Friends of History in Fulton to hold chicken barbecue

The Friends of History in Fulton will hold its first chicken barbecue for 2013 Sunday, May 5 at the pavilion at Bullhead Point, Route 3 West, Fulton.

Serving will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will run until all is sold out.

Pre-sale tickets for the fund-raiser, which will guarantee a dinner, may be purchased at the Pratt House Museum, 177 S. First St., Fulton, Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All pre-sale dinners must be picked up by 1 p.m.

The barbecue is prepared by Fricken Chicken and includes half a chicken, salt potatoes, macaroni salad, roll and a brownie.

Those seeking additional information may call the Friends of History at 598-4616.ç


Fulton softball team wins first two games of the season

Complete` game win – Fulton’s Cheyenne Laun delivers a pitch during Wednesday’s game against Cortland. Laun pitched the entire game for Fulton. She struck out seven while giving up six runs on 10 hits as the Lady Raiders won 7-6 in nine innings.    –Valley News photo by Hal Henty
Complete` game win – Fulton’s Cheyenne Laun delivers a pitch during Wednesday’s game against Cortland. Laun pitched the entire game for Fulton. She struck out seven while giving up six runs on 10 hits as the Lady Raiders won 7-6 in nine innings. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team won back-to-back games to begin the season.

Fulton scored nine runs during the first three innings of its game against Syracuse West en route to an impressive win April 9.

It proved to be quite a different story when Fulton took on Cortland April 17. Even though Cortland rallied to force extra innings, the Lady Raiders came through during the bottom of the ninth inning to secure the win.

Fulton’s season began April 9 with a game against Syracuse West. The Lady Raiders couldn’t have scripted a better scenario for a season to began.

By the end of the third inning, they had a 9-0 lead.

Fulton scored three more runs during the top of the fifth inning to extend its lead to 12-0.

Even though Syracuse West got onto the scoreboard during the bottom of the seventh inning, it came after the Lady Raiders added two more runs during the top of the inning to put the finishing touches on a 14-1 win.

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In and Around Hannibal: A difficult week

Rita Hooper 


It’s been difficult to think of something to write about this week – the bombing at the Boston Marathon has taken the wind out of my sails so to speak.

Couple that with the rental truck at Oklahoma City that was briefly under suspicion, reminiscent of the bombing there in 1995 and the ricin letters to the senator and president, it’s been a tough week and it’s only Wednesday.

The country is on heightened alert. For a news junkie, it’s even a bit too much to assimilate – which reminds me, I haven’t heard anything on the North Korea threat since Sunday, I guess they haven’t sent off any nuclear bombs as was the suspicion they would do on Monday.

Life does go on for most of us.  Some of us will never be able to forget and will live with the losses as long as they live.

I have no sage words – but prayers can never hurt – for those who lost their lives and their families and friends — for those hurt so severely — for those first responders, volunteers, medical staff and law enforcement that helped so quickly making the loss of life less than it might have been — for our leaders that cool heads prevails — for ourselves that we not jump to hasty conclusions and loose faith in our fellow man.

The eight-year old who died Monday made a poster a year ago that read “Stop Hurting Each Other” and “Peace.”

Perhaps that’s one thing we can all do — stop the hurt, whether it’s bullying or mean words, not so good business practices or disharmony in families.

Maybe it’s making amends, maybe it’s reading and getting to know people that aren’t “just like us.”

In this season of new life, think about what it is that you and I can do to stop hurting others and bring that peace we all seek.


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Fulton schools evolve as technology evolves

by Nicole Reitz

Stephanie Maturo, director of technology for the Fulton City School District, recently gave an overview of the district’s technology plan to the board of education.

She spoke of new programs that have been implemented, which are  all related to the reform agenda, specifically the Annual Professional Performance Review.

The Regents Reform Agenda is based on the goal that all students will graduate from high school in New York State ready for college and careers. Such readiness will ensure that all students can successfully participate in an increasingly connected world, said Maturo.

LinkIt! is an online assessment creation tool being used to assess students from kindergarten to the twelfth grade. It tracks students mastery of the Common Core Standards and provides data analysis of how Fulton students are doing on state assessments.

OASYS is the system that is used for managing teacher evaluations. Its software features evaluation programs for teachers, principals and administrators and includes auto-fill templates on self-reflective assessments, classroom observations and informal walk-throughs.

Interactive whiteboards continue to be installed in the classroom. In 2011, there were 32 interactive whiteboards in the district and that number has grown to 171 as of last week.

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TV Westerns

RoyHodge_WEBby Roy Hodge

Maybe you were watching television in the late 1950s and early 1960s, or perhaps you have been told by someone who was, how much “Western” viewing was available on TV back then.

