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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.

Esther Rogers, co-owned Lower Falls Liquor Store

Esther L. Rogers, 97, of Fulton, passed away surrounded by her family on Thursday, March 27 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

Born in Canastota, Esther lived in Oneida before moving to Fulton in 1961.

She co-owned Lower Falls Liquor Store in Fulton with her husband, Harley, in the 1960s.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harley F. Rogers in 1992 and by a sister, Doris Wishart and two brothers, Richard Wishart and Leon Reising.

Surviving are: a son, Harley “Tom” (Sue) Rogers of Leoma, TN; two daughters, Peggy  (Bob) Cushman of  Oneida and Debbie (Paul) Foster of Fulton; a brother, Don Reising of Blossvale; nine grandchildren, Mike  (Diane) Cushman, Sue  (Frederick) Stefanik, Valerie (Beth Curry) Cushman, Tim (Tina) Cushman, Chris Cushman, Kim (Neil) DiSpirito, Karen Vanderwalker, Kim (Kelly) Leroux and Dennis (Brea) Goss; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours were Saturday, March 29 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services after the calling hours.

Burial will be in Vienna Cemetery, McConnellsville, NY at a later date.

Contributions may be made to Oneida Fire Benevolent Association, 109 N. Main St., Oneida, NY 13421 or Michaud Residential Health Services, 453 Park St., Fulton, NY 13069.

Poetry Corner, by Jim Farfaglia

Sensing Spring, by Jim Farfaglia

Mother Nature has entered

a Crayola Crayon contest

and wins first prize

for best new shade of green.

She calls it “Springtacular.”

Mr. Skunk has returned,

leaving behind his calling card;

I find myself almost grateful

to smell something other than

the dead of winter.

The earth sings again:

my backyard a concert hall,

its icy demeanor warming,

the gurgle of melting snow

murmuring a pleasant melody.

Crocuses pop up everywhere,

like raised hairs on the arm

of an excited world.

I brush their tops

and I bristle, too.

The kale has wintered over.

I strip off a leaf or two

and chew:

Fine dining at the local café,

reopened for the season.

News in Brief

Does a life of mistakes always equal a life sentence? How did I become this person? Can I ever get past these sins? Will I ever be free of them?

River of Life Assembly of God, 815 Oneids St., Fulton, is offering a series of programs titled “Nothing’s Too Hard for God,” in which many of these questions will be addressed.

The first in the series is at 10 a.m. Sunday April 6.

The church is devoting the first Sunday of each month to talk about issues people ace today and the first Sunday in April wil deal with God’s message of hope, joy, love and peace with a special emphasis on the topic of forgiveness.

For more information call 598-7100 or check out our website at www.riveroflifeaog.org. Everyone is welcome!

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Elim Grace Christian Church will feature Dr. Jonathan Sarfati teaching from Genesis at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 6.

Sarfati, from New Zealand, will give a talk titled “Design, Deluge and Dilemma.”

He works full-time for Creation Ministries International, Atlanta, GA, is co-editor of Creation magazine, and has written several books including ‘By Design: Evidence for Nature’s Intelligent Designer-the God of the Bible’ and ‘The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution,’ a response to one of Richard Dawkins’ books.

The church is at 340 W. First St., Oswego.

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The Oswego County Farm Bureau will host the last Coffeecake Meeting of the winter season at 1 p.m. Monday, April 7 at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union Community Room located at 5828 Scenic Ave., Mexico.

This session will include a presentation by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, with a discussion about its offerings, from agriculture to human ecology to youth services including 4-H.

There is a revival of all things local and Cooperative Extension has a vast knowledge base available to the public. Come and enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of coffeecake with us.

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There will be a craft, bake and lunch sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Hannibal United Methodist Church, 320 Church St., Hannibal.

Takeouts will be available for lunch.

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An all-you-can-eat Belgian waffle breakfast is set for 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Lamson Grange #588.

The breakfast buffet will feature made-to-order waffles with raspberry topping, eggs, bacon, sausage, white and wheat toast, English muffins, jam, cereals, whipped topping, juice, coffee, tea and milk.

Lamson Grange is located at 9108 Fenner Road, Lysander.

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The public comment period for the high Speed Rail Empire Corridor Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been extended.

The draft plan outlines plans for improving passenger and freight rail service on the Empire Corridor between New York City and Niagara Falls.

Public comments will be accepted through Wednesday, April 30. The comment period originally was to close March 24.

It started Jan. 31, when the draft environmental impact statement was published in the Federal Register.

You can read more about the project and find a comment form at https://www.dot.ny.gov/empire-corridor. You also can leave a comment by going to that website and clicking on contact us in the body of the information on the page.

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A blood drive is set for 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 1, 2 and 3 in the arena at the Campus Center at SUNY Oswego.

Parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 — go to oswego.edu/administration/parking.

For more information, call 312-2301.

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A chili, soup and salad luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 3 at the Oswego Center United Methodist Church.

The church is on County Route 7, Oswego.

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Palermo United Methodist Church is hosting a chicken and biscuit dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday April 3 in the church dining room.

For one low price, a family-style, all you can eat dinner will include chicken and gravy, biscuits, mashed potatoes, salad, vegetable, dessert and beverage.

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The 19-member ensemble of the U.S. Army Field Band will perform big band swing, bebop, Latin contemporary jazz, popular tunes and Dixieland selections from a variety of jazz greats, plus patriotic favorites and a salute to veterans in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. April 3 in the ballroom at Hewitt Union, SUNY Oswego.

Parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 — go to oswego.edu/administration/parking for more infomration.

