Unofficial results: Katko wins U.S. House seat

John Katko (R,C,I) will be the next U.S. Representative for New York’s 24th Congressional District, ousting incumbent Dan Maffei (D,WF) at the polls Tuesday.

The Associated Press called the race in favor of Katko at 11:18 p.m. Tuesday

In Oswego County, Katko won over the electorate by almost a two-to-one margin, taking 10,832 votes (64 percent) over Maffei’s 6,057 (35.78 percent).

Results from the other counties in the district–Onondaga, Cayuga and Wayne–are not yet available.

Unofficial results: Granby chooses Phillips for highway superintendent

Early results show that Robert M. Phillips Jr., who ran on both the Democrat and Republican party lines for Granby Highway Superintendent, won Tuesday’s election over opponent Eric A. Clothier.

Phillips landed a total of 1,016 votes, or 64.43 percent, while Clothier received 558, or 35.38 percent, according to unofficial results released by the Oswego County Board of Elections.

Unofficial results: George Ritchie takes Hannibal town council seat

Town of Hannibal voters elected Republican and Conservative candidate George H. Ritchie to the town council with just over 53 percent of the vote Tuesday, according to unofficial results released by the Oswego County Board of Elections.

With 529 ballots cast in his named, Ritchie defeated challengers Christopher Soper, who received 314 votes (31.49 percent) and Gary D. Thompson Jr., who had 154 votes (15.45 percent).

 

Phoenix to use outside supplier for drinking water

Phoenix will be looking to an outside supplier to provide clean drinking water to its residents.

Village officials had been considering three possible courses of action to address the quality of Phoenix’s drinking water., after tests done by both the county and state health departments showed that the village’s two drinking water wells are susceptible to ground water infiltration.

A 2013 village drinking water report states that those conditions leave the wells at a “medium-high susceptibility rating for pesticides, metals and nitrates due to the unconfined aquifer.” The wells were also given a “high-risk rating for petroleum products, bacteria, protozoa, viruses, cations/anions, halogenated solvents and other industrial organics due to nearby land use activities.”

Through both news and social media, some residents have been publicly calling for village officials to take action on the matter. They describe their water as murky “like chocolate milk,” and emitting chemical odors.

After the 2013 drinking water report was released, village officials say they began working to eliminate the voids in the ground that allow surface water to reach the wells. However, that course of action hasn’t yielded strong enough results.

The Oswego County Health Department gave the village until the end of October to settle on a different course of action, which could have included putting in completely new wells, implementing a filtration system designed to treat surface water, or tying into a different public water supplier.

Village Administrator Jim Lynch said Wednesday that the village board has settled on using an outside water provider.

“We can’t say anything has been finalized, but at the last meeting the board decided to move forward in choosing to hook into a different public water source,” Lynch said. “We’re currently looking at a couple options.”

Those options include the city of Fulton’s water system or the Metropolitan Water Board’s (MWB) service.

Lynch said village officials will be exploring the costs and benefits of each service, but he believes MWB will end up being the more cost efficient choice.

“We plan to be talking with the city of Fulton about a connection to their water source, but it would probably be more cost effective to hook up to Metropolitan since we already have a connection for them here in the village,” Lynch said.

Should the village ultimately decide to go with MWB’s service, it could take a year-and-a-half or so to begin actually providing that water to village residents.

“Right now, as we reported to the health department, we would be looking at spring 2016 for the final hookup,” Lynch said.

That time would be needed to pursue grants and loans for the project, design a pump station, put the project out for bid and have it completed. Lynch said the most time-consuming aspect of that would be lining up the money.

“The majority of that time is getting funding. The village isn’t just going to fund the whole project. We need to get grants or line up zero- or low-interest loans. Getting all that in place takes a lot of time,” Lynch said.

Lynch said the cost to build the facilities needed to tie into MWB’s service is estimated at $516,000. The village would then pay $185,000 per year to MWB for annual operating costs, in addition to the wholesale price of the water it purchases. Phoenix residents would continue to pay their water bills to the village, he said.

Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said be feels Phoenix officials have selected a good course of action.

“I think they’ve moved toward the right direction,” Huang said. “As the county health department, we are happy to see they have moved things forward in this way.”