It was a peak year for Westerns on television in 1959 with 26 different programs airing in one week. During one week in March, 1959, eight of the top ten shows were Westerns.

The “Hopalong Cassidy Show” was the first television Western.  The show was compiled for television from the 66 films made by William Boyd.

“The Lone Ranger,” played by actor Clayton Moore, with his horse, “Silver,” and Jay Silverheels as Tonto followed closely.

The 1959 Western program lineup included “Gunsmoke,” “The Rifleman,” “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” “Laramie,” “Have Gun, Will Travel,” “Bonanza,” “The Virginian,” “Wagon Train,” “The Big Valley,” “Maverick,” and others.

“Gunsmoke,” with James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon and a stellar cast including Dennis Weaver as Chester, Milburn Stone as “Doc” Adams, and Amanda Blake as Miss Kitty, posted 20 years on Saturday nights as TV’s longest running Western.

Another deputy/sidekick to Marshal Dillon was Festus, portrayed by Ken Curtis. Burt Reynolds was added to the cast in 1962 for a stint as a blacksmith. A radio version of “Gunsmoke” aired from April 1952 to June 1961. It starred William Conrad as Marshal Dillon.

“Bonanza,” which ran for 14 seasons, starred Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright, the patriarch of the Cartwright family, who was widowed by three wives, each of which mothered a son. The oldest son, Adam, was portrayed by Pernell Roberts; Dan Blocker was “Hoss” and “Little Joe,” the youngest son, was played by Michael Landon. The Cartwright family lived at the Ponderosa Ranch.

(In case you’re interested, and you might not have known if I hadn’t run across this fact while I was seeking information on the stars of “Bonanza” – Blocker, Roberts and Greene all wore hairpieces throughout the series).

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County legislature appoints Fred Beardsley to treasurer position

by Carol Thompson

Former Oswego County Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley was named county treasurer at the April 11 meeting.

For more than 90 minutes, legislators debated the appointment with questions in regard to Beardsley’s education and qualifications repeatedly asked.

During the public comment session, two residents spoke against the appointment. As the floor debate ensued, those supporting Beardsley sat quietly.

Beardsley resigned his position as legislator sometime prior to the meeting, according to legislature Vice Chairman Kevin Gardner, who ran the meeting. Beardsley was said to not be in attendance.

Legislator James Oldenburg read the resolution to appoint Beardsley, stating that Beardsley was well qualified.

That led to a series of questions as to how Beardsley is well qualified.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler asked legislators to picture themselves as responsible for the hiring at a Fortune 500 company.

“You’re here to here to protect the people of that company, which for us are the taxpayers,” he said, adding that one candidate graduated cum laude with a degree in the field, referring to the county’s chief accountant Mark See, who agreed to do the job in addition to his accountant duties for five hours pay per week.

“Can anyone answer if Mr. Beardsley ever filed bankruptcy,” Kunzwiler asked. No one answered.

“Not one person can answer me in this room, and you said, ‘well qualified’,” he said.

Kunzwiler asked if anyone knew Beardsley’s education. Democrats said they had traced Beardsley’s background and found he had attended eleventh grade at Cicero High School, but could find no record of his graduation.

Gardner answered that he wasn’t going to produce the interview process.

Legislator Amy Tresidder said she has received many calls from her constituents opposed to appointment and she would be voting on their behalf.

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Fulton police to participate in ‘Operation Safe Stop’

Tomorrow, April 18, law-enforcement officers around the state will participate in an Operation Safe Stop day.

Police officers will be in marked patrol units enforcing the New York State Traffic Law, which requires all vehicles to stop for stopped school busses with their red lights flashing.

Communication between the Fulton Police Department and the transportation department of the Fulton City School District has identified the times and locations where vehicles passing school busses have been found to be the most frequent and these areas will be the focus of the enforcement efforts.

Operation Safe Stop seeks to promote school bus safety not only through enforcement efforts but also through educational efforts.

Motorists need to understand that it illegal and dangerous to pass a stopped school bus when its red lights are flashing. Flashing red lights mean the bus is picking up or discharging students.

Drivers must stop whether they are approaching the school bus from the front or overtaking it from the rear.

Drivers must always stop for flashing red lights. This applies even on divided and multilane highways and on school grounds.  In the City of Fulton, these are the areas where it has been found that motorists are the most confused about.

The first time fine for illegally passing a school bus is a $250 to $400 fine, 5 points on your license, and/or possibly 30 days in jail.

Operation Safe Stop is a cooperative project supported by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the New York State Education Department, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation, the New York State School Bus Contractors Association, the student transportation industry and state, county, city and local law enforcement agencies.

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