Hannibal, Phoenix libraries receive state funding

by Andrew Henderson

The Hannibal and Phoenix libraries are among a handful of Oswego County libraries to receive construction grant funding, according to state representatives.

Senator Patty Ritchie announced that more than $100,000 in funding will be awarded to libraries in Oswego County through public library construction grant funds.

The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2011 state budget.

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OCO collecting items for area Homeless

Oswego County Opportunities Homeless Services is seeking donations of food, clothing and personal hygiene items to assist the homeless and needy within Oswego County.

OCO Homeless Services unit works with individuals in the community who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Services provided include case management, crisis intervention, and follow up care.

These services are provided in order to assist homeless individuals and families with finding safe and affordable housing, and afford them the opportunity to establish themselves in their own residence.

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Cloonan confirmed as Oswego County commissioner of jurors

by Carol Thompson

James Cloonan has been confirmed as the next Oswego County commissioner of jurors by the Fifth Judicial Court Administration.

Cloonan will begin his new position May 24, just four days after his 51st birthday.

“All the paperwork has been done and I’m waiting for my security card,” he said Wednesday. “I’m anxious to get back into public service.”

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The Fulton Music Association’s 15th annual Celebration of Community Music, featuring the Fulton Community Band and a variety of local talent, will be presented Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the G. Ray Bodley High School Auditorium. Kimo Cortini, pictured at 2010 Fulton Jazz Festival, and The Cortini Brothers Jazz Group will be performing.

15th annual Celebration of Community Music to be held in Fulton

The Fulton Music Association’s 15th annual Celebration of Community Music, featuring the Fulton Community Band and a variety of local talent, will be presented Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the G. Ray Bodley High School Auditorium. Kimo Cortini, pictured at 2010 Fulton Jazz Festival, and The Cortini Brothers Jazz Group will be performing.

The Fulton Music Association’s 15th annual Celebration of Community Music featuring the Fulton Community Band and a variety of local talent will be presented Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the G. Ray Bodley High School Auditorium.

The winners of the 2012 FMA senior music awards will also be announced and each recipient will perform at the event.

The concert will feature performances by the Cortini Brothers Jazz Experience, The Classic Touch barbershop quartet, the Holy Family/St. Michaels choir under the direction of Dolores Walrath; the Fulton Community Band under the direction of Carol Fox, and the Hamer Sing-Along group.

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Late surge leads Mexico to win

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity baseball team had a three-run lead going into the sixth inning of its game against Mexico Monday.

Mexico, however, stifled Phoenix with an incredible rally, which allowed them to escape with a 5-4 win.

Following a competitive first inning, the game was tied at 1-1. After a couple of scoreless innings, Phoenix took a three-run lead. The Firebirds scored three unanswered runs during the top of the fourth and fifth innings to take a 4-1 lead.

With opportunities seemingly slipping away from them, Mexico saved the best for last.

During the bottom of the seventh inning, the Tigers scored four runs, which put them ahead by a run at 5-4. Mexico’s late rally left Phoenix with no answers as the Tigers held on for the one-run win.

Leading the way for Mexico was John Eastman and his two hits and three RBIs. Carlton Loomis and Matt Hirsch each chipped in a hit and an RBI while Nick Dolbear and Eamon Lacey combined to tally three hits for The Tigers.

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Jerry’s Journal: May 12, 2012

by Jerry Kasperek

Oops! I therefore offer a sincere apology to Jean and Wesley Prent for incorrectly stating in my last column that he was her “late” husband. Some reporter I am!

My assumption that he was no longer with us was because I had not seen the two together for quite awhile as I’d bump into Jean out shopping as all by herself. I must say, however, she was very gracious about it in her phone call to correct my misstatement.

“He doesn’t get out much anymore,” she said. “But he’s still here.”

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Mary Gebezyk, mother of Fulton resident

Mary F. Stempkowski Gebezyk, 86, of Auburn, died Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at her home.

Born in Clymer, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Walter and Josephine (Napieral) Stempkowski. She was a communicant of St. Hyacinth Church and a former member of the S.K. American Legion Post #1324 Auxiliary.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph M. Gebezyk, who died in 1976;her son, Joseph, who died in 2008; her brother, John Stempkowski; sister-in-law, Diane Stempkowski; and brothers-in-law, Al Pawlowski and Chappy Urbanik.

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Raider boys lacrosse wins game against New Hartford

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys varsity lacrosse team held on for a hard fought win against New Hartford Tuesday. Despite being outscored by a goal during the fourth quarter, Fulton prevailed with an 8-7 win over New Hartford.

Following the first quarter, Fulton had a slim one-goal lead over New Hartford at 3-2. Both teams scored a goal a piece during the second quarter, which allowed the Raiders to take a 4-3 lead into halftime.

Despite little offensive production during the third quarter, Fulton outscored New Hartford by a goal to extend its lead to 5-3.

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