Dominica “Mayme” Musumeci: Retired from Birdseye, Fulton

Dominica “Mayme” Musumeci, 88, of Fulton died peacefully Aug. 7 at her home.

She was born in Oswego to the late Anthony and Gussie (Amedio) Talamo.  Mrs. Musumeci has been a resident of Fulton for more than 60 years.

She retired from Birdseye, Fulton, and she was a past communicant of Holy Family St. Michael’s Parish and Holy Family St. Michael’s Golden Agers.

Mrs. Musumeci was predeceased by her husband Joseph F. Musumeci, in 2002.

She is survived by her son James (Ester) Musumeci of Fulton, seven grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Aug. 12 at  Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton, with thw Rev. Stephen Wirkes officiating.  Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Oswego youth invited to national hockey camp

USA Hockey has announced the 30 players who have been invited to the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Evaluation Camp continuing through Aug. 18 in Lake Placid, and among them is Taylar Cianfarano of Oswego.

The players will be auditioning for spots on the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team that will take part in the 2013 Under-18 Series vs. Canada Aug. 22 to 25 in Lake Placid. The 22-player roster will be announced on Aug. 19 with practice sessions starting that day.

The players will take to the ice today at the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena. Players will be split into two teams (blue and white) for the duration of camp and all on-ice sessions are open to the public.

Of the 30 players attending, Sydney Baldwin (Shorewood/Minn.), Cianfarano, Maddie Rolfes (West Des Moines, Iowa) Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Conn.), Taylor Williamson (Edina, Minn.) and Grace Zarzecki (Chicago) were members of the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Evaluation Camp last year and advanced to the Under-18 Series vs. Canada.

In addition to Baldwin, Cianfarano, Rolfes and Zarzecki, Kenzie Kent (Norwell, Mass.), Lexie Laing (Marblehead, Mass.), Maliya Rodgers (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Baylee Wellhausen (Williams Bay, Wis.) helped the team collect the silver medal in January at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s Under-18 World Championship in Heinola, Finland.

The Under-18 Series is a three-game competition vs. Canada that began in 2007.

Over the course of those six years, the United States has an 8-10 record.

The IIHF Women’s Under-18 World Championship is scheduled to be played for the seventh time and will include teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. The dates and location of the tournament will be announced at a later date.

Team USA captured gold in each of the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009) and again in 2011 and the silver medal in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Last lap pass puts Patrick in victory lane

Jack Patrick led just one lap in the Pathfinder Bank SBS Series main event Saturday night at Oswego Speedway, but it was the only one that mattered.

Patrick started from the pole position in the 30-lap feature go presented by JP Jewelers and stalked early race leader Dalton Doyle for 29 circuits.

Finally, coming down for the white flag, Patrick was able to dart to the low side into the first corner to snag the lead and run off with his fourth career main event win at the “Steel Palace.”

Doyle would hang on for the runner-up finish ahead of Rob Pullen, Russ Brown and Anthony Losurdo in the top five positions.

“I’ll tell you, it has been a tough year for us this season,” said Patrick in Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane.  “I have to thank my sponsors Longley Dodge, Van Liew Septic, Red Baron Pizza, Uniforms Etc. and the whole crew.  I was good on the long runs, but couldn’t get going on the restarts, and Dalton was getting a little loose there and I knew if I got close to him I would have a chance.”

At the drop of the green flag for the 30-lap main it would be Doyle jumping out in front from the outside of row number one, but before the field could make it through the first turn, Dennis Rupert’s No. 99 ended sideways up against the outside steel wall.

Rupert had a left rear problem on his machine that resulted in the left rear tires going flat, and that incident would force a complete restart.

Doyle would again get the edge on the second try jumping to the top spot ahead of Patrick early on as they led AJ Bernys, Pullen and Kreig Heroth.

Another caution would wave at lap 2 as Tim Gareau, Scott Shafer, Chris Proud and Mike Bond would all come together in the second corner.  Proud, Bond and Shafer would all pull away, but Gareau would be done for the night.

Bond started deep in the field in the No. 74 after getting upside down on the first lap of his qualifying heat race.

Josh Kerr would get out of shape in the second turn of that heat, clipping the Bond machine, sending him directly into the outside steel wall flipping the car up onto its roll cage.  Bond would be OK and the racecar was repaired in time to start the main event.

