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Oswego County seeks public heath director

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County is seeking a new director of public health. The current director, Dr. Dennis Norfleet has announced he will be retiring in May.

The director initiates, directs, manages, and regulates the county health department’s delivery of public health services throughout Oswego County.

The work is performed in accordance with applicable state and local laws under the general direction of the county administrator, the Health & Human Services

Committee of the Oswego County Legislature, and in cooperation with the local board of health, according to the job description.

The health department is comprised of divisions in the areas of Public Health Nursing, Children with Special Needs, Environmental Health, Public Health Education, and Emergency Preparedness.

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Two points – Hannibal’s Allie Taylor goes in for two points over South Jefferson’s Brooke Vancoughnett and Amanda Roberts during the Section III Class B championship game at the Carrier Dome Friday night. Taylor scored 15 points in the loss. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

Hannibal girls basketball team falls to South Jefferson

by Rob Tetro

Two points – Hannibal’s Allie Taylor goes in for two points over South Jefferson’s Brooke Vancoughnett and Amanda Roberts during the Section III Class B championship game at the Carrier Dome Friday night. Taylor scored 15 points in the loss. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

The Hannibal girls varsity basketball team gave heavily favored South Jefferson all it could handle and then some when the teams met March 2 at the Carrier Dome for the Section III Class B overall championship.

Heading into the game, many figured South Jefferson, which is undefeated, had the ability to dismantle the Lady Warriors. Instead, Hannibal was not intimated and rolled with the punches as the game went on.

When it seemed as if the game was getting away from the Lady Warriors, they rallied from 17 points down to cut South Jefferson’s lead to five points with a minute left in the game.

Unfortunately for Hannibal, time ran out on both their valiant comeback efforts and its dream season as South Jefferson escaped with a 63-56 win.

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Oswego County spends thousands to collect decade-old debt

by Carol Thompson

Outside counsel has been hired to assist with the collection of a debt owed to Oswego County that dates back to 1998.

According to documents provided under the Freedom of Information Law, the county has paid the Syracuse based law firm Hancock & Estabrook, LLC a total of $25,712 to collect on a $90,000 judgment owned in the timber theft case of 1997.

The invoices provided by the county are for the time period April 28, 2010 through Jan. 31 and do not include any payments made prior to those dates.

The county has been attempting to collect the money owed by former highway department employee Brian Horning.

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‘Damn Yankees’ – Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School will present the musical comedy “Damn Yankees” this weekend. A modern retelling of the Faust legend, “Damn Yankees” is based on Douglass Wallop’s novel, “The Year The Yankees Lost the Pennant” and features memorable songs. Pictured is sports reporter Gloria Thorpe, played by Alexis Pawlewicz, as she is trying to get the “scoop” on the Senators’ new recruit, Joe Hardy. Kneeling from left are Mark Parry and Alex Bawarski. Standing  from left are Logan Carvey, Markus Harter, Cody Hockey, Brad Crofoot, Stephen Heywood, Mitch Lalik, Joe Medico and Nathan Hawthorne.  “Damn Yankees” will be presented March 8-10 in the Bodley Auditorium and is under the direction of Fulton teachers Tom Briggs, Thomas Nami and Rob Lescarbeau with dances choreographed by Doreen Forbes. –Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

‘Damn Yankees’ to be staged this week at G. Ray Bodley High School

‘Damn Yankees’ – Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School will present the musical comedy “Damn Yankees” this weekend. A modern retelling of the Faust legend, “Damn Yankees” is based on Douglass Wallop’s novel, “The Year The Yankees Lost the Pennant” and features memorable songs. Pictured is sports reporter Gloria Thorpe, played by Alexis Pawlewicz, as she is trying to get the “scoop” on the Senators’ new recruit, Joe Hardy. Kneeling from left are Mark Parry and Alex Bawarski. Standing from left are Logan Carvey, Markus Harter, Cody Hockey, Brad Crofoot, Stephen Heywood, Mitch Lalik, Joe Medico and Nathan Hawthorne. “Damn Yankees” will be presented March 8-10 in the Bodley Auditorium and is under the direction of Fulton teachers Tom Briggs, Thomas Nami and Rob Lescarbeau with dances choreographed by Doreen Forbes. –Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School will present its 2012 Broadway musical, “Damn Yankees,” this week.
Performances are scheduled for Thursday, March 8; Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 in the high-school auditorium. Curtain time is set for 7:30 P.M. each evening. Additionally, there will be a 2:00 P.M. matinee Saturday as well.

