Light in the Darkness: Signs and Wonders

By Pastor David M. Grey, Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church

 “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”

John 4:48

When Jesus walked among men, many people were more enamored by the spectacular things He did than by what those things revealed about who He was and its importance to their eternal souls.

They  craved to see, or to see more of, the miraculous things Jesus was reported to have been doing. The blind were given sight, the lame walked, the dumb spoke… even the dead were raised to life.

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“Chatty Maddy” gives back to the organization that gave her a voice

By Ashley M. Casey

At an age when most typical 3-year-olds start to exhibit their silliest faces, Madalyn Rupert could not even stick out her tongue.

Madalyn was diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech and dyspraxia at the age of 3. After years of occupational therapy, physical therapy and assistive technology, Maddy, now 10 years old, can string together six to nine spoken words at a time.

“A child with apraxia is easily flustered because they know what they want to say, they understand what you’re saying, but they cannot verbalize their needs and wants,” explained Maddy’s mother, Monica Stoutenger.

Stoutenger, who is board president of Parents of Special Children, is helping her daughter pay it forward for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) by hosting a Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech on Sept. 28 at Volney Park.

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Church sewing bee mission clothes Appalachian girls

By Ashley M. Casey

Members of the North Volney United Methodist Church gathered for a sewing bee Aug. 15 to turn donated pillowcases into dresses for impoverished girls in the Appalachian region of the U.S. More than a dozen participants came together to create about 30 dresses.

Appalachia is the southern portion of the Appalachian Mountains, spanning 13 states in the Eastern U.S. The per capita income in Appalachia is 18 percent lower than the national average. The poverty rate is 16.1 percent in Appalachia, nearly two percentage points higher than the national rate.

The North Volney United Methodist Church is partnering with Christian charity Hope 4 Women International to send the dresses to Appalachian girls in need. Beverly Beck was the coordinator, who heard of pillowcase dresses and found H4WI through an Internet search.

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Poetry Corner

By Jim Farfaglia

Game Land

Where else can you choose to be

a wheelbarrow or a race car,

a top hat or a terrier – or a thimble,

like you’d find atop Grandma’s finger?


Where else is it OK to take chances,

freely dip into the community chest,

or, with a roll of the dice,

figure out your utility bill?


Where else is money the colors of a rainbow

and green your only choice for house paint?

Where is it possible to collect rent

whenever somebody happens to stop by?


Where else can you hop a train every 10 steps,

make a “right turn only” at each corner,

and find those in need living a stone’s throw

from those who have?


Where else in life do you get the option

to go to jail or just pay a visit,

turn rich or poor in the blink of an eye,

and earn a crisp $200, just for ending up


back where you started?

SUNY Oswego named among best in Northeast

The Princeton Review has released its list of best colleges in the Northeast for 2014, and SUNY Oswego is on it.

The 152-year-old college on the shore of Lake Ontario has been on every regional best list produced by the educational services company. The first edition appeared in 2003.

Oswego is one of 226 institutions recommended in the “Best in the Northeast” section of the website feature “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” which went live this month on The Princeton Review does not rank colleges on its regional lists.

“We chose these as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “Our ‘regional best’ colleges constitute only 25 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges — a select group, indeed.”

From several hundred schools in the Northeast, Princeton Review crafted its list based on data collected from the schools, visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of Princeton Review staff as well as of college counselors and advisers.

Princeton Review also takes into account what students at the schools reported about their campus experiences on an 80-question student survey.

The Princeton Review quotes SUNY Oswego students saying that they “have a lot of opportunities to work with professors on research and other projects outside of the classroom to help build real-world experience” and that Oswego’s “amazing professors” “really care about what you do and want to help you in every way to make sure you do well.”

Shirley J. Blance: Worked as executive secretary

Shirley Jean Blance, 78, of Fulton, died at home Aug. 8 after a long, brave battle with cancer.

She was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late John and Olive Beebe Gregory and was a life resident of the Fulton area.

Shirley graduated from Fulton High School and retired from Nestle Westreco as an executive secretary, where she worked for 35 years.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Robert Gregory who died in 2007.

Shirley is survived by her brother, James Gregory of Fulton; four nieces, Lynne (Joe) Hawksby of Minetto, Jill (Wayne) Blecher of Pennsylvania, Tammy Gregory of Fulton and Brenda Davis of Oswego; two nephews, Tim (Cheryl) Gregory of Walworth, and Ryan (Jaime) Gregory of Minetto as well as several grandnieces and grandnephews. T

here are no calling hours. Graveside services are private.

Contributions in Shirley’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St. ,P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126-0102.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Genevieve M. Carter: Worked at Nestle 30 years

Genevieve M. Carter, 103, of Hannibal, passed away Aug. 8 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

A native of Lysander, she had resided in Hannibal most of her life. Genevieve retired in 1973 from Nestle Co., Fulton after 30 years and was a member of its Quarter Century Club.

She was predeceased by her husband, Floyd M. Carter, in 1989 and by her children, Esther L. Creighton in 1992, Floyd M. Carter Jr. in 1993 and Fred D. Carter in 2005 and a grandson, Floyd J. Chillson II in 1992.

Surviving are her 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren, two great-great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were Aug. 12 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was at Fairdale Rural Cemetery in Hannibal.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hannibal Volunteer Fire Department or Hannibal Center United Methodist Church.

Richard R. Erb Sr.: Fulton’s 2009 veteran of year

Richard R. Erb Sr., 83 of Sharp Road, Fulton, passed away Aug. 5 surrounded by family and friends.

He was a lifelong resident of Fulton, graduating from Fulton High School. After returning from military service, he worked at and retired from Nestle Co.

During his earlier years, Richard served in the Marine Corps, having fought in the Korean War and the battle at the Chosin Reservoir.

He received the Good Conduct Medal, China Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Navy Occupation Medal, United Nations Service Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation.

In retirement, Richard was actively involved as a member of the Merton R. Kemp Jr. Detachment of the Marine Corps League, having served as its president in 1995.

He also was deeply involved with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Fulton Veteran’s Council. In 2009, he was honored as Fulton’s Veteran of the Year and in 2012 was inducted into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

In his free time, Richard loved being with his family and friends and could be seen volunteering much of his time to various local organizations, including Toys-For-Tots.

Richard was predeceased by his daughter, Jennifer Erb in 1996 and step-daughter, Sharon Parkhurst in 2013.

Surviving are his loving wife, Florence Jenkins Erb of Fulton; three sons, Robert (Kathy) Cline of Hannibal, Richard (Amy) Erb Jr. of Virginia and Mark Erb of Martville; three step-sons, Samuel (Gena) Parkhurst, Larry Parkhurst and Leonard (Tammy) Parkhurst all of Fulton; a step-daughter, Patricia Vincent of Fulton; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Services were Aug. 10 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton, with burial and full military honors at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, county Route 3 in Hannibal.

Memorial contributions may be made to Toys-For-Tots, 203 E. Bridge St., Oswego, NY 13126; Fulton Veteran’s Council, c/o Walk of History, PO Box 93, Fulton, NY 13069 or Friends of Oswego County Hospice, PO Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

The family would like to thank Oswego County Hospice and a special thanks to Debbie C. for the wonderful care provided.

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