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Light In The Darkness: September 26, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,  though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah” — Psalm 46:1-3

I understand that Psalm 46 was a favorite of Martin Luther, inspiring him to write that wonderful hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”  Indeed, God is a stronghold and a tower. In Luther’s words, He is, “a bulwark never failing!”

Trouble comes in varying degrees to all of us. Some seem to have relatively little while a few seem to have more trouble than a human ought to be called upon to bear. Some have troubles they have brought upon themselves; they experience difficulties because they violated the principles and teachings of God’s Word and now suffer the consequences

I am not talking primarily about that kind of trouble, but rather about the kind of trouble that comes to us through no fault of our own or because we have obeyed God’s Word and someone out there doesn’t like it.

One thing is certain in this life and that is that trouble is part of it! Job said that, “man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.” (Job 5:7)

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Running game carries Firebirds

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity football team’s rushing attack proved to be too much to overcome when the Firebirds took on Jordan-Elbridge Friday.

Avery Chisolm, Brock Maruscsak and Austin Farco combined to rush for 335 yards while defensively, Phoenix forced three interceptions to helped the Firbirds hang on for a 33-26 win.

The back and forth atmosphere of the first quarter foreshadowed the action that the remainder of the game offered.

Chisolm, Phoenix’s quarterback, quickly showed Jordan-Elbridge just how much offense he could generate with his feet. Chisolm gave Phoenix a 7-0 following a 65-yard touchdown run. Jordan-Elbridge responded before the first quarter concluded. The Eagles cut the Firebirds’ lead down to one point at 7-6 following a six-yard touchdown run by Brad McMahon.

During the second quarter, Phoenix struck again. Phoenix took a 14-6 lead when Furco scored on a touchdown run from two yards out.

Jordan-Elbridge had an impressive rushing attack as well. Before the first half concluded, Colby Trexler showed just what he is capable of when he took the handoff and ran 64 yards for the score. Trexler’s score cut The Firebirds lead to 14-12.

Early in the third quarter, Trexler gave Jordan-Elbridge its first lead of the game following a touchdown run from 41 yards out. However, Phoenix was not intimidated. The Firebirds tied the game at 20-20 when Maruscsak scored on a 16-yard touchdown run before the third quarter ended.

The determination Phoenix displayed paid off during the fourth quarter. Maruscsak’s second touchdown of the game put the Firebirds on top once again. Maruscsak scored on a run from four yards out to give Phoenix a 27-20 lead.

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John Barnard Jr., World War II veteran

John D. Barnard Jr. died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 surrounded by his family.

Born April 9, 1926, he served in the United State Army 11th airborne as a paratrooper in World War II.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Irene; his daughter, Suzanne; sons, John, Kevin and Peter; six grandchildren, Caitlin, Andy, Kiely, Mark, Kari, and Steven; one great-granddaughter Zayley; and his brother, Robert.

Funeral services and burial in Clarerack Cemetery will be private. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

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Petition filed to stop county clerk election

by Carol Thompson

The legality of having the office of Oswego County Clerk on the ballot in the November election is being challenged in Oswego County Supreme Court.

Lawyers for Bond, Schoeneck and King, PLLC, filed a petition Friday afternoon on behalf of James McMahon, asking the court to restrain from printing and placing the candidates’ names on the official ballots and voting machines to be used in the Nov. 6 election.

Named as defendants in the Article 78 action are the Oswego County Board of Elections; Michael Backus, both personally and as chairman of the Oswego County Republican Committee; Phillip Vasho; the Oswego County Conservative Party and chairman Ronald Greenleaf; the Oswego County Democrat Committee and chairman Mike Kunzwiler.

The Board of Elections added the position to the ballot for the Nov. 3 election, following the Sept. 3 death of George Williams.

The three political parties selected candidates at their respective committee meetings and filed a certificate of nomination for each candidate.

The Democrat Committee selected Vasho and Backus was selected as the candidate for both the Republican and Conservative committees.

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Oswego Zombie Crawl to be held Saturday

The second annual Oswego Zombie Crawl will feature a walk, ghostly storytelling, charitable collections Saturday, Sept. 29.

The family-friendly walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Oswego’s East Park. Zombies will make their way across the bridge along Route 104, ending at Greene’s Ale House.

There is no admission charge to participate, although zombies are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to benefit Oswego’s Human Concerns Center food pantry.

The event will also collect toiletry items as part of 12-year-old Oswego resident Emily Bradshaw’s drive to provide 300 personal care bags for the local homeless population.

Organizers will set up a booth at Oswego’s CNY Great Pumpkin Festival, also happening Saturday, Sept. 29 in East Park, to offer information or makeup tips for those aiming to get zombified.

At 6:10 p.m. in East Park, local author Tim Nekritz will present a dramatic reading of a new work of historical fiction, “The Lost Letters of Jehoshaphat Pratt: How Zombies Saved Oswego During the War of 1812.”

John Isham, Marine veteran

John  J. Isham, 88, a life-long resident of Oswego County, died recently after a short illness.

He was predeceased by his parents, Edna (Timerson) Isham and Harry Isham.

Surviving are his siblings, Fern Isham, Barbara (Robert) Hanley of Syracuse, and Richard Isham of Lockport; and several nieces and nephews.

He served honorably with the United States Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theatre.

He enjoyed his retirement years after working decades for O.M. Edwards, Inc. in its shipping department on Solar Street, Syracuse.

He enjoyed going to Fair Haven Beach, taking long walks, and reading newspapers. He was a sports enthusiast, particularly the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.

