Elsie Shoults Marriner, life resident of Fulton

Elsie C. Shoults Marriner, 82, of Fulton, passed away Monday, March 24 at home surrounded by her loving family.

A native of Dexterville, she was a life resident of the Fulton area. Elsie was predeceased by her husband, Howard E. Marriner, Sr. in 1994 and by her stepson, Howard E. Marriner, Jr. in 2005.

Surviving are her son, Vance (Jennifer) Marriner of Fulton; grandsons, Grant and Griffin Marriner of Fulton and Mitchel Marriner of Salisbury, MD; two sisters, Florence Shoults and Gladys (Leonard) Daniels all of Fulton and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Friday, March 28 at Foster Funeral Home, Inc., 910 Fay St.,  Fulton. Burial will be held at a later date at Hannibal Center Cemetery in Hannibal.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box102, Oswego, NY 13126-0102.

Frances L. Dennison, proud to be farmer’s wife and daughter

3-29_OBITdennisonFrances L. Dennison, nee Frances Louise Perkins, 95, of Hannibal, passed away Sunday, March 23 at Oswego Hospital after a brief illness.

She was the daughter of the late, Earl and Rhona French Perkins and wife of the late, Robert Dennison.

Frances was the most proud to be a farmer’s wife and farmer’s daughter.

She had been a very active member of the Hannibal Center United Methodist Church, board member of the Hannibal Center Cemetery Association and enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, reading and family geneology.

Frances, along with her husband Bob, raised several foster children.

She was predeceased, in addition to her husband and parents, by a daughter, Louise and son-in-law, Richard Godfrey; grandson, Richard Godfrey; great-grandson, Stephen Perras; foster daughter, Ramona Hedges; daughter-in-law, Amy Lovejoy and siblings, Norine Blodgett, Florence Kyle, James Perkins, Harry Perkins, Margaret Robinson and Harriet Michalski.

Surviving are her two daughters, Roberta (Arlen) Kinville of Fulton and Sandra (Richard) Griffin of Oswego; son, Harold Lovejoy of Weedsport; grandchildren, Arlene Cole, Kary Wilcox, Gayle Hyde, James Kinville, John Kinville, Sue MacDonald, Amy Klein, Justin Griffin, Jason Griffin and Kenneth White; 20 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Wednesday, March 26 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal with services immediately after.

Burial will be at a later date at Hannibal Center Cemetery in Hannibal.

The family requests donations be made to Hannibal Center United Methodist Church, c/o Diane Whitcomb, 531 County Route 21, Hannibal, NY 13074 or to Hannibal Center Cemetery Association, c/o Roberta Kinville, 988 County Route 8, Fulton, NY, 13069.

Zumbathon raises about $800 for ALS

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A Zumbathon at the Hannibal Village Tavern Wednesday night raised about $800 for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). About 30 people participated. The participants dined on apples from Ontario Orchards, water from the Hannibal IGA and the site was decorated with balloons from Travis Floral. Village Tavern donated the use of the room for the Zumbathon. According to the ALS Association website, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord. When these cells die, voluntary muscle control and movement dies with them. Patients in the later stages of the disease are totally paralyzed, yet in most cases, their minds remain sharp and alert. Every day, an average of 15 people are newly diagnosed with ALS — more than 5,600 people per year. As many as 30,000 Americans may currently be affected by ALS. Annually, ALS is responsible for two deaths per 100,000 people. The average life expectancy of a person with ALS is two to five years from time of diagnosis.

Business committee meets April 1

The Greater Fulton Business Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m.  Tuesday, April 1.

All area businesses and organizations are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Project Bloom will be meeting at 8 a.m.

The mission of the Greater Fulton Business Committee (GFBC) is to work on behalf of the greater Fulton business community to ensure that the area benefits from business development, consumer activity, tourist trade, living space, recreation, arts and entertainment. The GFBC will provide a platform and forum for identifying, discussing and resolving issues affecting the economic well being of the greater Fulton area’s merchants, industries, and institutions. Typically meets at 8:30 am, the first Tuesday of the month at the Chamber’s Fulton Office.

News in Brief

There will be a craft, bake and lunch sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Hannibal United Methodist Church, 320 Church St., Hannibal.

Takeouts will be available for lunch.

