Fulton girls lacrosse tops Chittenango 14-5

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls lacrosse team was impressive against Chittenango during the first half of last Thursday’s game.

The league-leading Lady Raiders scored 10 of its 14 total goals during the first half en route to a 14-5 win.

Fulton quickly set the tone for its solid performance. The Lady Raiders had a 10-3 lead over Chittenango at halftime. Despite trailing by a considerable margin, Chittenango played until the final whistle was blown.

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Steeple chase – Fulton’s Hannah Geitner competes in the 2000mm steeple chase during the Fulton Athletic Booster Club Invitational held Friday. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

Annual Fulton Athletic Booster Club Invitational held

Steeple chase – Fulton’s Hannah Geitner competes in the 2000m steeple chase during the Fulton Athletic Booster Club Invitational held Friday. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

The Fulton track and field team held its annual  Fulton Athletic Booster Club Invitational last week

The invitational was held at the Fulton Athletic Complex and featured several teams.

Erika Johnson

Bodley Bulletins: May 16, 2012

Erika Johnson

by Erika Johnson

Prom was a success! The beautiful Landmark Theater was the place to be last Saturday night. Upon entering the venue students had the opportunity to go right upstairs to the dance floor or head downstairs for their professional pictures to be taken.

The night was filled with fun and dancing and the chocolate fountain was a big hit! Along with the goodies to dip in chocolate, there was a huge cracker and cheese spread as well.

About half way through the fun, the prom court was announced.

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County historian defends position

by Carol Thompson

A request for information in regard to the duties performed by the Oswego County historian yielded few documents and raised the question as to whether the county legislature must follow state law.

Under the Freedom of Information Law, a request was made for all of the correspondence between County Historian Justin White and other town historians, including hard copies and e-mail as well as annual reports of activity that are required to be filed with both the county legislature and the state.

The county responded to the request by stating that there are no reports available and that no correspondence is maintained.

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School budget vote to be held this Tuesday

by Nicole Reitz

Residents of the Fulton school district will have the opportunity to vote Tuesday on the school district’s budget proposal.

The Fulton Board of Education approved a $62.39 million tentative budget April 10. The budget is $2.15 million increase from the current year budget.

The budget is supported by an increase of $1.2 million in state aid and a 1.9-percent increase in the local tax levy, which is below the two-percent tax cap. The board will also use $2 million from its reserve fund.

Over the past three years, the district has faced significant reductions to programs and supports, including the elimination of over 50 staff positions.

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Rural post offices saved from closure

by Carol Thompson

The United States Postal Services has reversed its decision to close many rural postal hubs throughout the country, however, many will see a reduction in hours.

For Oswego County residents, it means more than a dozen post offices will no longer be open eight hours per day.

The post offices slated for reduced hours under the new proposal include Pennellville, Hastings, West Monroe, Altmar, Orwell, Redfield, Richland, Williamstown, Cleveland, Lacona, Lycoming, New Haven and Martville.

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In And Around Hannibal: May 12, 2012

by Rita Hooper

I’m hooked on NPR — National Public Radio. Last week, I was listening to the Diane Rehm Show when she had Eric Rutkow on, talking about his latest book, “American Canopy — Trees, Forests and the Making of a Nation.”

I intend to get a copy for my son for Christmas. The book chronicles the history of American through trees. He spoke about when the settlers first came to America, there was about a billion acres of ancient forests. This has been drastically reduced over the years, first with home building by the settlers.

Wood was a cheap resource and a good building material. Westward expansion, industrialization, continually increasing population and the building of the suburbs have continued to decrease our woodland acreage.

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Leon Archer

The Sportsman’s World: May 12, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

Cortland County produced a real eye opener for me during New York State Outdoors Writers Association’s Spring Safari. I had never fished the area before and I was anxious to find out what the areas streams and ponds had to offer.

I fished two streams for trout and both of them were well worth my efforts. The first stream I fished was a small brook,  which emptied into another stream that was a feeder for the east branch of the Tioughnioga River.

The stream was running high with rain water, but was still easy to navigate with only knee boots. It turned out to have a good population of native brook trout.

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