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Jerry’s Journal: June 9, 2012

by Jerry Kasperek

Ten cents for a cup of coffee — that’s highway robbery! — was the response Andy Butler got from his customers at the Green and White Diner when he upped the price of a cup of coffee from a nickel to a dime.

“I thought they’d run me out of town,” he laughed during our phone conversation a couple of weeks ago.

Andy was proprietor and chief cook of that old eatery that once graced South First Street in downtown Fulton. He began leasing it in the early 1950s and was there until the 1970s when urban renewal came to town. I contacted him per a suggestion from his daughter Jody (Rinker) who called me from North Carolina. She had read my column when I first wrote about it. Jody’s phone call was soon followed by an e-mail from Andy’s stepson Ted Romas, who lives in Oregon and who also read that particular column (The Valley News sure gets around!)

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Joyce LaFlamm, retired payroll clerk

Joyce A. LaFlamm, 76, of Fulton, died Monday, June 4, 2012 at home.

Born in Fulton she was a life resident. She retired as a payroll clerk from A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital in Fulton.

She was predeceased by her husband, Clifford L. LaFlamm, who died May 27, 2003.

Surviving are a step-son, Edward (Mary) LaFlamm of North Carolina; step-daughter, Barb Bough of Arizona; great-niece, Dorothy (Andy) Fenske of Fulton; grandson, Duane (Kathleen) Cummins of Oswego; brother-in-law, Red Minota; and several step-grandchildren, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Calling hours and service were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Volney.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

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Robert Green, owned 1979 Camaro

Robert E. Green, 34, died June 3, 2012.

He was born May 15, 1978 in Oswego to Leah and David Green Sr. He enjoyed his dog, “Mickey.” He also revealed a desire to live and work in the agricultural lifestyle and was in the process of building a farm. He owned and liked to ride motorcycles and was a knowledgeable mechanic.

One of his treasures was his 1979 Camaro.

He was predeceased by his parents, Leah and David Green Sr.

He is survived by two sisters, Amanda Paro and Christina Reynolds; one brother, David Green Jr., eight nieces; three nephews and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Calling hours and services were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home,  Fulton.  Burial for Bobby and his parents, Leah and David Green Sr., was in Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.

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Emily Babcock, retired court clerk

Emily V. Babcock, 66, of Granby, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

Born in Margaretville, she was a 31-year resident of Granby. She retired from Granby Town Court in 2007 after 15 years as the court clerk.

She previously had a ceramics business in Long Island for many years. She was a member of the Granby Center Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed camping, arts, crafts and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving: her husband of 50 and a half years, Harold Babcock; children, Jennifer Meyerriecks of Rochester, N.H., Kurt (Barbara) Babcock of Cortland, Kerry (Gerald, Jr.) Truax of Liverpool; three grandchildren, Melissa (Michael), Sabrina, and Seth; two great-grandchildren, Blake and Maverick; a brother, Robert (Jacki) VanValkenburgh; a sister, Susan Needham; an uncle, Gerald Mestyanek; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was in Halcott Cemetery, Halcott.

Valley Viewpoints: New chairperson needed

by Rose Anthony of Fulton

I am not a chairperson for any political party. My back yard is open to anyone who wants to put a sign in it. Mr. Sullivan asked to put his in my yard and I said it was okay.

Mr. Holmes, you are a chairperson of the town Republican committee. You have obligations to the party. Why did you have a Democrat sign in your yard? Why, as a chairperson, did you not support Ray Sullivan when he won the Primary?

Your man lost, but your obligation was to the winner. Why did you not allow Ray Sullivan and Ed Williamson to enter the benefit at the community center? Both are Republicans and Ray already won the Primary. Why? What are your obligations as chairperson?

In your letter you also say, which I agree on, that the highway department is “all in the family.” What is the difference in highway or your Republican committee? You have you, your wife, your son, your wife’s brother — would you not call this all in the family? How can you get an equal vote when it’s all family? I hope this explains my feelings about your letter Mr. Holmes.

My personal feelings are that the Republicans in Granby ought to consider voting for a new chairperson — one who will abide by all rules, not just his.

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Bridge traffic patterns to change in July

by Nicole Reitz

Motorists that live and drive through Fulton have undoubtedly noticed the construction and bump signs on the city’s bridges.

The Oneida Street Bridge is having joint repairs and the concrete deck is being sealed. According to Fulton DPW Commissioner Dan O’Brien, this is routine maintenance and the repairs and sealing of the concrete deck will be completed in two to three weeks.

There is also a temporary signal on West Second Street in the flasher mode. This signal is for construction purposes.

Message boards will be activated on West Broadway a week before the light goes into three-color mode.

Owned by the state, the Route 3 bridge construction project will be in full swing this summer. The project is what contractors call “fluid,” so dates listed are tentative. Message board signs, informing the public that there will be a change in traffic patterns, will be erected June 22.

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Candles are lit in the shape of the initials of accident victim Bobby Senke. A candlelight memorial was held Wednesday evening at the site of the crash that took the lives of Justin Purdy, 24, Antonio Mendez, 28, and Senke, 25. Police say Senke was driving the vehicle eastbound on East Albany Street when it collided with a utility pole near the intersection with Shampine Drive in the City of Oswego.

Hundreds gather at the scene to remember crash victims

Candles are lit in the shape of the initials of accident victim Bobby Senke. A candlelight memorial was held Wednesday evening at the site of the crash that took the lives of Justin Purdy, 24, Antonio Mendez, 28, and Senke, 25. Police say Senke was driving the vehicle eastbound on East Albany Street when it collided with a utility pole near the intersection with Shampine Drive in the City of Oswego.

by Carol Thompson

Hundreds of friends and relatives gathered at the scene of the crash that took the lives of  Robert L. Senke, 25, Justin M. Purdy, 24, and Antonio Mendez, 28.

The three men were killed Tuesday when the 1999 Cutlass Ciera driven by Senke went off the road and crashed into a utility pole near the intersection of Shampine Drive and East Albany Street in Oswego.

Two other passengers, Donald M. Odin and Jeremy W. Tassie, survived the crash.

The Wednesday evening vigil was posted that morning on Facebook by Matt Haws and Thomas Alnutt.

“I don’t know if we can get people together but I figured it would be a good thing,” the event page noted.

The three deceased were from Oswego. Mendez’s mother is a resident of Fulton.

As friends gathered, some carried flowers and candles and others wore shirts in memory of the deceased. Jarin Thompson of Oswego wore a shirt that read, “In memory of Bobby, Tony, Justin. You’re deeply missed.”

Participants cried and hugged one another throughout the evening.  Each of the deceased was a father to young children, some of whom were present with their mothers.

Police believe alcohol and speed contributed to the crash, however, the investigation is not complete.

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