Family reunion

by Leon Archer

I was at the loop two weeks ago on a calm day and as I sat at a picnic table I could count 17 boats well out on the lake, probably fishing for trout and salmon.

I could imagine what was taking place on those craft as they trolled their lures and watched their arched down rigger rods for a strike.

The salmon are silver bright right now and full of fight. Some nice browns are out there with them and they have not turned into their fall colors yet. I munched my haddock sandwich and envied those fishermen just a bit.

My Lake Ontario afternoon was part of the Archer family reunion. All my children and grandchildren were here with the exception of my oldest grandson, Willie, a marine deployed at the present time. Rudy’s and the Loop are so ingrained in the areas culture and my kid’s memories that we had to go at least once.

Some of the fishermen coming into port had been into great fishing and it appeared that this year’s Oswego County Pro-Am Salmon and Trout Team Tournament should be a good one.

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Literacy Volunteers hold annual picnic to recognize students and tutors

More than 80 people gathered at Breitbeck Park in Oswego Thursday, July 11 for Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County’s annual picnic and awards ceremony.

The evening began with Sarah Irland, deputy executive director of Oswego County Opportunities, welcoming all attendees. The picnic was an occasion for everyone to share their stories and have a good time.

“This event gives the organization an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of its outstanding students and tutors and to express appreciation to all of our supporters,” said Beth Kazel, education director of OCO. “The highlight of the evening was the enthusiasm of student Andrei Gunin and tutor Nancy DeGilormo whose speeches reminded us of what LVOC is all about.

“In the United States, the ability to read, write and speak in English are the most important skills needed in daily life, something many of us take for granted,” Kazel added. “Our students recognize the significance of these skills.”

This affair acknowledges the courage and determination of all of the students in pursuing the ability to read and the generosity of the volunteers for their time and dedication.

Over the past year, the program has grown serving almost triple the number of people compared to last year at this time.

From July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 volunteers tutored over 2,600 hours.

“It was extremely difficult selecting our award recipients this year,” said Meg Henderson, LVOC Program coordinator. “The program has expanded. We serve both Basic Literacy Learners and English Language Learners. We have greatly increased the number of students we provide literacy services to including people residing in rural areas of Oswego County.

“Many students made progress and educational gains,” Henderson added. “All of our tutors and students worked very hard and accomplished numerous goals.  Besides improving their reading, math, computer or communication skills; many gained or retained employment, were promoted, became actively involved in their child’s literacy activities and education, entered a secondary education program, obtained a driver’s license, and much more.” Henderson noted, “All of our tutors are devoted to their students and rejoice in their progress. We have recruited many new tutors this year to meet our growing demand. It is through everyone’s hard work and dedication that we have accomplished so much this past year.

“Everyone here is driven by their love of literacy, need to help, and desire to learn,” she continued. “We continue to learn and aspire to improve throughout our lifetimes. I am proud of every one of our students and I am very grateful to all of our tutors. Our annual picnic is a good time to honor all of them (students and tutors).”

Awards were presented by Henderson and Kazel. Award winners were presented with a commendation from Senator Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Will Barclay.

The Citizenship Award was given to student Cindy Jiang. Students recognized for completing the program were Mike Kemp and Yin Yin Sim-Fellows.

The top three BLL Students of the Year were Eric Lance, David Loftus, and Jennifer Pickard.  The top three ELL Students of the Year were Andrei Gunin, Jung Ha Lee, and Carlos Rodriguez.

The Spirit of Literacy recipients were students Steve Kirby, Patricia Mazzoli and Ndomba Tshiwabwa.

Tutors Vivian Anderson, Laurie Wood and Dianne Woods were given the Outstanding Dedication Award.

Tutors of the Year were awarded to Laura Bishop, Kathy Boutelle, and Bridgette Sequin.

Volunteers of the Year were tutors Nancy DeGilormo and Mary Stancampiano.

Water levels to be lowered along Oswego River

Brookfield Renewable Power will be lowering the water level along the Oswego River next week.

Brookfield will be lowering the water level behind the dam at Varick (between locks 6 and 7) approximately three feet below normal to replace flashboards on the dam and facilitate a regularly scheduled inspection  of the dam.

The water level will be lowered starting Tuesday, July 23 in preparation for work to be done that day. The water level will return to normal that afternoon.

Depending on the weather or flow condition, the flashboard repairs and dam inspection may be required to be cancelled and rescheduled for Wednesday, July 24.

In addition, Brookfield will be lowering the water level behind the dam at High Dam (between locks 5 and 6) approximately 1.5 feet below normal to replace flashboards on the dam and for the City of Oswego to conduct a dam inspection.

The water level will be lowered starting Thursday, July 25 in preparation for work to be done that day. The water level will return to normal the afternoon of Friday, July 26.

Depending on the weather or flow condition, the flashboard repairs and dam inspection may be required to be cancelled and rescheduled for Friday, July 26.

