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Newton George Ward, Navy vet, owned Ward’s Service Station, sold Coca-Cola

Newton “Newt” George Ward, 87, passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014, from complications of a recent surgery.

Newt was born in Lysander, NY on April 1, 1926. There was not a more appropriate day than April Fool’s Day for Newt to be brought in to this world. His constant humor and ability to make anyone laugh was undeniable.

Newt attended school in Fulton, NY.  He was a proud member of the Drum and Bugle Corp.

After falsifying his age, with his father’s permission, he joined the US Navy in 1942 at the age of 16. He served on the USS Abele and USS Hilarity, holding a rank of Motor Machinist Mate Third Class.

He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theatre Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Medal and the Victory Medal during his service in the Navy. He received an honorable discharge March 25, 1946.

Throughout his life, Newt worked for various employers. One of his most memorable jobs was working as a salesman for Coca-Cola.

Newt loved to share with friends and family his success story of “outselling all route salesmen for the red Coca-Cola coolers” in 1954. In the small community of Fulton, 22 of the 23 service stations held Ward-sold red coolers for Coca-Cola. His gift of gab, work ethic and tenacity ensured his success in sales.

In addition, Newt operated the Mobil Gas Station, named Ward’s Service Station in Fulton, NY. He was always proud of the service he provided the Fulton community. He also enjoyed the flexibility this provided him to disappear for something very important, such as a good card game or exciting craps game.

Upon closing of Ward’s service station, Newt began his journey as a proud Teamster at Fiddler, the Oswego steam station and Nine Mile. He retired in 1991 as the Teamster steward.

Newt was a staunch union man and had no problems sharing his opinions on that issue. Shortly after retirement, Newt returned to the world of employment.

He was a truck driver for New Penn Golf Carts for several years. He not only knew where every diner was in New York, but where every golf course was as well.

At a young age, Newt had a passion for car racing. He was a frequent driver at The Oswego Speedway.

Newt’s impact on the local racing community still exists today. Driving the infamous polka dotted car, number 8, he won the Opening Night Feature at the Oswego Speedway in 1953.

This led to his love for NASCAR racing, always cheering for Dale Earnhardt Jr. In addition, Newt truly enjoyed a game of chance, whether it involved football, cards, horses or dice. Those who were able to join him at a casino could admire his ability to brave the odds – sometimes with success, sometimes not.

Knowing that so many of his friends and family supported Syracuse Athletics and the Yankee Baseball Club, he religiously watched every SU basketball and football game and NY Yankee game, always cheering for the opposing team.  The sole purpose of this was to be the first to mention an SU or Yankee loss to their fans.

Newt could always be heard repeating some of his famous lines such as “This isn’t my first rodeo,”  “Darlene Who?” or pointing to his head stating “What do you think?  This is just for holding a hat”?

Many moons ago, he was known to be in a bar stating, “When Newt Ward drinks, everybody drinks, which led to drinks being poured for all in the place, then when he finished his drink he said “When Newt Ward pays, everybody pays.”

We have been told he then had to quickly exit the bar.

Newt could also be found at Mimi’s Diner for breakfast nearly every morning.  He found one of the advantages of aging was the ability to flirt with the waitresses without being charged with harassment.

He always had a way to make whoever was waiting on him believe she was his favorite. The family would like to thank each and every waitress at Mimi’s for all of the joy and laughter they brought to him and taking care of him like he was their dad.

Newt had a lifelong love for chocolate and ice cream. He would always pick an extra large banana split over any nutritional meal. His family and friends could always plan on a nightly trip to Carvels, Byrne Dairy or The Big Dipper.

His wit, stories and sense of humor were unparalleled. This could often be verified by some of his closest friends, Randy Perry, Norm (Sparky) Bovay, Fred Bevacqua, Dick Clark and Gerry Allen.

Newt lived his life on his own terms.  He lived large, loved large and left a large legacy behind.

Newt is predeceased by his parents, Newton Nutting Ward and Genevieve (Horr) Ward, his brothers Jack and Elmer and his sister Blanche (Ward) Brewer.

Newt is survived by his wife Ann (Anabel) Ward; children, Deborah (Dick Campbell) Ely, and Connie Ward both of Fulton, Steve (Sue) Ward of Albany, Dan (Sandy) Shue, Shelly (Randy) Allen and Tammy (Blake) Bednarz; sister Rhoda Brown; and former wife, Barbara Stowell Nastasi, all of Fulton. He is also survived by his grandchildren Matthew, Brittany, Jocelyn, Christina, Jessica, Valentina, Kimberly, Courtney, Anna and Blake; niece, Judy (Bud) Young; nephews, Jim Mangano and Randy Brown. He also leaves behind his beloved dog, Chuck.