A calling hour and service were held Saturday at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. Burial was in Martville Cemetery, Sterling.

Civil War Artillery, Infantry, Engineer, Signal Corps, and Medical Department impressions will be featured at Fort Ontario during the September 29 and 30 living history event. A highlight of the event will be a night-time artillery firing demonstration at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

Fort Ontario hosts 150th Civil War commemorative event this weekend

Civil War Artillery, Infantry, Engineer, Signal Corps, and Medical Department impressions will be featured at Fort Ontario during the September 29 and 30 living history event. A highlight of the event will be a night-time artillery firing demonstration at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

A living history event commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861 – 1865) will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30 on the historic grounds of Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego.

Infantry and artillery demonstrations will take place throughout the day. Union and Confederate Army camps will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Simulated battles or tactical weapons demonstrations are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. each day and interpreters portraying the US Army Signal Corps and Corps of Engineers will explain their respective roles in the Civil War.

A highlight of the Civil War commemorative event will be a Saturday 7 p.m. nighttime artillery firing demonstration with aerial shell bursts (fireworks) provided by Young Explosives of Rochester. All spectators will be kept behind a line south of the fort for this unique experience.

There will be no public evening admission or parking at the fort for safety purposes after 5 p.m., however, there is plenty of parking on streets around the fort.

Regular admission will be charged to the old fort, which will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

“During the American Civil War, 1861 – 1865, Fort Ontario protected the northern frontier from potential invasion from British-held Canada,” said Paul Lear, manager. “Fear of British intervention on behalf of the Confederacy caused new construction at Fort Ontario which lasted from 1863 to 1872.”

The 81st New York Infantry Regiment, the first Union Army infantry regiment to enter Richmond after the city’s surrender, was organized and trained at the Fort Ontario early in the war; from December 1861 the fort was garrisoned by regular U.S. Army troops.

“Fort Ontario served primarily as a recruiting depot and induction center for the Union Army from 1862 to 1865, and following anti-draft riots in New York City draft records were removed to the fort for safekeeping,” Lear said.

This Civil War living history event is sponsored by Cushing’s Battery A 4th U.S. Artillery, Young Explosives, local businesses, Friends of Fort Ontario, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Laughing Through Life: September 26, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

I am not big into the going-to-the-movies scene.

Let me see…the last movie I saw in the theaters was the second “Sherlock Holmes” flick, which came out almost two years ago.

Wow, it’s been a long time since I plopped down 40 bucks for tickets, popcorn, and soda — and that is a good thing, I guess, as far as my wallet goes.

But that might change very soon.

I just watched the trailer to “42,” a new movie about the life of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American in the show.

Okay, I acknowledge that I’m a sucker for baseball movies — even the crappy ones like “Air Bud: Seventh Inning Stretch,” “The Sandlot 2,” and “The Sandlot 3.”

“42” looks like an awesome flick. How could it not? Harrison Ford is playing the brilliant Branch Rickey!

Yep, as I said, I can’t wait for this one to come out. I might have to ask for movie gift cards for Christmas!

Anyway, the “42” trailer — as well as the “Trouble With a Curve” movie now playing in theaters — ignited a spark in my brain. I started thinking about baseball movies and their impact on society.

In my humble opinion, a couple of baseball movies transcend the sport. Everyone loves “The Sandlot.” If you don’t like “The Sandlot” then you might want to move to Canada.

“The Sandlot” is probably the most quoted baseball movie. For example, both baseball fans and non-baseball fans probably know this exchange from the movie:

Ham Porter: Hey, Smalls, you wanna s’more?

Smalls: Some more of what?

Ham Porter: No, do you wanna s’more?

Smalls: I haven’t had anything yet, so how can I have some more of nothing?

Ham Porter: You’re killing me Smalls!

I have created a list, in no particular order, of my top favorite baseball movies of all time. For the first time in time and space, I will present them here with a bit of commentary on each of them. Here we go…

• “The Bad News Bears” — I am referring to the original one here, not the most recent one with Billie Bob Thornton. The original was made in 1976, the year that I was born. That makes it a great movie in itself.

“The Bad News Bears” is about a team of Little League misfits coached by the aging Morris Buttermaker, an ex-minor league player. The reason why this movie rocks? Ogilvie, Tanner, and Engelberg. There are three of the greatest characters ever in the a baseball movie. Ever.

• “The Sandlot” — I’ve already noted how this movie transcends the sport. See four paragraphs up. Everyone, both old and young, man and female, has probably watched this flick, which came out in 1993.

This is a movie based on Scotty Smalls and his invitation to play on the local sandlot team with Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez, Hamilton ‘Ham’ Porter, Michael ‘Squints’ Palledorous, Alan ‘Yeah-Yeah’ McClennan, and the others.  Oh, yeah, don’t forget “The Beast.”

This movie might forever be the top three of all-time. For-ev-ver! For-ev-ver! For-ev-ver! For-ev-ver!

• “The Pride of the Yankees” — This movie is about the life of Lou Gehrig, one of the greatest New York Yankees ever. Gary Cooper plays Gehrig, also known as “Twinkle Toes.”

One of the most touching moments of the movie is when the doctor informs Gehrig that he has to quit baseball and might not live that long because of ALS, a nerve disease that now bears his name.

Gehrig then informs his doctor not to tell his wife. His wife eventually finds out through a friend/newspaper man. I cry like a baby every time I watch this scene. Pass the tissues, please!

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