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Staff reports

‘Extreme Makeover’ comes to Ontario County

Geneva, N.Y. — The cast of the ABC hit television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” descended on Geneva this morning to surprise a family with the promise of a new home.

The cast, including popular host Ty Pennington, pulled up in a recreational vehicle in front of Tim Hill's 150-year-old home at 148 Williams Street.

The construction company Mahoney Design & Build Inc. of Canastota, Oneida County, has been chosen for the project. Construction is expected to last through next Monday, Aug. 25.

According to Mahoney's Web site, Tim Hill was an aspiring boxer whose dreams were shattered when he broke his back working on a construction site. After the injury, he went back to college, got a degree in social work and worked as a high school counselor. It was then that Tim started the Geneva Boxing Team and for more than 10 years, he has been offering free training to kids, many of whom are from impoverished homes.

Tim gives his young boxers a sense of pride and expert training through the program. In fact, he was awarded custody of one boxer, Aleem Whitfield, who came from a family of 23 children, according to Mahoney. Tim and his wife, Michelle, also have three children of their own.

Spectators are encouraged to visit the site, 148 Williams Street. Free parking, handicap-accessible parking, and a shuttle service will be available.  More details are available at www.mahoneygives.com.

Small plane crashes in Volney injuring two

VOLNEY —  Two people were seriously injured after the small plane they were riding in crashed in a field near Volney Saturday afternoon.

Fred Bullard Jr., 77, of 2348 county Route 8, Fulton, and Rowland J. Pomerleau, 81, of 67 Summerhill Drive, Central Square, were both extricated from the plane and airlifted to University Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

According to state police, who are investigating the accident, Bullard, a retired Air Force Lt. Col. who flew fighter jets during World War II, was flying his 1971 Ralleye Minerva single engine plane, with Pomerleau, the passenger, participating in an activity at the Oswego County Airport.

Initial investigation revealed that around 3:30 p.m., Saturday, the plane’s engine began to sputter, causing the plane to lose altitude. At the time, the plane was approximately 400 feet in the air and traveling south of the airport. Federal Aviation (FAA) officials say Bullard attempted to land the plane in an open field located nearly 300 yards north of county Route 9 in the town of Volney.  However, as the plane descended it struck the tops of several small trees and

nosed into the ground, spinning around then coming to rest right

side up, facing in a north westerly direction. 

HAZMAT team cleaning spill at Utica pool

UTICA —The Utica HAZMAT team is cleaning a chlorine spill at the North Utica pool.

Team members are using a lime-based neutralizing material to counteract the spill.

Members of the Utica fire and police departments were on the scene late Monday morning.

No one was in the pool when spill occurred. A woman sustained a minor burn to her foot and was treated at the scene.

Children from a St. Peter’s summer camp were there for a pool party, but were not near the spill.