Only a few weeks left until it’s all over

Bodley-RothrockKate_Wby Kate Rothrock

We may have hated the snow back during winter but all students are thankful for those unused snow days!

Due to Memorial Day and unused snow days there will be no school Friday, May 24; Monday, May 27; and Tuesday, May 28.

This year’s Battle of the Athletes 2013 will be held Wednesday, June 5 at 3 p.m. at the athletic complex.

This event is for anyone who played on a junior varsity or varsity sport this year and will involve many team events such as tug-of-war and relay races.

It is only one dollar to participate and if you participate you get a T-shirt! Sign-up now as spots are limited.

There is a band concert tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the GRB auditorium. Come support the GRB bands and listen to the senior’s last band concert!

Seniors, time is winding down. From senior nights to last band concerts, there are only a few weeks left until it’s all over. Enjoy this last stretch!

Good luck to boys tennis, girls and boys track and field, girls lacrosse and girls softball who are all playing in sectionals this week.

Hopefully, I will have good news to report from many of the games played yesterday!

Have a great week! Enjoy the vacation!

Light in the Darkness: May 22, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Today, I want to focus on three things that will help every believer to know a deeper walk in the Holy Spirit. Three things that cultivate a closer walk with the Spirit in your life.

The first thing to do is to clean out your house. These may be things in your literal house (your home), or things in your earthly tent (your mind and body).

Take time to identify those things that clutter your mind with things that are counterproductive to the powerful work of the Holy Spirit in your life.

Things that feed your flesh rather than the Spirit of God within you. They include what you watch or read and sometimes even things that you do that are not wrong in and of themselves.

You might be surprised what the Holy Spirit reveals about such things.

Years ago, for instance, I realized that my motorcycle appealed far too much to my flesh and had to go. I never regretted it.

Everything that appeals to the flesh rather than the Spirit needs to be cleansed  just as Hezekiah of old rid the Temple of those things that defiled it and were offensive to  the living God.

These are things that hinder what the Spirit has for our lives and nothing short of a thorough cleansing is acceptable. Partial measures simply will not work.

It does little good to wipe the dust cloth here and there while tracking mud into the house faster than it can be cleaned up

The second thing to do is to get into the Word. It is the washing of the water of the word that cleanses our lives.

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Fulton baseball team tops Mexico in season finale

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball team knocked off Mexico in its May 16th season finale.

Fulton got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 3-0 lead during the first inning.

After both teams scored two runs each during the second inning, the Red Raiders had a 5-2 lead.

Mexico cut into the lead during the third inning. The Tigers outscored Fulton by a run to cut the lead to 6-4.

After a scoreless fourth inning, both teams scored four runs during the fifth inning as the Red Raiders maintained a two-run lead.

Fulton put the game out of reach during the sixth inning. The Red Raiders scored nine runs to take an 11-run lead at 19-8.

Despite trailing, Mexico battled until the end. The Tigers scored a run during bottom of the seventh inning to cut the Red Raiders’ lead down to 10 runs.

The lead the Tigers faced proved to be too much to overcome as Fulton rolled to a 19-9 win.

Leading the way for Mexico was Pat Twiss, who had three hits and two RBIs.

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Charles I. VanHorn, heavy equipment operator

Charles I. VanHorn, 85, of Red Creek, died Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

He was an excavating heavy equipment operator for J K Tobin Construction Co. in Jamesville for over 35 years. He loved and was loved by his family and enjoyed John Deere tractors, gardening, woodworking and country music.

He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara in 2005, and by three brothers, James, George and Gerald VanHorn. Surviving are his children, William (Phyllis) VanHorn of Cato, Charles (Laurie) VanHorn of Red Creek, Karen (Doug) DeMaintenon of Orlando, Fla. and Rocco (Cari) Giacolone of Cato; siblings, Joseph (Sandra) VanHorn of Meridian, Earl (Anne) VanHorn of Cato, Oliver (Shari) VanHorn of Cato, Harold (Dorothy) VanHorn of Cato and Beulah Cavanagh of Weedsport; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga Street, Hannibal with services 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Cato Union Cemetery in Cato.

