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Letters to the editor

Dunsmoor looks forward to term

I would like to give a big thank you to the people that took the time to case their vote for me for my second term as town of Volney Highway Superintendent.

My first term was a great experience and there is much more to learn. when you have a team of highway workers that Volney has, the next two years should be ever better.

Roger Dunsmoor,

Volney highway superintendent


Myers thanks voters

I would like to thank everyone who voted in the recent 4th Ward election for councilor.

I appreciate you putting your faith in my hands for the next two years. I look forward to working with the mayor and rest of the Common Council and will do the best job I can.

I would also like to thank my Democrat opponent Mr. Ralph Stacy. He ran a clean campaign and was a gentleman both during and after the election. He congratulated me on my win and pledged his help if I needed it.

Ralph did have some ideas I agreed with and hope to include them with my own. I hope he stays involved in helping to move the city forward.

I wish I could say the same thing about the third-party opponent. He resorted to low-level tactics instead of sticking to the issues. I put my confidence in the voters to see through that kind of negative campaigning. The people of this city don’t go for those kind of shenanigans.

Lastly I would like to point out once again, as I did after the Primary Election, how important it is for everybody to exercise their right to vote. Two of the primary races were decided by a single vote and this general election was decided by just two votes between Mr. Stacy and me. Nobody should think that their vote doesn’t matter because it does.

Once again, thank you to all who voted and especially those who supported me, I truly appreciate it.

Jim Myers

Councilor-Elect 4th Ward


Lyons thanks Granby voters

Heartfelt thanks to my supporters in the Town of Granby.

It makes me humble to think that so many people came out on Election Day and voted for me. Thank you so much.

Lynn Lyons


Honor rolls at Fulton Junior High Schools

Fulton Junior High has announced its high honor roll and honor roll for the first quarter.

Grade 7 High Honor Roll

Alice Allen, Dustyn Arroway, Joshua Austin, Dani Avery, Collin Baker-LaBreck, Jada Ballard, Ryan Barry, Maddison Baum, Rachel Bedford, Selene Belrad, Joseph Benavidez, Collin Bennett, Alessandro Berner, Michael Boak, Haley Bort, Holly Bourgeois, McKenna Bourgeois, Caleb Bowen, Nicholas Brown, Wendy Burch, Haley Calkins, Kaleb Carreon, Nicholas Cary, Kelly Caza, Shaylee Cealie, Caleb Clarke, Liam Clary, Montanah Coe, Felicity Couch, Isaac Crandall, Kaitlyn Crandall, Jasmine Criswell, Abigail Cuyler, Aaron Dedich, Andrew Dedich and Anthony DeMasi.

Also: Dylan Demauro, Ryan Denson, Cory Dexter, Kathryn Distin, Alexander Dombroski, Jacob Ely, Abigail Everts, Sarah Fisch, Victor Fischel, Cloe Gagnon, Michael Gilbert, Michaela Grant, Jacob Gugula, Katie Hall, Raiden Hansen, Roy Harvey-Studer, Justin Hatch, Mackenzie Hayden, Emily Hilton, Zachary Hobby, Caleb Hogan, Jenna Hood, Bailey Hourihan, Jacob Hughes, Leah Hulett, Andrew Hyde, Jadelyn James, Domonique Johnson, Devan Ketcham, Luke Kimball, Nora Kingsbury, Evan Kistner, Jacquline Knoblock and Jason Knopp.

Also: Jordan Knopp, Cassady LaBarge, Nathaniel Lindsey, Corey Maher, Kacey Markarian, Katelin Matthews, Jonathan McCann, Lindsay McCraith, Ryan Michaels, Courtney Miner, Taylor Miner, Charles Mitchell, Darian Monaghan, Montana Myhill, Michael Newton, Nicholas Noel, Hailey Nugent, Jacob Parkhurst, Keara Patterson, Aidan Percival, Lane Phillips, Kelsey Pickard, Kyle Ranieri, Haylee Rivera, Elizabeth Roik and Kelsey Rosenbarker.

Also: Killian Rowlee, Elisabeth Russell, Jenna Ruzekowicz, Trevor Schleicher, Destiny Schneider, Christopher Schreck, Katelynn Serio, Faith Sharkey, Eric Shear, Sierra Sheldon, Emily Smith, Ana Snyder, Morgan Stacey, Camille Stevenson, Ean Stevenson, Quynn Sweeney, Chayton Sykes, Steven Thompson, Brendan Todt, Katie Tyrrell, Hayley Vann, Carter Vashaw, Erin Waloven, Conner Ware, Kaylee Waugh, Gage White, Connor Wilde, Cody Wright and Caitlin Zupancic.

