Phoenix softball ends season at 5-14

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity softball team won one of its last three games to end the season at 5-14.

On May 13, Phoenix held off Bishop Ludden 9-8. Marcellus cruised past the Lady Firebirds 16-3 on May 14. Westhill knocked off Phoenix 11-0 in its season finale on May 15.

Phoenix and Bishop Ludden fought through four scoreless innings before Ludden scored three runs in the fifth. Then the Lady Firebirds stormed ahead during the sixth, outscoring Bishop Ludden by six runs to take a 9-6 lead.

Ludden made things interesting down the stretch, scoring two runs in the seventh pull to within one run. But Phoenix held on for the 9-8 win.

The Lady Firebirds were led by Isabello Garofalo with three hits, followed by Gabrielle Esposito with two hits and two RBIs, Shannon Dolan with a hit and three RBIs including a homerun, Skyler Mace, Megan Brown and Jada Jackowski with a hit each and Taylor Chesbro and Kimberly Holbrook each added an RBI.

On the mound, Phoenix was led by Alicia Midlar with nine strikeouts while allowing eight runs off five hits in seven innings pitched.

Against Marcellus, the Mustangs got things going after two scoreless innings, building a 6-0 lead in the third. However, Marcellus was only just beginning. They outscored the Lady Firebirds 6-1 in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 12-1 lead.

Marcellus put the finishing touches on an impressive performance during the sixth and seventh innings, outscoring Phoenix by two runs to cap off a 16-3 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Firebirds were Gabrielle Esposito, Jada Jackowski and Alicia Midlar, each with a hit. Megan Brown pitched a complete game for Phoenix with five strikeouts while allowing 16 runs off 12 hits in seven innings of work. However, 10 out of the 16 runs that Brown allowed were unearned.

Westhill had a 4-0 lead over Phoenix after two innings and didn’t stop there. The Warriors added five more runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 9-0 lead. Following a scoreless fifth inning, Westhill capped off their impressive outing, scoring two more runs during the sixth inning en route to an 11-0 win over Phoenix.

The Lady Firebirds were led by Shannon Dolan, Kimberly Holbrook and Kaitlyn Stenoski, each with a hit. On the mound, Phoenix was led by Megan Brown with two strikeouts while allowing 11 runs off eight hits in six innings pitched.

Oswego County asks folks to take “Path through History”

The Starr Clark Tin Shop on Route 104 in Mexico is one of the stops on the Paths of History Weekends tours in Oswego County.
The Starr Clark Tin Shop on Route 104 in Mexico is one of the stops on the Paths of History Weekends tours in Oswego County.

Submitted by Oswego County Tourism

Several area museums and historic sites have planned special events to spotlight Oswego County’s rich heritage during New York State “Path through History Weekends” June 7 and 8, and June 14 and 15.

“The Path through History program focuses on New York state’s historic sites and museums, and the many significant events and people from New York State who helped shape the history of our nation,” said Janet Clerkin, Oswego County Tourism Coordinator.

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New schedule for county transfer stations begins July 1

Oswego County solid waste transfer stations will close one day per week beginning Tuesday, July 1, in a measure to reduce operating costs of the solid waste system.

The new schedule was approved by the County Legislature at its May 15 meeting.

Under the new schedule, the Hannibal transfer station will be closed Mondays; Pulaski closed Tuesdays; Hastings closed Wednesdays; Oswego closed Thursdays; and Bristol Hill closed Fridays.

The new schedule will result in a cost-savings of about $189,845 annually through the elimination of vacant positions, re-assignment of solid waste staff and reduced operating costs.

Director of Solid Waste Programs Frank Visser was directed by the Legislature to look at options to close the gap on the amount of money needed to subsidize the county transfer stations.

The new schedule was developed after an extensive review of traffic, waste and recyclables hauled to the five transfer stations.

The Legislature also approved a revised fee schedule for 2015. Weigh and pay fees at the transfer stations will go up to $125 per ton; tip fees at the landfill and Energy Resource Facility increase to $65 per ton; and construction and demolition rates for major haulers will increase to $50 per ton at the landfill and ERF. The increase for the residential sticker fee remains at $10 and will be $175 for 2015.

Oswego County transfer stations and recycling drop-off centers are located at Bristol Hill, 3125 NYS Route 3, Volney; 1167 County Route 7, Hannibal; 1391 U.S. Route 11, Hastings; 700 E. Seneca St., Oswego; and 100 County Route 2A, Pulaski.

The transfer stations and recycling drop-off centers are open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Sticker and punch card sales and weigh scales close ½-hour before the transfer stations close.

For more information, call the Department of Solid Waste at 591-9200, or visit http://www.oswegocounty.com/dsw/index.html.

Novelis unveils five-year employees recognition plan

By Ashley M. Casey

The Novelis plant in Scriba has unveiled a new five-year plan for its employees and future job growth, the company announced May 22.

The plan promises to increase benefits to Novelis workers and create 250 jobs by 2019, but the United Steelworkers are questioning Novelis’ timing. The National Labor Relations Board recently charged the plant with unfair labor practices after the plant’s workers voted not to join USW in February. Continue reading

ARISE receives donation from Hope

Pictured are members of the G. Ray Bodley High Hope Club. From left,  in back are adviser Catherine Cronk, Kaitlyn Kinney, Guadalupe Leyva-Bran, Jeremy Herlowski, Chrissy Blake and standing in front are Katie Salmonsen and Lena Kimball. Kneeling are Liliana Rivera, Cecilia Leyva-Bran and Cayla Weaver.
Pictured are members of the G. Ray Bodley High Hope Club. From left, in back are adviser Catherine Cronk, Kaitlyn Kinney, Guadalupe Leyva-Bran, Jeremy Herlowski, Chrissy Blake and standing in front are Katie Salmonsen and Lena Kimball. Kneeling are Liliana Rivera, Cecilia Leyva-Bran and Cayla Weaver.

