. “Karen and I are planning an interactive program, with lots of activities to stir creative minds and inspire good writing.  The children will explore our winter world through writing with a week’s worth of fun, adventuresome and delicious activities!”

Seating is limited. There is no fee, however, registration is required by calling 592-5159.

“Roar with Laughter” fundraiser coming Jan. 31

The Oswego Lions Club presents “Roar with Laughter” with headline comedian Moody  McCarthy, and warm up Dan Mahoney, Friday Jan. 31 at The American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., Oswego.

Doors open at 7 p.m. show begins at 8 p.m.

“We continue a Lions Club tradition once again this year with a great night of laughs, said Mike Henderson, Oswego Lions Club president. “This event has always been a popular fund-raiser and we anticipate that this will be another great one”.

The event is a major fundraiser for the local service organization, erving to support ongoing programs and services throughout the Oswego community for the visually and hearing impaired.

Proceeds from the past fund-raising events have helped to support Make-a-Wish Foundation, Oswego Salvation Army, The ER’s Children Fund at Oswego Hospital, Oswego Library Capital Campaign, The Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, and Habitat for Humanity, to name just a few.

This year, the adult-themed comedy night will show case Moody McCarthy..

McCarthy is a stand-up comedian who has performed on Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing and Star Search. He lives in New York City with his wife and step-dog.

Moody began his career in his hometown of Syracuse in the 1990s. After six years Moody moved to New York City, where those who heard his jokes predicted he’d be courted by A-list producers as a writer.

After 20+ years honing his craft, Moody has steadily gained the respect of his peers and audiences everywhere. With unpredictable material, a disarming presence, and in-the-moment chops, here is a comic who thrives in any venue and will brighten any event.

Moody has also appeared on ComedyTV, The Early Show, The Bob & Tom Show,  MSG Network,  Style Network,  Comcast Comedy Spotlight  and CTV in Canada.

McCarthy has also appeared in many clubs such as the Comic Strip; Gotham; Dangerfields; Eastville, Hilarities; Helium; Absolute Comedy and Royal Caribbean.

Moody is a member of SAG/AFTRA and trained at Joanna Beckson’s Acting Studio. He has  performed comedy in China and now speaks 3 words of Mandarin.

The warm-up act for Moody McCarthy is Dan Mahoney. In his youth, on one of his countless visits to the principal’s office, he was asked, “Mr. Mahoney….you’re back here again? Do you think you’re some kind of comedian?”

Dan Mahoney lives each day to answer that question with a resounding “YES”.

Dan Mahoney’s unique observational, rarely physical, always hysterical style has earned him industry acclaim and a loyal following.

He was a Regional Finalist in Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight in 2009, in 2010 he was selected for the Purina Pet Comedy Challenge, was a semifinalist in the 2011 Boston Comedy Festival and a finalist in the 2012 Boston Comedy Festival NYC Showcase in August.

Dan has survived drinking, dating, corporate life and cancer.  He discusses these life experiences on stage at times through his unique brand of steady-paced, deliberate observations.

He lives between NYC and his hometown of Buffalo. In 2013, he produced a weekly comedy show in the east village of Manhattan that had a three-year run.

He was a finalist in New York Underground and Boston Comedy Festivals, and is a veteran of clubs and corporate stages all over the country and Canada.

“The performances of McCarthy and Mahoney promise to bring the crowd a good hour of laughs,” said Chris Pelton, chairperson of the event.

Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event, or can be purchased prior to the show at Cakes Galore for $12.

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets or looking for more information about the show can call Pelton at 343-1394 or visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/oswegolionsclub

The Lions Club will provide light complimentary appetizers, and a cash bar will also be available by the American Foundry.

The Lions Club has made available to local businesses and the public, an opportunity to purchase a reserved table. The table includes reserved seating for 10 people and recognition in our press releases and the night of the show.

Tables can be reserved by contacting Pelton at 343-1394.

Julie A. DeGroff, former cashier at Walmart

Julie A. DeGroff, 55, of Hannibal, died Thursday Jan. 16 in the Oswego Hospital after a sudden attack.

She was born in Oswego, the daughter of Anne Carney of Oswego and the late William Carney.

She was a former cashier at Walmart, Oswego.

She enjoyed crocheting, walking her dogs and being with her family. Julie was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years Richard “Doc” DeGroff of Hannibal; sons, Rick (Chrissy Williams) DeGroff of Hannibal, Jeremy (Kate) DeGroff of Fulton; granddaughter Olivia DeGroff; mother Anne Carney; siblings, Cathy (Dave) Goettsch of CA, Billy (Lisa) Carney of Oswego, Patti (Joe) Scanlon of Oswego, Maureen Carney of Oswego, Monica (Dale MacDonald) Carney of Fulton, Theresa (Nate Johndrew) Carney of Oswego and John Carney of Syracuse.

Funeral services were Monday Jan. 20 at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home with the Rev. Dean Flemming officiating.

Spring burial will be in Hannibal Cemetery. Calling hours were Monday at the funeral home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

Nellie Mae Reynolds, former nurse at Michaud

Nellie Mae Reynolds, 72, of Oswego, formerly of Fulton, passed away on Wednesday Jan. 15 at Oswego Hospital surrounded by her 10 children.

Nellie was born in Palermo, a daughter to the late Walter and Laura Vandlinder, Sr.

She was formerly employed as a nurse at Michaud Nursing Home.

Nellie was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, crossword puzzles and cooking by “putting everything in one pot.”

In addition to her parents, Nellie is predeceased by a  daughter, Helen Ouderkirk; two sisters, Mary Winn and Liz Manford; a brother, David Moody; companion, Edwin E. Ouderkirk.

Surviving are: her 10 children, Timothy Ouderkirk of Fulton, Anthony Ouderkirk of Hannibal, Frances Kimball of Scriba, Louise Heywood of White Plains, Earl James Ouderkirk of Fulton, Lee Rose Heywood of Fulton, Melissa Catalone of Scriba, Nellie Mae Heywood-Reynolds of Fulton, Patrick John Gandino of Volney and Douglas Reynolds of Baldwinsville; a step-brother, Eddie Butler of Albany, GA; two sisters, Christine Pullen of Hannibal and Bonnie George of Oswego; two brothers, Henry Vandlinder and Walter Vandlinder of Oswego; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 12 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 (today), at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in the spring at Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Geraldine June Baker, lived in Fulton most of her life

Geraldine June Baker, 86, passed away at Michaud Residential Health Services, on a Tuesday afternoon.

June was born in Syracuse, schooled in Pulaski, and lived in the Fulton area most of her life.

She worked at Sealright, GE, Michaud, CYO, Meals-On-Wheels and home.

She was the wife of one, mother of five, and friend of many.

Thank you, to her family at Michaud, her friends at Mimi’s, and to her many friends of the Fulton area.

Services were private.

Please visit www.traubfh.com for On-Line Guest Book.

Jennifer Lamb Stell, formerly of Fulton

Jennifer Lamb Stell, 37, passed away Jan. 5, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

Formerly of Fulton, she moved to Texas in 1996 and was employed by AT&T.

She graduated in 1995 from Faith Baptist Academy in Baldwinsville.

She is survived by her parents, Edward and Jean Lamb of Fulton; two brothers, Edward J. (Marylene) of Fulton and Jason (Lynn) of Camden, NY; eight sisters, Denielle Ryan (David), Abigail, Jayme, Brooke, Kyleigh, Lauren, Morgan (Josh), all of Fulton, Sydney Thornton (Ben) of Washington; five nephews and seven nieces.

There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Fulton Alliance Church on Route 48 in Fulton.

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