William Burr Mason, Black-Clawson retiree

William Burr Mason, 100, died Friday Jan. 31 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

Born Feb. 6, 1913, in Syracuse to Dr. Burr T. and Caroline (Dopffel) Mason, he lived his entire life in Fulton, NY.

Bill was married to the late Victorine Lewis for 57 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1942 to 1945.

In 1979, Bill retired from Black-Clawson Co. after working many years as purchasing agent.

He is survived by daughters, Janet Molter of MA and Ginger Mason (Peter Ferick) of VT; grandchildren, Brian (Kelly) Molter, Steven Molter, Alexandra Ferick, and Mason Ferick; two great-grandchildren; a niece and a nephew.

Ever thinking of others, he donated his body to the medical school at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

Further arrangements are private and are in the care of Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Rd., Baldwinsville, NY 13027 or to a charity of one’s choice.

The family is especially thankful for the care “Willie” received at Bishop’s Commons and St. Luke Health Services.

Two Maroun Elementary students perform in “Les Miz” in Baldwinsville

Two students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School have roles in Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s musical production of Les Misérables.

Larissa and Lily MacDonald, fourth and second grade students at MAM, were cast during auditions in June. They sang a song from the musical during the audition and both scored a place in the production, despite having never been in a musical before.

Their mother, Kristen MacDonald, heard about the show from Special Education Teacher Justin McArthur, who was also auditioning. MacDonald auditioned as well, and joins the cast as a factory worker.

She hadn’t been on stage since her children were born. The MacDonalds live in Pennellville.

Auditions for the production were elite. Out of the 120 plus who auditioned, only 35 were selected for the cast. The cast also include Phoenix alumni Henry Wilson, Jason Bean and Paul Thompson.

The story chronicles the struggles of Jean Valjean, a French peasant who searches for redemption after serving a prison sentence for stealing bread to feed his family. The musical is entirely sung.

Larissa plays Young Eponine, while Lily is a part of the youth ensemble. The cast is made up of mostly adults — the MacDonald sisters are the youngest of the children.

Singing in all of the chorus parts, Larissa is looking forward to joining chorus as a fifth-grader. She is also involved in gymnastics, Battle of the Books, and the school science fair.

Lily plays piano.

The girls have broken some of the MacDonald’s house rules in order to a part of the production. Play practices close to show time ran up until 11 p.m. some week nights, ending a few hours past their normal bedtimes.

The hard work and long rehearsals have paid off. Each show has sold out, and a Thursday night performance (Feb. 6) has been added.

After the curtain closes, Larissa and her sister hope to continue performing. Larissa recently sang the national anthem at the Winterguard’s first home show at the high school.

Hannibal church celebrates 175 years

The Hannibal United Methodist Church is celebrating the 175th Anniversary.

Under the leadership of David Peckham, the Methodist Church of Hannibal was organized Feb. 26, 1839.

The Certificate of Organization was filed in the Oswego County Clerk’s office March 13, 1839 with 25 charter members.

In 1841 a brick church edifice was erected, which today is the back of the current church building. In 1864, to accommodate the increase in membership,  one third of the church building was removed and a new building was added to the front of the original building.

Over the years, there have been many, many changes and improvements.

An anniversary committee consisting of Wendell Blanchard, Barbara Gifford, Louise Kellogg, Gloria Kempston, Liz George, Judy Tyler, Gloria Simmons and Richard Palen has been formed to work on future activities.

The first event will be a Birthday/Anniversary Celebration to be held March 2 following the 11 a.m. worship service.  All are welcome.

Fulton Memorial Day Salute May 24

Plans are underway for the 33rd Annual Memorial Day Salute event to be held Saturday, May 24 at the Fulton Community Center.

The theme for the celebration will be “Showing Gratitude to Our Veterans.” Jim Weinhold, Veteran of the Year, will serve as Grand Marshal of the Saturday parade. Entertainment for Saturday night will be announced soon. The Saturday entertainment will be followed by fireworks.

The Memorial Day Salute Committee is made up of representatives from the Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and Sunrise Rotary Service Clubs, along with the Veterans Council of Fulton. Chairman of this year’s planning committee is Larry Macner.

United Way honors “Leadership Givers”

The United Way of Greater Oswego County recognized its many leadership givers during a special reception in their honor at Under the Moon in Fulton.  he event was attended by more than 60 Leadership Givers, those who pledge $500 or more annually.

