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Fulton man charged with making meth

A 37-year-old Fulton man was arrested by Oswego police March 4 for a felony count of manufacturing methamphetamine in the third degree.

Ronald E. Recore, of 107 Highland St., Fulton, also was charged with a misdemeanor county of petit larceny for allegedly stealing a Rite Aid brand instant cold compress from the MidTown Plaza earlier in the day.

Oswego police said instant cold compresses contain ammonium nitrate, an ingredient used in the “one pot” method of making methamphetamine.

Recore was arrested after a car he was in was stopped by Oswego Police on East Ninth Street. As a safety precaution, East Ninth Street between East Bridge Street and East Cayuga Street was closed off to all traffic while Oswego City Fire Department stood by on scene.

Recore was being held in jail pending his arraignment. The investigation is continuing and further arrests are likely.

As always, Oswego City Police are asking anyone with information regarding this or any other illegal drug activity to contact them at 342-2283. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oswego City Police Departments tip-line at 342-8131, or email crimewatch@oswegony.org

Women’s History Month: Fascinating women in Fulton’s past

By Ashley M. Casey

Those looking to celebrate Women’s History Month need look no further than our own backyard.

With the help of Sue Lane from the Friends of History, The Valley News has uncovered some fascinating ladies who have called Fulton home.

 

Edna Skinner

Best known as Kay Addison on the classic TV show “Mister Ed,” actress Edna Skinner was born in Washington, D.C., May 23, 1921. Her family moved to Fulton, where her father Eugene was the president of Sealright Co.

As a child, Edna suffered from chronic asthma and was not expected to live to adulthood. Her health bounced back under the care of a Lake Placid doctor, and she went on to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

Edna starred as as Ado Annie in the original Broadway production “Oklahoma!” and signed a contract with MGM in 1946.

She also helped sell more than $5 million worth of war bonds to help fund the United States military in World War II.

In 1964, Edna retired from acting and became a world-renowned expert on fly fishing. She wrote more than 280 articles on the subject.

According to variety.com, Skinner “was employed by two fishing equipment manufacturers, for whom she and her companion of more than 40 years, photographer Jean Fish, traveled more than 485,000 miles on fishing trips and to various sports shows.”

Edna Skinner died of heart failure on Aug. 8, 2003, in North Bend, Ore.

 

Betty Ford

Before she became First Lady, Betty Bloomer married William Warren in 1942. The couple moved to Fulton, where William worked for Sealright as a salesman.

The Warrens lived at 409 E. Broadway for nearly a year. Their Fulton neighbors remembered them as “an attractive couple, fun-loving, and an asset to the community,” according to a 1976 newspaper clipping from the Friends of History.

Betty worked on a production line at Birdseye during her time in Fulton.

After five years of marriage, Betty and William divorced. In 1948, Betty married Gerald R. Ford, who became President of the United States upon the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974.

Betty famously struggled with addiction to alcohol and painkillers, which led her to found the Betty Ford Center to treat recovering addicts.

She died at age 93 of natural causes July 8, 2011, in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

 

Marion Dickerman and Nancy Cook

Fellow Syracuse University graduates and early 20th-century feminists Marion Dickerman and Nancy Cook rekindled their college friendship when they both taught at Fulton High School in the early 1900s.

The two women lived together for most of their adult lives and championed women’s causes, including the right to vote and fair labor legislation. They volunteered overseas during World War I, tending to wounded soldiers.

According to the March 24, 1919, edition of The Fulton Patriot, Dickerman spoke in front of the New York State League of Women Voters at a conference in Syracuse.

She was later chosen by the Democratic Party as the first female candidate for the New York State Legislature. She lost to Thaddeus Sweet of Phoenix, N.Y.

Cook was Dickerman’s campaign manager and served as executive secretary of the Women’s Division of the State Democratic Committee for 19 years.

Cook and Dickerman befriended Eleanor Roosevelt through their political activities and helped build the Stone Cottage at Val-Kill, which was part of Roosevelt’s Hyde Park, N.Y., estate.

