Margaret Anne Bauer

Margaret Anne Bauer, 79 of Phoenix, passed away Thursday after a short illness. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens, farming, crocheting and reading. With her husband they were vendors at local farmer’s markets for more than 35 years. Margaret was predeceased by her parents, Gerald and Mary Jessop; her husband, William Walter Bauer; a son, William Wilford Bauer; sisters, Pale Hall and Geraldine Deyo and a brother, John Jessop. Surviving: daughters, Rita Jablonski of Auburn and Nan (Roger) George, Sherri (Jack Dennison) Bauer and Jill (Lyle, Jr.) Ernestine all of Phoenix; sisters, Carol Kerfien and Cheryl Scerbo; brother, Gerald Jessop; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Calling hours will be Saturday, January 3, from noon to 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. Burial will be at North Volney Cemetery in the spring. Contributions may be made to Paws Across Oswego County, 2035 Co. Rte. 1, Oswego, 13126.

Nettie V. Lewis

Lewis OBNettie V. Lewis, 103, a former resident of county Route 25 in the Town of Oswego, passed away Thursday, at St. Luke Health Services.
Mrs. Lewis was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late John J. Murray, Jr., and Julia “Nettie” (Ellis) Murray. She was a former “Miss Oswego.” She was the wife of the late Colonel James N. Lewis, who died in 1986. She is survived by two sons, James V. Lewis of Batavia, and Edward J. Lewis of Hannibal; a daughter, Christine Clancy of Clay; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Dawn Lewis; six brothers, Clarence, Lawrence, Herman, Ernest, Raymond and Wilfred Murray; two daughters-in-law, Bonnie (Axtell) Lewis, and Jean Ann (Spath) Lewis; and a niece, Barbara Van Housen.
She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church.
Funeral services were held Tuesday in St. Mary’s Church, 103 West Seventh Street in Oswego. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery. There were no calling hours. Arrangements are in care of the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, 112 East Second Street in Oswego. Memorial contributions can be made to the Disabled American Veteran’s charity at

Michael A. Castiglia

Castiglia OBMichael A. Castiglia, 25, of Minetto passed away on Sunday the 28th of December at his home. Mike was born in Minetto on September 9, 1989.
Mike is predeceased by his brother James M. Jr., and by his maternal grandfather Fernand Duhamel.
He is survived by his parents, Jim and Cindy Castiglia of Minetto, sisters Nicole (Mike) Jenson of Minetto; Samantha (Jon) Campbell of Portsmouth, Va.; Jennifer (Ted) Kuriger of Oswego; and Jamie Castiglia of Oswego. Michael is also survived by his paternal grandparents Jim and Katherine Castiglia and by his maternal grandmother Jean Duhamel. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews as well as cousins.
Mike loved to hunt and spend time with family. He had a big heart and a lot to give, he could always put a smile on anyone’s face.
He was loyal and dedicated to his family and friends. Mike’s services and burial will be private. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Kenneth L. Dodge

Memorial services for 86-year-old Kenneth L. Dodge, a resident of 464 Cold Brook Drive, South Colton, will be held at a later date. Mr. Dodge passed away Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg. Ken is survived by his sisters Donna Cobb, Virginia Lund and Carol Paura as well as a brother, Charles Sheldon, all of whom live in the Fulton and Oswego area. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and his lifelong friend Richard Owens of South Colton and Palm Harbor, Fla. Along with his parents, Ken was predeceased by two sisters, Betty Morgan and Helen Warne, and two brothers, Lawrence and John Dodge.
Born in Bundyville, N.Y., on June 20, 1928 to the late Norris and Mayfred Savoid Dodge, Ken worked as a banker in Potsdam and was also the co-owner of the Dodge and Savoid IGA Store in South Colton. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He also enjoyed an occasional trip to the casino. Memorial Donations in his memory can be made to a charity of one’s choice. Memories and condolences may be shared online at The Buck Funeral Home in Colton is serving the family of Kenneth L. Dodge.

James Finnley Stevens

Stevens OBJames “Jim-E” Finnley Stevens, 25, of New Haven passed away unexpectedly on December 24. He was born in Oswego and grew up in New Haven. Jim-E was currently employed by Imperial Roofing Co. in Charlotte, N.C. and had previously owned his own construction business, J.M.E. Construction in New Haven. Jim-E enjoyed four-wheeling, dirt bikes, hunting and paintball. He is survived by his mother, Michelle Crumpton of New Haven; his father, Jeff Stevens of New Haven; his girlfriend, Aleesha Hart of Mexico; two children, Rhiley Stevens and Arie James Stevens; four siblings, Michael Stevens, Erica Petrie, Megan Petrie and Matthew Petrie all of New Haven; paternal grandmother, Hilda Stevens of Summerfield, Fla., paternal great-grandmother, Florence Stevens of North Volney, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. Calling hours and a funeral service were held Saturday, December 27 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be in North Volney Cemetery.

