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FULTON FAMILIES: Four decades strong, the Pawlewicz family perseveres

Editor’s note: Today we run the first in our series of stories about Fulton Families. The series will tell the stories of families that have either lived in Fulton for ages or perhaps only a short while — but the common bond will be they love the city and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. If you know of a family we should highlight, please email Debbie Groom, Valley News managing editor, at


The Pawlewicz family takes a portrait at their large Christmas every year. This is the 2011 family picture. Today, the clan numbers 53 — and counting.(Photo courtesy of Noretta and Bob Pawlewicz)
The Pawlewicz family takes a portrait at their large Christmas every year. This is the 2011 family picture. Today, the clan numbers 53 — and counting.
(Photo courtesy of Noretta and Bob Pawlewicz)

By Ashley M. Casey

Nearly every available square inch of wall space is covered in photographs at the home of Bob and Noretta Pawlewicz. With 10 children, 31 grandchildren, one great-grandchild — and counting — they need all the photo space they can get. Another grandchild is expected to arrive in December, and their second great-grandchild is due next April.

Of those 10 children, six have homes in or near Fulton. The other four remain in Upstate New York.

Although the Pawlewicz family is seemingly a fixture in Fulton history — perhaps you went to school with a Pawlewicz, or worked with one, or worshiped at the same church — Bob and Noretta, surprisingly, are not natives to the area. Bob hails from Syracuse; Noretta, from Cazenovia.

In the fall of 1969, with six children in tow and plans for more, the Pawlewiczes sold their house in Syracuse and began to search for something that could accommodate their family’s growth.

Bob worked at R.E. Dietz Company in Syracuse, so they drew a 45-minute radius on a map around the city and started hunting for a house.

“We wanted to go to the country but didn’t want my husband to have to drive more than 45 minutes to an hour,” Noretta said. She recalled packing up her brood and visiting potential houses all over Central New York.

Finally, the family settled in the massive house just outside the city on County Route 8, where Bob and Noretta still live today.

“The more we stayed, it was like we had lived here forever,” Noretta said. “The last half of our family was born here, so that’s all they knew.”


Proud family – Noretta and Bob Pawlewicz pose in front of one of the many family portraits displayed in their home.Valley News photo by Ashley M. Casey
Proud family – Noretta and Bob Pawlewicz pose in front of one of the many family portraits displayed in their home.
Valley News photo by Ashley M. Casey

Keeping the faith

The Pawlewiczes attended Holy Family Roman Catholic Church and sent their kids to Catholic school.

“Looking back, the school system was a big influence on my family, and the church,” Bob Pawlewicz said of his children’s Catholic education. “With these two things behind us, we make good citizens.”

Their children attest that family and faith are the two main pillars in their lives.

Dan Pawlewicz of Palermo is the ninth of Bob and Noretta’s children. He teaches physical education at Hannibal Central School District and is vice president of the Fulton school board.

He recalled the role that religion has played throughout his life: the late Father Joseph Champlin baptized him; performed communion, confirmation and marriage rites; and even baptized his and wife Julie’s four daughters, Alexis, Erica, Olivia and Abigail.

Julie Galvin — Pawlewicz No. 6 — and her husband, Pat, are striving to include the same spiritual education for their children, Patrick and Meghan. Julie is a special education teacher at Lanigan Elementary School.

“Faith and spirituality (were) a big part of our life,” Julie recalled. “We prayed together. My mother always said, ‘The family that prays together stays together.’ … I practice that with my own kids, and my husband has that same belief.”

Julie said that Pat, raised in Oswego, comes from a similarly large family with 11 children, so the parallels in their families’ structure have made it easy to align their views for raising their own kids.

“As a kid, I didn’t understand because I thought it was more of a job that my parents wanted me to do — go to church, say my prayers,” she said. Now, she sees the importance of the morals her parents instilled in her and her nine siblings. “I want my kids to see those same values.”


