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Paul George Healy, Chef of the Year

Paul George Healy, 60, of Fulton, died unexpectedly on July 10, 2012.

He was born Jan. 13, 1952 in Syracuse to James and Catherine Healy. He grew up in Syracuse, Niagara Falls and Williamsville before graduating from Jamesville-Dewitt High School where he found his passion for singing and acting.

After high school, he attended Paul Smith’s College where he honed his skills as an accomplished chef. He went on to earn his Certified Executive Chef’s designation and was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs.

After many executive chef  positions, he worked for Aramark. He then went on to work for SYSCO Foods in 2007, the largest food distributor in North America, as both a business review manager and in their marketing department.

Mr. Healy was wed to Andrea Castiglione in May of this year.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fulton and choir, where he was loved for his humor and compassion as well as his voice.

He was recognized as Chef of the Year by both the West Virginia and Rochester chapters of the American Culinary Federation. He had also served as past president for both chapters and sat on their boards while mentoring many.

He is survived by his father, James G. Healy; his wife, Andrea Healy; two daughters, Kelly and Jamie Healy; a brother, James J. Healy; a sister, Mary I. Healy; his aunt, Jean Kaczenski; a niece, Christine Perkins; a nephew, James A. Healy as well as several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Catherine (Kay) Healy.

The family greeted friends Tuesday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Fulton, 1408 State Route 176, Fulton, NY. Chefs are encouraged to wear chef attire to honor Chef Paul.


Laughing Through Life: July 18, 2012

Andrew Henderson

And now, the rest of my all-time-weird-cool-funny-and-any-other-adjective-you-can-think-of baseball team….

But before we get to that, let’s recap who we have so far.:

C: Moe Berg

1B: Who (as in “Who’s on First”)

2B: Chuck Knoblauch

SS: Rey Quinones

3B: Ken Boyer

OF: Kevin Rhomberg

OF: Smead Jolley

OF: Ozzie Canseco

For this team, I have selected five intriguing pitchers — none of whom will see the Baseball Hall of Fame, unless they, of course, purchase tickets.

My ace of the staff shall be the Reverend Aloysius Stanislaus Travers. Try saying that name five times fast! Go ahead, I dare you!

Travers, who pitched only one game in his professional career, was selected mostly for the backstory on how he became a professional pitcher.

In May of 1912, a man named Claude Lueker, who had no hands, heckled Ty Cobb by calling the Georgia Peach a racial slur. Did I mention that he did not have hands?

Cobb, being the tough gruff that he was, entered the stands and began slugging Lueker repeatedly, ignoring the pleas of fans for him to stop beating up a man with no hands.

As you can imagine, Cobb was suspended indefinitely for the assault and his teammates went on strike until Cobb was reinstated. In order to avoid paying a fine and forfeiting the next game, the Tigers had to find replacement players.

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Gertrude Craw, retired nurse’s aide

Gertrude E. Craw, 90, of Palermo, died Thursday, July 12, 2012 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

She retired from Andrew Michaud Nursing Home in 1984 after more than 20 years of service as a nurse’s aide.

She was predeceased by her husband, Horace “Ted” Craw and by a stepdaughter, Betty (Pope) Sivers in 1987.

She is survived by her children, Yvonne (Edwin) Bradish, Robert (Barbara) Craw, Sharon West, Beverly DuBois, Lois (Brien) Steele, Doris (Donald) McAuslan, Everett (Marlene) Craw, Edward (Mary) Craw and Addie (Roy) Dolbear; one brother, Brindsley (Mary) McCann; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

There are no calling hours. Graveside services were held Monday at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the Bristol Hill Congregational United Church of Christ, 3199 State Route 3, Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Members of the Oswego City School District have officially kicked off the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign. Pictured promoting the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign are Chairperson Jo Ann Conzone, Kingsford Park School student Anthony Harter, and Stuff-A-Bus Committee member Karen Canale.

Oswego City School District kicks off Stuff-A-Bus Campaign

Members of the Oswego City School District have officially kicked off the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign. Pictured promoting the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign are Chairperson Jo Ann Conzone, Kingsford Park School student Anthony Harter, and Stuff-A-Bus Committee member Karen Canale.

Members of the Oswego County Teachers Association and the Oswego City School District have announced that the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign in underway.

Working in collaboration with United Way of Greater Oswego County, other area school districts, and more than 20 business and organizations, the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign collects donations of school supplies for distribution to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County.

Beginning in June, Stuff-A-Bus Chairperson Jo Ann Conzone organized a number of vents for OCTA and the OCSD to participate in such as jeans days and drawings for gift baskets.

“In order to raise awareness of the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign and to encourage donations of school supplies, Karen Canale and I hosted Stuff-A-Bus promotional days at Crisafulli Rink with the OZ Roller Girls,” said Conzone. “We distributed information about the campaign, the types of school supplies we are hoping to collect, and where the donations may be made. We also held a drawing for the gift baskets that we put together.”

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County approves name change for special committee

by Carol Thompson

A special committee formed for redrawing legislative district lines received a name change when the Oswego County Legislature met Thursday.

The Redistricting Committee was approved to be now called the Reapportionment Committee.

The change came in the form of an amendment when a resolution was introduced in request of a $5,000 budget modification for the purchase of software.

Legislator Jake Mulcahey asked why the reason for the change.

Legislator Dan Chalifoux responded that the change is because the legislature is not reducing in size, but rather reapportioning the districts.

Legislator Doug Malone said he wanted to know why the legislature wasn’t looking at downsizing.

Chalifoux said a committee had been formed to do that and reported back to the legislature.

The committee agreed that a reduction in the number of legislators was not needed.

Malone said he believes the issue should still be studied.

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Roller derby tournament set

The second annual Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Tournament will be held at the Crisafulli Ice Arena in historic Fort Ontario Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29. The event is free to the public.

The Triple D – Derby, Down and Dirty Tournament was created by Phil and Victoria Usherwood Gailinas, who also founded the Oz Roller Girls in 2010 and the Oz Revolution Roller Derby in 2012.

Triple D – Derby, Down and Dirty is a two-day flat track roller derby vent in which newly-qualified roller derby skaters, having met WFTDA or USARS minimum skating requirements, compete for the Triple D crown.

Flat track roller derby leagues from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania, among others, will face off.

The newest league to the Oswego Roller Derby family, the “Oz Revolution,” will host this years tournament along with COMPANY G Website Development of Oswego, the title sponsor.

The new USA Roller Sports rule set will be unveiled at the tournament as well as an exhibition bout of the Black Mamba Junior Roller Derby Team (ages 7-17).