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Educate on the Holocaust

After reading the article about Arlene Laut’s class at Hannibal Central School on the Holocaust and Genocide, I want to commend her on her commitment to educate our youth and let no one ever forget that horrific era of history.

It’s too bad that more educators do not have the same conviction as Arlene Laut.

More people need to remember and re-educate themselves and others on how the Holocaust was allowed to occur.

It started with government propaganda in schools’ curriculum, then with complacency of the citizens. They were disarmed, new relentless regulations and restrictions were brutally forced upon targeted citizens, with no recourse against the lawless government.

As Ms. Laut said, the phrase “Never Again’ is not true. Citizens must forever be constantly vigilant of the activities of government and other forces.

Diane Gardner

Fulton

 More on the Holocaust

Congratulations to Hannibal High School special education teacher Arlene Laut, the Hannibal Board of Education and Hannibal Central School District for the design and implementation of the college-level course for 11th- and 12th-graders in Holocaust and Genocide studies.

One goal of Ms. Laut is to educate the students in this subject which students may have limited knowledge of, and her belief that, “….if people don’t teach it, it’s going to disappear.” If Ms. Laut continues to teach this class to Hannibal students, I dare say the atrocities that occurred in Europe during WWII and the genocides that continue to arise in Rwanda, Sudan and Armenia will be remembered by the students decades from now.

Unlike traditional history classes where students learn from textbooks and teacher lectures, Ms. Laut’s multi-dimensional class includes learning tools such as listening to survivor testimonials, visiting out-of-town Holocost museums, reading books written by concentration camp survivors, watching documentaries and Hollywood movies, group discussions in the classroom, writing and project-based learning.

I congratulate the District for making the decision to offer such a progressive, innovative class to our students, thus giving them a taste of the style of learning used in exceptional colleges, and enriching their total high school educational experience. The classes that encourage students to think on their own and be aware of social injustice are the types of classes that make a difference and empower students to form a lifelong interest in social responsibility.

Keep up the good work, Hannibal High School. The community appreciates your achievements.

Laura H. Bishop

Hannibal

 

 

Hodgepodge, by Roy Hodge

Grandma’s House

Our house was one block from my grandparents’ house when I was growing up, so it seems like I split my time almost evenly between home and Grandma’s.

I knew every inch of Grandma’s house frontwards and backwards. When my brother and sister were with me at Grandma’s, we played “hide and seek” and I always had a favorite hiding place – and I don’t think that the other “hiders” and “seekers” ever discovered it.

My hiding place was inside Grandma’s “broom closet,” a narrow closet which, when the door was shut, looked like it was just another cupboard in the kitchen, filled with bottles, jars and boxes on shelves; but, as far as I was concerned, it was a neat place to hide among the brooms and dust mops.

One of my favorite spots in Grandma’s house was in the “cellar,” a place called the “coal bin.” Many older homes, including ours, as well as my grandparents’, included a space in the basement which in the not so distant past was used to store the coal which was shoveled into the nearby furnace several times each day.

When the coal bin wasn’t needed any longer to store coal it became a convenient little play space.

Another interesting place in the cellar was the nook, or was it a cranny, properly known as the fruit cellar. That little room had several shelves to store the fruits and vegetables that were put there during canning season, but was more useful to us kids as another hiding place.

Two floors and several stairs away, there was another part of my grandparents’ house which was a neat place for us kids to play in.

The attic was cleverly disguised as a closet in one of the  upstairs bedrooms, which made it a handy play room or hiding place.

And, don’t forget the cellar door.  While the cellars (or basements) of most houses were accessible by doors from inside the house there also were doors from outside the house at ground level, which lifted up to reveal stairs going down from the backyard into the house.

Those steps were necessary for grandmas and mothers to have a direct route to the clothesline in the backyard on laundry day, and, they provided another good place to hide.

Grandma’s house – it was such a great place for playing and hiding in the “good old days.”

Bargains – 1901 Style

I have been looking through some pre-Christmas issues of The Fulton Patriot from December 1901.

