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Armeine Sherman, Fulton resident

Armeine Sherman, 73, of Fulton, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 at Oswego Hospital, Oswego.

She was born in Fulton to the late William and Dorothy (Gaffney) Scanlon. She has been a resident of Fulton all of her life. Mrs. Sherman was past employed as a clerk at the Oswego County Real Tax Office for 20 years and she was also a bus driver for Golden Sun Bus, Minetto.

Mrs. Sherman was pre-deceased by her sister, Kathleen Voss, and brother, Thomas Scanlon.

She is survived by her husband, Gene Sherman of Fulton; two sons, Mark (Michele) Sherman of Fulton and Todd Sherman of Pennellville; one sister, Patricia Eckard of Frewsburg, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Dalton and Ryan Sherman; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were  conducted Friday in Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton, and at Our Lady of Perpetual Help where a mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Larkin.

Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego. Calling hours were held Thursday at the funeral home.

Phil Vasho
Democractic candidate for county clerk

Vasho: ‘I will return transparency to office’

Phil Vasho
Democractic candidate for county clerk

by Carol Thompson

Phillip Vasho, who received the nomination of the Oswego County Democrat Committee as its candidate for county clerk, said he will bring accountability of the office back to the people if elected.

“I want transparency, I want integrity and I’m not afraid to go after it,” Vasho said Tuesday evening after winning his party’s nomination.

If his election bid is successful, Vasho said the first order of business will be a complete audit of the office.

“I will call for an audit immediately and I will open the door to any investigators,” he said.

The clerk’s office has been shrouded with controversy and has reportedly been, or is, the subject of an FBI investigation, something the agency will not confirm or deny.

Among the most recent controversies is the awarding of a contract for data imaging services to Info Quick Solutions, Inc, of Liverpool, a company that the opposing legislators claim will cost taxpayers more than $300,000 than need be paid for the service.

The company was the highest bidder and had the lowest overall rating.

 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

Catherine Soper, retired from Sealright

Catherine J. Soper, 91,of Fulton, died Sept. 15, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

She was a life resident of the Fulton and Granby areas. She retired from Sealright Company in Fulton. She was a communicant of the former Church of the Immaculate Conception in Fulton and was known for and enjoyed caring for others within her neighborhood.

She was predeceased by her husband, Howard Soper, and a son, Charles Soper.

Surviving are a son, Kenneth (Vicki) Soper of North Chesterfield, Va.; a daughter, Kathleen Soper of Oswego; a daughter-in-law, Janice Soper of Sterling; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fulton. There were no calling hours.

Foster Funeral Home in Fulton was in care of arrangements.

Candidates selected for county clerk race

by Carol Thompson

The two major political parties met Tuesday night to select candidates to be on the ballot for the race for Oswego County Clerk.

The Oswego County Republican Committee unanimously selected its party chairman, Michael Backus, as its candidate.

The Oswego County Democrat Committee selected former legislator Phillip Vasho as its candidate.

Republican party Vice Chairman David Fontecchio said Backus is the exact kind of leader Oswego County is looking for.

“Michael has led the County Republican committee for the past year with great success, but it is his leadership and public service credentials that I think make him such a strong candidate for county clerk,” he said.

Town of Mexico Republican Chairman Chuck Fortier said Backus knows the meaning of hard work, public service and what it means to be a part of the community.

“The Backus family is deeply rooted in this community and from their business background to community service, I know Michael is the kind of leader this county needs as clerk,” he said.

Backus said approximately 125 members of the county Republican committee were in attendance at the meeting held at Lombardo’s Bridie Manor in Oswego.

County Democrat Chairman Mike Kunzwiler said he was pleased with the turnout his committee had Tuesday evening at Democrat headquarters.

“We had every town committee represented,” Kunzwiler said, adding that the standing room-only meeting was very energized.

“Our people understand the severity of the clerk’s office and the goal is to return integrity and public accountability,” he said. “Phil has pledged to return transparency and to run the office with the honesty and integrity the public deserves.”

 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

CNY Arts Center launches Kids Onstage and fall lineup for youth

With kids back to school, the learning begins and students of all ages will have new options this fall with the opening of CNY Arts Center facility in the lower level of State St. UMC at 357 State St., Fulton.

While adult classes continue, children will have Kids Onstage and Kids Onscreen to try out in Saturday classes that begin Sept. 29th and run to Thanksgiving.

Kids Onstage will offer classes for 3-5 year olds in creative movement, sharing the basics of ballet, jazz and modern dance under the direction of Choreographer Amy Price.

Children will learn about facial expressions, hand gestures, and the physicality of storytelling from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 6, 13, 20 and Nov. 3, 10 and 17 with an anticipated performance for family on the final day of classes.

Price will continue her directorial expertise alongside Nancy Fox with Kids Onstage theatre classes for 5-18 year olds from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturdays, Sept. 29 through Nov. 17.

Students will enjoy creative movement and acting through theatre games and improvisation, develop stage presence, experience team building, and learn character development.

Immediately following Kids Onstage, Kids Onscreen will continue from 2 to 4 p.m. for all ages from 6 and older. Under the direction of Courtney Angell, the children will be guided through creative story writing to develop short stories for filming.

Once the students film their short stories, each will be edited by Angell. The shorts will be presented to families at a special movie screening.

Students will keep a copy of their completed DVD. Size of class and age of students will determine how the class is constructed and whether one film or individual films will be completed.

Monthly classes open to youth and adults include culinary arts–cake decorating Sept. 29, spooky desserts, Oct. 27, Thanksgiving treats, Nov. 19 and classic Christmas desserts Dec. 15. Children must be at least age 7 to attend this class and ages 7-12 must be accompanied by an adult for these classes, which meet from 9 a.m. to noon.

