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Linda Oleson, Phoenix resident

Linda M. Oleson, 54, of Phoenix, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.


Born in Syracuse, she was a 20-year resident of Phoenix. She had worked at S.S.A.C. in Baldwinsville for the past two years as an Inspector. She enjoyed baking cakes.


She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Joyce Emond, and by a brother, Randy Henderson.


Surviving are her husband of 17 years, David F. Oleson Sr.; children, Nick Victory, Sonya O’Hara, Brandi Nichols and Ashley Oleson; three step-children, Mary Oleson, David Oleson, Jr. and Timothy Oleson; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Calling hours were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.


Contributions may be made to the family c/o David Oleson, Sr., 1 Spring Street, Phoenix, NY 13135.



Fulton bridge project kicks into high gear

by Andrew Henderson

The $12.2 million Broadway (Route 3) bridge reconstruction project is in full swing — as some motorists may have already found out this week.

“This bridge rehabilitation project will significantly improve the condition of this important bridge which links the two sides of Fulton,” New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said. “Together with recent improvements at the Route 3 and Route 481 intersection, traffic should flow freely through the city for many years to come.”

The DOT is replacing the entire superstructure, including the steel support beams and the concrete deck, and conducting substructure repairs on the concrete piers and abutments.

The short arch span on the west side of the bridge will be replaced with a precast box unit. New decorative bridge railing will also be installed.

During the first major stage of work, which began this Monday and will last into 2013, traffic will be shifted to the north side of the bridge and reduced from four lanes to two lanes, one in each direction.

The one lane in each direction configuration will be in place 24/7. Pedestrians will be accommodated on a temporary sidewalk adjacent to the westbound lane. The concrete deck will be removed from the south side the bridge, exposing the steel superstructure.

Over the course of several weeks in the fall, the bridge will be completely closed on weeknights between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. to allow for steel beam removal and replacement.

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In And Around Hannibal: August 18, 2012

by Rita Hooper

Hope you are all enjoying your summer and have managed to get a little time away for some rest and refreshment.

It’s not only good for the body but the soul as well.

Before we know it, the children will be back in school and the fall colors will bring a refreshing change from our hot summer weather.

Those of you with gardens I hope are enjoying the fruits of your efforts and have enough to store away for your winter hibernation.

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Granby Center United Methodist Church finishes up its NU-2U and Bake Sale Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The annual Shutts Family Reunion will be held Sunday, Aug. 19 at 1:00 at the home of Dorothy Fresch, Fulton Street, Hannibal.  Please bring a dish to pass, your table service, a folding chair and an item for the silent auction (which will help to cover the cost of the meat). Please inform family members of the reunion. Any questions call the Simmons family at 564-5412.

Hannibal’s Vacation Bible School will be held this year at Our Lady of the Rosary Church on Cayuga Street. It will begin on Monday, Aug. 20 and run through Thursday, Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration will start at 8 a.m. Monday.

All children from pre-school to sixth grade are welcome to join in the fun as we explore Sonrise National Park. On all four days breakfast and lunch will be served. Children from ages 1 year to 18 years are welcome to participate in the meals which will be offered at the church at 8:30 a.m. and noon.

This week’s menu for the Senior Meal Program are:

• Monday, Aug. 20: Barbecued pork rib, au gratin potatoes, beets, juice, fruit cocktail.

• Wednesday, Aug. 22: Hofmann frank, baked beans, potato salad, juice, cookie.

• Friday, Aug. 24: Healthy choice platter, fresh deli salad, fruit cup, and dessert.

They meet at the Senior Center (Library Building) across from the Firehouse on Oswego Street. Please give Rosemary a call at 564-5471 to make your reservations.

The Hannibal Jammers will be meeting Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the American Legion. If you like country, bluegrass and a little Gospel come on down and over and spend an evening with some good music and friends.

