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.

Bonnie J. Ormsby, LPN at The Manor

Bonnie J. Ormsby, 55, of Fulton, passed away Thursday March 20.

Bonnie was previously employed as a licensed practical nurse at The Manor at Seneca Hill.

She was predeceased by a grandson, Elijah Ormsby, who died Aug. 21, 2013.

Bonnie is survived by her six children, Jack, Jennifer, Joshua, Krysten, Leah and Rebecca; seven grandchildren; several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services are private.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Nancy M. Merkley, loved to cook and try new recipes

Nancy M. Merkley, 56, of Fulton, passed away Thursday, March 20 at Oswego Hospital after a brief battle with cancer.

She was a graduate of Cicero High School, class of 1975.

Nancy was a big hearted wife, mother and grandmother who loved cooking and was never afraid to try a new recipe. She worked in the food service industry most of her life.

Nancy was a people person and was kind to everyone who crossed her path.

She was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Mae Hudson.

Surviving are her husband, David Merkley of Fulton; two daughters, Kelly (Chad) Kelahan of Aberdeen, MD and Kimberly Merkley of Fulton; three grandchildren, Austin, Benjamin and Lillian; a sister, Genevieve (Mark) Garland of Mattydale as well as several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., in Fulton with services 11 a.m. Friday, March 28 also at the funeral home.

Tops Friendly Markets receives United Way Team of the Year Award

The United Way of Greater Oswego County presented Tops Friendly Markets with the Company Campaign Team of the Year Award at the United Way’s Annual Meeting and Salute to Volunteers held March 12 at the American Foundry in Oswego.

Presented annually, the Company Campaign Team of the Year Award is presented to volunteers whose extraordinary commitment, energy, enthusiasm, and creativity contributed to the success of their company’s campaign.

“We are proud to recognize the team from Tops Friendly Markets’ Oswego County stores with this award,” said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego Count.

“These remarkable individuals inspired their co-workers and coordinated a campaign that achieved an unprecedented 132 percent increase in both the amount of donors and the amount of money raised.,” she said.

“In addition to the support of their company campaign, the Pulaski store donated desserts to our Stone Soup Luncheons in Pulaski.,” Trexler said. “This company’s commitment to providing its customers with quality products and its employees with a comfortable work environment is commendable.”

 

Michaud residents visit Fulton Junior High

Residents of Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton boarded their bus for a trip across town to the Fulton Junior High School to see this year’s Spring Showcase.

The Junior High Student Spring Showcase was an opportunity for families and community friends to visit the open house and interact with students and learn about information they displayed on projects that they have been working on for the past few weeks, covering a wide variety of topics.

Michaud residents enjoyed presentations from the Art Department, Health Department, Family & Consumer Science, and Technology Department and as a special treat had a mini-concert from the school chorus and Orchestra.

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