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Fulton boys varsity tennis team bids farewell to nine seniors

by Rob Tetro

Fulton boys’ varsity tennis coach Matt Goodnaugh suggested that his team will have to find new resources of leadership next spring.  After all, his team is losing nine seniors to graduation.

Alex Bawarski, Nate Deavers, Neil Devendorf, Brian Garrett, Joe Medico, Zach Mizener, Eric Naioti, Dan Wahl and foreign exchange student Worapaj (Bike) Thongyoy recently played in their final matches in a Fulton jersey.

Goodnaugh said his seniors emphasized the importance of performing to the best of their abilities. “They model hard work and leadership in meeting their goals,” he said.

Goodnaugh hopes that his seniors move on with the understanding that if they prepare while displaying a solid work ethic that the results will speak for themselves.

He also hopes that this is only the beginning of a lifetime of enjoyment within the sport.

“I hope that it was enjoyable enough that they would like to continue playing after graduation,” Goodnaugh said.

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Willis Collins, accomplished violinist

Willis (Bill) Nelson Collins, born Jan. 17, 1917, died May 28, 2012.

He was born in Palermo to Harlan D. and Lillian B. Collins. He went to school in Fulton, graduating in 1935. He began playing violin at age 11 and played in his high school orchestra as first chair violinist.

He continued his violin as a member of the Skagit Valley Symphony.

After high school, he worked for Oswego Falls Corporation while attending Syracuse University. In June 1941. he joined the U.S. Army Air Corp at Fort Niagara. He got his first taste of this wide open country when he was transferred to Geiger Field in Spokane, Wash. to begin work for the Air Corp Weather Service. Subsequent transfers led him to Seattle, where he spent time at Snoqualmie Pass reporting weather conditions, then back to Spokane to establish a weather history for the base.

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Ruth Greco, retired from Nestle

Ruth M. Greco, 76, of Granby, died Thursday, May 31, 2012 at Community General Hospital in Syracuse.

A native of Merrimack, Mass., she had resided in the Granby and Fulton areas since 1965. She retired in 1995 from Nestle Company in Fulton after 28 years.

She had attended the Fulton Alliance Church in Fulton.

She was predeceased by a sister Joyce Huntress of Exeter, N.H.

Surviving are her husband, Vincent “Dan” Greco of Granby; a son, Fred Craig of Fulton; three daughters, Darlene Dickquist of Utah and Louise (Ron) Rombach and Laura (Mark) Stacy, all of Fulton; a step-daughter, Anne Marie Greco of Massachusetts, a step-son, Christopher Greco of Newburyport, Mass.; four sisters, Eleanor Childs of Pelham, N.H, Shirley Jones of Merrimack, Mass., Bernice Ordway of Fulton and Phyllis Fanning of Beverly, Mass.; a brother, Henry Craig of Exeter, N.H.; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be private and there will be no calling hours.

Contributions may be made to Fulton Alliance Church, 1044 State Route 48, Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

City looks to annex land from Granby

by Nicole Reitz

During Tuesday’s meeting, members of the Fulton Common Council voted to hold a series of public hearings on the annexation of the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s land.

Located off Route 48, the Wastewater Treatment Plan is positioned in the Town of Granby.

The City of Fulton paid $78,324 to the Fulton City School District and $37,859.32 in taxes to the Town of Granby last year. Out of the $37,859.32, Granby receives $7,478.62, with the rest of the tax monies going towards the County and First Fire District.

A state agency recently raised the assessment of the plant to be worth more than $3.9 million, a $900,000 raise. The city and Mayor Ron Woodward dispute the validity of the assessment and fear the possibility of a higher tax bill.

The city is currently spending $2.5 million to upgrade the treatment plant to comply with a consent order given last year under the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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In And Around Hannibal: June 9, 2012

Rita Hooper

This past Monday evening, the Hannibal Historical Society honored Judy and Gordie Prosser with a dinner and the Citizens of the Year Award. The program began with the presentation of the flag by the boys of Scout Troop 780.

Judy, a native of Mooers, and Gordie, a native of New Haven, met while both were students at Clarkson University. Gordie was an engineering student and Judy was in the CPA program. Judy was one of only 20 women at Clarkson – the 70s were an interesting time to be a female!

