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Hodgepodge: September 1, 2012

by Roy Hodge

I’m trying to figure out if I am becoming some kind of a “weather nut.”

I wake up in the morning to the guy on the radio telling me, almost hour by hour, what the day’s weather might be like: “It’s going to be sunny and quite warm for a while, then less sun but still warm, a chance for rain later in the day, maybe thunderstorms, but possibly just continued cloudiness, then clearing during the early evening hours, cloudy and cooler overnight.

In other words, take your choice.

Then I go downstairs and open the paper to the weather page. There I get some of the words the radio guy had told me, but in case I don’t feel like reading I also get pictures. This week the words and pictures tell us that it’s going to be “mostly sunny and comfortable,”  “mostly sunny and beautiful” the next day, then “mostly sunny and very warm.”

I guess it might be a personal choice between whether you want to feel “comfortable” or “very warm,” because only a five degree temperature difference is predicted for those days. I need help from those weather guys on the radio and in the newspaper because I never have figured out the difference between “partly cloudy” and “partly sunny.”

Maybe the guy who drew the weather pictures in the newspaper had been listening to the radio, too, because pictures for later in the week include lightning bolts, and the predictions are for possible thunderstorms and temperatures of 79 to 89. Or, those predictions might be based on the fact that lightning bolts are fun to draw.

All day after I listen to the radio and read the newspaper, I wait for the predicted weather pattern to develop. The thing that makes me a “nut” is that it really doesn’t matter to me. It isn’t important that I should know, even though it is bright and sunny in the morning, that it might be raining or snowing hard enough later in the day that I would need my rubbers or overshoes. It really doesn’t matter because I don’t wear rubbers or overshoes

I had early training as far as worrying about the weather is concerned. Some of that preparation, at least, must have come from my grandfather. If it was a couple of hours before school would be recessed and there was a knock on the door of our fourth grade room while we were looking out the window watching it rain or snow, I knew exactly who it was.

It was my grandfather bringing my rain coat and rubbers or my boots and hat for my walk home.  Grandpa had realized he was going to be busy at his grocery store when I got out of school so he wanted to make sure the several long blocks of the trip home from school for me were kept as dry and comfortable as possible.

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Oswego Hospital has recently hired new staff members for its emergency room. Seated from left are Kellie White, RN and Nicole Sanders, customer specialist. Standing from the left are Shannon Strong, RN; Julie Rice, RN; Ericka Ayers, ER technician; Kellie White, RN and Miles Williams, RN.

Oswego Hospital’s new ER staff members bring critical care experiences

Oswego Hospital has recently hired new staff members for its emergency room. Seated from left are Kellie White, RN and Nicole Sanders, customer specialist. Standing from the left are Shannon Strong, RN; Julie Rice, RN; Ericka Ayers, ER technician; Kellie White, RN and Miles Williams, RN.

Treating patients in Oswego Hospital’s emergency room requires a well-trained caring staff and in recent months, the department has hired five experienced registered nurses along with other staff, to complement the care already provided by the department.

“The ER staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready to provide exceptional care to our patients and I am happy to welcome these new employees to our team,” said Steve Olson, RN, Oswego Hospital’s emergency room clinical nurse manager. “These new staff members have experience in providing care in a variety of critical care clinical settings. Not only do they possess great clinical skills, but they are also very compassionate caregivers.”

Among the new staff members is Shannon Strong, RN, who worked for seven years in the cardiac unit at University Hospital; Erica Peterson, RN, who recently relocated to the area from Kalamazoo, Mich., where she provided care on the oncology floor of Bronson Methodist Hospital; Julie Rice, RN, worked in the ER of Crouse Hospital; Kellie White, RN, was also employed at Crouse Hospital on a medical/surgical floor; and Miles Williams, RN, worked as a nursing supervisor in a rehabilitation facility.

Rounding out the new hires are Nicole Sanders, a customer receiving specialist, who will assist patients with the ER registration process and Erika Ayers, an ER technician, who will also help patients as they register.

Ayers is also advancing her career and is attending nursing school.

Recently, Oswego Hospital unveiled a new ER that features 17 patient rooms, many of which are private and have their own televisions. The department is equipped with a state-of-the-art central cardiac monitoring system and two trauma bays that feature advanced technology.

Madeline Wall, former Fulton resident

Madeline “Birdie” Fleming Wall died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 in Tucson, AZ at the age of 98.

She was born Jan. 25, 1914 to John and Catherine (Bullock) Fleming in the Town of Volney.

