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Maurine Caprin, worked at Nestle

Maurine Caprin, of Fulton, died Friday, June 15, 2012 from a severe asthmatic attack.

She was born in Fulton, the daughter of the late Raymond and Mary Evelyn Caprin.

She was a former employee of Nestle. She was a member Elks BPOE Lodge 830, the VFW Post 569, and she loved to play softball and go bowling.

She is survived by her sisters and brother, Christine (Tim) Barlett of Parish, Raymond (Debbie) Caprin of Hannibal, Bernice (Jonne) Rowe of Fulton, Beth (Rick) Nixdorf of Florida; close friend, Pam Cordone of Fulton; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held today, June 20 at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, Fulton where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in Fairdale Cemetery.

Calling hours were held Tuesday at Sugar Funeral Home Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the Humane Society.

The family will be holding a celebration of her life at the Elks Lodge 830, 57 Pierce Dr., Fulton, following the funeral and burial.

Valley Viewpoints: One for the books

by Debbie Bishop, Executive Director Friends of Oswego County Hospice

The 13th annual Hospice Cup Regatta and Walk/Run for Hope, held June 2 and raised $28,000 — the most in the history of the event.

The money will be used to support Oswego County Hospice patients and their families. Our success is directly tied to the support we receive from this community, both businesses and individuals.

The Oswego Yacht Club, as always, was a gracious host and provided us with the support we needed to have such a successful event. Thanks go out to all who sailed in the Regatta, participated in the Walk/Run for Hope and attended the reception.

An event such as this could not happen without the help of our Regatta organizing committee and a slew of volunteers. My thanks to all of you for ensuring our success.

Legislators oppose International Joint Commission’s BV7 plan

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature passed a memorializing resolution to oppose the International Joint Commission’s BV7 plan to control water levels on Lake Ontario, however, the vote was not unanimous.

During Thursday’ meeting, the resolution was debated at length before legislators approved it with a party line vote.

The Democrat caucus opposed the resolution, claiming that a lack of information prevented the legislature from making an informed decision.

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View From The Fourth Floor: June 20, 2012

by Carol Thompson

June is Dairy Month and it was only fitting that the unofficial dairy queen be in attendance at Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature.

Former legislator Barbara Brown, who retired at the end of last year, attended the meeting as the legislature declared June as Dairy Month.

Although introduced as the dairy queen to laughter, she said she is only a dairy princess.

Brown received a standing ovation.

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The legislature honored Norma Church for her many years of service to the county.

Church said she wasn’t sure how many years she has been with the county but noted that it was around 40, perhaps 37 or 38 years.

“We don’t know because they couldn’t find the records,” she quipped.

The wife of the late Frank Church, who served many years in the legislature, and the mother of County Administrator Phil Church, said she had started before they both did.

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G. Ray Bodley High School Envirothon team was recognized by the legislature for winning the recent event.

It’s the ninth consecutive year the Bodley team has won the county Envirothon.

Teams from high schools in Altmar-Parish-Williamstown, Hannibal, Fulton, Oswego and Pulaski competed at the North Shore Sportsmen’s Association in Constantia answering questions and solving problems in aquatics, current issues, forestry, soils and wildlife.

The students completed an oral presentation submitted on videotape which also was scored by the judges.

Competitors of the Fulton team included Maddy Clark, Cody Richardson, Alyssa Scruton, Janelle Tallents and Amanda Trombly.

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Outgoing county Health Director Dr. Dennis Norfleet was also recognized for his years of service to the county.

Retired highway employee Mark Bailey was recognized as well as Jeanne Chesnut of the Office of the Aging and Addie Dolbear of the Department of Social Services.

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The Do Good Swing Band kicked off the 2012 West Linear Park Summer Concert Series with a performance Tuesday at the Veterans’ Stage. The Do Good Swing Band, lead by Donald R. Goodness, director and lead trumpet, is a 17-piece Big Band exactly like those made popular in the 1930s and 40s.