Don’t forget to include the food pantry at the Hannibal Resource Center on your shopping list.  Lend a hand to your neighbors who need a hand up. Remember some day it could be you! The center is located in the basement of Our Lady of the Rosary’s rectory across from the High School.

The Hannibal Methodist Church hosts a free chili and soup lunch on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Good food and good people to talk with. Take-outs available.

Hope you are remembering to Buy American and Shop Locally! This is the time to be buying school supplies for the Stuff-A-Bus project in our county and school kits for Church World Service.  By the way, the list of supplies needed by Hannibal students is on the school web site at

Hannibal Home and School will be hosting the Kindergarten Ice Cream Social Aug. 29.  Invitations will be sent home in the mail with more information.  Email or call Marian 564-5872 or Tina 678-2167 to RSVP or with any questions or if you would like to volunteer to help.

Home and School will have its first meeting of the school year on Tuesday Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Send a request to join the Home and School Facebook page at and keep up to date on what is happening in the Hannibal school District.   Officers for the next two years were nominated and elected at the April meeting. Liz Quaile was elected president for her second term. Marian Calkins will be treasurer and Lisa Mason will be the secretary, both for their first terms. Charlotte McCombie and Janice Scott will remain on the Executive Board for a second year.

Please let me know what’s happening in your group, club, church and such so I can keep the rest of Hannibal informed.

Jean Collier, former Fulton resident

Jean Marie Collier, 81, of McAllen, Texas, and formerly of Fulton, died unexpectedly at home Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012.

She was born in Fulton and graduated from Fulton High School and Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City.

She had worked for the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C. before moving to McAllen, Texas where she was involved with Christian Missions in Mexico.

She retired from the Department of Social Services in McAllen.

She was predeceased by her parents, Bert Collier, Sr. and Grace Namit Collier; three brothers, Bert, Jr., Robert and Jack Collier and by a half sister, Ethel VanSanford.

She is survived by her sister, Barbara A. Knopp of Fulton, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Mount Adnah Cemetery (Sec. 25), Fulton.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Syracuse Shock defense bends but doesn’t break in win

by Rob Tetro

When Vermont traveled to G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton to face the Syracuse Shock last Saturday, they came ready to compete.

Vermont, however, was only able to cross the goal line once — despite having many opportunities.

The Shock won the game 21-13.

The Shock received the opening kickoff. During the drive, Syracuse faced a 4th and short.

Shock quarterback T.J. Sheard started the game under center, but on this play, he lined up in the shotgun and found Tyler Gage on a slant for a Syracuse first down.

The following play, Sheard took the snap and rolled to his left. He gave a soft pump fake and found Gage wide open for a 40-yard touchdown pass.

Following the touchdown, Zack Grulich made his debut for The Shock. Grulich, who is a kicker, converted Syracuse’s first extra point attempt of the season to give them a 7-0 lead with 10:29 left in the first quarter.

Vermont’s opening drive stalled at the Shock’s 25 yard line.

When the Shock got the ball back, running back DeWayne Gordon caught two passes for crucial yardage.

Gordon eventually scored came off a run right up the middle from 6 yards out with 34 seconds left in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Syracuse’s defense forced a fumble that was recovered by E.J. MaeWeather.

After Syracuse went three and out following the turnover, Vermont returned the punt to Syracuse’s 40 yard line. Vermont’s field position got even better following a penalty at the end of the play.

The Shock’s defense, however, came through again, only allowing a field goal.

In the second half, Vermont drove the ball down the field and settled for a field goal to cut the Shock’s lead 14-6.

On the ensuing kickoff, Vermont attempted a short squib kick. With Syracuse caught off guard, Vermont got the bounce they needed to convert the trick play. With momentum on its side, Vermont did what they could to keep the Shock defense guessing while executing multiple offensive schemes.

However, once more, Syracuse’s defense refused to allow Vermont to cross the goal-line.

Syracuse forced Vermont into a 35 yard field goal attempt with about 9 minutes left in the third quarter.  The attempt fell short of the uprights.

