Category Archives: Fulton News

Valley News future is solidified

The Valley News and Patriot-Advertiser will be acquired later this month by a community publishing company with strong local ties.

The pending transaction secures the local newspapers’ place in Fulton after an unsettling announcement two weeks ago by the Valley News’ owner, Scotsman Media Group, that it would be ceasing operations at its printing plants in Syracuse and Chenango Bridge and laying off some 90 employees.

Based on private negotiations with the Sample News Group at that time, Scotsman president William Veit said the Valley News would not be impacted by company’s closure.

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GOP doesn’t endorse in Family Court judge race

The Oswego County Republican Committee chose to not endorse in the race for Family Court Judge.

Four candidates, Thomas Benedetto, Ed Izyk, Sal Lanza, and Jim Eby all spoke and asked for the committee’s endorsement, however, the committee decided to let all go forward to an open primary on Sept. 9.

I believe this is a testament to all the candidates who are running for his position,” said committee Chairman Michael C. Backus. “This position is so sensitive for the county that I am proud that the committee chose to let the people decide who the best candidate is.”

 

 

A ‘blue ribbon’ day at the fair

Michaud Residential Health Services resident Grace Smith (pictured) made a visit to this year’s Oswego County Fair in Sandy Creek and found out her “Fabric Yo Yo’s Table Runner” entry was a first prize “Blue Ribbon” winner in the juried domestic arts category. The hand-made table runner took Smith six months of sewing to complete. Residents at Michaud, St. Luke, Bishop’s Commons and St. Francis Commons submitted nearly two dozen entries in a variety of juried categories at this year’s County Fair.
Michaud Residential Health Services resident Grace Smith (pictured) made a visit to this year’s Oswego County Fair in Sandy Creek and found out her “Fabric Yo Yo’s Table Runner” entry was a first prize “Blue Ribbon” winner in the juried domestic arts category. The hand-made table runner took Smith six months of sewing to complete. Residents at Michaud, St. Luke, Bishop’s Commons and St. Francis Commons submitted nearly two dozen entries in a variety of juried categories at this year’s County Fair.

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

OCO welcomes new employees

Pictured above are new employees of OCO who have recently completed the agency’s orientation program. Seated from left are: Inga Back and Jinnet Rivera (Health and Nutrition Services), and Carol Ireland (Crisis & Development). Standing from left are: Rosemary Squires and Tina Hover (Health and Nutrition Services), Jessica Roper (Residential Services), Mandy Coant and Jamie Drake (Crisis & Development).
Pictured above are new employees of OCO who have recently completed the agency’s orientation program. Seated from left are: Inga Back and Jinnet Rivera (Health and Nutrition Services), and Carol Ireland (Crisis & Development). Standing from left are: Rosemary Squires and Tina Hover (Health and Nutrition Services), Jessica Roper (Residential Services), Mandy Coant and Jamie Drake (Crisis & Development).

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, 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.