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Joanne Hedges, Sterling resident

Joanne E. Hedges, 77, a resident of Sterling, died Wednesday, July 24, at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Oswego on March 9, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Hazel Murray. She was raised in Oswego, the youngest of five children.

She met Royal Hedges in Oswego when he was serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Drum. They were married and deployed to France to help rebuild the war-torn country and were a military family for 25 years. All of her children were girls until she eventually got her prayers answered and gave birth to a son, Royal Hedges Jr., the youngest child, after trying for so many years. She worked as a nurse’s aide at Meadowbrook Manor Nursing Home for 25 years and lived in Hannibal.

After retirement, she was well cared for by her family and children. She lived in Fair Haven for seven years before relocating to the Sterling area in 2006. She enjoyed church and prayer meetings, keeping a clean house and most of all cooking. She was famous for lemon meringue pie which her husband loved.

She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Royal Hedges Sr., who in 2000; a daughter, Amy Lovejoy in 2010; and three sisters. Surviving are her six children, Royal (Mary) Hedges Jr. of Goodyear, Ariz.; Vicky (Ean) Tennant of Sterling; Nancy (Terry) Zukovsky of Leesport, Pa.; Patricia (Mark) Sampson of Wolcott; Tammy Hedges of Elbridge and Kimberly (Paul) Martindale of Wolcott; a sister, Betty Martin; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were held Saturday at Sterling Christian Church. Burial was in Hannibal Village Cemetery in Hannibal. Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal has care of arrangements.

Local, national acts take stage at Christian music fest

The SOS Fest 3 is now an amazing memory for hundreds of Central New Yorkers. The SOS Fest is a three-day Christian music festival sponsored by the Cabin 3 youth group based in God’s Vision Christian church in Hannibal and was held July 19–21 at the Hannibal Firemen’s field.

All genres of music were enjoyed. Friday night started off with two local bands, The Sent Forth from Central New York and Second Story from Fulton.

The night was closed out with National recording artists the Brothers McClurg (aka Relevant Worship) and special guest speaker Wes Aarum, both from Buffalo. A wind and thunderstorm moved over the festival, but it hit right between two bands and only produced a small delay.

Saturday’s music had all ages pleased with many bands playing all evening. The Good Fight from Mexico kicked off the day followed by Molly’s Way from Utica, The 7 Thunders from Long Island, Against The Slate from Pennsylvania, Life Band from Rome, Grant Woell from Michigan and Everyday Sunday from Ohio.

Inspirational speakers included David Hayner from the New Life Church in Herkimer and Jonnie Nickles from Rome.

There was a free water slide set up as well as a variety of sale and display booths. Present at the festival was a booth sponsored by the Hannibal Community Park.

The Fowlers had a maple products booth with treats such as maple cotton candy. Cabin 3’s booth sold jewelry, T-shirts and more. The SOS Fest had a booth selling shirts and drawstring bags. World Vision’s booth displayed cardboard houses, and the American Baptist Men New York state had a display booth with PowerPoint presentations.

Other booths included a college student who is a missionary in China had a booth, Vintage Truth ministry from Buffalo, a Christian college from the Utica area, the Another Level youth group. Kingdombound Music Festival had a booth and The Field Of Miracles festival from Niagara Falls were represented as well. Many of the bands also had tables selling compact discs, T-shirts and other merchandise. The SOS Fest had a food booth selling pizza, subs and drinks.

Many other organizations had signed up to have a booth but due to the weather and other factors could not attend.

Plans are already underway for The SOS Fest 4. If any Central New York nonprofit would like to run a booth or game, contact Erik at 564-6133 for details. There is no cost to nonprofits. Vendors and crafters also are welcome. Details can be found at

Novelis honored for job creation

At its annual meeting in June, Operation Oswego County presented its 2013 Jobs Award, recognizing significant capital investment as well as job creation and retention, to Novelis Corp.

The company was cited for significant contribution to the Oswego County and Central New York economies by investing in a $208 million expansion of its manufacturing complex in Scriba. The expansion will allow Novelis to manufacture aluminum products for the automotive industry. Novelis is the largest manufacturing employer in the county with more than 800 employees.

Novelis has operated in the county for 50 years.

Youth clean up stretch of lakeshore

Participants in Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Catholic Youth Organization Summer Drop-in Recreation Program volunteered to clean up the shore of Lake Neatahwanta behind the Fulton War Memorial.

The cleanup day was one of the many community projects that CYO participants are involved in.

The CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program is offered free to children in grades two through eight and is held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

For more information, contact CYO coordinator George Timmins at 598-3980.

Phoenix Community Band to perform

The Phoenix Community Band will perform Saturday, Aug. 3 at Henley Park in Phoenix.

