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Couple celebrates 65 years of marriage

Charles and Fanny Knapp, of Fulton celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary August 23, 2012. They were married at the First Presbyterian Church in Fulton in 1947.

They met in 1942 at the State Theater in Fulton, where Charles was head usher. Fanny (Baker) was a Girl Scout selling Defense Stamps in the lobby.

Graduating in 1943, Charles joined the Navy and trained as an electrician. Fanny graduated in 1945 and worked as a telephone operator. They kept in touch during WW II and became engaged on Fanny’s 18th birthday. The Knapps purchased a small home in Fulton after Charles returned from the war, and they were married on August 23, 1947.

Charles worked construction, and Fanny left the Telephone Company in 1949 when the first of their four sons was born.

December 1955, the Knapps purchased Neahtahwanta Farm on Lakeshore Road in Granby. Charles started his own electrical contracting business in 1959, after their fourth son was born, and Fanny started driving school busses and continued for the next 30 years.

The Knapps raised horses and beef cattle on their farm. Charles was a member of the Media Shrine Horse Patrol for many years and Fanny was always a familiar sight riding horses in local parades.

Many elementary school classes made field trips to the farm where the students enjoyed their first ride on a horse. The farm’s palomino stallion “Tony” was very popular with the children.

Charles has been active in the Masonic orders for 50 years and holds the York Cross of Honor. Fanny is a long time member of Eastern Star and is a past queen of the Daughters of the Nile.

Their family includes sons Lance (Polly), Loren (Denise), Mark, and Bruce (Julie), all of Fulton; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The couple has always enjoyed going on cruises, attending family gatherings and parties.

Marie Fabrizio, registered nurse

Marie I. Fabrizio, 88, a native of Cortland and a resident of Fulton since 1948, died Aug. 27, 2012 at home with her family at her side.

Mrs. Fabrizio was a registered nurse graduate from E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Buffalo. She was a cadet nurse during World War II and worked as a private duty nurse in Fulton for several years. Previously, she had been employed at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. and Cortland Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Fabrizio, with her late husband, Louis Fabrizio, operated the Fabrizio Cake Shop for 20 years until their retirement.  She was a member of Holy Family – St. Michael’s Parish, and a member of its Altar Rosary Society. She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church, Golden Agers Society and Altar Rosary Society of Holy Trinity Church, Fulton.

Mrs. Fabrizio was a past member of the Catholic Daughters Court Pere LeMoyne # 833, Oswego County Catholic Nurses, and a charter member of the now disbanded Fulton Private Duty Nurses Association.

She served as a committee person with the Fulton Democratic City Committee.

Mrs. Fabrizio was predeceased by her husband of over 60 years Louis Fabrizio, and her brother Palmiero Spaziani.

She is survived by her daughters, Elaine Angell and Cheryl (George) Thornber, both of Fulton, and her son, Gary Fabrizio of Florida. In addition she is survived by a sister, Louise (Ron) Spencer of Fulton, and seven grandsons, Nathan Angell, Marlo Angell-Jasso, Matthew Ilacqua, Derek Brett, Gavin and Jared Thornber, and Alexander Fabrizio; five great-granddaughters; five great-grandsons; two great-great-grandsons; one great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Friday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton, and in Holy Trinity Church, Fulton where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated.

Calling hours were held Thursday at the funeral home. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Cortland.

Donations may be made to the Friends of Oswego County Hospice, PO Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126; and St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.


Rodd Raynor, GM at Fred Raynor Ford

Rodd Raynor, 45, of Oswego, died Aug. 22, 2012.

He was born in Syracuse and graduated from Marcellus High School in 1985. He was the general manager at Fred Raynor Ford in Fulton. He was an avid photographer and a writer. He enjoyed motorcycles, cars and mud bogging. He especially enjoyed going to the Syracuse Nationals every year.

He loved animals and rescued many; taking them to the vet, nursing them to health, and then finding them new homes.

He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Bob Raynor and Jim Walker, and by a grandmother,  Edna Walker.

He is survived by his father and stepmother, Fred and Penny Raynor; his mother, Nancy Swiech (Doug); his grandmother, Marie Raynor; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

There are no calling hours. Funeral services were private. A casual gathering to celebrate his life will be Sept. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., Oswego.

