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Robert Whipple Sr., World War II veteran

Robert Whipple Sr., 87, of Pennellville, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012.

He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Carpenter’s Union, Local 12, and the VFW Post 5540, Phoenix.

He was predeceased by his wife, Fran (LaPointe), and son, William.

Surviving are his son, Robert Jr.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be graveside at 10 a.m. Monday, June 18 in Pennellville Cemetery, County Route 54. Deacon Frank Forish will officiate and there will be U.S. Navy honors as well.

Arrangements are by Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix.


Ioan Jones, Purple Heart recipient

Ioan G. “Jonesy” Jones, 88, of Fulton, died peacefully at home June 10, 2012.

Born in Maine, his father’s ministry took him to Wales, New Zealand, Newfoundland and finally settling in Fulton, where he lived for over 60 years.

He retired from Sealright after more than 30 years.  After retirement, he worked at Sanford and Burtis Fire Equipment.

He was a member of the Fulton Lions Club and Fulton Historical Society. He was also a member of Fulton First UMC.

He enjoyed woodworking and had a love of music that he had passed along to his children.

He was a World War II Pacific Theatre veteran of the United States Marine Corps and was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was predeceased by his wife, Natalie “Sis” Meagher Jones, who died in 1993.

He is survived by his companion, Carrie Palmer; five children, Megan (John) Galletta of Fulton, James (Cindy) Jones of Hastings, Sue (Edward) Kasperek of Fulton, Thomas (Jeri) Jones of Fulton and Julia (Paul) Hopman of Hannibal; nine grandchildren, Kate, Jen, Laura, Chris, Andy, Nick, Mo, Jim and Dan; great-granddaughter, Mylah; and great-grandson, Liam.  A graveside service was held Friday at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Fulton First United Methodist Church Music Memorial Fund, 1408 St. Rte. 176, Fulton, 13069.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc. was in care of arrangements.

Loretta Munger, former bowling secretary

Loretta Munger, 89, of Fulton, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Fulton to the late Bronislaw and Antonina (Golec) Brzuchac.

Mrs. Munger has been a longtime resident of Fulton. She was a past communicant of St. Michael’s Church, Fulton. She was a past secretary of the Fulton Women Bowling league for many years.  She was also a member of the Polish Legion of American Veterans.

Mrs. Munger was predeceased by her husband, Dominic Munger, who died in February of 2005, and her siblings, Sophia, Joseph, Raymond, Steven, Lillian, Geneva, and Janet.

She is survived by her children:  Joseph (Lisa) Munger of Fulton, David (Teresa) Munger of Fulton, Paul (Kathy) Munger of Fair Haven, and James (Marsha) Munger of Plattsburgh; her brother, Allan Brzuchac of Fulton; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held    today at 11:30 a.m. at Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton, with Rev. Wirkes officiating. Burial will be held privately at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours will be conducted today from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the New York State Talking Book and Braille Library Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230.

Campgrounds to host fishing derby

North Bay Campgrounds will be hosting its Fifth annual fishing derby on Lake Neahtahwanta, Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Registration desk opens at 8 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Children ages 16 and under are welcome to attend and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All children will be placed in three divisions depending on their age. Tadpole: age 6 and under; Perch: age 7 – 11; and Bass: age 12 – 16. Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish caught and the most fish caught.

For more information call North Bay Campground at 592-2256.


AARP Driver Safety Program classes scheduled in Minetto, Palermo, Pulaski

Following are the AARP’s Driver Safety Program classes for the months of June and July:

• June 28 and 29, a class will be held at Minetto at 9 a.m. Those seeking more information may call 343 2393,

• July 10 and 11, a class will be held in Palermo at 930 a.m. Those seeking more information may call 963-1069.

• July 9 and 10, a class will be held in Pulaski at 6 p.m. Those seeking more information may call 298 5233.

In 1947, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired school teacher and high school principal, founded the National Retired Teacher Association to aid retired teachers. In 1958, she founded the American Association of Retired Persons. In 1982, the NRTA and AARP merged .

