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Rosario Licciardello, veteran, lettuce and onion farmer

5-21_OBITlicciardelloRosario “Charlie” Licciardello, 95, of Pine Bush, NY, formerly of Fulton, passed away Feb. 28.

A native of New York City, he had resided in Fulton most of his life. Charlie was a self-employed lettuce and onion farmer.

He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 542nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion and in both the European and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters of Operations.

Charlie was predeceased by his parents, Gaetano and Venera Cutuli Licciardello, a brother, Michael Licciardello and a sister, Sadie Malone.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Marie Hakes Licciardello of Pine Bush; children, Maria (Robert) Nazzaro of Pine Bush, Richard (Sandra) Licciardello of Fulton, Lauri (John) Quigley of Pine Bush, Howard (Terri) Potter II of Bath and Scott (Sheila) Potter of Albany; a sister, Vita (Bart) Chalone of Fulton; 16 grandchildren; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24 at Holy Trinity Church, corner of Rochester and South Third streets, Fulton, with military honors.

Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has care of the local arrangements.

Roger A. Cook, retired Army officer, audiologist

5-21_OBITcookRoger Addison Cook, 67, passed away May 14, 2014 after a brief illness.  

He was born July 3, 1946 to Carlon Addison Cook and Marjorie Alice Sylvester Cook in Fulton, NY.

He was preceded in death by his parents.  

He is survived by his loving wife Sherry J. Morrey of Port Isabel and his sister, Cheryl F. Cook of Framingham, MA.

Roger had a distinguished military career and retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army in 2002.  

He began his military life with graduation from the Citadel Military College of South Carolina as a member of Class 1969. He remained in the Army Reserves while attending East Carolina University, Greenville, NC where he obtained a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and followed by a master’s degree in clinical audiology from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.  

He was employed as a clinical instructor in audiology at the Medical University of South Carolina; as an assistant professor of audiology at South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, SC and an adjunct professor of audiology at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.

Roger entered active duty in the Army Medical Service Corps in 1981, first in the capacity of a clinical audiologist and then as a health care administrator. His assignments included Fort Wainwright, AK, Fort Jackson, SC; Fort Rucker, AL; Fort Benning, GA and Fort Sam Houston, TX.

Always looking for the next challenge, Roger was awarded the Expert Field Medical Badge and the Air Assault Badge. Additional military training included Airborne Training, Combat Casualty Care Course, Command and General Staff College, and the Army Flight Surgeon Course after which he maintained non-crew flight status.

He furthered his formal education while on active duty by obtaining master’s in public health from the University of South Carolina and a doctor of audiology from the Audiology Foundation of America.

His military honors include the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medical (2nd award).

Upon retirement at Fort Sam Houston, Roger headed to the southern-most tip of Texas in search of sunny skies and beach life.  

He was an avid fisherman and dove hunter and enjoyed walking his beloved golden retrievers at Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island.  

After Sherry’s retirement from the Army in 2006, they traveled extensively in the Caribbean in search of the bluest waters and whitest beaches. 

Roger will be greatly missed by his family and friends who accepted his rascal ways and off-beat humor. The family expresses their deepest appreciation to the medical staff of Harlingen Medical Center for their compassionate and competent care during Roger’s stay.

There will be future plans for the spreading of Roger’s ashes in the Laguna Madre and in Fernandez Bay, Cat Island, Bahamas.

You are invited to sign the online guestbook or leave a memory at www.buckashcraft.com.

Fulton Public Library begins 2nd Memoir Project

The Fulton Public Library is continuing to work on the second edition of its Memoir Project with a goal of helping people who have worked or attended school in Fulton to create a memoir about their experiences.

“In 2013, our first Memoir Project supported 41 people as they crafted a memoir essay,” said Betty Mauté, library director.  “Those essays were collected in a book entitled Fulton: The Stories From Our Past That Inspire Our Future, which has sold over 500 copies. The funds we raised from those book sales are helping the Library provide this year’s Memoir Project, as well as other cultural programs.”

