All posts by Nicole Reitz


Hodgepodge: September 29, 2012

by Roy Hodge

Following a visit with grandson Marcus a week ago (his mom and dad were there, too) I noticed that I wasn’t too frisky for a few days during the following week.

Marcus likes to run, to chase and be chased. When we are walking, it is great fun for him to get a few steps ahead of me, wait until he hears me catching up to him, then run way in front again, laughing all the way.

Marcus likes anything on wheels, but right now it is trucks that he really likes. He loves trucks of all sizes, including the little ones he pushes around on the floor, and the big construction vehicles that Daddy takes him up the road to see.

Adam said Marcus was especially fascinated recently by a huge Harvester that even a fully grown climber would need two step ladders to get into the cab.

I think Marcus leans towards red as his favorite color, not just for trucks, but for everything – but he pronounces the word purple as well as any of us adults present could have while he was playing with his newest toys.

He kept himself busy for a long time pushing his little trucks back and forth while making some very impressive “brmm-brmm” motor sounds – and for added excitement he happily discovered that his slide made a perfect mountain for his little trucks to maneuver.

We received a picture recently of Marcus proudly helping Daddy show off the large bass that he had caught.

Being two is sure exciting.

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Over the weekend I picked up the little book of some of Muriel Allerton’s writings put together in the 90s by her son, Paul.

There is humor, of course:

“I don’t know about others of my gender, but I must have at least 20 pocketbooks ranging in age from one to at least 33 years.  They are stowed in a big box in my closet, and occasionally nostalgia will move me to explore their contents and use them again.

“All of the scraps of life – chewing gum, Tums wrappers, notes on the back of supermarket receipts, plus passages from books that I wanted to remember, were still in many of them.

“There was the scribbled joke about the man who was sick of life and went into a monastery where he took vows of poverty and silence. His assignment was to work in the fields without a word for a year after which he was told that he was entitled to two words. His first year’s utterance was ‘Food bad.’ At the end of the second year he said, ‘Bed bad.’  The following year, after his stint in the fields, he said, ‘I quit.’  The priest in charge then replied, ‘Good. All you’ve done is complain since you got here.’”

There’s information:

“October reminds us that it is time to hunker down. According to a wonderful book, ‘All About Months,’ by Mamie R. Krythe that I picked up at a garage sale years ago, October means ‘eighth’ in Latin, but then the Romans changed their calendar to make it the tenth month. The Romans liked it and refused to change it to conform to accuracy, no matter what.

“In northern European countries, October was known as wine month because that is when the grapes were harvested and the liquid confection made. There were rains and some snow in early New England Octobers called ‘squaw winter’ followed by ‘Indian summer.’ It was then that the natives could hunt and lay in more food for the winter.”

 To read the rest of the column, pick up the latest copy of The Valley News. You may also subscribe to the paper by calling 598-6397

County rescinds contract after vendor complains

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee rescinded a bid award from Tracey Road Equipment after another vendor complained about the process and was prepared to go to the state with his allegation of unfair bidding practices.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the committee voted to go into executive session to discuss several issues, including a purchasing matter.

When the committee reconvened, the contract for bid #32-12 was rescinded. All bids were subsequently rescinded and legislators approved sending the request out for a re-bid.

During the July 26 meeting of the committee, legislators approved the award of a contract for one or more 2013 low profile crew cab chassis and 10 foot dump body with a pintel hook.

Purchasing Director Fred Maxon announced that the county solicited by direct mail to 18 vendors, legal advertising and the purchasing web site.

Four bids were opened July 17 and the committee approved the contract be awarded to Tracey Road Equipment for $81,248 per unit. The county intended to purchase two units.

John Paradis of Stadium International, who had submitted a proposal, questioned the process the committee used to award the bid.

To read the rest of the story, pick up the latest copy of The Valley News. You may also subscribe to the paper by calling 598-6397


Jerry’s Journal: September 29, 2012

by Jerry Kasperek

Who remember these guys? Their football lineup appeared in “The Fultonian” — Good Old Fulton High School’s yearbook — the 1950 edition. Wow, that was 62 years ago!

