Fulton native earns Supermarket Sweep-style contest

By Nicole Shue
A Fulton native recently won the chance of a lifetime, which spared him the trouble of having to do his Christmas shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
Lucas Sachel got the best deal of all this holiday shopping season — free presents for everyone on his Christmas list.
Sachel, who today lives north of Buffalo, sells FiOS TV and Internet for Verizon Wireless. Through his employer, he recently earned a shopping spree in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The contest was based on employees’ sales for one quarter. Those with the highest sales in the district were flown to Minneapolis for the shopping extravaganza. Sachel was among 12 Verizon employees chosen for the trip, out of nearly 700 sales representatives in his district.

Lucas Sachel (right), a 2005 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School, sits with three fellow Verizon Wireless employees moments before the shopping spree of a lifetime. Photo provided
Lucas Sachel (right), a 2005 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School, sits with three fellow Verizon Wireless employees moments before the shopping spree of a lifetime.
Photo provided

After spending a night at the world famous Mall of America, Sachel was brought to what looked like an abandoned warehouse. Inside, the warehouse was filled with every item you could imagine, from electronics to name brand jewelry.
Sachel was given a map and 15 minutes to scope out the warehouse. Each Verizon employee developed his or her own route. Sachel planned to hit the gaming systems first, followed by the jewelry counter for his girlfriend Beth.
Contestants were given only a few rules. Each person was given 90 seconds to go up and down the aisles, and the chance to grab one of each item per aisle bay. Some of the more popular items were placed multiple times throughout the warehouse. At the end of 90 seconds, the contestant could keep whatever was thrown in the cart. However, any item that fell out of the cart could not be claimed.
Sachel described the 90 seconds as a free for all. He grabbed items frantically from the left to the right side of the aisle, picking up whatever he could get his hands on.
“I honestly don’t remember half of what I grabbed, it was all a blur,” Sachel said.
His grab-and-go strategy paid off. His haul included an Xbox One, one 32-inch and one 19-inch television, Tiffany & Co. jewelry, a Dyson cordless vacuum, Beats headphones, a 3D Blue-ray player, a smoker, a skillet, a mixer, Rachel Ray cookware, and a Ninja Mega kitchen system.
In Sachel’s estimation, his swag totaled over $5,000.
“If I was in better shape I might have done even better,” quipped Sachel. “The only thing I would do differently is maybe snatch another television, but that’s just me being greedy.”
Sachel still cannot fathom that he soon will be the owner of these shiny new items. He said UPS is scheduled to deliver the prizes this week.

Clifford  W. “Pa” Casler

12-10 Casler OBClifford  W. “Pa” Casler, Sr., 81, of Phoenix, NY, passed away on Friday November 28, 2014. Born in Oswego, N.Y. to his parents, William and Hazel (Ostrander) Casler on Jan. 16, 1934, he was a self-employed laborer and had worked at General Electric, Syracuse. Clifford attended the Phoenix Nutrition Site at 43 Bridge Street, Phoenix, N.Y. Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Dolores (Longo) Casler; two sons, Clifford W. “Butch” and his wife Beth Casler, Jr. of Phoenix, and David Casler of Pennellville; one daughter, Bonnie J. and her husband, Peter Marino of Rochester, N.H.; a brother, W. Joe Casler of N.C.; a sister, Ella Mae Fraser of Brewerton; ten grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many close friends.  Calling hours and services were on Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014 at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY.

Memorials may be to the Phoenix Area Food Pantry, 43 Bridge St., Phoenix, NY 13135.