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If putting a smile on the face of a child is a priority for you, then you are a perfect candidate to host a NYC child this summer through the Fresh Air Fund.

There are children from all five boroughs of New York City with diverse backgrounds looking to get away from the city and enjoy some safe, clean fun outside, from running in the grass, swimming, going to the park, hiking, camping, etc.

There are no financial expectations to host, and it can be as laid back or full of activities as you would like.

There are also many businesses in our community who graciously welcome these Fresh Air guests by providing free meal certificates and/or access to their establishments.

If you have considered hosting a child this summer, now is a great time to begin the process. Please visit the website at www.freshair.org or call 532-7905 for more information.

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The public comment period for the High Speed Rail Empire Corridor Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been extended.

The draft plan outlines plans for improving passenger and freight rail service on the Empire Corridor between New York City and Niagara Falls.

Public comments will be accepted through Wednesday, April 30. The comment period originally was to close March 24.

It started Jan. 31, when the draft environmental impact statement was published in the Federal Register.

You can read more about the project and find a comment form at https://www.dot.ny.gov/empire-corridor. You also can leave a comment by going to that website and clicking on contact us in the body of the information on the page.

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A blood drive is set for 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 1, 2 and 3 in the arena at the Campus Center at SUNY Oswego.

Parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 — go to oswego.edu/administration/parking.

For more information, call 312-2301.

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A chili, soup and salad luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 3 at the Oswego Center United Methodist Church.

The church is on County Route 7, Oswego.

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Palermo United Methodist Church is hosting a chicken and biscuit dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday April 3 in the church dining room.

For one low price, a family-style, all you can eat dinner will include chicken and gravy, biscuits, mashed potatoes, salad, vegetable, dessert and beverage.

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The 19-member ensemble of the U.S. Army Field Band will perform big band swing, bebop, Latin contemporary jazz, popular tunes and Dixieland selections from a variety of jazz greats, plus patriotic favorites and a salute to veterans in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. April 3 in the ballroom at Hewitt Union, SUNY Oswego.

Parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 — go to oswego.edu/administration/parking for more infomration.

Tickets are available at SUNY Oswego box offices, by calling 312-2141, and online ($3 online processing fee) at tickets.oswego.edu.

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Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center is putting on a new series of public programs called  Nature Inspires.

Nature Inspires will connect the natural environment with art.  The first program in the Nature Inspires Series, Pysanky- Ukrainian Egg Decorating being held at 2 p.m. Sunday April 6.

Pysanky is the Ukrainian art form of writing on eggs. Local artist Anna Perun of Phoenix will teach this workshop. Ukrainian decorated eggs are hand decorated with hot beeswax while dipping the eggs in various dyes. After removing the wax, the eggs are emptied through a small hole in the bottom and several coats of polyurethane are added for permanent UV protection and shine.

Aside from being very popular around Easter time, Ukrainian Pysanky are often given as unique and precious gifts, can be exchanged with friends, make remarkable Christmas tree ornaments, and can be used to create an incomparable display in a home or office at any time of the year.

Nature Inspires is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center located on State Route 183 in eastern Oswego County.  The fee for this workshop is $10.

To register for this program, please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Program at 963-7286 ext. 401.

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Bob Moritz, chairman and senior partner of the U.S. accounting firm of PwC (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers) and a 1985 graduate of SUNY Oswego, will discuss “Global Trends and Your Role in a Sustainable Future” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the auditorium of the college’s Campus Center, Room 132.

The lecture will be webcast live at http://oswego.edu/academics/webcast.html.

Moritz, who earned an accounting degree at Oswego, is also a member of the PwC global network leadership team, which includes the senior partners from the network’s four largest territories.

Prior to July 2009, he served as the assurance leader of the U.S. firm from 2006 to 2009; and from 2004 to 2006 was the managing partner of the New York office and Metro Region.

He joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 1995. From 1998 to 2001, he served as the metro region financial services leader.

From 2001 to 2004, he led the financial services audit and business advisory practice, which includes the banking, capital markets, insurance, investment management and real estate sectors.

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Friends of the Hannibal Free Library will host a Book and Bake Sale to help offset some of the Hannibal Library’s needs for this coming year.

The event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday April 5 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday April 6 at the Community Center on Oswego Street.

