50 days left of school

Bodley-RothrockKate_Wby Kate Rothrock

I hope everyone had a nice and relaxing spring break! It seems like the weather is finally on track to spring!

Spring break marked the last long vacation and we are now in the final stretch.

There are around 50 days left of school this year. Summer will be here before we know it!

Last week’s blood drive was a success as always. Thanks to everyone who participated or helped with the blood drive.

School physicals will be available to any student for fall sports or working papers Wednesday, April 24.  Appointments for physicals can be made in the nurse’s office.

GRB offers many Advanced Placement classes including economics, calculus, chemistry, biology, English, American history and world history.

The AP tests start May 6 and end May 16. These tests are extremely difficult and students have been preparing all year for them.

Good luck to all students studying for these tests!

The girls lacrosse team is hosting a chicken barbecue this Sunday, April 14 at the Polish Home starting at 11 a.m. Come and get a delicious chicken dinner while supporting the team!

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Light In The Darkness: April 10, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” — Acts 1:8

After His resurrection, Jesus showed himself to more than 500 of his disciples and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

During this time, he emphasized the importance of waiting for the Holy Spirit, whom he had promised before to send in his place.

With the Holy Spirit would come the power the disciples would need — power to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth and power that would enable them to live the holy lives.

As the Holy Spirit indwelt each one he would give the ability (power) to walk victoriously over sin. As they walked in the Spirit, they would live as Jesus did, having a foretaste of the final victory that would come when at last they passed into his presence.

They waited and we know the result. They were indeed filled with the Spirit and with power and in that power turned the world upside down for Christ. The gospel spread throughout the known world in a remarkably short time.

Where is that power in the church today?  Where is that miracle working power? And I do not mean the power that so many crave as they seek signs and wonders. Jesus said that it is an evil generation that seeks a sign (Luke 11:29).

I am talking about the power of the Spirit that results in holy living and the conversion of souls. The power of the Spirit that results in joyous, sacrificial service to the Master.

The power that enables Christians to thrive, their lives setting a standard of purity and holiness for all the world to see.

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More allegations of computer porn surface in county

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Doug Malone held an impromptu press conference Friday after he was shut down from speaking at a committee meeting.

During Friday’s meeting of the legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee, Malone attempted to speak just prior to the committee entering executive session.

Legislator Jim Oldenburg, who chairs the committee, would not allow Malone to speak.

“I have a personnel question,” Malone said.

Oldenburg did not acknowledge him and instead began to announce the executive session.

“I’d like to bring up something for the public,” Malone repeated when Oldenburg finished speaking.

“It’s not on the agenda and I’m not recognizing you,” Oldenburg answered.

Malone again asked to bring something up for the public and Oldenburg continued calling for the executive session.

Malone then called for a press conference and left the room.

Moving to a small conference room, Malone said the misuse of taxpayers money and equipment has to stop. He added that more allegations of pornography in the highway department have surfaced.

As first reported in The Valley News, several employees, all whistleblowers, alleged that a coworker at the county’s Pulaski garage had been viewing pornography at work for a couple years.

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Local business owner steps up to help cancer-stricken child

Peg and Bob Natoli present Kristi Ross with a check for $9,900. Natoli set two Guinness world records on Thursday. He dedicated the event to Julian Ross, a seven-year-old Oswego boy with cancer. For each step-up Natoli completed, he donated $100 to the Ross family to help complete their home addition.
Peg and Bob Natoli present Kristi Ross with a check for $9,900. Natoli set two Guinness world records on Thursday. He dedicated the event to Julian Ross, a seven-year-old Oswego boy with cancer. For each step-up Natoli completed, he donated $100 to the Ross family to help complete their home addition.

by Nicole Reitz

Native Oswegonian Bob Natoli set two new Guinness World records Thursday. His two newest awards make him a eight-time world record holder.

Natoli has six previous records in the category of strength and fitness. He dedicated his most recent attempts to Julian Ross, a seven-year-old with Stage IV Neuroblastoma.

Natoli, the owner of Timebuyer, was made aware of Julian’s story by his daughter, who read about Julian on Facebook. He took a personal interest in the Ross family and gifted them with a minivan in December. The van has since been used to travel back and forth to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

In an effort to raise money for the Ross family and awareness of childhood cancer, Natoli took on Paddy Doyle of the United Kingdom — the most prolific strength and fitness record setter in Guinness World Record history.

In a gym set up at the offices of Timebuyer, Natoli attempted to break the record for Most Step-ups in one-minute with a 40 pound pack.

Natoli had to beat the previous record of 41 steps accomplished by Doyle in 2011. In the span of one minute, Natoli completed 52 repetitions, making him the new record holder.

After taking a break to stretch his legs and hydrate himself with coconut water, Natoli was ready to take on his second challenge, attempting the world record for most step-ups in one minute with a 60 pound pack.

The record was also held by Doyle with 35 step ups. Natoli successfully beat the world record with 47 repetitions even with switching legs part way through the attempt.

His wife Peggy and son cheered him on from the front row.

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Fulton baseball team begins season with doubleheader

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball team fell to Syracuse West and Central Square in a doubleheader played April 6.

The Red Raiders began the day with a 12-0 loss to Syracuse West. Syracuse West scored nine runs during the last four innings of the game to pull away for the win.

Fulton’s day concluded with an 18-8 loss to Central Square.

In the Syracuse West game, Syracuse West jumped out to a 2-0 lead during the second inning.

After scoring a run to make the score 3-0 during the third inning, Syracuse West erupted to put the game out of reach.

During the fourth and fifth innings, Syracuse West scored seven more runs to take a 10-0 lead. They added two more runs during the sixth inning to cap off the 12 run win.

Fulton was led by Adam Briggs, Cody Dick and Peter Ravesi. They all had a hit.

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Finally

  by Jim Farfaglia

  Finally

 

We’re all out today!

 

From the sky:

the excitable chickadee,

Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal,

the finches, in their deepening color,

a gang of bellyaching crows,

and, echoing from a deep forest,

the ever-probing woodpecker.

 

From the earth:

the eager daffodil,

the dressed-for-a-party tulip,

Miss Daisy, still concealing

fistfuls of summer smiles,

and, just beginning her journey,

the mum.

 

And from the middle:

me –

stuffed up

from being stuffed inside all winter,

warming up under the sun’s radiance,

getting reacquainted with the world.

Bake sale success

by George and Carol Darling, Volunteers Oswego County Humane Society

As volunteers for the Oswego County Humane Society, we would like to thank all who made our recent pie sale a great success.

We appreciate the Fulton Tractor Supply Store for allowing us to hold out fund-raiser at their location. The management and staff have always been welcoming and very supportive of our efforts.

Of course, we thank our bakers. They gave generously of their time and talent to provide us with baked goods. And a special thank you to all who purchased our baked goods.

One hundred percent of the profits are used to support the activities and programs of the Oswego County Humane Society.

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