Lastly, Brookfield will be lowering the water level behind the dam at Minetto (lock 5) approximately 1.5 feet below normal to replace flashboards on the dam.

The water level will be lowered starting Tuesday, July 30 in preparation for work to be done that day. The water level will return to normal that afternoon.

Depending on the weather or flow condition, the flashboard repairs and dam inspection may be required to be cancelled and rescheduled for Wednesday, July 31.

100 Block of East Broadway

by Jerry Kasperek

Let me recap my last couple of columns. The 100 block of East Broadway was once home to Finocchario’s Barber Shop, Murphy’s Gift Shop, Scanlon’s Liquor Store, Frawley’s Restaurant, the Percival house, the Broadway Restaurant, Gayer’s Drugstore, the Acme Market, and Jonientz Texaco Station.

The Broadway Restaurant was known as Stubby Quade’s. Joe Frawley’s Restaurant became Kanaley’s when I was a teenager, and the drugstore building/apartment house was renovated into the Sealright Recreation Club-bowling alley. And, the Commodore Restaurant was located in the downstairs of the drugstore building before it became a bowling alley.

Such is change, which pretty much brings me up to today and an e-mail from Rene Hewitt as follows: “I just read yesterday’s journal and Gage’s Drugstore was mentioned. I immediately recalled Mr. Gayer and wanted him to be identified correctly. He was such a nice man. My cousin Arnold ‘Deke’ Dievendorf assisted him for several years and many Fultonians would remember him too.”

From me to Rene: “Was Gage’s (as it was called it my last column) really Gayer’s? I seem to remember it being Gere’s. It’s funny how our memories work.”

From Rene back to me: “Yes, Jerry, his name was Wade Gayer and my cousin worked for him before he went in the service and again when he was discharged. He and his wife Ruth lived in the apartment upstairs. I stayed with them occasionally and remember all of this so vividly.”

Rene asked me if my grandmother’s name was Florence MacDoughall. “I remember hearing she lived up there at one time,” she said. “So many memories and I’m trying to put them all together…This is great exercise for my brain!

“I was also thinking of the time you left your purse in the rest room on one of the bus trips, and so thankful when you went back it was still there,” she wrote. “Thanks for the memories.”

Rene does indeed have a good mind and I was surprised that she knew my grandmother’s name. As far as the lost pocketbook, here’s the story.

We were in St. Louis, Mo. at the Archway’s conference center-museum when I left my purse in the movies while watching a presentation on how the Arch, this modern miracle of architecture, was constructed. When I got back to the bus, I discovered no purse!

Luckily, with the offer of help from Jimmy Smith, who could run like the wind, we dashed back to the conference center — about a block away — where I retrieved my purse in the Lost and Found department, much to the relief of yours truly and to the amusement of my fellow senior citizen bus companions!

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A unique experience is coming to Fulton

Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m., the Divisi Children’s Choir of Valencia, Spain will be performing at the Fulton Alliance Church.

They will do a variety of sacred and secular music. This choir of “voces blancas” has performed around the world, most recently in the Vienna’s Golden Hall at the United Nations World Peace Concert and in Dorog, Hungary.

Two of the choralists are daughters of a former Fulton resident Renee Rice, and granddaughters of Richard and Joyce Rice of Fulton.

Sofia and Raquel have been members of the choir for six years and have performed in Romania, Macedonia, Hungary, Austria, and are proud to bring their choir to Fulton.

Their U.S. tour will begin in Washington, D.C. singing at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. They will then travel to New York to sing in the Casa Galicia, Astoria, Queens.  hey then will travel to Boston to sing with the PALS Children’s choir.

While in the Fulton area, they will sing a Latin mass by Diericx at St. Mary’s Church in Auburn Sunday, July 21, at 9:45 a.m.

The concert is free and an offering will be taken for the choir.

The Fulton Alliance Church is located at 1044 N.Y.S. Rte. 48 South.

Ash tree tagging event to increase threat awareness

The Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, a partner in the St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, along with The Nature Conservancy, will host a community event Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The event will identify ash trees at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station. The project will help increase awareness of ash tree species present in the region and at Rice Creek.

Once tagged, the trees will remain marked for several weeks, educating users of Rice Creek to the presence of ash trees and the threats to their survival posed by the Emerald Ash Borer beetle.

Staff from the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District will be aiding participants in the identification of ash trees.

The Nature Conservancy, through the SLELO-PRISM, will present information on the EAB, which lives and feeds exclusively on ash trees.

Those seeking to register may call Joe Chairvolotti at 592-9663 or Shelby Delgado at 387-3600.

The SUNY Oswego Rice Creek Field Station is located on Thompson Road in the Town of Oswego.  Written directions and a map can be found at www.oswego.edu/ricecreek.

