Harris Brown Jr., Local 73 welder

Harris “Brownie” Brown Jr., 75, of Fair Haven, died Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Oswego Hospital.

Mr. Brown was born August 22, 1937 in Watertown, a son to the late Harris O. and Clarice M. Kiah Brown. He retired from the Local 73 in Oswego as a welder. He attended Ogdensburg Free Academy and St. Mary’s Academy Class of 1956.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sara; three children, Kraig Brown of Syracuse, Debra Davis of Norwich, and Basil Brown of Pulaski; one step-son, George Vollrath of Central Square; two granddaughters, Kelly and Shannon; one sister, Mary Lou McKee; and two nephews, Terry and Todd McKee of Ogdensburg.

A memorial service will be held privately. Memorials may be made to the Fair Haven Fire Department or to the Fair Haven Food Cupboard in his memory.

Arrangements were entrusted to Becker-Keysor Funeral Home, Red Creek.

Elsie A. Davis, retired from Nestle

OBITS-DavisElsieElsie A. Davis, 102, of Fulton, died Monday, May 13, 2013 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

She was born in Plainville, a daughter to the late Ernest and Minnie Welch. She lived most of her life in Fulton and resided for nearly 25 years in Baldwinsville. She retired from the Nestle Company in 1976, where she worked for over 40 years.

She was a member of the former First Congregational United Church of Fulton, B.P.O.E. Lodge Auxiliary, Elizabeth Chapter #105 Order of the Eastern Star and the Cairo Temple Daughters of the Nile.

She was predeceased by her husband, Earl F. Davis, who died in 1994; three brothers, Clark Welch, Lester Welch and Kenneth Welch; and by a sister, Mary Hanley.

She is survived by a sister, Ruth Palmer of Fulton and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Calling hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 17 with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Burial will be in Jacksonville Cemetery, Lysander.

Contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Fulton’s annual art show to be held this weekend

The Fulton Art Association’s 40th annual art show and competition will be held Saturday, May 18 from 10 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 from noon to 4:30 p.m.

It will be held in the Community Room at the Fulton Municipal Building at 141 S. First St., Fulton.

A reception will be held Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The association’s artists range in age from high school to senior citizen and they come from all walks of life. They are residents from Fulton, Baldwinsville, Central Square, Cicero, Hannibal, Liverpool, Mexico, Oswego, and Phoenix.

During the weekend, all visitors to the show will receive a ballot to vote for their favorite entry in the show. The Viewer’s Choice Award will be tallied Sunday afternoon and the winner will be announced in the press with the award winners.

All raffle drawings at the show will take place on Sunday afternoon. Those participating do not need to be present to win.

Proceeds from the show raffles are designated for the High School Invitational show expenses.

Light In The Darkness: May 15, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead.” — Romans 1:20

Though we cannot see God, his eternal power and glory are clearly evident in all those things He has made and the tremendous works that he does. His attributes are evident not only in the creation that we see, but in the power that holds that creation in working order.

It reveals who He is so clearly that we are told in Romans 1:20 that,  “Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

The magnificent beauty of creation, the astounding diversity of living creatures and  the incredible magnitude of the cosmos all point so clearly to an intelligent, all-powerful, eternal creator that those who choose not to believe are left with no excuse for their unbelief. Even without a word spoken, God has revealed Himself to every man.

Yet even this magnificent creation with all its wonders is not His crowning achievement. For that, His only Son had to die. Nothing in all of creation has revealed the depth and breadth or quality of His character so much as the redemption of mankind through faith in Jesus Christ.

“Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.” — 1 Peter 1:10-12

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May Mystery

by Jim Farfaglia

May Mystery

 

Oh, lowly dandelion,

sneakiest of all weeds,

rising above the new-spring grass

to proclaim yourself a sun-god.

 

There’s no controlling you,

laying claim wherever you choose,

and sending your root so deep

it looks like you’re here to stay.

 

But wait!

Maybe you are something regal,

maybe you do command magical powers –

for, overnight, your golden sunburst

 

becomes a feathered snow-globe,

and, now, atop your throne you sit,

waiting for a noble breeze

to carry you into next May.

