Fulton High School Class of 1963 to hold 50th reunion

The Fulton High School Class of 1963 will hold its 50th class reunion Aug. 9, 10 and 11.

Friday, Aug. 9, there will be a meet and greet at the Fulton Elks Lodge beginning at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 10, there will be a tour of the Pratt House from 10 a.m. until noon and there will be a meeting at the “old” Fulton High School at 1 p..m for a tour of the home of the Red Raiders.

The “main event” will be held Saturday evening at the Fulton Polish Home, beginning with a no-host social hour at 5 p.m., followed by a buffet meal catered by “Fricken Chicken” including various salads, choice of beef, pork or chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans and fruit salad. There is a cost for the meal. Entertainment will be provided by local DJ Ken Harms.

There will be a Sunday morning meet at the Riverside Inn for a no-host breakfast buffet and farewell. Over 50 classmates have already registered for the reunion.

Those seeking more information may contact Ted Butler Romas at fultonny63@frontiernet.net or 541-860-5846 or Class President Bonnie Ives at dontfence@aol.com or 593-2282. Romas said, “Our 45th reunion was great and our 50th will be even better. Don’t miss it.”

Heritage Foundation to offer appraisal service, consignment booth

Ever wonder what your prized family heirlooms might be worth? You will have the opportunity to find out at the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County’s Annual Antique Show & Sale.

The event, the Heritage Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year, will be held Harborfest weekend July 27-28.

The show will be held indoors at the Oswego YMCA Armory at the corner of West First and West Utica streets.

Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to bring in their treasured antiques and have them professionally appraised.

“We are honored to be able to provide this valuable resource to Oswego,” said committee Chairperson Austin Wheelock. “Mr. Edward Becker Jr. of Colony Shop Antiques & Art in Fayetteville is a certified appraiser with almost 40 years of experience whose expertise includes Asian, European, and American antiques, American and European furniture, as well as paintings, sculpture, and other artwork.

“Our attendees will appreciate the wealth of knowledge and unique insight on the world of antiques and art that Mr. Becker has to offer.”

Appraisals will have a per item charge. Proceeds of the appraisals will be donated by Becker to the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County.

The antique show will also feature a special Heritage Foundation booth offering consigned or donated antiques and collectibles.

“The antique show is a great opportunity to sell these items with Heritage Foundation doing the work and the owner getting paid,” Wheelock said. “It’s a wonderful experience for those who may not otherwise participate in antique shows.”

The antique show will be open Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show is within walking distance of the Harborfest activities or attendees can take the trolley to the front entrance.

There is limited adjacent free parking for antique show visitors.

Those interested in more information on consigning items or reserving a vendor booth may contact Wheelock at 532-1277 or leave a message at the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County office at 315-342-3354.

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Leighton sixth graders recognized for academic achievements

Special awards – Frederick Leighton Elementary School sixth graders received the New York State Awards from the Comptroller’s and Attorney General’s Office.Triple “C” Awards as Jillian Dowdle (left) and Lara Kanbur) while Huckabee Fitzgerald received the Attorney General recognition. They were joined by Principal Julie Burger.
Special awards – Frederick Leighton Elementary School sixth graders received the New York State Awards from the Comptroller’s and Attorney General’s Office.Triple “C” Awards as Jillian Dowdle (left) and Lara Kanbur) while Huckabee Fitzgerald received the Attorney General recognition. They were joined by Principal Julie Burger.

As the school year wound down, the Frederick Leighton Elementary School recognized numerous students, including all of the sixth graders who advanced to continue their academic career at the Oswego Middle School.

Annually, School Principal Julie Burger distributed numerous awards as the students prepare for the next step of their education.

This year, the New York State Comptroller’s Award was presented to Huckabee Fitzgerald. Meanwhile, the Triple “C” Awards, from the New York State Attorney General, recognizing character, courage and commitments were presented to Lara Kanbur and Jillian Dowdle.

