Class Project

by Jim Farfaglia

Class Project

 

Two children walked hand in hand

to the art room, for a brush and brown paint,

giving this two-liter bottle a natural look.

 

One lucky student was selected,

under Teacher’s watchful eye,

to cut an oval in its side.

 

A chatty group shredded old homework pages

and mixed them with pencil shavings,

supplying it with a comfortable base.

 

Two friends wound colorful yarn

into the grooves of its bottleneck

and tied it twice.

 

And then one child,

just outside their window,

hung this bottle from an outstretched limb…

 

Come, sweet bird,

come make this your home,

and make this day –

for the children watching from their desks –

an A+ day.

Fight the bite

by Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County Public Health Director

With summer soon upon us, I would like to take this moment to talk about how the Oswego County Health Department is preparing for the upcoming mosquito season.

We will begin staff training during the last week of May and move into full surveillance the following week.

As part of a long-term surveillance program, our staff collects mosquito specimens from a number of trap sites around the county.

The survey area this year will be the same areas with high mosquito activities last year.

Most traps are set in and near hardwood swamp areas because they are a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, especially the “Culiseta melanura” mosquito, the main carrier of Eastern equine encephalitis.

Once captured, mosquitoes are identified and grouped by species, gender, and whether or not they have ingested blood. The collection or “pool” of mosquitoes is then sent to the NYS Department of Health laboratory near Albany for testing that same week. The results are usually received one week later.

In 2012, we received special funding to coordinate the Mark-Release-Recapture Project which tracks the migration patterns of adult mosquitoes.

Due to budget constraints, we will not be able to go on with the project this year; however, we will continue to monitor mosquito populations through traditional surveillance methods.

We created educational signs with funds made available from the New York State and procured through the efforts of Senate Senator Patty Ritchie last year.

The signs convey information about protecting yourself and your family from mosquito bites. They will be distributed to schools, municipalities, campgrounds, playgrounds and golf courses.

Still, the best defense we have against EEE and the West Nile Virus is to guard against mosquito bites. Protect yourself and your family by limiting outside activities from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are more active.

If you have to be outside or in areas with mosquitoes, wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts as the weather permits.

Also, be sure to use insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to the directions on the label.

You can also reduce mosquito populations around your home and yard by eliminating or minimizing standing water.

Empty or drain pails, flower pots, wheelbarrows, wading pools and pool covers. Drill holes in recycling containers, clear roof gutters, dispose of old tires, and change the water in bird baths and horse troughs twice a week to discourage mosquito breeding.

Also, repair or replace broken or torn window and door screens to keep mosquitoes from entering your home.

These are all important steps in the battle against EEE and WNV. Personal protection is the most effective way of preventing EEE, WNV and other insect-borne diseases.

Last year, our public health educators launched more than three dozen community outreach activities about EEE and WNV alone.

We will continue our efforts to educate people about personal protection methods this year. I, too, will join the educational team to reach out to more organizations and groups throughout the county.

Please contact our department for an educational session about EEE and WNV, be thorough in their personal protection practices and enjoy a safe and happy summer!

Prom a success

Bodley-RothrockKate_Wby Kate Rothrock

Prom was a huge success! The American Foundry was absolutely beautiful and a great time was had by all.

Good music, dancing, professional pictures, and a chocolate fountain were just a few of the many highlights of Saturday night.

The music and dancing stopped when the prom court was revealed. Amelia Coakley, Sophia Giovanetti and Abigail Shatrau were nominated on the girl’s prom court.

The boys included Seth Delisle, Neal Burke and Connor Goss.

After anxiously waiting, Noah Sorbello and Sarah Halstead  were crowned prom king and queen and then shared a dance.

Congratulations to Sarah, Noah, the prom court and most of all the class of 2014 for putting on a spectacular prom! Thank you to everyone who helped make this night amazing for all the students.

This Friday marks the end of the 35-week marking period.

Although we are in the last stretch and summer is in our reach, it is still as important as ever to get your work in on time!

Freshman, sophomores or juniors: if you have not made your schedule for next year yet with your guidance counselor, please see them sometime this week.

This Saturday is GRB’s annual spring cleanup. It will be held from 9 a.m. to around noon.

Students can get community service hours from this and help put a little pride in our school! All students are welcome and there is always something to do.  Pizza, a cookie and drink will be provided to all helpers!

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Bernys battles Pullen for second career SBS triumph

AJ Bernys made his opening night at Oswego Speedway count on Saturday, out dueling Rob Pullen in lapped traffic on lap 29 to take the race lead and go on to claim his second career Pathfinder Bank SBS victory.

