Hodgepodge, by Roy Hodge

Reading Old News

Packing away the Christmas decor-ations is a part of the holiday routine that I don’t particularly enjoy.

Like almost everything that “has to be done,” that job is not a whole lot of fun.

But, there is a small part of the process that I like and even look forward to. I enjoy looking through and reading some of the old papers used to wrap everything up before it is put in boxes to go back in the attic.

Since we use the same papers for a few years, until they are useless, it is an opportunity to jog my memory, news wise.

A story about celebrities observing their 60th birthday during the year ahead was the feature article on a newspaper page dated Jan. 6, 2006. President Bill Clinton, Dolly Parton and former Yankee Reggie Jackson would all turn 60 in 2006 according to the article.

The next day, on Jan. 7, 2006, President Bush shrugged off a report showing weaker than expected job growth and declared that “the American economy heads into 2006 with a full head of steam.”

Some of the pages that have been wrapped around our ornaments for a couple of years include a tattered half page from a Jan. 5, 2012 newspaper. One of the half stories on that page is about Alexander Gardner, a Civil War era photographer.

Gardner is credited with taking some of the Civil War’s most famous photos – photos of the Civil War battlefield at Antietam, stark pictures of the hanging of the Lincoln conspirators, and portraits of Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and George McClellan.

The well-worn comics page from another 2012 issue features the antics of Garfield, Mother Goose and Grimm, Gasoline Alley, Blondie’s Dagwood and his boss, Mr. Dithers, Beetle Bailey and Charlie Brown.

On Dec. 3, 2008 a front page headline wondered “Do Weather Forecasters Really Have a Clue About This Winter?”  The answer: “Nope, Not This Year.”  So what’s new?, or in this instance, “What’s Old?”

A Trip Back in Time

I enjoy going to the jazz concerts hosted by the Jazz Appreciation Society of Syracuse (J.A.S.S.).  The musicians are usually familiar to the club’s members – Sunday it was the “Djug Django” group from Ithaca, well known for their Django Reinhardt arrangements. Reinhardt is often regarded as the greatest guitar player of all time.

Concert attendees are always happy to hear the band’s stylized renditions of old standards.

“Two Sleepy People” was written in 1938 by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser. It was recorded by Carmichael himself, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and others and was performed in the film, “Thanks for the Memories,” by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross.

“Nagasaki” was a popular Tin Pan Alley hit written in 1928 by Harry Warren and Mort Dixon. The most famous rendition of the song at the time was by the Benny Goodman Quintet.

“Straighten Up and Fly Right” was written in 1943 by Nat King Cole and Irving Mills, performed by the King Cole Trio featuring some great lyrics by Cole – with a monkey telling a buzzard to “Straighten up and fly right, Cool down Papa, don’t blow your top.”

A Tribute to the “Emperor”!

The band also offered their versions of other favorites – “Brazil,” “Frankie and Johnny,” “Get That Jive, Jack,” “Creole Love Song” and “Take the A Train,” two Duke Ellington hits; “Sleepy Time Down South,” Louis Armstrong’s longtime theme song, ”Emperor Norton’s Hunch,” and a lot others.

“Emperor Norton’s Hunch” is one of my favorite traditional jazz songs. It is alive and peppy, a real rouser which tells a story through music of a real person.

The real person was Joshua Abraham Norton, an Englishman who came to San Francisco, accumulated a fortune, lost the fortune, left San Francisco; he returned to the city several years later a little bit “mentally unbalanced”, and claimed himself as the “Emperor of the United States”.

His “reign” over the city lasted 21 years; the city’s residents loved him and when the Emperor died in 1880, up to 30,000 of them lined the streets of the city in a two-mile funeral cortege to pay homage.

It’s all portrayed in this happy, peppy musical tribute without words – which even contains a chance for some audience participation.

It was a good time with good friends and good music.

Fulton’s snow

When I called John Florek at the Fulton Water Works on Tuesday to ask about snow figures, I told him that I had been calling him for facts and figures for many years.

“This is our 39th season of keeping track,” John said. “Sam Vescio was here in ’75-’76, and I came on for the ’76-’77 season.”  I knew that it had been a long time, but I’m not sure that I wanted to know exactly how long.

Getting back to this year, I was talking to John for the first time this winter, and quickly learned that as of Jan. 13, 75.8 inches of snow had been recorded at the Water Works.

He also told me that the normal amount for that date is 78.0 inches.  Well, I thought, we’re doing okay in that department.

Last year on the same date that total was 53.9 inches and the city finished up with a total snowfall amount of 206 inches. Oh, oh.