Contributions may be made to Extend-a-Paw and mailed c/o Fulton Savings Bank, 1909 State Route 3, Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.

Legislators try to award bid to local vendor

by Carol Thompson

Try as they may, members of the Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee couldn’t find a way to award a bid to a local vendor.

The county received four bids for the purchase of four pick-up trucks for the highway department.

Holselton Chevrolet, Inc. of Rochester was the low bidder at $126,147 while Burritt Motors of Oswego was the second lowest bidder at $128,874.

Legislator Louella LeClair, who is not a member of the committee, said she didn’t understand why the bid couldn’t be awarded to Burritt especially since the difference was only a couple thousand dollars.

She questioned the difference in the sales-tax rate. She was told that government agencies do not pay sales tax.

She then asked about delivery of the vehicles. “Are they going to charge us more for delivery, coming from Rochester?” LeClair asked.

County purchasing director Fred Maxon answered that delivery is included in the price.

To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of the Valley News at our office or at one of several locations throughout the City. For Subscriptions call 598-6397.

Employee charged with insubordination

by Carol Thompson

An employee of the Oswego County Clerk’s office has been formally charged with insubordination for failing to train another employee.

The charge is the most recent in a string of controversies surrounding the office.

As of Jan. 3, the clerk’s office added the position of senior index clerk. Index clerk Claudia Gamble was promoted to the senior clerk position, however, she said she has not been performing the job duties, including training, although county records show she receives the pay.

The job description for the senior index clerk states the incumbent “is responsible for training new clerical employees…”

The clerk’s office also added the position of deputy clerk of operations and appointed Matthew Bacon to the position. Bacon’s position also lists training as a job duty.

Despite two supervisors who are required to perform training under their job descriptions, the employee who now faces an unpaid 30-day suspension, was asked Aug. 22 to “show” a co-worker various job duties.

The employee, an index clerk, said she responded that she was not comfortable training others. Tuesday, the employee was served with the formal charge.

The reason Gamble is not doing the training is because she has yet to be trained for her senior index position. She said Wednesday that she does not intend to file a grievance at this time.

“I’m going to wait to see what happens,” she said.

Legislators on both sides of the aisle are viewing the most recent incident as an act of retaliation and lack of management in the clerk’s office.

“I was under the impression when Matt Bacon’s job was forced through that he would be responsible for training,” Legislator Shawn Doyle said Wednesday.

He added that he did not feel it was proper for county clerk management to ask a union employee to work out of class title.

“This is another example of the hostile work environment the employees of the clerk’s office have had to labor under for far too long,” he said.

To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of the Valley News at our office or at one of several locations throughout the City. For Subscriptions call 598-6397.

Richard Reed, Palermo resident

Richard E. “Dick” Reed, 58, of Palermo, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 resulting from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Palermo.

A native of Star Lake, N.Y., he graduated from Hermon-DeKalb Central School in DeKalb Junction, N.Y. and from SUNY Canton.

He lived in Degrasse while he was employed 15 years by St. Joes Talc Mine in Edwards. He moved to Palermo and worked at Carrier Corp. in Syracuse for 15 years and was currently working for Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. in Brewerton for the past five years.

He was predeceased by his parents, Clarence and Louise (Curtis) Reed; grandparents, Arthur and Aneita Curtis; and a sister, Jackie Macauly.

Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Sharron Parrott Reed of Palermo; step-children, Pernell Curtis of Lauder Hill, Fla. and Robin Moore of Mexico; a daughter, Rebecca Reed of Alaska; siblings, Arthur (Dymphina) Reed of Jacksonville, Fla., Anita (Jerry) Hutton of Gouverneur, Helen Gray of Miami, Okla., and Sue (Terry) Reed of Edwards; and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Calling hours were held Thursday Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Graveside services were held Friday at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.

Following the service, a gathering was held at the Palermo Town Park, County Route 45, Palermo.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced that two photos, including “Night Light,” of SUNY Oswego senior Ryan Schultz, a broadcasting and mass communications major and graphic design minor, will be among 14 works of art by students around the SUNY system chosen for Cuomo’s Washington, D.C. office.

