Church to hold special service for Kimplands

Rev. Mark and Lynne Kimpland have served the First United Methodist Church and the Fulton community for the last 18 years. They have been reappointed to the Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell and will begin his ministry July 1.
Rev. Mark and Lynne Kimpland have served the First United Methodist Church and the Fulton community for the last 18 years. They have been reappointed to the Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell and will begin his ministry July 1.

Rev. Mark and Lynne Kimpland have served the First United Methodist Church and the Fulton community for the last 18 years.

“Our time in Fulton has been a wonderful blessing full of opportunities, challenges and above all, it’s unlimited potential,” Rev. Kimpland said. “We will forever treasure the relationships, ministries and Fulton’s unique sense of community.”

Rev. Kimpland has been reappointed to the Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell and will begin his ministry July 1.

Lynne Kimpland has directed the children and youth ministries at FFUMC. Their two children, Matthew and Lacey, were very active in sports at G. Ray Bodley High School and currently are third grade teachers. Matthew Kimpland is teaching at Volney Elementary School and Lacey Kimpland is teaching at Johnson City Elementary School.

The Fulton First UMC is inviting the community to the Kimplands’ last worship service Sunday June 23rd at 9:30 a.m. A Farewell Come and Go Reception will be held after worship until 1 p.m.

Doyle dominates for first career SBS win at Oswego

For the second consecutive event, the Pathfinder Bank SBS series at Oswego Speedway enshrined a first time feature winner.

Saturday night, as a part of Crop Production Services Night at the Races, third-year competitor Dalton Doyle became the latest Oswego Kartway graduate to pull into victory lane.

Doyle’s win comes just two weeks after Jason Simmons earned his first career main event win at Oswego.

Doyle started in the fourth position, quickly moved his way to the runner-up spot, and then stole the lead from Jeremy Pitcher on a lap 1 restart to cruise away with the 35-lap victory behind the wheel of his No. 01 machine.

Rob Pullen, JJ Andrews, Jon Tesoriero, and Russ Brown filled the top five positions at race’s end.

“This is great,” said Doyle after the race. “Let me tell you, it is not east leading all of those laps. It’s a mental game. I am glad I had people telling me I was doing good. We over-drove it a couple times (lap 19 restart).  It got real loose coming off of four and (Rob) Pullen had the wood laid to it, but we kept it straight luckily.”

After leading a total of 34 laps on his way to victory Saturday night, Doyle will inherit the lead in the June 1 postponed feature coming up at the Speedway June 15, putting him in prime position to potentially become the first repeat SBS winner in 2013.

Rookies Anthony Losurdo and Pitcher brought the 25-car Pathfinder Bank SBS field to the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag on Saturday with Pitcher diving into the race lead off the start from the outside of row one.

Doyle, who started directly on Pitcher’s back bumper, followed the No. 14 through on the high side to the runner-up spot leaving Mark Castiglia, Losurdo, and Andrew Schartner in the top five very early.

Just as the first lap was completed, trouble hit corner number one, with Losurdo and Schartner coming together causing several cars to scatter.

With Losurdo and Schartner spinning across the Speedway in front of the field, Simmons, Chris Proud, and Nathan Noto all spun to avoid, but were able to continue on. Both Losurdo and Schartner took to pit lane, but did rejoin the field.

The lap 1 restart saw Pitcher out front over Doyle, Castiglia, Pullen, AJ Bernys, Cameron Rowe, Andrews, Simmons, Mike Bond, and Tesoriero.

As the green lights came back on Doyle found good bite on the bottom of the Speedway and powered underneath Pitcher coming to the stripe to take the race lead. Pitcher would tuck back into line in second ahead of Castiglia, Pullen, and Bernys.

Doyle, who won his heat race convincingly the last two weeks showing good speed, immediately drew out to a comfortable lead over the rest of the field, running smooth and consistent.  Pitcher and Castiglia would check out on their own as well for second and third leaving a tight battle between Pullen, Bernys, Rowe, Andrews, Simmons, and Bond.

Championship leader Brown had to start the main event from 19th on the grid after failing to finish his qualifying heat race and winning the 8-lap consi. In no time at all, Brown was into the top 15, quickly pressuring Tesoriero, Mike Bruce, and Jack Patrick for top ten positions.

Running in a tight bunch behind Rowe in the No. 77, Simmons and Bond were applying heavy pressure to Andrews in the No. 93 for seventh. Eventually, Andrews’ teammate Simmons was able to drive underneath for the spot into turn three on lap 7 bringing Bond with him to the low side.

