A senior’s farewell

Bodley-RothrockKate_Wby Kate Rothrock

School is officially over! Regents are taking place all of this week. Good luck to everyone taking these tests!

Last week, two champions were crowned at the Battle of the Athletes and the kickball tournament during the Bodley Bash. “Where My Pitches At” took first place during the kickball tournament and the green team was victorious in Battle of the Athletes.

This past weekend was the senior trip to Cedar Point in Ohio. A good time was had by all and everyone enjoyed the insane roller coasters. Thank you to the class of 2013’s advisor Mrs. Hallatt not only for a wonderful senior trip but for an amazing four years!

Snow cones, cotton candy, hot dogs, bouncy houses, and a dunk tank were all a part of the fun of Senior Day Monday.

Rounding up the senior activities is Senior Dinner Dance this Friday. And of course after that is graduation June 22 at 10 a.m. at the War Memorial!

I honestly could not have asked for a better four years of high school and a better class to spend it with. It went by so fast and it is hard to believe that in just a few months we will be saying good bye and all going our separate ways.

The 13-year journey we’ve been on has finally paid off and it is bittersweet that we are all now we are all moving on to bigger things. Good luck to my fellow classmates!

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What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

A full day is on tap for all ages Saturday, June 15 with three classes on the calendar starting with Woodworking for Beginners from 1 to 5 p.m. Students will make a flower box and learn about proper tool safety and woodworking techniques. All materials and tools are provided, ages 10 and up, please.

Textured Memories with Kenneth Blount will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, using things around the house: a child’s toy, a favorite cup/spoon, a treasured keepsake to create a lasting work of art bringing back memories for years to come. Participants are asked to bring items to make a collage. Pre-registration is necessary.

Oil Painting with Bonnie McClellan will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This class for all skill levels will paint “Abandoned Cabin,” a landscape full of colors. All materials are provided and students will leave with a completed painting.

The focus is also on children June 15 from noon to 2 p.m. with sign-ups for the summer play “Charlotte’s Web.”

Rehearsals will start June 29 and the play will run Aug. 16-18 at the Arts Center. Children should be prepared to tell their favorite story or funny joke.

Wednesday, June 19, the monthly Author Spotlight will be on Lisa Buske’s new book, “Where’s Heidi?” Author Spotlight is open to the public and meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Digital Photography 101 taught by Kendra Matott, CNY Arts Center’s studio arts coordinator and mixed media artist, continues Tuesday June 18. Matott was featured artist opening month at Arts in the HeART Gallery, 47 S. First St. Digital Photography 101 runs Tuesdays through June 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at CNY Arts Center.

The second annual ARTY Day Camp is ready for days of fun. This summer camp for ages 5-15 will offer instruction in art, writing, dance and theater, lunch provided with group art projects. Lunch and afternoon art projects are free and open to every child in the community age 5 and older during the weeks of camp, July 15-19 and Aug. 19-23. Scholarships are available for morning classes.

The CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

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 or call 592-3373 for more information.

Bright future ahead for Fulton softball team

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team is losing oen senior from a team that went 11-7. The team reached the semifinals of the Section III Class A playoffs.

Ashley Cummins is the lone senior that Fulton will bid farewell to, according to coach Derek Lyons. Throughout the season, Cummins displayed an impressive work ethic, said Lyons.

Though she may not have been a vocal leader, Cummins led by example when it came to effort.

Lyons added that Cummins’ teammates learned a lot from her. “I think the girls learned a lot about the way she worked day in and day out,” he said.

Whether its Cummins or any other senior that makes her way through the program, Lyons hopes that seniors come away from the experience with the understanding that having an impressive work ethic can pay off.

It certainly did this season. “We had a nice run this year and it would (not) have been impossible without the effort they put in all year,” said Lyons.

The Lady Raiders improved this season. Despite playing a few perennial powerhouses, Fulton had a pretty successful season.

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Ask the question

by Doug Malone, Legislator

It’s time for candidates to start circulating the nominating petitions for the upcoming election.

This is a good time for the public to ask the question that we in the legislature can get no answer to.

Many of you registered Republicans are going to be asked to sign a petition to put Fred Beardsley on the ballot for county treasurer. Mr. Beardsley was a legislator, wannabe county clerk and is now the appointed treasurer. How’s that for political patronage?