This photo was taken in 1969, the year the Pawlewicz family moved from Syracuse to Fulton. Top row: Lori, Bob, Debbie; bottom row: Bill, Julie, Sheri, and John.Photo courtesy of the Pawlewicz family
This photo was taken in 1969, the year the Pawlewicz family moved from Syracuse to Fulton. Top row: Lori, Bob, Debbie; bottom row: Bill, Julie, Sheri, and John.
Photo courtesy of the Pawlewicz family

Family first, then Fulton

“Our community is a source of who we are,” said Sheri Spencer, Bob and Noretta’s seventh child. Sheri is a therapist who lives in Clifton Park, N.Y.

Although she said she misses Fulton, she and her husband, David, have no plans to return to the city. But she will never forget how growing up in Fulton shaped her and her siblings.

“I am so blessed. I think, ‘Wow, we were so fortunate to have grown up in a community with so many resources,’” she said.

Bob and Noretta encouraged all their children to pursue sports and other activities in school and in the community.

Sheri recalled swimming at the Westside pool, participating in traditional Polish dancing and seeing “Grease” with the whole family at the old movie theater downtown.

As much as she loves Fulton, Sheri said that her parents taught her that “community is secondary — family is first.”

Her sister, Julie, said that their parents helped them “understand what it looked like to have a healthy relationship.” Julie recalled huge family dinners in which everyone could socialize and share their problems. The whole family — each person at a different age, a different mindset, a different stage in life — would offer a new perspective.

“It was an unspoken unity that we had at the dinner table that was very special,” Julie said.


Turning the tide

Although on the whole, the Pawlewiczes’ view of life in Fulton is very sunny, they are not ignorant of the problems in their beloved city. Fulton once made a name for itself as “The City the Great Depression Missed,” but the Pawlewiczes have seen industry decline in their more than 40 years here.

However, the problems they see here are indeed fixable, and not unique to Fulton.

“There are problems in this community just like anywhere else,” Noretta said. “You try to avoid those things, and correct where you can.”

Noretta said it offends her when people choose to leave Fulton instead of trying to make the community better.

“There are so many things that are positive if you just look for them,” she said. “I worked for the Fulton Community Development Agency for more than 20 years. … I had a taste of both sides of the fence. Like anything else, you have your good days and your bad days, but certainly the positives outweigh the negatives in the things I did for the community.

She added that Fulton offers its citizens many resources, such as Oswego County Opportunities and the YMCA.

Her husband stressed that if Fultonians want their city to improve, they must take an interest in the community and each other.

“They can’t just sit back and moan and groan about how things aren’t right. They have to make things right,” Bob said. “I’m a firm believer in the ripple effect: You do good things and they keep moving on to other people. … We have to see this as our city and make it a good city.”

Dan echoed his father’s “ripple effect” philosophy. He suggested that the people of Fulton volunteer in schools and community organizations.

“There’s hope. There’s promise. There’s a lot of good things in our community. I believe in our mayor, trying his hardest to do with what he’s got. I commend volunteers … trying to make it a better place,” he said. “It’s a new generation of people. Granted, you don’t have your ‘Nestlés,’ but there’s a lot of interesting things going on.”

“My parents have tied Fulton to good things and family,” Julie said. “Good things happen in Fulton.”

Julie said that she and Pat have never had a desire to leave Fulton.

“We just knew this is where our heart was, in the area closest to our family,” she said.

In addition to their extensive clan, the Pawlewiczes hold dear the Fulton community as a whole.

“It’s a very giving, caring community,” Noretta said. “Many of our kids have professions where they could work anywhere, but they’ve chosen to stay here. They grew up with a sense of belonging and loyalty.”

“There’s a lot of hard-working people here — lot of honest people,” Dan said. “I hope people have hope (and) do their part. … It’s a team approach.”

Fifty-plus members strong, the Pawlewicz team shows no sign of giving up on Fulton, and they hope their fellow Fultonians don’t either.

The 10th and youngest Pawlewicz, Jennifer, was born in 1973. Top row: Noretta and Bob; middle row: Bob Jr., Julie, John, Sheri, Bill; bottom row: Lori, Dan, Jennifer, Rick and Debbie.Photo courtesy of Noretta and Bob Pawlewicz
The 10th and youngest Pawlewicz, Jennifer, was born in 1973. Top row: Noretta and Bob; middle row: Bob Jr., Julie, John, Sheri, Bill; bottom row: Lori, Dan, Jennifer, Rick and Debbie.
Photo courtesy of Noretta and Bob Pawlewicz

Nothing to do? Check out our calendar for coming events

Here’s a list of calendar items coming up for the next few weeks:

Sat., 10/5
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Scrapbooks for genealogy and regular reading, Volney Town Hall, County Route 3, Volney Center
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fall rummage and bake sale, First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St.
4:30 p.m., Palermo Harvest Dinner, Palermo United Methodist Church, 11 County Route 35, Palermo.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., First United Church of Fulton rummage sale, 33 S. Third St., fulton.

