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FULTON FAMILIES — Music Men: The Cortini Brothers

All smiles – Kimo and Joe Cortini pose with their mother, Cecilia, in this recent photograph. Cecilia lives in Oswego. Photo courtesy of Joe Cortini
All smiles – Kimo and Joe Cortini pose with their mother, Cecilia, in this recent photograph. Cecilia lives in Oswego. Photo courtesy of Joe Cortini

This is the 10th edition of Fulton Families, a monthly series which tells the stories of families that have either lived in Fulton for ages or perhaps only a short while — but their common bond is they love the city and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

By Ashley M. Casey

Fulton is familiar with the Cortini Brothers from head to toe.

Your ears have probably caught their musical stylings at the Fulton Jazz Fest or Tunes in June, and your feet may have stepped into a pair of shoes Joe Cortini has repaired or sold.

The Cortinis have seen Fulton change over the course of more than a century. Although Kimo Cortini moved away three years ago, Joe Cortini and his son still call the city home. Through Cortini Shoe Store and the Cortini Brothers’ band, the family’s ties are still laced to Fulton. Continue reading

Class of 2014 graduates from Hannibal

All Hannibal graduation photos by Ashley M. Casey

Valedictorian  Elyssa Terry-DeRycke’s speech:

Ever since they started announcing who had the highest GPA in middle school, I wanted to be the one standing up here tonight to give a speech.

I never really had anything in mind that I wanted to tell my classmates, but I considered it to be such a great honor … and it is. Continue reading

Class of 2014 graduates from Bodley

All G. Ray Bodley graduation photos taken by Kelly LeVea

Valedictorian Michael Holcomb’s speech:

Thank you Mr. Greene, Mr. Charles, Mrs. Parkhurst, Mr. Lynch, members of the board of eductaion. Thanks also to family and friends that have chosen to attend the ceremony, and of course my fellow members of the class of 2014.

As I was writing this speech I would constantly hear two phrases that irked me.

First: “It doesn’t really matter what you say, no one will remember it down the road anyways.” Second: “All graduation speeches sound the same: ‘We made it,’ or ‘We did it,’” and so on. Continue reading