Bond was looking to take advantage of Brown’s poor starting position to try and cut into the championship lead, and early on it looked as though that would be the case, as in less than ten laps he had worked his way up to the eighth position.

With battles everywhere on the Speedway, except for the lead, the most intriguing became the race for the second position between Pitcher and Castiglia.  Castiglia, a feature winner at the Speedway back May 11, tried Pitcher low several times in turn three but was unable to make the move stick in the No. 67.

Finally on lap 14, Castiglia felt as though he had the room he needed moving down the back stretch, but he and Pitcher came together sending both racecars into the outside foam in turn three to bring out the race’s second caution.

Pitcher was able to pull away from the accident scene but completed only one more lap to finish 24th. Castiglia was hooked to the pit area, done for the night, in 25th.

The restart order on lap 14 continued to show Doyle out front with Pullen now riding second over Bernys, Rowe, Simmons, Bond, Andrews, Tesoriero, Bruce, and Brown.

When the green flag waved, Doyle again checked away from the field with the battle on the Speedway being between Rowe, Simmons, and Bond for.

Simmons tried every trick in the book to try and work his way by the No. 77 of Rowe, but was unable to do so.

In working Rowe, Simmons would leave the door open for Bond to move low into turn three on lap 18, taking the fifth spot away.  As Bond drove underneath Simmons, the Team Tapout driver tried to quickly move back into line and in doing so made contact with the No. 74 of Bond causing damage to the left front tire of the No.98, which would become significant later on.

Just one circuit later as both Rowe and Bond began to close in on runner-ups Pullen and Bernys, the field raced out of turn two to find a stopped Nathan Noto alongside the hubrail.

The front seven to eight drivers all jammed on the brakes taking evasive action, however, both Rowe and Bond would be collected tagging the outside wall as the yellow lights came on.

Bond was able to drive to the pit area, while Rowe’s racecar took on significant damage, dropping him out of the event in 23rd position.

Doyle would bring the field back to green at lap 19 ahead of Pullen, Bernys, Simmons, Andrews, Tesoriero, Brown, Bruce, Patrick, and rookie Scott Shafer.

However, as the green lights came on another top five runner would head to the pits. This time it was opening night feature winner Bernys in the No. 24, who pulled low and into the pit area right at the drop of the green flag with apparent fuel pump issues.

With Bernys in the pits, Doyle and Pullen hooked up to pull away from the rest of the field including Simmons, Andrews, Tesoriero and now Brown just outside of the top five.

After starting 19th on the grid, Brown was able to pass a number of cars and also take advantage of several others misfortune to ride sixth.

After being involved in a lap one incident, Schartner was also working his way through the field in the No. 18. After restarting 24th early on, Schartner had charged back to eighth by lap 23, moving by Bruce in the No. 22.

As the field settled in past lap 25 Simmons’ left front tire, which had visible issues, finally let go in the second turn sending the No. 98 up into the wall for the night’s final caution.  The No. 98 would head pit side done for the night in 20th.

The race’s final restart saw Doyle pull away from the field yet again, charging into his first career SBS main event win over Pullen, Andrews, Teosriero, Brown, Schartner, Patrick, Bruce, Heroth, and Shafer in the top ten.

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race wins went to Pullen, Castiglia, and Doyle.

The night’s Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader was Doyle leading all but one lap of the main event. With his first career win Doyle also took home the Nice Price Auto Sales “Up & Comer” award for the evening.

Driving No. 13, Brown would be the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger driving from 19th to 5th on the grid with Tesoriero earning the White’s Car Care 4th Place Award.

Oswego Speedway will next be in action Saturday, June 15. Grandstand gates open at 3:30 p.m. with the Entergy Driver Autograph Session taking place at 5:15 p.m. The night’s first big race, which will be the make-up SBS feature from June 1 followed by the Supermodified make-up, will take the green at 6:30 p.m.

Owner of Nestle building admits to illegally removing asbestos

by Nicole Reitz

Edward Palmer, owner of Carbonsted, LCC, pled guilty in federal court to a felony violation of the Clean Air Act.

Palmer is from Phoenix and the owner of the former Nestle Plant. He admitted recently that he engaged in illegal asbestos removal. The asbestos was in a building that he owned along fourth street, not Building 95, the most recent building torn down.

Federal prosecutors say the plant contained pipes with more than 2,000 feet of friable asbestos insulation.

Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward said that Palmer was getting rid of what he calls “jumbos,” or steel tanks that Nestle used to circulate steam. The pipes leading to the tanks had asbestos on them.

