Herman R. Harrington, 73; passed away at home on April 8 peacefully with his family after a long illness. He was born in Portsmouth, Va., to the late George and Elva (Laws) Harrington. Mr. Harrington was a United States Veteran having served from 1960-1963. He was past employed as an ironworker at Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Allied Chemical, Syracuse, N.Y. Mr. Harrington with his wife co-owned and operated Midway Stables, Fulton. He enjoyed being an avid hunter and fisherman. Mr. Harrington is survived by his wife Linda Harrington of Fulton; three children Christopher (Jill) Harrington of Phoenix, N.Y., Kirk (Tracy) Harrington of Volney, N.Y., Nichole (Dennis) Deyo of Fulton, N.Y.; brother Glenn Harrington of Calif.; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton, followed by Military Honors bestowed by the NYS Army Honor Guard. Burial will be held privately. Calling hours will be conducted Sunday, April 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., Fulton. Contributions may be made to VA Medical Center 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210; and/or Oswego County Hospice P.O Box 102 Oswego, NY 13126.
James Irving Galusha, 82, of Fairport, N.Y., died March 24, after a short illness. The cause of death was metastatic melanoma, according to his son, Jeffrey. Jim was an insurance executive and owner of Canaltown Insurance Agency in Fairport for several decades before retiring and settling in both Fairport and a second home in Georgetown, Texas. He was born in Fulton, N.Y., on January 13, 1933, the son of Irving C. Galusha, long-time advertising manager and editor of “The Fulton Patriot” newspaper, and Helen S. Galusha. A graduate of Fulton High in 1949 as salutatorian, he went on to Cornell University, earning a degree from its Industrial and Labor Relations School in 1953. At Cornell he was a member of the R.O.T.C., of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and sang and wrote musical arrangements for Cayuga’s Waiters, a male a cappella group. Having discovered his real vocation, which was music, specifically jazz, and after serving in the Army for two years, Jim went on to The Westlake College of Music in Los Angeles, where he became an accomplished musician. A trumpet player as he grew up, he was good enough to be asked to join Tony Bennett’s band after Bennett’s manager heard him play at Three Rivers’ Inn outside Fulton. Instead, he chose to go to Westlake and to study a new instrument, the string bass. Subsequently he performed widely as a bassist with jazz bands. In addition to his dual identity as insurance executive and jazz musician, Jim became an avid sailor. He named his boat “The Taciturn” in a wry nod to one of his defining qualities. Eventually he earned the position of Commander of the Sodus Bay Yacht Club’s U.S. Power Squadron and taught a course in celestial navigation for the Squadron. Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Gloria, and is survived by his present wife, Margie; three sons, Vincent of Salisbury, England, Jeffrey and Steven, both of Fairport; sisters Helen Devitt of San Antonio, Texas, Nancy Thomas of Reston, Va., and Donna Allen of Fulton and Indio, Calif.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Jim was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew him as a man of large intelligence, decency, and measured judgment, who relished a good story and never met a crossword puzzle he couldn’t solve.
Robert Bowers, 84, of Fulton passed away Wednesday, April 8 at home surrounded by his family. Born in Philo, Ohio, Bob had lived in the Fulton area since age 15. He worked for Armstrong as a machine operator for 40 years and served in the 82nd Airborne from 1949-1952. Robert enjoyed camping, NASCAR, watching wrestling and, most importantly, spending time with his grandchildren. Bob was predeceased by his parents and six of his siblings. Robert will be greatly missed and forever loved by his wife of 60 years, the former Jo Ann Salsbury; children, Robert G. (Donna), Thomas F. (Lisa), Michael D. (Michele), Douglas C. (Debra) and James R. (Millie); 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister Thelma Slonaker and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. If friends should desire, donations can be made in Bob’s memory to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, Inc., P.O. Box 102, Oswego, N.Y. 13126. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.
By Colin Hogan
The estimated $24 million upgrade to the Pathfinder Courts apartment facilities cleared one of its hurdles this week after the Common Council signed off on a 40-year Payment in Lieu of Taxes agreement.
