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Bands Were Big!

I have enjoyed the music from the “Big Band” era for many years.

The “Big Band” era and the musical sound called “swing” began in the late 1930s. There were hundreds of popular big bands during that period in the 30s and 40s, and your parents and grandparents may have danced to some of them.

Some of the most popular bands included Ray Anthony and his orchestra, Louis Armstrong’s orchestra, Louie’s wife, Lil Hardin Armstrong and her orchestra, the bands of Charlie Barnett, Count Basie, Tex Beneke, Bunny Berrigan and Les Brown.

Bob Crosby’s Bob Cats and the Dorsey Brothers, Jimmy and Tommy and their orchestras, Ray Eberle’s band, the Roy Elbridge, Duke Ellington and the Les and Larry Elgart orchestras were also active.

Also included were Ziggy Elman, Maynard Ferguson, Ella Fitzgerald’s orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, the Benny Goodman and Jackie Gleason bands (yes, that Jackie Gleason), Lionel Hampton, Erskine Hawkins, Fletcher Henderson and Woody Herman.

Ina Rae Hutton was the leader of an “all-girl orchestra” and dancers and listeners were enjoying the bands led by Harry James, Louis Jordan, Sammy Kaye, Hal Kemp, Stan Kenton, Andy Kirk, Kay Kyser and drummer Gene Krupa.

Also on the road were Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians, Jimmy Lunceford, Wingy Manone, Billy May, Glenn Miller and Ozzie Nelson (Ricky’s father), as well as the Tony Pastor, Don Redman and Luis Russell orchestras.

Artie Shaw and his Big Band, singer Maxine Sullivan and her all-stars, the Jack Teagarden orchestra, as well as his other smaller groups, were traveling from city to city as were Tommy Tucker, Fats Waller, Chick Webb, Teddy Wilson, Paul Whiteman and Sy Zentner with their bands.

Whew, and that’s only part of the 30s and 40s big band lineup. During World War II, the Big Bands boosted morale throughout the world.

Ish Kabibble

The Kay Kyser Big Band was one of the Big Band era’s most successful groups.  The band had 11 number one records, 35 top 10 hits, a top-rated radio show for 11 years, starred in seven feature films, and outdrew the Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman orchestras.

Ish Kabibble was one of the band’s feature characters, created by Merwyn Bogue, who played cornet in the Kyser band.

The name came from Bogue’s comedy version of an old Yiddish song, “Isch Ga Bibble.” Loosely translated it means “I Should Worry?” which he performed with the Kyser orchestra.

The public and the band started calling him “Ish” and the name stuck.

Michael (Mike) Douglas (not the actor who is Kirk’s son), a name you might recognize – Mike was the lead voice on many Kyser hits (Ol’ Buttermilk Sky, “The Old Lamplighter”).  He was best known to American television viewers as a singing variety/talk show host.

“All or Nothing at All”

One of the world’s most popular singers emerged during the 30s after singing “All or Nothing at All” on a Major Bowes amateur radio broadcast, fronting a quartet known as “the Hoboken Four.”

Frank Sinatra (“Ol’ Blue Eyes”, “The Voice”, “Chairman of the Board”, “Swoonatra” and “Sultan of Swoon”) sang during the Big Band era with the bands of Harry James and Tommy Dorsey.

He went solo at the Paramount Theater in New York in 1942. His first of hundreds of record hits was “All or Nothing at All.”

Sinatra was indeed “Chairman of the Board” of the company he founded, Reprise Records, in 1960. Along with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop, Sinatra was a member of “The Rat Pack.”

The Market

One of our favorite Saturday morning activities is to visit the Regional Market.  Admittedly, the market isn’t as exciting this time of year as it is in mid-summer through late fall when it is busting out with the fresh home-grown produce of those seasons.

But even on a Saturday in late March there are treasures to be found.

My wife was happy with the sack of yellow potatoes, which she says are hard to find in supermarkets – and make the most delicious mashed potatoes and French fries.

My market tastes are more likely to lean away from carrying a 10-pound sack of potatoes around to standing in line for free samples of everything from chocolate chip cookies to pretzels covered with   “maple-flavored crème” to hunks of bread dipped in “politely spicy” hot tomato sauce.

(Question: “How much spice makes something to be impolite?”)

Also free for the taking and perfect as part of my late Saturday morning breakfast were hunks of cheese and sausages and hands full of tasty crackers slathered with all kinds of dips and spreads.

I think the top attention-grabber of the day on our recent visit to the market might have been a bright green “Spinachburger.”

