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Fulton’s 2015 Veteran of the Year named

By Nicole Shue
The Fulton Veterans Council has named John Young, Commander at the American Legion Post 587, its 2015 Veteran of the Year.
Young grew up in Gouverneur, about two hours north of Fulton. He had six uncles who were WWII veterans, but initially hadn’t given much thought to his own career path. That is, until a friend casually asked him to join the Air Force.

John Young
John Young

“We were at a county fair with our girlfriends and my buddy said hey let’s go sign up for the Air Force, I’ll pick you up in the morning,” Young said.
Young attended college for one year before starting basic training in San Antonio, Texas. From there, he attended a 12-week radar operator school in Mississippi.
Joining “Charlie Crew,” Young was a part of a 40-person team that controlled the border from a radar station in West Germany. At the height of the Cold War, searching the skies made for a highly strenuous job.
Young remembers the day his crew was put on high alert following the shooting of President John F. Kennedy.
“I was in the barracks playing cards when the sirens went off,” said Young. “We grabbed our weapons and headed to the NATO Operations Center.”
Communication during the 1960s was much different than what it is in the military today.

The Fulton Veterans Council has named John Young, who served as a radar operator during the Cold War, as its 2015 Veteran of the Year. Young (right) is pictured with a friend at Langerkopf Radar Station in West Germany during the summer of 1963.
The Fulton Veterans Council has named John Young, who served as a radar operator during the Cold War, as its 2015 Veteran of the Year. Young (right) is pictured with a friend at Langerkopf Radar Station in West Germany during the summer of 1963.

“There were a lot of unknowns,” said Young.
It was a few days before his crew learned the details surrounding the president’s death.
Young returned home after three years in West Germany, and began working for General Motors. He retired from Goulds Pumps Incorporated in Auburn.
Young has held the title of Commander at Post 587 for the past five years. He is also the Service Officer for the Fulton Veterans Council. He is responsible for ordering the flags for the city’s local VFW and American Legion. The flags placed on the grave markers of veterans, laid to rest in Fulton’s seven cemeteries, are also Young’s work.
In his spare time, Young has also given people rides to the VA Medical Center for their appointments, and helped deliver Christmas gifts to the families of hospitalized vets.
Young was surprised at the honor of being nominated Veteran of the Year, having only been a resident of the county for a decade.
“There are a great group of veterans in this city. I wish that more of our community shared in our ceremonies for veterans,” said Young. “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about that place and those guys.”

Friends of Oswego County Hospice to host regatta, walk/run June 7

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Friends of Oswego County Hospice’s premier fundraising event -- the Oswego County Hospice Cup Regatta and 5K Walk/Run for Hope. Last year, the event raised nearly $27,000 in 2013 and in the past 14 years, it has raised more than $275,000 to support Oswego County Hospice patients and their families. On Saturday June 7, the event filled-day will recognize 25 years of Oswego County Hospice’s comprehensive, supportive services to patients and families at the end of life and throughout the grieving process. Thousands of patients and families in Oswego County have been fortunate enough to receive this first-rate, compassionate care from Hospice’s team of nurses, social workers, bereavement coordinators, volunteers, nutritionists, pastoral/spiritual care, home health aides and physical/occupational therapists. The Regatta events kick off with the 5K Walk/Run for Hope, sponsored by Harbor Pharmacy. Anyone interested in participating can register at ezracereg.com. Registrations will also be accepted on race day. The Walk/Run for Hope is at 8:30 a.m., starting and finishing at the Wright’s Landing pavilion. Sailing races on Lake Ontario get underway at 10 a.m. at the Oswego Yacht Club. Major sponsors for this year are Exelon Generation, Entergy, PathFinder Bank, Kinney Drugs Foundation, NBT Bank, the Richard S. Shineman Foundation and NRG. Shown after a planning session for the regatta at the Oswego Yacht Club are, front, Suzan Segal of the Oswego Yacht Club; Lauren Pistel of the Shineman Foundation, Rhonda Hutchins of Pathfinder Bank and Debbie Bishop, Friend of Oswego County Hospice. Back row is Donna Moonan, NRG, Jim Feeney of Entergy, Jack Palmer of Kinney Drugs, Jamie Branshaw of Harbor Pharmacy and Barb Bateman of NBT Bank. The children are Abigail Bianco, standing, and Olivia Dorsey, being held.  Valley News photo by Debra J. Groom
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Friends of Oswego County Hospice’s premier fundraising event — the Oswego County Hospice Cup Regatta and 5K Walk/Run for Hope. Last year, the event raised nearly $27,000 in 2013 and in the past 14 years, it has raised more than $275,000 to support Oswego County Hospice patients and their families. On Saturday June 7, the event filled-day will recognize 25 years of Oswego County Hospice’s comprehensive, supportive services to patients and families at the end of life and throughout the grieving process. Thousands of patients and families in Oswego County have been fortunate enough to receive this first-rate, compassionate care from Hospice’s team of nurses, social workers, bereavement coordinators, volunteers, nutritionists, pastoral/spiritual care, home health aides and physical/occupational therapists. The Regatta events kick off with the 5K Walk/Run for Hope, sponsored by Harbor Pharmacy. Anyone interested in participating can register at ezracereg.com. Registrations will also be accepted on race day. The Walk/Run for Hope is at 8:30 a.m., starting and finishing at the Wright’s Landing pavilion. Sailing races on Lake Ontario get underway at 10 a.m. at the Oswego Yacht Club. Major sponsors for this year are Exelon Generation, Entergy, PathFinder Bank, Kinney Drugs Foundation, NBT Bank, the Richard S. Shineman Foundation and NRG. Shown after a planning session for the regatta at the Oswego Yacht Club are, front, Suzan Segal of the Oswego Yacht Club; Lauren Pistel of the Shineman Foundation, Rhonda Hutchins of Pathfinder Bank and Debbie Bishop, Friend of Oswego County Hospice. Back row is Donna Moonan, NRG, Jim Feeney of Entergy, Jack Palmer of Kinney Drugs, Jamie Branshaw of Harbor Pharmacy and Barb Bateman of NBT Bank. The children are Abigail Bianco, standing, and Olivia Dorsey, being held.

