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Pratt House opens for season today

The Pratt House in Fulton is open for the 2014 season.

During the winter, a remarkable job was done transforming the first floor of the Pratt House Museum, located at 177 S. First St., Fulton, into a toy store of sorts. Toys from the 1800s up to about 1970 are on display.

Visitors will be transported back to a time when fun was careening down a hill on a “gravity racer,” playing a board game with friends, or pretending you were a mama tending to her baby. This is a wonderful display, filled with a lot of love.

Who among us wouldn’t like to go back to a time when the only worry we had was what we were going to play with when the sun came up!

The Pratt House is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday beginning today, April 2 through December 2014. Call if you want to come in on a Saturday. For more information or to arrange a tour, call 598-4616.

Fulton girls’ softball team wants a sectional championship

 By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity softball team is preparing to begin its season with great expectations.

After playing in the sectional quarterfinals and semifinals the last two seasons, not only do the Lady Raiders want to qualify for sectional play but they want to win a Sectional championship.

Coach Derek Lyons said his team has been playing together for a long time. With the improvement that they have shown along the way, he hopes to see his team qualify for the state playoffs.

Fulton is expected to be amongst the most experienced teams in Section 3 this season. The team will feature seven seniors and two juniors who have seen a lot of playing time over the past few seasons.

Lyons said his nine experienced players know what it takes to have a successful season. The seniors are Maureen McCann, Hannah Jones, Anna Guernsey, Mikayla Guernsey, Caitlin Chrisman, Kassidy Kearns and Keisha Pierce.

The juniors wth experience are Cheyenne Laun and Courtney Parker. These players are joined by fellow juniors Jessica Marvin and Katelyn Ely along with sophomore Casey Jones.

The Lady Raiders began practice in early March. Lyons expected them to be in pretty good physical condition when practices began and his team obliged.

Lyons said most of his players were in good physical condition because they took part in winter sports.

But Lyons said softball is a sport that relies on reaction a lot more than other sports. Developing reaction time was a big part of the first couple weeks of practice.

The players who didn’t participate a winter sport prepared for the season by taking part in open gyms and working hard in the weight room. Lyons feels every player could run the bases in a solid time.

However, the climate has limited the team’s outdoor training time. Lyons said even though his team appears to be in good shape, they will still be challenged when the time comes to adjust to running outdoors.

Fulton won’t have captains in a traditional sense this season. For the most part, Lyons expects to recognize his nine experienced players as leadership figures on a rotating basis. These players will be recognized based their work ethic and how they handle adversity and Lyons hopes the  Lady Raiders benefit from the experienced players’ ability to lead by example.

The Lady Raiders will face a challenging schedule this season. A team they beat last season, Jamesville-DeWitt, is expected to be equally as tough this season.

Lyons hopes his team can continue to build off of the experience of winning against such a good team. East Syracuse Minoa is expected to be equally as challenging for Fulton.

Both Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse Minoa are expected to benefit from strong pitching this season. Lyons also said Mexico, Cortland and Homer will be solid teams this season and be tough outings for the Lady Raiders.

The biggest strength Fulton expects to have this season is the leadership abilities that its experienced players bring to the table. The Lady Raiders also hope to get on base at a solid percentage. There are six players with .400 averages in hitting.

Fulton expects to have a fast and aggressive offense. Lyons said a hard-hitting offense equates to a lot of wins. He also expects the returning pitchers to be ready to preserve a lead their hard hitting teammates create.

Oswego County fishing is focus of TV show

Submitted by Oswego County Tourism

“Outdoor Passion” television host and producer Ray Carignan’s enthusiasm for fishing is contagious, and viewers will get a glimpse of the phenomenal brown trout fishing Carignan experienced in Oswego County on “The Early Summer Brown Trout Run in Oswego County” airing in April on the World Television Network.

Carignan, host of the Montreal-based “Outdoor Passion” weekly television series, fished with Capt. Kevin Keller of Fishchopper Charters last June out of Mexico Bay.

The episode will air on the World Fishing Network at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5; at noon and 9 p.m.  Thursday, April 10; and at 2 a.m. Friday April 11.

“If you love early summer brown trout fishing, you must watch this show,” said Carignan. “Fishing for big brown trout is a challenge. They are smart.”

The group caught their limit both days trolling for mid-depth brown trout with  Keller off Mexico Bay.

“This world class fishery is full of excitement and fun – a great family outing,” said Keller.

Carignan and his cameraman, Claude Roulleau, also visited the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, Salmon River Falls and Sandy Island Beach on their visit to Oswego County, where they were hosted by Wally and Cheryl Kimmel, owners of Catfish Creek Fishing Camps.

“Outdoor Passion” has received numerous awards, including eight “Golden Moose” awards for best outdoor series in North America.

For additional information on the show, visit http://www.outdoorpassion.tv/schedule.html.

