Hilton resigns from Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce

By Ashley M. Casey

Beth Hilton abruptly resigned her position as executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce effective April 29. The board of directors has appointed Nate Emmons as interim executive director.

Emmons, of Oswego, previously served as the Chamber’s operations coordinator until about two months ago. He and his wife, Lisa, own the Mother Earth Baby boutique in Oswego.

Emmons could not provide any details about Hilton’s sudden resignation. Hilton had served as executive director since 2009.

“I don’t know the circumstances around it. I wasn’t made privy to anything surrounding her departure,” Emmons told The Valley News.

Emmons said he left his previous job with the Chamber two months ago to focus on opening a second location of Mother Earth Baby in Watertown.

Now that the store’s second location is running smoothly, the board of directors contacted him to take Hilton’s place while they search for a permanent executive director. Emmons could not provide a timeline or any details on the board’s search.

“I enjoy the Chamber. I believe in the Chamber’s mission and the board thought I could advance that mission. I’ll try to make that happen,” Emmons said. “I’m here to do the absolute best job I can for the Chamber, its members and the community. I can’t be concerned with anything else right now.”

The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce recently moved to 106 W. Utica St. in Oswego and also has an office at 12 Canalview Mall in Fulton.

Before becoming chamber executive director, Hilton taught a class for University of Phoenix, was general manager of Tanger Factory Outlets, marketing director for the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce and director of sales and marketing for the Wisp Mountain Resort/Hotel.

8th annual wildlife festival to be held at Montezuma Audubon Center

There will be something for everyone at the Montezuma Audubon Center’s 8th Annual Wildlife Festival in Savannah, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3 (today).

The Institute for Environmental Learning, Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and WOWEE Wild Lifewill deliver animal programs throughout the day that will feature owls, hawks, “Liberty the Bald Eagle,” a wolf, fox and other mammals. The non-releasable animals will be on display during the programs that will focus on their wild characteristics, rehabilitation and conservation.

Everyone will have a chance to get a picture taken with “Liberty”.

Another highlight of the festival will be the Children’s Theater and Activity Tent where award-winning entertainer Lydia Adams Davis will perform nature-related puppet shows and Lois Sprague will entertain with balloon animals. Children will also enjoy the huge bounce house, making nature crafts and stained glass art, building a bluebird box, and answering wildlife trivia. Wildlife enthusiasts can fish their way to the backyard bass game and then fly over to see the dragons from the pond.

The cost to attend the festival is $4 for adults, $2 for children 5 years and older, FREE for children under 5.  For more information, call 365-3588 or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma

March of Dimes walk today in Oswego

Breitbeck Park will be the site today (May 3) for local families and business leaders to join in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies — the nation’s oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

This year’s Oswego March for Babies Family Teams Chairs, Jason and Jennifer Goodberry of Team Walk for Grace, are walking for their second child, Grace — born stillborn at 37 weeks.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. The 2-mile walk begins at 11 a.m. There also will be music, face painting, Kid Zone provided by Lowe’s, a picnic lunch and more.

To register for an event in your community, visit www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in New York help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, newborn intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

Hope St. Andrews-McCarthy, infant

Hope “Hopey” St. Andrews-McCarthy,  infant daughter of Jacklyn St. Andrews and Jonathan McCarthy of Fulton, died Sunday April 27 at Oswego Hospital, Oswego.

She is survived by her sister Serenity St. Andrews-McCarthy of Fulton; maternal grandmother, Dawn St. Andrews of Fulton; paternal grandparents, Carolyn and Floyd Raff of Fulton; maternal great grandparents, Shirley St. Andrews and Robert Smith of Fulton; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

There will be no funeral services.  Burial will be held privately.

Calling hour will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday May 5 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

Mary McCann, spring burial

Mary McCann,89, of Fulton.

A committal service and burial will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3 (today) at New Haven Cemetery, New Haven, NY with the Rev. George  Wurz officiating.

The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton has care of the arrangements.

Mrs. McCann died Jan. 3, 2013.

Brindsley McCann, spring burial

Brindsley  McCann, 85, of Fulton.

A committal service and burial will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3 (today) at New Haven Cemetery, New Haven, NY with the Rev. George Wurz officiating.

The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton has care of the arrangements.

Mr. McCann died March 21, 2014.

Meridth Izyk, secretary at First United Church

5-3_OBITizykMeridth Izyk, 68, of Fulton died Tuesday April 29 at James Square, Syracuse after a long illness.

She was born in Lowville, NY, the daughter of Alberta Hirschey of Fulton and the late Raymond Hirschey.

Mrs. Izyk was past employed as a secretary with the First United Church, Fulton, and Woolworth’s, Fulton.

She was a volunteer with the First United Church and she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Mrs. Izyk is survived by her husband of 46 years James Izyk of Fulton; children  John (Michelle) Izyk of Fulton, Joanne Izyk of CO, Cheryl Rathmann of Fulton, Cassandra (Chris Jones) Izyk of Fulton; sister Marcia (Howard) Higby of TN; brother Peter Hirschey of Fulton; eight grandchildren, Natalie, Victoria and Alina, Trevor, Ethan and Eliana and Hannah and Casey; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (today) at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc. with the Rev. David Nethercott officiating.

Burial will be in Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours were Friday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Secondt. S. ,Fulton.

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