Grade 8 High Honor Roll

Olivia Abrams, Marissa Allen, Alfred Arduini, Gabriella Bailey, Zachary Barker-McLain, Justin Barney, Katelynn Belson, Addison Billion, Matthew Borrow, Maura Botsford, Zoie Bowering, Devin Boyce, Gabrielle Boyce, Lillian Bray, Jade Brien, Elizabeth Brown, Gillian Brown, Hannah Burlingham, Jahnyne Carey, Alicia Carroll, Hailey Carroll, Calinda Ceterski, Mckenna Chesbro, Julia Cieszeski, Jenna Coakley, Tyler Coant, Joshua Compson, Sheenvia Conley, Cole Cotton, Jordan Coulon, Breanna Debiew, Kaitlyn Dexter and Nicholas Dingman.

Also: Paige Drake, Hunter Dudley, Ernest Ferro, Austin Fleming, Makayla Florczyk, Meghan Foster, Devon Frank, Morgan French, Jacob Geitner, Michael Gerth, Hannah Gigliotti, Meredith Grimshaw, Julia Guarrera, Megan Guernsey, Abigail Gugula, Jordan Hagan, Brooke Halstead, Cody Hartle, Kira Hartnett, Cassandra Hartranft, Samantha Heywood, Kayleigh Hotaling, Nicholas Hughes, Dustin Huller, Charles Hyland, Jasmine James, Megan Johnson, Nolan Johnon, Mallori Kitts, Tessa Kunath, Ryan Lalik, Madison Lang, Savannah LaPage, Amber LaRosa, Bradley Martin, Jordyn Mason, Caitlyn McAfee, Ana Mendez-Rodriguez, Elver Merida, Annamarie Michels and Alyssa Mt. Pleasant.

Also: Morgan Murphy, Christopher Newton, Erin Nicholson, Anthony Noce, Alexus Pagan, Collin Parker, Cole Parkhurst, Dustin Parkhurst, Courtney Paro, Olivia Pawlewicz, Alexis Phelps, Aricka Phelps, Katerina Porcari, Celeste Raponi, Ethan Raponi, Destiny Rose, Mason Rowlee, Eliza Runeare, Tyler Ruttan, Anthony Salerno, Robert Salerno, Jeremy Samson, Alexander Semchenko, Jessie Sharkey, Ryan Sheffield, Dylan Sheldon and Valentina Shue.

Also: Emily Simpson, Zion Skipper, Cara Smith, Hailey Smith, Tucker Smith, Jesse Smithers, Shannon St. Andrews, Ariel Stacy, Alexander Stoutenger, Nathan Summerville, Maxwell Sunday, Austin Szymanski, Marissa Tanner, Samantha Tanner, Christopher Tetro, Brian Trombly, Andrew Trumble, Janeda Vasquez, Kenneth Verdoliva, Keegan Wallace, Nicholas Wallace, Karina Whitten, Jacob Willcox, Madison Wilson and Andrew Woodruff

Grade 7 Honor Roll 

Owen Ayotte, Taylor Babbitt, Alex Ball, Derrick Bort, Emily Bowers, Bethany Brummett, Jeffrey Button, Kaleb Calkins, Kyler Cashel, Damion Chevier, Joseph Cocozza, Allison Collins, Nathan Collins, Kayla Contois, Rylie Cotton, Chloe Davis, Adam DeMauro, Gage Doyle, Olivia Duca, Maya Ende, Mardivina Escalante-Rodriguez, Jacob Gibbs, Marguerite Grosvent, Ryan Gugula, Timothy Hall, Michael Hartmann, Dorothy Henopp, Thomas Hughes and Korbin Hyde.

Also: Samantha Jodway, Jasmine Malave, Molly Metcalf, Hannah Muckey, Emily Munger, Preston Netzloff, James Norton, Taylor Osborn, Mona Otvos, Alexis Paul, Cody Pittman, Adrieanna Rinn, Ariana Rivera, Kayla Ryder, Makaylee Schmeer, Ethan Serow, Paige Seymour, Brooke Shuster, Jonathan Simpson, Everett Stacy, Abigale Tanner, Emeraldlee Tanner, Kory Tyler, Isaiah Williams

Grade 8 Honor Roll

Ethean Akins, Julia Allen, Coby Anderson, Stephanie Boland, Brandon Brooks, Logan Brooks, Savannah Castle, Michael Cayer, Dominic Conn, Dedrah Crowson, Emily Dana, Mya Decker, Samantha Diezel, James Freeman, Dakota Gilchrist, Cole Green, Brooke Greenier, Brianna Grinnell, Brianna Gugula, Hunter Hall, Mitchell Haskins, Marissa Hayward, Heather Heywood, Mark Hoyt, Randy Huller and Emily Kelly.