Tickets are available at SUNY Oswego box offices, by calling 312-2141, and online ($3 online processing fee) at tickets.oswego.edu.

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Bob Moritz, chairman and senior partner of the U.S. accounting firm of PwC (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers) and a 1985 graduate of SUNY Oswego, will discuss “Global Trends and Your Role in a Sustainable Future” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the auditorium of the college’s Campus Center, Room 132.

The lecture will be webcast live at http://oswego.edu/academics/webcast.html.

Moritz, who earned an accounting degree at Oswego, is also a member of the PwC global network leadership team, which includes the senior partners from the network’s four largest territories.

Prior to July 2009, he served as the assurance leader of the U.S. firm from 2006 to 2009; and from 2004 to 2006 was the managing partner of the New York office and Metro Region.

He joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 1995. From 1998 to 2001, he served as the metro region financial services leader.

From 2001 to 2004, he led the financial services audit and business advisory practice, which includes the banking, capital markets, insurance, investment management and real estate sectors.

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Friends of the Hannibal Free Library will host a Book and Bake Sale to help offset some of the Hannibal Library’s needs for this coming year.

The event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday April 5 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday April 6 at the Community Center on Oswego Street.

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The Minetto History Buffs are hosting  Jim Farfaglia, author of “Of the Earth: Stories from Oswego County Muck Farms,” at 1 p.m. Wednesday April 9 at the Minetto Town Hall.

Farfaglia also has written “Fulton: The Stories From Our Past That Inspire Our Future” and a book of poems, “ People, Places & Things: The Powerful Nouns of My Life.” He co-authored “Camp Hollis-The Origins of Oswego County Children’s Camp “and offers workshops on writing, publishing and editing books.

Farfaglia will present a slideshow of Oswego County muck farms, the farmers and their families. A book signing and sale will follow and refreshments will be served.

All are welcome. For more information, contact Cathy Mulcahey at 343-4227 or Karen Capeling at 593-7853.

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The Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville, will be having a roast pork and dressing dinner at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

The menu will consist of roast pork, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, coleslaw, rolls and butter.  You may choose from a wide selection of homemade pies and other desserts.

Coffee, tea, Kool-Aid and water will also be available. The dinner is served family style.

The ladies from the church also have a variety of crafts and goodies for sale.  There is a large supply of used books available at reasonable prices.

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Rupert Racing is having a chicken barbecue and 50/50 drawing at noon, Saturday April 12 at Gorman’s Tavern, Hannibal Street, Fulton.

Dinners are a half chicken, cole slaw, salt potatoes and roll. A half chicken only also is available.

Entertainment will be provided by Millenium Music. The 50/50 drawing will be at 4 p.m. There also will be a silent auction.

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The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center will present a public program Poking About with Porcupines at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13.

At first glance, the North American porcupine may seem to have a carefree and leisurely approach to life. However, biological stress, natural predators and human interaction frame a different perspective of porcupine life.

Pat Carney, facilities naturalist, will talk about the natural history of this fascinating forest animal. Following the indoor presentation, there will be a hike through the spring woodlands to search for signs of porcupines and their activity. Dress for an early spring hike.

The fee is $3 per person with a family rate of $12. Children under the age of 3 are free.

The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center is located at 748 State Route 183 in Amboy, eastern Oswego County.

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There will be a planetarium show at 7 p.m. April 20 and 27 on the second floor of the Shineman Center at SUNY Oswego.

Limited seating: first-come, first-served. The event is free and includes parking in the Washington Boulevard lot (E15 or C15) or Campus Center lot off Centennial (E10).

For more information, call 312-2790.

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The annual Earth Day Expo and Oswego County GENIUS Olympiad will be April 22 at SUNY Oswego.

The Olympiad will feature high school environmental science projects. The Expo will feature an exhibition by SUNY Oswego’s sustainability team.

The event will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Shineman Center Nucleus and Wilber Hall.

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A symposium titled “Astrophysics for the New Century” is set for the SUNY Oswego campus April 25 and 26.

The 110th symposium of the joint meeting of the New York section of the American Physical Society and Astronomy Society of New York will feature talks on cutting-edge astronomy, including recent advances gleaned from Cassini, extra-solar planets, interstellar dust, multi-wavelength observations of planetary nebulae and cosmology.

There will be a banquet at 6 p.m. Friday open to the public with keynote talk on “Computational Astrophysics.”

For more information, call 312-2679 or email shashi.kanbur@oswego.edu.

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The 50th reunion of the Class of 1964 from Fulton High School will be held Aug. 15, 16 and 17.

The reunion committee is trying to locate the following classmates: James Kevin Howard, Kathleen Pyzdrowski Stevens, Becky Burns, Cheryl Travet, Jean Furlong Cole, Gary Weldin and Patricia Rondomanski Quinn.

To provide contact information, call or email Sharon Wardhaugh Flood at 593-7401 or sflood@twcny.rr.com

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A committee working to add to the New York State Fair’s daily parade is seeking input from the public as it designs a State Fair float to serve as the centerpiece of a reinvigorated event.

Designs and ideas for the float are being solicited by the committee, which is being headed up by a member of the State Fair Advisory Board.

The committee has reached out to some school and community groups to solicit design ideas. Any individual or group is welcome to submit design sketches.

Sketches received by April 1 will receive consideration. Those involved in creating a winning sketch will receive recognition during the parade along with admission to the Fair and parking passes.

Submissions can be sent to nysfair.entry@gmail.com.  More information about the requirements for submissions can be found at www.nysfair.org/contact-us/parade/.