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.


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



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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Fulton school board reorganizes for 2013-2014 school year

The Fulton City School District Board of Education held its reorganization meeting July 9.

The Fulton Board of Education re-elected David Cordone as president, Dan Pawlewicz as vice president and Barbara Hubbard as board clerk.

The board of education further made the following appointments: banks, Community Bank to collect taxes, school attorney: Ferrara Law Firm, internal auditor: Dermody, Burke and Brown, and claims auditor: Ronald Woodward

The board set the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month for meetings with the regular meeting to start at 7:30 p.m., preceded by Executive Session at 6:30 p.m.

The board also decided to hold one regular meeting a month in one of the schools. This schedule will be developed and advertised in the media.

At the regular meeting following the reorganization meeting, the board of education set the dates to tour district facilities the evenings of Aug. 28 and 29.

Betsy Conners, executive director of instruction and assessment, presented the district’s School Improvement Plan Goals, which are aligned and support the District Comprehensive Education Plan.

Agendas for Regular Meetings and additional documents pertaining to those meetings are posted on the District website at www.Fulton.cnyric.org prior to the meeting.

The board of education scheduled a special meeting to be held Tuesday, July 30 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Summer columns

by Roy Hodge

I recently jotted down dates of some of the columns I have written about summer.

July, 1979: “When the phone rang before 6 a.m. one day last week it was a sure sign that summer vacation had started. It was Adam’s friend Peter on the phone.

“‘Is Adam there?’ Peter asked. ‘Not at six o’clock in the morning,’ Adam’s mother answered. ‘We’re going fishing,’ Peter said. ‘Not at six o’clock in the morning,’ Adam’s mother repeated.

“‘Call back at nine and you can go fishing then.’ He did and they did. Summer vacation was officially underway.”

Later that month I wrote, “If you’ve been bothered by the recent 90-degree weather you might derive some pleasure by thinking back on the ten feet of snow that covered your yard and the rest of Fulton a mere four or five months ago.”

In July, 1980 I was reviewing some “hot weather words.”

“When it’s hot for more than one day it ceases to be hot. It’s a scorcher, a sizzler, watch out for the blazing heat, and it might even get torrid. Sultry is another favorite; it almost always reaches sultry levels after a couple of days of high temperatures.

“Then the heat becomes tropical. Culinary terms are also big. Every July we cook, bake, broil, boil, roast and simmer. Soon the just plain heat of a few days ago becomes searing heat, blistering heat, and parching heat. By then it’s hotter than blazes, and we’re all smoldering.”

July 23, 1981: “Beware midnight snackers – that bowl in the front of the refrigerator isn’t chocolate pudding. It’s a nice fresh batch of night crawlers ready for tomorrow’s fishing trip.”

June 29, 1982: “’Twas the first day of summer vacation, there was a feeling of gloom;

“For the first time in weeks I was alone in the bathroom.”

And, in August, 1988, I was “playing games with the weather:”

“We do strange things. We don’t particularly like the weather when it gets too hot or too cold. But we don’t want anyone else to be able to say that they get hotter or colder weather than we do.

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Arrest made in possible meth lab in Oswego

An arrest has been made as a result of the investigation into a possible methamphetamine lab at 11 Gregory St. Oswego, according to Oswego police.

Brenda L. Howard, 41, who lives at the residence, was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a class D felony.

During the afternoon Wednesday, Oswego police, with the assistance of the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team), executed a search warrant at 11 Gregory St.

Pursuant to the execution of said search warrant, items used to manufacture methamphetamine were seized. Those items, coupled with other evidence gained during the investigation, allegedly showed that Howard possessed them with the intent that they be used to manufacture methamphetamine

Around 11 p.m., the scene has been released and Gregory St. reopened.

Howard was held at the Oswego City Police Department pending arraignment in Oswego City Court. The investigation is continuing and further arrests are possible.

CCC Board of Trustees declares financial exigency

During its monthly meeting on July 17, the Cayuga Community College Board of Trustees passed a resolution in an 8 to 1 vote declaring financial exigency.

The declaration follows the board’s approval of a conservative budget of $30.32 million last month. That budget goes before Cayuga County Legislature for approval July 23.

In declaring financial exigency, the college may lay off employees to close the gap between projected revenues and projected expenditures.

“After all the cuts and reductions made thus far, we must turn to our personnel costs in order to balance the budget,” said President Daniel P. Larson. “Depending upon enrollment, we’ll know how much needs to be done.”

Personnel costs represent nearly 80 percent of college expenditures. In order to find sufficient budgetary reductions, the college will have to decrease expenditures in that area.

Some savings can be found in retirements, attrition, and modifications of part-time hours. For example, if the college has fewer students, it will not need to hire as many adjunct professors. Layoffs are another possibility.

With seven weeks before the start of the fall semester, enrollment data indicates that the college is currently at 80.9 percent of fall 2012 final full-time equivalent and 1.16 percent below where enrollment was at the same time last year.

These numbers will continue to change until the final fall FTE numbers are recorded for late-start courses.

“We will keep our students and our educational mission at the heart of our decisions,” Larson said. “Our goal remains to deliver the highest quality education and support to our diverse student body population as we move forward in righting the fiscal challenges facing the college.”

Earlier this year, the college announced it needed to reduce expenditures of its $32.36 million operating budget by approximately $1.5 million before the end of the fiscal year on Aug. 31 to help make up for an unexpected five percent enrollment decrease.

Approximately 90 percent of college revenue is tied to student enrollment, so dramatic fluctuations in enrollment have a significant impact on the budget.

Last fall, senior leaders and budget managers identified more than $778,000 in savings through employee retirements, operating budget reductions, cuts to travel, and reductions in part-time employee hours.

In spring, three of the four bargaining units at the College as well as managerial and confidential employees, executive staff, and the president accepted furlough days and helped close the budget gap for this year. While gains have been made in closing the budgetary gap for 2012-13, there is still a gap of approximately $400,000.

The college will honor the agreements that they reached with three of the bargaining units: Maintenance and Custodial Group, Educational Support Professionals, and the Administrative Professionals Group.

Those agreements guarantee no layoffs of the groups’ employees through Dec. 31.


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