Fulton softball ends regular season with win over Mexico

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team concluded the regular season May 16 with a win over Mexico.

After a scoreless first inning, Fulton jumped out to a 2-1 lead during the second inning. However, Mexico stormed ahead during the third inning. The Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Raiders by two runs to take a 5-4 lead.

Fulton took over from there. The Lady Raiders scored six unanswered runs during the fifth and sixth innings to come away with a 10-5 win.

Fulton’s regular season comes to an end with a 10-6 record, which qualifies them for the sectional playoffs.

The Lady Raiders will host New Hartford tomorrow night.

Mexico was led by Holly Reitmeier, Chelsea Roach and Brooke Wills, who all had a hit and an RBI.

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Fulton Service Clubs offer the Meaning of Memorial Day

The theme for this year’s Memorial Day Salute Parade is “America, United We Stand.”

Many area individuals, organizations, businesses and industries will try to develop their interpretation of this theme in the vehicles or floats they will enter in the parade today, May 25.

The Fulton Memorial Day Salute is a two-day event that is 32 years old this year, started and carried on by the four Fulton Service Clubs. The present service clubs working on this year’s events are the Fulton Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary, and the Sunrise Rotary clubs.

The four service clubs have always been assisted by the Fulton Veterans Council in promoting and putting on this event. In years past, the Optimist and the Fulton JayCees were participants. These two clubs have since disbanded.

Several of the men and women who work on the Memorial Day Salute Steering Committee are veterans.

Organizers offered the meaning of Memorial Day: “As we enter the 13 year of the 21st century, our thoughts are with the men and women who protected our freedoms for the 237 years America has existed.

“During the last century, we had many conflicts. World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and The Gulf War come to mind. All in all, over 625,000 brave Americans have died fighting in a U.S. uniform during the 20th century.

“In this century, we have experienced two conflicts, one touching our shores on September 11, 2001, which have lead to conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We must keep these brave men and women, who are serving on active duty, in our thoughts and prayers as we experience this Memorial Day.

“How did Memorial Day come to be? The actual birthplace of Memorial Day is the nearby village of Waterloo. Shortly after the Civil War ended, a Waterloo druggist named Henry Welles collaborated with Union General John B. Murray to organize a local tribute for the war dead. The program included processions to and from the cemeteries, military music, speeches, wreaths, crosses, and bouquets.

“Of all the early such remembrances, Waterloo’s 1866 program most closely resembled Memorial Days to come. The pristine village of about 5,300 located only 40 miles from Fulton, in central New York’s Finger Lakes region, still follows its original Memorial Day model. “

In 1966, when Lyndon B. Johnson was President, he proclaimed Waterloo to be the official birthplace of Memorial Day. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Memorial Day, Waterloo opened to the public a 22 room Memorial Day Museum. Waterloo has the glory of officially holding the ‘first’ Memorial Day Program, but in reality, over two dozen communities in both the north and the south have claimed to be the birthplace of Memorial Day.

“The Memorial Day Salute Committee is very aware of the program they are offering to the community. We have never treated it as a celebration, but a program designed to raise the community’s awareness of the importance of this day of remembrance.

“The Fulton Veterans Council has a more traditional program on the Monday (the official Memorial Day) of Memorial Day weekend in which they visit the cemeteries and place American flags on all known veteran’s graves, and honor the deceased veterans at the various monuments around our city. Flowers are set out and a wreath is thrown in the Oswego River to honor those who have died at sea.

“Recently, it was published that the World War II veterans are dying at the rate of nearly 1,000 a day. These men and women are at least 83 years old and most are older. Many newspapers mark the obituaries of veterans with an American flag. This is a very nice thing to do.

“Many years ago, before 1966, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day. This name comes from the fact that by the end of May, even in our northern climate, the flowers were in bloom and it was time to decorate the cemeteries.

“While the high death rate of the American Civil War (1860-65) was the initial reason for starting Memorial Day, this should not be the only reason for this holiday. Today, we should remember our deceased loved ones no matter if they are veterans or not.

“The Fulton Service Clubs and the Fulton Veteran’s Council have established Fulton’s way to remember this most important holiday. In the fall of each year, all of the Veterans’ organizations in the Fulton area choose a Veteran of the Year. This person is the Grand Marshall of the Memorial Day Parade. This year’s Grand Marshall is World War II veteran, Alfred Myhill.”

Virginia D. Bailey, retired from Nestle

OBITS-BaileyVirginiaVirginia D. Bailey, a lifetime resident of Bundyville, died at home Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the age of 94.

She was born at home Oct. 2, 1918, a daughter to the late Fred and Eunice Loughrey.

She retired in 1980 from Nestle Company where she worked for 32 years and was the longtime sexton of Fairview Cemetery in Bundyville.

She enjoyed gardening and studying genealogy.

She was predeceased by her husband, Earl C. Bailey, who died April 22, 1988; a daughter, Janet Bailey; grandson, Larry C. Bailey, Jr.; two daughters-in-law, Karen Bailey and Jean Bailey and by three brothers and one sister.

