Fulton wrestlers impressive at start of season

By Dan Farfaglia

Happy New Year high school wrestling fans.

As we begin 2014, the Fulton Red Raiders have already gotten themselves off to a fantastic start.

Second year head Coach Chris Stalker’s team has won all individually scheduled dual meets.

A few weeks ago, they took first place at the Anderson Tournament held at Cicero-North Syracuse High School and they were also crowned Montgomery County Duals Champions a short time later.

In between those events, this team was the runner ups at Demeco-Trainor duals at Churchville-Chili High School near Rochester.

The Red Raiders are 13-1 overall.

At the annual Ken Haines Holiday Tournament which took place at SUNY Oswego last week, Fulton finished the two-day event with a very respectable third place out of 24 participating schools.

Coming in first place was Fairport and Newark Valley finished the day in second. The race for the top team awards was extremely close with only 8 points separating the top three schools.

Mexico came in fourth and Phoenix finished in seventh.

Mexico`s Austin Whitney won his title at 132 pounds and was also awarded the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.

For Fulton, the big story at the end of this annual event is the success of returning Section 3 Champion Mitch Woodworth. He won his bout in the finals by a score of 8-0.

Woodworth beat three other opponents with 2 pins and a technical fall. At 120 pounds, he was the lone champion for his team and so far this year, he is undefeated with a perfect record of 22-0.

Other place winners for Fulton include Joey Albegore who came in second at 99 pounds. Tim Holden and Collin Flynn both came in fourth place at 138 pounds and 145 pounds respectively.

Jacob Bailey earned sixth place at 152 pounds. Travis Race came in third at 160 pounds and Matt Marshall came in fifth at 220 pounds.

Noah Gates finished the day in eighth place at 182 pounds and Malachi Manford came in seventh at 285 pounds.

The next event on the schedule for the Red Raiders is the Richard New Tournament in Canastota which began Friday and ends today.

Fulton Bantam hockey wins 2, loses 1, ties 1

Submitted by Anna Clarke

The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by Comfort Windows & Doors and Fulton Savings Bank, won two games, lost 1 and then tied 1 in four recent contests.

The team topped Camillus 1 4-1, but fell to Auburn 5-4 in a down to the minute thriller. Then they used Seth Cooney’s hat trick for a 5-3 win over Elmira but then skated to a 3-3 draw over Camillus 2.

On home ice against Camillus 1, Raider Tyler Samson scored off Seth Cooney’s rebound to open the first period. The Cougars netted the equalizer soon after.

Fulton came on strong in the second stanza, first with Fulton’s Will Rattray tipping in Nate Shaw’s slap shot from the point. Next, Raider Nick Dingman picked up C.J. Hyland’s rebound to score.

Fulton closed scoring with Cooney taking the puck in and netting an upper corner shot.

Adam Bleiweiss made 22 saves for Fulton.

On the road, Auburn stunned Fulton with a goal in the first minute of play.  Raider Nolan Bonnie evened the score seconds later, accepting a pass from Mike Smith landing a shot from the blue line.

Auburn rallied in period two, netting three goals in a row. Raider Evan Beckwith scored twice to narrow the gap; first taking advantage of a loose puck in front of the net, then on a five hole shot, Shaw assisting both.

The third stanza saw spirited play from both teams. Fulton fans were brought to their feet when Beckwith completed his hat trick, roofing a shot to tie the game with less than two minutes on the clock.

Auburn was able to score on a breakaway with 34 seconds remaining to come away with the win.

Bleiweiss stopped 16 shots for the Raiders.

In its first game on the road, Fulton and Camillus 2 ended the first period scoreless.

The Raiders scored twice in the second stanza, first with Evan Beckwith netting a shot, thanks to a passing play between Caleb Clarke and assistant captain Richie King.

Soon after, Tyler Samson scored his fifth of the season off a feed from Nick Dingman from behind the net.

The Cougars narrowed the gap by one at the start of period three. Raider Nate Shaw responded with one of his own, Clarke assisting.

Camillus rallied in the last five minutes, scoring twice to end the game in a draw.

Fulton goalie Adam Bleiweiss stopped 19 shots.

Against Elmira, the Jackals were the first to light up the scoreboard mid-first period.

Fulton came alive in the second stanza, first with Seth Cooney netting two in a row, Samson and Dingman assisting.  Elmira scored their second of the game before Dingman scored his fifth goal of the season off a cycle play between Samson and Will Rattray

The Jackals netted the equalizer at the start of the third stanza. Raider team captain Nolan Bonnie accepted a pass from Cooney to score.

Cooney completed his hat trick in the last seconds of play.

Adam Bleiweiss made 23 saves in net for the Raiders.

The Fulton Bantams, sponsored by Comfort Windows & Doors and Fulton Savings Bank, are led by head coach Paul Clarke and assistants Jeff Tulowiecki, Bill Beckwith and Paul Bleiweiss.

Valley Viewpoints

Taxes, raises up, services down 

Yes, taxes in the City of Fulton are now at a record breaking high of $19.66 per $1,000.

This should insure that we maintain our standing as one of, if not the number one most taxed city in New York state.