His family is very thankful for the love and care he received from the staff of St. Luke Rehabilitation Facility, St. Francis Living Facility and St. Joseph’s Hospital Staff on Unit 2-5 and Unit 1-8.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, NY. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

If Newt has touched your life and you would like to share a memory at his funeral service please let one of his children know.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Ward may be made to the animal rescue organization, Paws Across Oswego County, 2035 County Route 1, Oswego, NY 13126.

Faculty, staff unions at CCC form new group

Faculty and staff at Cayuga Community College have united to form a new organization called United Cayuga Professionals.

Group officials say this organization was formed to facilitate transparency and clear communications within the college, while working on positive initiatives to bolster the work and learning environment for all at the Auburn and Fulton campuses.

United Cayuga Professionals combines members from the four unions which represent workers at the college, including the Faculty Association, the Administrative Professionals Group, the Educational Support Professionals, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 932-C .

Organizers say the need for the group grew out of the frustrations experienced after the college struggled with a budget deficit last spring, which led to the College’s Board of Trustees declaring a state of financial exigency, staff reductions, and the resignation of the CCC president.

They say the primary mission of United Cayuga Professionals is to promote a unified voice representing all workers to the college’s administration, Board of Trustees and the community.

“Our intention is to get all the employees of the college working together as a larger unit to make a better place for our students and for our employees,” said Doug Brill, one of the founding members of United Cayuga Professionals and a member of the Administrative Professionals Group.

“Our first full group meeting was a way for many workers to begin healing,” said United Cayuga Professionals founding member Professor Dia Carabajal.

“We suddenly found ourselves in a crisis, no one knew who to be upset with, so we’re hoping this group will help us build relationships that would stand if we face a crisis again,” Carabajal said.

“As a member of the Educational Support Professionals group and the United Cayuga Professionals committee, I would like to see the members of the four unions work together to become more of a solid unified workforce here at the college,” said Patricia Hamberger, senior typist.

“Morale issues are also on the forefront of everyone’s mind as well.  I have always been proud to be an employee here and would like to feel that way again,” she said.

“I think the four unions working together only makes sense and will be beneficial for the college,” said Henry D’Amato, mechanic and a founding member representing the Mechanics and Custodial Unit.

Already the group has experienced success.

Founding member E. Bruce Walter says CCC’s Board of Trustees has agreed to have a representative from each union participate on the search committee for a new college president.

They also hosted a guest speaker in December. Robert Freeman, executive director of the New York Department of State’s Committee on Open Government, gave a presentation to the group on open meeting laws and the Freedom of Information Act.

“We’re committed to learning together so we can help facilitate open and clear communication among all of the College’s constituents and the College’s Board of Trustees,” said Carabajal.

2 events set for FMC

During March, the Fulton Medical Center will be the site of two health-related events.

Blood Drive

The Fulton Medical Center will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 in the healthcare facility’s lower level conference room.

Members of the public are encouraged to donate a pint of blood during the drive. To make an appointment, call 592-3505. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Those donating a pint of blood are asked to use the Park Street entrance.

Caring and Sharing Breast Cancer 

Support Group

Members of the caring and sharing breast cancer support group will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 in the community room of Oswego Health’s Fulton Medical Center.

Community members diagnosed with breast cancer can be guided through their journey of treatment by members of the support group. The local support group meets the third Tuesday of the month.

In addition to the support group, its members can provide a facilitator 24 hours a day to those that need support before the next meeting.

Liz Schremp, who coordinates the support group, can be contacted by calling 592-7468.

Those attending the support group meeting are asked to use the Park Street entrance to the Fulton Medical Center.            -

Fulton Squirts team wins JAM tourney

The Fulton Squirt Hockey team sponsored by Chris Nelson Insurance, Fulton Lions Club and Fulton Medical Center took first place in their end of the season league championship JAM tournament. Fulton beat Onondaga in the championship game 3-1 to take the title. Trey White was stellar between the pipes and had many saves. Fulton’s offense kept pressure on Onondaga’s defense for three periods. The forwards were led by Jon Dingman, Brady Zych, Tanner Tetro, Fred White, Caden Waldau, Lucas Nelson, Josh Cook and Nicolas Schremp.  Defensively the team played its best game of the tournament and were led by Logan McDougall, Adam Cooney, Courtney Bednarz, Gino Noel and Andrew Coleman. In the photo are: front Caden Waldau and Trey White, second row Courtney Bednarz, Fred White, Jon Dingman, Brady Zych and Tanner Tetro, third row Andrew Coleman, Gino Noel, Logan McDougall, Lucas Nelson, Adam Cooney, Nicolas Schremp and Josh Cook. Coaches left to right Jamie Tetro, Jeff Schremp and Joe White

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Bowling scores

Monday Night Women’s Michelob/ Shuba 2 Construction League

Bowled at The Recreation Club

Monday March 3, 2014

  • Kathy Fitzpatrick  588- 221, 193, 174
  • Paula Distin          514- 177, 154, 183
  • Della Daniels        514-  182,182, 150
  • Annette Cotton     511- 167, 170, 174
  • Michelle Simpson  506- 159, 170, 177
  • Patty Davis           483- 136, 156, 191
  • Gina Coomey       469- 162, 133, 174
  • Ann Kastler          460- 136, 147, 177
  • Sharon Allen        450- 159, 133, 158

