United Way kicks off 2013-14 fundraising campaign with soul

By Ashley M. Casey

Campaign Cabinet members of the United Way of Greater Oswego County donned fedoras, suits and sunglasses in a creative effort to present the organization’s 2014 fundraising goal of $800,000 at the 2014 Campaign Kick-off Breakfast.

Rob Rolfe, recently named the sole chair of the Campaign Cabinet, explained they were inspired by the 1980 movie “The Blues Brothers,” in which Jake and Elwood Blues reunite their band to raise money for the orphanage in which they grew up.

“We put the band back together for each and every one of you,” Rolfe said at the breakfast, held Sept. 11 at the American Foundry in Oswego.

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Tempers flare at Fulton school board meeting

446 people sign petition opposing changes brought about by conflict of interest policy; Egan appointed Volney principal

By Tracy Kinne

The Fulton board of education Tuesday night appointed a former superintendent as interim principal at Volney Elementary School, a few hours after a petition with 446 signatures was presented to the district saying, “We want our principal back!”

The petition, which makes reference to  the Volney school, says former Principal Jeff Hendrickson was forced into switching to a different school and that students are devastated by the change.

It suggests that teachers be moved instead of principals, says the switch in administrators is a change that the signers do  not want and says, “Save our principal.”

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Several Phoenix fall sports rosters

Phoenix girls varsity soccer 

Player Grade Position

Haley Besaw 12 Defense

Megan Brown 11 Defense

Caitlyn Connolly 08 Midfield

Brooke Dolbear 11 Forward

Marisa Dona 10 Defense

Samantha Doupe 08 Forward

Brooke Ensby 09 Defense

Paige Ensby 11 Defense

Alyssa Froio 09 Midfield

Alexis Gabriele 09 Forward

Isabella Garofalo 08 Defns/Goalie

Kaitlyn Greer 09 Midfield

Emilie Hilliard 07 Midfield

Alexandra Hoag 08 Midfield

Sarah Hoag 10 Midfield

Briana Neiss 09 Defense

Nicole Noreault 09 Defense

Isabella Perez 08 Midfield

Brianna Squier 08 Goalie

Coach  is William Conklin

Phoenix varsity boys cross country

Grade, Player

10th grade, Kellen Arnold

12th grade, Anthony Brienza

10th grade, Alexander Brutcher

Ninth grade, Ryan Chesbro

Ninth grade, Elias Clark

10th grade, Joshua Dievendorf

10th grade, Christopher Fisk

10th grade, Tyler Gabriele

12th grade, Michael Girard

12th grade, Eric Hillpot

Ninth grade, Daniel Knowlton

Ninth grade, Jacob Lawless

Ninth grade, Eric Leach

12th grade, Michael Leach

10th grade, Hunter Nerber

10th grade, Brendan Nichols

12th grade, Jason Nipper

12th grade, Brian Stafford

10th grade, Joshua Stopher

12th grade, Dylan Switzer

10th grade, Austin Wilson

Coach is Andy Lewis

Phoenix varsity girls cross country

Grade, Player

10th grade, Alexis Bowering

11th grade, Emma Brunnell

10th grade, Sydnie Colbert

Ninth grade, Amanda Deryke

10th grade, Brandi Gates

Ninth grade, Chloe Goodnow

Ninth grade, Nicole Hetko

12th grade, Meghan Lentz

12th grade, Nichole Marr

11th grade, Emilie Schneider

Ninth grade, Septima Stobart

Ninth grade, Carolanne Switzer

12th grade, Destiny Teel

12th grade, Haylie Virginia

Coach is Andy Lewis

Phoenix varsity boys golf

Grade, Player

12th grade, Kyle Andrews

12th grade, Dylan Borza

10th grade, Chase Cavanaugh

11th grade, Walker Connolly

12th grade, Codie Corso

12th grade, Sebastian Czyz

10th grade, Ryley Doupe

12th grade, Austin Dristle

Ninth grade, Spencer Evans

10th grade, Mike Germaine

11th grade, Conner Haney

10th grade, William Hilliard

Eighth grade, James Lynch

10th grade, Jonathan Schmidt

Head coach is Gene Mills

Assistant coach is Brock Matlock

Phoenix Varsity Volleyball Team

Name Position Jersey # Grade

Hannah Lees Outside 2 11

Kaitlyn Clapp D/S 3 12

Meghan Lees Middle 4 10

Paige Recore ** Outside 6 12

Katelynn McDonald D/S 7 11

Delaine May Outside 8 11

Amber Crews Setter 9 11

Maria Musumeci Middle 10 11

MacKenzie Young** Right Side 11 11

Jessica Jones Middle 15 10

Taylor Chesbro Right Side 17 11

Fia Campanino Libero 21 11


**Team captain


Head coach is  Michelle Goodfellow

Athletic director is Jim Drancsak

Asst. coach is  Anna Turner

JV coach is Mendie Tutt




Phoenix Junior varsity volleyball

Name Position Jersey # Grade

Kristin Clapp D/S 1 9

Mattison Thrall O/H 2 10

Hayleigh Ladd O/H 3 9

Samantha Zerbinos Right Side 4 10

Morgan Bajish D/S, Right 5 9

Aleah Adamo Libero 6 9

Lauren Porter Setter 7 10

Kaitlyn Trudell O/H 8 10

Mattingly Gleason O/H 10 10

Kaitlyn McArthur Middle 11 9

Sydney Young Setter 12 9

Gabrielle Crain Middle 14 10

Meghan Rowe Middle 15 10



Junior varsity coach is Mendie Tutt

Athletic director is Jim Drancsak

Varsity coach is Michelle Goodfellow

Assistant varsity coach is Anna Turner


Fulton debuts tough offense in season opening win over Fowler

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity football team came away with a memorable win in its season opening game against Fowler Sept. 6.

