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Nutrition Collaboration expands Fulton Community Garden

OCO Nutrition Services Director Amy Roland (left) and Addie Dolbear (right) assemble a garden bed for the Fulton Community Garden. Located at John Lincoln Park, the Fulton Community Garden Project offers Fulton City residents the opportunity to have their own garden bed to grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers.
OCO Nutrition Services Director Amy Roland (left) and Addie Dolbear (right) assemble a garden bed for the Fulton Community Garden. Located at John Lincoln Park, the Fulton Community Garden Project offers Fulton City residents the opportunity to have their own garden bed to grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers.

Community members interested in enjoying their own garden fresh, homegrown vegetables or the beauty of a fresh flowerbed may take part in this year’s Fulton Community Garden Project.

The Nutrition Collaboration is currently soliciting Fulton city residents interested in participating in the community garden project.

Participants will receive their own garden plot where they can grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers that will be theirs to enjoy.

According to Amy Roland, director of Nutrition Services for Oswego County Opportunities and a member of the Nutrition Collaboration, the project is open to all Fulton community members and that members of Cornell Cooperate Extension will provide support for those who have never tended a garden before.

“The community garden is a great way for Fulton residents to enjoy fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers right from their own garden,” said Roland.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, the City of Fulton, and the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County last year’s Community Garden Project was such a success that they will be adding 12 new garden beds this year, bringing the total number of gardens beds to 24 and allowing more community members the opportunity to participate in the project.

This year we will also be planting one of the raised beds with herbs for the participants to enjoy herbs at their leisure.

Representatives from the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County meet to build additional garden beds for the Fulton Community Garden Project. From left are Jan Smith, master gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension; Lori Halstead, OCO Nutrition Services; Amy Roland, director of OCO Nutrition Services; Helen Hoefer, supervisor of Catholic Charities of Oswego County Community Services; Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County; and Cindy Walsh of Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Representatives from the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County meet to build additional garden beds for the Fulton Community Garden Project. From left are Jan Smith, master gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension; Lori Halstead, OCO Nutrition Services; Amy Roland, director of OCO Nutrition Services; Helen Hoefer, supervisor of Catholic Charities of Oswego County Community Services; Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County; and Cindy Walsh of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

According to Roland, planting at the community garden will begin May 22 at 9 a.m. Fulton city residents interested in participating in the community garden may do so by picking up an application from the Fulton Housing Authority, 1100 Emery Street in Fulton, or by calling Tina at 598-4712, ext. 1805 at Nutrition Services.

Community members may return the completed application to the Fulton Housing Authority or mail to: OCO Nutrition Services, 239 Oneida St, Fulton, NY 13069.

As space is limited, submitting an application does not guarantee a plot in the garden. The Nutrition Collaboration will utilize a lottery system in the event that the requests for plots out number the amount of plots available in the garden.

Sponsors for the community garden project include: Oswego County Nutrition Collaboration, Rural Health Network of Oswego County, Food Bank Of CNY, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Oswego County Department of Social Services, Fulton Department of Parks and Recreation, the Fulton Housing Authority, United Way of Greater Oswego County, and the Cancer Services Program of Oswego County.

Those seeking more information on the community garden project may contact Amy Roland at 598-4712, ext. 1811, or via e-mail at aroland@oco.org.

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Castiglia leads all 30 laps for SBS main event win

After battling engine issues for several weeks, Four Sevens Motorsports driver Mark Castiglia returned to Oswego Speedway’s victory lane for the third time in his career Saturday night. Castiglia started from the pole position, leading all 30 laps on his way to victory over Jason Simmons, Cameron Rowe, Mike Bond, and Russ Brown.
After battling engine issues for several weeks, Four Sevens Motorsports driver Mark Castiglia returned to Oswego Speedway’s victory lane for the third time in his career Saturday night. Castiglia started from the pole position, leading all 30 laps on his way to victory over Jason Simmons, Cameron Rowe, Mike Bond, and Russ Brown.

After battling engine issues for several weeks, Four Sevens Motorsports driver Mark Castiglia returned to Oswego Speedway’s victory lane for the third time in his career Saturday night.

Castiglia started from the pole position, leading all 30 laps on his way to victory over Jason Simmons, Cameron Rowe, Mike Bond, and Russ Brown.

“We had a tough start to the year with some motor issues, but we got it solved tonight,” said Castiglia. “It is really tough competition out there this year, so you have to take what you can get. I really need to thank Denise Merrill for giving me the opportunity to drive her racecar, and I also need to thank Dan Dennie, I wouldn’t be here without him. My crew chief Steve Reynolds does a great job and Kevin Enders builds an awesome motor.”

Defending Speedway champion Kreig Heroth finished the night in the sixth position ahead of Andrew Schartner, Jack Patrick, Tim Gareau and Jon Tesoriero in the top ten positions.

