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Joseph Castiglia, Navy veteran

Joseph Castiglia, 91, of Fulton and formerly of Sandpiper Golf and Country Club Lakeland, Fla., died Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Seneca Hill Manor after a long illness.

He was born in Minetto and attended schools in Minetto and Oswego. He volunteered in the US Navy in 1941. After training, he was assigned to the USS Mississippi and sailed to the North Atlantic.

When World War II was declared, the ship was ordered to the Pacific Theater. After 18 months aboard the ship, he volunteered for the Amphibious Force and was assigned to the USS Feland.  Following the invasion of Tarawa, he volunteered for submarine duty and after training he was assigned for duty on the USS Sennett Submarine.

He was later assigned to the USS Skate Submarine where he participated in the Bikini-A-Toll Atomic Bomb Test. He was honorably discharged from the US Navy in 1947.

On Sept. 6, 1947, he married Mary Fichera of Fulton. They remained lifetime residents of the area.

Mr. Castiglia was a past member of the Knight’s of Columbus, a past member and officer of the Fulton Elk’s Club. He was a charter member of Beaver Meadows Golf Club where he also served on the board of directors for three years. He was also a member of the Radisson Golf Club.  He avidly enjoyed playing golf.

He worked in Sales all of his life and retired in 1986 as a Marketing Manager for a NY Parts Co., Syracuse.

He was also a past member of Holy Family Church, Fulton.

He was pre-deceased by one son, Joseph Castiglia in 1976.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Fichera Castiglia of Fulton; two children, Paul Castiglia of Fulton and Mary Castiglia of North Carolina; one brother, James Castiglia of Minetto; two sisters, Betty Tetro, and Theresa DeStevens, both of Fulton; one grandson; one granddaughter; two great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were conducted Monday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minetto where a mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Larkin. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. There were be no calling hours.

Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton has care of the arrangements.

Rosalie Battles, SUNY Oswego retiree

Rosalie Battles, 63, of Fulton, died peacefully at home June 23, 2012 after a long battle with cancer.

She was a graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School and RIT. She was an active volunteer, devoting her time to numerous organizations within Fulton city schools as well as Fulton Figure Skating Club and the YMCA. She retired from Oswego State University.

She was predeceased by her mother and father, Mary and Rosario Arcidiacono.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Gary F. Battles; son, Jeffrey Battles; daughter, Sarah (Seth) Mensah and many cousins and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today, June 27 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, corner of South Third and Rochester streets, Fulton. Calling hours were held Tuesday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan – Kettering Cancer Center.

Operation Oswego County holds 60th annual meeting

by Andrew Henderson

Operation Oswego County held its 60th annual meeting last Friday at SUNY Oswego.

The meeting included key note speaker Robert Simpson, who is the president of CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity. Simpson updated attendees on regional economic development, including recent key projects and successes and CenterState CEO’s regional export and business planning strategies.

Simpson also talked about business transformation and encourage companies to consider increasing their international exports.

In 2011, Operation Oswego County assisted dozens of projects, which resulted in the creation or retention of 642 jobs with over $292 million in capital investment, said OOC Executive Director L. Michael Treadwell.

Several of those projects were outlined at the meeting, Some of the local projects included:

• Novelis Corporation, which invested $208 million to expand its aluminum plant in the Town of Scriba to order to meet the rising automotive demand. The 200,000-square-foot expansion created 100 new jobs.

• Sunoco, Inc., which continued to invest in its 85 million-gallons-per-year ethanol plant in the Town of Volney. During 2011, the company pumped another $9 million into the former Miller Brewery complex and now employs 67.

• Huhtamaki, which expanded its packaging manufacturing plant in the City of Fulton by investing over $4 million into four new high speed cold cup formers. The cold cup drinking line resulted in the creation of 25 to 40 new jobs.

• River Vista Catering and Event Center, which opened in the City of Fulton. The new full service banquet facility will cater to weddings, corporate meetings and other special events and parties. The center can accommodate events up to 300 people.

• Linde North America, which opened its $15 million  processing plant in the Town of Volney. The plant captures the  that is produced when corn is converted to ethanol at the Sunoco plant. Linde purifies and liquefies the for sale to the food and beverage industry.