According to the paper’s front page, 1901 was the 65th year of publishing for The Patriot. The particular issue I was reading was the 50th of the year and was published for and distributed to Fulton and Oswego Falls, the village which occupied the west side of the bridges, across the river from Fulton.

The front page of that issue included a large picture of Santa Claus visiting and distributing gifts to two little girls on Christmas Eve.

Filling the rest of the page – the columns around and under the large photo – was an advertisement for  the J. L. Jones Store, 30 First St.,, Fulton.  The advertising was headlined “Jones’ Bulletin for Christmas” and “Our Goods Are Just As We Say They Are.”

Among items advertised were jewelry – bracelets from 15 cents to $2.50, and brooches and stick pins, from 29 cents to $3.00.

There also were sterling novelties – toothbrushes, nail files, etc.; leather goods – ladies card cases and purses, files, etc.; leather goods – ladies card cases and purses, and men’s wallets and card cases, 25 cents to $5.

Also advertised were men’s hosiery, handkerchiefs for ladies and men, gloves, neckwear, umbrellas and a full boys’ department.

Other advertisers in the Christmas issue included R. E. Phillips Drug Store, 5 S. First St., Fulton, which featured “All Nice, New, Clean Goods;” the Miller and Bogardus Grocery and Provisions Supply House, 108 Oneida St.,; and the Frank W. Lasher Store, on First Street, Fulton. They carried books and games for boys and girls, mechanical toys, fancy china and many other “Holiday Gifts.”

A Busy City

Also during that time, the city seemed to be alive with a full schedule of social events with the Maccabees, Fulton Tent, the Knights of Pythias, the Sons of Veterans, G.A.R., American Mechanics Lodge, the Lodge of Modern Woodmen, and the Grange planning events.

Lots going on, but remember, there was no television.

In the news department, the new Fulton-Oswego Falls Bridge across the Oswego River had recently been completed at a cost of $120,000.

As far as insightful information, the pages of that issue of The Fulton Patriot offered . . . “A Christmas Fact” – The future has a golden tinge; the past, too, may seem pleasant; But just about the Christmastide, There’s nothing like the present.”

Or, this . . . “Origin of Mince Pie – English plum pudding and mince pies both owe their origin, or are supposed to, to an occurrence attendant upon the birth of Christ.

“The highly seasoned ingredients refer to the offering of spices, frankincense and myrrh by the wise men of the East to the Christ Child.” – New York World.

It was a Merry Christmas, 1901 style.

. . . Roy Hodge

Attorney general warns of computer scam

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman Tuesday issued a warning to New Yorkers based on numerous complaints received by his office from consumers who have been contacted recently by scam artists posing as representatives of Microsoft or an organization allegedly affiliated with Microsoft, such as P.C. Solutions.

In some cases, the callers will even spoof the telephone’s Caller ID to identify the source as “Windows Support.”

The scam artists attempt to gain remote access to consumers’ computers by claiming their units are running slowly because they are infected with malware or viruses or need additional software, which the scam artists offer to remedy.

After gaining access, scammers are able to extract a fee – as much as $300 – by obtaining credit card information over the phone, or by directing consumers to enter PayPal, bank or credit card information on a website the scammers control.

“Consumer fraudsters come in all shapes and sizes, from false advertisers and illegal pet sellers, to identity thieves and predatory lenders. Unfortunately, we can now add scammers posing as computer experts to that list,” said Schneiderman. “There are simple, easy steps New Yorkers can take to identify these calls and avoid becoming victims of this increasingly prevalent scam.”

The scammers first walk consumers through various steps on their computers to display Microsoft’s event viewer log, which contains a log of red-marked “errors,” yellow “warnings” and other events that have occurred on the computer. Such events are usually inconsequential notifications and are not evidence of a virus.

However, the con artists claim they demonstrate that the PC is corrupted and will sustain further damage or be susceptible to “hacking” if additional action is not taken.

The consumer is then given instructions that ultimately allow the scam artist to access the computer remotely. Once the perpetrators gain access, they typically advise consumers that they must pay a fee, which can be as much as $300, to have the problems corrected or their Microsoft warranty extended. The scammers collect payment by obtaining consumers’ credit card information over the phone, or by directing consumers to fraudulent websites to enter credit card, PayPal, or other personal or financial information online.