Castiglia and Mike Bruce brought the 25-car Pathfinder Bank SBS Series field down to the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag, with Castiglia out running Bruce to the head of the pack early on.

Simmons, still knocking on the door of his first career Oswego Speedway win, started fourth and before long found himself directly on the back bumper of Bruce in a battle for second.

As Castiglia, Bruce, and Simmons began to try and distance themselves from the rest of the field, the race’s first caution would wave at lap 4.

Rookies Zach Amo, Dan Abt, and Greg O’Connor would all tangle in the third turn, slowing the field.  All three would continue on.

At the restart, Castiglia led Bruce, Simmons, Gareau, Rowe, Bond, Patrick, Heroth, Schartner, and Tesoriero.

As the green lights came back on the front three would again check away from the field with Simmons applying heavy pressure to Bruce for the runner-up spot.

Several times Simmons would look low in the D&S Landscaping No. 98 in turn three, but Bruce would hold his own in the Woodchuck Saloon No. 22.

While a great battle was being waged up front, another torrid battle was taking place from fourth on back between Gareau, Rowe, Bond, Heroth, Patrick, and Schartner.

Brown was also in the mix up until a near catastrophe in the third turn, which saw several cars scatter including JJ Andrews and AJ Bernys. Each car would continue on without slowing the field, dropping them a great distance behind the lead pack.

As the lap counter wound down Castiglia, Bruce, and Simmons had pulled to a full straightaway lead on the rest of the field by lap 20, but on lap 22 that lead would be erased.

Andrews and Dalton Doyle would touch going into turn one collecting Doyle and Josh Kerr to illuminate the yellow lights.  Andrews and Kerr would continue in the event, while for the second week in a row, Doyle’s night would end in the first turn.

With only eight laps remaining, Castiglia still held the point over Bruce, Simmons, Rowe, Bond, Heroth, Schartner, Gareau, Brown, and Patrick.

When the green flag flew yet again, Simmons was finally able to make the third turn low side move stick on Bruce, driving the No. 98 into the runner-up spot with his sights now set on Castiglia for the race lead.

Further back Brown was also on the charge. After losing considerable ground in the third turn scrum early on, Brown slid past Heroth to move into the top five, now directly on the back bumper of championship rival Bond in the No. 74.

Brown, Bond, and Rowe would battle intensely over the final laps in search of a podium finish.

Bruce, who had a tremendous run through the majority of the event in the No. 22, would pull to the pits on lap 28 with rear suspension issues.

With Bruce out of the running that left Castiglia and Simmons to battle for the lead over the final circuits, but again it was Castiglia edging Simmons for the 30-lap victory.

With another runner-up finish under his belt, Simmons continues to search for win number one at Oswego after claiming the Nice Price Auto Sales ‘Up & Comer’ award.

“Yeah, this is tough,” said Simmons. “We blew a motor last week and had to put the Chevy in it, but the car was really pretty good, just a little off for the feature. We were really good on restarts, but after a few laps when the tires would get some heat, it started to get greasy on me.

“I could get into the corner good on Mark (Castiglia), but I just could not get off the corner as good as those guys.”

Oswego Speedway returns to racing Saturday, May 25 with the Helena Chemical Company Memorial Weekend “Triple-Header” featuring the Jim Shampine Memorial 75 for Supermodifieds, the Richie Evans Memorial 75 for the RoC Modifieds, and the Tony White Memorial Pathfinder Bank SBS 35.

Chad Phelps wins Fulton Speedway modified feature

During the week, Chad Phelps made a call to Billy Colton at Troyer looking for advice on car setup. 

That advice paid off as Phelps took the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified win on Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway.

On lap 17, Phelps shot from third to the lead, and then outran Robbie Bellinger in the late stages for the popular win.

Other winners were, Ron Davis III, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Alan Fink, NAPA Late Models; Gary Hoppins, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; Skip DeGroff, Four Cylinder Stocks; and Jeff Isabell Jr., Mod Lites.

Dale Planck and Joe August Jr. brought the hungry Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature down to the green with Planck grabbing the top-spot in the 35-lap main.

On lap 5, Planck running the bottom held a slight lead over August who was running the top of the speedway. Within striking distance of the top-two was Jim Witko and Chad Phelps making it a good four-car battle at the front.

One lap later on lap 6, August, who didn’t even know if he’d be back at the speedway after engine problems the week before, powered by Planck to be scored the new leader. Between lap 6 and lap 8 August and Planck would swap the lead back and forth till August could open a few car length advantage.

With 10 laps showing on the scoring tower you could of almost thrown a blanket over August, Planck, Witko and Chris Hile as they used every inch of the speedway looking for any advantage.

The whole complexion of the race changed on the lap 17 when Chad Phelps found wicked bite on the bottom of the speedway blasting from third and into the lead.