The Hope Club at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton recently presented a donation to Sabine Ingerson, director of the Oswego offices of ARISE.

Following a presentation about ARISE, the students chose to designate their gift to ARISE’s youth programs in Oswego County.   Continue reading

Historical Fulton, NY

Recreation Park was the place to be in the late 1800s and early 1900s in Fulton. In fact, some called it the “Coney Island of Upstate New York.” In addition to the huge beach, amusement park, boardwalk, carousel, entertainment and concerts, there was this contraption -- a water slide into Lake Neatahwanta. Looks like the ladies, in their long dresses mind you, are trying to keep out of the sun with the umbrellas as other take the daring ride down the slide. The photo is from the late 1800s.  Photo courtesy fultonhistory.com
Recreation Park was the place to be in the late 1800s and early 1900s in Fulton. In fact, some called it the “Coney Island of Upstate New York.” In addition to the huge beach, amusement park, boardwalk, carousel, entertainment and concerts, there was this contraption — a water slide into Lake Neatahwanta. Looks like the ladies, in their long dresses mind you, are trying to keep out of the sun with the umbrellas as other take the daring ride down the slide. The photo is from the late 1800s.
Photo courtesy fultonhistory.com

Oswego County asks folks to take a “Path Through History”

The Starr Clark Tin Shop on Route 104 in Mexico is one of the stops on the Paths of History Weekends tours in Oswego County.
The Starr Clark Tin Shop on Route 104 in Mexico is one of the stops on the Paths of History Weekends tours in Oswego County.

Submitted by Oswego County Tourism

Several area museums and historic sites have planned special events to spotlight Oswego County’s rich heritage during New York State “Path through History Weekends” June 7 and 8, and June 14 and 15.

“The Path through History program focuses on New York state’s historic sites and museums, and the many significant events and people from New York State who helped shape the history of our nation,” said Janet Clerkin, Oswego County Tourism Coordinator.  Continue reading

Fulton boys’ lacrosse qualifies for sectionals

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys’ varsity lacrosse team qualified for the sectionals, but lost in the first round to Carthage May 20 by a score of 10-5.

The boys finished hard, winning two out their last three games to finish the regular season with an overall record of 7-9. 

On May 8, Fulton cruised past Chittenango 19-4, then they topped county foe Central Square 10-5 May 10. 

Homer beat the Red Raiders 9-5 May 13 in the regular season finale. 

In the Chittenango game, Fulton jumped out to a 4-0 lead and then took over in the second quarter, outscoring Chittenango by six to take an 11-1 lead into halftime. 

Fulton kept it going during the third quarter, outscoring Chittenango by two points to push its lead to 12. Fulton capped off an impressive effort during the fourth quarter, outscoring Chittenango 4-1 down the stretch en route to a 19-4 win.

The Red Raiders were led by Matt Nelson with five goals, followed by Brett Campolieta with three goals and two assists, Carson Vono, Shawn Walberger and Bryce Knight each had two goals and an assist, Seth DeLisle added a goal and an assist, Adam Caza, Mark Pollock, Robbie Pollock, Derek Prosser, Paul Reynoso and Kyle Ware chipped in a goal each and RJ Borrow and Mitch Townsley combined for three assists. 

Fulton Goalies Brandon Batstone and Scott Hughes saved 11 of 15 shots.

Against Central Square, Fulton led 5-1 in the first quarter and then added to their lead, outscoring the Redhawks 3-1 in the second quarter. 

After both teams scored two goals during the third quarter, Fulton maintained a six-goal lead at 10-4. 

Central Square scored to cut the lead down to five goals during the fourth quarter, but that was as close as they could get as Fulton won 10-5.

Leading the way for Central Square was Zachary Dempsey with two goals and an assist, followed by Kyle Bird and Riley O’Brien with a goal and an assist each. Anthony Mandell chipped in a goal. Central Square Goalie Zack Reed saved 15 of 25 shots.

The Red Raiders were led by Carson Vono with two goals and two assists, followed by Bryce Knight with two goals and an assist, Matt Nelson with two goals,  Brett Campolieta with a goal and an assist, Mark Pollock, Mitch Townsley and Shawn Walberger each with a goal and Noah Sorbello with an assist. 

Fulton Goalie Scott Hughes saved nine of 14 shots.

In their regular season finale, Fulton saw Homer build  a slim 2-1 lead early. But Fulton came back and the game was tied at 4 at halftime.

But Homer took over the second half, scoring two unanswered goals in the third quarter to take a 6-4 lead. Homer cushioned its lead down the stretch, outscoring the Red Raiders 3-1 during the fourth quarter to cap off a 9-5 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Seth DeLisle with three goals, followed by Matt Nelson and Mark Pollock with a goal each. Bryce Knight chipped in two assists.  Red Raider Goalie Scott Hughes saved 10 of 19 shots.

In the opening round of the sectionals, both Fulton and Carthage played a competitive first quarter, with Carthage leading by 1. 

Carthage quickly cushioned its lead, scoring two unanswered goals during the second quarter to take a 6-3 lead into the half. After both teams scored a goal during the third quarter, Carthage maintained a three-goal lead at 7-4. 

Carthage outscored the Red Raiders 3-1 during the fourth quarter to come away with a 10-5 win.

Fulton was led by Brett Campolieta with two goals, followed by Bryce Knight, Matt Nelson and Shawn Walberger with a goal each. Seth DeLisle and Carson Vono each chipped in an assist. 

Red Raider Goalie Scott Hughes saved 12 of 22 shots.

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