Actually, it was 1947 when I was a freshman that I went to my first football game and I went all by myself. I’m not sure why; I guess I was just curious to see how the game was played. I loved basketball so I though football might be fun to watch, too.

Our footfall field at Recreation Park was about where the Pop Warner kids plays these days. Who remembers those old wooden bleachers there; “the grandstand” as they were called which, for many years stood tall and was a visible landmark from West Broadway.

I thought I might sit in the stands that day. But when I got there, a lot of my fellow students were lined up by a fence. So I stood, too, and depended on the “experts” around me to tell me how the game was going – because, except for touchdowns, I didn’t know a darn thing about football and didn’t want anyone to think I was “dumb.”

So I listened and learned and clapped and yelled when my friends did and cheered with the cheerleaders and booed with the crowd and got disgusted like they did when a flag was thrown and a bad call was made.

How ignorant was I of such things? Well, when someone said our team made “first down,” I thought they meant a touchdown. But when I heard something about a “second down,” I realized there was more to a touchdown than meets the eye.

I soon got the hang of it, though, at least the bare-bones of it. I found out that a team has to go ten yards to get a first down, that there were 11 players on the field for each team, that the guy handling the ball is the quarterback, and that there were four quarters and two halves in a game and at halftime the opposing bands took to the field and marched. (The following year I played clarinet in the high school band and was myself on the field at halftime!)

You can see that my football education came long before TVs Friday Night Lights were on the eleven o’clock news and I have among my possessions yearbooks from 1946 to 1951.

So, let’s go back to the 1947 and see what that Fultonian has to say about that football season: “The crowd is tense! Line up! Signal! Shift! Hike! The ball was snapped back to the carrier and the football season was underway.”

It goes on to say that “Later in the season Fulton High’s eleven romped over Oswego in the big game. The grandstand went wild.”  (After reading it, I decided the long ago author really didn’t know much more about football than I did!)

The 1946 yearbook also reported our football team soundly trounced Oswego. “The Red and Green banners were waving high and triumphantly after the final whistle was blown…The team played one of its best games of the season to defeat Oswego, 18-6.

 To read the rest of the column, pick up the latest copy of The Valley News. You may also subscribe to the paper by calling 598-6397

School board to still meet at same location

by Nicole Reitz

Fulton Board of Education member Dan Pawlewicz’s suggestion to move board meetings around to the district’s six schools was rejected by 5-2 vote during Tuesday’s meeting.

Pawlewicz brought forth the idea during a previous meeting and asked the board to consider holding the twice-monthly meetings in the schools.

In his seven years as a board member, Pawlewicz said some community members have expressed that they are afraid to attend meetings at the Fulton Education Center.

“They want nothing to do with this building for one reason or another,” said Pawlewicz. “It opens up a door and makes someone a little more comfortable to walk in and see what is going on. If it works great, if it doesn’t, we gave it a shot.”

Pawlewicz was hopeful that by bringing the board’s regular meetings to the four elementary schools, the Fulton Junior High and the high school that more community members would attend and get involved.

“It’s the same people every week,” said Pawlewicz about the audience.

Those in attendance at this week’s meeting were comprised of administrators, members of the media, and those presenting to the board under the superintendent’s report.

To read the rest of the story, pick up the latest copy of The Valley News. You may also subscribe to the paper by calling 598-6397

Bruce Ludington, Army veteran

Bruce Ludington of Freedom, Pa., died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.

He was born April 9, 1927 in Oswego, the son of the late Gertrude and Kirk Ludington. He attended Clarkson College of Technology. During his sophomore year, he served in the U.S. Army in Germany at the end of World War II.

He returned to his studies and graduated with a dual degree in mechanical and industrial engineering. He then went to work as a mechanical engineer for Alcoa in Massena, where he met and married Teresa Palmer of Massena. He transferred to Pittsburgh in 1961 when he joined the company’s Industrial Relations Department in a management role. He retired Feb. 1, 1993 after 41 years of service. He traveled extensively across the United States and around the world during his career.