The theme for this year’s Project is Business and Education. Participants are signing on to gather their memories of working in a local factory, owning a family-run business, recalling a humorous anecdote from school or honoring an influential teacher. To assist them in their work, the library is working with the Project Coordinator, Jim Farfaglia, to hold a series of “theme nights.”

Mauté announced the library’s theme nights as follows:

6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22 — Working in a Local Industry or Factory (such as Sealright, Nestle, Armstrong, Miller)

6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5 — Owning or Working in a Small Business

6:30 p.m. Tuesday June 24 — Attending a Fulton School or Recalling a Favorite/Influential Teacher.

The project will continue through the summer, but those interested should contact the Library now to register.

For more information or to sign up as a participant, contact the Fulton Public Library at 592-5159 or Farfaglia at 402-2297 or via email sjimf903@twcny.rr.com.

Police blotter

Oswego County Sheriff’s Office

Angele M. Newman, 24, of County Route 4, Oswego, NY was arrested based on a felony bench warrant issued out of the city of Oswego charging her with criminal possession of a forged instrument third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh degree stemming from a 2012 incident. Newman has been sent to Oswego County Drug Court.

Benjamin E. Phetteplace, 39, and Charles D. Strauss III, 41, both of New Floyd Road, Rome, were charged with burglary, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of petit larceny and criminal mischief. Deputies say they entered a residence in Constantia on Jan. 25 and stole some Harley Davidson merchandise along with a pocket knife.

Raymond L. Besaw, 39, of Harris Hill Road, Hannibal, was charged with three counts of criminal sale of a firearm third degree, all felonies. Deputies say he allegedly gave three different firearms to people in the town of Granby while not being authorized to possess any firearms due to a previous felony conviction. Besaw was arraigned in the Granby Town Court and will return to court June 2.

Dustin L. Vanburen, 25, of Hickory Grove Drive, Mexico, was charged with criminal contempt first degree, a felony. Deputies say Vanburen got into a domestic dispute in the parking lot of a business in the village of Mexico where he allegedly engaged in a verbal altercation with the victim. He was not supposed to be near this victim because there is an active order of protection filed against him. Vanburen was arraigned in Mexico Town Court and will return to court May 20.

Damon M. Wing, 18, of Rochester Street, Hannibal, was arrested at the Oswego County Correctional Facility based on a felony bench warrant issued out of the Hannibal Town Court charging him with failure to appear. He was arraigned in Granby Town Court and will return to court May 20.

Fulton police

Bruce M. Christian II, 27, of Didama Street, Syracuse was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance fifth degree, both felonies. Police say in Fulton, he possessed and knowingly sold a white substance to a female. The substance tested positive as cocaine.

Tyler J. Hobart, no age given, of Ontario Street, Fulton, was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief third degree, a felony. Police say on May 7, he punched the passenger rear window of a person’s car, breaking the window and that he also threw a heavy metal cylinder object through the front driver side window, breaking the window and nearly hitting the victim. The damage was about $300.

 Andrea L. Spears, no age given, of West Fifth Street, Fulton, was charged with grand larceny, a felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh degree, a misdemeanor. Police say on May 7, while at the YMCA, she removed a key fob from a gym bag in the locker room and used that key fob to enter a car in the parking lot that did not belong to her.

From the car she took two rings and later was found in possession of these rings. Police also said when she was arrested, she was possessing 17 green pills in a plastic bag which were found to be Clonazepam, a controlled substance. These pills were not prescribed to her.

 Thomas C. Clark, no age given, of West Fifth Street, Fulton, was charged with criminal mischief third degree, a felony. Police said on March 13 in Fulton, he punched the windshield of a car, breaking it, resulting in $375.41 damage.

Fulton’s Memorial Day Salute May 24

This year’s Memorial Day Salute in Fulton is set for May 24.

The theme for this year’s Memorial Day Salute Parade is “Show Your Gratitude to Veterans.” Many area individuals, organizations, businesses and industries will try to develop their interpretation of this theme in the vehicles or floats they will enter in the parade May 24.