To honor Dr. Andrus, the AARP Driver Safety Program, during the months of July and August, will present a special promotion to honor all persons who work in or are retired from the field of education.

A certificate from such a class will provide you with a 10 percent discount on your car insurance for a period of three years .

Retired educators interested in taking a class during this promotion period may call 963-3093 for more information.


Oswego County Fair schedule set

by Carol Thompson

The 155th annual Oswego County Fair will be held June 30 through July 4 in Sandy Creek.The theme for this year is “Happy Birthday America.”

This year, Legislature Day will be held June 30. County legislators will have the opportunity to tour the grounds and will be treated to lunch. Fireworks will be held at dusk.

July 1 is Family Day and July 2 is Children’s Day. Children’s day events include free games, a contest, kids activities, watermelon eating contest, parade and water balloon toss.

The Youth Building will provide a variety of activities and craft making will be available.

Senior Day will be held July 4 and Military Appreciation Day will be held July 4.

The grandstand schedule includes harness racing, demolition derbies, local truck pulls, garden tractor pulls and antique tractor pulls.

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Preston and Fontana have royal roles in ‘Mattress’

Julia Preston-Fulton (Minstrel), Bobby Fontana (King) and Erin Chetney (Jester) rehearse a scene from “Once Upon a Mattress.” “Once Upon a Mattress” will take place in the Frances Marion Brown Theatre, Fort Ontario Arts Center in Oswego July 6, 7, 13 and 14 with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. July 15.

Oswego Players director Inez Manor Parker has cast the royal leads in her upcoming “Once Upon a Mattress.”

Bobby Fontana is reprising the role of King Sextimus the Silent.

He played the same role several years ago in a children’s theatre presentation of the show.

Fontana has been a member of the organization since his debut in “Lend Me a Tenor” in 1995.

His contributions to the group are many and varied. As a director, he has successfully taken on such classics as, “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” and “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Marsha Preston will play the nasty Queen Aggravain – thwarting her son’s (Prince Dauntless the Drab) every attempt at matrimony.

Preston is a Penn State Theatre Arts graduate and also holds a master’s degree in education.  She is a long time Players member, first performing in “Dear World” in 1988, and most recently in “Life with Father” in April.

Preston has been active with other groups such as the Red Creek Players, Fulton Broadway Theatre and Festival Chorus.

Multi-talented, she has written and produced children’s theatre with Hands on Theatre.

Talent appears to run in the family as her daughter, Julia Preston-Fulton, is also in the cast.

Fulton is a graduate of SUNY Oswego in zoology and just recently returned from tour-guiding in Yellowstone National Park.

With the Players, she assumed the role of Catherine Johnson in “Silent Night, Lonely Night” and recreated the Marlene Deitrich role from “Witness for the Prosecution.”

“Once Upon a Mattress” will take place in the Frances Marion Brown Theatre, Fort Ontario Arts Center in Oswego July 6, 7, 13 and 14 with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. July 15.

Tickets are available by calling the Players’ Box Office at 343-5138.

Light In The Darkness: June 13, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel  without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.” — Philippians 1:27-28a

The admonition to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ is always timely for followers of Jesus.

Adam Clarke, a British Methodist pastor and scholar who lived from 1762–1832, wrote a Bible commentary that has served the church well for nearly two centuries. He understood  nuance and the cultural meaning of phrases used by the New Testament writers. He knew how the original readers understood certain words and phrases which we do not. He brings out a meaning in this passage that should lift our spirits on wings of joy. It also serves as an important reminder as we struggle to understand our dual citizenship as Americans and as Citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom.

Pastor Clarke writes, “The apostle considers the Church at Philippi as a free or imperial city, possessing great honors, dignities, and privileges in the Kingdom of Heaven and he exhorts the believers there to act, worthy of those honors and privileges they possess as free inhabitants of Christ’s imperial city, the Church.”

Thus, a lifestyle worthy of the gospel of Christ is one worthy of a child of the King.

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