Hope Fest comes to Fulton War Memorial June 7-9

A special event is coming to the Fulton War Memorial June 7, 8 and 9.

Hope Fest is an outreach presented by Christian churches throughout Oswego County that have come together in unity to provide opportunities for people to hear and see the gospel through music, messages, prayer and personal stories.

“The vision for Hope Fest is to bring the message of hope, joy, love and peace to so many in our area who are suffering with burdens of addiction, sickness, unemployment, abuse, and despair,” said John Palm, one of the founders of Hope Fest. “With Jesus Christ alive and active in peoples’ hearts and lives, we’ll see lives changed in powerful ways that will bless our entire community.”

Doors open nightly at 5 p.m. and the event gets under way at 7 pm.

Palm and his wife of 50 years, Mary Lou, were drawn to Oswego County in early 2012 after serving as missionaries to Australia.

“I was given a vision for ‘Oswego’ and we didn’t even know what or where ‘Oswego’ was,” Palm said. “We looked it up on a map, and we started writing letters to the churches in the Oswego area.”

The pastors from River of Life Assembly of God in Fulton and Martville Assembly of God in Martville both wrote back to the Palms.

Before long, the couple journeyed around the world to upstate New York because the vision that God shared with them was one for revival – something that these two churches as well as many others, have been praying for.

“We believe that revival is very close, and that it will be like nothing that has ever happened before in this area,” Palm said. “We’re very excited and we want to share what God has done already in so many lives.”

Palm will be the evangelist for two nights during Hope Fest, and his son, Joe Palm, who is a church pastor in Orlando, Fla., will fill that role on the remaining evening.

The other guest speaker is Julio Roque, former drug addict and gang member who now pastors Lighthouse Christian Center in Baltimore, Md, which is the Palms’ home church.

“There will be live music each night featuring worship bands from around Central New York,” according to Laurie Ludlow, event director for Hope Fest.

Also, shuttle bus service will be provided within the City of Fulton during each night of Hope Fest.

Those interested may check the event’s web site at www.hopefest2013.com for the schedule of stops and times, as well as more information about the event in general.

People who are seeking prayer for special needs, such as physical healing, restoration of broken relationships, freedom from addictions, will have the opportunity to receive prayer each night of Hope Fest, Palm stated.

“Mary Lou and I have seen many miraculous healings in our 40 years of ministry,” he noted. “We fully believe and expect to see more of them during Hope Fest.”

Local residents will be sharing personal testimonies during this event including Andy Henderson, who has been managing editor of The Valley News in Fulton for the past 13 years; and Norman “Jay” Foster, Fifth Ward councilor for the City of Fulton.

“We are very blessed to be able to present this event in Fulton,” Ludlow stated. “We are grateful to the many churches, businesses and individuals who are providing prayer, donations, and volunteer support. We look forward to seeing the Fulton War Memorial filled to overflowing each night of Hope Fest 2013.”

Hope Fest 2013 is a free community event being presented by the Fulton Evangelism Committee under the financial oversight of River of Life Assembly of God, 815 Oneida Street, Fulton, NY 13069.

Oswego County receives grant for emergency call center

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $9 million in Public Safety Answering Point grants have been awarded to 24 counties — including Oswego County — through the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Interoperability and Emergency Communications.

PSAPs are call centers that are responsible for answering emergency calls and dispatching police, fire or ambulance emergency services to the public.

“These grants provide critical support to local governments to improve, streamline and consolidate emergency communications systems,” Cuomo said. “By taking advantage of these grants, local governments are strengthening their ability to respond more effectively and efficiently to any emergency situation and thus raising the level of their ability to serve and protect the citizens of New York State.”

Oswego County will receive a  $836,009 consolidation grant.

“PSAP awardees demonstrated significant needs for improving public safety answering points and saw the fiscal and programmatic value in consolidation,” DHSES Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer said. “These grants will help counties improve service through consolidation and collaboration.”

The State Interoperability Grant Program, for the 2012-13 state budget, consisted of two parts. The first, and larger portion, was for $102 million and was awarded in February to 29 counties across the State to help improve the ability of first responders to communicate with each other and promote a network of regional partnerships that will include State agencies.

The PSAP Grant is the second portion of the program and is intended to reimburse counties for costs associated with consolidation and improvements. As a result, $7 million was awarded to applicants for reimbursement of PSAP consolidation, improvements and enhancements, and $2 million was distributed for reimbursement of sustainment and operating expenses in consolidated PSAPs.

Two candidates running for two open seats on Fulton school board

by Nicole Reitz

The annual budget vote for the Fulton City School District’s 2013-2014 budget will be held Tuesday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Voters will also have the opportunity to cast ballots for two open seats on the Fulton School Board.

The candidates elected will served three-year terms and will begin their term of office July 1. Christine Plath and David Carvey will appear on the ballot. Board member Brian Hotaling has decided to not run again. His term expires on June 30.