Oscar W. Canfield

12-10 Canfield OBOscar W. Canfield, 90, formerly of Fulton, N.Y., died Dec. 4, 2014, in Ephrata Manor, Ephrata, Pa. Born in Altmar, N.Y., he was a son of the late Floyd B. and Huldah (March) Canfield. Oscar was a 1951 graduate of Robert Wesleyan College. He was a WWII Army veteran serving with 793rd Military Police Battalion and a member of VFW Post 569, Fulton, N.Y. He retired after 39 years with Nestle Chocolate, Fulton, N.Y. A member of Fulton Alliance Church, he enjoyed family travels and woodworking. Surviving is his wife of 63 years, Dorothy M. (Mead) Canfield, Sebring, Fla.; a son, William (Susana) Canfield, Croton on the Hudson, N.Y.; daughters, Linda (Donald) Bitterman, Havre, Mont., and Sandra Canfield, Fulton, N.Y.; granddaughter, Sandi Bitterman; nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Loraine (Joe) Maietta, Fulton, N.Y. Brothers Douglas, Harold and Fenton predeceased him. Private services will be held by the family with inurnment in Florida.

Burst pipe leaves Pratt House with extensive water damage

Pratt House Display Manager Alec Seymour points out one of the many areas of flooring in need of complete replacement after a burst pipe recently left the museum with extensive water damage.  Colin Hogan photo
Pratt House Display Manager Alec Seymour points out one of the many areas of flooring in need of complete replacement after a burst pipe recently left the museum with extensive water damage.
Colin Hogan photo

The John Wells Pratt House, one of Fulton’s most revered historic sites and the home of countless archived local relics, is recovering from extensive water damage after a pipe recently burst inside.

Leaders of Friends of History in Fulton, which runs the museum, say they believe the pipe bust sometime Saturday, Nov. 22, and the flooding was discovered the following Monday.

According to Pratt House Director Sue Lane, a valve in the building’s water heater that governs how much water to send throughout the system malfunctioned, over-pressurizing the pipes and radiators on the upper floors to the point that some burst.

“We basically had a swimming pool on half of the second floor,” she said.

But it could have been a lot worse, Lane is quick to point out. The flooding was discovered Monday by the museum’s cleaning lady, who had actually come in a day early to do her work.

“It’s like these things happen for a reason. The lady who does our cleaning wasn’t scheduled to come in, but came in anyway, and she was the one who caught it,” Lane said. “She saw the ceilings and the walls running with water, so she called me right away. When I got there I started calling everybody and their brother to come get started with mops, buckets, shop vacs or whatever we could use.”

After volunteers got the situation under control, professionals were brought in to begin the cleaning and recovery process.

The flooding has left several rooms in need of serious restoration. Walls, ceilings and floors throughout the museum, including those in the exhibit rooms, will need to be completely removed, cleaned inside, and replaced. In such an old historic building, Lane is certain it will be a complicated process that requires special workmanship and attention to detail.

“It’s hard because, we don’t want to change anything, but we have so much that needs to be replaced now. We have ceilings that need to be redone, walls that need to be stripped down and put back up, all the wood floors upstairs are going to have to be pulled up and replaced because they’re completely ruined,” Lane said, “so we’re going to need find a special carpenter who’s worked with old houses and knows how these things need to be done.”

Among the hundreds of items damaged are relics from Fulton’s old factories, antiquated newspaper clippings, photographs and volumes of historic documents, to name only some. The water also damaged an entire room full of historic clothing items, which FOH is working with a Syracuse-based dry cleaner to have restored.

However, in a seemingly miraculous stroke of good luck, none of the flooding reached the rooms that currently house the 18 decorated Christmas trees on display for the organization’s annual Parade of Trees. Lane said this year’s event, which will continue to run in spite of the damages, marks the most trees the museum has ever had on display.

“The one bright note is that the water didn’t touch any of the trees for the Parade of Trees, and we were able to do enough cleaning that it won’t interfere with that,” Lane said. “It was kind of like Mrs. Pratt put her hand out and said ‘you can ruin this side of the house, but not this side.'”

Despite the mess, FOH leaders are still counting their blessings that there wasn’t more damage.

“I keep saying, while it’s certainly bad, it could have been a lot worse,” Lane said.

