Fulton boys track team to be loaded with potential in 2014

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys varsity track and field team earned three wins in 2013. The Red Raiders defeated Oswego, Fowler and Cortland.

Fulton was led by the senior leadership of Kyle Loftus, Pat Fink, Mike Ledger, Alan Cronk, Cody Pickreign and Tim Conners. Coach Joel Carroll said he has high regard for his six graduating seniors.

Loftus was one of the league leaders in distance events. Fink led the team in the discus event while also having a solid season in both the shot put and relay events. Ledger developed into an athlete who was solid in both the triple jump and sprint events.

Cronk’s specialty was in distance running but he also served as a solid substitute in other running events. Pickreign’s season was limited by injury and illness but he still managed to be decent in sprint events. Conners managed to take part in discus events throughout the season as well.

Carroll feels quite strongly that next season’s seniors could be impressive. The Red Raiders will be returning Jimmy Martin, Conner Aldasch, Chase Halstead, Mike Holcomb, Matt Holden, Brandon Ladd, Tony Paulich and Chance Porter.

Other athletes who will be returning for Fulton next season as juniors are All-League distance runner Bailey Lutz, Jacob Belcher, Jacob Cuyler, Logan Defenbacher, Nick Kenyon, Mike Lewchanin, Geof Michaels and Nick Reitz.

According to Carroll, the Red Raiders will be in search of more student-athletes next year to make up for their smaller group of sophomores. Sophomores who will be returning to the team next season are Ian Devendorf, Jake LaVea, Scott Littleton and Garet Roik.

Despite the smaller group of sophomores, the incoming freshmen appear to be a group that Carroll looks forward to developing.

Appeals court upholds murder, manslaughter conviction

by Andrew Henderson

Jay J. Barboni’s second-degree murder  and first-degree manslaughter conviction for striking and killing a 15-month-old boy in 2008 was upheld by the New York State Court of Appeals Tuesday, according to Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes.

“Although I am pleased with the court’s decision to affirm the conviction, there is no celebration,” said Oakes. “At the end of the day, an innocent little boy lost his life and, unfortunately, we cannot undo that senseless loss.”

On Aug. 18, 2008, emergency personnel were called to an apartment in Fulton. First responders arrived to find a 15-month-old boy, Nicholas Gage Taylor, who was not breathing. The baby was immediately transported to A. L. Lee Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

The Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and found that the baby had suffered multiple skull fractures. He also suffered bleeding in the brain as well as retinal bleeding in his eyes.

At the trial, a doctor testified that had Nicholas lived, he would have been rendered legally blind. Additionally, he had over 20 separate contusions from head to toe with the worst bruises located on his head.

Barboni was convicted in 2009 after a jury trial. At the time, he was sentenced by Oswego County Court Judge Walter Hafner to the maximum sentence of 25 years to life on the murder conviction as well as a concurrent 20 years on the manslaughter conviction.

He appealed his conviction, arguing in part that the evidence at trial was legally insufficient to support his conviction for depraved indifference murder.

Barboni also argued that certain items of physical evidence should have been suppressed by trial court. He also argued that he received ineffective assistance of counsel.

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RoyHodge_WEBby Roy Hodge

Last Thursday morning I discovered that life must go on as usual, despite a torrential rain storm. Life as usual in my neighborhood on Thursday mornings means the weekly supply of trash is left at the side of the road to be picked up by the city’s DPW workers.

It was raining hard — I mean really hard — as I said, it was torrential. I realized quickly that things had to move on, it had to be business as usual, the business of picking up the week’s leftovers had to stay on schedule

As I watched from inside my dry house — the windows were covered with huge drops of rain — the two DPW guys along — side the truck moved along quickly, emptying the full bins of curbside recyclables into the truck.

As they threw our bin to the ground and headed for the next block, one worker got in the cab with the driver, the other one jumped up on the back of the truck, opened up a big umbrella, and they were on their way.

Now that’s what I call “being prepared.”

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Once I got started last week looking through a list of columns I had written about food (and the art of eating it), I couldn’t stop.

On October 9, 1979, I had written about one of my Patriot building neighbors, Al Scheuerman, and his recipe for making sauerkraut.  Yes, sauerkraut.

“I hesitate to call it a conspiracy, but through the combined efforts of my good wife and Al Scheuerman I found myself bent over Al’s antique ‘kraut cutter’ last Saturday painstakingly mangling eight heads of cabbage.

