Thank you, volunteers

by Bob Weston, Fulton

As a member of the City of Fulton Recreation Committee, I want to thank two organizations for their volunteering to provide cleanup and maintenance of our city parks.

Over the years, the Fulton Lions Club has worked at C.V. Abbott Playground at Hulett Park, the playground at Voorhees Park and four years ago, adopted Oswego Falls Park, which is located south of Huhtamaki and adjacent to the Oswego River.

The second organization is the Fulton Alliance Church Building Bridges Committee’s children’s group called the Community Kids that recently worked at C.V. Abbott Park and will continue to work at three other parks for the next three months.

In addition, they have volunteered to do ground work near the lake, paint and stain the gazebo pier at Bullhead Point and attend the Christmas Tree Lighting Committee, which is under the direction of Recreation Superintendent Barry Ostrander and his staff.

Mayor Woodward, the city council and the recreation committee encourage our citizens to get involved either through organizations or individually to make our city a more attractive place to live.

If interested, please contact the mayor’s office at 592-7330 or Barry at the recreation department at 592-2474.

Light in the Darkness: June 5, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.  For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 1:4-5

Samuel Chadwick, the great Methodist preacher, put it well when he said, “Christianity is hopeless without the Holy Ghost.”

Hopeless. That is a strong word, but it is true. The Holy Spirit is not simply helpful in the Christian life. He is not simply “available” should we decide to take advantage of some greater resource in our living.

He is essential. Without Him what one has is not the Christian life but a substitute powered only by self. When Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5-6)  He meant nothing.

Who were these men to whom Jesus said, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised”? They were men who had been with him for his entire earthly ministry. They knew who He was, understood the message clearly. They had seen Him in ministry and had joined him in it.

They had already been sent out to preach the gospel, perform miracles and cast out demons. These were trained, prepared disciples and yet, while all around Jerusalem men and women were in need of the message.

Why were they told to tarry?  The reason is that the Holy Spirit is indispensible to a believer’s life and ministry. Without the Spirit, we can, indeed, do nothing.

Think a little further about these men for just a moment. Every one of them had followed Jesus faithfully. They swore their allegiance, looked forward to serving with Him in His kingdom and one of them, Peter, had even vowed that he would die before ever denying Jesus before men.

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Five seniors left their mark on Fulton boys tennis team

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys varsity tennis team was impacted by this year’s group of seniors.

Mitch Lalik, Joel Monaghan and foreign exchange students Javier Pajaron (Spain), Diogo Lopes (Brazil) and Yann Taddei (France) all made the most of their senior seasons.

In fact, the impact these seniors had on their teammates proved to be undeniable, according to Coach Matt Goodnaugh.

Goodnaugh noted that how the seniors went about their business trickles down to the younger athletes. As it was this season, everyone worked harder while coming away from the season a little more confident than they were when it began.

Goodnaugh said that next year’s group of seniors will want to go about their business the same way with the hopes of exceeding the achievements of this year’s team.

Early on this season, Fulton lost three hard fought matches all with scores of 4-3. When the Red Raiders played two of those teams again during the second half of the season, they turned the tables and won 4-3.

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Memorial Day Salute

by Larry Macner, Memorial Day Salute Chairman

On behalf of the Fulton Service Clubs Memorial Day Salute Committee, I thank the people of the Fulton area who attended and participated in the various events sponsored by the four Fulton Service Clubs over the Memorial Day Weekend.

The sponsors of this community service project were the men and women in the Fulton Kiwanis Club, the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club, the Fulton Lions Club and the Fulton Rotary Club.

The committee was aided and advised by several members of the Fulton Veterans Council.

The service club members worked very hard for several days, and in many cases, for several months, to make this weekend the great success that it was.

Some 33 years ago, a group of service club members met and planned a weekend of activities that would honor our military veterans with a parade, provide a high level of entertainment for our citizens who are unable to travel to distant places, and provide our children with constructive activities on the first weekend of summer.

This year’s event was our 32nd  year of the Memorial Day Salute.

The Memorial Day Salute is only successful because you, the citizens of the Fulton area, came out to participate in the weekend activities. The parade route was lined with thousands of people.  The main feature of our parade is the Veteran of the Year.

This year’s Veteran of the Year was World War II Army veteran  Alfred Myhill. The Fulton Veteran’s Council chose Mr. Myhill for this honor.

The entertainment in the Fulton Community Center was well attended, especially on Friday evening with Magical Mystery Tour and Saturday evening with Rob Garrett’s Neil Diamond tribute.

Hundreds of children enjoyed the rides and the children’s shows during Saturday afternoon. Food sales were good and most of all, the weather was sunny, but a little cool.

