Best-tasting drinking water contest slated

The Oswego County Health Department will hold its 22nd annual best-tasting drinking water contest Saturday, May 26 at the Fulton Memorial Day Salute.

Visitors will vote for their favorite samples of drinking water from municipal systems in Oswego County.  All municipal water supplies are eligible to enter the contest, which is coordinated by the health department’s environmental division.

“The contest is a friendly competition to remind people of the importance of protecting our water resources in Oswego County and across New York State,” said Natalie Roy, associate public health sanitarian for the Oswego County Health Department.  “The winner of the Oswego County competition will advance to the Syracuse regional contest in June, and regional winners will compete for the state title at the State Fair in August,” Roy added.

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Oswego County parks are now tobacco-free

by Carol Thompson

During Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature, a resolution was approved that prohibits smoking at Camp Zerbe, Camp Hollis, and Independence Trail.

The “Young Lungs at Play” initiative helps to eliminate children’s exposure to secondhand smoke and other tobacco products. Signs are posted in the parks and nearby playground areas to remind smokers not to smoke or use tobacco products on the premises.

There will be one designated smoking area at Camp Hollis and one at Camp Zerbe.
The Tobacco Free Network of  Oswego County will provide signage at all three parks.

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Oswego County mosquito surveillance plan receives funding

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature approved spending $18,436 for a mosquito surveillance program.

The program involves marking mosquitoes with a fluorescent power to track them and is significant, county officials said, because it will help determine more precise information regarding locations, distance and time adult mosquitoes migrate.

During Thursday’s meeting, Legislator Doug Malone questioned whether the money that is going to be used to tattoo the insects would be better spent on eradication efforts.

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Oswego Players to stage ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

Oswego Players Director Inez Manor Parker has announced completion of casting for the Players’ summer musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” based on the fairy tale story of, “The Princess and the Pea.”

Cast members are Marsha Preston (Queen Aggravain), Richard Mosher (Wizard), Julia Preston Fulton (Minstrel), Molly Brown (Winnifred the Woebegone), Adam Schmidtmann (Prince Dauntless the Drab), and Erin Chetney (Jester).

Also, Shane Gabriele (Sir Henry), Beth DeRosie (Lady Larkin), Erin Delaney (Princess #12), Norman Berlin, III, (Sir Luce), Brie McIntosh (Lady Luce), Taylor Hamer (Lady Beatrice and Pantomime), and Jennifer Butler (Lady Merrill).

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Water chestnut – Water chestnuts can form a thick mass of vegetation, limiting fishing and water recreation activities, once it is established in a shallow water area. Pulling is effective before they become established in a body of water.

Groups plan water chestnut pull in Oswego County rivers

Water chestnut – Water chestnuts can form a thick mass of vegetation, limiting fishing and water recreation activities, once it is established in a shallow water area. Pulling is effective before they become established in a body of water.

Several volunteers, conservation organizations and angler groups have worked together over the past few years to help slow the spread of water chestnuts in Oswego County rivers.

Headed by the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, the groups will hold a water chestnut pull at Port Ontario Saturday, July 14.

An invasive species, the water chestnut plant can be difficult to control once it is established in a body of water. The plants can create large floating mats of vegetation that restrict the penetration of sunlight, limit the growth of native plants, and disrupt the food web.

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Second annual May Festival to be held in Fair Haven

The Fair Haven Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its second annual May Festival in the Village Park in downtown Fair Haven Saturday, May 19 beginning at 11 a.m.

The Village Park will be bustling with vendors, demonstrations and games celebrating spring’s arrival.

The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with a parade. Adults and kids should come dressed as fairies, woodland creatures, or gnomes and join the parade through the streets of Fair Haven. The parade line up is at 10:45 a.m.

Afterwards, there will be a family scavenger hunt through the village, a poker walk, food, free games and crafts for the kids, and music.

There will be a bike rodeo in front of the library at noon.  The kids are invited to bring their bikes and helmets.

At 1 p.m., the local band “Hattie Lewis” will be playing at the Bandstand in the park.

Pat Ward claims win at Fulton Speedway

After Saturday night’s Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature, Pat Ward said that the young guys are getting tougher and tougher to beat on a weekly basis.

When the checkers flew at the end of 35 laps, Ward showed he has no signs of slowing down anytime soon as he parked his Gypsum Express, Stadium International Trucks/LJL Kevlar Race Engines/ Bicknell/No.42p in victory lane.

Ward took the lead on lap 20 from Matt Hulsizer and never looked back in the caution free feature.

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Fulton baseball team loses 15-1

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball team struggled during its game against Syracuse West Friday.

The Raiders gave up nine unanswered runs as Syracuse West rolled to a 15-1 win.

Syracuse West scored six unanswered runs during the game’s first two innings. Fulton scored during the top of the third inning to cut the lead to 6-1.

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