All posts by Nicole Reitz

Pictured is the view from the second floor at the new Cayuga Community College Fulton campus, located on River Glen Drive. The second floor student development suite looks down into the first floor learning commons. The college intends to open for business at the new campus Monday, Aug. 13.

CCC to temporarily close to accommodate move

Pictured is the view from the second floor at the new Cayuga Community College Fulton campus, located on River Glen Drive. The second floor student development suite looks down into the first floor learning commons. The college intends to open for business at the new campus Monday, Aug. 13.

by Nicole Reitz

Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus members have been busily packing and preparing for the move from the current campus at 806 West Broadway to the new campus at 11 River Glen Drive, along Route 481.

To accommodate the move, both the Broadway and River Glen campuses in Fulton will be closed to students and community members  Thursday, Aug. 9 and Friday, Aug. 10.

The campus will re-open for business Monday, Aug. 13 at the River Glen location.

College employees will not be available via e-mail, phone or in person during the move. Staff members will respond to any missed e-mails and phone calls upon their return Aug. 13.

At that time, faculty will also be happy to meet with new students and visitors in the new campus building.

The move is the culmination of more than seven months of construction on the former P&C grocery store.

The $16 million project offers 82,150 square feet, including a second floor with 31,000 more square feet.

The new site also expands the campuses learning commons, a central hub that brings together the library, academic resources, computers and flexible work spaces for students.

The building will include 13 more classrooms, and doubles the amount of space for full-time faculty offices.

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Valley Viewpoints: Pulaski meeting

by Shawn Patrick Doyle, Pulaski Legislator 

I would like to remind the residents of Oswego County that the Village of Pulaski will host the August session of the Oswego County Legislature at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse Thursday, Aug. 9 at 2 p.m.

This meeting in Pulaski is time honored recognition of Pulaski’s historic status as co-county seat in our half-shire county set up. When Oswego County was originally set off from Oneida County in 1816, two county seats were selected, one in the east and one in the west.

The historic Barclay Court house was erected in 1819 and with complimentary additions added over 193 years, it remains a centerpiece of the Pulaski historic district.

The bright second floor courtroom has been the stage of many public dramas and ordinary business of courts for nearly 200 years.

As the seat of the Court of Common pleas from 1819 through the 1850s, most of Oswego County’s Revolutionary War pensioners filed their cases here, ascending the very same stairs and crossing the worn floors of the main courtroom.

At the Aug. 9 session, history again could be made. This legislator encourages the public to inquire and to be present Aug. 9.

The only true “Board of Ethics” in Oswego County is composed of the voters who hold their elected officials accountable and to high standards.


Richard Derby, operated dairy farms

Richard Lyman Derby, 85, of Sterling, died July 30, 2012, at Oswego Hospital.

He was born in Sparta, N.Y., the son of the late Lyman and Hazel (Moffat) Derby. A resident of Sterling for 52 years, he operated dairy farms in Spencerport and Sterling until the mid 1970s. He was a wood grader for Bailey Lumber Company in Hannibal and Waterloo until his retirement in 1989.

He was a former Cub Scout leader and member of Hannibal Community Players, a member of the Fulton Ancient Order of Hibernians and an active communicant of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Hannibal.

He chaired the church’s annual chicken and biscuit dinner for decades and volunteered his time at many other church fund-raisers.

He enjoyed woodworking and created special gifts for his family and friends.

Mr. Derby is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean (Grapensteter) Derby; his children, Don (Bonnie) Derby of Florida, Sue (Dean) Percival of Sterling, Wayne (Mary) Derby of Georgia, Randy Derby of Florida, and William (Lori) Derby of Sterling; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his son, Ronald, and his brother, Donald.

Services were held yesterday at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Hannibal. Burial was private.

Arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.


Chad Kelly, died in Qatar

Chad M. Kelly, 30, of Fulton, died Monday, July 23, 2012 at Al Udeid Air Base, Doha, Qatar..

