1 person injured in early morning Fulton blaze

A fire on West First Street South displaced 14 Fulton residents early Thursday morning.

One person was taken to the hospital by Menter Ambulance.

Crews from Fulton, Volney, Granby, Cody, Mexico and Oswego town responded to the blaze at 63 W. First St. South at 1:17 a.m.

Fulton Fire Captain David Eiffe said there was “very extensive damage to both floors in the house,” which contained four apartment units.

“The Red Cross is tending to the people who were displaced,” Eiffe said, adding  the Red Cross was putting the residents up in local hotels.

The Fulton police and fire departments are still looking into the cause of the fire.

“The investigation is ongoing as we speak,” Eiffe said.

BOCES students treated to trip to pet store

Exceptional Education students in Mary Ryan’s class recently were treated to an outing to the Pet Supply Store on Main Street in Mexico.

Students have been learning about animal classification, living environments, what foods different animals eat and how they survive in the wild. Ryan said that her students were particularly interested in the unit because they have pets of their own at home.

Ryan visited the Pet Supply Store prior to the outing to take photos for a paper scavenger hunt. Students unable to come on the trip were able to answer the questions from their classroom.

Sixth-grader Floyd Haywood fed the store’s bearded dragon kale and crickets. He also spent time playing with the store’s cat Romeo, and watching Petunia, the Netherland dwarf bunny, interact with the Guinea pigs.

Haywood also looked at the ingredients in dog treats, counted the number of aquariums in the store and learned how often fish should be fed.

The field trip has inspired a school-wide community service project of collecting animal supplies for the SPCA, Humane Society and Paws Across Oswego County. A collection box will be located in Room Six of the Stern Building during the months of November and December.

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

I hope that everyone had a fun long weekend.

Much is going on at G. Ray Bodley before we head off on our Thanksgiving break.

Today a representative from the College at Saint Rose will be in the guidance office at 10 a.m. and tomorrow a representative from the Crouse College of Nursing will be visiting at 10:15 a.m.

Keep checking in with the guidance office to see if any colleges you are applying to or are interested in are coming to the high school.

Unfortunately, the varsity girls’ volleyball team’s season came to an end last Tuesday with a tough loss to Oswego. The girls had an awesome season, however, and we are very proud of them.

The concerts last week were a success. The audience was serenaded with a plethora of different pieces from the Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Orchestra.

The songs included themes centered on the music of Lady Gaga, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky from the orchestra and Batman, Les Miserables and Sesame Street by the band.

Talented guitar, bass, and drum players joined in on the fun and made for an exciting event.

Musicians who are interested in trying out for All-County should see their music teacher for the audition music. Many music teachers give extra credit for trying out, so it may be something you want to look into. Plus, it’s a ton of fun.

Students from the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra and Chorus are also getting ready for the upcoming Area All-State concert.

The students will travel to Clinton in Oneida County Nov. 22 and will rehearse with other students selected from the area.

They will then stay the night and get up to practice again, and then finally will play their concert Saturday, Nov. 23. It’s a lot of work, as the students selected will have never played the music together until the day before the actual concert.

Don’t forget to get in the holiday spirit and donate to the Youth Advisory Council to support its orphanage and school in Colombia.

Boxes are distributed throughout the school in which to place your donations. Girls’ summer clothes, toiletries and small candies are all acceptable items.

Changing 315 area code put on hold

The New York State Public Service Commission announced today (Thursday Nov. 14) it was putting on hold its proceeding to determine how best to create an additional area code in the 315 area code region.

The Commission made its decision based on a revised forecast from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), the agency responsible for administering area codes, extending the time needed to the third quarter of 2016 for a new area code in the 315 area.

A Sportsman’s World, by Leon Archer

Deer Camp Memories

 

When I was a kid, I was a Boy Scout, and I had many adventures as a result of my association with that wonderful organization. We had a great scout master, Lyle Rexford Huyck, but we all called him Rex. He had been a drill instructor in the navy and he transferred a lot of his knowledge and abilities into his role as our leader. He was a no nonsense sort of guy when it came to scouting, but he tempered that with a good sense of humor. Thanks to him, I could hardly wait for the meeting to roll around each week to see what we were going to be doing.

When I turned 14, I became an Explorer Scout, and scouting got kicked up a notch. We went on a number of trips, and we attended jamborees. We went to the east coast several times. We went to Boston and did a tour of the historical sites there including touring the USS Constitution. We took a side trip to Lexington and Concord. But the thing I liked best each year that we went to the coast was we would go out on a party boat to do some deep sea fishing. We caught a heap of fish that none of us had ever caught before. It was fantastic.

In addition, most of us Explorers took our hunter safety training together and got our junior licenses. Often several of us would get together with an adult to go hunting. It all seemed to be a natural outgrowth of our scouting experience. Many times some of us would hunt with Rex and his son, Dale, who was also an Explorer, but hunting opportunities abounded in those days, and there was always an adult that was willing to get us out. Once we turned 16, we often hunted together in groups of two up to as many as six at a time.