“He had employees inside the building working for him, but told me that he had to let them go,” said Woodward. “Those workers then blew him in to the Department of Labor for improperly exposing them to asbestos.”

To best handle asbestos, the area needs to be incapsulated and sealed off so that no material becomes airborne.

Federal prosecutors say that Palmer directed his unlicensed workers to perform asbestos abatement without first wetting the asbestos and keeping it wet. They also claim that Palmer also failed to dispose off the asbestos at a state-approved landfill.

“Asbestos is in a lot of those older buildings, in brick insulation, floor titles and caulk for windows,” said Woodward. “He should have had a survey and a lab test done. We take those steps when the city tears down a house.”

Woodward said that there is no public health concern for residents who live near the former Nestle Building. The only people at risk are the unlicensed workers that were in the building at the time of asbestos removal.

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County’s 2012 HVAC bid

by Carol Thompson

Last year, Oswego County taxpayers spent $182,512 for HVAC maintenance at the county’s office buildings and facilities. Syracuse-based Postle and Jaeckle received the contract award for $82,980, but how the bid was awarded and who awarded it has raised questions.

According to records provided by the county under the Freedom of Information Law, the request to go out to bid for HVAC maintenance was made “11/00/11.”  The specifications were finalized Nov. 22, 2011 and the advertisement for bids was released Nov. 26, 2011.

The bid opening was held Dec. 12, 2011 and the evaluation was completed “12/00/11.” The bid was awarded to Postle and Jaeckle Dec. 20, 2011 and Mary Watson, of the county purchasing department, signed off on the award sheet Jan. 4, 2012.

The bid never went before the Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee for approval. There is no indication in the meeting minutes that the bid award was discussed.

The committee has oversight of the Building and Grounds Department; the department responsible for maintenance at all county facilities.

At the time of the contract award, then-Purchasing Director Fred Maxon had been out of work due to illness. The contract award sheet, which is to be initialed by the purchasing director, county attorney, county administrator and legislature chairman, shows County Administrator Phil Church initialed in lieu of Maxon. County Attorney Richard Mitchell initialed the contract sheet and the initials “PC” are noted in the space for the legislature chairman, who at that time was Barry Leemann.

At issue is who had the proper authority to award a bid autonomously, if the contract could be awarded without committee approval.

When the Valley News first raised the question, Legislature Clerk Wendy Falls said that the bid was awarded without committee approval under the county’s cleansing resolution, which allows the chairman and the legislature clerk to take care of end-of-the-year business.

But that resolution, according to former chairmen and county officials, does not include the awarding of bids that must be approved by committees or the legislature as a whole.

Church said that the bid was awarded under New York State County Law, section 625, “and subsequent court decisions and comptroller opinions that allow the county purchasing agent to award contracts.”

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Light in the Darkness: June 12, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another…” — 1 John 1:7

My wife, Bonnie and I, along with other family members, recently traveled to the Southwest to see some of the most majestic sites in all of creation.

We visited the Grand Canyon and several National Parks and Forests. Surrounded by the scope and beauty of it all, we were constantly reminded that our God is an awesome God.

Again and again, as we drove or walked, we were surprised by some new (to us) aspect of His handiwork. In the town of Sedona, Ariz., the place where many western movies have been made, I rose very early one morning in order to hike to the highest point in the area to catch the sun rising over the desert. I made it just in time and the sight was gorgeous!

We came home with many wonderful memories, a couple of which had nothing to do with what we had traveled to see. Though I should know better, still I was surprised that the trip’s highlights included meeting three fellow believers in Christ.

The first two were brothers. They were Vietnam veterans who had served in 1965 and 1966. They were traveling the country on their last big adventure together.

We talked about a number of things and it did not take long to discover that we were brothers in Christ. What sweet fellowship we shared from that point on as we talked about the things of God. We talked of the Second Coming of Christ and what heaven would be like and many other things. Even the subject of the Anti-Christ came up.

God has given me a particular appreciation for American veterans, so, that, combined with the discovery that we were brothers in Christ made for a wonderful memory of our trip west.

The second experience came during a moment when I was feeling a little grumpy (think euphemism here). On our return trip home, our plane was delayed long enough to miss the last connecting flight to Syracuse that night. This meant that we had the choice of sleeping in the airport or paying for a motel.

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American Legion Rider’s Romp to be held in Hannibal

by Andrew Henderson

The American Legion Rider’s Romp will be held June 12 through June 15 in Hannibal.