Despite facing numerous challenges throughout the game, the Red Raiders never backed down. Trailing by 7 points during the fourth quarter, Fulton forced a pivotal turnover which allowed them to tie the game in the final seconds of regulation.

After stopping Fowler during the first possession of overtime, Sophomore Quarterback Cody Green threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Chris Jones to cap off the 34-28 win.

The Red Raiders began their season by receiving the opening kickoff. However, four plays into Fulton’s first drive of the season, Fowler caught a break. Fulton fumbled the ball at midfield with 10:36 left in the first quarter. Fowler took over with solid field position in what proved to be an opportunity they would capitalize on.

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Dorothy H. Hall: Secretary at Nestle, LPN


Dorothy H. Hall, 95, of Fulton died Sept. 5 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late Dr. A.L. Hall, who was the first surgeon at the Fulton hospital, and his wif,e Lena Howell Hall.

Ms. Hall was a secretary at the Nestle Co. in Fulton for 40 years and after her retirement served the community as a private duty licensed practical nurse.

She is survived by her neighbor, Natalie Carroll.

Funeral services are private. Burial will be in Mount Adnah Cemetery.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Judith Argus: Loved gardening, bingo


Judith Argus, 68, of Fulton passed away Sept. 4 with her family by her side.

She was born July 5, 1945 in Syracuse to George and Margaret Parkis.

She devoted much of her time and energy to her family and enjoyed gardening, crafting and playing bingo.

Judy was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Argus; sisters, Dolores and Jerry; brothers, Harold and George.

Surviving are her three daughters, Margaret (Bruce) Kimball, Tina (Adrian)  Hines and Kelly Argus; three grandchildren, Crystal, Lena, and Cole; sisters, Marion Hayes, Leona Crego and Rose Paro;  brother, Raymond Parkis.

Calling hours and services were Sept. 7 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial will be at Pine Plains Cemetery in Kirkville.

Contributions in memory of Judy may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, N.Y. 13126.

Anne B. Miller: Worked for federal government

Anne B. Miller of Springfield, Va., formerly of Fulton, was called to heaven on Sept. 3.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Miller, in 2000, her sister Joan Robinson, and her brother Joseph Giannetto.

She is survived by two daughters, Karen McKeon of Fairfax, Va., and Sharon Mackey of Rochester, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, twin sister Mary Fannetti of Minoa and several nieces and nephews.

Anne’s’ greatest love was for the Lord.  She was an active member of Immanuel Bible Church and loved reading the Bible. Her other great love was dancing, which she enjoyed her entire life.

Anne moved to Northern Virginia in 1976.  She began her government career working for the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of the Air Force, the U.S. House of Representatives (Select Committee on Assassinations) and the Department of the Army, where she retired in 1994 as a computer systems analyst.

A visitation was held at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home Sept. 6 and a funeral service was held at Immanuel Bible Church, Springfield, Va. Sept. 7. Burial was at Fairfax Memorial Park.

Donations may be made to Capital Caring Hospice, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, Va.  22042.

SUNY Oswego troupe takes to stage in Scotland

Six students and two theater faculty members from State University College at Oswego participated in August in the world’s largest performing arts festival, taking their production of “Desdemona, A Play About a Handkerchief” to the stages and streets of Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival — a monthlong kaleidoscope of more than 2,100 theater, music, dance and comedy productions — drew the SUNY Oswego troupe for a jam-packed 11-day trip.

“It was really inspiring,” said Joan Hart Willard, adjunct instructor of theater and director for the college’s production of the Paula Vogel play.

“The most valuable part for the students was they learned they were competing with these different professional (and other college) actors, and it takes a very strong commitment to go out and do your best all the time. It’s hard work, but it pays off,” she said.

Dana Ernest (Desdemona), Robin Rubeo (Emilia), Clare Bawarski (Bianca) and stage manager Kelly McMenemon, backstage and props manager Carlos Clemenz and lighting director Tyler Eldred made the trip with theater chair and professor Jessica Hester and Willard.

An “Othello” spinoff, “Desdemona” played in SUNY Oswego’s lab theater in March.

The troupe left Aug. 1, stayed at the University of Edinburgh and could walk to the festival’s stages and “the Royal Mile” (High Street) where they did two 20-minute performances — a traditional form of promotion known as busking — and handed out postcards inviting passersby to their four productions in Surgeons Hall, one of six theaters collectively known as The Space.

“It was a lot of fun,” Willard said. “They are a great group of students, very mature and responsible. They were real troupers.”

Competitors from some other colleges around the world produced homegrown plays, another object lesson for the Oswego group.

“If you want to make a living doing this profession, you sometimes have to plan the production, find the money and do it yourself,” Willard said.

Research and funding

The road to Edinburgh was paved with research, planning and funding.

“I took a theater group from Syracuse University years ago and it was a very positive experience,” said Willard, who is also a playwright and actor.

She spoke about the idea a couple of years ago with Hester, who journeyed to Edinburgh for the festival last year during the international college competition.

Hester returned and started writing grant applications, receiving support from the International College Theater Festival as well as numerous on-campus resources. She said the effort was well worth it in terms of educational value for the students.

“They were able to perform in the largest performing arts festival in the world,” Hester said. “They saw so many different types of performances from so many countries, their understanding of what theater can be has expanded far beyond their experiences in New York. It was literally a life- and career-changing experience.”

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