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Albert Robbins Jr., avid sportsman

Albert C. “Bucky” Robbins Jr., 81, of the Fulton and Pulaski areas, died Sunday, June 17, 2012 at his home after a long illness.

He was born in Sussex, N.J., the son of the late Phoebe and Albert Robbins. He had worked as a truck driver for Mid-Hudson Steele in Howell, N.Y. before retiring and moving to Pulaski, where he worked for Tony’s Salmon Country Sport Shop.

He was an avid sportsman, hunter, trapper and fisherman all his life.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Jane Decker Robbins, and his second wife, Sara Sperbeck Robbins.

He is survived by his daughter, Rose Robbins Sweeney of Port Jervis; two step-daughters, Linda Bender of Middletown and Kathleen Sperbeck Clark of Fulton; two step-sons, Kevin and Timothy Sperbeck of Fulton; grandchildren, Brittany, Charles, Colley, Aaron Elizabeth, Edmund, Timothy, Katlyn and Andrea; and five great-grandchildren.

A gathering was held Friday at Skeet and Bonnie Scoville’s home in Pulaski.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, 13126.

Foster Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.

Harvey Seymour III, avid bowler

Harvey Jay Seymour III, 46, of Fulton, died Thursday, June 14, 2012 as a result of a roofing accident.

Mr. Seymour worked for A to Z Construction in Phoenix and had previously worked for Hough Construction in Oswego for 17 years. He was a bowler for 36 years and was recently inducted into the Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame.

He also enjoyed auto racing for the past 30 years in Fulton, Brewerton, Oswego and around the state.

Surviving are his wife of 21 years, Christina Moore Seymour of Fulton; son, Cory Seymour and step-children, Patrick Casler, William Jackson and Harley Wylie; parents, Harvey “Buck” and Mary (Niccoli) Seymour of Fulton; brothers, Russell (Dawn) Seymour and Ernest Seymour of Fulton; sisters, Michele Coant of Fulton and Mary Beth LeClair of Hannibal; five grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours were held at Foster Funeral Home.

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Helen Iselin, West Monroe resident

Helen L. (DeSaw) Iselin, 88, of West Monroe, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at the St. Joseph’s Hospital, Comfort Care Center.

Born to her late parents, Hazel (Smith) and Esson L. Wilcox, she was a homemaker and a owner and operator of a laundromat in East Syracuse.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Phoenix.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Andrew L. DeSaw in 1984, and her second husband, Hollis J. Iselin in 2001; and a brother, Lyle Wilcox in 1988.

Surviving are her children, Wayne L. Renfer of Charleston, S.C., Helen Matchett of West Warwick, R.I.,Nancy (Bill) Balson of Coventry, R.I., and Sharon (Joe) Gilbert of Fulton; grandchildren, Ketelyn Gilbert, Steven Gilbert, Joseph Gilbert, Heidi Rutter, Allissa Archambault, Becca Ramberg, Josh Matchett, Daniel Matchett, Michael Renfer, Laura Renfer, and Karen Oliver; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held yesterday at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. Services are today, June 23 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 16 County Route 57A, Phoenix. Pastor J. Scott McElyea will officiate. Burial will follow in Pine Plains Cemetery, 465 Peck Rd., North Manlius.

Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Phoenix.

Richard Hibbert, Air Force veteran

Richard J. Hibbert, 69, of Oswego, died Monday, June 18, 2012 at St. Joseph Hospital after a brief illness.

Mr. Hibbert was born in Oswego, the son of the late Leo and Maryann (Briggs) Hibbert. He retired in 2002 from SUNY Oswego as a supervisor in the Janitorial Department. He worked as a longshoreman for 30 years at the Port of Oswego Authority.

Mr. Hibbert served in the U.S. Air Force in the Philippines, and at Otis Airforce Base Massachusetts, where he was assigned special security for former President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

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Yvonne Shatrau, worked at Betty’s Place

Yvonne J. Shatrau, 71, of Fulton, died Monday, June 18, 2012 at University Hospital, Syracuse, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Oswego to the late Charles and Doris (Coville) Haynes. She has been a longtime resident of Fulton. Mrs. Shatrau worked for many years at Betty’s Place, Fulton as a waitress. She was an avid bowler and she served as the past secretary for the Thursday Night Women’s League, the Mixed League and the Bowling Association.

Mrs. Shatrau was an honored recipient of the Bowling Hall of Fame.

She was an avid volunteer and participant of All Saints Episcopal Church, Fulton. She was also a past Brownie Leader and Daisy Troop Leader.

