Valley Viewpoints: Your debt

by Steve Balcom of Pulaski

You are an average American family, but, over a few years you have acquired a large debt. So, you hire a financial consultant to help you get out of debt.

After three years, your debt has increased by 50 percent and is still rising. Do you continue to hire the consultant? Absolutely not. My message here is plain and simple.

Why on earth, would you still want Obama on the payroll?

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In And Around Hannibal: March 31, 2012

by Rita Hooper

This going to be a slightly more disjointed column than usual — it just happens that way sometimes.  It has been good to receive so many positive comments on my travel tales. It’s really great to get feedback. I think these have been the most commented on columns since I wrote a column on the “famous spud” — otherwise know as the mighty potato — written when my children were still in school and I was a natural redhead!

Last week I had the privilege of being invited to Ole Fashion Days at Fairley School to play some ole fashion games with the students.

I think I aged 20 years with the invitation, but I surprised myself by climbing to the second floor and settling into the one-room schoolhouse that they had set up.

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Pictured are Coach Rich Kuc, Dalton Scruton, Kyle Dixon, Joey Cerrillo, Noah Kuc, James Somers, Ryan Nosko, Austin Calkins and Andy Matteson.

Hannibal basketball travel team wins tournament

Pictured are Coach Rich Kuc, Dalton Scruton, Kyle Dixon, Joey Cerrillo, Noah Kuc, James Somers, Ryan Nosko, Austin Calkins and Andy Matteson.

The third and fourth grade Hannibal basketball team won first place in the 2012 Fran Matteson Memorial Hannibal Basketball Travel Tournament.

Hannibal defeated Fulton in a double-overtime game March 25 at the DMK Middle School.

The team includes Coach Rich Kuc, Dalton Scruton, Kyle Dixon, Joey Cerrillo, Noah Kuc, James Somers, Ryan Nosko, Austin Calkins and Andy Matteson.

Phoenix boys track team looks to build upon 2011

by Rob Tetro

Last season, the Phoenix boys varsity track and field team finished with a 5-3 record in league participation.

This season, Coach Keith Walberger said his team’s goal is to improve on its third-place finish in the Freedom League.

In terms of experience and maturity, Phoenix expects to have a balanced mix of participants in 2012.

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Big catch – The Sportsman’s World columnist Leon Archer displays the Spanish mackerel he caught dureing a recent fishing expedition in Florida. The mackerel weighed about 4 pounds.

The Sportsman’s World: March 30, 2012

by Leon Archer

Big catch – The Sportsman’s World columnist Leon Archer displays the Spanish mackerel he caught dureing a recent fishing expedition in Florida. The mackerel weighed about 4 pounds.

I missed getting a column in last week because I just got too busy, and by the time I realized it, my deadline had come and gone.

That’s not a good thing! We have our four “boys” down here, plus four grandchildren, and we have been going, going, going.

Monday, we got in a bit of fishing, but mainly we gathered a big bucket of oysters. Tuesday the guys and I were out fishing all day. We caught lots of lady fish, and a good number of silver trout. We added a few gaff-topsail catfish, and yours truly caught a nice Spanish mackerel about 4 pounds.

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Hannibal girls track team receives boost in athleticism

by Rob Tetro

Hannibal girls varsity track And field coach Sue Friedrich suggests that her team’s goals for the season can be found in three areas of the sport: individual effort, focus, and attitude.

“The girls have the goal of doing their personal best, being focused and staying positive.” Friedrich said.

With only five athletes returning from last year’s team, the Lady Warriors lack experience.

Returning to the team are Kristen D’Angelo, Micheala Sheldon, Sierra Ingersoll, Reagan Rusaw, and Gabby Griffin.

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Oswego County legislators debate FOIL requests

by Carol Thompson

Members of the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee held a lengthy debate Monday on the Freedom of Information Law and whether sitting legislators should be required to make a written request for records and information.

The committee had before them a 1998 opinion from New York State Committee on Open Government Director Robert Freeman, which referred to a former legislator seeking records.

Legislator Shawn Doyle asked if it was the most recent opinion.  County Administrator Phil Church said that the county attorney had obtained the opinion. He suggested Freeman be contacted to determine if there is a more recent opinions.
Court cases have changed the outcome of some of the older opinions.

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Granby winner – Granby Elementary School student Lindsey Benthin and her mother, Jessica Shaffer, were recognized for their participation in the Fulton City School District’s “It’s COOL 2B in School” attendance campaign.

Fulton students recognized as part of ‘It’s COOL 2B in School’ Campaign

Granby winner – Granby Elementary School student Lindsey Benthin and her mother, Jessica Shaffer, were recognized for their participation in the Fulton City School District’s “It’s COOL 2B in School” attendance campaign.

According to Fulton City School District officials, good attendance is critical to school success.

The district launched the “It’s COOL 2B in School” attendance campaign during the 2011-2012 school year to raise awareness about the importance of good attendance habits.

The district recognizes that being in school, arriving on time and ready to learn are habits that are essential to being respectful, responsible and safe members of the community.

As part of this awareness campaign, more than 2,000 Fulton students and their families signed a pledge committing to good attendance habits. Good attendance will not only help students succeed in school, but will lay the foundation for habits that will support their success in college or a career, officials said.

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