Kody Graham goes green to checkered for second win

Not long after leading 29 laps of the first Novelis Supermodified feature on Saturday night, Kody Graham had another shot at a front row starting spot in the Century 21 Galloway Realty night cap and this time he made good on the opportunity.

Graham started to the outside of Tim Snyder in the front row of the 50-lap main event, stole the lead from the drop of the green and led all 50-laps on the way to his second career win at the “Steel Palace.”

Graham out raced Shaun Gosselin, Michael Barnes, Joe Gosek, and Otto Sitterly on his way to Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane becoming the fourth different Supermodified winner in as many races at Oswego this season.

“Since the opener we have been fighting gremlins left and right,” said Graham.  “Today the toe got knocked out in the first feature so I decided to pull it in instead of wrecking me and the rest of the field, but we’ve just been battling week after week.

“Tonight though, we finally got it.  You know, with the field like this you have to be on you’re A game. Obviously starting up front helps as always, you don’t want to have to pass all those guys and clear track is the best thing.”

Tim Snyder, Dan Connors Jr., Randy Ritskes, Jeff Holbrook, and Michael Muldoon were the top ten in the 50-lap Century 21 Galloway Realty main event.

A career best day for Gosselin would see him have the opportunity to chat with Danny Johnson on the Speedway’s main straight.

“Kody was just a little bit too fast in the open track,” said Gosselin. “I needed a lot of traffic to have a chance at him, but congratulations to those guys, they ran a great race.  It was a lot of fun to come from father in the back; we got to play with some traffic.”

With two third place finishes on the evening, Barnes continued his stellar campaign Saturday night after starting 18th in the field.

“We weren’t really all that good,” said Barnes. “We weren’t good in the heat, so to start 18th and get back up to third is pretty good. I knocked the right front part of the front wing out there I think when I got into the back of Holbrook, and it just started to pick up a push from the center out and that is why I couldn’t catch the guys at the end.

“I think if the wing would have stayed in once piece, we might have had a shot at them two at the end.”

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race wins would go to Connors, Graham, and Curran.

The Lighthouse Lanes ‘Hard Charger’ was Barnes, while the Lighthouse Lanes ‘Up & Comer’ was Gosselin.

Light in the Darkness: June 19, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God,  who has saved us and called us to a holy life — not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.” — 2 Timothy 1:8-9

By any standard or measure, we can imagine, the wonderful grace that has been extended to believers in Christ Jesus, saving us from our well earned fate, demands a response.

That response can be none other than to love and hold the Savior more dear than anything else in this world.

More dear than the fear of being ridiculed by men. More dear than one’s love for father or mother or brother or sister. More dear than life itself.

To this end, Paul writes to Timothy, and of course, to us, “do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord.” When we hold the Lord more dear to our hearts than anything or anyone else this boldness to testify about the Savior simply flows.

The recognition of what He has done for us and the resulting heart full of gratitude overflows into testimony. There is no shame. I remember when I was paying for my Dad’s salvation many years ago. Mom had surrendered to Christ but Dad had not yet done so.

Late one night, Mom was clearly experiencing a terrible heart attack. One and then two nitro tabs did nothing. Dad woke my 17-year-old brother, a believer, and asked him to pray. He did. Mom recovered immediately.

The next day in a routine follow-up the Dr. compared X-rays of Mom’s heart that he had just taken with those of a previous visit. Not only was there no sign of a heart attack the night before, but all the scar tissue seen so clearly in previous X-rays was now gone!

The new X-rays showed a completely healed heart, including the absence of previous scar tissue.

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What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

Karen Perry is standing next to the over-size grand prize basket given at CNY Arts Center’s Art Fest held June 8 at the War Memorial Ice Rink. The basket held prizes and gifts valued at more than $200. The arts organization offers all arts for all ages and summer art camp for children.
Karen Perry is standing next to the over-size grand prize basket given at CNY Arts Center’s Art Fest held June 8 at the War Memorial Ice Rink. The basket held prizes and gifts valued at more than $200. The arts organization offers all arts for all ages and summer art camp for children.

We’re celebrating a prize-winning third annual Arts Fest last week with 50 vendors and hundreds in attendance.

Prizes were awarded to three winners, including two gift baskets each with a variety of gifts from the vendors and a collection of art supplies for a budding artist.

We also had a ribbon cutting and open house at the gallery downtown with Tunes in June as our backdrop.

We’re turning our focus now to summer fun with Arty Day Camp, July 15-19.

“Charlotte’s Web” rehearsals are getting started for an Aug. 16-18 performance weekend.

We’ve kicked up the pace on our Community Mural Project to be ready for your help painting at the next Harborfest, July 26-28 and we have new plans for a Plein Air Art Competition in mid-August. Details about that coming soon!