The three women had a falling out in the late 1930s, but Dickerman and Cook continued to live at Val-Kill until the 1945 death of Eleanor’s husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Cook and Dickerman moved to New Canaan, Conn., where Dickerman was the educational programming director for the Marine Museum.

Cook passed away Aug. 16, 1962, and Dickerman died in Kennett Square, Pa., on May 16, 1983.

Rosario Licciardello, lettuce and onion farmer

Rosario Licciardello, a self-employed lettuce and onion farmer, passed away on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at his home.

He was 95.

The son of the late Gaetano Licciardello and Verda Cutuli Licciardello, he was born June 11, 1918 in New York City.

A veteran of WWII, Rosario served his county in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Marie, at home; children, Maria Nazarro and her husband Robert of Pine Bush, Richard Licciardello and his wife Sandra of Fulton, NY, Lauri Quigley and her husband John of Pine Bush, Howard Potter II and his wife Terri of Bath, NY, Scott Porter and his wife Sheila of Albany; sister Vita Chalone and husband Bart of Fulton, NY 16 grandchildren,  six great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Rosario is predeceased by his brother, Michael Licciardello and his sister; Sadie Malone.

Cremation will be private and at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will take place at a later date in the spring.

Arrangements are entrusted to the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc. www.wmgaganfuneralhome.com

Fairgrieve students honored for academic excellence

Fairgrieve Elementary School Principal Jean Ciesla recently recognized 118 students with Academic Excellence Awards.

The students were nominated by their classroom teachers based on their academic standing and outstanding behavior and attitude in the classroom.

The following kindergarten students received the Academic Excellence Award: Cayley Cunningham, William Duso, Benjamin Renfrew, Penelope Taylor, Julia Frataccia-Wavle, Casandra Guillaume, Jada Barnwell, Ayden Cusic, Jared Gardenier, Olivia Nesbitt, Devin Patchen, Kelsey Draughn, Audrina Mendez, Damien Drought, TeeJay Pagliaroli, and Giavonna Spano.

The following first-grade students received the Academic Excellence Award: Mya Carroll, Gabriella Mitchell, Trista Sullivan, Liam Crandall, Monae Fenty, Taylor Hull, Ashlyn Jimenez, Kaylee Mason, Logan Patchen, Deverick Reidell, Abigail Renner, Brookelynn Stewart, Jayce Wornick, Trevor Chappell, Joseph Cortini, Bailey DePoint, Adelaide McEachen, Dawson Reed, and Cristofer Rodriguez Barrios.

Second-graders honored with the Academic Excellence Award were: Richard LaGrow Jr., Ty Nesbitt, Nasir Noelm, Aiden Barriger, Karsen Conn, Ciara Dillingham, Joseph Frausto, Megan Gates, Alexa Halstead, Orissa Elson, Dominick Reidell, Kloe Bryan, Olivia Frataccia, Skyy Smith, Douglas VanSanford, Tristan Kent, Zoey Kerr, Dawson Krause, Andrew Mitchell, Carleigh Patterson, and Rylee Spencer.

The following third-grade students received the Academic Excellence Award: Sabrina Carvey, Trae Mitchell, Mandy Allen, Adon Heaney, Chelsey Latocha, Kayla McCraith, Alexis Pettit, Abigail Price, Ryan Carroll, Braeden DePoint, Nicholas Dunning, and William Patterson.

Fourth-grade students who received the Academic Excellence Award were: Matthew Breton, Caleb Crandall, Annyka Halligan, Rosiline Knoblock, Isabella Cary, Olivia Cunningham, Tiffany Macri, Kaden Reynnells, and Charles Stoutenger.

The following fifth-grade students received the Academic Excellence Award: Olivia Bush, Toni Gates, Kaylee Hutchins, Anthony Lucas, Alexa Patterson, Emily Sohoski, Noah Walter, Emma Weaver, Brandi Carr, Bryce Carroll, Anthony Epolito, Lauren Goss, Olivia Hawthorn, Caitlyn Warne, Braeci Clonch, Aryona DiGregorio, Olivia Forsyth, Kyleigh Halligan, Jaidyn Perry, and Morgan Zukowski.

