Fulton modified football ends season at 3-3

 By Rob Tetro

After losing to Cortland and Cazenovia to begin the season, the Fulton modified football team went 3-1 to close out the seaon.

Coach Jeff Waldron said Fulton showed steady improvement throughout the season. After Cazenovia rolled past the Red Raiders, Fulton made a lot of adjustments.

Defensive coordinator Joe Meeks installed a new defense while offensive coordinator Harry Meeker made a few adjustments on offense.

Fulton’s adjustments quickly paid off. After starting 0-2, the Red Raiders earned wins over Jamesville-DeWitt, Chittenango and East Syracuse Minoa and then lost a heartbreaker to Christian Brothers Academy in their last game of the season. The Red Raiders scored what would have been the game winning touchdown with just a little time remaining. However, a block to the back penalty nullified Fulton’s touchdown allowing Christian Brothers Academy to hold on for the win.

The Red Raiders finished the season with a 3-3 record.

Coaches said  there were 46 players on the team this season, all of whom showed great work ethic. Overall, Fulton was a young, inexperienced team with only a handful of returning eighth-graders.

It was quite the opposite a season ago. Waldron came into the season with the tough task of replacing numerous eighth-graders who went on to have great seasons at the junior varsity level this season. In fact, players such as Travis Rice and Jarred Crucitti were a few freshmen that ended up playing at the varsity level this season.

Looking ahead, Waldron said if his team can remain as cohesive of a unit as they were this season, a bright future lies ahead.

Waldron points out that many coaching changes have been made within the program during the last few seasons. However, he feels very strongly that these coaches are determined to improving the program from top to bottom.

Waldron said Fulton Pop Warner Football is now on the same page with the schematics that are being developed with modified, junior varsity and varsity players. He suggests that connecting concepts with Fulton football players, Pop Warner on up, can lead only to good things down the road.

“I think that when all of the levels are working toward the same goal, it can only strengthen the program.”, Waldron said. “There is still a lot of work to do, but we are moving in the right direction.”

Heroin use on the rise in Oswego County

By Ashley M. Casey

Heroin accounts for the majority of Oswego County’s drug cases, according to the county district attorney’s office.

“It has skyrocketed. It is out of control,” said Jeff Kinney, an investigator for the DA. Kinney retired as a lieutenant from the Fulton City Police Department. “It’s a complete switch from last year,” he added. Previously, most of the county’s drug offenses involved crack cocaine, marijuana and alcohol.

Kinney cited many reasons for the increase in heroin abuse within the county.

“The potency of heroin in the last decade or so has increased, so you don’t have to inject as much,” he said. Kinney said heroin is cheaper and more widely available than other drugs.

Oswego County Undersheriff Gene Sullivan said that heroin used to be a “boutique drug,” available only to those who could afford expensive narcotics.

“Back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, heroin was really expensive and really hard to get,” Sullivan said. “You just didn’t see it around here.”

Kinney also pointed to the recent painkiller addiction epidemic as a catalyst for heroin’s popularity. Heroin, like highly addictive painkillers such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, is an opiate drug.

David Guyer, resource coordinator for Oswego County’s Drug Treatment Court, made the prescription-street connection as well. He said some doctors may prescribe opioid painkillers “too liberally.”

“The addiction starts out as a legitimate opiate prescription from a doctor, or (the addict) takes someone else’s,” Guyer said.

He said people might sell excess pills, or teenagers might raid their parents’ medicine cabinet. Once the pills run out, heroin is a cheaper alternative for a similar high.

A study from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that prescription opiate addicts aged 12 to 49 are 19 times more likely than others in their age group to become addicted to heroin.

Guyer also said people with “unaddressed mental health reasons” may use illegal drugs such as heroin to self-medicate. “The heroin makes them feel better,” he said.

People of all types can become heroin users. Kinney said he could see no pattern in the demographics of heroin addicts involved in the cases he’s worked on.

“Based on our experience, it’s crossing all aspects of life. Race doesn’t matter. Occupation doesn’t matter,” Kinney said. “I think the trend is younger people are using it, but we know of older people using it too.”

Guyer said while the heroin cases he oversees are also a mix, there is somewhat of a socioeconomic pattern.

“Generally, I would say the people I deal with are of lower socioeconomic status,” he said. “However, I’ve seen people that come from more means that (use as well).”

A recent Post-Standard article reported that Onondaga County has already attributed 20 deaths to heroin overdose in 2013. That number is up tenfold from four years ago.

As of June 2013, no heroin deaths had been reported in Oswego County.

Kinney said he did not have figures on how many heroin overdoses Oswego County may have seen this year.

“Sometimes law enforcement isn’t called, and it’s found out later it was an opiate overdose,” he said.

Sullivan said that the heroin problem in Onondaga County has had a “ripple effect” on Oswego County. He said that people travel back and forth to Syracuse more often than they did in previous generations, and they may be bringing new drug trends back with them.

“For us, it almost ends up like a preview (of) things to be aware of,” Sullivan said. He added that this has made Oswego County law enforcement more “proactive” in tackling the county’s drug cases.