Holiday Arts & Crafts will also take place on those same Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon with Oct. 27 featuring Halloween crafts such as spooky ghosts, decorated pumpkins, and painted masks.

Nov. 10 will offer Thanksgiving crafts making turkeys, Pilgrim hats, crafting with fall leaves and painting Thankful rocks.

Dec. 15 will focus on Christmas crafts with ornaments, trees, making wrapping paper and a special gift. These classes are open to all ages; any child under 6 must be accompanied by an adult or sibling 12 and up.

Children may also audition for the Christmas premiere of Macy’s “Yes Virginia…The Musical.”

The musical has just been released to schools and local theatre companies for the first time and CNY Arts Center will present the timeless story onstage.

Auditions for children will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. Adults may audition Sept. 25 or 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. The production will run Dec. 7-9 and 14-16.

Art classes for children are also part of the exciting fall line-up with a workshop in Different Ways to Draw Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 12 and up. Instructor Kendra Matott will teach a variety of different drawing methods, including some unconventional ones. Techniques will include still life drawings, energy drawings, paint splatters, and drawing with your feet.

Students can learn the fun techniques of textured art with classes taught by Arts Programming Coordinator Ken Blount. This class will show students how to make textured art using almost anything around the house and is for all art types and skill levels.

Ages 3-5 will meet Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 16 and 18 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Ages 5-10 will meet Saturday, Oct. 13 and 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. while ages 11-15 meet the same Saturdays, Oct. 13 and 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Ages 15-18 will enjoy four consecutive Friday classes — Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26 — from 3 to 9 p.m. with time for more extensive projects as will ages 17 through adult with six consecutive Thursdays, Oct. 4 through Nov. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Information on classes and instructors along with class registration may be found at or by calling 216-8790.


Skaneateles cruises past Hannibal

by Rob Tetro

Members of the Hannibal varsity football team knew they had their hands full when they traveled to Skaneateles Friday.

Despite being heavy underdogs, the Warriors hung tough with Skaneateles during the first half. Skaneateles, however, outscored the Warriors by 14 points to help the Lakers pull away for a 49-14 win.

Early in the first quarter, the Warriors took a 7-0 lead when quarterback Trevor Alton found Tim Webber on a wheel route along the left sideline for the 21-yard touchdown pass.

Skaneateles was quick to respond. The Lakers made the score 7-6 when Conor Herr threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jake Cooney. Skaneateles struck again before the first quarter ended. Max Weiss returned a Trevor Alton interception 30 yards for the score.

During the second quarter, Skaneateles began to add to its lead. The Lakers took a 21-7 lead when Max Weiss scored on a 77-yard run.

Skaneateles put together a solid third quarter to put the game away. Weiss scored on a run from 10 yards out.

However, Hannibal and its quarterback Trevor Alton were not finished. Alton found Jake Shortslef for a 68-yard touchdown pass. Alton’s second touchdown pass of the day cut Skaneateles’ lead down to 14 points at 28-14.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, it was all Skaneateles from here on out.

A 10-yard touchdown run by Weiss gave Skaneateles a 35-14 lead. The Lakers made the score 42-14 when Herr scored on a 31-yard touchdown run. Skaneateles added another touchdown during the fourth quarter, which capped off its 35-point win.

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

Legislator calls for investigation into backdating of county records

by Carol Thompson

The meeting of the Oswego County Legislature turned into an inquisition when some legislators questioned the backdating of legal documents in the office of the County Clerk by Deputy Clerk of Operations Matthew Bacon.

Legislator Shawn Doyle said there had been a discussion at a recent meeting of the legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee in regard to Bacon instructing employees to backdate legal documents.

Doyle said he was told the timestamp had been tampered to reflect an earlier date to appear on the documents. He asked County Attorney Richard Mitchell if he had given permission to Bacon to backdate the records and what the status is.

“I’d like to know what Mr. Mitchell has found about this,” Doyle said.

Mitchell said he was not aware of any tampering of the timestamp.

He said the mail had become backlogged and it was being stamped for the date it was received.

If the envelopes were not marked received, they were clocked to the closest date of when they may have been received, Mitchell added.

Doyle said he was concerned about the backdating as it pertains to abstractors who may be conducting search.

Mitchell cut him off by stating, “I share that concern.”

He added that if Doyle had questions he could certainly contact him at his office. “I don’t know of tampering,” he noted.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he wanted an extensive investigation to be sure the county would have no liability.

“Do we know for sure that we haven’t put ourselves in liability?” he asked, calling for Mitchell to investigate.

Mitchell said it is not his job to investigate. He added that he would prefer to discuss the question of liability elsewhere.

Kunzwiler said he wanted to be sure the county, the legislature and the public are protected by going back and insuring what was done would pass muster with the law.

 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

Arlene Brown, Phoenix resident

Arlene M. Brown, 89, of Phoenix, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.

She was born to her late parents, Bessie (Hoyt) and Clarence Prouty. She was a homemaker and avid bingo player.

She was predeceased by her husband, Graydon E. Brown, who died July 4, 1968, and brothers and sisters.

Surviving are her children and their spouses, Pamela (Richard) Halstead, Noreen (James) Brady, Robert Scott (Jacqlyn) Brown, Elaine (George) Simons, Janet (Brian) Detota, and Randi (Denny) Rapp; a brother, Paul Prouty; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins.

Services will be at the convenience of family. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Warners.  Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, was in care of arrangements.