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Michael A. LaBeef, ironworker, veteran, sports enthusiast, well known in wrestling community

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Michael A. LaBeef, 73, of Fulton, passed away surrounded by his loving family on  Tuesday July 8 after a battle with cancer.

Mike was born in Sterling Valley, a son to the late William and Judy LaBeef and lived most of his life in Fulton.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the ripe young age of 16, where he served four years.

Mike was an ironworker with Local 60 and retired from the Local 9, after spending more than 40 years in the trade. He also held a “second job” as he called it, at O.T.B. He would stop and have breakfast with his friends on his way into “work.”

Mike was also known as “The Devil” to his circle of sports enthusiast friends. He was an avid softball player in his younger days and when his body didn’t move as quickly, he became an umpire for the Fulton Softball Association.

You could often find Mike at the Fulton Y.M.C.A., where his jaw got more of a workout than any other part of his body.

Mike had been battling cancer since November of 2013. He would be at the oncologist every Thursday keeping everyone laughing and forgetting their worries if only for a little while.

Mike was very well known to the Fulton wrestling community, in which he had two sons and three grandsons who wrestled for Fulton. He was affectionately known as “Papa” to all the boys in the program.

Mike’s grandchildren were his pride and joy. He would often travel across states to watch them in whatever sport or activity they were participating in.

He is predeceased by his sister, Sharon France.

Mike is survived by two sons, Ron  (Olinda) LaBeef of Pomfret, CT and Don (Lori) LaBeef of Fulton; a daughter, Michele (Robert) Earl of Fulton; his longtime companion, Virginia Whitmire of                  Niagara Falls; three brothers, Danny (Kate) LaBeef of Hannibal, Richard LaBeef of Auburndale, FL. and Robert LaBeef of Pleasanton, Kansas; two sisters, Barbara Seymour of Auburndale, FL. and Yvonne Palmer of Wilmington, DE; eight beautiful grandchildren, Mike LaBeef, Alex LaBeef, RJ LaBeef and Gena LaBeef all of Pomfret, CT, Mitchell LaBeef, Madelyn LaBeef, Marcus Earl and Jonathan Earl all of Fulton; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 11 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Burial will be in Springbrook Cemetery, Fair Haven.

An adult celebration of Mike’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday July 12 following the funeral services at the Fulton Elks Lodge #830, 57 Pierce Dr., Fulton.

 

Fulton GOP endorses Salvatore Lanza for family court

The City of Fulton Republican Committee endorsing Salvatore Lanza For Oswego County Family Court Judge. Pictured in the photo from Left ro Right Fulton City GOP Vice Chairman Mark Sherman, Judicial Candidate Salvatore Lanza, and Fulton City GOP Mark Aldasch Sr.
The City of Fulton Republican Committee endorsing Salvatore Lanza For Oswego County Family Court Judge. Pictured in the photo from Left ro Right Fulton City GOP Vice Chairman Mark Sherman, Judicial Candidate Salvatore Lanza, and Fulton City GOP Mark Aldasch Sr.

The city of Fulton Republican Committee on July 1 unanimously endorsed Republican candidate Salvatore Lanza for Oswego County Family Court Judge.  Continue reading

Number of people at risk of homelessness on the rise

 COACH (County of Oswego Advocates Challenging Homelessness) committee members Doug Baldwin of Oswego County Department of Social Services and Kristin LaBarge of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) review results from the committee’s annual Point in Time survey.  A one- day count of homeless individuals in Oswego County, the Point in Time survey is a concise effort by area human service agencies to raise the awareness of homelessness and compile an approximate number of those who are homeless, or are housing vulnerable, in Oswego County.

COACH (County of Oswego Advocates Challenging Homelessness) committee members Doug Baldwin of Oswego County Department of Social Services and Kristin LaBarge of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) review results from the committee’s annual Point in Time survey. A one- day count of homeless individuals in Oswego County, the Point in Time survey is a concise effort by area human service agencies to raise the awareness of homelessness and compile an approximate number of those who are homeless, or are housing vulnerable, in Oswego County.