After the restart for the main event tangle in turn two Pullen was able to slip underneath Bernys for third as Doyle and Patrick began to run away from the field running laps in the 19.4 second range.

Farther back, Jason Simmons was trying to work his way through the field in the battle for the championship, but he would slip high on lap five losing spots to both Losurdo and Brown.  Just two laps later Brown would work high on Losurdo to move to sixth in the line-up.

By lap 14 Doyle and Patrick had worked well out in front of the field, but their lead would be erased at the halfway point for debris in the first corner.

As they came back to green Doyle led Patrick, Pullen, Bernys, Brown, Heroth, Losurdo, Simmons, JJ Andrews and Andrew Schartner.

After the restart Losurdo and Brown continued their charge through the field.

Losurdo found room underneath Heroth for sixth on lap 18 into turn one and then Brown would move under Bernys for fourth in lap 22 leaving the lane for Losurdo to follow as well to head to fifth by lap 23.

With things shaping up farther back in the field, Patrick had managed to reel in leader Doyle by the 24th circuit and as Doyle began to loosen up in the No. 01 it looked as though Patrick was merely waiting for his moment to strike.

As the rear end of the No. 01 became looser and looser, Patrick was able to look low out of turn four coming for the white flag, diving deep into turn one to take the top spot.

From there Patrick was able to drive on to the victory, his first of 2013, and the fourth of his veteran career at Oswego.

Doyle, Pullen, Brown, Losurdo, Bernys, Simmons, Schartner, Heroth and Andrews would fill the front 10 positions.

“I didn’t know he was back there for the majority of the race,” said Doyle.  “Then all of a sudden I just sort of felt him on my bumper.  I don’t know if I started to over drive the car or not, but the way I got around that lap car there on the straight away I figured he (Patrick) may get held up but then I saw him peek his nose in there. He must have got a good run off the top, but he ran a good clean race, and good for him.”

After an up and down season himself, Rob Pullen came home on the podium.

“We’re getting better,” said Pullen.  “We had to make some adjustments but last week we brought the car home in one piece and that makes it easier to get better.  Those guys were just pulling away from me.  We had our car the best it has been in a long time, but I didn’t have anything for those guys.”

Patrick, Doyle and Pullen ironically also claimed Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race challenge victories on Saturday.

Doyle would go home with a $50 product certificate for leading the most laps from Sherwood Racing Wheels.

Bond was the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger with Losurdo once again picking up the Nice Price Auto Sales Up and Comer Award while Brown was the White’s Car Care fourth place finisher.


Gosselin takes first-career Supermodified victory

Witnessing a first-time Supermodified winner at Oswego Speedway is always a special moment.

Saturday night’s JP Jeweler’s 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main event provided fans of the “Steel Palace” that feeling for the second time this season, as Enfield, Conn., driver Shaun Gosselin led green to checkered holding off a hard charging Joe Gosek to collect his first career payday at Oswego.

While Gosselin circled the Speedway out front for all 50-laps, the victory was anything but easy, especially rebounding from a blown engine just one week ago in the $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified.

Gosselin first had to outwit “The Hustler” Michael Barnes through heavy lapped traffic past the halfway point of the race, endure two red flag periods and make an incredible save after he and Barnes came together after a lap 43 restart.

The Gosselin/Barnes tangle with only seven laps to go dropped Barnes from the main event and gave Gosek the chance he needed to slip by Michael Muldoon on a late restart to give chase to Gosselin.  But Gosselin was simply too strong leading Gosek, Muldoon, Dave Gruel and Pat Lavery across the start/finish stripe.

Entering his fourth season in Supermodified contention, Gosselin was the 2012 Most Improved Driver, and becomes the 95th different Supermodified winner in the history of the speedway and seventh this season in only nine races.

“I was just trying not to think about everything during the red flags,” said Gosselin in Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane. “I know it stinks when the person on the pole wins, but man that was awesome. The crew guys needed this more than anything. They have changed the motor the last two weeks and they have just been working their butts off.  I just can’t believe it, this isn’t going to soak in for a while, this is crazy.”

Gosselin and Barnes put on a show in their battle for the lead through lapped traffic, routinely going three wide attempting to work their way through the pack.  A red flag at lap 43 involving Tim Snyder, Tim Devendorf, Brian Sweeney and Clayton Brewer III helped lessen the load on Gosselin late in the event.