Also: Mariah Kenyon, Brittany Kimber, Dylan Kress, Alexis Kurak, Arron LaBeef, Gage LeBlanc, Allison Loomis, Bobbi-Jo Mathews, Jacob May, Reed Mellen, Nicholas Merlino, Trinity Mills, Tayler Miner, Keely Morrison, Mariah Nolin, Nathaniel Paro, Jonathan Parrish, Harlea Perry, Zenia Petrie, Corey Pipher, Julie Piscitelli, Michael Ross, Kaitlynn Ryan, Daronda Scott, Jason Southworth, Kali Spaulding, Austyn Stoughtenger, Matthew Trapasso-Fowler, Joshua VanHorn, James Ward, Kameron Whipple and Annya Yeh.

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Debra J. Groom

Managing editor

I would be remiss on this day before the holiday if I didn’t wish all Valley News readers a pleasant and thankful day.

If you are gathering for a great meal with relatives and friends, you are truly blessed.

If you are alone, don’t despair. There are many places to go in the area for companionship and a tasty dinner. Many restaurants are open and a good number of churches or other organizations are putting on community Thanksgiving feasts.

If you have the time and money, stop into a nursing home to drop off some goodies for the hard-working staff or a gift or flowers for a resident. Nursing home residents often cannot leave for holiday festivities, so seeing someone drop in to say hi or “Happy Turkey Day” will really put a smile on their faces.

Share your good fortune by dropping off some doughnuts or bagels to others who work every holiday — namely police, firefighters, ambulance personnel and medical personnel at Oswego Hospital. They are putting in their time to ensure we all are safe and well so we can share this day with our loved ones.

And last but not least, say a little prayer or blessing for all the farmers in Oswego County and Central New York. Without them, none of us would have that fantastic turkey or squash or mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie to gouge ourselves with on Thanksgiving.

While the holiday is a day off for many, a day to eat ‘till you drop and a day for football and parades on TV, remember the day is called “Thanksgiving.” The best thing we all can do is take a moment between complaining about the lumps in the gravy or how that stupid quarterback fumbled that snap, and think about what we are really thankful for this year.

Personally, I am thankful to be back to work. Thankful I am making a paycheck again and don’t have to sell my house. Thankful that Scotsman Media Group gave me a chance at this job.

And I’m thankful to be back in Oswego County again. Having worked here for about six years before losiing my previous job, I am very happy to be back. The people here are one-in-a-million.

The weather, well, that’s another story. Not really excited about all the snow. But hey, maybe it will be a mild winter.

I’d be very thankful for that. (As long as it doesn’t hurt the snowmobile industry up north)

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving.

Preparations ready for Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Representatives of several Fulton Churches and The Salvation Army are busy planning the eighth annual dinner.

Financial donations  are still  needed for this year’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner to be held from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 at the First United Church of Fulton at 33 S. Third St., Fulton.

The free sit down dinner is open to everyone, and features a complete Thanksgiving Dinner and an opportunity for good food and fellowship.

Checks can be sent to the First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., Fulton, 13069.

The menu includes turkey, potatoes, vegetables, rolls anand homemade pies. Food has been provided by Plainville Turkey Farm, Sysco, Hudson’s Dairy,  Mimi’s Drive In, Renzi Brothers, and Kathy’s Cakes.

There is off-street parking and the church and the facility is handicapped accessible.

News in brief

Trinity United Methodist Church in Oswego will be serving a special benefit all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 4 a.m. to noon, Black Friday, Nov. 29.

This will benefit a local family who has recently lost a child,  to help defray their medical costs.

The menu includes your choice of pancakes or French toast, sausage, juice, coffee or tea. Extra sides may be purchased as well.

Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 45 E. Utica St., Oswego.

For more information you may call the church at 343-1715.


A Holiday Open House is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Red Schoolhouse Maple in Palermo.

Co-owner Kim Enders said atendees will be able to sample recipes using the business’s 100 percent pure maple syrup while browsing through our many gift baskets and maple products for holiday gift giving.

The “Sugarhouse” is decorated for the holiday season and we’ll have complimentary maple coffee to warm you up.


The John C. Birdlebough High School Guidance Department will host an informational session on financial aid and  paying for college at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the high school auditorium.

