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The Friends of History in Fulton has hired Sue Lane as the new director of the Pratt House museum in Fulton. Originally from Oswego, Lane and her husband Alan, moved back to the area seven years ago.

Friends of History in Fulton hires Pratt House director

The Friends of History in Fulton has hired Sue Lane as the new director of the Pratt House museum in Fulton. Originally from Oswego, Lane and her husband Alan, moved back to the area seven years ago.

by Nicole Reitz

The John Wells Pratt House in Fulton now has a new director.

The Friends of History in Fulton hired Sue Lane, a Fulton resident who is originally from Oswego.

Lane and her husband, Alan, moved back to the area seven years ago when her sister needed help caring for their mother.

For the past six and a half years, Lane’s job has been taking care of her mother, who died in September. Taking the winter months to grieve, Lane began to look for part time work.

Lane needed the flexibility of working part time because she drives her sister, who recently had quadruple bypass surgery, to doctors appointments in Syracuse.

She saw a listing for the position in the newspaper and her husband encouraged her to apply. Lane was hired at the beginning of May.

Her responsibility is to keep the Pratt House’s many volunteers organized, even if the volunteers work independently and at different times.

“So far, I think it’s a perfect fit,” said Lane. “It gets me out in the world of the living again.”

Lane has a degree in elementary education. Before moving back home, she was an instructional assistant with fifth-grade special-needs students. She worked 20 plus years for P&C, teaching managers and supervisors.

She has also worked as an office manager in a small company in Kentucky. While in Indiana, she had an antique booth in an antique mall.

“My husband and I have collected antiques forever,” said Lane.

Lane’s love of old things comes from her grandmother, mother and father. Her grandmother and mother were “auction people” and were great at finding items at flea markets, she said.

She remembered the women in her family purchasing furniture and refinishing it.

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County data management contract award still in limbo

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature won’t be awarding a data management contract for the county clerk’s office when they meet next week.

An update given during Wednesday’s meeting of the Community and Consumer Affairs Committee had little to offer, said Legislator Amy Tresidder.

County Administrator Phil Church said that the committee assigned to review the request for proposals had not completed the work, Tresidder said.

The county has been attempting to award a contract for over 18 months as controversy has shrouded the process on previous occasions. The latest round of solicitation for proposals resulted in eight vendors submitting quotes.

Due to the controversy, Church is autonomously handling the process, something that not all legislators are comfortable with.

Following findings of conflicts of interest with the current vendor, Church said that all communication between employees and any of the bidders would cease.

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

In And Around Hannibal: June 2, 2012

Our Lady of the Rosary Church’s annual Strawberry Festival will be Sunday, June 10 from 8 3 p.m.

Rita Hooper

A word to the wise – I was recently asked to mention that with the warmer weather, many folks are out walking the roads for their enjoyment and that it would be nice if the drivers slowed down and went around them.

A little courtesy goes a long way and it really wouldn’t make the driver late for wherever it is their going.

While on this subject – many more children are out riding their bikes, it would be a good idea to slow down for them too. Parents, please check that your children is riding with a bike helmet and knows the rules of the road.

And drivers, don’t forget to buckle up – someone out there loves you!

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The Shirts ‘n Skirts Square Dance Club is hosting a fund-raiser on today, June 2 from 2 to 10 p.m. at the Kenney Middle School on Cayuga Street in Hannibal to benefit The ALS Association. The event is in honor of Elaine Eno, a graduate of Hannibal Central School and a long-time dancer who was diagnosed with the disease early in 2010 and passed away in March of 2011.

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Lake Yacht Racing Association’s Regatta to be held in Oswego

This summer, for the first time since 1928, the 2012 Lake Yacht Racing Association Annual Regatta will be held in Oswego. The event will be hosted by the Oswego Yacht Club July 30 through Aug. 5.

The association was founded in 1884, making it the oldest association of yacht clubs in the nation. The group consists of 47 yacht clubs located around Lake Ontario with Oswego being one of the founding clubs.

The port city will host nearly 75 yachts from around Lake Ontario. The regatta is an annual event that features one week of intensive racing.

This includes “feeder” races, which are designed to bring yachts to the regatta site, the overnight Freeman Race, and three days of “around-the-buoy” course racing.

“With racers from both the U.S. and Canada, this is a great opportunity for sailors to compete as well as establish a strong camaraderie amongst each other,” said John Gary, chairman of the Oswego LYRA Organizing Committee.

