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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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Fulton wrestlers come out to support junior varsity coach

by Nicole Reitz

A lengthy two-and-a-half-hour Fulton Board of Education meeting Tuesday began with an emotional public forum.

Several members of the junior varsity wrestling team and their parents attended the meeting to raise concerns about a coach whose reputation has been questioned.

The wrestling coach is also a teacher in the school district. To protect his identity, the coach’s name was withheld throughout the public forum.

The coach in question allegedly showed inappropriate behavior with a student or students. It was unclear of what nature the inappropriate behavior was.

The allegation was brought to the attention of Superintendent of Schools Bill Lynch. At this time, no action has been taken.

Lynch said that the allegation was a personnel matter, but did say that every coach in the district is evaluated yearly. At that time, the performance of the staff is monitored as well.

“All coaching positions are year to year appointments,” said Lynch.

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The Syracuse Shock defense lines up against South Buffalo’s offense on a fourth and short play during the Shock’s 31-12 loss to South Buffalo last Saturday. Defensively, Syracuse was led by defensive backs Laron Brown, who had five tackles, and  DeWayne Gordon, who had four tackles and a sack.

South Buffalo capitalizes on Shock miscues en route to win

The Syracuse Shock defense lines up against South Buffalo’s offense on a fourth and short play during the Shock’s 31-12 loss to South Buffalo last Saturday. Defensively, Syracuse was led by defensive backs Laron Brown, who had five tackles, and DeWayne Gordon, who had four tackles and a sack.

by Rob Tetro

As an organization, the Syracuse Shock couldn’t have asked for better opening night scenarios for its football team’s debut in Fulton last Saturday.

Despite the threat of rain, curiosity brought more than 300 people to the Donald Distin Athletic Complex at G. Ray Bodley High School on what eventually proved to be a perfect night for a football game.

The Syracuse Shockettes Dance Team were ready to perform while the M.C. was ready to keep fans enthusiastic with music and sound clips in between plays.

Of course, there was the game itself. The Syracuse Shock was taking on minor league football’s defending national champion. Unfortunately for the Shock, a few mental breakdowns turned what was a defensive struggle during the first half into an impressive 31-12 win for South Buffalo.

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Roberta Bailey, school bus driver

Roberta A. Bailey, 75, of Fulton, died Sunday, June 10, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

A native of Clayton and Depauville, she had resided in Fulton since 1965. She retired after 20 years as a school bus driver for special needs students in the Fulton School District.

She was predeceased by her husband, James Bailey, in 1994 and sister, Sally Charlebois.

Surviving are her children, Peter (Sean Rowley) Bailey and Gregory (Lisa) Bailey, all of Fulton, and Lisa (Chuck) Duello of Burleson, Texas; seven grandchildren, James, Jacob, Gabriella, Rebecca, Sara, Emily and Carly; a brother, James (Gerry) Charlebois of Lewisville, Texas; a sister, Gretchen Johnson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held today, June 16 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton with burial at Fairdale Rural Cemetery in Hannibal.

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

Contributions may be made to Parents of Special Children, Inc., 2 Towers Drive, Suite C, Fulton, NY 13069.

New York News: June 16, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

The New York State Senate recently approved a bill to give increased law enforcement powers to security officials at three nuclear power plants in Oswego County as well as other plants around the state.

The measure, S.3825, would designate trained personnel of the Physical Security Organization of a nuclear facility as “peace officers” with power to make arrests, and other enhanced law enforcement powers.

“The security teams at nuclear facilities undergo the highest level of federally established military and law enforcement training and education, in order to ensure that the public is safe, and facilities are protected from attack,” said Senator Patty Ritchie. “Providing these additional powers only enhances our safety and security oat these vital facilities.”

As peace officers, security officers would be allowed to make arrests, use physical force in certain cases to make arrests, and issue appearance tickets.

More than 70 categories of law enforcement and security personnel are already characterized in law as “peace officers,” from probation officers and park rangers, to employees of the insurance fraud bureau.

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Assemblyman and Ranking Minority Ways and Means Committee Member Robert Oaks said New York State Thruway Authority’s proposed 45-percent toll hike on commercial trucks with three or more axles could create a flat tire for New York’s businesses by increasing their cost of operation.

“In a general business sense, it’s just another way that a company thinking about leaving New York could come to the conclusion they just can’t afford the cost of doing business here anymore,” Oaks said. “It might tip the scale for a company to move somewhere else.”

The assemblyman is joining other legislative leaders in opposing the proposal. Thruway Authority Board recently gave it an initial green light to move forward.

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Emma Truax, worked at Nestle

Emma A. Truax, 90 of Volney, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Pontiac Care and Rehabilitation Center in Oswego.

A native of Bernhards Bay, she had resided in the Volney area most of her life. She had worked in the wrapping department at Nestle Company in Fulton and Mirabito Brothers Grocery in Fulton.

She loved cooking, baking, crafting, gardening and reading.

She was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Aaron F. Truax, who died Jan. 22, 2012.

Surviving are her children, Linda (Robert) Gainer of Syracuse and Wayne (Terry) Truax of Palermo; three grandchildren, Wayne Jr., David and Julie; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fulton. Calling hours were held Thursday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

Valley Viewpoints: Fulton or Russia?

by Lisa Emrich of Fulton

Two months in a row, the common council meeting was not available to view by the citizens of Fulton.

May’s meeting (back when the public was at least allowed to speak their mind) was an extremely interesting and informative one that shed light on a lot things that the taxpayers should know about.

Anytime there is anything the mayor and council (with the exception of First Ward Councilor Alan Emrich) want kept quiet, it just goes away.

June’s council meeting was a monumental occasion for the administration as a new resolution was passed by four of the councilmen to limit the taxpayers to three minutes of questions and comments at the beginning of the meeting and not to exceed 10 people or 30 minutes.

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Leon Archer

The Sportsman’s World: June 16, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

My boat has been calling to me for the last week or so.

A fishing friend of mine in Central Square was telling me that the walleyes have been biting really well in Oneida Lake.

He had been getting limits regularly and almost too easily jigging near buoy 121. Dean had invited Sweet Thing and I to join him and his wife, Ann, for lunch, and we readily accepted. The main course was perfectly cooked walleye — and it was superb.

A worm tipped purple or black jig has been the ticket for Dean, but the fish are also reacting favorably to other offerings, and the old favorite slow trolled spinner and worm combo can put a limit of fish in the boat with relative ease.

I used to fish Oneida every once in a while with Frank Maurer and some days we would come home with a limit and some days with only three or four apiece.

Seldom did we ever get skunked. Now that the daily limit is only three fish, the limits are easier to come by.

Ontario has been beckoning also, and the bass have been cooperating with most bass fishermen. Lures are working well with the small mouths and they don’t catch gobies. If you are going to fish with bait, be sure to keep it up well above bottom or the gobies will grab it.

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