Leslie Corey, former pastor

Leslie Corey, 81, of Phoenix, died Sunday, June 9, 2013.

He was born in Fulton to Ernest and Editha (Loomis) Corey and was the youngest of eight children.

He was a licensed minister and pastored the Gilbert Mills Church for many years.

He retired from the Carpenters Union Local 12. He was a long-standing member of the Grace Assembly of God Church in Syracuse.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruth O’Neill Corey; his children, Annette (William) Procanick of Clinton, N.Y., Sharon (Erik) Flichtbeil of Saratoga Springs, Stephen (Cathy) Corey of Syracuse, and Noreen Corey of Equatorial Guinea, Africa; seven grandchildren, Elissa, Kristin, and Michelle Procanick, Erika (George) Flichtbeil-Young, and Rachel Flichtbeil, Jesse and Jai Corey; two great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Jeremiah Young; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m. at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix.  Burial will follow the service in Pennellville Cemetery, County Route 54, Pennellville.

There are no calling hours.

Contributions may be made to International Deaf Education Association to benefit Manos Felices (Happy Hands) School for the Deaf, a ministry in Equatorial Guinea, run by Noreen Corey. Please send checks payable to: IDEA, in the memo box indicate “Noreen Corey Project Fund,” c/o IDEA, P.O. Box 20715, Billings, MT 59104.

Helaine Gorton, retired from DMV

Helaine A. Gorton, 72, of Fulton, died Monday, June 17, 2013 at Seneca Hill Manor, Volney.

She was born in Fulton to the late Walter and Rose (Lalik) Wallace.  Mrs. Gorton has remained a lifetime resident of Fulton.  Mrs. Gorton was past employed with Beneficial Finance, Fulton and General Electric, Syracuse.

She retired from the Oswego County Department of Motor Vehicle, Fulton after 19 years of service. She was a member of the East Coast Breweriana, and the American Breweriana.  Mrs. Gorton was an avid collector.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jeffery Gorton of Fulton; three sons, Michael Gorton of Fulton, David (Kim) Gorton of Volney, and Christopher (Lauren) Gorton of Longwood, Fla.; her sister, Barbara Gadziala of Fulton; two grandchildren, Hunter Gorton and Tanner Gorton; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services and burial will be held privately.  Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., Fulton, is in care of arrangements.

Dolores L. Schmidtmann, Former Clay resident

Dolores Schmidtmann, 83, a former resident of Horseshoe Island Road,

Clay, died Monday June 17, 2013.

She was born in Amsterdam, N.Y. to her late parents, Vivian H. (Shoecraft) and Leo K. Corsette. She was a homemaker and also belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Moyers Corners Fire Department, Clay.

She loved watching her birds in their natural environment. She also enjoyed playing cards.

She was predeceased by her husband, Erich C. Schmidtmann, in 2002.

Her survivors include her three sons, Erich L. Schmidtmann of Syracuse, Kurt A. (Laura) Schmidtman of Phoenix, and Terry W. (Gwen) Schmidtmann of Phoenix; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, David Leo Corsette; three sisters, Jeanne Schmidtmann, Sondra Corsette, and Deborah Supple; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside services will be held Saturday June 22 at  10:30 a.m. in Pine Plains Cemetery, 8686 Henry Clay Blvd., Clay, with the Rev. Diane Bradshaw officiating.

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Homes, Phoenix, has charge of arrangements.

Legislature chairman won’t investigate questionable bid

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner said Thursday that he will not launch an investigation into a possible conflict-of-interest between a legislator and a county vendor.

During the conclusion of Thursday’s legislature meeting, Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler asked Gardner for the status of a complaint he made under the county’s Rule 14 procedure.

The procedure allows a legislator to request the chairman investigate any allegations of wrongdoing within the legislature.

“I have found no issues,” Gardner said.

Kunzwiler disagreed. “There was enough information provided.”

He added that he believed it was wrong for the same legislator who is alleged to have participated in a questionable bid be placed on the search committee assigned to find a new purchasing director.

