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Dwight Murphy, born in Fulton

Dwight Louis (Doc) Murphy, 83, of Georgetown, S.C., died March 29, 2012 from complications involving COPD, a chronic pulmonary disease.

He was born May 10, 1928 in Fulton to Dwight Louis and Margaret Howe Murphy. He was an avid sailor and taught sailing at the Fair Haven Yacht Club. He built both Prams and Thistles.

He received a BA in music from Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and a master’s degree in music from the Manhattan School of Music in NYC. From 1952-1954, he taught at the Army band training school at Fort Dix, N.J. and played in the orchestra for the USO. He also played the trombone and double bass with many big bands from the era.

After marrying Nancy (Nanny) Louise Purcell July 13, 1957, he taught music in Munnsville, N.Y. for several years before moving to Lake Placid, where he taught band and orchestra in the local school and played with the Lake Placid Club Band.

In the early 1960s, the family relocated to Altamont, N.Y. where he taught music in the Colonie school district for 28 years and played double bass in the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Upon retirement from public school teaching, he started on a lifelong dream project of building a 38’ cruising sailboat made of Ferro cement called “Mrs. Murphy.”

Upon turning 50, he built his first banjo from a kit and learned the claw hammer style. He also picked up his fiddle again, focusing on the old time fiddle tunes. In 1993, he began documenting, collecting and notating old tunes for younger classical students not versed in learning by ear.

He instructed both adults and children at the Music School in Georgetown for several years.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Purcell Murphy of Georgetown, S.C.; daughter, Martha Murphy of Reno, Nev.; son, Mark Edmond Murphy of Shohola, Pa.; two granddaughters, Molly and Sally Murphy; two grandsons, Samuel and Airman Jacob Earl; sister, Sheila Bidwell of Naples, Fla.; brothers, Mark H. Murphy of Englewood, N.J. and Kevin Murphy of Salinas, Calif.; sister–in-law, Patricia Purcell of Roslindale, Mass.; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and students.

A musical–personal tribute will be held today, April 7 at the Newton’s Black Water River lot from 3 to 5  p.m.

Contributions may be made to the Old Time Herald at or Old Time Music Group, PO Box 61679 Durham, NC 27715.

J-D tops Fulton boys lacrosse team

by Rob Tetro

Jamesville-DeWitt got off to a fast start and didn’t look back in its April 2 contest against the Fulton boys varsity lacrosse team on the turf at G. Ray Bodley High School.

Jamesville-DeWitt scored 10 out of its 14 first-half goals during the first quarter en route to a 21-4 win over Fulton.

By the end of the first quarter, Jamesville-DeWitt built a nine-goal lead over Fulton. During the second quarter, the Red Rams remained in the driver’s seat, outscoring Fulton by three goals to take a 14-2 lead into halftime.

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Balanced play leads Fulton girls lacrosse to 15-4 win

by Rob Tetro

A solid team effort helped the Fulton girls varsity lacrosse team to get it done against Clinton April 4 at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton.

With six players tallying goals, The Lady Raiders scored nearly eight goals in each half while holding Clinton to only two goals per half to come away with a convincing 15-4 win.

Fulton didn‘t waste any time setting the tone of the game. By the end of the first half, the Lady Raiders built a seven-point lead over Clinton to take a 9-2 lead into halftime.

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With the work spread out before them, Leah Taylor and Nick Holland (front row), are joined by their teacher Carol Carroll along with board of education member Tom DeCastro,  Entergy representatives Kelly Sawyer and  Nancy Czerow, Fitzhugh Principal Donna Simmons and Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist.

Making crayons is all business for Fitzhugh sixth-grade students

With the work spread out before them, Leah Taylor and Nick Holland (front row), are joined by their teacher Carol Carroll along with board of education member Tom DeCastro, Entergy representatives Kelly Sawyer and Nancy Czerow, Fitzhugh Principal Donna Simmons and Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist.

Names such as “Color Crunchers,” “Kiddy’s Crayons,” “Kooky Crayons,” “Color the World,” and “Crazy Colors Inc.” filled the board in Carol Carroll’s sixth grade classroom at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School.

The crayon companies had a CEO as well as staff who worked on not only creating a new, unique product, but also planned how to market the sale of crayons.

For several years, Carroll has been involved with “Green Chemistry,” which provides a variety of experiences.

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Captain William Molascon, who is the acting assistant fire chief, discusses the bids received for a new custom pumper during Tuesday’s meeting of the Fulton Common Council.

FEMA grant to help pay for new Fulton fire vehicle

Captain William Molascon, who is the acting assistant fire chief, discusses the bids received for a new custom pumper during Tuesday’s meeting of the Fulton Common Council.

by Andrew Henderson

The Fulton Common Council voted to purchase a new custom pumper for the Fulton Fire Department during its meeting Tuesday night.