“‘Damn Yankees’ is a great story with wonderful music,” explained Tom Briggs, theatre director at G. Ray Bodley High School. “It is a story of love, self-discovery and baseball. Set in the nostalgic 195’s, ‘Damn Yankees’ is thought provoking and moving.”

Briggs explained that the story centers around middle-aged real estate agent Joe Boyd who has two great loves in his life – his devoted wife Meg and his favorite baseball team, the Washington Senators.

Joe never loses faith in his Senators even though they are in last place and they are always crushed by the New York Yankees.  Furious after another loss, Joe says he would, “sell his soul” for one long ball hitter.  Coincidentally at that moment, an ominous character appears and offers Joe an opportunity of a lifetime. Joe is given a chance to become the one to lead the Senators to victory – but it comes at a huge price.

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Laughing Through Life: Feb. 29, 2012

by Andrew Henderson
I am a smart guy — well, at least my mom tells me so — but there are some things that I just don’t understand.

Recently, there have been some unbelievable news stories out there that are, well, truly unbelievable.

These are true stories that the greatest minds in Hollywood could never come up with.

George Lucas. Steven Spielberg. Martin Scorsese. Francis Ford Coppola. Quentin Tarantino. Clint Eastwood. James Cameron. M. Night Shyamalan. Woody Allen. Ron Howard. Peter Jackson.

None of them could — in all their creative and artistic talents — create a story that would top the news today, which leads me to a question: What is wrong with people?

Nowadays, some people act in certain ways that would cause Barney Fife, Kelly Bundy, Joey Tribbiani, Michael Kelso, and Kevin from The Office to all proclaim: “Wow, they are dumb.” Continue reading

Jerry’s Journal: March 3, 2012

by Jerry Kasperek
Since writing about “Annabell” in my last three columns, I have been reminded of other individuals — “characters” you might say  —who once lived in Fulton and now thrive only in our hometown folklore.
Let’s begin with Crazy King. I believe he lived way out on South First Street and was a junk dealer. I seem to remember that his big, old farm truck had a long wooden rack with no sides and that the cab was open-aired as well.
From his vantage point high up on his seat, he’d cackle like a maniac and shout, “I’m Crazy King” and say obscene things to the ladies walking along the street
“Don’t ever let him get near you,” I was told. Don’t worry! I thought. I won’t!
He was a big man in dirty overalls with an unshaven, scary and foul look and smell about him. Ugh! But I don’t recall ever hearing of him ever hurting anyone and I don’t know what became of him.
The very opposite of Crazy King was Chick Tallman. He wasn’t dirty or loud and was known as a gentle soul.
In the summer, you could spot him walking with a broom in hand on his way to Recreation Park to clean off home plate at the baseball diamond or softball field. He was dedicated to his self-appointed job and the umpires would let him do his sweeping to the approval of the players and crowd! It made everyone feel good, no less than Chick himself!

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Hodgepodge: March 3, 2012

We have been experiencing a very un-winter-like winter this year. Even after a spate of snowfall activity over the weekend, which may have bounced some of us back to reality for the moment, we are still looking at totals which are well below normal for this time of the year.
I have friends, both in Syracuse where I live, and here in Fulton, who up to the last few days of February are convinced that wherever we live in the Central New York area we’re going to receive a lot less snow this year than we’re accustomed to.
Those cheerful thoughts got me digging through a pile of old Fulton Patriots that I had found in my basement a few weeks ago.
One of the papers is dated March 17, 1992. A headline on the front page of that paper read: “Snow Gets National Attention” – then the really good news; “47.5 inches in four days.

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