In an ongoing effort to combat homelessness in Oswego County, COACH (County of Oswego Advocates Challenging Homelessness), Oswego County’s Continuum of Care Committee, is closely reviewing the results of its annual Point in Time survey.   Continue reading

Oswego County worries about sales tax situation

By Debra J. Groom

For many years, Oswego County experienced steady growth in sales tax revenue.

This helped the county keep its tax rate low while still providing all the services residents have come to expect and enjoy.

But since the recession of 2008, things have changed. Sales tax revenue has become stagnant. Yes, the county is seeing more sales tax money each year, but not that much more. Continue reading

Holy Trinity Parish Family Fun Day

Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton, will have its annual Family Fun Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12. Friday will feature the sounds of “Brass Exchange” and Saturday night come out to hear the “Billionaires”. Chicken barbecue and barbecue ribs along with sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, and everyone’s favorite fried dough only make up a portion of the foods to be offered. Games of chance, children’s games, grocery booth and the ever-popular cake booth are only some of the things to keep attendees busy. On Saturday at 7 p.m. the parishioners will “Dunk the Pastor” as the Rev. John Canorro will be in the dunking booth. There will be drawing for baskets, money and 50/50s. Come and join the fun! Pictured from left, committee members Jim Feeney, Cara Allen, Joe Allen, Brenda Abelgore, Chris Williams, Tom Jones, Paul Campolieta, Rhonda Campolieta, Mary Elliot, the Rev. John Canorro, Heidi Buda, Tom Abelgore and Judy Young surround a grill that will be given away at the festival. Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea
Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton, will have its annual Family Fun Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12. Friday will feature the sounds of “Brass Exchange” and Saturday night come out to hear the “Billionaires”. Chicken barbecue and barbecue ribs along with sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, and everyone’s favorite fried dough only make up a portion of the foods to be offered. Games of chance, children’s games, grocery booth and the ever-popular cake booth are only some of the things to keep attendees busy. On Saturday at 7 p.m. the parishioners will “Dunk the Pastor” as the Rev. John Canorro will be in the dunking booth. There will be drawing for baskets, money and 50/50s. Come and join the fun! Pictured from left, committee members Jim Feeney, Cara Allen, Joe Allen, Brenda Abelgore, Chris Williams, Tom Jones, Paul Campolieta, Rhonda Campolieta, Mary Elliot, the Rev. John Canorro, Heidi Buda, Tom Abelgore and Judy Young surround a grill that will be given away at the festival.
Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

2 win journalism scholarships

The Professional Journalists and Communicators Club of Oswego County (PJC) recently announce the recipients of the club’s scholarship awards.  From left are: PJC Treasurer, Mary Ellen Barbeau of the Oswego County Department of Tourism; PJC Vice President, John DeRousie of Custom Marketing Solutions; Tara Stacy, recipient of the PJC Muriel Allerton Scholarship Award; Guest Speaker and PJC Member, Jeffery Rea of SUNY Oswego Office of Public Affairs; Scholarship Recipient, James Bailey of G. Ray Bodley High School; and PJC President Marion Ciciarelli of Oswego Health.
The Professional Journalists and Communicators Club of Oswego County (PJC) recently announce the recipients of the club’s scholarship awards. From left are: PJC Treasurer, Mary Ellen Barbeau of the Oswego County Department of Tourism; PJC Vice President, John DeRousie of Custom Marketing Solutions; Tara Stacy, recipient of the PJC Muriel Allerton Scholarship Award; Guest Speaker and PJC Member, Jeffery Rea of SUNY Oswego Office of Public Affairs; Scholarship Recipient, James Bailey of G. Ray Bodley High School; and PJC President Marion Ciciarelli of Oswego Health.

The Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County (PJC) has awarded the organization’s Muriel Allerton Scholarship Award to Tara Stacy of Oswego High School.   Continue reading