Tuesday, July 31 will initiate the first day of competition with races beginning in Rochester and Henderson Harbor. The Centennial Cup race, sponsored by SUNY Oswego, is hosted by the Rochester Yacht Club.

Yachts from the west end of the lake will compete in a 45-nautical mile race that ends in Oswego. The other feeder race, the Founder’s Cup, is a 35-nautical mile race hosted by the Henderson Harbor Yacht Club.

All racers from the eastern end of the lake will converge in Henderson and race to Oswego.

Following the racing, participants will be treated to a barbecue and live music. Advance registration is required for these events.

The Freeman Cup, an overnight 73-nautical mile event, is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The race will take approximately 14 hours to complete.


CCC celebrates completion of the third Fitness Challenge

Just over eight weeks ago, Cayuga Community College student Jay Wornick challenged the campus community to keep up with him during the third annual Fitness Challenge.

Wornick, who received national media attention for losing 200 pounds in a bet with his wife Angela, shared advice about eating and exercising during the March kickoff event to the eight-week campus-wide fitness competition.

May 23, the college community celebrated the accomplishments of Wornick (who ended up winning the overall individual category by racking up 4,852.81 points) as well as the 180 people who participated in the challenge this year.

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Roy Hodge

Hodgepodge: June 2, 2012

Roy Hodge

by Roy Hodge

After I read Andy’s column last week, I wanted to find out more about Bud Abbott and Lou Costello’s famous routine, “Who’s on First?” So I Googled and discovered that by the early 1930s a “Baseball Routine” had become a classic burlesque bit, and that Abbott performed it with another actor before he did it a million times with Costello.

Abbott and Costello never claimed to have invented the routine, but they certainly made it very famous.

After Abbott and Costello teamed up, they performed the sketch regularly; in 1937 as part of a vaudeville routine called “Hollywood Bandwagon”; in 1938 for the first time on national radio on the “Kate Smith Hour” program, at least two times in the movies, many times on television, as well as radio, and several times for President Franklin Roosevelt.

A golden record of the skit is in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown where a video of it is played continuously. In 1944, Abbott and Costello had the routine copyrighted.

There’s a “Who’s on First” board game and “Time” magazine named it the “Best Comedy Sketch of the 20th Century.”

The names given in the sketch for each position’s players: Who is on first base, of course. What is on second, I Don’t Know on third, Why is the left fielder.  Tomorrow is the pitcher, the catcher is Today. The shortstop, I Don’t Care or I Don’t Give a Darn, is not identified until the end of the routine, and the right fielder is never identified. In order to make the board game work the right fielder is given a name, Nobody.

I read all the way to the end of the Google article and found this: “During the 2007 season the Los Angeles Dodgers added an infielder named Chin Lung Hu.  After Hu singled in his third at bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sept. 23, Dodgers announcer Vince Scully said, “Okay, everybody all together…Hu’s on first.”

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I enjoy this time of year – being able to get out in the yard and getting a good look at what’s growing.

Like everything else, a visit to the garden uncovers good and not so good things. There are plants which seemed to be flourishing after the lighter than usual winter and others which missed the heavy snow cover.

The many squirrels which travel in and out of our yard throughout the year were busier than usual over the winter this year. There are many “mystery” plants that were moved to different places, and there may be others which we “borrowed” from neighbors’ yards courtesy of the squirrels.  There will undoubtedly be the usual “nut trees,” the result of the many acorns the squirrels have buried in the yard.Those busy squirrels don’t spend all their time busy at work in our garden. There is plenty of leisure time, too. They obviously have a busy recreational schedule and do a lot of visiting throughout our neighborhood.

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Legislators express urgency with state’s Article X proposal

by Carol Thompson

A special meeting of the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning Committee will be held later this month for the purpose of finalizing a resolution in opposition of Article X.

During Thursday’s committe meeting, the committee agreed to draft both a letter and a resolution to send to state officials and the Public Service Commission urging reconsideration of the law that threaten home rule.

Home rule allows a local municipality to legislate itself. Article X provides for a committee to determine where wind turbines will be cited in a community.

Oswego County is in a unique situation because of the nuclear power plants located in Scriba.  Article X could take away the county’s ability to negotiate tax agreements with the utilities.

The public comment period has ended, however, Legislator Shawn Doyle worked to negotiate an extension for municipalities to comment. The comment period expires June 15, giving the legislature only one day to submit a passed resolution. The meeting of the full floor is scheduled for June 14.

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