David F. Gifford, 71, of Oswego, formerly of Fulton, passed away March 18.
Surviving: daughter, Gigi Bellardini of East Syracuse; sister, Denise (John) Wall of Fulton; grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
There are no calling hours. Graveside services at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton will be held at a later date.
Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.
Nancy M. Merkley, 56, of Fulton, passed away Thursday, March 20 at Oswego Hospital after a brief battle with cancer.
She was a graduate of Cicero High School, class of 1975.
Nancy was a big hearted wife, mother and grandmother who loved cooking and was never afraid to try a new recipe. She worked in the food service industry most of her life.
Nancy was a people person and was kind to everyone who crossed her path.
She was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Mae Hudson.
Surviving are her husband, David Merkley of Fulton; two daughters, Kelly (Chad) Kelahan of Aberdeen, MD and Kimberly Merkley of Fulton; three grandchildren, Austin, Benjamin and Lillian; a sister, Genevieve (Mark) Garland of Mattydale as well as several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., in Fulton with services 11 a.m. Friday, March 28 also at the funeral home.
The United Way of Greater Oswego County presented Tops Friendly Markets with the Company Campaign Team of the Year Award at the United Way’s Annual Meeting and Salute to Volunteers held March 12 at the American Foundry in Oswego.
Presented annually, the Company Campaign Team of the Year Award is presented to volunteers whose extraordinary commitment, energy, enthusiasm, and creativity contributed to the success of their company’s campaign.
“We are proud to recognize the team from Tops Friendly Markets’ Oswego County stores with this award,” said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego Count.
“These remarkable individuals inspired their co-workers and coordinated a campaign that achieved an unprecedented 132 percent increase in both the amount of donors and the amount of money raised.,” she said.
“In addition to the support of their company campaign, the Pulaski store donated desserts to our Stone Soup Luncheons in Pulaski.,” Trexler said. “This company’s commitment to providing its customers with quality products and its employees with a comfortable work environment is commendable.”
Residents of Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton boarded their bus for a trip across town to the Fulton Junior High School to see this year’s Spring Showcase.
The Junior High Student Spring Showcase was an opportunity for families and community friends to visit the open house and interact with students and learn about information they displayed on projects that they have been working on for the past few weeks, covering a wide variety of topics.
Michaud residents enjoyed presentations from the Art Department, Health Department, Family & Consumer Science, and Technology Department and as a special treat had a mini-concert from the school chorus and Orchestra.
Continuing the 27-year tradition, “Living Stations” will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11 in the Fulton Education Center Auditorium.
Admission is free.
This dramatization of “The Way of the Cross” is the traditional Catholic prayer of Jesus’ passion as it portrays the final hours leading to His crucifixion, said Susan Tallents, coordinator.
In the “Living Stations,” local youth take on the roles of the various people in the traditional 14 scenes of the Stations of the Cross, Tallents said.
Each scene features a series of readings and meditations and is a visual reminder of Christ’s suffering.
Seth DeLisle will portray Jesus and Lacey Rusaw will portray Mary. Choral works are under the direction of Dolores Walrath.
Cisco Networking Academy recently presented Oswego County BOCES Career and Technical Education Instructor Mark Ellis with the Instructor Excellence Award.
Presented to him by Cisco Networking Academy Vice President Harbrinder S. Kang, the award recognizes Ellis as an Advanced Level Instructor and acknowledges his achievements as one of the top 25 percent of instructors globally.
Ellis has been part of Oswego County BOCES’s Career and Technical Education team since 2001, teaching the Computer Systems and Networking A+ and Computer Systems and Networking Cisco programs.
By Julia Ludington
Spring has sprung! Well, sort of.
Our spring sports teams are still mostly confined to the indoors, but are making the most of the beginning of their seasons.
Be sure to be checking the district website to see what sporting event you can attend next.
The boys’ and girls’ varsity lacrosse teams both had scrimmages this past week.
The boys’ played at the Hopkins Road indoor center, while the girls traveled to Hamilton College in Clinton, Oneida County.
Both teams showed promising potential for the season.
The Student Senate is hosting another blood drive this Friday in the LGI. Thank you to all of the brave souls who are going to participate, you are doing a truly wonderful thing.
The Yearbook Club is in need of pictures covering certain sports and activities. Missing significant documentation are wrestling, swimming, hockey, boys’ basketball, National Honor Society inductions and bowling.
If you have any pictures that you feel would be a good contribution, you can email them to email@example.com.
The high school’s annual “Bodley’s Got Talent” will be taking place at 6:30 p.m. April 9. Auditions are taking place this week. The show is always entertaining and a lot of fun, and all are welcome.
If you are not busy tonight at 7:30, there is a concert band and wind ensemble concert I am sure will be worth attending. If you can’t make tonight, the concert orchestra and symphonic orchestra will perform tomorrow at 7:30 PM.
Have a great week!
By Dan Farfaglia
Former Fulton wrestler David Wise, now the head wrestling coach at Liverpool High School, is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Section 3 Division One Coach of the Year Award.
Wise guided the Liverpool Warriors to an 18-5 record this past year, a League Title, and the team placed 2nd at the Sectionals (State Qualifiers). That was the best tournament performance in the school`s history.
Wise has been the head coach at Liverpool for five seasons and has compiled a 92-44 record, two Section champions, eight class champions and 31 Sectional place winners.
He was presented with this distinguished honor at the Friends of Section 3 Wrestling Banquet at the Rusty Rail Restaurant in Canastota March 9.
Bill Kays, the head wrestling coach at Mexico High School for the past 26 years, is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Section 3 Division Two Coach of the Year Award.
The Mexico Tigers ended the season with a 13-2 record, won the League title, and defeated the Fulton Red Raiders for the first time since the early 1960s.
In his career, Kays has had 40 Section 3 Champions, one Section 3 Dual Meet title, 12 League Championships, three NYS Tournament runner ups and for the first time, a State Champion just this season.
He also was presented with this distinguished honor at the Friends of Section 3 Wrestling Banquet at the Rusty Rail Restaurant in Canastota on March 9 .