Broadcast industry entrepreneur to emcee Torchlight ceremony

A new and traditional media executive, entrepreneur and industry leader, and a pioneer in cable television and broadcast production services, 1977 SUNY Oswego graduate Louis A. Borrelli Jr. will serve as master of ceremonies at the college’s Commencement Eve Dinner and Torchlight Ceremony May 17.

The Oswego Alumni Association will welcome Borrelli and all graduates of SUNY Oswego to participate in what is one of the most deep-rooted Oswego traditions the night before Commencement.

More than 75 years ago, Lida S. Penfield, a 1907 graduate and professor at Oswego, for whom Penfield Library is named, wrote “The Message of the Torch.”

The Commencement Eve dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. following a 5 p.m. cocktail reception in the Campus Center arena and convocation hall. The Torchlight Ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. on the Campus Center north lawn.

Borrelli is currently an investor, active board member and adviser to several early-stage media companies. He is chief marketing officer of NimbleTV, board chairman of live music streaming service ShowGo.tv and board member of smart advertising platform Piiku.

Borrelli was previously president and chief executive officer of NEP Broadcasting, senior vice president at America Online, and was a founding partner, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Marcus Cable Co. He began his cable career with UA-Columbia Cablevision.

Borrelli has served on several industry boards, including the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Cable Advertising Bureau, National Academy of Cable Programming, Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing and the Metro Cable Marketing Co-Op. He is a two-time CTAM TAMI award winner (1996 and 2000), received the Pinnacle Award from CTAM Texas in 2001 and was elected to the Cable Pioneers in 2002.

Borrelli is the founder and, with fellow alumnus Al Roker of the Oswego Class of 1976, sponsor of the annual Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit.

The dinner will feature remarks by Borrelli to graduating seniors and their families. Student emcees for the dinner will be Oluwaseyi Lamidi and Audrey Hinnant. The Class of 2013 Senior Legacy Gift will be presented by Jessica Paul. Outstanding senior awards will be presented.

Senior Tyler Edic will deliver a special message to students at the Torchlight Ceremony, and Leslie Look will be the student mistress of ceremonies. The Torchbearer will be Claire Budzinski, and the Class of 2013 Inner Circle representatives will be Sarah Bernier, Kelly Corwin and Monica Saroff.

The Torchlight Ceremony is free and open to all who wish to attend, and all alumni are invited to participate in the inner circle.

Reservations for Commencement Eve events are due by May 3. Those seeking to make a reservation to attend may call 312-2258, e-mail alumni@oswego.edu or sign up online at http://alumni.oswego.edu/torchlight.

Saturday is Mayberry Day in Fulton

Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward met recently with the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce’s Fulton Project Bloom committee to proclaim today, May 4, 2013 Mayberry Day in the City of Fulton.

Mayberry Day is a beautification project to clean up sand, salt and debris in the city after a long winter.

Local businesses as well as organizations, student groups and private citizens have all participated in this clean-up.

Groups or individuals interested in participating may call Joann at the Fulton Department of Parks and Recreation at 598-3593 to “register” themselves or their group and they will be assigned an area to work or you may request an area.

This helps insure that all area’s needing assistance will be attended to, plus it will provide a meeting spot for clean up and supplies.

Clean up begins today, May 4 at 8 a.m. and ends approximately at noon. A representative from each team can pick up supplies at the chamber office at 12 Canalview Mall, starting at 7:30 a.m. Trash bags will be supplied, with a limited number of safety vests and gloves available. Gloves and brightly colored clothing are recommended.

More information is available by contacting the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 343-7681.

Marian Fanning, retired teacher

OBITS-FanningMarianMarian Hudson Fanning, 90, of Volney, died Monday, April 29, 2013 at her home surrounded by her family.

A native of Granby, she lived in the Volney and Fulton areas most of her life. She graduated in 1944 from Oswego Normal School where she received her teaching certificate. She taught kindergarten at Port Byron Elementary School in Port Byron and concluded her 34 year teaching career at Moses DeWitt Elementary School in DeWitt.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fulton, Kayendatsyona Chapter of D.A.R., Fulton Women’s Club, A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary where she volunteered in the snack bar for many years, various bridge clubs, N.Y.S. Retired Teachers Association and Oswego State Alumni Association.

She enjoyed playing golf, starting at the age of 65, and was a member of various golf leagues and was an avid bridge player.

She traveled to Ireland and Switzerland and resided in Bonita Beach, Fla. during the winter months.

She was predeceased by her twin brother, Daniel Hudson; brother, Verner Hudson; sister, Sally Wilcox; and sister-in-law, Jean MacDougall.

Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Fay Fanning of Volney; children, Fred (Elaine) Fanning of Northampton, Mass. and Mary Ellen (Bob) Guyette of Volney; grandchildren, Kelly and Carson Fanning, Amy (Phil) Ilardi and Scott and Jeffrey Guyette; great-grandson, Colton Ilardi; siblings, Harriet Rowell of Westdale and Henry (Beverly) Hudson of Granby; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 3 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton with services immediately following. Rev. Mark Kimpland will officiate.

Contributions may be made to The Kara Fund, 5827 Augsburg Circle, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

William Raymond II, U.S. Army veteran

William B. Raymond II, 55, of Phoenix, died at home Saturday, April 27, 2013.

