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.

Keith R. Reis, Hannibal school bus driver

5-3_OBITreisKeith R. Reis, 59, of Hannibal, died unexpectedly Wednesday April 22.

Born in Oswego, a son to the late Richard and Pearl Reis, Keith lived in the Hannibal area all his life.

He graduated from Hannibal High School and was a school bus driver for the Hannibal Central School District for the past 13 years.

In addition to his parents, Keith was predeceased by his first wife, Michelle Reis; a sister, Ellen Reis; and by a brother, Kenneth Reis.

Keith is survived by his wife of 31 years, Virginia Reis of Hannibal; two sons, Dan R. Reis of Mexico and Frank (Erin) Reis of Fulton; step daughter, Melissa Parkhurst of Fulton; four brothers, Bert Reis of Cato, Tom Reis of Martville, Chris (Bethany) Reis of Oswego and Kurt Reis of Wolcott; one sister, Roberta Webster; nine grandchildren, Ava “Tater” Reis, Damien Hickman, Michelle Reis, Nicholas, Dakota and Hannah Muckey, Ashlie, Ryan and Taylor Crawford.

Calling hours were April 28 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Reis may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Syracuse, NY Office, 6390 Fly Road, 2nd floor, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or to the Hannibal Fire Company, P.O. Box 252, Hannibal, NY 13074.

County Envirothon results

By Ashley M. Casey

Pulaski High School has won the Oswego County Envirothon. The competition was held Thursday at Jellystone Park in Mexico.

Envirothon Coordinator Erica Schreiner said Pulaski came in first place with 435 points. The team’s best subject was aquatics.

Last year’s winner, Altmar-Parish-Williamstown High School, came in second with a score of 422 points. Oswego High School’s “A” team came in third with 406 points.

Pulaski was originally going to field two teams, but only one participated in the competition.

Jamie Hefti is Pulaski’s Envirothon adviser.

As for the weather?

“We didn’t get rained on,” Schreiner said.

Earth Week clean ups in the Fulton-Oswego area

City school board candidates announced

The candidates have been announced for school board elections in Fulton and Oswego and for the Fulton Public Library board of trustees.

FULTON: Four seats are open. Running are:

Incumbent Barbara Hubbard, Timothy Crandell, incumbent David Cordone, Pamela Parker and Robert Briggs.

The four persons receiving the most votes during the May 20 election will serve three-year terms beginning in July.

Voters will also select the Fulton Public Library’s board of trustees. Seven seats are open and there are nine candidates:

Kelly Nickerson, Thomas Brown, Nicole Baldwin, Carolyn Mosier, Robert Vayner, Patricia Kush, Ellen Himes, LaVerne DeLand and Dennis Casey.

OSWEGO: Three seats open. Five persons are running. They are:

Thomas Dehm, incumbent John Dunsmoor, Brian Haessig, incumbent Michael McLaughlin and incumbent Samuel Tripp.

The three persons receiving the most votes during the May 20 election will serve three-year terms beginning in July.

Nine Mile 2 back on line after refueling

Operators returned Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station Unit 2 to full power today after successfully completing the station’s spring refueling outage that began in late March.

During the planned outage, roughly 2,200 employees and highly-skilled supplemental workers performed thousands of inspections, maintenance activities, tests and technology upgrades while replacing one-third of the reactor’s fuel. Many of the activities performed during the outage cannot be accomplished while the plant is generating electricity and all are designed to ensure continued safe and reliable operations.

“We work hard all year to plan and execute safe and effective refueling outages and this year was no exception,” said Chris Costanzo, site vice president. “I’m proud of our team for executing another safe outage and I’m thankful to the many local residents who supported us during this busy time.”

Unit 1 continued to operate during the Unit 2 outage. Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station is located in Scriba.

Basketball league signups begin today

Registration for Fulton men’s summer basketball leagues will be held beginning today.

Registration is from 6 to 8 p.m. April 30; 6 to 8 p.m. Monday May 5; 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday May 7; 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday May 13; and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday May 15.

Registration will take place at the Fulton War Memorial. Anyone interested in entering a team must pick up a team package on one of the above dates.

The divisions are: Open A League on Mondays; Open Upper B on Mondays; Open C on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

The Open A and B league games are played on Mondays with some on Tuesdays starting June 2 and ending the third week in August.

The Open Upper C and C leagues play on Tuesday or Wednesday starting June 3 and ending the third week of August.

All leagues consist of 10 regular season games with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs.

Last year the leagues filled fast so register early. The deadline to register is May 15.

Anyone who has not paid his team sponsorship by May 15 will not be guaranteed a spot in the league until the fee is paid.

For more information, call Jerry Schremp at 592-8505.

2 locals win medals in Taekwondo

Pictured with Taekwondo America’s school owner Master Leo Pryor are NY State Championships medalists, assistant instructor Jordan Ketcham and Caden Burnswick.
Pictured with Taekwondo America’s school owner Master Leo Pryor are NY State Championships medalists, assistant instructor Jordan Ketcham and Caden Burnswick.

On Saturday, March 15, Master Leo Pryor, owner and head Instructor of Taekwondo America in Oswego, and assistant instructor Bernadett Pryor, accompanied their students to Queens College in New York City to participate in the 2014 New York State Championships.

Students started preparing for this event months ago and their efforts paid off.

Caden Burnswick, 6, earned a silver medal in the NY State Sparring Competition and began his Taekwondo training in October of 2012. Caden enjoys all aspects of Taekwondo, but sparring and board breaking are his favorite.

Jordan Ketcham, 17, is a student at Cayuga Community College where she tutors for math part time. She is also employed as an assistant instructor at Master Pryor’s TaeKwondo. Ketcham is a second Degree Black Belt, and earned a gold medal in the NY State Poomse Competition.

She has been training for nearly seven years and is working towards her Third Degree Black Belt. She plans to attend the national qualifiers May 20-22 in Buffalo.

Taekwondo training is an excellent way to fitness, fun and self discipline, Taekwondo is not only for children, adults of all ages can benefit from the exercise and conditioning Taekwondo offers It is a wonderful family activity.

For more information, call Oswego TAEKWONDO AMERICA Head Instructor Master Leo Pryor at 342-2470 or visit the website at

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