A quick caution on lap 21 gave the field a chance to catch their breath after hot battles all over the speedway. The restart would line up Phelps, August, Chuck Bower, Planck, Hile, Witko, Billy Decker and Rob Bellinger.

With 10 laps to go, Phelps held onto a four-car advantage over Bower while August, Hile and Bellinger were in a tight fight for third through fifth.

Over the remaining laps, Phelps looked to get quicker as he pulled away for the win by a half-a-straightaway over Bellinger. Hile, Dan Vauter who came on late and Billy Decker rounded out the top-five.

After Phelps pulled his Haun Welding Supply/ Midstate Tree Service/ Ashley Lynn Winery/ Troyer/ No.X in victory lane he talked about his win.

“ It was unbelievable,” said Phelps. “I got to give hats off to Billy Colton (Troyer Race Cars). We were complete junk last week with this new car so we threw some stuff at it, let me tell you, it was way better than it was. I’m not like the professionals…sometimes we’re second rate as I sometimes like to say. The track had a lot of bite and that helped. We have it pointed in the right direction and we were able to hold them off.”

In the 20-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, Gregg Kimball would lead the opening laps. The fastest car on the track was that of Ronnie Davis III who would dog Kimball for a number of laps before he used an outside power move to grab the lead on lap 9.

Once out front, and as the laps clicked off, nobody had anything for Davis as he drove away for the win. Kimball held onto second, Fonda Speedway invader Rocky Warner grabbed third, Jordan Bennett over came heat race problems to finish fourth and Tony Finch II finished fifth.

For the second week in a row, the NAPA Late Models put on an impressive show at the front of the pack in their 20-lap feature. Alan Fink took the lead on lap 11 and then held off opening night winner Sean Beardsley, Dale Caswell, AJ Kingsley and Rick Miller at the finish.

Gary Hoppins picked up his second win in a row in the 15-lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature. The win was anything but easy for Hoppins as he had to hold off repeated challenges from former Mod Lite driver Ricky Yelle. Jeremy Dygert, Kyle Kiehn and Jacob Davis finished third through fifth.

Eric Zirbel looked to heading to the win in the 15 lap Four Cylinder Stock feature. With just two laps to go, Zirbel had a front flat ending his bid for the victory handing the lead over to Skip DeGroff, who went onto to his second win of the early season. Mark Johnston, Blake Fisher, Keith Zirbel and Justin Buske rounded out the top-five.

In the 20-lap Mod Lite feature, Joe Isabell and Jeff Isabell Jr. swapped the lead back and forth in the late going with Jeff Isabell Jr. picking up the win.

What made the win impressive was Isabell started dead last after heat race problems. Joe Isabell, Doug Williams, Jeremy Isabell and Alan Fink finished second through fifth.

This coming Saturday, May 18 the Fulton Speedway will swing back into action with another night of racing presented by Syracuse Haulers.

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.

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

Magical Mystery Tour headline Friday’s Memorial Day Salute set

Central New York’s only all-Beatles tribute, Magical Mystery Tour, will be the Friday night featured entertainment for Fulton’s 32nd annual Memorial Day Salute. The will perform May 24 at 7 p.m. From left are Tim Stone (Paul), Terry Quill (George, Rick Basha (Ringo), and Mike Fedorchuk (John).
Central New York’s only all-Beatles tribute, Magical Mystery Tour, will be the Friday night featured entertainment for Fulton’s 32nd annual Memorial Day Salute. The will perform May 24 at 7 p.m. From left are Tim Stone (Paul), Terry Quill (George, Rick Basha (Ringo), and Mike Fedorchuk (John).

Central New York’s only all-Beatles tribute, Magical Mystery Tour, will be the Friday night featured entertainment for Fulton’s 32nd annual Memorial Day Salute.

Magical Mystery Tour  is a group of four musicians who have come together with one common passion: the music of The Beatles.

All regional musicians, they’ve individually had experiences with several successful local and regional acts including the Back Alley Boys, The Joe Whiting Band, Mark Doyle & The Maniacs, Dr. Boogie, Mr. Slate, as well as vast theater and stage experience.

They bring the energy and witty humor of the Beatles to the stage. They will take the stage Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m.

May is a busy month for scholarships

Bodley-RothrockKate_Wby Kate Rothrock

Just when everyone thought that summer was on the way, the weather these past few days has brought flashbacks from winter! Spring sport teams especially do not like it!

The GRB Spring Cleanup brought in tons of students and staff to help make it a success.

Students and staff raked, mulched, planted flowers and cleaned up all around GRB. Thank you to everyone who went, the school looks amazing!

Advanced Placement tests will continue this week. Good luck to everyone rounding out their AP tests. Many students can finally breathe a sigh of relief as most are over!

Thirty-five week progress reports will be mailed this Friday.