For those of you that are thinking “What would you have done different, Frank,” you missed my suggestions by not being at the meeting. They all included ways to save money and jobs without raising taxes.

They were also in the latest edition of the Oswego Valley News.

Yes you did read the heading correct: Raises are up. Not just negotiated raises but, also raises for department heads.

The union raises can’t be stopped, but in a time when the city is hurting and you are raising taxes, why in God’s good name would you raise salaries of your department heads?

That is on the same level as Wall Street giving out bonuses to CEOs with taxpayer bailout money.

Now about the services being down.

When asked how raises could be given out and we can’t afford to fix an electrical box to a pump station over in the third ward, the mayor acted like he didn’t know what I was talking about.

In fact, he had had meetings with the individual that brought it to their (mayor and Pete Franco) attention.

He also said “fixing it wouldn’t affect the general budget.” I said it was the fact that you are giving out raises but not fixing items that are broken.

Also the fact that bus service will be reduced, which hurts many of the users of the bus line.

Then there is the elimination of the storm sewer department and the elimination of a position at city hall.

Now the big one is the slow dissolving of the Fulton city library. (More funding) will more than likely be put on the school budget vote.

The elimination of the animal control officer was a big hit with some in attendance, but this is another service that will be farmed out (to Volney). How long will the wait time be when you have a skunk (4-legged ,not 2-legged) under your porch?

Blood pressures got a little high on the council Tuesday. The council president (Norman Foster) got a little upset when the first ward councilor voted “NO” on the budget.

This was a fine example of how city government really works. It’s either my way or the highway type of government.

Now in the meeting the first and third  ward councilors asked if there was any way the library could get their funding back.

Now I didn’t agree with the first ward councilor all the time, but I do feel that if he or any other person wants to vote “NO” on anything the council puts to a vote is something that many men lost their lives to insure.

I sure hope (but I feel it is) that this type of bullying isn’t what goes on behind closed doors in the executive sessions. The last time I checked you didn’t have to give a reason for voting the way you vote.

Councilor Foster did apologize for his verbal assault and he gave an explanation, but the damage was done and the true colors were already shown.

Frank Castiglia

Fulton

 

YAP thanks community

On behalf of the Youth Advocate Program of Oswego County, we would like to thank you for your partnership over the last 15+ years.

Thanks to your efforts and support, we made a difference in helping thousands of individuals and family members who needed it most.

Over the last two months, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and encouragement we have received from so many in all areas of the county.

Your belief and trust in what the Youth Advocate Program has provided families is humbling.

As we prepare to close our doors, we remain thankful for the opportunity to have been a part of this community, working with individuals and other services to be a catalyst for change in the lives of families experiencing difficult times.

 

Casey Lane

Regional Director

Stacie Roberts

Director, Oswego County

Heather Crofoot

Assistant Director, Oswego County

 

Resident loves restaurant

Hannibal has already been blessed this year with the opening of the new Hannibal Village Tavern.

In the past it was the Hannibal Hotel and was owned by Harold and Lucila O’Connor for many years. There were many events held there every year and dinners were served nightly.

It will always be a special place for me as my wedding reception was held there 53 years ago. After Harold’s passing, the hotel was sold again. It remained a restaurant for several more years.

Then it became a bar only.

This summer, Mike Kapuscinski bought the hotel. After much money, time, labor and frustration he put it back together again and wow, we now again have a place that Hannibal can be proud of.

I have dined there several times and enjoyed it. I spent New Year’s Eve there.

So do yourself a favor take your family and friends out to the new Hannibal Village Tavern.

Tell Mike I sent you.

Sandra Blanchard

Hannibal

AmeriCorps positions available in Oswego County

Submitted by Oswego County

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau will receive more than $128,000 in state money to support 20 new AmeriCorps positions in the area.

Brian Chetney, interim director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, said the money will support 20 new 900-hour AmeriCorps member positions to provide financial literacy and housing services in Oswego County.

Applications are being accepted for the positions. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or be working on a degree along with volunteer or work experience with the public.

Applicants should also possess leadership skills, be emotionally mature, and have an openness and awareness of diversity.

AmeriCorps members in 900-hour positions receive a living allowance of $6,527 paid in biweekly pay checks. At the end of their term of service, 900-hour members receive an education award of $2,775.

AmeriCorps members also can receive forbearance on qualified student loans.

The application can be downloaded at  http://oswegocounty.com/youth/application.pdf

For additional information on the current openings, call AmeriCorps program coordinator Kathy Andolina at the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, weekdays at 349-3451 or (800) 596-3200, extension 3451.

Chicken processing company moves into former Birds Eye plant

The familiar blue stripe of the former Birds Eye plant has gone red for K&N's Foods, the plant's new occupant. Valley News photo by Ashley M. Casey
The familiar blue stripe of the former Birds Eye plant has gone red for K&N’s Foods, the plant’s new occupant.
Valley News photo by Ashley M. Casey

By Ashley M. Casey

Pakistan-based poultry processing company K&N’s Foods USA, LLC, has settled into the former Birds Eye Foods plant. The company kicked off its new residence in Fulton with an inauguration ceremony Jan. 3. The plant, which Birds Eye vacated in December 2011, is located at 607 Phillips St. in Fulton.