For Oswego County fishing conditions and visitor information, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com or call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386).

Fulton Lions Club comedy night April 25

The Fulton Lions Club will host its “The Mane Event” comedy night with nationally known comedian Tom Anzalone at 8 p.m. Friday April 25, 8:00 p.m. at the Fulton Polish Home, said Don Labarge, Fulton Lions president.

“In addition to Tom Anzalone, we’ll also have comedians Grant Fletcher and Steven Rogers in what is sure to be a fun, entertaining night for all,” Labarge said. “Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.”

Advance sale tickets are $12 and can be purchased at Devine Designs, Fulton and The Fulton Medicine Place.  The ticket donation is $15 per person at the door and tables of 10 may also be purchased in advance for $175 each.

Light in the Darkness

“I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst.” Hosea 11:9

Some may wonder why I am writing so much about the holiness of God? Why is it so important?

Well, it is important because it is nothing less than His holiness that we need. We do not need moral perfection according to any other standard. We need God’s very Holiness within.

We human beings, even (dare I say especially?) Christians, are too often content with a simple standard of morality. Such contentment, even with the highest standard of moral behavior reveals a sad misunderstanding of what God requires.

It blinds us to true holiness and more often than not results in silly standards and behavior. When true holiness as God means it, is confused with morality…  no matter how high that standard of morality… it muddies the waters terribly.

It seems right, but it is so, so wrong. The standard is mistaken for true holiness of life.

Thus ‘holiness’ becomes associated strictly with outward behavior, resulting in prohibitions against things like drinking, dancing, playing cards, chewing tobacco, the use of makeup, attending  movies and a score of other behaviors. When such moral standards are equated with Christianity, thinking saints have questions and are often confused.

I remember well attending a church sponsored night at the roller rink and one of the women who loved to ‘dance’ on roller skates (and boy could she make those skates sing!) asked the question, why is it is OK to dance with wheels on our feet but it is prohibited otherwise?

There was also the standard that Christians did not attend the movies but nearly everyone had a television. What made the big screen sinful but the little screen OK?

Or, and this one that many struggle with, if the drinking of all alcohol is bad why did Jesus turn water into wine? Why does it say that an elder must not be a man who drinks too much? And if all alcohol is bad, why did Paul tell Timothy to take a little wine for his stomach’s sake and his chronic illnesses?

Questions which led to confusion and ultimately to guilt-ridden behavior when the believer secretly engaged in those practices they were told were wrong. Why? Because the focus was upon a moral standard or code without understanding that the holiness God requires is nothing less than His holiness operating in our lives.

There is no true holiness in mere morality. Though there may be much that is highly esteemed among men, there is nothing about it that is right in the sight of God. That holiness operating in us results in the best of moral behavior, of course. Do not misunderstand. But it is so very much more.

Joel Scandrett, an associate editor with Intervarsity Press, put it well when he wrote “I believe one crucial ingredient to healing our moral confusion is the recovery of the biblical idea of holiness, which, though it results in private morality is in truth, so much more. (It is) the very life of God in us. Holiness stands at the beginning and centre of God’s call on our lives: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’” (Lev. 11:44).

Biblical “holiness” carries a strong secondary connotation of moral purity, of course, but moral purity is not, first and foremost, what Scripture is talking about.

Instead, the most basic meaning of the words is to be “set apart” or “dedicated” to God. “I will be your God, and you will be my people,” says Yahweh (Lev. 26:12; Heb. 8:10).

Thus, prior to any consideration of morality, biblical holiness describes a unique relationship that God has established and desires with his people. This relationship has moral ramifications, true enough, but it precedes moral behavior.

Before we are ever called to be good, we are called to be holy. Unless we understand this, we fall into the inevitable trap of reducing holiness to mere morality.

How much more God is asking of us than mere morality! As long as our notions of holiness are limited to doing certain things and not doing other things, we can go through our entire lives obeying the rules (or at least maintaining the appearance of doing so) without dealing with a far more fundamental question: To whom do we give our first love and loyalty?

To be a disciple of Jesus Christ requires nothing less than death to our fallen, egocentric selves in order that we might live in and for him. “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it,” says Jesus, “but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:35-36).”

Why study the holiness of God? Because the Christian life is nothing less than His Holiness in us. It is not some imitation of His life or adherence to his perceived standard. It is not simply obedience to some moral code. It is not even doing what Jesus would do.

It is His life,  his holiness within, lived out in us. As the Apostle Paul said, “For me to live is Christ.”

 

Pastor David M. Grey

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church

Anthony L. “Tony” Meucci, World War II veteran

Anthony L. “Tony” Meucci, 94, of Parkrose Estates, Liverpool, NY, and formerly of Yarmouth, Maine passed away Monday, March 24 after a brief illness.

He was born June 26, 1919 in Boston, Mass. and was a graduate of Bangor High School and the University of Southern Maine.

