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Karen Abbott

At The Fencepost: May 23, 2012

Karen Abbott

by Karen Abbott

Early Monday morning I drove up to the front of a local thrift store, intending to drop off some items I didn’t need in my new apartment.

The whole sidewalk in front of the building was covered with litter: torn black garbage bags, boxes, furniture piled at odd angles. A large truck was backed up to the far right-hand side.

For a moment, I thought it was a garbage truck picking up the trash strewn across the storefront. Then I realized it was a donation truck, there to pick up the larger pieces of furniture for transport to another location.

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Poetry Corner: The Gauchos

by Jim Farfaglia

The Gauchos

Memorial Day Weekend, 1968.

A 9 year old boy leans against his bicycle,

waiting in anticipation,

just across the street

from the Nestles parking lot.

 

He watches them prepare for the parade:

tuning their horns,

strapping on their drums,

shining their wooden rifles,

 

then follows them through their whole route:

first to the cemetery,

where their Taps echoes through gravesites,

then to the Sealright Parking lot,

over to City Hall

and on across the Broadway Bridge.

 

He listens to tune after tune:

Windy

Lawrence of Arabia

Oye Como Va

and their crowd pleaser

Blueberry Hill

 

which brings them to the War Memorial,

where all of them stand tall

in black bell-bottomed pants,

white shirt and gloves, red cummerbund

and atop each head, a sombrero.

 

And the boy imagines himself

someday wearing that uniform,

of someday belonging to that family:

The Ambassadors For Our City.

The Pride of Fulton, New York.

Andrew Henderson

Laughing Through Life: May 23, 2012

Andrew Henderson

Andrew Henderson

The Major League Baseball season is now in full swing and the St. Louis Cardinals are the defending World Series champions.

Life is good.

As you are probably aware by now, I am a huge baseball fan and I especially enjoy the history of the game.

I enjoy reading how past ballplayers from the lates 1800s to early 1900s jumped trains from one city to the next to play for teams such as the Brooklyn Superbas, Grand Rapids Shamrocks, Pittsburgh Alleghenys, and the Jersey City Skeeters.

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Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder kicked off her campaign for the 48th District Senate seat before a large crowd Thursday evening.

Tresidder kicks off Senate campaign to large crowd

Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder kicked off her campaign for the 48th District Senate seat before a large crowd Thursday evening.

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder kicked off her campaign for the 48th District Senate seat before a large crowd Thursday evening.

Oswego was the final stop on her three-county trek to officially declare her candidacy.

Tresidder drew a crowd of her fellow local Democrats, members of the public, business owners and even some Republicans to the event. She was introduced by Oswego County Legislature Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler.

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Derek Hart (standing) leads a music therapy session at the Step By Step Wellness program. A program of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, the Step By step Wellness program offers a variety of services to adults diagnosed with a mental illness.

Music lifts Step By Step Program participants

Derek Hart (standing) leads a music therapy session at the Step By Step Wellness program. A program of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, the Step By step Wellness program offers a variety of services to adults diagnosed with a mental illness.

Participants in the Step By Step Wellness program are discovering the joy and power of music.

Established by Peer Generalist Derrick Hart, the program’s new music therapy sessions have been a welcome addition to the programs and activities that the Step By Step Wellness program offers its participants.

Since joining the Step By Step Wellness program, Hart, who himself is a musician, has been anxious to begin a music program.  It is a program that he has built from scratch with Hart contributing some instruments and leading the sessions.

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Erika Johnson

Bodley Bulletins: May 23, 2012

Erika Johnson

by Erika Johnson

It’s hard to believe how fast the days are winding down now! Now that it is Memorial Day weekend already, the end of the year will be here before we know it.

Of course there are some fun end of the year activities going on.

Last Tuesday, a week late due to a rain delay, was the mock DWI demonstration. Juniors and seniors were led out to the parking lot at 8 a.m. and were witnesses to several of their class mates bloody and scared.

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Veterans Council plans Memorial Day ceremonies

by Andrew Henderson

The Fulton Veterans Council is planning several ceremonies for Memorial Day.

“May 28, the members of the Fulton Veterans Council will begin the Memorial Services in honor of those who sacrificed for our freedoms,” said William Shinnick, senior vice president of the Fulton Veterans Council.

All motorcade participants will meet at the former Nestle Parking Lot between 8:45 and 9 a.m. The motorcade will proceed to St. Mary’s Cemetery where a short service will be conducted by representatives of the PLAV.

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Several local residents honored at SUNY Oswego convocation

Nearly 110 students at SUNY Oswego, including local residents, received awards at the college’s spring Honors Convocation.

Lana K. Slinkard of State Route 176 in Cato, a senior studying studio art, received the Herman Krusi Award. Her future plan is to attend graduate school for fine arts.

Jane M. DeForge of County Route 4 in Central Square, a junior studying childhood education, received the Lucy Wing Scholarship. She is the daughter of Bruce and Glenda DeForge of Parish. She is employed at Tutor Time. Her future plan is to attend graduate school for special education.

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