Bernys started from position three on the grid and played the patience game before slipping under Pullen as he struggled to maneuver lap car Zach Amo in turn one.

From there, Bernys would cruise away from the field over the final seven circuits to hit pay dirt.

Pullen, Russ Brown, Jon Tesoriero, and Andrew Schartner would fill the top five feature positions.

The night began with a new twist on Pathfinder Bank SBS time trials as points were awarded for the first time to the eight fastest qualifiers.

Mike Bond would top the speed charts during the single car runs with a lap of 19.158 seconds in his new Four Sevens Motorsports FFB chassis, edging out defending SBS track champion Kreig Heroth by just over a tenth of a second on the watches.

Brown, Jason Simmons, JJ Andrews, Cameron Rowe, Tesoriero, and Schartner would complete the fast eight, all earning valuable championship points in the SBS “Road to the Championship.”

A total of 25 Pathfinder Bank SBS racers would file down to the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag on Saturday with Pullen and Dalton Doyle starting from the first row.

The race’s initial green flag would see SBS rookie Scott Shafer in No. 76 spin off into the foam in turn one. Shafer would be hooked off the Speedway forcing a complete restart.

On the second go around, Doyle would surge into the lead behind the wheel of his Menter’s Ambulance Service No. 01, leaving Pullen, Bernys, Tesoriero, and Schartner in his tow early on.

While the top five racers tried to check away from the field Brown, who started 9th in the FX Caprara Car Companies No. 13, began to find the high side driving around the Andrews No. 93 to pick his way into 7th.

Another quick caution would fly on lap 2 for debris in the first turn, slowing the field.  However, when the green came back out, the racing field worked into a nice groove with Doyle continuing to lead the way over Pullen, Bernys, Tesoriero, Schartner, Rowe, and Brown.

As the laps ticked away Doyle, Pullen, and Bernys would emerge as the early favorites building a cushion over the remainder of the field.

Nose to tail the three leaders checked out, jockeying for position, and eventually Pullen would find the daylight he needed to claim the race lead.

On the 10th circuit, Pullen blasted to the lead on the low side of Doyle into turn one, opening the door for not only Bernys and Tesoriero to slip passed, but an entire freight train of SBS racers would fly by dropping the No. 01 from the race lead all the way back to 10th by lap 14.

The race’s third caution would wave on lap 15 for a slowing Simmons in the D&S Landscaping No. 98.

Simmons would manage to crawl into the pit area, but his night would be done.

The restart would show Pullen ahead of Bernys, Tesoriero, Brown, Schartner, Rowe, Bond, Andrews, and Mike Bruce.

When the field came back to green the Byrne Dairy No. 24 of Bernys came to life, quickly looking to the low side of Pullen on the restart into turn three.

Pullen, however, was able to fend off the advances, and continue to lead the speeding field around the fast 5/8 mile.

Further back Brown and Bond were battling their way through the pack, as Bond wheeled his way around teammate Rowe to the high side in turn three on lap 17.

The two most decorated drivers in the SBS division started 9th and 11th on the grid with Brown now running fourth and Bond in sixth.

By lap 24, Bernys, Tesoriero, and Brown were in a tight line applying heavy pressure to the Pullen’s Plumbing No. 2 and it became clear that lapped traffic may play a key role in the event.

Just four laps later, Pullen would drive up behind rookie Amo in the No. 44 down the front straight, and in trying to make his way by chose the wrong lane, leaving the inside groove wide open for Bernys to take advantage.

Bernys would go on to lead the 29th circuit ahead of Pullen and now Brown, who was also able to use traffic to make his way passed Tesoriero for 3rd in the line-up.

The No. 24 shined once in the lead, pulling out to a healthy margin over the field.

Three more cautions would slow the pace, all of which came on the 32nd lap. The first would be for Tim Gareau in the TNT Motorsports No. 17 as he tagged the foam in turn one.

The next caution flew for the No. 77 of Rowe as he spun down the back stretch while running 7th, and the final for early leader Doyle who cracked the foam in the first turn running ninth.

The event’s final restart showed Bernys out front leading Pullen, Brown, Tesoriero, Schartner, Bond, Andrews, Heroth, Jack Patrick, and Jeremy Pitcher.

As the green waved with only three laps remaining, Bernys proved to be unmatched leading the restart order to the finish, driving the No. 24 into Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane for the second time in his young career.