“It all started last summer when innocently enough I learned of Al’s expertise for many years as a ‘kraut maker.’ Knowing that the cabbage harvest was still months away, I vaguely remember saying that I’d like to give it a try sometime. In a moment of mental fatigue I must have passed all this on to my wife, which brings us up to the Farmer’s Market last Saturday morning.

“It was there that a chance meeting between Al and my wife resulted in twenty pounds of cabbage on our kitchen table and a quick course in sauerkraut making for me in Al’s kitchen, the only caution being to watch my fingers if I enjoyed a meatless variety of sauerkraut.

“The next thing I knew I was alone with the cabbage and Al’s guillotine with Joel Mareinnis play-by-playing Syracuse’s football game in the background.  My cabbage cutting routine kept up with Joel’s commentary and I recalled Al’s advice just in time as Joel screeched out the first S.U. touchdown.

“I ran out of cabbage and Joel ran out of plays simultaneously, and none too soon. His voice and my right arm were both wavering.  But it all worked out well.

“Some unknowing farmer got rid of all of his cabbage; Al’s kraut maker got a workout; Syracuse and Joel won their football game; and there’s twenty pounds of sauerkraut and a funny smell in my basement. I wonder if Joel Mareinnis likes sauerkraut.”

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In and Around Hannibal: June 15, 2013

by Rita Hooper 

Now continuing on in Miss Grace Hawkins hand-written book on Hannibal…with additions from Hannibal Histroy in Pictures and Prose compiled by Lowell Newvine and available through the Hannibal Historical Society.  With some additions by RH!

The Post Office was established at Hannibal Nov. 4, 1816 with Asa Dunton, postmaster. At that time Hannibal was known as Hannibalville. Back then postmasters had a rapid turnover and Asa was replaced in 1818 by William Henry.

It’s interesting to note that in 1815, three members of the Hawks family married. Asa Dunton married Lois Hawks and Eliza Dunton married William Hawks.  Wonder if Asa and Eliza were brother and sister.

Within the corporation of Hannibal on Nine Mile Creek were two mills, one grist mill and two sawmills, a tannery, a stave factory, a cheese factory, and a cheesebox factory.

Gristmills were required to grind the grain of the farmers.  Sawmills were essential for the construction of homes and barns.  Tanneries were built to satisfy the need for leather.

All the early mills were operated by water power. Typically a mill dam would be constructed on Nine Mile Creek or some other stream in the Township and water would be directed, by means of a spillway, over a water wheel which in turn would drive the moving machinery.

The first gristmill to be constructed in the Township was located in Hannibal Center. It was erected in 1806, on Nine Mile Creek and was owned jointly by Watson Earl and Orren Cotton.

Also at an early date, the Bullen family ran a gristmill on Mill Street in the Village, the Chamberlains eventually acquired the Mill Street gristmill,and at one time there was a sawmill connected with it.

In 1820, John Brill constructed the first tannery in the Town.  Two years later, Thomas Skelton erected a second tannery in the Village of Hannibal. This tannery was located on Church Street.

As settlers continued to locate in the Hannibal Township during the 1820s and 1830s, the number of mills increased dramatically.  Different types of mills were also introduced.

In  1820, Towsley and Dunton built the first fulling mill (process that increases the thickness and compactness of woven or knitted wool by subjecting it to moisture, heat, friction, and pressure until shrinkage of 10–25 percent is achieved, producing a smooth, tightly finished fabric that is light, warm, and relatively weather proof.) Wonder if that was Asa Dunton!

There was also a Fanning Mill to separate grain from chaff and sort grain size. and a cheese box mill or manufacturer both owned by Walker Dada.

Hilon Young owned a Flax Mill.   Flax mills are mills concerned with the manufacture of flax. The earliest mills were ones for spinning yarn for the linen industry.

C. Amos Reed and Jeremiah J. Reed owned a shingle mill. Shingles were used for roofing and siding.

William R. Cox owned the planing mill. A planing mill is a facility that takes cut and seasoned boards from a sawmill and turns them into finished dimensional lumber.

In 1866, Andrew Beecher and William R. Cox constructed a barrel and stave factory close to the west bank of Nine Mile Creek behind the present Hannibal firehouse. The barrels were used for storing flour and packing apples. It is said that during the peak of barrel manufacturing in the area, a man stood at each window (seven on each side) and worked continuously.

