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Ida Taft, lifelong Volney resident

Ida M. Taft, 88, of County Route 6 Volney, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013  at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

She was a life resident of Volney and a member of the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Volney.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert G. Taft and by siblings, Shirley Watson, George Bracy and Norma Downing.

Surviving are four daughters, Christine Clawson of Roswell, GA, Cathy (John) Watson, Pamela Dunning, and Bonnie (Kevin Gareau) Taft all of Fulton; two sons, Jerry (Kathy Bray) Taft and Russell (Debbie) Taft all of Fulton; a sister, Virginia Drake of Fulton; 14 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Nov. 6 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services immediately following at 6 p.m.

Eleanor Roth, retired reading teacher in Fulton

Eleanor Irene Roth, 93, of Fulton, passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.

Born in the town of Volney, she was a life resident of the Fulton area.

Mrs. Roth retired as a reading teacher from the Fulton City School District. She was an alumna of Oswego State Teachers College and a member N.Y.S. Retired Teachers Association.

Mrs. Roth was a communicant of Holy Trinity Parish in Fulton and a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Stanley Becker in 1959 and William Roth in 1993.

She is survived by daughters, Sheila Grant of Sterling and Mary Hicks of Pennellville; sons, Willard Becker, James Becker, Paul Becker and Gary Becker all of Fulton; step-children, Cindy Roth, Wayne Roth and David Roth all of Oswego and Barbara Roth of Florida; sister, Barbara Lathrop of Fulton; 38 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

Calling hours are from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 (today) with services at 3 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 2819 County Route 45, Fulton (Volney) with burial at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Volney.

Contributions may be made to the church.

Harvest Festival at Fairgrieve Elementary

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The Fairgrieve Elementary School Harvest Festival celebrates nature, the changing season, fall activities and interests, and of course the bountiful harvest that farmers and growers reap during this season.

The school has its annual Harvest Festival is held Oct. 31 each year. While rainy weather canceled some of the outdoor activities planned for the day, coordinators did not let the wet weather damper the spirit of the festival.

The harvest treasure hunt involved students traveling from station to station to pick a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs to be boxed and given to local food pantries and distributed to needy families. The students learned the valuable lessons of community service and helping those in need as well as proper nutrition and where food comes from.

Another presentation that is always a perennial favorite was the make your own birdseed station. Students harvested nature’s birdseed from plants and flowers that were grown in the nature garden behind the school and created a mix of seeds that will be used to feed birds during the winter months in the bird feeder in the school patio garden.

A pedestrian safety presentation by Billie Crandall Brady, Oswego County Traffic Safety education coordinator, included precautions that pedestrians should take when out after dark or walking on the roadway.

Native American lacrosse stick maker Alfred Jacques presented a program on the history of lacrosse and Native American culture and influences on the sport. He brought with him several of his world-class sticks and demonstrated their use and other Native American inspired stick games.

The Harvest Festival seeks to educate Fairgrieve students on a wide variety of topics, including the importance of community service and helping those in need.

 

Mary Arnold, long-time Pontiac Nursing Home LPN

Mary L. Arnold, 66, of Granby passed away Nov. 3, 2013 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born in Oswego, NY on July 22, 1947 a daughter of Arthur & Viola Kath Leavens.

Mary was united in marriage to Gary Arnold Feb. 19, 1969 in New Haven, NY. She worked for several years as a licensed practical nurse at Pontiac Nursing Home.

Mary was a member of the Granby Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving besides her husband Gary, are two daughters, Candy and Terry Britton, Williamstown, Mary and Carmen Telles, Elgin, OK; one son, Gary and Jenifer Arnold, Anchorage, AK, a step daughter, Terry Adorno, North Carolina, a step son, Mike and Debbie Arnold, Fulton, 10 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a sister Jean Kingsley, Oswego; and several nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family, arrangements are under the direction of Watson Funeral Home, 631 S. Main St., Central Square.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. You may view obituary and send a message of condolence at; www.watsonlarobardierefuneralhome.com

BOCES students bring beauty to life

Students enrolled in the Floral Design and Greenhouse Technology program at Oswego County BOCES are sprucing up employees desks with their Bud Vase Club.

Members of the Bud Vase Club receive flowers biweekly, and are delivered on the main campus in Mexico as well as Cayuga Community College in Fulton. Every time a new arrangement is dropped off, the bud vase from the previous arrangement is collected.

The funds collected from the club, as well as funds generated in the flower shop, are used to buy flowers so students can work with the medium, and enhance their design skills and techniques.

The flowers come from two wholesalers, one in Liverpool and the other in Syracuse that deliver once a week.

Employees have the option of paying weekly or in advance, in five-week, 10-week or one-year increments. The program runs from October to May for 16 weeks. The vase also includes an attached card with a spot that identifies what the flowers are, as well as the name of the student who student arranged it.

Students complete each bud vase in about 20 minutes, a time instructor Margaret Rice said will quicken as students get more practice. Students are graded based on if they followed the correct “recipe” for the arrangement.

Because of the Bud Vase Club, students get to work with all different types of flowers. In the spring more delicate flowers such as roses, tulips and daffodils are used.

Employees can expect to see holiday flair in their bud vase creations in November and December. For Halloween, the arrangement included the spider mum.