I knew from experience that once John starts talking about Fulton’s snowfall he doesn’t need a lot of encouragement to keep going. He talked along enough Tuesday to tell me that the lowest amount of snow Fulton had received by Jan. 13 during the years of record keeping was 15.25 inches in 2002. During 1996, the city had received 169.25 inches through that date.

So far, we seem to be doing okay, but   . . .  keep those shovels handy.

                                   . . . Roy Hodge 

Academic stars named at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School

Academic achievers at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School in Phoenix have been announced.

A Gold Star means the student earned an overall quarterly average of 90 or higher while Silver Star is awarded for an average between 85.0 and 89.99.

A failing grade or incomplete on the report card disqualifies a student from either award regardless of their average.

Grade 5 Gold Stars:

Isabella Allen, Shay Altman, Shayna Applebee, Christopher AuClair, Amaya Baker, Nicholas Bartlett, Ashleigh Besaw, Haley Bowersox, Natalie Brown, Sara Brunell, Kelsie Burgess, Chloe Calkins, Hannah Charleston, Emma Clark, Tabitha Clark, Alexander Coons, Sophia Crandall, Abigail Czyz,

Brielle DeRoberts and Alivia Eusepi.

Also: Hailey Fredericks, Francesca Goodell, Noah Gordon, Cierra Harvey, Mattison Hess, Braden Jolly, Amanda Justian, Lillyan Kingsbury, Nathan Kosakowski, Alivia Lamphere, Miranda LaRobardiere, Jock Li, Owen Lytle, Zack Mills, Robert Minard, Joslyn Mintonye, Garret Morrissiey, Kylie Mulcahey, Alex Olschewske and Kara Pierce.

Also: Andrew Quinn, Connor Roberts, Lily Roberts, William Semanchuk-Enser, Aiden Southworth, Isabella Stacy, Garrett Strang, Liam Sweeney, Benjamin Thibault, Corinne Thibault, Zoie Tracy, Melody Trask, Sophia Trinca, Aidan Trumble, Thomas Uhl, Mason Watkins,

Grade 5 Silver Stars:

Chase Altman, Zackary Byrne,  Cameron Cerul, Kolby Costello, Dylan DeBarth, Haylie Dodge, Alexis Dryer, Ethan Fox, Katherine Holbrook, Aliyah Ladd, Patricia Lamach, Jacob LaRocque, Tori-Lenn Loosen, Nicholas Merriett, Ariell Monaghan, Crystyna Morrison, Victoria O’Connor, Imari Piscitelli, Keaton Renfrew, Katrina Smith, Ashlyn Wallace, Carl Weller, Molly Werth, Jenasys Wood

Grade 6 Gold Stars:

Violet Ameele, Grace Arnold, Cade Bacon, Garrett Bowman, Mason Bresett, Matthew Doane, Elisabeth Dona, Camron Fordyce, Alexandra Galle, Caitlin George, Hailey Goudy, Allison Grabowski, Samuel Guthrie, Adam Hahn, Cassadee Handville, Samantha Harrison and Keera Hazen.

Also: Carly Ingerson, Laila Jones, Madison Kalt, Katelyn Kenner-Carbonaro, Jena Klimaszewski, Zaya Koegel, Lauren Kraft, Brigid Lawless, Anthony McCann, Savanah Neupert, Aubrianna Renfrew, Jillian Ricard, Vanessa Rivera, Leah Schlachter, McKenna Squier, Daniel St. Phillips, Tamika Stobart, Teresa Uhl, Nicholas Vaverchak, Grace Vestigo

Grade 6 Silver Stars:

Olivia Bigelow, Rachel Blake, Bryce Bobbett, Jadan Bruno, Brianna Buonagurio, Alexis Capenos, Danielle Case, Dominic Diaz, Michael Dion, Darren Fischel,  Andrew Hemingway, Haylie Homer, Brianna Horn, Paige Isabell, Natalie King, Julianna Lewis, Tina Li, Joshua Lovins, Chloe Lytle, Christian McKay and Caitlyn Mitchell.

Also: Joseph Murphy, Gregory Ojiem, Skyler Patnode, Taylor Petrie, Lilly Salotto, Briana Schreffler, Alan Seever, Ayden Slack, Jacob St. Laurent, Sarah Thorn, Nicole Tulowiecki, Madison Watkins

Grade 7 Gold Stars:

Annabelle Adams, Gabriella Allen, Kearra Backus, Maggie-Lee Basile, Marcus Berube, Cole Britton, Erika Brown, Gianna DeRoberts, Matthew Francis, Brianna Gates, Hannah Gilbert, Hans Goodnow and Johnna Harke.

