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Turning the Calendar

by Jim Farfaglia

Turning the Calendar


Today we climb aboard another month

and survey its uncharted waters,

ready to begin our voyage

on this shipful of promising days:


the watertight Monday-through-Fridays,

those smooth-sailing weekends,

and, off in the distance,

the high peaks of holidays

and harbor lights of the moon’s phases.


The ship’s captain has already logged

the port stops of doctor appointments

and eagerly-awaited destinations

of passengers’ birthdays,

landmarks we’d be wise to watch for

if we want this to be a smooth ride…


all the way to our journey’s end,

where we’ll dock just one night,

waiting for the next wave

to flip us up and over


into a new month.

Light In The Darkness: May 1, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” — Colossians 1:13-14

The word “redeem” simply means to recover something, usually by paying a price. To redeem something costs something.

It also carries the idea of ownership and implies the restoration of something that has been forfeited, pawned, stolen or lost. That which is redeemed is restored to its rightful owner.

Jesus said in Luke 19: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.”

We know that He came to redeem mankind but the little word that implies Jesus is not speaking only of men but of something else as well and it is not difficult to identify just what that is.

We have only to refer back to Genesis to know what was lost. When we do, we find that two things were lost when Adam ate the fruit of the forbidden tree.  They resulted in the death of man both spiritually and physically.

Those two things were fellowship with the Creator and the moral power to live holy lives. The loss of moral power for righteous living made communion with the Father impossible.

These are the things Christ died to redeem. The actual outworking of that redemption would be accomplished by the indwelling Holy Spirit sent at Pentecost.  He restores consistent obedience as we walk in the Spirit, thus insuring unbroken communion with the Father.

The two are inseparable. Obedience is possible only in the Spirit and communion with God results.

One of the things it seems we have forgotten in this modern age is that man’s sin did not in any way change the requirements of the moral law.

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Bodley’s Got Talent raises $1,462

Bodley-RothrockKate_Wby Kate Rothrock

Can you believe it is May already? Time is flying by! Not to mention May and June are busy months. Prom, AP tests, senior day, senior dinner dance, and last but not least graduation are all soon!

Prom is in just three days!  Prom, called “Under the Stars,” will start at 7 p.m. at the American Foundry in Oswego. To anyone that is going, have fun and be safe. It will be a night to remember!

What a better way to start off prom day by taking the SATs this Saturday. Good luck to anyone taking them!

Seniors! There are tons of scholarships available in the guidance office and due dates are soon! Don’t miss out on the chance to apply for free money for college! Every little bit helps.

Seniors, also mark your calendars for Senior Dinner Dance June 14. This event will be from 6 to 11 p.m. at Wysocki’s Manor in Cicero.

“Bodley’s Got Talent” raised $1,462 to go to three charities. The profit will be split between the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hope for Ariang and Habitat for Humanity Oswego County Chapter.

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Days after a tragic event

by Roy Hodge

During all that has been going on since the chaos of the Marathon bombing in Boston, I have been thinking about another tragic event that played out over several days during the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

President Kennedy was fatally shot by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas while in a motorcade with his wife, Jacqueline, and Texas Governor John Connally and his wife.

As well as the assassination itself, other prime stories developed, and like the assassination, some of them were shown live on television. We were glued to our television sets from Friday afternoon until after JFK’s state funeral on Monday and beyond.

Dallas Police Department Officer J. D. Tippit, according to the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assassinations, was shot and killed by Oswald less than an hour after the assassination of President Kennedy.

On Sunday, two days after assassinating President Kennedy and Officer Tippit, Oswald was being led through the basement of Dallas Police Headquarters while being transferred to the county jail when local nightclub operator Jack Ruby stepped from the crowd and shot Oswald.

Ruby was convicted of Oswald’s murder, appealed his conviction and death sentence and was granted a new trial. As the date for his new trial was being set he became ill and died of lung cancer.

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“Sweet Caroline” is a soft rock song which was written and performed by Neil Diamond and officially released on June 28, 1969. In a 2007 interview, Diamond revealed that the inspiration for “Sweet Caroline” was President John F. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, who was eleven years old at the time.