The new plant is expected to add 183 jobs to the city over a course of three years. Although production will not begin for another two months or so, K&N’s has already employed 44 people in Fulton, 35 percent of whom are former Birds Eye employees.

K&N’s will receive about $1 million in Excelsior tax credits from New York state in exchange for its promise to create jobs.

“If we succeed, it means economic development (for Fulton),” said Khalil Sattar, founder and chairman of K&N’s Foods.

Founded in 1964, K&N’s produces halal chicken products such as chicken nuggets and kebabs. “Halal” is an Arabic term that refers to food prepared under Muslim dietary standards, which prohibit pork and alcohol and require certain methods of slaughtering an animal for meat.

Look for the rest of this story in the Wednesday, Jan. 8, edition of The Valley News.

Phoenix receives state grant for State Street Improvement Project

The Village of Phoenix has been awarded $187,071.00 from the state for the State Street Improvement Project.

The money is from the state Homes and Community Renewal’s Office of Community Renewal (New York Main Street Program). The New York Main Street Program is one of the 26 programs across 13 state agencies that was part of the 2013 Consolidated Funding Application.

In December 2013, $750 million in economic development funding was announced and will provide resources for projects focused on community development, job creation, water revitalization, energy and environmental improvements, sustainability and low-cost financing.

The State Street Improvement Project in Phoenix involves the renovation and rehabilitation of eight mixed-use properties, in addition to streetscape enhancements for residents and visitors and a canal-side signage program.

The project will serve to jumpstart continued economic investment, community revitalization and promotion of tourism and recreation in the village.

Since 2007, the village of Phoenix has received almost $800,000 in state and federal grants for community development, recreation, tourism and public safety-related projects.

Phoenix also has been the recipient of more than $6.5 million in grants and zero-interest loans for repairs and upgrades to the sanitary sewer system.

“The Village of Phoenix is very excited to receive another grant for the restoration of key properties along State Street,” said Mayor Anthony Fratto.

“The tremendous improvements that have already been made, in addition to those included in the State Street Improvement Project, would not be possible without the participation of local business and property owners,” he said. “I am grateful for this partnership and look forward to our continued success for the benefit of our community.”

Oswego County Legislature conducts reorganizational meeting

The Oswego County Legislature conducted its reorganizational meeting Thursday and appointed people to various positions.

They are:

County Attorney, Richard Mitchell

County Administrator, Philip Church

Legislature chairman, Kevin Gardner

Legislature vice chairman, Linda Lockwood

Legislature majority leader, Terry Wilbur

Legislature minority leader, Michael Kunzwiler

Purchasing Director, Daniel Stevens

Director of Emergency Management, Dale Currier

Director of 911 Communications, Michael Allen

Director Solid Waste, Frank Visser

Director Central Services, Richard Hogan,

Director Community Development, Tourism and Planning, David Turner

Direcotr of Public Health, Jiancheng Huang

Director of Veterans Services, Donna Kestner

Director of Youth Bureau, Brian Chetney

Aging Services Administrator, Sara Sunday

Auditor, Stephen Loadwick

Official newspapers, Oswego County Weeklies, Oswego Palladium-Times

Also at the meeting, members of the Democratic caucus presented letters to some legislature members concerning a renaming of their caucus.

Thr group is now called the Independent Reform Caucus. It consists of Democratic legislators Michael Kunzwiler, Amy Tressider, Douglas Malone, Jacob Mulcahey and Daniel Farfaglia, along with new legislators Marie Schadt, Frank Castiglia and Richard Kline.

Kline, of Schroeppel, is a registered Republican but has decided to caucus with the Democrats.

Jerry’s Journal

I’m going to make this short and sweet.

Now as this year ends and a new one begins, I want to thank the Valley News for putting me to print every other week.

Actually, I must thank Vince Caravan, God rest his soul, for getting me interested in writing again back in 1980, when he said, “Jerry, why don’t you do something with your writing? You can write a column for us, just pick your subject.”

Well, a lot of water’s gone over the dam, as they say, and I’ve been a prolific writer ever since Vince’s gentle prodding.

Story writing, letter-to-the-editor writing, newsletter writing, fun writing, serious writing, poetry writing, column writing — you-name-it writing — but yet to write a book writing!

And along the way I’ve meet a lot of good people who also like to write, among them Roy Hodge, whom I want thank for the opportunity of having Jerry’s Journal appear twice a month for a couple of years in his newspaper, the Fulton Patriot.

It was a sad day to many when that venerable old newspaper finally had to give up the ghost with times changing and people depending more on electronic news these days.

(Having said that, I do have to admit to very much liking my desk computer, as well as my electronic tablet, to help keep up with my writings, emails, and the daily news.)

In any case, as I tell everyone who writes, or calls or emails, or stops me on the street to share their story or just say how much they like reading my stuff: if you keep on reading I promise I will keep on writing!

So, to you, Dear Readers — near and far — I wish every one of you a happy and blessed New Year.

See you in 2014!

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