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Hodgepodge: July 28, 2012

by Roy Hodge

A column I wrote during the summer of 1980 reminded me of a difficult period of my life as a responsible, but maybe a bit overly cautious, even cowardly, parent as I guided my youngest son through area amusement parks and carnivals.

Adam was nine, almost ten, and the two older boys were old enough that summer trips to amusement parks with their parents weren’t on their “must do” lists anymore.

Adam was old enough to want to go on the most exciting rides, and I — who was elected by a committee of one to go with him — was old enough to want to stand by and watch others go on those exciting rides.

I wrote back then:

“C’mon Dad, you’re being a chicken.”

I had just lost my annual amusement park argument. It’s been happening for years. I don’t care for the words “chicken,” or “coward.” I prefer to look at it as a cautious intelligence.

I have never been able to convince my companions through the years that bravado at the amusement park does not make a man, and I have found myself hammered by The Hammer, torpedoed by the Torpedo, tornadoed by The Tornado, scrambled by The Scrambler, and whipped by The Whip.

The rides always seem to have nerve-calming names like those.

This summer it was an iron monstrosity affectionately known as The Wild Mouse, and the next thing I knew I was helplessly strapped in with a nine-year-old at my side.

“This is gonna be fun, Dad.”

“Dad, what are you doing down there? Sit up straight.”

“Open your eyes Dad, we haven’t even started yet.”

“You don’t have to hold on that tight, Dad. Your knuckles are all white.”

“You better take off your glasses so you don’t lose them when we go upside down.”

“Get back in, Dad, I was only kidding about the upside down part.”

“No, Dad, that wasn’t the worse part; we’re still on the way up.”

“There’s no emergency brake.”

“Didn’t I tell you that was going to be fun?”

“Dad, why are you walking funny like that?”

“I don’t think he’s smiling Mom, I think his teeth are like that so he won’t scream.”

We went to the Valley Field Days this week. That particular five days of fun is named for the Valley section of Syracuse, where I lived when I was born and for the first 21 years or so of my life. I live very close to that area again.

The Valley Field Days was an annual summer event for me and the kids I grew up with. We rode the rides, played the games, and ate the food every year and had a great time.

The Valley Field Days are held each year in mid-July at the same place they were then – at Meacham Field, which is around the corner from Valley – my high school.

When my wife and I went to the field days this week, we watched others ride the rides and play the games, but we joined them for the eating part.

Part way through my slice of pepperoni pizza I noticed that my wife seemed to be writing; she was scribbling on what looked to me to be a used, greasy napkin.  I had forgotten that I had taught her to keep track of what the other people were doing at events such as this one, in case I needed the information later on.

Using the information that I rescued from between the greasy spots on my wife’s napkin I can tell you:

People were eating most of the favorites from years ago. Pizza seemed to be a top choice now as it was back then.  There were hamburgers, hotdogs, and French fries, of course – all of the fifties’ favorites.

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Tracey Hotaling, former Fulton resident

Tracey E. Hotaling, 73, of Oswego, died Sunday, July 22, 2012 at University Hospital, Syracuse after a long illness.

He was the son of the late Tracey and Bernis (Winks) Hotaling. Mr. Hotaling was a resident of Fulton for over 47 years and just recently moved to Oswego.

Mr. Hotaling was past employed with Londy Argo, Syracuse as a house mover. He enjoyed making people smile and he loved to fish.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, Virginia Hotaling, who died in 2011.

He is survived by two children,  Teresa (Rick) Maine of Hannibal and Trace (Carol) Hotaling of Volney; four step-children, David Phillips of Phoenix, Liz Terrimiggi of Fulton, Billy Phillips of Phoenix, and Helen Short of Oswego; two sisters, Patricia Fellows of Phoenix and Janet Sheets of Auburn; five grandchildren, Rick, Connie, Shirley, Terri and Brian; and several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services and burial were held Friday at Mt. Adnah Cemetery with the Rev. Sandra Rude officiating.

Calling hours were conducted Thursday at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

In And Around Hannibal: July 28, 2012

Rita Hooper

I’ve just returned from the national conference of Presbyterian Women held in Orlando – weather in Hannibal and vicinity was just about the same as there but we were meeting in a guaranteed 72 degree zone – life ain’t all bad!

