Robert A. Duval, longtime Oswego resident

Robert A. Duval, 49, of Oswego died Wednesday April 9, 2014 in University Hospital, Syracuse, after a courageous battle with colon cancer.

Robert was born in Oswego, the son of Robert E. Duval of Oswego and the late Suzanne (Horton) Duval.

In addition to his mother, he was also predeceased by his sister Janet Tucker and his beloved dog Pheobe.

He is survived by his father, Robert E. Duval; sisters Roberta (Erman) D’Alesandro of NC, Deborah (Kenneth) Graham of Fla.; five nieces, Christina, Jessica, Janelle, Brianna, Katie; and two great nieces Alyssa and Alexis.

Calling hours are 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday (today) April 12 at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

Private spring burial will be in Oswego Town Rural Cemetery.

Dawn Burton Ryder, worked for Syracuse Home Association

4-12_OBIT.ryderDawn Burton Ryder, 84, of Palermo, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at the home of her daughter.

She was born in Fulton, the daughter of the late Alvah and Agnes Watt Burton.

She was a certified nurses aide for the Syracuse Home Association.

She was a member of the Palermo Methodist Church, the Palermo Grange and the Ladies Home Bureau of Palermo.

She was predeceased by her husband, Vernon Ryder, in 2001; a son LaVerne Ryder in 2011; a daughter, Rosalee Graham in 2010; and siblings Quentin Burton, Marjorie Barney and Bruce Burton.

She is survived by three daughters, Kelly (Tim) Savage, of Palermo, Rebecca (Don) Dolbear of Palermo and Allison (Paul) Ryder of Palermo; 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held in the North Volney Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are in care of Harter Funeral Home, Mexico, N.Y.

Jeannette Dixon Peacock, former Fulton city personnel director

4-12_OBITpeacockJeannette Dixon Peacock, 82, of Fulton, passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, April 7, 2014, at Oswego Hospital.

She retired from the city of Fulton as personnel director.

She previously worked in the art department at Sealright Packaging Co. and at The Fulton Patriot newspaper creating page layouts as one of the “ink-stained wretches in the back room.”

Jeannette was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fulton and its choir. She was the last surviving original member of the Fulton Hobos and was an award-winning local artist, working primarily in oils and acrylics.

Jeannette served as a foster mother for 57 children. She was a member of Elizabeth Chapter, 105, O.E.S. and served as the first Queen of the Organization of Triangle in Fulton.

She was predeceased by her parents, Lawrence and Mabel “Greatie” Dixon and by her sister, Barbara Dixon Phelps, who died in January 2014.

Surviving are her four children, Sheila (Mary Jackson) Peacock of Manlius, Marcia Peacock of Sterling, Bruce Peacock and Lawrence “Lee” (April Parry) Peacock all of Fulton; grandchildren, Haley and Taylor Jackson, Michael (Lynn) King, Adam (Alicia) King, Robert (Amber) Acker and Nicholas and Andrew Peacock; great grandchildren, Ava and Addyson King and Jade Acker; brothers-in-law, Bruce Phelps and Roy Peacock; nieces, Linda Russell and Carol Hoyt; a cousin, Naomi Snyder and great nieces and great nephews.

Calling hours were Friday, April 11, at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday (today) at the funeral home, the Rev. Jeffrey Hodge officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton.

Sunrise Rotary inducts Bullard

Dave Bullard was inducted as the newest member of Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club. Bullard is assistant public information officer for the state Department of Agriculture and Markets and manages the public relations and marketing at the Great New York State Fair. Bullard was a founding member in 1999 of the Sunrise Rotary and we welcome him back. Pictured from left are President-elect Dennis Goss, Bullard and President Ed Garrow. The Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets at 7 a.m. every Friday at Fulton’s Riverside Inn.
Dave Bullard was inducted as the newest member of Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club. Bullard is assistant public information officer for the state Department of Agriculture and Markets and manages the public relations and marketing at the Great New York State Fair. Bullard was a founding member in 1999 of the Sunrise Rotary and we welcome him back. Pictured from left are President-elect Dennis Goss, Bullard and President Ed Garrow. The Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets at 7 a.m. every Friday at Fulton’s Riverside Inn.

Custom Taylor Band highlights Memorial Day salute

The good times of summer are not that far away starting with Fulton’s Memorial Day Salute Saturday, May 24.

The entertainment will feature Chris Taylor’s Custom Taylor Band, Central New York’s premier Top 40 country music band.

Brass exchange will also be showcased.

Our festivities include a great Saturday morning parade, carnival rides, talent show by CNY Arts Center, fireworks and an abundance of food and drink provided through Fulton’s service clubs and Veterans’ Council.

Our 2014 theme is “Showing Gratitude to Our Veterans.” Jim Weinhold, honored 2014 Veteran of the Year, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Saturday parade.

