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Oswego County health director candidate passes first hurdle

by Carol Thompson

Jiancheng Huang is slated to become the next Oswego County Health Director, replacing Dr. Dennis Norfleet who recently retired.

Members of the Oswego County Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee approved the appointment of Huang when they met Wednesday.

Huang has a long list of credentials. He currently serves as the director of the Maine Immunization Program (Maine CDC) and is a former epidemiologist with the same government agency.

Huang previously worked as a clinical research specialist with the University of Pennsylvania.

He received a MSC from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1993 and a medical degree from the Shanghai Second Medical University in 1987.

Huang’s resume includes a long list of presentations at national and international conferences as well as professional journal articles.

He has worked on numerous public health research articles.

Huang was selected from a vacancy search committee, who forwarded their recommendation to the Health and Human Services Committee. Next week the legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee will establish a salary and the appointment will go to the full legislature for approval next month.

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Joanne Parks, Fulton resident

Joanne W. Parks of Fulton died Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Glen Cove, Long Island to the late Blair and Mary (Casey) White.

She has been a resident of Fulton for most of her life.

Mrs. Parks was past employed with Marine Midland Bank, Fulton and she was also a past member of the Holy Family Altar Rosary Society.

Mrs. Parks is survived by her husband of 47 years, Donald Parks of Fulton; three daughters,  Sharon (Thomas) Burns of New Windsor, N.Y., Sheila (Robert) Britton of Fulton, and Kathleen (Mike Wright) Parks of Webster, N.Y.; brother, J. Casey (Margie) White of California; sister, Phyllis (Blayne) Webb of Fulton; eight grandchildren, Dylan, Jocelyn, Kelsey, Alex, Seth, Zachary, Michael, and Cory; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted today, June 30 at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Robert Stephenson.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were held Friday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

In And Around Hannibal: June 30, 2012

Rita Hooper

Well folks, we’ve been together a long time. Doing some “after the move” sorting, I’ve discovered that this is my 30th year of writing this column (Bea Welling Scott took over the column for the five years I lived in Pennsylvania – I think of that time as a long vacation.)

That means this relic has been writing since before computers came into schools and long before the village had water. I hadn’t reached 40 yet and was a mom to two young boys. The Human Resource Center had just opened and Gordon Hastings was school superintendent.

Since that time, I have seen many changes in Hannibal and its environs, many of which appeared in my column.

It takes about an hour and a half to go through a years worth of columns – I never labeled what the lead was about so that more or less is what has prompted this task.

I know the printer’s ink was much dirtier in the past than it is now! In the early days. I would handwrite the column and number the paragraphs so my typist (my husband) would know the correct order to type the column in. When done I would drive the column into the newspaper in Fulton, which has moved three times since I started writing.

I’ve seen the advent of the fax machine and the computer – both of which have made my life easier at times and frustrating at others. I no longer number my paragraphs!

As a lot of other Hannibal news has appeared on the same page as my column, I have come across a lot of articles and pictures of people who are no longer part of the community but have left their impression. I also have some pics that make you giggle at the clothes and hairstyles.

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Margaret Slauson, former Fulton resident

Margaret Slauson, who was born March 19, 1923 in Fulton, died June 26, 2012 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Mrs. Slauson lived in Fulton until 2001 when she moved to Malta, N.Y.

She was employed at Quinn Real Estate for many years, and later was employed at Sealright Credit Union.

She was a parishioner of the Holy Family Church in Fulton.

She was the sister of Helen Rennie, Katherine Slauson, Paul Slauson, and Jane O’Brien, all of whom are predeceased. She was an aunt to Paul Rennie, Joan Rennie, and Mick O’Brien. She was a dear friend to the Hangac family of Fulton.

A private service will be held in Fulton with family and close friends.

Contributions may be made to a local animal shelter.

Arrangements are by the Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home.


Jane Scruton, retired mail carrier

Jane Scruton, 69, of Oswego, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Fulton, she was a life resident of the Hannibal and Oswego areas. She was a mail carrier for 40 years and had retired from the Pennellville Post Office.