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Summer concerts continue at Phoenix’s Henley Park

Elvis at the park – Tom Gilbo (Elvis) gives sash to women in the audience at the Tom Gilbo & The Blue Suedes Concert. Summer concerts are continuing along side the Oswego River Canal in Henley Park in Phoenix.
Elvis at the park – Tom Gilbo (Elvis) gives sash to women in the audience at the Tom Gilbo & The Blue Suedes Concert. Summer concerts are continuing along side the Oswego River Canal in Henley Park in Phoenix.

Summer concerts are continuing along side the Oswego River Canal in Henley Park in Phoenix.

This year, the Town of Schroeppel is joining forces with the Village of Phoenix, which also received funding, to promote a concert series that includes both Monday and Friday nights for the months of July and August.

The goal for all involved is to encourage a greater appreciation of arts and culture in the area.  This is done by promoting, supporting and celebrating arts and culture locally.

By popular request, this summer’s Monday night concert series will feature a variety of music, especially country and oldies.

The concerts will take place at Henley Park, on State Street in Phoenix, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The remaining concert schedule is as follows:

• July 22 – Susan Taylor Trio (variety)

• July 29 – Weekend Pass (country)

• Aug. 5 – DeSantis Trio (variety)

• Aug. 12 –  The Custom Taylor Trio (Popular current country)

• Aug. 19 – Phoenix Community Concert Band

The Village of Phoenix’s grant from CNY Arts for the “Friday Nights of Fun” concert series, will feature a variety of musical styles performed by some of the most talented musicians in Central New York, and it will be held on Friday nights at 6 p.m. at Henley Park as follows:

• July 19 – Stone River Band

• July 26 – Vote for Pete

• Aug. 2 – Hendry Band

• Aug. 9 – Western Swing

• Aug. 16 – Clean Slate

• Aug. 23 – Nite Life

The rain location for all of  the concerts, except the Phoenix Community Band, will be at the Phoenix fire station (Route 57).

The Phoenix Community Band concert will be canceled in the event of bad weather.

 

 

In and Around Hannibal

Rita Hooper

706-3564

Twohoops2@juno.com

The year is 1865, the American Civil War is ending, and in Hannibal, the Congregational Church and Methodist Church were meeting in their new buildings and the Baptist Church was undergoing extensive repairs.

The Masons were formed with 16 members and had moved into the former Congregational Church building which they had purchased and had moved down to the downtown corner…where parking for Kim’s is now. The official population of Hannibal was 3,322, representing 709 families. The population of the village was 470.

The township had 638 dwellings and 93 miles of public roads. In the last census by the way the town population was 4854, the Village 555. The village had 3.11 miles of roads and the Township 56. Common thinking is that the county and state has taken over some of those original 93 miles of roads.

Hannibal was a happening place. In October of 1866, the first newspaper was published in Hannibal by Dr. George V. Emens, the local dentist. It started as a monthly sheet known as the Hannibal Reveille. Dr. Emens lived on Oswego St. next to the Hannibal Hotel and had his dental business there as well. He also sold insurance, jewelry and watches and held stock in the Hannibal Peat Company…oh he also produced his own toothdrops which he sold at the local drug store. He served in the Civil War and was active in the Masons and Dental Society. He was married three times and had four daughters, death didn’t slow him down as he was buried twice!

In February of 1869, the paper was late and he offered this apology: The month of February is usually the least busy of all the year with us; but this year it has been crowded day and night with work belonging to our profession. During the past month, we have made 18 sets of artificial teeth and filled 56 cavities besides other work which can not be mentioned in this connection. Anyone can see from this report that not much time for editing a paper could have worked in.”

By January 1873, the Reveille was being published weekly and in July of that year it was sold to A.N. Bradt.

Meanwhile, Charles H. Parsons and Clarence B. Brower started the Hannibal News in 1876. In less than a year, Parsons dropped out and N.B. Brower joined his son in the newspaper business.

A.N. Bradt bought the Hannibal News and consolidated the two papers into the Reveille and News, and then he sold the newspaper to his brother who six months later sold it to Clarence Brower. He built it into a 28 columns weekly that represented the businesses and social interests of the town. Within several years, Brower sold the paper to Stewart Guthrie who sold out to a Fulton Newspaper.

Since time immemorial people have always had a need for the news. Some societies “drummed” the news to the countryside and some like the old joke “told a woman.” Our country forebears have seen fit to protect our right of freedom of speech, including the freedom of the media. Those rights protect us from government interference.

On the other side of the coin, media is not to communicate anything that falls into the categories of slander, libel, obscenity, sedition, copyright violation or classified information. Reminds me of the witness stand: the truth and nothing but the truth.

I for one am thankful that I live in a country that has protection for the media. Would we have gotten to the truth of Watergate if it had not been for the press?  I’m not thrilled with the current Snowden happenings but I don’t think he lived up to his half of the bargain on the responsibility side of the issue.

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