Fulton boys tennis team defeats Mexico 6-1

In position – Fulton’s second singles player Eric Naioti catches up with the ball during his match against Mexico’s Colby Winter. Naioti won 6-1, 6-1. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

The Fulton boys tennis team defeated Mexico 6-1 recently.

In fist singles, Mitchell Lalik of Fulton defeated Ian Roach of Mexico 6-0, 6-0.

In second singles, Eric Naioti of Fulton defeated Colby Minter of Mexico 6-1, 6-1.

In third singles, Mitch Pettit of Mexico defeated Nathan Deavers of Fulton 7-6, 5-7, 6-2.

In fourth singles, Dan Wahl of Fulton defeated Ryan Lee of Mexico 7-5, 6-3.

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Phoenix softball team holds weekend tournament

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity softball team hosted a softball tournament last weekend. The tournament featured Auburn, Syracuse East, and Mexico.

Phoenix finished with a record of 1-1 in the tournament. The Lady Firebirds came up short against Auburn 3-2, but they were able to come away with a 6-3 win against Mexico.

Auburn’s Ali Van Giesen pitched a solid game against Phoenix. Van Giesen struck out six batters while giving up only two runs on three hits.

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Decker, Pitcher begin Fulton Speedway season with wins

Billy Decker and Jeremy Pitcher served notice that they have no plans of giving up their 2011 track championships in the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds and SUNY Canton Sportsman. They both grabbed opening night wins Saturday.

Each took a different road to get their victories, however. Decker dominated the Big Block Modifieds while Pitcher used a last-lap, last-corner pass for his win.

Other winners on Ferris Mowers opening night were Larry Wight, NAPA Late Models; Corey Barker, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; and Eric M Zirbel, Parts Plus Four Cylinder Stocks.

Jim Witko out ran Tim Sears Jr. and the rest of the field to lead the opening lap of the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

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Valley News reporter receives awards for investigative reporting

Valley News reporter Carol Thompson received two awards for investigative reporting from the Syracuse Press Club Saturday evening.

Thompson took the first place award for her story “County Clerk vendor under investigation in Essex County.” The story examined the controversy surrounding a contract Essex County holds with the same vendor that has been shrouded in controversy in Oswego County.

Questions regarding the contract surfaced following a Freedom of Information request Thompson made to Essex County. The county responded with 483 e-mail messages that indicated a close personal relationship between an employee of the Essex County Clerk’s office and a representative of the vendor.

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Robert Callen, World War II veteran

Robert Callen, 88, of Fulton, died Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Oswego to the late James and Jennie (Seymour) Callen. Mr. Callen was a resident of Fulton for most of his life.  He was a United States veteran having served in the Marine Corp. during World War II. He was stationed in the Pacific Theater.

Mr. Callen retired from Sealright Co., Fulton and he was a past president and vice president of the AFLCIO Union #54. He was a member of the Fulton VFW Post #569, the U.S. Marine Corp. League, Knights of Columbus St. Joseph’s Council #254 and the Ancient Order of the Hibernians.

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Planning meeting to be held for Fulton Community Garden

The Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County will hold an informational meeting regarding the Fulton Community Garden project. Scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, the meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the community room of the senior building at Pathfinder Courts/Gilberts Grove housing complex.

According to committee member and Rural Health Network Coordinator Danielle Wert, the meeting is open to all Fulton community members and will outline the plan for the community garden that will be located at John Lincoln Park.

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Florence Walsh, former Fulton resident

Florence E. (Kinsella) Walsh, formerly of Fulton, died April 26, 2012 in Seminole, Fla.

She was born April 20, 1916 in Niagara, Wisc. Upon marriage to Edward F. Walsh in 1939, she moved to his hometown of Fulton, where the couple made their home, had many friends and were active in the community.

Her husband worked at Nestle Co. in Fulton for 31 years, until he died in 1983. She was also predeceased by daughter, Joan Muscalino; three siblings, Bucky, Bobby and Doris; and great-grandson, Tyler Muscalino.

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