Barbara Sitzer, worked at Nestle

OBITS-SitzerBarbaraBarbara J. Lagoe Sitzer, 78, of Sterling, died peacefully Tuesday, April 23, 2013 surrounded by her loving family and extended family.

A native of Oswego, she lived in the Oswego and Sterling areas most of her life. Barbara had worked at Nestle Company in Fulton for 25 years, Mirabito’s Big M Supermarket in Hannibal, General Electric Company and Sterling Canning Factory.

She was a member of Sterling Senior Citizens and enjoyed golfing, bowling, shopping, traveling and spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard A. Sitzer Jr. in 1996, and sister, Connie Foster.

Surviving are her children, Barbara “Cindy” (Robert) Deming of Oswego, Karen (Richard) Walker of Pulaski, Richard A. Sitzer III of Oswego and Mary (Edward) Flynn of Fulton; siblings, Richard (Kaye) Lagoe of Scriba, Ruth Fellows, Betty (Bill) Farnham and Kathy (David) Fellows, all of Oswego; many nieces, nephews and extended family including, Shirley and Kevin Lamie and family, Joey Taylor and family, Jean Flynn and family, RaeDee Kelley, Amberanne James and Henrietta Wood.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 29 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal with services immediately following.

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

Fulton recognizes city’s finest and bravest

Longtime Fulton resident Jan Rebeor received the 2012 Community Service Award during the 17th annual Awards & Commendations Ceremony held Wednesday. Rebeor was noticed for her involvement in many community organizations and events.
Longtime Fulton resident Jan Rebeor received the 2012 Community Service Award during the 17th annual Awards & Commendations Ceremony held Wednesday. Rebeor was noticed for her involvement in many community organizations and events.

by Nicole Reitz

The City of Fulton paid tribute last Wednesday to its hometown heroes men and women of the fire and police departments.

Mayor Ron Woodward offered a few words of appreciation to the those in these difficult jobs during the 17th annual Awards & Commendations ceremony held at the Fulton Municipal Building.

“We know what you do, we monitor what you do, and we appreciate it,” said Woodward. “With the aftermath of what happened in Boston, it brings to mind more than ever how important and how much we need our first responders.”

Community Service Award

The first award of the night, the 2012 Community Service Award, was presented by Investigator Aimee May to Fulton resident Jan Rebeor.

Rebeor is a stage 3 breast cancer survivor and an active member in the community, volunteering with a number of organizations, including Fulton’s Project Bloom, the United Way Stone Soup Luncheon, Tunes in June and Jazz Fest.

“This year’s recipient makes unique contributions that enriches our society and makes our community a better place to live,” said May.

Excellance attendance

The first service award for first responders was a recognition for excellence in attendance. An attendance program for the fire and police departments recognizes those employees who have completed two consecutive years of service without an absence.

They are Paul Kinne, Michael Tetro, Robert Summerville, Daniel O’Mara, Steven Dexter, Aaron Howard, Mark Pollock, Ralph McCann and William Clark, and Victor Kaufman.

Officer Brian Dumas was the recipient of the Triumphant Award in the fitness category. Every year, members of the police and fire department are given the opportunity to test themselves physically in the annual fitness challenge. Dumas met that challenge and scored in the 90th percent or better.

They also presented a certificate of excellence to the following members who scored in the 85th percent or better category: Captain David Eiffe, Lt. William Bullock, Deputy Chief Thomas Abelgore and Lt. William Clark.

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Phoenix boys varsity track and field sets two school records

by Rob Tetro

The 10th annual Cicero-North Syracuse co-ed relay meet was recently the site of a record setting day for the Phoenix Boys Varsity Track And Field Team.

Phoenix finished seventh out of 20 schools overall. Two new school records were set in both the 400 Meter Hurdles Relay and Discus Throw relay events.

With earning finishes of third and tenth place respectively, Justin Rhodes and Dylan Switzer set a new school record for the 400 Meter Hurdles Relay Event with a combined time of 2:06.20.