Winning Edge Women’s League

Bowled at Lakeview Lanes

Wednesday March 5, 2014

  • Jackie Coon              594- 183, 206, 205
  • Kathy Pipher             575- 182, 170, 223
  • Theresa Grinnell       546- 174, 194, 178
  • MaryAnn McGregor  518- 175, 170, 173 
  • Dawne Hartranft        514- 143, 198, 173
  • Toni Nelepovitz         504- 177, 147, 180
  • Katie Jodway            492- 140, 188, 164
  • Michelle Terpening   486- 157, 139, 190
  • Ginny Ostness          483- 154, 155, 174
  • Della Daniels            482- 150, 156, 176
  • Tricia Hines              474- 136, 166, 172
  • Linda Yager              472- 133, 193, 146
  • MaryAnn Schreck     471- 128, 150, 193
  • Paula Distin              458- 122, 146, 190

Fulton girls’ basketball looks toward the future

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity basketball team took the court this season as a team that lacked experience at the varsity level.

However, Fulton went on to finish the 2013-14 season with an overall record of 7-13 en route to a Sectional Playoff appearance.

The Lady Raiders fell to Jamesville-DeWitt in the quarterfinals of The Class A, Section 3 Playoffs.

This season, Fulton played a very tough schedule, but often answered the challenge.

Fulton Coach Derek Lyons said the experiences his team had this season should help them realize they can play with anyone if they are able to play together.

Looking ahead, Lyons is optimistic about the future of Fulton girls’ basketball.

He feels the promise his young team showed this season could pay off for them in a couple of years. Lyons points out the key to his teams’ success in the future will be its work ethic.

“These kids are hard workers and have the capability to be really good,” he said.

Ritchie commends local artists

In an effort to recognize local artistic talent in Central and Northern New York, state Sen. Patty Ritchie, along with the North Country Arts Council, hosted a celebration of the arts Thursday evening in Watertown.

At the event, those who have participated in the “Senator Ritchie Celebrates Local Artists” program were recognized.

Through the effort, two dozen artists have had their work featured in Ritchie’s Albany, Ogdensburg, Oswego and Watertown offices.

The work of past featured artists can be viewed at Downtown Watertown’s Franklin Building or at www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.

In addition, at the event, high school students from the Central and Northern New York region were inducted into Ritchie’s local artists program, and in the weeks to come, will have their artwork featured in her offices.

Several high school students were also invited to perform in the areas of song and dance.

“Our region is home to so much great local talent, and this event was a way to not only highlight that, but also to thank the artists who share their amazing work with us. This event was truly special, because we recognized our region’s ‘next generation’ of artists, by honoring high school students who have exceptional artistic abilities and inviting several of those students to perform,” Ritchie said.

“I’d like thank the North Country Arts Council for helping to make this event possible.  The organization is a wonderful resource not only for artists, but also for the community experience the various types of culture our area has to offer,” she said.

Honorees from Oswego County:

  • Gale Armstrong
  • Phyllis DiSalvo
  • Sandra Dowie
  • Edward Elsner
  • James Fitzgerald
  • Joe Galvin
  • Ellen Landphere
  • Phillip Lee
  • Bonnie McClellan
  • Loie Mechetti
  • Joanne Neff
  • Marcella Slater
  • Kathryn Wehrung

Oswego County students honored:

  • Ashlee Bishop:  APW High School
  • Nicole Light:  Paul V. Moore High School, Central Square
  • Cassondra Orr: G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton
  • Sydney Ryan: Mexico High School
  • Kayla Volkomer: Oswego High School
  • Megan Lentz: John C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix
  • Isabel Englbrekt: Pulaski Junior-Senior High School
  • Sarah McDougal: Sandy Creek High School

 

BOCES students practice their skills

Clients pampered at BOCES

Oswego Industries clients recently were treated to hand and nail treatments at the cosmetology class at Oswego County BOCES.

Clients were given manicures and paraffin hand dip treatments.

The program provides the 85 students the chance to practice what they have learned.

The students learn about chemistry, electricity, anatomy and physiology and business planning sanitation sterilization, professional image.

Cookin’ up a storm

Students in the culinary arts program at Oswego County BOCES served up a special breakfast buffet to the Oswego County Counselors group following their meeting at the BOCES campus. 

The culinary students put their skills to the test when they provided a buffet featuring bagels, English muffins, French toast, sausage, bacon, eggs, fruit, pastries, and an omelet station where made to order omelets were prepared.

The students also practiced their customer service skills as they provided table service to the district representatives on hand.

The counselors were guidance counselors from the nine component school districts in the county.

For more information about the culinary arts program at Oswego County BOCES, contact Marla Berlin, Career and Technical Education Principal at 963-4433.