G. Ray Bodley first quarter honor roll

The following students were named to Fulton’s G. Ray Bodley High School High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the first quarter of the 2013-2014 academic year:

9th-grade high honor roll (with an academic average of 89.5 or above): 

Erin Baker, Aryelle Barbagallo, Frank Barbagallo, Joseph Barbagallo, Evan Beckwith, Trent Berry, Miwa Burdic, Nicholas Burrescia, Emily Bush, Marshall Carvey, Catherine Cianfarano, Colin Cornell, Kenneth Deloff, Emily Gerth, Sydney Gilmore, Bryce Guernsey, Kimberly Hall, Mallory Harter, Nicholas Hicks, Mariah Holcomb and David Houck,

Also, Victoria Izyk, Trey LaRock, Lexi MacDonald, Gage McHenry, Daniel Mt. Pleasant, Megan Nicholson, Kyle Perry, Miranda Prosser, Brianna Ray, Sarah Rice, Alysa Rosenbarker, Cole Rothrock, Paige Rowlee, Stacey Sereno, Nathaniel Shatrau, Alexis Shaw, Nathan Shaw and Philip Summerville.

Also, Sydney Tetro, Cara Todt, Abiu Velasquez, Makhali Voss, James Ward, Emma Warren, Malcolm Wettering, Jr., Marissa Whaley, Ethan Wright, Andrew Yankowsky and Shannon Zych.

9th-grade honor roll (with an academic average of 84.5 or above):

Brittney Alton, Suzan Bean, Amber Boiko, Connor Broderick, Alexis Carpenter, William Caster, Ethan Cimino, Darrin Cooper, Daquan Davis, Dylan DeLong, Ashli Dodge, Michael Flynn, Stephanie Fowler, Andrew Gilbert, Cameron Gray-Blasczienski and Austin Greenier.

Also, Nicole Hansen, Sydnie Harrington, Jeremy Herlowski, Daniel Hotaling, Karly Kearns, Nicholas Kinney, Carissa Lee, Michael Mankiewicz, Jared Marden, Austin McDonald-Hackett, Lane Melton-Gould, Jarred Miller, Deirdre Murphy, Lauren Nichols, Zoe Norton, Michael Peck II, Zachary Pepper, Zachary Pettit, Mackenzie Phelps, Austin Poirier and Patricia Pryor.

Also, Michael Savich, Mikaela Schleicher, Rebecca Segouin, Kelsi Smith, Breanna Stoutenger, Sarah Tallents, Tanner Trovato, Ryan Vant, Jossmar Vasquez-Heaney, Sabrina Verdoliva, Nicholas Walberger, Brynn Waloven and Taylor Wells.

10th-grade high honor roll:

Donna Aiken, Caleb Almeter, Zachary Almeter, Gina Babcock, Jacob Bailey, Callie Beckwith, Hannah Bennett, Michael Bolster, Michael Brooks, Kevin Cavalier, Haley Chesbro, Olivia Coakley, Keegan Condon, Shawna Cooper, Victoria Crego, Amber DeStevens, Ian Devendorf, Ethan Dexter, Kayla Dingman and Andrew Distin.

Also, Jonathan Earl, Kailee Fantom, Cody Green, Hunter Hartranft, Althea Henderson, Justin Hood, Sage Hourihan, Joshua Hudson, Emilee Hyde, Cassandra Jones, Taylor Kesterke, Mathew Kitts, Gabriella Lanza, Allen LaPage, Marisa LiVoti, Grant Marriner, Timothy McAfee, Jacob McDermott, Benjamin McKay and Paige Noel.