They were married one week after Judy graduated and will celebrate their 40th anniversary next year.

Shelley Dawson Smith was one of the first speakers and, like Judy, was one of the first women to go to Clarkson. To some of my older readers, you may recognize the name Dawson from baseball in the 40s in Hannibal. Her dad played, I believe, on the Oswego team against such Hannibal greats as the Abbott brothers. Shelley mentioned the whole team as if it were just yesterday that she attended the games.

After graduation, Gordon worked at Black Clawson, at his dad’s machine shop on County Route 1, and started a body shop with Steve Miller near the intersection of 104B and State Route 3. He then went to the Steam Station followed by Nine Mile Nuclear plant. He retired from there in 2005.

Several of the people that Gordie worked with over the years spoke about his work ethic and his abilities.

Judy was a CPA with Ernst and Ernst in Syracuse for five years, controller with Neal and O’Brien in Oswego for 11 years, and for the next 20 years, she was the chief financial officer for the Rescue Mission in Syracuse, retiring in 2009.

One of the gals that worked with Judy from the Mission spoke of her capabilities and her song-writing talents.

While Gordie and Judy worked, they let no grass grow under their feet as they soon became involved in many organizations.

They have both worked on the Democrat committee for many years. Currently, Gordie is chairman of the Town of Hannibal committee and second vice chair of the Oswego County Democrat Committee. Judy serves as treasurer for the town committee.

Also on Labor Day, Judy will be the official delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Amy Tressider, Oswego City legislator, spoke briefly about both Judy and Gordie and what they have meant to the county committee and as friends.

Judy served four years as a Democrat councilwoman on the Hannibal Town Board and has also served on the Planning Board.  She has been an election inspector for several years and now has a new job; she is the official voting machine technician and will be traveling all over Oswego County on election days to tend to the new machines.

I wonder how long they will be called the new machines!

Both are members of the Country Cruizers, a local antique auto club. Gordie is currently a board member and Judy is treasurer. President Mike Abare spoke of their willingness to pitch in and how there could always be counted on.

After Judy gets done with her Cruizer parking responsibilities at the Hannibal Fire Company field days and the Money Madness event, she heads to the treasurer’s office until after midnight, to take care of the receipts.

Judy served on the local Winterfest Committee for each of its five years. She is currently treasurer for the Hannibal Free Library and Dollars for Scholars of our school district. President Louis Gilbert spoke on behalf of Dollars for Scholars.

Perhaps they are best known for their work with Scouts. They have a combined total of more than 40 years working with girls and boys through scouting.

Gordie served as Scoutmaster from 1983 through 2010 and is still serving on the committee. He received the District Award of Honor five or six years ago and the Boy Scout highest award of Silver Beaver in 2006.

Judy was Girl Scout leader from 1981 through 2001. She served 19 years on the Central New York Council and co-chaired the merger committee. She currently serves on the board of the new council, which encompasses 26 counties.

Last year on the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts, 100 leaders were recognized and Judy was one of them. Speaking on behalf of the Girl Scouts was Julie Reed Billings, chief advancement officer for Girl Scouts in Syracuse, a Hannibal graduate and one of Judy’s Girl Scouts.

She is also the daughter of George and Carol Reed. George was pastor at the Methodist Church in Hannibal around 1989-92. It was good to see her again.

Speaking for the Boy Scouts was Gary Bogner, district executive for the Ontario District of Longhouse Council. He’s new at the job and spoke of the coaching he had received from Gordie and the contacts that they have had over the years.

Jim Bell, one of the original founders of Troop 780 in Hannibal, was unfortunately out of town but sent some notes on the early days of Troop 780.

The highest level of boy scouting is the rank of Eagle Scout. During Gordon Prosser’s reign as Scoutmaster, there have been 14 scouts who have achieved this rank. Danny Sidman remembered these boys and there may have been more: Matt Halstead, Chuck Kyle, Josh and Matt Hillman, Danny Sidman Jr., John Roll, Dakota Malone, Paul Freeser, Mike Smith, Logan and Reese Bessell, Jerod Downing, and Adrian Annal, Jr.

Present Hannibal Scoutmaster Adrian Annal spoke about Gordie’s leadership – he said he has some very big shoes to fill – I have no doubt that he will!