The perpetrators appear to be operating from overseas and often speak with heavy foreign accents.

If you get such a call, hang up. Do not give out passwords or any financial information.

Oswego Lions host wine, beer tasting and auction

The Oswego Lions Club will hold its 16th annual Wine and Beer tasting with silent auction from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 21 at the American Foundry in Oswego.

Pre-sale tickets are $15 and at the door the night of the event they are $20. Pre-sale tickets are available at Cakes Galore or from any Lions Club member. Each person will be provided a complimentary wine glass or beer mug at the door.

“The Oswego Lions Club is looking forward to the Wine and Beer tasting with silent auction again this year,” said Mike Henderson, president of the local chapter of Lions International. “The event has truly become one that the entire community looks forward to each March.”

The popular silent auction will include many donated items from businesses throughout the area. If businesses would like to donate a silent auction item you may do so by calling Karen Hammond at 342-0043 or Bob Bateman at 342-9866.

“We appreciate the donations that the many local businesses within the community donate each year,” said Hammond.  “The business owners and managers continue to recognize the important role our club maintains within this community, and their donations and sponsorships show their commitment.”

Call Hammond or Bateman with questions and/or to purchase tickets. For additional information, visit the Oswego Lions Club web site at oswegolionsclub.com or Oswego Lions Club Facebook page.

All proceeds of the event will benefit The Oswego Lions Club and their active role within, and contributions to the community.

Joshua Brown, “Superman” to the Brown family

On the 17th of February, 2014, Joshua “Superman” Brown, 16, of Oswego, left us and went to Heaven to become an Angel.

He had a smile that would stop any tear from falling and when he hugged you, he made you feel like everything was going to be alright. Josh was the most selfless person anyone could ever meet.

He leaves behind his loving parents, Stacey Croci, Dominique Croci and John Ford; a brother, Andrew Knapp; three sisters, Airyona, Luvlee and Angel Croci; loving grandparents, Virginia Smith, John Valero; Debra and Mike Hunter, Tom and Ruby Brown; as well as several cousins, aunts, uncles and loving friends.

Joshua is our Superman and is now our Superangel.

Calling hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 (today) with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Joshua may be made to the Golisano Children’s Hospital c/o Upstate Medical University Foundation, 750 E. Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210.

Henry James Bonnie, avid outdoorsman

Henry James Bonnie, 72, of Fulton, passed away Sunday Feb. 16 at Oswego Hospital.

Hank was a life time resident of the Fulton area. He had retired from the City of Fulton and had also worked at Battle Island Golf Course.

He was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church and was an avid outdoorsman.

He was predeceased by his parents, Francis and Eva Bonnie and siblings, Francis “Butch” Bonnie and Jeanette Cocopoti.

Hank is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Betsy Miller; children, Kimberly Jo (Rodger) Wooding, Bonnie Bea (Mark) Bonnie-Billion, Henry Jay Bonnie and Billijo Lee (Todd) Blair; sisters, Keitha and Dorothy; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday Feb. 22 (today) at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 2819 County Route 45, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Fund, 2996 County Route 45, Fulton, NY 13069.

Dillon Middle School names academic ‘stars’

Students receiving gold star and silver star status have been named at Dillon Middle School in Phoenix.

A gold star is achieved by having a quarterly average of 90 or higher; a silver star designates students whose marking period averages range from 85.00 to 89.99.

An “incomplete” or failing grade in any subject precludes receiving a Gold or Silver Star for the marking period.

Here is the list:

Grade 5 Gold Stars

Isabella Allen, Shay Altman, Shayna Applebee, Christopher AuClair, Amaya Baker, Nicholas Bartlett, Ashleigh Besaw, Natalie Brown, Kelsie Burgess, Chloe Calkins, Cameron Cerul, Hannah Charleston, Emma Clark, Tabitha Clark, Alexander Coons, Sophia Crandall, Abigail Czyz, Brielle DeRoberts, Hailey Fredericks, Francesca Goodell, Noah Gordon, Cierra Harvey, Mattison Hess, Nathan Kosakowski and Patricia Lamach.

