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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.