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The Minetto History Buffs are hosting  Jim Farfaglia, author of “Of the Earth: Stories from Oswego County Muck Farms,” at 1 p.m. Wednesday April 9 at the Minetto Town Hall.

Farfaglia also has written “Fulton: The Stories From Our Past That Inspire Our Future” and a book of poems, “ People, Places & Things: The Powerful Nouns of My Life.” He co-authored “Camp Hollis-The Origins of Oswego County Children’s Camp “and offers workshops on writing, publishing and editing books.

Farfaglia will present a slideshow of Oswego County muck farms, the farmers and their families. A book signing and sale will follow and refreshments will be served.

All are welcome. For more information, contact Cathy Mulcahey at 343-4227 or Karen Capeling at 593-7853.

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The Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville, will be having a roast pork and dressing dinner at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

The menu will consist of roast pork, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, coleslaw, rolls and butter.  You may choose from a wide selection of homemade pies and other desserts.

Coffee, tea, Kool-Aid and water will also be available. The dinner is served family style.

The ladies from the church also have a variety of crafts and goodies for sale.  There is a large supply of used books available at reasonable prices.

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Rupert Racing is having a chicken barbecue and 50/50 drawing at noon, Saturday April 12 at Gorman’s Tavern, Hannibal Street, Fulton.

Dinners are a half chicken, cole slaw, salt potatoes and roll. A half chicken only also is available.

Entertainment will be provided by Millenium Music. The 50/50 drawing will be at 4 p.m. There also will be a silent auction.

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The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center will present a public program Poking About with Porcupines at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13.

At first glance, the North American porcupine may seem to have a carefree and leisurely approach to life. However, biological stress, natural predators and human interaction frame a different perspective of porcupine life.

Pat Carney, facilities naturalist, will talk about the natural history of this fascinating forest animal. Following the indoor presentation, there will be a hike through the spring woodlands to search for signs of porcupines and their activity. Dress for an early spring hike.

The fee is $3 per person with a family rate of $12. Children under the age of 3 are free.

The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center is located at 748 State Route 183 in Amboy, eastern Oswego County.

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There will be a planetarium show at 7 p.m. April 20 and 27 on the second floor of the Shineman Center at SUNY Oswego.

Limited seating: first-come, first-served. The event is free and includes parking in the Washington Boulevard lot (E15 or C15) or Campus Center lot off Centennial (E10).

For more information, call 312-2790.

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The annual Earth Day Expo and Oswego County GENIUS Olympiad will be April 22 at SUNY Oswego.

The Olympiad will feature high school environmental science projects. The Expo will feature an exhibition by SUNY Oswego’s sustainability team.

The event will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Shineman Center Nucleus and Wilber Hall.

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A symposium titled “Astrophysics for the New Century” is set for the SUNY Oswego campus April 25 and 26.

The 110th symposium of the joint meeting of the New York section of the American Physical Society and Astronomy Society of New York will feature talks on cutting-edge astronomy, including recent advances gleaned from Cassini, extra-solar planets, interstellar dust, multi-wavelength observations of planetary nebulae and cosmology.

There will be a banquet at 6 p.m. Friday open to the public with keynote talk on “Computational Astrophysics.”

For more information, call 312-2679 or email shashi.kanbur@oswego.edu.

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The 50th reunion of the Class of 1964 from Fulton High School will be held Aug. 15, 16 and 17.

The reunion committee is trying to locate the following classmates: James Kevin Howard, Kathleen Pyzdrowski Stevens, Becky Burns, Cheryl Travet, Jean Furlong Cole, Gary Weldin and Patricia Rondomanski Quinn.

To provide contact information, call or email Sharon Wardhaugh Flood at 593-7401 or sflood@twcny.rr.com

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A committee working to add to the New York State Fair’s daily parade is seeking input from the public as it designs a State Fair float to serve as the centerpiece of a reinvigorated event.

Designs and ideas for the float are being solicited by the committee, which is being headed up by a member of the State Fair Advisory Board.

The committee has reached out to some school and community groups to solicit design ideas. Any individual or group is welcome to submit design sketches.

Sketches received by April 1 will receive consideration. Those involved in creating a winning sketch will receive recognition during the parade along with admission to the Fair and parking passes.

