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Gloria Dickquist, former county resident

Gloria Jean “Grandma G” Dickquist, 70, of Winston-Salem, N.C., died at her home Saturday, July 28, 2012.

She was born in Oswego County Dec. 14, 1941, the daughter of the late Joseph P. Dickquist and Catherine Duda Dickquist.

Ms. Dickquist retired from the County of Onondaga in New York.

After retirement, she became a volunteer teacher’s aid at Lake Alfred Elementary School in Lake Alfred, Fla.

She then left Florida to be closer with her family in Pfafftown.

She is survived by a son, Daniel Ingleston and wife Terri of Pfafftown; three grandsons, Cory Ingleston (Janet Idol), Tyler Ingleston (Jessi Idol), and Evan Ingleston; a brother, Joseph J. Dickquist and wife Jeanne of Fulton; a sister, Marsha A. Loosen and husband Norbert of Fulton; and several aunts, uncles and extended family.

The family received friends Tuesday.

Contributions may be made to; American Cancer Society, 4 A Oak Branch Dr., Greensboro, NC 27407.

Minority leader: ‘Taxpayers lose’ with clerk contract

by Carol Thompson

When the Oswego County Legislature meets Aug. 9, the Republican majority is expected to pass a contract for data imaging services that will be more costly to taxpayers.

“It’s a joke,” Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said.

He and the other four members of the Democrat caucus will not support the recommended vendor, Kunzwiler noted.

In what some legislators said is expected to be a controversial meeting, it is expected the contract will be approved despite opposition.

Last week, Republican members of the legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee voted to recommend Info Quick Solutions, Inc. (IQS) of Liverpool receive the contract, based on a recommendation from County Clerk George Williams.

A panel was named to perform a blind review of the proposals and rate each one using a scoring system.

IQS was given the lowest score of the five companies vying for the contract.

IQS was given an overall score of 457.25 while Property Info Corp. had the highest score at 649 followed by ACS Systems with a score of 618.25. IMR received a score of 561.25 and New Vision was scored at 516.25.

Each vendor was given four pricing options. Option four, which would require county-owned hardware, had IQS with the second highest pricing. IQS submitted a proposal for $13,543.

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Backstreet Books to host book signing with author Tom Rivers

Ever wonder how your food gets from the field to your plate?

For Tom Rivers, a reporter for The Daily News in Batavia who covers agriculture and community issues, that question inspired him to find the answer first hand and led him on a journey that took him into those fields.

To discover just how food does get from field to table, Rivers took a leave of absence from his job to join the field hands across New York State.

For one year, he worked the many aspects of agriculture, from the backbreaking work of picking cucumbers, to dairy farms.

As he worked side by side with the farm workers, Rivers developed a new perspective on the physical demands of farm work and a renewed respect for the men and women who work these jobs for days, weeks and years to bring food to our table.

Despite the physical demands of the job, Rivers noted the pride and resilience of the workers as they go about their daily work.

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Bridge work to pick up next week, delays expected

Construction work continues on the Broadway Bridge in Fulton. Starting next week, traffic will be shifting to the north side of the bridge with only one lane eastbound and one lane westbound. The rebuilding of the bridge will take another year and a half to complete.

by Nicole Reitz

Those living and driving through Fulton’s west side can expect delays near the Broadway Bridge next week.

Construction work is about to be kicked up a notch.

So far, work that has completed on the four-lane bridge included the temporary north-side sidewalk. This wooden pathway allows foot travelers to get from one side of the bridge to the other and accommodates traffic flow.

Starting next week, traffic will be shifting to the north side of the bridge with only one lane eastbound and one lane westbound. Pedestrians will be allowed on the five-foot wide temporary sidewalk along the north-side of the bridge.

Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 7, a new, temporary traffic signal — recently installed by the New York State Department of Transportation — will begin regulating traffic at the intersection of West Broadway and West Second Street South.

Because of the closure of some lanes during the construction project, left turns for westbound bridge traffic at West First Street South will be prohibited, Fulton police officials said.

The new traffic signal will allow for a greater volume of left turn traffic of westbound traffic on State Route 3 at the intersection of West Second Street.

The police department is also advising motorists that the construction project will most likely lead to delays on the Oneida Street Bridge and its surrounding intersections as well. This will be due to the anticipation of vehicular traffic attempting to avoid the Broadway Bridge construction area.

Police are urging motorists to plan accordingly for the change in traffic patterns and for traffic delays.

Motorists are also asked not to enter an intersection if it causes their vehicle to block the intersection.  Blocking an intersection is a violation of the vehicle and traffic law and creates further traffic delays and hazards, police said.

The police department will be closely monitoring traffic and will be taking appropriate enforcement action during the construction project.

According to New York State Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Gene Cilento, the bridge’s renovation plan is over 300 pages and discusses the separate phases of construction.

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Michael Trail, Fulton resident

Michael T. Trail, 44, of Fulton, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at University Hospital in Syracuse.

Born in Hornell, he had lived in Fulton for the past five years, previously living in Myrtle Beach.

He enjoyed watching movies, especially Star Trek movies, and cooking.

Surviving are his mother, Marcia K. Trail of Fulton; father, Robert Trail of Hornell; two sisters, Kimberly Trail and Kathy Furbeck, both of Fulton; two brothers, Robert Trail of New York City and Mark Trail of Hannibal; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life was held Thursday at Fulton First United Methodist Church, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Founders Affiliate of American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has charge of arrangements.

