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Floyd J. Chillson, retired from Sealright Co.

Floyd J. Chillson, 92 of Hannibal, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9 at The Manor at Seneca Hill.

Born in Fair Haven, he was a life resident of Hannibal. Floyd was employed as a millwright at Sealright Co. in Fulton for 40 years, retiring in 1986.

He enjoyed farming and loved tending to his horses.

Floyd was predeceased by his former wife, Esther Carter Chillson, his wife, Ardythe Chillson and by siblings, Edythe Hopkins, George Chillson, Donald Chillson and Marjorie Furlong.

Surviving are three daughters, Diane Gardner and Norma Crouch both of Fulton and Eileen Jock of Hannibal; two sons, Edward (Judy) Chillson of Martville and Richard (Carole) Chillson of Hannibal; a brother, John (Thelma) Chillson of Cato; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal with services at 2 p.m.

Burial was at Fairdale Rural Cemetery in Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., POB 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or to Hannibal United Methodist Church, 320 Church Street, Hannibal, NY 13074

Barbara J. Otis Hall, dedicated time to Republican Committee

Barbara J. Otis Hall, 92, of Oswego passed away Thursday Oct. 10 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

Born in Fulton, she had lived in the Fulton area until 1989. For many years, Barb dedicated much of her time the Republican Committee.

She was a communicant of the Church of The Immaculate Conception.

Barb was predeceased by her husband, Ted Hall, who passed away in 2004.

Barb will be greatly missed and forever loved by her children, William (Karen) Otis, of Oswego, Nancy (Milt) Baldwin of Fulton, Lenna (Sonny) Otis of Fulton, Christine (Dennis) Knopp of Oswego, Renee (John) Goss of Fulton; brother, William (Jackie) Young of MA; 18 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fulton. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Tours, athletics and fun all part of SUNY Oswego’s Family and Friends Weekend

SUNY Oswego’s Family and Friends Weekend from Oct. 25 to 27 promises a rich mix of entertainment and tours, athletics and dining options as students welcome their loved ones to life on campus and the Oswego community.

The three days show family members and friends what SUNY Oswego students have been up to for the first several weeks of the semester, while providing a range of special events for the campus and community to enjoy. Most events are free and open to all.

Balloon sculptor and installation artist Larry Moss of Airigami, Jonathan “Flexible Comedy” Burns, comic magician Derek Hughes and Jabali Afrika’s rhythms all join the weekend’s playbill with the college theatre department’s staging of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” (a ticketed event), a mini-carnival for younger siblings and a “splash-in” movie.

Student-athletes will strut their stuff in women’s field hockey games, a men’s soccer game and swimming and diving competition, while the Laker men’s and women’s ice hockey teams each will have intrasquad matchups in the Campus Center arena.

Participatory sports include open skates in the arena (for a small fee), a three-point contest for basketball aficionados, open swims and open recreation.

Self-guided tours will feature the newest buildings on campus — the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation and the Rice Creek Field Station — yet all academic buildings will welcome visitors.

Dining halls will serve family and friends for $5.99 a person per meal, receptions will greet legacy students and parents, and the options for on-campus food will culminate in the already-sold-out Caribbean-themed buffet dinner.

Meanwhile, restaurants, entertainment venues and lodging places around Oswego will greet throngs of students and their guests for one of the year’s most popular weekends.

Following is a sampling of scheduled events:

Friday, Oct. 25: Rice Creek tours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; open skate, noon to 2 p.m.; Lakers field hockey vs. Oneonta, 4 p.m. at South Athletic Fields; three-point contest, 4 p.m. at Lee Hall gym; “Fahrenheit 451” stage production, 8 p.m. at Waterman Theatre; splash-in movie “Wreck-It Ralph” in Lee Hall pool.

Saturday, Oct. 26: Rice Creek and self-guided tours of Shineman Center and other academic buildings, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; balloon artist Larry Moss, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Campus Center’s Swetman Gym; brief student performances, 11 a.m., Swetman Gym; music by Jabali Afrika, 11:30 a.m., Swetman Gym; Tyler Art Gallery exhibitions, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; music department concerts, noon, Hewitt Union ballroom; open swim, noon to 2 p.m., Lee Hall; open recreation, noon to midnight, Lee Hall; swimming and diving vs. Oneonta, 1 p.m., Laker Hall; field hockey vs. New Paltz, 1 p.m., South Athletic Fields; men’s soccer vs. Cortland, 1 p.m., Laker Soccer Field; mini-carnival, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Swetman Gym; Jonathan Burns’ Flexible Comedy, 1:30 and 3 p.m. in the Campus Center auditorium; women’s and men’s ice hockey intrasquad competitions, 3 and 7 p.m., respectively, Campus Center arena; “Fahrenheit 451” at 8 p.m. in Waterman Theatre; comedian and magician Derek Hughes, 8 p.m., Hewitt Union ballroom; open skate, 10 p.m. to midnight, Campus Center arena.

