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Clara Kurhela, former Schroeppel resident

Clara M. Kurhela, 88, a former Schroeppel resident, died at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton, Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

She was born in Volney to her late parents, Clara (Baker) and James Curran.

She was a lab technician for General Electric, Syracuse, retiring in 1984 after 24 years of service.

A lady of faith, she was a member of the Central Square Congregation of the Jehovah’s Witnessess.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wlfred G. Kurhela in 2004, and her son, Eric Kurhela in 2003.

Surviving are her daughters and son, Elizabeth Russell of Inverness, Fla., Elsa (Sully) Nappa of Hannibal, and Arvid Kurhela of Phoenix; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held today, July 7 at 10 a.m. at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix. Calling hours were held yesterday at the funeral home.

Burial will be held Tuesday, July 10 at 10 a.m. in Roosevelt Cemetery, 4434 N.Y.S. Rte. 49, Schroeppel.

Contributions may be made to Central Square Congregation of the Jehovah’s  Wittnesses, 12 Gildner Rd., Central Square, NY 13036.

In And Around Hannibal: June 7, 2012

Rita F. Hooper   

Remember when you looked forward to getting the mail?

Long letters from your favorite aunt, handmade Valentine cards, love letters from a special someone, notes from your parents while at college or in the military  Now it seems the only mail I get is related to money.  How about you?

I get the usual bills — some have been cut down since I’ve begun computerizing them, but not all, so the bills still come in. Then there is all that junk stuff from mega merchants telling me to buy their sale items which may or may not be a real sale item. It does help to fill the recycle bin.

Isn’t it interesting that you don’t get much from the homegrown hardware store or pharmacy…just from the big guys.

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Pictured are the winners of the seventh annual Oswego Industries Golf Open. “The Big Dipper,” captained by Shirley Baker, pose for a picture between putts.

Oswego Industries raises nearly $7,000

Pictured are the winners of the seventh annual Oswego Industries Golf Open. “The Big Dipper,” captained by Shirley Baker, pose for a picture between putts.

Oswego Industries raised a net profit of $6,977 at its seventh annual Golf Open June 23 at Battle Island Golf Course in Fulton.

Funds raised will benefit rehabilitation programs at Oswego Industries, Inc., which has been providing services to individuals with disabilities in Oswego County since 1968.

Players enjoyed themselves on the beautiful Saturday morning and tested themselves at the event’s signature “Disability Hole” challenge.

This year’s challenge required players to wear a blindfold while teeing off on the first hole.

The contest was a playful reminder of the condition of lacking visual perception due to physiological or neurological factors that face many Oswego County citizens every day.

Each year, players at the Disability Hole are required to tee off while simulating a disability. The challenge changes each year and is a closely guarded secret up until the day of the tournament.

The winner for Longest Drive on the Disability Hole for women was Susan Bray and for men was Alan Caster.

The winning team for this year’s tournament was “The Big Dipper,” captained by Shirley Baker. The Par 3 Poker prize was won by the Oswego Industries team, captained by Larry Steinburg.

Other contest winners included Closest to the Pin contest winners Corrine MacEwen and Bill Viscome and Longest Drive winners Kelly Wells and Ben Savory.


Phoenix receives funding for ‘Music in the Park’

The Phoenix Community Concert Series Partnership — comprised of the Town of Schroeppel, Phoenix Community and Youth Council, Phoenix Public Library, Fulton Savings Bank, NYS Council on the Arts, and the Cultural Resources Council — has been awarded $750 from the Cultural Resources Council under the 2012 Community Arts Grants Program.

This Phoenix Partnership will share $120,000 with 70 other not-for-profit organizations and 9 regional artists. The money will be used for community-based cultural projects in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties.

The Cultural Resources Council supports worthwhile local projects throughout Central New York — from neighborhood festivals to exhibitions, performances, and educational programs.

Community Arts Grants were awarded with funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

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Legislator, Board of Elections commissioner spar at meeting

by Carol Thompson

Is it a shortfall or an anticipated shortfall?

Semantics played into a disagreement between Oswego County Board of Elections Commissioner Dick Atkins and Legislator Dan Chalifoux during Tuesday’s meeting of the legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee.

Atkins and fellow commissioner Donald Wart had requested a $55,000 budget transfer to cover the cost of ballots for the 2012 election.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler asked if the money was needed to cover the cost of ballots for special elections.

Legislator Art Ospelt, who chairs the committee, said yes.

However, Atkins said that it wasn’t because of a special election. He added that during the budget process, County Administrator Phil Church advised that money needed to be cut from the board of elections budget to help the overall budget.

