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Rinda Longley Wright Argetsinger: Oswego Hospital ICU nurse

OB Argetsinger 8:3Rinda Longley Wright Argetsinger, 73, of Fulton, passed away suddenly at home on July 30.

She was born at home in Sterling on April 26, 1940, the daughter of the late Carl and Beulah Longley.

Rinda was a dedicated registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Oswego Hospital for many years and owned Wells Fargo Café in Red Creek for 15 years. She volunteered as a Take Off Pounds Sensibly leader in both Oswego and Fulton for many years.

Rinda enjoyed and loved life, spending as much time with her family and friends as possible, holidays, picnics or just a day of relaxing games with her children. She also loved writing poems and finding ways to share them with many people.

Surviving are her five children, Craig (JoAnn) Wright of Fulton, Teresa (Andy) Malcott of Fulton, Richard (Donna) Wright Jr. of Henrietta, Jeffrey Wright of Red Creek and Robin (Kevin) Hall of Fulton; a sister, Peggy Mitchelson of Oswego; a brother, Russell Longley of Martville; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister, Mary Axtell of Martville.

Calling hours are from 1 to 3 p.m. today, Aug. 3 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St. in Hannibal with services at 4:30 p.m. at Sterling United Methodist Church, 1297 State Route 104A.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the ICU at Oswego Hospital, 110 W. Sixth St., Oswego, N.Y., 13126.

Michaud Nursing Home unveils mural; announces library partnership

Mural from Harborfest – Pictured from left are Oswego AmeriCorps member Elyse Cianfrano with her grandmother Betty Cianfrano, a resident at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton. The pair is seen next to a hand-painted mural that AmeriCorps members including Cianfrano helped create, with the help of a number of young artists who took part in activities at this year’s Harborfest’s Children’s Park. The mural was donated to Michaud residents for their enjoyment and is on display in the residence.
Mural from Harborfest – Pictured from left are Oswego AmeriCorps member Elyse Cianfarano with her grandmother Betty Cianfarano, a resident at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton. The pair is seen next to a hand-painted mural that AmeriCorps members including Cianfarano helped create, with the help of a number of young artists who took part in activities at this year’s Harborfest’s Children’s Park. The mural was donated to Michaud residents for their enjoyment and is on display in the residence.

Mural donated to Michaud home

A hand-painted mural, created by the Oswego County AmeriCorps program and children taking part in activities at this year’s Oswego Harborfest, now brightens a wall at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton. The mural was painted during events at Harborfest’s Children’s Park – so many “hands” took part in its creation! In turn, the mural was gifted to the residents of Michaud as a way to brighten their days, and is now a fixture in the residence.

Library and Michaud team up to bring generations together

The Fulton Public Library will host its Mail Call with the Michaud Nursing Home from Aug. 5 to Aug. 9. The program aims to connect the young patrons of the library’s children’s room with a senior citizen living in the facility to foster intergenerational relationships. The children will write a letter and or draw pictures to a specific senior citizen who has signed up for the program. The program leaders, AmeriCorps members Kyle Mosack and Vanessa Langdon, will then deliver the materials to the residents. All interested community members should come to the library children’s room to complete a letter or drawing. For library hours, visit Call 592-5159 for more information.

Anna M. Whaley: Avid bowler

Anna M. Whaley, 92, of Fulton, passed away July 28 at Oswego Hospital.

Anna lived in Fulton since 2001, and had previously lived in Richland and Syracuse.

She was born March 1, 1921, in Richland. She graduated from Pulaski High School in 1940. Anna was employed by Prestolite in Syracuse for 34 years, retiring in 1980.

She was an avid bowler, and she bowled in several leagues in Syracuse. Anna also appeared on the television show “Bowling for Dollars.”

Surviving are one son, Lawrence Whaley of Fulton, four grandchildren, Lorie E. Guernesy of Mexico, Terri Ackerman of Carmi, Ill., James Whaley of Fulton, and Christopher Whaley of Baldwinsville, and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Aug. 2 at Foster-Hax Funeral Home, 52 Park St., Pulaski, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Pulaski. Calling hours were prior to the funeral.

Donations in Anna’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., East Syracuse, N.Y., 13057.