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Nutrition Collaboration expands Fulton Community Garden

OCO Nutrition Services Director Amy Roland (left) and Addie Dolbear (right) assemble a garden bed for the Fulton Community Garden. Located at John Lincoln Park, the Fulton Community Garden Project offers Fulton City residents the opportunity to have their own garden bed to grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers.
OCO Nutrition Services Director Amy Roland (left) and Addie Dolbear (right) assemble a garden bed for the Fulton Community Garden. Located at John Lincoln Park, the Fulton Community Garden Project offers Fulton City residents the opportunity to have their own garden bed to grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers.

Community members interested in enjoying their own garden fresh, homegrown vegetables or the beauty of a fresh flowerbed may take part in this year’s Fulton Community Garden Project.

The Nutrition Collaboration is currently soliciting Fulton city residents interested in participating in the community garden project.

Participants will receive their own garden plot where they can grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers that will be theirs to enjoy.

According to Amy Roland, director of Nutrition Services for Oswego County Opportunities and a member of the Nutrition Collaboration, the project is open to all Fulton community members and that members of Cornell Cooperate Extension will provide support for those who have never tended a garden before.

“The community garden is a great way for Fulton residents to enjoy fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers right from their own garden,” said Roland.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, the City of Fulton, and the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County last year’s Community Garden Project was such a success that they will be adding 12 new garden beds this year, bringing the total number of gardens beds to 24 and allowing more community members the opportunity to participate in the project.

This year we will also be planting one of the raised beds with herbs for the participants to enjoy herbs at their leisure.

Representatives from the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County meet to build additional garden beds for the Fulton Community Garden Project. From left are Jan Smith, master gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension; Lori Halstead, OCO Nutrition Services; Amy Roland, director of OCO Nutrition Services; Helen Hoefer, supervisor of Catholic Charities of Oswego County Community Services; Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County; and Cindy Walsh of Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Representatives from the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County meet to build additional garden beds for the Fulton Community Garden Project. From left are Jan Smith, master gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension; Lori Halstead, OCO Nutrition Services; Amy Roland, director of OCO Nutrition Services; Helen Hoefer, supervisor of Catholic Charities of Oswego County Community Services; Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County; and Cindy Walsh of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

According to Roland, planting at the community garden will begin May 22 at 9 a.m. Fulton city residents interested in participating in the community garden may do so by picking up an application from the Fulton Housing Authority, 1100 Emery Street in Fulton, or by calling Tina at 598-4712, ext. 1805 at Nutrition Services.

Community members may return the completed application to the Fulton Housing Authority or mail to: OCO Nutrition Services, 239 Oneida St, Fulton, NY 13069.

As space is limited, submitting an application does not guarantee a plot in the garden. The Nutrition Collaboration will utilize a lottery system in the event that the requests for plots out number the amount of plots available in the garden.

Sponsors for the community garden project include: Oswego County Nutrition Collaboration, Rural Health Network of Oswego County, Food Bank Of CNY, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Oswego County Department of Social Services, Fulton Department of Parks and Recreation, the Fulton Housing Authority, United Way of Greater Oswego County, and the Cancer Services Program of Oswego County.

Those seeking more information on the community garden project may contact Amy Roland at 598-4712, ext. 1811, or via e-mail at aroland@oco.org.

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Castiglia leads all 30 laps for SBS main event win

After battling engine issues for several weeks, Four Sevens Motorsports driver Mark Castiglia returned to Oswego Speedway’s victory lane for the third time in his career Saturday night. Castiglia started from the pole position, leading all 30 laps on his way to victory over Jason Simmons, Cameron Rowe, Mike Bond, and Russ Brown.
After battling engine issues for several weeks, Four Sevens Motorsports driver Mark Castiglia returned to Oswego Speedway’s victory lane for the third time in his career Saturday night. Castiglia started from the pole position, leading all 30 laps on his way to victory over Jason Simmons, Cameron Rowe, Mike Bond, and Russ Brown.

After battling engine issues for several weeks, Four Sevens Motorsports driver Mark Castiglia returned to Oswego Speedway’s victory lane for the third time in his career Saturday night.

Castiglia started from the pole position, leading all 30 laps on his way to victory over Jason Simmons, Cameron Rowe, Mike Bond, and Russ Brown.

