John F. “Jack” Walsh Sr., 85, of Fulton, died Thursday, June 14, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse following a brief illness.
Born April 29, 1927 in New Brunswick, NJ to Edward and Marguerite (McGovern) Walsh, he resided in Fulton since 1931. He was a 1943 graduate of Fulton High School and attended the Crane School of Music at Potsdam.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1945-1946 serving in the Pacific Theatre, Hawaii, Philippines, Korea and China aboard the U.S.S. LSM 475. He was vice president of Walsh’s Manor Inc. Restaurant in Fulton from 1947-1957.
Approximately 11 miles of road will be paved this year by the Oswego County Highway Department.
Much of the cost of the improvements will be paid through the New York State Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, which is more commonly known as CHIPS.
The Town of Granby will see 1.40 miles of road paved from the county line to South Granby Road. The joint west of VanAukin Road east will be paved in Boylston for a distance of 1.30 miles.
Dutcherville Road in Constantia will be paved from N.Y.S. Route 49 for 3.10 miles and one half mile of Fawn Lake Road is slated for paving in Orwell. One mile in Parish will be paved from N.Y.S. Route 69 to Bidwell Road.
The Town of Richland will receive 0.80 miles of new paving from the railroad tracks to U.S. Route 11 and Williamstown will receive just under a mile of paving in two locations.
The Town of New Haven is slated for 1.50 miles of paving from N.Y.S. Route 104 to County Route 51A and Orwell is on the schedule for 0.70 miles of new pavement.
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Scholars presented 12 students with 14 scholarships at the Hannibal High School Awards Ceremony June 7.
Scholarships are provided from funds earned by the chapter’s fund-raisers, notably the annual Ducks Over the Dam race in July, and from donations.
This year’s scholarships included two $500 awards sponsored by the Country Cruizers Car Club, which were awarded to Mackenzie Malone and Tyler Nixon.
The $500 Sterling Stage Scholarship, funded by donations from the Sterling Stage patrons and owner, was awarded to Michael Miano. He also received the Dale Osborn Memorial Scholarship. The Osborn scholarship is provided to a student in a music related field in memory of Dale Osborn, a musician who was killed in 2011 in an automobile/motorcycle accident and is also $500.
The Shumway Memorial scholarship of $500, for a female athlete with a history of community service, went to Tayler Sorell. Elora Cordone, Anita Dowling, Joseph Fowler, Trent Lamb, Melanie Licatese, Haylie Melfi and Sarah Shoults.
Sunday, June 24, the Oswego Valley Chapter of the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association will play a special concert of old time fiddle music, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum, 1121 Comins Rd., Osceola.
The Oswego Valley Fiddlers is noted for striving to vary their repertoire with new and different selections of old-time fiddle tunes. Each year, the group chooses a theme for its concerts and learns new tunes based on that theme.
This year’s theme will be “Old Time Radio” featuring music from some of their favorite Canadian fiddlers. They will “present” a show honoring the Don Messer’s Islanders Show, as well as other Canadian fiddlers, including Ivan and Vivian Hicks, Ned Landry, Andy DeJarlis and Graham and Eleanor Townsend.
The show will incorporate “skits” recalling the classic openings of many great Old Time Radio Shows.
The Oswego Valley Fiddlers are planning a trip to New Brunswick, Canada this summer to play music with the Sussex Avenue Fiddlers and Ivan and Vivian Hicks.
Those seeking more information may visit www.nysotfa.com or call 315-487-8806.
I never reminisce about my earlier days at The Fulton Patriot without thinking about my good friend, Eleanor LaPointe. Eleanor came to work at The Patriot sometime in the 70s and from her first day forward I would venture to say that there was never a dull moment.
I was thinking about Eleanor when I wrote the following column Feb. 1, 1994:
“Eleanor LaPointe warmed the seat next to mine in The Patriot’s production department for many years. I spent many hours immersed in Eleanor’s good humor, trading barbs, sharing stories, and once in a while getting a little work done. Aside from working together for almost two decades, we became close friends, also sharing a devotion for Dixieland jazz and good times wherever they might happen.”
I continued by re-printing a column I wrote in 1979:
“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
“Those words of wisdom are printed on a sign prominently displayed over Eleanor LaPointe’s work space at The Fulton Patriot. Eleanor saves herself a lot of time by pointing to that phrase frequently during the week.”
I could have easily added this to Eleanor’s sign:
“I know you think I know what you’re talking about, but I think you’re saying and I’m hearing two different things.”