Valley Viewpoint: Committed people

by Amy Tresidder of Oswego

Congratulations to the citizens of Oswego that took the time and effort to carry petitions and present them to the Oswego County Legislature regarding the removal of synthetic marijuana from store shelves.

Margaret Mead said. “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

It was the effort of these citizens that made the difference. Thank You.

Valley Viewpoints: Why refuse to pay?

by Sue Gravelle of Fulton

I have enjoyed our mild winter. As in recent years, I employed the services of an individual to keep my driveway cleared of snow.

I am very fortunate to know this person, as he also kept my sidewalk and steps cleared and when necessary, also put down salt and sand.

I am very saddened to hear there were a handful of individuals who refused to make a final payment for snow-removal services. I am assuming that the reasoning, if it can be called that, is that no snow clearing ended up being necessary during the last half of winter.

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Poetry Corner: On Easter Morning

by Jim Farfaglia

On Easter Morning

She was the wisest of the herd,
raising her head first, ears swiveling –
certain how quickly this grazing field
could become danger.
I nod to her, respectfully.

She nudges her youngest
and I watch her warn those fawning eyes,
like only a parent can do,
protecting their young.
I wink at her, knowingly.

And when she hears my clumsy steps
she leads the others to cover,
ending this moment of communion
that began my day so holy.
I thank her, heartily.

Making a move – Fulton’s Justin Bowering looks to make a move while teammate Matt Nelson (24) looks on during Thursday’s game against East Syracuse-Minoa at the Fulton Athletic Complex. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

Fulton boys lacrosse drops first game of the season to ES-M

Making a move – Fulton’s Justin Bowering looks to make a move while teammate Matt Nelson (24) looks on during Thursday’s game against East Syracuse-Minoa at the Fulton Athletic Complex. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

The Fulton varsity boys lacrosse team opened it season last Thursday by hosting East Syracuse-Minoa at the Fulton Athletic Complex.

Raiders Bryan Benton and Ross Maxam scored four and three goals, respectively, in the 10-9 loss. Maxam also finished with two assists.

Tyler Lockwood and Joe Sutton also had goals.

The Raiders will host Westhill tomorrow, April 5 at 4:30 p.m. on the turf field.

Quickness expected to be key for Fulton girls lacrosse

by Rob Tetro

For the Fulton girls varsity lacrosse team to achieve its goals, it will have to develop into a more cohesive unit at a steady pace this season, according to assistant coach Andrew Karpinko.

If the lady Raiders can maintain a steady development, Fulton will aim to have a winning record and compete for a league title.

But the expectations do not end there. If the Lady Raiders can qualify for post-season play, they feel that they can accomplish a lot in sectional play.

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Fulton City School District kindergarten registration set for April 12

The Fulton City School District is holding kindergarten registration for children who turn five years old by Dec. 1, 2012.

April 12, kindergarten registration is happening at every elementary school in the Fulton City School District.

The times for registration at the elementary schools will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Other counties don’t require legislators to fill out FOILs

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County legislators are required to make a written request for the documents that they are the legal custodians of — and it has sparked a debate as to whether they should be exempt from having to follow the same procedure as the public in acquiring records.

In other counties around the state, legislators have access to records without written requests or wait.

The requests, known more commonly as a FOIL request, the acronym for Freedom of Information Law, are required to obtain public documents from government agencies.  Requests can be made in writing by e-mail, hard copy or by using a form provided by the agency.

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