Hannibal American Legion Post 1552 is sponsoring “Feed Our Vets” as its main fund-raiser for this year’s Rider’s Romp. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for veterans in need.

The event will begin at the Hannibal American Legion Wednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. with the Paul Baldwin Band, which is a blues band.

Thursday, June 13 will feature the Thousand Island Ride starting at 9 a.m. and the Fallen Angel Band, which performs classic rock, at 7 p.m.

There will be breakfast by the Hannibal VFW Friday, June 14 at 8 a.m. and a Cooperstown ride starting at 9 a.m.

A baked ziti dinner will be offered by the Hannibal American Legion Auxiliary  from 4 to 7 p.m. and the Stone Soul Band, a blues and rock band, will perform at 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 15 will be a biker’s parade starting at 11 a.m. More than 200 bikers will be participating in the parade. Organizers are encouraging residents of Hannibal, Fulton, and Oswego to line the streets, wave a flag or a hand to show their support.

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Dale Planck drives to Fulton Speedway victory lane

It had been since May 21, 2011 since Dale Planck had been to Fulton Speedway victory lane.

Saturday night, Planck jumped behind the wheel of a team car (No. 99L) of Larry Wight and put on a driving clinic in a convincing win in the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

Other winners were Ron Davis III, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Rick Miller, NAPA Late Models; Hilary Ward, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; and Chuck Powelczyk, Four Cylinder Stocks.

Before a lap was complete in the Modified feature in turn four, pole sitter Joe August Jr. got upside down causing a red flag period. He was not injured. On the second attempt to get the 35 lap feature underway, Tim Sears Jr. bolted out to a narrow lead over Dale Planck.

With five laps complete, Sears still set the pace with a two-car advantage over Planck. Just behind the top-two, Chris Hile, Ryan Phelps and Roy Bresnahan raced for third through fifth.

On lap 10, Sears still led, but was now getting pressure from Planck. Just one lap later, Sears looked to have jumped the cushion allowing Planck to drive by to be scored the new leader on lap 11.

At the halfway point, Planck was on cruise control building up a three-quarters of a straightaway lead over Chris Hile. Ryan Phelps and Larry Wight were in a tight battle for third with Bresnahan showing in fifth.

With 10 laps to go, Planck appeared to be getting quicker as he built up an almost four-second lead over the rest of the field. Hile and Larry Wight battled for second, with Ryan Phelps and Bresnahan showing on the scoring tower in the top five.

On lap 31, Wight moved into the runner-up spot and needed a yellow to have any shot at Planck. No yellows would happen as Planck cruised the rest of the way to the win. Larry Wight, Chris Hile, Ryan Phelps and Roy Bresnahan finished second through fifth.

In the 20-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, Ron Davis III would take the lead on a lap 9 restart and never look back for his second victory of the 2013 season. Kyle Fink, Justin Crisafulli, Matt Emmons and Jordan Bennett would round out the top-five.

After coming so close to a win this season in the NAPA Late Models, Rick Miller finally put his car in victory lane for the popular win. Miller outran teammate Shayne Tenace , AJ Kingsley, Dale Caswell and Harry Halliday.

The loudest victory lane of the night came for E&V Energy Novice Sportsman driver Hilary Ward, who was fighting intense abdominal pain before surgery on her gallbladder. She not only found a way to race, but picked up her first ever win. Ward took the lead on lap 11 when then leader Taylor Lamb broke.

Then Ward survived a late yellow to be the first under the checkers. Wade Chrisman, Gary Hoppins, Jason Caldwell and Jeremy Dygert  chased Ward across the line.

It doesn’t matter where Chuck Powelczyk races, Brewerton or now Fulton, as he finds a way to victory lane in the Four Cylinder Stocks. The win Saturday night was anything but easy, as he narrowly beat Wendall Washington. Mark Johnston, Eric Zirbel and John West finished third through fifth.

This coming Saturday, June 15, K-ROCK 100.9 presents a night of exciting racing at Fulton Speedway .On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Four Cylinder Stocks plus a visit from the Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club. Dads and Kids will be having a wiffle  Ball Game.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.

The Day He Broke Loose

by Jim Farfaglia

The Day He Broke Loose


With tongue hanging from a droolish grin

and galloping on legs left idle too long,

he escapes the chains of his ordinary life.


Stopping in my yard to run in circles,

freedom swirls around him,

‘til he’s downright dizzy with wonderment.


Then his nose brings him to his senses

and he follows the streetside trail of his kin –

straight to the nearest patch of woods,


where his wild life awaits.

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