Representatives from the Fulton Service Clubs and the Fulton Veterans’ Council organize Memorial Day Salute.

The chairperson of this year’s event is Larry Macner. Mark your calendars for this event to kick off summer 2014 in Fulton.

Humane Society visits Fulton Rotary

Rotarian Charrise Kidd, left, introduced Jo Piersma, a board member and one of the original founders of the Oswego County Humane Society, at a recent Noon Rotary Club meeting. Piersma gave the Rotarians a little history on how the Humane Society came to be in Oswego County.  The road she lives on used to be a popular dumping ground for unwanted pets. Years ago, some dogs were dropped off near her home and she rescued them, but due to the severity of their health issues, they did not make it. She decided that something needed to be done. Piersma talked to many people and organizations seeking help. Most counties in New York state have an animal shelter, but Piersma found out that not having a shelter in Oswego County was a good thing. Shelters can be very expensive and ultimately do not help solve the problem. Spaying and neutering are more effective at decreasing the numbers of abandoned dogs and cats. The Humane Society helps with these costs before the animals are placed in adoptive homes. They also coordinate foster homes for these homeless animals until permanent ones can be found. Her organization also promotes community education on proper pet care. Visit their website oswegohumane.org to watch its video.
Rotarian Charrise Kidd, left, introduced Jo Piersma, a board member and one of the original founders of the Oswego County Humane Society, at a recent Noon Rotary Club meeting. Piersma gave the Rotarians a little history on how the Humane Society came to be in Oswego County. The road she lives on used to be a popular dumping ground for unwanted pets. Years ago, some dogs were dropped off near her home and she rescued them, but due to the severity of their health issues, they did not make it. She decided that something needed to be done. Piersma talked to many people and organizations seeking help. Most counties in New York state have an animal shelter, but Piersma found out that not having a shelter in Oswego County was a good thing. Shelters can be very expensive and ultimately do not help solve the problem. Spaying and neutering are more effective at decreasing the numbers of abandoned dogs and cats. The Humane Society helps with these costs before the animals are placed in adoptive homes. They also coordinate foster homes for these homeless animals until permanent ones can be found. Her organization also promotes community education on proper pet care. Visit their website oswegohumane.org to watch its video.

Join Granby youth in cleaning Fulton lock area

The Granby Youth Group is hosting a cleanup at Lock 0-3 as part of the state’s ninth annual Canal Clean Sweep.

The event will be at 10 a.m. April 26 at Lock 0-3 in Fulton.

More than 150 community organizations, service groups, municipalities and businesses across the New York State Canal System are participating in the Canal Clean Sweep by joining in one of the 100 local clean-up activities in Canal parks, along public promenades and on Canalway Trail segments in their region.

The event is held annually in recognition of Earth Day 2014 and in preparation for the opening of the canal season.

This year is the 190th consecutive navigation season on the New York State Canal System.

People will be out cleaning canal areas during Clean Sweep weekend April 25 to 27.

The Canal Clean Sweep highlights the growing significance of the Canal System and the Canalway Trail System as a recreational and tourism destination across the state and city of Fulton by encouraging communities, nonprofit organizations and volunteers to engage in cleanup and beautification activities along the Canal System and the Canalway Trail.

The New York State Canal System is composed of four historic waterways, the Erie, the Champlain, the Oswego and the Cayuga-Seneca Canals.

Spanning 524 miles across New York state, the waterway links the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes and the Niagara River with communities rich in history and culture.

Parks and Trails New York is the only statewide not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the health and quality of life of New Yorkers through the use and enjoyment of a growing network of parks, pedestrian and bicycle trails, greenways, and heritage corridors around the state.

For more information on the ninth annual Canal Clean Sweep or to help coordinate an event in your community, visit ptny.org or call James Meerdink with Parks & Trails New York at 518-434-1583 or canalsweep@ptny.org.

Volunteer honored at CAC

Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Oswego County, Karrie Damm (right) and Cheryl Martin-Schroeder, nurse practitioner, (center) present community member Mary Cary (left) with the CAC’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Cary was recognized for her donations of colorful blankets that she and her group, “Kids in Sensitive Situations,” make for the victims of child abuse that the CAC serves. The blankets, themed for both boys and girls, are used during the children’s physical examinations and given to them to keep. For more information on the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County and the services they provide for victims of child abuse and their families you may contact them at 592-4453.
Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Oswego County, Karrie Damm (right) and Cheryl Martin-Schroeder, nurse practitioner, (center) present community member Mary Cary (left) with the CAC’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Cary was recognized for her donations of colorful blankets that she and her group, “Kids in Sensitive Situations,” make for the victims of child abuse that the CAC serves. The blankets, themed for both boys and girls, are used during the children’s physical examinations and given to them to keep. For more information on the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County and the services they provide for victims of child abuse and their families you may contact them at 592-4453.

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