Speed Demons hold swim tryouts Sept. 16

The Fulton Family YMCA’s competitive youth swim team, the Speed Demons, is holding tryouts at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Granby Elementary School pool. Senior practices (age 13 and up) will be held Mondays and Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. The first day of senior practice is Sept. 18 at 5 p.m. Junior practices (age 12 and younger) will be held Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m. Junior practice begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 19. Those seeking more information may call the YMCA at 598-9622.

Fulton player on new women’s tennis team at Houghton

Team wins conference opener

The Houghton College Women’s Tennis Team won its opening conference match at home against Utica College Aug. 31.

This match represents the first conference match ever for Houghton’s new tennis program.

After dropping the number one doubles point, the team rallied and won the second and third doubles matches. Lisa Jones (Attica) and Jenn Mechler (Webster) defeated Doni Look and Elise Pape (8-1) in the number two doubles match.

Audrey Proto (Fulton) and Hanna Hale (Skowhegan, Maine) defeated Nicole Johnson and Lizzy Pape (8-1) in the number three doubles match.

The Highlander women went on to sweep the singles matches. In the number one spot, Bethany Chesebro (Olean) defeated Rose Zaloom, 6-2, 6-1.

Jenny Iacucci (Chili, N.Y.) defeated Erin Burchill, 6-3, 6-3, in the number two singles match.

Molly Freihofer (Mexico, N.Y.) defeated Doni Look, 6-0, 6-0, in the number three singles match. Amanda Wojcinski (Buffalo) defeated Elise Pape, 6-2, 2-0 (retired), in the number four spot.

Lisa Jones defeated Nicole Johnson, 6-0, 6-2, in the number five singles match, and Jenn Mechler defeated Andreena Sykes, 6-1, 6-2, in the number six singles match.

“These women worked very hard in the preseason, and it has paid off,” said Houghton College Head Tennis Coach Charlie Ellis. “They have become incredibly mature players in a short period of time to play a varsity tennis match on the NCAA Division III level.

“This level of play is a stretch for our women,” said Ellis. “But, they’ve made some giant steps forward. They’ll do nothing but get better as the season progresses.”

Although Houghton won its conference opener, the previous day the women’s tennis team was defeated at Alfred State College.

Highlights of the match for the Highlander women included a doubles win. Lisa Jones (Attica) and Jenn Mechler (Webster) defeated Alex Smith and Alisa Clemente (8-6) in the number three doubles match.

Another notable effort was Lisa Jones losing to Alex Smith in the number five singles match after having two consecutive match points in the third set super tie-breaker (10-12).

Libby Wideman (Akron, N.Y.) stretched her opponent, Bethany Dickerson, out to a third set tie-breaker in the number six singles match, losing 8-10 in the super tie-breaker.

“The Highlander women gave Alfred a good fight for their first match,” said Ellis. “All of our players were confident, mature, and excited about being competitive against a good school.”

Coach Ellis noted that the matches were closer than the scores indicated. “The Alfred team had to fight to win the points they did,” said Ellis.


Bethany Chesebro lost to Brennan Ferguson 2-6, 2-6 Alfred

Molly Freihofer lost to Emma Jackson 1-6, 0-6 Alfred

Jen Mechler lost to Rachel Cook 0-6, 0-6 Alfred

Hanna Hale lost to Emily Eisenberg 1-6, 1-6 Alfred

Lisa Jones lost to Alex Smith 6-4, 2-6 (10-12) Alfred

Libby Wideman lost to Bethany Dickerson 6-3, 4-6 (8-10) Alfred


Chesebro/Wojenski lost to Jackson/Cook 2-8 Alfred

Santiago/Hale lost to Ferguson/Eisenberg 1-8 Alfred

Jones/Mechler defeated Smith/Clemente 8-6 Houghton

Practice/exhibition doubles:

Proto/Freihofer defeated Tokarski/Mayville 8-5 Houghton

Youth basketball to take registrations

Fulton Youth Basketball will be holding registration this month.

