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The Sportsman’s World: June 7, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

How can one explain Alaska to anyone who has never been there? How can one describe the fishing in Alaska without sounding like he is bragging or making it all up?

Well my friend, it’s not easy.

I guided for seven summers in Alaska and was part owner of a lodge on the Nushagak River and I still find it difficult.

Alaska, once one gets outside of Anchorage, is still pretty much frontier, wild, vast, and entrancing. I just came back from taking my first fishing trip there since 2005. My camera is full of images, mostly fish and people, sandwiched in between occasional pictures of scenery and wild animals, but even as I review the photos, I know they do not reveal the raw charm and ambiance of our 49th state.

I’m just going to try to give you a hint of what Alaska is like and how good the fishing was last week.

One of the first things that the new visitor is likely to notice is the large number of small aircraft plying the skies, many of them sporting pontoons.

The amount of highways and secondary roads is actually quite limited, especially considering the size of the state, and for many Alaskans, traveling equates with flying.

Alaska has the highest rate of private aircraft ownership of all the states and most of the landing strips consist of ocean, lakes, ponds and rivers.

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Grace Storrs, licensed practical nurse

Grace “Pat” Storrs, 78, of Fulton, died Sunday, July 1, 2012.

She was born in the Town of Champion, a daughter to the late Ruth Brownell. She lived in Fulton from 1964 to 1984. Upon her retirement from Syroco, she moved to Hudson, Fla. where she worked as an LPN. In 2006, she moved back to Fulton to be closer to her family.

She was predeceased by a brother, Larry Brownell.

She is survived by four children, Clark (Kim) Storrs of Williamstown, Dwain Storrs of Mexico, Cathy (Ben) Nagel of Fulton, and Eric (Marjorie) Storrs of Fulton; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Graveside services will be at a later date.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

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Holly Swartz, raised in Fulton

Holly Waby Swartz, 67, of Largo, Fla. died Monday, Feb. 20 at Morton Plant Hospital after a long battle with lung cancer.

Born January 12, 1945 in Klamath Falls, Ore., she was the daughter of Fred and Marie Boyle Waby. She was raised in Fulton and graduated from Fulton High School in 1963.

Mrs. Swartz was a teacher for over 40 years in the Pinellas County School system in Florida and she retired from Largo Middle School.

She is survived by two daughters, Amy (Benton) Wells of St. Pete and Heidi (Brian) Casson of Salt Lake City, Utah; grandchildren, Israel Casson and Pyper Casson;  foster grandchildren; an aunt, Helen (Skeezie) Boyle; and cousins Doreen Greule (Jean Kaminsky), Lana (Paul) Perron, Tony (Claudia) Boyle, Patty Boyle, and Terry (George) Moore.

A burial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. July 13 at St. Joseph’s Cemetery on Lake Avenue, Auburn.

Contributions may be made to the Suncoast Hospice in Largo Florida or Stand Up To Cancer at standup2cancer.org.

Jerry’s Journal: July 7, 2012

by Jerry Kasperek

Who remembers getting their milk delivered right to the door? Who remembers the little milk box in the kitchen wall?

It had two doors; one opened into the kitchen, the other one opened to outside.

It was a neat concept: You put your empties on the shelf in between the doors and the milkman collected them when he put new bottles of milk on the handy shelf.

Then, and all you had to do was open the milk box door in the house to retrieve your fresh supply! (If you didn’t have a milk box in the house you probably had a free-standing one on the porch or stoop.)

Who remembers how the cream in the bottle of milk rose to the top? It could be mixed right in, or poured off and used for coffee or cooking, or drunk straight out of the glass bottle.

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Walter Glod, Navy veteran

Walter S. Glod, 86, of Fulton, died July 2, 2012 from the return of a brain tumor. He died at home with his family at his side.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was very proud of his Naval military career and his 30 years of employment with Container Corporation of America.

He was a lifetime member of the Fulton Polish Home and other various American Legions, VFWs and the Moose Lodge.

He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Betty, who died in 1997.

He is survived by five children, Francis (Midge) Glod, Rosemary (Lyle) Kellogg, Walter J. Glod, Joanne “Mark” Graham and James “Lisa” Glod; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his companion, Beverly Clark.

Funeral services were held Friday at Fulton First United Methodist Church, Fulton. Burial was St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were held Thursday at the Fulton First United Methodist Church.

Contributions may be made to the Fulton Polish Home Scholarship Fund, 153 W. First St., Fulton, NY 13069.

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Sheriff’s department receives equipment grant

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Department will be the recipient of a new boat for water patrolling.

The department is in line to receive a 2012 24-foot Boston Whaler Justice model fiberglass boat with twin outboard motors and a new trailer from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The Oswego County Legislature must first approve the donation.

The department operates a marine and snowmobile unit. The members of the unit patrol the seasonal recreation areas of the county. The boat marine patrol covers the areas of Lake Ontario and Oneida Lake. It also has smaller patrol boats on various lakes, rivers and reservoirs. The unit responds to incidents and complaints throughout the county.

In 2008, the Oswego County marine patrol responded when West Monroe firefighters were called because a woman lay unresponsive in a boat at Three Mile Bay on Oneida Lake. The patrol helped firefighters find the woman.

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CNY Arts Center to hold art classes for adults

The CNY Arts Center will be offering art classes for adults in early July.

Students can enroll in classes such as decorative paper, mosaic stepping stones, introduction to stained glass, homemade greeting cards, watercolor monotypes  merging painting and printmaking, stained glass wind chimes, botanical drawings, watercolor painting, advanced sketching, wet on wet oil, acrylic painting, pencil drawings, beginner photo solutions, along with tools and techniques of scrapbooking.  Drawing from local artists as teachers, classes will be available in a variety of times and days, mornings, evenings, and one-day weekend workshops.

“It’s the quality and professionalism of our own local instructors that has been a delightful discovery in putting these classes together,“ said Alice Lamb, coordinator of class scheduling. “Published authors, artists in every medium with impressive accomplishments, each with a passion to share their individual talents make this an exciting time to take a class and learn something new.”

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