Diamond sang the song to her at her 50th birthday celebration in 2007.

“Sweet Caroline” has been played at Boston’s Fenway Park since at least 1997, and has been played in the middle of the eighth inning since 2002.

April 16, 2013, the day after the Boston Marathon bombing, the New York Yankees, longtime Red Sox rivals, announced that they would play the song during their home game, preceded by a moment of silence.

Major League ball parks around the U.S. paid tribute to those affected by the Marathon bombings by playing “Sweet Caroline” over the loud speakers at their ball parks.

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New grandchild

Leon Archer
Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

I drove by a restaurant just a few days ago and saw a sign advertising Bullhead dinners and I was almost tempted to stop.

I hope it wasn’t a mistake. I expect to catch my own in a week or so, but a side trip to Seattle was in the cards first, so Mr. Whiskers will be safe from me for a few more days.

I did stop at Greene Point up on Sandy Pond to see what the rquirements were for launching a boat there and I inquired about the bullhead fishing. The owner said that they hadn’t been biting much and that even the crappie fishing was sort of slow.

I did get the information I needed about launching after closing hours and I wasn’t upset by the fishing report seeing as how I wouldn’t be hitting the water just yet anyway.

Ever since my father died years ago, my fishing at Sandy Pond became a lot more sporadic. Dad used to call me just about every good afternoon during the spring bullhead run to see if I could make the run up to go fishing.

Unless I had other commitments, I usually gave Sweet Thing a kiss and loaded up my gear and spent the evening with my Dad.

I truly believe there was something special, almost magical, about those evenings we spent together. I know I always came away with a whole lot more than fish.

Now here we are just a half a week from turkey season and I know that you turkey hunters are itching to have at them. I’ve heard a couple birds, but I won’t get out until May 5th at least, so maybe one of you will beat me to them. I know, I know, what is so important that it keeps me out of the woods? It’s a fair question so I’ll fill you in.

My son, Ben, and his wife, Meghan, became first time parents less than two weeks ago. Sweet Thing and I had been planning to go out and get our hands on our new grandchild as soon as we could and thus our current trip to Seattle.

Beckett Hunter Archer was born April 16, 2013, and the little guy weighed in at seven pounds and 13 ounces. After seeing him, I have to tell you he is a keeper. He looks a lot like his father did when he came into the world. I tell Ben that Beckett looks a lot like me, only younger and with darker hair, but mostly he looks like himself.

So while you lucky people are out harassing the turkeys, I’ll be patting and rocking one good looking baby any time I can get him away from grandma.

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Taxi stand

JerryHoganKasperek_Wby Jerry Kasperek

Out shopping one Sunday afternoon, Ed and I bumped into Eugene “Sonny” Huard: “How did you ever forget Sully’s?” he greeted me with.

You know, Sully’s, the old bar off West Broadway!

“Of course, I remember it!” I said — now that you mention it — “It was on a side street behind the west side Fire Station.”

Well, there was nothing to do but to look it up in the 1953 City Directory. Its address was 259 West Seventh Street; William D. Sullivan and his wife Eva were the proprietors; and its correct title was Sully’s Inn.

And, as its faithful patrons fondly recall, it was a favorite “watering hole” for locals who needed to be refreshed by a couple of beers and a few friendly faces and, according to Sonny, “There was chicken, too!”

I got a call from Al Myhill, the decorated WWII veteran who will be honored at Fulton’s annual Memorial Day Salute Parade. He said the taxi stand I wrote about was owned by his in-laws, Earl Pealow and his wife and that he drove taxi for them.

Their fleet consisted of a white Dodge and two Plymouths. Taxi service was mostly around the city, 50 cents a trip, but would go outside of the city for a couple of bucks if asked to. They put chains on the taxis in the winter because there was no such thing as snow tires.

Al recalled Policeman Tom Alnutt on his beat stopping by the taxi stand.

Coincidentally, Tom Alnutt, owner of Riverside Auto, also called me. He said his parents Tom and Mabel Alnutt owned the taxi stand when he was a child.

And, my good friend Ellie Roach Pryor told me as a teenager she filled in for her father answering the phone at the stand. Who knew!

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