Fred Maxon, who held the position, retired recently, and Gardner appointed Legislator John (Jay) Martino to the committee.

Kunzwiler said Gardner is wrong to be dismissive in regard to the allegations.

“We need to do our diligence and we need to investigate this and we need to put the public trust back in the bidding system of this county,” he said. “It’s lacking, it’s grossly inefficient right now and we’re disrespecting taxpayers by not following through on this.”

Kunzwiler also noted that vendors have been complaining about the county’s unfair bidding practices. Five vendors are known to have complained in less than one year. Two vendors threatened to bring action against the county and one vendor has taken his complaint to the state.

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Kody Graham goes green to checkered for second win

Not long after leading 29 laps of the first Novelis Supermodified feature on Saturday night, Kody Graham had another shot at a front row starting spot in the Century 21 Galloway Realty night cap and this time he made good on the opportunity.

Graham started to the outside of Tim Snyder in the front row of the 50-lap main event, stole the lead from the drop of the green and led all 50-laps on the way to his second career win at the “Steel Palace.”

Graham out raced Shaun Gosselin, Michael Barnes, Joe Gosek, and Otto Sitterly on his way to Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane becoming the fourth different Supermodified winner in as many races at Oswego this season.

“Since the opener we have been fighting gremlins left and right,” said Graham.  “Today the toe got knocked out in the first feature so I decided to pull it in instead of wrecking me and the rest of the field, but we’ve just been battling week after week.

“Tonight though, we finally got it.  You know, with the field like this you have to be on you’re A game. Obviously starting up front helps as always, you don’t want to have to pass all those guys and clear track is the best thing.”

Tim Snyder, Dan Connors Jr., Randy Ritskes, Jeff Holbrook, and Michael Muldoon were the top ten in the 50-lap Century 21 Galloway Realty main event.

A career best day for Gosselin would see him have the opportunity to chat with Danny Johnson on the Speedway’s main straight.

“Kody was just a little bit too fast in the open track,” said Gosselin. “I needed a lot of traffic to have a chance at him, but congratulations to those guys, they ran a great race.  It was a lot of fun to come from father in the back; we got to play with some traffic.”

With two third place finishes on the evening, Barnes continued his stellar campaign Saturday night after starting 18th in the field.

“We weren’t really all that good,” said Barnes. “We weren’t good in the heat, so to start 18th and get back up to third is pretty good. I knocked the right front part of the front wing out there I think when I got into the back of Holbrook, and it just started to pick up a push from the center out and that is why I couldn’t catch the guys at the end.

“I think if the wing would have stayed in once piece, we might have had a shot at them two at the end.”

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race wins would go to Connors, Graham, and Curran.

The Lighthouse Lanes ‘Hard Charger’ was Barnes, while the Lighthouse Lanes ‘Up & Comer’ was Gosselin.

Light in the Darkness: June 19, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God,  who has saved us and called us to a holy life — not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.” — 2 Timothy 1:8-9

By any standard or measure, we can imagine, the wonderful grace that has been extended to believers in Christ Jesus, saving us from our well earned fate, demands a response.

That response can be none other than to love and hold the Savior more dear than anything else in this world.

More dear than the fear of being ridiculed by men. More dear than one’s love for father or mother or brother or sister. More dear than life itself.

To this end, Paul writes to Timothy, and of course, to us, “do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord.” When we hold the Lord more dear to our hearts than anything or anyone else this boldness to testify about the Savior simply flows.

The recognition of what He has done for us and the resulting heart full of gratitude overflows into testimony. There is no shame. I remember when I was paying for my Dad’s salvation many years ago. Mom had surrendered to Christ but Dad had not yet done so.

Late one night, Mom was clearly experiencing a terrible heart attack. One and then two nitro tabs did nothing. Dad woke my 17-year-old brother, a believer, and asked him to pray. He did. Mom recovered immediately.

