by Jerry Kasperek
Since writing about “Annabell” in my last three columns, I have been reminded of other individuals — “characters” you might say —who once lived in Fulton and now thrive only in our hometown folklore.
Let’s begin with Crazy King. I believe he lived way out on South First Street and was a junk dealer. I seem to remember that his big, old farm truck had a long wooden rack with no sides and that the cab was open-aired as well.
From his vantage point high up on his seat, he’d cackle like a maniac and shout, “I’m Crazy King” and say obscene things to the ladies walking along the street
“Don’t ever let him get near you,” I was told. Don’t worry! I thought. I won’t!
He was a big man in dirty overalls with an unshaven, scary and foul look and smell about him. Ugh! But I don’t recall ever hearing of him ever hurting anyone and I don’t know what became of him.
The very opposite of Crazy King was Chick Tallman. He wasn’t dirty or loud and was known as a gentle soul.
In the summer, you could spot him walking with a broom in hand on his way to Recreation Park to clean off home plate at the baseball diamond or softball field. He was dedicated to his self-appointed job and the umpires would let him do his sweeping to the approval of the players and crowd! It made everyone feel good, no less than Chick himself!
We have been experiencing a very un-winter-like winter this year. Even after a spate of snowfall activity over the weekend, which may have bounced some of us back to reality for the moment, we are still looking at totals which are well below normal for this time of the year.
I have friends, both in Syracuse where I live, and here in Fulton, who up to the last few days of February are convinced that wherever we live in the Central New York area we’re going to receive a lot less snow this year than we’re accustomed to.
Those cheerful thoughts got me digging through a pile of old Fulton Patriots that I had found in my basement a few weeks ago.
One of the papers is dated March 17, 1992. A headline on the front page of that paper read: “Snow Gets National Attention” – then the really good news; “47.5 inches in four days.
The Department of the State of New York recently awarded the Town of Hannibal Highway Department with a $120,000 grant. Hannibal Highway Superintendent Dan Mahaney was able to obtain a grant through the combined efforts of former Senator Aubertine and Senator Ritchie’s offices. The grant, which was designated for equipment purchases, made it possible for the town to purchase a 2011 front-end loader with all the newest technology, pictured here.
The Fulton Squirts pose with Sergeant Rob Doran after their home game to Midstate where they paid tribute to the Army sergeant who is now serving in Afghanistan. In front from left are Kaleb Calkins, Derek Carter, Madison Lewis, Eric Shear, Jarred Willis, and Chayton Sykes. In middle row are Nathaniel Lindsey, Andrew Hyde, Calexander Connolly, Noah Delaney, Jonathan McCann, and Jadon Lee. In back are Assistant Coach Jarred Willis, Assistant Coach Frederick Lee, Doran, Head Coach Tim Connolly, and Assistant Coach Jeff Hyde.
Oswego Community Christian School will be holding its annual open house March 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The open house will allow residents of the community to meet teachers, review curriculum, and tour the school, which is located at 400 E. Albany St., Oswego. Refreshments will be served. Those seking more information may call the school at 342-9322 or visit www.myoccs.org.
Thousands of creative Central New York junior and senior high students submitted their best art work and hundreds received honors for their award winning entries in the 2012 Central New York Scholastic Art Awards program, sponsored by M&T Bank.
Over 4,500 works of art were judged in 15 categories for entry in national competition and to receive local cash prizes and special recognition. Following the recent Awards Ceremony, a 1,000 piece exhibit of winning art works was unveiled at Onondaga Community College. The exhibit is free and open to the public through March 2 in the Whitney Applied Technology Center on OCC’s campus. Select works will also be on display at the Everson Museum of Art, in Syracuse, in March. Gold (first place), silver (second place) and honorable mention awards were given for eight-piece senior portfolios of fine art and photography, as well as individual pieces from juniors and seniors representing categories that include painting, sculpture, film & animation, textiles and more. Continue reading →
The late Robert H. Brunell witnessed firsthand the devastation and loss that emerge from war as a U.S. Army soldier and interpreter who participated in the D-Day invasion, he saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and served on a reconstruction team in Paris. Following his military service during World War II, Brunell turned his life path toward education, earning a bachelor’s from Colby College and a master’s from Middlebury College, and conducting postgraduate studies at Syracuse University. He then went on to become one of the longest-serving teachers, not only at Cayuga Community College but also within the New York State University system, devoting 57 years to teaching before dying unexpectedly in 2004.
But his legacy of bridging communication gaps continues today through Cayuga’s Brunell Visiting Scholar in the Humanities program, established through an estate gift from the professor. This year’s Brunell Visiting Scholar — the world-renowned musician, humanitarian, and photographer Samite Mulondo — shares several experiences and traits of Brunell himself. Continue reading →
Oswego Industries, Inc. and its sister agency ARC of Oswego County have announced the hire of Lyndsay Frank as Director of Communications and Community Relations for the organization. In her position, Frank is responsible for fundraising, donor relations, communications, special events, public awareness and media relations for both organizations.
Frank comes to Oswego Industries, Inc. from Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania, a dropout prevention organization, where she served as Executive Director of the Capital Region affiliate based in Harrisburg. Prior to that, she worked in the public relations division in the Harrisburg office of Tierney, a full-service agency, based in Philadelphia, where she worked on a variety of clients including Verizon Wireless, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, FELD Entertainment, Jack Welch MBA program and the ACES Train, to name a few. Frank received her Bachelor’s Degree from Pennsylvania State University and currently resides in Fulton.