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Fulton girls lacrosse clinches regular season league title

by Rob Tetro

Going into its Senior Night game against Whitesboro Tuesday, if the Fulton girls varsity lacrosse team won the last two games of the regular season, it will clinch the regular season league championship.

During the second half of their game, Fulton held Whitesboro scoreless en route to a 15-3 win. The next day, the Lady Raiders went to Cortland with the opportunity to clinch.

Though it took three overtimes, Fulton returned home as champions following an exciting and dramatic 13-12 win over Cortland.

When Fulton took the field for its Senior Night game against Whitesboro, the first half proved to be a bit more competitive than expected.

The Lady Raiders had a 6-3 halftime lead. However, this contest proved to be the tail of two halves.

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Writing class for adults to be held in June

The CNY Arts Center will hold a class for adult writers entitled “Building Your Writing Muscle.”

Instructor Jim Farfaglia will teach this six-week class for beginning writers or experienced writers who are looking to develop better writing skills.

The class will be taught for six consecutive Thursdays beginning June 7. Class time will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will take place at the Fulton Public Library.

Topics to be discussed during the class include “Finding The Time To Write,” “How To Edit and Improve Written Work,” and “Strategies for Becoming a More Creative Writer.” Some time for students to share their writing will be provided.

There is a fee for the class. Information about the fee and how to register for the class may be obtained by visiting the center’s web site at

Those seeking information about the class can contact Jim Farfaglia at or at 402-2297.

Annual county audit underway

by Carol Thompson

The annual audit of Oswego County government finances is underway. This year, the county clerk’s office is included in the financial review.

County Treasurer John Kruk confirmed the annual review audit is in progress.

“We get audited every year,” he said. “We have to have an audit by law.”

The treasurer’s office is audited and each year a department is also selected. This year, Kruk said, the county clerk’s office was chosen.

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Alice Bocko, worked at Hunter Arms

Alice G. Bocko, 94; of Fulton died May 14, 2012 at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton.

She was born to the late Thomas and Helena (Dunbar) Goss of Fulton. She has remained a lifelong resident of Fulton.

Mrs. Bocko was a past member of the Holy Family Altar Rosary Society. She was past employed with Hunter Arms and the Fulton City School District.

She was pre-deceased by her husband of 64 years Arthur Bocko in 2008, brother Gordon Goss and sister Catherine Goss.

She is survived by her daughter Mary C. Wacker and her son-in-law Dustin Wacker both of Fulton and her grandson Craig Wacker Of Raleigh, N.C.

She is also survived by her brother Thomas Goss of Fulton, Brother-in-law Earl (Patricia) Bocko of Minetto,  and sister-in-law Anna Goss of Jacksonville, Fla., and her nieces, nephews and great and great great nieces and nephews.

There were no calling hours. Funeral Services wereheld March 18 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton. Rev. Robert Stephenson officiated.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Funding approved for asbestos study

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature voted May 12 to transfer $30,000 from a building renovations capital reserve fund to an asbestos study capital account to pay for testing of all county facilities.

The county is testing for asbestos in all its county facilities after an employee raised concerns at the Department of Social Services. Asbestos, not at dangerous levels, was located in some of the ceiling tiles at the DSS facility.

“Do we have a firm number about what this capital project will cost?” Legislator Shawn Doyle asked.

Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley said he did not have a firm cost, however, county officials have given an estimate of upward of $1 million.

County Administrator Phil Church said the budget transfer will cover the cost of some testing that has already been done and the testing of the remaining buildings.

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Valley Viewpoints: Friendships forged

by Robbin Griffin of Fulton

I wish to express my sincerest thanks to those of you that took the time to vote in the recent school-board election. I am grateful for the support of our budget and referendums. It was a great evening for our school district and its students!

I am also grateful for the many years that you allowed me to serve as one of your representatives on the board of education. Each election left me feeling humbled as well as grateful for your confidence and trust.

Throughout my years of service, I worked to balance the needs of our students with that of our community. I wish to thank everyone of you that ever reached out to me to express your opinions, allowing me to better understand the varied ideas and needs of our students and residents.

While we may not have always agreed, I always filed away the points of concern, which caused me to pause and consider other points of view before exercising my vote on the issues.

I wish to thank our state and federal leaders for making the time to meet with myself and others to share concerns, views and sometimes brainstorm for solutions to the many issues our schools faced over the last 21 years.

I must also thank my fellow board members throughout New York State, especially those from Oswego County who allowed me to work with them in an effort to make our collective voice heard in our state and federal capitols.

My thanks to the many administrators who helped educate me about the many needs of our students here and Fulton and Oswego County.

To the many folks who served on the Fulton board over my years of service, thank you for your commitment to making the board function effectively, thank you for the many things you each taught me and for the shared humor which made the work so much more enjoyable.

To the many teachers and students of the Fulton School District and Oswego County BOCES, thank you for the many moments you shared with me over the years. I am blessed to have had so many “first day of school” moments, opportunities to read to your students and presentations that you shared with the board.

So what is my take away from all this experience? I take with me many memories that include students of all ages (some now parents themselves), long nights working on policies, contract discussions, personnel issues and capitol project planning.