The agreement allows the low-income housing facilities to continue operate without a tax obligation to the city, despite their change from public housing to a privatized non-profit model.
The Pathfinder Courts apartments, which currently include 60 low-income family units and a 50-unit senior housing complex, were established as state-sponsored public housing in the late 1960s and early ’70s under the Fulton Housing Authority. However, as state funding for local housing authorities has diminished over the years, leaving only the rental revenues to sustain the properties, FHA has struggled to make capital improvements to the aging facilities.
As FHA now approaches the end of those buildings’ 50-year mortgages, it will turn over them over to a new not-for-profit entity — Emery Street Housing Development Fund Company, consisting of the same staff and administration who currently run the facilities — which will be investing millions of dollars to upgrade the sites and continue to run them under a low-income housing model.
As public housing, the Pathfinder Courts buildings had always been tax exempt. Under the new model, they will continue to operate without a local tax obligation through the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreed to by the Common Council Tuesday evening.
“This PILOT reflects a situation that’s almost identical to what they had (as public housing),” said Mayor Ron Woodward Sr. “It won’t make things any different on the city’s end, except now we have less risk in things.”
With Pathfinder Courts privatizing to a non-profit model, the City of Fulton will no longer be obligated to make it whole if it can’t meet its financial obligations. As a public housing facility, the city was required to do so. For Woodward, this change comes as a big relief.
He explained: “For example, let’s say that were to run up a huge heat bill and couldn’t pay it, we (the city) would have had to settle that debt. Or if they had to make major repairs to a building but couldn’t cover the cost, we would have had to cover that for them.”
As the transition continues to move forward, officials are planning major upgrades to the buildings to the tune of $16 million. Those include new facades, repairing hazardous sidewalks, fixing drainage issues, providing outdoor lighting that meets safety guidelines, a new security system, upgraded fire alarm systems, better electrical service to buildings, new roofs and siding, better insulation, updated kitchen and bathrooms, and new furnaces and water heaters. The project will also do away with any asbestos-based materials within the facilities.
Initial plans that were previously reported in the The Valley News included upgrades to the buildings’ carpeting and a possible new playground. However, those items have since been removed from the scope of work of this project, officials said.
“We’re basically going to make them like new housing — as new as new can be when working with an existing footprint,” said Bruce Levine of 3d Development Group, a Buffalo-based development firm that is coordinating the endeavor.
When adding in the cost of relocating residents for the construction period, asbestos removal, legal and bank fees, and other miscellaneous costs, officials estimated about $24 million would be spent on the endeavor. However, officials said Pathfinder Courts will probably only end up borrowing about $1.5 million of that. The rest of the funds will be pooled together from several state and federal resources, Levine said.
Officials say they are hoping to have the finances worked out by the beginning of May. Residents in buildings that are to be worked on would then be relocated to other apartments on the campus during construction. In all, Levine estimated a construction period of 24-28 months.
By Colin Hogan
A building on the corner of East Broadway and First Street was torn down by the city this week — a move officials say will make the foreclosed site more marketable to sell.
Remembered as a former grocery store, restaurant and the original home of Fulton’s Jreck Subs, the one-story building at 215 First St. South, across from the Fulton Post Office, came down Tuesday. The parcel also includes an adjacent two-story building along Broadway that Fulton officials said would be coming down shortly after the first.
The parcel was one of many foreclosed on by the city in January 2014. Mayor Ron Woodward Sr. said the city was unable to salvage the site’s buildings due to neglect in recent years.
Among the many problems city officials found after acquiring the parcel were roof leaks, broken rafters, unsound support beams, a cellar full of water and black mold throughout the building.
“To rehabilitate it would have cost more than to tear it down, and then we’d still be left with a really old building there. The cheapest and smartest thing to do was to eliminate the hazard,” Woodward said.
With its highly visible location, Woodward feels that parcel will be appealing to a prospective buyer with a fresh start.
