State Street UMC receives grant toward roof repair

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The State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton will be receiving some additional funds to help replace its roof and repair one of its bell towers thanks to the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

The conservancy announced last week that the church will be one of 22 across the state to receive the latest round of Sacred Sites Grants, which are awarded exclusively to historic religious properties.

 “Religious institutions anchor their communities,” Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy stated in a release on the grant. “They remind us of our history and provide vital social service and cultural programs today.”

The conservancy awarded State Street UMC the Robert W. Wilson Sacred Sites Challenge Grant of $35,000 to go toward the roof and towers project. This marks the second Sacred Sites Grant the church has received for the project, after being awarded another for $2,250 last spring.

The roof and tower project was born out of a three-year $250,000 capital campaign church officials launched around a year-and-a-half ago. In addition to the roof and towers, the campaign aims to raise funds for things like brick work and repairs to stained glass windows. Lately, though, church officials have found there is more urgency in getting the roof repaired.

“The one bell tower has rotten wood around the windows. It’s imperative that it be repaired. It doesn’t have to be replaced, only repaired. The roof is bad, too. Shingles are being blow off in every wind that we have,” said Barbara Camic, who helps coordinate the campaign. “Last fall, we repaired some leaks for emergency reasons, but there’s still a lot to do.”

Church officials estimate the roof and tower project on its own will cost around $190,000. This week, contractors will be returning bids that will give a more certain figure, Camic said. Of the $190,000, she estimates $70,000 would have to go toward the bell tower. The goal, Camic says, is for the church to line up a contractor quickly and have that work completed by winter.

Raising the money to cover the roof and tower project remains an ongoing effort. The capital campaign kicked off as a private effort among the church and members of its congregation. Camic said parishioners have been making pledges and donations since it all started a year-and-a-half ago. In May, however, church officials went public with the campaign, asking local officials to help publicize the endeavor, and hosting fundraisers to benefit the roof fund.

“State Street has a long history here and has been a pivotal place in this community,” Camic said. “We feel an obligation to fight for this not just for us, but for the community itself.”

Completed in 1894, the church has served a number of roles to the community over the years, Camic said. It was the first to launch a soup kitchen, which has since been taken over by the Salvation Army. In 1918, when a devastating flu epidemic struck the area, leaving the hospitals overwhelmed, State Street UMC opened its doors and began offering beds.

So far, between contributions from the congregation, local fundraising efforts and grant funds, a little more than half of what is needed to get the roof repaired has been raised. But a lot more help is needed, Camic said.

Upcoming roof fund benefits include a hair cutting/bake sale event Thursday beginning at 3 p.m., and a barbecue chicken fundraiser on Sept. 7. beginning at noon. Both events will be held at the church, 357 State St., Fulton.




Jim Ingleston

Jim Ingleston, 63, formerly of Fulton, passed away Aug. 6 in Orange City, Fla. A native of the Fulton area, Jim was a sprinkler fitter and retired from Local 669 before he moved to Florida. He was a race enthusiast and was known to drag race.  Jim was a member of the Fulton Elks, Hannibal American Legion, Hannibal Community Band, Fulton Gaucho’s and the Syracuse Brigadiers. Jim will be lovingly remembered by his children Melanie and Michael; his brother Marty; grandson Kyle; nieces and nephews. Calling hours are noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.  There are no funeral services.

Betty DuBois

Betty DuBois, 81, of Minetto, passed away suddenly Saturday at Oswego Hospital. Born in Fulton, Betty had lived in the Fulton and Minetto areas. She retired from the Minetto Post Office after many years. She had also worked at CCA, Sealright and for local construction companies. She was a member of Fulton Elks and Moose Clubs and was a Life Member of Fulton V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary.  Betty was a hardworking woman who took pride in her gardening, enjoyed being outside with the hummingbirds and spending time with her family. She was predeceased by her sisters, Arlene MacDonald and Helen Maxam. Betty will be greatly missed and forever loved by her children Cindy, Robert (Kelly), Charles, David, Michael, Lori and Irene; siblings Roxanne Firenze, Robert LaRock, Patricia Teramiggi, Marion Lewis and David LaRock; 22 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours will be 3 to 6 p.m. today with a service to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton.