Also, Lane Perl, Tattiana Pierce, Autumn Proto, Daniel Richards, Nicholas Riciputo, Liliana Rivera, Jacqueline Schwanke, Ella Stacy, Dakota Stoutenger, David Tallents, Austin Wilde and Abbey Zych

10th-grade honor roll: 

Charles Alton III, Dylan Batchelor, Austin Beckwith, Amanda Blake, Mackenzie Bogart, Zachary Britton, Mykayla Calkins, Adrian Cayer, Cameron Clarke, Madison Cook, Meghan DeMott, Samuel DeMott, Kyle Denson, Daniel DeStevens, Julianna Duca, Victoria Eckhard and Mykenzie Finch.

Also, Nathan Gilchrist, Justin Grower, Erika Hahn, Michael Ireland, Jamie Johnson, Jr., Aneisia Kauffman, Jake LeVea, Kendyl Lutz, Mitchell Nelson, Kaylin Pafumi, Bailey Perry, Erica Perwitz, Alesha Phelps, Robert Pollock and Julia Polly,

Also, Bayley Raponi, Christina Ravesi, Garet Roik, Kimberly Rombough, Devon Ruckdeschel, Victor Runeare, Jared Shepard, Jared Simpson, Antonio Smith, Elizabeth Sweeting, Julia Warner, Evan Waugh, Brandon Webb, Michael Welch, Jr. and Scott Wells.

11th-grade high honor roll: 

Nicholas Abbott, Alexia Abelgore, Emily Aubin, Jacob Batchelor, Jacob Belcher, Zoe Bolio, Robert Borrow III, Kara Bricker, Karli Bricker, Brett Campolieta, MaKenna Cealie, Jonathon Cummins, Jacob Cuyler, Amanda Deavers and Thomas Distin.

Also, Kimberly Edwards, Katelyn Ely, Kara Farrands, Abigail Field, Stephen Heywood, Tashia House, Brian Hudson, Kylie Jacklett, Christopher Jones, Thomas Kerfien III, Lena Kimball, Angeline Kimbrell, Kaitlyn Kinney, Jennah Lamb, Alexandra LaRock, Cheyenne Laun, Dominique Lockwood, Bailey Lutz, Jessica Marvin, Casey McCann, Nicholas McIntyre, Susan McRae, Geoffry Michaels and Tracie Murphy.

Also, Courtney Parsons, Erica Pawlewicz, Zachary Perry, Justina Race, Nicholas Reitz, Amanda Rice, Daric Richardson, Madden Rowlee, Kathryn Salmonsen, Alaina Schopp, Jacob Seymour, Courtney Smith, Taylor Smithers, Kendra Tryniski, Julia Velasquez, Erika Wallace and Cayla Weaver.

11th-grade honor roll: 

Adam Bruska-Ostrander, Joshua Buskey, Madison Coulon, Chlarissia Crast, Shelby Drake, Katlynn Firenze, Samantha Fox, Lauren Gaido, Emilio Garcia, Emily Gould, Kristopher Grow, Zeanna Hall, Emma Harvey, Emily Hein, Miki Iijima, Bryce Knight,and Chelsie Knopp.

Also, Johnna Lamie, Cinda Laribee, Bran Leyva, Makenzie Loomis, Matthew Marshall, Courtney Parker, Zoe Perez, Shania Phillips, John Russell, Trae Sheldon, Breanna St.Onge, Hannah Stanski, Grace Trepasso, Quinn Webb, Michaela Whiteman, Carly Williams, Hope Williams, Margaret Williams, Jolene Willis, and Mitchell Woodworth.

12th-grade high honor roll: 

James Bailey, Savannah Bray, Seth Britton, Ruth Brown, Kristen Budd, Rylie Bush, Logan Carvey, Nattalie Castellano, Oliver Child-Dauphin, Amelia Coakley, Seth DeLisle, Courtney DeLong, Meriah Dishaw, Monica Falanga, Ross Gardner, Sophia Giovannetti, Mackenzie Grow, Anna Guernsey and Mikayla Guernsey.