Memorial contributions may be made to LaBuff-Cole American Legion Post #911, 2598 Legion Street, Cato, NY 13033.

Richard O’Bryan Jr., Red Creek resident

Richard H. O’Bryan Jr., 71, of Red Creek died Thursday, May 16, 2013 at University Hospital in Syracuse after a brief illness.

Born in Granby, he had lived in the Ira and Red Creek areas for many years. He had worked for Comstock Foods for more than 20 years and retired from Cahoon Farms. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, kayaking, gardening and spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his parents, Richard H. and Bertha O’Bryan Sr. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, the former Cindy Gombas of Red Creek; children, Jennifer (Carl) Gillis of Martville, Ashley O’Bryan of Red Creek, Kim Neal of Fair Haven, Keith (Dee) of Sterling, and Richard III of Rochester; brother, Dale (Mary) O’Bryan of Auburn; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Services were private. Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has care of arrangements.

Nicholas Kellogg, Hannibal resident

Nicholas “Nick” Kellogg, 27, of Hannibal, died suddenly Wednesday, May 15, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident.

He had worked as a self-employed construction contractor and as a mechanic at Fred’s Auto Parts in Oswego. He enjoyed all motorsports, hunting and outdoor sports.

Surviving are his fiancée, Samantha Phillips of Hannibal; two children, Dakota and Alyssa Kellogg; parents, Warren Kellogg of Hannibal and Bernadine (David) LaManche of Central Square; a sister, Kristine Kellogg of Hannibal; step-brother, Gregory LaManche and step-sister, Kristin Krause, both of Constantia; paternal grandmother, Estella Kellogg of Hannibal; maternal grandparents, Dorothy and Robert Howard of Constantia; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Calling hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga Street in Hannibal with services immediately following.

Contributions may be made to his children in care of Samantha Phillips, 79 Kellogg Road, Hannibal, NY 13074.

Employer forum provides tips for local job searchers

Local job seekers are pictured speaking with a representative from Oswego Health at a recent event hosted by Oswego County Workforce New York, held at Cayuga Community College. Oswego County’s unemployment rate for February was 12.2 percent, down from January’s rate of 12.7 percent.
Local job seekers are pictured speaking with a representative from Oswego Health at a recent event hosted by Oswego County Workforce New York, held at Cayuga Community College. Oswego County’s unemployment rate for February was 12.2 percent, down from January’s rate of 12.7 percent.

by Nicole Reitz

Oswego County Workforce New York sponsored an employer forum recently event that helped prepare job seekers for employment.

Local job seekers sat through a panel where area employers gave insight into what they are looking for in applicants. Chad Whelsky, an employment specialist with Oswego County Workforce New York, facilitated the forum.

Whelsky said that many of the people he sees out of work tell him that there aren’t any jobs available in the county, which is not so.

Nick Habel, human relations director at Huhtamaki, said that the company is currently accepting applications.

Other employers on the forum, including Oswego Health, Constellation, Little Lukes/Rehab Resources, State Farm and Novelis, are also currently hiring and hire on a regular basis.

“Oswego County, if you think about it, has a wide variety of different opportunities,” said Whelsky. “We’re not as small as you might think.”

The most common place to determine if companies are hiring are on their web sites. These jobs are also posted to external web sites across the internet, like or

“Applying online is the number one way to get in front of a hiring manager,” said Holly DeMar of Oswego Health.

“I want to know that if you’re savvy enough to go out and find these positions online, transitioning in to our in house computer systems shouldn’t be that far of a stretch,” said Ron Terra, a State Farm insurance agent.

Employers agreed that basic computer knowledge is required — even with entry level positions. Every job out there to some degree now uses a computer, whether its typing information or printing labels.

“If you are a person who isn’t comfortable or feel uneducated on a computer, you’re missing the boat on some really good opportunities,” said Whelsky.

The One Stop Employment Center, located on 200 N. Second St., Fulton, offers classes on Internet job searching and online applications. Job seekers can sit with someone in a small setting and learn the basics of working on the computer.

The next internet job search session will be held May 30 from 9 a.m. to noon. “Intro to Computers” will be held on the same day from 1 to 4 p.m, Those seeking more information or to register may call 591-9000.