Valley News photo by Debra J. Groom

Drawing benefits church anniversary

Pictured above is Harold Porter purchasing a ticket for a hand-made quilt donated by Barbara Gifford.  The proceeds from the sales will go toward the Hannibal United Methodist Church’s 175th Celebration/Revival being planned for 11 a.m. June 22 with an outdoor revival-type service under the tent. Period reenactors and other dignitaries will participate. Following the worship service, a light lunch will be provided followed by guest musicians and recognitions. To purchase tickets, contact any church member or call 564-5412.
Pictured above is Harold Porter purchasing a ticket for a hand-made quilt donated by Barbara Gifford. The proceeds from the sales will go toward the Hannibal United Methodist Church’s 175th Celebration/Revival being planned for 11 a.m. June 22 with an outdoor revival-type service under the tent. Period reenactors and other dignitaries will participate. Following the worship service, a light lunch will be provided followed by guest musicians and recognitions. To purchase tickets, contact any church member or call 564-5412.

Sunrise Rotarians learn benefits of massage

At a recent Sunrise Rotary meeting, Rotarian Linda Rossiter, left, introduced Donna DuBois-Taylor, a registered nurse and licensed massage therapist. DuBois-Taylor works for the Oswego County Health Department as an RN and in her Fulton business as a massage therapist. She described various methods of massage and how very important therapeutic massage can be to most people. She studied oncology massage and works on occasion with Hospice patients. She can be reached at 402-0111. The Sunrise Rotary meets at 7 a.m. each Friday at Fulton’s Riverside Inn.
At a recent Sunrise Rotary meeting, Rotarian Linda Rossiter, left, introduced Donna DuBois-Taylor, a registered nurse and licensed massage therapist. DuBois-Taylor works for the Oswego County Health Department as an RN and in her Fulton business as a massage therapist. She described various methods of massage and how very important therapeutic massage can be to most people. She studied oncology massage and works on occasion with Hospice patients. She can be reached at 402-0111. The Sunrise Rotary meets at 7 a.m. each Friday at Fulton’s Riverside Inn.

Historical Fulton, N.Y.

This adorable photo shows the former Falley Seminary sometime in the 1890s. According to research done by the Friends of History at the Pratt House in Fulton, the school opened in 1836 as Fulton Female Seminary and was run by the Presbyterian Church. In 1842, it allowed boys to attend and changed its name to Fulton Academy. In 1849, the Presbyterians sold it so the Methodists and it was renamed Falley Seminary after a well-to-do Fultonian, George Falley. He gave the Methodists $4,000 to buy the building. The school was at its height of glory in the 1860s. In 1869, a man named Mr. Gilmour became the principal there and remained until the school closed in 1883. His wife, Mrs. Gilmour, lived there until she died in 1901. The building was torn down in 1922. The seminar, a boarding school, was on the site of the present Education Center on Fourth Street. This photo shows some children putting on a mock wedding with the old seminary building as a backdrop.  Photo courtesy of fultonhistory.com
This adorable photo shows the former Falley Seminary sometime in the 1890s. According to research done by the Friends of History at the Pratt House in Fulton, the school opened in 1836 as Fulton Female Seminary and was run by the Presbyterian Church. In 1842, it allowed boys to attend and changed its name to Fulton Academy. In 1849, the Presbyterians sold it so the Methodists and it was renamed Falley Seminary after a well-to-do Fultonian, George Falley. He gave the Methodists $4,000 to buy the building. The school was at its height of glory in the 1860s. In 1869, a man named Mr. Gilmour became the principal there and remained until the school closed in 1883. His wife, Mrs. Gilmour, lived there until she died in 1901. The building was torn down in 1922. The seminar, a boarding school, was on the site of the present Education Center on Fourth Street. This photo shows some children putting on a mock wedding with the old seminary building as a backdrop.
Photo courtesy of fultonhistory.com