I take with me years of financial learning that changed my outlook on how things work in a community. I also take with me a hefty knowledge of what it takes to make a school district run in the 21st century.

If you haven’t been asking kids what they learned recently through their education studies, you are missing out on the significant changes that have been and continue to take place in our curriculum and classrooms. Lastly, and most importantly, I take with me the greatest surprise of community service: the many treasured relationships with those I was lucky to serve with locally and beyond. I didn’t expect to get anything for my board service but must admit that the time spent with our youth and the friendships I forged made all the late nights and difficult meetings seem insignificant in comparison.

Thank you all and thank you editor for providing coverage of the important work that occurs in our public schools.

Fulton Community Band and Dixieland Band to perform

The Fulton Community Band formed twenty years ago in February of 1992.

Paul Sherman, an art teacher at G. Ray Bodley High School and a performer of many musical instruments, sent out a notice to all teachers hoping to form a faculty band.

Due to lack of interest and available talent, Sherman talked to Carol Fox about the possibility of forming a community band and thus there was a beginning.

Community bands, over the past many years, have been springing up all over the country — such as in late l800s, early l900s with Sousa bands, etc.

In the immediate area, there are community bands in Baldwinsville, Red Creek, Phoenix and Fulton. Some of the performers play in all the groups.

Members of the Fulton Community Band are from Red Creek, Oswego, Phoenix, Chittenango, Cicero, Liverpool, Fairhaven, Parish, Baldwinsville and Fulton. Included are active and retired teachers, people from all walks of life ranging in age from high school students thru those in their 70s.

The band is active all year and has performed at local functions such as Memorial Day Salute, church bazaars, annual Christmas concert, historical society ice cream social, community band festivals, Bishop Commons and the new Pavilion Summer Series of Concerts.

The Fulton Community Band will take the Memorial Day Salute stage at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26.

An offshoot from the Fulton Community Band is the Dixieland Band, which is composed of seven members. They have performed several concerts at venues such as Memorial Day Salute, Snowfest at city hall and they are part of the Summer Series performing at the downtown gazebo.

The Fulton Dixieland Band will be playing at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26.

In And Around Hannibal: May 19, 2012

by Rita Hooper

As I write it is election day for the school and for the library.  So my mind drifts back to the good old days…my old school daze! Wonder if we are any better off today than we were 50 years ago. Life keeps a changing.

I can remember getting up early every morning and having breakfast with the family before Dad left for work. He didn’t have to milk the cows but he did have lots of faces to look at in the classroom…well the woodshop anyway!

During breakfast, Mom would pack the lunch bags; Dad would take his milk in a glass syrup bottle and either a sandwich or leftovers. He preferred to eat lunch in the shop with the other shop teachers and then he’d have time for a few quick winks.

He kept a wooden lawn chair in the store-room for just such an occasion. He drilled holes in the handles of a placesetting of mom’s silverware so that he could hang them on a hook above the clean-up sink. Plastic wasn’t used much then.

My sister and I usually took a sandwich, which we’d put in our purse – who would be caught dead with a paper bag? We’d buy milk at 3 cents and ice cream for a dime.

While Mom was busy, there would be a lot of chatter. The morning news came in 15 minute segments on the radio. We’d all listen and discuss it if we weren’t in a rush. Kiss each other goodbye and then it was off to start the day.

The evening began the same way – listening to the radio while Mom fixed dinner; in the later years, my sister and I might start it before Mom got home from work.

We’d discuss the events of the day, homework, listen to the 6 p.m. news on radio. Two nights a week, Dad would head off to his second job, Ye Town Trading Post, a second hand store he began when I was born to supplement his teaching salary.

My sister and I worked there as we got older as did my Mom. It was open Saturday afternoons, too. During the week, I’d often go to houses with Dad where he would buy things for the store.  One of my first jobs was filling the kerosene jugs and in turn filling the stoves in each of the seven “Treasure Rooms.”

While Dad went to work, my sister and I would fight over whose turn it was to do the dishes. “You wash, I’ll dry,” I can hear it now. Really wasn’t so bad as we’d change the station and do a little rock and roll as we worked. Did provide more time for conversation. Mom didn’t get a dishwasher until after we went to college.

In the evening, we’d work on homework. My school planned that we would have an hour of homework for every hour of school. Thank heavens I didn’t have homework in chorus and gym and not always in home economics. I was in seventh grade when Sputnik went up and  emphasis was put on education, especially math and science. We were in a race to beat the Russians. Our nation depended on it – the nation depended on us for the future of our country.

Our sports usually were a pick-up game of kickball in the street or bike riding or roller skating on the sidewalks. In the winter, we’d watch more TV but with only three basic channels, there wasn’t that much to watch – come to think of it – I think there was more to watch then, that interested me than there is now!

Remember “real” wrestling?  And the Saturday night fights? They were free!

And all those great comedians (Red Skelton, Imogene Cocoa, Jack Benny) and variety shows (Ed Sullivan, Ted Mack Amateur Hour, Milton Berle) and great live plays (Lux Video Theater and Playhouse Theater, I’ll throw Jackie Gleason and the Honeymooners in there, too.) We didn’t have any reality TV – reality was what our life was about! Who wanted to see that on TV?