Unfortunately when I returned home, my mailboxes were not exactly overflowing with new news! Please try to do better next week!

If you’ve ever wondered what happens to the kits your church puts together for Church World Service, I invite you to come to First United Church of Fulton, where I will be doing a power point program on my trip to the New Windsor Warehouse of CWS.  The church is at 33 S. Third St.  With school sales beginning, remember the Stuff A Bus Project in our county and CWS school kit program.

The 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.

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Priscilla Colosimo, elementary teacher

Priscilla (Looker) Colosimo of Milwaukee, Wisc. and recently of Savannah, Ga., died July 21, 2012 after a long illness.

She was born Jan. 25, 1921 to Floyd and Maud Looker in Mt. Pleasant, N.Y. She married Robert Colosimo of Fulton, who predeceased her in 1999.

She was an elementary teacher in the Fulton schools before relocating with her family to Waterford, Wisc. in 1966, where she was a librarian and an elementary teacher in the Fox River School.

She returned to New York State and became a registered nurse. She worked in Lee Memorial Hospital and the Harwood and Michaud Nursing Homes as well as private duty nursing.

She and her husband moved back to Milwaukee where she lived until 2009 when she went to Savannah.  She was a parishioner of St. Bernadette Church in Milwaukee.

She is survived by five children, Judith (Milo) Moore of Savannah; Jacqueline (Dick) Henning of Appleton, Wisc.; Janelle of San Mateo, Calif.; Jerrold of Milwaukee; and Jennifer Naus of Appleton; and eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was also predeceased by her daughter, Julie (Bob) Johnson, who died in 2010.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church, Milwaukee, July 27.

Krause Funeral Home, Milwaukee, was in care of arrangements.


GOP legislators block property tax break

by Carol Thompson

Republican lawmakers blocked an effort by the Democrat caucus that would allow homeowners who make improvements to their property to receive a tax break.

During Wednesday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature’s Consumer and Community Affairs Committee, a resolution was presented to schedule a public hearing on the issue.

Legislator Jake Mulcahey, a Democrat, made the motion to set the hearing date. Legislators Dan Chalifoux, Mary Flett, Kevin Gardner, Terry Wilbur, John Martino and Robert Hayes, all Republicans, sat in silence.

With the lack of a second to the motion, the resolution cannot be brought to the floor. “I guess it dies then,” said Wilbur, who chairs the committee.

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Longtime assistant to lead Fulton

by Rob Tetro

Jeff Rothrock is going into his 16th season as a Fulton football coach.

This season, however, will be his first as a head coach.

Rothrock is replacing Mike Conners, who was hired as the athletic director and football coach in Oswego.

Rothrock pointed out that Fulton’s football program isn’t at the level that it needs to be.

He added that the coaching staff is ready to set the foundation for development towards the competitive landscape that they feel they belong in.

Part of this process includes working to increase competition from a week to week basis with the expectation of being even tougher on game day.

Rothrock said he hopes to create an environment where his players are developing on and off the field.

“Whether that growth is as a football player, in the classroom or as a person, we will challenge them to become better,” Rothrock said.

Craig Halladay, Bob Galini J.r, Chuck Bono and Chuck VanBuren will serve as assistant coaches.

Fulton football practices begin Aug. 13.

County to participate in ‘yellow dot’ program

by Carol Thompson

A new program being promoted by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association could help emergency responders provide better medical care immediately after a car crash or any other emergency.

The goal of the “Yellow Dot” program is “to help first responders provide life-saving medical attention” by having drivers store basic medical information in the glove compartments of their cars.

Started in Connecticut in 2002, the program has begun to spread nationally. Approximately 30 counties in New York State participate in the program that is free to both residents and the county.

Free kits are available that contain a medical information card and a Yellow Dot decal. Participants complete the card, attach a recent photo and place it in the glove compartment of their vehicle. Participants then place the Yellow Dot decal on the rear driver’s side window to let first responders know to look for the information.

The service is also available to those placing the sticker near the front door of their home and the medical information is placed in the freezer.

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