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Fulton Area Snow Travelers Snowmobile Club supports CYO

Sporting goods – Members of the Fulton Area Snow Travelers club present Coordinator George Timmins with a donation of sporting goods for the CYO program. From left are Mike Schmidt, Bill Monette, Timmins, Tracey Doyle, and Ken Wheelock.
Sporting goods – Members of the Fulton Area Snow Travelers club present Coordinator George Timmins with a donation of sporting goods for the CYO program. From left are Mike Schmidt, Bill Monette, Timmins, Tracey Doyle, and Ken Wheelock.

The CYO program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County recently received a generous donation of sporting goods supplies courtesy of the Fulton Area Snow Travelers Snowmobile Club.

Catholic Charities was one of several organizations that benefited from the Great Eastern Whiteout, the club’s annual vintage snowmobile show and race held at the Fulton War Memorial. Established in 2000 in Sandy Creek, the event relocated to Fulton in 2010 and draws more than 400 snowmobiles each year.

Strong supporters of the CYO program, Fulton Area Snow Travelers Snowmobile Club have made regular donations to the CYO program including game stations and video games, sports equipment and more.

“Each year, proceeds from our Great Eastern Whiteout are used to benefit the youth of our community,” said Tracy Doyle, Snow Travelers member and owner of Doyle’s Bike Shop. “As a boy, I remember how much I enjoyed going to the CYO program at Catholic Charities. I know that today the kids still love going to CYO after school to be with their friends and they enjoy participating in the many games and activities that CYO offers for both boys and girls.

CYO Coordinator George Timmins said, “We are very appreciative of the donation we received from the Snow Travelers. Their donation included flag football equipment, which the kids have been asking for and are excited that we will add that to our list of activities.”

Open to youth in grades 2-12, Catholic Charities’ CYO program is available Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Activities include basketball, foosball, dodge ball, ping-pong, billiards, computer games, and more.

There are also a number of computers available for youth including several that have computer access to assist them in doing their homework. All activities are free of charge and are supervised by trained staff.

The staff encourages youth involvement in both structured and non-structured activities, and assists all participants as needed to insure that they receive the full benefits of the program as well as help in their physical and mental development.

Phoenix baseball tops Canastota in first round matchup

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity baseball team finished the regular season with an overall record of 8-8, which earned them the number-six seed in the Section III Class B playoffs.

In its opening round game Tuesday, Phoenix escaped with a 1-0 win over 11th seed Canastota to advance to the Sectional Quarterfinals.

The Firebirds were schedule to take on third seed Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Thursday. Phoenix struck the first blow when it took on Canastota.

Phoenix took a 1-0 lead during the bottom of the first inning. Despite having 5 and 1/2 innings to tie the game or possibly take the lead, Canastota came up empty.

Leading the way for Phoenix were Adam Thoryk and Emilio Tassone, who both had a hit. Justin Suttliffe added an RBI for the Firebirds.

On the mound, Tassone earned the win for Phoenix. Tassone finished with five strikeouts while allowing only five hits in six innings of play. In relief of Tassone, Thoryk allowed only one hit in one inning of action.

Thanks for the lake support

I want to thank all of the Lake Neatahwanta Committee members and others who donated not only food and supplies but also their time to make the chicken barbecue on May 11 a huge success.

The committee will continue to seek grants and donations and hope to see a clean lake become a reality.

Many thanks again to all who put their change and bills in the collection boxes.

Ed Williamson

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Fulton girls lacrosse falls to ES-M in sectional playoffs

Looking for room – Fulton’s Lane Perl makes a move on an East Syracuse-Minoa defender during Wednesdays’s Section III Class B first round game. Perl scored a goal in the 15-3 loss. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty
Looking for room – Fulton’s Lane Perl makes a move on an East Syracuse-Minoa defender during Wednesdays’s Section III Class B first round game. Perl scored a goal in the 15-3 loss.
–Valley News photo by Hal Henty

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity lacrosse team earned a bid to the Section III Class B playoffs with a 7-9 overall record.

The Lady Raiders’ record earned them a sixth seed and a first-round game against number-three seed East Syracuse-Minoa Wednesday. East Syracuse-Minoa got off to a solid start while cruising to an impressive win over Fulton.

East Syracuse-Minoa dealt the Lady Raiders a blow during the first half of their May 22nd Sectional contest. East Syracuse-Minoa took an 8-0 lead into halftime. Unfortunately for The Lady Raiders, East Syracuse-Minoa’s lead only grew during the second half.

The number-three seed outscored Fulton by four goals en route to a 15-3 win over the Lady Raiders. Fulton was led by Kate Myers, who had two goals, and Lane Perl, who scored one goal. Keeper Kayla Pafami saved four shots on goal.

The Lady Raiders’ season concludes with a 7-10 overall record. Fulton bids farewell to Erica Knaub and Kate Rothrock, who spent this past season in the running to set a new school scoring record.