Also: Xander Harrison, Declan Hawthorne, Kimber Hendrix, Megan Hess, Emilie Hilliard, Christian Johnson, Morgan Johnson, Ashley Kenner-Carbonaro, Jeffrey Lamach,Danielle LeFebvre, Wendy Li, Ashley Margrey and John Matzke V.

Also: Alayna Merrill, Makayla Newvine, Olivia Ripley, Kristine Rowe, Hannah Sallis, Mairin Sgroi, Mariah Sheirer, Joshua Smith, Crystal Stobart, Olivia Thrall, Joshua VanGorder, Garrett Watkins, Edward Zellar

Grade 7 Silver Stars:

Jason Alberici, Justin Alberici, Evan Baldini, Eric Betts, Madison Bird, Gage Breckenridge, Christopher Caltabiano, Abigail Clark, Alexandra Collins, Hannah Edwards, Allison Ernestine, Robert Fredericks, Kiersten Greenleaf, Bryon Halstead, Caroline Harrington, Courtney Holland, Ethan Hunt and Hunter Jewell.

Also: Trevor LaRobardiere, Taylor Mattice, Erin McArdell, Emmalie McIntyre, Riley Munger, Leo Murray Jr., Makenzie Nodine Jacob Palmatier, Dakota Palocy, Caytlyn Prikcett, Gabriel Rebensky, Hannah Root, Hannah Rounds, Alyssa Schafer, Payton Scruton, Gavin Trask, Natasha Zody, Mark Zogg

Grade 8 Gold Stars:

Dixon Ameele, Andrew Avery, Mikalah Bell, Jordan Cole, Hannah Grabowski, Morgan Gravlin, Natalie Hart, Zoe Heckert, Alexandra Hoag, Corinne Januszka, Nina Lewis, Megan Maestri, Emily McDonald, Breanna Mitchell, Ethan Murakami-Hamm, Catherine Musumeci, Bailey Otter, Lauren Schmidt, Alexis Smith, Brianna Squier, Haley Stellingwerf, Alisa Trudell, Kaitlin White, Leila Wooding, Julianne Yates

Grade 8 Silver Stars:

Mikayla Bailey, Scott Bell, Alexis Blackwell, John Blackwell Jr., David Burgess Jr., Christopher Cleary, Gabrielle Crandall, Julie Daubek, Mikayla Davis, Ryan Dolbear, Jonathan Downing, Devin Dubovik, Emily Forget, Becka Fuller, Dakotalee Gelling, Brandon Germain and Nathaniel Gill.

Also: Alyssa Goudy, Trinity Green, Bradlee Hess, Brittney Hunter, Matthew Johnson Jr., Gabriella Liberty, Jacob Marr,  Riley McCann, Paige McEwen, Frank Palmer, Lawrence Pilon, Cade Reed, Noah Scruton, Ryan Shafer, Alexander Sisera, Dana Stoutenger, Molly Thorn, Zachary Tulowiecki, Ben Vienneau, Jerrett Williams, Jordan Williams, Trevor Woren, Kolbey Young

 

Myron “Jim” Harbison, was New York State Veteran of the Year

Myron “Jim” Harbison, 93, of Oswego, died Wednesday Jan. 15 at St. Luke Health Services.

He was born in Oswego, the son of the late Eugene and Sarah Harbison.

Mr. Harbison retired from the United States Navy, and was a World War II veteran after 25 years of service. He later retired as manager of ABC Store in Norfolk, VA.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge #271, Oswego where he was honored as NYS Veteran of the Year. Mr. Harbison was a fourth degree Knight and life member with the Knights of Columbus Council # 227, Oswego.

Mr. Harbison was predeceased by his wife Mary Harbison in 2008 after 68 years of marriage.

He is survived by several nieces, nephews, and close friends. Graveside services will be held Monday Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. in All Saints Mausoleum, Oswego.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego. 

Adam A. Hartman, served with 101st Airborne in WWII

Adam A. Hartman, 92, of Hannibal, died Sunday Jan. 12 at Oswego Hospital, Oswego after a short illness.

He was born in Lebanon, PA and he has been a resident of Hannibal since 1957.

Mr. Hartman was a United States Veteran having served in the Army 101st Airborne during WWII.

He was past employed as a school bus driver with the Hannibal School District.  Mr. Hartman later retired from Sealright Co., Fulton after 25-plus years as a first class machinist.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #254 for 70 years.  Mr. Hartman was honored in 2013 by the Knights of Columbus for being the oldest living member of the council.