“We truly appreciate our Leadership Givers,” said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way.

“From our corporate sponsors to our small business owners and our individual leaders, their exceptional level of giving and their care and concern for our community is inspirational. The generosity of our Leadership Givers plays an important role in the success of our Annual Campaign as it set the pace and gets the campaign off to a strong start,” Trexler said.

Community Bank, one of the United Way’s newest supporters, sponsored the event. Community Bank operates more than 185 branche across Upstate and Central New York, including those in Fulton and Oswego, as well as throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.

“We are happy to partner with the United Way of Greater Oswego County on this event and are proud to count ourselves among the many  area businesses and organization that lend their support to such a worthy cause as United Way,” said Mark Tryniski, Community Bank president.

The United Way’s annual campaign serves as the organization’s primary fundraiser as the campaign looks to raise money in support of the many human servics program that the United Way and its member agencies provide for those who live in Oswego County.

For more information about the United Way and the 2014 campaign, call the United Way at 593-1900 or visit www.oswegounitedway.org

Light In the Darkness

“I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”           Psalm 91:2”  

A number of years ago, I found myself asking whether life was essentially a pleasant journey with the occasional painful trial along the way,  or whether it was more of one long, arduous test with occasional moments of peace. 

I have since come to think that for the young, it often appears more like the former and for those of us who have seen the passing of more years, it seems more the latter.

This was and is in the context of a culture that still knows the remnants of blessing that came with the faith and faithfulness of so many who had gone before us.

In other cultures the perception might be much different.  But in every culture life has its trials; its tests to be endured. The way we approach them either leaves us in a weakened condition or stronger than ever.

One thing is certain, sooner or later everyone who trusts in Christ, will have that trust tested in a significant (and often painful) way. Each of us is a little different in this respect and something thing that severely tests one person is but a hiccup for another.

Even in areas where the test would be severe for any believer, such as the loss of a child, a spouse, a serious accident with permanent consequences, one whose faith is strong may seem to be tested for only a short time while the for another, whose faith is not as strong, may struggle for a long time before coming out the other side.

But one thing of which we can be certain is that our faith will be tested.

Our Lord told His people in Ezekiel  21,  “Testing will surely come.”

There is purpose behind the testing of our faith, of course. God is not a precocious, whimsical God who delights his fancy at our expense and James explains that purpose.

He writes, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (Chapter one)

We all know that in the raising of children, the ultimate goal is for them to reach adulthood as mature individuals prepared to face life’s trials and demands.

It is much the same in our spiritual lives. When we are born again, we are born into a spiritual world to which we had been dead. At that point Paul says, we are babes in Christ.

The Lord’s purpose for that new life is that we grow into mature, right-thinking adults; full of faith and able to trust Him in all areas of thought and life.

It is to this end, James says, that He allows us to be tested, that our endurance may be fully developed, so that we become perfect and complete in Him… needing nothing else.”

Can you say with the psalmist, “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

 

Pastor David M. Grey

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church

Fulton Bantams win Salmon River Tourney

Submitted by Anna Clarke

The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by Comfort Windows and Doors and Fulton Savings Bank, claimed the championship in the Salmon River Invitational Tournament, shutting out Oswego 4-0 in the title game.

Tyler Samson, Seth Cooney and Evan Beckwith scored hat tricks in the tournament while Beckwith and Nate Shaw were named playmakers for the Raiders.

Fulton 7, Salmon River 7

Raider Seth Cooney deked the goalie to open scoring before the Storm responded with four goals to take the lead at the close of the first period.

Tyler Samson took a feed from C.J. Hyland to narrow the gap for Fulton. Raider Evan Beckwith closed the second stanza accepting a pass from Zach Tulowiecki and netting an upper corner shot.

Cooney scored the equalizer, Raider team captain Nolan Bonnie assisting, before Salmon River scored two in a row to take the lead.

The Raiders scored twice to draw even, first with Samson netting a shot on his backhand, Beckwith assisting, then Beckwith scoring thanks to a behind the net passing play between Nick Dingman and Cooney.

The Storm added a goal to put them ahead only for Samson to complete his hat trick and tie the game, Beckwith assisting, with :20 on the clock.

