In And Around Hannibal: April 21, 2012

Rita Hooper

As many of my readers know, I am a transplant from Long Island. I have lived here far more years than on Long Island, however.

When I was a young child, LaGuardia Airport was a mere 30 minutes from my home. Planes were still new and a marvel to children.

One day, my dad came home from school (he taught Industrial Arts in New York City) and asked my mother to get us dressed — we were going to the airport. We weren’t flying anywhere or picking anyone up, we were just going to the airport.

I can remember my mother getting my sister ready. We wore our brown matching sailing dresses and matching hats! This was indeed a special occasion.

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Valley Viewpoints: Good budget for farmers

by Dean Norton, president of the New York Farm Bureau

This year’s final state budget had a lot of good news for local farmers.

It marked the second year in a row that a fiscally responsible budget was approved on-time and without any increases in taxes or fees.

While that alone would be a major accomplishment, this budget also marked the first time since 2008 that support for agricultural programs increased.

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Frances Cronk, worked at Birdseye

Frances L. Richards Cronk, 82, of Fulton, died Monday, April 16, 2012.

Mrs. Cronk was a life resident of the Fulton area. She had worked at Birdseye in Fulton, General Electric, Co. in Liverpool and was last employed as a home health aide.

She was an avid bingo player and she loved to crotchet.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold E. Cronk, who died March 30, 1992.

She is survived by her four daughters, Alice Moore of Winter Haven, Fla., Celina (James, Jr.) Fredenburg of Fulton, Cheryl (Terry, Sr.) Recore of Oswego, and Pauline (Matthew) Birmingham of Constantia; a sister, Lena Needles of Tennessee; four brothers, William Richards of Oswego, John Richards of Arizona, Nelson (Joyce) Richards of Fulton and Leon (Cathy) Richards of Maryland; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; and  several nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Graveside services were held Friday at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, County Route 3, Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, 34 East Bridge St., Oswego, NY 13126.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

On the mound – Fulton pitcher Mikayla Guernsey delivers a pitch during last Tuesday’s game against Phoenix at the Fulton Athletic Complex. The Lady Raiders lost to the Lady Firebirds 10-3. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

Jamesville-DeWitt cruises past Fulton softball team

On the mound – Fulton pitcher Mikayla Guernsey delivers a pitch during last Tuesday’s game against Phoenix at the Fulton Athletic Complex. The Lady Raiders lost to the Lady Firebirds 10-3. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton softball team went into the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game against Jamesville-DeWitt trailing by only three runs.

By the end of the inning, Jamesville-DeWitt had taken a competitive game and blown it wide open.

The fourth inning was part of a two-inning stretch where Jamesville-DeWitt outscored Fulton by nine runs en route to a 13-1 win.

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Fulton baseball falls to Christian Brothers Academy

by Rob Tetro

Christian Brothers Academy scored six runs against the Fulton baseball team during the second inning of the team’s game Monday afternoon.

CBA’s second inning offensive explosion essentially set the tone for its 19-8 win over Fulton.

Neither team was able to score until the second inning of play. CBA scored six runs to take a 6-0 lead. Fulton responded during the top of the third and fourth innings. The Raiders scored two runs to cut Christian Brothers Academy’s lead to 6-2.

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Fulton boys tennis team tops Cortland 5-2

The Fulton boys tennis team topped Cortland 5-2 Tuesday afternoon.

In first singles, Fulton’s Mitchell Lalik defeated Cortland’s Kyle Davis 6-3, 6-0. In second singles, Fulton’s Eric Naioti defeated Cortland’s Devin MacHenry 6-0, 6-0.

In third singles, Fulton’s Nathan Deavers defeated Brandon Schaff 6-0, 6-3. In fourth singles, Fulton’s Neil Devendorf lost to Nicholas Franceschelli 7-5, 6-3.

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Teammate and Coaches’ Awards – Pictured are winners of the Teammate and Coaches’ Awards. From left are  Assistant Coach Daisy Ruiz, Anna Guernsey, Ross Gardner, and Head Coach Dexter Hinman and Griffin Marriner.

Fulton YMCA Speed Demons hold annual awards banquet

Teammate and Coaches’ Awards – Pictured are winners of the Teammate and Coaches’ Awards. From left are Assistant Coach Daisy Ruiz, Anna Guernsey, Ross Gardner, and Head Coach Dexter Hinman and Griffin Marriner.

The Fulton YMCA Speed Demons swim team celebrated a successful season at a recent awards banquet at the Fulton Polish Home.

The 75 members of the team and their families enjoyed a summer fun-themed meal, accepted awards and honored its departing senior, Chris Pridat.

Coach Dexter Hinman praised the team for placing 22 members in the YMCA State Meet held in March in Buffalo.

The 2012 States Team included Courtney Beckwith, Ross Gardner, Lacey Reich, Janelle Tallents, Kyle Buck, Andrew Distin, Justin Grower, Sage Hourihan, Zachary Perry, David Tallents, Miwa Burdic, Michael Mankiewicz, Jenna Ruzekowicz, Sarah Tallents, Camille Stevenson, Ean Stevenson, Mark Tallents, Jayda Borrow, Abigail Hinman, Rimma Mankiewicz, Jaden Patterson, and Christina Tallents.

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Quick start leads Cortland past Fulton baseball 15-8

by Rob Tetro

The Cortland baseball team scored all 15 of its runs during the game’s first four innings in its contest against Fulton Friday.

Fulton rallied at the end, but lost 15-8.

Cortland scored early and often, which essentially put the game out of reach before the start of the third inning. By the end of the fourth inning, Cortland had a 15-0 lead over Fulton.

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