Two Mexico athletes also took place in this event. Jacob Zedack earned a 23rd place finish with a time of 1:10.81. Austin Clark came in 29th place with a time of 1:18.66.

The Firebirds also came away from the meet with a new school record for the Discus Throw Relay Event. While coming away with first and 20th place finishes respectively, Jason Czyz and Bryce Ferris set a new school record with a combined distance of 214’-10”.

Other local athletes taking part in this event were Mexico’s Cameron Prior who came in 15th place with a distance of 98’-08”. Prior’s teammate, Thomas Ladd came in 17th place with a distance of 97’-00”.

Fulton’s Pat Fink and Brandon Ladd came in 24th and 32nd place with distances of 88’-11” and 75’-09”.

Fulton Police Department identifies driver in Carolee Ashby case

Oswego County resident Douglas Parkhurst, 62, has been identified as the operator of a 1962 tan Buick Special that struck four-year old Carolee Ashby Halloween night 1968.

Ashby was struck as she crossed, what is now known as State Route 481 at Division Street in the City of Fulton, with her sister and cousin.

Due to the expiration of the Statute of Limitations, no charges will be filed in this matter.

Bodley’s Got Talent recap

Bodley-RothrockKate_Wby Katie Rothrock

Ten days! The night that many juniors have been looking forward to all of high school is just in 10 days.

Prom tickets are being sold at the lunch room for $30 each until April 29.

Guests from other schools have to get a guest pass from the Main Office before purchasing. Students must buy their prom tickets and return their signed contracts by April 29 or they will not be able to attend.

Bodley’s Got Talent consisted of so many talented students and it was so hard for the judges to pick just a few winners.

The acts varied from singing and dance to musical instruments and more.

The winner of Bodley’s Got Talent was dancer Julia Fisch for the second year in a row.

Guitar player Justin Purtell received second place and Irish dancers Ashley Grey and Angela Paul took third place.

The Audience Favorite Award went to singer Neal Burke and Alex LaRock took Most Unique with “the cup song.”

Lastly, the “Gave It Their All” award went to singers Shakeemah Hordge and Erica Perwitz. Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who participated!

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Daybreak Curative

by Jim Farfaglia

Daybreak Curative


The six of them wander into my yard,

tender noses to the early-spring grass,

searching for the sustenance

our deep winter has denied them.


Different sizes, different shades of brown,

and one, I notice, favoring a front leg;

hoof grazing ground with each labored step.



From one of winter’s traps?

From some aspiring hunter?

From the catchall of life’s sorrows?


When the others move on, she stays;

something in this space healing her.

I watch, feeling her warm my winter-heart…

then, taking a tender step,


I start the foraging of my day.

Phoenix baseball wins first three games of the season

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix Varsity Baseball Team began the season with three straight wins.

On April 8, Phoenix scored seven runs during the first three innings of their game against Chittenango en route to an impressive win. The Firebirds followed up with their win by holding off Westhill in a pitchers duel on April 17.

On April 19, Phoenix scored four runs during the seventh inning to pull away against Jordan-Elbridge.

The Firebirds got off to a solid start and didn’t look back when they took on Chittenango. After the first three innings, Phoenix had built a 7-0 lead. The Firebirds capped off their 12-0 win by scoring fivemore runs during the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings.

Phoenix was led by Nate Dietz. Dietz had three hits and an RBI against Chittenango. Following Dietz was Adam Thoryk with two hits and two RBI’s. Justin Suttliffe had two hits and an RBI. Remi Lynch, Bryce Plante and Emilio Tassone chipped in with a hit and two RBI’s each. Corey Bowman added three hits for the Firebirds.

On the mound, Emilio Tassone earned the win for Phoenix. Tassone struck out ten Chittenango batters while only giving up three hits in five innings of work. In relief of Tassone, Bowman threw two strikeouts in two innings of play.

The Firebirds faced a stiffer challenge when they took on Westhill. Once again, Phoenix got off to a decent start. They scored three runs during the first two and a half innings of the game.

However, Westhill scored to cut the Firebirds lead down to two runs at 3-1 during the bottom of the third inning. Westhill inched closer later in the game.

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