Roland “Peanut” Vanderhaden

Roland “Peanut” Vanderhaden, 71, of Fulton, died Friday at Oswego Hospital after a long illness. He was born in Fulton to the late Charles and Mary “Lucille” (Blake) Vanderhaden. He remained a lifetime resident of Fulton. Mr. Vanderhaden was past employed with Mirabito’s, Fulton and the Knifeworks, Fulton. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing and as he got older he loved having “coffee hour” and socializing with his family and friends. Mr. Vanderhaden was pre-deceased by his twin brother Ronny Vanderhaden, and siblings Patricia VanDusen, Donald Vanderhaden, Edward Vanderhaden, Charles Vanderhaden and Sharon Vanderhaden. Mr. Vanderhaden is survived by his niece and caregiver Mary Ann Kimball of Fulton; five siblings, Gary Vanderhaden of Fulton, William (Carol) Vanderhaden of Fulton, Carol Hendricks of Fulton, Linda Bartosek of Oswego, Donna (Clarence) Duciaume of Texas; and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours and funeral services were held Tuesday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., with Rev. Moritz Fuchs officiating. Burial was in Fairdale Cemetery, Hannibal, N.Y.

Beverly A. Wilcox

Beverly A. Wilcox, 73, of Fulton, died Friday at Oswego Hospital after a long illness. She was born to the late Harold and Bernadine (Hutton) Boyce. Mrs. Wilcox has been a lifetime resident of Fulton. She retired after 38 years of employment in 2003 from Nestle Co, Fulton. After retirement Mrs. Wilcox began working at the Walmart in Fulton as a greeter. She was a member of the Fulton Breast Cancer Caring and Sharing Group, and she enjoyed her “Monthly Ladies Luncheon.” Mrs. Wilcox loved to garden and bake for her family especially for her grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her son John David Halstead, Jr. in 2013. Mrs. Wilcox is survived by her husband of 33 years, Donald Wilcox Sr. of Fulton; daughters Heather R. (Ronald I. Strickler) Halstead of N.J. and Lorrie E. Halstead Anderson of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; step-son Donald Wilcox, Jr., of Fulton; sister Bonnie Thornton of Fla.; three grandchildren Shayne M. Anderson, Hannah E. Halstead and John David Halstead III; and two nephews Craig Emmons of Pa., and Marc Emmons of Wash. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 West Second St. S. Fulton with Pastor Philip Farley of the Family Worship Center, Clay, N.Y. officiating. Burial will be held in Fairdale Cemetery, Hannibal, N.Y. Calling hours will be conducted 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., Fulton.

Mark J. Wallace Sr.

Mark  J. Wallace, Sr., 54, of Phoenix, N.Y., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.

Born in Syracuse to his late mother, Julie (Richardson) Wallace and his father, Ronnie Wallace on Sept. 21, 1959, he was a graduate of the J. C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix, class of 1978.

Mark was the owner/operator of Wallace’s Auto Repair Shop, Phoenix. He was a parishioner of St. Stephen’s Church, Phoenix; a multiple track champion at Fulton Speedway, Volney; Hood Racing, Volney; and an avid sportsman.

In addition to his mother Julie, who died in 2003, he was predeceased by his nephew Mitchell in 1989, and uncle Randy Wallace in 2014.

Surviving are his two daughters Andrea L. Wallace of Phoenix and Shelly Wallace-Byrd of Tucson, Ariz.; son Mark J. Wallace Jr. of Baldwinsville; father Ronnie Wallace of Phoenix; brother Mitchell L. (Denise) Wallace of Oswego; sister Michelle L. Wallace of Phoenix; four grandchildren; an aunt, an uncle, nieces, nephews, cousins.

Calling hours and services were held Tuesday August 19, at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135. Burial was in Pennellville Cemetery, Schroeppel.

Lynn F. Proper

Lynn F. Proper, 66, of Altmar, passed away Thursday at University Hospital in Syracuse. Born in Rome, “Lynnie–Poopoo” had lived in the Rome area until moving to Altmar in 1992. He enjoyed singing, camping and spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 36 years, the former Penny Cronk; children Amy, Jennifer, Corey and Shelley; siblings Fran, Joanne, Rhoda, Rhonda and Michael; nine grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A gathering will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in the care of Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Family, friends holding benefit in honor of Dylan Blair

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Dylan Blair lost his life in a car accident on June 17, 2014. A fundraiser is planned in hopes of offsetting some of the family’s funeral expenses. There will be a chicken BBQ for a cost of $10 per dinner. The even will be held from 12 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Fulton Polish Home. There will also be raffles and a bake sale. Live entertainment will be provided by solo artist Tiger Vickery, Mike MacDonald and DJ Jason Hansmore of CNY Fusion. Chicken dinners will be provided by Fricken Chicken and Dennis Mayo. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Fulton Polish Home.

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