Also, Sarah Halstead, Laura Hamdan, Austin Haskins, Paige Havener, Erin Hayden, Kari Holbrook, Michael Holcomb, Jenna Hudson, Yusra Humayun, Emily Hyde, Samantha Ingersoll, Merrick Kilpatrick, Jeremy Langdon, Tessa LiVoti, Julia Ludington, James Martin, Ashley McCann, Maureen McCann, Augusto Mendes Siega and Konner Myers.

Also, Matthew Nelson, Jensen Paget, Derek Prosser, Justin Purtell, Coral Reynnells, Alissa Robinson, Danielle Rupert, Dawson Samson, Anthony Semeraro, Casey Shannon, Abigail Shatrau, Tevin Simard, Taylor Simpson, Noah Sorbello, Jordyn Stone, Jacob Strauss, Nicholas Summerville, Courtney Whaley and Mariah Whipple.

12th-grade honor roll: 

Jessica Abelgore, Connor Aldasch, Michael Alder, Zarina Amirzoda, Dominique Baker-Lanning, Mellissa Bennett, Montana Blair, Mattison Burdick, Neal Burke, Courtney Carr, Alyssa Crandon, Bradley Crofoot, Elizabeth DeSantis and Johnelle Dishaw.

Also, MacKenzie Fanciulli, Scott Favata, Jr., Fabiane Fernandes Da Silva, Connor Goss, Frances Green, Chase Halstead, Christine Hotaling, Kirby LaBeef, Brandon LaClair, Alexi Lastra, Julia Lee, Samantha Miller, Angela Paul, Lena Pawlewicz, Keisha Pierce, Mark Pollock and Richard Prent.

Also, Daniel Renner, Paul Reynoso, Angelina Rinn, Taylor Rose, Jessica Suphan, Alec Thomas, Mitchell Towsley, Jessica Vaccaro and Jeffrey Waldron.

Roy Morgan, long-time member of Enterprise Fire Department, Phoenix

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Roy C. “Uncle Roy” Morgan, 80, of Elm Street, Phoenix, passed away Monday after a long battle with several cancers.

He was born to the late Freda (Smith) and Wesleyan Morgan on June 17, 1933 in Phoenix, NY.
A graduate of Phoenix High School, class of 1951, he was an Army veteran during the
Korean Conflict, serving in Germany.

Uncle Roy was a 56-year member of the Enterprise Fire Co., and was honored as
a firefighter of the year. He also was very involved with other fire company related
organizations in the area.

Roy was predeceased by his twin brother, Ralph A. Morgan on Dec. 28, 2010; and a sister,
Arlene M. Knowlton on Mar. 24, 2008.

Surviving are his loving wife of 57 years, Ona S. (Wooding) Morgan; his two daughters,
Cherie J. (Merton) Shaw, and Valerie (Jay) Czyz; four grandchildren, Sara and Jason
Czyz and Scott and Karen Harris; one great-grandson, Alexzander Harris; one sister,
Nellie Chamberlain; a sister-in-law, Madalyn Morgan; a brother-in-law, Erwin Knowlton;
several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were Thursday at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home,
Phoenix, with the Rev. Douglas Chamberlain officiating.

Burial was in Phoenix Rural Cemetery with firefighter honors. Calling hours were Wednesday.

Contributions may be made in memory of Roy to: Enterprise Fire Co., 469 Main St., Phoenix, NY
13135, or to the Special Needs Playground Program, 25 Lock St., Phoenix, NY  13135

Barclay discusses referendum on casino gambling

Often issues arise in the state legislature where there are meritorious arguments on either side of the legislation.  This holds true for the state-wide referendum championed by Governor Cuomo that, if passed, would change our State Constitution to allow, among other things, the siting of four commercial casinos in Upstate New York.  Opponents of the measure argue that an expansion of casino gambling should not be part of any state economic development plan and that any expansion will also increase crime and gambling addiction.  Proponents of the expansion, including the Governor, claim that gambling is already all around us and they question why New York should miss out on the development of an industry that is attracting tourism and visitors to other states such as Nevada and New Jersey.