She was previously a nurse’s aide at Oswego Hospital on the Extended Care Floor. She was a 20 year member of the Hannibal Volunteer Fire Company, had served as director of operations for the ambulance service and on the board of directors.

She was a six-year member of the Hannibal Fire Company Auxiliary and had served as assistant treasurer.

She was president of the Hannibal Historical Society and a member of the Oswego Town Historical Society.

In 2011, she was awarded the Hannibal Alumni Association Person of the Year. She volunteered for American Red Cross, Oswego County D.A.T. Team and Oswego County Hospice.

She enjoyed the farm, animals, camping, fishing, flower and vegetable gardening and cooking.

Surviving are her companion of 22 years, Hugh Lewis of Oswego; children, Beckey McCarthy of Potstown, Pa., Cindy (Daniel) Gonzales of Round Rock, Texas, and Carl (Trisha) Scruton of Hannibal; step-children, Mark (Jeanne) Lewis of Oswego, Michelle (Bill) Snyder of Oswego and Daniel (Barb) Lewis of West Monroe; sister, Jean Lewis of Oswego; a brother, Robert (Patricia) Coe of Oswego; step-sister, Loramae Martin of Florida; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held today, June 30 at 10 a.m. at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Burial will be private. Calling hours were held yesterday at the funeral home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Contributions may be made to the Hannibal Fire Company Auxiliary, P.O. Box 244, Hannibal, NY 13074.

Valley Viewpoints: Record participation

by Mary DeGroat and the Caruana and DeGroat Families

 This year’s annual Mike Caruana Father’s Day Run/Walk had record participation, beautiful weather, and generous contributors.

Thanks to all of you who sponsored, volunteered, donated, ran, walked or in any way supported our fifth annual Mike Caruana Father’s Day Event.

Thanks to you, we will be able to make generous donations to the Fulton YMCA and Fulton Music Department.

As always, our family is so very grateful for the generosity of the community, and we thank you for helping us to keep Mike’s memory alive!

Valley Viewpoints: Keep up the great work

by Donna West Kestner, US Army veteran

This is in response to some recent comments in The Valley News about the condition of the War Memorial. I serve with several veterans organizations in Fulton and the Fulton Veterans Council holds our meetings at the War Memorial.

Barry Ostrander, Jerry Schremp and his staff have done an excellent job for us in helping to maintain our Walk of History and Veterans’ park.

For years, they have helped us complete many tasks and always with a pleasant manner. This year, Gina Camardello and her staff from Key Bank did a wonderful job in weeding and planting flowers at Veterans Park.

Roger Barber, Ronica Siver and Nicky Rapake also spend countless hours watering our flowers and sprucing up those areas, too.

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Tamara Thomas yarn bombs a telephone pole outside of the new CNY Arts Center at State Street United Methodist Church. Thomas brought the idea of yarn bombing to CNY Arts Center members. With the help of two other women, she started the Yarn Crusaders.

Fulton has been yarn bombed

Tamara Thomas yarn bombs a telephone pole outside of the new CNY Arts Center at State Street United Methodist Church. Thomas brought the idea of yarn bombing to CNY Arts Center members. With the help of two other women, she started the Yarn Crusaders.

by Nicole Reitz

If you’ve seen the knitted bench near Kinney Drugs in Fulton, don’t worry, it’s not cold.

It’s been yarn bombed.

Yarn bombing is a term to describe a type of graffiti or street art that uses colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn. Instead of spray painted graffiti that damages property, yarn bombing is meant to create interest and beautify a city.

Three women, members of the CNY Arts Center, are responsible for the guerilla knitting seen in spots around the City of Fulton.

The group calls themselves the Yarn Crusaders and their goal is to reclaim and personalize sterile public places in town. Their eye-catching yarn installations are non-permanent and can be removed if necessary.

Monday night, members of the group met after the CNY Arts Center meeting to yarn bomb poles outside of the group’s location at 357 State St., the Park Street entrance of State Street United Methodist Church.

The Yarn Crusaders are in their infancy and are looking to meet regularly to create pieces for the project.

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