The local coopers were Jehial Blodgett, Rensselaer Matteson, Myron Ormsby, Albert Gurnsey, Green Parsons, Nelson Eber and Norman Simmons. A cooper is someone who makes wooden stave vessels, bound together with hoops and possessing flat ends or heads. Examples of a cooper’s work include but are not limited to casks, barrels, tubs, butter churns.

Well that does it for this week – as they say “A brain is a terrible thing to waste” – like everything else, it needs to be exercised – just because school is out (and has been for many of us for a long time) doesn’t mean we can stop learning.

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Hannibal Senior Citizens will be meeting at noon for dinner. This week’s menu features barbecue turkey, au gratin potatoes, vegetable, tropical fruit Monday; Hoffman hotdog on roll, baked beans, seasonal salad, juice, cookie Wednesday; and

Healthy choice platter, cook’s choice dessert Friday.

The Jammers will meet at the American Legion at 7 p.m. Monday night.

The Hannibal Library Friends will hold an organic goat milk soap class Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m. Learn how to make soap and take home several bars. There is a fee and spaces are limited. Register at the library or call Linda at 564-6643.

“Kids Just Want to Have Fun” summer raffle basket includes a $25 Michael’s gift card, sidewalk chalk marker, and lots of backyard and/or beach fun items.

By the way, Summer Reading at the Library for children begins Tuesday, July 9. The sessions are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. for six weeks. This years theme is “Dig into Reading.”

Plans are underway for the 21st Concert in the Park to be held at the Hannibal Firemen’s Field located on Rochester Street in the Village of Hannibal July 7. Featured bands will be Anybody’s Guess, Fulton Community Dixieland Band and the Fulton Community Band.

Covered bridges

Leon Archer
Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

Washington County has never been at the top of my list in the past when I was thinking about outdoor activities, but that is not a reflection on what they have to offer.

It’s only thaat many of us, including myself, have a tendency to be creatures of habit when it comes to where we fish and hunt, and to some extent, where we vacation.

That’s more than a bit unfortunate when one lives in a state that has such a large variety of activities to offer and some of the country’s greatest venues. From Niagara Falls to the Finger Lakes and on to Lake Champlain, from Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence bordering the North to the Atlantic Ocean with Long Island cradled in her arms to the south, along with and all the streams, rivers, lakes and ponds in between, we have nearly limitless swimming, boating, and fishing opportunities within a few hours drive.

It took me a little over three hours to drive from Fulton to Cambridge in southern Washington County for the New York State Outdoor Writers Association Spring Safari. I took my grandson, Nathaniel, with me, because I knew I would be doing some fishing, and I don’t get as much time as I would like to do that with him.

Lake George and Lake Champlain border Washington County and I am sure I could fish them many times and never be bored, but for this trip I had the famous Battenkill River in mind. Nathaniel and I were going to fish for trout.

Most of the writers stayed at Battenkill Valley Outdoors in their long lodge. The owners, Don and Lisa Oty, were wonderful hosts; the lodge was comfortable and right next to the Battenkill River.

The Eagleville covered bridge is just a short distance down the road from the lodge and that was where Nathaniel and I would begin fishing. We tried hunting turkeys the first morning of our stay, but we had gotten up a little too late for a good hunt and after a couple hours watching leaves grow and song birds flit about, we headed for the stream. It was much more rewarding.

Nathaniel was intrigued by the covered bridge and just like a kid, he had lots of questions which I tried to answer, but I have to admit that I am hardly a covered bridge expert. Don’t laugh! How much do you know about covered bridges?

Here are the practical reasons for covered bridges, just in case one of your grandkids should ask you: the roof allowed water to be kept off the floor planking and beams, allowing them to last many times longer than an uncovered wooden bridge which could rot out in as little as ten years, and thus saved money on repairs and replacement.

The walls protected from the weather also to a lesser extent, but in addition it was claimed that they helped keep horses calm when crossing a swollen, fast moving river (they couldn’t see it). Horses also had no compunction against entering a covered bridge – it looked exactly like the entrance to a barn.

On the romantic side, it was said that a covered bridge was a favorite spot for courting couples to exchange a kiss, sort of like a drive-in movie without the added entertainment. Whatever the reasons for them, they look really great and are a wonderful subject for artists. So there you have it in a nutshell.

