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Dorothy Duciaume, Fulton resident

Dorothy S. Duciaume, 88, of Fulton, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.

Born in Fulton, she was a life resident of central New York.  She was a homemaker with interests in baking, cooking, and crafts. She enjoyed Bingo, lawn sales and traveling.

She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Leonard Duciaume, who died Feb. 5, 2007, and her siblings, Roy McCarty and wife Frances of Fayetteville, Helen Tutor and husband James of St. Cloud, Fla. and Edward McCarty of East Syracuse.

Surviving are three daughters, Gloria Pitcher and husband, Frederick of Fulton, Patricia Duciaume and husband, E. Alan Silver of West Winfield, and Margaret “Meg” Guyer of West Winfield; sister-in-law, Patrica McCarty of East Syracuse; grandsons, Gary Raymond of Geneva and David Raymond of Fulton and fiancé Janelle Rice of Liverpool; granddaughter, Karen Raymond and husband Mourad BenHassen of East Syracuse; great-granddaughters, Nadia BenHassen and Sonya BenHassen of East Syracuse; and  numerous family and friends, including special friends, Irene Guske of West Winfield, and Tammy David, Donna Maunz and Amanda Thorngren of the PRC Social Day Care Program in New Hartford.

Calling hours will be at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St. Fulton, Sunday, Aug. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. with a funeral procession Monday, Aug. 27 at 8:45 a.m. to Holy Trinity Church, corner of Rochester and Third streets, Fulton, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Burial will in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Contributions may be made to the Cedarville Volunteer Fire Department, Cedarville, NY or the Volney Volunteer Fire Department, Fulton, NY.

The family also requests that family and friends commit a random act of kindness to someone in need to honor her life.


CDC: West Nile virus on the rise

by Carol Thompson

As another infected pool of mosquitoes was found in Oswego County, U.S. officials have announced that West Nile virus is on the increase, having been found in 47 states.

A total of 1,118 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 41 deaths, have been reported to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of these, 629 (56 percent) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 489 (44 percent) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease, according to the CDC.

The 1,118 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to the CDC through the third week in August since West Nile virus was first detected in the United States in 1999.

Recently, in Onondaga County, an adult fell victim to the disease and in the City of Oswego, a child is reportedly recovering from the virus.

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Dale Shortslef, retired from Novelis

Dale R. Shortslef, 61, of Oswego, died unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Oswego, he had lived in Sterling prior to moving to Oswego in 1975. He retired from Novelis in 2007 as a mill operator after 36 years of service.

After retirement, he returned to work as a grounds keeper at the Oswego Country Club in Oswego. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, cooking and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his mother, Norma J. Shortslef, who died April 21, 2009.

Surviving are three children, Andrea Shortslef, James Shortslef and Kristy Shortslef; four grandchildren, Camryn, Logan, Zachary and Hannah; father, Ward Shortslef; a brother, Gary Shortslef; and several nieces and nephews. Services were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Burial was in Springbrook Cemetery, Sterling. Calling hours were held Wednesday at the funeral home.

Hannibal Home and School will be hosting the Kindergarten Ice Cream Social Aug. 29.

In And Around Hannibal: August 25, 2012

Hannibal Home and School will be hosting the Kindergarten Ice Cream Social Aug. 29.

by Rita Hooper

Politics are sure getting interesting.

I have put a self-imposed ban on this column not to discuss politics or religion, but after more than 30 years of writing, I’m beginning to feel I may just have to break that band.

Suffice it to say, I hope sex education has gotten better in the schools than it was in the 60s. Some of my older readers will remember that back then we thought babies came from cabbage patches and were bought by storks. Kissing could make you pregnant.

Parents were supposed to have the “talk” with their children. Some did but many were ignorant on the topic themselves or felt embarrassed to be discussing such an issue with their children.

It was also suggested that you talk with your pastor (more people went to church back then) but for the most part they fell in the same category as parents.  Obviously, keeping the younger population in the dark about such an important issue didn’t work. Young adults were pretty much left on their own to educate themselves…some did, some didn’t.

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Ever wonder where the expression “egg in your beer” came from?  Probably not – but it did come up in conversation this week so I was led to do a little research.

It’s definition seems to be one of wealth or a bonus. Sort of like you have a coat, what do you want a mink?

Some “experts” report that egg in your beer was thought of as an aphrodisiac. Some credit it to World War II when both eggs and beer were expensive and not easily gotten. One source alleges it to be a Polish custom at Christmas.

Some drink the beer with a raw egg (an especially bad practice considering what we now know about eating raw eggs) and others drink it with a cooked egg. But I think most of us would agree, just the thought of eggs in your beer could well make you sick!

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The Hannibal Jammers will be meeting Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the American Legion. If you like country, bluegrass and a little Gospel come on down and over and spend an evening with some good music and friends.

The Hannibal Senior Meals program will meet at the Senior Center at the Library Building on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon for lunch. Most of the folks come earlier for cards and games, conversation and coffee.

This week’s menu features meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, juice, peaches on Monday and egg salad sandwich, pasta/vegetable salad, fruit cup, gelatin on Wednesday. Friday’s menu is seasoned chicken, creamed potatoes, mixed vegetables, applesauce, orange juice.