Artwork of two SUNY Oswego students chosen for governor’s office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced that two photos, including “Night Light,” of SUNY Oswego senior Ryan Schultz, a broadcasting and mass communications major and graphic design minor, will be among 14 works of art by students around the SUNY system chosen for Cuomo’s Washington, D.C. office.

Three pieces of artwork by SUNY Oswego students are among the 14 works of art by students from the 64-campus SUNY system that will hang in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Washington, D.C., office, Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher recently announced.

Two photographic prints by Ryan Schultz of Greene, a senior broadcasting major and graphic design minor at SUNY Oswego, were among those chosen, as was a silkscreen on watercolor monotype by Stephanie Gamboa of Bay Shore, a graduate student and May fine arts graduate of the college. Schultz’s prints are titled “Night Light” and “Graffiti.” Gamboa’s work is titled “Washington, D.C.”

“I am very honored to not only have my work selected to be displayed in Governor Cuomo’s office, but to have two works displayed,” Schultz said. “I would also like to congratulate the other students whose artworks were chosen.”

Gamboa, now pursuing a master’s degree in studio art at SUNY Oswego, agreed. “I am proud to hear that three of the 14 works chosen from various SUNY schools were from SUNY Oswego,” she said. “It shows how hard our students work and how dedicated we are to the program.”

Cuomo pointed to the welcoming nature of the display. “As visitors from across the country and around the world enter our Washington, D.C., office,” he said, “they will be greeted with a visual display that embodies the excellence and creativity of our state and the promise of a new generation of New Yorkers, all of whom are getting a world-class education through our renowned SUNY system. I commend these outstanding SUNY students for their hard work and am honored to display their artwork in my office.”

Zimpher praised artists around the State University system. “The 64 campuses of SUNY are home to many talented artists, whose work has flourished among our dedicated arts faculty and top-rated academic programs in the arts,” she said. “Governor Cuomo’s decision to showcase art created by our students is a testament to its quality and we are delighted and proud to have it on display in our nation’s capital.

A photo gallery of the artwork is available via Generation SUNY’s Facebook page,


Helen VanDeWater, lifelong resident of Fulton

Helen M. VanDeWater died peacefully in her sleep Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton. She previously lived at the Springside at Seneca Hill.

She was born March 26, 1918, the daughter of Charles and Florence MacDougall and was a lifelong resident of the Fulton area.

Mrs. VanDeWater had worked at the Sealright Company in the 1940s and at Ford Plastic’s and Angelo’s Big M in the 1960s. As one of the first home demonstrators of Tupperware in the 1950’s, she won a nationwide sales contest with the grand prize of an ocean voyage on the Queen Mary to Europe and a month’s stay in France and Italy.

She was a life member of the Parent Teacher’s Association through her work with the Erie Street School P.T.A. She was an avid bowler, was the organizer and past president of the Sealright Women’s Bowling League at the Sealright Lanes when they were new, belonged to the Friendly Girls League at the Lakeview Lanes for over thirty years and traveled to many state tournaments. She was inducted into the Fulton Women’s Bowling Association’s Hall of Fame in the 1980’s.

She was the past president of the Fulton Senior Citizen’s Club that met at City Hall and was mistress of ceremonies of the Scudderville Band, a group of senior citizens who entertained at nursing homes and community events.

She liked to garden, loved to dance, play cards, spend time with her family and enjoyed going to the Turning Stone Casino. Helen was a fan of T.V.’s Animal Planet.

She greatly appreciated all the loving care she received from the staff of Michaud.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Alberta Moryl, Orin MacDougall and Marjorie Vodek, and by a son-in-law, Michael E. Hogan.

She is the widow of David McKinney, who died in 1967, and Kenneth VanDeWater, who died in 1983. She was also predeceased by her long time companion, Victor Bell, who died in 2006.

She is survived by four children: daughter Jerry and her husband, Ed Kasperek, son Paul McKinney and his partner Bill Bundy, daughter Denise and her husband, Mark Roth, and son, Dave and his wife, Sherry McKinney; step-daughter, Peggy Heffron; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

There were no calling hours and no services. The family will hold a private gathering in celebration of her life.

Contributions may be made to Paws Across Oswego County (a rescue and adoption agency for abused animals) 2035 County Route 1, Oswego, NY 13126 or to the Mount Adnah Cemetery Association, 706 East Broadway, Fulton, NY 13069. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.