The market seems to be a popular social hub on Saturday visits. Recently, we have met up with friends from Syracuse, from Fulton as well as from our own neighborhood.

There is a lot of everything at the Regional Market. Sometimes the only thing that you might have some difficulty finding is a good parking spot.

 

. . . Roy Hodge

Fundraiser for ARISE ramp program set for May 31

This year’s ARISE & Ride for Ramps is scheduled for May 31 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.

The event will be bigger and better than ever this year, with a new location and more features thanks to Oswego Speedway.

ARISE & Ride for Ramps features a motorcycle ride, 5K run and the chance for kids to ride their bikes at Oswegoe Speedway.

There will be a chicken barbecue, along with other food, lots of activities for the whole family, and items to be won during drawings.

All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase construction materials to help Oswego County families regain access to their home.

ARISE & Ride for Ramps is the largest fundraiser for ARISE’s Oswego County Ramp Program. This is the only program in Oswego County providing ramps for people who cannot afford them.

For people who suddenly develop mobility impairments, their home can quickly change from being a source of comfort to feeling like a prison. And, for those currently living in a nursing facility, a ramp can be the missing link that allows them to return home.

“Without easy and safe access into their house, many people are unable to be safely discharged from nursing facilities,” said Jim Karasek, ARISE’s manager of independent living services in Oswego.

“The accessible ramps we provide not only mean that people are able to come home, it also restores their sense of independence and reunites them with their families,” he said.

There is already a waiting list for ramp construction this building season and more applications come in every day.

Support for the ARISE Oswego County Ramp Program is provided solely through donations from individuals and businesses.

The ramps are built by volunteers so the funds raised pay for materials.

Last year, ARISE built a ramp for a couple who had been unable to leave their home for more than two years.

And more than 30 families have stories to share of the freedom to come and go that they experienced just last year thanks to the program.

To register or learn more about the program or event, visit http://rideforramps.org.

ARISE & Ride for Ramps is supported by Oswego Speedway, Lighthouse Lanes, Murdock’s Bicycles & Sports, G & C Foods, NewsChannel 9 WSYR, Precision Sign and Graphics and Zink Shirts.

ARISE is a nonprofit Independent Living Center organized and directed by people with disabilities.

The organization has been providing advocacy and services since 1979, and each year ARISE works with about 4,000 people of all ages who have all types of disabilities.

ARISE has offices in Oswego, Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison and Seneca counties.

Oswego County Girl Scouts win awards

Girls from throughout the 26-county region of the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways have earned the highest awards in Girl Scouting, the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.

The prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

In order to earn the award, girls must complete Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys, the essence of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and demonstrate their leadership abilities by spending at least 80 hours working on a Gold Award Take Action project that creates a sustainable impact on their extended communities.

Oswego County girls earning the Gold Award are Kaitlyn Crobar and Samantha Stewart of Central Square and Katelyn Clary and Emily Mills of Oswego.

The Silver Awards are the highest award for Girl Scouts in grades six thorugh eight. To earn this, a girls complete a Cadette Journey, the essence of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, gain leadership skills and then spend at least 50 hours working on a community service project.

Oswego County girls receiving the Silver Award are: Dakota Gillete of Hastings; Dana Bova, Elizabeth Choquette, Sarah Stevenson and Jeanette Stewart of Central Square; and Claudia Chetney, Morgan Familo, Lauren Jones, Desire Myers and Lauren Samson, all of Oswego.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout Junior. To earn the award, girls must learn leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project on which they spend at least 20 hours making a positive impact on their communities. Girls can work within their troops to earn this award.

Oswego County girls earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award are: Zoe Eisel, Abby Jordan, Alice Weigel and Katie Woods from troop 10031 in PUlaski and Lacona; Allison Griffin, Angelina Guarrera, Sarah Jones, Zeida Olson, Morgan Samson, Melanie Solano and Maya Upcraft from troop 10434 in Oswego and Scriba; Kaitlyn Czerow, Katherine Fierro, Clare Hook, Cecile Laundre, Caitie Lilly and Julia Roman from troop 10461 in Oswego; Laura Cummings, Allison Lizotte, Amelia Rastle, Samantha Terpening and Cassidy Woodward from troop 10580 in Oswego and Fulton;

The Gold Awards will be presented May 3 at the Young Women of Distinction Luncheon at Onondaga Community College. Girls that have earned the Girl Scout Silver and Bronze awards will be recognized at a dessert reception on May 18 at Camp Hoover in Tully.