Do Good Swing Band kicks off concert series

The Do Good Swing Band kicked off the 2012 West Linear Park Summer Concert Series with a performance Tuesday at the Veterans’ Stage. The Do Good Swing Band is a 17-piece Big Band like those made popular in the 1930s and 40s.

The Veterans’ Stage on West Linear Park in downtown Oswego will once again host a series of concerts this summer as the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the City of Oswego, sponsors the West Linear Park Summer Concert Series.

“We are pleased to once again be working with the city to sponsor this popular music series,” said chamber Executive Director Beth Hilton. “The stage at West Linear Park provides us with a perfect location and the concerts will provide members of our community and visitors with the opportunity to listen to some wonderful music while enjoying a breathtaking view of the river and the Oswego harbor.”

The concert series began yesterday with the sounds of The Do Good Swing Band.

The concert series continues with performances by the Nick Sterio Orchestra Tuesday, July 17 and  the Domicolo-Barlow Band Tuesday, Aug. 21.

All concerts will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Veterans’ Stage on West Linear Park.

Karen Abbott

At The Fencepost: June 20, 2012

Karen Abbott

by Karen Abbott

I enjoy creating custom picture frames at the shop where I work.  It’s a pleasure to take an unframed piece of art, figure out what the customer sees and wants to highlight, and make it come to life with mats, glass, and wood.

Recently I measured up three diplomas to make into one picture, a routine framing task.

The customer and I made light conversation, as we often do when precious art and family photos are laid out in front of a total stranger.

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Mike Barnes waves to the crowd following his fourth career Supermodified win at Oswego Speedway.

Mike Barnes wins first Supermodified since 2007

Mike Barnes waves to the crowd following his fourth career Supermodified win at Oswego Speedway.

Mike Barnes played all of his cards right at Oswego Speedway Saturday night, driving into victory lane for the fourth time in his career in the 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main event.

Driving the Strong Racing No. 99, Barnes dove under Michael Muldoon on a lap 10 restart to grab the race lead and never looked back on his way to a dominating full straight victory as a part of Universal Metal Works Autograph Night at the speedway.

The win marked Barnes first Oswego Supermodified win since June 30, 2007, driving the Double Deuce Racing No. 22 Novelis Supermodified.

Muldoon had a career night, hanging on for the runner-up finish ahead of Pat Lavery, Tim Snyder, and Dave Gruel in the Top five. Brian Sobus, Stephen Gioia III, Joey Payne, Bobby Haynes Jr., and Dan Connors Jr. filled the Top 10 rundown.

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Valley Viewpoints: Remember when 2

by Frank Castiglia of Fulton

Here is an update on what happened when I went to the June 5 Common Council Meeting in Fulton. I told you to watch the tape of it on June 6, but that tape was bad. You couldn’t tell what was being said.

I did find out a few things about North Bay Campgrounds. The first is that the campgrounds are owned by the City of Fulton.

Therefore, we don’t lease it from Granby, we pay them taxes ($8,000). Ok, so now some of my tax dollars pay the taxes on North Bay. Still a good reason why I shouldn’t have to pay a dime to stop over there to look at the lake or walk along the lake (not into the season long camping area).

At the meeting, Barry Ostrander also spoke (a little longer than three minutes might I add) about the campgrounds and how much work his staff and volunteers have done. He also said that the campgrounds are self-sufficient. He did say a few other things and I would be able to say what they were but without the tape I couldn’t remember them all.

Now if anyone of you can remember my letter in the paper I never once said anything about the work by the parks and recreations department. Since then I have asked for the revenue generated by the North Bay Campgrounds. I believe Barry said $43,000 or $45,000; I really can’t remember which.

It doesn’t really matter to me if  it’s 43 or 45 because I really feel that for the number of people that work for the Parks and Recreation Department they bring in more money per man hour then any other department.

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