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Light In The Darkness: June 27, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.” — Jude 1-2

Jude’s letter was written not to a particular church or group but to all believers everywhere. It was written to everyone who is in Christ today.

If you know that you are in Christ and He is in you, then this letter is written to you and Jude’s salutation ought to lift your spirits and cause you to rejoice.

Just think what it means to be loved by God the Father! Can the love of any other even begin to compare to being loved by the one who is perfect love?

To be loved by the one who had every legitimate and holy reason to turn His back upon us and leave us to the eternal consequences of our fallen natures.

It is one thing for us to say that we love God. Surely that is a proper response to all He has made possible for us in Christ, but to realize that we love Him because He first loved us is to acknowledge a truth that is nearly beyond comprehension.

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Shirley Somers, Arizona resident

Shirley Somers, who was born June 29, 1926, died May 23, 2012 of natural causes in Phoenix, Ariz.

She is survived by her children, their spouses and families: Leigh Somers; Natalie and Jim Capps, their two daughters  and grand-children; Nancie and Marty Ancona, their daughter and son; Eric and Beth Somers; daughter-in-law, Naomi Somers; brother-in-law, Joe and his wife Betty; and brother-in-law, Bob.

Health director expected to be named

by Carol Thompson

When the Oswego County Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee meets today, a candidate to replace Dr. Dennis Norfleet as the county’s health director is slated to be named.

The meeting agenda includes a proposed executive session for the purpose of the appointment of a new health director.

The director initiates, directs, manages, and regulates the county health department’s delivery of public health services throughout Oswego County.

The department is comprised of divisions in the areas of Public Health Nursing, Children with Special Needs, Environmental Health, Public Health Education, and Emergency Preparedness.

The director of public health has oversight of the daily operations including supervision of approximately 90 employees with an annual operating budget of $15.4 million.

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Jesse F. Warner, Volney board member

Jesse F. Warner, 74, of Redfield and formerly of Fulton, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 after a sudden illness.

He was born Aug. 26, 1937 in Gouverneur to the late Laural and Jessie Murphy Warner. He graduated from Fulton High School in 1956 and retired from I.B.E.W. Local 43 after 33 years as an electrician.

He was a member of the Volney Volunteer Fire Corporation for over 50 years and had served as president. He was also a member of the Volney Town Board; serving as assessor from 1974 to 1977, councilman from 1978 to 2000 and deputy town supervisor from 1996 to 2000, when he retired.

After the passing of his wife of 38 years, Bonnie, and residing in Volney for 60 years, he moved to Redfield.

He was predeceased by his wife, Bonita L. Frataccia Warner, and brothers, James, Alden and Harry.

He is survived by his five children, Craig (Tracy) Warner, Todd (Sherri) Warner, Mari Beth (Donald Jr.) Miller and Jennifer (Scott D.) Bennett, all of Fulton, and Eric Sr. of Redfield; his companion, Cyndi Jeromenik and her daughters, Stephanie and Jill; siblings, Joseph (Dale) Warner of Palermo, Martin (Neva) Warner of Hannibal and Catherine (Bill) Beebe of Volney; adopted family, Gerry and Stacey Tarbell of Volney; grandchildren, Jessie, James Jr., Jarred, Anthony, Vincent, Michael, Mitchell, Brittany, Ryan, Nicole, Eric Jr., Brandon, Taylor, Zach, Jake, Gabby, Colon, Zach, Amariah, Matthew and Jason; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held today from 3 to 7 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, 13069.

Contributions may be made to Volney Vol. Fire Corp., 3002 St. Rte. 3 East, Fulton, 13069 or Camden Ambulance Service, 14 Church St., Camden, 13316.


Tour group forming to visit memorials, monuments in the nation’s capital

SUNY Oswego’s RSVP has teamed with Nova Tours to offer a motor coach trip Sept. 14 to 16 to Washington, D.C., and its sights, including the Smithsonian Institution, fine dining, shopping and guided tours.

The package includes round-trip transportation on a DVD- and lavatory-equipped motor coach, baggage handling, two nights’ accommodation at Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel, two breakfasts, one dinner, an illumination tour and a three-and-a-half-hour city tour.

There will be free time for tourists to explore and shop on their own.

Those interested in participating should contact Nova Tours’ Carol Fox, 342-1245, by Monday, July 27 and make a deposit.

Fox, an RSVP volunteer, has previously managed cruises and day trips on behalf of the organization.

RSVP, sponsored in Oswego County by SUNY Oswego and the United Way, and Nova Tours plan to offer an excursion to New York City later this year.

Those seeking more information about RSVP programs and volunteer opportunities may call 312-2317 or email


Laughing Through Life: June 27, 2012

Andrew Henderson

Holy cow, Phil Rizzuto! I have time to write a column!

How ‘bout that, Mel Allen?

This week we are going to continue to look at my all-time-weird-cool-funny-and-any-other-adjective-you-can-think-of baseball team.

Sadly, the last time I wrote about the infielders on my all-adjective team, the Cardinals were in first place. Now, they are in third place.

Here’s hoping that when this hits the streets Wednesday that the Redbirds are back where they belong!

This week, we’re going to take a look at the outfielders on the list.

After much contemplation, I decided to select three outfielders…since three outfielders play in the game. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

My first selection is Kevin Rhomberg, a Cleveland Indian who played just 41 games in parts of three seasons from 1982 to 1984.

Rhomberg was perhaps the most superstitious baseball player in a sport that is known for its chicken-eating, black licorice chewing routines and rituals.

And with Rhomberg, it’s hard to limit it to just one superstition.

Perhaps his most peculiar and brilliant superstition was that if someone touched him, he had to touch that person back, which, as you can imagine, could lead to some odd situations.

If he were tagged out while running the bases, Rhomberg would be compelled to touch the opposing player back. He would wait, however, until the defense was clearing the field at inning’s end. At that point, he would chase down the player who touched him. He did so while grinning and giggling. Okay, that last part is not true, but it would be funny — and scary — if it was true.

There is no historical basis for this, but I got to believe he was the least touched person in all of baseball.

And he probably never experienced the weird and awkward sports-related tradition of having a teammate slap him on his behind!

In addition to the touching thing, Rhomberg refused to make right turns while on the field. The reasoning? Because baserunners are always turning left.

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Shirley DeForest, former local resident

Shirley DeForest died Jan. 1, 2012. She was a member of the McCarthy Baptist Church and belonged to the Golden Agers.

She is survived by her sister, Dorthy Refeld of California; husband, William DeForest of New York; sons, Patrick DeForest of New York, Jeff Johnson of California; a daughter, Debra Payne of Missouri; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Friday, June 29 at 10 a.m. at Fairdale Rural Cemetery in Hannibal.

Carmella Fitzsimmons, Oswego resident

Carmella M. Fitzsimmons, 91, of Oswego, died Friday, June 22, 2012 in St. Luke Health Services, Oswego.

Mrs. Fitzsimmons was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (DeSantis) Musa. She was the office clerk at Triangle Shoes and Modern Shoes, Oswego for many years. Mrs. Fitzsimmons was a member of the Legion of Mary and was a communicant of St. Joseph Church.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul Fitzsimmons, who died in 1983.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Carol Fitzsimmons of Oswego, and her grandchildren, Matthew and Rebecca.

Funeral services were held Monday at St. Joseph Church. Burial was in All Saints Mausoleum. There were no calling hours.

Arrangements were in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.