He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Hannibal and Holy Trinity Church, Fulton.

Mr. Hartman was pre-deceased by his wife Clara Hartman in 2008, son Francis A. Hartman in 2010 and 12 siblings.

He is survived by his sons Frederick (Constance) Hartman of Fla., Gerald (Mary Ann) Hartman of Hannibal and Martin (Mary Beth) Beckwith of Oswego; one  sister  Helen Nigle of Wisconsin; and grandson Jason A. Hartman of Pa.

Funeral Services will be conducted Saturday Jan. 18 at 10:15 a.m. in the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., and 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary, Hannibal, where the Rev. Smegelsky will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be held in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton, where military honors will be bestowed.

Calling hours will be held 9 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday Jan. 18 at Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

 

Velma Johnson, lifetime resident of Fulton

Velma Johnson, 98, of Fulton died Friday Jan. 3 at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton.

Mrs. Johnson was born in Phoenix, NY and she has been a lifetime resident of Fulton.

She was pre-deceased by her husband Harold Johnson and children, Tracy, Neil and Kathy.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Lee Furlong Sr. of Fulton; 12 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial will be held privately. There will be no calling hours.

The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton has care of the arrangements.

Masonic Lodge hosts breakfast buffet

A free will breakfast buffet is set for Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Oswego Masonic Lake City Lodge No. 127.

The event includes an all-you-can-eat buffet of pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, coffee, tea, milk, orange juice and all the fixings.

The event is sponsored by the Masonic lodge and its sister organization The Order of Eastern Star No. 205.

Donations accepted, but not expected. The breakfast during the last two months were very successful benefits for the War Vets in November and Habitat for Humanity in December.

The lodge and Eastern Star also have raised money for Pop Warner Football, the H. Lee White Marine Museum, Lady Bucs Softball Team, Local Cub Scouts, Local Cystic Fibrosis, SAF House, the Oswego July 4th annual parade, War Veterans, the Masonic research lab, Habitat for Humanity and many more organizations.

Charities are a basic tenet of Freemasonry and across the United States Masons contribute more than $2 million per day to various charities.

The Oswego Masonic Hall is also now available for rental to the public at a very low price, and the monthly Breakfast Buffet every third Sunday of the month 8am to noon continues to delight and grow in attendance.

For more information contact the Oswego Lodge at 207-0127 or go to lakecitylodge127.org

Kenneth Taylor, loved to hunt and fish

Kenneth H. Taylor, 64, of Sandy Creek,  died Friday Jan. 10 at his home after a sudden attack.

He was born in Oswego, the son of the late Charles and Norma Taylor.

Kenneth enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was predeceased by his brother Daniel Taylor.

He is survived by his siblings, Charles (Margaret) Taylor of CA, Georgiana (Victor) Ayers of Cleveland NY, Floyd Taylor of Fla., James (Betty) Taylor of Kentucky, William (Linda) Taylor of Montana, Michael (Cindy) Taylor of Wisconsin, Jonathon (Sue) Taylor of Sandy Pond, Gene Taylor of Parish, Norman (Elizabeth) Taylor of Oswego and Timothy Taylor of Montana;  several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are Saturday, Jan. 18 (today), at noon at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Calling hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service at the funeral home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kenneth’s name to the Sandy Creek Food Pantry.

Local doctor gains certification in obesity medicine

Dr. Rajeev Saini recently passed the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) Certification Exam for Obesity Medicine Physicians and became certified in the subspecialty of obesity medicine.

Physicians certified in obesity medicine are able to positively impact all systems of the body by incorporating weight management into traditional models of medical practice. Specifically, this subspecialty requires competency in and a thorough understanding of the treatment of obesity and the genetic, biologic, environmental, social and behavioral factors that contribute to obesity.

Dr. Saini was among only 191 physicians nationally who successfully completed this year’s exam. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents in this country are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

“In New York state, the prevalence of adult obesity is about 25 percent.” said Dr. Saini. “I am interested in being part of the solution to this medical epidemic by locally helping patients affected by obesity who seek access to non-surgical treatment options. It is amazing to see as people lose weight, we are able to cut down or even stop their medications for various medical conditions.”

Dr. Saini has been in practice for the last 17 years. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and has offices in Fulton and Baldwinsville. He went to medical school at AIIMS, India and did his residency in Internal Medicine at Upstate Medical University.

Since its founding in January 2012, ABOM has sought to further the accreditation of a sub-specialization of medical practice: obesity medicine.

The ABOM offers a certification examination to assist physicians in attaining competency in this increasingly important and universally relevant aspect of medical care.

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