Mrs. Wall graduated from Fulton High School and was married to Donald Wall in 1934.

Surviving are two sons, Ronald Wall of Billings, MT and John (Wanda) of Tucson, AZ; granddaughters Marianne Wall of Missoula, MT and Sarah Wall of Kansas City, KS; great-granddaughter, Abigail; one brother, Leonard Fleming of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, who died in 1995, she was pre-deceased by five brothers and one sister.

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Jacob Wood, former Fulton resident

Jacob R. Wood, 35, of Syracuse, died Aug. 24, 2012 after a long illness.

He was born Feb. 18, 1977 in Oswego, the son of Joanne T. (Elhage) Weldin and Richard L. Wood.

He graduated from G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton in 1995, where he was a member of the drama club, a contributor to the “Bodley Bulletin” and a student correspondent for The Valley News.

He was currently enrolled in Everest University working on his master’s degree in business administration. He was a prevention health advocate with AIDS Community Resources in Syracuse.

While at ACR, he worked specifically with the Safety First Health Outreach Project and was recognized for his contributions several times since 2006.

He received an associate’s degree in restaurant and hotel management in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2010 from Bryant & Stratton College.

Aside from his love of volunteering and helping others, he had a passion for music. When he was not singing a song or learning to play a new instrument, he was writing. Not only did he write music, he wrote poetry and short stories.

His love of the performing arts also could be seen on the stage. He was a member of the Fulton Community Theater and enjoyed being on stage and entertaining others. He was in productions such as “Fiddler on the Roof” and took part in dinner theater.

He is survived by his parents, Joanne T. (Elhage) and Marvin J. Weldin of Fulton and Richard L. Wood of Oswego; his sisters, Rebecca L. Wood (Mara), Rene L. Wood, Denise E. Hartmann and Andrea J. Weldin; his half-brothers, Clifford and Daniel Wood; step-brother, Ed Weldin; maternal grandparents, Shirley and John Waloven; his cat, Remus Maximus Wood; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held today, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to noonat Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton with services at noon to immediately follow.

The family requests that those attending the service bring nonperishable food items to be donated to ACR on his behalf.

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Fulton students to encounter changes in school cafeterias

by Nicole Reitz

Fulton Board of Education members got a lesson in nutrition Tuesday night during a presentation made by Terry Warwick, director of Food Services.

A letter will be sent home to parents to make them aware of the changes that will be made during this school year that will impact the schools food program.

Federal regulations will require schools to offer a wider variety of nutritious foods, including whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

Meals will also decrease in sodium, saturated fat, and portion sizes will be adjusted by grade level.

The changes being made are the result of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Schools nationwide must prove that meals are nutritious and meet certain criteria.

It is important that meals served in the Fulton City schools do follow regulations because the district receives 6 cents per lunch meal sold from the State Education Department, said Warwick.

She noted that 3,500 total meals are served a day between the six schools, which means that the district earns over $20,000 yearly from the state Education Department as long as meals served are in compliance.

The state must conduct validation reviews of 25 percent of the Local Education Agencies (certified in 2012-2013) to ensure the meals served comply with federal nutrition guidelines.

The state may audit a school district at anytime throughout the academic year without prior notification. They look to make sure that despite multiple lines, that all students are offered the required food components.

As the director of Food Services, Warwick works with nutritionists, dietitians, and federal and state agencies to create healthy and appetizing meals.  She said the biggest changes students will see is the decrease in portion sizes in components such as protein and grains.

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. 

Fulton’s Under 14 Baseball Team recently won the CanAm Championship. In front are Coach Derek Tombs, Cody Green, Charles Alton, Cam Clark, Mike Bolster, Frank Barbagallo, and Coach Joe Labeef. In back are Coach Matt Kitts, Matthew Kitts, Koda Labeef, Chris Jones, Austin Mattison, Josh Carney, Jake Seymour, and Adam Baldwin.

Under 14 Fulton baseball team wins CanAm tournament

Fulton’s Under 14 Baseball Team recently won the CanAm Championship. In front are Coach Derek Tombs, Cody Green, Charles Alton, Cam Clark, Mike Bolster, Frank Barbagallo, and Coach Joe Labeef. In back are Coach Matt Kitts, Matthew Kitts, Koda Labeef, Chris Jones, Austin Mattison, Josh Carney, Jake Seymour, and Adam Baldwin.

by Rob Tetro

Fulton’s Under 14 Baseball Team recently won the CanAm Championship. The team, which consisted of 10 players from Fulton, one from Hannibal and another from Oswego, was coached by Derek Tombs and Matt Kitts.