The program is open to all children from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade, both boys and girls.

Fulton Youth Basketball is an instructional league for the children to have fun and learn the game of basketball. It is equal playing time for everyone.

Call Jerry at 592-8505 for details.

Registration takes place at the Fulton War Memorial. Here is the schedule:

Sept. 12: 6 to 9 p.m.

Sept. 15: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sept. 20: 6 to 9 p.m.

Sept. 21: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sept. 27: 6 to 9 p.m.

Sept. 28: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten mixed; first- and second-grade mixed; third- and fourth-grade boys; third- and fourth-grade girls; fifth- and sixth-grade boys; fifth- and sixth-grade girls.

Lichty takes his first Oswego ISMA Super Nationals and second big win of the season

Oswego, NY – In July, Canadian Mike Lichty was on fire when he came to Oswego for the King of Wings. He not only set a new track record, but also dominated the race to take home the prestigious KoW crown. Saturday night at the 20th annual running of the Bud Light Oswego Super Nationals, Lichty could not hold onto his recently set track record, which was topped by Dave Shullick Jr., but he was able to dominate the 60-lapper to claim his first Super Nationals victory worth $3500. Lichty would also confiscate the top prize of $2,000 in the Shea Concrete ‘Steel Palace’ ISMA Super Series finale. Going into the night’s racing, the 4-race Steel Palace series was led by Chris Perley with Lou Cicconi second, Lichty third, Mark Sammut, fourth and Tim Ice fifth. Lichty was able to jump to the top of the charts with his victory.

A last place finish at Sunset Speedway gave Lichty an edge in the handicapping and a third place starting spot in the feature. And, Mike was well aware that there were some heavy hitters right behind him. “I just got out there as soon as I could. With Chris Perley and Louie back there I knew they were going to come at some point. The biggest thing was to just run as conservative as possible and keep the right rear under me. To win both shows here at Oswego – the King of Wings and now this one is pretty close to perfect. We have a long ways to go tomorrow to pull off Classic win. But, it’s 200 laps and it means that you have to put yourself in the right position and stay clear of the wrecks and what not. We are definitely going to give it our best shot.

“I just want to thank everybody at  Reed’s Salvage, PATCO Transportation, my father, Craig Reed, Dianna Reed, my girlfriend Raven, Dickie, Ryan, my sponsors – everybody that works on or helps the team. I was a little disappointed in time trials. We were a little tight. But I can’t thank everyone enough for their hard work.”

Dave Shullick, who was the owner of the new Oswego track record after setting a torrid 14.972 lap in time trials, came up from twelfth into second with just a dozen laps remaining in the race. “I think we clearly showed we had the fastest car here tonight. We started twelfth and passed our away to the front. We didn’t have the advantage of starting up front today. One day we’re going to get to start up there and they won’t catch us. The first 50 laps the car was free. This car tightens up and I knew it would. I just stayed with it and it came around. At the end it was real good. The last ten laps I had a pretty bad vibration. So, I didn’t try and make a run at it. I was just trying to get it home.

“Hats off to Jim Bodnar and the crew. I had some guys from the 15 crew up here helping us today.  I have to thank everyone who pitches in. Kim and Kevin Enders – all they do for us is awesome. They build an engine with helluva horsepower. Elios Financial Group and Oswego Speedway for putting on one helluva Classic.”

Lou Cicconi who lost second place in the waning laps, said succinctly of his podium finish, “Well, the car got real loose toward the end of the race. It was all I could do to finish where I did. The car was definitely better at the beginning. The car just went away and I didn’t have anything left at the end. And that same  lap car christened everybody again.”

The race was led to green by Joey Payne, driving the Lane 97 and Rob Summers in the Lichty 74. Not one lap was complete before yellow flew for a tail of the field mishap, which saw Tim Ice and Mike McVetta on hooks, and Bob Magner and Lou LeVea Sr. pushed into the pits. Only McVetta and LeVea were able to restart as the race resumed.

