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Ella Arnold, retired teacher

Ella M. Arnold, 99, of Fulton, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

She was born in Oswego, a daughter to the late Harry and Daisy Lindsley. She graduated from Oswego State Teachers College in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in education. She taught in a one-room country school near Bowens Corners and then in Schroeppel.

She was employed in the children’s department with Montgomery Ward for six years before becoming the first kindergarten teacher at the Cleveland Elementary School.

After retiring, she and her late husband, Glen, spent their winters in Zephyrhills, Fla. before moving to Port Charlotte. She lived there until 2004 when Hurricane Charley hit Florida. She then moved back to Fulton to live with her daughter.

She was a member of the State Street United Methodist Church and their Bessie Rich Circle, the Granby, Fulton, Zephyrhills and Port Charlotte Senior Citizens Clubs and was active with their kitchen bands.

She was also a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association.

She was predeceased by her brother, Harold Lindsley, and sisters, Alice Parrow and Eva Beckel.

She is survived by her son, Alfred S. Arnold of Albuquerque, N.M.; a daughter, Marian L. Allen of Fulton; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two cousins; and several nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.


Jerry’s Journal: August 18, 2012

by Jerry Kasperek

In my last column I wondered which Mangeot sister taught school and where.

The answer came from Class of ’51 Lunch Bunch member Millie (Davis) Swick who said Miss Helen Mangeot was her second grade teacher at Erie Street School and “was a very nice lady.”

In my July 21 column,  I wondered who the kids were in the picture that accompanied it. The answer came from Mike Riley who said the photo was taken at Fulton’s West Side Municipal Pool 45 to 48 years ago.

“I was the little kid in the front row flexing my muscles!” he said. “My brother Doug who was about five years old was behind me.”

A high diving board can be seen in the background of the picture. “My brother Rick got hurt on it,” Mike said. “And they took it down.”

He comes from a large family of six siblings: Sandy, Sally, John, Mike, Doug and Rick. “We had season passes and we lived at the pool,” he said.

He identified some of the other young people in the photo. Mike Merritt was the boy standing directly in front while the two tall kids in the back were Billy Kystiniak and Butch Southard. The group also included Johnny Sugar, Billy Witsik and Carrie Zarichny. “There was a huge amount of kids that used to hang out there,” Mike said.

The photo was made into a picture postcard, he recalled. The old Wayne’s Drug Store that used to be in downtown Fulton had a bunch of postcards of local interest like that and most likely when Wayne’s closed for good a lot of them got thrown out.

Mike is recently retired, is the father of three grown children, son Christopher and daughters Stephanie and Katy, and is grandpa to a little six-year old granddaughter who he “likes to take to the pool.” (Not our West Side municipal pool, of course, it no longer exists.)

Incidentally, Mike’s parents are John and Elaine Riley. Elaine worked at Montgomery Ward when I did in the 1970s and I sometimes gave her a ride to work. Small world; it was here in our hometown, when, in the Good Old Days, everybody seemed to know everybody else!

Who remembers Sharp’s Pond? I do! It was where I got my best sunburns! My Mom would say, “Jerry, it’s too hot out today. Don’t you go swimming. You’ll get sunburned.” Then off she’d go to work at Sealright and off I’d go the “The Pond.”

My mode of transportation to get there was walking the railroad tracks. The Pond was way out Emery Street and I lived on Porter Street way out on North Sixth Street, so it was not too close, but not too far away, either.

Sometimes I’d  go with friends but often alone. I’d walk over to North Seventh Street, also known as the Whitaker Road, and climb the incline to the railroad trestle and follow the tracks to the Oneida Street trestle (the one as you go up Crosby Hill), cross over it, keep going for a few hundred feet more, and there down below the tracks was Sharp’s Pond in all its glory!

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Lack of supportive housing causes community problems

by Carol Thompson

Rose Anthony said she was livid when she visited one of her rental apartments recently.

Roughly two weeks ago, the landlord shown one of her apartments on Oneida Street in the City of Fulton to a woman and the woman’s Oswego County Department of Social Services caseworker.

Anthony agreed to rent to the woman and not long after, she said she was receiving complaints from other tenants.

The woman was allegedly waking neighbors in the early morning hours to use a telephone and creating other problems. Anthony said she decided to pay the tenant a visit.

“I walked in and there was piles of raw garbage in front of the door,” Anthony said.

Once inside, she said she found raw garbage all over the floors. Her tenant, she said, had no furniture other than a mattress in the middle of the living room floor.

Anthony alleges that the Oswego County Health Department would do nothing and she spoke with Bill Reed, who serves as the director of adult services at the county DSS.

Anthony said Reed was no help to her at all.

Oswego County DSS Commissioner Gregg Heffner said he had learned of the problem Monday and that it is going to be addressed as soon as possible.

The woman is developmentally disabled and, like many others, is attempting to function on her own rather than with assistance in a group home.