“They (lapped cars) are running for position out there,” said Gosselin.  “For the most part it was alright.  I really don’t know what would have happened there at that first red flag, I really hate trying to pass the No. 02 car.  I just hope it was a good show for the fans, that is why we are here.”

The lap 43 restart following the first red flag situation provided a last effort for Barnes to try to snag the lead.  On lap 44 Barnes dove low on Gosselin into the first corner with the two cars coming together.  Barnes would spin around and be collected by both Dan Connors Jr. and Brandon Bellinger, while Gosselin miraculously kept his car going in a broad slide to remain the leader.

“I saw him (Barnes) at the very last second and that is just the nature of this kind of racing with the inside hub rail,” said Gosselin.  “I don’t know whose fault it was, if it was anyone’s fault, or if it was just one of those racing deals?  But I love racing with Mikey Barnes. I think he is a great driver, one of the best drivers out here.  So there are absolutely no complaints from me.  It was just a racing deal.”

Gosselin and Barnes brought the 22-car Novelis Supermodified field to the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag on Saturday night with Gosselin gaining the edge right from the get-go in the No. 26 machine.  Michael Muldoon, Dave Danzer, Tim Devendorf and Brian Sweeney would check into line early on behind the race leaders.

Series point leader Otto Sitterly started deep in the pack in the No. 7 machine and developed problems early on with a rubbing right rear tire.

Sitterly would make it around the Speedway for nearly two circuits before the right rear finally gave out, coming out of turn four on lap 7 to bring out the first caution flag of the main event.

Sitterly’s car spun into a full 360, making a considerable impact with the outside main straight wall with the nose of the Nicotra Racing mount.  The damage would be too much to continue, leaving Sitterly with a 21st place finish.

On the restart, Gosselin showed the way in front of Barnes, Muldoon, Danzer, Devendrof, Sweeney, Snyder, Connors, Bellinger and Gosek.

At the drop of the green, with Sitterly out, Gosek began to mount his charge.

On lap 25, Gosselin approached Lou LeVea Sr., Tony Steiner and Brewer and for the next two circuits both Gosselin and Barnes put on a wild display, masterfully driving through traffic.

When it was all said and done, using the high side of the speedway, Gosselin was able to remain in the lead. Eventually, Gosselin would be locked in behind the lapped car of Bellinger, looking high and low to find a way by with Barnes chomping at the bit.

Fortunately for Gosselin, another mishap would occur on lap 43 out of turn two that would wind up bringing out the first red flag of the night.

A slowing Snyder was tagged from behind by Lavery, sending the No. 0 around collecting Devendorf, Sweeney and Brewer. Muldoon, running third, made a nice save in the No. 51 to slip by on the high side despite making contact with the outside wall. Sweeney and Devendorf would be done and Gosselin would be able to restart with a clear track.

On the restart, Gosselin brought Barnes, Muldoon, Danzer, Gosek, Gruel, Connors, Lavery and Bellinger to green with the front duo steaming out on their own.

Just one lap later Barnes found the bite he felt he needed coming out of turn four to the low side on Gosselin and as the two reached the first corner they would brush wheels.

The momentum sent Barnes around and forced Gosselin into a wild broad slide through the first corner.  Barnes was unable to keep going and was tagged by Connors and Bellinger, ending their night.

Gosselin, however, was somehow able to keep his car going.

Local artists take home recognition

Awards from the Art Association of Oswego 2013 Members’ Exhibition based on popular vote were given to:

  • First place: Bonnie Bergan for her watercolor, “Summer Day.”
  • Second place: Robert Jones for his watercolor, “Aurora’s Big Dance.”
  • Third place: Sandra Dowie for her oil painting on wood panel, “Sailing.”
  • Honorable mentions: Laurie Kester for her wood and glass assemblage, “Wind Charmer”; Terry Carbone for her oil painting, “Misty Cove.”

A special recognition for use of color and a portable easel were awarded to Ron Throop for his acrylic on hardboard painting, “The Land Developer Improves Land Like Beelzebub Nurtures Puppies.” The easel was donated by AAO member Charlene Davis.

A solo show award was given to Robert Jones, who will have the opportunity to mount a one-artist exhibition of work in the Jo Hyse (first floor) Gallery during the 2014 exhibition season.

As always, exhibits are free and open to the public.