Kathy Flaherty, assistant director of financial aid at SUNY Oswego will present information about the types and sources of financial aid available to undergraduate students and familiarize attendees with how to complete the FAFSA and TAP forms.

She also will discuss how to access grants, loans or work-study options, all of which may help defray the cost of attending college or other accredited program.

For more information, call the guidance department at J.C. Birdlebough High  at 695-1645. The snow date 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5.


Oswego County Hospice will have its annual hospice tree lighting ceremony from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union, Scenic Avenue, Mexico.


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is offering two workshops on holiday wreath making.

The first workshop is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and the second is 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

Supplies provided will be a 14-inch wire ring, greens, pinecones and bows.   Participants need to bring a hammer and garden/work gloves are recommended.

The program will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County office at 3288 Main St., Mexico.

Instructor for the two workshops will be Master Gardner Jan Smith. There is a $15 fee per person for this program. Pre-registration with payment is required; make sure you get your reservations in early the workshop does fill quickly.

Both workshops are limited to 10 participants, and only one wreath per registered participant.  To guarantee your spot, call 963-7286.


The West Monroe Historical Society is preparing for its annual wreath sale from Nov. 29 to Dec. 21.

A variety of sizes, types of greens and embellishments are available. The sale hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

You may pre-order your wreath by calling 676-7414 or 668-3780. Horizontal and vertical swags large and small and easels for cemetery use are also offered. Prices range from $10 to $75 for 12 inches to 48 inches.

Anyone who wants to volunteer to help make and sell wreaths, call one of the above numbers.


North Volney Methodist Church is sponsoring a Lights of Christmas tree for the upcoming Christmas season.

Lights will be sold for $5 each and can be dedicated to a friend, family member or service member living or deceased. The tree will be lit through the Christmas season on the church grounds at the corner of County Routes 4 and 6 in the Town of Volney.

To purchase a light, send a check for $5 for each name, payable to North Volney UMC along with the list of names to the following address: Beverly Beck, 139 Island Rd., Phoenix, NY  13135.  Questions? Call 593-6825.


The Nu 2 U Christmas sale and Christmas cookie sale at Trinity United Methodist Church is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at the church.

There will be many kinds of cookies sold by the pound and the Nu 2 U sale will include many gently used Christmas items for gifts and decorations.

Anyone wishing to donate items for the sale may do so between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on or after Dec. 2. You also can call the church at 343-1715.


Central Square Masons and Eastern Star are having a roast beef supper at 4 p.m. Saturday Dec. 7 at the lodge on state Route 49 east of the village.

The menu consists of all-you-can-eat roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, cole slaw, vegetable, dessert, milk, coffe and tea.


The Mexico Historical Society will present its annual Christmas Concert as part of the Christmas in Mexico celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 in the First Presbyterian Church, Church Street, Mexico.

Many fine area musicians including Laura Washburn, Charrie Lehman, Bill Nicholson, Brianna Jessmore, Concinnity and the Mexico Brass will perform.

A cookie reception will follow.


Red Schoolhouse Maple will have a Christmas pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 8 at the maple sugarhouse in Palermo.

The “Sugarhouse” is beautifully decorated, the holiday music is playing and the aroma of maple is everywhere. Enjoy “scratch made” pancakes and pair them with farm raised, locally produced sausage from the Adirondack Beef Co.

Breakfast comes with our famous maple coffee, juice and milk. There also will be maple products available for your gift giving needs.


Lowell and Carol Newvine, historians from Hannibal, presented a program on the Civil War at the Womens Club of Fulton, Oct. 23 at the Lock Restaurant.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and Emancipation Proclamation, Lowell and Carol depicted Hannibal residents, Albert Teague and his wife, Nancy. They read letters that Albert sent to his wife while he was serving in the military. Both Albert and Nancy were Hannibal residents.


The 40th annual Christmas Cantata will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Pennellville United Methodist Church at 389 County Route 54.

There also be a performance at 7 p.m. Sunday Dec. 8 at the Fulton Alliance Church, 1044 State Route 48, Fulton.

The cantata choir will present “On This Shining Night” by Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler. More than 60 voices from at least 20 area churches will participate.

A free-will offering will be taken to help out the Phoenix Food Pantry.

Agency finishes Thanksgiving baskets

Staff and volunteers at Catholic Charities of Oswego County have been busy preparing for this year’s Thanksgiving food basket distribution.

Thanks to donations from concerned community members and area businesses, Catholic Charities’ food pantry will provide more than 300 families with all the fixings for a complete Thanksgiving meal.