The next day in a routine follow-up the Dr. compared X-rays of Mom’s heart that he had just taken with those of a previous visit. Not only was there no sign of a heart attack the night before, but all the scar tissue seen so clearly in previous X-rays was now gone!

The new X-rays showed a completely healed heart, including the absence of previous scar tissue.

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What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

Karen Perry is standing next to the over-size grand prize basket given at CNY Arts Center’s Art Fest held June 8 at the War Memorial Ice Rink. The basket held prizes and gifts valued at more than $200. The arts organization offers all arts for all ages and summer art camp for children.
Karen Perry is standing next to the over-size grand prize basket given at CNY Arts Center’s Art Fest held June 8 at the War Memorial Ice Rink. The basket held prizes and gifts valued at more than $200. The arts organization offers all arts for all ages and summer art camp for children.

We’re celebrating a prize-winning third annual Arts Fest last week with 50 vendors and hundreds in attendance.

Prizes were awarded to three winners, including two gift baskets each with a variety of gifts from the vendors and a collection of art supplies for a budding artist.

We also had a ribbon cutting and open house at the gallery downtown with Tunes in June as our backdrop.

We’re turning our focus now to summer fun with Arty Day Camp, July 15-19.

“Charlotte’s Web” rehearsals are getting started for an Aug. 16-18 performance weekend.

We’ve kicked up the pace on our Community Mural Project to be ready for your help painting at the next Harborfest, July 26-28 and we have new plans for a Plein Air Art Competition in mid-August. Details about that coming soon!

There are only two more Digital Photography 101 classes: Tuesday June 18 and 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. They are taught by Kendra Matott, CNY Arts Center’s studio arts coordinator and mixed media artist.

June 18 get in “Focus!” Learn how and where to focus in a photograph and learn about depth of field (how your aperture affects what is in focus).

June 25 wrap up with “Composition Tips.” Learn some tips about composing good photos and improve your basic snap shots! Classes are held at CNY Arts Center, 357 State Street church, Fulton. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Author Spotlight this month, June 19 from 7 to 8:30, will host Lisa Buske presenting her new book “Where’s Heidi?” Author Spotlight is open to the public and meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The second annual ARTY Day Camp promises lots of fun with instruction in art, writing, dance and theater. This summer camp for ages 5-15 will also provide free lunch and afternoon art projects open to every child in the community age 5 and up during the weeks of camp, July 15-19 and Aug. 19-23.

Scholarships are available for morning classes.

CNY Arts Center wants every child to have an art experience this summer and registrations are coming in every day. Children need to register even for lunch and art projects. Go to the web site to register for all day or afternoon only.

Sign-ups for “Charlotte’s Web” will close June 22. The children’s classic will perform Aug. 16-18 and all children are welcome. There is no charge to participate but attendance at all rehearsals is expected. For more information, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and remember we bring all arts for all ages at two separate locations.

Classes, Writer’s Café, Author Spotlight, live theatre, and Arty Camp, are held in CNY Arts Center located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Arts in the HeART Gallery is located at 47 S. First St. in downtown Fulton across from the gazebo for local artists who want to display their artistry. Artists can apply for gallery space online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Legislators pull resolution to tax cell phones

 by Carol Thompson

A resolution that would allow Oswego County government to add a surcharge to cellular telephones was pulled without explanation when the full legislature met Thursday.

The resolution, proposed by Legislator Linda Lockwood, would allow the county to impose a surcharge of 30 cents per month for the county’s E-911 budget.

The county currently imposes a surcharge on landline telephones, however, there has been a decrease in landline use since the prevalence of cellular telephones.  A surcharge on cell phones would bring those users equal to those with landlines, the resolution notes.

All but nine counties in the state have a surcharge, according to the resolution. Before the county could impose the tax, it would need authorization in the form of legislation to be passed by the state Senate and Assembly.

The surcharge would be used for improvements to the county’s E-911 system.  The legislature approved the expenditure of $836,009 for upgrades. The project will be paid through a state grant.

During the conclusion of the meeting, Legislator Doug Malone asked why the resolution had been pulled.

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