The Fulton Memorial Day Salute is a one-day event that is 33 years old this year, started and carried on by the four service clubs in Fulton .

The present service clubs working on this year’s event are the Fulton Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and the Sunrise Rotary.  The four service clubs have always been assisted by the Fulton Veterans’ Council in promoting and putting on this event.

In years past, the Optimist and the Fulton JayCees — now disbanded — were participants. Several of the men and women who work on the Memorial Day Salute Steering Committee are veterans.

During the last century, the United States has participated in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the gulf War and the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

All in all, more than 625,000 Americans have died fighting in a U.S. uniform during the 20th century.

The Fulton Service Clubs and the Fulton Veterans’ Council have established Fulton’s way to remember this most important holiday.

In the fall of each year, all of the Veterans’ organizations in the Fulton area choose a “Veteran of the Year.”  This person is the grand marshal of the Memorial Day Parade. This year’s grand marshal is Jim Weinhold.

The Fulton parade is the largest in the county, with more than 100 units and many bands. It begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24.

After the parade at about noon, several of the bands in the parade will perform on the Fulton Savings Bank stage in the Community Center in Recreation Park.

On Saturday evening, the main feature is The Custom Taylor Band, Central New York’s premiere Top 40 country music band. The Brass Exchange, Marching Bands from the parade, and the CNY Arts Center Youth Performers will also take the stage in the afternoon.

There will be rides, lots of food, and of course, the ever-popular fireworks display on Saturday evening, with a rain date on Sunday evening.

The Memorial Day Salute event is designed for family fun and entertainment.  Everyone is invited to attend. All events are free.

OCO installs new board officers

Executive Director of Oswego County Opportunities Diane Cooper-Currier, right, announced the installation of the new slate of officers for OCO’s board of directors at OCO’s annual meeting April 23 at Springside at Seneca Hill. From left are: Vice President Debra Turner; Treasurer Ron Darrow; Board President, Connie Cosemento; Secretary, Terry Bennett; Past President, Joe Caruana; and Diane Cooper-Currier.
Executive Director of Oswego County Opportunities Diane Cooper-Currier, right, announced the installation of the new slate of officers for OCO’s board of directors at OCO’s annual meeting April 23 at Springside at Seneca Hill. From left are: Vice President Debra Turner; Treasurer Ron Darrow; Board President, Connie Cosemento; Secretary, Terry Bennett; Past President, Joe Caruana; and Diane Cooper-Currier.

Karate class supports Make-A-Wish

Here are some of the karate students, and their teacher, who helped raise money for Make-A-Wish. Front left to right: Allen Michael Borasky, Tyler Bertrand, Aiden Brewster, Back: Taylor Bonoffski, Sensei Suzanne Summerville
Here are some of the karate students, and their teacher, who helped raise money for Make-A-Wish. Front left to right: Allen Michael Borasky, Tyler Bertrand, Aiden Brewster, Back: Taylor Bonoffski, Sensei Suzanne Summerville

Students from the Fulton YMCA’s karate class helped raise money for Make-a-Wish by holding a kick-a-thon. 

Sensei Suzanne Summerville held the event with her classes April 29 (World Wish Day) and May 1. Continue reading

ARISE cleans Rowlee Beach Park

Staff and volunteers from ARISE who helped clean Rowlee Beach Park included, from left to right, Mike Moss, Jim Karasek, Kristen Drumm, Elizabeth Weimer, Marjorie Yerdon, Christine Ward, Kris Rabideau and Jim Cronk.
Staff and volunteers from ARISE who helped clean Rowlee Beach Park included, from left to right, Mike Moss, Jim Karasek, Kristen Drumm, Elizabeth Weimer, Marjorie Yerdon, Christine Ward, Kris Rabideau and Jim Cronk.

On Thursday, April 24 a team of staff members and volunteers from ARISE’s Oswego offices arrived at Rowlee Beach Park in Fulton to help clean up the park.

The wind was brisk and made it feel like the upper 30s instead of the “balmy” upper 40s that it was. Continue reading