Valley Viewpoint: Honest government

by Rose Anthony of Granby

When a citizen is elected as town councilor, this person should represent all of the taxpayers in the town.

I believe in honest and open government. As a resident of the Town of Granby, I attend each of our meetings once a month and I speak up if I have a question or something to say to the town board, especially if I feel something is not right or fair to all.

At the February meeting, a town councilor spoke quite awhile about insurance. Her husband is insured by the town as a highway department employee. She is employed by the Hannibal school district. She used two cliches phrases: “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander” and “you gotta grab what you can.”

I did not understand her use of these phrases regarding insured by the town as a council member, but questions were not taken from the audience following that meeting.

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Head Start enrollment begins in Phoenix

Head Start Pre-K is accepting enrollment applications for the 2012-2013 school year.

In the Phoenix School District, Head Start Pre-K is held at Discovery Day Care and offers four- and six-hour class sessions.

The program’s goal is promoting school readiness through hands-on learning experiences, active play, and nutritious meals and snacks.

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Thomas El-Hage, former Palermo resident

Thomas J. El-Hage, 80, of Baldwinsville, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

A native of Palermo, where he had resided most of his life, Mr. El-Hage moved to Baldwinsville in 2003. He had worked as a sales manager for Combined Life Insurance Company of New York, Mexico Academy Central School as the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds for 32 years, NYS Conservation Department/DEC and was a self-employed landscaper/general contractor.

He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Baldwinsville and a former communicant of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Fulton.

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Fulton couple married in Liverpool

Justine Mae Vehrs and Carl Richard Nylen, both of Fulton, were joined in marriage Friday, July 15, 2011.

The Rev. Doctor Russell Hall officiated the double-ring ceremony at Liverpool First United Methodist Church.

The bride is the daughter of Renae Vehrs of Fulton and William Vehrs, of Midlothian, Va. She was given in marriage by her father and her mother.

The groom is the son of Barbara Nylen of Central Square and Clarence Nylen of Fulton.

Maid of hon or was Jennica Vehrs, sister of the bride. Bridesmaid was Kristin Nylen, sister of the groom, and junior bridesmaids were MaKenna Cealie and Shaylee Cealie, cousins of the bride.

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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.

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