Leon Archer

The Sportsman’s World: May 26, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

The time is drawing short on my turkey season and I still have yet to get a shot at a tom.

My hunt with Tom Duger was very enjoyable; although, I still have not gotten to the stage where I enjoy the getting up at 4 a.m. part, but we had a great morning.

Just as Tom had told me, there was a tom gobbling on the roost after we had set up. He gobbled after he had flown down and he worked our way, but he was with a bunch of hens.

The turkeys finally came into the field a couple hundred yards away from where we had set up, and lo and behold, they began working their way towards us. The group was mostly hens, but at least one long beard was in tow plus a couple jakes.

Everything seemed to be working out, but when the birds had gotten to about a ninety yards away, the jakes and tom left and headed back into the brush and trees, while the hens continued towards our position.

Eventually, two of the hens wandered right up to the decoys, giving them a good looking over before deciding they weren’t going to join their group and eventually walking away.

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Valley Viewpoints: Job well done

by David Cordone, Fulton Board of Education member

I am writing this letter to express my gratitude to those who performed their civic duty in voting on the recent school budget and for the candidates who had entered the race for two open seats on the Fulton Board of Education.

The margin of support for our schools was amazing! Thank you! Although this election cycle provided fewer interested candidates than the last cycle, the priorities and issues facing public education remain significant for the children of our community, our state, and our nation.

Fulton is fortunate to have an outstanding school district, a teaching staff that is comprised of outstanding educators and administrators, and community members who are willing to volunteer their service on our school board.

I wish to congratulate Rosemary Occhino her re-election and Daniel Pawlewicz on his election success to return to the Fulton Board of Education.

As experienced board members, I trust and know that they will continue to place the needs of our students first as I have served with them both.

The Fulton City School District was fortunate to have three outstanding candidates seeking election to two available seats on the board this cycle.

As one of our candidates was not able to be successful, I must take this opportunity to share my gratitude as a parent, fellow board-member, and as an educator to Robbin Griffin for her 21 years of service on the Fulton Board of Education.

Only those who have served in this capacity can relate entirely to her commitment to our collective cause.

Robbin has served as a highly effective school board member, in my opinion, not only locally, but she has been a presence in that role at the state and national levels as well.

As I began my board service with Robbin 11 years ago, I can attest to her immeasurable passion and leadership skill, her depth of knowledge, willingness to hear and imagine multiple perspectives, her commitment to the Fulton City School District, but most importantly that her only motivation through it all was our children and students, and the opportunities they deserve.

Our community, our school district, but most importantly the children and students of the Fulton City School District are the beneficiaries of Mrs. Griffin’s vision and her commitment to and her love for our community. This is her legacy as a leader.

It is with great privilege as a colleague that I must say, “Job well done, Mrs. Griffin.

You have been a tremendous leader and mentor to your colleagues, and you have set the bar very high for those who follow you in service.”

Lulubelle Conibear, former Fulton resident

Lulubelle H. Conibear, 66,  of Gunstock Creek Road, Ellijay, Ga. died Friday, May 18, 2012.

She was retired and had worked in factories as a bus driver, a nurse’s aide, and as a licensed practical nurse.

She was born Aug. 28, 1945 in Palmyra, and had lived in Fulton, Ellijay, Ga., Abilene, Kan. and Gentry, Ark., before returning to Ellijay last fall. She was a lifetime member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Morgan and Hazel Mae Emerson Conibear of Fulton, and all of her aunts and uncles.

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Mary McKechnie, interior designer

Mary June McKechnie, who was born Jan. 22, 1930, died May 16, 2012 after several months of illness.

She was an interior designer and had a great sense of style.

She is survived by daughter, Anne Butler and husband Lindsay of Brackney, Pa.; daughter, Jane Galbreath and husband Mark, Odenton, Md.; grandchildren James, Elizabeth, Aaron and William David; sisters Grace Wiltse and Judy Graham, both of Fulton; and great-grandchildren, Lyla, Katelyn and Dylan.

She was predeceased by her husband, William G. McKechnie; parents, Iva and Arthur Dumont Sr.; brother, Arthur Dumont, Jr.; and grandson, Thomas J. Butler.

Memorial services will be held today, May 26 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, 44 Main Street, Binghamton. The Rev. Dr. David Drebert will officiate.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Salt Springs, PO Box 541, Montrose, PA 18801; Trinity Episcopal Church Binghamton, 44 Main Street, Binghamton, NY 13905; or the Silver Lake (Pa) Fire Company, PO Box 133, Brackney, PA 18812.

Valley Viewpoints: Great equalizer

by Marian M. Stanton

To all the voters who supported their Fulton Public Library by voting “yes” last Tuesday, please accept my biggest thanks.

Thanks to every one of you, we will be open next Tuesday and all the Tuesdays, continuing to offer you excellent library service through our dedicated, hard-working staff.

If you haven’t been in for a while, stop in, look around, borrow a book, take home a DVD to watch tonight, or use a computer.

The world is at your fingertips at the Fulton Public Library.

When I was thinking about how to ask for your vote on this urgent issue, one of the items I came across is a quote from Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, which I didn’t use then but would like to share now:  “When you are growing up, there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The library is a great equalizer.”

Your Fulton Public Library stands ready to serve each and every one of you! Stop in soon.

County GOP endorses Ritchie for re-election

by Andrew Henderson

With more than 100 hundred people in attendance at Greenview Country Club, the Oswego County Republican Committee unanimously endorsed New York State Senator Patty Ritchie in her re-election effort.

Nominated by Oswego County Legislator Louella Leclair of Fulton and seconded by Oswego County ATV Club President Steve Cronk, Ritchie received a standing ovation and the committee’s overwhelming, unanimous support, said committee chairman Michael Backus.

“We are very proud of Senator Ritchie’s hard work for Oswego County in Albany, but personally I am even more thankful of her outreach here locally to keep us informed of everything she is working on,” said Backus. “From fighting for our families to saving businesses in Oswego County from even higher taxation and regulation, Senator Ritchie has earned our support.”

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