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Pomp and circumstance: Find your local school’s graduation

Area high schools are holding their commencement exercises next weekend.

  • Mexico Academy and Central School, Mexico: 7 p.m. Friday, June 27 at High School Athletic Field. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the gymnasium.
  • Hannibal High School, Hannibal: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 27 at Lockwood Auditorium, Hannibal High School
  • G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at the Fulton War Memorial
  • J.C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at JCB Gymnasium
  • Oswego High School, Oswego: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at SUNY Oswego Campus Center

Register now for Fulton UPK

Elliott Dumochel and his mom, Dawn, smile as they check out a book during the Fulton school district’s recent Universal Pre-Kindergarten registration and transition night. Applications are still being accepted for UPK, but space is limited. Registration packets are available at the main office of each elementary school, at the Registrar’s Office at the Education Center or online at fulton.cnyric.org.
Elliott Dumochel and his mom, Dawn, smile as they check out a book during the Fulton school district’s recent Universal Pre-Kindergarten registration and transition night. Applications are still being accepted for UPK, but space is limited. Registration packets are available at the main office of each elementary school, at the Registrar’s Office at the Education Center or online at fulton.cnyric.org.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The Fulton City School District is still accepting registrations for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program.

The program aims to provide children with the foundation for future school success by developing skills in literacy and numeracy.  Continue reading

Odds and ends from the managing editor

By Debra J. Groom

It’s time for a few updates on what’s been going on at The Valley News.

First off, let me wish everyone a happy summer and happy bass season. Summer starts today and I welcome all that comes with it — warmer temperatures (not hot, mind you, just warm, say 80 degrees), sunshine, camping, flowers, fresh veggies and fruits, sleeping with the windows open and of course, fishing. Continue reading

Barbara J. Butler Matzke, enjoyed reading, crocheting, playing Bingo

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Barbara J. Butler Matzke, 62, formerly of Fulton, passed away surrounded by her loving family at her home in Oswego on Thursday, June 19.

She had resided in Old Forge and Watertown for many years. Barb enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, reading, crocheting and playing Bingo.

Surviving are her six children, Aaron (Trisha) Matzke of Fort Worth TX, Susan Matzke of Boonville, Corinna (Christopher) Scribner of Phoenix, Michelle (Dennis) Wilcox of Colorado Springs, CO, John (Audra) Matzke of Fulton and Holly Kranbuhl of Boonville; three siblings; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many “adopted children”.

Calling hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 22 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services to immediately follow at 1 p.m.

Dylan Robert Blair, BOCES auto mechanic student, parks and rec summer employee

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Dylan Robert Blair, 18, of Fulton, passed away Tuesday June 17 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Dylan was a life resident of Fulton and a member of the graduating class of 2014 from G. Ray Bodley High School. He was a B.O.C.E.S. student in their automobile mechanics class and played a year of high school football.

Dylan worked during the summer for the City of Fulton Parks and Recreation Department, had worked at Raponi Plumbing and Heating and was currently working at Babcock Oil.

Dylan enjoyed working on cars, hunting and playing hockey. He was predeceased by a brother, Ryan Chrisman, who passed in 2006, and a grandfather, Phillip Blair in 2012.

Dylan is survived by his mother, Suzanne Viscome; his father, Scott Blair; a sister, Samantha Blair; a brother, Montana Blair; maternal grandparents, Robert and Alice Viscome; paternal grandmother, Jeanne Blair, all of Fulton, as well as several cousins, aunts and uncles.

Calling hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 23 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 24 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, corner of South Third and Rochester Streets, Fulton.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Contributions in memory of Dylan may be made to the Dylan Blair Memorial Fund, c/o Ann Mahaney, 78 Brown Road, Hannibal, NY 13074. 

Family mourns lost ‘daughter, sister, mother,’ Carol Wood

Alison Grunberg, left, speaks at a memorial vigil for her sister, Carol Wood, whose car was removed from the Oswego River at this spot last week. At right is their mother Louise Pepe. A wreath at right was thrown into the river at the conclusion of the event.
Alison Grunberg, left, speaks at a memorial vigil for her sister, Carol Wood, whose car was removed from the Oswego River at this spot last week. At right is their mother Louise Pepe. A wreath at right was thrown into the river at the conclusion of the event.

By Debra J. Groom

Family members of Carol Wood, who has been missing since August 1996, threw a wreath and a bucket of red and white roses into the Oswego River Wednesday where Wood’s car was found last week. Continue reading