Kenneth C. Smithers Jr., 52, of Solvay, died Friday, March 23, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.
He was predeceased by his parents, Flora and Kenneth Smithers Sr.
Surviving are his sister, Flora (Martin) Long of Fulton; brothers, Perry (Maryann) Draper of Syracuse and Thomas Draper of Oswego; his girlfriend, Jennifer Brinkman and her daughter, Hailey Loucks; and several nieces and nephews.
This going to be a slightly more disjointed column than usual — it just happens that way sometimes. It has been good to receive so many positive comments on my travel tales. It’s really great to get feedback. I think these have been the most commented on columns since I wrote a column on the “famous spud” — otherwise know as the mighty potato — written when my children were still in school and I was a natural redhead!
Last week I had the privilege of being invited to Ole Fashion Days at Fairley School to play some ole fashion games with the students.
I think I aged 20 years with the invitation, but I surprised myself by climbing to the second floor and settling into the one-room schoolhouse that they had set up.
I missed getting a column in last week because I just got too busy, and by the time I realized it, my deadline had come and gone.
That’s not a good thing! We have our four “boys” down here, plus four grandchildren, and we have been going, going, going.
Monday, we got in a bit of fishing, but mainly we gathered a big bucket of oysters. Tuesday the guys and I were out fishing all day. We caught lots of lady fish, and a good number of silver trout. We added a few gaff-topsail catfish, and yours truly caught a nice Spanish mackerel about 4 pounds.