Tony and his late wife, Mary, met while in the Army at Camp Campbell, Kentucky and were married in 1943. They both served in Europe during World War II.

Following the war, Tony worked at Great Northern Paper Co. in Millinockett, Maine from 1953 until 1963. In 1965, the Meucci family moved to Yarmouth, Maine where he lived until 2007.

He retired in 1981 from the State of Maine where he worked as the business manager at both the Pineland Hospital and Maine Correctional Center.

Tony and Mary enjoyed travelling across the U.S. and into Canada with their camping trailer; he also enjoyed saltwater fishing in Casco Bay and the Royal River.

Tony is predeceased by his wife, Mary, who died in 1995; a brother, William, who died in 2013 and by a sister, Mary MacDonald.

He is survived by a son, Tom (Karen) Meucci of Baldwinsville, NY; a sister, Lee Bond of Baldwinsville, NY; a brother, Louis Meucci of Roseville, CA; two grandchildren, Sarah and Anthony “Greg” Meucci.

Tony will be buried alongside his beloved wife, Mary, at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta, Maine.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Meucci may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or to the Veterans Memorial Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 942, Augusta, ME 04332.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Sharon Elizabeth Martin, owned Shannon’s Hot Dogs

Sharon Elizabeth Martin, 71, of Fulton, died Wednesday, March 26 at Maytown Manor Inc., Florida after a long illness.

She was born in Syracuse, NY to the late Francis P. and Verna May (Lyke) Fitzgerald.

Mrs. Martin has been a lifetime resident of Fulton and enjoyed traveling to Florida during the winter months.

She owned and operated Shannon’s Hot Dogs, Fulton, for 20 years. Mrs. Martin enjoyed crafting and cross stitch. She was also an avid reader and gardener.

Mrs. Martin is survived by her husband of 50 years, Frederick Stephen Martin, Sr., of Fulton; their children, Frederick Stephen Martin, Jr., of Fulton, Shannon Marie (Joel) Cordone of Hastings, NY, Stephanie Mary Czirr of Albuquerque, N.M., Sara Margaret (Peter) Pascale of Kingston, N.J.; four siblings, Patricia A. Fitzgerald of Cicero, NY, Kay M. Roemer of Naperville, IL., Barbara M. Williams of Grow City, OH, Michele F. Betts of Clay, NY; four grandchildren,  Jeffrey P. Martin, Megan M. Cordone, and twins Alexander J. and Kayla M. Cordone.

Funeral services were Monday March 31 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc. and at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Rev. Jerome Amaechi.

Burial will be held in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours were Sunday March 30 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

The family would like to thank the Hospice workers for their loving care and gentle manner and they would encourage in lieu of flowers donations be made in Sharon’s honor to the Halifax Health Hospice,  3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL, 32129.

Timothy Lee Cughan, graduate of Bodley and SUNY Oswego

Timothy Lee Cughan (exited stage right) Sunday (March 16) at 3:30 p.m. after a seven-day stay at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa, OK.

Tim was born June 5, 1956 in Rochester, NY. At the age of 23 1/2 months, he was adopted by Victor and Marjorie Cughan in May of 1958.

Later, when Tim was four years old, he chose his baby sister on June 16, 1960 and Victor and Marjorie adopted her.

Tim graduated from G. Ray Bodley High School in 1975. Upon graduating, Tim attended Oswego State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art and criminal justice.

He later moved to Tulsa, OK and attended Oral Roberts University to study biblical history.

It was later when working as a security officer that he met his wife, Ann Hoppe. Time and Ann were married July 10, 2001. At that time, they made their home in Deltona, Fla., where he continued his work as a security officer.

In December of 2013, Tim and Ann moved back to Tulsa. It was then that Tim began to have more health problems, first becoming blind then having a massive stroke that lead to his leaving us to be with Jesus.

Tim is predeceased in death by his parents, Victor and Marjorie Cughan, Onia and Betty Rosson, Melonie Kay Rosson, Steve Case, Wayne Rosson and Theresa Rosson.

Tim is survived by his wife, Ann Cughan at home; one sister, Victoria (Cughan) Merkley and husband John of Fulton, NY; stepchildren David Allen Hoppe and wife Bettie of Muskogee, Deanna Hoppe of Iowa and Tim Hoppe and wife Alisha of Dewey; one niece Eileen Griffin and husband Brian of Baldwinsville, NY; one nephew Eric Merkley and wife Amanda; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one God daugher Haley Putman of Bixby, OK; and a host of family and friends from New York to Florida and back to Oklahoma.

Family visitation was Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Smith Funeral Chapel, 1208 S. Main St., Sapulpa, OK. Funeral services were held Friday, March 21, 2014 at Westside FW Baptist Church, 1403 S. Cheyenne Road, Sapulpa, OK 74066.

Funeral services are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S. Main St., Sapulpa, OK.