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New Senate bill won’t help Oswego County jail overcrowding

by Carol Thompson

A bill passed by the New York State Senate designed to help jail overcrowding won’t have much of an impact on Oswego County, according to Sheriff Reuel “Moe” Todd.

“We haven’t had a state problem,” Todd said Wednesday. “It’s kind of a non-issue.”

The legislation, introduced by Senator Patty Ritchie, amends the correction law to give the Department of Correctional Services 10 days to transport parole violators from county jails to state facilities.

“In prisons in both Central and Northern New York, state parole violators are contributing to jail overcrowding,” Ritchie said in a press release.

“That’s forcing some leaders to call for expansions, while at the same time the state is looking to downsize empty prisons,” she added. “This just doesn’t make sense. This legislation will ensure that local taxpayers aren’t footing the bill to house, feed and guard state prisoners for longer than they should have to.”

Under the bill, the state would have to reimburse counties for the cost of any state inmate that is left in a county jail beyond the 10-day period, according to the press release.

According to Todd, the state already does reimburse.

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Sounds of Brass to perform June 29 in downtown Fulton

The Sounds of Brass will be performing Friday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the South First Street gazebo in downtown Fulton. Pictured are members of the Sounds of Brass. From left are Natalie Sturr, Dick Harper, Frank Bickle, Ray Bratt, Jim Myers, and Dave Brown.

The Sounds of Brass will be performing Friday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the South First Street gazebo in downtown Fulton.

The free concert is sponsored by the City of Fulton Department of Parks & Recreation.

Sounds of Brass engages their audiences through their upbeat, toe-tapping music as well as humorous commentary. Their varied repertoire includes swing, dixieland, polkas, patriotic selections and familiar favorites.

This year’s show will feature hits from the big band era, including those made famous by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Harry James.

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Senate approves restrictions on allowable welfare spending

by Carol Thompson

A bill passed earlier this week by the state Senate would prohibit welfare recipients from spending their benefits on alcohol and cigarettes.

The bill, which passed 56-3, also prohibits the spending of benefits on gambling and strip clubs.

The “Public Assistance Integrity Act” would prohibit the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) debit cards to purchase tobacco products, alcoholic beverages and games of chance.

“Welfare benefits are designed to give a helping hand to people in need, to ensure that children and families get proper nutrition, and to help with expenses related to finding a job,” said Senator Patty Ritchie. “People who need help deserve these benefits, but taxpayers shouldn’t be footing the bill for beer, cigarettes and ‘win-for-life’ lottery tickets.”

Passage of the bill fulfills a federal requirement of states to restrict welfare assistance spending on these items by 2014. If the legislature does not act, the state stands to lose $125 million, according to the senate web site.

In February, President Barack Obama signed a law that requires states to restrict how the cash portion of social services is spent, or else they will lose five percent of funding for the welfare program known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.

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Valley Viewpoints: Transparent government

by Cheryl Holmes of Fulton

Our Granby Town Board passed a resolution at its meeting June 13.

The resolution gave the Granby taxpayer the authority to speak at the board meetings.  They said, that as a board, it is their right to allow citizens to address the board or the board can have closed meetings.

After reading Mrs. Emrich’s Valley Viewpoint in the June 16 edition of The Valley News, it is quite obvious that Mayor Woodward, the Fulton Common Council and Granby Supervisor Williamson got their heads together and came up with their new rules to restrict our free speech.

The Granby Town Board has a meeting the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. and a work session the last Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m.

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Harvey Seymour III, avid bowler

Harvey Jay Seymour III, 46, of Fulton, died Thursday, June 14, 2012 as a result of a roofing accident.

Mr. Seymour worked for A to Z Construction in Phoenix and had previously worked for Hough Construction in Oswego for 17 years. He was a bowler for 36 years and was recently inducted into the Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame.

He also enjoyed auto racing for the past 30 years in Fulton, Brewerton, Oswego and around the state.

Surviving are his wife of 21 years, Christina Moore Seymour of Fulton; son, Cory Seymour and step-children, Patrick Casler, William Jackson and Harley Wylie; parents, Harvey “Buck” and Mary (Niccoli) Seymour of Fulton; brothers, Russell (Dawn) Seymour and Ernest Seymour of Fulton; sisters, Michele Coant of Fulton and Mary Beth LeClair of Hannibal; five grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours were held at Foster Funeral Home.