Police make “numerous arrests” through sobriety checkpoint

The Fulton Police Department, along with members of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, state police and SUNY Oswego Campus Police are cracking down on drunk driving this holiday season with some very successful sobriety checkpoints and patrols.
On Saturday December 20, 2014 the agencies conducted a sobriety checkpoint, which was immediately followed by active roving DWI patrols. Fulton police say the goal of the multi-agency checkpoint was to identify and arrest impaired drivers and other observed crimes or traffic violations, as well as raise public awareness about the dangers of driving while intoxicated.
According to Fulton police, “numerous defendants” were arrested or ticketed during the checkpoint and patrols for several different charges, including:
*Aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree (class A misdemeanor) and four counts of unrestrained child (infraction) for having four children under the age of eight in the vehicle who were not restrained in a proper car or booster seat.
*Unlawful possession of marijuana (violation)
*Reckless endangerment in the second degree (Class A misdemeanor), reckless driving (misdemeanor), failure to comply (infraction) and several other traffic infractions for failing to stop at the checkpoint, which led to a low speed pursuit.
*Driving while intoxicated (Class A misdemeanor) and speed in zone (infraction).
The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, administered by the Oswego County Stop DWI Program.
Fulton police announced Tuesday they are planning another multi-agency checkpoint prior to the New Year’s holiday.

Granby residents concerned about proposed Hannibal mine

By Ryan Franklin

Several Granby residents expressed their concern with a proposed gravel pit in Hannibal that would sit on the border between the two towns during the town board meeting Wednesday.
Virginia Messerschmidt of county Route 8 said the gravel pit, which C.J. Ferlito Aggregate is seeking a 20-year permit for and would sit on the Hannibal side of Harris Hill Road, would lead to numerous problems for Granby residents.
Messerschmidt focused on the heavy truck traffic that would result from the mine, saying that it would lead to destruction of town roads and a burden on Granby taxpayers for their repair, a decrease in property values from the noise and dust, well water draining or contamination, and an increase in the already hazardous intersection of county Route 8 and Harris Hill Road.
“I’ve lived on this corner since 1980,” Messerschmidt said, “and have witnessed many, many accidents.”
Pointing to the gravel pit already on county Route 85, Messerschmidt said that the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which would oversee the new pit, has done a poor job of enforcing regulations.
“It would appear the DEC is lax in enforcing their own permits,” Messerschmidt said, citing numerous complaints from county Route 85 residents that trucks at that pit did not follow dust or time limits.
As part of the presentation, Messerschmidt requested that the board write a formal letter to the Town of Hannibal Planning Board opposing the pit, request a study from the Department of Transportation about the safety of heavy trucks on the proposed roads, and post signs for weight limits on Granby roads to discourage trucks from using them.
Town Supervisor Ed Williamson said that he had already requested the Mexico DOT office perform a safety study on the intersection of county Route 8 and Harris Hill, which he called “a deathtrap.”
Williamson also said that he attended Hannibal’s public hearing for the proposal and expressed that Granby did not want the pit to be approved, and that if it was, Hannibal should include in their stipulations to the DEC that the trucks should not be allowed to travel on Granby roads.
“Granby wants nothing to do with this permit,” Williamson said. “There is no reason they should have to travel on our portion of Harris Hill Road.”
Williamson promised the board would write a formal letter to the Town of Hannibal asking for the pit not to be approved. A public hearing extension to decide on the permit is scheduled in Hannibal for January 8.
The board also discussed a notification from the DEC that the 85 Riccelli Mine Pit was being allowed to increase its pond size from 32.1 to 46.6 acres. The board said they would request a bond to ensure Syracuse Sand & Gravel would have to repair or reimburse residents whose wells were damaged if that occurred.
A $45,000 transfer from the town’s general fund was approved to begin the Environmental Design Phase for the establishment of Water Service Area 6A, which would survey the roads for soil borings and other preparations. The resolution was made for the town to loan the money rather than a bank so that the interest rate required by law would be as low as possible, at .18 percent. 

Susan Marie Cunningham

Susan Cunningham, 64, of Fulton, passed away Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. She was born in Oswego on December 8, 1950 to the late Herbert W. and Thelma Cunningham. Early in her life Susan worked for Nestle Co. in Fulton.  Always focused on the happiness of her family and friends, she was known for her fudge and kindness. She lived every day to the fullest and encouraged others to do the same. In addition to her parents, Susan is predeceased by her brother, David Waldron. Susan’s memory will be forever cherished by her son, Daniel (Stephanie) Cunningham of Fulton; six beloved grandchildren, Jeffrey Rusaw Jr., A1C, Derrick Rusaw, Olivia Cunningham, Lillian Cunningham, Cayley Cunningham and Maximus Cunningham; extended family, Renee and George Sacco and their families. There are no funeral services. Calling hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 23 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton.

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