Payne was able to reclaim his lead on the green while Lichty moved quickly by Summers for second. Heartbreak hit Jon McKennedy, one of the faster cars in time trials, soon thereafter when he hobbled into the pits with a broken wing strut.

Lichty deftly moved by Payne in turn one of lap four and had put a couple car lengths on the 97 before the clock ticked to five. Lichty then took advantage of a long green period to put a good distance on the pack of Payne, Cicconi, Summers. Alison Cumens, Jeff Locke, Ben Seitz and Perley.

A yellow bunched the field on lap 21 just as Cicconi was about to make a move on Payne for the lead. Ryan Coniam experienced fuel pickup problems here and after three stops on the track, was sent pitside before the green was able to stick.

Twenty-seven caution-free laps flew by as Lichty cruised out front. Cicconi had finalized his pass of Payne shortly after the restart leaving Payne to fend off  Cumens and Summers. Back in the pack, Shullick was the man to watch as the Bodnar-built 94 was on the move.

Lichty and Cicconi lapped at the tail of the field by the 32nd marker. Lichty was able to use a couple laps cars to pull away from Cicconi.

With 20 to go, Lichty was in control as Cicconi had been stymied a bit by some slower cars. This also allowed Shullick to move around Payne and Cumens for the third place spot. Shortly thereafter, Cumens, running a magnificent race,  pulled around Payne for fourth and headed for the top three.

On lap 48, Payne slowed and brought out the yellow as he headed for the pits. Bobby Chartier did likewise ending his race here also.

With just over 10 to go, the green dropped for Lichty out front as a lap car held up Cicconi’s forward march. Shullick was able to steal second in the interim, leaving Cumens to nip at Cicconi’s heels. Summers, Seitz, Perley, Dave Gruel, Locke, Ray Graham, Timmy Jedrzejek and more were still racing hard behind.

With five to go, it was apparent Lichty had his first Super Nationals in the record books as Shullick ran a distance behind but it was Cumens who made a charge at Cicconi for what would have been her third podium finish of the season.  But the race ran out before she got her chance, leaving Lichty, Shullick and Cicconi to head for the podium. Cumens and Summers rounded out the top five. The win for Lichty was his third at Oswego, the first came at the King of Wings in 2011.

The recent Penn State grad Cumens was once again surrounded by a growing group of fans and had this comment, “The run was great for me. When we had that second caution I want to say, afterwards I had a little bit of motor problems. We’re not quite sure what they are yet. That’s why I kind of got stuck behind Joey for a little bit. So then for some reason the motor cleared out and I got around him after another caution. I was just catching Louie there when the race ended. It was fun.”

And, Summers, not having the best year of his career, “I have to thank Brad and Mike Lichty, Patco Transportation, Reed’s Salvage, they give me a car every week. We’ve struggled this year but I think we’re  finally starting to get a handle on it. We got a top five tonight but I wish it was 75 laps because the car was getting better and better. We had a good car and I’m happy with it. It’s just glad for Mike winning the big race. It was a good night for everybody. We’ll head for Star now and maybe we can get a podium or a win.

Shullick also claimed the New Concept Race Media sponsored Hard Charger Award and rookie Bobby Chartier picked up the Resource Alternative Energy Last Car Running award.