The Arts Center is located at the northernmost end of East Fourth Street in Oswego, across from Fort Ontario.

Regular gallery hours are 2 to 5 p.m. on weekends, or by appointment. The Members Exhibition will continue until Aug. 18. For more information, call 343-5675 or visit the AAO website at

Retired teacher in CNY Arts Center’s Spotlight

The CNY Arts Center of Fulton has announced its next Author’s Spotlight, a monthly program where community members meet local writers who have recently published a book.

At 7 p.m. Aug. 21, Mary Slimmer will present her young adult novel, “The Lighthouse in Grove Park School.” This is Slimmer’s first book. She is a retired teacher and administrator from the Oswego City School District.

The book centers on a group of students who have a regularly scheduled lunch with their principal.  During one lunch, the principal shows the students a set of keys and one of the students talks the others into getting the keys without her permission to explore the school basement.  After a series of frightening experiences, the students end up in the police station, where they find out more about the mysteries of what lies beneath the school.

“The characters in the book are fictional,” says Slimmer, “but they were inspired by the many children I worked with over the years. I wrote it because I wanted to experience the journey of writing a book. I believe in the power of words and I wondered if I could write a story that was enjoyable, yet believable.”

Slimmer still teaches workshops for both children and adults. Later this month, she will teach a children’s writing workshop at CNY Art Center’s Arty Camp.

During Author Spotlight, Slimmer will explain her process of writing the book, read excerpts from it and offer a question and answer period.

Afterward, attendants can meet her and purchase a signed copy of her book. Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend the program.

Author Spotlights are held at the CNY Arts Center, located at the State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St. in Fulton.

For more information, call 592-3373 or visit the art center’s website at

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

Another opening, another show with the debut of “Charlotte’s Web,” 7 p.m. this Friday, Aug.16, followed by 2 p.m. matinees on Aug. 17 and Aug. 18.

Not only is this a debut for “Charlotte’s Web” on our stage, it is the debut of more than 20 children who have never experienced the thrill and terror of being on stage before a live audience.

It is a great production you won’t want to miss. Reservations are encouraged. Visit or call 592-3373.

Story Time Art, for 4-year-olds to 7-year-olds, moves to 6 to 7 p.m. today, Aug. 14, for one week only with Kendra Matott.

Our book title, Olivia will have kids splattering paint just like Olivia! Only one more session of this fun class, Aug. 27 with Good Night Moon. Children will sketch their own room full of things to say goodnight to!  Don’t miss out on fun art projects.  Please pre-register at

Arty Camp immediately follows “Charlotte’s Web” with its final session of the summer, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug.19 to 23 for ages 5 to 15. There is still time to register your child. Scholarships are available – no child will be turned away. Visit for information.

Michael Lynne, a new CNY Arts Center artist, offers Painting Fundamentals I from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22, 29 and Sept. 5. This class will brighten your use of color, explore color mixing approaches, experiment with layering color and share Michael’s expertise for controlling the use of edges.

The Lighthouse in Grove Park School will be the subject of our Author Spotlight on Mary Slimmer, 7  p.m. Aug. 21. Mary Slimmer, a retired teacher/administrator in the Oswego City School District, has written her first novel for young adults.

This adventuresome story follows a group of elementary school friends through some challenging and scary events.

“The characters in the book are fictional,” says Slimmer, “but they were inspired by the many children I worked with over the years.”

Jim Farfaglia offers a one-day workshop for aspiring authors. Working through Writer’s Block will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24. This workshop provides an overview of positive and affirming activities to help writers move through challenges in their writing.

Our summer session wraps up with Artist Meet-up at the Gallery, from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 27. Join the growing artist community at this event designed to get us all together for the love of art!

Bring your portfolio to share, meet other artists of all skill levels, mediums and interests; exchange ideas and feedback; enjoy talking with other artists. Come and bring a friend! This event is open to the public and held at Arts in the HeArt Gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton.

Students are reminded to preregister for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. Visit  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and remember we bring all arts for all ages at two separate locations.

Classes, Writer’s Café, Author Spotlight, live theater and Arty Camp are held in CNY Arts Center located in the lower level of State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Arts in the HeArt Gallery is located at 47 S. First St. in downtown Fulton across from the gazebo, for local artists who want to display their artistry. Artists can apply for gallery space online at

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