As a young man, he was an accomplished trumpet player and formed a band that played in clubs in northern New York State. He was an avid reader with a strong interest in science, aviation and space exploration. He also enjoyed playing golf and bridge with his wife and friends. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church (North Hills).

He was the husband of nearly 58 years to Teresa; father of Bruce (Annette) of Idaho, Kirk (Lori) of Michigan, Leslie Deshaies (Mike) of Delaware, and Courtney Hetzler (Doug) of Mars, Pa; grandfather to 10 grandchildren, Brad, Nicole, Mike, Karl, Marisa, Kevin, Ryan, Cole, Cade, and Carsyn; one great-grandchild, Brayden; and several nephews and nieces.

He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Travis-Doull (Jerry) of Gloversville, N.Y. and sister-in-law, Eleanor Cole of Massena.

He was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Ronald Cole, and sister-in-law Carmen Gagner.

A funeral service was held at the Christ Episcopal Church (North Hills), Pittsburgh.

Gerald and Sharon Root
Fulton residents

Fulton couple celebrates 40th anniversary

Gerald and Sharon Root
Fulton residents

Gerald “Jerry” and Sharon “Sherry” (Welcher) Root of Fulton celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Sept. 29, 2012.

They were married in Fulton in 1972. A quiet celebration trip was taken in early September with a weekend getaway on their anniversary. They met in November 1971, and both are native Fultonians.

Children include daughters Kerry Grover and husband David of Fulton, Amy Beth Lisi of North Syracuse, and a son, Aaron Root and wife Amy of Franklin, Indiana. There are eight grandchildren, Joshua, Bryce, Madison, Blake, Michael, Josephine, Dominick and Anthony.

He enlisted in the Air Force in 1967, stationed in Austin, Texas, until his discharge in 1971. He worked for Niagara Mohawk for 27 years until his retirement.

She worked at Chappell’s for 14 years until it closed. From there she worked at Goetz Dolls in Radisson until soon after 9/11.

For years, their hobby has been antique cars. They currently have a 1956 Buick. He also collects petromobilia and enjoys restoring anything old and automotive related. Both are antique car enthusiasts and have belonged to old-car clubs. They attend shows and enjoy and appreciate cars brought back to production. They also love antiquing and attending auctions.

She loves to read and putter outdoors, and they delight in spending time with their grandchildren and sharing their interests in life.

Brother Sun will perform at the Oswego Musical Hall Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. Brother Sun is a nationally touring folk trio. Members of the trio are Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor and Joe Jencks.

Oswego Music Hall features Brother Sun Oct. 6

Brother Sun will perform at the Oswego Musical Hall Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. Brother Sun is a nationally touring folk trio. Members of the trio are Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor and Joe Jencks.

Brother Sun will perform at the Oswego Musical Hall Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m.

Brother Sun is a nationally touring folk trio — with each member having solo careers from three major points on the map — Boston, New York & Seattle. They are Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor and Joe Jencks.

The new trio has garnered numerous festival bookings, performing in at least 35 different states and in Canada this year. Its debut CD in 2011 earned a number-two spot on the Folk DJ charts.

Greenway has been described as “one of the strongest, and finest voices in folk music.” The Boston Globe wrote, “Confessional one moment, rambunctiously disarming the next, few modern folk singers can own a coffeehouse stage as completely as Greenway.”

Wictor is also a fine musician and a music educator of note, perhaps best known for his innovative slide guitar styles.

As Jencks explains on his web site, “From traditional Appalachian and Celtic folk, to old school and modern blues, from heartfelt ballads and love songs to modern acoustic jazz, we are doing our best to make every concert unique, every song fresh, and every note it’s best. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”

Rich Warren, who hosts “The Midnight Special” and “Folkstage” on WFMT in Chicago, put Brother Sun right at the top of his list of favorites for 2011.

On WFUV in New York City, John Platt, host of “Sunday Breakfast,” and Bob Sherman, host of “Woody’s Children,” both picked Brother Sun for their “Best of 2011” list.

The Music Hall — also known as the Ontario Center for Performing Arts — is located in the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at or in person at the River’s End bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

The Music Hall’s next concert Oct. 20 will feature the Delaney Brothers.