Rotarians seek homes for exchange student next school year

The two Fulton Rotary Clubs will be co-sponsoring a high school  exchange student during the 2013-14 school year.

The clubs  have been assigned a 17-year-old female student from Brazil.

The young lady will arrive in Fulton about Aug. 20 and return home about July 1.  The student must attend G. Ray Bodley high school.

Rotary requires that the students stay in three homes during each school year. This means that the student will stay with each family for about three and a half months.

As the student learns about the local culture, the host family has an opportunity to learn about the culture of the exchange students country.

Anyone interested in hosting this student or learning more about the Rotary student exchange program may call Judy Young at 593-1888.

Luther Dennison, retired Hannibal justice

OBITS-DennisonLutherLuther P. Dennison, 84, of Hannibal, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse after a brief illness.

He was born May 21, 1928 in the Town of Hannibal to the late, Harvey and Ruth Dennison. He graduated from Hannibal High School and married Joan Perkins on May 8, 1954.

He was a lifetime dairy farmer and had served as Hannibal Town Justice for 36 years, retiring Dec. 31, 2009. He was a member of Bowens Corners United Methodist Church; Hannibal Masonic Lodge #550 since May 1951; and Oswego County Magistrates Association.

He enjoyed spending time with his children, family and friends.

He was predeceased by a brother, Victor Dennison and sisters, Gladys Brewer and Helen Perkins.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Joan Perkins Dennison of Hannibal; their children, Linda (Joseph) Salvatore of Liverpool, Larry (Mary) Dennison of Hannibal, Keith (Melody Herring) Dennison of Texas, Jack (Sherri Bauer) Dennison of Hannibal, Jill (Glenn Cooper) Whalen of Hannibal, Kathe (Randy) Beckwith of Hannibal; a brother, Bernard (Vivian) Dennison of California and sister-in-law, Marian Schremph of Fulton; grandchildren, Jennifer, Kristina, Jamie (Meredith LaMont) Dennison, Eric (Michelle Hopp) Otis, Tiesha (Chris) Combes, Jami (Dan Hopman) Goldberg, Nicholas (Jennifer) Whalen, Jeffrey (Patty Stephenson) Beckwith, Jason (Brittany Rowe) Beckwith; step-grandchildren, Michelle Salvatore, Kristin (Alessandro) Bortoloni and Mark (Kelly) Salvatore; seven great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held April 21 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga Street, Hannibal. Burial was in Hannibal Village Cemetery. Calling hours were April 20 at Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bowens Corners United Methodist Church, 758 State Route 176, Fulton, NY 13069 or Hannibal Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 252, Hannibal, NY 13074.

SKYWARN spotter training session set for April 25

The Buffalo office of the National Weather Service will be conducting a SKYWARN spotter training seminar at SUNY Oswego’s Hewitt Union Room 213A Thursday April 25 at 7 p.m.

The training session is sponsored by the SUNY Oswego Meteorology Club and will last about two hours. There is no cost for the training.

SKYWARN is a national effort to save lives during severe weather emergencies with an expanding network of trained volunteer weather spotters.

SKYWARN spotters support their local community and government by providing reports of severe weather directly to the National Weather Service in Buffalo through amateur radio or by phone using the NWS spotter hotline.

The services performed by SKYWARN spotters have saved many lives.

The National Weather Service has a number of devices for detecting severe thunderstorms. Included in these are Doppler radar, satellite, and lightning detection networks.

However, the most important tool for observing thunderstorms is the trained eye of the storm spotter.

By providing observations, SKYWARN spotters assist National Weather Service staff in their warning decisions and enable the National Weather Service to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property.

The basic training session provides a brief overview of the National Weather Service organization and our responsibilities, severe weather safety, and basic severe weather meteorology including how thunderstorms, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes form.

Anyone can become a severe weather spotter for the National Weather Service.

Those seeking further information may call the National Weather Service at (716) 565-0204, ext. 223 or Mary Butwin by email at

Mt. Adnah Memorial Brick Walkway

The Mt. Adnah Preservation Foundation constructed a Memorial Brick Walkway at the site of the Case Memorial Chapel in Mt. Adnah Cemetery in 2009.

The walkway was constructed with funds donated in memory of Dawn Rogers Rowlee, a former director of the Mt. Adnah Preservation Foundation.