Sun., 10/6
11:30 a.m., Friends of History in Fulton chicken barbecue, Pavilion, Bullhead Point, Fulton.
10 a.m., New Life Band performs at Gods Vision Christian Church, Hannibal.

Mon., 10/7
7 p.m., Phoenix school board of education.
1 p.m., Fulton CROP Hunger Walk, Fulton.

Tues., 10/8
Noon to 1 p.m., live online information session on SUNY Oswego’s MBA programs.

Wed., 10/9
Noon to 2 p.m., senior citizen lunch for those age 55 and up, Little Utica United Methodist Church.
11 a.m., senior health and wellness fair, sponsored by state Sen. Patricia Ritchie, Fulton War Memorial.

Thurs., 10/10
7 p.m., Schroeppel town board meeting.

Fri., 10/11
5:30 p.m., potluck covered dish birthday supper, Phoenix Senior Citizen club, town building on County Route 57A
2 to 9 p.m., photography event for church members and the community, Palermo United Methodist Church, sign up for an appointment at
5 p.m., fish dinner, Masonic Hall, Main Street, Phoenix

Sat., 10/12
4 p.m., roast port and dressing dinner, Pennellville United Methodist Church, County Route 54. Crafts for sale also.
8 to 11:30 a.m., all-you-can-eat Belgian waffle breakfast, Lamson Grange #588, 9108 Fenner Road, Lysander.
1 to 4 p.m., open house, St. Francis Commons assisted living residence, Oswego.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hannibal American Legion Auxiliary craft show.
Noon, registration for United Way Walk-A-Thon, outside Lanigan Hall at SUNY Oswego. Walk begins at 1 p.m.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., photography event for church members and the community, Palermo United Methodist Church. Sign up for appointment at
4:30 p.m., turkey and biscuit dinner, Oswego Center United Methodist Church, County Route 7, Oswego

Sun., 10/13
1 to 4 p.m., open house, St. Francis Commons assisted living residence, Oswego.

Mon., 10/14
6:30 p.m., meeting, Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court #833, Holy Trinity Church, 309 buffalo St., Fulton.

Tues., 10/15
7 p.m., Phoenix village board meeting, Sweet Memorial Building.

Wed., 10/16
6:30 p.m., wellness discussion, “Protection from Colds and the Flu,” First United Church of Fulton, 33, S. Third St., Fulton.

Thurs., 10/17
4:30 to 5:30 p.m., live online information session on SUNY Oswego’s MBA programs.
7 p.m., second annual Desserts for a Cure, Oswego Alliance Community Building on Thompson Road. Money raised goes to making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Fri., 10/18
6:30 p.m., Anthony Joseph Swingtet at Under the Moon, below Blue Moon Grill, Fulton.
6:30 p.m., Oswego County Harvest Dinner, American Foundry, Oswego.

Sun., 10/20
Noon to 4 p.m., benefit for Ryan Barry and his family, Oasis Room, Thunder Island, Granby. Ryan was paralyzed in an accident at Casowasco camp this summer. For information, call Jan Rebeor at 593-1930.
11:30 a.m., chicken barbecue, Cody Fire Department Station 2

News in Brief

A panel discussion of the deliberate sinking of historic ships with ties to the Great Lakes Seaway Trail waters of the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie has been added to the Oct. 5 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Blue Byway Seminar at SUNY Oswego in Oswego, NY.

Sarah Tichonuk, a nautical archaeologist with the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, Vt., will join Dive Captain Dale Currier and New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White for the panel and open discussion at the 9am to 1pm event.

The practice of deliberately sinking ships from significant military to commercial vessels creates artificial reefs suitable for recreational divers, diver training programs, and tourism promoters.