The city received a federal grant that would cover more than half of the new vehicle and equipment, which is expected to cost around $705,000, according to Mayor Ron Woodward.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will cover $377,000 of the new vehicle.

The council approved a bond resolution to finance the remaining portion of $328,000.

“This pumper will last for 25 to 30 years,” said Woodward. “I highly recommend it. I think this is a good thing. Over the years, we have been short on new equipment for the fire department.”

Two companies submitted bids for the new custom pumper.

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Leon Archer

The Sportsman’s World: April 7, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

It wasn’t easy getting everyone up and around at 5 a.m. for a day’s fishing off shore, but I had the coffee going and had stopped all the snoring noises by 5:15 a.m.

It wasn’t too long after that we were getting into the car for our journey to Ft. Pierce, where we would be meeting Captain Rich for a day’s outing on the charter boat, “FINS.” We actually arrived at the Ft. Pierce Marina dock about five minutes early even though we made a stop at Dunkin Doughnuts for breakfast sandwiches. It was the beginning of a great guys day.

My four sons, Tim, Brett, Matt, and Ben, along with Tim’s son, Nathaniel, had been looking forward to this trip with dad or grampa, in Nathaniel’s case, for some time, and now it was all coming together.

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In And Around Hannibal: April 7, 2012

by Rita Hooper

This is Kit Month in Central New York; it is also the end of the Rice Bowl Offering.

What do these two things have in common, you might ask. Some may be saying to themselves, “What is she talking about?”

Both of these are part of the broader based Relief and Development agencies of people of faith. We all know about the Red Cross and what they do in time of trouble, we hear about the Tide Laundry trucks and even Walmart gets involved in a crisis. The faith community has had for many years, agencies that do similar work.

Women of the churches years ago did most of the mission work – charity with an eye toward evangelism was the aim of many of these groups.

Many of my readers may remember the large brown paper bags that were filled with clothes and sent to Europe to help them with the recovery after the “Big War!”

After World War II, the emphasis began to change. There have been many changes in the world since that time and the faith community has had to find new ways to respond to a country facing a crisis, an individual or family facing a disaster.

Today, many denominations and religions have their own disaster, relief, development, or mission organizations. A good number of these groups work through other organizations like Church World Service, Oxfam and Habitat for Humanity when possible.

Remember what you can’t do alone, often times you can do with another…and all benefit.

Generally speaking, money donated through a church will go further than that of an organization that may do similar work but has more paid staff. Volunteers do much of the grunt work in church/religious organizations.

It’s always seemed unfortunate to me that faith-based human service agencies don’t have the money to advertise what they do…but then most of the folks involved in these groups don’t want “credit” for doing it — lest they be considered bosting!

Now to Kit Month. Hygiene, School, Baby and Clean-Up Kits, are being put together by many central New York churches, and even some school and scout groups. These kits will be brought to Church World Services in North Syracuse and put on a truck and sent to Maryland.

In Maryland they will be checked by volunteers to make sure their contents are what was requested and items will be added and deleted to make sure they are.  Then they will be repacked into larger boxes stamped “CWS” and taken to the warehouse.

When requested by a country, county, agency or church, they will be shipped out. CWS only goes where it is invited. They have supply depots around the world so they can respond quickly in time of a disaster.

This is Kit Month so shipping money can be saved by getting things on the CWS truck that comes through this area May 1.

The volunteers I spoke of by the way spend their own money to go and pack the boxes. You can go on the net and google CWS Kit Program and learn more, including what specifically goes into the kits. If your church is not involved in this project and you would like to be, give me a call, 706-3564.

Now to the Rice Bowl – this is money given during the Lenten season to help end hunger around the world. It is also a period of prayer, teaching and reflection about hunger issues to make each participant aware of how their lives impact that of others. It is one of the projects of the Catholic Relief Services. Again working through a large number of churches, much more can be accomplished.

OXFAM is another of these agencies – like CWS – you can think of this as an umbrella agency, with many other agencies partnering with them.  Their emphasis is on helping to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice around the world.

Heifer International provides seeds and animals to families in need. Like Noah – two of a kind are given so that the offspring can then be given away and another family will be able to meet its needs. It’s just another step in ending hunger. Seeds and garden tools are given to both teach a trade and feed a family.

Many of our churches have a need for volunteers to go on site and do actual work. A friend of mine in Hannibal plans on going to Ghana next summer with the Presbytery of Northern New York to build houses. I have gone on a Habitat for Humanity Build in southwest Pennsylvania with a Presbyterian Women’s Group and worked a week for CWS in Maryland.

