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Dr. Mary Walker statue dedication to be held

The dedication of the Dr. Mary E. Walker statue will be Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. in front of the Oswego Town Hall at 2320 Co. Rte. 7. The event is free and open to the public.

“This occasion is going to be a memorable one in town history,” said Oswego Town Clerk Theresa Cooper. “The dedication of this statue in memory of Dr. Mary Walker has been envisioned for many years now and the day has finally come. We encourage anyone interested in the life and times of Dr. Walker to attend this special event”

Dr. Walker was a pioneer female physician who earned her medical degree from Syracuse Medical College in 1855. She was a leader in the 19th century dress reform movement and a staunch advocate of civil rights and equality for all.

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Around The Asphalt: May 5, 2012

by Dan Johnson

As we head into our 22nd year of going “Around the Asphalt,” there’s nothing like opening night.

There is anticipation of a new season. All the teams have been in the garage all winter working, getting ready to hit the track tonight. Everyone starts at square one; everyone starts the night even in the points.

Driver and teams have dreams that this will be their year. Tonight, we start the four-month journey towards the 2012 track championship. Opening night is sensory overload.

Sight. All the cars are aerodynamically sound, freshly painted, and have that jaw-dropping look about them. Is there anything as cool looking as a spit-shined supermodified?

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William Harris, Army veteran

William E. Harris, 91, of Fulton, died Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

Mr. Harris had retired from IBM in Ottawa previously working in Washington, D.C. and Poughkeepsie.

He was an Army veteran, serving with the 3193rd Signal Service Company.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ray and Irene Harris.

Surviving are close friends and neighbors, Jim, Cathy, Erin (Vosbury), Jennifer and Brian Trowbridge, Jim and Marlene McNamara, Mark and Debbie Gibson, Roger Barber, Jim Guilfoyle and Ruth Barry.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday at Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton. There were no calling hours. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Minoa.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has charge of arrangements.

Valley Viewpoints: The Golden Rule

by Bob and Sandy Weston of Fulton

This message is for all the drivers that are using the Broadway Bridge in the city of Fulton. The bridge is going through reconstruction, which means that you will be experiencing delays but you need to use common sense and courtesy in applying the following:

(1) You are not the only person on the road.

(2) Please observe the traffic signs that have been put up to maintain the flow of traffic.

(3) At the very busy East Broadway/481 intersections, blocking the intersection with your car serves no purpose other than preventing the other lane of traffic from moving.

(4) Look ahead and observe traffic from both directions.

(5) Be courteous. If a driver needs to blend into the traffic from the corner businesses let that happen.

(6) Don’t block the entrance way to any business.

(7) Think of alternate routes, like the Oneida Street Bridge.

(8) Keep your cool, don’t lose your patience. Everybody is trying to get somewhere.

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

Paul McKinney

A Little Of This And A Little Of That: May 5, 2012

by Paul McKinney

When you search the noun “saga” in the dictionary, the synonyms that pop up include: story, tale, account, chronicle, history, narrative, legend, and yarn.

I have been thinking of sharing this saga for a few weeks now. In reading it, you can decide just what you would call it if it were your tale to tell. The chronicle goes something like this:

June 30, 2011: Accident occurred on Route 48, Town of Granby; car was hauled to collision shop in Syracuse.

July 1, 2011: My insurance company (MIC) notified of accident. I was told to report accident to other insurance company (OIS) to avoid having to wait for my deductible.

July 1, 2011: I called OIS; spoke with agent who reported the information. Met with collision manager who estimated repairs to be at $8,000 and three weeks to repair.

July 12, 2011: I called collision manager to find out how repairs were proceeding and was told that the car was still in the parking lot because OIS had not yet made claims inspection.

I called MIC agent’s office and requested that the claim be processed through MIC.

July 14, 2011: Collision manager received faxed estimate of $8,918.19. I was told that it would involve three weeks of repairs. I rented a car at my own expense.

July 20, 2011: OIC finally accepted liability for the accident.

AUG. 1, 2011: I met with collision manager who told me additional repairs were needed. Supplemental claim submitted to MIC for $9,000. Weekly phone calls were made to collision shop as additional damages were discovered. Two more supplemental claims were submitted to MIC. Total for collision repairs now exceeds $20,000.

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

Pauline LaPage, worked as a waitress

Pauline LaPage, 85, of Hannibal, died Sunday, April 29, 2012 at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton after a long illness.

She was born in Potsdam to the late Pearl (Parry) and Frank Deon. Mrs. LaPage has been a resident of Hannibal for most of her life. She was a waitress for several years working at Grandma and Grandpa’s, Fulton and Mimi’s, Fulton. She was a past member of TOPS and the Moose Auxiliary.

Mrs. LaPage was predeceased by her husband, Perry LaPage, and two sons, William and Larry LaPage.

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Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame to induct five members

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame will induct five new members during a ceremony tomorrow, May 6.

This year’s inductees are Jay Seymour, Ray Gregory, Frank Allen, Jr., Della Daniels and Ronnie Beeman.

Jay Seymour

Jay Seymour has been involved in bowling since 1976. He credited his father for bringing the sport of bowling into his life. His father began teaching Seymour how to bowl when he was 10 years old.

Throughout his career, Seymour has earned many achievements and held many positions, including a seat on the association board.

Seymour has 29 300-games and 10 800-series. He has a high series of 866, which is an association record.

Seymour said it was a great honor to be inducted into the hall of fame, especially when he will be inducted with one of his friends, the late Ray Gregory.

Ray Gregory

The late Ray Gregory began bowling when he was 10 years old at what was then called Bowlarama in Fulton. Gregory was mentored by junior coach Jerry Guernsey.

Gregory soon became a competitive bowler who was often a tournament favorite. He won a Junior State Championship, which was followed up by involvement in men’s leagues. Gregory joined a five-man team that took part in the Western and Central Team Tournaments in Rochester. This team came away with $25,000 from its participation in this event.

Gregory worked in many secretary/treasury positions for the bowling leagues he took part in. He was a member of the Fulton Bowling Association Board for 12 years, including several years as board president.

In recent years, Gregory also won many tournaments, including New York State Miller Lite Doubles, Multiple League Championships and two New York State Elks Team Championships.

He also won in the New York State Elks All Events Championships with a nine game scratch total of 2,387.

Gregory went on to win five Fulton Board Association Championships and the 1990 Valley News Masters while also earning a runner up finish in the Syracuse Post Standard Masters.

Throughout his career, Gregory had seven 800-series with a high series of 838. He also had 19 300-games, one 299-game and two 298-games.

2011 Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame inductee Mike Guernsey bowled with Gregory for many years.

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

County residents urged to ‘Fight the Bite’ this mosquito season

by Andrew Henderson

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie and the family of Maggie Sue Wilcox are urging Central New York residents to “Fight the Bite” to prevent Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

“With mosquito season right around the corner, it’s more important now than ever that Central New Yorkers take steps to protect themselves from this deadly disease,” said Ritchie.

“The fact is everyone is at risk — and self-defense is the best defense when it comes to safeguarding ourselves against EEE.”

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