Also: Alivia Lamphere, Miranda LaRobardiere, Jacob Larocque, Jock Li, Tori-Lenn Loosen, Owen Lytle, Zack Mills, Joslyn Mintonye, Garret Morrissiey, Kylie Mulcahey, Alex Olschewske, Andrew Quinn, Lily Roberts, William Semanchuk-Enser, Aiden Southworth, Isabella Stacy, Liam Sweeney, Benjamin Thibault, Corinne Thibault, Zoie Tracy, Melody Trask, Sophia Trinca, Aidan Trumble, Thomas Uhl and Mason Watkins.

Grade 5  Silver Stars

Gracie Altman, Jonathen Bell, Hunter Biondolillo, Haley Bowersox, Sara Brunell, Kaelyn Cartwright, Kolby Costello, Dylan DeBarth, Alexis Dryer, Alivia Eusepi, Emma Fatcheric, Ethan Fox, Alexis Gambocorto, Amanda Justian, Lillyann Kingsbury, Elizabeth Lamach, Dylan Loveless, Danielle Loy, Nicholas Merriett, Robert Minard, Rocco Mistico and Ariell Monaghan.

Also: Victoria O’Connor, Joseph Palmer, Morgan Petrie, Kara Pierce, Imari Piscitelli, Tyler Redhead, Holt Reed, Keaton Renfrew, Connor Roberts, Katrina Smith, Garrett Strang, Caitlyn Sutkus, Carl Weller, Molly Werth and Courtney Worden

Grade 6 Gold Stars

Violet Ameele, Grace Arnold, Cade Bacon, Garrett Bowman, Matthew Doane, Elisabeth Dona, Darren Fischel, Alexandra Galle, Caitlin George, Hailey Goudy, Allison Grabowski, Adam Hahn, Cassadee Handville, Samantha Harrison, Keera Hazen, Andrew Hemingway and Madison Kalt.

Also: Katelyn Kenner-Carbonaro, Jena Klimaszewski, Zaya Koegel, Brigid Lawless, Tina Li, Anthony McCann, Savanah Neupert, Skyler Patnode, Jillian Ricard, Vanessa Rivera, Leah Schlachter, McKenna Squier, Jacob St. Laurent, Daniel St. Phillips, Sarah Thorn, Nicole Tulowiecki, Teresa Uhl, Grace Vestigo and Seth Watkins

Grade 6 Silver Stars

Emma Allers, Riley Belknap, Rachel Blake, Bryce Bobbett, Mason Bresett, Jadan Bruno, Alexis Capenos, Danielle Case, Jeffrey Cooper, Michael Dion, Camron Fordyce, Samuel Guthrie and Nicholas Harrington.

Also: Brianna Horn, Carly Ingerson, Paige Isabell, Laila Jones, Lauren Kraft, Julianna Lewis, Joshua Lovins, Chloe Lytle, Christian McKay, Alexandria Mills, Joseph Murphy, Gregory Ojiem, Taylor Petrie, Aubrianna Renfrew, Lilly Salotto, Briana Schreffler, Alan Seever, Ayden Slack, Tamika Stobart and Nicholas Vaverchak

Grade 7 Gold Stars

Annabelle Adams, Gabriella Allen, Kearra Backus, Marcus Berube, Eric Betts, Erika Brown, Gianna DeRoberts, Brianna Gates, Hannah Gilbert, Xander Harrison, Declan Hawthorne, Kimber Hendrix, Megan Hess, Emilie Hilliard, Morgan Johnson, Ashley Kenner-Carbonaro, Danielle LeFebvre, Wendy Li and Ashley Margrey.

Also: John Matzke V, Alayna Merrill, Olivia Ripley, Kristine Rowe, Mairin Sgroi, Mariah Sheirer, Joshua Smith, Crystal Stobart, Olivia Thrall, Joshua VanGorder, Garrett Watkins, Edward Zellar, Natasha Zody

Grade 7 Silver Stars

Jason Alberici, Justin Alberici, Maggie-Lee Basile, Madison Bird, Daniel Braun, Cole Britton, Christopher Caltabiano, Abigail Clark, Alexandra Collins, Hannah Edwards, Allison Ernestine, Matthew Francis, Robert Fredericks, Hans Goodnow, Johnna Harke, Caroline Harrington, Courtney Holland, Hunter Jewell, Christian Johnson, Jeffrey Lamach and Trevor LaRobardiere.