There are other covered bridges in Washington County, one of which is the Shushan Bridge that has been made into a museum. It was not far from the Eagleville Bridge, which is still used by regular traffic today.

Nathaniel and I settled down to fishing in the huge picturesque pool under the bridge after we finished admiring the structure. It is hard to imagine a more beautiful setting, and it turned out to be the only place where I outfished my grandson that weekend.

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Fulton’s annual art show winners announced

The Fulton Art Association held its 40th annual art show and competition in May at the Fulton Municipal Building. Alex McCombie of Fulton won Best of Show with his digital photo, “Morning Graze.”
The Fulton Art Association held its 40th annual art show and competition in May at the Fulton Municipal Building. Alex McCombie of Fulton won Best of Show with his digital photo, “Morning Graze.”

The Fulton Art Association held its 40th annual art show and competition in May at the Fulton Municipal Building.

Twenty-four artists from Fulton, Oswego, Baldwinsville, Syracuse and Mexico participated in the show.

The show displayed 90 entries this year in 11 medium categories: Acrylics, Digital Photography, Drawing A, B, and C, Computer Graphic Art, Painting Mixed Media, Oils, 3-D, Watercolor, and the special category of “Dogs,” according to President, Kathy Mihalek.

Charlotte Arcadi, an instructor for Cayuga Community College and retired art teacher for Phoenix Central School District was the judge for this year’s show. All prizes awarded are the discretion of the judge.

Alex McCombie of Fulton won Best of Show with his digital photo, “Morning Graze.”

Awards in each of the medium categories were as follows:

• Acrylics: First place, Jody Pike of Baldwinsville for “Dorothy”; second place (tie) Barb Erwin for “A Beautiful Place” and Tim Ames for “Winter Home.” Honorable Mentions were given to Barb Erwin for “Eruption,” “Sunset” and “Who Me?”

• Computer Graphic Art: First place to Lisa Davis of Fulton for “Spring Wildflowers” and second place for “Fairy Congregation.”

• Digital Photography: First place, Alex McCombie of Fulton for “Walker.” Second place (tie) went to Deborah Engelke of Oswego for “Gucci Blues #1” and Ellen Landphere of Mexico for “Essence of Valor.” Honorable Mentions were awarded to Deborah Engelke for “Small Boat in Deep Water” and Ellen Landphere for “Sweet Rewards.”

• Drawing A (pencil, charcoal):  First place, Jody Pike of Baldwinsville for “Peony Festival.” Second place went to Margaret Leach of Fulton for “Willow” and Honorable Mentions went to Kathryn Mihalek of Fulton for “Coffee Break” and Margaret Rusaw for A Calm Day.

• Drawing B (colored pencil/Prismacolor): First place to Margaret Rusaw of Fulton for “The Farm.” Second place (tie) went to Margaret Leach of Oswego for “Ginger” and “Two Tanagers.” Honorable Mentions went to Margaret Leach for “One Swan Swimming” and Kathryn Mihalek of Fulton for “Horse Heaven.”

Drawing C (pen/ink): First place to Bonnie McClellan of Fulton for “In The Tree.”

Oils:  First place to Jeremy Thurlow of Fulton for “Flowers on the Pond” and second place to Nick Iamaio of Oswego for “Panoramic View” and Jeremy Thurlow for “Serenity.” Honorable Mentions went to Susan Lane of Fulton for “Iris,” Bonnie McClellan of Fulton for “Mountain Serenity” and “Swan Lake At Night.”

• Painting Mixed Media: First place was awarded to Michelle Southgate of Oswego for “Drydock.” Second place went to Virginia Cook of Fulton for “Inspiration” and Rhoda Cunningham of Oswego for “Rending the Veil.” Honorable Mentions went to Rose Besch of Oswego for “Flotsam and Jetsam” and Virginia Cook for “Season Worker from Mexico – No Green Card.”

• 3-D: First place, Jeffrey Rusaw of Fulton for “Free Bird” and second places to David Salvetti of Fulton for “Rustic End Table” and “Rolling Pin – French Style” as well as an Honorable Mention for “Rustic Stool.”

• Watercolor: First place, Theresa Carbone of Oswego for Dream Walk. Second place went to Rose Besch of Oswego for “On the Road Again” and Robert Canfield of Oswego for “104A North Scene.” Honorable Mentions went to Theresa Carbone for “Harvest Time” and “Kissed By the Rain” and Rhoda Cunningham of Oswego for “Ascent to the Embryo.”