Patrick, driving the Longley Dodge No. 9, would be the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger for the evening driving from the back of the field to 9th in the final order.

Patrick was leading his heat race when contact between he and Bond on the final lap of the third qualifying heat sent both cars spinning. Each would rebound for top ten finishes in the main event.

The Nice Price Auto Sales ‘Up & Comer’ and the recipient of the White’s Car Care 4th place Award was Tesoriero in No. 47.

The stellar run for Tesoriero, the defending Butler Disposal SBS Rookie of the Year, was his first career top five finish in the division.

Pullen would go on to claim the Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader Award as he paced the field for a total of 19 circuits in the No. 2.

The Pathfinder Bank SBS Series will next be in action on Saturday, May 11 as a part of the Mitchell’s Speedway Press/CJ Ferlito Aggregates Novelis Supermodified “Kick-Off” at Oswego Speedway.

Pit gates will open at 1 p.m. with hot laps and grandstand gates opening at 3 p.m.

Novelis Supermodified time trials will take the green at approximately 5 p.m. with racing action hitting the Speedwway at 6:30 p.m.

Neil Diamond tribute to headline Memorial Day Salute

Rob Garrett, who presents “King of Diamonds,” a Neil Diamond tribute will headline Fulton Memorial Day Salute this year. Fulton Savings Bank will sponsor  this tribute band on the Community Center stage Saturday, May 25 starting at 8 p.m.
Rob Garrett, who presents “King of Diamonds,” a Neil Diamond tribute will headline Fulton Memorial Day Salute this year. Fulton Savings Bank will sponsor this tribute band on the Community Center stage Saturday, May 25 starting at 8 p.m.

Rob Garrett, who presents “King of Diamonds,” a Neil Diamond tribute will headline Fulton Memorial Day Salute this year.

Fulton Savings Bank will sponsor  this tribute band on the Community Center stage Saturday, May 25 starting at 8 p.m.

Garrett is a  long time Las Vegas performer and Legends in Concert alumni. From Las Vegas to Honolulu, to New York, to Berlin German, he has come to be known as the “King of Diamonds,” performing throughout more cities than any other celebrity impersonator in the business.

He manages to naturally capture the presence, passion, and energy of the legendary performer.

He was the recent recipient of   the “Male Musical Tribute Artist of the Year” award presented by the Entertainment Network at the Celebrity Impersonator Convention in Las Vegas.

Jim Myers, long-time entertainment chairman for the Memorial Day Salute, has released the complete entertainment schedule for the weekend.

Friday, May 24, the G. Ray Bodley High School Jazz band will perform at 5 p.m. Rick Bush will be on stage from 6 to 7 p.m.   followed by Magical Mystery Tour, a Beatles tribute band. They will play until the fireworks start at about 10 p.m.

Saturday, May 25, Oswego County’s largest parade will move down Broadway, from east to west, starting at 10 a.m.

This will be followed by several of the parade marching bands playing at a “Stand-In” on the Community Center stage from noon to 2 p.m. “Virgil The Magician,” will entertain the children and adults at 2 p.m.

The Fulton Dixieland Band will be on stage at 3:30 p.m. followed by Fulton Community Band at 5 p.m. and the music of Vince Markowsky at 6 p.m.

Garrett will take the stage at 8 p.m.

The Memorial Day Salute opens at 5 p.m. Friday and closes at 11 p.m. after the fireworks are over.

Saturday, the hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. During these hours, food and beverage and many rides will be available.

Fulton baseball team tops Hannibal for first win of the season

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball team won its first game of the season when it took on Hannibal Friday.

The Red Raiders win came following recent losses to Christian Brothers Academy, Homer and Bishop Ludden.

April 29, Christian Brothers Academy staged a late game rally to top Fulton while an impressive fourth inning helped Homer cruise past the Red Raiders April 30.

A six-run fifth inning proved to be key in Bishop Ludden’s May 2nd win over Fulton.

The Red Raiders let one get away from them when they took on Christian Brothers Academy. After falling behind 2-0 during the first inning, Fulton scored five runs during the second, third and fourth innings to take a 5-2 lead.

Christian Brothers Academy took over from there. CBA scored five unanswered runs during the fifth and sixth innings to escape with a 7-5 win over Fulton.

Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Peter Ravesi, who had three hits and an RBI, including a home run.

Jeremy Langdon and Cody Green both had two hits and an RBI and Michael Bolster and Chris Jones both chipped in a hit and an RBI. Jon Cummins and Daniel Coant also had hits for Fulton.