“There’s no value left in the building, itself. As it is, it’s nothing but a liability,” Woodward said. “But it’s a very high-traffic spot with parking options. I think it will be very marketable when we’re done.”
Marion Stanton, whose family owned the property for decades prior to its most recent owner, agrees.
“It’s a wonderful corner,” Stanton said. “Somebody at some point will put something there that will do really well. We always did very well in that area.”
Members of the Stanton family owned the property from 1918 until it was sold to its most recent owner, Syracuse-based Lobut Development LLC, in August 2005.
Stanton said the site once housed an A&P grocery store, as well as Little & Baker Groceries. In the 1930s, her father had the corner building’s second story removed. Over the years, the plot would end up housing several other notable Fulton businesses, including the Victory Grill, Murphy’s Store and Jreck Subs.
By Matthew Reitz
A minor parking lot mishap caused Fulton traffic lights, businesses and homes to go dark around lunchtime on Tuesday.
Around 11:45 a.m. a customer at Jreck Subs on South 2nd Street made contact with a utility pole guy-wire when pulling out of the parking lot in a Chevrolet Equinox.
The mishap caused a power outage in the surrounding area that left about 200 customers without power for about an hour, according to National Grid.
Traffic lights on East Broadway at the corners of South First and South Second streets were not operating, forcing police to direct traffic at some of the city’s busiest intersections during the lunchtime traffic rush.
The wire “got stuck up in the driver-side wheel well,” according to the Fulton Police Department.
A National Grid spokesperson said the accident caused some of the fuses on the pole to trip. The fuses were replaced, and power was restored by 12:40 p.m.
According to police, the customer didn’t realize he had done any damage and was unaware of the power outage at the time of the incident. After freeing his vehicle from the wire himself, the man left the scene unaware of the problem.
Dempsey said the incident was the second time the wire was hit recently, and noted that the guy-wire has since been removed.
Marilyn H. Clyne, 70, of Oswego died Tuesday April 7, 2015, at her home surrounded by her family. Mrs. Clyne was born in Cicero, N.Y., the daughter of the late Charles and Agnes (Nacewicz) Herbert. Mrs. Clyne retired from Constellation Nuclear Plant where she was a control room clerk. She was a former employee of SUNY Oswego where she worked in the library, and was a job coach for the developmentally disabled teens. She was also a past employee of Carrier Corp., Syracuse. Mrs. Clyne was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church. She enjoyed her family, dedicating her life to her husband, children, and sister. Mrs. Clyne is survived by her husband of 47 years Michael W. Clyne of Oswego, children Karen Michelle Clyne, and Brian Daniel (Janet) Clyne all of Oswego; her sister Paula Herbert of Oswego.
In addition she is survived by her grandchildren Eric Charles Clyne, Joshua Daniel Clyne, and nephews Daniel Herbert Jr., and Ian Herbert. Along with her family she is survived by her granddogs Tasha, and Reo. Mrs. Clyne was predeceased by her brother Daniel Herbert Sr., in 2002.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego. Funeral services will be Monday 9 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Oswego, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. John Hogan.
Leon Smith, 88, of Fulton passed away Tuesday surrounded by his family. A lifelong resident of Fulton, Leon was born to the late Leon and Lillian MacNamara Smith. He was a well-known self-employed mason. Leon was a communicant of The Church of the Immaculate Conception and a member of V.F.W. Post 569, both in Fulton. He was a Navy Veteran and served during WWII.
He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, the former Barbara Hammond and daughter Cynthia Wood in 1997, as well as brothers Ernie and William and a sister, Cora. Leon will be greatly missed and forever loved by his children, Deborah Smith of Syracuse, Leon (Terri) Smith, Matthew (Terry) Smith of Fulton and Lorrie (Michael) Shortsleeve of Oswego; siblings, James (Mary), Norm, Jane Rawson, Pat (Claudette), Marion Arcardi; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, April 11 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fulton. Calling hours were Friday, April 10 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Contributions in memory of Leon may be made to VFW Post 569, 218 Cayuga St., Fulton or to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton, 13069.