School year coming to a close

Bodley-RothrockKate_Wby Kate Rothrock

The weather wasn’t as nice as we all would have liked it but I hope everyone still enjoyed their vacation. The parade and fireworks were a great way to spend Memorial Day weekend.

The year is officially wrapping up! June will be here soon and before we know it, school will be over.

Although summer vacation is approaching, it is extremely important for students to work hard these last few weeks. Regents and final exams are right around the corner.

Most teachers, if not all, hold regents review classes after school. They are a great way to prepare for the regents!

Summer Driver’s Education applications are available in the Guidance Office and due by today, May 30.

Registration for fall golf is now taking place; see Mr. Ascenzi in the guidance office to sign-up!

Good luck to any students taking the SAT exam this Saturday, June 1.

Next week is a busy week! Monday, June 3 is the G. Ray Bodley Academic Awards Ceremony; Tuesday, June 4 is the Senior Athlete Banquet; Wednesday, June 5 is Battle of the Athletes; and Thursday, June 6 is the High Honors Graduate Banquet!

Seniors don’t forget to buy your Senior Dinner Dance tickets by June 6!

It is time to return library materials. Please return all books to the library by Monday, June 3.

If seniors have any lost materials they must be paid for before they can receive their cap and gown at rehearsal.

Have a great week!

Simmons finally breaks through for elusive Oswego SBS win

Jason Simmons has been racing around Oswego Speedway for seven years and Saturday night he finally took his D&S Landscaping No. 98 machine to victory lane.
Jason Simmons has been racing around Oswego Speedway for seven years and Saturday night he finally took his D&S Landscaping No. 98 machine to victory lane.

Jason Simmons has been racing around Oswego Speedway for seven years and Saturday night he finally took his D&S Landscaping No. 98 machine to victory lane.

Simmons and early race leader Mike Bruce swapped the lead on a couple different occasions with Simmons eventually locking down the race lead at lap 22 to go onto the Tony White Memorial win over Bruce, Dalton Doyle, Russ Brown, JJ Andrews, Mike Bond, Jon Tesoriero, Tim Gareau, Kreig Heroth, and Jack Patrick.

“It feels great, finally,” said Simmons. “Seven years it has taken, and it’s too long. My guys have been busting their butts for years with me: Brian Dana, Mikey O’Connor. You know, these guys have never left my side, they believed in me, and we finally put it together.”

Simmons went on to explain how the night unfolded, including his tremendous battle with Mike Bruce for the race win in lapped traffic.

“We were fast in the first warm-up, but we struggled in the second warm-up and in the heat,” said Simmons. “The guys hit it on the money in the feature. I didn’t want to tear my car up in lapped traffic; I was trying to be cautious.

“I saw him (Bruce) out there and I was racing him hard, but I knew I was faster,” he added. “I was a little discouraged when he got by, but I knew we would get back by him, and we did it and that’s all that mattered.”

The evening’s Nice Price Auto Sales “Up & Comer” award recipient and the winner of the Sherwood Racing Wheels “Lap Leader” award was Jason Simmons.

The D&S Landscaping “Hard Chager” award went to Jeremy Pitcher, in the TNT Motorsports No. 14, for the second week in a row.

The White’s Car Care “4th place” award, given in honor of Tony White each week at the Speedway, was won by Russ Brown.

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race wins were awarded to Kreig Heroth, Mike Bond, and Tim Gareau.

Bond will be credited as the first driver to unofficially clock a lap of under 19 seconds in an SBS machine with a lap of 18.939 seconds on the way to his heat race win.

No driver in the history of the division has ever scored a lap under 19 seconds on the AMB transponder scoring system at Oswego Speedway.

Oswego Speedway will next be in action Saturday, June 1.

Grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. with racing beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Farm bill should not be approved

by Nancy Weber, President Oswego County Farm Bureau

Farming in New York is under attack once again by people who have never set foot on a farm, but think they know best how a farm should operate.

The New York Assembly, led by New York City lawmakers, passed the unnecessary Farm Workers Fair Labor Practices Act.

There is already a long list of state and federal protections that over see everything from workplace housing to health and safety standards to wages.

