Village election

by Sandra Blanchard, Hannibal

I wrote a letter to the editor in The Valley News recently, asking to make our government accountable.

I was surprise to see that the 19th of June was the wrong date for village elections as I had called the village clerk to confirm the date. Some how there must have been a miscommunication.

The correct date for the village election is the June 18.

Mayor Fred Kent’s two-year term is up along with two-year terms of trustees Joseph Caruana and Wendell Blanchard.

The elections will be held at the Hannibal town hall again June 18.

Many of our elected seats are filled year after year unopposed. We need people that live within the Hannibal village willing to run for these seats and work to make Hannibal a better and safer place to life.

Don’t forget to vote June 18.

Talent sought for third annual Arts Fest

CNY Arts Center is looking for local talent to compete for prizes during the third annual Arts Fest June 8 at Fulton’s War Memorial Community Center.

Prizes will be awarded in four categories according to age, under 12, 12-20 and 20 and older and a new separate category for bands.

Focused on discovering hidden talents, event co-chair Kiley Casper said, “We want to encourage everyone from the youngest to the oldest to come and share your family-friendly talent, whatever it is. We know the region has many wonderful performing artists. Arts Fest is an annual celebration of all the arts and we hope to draw talent in multiple categories whether it is dance, vocalists, musicians or bands, or even drama, storytelling or stand-up comedy.  This is an opportunity to appear before an audience and receive helpful feedback from our judges.”

Casper continues, “We’re especially excited to add a specific category for garage bands this year – groups just emerging or performing only part time for the joy of the music. We have had a good response from local bands and we want to encourage their participation by giving them a separate competition category that better suits their talents.

“We expect this festival to grow each year and become a highlight of the summer,” she added. “Being held at the Community Center at the War Memorial gives us ample space for a stage, featured entertainers and a powerful talent competition all in one accessible location. We hope the community will embrace this celebration of the arts and come out for a day filled with the best and brightest of Central New York.”

The talent competition will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with prizes awarded by 1:30 p.m. Performers may register online at or call 592-3373 for more information.

Carolee Ashby’s family to appeal to U.S. Attorney’s office

by Carol Thompson

The family of Carolee Sadie Ashby are hoping the U.S. Attorney’s office will give them an audience to hear their story and determine if criminal charges can be filed against the person who confessed to the hit-and-run death of the four-year-old.

Carolee’s mother, Marlene Ashby, along with family members, met with a private attorney Wednesday to learn their options.

It’s hard for the family to accept that there will be no repercussions for 63-year-old Douglas Parkhurst, who recently confessed to police to hitting Carolee on Halloween night in 1968 as she crossed South Second Street in Fulton with her sister Darlene.

The family learned that there could be an option for criminal charges through the U.S. Attorney’s office. Their lawyer discussed a possible loophole in the law, although the family said they were instructed not to speak about it.

The family is also having the laws of 1968 thoroughly researched. Police told the family that Parkhurst can only be charged with laws that were on the books at that time and that those that were are long past the statue of limitations. They are searching to determine if there were any laws in 1968 that could be applied today.

Parkhurst’s confession led police to the car that hit Carolee. It had been hidden behind a house in the Town of New Haven area, covered with brush.

At the time Carolee was hit, with no knowledge of the driver’s identity, the family paid for Carolee’s burial expenses, in part with a partial payment received from their own insurance company.

Because the case was open, the Ashby’s insurance would not pay in full.

With the case now closed, the Ashby’s may now be eligible to collect the money that the insurance company wouldn’t pay in 1968.

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Fulton Ultimate Frisbee season begins

sb10061547dh-001by Rob Tetro

Fulton’s Ultimate Frisbee season will begin May 12, according to organizer Rob Wimler.

For those who are not familiar with Ultimate Frisbee,Wimler described Ultimate Frisbee as a great sport that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

The game is a combination of football and soccer but without the contact associated with both sports. However, instead of using a football or a soccer ball, the game is played with a frisbee.

Ultimate Frisbee meets are played on fields that are organized similar to how a football field is organized.

One team has possession of the frisbee and has to pass it back and forth until someone is able to catch it in the endzone. But like football, if the frisbee is fumbled or intercepted, the team that forces the turnover will then have possession of the disc.

He pointed out that with spots on the field for deep receivers, cutters or players that stay back to handle the frisbee, there is a space on the field for everyone.

To read the rest of the article, pick up a copy of The Valley News. You can subscribe by calling 598-6397 or click on the link on our home page.

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 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 or sign up online at

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.

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