She is survived by two sons, Earl “Jerry” Bailey and Larry C. Bailey Sr., both of Bundyville; a sister, Lorraine Trenca of Oswego; four grandchildren, Debbie Denery, Connie Wallace, Gail Blum and Daniel Woodard; six great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 29 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Bundyville. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 at the funeral home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Bailey may be made to Fairview Cemetery-Bundyville, c/o Willard Spaulding, 2081 County Route 1, Lot 15, Oswego, NY 13126.

Daniel Atkinson, BAC Local #19 member

OBITS-AtkinsonDanielDaniel G. Atkinson, 49, of Scriba died Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at his home with family by his side.

He was born in Syracuse and has been a resident of Oswego most of his life.

He was the son of David Atkinson of Florida and the late Ann Marie (Petrowski) Atkinson. He was predeceased by his daughter, Angela Atkinson.

He was a member of BAC Local #19, Utica, where he worked as a bricklayer for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mari Atkinson of Scriba; their children, Tara (Ryan) Pritchard, Daniel (Kristina) Atkinson II, Karyn Atkinson, Kassidy Atkinson, and Mari Atkinson, all of Scriba; sister, Janice (Clarence) Deacons of Florida; brother David (Barbara) Atkinson II of Florida; and three grandchildren, Savannah, Kamryn, and Sophia.

Calling hours will be held Friday, May 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St., Oswego. Burial will be in North Scriba Cemetery.

Donald Clark, JCB graduate

Donald Gary Clark, 65, of Volney, died May 6, 2013 at home after a long illness.

He was born in Syracuse, a son to the late Donald I. and Roberta Klock Clark and resided in Volney for the past 46 years.

He graduated from J.C. Birdlebough High School and had worked as a printer for the Phoenix Press. He was a hunter and a gun collector.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Gloria Nichols Clark, who died in 2001.

He is survived by his children, Donna Clark Catherman and David Clark, both of Fulton; a sister, Cynthia (Lennie) Longo of Fulton; two brothers, Perry Clark of Fulton and Russell Clark of Liverpool; a step-mother, Joan Clark of Winter Haven, Fla.; two grandsons, Daniel Catherman, Jr. and Dustin Catherman, both of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours or funeral services. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Janet Shepard, Phoenix resident

Janet H. Shepard, 58, of Homestead Avenue, Phoenix, died Monday, May 20, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Syracuse.

She was born to her late parents, Evelyn M. (Waldron) and John Pagliaroli Jr., July 31, 1954 in Syracuse. She was a 1972 graduate of John C. Birdlebough High School. She was a homemaker and a member of the Pennellville Fire Department Auxiliary.

She was predeceased by her husband of 33 years, William Elmer Shepard, Dec. 5, 2011; her mother, Evelyn, May 17, 2009; her father, John, July 30, 1994; and her sister, Geraldine Pagliaroli, Feb. 2, 1999.

Surviving are her son, Robert J. Pagliaroli of Phoenix; her brother, Harold Pagliaroli of Fulton; her sisters, Ethel “Morey”  Carlson of West Warwick, R.I.,  Mary Williams of Phoenix, and Nancy Pagliaroli of Phoenix; two granddaughters; five great-granddaughters; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There will be a calling hour Saturday, May 25 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Diane Bradshaw officiating.

Interment will follow the ceremony in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St. Phoenix.

George M. Wise, former Volney historian

George M. Wise, 80, of Richland, died Thursday, May 2, 2013 at his home with his family by his side.

He was born in Volney, the son of the late Duane and Ellen (Boigel) Wise.

Mr. Wise is a former car dealer for R.E. Davis & Son of Oswego. Mr. Wise served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 until 1955.

He was the historian for the Town of Volney for many years and a member of the Volney Historical Society.

Mr. Wise was predeceased by his wife, Betty Wise.

He is survived by his children, Shellie (Harry Groves) Wise of Gansvoort, Zane Wise of Chicago, Kris Wise of Fulton, Sally Wise of Pulaski, and George Wise of Fulton; grandchildren, Eliza, Cortni, and Corina; and several brothers and sisters.

Gathering for family and friends will be held Sunday, May 26 at the Volney Municipal Building from 1 to 4 p.m.

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

Sister Joanne Fuchs, former Fulton resident

OBITS-FuchsJoanneSister Joanne Fuchs, a Sister of Mercy for more than 66 years and a longtime nurse, died Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Mercy Health Care Unit. She was 89.

Born Johanna Fuchs, she entered the Sisters of Mercy April 16, 1947, a year after graduating from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She made her perpetual profession on Dec. 21, 1952.

Born in Dade City, Fla., Sister Fuchs moved with her family to Fulton, where she attended elementary, junior high and high school, graduating in 1942.

She worked for a year and attended the Mercy nursing school before earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing from D’Youville College. She worked at Mercy Hospital, Kenmore Mercy and St. Jerome Hospital in Batavia, where she spent more than 50 years as a nurse supervisor.

She is survived by three sisters, Christine Ostrowski, Rosemarie Meiers and Bertha Palamar.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held in Mercy Center Chapel.

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