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Turnovers plague Phoenix in season opening loss to Cato-Meridian

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity football team committed five costly turnovers during its season-opening loss to Cato-Meridian Friday night.

The Firebirds trailed by 13 points by the end of the first quarter. Though the Firebirds fought valiantly, they were unable to cut into the early lead Cato-Meridian established.

Assisted in large part by Phoenix turnovers, Cato-Meridian came away with a 41-21 season opening win.

Cato-Meridian wasted little time getting into gear against the Firebirds. C-M took a 7-0 lead when Kyle Mapley found Joe Schneider for an 80-yard touchdown pass. Phoenix answered right back when Avery Chisolm tied the game following an 11-yard touchdown run.

Schneider was poised to strike again for C-M. He returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for the score. Schneider’s kickoff return gave Cato-Meridian a 14-7 lead.

Before the first quarter concluded, Kyle Mapley used his feet to stiffle the Firebirds. Mapley scored on a run from 30 yards out to give Cato-Meridian a 20-7 lead.

The score remained the same until the third quarter. Schneider increased Cato-Meridian’s lead to 27-7 following a 31-yard touchdown run.

Cato-Meridian then took a 34-7 when Austin Bierce scored on a 2-yard touchdown run.

Though overcome by turnovers, Phoenix refused to quit. Before the third quarter concluded, Phoenix’s Avery Chisolm scored on a 70-yard run to cut Cato-Meridian’s lead down to 21 points at 34-13.

During the fourth quarter, Cato-Meridian tacked on one more touchdown; this time, a one-yard run by Colin Richards.

Before the game ended, The Firebirds tallied another touchdown. Chisolm scored run from 6 yards out.

 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.

Poetry Corner: Autumn Crocuses

by Jim Farfaglia

Autumn Crocuses


They surprise us right around Labor Day,

their purple porpoise noses breaking the surface

just when we think the garden has given us

all its beauty.


Their mother comes first, early in spring.

She’s just a lot of greenery that starts the season

with a promising How do you do,

but offers nothing in the way of a blossom.


Then, as the summer heats up,

mom dies back,

and her little ones watch from below

while everyone else shows off their best color –


until today:

the bigger kids heading back to school,

a cold wind turning the page of our calendar

and, just when life shows signs of slowing down,


they show up.

Gerald Minnoe, former Phoenix resident

Gerald Bernard “Bunker” Minnoe, 82, a former Phoenix, Mexico, and New Port Richey, Fla. resident, died Thursday, May 24, 2012, in Sterling, Colo.

He was born Nov. 6, 1929 to his late parents, Gerald B. and Lois (Waldron) Minnoe. He married Jeannette L. Earl of Phoenix April 12, 1947.

He was a member and officer of the Phoenix United Methodist Church, longtime member of the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Department, a mason with Callimachus Lodge #369, F&AM, Phoenix, and the Lions Club in Mexico.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jeannette of Sterling, Colo; a son, Ralph (Charlotte) Minnoe of Charleston, S.C.; a daughter, Alane (William) Nightingale of Lliff, Colo.; a grandson, Jeffery (Tammy) of Summerville, S.C.; a granddaughter, Jen (Brian) Grauberger of Lliff, Colo.; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Lois) Minnoe of Baldwinsville; sisters, Mary (Wayne) Marsh of Phoenix, and Connie Marsh of Florida; a brother-in-law and close friend, Dale (Mary) Earl of Fulton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his grandson, Gerry Minnoe, and seven sisters. Services will be held Saturday Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. in the Phoenix United Methodist Church, 49 Jefferson St., Phoenix, with the Rev. Susan Townsend officiating. Burial will be in Chase Cemetery, 9450 N.Y.S. Rte. 48, Phoenix.

Contributions may be made to the Phoenix Fire Department, c/o Enterprise Fire Co., 457 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135. Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Homes, Phoenix, has charge of local arrangements.

Spraying debate continues

by Carol Thompson

“We’ve  repeatedly asked the public to protect themselves against mosquito bites yet we have done nothing to protect them.”

Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder spoke those words several times during the past month as West Nile virus has been on the increase in Oswego County and nationwide.

As of press time, the county has no plans to conduct aerial spraying for the mosquitoes, despite finding pools of the vector infected with the virus.