The Fulton employment center at the county building also offers workshops on resume writing and cover letters. Employers on the forum reminded job seekers to create a professional e-mail address if they do not already have one.

A personal e-mail address and voicemail are sometimes the employers’ first glance at an applicant and make a first impression. A cover letter is not the time to be funny; it has to be neat and organized with no spelling errors.

“The effort that you put in with your resume, cover letter or application has the power to bring you in and the power to shut you down,” said Whelsky.

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Memorial Day Salute parade to march on May 24

The Fulton service clubs and the Fulton Veterans Council have completed planning for the 32nd annual Memorial Day Salute to be held May 24 and 25.

The parade committee has been working for several months putting together the area’s largest parade. The parade date is Saturday, May 25 and it will start at 10 a.m.

The Memorial Day parade is the Fulton service clubs’ way of honoring all area veterans. However, the parade is open to all groups and businesses in the area. The theme for this year’s parade is “America, United We Stand.”

The committee will award trophies in several categories for the best representation of the theme.

Last year’s winner of “The Grand Marshall Award” for the most patriotic and interesting group was the Fulton Elks Club Lodge #830 float. Their float was elegantly decorated and gave a very positive patriotic message to the audience and the parade judges.

A parade is music with bands of different sizes and sounds. The “Best Music Trophy” was awarded to the Naples High School Marching Band, under the direction of Phillip Bariteau.

The Fulton Polish Home won the “Theme Trophy.” They had the Salt City Polka Band and a colorful float that contained several of the Polish Legion of America Veterans on it in their full dress military uniforms.

There are always a large number of children’s groups in the parade, so the parade committee awards three trophies in the category of Children’s Groups.  The first place in the “Children Awards” was awarded last year to the Off Broadway Dance Studio.  Their dance routine and their beautiful float was second to none.

Second place went to the Fulton Pop Warner. The Pop Warner boys and girls had a patriot float and an exhibition by their cheerleading members.

Third place went to the Fulton City School District Junior and High School “marching” band.

Three trophies are given by the “Fulton Veteran’s Council” for which veteran’s groups and active military are eligible.  Winning first place in the Veteran’s group was the VFW Post 569 Float.

Winning second place was the 10th Mountain Division marching band out of Fort Drum. Taking third place was the Fulton VFW Post 569 Ladies Auxiliary Cars and VFW Junior Girls.

The parade route is the same as it has been for the past 31 years. The formation of the parade is in the former Nestle’s parking lot and adjacent streets. The parade then starts north on South Fourth Street by Lyons Street to pass by the Oswego Health facility and the Michaud Nursing Home so that the patients who are able to get outside or to their window can see the parade.

The parade proceeds north to Broadway and then west to Recreation Park. The reviewing stand will be positioned at West Broadway and West Third Street, in front of Brewer and Brewer’s Mobil Station. Typically, thousands will line the parade route.

The Fulton Memorial Day Parade tries to be a balanced community based parade. Active military service units, veterans from all services, several color guards, bagpipe bands, youth groups, fire companies, clowns, school bands, adult bands, some vehicles, lots of walkers, business and industries, scouts, street vendors, usually hundreds of balloons, and even cartoon characters will be in this year’s parade.

The Memorial Day Salute Committee feels that this parade mixture makes for a most interesting event and represents and entertains the community.

A grand marshall leads each Memorial Day Parade. The Fulton Veterans’ Council, which is comprised of all the veterans’ organizations in the greater Fulton area, chooses a “Veteran of the Year” each year.

This year’s Veteran of the Year and parade grand marshall is Alfred Myhill.

The Fulton Veterans’ Council provides the leading color guard for this year’s parade.

All of the bands in the parade are sponsored by area businesses and local industries. Several bands, sponsored by Cayuga Community College, that have been in the parade every year are returning this year.

Also, the Fulton School’s music department will have all of their bands in the parade this year as they have had since the beginning of the event.

Many area businesses and industries have entered a float in the parade over the years. Sometimes an employee group or union have dreamed up the idea and built the float.

There is still time to enter a float in this year’s parade by calling Parade Chairman Zach Menter at 591-4502.

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