We also express our sincere appreciation to Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward, Fulton Common Council Members, all of the city employees in the Public Works and Recreation departments, police and firemen, and others who helped us in any way.

This event would not be possible without the help of the advertisers in the Memorial Day Salute newspaper. Please extend your thanks and your business to these fine people. Most of all, remember that “Freedom is never free, it is earned by our veterans.”

Port City Roller Derby to host Albany All-Stars June 15

Port City Roller Derby will look to avenge an early-season loss when the league hosts the Albany All-Stars on Saturday, June 15 in Crisafulli Rink.

Port City’s Breakwall Bombshells dropped a hard-hitting 184-140 bout to Albany’s A team on the road in early May.

For the Oswego rematch, the teams should take the floor around 7:30 p.m. An intraleague scrimmage for the new juniors team, the Lagoon Squad, will start at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.

The Breakwall Bombshells are coming off a wild come-from-behind 137-124 win on the road over Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby’s Hellbilly Heartbreakers.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. Advance tickets are available online at or from any PCRD league member. Attendees interested in trackside seating are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

A portion of the proceeds will support Oswego County Parents of Special Children.

Movie to highlight cultural icon

by Nicole Reitz

Tomorrow marks the 80th anniversary of drive-in theaters. In celebration, the Midway Drive In will present “Going Attractions,” an 85-minute documentary film by April Wright on the history of drive-ins.

The showing will be the first New York State screening of Wright’s film and she will be on location Friday, June 7 to meet and greet patrons.

Once a vibrant part of American culture, nearly 5,000 drive-ins once dotted the nation from big cities to small towns, but today less than 400 remain.

“Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-in Movie” examines the drive-in theatre as an integral part of American culture from its invention in 1933, to its peak in the late 50s, to the rapid decline in the 70s and 80s,and to the recent resurgence.

Wright completed the movie seven years after her first cross-country road trip to shoot drive-ins.

The film features interviews with the son of the drive-in inventor, the family that made the intermission trailers, a film historian, a sociologist, and drive-in owners.

She also spoke with a woman who is a third generation drive-in owner and operator, a couple in North Carolina who purchased a drive-in theatre on eBay and a community activist in upstate New York who campaigned against Wal-Mart to save his local drive-in movie theatre from being demolished and replaced with a store.

This year, the 80th anniversary of the invention, many drive-ins are converting to digital this season. In any other year, most drive-ins would not have been able to play “Going Attractions.”

The Midway Drive In, located in Minetto, recently installed a new digital projection system. This year marks its 65th year in existence and is John Nagelschmidt’s 26th year as owner.

Nagelschmidt said he makes every effort to create a family-friendly environment and does so by playing mostly G and PG rated movies.

In addition to “Going Attractions,” the theatre will also be showing “Epic” and “Young Frankenstein” from June 7-9.

Vanguard named Small Business of the Year

by Nicole Reitz

Vanguard Research & Title Services, Inc was recently awarded the 2013 Small Business of the Year award by the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

The business just celebrated 10 years in Oswego and changed its name from 24 Hour Record Retriever & Abstract in January. In the past six months, Vanguard has also changed it logo and web site.

“Everything has changed except for the ownership,” said President and CEO Ryan Thorpe.

Vanguard provides real-estate research services throughout the state of New York as well as title insurance. As a business without a storefront, they are mostly known in the legal and lending community.

The company works with most of the local lending institutions and real estate attorneys in the county and a few corporate customers that purchase property for development purposes, like subdivisions.

Vanguard is responsible for some small research work throughout the state that involves corporate filings. They also generate historical documents that are maintained overtime by homeowners, lenders or attorneys.

The business started in a small one-room office in a house. It now employs nine people, three of which are primary abstractors. Another employee is responsible for state wide coverage and coordinates and manages the work that gets done in the other areas.

Thorpe employs his mother, and his brother, Aaron Thorpe, a business development specialist.

His job involves business development, sales, marketing and customer relations.

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Families enjoy ‘Day of Play’

by Karrie Damm, Executive Director Child Advocacy Center

Thanks to the efforts of great volunteers and the support of several area businesses and human services agencies our first ever Family Day of Play event was a big success.

Almost 200 children and family members joined us at Camp Hollis for a day of fun and learning and to enjoy the opportunity to interact with each other, make new friends, and participate in a number of child and family friendly activities.

The Family Day of Play was a chance for our children to experience the care, love, and compassion that their community has for them.

This event would not have been possible if not for the efforts the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, Huntington Family Centers, & OCO, who co-sponsored the event, our valued volunteers and the businesses who graciously donated time, talents, monetary donations, refreshments and other items.

I extend a heartfelt thank you to the families who joined us for our Day of Play and everyone who helped to make it such a success!

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