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Sold! Fulton adds home to tax rolls

78364216by Nicole Reitz

Fulton resident, engineer and architect Kristen Collins submitted a proposal for the sale of a city-owned property located at 188 S. Second St.

Her bid of $6,000 was accepted and awarded by the Fulton Common Council Tuesday night.

According to Mayor Ron Woodward, the property had a lot of interest, but Collins was the first to bid.

Collins is looking to renovate her investment and plans to use the upstairs as a rental property and the downstairs as her personal office.

Being that the property is on a well traveled street, the council is looking forward to Collins modifications, which will add curb appeal to the neighborhood.

“This will be another beautiful building in the middle of town,” said Second Ward Councilor Dan Knopp.

The Collins family has been in the area for quite some time, and previously renovated a home in the second ward.

Knopp said that he was pleased that Kristen and her husband LeRoy decided to invest in the City of Fulton.

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According to the minutes of a recent Fulton Planning Board, Daryl Loguidice, owner of Able Smith Tent, came before the board requesting the approval to open a party rental office and showroom at 609 S. Fourth St.

The Fourth Street property is an empty three-bedroom home on less than two acres.

Able Smith Tent’s main business is located in Cicero. The Fulton site would be used as a pick-up/drop off site for smaller party items.

The smaller items, such as blow-up play houses and popcorn machines, would be rented out for various occasions.

Able Smith Tents does business in Oswego County, but since the main business is located in Onondaga County, Onondaga benefits from the tax revenue.

Loguidice stated that he would like to bring some of that revenue to Oswego County.

Traffic would be limited to the building Monday through Friday, as most people pick up and drop off the items they rented on Saturday and Sundays.

Loguidice plans to clean up the property, add green space, and blacktop the parking area. He also plans to paint the outside of the building, grey and red, to keep with the company’s colors.

He will hire two full-time employees, one to plan events and the other to store, clean and load small rentals.

Loguidice plans on opening before Memorial Day.

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Minetto Elementary School students present ‘Cinderella’

Minetto Elementary School students recently presented this year’s musical “Cinderella” on stage at the Oswego High School Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts. Pictured are Fairy Godmother (Taylor LaDue) and Cinderella (Julia May).
Minetto Elementary School students recently presented this year’s musical “Cinderella” on stage at the Oswego High School Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts. Pictured are Fairy Godmother (Taylor LaDue) and Cinderella (Julia May).

“Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” provided a magical moment as the Minetto Elementary School students recently presented this year’s musical “Cinderella” on stage at the Oswego High School Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Once again, elementary age students enjoyed the opportunity to participate in live musical theatre as the combined fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade chorus members presented a memorable production.

Directed by music teacher Debora Bartholomew, with music by Dr. Juan LaManna and Heather Sweeting, the students presented the two-hour performance before friends and family.

Julie May was “Cinderella” and took the audience on a magical ride. The huge cast filled the stage for ensemble numbers various times throughout the 20 scenes.

Among the cast were Jordan Hare (Jaq), Maggie McSweeney (Lizzie), Alyssa Adner (Tiny Tina), Kelly Lizotte (Gus), Hayleigh Hough (Lucifer), Alyssa Lapetino (Bruno),  Allison Choate (Druzilla), Tia Bevacqua (Anastasia), Tessa Smith  (Stepmother), Diente Parker (King), Keegan Thompson (Grand Duke), Carson Colucci (Messenger),  Taylor Ladue (Fairy Godmother), Cody Vincent (Pumpkin), Mikayla Hardesty (Coachman), Savanna DeLong (Footman), and Dylan Cohen and Cody Vincent (Ball Announcers).

Also, Matthew Caraccioli (Prince), Kyle Roland, Zeida Olson and Morgan Samson (Coach Horses) and narrators Maria Foti, Maddison Dashnau, Allison Griffin, Aidan Thompson, Olivia Bivens, Abby Brancato and Morgan Samson.

Producing a stage version of “Cinderella” would not be possible without birds, mice and numerous guests at the ball.

Holding the roles of the birds were Maddie Jones and Cody Vincent. The mice and guests included Julian Allan, Hailey Babcock, Olivia Bivens, Hannah Blackburn, Abby Brancato, Lucas Capstraw, Mason Cass, Jennifer Ciarla, Ezra Clemons, Carson Colucci, Kaitlyn Czerow, Maddison Dashnau, Savanna DeLong, Maria Foti, Allison Griffin, Angie Guarerra, Anna Guarerra, Mikayla Hardesty, and Brayden Hardter.