Currently, the New York Constitution prohibits all forms of gambling in the state other than pari-mutuel betting on horse races, bingo and lottery.  However, because of creative interpretations of the law and federal legislation, namely the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, we have three Indian run casinos in New York and a number of privately run facilities that operate video lottery gaming.  Further, gambling has expanded rapidly throughout the United States. Twenty three states have commercial casinos.  Casinos also exist north of the border in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

In order to amend the State Constitution to allow the expansion of commercial gambling in New York, legislation to do so has to be passed by two successive legislatures and then put to a statewide referendum.  The state legislature passed legislation to do so in 2012 and this year.  The decision will now be in front of the public in November. Voters will decide in a referendum.

If this referendum was simply about legalizing certain gambling in New York State, the argument for or against the referendum would be clear.  However, the gambling legislation gets into much more detail.  In effort to resolve various disputes between the state and certain Indian tribes, the legislation, if approved by referendum, would only allow the development of casinos in certain areas of upstate New York.  In essence, zones are created where the expansion of gambling would not be allowed so as not to compete with the already existing Indian owned casinos.  Onondaga, Oswego and Jefferson Counties all fall within exclusivity zones so any expansion of gambling could not take place within these counties’ borders due to reached agreements.

In addition, the gambling legislation sets out the taxes the state shall receive from each of the new casinos.  All taxes and fees assessed would be paid into the commercial gaming revenue fund.  The moneys of the fund would be distributed so that 80% of the revenues would be appropriated for elementary and secondary education, 10% of the revenues would be appropriated equally between the host municipality and the host county, and the final 10% of the revenues would be appropriated among the other counties in the region where the casino is located for the purpose of real property relief and education assistance.

During the last two legislative sessions, I voted against the gambling legislation and plan on voting against the referendum when it comes to a vote in November.  In general, I do not believe we should be using gambling as an economic development tool.  In addition, for the region I represent, the expansion of gambling will provide limited benefit and, in return, our area  would still be subject to the negative impacts that come with increased gambling.  However, if you believe gambling is here to stay, it is already all around, and that the state needs to settle its issues with various Indian tribes in the state, you should consider supporting the referendum.

If you have any questions or comments on this or any other state issue, or if you would like to be added to my mailing list or receive my newsletter, please contact my office.  My office can be reached by mail at 200 North Second Street, Fulton, New York 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by calling (315) 598-5185.  You can also friend me, Assemblyman Barclay, on Facebook.

 

 

State finds Fulton in moderate fiscal stress

By Ashley M. Casey

The depletion of Fulton’s available fund balance has brought the city under moderate fiscal stress, according to a new audit from the New York state comptroller.

According to a release from Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, the city’s fund balance fell to $136,068 at the end of 2012, down 84 percent from $841,747 in 2010.

Mayor Ronald L. Woodward Sr. attributed the fiscal stress to the poor economy, rising employee costs and declining property values.

“We’re doing our best,” Woodward said.

In an effort to cut costs, the city of Fulton has reduced its workforce by 10 percent in the last three years. Fulton has also reduced aid to the local library and ended ambulance contracts. These measures have saved the city about $800,000 since 2010.

“We’re not squandering money,” Woodward said. “We don’t even have a full-time attorney.” The mayor said he has been prosecuting most of the claims in code court himself.

“There’s only so much you can cut and still plow the roads,” the mayor added.

Fulton has applied to the state’s Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments to aid in the process of solving the city’s financial woes. The FRB will closely review the city’s finances and make recommendations for generating revenue and cutting costs. The board may also be able to make grants or loans of up to $5 million through the Local Government Performance and Efficiency Program.

City officials have reviewed the comptroller’s audit and have agreed to take corrective action. The full report is available at osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/cities/2013/fulton.pdf.