The “in crowd” of the Republican legislators, led by the know-it-all and know-everybody-except-the-Queen of England County Republican Chairman Mike Backus, includes legislators Jim Oldenburg, Dan Chalifoux, Kevin Gardner, Louella Leclair, Dan Leclair, Milferd Potter, Shane Broadwell, Jay Martino, Jim Weatherup, Bob Hayes, Morris Sorbello, Jack Proud, Dave Holst, Ron Sakonyi, Linda Lockwood and Terry Wilbur, who all vote as they’re told.

They put Mr. Beardsley in as the treasurer, not knowing his qualifications, with the exception of Mr. Weatherup, who was appointed to take Mr. Beardsley’s place.

When it came time to vote for Mr. Beardsley, the question was asked over and over if he had finished high school.

None of the Republicans named above would answer the question.

So, maybe it’s a question that you, the public, should ask when you’re asked by one of these clowns to sign a petition to put Mr. Beardsley on the ballot.

Ask the question.

You have the right to know if the hand-picked choice of the above-named Republicans has a clue as to Mr. Beardsley’s qualifications.

You have the right to know if the man in charge of an almost $200 million budget knows how to add two plus two.

You have the right to know if the man overseeing your tax dollars has a high school education.

You have a right to question why these legislators voted to put Mr. Beardsley in as the treasurer, not knowing if he’s qualified to do the job.

I think the answer you’ll get from Mrs. Lockwood is that she voted for Mr. Beardsley to get him out of the legislature.

That’s really representing the people of Volney, isn’t it?

Of course, Mr. Wilbur’s membership with the “in crowd” moved him right up the food chain.

Now he’s the vice chairman of the legislature. His yes vote gave him a nice promotion.

Maybe if the public demanded answers, maybe if the public refused to sign the petition for Mr. Beardsley without an answer, then maybe county government could be returned to the people where it belongs, instead of in the control of the “in crowd.”

So when one of the “in crowd” comes knocking, ask the question. What makes Mr. Beardsley qualified to be the county treasurer, other than being a Republican good ole boy. Maybe you’ll have a better shot at getting an answer.

Heritage Foundation of Oswego to hold antique show

The annual Heritage Foundation of Oswego County’s antique show will be held Harborfest weekend. The event will be held in the Historic Oswego YMCA Armory at 265 W. First St., Oswego, Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The annual Heritage Foundation of Oswego County’s antique show will be held Harborfest weekend. The event will be held in the Historic Oswego YMCA Armory at 265 W. First St., Oswego, Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The annual Heritage Foundation of Oswego County’s antique show will be held Harborfest weekend.

The event will be held in the Historic Oswego YMCA Armory at 265 W. First St., Oswego Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Show goers will find antiques being sold by dealers from central New York. Many of the dealers are also interested in buying and when available will evaluate pieces brought by the public.

There is adjacent free parking, and the event is on the trolley route so it’s easily accessible from any of the Harborfest events and designated parking areas.

There is an admission fee with all proceeds to benefit the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County. Food and drink will be provided by the Oswego Sunrise Rotary Club.

New this year, Heritage Foundation will operate a consignment booth at the show. Items can be donated or consigned with Heritage Foundation receiving 25 percent of the sale price. Items must be at least 50 years old and in saleable condition.

Those who are seeking more information may call the Heritage Foundation office at 342-3354 by July 24 to arrange pick-up of items.

Show Coordinator Austin Wheelock said the event has more to offer than just antiques.

“Being one of the only indoor attractions during Harborfest, it allows visitors an opportunity to beat the July heat or escape the rain and become immersed in different periods of our history,” he said.

Heritage Foundation of Oswego County, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote and protect the historic and architectural landmarks of Oswego County. 

Robert Somers Sr., Korean War veteran

Robert “Bob” Somers Sr., 80,    of Fulton, died Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Fulton to the late Leonard and Clara (Mustard) Somers. Mr. Somers remained a life resident of Fulton. He was a United States veteran having served in the Army during the Korean War. Mr. Somers was past employed as a Fulton police officer.  He later retired from Container Corporation of America, Fulton after more than years of service. He was a past member of the Fulton Board of Education and he was a former Fulton First Ward alderman.