 

Anna Cutuli, worked at the Silk Mills and Nestles

Anna V. Cutuli, 99, of Fulton died Monday Nov. 4, 2013 in St. Luke Health Services, Oswego.

Mrs. Cutuli was born in Oswego the daughter of the late Salvatore and Vincenzia (Manitta) Cutuli.

Mrs. Cutuli worked at the Silk Mills, Fulton prior to retirement after working 32 years at Nesltes in Fulton. She was a former communicant of Holy Family Church, Fulton and a member of the Padre Pio prayer group; she is a communicant of Holy Trinity Church.

Mrs. Cutuli was predeceased by her husband Rosario Cutuli in 2002, and her brothers James, Vincent, Sam, Henry, and Louis Strazzere, and her sister Mary Strazzere.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Angela and Bud Maynard of Fulton; brothers Victor Cavone of Fulton, Anthony Cavone of Clay; sister Josie O’Brien of Fulton; grandchildren Colleen Lasher, Charles Maynard, Kris Maynard, and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. (today) Saturday  in St. Paul’s Church, Oswego where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours were Friday at the Sugar Funeral Home 224 W. 2nd. St. S. Fulton.

Couple likes Fulton Families series

We would like to thank The Valley News for their new monthly series on Fulton families.

The recognition of the Pawlewicz and Hayden families was certainly well deserved and provided all of us the opportunity to know these two families even better.

As with many Fulton citizens, we have been privileged to have had numerous connections with both families. They represent the importance and necessity that a strong family brings to a community.

The Valley News is our hometown newspaper and the addition of these articles enhances and continues to provide all of us with that connection.

Bob & Sandy Weston

Fulton

View from the Assembly, by Will Barclay

Veterans’ Day is a time we honor our veterans and thank them for their service.

We pause to reflect on their lives and appreciate how their sacrifices keep us safe and protect our country and our freedoms. I’ve always believed that New York state should do more for our veterans. We can’t rely solely on the federal government’s benefit structure to honor our state veterans’ service.

This year, the state Legislature enacted a number of bills. Many seek to provide better access to services, education and jobs. I wanted to highlight a few that recently became effective or were signed into law that I supported in the Assembly.

 Hire a Vet Tax Credit

This year’s budget created a tax credit for employers who hire veterans. Beginning in 2015, those who hire a veteran who has been discharged on or after Sept. 11, 2001 will receive a tax credit equal to 10 percent of each veteran’s salary or $5,000, whichever is less. The credit increases to 15 percent for the employer if the veteran is disabled.

A Veteran’s Employment Portal was added last year. This offers a one-stop career priority service to veterans and their eligible spouses, which can be accessed at http://www.veterans.ny.gov/.

 Driver ID Mark

The Department of Motor Vehicles now provides a special mark on a driver’s license or non-driver identification card indicating that the holder is a veteran of the U.S. armed forces, as long as veterans provide proof, such as Form DD-214. This law came about because it is sometimes difficult for veterans to carry original paperwork to obtain health services, or discounts that businesses offer to veterans, for example.

With this mark, if the veteran has their license, they can easily receive a discount at a restaurant or through a service provider.  I was pleased to support this during our last session. It passed unanimously in the Assembly and I’m glad it went into effect last month.

 Mental Health Portal

Earlier this year, the state Legislature passed a bill requiring the state Division of Veterans’ Affairs to provide better access to services concerning suicide prevention, peer outreach, and other support services.

This bill was signed into law in June and created portals along every page within the state Veteran’s Affairs website.

This builds on last year’s legislation which created an “interagency plan” to address the needs of returning veterans. I was pleased to support both in the Assembly.

On every Division of Veteran’s Affairs webpage, there is a crisis hotline number to call. I recognize that this is a small step in helping veterans, but having the ability to find help at someone’s hour of need can save lives and pain for families.

Combat-related mental illness has been and still is a critical issue for American war veterans. According to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, at least one in three Iraq veterans and one in nine Afghanistan veterans will face mental health issues like depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. Multiple tours have increased the stress of combat. Having quick access at a critical time can help save a life.

 Veterans Speakers in Classrooms

This year the Legislature passed a bill (A1601-A) that would coordinate efforts to get veterans into classrooms to talk about their military experiences.

The Division of Veterans’ Affairs has been directed to distribute information to school districts listing available speakers willing to discuss their experiences. This is designed to teach school-aged children about what military life is like and to bring a living history to the classrooms.

Many schools already invite veterans in for education, but this would formalize such a program and enable schools to, hopefully, have access to more veterans willing to speak to classes. This was signed by the governor in July.

More information on any of these services can be found at the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs at http://www.veterans.ny.gov/

While legislative changes and state programs can assist veterans, so can individuals by showing appreciation. Veterans deserve our respect and admiration for all they have done.

Whether it’s just saying “thank you” to one that you know or meet, or joining a more organized effort, all helps the sacrifices seem more worthwhile.

Locally, a group called Thank a Service Member was created to do just that. Since its inception in 2006, it has held a number of locally based events and has grown to a national organization. To learn more, visit http://www.thankaservicemember.org/.

If you have any questions or comments on this or any other state issue, or if you would like to be added to my mailing list or receive my newsletter, contact my office by mail at 200 N. Second St., Fulton, New York 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by calling 598-5185.  You can also friend me, Assemblyman Barclay, on Facebook.