As for what can be done about the county’s growing heroin problem, there are many resources in place for addicts.

“From our perspective, we try through the drug court program … (to) divert more people into treatment,” Guyer said. He added that law enforcement officials have been “very supportive” of this plan.

Oswego County DA’s office to purchase equipment for local police agencies

The state is providing nearly $700,000 in grants so local law enforcement agencies can either purchase equipment for the first time or upgrade existing systems that allow them to video record interrogations, a practice widely recognized as enhancing the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system.

In Oswego County, $11,708 will go to the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office for use with the Fulton, Oswego, Phoenix and Pulaski police departments and Oswego County Sheriff’s Office.

“With these grants, New York State is giving local law enforcement the resources they need to enhance the integrity, fairness and effectiveness of our criminal justice system,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “The practice of video recording interrogations helps prevent wrongful convictions and at the same time, protects investigators from false allegations. These grants will provide an important and recognized tool to law enforcement agencies that will help better protect our communities.”

District Attorneys’ offices in 29 counties across the state will use the grants to purchase or upgrade equipment for 150 agencies, including police departments and sheriffs’ offices, bringing the number of agencies that will use the technology statewide to about 400. There are more than 500 police departments and sheriffs’ offices in New York.

Of those 150 agencies, 55 are receiving grants from the state for the first time. With these grants, each of the state’s 62 counties will have agencies that video record interrogations.

Germanow joins Nelson Law Firm

Lawyer Lesley C. Germanow has joined the Nelson Law Firm, it was announced by Allison J. Nelson, owner.

Germanow will be responsible for representing clients in the areas of municipal law, real estate, business and corporate law, estate, trusts and vehicle and traffic matters.

Germanow is admitted to practice law in New York and the Northern District of New York Federal Court.

“Lesley has experience and skills that are an excellent match for our longstanding clients, “ Nelson said.  “We are delighted to have her expertise here at Nelson Law.”

Germanow earned her law degree from Syracuse University’s College of Law after she received her bachelor’s degree from College of Charleston. She previously owned her own law office in Fulton where she conducted her practice in appeals, traffic law, family law, real estate, land use planning and zoning and wills and estates.

Germanow has previously worked as a legislative assistant and paralegal.

Nelson Law Firm has strong ties to the community and serves a variety of leadership roles within community organizations and through its volunteer efforts.

In addition, Nelson Law Firm is a certified woman owned business enterprise with more than 75 combined years of experience, practicing in the areas of municipal law, real estate, business and corporate law, estate, trusts and vehicle and traffic matters.

For further information, call Nelson at 312-0318 or anelson@anelsonlaw.net.


2 join Burritt Motors staff

Dustin Geers and Andrew Halsey joined Burritt Motors recently as sales representatives, it was announced by Chris Burritt, owner.

“Dustin and Andrew have skills and qualifications that are an excellent match for the positions,” Burritt said. “ We’re delighted to add them to our growing sales team.”

Halsey had worked as a technician for a year at Burritt Motors before pursuing opportunities as an internet sales consultant. Halsey earned his associate degree in occupational studies as an automotive service technician from SUNY Alfred. He resides in Oswego.

Geers previously worked at a Syracuse dealership and earned his associate degree in business from the University of Phoenix. Geers resides in Oswego.

Burritt Motors’ history dates back to 1955 in Hannibal when Chris’ grandfather, Elmer O. Burritt, purchased a Chevrolet franchise that he operated until 1963.  To expand in a larger market, Chirs’ father, Richard, purchased the assets of a Chevrolet dealership that had been located on Oswego’s East Third Street.  About a year later, he built the present dealership on Route 104.

Burritt Motors recently completed a seven-month, $2.2 million expansion and renovation of their entire dealership.  The expansion included a new and expanded show room, new customer lounge, new service area with seven more service bays, a vehicle photo gallery to take a virtual test drive on the web site, and new administrative offices.

The dealership celebrates its 58th anniversary this year and can be reached at 343-8948, www.burrittmotors.com or www.themechanixgarage.com.



Deadline Dec. 4 for United Way mini-grants

United Way of Greater Oswego County is offering a limited number of mini-grants to community organizations.

The organizations must reflect the United Way’s mission and its five funding  categories: emergency services; heal and special needs; supporting families and children; senior services; and youth development.

United Way Executive Director Melanie Trexler said the mini-grants are for nonprofitsts serving Oswego County.

“Organizations that wish to apply for a mini-grant must submit a brief narrative that includes a description of the project and proposed activities, its goals, who it will serve and how it will benefit those served.

“The project must also have clear, measurable goals and a defined beginning and end. Applicants are also encouraged to partner with other community organizations on the project,” said Trexler.

Nonprofits wishing to apply for a mini-grant may download an application from the United Way website at www.oswegounitedway.org.

For more information, call Trexler at 593-1900, or send an email to melanieunitedway@windstream.net.

All proposals must be submitted no later than Dec. 4.

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