Senior Dinner Dance tickets will continue to be on sale until June 6. The sit down dinner will be at Wysocki’s June 14 from 6 to 11 p.m.

Seniors, don’t forget that May is a busy month for scholarships and many are due soon! All scholarships can be found in the guidance office. It is free money!

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Legislature fills vacancy, names chairman and vice chairman

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature named a new chairman and vice chairman to serve until the end of the year. The legislature also filled the vacancy created by the resignation of Fred Beardsley.

During Thursday’s session, Legislator Kevin Gardner was appointed to the legislature chairmanship in a 17-8 vote.  Gardner is replacing Beardsley, who stepped down last month to take the position of county treasurer.

Beardsley has served as the chairman and Gardner had served as the vice chairman.

Garnder and Legislator Margaret Kastler were nominated to the post. Kastler, along with her own vote, garnered the votes of legislators Jim Karasek and Shawn Doyle, both Republicans, as well as the five Democrat legislators.

Terry Wilbur faced competition from Democrat legislator Amy Tresidder and receive the same vote count for the vice chairman post.

Republican legislators approved the appointment of Hastings Town Supervisor James Weatherup to fill the District 9 seat vacated by Beardsley.

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Hannibal baseball team goes 2-4 in last six games

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal Varsity Baseball Team has lost four out of its last six games.

April 26, an eight-run sixth inning helped Chittenango come away with an impressive win over Hannibal.

It didn’t get any easier when The Warriors took on Solvay May 1. Solvay scored seven unanswered runs en route to the win.

May 2, a late game surge helped Vernon-Verona-Sherrill top Hannibal.

A decent start helped Fulton come away with a 6-2 win over the Warriors May 3.

Hannibal finally snapped its losing streak when they took on Clyde-Savannah May 6. The Warriors scored six runs during the game’s final innings to ensure the shutout.

Hannibal went on to earn its second shutout in as many games when they took on Skaneateles.

The Warriors scored three runs during the first three innings of the game to set the tone for an impressive win.

In the Solvay game, Hannibal was led by Chris Benedict, Billy Cook and Greg Hadcock, who all had a hit.

Matt Wagner chipped in an RBI for the Warriors.

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Volney students learn about local government

 

 

Volney Elementary sixth graders took over the Volney Town Board meeting on Thursday as part of Government Day. Teacher Ms. Kimball has been involved in the yearly collaboration for 14 years. Students learned the roles and responsibilities of their local government.
Volney Elementary sixth graders took over the Volney Town Board meeting on Thursday as part of Government Day. Teacher Ms. Kimball has been involved in the yearly collaboration for 14 years. Students learned the roles and responsibilities of their local government.

by Nicole Reitz

Sixth graders at Volney Elementary School learned about their local government last Thursday by “running” the Volney Town board meeting themselves.

Senator Patty Ritchie and State Assemblyman Will Barclay were special guests at the meeting. They spoke about the roles and responsibilities of their jobs.

Ritchie explained that for the first half of the year she is in Albany working to pass the budget, make laws and work on a number of bills.

“A lot of bills that I’ve put in over the last two years have come from people like yourself and sometimes they actually come from an idea of someone your age,” said Ritchie.

For the second part of the year, Ritchie is back in the district representing her constituents.

“A lot of what we do is so different everyday, from trying to fight for more school funding to participating in fun things like parades,” said Ritchie.

Barclay spoke about his role as an Assemblyman, where he represents about 130,000 people. His primary job is to create laws for New York State. He joked that the senator was in the process of placing a law for a longer school year.

“We live in a great community here in Oswego County, one of the reasons is that we have people here that are willing to put the time in to make the community what it is,” said Barclay.

The senator and assemblyman handed out certificates for participation before the meeting was called to order.

As always, the meeting opened with a salute to the flag, a practice that the sixth graders are used to. From there, students were paired with town board members and other town officials.

Sixth-grade student Jadelyn James was paired with Volney Town Clerk Barbara MacEwen. James got the hang of carrying motions towards the end of the meeting.

Volney student Ana had what classmates called the most difficult job of the night: town supervisor.

Student Andrew Hyde said that he learned the functions of the Volney planning and zoning boards.

“Whenever you want to build something you first have to go to an officer and he’ll tell you if its okay to build there,” said Hyde.

Caleb from Mr. Cahill’s class said that while he thought government was interesting, he would rather do something else.

“The meeting was kind of confusing because we were new at it,” he said. “I’m sure if you go to be a professional at something, you would probably know more than we just did.”

“I learned that government is very complicated,” said Juliet, who played the role of town councilor.

Students in Kimball’s classroom are reading “Rats of NIMH,” a story that has underlying themes about society, dependence and government. They often talk in the classroom about the function of community and what role they play in it.

“They don’t stop to think that there’s a zoning board or a dog warden,” said Kimball. “It’s not part of their world. This day is one they won’t soon forget.”

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