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Oswego County worries about sales tax situation

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

Mary B. Phares, registered nurse at Crouse and A.L. Lee hospitals

Mary B. Phares, of Fulton, died at her home on Saturday, June 28 of natural causes.

She and her twin sister, Ann, were born in Utica on June 16, 1918, the daughters of the late Graham and Carrie Fuller Bushell, and moved to Fulton when they were two years old where each was a lifelong resident.

Mary is survived by her son, David Phares of Sharon, MA and grand-daughters, Erin Phares of East Boston, MA and Maura Phares of Mansfield, MA; a niece, Sharon Irwin of Martville; a grandniece, Cheryl Horning and grandnephew, Richard Burdick.

She was predeceased by her husband, Homer Phares, in 1974 and by her twin sister, Ann Foster, in 2012.

Mary was a graduate of Fulton High School and became a registered nurse at Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a nurse at A. L. Lee Memorial Hospital in Fulton and at Nestle Company in Fulton.

Mary can trace her ancestry on her mother’s side (Fuller) of the family to the Pilgrims. She was an active member of the Volney and Granby Senior Citizens and Fulton Women’s Club.

Calling hours were Wednesday, July 2 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 3 at the First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., Fulton with burial in Mt. Adnah Cemetery in fulton.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the First United Church of Fulton.

Joyce V. Clary, enjoyed her flower garden, cooking, spending time with family

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Joyce V. Clary, 74, of Martville, passed away on Friday, June 27 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse after a brief illness.

A native of Granby, she lived in Victory before moving to Martville. Joyce was the daughter of the late, Ovid and Doris Bassett Wilcox and a graduate of Red Creek Central High School.

She enjoyed her flower garden, cooking and spending time with family.

Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Richard Clary of Martville; a son, Jeff (Billie June) Clary of Martville; a daughter, Lesa (Hope) Clary of Hannibal; grandchildren, Colleen Clary and Lacey Sidman; great-grandchildren, Kayleigh, Chase, Colton and Carson Sidman; siblings, Natalie Fitch of Fulton and Donald Webb of Fairport and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours or services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hannibal Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 252, Hannibal, NY 13074.

Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal has care of arrangements. 

News in Brief

A Christmas in July event is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday July 13 at the Dugway United Methodist Church, Route 104, two miles east of the Interstate 81 exit in Mexico.

There will be carnival Christmas games, a drawing and auction with theme baskets, bake sale, cake wheel, craft sale, Christmas items, Christmas dinner from noon to 3 p.m. with ham, turkey and all the fixings.

There also will be a special visit from Santa.

The event will benefit the “It’s Not About Me” group at the church. for more information, call Gloria at 298-4023.

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