Paul McKinney

A Little Of This And A Little Of That: May 5, 2012

by Paul McKinney

When you search the noun “saga” in the dictionary, the synonyms that pop up include: story, tale, account, chronicle, history, narrative, legend, and yarn.

I have been thinking of sharing this saga for a few weeks now. In reading it, you can decide just what you would call it if it were your tale to tell. The chronicle goes something like this:

June 30, 2011: Accident occurred on Route 48, Town of Granby; car was hauled to collision shop in Syracuse.

July 1, 2011: My insurance company (MIC) notified of accident. I was told to report accident to other insurance company (OIS) to avoid having to wait for my deductible.

July 1, 2011: I called OIS; spoke with agent who reported the information. Met with collision manager who estimated repairs to be at $8,000 and three weeks to repair.

July 12, 2011: I called collision manager to find out how repairs were proceeding and was told that the car was still in the parking lot because OIS had not yet made claims inspection.

I called MIC agent’s office and requested that the claim be processed through MIC.

July 14, 2011: Collision manager received faxed estimate of $8,918.19. I was told that it would involve three weeks of repairs. I rented a car at my own expense.

July 20, 2011: OIC finally accepted liability for the accident.

AUG. 1, 2011: I met with collision manager who told me additional repairs were needed. Supplemental claim submitted to MIC for $9,000. Weekly phone calls were made to collision shop as additional damages were discovered. Two more supplemental claims were submitted to MIC. Total for collision repairs now exceeds $20,000.

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Pauline LaPage, worked as a waitress

Pauline LaPage, 85, of Hannibal, died Sunday, April 29, 2012 at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton after a long illness.

She was born in Potsdam to the late Pearl (Parry) and Frank Deon. Mrs. LaPage has been a resident of Hannibal for most of her life. She was a waitress for several years working at Grandma and Grandpa’s, Fulton and Mimi’s, Fulton. She was a past member of TOPS and the Moose Auxiliary.

Mrs. LaPage was predeceased by her husband, Perry LaPage, and two sons, William and Larry LaPage.

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Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame to induct five members

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame will induct five new members during a ceremony tomorrow, May 6.

This year’s inductees are Jay Seymour, Ray Gregory, Frank Allen, Jr., Della Daniels and Ronnie Beeman.

Jay Seymour

Jay Seymour has been involved in bowling since 1976. He credited his father for bringing the sport of bowling into his life. His father began teaching Seymour how to bowl when he was 10 years old.

Throughout his career, Seymour has earned many achievements and held many positions, including a seat on the association board.

Seymour has 29 300-games and 10 800-series. He has a high series of 866, which is an association record.

Seymour said it was a great honor to be inducted into the hall of fame, especially when he will be inducted with one of his friends, the late Ray Gregory.

Ray Gregory

The late Ray Gregory began bowling when he was 10 years old at what was then called Bowlarama in Fulton. Gregory was mentored by junior coach Jerry Guernsey.

Gregory soon became a competitive bowler who was often a tournament favorite. He won a Junior State Championship, which was followed up by involvement in men’s leagues. Gregory joined a five-man team that took part in the Western and Central Team Tournaments in Rochester. This team came away with $25,000 from its participation in this event.

Gregory worked in many secretary/treasury positions for the bowling leagues he took part in. He was a member of the Fulton Bowling Association Board for 12 years, including several years as board president.

In recent years, Gregory also won many tournaments, including New York State Miller Lite Doubles, Multiple League Championships and two New York State Elks Team Championships.

He also won in the New York State Elks All Events Championships with a nine game scratch total of 2,387.

Gregory went on to win five Fulton Board Association Championships and the 1990 Valley News Masters while also earning a runner up finish in the Syracuse Post Standard Masters.

Throughout his career, Gregory had seven 800-series with a high series of 838. He also had 19 300-games, one 299-game and two 298-games.

2011 Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame inductee Mike Guernsey bowled with Gregory for many years.

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County residents urged to ‘Fight the Bite’ this mosquito season

by Andrew Henderson

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie and the family of Maggie Sue Wilcox are urging Central New York residents to “Fight the Bite” to prevent Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

“With mosquito season right around the corner, it’s more important now than ever that Central New Yorkers take steps to protect themselves from this deadly disease,” said Ritchie.

“The fact is everyone is at risk — and self-defense is the best defense when it comes to safeguarding ourselves against EEE.”

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New York News: May 5, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

Elected officials are always coming up with ways to communicate with their constituents.

Probably the most popular way is Facebook.

After using Facebook for five months, Assemblyman Robert Oaks said it has greatly enhanced his efforts to better communicate with residents of 128th Assembly District, which includes Hannibal, Oswego and Minetto.

Since Oaks’ page went online in December, nearly 250 people have visited and clicked the “like” button.

“I’m pleased with the positive feedback I’ve received about the page, which is updated sometimes as frequently as two or three times daily,” Oaks said.

Recent wall posts have reminded people about the importance of shopping locally, informed them about prescription drug collection and celebrated the accomplishments of local residents.

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The push to make using synthetic drugs a crime in New York State is gaining momentum.

The state Senate recently passed legislation to penalize users of synthetic drugs. Assemblyman Will Barclay said it’s the Assembly’s turn to adopt legislation.

“This is the next step to combating these drugs,” said Barlcay. “There has to be consequences for users, similar to how marijuana or illegal narcotic users are penalized.”

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Valley Viewpoints: Open bridge railings

by Gail Chesbro of Fulton

I enjoyed reading Jerry Kasperek’s column Saturday. How I loved shopping at Harper’s. They always had just what I was looking for.

I was especially pleased that she called attention to the Broadway Bridge and the fact that the New York State Department of Transportation is going to update it.

I want to add my voice to her and, I hope, many others, in requesting that there be new, open railing so that as we travel back and forth, we can enjoy the wonderful view that our city is blessed to have.

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Children’s events, entertainment planned during Memorial Day Salute

The Fulton Memorial Day Salute will include events and entertainment geared toward children.

Throughout the day Saturday, May 26, Hayley Starr will be offering face painting and making balloon animals for the children.

Starr has been twisting balloons for about 20 years, learning when she was just 11 years old. She appears weekly during the summer at the Oswego Farmer’s Market.

At 2 p.m., the Magic of Virgil will begin.

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Legislators asked to approve funds for asbestos study

by Carol Thompson

A request for $30,000 for an asbestos study is under consideration by the Oswego County Legislature.

When legislators meet Thursday, they will be asked to approve the amount of $30,000 to test for asbestos in county facilities.

County officials recently learned that a number of ceiling tiles in the older portion of the Department of Social Services building contained asbestos.

The testing was reportedly prompted by an employee complaint.

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