Valley Viewpoints: Big Brother

by Rodney DeLong of Fulton

I would like to share a concern regarding the people who run our local fire district. All elected officials swear an oath to “support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of New York,” and that they will “faithfully” discharge the duties of the office… to the best of their ability.”

I have recently had several issues with the commissioners of the Cody Fire District. For most people, the process for addressing concerns is to call one of the commissioners or attend a district meeting to bring up these concerns. The Cody Fire District has determined that my concerns and issues should not be bought directly to the commissioners, but rather through their attorney.

Ok, fine, for the last 2-3 years I have been bringing my concerns to their lawyer as requested. Unfortunately, the commissioners still don’t care to address some of my issues (they pick and choose what they want to address).

Now they have decided that I shouldn’t call their lawyer either, but hire a lawyer to talk to their lawyer. This is ridiculous, if they would allow me to use the same method of communication as everyone else, they wouldn’t have to pay a lawyer to take care of my concerns.

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Phoenix softball holds off Oneida

by Rob Tetro

Seven innings of play didn’t declare a winner when the Phoenix softball team took Oneida Saturday.

Despite trailing by three runs early in the game, the Lady Firebirds fought back to force extra innings.

After 10 innings, Phoenix got the extra run that it needed to come away with a 6-5 win over Oneida.

Oneida got onto the scoreboard right out of the gates. By the end of the first inning, it held a 2-0 lead. Oneida added another run during the top of the third inning, which brought the lead to 3-0.

During the bottom of the fourth inning, Phoenix began its comeback.

The Lady Firebirds scored a run and scored two more runs to tie the game at 3-3 during the bottom of the fifth inning.

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Square dance club to hold fund-raiser

The Shirts ‘n Skirts Square Dance Club is hosting a fund-raiser Saturday, June 2 from 2 to 10 p.m. at the Kenney Middle School on Cayuga Street in Hannibal to benefit The ALS Association.

The event is in honor of Elaine Eno, a graduate of Hannibal Central School and a long-time dancer who was diagnosed with the disease early in 2010 and died in March of 2011.

Modern western square dancing and cued round dancing will be offered by several area callers and cuers who will be donating their time. Dancers from Central New York area clubs are expected to attend and dance in the main gym at the school.

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Light In The Darkness: May 23, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” – Romans 13:1

This verse is usually called upon to remind us to be submissive to authority. It is a reminder we need for it is easy to adopt a wrong attitude when we see men and women in authority having little or no fear of God. It is good to be reminded that God tells us those in authority hold their respective positions because He, Himself placed them there. In Daniel 2 we read, “He removes kings and sets up other kings.”  Thus, to be in submission to those over us is to be in submission to God. There are time, of course, when we are not to submit (Acts 4:19) but all this is for another time.

Today I want to address how these passages also speak to those who are in positions of authority.  You hold a position that was established by none other than God and He says that He has specifically appointed you to serve there. Thus, you do not simply hold a position of power and authority, but you have responsibility to God.

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Pictured is the gravestone of James Brannigan in the Post Cemetery at Fort Ontario.  Brannigan was a Union Army soldier who drowned in the Oswego River in 1865.

Fort Ontario hosts Memorial Day ceremony and 1814 Battlefield Tour

Pictured is the gravestone of James Brannigan in the Post Cemetery at Fort Ontario. Brannigan was a Union Army soldier who drowned in the Oswego River in 1865.

A special Memorial Day commemorative program will be held at the Fort Ontario Post Cemetery at Monday, May 28 at 1:30 p.m.

Wreath laying ceremonies will be conducted by the Daughters of the American Revolution, U.S. Daughters of 1812, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and the Friends of Fort Ontario. A tour of the May 5-6, 1814 battlefield will be conducted by Fort Ontario Superintendent Paul Lear following the program.

All Memorial Day activities at the Post Cemetery are free and open to the public. Old Fort Ontario will be open to the public Memorial Day and regular admission will be charged; children 12 years and under are admitted free.

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Karen Abbott

At The Fencepost: May 23, 2012

Karen Abbott

by Karen Abbott

Early Monday morning I drove up to the front of a local thrift store, intending to drop off some items I didn’t need in my new apartment.

The whole sidewalk in front of the building was covered with litter: torn black garbage bags, boxes, furniture piled at odd angles. A large truck was backed up to the far right-hand side.

For a moment, I thought it was a garbage truck picking up the trash strewn across the storefront. Then I realized it was a donation truck, there to pick up the larger pieces of furniture for transport to another location.

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Poetry Corner: The Gauchos

by Jim Farfaglia

The Gauchos

Memorial Day Weekend, 1968.

A 9 year old boy leans against his bicycle,

waiting in anticipation,

just across the street

from the Nestles parking lot.


He watches them prepare for the parade:

tuning their horns,

strapping on their drums,

shining their wooden rifles,


then follows them through their whole route:

first to the cemetery,

where their Taps echoes through gravesites,

then to the Sealright Parking lot,

over to City Hall

and on across the Broadway Bridge.


He listens to tune after tune:


Lawrence of Arabia

Oye Como Va

and their crowd pleaser

Blueberry Hill


which brings them to the War Memorial,

where all of them stand tall

in black bell-bottomed pants,

white shirt and gloves, red cummerbund

and atop each head, a sombrero.


And the boy imagines himself

someday wearing that uniform,

of someday belonging to that family:

The Ambassadors For Our City.

The Pride of Fulton, New York.

Andrew Henderson

Laughing Through Life: May 23, 2012

Andrew Henderson

Andrew Henderson

The Major League Baseball season is now in full swing and the St. Louis Cardinals are the defending World Series champions.

Life is good.

As you are probably aware by now, I am a huge baseball fan and I especially enjoy the history of the game.

I enjoy reading how past ballplayers from the lates 1800s to early 1900s jumped trains from one city to the next to play for teams such as the Brooklyn Superbas, Grand Rapids Shamrocks, Pittsburgh Alleghenys, and the Jersey City Skeeters.

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