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Robert LaRose, owned Shorelines

Robert LaRose, 57, died Sept. 14, 2012 at his home in Phoenix.

He was born in Lowvilleto Dr. John and Helen LaRose.  He previously co-owned and operated Shorelines, Fulton.

Mr. LaRose loved the water and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also a NASCAR and professional sports fan. He liked to attend an occasional Buffalo Bills Football game.

Mr. LaRose was pre-deceased by his father,Dr. John LaRose.

He is survived by his longtime companion, Sharon Utick Ouderkirk of Phoenix; his mother, Helen LaRose of Arizona; two stepsons, Leonard Ouderkirk III of Fulton and Michael Ouderkirk of Fulton; two siblings, Richard LaRose of Arizona and Wendy LaRose; and one niece and one nephew.

There are no funeral services.  Burial will be private.  Sugar Funeral Home,Fulton have care of the arrangements.

Contributions may be made to the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Dept., Main St. Phoenix, NY 13135, or the Oswego County Humane Society 265 W. 1st St., Oswego, NY 13126.

Ethel Donnelly, Avid gardener

Ethel “Sally” Donnelly, 99, of Fulton and formerly of Oxbow Lake in the Adirondacks, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at Auburn Nursing Home.

She retired from Bristol Laboratories in Syracuse after 15 years. She was an avid gardener.

She was predeceased by her husband, Prentice Donnelly; daughter, Verne D. Gould; and by several siblings.

Surviving are three sons, Glenn, Dudley and Prentice; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held Wednesday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. There were no calling hours. Burial was in Jacksonville Cemetery.

Leon Archer

The Sportsman’s World: September 22, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

As the price of gas continues to march onward and upward on the flimsiest of excuses used by oil companies and speculators in order to continue to gouge us, I begin to wonder what effect prices will have on hunting and fishing.

Already I am beginning to weigh just how much I want to travel around the state to kill a few ducks against the cost involved. I know that hunting for small game, even turkeys, is not cost effective if one has to drive very far. However, deer hunting is a slightly different story, but even then, the price per pound for venison can be a more than one would like to think.

I understand that it’s not entirely possible to put an exact price on hunting or fishing because there are so many variables, but nevertheless, I think it is not unrealistic to believe that if the intangible rewards were not factored in, then the cost to benefit ratio would be an unfavorable one.

The intangible rewards are not to be discounted; for indeed, they may often be of greater value to the sportsman than the resulting fish or game.

Time in the woods or on the water with good friends can flavor a relationship for a lifetime. The time fishing or being afield with a spouse or child is precious indeed, and a grandparent can impart a mountain of love and instruction to a grandchild while that child thinks they are merely hunting or fishing.

So I will not entirely abandon going farther afield than my own back yard or fishing streams other than just the river running through Fulton, but I will still seek out areas closer to home.

This year for the first time ever, I applied for and received a deer management permit right here in Oswego County. I certainly can save some gas plus get a little more sleep than I have in the past. And if anyone has a good squirrel woods on their property, and wouldn’t mind allowing someone to shoot a few of their bushy tails, I’m your guy, just let me know.

While I’m back on the subject of squirrels, hunting them might be cost effective. They are so wide spread that no one ever has to travel very far to find a huntable population.

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
SUNY Oswego’s fall theatre department production “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” will feature the deductive skills of the famed 19th century detective (played by Nicholas Pike, right) pitted against the machinations of the ruthless Professor Moriarty (Tyler Eldred).

SUNY Oswego to present taut, rapid-fire ‘Sherlock Holmes’ play

SUNY Oswego’s fall theatre department production “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” will feature the deductive skills of the famed 19th century detective (played by Nicholas Pike, right) pitted against the machinations of the ruthless Professor Moriarty (Tyler Eldred).

Fast-paced suspense and intrigue will greet theatregoers for SUNY Oswego’s “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” as a student cast and veteran director bring to life the brilliant detective, his sidekick and a savvy love interest.

With the Baker Street sleuth seeing a revival of interest thanks to the big-screen versions, BBC series “Sherlock” (seen stateside on PBS’ “Masterpiece Theatre”) and a new CBS show titled “Elementary,” Oswego’s version reaches back to the original material.

Based in part on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books “A Scandal in Bohemia” and “The Final Problem,” the show will preview at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, and run at 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20, with a concluding matinee at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

All performances are at Waterman Theatre in SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Hall.

“Steven Dietz has adapted the 1897 play ‘Sherlock Holmes’ by Conan Doyle and William Gillette into a streamlined two-act version that preserves all the suspense and adventure of the original,” said Mark Cole, the director and a professor of theatre at SUNY Oswego. “Holmes and Watson pursue the nefarious Moriarty in order to save the reputation of the King of Bohemia.”

In the theatre department’s production, a crowned head of Europe tries desperately to retrieve an incriminating photograph on the eve of his marriage. Holmes (Nicholas Pike) unravels a blackmail scheme and pursues the villains, including Moriarty (Tyler Eldred), with the help of the faithful Dr. Watson (Jacob Luria), who also serves as narrator. Opera singer Irene Adler (Jennifer Pratt) plays Holmes’ one and only love, a woman caught at the center of the intrigue.

It’s ‘elementary’

Luria said he looks forward to portraying Holmes’ famed sidekick, who comes in and out of scenes to talk with the audience about the next stage in resolving the mystery.

“Now, people are seeing Sherlock Holmes on television and film, so it’s nice to bring this back to the stage and show that it’s just as exciting and mesmerizing,” he said.

The cast is working with dialect coach Joan Hart Willard, an adjunct instructor of acting and directing at SUNY Oswego, to master the various accents their roles demand.

“This is an iconic role that you kind of have to fit into, and it’s a struggle,” said Pike, who aims to deliver a stimulating take on Holmes. “But at the same time the challenge is super-exciting.”