Other bands will be performing from 1 to 6 p.m. as well.

In order of appearance will be hear the Oswego New Horizons Band, CNY Alphorns, Syracuse Brigadiers Alumni, Mexico Brass, and the Phoenix Community Band, under the direction of Dave Frateschi.

Each band will have roughly an hour to set up and perform. These bands play a wide variety of music.

In the event of rain, the performance will be curtailed or cancelled, depending upon when the weather turns bad.

Area chiropractors support the United Way

Chiropractors throughout Oswego County raised approximately $1,600 in support of the United Way of Greater Oswego County during their Patient Appreciation Day fundraiser.

Sponsored by Oswego County Doctors of Chiropractic Representing the New York State Chiropractic Association, and coordinated by Dr. Richard Tesoriero of Tesoriero Chiropractic, the annual the event brings together Chiropractors from throughout Oswego County as they showed their appreciation for their patients and offered chiropractic treatments at reduced rates for the event.

All proceeds from the day are donated to the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

“I would like to thank the doctors and all of their patients who participated in the annual Patient Appreciation Day, said Lois Luber, resource development director for United Way. “I’m thankful that they chose to donate their time and talents for such a worthy cause as United Way.”

Todd J. Warner, outdoorsman

Todd J. Warner, 47, of Volney, passed away suddenly at home on July 25.

He was the son of the late Jesse and Bonita Frataccia Warner. Todd graduated G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, class of 1985.

He was employed by Interface Solutions in Fulton for 24 years and previously by ECM Construction in Volney.

Todd was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He enjoyed spending time with his sons hunting, fishing, camping and just being in the outdoors. His granddaughters brought him much joy. On his days off from work, he would ride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and enjoy the company of his dogs, Ash and Xena.

Surviving are his wife, Sherri Warner; sons, Michael and Mitchell Warner of Volney; granddaughters, Mayleigh and Jesse of Parish; brothers, Craig Warner of Fulton and Eric Warner of Redfield; sisters, MariBeth Miller and Jennifer Bennett, both of Fulton; five nieces and 10 nephews.

Calling hours were 2 to 6 p.m. July 30 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. There will be no services.

Schartner leads all 50 laps for Race of Champions win

Andrew Schartner became Oswego Speedway’s eighth different winner of the season in the small block supermodified division, after leading all 50 laps of the division’s portion of the 62nd Annual Sunoco Race of Champions event.

Having been plagued with bad luck throughout the 2013 season, the win was a much needed shot in the arm for the weekly commuting Charlotte, N.C. resident.

Following last weekend’s bone-jarring collision with the outside confines of Oswego’s fast five-eighths mile paved oval that left both car and driver reeling for days afterward, Schartner was rewarded with his second consecutive ROC win.

It was the pilot of the No. 18’s eighth career win in the series, tying him with Chris Proud for ninth on the division’s all-time win list.

“The car was not good on restarts at all, we were having a hard time getting going,” said Schartner. “The car was great though in the long run and that is what we aim for. This has been a terrible year, we have had awful luck, and I think I am most happy for my crew. They are the ones that have to slave on this thing after the luck we’ve had. I definitely wanted to come back and defend my crown, but with the rain-out, I had to change my flights and now I’ll be paying the credit card off until I’m collecting social security.”

Chasing Schartner the entire distance, unable to beat the No. 18 to the first turn to grab the all-important early lead, was 15-year old rookie racer, Anthony Losurdo.

With 12th place being his previous best feature finish, Losurdo’s second-place run was almost a win in itself for the young Oswego native. Losurdo felt as though he had something for Schartner at race’s end. “He was getting a lot better restarts than us, but we were chasing him down a little bit,” said Losurdo. “I just have to thank all my sponsors – Chris and Carlee Heagerty, my dad and mom, Stu (Fenske) for all the hard work he puts in and everyone that comes out to support us.

“I’m not that good on the restarts yet, that’s something I really have to work on, but the car was good and I felt like we were just as fast or faster than Andrew but he was holding a good line and getting much better restarts than us.”

Sobus was solid all day, driving his No. 6 small block super to a third-place run.

Having scored a solid top 10 finish in each of his three International Classic 200 starts, Sobus says he’s actively searching for a ride in this year’s upcoming big block event.

“You know what, we were really good right from the start and then we we got that long yellow with all the speedy dry the car was just a handful after that,” said Sobus. “I knew if I could keep it on the bottom and not screw up I would be alright. Rob (Pullen) let me know he was there, but he ran me clean and I have to thank him for that.”

The top three feature finishers took Friday evening’s qualifying heat wins as well.