NBT Bank donates to Granby’s dredging efforts

The Lake Neatahwanta Reclamation Committee in Granby received a sizeable donation on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from the Fulton branch of NBT Bank. Branch Manager Melissa Fortier said the bank is proud of the work the committee will be doing. NBT Bank also loaned the committee the $100,000 it used to purchase its dredging barge to begin cleaning the lake while it awaits reimbursement from the state. Above, Fortier presents Ed Williamson, the committee’s chairman, with a $500 donation toward the cleanup effort.  Photo provided
The Lake Neatahwanta Reclamation Committee in Granby received a sizeable donation on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from the Fulton branch of NBT Bank. Branch Manager Melissa Fortier said the bank is proud of the work the committee will be doing. NBT Bank also loaned the committee the $100,000 it used to purchase its dredging barge to begin cleaning the lake while it awaits reimbursement from the state. Above, Fortier presents Ed Williamson, the committee’s chairman, with a $500 donation toward the cleanup effort.
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June R. Holden

Holden, June OBJune R. Holden, 80, of Fulton, formerly of Hubbardsville, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at Morningstar Care Center. She was born on June 9, 1934 in Hamilton, a daughter to the late Ernest and Fiona Clark Ramsdell. June was a longtime member of First United Church of Fulton. She enjoyed reading and writing. June helped with the writing of The History of Fulton. She was predeceased by her brother, Ernest “Bub” Ramsdell.

Surviving are her husband, Francis “Snuffy” Holden; four sons, Hank Holden of S.C., Hugh Holden of China, Eric (Sonia Page) Holden of Hannibal and Carl Holden of Oswego; five grandchildren, Dan, Jason, Aaron, Deanna and Andy; four great-grandchildren; as well several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday at First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., Fulton. Burial will be in Fairdale Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to charity of choice in June’s memory.

Joseph LaRocca

Joseph LaRocca, 82, of Florida City, Fla., joined our Lord in heaven on Oct. 22, 2014 in Syracuse, N.Y. He was known as “Joe LaRock.” He was a true pioneer farmer of Florida City, and the rock for his family.

LaRocca was born in Hannibal, N.Y. to Salvatore and Maria LaRocca on Nov. 17, 1931.  He is survived by his loving wife, Frances LaRocca of 58 years; his four daugthers, Angela DelliVeneri, Joann Speers, Anna LaRocca-Hill and Francene Hagarman; sons-in-law, Robert Speers, the late Larry DelliVeneri, Jr., Jeffrey Hill and Kevin Hagarman. He cherished his seven grandchildren, Justin Speers, Kerri Speers, Danielle DelliVeneri, Lawrence DelliVeneri, Matthew Hill, Joseph Hill, Bryce Hagarman and his beautiful great-grandchild, Leah Pacheco Speers.

Visitation was held at Branam Funeral Home, 809 North Krome Avenue, Homestead, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m.

A funeral mass was held at Sacred Heart Church, 106 S.E. Road, Homestead, Fla., on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at 10 a.m.  Burial will follow at Palms Woodlawn Cemetery located at 27100 Old Dixie Highway, Naranja, FL 33032.

Joe attended high school at both Hannibal High School in Hannibal, and Homestead High School in Homestead, Fla., and graduated in 1949. He began farming at the age of four in upstate New York with his parents, where he would farm during the spring and summer.  He also farmed in Florida City during the winter months.

He was a dedicated parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Homestead, and Our Lady of the Rosary Church, in Hannibal. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Elks Club in Homestead, and recently he and the family were recognized as the Farm Family of the Year by the Florida Farm Bureau.

He loved spending time with his family, traveling the world with his wife, and watching NASCAR races every weekend.  He enjoyed spending weeks in Marco Island with family and friends, basking in the ocean, and vacationing at his farm in Upstate New York.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Homestead, Florida  “In memory of Joseph LaRocca.”

Parke C. Warner

WarnerParke OBParke C. Warner, 94, a life resident of Fulton, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 30 with his wife Carolyn at his side. Parke was the son of the late Claude and Kathryn Warner. He was predeceased by his sister, Lillian Peacock, and his brother, Cecil Warner. Parke enjoyed a long career in engineering at Hunter Fan, Sealright and retired from Alcan Aluminum in 1982. His other interests included camping, boating, snowmobiling and repairing anything mechanical.

Parke is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carolyn, of Fulton; son, Parke Richard of Fulton; two daughters, Linda (Jeffrey) Auser of Liverpool and Laura Warner of Flagler Beach, Fla.,; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.

The family received friends and relatives on Monday, Nov. 3 with a memorial service that followed at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity or perform an act of kindness for someone in Parke’s memory.

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