Also: Ross McFarland, Emmalie McIntyre, Riley Munger, Michaela Murdie, Leo Murray Jr., Makayla Newvine, Makenzie Nodine, Dakota Palocy, Caytlyn Prikcett, Gabriel Rebensky, Hannah Root, Hannah Sallis, Payton Scruton, Ty Simpson, Gavin Trask and Mark Zogg

Grade 8 Gold Stars

Dixon Ameele, Mikalah Bell, David Burgess Jr., Jordan Cole, Devin Dubovik, Hannah Grabowski, Morgan Gravlin, Natalie Hart, Zoe Heckert, Alexandra Hoag, Corinne Januszka, Nina Lewis, Megan Maestri, Emily McDonald and Breanna Mitchell.

Also: Ethan Murakami-Hamm, Catherine Musumeci, Bailey Otter, Lauren Schmidt, Alexis Smith, Brianna Squier, Haley Stellingwerf, Molly Thorn, Alisa Trudell, Ben Vienneau, Kaitlin White, Jerrett Williams and Julianne Yates

Grade 8 Silver Stars

Andrew Avery, Mikayla Bailey, Scott Bell, Alexis Blackwell, John Blackwell Jr., Jon Clary, Christopher Cleary, Gabrielle Crandall, Julie Daubek, Mikayla Davis, Victoria Dievendorf, Ryan Dolbear, Samantha Doupe, Jonathan Downing, Ammarae Eusepi, Emily Forget and Becka Fuller.

Also: Brandon Germain, Nathaniel Gill, Alyssa Goudy, Trinity Green, Bradlee Hess, Brittney Hunter, Matthew Johnson Jr., Amber Kimball, Gabriella Liberty, Jacob Litz, James Lynch, Riley McCann, Paige McEwen, Jacob Murphy, Frank Palmer, Lawrence Pilon, Cade Reed, Noah Scruton, Ryan Shafer, Sean Sievers, Dana Stoutenger, Zachary Tulowiecki, Cheyenne Wilson and Leila Wooding.

 

Local students achieve honors at colleges, universities

A number of Oswego County students have received various honors at colleges.

They are:

SUNY Oneonta

December graduates: David Stanton, Parish, bachelor’s in business economics; Jacquelyn Kugler, Williamstown, bachelor’s in communication studies

St. Lawrence University

Sarah R. Argersinger, West Monroe, named to the dean’s list for fall 2013. She is majoring in English and Francophone studies. To be on the dean’s list, a student must have completed at least four semester units and have an academic average of 3.6 based on a 4.0 scale for the semester.

Mohawk Valley Community College

President’s List: Robert Brookins, Cleveland, business management; Jacynthia Woodcock, Westdale, business management; Carrie Dunn, Parish, nursing; Paul Brissette, Parish, school facilities management; James Sheeley, Pulaski, school facilities management certificate; Corey Bowman, Phoenix, welding technology; Maria Byrne, Cleveland, general studies; Gerald Reed, Pennellville, general studies. President’s List students must have a grade point average of 3.75 or higher (of a possible 4.00).

Vice president’s list: Adam Renwick, Westdale, criminal justice; Kaleigh Boyer, Mexico, individual studies, associate in applied science; Jordan Moteyunas, Camden, individual studies, associate in applied science; Hannah West, Mexico, liberal arts and sciences, general studies; Debora Murphy, Redfield, liberal arts and sciences, psychology. Vice President’s List students must achieve a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.74.

American International

Jessica Lawler, Mexico, freshman majoring in biology. Dean’s List students are full-time students, with a grade point average between 3.3 and 4.0.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Daniel Fancher, Lacona, majoring in ustainability studies. Dean’s List recognizes full-time students who maintain grade-point averages of a minimum of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 with no grades below “C.”

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