Arts Market seeks artists and crafters

CNY Arts Center is looking for artists, crafters, antiques and food vendors to participate in the third annual Arts Market, held Sept. 14 from 9 a.m .to 4 p.m. in the former Nestle parking lot on Fay Street in Fulton.

The Arts Market features a wide variety of vendors and a crowd of shoppers. The event coincides with Fulton’s annual city-wide yard sale.

“It’s a great way to wrap up a busy summer and give artists, crafters and other vendors one more chance to display their work to the general public,” said event coordinator Kiley Casper. “The large parking lot is a popular location for this gathering with ample room for everyone and on a beautiful fall day it is one event that people seem to remember the easiest.

“This is truly a market as opposed to an arts festival in the variety of vendors we’re seeking,” Casper continued. “We are proud to include independent consultants who work from home selling commercial product lines. Because these small business owners can have a significant economic impact and need to reach a broader public, we accept a limited number of vendors from this category alongside hand-made original arts and crafts. In keeping with the theme of the city-wide yard sale, we also accept a limited number of flea-market vendors. Of course antiques and vintage vendors are also welcome.”

CNY Arts Center will once again raffle baskets of goods donated from vendors participating in the event. Activities for children will include sidewalk chalk art and bubble fun. A drawing will be held at 2 p.m. for “Keys of Joy,” Kenneth Blount’s textured art collage made from recycled piano parts. The art is currently on display at Arts in the HeArt Gallery, 47 S. First St. in Fulton.

Advance sale raffle tickets for “Keys of Joy” are also available at the gallery.

Food vendors, artists and other vendors may apply online at Call 592-3373 for more information.

Networking event for women set for October

On Oct. 29, Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training and the Office of Business and Community Relations at the State University College at Oswego will gather women from across New York for Connections, a daylong conference at River Vista Center in Fulton from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The symposium will feature several speakers, networking opportunities, breakfast and lunch, a dessert reception and a women’s marketplace. Headshots will be offered by Dayger Photography, with no sitting fee. Hair and makeup touch-ups also will be available.

Tickets are available through the Tyler Hall Box Office, For more information, contact Evelyn LiVoti, Connections’ co-chair, at 343.1545 or Visit for updates.

Norma Jean (Baron) Williams: Homemaker, volunteer

OB williams obit 8:3Norma Jean (Baron) Williams, 74, of Constantia, passed away peacefully at home July 29 surrounded by her family.

Born in Syracuse, she graduated from Liverpool High School. She worked part time for 24 years in the Personnel Department of Oswego County, but was first and foremost a homemaker. Norma was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, and instrumental in the operation and continuance of the Constantia Library. She served as a Republican State Committee person, and a committee person for the Town of Constantia for 20 years. For six years, Norma was a volunteer with the Senior Nutrition Center in Constantia, where she was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2013. Norma was also an accomplished landscape artist. She was a communicant of Christ Church, Oneida Lake.

Norma is predeceased by her husband of 57 years, George J. Williams, in 2012.

She is survived by her children Clayton Williams, Deborah (Daniel) Boccardo, Susan O’Brien and Sandra Williams; grandchildren Adam, Dylan (Candy), Bailey, Joe, Dan and Robert; step-grandchildren Heather (Jason), Courtney, Jordan, Sara and Katie; brothers Ray (Jan) Baron, George Baron and Jerry (Roseanne) Baron.

Services were Aug. 2 at Christ Church, Oneida Lake with the Rev. Mike Thesier officiating. Calling hours were Aug. 1 at Traub Funeral Home, 684 N. Main St., Central Square. Burial was in West Monroe Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Oswego County and Christ Church, Oneida Lake.

The family would especially like to thank Norma’s Senior Nutrition Center friends for all of their support and kindness during their mother’s illness and Nurse Pattie, with Hospice of Oswego County, for her guidance and support in helping family members care for their mother.

Visit for an online guest book.

Kindergarten, Pre-K registration begins

The Fulton city school district invites families to register children for universal pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.

Pre-kindergarten registration is open to children who will turn 4 by Dec. 1; kindergarten registration is open to those who will be 5 by Dec. 1.

Families are asked to come to the central registrar’s office from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to register.

Families will be required to bring the child’s birth certificate with a raised seal, a current immunization record and proof of residency.

For additional information and to download a registration packet, visit Call the central registrar at 593-5513 with questions.