 

Oswego lawyer keynote speaker at women’s conference

Kimberly A. Steele, managing attorney of The Steele Law Firm, was one of the keynote speakers at the The Business of Women’s 10th Annual Conference in Watertown Nov. 20 held by the Watertown Small Business Development Center.

Steele talked on “How to Protect Your Business and Yourself.”

“This conference also its participants excellent networking opportunities and to hear first-hand the experiences and lessons learned by all of us in the course of business,” she said.

For informatin about The Steele Law Firm, call 216-4721 or visit the website at thesteelelawfirm.com.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner seeks donations, volunteer help

Financial donations and volunteer help are needed for this year’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 at First United Church of Fulton at 33 South Third Street in Fulton.

The free sit-down dinner is open to everyone, and features a complete Thanksgiving Dinner and an opportunity for good food and fellowship.

Checks can be sent to the First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., Fulton, 13069. Interested volunteers may call Dinner Chairperson Carol Dexter at  592-5162.

An organizing committee consisting of representatives of several Fulton churches and the Salvation Army is busy planning the eighth annual dinner. “It has become such a community effort and wonderful holiday tradition,” Dexter said. “Over 200 meals were served last year.”

Farfaglia to give another presentation on his muck farming book

Jim Farfaglia will give another presentation on his book about local muck farms at 3 p.m. Sunday Nov. 24 at the Fulton Public Library.

Farfaglia recently released a book about the history of muck farms in Oswego County. He will present a slideshow and read excerpts from his book. Farfaglia recently presented the program to a capacity crowd and decided to schedule a second one.

“The response from the public was overwhelming,” Farfaglia explained, “and I believe this is because there is a lot of interest in muck farming here in Central New York. Many people know muck farm families and some have worked on their farms over the years. I enjoy doing this program because it gives me a chance to talk about this unique type of farming and to offer some of the rich stories farmers shared with me.”

Farfaglia interviewed about 35 muck farmers, their family members, neighbors, workers and agricultural specialists and used the interviews, along with photographs and maps, to create the book.

During the Nov. 24 program, Farfaglia will share highlights from the book, call on those in the audience with muck farming ties to offer their memories, and answer questions about his research and creation of the book.

Copies of the book will be available to buy. Refreshments will be served. Call the Fulton Library at 592-5159 or Farfaglia at sjimf903@twcny.rr.com for more information.

Phillips receives ‘above and beyond’ award

Diane Phillips, customer service representative, commercial and municipal lines, for Eastern Shore Associates Insurance (ESA), Fulton, recently earned the agency’s 2013 “Above and Beyond” award, it was announced by Martha Murray, agency president. Phillips works at ESA’s Fulton office.

“Diane’s hard work and professionalism have made her an asset to both our clients and to our team, “ Murray said. “She is most deserving of this award.

“The Above and Beyond program is designed to recognize the individual who goes above and beyond their normal job duties to exceed the needs of fellow employees, our customers and our agency.”

Phillips has worked at ESA since 2004. She resides in Fulton with her domestic partner and has three children, one stepdaughter and two grandchildren.

“It’s a wonderful honor to be recognized by your peers for doing the best you can every day,” Phillips said. ”I really love the family atmosphere working here.”

Headquartered in Fulton, Eastern Shore Associates is a Trusted Choice® agency and ESOP (employee stock owned) company.

ESA offers a full range of business and personal insurance, including property, liability, automobile, boat, farm, recreational vehicle, workers compensation, and bonds. In addition, they offer financial planning and risk management services through strategic alliances.

“Our agency roots date back to 1846,” said Murray. “And we have more than 100 years of continuous representation with some of our insurance companies. 2013 is our 27th year as Eastern Shore Associates Insurance.

Eastern Shore Associates Insurance, www.esainsurance.com, has offices in Fulton, Pulaski, Phoenix, Camden, Waterloo, Rochester, N. Syracuse and Walworth. The Fulton office can be reached at 598-6000.

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