Gordon got right back to work during the Shock’s first drive of the second half. A couple of athletic runs by Gordon moved Syracuse into Vermont territory.

During the drive, however, Sheard attempted to connect with Tyrone Burke Jr., who was running a fade route down the right side of the field, but the ball was intercepted.

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Consultant resolution denied

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Health Department won’t be hiring a consultant for the purpose of recruiting and retaining non-supervisory staff in the Certified Home Health Agency and Long Term Home Health Care Program.

During Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature, a proposal from Core Skills, True Impact in the amount of $9,200 to assist with the retention of employees in the county health department’s nursing services was not approved.

Legislator James Oldenburg said he could not support the expenditure of the funds. “I don’t feel we need to hire a consultant for something that could be done in-house,” he said.

Voting against the proposal were legislators Margaret Kastler, David Holtz, John Martino, Dan LeClair, Robert Hayes, Linda Lockwood, Art Ospelt, Jacob Mulcahey, Amy Tresidder, Mike Kunzwiler, Dan Chalifoux, Terry Wilbur, Jim Karasek, Dan Farfaglia, Louella LeCLair, Fred Beardsley and Oldenburg.

Legislators Kevin Gardner and Morris Sorbello were absent.

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Representatives from the Oswego Elk’s Lodge No. 271 recently presented a generous donation to help support youth activities at the Oswego Canal Festival. Pictured from left are Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum; John Pelmear, exalted ruler of the Oswego Elk’s Lodge No. 271; and Dan Capella, past president of the Oswego Elk’s Lodge No. 271 and past president of the H. Lee White Marine Museum.

Oswego Canal Festival to be held Sept. 1-3

Representatives from the Oswego Elk’s Lodge No. 271 recently presented a generous donation to help support youth activities at the Oswego Canal Festival. Pictured from left are Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum; John Pelmear, exalted ruler of the Oswego Elk’s Lodge No. 271; and Dan Capella, past president of the Oswego Elk’s Lodge No. 271 and past president of the H. Lee White Marine Museum.

The H. Lee White Marine Museum will hosts the Oswego Canal Festival to honor the New York State Barge Canal System.

Festivities run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3 at Oswego’s Historic Maritime District on West First Street Pier.

“The Oswego Canal played an important role in transporting products and people between the canal, the Great Lakes and beyond,” said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum. “Our 1925 Derrick Boat No. 8 served on the canal for 60 years and is now a restored piece of history that helps tell the story.”

Another highlight of the festival will be a visit by the Lois McClure, an 1860s canal schooner that was built by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

The boat depicts 19th century canal ships that both sailed on open water and moved people and goods through the canal systems. This historic vessel is currently making the voyage to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Niess added, “In addition to the boats, we will have activities, crafts and historic presentations for the whole family to enjoy as we celebrate New York’s rich canal history.”

Visitors can try their hand at washing and ironing clothes “the old-fashioned way,” learn how to make paper jewelry beads, indulge in homemade pies, or participate in making butter with a simple mason jar, said Niess.

In addition, there will be old-time games aboard the Derrick Boat. Children can make paper boats that float and enter a friendly boat race in the museum’s special stainless steel tank.

Historic presentations are scheduled throughout the weekend and museum guides will discuss the canal system and Oswego’s maritime history.

The museum’s other vessels, the LT-5, a National Historic Landmark WWII Tug; the Eleanor D, a historic fishing boat; and the Ontario, the Oswego Maritime Foundation schooner, will be open for viewing.

In addition, the Oswego Maritime Foundation will host a display that highlights youth sailing, fishing, diving and more.

“This event allows us the opportunity to show off our waterfront and highlight our maritime history,” noted Rich Bush, president of the board of trustees for the H. Lee White Marine Museum.

Festival admission is free and the museum will offer reduced admission to visit the main building.

Those seeking more information about the Oswego Canal Festival may call the H. Lee White Marine Museum at 342-0480.