1. 94 – Dave Shullick Jr.: 14.972 NTR, 2. 84 – Mike Lichty: 15.054, 3. 11 – Chris Perley: 15.145, 4. 27 – Ray Graham: 15.296, 5. 71 – Lou Cicconi: 15.372, 6. 37 – Jeff Locke: 15.388, 7. 17 – Ben Seitz: 15.407, 8. 16 – Dave Gruel: 15.566, 9. 79 – Jon McKennedy: 15.594, 10. 74 – Rob Summers: 15.675, 11. 97 – Joey Payne: 15.769, 12. 39 – Alison Cumens: 15.860, 13. 32 – Tim Jedrzejek, 15.885,  14. 46 – Ryan Coniam: 15.933, 15. 78 – Mark Sammut: 15.971, 16. 21 – Ed Witkum Jr.: 16.023, 17. 25 – Dan Bowes: 16.083, 18. 55 – Mike Keeler: 16.122, 19. 47 – Bobby Chartier: 16.262, 20. 72 – Danny Shirey: 16.274, 21. 40 – Bob Magner: 16.339, 22. 02 – Brandon Bellinger: 16.362, 23. 5 – Joe Trenca: 16.560, 24. 65 – Tim Ice: 16.740, 25. 96 – Lou LeVea Sr.: 17.952

Bud Light ISMA SuperNationals (60-laps): 1. 84 – Mike Lichty, 2. 94 – Dave Shullick Jr., 3. 71 – Lou Cicconi, 4. 39 – Alison Cumens, 5. 74 – Rob Summers, 6. 17 – Ben Seitz, 7. 16 – Dave Gruel, 8. 11 – Chris Perley, 9. 27 – Ray Graham, 10. 32 – Tim Jedrzejek, 11. 78 – Mark Sammut, 12. 21 – Ed Witkum Jr., 13. 37 – Jeff Locke, 14. 55 – Mike Keeler, 15. 25 – Dan Bowes, 16. 47 – Bobby Chartier, 17. 97 – Joey Payne, 18. 22 – Mike McVetta, 19. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 20. 5 – Joey Trenca, 21. 46 – Ryan Coniam, 22. 96 – Lou LeVea Sr., 23. 79 – Jon McKennedy, 24. 65 – Tim Ice, 25. 40 – Bobby Magner, 26. 72 – Danny Shirey


1st Heat (10-laps): 1. 79-Jon McKennedy, 2. 11-Chris Perley, 3. 39-Alison Cumens, 4. 37-Jeff Locke, 5. 32-Tim Jedrzejek, 6. 21-Eddie Witkum Jr, 7. 47-Bobby Chartier, 8. 02-Brandon Bellinger, 9. 96-Lou LeVea Sr

2nd Heat (10-laps): 1. 84-Mike Lichty, 2. 16-David Gruel, 3. 71-Lou Cicconi, 4. 97-Joey Payne, 5. 46-Ryan Coniam, 6. 25-Dan Bowes, 7. 72-Danny Shirey, 8. 5-Joey Trenca

3rd Heat (10-laps): 1. 94-Dave Shullick Jr, 2. 17-Ben Seitz, 3. 27-Ray Graham, 4. 74-Rob Summers, 5. 78-Mark Sammut, 6. 55-Mike Keeler, 7. 22-Mike McVetta, 8. 40-Bobby Magner


Final Tally of the Shea Concrete Steel Palace Super Series Top 5 Shea Concrete ‘Steel Palace’ ISMA SuperSeries which carried a separate point fund for the four ISMA Oswego races:  1.   84 – Mike Lichty: 526, 2.  71 – Lou Cicconi: 509, 3.  11 – Chris Perley: 503, 4. 78 – Mark Sammut: 448, 5. 17 – Ben Seitz: 432

Winter’s on the Way

Do you have photos or tales of Fulton winters past that you’d like to share with the Valley News?

A special section in early October will celebrate the coming of winter, with its holidays, events, exciting sports and — of course — the snow.

Whether you’re an avid snowmobiler, skier, holiday cookie baker or expert snowman maker, we’d love to showcase your community winter memories. Send us your snow photos, winter events, photos from holiday celebrations and seasonal stories.

Please send us your photos and memories, along with your name and phone number, by email to editor@valleynewsonline.com or by mail to the Valley News, 67 S. Second St., Fulton, NY 13069.

Deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 20. We look forward to hearing from you!

Port City Roller Derby junior recruitment Sept. 8, 20

Girls ages 10 to 17 interested in playing one of the fastest-growing sports in the country are invited to Port City Roller Derby’s junior derby recruitment events Sept. 8 and 20.