Other presenters on the 9 a.m. To 1 p.m. program include Christopher Nicholson, designer of the remotely-operated underwater vessel used by National Geographic to film the wrecks of the War of 1812 schooners in Lake Ontario. National Weather Service Forecaster Bob Hamilton will present information on the historic weather conditions that influenced the Revolutionary War wreck of the HMS Ontario and will share his recent research into the 1913 White Hurricane on the Great Lakes.

It is the time of year to return to the woodland and join its spirits in a Halloween celebration.

Woodland Halloween Festival will be held at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Creatures of all ages will delight in the afternoon of free and fun family activities.  An adult must accompany all children for this special event.

Woodland Halloween Festival includes children’s games, crafts, face painting, campfire program, light refreshments and a trick and treat trail at dusk. Along this trail, trick and treat’ers will meet and greet friendly forest critters. The trick and treat trail will be open only between 6-7 p.m. The last group will leave the trailhead at 6:45.

Woodland Halloween Festival will be held rain or shine. Participants should dress to stay warm and to ward off the spirit of chill, and bring a flashlight. Activities will be moved indoors with inclement weather. This is a free public program.

The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center is located at 748 State Route 183, one mile south of Williamstown.


The Fulton Dining and Activity Center is having its annual candlelight dinner Oct. 24 in the community room in the Fulton Municipal Building.

Doors open at 11 a.m. With lunch served at noon. The fee will be collected at the door. There will be entertainment and door prizes.

Seating is limited to call Eileen for reservations at 592-3408. The deadline is Oct. 18.


The First United Church of Fulton is having its annual fall rummage sale from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 and 9 a.m. To 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the church at 33 S. Third St., Fulton.

A $3 bag sale will take place Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. The basement boutique will be open both days.

The sale will include winter clothing, shoes, books, household items, jewelry, toys, collectibles and other items. Light lunch foods and bake sale items also will be available for purchase.


The Fulton Gauchos alumni is having a chicken barbecue from noon until sold out Saturday, Oct. 5 at Chester’s Neighborhood Bar., West Broadway, Fulton.

Menu includes a half chicken, macaroni salad, baked beans, salt potatoes, roll and butter and soda. Free movie coupons from Family Video will be available.

Tickets for the barbecue can be purchased at Red Baron, Chester’s or from any Gauchos member.


Partnership for Success in the Fulton school district is putting on a forum titled “What Does it Really Mean to be College and Career Ready? from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at Fulton Junior High School.

Presenters will be Superintendent William Lynch and Executive Director of Instruction and Assessment Elizabeth Conners.

Child care and refreshment will be available. For more information, call 593-5509.


Foster Funeral Home, with sites in Fulton and Hannibal, has renewed its membership in the Lofty Oaks Association, a New Hampshire organization dedicated to reforestation and conservation efforts in New York state.

Foster arranges to have a tree planted for every service is performs to provide a living memorial in honor of the deceased and to renew forests in New York. The trees are planted in the spring and fall. After each service, close family members and friends are informed that a memorial tree has been arranged for by Paul E. Foster. When the tree has been planted, the designated people in the family will receive a certificate of planting suitable for framing at home.





Reopening celebration at Rice Creek Field Station Oct. 3

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego’s renewed Rice Creek Field Station, set among nearly 400 forever-wild acres south of campus, showcases its commitment to the natural world, utilizing such features as solar power, a state-of-the-art heating-cooling system, green construction materials and rain gardens to demonstrate conservation in practice.

“We want to be a good example for the community, to show that it is possible to do things in a sustainable way,” said Lucina Hernandez, biological sciences faculty member and director of Rice Creek.

Rooftop photovoltaic solar panels — the solar array is about the same size as the one to rise soon atop the college’s new Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation — will supply an estimated 40 percent of the power the 7,700-square-foot building needs.

Rice Creek’s high-efficiency, variable-volume-refrigerant system enables heating and cooling to go on in different parts of the building simultaneously. Super-insulated foam and high-performance windows help reduce energy consumption by about 30 percent compared with buildings of standard consumption.

With parking at a premium, at only nine spaces adjacent to the new field station, encouraging alternative means of transportation comes naturally to Rice Creek as well.