• 2013 Special Category – Dogs:  First place was awarded to Jeremy Thurlow of Syracuse for “Family.” Second place went to Tim Ames of Oswego for “My Best Friend” and Peggy Boyd of Baldwinsville for “Maddy.” Honorable Mention was awarded to Nick Iamaio of Oswego for “Hofmann.”

The raffle winners of artwork donated by FAA artists were also announced.

“Moments of the Sea” by Kathryn Mihalek was won by Jody Pike.  “Ready for Work” by Rhoda Cunningham was won by Virginia Cook. “Split Rock” by Kathryn Mihalek was won by James Fredette.

“Four Flowers” by Lisa Davis was won by Sarah Dahar. “Light on the Point” by Kathryn Mihalek was won by Ruth Barry.

“Happy in Haiti” by Rhoda Cunningham was won by Peggy Boyd. “Deer” by Margaret Rusaw was won by Sarah Dahar. “Owl” by Margaret Rusaw was won by Anola Gowin.  “Upon a Rivers Bend” by Bonnie McClellan was won by Anola Gowin. “Spring Blossoms” by Janet Coons was won by Mark Davis.


Fulton seniors to receive art and photography awards

The Fulton Art Association will award two scholarships to two graduating G. Ray Bodley High Schools. The 2013 Art Award is awarded to Mariah Munger (right) and the 2013 Photography Award is awarded to Alexandra Boyce.
The Fulton Art Association will award two scholarships to two graduating G. Ray Bodley High Schools. The 2013 Art Award is awarded to Mariah Munger (right) and the 2013 Photography Award is awarded to Alexandra Boyce.

The Fulton Art Association will award two Fulton seniors for their achievements in art and photography at their graduation ceremony Saturday, June 22.

G. Ray Bodley High School teachers Sara Koblentz and Meredith Williams selected the recipients of the two $100 scholarships.

The 2013 Art Award is awarded to Mariah Munger and the 2013 Photography Award is awarded to Alexandra Boyce.

Williams said, “I have been Mariah Munger’s teacher for the past two years. Mariah is a senior at G Ray Bodley and an excelled art student. Mariah has taken Ceramics 1, 2, and 3, an Independent Study in Ceramics, and Foundation in Art. Mariah has also taken every art class offered by the other high school art teacher.

“Mariah is very talented and will be continuing her study in the art field at New Paltz College,” she added. “She is enthusiastic and hardworking and will do amazing things in the art field.”

Koblentz said, “I have known Alexandra for just this past year in studio in art. She was a photography student with Ms. Star Matteson previously. Alexandra recently told me Studio in Art was her first art class since junior high. If she had known what she now knows she wishes she had started sooner than her senior year. I wish she had started sooner as well.

“Alexandra has demonstrated her considerable ability in studio in art, always going beyond class expectations, doing at least one more drawing or painting to develop her skills. She comes in an additional class period each day to work independently and recently to help photograph and mat artwork, earning community service credit.

“Her work can often be seen in showcase displays outside the Art rooms. In Alexandra’s words, ‘As each piece I create comes to life, it sends a feeling of relaxation and joy through me.  Art lightens up my world.’”

Here photography was recently part of the Fulton Art Association’s High School Invitational Art Show held in March, 2013. She will be attending Syracuse University to major in photography.

Orlo Green Jr., retired from Fulton Tool Co.

OBITS-GreenOrloOrlo A. Green, Jr. 78, of Phoenix, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Phoenix, he was a son to the late, Orlo Green Sr. and Daisy Green Keller. He was a life resident of Phoenix and attended Phoenix schools. He retired in 1987 from Fulton Tool Co. where he worked for 28 years as a truck driver.

He enjoyed playing cards, woodworking, NASCAR and restoring classic cars. He was especially proud of his 1963 Chevy Nova.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Robin, who died in 1972, and by a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Charles Walts who died in 2005.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Besaw Green; a daughter, Tammie (Ray) Brown of Fulton; a son, Orlo A. (Amy) Green III of Fulton; a sister, Ruth Hughes of Phoenix; a brother, Jim (Mary) Green of Phoenix; step-father, Charles Keller of Pennellville; three grandsons, Martin (Colleen) Daniels, Jr., Cody and Cole Green; two great-grandsons, Martin Daniels III and Keegan Daniels; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

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