You may volunteer through your own denomination or another. As I said, “You pay for this experience.”

The work is hard and you may find yourself dragging by the end of the time, but the experience is well worth it.

We have come along way from packing clothes and feeding the hungry to lobbying governments for change.

In the title of many of these groups, you’ll now find the word development. Building schools, hospitals, and roads, setting up water systems, maybe as simple as a pedal pump, health related issues, job skills, agricultural skills parenting skills, refugee resettlement, and peace and justice issues all fit under the Development title.

Recipients find the faith community is there for the long haul. When other groups leave, you will still find the churches and other religious groups are there and working.

They are still going to New Orleans, Haiti, Pennsylvania and the southern tier and Hudson Valley due to the floods of last fall.  And they are forever preparing for the next call esp. in time of disaster.

I’m including a number of faith-based agencies – the list is by no means inclusive, but it is a way of letting you know what is out there.

United Church of Christ: International Relief and Development

Episcopal Church: Episcopal Relief and Development

American Baptist Churches: World Relief Office, Home, National and International Ministries

Lutherans: Lutheran World Relief, Disaster Response Presbyterian USA Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Assemblies of God: Assemblies of God Relief and Development Services

United Methodist Churches: United Methodist Committee on Relief

Jewish: Jewish World Services

Roman Catholic: Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities

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Well, I just finished my column and low and behold there is a wave of tornados in Texas. The Red Cross has sprung into action and I bet I can tell you that the church will be well represented working through their network of churches on the ground (no pun intended).

Volunteers will be staying in tents and church basements, serving meals and mopping up. They’ll be handing out clean-up buckets and hygiene kits. Check out CWS and see what you can do to rebuild the supply! Call your church or contact any of the groups listed above and see how you can be involved.

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Have a good Easter and celebrate it with family and friends.  While I was away, I heard them pray in one church for those who have no one to pray for them.  Invite someone who has no place to go to join you for Easter dinner.

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Had a brief note this past week from Town Supervisor Ron Greenleaf with an update on Water District 3.

Due to the mild winter, most of the main line has been completed; it’s completion is expected in mid-May. Durbin Road and Sunrise residents should be receiving letters soon with instructions for hooking into the system.  Don’t do anything until you receive this letter.

All lines will need to be inspected and flushed, so if you have covered up the lines, please uncover them or it will delay the completion of the project.  Clean-up and restoration should begin in mid-April according to a Batcon representative.  Another letter will be sent out to those who are not in a water district to see if there is interest in expanding the districts.

There is no obligation involved in sending this letter back, but it does help the town government with their planning, so sending it back would be appreciated.

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Hannibal Center/So. Hannibal Methodist Church will be hosting a bake sale at the IGA Village Market today beginning at 8 a.m.  Get there early before they sell out.

This should be a fun week at Senior Meals in Hannibal. Monday, the menu features pasta with meat sauce, mixed vegetables, orange juice, peaches. Lunch is served at noon. Do come early as Deanna Pawlenko Hubbard will be entertaining at 11 am.  Wednesday, meatloaf with gravy, au gratin potatoes, spinach, juice, cookie will be the fare of the day and Friday (do I dare say, Friday the 13th?), the folks will be going on a trip to Mexico to tour the site there and have lunch. Call Rosemary at 564-5471 and make your reservations.

Monday evening, Home and School will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. at DMK Middle School.

The Jammers will not meet this week – remember never on the second Monday of the month. See ya next week at the American Legion from 7 to 10 p.m.

Sterling Valley Community Church will hold its annual Men and Boys Dinner Tuesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. Jay Sawyer will present a program on Maine Moose. Call Judy at 564-5386 to make your reservations.

The Elderberries will meet this Tuesday at 6 p.m. for a covered dish dinner. Please bring your own table service and dish to pass. Jim Hooper will be doing a presentation on GeoCaching at 4 p.m. and then will take those interested, on a treasure hunt.  Call me at 706-3564 for more information.

The Hannibal Board of Education will hold a budget meeting at 7:15 in the board room Wednesday, April 11.

The last of the season’s Soup Lovers Luncheon will be held at Springside at Seneca Hill April 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, there will be parent conferences with early school dismissal – please check your menu for more information.

Kindergarten registration will also be held Thursday and Friday at Fairley School from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Registration packets have been mailed to the homes. Please call 564-7945 ext. 3004 for more information.

The free chili/soup lunches are continuing on Thursdays at the Hannibal United Methodist Church from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

It pays to advertise so please remember to get the news of what’s happening in your group or organization to me. If it’s important to you, it just might be important to some of my readers. E-mail me at or give me a call at 706-3564 and I’ll take it from there.