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Historian Thomas Ebert will share information on how to research one’s Civil War ancestors Thursday, Aug. 15 at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. Pictured is a Civil War artillery unit at Fort Ontario.

Civil War Historian to present research at Fort Ontario

Historian Thomas Ebert will share information on how to research one’s Civil War ancestors Thursday, Aug. 15 at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. Pictured is a Civil War artillery unit at Fort Ontario.

During the American Civil War (1861 – 1865), Oswego County provided more men to Civil War regiments, on a percentage basis, than any other county in the state. Civil War historian and Oswego native Thomas J. Ebert will speak Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 7:15 p.m. in the Enlisted Men’s Barracks of Fort Ontario about how to go about researching one’s Civil War ancestors. Admission to the program is free and open to the public.

Ebert will discuss his journey in finding and verifying his Oswego County Civil War ancestors, highlight some of the problems and pitfalls typically encountered during such research, distribute copies of helpful resources, and provide advice to participants interested in conducting their own research.

Thomas Ebert was born in Oswego and holds a BA and MA in History and an MLS in Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany. A retired librarian and personnel officer of California State University at Fresno, Ebert has compiled an Ebert-McGrath family genealogy, a three-volume documentary history of Oswego’s 147th New York Infantry Regiment, and an annotated brief history of the 184th New York Infantry Regiment.

He is currently working on a documentary history of the 81st New York Infantry Regiment and has done research and editorial work for the book by Dr. Allen Carden entitled “Freedom’s Delay: Emancipation in America 1776-1865,” recently submitted for publication.

Ebert is a descendent of members of the 24th, 81st, 147th, and 184th New York Infantry Regiments, as well as the 12th, 15th, 20th, 24th New York Cavalry Regiments, and the US Navy during the Civil War.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the City of Oswego. Anyone with accessibility issues should contact Paul Lear at 343-4711 to make arrangements.

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Gladys Rappleye

Oswego woman celebrates 100th birthday

Gladys Rappleye

Over 100 family and friends gathered together to celebrate the 100th birthday of Gladys Rappleye Sunday Aug. 5 at the Scriba Volunteer Fire Department Hall. Rappleye was born in the town of Palermo August 4, 1912 to Carl and Edna Snyder. She has resided in Oswego most of her life.

Mrs. Rappleye was the first recording secretary for the Scriba Volunteer Fire Dept. Auxiliary, where she is still a member. She is a 50-year member of the Eastern Star and a member of The DAR. She is an active member of the First United Methodist Church.

Gladys retired from Frank G. Wells men’s clothing store after 33 years as a secretary. She resides in Oswego with her husband Stewart, where she enjoys quilting, eating at restaurants, spending time with her family and fascinating them with stories of her life.

Family members from all over New York State, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Oregon, New Hampshire, Texas, and Michigan joined her in the celebration of her century long life.

In addition to the many well wishes she received from family and friends, Mrs. Rappleye also received birthday wishes from President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama, George W. Bush, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Patty Ritchie and Willard Scott.

Shock on top of Empire Football League standings after holding off Albany

by Rob Tetro

A season ago, The Syracuse Shock lost to league rival Albany in the championship game of the Empire Football League playoffs. However, when The Shock went to Albany Aug. 4, they weren’t just playing for retribution. This was a battle for the top spot in the league standings.

With all of the storylines leading up to this match up of two league rivals, the game lived up to its billing. Unfortunately for Albany, the efforts of DeWayne Gordon and Tyrone Burke Jr. proved to be too much to overcome. The Shock held on for a 32-26 win over Albany, which puts them in first place in the Empire Football League standings.

The Shock built a two touchdown lead during the first quarter. Albany responded during the second quarter. They outscored Syracuse to cut their lead down to 13 points at 20-7 going into halftime. Albany continued their subtle rally during the third quarter. They outscored The Shock to cut their lead down to 12 points at 26-14 going into the fourth quarter.

Albany kicked its rally into a higher gear during the fourth quarter. They scored 12 unanswered and tied the score late in the game. With momentum strongly favoring Albany, Syracuse’s Tyrone Burke Jr. delivered a stiffling blow, taking the wind out of Albany’s sails.

After Albany tied the game at 26, Burke returned the ensuing kickoff 87 yards. Following Burke’s kickoff return, The Shock went on to score the game winning points to prevail with the six point win.