Also, Ben Hough, Sarah Jones, Adam Lofthouse, Morgan Mace, Tyler May, Zeida Olson, Seth Perrin, Jennifer Pittman, Lillian Reese, Kyle Roland, Morgan Samson, Natalyia Smith, Melanie Solanno, Ashley St. John, Aidan Thompson, Maya Upcraft, Kylie Wallace, Shelby Wallace and Brianna Waldron.

Behind the scenes the coach design and construction was completed by Steve Braun and the OHS Tech Crew while art teacher Crystal Mason did the coach painting and art students were also involved in the props.

Costumes were completed by Joanne Choate, Cindi Hermann, Crystal Mason and Debbie Bartholomew.

Make up, hair, dressers and crowd control were provided through the services of Brenda Getman, Linda Doud, Crystal Mason, Linda Stummer, Pam Caraccioli, Kris Adner, Barb Czerow, Dinah Olson, Michele May, Kim LeRoy, Sharon and Hannah Griffin, Heidi Samson, and Amy Jones among others.

Also contributing to the smooth flow of the production were stage manager Angella Bandla and deck manager Deanna Santiago along with T.J. Bandla and the entire OHS Theatre crew.

Neighbors from long ago

RoyHodge_WEBby Roy Hodge

I sometimes think I have a good idea for a column and start writing. Some of those times I am typing away and suddenly think, “Wait a minute, this sounds very familiar.”

The reason for that thinking, of course, is that I came up with the same idea and wrote basically the same column a few years ago.

That happened recently when I started thinking of some of the folks who lived on Wiman Ave. during the more than 50 years our family lived on the street. All of those neighbors and many others “always” lived on our street, at least as long as I can remember up to when my mother left her home in the late 90’s.

It seems like everyone knew everyone else who lived there.  My neighbors from long ago must have made an impression on me. Many decades after I lived there I can remember most of them very clearly.

This is what I wrote when I got thinking about Wiman Ave. A couple of years ago; the notes in parentheses are my recent thoughts:

There was an interesting mix of neighbors on our street. I remember a little bit about a lot of those people.

Mr. Howe had to be the oldest man. I remember him sauntering by our house with both hands clasped behind his back. My father said that Mr. Howe was a master carpenter, and I think I remember him saying that he built his house on our street. (I remember him building some very solid steps at my grandparents’ back door when he was in his 80’s.)

Mr. Lucas was in charge of the escalator, the first one in Syracuse, at the W. T. Grant’s Store in the city’s downtown.  His son, Jack, as our next door neighbor, was my nemesis. Maybe it would be clearer to say that he was five years older than I was, and picked on me constantly.

Mr. Lindsay, our next door neighbor, never tired talking about his Scotch heritage, and Mrs. Lindsay told fortunes by reading tea leaves. The Lindsay’s grandson, Tucker, who at one time lived down the street from us, and later on with his grandparents, was my best friend. (Mr. Lindsay, next door, was a mason by trade.)

We thought that Miss Wilson and Mr. Burke were the crabbiest people on our street, but maybe they had their reasons. Miss Wilson lived next door to the Fero family and Mr. Burke lived one house away from our home.  (Those were the two locations on Wiman that there was almost always something going on in the street in front of the houses).

Mr. Haynes was a captain in the Syracuse Fire Department. Mr. Jutton was also a fireman. Mr. Fero was an agent at the railroad station. Many men on our street worked at factories.

Mr. Carroll worked at the Suburban Park amusement park as a ride operator. I helped his wife, Betty, find worms to sell to fishermen for bait. I’m not sure that his wife, Betty, worked but she was always busy doing something. For a couple of years I went to bed early during fishing season and got up a couple of hours later to go out in the neighborhood’s grassy yards to “pick” earthworms which she sold to bait shops.

I can also remember making wreaths with her at Christmas time which we sold to friends and neighbors. She and I were good enough friends that she helped me learn to drive and she accompanied me on my driver’s test.

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Churches plan Easter services

by Andrew Henderson

Local churches are planning their Passion Week and Easter services.

State Street United Methodist Church will be holding several services.

A Palm Sunday service will be held tomorrow, March 24 at 11 a.m.

From March 25 through March 27, there will be prayer and praise services at 7 p.m.

Maundy Thursday, March 28, there will be a traditional Tenebrae service with communion and an optional foot washing at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Methodist church.

March 30 at 7 p.m., there will be a prayer and praise service.

March 31, the Easter service will be at 11 a.m.

The congregation at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church will be holding a Good Friday service at 6 p.m. March 29.

