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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Fulton school board considers combined hockey team

by Nicole Reitz

Superintendent Bill Lynch and Athletic Director Chris Ells came before the Fulton Board of Education last Tuesday to discuss the possibility of merging other districts with the varsity hockey team.

Lynch said that the district is currently in conversation with Phoenix, Red Creek and most recently, Central Square. Central Square currently has a combined program with East Syracuse-Minoa.

Other school districts would be responsible for transporting their students. Licensed drivers could drive themselves to practice as long as parents are comfortable with that.

“We’re not responsible for how the students get to practice,” said Lynch.

Students in other districts must also follow Fulton’s code of conduct standards. Ells said that he would be in constant contact with those schools athletic directors, making sure the students are passing classes and meeting required attendance.

In order for the Fulton varsity hockey team to go further with a combined team, first there would need to a policy change. The old policy limits the opportunity to combine teams only in the event of dissolving the team because of lack of participation.

“We are precariously close with our participation numbers,” said Lynch.

Fulton’s varsity hockey team currently has 17 to 18 players, including ninth graders. This past year, there were no significant injuries or eligibly issues, but if there were, participation would be too low to continue on with the season.

Potential numbers of the combined team were shared. The Fulton team is looking at up to 32 students with 23 suiting up for a game. The rotation of the players would be up to coach Todd Terpening.

Ells said that Terpening is ready for the venture and recently provided him with a plan about how a two-hour practice would look like with 25 to 30 students on the team.

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Bodley’s Got Talent raises $1,462

Bodley-RothrockKate_Wby Kate Rothrock

Can you believe it is May already? Time is flying by! Not to mention May and June are busy months. Prom, AP tests, senior day, senior dinner dance, and last but not least graduation are all soon!

Prom is in just three days!  Prom, called “Under the Stars,” will start at 7 p.m. at the American Foundry in Oswego. To anyone that is going, have fun and be safe. It will be a night to remember!

What a better way to start off prom day by taking the SATs this Saturday. Good luck to anyone taking them!

Seniors! There are tons of scholarships available in the guidance office and due dates are soon! Don’t miss out on the chance to apply for free money for college! Every little bit helps.

Seniors, also mark your calendars for Senior Dinner Dance June 14. This event will be from 6 to 11 p.m. at Wysocki’s Manor in Cicero.

“Bodley’s Got Talent” raised $1,462 to go to three charities. The profit will be split between the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hope for Ariang and Habitat for Humanity Oswego County Chapter.

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Port City Roller Derby gears up for third season

Port City Roller Derby will offer five home bouts in Crisafulli Rink entering the league’s third season playing this fast-growing sport.

Competing its first two years as Oz Roller Girls, PCRD’s Breakwall Bombshells will kick off its season May 25 hosting the Roc City Roller Derby B-Sides.

The veteran Rochester team won the only meeting between the leagues last season in a 205-188 thriller.

June 15, Port City will host the Albany All-Stars Roller Derby A Team. Oz topped Albany’s A squad twice last year in two exciting bouts, 204-162 in Albany, and 219-173 at home.

The annual intraleague bout will take place July 20. Two teams of Port City Roller Derby skaters will vie for pride.

Port City will welcome the Black Diamond Derby Dames Aug. 17. It is the first meeting between the local league and Black Diamond, based in Northern Pennsylvania.

PCRD will close the season with a doubleheader Sept. 14.

The Breakwall Bombshells will take on the Capital City Derby Dolls Dolly Rogers from Ottawa, a nationally ranked Canadian squad.

PCRD’s B squad of newer skaters will host the rookie Finger Lakes Lunachicks league.

Most home events also will feature bonus bouts with the Port City Roller Derby Juniors, a league for younger skaters ages 10 to 17.

More information on these matchups will be provided when opponents are confirmed. Doors open for bouts at 5 p.m. with action starting around 6 p.m.

The Breakwall Bombshells will take their show on the road for at least five away bouts: May 4 at Albany; June 1 at Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby’s Hellbilly Heartbreakers in Olean; July 13 at the Kingston Derby Girls’ Disloyalists; Aug. 10 at the Dolly Rogers in Ottawa; and Oct. 5 at the Ithaca League of Women Rollers’ Bluestockings.

A portion of proceeds from each bout will support a local charity. Last year, the league donated more than $1,000 in money and supplies to several Oswego County not-for-profits.

Season tickets are now available from the Season Tickets tab on the league’s web site at www.portcityrollerderby.org.

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