Thanks for the lake support

I want to thank all of the Lake Neatahwanta Committee members and others who donated not only food and supplies but also their time to make the chicken barbecue on May 11 a huge success.

The committee will continue to seek grants and donations and hope to see a clean lake become a reality.

Many thanks again to all who put their change and bills in the collection boxes.

Ed Williamson

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Fulton girls lacrosse falls to ES-M in sectional playoffs

Looking for room – Fulton’s Lane Perl makes a move on an East Syracuse-Minoa defender during Wednesdays’s Section III Class B first round game. Perl scored a goal in the 15-3 loss. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty
Looking for room – Fulton’s Lane Perl makes a move on an East Syracuse-Minoa defender during Wednesdays’s Section III Class B first round game. Perl scored a goal in the 15-3 loss.
–Valley News photo by Hal Henty

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity lacrosse team earned a bid to the Section III Class B playoffs with a 7-9 overall record.

The Lady Raiders’ record earned them a sixth seed and a first-round game against number-three seed East Syracuse-Minoa Wednesday. East Syracuse-Minoa got off to a solid start while cruising to an impressive win over Fulton.

East Syracuse-Minoa dealt the Lady Raiders a blow during the first half of their May 22nd Sectional contest. East Syracuse-Minoa took an 8-0 lead into halftime. Unfortunately for The Lady Raiders, East Syracuse-Minoa’s lead only grew during the second half.

The number-three seed outscored Fulton by four goals en route to a 15-3 win over the Lady Raiders. Fulton was led by Kate Myers, who had two goals, and Lane Perl, who scored one goal. Keeper Kayla Pafami saved four shots on goal.

The Lady Raiders’ season concludes with a 7-10 overall record. Fulton bids farewell to Erica Knaub and Kate Rothrock, who spent this past season in the running to set a new school scoring record.

New gun laws

by Leon Archer

I don’t know how the majority of America’s citizens feel, because obviously I couldn’t have talked with them, but I know what I have been hearing from gun owners with whom I am actually acquainted and have spoken with about the recent spate of gun laws that have been passed, or are in the process of likely being passed — and they are not happy.

Some people might say to gun owners like myself, “Too bad, I’m glad that you aren’t happy about the laws and I hope the government makes it even tougher for you,” but they and the government are aiming their efforts and their barbs at the wrong people. I understand the intentions and the hopes of people and legislators who support more stringent gun laws while at the same time I feel sorry for them.

Why? Because not a single piece of legislation that has been passed in any state since the school shootings in Connecticut would prevent the same thing or something even worse from happening now or in the future in any place in the United States. At best, the laws will eventually make criminals out of law abiding citizens, and at worst, will make it easier for such massacres to take place. All laws, but especially gun laws, only constrain the honest person.

Criminals and terrorists, domestic or alien, could care less about our precious laws. Adding more laws only makes life tougher for the honest person; the criminals and terrorists could care less, or perhaps might be cheered by them as they only make their life and their nefarious activities that much safer and easier.

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Fulton school budget approved by voters

by Nicole Reitz

The Fulton City School District’s $65.3 million budget received approval from voters Tuesday. The 2013-2014 school budget passed with an unofficial count of 381 to 200 votes.

In addition to the passing of the budget, incumbent board member David Carvey and newcomer Christine Plath were also elected for three year terms. In the unofficial count, Carvey received 489 votes while Plath received 469 votes. Plath will replace Brian Hotaling, whose term expires on June 30. Carvey has already served two years on the board of education.

There was a smaller voter turn out than in years past, but Superintendent Bill Lynch said he is pleased with the outcome and number of voters in favor of the budget. The budget set out what it meant to accomplish.

Since the budget was first introduced, the goal has been to maintain and grow learning opportunities for students of the district. With no staff reductions or cuts to programming, the board feels that this budget achieves that.

Despite a modest tax increase, the 2013-2014 budget relies less on the reserve balance, which puts the district in a positive position for next year, said Lynch.

Since the vote passed, there is no need for the board of education to adopt a contingency budget.

Conflict-of-interest? Another questionable bid surfaces in county

by Carol Thompson

For the third time in less than a year, a vendor competing for business in Oswego County has protested the manner in which county officials conduct the bidding process.

And, as in the past, there appears to be a relationship between the favored vendor and a county official.

The most recent complaint involves a bid for HVAC maintenance for the county’s facilities. During the Nov. 27 meeting of the legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee, a bid award was made to Postler and Jaeckle, the third lowest bidder.

Legislator John (Jay) Martino made the motion to award the bid to Postler and Jaeckel, with Legislator David Holst providing a second to the motion. EMCOR submitted a bid in the amount of $78,887, making the company the lowest bidder. Van Hook Services came in as the second lowest with a bid of $79,423. Postler and Jaeckle submitted a proposal for $82,980.