“We will gather to remember the terrible sacrifice that was required in order to secure our redemption,” said Pastor David Grey. “For those who lived through that day it was a day of fear, of great disappointment and of unspeakable horror. We today call that Friday, “good” only in hindsight, because we know what was accomplished on that day.”

The church will also hold an Easter Sunrise Service March 31 at 7 a.m.

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Fulton Cross Walk to be held

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The Fulton Good Friday Cross Walk will be held Friday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton. Rev. Mark Kimpland will lead in the opening of the walk. Walkers will take turns carrying a large wooden cross in the downtown section of the City of Fulton.

The Fulton Good Friday Cross Walk will be held Friday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Rev. Mark Kimpland will lead in the opening of the walk. Walkers will take turns carrying a large wooden cross in the downtown section of the City of Fulton.

A total of ten stations of the cross will be observed.  Each station will include scripture, prayer and the singing of a hymn.

The cross walk will conclude about noon at its final destination, First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St.

Everyone who has taken part in the walk and has provided assistance to walkers will be welcomed to a soup and bread lunch provided by the board of deacons of First United Church. There is no cost for the luncheon.

The Cross Walk is sponsored annually by the Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches. It is comprised of those member congregations who support ecumenical programs that include the annual Michaud Memorial Service, the Community Thanksgiving Worship service, and the annual CROP WALK, which raises funds for world hunger, and for local food pantries.

Those seeking further information may call Rev. David Nethercott at 592-2707.

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Fulton baseball team gearing up for challenging season

86490800by Rob Tetro

After the first days of practice, Fulton varsity baseball coach Kip Harvey was pleased with the effort his players displayed.

However, he is quick to point out that the Red Raiders still have a lot of work to do to be ready for the season.

According to Harvey, being ready for the season means that his players will be ready to work towards achieving its goals.

This season, Fulton will aim to play every team as competitively as possible. They also want to be in a position to be playing for a league championship while also qualifying for sectional play.

The Red Raiders appear to be a team that will lack varsity level experience in 2013. There are only five seniors on the roster, but four of them were starters a year ago. They are Cody Dick,  Jake Crucitti, Adam Briggs, Ron Smith and Shane Beauregard.

The team will feature four juniors who will be moving into starting positions this season. Those players are Jeremy Langdon, Nick Summerville, Dan Coant and Kirby LaBeef. Sophomores John Cummins, Peter Ravesi, Chris Jones and freshman Michael Bolster are all debuting at the varsity level this season.

Harvey appears to have a lot of confidence in Cummins, Ravesi, Jones and Bolster. He expects them to earn a lot of playing time this season.

At this point, the Red Raiders have not named any captains. However, Harvey pointed out that he expects Dick to pick up where he left off as captain in 2012. Harvey credited Dick for his leadership abilities, which include being a mature and responsible individual.

He suggested that maturity is the most important characteristic that he hopes to identify in someone who aims to be a captain on his team.

According to Harvey, a captain is a positive individual who encourages his teammates to be better rather than holding them back. He also pointed out that a captain is a trustworthy individual whose presence encourages teammates to follow and duplicate.

Harvey credited Dick for meeting nearly all of the expectations he has for a captain.

This season, Fulton will look to emphasize solid defensive execution. Harvey said that mistake free defensive play could allow them to be as consistently competitive as they hope to be.

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Granby highway vehicles

by Jane Crego, Granby  

Granby taxpayers, do you know what your tax dollars are being used for?

For instance, did you know that your tax dollars pay for a Granby Highway Department worker (not the superintendent, but an hourly worker) to drive to and from work in a vehicle paid for by you?

Did you know that the same vehicle is being used by some of the Granby Highway Department employees to plow their personal driveways?

Did you know that Granby Town Highway Superintendent Ray Sullivan take a truck home at night, too?

Did you know the highway superintendent has informed Town Supervisor Ed Williamson that he can spend taxpayer money any way he wants?

I think that this is really messed up. We elected the town officials for Granby expecting that they were going to do everything in their power to protect the citizens’ tax dollars from frivolous, unnecessary spending.

I have to pay for, insure, and fuel a vehicle to drive to work every day to pay these taxes. I am confident that we pay town highway workers enough so that they can pay for their own transportation. Why are we paying for this employee’s gas as well? Shouldn’t he be responsible just like the rest of us?

If our elected leaders can’t ensure that our tax dollars are being spent wisely, then maybe it’s time to replace our elected leaders. This is a vicious circle — they spend more than they should, increase our taxes, which increases spending, which increases our taxes again.

We need to stop this insane spending in our town and other areas of government.

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