Loop Around the Lake Kid’s Fun event

The Fulton YMCA announced its partnership with Red Baron Pizza for the Loop Around the Lake Kid’s Fun event.

The fun run is geared for children ages 4-12 and will offer the following distances: for 5 and under, 70 yards; 6-7 year olds, 1/4 mile; 8-9 year olds, 1/2 mile; and 10-12 year olds, one mile.

Snoopy from MetLife will be on hand to help with the start of each event. When the kids are done with their individual races, they will be able to participate in inflatable fun, face painting, finger printing and refreshments.

Each child will get a T-shirt, a goody bag and a finisher ribbon for being a participant.

For adults, the annual “Loop Around the Lake” registration is open to the public. This race is comprised of a 15 kilometer run, a 5 kilometer run, and a 5 kilometer walk.

The three events cater to every one of all levels of physical fitness.

“We offer three different categories to help encourage everyone to participate,” a YMCA spokesperson said. “Our goal is to include people who have never run a road race before and have always wanted too.”

The Kids’ Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. The Loop’s 15K/5K Run and 5K Walk will start at 8:30 a.m.

Both events take place at the Fulton War Memorial Saturday, Aug. 25.

Race Applications are available at the Fulton YMCA or by logging onto or by visiting


Hodgepodge: August 4, 2012

by Roy Hodge

I have often wondered about the little person or persons who seem to live somewhere inside my computer’s keyboard.

Here’s the scenario: I sit down at the keyboard with a pretty good idea of what I am going to do for my next column. I have a plan in my head and I often also have two or three sheets of scribbled notes to supplement the plan I have in my head.

I wrote the above paragraph a few days ago and looking at it now I’m not sure where I was trying to get with it. Let me think about it. I guess where the little “gremlins” at work inside my keyboard might come into play is when a perfectly reasonable word which makes sense in the sentence in which it is used, turns into anything but – affectionately known to us who make them as “typos.”

It is very difficult after writing “Hodgepodge” for 33-1/2 years not to have at least mentioned many subjects that I think about in another column sometime along the way. It is also convenient at times to repeat a portion of a column, or even an entire column from another time.

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In And Around Hannibal: August 4, 2012

Rita Hooper

I understand Diane Sawyer did a report recently on imported goods to this country. I missed the program, but it was noted that for about $64, the difference you would need to spend to Buy American rather than purchasing items imported from a foreign country.

She said that about 200,000 new jobs would be created for American manufacturers. If 200 million Americans refuse to buy just $20 worth of imports, we could put a billion dollars of trade imbalance in our favor.

American ends in “I Can.” As Americans, why not try buying American for the month of August? Check those labels as you buy school clothes and supplies, don’t forget that we are importing many foods too.

I’m not calling for us to be isolationists, but I am hoping to call your attention to a situation that you can do something about.

Just imagine if the companies doing most of the importing lost a 12th of their business?

Buying imports has not created jobs in the U.S. — but it has cost us jobs! Shop Locally – buy Made in America!

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The Hannibal Methodist Church’s sixth annual turkey barbecue will be Sunday, Aug. 5 from noon till 3. Bob Simmons and some of the Monday night Jammers will be providing bluegrass sounds for your enjoyment.

It might be a good time to bring and drop off some canned goods, cereal, boxed mac and cheese and the old faithful, peanut butter for the Hannibal Resource Center.

Senior Meal Program will be hosting lunch Monday, Wednesday and  Friday at noon. Come early for coffee, conversation and games. They meet at the Senior Center (Library Building) on Oswego Street.

Monday, the menu features meatloaf and gravy, Wednesday includes egg salad sandwiches among other cold plate favorites, and Friday will be fish and baked potatoes. Call Rosemary at  564-5471, to make your reservation.

The Jammers will meet at the Legion on Rochester Street for their Monday night Jam. It will be held from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Summer Reading Program continues at the Hannibal Free Library and runs through Aug. 16. Children are encouraged to come in and sign up if they haven’t already done so.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. are crafts, reading and activities. Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. is the tennis program. All activities are at the library.

The Southwest Oswego Methodist Church will hold a concert Tuesday, Aug. 7. Bonnie B. Good will be performing at 7 p.m.

Please bring your own lawn chair and refreshments will be available. Additional concerts may be added. The church is located at 7721 State Route 104.

Thursday at 11:30 a.m., the Methodist Church will hold a chilli-soup lunch. This is available for free to any and all who would like to come to the church on Church Street, one block west of the Village Square.

Take-outs are available. Good food, good fellowship at comfortable temperatures.

The pantry at the Hannibal Resource Center, across from the High School in Hannibal, is looking very slim. If you can help fatten their shelves with some food donations, it would be appreciated.

Please drop them off at the center or one of the village churches on Sunday morning.

Remember with school closed for the summer, many families have extra meals to prepare, and their belts are tightening!

Hannibal Home and School will be hosting a Kindergarten Ice Cream Social Aug. 29. Invitations will be sent home in the mail with more information. Email or call Marian 564-5872 or Tina 678-2167 to RSVP or with any questions.

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.

Please let me know what’s happening in your group, club, and church so I can keep the rest of Hannibal informed.