Fulton players – Pictured are members of the 2012 fifth and sixth grade girls Fulton travel basketball team. In back are Coach Dan Gilmore, Mallori Kitts, Erin Nicholson, Cara Smith, and Assistant Coach Al Smith. In front are Erin Waloven, Madison Gilmore, Liz Roik, Mckenna Chesbro, and Mackenzie Smith. Not pictured is Eliza Runeare.

Fulton 5th/6th grade travel team’s season comes to an end

Fulton players – Pictured are members of the 2012 fifth and sixth grade girls Fulton travel basketball team. In back are Coach Dan Gilmore, Mallori Kitts, Erin Nicholson, Cara Smith, and Assistant Coach Al Smith. In front are Erin Waloven, Madison Gilmore, Liz Roik, Mckenna Chesbro, and Mackenzie Smith. Not pictured is Eliza Runeare.

by Rob Tetro

This season proved to be a successful one for the Fulton girls 5th/6th grade travel basketball team.

According to Coach Dan Gilmore, his team was able to continue developing their skills while doing so in a fun environment this season.

The players will go on to take part in various camps and open gyms this summer in preparation for another successful season in 2013.

Fulton began its season with a solid performance at a tournament at St. John Fisher College in Rochester.

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Walter Krolikowski, Oswego resident

Walter E. Krolikowski, 61, of Oswego died Thursday, April 5, 2012 in the Oswego Hospital after a short illness. He was born in Oswego, the son of Shirley Krolikowski and the late Edward Krolikowski.

He was formerly employed with A & E Transport in Syracuse, where he transported disabled children.

Mr. Krolikowski enjoyed communicating with people through his CB radio, and he was a big fan of Elvis Presley.

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Joan Clark, Fulton resident

Joan A. DeMatteo Clark, 78, of Fulton, died Saturday, April 7, 2012 at home following a brief illness.

She retired as office manager at Palmer’s Chevrolet and had previously worked at Par-K Enterprises and Cole Muffler all in Fulton. She loved dancing and gardening.

She was predeceased by a son, David “Mike” LeVea; daughter, Lisa Milliken; and brother, Donald DeMatteo.

Surviving are her children, Kathy LeVea of Penfield, Billy (Missy) LeVea of Hannibal, Jay (Kelly) LeVea of Fulton, Tami (Steve) Shinnick of Elkton, Md., John (Becky) Clark of Fulton, and Curtis Clark of Elkton, Md.; sister, Mary Jane Maliszewski of Fulton; brother, Louis DeMatteo of Wildwood, Fla.; 25 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson and two nieces.

Calling hours will be held today, April 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday with services to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126-0102.

Stella James

Hannibal Woman of the Year recognized

Stella James

The Hannibal Free Library and the Hannibal Friends of the Library recently honored Stella James as Hannibal’s 2012 Woman of the Year.

The celebration was held in the Community Center, and friends and family attended to celebrate with her.

James is involved in many different organizations, including Senior Nutrition, The Friends of the Hannibal Free Library, The Hannibal Historical Society, The Elderberries (of which she serves as president in the winter months), and the Senior Council.

Karen Abbott

At The Fencepost: April 11, 2012

Karen Abbott

by Karen Abbott

My daughter is a big fan of mud puddles.

When she was little, she would pray for rain so she could go outside and splash in the puddles.

Growing up hasn’t changed her playfulness any. A few weeks ago we had a drenching rain shower in the night. I had to work the next day.

When I got home, she showed me the sizable puddle where she’d splashed and played while I was gone. It was cute, but I didn’t think much more about it right then.

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Light In The Darkness: April 11, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands and they were shouting with a mighty shout,  “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” — Revelation 7:9-10

It is a joyous crowd and an amazing display of the mercy and grace of God…a wonderfully astounding sight like nothing else in the history of the world.

It is a sight that will cause, “all the angels to fall before the throne with their faces to the ground, worshipping God and singing, ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor  and power and strength belong to our God  forever and ever! Amen’.”

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On the mound – Fulton pitcher Nate Dean delivers a pitch during last Thursday’s game against Mexico at the Fulton Athletic Complex. The Raiders won 10-9 after scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

Fulton baseball team rallies for 10-9 walk-off win

On the mound – Fulton pitcher Nate Dean delivers a pitch during last Thursday’s game against Mexico at the Fulton Athletic Complex. The Raiders won 10-9 after scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

The Fulton varsity baseball team scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Mexico 10-9 at the Fulton Athletic Complex.

Fulton’s Brandon Guernsey delivered the big hit with a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs.

Raider Shane Beauregard scored the winning run.  Nate Dean started the game for the Raiders.

Hannibal softball team looking to improve on last year’s record

by Rob Tetro

According to new Hannibal varsity softball voach Jill Dunkleberger, the Lady Warriors have what it takes to improve upon last season’s record.

However, the goal of improving on last season’s record served as the catalyst for other goals that the team has decided upon: the number of wins the team believes that it can earn as well as the acceptable amount of errors per game, said Dunkleberger.

Hannibal will feature a balanced group of both younger and experienced players this season. Dunkleberger has been pushing her veteran players to serve as leadership figures for their younger teammates.

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