On the mound, Peter Ravesi allowed seven runs on 10 hits in seven innings of work.

The Red Raiders struggles continued when they took on Homer. By the end of the third inning, Homer had jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

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Fulton, Granby wait for DEC approval on Lake Neatahwanta

There will be a chicken barbecue Saturday, May 11 from noon until 3 p.m. or sold out at the Granby Community Center. There is a cost for the meal, but there is a discount for seniors. Children age six and under are free. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. Proceeds will be used to help clean up Lake Neatahwanta. Pictured from left are Legislature Dan Farfaglia, Granby Town Supervisor Ed Williamson, Lance Knapp Treasurer of the Lake Committee and Legislator Morris Sorbello.
There will be a chicken barbecue Saturday, May 11 from noon until 3 p.m. or sold out at the Granby Community Center. There is a cost for the meal, but there is a discount for seniors. Children age six and under are free. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. Proceeds will be used to help clean up Lake Neatahwanta. Pictured from left are Legislature Dan Farfaglia, Granby Town Supervisor Ed Williamson, Lance Knapp Treasurer of the Lake Committee and Legislator Morris Sorbello.

by Nicole Reitz

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie has obtained $200,000 to put towards the Lake Neatahwanta cleanup effort. The sum will be split between the City of Fulton and the Town of Granby.

Cleaning up the lake is not a quick fix, however. There are many rules and regulations to follow. Two committees, Fulton’s Lake Reclamation Project Committee and Granby’s Lake Neatahwanta Reclamation Committee, are raising money to fund needed tests and applying for DEC permits.

Granby Supervisor Ed Williamson said he met with the DEC in November.

The dredging of the lake will not happen until the DEC issues their permits. If the permits do go through, dredging can begin in as little as two months. The DEC could only issue one permit between the town and city.

“We’re trying to raise money aside from the senator’s money to buy the dredge,” said Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward.

Cleaning would begin on the Granby side along the south end of the west side because it is the most accessible spot. Woodward said that the city has carved out a 300-by-300-foot section to start with.

The project, with all of its various components, will be expensive. It will not be covered with the money received from the senator. There are a lot of costs involved besides obtaining the dredge machine. The machine alone holds 150 gallons of fuel.

The city will need to pay for core sample evaluations. Core samples of lake sediment must be taken from different areas of the lake and then tested to find out what exactly the dredges will be taking out of the water. Disposing of the waste may be tricky because the materials that lie within the lake may be harmful.

“There are all kinds of stories about what is in the lake,” said Williamson.

Williamson noted that SUNY ESF professor of biology and chemistry Gregory Boyer will take samples of the silt itself. Boyer’s team tests the water every Thursday and gives the supervisor a report. This type of research couldn’t be done when there was still ice left on the lake.

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Hannibal softball team showing strong resolve

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal varsity softball team hasn’t had the season that it hoped it would have.

The adversity that the team has faced throughout the season might have bent them but in terms of effort, they are far from broken.

Chittenango delivered a crucial blow during the game’s later stages en route to a win April 26. Bishop Ludden topped the Lady Warriors in a shootout April 29 while Solvay asserted its dominance early and often in an impressive performance May 1.

The Lady Warriors concluded that five-game stretch with losses to Lansing (2-1) and St. Johnsville (9-1) in a doubleheader played May 4.

Chittenango got off to a decent start when it took on Hannibal. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead during the first inning, the Lady Bears added another run during the fourth inning to take a 4-0 lead.

Unfortunately for the Lady Warriors, Chittenango put the game out of reach during the sixth inning. The Lady Bears scored eight runs during the bottom of the sixth inning to cap off a 12-0 win over Hannibal.

The Lady Warriors were led by Kaylee Esposito and Samantha Bowers, who both had a hit.

On the mound, Adrienne Shortself pitched the entire game for Hannibal. She finished with two strikeouts while allowing 12 runs on 12 hits in six innings of work.

Bishop Ludden topped the Lady Warriors in a firework-filled game. After a scoreless first inning, Bishop Ludden scored six unanswered runs during the second and third innings.

Ludden refused to slow down during the fourth and fifth innings. During the next two innings, Bishop Ludden scored 11 more runs to expand its lead to 17-0.

Ludden capped it off by scoring six more runs during the top of the sixth inning to take a 23-0 lead.

However, Hannibal began to chip into the lead. During the final two innings of the game, Hannibal fired back with 10 runs of its own to cut into the deficit.

The deficit they faced proved to be far too much to overcome as Bishop Ludden came away with a 23-10 win.

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