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Catholic Charities hosts picnic for family services program

Participants in Catholic Charities’ Family Education, Family Support Services and Relatives Raising Relatives programs were recently treated to a group picnic at Scriba Town Park.

Twenty-nine families gathered for a day of fun and networking.

“It was a great day,” said Jonathan Gilmore, program supervisor for the Relatives Raising Relatives program.

“The children enjoyed an afternoon of swimming and playing outside while family members and caregivers had the chance to get to know each other,” he said. “It was a excellent way for them to share their experiences, realize that they are not alone and develop a support system for themselves.”

Catholic Charities’ family services programs offer information, resources and education that allow parents, caregivers and family members to develop the skills necessary to build strong family relationships and effectively meet challenges.

Gail Cooper, supervisor for the Family Education and Partnership program, said that while these programs focus on reducing the stress on families by supporting and empowering parents, caregivers and families, they offer much more than information and access to resources.

“The personal touch that our family services programs provide is what makes them so effective,” Cooper said.

Cooper said the Family Education Partnership’s combination of family activity nights and group meetings offer parents, caregivers and siblings the opportunity to meet other families who share the same concerns and discuss their experiences.

“It’s an important part of the program as it may be the only chance that families with children or adolescents with a mental health or emotionally disturbed diagnosis have to network with each other,” said Cooper.

Working primarily in the home with whole family units, Catholic Charities’ Family Support Services strives to improve families living environment by strengthening family relationships and assisting in the development of an outside support system.

Education groups that utilize a strength-based approach to provide parents and caregivers with the tools they need to function as a healthy family unit compliment the program.

Catholic Charities’ Relatives Raising Relatives program serves caregivers who have taken on the responsibility of raising their relative’s children.

Through educational groups and recreational outings, the program provides participating families with the support they need to strengthen their family bond and provides them with the opportunity to interact with and share their experiences with other families.

“It’s an effective program that has seen continued growth and provided positive results for the participating families,” said Jonathan Gilmore, supervisor for the Relatives Raising Relatives program.

“These programs are an invaluable resource to dozens of families. The support and knowledge that they provide is helping to develop stronger and healthier families throughout Oswego County,” added Cooper.

For information the programs, contact Catholic Charities at 598-3980 or visit

Catholic Charities serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary funding sources for local programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.

Fulton senior dining and activity center


Sept. 9: Sweet sausage with peppers and onions along with baked beans and corn. Come on in and test your spelling bee skills.

Sept. 10: Chicken breast with mushroom gravy and creamed potatoes along with spinach. Yellow Dot Program will be offered.

Sept. 11: Ham steak with scalloped potaotes and vegetable blend veggies. Our senior bowlers will participate in week five of the tournament.

Sept. 12: Hearty beef stew and winter blend veggies. We will watch series No. 3 “Americas Great Road Trips and Scenic Drives” video.

Sept. 13: Homemade soup and sandwich.

Lunch is served at noon.

Activities begin daily at 11 a.m. and lunch is served at noon in the community room at the Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St.

For reservations, call Eileen at 592-3408. Call 24 hours in advance.

The center is operated by Oswego County Opportunities, a private, nonprofit that has been supporting communities throughout the county since 1966.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 services throughout 80 locations. For more information, visit

Civil Air Patrol to honor 9/11 victims


Members from the Local Civil Air Patrol unit, the F. R. Sussey Composite Squadron, will host a Sept. 11 memorial service 10 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Oswego County Airport.

The Civil Air Patrol cadet color guard will take part.

The memorial will be held in conjunction with the Experimental Aircraft Association pancake breakfast. The breakfast runs 7 a.m. to noon in the EAA hanger at the airport, 2326 county Route 176.

All veterans in attendance will be honored as well.

Evelyn L. Harriger: Avid bowler, gardener, camper

Evelyn L. Harriger, 72, of Pennellville passed away Aug. 30 at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Syracuse.

She was born in Volney to her late parents, Ruby Evangeline (Breasnahan) and Harold Duell, on March 3, 1941.

Evelyn was a meat wrapper for Sam’s Club, Clay. She enjoyed the traveling dart club; was an avid bowler and gardener; and enjoyed camping, fishing and deer tracking. She made excellent pies.

Evelyn enjoyed spending quality time with her family.

She was predeceased by her son William Meeks in August 1977.