Fulton Park for Friday April 11 is Voorhees Park

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Voorhees Park.

 

Find one and begin your collection of stones from the various parks in Fulton. Each day a different park will be highlighted on this Valley News website — find out what the park of the day is and go there to find a stone.

 

By April 19, folks should have collected 10 stones. Bring them to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park to win a small prize.

 

Tennis scores

Here are scores from boys’ tennis, East Syracuse Minoa versus Fulton.

Singles

Brandon Stone (ESM) d. Brad Crofoot (Fulton) 6-1, 6-0

Tyler Underwood (East Syracuse-Minoa) d. Zach Perry (Fulton) 6-1, 6-2

Carlos Feliciano (Fulton) d. Jeff Episcopo (ESM) 6-4, 6-2

Mark Parry (Fulton) d. Michael Bullis (ESM) 6-2, 6-0

Doubles

Jacob Strauss & Benjamin McKay (Fulton) d. Lucas Eastman and Connor Bayly (ESM) 6-1, 6-2

AJ Laury and Andrew Kerik (ESM) d. Dakota Stoutenger and Bayley Raponi (Fulton) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

Seth Reidy and Joel Feliciano (Fulton) d. Brett Dufore & Ryan Vollmer (ESM) 7-5, 6-4

Fulton man charged with attempted rape

 

Dedeaux
Dedeaux

A Fulton man has been charged with four felonies stemming from an investigation by the Fulton Police Department.

Earl C. Dedeaux, 41, of West Second Street, was arrested April 7 and charged with:

Att. to Commit Crime/Rape 1st Class C Felony

Strangulation 2nd Class D Felony

Assault 2nd Class D Felony
Unlawful Imprisonment 1
st Class D Felony

Dedeaux is accused of attempting to forcibly engage in sexual intercourse with the victim. During the course of the assault, Dedeaux hit the female victim several times about the face, neck, and chest, and also choked the victim, restricting her breathing. According to the New York State Sex Offender Registry, Dedeaux is listed as a Level 2 sex offender.

Dedeaux was arraigned by Fulton City Court Judge Hawthorne on April 7 and sent to the Oswego County Correctional Facility without bail.  

State provides money to fix roads damaged by harsh winter

The state on Thursday announced it is providing $40 million to help local governments make necessary repairs to highways and bridges following this year’s exceptionally harsh winter.

This funding, passed as part of the 2014-15 state budget, is a special one-time allocation to compliment the $438 million in existing State support for local transportation infrastructure.

All counties, cities, towns and villages will receive capital assistance through the program.

Localities will be able to use this money on capital projects to repair and improve infrastructure and to complement their core construction programs. To help brace for future storms, longer lasting roadway surfacing and overlay projects are eligible expenses.

Here are amounts for Oswego County and its cities, towns and villages:

Oswego County  $289,598.09

Fulton $33,490.12

Oswego $50,578.72

Albion $14,401.27

Amboy $9,024.27

Boylston $6,104.27

Constantia $16,496.90

Granby $15,829.89

Hannibal $15,539.90

Hastings $14,483.91

Mexico $18,622.88

Minetto $2,243.99

New Haven $10,097.00

Orwell $10,834.53

Oswego Town $10,949.81

Palermo $10,865.92

Parish $12,923.89

Redfield $8,244.69

Richland $16,781.46

Sandy Creek $12,332.61

Schroeppel $14,157.51

Scriba $11,530.22

Volney $16,590.23

West Monroe $9,604.68

Williamstown $7,247.50

Central Square $2,158.20

Cleveland $3,583.06

Hannibal $1,681.16

Lacona $1,186.33

Mexico Village $4,352.19

Parish Village $971.87

Phoenix $5,020.25

Pulaski $4,048.17

Sandy Creek Village $416.99

Oswego,Subtotal $661,992.48

Do these photos belong to you?

This photo has writing on the back stating it is a first grade from St. Mary’s in Fulton in April 1948. It also lists the names of some of the children in the photo.
This photo has writing on the back stating it is a first grade from St. Mary’s in Fulton in April 1948. It also lists the names of some of the children in the photo.

A couple of photographs were found this week in the Valley News archives and we would like to return them to their rightful owners.

We’re hoping there are folks still here in town that either know who the people are in the photos or know who the photographs belong to.

If you have any information, call us at 598-6397.

This photo has no names or date written on it. It shows two dapper military men enjoying a laugh.
This photo has no names or date written on it. It shows two dapper military men enjoying a laugh.