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Kevin P. Wallace, Army veteran

Kevin P. Wallace, 48, of Hopkinsville, died Friday, August 3, 2012 at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, TN of natural causes.

A native of Canastota, he was born July 25, 1964 the son of Barbara A. Wallace of Rome, N.Y. He was a retired armed security guard for the Department of the Army.

He was a United States Army Veteran having served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a member of Restoration House and the NRA.

Services were held Tuesday at Hughart & Beard Funeral Home in Hopkinsville with the Rev. Brad Fancher officiating. Burial with military honors followed in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West.

Survivors in addition to his mother include his wife:  Kelly J. Wallace; a son: Jacob Wallace; his daughters: Kristina Wallace, Madison Wallace, and Olivia Wallace; his brothers: Erin Wallace of Florida, Brad Wallace of Minnesota, Danny Arnold and Kenny Arnold both of Rome, N.Y.; and his sister: Dawn Wyant of New York.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Marjorie Tyler, retired typesetter

Marjorie A. Tyler, 74 of Hannibal, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 at Seneca Hill Manor in Oswego.

She was the daughter of Lloyd and Dorothy (Little) Tyler and a life resident of the Hannibal area. She retired as a typesetter and editor at the Brown Newspaper in Baldwinsville and had previously worked at The Palladium Times, The Valley News and Red Creek Herald newspapers.

She taught physical education and English at the Hannibal High School and was a class of 1963 graduate of SUNY at Oswego.

She had attended the Hannibal Community Church where she played piano and was a former member of the Hannibal Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

She is survived by her two brothers, Richard (Judy) Tyler and Donald (Carole) Tyler, all of Hannibal, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held Thursday at Hannibal Village Cemetery in Hannibal. There are no calling hours.

Contributions may be made to Oswego County Humane Society, 265 West 1st Street, Oswego 13126.

Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal has care of arrangements.


Hodgepodge: August 11, 2012

by Roy Hodge

Another Andrew update: For the un- initiated or those who don’t remember, Andrew is one of my youngest and busiest neighbors. Since the first summer he was walking, as soon as he spots me out in the garage, yard or garden Andrew is ready to “help.”

Andrew loves coming inside our house to check things out; one of his great joys this summer is walking unannounced in our back door, always enjoying the mock surprise that I offer.

He’s not as interested in touring the garden this year as he was the past two summers.  He doesn’t walk up the garden path and twirl the flying chicken (our name for the metal chicken that spins around with the wind in our garden).  Andrew insists that it is “The spinning chicken,” and, of course, he’s right.

He doesn’t pick up and check out all of the garden ornaments; he doesn’t even stop to greet Joe, our garden gnome, who Andrew named.  I haven’t seen him check out the bird bath, rinsing his fingers on a regular basis, and then rubbing the water on his face.

But don’t get me wrong.  It’s not that any of Andrew’s yard-checking procedures of past years are being neglected. Andrew is currently in the process of training his successor to take all of those duties over, and his almost one-and-a-half year old brother, Nathan, is catching on fast.

Nathan must have been watching Andrew regularly, or he has had some special coaching, because he seems to know exactly what is expected of him.  Since early summer, when he comes into our yard to visit, Nathan heads right for the bird bath. In go the fingers, and then it’s straight to the facial rubdown.

Andrew is growing up. He was four earlier this summer. However, he still likes visiting our house, and you know what, we still look forward to his visits, and are anxiously waiting for the days that Nathan will tag along.

One thing we have noticed this summer is Andrew’s fondness for – not sweets, but vegetables – from his mom’s garden. When I thought he was munching on a piece of candy a couple of days ago it turned out that it was a tomato from the garden. Used to regular sized tomatoes, he was fascinated by the small tomatoes that my wife grows next to our house. When I told him he could try one he savored it.

Earlier he brought over a zucchini from his mother’s garden. When he presented it to us there were two small bites missing from one end.

Last year Andrew’s mom made pickles using dill from our garden. In appreciation, Andrew was dispatched to bring us a jar.  He proudly showed off the jar of newly canned pickles, but it became obvious that he never really expected to part with them.

Note: From the first time Andrew called me anything, up until earlier this year, he was the first to pronounce the name I am commonly called with two syllables. I was “Ro-ee,” and he wanted to come over to “Ro-ee’s” yard, go in “Ro-ee’s” house, and make it up the stairs to “Ro-ee’s” toys.)

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Goldie E. Johnson, Fulton waitress

Goldie Esther (Stewart) Gault Johnson, 91, of Fulton, died Monday, August 6, 2012 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

She was born in River Rouge, Michigan, a daughter to the late, George and Delia Stewart.  She grew up in Red Creek where she graduated from Red Creek High School in 1938.

She worked as a waitress for several local restaurants in the Fulton area.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Gordon Gault; a daughter, Patricia Gault Frataccia; grandson, Vito Terzulli; a sister, June Ross; two brothers, George and John Stewart.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Carl Johnson of Fulton; two daughters, Linda Engle and Joan (Bill) Miller both of Oswego; sister-in-law, Janice Stewart of Waterloo; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are private. Calling hours were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13058.