Several students were recognized for their dedication to education and as a result earned recognition from the President’s Education Awards Program. Students earning “Outstanding Academic Excellence” certificates included Shae Carter, Melissa Chun, Dakota Contryman, Jillian Dowdle, Sofia Loayza, Andrew Mosbo, Austin Mason, Caitlyn Murphy and Dylan Reitz. Receiving “Outstanding Academic Achievement” certificates were Samuel Allen, Janie Brooks, Alyssa Cheeley, Kaitlyn Kelly, Lara Kanbur and Thomas Wallace.

Burger congratulated all students for their accomplishments and wished them well on their continuing education years in the Oswego City School District.

Sixth graders from Laurel Artz’ class included Samuel Allen, Mitchell Barton, Joey Caron, Alyssa Cheeley, Robert Clark, Dylan Czuprynski, Hayley Domicolo, Jillian Dowdle, Huckabee Fitzgerald, Daniel Gosselin, Lara Kanbur, Corey McHenry, Heavenly Noel, Kay-Lee O’Brien, Madison Roach and Thomas Wallace.

From Carolyn Dehm’s class were Dakota Brown, Christopher Fox, Katrina Green, Stephen Greene, Amber Hammond, Matthew Hibbert, Austin Mason, Caitlyn Murphy, Nicholas Neider, Dylan Reitz, Nickolas Smith, Scott Sullivan, Christion Valazquez, Taylor Vickery and Drew Youngman.

Catherine Kelly’s sixth graders advancing included Janie Brooks, Griffin Calabro, Alexzandra Conzone, Mariah Cooper, Benny Derosa, Cameron Garafolo, Kaitlyn Kelly, Crystal King, Sofia Loayza, Katelinn McGuinness, Andrew Mosbo, Daniel Murphy, Javen Syke, Dylan Sobrino, Liam Tovey and Alexander Whiteside.

Moving on from Heather Lewis’ class were Marcus Barton, Joseph Burton, Melissa Chun, Dakota Contryman, Dominick Cullen, Bailey Elkin, Mackenzie Endres, Jacob Gibbs, Mary Guynup, Tatyana Jimenez, Aaliyah Moldonado-Cappetta, Sarah Marino, Carson Martin, Evan Reitz and Emily Sanders.

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Concert and fireworks planned for July 14 in Mexico

Brass band – The Mexico Brass Band will be one of the performers during Mexico Point Park’s “A Lakeside Concert and Fireworks,” which is set for Sunday, July 14 at 6 p.m.
Brass band – The Mexico Brass Band will be one of the performers during Mexico Point Park’s “A Lakeside Concert and Fireworks,” which is set for Sunday, July 14 at 6 p.m.

Mexico Point Park will present “A Lakeside Concert and Fireworks” Sunday, July 14 starting at 6 p.m. The event is free.

The Mexico Summer Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Choir, Mexico Brass Band and the fiddling Futures will perform. Charrie Hanson Lehman, a Mexico graduate, will open with the “Star Spangled Banner” and continue with more entertaining musicals selections.

Omen Sade, another Mexico graduate who just returned from a year of study at the Jacques Lecoq School of Theater in Paris, will also entertain with Mary Aston Spearon. Food by Garafolos and Barlows will available for sale and the Mexico Public Library will be selling ice cream. The evening will end with a fantastic display of fireworks by Young Explosives.

Nuclear Entergy Northeast sponsors Concert in the Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and flashlight. Those seeking more information may call 963-3891, 963-8216, or 963-7657.

Tight finishes highlight holiday victories at Fulton Speedway

A huge holiday crowd with fireworks on the track and in the sky saw the fourth of July holiday weekend end with a bang at the Fulton Speedway Saturday night.

On the track, the two big divisions, the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds and the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints saw their feature and A-Main come down to last lap with Jim Witko Jr. and Bryan Howland standing in victory lane.

Other winners on NAPA Auto Parts and Safety Kleen night were Beth Schneider, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Alan Fink, NAPA Late Models; Jeremy Dygert, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; and Tim Dunn, Four Cylinder Stocks.

Tim Sears Jr. would lead the opening three laps of the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature before Matt Hulsizer, using the top of the speedway would take over the top spot on lap 4. With 10 laps showing on the lap counter, Hulsizer and Jim Witko would run nose to tail and side by side battling for the lead.

