Obituary: Edwin Wells

Edwin Wells

Edwin J. Wells of Phoenix, died Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Morningstar Residential Care Center, Oswego, after a long illness.

Mr. Wells was born Sept. 5, 1923 in Oswego to his late parents, Mabel (Horr) and Edward Wells.

He was a member of the D-Company 29th Infantry, Oswego, during World War II.

He was a member of the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Department, Enterprise Fire Co., for over 52 years. He was a member of VFW Post 5540, and a life member of American Legion Post 418, both located in Phoenix.

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Obituary: Mary Castaldo

Mary E. Castaldo, 91, of Oswego, died Saturday, March 3, 2012 in Morningstar Residential Care, Oswego.

Mrs. Castaldo was born in Fulton, the daughter of the late Joseph and Carmella (Mussolini) Munger. She was a resident of Oswego most of her life. Mrs. Castaldo enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of the American Contract Bridge League.

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Obituary: Robert Retallick

Robert “Bob” Raymond Retallick, 79, of Idaho, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 at Heritage Homes in Rexburg of causes incident to age and dementia.

Mr. Retallick was born Dec. 15, 1932 in Mechanicville, N.Y. to Howard Wilson Retallick and Alice Atkins. He spent almost his entire life in the state of New York.

He attended Union University School of Pharmacy in Schenectady and later earned his master’s degree in hospital pharmacy administration from Long Island University. He worked as a pharmacist most of his adult life.

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Obituary: William Chapman

William Chapman

William Chapman
owned Foster’s in Fulton

William J. Chapman, 85, of Fulton, died Thursday, March 1, 2012 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

Born in Fulton, he was a life resident. He owned and operated Foster’s in Fulton for 38 years. He had partnered with Dick Bergan and Leo Greco to form BCG Development Corporation, which helped to develop the downtown area of Fulton.

He was a communicant of Holy Family Church. He had attended Oswego State.
An Army veteran, he served in Japan. He was a charter member of Beaver Meadows Country Club.

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Fulton Area Home Show to be held March 31

Booths and exhibits from building suppliers, home repair specialists, and financial institutions will fill the Fulton War Memorial for the sixth consecutive year when the Fulton Area Home Show returns Saturday, March 31.

The free home show is an opportunity for local homeowners and potential homebuyers to get a glimpse of the  many services available for buying, selling, renovating, and sprucing up a home.

The show runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and features a special guest this year. Carol Bradford will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to talk about gardening, pruning and other landscaping Ideas.

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Laughing Through Life: March 7, 2012

Andrew Henderson

by Andrew Henderson

I recently wrote about my handyman skills — or lack thereof — in a previous column.

However, it seems that my one and only shining quality when it comes to that sort of thing is now diminishing — just like an athlete who is slowly coming to terms with his or her declining abilities.

This is probably not a shocker to you, but my family has learned never to call on me to fix things. Instead, they have learned to call on me to help move large objects.

How can I say no? They bribe me with food. When food is involved, I’m game to move anything.

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At The Fencepost: March 7, 2012

Karen Abbott

by Karen Abbott
It’s been awhile since I told the story of my violin.

On Christmas Day, I found that my cherished instrument had been collecting mold along an outer wall throughout the fall. I tried and tried but couldn’t get the mold out of the case.

So I finally replaced the case and bought a new steel E-string to replace the rusted one.
Right around that time, a friend asked me to come over and tune her daughters’ school instruments in order to save her an extra trip at odd hours. I thought it’d be the perfect chance to rosin up my bow and play a little again.
We had a fun time playing at their house. I won’t say “playing together,” because we really didn’t. We couldn’t, actually, because violin, viola, and cello don’t share a clef. This makes note-reading music impossible, unless you know multiple clefs (which I don’t).
We knew some of the same songs, but we couldn’t play together.  Nevertheless, being string players, we still all played.

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Ready to perform – March is Music In Our Schools Month. Throughout the month of March, over 1,500 students in the Fulton City School District will be presenting numerous performances. Pictured are members of the Fulton Junior High School Band & Orchestra as they prepare for their upcoming concert. From left are Hannah Bennett, Crystal Heyworth, and Liliana Rivera.

March is Music In Our Schools Month

Ready to perform – March is Music In Our Schools Month. Throughout the month of March, over 1,500 students in the Fulton City School District will be presenting numerous performances. Pictured are members of the Fulton Junior High School Band & Orchestra as they prepare for their upcoming concert. From left are Hannah Bennett, Crystal Heyworth, and Liliana Rivera.

March is Music In Our Schools Month.

Music In Our Schools Month began as a single statewide celebration in 1973 and has grown over the decades to encompass a day, then a week, and then, in 1985, a month long celebration.

The purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children and to remind the community that school is where all children should have access to music.

Music In Our Schools Month is celebrated by hundreds of thousands of students, friends, and families in communities worldwide.

During the month of March, more than 1,500 students in the Fulton City School District will be presenting numerous performances.

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