Sixth-graders receiving the Academic Excellence Award were: Justice Carvey, Samuel Cary, Sean Flynn, Kyle Hotaling, Katie Hull, Alana White, Briana Coakley, JulieAnn Dunning, Alyssa Kurak, Sydney Lawson, Alexis Lighthall, Fiona McInnis, Samantha Perkin, Ronde Wood, Rebecca Bailey, Alexander Blaine, Hannah Bort, Brian Clark, Christopher Cross, Patrice Hudson, Christopher Prosenick, and Nevaeh Tucker.

What’s happening at the CNY Arts Center?

Get your game on in March…learn painting and drawing with local artist Bonnie McClellan.

A series of classes are being offered. They are:

Oil Painting: Lighthouse by the Sea — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 8, $34 (materials included), start with a blank canvas–leave with a finished painting!

Ink Drawing — 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 8, $10, learn the basics of drawing with ink.

Oil Painting: Lakeside Birches — 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, $29 (materials included), start with a blank canvas–leave with a finished painting!

Looking for children’s classes? There are classes and even private lessons. Register on line or at the arts center office. for more information, go to the website at www.cnyartscenter.com

Visit us at Arts in the heART gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton. The art center offices are located on the corner of Park and State Streets in Fulton – use the Park Street entrance.

Call the center at 592-3373.

Poetry Çorner

A Winter Truth, by Jim Farfaglia

 

Only after an Oswego County winter,

after our spirit has been buried deep,

 

can a rabbit hop onto a snow mound

and rise up on its hind legs

 

to nibble from the top branches

of a succulent shrub,

 

enjoying something so life-giving,

like that first sign of spring:

 

long dreamed of, but unreachable

without living through a long hard winter.

Willy Wonka Jr. takes the state March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23

After more than six weeks of rehearsals, the cast of Willy Wonka, Jr. prepares for the musical opening March 14 at CNY Arts Center, located in State Methodist Church at 357 State St. in Fulton.

The production, featuring more than 30 local children, will run for two weekends March 14, 15 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16, 22 and 23 at 3 p.m.

The production is led by theater professionals under the direction of Amy Price, with Adam Schmidtmann as assistant director, Gina Holsopple as music director, Nellica Rave as costume designer and John Gamble is the technical director.

“We’ve assembled the most exciting team of professionals for this production,” said Nancy Fox, executive director, “and audiences will see a spectacular show onstage in every aspect, all in support of these very young performers with limited stage experience.”

“Countless parent volunteers are also helping with everything from lumber and labor to painting and props, to press photography and corporate contributions and will even assist with ‘kid wrangling’ during the performance run ensuring every child has a positive experience,” Fox said. “There is no other way to have a production of this size without the generous help of parent volunteers.”

The junior musical, based on Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, the leading producer of children’s versions of popular musicals.

In this junior version, words and music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, with stage adaptation by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald, present the same performance material in dialogue and music but accommodates immature voices with appropriate vocal ranges, adapted choreography and overall shorter in length.

Ticket sales are already brisk and reservations are encouraged at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Tickets can also be purchased from any Willy Wonka parent or at Arts in the Heart Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton, or at the Arts Center at 357 State St. church through the Park Street entrance, or call 592-3373 for reservations.

 

Arts group helps local author

Board members of the Best Development of the Arts presented local author Craig Abbott a check to help him toward funding his dream of getting his autobiography published.

Abbott, 24, lives in Fulton, and is thought to be the oldest survivor of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type-1 who is not connected to a ventilator for life support. Doctors originally doubted that he would live past the age of 2.

Abbott and his co-author, Joe Abbate (also of Fulton) have been working for almost three years on the autobiography and are contacting publishers in the hopes that it will receive mass distribution. They are planning a presentation where they will speak and sign books on May 4. The event will take place at the William Michael Center for the Arts, 4 Harold Drive, Fulton.