Myron “Jim” Harbison, was New York State Veteran of the Year

Myron “Jim” Harbison, 93, of Oswego, died Wednesday Jan. 15 at St. Luke Health Services.

He was born in Oswego, the son of the late Eugene and Sarah Harbison.

Mr. Harbison retired from the United States Navy, and was a World War II veteran after 25 years of service. He later retired as manager of ABC Store in Norfolk, VA.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge #271, Oswego where he was honored as NYS Veteran of the Year. Mr. Harbison was a fourth degree Knight and life member with the Knights of Columbus Council # 227, Oswego.

Mr. Harbison was predeceased by his wife Mary Harbison in 2008 after 68 years of marriage.

He is survived by several nieces, nephews, and close friends. Graveside services will be held Monday Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. in All Saints Mausoleum, Oswego.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego. 

Adam A. Hartman, served with 101st Airborne in WWII

Adam A. Hartman, 92, of Hannibal, died Sunday Jan. 12 at Oswego Hospital, Oswego after a short illness.

He was born in Lebanon, PA and he has been a resident of Hannibal since 1957.

Mr. Hartman was a United States Veteran having served in the Army 101st Airborne during WWII.

He was past employed as a school bus driver with the Hannibal School District.  Mr. Hartman later retired from Sealright Co., Fulton after 25-plus years as a first class machinist.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #254 for 70 years.  Mr. Hartman was honored in 2013 by the Knights of Columbus for being the oldest living member of the council.

He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Hannibal and Holy Trinity Church, Fulton.

Mr. Hartman was pre-deceased by his wife Clara Hartman in 2008, son Francis A. Hartman in 2010 and 12 siblings.

He is survived by his sons Frederick (Constance) Hartman of Fla., Gerald (Mary Ann) Hartman of Hannibal and Martin (Mary Beth) Beckwith of Oswego; one  sister  Helen Nigle of Wisconsin; and grandson Jason A. Hartman of Pa.

Funeral Services will be conducted Saturday Jan. 18 at 10:15 a.m. in the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., and 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary, Hannibal, where the Rev. Smegelsky will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be held in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton, where military honors will be bestowed.

Calling hours will be held 9 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday Jan. 18 at Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.


Velma Johnson, lifetime resident of Fulton

Velma Johnson, 98, of Fulton died Friday Jan. 3 at Michaud Residential Health Services, Fulton.

Mrs. Johnson was born in Phoenix, NY and she has been a lifetime resident of Fulton.

She was pre-deceased by her husband Harold Johnson and children, Tracy, Neil and Kathy.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Lee Furlong Sr. of Fulton; 12 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial will be held privately. There will be no calling hours.

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

Masonic Lodge hosts breakfast buffet

A free will breakfast buffet is set for Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Oswego Masonic Lake City Lodge No. 127.

The event includes an all-you-can-eat buffet of pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, coffee, tea, milk, orange juice and all the fixings.

The event is sponsored by the Masonic lodge and its sister organization The Order of Eastern Star No. 205.

Donations accepted, but not expected. The breakfast during the last two months were very successful benefits for the War Vets in November and Habitat for Humanity in December.

The lodge and Eastern Star also have raised money for Pop Warner Football, the H. Lee White Marine Museum, Lady Bucs Softball Team, Local Cub Scouts, Local Cystic Fibrosis, SAF House, the Oswego July 4th annual parade, War Veterans, the Masonic research lab, Habitat for Humanity and many more organizations.

Charities are a basic tenet of Freemasonry and across the United States Masons contribute more than $2 million per day to various charities.

The Oswego Masonic Hall is also now available for rental to the public at a very low price, and the monthly Breakfast Buffet every third Sunday of the month 8am to noon continues to delight and grow in attendance.

For more information contact the Oswego Lodge at 207-0127 or go to

Kenneth Taylor, loved to hunt and fish

Kenneth H. Taylor, 64, of Sandy Creek,  died Friday Jan. 10 at his home after a sudden attack.

He was born in Oswego, the son of the late Charles and Norma Taylor.

Kenneth enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was predeceased by his brother Daniel Taylor.