Although EMCOR and Van Hook were the lowest bidders, the committee rejected the bids claiming, “The reference checks and known past performance of these firms indicate that neither would perform adequately.” There was nothing in the file to indicate that the companies had been vetted.

Building and Grounds Director Bill Malone and then-purchasing director Fred Maxon recommended Postler and Jaeckle receive the bid award based on the past performance of the low bidders.

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James Ambuske Sr., Union Local #520 president

James M. Ambuske Sr., 86, of Fulton, died May 23, 2013 at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton.

He was born in Salamanca, N.Y. to the late Frank and Helen (Bielfelt) Ambuske. Mr. Ambuske has been a resident of Fulton for 65 years. He was past employed with North End Paper Mill, Fulton and he retired after 36 years of employment with CCA/Jefferson Smurfit, Fulton where he also served as president of the Union Local #520.

Mr. Ambuske was a life member of the Fulton Polish Home.

He was pre-deceased by six siblings, Fred (Margie) Ambuske, Frank (Harriet) Ambuske, Dolores (Jim) Hill, Barbara (Huey) Newark, Anna (Dick) Guard, and Betty (David) Griffin; and son-in-law, Bernard Scout.

Mr. Ambuske is survived by his wife of 65 years, Alberta Weske Ambuske of Fulton; six children, Regina Scout of Fulton, James (Joyce) Ambuske Jr. of Fulton, Helen (Mike) Speck of Fulton, Colleen Ambuske of Fulton, Michael (Amy) Ambuske of Fulton, and  Karen (Bill) Fisher of Fulton; two brothers, Mark (Mary) Ambuske of Salamanca, N.Y. and Phillip (Joyce) Ambuske of Salamanca, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Amanda (Randy Lyttle) Scout, Brian Ambuske, Priscilla Ambuske, Josh (Ashley Sizemore) Speck,  Max Ambuske,  Megan (Bryant) Acquaro; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Robert Stephenson. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours will be conducted Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton.

Contributions may be made to St. Mary’s School of the Deaf, 2253 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214.

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Oswego Music Hall to hold gala season finale with Jacob Johnson

The Oswego Music Hall’s gala season finale show will be held Saturday, June 1 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The year-end show will featurs performer, singer and songwriter Jacob Johnson, pictured, who is developing a loyal following for what he describes as “neo-acoustic folk/funk” music.
The Oswego Music Hall’s gala season finale show will be held Saturday, June 1 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The year-end show will featurs performer, singer and songwriter Jacob Johnson, pictured, who is developing a loyal following for what he describes as “neo-acoustic folk/funk” music.

The Oswego Music Hall’s gala season finale show will be held Saturday, June 1 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The year-end show will featurs performer, singer and songwriter Jacob Johnson, who is developing a loyal following for what he describes as “neo-acoustic folk/funk” music.

This five-hour extravaganza includes two sets from Johnson, an Emerging Artists Showcase that highlights area musicians, and a complimentary sunset reception on the deck featuring gourmet desserts.

Dinner is available for purchase. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available for sale.

Tickets are required for the dinner, but all performances and the sunset reception are free for Music Hall members. There is a fee for non-members. Tickets are available online or at River’s End Bookstore.

Johnson is coming to Oswego between gigs in Portland, Maine and Ocracoke, N.C. at the Ocrafolk Festival. He has shared stages with songwriters such as Edwin McCain and David Wilcox, and hangs out with guitarist such as Tommy Emmanuel and Tim Reynolds, who is the right-hand man to Dave Matthews.

The Emerging Artists session will include Cameron Caruso, Christopher Battles, Christine Tupe (and friends), Gary Carpentier, and Kholton Pascal.   These singers all hail from Oswego except Kholton, who’s from Syracuse and Auburn

Those seeking more information may call-342-1733.

County ordered to pay more money to JWJ Industries

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature approved the payment of $10,951 to JWJ Industries of New Haven last month.

The payment was ordered by Senior Judge Thomas J. McAvoy of the United States District Court Northern District of New York.

The payment is for legal fees incurred by the plaintiff, Jeffrey Holbrook, owner of JWJ Industries.

The county and the company have been in a legal battle since the legislature passed a flow control law in October 2008.

In 2011, the court ruled that Oswego County’s flow control law, mandating that all waste generated within the county be taken to a county owned facility, is unconstitutionally vague.

The court took issue with the flow control law for authorizing and encouraging arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement and ruled that it was unconstitutional for vagueness as written.

Holbook claimed his business declined by 25 percent since the law took effect Jan. 1, 2009.

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