County ethics board clears legislator

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Ethics Board has cleared Legislator Terry Wilbur of any conflict-of-interest in relation to his employment with two state assembly members.

Wilbur is employed by Assemblyman Will Barclay and Assemblyman Bob Oaks.  In a July 30 decision, the ethics board ruled that there was no inherent conflict of interest with the office of county legislator.

The board did note that there may be “facts or circumstances which (sic) arise on occasion where there is an appearance of a conflict or  actual conflict of interest.”

The ethics board also considered a vote to retain the law firm Hiscock and Barclay, of which Will Barclay is a partner. Wilbur voted on the contract, leaving the question of whether he had an indirect conflict.

“There is no evidence that Legislator Wilbur has a direct pecuniary or personal interest in the retainer agreement approved as a state employee and, further, if an abstention were recorded, the outcome of arrangement approved by two other municipalities would not change.”

It continues, “That said, it could be construed as creating an appearance of a conflict without  further explanation to the county legislature, or others, of the fact Mr. Wilbur is a State Assembly employee and the recommended course of action in the future would be abstention in a similar circumstance to avoid same.”

The state defines a conflict of interest as a “variety of situations which all have one thing in common: an individual with divided loyalties, such as when a person has to act on behalf of the public in connection with a matter that affects his or her personal interests.”

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Minetto UMC at Magic in Minetto Saturday

This year’s edition of Magic in Minetto, to be held in River View Park Saturday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include several contributions of Minetto United Methodist Church people.

William Martin, R.N., has worked with Ellen Lazarek, collaboration manager of health education, and Shannon Ensley, senior health educator for the Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, both of Oswego County Opportunities, to plan a health fair.

It will be located inside the Minetto Town Hall and will offer a variety of health and wellness educational materials as well as free blood pressure screening.

The Minetto Monkeys 4-H Club, under the leadership of Jennifer Reese, will be conducting a carnival at the Methodist Church to raise funds for the Congenital Neutrapena Association.

There will be a variety of games and activities for young people including the making of root beer floats with ingredients provided by Stewarts. The club members range in age from four to 12.

Several members of the church will be staffing a food booth in the park offering hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, coneys, sausages, chips, bottled water and sodas. The sandwiches may be had with toppings of sauerkraut, onions and peppers, or Texas hot sauce. Food will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or as long as supplies last.

Others from the church have been involved in the planning of Magic in Minetto and will be at the event to work with crafts and other amusements.


Farm bill left behind by Congress

by Carol Thompson

An effort to provide emergency aid for American ranchers and farmers reeling from a year of calamities collapsed Thursday as members of Congress departed for their five-week August recess, leaving behind a pile of unfinished legislation as they go home to campaign for re-election.

For Rep. Bill Owens, the exit from Washington is not satisfactory.

Friday Owens urged House Speaker John Boehner to call the House of Representatives back to Washington to vote on the 2012 Farm Bill.

The bill would provide the first major overhaul of the nation’s nutrition and farm program. Owens voted against a measure Thursday that would allow the House to adjourn for more than five weeks until September 10th. The motion to adjourn failed by a bipartisan vote of 150-265. Due to this vote, the House must meet in regular pro forma sessions periodically for the next five weeks, but no major legislative issues are expected to be addressed until September, Owens said Friday.

“I voted against adjournment because we have a limited amount of time to finish our work on the Farm Bill,” Owens said. “Federal agriculture programs critical to New York farmers will expire at the end of September. It is unacceptable for the House to leave Washington without approving its version of the bill so that negotiations may begin between the House and Senate on a final version to send to the President. I urge Speaker Boehner to call the full House back to work, and both parties to work together to get this done.”

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County to hold public hearings on Community Development Block Grants

by Carol Thompson

The County of Oswego is sponsoring two public hearings to inform residents about The Oswego County Community Development Block Grant application.

These public hearings are intended to discuss Oswego County’s community development needs and priorities. The needs of low and moderate income persons will be discussed, according to a notice included in the agenda for the Aug. 9 meeting of the Oswego County Legislature.

At the hearings an overview of the grant program will be given; there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and make suggestions; a brief description of the grant process and timeline for accepting applications and making grant award announcement; discussion of primary and national objectives; information about plans to minimize displacement that may occur as a result of grant funding; opportunities for citizen involvement in the program process; and an invitation for written comments and how to submit such comments and information.

Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) are offered to Oswego County in an annual competitive round. Counties can apply for up to $750,000. The categories for CDBG application are: Community Development Funding, Economic Development Assistance, Imminent Threat, Technical Assistance, Capacity Building and Program Administration. CDBG Housing Activities include: Housing Rehabilitation, Direct Homeownership Assistance and Residential Water/Wastewater System Assitance.

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