Behind the top-two, you could have thrown a blanket over Chris Hile, Sears, Pat Ward and Dan Vauter as they fought for third through sixth.

One lap later, after digging on the bottom Witko would take the narrow lead on lap 11. By lap 15, Witko and Hulsizer were in a two-car breakaway with Vauter, Hile and Ryan Phelps running third through fifth. At the halfway point, Witko was a man on a mission as he opened a half a straight lead on the field. All of a sudden, at that point Hulsizer slowed going to the pits while racing hard with Vauter and Phelps in the top five. With 10 laps to go, Witko was still on cruise control out front with Phelps giving chase as the final laps started clicking off.

Behind the top two, Vauter, Billy Decker and Pat Ward were in a tight fight of their own in the top five. When the starter gave the field the five laps to go sign, Phelps had cut Witko’s lead down to about 10 car lengths setting up a two car chase to the checkers for the win.

With two laps to go, Phelps caught Witko by using lapped traffic that was using up every inch of the speedway making it tough for Witko to get by. On the last lap in turns three and four, Phelps threw everything he had at Witko coming down for the checkers.

Witko didn’t flinch by hitting his marks to be the first across the line by a narrow margin over Phelps. Billy Decker, Dan Vauter and Chad Phelps finished third through fifth.

After getting out of his self-sponsored/No.24/Troyer and giving his wife, Barb a huge hug, Jim Witko talked about his first win since 2008. “I can’t describe it, it’s awesome, it’s unbelievable,” said Witko.

Witko and his wife travel every weekend from Clarks Summit, Pa. to compete at the Brewerton and Fulton speedways. They are usually the only two working on the car on race weekends, making the win even more special and popular with the fans. “Lapped cars were all over the place,” Witko said that allowed Phelps to catch him for the exciting finish. “They’re racing hard too, so you have to find a way around them.”

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Kiwanis Baseball begins season with Opening Day ceremony

FirstPitchFulton Mayor Ron Woodward read a proclamation during the Opening Ceremony of the Fulton Kiwanis Baseball season.

After many years of supporting local youth baseball, Woodward announced that the 2013 season will be dedicated to John Woodworth.

After having the 2013 Fulton Kiwanis Baseball season formally dedicated to him, Woodward threw out the ceremonial first pitch while his grandson, Matt served as honorary catcher.

After a Summer Storm

by Jim Farfaglia

The sky pulls back its curtain

and the world, light again,

is revealed:

Every flower, every greenery,

battered by the rain,

bows to its power.

The oak and the maple,

having gallantly faced the tempest,

raise their arms in jubilation.

Street and roadside streams,

carrying tales of sound and fury,

gather to chatter away while the mourning dove,

who’s survived it all before, circles the world with a calming coo.

Louise Abraham, Fulton TV bookkeeper

Louise E. Abraham of Fulton died Monday, July 8, 2013 at St. Luke Residential Health Services in Oswego.

Born in Scranton, Pa. to the late William and Elizabeth Spohrer, she resided in Fulton most of her life. As the oldest of five girls and as a result of her mother’s illness, she was often called upon at an early age to do the cooking, cleaning and shopping for the family.

She attended church and graduated high school from St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Scranton. In 1941, she met and married George Abraham, also of Scranton.

In the early 1950s, they moved to Fulton and established Fulton TV, which later become Fulton TV & Appliance Inc. She was the bookkeeper and receptionist, a position she would maintain for over 40 years, first with her husband and later with her son Stephen.

In a time before cell phones, she became a licensed amateur radio operator and communicated with other radio operators from around the world.

She was happiest when she was busy and hard work was never a chore to her. She enjoyed reading and the company of her family most of all, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband George Abraham in 1995.

She is survived by a daughter, Jane (Jerome) Miller of Tully; three sons, George (Haike) Abraham of St. Petersburg, Fla., Stephen (Teresa) Abraham of Fulton, and Douglas (Gina) Abraham of Matthews, N.C.; a sister, Ruth Marhevka of Millington, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with burial at Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Adnah Cemetery Association, 706 East Broadway, Fulton, NY 13069.

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