Despite a balanced offensive effort, Syracuse had ten more passing attempts than they did rushing against Albany. Quarterback T.J. Sheard was 14 out of 33 passing for 149 yards with two touchdowns while throwing three interceptions. Sheard also had 19 yards rushing on four carries.

Leading the way for The Shock on the ground once again was DeWayne Gordon. Gordon had 133 yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns. Gordon’s last touchdown run came late in the game following Burke’s crucial kickoff return. Fullback James Chaplin also chipped in 18 yards on three carries for The Shock.

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Volney Senior Citizens News

August 1st was our noon meeting and another hot day. We sure have had some warm weather this year. The summer has just flown by.

Our birthday folks are Barry Newman and Bev Reynolds. Many more to both of you.

Julie Lanning was out 50-50 winner. It is fun to win the prize.

Our guest was Judy Wanke and the new member was Patricia Kerfein. Welcome ladies.

Wednesday, Sept. 5 there will be flu shots available right after our meeting. You can also get a shingles and a pertussis vaccination. Medicare will cover the flu shot but not the other two.

Our picnic was great and the food was really good, all you could eat and we did not have to cook it.

Aug. 27 we are going to the State Fair. It is so nice to get on the bus and get into the fair with no problems finding a parking spot.

Sept. 10 is a trip to go see Randy Riggle who is a nationally touring comedian. Join us for an afternoon of nostalgic memories of a by-gone era.

The next meeting is Aug. 15 at 5 p.m.

Some people make the world more special just being in it.

-Alma Bowering

Valley Viewpoints: Setting a good example

by Bob & Sandy Weston of Fulton

We would like to publicly thank two young people for taking the time to care for and improve the appearance of our city. We observed Courtney Whaley and Daniel Grandinetti, both juniors at G. Ray Bodley High School, with bags in hand picking up litter on the side of the road and front lawns of the neighborhood.

Courtney and Daniel certainly set a good example for all of us, young and old alike, to take pride in our neighborhoods. They acted on their own, not part of an organized cleanup, because it was the right thing to do.

We wonder what some people are thinking when they act irresponsibly by tossing their garbage (water bottles, soda cans, fast food wrappers, etc.) alongside the road for someone else to pick up.

Thanks again Courtney and Daniel for a job well done.

In And Around Hannibal: August 11, 2012

by Rita Hooper

Well today (Tuesday last) I find myself in Millinocket, Maine. That’s not downeast it’s up in the back woods. This is logging country.  Perhaps you’ve seen the television series on loggers – well Millinocket is one of the places used in that series.  It’s far enough north that the speed limit on Interstate 95 is 75 mph!

Mills have closed but there is one left in East Millinocket – people either work in the mill, the schools or tourism industry.  It’s a very laid back kind of place, not much pretense.  In some ways it reminds me of our own county but the scenery is more like the Adirondacks. It abounds in lakes and rivers, everything looks very pristine, wonder if it will be in 100 years. They are working hard to keep it that way.

Yesterday, friends took me on the Golden Road. I was fortunate to have a local science teacher for a guide. The scenic side roads are not well marked if it all. Many of the dirt roads resemble paths. Some say it is called the Golden Road because it could have been paved in gold as they figure it cost a million dollars a mile to build it. It’s sort of like Route 66 in the days of olde – you have to drive it at least once in your lifetime.  It was built by the paper companies for logging the Northern woods and is still used primarily by logging trucks.

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Daniel M. Kelly Jr., former cook at Mimi’s

Daniel M. Kelly Jr., 43 of Martville, died Monday, August 6, 2012 at Oswego Hospital following a sudden illness.

A native of Riverside, Calif., he had resided in Martville, Fulton and New Mexico.

Mr. Kelly had worked at Patterson Warehousing and was a former cook at Red Brick Pub and Mimi’s Drive Inn all in Fulton. He loved and was loved by his family and friends. He enjoyed music and playing drums.

Surviving are his wife, Josephine “Jo” Manford Kelly; children, Katrina, Christina, William, Renee, Christopher, Octavian and Destiny; stepchildren, Angelica, LaTasha, Nicole, Auburn and James Jr.; grandchildren; parents, Jeanette and Jack Morrison; brothers, Jack II, Michael, Christopher and David; many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, Aug. 14 from noon to 2 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. There will be no services.