“There are few parking spaces, and that was not by chance,” Hernandez said. “We need people to realistically think about saving energy.”

Hernandez pointed out that a Centro shuttle delivers students to Rice Creek’s doorstep five days a week. The field station also encourages visitors to carpool and bicycle.

Retaining rainwater

SUNY Oswego chemistry faculty member Casey Raymond, who worked closely with Facilities Design and Construction coordinator Allen Bradberry on Rice Creek and the Shineman Center, pointed to bio-retention landscaped swales adjacent to the new headquarters as an example of concern for nearby wetlands.

“They help with storm-water management, allowing rain to run off the building, percolate among the swales’ hardy plants and naturally filter into the groundwater” instead of flowing directly into the pond, Raymond said.

Hernandez said several faculty members have enthusiastically embraced the new $5.5 million field station and its surroundings, holding classes this semester either in the building or on the grounds in plant, wetlands and waterfowl ecology, ichthyology (fish-related zoology) and behavioral biology, as well as field research projects.

Inside the field station, a terracotta lattice shades the two large and one small research laboratories from the sun, while energy-efficient windows and shades keep out heat and allow in light, decreasing the need for powered lighting.

“With the new building here, professors know we are very accessible,” Hernandez said. “The students see the advantages to coming here. More students want to take classes here.”

Diann Jackson, the field station’s assistant director coordinating educational programming, said the renewed field station opens up new interdisciplinary potential. For example, she is working with technology education to start a sustainability project for science and technology students modernizing the design and structure of Rice Creek’s compost bin.

Rice Creek Field Station resumed its naturalists’ public programming on Saturday, Sept. 7, and plans to announce more programs for the community, with a new emphasis on sharing faculty and student research and techniques with the public.

“We are not isolated here,” Hernandez said. “We do science for the service of the public.”

Rice Creek Field Station will have its formal reopening celebration at 3 p.m.  Thursday, Oct. 3.


Oswego County Opportunities received grant for housing for domestic violence victims

By Ashley M. Casey

As part of the Violence Against Women Act, the U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Violence Against Women has awarded a $300,000 grant to Oswego County Opportunities.

The grant will be used to provide transitional housing for victims of domestic violence.

The grant allots OCO’s Crisis and Development Services $100,000 a year for three years.

Eric Bresee, director of Crisis and Development Services, said OCO and the Department of Social Services applied for the competitive grant back in April.

OCO’s Services to Aid Families shelter provides a safe, temporary place for victims of domestic violence to stay before they can secure more permanent housing.

“One challenge for many women residing in the shelter is finding adequate, affordable housing to exit to,” Bresee said.  “Many times, survivors of domestic violence need to start over building resources as they pursue a life free from violence. Often, they do not have the financial resources to immediately secure housing on their own.”

In addition to housing help, the grant will provide domestic violence survivors with social and professional resources.

“This project will offer survivors a  case manager who can provide advocacy, transportation, supportive counseling and assistance with applying for Office of Victim Services compensation, as well as security deposits and rental subsidies to support housing,” Bresee said.

“The project will also offer job skills training and assistance with obtaining employment, including assisting participants in obtaining the National Work Readiness Credential,” Bresee said.

Rep. Dan Maffei, D-Syracuse, co-sponsored the Violence Against Women Act bill and voted for it in February 2013.

“Oswego County Opportunities serves as a lifeline to victims of domestic violence, and I am thrilled that this funding will support their work to provide essential housing services to some of the most vulnerable in our communities,” Maffei said in a press release.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic violence, OCO has a 24-hour abuse and assault crisis hotline, 342-1600.

For more information, visit

Phoenix fire department wants Schroeppel town supervisor to resign

By Debra J. Groom

The fire department in Phoenix wants Schroeppel Town Supervisor Patrick Nugent to resign due to a comment fire officials claim he made to them at a fireworks display this summer, a lawyer said.

Jarrod Smith, lawyer for the Enterprise Fire Co., said the company is planning to sue the Town of Schroeppel and Nugent for what it calls a violation of political rights and interfering with the contract between the town and the fire department.

Smith said the fire chief and president of the fire company say Nugent threatened to punish the fire department during town budget negotiations this fall because the two men refused to sign Nugent’s nominating petitions for this year’s town election.