Surviving are her loving husband of 43 years, Joseph M. Harriger; her children, Robert Meeks (Jennie), Jerry (Melanie) Meeks, Beverly (Meeks) Badore (Kevin) and Joseph (Christin) Harriger; a brother, Jim (Lucy) Duell; a sister, Eleanor Hanson; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins.

Calling hours were Sept. 4 at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix.

Services were Sept. 5 at Pennellville United Methodist Church. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Volney.

Mary Elizabeth Schwitter Jones: Homemaker, gardener

Mary E. Jones, 93, of Fulton passed away Aug. 31 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Scriba, she was a longtime resident of the Fulton area. Mary was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by her husband, Tom Jones; seven children, Barbara (John) Oleyourryk of Oswego, Edward (Colleen) Jones of Fulton, Alun (Denise) Jones of Cumming, Ga., Kenneth Jones of Fulton, Linda Jones of Ithaca, Philip (Michelle) Jones of Fulton and Christopher (Doreen) Jones of Oswego; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services will be private.

Contributions in memory of Mary may be made to Friends of the Fulton Public Library, 160 S. First St., Fulton, N.Y. 13069.

Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has care of arrangements.

Mary E. Gaydos: Community volunteer

Mary Elizabeth Worden Gaydos, 92, died of respiratory failure Aug. 30 in Lakeland, Fla.

Born in Fulton on Feb. 21, 1921, Mrs. Gaydos spent her early childhood in Cortland, where her father, Arthur Worden — who was stage manager at Fulton’s Quirk Theater when it opened in 1913 — managed a vaudeville theater.

When movies replaced vaudeville, the family moved to Wolcott, where her father bought the Palace Theater.

Her grandfather, Allen Worden, was a Fulton artist whose successful stage scenery business, A. E. Worden Scenic Co., 511 Academy St., designed and painted backdrops for Broadway productions in New York City.

She attended Rider College, Trenton, N.J. where she met and married Andrew Gaydos in 1941, and then returned to Fulton when Mr. Gaydos was employed by the Nestle Co.

Before moving to Florida when her husband retired in 1979, Mrs. Gaydos was an active community leader in Fulton.

She was president of the A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Fairgrieve School Parent Teacher Association and Arrowhead Garden Club.

She chaired the Cracker Barrel Fair for a number of years and served in many capacities at Fulton’s First United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Gaydos is survived by daughter Carol Elizabeth Gaydos Tenney, Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three nieces and two nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Flora Worden of Lakeland, Fla.; daughter Barbara Whiting of Silver Spring, Md.; husband Andrew; sister Frances Porcher of Fort Myers, Fla.;  and brother Leslie Worden of Lake Mary, Fla.

Condolences may be sent to in Lakeland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine,; Alliance for Independence,; The Cottage, Gaithersburg, Md., or Cornerstone Hospice,

Valley Viewpoints

Consider residents’ well-being: Richard Phillip Kline, Schroeppel

As I was baling hay, I received a phone call from a concerned citizen. They were quite surprised at some distorted facts and called because they did not feel it was an accurate assessment of me or my long political career.

As I used to tell my children, stay calm and consider the source. In light of this event, I would like to give the District 12 voters a chance to know the real facts about me.

Having always been consistently for growth and a low tax burden, I considered the offer by the county to take a look at Bion.

We thoroughly researched this and went through the proper channels. When all was said and done, the people said no and I, personally, rescinded the proposal.

My pro-growth, low tax burden agenda is driven by troubling trends I’ve watched over many years, both locally and beyond, where average people are working harder and keeping less.

For the rest of this letter to the editor, pick up the print version of The Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.


By Roy Hodge

Out of nowhere a couple of weeks ago, I thought of an old song that my mother sang to me over 50 years ago. It was a new song then, sung by Bing Crosby, and probably on the hit parade.

I clearly remember the song’s title: “Swinging on a Star,” and many of the words. When I remembered that song, I started singing it and I still am.

“Would you like to swing on a star, carry moonbeams home in a jar and be better off than you are … ?”

The lyrics go on, asking if I would rather be a mule — an animal with long, funny ears; a pig — an animal with dirt on his face, whose shoes are a terrible disgrace; a fish — who won’t do anything but swim in a brook; or a monkey — they’re not all in the zoo — every day you see quite a few.

I think I remember my mother and myself singing that song during much of a trip to Ohio to visit relatives when I was about 6. I discovered that it’s one of those songs that all of a sudden you remember, and then you have a hard time getting it out of your mind.

For the rest of this column, pick up the print version of The Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.