With two candidates running for the two available seats, there is not a contest race.

This is Plath’s second attempt at running for the board. She ran in the 2011 election, one of the seven candidates running for four open seats.

She has decided to give it another try after not being voted in.

Plath said that she is fully aware of how public education operates and how schools run. She taught at Mexico High School for 30 years and retired in 2010 as the assistant principal of Mexico High School.

Plath taught summer school for 11 years and was the summer school principal in Phoenix for one year.

She currently teaches as an adjunct math professor at Cayuga Community College. She also tutors students who attend school in the Fulton City School District.

Having both an educator and administrator background, Plath hopes to communicate students’ needs.

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Harris Brown Jr., Local 73 welder

Harris “Brownie” Brown Jr., 75, of Fair Haven, died Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Oswego Hospital.

Mr. Brown was born August 22, 1937 in Watertown, a son to the late Harris O. and Clarice M. Kiah Brown. He retired from the Local 73 in Oswego as a welder. He attended Ogdensburg Free Academy and St. Mary’s Academy Class of 1956.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sara; three children, Kraig Brown of Syracuse, Debra Davis of Norwich, and Basil Brown of Pulaski; one step-son, George Vollrath of Central Square; two granddaughters, Kelly and Shannon; one sister, Mary Lou McKee; and two nephews, Terry and Todd McKee of Ogdensburg.

A memorial service will be held privately. Memorials may be made to the Fair Haven Fire Department or to the Fair Haven Food Cupboard in his memory.

Arrangements were entrusted to Becker-Keysor Funeral Home, Red Creek.

Elsie A. Davis, retired from Nestle

OBITS-DavisElsieElsie A. Davis, 102, of Fulton, died Monday, May 13, 2013 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

She was born in Plainville, a daughter to the late Ernest and Minnie Welch. She lived most of her life in Fulton and resided for nearly 25 years in Baldwinsville. She retired from the Nestle Company in 1976, where she worked for over 40 years.

She was a member of the former First Congregational United Church of Fulton, B.P.O.E. Lodge Auxiliary, Elizabeth Chapter #105 Order of the Eastern Star and the Cairo Temple Daughters of the Nile.

She was predeceased by her husband, Earl F. Davis, who died in 1994; three brothers, Clark Welch, Lester Welch and Kenneth Welch; and by a sister, Mary Hanley.

She is survived by a sister, Ruth Palmer of Fulton and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Calling hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 17 with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Burial will be in Jacksonville Cemetery, Lysander.

Contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Fulton’s annual art show to be held this weekend

The Fulton Art Association’s 40th annual art show and competition will be held Saturday, May 18 from 10 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 from noon to 4:30 p.m.

It will be held in the Community Room at the Fulton Municipal Building at 141 S. First St., Fulton.

A reception will be held Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The association’s artists range in age from high school to senior citizen and they come from all walks of life. They are residents from Fulton, Baldwinsville, Central Square, Cicero, Hannibal, Liverpool, Mexico, Oswego, and Phoenix.

During the weekend, all visitors to the show will receive a ballot to vote for their favorite entry in the show. The Viewer’s Choice Award will be tallied Sunday afternoon and the winner will be announced in the press with the award winners.

All raffle drawings at the show will take place on Sunday afternoon. Those participating do not need to be present to win.

Proceeds from the show raffles are designated for the High School Invitational show expenses.

Light In The Darkness: May 15, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead.” — Romans 1:20

Though we cannot see God, his eternal power and glory are clearly evident in all those things He has made and the tremendous works that he does. His attributes are evident not only in the creation that we see, but in the power that holds that creation in working order.

It reveals who He is so clearly that we are told in Romans 1:20 that,  “Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

The magnificent beauty of creation, the astounding diversity of living creatures and  the incredible magnitude of the cosmos all point so clearly to an intelligent, all-powerful, eternal creator that those who choose not to believe are left with no excuse for their unbelief. Even without a word spoken, God has revealed Himself to every man.

Yet even this magnificent creation with all its wonders is not His crowning achievement. For that, His only Son had to die. Nothing in all of creation has revealed the depth and breadth or quality of His character so much as the redemption of mankind through faith in Jesus Christ.

“Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.” — 1 Peter 1:10-12

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May Mystery

by Jim Farfaglia

May Mystery


Oh, lowly dandelion,

sneakiest of all weeds,

rising above the new-spring grass

to proclaim yourself a sun-god.


There’s no controlling you,

laying claim wherever you choose,

and sending your root so deep

it looks like you’re here to stay.


But wait!

Maybe you are something regal,

maybe you do command magical powers –

for, overnight, your golden sunburst


becomes a feathered snow-globe,

and, now, atop your throne you sit,

waiting for a noble breeze

to carry you into next May.

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