The play will clip along, keeping audience members on the edge of their seats, Luria said.

“The show is very, very fast-paced and we change the scene a lot, but there’s no stopping point,” he said. “It’s energizing and exciting.”

Other cast members include Carlos Clemenz as the King of Bohemia; Sam Berman as Adler’s husband, Godfrey Norton; Michelle Strauss as Madge Larrabee; Josh Jarvi as Sid Prince; and Jesse Lessner, who plays both a policeman and a clergyman.

Tickets are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at or by calling 312-2141. The production is suggested for ages 12 and above.

The Oswego High Buccaneer Boosters, in cooperation with the Oswego City School District, are bringing a new mascot to local events. SUNY Oswego Costume Shop Supervisor Judy McCabe and student Ashley Whelsky work on adjusting a sleeve of the new costume.

School mascot to be unveiled

The Oswego High Buccaneer Boosters, in cooperation with the Oswego City School District, are bringing a new mascot to local events. SUNY Oswego Costume Shop Supervisor Judy McCabe and student Ashley Whelsky work on adjusting a sleeve of the new costume.

After nearly a year of planning a new Oswego High School mascot is expected to take to the sidelines in late September.

Judy Queale-Dunsmoor, president of the Buccaneer Boosters, noted, “We started talking about this about a year ago. We hoped to increase school spirit and bring a professional image to the sidelines of our sports events and school assemblies.”

With the cooperation of numerous individuals and organizations, the new Buccaneer mascot began to take shape. The idea isn’t to change the type of mascot that already exists, but to have a new, exciting look.

The Buc Booster president said, “The cost is shared by the district and the boosters. We organized a committee of boosters, students, as well as Oswego High School Principal Brian Hartwell, Faust-Robinson Theatre Director Steve Braun, along with the athletic director and Judy McCabe of SUNY Oswego along with students in her costume design area.”

It is hoped that the new mascot will make its debut during the September 24-29 “Spirit Week” as the creative team has been hard at work to reach that deadline.

Earlier this week, Queale-Dunsmoor headed to the lower levels of SUNY Oswego Tyler Hall and entered the “Magic Shop.” The room is packed with everything needed to create a costume.

Judy McCabe, SUNY Oswego Costume Shop supervisor, noted, “I have been involved in the committee and helped advise them on what could be done and what couldn’t. I am excited with the progress we made and the work that has been done thus far.”

Ashley Whelsky, a senior at SUNY Oswego who has worked at Cortini’s Shoes for quite some time, was involved in the creative process and designed a fitting piece of the costume from blue leather.  She liked it so much that she said, “I really just wanted to keep it for myself.”

Joe Cortini from Cortini’s Shoes in Fulton produced the boots and other pieces of the costume.

However, the costume is just about complete, but there is one major ingredient that is needed…the head.

Queale-Dunsmoor noted, “We wanted to do as much as we could locally and support people and businesses in our community. However, we had to go outside for the head and Cowan Costumes in Cleburne, Texas is creating the final key for the costume and it is supposed to arrive sometime during the week of September 17.”

The costume is ready, but there is more involved in this “school spirit” effort.

There are going to be try outs for the mascot.

“We would like to have students who feel that it is an honor to wear it,” a spokesperson said. “We want those students to exude energy and provide leadership to get the spirit up and the crowd excited at every event where the mascot is present.”

Eventually, the new mascot will have a name, but that will be determined by the student body.

In the years ahead, the new Buc mascot hopefully will be a major part of sports, school and community events.

Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist said, “We are all Buccaneers” and thus far all of the schools in the district have adopted the Buc as the mascot.

Brian Hartwell, Oswego High School Principal, noted, “The new mascot is indicative of our vision to always be working toward excellence. The time, planning and commitment that went into creating our new mascot exemplifies our overall commitment to excellence.”


Katrina Shafer, Phoenix resident

Katrina M. (Bourlier) Shafer, 48, of Phoenix, died Tuesday Sept. 18, 2012.

She was born in Houston, Texas to her late parents, Anne L. (Carney) and John C. Bourlier. She was a graduate of J.C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix. She was a title clerk for Pete Kitt’s Sales and Service, Camillus. She enjoyed fishing, camping, and gardening, and her favorite place was the Florida Keys.

She was predeceased by her four sisters and two brothers.

Surviving are her significant other, Christopher A. Quill; her six children, Jalene Shafer, Bobby Shafer, Gretchen Shafer, Eric Shafer, Seth Shafer, Nick Shafer; two sisters, Linda Bergman and Sandy Gompert; a brother, David Bourlier; two aunts and two uncles; and several nieces, nephews, cousins.

Calling hours and service were held Friday at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix.

Ralph Hubbard, owned Hubbard Farms

Ralph A. Hubbard, 86, of County Line Road, Fulton (Granby), died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 at home with his family by his side.

He was born in Granby to the late Harold Hubbard and Irene Beebe. He was a graduate of Fulton High School. He was the owner and operator of Hubbard Farms, Fulton.  He was a former employee of the City of Fairbanks, Alaska.

He was a member of Cody Fire Department, the Granby Republican Committee, a director for the Empire State Potato Growers Association, New York State Grange Association, New York State Farm Bureau, and the National Federation of Independent Business.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Myrtle (Mackey) Hubbard; his sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Janette Hubbard of Fulton and Kirk and Debra Hubbard of Phoenix; his daughters, Kim Whipple of Pennellville and Cynthia Pluff of Phoenix; a foster brother, Charles “Bill” Hill of Fulton; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Calling hours were held Wednesday at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix.  Graveside service was held in Jacksonville Rural Cemetery, Phoenix. The Rev. Terrance E. Millbyer officiated.