Fulton goalie Adam Bleiweiss stopped 11 shots for the Raiders.

Fulton 4, Oswego 2

After a scoreless first period, Beckwith scored three in a row for a hat trick, Samson and Cooney credited with assists.  Late in the third period, Bonnie netted a top shelf shot on a breakaway.

With less than a minute on the clock, the Buccs scored twice to spoil a shut out.

Bleiweiss tallied 27 saves for the Raiders.

Fulton 9, Corning 2

Corning scored to open the first period.  Cooney responded with the equalizer, accepting a pass in front of the net from Beckwith.

Soon after, Beckwith skated the puck in on a breakaway and netted one of his own before Cooney netted two more in a row assisted by Nate Shaw to complete his hat trick. Beckwith sent the puck in over the goalie’s shoulder to close the period, Caleb Clarke and Richie King assisting.

In the second stanza, Will Rattray took a feed from Beckwith to score a short-handed goal with a slap shot.

The Raiders continued to dominate in period three, first with Bonnie blowing the puck in over the goalie’s shoulder, King assisting, then with Cooney scoring two more goals for the Raiders, Beckwith assisting two and Shaw one earning playmakers for both players.  The Hurricanes closed the game with their second and final goal.

Bleiweiss saved 6 shots for Fulton

Championship, Fulton 4, Oswego 0  

Following a scoreless first period, Samson accepted a pass from Rattray and sent the puck in from the boards. Later, Rattray took advantage of a scramble in front of the net to make it a two point game, Cooney assisting.

Hyland sent a cross-ice pass to Beckwith who skated the puck in and netted it to close the period. Late in the third stanza, Shaw sealed the championship win for Fulton with a shot from the blue line assisted by Cooney.

Bleiweiss registered his second shut out of the season, blocking 23 shots in net for the Raiders.

The team is led by head coach Paul Clarke and assistants Jeff Tulowiecki, Paul Bleiweiss and Bill Beckwith.

State Senate Report, by state Sen. Patricia Ritchie

If you’re someone who enjoys outdoor activities, there’s no better place to be than in Upstate New York.

From snowmobiling and skiing in the winter, to fishing and boating in the summer, there are so many opportunities for sportsmen to enjoy all that our region has to offer.

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll want to take note of important sporting license changes that went into effect Feb. 1. Adopted in last year’s state budget, the changes are aimed at saving hunters and anglers both time and money through reduced license fees, reduced license types, changes to license dates and more.

These license fees were increased in 2009, before I became your senator.  Since then, we’ve been working to roll back some of the increases and taking steps to get more New Yorkers to enjoy our great outdoors.

To learn more about these changes, I encourage you to visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s website at www.dec.ny.gov.

In addition to lower license prices and other changes that will make things easier for outdoor enthusiasts, there is another important update for sportsmen that I would like to share.

Just recently, I led a bipartisan group of more than a dozen state lawmakers in calling on Gov. Cuomo to join in supporting the use of Side-by-Side recreational vehicles, or UTVs.

In a letter to the governor, we urged him to amend his state budget proposal to allow UTVs, which are becoming increasingly popular with the elderly, couples and families. Our state is losing out on tens of thousands of dollars in state revenue through registration fees, and taxes from retail sales of UTVs, as well as countless tourism-related jobs by prohibiting UTVs, which because they are slightly larger than standard four-wheelers can exceed outdated weight limits in current law.

This latest effort builds upon legislation I sponsor that would raise the defined weight of an ATV to 1,500 pounds to allow certain UTVs to be registered in New York state.  This legislation has passed the Senate in each of the last three years.

Not only are outdoor activities a lot of fun, they provide a major boost to our state’s economy too. Each year, the Central and Northern New York regions host thousands of visitors from outside the area.

It’s these sportsmen who eat in our restaurants, stay in our hotels and purchase hunting and fishing necessities from our various shops throughout the region. The contributions by these outdoor enthusiasts are monumental, as they are responsible for generating more than $1.5 billion in revenue annually for our state.

As your state senator — and someone who also truly enjoys outdoor activities — I’m looking forward to working to support initiatives that improve the experience for sportsmen.

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast with suggestions for ways to improve hunting, fishing and other activities in our state, I invite you to contact me at ritchie@nysenate.gov.

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