Gerald A. Story, materials manager

Gerald A. Story, 77, of Fulton, passed away Wednesday at Michaud Residential Health Services.  

Mr. Story was born in Fulton to the late Samuel and Vivian (Hall) Story.  

He lived in California for 40 years before moving back to Fulton in 2008.  

Mr. Story was a graduate of Fulton High School, and Fresno State University, CA with a B.A. in ancient history. He was past employed as a materials manager with Westinghouse, Sunnyvale, CA and Bell Aerospace, CA.  

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Diane Story of Fulton; five children, Terri Neeley of UT, Jamey Story of CA, Shelly Story of Cortland, NY, Casey Story of CA, and Robin Story of Fulton; seven grandchildren, Joey, Melissa, Connor, Brian, Gabrielle, Austin, and Hunter; two great grandchildren, Ariel and Rylee; and his faithful companion, Little Bear.  

Funeral services and burial will be held privately. The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton has care of the arrangements.  

David W. Tyrrell, auto mechanic, loved the outdoors

David W. Tyrrell, 57, of Fulton, passed away Wednesday May 28 at University Hospital, Syracuse after a short illness.  

Mr. Tyrrell was born in NJ to the late Daniel and Alice (Doran) Tyrrell, Sr.  

He was an auto mechanic at Country Auto Services, Pennellville, NY.  

He had a great love of the outdoors and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He also played many sports over his lifetime including many softball and pool leagues.  

He is pre-deceased by his brother Danny Tyrrell in 2010.  

Mr. Tyrrell was very much loved and will be greatly missed by  his wife of 30 years, Patti Tyrrell of Fulton; two children, David (Amber) Tyrrell Jr., of Fulton, Jovi (Carl) Tyrrell of Fulton; siblings,  Mary Tyrrell and Mike Tyrrell both of Fulton; grandchild, Stella; and several nieces, nephews,  in-laws and lifelong friends.  

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday (today) in Holy Trinity Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.  

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours were Friday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton. 

Jerry’s Journal: Memorial Day and Patriotism

By Jerry Hogan Kasperek

I’m writing this during Memorial Day weekend — the beginning of the summer season, as they say, a time for parades, picnics, planting and opening pools.

I remember when it was called Decoration Day, when it was just one day, May 30, and that summer didn’t start until school got out in June.

I grew up in the WWII era and patriotism is ingrained in me and my memory. There’s been other terrible wars since WWII and I would never diminish the sacrifices that were made during those conflicts, but there has never been anything like WWII.  Continue reading

Jill M. Reid, world class quilter

Reid
Reid

Jill M. Reid, 66, passed away on Friday May 9, 2014 after a brief but valiant battle with breast cancer. 

Born in Fulton, NY, she and her husband lived in Alaska for a number of years before settling at “Longwood,” the Reid family home, in South Plainfield more than 30 years ago.

Jill spent many years as a stay-at-home mom. She returned to the workforce as a substitute secretary for the South Plainfield Board of Education and eventually became a full time secretary for Special Services.  Continue reading

Seton Hall University doctoral student wants to study Fulton schools

By Ashley M. Casey

At the May 27 meeting of the Board of Education, Fulton City School District Superintendent Bill Lynch informed the board that Dola Deloff, a doctoral candidate from Seton Hall University, wants to do a study of the Fulton school district.

Deloff, former assistant principal of Mexico Middle School, is pursuing an Executive Ed.D degree in Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy.

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“The Hammer” tells students to work hard toward their goals

Matt "The Hammer" Hamill during his presentation in Fulton.
Matt “The Hammer” Hamill during his presentation in Fulton.
Hamill is pictured with three fans. From left to right are Shania Purchas, a wrestler for Mexico High School; Heidi Brown, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Sandy Creek High School; and Charlene Purchas, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Mexico High School who will attend Hamill`s alma mater Rochester Institute of Technology this fall.
Hamill is pictured with three fans. From left to right are Shania Purchas, a wrestler for Mexico High School; Heidi Brown, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Sandy Creek High School; and Charlene Purchas, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Mexico High School who will attend Hamill`s alma mater Rochester Institute of Technology this fall.