“We had a tough start to the year with some motor issues, but we got it solved tonight,” said Castiglia. “It is really tough competition out there this year, so you have to take what you can get. I really need to thank Denise Merrill for giving me the opportunity to drive her racecar, and I also need to thank Dan Dennie, I wouldn’t be here without him. My crew chief Steve Reynolds does a great job and Kevin Enders builds an awesome motor.”

Defending Speedway champion Kreig Heroth finished the night in the sixth position ahead of Andrew Schartner, Jack Patrick, Tim Gareau and Jon Tesoriero in the top ten positions.

Castiglia and Mike Bruce brought the 25-car Pathfinder Bank SBS Series field down to the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag, with Castiglia out running Bruce to the head of the pack early on.

Simmons, still knocking on the door of his first career Oswego Speedway win, started fourth and before long found himself directly on the back bumper of Bruce in a battle for second.

As Castiglia, Bruce, and Simmons began to try and distance themselves from the rest of the field, the race’s first caution would wave at lap 4.

Rookies Zach Amo, Dan Abt, and Greg O’Connor would all tangle in the third turn, slowing the field.  All three would continue on.

At the restart, Castiglia led Bruce, Simmons, Gareau, Rowe, Bond, Patrick, Heroth, Schartner, and Tesoriero.

As the green lights came back on the front three would again check away from the field with Simmons applying heavy pressure to Bruce for the runner-up spot.

Several times Simmons would look low in the D&S Landscaping No. 98 in turn three, but Bruce would hold his own in the Woodchuck Saloon No. 22.

While a great battle was being waged up front, another torrid battle was taking place from fourth on back between Gareau, Rowe, Bond, Heroth, Patrick, and Schartner.

Brown was also in the mix up until a near catastrophe in the third turn, which saw several cars scatter including JJ Andrews and AJ Bernys. Each car would continue on without slowing the field, dropping them a great distance behind the lead pack.

As the lap counter wound down Castiglia, Bruce, and Simmons had pulled to a full straightaway lead on the rest of the field by lap 20, but on lap 22 that lead would be erased.

Andrews and Dalton Doyle would touch going into turn one collecting Doyle and Josh Kerr to illuminate the yellow lights.  Andrews and Kerr would continue in the event, while for the second week in a row, Doyle’s night would end in the first turn.

With only eight laps remaining, Castiglia still held the point over Bruce, Simmons, Rowe, Bond, Heroth, Schartner, Gareau, Brown, and Patrick.

When the green flag flew yet again, Simmons was finally able to make the third turn low side move stick on Bruce, driving the No. 98 into the runner-up spot with his sights now set on Castiglia for the race lead.

Further back Brown was also on the charge. After losing considerable ground in the third turn scrum early on, Brown slid past Heroth to move into the top five, now directly on the back bumper of championship rival Bond in the No. 74.

Brown, Bond, and Rowe would battle intensely over the final laps in search of a podium finish.

Bruce, who had a tremendous run through the majority of the event in the No. 22, would pull to the pits on lap 28 with rear suspension issues.

With Bruce out of the running that left Castiglia and Simmons to battle for the lead over the final circuits, but again it was Castiglia edging Simmons for the 30-lap victory.

With another runner-up finish under his belt, Simmons continues to search for win number one at Oswego after claiming the Nice Price Auto Sales ‘Up & Comer’ award.

“Yeah, this is tough,” said Simmons. “We blew a motor last week and had to put the Chevy in it, but the car was really pretty good, just a little off for the feature. We were really good on restarts, but after a few laps when the tires would get some heat, it started to get greasy on me.

“I could get into the corner good on Mark (Castiglia), but I just could not get off the corner as good as those guys.”

Oswego Speedway returns to racing Saturday, May 25 with the Helena Chemical Company Memorial Weekend “Triple-Header” featuring the Jim Shampine Memorial 75 for Supermodifieds, the Richie Evans Memorial 75 for the RoC Modifieds, and the Tony White Memorial Pathfinder Bank SBS 35.

Chad Phelps wins Fulton Speedway modified feature

During the week, Chad Phelps made a call to Billy Colton at Troyer looking for advice on car setup. 