Thanks to Rex and Dale, I had the chance to hunt deer out of an honest to God deer hunting camp located on a farm near Deposit, New York. Rex’s in-laws owned the farm, and there was a small cabin that had been built near the woods in the back lot. For three years, Rex and several of the Explorers transformed the cabin into a deer camp. I was 16 the first year I hunted there, and it was where I shot my first deer. In my mind, I can see that deer as clearly today as I did the morning I shot it, but what I remember most is the camp.

The cabin was small, roughly 16 feet by 20 feet, and there was nothing fancy about it, no insulation, no running water, and no electricity. It had a metal covered roof that kept out the rain, and the sides, though uninsulated and unpainted, were sealed well enough that the wind never found its way in. There were three small windows, and there was an even smaller window in the door. It was possible to look in every direction for any deer that might come wandering by while we were enjoying the relative comfort of the inside of the cabin.

There were six bunk beds along two walls. I always seemed to end up with an upper bunk, but I didn’t mind. There was a wooden table and four wooden chairs; if we had a full complement of six in camp, there were a couple of folding chairs under one of the bunks.

We had an old kitchen wood stove that we cooked on and it doubled as our source of heat when the weather was cold. It was often also the reason for sweaty bodies when the weather was warm. The stove was part of the reason for the cabin being a hunting camp, not just some quaint little getaway in the woods. It was the odors that tagged the camp for what it was and they remain indelibly etched in my memory.

Here’s what I remember. Once the deer camp was up and running, the first thing that hit you as you came through the door was the overarching smell of wood smoke (when you came home from deer camp you usually smelled for all the world like a ham). It didn’t matter what time of day or night it was, there would also be the lingering smell of bacon that had been cooked each morning before the eggs were slipped into the hot fat. Coffee that had been boiled on the stove added to the aromatic patina of the camp. Those were the good things.

As the days went by, sweaty long underwear, which doubled as pajamas and was seldom changed, began to radiate cosmic rays as well as a strangely sweetish addition to the atmosphere of the camp. Boots drying behind the stove and wet socks draped over the end of bunks in hopes they would dry before time to go hunting in the morning each did their part in creating an odor that is hard to forget.

Once those things were flavoring the air the hunters were breathing, a few other items could be added. Most years someone would bring a brick of limburger cheese, which if eaten up quickly only added a momentary spike in the toxicity of the camp vapors, but the wrapper with the scrapings from the rind often ended up in the paper trash bag in the corner, and for days hunters would comment how the smell of that cheese had lingered on. If a deer was shot early in the season, liver and onions frying in a cast iron pan on the stove would add another layer.

The variety, quality, and volume of the food and drink being consumed often led to intestinal problems which were often relieved in the evening, producing gasps, groans, shouts and inane chuckling as one more gaseous substance was added to the already burdened air. Fortunately this addition quickly dissipated, unfortunately it could be pretty much counted on to be reintroduced each ensuing evening. You have to remember, we were just boys.

By the end of just the first week, a deer camp would have usually taken on enough olfactory markers that any deer hunter with deer camp experience could identify it blindfolded just standing outside the door. I will say, leaving camp for my stand in the morning, I hardly noticed any odor in the building, but upon returning later in the day after hunting in the fresh air, I became acutely aware of what would eventually find a forever place in my memory. I wouldn’t want you to think that was the only thing that impressed me; I have other memories of deer camp as well, but I will come back for them another day.

 

Spaghetti dinner Nov. 21 to benefit Oswego High softball

A spaghetti dinner to benefit the Oswego High School Lady Buccaneer Softball Team will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Oswego High School cafeteria.

Tickets are available presale or at the door. Takeouts will be available. Menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, bread, butter, salad and a beverage.

This fundraising dinner is held annually in conjunction with the OHS fall open house.

“Stop down for dinner before you tour the high school for your parent-teacher conferences,” stated event chairperson Margie Malone of the Oswego High School Softball Club.

Proceeds from the dinner will help fund the Lady Buccaneers’ spring trip to Florida in April to compete at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex.

For more information, call Malone at 532-0927 or any Lady Buccaneer softball player or parent.

Do holiday shopping at SPCA fundraiser

Get your Black Friday shopping done early and rev-up your holiday spirit with the annual Howliday fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 at Fallbrook Recreation Center, 103 Thompson Road, Oswego.

Admission is free. The Oswego County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Howliday Fundraiser will feature a silent auction, which will have lots of gifts for friends and family on howliday gift lists. Local vendors will be on hand to sell local goods and crafts. There will also be raffles and door prizes.

Music will be provided by RRR Music DJ Service.

The event will feature lots of homemade food, including baked goods from the annual howliday bake sale. Lunch and dinner will be available for takeout.

All proceeds from this event will go directly to feed, house and provide veterinary care for abused, abandoned and unwanted animals in Oswego County.

The Oswego County SPCA is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that operates entirely on donations.

For more information on the Oswego County SPCA, visit www.ocawl-spca.org, e-mail oswegospca@twcny.rr.com or call 592-5551.

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