There are only two more Digital Photography 101 classes: Tuesday June 18 and 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. They are taught by Kendra Matott, CNY Arts Center’s studio arts coordinator and mixed media artist.

June 18 get in “Focus!” Learn how and where to focus in a photograph and learn about depth of field (how your aperture affects what is in focus).

June 25 wrap up with “Composition Tips.” Learn some tips about composing good photos and improve your basic snap shots! Classes are held at CNY Arts Center, 357 State Street church, Fulton. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Author Spotlight this month, June 19 from 7 to 8:30, will host Lisa Buske presenting her new book “Where’s Heidi?” Author Spotlight is open to the public and meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The second annual ARTY Day Camp promises lots of fun with instruction in art, writing, dance and theater. This summer camp for ages 5-15 will also provide free lunch and afternoon art projects open to every child in the community age 5 and up during the weeks of camp, July 15-19 and Aug. 19-23.

Scholarships are available for morning classes.

CNY Arts Center wants every child to have an art experience this summer and registrations are coming in every day. Children need to register even for lunch and art projects. Go to the web site to register for all day or afternoon only.

Sign-ups for “Charlotte’s Web” will close June 22. The children’s classic will perform Aug. 16-18 and all children are welcome. There is no charge to participate but attendance at all rehearsals is expected. For more information, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and remember we bring all arts for all ages at two separate locations.

Classes, Writer’s Café, Author Spotlight, live theatre, and Arty Camp, are held in CNY Arts Center located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Arts in the HeART Gallery is located at 47 S. First St. in downtown Fulton across from the gazebo for local artists who want to display their artistry. Artists can apply for gallery space online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Legislators pull resolution to tax cell phones

 by Carol Thompson

A resolution that would allow Oswego County government to add a surcharge to cellular telephones was pulled without explanation when the full legislature met Thursday.

The resolution, proposed by Legislator Linda Lockwood, would allow the county to impose a surcharge of 30 cents per month for the county’s E-911 budget.

The county currently imposes a surcharge on landline telephones, however, there has been a decrease in landline use since the prevalence of cellular telephones.  A surcharge on cell phones would bring those users equal to those with landlines, the resolution notes.

All but nine counties in the state have a surcharge, according to the resolution. Before the county could impose the tax, it would need authorization in the form of legislation to be passed by the state Senate and Assembly.

The surcharge would be used for improvements to the county’s E-911 system.  The legislature approved the expenditure of $836,009 for upgrades. The project will be paid through a state grant.

During the conclusion of the meeting, Legislator Doug Malone asked why the resolution had been pulled.

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Great Bear is latest addition to Volkssporting Itinerary

Members of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail and Finger Lakes Volkssport groups met recently at Great Bear Recreation Area to enjoy the scenic trail system.
Members of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail and Finger Lakes Volkssport groups met recently at Great Bear Recreation Area to enjoy the scenic trail system.

The Great Bear Recreation Area near Fulton has been added to the series of self-guided walking tours along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway.

The Great Bear Walk, organized by the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Volkssport Association and Friends of Great Bear, is the first of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Walks to be entirely “off-road” as it follows well-marked woodland trails.

Volkssporting in German is “the sport of the people.” The Great Bear Walk joins a series of walks created by the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Volkssport Association along or near the 518-mile Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway, which parallels Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River in New York and Pennsylvania.

The walks are family-oriented and targeted to those who enjoy outdoor physical activity in which people of all ages and fitness levels can participate.

The Great Bear Springs area is comprised of over 400 acres in the City of Fulton and Town of Volney.

The name is based on a Native American legend in which a young brave was attacked by a large bear near the springs. The property also contains the historic Oswego Canal guard lock number 2 and towpath that were a part of the original Oswego River Canal.

After completing the walk, participants have the option of purchasing a collectible pin depicting the bear for which the area is named.

“The area has more than eight miles of natural trails over rolling terrain, and is ideal for walking, cycling, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing,” said Richard Drosse, coordinator of the Friends of Great Bear. “The Great Bear Walk was developed with the option of either a 3.1 mile or 6.2 mile route, and is sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association.”

The walk is open to all, and there is no charge except for Volkssporters wishing to earn credit or for those interested in purchasing the pin.

In May, a group of 18 walkers from the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Volkssport Association and the Finger Lakes Volkssport Club met in Fulton to christen the Great Bear Walk.

“The Great Bear Walk makes an excellent addition to the series of Great Lakes Seaway Trail Walks, and we’re confident it will serve as an important means to attract visitors to the region,” Great Lakes Seaway Trail Volkssport Association President Daryl Giles said.

To get started, go to the Riverside Inn located at 930 S. First St. in Fulton and ask for the Great Bear Walk box at the front desk. Walkers can then sign in and pick up the walk directions.

Oswego County also hosts a sanctioned Volkssport walk near Fort Ontario.