Grace Tyrell and Mary Prosser, two very proud mothers were there to share in this very special honor.  It’s really nice to see how hard work pays off!

The program ended with the traditional Boy Scout closing and the singing of God Bless America.

Many thanks go to Louise Kellogg for putting this evening together and doing her fine job of emceeing. And to those of the Methodist Church for a wonderful dinner.

On a personal note – Judy and Gordie have been friends of mine for a long time. I have learned much from both of them. Their management skills are beyond belief and their ability to solve problems, get the job done and keep everyone happy most of the time is a true balancing act.

They shun the limelight while working quietly. They seem to be there when needed – whether it be bush-whacking or helping a lady in distress with moving. Their love for each other is to be envied.

They are true models of what good citizens are all about.

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Our Lady of the Rosary Church’s annual Strawberry Festival will be held Sunday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the church grounds on Cayuga Street.

Senior Nutrition meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday for lunch at the Senior Center (library) on Oswego Street at noon. Come at 10 a.m. for coffee, conversation and table games. Call Rosemary at 564-5471 to make your reservation.

The Hannibal Village Board will meet Monday evening at 7 p.m. Village election is June 19 from noon to 9 p.m. Duane Shepard and Jason Kingsbury are running for the two trustee seats.

The Jammers will not meet this evening.

The Elderberries will meet this Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. for a covered dish dinner at the Senior Center (Library) on Oswego Street Congratulations to Carl Salvagin and Bob Simmons for being elected president and vice president for the Elderberries and many thanks to Barb Salvagin and George Darling for continuing on as secretary and treasurer.

Some of the Elderberries are planning on going to King’s Brass June 22 at North Syracuse.  Call Judy Tyler if you would like to go. Cookies are also needed for the baccalaureate reception before graduation. Call Phyllis Inch and let her know you will be happy to help with this.

The VFW Auxiliary meeting is Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The Hannibal Board of Education meets this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the District Office Building Room in the high school building.

The Thursday soup/chili lunches at the Hannibal United Methodist Church are still being served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Hannibal Town Board meets Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

Next Saturday, there will be a chicken dinner at IOOB and Vet Fest at the Legion.

Remember to get the news of your club or group to me by Monday at the latest for the following week.

Roy Hodge

Hodgepodge: June 9, 2012

Roy Hodge

by Roy Hodge

In the 50s, our version of  “fast” food came not from McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s or Arby’s, but from Heid’s or Bill’s Inn.

Bill’s Inn was my family’s favorite. My father would go to the little white building in Syracuse’s Southside/Valley section near our home often, bringing home plates full of fish sandwiches or hot dogs, wrapped in white paper. The smell left by the fish sandwiches as they entered the house with my father was welcome, but we didn’t much care for the leftover fish fragrance in the car during any after dinner trips.

Other times the family would drive over to Bill’s. We would sit at the counters in the small restaurant on the round stools with the red seats, or go outside or sit in the car to eat.

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Kathy Powers, Certified Public Accountant

Kathy Powers, 52, of Grayslake, IL, died at home Monday, June 4, 2012.

She was born May 27, 1960 in Rochester, N.H. to Alfred and Patricia Dupre. She was a Certified Public Accountant and member of St. Gilbert Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, Terry; her daughter, Stacie Powers; her son, Gregory Powers; her mother, Patricia Dupre; and her brother, Jim Dupre.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Friends of the family may visit from 10 to 11:00 a.m., today, June 9, 2012 at St. Gilbert Catholic Church, 301 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. at the church.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (Team Kathy Powers–Special Forces), Participant ID 5448246, Doug Adolph, 8430 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631.

Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium.

Leon Archer

The Sportsman’s World: June 9, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

Anyone who has been a Boy Scout is certain to remember the scouts’ motto: “Be Prepared.”

I missed being a Cub Scout for some reason that I have never been able to determine, but as soon as I was old enough to become a Boy Scout, I joined up. I became a member of Troop 30 in Sandy Creek when Mr. Corse was the scoutmaster. I was involved in scouting until I graduated high school. I have always had a measure of regret that I never got back into scouting after graduating college and coming to Fulton.

Be that as it may, I have found that living by that motto has been a blessing and a curse over the years. I realize that no one can be completely prepared for every situation they run into, but in as much as it is possible, being prepared is a very good thing.

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