Hope I’ve triggered a few memories for you. Are our children or grandchildren any better off than their grandparents were?

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On a sad note, I note the passing of Jack Tyrie, a social studies teacher in Hannibal for 33 years.

I must have met him at an open house at school or maybe it was through my Democrat roots, or perhaps at a school board meeting – I don’t really remember.

But I do know that at our very first meeting, we discovered that he had been my father-in-law’s newspaper boy on Long Island. We had a good chuckle over that — the first of many over the years.

I haven’t seen much of him in recent years, but Jack is not one to be easily forgotten and I know he has left his imprint on many a student.

My sympathies, to his family and friends. Services will be today at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s church in Oswego.

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Another busy weekend in Hannibal and surrounding area, which reminds me, wasn’t the Hannibal Yard Sale wonderful? I haven’t seen so much traffic in the village since Field Days!

The North Volney Gospel Concert will be held at the North Volney Church at the corner of Routes 4 and 6 May 19 from noon until 3 p.m. The concert is free and refreshments will be available for your purchase. Taking part in this concert will be the Lake Effect Bluegrass, The Misfits and Dennis Shortslef. A free will offering will be taken to help the musicians with expenses.

The SW Oswego UMC will be having a roast pork dinner Saturday, May 19 starting at 4:30 p.m. The menu is roast pork, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, salad, roll, and homemade pie for dessert. Take-outs are available. The church is located on 104, next to Ontario Orchards.

The Hannibal Free Library will be hosting an open house to show everyone its newly added wing.  It will be held today, May 19 at 3 p.m. for a special dedication.  Refreshments will be served.  Bring your library card, and sign out a book!

The Dale Osborn Music Scholarship Fund Benefit will be held today at the Volney Fire Department from 4 to 10 p.m. Dale died in a tragic accident last August. I understand Dale attended Hannibal schools and the scholarships will benefit both Phoenix and Hannibal Dollars for Scholars for music scholarships. I’m also told Dale was always among the first to help when and where he could and a great friend and father, and a talented musician who performed in many benefits himself.

A number of groups will be playing, among them Stone River Band, Tom Gilbo (Elvis), the East Side Blues Band, the Marshall Dillon Band, and Nightlife. Lots of activities going on. The admission charge includes dinner.

Our Lady of the Rosary Church on Cayuga Street across from the high school will be serving the famous Joe and Loretta Ukleya’s famous spaghetti dinner Sunday, May 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; takeouts will be available. The dinner is a fund-raiser to replace the roof on the church hall.

The Jammers will meet this week at the American Legion on Rochester Street from 7 to 10 p.m. If you enjoy country music, just want to sit and relax a spell or would like to join in making some music, come on over and see if it’s to your liking.

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. Takeouts are available.

A glass mosaic stepping stone workshop will be held May 26 and June 2 at the Hannibal Library.  Join glass artisan, Cathy Pence who will guide you though this two part garden art class. The time is 10 a.m. each day. All materials are included for a fee. Register at the library or call 564-5471. Call Linda at 564-6643 with any questions.

Hannah Crego, an 11-year-old girl from Martville with Cockayne Syndrome, and her family are going to California for a Cockayne Syndrome conference and retreat. The conference is a wonderful way for Hannah and her family to interact with others, and gives Hannah the opportunity to spend time with children like herself.

There will be a chicken barbecue benefit June 3 at the Hannibal American Legion to help with the cost of the trip. The barbecue will be from noon until gone.  There will also be raffles and a bake sale.

The Hannibal High School Senior Band is inviting alumni and friends to join them for its June 5 concert. Music is available on the website,  and anyone wishing to sit in on a rehearsal can arrange to do so by contacting Shirley

Terrinoni at 564-7910, ext. 4132. Students have chosen music by The Doors and “Jurassic Park.”

Our Lady of the Rosary Church’s annual Strawberry Festival will be Sunday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the church grounds on Cayuga Street. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. There will be many booths to interest you from Plants & Books, Baked Goods and Games and Grandma’s Famous Attic – aka garage sale! There will be lots of good food too! Hamburgs, hotdogs, coneys, sausage, chicken barbecue, and of course strawberries and ice cream.

They will have assorted entertainment, including a talent show, and a raffle as well. So come and have some food and fun.  Call Diane Miano at 564-5833 or the church at 564-5201 for more information.

Plans are underway for the Hannibal Central School Alumni Banquet Saturday, June 16 at The Oasis Restaurant, just off Route 48 south of Fulton. Classes of ‘42, ‘52, ‘62, ‘72, ‘82, ‘92, and 2002 will be recognized. The Class of 1962 (50th celebration) has chosen to honor all veterans of their class for the distinction of Honored Alumni. For further information watch for posters or call 564-6690. Reservations with remittance and dues are due by May 29 to Faye Kimball, 32 Hannum Rd., Hannibal, NY 13074.

Remember to get the news of your club or group to me by Monday at the latest for the following week. Please note my phone number is 706-3564 and my e-mail is You may snail-mail me at 210 Meadowbrook Circle, Fulton 13069.