Mr. Somers was a past communicant of Holy Family St. Michael’s Church where he was an avid volunteer, usher, and bingo worker. He was a co-chairman for several years with his wife, Rose, for the annual church festival and tour director for the Holy Family St. Michael’s Golden Agers.

Mr. Somers was also a volunteer with Oswego County Catholic Charities.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, Rose Somers, in 2006.

Mr. Somers is survived by his two sons, Robert (Deborah) Somers Jr. of Fulton and Michael (Kerry) Somers of Fulton, a brother, Joseph Somers of Fulton; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 13 in Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton with Rev. Robert Stephenson officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours will be conducted Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.  at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S.,  Fulton.

Ellen M. Dolbear, retired from Birds Eye

OBITS-DolbearEllenEllen M. Dolbear, 90, of Palermo, died Friday, June 7 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse after a sudden illness.

She retired from Birds Eye / Kraft Foods after more than 20 years of employment.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wallace “Duane” Dolbear, in 1982 and her great-grandson, Cole Michael Dolbear, in 2011.

Surviving are her children, Duane (Marge) Dolbear, Michael Dolbear, Nelson Dolbear, Roy (Addie) Dolbear, James (Mickie) Dolbear; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There are no calling hours. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 14 at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, 706 East Broadway in Fulton. Contributions may be made to the Bristol Hill Congregational United Church of Christ, 3199 State Route 3, Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has care of arrangements.

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Fulton Lions Club makes improvements at Oswego Falls Park

Fulton Lions Club members Bob Weston (left) and Len Kellogg spread mulch under a jungle gym. Members of the Fulton Lions Club recently worked on clearing trees and brush recently as part of a cleanup project at Fulton’s Oswego Falls Park.
Fulton Lions Club members Bob Weston (left) and Len Kellogg spread mulch under a jungle gym. Members of the Fulton Lions Club recently worked on clearing trees and brush recently as part of a cleanup project at Fulton’s Oswego Falls Park.

Members of the Fulton Lions Club recently spread new mulch and cleared trees and brush recently as part of a cleanup project at Fulton’s Oswego Falls Park on South First Street, said David Dingman, Fulton Lions Club president.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the club has made work at the park one of its annual projects.

“The Fulton Lions Club, working in cooperation with the City of Fulton Parks and Recreation Department, tackled removing heavy layers of brush, trees, vines and stumps that had overgrown the western perimeter,” Dingman said. “We also spread new mulch under the swing set, slide and other playground equipment.

“During the past four years, the Fulton Lions Club has resealed the basketball court, painted the basketball backboards and added new nets,” he added. “We’ve also cleared brush from the northern perimeter chain link fence, removed stumps, removed an old chain link backstop, and filled in lawn ruts and depressions with topsoil.

“This project was very fulfilling for our members and it was a pleasure to help a community park become even more inviting to children and families,” he concluded.

Lions who participated in the project were  project co-chairs Steve Chirello and Bob Weston, Len Kellogg, Dr. Brett Tallents, Kevin Michaels, Don LaBarge, Roberta Boteler, and Dingman.

The Fulton Lions Club is part of Lions Club International, which was founded by Melvin Jones in 1917. It is the largest service club in the world with over one million members in more than 170 countries.

The Fulton club, with more than 40 members, is one of the largest and most active Lions clubs in Central New York.

Lions Clubs are committed to sight and hearing projects. Fulton Lions have joined with LCI to support Campaign Sight First II to help prevent blindness worldwide.

Fulton Lions provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids.

In addition, the Fulton club collects used eyeglasses for refurbishment and redistribution at Waby Opticians, Empire Vision Center, Wal-Mart, PathFinder Bank and the Medicine Place.

The Fulton club also supports the Guiding Eyes for the Blind program that trains Seeing Eye dogs for the blind, and the Finger Lakes Lions Hearing Foundation.

Anyone interested in membership in the Fulton Lions Club, or seeking more information may visit the club’s web site at http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php.

Correspondence can be mailed to Fulton Lions Club, c/o Steve Chirello, P.O. Box 727, Fulton, NY 13069. 

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