“It has been a very challenging year,” said Helen Hoefer, Supervisor of community services at Catholic Charities.

“Thanks to the generosity of Fidelis Care and the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County, who supplied the distribution bags, employees of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group’s (CENG) Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, who adopted families, and other community members we are able to continue to distribute Thanksgiving food baskets,” she said.

Looking ahead to their Christmas food basket distribution, Hoefer added that Catholic Charities is receiving a large amount of requests this holiday season.

“I encourage those who are able to consider donating non-perishable food items so that we will be able to help as many families as possible this Christmas,” said Hoefer.

For more information on Catholic Charities’ Christmas food distribution contact Helen Hoefer at 598-3980, ext. 224.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

Fulton pediatrician honored by Upstate Medical University

By Ashley M. Casey

For the fifth time since 1973, Fulton pediatrician Dr. Stuart Trust has been named “Pediatrician of the Year” by Upstate Medical University.

Pediatricians who display competence, concern for their patients and an enthusiasm for teaching are eligible for nomination.

“I’m honored,” Dr. Trust said. “It’s wonderful to be recognized by your peers. It just gives me more reason, more motivation to continue and to improve what I do.”

Dr. Trust, whose practice is located in Canalview Mall, has been a doctor for 39 years.

He grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and worked in a pharmacy for seven years. He attended Long Island University, Columbia University and Des Moines University in Iowa for medical school. Dr. Trust also served in the military.

“Being in the Army was very good experience for the rigors of medical school, internships, residency and my current life,” Dr. Trust said.

After medical school, Dr. Trust came to Syracuse in 1971 to train under Dr. Frank Oski, who was considered the local “god of pediatricians.”

When a teaching job fell through in 1974, Dr. Trust planned to spend only one year in private practice in Fulton. Nearly four decades later, that “year” isn’t over yet.

Dr. Trust says he “never will retire” and plans to continue practicing as long as his health permits. He said he is “eternally grateful” for his years of private practice in Fulton, and for the many friends and patients he has met here.

“I love the kids,” he said, adding that pediatrics is “more fun and games” than it is “heartache and tragedy.”

“When things are in that small percentage (of tragedy), what keeps you going is knowing that you didn’t cause it, and you can help minimize suffering,” Dr. Trust said.

He admitted it is very hard to cope with losing a young patient.

“I’m the world’s worst coper. I cry. I don’t sleep,” Dr. Trust said. “You try to remain professional and supportive, but we’re all human, aren’t we?”

Thankfully for Dr. Trust, the happier times have outnumbered the sad ones in Fulton.

“I’m so blessed to be able to do what I do,” he said.

Tips on preparing a Thanksgiving dinner

By Debra J. Groom

The Valley News is always ready to help its readers whenever it can.

So, today, the day before the big Turkey Day celebration, we thought it would be helpful to offer tips for all of those out there who have never cooked a Thanksgiving dinner.

We went to Trinity Catholic School in Oswego to pick the brains of some kindergartners and we now offer up their advice to all of you.

So, how exactly do you cook a Thanksgiving dinner? Let’s start with the main center of attention for any holiday meal.

Leah Kelly, 5, Fulton — You take a real turkey and cook it a little bit. You cook it about 9 minutes at 25 degrees.

Nicholas Canale, 6, Oswego, — You put the turkey in the oven for 5 minutes. (He didn’t know what temperature)

Alexia Masuicca, 6, Oswego — The turkey goes in the oven for 8 minutes at very hot.

Nicholas Sheldon, 5, Oswego — You cook the turkey in the oven for 12 hours on hot, 60 degrees.

OK. What else do you have for the Thanksgiving meal and how do you cook it?

Leah — We have cranberry sauce, but I don’t really know how to do it. I don’t think she (Mom) uses real cranberries. We have mashed potatoes. You take some potatoes, mash them with a peanut masher thing and then put them in the oven.

Nicholas C. — We eat tomatoes. We have a cornucopia (not sure if this is for eating or decoration. He wasn’t sure either). For dessert I have ice cream with sprinkles and whipped cream.

Alexia — You peel some potatoes and put them in a pot to cook. Sometimes we have corn on the cob and you put that in a big pot. There’s pumpkin in a can, you pour that into a bowl and then put in some sauce and put it in a pan and put it in the oven (for pumpkin pie). We have beans, green ones. We eat the kind in a can. Mom puts them in the microwave.

Nicholas S. — You wash the carrots. (Then what? Do you eat them raw?) No, silly. We have potato chips and candy. No way, no pie.