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In And Around Hannibal: April 21, 2012

Rita Hooper

As many of my readers know, I am a transplant from Long Island. I have lived here far more years than on Long Island, however.

When I was a young child, LaGuardia Airport was a mere 30 minutes from my home. Planes were still new and a marvel to children.

One day, my dad came home from school (he taught Industrial Arts in New York City) and asked my mother to get us dressed — we were going to the airport. We weren’t flying anywhere or picking anyone up, we were just going to the airport.

I can remember my mother getting my sister ready. We wore our brown matching sailing dresses and matching hats! This was indeed a special occasion.

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Frances Cronk, worked at Birdseye

Frances L. Richards Cronk, 82, of Fulton, died Monday, April 16, 2012.

Mrs. Cronk was a life resident of the Fulton area. She had worked at Birdseye in Fulton, General Electric, Co. in Liverpool and was last employed as a home health aide.

She was an avid bingo player and she loved to crotchet.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold E. Cronk, who died March 30, 1992.

She is survived by her four daughters, Alice Moore of Winter Haven, Fla., Celina (James, Jr.) Fredenburg of Fulton, Cheryl (Terry, Sr.) Recore of Oswego, and Pauline (Matthew) Birmingham of Constantia; a sister, Lena Needles of Tennessee; four brothers, William Richards of Oswego, John Richards of Arizona, Nelson (Joyce) Richards of Fulton and Leon (Cathy) Richards of Maryland; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; and  several nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Graveside services were held Friday at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, County Route 3, Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, 34 East Bridge St., Oswego, NY 13126.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Cornell Cooperative Extension to teach vegetable gardening

There are just a few simple things a person needs to know in order to start their own vegetable garden. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County Master Gardener volunteers are offering ‘Learn how to start a Vegetable Garden’, a workshop in which beginner gardeners can learn gardening basics and get their gardening questions answered.

This workshop will be held Monday, April 23 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office in Mexico.

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Roger, played by Matt Peneston (left), finds himself trapped by the presence of his wife, Helen, played by Valeri Roscoe Deidich, at the country hotel he’s using for some extramarital action. Collecting tips while he juggles the action between the bedrooms is the all-seeing Ferris, played by Brian Pringle. Derek Benfield’s comic farce “Bedside Manners” opens Fulton Community Theatre’s 2012 season.

Fulton Community Theatre to present ‘Bedside Manners’

Roger, played by Matt Peneston (left), finds himself trapped by the presence of his wife, Helen, played by Valeri Roscoe Deidich, at the country hotel he’s using for some extramarital action. Collecting tips while he juggles the action between the bedrooms is the all-seeing Ferris, played by Brian Pringle. Derek Benfield’s comic farce “Bedside Manners” opens Fulton Community Theatre’s 2012 season.

Slamming doors and romantic shenanigans abound as Fulton Community Theatre will present the Derek Benfield’s comic farce “Bedside Manners.”

The production, which opens FCT’s 2012 season, runs Saturdays, April 28, May 5 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees April 29, May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. on the Jubilee Hall stage at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Tickets may be obtained by calling 592-2768 or visiting the web site at

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Shelley Horning, local waitress

Shelley Devendorf Horning, 56, of Fulton, died Friday, April 13, 2012 at University Hospital, Syracuse.

Born in Fulton, she was a life resident. She was a known and well liked waitress at several local restaurants. She enjoyed spending time with her dogs and loved all animals. She had also volunteered for the local Salvation Army.

She was predeceased by her mother, Helen Devendorf, and her husband, Roger Horning.

She is survived by her father, Ed (Grace Gault) Devendorf of Granby; siblings, Lance Devendorf of Fulton, Patti (David) Kuhl of Oswego, Greg (Kelly) Devendorf of Copenhagen and Patrick (Becky) Devendorf of Fulton; two nieces; a nephew; and a grand-niece.

Calling hours were held Tuesday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.  Private graveside services will be held at a later date.  Contributions may be made to PAWS Across Oswego Co., 2035 Co. Rte. 1, Oswego, 13126.

Erika Johnson

Bodley Bulletins: April 18, 2012

by Erika Johnson

This week is G. Ray Bodley High School’s LOTE Week.

For those of you who do not know, LOTE stands for Language Other Than English.

LOTE Week is designed to get the school to come together and celebrate language and other countries. Monday was Heritage Day, where students were encouraged to wear clothing that represents where their families are from.

Tuesday was French Day and students were encouraged to wear blue to compliment the French flag.

Following suit, today is German Day and the colors to wear were black and yellow.

Today is also the international food celebration. Students and teachers brought in various dishes representing the different cultures represented throughout the week. Last year, there were over 100 different dishes!

The international food celebration is always one of the LOTE club’s favorite days of the school year. Tomorrow is Spanish Day, so make sure to wear red to honor that flag!

And finally Friday is International Day where students can represent any country they’d like.

Last Thursday evening was the annual showing of Bodley’s Got Talent. Hosted by the HOPE club and sponsored by various local businesses, the night was a hit.

There were six awards at the end of the night, along with some very happy performers. The judge’s choice award went the GRB’s own Mr. Lacey who sang “She Think’s My Tractor’s Sexy” while his son Colin danced.

The crowd favorite award went to Mike Holbrook who rapped “Look At Me Know” by Chris Brown and the most original award went to Kylie Jacklett who performed an original piece called “Save Yourself” on the piano.

Third place went to Alexis Pawlewicz who sang and Erica Pawlewicz who played the piano to “Someone Like You” by Adele.

Second place went to Neil Burke who sang “Get Off My Back” by Bryan Adams and first place went to Julia Fisch who danced to “Beautiful” by SMASH cast.

All of the performances were great and congratulations to all of the students who had guts enough to get up on stage!

Tonight is the one and only home track and field meet of the season. This means that senior night is this evening. Come out and support the seniors in their last home meet of their high school career.

If baseball is more of your thing, the team is also playing tonight at 4:30 p.m. against JD. Tomorrow evening, the tennis team will be hosting Henninger. The match will begin at 4 p.m.

Friday night at 7 p.m., the boys’ lacrosse team will play Whitesboro under the lights.

Right before them, the softball team also plays. The girls take on Syracuse West at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday morning at 10 a.m. you can catch the girls’ lacrosse team playing JD.

Seniors remember to keep checking the guidance office for scholarships!

Mary Brown, World War II veteran

Mary M. (Costello) Brown, 89, formerly of Fulton, died Saturday, April 14th at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan, N.Y.

Mrs. Brown was born July 31, 1922, the oldest child of the late Joseph and Ann (McKniff) Costello of Forge Village, Mass. Mrs. Brown moved to Fulton in 1965 and later moved to Penn Yan. She graduated from high school before her 17th birthday, attained her R.N. degree following nurses training at the Burbank Hospital School of Nursing, Fitchburg, Mass, and served in the United States Navy Nurse Corp from 1945-1948.

She was honorably discharged as a World War II veteran at the rank of Lieutenant Jr. Grade. She served at Mare Island Naval Hospital, Vallejo, Calif., where she attended to soldiers injured in the Pacific Theater. Although she returned to nursing in the late 1960s for nearly 20 years, she dedicated her earlier married life to her husband and children in Webster City, IA; Tuscola, IL, Tampa, FL and Fulton.

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