A native of Fulton, he had been stationed at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. He was a G. Ray Bodley High School graduate, class of 2000, and he received his bachelor’s degree in business and marketing at SUNY Oswego in 2005.

He served in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2010 and was assigned to the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment in Germany and the 319th Military Intelligence Battalion at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

He served in Iraq from August 2007 to October 2008 and received three Army Commendation Medals for his service.

He was employed by Macaulay-Brown, Inc. in Hampton, Va. and had previously worked at Torres and Centurum.

He was a lover of art, music, photography and tattoos.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Herbert and Marie Kelly Sr., and his maternal grandparents, Walter and Rose Duda.

Surviving are his parents, Herbert “Butch” and Donna (Duda) Kelly Jr. of Fulton; his sister, Corin Kelly of Fayetteville, N.C.; his girlfriend, Lauren Renne of Brooklyn; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated yesterday at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Fulton. Calling hours were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.


Jerry’s Journal: August 4, 201

by Jerry Kasperek

Who remembers drinking Switchel? Dick Cronk does. It’s a homemade, hot weather thirst-quencher he drank as a teenager when he worked at the Mangeot farm off Hannibal Street.

Dick is a classmate of mine from Good Old Fulton High’s Class of 1951. He had read my last column about local dairies and called me up to fill me in a little about the Mangeots.

There was Joe Mangeot, the farmer, and his maiden sisters Helen and Katherine (or Kathryn or Catherine? I don’t know the correct spelling), one of whom was a teacher at either Erie or Oak Street Schools. (If you know please let me know.) In any case, Dick said it was Helen who made the drink.

Chuck VanBuren worked there as well. He was only 13 or 14, Dick said. They’d bale hay and put it on a wagon with two teams of horses and a man by the name of Amos drove the teams. They’d take the bales to the barn, which was “way out back,” and put it on the conveyer to the hayloft. “The hayloft was hotter than hell!” Dick said. That’s when Switchel tasted so good.

He asked me if I remember “raw” milk which he also liked to drink, cold and by the glassful, and I said yes.

Dick cleaned the cow barn at Mangeots. He said Joe brought the milk to Triangle Dairy (the Stowell family farm) out in Granby to have it processed. That farm was in the triangle where Route 176 and the Gifford Road meet. That’s how it got its name.

Saturday mornings were fun, he said. Joe took him on their milk route and stopped at the South Fifth Street grocery store and bought a box of sugar cookies to eat with their cold milk. Some of the houses they delivered to they’d walk right in and put the bottles of milk in the refrigerator. Today, he remarked, “You can’t even find an unlocked door.”

Dick’s companion Marlene supplied us with the recipe for Switchel as follows: 2 quarts of water; 3/4 cup of sugar; 4 tablespoons vinegar; 1 teaspoon ginger. Mix, stir, and drink.

“It aint’t the best tasting stuff,” Dick said, “Not bad, though: Better than ice water.”

Gerry Garbus called out of the blue a few weeks ago just to say hi. I hadn’t talked to her in ages. She and I go back to our North Sixth Street days when we were young mothers.

My grandparents, Ralph and Edna McKinney, lived on the corner of North Sixth and Seward streets and her grandfather Rex Carvey lived kitty-corner. Gerry and her husband, Fred, rented an apartment there and I’d walk by pushing a baby carriage and we’d sit and chat.

Gerry has three sons, is a great-grandmother, and still lives “out in the sticks, halfway between” Fulton and Hannibal,” she said.

Her husband Fred has been deceased for 15 years. I first knew her as one of the Carvey girls with sisters Joyce, Judy and Joan.

Gerry (or Jerry spelled with a J — she answers to either) is a tad bit older than me, while Joyce (wife of the late Floyd Boynton) was in my high school class.

