Kenneth Smithers Jr., Solvay resident

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.

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Kathleen Brennan, Clear Sound owner

Kathleen R. Brennan, 54, of Fulton, died Saturday, March 24, 2012 in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

She was raised in East Syracuse, the daughter of John and Florence Raulli.  She owned and operated Aimi’s Bridal Boutique for 14 years.

Most recently, she owned and operated Clear Sound Hearing in Fulton for six years.

She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church in Fulton and was also a member of the Oswego Yacht Club.

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Valley Viewpoints: Your debt

by Steve Balcom of Pulaski

You are an average American family, but, over a few years you have acquired a large debt. So, you hire a financial consultant to help you get out of debt.

After three years, your debt has increased by 50 percent and is still rising. Do you continue to hire the consultant? Absolutely not. My message here is plain and simple.

Why on earth, would you still want Obama on the payroll?

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In And Around Hannibal: March 31, 2012

by Rita Hooper

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.

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Pictured are Coach Rich Kuc, Dalton Scruton, Kyle Dixon, Joey Cerrillo, Noah Kuc, James Somers, Ryan Nosko, Austin Calkins and Andy Matteson.

Hannibal basketball travel team wins tournament

Pictured are Coach Rich Kuc, Dalton Scruton, Kyle Dixon, Joey Cerrillo, Noah Kuc, James Somers, Ryan Nosko, Austin Calkins and Andy Matteson.

The third and fourth grade Hannibal basketball team won first place in the 2012 Fran Matteson Memorial Hannibal Basketball Travel Tournament.

Hannibal defeated Fulton in a double-overtime game March 25 at the DMK Middle School.

The team includes Coach Rich Kuc, Dalton Scruton, Kyle Dixon, Joey Cerrillo, Noah Kuc, James Somers, Ryan Nosko, Austin Calkins and Andy Matteson.

Phoenix boys track team looks to build upon 2011

by Rob Tetro

Last season, the Phoenix boys varsity track and field team finished with a 5-3 record in league participation.

This season, Coach Keith Walberger said his team’s goal is to improve on its third-place finish in the Freedom League.

In terms of experience and maturity, Phoenix expects to have a balanced mix of participants in 2012.

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Big catch – The Sportsman’s World columnist Leon Archer displays the Spanish mackerel he caught dureing a recent fishing expedition in Florida. The mackerel weighed about 4 pounds.

The Sportsman’s World: March 30, 2012

by Leon Archer

Big catch – The Sportsman’s World columnist Leon Archer displays the Spanish mackerel he caught dureing a recent fishing expedition in Florida. The mackerel weighed about 4 pounds.

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.

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Hannibal girls track team receives boost in athleticism

by Rob Tetro

Hannibal girls varsity track And field coach Sue Friedrich suggests that her team’s goals for the season can be found in three areas of the sport: individual effort, focus, and attitude.

“The girls have the goal of doing their personal best, being focused and staying positive.” Friedrich said.

With only five athletes returning from last year’s team, the Lady Warriors lack experience.

Returning to the team are Kristen D’Angelo, Micheala Sheldon, Sierra Ingersoll, Reagan Rusaw, and Gabby Griffin.

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