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John Walsh Sr., former city clerk

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.

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Poetry Corner: Garden Report

by Jim Farfaglia

 

No sign yet.

 

Just the mound of dirt I dug up,

slipped you into,

sprinkled with rain water

and proclaimed your home.

 

I stop by every day,

say my version of a prayer

and pull a few jealous weeds

snaking toward you.

 

You are nothing yet but my hope –

which means you are everything.

I gladly dream of the day

I will stop by and see

 

your first tiny hand

waving hello,

your green

all the riches I need.

Oswego County outlines summer paving schedule

by Carol Thompson

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.

To read the rest of the story, subscribe to The Valley News by calling 315-598-6397 

Hannibal Dollars for Scholars presented 12 students with 14 scholarships at the Hannibal High School Awards Ceremony June 7.  Kneeling in front are Michael Miano, Joseph Fowler, and Sarah Shoults. Inback from left are Tyler Nixon, Mackenzie Malone, Tayler Sorell, Haylie Melfi, Melanie Licatese, Trent Lamb, Anita Dowling, and Elora Cordone.

Hannibal High School seniors receive ‘Dollars for Scholars’ scholarships

Hannibal Dollars for Scholars presented 12 students with 14 scholarships at the Hannibal High School Awards Ceremony June 7. Kneeling in front are Michael Miano, Joseph Fowler, and Sarah Shoults. Inback from left are Tyler Nixon, Mackenzie Malone, Tayler Sorell, Haylie Melfi, Melanie Licatese, Trent Lamb, Anita Dowling, and Elora Cordone.

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.

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Oz Roller Girls edge Lumber Jills 130-127

The Oz Roller Girls held off the North Country Lumber Jills 130-127 in a back-and-forth roller derby bout recently at Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink.

Right down the final jam, a scoring duel between Masso-Kiss-Tic Mandy for Oz and BamB for the Lumber Jills, the teams played a tight, heady and physical match.

Masso-Kiss-Tic Mandy and Crushed Red Pepper paced Oz scorers with 49 and 40 points, respectively. Resilient Jen-Hitsu added 17, AJent Mayhem 16 and SarahNova eight points for the home team.

Celtic Storm led the visitors from Plattsburgh with 50 points. Bertha Victory added 35, Hail Mary Jane and Mayday VaJJ 17 each and BamB eight points for the Lumber Jills.

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Oswego Valley fiddlers to perform 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 Sunday, June 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum, 1121 Comins Rd., Osceola. Pictured are members of the group.

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.

Roy Hodge

Hodgepodge: June 16, 2012

Roy Hodge

by Roy Hodge

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.”

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