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Poetry Corner: Cracker Barrel Fair

by Jim Farfaglia

In 1968 the Women’s Auxiliary of the A. L. Lee Memorial Hospital began organizing an  annual fair to raise money for the hospital. In its early years the fair was conceptualized and led by Mrs. Vita Chalone, who provided me with many details of the event for this poem.

In the brisk September air

a brother and sister clutch hands.

They’ve gotten permission to walk through

the crowds of Recreation Park

and, with so much to see and do,

they don’t want to lose each other.

 

Among the ladies in festive peasant dresses

and the men with string ties and straw hats,

they notice The Hobos:

those fun-loving ladies clowning around,

who give them the giggles.

 

They can’t decide how to spend their dollar –

should it be on the Games of Chance:

the Fish Pond? the Month Game?

5–In–A–Row? the Dunking Booth?

Or should they splurge on the tempting food:

Polish kielbasa? Italian sausage?

Pizza Fritta? Donuts and cider?

 

As they decide, they take in the sounds:

Dick Swierczek’s High School Band,

Jose Azcue’s Chorus,

the Gauchos marching in grandeur.

They smile at their Mom and Dad

dancing to Joe Cortini and his All-Stars,

then hear Mom say that, with any luck,

they’ll get to hear Jack Walsh’s voice

rising up from the 30-Man Chorus.

 

They wander through The Country Store:

the War Memorial sent back in time

to penny candy and a pantry shelf,

hand-crafted Raggedy Ann dolls,

needlecraft and Grandma’s Attic treasures.

 

Later they’ll take a ride on the Ferris wheel

and when they stop at the top

they’ll look across the river

to the Lee Memorial Hospital,

and then out over the city of Fulton:

the community that came together for this Fair.

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Second quarter eruption propels Watertown past Fulton football

by Rob Tetro

After an impressive win over Fowler, the Fulton Varsity Football Team traveled to Watertown last Friday to face one of the tougher teams in Class A.

Watertown scored 29 points in the second quarter that turned a six-point lead into a 28-point halftime lead.

After scoring a combined 43 points in the second and third quarters alone, Watertown was on its way to a 57-20 win over Fulton.

The Red Raiders trailed by only six points at the end of the first quarter. Watertown’s lone first quarter touchdown came on a 7 yard touchdown pass from Mason Phillips to Anton Gadson.

Shortly into the second quarter, Watertown’s Mason Phillps found Scott Kelly for a 57-yard touchdown pass and a 14-0 lead. Shortly thereafter, Watertown’s Juan Ruiz recovered a Fulton fumble in the endzone, which made the score 20-0.

Later in the second quarter, Watertown made the score 28-0 following a 97-yard touchdown run by Anton Gadson.

Towards the end of the second quarter, Fulton finally got on the scoreboard. Mark Pollack brought the deficit down to 21 points at 28-7 following a 15-yard touchdown run.

Just before the second quarter ended, the Red Raiders got the ball back with the opportunity to further cut into Watertown’s lead.

  To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of the Valley News at our office or at one of several locations throughout the City. For Subscriptions call 598-6397.
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Gloria Hough, retired from Sealright

Gloria Jean Hough, 80, of Fulton, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Fulton, she was the daughter of the late Leon and Cora Upcraft. She lived in Fulton all her life. She retired in 1990 from Sealright where she worked for many years as a secretary.

In addition to her parents, Gloria was predeceased by her husband, Charles Hough, who died Aug. 12, 2010.

She is survived by a son, Eric Kaltenborn of Hannibal; a daughter, Michelle Hayward of Camillus, and four grandchildren. There were no calling hours. Graveside services are private at Hannibal Village Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the S.P.C.A. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Members of the Phoenix varsity football team stand united as orange and black balloons are released prior to the Firebirds’ home opener against Weedsport. The game was the first home game since the death of Ridge Barden last season.

Emotions overcome Phoenix in home opener

Members of the Phoenix varsity football team stand united as orange and black balloons are released prior to the Firebirds’ home opener against Weedsport. The game was the first home game since the death of Ridge Barden last season.

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity football team took on Weedsport Friday afternoon in its first home game of the season.

It was also the Firebirds’ first home game since the death of Ridge Barden last season. There was a moment of silence before the game followed by the releasing of orange and black balloons.

During the game, Phoenix was never really able to get it together to present a challenge to Weedsport.

Weedsport scored 14 points in the third quarter to blow the game open. While appearing to be emotionally spent, the Firebirds were unable to battle back as Weedsport cruised to a 34-0 win.

 To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of the Valley News at our office or at one of several locations throughout the City. For Subscriptions call 598-6397.
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Fulton legislator builds web site to assist public

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Dan Farfaglia is hoping his new web site will assist the public in finding everything they may want to know about the county.

“In a nutshell, this is a site that is designed to make it easier for residents of Oswego County to be able to identify all of their elected officials from town council members all the way to their federally elected representatives,” Farfaglia said.