Mrs. Shatrau was pre-deceased by her granddaughter, Janell Granger.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Robert Shatrau of Fulton; five children, James L. Cummins of Virginia, Jeanette (Richard) Mills of Fulton, Wallace (Deborah) Cummins of Fulton, Melissa Granger of Fulton and Robert “Boog” (Christine) Shatrau Jr., of Fulton; five siblings, Charles (Pauline) Haynes of New Hampshire, Charlotte Cahill of Oswego, Harriet Whitten of Fulton, Doris Mae Ritz of Pennellville, and Barbara Haynes of Gouverneur; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today, June 23 at 9 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, Fulton with Rev. Harold Avery officiating. Burial will be held privately.

Calling hours were held yesterday at Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

Donations may be made to the Regional Oncology Center of Syracuse, East Adams St. Syracuse, NY 13210.

Mayor Ron Woodward and the Fulton Common Council honored the Fulton girls lacrosse team Tuesday night. The team won the Class B Quarterfinals and the Class B Semifinals in overtime before losing in the championship game. Team members include Erika Johnson, Hannah Dunsmoor, Katelyn Caza, Amelia Coakley, Andrea Gould, Jenna Hudson, Erica Knaub, Dallas Lamb, Julia Ludington, Alanah McClellan, Jordan Rizzo, Kate Rothrock, Casey Shannon, Julia Spier, Alise Tallents, Torrie Whelsky, Emma Whitemore, and Kara Yakel and are coached by Drew White and Andy Karpinko.

City Hall honors Fulton girls lacrosse team

Mayor Ron Woodward and the Fulton Common Council honored the Fulton girls lacrosse team Tuesday night. The team won the Class B Quarterfinals and the Class B Semifinals in overtime before losing in the championship game. Team members include Erika Johnson, Hannah Dunsmoor, Katelyn Caza, Amelia Coakley, Andrea Gould, Jenna Hudson, Erica Knaub, Dallas Lamb, Julia Ludington, Alanah McClellan, Jordan Rizzo, Kate Rothrock, Casey Shannon, Julia Spier, Alise Tallents, Torrie Whelsky, Emma Whitemore, and Kara Yakel and are coached by Drew White and Andy Karpinko.

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The greatest Fulton girls lacrosse team in the program’s history was honored  by members of the Fulton Common Council Tuesday night.

Mayor Ron Woodward said the council was not planning to meet Tuesday, but did so in honor of the players.

“Believe me, it is our pleasure to recognize you,” Woodward told the players. “We are very proud of you and your athletic accomplishments.”

The Lady Raiders, which recently finished the season 15-4, won the Class B Quarterfinals and the Class B Semifinals in overtime before losing in the championship game.

Fulton was also crowned the 2012 OHSL Freedom League champions.

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The Sportsman’s World: June 23, 2012

by Leon Archer

Salmon eggs make a great bait for salmon and trout; most fishermen are aware of that simple fact.

When I first started using eggs, I was never very successful, but as I learned more about them and about using them, my success rate improved.

Today, they are often my go to bait for salmon when they are in the rivers and streams.

At first, I read all I could find about curing eggs for use. I tried brine,  borax, sugar, food coloring, oil of anise, and other odd items, but I had about given the project as hopeless until I started guiding in Alaska.

At first I used eggs in the skein, cut into pieces, without any cure at all. This worked pretty well for silver salmon in the Naknek River, but they did not last for many casts in the river current.

As long as I had plenty of eggs, that was not a huge problem, but obviously there had to be something better.

I used borax in Alaska; it firmed up the eggs and kept them on the hook longer, but the fish were less interested in them.

After trying different homemade concoctions, I came to the conclusion that fresh eggs still worked best for me.

We used fresh skein eggs with Spin-N-Glos for king salmon with great success, but if a king hit the bait without getting the hook, the eggs were immediately gone.

Again, as long as we had plenty of eggs, it worked.

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City pool might be open Monday

by Andrew Henderson

The City of Fulton’s east-side pool might be open to the public Monday, Mayor Ron Woodard said during Tuesday’s meeting of the Fulton Common Council.

The city is almost done repairing the pool, which had a leak in one of its pipes.

The city removed the concrete and replaced the piping. City  officials are now waiting to see if there if the pool is still leaking before pouring new concrete.

“It’s not going to be ready until Monday,” Woodward noted.

The pool is located at Rowlee Beach Park on South 12th Street off Holly Drive.

The pool is open through August seven days a week (weather permitting) from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Admission to the pool is one dollar.