“Through no fault of their own, they are being put out in the community,” Heffner said. “This is what we’re running into because they are cutting beds. There are fewer beds for supportive services, especially here in Oswego County.”

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Betty Safranski, retired from Sealright

Betty Safranski of Oceanside, Calf. died June 26, 2012 after a short illness.

Born in Elmira in 1923, she married Fulton native, Louis Safranski in 1946 and spent the next 53 years as a resident of Fulton.

She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the Fulton Women’s Board. In 1988, she retired from the Sealright Co. and later relocated to Oceanside to be near family.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Louis, who died in 1958.

She is survived by daughter, Karen Arrieta and husband Tony; son, Edward Safranski and wife Kathy; a granddaughter and grandson; many nieces and nephews; and many great- and great-great nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 24 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton, with burial at St. Mary’s cemetery and a church luncheon to follow.

Ronald Kimball Sr., Air Force veteran

Ronald Kimball Sr., Air Force veteran

Ronald Kimball Sr. of Fulton died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 in St. Joseph Hospital, Syracuse.

Mr. Kimball was born in Fulton, the son of the late Hosie and Irma (Pierce) Kimball. He served in the United States Air Force from 1967 until 1974.

He was a life member of the VFW Post #569. He was a former employee of Walt Disney World in Florida as a maintenance man.

He is survived by his son, Ronald F. (Margaret) Kimball Jr. of Baldwinsville; brothers, Elmer (Rosie) Kimball of Massachusetts, Ralph (Ginger) Kimball of Florida, and Douglas (Teresa) Kimball of Fulton; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton.

The Green Team finished in first place in the City of Fulton Youth Tennis League. Pictured are team members Nate Hawthorne, Mitchell Lakik, Casey Fraser, Samantha Fox, and Audry Proto.

Tennis league ends with championship

The Green Team finished in first place in the City of Fulton Youth Tennis League. Pictured are team members Nate Hawthorne, Mitchell Lakik, Casey Fraser, Samantha Fox, and Audry Proto.

The City of Fulton Youth Tennis League wrapped its summer program with a hard fought match Aug. 1.  The undefeated Green Team faced off against the Purple Team for the championship with the Green Team prevailing as it had during the regular season.

Led by captain Mitch Lalik, teammates Nathan Hawthorne, Casey Fraser, Audrey Proto and Samantha Fox toppled their opponents by a final overall score of 31-17.

The Purple Team, led by Brian Garrett, included Rachel and Anna Guernsey, Mikaela Houck and absent Haley Noel.

Trophies were awarded to each member of the winning and runner up teams. Nineteen youths on four teams took part in the Summer Youth league, which follows a team format.

The league was directed by Matt Goodnough.

Goodnough is the boys and girls varsity tennis coach at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton. He is the Class A Tournament director for the Boy’s Section III Tournament.

He has been coaching varsity tennis and running community tennis camps, leagues and tournaments for over 15 years.

Scrabble Fest to benefit Literacy Volunteers

In the game Scrabble, the word literacy is worth 13 points. In real life, it’s priceless.

Friday, Sept. 21, Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County will hold its sixth annual Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble Fest.

“Scrabble Fest is much more than just another fund-raiser,” said Meg Henderson, LVOC coordinator.

“Scrabble Fest is also a way to raise awareness of LVOC and our efforts to combat the issue of illiteracy in Oswego County,” she added. “Currently approximately 20 percent of the adult population of Oswego County cannot read above the 5th grade level. The majority of LVOC clients are between the ages of 19 and 59, with the fastest growing age group entering the program being between 18 and 29.

“It is an issue that needs to be addressed, as these individuals are unable to do what many take for granted such as reading newspapers and magazines, medication labels, recipes and most books,” added Henderson. “LVOC offers the opportunity for them to gain the literary skills and computer skills necessary for daily activities and more.”

Operating under the auspices of Oswego County Opportunities, LVOC provides free, confidential services such as: basic literacy that includes writing and simple math skills; English literacy to improve English speaking, reading and writing skills along with some simple math skills; and computer literacy that uses computer stations in the LVOC office to teach basic computer skills.

The sixth annual LVOC Scrabble Fest will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Oswego Elks Lodge #271.

Teams of four will compete against each other in four 20-minute rounds. Team scores will be tallied and the top three teams will be awarded prizes.

Additionally, to add to the fun of the event, there will be prizes for best team uniforms, as well as the team and individual who brings in the most pledges.   “Whether you’re playing, or just rooting on your favorite team, Scrabble Fest is the great opportunity to get your friends, family or co-workers together for an evening of fun for a very worthwhile cause that can have a tremendously positive impact on a person’s life,” added Henderson.

In addition to the Scrabble competition, Henderson said that there will be a silent auction featuring some great items donated by local merchants who support LVOC and a 50/50 drawing.

The entry fee for a team of 4 includes light refreshments. There is also a separate cost for individuals wishing to attend but not compete in the event.

All proceeds from Scrabble Fest will benefit LVOC.

Those seeking more information or to register a team may call Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County at 342-8839.