Odds and ends from the managing editor

By Debra J. Groom

It’s time for a few updates on what’s been going on at The Valley News.

First off, let me wish everyone a happy summer and happy bass season. Summer starts today and I welcome all that comes with it — warmer temperatures (not hot, mind you, just warm, say 80 degrees), sunshine, camping, flowers, fresh veggies and fruits, sleeping with the windows open and of course, fishing. Continue reading

Breakfast, lunch, dinner: Belgian waffles and chicken BBQ

The Mount Pleasant Grange will have its next Belgian waffles breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday June 21.

The topping for the month is strawberries. Waffles will be served with the breakfast buffet. Take outs will be available.

The grange is located at 2825 County Route 45.


The annual chicken barbecue to support the Independence Parade in Oswego will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22 at the Woodchuck Saloon, 1 Mitchell St., Oswego.

The menu includes a choice of barbecue chicken or pulled pork with two sides, rolls and great music.

Cost for a ticket is $11 at the door. Please come out and support the Independence Day Parade!

Russel Stannard, chief canal lock operator, Navy veteran

Russel Stannard, 76, of Sterling died Thursday June 19 in Oswego Hospital after a short illness.

Mr. Stannard was born in Boonville, NY, the son of the late William and Winifred Stannard.

He retired in 1995 as a chief lock operator for the NYS Canal Corp. He served in the US Navy from 1955 until 1969.

Mr. Stannard was a member of the American Legion Post 1, Albany NY, and Past Commander of the American Legion Post 658, Fair Haven. He was a Fair Haven village trustee from 1974 until 1978 during their Bicentennial Celebration.

Mr. Stannard is survived by his wife, Patricia Stannard of Sterling; children Janice (Jeff Treasure) Skinner of Sterling, Darlene (Ron Dates) Burley of Martville, Lee Simpkins of Hannibal, Arica (Mark) Harteis of Oswego; sisters June MacArthur of Oswego, Carol Brookes of FL, Donna Cooke of Fair Haven; 13 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial in Springbrook Cemetery will be private.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego

Barbara J. Butler Matzke, enjoyed reading, crocheting, playing Bingo


Barbara J. Butler Matzke, 62, formerly of Fulton, passed away surrounded by her loving family at her home in Oswego on Thursday, June 19.

She had resided in Old Forge and Watertown for many years. Barb enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, reading, crocheting and playing Bingo.

Surviving are her six children, Aaron (Trisha) Matzke of Fort Worth TX, Susan Matzke of Boonville, Corinna (Christopher) Scribner of Phoenix, Michelle (Dennis) Wilcox of Colorado Springs, CO, John (Audra) Matzke of Fulton and Holly Kranbuhl of Boonville; three siblings; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many “adopted children”.

Calling hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 22 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services to immediately follow at 1 p.m.

Dylan Robert Blair, BOCES auto mechanic student, parks and rec summer employee


Dylan Robert Blair, 18, of Fulton, passed away Tuesday June 17 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Dylan was a life resident of Fulton and a member of the graduating class of 2014 from G. Ray Bodley High School. He was a B.O.C.E.S. student in their automobile mechanics class and played a year of high school football.

Dylan worked during the summer for the City of Fulton Parks and Recreation Department, had worked at Raponi Plumbing and Heating and was currently working at Babcock Oil.

Dylan enjoyed working on cars, hunting and playing hockey. He was predeceased by a brother, Ryan Chrisman, who passed in 2006, and a grandfather, Phillip Blair in 2012.

Dylan is survived by his mother, Suzanne Viscome; his father, Scott Blair; a sister, Samantha Blair; a brother, Montana Blair; maternal grandparents, Robert and Alice Viscome; paternal grandmother, Jeanne Blair, all of Fulton, as well as several cousins, aunts and uncles.

Calling hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 23 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 24 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, corner of South Third and Rochester Streets, Fulton.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Contributions in memory of Dylan may be made to the Dylan Blair Memorial Fund, c/o Ann Mahaney, 78 Brown Road, Hannibal, NY 13074. 

Family mourns lost ‘daughter, sister, mother,’ Carol Wood

Alison Grunberg, left, speaks at a memorial vigil for her sister, Carol Wood, whose car was removed from the Oswego River at this spot last week. At right is their mother Louise Pepe. A wreath at right was thrown into the river at the conclusion of the event.
Alison Grunberg, left, speaks at a memorial vigil for her sister, Carol Wood, whose car was removed from the Oswego River at this spot last week. At right is their mother Louise Pepe. A wreath at right was thrown into the river at the conclusion of the event.

By Debra J. Groom

Family members of Carol Wood, who has been missing since August 1996, threw a wreath and a bucket of red and white roses into the Oswego River Wednesday where Wood’s car was found last week. Continue reading

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