New York State’s Operation Hang Up deemed a success

by Carol Thompson

The second Operation Hang Up campaign, spearheaded by Governor Andrew Cuomo to target distracted drivers, has been deemed a success.

“Operation Hang Up is designed to send a strong message to motorists across New York State that driving and using a hand-held device simply do not mix,” Cuomo said. “We hear too many heartbreaking stories about how distracted driving leads to tragic consequences, and we must do everything in our power to ensure more lives are not unnecessarily lost because someone took their eyes off the road to use a phone.”

The campaign began April 23 and concluded Sunday. In the first months of 2012, more than 65,000 motorists statewide have been ticketed for using an electronic device while driving.

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epresentatives from the American Red Cross of Central New York and Catholic Charities of Oswego County were on hand to celebrate the first anniversary of the I’m OK Program at Fulton Mill Apartments in Fulton. Seated from left are Resident Monitors Mary Lou Brower and Myrtle Craw; I’m OK Program Coordinator Jezanna Osier, and Resident Monitor Phyllis Walts. Standing from left are Susan Pope, emergency services manager with American Red Cross of Central New York; Resident Monitors Claudia Ferlito, Ruth Harmer, Leon Smith, Mary Meyer, Betty Wells, Mary McCaw, Donna Avery, Mary Hoyt, Betty Graham, Elsie Tucci, and Jack Smith; Resident Services Manager Ann Casey; Resident Monitor Cinda Shupe, Catholic Charities of Oswego County Director of Community Services Helen Hoefer, and director of the Oswego Branch of American Cross of Central New York, Danielle Hayden.

I’m OK Program serves Fulton Mill Apartment residents for over a year

Representatives from the American Red Cross of Central New York and Catholic Charities of Oswego County were on hand to celebrate the first anniversary of the I’m OK Program at Fulton Mill Apartments in Fulton.

Residents of Fulton Mill Apartments in Fulton recently gathered with representatives from the American Red Cross of Central New York and Catholic Charities of Oswego County to celebrate the first anniversary of the I’m OK program.

An initiative of the American Red Cross, the I’m OK program is a neighbor-to-neighbor program that benefits residents by ensuring that in the event of something happening to them they will receive attention in a timely manner.

Fulton Mill Apartments was the first senior housing facility in Oswego County to implement the I’m OK Program when it was launched Feb. 1, 2011.

“We were happy to bring the I’m OK Program to Fulton Mill Apartments,” said Ann Casey, resident services coordinator.  “It is a wonderful program that both our residents and our staff are pleased with. It’s very comforting to know that residents will be checking on residents seven days a week.”

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Quick start leads Westhill past Hannibal

by Rob Tetro

Westhill got off to a quick start against the Hannibal varsity baseball team and never looked back when the teams met Saturday. Westhill scored three first inning runs, which set the tone for a 10-1 win over Hannibal.

Westhill wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. By the end of the first inning, they had a 3-0 lead over Hannibal. During the bottom of the third inning, Hannibal responded with a run to cut Westhill’s lead down to two at 3-1.

Westhill quickly answered Hannibal’s response. Westhill scored two more runs during the bottom of the third inning to increase its lead to 5-1.

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Betty Askew, Granby resident

Betty I. Askew, 86, of Granby, died Sunday, April 29, 2012 at University Hospital in Syracuse.

Born in Ellenburg Center, she has lived in the Fulton area since 1987. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Baldwinsville and was a member of the Senior Group. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ, knitting, sewing, cooking and gardening.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edwin A. Askew, who died in 1989.

She is survived by her children, David, Cynthia Leierer, Wayne, Paul and Elaine Johnston; siblings, Cortis Hobbs, Shirley Drummond, Harley Hobbs and David Hobbs;15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Calling hours and service were held Tuesday at Temple Baptist Church, Baldwinsville. Burial was in Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Temple Baptist Church, 2295 Downer St., Baldwinsville, 13027

Foster Funeral Home, Inc. was in care of arrangements.

Pair accused of committing string of crimes last month

by Andrew Henderson

Following an extensive investigation, members of the Fulton Police Department arrested a Canastota resident and a Fulton resident after they reportedly committed a host of crimes throughout April.

Peter J. Maliszewski, 40 of Canastota, and Joseph Fetkiw Jr, 35 of W. Third St.,Fulton, were arrested and charged with  several felonies, including robbery, burglary, assault, and grand larceny.

According to investigators, Maliszewski and Fetkiw were allegedly responsible for a host of crimes committed in the city over the past month.

Maliszewski was arraigned April 17 and remanded to the Oswego County Public Safety Center without bail. Fetkiw was arraigned last Wednesday in Fulton City Court and remanded to the Public Safety Center on $20,000 cash bail.

Maliszewski was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny, third degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal mischief, third-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, theft of services, and petit larceny.

Fetkiw was charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, two counts of third degree criminal mischief, two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, four counts of petit larceny, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Inactive meth lab

The Oswego City Police Department Anti-Crime Team executed a search warrant April 25 at 10 Robins Lane, Scriba.

Andrea L. Losurdo, 26, was found in the residence. A search resulted in locating several key components and equipment that are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.  The items discovered were hazardous and were properly cleaned up to make the location safe.

Further investigation determined Losurdo had reportedly used the equipment to manufacture methamphetamine during the month of February 2012.

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Michael Barnes looks to ‘have fun’ in 2012

by Dan Johnson

“We want to finish races, have fun, and roll it on the trailer at the end of the night,” is how veteran supermodified driver Michael Barnes described what he is looking for out of his 2012 supermodified season at Oswego Speedway.

“That’s how we’re looking at it,” he continued. “Of course, we want to run well and win races, but we all get along and have fun. The way I’m looking at it is: this is my sophomore year of supermodified racing at Oswego Speedway.“

Barnes was tabbed by Pat and Terry Strong midway through the 2011 season to be the wheelman for the newer car out of the Plum Crazy stable. “I can’t thank Pat and Terry enough,” Barnes said with gratitude. “They gave me a chance to drive their second car, the newer car last year. They put the car together in ’09, but it didn’t see much track time.

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Michele Halstead, Michaud nurse’s aide

Michele A. Halstead, 56, of Fulton, died Monday, April 23, 2012 at University Hospital in Syracuse after a long battle with multiple cancers.

Born in Fulton, she was a life resident. She had worked as a nurse’s aide for 20 years at Andrew Michaud Nursing Home in Fulton.

Surviving are her mother, Elizabeth Merritt; a daughter, Denna (Santiago) Rodriguez; a son, Joshua Cooper; a sister, Sharon Wright; a brother, Donald Merritt; two granddaughters, Jasmine and Alejandrina; and companion, Rick Clark.

Calling hours and service were held Monday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Poetry Corner: Apple Blossoms

by Jim Farfaglia

They smile from slender branches,

happy to have survived the winter,

their sweet joy perfuming the air

whenever the wind happens through.


They drop off one by one

and gather on the new-green grass:

a fruit tree’s lucky coins,

tossed on a backyard wishing pond.


They look back at their yellow stars

still clinging to those limbs

and pregnant with the season’s harvest –

such a noble reason for a blossom’s falling.

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