Last week, health officials reported that there are now 1,590 cases of West Nile virus confirmed in humans across the United States, and 66 deaths — the most since the mosquito-borne disease was first identified in 1999.

The disease in now in 48 states, including New York.

As of last week, the U.S. Center for Disease Control has reported 13 cases of the virus in New York state with one death.  The death was in neighboring Onondaga County, which has since reported  two more suspected cases. Texas leads the nation with 733 cases and 30 reported deaths.

Tresidder questioned the fairness of asking the public to take precautions while the county does nothing more than publicize the need to take precautions.

“We were told earlier in the year that we have additional money from the state for aerial spraying,” she said. “Why aren’t we using it?”

Mosquito dunk kits remain available at the county’s soil and water office, county officials said. The kits can be used to eliminate mosquitoes in standing water.

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.

Bette Turner, former Phoenix resident

Bette Elizabeth Turner, 90, a former Phoenix resident, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 at Iroquois Nursing Home, Jamesville.

She was born in Syracuse to her late parents, Eva (Patnod) and

Raymond Alley, July 14, 1922. She was a graduate of Fayetteville High School. She was later employed by Carrier Corp., and General Electric Co.. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the North Central Assembly of God Church, North Syracuse.

Her husband of 64 years, Donald H. Turner, died Sept. 7, 2011.

She is survived by her children,

Lynda Joy (Bill) Bush of Hastings, Earl R. (Barbara) Turner of East Syracuse, and Holly Jean (David) Parkhurst of Kansas City, Mo.; her sister, Doris Mahney of Madison, Wisc.; her sister-in-law, Betty T. Ruetsch of Fulton; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours were held Wednesday at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. Services will be held today, Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home, 431 Main St., with Pastor Eric Hamlin officiating.

Burial will take place at a later date in Phoenix Rural Cemetery.

Donald Pachoud, retired from Armstrong

Donald P. Pachoud, 91, of Palermo, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 at home surrounded by his family.

Born in New Haven, he was a life resident of the Palermo and New Haven areas.  He retired from Armstrong World Industries in Fulton as a tow motor operator.

He was predeceased by his wife, Arlene L. Pachoud, who died in 2006.

Surviving are six children, Donald Pachoud Jr. of Palermo, Jean Hable of Fernandina Beach, Fla., Barbara Waldron of Liverpool, Judy Dolbear of Palermo, Joy Klinger of Duncannon, Pa., and Diane Pachoud of Liverpool; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were private. There were no calling hours. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, 13126 or to the Oswego County Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 4, Oswego, 13126.

Richard Burr, retired from Nestle

Richard M. Burr, 78, of Phoenix, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 at Oswego Hospital after a short illness.

He was born in Lowville to the late Richard and Rachel (Leaf) Burr. He has been a resident of Phoenix for 60 years. Mr. Burr retired from Nestle, Fulton after 48 years of service. He worked at the Brewerton Speedway  as the tow truck driver.

He was pre-deceased by his son, Melvin R. Burr, who died in 2002.

Mr. Burr is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Burr of Phoenix; two sons, James Burr of Phoenix and Raymond (Patty) Burr of Phoenix; two sisters Linda Fazekas of Boonville and Irene Golden of Boonville; 22 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no funeral services. Burial will be held privately. Calling hours were conducted Wednesday at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

Members of the First United Methodist Church are pictured getting ready for the first annual Strawberry Extravaganza, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

First United Church to hold Strawberry Extravaganza

Members of the First United Methodist Church are pictured getting ready for the first annual Strawberry Extravaganza, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The First United Methodist Church of Fulton will be holding its first annual Strawberry Extravaganza Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to the public and there is no admission fee.

The Strawberry Extravaganza will feature food and auctions.

For the adults, there will be a silent auction, a Christmas in September booth, a Granny’s Attic and a New-To-You booth, an Avon Treasure Chest, and a Mom’s Pantry of homemade goods.

For the children, there will be a Children’s Toy Chest, bounce houses, arts and crafts, face painting, free balloons and more.

Food will include a chicken barbecue, strawberry shortcake, an ice cream “Sundae School,” popcorn and penny candy.

The First United Methodist Church of Fulton is located at 1408 N.Y.S. Rte. 176 (Curtis Street), just across from the Fulton Junior High School.

Those seeking more information, may visit or call the church office at 592-7347.