Sunday, Oct. 27: open swim, noon to 2 p.m., Lee Hall; open recreation, noon to midnight, Lee Hall, and noon to 5 p.m., Swetman Gym; men’s club ice hockey “Pink the Rink” event, 2 p.m., Campus Center arena; “Fahrenheit 451,” 2:30 p.m., Waterman Theatre.

For a complete schedule of Family and Friends Weekend events, visit For tickets to “Fahrenheit 451,” visit any SUNY Oswego box office, or call 315-312-2141.


Trees planted in Oswego

About $25,000 has been donated to the Oswego Renaissance Association for the planting of 60 trees in highly visible sections of Oswego this month.

The money was donated by Novelis Oswego. The trees will be planted along the West Bridge Street corridor as part of the Oswego Renaissance Association’s revitalization work in the City of Oswego.

In addition to the donation, Novelis Oswego employees will be planting the trees alongside volunteers from the City of Oswego, the Oswego Tree Stewards, Trees for Vets, Oswego DPW,  SUNY students among others.

“Our Novelis colleagues around the globe will be committing time, energy and resources to their local communities during the company’s Month of Service in October,” said Chris Smith, Novelis Oswego plant manager.

“We are excited to work closely with Oswego Renaissance Association and other members of the community to help revitalize the area,” Smith said.

“Trees will be planted in high need, high visibility areas along the West Bridge Street corridor. They will provide a 200- year improvement in the visual impact, air cleansing, storm water handling capacity, reduction of the city ‘heat island’ effect, improvement in property value and the many social and tourism aspects of a solid tree canopy,” said Phil Mac Arthur; founder of the Oswego Tree Stewards.

“This is more than just planting trees,” said Oswego Rensaissance Association Director Paul Stewart explained. “This is also about reconnecting people and building community. This is a win-win for the community and all involved.”

The ORA promotes the “Healthy Neighborhood Approach” to neighborhood and community revitalization, which is a market-based approach that builds on strengths.

“There is that old saying; ‘You only get one chance to make a first impression.,’” said Steven Phillips, an ORA resident leader and coordinator for this project. “This project will improve the first and lasting impressions people get entering our city from the West allowing us to compete better for new residents and businesses.”

Stewart said the community is beginning a steady rebirth, with many places in neighborhoods and downtown coming alive.

“Many of our neighborhoods and business districts are beginning to demonstrate that our community is ‘invested’, it encourages additional new investment. The Tree Canopy Project will be a visual signal that our community is invested and continues to re-invest.”

Archer talks duck hunting — The Sportsman’s World

Having hunted ducks for more than 55 years, I have seen my share of ducks that didn’t look quite right to me.

By that I mean that they didn’t look like the identification pictures and photographs of other ducks. As waterfowl hunters hit the marshes, ponds, and lakes this year, some of them will no doubt take a duck or two that is a bit hard to identify.

The early season is the time when most of the mystery ducks show up in hunters’ bags. Birds which are still going through the molting process and have not yet gotten their winter plumage can often leave the hunter scratching his head trying to discern the species and sex of his prey. Hybrids are another story.

The first such birds I encountered was when I was 16, but my experience was so limited at that time that I thought two of the four mallards I had shot were just a natural variation in the species. Interestingly, that opening day there was a team of professors and students from Cornell University doing a survey on Sandy Pond. They asked if they could examine my ducks, and of course I was very proud of my harvest and more than willing to let them look the birds over.

The group leader showed the students the birds, indicating how to determine sex and whether the duck was an adult or young of the year. Then he asked them if they noticed anything different about the four drake mallards. One of the students noted that the white strip above and below the speculum was missing on one of the birds, and barely visible as a thin strip on the other, and in addition, those two drakes did not seem to have completed molting into winter feathering.

I hadn’t noticed the white speculum border was missing, but I had noticed that the head was not uniformly dark green, but had brown intermixed, and the body sides were sort of patchy colored. The leader then made the pronouncement that these birds might well have been nest mates and that they were black-mallard hybrids. One of the things they were specifically looking for was hybrid ducks, so they were all rather excited.

They asked if they could take a wing from each of the four birds, and although I sort of hated to have my birds mutilated that way, I told them to go ahead. They took my name and address, and later on I received a thank-you letter from the team and information about the birds. They were definitely hybrids and they were both young of the year. Since then, I always look for possible hybrids, but I have never shot another as far as I know.