He is survived by his siblings, Charles (Margaret) Taylor of CA, Georgiana (Victor) Ayers of Cleveland NY, Floyd Taylor of Fla., James (Betty) Taylor of Kentucky, William (Linda) Taylor of Montana, Michael (Cindy) Taylor of Wisconsin, Jonathon (Sue) Taylor of Sandy Pond, Gene Taylor of Parish, Norman (Elizabeth) Taylor of Oswego and Timothy Taylor of Montana;  several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are Saturday, Jan. 18 (today), at noon at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

Calling hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service at the funeral home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kenneth’s name to the Sandy Creek Food Pantry.

Local doctor gains certification in obesity medicine

Dr. Rajeev Saini recently passed the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) Certification Exam for Obesity Medicine Physicians and became certified in the subspecialty of obesity medicine.

Physicians certified in obesity medicine are able to positively impact all systems of the body by incorporating weight management into traditional models of medical practice. Specifically, this subspecialty requires competency in and a thorough understanding of the treatment of obesity and the genetic, biologic, environmental, social and behavioral factors that contribute to obesity.

Dr. Saini was among only 191 physicians nationally who successfully completed this year’s exam. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents in this country are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

“In New York state, the prevalence of adult obesity is about 25 percent.” said Dr. Saini. “I am interested in being part of the solution to this medical epidemic by locally helping patients affected by obesity who seek access to non-surgical treatment options. It is amazing to see as people lose weight, we are able to cut down or even stop their medications for various medical conditions.”

Dr. Saini has been in practice for the last 17 years. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and has offices in Fulton and Baldwinsville. He went to medical school at AIIMS, India and did his residency in Internal Medicine at Upstate Medical University.

Since its founding in January 2012, ABOM has sought to further the accreditation of a sub-specialization of medical practice: obesity medicine.

The ABOM offers a certification examination to assist physicians in attaining competency in this increasingly important and universally relevant aspect of medical care.

News in brief

The Winona Forest Recreation Association 4th Annual Stone Wall 5K Snowshoe Race will be held Sunday, Jan. 19 at the CCC Camp, Winona Forest, Mannsville.

Snowshoeing has been growing by leaps and bounds as a healthy recreational activity in the forest. The Stone Wall Snowshoe Race attracts avid snowshoers from across the region to participate in this popular race, which has grown from a few participants to this year’s 80-plus entries.

The race start at 10:30 a.m. with registration from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Details of the race are at


A free will breakfast buffet is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 19 at the Owego Masonic Lake City Lodge 127 in Oswego.

The menu includes pancakes, French toast, sausage, home fries, coffee, tea,orange juice and more.

Donations will be accepted but are not expected.


A one-hour presentation on owls will be given at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah.

Call 365-3588 for more information.


A workshop for learning how to make a rag quilt is being held Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 at Oswego County Cooperative Extension.

The cost is $8 and pre-registration must be done by Jan. 27. Both classes must be attended to finish the workshop.

The classes are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. both days.


“Registrations for the upcoming 2014 season for Fulton Little League Baseball & Softball will be taking place at the Fulton War Memorial from 8 a.m. to noon today; noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 25 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 1.

All boys or girls who reside in, or attend school in, the Fulton and Hannibal school districts are eligible to play Fulton Little Baseball or Softball.  A child must be 4 years old before May 1, 2014 for the T-Ball program. A girl cannot be 17 on Dec. 31, 2013 and a boy cannot be 17 on April 30, 2014 to play in their respective Senior Divisions of play.

All participants should present a birth certificate at the time of registration. A late fee will be assessed for any player registered after Feb. 1.

Anyone with questions can call John Florek at 591-4993 or Dave Webber at  532-2598.


The Halfway to Harborfest Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at Gibby’s Irish Pub.

It will include a chicken barbecue fundraiser featuring Gibby’s famous chicken.

Proceeds benefit Harborfest. The menu includes chicken, corn, salt potatoes and a roll.

Paul Vandish will be playing after the Syracuse University basketball game.

Pre-sale tickets must be purchased by Jan. 22. Tickets are available at the Harborfest Offices in the McCrobie Building and at Gibby’s Irish Pub.


