Birds-eye View

by Jim Farfaglia

Birds-eye View


It was a simple plan:

Hang a feeder outside the kitchen window,

buy seed to keep it filled – then sit back

and watch the coming and going of life.


But what an unexpected bonus

has swept in on colorful wings,

what heavenly lessons

have kept me filled with inspiration:


The wisdom to stock up before a storm,

and the sweet song of joy that survives it;

the discovery that, though size does matter,

those with patience are also nourished;


and the simple truth that, some days,

nothing’s better than finding a perch in the sun,

where you can go to work on a kernel,

cracking open its promise.

Ward overcomes appendectomy to win at Fulton Speedway

Mother nature threw her best punches Saturday night when the skies opened up, causing an over an hour rain delay.

Instead of throwing in the towel, the Fulton Speedway track crew got to work providing a fast track surface for the nights features.

“I can be in pain at home on the couch, or be in pain in the race car, I’ll take the race car,” said Pat Ward after undergoing an appendectomy this past Tuesday after falling ill Monday at the Utica-Rome Speedway.

Ward gave himself the best medicine in the world as he picked up the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature win Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway.

Other winners were Justin Crisafulli, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Dale Caswell, NAPA Late Models; Gary Hoppins, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; Eric M. Zirbel, Four Cylinder Stocks; and Doug Williams, Mod Lites.

Matt Hulsizer would grab the early lead to start the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature on a tacky and quick racing surface.

With five laps complete, Hulsizer would hold a narrow lead over Kane, Chuck Bower and Tim Sears Jr. with Ryan Phelps right there in fifth.

The first yellow would fly on lap 7 for Tom Sears Jr., who stopped on the top of turn two. That gave the field a chance to catch their breath, as there were two and three-wide battles around the speedway.

On lap 10, using the cushion, Tim Sears Jr. would be scored the new leader by inches over Hulsizer at the line.

With 15 laps showing on the scoring tower, Sears, Hulsizer and Bower were in a three-car breakaway, as they raced nose to tail and side by side at the front of the field. Coming quick behind the top three was Ward, who would soon make it a four-car fight for the top-spot.

At the halfway point, Sears was still setting the pace, but couldn’t put any distance between himself and Hulsizer and Bower. Ward and Chris Hile showed in the top five.

Rob Bellinger and Larry Wight would be involved in an incident on the back straightaway bringing out the yellow on lap 24.

When the green came back out, Sears appeared to jump the cushion exiting turn four, which allowed Hulsizer, Bower, Ward and Billy Decker to shoot by.

Just before another yellow, Ward, through sure horsepower, went from fourth and into the lead. The caution was for Sears who appeared to be hit hard by debris. Sears luckily would climb from his car under his own power.

Over the closing laps, Ward was a man on a mission, as he was able to outrun Billy Decker who moved into second but could get no closer than a few car lengths at the checkers.

Chuck Bower, Matt Hulsizer and Dan Vauter finished third through fifth.

After slowly exiting his Gypsum Express/Stadium International Trucks/Gypsum Wholesalers/ LJL Kevlar Racing Engines/No.42p/Bicknell, a sore but happy Pat Ward talked about his second win of the year at the Fulton Speedway.

“It’s been a tough week,” he said. “This crew of mine, I couldn’t touch the car all week. Terry came in with me Friday morning and I got to thank Rob (Hile) Scott (Jeffrey) from the other two crews, they stripped the car and washed it for me. I got the best team you could ever have.

“This car the last three weeks has been super,” he added. “I’m pretty much junk everywhere else, but here I’m really good.”

Ward related how a yellow helped him shoot from fourth and into the lead on a restart.

“We were coming on strong,” he said. “We didn’t have enough gear at the start, but we were slowly coming up through. I don’t know what happened to Tim (Sears Jr.) I hope he’s alright; he was running a heck of a race. When he broke the middle groove was pretty much locked down, and that was pretty much the end of the race right there.”

In the 20-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, a new name would grace victory lane for a first time winner. Justin Crisafulli would take the lead at the drop of the green and lead every lap, but the win was anything but easy.

Crisafulli would have to hold off former feature winner Jason Occhino on the last lap for the narrow win. Greg Mrzywka, points leader Beth Schneider and Nick Krause finished third through fifth.

“I only burped the throttle,” was what Dale Caswell said about his dominate win as he was almost wide open around the Fulton Speedway.

At the checkers, Caswell was almost a half a track ahead of the field, ending Alan Fink’s win streak in the NAPA Late Models. Sean Beardsley, Alan Fink, Dustin Hanlon and Shayne Tenace came home second through fifth.

In the 15-lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature, Gary Hoppins went from third to the lead  on lap four and then never looked back picking up another win for the defending champion. Early leader Wade Chrisman, Taylor Lamb, Dan Hoffmann and Jeremy Dygert rounded out the top-five.

The undefeated streak for Skip DeGroff is finally over in the Four Cylinder Stocks. Eric M. Zirbel, who has been strong all season only to have something happen to his No.26, picked up the hard fought win over DeGroff and Mark Johnston.

The Mod Lites made an appearance Saturday night. In the 15-lap feature, Lowell Zehr first held off Justin Williams and then battled with Justin’s father, Doug. In one of the most entertaining passes for the lead, Doug Williams waved at Zehr as he took the lead on the last lap and the win.

Saturday, June 8 will be another night of racing. 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.

Sportsman crew members will take center stage as they will be involved in a pit-stop competition on the front straightaway.

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

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.

To read the rest of the column, pick up a copy of The Valley News. You can subscribe by calling 598-6397 or click on the link on our home page. 

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.

To read the rest of the article, pick up a copy of The Valley News. You can subscribe by calling 598-6397 or click on the link on our home page.

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.

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