George E. Fuller Jr.

George E. Fuller Jr. of Fulton, died March 9, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital after a long illness.

He was born in Fulton, son of George E. Fuller Sr. and Florence (Ware) Fuller, where he resided most of his life. He lived in Northern Quebec for five years. He was an avid outdoorsman.

He graduated from Fulton High School and served two years in the Army during the Korean War.  He was a member of the Elks Club and VFW in Fulton.

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At the Fencepost: March 14, 2012

Karen Abbott

by Karen Abbott

I’ve logged a lot of time in the car lately, driving till my back is stiff and my hip is locked up.

I knew this year would be difficult, commuting to work and driving the kids to school regularly. Even though the weather’s been cooperative for the most part, the months have taken their toll. I’m tuckered out.

One problem is that I’ve run out of things to think about on the drive. The music all sounds the same. The stations blur together until they sound like a horse fly buzzing my head on a hot August day.

I’m tired of books-on-tape and positive thinking. I’m physically tired enough that my mind doesn’t have the energy to fight the creeping negativity of slush and partly-cloudy.

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Erika Johnson

Bodley Bulletins: March 14, 2012

Erika Johnson

by Erika Johnson

First off, I hope everyone has enjoyed their day off to take in all of the nice weather we have been having or maybe to catch up on that hour of sleep we lost this weekend.

Spring may not have sprung quite yet, but this weather is quite deceiving! You won’t hear too many people complaining, if anyone at all!

Those loving it the most are those spring sport members. Who couldn’t ask for a better way to start off the season? Good luck to anyone still trying out for a spot!

Recently voted on by the junior class was the theme of the prom. The winner was a “Red Carpet Affair.” The prom is set for Saturday May 12 at the Landmark Theater, a perfect place for a GRB “celebrities” to make an entrance!  Continue reading

Tournament champs – The 7/8 Fulton Lady Raiders basketball team recently won the Phoenix basketball tournament. In front from left are Hunter Hartraft, Kate Meyers, Sydney Gilmore, Amylynn Holland, and Maranda Prosser. In back are Dan Gilmore, Joanna Pappalardo, Taylor Kesterke, Nicole Hansen, Brittney Alton, Karley Kearns, Mallory Harter, Aryelle Barbagallo, and Joe Pappalardo.

Fulton girls win Phoenix basketball tournament

Tournament champs – The 7/8 Fulton Lady Raiders basketball team recently won the Phoenix basketball tournament. In front from left are Hunter Hartraft, Kate Meyers, Sydney Gilmore, Amylynn Holland, and Maranda Prosser. In back are Dan Gilmore, Joanna Pappalardo, Taylor Kesterke, Nicole Hansen, Brittney Alton, Karley Kearns, Mallory Harter, Aryelle Barbagallo, and Joe Pappalardo.

Hardwork and patience finally paid off for the 7/8 Fulton Lady Raiders.

After good showings in past tournaments this season, the girls pulled it all together and played great team basketball during a recent tournament in Phoenix.

The girls opened the tournament with a 42-7 win over Pulaski. The Raiders played their way into the championship by beating Marcellus and Central Square.

In the championship, Fulton had to face Marcellus again and used a strong defense to help lead the girls to the tournament victory.  The girls will now compete in the St. Paul’s Tournament in Oswego.

Poetry Corner: First Flicker

by Jim Farfaglia

Ah-h…the flicker.
The words fly off my lips
for all the hope he brings.
A bird guidebook confirms my hunch:
the flicker is our only woodpecker
that feeds on the ground,
not venturing this way
‘til backyards of green appear.
There’s no denying it now –
Spring is coming!

See him hopping from spot to spot:
giddy as a toddler,
joyful as I to be his witness.

Watch him drilling into earth:
the first of us to break ground
for its sustenance.

Note the red V on his neck:
a welcomed scarlet letter,
moving like a piston.

Hear his pivotal message:
Go deeper, he urges,
deeper.

And the winter weary
welcome his call.

Light in the Darkness: March 14, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone. For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.” — Psalm 73:2-3

The writer of Psalm 73 was guilty of something that has been common even among believers. He fell prey to envy. He became susceptible to this sin when he took his eyes off his creator and began looking at the people around him.

As he did, he began to see many who appeared to be better off than he. The fact that they were unbelievers, living their lives with no regard for the Living God simply made matters worse. Why should they prosper when he suffered every day?
He began to envy and envy is a sin that never sees things clearly. It has selective vision. Envy sees only those who appear to be or to have more than I do or something that I desire.

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Silent auction planned – The Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Youth Group will be holding a silent auction Sunday, March 18 from noon until 1 p.m. The group is raising funds to attend a Reach Work Camp this July in Broadalbin, N.Y. Pictured are members of the group.

Youth group to hold silent auction Sunday

Silent auction planned – The Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Youth Group will be holding a silent auction Sunday, March 18 from noon until 1 p.m. The group is raising funds to attend a Reach Work Camp this July in Broadalbin, N.Y. Pictured are members of the group.

The Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Youth Group will be holding a silent auction Sunday, March 18 from noon until 1 p.m.

The group is raising funds to attend a Reach Work Camp this July in Broadalbin, N.Y.

Reach Work Camps are a Christian-based week long camp where campers will be undertaking major construction and renovation projects on homes of well deserving seniors and families.

The campers volunteer their time, sleep on floors of a nearby high school, eat school food and pay almost $400 each for the opportunity to help out a neighbor.

The cost of the camp is mainly to support the cost of construction materials, including lumber for wheel chair ramps, paint, sheet rock, roofing, and tools.

A member of the group, Audrey Proto, a junior at G. Ray Bodley said, “Reach is a great opportunity for our group to grow closer together and deeper in our faith. We also meet a lot of new friends each year and are able to experience the joy that comes from serving others. It’s a lot of hard work but it’s worth every minute.”

The Mt. Pleasant group will be sending 13 teens and four chaperones, including Pastor David Grey and Pastor Mike Houck, to join nearly 500 other youth and their leaders from around the Northeast.

The silent auction will feature handmade items, donated services, local business gift cards and more.

Geneva Kempston

Geneva L. Kempston, 92, of Fulton, died Thursday, March 8, 2012 at her home following a brief illness.

A native of Oswego, she had resided in Fulton most of her life. Mrs. Kempston was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church in Fulton and a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Pere LeMoyne #833.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert S. Kempston; sons, Richard and Louis Kempston; and brothers, Walter, Vincent and Rev. Philip Lavere.

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