The Hannibal Fire Deaprtment Auxiliary is putting on a breakfast buffet from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 26 at the firehouse.

The firehouse is on Oswego Street.


A class to learn how to make cute and useful zippered pouches is being offered at Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Oswgo from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30.

Instructor Kathy Fenlon will demonstrate how to make three different styles of a zippered pouch and three different easy ways to put in a zipper.

Students will select from a variety of fabric and make the pouches. Each pouch will have a different way to install a zipper. Students may make their pouches any size they wish.

Students also will learn different ways to embellish the pouches. These are very practical and can be used for a variety of things such as jewelry, make-up, a mini-wallet, photos, camera or cell phones.

The class fee of $45 includes all supplies. There is a non-refundable deposit of $10 per participant.


A breakfast buffet to benefit the Oswego High School girls’ softball team is set for 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 at the Oswego Elks Club.

Tickets can be purchased from any softball team member or at the door. The menu includes French toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, assorted juices, and coffee..


If you hold a radio operator technician license and would like to upgrade to general, a 10-week class beginning Jan. 27 will help in that endeavor.

The class starts at 6:30 p.m. at the county building across from Mimi’s in Fulton. The class is free.

The FCC General Class Amateur Radio Operator enjoys the privilege of operating his or her “Ham Radio” station, contacting other stations around the world. These privileges come with the FCC General Class License. This class will prepare holders of the FCC Technician Class License to take the General Class examination, and to use their new privileges.

This 10 week course will cover the advanced knowledge needed to understand the requirements and to be able to pass a 35-question written examination.

Contact Redd, AI2N, for more information at


Parents of Special Children, Inc. will host a free workshop on “Understanding Diploma and Credential Options” for parents and guardians of students of disabilities.

This training is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Parents of Special Children headquarters at 2 Tower Drive., Fulton.

The program will provide families with important information to help them understand these options to become an active participant in the transition planning process.

Topics to be discussed include the current graduation/diploma options in New York state, the current credential/exiting options in the state and the importance of career development occupational studies.

A light lunch will be provided.


A class on fused glass is being offered from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 1 at Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Oswego.

“Say it with Class; Say it with Glass!” will allow attendees to make fused glass ornaments that can be hung on a window or wall. They are perfect for a homemade Valentine’s gift.

Diane Chepko-Sade is the instructor. The class is limited to eight students, which may include children 10 and older as well as adults.

The registration fee is $10. For more information, contact Lakeside Artisans at 342-8880 or or visit us at Facebook and our website, .


A benefit for Fulton native Amy Arden Finch is scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at he Timber Tavern, outside Baldwinsville.

Event organizers Dave Finch and Tina Shinya said the event is being held to encourage community involvement and support to help Amy work through the financial and emotional burden of her fight with breast cancer.

She has gone through eight chemo treatments, is scheduled for a double mastectomy in February and then radiation treatments to follow. She has continued to work as it helps her personally focus on something else and keeps her spirits up.

The benefit will include food, drinks, music, raffles and prizes.


Free literacy classes available through Oswego BOCES

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Adults seeking to improve their literacy skills can do so through a free series of classes offered by Oswego County BOCES.

The classes provide valuable skills for adults who are looking to earn a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma. Openings are available in Mexico and Pulaski.

In Mexico, the course takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at BOCES (179 County Route 64).

The Pulaski class runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Pulaski Junior/Senior High School (46245 Salina St.)

Other courses, with limited openings, are held in Central Square and Oswego, with a distance learning option available as well.

To participate in the distance learning class, students must be at least 21 years old, have a reading level of sixth grade or above and be able to work well independently.

The course is designed to teach students essential skills to prepare them for the new HSE exam, which went into effect Jan. 1.

Students who took the former GED exam between 2002 and 2013 and received passing subtest scores but did not pass all five sections of the exam will be able to keep the passing scores and just work on the areas that need improvement through Dec. 31, 2015.

In addition to the general literacy courses, BOCES also provides an English reading, writing and speaking class for speakers of other languages.

Students age 16 and older, of all levels of English proficiency, are welcome to attend the course.

Classes are held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Oswego Public Library Community Room.

For more information or to enroll in the classes, call 963-4256.

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