Girl Scouts can meet Katelyn Kane and Beth Schneider

Mother’s Day weekend might be extra special for area Girl Scouts as they will have a meet and greet with at the Fulton Speedway’s two female Sportsman Modified drivers, Katelyn Kane and Beth Schneider.

The girls will be able to enjoy a fun night of racing action, but prior to the show will have a chance to chat with Kane and Schneider, who will be speaking with the girls about always putting education first, good sportsmanship, and breaking down stereotypes.

On top of that, the girls will have the opportunity to take pictures with the drivers and even take a signed autograph card from both Schneider and Kane.

“We really want the night to be about the racing,” Kane explained, “but we also want to give these girls someone they can relate to, we want to see them coming back week after week.”

Schneider added, “We want to become role models for these young girls by teaching the girls that education must come first, but you can also achieve anything you set your mind to.”

Both Kane and Schneider have been in talks with Judi Knowlton and Christina Verratti from the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways and hope to turn this event into a yearly celebration.

Upon the completion of Kane and Schneider’s race, which will be the first feature ran of the night, they will rejoin their new friends and view the rest of the night’s racing action with the Girl Scouts and offer answers to any questions the girls may have.

In conjunction with meeting the drivers, the Girl Scouts will be able to sign up for Fulton Speedway’s Junior Fan Club, where they can be placed in a drawing to possibly win a ride in the pace car with their favorite driver during intermission.

Fulton Speedway’s Girl Scout Night will be held Mother’s Day weekend, May 12. Racing starts at 7 p.m. although the Girl Scouts are encouraged to get to the track at 5 p.m. to meet both Schneider and Kane.

There will also be special alcohol-free seating available for the girls.

Kenny Loggins and tribute bands headed to Harborfest

The 25th annual Harborfest, slated for July 26-29, will feature one of the most decorated recording artists over the past four decades, a live broadcast of a television show for the first time, regional and national tribute bands, and jazz and blues performers.

Harborfest 2012 kicks off Thursday with two national tribute bands. Opening up the night on the NRG Oswego Harbor Power Lakeview Stage will be Changes in Latitudes, which is a tribute show to Jimmy Buffett.

Closing out the night on the NRG Lakeview Stage will be Big Shot, a Billy Joel show featuring the vocals and piano of Michael DelGuidice, a well-known and respected Long Island multi-instrumentalist.

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Jean LaFave, teacher’s aide

Jean S. LaFave, 76, of Liverpool, died at the Eastern Star Home in Oriskany Saturday, April 28, 2012.

Born in Gouverneur, she was raised in Oswegatchie by her late parents, Ailsa Erline (Harrington) and Hollis Llewelyn Scruton. She attended school in Clifton Fine and was a graduate of SUNY Canton.

She was a teacher’s aide at Emerson J. Dillon Junior High School, Phoenix, as well as a homemaker.

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Albert Searles, Minetto UMC member

Albert Monroe Searles, 99, of Volney, died April 27, 2012.

Born in Oswego, he was a life resident of the Oswego and Volney areas. He was a 50-year member of Minetto United Methodist Church and was the oldest living male member.

In 2006, he was honored as the oldest person living in the Town of Volney and was given the honor of serving as the Grand Marshall for the parade that year.

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Valley Viewpoints: Valuable lesson

by James Bush of Fulton

Here’s a question you won’t see on any tests at school. What do you get when you add caring teachers plus loving kids plus an American hero? You get what I witnessed at Volney School this past Monday, April 23.

At a school assembly, we were honored by the presence of U.S. Navy Petty Officer Eric Lockwood. Eric is an 11 year serviceman who has been deployed around the world defending this country. In addition, Eric has been involved in many acts of humanitarian aid around the globe.

You may be wondering why Eric was at Volney school? Was he there to be honored with some awards? Was he there to tell the kids about his career or talk about his accomplishments? Come to find out, Eric was there to thank the kids. But for what?

You see, Eric has a history at Volney school. When Eric was in fifth grade at Volney, his teacher was Mrs. DeLisle. Mrs. DeLisle is currently a second grade teacher and knowing that Petty Officer Lockwood was serving in Afghanistan, she decided to involve the entire school in writing letters to Eric.

Twice during the year, the kids sent letters and cards to thank and support Eric and his fellow servicemen. Well, those letters and cards must have had some impact.

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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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