The Farm Labor Bill is also pushing for mandatory overtime on an individual eight-hour work day and collective bargaining. These may work for a factory, not a family farm.

If employees should choose to strike during a critical week of harvest, a year’s livelihood could be lost. Our dairy cows in need of milking would also be put in harm’s way.

Mother Nature dictates the work schedule, not the farmer.  Overtime will force many farmers to limit workers to eight hour shifts and seek other employees to fill in the gap. The migrant farm workers who choose to come to this country to work hard for a given-season would be shortchanged.

Other farmers may simply choose to grow less labor intensive row crops, giving up on planting fresh fruits and vegetables. The legacy and landscape of agriculture in New York will undoubtedly change.

In the end, farmers treat their employees well because it is not only the right thing to do, but because the farmers depend on their workers for important jobs.

If an employee was treated unfairly, they would simply find work elsewhere or not return the following year.

I would like to thank Assembly Member Will Barclay and Bob Oaks who stood up for farms and farm families by voting “no” on this bill.

We encourage you to write or call Governor Cuomo and your state Senator and explain that if this bill should pass, farmers and farm employees will be hurt. Sincerely,

Legislature chairman names new committees

by Carol Thompson

Newly elected Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Garnder has changed some of the committee assignments — much to the ire of some of the Democrat legislators.

Gardner removed Legislator Doug Malone from the Finance and Personnel Committee and moved him to Economic Planning and Development.

“It’s punishment,” Malone said when he learned he had been removed from what is considered by some as the most prestigious committee.

Malone said he feels he is being punished for reporting the allegations that there may be pornography in some of the county highway department computers.  Malone reported three incidences and so far, one of the allegations has been proven.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he was not pleased that he was not consulted in regard to the changes prior to them being made.

Traditionally, the majority and minority leaders are consulted for committee assignments.

Gardner did not return a telephone message left at his office Thursday afternoon and when contacted late Friday morning, it was stated that he had left for the day.

The county offices were closed Monday for Memorial Day.

There were no changes made to the Government, Courts and Consumer Affairs Committee and the Health Committee remained unchanged.

Legislator Milferd Potter was moved to the Infrastructure, Facilities and Technology Committee. Kunzwiler said Potter requested the move.

Legislator David Holst was named as vice chairman of the committee, replacing Gardner, who as chairman no longer serves a committee.

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Fulton police to hold annual bike rodeo Saturday

The Fulton Police Department’s annual bike rodeo will be held June 1 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Fulton Community Center.

This free event is focused on youth bicycle education and safety and there will be other information and attractions including air hop rides and food and drinks.

The event will be held rain or shine. Weather permitting it will be in the Fulton Community Center/War Memorial Parking Lot located on West Broadway.

In the event of bad weather, it will be held inside the Community Center’s ice rink area. Children can complete an obstacle course with the assistance of a Fulton Police Bicycle Officer. Children can bring their own bike or use one provided by the Department.

For those who bring their bikes, they can register them with the Fulton Police and have a safety inspection done by Doyle’s Bike shop. Bicycle safety educational material will be given out to all children.

There will be a bicycle raffle sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and Menter Ambulance. Representatives from Oswego Health will be present to fit and give away helmets which have been purchased with a grant from the New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

Other organizations scheduled to be present are the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, who will be making child identification cards; Menter Ambulance will have an ambulance present for children to tour; and the Fulton Fire Department will have a fire truck present to tour also.

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Top two students in Phoenix

Top Firebirds – Zach Manzer and Kyle Fisk, seniors at John C Birdlebough High School, have been named valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2013. –Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz
Top Firebirds – Zach Manzer and Kyle Fisk, seniors at John C Birdlebough High School, have been named valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2013.
–Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

by Nicole Reitz

Zach Manzer and Kyle Fisk, seniors at John C Birdlebough High School, have been named valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2013.

Manzer, son of Alan and Janice Manzer, has a weighted grade point average of 103.8. He has taken many advanced placement courses in his high school career, including AP American History, European History, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

He is also a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the track and field and cross country teams.

Manzer will attend the University at Buffalo for chemical engineering. He received the Provost scholarship from the college and wants to continue track and field at a collegiate level. The University at Buffalo is a Division 1 school and track and field at this level would be a time commitment.