“We took $65,000 out of our budget,” Atkins said.

He added that because of cuts made by the board, the department is able to transfer the funds from another line rather than the contingency account, as was originally agreed upon.

Chalifoux noted that the memo attached to the resolution from Atkins and Wart referred to a shortfall.

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Valley Viewpoints: Giving back to the community

by Jan Rebeor of Fulton

Last month I had the pleasure of meeting Senator Patty Ritchie when she informed me that I would be awarded the 2012 Woman of Distinction from her district.

I want to thank Senator Ritchie for this award and would also like to take this time to send out a huge “thank you” to everyone for their congratulations.

It has been a wonderful couple of weeks with Tony and I going to Albany for a formal presentation by Senator Ritchie at the Legislative Chambers attended by all the other awardees and then most recently another ceremony in Watertown where all the nominees in her district were honored.

I love what I do for the City of Fulton and truly believe that everyone should give back to the community they live in. I have been lucky to have been included over the years in many of the City of Fulton and Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce events.

I have made many friends through my participation in these events and have lots of good memories.

So, I thank the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber for their nomination and Senator Patty Ritchie for giving this award to me. It was truly appreciated. My congratulations also goes out to all the other nominees, all of whom are well deserved.


Hodgepodge: June 7, 2012

by Roy Hoge


Once the end of the school year became official, the day we received our report cards, Wiman Ave. became a hub of activity.

We typically ran ourselves hot and sweaty all day long on hot summer days and splashed in the wet street and in puddles following the frequent showers.

In my memory, every summer day was a nice day. Even those summer showers provided good times. But even on those idyllic summer days of my youth there were frequent thunderstorms.

I remember an especially electrical electrical storm. I was sitting with my very reluctant grandmother watching the rain and lightning outside the big front window in her living room. We were both trying valiantly to put on a brave front to hide the fact that we were both “scared to death.”

Suddenly there was a very loud explosive noise – much louder than the constant thunder – from just outside the window and Grandma and I ended up screaming in each other’s arms. Lightning had hit a transformer on a nearby pole.

When we weren’t running and sweating, or taking a break during thunderstorms, we were spending much of every day in “our swimming pool,” which wasn’t a luxurious one in someone’s backyard, but the crowded, noisy and wonderful part of our summer also known as the McKinley Park swimming pool.

During the hottest days of summer we were at the pool — a short distance from our homes by the way of shortcuts — mornings, afternoons, and most days, after supper.

An important part of summer was enjoying our dripping popsicles every day while sitting on the stoop in front of Steve Gilbert’s corner grocery store. In between the popsicles, we found plenty of time and space for the goodies in the bell-ringing, music-playing ice cream trucks that visited the neighborhood.

Spending time with my best friend Tucker was a big part of my summer. He spent a lot of time at his grandmother’s house, which was next door to us, but usually lived in an apartment away from our neighborhood with his mother.

After elementary school, we never went to the same school at the same time.

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Valley Viewpoints: Fun in Fulton

by Mary E. Tetro of Fulton

An almost non existent winter allowed us all to get outside much earlier than normal this year. Watching the city come alive in March was refreshing.

People were out walking and bike riding when the ides of March usually handed us one last blast of snow.

April came in and out with neither a lion nor lamb, making its presence known. When May came, we al know what that means.

It’s time for Jan Rebeor and her committee to start prettying up the city entrances with beautiful welcoming flower displays.

The parks open for softball summer fun. Then it’s time for “Tunes in June” (another Jan Rebeor brain child).

The chamber has continued on with this great event that offers downtown and other employees, seniors from Towpath Towers, the Mill and seniors in general a fun an entertaining lunch time summer happening. (Aren’t we all thankful for Joe Cortini and friends?)

Kiwanis is underway and you can hear the kids and parents from four blocks away cheering on their baseball teams from T-ball on up. Just beautiful!

August is the chamber’s Jazz Fest over on the lake. Thanks to them for bringing back Fulton’s big summer event.

The committee for reviving Lake Neahntawanta is hitting the ground running. With members like Ed Williamson and Louella LeClair involved, I have great faith that somewhere in our future, Recreation Park will be just that, again, and I can’t wait.

The C.V. Abbott park on Seventh Street has seen, once again, residents having a great time with their kids. The best kept secret adjacent to the park is a “Born Learning Trail.” One of a select few in New York State, this adventure is wonderful for your pre-school children.

There are several activities you and your kids join in together and have lots of fun at the same time.

There’s lots to do here…so get out of the house and support what’s going on in Fulton. Don’t wait too long; something tells me Mother Nature will play a reverse trick on us in just a few months.

Still from Fulton and couldn’t be prouder!