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Edith Havens O’Toole, home health aide

Edith Havens O’Toole, 66, of Hannibal passed away July 20 at home.

She had graduated from Hannibal High School, moved to California and returned to the Hannibal area nearly five years ago.

She was a home health aide for many years and was a very loving and caring person.

She is survived by her husband, Steve O’Toole; son, Chris O’Toole; brothers, Rex and Lee; sister, Tammy; uncle, James Havens; dear friend, Judy Chillson; two grandchildren.

A gathering was held July 26 at the Hannibal American Legion.

Jennifer Beyrau: Loved animals and photography

Jennifer M. Beyrau, 42, of Volney, passed away July 21.

She  was born in Syracuse, a daughter to Kathleen Ling and the late Joseph Beyrau.

Jennifer loved her animals and photography. She was a member of Believer’s Chapel in Fulton.

In addition to her father, she was predeceased by her grandparents, Dorothy and Francis Lydon.

She is survived by lifelong companion, Kenneth F. Darling III of Volney; her son, Dakota R. Beyrau of Volney; her mother and stepfather, Kathleen and Frederick Ling of Fulton; a brother, James Beyrau of Lyons; a sister, Lisa (Shawn) Wadsworth of South Onondaga; aunt and uncle, Richard and Marcia Lydon of Skaneateles Falls; twin nieces, Abigail and Morgan Wadsworth; niece, Stephanie Cira; a nephew, Anthony Cira.

Funeral services were July 25 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Volney.

Calling hours were July 24 at the funeral home, 910 Fay St.

Friends may visit the guest book at fosterfuneralhome.com.

Clara E. Fadden Coniff, clinical therapist

Clara E. Fadden Coniff died Saturday, June 8, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington, N.C., after a lengthy illness.

Clara was born October 3, 1955 in Fulton, NY, the daughter of late James R. Fadden and Bernice F. Maas Fadden. She was a graduate of Hannibal Central High School, Hannibal, N.Y.; received an Associate’s Degree in Architectural Design from SUNY College at Alfred, N.Y.; a Bachelor’s Degree in Education specializing in Industrial Arts from SUNY College at Oswego, N.Y.; and a Masters of Social Work from East Carolina State University in Greensville, N.C.

Upon receiving her Masters of Social Work, Clara was employed as a clinical therapist in Sampson, Duplin, Pender, and Onslow Counties, N.C., specializing in children and families. She also worked in Crisis Counseling. Her work allowed her to take her compassion and caring for others and make a difference in their lives.

Clara is survived by three sisters and four brothers: Ellen (Albert) Zaranka of Durham, N.C.; Robert (Marilyn) Fadden of Seattle, Wash.; Peter (Irene) Fadden of Walworth, N.Y.; Charles (Karen) Fadden of Hannibal, N.Y.; Phillip (Cathy) Fadden of Rockford, Ill.; Mary (Gregory) Mayotte of East Fishkill, N.Y.; and Alice (Marta Sloper) Fadden of Homer, N.Y. Clara leaves 11 nieces and nephews and 8 grand-nieces and nephews. Clara is also survived by her stepsons John, Edward and William Coniff and a step-granddaughter, Syriana.

Clara lived her life as she wanted and exited this world into God’s arms as she wished. She was intelligent, interesting, loving of all, compassionate to those in need, and giving beyond reason.

Calling hours will be 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 20, with a service to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Burial will be at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal. Contributions in Clara’s name may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego or The Manor at Seneca Hill, 20 Manor Drive, Oswego, 13126.

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Dan Mahaney

Grant awarded to Town of Hannibal Highway Dept.

 

Dan Mahaney

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 team gathers on the ice to pay a special tribute.

Paying tribute

The team gathers on the ice to pay a special tribute.

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.

Open House

School holds open house

Pictured from left Tanner J., Sarah S., Brooklyn A., Colin C., and Matthew L.

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.

Gold Key winner "Reading," a sculpture by Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School student Helen Ferrick, won a Gold Key at the Scholastic Art Awards.

Awards honor outstanding teen artists

Gold Key winner "Reading," a sculpture by Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School student Helen Ferrick, won a Gold Key at the Scholastic Art Awards.

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

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CCC brings Samite to serve as Visiting Scholar

Samite

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