She had a keen interest in the Memorial Garden that was planted at the former Case Memorial Chapel site and the walkway is a lasting memorial to her dedication.

The foundation has added new plants to the Memorial Garden through the years.

This brick walkway begins with the walkway leading to the Chapel site and continues to the memorial bench at the East end of the site.

There are now over 185 inscribed Memorial Bricks located in this Memorial Walkway with room for several hundred more memorial bricks.

The Mt. Adnah Preservation Foundation will continue to sell Memorial Bricks until the entire walkway has been filed with inscribed memorial bricks.

Each brick may contain a maximum of 18 characters and spaces on each of three lines.

Brick order forms may be obtained from any Mt. Adnah Preservation Foundation director or at Foster Funeral Home, Sugar Funeral Home, Mt. Adnah Cemetery Office, and the Mt. Adnah Preservation Foundation, at P.O. Box 715, Fulton.

Memorial bricks must be purchased by May 20 for installation by Memorial Day.

Those seeking further information may call Brian Guyer at 592-2523 or by e-mail at

Fulton baseball loses to Bishop Ludden, Cortland

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball team recently lost games against Bishop Ludden and Cortland.

Bishop Ludden scored three unanswered runs during the fifth and sixth innings to come away with the win April 9.

Cortland scored five unanswered runs during the first two innings of the game en route to the win April 16.

The Red Raiders got off to a good start when they took on Bishop Ludden. They jumped out to a 2-1 lead to begin the game.

The game remained evenly played after Bishop Ludden tied the game at 2-2 during the second inning.

Bishop Ludden pulled ahead to take a 5-4 lead during the bottom of third inning.

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Green Jobs Green New York launches in Oswego County

by Nicole Reitz

At a recent Oswego Common Council meeting, the Public Policy and Education Fund announced the launch of the Green Jobs Green New York program in Oswego County.

The Green Jobs Green New York program is a statewide initiative offering eligible residents with free energy assessments.

The PPEF helps homeowners access the program by providing information about home efficiency incentives, and guiding them through the process.

The free energy assessment lets homeowners know where they are losing energy, and subsequently, money.

“We are really starting to focus on Oswego because of the older housing stock, which is generally inefficient,” said David Alicea, outreach associate.

“With many families already struggling, our program will help Oswego County residents save money while also helping the environment,” he added.

In addition to the free assessment, residents may be eligible for a 50 percent grant and a low interest loan to finance any home efficiency work.

The grant is based on household income and family size.

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Back from Florida

Leon Archer
Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

I was hoping that the weather would be a little more welcoming, but we are home all the same.

We left temperatures in the high 80s on Monday and enjoyed the mid 70s as we travelled up through the Carolinas and Virginia.

Things started to change by degrees Wednesday as we moved through Pennsylvania and then New York. By the time we were unloading some of the items from our truck, the afternoon temperatures were diving and we locked the truck, leaving the rest until the next day.

There would be no night crawlers on our first night home — that was for sure.

The pontoon boat travelled very well on our new trailer, and our truck hauled them both with ease. I think the most pleasant thing was having a trailer on which all the lights worked without a bunch of dinging on my part.

I get really bent out of shape sometimes when lights absolutely resist working properly on a trailer, and it’s not pretty.

I hope everyone read the information about bears from the DEC a couple weeks ago and took it to heart. While bears are seldom seen right here in the Fulton area, it is just a matter of time before readers will start seeing them or signs of their presence.


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Oswego County Legislature opposes early voting

by Carol Thompson

Members of the Oswego County Legislature passed a memorializing resolution in opposition of early voting.

During their meeting April 11, legislators opposed proposed state legislation that would establish early voting in primary, general and special elections.

Voting could take place up to 14 days prior to a general election and up to a week before a primary or special election, including Saturday and Sunday.

County legislators estimate the additional cost to be between $80,000 and $150,000 to local taxpayers. The resolution asks that counties be afforded the opportunity to opt-in, It also asks the state to bear the cost.

Legislator Shawn Doyle said election day is election day and residents can vote by absentee ballot. He added that early voting is skewing the voting system.

Legislator Terry Wilbur said they are encouraging people to get out and vote and to partake in the absentee policy. Wilbur said the state needs to take consideration of the cost.

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