Next came Judy, who passed away a few years ago. Then Joan, the youngest and the newest to become a widow, was married to Bill Frawley. (Sorry Joan, he was a nice guy. Life is a bummer sometimes.) Anyway, Gerry sounded just as perky and interesting as always

Out of the blue, they come, those phone calls I get from hither and yond and a couple of months ago I received a call from a nice lady by the name of Jean Beals, someone I had heard about but really wasn’t acquainted with.

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Valley Viewpoints: Tournament raises $20,000

by Melanie Trexler, Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County

The United Way of Oswego County extends a sincere thank you to the many volunteers and sponsors whose commitment to the United Way 2012 Golf Classic again made the event an outstanding success.

The dedication and enthusiasm of our community volunteers and golfers imparted a spirit of good will to the tournament that was contagious and elevated the tournament to much more than a day of golf.

This year’s golf tournament raised approximately $20,000 for the United Way. This money will be used to help fund the many human service agencies providing assistance to the children, families and senior citizens of Oswego County.

An event of this scope requires year round preparation. The United Way acknowledges the excellence in planning and organization demonstrated by the United Way Golf Committee Chairperson Dave Lloyd of Novelis and his dedicated committee for an outstanding job in implementing their vision for this tournament.

The United Way Golf Classic would not have been possible if not for the support we received from our major sponsors.

Good people coming together for the benefit of others is the hallmark of the United Way and nowhere was that more in evident than in the 2012 United Way 17th Annual Golf Classic. Thank you to all who volunteered and participated in the event.  Thank you for your continued community support of the United Way.

Leon Archer

The Sportsman’s World: August 4, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

Sweet Thing and I just returned from visiting our son, Brett, and his family in Two Harbors, Minn., spending two weeks including travel time. That’s why I missed you last week; I just ran out of time.

We did give our car top camper a good workout, not just on the way out and back, but camping for three nights with the family in Freemont, Wisc.

The Jelly Stone Park in Fremont is about 25 miles away from Oshkosh and Brett and I spent two days at the Oshkosh Air Show while the gals spent the days taking it easy at the pool. What a blast!

If anyone is connected to aviation, they know about the Oshkosh show. It’s the king of all air shows in North America and draws people from around the world. Temperatures were well above 90, but Brett and I ignored the heat and soaked up the sights.

Regular readers of this column are probably aware that I have mentioned my interest in flying and ultra lights from time to time over the past five years. Well, there comes a time in everyone’s life when they have to either fish or cut bait and last month I started ultra light flying lessons. I went to Oshkosh a week after my first lesson.

While at Oshkosh, I joined the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) and spent a fair amount of time looking at ultra light and light sport aircraft.

Now I need to join the local chapter of the EAA. There are some types of ultra lights that I have absolutely no desire to go up in, but I did see some at the show that left me drooling.

It turns out that, unbeknownst to me, Brett also has latent desires to fly as well. He has his eyes set on a light sport aircraft. We spent a while getting a close look at the Sonex, the bird of his dreams. We talked with the designer and came away with Brett feeling it was doable.

At present, I have no plans to buy an ultra light, but who knows what the future might hold?

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Harry Naylor, owned Lock III Restaurant

Harry J. Naylor, 86, of Clay, died Thursday, July 26, 2012 at home with family by his side.

He was born July 7, 1926 in Syracuse, son of Robert and Dorothy Naylor. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46 and retired from IGA Markets as a meat cutter.

He co-owned Lock III Restaurant in Fulton. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, the outdoors and was an avid gardener.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Georgine; two sons,  Christopher Naylor and Richard (Diane) Naylor; daughter, Carol Bell (Marc Gaiger); five grandchildren, Matthew (Gwen) Bell, Peter Bell, Katherine Doolittle, Keelin Naylor and MacKenzie Naylor; and a sister, Laura Jane (Bernard) Kurtz.

Calling hours were held Tuesday at New Comer Funeral Home, North Syracuse.

A memorial mass was held Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church, Cicero.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of CNY.

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