The Parade of Trees continues until Friday. Lane said she plans to wait until it’s finished to begin holding fundraisers or other events to help with the restoration.

“With all that’s happened, we’re trying to make the Parade of Trees a priority. The organizations that do the trees have done such a wonderful job, and this is the most we’ve ever had. So even though all this is going on, we certainly don’t want to take away from all of their hard work. We’re going to be positively focused on the Parade of Trees for now, then get focused on the house.”

The museum can be found on S. First Street in Fulton, and has been on the National Register of Historic Places for 15 years.

Jean Ann (Myers) Berger

Jean Ann (Myers/Pickett) Berger, 81, of Pompano Beach, Fla., passed away on October 25, 2014.  She was born on October 6, 1933 to the late Jewett and Georgiana (Keyes) Myers.

Jean was raised in Fulton, N.Y., attended Green Mountain College and Emerson College and worked as a speech therapist in Albany, N.Y. She married Kenneth Pickett in 1957, had four children and moved to Millburn, N.J.   

Widowed at 34, Jean married Herman Berger in 1972. Together they ran a wholesale jewelry business. Jean moved to Pompano Beach in 1981 where she was a small business owner and sales rep.   

Jean maintained many friendships from all stages of her life, and mostly enjoyed spending time with them and her family. She will be remembered for her upbeat positive attitude, and “joie de vivre.”

Jean is survived by her four children and their spouses, James (Beth) Pickett of Mountain Lakes, N.J., Jana Liuzzi of Fort Myers, Fla., Kenneth (Lisa) Pickett of New York, N.Y., and Jennifer (Ron) Morales of Hillsdale, N.Y.; two stepchildren Peggy Slinger and James (Patti) Berger; and nine grandchildren Zachary, Kenneth, Matthew, Sarah, Dina, Thomas, Emily, Catherine, and Michael.

A memorial service will be held for Jean at 4 p.m. on December 6, 2014 at the Community Church of Mountain Lakes, 48 Briarcliff Road, Mountain Lakes, N.J. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Women in Distress of Broward County.

Albert Wygant

Albert Wygant, 88, of Oswego died Monday December 1, 2014 in University Hospital, Syracuse. He was born in Oswego the son of the late Scott and Maude (Richmond) Wygant. He was predeceased by his son Michael Wygant in 2009. Mr. Wygant worked as a furnace technician for Babcock Oil, Fulton, in addition he also worked at Nestle’s Fulton and General Electric in Syracuse. Mr. Wygant served in the United States Navy during World War II. Mr. Wygant was a member of the Barbershop Society, and St. Mary’s Men’s Choir for 16 years. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Ruth Wygant of Oswego, and their children Susan (Donald) Crofoot of Martville, Diane (David) Ferris of Oswego, Peggy (Roderick) Longo of Phoenix, Steven (Nancy) Wygant of Oswego, his sisters Pearl Babiarz of Fulton, Ruth Ketchen of Syracuse and grandchildren Wendy, Christina, Shawn, Jeremy, Sara, Brad, and great-grandchildren Catherine, Dalton, Ethan, and Nicholas. A Memorial Mass will be held in the spring of 2015. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.

Dale R. Emmons

Dale R. Emmons, 56, of Hannibal, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at Florida Hospital in Zephyrhills, Fla.

Dale was born in Fulton to the late Myrle and Bessie (Crouch) Emmons. He worked at the Nestle Corporation for 26 years as a machine operator.

Dale spent many years working on various race teams at the Oswego Speedway, and was also an avid NASCAR fan.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Dawn (Barney) Emmons, of Hannibal; three daughters, Constance (Jared) Pritchard, of Hannibal; Stephanie Emmons, of Sterling; and Catherine Emmons, of Hannibal; two grandchildren, Curtis and Annabelle Pritchard, of Hannibal; two brothers, Gary Emmons, of Houston, Texas, and Albert Emmons of Hannibal; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Cayuga Street, Hannibal.

Your hometown. Your news.