The team took on teams from Long Island, Cape Vincent and Syracuse.

Fulton’s Under 14 Team first took on Valley/Eastwood Aug. 3. Fulton came away with a 12-0 win in a game that was called after 5 innings.

Fulton was led by Adam Baldwin. Baldwin was 1-3 at bat, which included a triple that brought in three runs. Austin Mattison was 2-3 at bat with three RBIs and two stolen bases. Frank Barbagallo had two hits and scored twice.

Charles Alton earned the win for Fulton. Alton pitched four innings while striking out two batters and giving up only a hit. Koda LaBeef came in as relief for Alton. LaBeef struck out two batters while giving up only a hit in one inning of work.

The team’s second game was against Cape Vincent Aug. 3. Fulton came away with a 7-2 win. Josh Carney earned the win on the mound. In five innings of work, he struck out 10 batters while keeping Cape Vincent off the scoreboard.

Mattison came in as relief for Carney. Mattison struck out four Cape Vincent batters while giving up only one earned run in two innings of work.

Alton was 1-2 at bat with two RBIs. Baldwin was 1-2 at bat with an RBI and Jake Seymour scored two runs and stole three bases.

Up next for Fulton was West Nyack Aug. 4. Fulton held on for an 8-6 win.

Fulton were led on the mound by Mike Bolster, who struck out five West Nyack batters. He gave up five earned runs in four innings pitched.

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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Rita Carr, retired nurse

Rita J. Carr, 89, of Fulton, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at St. Luke Residential Health Services in Oswego.

She was a longtime resident of Fulton, moving from Oswego in the 1940’s. Her working years in nursing began with the Oswego County Nursing Program and ended with retirement from Andrew Michaud Nursing Home in Fulton after over 18 years. After retiring, she trained for hospice service.

She was a communicant of Holy Family Church and participated in all church activities. She began her community volunteer work in the 1950s, serving on the Minetto P.T.A. board. She was a member of the Salvation Army Advisory board; the Fulton Historical Society for over 18 years; the Women’s Club; and was active with Bridge Marathons.

She was honored in 2005 by the Rotary Club in recognition for her many years of service by speakers from the Lee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Salvation Army Auxiliary, where she held presidencies.

She was predeceased by her parents, Clarence and Eldora Jones, and brother Wesley Jones.

Surviving are her four children, Carol (Garry) Muckey of Fulton, James (Madeline) Carr of Dedham, Mass., Virginia (Jack) Arnold of Fulton, and Roy (Lynn) Carr of Syracuse; a sister, Bessie (Andrew) Fisher of Fulton; two brothers, Clarence Jones of Augusta, Ga. and Frank (Sue) Jones of Lock Haven, Pa.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. A prayer service was held Friday at the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to St. Luke Health Services Fund, 299 East River Road, Oswego, NY 13126.

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Undermanned Shock team comes up short in Plattsburgh

by Rob Tetro

The Syracuse Shock went into last Saturday’s game against Plattsburgh missing 31 out of the 55 players that were on the roster to begin the season.

One of the Shock players missing in action was star running back DeWayne Gordon. Without Gordon, who averages more than 250 yards of all purpose yards per game, the Shock only mustered up 206 yards of total offense as Plattsburgh came away with a 21-7 win.

Plattsburgh jumped out to a 14-0 lead on The Shock during the first quarter. Plattsburgh maintained its two-touchdown lead during the second quarter.

During the third quarter, it added another touchdown. Early in the fourth quarter, Syracuse got onto the board.

D.P. Crowell intercepted a pass and returned it 58 yards for the score to make the score 21-7.

Unfortunately for Syracuse, they were not able to get any closer as Plattsburgh came away with the 14-point win.

Duane Milton continues his to develop during this stint as the Shock’s starting quarterback. Milton was 12 of 21 passing for 70 yards and three interceptions against Plattsburgh.

Backup quarterbacks Brian Simer and Jeff Case were 2 of 3 passing for 57 yards.

On the ground, Syracuse was led by Tyrone Burke Jr., who ran for 69 yards on 11 carries. Brian Simer also had 2 carries for 10 yards.

Burke was also the team’s leading receiver. He had 6 catches for 75 yards. Jeff Case had 16 yards on 3 receptions while Derrick Williams, Derek Serino and Brian Simer combined for 5 catches for 36 yards for the Shock.

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.