To make your reservation, please call Rosemary at 564-5471.

Hannibal Elderberries will be meeting at Scott’s Pond this Tuesday evening. Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service and beverage. Bob Simmons will be leading in some singing after dinner.

Don’t forget to include the food pantry at the Hannibal Resource Center on your shopping list.  Lend a hand to your neighbors who need a hand up; remember some day it could be you! The center is located in the basement of Our Lady of the Rosary’s rectory across from the High School.

The Hannibal Methodist Church hosts a free chili and soup lunch on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Good food and good people to talk with. Take-outs available.

Hannibal Home and School will be hosting the Kindergarten Ice Cream Social Aug. 29.  Email or call Marian 564-5872 or Tina 678-2167 to RSVP or with any questions or if you would like to volunteer to help.

Hannibal Home and School will have its first meeting of the school year Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the parent room in the Kenney Middle School.

Would you like to honor or keep the memory alive of someone special to you in Hannibal? Buy a brick for the park with their name on it. Call Peg Shepard at 564-6998.

The following is Hannibal sports schedule:

The varsity football team will scrimmage Bishop Grimes Today, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. in Hannibal.

The football team will have its first game at home against Jordan-Elbridge Friday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m.

In addition, the varsity soccer team will scrimmage Cato at Cato Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. The team’s first game will be Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Cazenovia.

The first day of all modified sports practices will begin Thursday, Sept. 6.

This column is written for the folks in and around Hannibal so please keep me informed of your groups doings so I can pass the word around. Thanks.

Leon Archer

The Sportsman’s World: August 25, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

Well, it’s happened. We’ve worked and played our way through another summer and fall is just over the horizon.

New licenses are available and it’s time to get them and apply for our deer management permits. Goose season starts next week and don’t forget to get your new duck stamp. You can hunt in September on last year’s license, but not the old duck stamp.

Hunters new to goose hunting may wonder after cooking and eating their first goose, if they should bother to continue to hunt these birds. They can range from tasty and tender to tough and sort of gamey.

I have found that birds of the year are almost always good on the table, but the adults are a mixed bag. Even a prehistoric velociraptor might have had a difficult time ripping and chewing up an old goose.

Many people, even veteran waterfowlers, are often unaware of just how long geese can live. The average life span of Canada geese is between 10 to 25 years; although, some tagged wild geese have been known to live longer than 30 years, and some captive pairs have lived for nearly 45 years.

Probably the average age of geese depends to a large extent on the amount of hunting pressure they receive, and lighter hunting pressure would insure more geese reaching senility.

So the hunter who happens to bag a goose that has raised 20 families of goslings, is going to find it just a tad less than tender.

The average adult Canada goose weighs around 10 pounds with young birds somewhat less, but don’t figure you’ve got a young tender bird just because it is smaller than the others, especially later in the season when the northern migrants start arriving. There are 11 subspecies of Canada geese, a number of which we will probably never see in New York State, but our geese can still range in weight from 3 up to 23 pounds.

Our early season resident geese are a lot more homogeneous species wise, so the odds are good that a small goose will be young of the year, especially if it has a shorter neck than bigger birds. These young birds will be tender if they are not over cooked.

When one stops to consider the factors that will toughen up a goose breast, other than age alone, it’s a wonder that they don’t all have to be run through a meat grinder.

They daily have to lift an average of 11 pounds off the ground or water and fly miles to feeding areas. Some fly hundreds, even a thousand or more miles in migration, and they may reach heights over 9000 feet. The main purpose of that big breast is to provide the power for their great wings. If we exercised our arms like they do their wings, we would have muscles like stone too.

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A Little Of This And A Little Of That: August 25, 2012

by Paul McKinney

This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-Republican or Democrat.

I received this from a friend. Mr. Reese posted it on the internet and asked that it be passed along to the 300,000,000 Americans out there. After 49 years of reporting, this is Mr. Reese’s final article.

Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day.

It’s a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering. The title of the column is “545 vs. 300,000,000” and is written by Charlie Reese:

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code. Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy. Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing.

I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

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Valley Viewpoints: Labor Day

by Tracy Kinne of Parish

As Labor Day approaches, I am reminded of the benefits of labor unions and the challenges those unions face today.

I’ve never been a union member, but I, like countless other workers in the United States, have benefited from the union movement.

When I left my editing position at a newspaper and took a low-wage cashier job just before the Great Recession, I could clearly see the benefits unions had afforded me.

I got rest breaks — at the company’s convenience, for sure, but still one every two to three hours. I wasn’t allowed to work six hours or more without a lunch break.

I was scheduled for five days of work each week, although I almost always had to sign up for extra shifts to make ends meet, sometimes working 21 days in a row.

I used to wonder, what would this be like if not for the labor unions?

Today, there is a lot of talk about labor union excesses, and I see them myself — the neighbor who in retirement gets a state pension larger than my gross income in my best year working as a full-time journalist for one of the better-paying newspapers in the area.

But mostly, I see where we still need unions.

I talked the other day with one of my former co-workers at the big box store where I used to work.

She told me another cashier was fired for a minor infraction but told to reapply in eight weeks and she would be rehired — at a lower pay rate.

This Labor Day, let’s remember the value of unions.