Phoenix softball team seeks to defend sectional crown

by Rob Tetro

You can’t blame Phoenix varsity softball coach Casey Jones’ excitement for the upcoming season.

The majority of a team that won a sectional championship a year ago returns this year.

“They are in super shape and look good,” Jones said.

Jones suggested that if his team can realize its potential the Firebirds could see another successful season for the Lady Firebirds.

Phoenix will feature seven returning starters from a 2011 team that went deep into the state playoffs.

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Roy Hodge

Hodgepodge: March 24, 2012

by Roy Hodge

“Why would anyone have eight kinds of mustard in their refrigerator?” asked the person who wasn’t looking for mustard.

“Eight, we only have eight!?” the only other person in the house exclaimed.  “We must have emptied the other five or six jars.”

Okay, let’s take a look at the mustard in our refrigerator.  When you open the door the first mustard you spot are the ones in the squeeze bottles.

They stand out because they are in the shelf on the inside door of the refrigerator, the bottles are larger, and in the case of French’s “Classic Yellow” mustard, the brightest.

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CNY Arts Center’s to hold second annual Arts Fest

The CNY Arts Center’s second annual Arts Fest will be held June 9 at Fulton’s War Memorial Ice Rink.

With more space to work with at the festival’s new location, the Arts Center is revamping the entire event and allowing room for even more vendors.

The 2011 Arts Fest was held by the river in downtown Fulton, which limited vendor space, and made it difficult to consolidate the art exhibits with the food and entertainment.

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Carrold Puffer, born in Fulton

Carrold Andrew Puffer, 68, resident of Laurel Baye Health Care and formerly of Honea Path, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Barnwell County Hospital.

Born in Fulton, he was a son of the late Carrold A.Puffer and Scillenia Puffer.  He was an U.S. Navy and Air Force veteran and was a construction worker.

Surviving are a daughter, Lisa Todd of Honea Path; sons, Kirt Ernest Ennley, Danial Scott Puffer and Lee Andrew Puffer, all of Atlanta, Ga., Cap Anderson and Troy Anderson, both of Kansas, and Bud Puffer of Fulton; a brother, Thomas Puffer of Texas; and a number of grandchildren.

A private family service will be held. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Harley Funeral Home & Crematory was in charge of arrangements.

Appeal filed in Alan Jones case

by Carol Thompson

A lawyer representing Alan Jones has filed an appeal in the case.

Jones was convicted of murdering his 11-year old step-sister Erin Maxwell in 2008.

He is being represented by attorney John Cirando, who will argue that the evidence failed to show depraved indifference murder and that the weight of evidence does not support the jury’s verdict.

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In And Around Hannibal: March 24, 2012

by Rita Hooper

Once again I write this column from Puerto Rico — this time from the airport where I’m waiting for my flight to Hartford, Conn. later this afternoon. I should be home by the time you read this.

This past Saturday was St. Patrick’s Day. You might be interested in knowing that there are a good number of Irish pubs in Puerto Rico and there is an Erin Go Braugh sailboat docked in the marina here that does charters!

Soon they will be painting a shamrock down the street in our little coastal town of Luquillo (lou-key-joe); they will be having a corned beef and cabbage picnic for all downtown, too.

This week, we met a man named Dr. Rick who worked with Jane Goodall, the ape lady, and also with SU on the clean-up of Onondaga Lake. My friends met him at breakfast while I was at church. He lives in PR and has a small eco-farm; what he doesn’t use, he donates to food pantries.

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Eleanor Mack, Florida resident

Eleanor Bacon Mack, 89, died Friday, March 16, 2012 in Florida.

She was a 40-year resident of Pine Grove Road, Cicero, before moving to Port Orange, Fla. in 1998. She was a graduate of CCBI and worked for Farmers and Traders Life Insurance.

Later she was secretary for her husband’s companies, Mack Auto Parts and Cicero Auto Sales.

Mrs. Mack was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the former Fort Brewerton Chapter No. 180 Order of the Eastern Star.

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View From The Fourth Floor: March 21, 2012

by Carol Thompson

Yesterday was St. Baldrick’s Day.

Representatives from across Oswego County were honored with a proclamation from the legislature at Thursday’s meeting.

Oswego County Undersheriff Gene Sullivan was one of the participants who went bald in support of kids with cancer.

The money raised from the event is used toward cancer research. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is second only to the U.S. Government in funding childhood cancer research.

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