The site went public yesterday, although it’s still a work in progress.

The web site also includes a list of past members of the State Assembly, State Senate and members of Congress, along with photos and biographies, when available.

“All of these previous officeholders in those lists have represented Oswego County at some point and the years that they did is what’s listed,” Farfaglia said.

As an example, he said, Bob Oaks has been a member of the Assembly since 1993, however in the list, it states 2003 because that’s when he first began representing Hannibal, Oswego Town and Minetto.

The current county legislative maps will also be added to the web site and will be included in the municipality pages along with city council districts for the cities of Fulton and Oswego.

“The page that is empty is the one titled Old Maps. That is going to include old Assembly, State Senate and Congressional Maps so that residents can see the changes that their area went through during the past two centuries,” Farfaglia said.

“I will also attempt to include the county legislative districts from 1990s so that way residents can see for themselves the changes since they went from 36 seats to 25.”

This site as it is now is custom designed for this fall’s elections, Farfaglia noted.

To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of the Valley News at our office or at one of several locations throughout the City. For Subscriptions call 598-6397.

Johnny Dodge, worked at Nestle

Johnny L. Dodge, 59, of Fulton, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

He was born to the late Norris and Mayfred (Savoid) Dodge in Fulton. He was past employed with Nestle and Birdseye, Fulton.

Mr. Dodge was pre-deceased by his siblings, Betty Morgan, Helen Warne and Lawrence Dodge,

He is survived by his children, Joel Dodge of Fulton, Amber Dodge of Fulton, Johnny Dodge Jr., of Florida, and Dayton Dodge of Mississippi; his siblings,  Virginia Lund of Oswego, Donna Cobb of Oswego, Carol Paura of Oswego, Charles Sheldon of Fulton, and Kenneth Dodge of Colton, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and close friend April Forsythe.

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

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Cayuga Community College to dedicate new Fulton campus

by Andrew Henderson

The nine-month transformation from a vacant grocery store to a state-of-the-art college campus has been completed.

Cayuga Community College will host a dedication and ribbon cutting Friday, Sept. 14 at 2:30 p.m. to celebrate the completion of construction at its new Fulton Campus at River Glen, 11 River Glen Dr., Fulton.

Friday’s ceremony will mark the completion of the $16.1 million construction of the 82,150-square-foot campus in the former P&C grocery store.

In late August, the campus opened its doors to 1,100 students who are currently enrolled at the Fulton site.

For more than 30 years, Cayuga Community College has offered coursework in Oswego County, beginning with nursing courses in 1979 at the Mexico BOCES.

In 1994, the college began offering liberal arts classes in rented classrooms in downtown Fulton.

In 2001, the college moved into 50,000 square feet in the Fulton Commons mall on Broadway to educate the 500 students then enrolled.

In fewer than 10 years, student enrollment at the Fulton Campus more than doubled, reaching a total of 1,256 students in 2010.

During weekday peak times, classroom utilization was at 100 percent and fell just to 85 to 90 percent during the slow times.

After a year of investigating possible sites, the college purchased the former P&C building in the River Glen Plaza.

This site adjoined an additional 28,690 square feet of storefront space immediately available for rental.

In the spring of 2011, the college, through its local sponsor Cayuga County, purchased the P&C property as well as 45 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to the River Glen Plaza.

A few months later, the College Foundation formed the CCCF River Glen Holdings, the non-profit subsidiary, to purchase the major portion of the River Glen property in Fulton.

The foundation invested $9.4 million to become the owner of the 25-acres plaza and the 124,000 square feet of storefronts.

  To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of the Valley News at our office or at one of several locations throughout the City. For Subscriptions call 598-6397.

Catherine White, life resident of Fulton

Catherine A. White, 80, died peacefully Sept. 5, 2012 at her son’s home in Ormond Beach, Fla. after a long illness.

Mrs. White was born to the late Frederick and Anna (Butler) Clancy in Oswego.  She has been a life resident of Fulton and for the last 10 years she began summering in Fulton and wintering in Florida.

Mrs. White was a past communicant of St. Michael’s Church, Fulton.

She was pre-deceased by her husband of 49 years, Alfred “Fred” White in 2001, and her brothers, twin Robert, Jack, Joseph, and Francis Clancy.

Mrs. White is survived by her children, Robert White of Florida and Peggy (Will) Navagh of Fulton; sister, Helen Bellamy of Fayetteville; brother David Clancy of Oneida; two grandchildren, Eric and Lindsay Navagh; sister-in-laws, Margaret Beckwith, Beverly Clancy, Carol Clancy, Mary Latino, and Catherine White; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m.  at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton, with Rev. Moritz Fuchs officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were held Tuesday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Odyssey Hospice, 149 South Ridgewood Ave., Daytona Beach, FL. 32114.