Actually, hybrids are not all that uncommon in the world of ducks, with mallard drakes probably being the greatest culprit in siring such young, but many other species cross breed at times. It is seldom the result of some beautiful duck falling madly in love with a handsome drake from across the tracks.

More often, the hybrids are the result of forced copulation, and drake mallards are great womanizers, not above forcing their attentions on an unwilling pintail duck, black duck, gadwall, or other available hen.

There are still people who study these hybrid birds. At the University of Washington Burke Museum, there is an ongoing study, and if you should shoot a really unusual duck, you might want to stick it in the freezer whole and contact them to see if they would be interested in it. I checked them out on the internet, and there was quite a bit of information about what they are doing. You could reach them at, < > If they would like to see the duck, they will give you instructions on how to get it to them.

This column was inspired by a short article about the Burke Museum and hybrid ducks in the Fall issue of Delta Waterfowl Magazine, which by the way, if you are a duck hunter or a duck lover, you really should get a subscription to it. It is one magazine I read cover to cover. You can find information about them on the internet as well.

I hope your duck hunting is going well.

Hannibal cross country teams fare well at Tully meet

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal boys varsity cross country team came away with a first place finish in The Small School Event of The Tully Cross Country Invitational.

The girls varsity team didn’t disappoint either, finishing in fourth place in their event.

The story of the day was the Hannibal boys. In a race that featured 96 runners, the Warriors were led by sophomore Jason McFarland who finished in third place with a time of 17:12.2. Following McFarland was senior Ben Slate in eighth place with a time of 17:41.9, then senior Zane Pointon in 13th place with a time of 18:02.3. Next was senior  Ben Raymond in 25th place with a time of 19:00.3 while Nate Raymond earned a 28th place finish with a time of 19:14.6.

Sophomore Blake Farnham earned a 32nd place finish with a time of 19:18.7 and John Motell came in 41st place with a time of 19:39.5.

In a race that featured 81 runners, the girls varsity team finished fourth. Leading the way for the Lady Warriors was eighth-grader McKenzie Mattison, who finished fifth with a time of 20:30.6. Following Mattison was eighth-grader Reilly Harris who came in 11th place with a time of 21:06.2. With a time of 21:42, junior Michela Sheldon came in 17th place. Junior Kristen D’Angelo came in 37th place with a time of 23:14.9. Freshman Paige LaFurney came in 66th place with a time of 26:41.4 while Malana Scott finished in 68th place with a time of 27:12.2.

Coach Dan Pawlewicz said it was a successful day for the entire cross country program.

Hannibal’s JV girls earned a third place finish and the JV boys came away with a fifth place in their event. Seventh-grader  Emily Weaver and eighth-grader Austin Cooper helped Hannibal’s modified teams to solid performances as well.

Hannibal girls’ soccer loses 3, wins 3

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal girls varsity soccer team split its last six games — winning three and losing three.

Bishop Ludden held off Hannibal Sept. 24 and Marcellus cruised past the Lady Warriors Sept. 26. Hannibal got back in the win column by topping Pulaski Sept. 28, but two days later, Solvay rolled past Hannibal.

The Lady Warriors came away with a win when they took on Central Square Oct 2 and then Hannibal won again Oct. 7 when they took on Red Creek.

Bishop Ludden escaped with a hard fought 1-0 win over Hannibal. During the first half, Bishop Ludden took a 1-0 lead, which they took into halftime. The Lady Warriors were unable to score the equalizer during the second half as Bishop Ludden held on for the 1-0 win.

Hannibal was led by goalkeeper Spencer Kenney, who saved 12 of Bishop Ludden’s 13 shots on goal.

The Lady Warriors fell to Marcellus after Marcellus jumped out to a 5-0 lead during the first half. Hannibal responded during the second half, scoring one more goal in the half than Marcellus. But the first-half deficit Hannibal faced proved to be too much to overcome as Marcellus came away with a 7-3 win.

Leading the way for The Lady Warriors were Devin Sorell and Kassi Jones, who each had a goal and an assist against Marcellus. Following Sorell and Jones was Gabby Griffin with a goal. Tayler Dence is credited with an assist for Hannibal. Goalkeepers Megan Norris and Rachel Herrmann combined to save 15 of Marcellus’ 22 shots on goal.

The Lady Warriors built a 3-1 lead during the first half of their game against Pulaski and then expanded on that lead in the second half. They outscored Pulaski by a goal during the second half en route to the 5-2 win.