Two open house and recruitment events will take place in the Oswego YMCA Armory, West First and Utica streets. They will be noon Sept. 8 and 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Youths are encouraged to bring any parents or guardians with questions.

Port City’s Lagoon Squad Junior Derby team started competition this year, offering fun, fitness and friendship to those who joined. The organization is planning its next season of bouts starting this fall, with practices geared toward all levels, including those who have never skated.

Port City Roller Derby is produced by Oz Roller Girls Inc., a member-run nonprofit organization dedicated to athletic competition, empowerment and supporting its community.

PCRD always seeks skaters, referees and other volunteers for its adult (18 and older) and juniors (ages 10 to 17) teams, and will provide training. For more information, visit portcityrollerderby.org or email portcityrd@gmail.com.

Snow Travelers donate scholarships, sporting goods

The Fulton Snow Travelers Snowmobile Club has hosted the Great Eastern Whiteout Vintage and Antique Snowmobile Show every winter since 2010, and also conducts the Everet Regal Memorial Vintage Snowmobile Show and Powersport Swap Meet each fall.

Some proceeds from these fundraisers are earmarked for buying and maintaining snowmobile trail equipment, and the rest is distributed in the form of donations and scholarships.

This year the Snow Travelers presented $2,500 in awards, beginning in May with a donation of sporting goods to the Catholic Charities CYO Program.

All CYO Program activities are free of charge and supervised by a trained staff headed by Coordinator George Timmins.

On May 21, Mike Schimid, representing the Fulton Area Snow Travelers, presented a check to the Rev. Jane Dasher for the Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Spiritual Care Unit.

On June 5, Phoenix high school scholarship night, club member Bill Monette presented $250 scholarships to Gabriel Anthony and Corey Bowman in memory of Everet Regal.

A Phoenix resident, Regal was a master snowmobile engine builder and the head wrench of the famed Widowmakers race team, winners of the 1970 World Championship for snowmobile racing.

Anthony will be attending Onondaga Community College to study mechanical designs.

Bowman has enrolled to study welding technology at Mohawk Valley Community College.

On June 7, Bill Monette and Ken Wheelock presented two $250 scholarships to Jordan Barlow of Pulaski and Kyle Norton of Oswego during the Oswego County BOCES presentation of scholarship awards.

The awards were given in memory of master snowmobile engine builder and BOCES teacher Spike Nolan.

Barlow has been offered a full-time position as a small engine tech for Deatons in Pulaski.

Norton plans to expand his education in the auto body field.

On June 22, Jim Watkin of the Fulton Area Snow Travelers presented the Fulton Area Boy Scouts Troop 715, headed by Scout Leader Doug Devendorf, with a check for $250 for helping with cleanup after the Great Eastern Whiteout.

Scouts Ethan Hancock and Josh Hotaling were present for photos. Show organizer Jim Latino also gave the scouts a new tent for their efforts.

Since it’s inception, the Fulton Area Snow Travelers organization has given back more than $12,000 to the community.

Jennie A. Arduini: Retired from Nestle Co.

Jennie A. Arduini, 85, of Fulton, died Aug. 29 at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego.

She was born in Torrington, Conn., to the late Philip and Rose (Scarpello) Strazzante.

Mrs. Arduini was a resident of Fulton since 1965 and retired from Nestle Co., Fulton. Mrs. Arduini enjoyed being with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred J. Arduini, in 1981.

She is survived by four children: Valorie E. (Joseph) Story of Fulton, Al (Chris) Arduini of Baldwinsville, Paul (Katie) Arduini of Central Square, Mary A. (Lee) Chetney of Oswego; three siblings, Mary Hall of Oswego, Josephine Geowey of Florida, Santa Roberts of California, nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were Sept. 2 at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton, where a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated by the Rev. Robert Stephenson. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were Sept. 1 at the Sugar Funeral Home Inc., Fulton.

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