He was born in Syracuse to the late William B. and Barbara (Kilbourne) Raymond I. He has been a resident of Phoenix since 1996. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served from 1974 to 1975.

Mr. Raymond worked as a presser for the Tailor Division for Pietrafesa, Co., Liverpool.  He enjoyed fishing and NASCAR. He was an avid reader of newspapers.

He was pre-deceased by his brother, Joseph Strunk.

Mr. Raymond is survived by his wife of 33 years, Anita Raymond of Phoenix; children, William B. (Ashley) Raymond III of Fulton, and Nichole (Dan) Gibides of Fulton; six siblings, Barbara Painter of Tennessee, Theresa Strunk of Tennessee, Amy Brown of Tennessee, Michael Strunk of Tennessee, Timothy Strunk of Flroida, and John Strunk of Indiana; two grandchildren,  Jayce Dena Gibides and Damien Cage Raymond; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and burial will be private. Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton has care of the arrangements.

Samuel Giambo, Army veteran

OBITS-GiamboSamuelSamuel J. Giambo, 80, of Oswego, died Saturday, April 27, 2013 after a sudden illness while on vacation.

He was born and raised in Oswego, the son of the late Anthony and Virginia (Amedio) Giambo. He remained a lifelong resident of Oswego. He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church and a member of the American Legion and the Dante Alighieri Lodge, Oswego.

He served in the United States Army from 1954 until 1962.

He worked at Miller Brewery in Fulton from the time the plant opened until its closure in 1994. After retirement, he relished in the warmth and sunshine of Florida winters. When spring arrived, he returned to Oswego where he would often spend the afternoons gardening.

As the child of Sicilian immigrants, he carried on the wine-making tradition passed down to him by his father. He and Anthony Mesiano spent many hours tending to their small vineyard.

He was predeceased by his wife, Jean Giambo, in 1999; son Thomas; and grandson Philip.

He is survived by his children, William (Irene) Giambo of Hudson, Fla., Cindy Giambo and partner, Cynthia Lyons-Brush of Atlanta, Ga., and Suzanne (Kevin) Watts of Oswego; his grandchildren, Stephanie Mandurano of Oswego, Steven Mandurano of Seattle, Wash., Karl Giambo of Hudson, Fla.; and Brittany Watts of Oswego; two great-grandchildren; and his companion of 12 years, Emma Jean VanDusen.

A memorial service was held Monday in St. Joseph Church, Oswego. Burial was in All Saints Mausoleum.

Arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Marjorie Phelps, worked at Birds Eye

Marjorie Crouch Phelps, 82, of Fulton, died Monday, April 29, 2013 at home following a long battle with cancer.

Born April 1, 1931 in Volney to the late Hulbert and Sara Crouch, she lived over 40 years in Fulton and worked in packaging at Birds Eye Foods of Fulton for many years.

Surviving are her children, David and Rory Jones of Michigan, Debra Jones of Tennessee, Lorrie Wordan of Martville, Diane “Dee” Sabin of Central Square, Wendy Kolb of Albany, and William Sabin of Fulton; her brother, Lee Crouch of Oswego; her sister, Beverly Babcock of Albuquerque, N.M.; and several grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, March 4 at 2 p.m. at her home, 79 Patrick Circle, Fulton.  There are no calling hours.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Turning the Calendar

by Jim Farfaglia

Turning the Calendar

 

Today we climb aboard another month

and survey its uncharted waters,

ready to begin our voyage

on this shipful of promising days:

 

the watertight Monday-through-Fridays,

those smooth-sailing weekends,

and, off in the distance,

the high peaks of holidays

and harbor lights of the moon’s phases.

 

The ship’s captain has already logged

the port stops of doctor appointments

and eagerly-awaited destinations

of passengers’ birthdays,

landmarks we’d be wise to watch for

if we want this to be a smooth ride…

 

all the way to our journey’s end,

where we’ll dock just one night,

waiting for the next wave

to flip us up and over

 

into a new month.

Light In The Darkness: May 1, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” — Colossians 1:13-14

The word “redeem” simply means to recover something, usually by paying a price. To redeem something costs something.

It also carries the idea of ownership and implies the restoration of something that has been forfeited, pawned, stolen or lost. That which is redeemed is restored to its rightful owner.

Jesus said in Luke 19: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.”

We know that He came to redeem mankind but the little word that implies Jesus is not speaking only of men but of something else as well and it is not difficult to identify just what that is.

We have only to refer back to Genesis to know what was lost. When we do, we find that two things were lost when Adam ate the fruit of the forbidden tree.  They resulted in the death of man both spiritually and physically.

Those two things were fellowship with the Creator and the moral power to live holy lives. The loss of moral power for righteous living made communion with the Father impossible.

These are the things Christ died to redeem. The actual outworking of that redemption would be accomplished by the indwelling Holy Spirit sent at Pentecost.  He restores consistent obedience as we walk in the Spirit, thus insuring unbroken communion with the Father.

The two are inseparable. Obedience is possible only in the Spirit and communion with God results.

One of the things it seems we have forgotten in this modern age is that man’s sin did not in any way change the requirements of the moral law.

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