The walk is head-quartered at the Quality Inn and Suites, 70 E. First St., Oswego, and commemorates the 1814 British Naval attack on Fort Ontario. The walk can be done in 5 and 10-kilometer routes.

Those seeking more information on the Great Bear and Oswego 1812 walks, and the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Volkssport Association may visit www.seawaytrail.com/volkssport. 

Pie eating contest, baby show and senior citizens events at Oswego County Fair

The Oswego County Fair will once again sponsor a pie eating contest (open to all ages) Saturday, July 6 at 3 p.m. Anyone who wishes to enter may sign up in the office that morning.

The Baby Show will start at 10 a.m. July 5. The show will be held in the Entertainment Building, and those interested can sign up before the show begins. Children ages newborn to 24 months can enter.

After the Baby Show, the Senior Citizen Spelling Bee and Oreo Stacking Contest will begin. Senior Citizens Day will finish up with the ever-popular Black River Fiddlers.

The Fiddlers are scheduled to perform from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Entertainment Building.

The Skillet Toss will be held July 4 at 1:30 p.m., and the all new Frozen T-Shirt contest will be held the same day at 3 p.m. There will also be a second one Sunday, July 7 at 2 p.m.

Those seeking more information may visit the fair’s website at www.oswegocountyfair.com. The fair offers free admission and parking.

Phelps uses lapped traffic for Fulton Speedway win

It’s never over till the checker flag waves. Ryan Phelps proved that Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway in the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

Phelps was able to run down and pass Robbie Bellinger  on lap 28 when the back of the field the bunched up making it tough for Bellinger to get by.

Once out front, Phelps was able to put lapped cars between him and the rest of the field in the caution free race.

Other winners on K-ROCK Night were Rocco Leone, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Rick Miller, NAPA Late Models; Gary Hoppins, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; Skip DeGroff, Four Cylinder Stocks; Barney Waldron, Kevin Winton & Steve Marks; Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club.

Robbie Bellinger got the jump on the field as he out hustled other front row starter Tim Schneider Jr. to lead the opening lap of the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

By lap 10, Bellinger was out front alone, while behind him, Roy Bresnahan, Dale Planck and Ryan Phelps were in a tight fight for second, third and fourth. Chad Phelps was some distance back in fifth.

With 15 laps showing on the lap counter, Bellinger was on rails out front, as he built-up a full straightaway lead.

Planck and Phelps ran nose to tail and side by side running for second, while Bresnahan and Chad Phelps showed fourth and fifth.

When the starter showed the halfway sign, Bellinger started drawing in on the back of the field as Planck and Phelps would try to take advantage cutting into Bellinger’s advantage.

With 10 laps to go, Bellinger was having a tough time putting cars a lap-down because they were racing two-three wide.

This let Phelps, who moved into second two-laps before to catch Bellinger. Two laps later, Bellinger, running the top groove in four trying to lap cars, slipped out the groove allowing Phelps to shoot by on lap 28.

Over the final laps, Phelps was able to put lapped cars between himself and the rest of the field to be the first  under the checkers in the caution free race.

Last week’s feature winner Dale planck came home second, followed by, Robbie Bellinger, Roy Bresnahan and Chad Phelps to complete the top five.

“We just had a real good setup tonight,” said Phelps. “I felt bad with the crew tonight, the track kept getting drier and I kept making them do stuff to it. I think they are all happy now as it paid off. It was good anywhere I wanted to go, the lapped cars got a little hairy there for a while waiting for them to move over. What are you going to do…they’re racing, too.”

The Fulton Speedway will be back in action Saturday, June 29 when RFH’s Hideaway presents a full night of racing action. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Four Cylinder Stocks and Mod Lites.

The popular Jr. Fan Club Bike Giveaway will also take place.

Employee questions rumors of transfer station closure

by Carol Thompson

Tom Muroski, an employee of Oswego County, asked the Oswego County Legislature if rumors about the possible closure of the county’s transfer stations are true.

During the conclusion of Thursday’s meeting, Muroski spoke during the public comment session. At first, he was satisfied with the answer given by Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner, but given a few seconds of thought, he returned to speaking.

“The rumors are again that the committee is trying to close the transfer stations at the Solid Waste department,” he said. “Can anyone in this room tell me if it’s true or remotely heading in that direction.”

Gardner said there had been no public discussion.

“So that rumor is put to rest,” Muroski asked.

“Put to rest,” Gardner responded, but then added that there had been a lot of discussion but none that was official.

“Alright, I know exactly what you’re saying,” Muroski said.

“As we all know, the solid waste department is not to make a profit,” Muroski said, adding that it is for the convenience of the public. “If you want to save money, there are other ways to do it.”

Muroski questioned the legislature as to why it spends the kind of money it does to bring in attorneys to negotiate the contracts for employees when the county has department heads, a personnel department and a county attorney to handle the negotiations.

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