Nugent would not comment on the action. Town Attorney Allison Nelson said the town does not comment on ongoing litigation.

According to the notice of claim filed Sept. 9: “while (Nugent) was soliciting signatures, he came into contact with fire chief John N. Delahunt and president Peter F. Marsenison. … The chief and president declined to sign his petitions due to the fact that (the fire department’s) policy is not to endorse political candidates.”

“He (Nugent) knows they don’t sign anyone’s petition,” Smith said.

Smith said the Enterprise Fire Co. is an independent company, not affiliated with the town or Village of Phoenix. He said it is a long-standing policy for members not to favor any political party in elections.

The notice of claim then states: After the chief and president declined (to sign the petitions), supervisor then stated to them ‘I will remember that come contract time.’” The claim goes on to say this statement “was threatening and not in the interest of the public good.”

Each year, the fire department submits to the town a contract for the amount of money it wants to receive in exchange for providing fire protection to the people and property in the Town of Schroeppel. In 2013, the town paid $231,963 for fire protection for the town’s nearly 6,000 residents.

The fire department has requested $243,561 for 2014, an increase of 5 percent. Marsenison said the fire department has not received an increase from Schroeppel in about three years and the costs of materials such as safety equipment keep going up.

He also said the increase amounts to $1.93 more for the year for each resident in the town, less than a cup of coffee in many places..

Smith said he believes Nugent violated General Municipal Law by threatening to affect budget negotiations due to Delahunt and Marsenison not signing his petitions.

Smith also said Nugent’s action violates state Penal Law because he tried to deprive another person of a benefit through the use of his public office. Because of this, Smith said he also has given a copy of the notice of claim to Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes to see whether Nugent can be charged with official misconduct.

Oakes confirmed he is looking at the paperwork.

Smith said he sent a letter to Nugent and the town before filing the claim to try to work out a settlement. “We are asking that he resign,” Smith said.

Nugent lost his Republican primary Sept. 10 and now will be on only the Independence Party line in the November 5 election. When asked if Nugent losing his supervisor seat would be enough to satisfy the fire company, Smith said no, because Nugent still would be supervisor until Jan. 1 and would be in on the budget negotiations for a fire contract.

Smith, who grew up in Fulton, said municipal law mandated the fire department file the notice of claim before filing an actual lawsuit. But he said the lawsuit will state the same claims as the notice. “This basically is the lawsuit,” he said.

Students complete medical assistant program at Oswego County BOCES


The Adult Education Department at Oswego County BOCES honored the following students for completing the 690-hour medical assistant program: Tonya Burrows, Corina Canfield, Brandi LeBeau, Sarah Liers, and Courtney Niver. The five students were recognized, during a special ceremony in their honor, for their academic achievements in the classroom as well as clinical internships in local medical practices that prepare them for future careers in the healthcare industry. Pictured above, left to right, are: Courtney Niver; Shelly Spencer, Medical Assistant Instructor; Brandi LeBeau; Tonya Burrows; Corina Canfield; Paul Gugel, Director of Adult Education; Sarah Liers; and John Shelmidine, OCB Board of Education President. For more information about the Medical Assistant program or other health, trades or technology course offerings at Oswego County BOCES, contact the Adult Education Department at 963-4256 or visit

Oswego man wins first place in Erie Canalway photo contest


Twelve images that capture the beauty and character of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor have been selected as winners of the 2013 Erie Canalway Photo Contest.

The winning images will be featured in the 2014Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Calendar and can be viewed online at

Winning images include two scenes from Oswego, including “Oswego Paddlefest” by Richard Drosse, which won first place in the category For the Fun of It. His photo is seen above.

“Before the Storm” by Alla Sokolovskaya, received an honorable mention.

“These outstanding images capture the extraordinary heritage of the canal corridor and remind us what makes it worth preserving and celebrating,” said Beth Sciumeca, Executive Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Judges selected 12 winners from more than 300 entries. First-, second- and third-place photographs were chosen in each of four contest categories: Bridges, Buildings, and Locks; On the Water; For the Fun of It; and The Nature of the Canal.

In addition, 12 photographs received an honorable mention recognition.