That advice paid off as Phelps took the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified win on Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway.

On lap 17, Phelps shot from third to the lead, and then outran Robbie Bellinger in the late stages for the popular win.

Other winners were, Ron Davis III, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Alan Fink, NAPA Late Models; Gary Hoppins, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; Skip DeGroff, Four Cylinder Stocks; and Jeff Isabell Jr., Mod Lites.

Dale Planck and Joe August Jr. brought the hungry Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature down to the green with Planck grabbing the top-spot in the 35-lap main.

On lap 5, Planck running the bottom held a slight lead over August who was running the top of the speedway. Within striking distance of the top-two was Jim Witko and Chad Phelps making it a good four-car battle at the front.

One lap later on lap 6, August, who didn’t even know if he’d be back at the speedway after engine problems the week before, powered by Planck to be scored the new leader. Between lap 6 and lap 8 August and Planck would swap the lead back and forth till August could open a few car length advantage.

With 10 laps showing on the scoring tower you could of almost thrown a blanket over August, Planck, Witko and Chris Hile as they used every inch of the speedway looking for any advantage.

The whole complexion of the race changed on the lap 17 when Chad Phelps found wicked bite on the bottom of the speedway blasting from third and into the lead.

A quick caution on lap 21 gave the field a chance to catch their breath after hot battles all over the speedway. The restart would line up Phelps, August, Chuck Bower, Planck, Hile, Witko, Billy Decker and Rob Bellinger.

With 10 laps to go, Phelps held onto a four-car advantage over Bower while August, Hile and Bellinger were in a tight fight for third through fifth.

Over the remaining laps, Phelps looked to get quicker as he pulled away for the win by a half-a-straightaway over Bellinger. Hile, Dan Vauter who came on late and Billy Decker rounded out the top-five.

After Phelps pulled his Haun Welding Supply/ Midstate Tree Service/ Ashley Lynn Winery/ Troyer/ No.X in victory lane he talked about his win.

“ It was unbelievable,” said Phelps. “I got to give hats off to Billy Colton (Troyer Race Cars). We were complete junk last week with this new car so we threw some stuff at it, let me tell you, it was way better than it was. I’m not like the professionals…sometimes we’re second rate as I sometimes like to say. The track had a lot of bite and that helped. We have it pointed in the right direction and we were able to hold them off.”

In the 20-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, Gregg Kimball would lead the opening laps. The fastest car on the track was that of Ronnie Davis III who would dog Kimball for a number of laps before he used an outside power move to grab the lead on lap 9.

Once out front, and as the laps clicked off, nobody had anything for Davis as he drove away for the win. Kimball held onto second, Fonda Speedway invader Rocky Warner grabbed third, Jordan Bennett over came heat race problems to finish fourth and Tony Finch II finished fifth.

For the second week in a row, the NAPA Late Models put on an impressive show at the front of the pack in their 20-lap feature. Alan Fink took the lead on lap 11 and then held off opening night winner Sean Beardsley, Dale Caswell, AJ Kingsley and Rick Miller at the finish.

Gary Hoppins picked up his second win in a row in the 15-lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature. The win was anything but easy for Hoppins as he had to hold off repeated challenges from former Mod Lite driver Ricky Yelle. Jeremy Dygert, Kyle Kiehn and Jacob Davis finished third through fifth.

Eric Zirbel looked to heading to the win in the 15 lap Four Cylinder Stock feature. With just two laps to go, Zirbel had a front flat ending his bid for the victory handing the lead over to Skip DeGroff, who went onto to his second win of the early season. Mark Johnston, Blake Fisher, Keith Zirbel and Justin Buske rounded out the top-five.

In the 20-lap Mod Lite feature, Joe Isabell and Jeff Isabell Jr. swapped the lead back and forth in the late going with Jeff Isabell Jr. picking up the win.

What made the win impressive was Isabell started dead last after heat race problems. Joe Isabell, Doug Williams, Jeremy Isabell and Alan Fink finished second through fifth.

This coming Saturday, May 18 the Fulton Speedway will swing back into action with another night of racing presented by Syracuse Haulers.

On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Four Cylinder Stocks.

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

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