By Daniel Farfaglia

Just as everyone was ready to kick off the long Memorial Day Weekend May 23, students at Fulton Junior High were welcoming a celebrity into their gymnasium.

The special guest was Matt “The Hammer” Hamill, who gave a special presentation. He is a deaf athlete who won three NCAA wrestling titles for the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers during the 1990s. 

Since then, he has become a Mixed Martial Artist who now competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championships. When he is not in the ring, he is giving motivational speeches to schools all over North America.  Continue reading

Fulton softball falls to New Hartford in sectionals

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team made it to the sectionals only to go out in the first round with a 3-0 loss to New Hartford May 24.

The team finished its regular season strong, winning three of four games to finish the regular season with an overall record of 12-6. 

On May 15, Fulton rolled past Christian Brothers Academy 22-3. The Lady Raiders knocked off Homer 14-2 on May 17. Fulton held off Cortland 3-2 in Game 1 of a May 20 Doubleheader. Cortland topped the Lady Raiders 7-5 in Game 2. 

Against CBA, Fulton had a 3-0 lead at the end of two. Then they put the game out of reach, outscoring the Brothers by 15 runs to push their lead to 19-1. 

Both teams scored two runs in the fourth and fifth innings as Fulton maintained an 18-run lead. The Lady Raiders added another run during the sixth inning to cap off a 22-3 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Keisha Pierce with four runs and five RBIs including a homerun.

She was followed by Cheyenne Laun with three hits and three RBIs, Jessica Marvin with three hits and two RBIs, Katelyn Ely with two hits and four RBIs, Mikayla Guernsey with two hits and two RBIs and Maureen McCann and Brynn Waloven with a hit and two RBIs each. 

On the mound, the Lady Raiders were led by Cheyenne Laun with three strikeouts while allowing three runs off two hits in six innings of work.

In the Homer game, the Lady Raiders were leading 5-1 at the end of the second. But then Homer scored during the third inning to bring the deficit down to three runs at 5-2. 

Fulton erupted in the fourth inning, scoring eight unanswered runs to take a 13-2 lead. The Lady Raiders scored another run down the stretch en route to a 14-2 win.

Fulton was led by Brynn Waloven with  two hits and three RBIs, followed by Maureen McCann with two hits and two RBIs, Caitlyn Chrisman and Cheyenne Laun each with two hits and an RBI, Keisha Pierce with two hits, Kassidy Kearns and Casey Jones with a hit and an RBI and  Katelyn Ely, Anna Guernsey and Jessica Marvin combined for a hit and two RBI. 

Cheyenne Laun pitched a complete game for the Lady Raiders, throwing eight strikeouts while allowing two runs off three hits.

In Game 1 of the May 20 doubleheader, Fulton and Cortland were scoreless after two. Then Cortland took a 2-0 lead in the third.

Fulton then stormed ahead, scoring three unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings to escape with a 3-2 win over Cortland.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Brynn Waloven with two hits and an RBI, followed by Mikayla Guernsey with a  hit and an RBI and Katelyn Ely and Maureen McCain with a hit each. 

Cheyenne Laun led Fulton on the mound with eight strikeouts while allowing two runs off four hits in five innings pitched.

In Game 2, Cortland took a 1-0 lead in the second. But then Fulton answered back, outscoring Cortland 3-2 in the third inning to tie the game at 3. 

Cortland then outscored the Lady Raiders by a run in the fourth inning to take a 6-5 lead. Cortland added another run down the stretch to come away with a 7-5 win over Fulton.

The Lady Raiders were led by Keisha Pierce with two hits and an RBI, followed by Anna Guernsey, Mikayla Guernsey and Casey Jones with a hit each. 

Fulton got another complete game effort on the mound from Cheyenne Laun, who threw two strikeouts while allowing seven runs off 12 hits.

In the sectional game against New Hartford, the teams played three scoreless innings before New Hartford took a 1-0 lead in the fourth.

New Hartford added two more runs in the fifth inning to clinch a 3-0 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Katelyn Ely with two hits, followed by Cheyenne Laun with a hit. 

On the mound, the Lady Raiders were led by Cheyenne Laun, who threw seven strikeouts while allowing three runs off four hits in six innings of work. 

In relief of Laun, Mikayla Guernsey allowed four hits in an inning pitched.

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