“I love doing track, exercising and staying in shape,” said Manzer, who joked about keeping the freshman 15 at bay.

Manzer chose the University at Buffalo because he wanted to attend an accredited engineering school without having to go out of state.

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Fulton Public Library offer summer reading programs

Library fun – The Fulton Public Library is offering a variety of summer programs for children and families, beginning with Every Child Ready To Read, a program designed for prekindergarten children and families. Pictured is Kim Raabe as “Mamapajamas” as she leads children and their families in a fun, music activity at a recent program.
Library fun – The Fulton Public Library is offering a variety of summer programs for children and families, beginning with Every Child Ready To Read, a program designed for prekindergarten children and families. Pictured is Kim Raabe as “Mamapajamas” as she leads children and their families in a fun, music activity at a recent program.

The Fulton Public Library is introducing “Every Child Ready To Read,” a program designed for prekindergarten children and families.

“We’re excited to add Every Child Ready To Read,” Director Betty Maute said. “The program works with children from birth to age 5 in a free, exciting workshop series that will help prepare children with the skills they will need to learn to read before they start school.”

The program will be offered June 11, 18 and 25, and July 2, 9 and 16. Children ages 3-5 years workshops are at 10 a.m. and sessions for children under 3 years are at 3:30 p.m.

The morning session will be conducted by Cathy King, author of several books on craft projects that can be used by libraries during children’s story hour. Sallyann Danforth, president of the Friends of the Fulton Public Library, will lead the afternoon session.

“Workshops will include a fun story time, and make-and-take games for children and grown ups so parents can continue to work with their children at home,” said Maute. “This program is made possible by a grant from the Oswego County Youth Bureau.”

Registration for the library’s summer reading program, “Dig Into Reading,” begins June 28. The summer reading program offers awards and incentives to participants for keeping up with reading through the summer.

To kick-off the program June 28, the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology will present “Dig Into Dirt.” Aug. 2, at the conclusion of the summer reading program, the MOST returns with “Water Filtration,” a hands-on workshop that is limited to 25 children.

The library will also be offering a one-week summer writing camp for children ages 8-13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 29 through Aug. 2. It’s entitled: “What Do Your Words Say About You” and the instructors are Jim Farfaglia and Karen Burke.

“This series is for you if you: love to write and want to get better; want to learn to edit your work and prepare it for an audience; and are ready to share your work but aren’t sure how,” Maute said. “Seating is limited to 12. All those interested should call 592-5159 to register. Your name will be added to a lottery to be drawn July 12 when participants will be selected randomly.”

Among the library’s regular programs are Story Hour, every Wednesday at 10 a.m. with a craft or activity, Maute said.

“We also have eight personal computers available to the public with internet access,” she noted. “All you need is a library card or to stop by the front desk to find out about other options. We also offer free Wi-Fi for your laptop, smart phone, or tablet device.”

Meetings of the library’s board of trustees are at noon on the third Tuesday of each month. They are open to the public. Friends of the Fulton Public Library meet the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. and anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend, Maute said.

Checkerboard Feed Store

by Jerry Kasperek

Let’s begin with The Checkerboard Feed Store: it was painted red and white, as Roy Abbott reminded me per a recent phone call, not black and white as I had written in my last column.

And it was on Gansvoort Street, behind the building that today houses the Gift Shop on West First Street. Roy also reminisced that he had worked at the GLF on West Broadway in 1961 and 1962 before it became Agway.

About Agway, Dave Coant wrote me a letter saying: “In the late 60’s until 1972, the Agway Feed Store was managed by a man from Painted Post, NY, Howard Duane Potter. He also ran a small beef cow farm in Volney on the Howard Road across from where the Niagara Mohawk building is now. Part of that farm, that is now gone, is behind the fence that was put up around the old dump at the corner of Howard Road and Silk Road.”

Mr. Potter went back to Painted Post, ran another Agway, and farmed “the best sweet corn and red potatoes in the southern tier,” Dave wrote, recalling his youth. He said he became best friends with Howard Potter Jr. and he “spent many summers planting corn and digging potatoes and selling the vegetables from West High School parking lot.”

Howard senior passed away in 2010, Dave said.

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