Jean Mitchell, Martville resident

Jean Marie Egan Mitchell, 82, of Martville, died Friday, May 4, 2012 at Oswego Hospital after a brief illness.

She was born in Fulton and resided in Martville since 1970, prior to that she was a military wife and traveled with her six children to wherever her husband was stationed.

She was a homemaker and was dedicated to her children and grandchildren. She was an avid reader, enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and was a wonderful cook. She was a member of the Martville United Methodist Church.

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Children practice military drills at Fort Ontario State Historic Site in a unique program coordinated by Oswego County AmeriCorps members Ian Mumpton (right) and Steven Woods.

Fort Ontario Summer Youth Program registration now open

Children practice military drills at Fort Ontario State Historic Site in a unique program coordinated by Oswego County AmeriCorps members Ian Mumpton (right) and Steven Woods.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site announced the return of its Summer Youth Program for youth ages 8-16.

Last year, more than 100 youth participated in 18th and 19th century games, sports, military drill, wilderness tactics, martial arts and other activities.

The program is designed to connect kids with local history through physical activity.

The program is coordinated by AmeriCorps members Ian Mumpton and Steven Woods with assistance from the Friends of Fort Ontario, Oswego County AmeriCorps, and New York State Parks.

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Top three – Otto Sitterly (right), Davey Hamilton (center) and Brian Sobus (left) finished in first, second, and third place, respectively. It was Sitterly’s 21st career win and fourth opening night win. –Valley News photo by John Ferlito

Veteran drivers claim wins at Oswego Speedway

Top three – Otto Sitterly (right), Davey Hamilton (center) and Brian Sobus (left) finished in first, second, and third place, respectively. It was Sitterly’s 21st career win and fourth opening night win. –Valley News photo by John Ferlito

by Dan Johnson

Veteran drivers Otto Sitterly and Jay Andrews took checkered flags on opening night at Oswego Speedway Saturday.

Sitterly snuck the lead away from David Gruel with four laps to go in the 50-lap supermodified race and drove away for the win while Andrews led from lap 2 and went on for career win number two in the SBS division.

Brian Sobus and David Gruel led the 25 supermodifieds to the green flag with Gruel getting the bite on the outside taking the lead. The outside line got the better start.

While Gruel led, outside row 2 starter Davey Hamilton followed him through and ran in Gruel’s tire tracks early on.

Joe Gosek and Randy Ritskes went to the high side to get through early race traffic while Jeffrey Abold and Michael Barnes went low to move forward. A pair of early cautions slowed the race early on with pit stops abundant during the slowdown. The most significant pit stop saw defending champ Joe Gosek pull the 00 pitside as the steering went away on the 00.

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Hannibal’s Alexander Taylor hits two home runs in win

by Rob Tetro

Alexander Taylor played a key role in the Hannibal varsity softball team’s May 3 win against Red Creek.

Taylor hit two home runs as the Lady Warriors cruised to a 7-0 win.

Hannibal quickly set the tone. During the top of the first inning, the Lady Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

Hannibal added four more runs during the top of the third and fourth innings which brought its lead to 6-0.

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Dr. Mary Walker statue dedication to be held

The dedication of the Dr. Mary E. Walker statue will be Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. in front of the Oswego Town Hall at 2320 Co. Rte. 7. The event is free and open to the public.

“This occasion is going to be a memorable one in town history,” said Oswego Town Clerk Theresa Cooper. “The dedication of this statue in memory of Dr. Mary Walker has been envisioned for many years now and the day has finally come. We encourage anyone interested in the life and times of Dr. Walker to attend this special event”

Dr. Walker was a pioneer female physician who earned her medical degree from Syracuse Medical College in 1855. She was a leader in the 19th century dress reform movement and a staunch advocate of civil rights and equality for all.

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Around The Asphalt: May 5, 2012

by Dan Johnson

As we head into our 22nd year of going “Around the Asphalt,” there’s nothing like opening night.

There is anticipation of a new season. All the teams have been in the garage all winter working, getting ready to hit the track tonight. Everyone starts at square one; everyone starts the night even in the points.

Driver and teams have dreams that this will be their year. Tonight, we start the four-month journey towards the 2012 track championship. Opening night is sensory overload.

Sight. All the cars are aerodynamically sound, freshly painted, and have that jaw-dropping look about them. Is there anything as cool looking as a spit-shined supermodified?

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Valley Viewpoints: The Golden Rule

by Bob and Sandy Weston of Fulton

This message is for all the drivers that are using the Broadway Bridge in the city of Fulton. The bridge is going through reconstruction, which means that you will be experiencing delays but you need to use common sense and courtesy in applying the following:

(1) You are not the only person on the road.

(2) Please observe the traffic signs that have been put up to maintain the flow of traffic.

(3) At the very busy East Broadway/481 intersections, blocking the intersection with your car serves no purpose other than preventing the other lane of traffic from moving.

(4) Look ahead and observe traffic from both directions.

(5) Be courteous. If a driver needs to blend into the traffic from the corner businesses let that happen.

(6) Don’t block the entrance way to any business.

(7) Think of alternate routes, like the Oneida Street Bridge.

(8) Keep your cool, don’t lose your patience. Everybody is trying to get somewhere.

To read the rest of the Viewpoint, pick up a copy of The Valley News

William Harris, Army veteran

William E. Harris, 91, of Fulton, died Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

Mr. Harris had retired from IBM in Ottawa previously working in Washington, D.C. and Poughkeepsie.

He was an Army veteran, serving with the 3193rd Signal Service Company.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ray and Irene Harris.

Surviving are close friends and neighbors, Jim, Cathy, Erin (Vosbury), Jennifer and Brian Trowbridge, Jim and Marlene McNamara, Mark and Debbie Gibson, Roger Barber, Jim Guilfoyle and Ruth Barry.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton. There were no calling hours. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Minoa.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has charge of arrangements.

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