New gun laws

by Leon Archer

I don’t know how the majority of America’s citizens feel, because obviously I couldn’t have talked with them, but I know what I have been hearing from gun owners with whom I am actually acquainted and have spoken with about the recent spate of gun laws that have been passed, or are in the process of likely being passed — and they are not happy.

Some people might say to gun owners like myself, “Too bad, I’m glad that you aren’t happy about the laws and I hope the government makes it even tougher for you,” but they and the government are aiming their efforts and their barbs at the wrong people. I understand the intentions and the hopes of people and legislators who support more stringent gun laws while at the same time I feel sorry for them.

Why? Because not a single piece of legislation that has been passed in any state since the school shootings in Connecticut would prevent the same thing or something even worse from happening now or in the future in any place in the United States. At best, the laws will eventually make criminals out of law abiding citizens, and at worst, will make it easier for such massacres to take place. All laws, but especially gun laws, only constrain the honest person.

Criminals and terrorists, domestic or alien, could care less about our precious laws. Adding more laws only makes life tougher for the honest person; the criminals and terrorists could care less, or perhaps might be cheered by them as they only make their life and their nefarious activities that much safer and easier.

To read the rest of the column, pick up a copy of The Valley News

Fulton school budget approved by voters

by Nicole Reitz

The Fulton City School District’s $65.3 million budget received approval from voters Tuesday. The 2013-2014 school budget passed with an unofficial count of 381 to 200 votes.

In addition to the passing of the budget, incumbent board member David Carvey and newcomer Christine Plath were also elected for three year terms. In the unofficial count, Carvey received 489 votes while Plath received 469 votes. Plath will replace Brian Hotaling, whose term expires on June 30. Carvey has already served two years on the board of education.

There was a smaller voter turn out than in years past, but Superintendent Bill Lynch said he is pleased with the outcome and number of voters in favor of the budget. The budget set out what it meant to accomplish.

Since the budget was first introduced, the goal has been to maintain and grow learning opportunities for students of the district. With no staff reductions or cuts to programming, the board feels that this budget achieves that.

Despite a modest tax increase, the 2013-2014 budget relies less on the reserve balance, which puts the district in a positive position for next year, said Lynch.

Since the vote passed, there is no need for the board of education to adopt a contingency budget.

Conflict-of-interest? Another questionable bid surfaces in county

by Carol Thompson

For the third time in less than a year, a vendor competing for business in Oswego County has protested the manner in which county officials conduct the bidding process.

And, as in the past, there appears to be a relationship between the favored vendor and a county official.

The most recent complaint involves a bid for HVAC maintenance for the county’s facilities. During the Nov. 27 meeting of the legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee, a bid award was made to Postler and Jaeckle, the third lowest bidder.

Legislator John (Jay) Martino made the motion to award the bid to Postler and Jaeckel, with Legislator David Holst providing a second to the motion. EMCOR submitted a bid in the amount of $78,887, making the company the lowest bidder. Van Hook Services came in as the second lowest with a bid of $79,423. Postler and Jaeckle submitted a proposal for $82,980.

Although EMCOR and Van Hook were the lowest bidders, the committee rejected the bids claiming, “The reference checks and known past performance of these firms indicate that neither would perform adequately.” There was nothing in the file to indicate that the companies had been vetted.

Building and Grounds Director Bill Malone and then-purchasing director Fred Maxon recommended Postler and Jaeckle receive the bid award based on the past performance of the low bidders.

To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of The Valley News

James Ambuske Sr., Union Local #520 president

James M. Ambuske Sr., 86, of Fulton, died May 23, 2013 at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton.

He was born in Salamanca, N.Y. to the late Frank and Helen (Bielfelt) Ambuske. Mr. Ambuske has been a resident of Fulton for 65 years. He was past employed with North End Paper Mill, Fulton and he retired after 36 years of employment with CCA/Jefferson Smurfit, Fulton where he also served as president of the Union Local #520.

Mr. Ambuske was a life member of the Fulton Polish Home.

He was pre-deceased by six siblings, Fred (Margie) Ambuske, Frank (Harriet) Ambuske, Dolores (Jim) Hill, Barbara (Huey) Newark, Anna (Dick) Guard, and Betty (David) Griffin; and son-in-law, Bernard Scout.

Mr. Ambuske is survived by his wife of 65 years, Alberta Weske Ambuske of Fulton; six children, Regina Scout of Fulton, James (Joyce) Ambuske Jr. of Fulton, Helen (Mike) Speck of Fulton, Colleen Ambuske of Fulton, Michael (Amy) Ambuske of Fulton, and  Karen (Bill) Fisher of Fulton; two brothers, Mark (Mary) Ambuske of Salamanca, N.Y. and Phillip (Joyce) Ambuske of Salamanca, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Amanda (Randy Lyttle) Scout, Brian Ambuske, Priscilla Ambuske, Josh (Ashley Sizemore) Speck,  Max Ambuske,  Megan (Bryant) Acquaro; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Robert Stephenson. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours will be conducted Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton.

Contributions may be made to St. Mary’s School of the Deaf, 2253 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214.

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