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Mary McKechnie, interior designer

Mary June McKechnie, who was born Jan. 22, 1930, died May 16, 2012 after several months of illness.

She was an interior designer and had a great sense of style.

She is survived by daughter, Anne Butler and husband Lindsay of Brackney, Pa.; daughter, Jane Galbreath and husband Mark, Odenton, Md.; grandchildren James, Elizabeth, Aaron and William David; sisters Grace Wiltse and Judy Graham, both of Fulton; and great-grandchildren, Lyla, Katelyn and Dylan.

She was predeceased by her husband, William G. McKechnie; parents, Iva and Arthur Dumont Sr.; brother, Arthur Dumont, Jr.; and grandson, Thomas J. Butler.

Memorial services will be held today, May 26 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, 44 Main Street, Binghamton. The Rev. Dr. David Drebert will officiate.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Salt Springs, PO Box 541, Montrose, PA 18801; Trinity Episcopal Church Binghamton, 44 Main Street, Binghamton, NY 13905; or the Silver Lake (Pa) Fire Company, PO Box 133, Brackney, PA 18812.

Valley Viewpoints: Great equalizer

by Marian M. Stanton

To all the voters who supported their Fulton Public Library by voting “yes” last Tuesday, please accept my biggest thanks.

Thanks to every one of you, we will be open next Tuesday and all the Tuesdays, continuing to offer you excellent library service through our dedicated, hard-working staff.

If you haven’t been in for a while, stop in, look around, borrow a book, take home a DVD to watch tonight, or use a computer.

The world is at your fingertips at the Fulton Public Library.

When I was thinking about how to ask for your vote on this urgent issue, one of the items I came across is a quote from Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, which I didn’t use then but would like to share now:  “When you are growing up, there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The library is a great equalizer.”

Your Fulton Public Library stands ready to serve each and every one of you! Stop in soon.

County GOP endorses Ritchie for re-election

by Andrew Henderson

With more than 100 hundred people in attendance at Greenview Country Club, the Oswego County Republican Committee unanimously endorsed New York State Senator Patty Ritchie in her re-election effort.

Nominated by Oswego County Legislator Louella Leclair of Fulton and seconded by Oswego County ATV Club President Steve Cronk, Ritchie received a standing ovation and the committee’s overwhelming, unanimous support, said committee chairman Michael Backus.

“We are very proud of Senator Ritchie’s hard work for Oswego County in Albany, but personally I am even more thankful of her outreach here locally to keep us informed of everything she is working on,” said Backus. “From fighting for our families to saving businesses in Oswego County from even higher taxation and regulation, Senator Ritchie has earned our support.”

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

Valley Viewpoints: Big Brother

by Rodney DeLong of Fulton

I would like to share a concern regarding the people who run our local fire district. All elected officials swear an oath to “support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of New York,” and that they will “faithfully” discharge the duties of the office… to the best of their ability.”

I have recently had several issues with the commissioners of the Cody Fire District. For most people, the process for addressing concerns is to call one of the commissioners or attend a district meeting to bring up these concerns. The Cody Fire District has determined that my concerns and issues should not be bought directly to the commissioners, but rather through their attorney.

Ok, fine, for the last 2-3 years I have been bringing my concerns to their lawyer as requested. Unfortunately, the commissioners still don’t care to address some of my issues (they pick and choose what they want to address).

Now they have decided that I shouldn’t call their lawyer either, but hire a lawyer to talk to their lawyer. This is ridiculous, if they would allow me to use the same method of communication as everyone else, they wouldn’t have to pay a lawyer to take care of my concerns.

To read the rest of the Viewpoint, pick up a copy of The Valley News

Phoenix softball holds off Oneida

by Rob Tetro

Seven innings of play didn’t declare a winner when the Phoenix softball team took Oneida Saturday.

Despite trailing by three runs early in the game, the Lady Firebirds fought back to force extra innings.

After 10 innings, Phoenix got the extra run that it needed to come away with a 6-5 win over Oneida.

Oneida got onto the scoreboard right out of the gates. By the end of the first inning, it held a 2-0 lead. Oneida added another run during the top of the third inning, which brought the lead to 3-0.

During the bottom of the fourth inning, Phoenix began its comeback.

The Lady Firebirds scored a run and scored two more runs to tie the game at 3-3 during the bottom of the fifth inning.

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

Square dance club to hold fund-raiser

The Shirts ‘n Skirts Square Dance Club is hosting a fund-raiser Saturday, 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 died in March of 2011.

Modern western square dancing and cued round dancing will be offered by several area callers and cuers who will be donating their time. Dancers from Central New York area clubs are expected to attend and dance in the main gym at the school.

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Light In The Darkness: May 23, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” – Romans 13:1

This verse is usually called upon to remind us to be submissive to authority. It is a reminder we need for it is easy to adopt a wrong attitude when we see men and women in authority having little or no fear of God. It is good to be reminded that God tells us those in authority hold their respective positions because He, Himself placed them there. In Daniel 2 we read, “He removes kings and sets up other kings.”  Thus, to be in submission to those over us is to be in submission to God. There are time, of course, when we are not to submit (Acts 4:19) but all this is for another time.

Today I want to address how these passages also speak to those who are in positions of authority.  You hold a position that was established by none other than God and He says that He has specifically appointed you to serve there. Thus, you do not simply hold a position of power and authority, but you have responsibility to God.

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Pictured is the gravestone of James Brannigan in the Post Cemetery at Fort Ontario.  Brannigan was a Union Army soldier who drowned in the Oswego River in 1865.

Fort Ontario hosts Memorial Day ceremony and 1814 Battlefield Tour

Pictured is the gravestone of James Brannigan in the Post Cemetery at Fort Ontario. Brannigan was a Union Army soldier who drowned in the Oswego River in 1865.

A special Memorial Day commemorative program will be held at the Fort Ontario Post Cemetery at Monday, May 28 at 1:30 p.m.

Wreath laying ceremonies will be conducted by the Daughters of the American Revolution, U.S. Daughters of 1812, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and the Friends of Fort Ontario. A tour of the May 5-6, 1814 battlefield will be conducted by Fort Ontario Superintendent Paul Lear following the program.

All Memorial Day activities at the Post Cemetery are free and open to the public. Old Fort Ontario will be open to the public Memorial Day and regular admission will be charged; children 12 years and under are admitted free.

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