Another free kids’ fishing class is being offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday July 12 at Lake Neatahwanta, Park at Bullhead Point (where the pier reaches out into the lake), on state Route 3, west side of Fulton. Continue reading
Residents from Michaud Residential Health Services, Bishop’s Commons and St. Luke Health Services made the trip to this year’s Oswego County Fair in Sandy Creek and came away with a number of blue ribbons. Continue reading
Oswego County Opportunities, one of the top 10 largest private employers in Oswego County, has welcomed eight new members to the agency’s staff. Continue reading
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.
The city of Fulton Republican Committee on July 1 unanimously endorsed Republican candidate Salvatore Lanza for Oswego County Family Court Judge. Continue reading
Andrew Peacock, 17, of Dixon Ave., Fulton, is charged with burglary, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor. for allegedly entering the Tavern on the Lock on June 25 at 3:15 a.m. and taking Corona beer worth $3. Continue reading
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
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