Submissions can be sent to nysfair.entry@gmail.com.  More information about the requirements for submissions can be found at www.nysfair.org/contact-us/parade/.

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Heather Snyder, director of medical and scientific operations for the national Alzheimer’s Association, will present at DEMENTIACARE2014 on May 7 at the Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Syracuse.

Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter, this third annual conference welcomes individuals caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia for a day of learning and empowerment.

Admission to the conference is $75 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments and a resource guide.

Registration can be completed online at www.alz.org/cny, or by phone at 596-4016, extension 108 in Oswego County.

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The Volney Farmers’ Market will reopen for the season June 3.

The market will be open 3 to 6 p.m. each Tuesday from June 3 through the end of September at the Volney Highway Department on State Route 3.

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The New Haven Farmers’ Market will reopen for the season June 2.

The market will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. each Monday from June 2 through the end of September.

Valley News sales exec McManus honored

Allyson McManus
Allyson McManus

By Ashley M. Casey

Longtime Valley News sales consultant Allyson McManus will receive the Sales and Marketing Excellence Award (SMEA) at the Central New York Sales and Marketing Executives’ Crystal Ball banquet in April.

McManus, a lifelong Fultonian, has been with The Valley News for 21 years and is the publication’s senior salesperson. She is one of 12 SMEA recipients from across the region.

SMEA awardees are nominated by their respective places of employment and must meet criteria that include understanding the customer and the market, representing a company in a positive light and getting involved in the community. A Central New York Sales and Marketing Executives (CNYSME) committee carefully reviews each nominees’ credentials to ensure that the chosen winners are experts in their field.

“Not only has Allyson exhibited a very high level of professionalism and steadfast tenacity, she has been a true team player,” said Rich Westover, associate publisher of sales for the Scotsman Media Group, which owns The Valley News.

Westover said McManus has been instrumental in training new sales staff members and generating “new ways for The Valley News to better serve its readers.” McManus originated the idea of the newspaper’s monthly Fulton Families series, which highlights prominent families from around the city.

“We’re very proud of Allyson,” Westover added. “Her award underscores the quality of specialists working at The Valley News and Scotsman Media Group.”

McManus will accept her award at the 38th annual Crystal Ball, held April 10 at the Syracuse/Liverpool Holiday Inn.

The banquet will also honor 2014 Crystal Ball recipient Howard Dolgon, who is owner, president, CEO and team governor of the Syracuse Crunch hockey team.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Crystal Ball, call 876-1868 or email info@cnysme.org.

 

Daisy A. Godkin, worked at Nestle

Daisy A. Godkin, 92, of Fulton, passed away Thursday evening March 20 at Michaud Residential Health Services.

She was born in Pennellville, a daughter to the late Ralph and Flora Dievendorf and resided all her life in Fulton.

Daisy worked at the Nestle Co. before becoming a homemaker.

She was a member of the State Street United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, Daisy was predeceased by her husband, Clarence “Deak” Godkin, who died in 1981; a daughter, Patty Godkin in 1968; four sisters, Eleanor, Dora, Jennie and Elizabeth.

She is survived by her children, Ralph (Judy) Godkin of Fulton, Linda (Gordon) Walts of Phoenix and Ruth (Bob) McCraw of El Cajon, Ca.; three brothers, Paul, Lee (Joan), Fred (Carol) Dievendorf all of Fulton; eight grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Tuesday, March 25, with services after at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of the Northeast, 418 Broadway, First Floor, Albany, NY 12207.

Theodore Kingsley, loved hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle

Theodore “Ted” “Blackie” Kingsley, 64, of Fulton, died Wednesday March 19.

He was born in Syracuse and resided in Fulton for the past 15 years. Ted worked as a truck driver and built laminated countertops.

He enjoyed bow hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle and being a “backyard mechanic.”

Ted was predeceased by his parents, Margaret and Theodore Kingsley; and by a son, Bruce.

He is survived by his fiancé, Chrissy Cooper; three brothers, George, David and Daniel Kingsley; one sister, Cindy Kingsley; 11 children, Jeannine, Gabriel, Tina J., Tina, Stephanie, Jennifer, Samantha, Ted, Crystal, Brian and Brandon; several grandchildren; and great grandchildren.

Calling hours were Monday, March 24 with services after at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

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