Leading the way for Pulaski were Taylor Hitchcock and Hannah North, who scored a goal each against Hannibal. Following Hitchcock and North were goalkeepers Lizzy Monnat and Morgan Jordal, who to save 13 of the Lady Warriors 18 shots on goal. Hannibal was led by Tayler Dence, who scored 3 goals against Pulaski. Following Dence was Kassi Jones with a goal and 2 assists. Devin Sorell added a goal and an assist. Michelle Sharkey is credited with an assist for Hannibal. Goalkeeper Spencer Kenney saved 14 of Pulaski’s 16 shots on goal.

Solvay pulled away from the Lady Warriors after a competitive first half that ended with Solvay having only a 3-1 lead over Hannibal. But Solvay ran away with the game during the second half, outscoring Hannibal by 4 goals during the second half to roll to the 7-1 win.

Leading the way for the Warriors was Devin Sorell, who scored a goal assisted by Kassi Jones. Following Sorell and Jones was goalkeeper Spencer Kenney, who saved 6 of Solvay’s 13 shots on goal.

Hannibal got off to a decent start in its game over county foe Central Square, jumping out to a 2-0 lead during the first half. Central Square was unable to cut into Hannibal’s lead during the second half as the Lady Warriors came away with a 2-0 win.

Central Square was led by goalkeepers Rebecca Reed and Charlie Martin, who combined to save 20 of Hannibal’s 22 shots on goal. The Lady Warriors were led by Tayler Dence and Kassie Jones, who scored a goal each against Central Square. Following Dence and Jones was goalkeeper Spencer Kenney, who saved every shot Central Square sent her way.

Hannibal wrapped up the 6-game stretch with a 5-2 win over Red Creek. After a hard fought first half, the game was tied at 2. The Lady Warriors pulled away during the second half, scoring 3 unanswered goals down the stretch.

Leading the way for Hannibal was Kassi Jones with 2 goals and an assist, followed by Devin Sorell with a goal and 2 assists. Brittany Donahue had a goal and an assist. Tayler Dence chipped in a goal. Gabby Griffin is credited with 2 assists for the Lady Warriors, while goalkeeper Spencer Kenney saved 9 of Red Creek’s 11 shots on goal.

Fulton Little League sends 2 teams to state championships

By Rob Tetro

It was a memorable spring and summer for Fulton Little League Baseball.

For the first time in its 12 year history, Fulton Little League Baseball sent two of its teams to the State Championships in the same year.

Consisting of players from Fulton, Hannibal and Phoenix, both the Intermediate and Senior All Star Teams qualified for the State Championships and came away with 3rd-place finishes.

The Intermediate Team consisted of boys 12 years old to 13 years old that featured local Modified and Junior Varsity Baseball Players. The Intermediate Team was managed by Randy Cotton. Assisting Cotton were Larry King and Dave Ding.

The Senior Team was comprised of boys ages 15 and 16 that featured local Junior Varsity and Varsity Baseball Players. The Senior Team was managed by Dave Webber. Assisting Webber were Fulton varsity baseball coach Kip Harvey and Joe LaBeef.

Both All-Star Teams were part of the Fulton Little League Teams. Interestingly enough, both teams played All-Star Teams in the State Championships that comprised of teams that combined players from three different teams from that particular area.

In some cases, there was a talent gap between the Intermediate and Senior Teams and other All-Star Teams. However, both teams proved to be tough to beat because they were more cohesive compared to the other teams.

To advance to the State Championships, both teams won the District 8 All-Star Championship. The Intermediate Team punched its ticket to the State Championship with a win over Canastota.

Both teams had a similar path to success. They both lost the first games of their District 8 All-Star Tournaments. However, each team proved to be primed and ready to win the remaining games to advance to the State Championships.

Senior Team Manager Dave Webber said both teams recognized the opportunity they had before them. “They played with pride and character,” Webber said. “They did what they had to do when they had to do it.”

Like the District 8 All-Star Championships, each team began the State Championships by losing its first game as well. However, also like The District 8 All-Star Championships, both teams battled back. The teams responded with two wins in the State Championships before losing to the eventual champions in the semifinals.

Webber points out the keys to each teams’ success were chemistry, camaraderie and cohesiveness. “Both teams benefited from having the opportunity to play with each other for a few years,” Webber said.

Looking ahead, the future seems bright for the respective programs that will be featuring these players. Next year, Webber expects to see the majority of the Intermediate Team to be playing on junior varsity baseball teams. He also feels the majority of the Senior Team will be on varsity teams next year.

Webber suggests these players will bring a winning mentality to each level. Perhaps the best quality that each team had was that they didn’t just win but they refused to accept that the odds may be against them.